December 24, 2010 in Features

TV Notes: CBS newcomers to affect lineup

Associated Press

Prime-time leader CBS is tweaking its schedule to bring midseason shows aboard.

Joining the network lineup is spinoff series “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,” which will debut Feb. 16.

Other newcomers are the comedy “Mad Love,” debuting Feb. 21, and the spy drama “Chaos,” starting April 1.

As part of the shuffle, the Tom Selleck police drama “Blue Bloods” will move to 10 p.m. Wednesday for four weeks beginning Jan. 19, then return to its 10 p.m. Friday home in February.

“Rules of Engagement,” now airing Monday, will pair with sitcom sibling “The Big Bang Theory” on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. starting Feb. 24.

It’s replacing “(Bleep) My Dad Says” with William Shatner, which will wrap for the season.

“The Defenders,” starring Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell, will end its season run with a shift to 8 p.m.Friday starting Feb. 4.

NBC raises ‘Voice’

NBC is banking on some reality show royalty to create a new singing competition to challenge “American Idol.”

The network announced that it will debut “The Voice of America” in the spring.

Its format is based on a popular show in Holland where celebrities are paired with amateur singers in competition. The twist is the celebrities must pick their teams based solely on hearing their voices without seeing what the contestants look like.

“Survivor” producer Mark Burnett and “Big Brother” producer John De Mol will work together on the series.

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