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Monday, April 7, 2014

WEEKEND REWIND: CBS 2002-03 Season

CBS 2002-03
Heading into the 2002-03 season, CBS had three huge hits, one from each genre, in CSI, Survivor, and Everybody Loves Raymond. After that, everything else was a second tier version of their hits with shows like The King of Queens, Judging Amy, JAG, and more. The 2002-03 season brought two drama hits to the lineup, which helped cement its reputation as the home of steady crime procedurals.

Check out my ABC Weekend Rewind from 2002-03!

8:00 The King of Queens
8:30 Yes, Dear
9:00 Everybody Loves Raymond
9:30 Still Standing
10:00 CSI: Miami
"CSI: Miami"
Monday nights brought two new shows to the lineup and they were both right out of the CBS wheelhouse. The 8pm hour belonged to The King of Queens and Yes, Dear which both kept chugging along. 9pm was of course Everybody Loves Raymond, fresh off multiple Emmy wins for its actors. It was paired with another new family sitcom as Becker was shipped to Sundays so CBS could have four consecutive male-centered family sitcoms. Still Standing starred Mark Addy and Jami Gertz. It ran for a few years but was not the next Raymond or even the next King of Queens or Yes, Dear. Family Law had been cancelled so the 10pm hour was open and CBS gave the prime slot to the first spinoff of megahit CSI: CSI: Miami. Starring David Caruso, Kim Delaney, Khandi Alexander, and more, CSI: Miami was a huge hit and encouraged CBS to keep on making new shows like this. This successful CBS lineup stayed the same all season.

8:00 JAG
9:00 The Guardian
10:00 Judging Amy
CBS' steady Tuesday lineup stayed in tact for a second consecutive year. JAG, The Guardian, and Judging Amy were all solid performers, but none of them every made a mammoth splash or had a huge effect on the CBS lineup.

(Sep 25-Dec 18)
8:00 60 Minutes II
9:00 The Amazing Race (starting Oct 2)
10:00 Presidio Med (through Nov 13)

(Jan 8-May 14)
8:00 Star Search
9:00 60 Minutes II
10:00 48 Hours
"Star Search"
For the second year in a row, Wednesdays started with a mix of reality and dramas and then became full reality for the second half of the season. 60 Minutes II and a new edition of The Amazing Race aired at 8pm in the fall. At 10pm was Presidio Med, a San Francisco-set medical drama starring Dana Delany and Blythe Danner. It only aired until November then resurfaced on Fridays for a couple weeks before it was cancelled. Various programs aired until January when 60 Minutes II moved to 9pm and 48 Hours moved over from Fridays. At 8pm was Star Search, a reboot of the popular 1980s series. This new edition was hosted by Arsenio Hall and did OK in the ratings but it wasn't any type of game changer. It did air multiple nights and got a second season.

(Sep 26-Jan 2)
8:00 Survivor (through Dec 19)
9:00 CSI
10:00 Without a Trace

(Jan 9-Feb 6)
8:00 Star Search
9:00 CSI
10:00 Without a Trace

(Feb 13-May 15)
8:00 Survivor (through May 8)
9:00 CSI
10:00 Without a Trace
"Without a Trace"
Thursday nights got a jolt with a successful new drama joining megahits Survivor and CSI (now the number one show on TV). The new entry was Without a Trace, another procedural drama. This one starred Anthony LaPaglia, Eric Close, and Poppy Montgomery. It focused on people who vanish "without a trace" and the race to find them before they're gone forever. It fit like a glove with CSI and aired six out of its seven seasons right in this slot. Survivor aired in two editions as usual with a second night of Star Search airing in the weeks in-between.

(Sep 27-Jan 3)
8:00 48 Hours
9:00 Hack
10:00 Robbery Homicide Division (through Nov 15)

(Jan 10-Feb 14)
8:00 Presidio Med (Jan 17-Jan 24)
9:00 Hack
10:00 Queens Supreme (through Jan 24)

(Feb 24-May 16)
8:00 Star Search
9:00 Hack (through May 2)
10:00 Various Programming
After a disastrous season, CBS revamped Friday nights and the results were a little better but not great. 48 Hours initially aired at 8pm and was followed by two new dramas: Hack and Robbery Homicide Division. Hack was a crime drama set in Philadelphia and starring David Morse and Andre Braugher. It managed to get a renewal despite low ratings but it only lasted one more season. Even less successful was Robbery Homicide Division. Starring Tom Sizemore, the LA-set crime drama only lasted 10 episodes, two of them on Saturdays. In January, CBS moved 48 Hours to Wednesday and tried to have Presidio Med at 8pm but it only lasted two weeks before another night of Star Search took over. CBS also tried the new Queens Supreme at 10pm. The legal dramedy set in Queens starred Oliver Platt and only lasted three episodes. CBS never found another permanent replacement for 10pm as various programs aired for the rest of the season. It was pretty much back to the drawing board again on Fridays.

8:00 Touched by an Angel
9:00 The District
10:00 The Agency
Saturday nights were the home to old skewing and safe dramas with less violence than the crime dramas that aired during the week. Touched by an Angel led off the night. Airing in its ninth and final season, Angel was cancelled but given a proper goodbye with its finale airing in its longtime home of Sunday 8pm. It was one of CBS' brightest spots during their down years in the late 1990s but the CBS style had shifted from their many gentle 1990s dramas. The District continued to air at 9pm while The Agency aired at 10pm but was cancelled at the end of the season.

(Oct 6-Feb 16)
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Becker
8:30 Bram & Alice (through Oct 27)
9:00 Sunday Night Movie

(Mar 2-May 18)
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 My Big Fat Greek Life (through Apr 13)
8:30 Becker (through Apr 20)
9:00 Sunday Night Movie 
"My Big Fat Greek Life"
CBS aired Murder, She Wrote for years on Sundays then they had one ill-advised years of sitcoms in the 8pm hour in 1995-96 before Touched by an Angel took over for many years. Then they had The Education of Max Bickford for a year before they foolishly went back to more sitcoms on Sundays this season to bookend perennial favorites 60 Minutes and the Sunday Night Movie. Becker moved over from Mondays but proved that it wasn't really capable of leading off a block. It was paired briefly with Bram & Alice, a very short lived sitcom starring Alfred Molina and Traylor Howard. It only lasted four episodes and repeats of their Monday sitcoms took over the slot. Then in March, CBS rushed to air a TV version of the hit 2002 movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding. My Big Fat Greek Life brought back most of the cast from the movie but it did not connect with viewers in the same way. The critically panned sitcom lasted just seven episodes. CBS learned its lesson about Sunday comedies after this season as they haven't gone back to that idea since.

CBS 2002-03 Stats

Shows in the Top 30
1. CSI
5. Survivor 
8. Everybody Loves Raymond
12. CSI: Miami
15. Without a Trace
17. Still Standing 
22. 60 Minutes
23. Yes, Dear
24. The King of Queens
26. JAG
30. Judging Amy

Fall Shows Survival: 4/7 (57%)
CSI: Miami, Without a Trace, Hack, Still Standing

Midseason Shows Survival: 1/3 (33%)
Star Search

Total New Shows Survival Rate: 5/10 (50%)

Cancelled/Ended Series
Touched by an Angel (9 seasons)
The Agency/Baby Bob (2 seasons)
Presidio Med/Robbery Homicide Division/Bram & Alice/Queens Supreme/My Big Fat Greek Life (1 season)

Emmy Award Nominees & Winners (Major Categories)
CSI (Nominee, Outstanding Drama Series)
Everybody Loves Raymond (WINNER, Outstanding Comedy Series)
Marg Helgenberger, CSI (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series)
Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series)
Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series)
Tyne Daly, Judging Amy (WINNER, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)
Brad Garrett, Everybody Loves Raymond (WINNER, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series)
Peter Boyle, Everybody Loves Raymond (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series)
Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond (WINNER, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series)

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