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'Big Bang Theory' double-down: CBS adding episodes

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Good news for Big Bang Theory fans — and bad news for Fox’s Gotham and NBC’s The Voice: CBS has decided to continue double-pumping Big Bang Theory on Monday nights for the next three weeks.

Originally Big Bang Theory was set to air two episodes on Monday at 8 and 8:30 p.m. this week before downshifting to one episode at 8 p.m. and new epiosdes of Mom at 8:30 p.m. But now two epiosdes Big Bang Theory — the second will be a repeat — will run on Sept. 29, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13., with the Mom return pushed until Oct. 30. Also, once the shifting around settles down, Mom will return to Thursdays and The Millers will air on Mondays instead — trading slots from CBS’ original plan.

Since a BBT repeat will still do better than Mom originals, the benefit for CBS is that this move continues to provide a strong lead-in for new drama series Scorpion, which got off to a promising start this week. For Monday night rivals, this is a headache — it’s bad enough facing one episode of Big Bang Theory, but two? Here’s CBS’ updated (and rather convoluted) plan:

Updated Monday, Sept. 29

8:00-8:30 PM              THE BIG BANG THEORY

8:30-9:00 PM              THE BIG BANG THEORY (R)

9:00-10:00 PM            SCORPION

10:00-11:00 PM          NCIS: LOS ANGELES (Season Premiere)

Updated Monday, Oct. 6

8:00-8:30 PM              THE BIG BANG THEORY

8:30-9:00 PM              THE BIG BANG THEORY (R)

9:00-10:00 PM            SCORPION

10:00-11:00 PM          NCIS: LOS ANGELES

Updated Monday, Oct. 13

8:00-8:30 PM              THE BIG BANG THEORY

8:30-9:00 PM              THE BIG BANG THEORY (R)

9:00-10:00 PM            SCORPION

10:00-11:00 PM          NCIS: LOS ANGELES

Updated Monday, Oct. 20

8:00-8:30 PM              THE BIG BANG THEORY

8:30-9:00 PM              THE MILLERS (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM            SCORPION

10:00-11:00 PM          NCIS: LOS ANGELES

Updated Monday, Oct. 27

8:00-8:30 PM              2 BROKE GIRLS (Season Premiere)

8:30-9:00 PM              THE MILLERS

9:00-10:00 PM            SCORPION

10:00-11:00 PM          NCIS: LOS ANGELES

Updated Thursday, Oct. 30

8:00-8:30 PM              THE BIG BANG THEORY (New Time Period)

8:30-9:00 PM              MOM (Season Premiere)

9:00-9:30 PM              TWO AND A HALF MEN (Season Premiere)

9:30-10:00 PM            THE McCARTHYS (Series Premiere)

10:00-11:00 PM          ELEMENTARY (Season Premiere)

Updated Monday, Jan. 5

8:00-8:30 PM              2 BROKE GIRLS

8:30-9:00 PM              MOM (New Time Period)

9:00-10:00 PM            SCORPION

10:00-11:00 PM          NCIS: LOS ANGELES

Updated Thursday, Jan. 8

8:00-8:30 PM              THE BIG BANG THEORY

8:30-9:00 PM              THE MILLERS (New Time Period)

9:00-9:30 PM              TWO AND A HALF MEN

9:30-10:00 PM            THE McCARTHYS

10:00-11:00 PM          ELEMENTARY