The home stretch is in sight as CBS presented at the annual upfronts in New York on Wednesday, heading up the rear after ABC, NBC and Fox went earlier this week. As expected, there were few tweaks to the Eye’s fall schedule, while what new shows it did snatch up are clearly going for a somewhat younger crowd.
As the network announced the addition of comic book series Supergirl and the Jane Lynch- starring comedy Angel From Hell, it also confirmed rumours that the CSI franchise will wrap with a two-hour movie. That project will air on Sept. 27, and feature the return of original cast members Marg Helgenberger and William Petersen. Current CSI member Ted Danson, meanwhile, will join spinoff CSI Cyber when it returns for a previously announced second season.
CBS made it clear it’s looking to unveil another year-round strategy this time around; as such The Big Bang Theory slides back to Mondays to anchor the night at 8 p.m. alongside new comedy Life in Pieces, while Thursday night football takes precedence until November. Meanwhile, incoming dramas Limitless and Code Black will cap off Tuesdays and Wednesdays respectively at 10 p.m. (Scroll down for complete new series descriptions below).
Midseason, CBS welcomes back another season of Mike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls, The Odd Couple and Person of Interest, alongside new dramas Rush Hour (based on the film franchise) and Criminal Minds spinoff Beyond Borders.
The complete CBS fall 2015 schedule (all times ET):
8 THE BIG BANG THEORY
8:30 LIFE IN PIECES (New)
8 SUPERGIRL (New) (Starting in November)
10 NCIS: LOS ANGELES
9 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS
10 LIMITLESS (New)
9 CRIMINAL MINDS
10 CODE BLACK (New)
8 NFL THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (Premieres Sept. 17)
8 THE BIG BANG THEORY (RTP) (Starting in November)
8:30 LIFE IN PIECES (Starting in November)
9 MOM (Starting in November)
9:30 ANGEL FROM HELL (New) (Starting in November)
10 ELEMENTARY (Starting in November)
8 THE AMAZING RACE
9 HAWAII FIVE-0
10 BLUE BLOODS
7 60 MINUTES
8 MADAM SECRETARY
9 THE GOOD WIFE
10 CSI: CYBER
New show descriptions
Based on the award-winning documentary, this new medical drama takes place in the busiest ER in the world, where patients outweigh the doctors and nurses. Starring Marcia Gay Harden.
TV remake of the feature film starring Bradley Cooper, this offering stars Jake McDorman as a man who discovers the brain-boosting power of a drug called NZT and is forced by the FBI to use those powers to help them solve crime. Also stars Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) and Bradley Cooper, in a recurring role.
Supergirl Glee graduate Melissa Benoist stars as Kara Zor-El, Superman’s female cousin. Here, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, Kara finally decides to fully embrace them and become the hero she always felt she was meant to be. Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy) and Calista Flockhart also star.
Angel From Hell
Jane Lynch is back for this single camera comedy that follows a woman who inserts herself into another random woman’s life, claiming to be her “guardian angel.” The catch? No one can know about her.
Life in Pieces
Colin Hanks, Betsy Brandt, James Brolin and more star in this comedy about one big happy family and their milestones—as awkwardly told by various family members.
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
Gary Sinese-led spinoff that takes the BAU into international territories to solve some of the most perplexing crimes on the planet.
The film franchise is given the small screen treatment when an LAPD and a Hong Kong detective are forced to team up to take down a dangerous organized crime ring. Starring John Foo and Justin Hires.
Amber Dowling is a bonafide TV Junkie, critic and freelance writer who watches countless shows and lives for dramatic (fictional!) twists. She currently serves as the vice-president of the Television Critics Association and has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows across North America. An advocate for Canadian Television and a lover of the medium in general, Amber founded TheTVJunkies.com as a spot for fellow enthusiasts to connect and collaborate. She previously spent almost eight years as the EIC for TV Guide Canada.