CBS fall schedule: Supernatural surgeon joins crowded Fridays

When it comes to Fridays next fall, the television schedule is getting downright crowded for sci-fi and fantasy fans. CBS announced its fall television schedule and placed the new medical supernatural drama A Gifted Man in the Friday 8 p.m. ET slot. That puts it opposite NBC's Chuck, with the 9 p.m. hour having its own battle between Fox's Fringe and NBC's Grimm.

And Friday nights will likely get even more crowded when The CW announces its lineup tomorrow. Supernatural has done well on Fridays at 9 p.m., but if the network decides to keep the show in that timeslot, that puts three major sci-fi and fantasy shows up against each other. And that's not even counting what The CW might do at 8 p.m. in Smallville's old timeslot. Time to get U-verse! At least with that you can record up to four shows at the same time.

It could be worse. While it would be nice if genre shows were placed more evenly around the schedule, at least the networks are picking them up for fall and midseason.

Elsewhere around the schedule, the geeky comedy The Big Bang Theory will stay on Thursday nights at 8 p.m.

And there are two other significant non-sci-fi notes. J.J. Abrams and Jonah Nolan's Person of Interest snagged C.S.I.'s Thursday 9 p.m. slot. And for the first time in years, CBS is putting original scripted programming on Saturday nights, with its established series, Rules of Engagement. That could end up being great news if it works, meaning more original TV on a night the networks mostly use as a dumping ground.

Here's the official description for A Gifted Man:

"A GIFTED MAN is a drama about a brilliant, charismatic surgeon whose life changes forever when his deceased ex-wife begins teaching him the meaning of life from the "hereafter." Michael Holt (Patrick Wilson) is an exceptional doctor who lives a materialistic life of luxury thanks to his work-obsessed career and powerful and wealthy patients; however, Michael's ordered world is rocked when his ex-wife, Anna (Jennifer Ehle), an idealistic free-clinic doctor and the love of his life, mysteriously appears to him. Michael's off-beat sister, Christina (Julie Benz), a single mom to her teenaged son, Milo (Liam Aiken), is thrilled that Anna's back in her brother's life, even as an "illusion," because Michael was always a better person with her. Curious about Michael's sudden change in behavior is his efficient assistant, Rita (Margo Martindale). When Anna asks Michael to go to her clinic to help keep it running, he meets Autumn (Afton Williamson), a volunteer carrying on Anna's work with the underprivileged. Touched by those in need and accepting of Anna's compassionate "presence," Michael's attitude toward serving the rich and poor is turned upside down, and he begins to see that there's room in his life for everyone. Academy Award nominee Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich), Academy Award winner Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs), Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Neal Baer (ER) are executive producers for CBS Television Studios."

CBS's fall prime-time schedule is as follows (all times listed are Eastern); new shows are in bold:

8:00 p.m. How I Met Your Mother
8:30 p.m. Two Broke Girls
9:00 p.m. Two and a Half Men
9:30 p.m. Mike & Molly
10:00 p.m. Hawaii Five-O

8:00 p.m. NCIS
9:00 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles
10:00 p.m. Unforgettable

8:00 p.m. Survivor: South Pacific
9:00 p.m. Criminal Minds
10:00 p.m. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (new time)

8:00 p.m. The Big Bang Theory
8:30 p.m. How to Be a Gentleman
9:00 p.m. Person of Interest
10:00 p.m. The Mentalist

8:00 p.m. A Gifted Man
9:00 p.m. CSI: NY
10:00 p.m. Blue Bloods

8:00 p.m. Rules of Engagement (New time)
8:30 p.m. Comedytime Saturday (Repeats)
9:00 p.m. Crimetime Saturday (Repeats)
10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery

7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes
8:00 p.m. The Amazing Race
9:00 p.m. The Good Wife (New time)
10:00 p.m. CSI: Miami

As was previously announced, Medium has been canceled.

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