Finally, here is the CBS schedule. Check back next week for my Season in Review features on the best of new comedies, new dramas, and other awards!
Past CBS analysis: 2014 2013 2012 2011
8:00 (Sep) The Big Bang Theory (9th Season)/(Nov) SUPERGIRL
8:30 (Sep) LIFE IN PIECES/(Nov) Supergirl cont'd
9:00 Scorpion (2nd Season)
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (7th Season)
8:00 NCIS (13th Season)
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans (2nd Season)
8:00 Survivor (31st Edition)
9:00 Criminal Minds (11th Season)
10:00 CODE BLACK
(Sep) 8:00 Thursday Night Football
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (9th Season)
8:30 Life in Pieces
9:00 Mom (3rd Season)
9:30 ANGEL IN HELL
10:00 Elementary (4th Season)
8:00 The Amazing Race (27th Edition)
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (6th Season)
10:00 Blue Bloods (6th Season)
The Friday lineup stays exactly as is. Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods are a solid pairing and will continue together. The Amazing Race struggled in its move to Fridays but stabilized a bit in the spring. CBS probably thinks it can't really do much better in this slot.
8:00 Crimetime Saturday
10:00 48 Hours (29th Season)
As usual, Saturdays will have repeats and 48 Hours.
7:00 60 Minutes (48th Season)
8:00 Madam Secretary (2nd Season)
9:00 The Good Wife (7th Season)
10:00 CSI: Cyber (2nd Season)
There will be no new shows on Sunday as CBS is hoping the return of football will once again boost 60 Minutes, Madam Secretary, and The Good Wife. There is a new addition to Sunday though and it's season two of CSI: Cyber which will be re-tooled and bring on Ted Danson from his CSI role. this is bound to be an ancient skewing night and I don't see much upside for CSI: Cyber on this night. Half the time, it will start at 10:30pm or later.
MIDSEASON: CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS, RUSH HOUR, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, The Odd Couple, Person of Interest, Undercover Boss
CBS has more than usual on deck for midseason including the aforementioned three comedies. It's a little surprising that 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly were left off the fall schedule as they were solid throughout the spring. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders and Rush Hour are two high profile dramas left on the bench so that will be interesting to see where they go. Undercover Boss will probably serve the filler role it did this year while Person of Interest has become an afterthought to CBS and will probably air in the way The Mentalist did this year.
CANCELLED/ENDED: Battle Creek, CSI, The McCarthys, The Mentalist, The Millers, Stalker, Two and a Half Men
Most of these have been known for awhile but CBS confirmed that CSI has been cancelled after 15 seasons including several as the top drama on TV. It had a magnificent run and CBS will send it off with a two hour movie on September 27, perhaps leading into the season premiere of CSI: Cyber?
TO SUM UP:
This is an interesting schedule. The Supergirl placement is a big swing but I like the move. I don't get why that doesn't happen in September because if they're abandoning comedies on Mondays anyway, there's no need for Big Bang on the night at all. I also don't get the reliance on 10pm launches and the placement of them. One reason Scorpion, Madam Secretary, and NCIS: New Orleans worked is they launched at 8pm or 9pm. It's exceedingly hard to launch at 10pm and I don't think CBS is putting Limitless and Code Black in positions to succeed. On top of that, they seem placed after incompatible shows because Limitless seems like it would work better on Mondays while Code Black seems better fit for Tuesdays or Sundays. Between that and the single camera sitcoms, we may see some midseason options sooner rather than later.