CBS boss Leslie Moonves started the press call breakfast today saying that it was both good and bad to be the last network of the “big four” to present its fall schedule. He stated that scheduling this year was difficult because of the many new and good shows they had and because of the latest trends regarding ratings measurements. All in all, he said he was very happy with how the schedule turned out. Take a look below and see if you agree.
8-8:30 PM — The Big Bang Theory / Kevin can Wait (New) (starting October)
8:30-9 PM — Kevin can Wait (New) / Man with a Plan (New) (starting October)
9-9:30 PM — 2 Broke Girls
9:30-10 PM — The Odd Couple
10-11 PM — Scorpion
8-9 PM — NCIS
9-10 PM — Bull (New)
10-11 PM — NCIS: New Orleans
8-9 PM — Survivor
9-10 PM — Criminal Minds
10-11 PM — Code Black
8-11 PM — NFL Thursday Night Football (Starting September 15)
8-8:30 PM — The Big Bang Theory (Starting October 27)
8:30-9 PM — The Great Indoors (New) (Starting October 27)
9-9:30 PM — Mom (Starting October 27)
9:30-10 PM — Life in Pieces (Starting October 27)
10-11 PM — Pure Genius (New) (Starting October 27)
8-9 PM — MacGyver (New)
9-10PM — Hawaii Five-0
10-11 PM — Blue Bloods
8-9 PM — Crimetime Saturday
9-10 PM — Crimetime Saturday
10-11 PM — 48 Hours
7-8 PM — 60 Minutes
8-9 PM — NCIS: Los Angeles
9-10 PM — Madam Secretary
10-11 PM — Elementary
One of the first things we noticed, and something that the CBS corp. president also pointed out, was the return of comedies to CBS. After having no comedies on Mondays, CBS is now doubling its comedy series with 8 in total, including 3 new ones. That comedy expansion has resulted in two 2-hour comedy blocks that will air Mondays and Thursdays.
The new Kevin James comedy, Kevin can Wait, will air on Mondays after The Big Bang Theory for about a month and a half, before The Big Bang Theory relocates to its usual timeslot on Thursdays at 8p.m., after NFL Thursday Night Football is over. Once The Big Bang Theory is moved to Thursdays, Kevin can Wait will anchor the Monday comedy block. Airing after it will be the new Matt LeBlanc family comedy Man with a Plan, 2 Broke Girls and The Odd Couple (for a mini Friends reunion on Mondays at CBS). Scorpion will end the night.
Bull, the new drama starring Michael Weatherly will be sandwiched between his former show, NCIS, and NCIS: New Orleans, on Tuesdays.
Thursdays, after NFL Thursday Night Football is over, will bring viewers the second comedy block of the week. After lead-in The Big Bang Theory, the Joel McHale-led office comedy, The Great Indoors, will air, followed by Mom and Life in Pieces. New drama, Pure Genius – starring Augustus Prew, who Moonves predicted will be a breakout star – will round off Thursday nights.
On Fridays we will get the reboot of MacGyver starting off the night before Friday's constant dramas Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods.
After seven seasons, The Good Wife concedes it spot on Sundays at 9p.m. to Madam Secretary. Sundays also will get the relocated NCIS: Los Angeles - which had to be moved from its usual slot on Mondays to make room for the new comedy block - and Elementary.
New dramas Training Day and Doubt will be held until midseason.
When asked about the comment of the Nancy Drew pilot, Drew, which was not picked up because it was “too female” for the schedule, CBS Entertainment president, Glenn Geller, dismissed the statement as “not true.” But, again, he was asked about the lack of diversity on the shows scheduled by CBS, which mainly are led by white men. He replied saying that there was indeed a lot of diversity on the schedule. He stated that both Madam Secretary and Doubt are led by women, and that the latter is the first show with a transgender main character, played by Laverne Cox.
Geller was also asked about Supergirl’s move to the CW, one of the biggest surprises of the Upfronts, and he replied that is was a win-win situation for them since they co-own the CW and that he thought the show “had found its right home.”
Finally, when asked about the lack of Limitless on the schedule and if the show was cancelled, he answered that he wasn’t comfortable discussing the show’s future and that they are "in discussions with other potential buyers", but that he wouldn’t say anything else at the moment.
Also, before unveiling the schedule, Les Moonves stated that CBS has been the most watched network for 13 of the last 14 years and that he was sure they would win again this season. He also talked a little about non-primetime shows and gave us this gem when talking about the network’s morning news show: “CBS This Morning is for people who want to keep up with the news and not keep up with the Kardashians.”
All things considered, it was a pretty eventful press call.
What do you think of the schedule and of the comments made by CBS execs?