CBS Doubles Down On Sheldon Cooper


In the fall, after "NFL Thursday Night Football" concludes its run on CBS, "The Big Bang Theory" will move to Thursdays at 8 p.m. and will serve as a launch pad for its prequel, "Young Sheldon", beginning November 2.

The new comedy is centered on star Jim Parsons' character as a precocious youngster. The prequel will have a special TV preview on September 25, with the official premiere scheduled for November 2 at 8:30 ET.

Returning shows being held for midseason include "The Amazing Race", "Code Black", "Elementary", "Man with a Plan" and "Undercover Boss".

As for "The Big Bang Theory", it's been renewed for two seasons - and CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves is already looking for more beyond that.

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THREE DRAMAS: Emmy-winner Piven plays a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who creates a crowd-sourcing app to solve his daughter's murder in "Wisdom of the Crowd" (8 p.m. Sunday); Boreanaz stars as the Navy "SEAL Team" leader (9 p.m. Wednesday); and Shemar Moore leaves "Criminal Minds" to become a "S.W.A.T." commander in Los Angeles (10 p.m. Thursday). But Turner said the format and distribution strategy will evolve from his current talk show to a range of personality-based, cross-platform experiences.

Sunday nights will continue to bring "60 Minutes", "NCIS: Los Angeles and "Madam Secretary".

The sitcom will start the season at 8 p.m. Monday, leading into "9JKL", a new series starring Mark Feuerstein.

Two new series also set to premiere later in the 2017-2018 season are: BY THE BOOK, a comedy about a modern day man who decides to live his life strictly by the Bible, and INSTINCT, a drama starring Alan Cumming as a gifted author, university professor and former Central Intelligence Agency operative who is lured back to his old life by the NYPD when they need his help to stop a serial killer.

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Thursday: 8:00 p.m. ET/ 5:00 p.m. PT "NFL Thursday Night Football (Sept. 28 through October 26) 8:00 p.m". Television's #1 new comedy KEVIN CAN WAIT will open the season at 9:00 PM, providing a strong launch pad for the new comedy ME, MYSELF & I, starring Bobby Moynihan, at 9:30 PM.

Tuesdays have NCIS, Bull and NCIS: New Orleans. Kahl said they have a winning strategy to close out the work week with "MacGyver", "Hawaii Five-0" and "Blue Bloods".

That CBS would not own the show was a factor too.

Moonves noted that from a corporate standpoint - CBS owns premium cable network Showtime and a 50% interest in the CW network - "we're fine in terms of the amount of women behind the camera and in front of the camera".

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