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CBS juggles 'The Crazy Ones' and 'Two and a Half Men' time slots

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CBS announced on Thursday that it will swap time slots for its Thursday-night comedy pairing, “Two and a Half Men” and “The Crazy Ones,” beginning Feb. 27.

Two and a Half Men” will move into the 9 p.m. time slot, while the Robin Williams-led “The Crazy Ones” will switch to the 9:30 p.m. spot.

Network execs made the change to provide “Two and a Half Men” with the bigger lead-in from the “Big Bang Theory” and “The Millers” combo in the 8 p.m. hour.

“The Crazy Ones” and “Two and a Half Men” had series low ratings on Feb. 6.

With its fate unknown, “The Crazy Ones” will finish its first season on April 17, in time for the midseason comedy “Bad Teacher,” which is the TV version of the movie by the same name and stars Ari Graynor.

“Bad Teacher” will premiere in the 9:30 p.m. time slot on April 24.

Personal Take

“The Crazy Ones” got off to a great start back in September, but the quality of the show has declined since.

Williams’ zaniness is still one of the show’s strengths, but the supporting cast’s presence no longer complements the proven star.

Sarah Michelle Gellar showed early on that she had comedic chops, but has since settled into tired and uncomfortable stabs at being funny.

Guest star Brad Williams gave the show a boost and would be a solid permanent addition, but he’s only been in three episodes so far.

All is not lost for “The Crazy Ones,” though; former Mork and Mindy co-star, Pam Dawber, is slated to appear in an upcoming episode. She would also make a nice permanent addition and is no stranger to working with Williams, though it was more than 30 years ago.

Overall, “The Crazy Ones” deserves a second season, but the network needs to add some proven comedic talent to balance Williams’ strong presence.

“The Crazy Ones” returns Feb. 27 and will air Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on KUTV in Provo.


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