Most broadcast networks will be rolling out their fall shows in a compressed timeframe, but CBS is going to take its time next season.
The network, which announced its fall premiere dates today, will stagger show launches over seven weeks in September and October. Leading the pack is Thursday Night Football, which debuts Thursday, Sept. 15, when the Buffalo Bills host the New York Jets.
Many of CBS' shows will premiere during the week of Sept. 19, which is the first week of the 2016-17 season. Monday, Sept. 19 will see the return of The Big Bang Theory, which will help launch Kevin James' new sitcom, Kevin Can Wait. Also premiering that week: new dramas Bull (Tuesday, Sept. 20) and MacGyver (Friday, Sept. 23).
Case Closed, a six-hour docuseries that looks at the unsolved JonBenét Ramsey murder, will air Sunday, Sept. 18 and Monday, Sept. 19 at 9, and Sunday, Sept. 25 at 8:30. That will delay the rollouts of the network's other Sunday and Monday shows.
As usual, CBS is holding back its Thursday lineup (with the exception of The Big Bang Theory) until after its Thursday Night Football package ends in October. On Oct. 27, Big Bang will relocate to Thursday at 8, followed by new Joel McHale comedy The Great Indoors, returning comedies Mom and Life in Pieces, and new medical drama Pure Genius.
When Big Bang moves to Thursdays, Kevin Can Wait will shift back to 8, where it will lead in to new Matt LeBlanc comedy Man With a Plan.
With new premieres every week for six weeks, CBS has staggered its premieres more than NBC, Fox and The CW, which are clustering their debuts in a smaller timeframe (Fox's entire fall schedule will roll out over a single week).
CBS is the fourth broadcast network to lock in its fall premieres; only ABC has yet to finalize its calendar.
Here is the entire premiere schedule for CBS' fall shows (new programs in bold):
8-8:30 p.m. — The Big Bang Theory (Sept. 19)
8:30-9 p.m. — Kevin Can Wait (Sept. 19; moves to 8 on Oct. 24)/Man With a Plan (Oct. 24)
9-9:30 p.m. — Two Broke Girls (Oct. 10; one-hour premiere)
9:30-10 p.m. — The Odd Couple (Oct. 17)
10-11 p.m. — Scorpion (Oct. 3; two-hour premiere, at 9)
8-9 p.m. — NCIS (Sept. 20)
9-10 p.m. — Bull (Sept. 20)
10-11 p.m. — NCIS: New Orleans (Sept. 20)
8-9 p.m. — Survivor (Sept. 21)
9-10 p.m. — Criminal Minds (Sept. 28)
10-11 p.m. — Code Black (Sept. 28)
8-11 p.m. — Thursday Night Football (Sept. 15)
8-8:30 p.m. — The Big Bang Theory (moves to regular time period Oct. 27)
8:30-9 p.m. — The Great Indoors (Oct. 27)
9-9:30 p.m. — Mom (Oct. 27)
9:30-10 p.m. — Life in Pieces (Oct. 27)
10-11 p.m. — Pure Genius (Oct. 27)
8-9 p.m. — MacGyver (Sept. 23)
9-10 p.m. — Hawaii Five-O (Sept. 23)
10-11 p.m. — Blue Bloods (Sept. 23)
8-10 p.m. — Crimetime Saturday
10-11 p.m. — 48 Hours (Sept. 24)
7-8 p.m. — 60 Minutes (Sept. 25)
8-9 p.m. — NCIS: Los Angeles (Oct. 2)
9-10 p.m. — Madam Secretary (Oct. 2)
10-11 p.m. — Elementary (Oct. 2)