CBS unveiled their schedule for the upcoming TV season yesterday, and it features eight new shows: four dramas, four comedies, and amazingly, no more “NCIS” shows.
They dumped “2 Broke Girls”, and the circumstances share several commonalities with “Last Man Standing,” which ABC axed last week.
They both lasted six seasons . . . they both started out hot in Season One, but eventually lost well over half their audiences . . . and perhaps most importantly, they were both being licensed by an outside production company.
That means the networks didn’t own the shows, and so the costs of keeping them on the air were even more than an in-house production. In any event:
The other shows CBS is NOT bringing back are: “American Gothic”, “BrainDead”, “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”, “Doubt”, “The Great Indoors”, “The Odd Couple”, “Pure Genius”, “Ransom”, and “Training Day”.
And the shows CBS renewed include “48 Hours,” “60 Minutes,” “The Amazing Race,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Blue Bloods,” “Bull,” “Code Black,” “Criminal Minds,” “Elementary,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Kevin Can Wait”…
“Life in Pieces,” “MacGyver,” “Madam Secretary,” “Man with a Plan,” “Mom,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Scorpion,” “Superior Donuts,” and “Survivor.”
They also renewed “The Good Fight,” which airs on CBS All-Access.
Six of the new shows are premiering this fall, although “Thursday Night Football” will delay some of them until November.
For what it’s worth, CBS is getting some backlash for their lack of diversity, although they were also criticized last year, and it worked out okay, apparently.
Last year, they launched six new shows in the fall that featured white male leads. This fall, there are FIVE shows starring white male leads, and one led by Shemar Moore from “Criminal Minds.”
Reporters asked if they were concerned by the lack of women, and they aren’t. A CBS suit said, “Well …more women watch CBS, percentage-wise, than any other network, so our shows have a lot of female appeal.”
Here are the highlights of CBS’ new programming:
There’s a comedy called “9JKL” about a man who finds himself living in an apartment next to his parents.
There’s a more interesting sitcom called “Me, Myself, and I,” which simultaneously follows a man’s life at three different ages…as a 63-year-old, as a 40-year-old, and as a 14-year-old. John Larroquette plays him as an old man, and Bobby Moynihan from “Saturday Night Live” is him at middle age, but the child actor isn’t anyone you’d know.
By the way, Bobby is leaving “SNL” to do this show.
There’s a military drama called “SEAL Team” starring David Boreanaz from “Bones” and a reboot of the ’70s cop drama “S.W.A.T.” starring Shemar Moore. (The original “S.W.A.T.” starred Robert Urich and Steve Forrest.)
There’s a high-tech crime drama called “Wisdom of the Crowd.” It stars Jeremy Piven, and seems to have a similar vibe as “Person of Interest.”
The highest-profile new show is the “Big Bang Theory” prequel, “Young Sheldon,” which is about Sheldon when he was a nine-year-old high school student. Jim Parsons plays Sheldon on “Big Bang Theory.” He won’t be on this show, but he’s narrating it. The kid is played by Iain Armitage, who you probably don’t know.
They also released a trailer for “Star Trek: Discovery,” which stars Sonequa Martin-Green, who you knew as Sasha on “The Walking Dead.” It will debut on CBS’ ‘All Access’ streaming service this fall.
In the winter, CBS will launch two mid-season shows:
“Instinct” will star Alan Cumming as a former CIA operative helping cops track down a serial killer.
“By the Book” is based on a novel by a man who spent a year trying to follow the Bible as literally as possible, including not shaving, not wearing clothes made of mixed fibers, and stoning adulterers.
The book is called “The Year of Living Biblically” by A.J. Jacobs, and it’s actually pretty fascinating.
Finally, Stephen Colbert spoke at CBS’ upfront presentation and not surprisingly, he had a lot of Trump jokes. The “Hollywood Reporter” has a rundown of his 10 best jabs.