CBS and NBC are grappling with similar questions as they set their fall prime-time schedules: what to do about spinoffs from well-liked police procedurals ("Criminal Minds" and "CSI" for CBS and "Law and Order" for NBC) and how to handle the loss of high-profile cast members from hit comedies (Charlie Sheen leaving CBS series "Two and a Half Men" at CBS and Steve Carrell departing NBC's "The Office"). CBS is well-positioned as a steady ratings performer, while NBC has struggled and may lose NFL games in prime time because of labor issues.

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