Upfronts: CBS's New Shows and 2014-15 Schedule

  • Publish Date: May 14, 2014
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Updated 2:40p with new details and trailers for the new fall shows.

Our comprehensive coverage of the TV network upfront presentations this week in New York continues with a look at CBS's plans for the 2014-15 season. We'll have additional reports for the other networks each day this week. See more upfronts coverage...


Highlights and notes

  • With the luxury of being able to renew the bulk of its primetime schedule, CBS is once again ordering the fewest new scripted series (8) of any major network, though CBS has made far more scheduling changes than it typically does.
  • The addition of 8 weeks of Thursday Night Football in the early fall has forced CBS to tinker with its scheduling on several nights. Mondays will now feature two (rather than four) comedies, though a four-comedy block will return to Thursdays on October 30th after the eight weeks of football. Rather than take hit The Big Bang Theory off the air for two months, the show will start the season on Mondays (temporarily displacing 2 Broke Girls) before moving back to Thursdays.
  • The established NCIS: Los Angeles will also move to Mondays, to allow the newest spin-off, NCIS: New Orleans, to follow the NCIS mothership on Tuesdays. The latest CSI spin-off, CSI: Cyber, won't get quite the same luxury; it'll share a time slot with the original CSI, which will move to Sundays.
  • The Amazing Race will shift to Fridays, with CBS opting to establish Sundays as a night for dramas.
  • Two and a Half Men will finally end after next season, its 12th on CBS (making it the longest-running comedy on any network now on the air).
  • Returning sitcom Mike & Molly will once again be held back until midseason, as will surprise renewal The Mentalist. Of course, CBS announced today that it will no longer use the term "midseason," so you can expect those two shows back sometime in "notfall."
  • In addition to the shows listed below, CBS will introduce a new version of The Late Show, hosted by Stephen Colbert, at a still-unspecified date in early 2015 after David Letterman ends his two-decade-plus run as host. The network is still looking for a new host of the later Late Late Show to replace the departing Craig Ferguson (who steps down in December), with multiple (though unconfirmed) reports surfacing today that The Soup's Joel McHale will be the guy.

Renewed and canceled

Scripted shows are in bold below.

Renewed   Canceled or Ended   Fate Uncertain
2 Broke Girls
48 Hours
60 Minutes
The Amazing Race
The Big Bang Theory
Blue Bloods
Criminal Minds
The Good Wife
Hawaii Five-0
The Mentalist
Mike & Molly
The Millers
NCIS: Los Angeles
Person of Interest

Two and a Half Men
Undercover Boss
  Bad Teacher
The Crazy Ones
Friends With Better Lives
How I Met Your Mother
We Are Men
  Big Brother *
Extant *
Reckless *
Under the Dome *
Unforgettable *

* Season debuts this summer; status will be determined after show airs.

CBS's 2014-15 primetime schedules

New programs are indicated in bold in the schedule below. All times are ET/PT unless otherwise indicated.

CBS Fall 2014 Schedule - September/October
  7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
SUN 60 Minutes Madam Secretary The Good Wife CSI: Crime Scene Investigation *
MON   The Big Bang Theory* Mom * Scorpion NCIS: Los Angeles *
TUE   NCIS NCIS: New Orleans Person of Interest
WED   Survivor Criminal Minds Stalker
THU   Thursday Night Football (Live broadcast 8-11p ET, 5-8p PT, simulcast on NFL Network)
FRI   The Amazing Race * Hawaii Five-0 Blue Bloods
SAT   [Drama reruns] [Drama reruns] 48 Hours
CBS Fall 2014 Schedule - Beginning October 30th
  7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
SUN 60 Minutes Madam Secretary The Good Wife CSI: Crime Scene Investigation **
MON   2 Broke Girls Mom * Scorpion NCIS: Los Angeles *
TUE   NCIS NCIS: New Orleans Person of Interest
WED   Survivor Criminal Minds Stalker
THU   The Big Bang Theory The Millers Two and a Half Men The McCarthys Elementary  
FRI   The Amazing Race * Hawaii Five-0 Blue Bloods
SAT   [Drama reruns] [Drama reruns] 48 Hours

* New day and/or time
** CSI: Cyber will take over for the original CSI in the Sunday 10p slot in the spring.

Not debuting until midseason (day/time tbd):
Battle Creek, The Mentalist, Mike & Molly, The Odd Couple, Undercover Boss

CBS's new shows

The 8 first-year series ordered for CBS's 2014-15 season are detailed below. Pilots that did not get picked up include How I Met Your Dad, the Greta Gerwig- and Meg Ryan-starring spin-off from How I Met Your Mother that was reported as picked up last week, only for CBS to issue a quick denial (though producers may still try to shop the pilot to other networks), the sitcom Cuz-Bros (reuniting Geoff Stults and Parker Young from Enlisted for the creator of Happy Endings), the drama Only Human (which remakes an Israeli series about four siblings who have had the first 32 years of their lives documented by a filmmaker), and an untitled John Cusack drama set in the financial industry. In addition, a Jim Gaffigan comedy that has been in development for two years may still be picked up at a later date after even more tinkering.

ImageBattle Creek
DRAMA tbd midseason

We may as well start with the one you'll care the most about. As the X-Files was winding down —and over 5 years before he would go on to create Breaking Bad, arguably TV's greatest drama series—writer-producer Vince Gilligan pitched this odd couple cop story to CBS, which passed on the project. Now, a dozen years later, CBS is suddenly enthusiastic about Battle Creek, ordering 13 episodes without even seeing a pilot. Dean Winters (30 Rock) plays a cynical, gruff, no-nonsense police detective working with extremely limited resources who teams up with a naive, polite, clean-cut, and well-funded FBI agent (Josh Duhamel) to clean up the mean streets of Battle Creek, Michigan. Actually, make that "semi-mean" streets; Battle Creek will have a lighter tone than Bad. Also starring are Janet McTeer, Kal Penn, and Damon Herriman (Justified), while House creator David Shore will serve as showrunner. (It's not clear how involved Gilligan will be on a day-to-day basis, since he'll also have Better Call Saul in production for the fall.) Note that Bryan Singer was originally set to direct and produce, though his ongoing involvement seems less likely these days.

ImageCSI: Cyber
DRAMA Sundays at 10p (spring)

At least they didn't call it "eCSI." The latest CSI spin-off to roll down CBS's information superhighway—CSI 4.0, to be exact—was previewed during a backdoor pilot that aired as an episode of CSI this past season, so fans are already familiar with the set-up. Patricia Arquette will star as the head of the FBI's Cyber Crime Division, where she'll be joined by additional cast members who have yet to be announced. Presumably, they'll be given something to do other than stare at computer screens for hours at a time. The show will occupy the original CSI's new Sunday 10p time period once that show ends its season in the spring.

ImageMadam Secretary
DRAMA Sundays at 8p

CBS has banished The Amazing Race to Fridays to clear out a Sunday slot for this new drama about the newly appointed U.S. Secretary of State, played by Téa Leoni. Expect plenty of international and domestic intrigue, especially given that her predecessor died under suspicious circumstances. (And let's not forget "her ability to not just think outside the box, but to not even acknowledge there is a box.") Bebe Neuwirth, Geoffrey Arend, and Tim Daly also star for series creator Barbara Hall (Judging Amy).

ImageThe McCarthys
COMEDY Thursdays at 9:30p

Replacing the Robin Williams comedy The Crazy Ones on Thursdays is this new multi-camera sitcom—finally greenlit after several years in development—about a sports-crazed Boston family. The series actually centers on gay son Ronny (Tyler Ritter), who seeks to leave Boston and his family behind—much to the disappointment of his mother (Laurie Metcalf)—only to be dragged back in when his outspoken dad (Jack McGee), the high school basketball coach, chooses him as his assistant coach over his more qualified siblings. Note that Metcalf may be replaced in the cast, since her HBO series Getting On was renewed (though she may be able to do both). The series comes from Brian Gallivan (a writer on Are You There, Chelsea? and Happy Endings).

ImageNCIS: New Orleans
DRAMA Tuesdays at 9p

Little explanation is needed for this third incarnation of the proven NCIS formula, though this latest version is likely to include far more stock footage of New Orleans than its predecessors ever did. The cast is fairly good, at least, led by Scott Bakula, with CCH Pounder (The Shield), Lucas Black (Sling Blade), and Paige Turco (The 100) the other regulars. Oddly, Zoe McLellan will also star, though she will be playing a different character than the one she played in JAG for five years (and that show, of course, is where the NCIS franchise comes from).

ImageThe Odd Couple
COMEDY tbd midseason

Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon will become the latest actors to inhabit the classic Neil Simon-created roommate characters of slob Oscar Madison and neat freak Felix Unger, respectively, in this latest remake of The Odd Couple, which won't arrive until midseason. Perry actually does double duty as writer/producer, along with Frasier's Joe Keenan. While Wendell Pierce (The Wire) and Lindsay Sloane (Weeds) will co-star, the rest of the supporting cast is in flux. Georgia King and Sarah Baker exited the show yesterday, and their replacements have yet to be named.

DRAMA Mondays at 9p

Airing in CBS's Monday 9p hour long reserved for comedies, the 13-episode, high-energy procedural Scorpion falls somewhere between Numb3rs and Ocean's 11, perhaps with a bit of The Big Bang Theory thrown in for good measure. The series focuses on a team of eccentric, socially awkward super-geniuses who work for the Homeland Security department as our country's last line of defense against high-tech threats. Each one, of course, brings unique talents to the team, ranging from statistics to engineering to social interaction. (It's actually based on a true story, albeit loosely.) Elyes Gabel (Body of Proof), Eddie Kaye Thomas (Harold & Kumar films), Robert Patrick, Ernie Hudson, and Katharine McPhee star (the latter is, of course, the one who isn't socially awkward). Justin Lin (The Fast and the Furious franchise) directs the pilot, which was created by Nick Santora (Breakout Kings, Prison Break) and is produced, like everything else, by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (who will have four shows on the air next season, including Sleepy Hollow, Matador, and Hawaii Five-0).

DRAMA Wednesdays at 10p

The latest drama series from Kevin Williamson is a psychological thriller, more The Following than The Vampire Diaries. Stalker centers on a team of LAPD detectives (led by Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q) who specialize in—you guessed it—stalking incidents. Just 13 episodes were ordered of what CBS execs are describing as the scariest show to ever hit the network.


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Comments (2)

  • thanaton  

    I'm really looking forward to NCIS: New Orleans, never really liked shows like that before but my favorite actor Scott Bakula is going to be in it.

  • JackD  

    "notfall" sounds good, but I think CBS would prefer "notfail" for their new series.......

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