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CBS is planning to infuse more fresh blood into its schedule next season than it had last year. The network will add at least eight new series: three comedies and five dramas. The dramas picked up for 2005-06 range from CBS' bread-and-butter crime procedurals (American Crime, Quantico) to the supernatural (Threshold, Ghost Whisperer) to the military-themed The Unit, starring Dennis Haysbert. After years of total domination of the male point of view on CBS' comedies, the network is going for a more balanced approach next season with its new sitcoms Everything I Know About Men and Flesh & Blood. Another comedy, the Julia Louis-Dreyfus starrer Old Christine, is a subject of last-minute negotiations between CBS and producer Warner Bros. TV for a midseason order. As of Monday night, the two sides were still apart on several key terms. Meanwhile, the midseason drama Numbers was poised to return for a second season, with the comedies Still Standing and Yes, Dear also looking good to come back.

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