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Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2011 4:00 am | Updated: 5:58 pm, Tue Aug 23, 2011.

Here's a fact that may blow your mind: The sitcom "Rules of Engagement" is heading into its sixth season this fall. Yes, sixth.

Although CBS has tossed it around from night to night, in various time periods and against big competition, "Rules" has a very loyal following, and has remained and even flourished.

"Rules" currently airs at 8:30 p.m. EDT Thursdays. It looks at two couples -- Megyn Price and Patrick Warburton play a long-married couple, and Oliver Hudson and Bianca Kajlich portray relative newlyweds -- and their still-single friend (David Spade).

Price said the past season was a game changer.

"I feel like we were under the radar, but this year it changed," she said. "I really don't go anywhere now where somebody doesn't say something about the show."

The scheduling movement has made finding "Rules" a challenge.

"Sometimes," Price deadpanned, "I'll (hear someone say), 'Oh, I loved that show! I wish it was still on.' We're still on."

Price said she never thought "Rules" would run as long as it has. (CBS is bringing it back in the fall on Saturday nights.)

"I never think anything on TV is going to last past one (episode)," she said. "I know there are so many other things that go into (the success of) any show.

"There's scheduling and promotions and what's on against you. There are lots of things you just can't control (as an actor).

"I think I have talked Patrick off the ledge a few times over things like that. Our job is to just be funny and do our job."

Other highlights for the week of Aug. 21-27 (listings subject to change; check local listings):

SUNDAY

"Baggage First Dates" (8 p.m., GSN). Following up on the Jerry Springer game show, we get to see what happens after couples get together and go out on a date for the first time. Since Springer is involved, I'm sure it'll be a classy affair.

"Why is Sex Fun?" (8 p.m., Discovery Channel). Well, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal will tell us all about it.

MONDAY

"The T.O. Show" (9:30 p.m., VH1). A third season kicks off on this reality series starring Terrell Owens, including an inside look at his ACL diagnosis and the surgery that followed.

TUESDAY

"America's Got Talent" (9 p.m., NBC). The semifinals begin in Hollywood. First up: 12 acts compete to stay in the running.

WEDNESDAY

"Buried Treasure" (8 p.m., Fox). Folks with antiques sitting around the house learn how much they are worth and how they can sell them for a fair price.

"Alternate History" (10 p.m., Spike TV). This new series speculates on what our society would be like in a parallel universe. The opener looks at Hitler winning World War II, the Nazification of America and how it would have drastically changed pop culture and politics.

THURSDAY

"Wilfred" (10 p.m., FX). Ryan (Elijah Wood) thinks that having an imaginary friend may not be in his best interests. Then, he meets Dwight Yoakam.

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