Considering the popularity of CBS' marquee shows like The Big Bang Theory and NCIS, the network could probably just eschew all other original programming and still come out ahead. But that will never be the case, of course, and by unveiling its new schedule for the 2018-2019 fall season, CBS has just clued us all in on what some of the biggest shows of the year will be, and that probably includes the updated revival for the classic sitcom Murphy Brown, as well as the Tom Selleck-free Magnum P.I. reboot. Check it out below, noting that new shows are in all caps.
There are big changes all over CBS' upcoming schedule, starting right up top with the new Monday lineup. Perhaps the biggest low-key shakeup in all of this is NFL's Thursday Night Football making the jump to Fox, which means that The Big Bang Theory no longer has to spend half its season on Monday nights, so CBS gets to utilize that evening right from the start of the season. And it's doing so with a trio of big debuts, with Jay Hernandez and Perdita Weeks' Magnum P.I. reboot as the lightning rod that leads into Michael Weatherly's third year of Bull, which is shifting over from its former Tuesday night slot.
The night will be led by two fairly high-profile new comedies. The neighbor-centric series The Neighborhood will be Max Greenfield's first series regular role following New Girl's ending, and it'll be a big network TV turn for comedian Cedric the Entertainer. And Greenfield's former co-star Damon Wayans Jr. co-stars with Amber Stevens West in Happy Together, which boasts pop star Harry Styles as its inspiration and as an executive producer.
Taking Bull's place in that coveted Tuesday night slot after NCIS is the new government abbreviation drama FBI, the latest from Law & Order and Chicago franchise creator Dick Wolf. It stars Rookie Blue's Missy Peregrym, takes place in New York, and will likely have two spinoffs in development by 2019's start. The network's other big new drama, God Friended Me, centers on an atheist who becomes a beacon for change in his community after God friends him on social media. Co-starring The Flash's Violett Beane, executive produced by the Arrow-verse bossman Greg Berlanti, and created by two Gotham writers, God Friended Me isn't a comic book show, but is set to bring levity to CBS' Sunday night schedule.
The final major entry in CBS' fall schedule is the grand return of Candace Bergen's Murphy Brown, which will bring back the original cast and more for a modern-day look at where TV news has gone over the years. That comedy is definitely hoping for a slice of the overwhelming success that Roseanne has celebrated, though probably not the political backlash.
Additionally, CBS announced that viewers will need to wait until the new year's midseason schedule to see the new seasons from established hits like Man with a Plan, Elementary, Instinct, Life in Pieces, Celebrity Big Brother and The Amazing Race. That's also when we'll get to see Nina Dobrev's new comedy Fam, Noah Wyle's charged new drama The Red Line, and the military-based legal drama The Code.
Stay tuned to see the exact dates when all of these shows will debut. And then head to our summer premiere schedule to see what new and returning shows will be popping up before then.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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