CBS fall schedule: Here's how the network is moving on after 'Big Bang Theory,' Les Moonves

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CBS fall schedule: Here's how the network is moving on after 'Big Bang Theory,' Les MoonvesCBS fall schedule: Here's how the network is moving on after 'Big Bang Theory,' Les Moonves

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The most-watched network is counting on five new series, plus plenty of familiar faces, to counter the loss of “Big Bang Theory” next season.
A skeptical forensic psychologist Katja Herbers) joins a priest-in-training and a carpenter (Mike Colter) to investigate the Church\'s backlog of supposed miracles, demonic possessions and unexplained phenomena in CBS drama "Evil."A skeptical forensic psychologist Katja Herbers) joins a priest-in-training and a carpenter (Mike Colter) to investigate the Church\'s backlog of supposed miracles, demonic possessions and unexplained phenomena in CBS drama "Evil."

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A skeptical forensic psychologist Katja Herbers) joins a priest-in-training and a carpenter (Mike Colter) to investigate the Church\’s backlog of supposed miracles, demonic possessions and unexplained phenomena in CBS drama “Evil.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="NEW YORK – CBS is making bolder moves in a season of play-it-safe programming, adding five new fall series as it weathers the loss of TV’s top comedy, "The Big Bang Theory," ending Thursday after a 12-season run.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”45″>NEW YORK – CBS is making bolder moves in a season of play-it-safe programming, adding five new fall series as it weathers the loss of TV’s top comedy, “The Big Bang Theory,” ending Thursday after a 12-season run. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="In a presentation to advertisers at Carnegie Hall Wednesday, the network outlines its strategy in its first schedule since chairman Leslie Moonves, who had a firm hand in programming decisions over his 24-year tenure,&nbsp;was ousted last fall over sexual misconduct allegations.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”46″>In a presentation to advertisers at Carnegie Hall Wednesday, the network outlines its strategy in its first schedule since chairman Leslie Moonves, who had a firm hand in programming decisions over his 24-year tenure, was ousted last fall over sexual misconduct allegations. 

CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl called the schedule “stable but not sleepy” in some ways, and “aggressive but not reckless” in others.

Highlights:

CBS enlists Patricia Heaton, Kyle MacLachlan, Pauley Perrette

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Fans loyal to CBS stars won't be disappointed.&nbsp;Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond," "The Middle")&nbsp; looks for "Carol’s Second Act," playing a retired teacher and divorced mom who decides to become a doctor at 50. MacLachlan ("Twin Peaks") plays a fellow doctor. Billy Gardell, who co-starred with Melissa McCarthy in the network’s 2010-16 comedy "Mike &amp; Molly," is back as a heart-attack victim who falls for his Nigerian nurse in "Bob Hearts Abishola." Marg Helgenberger ("CSI") has a supporting role in "All Rise," a courtroom drama centered on a newly appointed African American judge (Simone Missick).&nbsp;” data-reactid=”50″>Fans loyal to CBS stars won’t be disappointed. Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “The Middle”)  looks for “Carol’s Second Act,” playing a retired teacher and divorced mom who decides to become a doctor at 50. MacLachlan (“Twin Peaks”) plays a fellow doctor. Billy Gardell, who co-starred with Melissa McCarthy in the network’s 2010-16 comedy “Mike & Molly,” is back as a heart-attack victim who falls for his Nigerian nurse in “Bob Hearts Abishola.” Marg Helgenberger (“CSI”) has a supporting role in “All Rise,” a courtroom drama centered on a newly appointed African American judge (Simone Missick). 

"Pilot" -- When an outrageously wealthy trust fund baby is cut off by his father, he and his wife move into her estranged sister’s Reseda home, forcing the two siblings to reconnect. Pictured: Pauley Perrette, Jaime Camil, Natasha Leggero. Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ¬©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved"Pilot" -- When an outrageously wealthy trust fund baby is cut off by his father, he and his wife move into her estranged sister’s Reseda home, forcing the two siblings to reconnect. Pictured: Pauley Perrette, Jaime Camil, Natasha Leggero. Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ¬©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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“Pilot” — When an outrageously wealthy trust fund baby is cut off by his father, he and his wife move into her estranged sister’s Reseda home, forcing the two siblings to reconnect. Pictured: Pauley Perrette, Jaime Camil, Natasha Leggero. Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ¬©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="In midseason, Edie Falco ("The Sopranos," "Nurse Jackie") plays a former New York cop who becomes L.A.'s first police chief in "Tommy."&nbsp;And fan favorite Perrette, a former star of "NCIS," will be back later with "Broke," as a suburban mom whose estranged sister and her family show up on her doorstep.&nbsp;&nbsp;” data-reactid=”71″>In midseason, Edie Falco (“The Sopranos,” “Nurse Jackie”) plays a former New York cop who becomes L.A.’s first police chief in “Tommy.” And fan favorite Perrette, a former star of “NCIS,” will be back later with “Broke,” as a suburban mom whose estranged sister and her family show up on her doorstep.  

Kyle MacLachlan and Patricia Heaton as doctors in CBS comedy "Carol's Second Act."Kyle MacLachlan and Patricia Heaton as doctors in CBS comedy "Carol's Second Act."

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Kyle MacLachlan and Patricia Heaton as doctors in CBS comedy “Carol’s Second Act.”

CBS loves hit-making producers, like Chuck Lorre

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Lorre, the sitcom master behind "Big Bang," "Mom," "Mike &amp; Molly" and "Two and a Half Men," is also behind "Abishola."&nbsp;Michelle and Robert King, who created "The Good Wife" and "The Good Fight," are tackling "Evil," a psychological mystery involving religion and science. Dick Wolf, responsible for NBC’s "Law &amp; Order" and "Chicago" franchises, is producing "FBI" and a midseason spinoff, "FBI: Most Wanted," starring Julian McMahon.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”93″>Lorre, the sitcom master behind “Big Bang,” “Mom,” “Mike & Molly” and “Two and a Half Men,” is also behind “Abishola.” Michelle and Robert King, who created “The Good Wife” and “The Good Fight,” are tackling “Evil,” a psychological mystery involving religion and science. Dick Wolf, responsible for NBC’s “Law & Order” and “Chicago” franchises, is producing “FBI” and a midseason spinoff, “FBI: Most Wanted,” starring Julian McMahon. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="More: New CBS series feature big names: Edie Falco, Pauley Perrette and Patricia Heaton” data-reactid=”94″>More: New CBS series feature big names: Edie Falco, Pauley Perrette and Patricia Heaton

After a heart attack, a middle-aged sock businessman from Detroit unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant, in CBS comedy "Bob ❤ Abishola," starring Folake Olowofoyeku and Billy Gardell.After a heart attack, a middle-aged sock businessman from Detroit unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant, in CBS comedy "Bob ❤ Abishola," starring Folake Olowofoyeku and Billy Gardell.

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After a heart attack, a middle-aged sock businessman from Detroit unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant, in CBS comedy “Bob ❤ Abishola,” starring Folake Olowofoyeku and Billy Gardell.

Schedule adjustments

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="While Tuesday and Sunday lineups remain intact, CBS is grouping five new fall shows on just two nights, planting "Abishola" behind "The Neighborhood" on Mondays, and "The Unicorn" – a new comedy starring Walton Goggins ("Justified") as a&nbsp;desirable widowed dad reentering the dating pool – on largely retooled Thursdays,&nbsp;behind "Young Sheldon," which inherits&nbsp;the "Big Bang"&nbsp;lead-off spot. "S.W.A.T." moves to Wednesdays, while "Magnum P.I." heads to Fridays.” data-reactid=”118″>While Tuesday and Sunday lineups remain intact, CBS is grouping five new fall shows on just two nights, planting “Abishola” behind “The Neighborhood” on Mondays, and “The Unicorn” – a new comedy starring Walton Goggins (“Justified”) as a desirable widowed dad reentering the dating pool – on largely retooled Thursdays, behind “Young Sheldon,” which inherits the “Big Bang” lead-off spot. “S.W.A.T.” moves to Wednesdays, while “Magnum P.I.” heads to Fridays.

Simone Missick stars as newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael in CBS courtroom drama "All Rise."Simone Missick stars as newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael in CBS courtroom drama "All Rise."

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Simone Missick stars as newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael in CBS courtroom drama “All Rise.”

The ratings scorecard

CBS once again will finish the TV season next week as the most-watched network, averaging 9 million viewers, a figure unchanged from last year amid widespread declines elsewhere. Among adults ages 18 to 49, it’s averaging 2 million, down 2%, and tied for second place. But the network has traditionally attracted a significantly older audience than its rivals.

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What’s leaving, or coming back later

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Aside from "Big Bang," CBS ditched four other comedies: "Life in Pieces," a short-lived revival of "Murphy Brown," and freshmen comedies "Fam" and "Happy Together." But it renewed an astounding 14 dramas, including Save Our Shows favorite "Madam Secretary," which returns for a final 10-episode season.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”143″>Aside from “Big Bang,” CBS ditched four other comedies: “Life in Pieces,” a short-lived revival of “Murphy Brown,” and freshmen comedies “Fam” and “Happy Together.” But it renewed an astounding 14 dramas, including Save Our Shows favorite “Madam Secretary,” which returns for a final 10-episode season. 

The “MacGyver” remake Matt LeBlanc comedy “Man with a Plan” and a final season of “Criminal Minds” will join the schedule later. 

CBS fall schedule

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="All times EDT/PDT; new shows in bold; new time slots in italics” data-reactid=”146″>All times EDT/PDT; new shows in bold; new time slots in italics

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Monday; 8, "The Neighborhood"; 8:30, "Bob Hearts Abishola"; 9, "All Rise"; 10, "Bull"” data-reactid=”147″>Monday; 8, “The Neighborhood”; 8:30, “Bob Hearts Abishola”; 9, “All Rise”; 10, “Bull”

Tuesday: 8, “NCIS”; 9, “FBI”; 10, “NCIS: New Orleans”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Wednesday: 8, "Survivor"; 9, "SEAL" Team; 10, "S.W.A.T."” data-reactid=”149″>Wednesday: 8, “Survivor”; 9, “SEAL” Team; 10, “S.W.A.T.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Thursday: 8, "Young Sheldon"; 8:30, "The Unicorn"; 9, "Mom"; 9:30, "Carol’s Second Act"; 10, "Evil"” data-reactid=”150″>Thursday: 8, “Young Sheldon”; 8:30, “The Unicorn”; 9, “Mom”; 9:30, “Carol’s Second Act”; 10, “Evil”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Friday: 8, "Hawaii Five-0"; 9, "Magnum P.I."; 10, "Blue Bloods"” data-reactid=”151″>Friday: 8, “Hawaii Five-0”; 9, “Magnum P.I.”; 10, “Blue Bloods”

Saturday: 8, Drama repeats; 10, “48 Hours”

Sunday: 7, “60 Minutes”; 8, “God Friended Me”; 9, “NCIS: Los Angeles”; 10, “Madam Secretary”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: CBS fall schedule: Here’s how the network is moving on after ‘Big Bang Theory,’ Les Moonves” data-reactid=”154″>This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: CBS fall schedule: Here’s how the network is moving on after ‘Big Bang Theory,’ Les Moonves