CBS is betting heavily on a slate of new comedy series, with a new Thursday night comedy block and a lineup of new sitcoms featuring Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, Anna Faris, Allison Janney and Tony Shalhoub.
The network unveiled its fall schedule today, with four new comedies and one new drama in the fall lineup — along with another drama series slotted for midseason and a couple of other new series on the way for midseason. The biggest moves are in comedy, with a new two-hour comedy block set up on Thursday nights from 8-10 p.m. and an encore hour set aside for comedies on Saturdays.
The new CBS sitcoms are “The Crazy Ones,” a single-camera comedy from executive producer David E. Kelley starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar; “The Millers,” a multi-generational family comedy from executive producer Greg Garcia starring Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges and JB Smoove; “Mom,” an edgy family comedy from executive producer Chuck Lorre starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney; and “We Are Men,” an ensemble single-camera comedy starring Tony Shalhoub, Kal Penn, Chris Smith and Jerry O’Connell, the network announced.
A new suspense thriller, “Hostages,” will premiere Mondays at 10 p.m. in fall, with a new action drama, “Intelligence,” set to take over that slot after the “Hostages” finale in January.
Three hit CBS drama series — “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Person of Interest” — will all air on Tuesday nights.
Also coming up for midseason are the new legal drama “Reckless” and the new romantic comedy “Friends with Better Lives,” which do not have time slots yet.
CBS noted that it will finish the current season as the top-rated network in viewers for the 10th time in 11 seasons, No. 1 in the adults 25-54 demo and No. 1 in adults 18-49 for the first time since the 1991-1992 season.
Here’s the fall schedule:
CBS TELEVISION NETWORK
2013-2014 PRIME TIME SCHEDULE
(N=New, NT=New Time, all times ET/PT)
8:00-8:30 PM HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
8:30-9:00 PM WE ARE MEN (N)
9:00-9:30 PM 2 BROKE GIRLS
9:30-10:00 PM MOM (N)
10:00-11:00 PM HOSTAGES (N)
INTELLIGENCE (Midseason) (N)
8:00-9:00 PM NCIS
9:00-10:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES
10:00-11:00 PM PERSON OF INTEREST (NT)
8:00-9:00 PM SURVIVOR
9:00-10:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS
10:00-11:00 PM CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION
8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY
8:30-9:00 PM THE MILLERS (N)
9:00-9:30 PM THE CRAZY ONES (N)
9:30-10:00 PM TWO AND A HALF MEN (NT)
10:00-11:00 PM ELEMENTARY
8:00-9:00 PM UNDERCOVER BOSS
9:00-10:00 PM HAWAII FIVE-0 (NT)
10:00-11:00 PM BLUE BLOODS
8:00-8:30 PM COMEDYTIME SATURDAY (N)
8:30-9:00 PM COMEDYTIME SATURDAY (N)
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 THE AMAZING RACE
9:00-10:00 PM THE GOOD WIFE
10:00-11:00 PM THE MENTALIST