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CBS shakes up its schedule: 5 new fall shows, 4 moving, and NFL

First Published May 14 2014 08:00AM      Last Updated May 14 2014 08:04 am

Pictured left to right: Tyler Ritter as Ronny, Laurie Metcalf as Marjorie, Joey McIntyre as Gerard, Jimmy Dunn as Sean, Kelen Coleman as Jackie and Jack McGee as Arthur in “The McCarthys.” Sonja Flemming | Courtesy CBS

Here's how we know that CBS did not have its usual, stellar season in 2013-14 - the network is making a lot of changes to its fall schedule.

Oh, there aren't that many new shows. Just four dramas and one comedy, which isn't a particularly high number. But the network is making changes on every night but Sunday, moving four shows around and adding NFL games to the Thursday-night schedule in September and October.

And, for the first time in almost two decades, CBS will not have a four-comedy block on Monday nights. Instead, it will give viewers two sitcoms and the hourlong drama-with-comedy "Scorpion" at 8 p.m.



The addition of football means that every Thursday-night show but "The Big Bang Theory" won't premiere until Oct. 30. "Big Bang,' however, is one of the biggest hits on television, so it will air Mondays at 7 p.m. before moving back to Thursdays at the end of October.

It's not like CBS is operating from a completely new playbook. "NCIS: New Orleans" will join "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" on the fall schedule, and "CSI: Cyber" is among the network's midseason shows.

One show that's not on the schedule is worth mentioning. CBS did not pick up "How I Met Your Dad." CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said her team wanted to reshoot the pilot because it had "some problems," but the show's producers - who also ran "How I Met Your Mother" - were unresponsive.

CBS canceled "Bad Teacher," "The Crazy Ones," "Friends with Better Live," "Hostages," "Intelligence," "Unforgettable" and "We Are Men." "How I Met Your Mother" ended its run in March.

CBS 2014 Fall schedule (new shows are UPPERCASED; returning shows in new time slots are in italics)

MONDAY

7 p.m. - "Big Bang Theory"/"2 Broke Girls"

7:30 p.m. - "Mom"

8 p.m. - "SCORPION"

9 p.m. - "NCIS: Los Angeles"

TUESDAY

7 p.m. - "NCIS"

8 p.m. - "NCIS: NEW ORLEANS"

9 p.m. - "Person of Interest"

WEDNESDAY

 

 

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