CBS Fall Schedule Brings Comedy Upheaval and 'Evil'

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The lone single-camera show among CBS' new comedies centers on widower Wade (Walton Goggins) and the friends who try to help him move on from the toughest year of his life, including being a single parent and re-entering the dating world, where to his shock, he's a hot commodity. From CBS TV Studios and writers Bill Martin and Mike Schiff (Grounded for Life).

The post-Big Bang Theory era of CBS is nearly here. A day before TV's top comedy (and broadcast's highest-rated series) signs off for good, the network has released its new schedule for fall 2019. No surprise here: There's a big bid to find a comedic heir.

Three new sitcoms and two new dramas enter the roster, a fairly aggressive tally by CBS standards. The most consistent of the broadcast networks seemed more willing for change this upfront season, though there are a few obligatory nights without any change.

Monday and Thursday are the nights to see the most turnover. At the top of the week, Chuck Lorre's latest entry, Bob Hearts Abishola, will air after the sophomore season of The Neighborhood. The rest of the evening still belongs to drama, with newcomer All Rise airing before an unmoved Bull. (Speaking of unmoved, the Tuesday block of NCIS, FBI and NCIS: New Orleans remains fixed.)

Wednesday sees a minor tweak with a move for SWAT, now closing the night at 10 p.m. after the relatively longtime pairing of Survivor and SEAL Team.

All eyes (no pun intended) were always on Thursday, however. And while the fact that Big Bang spinoff Young Sheldon is shifting into the 8 o'clock slot comes as no surprise, what follows was never set in stone. CBS' most enviable lead-in, presuming Sheldon holds without its parent series, goes to The Unicorn, another single-camera effort. Then, at 9 p.m., Mom will lead into the new Patricia Heaton vehicle Carol's Second Act. The open 10 p.m. hour goes to Evil, a dark drama from The Good Wife/Fight scribes Michelle and Robert King.

Tweaks on Friday are minor, with Magnum P.I. joining the lineup at 9 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday see no changes at all.

CBS' orders, as ever, reflect an interest in procedural and multicamera sitcoms, but it's quite interesting that fall's lone single-camera entry gets a slot that many assumed might have gone to a traditional sitcom.

CBS' 2019 Fall Schedule

8–8:30 p.m. ET/PT — The Neighborhood
8:30–9 p.m. — Bob Hearts Abishola
9–10 p.m. — All Rise
10–11 p.m. — Bull

8–9 p.m. — NCIS
9–10 p.m. — FBI
10–11 p.m — NCIS: New Orleans

8–9 p.m. — Survivor
9–10 p.m. — SEAL Team
10–11 p.m — SWAT

8–8:30 p.m. — Young Sheldon
8:30–9 p.m. — The Unicorn
9–9:30 p.m. — Mom
9:30–10 p.m. — Carol's Second Act
10–11 p.m. — Evil

8–9 p.m. — Hawaii Five-0
9–10 p.m. — Magnum P.I.
10–11 p.m — Blue Bloods

8–9 p.m. — Crimetime Saturday
9–10 p.m. — Crimetime Saturday
10–11 p.m — 48 Hours

7–8 p.m. — 60 Minutes
8–9 p.m. — God Friended Me
9–10 p.m. — NCIS: Los Angeles
10–11 p.m. — Madam Secretary

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