CBS Announces New Fall Schedule

CBS will introduce six new shows this fall, including a remake of a classic police drama and a sequel to a Wednesday night hit.

The news comes during the network’s Upfront presentation, a special pitch to potential advertisers that gives them an early look at the fall lineup in the hopes of attracting early sponsorship commitments.

One of the most anticipated shows coming in the fall is HAWAII FIVE-O, a remake of the 1970s police drama of the same title that also aired on CBS.  That means a new generation will get to grow up hearing the famous line, “Book ’em, Dano.”  Alex O’Laughlin, who starred in this past season’s short-lived THREE RIVERS, will play Steve McGarret, the lead character played by the late Jack Lord in the original version.  Daniel Dae Kim, who just wrapped up work on the ABC series Lost, which ends this season, also stars.  FIVE-O will take the Monday at 10:00pm slot, and CSI:MIAMI will move to Sunday nights at 10:00pm.

William Shatner stars as a cranky dad who’s full of unique, if profane, wisdom in $#*! MY DAD SAYS.  The series is based on a Twitter account maintained by the son of a retired doctor who decided to start posting crazy remarks his own dad actually says.  This show will air Thursdays at 8:30pm.

THE DEFENDERS stars Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell as two Las Vegas lawyers.  Vegas seems like the kind of place where there’s never a dull moment for a lawyer, and in this series, this pair of legal eagles will do almost anything to keep their clients out of trouble.  And in Vegas, “just about anything” covers a lot of territory. THE DEFENDERS will air at 10:00pm on Wednesdays, pushing CSI: NY to Fridays at 9:00pm, and MEDIUM to the 8:00pm slot.

Tom Selleck, who has appeared in several Jesse Stone movies on CBS, returns to the network as a cop in BLUE BLOODS.  Selleck may wish he were part of HAWAII FIVE-O, which would put him back on his old MAGNUM, P.I. stamping grounds, but his show is based out of the Big Apple instead.  BLUE BLOODS will air Fridays at 10:00pm, a tough time slot for any show.  Hopefully Selleck can bring a good following to the night.

MIKE & MOLLY will be a new CBS Monday night comedy, and it’s from Chuck Lorre, the same man who brought the network huge success with TWO AND A HALF MEN. This sitcom focuses on an overweight couple dealing with overeating issues.  It will take the 9:30pm slot on Monday nights currently held by BIG BANG THEORY, which moves to Thursdays at 8:00pm.

The sixth new show doesn’t have a title, yet, but if you’re a fan of CRIMINAL MINDS, you may have already gotten a taste of what to expect from an episode featuring Forest Whitaker this past season.  Whitaker will star in a spinoff as a leader of a team of young criminal profilers.

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