CBS Benches ‘Rules of Engagement’ For Rob Schneider Comedy

Rob SchneiderThis is the time of the year when the slots for midseason replacements are solidified. Yesterday, we got a glance at NBC’s midseason schedule, which contained some apocalyptic absences. Now we look to CBS, which has decided to put one of its sitcoms on the bench. Rules of Engagement will be on hold for the spring semester, leaving a space in the network’s Thursday night lineup for a new comedy series: the Rob Schneider starrer ¡Rob!.

Rules of Engagement, starring David Spade and Patrick Warburton, airs on CBS on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. Come the return of television’s post-winter hiatus, ¡Rob! will assume this timeslot, allowing Schneider to take a stab at one of network television’s most prized positions.

Schneider’s series, loosely based on his life, will follow the misadventures of an American man (Schneider) who marries into a very close, eccentric and overbearing Mexican family. Familial tensions, culture clashes, and “You can do it!”s? We’re in for the works.

This does not mean that Rules of Engagement is canceled. On the contrary: the sitcom will go back to airing in its Thursday time slot later in the season, albeit with fewer episodes (totaling 15 for the season as opposed to the original deal of 20).

¡Rob! will premiere Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.

The status of other CBS shows are as follows: Undercover Boss‘ third season will premiere Sunday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Amazing Race will pick up sometime in the spring season as well.

Source: TVLine