As part of a larger presentation, Paramount Global announced CBS’ new fall shows and schedules on Wednesday afternoon at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall.
This fall, CBS will launch three new hour-long series as well as one unscripted show, The Real Love Boat. CBS’ new scripted series included one obligatory cop show – East New York, from the producers of NYPD Blue and starring Amanda Warren and Jimmy Smits – and a firefighter show – Fire Country, from Jerry Bruckheimer and the executive producers of Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19.
But the network also is debuting two fun and different dramas – So Help Me Todd, starring Marcia Gay Harden as a crack attorney and her wayward but gifted investigator son, Todd, played by Pitch Perfect and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’s Skylar Astin – and True Lies, a reboot of the James Cameron blockbuster that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Like all of the broadcast networks, most of CBS’ schedule is remaining the same, with a few new series slotting in across the week.
Mondays and Tuesdays stay steady with Bob Loves Abishola and The Neighborhood playing into NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans on Mondays, and a full night of Dick Wolf–produced FBI series on Tuesdays. Wednesdays remains the solid combination of Survivor and The Amazing Race, followed byThe Real Love Boat to create a full night of reality programming.
Besides The Real Love Boat, CBS also ordered several other unscripted shows, which have yet to be scheduled: music game show Superfan; word-game Lingo, executive produced and hosted by RuPaul Charles; Tough as Nails; and Secret Celebrity Renovation.
So Help Me Todd gets what is probably the network’s sweetest slot – Thursdays at 9 p.m. – airing between hit comedy Ghosts at 8:30 pm and the return of CSI: Vegas at 10 p.m.
Fire Country is slated for Fridays at 9 p.m., where it replaces the canceled reboot of Magnum P.I. and sits in between SWAT and Blue Bloods for a full night of first responders. East New York will air after Queen Latifah’s The Equalizer and before NCIS: Los Angeles at 10 p.m.
True Lies is being held for midseason.
Of course, all of CBS’ series will be available to stream on Paramount Plus, which had some new series announcements of its own. Continuing to expand the Taylor Sheridan’s Yellowstone universe, Paramount Plus is adding 1932, for which it scored two huge stars in Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren; and 1883: The Bass Reeves Story, starring David Oyelowo.
Paramount Global sees series franchises, such as Yellowstone and Star Trek, as a way “[allow] advertisers to tap directly into the company’s diverse roster of major franchises, [and deploy] high-impact media and premium access across linear, streaming and social, custom marketing integrations and exclusivity.”
CBS had four long-form trailers on hand to show advertisers and audiences, and the three for series debuting this fall appeared in CBS’ primetime on Wednesday night:
East New York
So Help Me Todd
[Images courtesy of CBS]