Mom's Finally Moving Forward Without Anna Faris On CBS' Schedule, But What About FBI?

Anna Faris and Allison Janney on Mom

TV has definitely been changed in the wake of the industry-wide shutdown earlier this year, and many viewers are ready for a return to normalcy. This weird phase has also included some unexpected behind-the-scenes shake-ups, such as the major development with CBS’ Mom. The show recently lost co-lead Anna Faris, who shocked the public when she decided to leave the show. Now, the upcoming eighth season of Mom has an official release date, alongside a number of other shows on the network’s schedule.

CBS (via TVLine) has unveiled it’s made up of mostly veteran shows like Mom and Young Sheldon, though freshman comedy B Positive is also joining the network’s Thursday night comedy block. And of course, Sundays will be filled with dramas, thanks to the NCIS family. You can check out the schedule down below:

CBS' 2020 Broadcast Schedule


8:30 p.m. ET NCIS: Los Angeles

9:30 p.m. ET NCIS: New Orleans

10: 30 p.m. ET NCIS (Fan Favorite Episodes)


8 p.m. ET The Neighborhood

8:30 p.m. ET Bob Hearts Abishola

9 p.m. ET All Rise


8 p.m. ET NCIS


9 p.m. ET S.W.A.T.


8 p.m. ET Young Sheldon

8:30 p.m. B Positive

9 p.m. ET Mom

There are still a number of renewed shows that do not appear on this list, however, as they have yet to receive premiere dates. Blue Bloods, Bull, The Equalizer, Evil, FBI, FBI: Most Wanted, Magnum P.I., SEAL Team, MacGyver and The Unicorn all fall into this category.

All of the shows on this roster experienced some form of delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Mom is still the top story that everyone’s been buzzing about. Anna Faris explained that she wanted to leave the show in order to pursue new opportunities, wishing the cast and crew well as she departed.

However, this move reportedly caught the crew by surprise. One insider even went as far as to refer to the news as “a nightmare” for the crew:

It was sudden and unwelcome, and it left the entire network scrambling. This is not a good thing at all. . . . Mom has been one of CBS' more profitable scripted shows, in a very challenging economic time. And now one of the leads is gone. It’s actually a nightmare. No one wanted this.

Still, the cast and crew have managed to move on in the wake of their unusual circumstances. Co-lead Allison Janney recently marked her return to the COVID-safe set with a video in which she expressed her excitement to be back at work.

But aside from Mom, TV watchers will have things to look ahead to with other shows, like a new step for Young Sheldon’s young protagonist and a worthy send-off for Maria Bello’s Jack Sloane in the upcoming season of NCIS.

Viewers are sure to be thrilled that the schedule is finally taking shape, and most can attest that it’ll be great to have some scripted TV shows back in our lives.

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Erik Swann
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