CBS Is Rolling Out Eight New Shows Next Season, Including the “Big Bang Theory” Prequel

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CBS unveiled their schedule for the upcoming TV season yesterday, and it features eight new shows: four dramas, four comedies, and amazingly, no more “NCIS” shows.

They dumped “2 Broke Girls”, and the circumstances share several commonalities with “Last Man Standing,” which ABC axed last week.

They both lasted six seasons . . . they both started out hot in Season One, but eventually lost well over half their audiences . . . and perhaps most importantly, they were both being licensed by an outside production company.

That means the networks didn’t own the shows, and so the costs of keeping them on the air were even more than an in-house production.  In any event:

The other shows CBS is NOT bringing back are: “American Gothic”, “BrainDead”, “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”, “Doubt”, “The Great Indoors”, “The Odd Couple”, “Pure Genius”, “Ransom”, and “Training Day”.

And the shows CBS renewed include “48 Hours,” “60 Minutes,” “The Amazing Race,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Blue Bloods,” “Bull,” “Code Black,” “Criminal Minds,” “Elementary,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Kevin Can Wait”…

“Life in Pieces,” “MacGyver,” “Madam Secretary,” “Man with a Plan,” “Mom,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Scorpion,” “Superior Donuts,” and “Survivor.”

They also renewed “The Good Fight,” which airs on CBS All-Access.

Six of the new shows are premiering this fall, although “Thursday Night Football” will delay some of them until November.

For what it’s worth, CBS is getting some backlash for their lack of diversity, although they were also criticized last year, and it worked out okay, apparently.

Last year, they launched six new shows in the fall that featured white male leads. This fall, there are FIVE shows starring white male leads, and one led by Shemar Moore from “Criminal Minds.”

Reporters asked if they were concerned by the lack of women, and they aren’t. A CBS suit said, “Well …more women watch CBS, percentage-wise, than any other network, so our shows have a lot of female appeal.”

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