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'Survivor' Leads Off CBS Premieres

(Posted August 4, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

LOS ANGELES ( CBS' new drama "Criminal Minds" will be airing in one of the tougher timeslots on TV this season -- 9 p.m. ET Wednesdays, opposite "Lost," NBC's Jerry Bruckheimer drama "E-Ring" and cult favorite "Veronica Mars."

To give the series a nudge, the network has decided to give it a preview in a different spot, one that could scarcely have a higher profile: right after the sixth-season premiere of "CSI," the top-rated drama on television.

The "Criminal Minds" stunt, along with early premieres for "Survivor" and the new drama "Threshold" and the finales of a couple of summer series, will spread CBS' rollout across several weeks. The bulk of the Eye's premieres, however, will fall in the Nielsen-designated official first week of the season, which begins Monday, Sept. 19.

CBS is broadcasting the Primetime Emmys the night before that and will no doubt use the awards show as a heavy promotional platform for its fall slate.

Things kick off Thursday, Sept. 15 with "Survivor: Guatemala," the 11th edition of the popular reality series. The next night, the sci-fi thriller "Threshold" will debut with a two-hour premiere, getting a few days' jump on two other sci-fi shows, NBC's "Surface" and ABC's "Invasion."

The majority of the lineup will debut the week after the Emmys. Exceptions are "The Amazing Race: Family Edition," which will wait until Tuesday, Sept. 27 to allow for the finales of "Big Brother 6" and "Rock Star: INXS"; "Without a Trace," which holds off a week for the "Criminal Minds" preview; and the new drama "Close to Home," which takes over the 10 p.m. Tuesday spot on Oct. 4.

Source: Zap2it

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