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CBS schedule
CBS’ fall schedule. New series are in bold. Monday
8 p.m. – “The Big Bang Theory,” to be replaced by “2 Broke Girls” after “Thursday Night Football” ends
8:30 p.m. – “Mom”
9 p.m. – “Scorpion”
10 p.m. – “NCIS: Los Angeles” Tuesday
8 p.m. – “NCIS”
9 p.m. – “NCIS: New Orleans”
10 p.m. – “Person of Interest” Wednesday
8 p.m. – “Survivor”
9 p.m. – “Criminal Minds”
10 p.m. – “Stalker” Thursday
8 to 11 p.m. – “Thursday Night Football” (Sept. 11 to Oct. 23)
When “Thursday Night Football” is over:
8 p.m. – “The Big Bang Theory”
8:30 p.m. – “The Millers”
9 p.m. – “Two and a Half Men”
9:30 p.m. – “The McCarthys”
10 p.m. – “Elementary” Friday
8 p.m. – “The Amazing Race”
9 p.m. – “Hawaii Five-O”
10 p.m. – “Blue Bloods” Saturday
8 to 10 p.m. – Encores
10 p.m. – “48 Hours” Sunday
7 p.m. – “60 Minutes”
8 p.m. – “Madam Secretary”
9 p.m. – “The Good Wife”
10 p.m. – “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”
This week
•The CW announces its fall schedule today. See editions of The Journal Gazette and www.journalgazette.net/tv for details.
CBS
Tea Leoni will star in “Madam Secretary” this fall on CBS.

Procedurals remain staple of CBS plans

– Tea Leoni will portray the U.S. secretary of state in a new CBS drama this fall, the long-running comedy “Two and Half Men” will enter its final season, and the network will introduce a new generation of crime procedurals.

CBS said Wednesday it has ordered eight new series for next season, five of them premiering in the fall, with a New Orleans-based spinoff of TV’s most popular series, “NCIS,” among them.

As it has for several years, CBS will end the season as television’s top network. Viewership was down this season, however, and CBS is doubling down on what its viewers find familiar: five of the six new dramas will be about fighting crime.

The exception is “Madam Secretary,” where Leoni will star as a former college professor turned secretary of state. It will be paired on CBS’ Sunday-night schedule with the network’s most critically acclaimed drama, “The Good Wife.”

“Two and a Half Men,” which began airing in 2003, will have its farewell season. The series has survived despite losing one and a half of the men – Charlie Sheen and youthful actor Angus T. Jones – in noisy and controversial fashion.

Creator Chuck Lorre promises plenty of surprises for the final season, but top CBS entertainment executive Nina Tassler said she doesn’t know whether bringing Sheen’s character back from the dead will be one of them.

“NCIS: New Orleans,” which will star Scott Bakula, gets the prized time slot of Tuesday following “NCIS.” The already established spinoff, “NCIS: Los Angeles,” will move to Monday nights.

For the first time in more than 25 years, CBS’ Monday schedule will not include four comedies. The 9 p.m. Monday time slot, long the home to CBS’ most high-profile comedies, will instead be filled by “Scorpion,” a story about eccentric geniuses fighting crime. While a drama, “Scorpion” has its funny moments, Tassler said.

CBS will air NFL football games on Thursday nights through late October, meaning its regular Thursday evening of entertainment shows won’t premiere until Oct. 30.

The network will temporarily move “The Big Bang Theory” to Mondays until the Thursday football games stop. “2 Broke Girls” will return to the network on Monday nights thereafter.

CBS is canceling “The Crazy Ones” starring Robin Williams after one season. The two highest-profile new comedies of last season, starring Williams and Michael J. Fox on NBC, proved to be failures. CBS also ended “Bad Teacher,” “Intelligence,” “Hostages” and “Friends With Better Lives.”

Somewhat surprisingly, CBS rejected “How I Met Your Dad,” the planned spinoff to “How I Met Your Mother” that featured Meg Ryan as a narrator. Tassler said CBS had creative problems with the pilot and wanted producers to redo it, and they would not.

The network stressed its plans to stay open for business all year, bringing fresh programming on the air constantly. To that end, “The Mentalist,” “Mike & Molly” and “Undercover Boss” will all return next season; it’s just not certain when. New series starring Matthew Perry, Josh Duhamel and Patricia Arquette were all ordered but won’t appear in the fall.

“There are other networks that wish they had these shows for their fall schedules,” Tassler said.

Other new series planned by CBS:

•“Stalker,” starring Dylan McDermott as a detective investigating stalking incidents.

•“The McCarthys,” a comedy about a sports-crazed Boston family.

•“Battle Creek,” with Duhamel and Dean Winters as a mismatched law enforcement team in Michigan.

•“CSI: Cyber,” a high-tech spinoff of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” starring Arquette.

•“The Odd Couple,” a comedy remake with Perry as the slob and Thomas Lennon as his neat-freak friend.

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