CBS Unveils Its 2014-15 Prime-Time Schedule, Including Eight New Series, 'Thursday Night Football' -- But the Schedule Has One Big Omission TVWeek, EW
CBS today took the wraps off its prime-time schedule for 2014-15, which features eight new series along with 21 returning shows. Five new shows and "NFL Thursday Night Football" will debut in fall.
The new fall shows include four dramas -- “Madam Secretary,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Scorpion” and “Stalker” -- and one comedy series, “The McCarthys.”
“NFL Thursday Night Football” is set to premiere Sept. 11 on CBS.
One key program that does not appear on the schedule is the "How I Met Your Mother" spinoff "How I Met Your Dad." CBS's Nina Tassler told reporters today during the network's upfront presentation that “things on the pilot didn’t work out” and that the show's producers are free to shop it around, Entertainment Weekly reports.
"The hope was to retool the comedy pilot but the producers weren’t interested in returning to the drawing table," the article notes. "The comedy pilot starred Greta Gerwig as Sally, who gradually reveals how she met her partner in flashback. It’s from writers/exec producers Emily Spivey and 'HIMYM' creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas."
Said Tassler: “We have an extraordinary track record of retooling shows. We tried to reach out and engage them about redoing the pilot, but ... it’s just not happening. You run into these kinds of issues. You hope they can resolve themselves. They haven’t."
The CBS exec added: “I’m heartsick. It wasn’t what they wanted to do.”
The network is tweaking its Monday lineup, which will launch in fall with “The Big Bang Theory” at 8 p.m., the new drama series “Scorpion” at 9 p.m. and “NCIS: Los Angeles” at 10 p.m.
The regular Thursday lineup will return Oct. 30, when "Big Bang Theory" moves back into its regular time period at 8 p.m.
“CSI" shifts to 10 p.m. on Sundays, with its new spinoff “CSI: Cyber” set to take over the time slot in spring 2015.
The network has set midseason premieres for “Battle Creek,” from Vince Gilligan and David Shore, and “The Odd Couple.”
Please click here to see the full CBS 2014-15 prime-time schedule, along with the press release announcing the lineup and descriptions of all of the network's new programs.