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CBS in Fall 2016: Six New Series (Three Comedies and Three Dramas)

The Focus is on Comedy Next Season

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CBS, the No. 1 network, will introduce six new series (comedies “Kevin Can Wait,” “Man With a Plan” and “The Great Indoors;” and dramas “Bull,” Pure Genius” and the revival of “MacGyver”) this fall. Six returning shows (“Two Broke Girls,” “Scorpion,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Life in Pieces,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Madam Secretary”) are moving to new time periods. And the changes will impact five nights of the week (excluding Wednesday and Saturday).

See the grid below for the specific times and the new fall show descriptions.

Debuting on CBS in midseason are new dramas “Doubt” and “Training Day” and new non-scripted hour “Hunted,” and returning are “The Amazing Race,” “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” and “Undercover Boss.” The future of freshman drama “Limitless” is still a question mark, with talks of moving to another platform. Canceled shows on CBS include “Mike & Molly,” “The Good Wife” and recent entry “Rush Hour.”

What follows is the CBS primetime schedule this fall (with the new series in bold), followed by the new fall series descriptions:

(“The Big Bang Theory” will open the season at 8 pm. into new comedy “Kevin Can Wait.” It moves back to Thursday after “Thursday Night Football” concludes)
8:00 p.m. “Kevin Can Wait”
8:30 p.m. “Man With a Plan”
9:00 p.m. “Two Broke Girls” (new day and time)
9:30 p.m. “The Odd Couple”
10:00 p.m. “Scorpion” (new time)

8:00 p.m. “NCIS”
9:00 p.m. “Bull”
10:00 p.m. “NCIS: New Orleans” (new time)

8:00 p.m. “Survivor”
9:00 p.m. “Criminal Minds”
10:00 p.m. “Code Black”

(“Thursday Night Football” initially)
8:00 p.m. “The Big Bang Theory”
8:30 p.m. “The Great Indoors”
9:00 p.m. “Mom”
9:30 p.m. “Life in Pieces” (new day and time)
10:00 p.m. “Pure Genius”

8:00 p.m. “MacGyver”
9:00 p.m. “Hawaii Five-O”
10:00 p.m. “Blue Bloods”

8:00 p.m. Crimetime Saturday (drama repeats)
9:00 p.m/ Crimetime Saturday (drama repeats)
10:00 p.m. “48 Hours”

7:00 p.m. “60 Minutes”
8:00 p.m. “NCIS: Los Angeles” (new day and time)
9:00 p.m. “Madam Secretary” (new time)
10:00 p.m. “Elementary”

New Program Descriptions


Studio: CBS Television Studios
Team: Paul Attanasio, Dr. Phillip C. McGraw (Stage 29 Productions), Steven Spielberg (Amblin Television), Justin Falvey & Darryl Frank (Amblin Television), Jay McGraw (Stage 29 Productions)
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

Studio: CBS Television Studios in association with Lionsgate
Team: Peter Lenkov, Henry Winkler, Lee Zlotoff, James Wan, Michael Clear, David Von Ancken
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

Studio: Universal Television in association with CBS Television Studios
Team: Jason Katims, Michelle Lee, David Semel
Logline: The focus is on 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


Studio: CBS Television Studios
Team: Mike Gibbons, Chris Harris, Andy Ackerman
Logline: An adventure reporter (Joel McHale) must adapt to becoming 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


Studio: Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Studios
Logline: Former “The King of Queens” star Kevin James plays a newly retired police officer looking forward to spending carefree, quality time with his wife and three kids, only to discover he faces tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets.
Cast: Erinn Hayes, Taylor Spreitler, Mary-Charles Jones, James Digiacomo, Ryan Cartwright, Leonard Earl Howze, Lenny Venito and Gary Valentine.

Studio: CBS Television Studios
Team: Jeff & Jackie Filgo, Matt LeBlanc, Michael Rotenberg, Troy Zien
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


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  1. I’m probably mistaken, but is “Pure Genius” the first Universal-produced show to air on CBS since NBC bought the studio in 2004?

  2. With CBS’s schedule revealed, it’s Interesting to note that all three networks have medical dramas on Thursdays: Grey’s Anatomy at 8PM, Chicago Med at 9PM, and Pure Genius at 10PM.

  3. Monday: Love this, Kevin James returns, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry on the same night that could be a great way to advertise the night. While I hate The Odd Couple these two new shows look good and with 2BG’s on the night to anchor it and TBBT starting them off right I could see the night doing well. Scorpion will be the one to beat at 10pm

    Tuesday: Bull Sandwiched between NCIS’s is a no-brainer and CBS should win this night. Expect NOLA to really hurt Chicago Fire especially because its lead-in is changing

    Wednesday: Same ole same ole, nothing special, Code Black may struggle even more if ABC’s Designated Survivor does as well as I think it will….

    Thursday: Could we have a potential good lead-out for TBBT? I think we may, TGI looks solid and Mchale is hysterical….I like this pairing but the 9pm comedies are not exactly in the same ball park as these two, the night feels disjointed. Pure Genius looks like Elementary to me…not good

    Friday: MacGyver is surprising here but its not bad…just kind of odd, though it may pair well with H5O.

    Sunday: NCIS:LA is a good move to help MS a bit and retain 60 Minutes viewers….Elementary as always is a loser

    Grade B-, Not bad, their choices in comedies are far better this season but keeping TOC and Elementary just don’t make sense (it makes sense financially though). I could see me watching more CBS shows this coming season vs previous seasons

    • I think the schedule is an A-. My complaints are 2 Broke Girls anchoring the Monday 9 p.m. hour…not strong enough, and Elementary returning. I also wish CBS would have the guts to program Saturday. But overall a very good schedule.

  4. only see 1 new show Pure Genius I may watch of the new shows on CBS another fall lineup that has me going BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  5. Monday: I can see CBS gaining 8 – 9pm but losing the rest of the night. Broke Girls has lost considerable steam and has already shown it can’t carry Monday at 9pm. Odd Couple is just there. Poor Scorpion. Those 9 – 10 comedies won’t do it any favors.

    Tuesday: I get it but what an odd shift in subject matter. I would have gone with NCIS:LA at 10pm and held Bull to midseason.

    Wednesday: I would have scheduled Training Day at 10pm and shifted Code Black to Sunday.

    Thursday: The comedy line up is as I predicted.

    Friday: I’m surprised MacGyver wound up here. CBS obviously hasn’t thrown in the towel on Friday and is willing to add a high profile show. Good for them.

    Saturday: Wish they’d bite the bullet and program the night. Since Elementary is a DVR show, it could easily air here.

    Sunday: I’d have left Madam at 8pm, followed by the more compatible Code Black and Elementary. The NCIS: LA / Madam pairing is just odd.

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