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This fall, CBS bets on 'Two and a Half Men'

Jon Cryer, left, Ashton Kutcher and Angus T.

Jon Cryer, left, Ashton Kutcher and Angus T. Jones attend the 2011 CBS Upfront party in Manhattan. The three actors are in the cast of the revamped "Two and a Half Men." (May 18, 2011) Credit: AP

CBS will shift "Two and a Half Men," TV's most viewed comedy, to Thursdays in the fall to take a direct shot at Fox's "The X Factor," which has a new pair of judges and a renewed sense of urgency to succeed.

In addition, CBS will move "The Mentalist" from Thursdays to Sundays to make room for a new drama with a Sherlock Holmes twist.

Otherwise, CBS' fall 2012 schedule, announced Wednesday in Manhattan, will remain largely intact -- a reflection of strength and confidence after coming off another prime time season where it beat its rivals in total viewers.


Here's the lineup:

MONDAY:"How I Met Your Mother" (8 p.m.); "Partners" (8:30), a comedy about two lifelong buddies, from the creators of "Will and Grace"; "2 Broke Girls" (9); "Mike & Molly" (9:30); "Hawaii Five-0" (10).

TUESDAY: "NCIS" (8); "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9); "Vegas" (10), starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, about a rough-justice sheriff in early-1960s Las Vegas.

WEDNESDAY: "Survivor" (8); "Criminal Minds" (9); "CSI" (10).

THURSDAY: "The Big Bang Theory" (8); "Two and a Half Men" (8:30); "Person of Interest" (9); "Elementary" (10), starring Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. (Joan) Watson, a crime-fighting duo tackling the NYPD's unsolvable cases.

FRIDAY: "CSI: NY" (8); "Made in Jersey" (9), starring Janet Montgomery as a working-class lawyer who joins a white-shoe firm; "Blue Bloods" (10).

SATURDAY: "Crimetime" (repeats of various series) (8); "48 Hours Mystery" (10).

SUNDAY: "60 Minutes" (7); "The Amazing Race" (8); "The Good Wife" (9); "The Mentalist" (10).


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