CBS announces final season for 'Two and a Half Men,' adds 5 new series in the fall

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LOS ANGELES - MARCH 28: 'Dial 1-900-Mix_A-Lot' -- Alan's girlfriend, Gretchen, insists he confess his true identity to Larry. Meanwhile, Walden goes on a road trip with Jenny and Barry to see his first car, on TWO AND A HALF MEN, Thursday, May 1 (9:01-9:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Jon Cryer as Alan Harper and Ashton Kutcher as Walden Schmidt. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 28: 'Dial 1-900-Mix_A-Lot' -- Alan's girlfriend, Gretchen, insists he confess his true identity to Larry. Meanwhile, Walden goes on a road trip with Jenny and Barry to see his first car, on TWO AND A HALF MEN, Thursday, May 1 (9:01-9:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Jon Cryer as Alan Harper, Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Gretchen, Ashton Kutcher as Walden Schmidt, Amber Tamblyn as Jenny, Clark Duke as Barry. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 28: 'Dial 1-900-Mix_A-Lot' -- Alan's girlfriend, Gretchen, insists he confess his true identity to Larry. Meanwhile, Walden goes on a road trip with Jenny and Barry to see his first car, on TWO AND A HALF MEN, Thursday, May 1 (9:01-9:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Jon Cryer as Alan Harper and Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Gretchen. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 28: 'Dial 1-900-Mix_A-Lot' -- Alan's girlfriend, Gretchen, insists he confess his true identity to Larry. Meanwhile, Walden goes on a road trip with Jenny and Barry to see his first car, on TWO AND A HALF MEN, Thursday, May 1 (9:01-9:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: D.B. Sweeney as Larry, Courtney Thorne-Smith as Lyndsey, Jon Cryer as Alan Harper, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Gretchen. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 28: 'Dial 1-900-Mix_A-Lot' -- Alan's girlfriend, Gretchen, insists he confess his true identity to Larry. Meanwhile, Walden goes on a road trip with Jenny and Barry to see his first car, on TWO AND A HALF MEN, Thursday, May 1 (9:01-9:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: D.B. Sweeney as Larry, Courtney Thorne-Smith as Lyndsey, Jon Cryer as Alan Harper, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Gretchen. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 23: 'Cab Fare and a Bottle of Penicillin' -- Alan gives Lyndsey the option of choosing between him and Larry. Meanwhile, Jenny fears she and Brooke are growing apart, on TWO AND A HALF MEN, Thursday, Feb. 27 (9:31-10:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Jon Cryer as Alan Harper, Ashton Kutcher as Walden Schmidt, and Amber Tamblyn as Jenny. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - SEPTEMBER 06: Medium shot in living room of Jon Cryer as Alan wearing costume, sitting on couch with Charlie Sheen as Charlie. . (Photo by Greg Gayne/Warner Bros./Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - SEPTEMBER 06: Full shot in living room of Jon Cryer as Alan and Charlie Sheen as Charlie. (Photo by Greg Gayne/Warner Bros./Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - SEPTEMBER 06: Medium shot in kitchen of Jon Cryer as Alan, Charlie Sheen as Charlie. . (Photo by Greg Gayne/Warner Bros./Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - SEPTEMBER 05: Medium shot in living room of Charlie Sheen as Charlie and Emmanuelle Vaugier as Mia. . (Photo by Greg Gayne/Warner Bros./Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - SEPTEMBER 05: Medium shot in living room of Jon Cryer as Alan, Charlie Sheen as Charlie, and Angus T. Jones as Jake. . (Photo by Greg Gayne/Warner Bros./Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - SEPTEMBER 05: Medium shot in kitchen of Jon Cryer as Alan, Gail O'Grady as Mandi wearing robe, and Charlie Sheen as Charlie. . (Photo by Robert Voets/Warner Bros./Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - MARCH 03: Medium shot in living room of Charlie Sheen as Charlie sitting on couch with Angus T. Jones as Jake. (Photo by Greg Gayne/Warner Bros./Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 3: 'Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Burro'-- Charlie (Charlie Sheen, right) hugs his new girlfriend Mandi (special guest star Gail O'Grady, left) on Charlie (Charlie Sheen, center) introduces his brother Alan (Jon Cryer, left) to his new girlfriend Mandi (special guest star Gail O'Grady, right), who also happens to be Alan's girlfriend's mother, on TWO AND A HALF MEN, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Robert Voets/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Tea Leoni will portray the U.S. secretary of state in a new CBS drama this fall, the long-running comedy "Two and Half Men" will enter its final season and television's top-rated network will introduce a new generation of crime procedurals.

CBS said Wednesday it has ordered eight new series for next season, five of them premiering in the fall, with a New Orleans-based spinoff of TV's most popular series, "NCIS," among them.

As it has been for several years, CBS will end the season as television's top network. Viewership was down this season, however, and CBS is doubling down on what its viewers find familiar: five of the six new dramas will be about fighting crime.

The exception is "Madam Secretary," where Leoni will star as a former college professor turned secretary of state. It will be paired on CBS' Sunday-night schedule with the network's most critically acclaimed drama, "The Good Wife."

"Two and a Half Men," which began airing in 2003, will have its farewell season. The series has survived despite losing one and a half of the men - Charlie Sheen and youthful actor Angus T. Jones - in noisy and controversial fashion. Creator Chuck Lorre promises plenty of surprises for the final season, but top CBS entertainment executive Nina Tassler said she doesn't know whether bringing Sheen's character back from the dead will be one of them.

"NCIS: New Orleans," which will star Scott Bakula, gets the prized time slot of Tuesday following "NCIS." The already established spinoff, "NCIS: Los Angeles," will move to Monday nights.

For the first time in more than 25 years, CBS' Monday schedule will not include four comedies. The 9 p .m. Monday time slot, long the home to CBS' most high-profile comedies, will instead be filled by "Scorpion," a story about eccentric geniuses fighting crime. While a drama, "Scorpion" has its funny moments, Tassler said.

CBS will air NFL football games on Thursday nights through late October, meaning its regular Thursday evening of entertainment shows won't premiere until Oct. 30. The network will temporarily move "The Big Bang Theory" to Mondays until the Thursday football games stop.

CBS is canceling "The Crazy Ones" starring Robin Williams after one season. The two highest-profile new comedies of last season, starring Williams and Michael J. Fox on NBC, proved to be failures. CBS also ended "Bad Teacher," "Intelligence," "Hostages" and "Friends With Better Lives."

Somewhat surprisingly, CBS rejected "How I Met Your Dad," the planned spinoff to "How I Met Your Mother" that featured Meg Ryan as a narrator. Tassler said CBS had creative problems with the pilot and wanted producers to redo it, and they would not.

The network stressed its plans to stay open for business all year, bringing fresh programming on the air constantly. To that end, "The Mentalist," "Mike & Molly" and "Undercover Boss" will all return next season; it's just not certain when. New series starring Matthew Perry, Josh Duhamel and Patricia Arquette were all ordered but won't appear in the fall.

"There are other networks that wish they had these shows for their fall schedules," Tassler said.

Other new series planned by CBS:

-"Stalker," starring Dylan McDermott as a detective investigating stalking incidents.

-"The McCarthys," a comedy about a sports-crazed Boston family.

-"Battle Creek," with Duhamel and Dean Winters as a mismatched law enforcement team in Michigan.

-"CSI: Cyber," a high-tech spinoff of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" starring Arquette.

-"The Odd Couple," a comedy remake with Perry as the slob and Thomas Lennon as his neat-freak friend.

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