CBS will deploy its utility comedy “Rules of Engagement” in canceled freshman comedy “Partners” timeslot, Mondays at 8:30 p.m. starting Feb. 4, while the future of its other new comedy “Friend Me” is still up in the air following the October death of one of its creators.
Meanwhile, new cop drama “Golden Boy” is getting canceled “Made in Jersey’s” Fridays at 9 p.m. timeslot, starting March 8, after getting warmed up with two Tuesday outings in “Vegas’s” 10 p.m. timeslot, where it will have the lead-in power of the “NCIS” franchise at its back, on Feb. 26 and March 5. “Vegas” returns March 12.
“Golden Boy” is about the meteoric rise of an ambitious cop named Walter Clark Jr., played by Theo James who, yes, played dashing Turkish diplomat Kemal Pamuk in an episode of “Downton Abbey” — the guy who seduced Lady Mary Crawley, eldest daughter of Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, then inconsiderately died in her bed.
Back to CBS: Clark junior becomes the youngest police commissioner in the history of New York City. The series explores the high personal and professional cost he pays to get the gig, mentored by his partner — an experienced veteran detective (Chi McBride).
Conceding the Friday timeslot, “CSI: NY,” which will have its season finale on Friday, Feb. 22.
In Thursday’s midseason announcement, CBS made no mention of its freshman comedy “Friend Me” — a fishes-out-of-water show about two guys who move from Bloomington, Ind., to Los Angeles to work for the online consumer business Groupon.
“Friend Me” was one of just two new comedies for this TV season that CBS unveiled to advertisers in May. The future of “Friend Me” was thrown into doubt in October with the death of co-creator Alan Kirschenbaum (“Yes, Dear,” “My Name is Earl,” “Dear John,” “Coach”).
CBS has not made any statement about the fate of the midseason show, which was to have been produced by CBS Television Studios, since the veteran comedy writer/producer’s death.
Also in CBS’s announcement: the spring rounds of “Survivor” and “Amazing Race” are set for Wednesday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 17, in order.