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Upfronts 2014: CBS Fall Schedule Announced

Upfront week continued as CBS announced their fall lineup this morning. To their credit…they made a lot of changes. CBS is usually the network that makes the least amount of moves, but this year they switched things up a lot. Most of their shows are in the later stages of their production life, so CBS needed to prepare for new hits to take their places.

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7PM: 60 Minutes
8PM: Madam Secretary
9PM: The Good Wife
10PM:: CSI

*This night is tough to predict because Sunday nights never start on time for the Eastern and Central time zones. CBS has a hard time promoting the shows when nobody knows what time they will start. I never expected them to launch a new drama in the 8PM timeslot. But apparently executives are really high about the new series starring Tea Leoni. It’ll be interesting to see if that show will fail or succeed in that time period. CSI moving here doesn’t surprise me at all. But I am surprised that CBS renewed The Mentalist, but didn’t leave it on Sundays. I’m not sure what the network is planning on doing with that.*

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8PM: The Big Bang Theory [Nov: 2 Broke Girls]
8:30PM: Mom
9PM: Scorpion
10PM: NCIS: Los Angeles

*Nobody is surprised that The Big Bang Theory will be airing its first five/six episodes on Monday nights, providing a nice lead-in for a ratings-challenged Mom. Hopefully that’ll give the show the boost that it needs to survive. I am actually surprised that CBS completely jetisoned their 2-hour comedy block. New series Scorpion will take the 9PM slot, which NCIS: Los Angeles moving from Tuesdays to give CBS some help in that troubled time spot.*

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9PM: NCIS: New Orleans
10PM: Person of Interest

*Not a big surprise here. I correctly predicted this lineup. NCIS: New Orleans starring Scott Bakula is getting the prime spot behind TV’s #1 scripted series. It will continue to be a strong night for the network.*

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8PM: Survivor
9PM: Criminal Minds
10PM: Stalker

*Survivor and Criminal Minds are still the two highest rated programs on broadcast television on Wednesdays. While they are aging, they still continue to dominate so it’s not a major surprise that they are staying put. CBS is going back to the Dylan McDermott well with the stalking investigation series Stalker. It’s from Kevin Williamson and also stars Maggie Q & Victor Rasuk. It’s got a high caliber team behind it and I’m willing to check it out.*

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8PM: Thursday Night Football
8PM: The Big Bang Theory
8:30PM: The Millers
9PM: Two and a Half Men
9:30PM: The McCarthys
10PM: Elementary

*CBS is going to continue to dominate this night. Football will do monster ratings and the multi-camera sitcoms will pick up right where they left off. I’m a little surprised that The Millers is staying put. The show is doing good, but a new series would benefit from the bigger exposure behind TBBT. We’ll see if this continues to be the lineup after the first couple of weeks.*

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8PM: The Amazing Race
9PM: Hawaii Five-0
10PM: Blue Bloods

*I am only surprised by The Amazing Race being moved here. I’m guessing CBS is only going to do one cycle this year and will be replaced by Undercover Boss in the winter.*

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Drama: Battle Creek, CSI: Cyber, The Mentalist
Comedy: Mike & Molly, The Odd Couple
Reality: Undercover Boss

*Battle Creek was always meant to be a midseason show with a 13-episode order. I’m actually surprised that Mike & Molly doesn’t have a place on the fall schedule again. It really did well holding down the 9PM hour on Monday nights. The network would’ve probably put that show out of its misery if it wasn’t for Melissa McCarthy. The Mentalist not having a spot surprises me also. The network has limited space available and I’m not sure why they would renew that and not have a plan for it.*