Good news for Patrick Warburton fans; disappointing news for Jenna Elfman fans. And if you have a deep affection for Jeremy Northam, this should make you happy, too. Confused? Don't be. I'm just laying out the essence of the CBS midseason juggle.
On Mondays, beginning February 1,Accidentally on Purpose will be shelved... but only for a few weeks. Taking the 8:30 Monday slot will be the return of Patrick Warburton, the best thing in Rules of Engagement.
That's not all. On March 31, the 8:30 slot in which Gary Unmarried airs, will be assumed by Accidentally. That's not because Gary's being canceled; it will have completed its season order by then.
Meanwhile, Numb3rs is beginning its slow fade to oblivion (actually, syndication) as of now. It will be replaced on Fridays at 10 p.m. by Miami Medical as of April 2. Miami is the latest from Jerry Bruckheimer and you can expect it to receive "favored nations" treatment from CBS. They love what Jerry does for them -- Amazing Race, CSI, Cold Case, et. al.
While CBS has yet to determine which of the situation comedies are coming back for next season outside of the sure things, like The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men. If Rules of Engagement does markedly better than Accidentally at 8:30, that could spell doom for Jenna's sitcom. I've thought for a while that it's this year's Worst Week, but it does have one ace up its sleeve.
If Billie has her baby in May sweeps, sandwiched between a Monday ratings boon of mother being named (maybe) on How I Met Your Mother, and Charlie getting married on Two and a Half Men, that might give Accidentally a lift. Maybe yes, maybe no.
As for the other shows, even though Gary Unmarried has hardly been a blockbuster on Wednesday, it may get the go-head over The New Adventures of Old Christine for another season. They're about even in ratings.