CBS | 2015/2016 – Fantasy Schedule

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 Those are predictions based on feelings and NBC final schedule may end up very differently! It will be announced on Wesnesday. Stay tuned and until then, enjoy the read!

Dramas renewed: CSI – NCIS – CRIMINAL MINDS – THE GOOD WIFE – BLUE BLOODS – NCIS: LOS ANGELES – HAWAII 5-0 – PERSON OF INTEREST – ELEMENTARY – SCORPION – MADAM SECRETARY – CSI: CYBER

New dramas ordered: SUPERGIRL – CODE BLACK – LIMITLESS – CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS – RUSH HOUR

Comedies renewed: THE BIG BANG THEORY – MIKE & MOLLY – 2 BROKE GIRLS – MOM – THE ODD COUPLE

New comedies ordered: LIFE IN PIECES / AMY FROM HELL

MONDAYS

September / 8pm- THE BIG BANG THEORY / AMY FROM HELL

November / 8pm- 2 BROKE GIRLS / AMY FROM HELL

9pm- SCORPION

10pm- NCIS: LOS ANGELES

Scorpion did well the past season at 9 and it was not an easy bet since CBS put sitcoms there for decades. They shouldn’t mess with that, keep the momentum, especially since they’ll have a new comedy to launch just before, first helped by relocated The Big Bang Theory during football, then paired with -more compatible- 2 Broke Girls, which lost steam. NCIS: Los Angeles stay put at 10. It would be a mistake to move it again. Too soon. Plus, Castle is no longer a threat but Blindspot on NBC could be. Too risky to launch something new against it.

TUESDAYS

8pm- NCIS

9pm- NCIS: NEW ORLEANS

10pm- RUSH HOUR

I’m not sure CBS care that much about Rush Hour. Yes, they ordered it but it’s a Warner Bros. production. I don’t think they’re betting a lot on it. They’ll give it a try there. It will bomb and then they will be able to bring back CSI: Cyber and it will be a special night dedicated to old people. CSI: Cyber wanted to skew young, but it’s a big miss! It doesn’t work and it skews old. For a first season, it’s really concerning. CBS decided to renew it nonetheless and reboot it a little bit. It won’t change anything. This one’s gonna be dead long before the syndication gods can help it. I don’t see where to put it else than Tuesday at 10, with a decent lead-in though. Will Patricia Arquette do better than Person Of Interest? It would be sad, but it’s likely. CSI: Cyber is way more compatible with the NCIS franchise than Person Of Interest was or Rush Hour is…

WEDNESDAYS

8pm- SURVIVOR

9pm- LIMITLESS

10pm- CRIMINAL MINDS

It’s about time CBS stops using Survivor, which is still a decent lead-in, to help Criminal Minds. The show is old and it begins to show. Plus, it’s too expensive, CBS co-owns with ABC Studios, they don’t make that much money out of it. Put it at 10! I see Wednesday working the same way as Monday: an old show at 10, with something new at 9. Limitless is CBS’s new pop-corn series after Scorpion, it deserves to get that chance. Rush Hour is another option, but let’s use this strategy with the best one.

THURSDAYS

September / THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

November / 8pm- THE BIG BANG THEORY / THE ODD COUPLE

9pm- LIFE IN PIECES / MOM

10pm- ELEMENTARY

Life In Pieces is some kind of new Modern Family. If it’s as solid as it should be, CBS can try it at 9. Pairing it with The Big Bang Theory wouldn’t make sense because 1/ They wouldn’t really work together 2/ The Odd Couple is renewed and it can’t move and become The Millers 2.0Life In Pieces & Mom is a pair that works better, even if I hate pairing a multicamera comedy with a single-camera comedy. But CBS doesn’t leave us much of a choice! At 10, I’m sad to report I couldn’t come up with a better idea than keeping Elementary there. Code Black was my first idea but I thought putting Code Black against How to Get Away With Murder would be kind of stupid. They’re trying to reach the same feminine audience… Rush Hour or Supergirl wouldn’t make sense. So here we go with another year of low-rated Elementary!

FRIDAYS

8pm- UNDERCOVER BOSS

9pm- HAWAII 5-0

10pm- BLUE BLOODS

At 8, scripted shows will continue. Undercover Boss first, The Amazing Race then but for just one edition this year. Hawaii 5-0 & Blue Bloods stay put, but one of them will have to go sooner or later to give its place to NCIS: Los Angeles for example.

SUNDAYS

8pm- MADAM SECRETARY

9pm- CODE BLACK

10pm- THE GOOD WIFE

This year, CBS successfully launched Madam Secretary on Sunday right behind 60 minutes and just before The Good Wife. Assuming The Good Wife‘s 7th season will be its last -as its creators want to- the show can move at 10 where its low ratings on the demo won’t be a concern anymore, plus it’s no longer a decent lead-in (Battle Creek learnt it the hard way). But was it ever? They need to give a shot of fresh blood to the night and medical drama Code Black seems the perfect way to do so! The Marcia Gay Harden-driven show would fit well with the so-called “prestige” night and its feminine vibe. It will prevent Code Black from being a huge it, but the expectations are so low that it can also be protected and with a 55-yearl old lead, it ‘sad but it’s the truth: CBS knows exactly it will be weak on the demo.

MID-SEASON

PERSON OF INTEREST / CSI / CSI: CYBER / CRIMINAL MINDS; BEYOND BORDERS / MIKE & MOLLY / SUPERGIRL

CSI will probably be back for just a 2-hour movie. Put it on a Sunday around December and you’re good to go. Person of Interest‘s fifth and expected final season will get The Mentalist treatment: an uninterrupted run during winter. Where? On Wednesday at 8 when Survivor is on hiatus? Doesn’t look good but why not? Regarding Supergirl… Gosh. I don’t know what to do with that. That’s why I decided to keep it for midseason (summer would be better…). I doubt CBS will give it the post-Superbowl slot since they don’t produce it in-house, it’s Warner Bros. but it may be the only way for it to work and tell the work: you wre wrong, we are young, look at us ! But in which regular timeslot then? I have no idea… It has to be at 8 to reach the younger viewers… Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders looks more like a midseason back-up. As always, Mike & Molly will be used as a midseason replacement if one of the new comedies fail. It would be fun that someday they can’t find a slot to put it because their new comedies would have worked! Who know? Maybe this it!


What do YOU think?

6 comments

  1. Boby says:

    OMG !? WHAT DID YOU DO ? Je ne sais même pas par où commencer !

    Garder “Scorpion” et “NCIS Los Angeles” intact ensemble le lundi, moi je dis pourquoi pas, ça a du sens. Je n’ai rien contre. Mais alors ce qui m’hérisse les poils, c’est que tu écris qu’il serait dangereux de lancer une nouvelle série derrière face à “Blindspot”. En soit, pourquoi pas là-aussi. Mais alors après, c’est l’hérésie totale quand tu places “Limitless” le mercredi 21h00, face à “Empire” ! Tu fais tout le contraire de ce que tu as écris avant ! De 1, “Limitless” serait bien compatible avec “Scorpion”, et de deux, tu la places face au plus gros carton de tous les temps ! Je ne comprends plus rien ! “Limitless” a plus de chances de réussir le lundi 22h que le mercredi 21h !

    Rien à dire sur le mardi, on est sur la même longueur d’onde.

    Pour le mercredi, ben comme dit avant ça va pas. OK, “Esprits Criminels” est vieillissant, mais lancer une nouvelle série face à “Empire” c’est du suicide. Il aurait été plus logique selon moi, quitte à laisser le lundi intact, de conserver “Esprits Criminels” à 21h00 et de mettre “Limitless” à 22h00.

    Pour le jeudi, CBS n’a en effet peut être pas intérêt à lancer une nouvelle série à 22h00, mais de là à conserver la très faible “Elementary”… Pour moi elle aurait plus sa place comme cartouche de remplacement à la “Mentalist” ou alors durant l’été. Elle est vraiment très faible et ça va pas s’arranger…

    Quant au dimanche, je m’esclaffe quant à l’idée de placer “Code Black” entre “Madam Secretary” et “The Good Wife”. Le but de CBS est d’attirer une audience jeune pour “Code Black”, raison pour laquelle tu ne la met pas le jeudi 22h00 pour éviter la confrontation avec “HTGAMW”. Mais si c’est pour après la mettre entre les deux séries qui ont le public le plus âgé de la télévision, ça n’a pas de sens ! Là encore, comme avec “Limitless”, tu te contredis une deuxième fois entre ce que tu dis d’abord, et ce que tu nous pond ensuite.

    Et puis en plus, je ne pense pas que CBS va sacrifier “The Good Wife” au dimanche 22h00, là où elle est susceptible d’être tout le temps décaler après 23h00 à cause du football cet automne. C’est la place idéale de “Person of Interest” que CBS peut sacrifier dans cette case avec sa dernère saison à l’automne. Et puis mettre la série médicale que CBS attend depuis des années le dimanche, là où c’est tout le temps perturbé par le sport, what a great idea.

    Bref, la copie est à revoir !

    • Lulla says:

      As you have already said it countless times, two hits can air in the same timeslot on two different channels. I don’t think “Limitless” shares the same audience as “Empire”. Look at Monday! “Dancing With The Stars” & “The Voice” didn’t prevent “Scorpion” from working! “Empire” is a juggernaut on the young demo, but after “Survivor” CBS can get something correct and better than what “Criminals Minds” do now. No matter what show will air behind, it won’t work. Even the spin-off. “Stalker” and “CSI Cyber” proved it. Plus, as I said, “Criminal Minds” won’t live much longer. CBS has to do something before they have a big hole to fill on wednesday!

      It’s more or the same reason for “Code Black” on Sunday. “The Good Wife” will soon be gone, and “Madam Secretary” is very young. If CBS doesn’t want to have a big hole to fill next year, they have to make a move now! “Code Black” is the best candidate for the slot. CBS will try to attract the young demo with “Limitless”, “Rush Hour” & “Supergirl”. “Code Black” & “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” are more dedicated to CBS older viewers. And I don’t see what’s the problem with “The Good Wife” at 10. Viewers will follow it wherever it goes. For what will probably the last season, CBS doesn’t need to give 9pm timeslot ! And to finish, on your own schedule you put “Supergirl” on Sunday at 8. Didn’t you tell me it was a bad move to put “Code Black” there because of the old audience? It’s the same for “Supergirl”. It’s even more illogica!!

      • Boby says:

        Yes I put “Supergirl” on Sundays, but at 8, which is a little more logical than at 9, between Madam Secretary and The Good Wife. I don’t see why you seperate this two shows which are very compatible.

        And if you think that “Code Black” will attract old viewers, why don’t you put it on Thursdays at 10 ? It will be safe because the audience is different for HTGAWM (which is, like Empire, driven a lot by the afro-american). So, base on your schedule, Code Black is more logical on thrusdays at 10, and elementary could move to sundays at 10.

        And I don’t think that the season 7 of The Good Wife will be absolutely its last. Maybe, but maybe not. It’s not a sure thing, like “Person of Interest”. It’s still a prestige show for CBS, she owns it, and she renewed the contracts for the main characters for two more seasons, so, there may be still life in it ! And if you put it at 10, you will absolutely destroy it.

        • Lulla says:

          I seperate “Madam Secretary” and “The Goow Wife” because CBS needs fresh air !! That’s what they are looking for. Nobody thought they would put “Madam Secretary” on Sunday last year. For the same reasons. But they did. And here it is! So Code Black at 8, why not. But on Sundays anyway.
          For Thursday, it’s only a question of young demo vs. old demo. It’s also in terms of content. Do I have to remind you Code Black is an ABC Studios production? (yes, co-produced with CBS). It’s a show that could have aired on ABC. They didn’t need it. But it is designed to attract a feminine audience. And this audience, black american or not, is already on ABC at this hour. “Elementary” makes sense on Sunday at 10, but I chose not to give up on sunday yet so… It’s logical in MY logic. You, you give up everyday with young shows after old ones that don’t work anymore.

          • Boby says:

            You have to stop saying they didn’t need it just because it’s an abc studio show !
            CBS ne se base pas non plus que sur le studio de production. Son plus gros hit est de Warner Bros (TBBT), elle a placé “Person of Interest” dans la sacro sainte case du jeudi 21h pour succèder à 10 ans des Experts, elle fait un gros pari sur Code Black…
            Idem chez la concurrence où NBC offre le post-The Voice à Blindspot par Warner Bros, chez ABC Modern Family c’est 20th Centuy FOX…
            Il ne faut pas penser qu’au studio de production pour placer les séries : CBS a besoin de nouveaux hits pour rajeunir son audience et elle doit bien utiliser ses cartouches. Quant à dire que Code Black va attirer que les vieux juste à cause de Marcia Gray… hum hum… moi j’en doute un peu. Mais je vais attendre de voir la promo avant d’être totalement affirmatif dessus. Je pense que Code Black est la plus grosse priorité de CBS en terme de nouveauté pour cet automne. Perso, je l’aurais placé le mercredi 21h00 s’il n’y avait pas eu “Empire” en face. Donc s’il peut y avoir deux hits en face, Code Black ira mieux le mercredi 21h00 que “Limitless”.

          • Lulla says:

            I didn”t talk about ABC Studios in regard of the timselots, just to explain that this is a very ABC show (a little more action-based) that we’re not used to on CBS. So I don’t think it’s a good bet for CBS to put it against the TGIT! If there’s a night where they shouldn’t put it, it’s there. And don’t make me say what I didn’t say. I’m not saying because Marcia Gay is 55 the show will only attract older viewers but we know an “old” lead never helps to attract the young demo. It depends the way CBS promotes it but in the end, the pilot won’t fool anyone. Yet again, I’m excited about “Code Black” and I hope it will work but I don’t think it’s CBS priority. Limitless is. Life In Pieces is. Scorpion still is.

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