Our comprehensive coverage of the TV network upfront presentations this week in New York continues with a look at CBS's plans for the 2016-17 season. We'll have additional reports for the other networks each day this week. See more upfronts coverage...
CBS once again renewed the bulk of its shows in advance. The status of Limitless remains uncertain. It appears that the first-year show will not return to CBS, but it is being shopped to other networks. If a new home is not found, there could be a small chance it winds up back on CBS, though it is more likely to be canceled.
Scripted shows are in bold below.
New programs are indicated in bold in the schedule below. All times are ET/PT unless otherwise indicated.
The eight first-year series ordered for CBS's 2016-17 season are detailed below. Pilots that did not get picked up include The Kicker (a comedy starring Geoff Stults as an oddball NFL kicker), military drama Four Stars, an adaptation of the Tracy Letts play Superior Donuts, and Drew, an adult take on the Nancy Drew mysteries.
Before he was a daytime TV staple, Dr. Phil McGraw was an in-demand trial consultant, helping defense attorneys analyze juries and witnesses. Michael Weatherly (NCIS) plays a slightly fictionalized version of the younger McGraw (fictionalized enough that he has "a physicality and feral intelligence that make him magnetic to women") in this legal procedural written by the doctor himself, along with Paul Attanasio (House).
CBS passed on this drama series a year ago, but it appears to have improved enough upon being retooled to get the green light this year. The soapy legal procedural from former Grey's Anatomy writers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater features Katherine Heigl (replacing KaDee Strickland) as a successful defense attorney who becomes romantically involved with one of her clients, who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime. Not exactly groundbreaking stuff, storywise, though it is for another reason: co-star Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black) will become broadcast television's first transgender actor to play a transgender main character. Also starring are Steven Pasquale, Dulé Hill, Dreama Walker, and Elliott Gould.
Kevin Can Wait
Mondays at 8:30p (moves to 8p in October)
In his first regular sitcom role in nearly a decade, Kevin James (The King of Queens) stars as a former (non-mall) cop attempting to adjust to his new life in retirement with his wife and three children. Erinn Hayes (Childrens Hospital) will play said wife in this 13-episode, multi-camera comedy.
Using nothing but paperclips, a turkey baster, a friendly squirrel, and some rubber bands, CBS has managed to MacGyver a reboot of the classic action-adventure series, which ran on ABC for seven seasons from 1985-92. Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) stars as a much younger MacGyver, though exactly who will be joining him (other than CSI's George Eads) remains a mystery, as the reboot has already gone through multiple producers, directors, and scripts, and the network may wind up re-shooting much of the pilot.
Man With a Plan
Mondays at 8:30p starting in October
Matt LeBlanc will join his fellow Friends alum Matthew Perry (The Odd Couple) in the CBS lineup next season with his first broadcast sitcom gig since Joey ended in 2006. LeBlanc plays a contractor who must take on a more active parenting role when his wife goes back to work for the first time in 13 years. Jenna Fischer played the wife in the pilot, though she has since departed the project and the role will be recast. The series comes from the married writing duo of Jeff and Jackie Filgo (That '70s Show).
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