CBS is once again America’s most-watched network. They finished last season tops in their core demo (Adults 25-54) for the ninth time in 13 years! Thanks in part to the Super Bowl, they won the A18-49 demo for just the second time in over 20 years (without the big game, they would have tied NBC). In addition, they won in total viewers for an eigth straight year. They have the number one comedy in Big Bang Theory, which is also the most watched scripted program on TV, and they have the number one drama in NCIS. This year they add the number one new comedy, Life in Pieces, to their victories. Their goal is to once again grow the 18-49 numbers without sacrificing A25-54. CBS is bringing back its previously successful Monday night comedy block. The network is adding six new programs to their line-up (three dramas and three comedies) and has some new and returning faces to CBS including Kevin James, Michael Weatherly, Joel McHale, Matt LeBlanc, Augustus Prew and Dermot Mulroney.
CBS New Shows
KEVIN CAN WAIT, Monday, 8-8:30PM, Comedy Kevin James (King of Queens, Paul Blart Mall Cop) returns to TV as a newly retired police officer who cannot wait to conquer his retirement bucket list which includes having pizza and beer for breakfast, attending New York Mets games and racing go-carts. When his college-aged daughter tells him she is dropping out of school to be with her fiancé, he must put his plans on hold in hopes of convincing her to finish her education. PS – he is not a fan of her fiancé! COMMENTS Kevin James fans will not be disappointed with his return to CBS. Paired with The Big Bang Theory on Monday nights, Kevin Can Wait is poised for success and should help CBS’s younger demo. Note – Big Bang Theory premieres on Monday nights at 8PM, but moves to Thursday once Thursday Night Football is over.
MAN WITH A PLAN, Monday, 8:30-9PM, Comedy When his wife goes back to work, Adam (Matt LeBlanc, Friends, Episodes) agrees to become more immersed in the household tasks involving his children. From taking them to and from school to preparing dinner, he learns quickly that disciplining his three children is not as easy as his wife made it look. He prefers to be the ‘fun’ parent. COMMENTS Man with a Plan will premiere after Thursday Night Football completes its CBS run and will follow Kevin Can Wait. If viewers can remember that this is Adam and not Joey Tribbiani, CBS’s plan for returning two hours of comedies to Monday should be triumphant.
BULL Tuesday, 9-10PM, Drama Dr. Jason Bull (Michael Weatherly, NCIS) runs a trial consulting firm that studies the behaviors and attitudes of each juror and deduces out how to make them ‘vote’ his client’s way. COMMENTS Loosely based on Dr. Phil McGraw’s pre-TV career (yes, that Dr. Phil), Bull is as close to a sure hit as possible with Tuesday’s post-NCIS night timeslot and Michael Weatherly’s built-in NCIS fan base. What makes this courtroom procedural different from other court dramas is the unique spin in following the jury and the pivotal role they play in the verdict of the guilt or innocence of a defendant.
THE GREAT INDOORS, Thursday, 8:30p-9PM, Comedy Joel McHale (Community) is Jack, the rugged outdoor adventure reporter who is asked to help mold the millennials now working in his magazine’s digital department. He finds this task might prove to be harder than any of his outdoor adventures. Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad, Pitch Perfect) also stars. COMMENTS The Great Indoors will debut on Thursday nights once football moves to the NFL network and will follow Big Bang Theory as it moves from Monday to Thursday. Our Harmelin reviewers were split 50/50 on this show, but virtually anything paired with The Big Bang Theory can survive a season, and The Great Indoors is no exception. It will be up against NBC’s new comedy, The Good Place, which will not have the added benefit of a strong lead in Superstore.
PURE GENIUS Thursday, 10-11PM, Drama Imagine a hospital with the most up-to-date technological advances and cutting edge procedures that treats the rarest of diseases and the sickest of the sick. Now imagine the patients receive this care without having to pay! Augustus Prew (Kick-Ass 2) and Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding, Shameless) star in this medical drama. COMMENTS I want this to work. I hope a billionaire is really developing a no-cost, state-of-the-art hospital that will save lives, but then I remember the How To Get Away with Murder season two cliffhanger and what could be in store on a new season of The Blacklist, and wonder if it can compete on Thursday nights.
MACGYVER, Friday, 8-9PM, Drama Yes, he is back. CBS is updating the popular show from the 80’s. In the updated version, we meet a young Angus MacGyver (Lucas Till, Hannah Montana: The Movie) as he is just beginning his secret agent career. Was he able to make a bomb the first time he tried? Was he scared the first time he was locked alone in room with no apparent way out, but saw a screwdriver and light bulb on a corner shelf? COMMENTS Without a pilot to view, it is always more difficult to evaluate; however, the clips did have the explosions everyone came to expect in the 80’s MacGyver. It will run prior to the reimagined Hawaii Five-0, which has enjoyed success on Friday night. Viewers are likely to tune in to see what young MacGyver can do with a paper clip, some rope and a pair of scissors, but will they stick around until he is the seasoned secret agent we remember from the 80’s?
CBS Mid-Season Replacements
TRAINING DAY Yet another movie becomes a TV series.
DOUBT Legal drama starring Katherine Heigl and Elliott Gould
HUNTED A real life game of hide and seek as people attempt to evade capture from investigators.