Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Spin-Offs among CBS' Seven Debuts

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Spin-Offs among CBS' Seven Debuts

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CBS will introduce seven new series in the fall, including spin- offs of long-running hits "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "NCIS."

But one planned spin-off that didn't make it is "How I Met Your Dad," a follow-up to "How I Met Your Mother," which ended a nine- year run in March. Network executives told reporters that they were unhappy with the pilot episode and the producers didn't want to make desired changes.

The new fall schedule announced Wednesday features one new comedy and four dramas, and makes schedule changes every night of the week except Saturday.

The network will break up its top-rated combination of "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" to give a boost to the new spin-off "NCIS: New Orleans," starring Scott Bakula and CCH Pounder. It will air at 9 p.m. Tuesdays. "NCIS: Los Angeles" moves to 10 p.m. Mondays.

Monday also sees the end of the two-hour comedy block. At 9 p.m., CBS will introduce the new drama "Scorpion," about an eccentric genius (played by Elyes Gabel) leading a "team of brilliant misfits" fighting high-tech threats to society. The cast also includes Robert Patrick and Katharine McPhee.

The long-running "CSI" moves to 10 p.m. Sundays for the start of the season. Later in the year, it will be replaced by "CSI: Cyber," with Patricia Arquette as the head of the FBI's Cyber Crime Division.

"Stalker," starring Maggie Q ("Nikita") and Dylan McDermott ("Hostages") as detectives investigating stalking threats, airs at 10 p.m. Wednesdays.

The network also is making shifts to accommodate several weeks of the new Thursday Night Football franchise, which runs through October.

The top-rated "The Big Bang Theory" briefly shifts to 8 p.m. Mondays and will then move back to 8 p.m. Thursday once the football season ends. It will be replaced on Mondays by "2 Broke Girls."

The one new fall comedy is "The McCarthys." Airing at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, it is about a sports-crazy Boston family with one athletically challenged (and gay) son, whose father chooses him to be his assistant high school basketball coach. …

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