Wednesday, May 17, 2017

2017 Fall Schedule: CBS

Monday

8:00 - The Big Bang Theory (New Timesot)
8:30 - 9JKL (NEW)
9:00 - Kevin Can Wait (New Timeslot)
9:30 - Me, Myself & I (NEW)
10:00 - Scorpion

Monday (Beginning October 30)

8:00 - Kevin Can Wait (New Timeslot)
8:30 - 9JKL
9:00 - Me, Myself & I (New Timeslot)
9:30 - Superior Donuts
10:00 - Scorpion

Football already complicates CBS's schedule, but they always seem to make decisions that make it even more complicated than it needs to be. Here's a prime example of that. Launching two new comedies on the same night is ambitious but not ridiculous, especially with The Big Bang Theory being used to lead into one of them before moving to Thursdays. But once football ends, this schedule makes some unnecessary moves. Putting Kevin Can Wait back in its 8:00 timeslot makes sense, but why move Me, Myself & I, an untested property, into the 9:00 anchor slot? Why not just put Superior Donuts there? It's unnecessary.

Tuesday

8:00 - NCIS
9:00 - Bull
10:00 - NCIS: New Orleans

No changes here, which is kind of surprising. I would have probably moved NCIS: NO to Thursdays, since new shows haven't been too successful there in recent years.

Wednesday

8:00 - Survivor
9:00 - SEAL Team (NEW)
10:00 - Criminal Minds (New Timeslot)

I think this was a missed opportunity for CBS to pair S.W.A.T., starring former Criminal Minds lead Shemar Moore, with the show that made him famous. They had success pairing Michael Weatherley's new show with NCIS last year...

Thursday

8:00 - Thursday Night Football (September 28 - October 26)

8:00 - The Big Bang Theory (New Timeslot)
8:30 - Young Sheldon (NEW)
9:00 - Mom
9:30 - Life in Pieces
10:00 - S.W.A.T. (NEW)

As expected, Big Bang will lead into its new spin-off, with the rest of the comedy block remaining in tact. Rather than moving a veteran series, CBS will try again at 10:00 with another freshman, a remake of S.W.A.T.

Friday

8:00 - MacGyver
9:00 - Hawaii Five-0
10:00 - Blue Bloods

CBS found a lineup that worked.

Sunday

7:00 - 60 Minutes
8:00 - Wisdom of the Crowd (NEW)
9:00 - NCIS: Los Angeles (New Timeslot)
10:00 - Madam Secretary (New Timeslot)

This is a weird one. Why CBS is attempting to launch a new drama at 8:00 on Sundays, when that hour is so commonly delayed because of football overrun, is baffling. Sundays are a bit of a graveyard for CBS because of interruptions, so it's a little odd. Unsurprising is the 10:00 time period for Madam Secretary; that's the program that will run outside of primetime whenever programming starts late, so it's the place where shows get thrown to the wolves, and the low-rated political drama has been an underwhelming (though steady) performer for years now, so it gets sacrificed. Curiously absent is Elementary, which barely registers in the ratings anymore but managed a renewal for next season. I'm surprised it and Code Black aren't sharing the 10:00 slot.

Midseason

New shows joining at midseason include comedy By the Book; drama Instinct; and the returns of Elementary, Code Black, Man with a Plan, The Amazing Race, and Undercover Boss.

No major changes to CBS's schedule, which is a testament to their stability. Mostly this is minor timeslot shifts and slotting in where canceled shows once were. With Big Bang still the biggest comedy (though nowhere near its ratings of even a year ago), CBS will have a couple more seasons, most likely, of stability before they will have to really start restructuring. Stalwarts like NCIS, Blue Bloods, and Criminal Minds are aging quickly, and at some point they will simply become too expensive to continue. For the network's sake, I hope it's not at the same time that Big Bang ends, which would put an enormous chasm in the schedule. The Young Sheldon spin-off is a clear attempt to keep the story and characters of Big Bang going, hopefully grooming it as a potential replacement when the parent show is put out to pasture. Other than that, it's another year of seeing which procedural will stick: the military one (SEAL Team) or the cop one (S.W.A.T.).

Click after the jump for descriptions of CBS's new 2017-2018 season.

Comedy

9JKL - Mark Feuerstein stars in a family comedy inspired by his real life. Josh Roberts (Feuerstein) is a new divorcé and actor between projects who moves home to New York to regroup, living in an apartment sandwiched between his doting, meddlesome parents on one side and his competitive brother, sister-in-law and their new baby on the other. As Josh’s family literally comes at him from both sides, he realizes he desperately needs to establish some personal boundaries, because his loving family is always going to be right there for him. Always. Dana Klein, Mark Feuerstein, Aaron Kaplan, Wendi Trilling, Dana Honor and Pam Fryman are executive producers for Kapital Entertainment in association with CBS Television Studios. Fryman directed the pilot. 9JKL stars Mark Feuerstein as Josh Roberts, Linda Lavin as Judy, Elliott Gould as Harry, David Walton as Andrew, Liza Lapira as Eve and Matt Murray as Nick.

By the Book - A comedy about a modern day man at a crossroads in his life who decides to live strictly in accordance with the Bible. Chip Curry (Jay R. Ferguson) is the film critic for a New York newspaper and a soon-to-be father who wants to be a better man following the loss of his best friend. As he begins his sincere spiritual journey toward a more moral life with the help of his wife and friends, he 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. Based on The New York Times bestselling book The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs. Patrick Walsh, Johnny Galecki, Andrew Haas, Spencer Medof and multiple Emmy Award winner Andy Ackerman (pilot) are executive producers for Alcide Bava Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Ackerman directed the pilot.



Me, Myself & I - Bobby Moynihan stars in a comedy about the defining moments in one man’s life over three distinct periods – as a 14-year-old in 1991, at age 40 in present day and at age 65 in 2042. During these pivotal periods of yesterday, today and tomorrow, Alex always finds a way to move forward with determination and humor, knowing his life story isn’t defined by the bad things that happen to him, but instead by how he chooses to deal with them. Dan Kopelman, Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor and Randall Einhorn (pilot only) are executive producers for Kapital Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Einhorn directed the pilot. ME, MYSELF & I stars Bobby Moynihan (Alex, present day), Jack Dylan Grazer (Alex, 1991), Brian Unger (Ron, 1991, present day), Jaleel White (Darryl, present day), Kelen Coleman (Abby, 2042), Skylar Gray (Abby, present day), Christopher Paul Richards (Justin, 1991), Mandell Maughan (Maggie, 1991), Reylynn Caster (Nori, 1991), with Sharon Lawrence (Eleanor, 2042) and John Larroquette (Alex, 2042).

Young Sheldon - For 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage), it isn’t easy growing up in East Texas. Being a once-in-a-generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science isn’t always helpful in a land where church and football are king. And while the vulnerable, gifted and somewhat naïve Sheldon deals with the world, his very normal family must find a way to deal with him. The Big Bang Theory’s multiple Emmy Award winner Jim Parsons narrates as Adult Sheldon. This single-camera, half-hour comedy gives us the chance to meet Sheldon in childhood, as he embarks on his innocent, awkward and hopeful journey toward the man he will become. Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro created the series and executive produce along with Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak for Warner Bros. Television. Jon Favreau directed the pilot. Young Sheldon stars Iain Armitage as Sheldon, Zoe Perry as Mary, Lance Barber as George Sr., Raegan Revord as Missy and Montana Jordan as Georgie Jr. The Big Bang Theory’s multiple Emmy Award winner Jim Parsons narrates the comedy as Adult Sheldon.

Drama

Instinct - Alan Cumming stars as a former CIA operative who is lured back to his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer. Dr. Dylan Reinhart (Cumming) is a gifted author and university professor living a quiet life teaching psychopathic behavior to packed classes of adoring students. But when top NYPD detective Lizzie Needham appeals to him to help her catch a serial murderer who is using Dylan’s first book as a tutorial, Dylan is compelled by the case, comes out of retirement and taps into his old skill set. Though Dylan and Lizzie initially clash, when it comes to catching killers, they realize they will make an ideal team if they both trust their instincts. Based on the soon to be published James Patterson book. Michael Rauch, Marc Webb, Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Alan Cumming are executive producers for CBS Television Studios. Webb directed the pilot. Instinct stars Alan Cumming as Dr. Dylan Reinhart, Bojana Novakovic as Lizzie Needham, Daniel Ings as Andy, Naveen Andrews as Julian Cousins and Khandi Alexander as Lt. Monica Ford.

SEAL Team - David Boreanaz stars in a military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high stakes missions our country can ask of them. Deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment’s notice, and knowing the toll it takes on them and their families, this tight-knit SEAL team displays unwavering patriotism and fearless dedication, even in the face of overwhelming odds. Ben Cavell, Ed Redlich, Chris Chulack, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly are executive producers for CBS Television Studios. Emmy Award winner Chulack directed the pilot. SEAL Team stars David Boreanaz as Jason Hayes, Max Thieriot as Clay Spenser, Neil Brown Jr. as Ray, A.J. Buckley as Sonny, Toni Trucks as Diaz and Jessica Paré as Mandy Ellis.

S.W.A.T. - Inspired by the television series and feature film, S.W.A.T. stars Shemar Moore as a locally born S.W.A.T. sergeant newly tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles. Torn between loyalty to the streets where he was raised and allegiance to his brothers in blue, former Marine Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson (Moore) has everything it takes to successfully bridge the divide between his two worlds and excel at leading his dedicated team of brave men and women as they risk their lives to protect the community. Aaron Thomas, Shawn Ryan, Justin Lin, Neal Moritz, Marney Hochman, Danielle Woodrow and Pavun Shetty are executive producers for Sony Pictures Television in association with CBS Television Studios. Lin directed the pilot. S.W.A.T. stars Shemar Moore as Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson, Stephanie Sigman as Jessica Cortez, Alex Russell as Jim Street, Jay Harrington as David “Deacon” Kay, Lina Esco as Christina “Chris” Alonso, Kenny Johnson as Dominique Luca and Peter Onorati as Mumford.

Wisdom of the Crowd - Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Jeremy Piven stars as a visionary tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter’s murder, and revolutionizes crime solving in the process. Inspired by the notion that a million minds are better than one, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jeffrey Tanner (Piven) develops “Sophe,” an online platform for publicly shared information, and recruits the original cop who searched for his daughter’s killer, Det. Tommy Cavanaugh (Richard T. Jones), to work with him. As Tanner taps into the “wisdom of the crowd,” his unexpected success fuels his determination to solve even more cases than just the one that’s personal to him. Ted Humphrey; Adam Davidson (pilot); Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan (Keshet Media Group); and Dror Mishani and Shira Hadad are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with Universal Television. Davidson directed the pilot. Based on the Israeli format of the same name. Wisdom of the Crowd stars Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Jeremy Piven as Jeffrey Tanner, Richard T. Jones as Det. Tommy Cavanaugh, Natalia Tena as Sara Morton, Blake Lee as Josh Novak, Jake Matthews as Tariq Bakari and Monica Potter as Alex Hale.

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