With a stable 2016-2017 schedule, CBS will see 23 returning series on the 2017-2018 schedule, adding six new shows in the fall and two more at mid-season. CBS’ roster of returning comedies include The Big Bang Theory, Kevin Can Wait, Mom, Life In Pieces, Man With a Plan and Superior Donuts.
The new fall comedies are the highly anticipated Young Sheldon, about 9-year-old genius Sheldon Cooper growing up in East Texas; 9JKL, starring Mark Feuerstein as an actor who’s newly single and returns home to live in an apartment sandwiched between his doting parents and his competitive brother and family; and Me, Myself & I, starring Bobby Moynihan in a single-camera 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. 9JKL and Me, Myself & I will both join the Monday night comedy block.
Returning dramas include NCIS, Bull, Scorpion, Blue Bloods, NCIS: Los Angeles, Madame Secretary, NCIS: New Orleans, Hawaii Five-0, MacGyver, Criminal Minds, Elementary and Code Black.
The new fall dramas are: SEAL Team, 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 missions, starring David Boreanaz; S.W.A.T., inspired by the television series and feature film, starring Shemar Moore as a S.W.A.T. sergeant in Los Angeles; and Wisdom of the Crowd, starring Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Jeremy Piven as a visionary tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter’s murder.
Also returning are Emmy Award-winning reality programs Survivor, The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss. 60 Minutes will celebrate its 50th anniversary as televisions #1 news program, and 48 Hours will celebrate its 30th anniversary as Saturday’s #1 regularly scheduled program. NFL Thursday Night Football kicks off on September 28 with the Chicago Bears at Green Bay.
Two new series also set to premiere later in the 2017-2018 season are: By the Book, a comedy about a modern day man who decides to live his life strictly by the Bible, and Instinct, a drama starring Alan Cumming as a gifted author, university professor and former CIA operative who is lured back to his old life by the NYPD when they need his help to stop a serial killer.
CBS’ fall season kicks off on Monday, September 25.
CBS FALL 2017 SCHEDULE
(All Times ET/PT; New shows in highlighted in bold)
8:00 P — The Big Bang Theory
8:30 P – Young Sheldon (Special One Time Preview)
8:30 P – 9JKL (Premieres Oct. 2)
9:00 P — Kevin Can Wait
9:30 P – Me, Myself & I
10:00 P — Scorpion
8:00 P — Kevin Can Wait (Starting Oct. 30)
8:30 P – 9JKL
9:00 P – Me, Myself & I (Starting Oct. 30)
9:30 P — Superior Donuts
10:00 P — Scorpion
8:00 P — NCIS
9:00 P – Bull
10:00 P — NCIS: New Orleans [New Time Period]
8:00 P — Survivor
9:00 P — SEAL Team
10:00 P — Criminal Minds [New Time Period]
8:00 P — NFL Thursday Night Football (Premieres Sept. 28)
8:00 P – The Big Bang Theory (Starting Nov. 2)
8:30 P – Young Sheldon (Starting Nov. 2)
9:00 P – Mom (Starting Nov. 2)
9:30 P – Life In Pieces (Starting Nov. 2)
10:00 P – S.W.A.T. (Starting Nov. 2)
8:00 P — MacGyver
9:00 P — Hawaii Five-0
10:00 P — Blue Bloods
8:00 P — Crimetime Saturday
9:00 P — Crimetime Saturday
10:00 P — 48 Hours
7:00 P — 60 Minutes
8:00 P – Wisdom of the Crowd
9:00 P – NCIS: Los Angeles [New Time Period]
10:00 P – Madame Secretary [New Time Period]
NEW DRAMA SERIES
SEAL TEAM – Failure is not an option for the Navy SEALs — the world’s most elite, special ops forces. In this action-packed new drama, these stealthy and fearless warriors conduct high-risk clandestine missions against impossible odds. And when they return to the home front they face stress of a different nature. Keeping secrets, deploying at a moment’s notice, and the knowledge that each assignment could be their last takes a toll on them and their families. But their unbreakable oath and patriotism compel them to persevere.
Cast: David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot, Neil Brown Jr., Jessica Paré, A.J. Buckley, Toni Trucks.
S.W.A.T. – Shemar Moore stars in an intense police drama inspired by the hit television show and movie of the same name. Los Angeles S.W.A.T. lieutenant Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson is assigned to lead a highly skilled unit in the community where he grew up. Torn between loyalty to the streets where the cops are sometimes the enemy, and allegiance to his brothers in blue, he strategically straddles these two worlds. Hondo encourages his team to rely on communication and respect over force and aggression, but when a crisis erupts, these unflinching men and women are prepared to put their tactical training to the test.
Cast: Shemar Moore, Jay Harrington, Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson, Peter Onorati.
WISDOM OF THE CROWD – If two heads are better than one, imagine what a million could do. Jeremy Piven stars in Wisdom of the Crowd, an intriguing new series about a Silicon Valley tech icon who takes crowdsourcing to the next level. Driven by trying to find his daughter’s killer, he creates a platform for people around the world to submit and evaluate evidence for criminal investigations. He launches a new company with a staff of specialists—passionate experts who sometimes work outside the confines of the law—ultimately revolutionizing crime solving in the Bay Area.
Cast: Jeremy Piven, Richard T. Jones, Monica Potter, Natalia Tena, Jake Matthews, Blake Lee.
INSTINCT stars Alan Cumming 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.
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.[MID-SEASON]
NEW COMEDY SERIES
9JKL – Based on the real-life experiences of executive producer and star Mark Feuerstein, 9JKL is an engaging and relatable comedy about family, family … and more family. Josh is a new divorcé and actor between projects who moves home to New York to regroup — and into an apartment sandwiched between his parents and his brother’s family. As he gets back on his feet, he’s faced with his most challenging role yet: being a good son and brother while keeping his relatives at bay. As they literally come at him from both sides, he realizes he desperately needs to establish some ground rules, because his loving family is always going to be there for him. Always.
Cast: Mark Feuerstein, Linda Lavin, Elliott Gould, David Walton, Liza Lapira, Matt Murray.
ME, MYSELF & I – Life is filled with defining moments — what matters most is how we deal with them. Starring Bobby Moynihan, Me, Myself & I is a refreshing new comedy that spans three distinct periods of Alex Riley’s life. As a 14-year-old boy in 1991, Alex and his mom move from Chicago to Los Angeles when she remarries. In present day, 40-year-old Alex’s life has hit both a personal and professional standstill. And in 2042 at 65, Alex has a realization that to be truly happy, he has to step away from his successful company and get back to his passion … inventing. Through these pivotal periods, where the past informs the future, we see Alex handle the moments with determination, emotion and lots of humor.
Cast: Bobby Moynihan, John Larroquette, Sharon Lawrence, Kelen Coleman, Mandell Maughan, Brian Unger, Jaleel White, Jack Dylan Grazer, Skylar Gray, Christopher Richards, Reylynn Caster.
YOUNG SHELDON – It’s 1989, and we meet nine-year-old Sheldon Cooper, the beloved character from The Big Bang Theory, who has skipped four grades to start high school alongside his less-intellectual older brother. We get a peek into the early years–with voice over from Jim Parsons – of a genius who is misunderstood by his family, classmates and neighbors. His mother preps him with what she thinks is the only tool he’ll need to survive at his new school: remind bullies that his dad’s the football coach and his brother plays on the team. His twin sister, who’s happy to stay in fourth grade, has a better sense of what awaits Sheldon than he does. Young Sheldon may understand Newtonian physics, but his blue-collar, church-going family only cares if that knowledge will help them win a football game.
Cast: Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord, Montana Jordan, Jim Parsons.
BY THE BOOK is 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.
By the Book stars Jay R. Ferguson as Chip, Lindsey Kraft as Leslie, Ian Gomez as Father Gene, David Krumholtz as Rabbi Ableman, Tony Rock as Vince and Camryn Manheim as Ms. Meadows. [MID-SEASON]