Taking an “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” approach, CBS announced the pickup of just five new series for the 2011-12 season yesterday at its upfront presentation to advertisers.
J.J. Abrams’s second new series landing next season, “Person of Interest,” stars Jim Caviezel as an ex-CIA agent and Michael Emerson as an eccentric billionaire who team up to deliver vigilante justice; it is scheduled to air Thursdays this fall on CBS. (Abrams’s other new drama, “Alcatraz,” was picked up by Fox.)
“Unforgettable,” starring Poppy Montgomery, and “A Gifted Man,” starring Patrick Wilson as a surgeon who is visited by his deceased ex-wife, round out CBS’s new drama lineup.
On the comedy side of things, Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs star as waitresses saving tips to open their own business in “2 Broke Girls,” and “How to Be a Gentleman” — inspired by the book of the same name — throws together the odd couple of an etiquette columnist (David Hornsby) and a gruff personal trainer (Kevin Dillon).
In other scheduling news, “CSI” moves to Wednesdays, while “The Good Wife” anchors Sundays this fall.