CBS will rejigger its Monday comedy block at midseason, bringing "The Class" to an early conclusion and using the Super Bowl to help launch a new show.
Additionally, the network confirmed that this season will be the last for "The King of Queens," which will rejoin the Monday lineup in April for its final run.
"These scheduling moves enable us to program more original episodes of comedy in targeted time periods for the remainder of the season," CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler says. "It also provides an opportunity to give 'The King of Queens' a proper sendoff in a high-profile time period in the Monday night block it helped build."
The new entrant on the schedule, "Rules of Engagement," will debut at 9:30 p.m. ET Monday, Feb. 5. That's the day after the Super Bowl, which CBS will broadcast this year and which will no doubt feature a large number of promos for the show.
The series, created by "Queens" and "Spin City" vet Tom Hertz and produced by Adam Sandler's company Happy Madison, looks at relationships in different stages. It stars Oliver Hudson ("The Mountain") and Bianca Kajlich ("Vanished") as newly engaged sweethearts, Patrick Warburton ("Seinfeld," "Less Than Perfect") and Megyn Price ("Grounded for Life") as a long-married couple and David Spade ("SNL," "Just Shoot Me") as their still-single friend.
"Rules" will take over the timeslot currently occupied by "The New Adventures of Old Christine," which will go on hiatus in February. It will return on March 12 in the 8:30 p.m. spot now held by "The Class."
To make room for "Old Christine," CBS will dismiss "The Class" early. The first-year show will return with new episodes Monday, Jan. 8, and aside from a repeat scheduled for Jan. 29, will be in originals through its March 5 season finale. That will bring the show's total this season to 19 episodes, a little short of the usual full-season complement of 22 episodes.
Finally, "The King of Queens" will rejoin the Monday lineup on April 9 at 9:30 p.m., where it will remain until its series finale in May. The block's two anchors, "How I Met Your Mother" and "Two and a Half Men," will remain in their current spots for the rest of the season.