CBS | 2018/2019 – Fantasy Schedule

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

RENEWED

NCIS | NCIS: LA | NCIS: NEW ORLEANS | CRIMINAL MINDS | HAWAII FIVE-O | ELEMENTARY | BLUE BLOODS | MADAM SECRETARY | BULL | MACGYVER | SEAL TEAM | S.W.A.T. | INSTINCT

THE BIG BANG THEORY | MOM | LIFE IN PIECES | MAN WITH A PLAN | YOUNG SHELDON

ORDERED

F.B.I. | MAGNUM, P.I. | GOD FRIENDED ME | THE CODE | THE RED LINE

MURPHY BROWN | THE NEIGHBORHOOD | FAM | HAPPY TOGETHER

CANCELLED 

SCORPION | WISDOM OF THE CROWD

KEVIN CAN WAIT | SUPERIOR DONUTS | ME, MYSELF & I | 9JKL | LIVING BIBLICALLY

TO BE DETERMINED

CODE BLACK

 

Tough season for CBS: they’re still winning in total viewers but they skew older and older each year. And while ABC has a drama problem, CBS has a big comedy one. With The Big Bang Theory possibly ending next season -they’ll fight like crazy to get more I guess- and Young Sheldon being the only newbie doing good numbers, they’d better up their game and schedule them better. They surprisingly got rid of Kevin Can Wait but they still have some stones in their shoes like Man With A Plan or Life In Pieces, doing barely okay. Will their Murphy Brown revival help them like Will & Grace helped NCB and Roseanne helped ABC? Unlikely. The political-fueled show has many good reasons to come back in this troubled climate and will probably have relevant things to say but it’s not a comedy that left such a huge mark in pop culture. I’m not sure people will welcome it so warmly. In the drama department, CBS looks more and more like a syndication farm. Which is fine when you can find a home for your new shows. But as Scorpion proved after 4 seasons: if your show is weak from the get-go, nobody will buy it… CBS’s schedule is pretty unpredictable. They’d need to make drastic changes and bold moves to improve. But it’s not like them. Here’s what I would do:

 

MONDAY

THE BIG BANG THEORY / HAPPY TOGETHER or FAM

GOD FRIENDED ME

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS

Yep. I feel like the only way for CBS to be back in the comedy game as they used to on monday is to bring back The Big Bang Theory the night it started more than 10 years ago. That’s also where it aired for a few weeks at the beginning of the past seasons when there was football on thursday and it always did great. This way, it will be able help a new comedy instead of helping Young Sheldon that should be fine without it now. Can’t decide which one between Happy Together with Damon Wayans Jr. or Fam with Nina Dobrev is the best option since they’re like twins based on the scripts. At 9, it’s a bit unconventional I know but I would give the slot to God Friended Me, first because it’s a dramedy, then because it’s CBS’ only chance next year at skewing younger. I have a feeling it won’t work, but I don’t see this show airing anywhere else. They ordered it so… At 10, NCIS: New Orleans would be used as a safe weapon when the other networks are bringing out the big guns (The Good Doctor on ABC and Manifest on NBC). Better not launch something new there…

 

TUESDAY

NCIS

F.B.I.

BULL

NCIS is starting to show its age on tuesday and it’s the occasion for CBS to use it to launch something new one last time before it’s too late. Dick Wolf’s F.B.I. looks generic as hell but could make an efficient lead-out. Bull may lose a bit of its loyal audience at 10, especially since Michael Weatherly will have to face Nathan Fillion (The Rookie) on ABC, but it should be strong enough by now to survive. Tuesday would look fresher overall and it needs to if they want to stay competitive on the night. Swim or sink!

 

WEDNESDAY

SURVIVOR

MAGNUM, P.I.

CRIMINAL MINDS

After wasting Survivor‘s lead-in with Seal Team last year, that never really took off, CBS should not insist and give it to a more promising newbie… aka Magnum, P.I. new generation. With Justin Lin driving the project, it may be modern enough to be worth a slot that is not on friday or sunday. Plus, the Hawaiian-set show looks like a good fit with Survivor, based on the beaches. At 10, Criminal Minds is doing okay business and should stay there, whether it’s for a 13-episode (final) season or a full one.

 

THURSDAY

YOUNG SHELDON / THE NEIGHBORHOOD

MOM / MURPHY BROWN

S.W.A.T.

With Young Sheldon leading the night, CBS should bet on shows with a strong family element and The Neighborhood might be a good candidate as a consequence. Mom should stay where it is doing solid business and that’s where Murphy Brown comes in. It’d be a female-fueled comedy hour and if the revival doesn’t work, they won’t look too dumb since it was not in a high-priority slot. Life In Pieces can comeback there once the shorten season is done. SWAT doesn’t have to move.

 

FRIDAY

MACGYVER

HAWAII 5-O

BLUE BLOODS

No adjustement to make. Magnum P.I. will end up there sooner or later anyway…

 

SUNDAY

60 MINUTES

SEAL TEAM

NCIS: LA

MADAM SECRETARY

So I would put serious Seal Team after serious news magazine 60 Minutes, where it should have aired from the get go! (Schedulet it there last year already). The rest of the night should stay intact, though Madam Secretary does horrible numbers. But it has a rich syndication deal so…

 

MIDSEASON

MAN WITH A PLAN – The show got a pity renewal because it’s fully owned but it should be benched until there’s a slot available for it. If God Friended Me doesn’t work on monday, it would be easy to put it here paired with either Fam or Happy Together.

ELEMENTARY – Shoud be back in deep spring again, airing mostly during the summer.

INSTINCT – Whenever to plug a hole.

THE CODE – If Criminal Minds is limited this year, it could take over in spring.

THE RED LINE – This one feels like a limited-show. Don’t know what they can do with it but it’s clearly something that they will be proud of but that they won’t be able to schedule properly…

2 comments

  1. Sam says:

    Obviously i feel flat with my predictions for ABC….

    But you’re suggesting that CBS make changes on the every single night of the week except Fridays. When was the last time that CBS did that?
    Sensible suggestions esp with Sundays and Tuesdays.

    • Lulla says:

      Not ever probably, though they’re not as conserrvative with their schedule as we think they are. They move a lot of pieces every year. Maybe I did move too many though.

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