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 -- which was widely expected, by the way; and this d. "The Amazing Race" moves to Fridays...and "CSI" moves to Sunday.
Meanwhile, the other news: CBS has also finally confirmed that it's cut loose the "How I Met Your Mother" spinoff, "How I Met Your Dad.' That's a surprise given that it was one of those series that appeared to be a lock, and had even cast Greta Gerwig as the lead (or the same role Josh Radnor had played in "HIMYM.")
And this: ""Two and a Half Men" will officially wrap after next season. That is NOT a shocker, but had been expected.
The Matthew Perry remake of "The Odd Couple" will in fact arrive later this season.
Here's the lineup...with comments...And check back later this afternoon (after 5:30), when clips will be available...
8-8:30 PM "THE BIG BANG THEORY"/"2 BROKE GIRLS"
8:30- 9 PM "MOM"
9-10 PM "SCORPION"
10-11 PM "NCIS: LOS ANGELES"
..."2 Broke Girls" gets rested until November when it returns; CBS is no doubt happy with this arrangement because it means fewer repeats, if any -- and a shorter order which saves money. "Scorpion" is pretty much "NCIS"-meets-Homeland Security; much more tech-flavored however, but don't worry -- this being CBS, there will be blood mixed with the bytes. The director of "The Fast and the Furious" directed the pilot... The other big news here: A drama! CBS hasn't one of those things on the Monday lineup (at least in the fall) since the mid-80s. "bang's" job: To launch it...
8-9 PM "NCIS"
9-10 PM "NCIS: NEW ORLEANS"
10-11 PM "PERSON OF INTEREST"
...Not quite the move that ABC made yesterday with Shonda Rhimes -- who swallowed the entire Thursday primetime lineup -- but close. "NCIS: NOLA:" Scott Bakula and CCH Pounder are the big names in this big spin-off...
8-9 PM "SURVIVOR"
9-10 PM "CRIMINAL MINDS"
10-11 PM "STALKER"
...As "American Idol" recedes, "Survivor" succeeds...No need to move this sturdy franchise now. And yes, "Stalker" sounds grotesque, no? Should be a perfect companion to "Criminal Minds." Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q are cops who "investigate stalking incidents – including voyeurism, cyber harassment and romantic fixation – for the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD..."
8-11 PM "THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL" Sept. 11-Oct. 23)
8-8:30 PM "THE BIG BANG THEORY" (As of Oct. 30)
8:30-9 PM "THE MILLERS" (As of Oct. 30)
9-9:30 PM "TWO AND A HALF MEN" (As of Oct. 30)
9:30-10 PM "THE McCARTHYS" (As of Oct. 30)
10-11 PM "ELEMENTARY" (As of Oct. 30)
...Football is of course the massive game-changer here, and you'll note that primetime on the west coast will start 5 p.m. during those two months - it's not ideal but football doesn't repeat well, you might say. CBS nevertheless stands to completely upend the best-laid plans of its rivals over those two months -- the NFL is TV's biggest draw, and the primary reason NBC just won the season. Nevertheless, this is a whole new template: Will people watch Thursday night football (they have before, but the Thursday TV habit was never established, given how infrequent Thursday games have been over the years. CBS now has to establish those - and shouldn't have much of a problem. What of the newcomer "McCarthys?" This is the Tyler Ritter -- yes, son of John -- comedy about a boisterous Boston family whosed patriarch (played by Jack McGee) chooses his gay son as the assistant basketball coach on the high school team he coaches. Also stars Laurie Metcalf.
8-9 PM "THE AMAZING RACE"
9-10 PM "HAWAII FIVE-0"
10-11 PM "BLUE BLOODS"
...Get used to the new night, "Race" fans. And it will take some getting used to. But Friday has emerged as a big night for CBS -- in fact, CBS seems to be the only major broadcast network that gets any traction to speak of here. "Race" should do well.
8-9 PM "CRIMETIME"
9-10 PM "CRIMETIME"
10-11 PM "48 HOURS"
7-8 PM "60 MINUTES"
8-9 PM "MADAM SECRETARY"
9-10 PM "THE GOOD WIFE"
10-11 PM "CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION" ("CSI: CYBER" will move into this slot later in the season).
..."Race" had to make way for "Madam Secretary," probably CBS' most important new series of the fall, as lead-in to struggling "The Good Wife' ("struggling" is a relative term -- it is simply not what it was.) CBS assumes a compatible drama (Tea Leoni as secretary of state) should help, and also assumed "Race" wasn't doing the job any longer. "Cyber," by the way, is a Patricia Arquette spin-off set in the cyber-crime division of the FBI. Intriguing here is what happens to "CSI" - which is in a brand new time period, as you know. This probably means a shorter order for "CSI" which is highly unusual, and will certainly begin this discussion: If "Cyber" outperforms the mother show somehow, does that mean it will ultimately replace it altogether? "CSI,' after all, isn't getting any younger, and the same fate befell "Law & Order" not all that long ago. .