Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Thursday Night Football' Shakes Up CBS Fall Schedule

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Thursday Night Football' Shakes Up CBS Fall Schedule

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While ABC favored relative stability in its fall 2014 schedule, CBS's new prime-time schedule features many series moving nights and time periods due to the network adding NFL games to its Thursday night in September and October.

For the early part of the season, hit comedy "The Big Bang Theory" will relocate to Monday until football ends and entertainment programming resumes on Thursdays on Oct. 30. ("2 Broke Girls" will then return to the Monday night lineup at 8 p.m.)

For the first time since the mid-1980s, CBS will not have a two- hour comedy block on Monday as a drama debuts at 9 p.m.

CBS also announced "Two and a Half Men" will end after the upcoming season. CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler said series creator Chuck Lorre is creating a season-long event for the show's swan song. Might that include the return of the show's original star, Charlie Sheen, whose character was killed off several years back?

"I would like to see whatever Chuck would like to do," Ms. Tassler said. "He assures us he has a lot of surprises in store, but I don't know if that's one of them."

One new show that didn't make the cut: "How I Met Your Mother" concept spinoff "How I Met Your Dad." Ms. Tassler said elements of the pilot did not work and CBS executives wanted producers to take another shot at making a new pilot with some changes, but she said producers didn't want to do that. Did producers refuse those network overtures?

"Refuse, not refuse, it's not how they saw the show going forward," Ms. Tassler said.

"We tried to reach out and engage them in terms of a conversation about redoing the pilot and that's not happening right now."

CBS canceled first-year series "We Are Men," "The Crazy Ones," "Hostages," "Intelligence," "Friends With Better Lives" and "Bad Teacher."

Here's CBS's fall schedule, with new series in bold:


7 p.m.: "60 Minutes."

8 p.m.: "Madam Secretary": Tea Leoni stars as Elizabeth McCord, a newly appointed U.S. secretary of state. Bebe Neuwirth ("Cheers") plays McCord's chief of staff and 2006 Carnegie Mellon University grad Patina Miller co-stars as McCord's press coordinator.

9 p.m.: "The Good Wife."

10 p.m.: "CSI."


8 p.m.: "The Big Bang Theory"/"2 Broke Girls."

8:30 p.m.: "Mom."

9 p.m.: "Scorpion": A group of socially awkward misfits work with an eccentric genius (Elyes Gabel) to contain high-tech threats.

10 p.m.: "NCIS: Los Angeles."


8 p.m.: "NCIS."

9 p.m.: "NCIS: New Orleans": Scott Bakula stars in this spinoff that already aired as a backdoor pilot episode on "NCIS." Lucas Black and CCH Pounder co-star, and "NCIS" lead Mark Harmon serves as an executive producer.

10 p.m.: "Person of Interest."


8 p.m.: "Survivor."

9 p.m.: "Criminal Minds."

10 p.m.: "Stalker": Writer Kevin Williamson ("The Following") concocted this crime drama about detectives (Dylan McDermott, Maggie Q) who investigate stalking incidents. …

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