CBS unveiled its fall schedule Wednesday that includes the return of “Murphy Brown,” a “Magnum P.I.” reboot, two other new dramas and two new comedies with black leads that will run back-to-back on Mondays.
Series not returning include the drama “Scorpion,” which ran for four seasons; and the comedies “Kevin Can Wait” and “Superior Donuts,” which both ran for two.
Of the six series that premiered last fall three will return for second seasons — “Young Sheldon,” the prequel to “The Big Bang Theory” that is television’s most-watched new series, and the dramas “SEAL Team” and “S.W.A.T.”
The three other CBS series that premiered last fall were canceled, the comedies “9JKL” and “Me, Myself & I” and the drama “Wisdom of the Crowd.”
One of two series to premiere at midseason on CBS was renewed for a second season, “Instinct,” while the other, the comedy “Living Biblically,” was canceled.
“Instinct” will begin its second season at midseason. CBS’ other returning series that will begin their seasons later in the season are “Elementary,” “Life in Pieces,” “Man With A Plan,” “The Amazing Race” and “Celebrity Big Brother.”
Star Candice Bergen and three castmates from “Murphy Brown’s” initial 1988-98 run will return for the revival, Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud.
Jay Hernandez, who starred in the films “Crazy/Beautiful,” “Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power,” “Hostel” and “World Trade Center,” will star as private investigator Thomas Magnum in “Magnum P.I.” taking over the role played by Tom Selleck in the 1980-88 original.
In addition to “Murphy Brown” and “Magnum P.I.” CBS’ fall schedule includes another version of a series that ran on CBS in the past, “Hawaii Five-O” and versions of two other series that previously ran on ABC, “MacGyver” and “S.W.A.T.”
“Our goal is to make CBS’ big tent even bigger with a broad range of storytelling that speaks to our loyal core audience while opening doors for new viewers too,” said Thom Sherman, CBS Entertainment’s senior executive vice president, programming.
“We think we’ve accomplished that with this slate of new shows. This new programming has inspired stories from CBS’ iconic past, unique concepts from both new creative voices and established hit-makers; big stars and fresh on-screen talent and programming that is inclusive, both in front of and behind the camera.”
CBS’ other new fall dramas are:
— “FBI,” a look at the agency’s New York bureau produced by prolific producer Dick Wolf; and
— “God Friended Me,” which stars Brandon Micheal Hall as an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on social media from God and unwittingly becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him, joining an online journalist (Violett Beane), in investigating God’s friend suggestions.
The CBS comedies that will premiere in the fall are:
— “The Neighborhood,” which stars Cedric the Entertainer as an opinionated resident of a black neighborhood in Los Angeles who has a white family (Max Greenfield, Dreama Walker and Hank Greenspan) move in next door; and
— “Happy Together,” which stars Damon Wayans Jr. and Amber Stevens West as a happily married couple in their 30s who begin to reconnect with their younger, cooler selves when an exuberant young pop star drawn to their super- ordinary suburban life (Felix Mallard) unexpectedly moves in with them.
CBS’ fall schedule will consists of 14 hours of dramas, three hours of comedies, two hours news magazines and reruns and one hour of alternative programming.
Here is the CBS fall schedule:
— Monday: “The Neighborhood”; “Happy Together”; “Magnum P.I.”; “Bull”;
— Tuesday: “NCIS”; “FBI”; “NCIS: New Orleans”;
— Wednesday: “Survivor”; “SEAL Team”; “Criminal Minds”
— Thursday: “The Big Bang Theory”; “Young Sheldon”; “Mom”; “Murphy Brown”; “S.W.A.T.”;
— Friday: “MacGyver”; “Hawaii Five-0”; “Blue Bloods”;
— Saturday: “Crimetime Saturday” drama reruns; “48 Hours”;
— Sunday: “60 Minutes”; “God Friended Me,” “NCIS: Los Angeles”; “Madam Secretary.”