10:00am PT by Rick Porter
CBS Adds 5 Shows to Late Fall Premiere Slate
CBS has added five more series to its November premiere slate, giving the network full primetime blocks on three nights of the week and at least two hours of originals on two others.
The broadcaster will premiere returning dramas Bull, FBI, FBI: Most Wanted and SEAL Team and comedy The Unicorn between Nov. 12 and Nov. 25. That will bring the total number of CBS primetime series to 17 (including unscripted and news programs) by the end of that month.
The second wave of premieres follows an announcement of 10 other shows that will debut in November, including the network's top rated drama, NCIS, and comedy, Young Sheldon. Still awaiting dates are the Queen Latifah-led reboot of The Equalizer, second-year drama Evil and the network's Friday lineup of MacGyver, Magnum P.I. and Blue Bloods.
As with the first set of premiere dates, the shows in the latest announcement have returned to production and banked episodes to ensure a decent run to start the season.
The Unicorn will join the rest of CBS' Thursday comedy block on Nov. 12. Bull opens its fifth season on Nov. 16, along with the rest of the network's Monday lineup. FBI and FBI: Most Wanted follow on Nov. 17, and SEAL Team premieres Nov. 25. CBS will have full three-hour lineups on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights by the end of November, along with two hours on Thursdays and three of four hours on Sunday.
CBS announced a "business as usual" fall schedule back in May, although network entertainment president Kelly Kahl acknowledged at the time a traditional late September premiere week was "highly unlikely" due to the coronavirus pandemic.
ABC and NBC will also debut a number of their new and returning scripted series in late October and November. Fox and The CW are running mostly acquired and unscripted shows (and in Fox's case, its Sunday animation block) in the fall. Fox has also said four of its dramas — 911, 911: Lone Star, Prodigal Son and The Resident — will premiere in January, as will comedies Last Man Standing and Call Me Kat.
The additional CBS premiere dates are below.
Thursday, Nov. 12
9:30 p.m.: The Unicorn
Monday, Nov. 16
10 p.m.: Bull
Tuesday, Nov. 17
9 p.m.: FBI
10 p.m.: FBI: Most Wanted
Wednesday, Nov. 25
9 p.m.: SEAL Team