6:22am PT by Lesley Goldberg
TV Upfronts: CBS Schedules 'Supergirl' for Mondays Post-Football, Benches 'Person of Interest'
CBS unveiled its 2015-16 schedule early Wednesday, setting high-profile big swing Supergirl for Mondays after football as the network abandons comedy on the night. Meanwhile, veteran Person of Interest has been held back for a midseason bow.
Launching its second season with football on Thursdays, CBS will start the season with comedy on Mondays before shifting in early November to an all-drama lineup featuring the DC Comics adaptation at 8 p.m., followed by the second season of Scorpion at 9 p.m. and NCIS: Los Angeles at 10 p.m.
The season will start with Thursday Night Football on Sept. 17, with CBS comedy lineup starting Mondays with The Big Bang Theory at 8 p.m., as rookie comedy Life in Pieces gets the coveted slot following TV's No. 1 comedy. The block will remain intact and move to Thursdays after football, where it will be followed by Chuck Lorre's third-year comedy Mom, which sets up Jane Lynch's "sharp and snappy" half-hour Angel From Hell.
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Tuesdays will remain the same with NCIS and spinoff NCIS: New Orleans at 8 and 9 p.m., respectively, launching feature adaptation Limitless at 10 p.m. with original star and series exec producer Bradley Cooper making a cameo in the pilot.
On Wednesdays, medical drama Code Black will follow returning hits Survivor and Criminal Minds, both of which continue to hold down the 8 and 9 p.m. hours, respectively.
Starting the season on the bench for the first time is veteran drama Person of Interest, with comedies 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly and The Odd Couple as well as reality entry Undercover Boss also staffing the network's deep bench. Also starting the season on the shelf are freshman dramas Rush Hour and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders as CBS looks to program more of a year-round schedule.
The move to abandon comedy on Mondays will mark the first time that CBS has not had half-hours to open Monday since 1949, the network noted, save for Scarecrow and Mrs. King in the mid-1980s.
Meanwhile, Stephen Colbert will kick-off his turn on The Late Show on Sept. 8, and the two-hour TV movie series finale of CSI will air Sept. 27. (More on the future of CSI here.)
Here's the full schedule, new shows in bold, * indicates new time slot