Crimetime After Primetime

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Crimetime After Primetime is the umbrella title for a group of late-night crime-investigation shows that debuted at various times on CBS during 1991 and 1992, running through late summer of 1993. The line-up was originally supposed to debut in January 1991, but was delayed several weeks due to the beginning of the Gulf War.


Prior to 1989, CBS aired the similarly formatted CBS Late Night. The block was canceled to make way for The Pat Sajak Show, a conventional late-night talk show. After the shortening, and eventual failure, of The Pat Sajak Show, a revamped CBS Late Night block debuted, airing a variety of news, talk shows, reruns, and adult game shows.

In March 1991, after a two-month hiatus due to Gulf War coverage, CBS retooled the block by airing original series under a new umbrella title of Crimetime After Primetime.

Much like CBS Late Night did in the late 1980s, Crimetime After Primetime relied heavily on dramas that were imported from Canada, giving the programs (most of which were produced to meet Canadian content quotas) an additional revenue stream. CBS also invested in producing some original series for the block.

The block was dropped when CBS began broadcasting Late Show with David Letterman.

The concept will be temporarily revived, though not under any specific branding, in 2015 in the interregnum between the finale of Late Show with David Letterman on May 20, 2015 and the premiere of Late Show with Stephen Colbert on September 8, 2015, as the network will carry repeats of their past police procedural dramas in the 11:35 pm timeslot,[1] beginning with The Mentalist on May 21, 2015.[2]

General lineup[edit]

The shows in the series followed this general lineup:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Stephen Colbert To Debut On ‘Late Show’ In September – TCA". Deadline Hollyood. January 12, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Not quite Stupid Human Tricks: Repeats of “The Mentalist” will replace Late Show with David Letterman from May 21-June 5". The Comic's Comic. May 20, 2015. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Sweating Bullets". TV Guide. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Exile". TV Guide. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Dangerous Curves". TV Guide. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Fly by Night". TV Guide. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 

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