2017/2018 TV Series Breakdown: CBS
The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the fourth announced today. Here’s a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on CBS.
After a mixed bag last year, CBS is going for more safer procedural dramas and family comedies this year after clearing their decks of a bunch of fare that hasn’t really clicked. No real major timeslot changes are in store beyond minor shuffling in one or two spots, and both “Code Black” and “Elementary” being held back to mid-season.
The upfront presentation highlighted CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery” but a specific airdate for that show hasn’t been set yet. Here’s the full line-up of series:
NEW DRAMA SERIES
(Profiler Procedural, Mid-Season)
Dr. Dylan Reinhart (Cumming) is a gifted author and university professor living a quiet life teaching psychopathic behavior to packed classes of adoring students. But when top NYPD detective Lizzie Needham appeals to him to help her catch a serial murderer who is using Dylan’s first book as a tutorial, Dylan is compelled by the case.
He comes out of retirement and taps into his old skill set as a former CIA Operative. Though Dylan and Lizzie initially clash, when it comes to catching killers, they realize they will make an ideal team if they both trust their instincts. Based on the soon to be published James Patterson book.
Michael Rauch, Marc Webb, Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Alan Cumming are executive producer. Webb directed the pilot. Bojana Novakovic, Daniel Ings, Naveen Andrews and Khandi Alexander also star.
(Military Thriller, Wednesdays 9pm)
David Boreanaz leads this military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high stakes missions our country can ask of them.
Deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment’s notice, and knowing the toll it takes on them and their families, this tight-knit SEAL team displays unwavering patriotism and fearless dedication, even in the face of overwhelming odds.
Max Thieriot, Neil Brown Jr., A.J. Buckley, Toni Trucks and Jessica Pare also star. Ben Cavell, Ed Redlich, Chris Chulack, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly are executive producers while Chulack directed the pilot.
(Action Thriller, 10pm Thursdays)
Inspired by the television series and feature film, S.W.A.T. stars Shemar Moore as a locally born S.W.A.T. sergeant newly tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles.
Torn between loyalty to the streets where he was raised and allegiance to his brothers in blue, former Marine Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson (Moore) has everything it takes to successfully bridge the divide between his two worlds and excel at leading his dedicated team of brave men and women as they risk their lives to protect the community.
Aaron Thomas, Shawn Ryan, Justin Lin, Neal Moritz, Marney Hochman, Danielle Woodrow and Pavun Shetty are executive producers, Lin directed the pilot. Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell, Jay Harrington, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson and Peter Onorati also star.
Wisdom of the Crowd
(Hi-Tech Cop Procedural, 8pm Sundays)
Jeremy Piven plays a visionary tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter’s murder, and revolutionizes crime solving in the process.
Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jeffrey Tanner (Piven) develops ‘Sophe,’ an online platform for publicly shared information, and recruits the original cop who searched for his daughter’s killer, Det. Tommy Cavanaugh (Richard T. Jones), to work with him.
As Tanner taps into the “wisdom of the crowd,” his unexpected success fuels his determination to solve even more cases than just the one that’s personal to him. Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Dror Mishani and Shira Hadad are executive producers. Natalia Tena, Blake Lee, Jake Matthews and Monica Potter also star.
NEW COMEDY SERIES
(Family Comedy, 8pm Mondays)
Josh Roberts (Mark Feuerstein) is a new divorcé and actor between projects who moves home to New York to regroup, living in an apartment sandwiched between his doting, meddlesome parents on one side and his competitive brother, sister-in-law and their new baby on the other.
As Josh’s family literally comes at him from both sides, he realizes he desperately needs to establish some personal boundaries, because his loving family is always going to be right there for him. Always. Dana Klein, Mark Feuerstein, Aaron Kaplan, Wendi Trilling, Dana Honor and Pam Fryman are executive producers. Linda Lavin, Elliott Gould, David Walton, Liza Lapira and Matt Murray co-star.
By the Book
(Spiritual Comedy, Mid-Season)
Chip Curry (Jay R. Ferguson) is the film critic for a New York newspaper and a soon-to-be father who wants to be a better man following the loss of his best friend.
As he begins his sincere spiritual journey toward a more moral life with the help of his wife and friends, he wonders if he’ll be able to take a page – or every page – out of the Good Book, and if the effect will be of Biblical proportions.
Patrick Walsh, Johnny Galecki, Andrew Haas, Spencer Medof and Andy Ackerman are executive producers. Lindsey Kraft, Ian Gomez, David Krumholtz, Tony Rock and Camryn Manheim star.
Me, Myself & I
(Comedy, 9:30pm Thursdays)
Bobby Moynihan stars in a comedy about the defining moments in one man’s life over three distinct periods – as a 14-year-old in 1991, at age 40 in present day and at age 65 in 2042. During these pivotal periods of yesterday, today and tomorrow, Alex always finds a way to move forward with determination and humor, knowing his life story isn’t defined by the bad things that happen to him, but instead by how he chooses to deal with them.
Dan Kopelman, Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor are executive producers. Jack Dylan Grazer, Brian Unger, Jaleel White, Kelen Coleman, Skylar Gray, Christopher Paul Richards, Mandell Maughan, Reylynn Caster, Sharon Lawrence and John Larroquette also star.
(Geek Comedy, 8:30pm Mondays)
For 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage), it isn’t easy growing up in East Texas. Being a once-in-a-generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science isn’t always helpful in a land where church and football are king. And while the vulnerable, gifted and somewhat naive Sheldon deals with the world, his very normal family must find a way to deal with him.
Jim Parsons narrates as Adult Sheldon in a single-camera, half-hour comedy which gives us the chance to meet Sheldon in childhood, as he embarks on his innocent, awkward and hopeful journey toward the man he will become. Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro created the series and executive produce along with Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak . Jon Favreau directed the pilot. Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan also star.
The nightly CBS schedule will be as follows:
8pm: “The Big Bang Theory”/”Kevin Can Wait” (From Oct 30th)
9pm: “Kevin Can Wait”/”Me, Myself & I” (From Oct 30th)
9:30pm: “Me, Myself & I”/”Superior Donuts (From Oct 30th)
10pm: “N.C.I.S.: New Orleans”
9pm: “Seal Team”
10pm: “Criminal Minds”
8pm: “Thursday Night Football”/”The Big Bang Theory” (From Nov 2nd)
8:30pm: “Young Sheldon” (From Nov 2nd)
9pm: “Mom” (From Nov 2nd)
9:30pm: “Life in Pieces” (From Nov 2nd)
10pm: “S.W.A.T.” (From Nov 2nd)
9pm: “Hawaii Five-0”
10pm: “Blue Bloods”
8pm: “Crimetime Saturday”
7pm: “60 Minutes”
8pm: “Wisdom of the Crowd”
9pm: “N.C.I.S.: Los Angeles”
10pm: “Madam Secretary”
“By the Book,” “Code Black,” “Elementary,” “Instinct”
“2 Broke Girls,” “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” “Doubt,” “The Great indoors,” “The Odd Couple,” “Pure Genius,” “Training Day,” “Undercover Boss”