CBS shakes up its schedule: 5 new fall shows, 4 moving, and NFL
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)
7 p.m. - "Big Bang Theory"/"2 Broke Girls"
7:30 p.m. - "Mom"
8 p.m. - "SCORPION"
9 p.m. - "NCIS: Los Angeles"
7 p.m. - "NCIS"
8 p.m. - "NCIS: NEW ORLEANS"
9 p.m. - "Person of Interest"