10:00am PT by Michael O'Connell
CBS Midseason Schedule Adds More Drama, Slots 'Ransom' on Saturday
CBS will add two of its buzzier 2016-17 season additions in February, announcing the debuts of Training Day and Katherine Heigl starrer Doubt. Additionally, the network is getting a little adventurous on Saturday — adding international co-production Ransom to broadcast's most-neglected night.
Training Day enters the picture on Thursday, Feb. 2, occupying the 10 p.m. hour that's been troublesome for CBS and other networks. It will fill the vacancy left by Pure Genius, which did not get a back-nine order. Network brass are said to be optimistic that the familiar property will bring in more male viewers — and fare better than the similar IP (Rush Hour) that was slotted into the time period last spring.
Doubt, which also stars Laverne Cox, enters the same hour on Wednesday nights come Feb. 15. It enters the landscape after Code Black wraps its second season on the network. (The medical drama has yet to get a full 22-episode order.)
Since those are the only true vacancies for an hourlong drama, as the network also has to accommodate reality returns for Undercover Boss and The Amazing Race, it makes sense that Ransom would go to a less obvious time slot. The series, which required a much smaller financing commitment from the network, will get a prime preview. It premieres Sunday, Jan. 1, after a football doubleheader. CBS will then see if that sampling moves with the show to Saturdays, when it enters its regular 8 p.m. time slot the following weekend.
Still on the bench are comedy Superior Donuts, a late order, and the second season of Criminal Minds spinoff Beyond Borders. A list of premiere dates, including the debut date for the 34th season of Survivor, is below.
Wednesday, Dec. 21
8 p.m. ET/PT — Undercover Boss
Sunday, Jan. 1
8:30 p.m. Ransom (preview)
Saturday, Jan. 7
8 p.m. Ransom (time-period premiere)
Sunday, Jan. 22
10 p.m. Hunted (preview)
Wednesday, Jan. 25
8 p.m. Hunted (time-period premiere)
Thursday, Feb. 2
10 p.m. Training Day
Wednesday, Feb 15
10 p.m. Doubt
Wednesday, Mar 8
8 p.m. Survivor
Friday, April 21
8 p.m. The Amazing Race