CBS Unveils Its Fall Schedule, Now Has a Two-Hour Comedy Block on Thursdays

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CBS became the last of the Big Four TV networks to announce its Fall 2013 lineup this morning. The biggest development comedy-wise is that they’re expanding their Thursday night comedy block to two hour now, giving NBC a run for its money by competing head-on with the Peacock Network’s long-running but anemic comedy night. Adding more comedies makes sense with big hits How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men on the way out soon, and

CBS has four new shows with big stars on the schedule this time around: The Crazy Ones (with Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar), Mom (with Anna Faris), The Millers (with Will Arnett), and We Are Men (with Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O’Connell,  and Kal Penn). Thursdays at 9 is where the real battle will take place, with The Crazy Ones and Two and a Half Men going up against NBC’s high-profile new shows from Sean Hayes and Michael J. Fox. New series Friends with Better Lives and the fourth season of Mike & Molly are being held for midseason. The latter is kind of a surprise given that Mike & Molly star Melissa McCarthy is poised for a huge summer movie with her Sandra Bullock buddy cop movie on the heat likely to add attention to Mike & Molly’s next season if it were to air in the fall.

Check out the full lineup and descriptions of the new comedies below:

Mondays

8 p.m. How I Met Your Mother

8:30 p.m. We Are Men

9 p.m. 2 Broke Girls

9:30 p.m. Mom

10 p.m. Hostages/Intelligence

Tuesdays

8 p.m. NCIS

9 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles

10 p.m. Person of Interest

Wednesdays

8 p.m. Survivor

9 p.m. Criminal Minds

10 p.m. CSI

Thursdays

8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory

8:30 p.m.. The Millers

9 p.m. The Crazy Ones

9:30 p.m. Two and a Half Men

10 p.m. Elementary

Fridays

8 p.m. Undercover Boss

9 p.m. Hawaii 5-0

10 p.m. Blue Bloods

Sundays

8 p.m. The Amazing Race

9 p.m.. The Good Wife

10 p.m. The Mentalist

We Are Men

Premise: A young guy befriends a bunch of older dudes who live in the same short-term rental complex as him.

Created by: Rob Greenberg (How I Met Your Mother)

Starring: Chris Smith, Kal Penn, Jerry O’Connell, Tony Shalhoub, Rebecca Breeds

Mom

Premise: A single mom tries to get her life together while waiting tables in Napa Valley.

Created by: Chuck Lorre, Gemma Baker, and Eddie Gorodetsky (Two and a Half Men)

Starring: Anna Faris, Allison Janney, Nate Corddry, Matt Jones, Spencer Daniels, Blake Garrett Rosenthal, Sadie Calvano, French Stewart

The Millers

Premise: A newly-divorced guy’s parents move back in with him when they experience marital problems of their own.

Created by: Greg Garcia (Raising Hope)

Starring: Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges, JB Smoove, Mary Elizabeth Ellis

The Crazy Ones

Premise: A workplace comedy about a father-daughter in an advertising office.

Created by: David E. Kelley (Boston Legal)

Starring: Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Wolk, Hamish Linklater, Amanda Setton

Friends with Better Lives (midseason)

Premise: A show about a group of friends in their 30s who are all jealous of each other.

Created by: Dana Klein (Friends)

Starring: Kevin Connolly, James Van Der Beek, Brooklyn Decker, Rick Donald, Majandra Delfino, Zoe Lister Jones