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CBS: New schedule, football...and news

Scott Bakula joins the new CBS "NCIS" spinoff

(Credit: AP)

This morning, CBS completed the annual process known as the upfronts, as the last of the four major broadcast networks to unveil a new fall lineup. The key developments here are indeed key, for CBS will have a. Football and b. A surprisingly high number of new dramas...

And let's add a c. "The Big Bang Theory" will air on Mondays starting Sept. 11 through October, then move back to Thursdays...

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'The Big Bang Theory' renewed through 2017

Leonard (Johnny Galecki, left) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons,

(Credit: Warner Bros.)

"The Big Bang Theory" will be back (and back, and back): CBS just handed the series a three-year renewal notice that'll keep it on the schedule through 2017, or the hit's 10-year anniversary. 

“This multi-year deal further strengthens our network’s position for future seasons," said CBS Entertainment chief Nina Tassler in a statement. Indeed it does. "BBT" is TV's most watched comedy, and big hits like this don't roll around all that often anymore.

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