CBS looks back for its reboot-heavy new TV season


CBS looks back for its reboot-heavy new TV season

"When you have a primetime lineup that won the season while competing against the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics on another network, you look to keep your core schedule mostly intact, while making strategic moves to help grow nights", said Kelly Kahl, President of CBS Entertainment, said about the fall schedule.

At this week's upfronts in New York, CBS revealed a few details about the upcoming "Murphy Brown" revival, which the network is hoping will catch fire like ABC's "Roseanne" update.

The Thursday timeslot puts Murphy Brown, featuring Candice Bergen returning to the title role, after Mom and a full hour after The Big Bang Theory airs.

Bergen is reuniting with co-stars Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud.

The network, which already has reboot versions of "Hawaii Five-O" and "MacGyver", unveiled a fall lineup that includes a revival of "Murphy Brown" and a 21st-century take on "Magnum P.I".

It opens the fall season with an all-new Monday night - comedies "The Neighborhood", starring Cedric the Entertainer, and "Happy Together", with Damon Wayans Jr.; "Magnum P.I.", with Jay Hernandez ("Scandal", "Nashville," "Bad Moms") as iconic Hawaiian private eye Thomas Magnum; and "Bull" moving from Tuesday.

And, no surprise here, just about all of them are right in the CBS wheelhouse. And that last one is actually exactly what it sounds like - an atheist accepts a friend request from God on Facebook and begins unintentionally helping others in need because of it. CBS explained it has similarities to Touched by an Angel, but in a more contemporary setting. Executive producer Dick Wolf's new crime drama is set in NY and stars Jeremy Sisto, Zeeko Zaki, Missy Peregrym and Connie Nielsen.

To make way for these newcomers, CBS dumped such veterans shows as "Scorpion" (with former Clevelander Robert Patrick) and "Kevin Can Wait".

CBS' Thursday night schedule next fall could be subtitled "Must-See Buffalo TV Night". Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt ("Gotham") created the show, which airs at 8 p.m. Sunday in the fall.

The third new CBS fall drama is "FBI", which will air 9-10 Tuesday.

CBS also announced two dramas and a comedy on the bench for midseason.