CBS ANNOUNCES ITS 2015-2016 PRIMETIME LINEUP
The New Fall Series Include Dramas “Code Black,” “Limitless” and “Supergirl,”
And the Comedies “Angel From Hell” and “Life in Pieces”
22 Series Return to America’s Most-Watched Network
Year-Round Programming Strategy Will Roll Out New and Returning Series Throughout the Season, Including the New Dramas “Rush Hour” and “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”
“NFL Thursday Night Football” Kicks Off on CBS Sept. 17
A Season of Big Events Includes the Premiere of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Sept. 8,
The Two-Hour Series Finale for “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” Sept. 27,
Featuring the Return of Original Cast Members,
Including William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger
And CBS Presents “Super Bowl 50” Feb. 7, 2016
Ted Danson Joins Patricia Arquette on the Cast of “CSI: Cyber”
This press release was long, really long, so I’ve broken it up. Here’s the first part:
CBS today unveiled its 2015-2016 primetime lineup, featuring seven new shows and 22 returning series. CBS will build on a schedule that will finish the current season as America’s most-watched network in viewers for the 12th time in 13 years, including the last seven years straight.
The new fall dramas are: the heart-pounding medical series CODE BLACK, set in the busiest, most notorious ER in the nation; the fast-paced LIMITLESS, based on the feature film with Bradley Cooper, starring Jake McDorman as an average guy who can suddenly access 100% of his brain capacity with a mysterious pill; and SUPERGIRL, starring Melissa Benoist in the title role based on the DC Comics superhero.
The new fall comedies are: ANGEL FROM HELL, about a loud, colorful, often inappropriate woman who claims to be a guardian angel, starring Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch and Maggie Lawson; and LIFE IN PIECES, an irreverent look at a family’s sometimes awkward, often hilarious and ultimately beautiful milestone moments, starring Academy and Emmy Award winner Dianne Wiest, Emmy Award winner James Brolin, Zoe Lister Jones, Colin Hanks, Angelique Cabral, Thomas Sadoski, Betsy Brandt and Dan Bakkedahl.
Two new dramas also set to premiere in 2015-2016 include the buddy-cop drama RUSH HOUR, based on the successful film franchise, starring Justin Hires as a maverick detective from Los Angeles and John Foo as a stoic detective from Hong Kong who knock heads when they are forced to work together; and CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS, a CRIMINAL MINDS spinoff starring Emmy Award winner Gary Sinise about the International Division of the FBI tasked with solving crimes and rescuing Americans in danger while abroad.
The 22 returning shows for the 2015-2016 season are dramas NCIS, television’s #1 drama for six consecutive seasons; NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, television’s #1 new show of the 2014-2015 season; BLUE BLOODS, CRIMINAL MINDS, CSI: CYBER, ELEMENTARY, THE GOOD WIFE, HAWAII FIVE-0, MADAM SECRETARY, NCIS: LOS ANGELES, PERSON OF INTEREST and SCORPION. The comedies are THE BIG BANG THEORY, television’s #1 scripted program, the critically acclaimed MOM, THE ODD COUPLE, MIKE & MOLLY and 2 BROKE GIRLS.
The returning reality series are time period-winning SURVIVOR, 10-time Emmy Award winner THE AMAZING RACE, and the two-time Emmy Award-winning UNDERCOVER BOSS.
In news, CBS will return 60 MINUTES, television’s #1 news program for more than four decades, and 48 HOURS, Saturday’s #1 non-sports program.
In addition to the new shows and 22 established series, NFL THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL returns to CBS’s #1 primetime lineup. The Thursday broadcasts kick off on Sept. 17 with Denver at Kansas City, and will feature CBS’s lead broadcasters and production team, including Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and reporter Tracy Wolfson.
The 2015-2016 season will also feature a lineup of big events, including the premiere of THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and the two-hour series finale farewell for CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION on Sunday, Sept. 27, reuniting original cast members including William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger.
And CBS will feature the exclusive presentation of SUPER BOWL 50 on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, when the event celebrates its golden anniversary at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. This will mark the Network’s 19th Super Bowl telecast, the most by any broadcaster.
“This is a schedule well-positioned to build on the foundation of last year when we introduced five successful new series and increased our audience by 5%,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment. “With ‘Thursday Night Football,’ many of the biggest hits on primetime television and huge events throughout the year, all of our exciting new shows have the best possible environment to succeed, and to help deliver another winning season for CBS.”