Lookie here, CBS is giving Jay Mohr's "Gary Unmarried" a test-drive in the post-"Two and a Half Men" slot next week.
When the Mohr show came out of nowhere as a hot pilot for CBS in the pre-upfront frenzy in May, I figured it had to be bound for the post-"Men" slot: Charlie Sheen, Mohr, guy's guy humor, etc. Just made sense. It was a surprise when "Worst Week" landed there after some hardball negotiating by producer Universal Media Studios after the pilot tested through the roof.
"Worst Week" has had trouble hanging on to "Men's" coattails, though the show has held steady in recent weeks at a 3.0-ish demo rating out of a 5.0-ish lead-in from "Men." But in that time slot, CBS' concern is always about the handicap that a squishy lead-in presents to 10 p.m.'s "CSI: Miami."
So, Jay Mohr, come on down. CBS will air a repeat of the "Gary" pilot behind a repeat of "Men," but it will still give the Eye's programmers a sense of whether "Gary" might be a better friend to "Men" and "Miami" in that slot. Stay tuned.