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CBS in 2019-20: 5 New Shows This Fall, 8 in Total

The Breakdown for the Season is 4 New Scripted Comedies and 4 New Scripted Dramas

CBS, the most-watched broadcast network, will introduce five new scripted shows this fall: comedies “Bob Hearts Abishola” from Chuck Lorre, “The Unicorn” and “Carol’s Second Act,” headlined by Patricia Heaton; and dramas “All Rise” and “Evil.” Four nights of the week (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) will feature changes, while Tuesday, Saturday (which no network aggressively programs) and Sunday will remain intact.

Shifting to new time periods are “S.W.A.T.” (Wednesday 10 p.m.), “Young Sheldon” (Thursday 8 p.m.), “Hawaii Five-O” (Friday 8 p.m.) and “Magnum, P.I.” (Friday 9 p.m.).

Three additional scripted series (“FBI” spin-off “FBI: Most Wanted” from Dick Wolf,; drama “Tommy” starring Edie Falco; and comedy “Broke” with Jaime Camil and Pauley Perrette) will debut in midseason. That brings the total of new CBS scripted series for 2019-20 to eight – four comedies and four dramas.

Returning later in the season on CBS are “Big Brother,” “The Amazing Race,” “MacGyver,” “Man With a Plan,” “Undercover Boss” and the final abbreviated season of “Criminal Minds.”

Not returning are comedies “Fam” and “Life in Pieces,” and dramas “Ransom” and “The Code.” “The Big Bang Theory” ends its 12 season run tomorrow evening.

What follows is the CBS primetime line-up this fall, With new shows in italics. New program descriptions immediately follow:

Monday
8:00 p.m. “The Neighborhood”
8:30 p.m. “Bob Hearts Abishola”
9:00 p.m. “All Rise”
10:00 p.m. “Bull”

Tuesday
8:00 p.m. “NCIS”
9:00 p.m. “FBI”
10:00 p.m. “NCIS: New Orleans”

Wednesday
8:00 p.m. “Survivor”
9:00 p.m. “SEAL Team”
10:00 p.m. “S.W.A.T.” (new day)

Thursday
8:00 p.m. “Young Sheldon” (new time)
8:30 p.m. “The Unicorn”
9:00 p.m. “Mom”
9:30 p.m. “Carol’s Second Act”
10:00 p.m. “Evil”

Friday
8:00 p.m. “Hawaii Five-O” (new time)
9:00 p.m. “Magnum, P.I.” (new day)
10:00 p.m. “Blue Bloods”

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

SUNDAY
7:00 p.m. “60 Minutes”
8:00 p.m. “God Friended Me”
9:00 p.m. “NCIS: Los Angeles”
10:00 p.m. “Madam Secretary”

New Program Descriptions

“All Rise” – MONDAY 9 P.M. ET
ALL RISE is a courthouse drama that follows the chaotic, hopeful and sometimes absurd lives
of its judges, prosecutors and public defenders, as they work with bailiffs, clerks and cops to get justice for the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal process. Among them is newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick), a highly regarded and impressive deputy district attorney who doesn’t intend to sit back on the bench in her new role, but instead leans in, immediately pushing the boundaries and challenging the expectations of what a judge can be. Greg Spottiswood, Len Goldstein and Emmy Award winner Michael M. Robin are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television. Robin directed the pilot from a script by Spottiswood.

ALL RISE stars Simone Missick as Lola Carmichael, Wilson Bethel as Mark Callan, Marg Helgenberger as Judith Benner, Jessica Camacho as Emily Lopez, J. Alex Brinson as Luke
Watkins, Lindsay Mendez as Sara Pratt and Ruthie Ann Miles as Sherri Kanski.

“EVIL” – THURSDAY 10 P.M. ET
EVIL is a psychological mystery that examines the origins of evil along the dividing line
between science and religion. The series focuses on a skeptical female psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a carpenter as they investigate the Church’s backlog of unexplained
mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions and hauntings. Their job is to
assess if there is a logical explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work. Michelle King, Robert King and Liz Glotzer are executive producers for CBS Television Studios. Robert King directed the pilot.

EVIL stars Katja Herbers as Kristen Bouchard, Mike Colter as David Acosta, Aasif Mandvi as
Ben Shroff, Michael Emerson as Leland Townsend, Brooklyn Shuck as Lynn Bouchard, Skylar Gray as Lila Bouchard, Maddy Crocco as Lexis Bouchard and Dalya Knapp as Laura Bouchard.

COMEDIES

“Bob Hearts Abishola”
From award-winning creator, executive producer and writer Chuck Lorre, BOB HEARTS ABISHOLA is a love story about a middle-aged compression sock businessman from Detroit who unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant, while recovering from a heart attack and sets his sights on winning her over. Undaunted by Abishola’s (Folake Olowofoyeku) lack of initial interest or the vast differences in their backgrounds, Bob (Billy Gardell) is
determined to win Abishola’s heart, in this comedic examination of immigrant life in America.

Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, Al Higgins and Beth McCarthy-Miller (pilot only) are executive producers for Chuck Lorre Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. McCarthy-Miller directed the pilot from a script by Lorre, Gorodetsky, Higgins and Gina Yashere.

BOB LOVES ABISHOLA stars Billy Gardell as Bob, Folake Olowofoyeku as Abishola, Christine
Ebersole as Dottie, Matt Jones as Douglas, Maribeth Monroe as Christine, Vernee Watson as
Gloria, Shola Adewusi as Auntie Olu, Barry Shabaka Henley as Uncle Tunde and Travis Wolfe Jr. as Dele.

“Carol’s Second Act”Emmy Award winner Patricia Heaton stars in CAROL’S SECOND ACT, a comedy about a woman who embarks on a unique second act after raising her children, getting divorced and retiring from teaching: pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor. At age 50, Carol is a medical intern and must sink or swim with peers who are half her age. It’s her enthusiasm, perspective and yes, even her age, that may be exactly what will make her second act a great success. Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins; Patricia Heaton, Adam Griffin, David Hunt and Rebecca Stay (Four Boys Entertainment); Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor (Kapital Entertainment); and Pamela Fryman (pilot only) are executive producers for CBS Television Studios. Fryman directed the pilot from a script by Halpern and Haskins.

CAROL’S SECOND ACT stars Patricia Heaton as Carol Kenney, Kyle MacLachlan as Dr. Frost, Ito Aghayere as Dr. Maya Jacobs, Jean-Luc Bilodeau as Daniel and Sabrina Jalees as Lexie. Lucas Neff guest stars as Caleb.

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  1. CBS wasn’t as bad as ABC but these moves definitely don’t make any sense and are weird. The only two moves that I like are All Rise with Bull and Magnum on Fridays. Everything else is a hot mess like the main move I don’t like is not having Evil behind Survivor on Wednesdays and moving SWAT from Thursdays to a slot where Chicago PD has killed its victims at as SWAT shouldn’t have moved at all or at the very least should’ve moved to 9pm at least. SEAL Team could’ve stayed on at 10pm against CPD. Evil is gonna get buried on Thursdays and weaken that timeslot that SWAT did a great job in building back up.

    Comedies were put in confusing slots too although Unicorn with YS made sense but Carol’s Second Act looked like it would be CBS’ best new comedy and it got the awful 9:30pm slot so it could be DOA. Bob and Unicorn are likely replaced by Broke and MWAP. Carol’s Second Act should’ve been on in 8pm hour in front of Mom not after Mom.

    CBS could’ve done better not a real good upfronts from them either but better than ABC.

  2. I totally agree. And I like Carol’s Second Act out of Mom, but I did not like the click. All Rise is doomed on Monday. And I really do not like The Unicorn.

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