Welcome to the CBS Fam, Nina Dobrev! The Vampire Diaries alum is moving to the small screen starting January 10 as part of CBS' 2019 midseason schedule. Her new comedy Fam will take over Murphy Brown's Thursday night timeslot after that series ends its 13-season revival run (and maybe ends completely). The network also announced that Matt LeBlanc's Man With a Plan will return for Season 3 on February 4, taking over Happy Together's Monday timeslot when that low-rated show ends its first and potentially only season.
Here's the CBS 2019 midseason schedule:
Colin Hanks' Life in Pieces has already been renewed for Season 4, and that premiere date will be announced later.
You'll notice Big Brother: Celebrity Edition is a HUGE part of the winter schedule -- that's Season 2 of the U.S. version of celebrity Big Brother. Julie Chen Moonves will return to host, despite her husband being ousted from the network. The guilty pleasure show will be on all the time, but only for a few weeks -- as opposed to the signature summer series, which lasts for months.
Nina Dobrev is making her big return to TV with Fam. The comedy co-stars Tone Bell, and follows a woman whose vision of a perfect life with her adoring fiancé and his wonderful parents is turned upside-down when her 16-year-old out-of-control half-sister unexpectedly comes to live with her.
This is Nina Dobrev's first lead role since The Vampire Diaries ended in 2017. Previous to that, she had a main role in Degrassi: The Next Generation. She originally left Vampire Diaries to pursue other projects, including on film, and she appeared on screen in xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Flatliners, and Dog Days.
Nina Dobrev has had better luck with TV than film, so here's hoping Fam follows that trajectory. (It's already off to a rough start, losing a showrunner for alleged misconduct.) Fam was given a pretty good timeslot on Thursdays, after The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, and Mom, but that wasn't enough to boost Murphy Brown to great heights. We'll see.
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