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CBS Adds Seven New Series for 2016-17

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CBS has announced six additional new series for next season – dramas “Bull,” inspired by the life of Dr. Phil McGraw and headlined by departing “NCIS” star Michael Weatherly; the revival of 1985-92 ABC action/adventure “MacGyver;” “Training Day,” the sequel to the 2001 theatrical, and “Pure Genius” (formerly known as “Bunker Hill”); and multi-camera sitcoms “Man With a Plan” with Matt LeBlanc and “The Great Indoors” with Joel McHale. The network had previously ordered 13-episodes of Kevin James sitcom “Kevin Can Wait.”

With former Monday 8 p.m. time period occupant “Supergirl” heading to The CW, CBS is expected to populate the opening night anchor hour with two sitcoms, bringing the expected total on the schedule (after Thursday Night Football concludes) to six. The Eye net formerly announces its line-up to advertisers and the media next Wednesday afternoon.

What follows is the description of each new CBS series:

DRAMAS

“TRAINING DAY”

Executive Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Antoine Fuqua, Jonathan Littman , Will Beall, Barry Schindel
Executive Producer/Director: Danny Cannon
Studio: Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Fuqua Films in association with Warner Bros. Television
Based on the feature film from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures
Logline: A crime thriller that begins 15 years after the events of the feature film left, about an idealistic young police officer (Justin Cornwell) who is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous detective (Bill Paxton).
Cast: Bill Paxton, Justin Cornwell, Drew Van Acker, Katrina Law, Lex Scott Davis, Julie Benz

“BULL”
Executive Producers: Paul Attanasio, Dr. Phillip C. McGraw (Stage 29 Productions), Steven Spielberg (Amblin Television), Justin Falvey & Darryl Frank (Amblin Television), Jay McGraw (Stage 29 Productions)
Executive Producer/Director: Rodrigo Garcia
Studio: CBS Television Studios
Logline: A drama inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw as the founder of one of the most prolific trial consulting firms of all time. Brilliant, brash and charming, Dr. Bull (Michael Weatherly) is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition and high tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick.
Cast: Michael Weatherly as ‘Dr. Jason Bull’, Freddy Rodriguez, Geneva Carr, Chris Jackson, Jaime Lee Kirchner, Annabelle Attanasio

“PURE GENIUS”
(Working Title) (formerly “Bunker Hill”)
Executive Producer: Jason Katims, Michelle Lee
Executive Prodicer/Director: David Semel
Studio: Universal Television in association with CBS Television Studios
Logline: BUNKER HILL follows a young Silicon Valley tech titan (Augustus Prew) who enlists a veteran surgeon with a controversial past in starting a hospital with a cutting edge, “new school” approach to medicine.
Cast: Augustus Prew, Dermot Mulroney, Brenda Song, Reshma Shetty, Ward Horton, Aaron Jennings, Odette Annable

“MACGYVER”

Executive Producers: Peter Lenkov, Henry Winkler, Lee Zlotoff, James Wan, Michael Clear
Executive Producer/Director: David Von Ancken
Studio: CBS Television Studios in association with Lionsgate
Logline: A reimagining of the television series of the same name, following a 20-something MacGyver as he creates a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.
Cast: Lucas Till as ‘MacGyver’, George Eads

COMEDIES

“MAN WITH A PLAN” (Formerly Untitled Filgos Project/”I’m Not Your Friend”)
Multi-camera
Exdecutive Producers: Jeff & Jackie Filgo, Matt LeBlanc, Michael Rotenberg,Troy Zien
Director: James Burrows
Studio: CBS Television Studios
Logline: A contractor (Matt LeBlanc) whose wife goes back to work starts spending more time with his kids and discovers the truth every parent eventually realizes: his little angels are maniacs.
Cast: Matt LeBlanc, Jessica Chaffin, Matt Cook, Grace Kaufman, Hala Finley, Matthew McCann

“THE GREAT INDOORS”
Multi-camera
Mike Gibbons
Executive Producers: Mike Gibbons, Chris Harris
Executive Producer/Director: Andy Ackerman
Studio: CBS Television Studios
Logline: An adventure reporter (Joel McHale) must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the magazine.
Cast: Joel McHale, Stephen Fry, Chris Williams, Shaun Brown, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Ko, Susannah Fielding

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  1. My prediction is CBS will lead-off Monday with sitcoms Kevin Can Wait and Life in Pieces. It will start the season with The Big Bang Theory, then move it back to Thursday after football ends. Remember how many years The King of Queens ran on Monday – nine?

    • Agree with Kevin Can Wait leading Monday however I think they’ll pair it with Matt LeBlanc’s sitcom provided it’s ready to go come fall. I read it’s changing the female lead and undergoing a few tweaks maybe not to resemble Kevin James’ show. It looks like a strong pairing.

      I think Great Indoors will follow BBT on Thursdays and Life in Pieces will follow Mom.

      I predict they’ll bench 2 Broke Girls and Odd Couple (if renewed) until midseason.