CBS just unveiled its fall schedule for the 2018-19 TV season, below.
Perhaps what’s most striking about the “new” lineup is the number of reboots and revivals on the grid — there’s five, which is likely an unprecedented number for a single network even in this age of aggressive brand recycling.
There’s a new reboot of 1980s detective drama Magnum P.I. with The Expanse actor Jay Hernandez behind the wheel of the Ferrari. There’s 1990s comedy stalwart Murphy Brown making its return this fall with the original cast back on board. And there are a trio of successful continuing CBS shows which are also remakes in the mix — Hawaii Five-0, S.W.A.T., and MacGyver.
“We have five remakes, but we also have plenty of new stuff as well,” CBS entertainment president Kelly Kahl told reporters at a press conference in New York on Wednesday. “Shows that are big loud and noisy and that are creatively terrific, those are the shows we’re going to want to continue to do moving forward.”
Indeed, in an era of a lot of networks attempting reboots and revivals, CBS is more adept than most at making them actually work (focusing on procedural crime dramas helps). The new schedule puts Magnum P.I. into Mondays and relaunches Murphy Brown into the network’s Thursday comedy block. The new version of Murphy Brown will reportedly have Candice Bergen’s journalist character hosting a morning cable news show called Murphy in the Morning where she will be competing against her son who also hosts a morning cable news show, except for a conservative cable network a la Fox News.
“We fully expect a lot of people are going to come to [Murphy Brown],” Kahl said. “We felt… this could be a great piece to make this block the strongest on TV.”
As for comedy juggernaut The Big Bang Theory, which had already been renewed through its upcoming 12th season, CBS had high hopes that the show will continue on. “We are hopeful there will be more,” Kahl said. “As long as Chuck [Lorre], Steve [Holland] and their team have stories to tell, we’ll take it for as long as they want to go. We would certainly hope to get a few more years out of it. It’s not slowing down, it’s in peak form right now.”
The new schedule is below, with new shows marked with an (N) and returning shows in a new time period marked with an (NTP).
8:00-8:30 PM THE NEIGHBORHOOD (N)
8:30-9:00 PM HAPPY TOGETHER (N)
9:00-10:00 PM MAGNUM P.I. (N)
10:00-11:00 PM BULL (NTP)
8:00-9:00 PM NCIS
9:00-10:00 PM FBI (N)
10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: NEW ORLEANS
8:00-9:00 PM SURVIVOR
9:00-10:00 PM SEAL TEAM
10:00-11:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS
8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY
8:30-9:00 PM YOUNG SHELDON
9:00-9:30 PM MOM
9:30-10:00 PM MURPHY BROWN (NTP)
10:00-11:00 PM S.W.A.T.
8:00-9:00 PM MACGYVER
9:00-10:00 PM HAWAII FIVE-0
10:00-11:00 PM BLUE BLOODS
8:00-9:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY
9:00-10:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY
10:00-11:00 PM 48 HOURS
7:00-8:00 PM 60 MINUTES
8:00-9:00 PM GOD FRIENDED ME (N)
9:00-10:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES
10:00-11:00 PM MADAM SECRETARY
Here are full official network descriptions of CBS’ new shows:
FBI: From Emmy Award winner Dick Wolf and the team behind the “Law & Order” franchise, FBI is a fast-paced drama about the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. These first-class agents bring all their talents, intellect and technical expertise to tenaciously investigate cases of tremendous magnitude, including terrorism, organized crime and counterintelligence, in order to keep New York and the country safe. Craig Turk, Dick Wolf, Arthur W. Forney, Peter Jankowski and Niels Arden Oplev (pilot only) are executive producers for Universal Television in association with CBS Television Studios. Oplev directed the pilot from a story by Wolf and Turk, and a script by Turk. FBI stars Missy Peregrym as Maggie Bell, Zeeko Zaki as Omar Adom “OA” Zidan, Jeremy Sisto as Jubal Valentine, and Ebonée Noel as Kristen Chazal.
GOD FRIENDED ME stars Brandon Micheal Hall in a humorous, uplifting drama about Miles Finer (Hall), an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on social media from God and unwittingly becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him. After repeated pokes by God, Miles’ curiosity takes over, and he accepts the ultimate friend request and follows the signs to Cara Bloom (Violett Beane), an online journalist. Brought together by the “God Account,” the two find themselves investigating God’s friend suggestions and inadvertently helping others in need. Miles is set on getting to the bottom of what he believes is an elaborate hoax, but in the meantime he’ll play along and, in the process, change his life forever. Steven Lilien & Bryan Wynbrandt, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Marcos Siega are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Siega directed the pilot from a script by Lilien & Wynbrandt. GOD FRIENDED ME stars Brandon Micheal Hall as Miles Finer, Violett Beane as Cara Bloom, Suraj Sharma as Rakesh Singh, Javicia Leslie as Ali Finer and Joe Morton as Reverend Arthur Finer.
MAGNUM P.I. is a modern take on the classic series starring Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum, a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. A charming rogue, an American hero and a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan, Magnum has Juliet Higgins and her Dobermans to keep him in line, as well as his trusted buddies and fellow POW survivors TC and Rick when he needs back-up on a job. With keys to a vintage Ferrari in one hand, aviator sunglasses in the other, and an Old Düsseldorf longneck chilling in the fridge, Thomas Magnum is back on the case! Peter Lenkov, Eric Guggenheim, Justin Lin, John Davis, John Fox and Danielle Woodrow are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with Universal Television. Lin directed the pilot from a script by Lenkov and Guggenheim. MAGNUM P.I. stars Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum, Perdita Weeks as Juliet Higgins, Zachary Knighton as Orville “Rick” Wright and Stephen Hill as Theodore “TC” Calvin.
HAPPY TOGETHER stars Damon Wayans Jr. and Amber Stevens West in a comedy about a 30-something happily married couple who begin to reconnect with their younger, cooler selves when Cooper (Felix Mallard), an exuberant young pop star drawn to their super-ordinary suburban life, unexpectedly moves in with them. Austen Earl, Tim McAuliffe, Ben Winston, Harry Styles, Michael Rotenberg and Jonathan Berry are executive producers for CBS Television Studios. Phill Lewis directed the pilot from a script by McAuliffe and Earl. HAPPY TOGETHER stars Damon Wayans Jr. as Jake, Amber Stevens West as Claire, Felix Mallard as Cooper James, Stephnie Weir as Bonnie and Chris Parnell as Wayne.
THE NEIGHBORHOOD stars Cedric the Entertainer as an opinionated neighbor in a comedy about what happens when the friendliest guy in the Midwest moves his family to a neighborhood in Los Angeles where not everyone looks like him or appreciates his extreme neighborliness. When Dave Johnson (Max Greenfield) and his family arrive from Michigan, they’re unfazed that their new dream home is located in a community quite different from their small town. However, their opinionated next-door neighbor, Calvin Butler (Cedric the Entertainer), is wary of the newcomers, certain that they’ll disrupt the culture on the block. Dave realizes that fitting into their new community is more complex than he expected, but if he can find a way to connect with Calvin, they have an excellent chance of making their new neighborhood their home. Jim Reynolds, Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor (Kapital Entertainment), Wendi Trilling, Cedric the Entertainer, Eric Rhone and James Burrows (pilot) are executive producers for CBS Television Studios. Burrows directed the pilot from a script by Reynolds. THE NEIGHBORHOOD stars Cedric the Entertainer as Calvin, Max Greenfield as Dave, Sheaun McKinney as Malcolm, Tichina Arnold as Tina, Dreama Walker as Gemma, Marcel Spears as Marty and Hank Greenspan as Grover.
Multiple Emmy Award winners Candice Bergen and series creator Diane English reunite for MURPHY BROWN, the revival of the groundbreaking comedy about the eponymous broadcast news legend and her biting take on current events, now in a world of 24-hour cable, social media, “fake news” and a vastly different political climate. Amid a divided nation, chaotic national discourse and rampant attacks on the press, Murphy returns to the airwaves with her original FYI team: lifestyle reporter Corky Sherwood, investigative journalist Frank Fontana and producer Miles Silverberg. Murphy’s son, Avery, shares his mother’s competitive spirit and quick wit, and has followed in her journalistic footsteps – perhaps too closely. Now back in the game, Murphy is determined to draw the line between good television and honest reporting, proving that the world needs Murphy Brown now more than ever. Diane English returns as executive producer with Candice Bergen for Bend in the Road Productions, Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television. English created the series. Pamela Fryman will direct the pilot from a script by English. MURPHY BROWN stars Candice Bergen as Murphy Brown, Faith Ford as Corky Sherwood, Joe Regalbuto as Frank Fontana, Grant Shaud as Miles Silverberg, Jake McDorman as Avery, Tyne Daly as Phyllis and Nik Dodani as Pat Patel.
—Lynette Rice and Natalie Abrams contributed to this report