New fall schedule creates new battles

Many top-rated shows going head-to-head

With the broadcast network schedule shuffled and restacked for next season, the grid is showing some potentially intriguing head-to-head competition coming up. Although many familiar shows are exactly where they were last year, there's enough shifting to make the coming season interesting.

Thursdays at 8 p.m.
"Survivor" vs. "The Moment of Truth"
CBS' top-rated veteran reality hit faces off against Fox's newest reality hit. "Survivor" has dominated this time period for years, but both the shows went head-to-head one week this season and "Truth" prevailed. Can the 8-year-old "Survivor" outplay the season's highest-rated new show? Even if "Survivor" can handle the "Truth," the Mark Burnett series still has to face off against another rising Fox reality hit, "Hell's Kitchen," in the spring.

Mondays at 8 p.m.
"Gossip Girl" vs. "Chuck"
Producer Josh Schwartz's competition in the fall will be ... himself. Schwartz is behind the CW's "Gossip Girl" and NBC's "Chuck." Both shows are bright-toned and younger-skewing, but NBC's overall network strength means "Chuck" likely will rate higher. Now, if the battle was over which show receives the most blog coverage ...

Tuesdays at 9 p.m.
"Scrubs" vs. "The Biggest Loser: Couples"
There's nothing particularly interesting about a sitcom going up against a reality series, except ABC's "Scrubs" is NBC's former show. ABC probably would enjoy besting NBC here, but the ratings track record of "Loser" makes for a tough fight.

Thursdays at 10 p.m.

"Life on Mars" vs. "Eleventh Hour"
The British drama invasion turns on itself as ABC's "Life on Mars" and CBS' "Eleventh Hour" go head-to-head. Both are crime dramas based on British formats and have titan lead-ins. A tough call, though it's difficult to bet against the track record of"Hour" producer Jerry Bruckheimer.  -- James Hibberd
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