Covid-19 upended production for most of Hollywood, but CBS is forging ahead with a robust fall lineup by pulling some originals from CBS All Access, Pop and Spectrum Originals to help fill out its programming schedule with new-to-CBS originals.
The first season of Star Trek: Discovery, a high-profile original from ViacomCBS-owned CBS All Access that premiered on the streamer in 2017, will begin airing on the broadcast side on Sept. 24 at 10 p.m. as a special limited promotional run leading up to Discovery’s third-season debut on the streamer on Oct. 15. The network airing of the first season may also help tee up a major overhaul and rebrand of the streaming service, which is planned for early 2021.
Star Trek: Discovery is not the only program coming over to the network side for the first time to help fill out the fall schedule. One Day at a Time, a critically acclaimed comedy from Pop and Sony Pictures Television that first aired on Netflix before moving over to Pop TV, is also coming to the network side this fall. The fourth season of the comedy, a reimagining of Norman Lear’s 1975 show of the same name, will debut on CBS on Oct. 12 at 9 p.m.
Manhunt: Deadly Games, a Lionsgate and Spectrum Originals true-crime anthology series, will come to CBS on Sept. 21 at 10 p.m. The drama debuted on Spectrum’s On Demand in February and is still available to Spectrum customers on that platform.
It’s a move aimed at helping flesh out CBS’s original programming offerings through the fall as the network gets back to production that had been delayed for months due to the pandemic.
“This is hardly a traditional fall season, but we are prepared with a strong slate of original content while our regular scripted series begin production,” Kelly Kahl, president, CBS Entertainment, said in a statement about the lineup. “Based on our current timeline, we hope to start rolling out our previously announced fall series as they become available in November.”
CBS News has set premiere dates for several of its long-running series, including 60 Minutes, which will return on Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. A special edition of 48 Hours: Suspicion will begin airing on Sept. 9 at 10 p.m., and 48 Hours’ Saturday edition will begin airing on Sept. 12 at 10 p.m. A new six-part true-crime series, FBI Declassified, will premiere on Oct. 13.
The network has also set premieres for its reality lineup, including Undercover Boss, which returns Oct. 2 at 9 p.m.; The Amazing Race on Oct. 14 at 9 p.m. and The Greatest #AtHome Videos, which returns Friday Sept. 25 at 8 p.m.
Reality series Love Island and Big Brother, which returned to production this summer with Covid-19 safety protocols, will air later this fall and will extend further into the fall television season. Love Island will premiere on Sept. 29 at 8 p.m., and Big Brother will begin airing on Oct. 28 at 9 p.m.
Sports programs, presidential debates and other specials will round out the fall programming.
Earlier this year, CBS said it would bring back 23 current series next season, but many of those return dates remain unclear due to the production shutdowns. CBS is hopeful that its existing production timelines will mean returning series can begin airing on the network in November.