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CBS Announces Winter Scheduling Plans

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CBS will introduce two new series this winter, sitcom “Living Biblically” and drama “Instinct,” and will offer new editions of veteran “The Amazing Race” and “Survivor,” as well as its first celebrity edition of “Big Brother.” Casting for “Big Brother” has not been announced yet.

”Big Brother” will kickoff on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. ET. As previously announced, the special winter edition will feature multiple episodes per week during a concentrated run, and include the series’ signature Head of Household and Power of Veto competitions and live evictions. Julie Chen will return to host.

Also in February, CBS will premiere “Living Biblically” (formerly known as “By the Book”) on Monday, Feb. 26 at 9:30 p.m. after “9JKL” completes its current order. “Living Biblically” stars Jay R. Ferguson as Chip Curry, a modern-day man at a crossroads in his life who decides to live strictly in accordance with the Bible. As he begins his sincere spiritual journey toward a more moral life with the help of his wife and friends, Chip wonders if he’ll be able to take a page – or every page – out of the Good Book, and if the effect will be of Biblical proportions. Lindsey Kraft, Ian Gomez, David Krumholtz, Tony Rock and Camryn Manheim also star.

”Instinct” will premiere Sunday, March 11 at 8 p.m. ET, two weeks after the season finale of “Big Brother.” The new drama stars Alan Cumming as Dr. Dylan Reinhart, a gifted author, university professor and former CIA operative who is lured back to his old life by NYPD Detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic) to help her stop a serial killer who is using Dylan’s first book as a tutorial. Daniel Ings, Naveen Andrews and Sharon Leal also star.

Additionally, the 30th season of “The Amazing Race” opens Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. in between editions of “Survivor.” And “Survivor” returns with a two-hour episode on Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 8-10 p.m. ET.

What follows is the complete CBS winter programming line-up (with new shows in bold):

Wednesday, Jan. 3
8:00 p.m. “The Amazing Race” (season premiere)
9:00 p.m. “SEAL Team”
10:00 p.m. “Criminal Minds”

Wednesday, Jan. 24
8:00 p.m. “The Amazing Race” (two hours)
10:00 p.m. “Criminal Minds”

Wednesday, Feb. 7
8:00 p.m. “Big Brother” (season premiere)
9:00 p.m. “The Amazing Race” (two hours)

Thursday, Feb. 8
8:00 p.m. “Big Brother”

Friday, Feb. 9
8:00 p.m. “Big Brother” (two hours)

Sunday, Feb. 11
8:00 p.m. “Big Brother”

Monday, Feb. 12
8:00 p.m. “Big Brother”

Wednesday, Feb. 14
8:00 p.m. “Big Brother”
9:00 pm. “The Amazing Race” (two hours)

Friday, Feb. 16
8:00 p.m. “Big Brother”

Sunday, Feb. 18
8:00 p.m. “Big Brother”

Monday, Feb. 19
8:00 p.m. “Big Brother”

Wednesday, Feb. 21
8:00 p.m. “Big Brother”
9:00 pm. “The Amazing Race” (season finale. two hours)

Friday, Feb. 23
8:00 p.m. “Big Brother” (two hours)

Saturday, Feb. 24
8:00 p.m. “Big Brother”

Sunday, Feb. 25
8:00 p.m. “Big Brother” (season finale, two hours)

Monday, Feb. 26
8:00 p.m. “Kevin Can Wait”
8:30 p.m. “Man With a Plan”
9:00 pm. “Superior Donuts”
10:00 p.m. “Scorpion”

Wednesday, Feb. 28
8:00 p.m. “Survivor” (season premiere, two hours)
10:00 p.m. “SEAL Team”

Wednesday, March 7
8:00 p.m. “Survivor”
9:00 p.m. “SEAL Team”
10:00 p.m. “Criminal Minds”

Sunday, Effective March 11
8:00 p.m. “INSTINCT” (series premiere)
9:00 p.m. “NCIS: Los Angeles”
10:00 p.m. “Madam Secretary”

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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