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CBS adds 6 shows for fall, and it’s really excited about ‘Young Sheldon’

First Published      Last Updated May 17 2017 08:50 am

CBS — which remains America's most-watched and most-stable network — is shaking things up a bit this fall. A bit more than usual.

Nothing dramatic, but the network is adding six new fall series and moving four returning series to new time slots.

CBS execs are most excited about the debut of "Young Sheldon," a spinoff of "The Big Bang Theory." And it's not hard to understand why.

"'Big Bang' has been the No. 1 comedy on TV seven years in a row," said Kelly Kahl, senior vice president of CBS Primetime. "It so dominates the comedy landscape it has 10 million more viewers than the next-closest competition. And none of the other comedies on TV even have 10 million viewers. It's kind of like the Wayne Gretzky of comedy right now. There's nothing close to it. Even its repeats outdraw every other comedy on TV."

"That'll give you a little idea why we're pretty excited about 'Young Sheldon.'"

Set in 1989, "Young Sheldon" centers on 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper as he starts high school in East Texas. "Old" Sheldon, Jim Parsons, will narrate.

The "Big Bang" producers are running "Young Sheldon," but it will not be a multi-camera sitcom shot in front of a studio audience — it's a filmed show and "the tone is maybe a little bit more like 'Wonder Years' or 'Doogie Howser,'" Kahl said. "We have great, great confidence in it."

"Young Sheldon" will have a one-time preview on Monday, Sept. 25, before making its regular premiere on Thursday, Nov. 2.

As for "The Big Bang Theory," it's been renewed for two seasons — and CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves is already looking for more beyond that.

"Look, in my book, 'Everybody Loves Raymond' closed down three years too early," Moonves said. "You want to leave on top, but you don't want to leave money on the table. So we'll see what happens."

CBS' other two new fall comedies are "9JKL," based on star Mark Feuerstein's real-life experiences living in an apartment between his parents and his brother; and "Me, Myself & I," about a guy seen at the ages of 14, 40 and 65.

CBS is also adding a pair of action dramas, "Seal Team" and "Seal Team," and an unorthodox crime drama, "Wisdom of the Crowd."

Returning shows being held for midseason include "The Amazing Race," "Code Black," "Elementary," "Man with a Plan" and "Undercover Boss."

Among the shows CBS canceled are "American Gothic," "Brain Dead," "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders," "Doubt," "The Great Indoors," "The Odd Couple," "2 Broke Girls," "Pure Genius," "Ransom" and "Training Day."


(New programs in UPPER CASE; an asterisk indicates a returning show in a new timeslot.)

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