TV Upfronts: CBS Celebrates Being the #1 Network

CBS opened their upfront presentation with a Hamilton-esque number by James Corden in celebration of their status as the #1 broadcast network. The network also used the opportunity to tout the accomplishments of their news team,  having spent the last several years rebuilding a damaged reputation.

Before getting to the previously revealed fall lineup, President Les Moonves took some time to announce a few series that will be headed to their All Access including a new Star Trek series and a Good Wife spin-off starring Christine Baranski.

And with that, here is the new fall lineup:

(New series in bold)

8:00pm The Big Bang Theory
8:30pm Kevin Can Wait (moving to 8pm in October)
8:30pm Man With a Plan (Starting in October)
9:00pm 2 Broke Girls
9:30pm The Odd Couple
10:00pm Scorpion

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

8:00pm Survivor
9:00pm Criminal Minds
10:00pm Code Black

8:00pm, ET / 5:00pm, PT NFL Thursday Night Football (Premieres Sept. 15)
8:00pm The Big Bang Theory (Starting Oct. 27)
8:30pm The Great Indoors (Starting Oct. 27)
9:00pm Mom (Starting Oct. 27)
9:30pm Life in Pieces (Starting Oct. 27)
10:00pm Pure Genius (Starting Oct. 27)

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

8:00pm Crimetime Saturday
9:00pm Crimetime Saturday
10:00pm 48 Hours

7:00pm 60 Minutes
8:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles
9:00pm Madam Secretary
10:00pm Elementary

CBS Comedy

After cutting down their comedy line up in recent years, CBS is returning to the eight-comedy plan, renewing favorites The Big Bang Theory, 2 Broke Girls, Mom, The Odd Couple and Life in Pieces, while introducing new series Kevin Can Wait, Man With a Plan, and The Great Indoors.

Kevin Can Wait stars Kevin James as a newly retired police officer in this family comedy from the folks responsible for films like Paul Blart: Mall Cop and The Zookeeper.

Matt LeBlanc returns to network TV with Man With a Plan, another new family comedy. LeBlanc plays a dad to three young kids who has to become more involved in the day-to-day parenting business when his wife returns to work.

The Great Indoors stars Joel McHale as a travel writer and outdoors enthusiast who is forced to take a desk job when his magazine goes into the digital world where he must learn to work with overly sensitive millennials and…Human Resources.

CBS Drama

CBS has done exceptionally well in recent years on the drama side, seeing major success from hit shows like CSI, NCIS, and Criminal Minds. Some of these mega-hits will be returning in the fall, along with a few new dramas.

Bull stars NCIS alum Michael Weatherly as highly successful trial consultant Dr. Jason Bull in a role inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw. Yes, that Dr. Phil. Who actually serves as an Executive Producer. Combining standard legal procedure with quick-witted humor, this will probably do well with CBS’s standard audience.

MacGyver is the origin story of one of the most iconic TV characters of the 80s and stars George Eads and Lucas Till. Since the rebooted Hawaii Five-0 has been done well for the network, they’re banking on that success to carry over to MacGyver, which is the new lead in to Five-0.

Pure Genius is a new medical drama, but with a twist! This Silicon Valley-based hospital drama centers on a collection of brilliant doctors funded by a tech billionaire and unfettered by the red tape and bureaucracy of most hospitals. Augustus Prew and Dermot Mulroney lead the cast.


CBS also shared a peek at a couple of series they will be debuting in the midseason, including Training Day, which is set 15 years after the film ended and follows an undercover officer infiltrating the Special Investigation Section of the LAPD, led by Bill Paxton. And rounding out the list of announcements is another potentially groundbreaking show called Doubt, which stars Katherine Heigl and Laverne Cox. While it is a noteworthy and impressive move to cast a transgender actress in a starring role front and center on CBS, it remains to be seen if there is room for another legal drama in the line up.

Oh, and in case you missed the announcement and are concerned, Supergirl has not been cancelled. It will be relocated to the CW which has their upfront presentation tomorrow.

And that’s the latest from CBS. What do you think? Any of these shows particularly strike your interest?

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Written by Karen M. Peterson

Karen Peterson is a writer from Southern California. When she is not at the ballpark cheering on her LA Angels, she can usually be found in a movie theater or in front of the television. Karen is obsessed with awards shows, and loves everything from the smallest indie film to the biggest of big budget spectacles. She is also unapologetically in love with Tom Cruise.


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