Updated 2:40pm with new trailers.
Our comprehensive coverage of the TV network upfront presentations this week in New York continues with a look at CBS’s plans for the 2017-18 season. We’ll have additional reports for the other networks each day this week. See more upfronts coverage…
Highlights and notes
- CBS has ordered eight new shows for next season, split evenly between comedies and dramas.
- In an ambitious move, the network will attempt to launch six of those newcomers this fall, despite once again interrupting its schedule for Thursday Night Football (which will delay the launches of several shows until November).
- Those new shows will also force CBS to hold back several returning programs, including Man With a Plan and Elementary, to midseason.
- Overall, even with so many new pieces, the overall schedule structure remains the same, with comedies on Monday and Thursday nights, and some nights (Tuesday, Friday) completely untouched.
- One thing missing from the network’s fall schedule: women. Network executives have already found themselves on the defensive (much like they were last year after introducing TV’s seemingly least-diverse slate) for its male-dominated lineup of new programs (and correspondingly passing on every one of its female-centric pilots). All five of the network’s 2016-17 newcomers to score a renewal are also led by male characters.
- CBS has added two episodes to the delayed first season of Star Trek: Discovery, and has also ordered a Talking Trek after-show. The 15-episode first season is expected to finally debut this fall (and will still be a CBS All Access exclusive beginning with the 2nd episode).
Renewed and canceled
As always, CBS canceled fewer shows than its competitors. This year’s casualties included a decent chunk of the network’s comedy lineup, including veteran shows 2 Broke Girls (a bit of a surprise, though likely a business decision, since it comes from an outside production company) and The Odd Couple. The network also officially confirmed the cancellations of bubble shows Training Day, Pure Genius, and Ransom this morning.
Scripted shows are in bold below.
|Renewed||Canceled or Ended||Fate Uncertain|
The Amazing Race
The Big Bang Theory
The Good Fight
Kevin Can Wait
Life in Pieces
Man With a Plan
NCIS: Los Angeles
NCIS: New Orleans
|2 Broke Girls
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
The Great Indoors
The Odd Couple
|Big Brother *
Candy Crush *
Star Trek Discovery *
CBS’s 2017-18 primetime schedules
New programs are indicated in bold in the schedule below. All times are ET/PT unless otherwise indicated.
|SUN||60 Minutes||Wisdom of the Crowd||NCIS: Los Angeles*||Madam Secretary*|
|MON||The Big Bang Theory||9JKL||Kevin Can Wait||Me, Myself & I||Scorpion|
|TUE||NCIS||Bull||NCIS: New Orleans|
|WED||Survivor||SEAL Team||Criminal Minds*|
|THU||Thursday Night Football (live at 8p ET / 5p PT)|
|FRI||MacGyver||Hawaii Five-0||Blue Bloods|
|SUN||60 Minutes||Wisdom of the Crowd||NCIS: Los Angeles||Madam Secretary|
|MON||Kevin Can Wait*||9JKL||Me, Myself & I*||Superior Donuts*||Scorpion|
|TUE||NCIS||Bull||NCIS: New Orleans|
|WED||Survivor||SEAL Team||Criminal Minds|
|THU||The Big Bang Theory||Young Sheldon||Mom||Life in Pieces||S.W.A.T.|
|FRI||MacGyver||Hawaii Five-0||Blue Bloods|
CBS’s new shows at a glance
The eight first-year series ordered for CBS’s 2017-18 season are detailed below. Pilots that did not get picked up include multi-racial cop comedy Brothered Up, an adaptation of the comedic web series 7P/10E called Real Life (which was also passed on a year ago), investigative journalism drama The Get, and NASA drama Mission Control (from The Martian author Andy Weir).
COMEDY Mondays at 8:30p starting October 2
Actor Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains) is the creator (along with his wife Dana Klein) and star of this semi-autobiographical sitcom about a man who finds himself living in an apartment adjacent to one occupied by his parents (on one side) and another by his brother, sister-in-law, and their baby (on the other side). The multi-camera comedy, which will get The Big Bang Theory as its lead-in for its first four weeks, also stars David Walton, Liza Lapira, Linda Lavin, Elliot Gould, and Matt Murray.
By the Book [fka Living Biblically]
COMEDY tbd midseason
Another multi-camera sitcom (though it was originally conceived as a single-camera series), By the Book centers on a man (Jay R. Ferguson, The Real O’Neals) who decides to turn around his life by living according to the rules of the Bible. David Krumholtz and Camryn Manheim also star in the series, which is produced by Johnny Galecki and adapted by 2 Broke Girls writer Patrick Walsh from Esquire editor A.J. Jacobs’s book The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible.
Instinct [fka Killer Instinct]
DRAMA tbd midseason
The Good Wife‘s Alan Cumming takes the lead in this adaptation of a forthcoming novel by James Patterson about a former CIA agent turned professor who is lured back into his old life to help the NYPD catch a serial killer. Naveen Andrews, Bojana Novakovic, and Khandi Alexander also star in a series created by former Royal Pains producer Michael Rauch. Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man) directs the pilot.
Me, Myself and I
COMEDY Mondays at 9:30p (moving to 9p on October 30)
This uniquely structured single-camera comedy focuses on one man’s life in three different time periods. John Larroquette plays him as a 65-year-old (25 years in the future), Bobby Moynihan stars as the 40-year-old, present-day version, and youngster Jack Dylan Grazer will play him as a 14-year-old in scenes set in 1991. Dan Kopelman (Galavant, Malcolm in the Middle) is the creator of the series, which also stars Brian Unger, Jaleel White, and Mandell Maughan.
DRAMA Wednesdays at 9p
This relatively self-explanatory military procedural from Benjamin Cavell (Justified, Homeland, Sneaky Pete) focuses on a group of elite Navy SEALS during training, planning, and execution of high-stakes clandestine missions. David Boreanaz (replacing the originally cast Jim Caviezel) stars alongside Jessica Paré and Max Thieriot.
DRAMA Thursdays at 10p starting November 2
This reboot of Aaron Spelling’s mid-1970s L.A. cop drama—remembered, if at all, for its theme music—is based more on the middling 2003 feature film adaptation, though it probably will share little with either previous incarnation aside from some character names. The good news is that this new series comes from The Shield creator Shawn Ryan (along with CSI:NY and Southland writer Aaron Rahsaan Thomas), while Justin Lin (Fast Five) directs the pilot and also serves as a producer. Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) heads a cast that also includes Alex Russell, Jay Harrington, Stephanie Sigman, and Kenny Johnson.
Wisdom of the Crowd
DRAMA Sundays at 8p
If you miss Person of Interest, then CBS has a new high-tech crime procedural for you. TV’s Jeremy Piven stars in this adaptation of an Israeli series as a Bay Area tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter’s murder, and finds out that it can be used to solve other crimes as well. (If we had to guess, we’d say it’s able to solve an average of one crime per week, not including holidays.) Monica Potter and Richard T. Jones also star. High-tech procedurals have been popular in recent years (with APB and Pure Genius last season, and NBC’s new Reverie set for next season) but they haven’t been lasting very long.
COMEDY Thursdays at 8:30p starting November 2
Ordered to series back in March, this spinoff from The Big Bang Theory centers on that show’s Sheldon Cooper back when he was a 9-year-old child attending high school (not a typo) in East Texas. You obviously won’t see Jim Parsons (who plays Cooper in the original series) in the prequel—Iain Armitage (Big Little Lies) plays the youngster—but you will hear him narrating the series. Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro are among the producers, and Jon Favreau directs the opener, which will get a one-time Monday night September premiere (after The Big Bang Theory) before resurfacing in November on Thursdays.
Bonus trailer: Star Trek: Discovery