CBS is adding three comedies and a trio of dramas to its fall lineup, led by Big Bang Theory prequel Young Sheldon, which will follow the original on Thursday nights, SEAL Team, a military drama starring David Boreanaz (Bones), and a remake of 1970s series S.W.A.T. starring former Criminal Minds star Shemar Moore.
The top-rated network, always a fan of familiar faces, will also feature Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) in comedy Me, Myself and I, which focuses on a man's life at three ages (14, 40 and 65); Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains) as an actor living in an apartment between his parents and his brother in comedy 9JKL; and Jeremy Piven (Entourage) in Wisdom of the Crowd, a new Sunday drama about a tech genius who "creates a cutting-edge crowd-sourcing app to solve his daughter's murder."
CBS, though first, is down 12% this season, averaging 9.7 million viewers, and dropped 20% among young adults, ranking behind NBC and Fox. But the network made few significant changes to a schedule peppered with profitable crime series.
Big Bang was just renewed for two more seasons, its 11th and 12th, that many expect to mark its final run. But CBS CEO Leslie Moonves isn't so sure: "You want to leave on top, but you don't want to leave money on the table," he said, adding he felt former hit Everybody Loves Raymond left the schedule "three years too early."
CBS's fall schedule (all times ET/PT; new shows in bold; new time slots in italics):
Monday (through Oct. 23): 8, The Big Bang Theory; 8:30, 9JKL; 9, Kevin Can Wait; 9:30: Me, Myself and I; 10, Scorpion. (beginning Oct. 30): 8, Kevin Can Wait; 8:30, 9JKL; 9, Me, Myself & I; 9:30, Superior Donuts; 10, Scorpion.
Tuesday: 8, NCIS; 9, Bull; 10, NCIS: New Orleans
Wednesday: 8, Survivor; 9, SEAL Team; 10, Criminal Minds
Thursday: 8, Thursday Night Football; (beginning Nov. 2): 8, The Big Bang Theory; 8:30, Young Sheldon; 9, Mom; 9:30, Life in Pieces; 10, S.W.A.T.
Friday: 8, MacGyver; 9, Hawaii Five-0; 10, Blue Bloods
Saturday 8, Drama repeats; 10, 48 Hours
Sunday: 7, 60 Minutes; 8, Wisdom of the Crowd; 9, NCIS: Los Angeles; 10, Madam Secretary