CBS says aye for 8 series

But it's bye-bye 'Class,' 'Jericho'

The picture of CBS' fall lineup, set to be unveiled today, became more clear Tuesday when the network sealed the fate of all the series whose future was up in the air.

Freshman drama "Shark," sophomore dramas "The Unit," "Criminal Minds" and "Ghost Whisperer" as well as "Numbers" were all officially renewed, along with quirky sophomore comedy "How I Met Your Mother" and midseason half-hour "Rules of Engagement." Critical darling "The New Adventures of Old Christine" also is coming back with a 13-episode midseason order.

However, it is the end of the road for "The Class," the much-hyped freshman comedy from David Crane and David Klarik, as well as for the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced sophomore drama "Close to Home."

After a promising start and rocky second half of the season following a hiatus, serialized apocalyptic drama "Jericho" won't return for a second season. However, the show's executive producer/showrunner Carol Barbee is expected to stay at CBS and CBS Paramount Network TV as executive producer/showrunner on new drama series "Swingtown," sources said.

"Swingtown," a drama about partner-swapping in 1970s suburbia, is rumored to he held for midseason.

CBS' other new series orders for next season include the musical mystery "Viva Laughlin," the vampire crime drama "Moonlight," the Latin family drama "Cane" starring Jimmy Smits, multicamera comedy "The Big Bang Theory" from "Two and a Half Men" co-creator Chuck Lorre and game show series "Power of 10." Also in strong contention are single-camera comedies "I'm in Hell" and "The Captain."

As usual, CBS has kept scheduling information under wraps, though "Moonlight" feels like a nice bridge between paranormal drama "Whisperer" and crime drama "Numbers" on Friday.

"Big Bang" seems like a good fit for the Monday 9:30 p.m. slot after "Men," completing a two-hour block of multicamera comedies that also includes "Mother" and "Rules."

Observers had speculated about "Shark" possibly moving out of the cushy Thursday 10 p.m. time slot, making room for a hot new prospect, with "Cane" among the candidates.

After striking out with scripted programming for two consecutive seasons in the Wednesday 8 p.m. time period, CBS might opt to try reality with "Power."
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