Monday, November 30, 2015

Midseason Schedule: CBS

UPDATED FEBRUARY 11 - Changes to Thursday

With all of its freshmen series now picked up for full seasons (short ones or otherwise), CBS had few changes to make to its midseason schedule. As usual, they're more about filling gaps than making moves.

Monday and Tuesday

Remain unchanged.

Wednesday

8:00 - 2 Broke Girls (New Timeslot - Beginning January 6)
8:00 - Survivor (Beginning February 17)
8:30 - Mike & Molly (New Timeslot - Beginning January 6)
9:00 - Criminal Minds (Beginning January 13)
10:00 - Code Black (Beginning January 13)
10:00 - CSI: Cyber (New Timeslot - March 2 & 9 only)
10:00 - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (NEW - Beginning March 16)

CBS will open a Wednesday comedy block for the first time in over five years. Utility players 2 Broke Girls, now getting its second new timeslot this season, and Mike & Molly will air throughout January until the 32nd season of Survivor premieres with a 90-minute episode on February 17. Both will then return to the bench until later in the season. (2 Broke Girls has a full 22-episode order, while Mike & Molly will only produce 13 episodes this, its final, season.) When Code Black finishes its 18-episode run on February 24, CSI: Cyber will get two special airings in its timeslot from last season. Then the new Criminal Minds spin-off will follow the mothership for the remainder of the season. That's the same timeslot where the failed 2011 spin-off Suspect Behavior aired in 2011. This iteration has undergone a bit of retooling after Emmy winner Anna Gunn stepped away from the show, following a guest role in the backdoor pilot.

Thursday

8:00 - The Big Bang Theory (Beginning January 7)
8:30 - Life in Pieces (Beginning January 7)
8:30 - The Odd Couple (Beginning April 7)
9:00 - Mom (Beginning January 7)
9:30 - Angel from Hell (NEW - Beginning January 7) 
9:30 - 2 Broke Girls (New Timeslot - Beginning February 18)
10:00 - Elementary (Beginning January 7)
10:00 - Rush Hour (NEW - Beginning March 31)

Life in Pieces will air virtually uninterrupted from January 7-March 31, wrapping its first-season early to make way for the second-season debut of The Odd Couple, which will likely air into the summer. New single-camera comedy Angel from Hell finally joins the schedule on January 7 after being pushed back from a fall debut. CBS will hope that Lynch's gig hosting the People's Choice Awards on January 6 will bring eyes to the newbie. Rush Hour takes Elementary's slot late in the spring, pushing the Holmes update to Sundays and out of the only timeslot its occupied for its entire four-year run (minus a special airing following the Super Bowl during season one).

UPDATE: Angel from Hell has been canceled after five episodes, airing its swan song on February 4. 2 Broke Girls undergoes yet another timeslot switch and takes its place at 9:30.

Friday

8:00 - Undercover Boss (Beginning January 8)
8:00 - The Amazing Race (Beginning February 12)
9:00 - Hawaii Five-0 (Beginning January 8)
10:00 - Blue Bloods (Beginning January 8)

As has become typical, Undercover Boss will start on Sundays in December before shifting to Fridays at 8:00 between cycles of The Amazing Race.
  
Sunday

8:00 - Madam Secretary (Beginning January 10)
9:00 - The Good Wife (Beginning January 10)
10:00 - CSI: Cyber (Beginning January 10)
10:00 - Elementary (New Timeslot - Beginning March 20)

Undercover Boss will have three special Sunday airings on December 20 & 27 and January 3, with the regular schedule resuming in mid-January. CSI: Cyber will air its last Sunday episode in late February, with Elementary moving into the Sunday lineup on March 20 to finish out its fourth-season run.

The only show awaiting scheduling information is veteran drama Person of Interest, which has a shortened order. Additionally, when CSI: Cyber leaves the schedule on March 9, it will still have 5 episodes remaining unaired. Mike & Molly will also have several episodes still left to air, perhaps on Mondays at 8:00 if Supergirl wraps its freshman season early?

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