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Mad Love

CBS, Feb. 14, 8:30 p.m. ET/PT |


I don’t know when CBS and Charlie Sheen will agree to put his louche charm back to work on Two and a Half Men, but the remaining Monday comedy lineup is a sweet salute to romance: How I Met Your Mother and Mike & Molly are being joined by Mad Love, a relationship sitcom with real chemistry. Jason Biggs, a Manhattan lawyer, hooks up with Sarah Chalke-her job isn’t revealed in the pilot-at the Empire State Building. Both of them are attractive if slightly twerpy, and they instantly realize they’re soulmates. A viewer agrees: It all clicks. But their BFFs just as instantly hate each other. His is Tyler Labine, an attorney with perverse faith in his grubby appeal. Hers is the great Judy Greer (Arrested Development), a nanny grimly immune to flirting. These two will probably fall in love too, if they survive their duel of words.

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

CBS, Feb. 16, 10 p.m. ET/PT |


This Criminal Minds spinoff doesn’t seem like much of a departure from the original, but at its center is Forest Whitaker-and no show with him can lack for real mystery. As Sam Cooper, head of a team of FBI profilers, he tends to mumble in an unpredictable staccato. He moves as if he were in pain, although you can’t be sure if he’s suffering from a cluster headache, a social phobia or a pinching loafer. It’s an arresting, oblique performance, and it works well amid all the procedural muck. The backup team includes Janeane Garofalo, who in serious roles sometimes looks as if she is the one stuck doing the afternoon coffee run.