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CBS adds four fall newcomers while deleting CSI: Miami and transplanting The Mentalist, Two and a Half Men

Michael Chiklis (left) and Dennis Quaid (2nd from right) will be squaring off in the new period crime drama Vegas. CBS photo

CBS is subtracting a CSI, adding another P.I. and returning Michael Chiklis to prime-time as a tough guy in a new fall lineup announced Wednesday.

The No. 1 network in total viewers has added four newcomers while also unveiling three midseason replacements. The most notable cancelation, CSI: Miami, will be replaced in its vacated Sunday slot by The Mentalist. CSI: Miami star David Caruso took his shades off and on for 10 seasons before the sun set.

In another significant night and time shift, Two and a Half Men will leave Monday nights and move to Thursdays following the network's most-watched comedy, The Big Bang Theory. Rob and Rules of Engagement tried to hold that slot this season, but both had major audience fall-offs.

Rob is officially canceled. But although it's not listed among CBS' renewals, network entertainment president Nina Tassler later told TV writers that Rules' fate once again hangs in the balance if a midseason plug-in is needed.

CBS' other evictees are Unforgettable, A Gifted Man, NYC 22 and the already long gone How to Be a Gentleman. Undercover Boss again will return in midseason.

Here are CBS' four new fall series:

Vegas (drama) -- ABC's old Vega$ with the late Robert Urich had a dollar sign in the title. This one doesn't, but it's still about money, circa the 1960s. Dennis Quaid stars in his first TV series as Vegas sheriff Ralph Lamb, who's called off his ranch to help solve the murder of a casino worker. He's soon clashing with ruthless Vincent Savino (Chiklis), a Chicago-bred gangster aspiring to be a Vegas big shot. Jason O'Mara, rebounding from Fox's cancelation of Terra Nova, journeys to the past this time to play Lamb's "even-keeled" brother, Jack, who's also a deputy.

Elementary (drama) -- Sherlock Holmes gets yet another remake, and this time his Watson's a woman. Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson crack the NYPD's "most impossible cases" in current-day Gotham. He's on the mend from rehab in London, but none too happy about his dad forcing him to live with the teetotaling Watson. Also starring is Aidan Quinn as a New York police captain to whom Holmes reports. Quinn had roughly the same role last season in NBC's since canceled Prime Suspect.

Made In Jersey (drama) -- Newcomer Janet Montgomery stars as a resilient working class recruit to a prestigious New York law firm. Her boss is played by TV vet Kyle MacLachlan of Twin Peaks and Desperate Housewives fame. Former ABC entertainment president Jamie Tarses is the head executive producer.

Partners (comedy) -- David Krumholtz (Numb3rs) and Dallas native Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) play characters based on the lives of the show's creators, David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. Their "bromance" is put to the test when architect Joe (Krumholtz) gets newly engaged to a female jewelry designer while co-worker Louis (Urie) continues to date a male vegan nurse. Kohan and Mutchnick previously collaborated on NBC's long-running Will & Grace and CBS' short-running $#*! My Dad Says.

Here is CBS' night-by-night fall schedule:

How I Met Your Mother
2 Broke Girls
Mike & Molly
Hawaii Five-0

NCIS: Los Angeles

Criminal Minds
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

The Big Bang Theory
Two and a Half Men
Person of Interest

Made In Jersey
Blue Bloods

48 Hours Mystery

60 Minutes
The Amazing Race
The Good Wife
The Mentalist

These are CBS' new midseason series:

Golden Boy (drama) -- An ambitious cop rockets to the top of the NYPD. But what deals went down for him to become the youngest police commissioner in the city's history? It's flashback time, with Theo James (Downtown Abbey) in the lead role of Walter William Clark Jr. and TV vet Chi McBride (Hawthrone, Human Target) as his gruff partner.

Friend Me (comedy) -- A pair of male twentysomething buds move from Indiana to L.A. in hopes of becoming cool. Starring are newcomers Nicholas Braun and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

The Job (reality) -- Producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice, The Celebrity Apprentice) strikes again. This time around, batches of "talented candidates" vie weekly for a chance to win a dream job. Lisa Ling hosts.