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CBS releases fall premiere dates

June 29, 2011 | 12:02 pm

Two-and-a-half-men Viewers waiting to see how Charlie Harper’s (Charlie Sheen) absence will be explained on “Two and a Half Men,” mark your calendars: The big reveal will come Sept. 19.  CBS released its fall premiere dates Wednesday, and its beleaguered comedy will finally make its comeback with new cast member Ashton Kutcher.

But they're not the only ones. The network is ushering in the fall season with new shows and double doses of some of its big comedies — “How I Met Your Mother” and “The Big Bang Theory” will air back-to-back episodes.

Making its debut Sept. 19 with “Two and a Half Men” as a springboard is female buddy comedy “2 Broke Girls” before it settles into its regular time slot on Mondays at 8:30 p.m.  New drama “Person of Interest” will likely benefit from  its “The Big Bang Theory”  lead-in on Sept. 22

“Unforgettable” will premiere Tuesday, Sept. 20, after “NCIS: Los Angeles,” and “A Gifted Man” kicks off the night of Friday dramas — “CSI: NY” and “Blue Bloods” — on  Sept. 23.

One of the shows not partaking in the Sept. 19-25 premiere week  is “Survivor: South Pacific." The longrunning competition series will make its comeback Sept. 14, getting a one-week head start on Fox's "The X Factor," which launches its two-night premiere Sept. 21. "Mike & Molly" will make its sophomore return in its old time slot (Mondays at 9:30) on Sept. 26. And  newbie comedy "How to be a Gentleman" will premiere Sept. 29 after "The Big Bang Theory."

The full list of CBS premiere dates after the jump

Wednesday, Sept. 14
8-9 p.m.: "Survivor: South Pacific)

Monday, Sept. 19
8-8:30 p.m.: "How I Met Your Mother" (seventh-season premiere)
8:30-9 p.m.: "How I Met Your Mother" (S)
9-9:30 p.m.: "Two and a Half Men" (ninth-season premiere)
9:30-10 p.m.: "2 Broke Girls" (series debut) 
10-11 p.m.: "Hawaii Five-O" (second-season premiere)

Tuesday, Sept. 20
8-9 p.m.: "NCIS" (ninth-season premiere)
9-10 p.m.: "NCIS: Los Angeles" (third-season premiere)
10-11 p.m.: "Unforgettable" (series debut)

Wednesday, Sept. 21
9-10 p.m.: "Criminal Minds" (seventh-season premiere)
10-11 p.m. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (12th-season premiere)

Thursday, Sept. 22
8-8:30 p.m.: "The Big Bang Theory" (fifth-season premiere)
8:30-9 p.m.: "The Big Bang Theory" (S)
9-10 p.m.: "Person of Interest" (series debut)
10-11 p.m.: "The Mentalist" (fourth-season premiere)

Friday, Sept. 23
8-9 p.m.: "A Gifted Man" (series debut)
9-10 p.m.: "CSI: NY" (eighth-season premiere)
10-11 p.m. "Blue Bloods" (second-season premiere)

Saturday, Sept. 24
8-8:30 p.m.: "Rules of Engagement" (sixth-season premiere)
8:30-9 p.m.: "Comedytime Saturday"
9-10 p.m.: "Crimetime Saturday"
10-11 p.m.: "48 Hours Mystery" (season premiere)

Sunday, Sept. 25
7-8 p.m.: "60 Minutes" (44th-season premiere)
8-9 p.m.: "The Amazing Race" (19th-edition premiere)
9-10 p.m.: "The Good Wife" (third-season premiere)
10-11 p.m.: "CSI: Miami" (10th-season premiere)

Monday, Sept. 26
8:30-9 p.m.: "2 Broke Girls" (time-period premiere)
9:30-10 p.m.: "Mike & Molly" (second-season premiere)

Thursday, Sept. 29
8:30-9 p.m.: "How to be a Gentleman" (series debut)

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-- Yvonne Villarreal

twitter.com/villarrealy

Photo: From left, Jon Cryer, Charlie Sheen and Angus T. Jones in "Two and a Half Men." Credit: CBS

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