CBS Swaps 'Class,' 'Mother'
'The Class' slides down to 8:30
CBS is making a scheduling change on Monday nights, reversing its 8 p.m. hour comedies.
"The Class," this season's designated sitcom savior, was supposed to kickstart CBS' Monday comedies and give a boost to the critically adored "How I Met Your Mother."
It hasn't worked out that way. Instead, "The Class" is averaging roughly 8.95 million viewers through its first three episodes, shedding audience with each passing week. The comedy, about a group of 20-somethings reunited with random members of their third grade class, has averaged a 3.1 rating in among adults 18-49, the key advertiser-friendly demographic.
Meanwhile, "How I Met Your Mother" has pulled in 9.65 million in the 8:30 p.m. slot, up slightly from its average first season audience. The series has improved on its lead-in each of the past two weeks and is averaging a 3.6 demo rating for the season.
Moving "HIMYM" to the 8 p.m. anchor slot actually restores the original Monday order that CBS announced at the upfronts in May. The network decided to reverse the comedies back in July, perhaps counting on buzz for "The Class," which was created by David Crane ("Friends") and Jeffrey Klarik ("Mad About You").
The change will go into effect immediately, starting on Monday, Oct. 9.
ABC Tables 'Knights'
Comedy likely to get midseason spot
ABC has bounced its comedy "The Knights of Prosperity" from its fall schedule, but as the network and the show's creators see it, that may be a good thing.
The series, about a group of shlubs (and one hot woman, played by Sofia Vergara) who decide to rob Mick Jagger's swanky New York apartment, had been scheduled to debut Tuesday, Oct. 17, following "Dancing with the Stars." Now, though, a midseason premiere looks more likely.
Jagger filmed a couple of scenes for the pilot (in fact, the show was once titled "Let's Rob Mick Jagger") last spring but hasn't done anything since, sparking rumors that the Rolling Stones singer was distancing himself from the show. Creators Jon Beckerman and Rob Burnett have always insisted, though, that the series' focus was the group of ragtag thieves, led by Donal Logue ("Grounded for Life"). Kevin Michael Richardson ("Like Family"), Maz Jobrani ("Life on a Stick" and Lenny Venito ("The Sopranos") also star.
The delay should also let ABC give "Knights" a bigger promotional push. The network has spent big bucks pumping some of its other fall shows -- particularly "Ugly Betty" and "The Nine" -- and given the typically tough sell for new comedies, "The Knights of Prosperity" could well have been lost in the shuffle.
"ABC had other priorities going into the fall," Burnett tells the Los Angeles Times. "We could not be happier about this decision."
As a result of the "Knights" decision, the Tuesday edition of "Dancing with the Stars" will continue running for 90 minutes through at least Oct. 24. The network hasn't made a decision on what to do the 9 to 9:30 p.m. spot after that.
FOX Plans Two-Night '24' Premiere
Sutherland drama follows same Sunday-Monday pattern as last season
Still basking in the glow of its first Emmy win for outstanding drama series, FOX's "24" will premiere with a two-night, four-hour event in January.
Following the formula that brought the yielded boffo ratings last year, FOX plans to kick off the sixth season of "24" with two hours of clock-ticking fun on Sunday, Jan. 14, starting at 8 p.m. ET. The following night, FOX will dedicate its primetime hours to two more hours "24."
After force-feeding viewers two nights of fatty "24" goodness, FOX will then wait and give the show it's time period premiere on Monday, Jan 22 at 9 p.m. with the season's fifth hour. From that point, "24" will run uninterrupted through its finale in May.
But don't worry about remembering those dates. FOX will probably offer several reminders as the big date draws nearer. In fact, the network has already set a timetable for promoting the new season. A special sneak peak at season six will launch on the fittingly named website www.24trailer.com on Tuesday, Oct. 24. For readers who lack Internet access -- but are still somehow reading this story -- FOX will also present the sneak footage during Game 3 of the World Series, scheduled for that same night.
When last we saw Jack Bauer (Emmy winner Kiefer Sutherland), he had saved the world. Again. Instead of being thanked, though, he was beaten to a pulp by Chinese government agents who hoped to transport him off to a prison camp somewhere. Nevermind. Season six begins 20 months later, as FOX puts it "After a series of horrific terrorist attacks, an unthinkable, nail-biting day begins."
Wayne Palmer (DB Woodside), brother of late President David Palmer, has become President himself. In addition to Sutherland and Woodside, the new season will feature plenty of familiar faces including the return of favorite characters played by Mary Lynn Rajskub, Roger Cross, James Morrison, Eric Balfour and Carlo Rota.
The number of new additions, though, is impressive. They include Regina King as advocacy lawyer Sandra Palmer, fresh presidential advisors played by Jayne Atkinson and Peter MacNicol and, best of all, James Cromwell as Jack Bauer's estranged father. Also joining the cast are Kal Penn ("Harold & Kumar"), Marisol Nichols ("In Justice"), Alexander Siddig ("Syriana"), Harry Lennix ("Commander in Chief") and David Hunt ("Everybody Loves Raymond").