In advance of its upfront presentation Wednesday, CBS announced its 2019-20 lineup with one major omission: The Big Bang Theory, whose long run concludes Thursday night as America’s Most Watched Network (TM) needs something.
Some familiar names are returning to CBS – Patricia Heaton (from Everybody Loves Raymond) and Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly) are starring in new sitcoms while former Luke Cage stars Mike Coulter and Simone Messick (All Rise) star in new separate dramas for the network.
The Neighborhood leads off Mondays followed by Bob Loves Abishola (the show’s title does have a heart symbol in place of “loves”, which I can’t generate on this blog), featuring Gardell as a compression sock salesman from Detroit (yes, you heard that right) who falls for his Nigerian nurse after suffering a heart attack.
Coming up next is new drama All Rise, about the lives of people in the legal profession in Los Angeles – similar in a way to L.A. Law. Mondays close out with Bull, whose renewal was controversial given the actions of star Michael Weatherly – something not lost on critics at the upfronts.
While Tuesdays and Wednesdays remain unchanged, Thursdays see a complete overhaul, thanks to the departure of Big Bang. The night leads off with Big Bang spinoff Young Sheldon, followed by The Unicorn, a single-camera comedy about a group of tight-knit friends who help their friend get over the sudden death of his wife (yes, this is a comedy.)
After Mom comes Carol’s Second Act featuring Heaton as a woman who raises her kids, got divorced, and retires from teaching – and decides to pursue a new career as a doctor. This is followed by new drama Evil, featuring Coulter as a mystery being explored about the origins of evil along the lines of science and religion (whatever that means)
Fridays have two set-in-Hawaii crime dramas airing back-to-back: Hawaii Five-O an Magnum P.I., followed by Blue Bloods. In an ironic footnote, Tom Selleck – who stars in Blue Bloods starred in the original Magnum P.I. in the 1980s. Now the reboot of his old series now leads into his current series – all on the same network.
Sundays remains unchanged, though CBS announced the end of Madam Secretary with a ten-episode final season.
Midseason entries include dramas FBI: Most Wanted (a spinoff of FBI), Tommy, and comedy Broke. Several veteran series are also returning in midseason, including MacGyver, Man With A Plan, The Amazing Race, Undercover Boss (!), and the final season (thankfully) of Criminal Minds.
Left off the schedule are recent midseason duds Million Dollar Mile and World’s Best – neither mentioned in CBS’ press release of programming next season. There is no word on their status.
For full descriptions of all the new shows and schedules, click here.