CBS announces fall premieres

'Survivor' will debut early in its 17th edition

CBS announced its fall launch dates, including an early premiere for the 17th edition of "Survivor" and late debut for "CSI" and other crime dramas.

The bulk of CBS' schedule will debut during the traditional September premiere week, or just after. But "Survivor: Gabon" -- the series' first cycle to be shot in high definition -- will debut Thursday, Sept. 18. This is the seventh year that CBS has rolled out "Survivor" a week before the rest of its shows.

CBS' top-rated "CSI," the new Jerry Bruckheimer freshman drama "Eleventh Hour," new series "The Ex List" and returning dramas "Ghost Whisperer" and "Numbers" will all premiere later than usual to accommodate the presidential election debates.

The first debate between John McCain and Barack Obama is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 26, with a second debate featuring the vice presidential candidates slated for Thursday, Oct. 2.

So CBS pushed the Friday block of "Whisperer," "Ex List" and "Numbers" one week to debut Oct. 3. Thursday crime dramas "CSI" and "Hour" have been pushed three weeks to bow Oct. 9.

Series time periods are unchanged from the schedule CBS unveiled during its upfront presentation in May.

The network's Monday comedies, including the series debut of "Worst Week," will return Sept. 22, along with "CSI: Miami."

"NCIS," freshman drama "The Mentalist" and "Without a Trace" (on its new night) will premiere Sept. 23.

The network's new Wednesday night comedy hour consists of "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Project Gary," which premieres Sept. 24, as well as "Criminal Minds" and "CSI: NY."