Upfronts: CBS Unveils Eight New Shows

CBS-Logo-e1331750370386The last of the big four broadcast networks to present its plans for the 2017-18 TV season, CBS adds eight new shows, including one that’s a spinoff of its popular “Big Bang Theory,” “Young Sheldon.”

The network of powerful government acronyms continues the tradition with the dramas “SEAL Team” and “S.W.A.T.”

The new dramas include:

  • “SEAL Team,” a military drama with David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot, Neil Brown Jr., and Jessica Pare. from “Mad Men.”
  • “S.W.A.T.” is inspired by the TV series and the movie, with Shemar Moore as Hondo, with Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell and Kenny Johnson.
  • “Wisdom of the Crowd” stars Jeremy Piven as a tech mogul who crowd sources solving his daughter’s murder. With Richard T. Jones, Natalia Tena and Blake Lee.
  • “Instinct” stars Alan Cumming as a former CIA operative lured back to his old life to stop a serial killer. Based on an upcoming James patterson novel, the drama also stars Khandi Alexander, Bojana Novakovic and Naveen Andrews. Midseason.

The new CBS comedies are:

  • “9JKL” in which Mark Feuerstein stars in a family comedy based on his life as a divorced actor in New York living near his parents, Elliott Gould and Linda Lavin, and his brother (David Walton) and his family.
  • “Me, Myself & I” is a comedy that looks at one man in three stages of his life, at 14, at 40 int he present day and at 65 in 20The cast includes Bobby Moynihan and Jaleel White in the present day and John Larroquette and Sharon Lawrence in the future.
  • “Young Sheldon” is the “Big Bang Theory” spinoff from Chuck Lorre about young Sheldon Cooper. Iain Ermitage (little Ziggy in HBO’s “Big Little Lies”) plays the kid; Jim Parsons narrates. Zoe Perry and Lance Barber round out the cast.
  • “By the Book” about a newspaper film critic played by Jay R. Ferguson, who decides to live his life by the Bible. Based on the book by A.J. Jacobs, it also stars Lindsey Kraft Ian Gomez, David Krumholtz and Tony Rock. It’s produced in part by Johnny Galecki of “Big Bang Theory.” Midseason.

Returning shows include “The Big Bang Theory,” “Kevin Can Wait,” “Mom,” “Life in Pieces,” “Man with a Plan,” “Superior Donuts,” “”NCIS,” “Bull,” “Scorpion,” “”Blue Bloods,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Madam Secretary,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “MacGyver,” “Criminal Minds,” “Elementary, “Code Black,” “Undercover Boss,” “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race,” “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours.”

Not returning are “2 Broke Girls,” “The Odd Couple,” “The Great Indoors,” “Pure Genius,” “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” “Doubt” and “Training Day.”


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