The Ultimate Guide To CBS’s 2016 Fall Primetime Lineup

For the eighth consecutive year, CBS will kickoff its fall season as the nation’s most-watched television network. With over 35 Emmy Award nominations in 2016 alone, CBS is home to some of television’s top-rated comedies and most-watched dramas. This year’s new fall lineup consists of returning fan favorites such as The Big Bang Theory, NCIS and Criminal Minds as well as several new shows featuring many Hollywood favorites.

Exciting New Series

Bull
Premieres Tuesdays September 20 9/8c
Starring Micahel Weatherly, Freddy Rodriguez, Geneva Carr
www.cbs.com/shows/bull

What happens when you combine the master of psychology with the world’s best paralegal? You get Dr. Jason Bull, a brilliant trial consultant who plays by his own rules. His ability to read people without ever talking to them makes him the best in the biz. By profiling every jury member’s behavioral pattern, background and most intimate details of their personal life, Bull is able to stack the odds in his favor. The doctor knows how to orchestrate fireworks in the courtroom, but will they eventually blow up in his face? Tune in Tuesdays to find out.

Doubt
Premieres later This Season
Starring Katherine Heigl
www.cbs.com/shows/doubt

A legal drama told from an unusual perspective where the bad guys might just turn out to be the good ones, this new, must-see show tells the story of a smart and beautiful lawyer, and her efforts to defend her client who was accused of murdering his girlfriend 24 years ago. When she starts to develop feelings for him, everyone in her boutique firm begins to question everyone else and their role in pursuing justice.

The Great Indoors
Premieres Thursday October 27 8:30/7:30c
Starring Joel McHale, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
www.cbs.com/shows/the-great-indoors

This brand new office comedy about a world traveler returning back to work in the city to save his struggling outdoor magazine is sure to make you LOL as Jack, played by Joel McHale, struggles to relate to his Millennial employees. Globe trotter Jack finds himself desk-bound, surrounded by a team of tech nerds, hipsters and fashion blogging “journalists” who haven’t explored the world beyond their computer screens. Will he revert to his lone mountain-trekking ways or be able to adapt working in, you guessed it, the great indoors?

Kevin Can Wait
Premieres Monday September 19 8:30/7:30c
Starring Kevin James, Erinn Hayes
www.cbs.com/shows/kevin-can-wait

Hungry for laughs? The king of comedy is back in action to bring you plenty of clever banter, physical comedy and heart-warming sincerity that only someone as genuine as Kevin James could deliver. As a newly retired police officer, Kevin is looking to spend some quality family time with his wife and three kids. Much to his surprise, his plan for a cushy retirement is put on hold when his family begins to unravel. Years of working on the streets could have never prepared him for the challenges he’ll have to face at home. However, when duty calls, Kevin is always there to be a supporting husband, father and friend. As for those retirement plans? Well, Kevin can wait.

MacGyver
Premieres Friday September 23 8/7c
Starring Lucas Till, George Eads
www.cbs.com/shows/macgyver

This beloved reimagined ’80s action series is making its way back into your living room this fall. Angus “Mac” MacGyver’s is on a mission to save the world. The government has created a secret organization for this maverick whose methods may seem a bit unconventional armed with nothing more than a little bit of chewing gum and paperclips. Joining him is former CIA agent Jack Dalton whose always ready to spring into action. Together they will save the world or die trying.

Man With A Plan
Premieres Monday October 24 8:30/7:30c
Starring Matt LeBlanc, Liza Snyder
www.cbs.com/shows/man-with-a-plan

In an ever-changing modern world, a father of three finds himself having to switch roles with his newly working wife. Stay at home dad, Adam, may have bitten off more than he can chew in his new role as caregiver, chef, housekeeper and schoolroom mom. Golden Globe Award winner Matt Leblanc will surely have you, and your family, laughing in this new feel-good family series.

Pure Genius
Premieres Thursday October 27 10/9c
Starring Dermot Mulroney, Augustus Prew
www.cbs.com/shows/pure-genius

Using the world’s best computer programmers and surgeons, young optimistic tech billionaire James Bell builds a state-of-the-art hospital to treat only the rarest of medical conditions. Without asking his patients for a single cent, Bell provides them with the most forward-thinking technology and medicine. However, not everyone seems to be buying it. When the Silicon Valley mogul invites Dr. Wallace, a brilliant but cynical surgeon, to help run his new cutting-edge facility, Wallace questions exactly what this young founder is trying to achieve. Is Bell as brilliant as everyone perceives or just making promises he can’t keep?

Returning Favorites

2 Broke Girls
Premieres Monday October 10 9/8c
Starring Ket Dennings and Beth Behrs
www.cbs.com/shows/2_broke_girls

It’s another day, another dollar for these hard working girls. Watch as these two vastly different personalities come together to hustle their way to a better lifestyle in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Their dream of opening a cupcake shop is so close to becoming a reality that they can practically taste it. Will their flame finally kindle? Or does the concrete jungle have something else in store?

The Big Bang Theory
Premieres Monday September 19 8/7c
Starring Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Haley Cuoco, Simon Heldberg, Kunnal Nayyar
www.cbs.com/shows/big_bang_theory

Leonard and Sheldon may be geniuses in the laboratory but when it comes to one on one, these boys could use a chemistry lesson. Luckily, their neighbor Penny is always there to teach them a few life lessons. With promises of witty quips, dry humor and a great sense of capturing different paradigms of interpersonal relationships, you’ll be glad you tuned into this nine time Emmy Award-winning show.

Blue Bloods
Premieres Friday Sept 23 10/9c

Starring Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Amy Carlson, Bridget Moynahan
www.cbs.com/shows/blue_bloods

Nothing says family drama like a New York City law enforcement family of cops. For generations, the Reagan’s have been bleeding blue without a sign of stopping anytime soon. Sometimes the line between doing what’s right and doing what’s expected can get blurry. With the bar set even higher this season, we’ll see whose faith is tested and who takes the law into their own hands.

Code Black
Premieres Wednesday September 8 10/9c
Starring Rob Lowe, Marcia Gau Harden, Luis Guzman
www.cbs.com/shows/code-black

Code black: An influx of patients so great, there aren’t enough resources to treat them. The average ER is in code black five times per year. Angels Memorial Hospital in LA is in code black 300 times per year. At the heart of the ER’s chaos, it seems that the crowds of patients are only there in need of a life-saving miracle. Expect the unexpected in this notorious ER drama and bring lots of tissues.

Criminal Minds
Premieres Wednesday September 28 9/8c
Starring Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson, Kristen, Vangsness
www.cbs.com/shows/criminal_minds

This incredible team of elite FBI members are taking more risks this time around as the stakes increase. Analyzing the minds of the country’s most-twisted criminals doesn’t come without a price. Will their skill set be enough to crack the case, or will the job finally take its toll? No one is safe when there’s a predator on the loose.

Elementary
Premieres Sunday October 2 10/9c
Starring Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn
www.cbs.com/shows/elementary

Back this fall for its second season, Elementary is a modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes set in New York City. What separates this series from other Holmes films is the phenomenal character development between Holmes and Watson. No longer the token sidekick, Lucy Liu brings Watson’s character to the forefront of the action while Johnny Lee Miller portrays a very vulnerable and flawed Holmes. Together this dynamic duo demonstrates a solid foundation of two friends who care deeply for one another and are ready to solve the case no matter how seemingly impossible.

Hawaii Five-O
Premieres Friday September 23 9/8c
Starring Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Chi McBride
www.cbs.com/shows/hawaii_five_0

Hawaii’s brash Five-O unit is back on a mission to wipe out any crime that washes up on the coastlines of paradise. This elite federalized task force may seem like they’re always having a good time on and off duty. However, when it comes down to business they are determined to eliminate the bad seeds. Detective Steve McGarrett has never been one to play by the book and with an on-going investigation, it appears that he’s writing his own rules. It’s a race against the clock to hunt down Hawaii’s biggest “game.” The only question left is, who will be hunting and whom will be hunted?

Life In Pieces
Premieres Thursday October 27 9:30/8:30c
Starring Angelique Cabral, Betsy Brandt, Colin Hanks, Dianne West
www.cbs.com/shows/life-in-pieces

Seconds lead into minutes which lead into hours leading into days followed by years that make up a lifetime. A moment, no matter how brief, can stay with us forever. It’s with these moments that we begin to piece together the different milestones of our lives. With a new year comes a whole new story as you watch this family unfold and savor memories that seem to pass by all too quickly. Taking the good with the bad, the awkward with the sad, this big family is never in short supply of good times.

Madam Secretary
Premieres Sunday October 2 9/8c
Starring Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth
www.cbs.com/shows/madam-secretary

Elizabeth McCord has been accused of many things, although her peers will tell you that a lack of passion is not one of them. Her determination is unrelenting as she continues to fight for diplomacy as well as negotiate for global and domestic issues. Admired for her ability to think outside the box, Elizabeth is valued by many including the President himself. It would appear, however, that even those most admired have a line of demarcation. The consequence of flying too close to the sun may be irreversible.

Mom
Premieres Thursday October 27 9/8c
Starring Anna Farris, Allison Janney
www.cbs.com/shows/mom

With a dysfunctional family and life’s never-ending setbacks, Christy, played by Anna Farris, can’t seem to catch a break. Bonnie, played by Emmy Award winner Allison Janney, isn’t any help either with her newly founded sobriety and constant need to make up for years past. Needless to say, this honest new wave comedy created from Executive Producer Chuck Lorre (“The Big Bang Theory,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Mike & Molly”) is the perfect lighthearted comedy to end your Thursday nights with.

NCIS
Premieres Tuesday Sept 20 8/7c
Starring Mark Harmon, Emily Wickersham, Pauly Perrette, Brian Dietzman
www.cbs.com/shows/ncis

NCIS, Naval Crime Investigative Service, is a team compiled of dynamic yet different personalities working closely together in high-stress situations. From murder to terrorist attacks, these special agents are ready at beckon call to solve any naval case the government throws at them. The sometimes complex and often amusing dynamics that come from a team forced to work together can leave tensions at an all-time high. With emotions running strong, even the most skilled agents can falter. This is what makes NCIS exceedingly more than just an action series.

The Odd Couple
Premieres Monday October 17 9:30/8:30c
Starring Matthew Perry, Thomas Lennon
www.cbs.com/shows/the-odd-couple

After a fallen marriage, Oscar Madison, played by Matthew Perry, has acquired an unlikely roommate, Felix Unger, played by Thomas Lennon. Despite Oscar’s ability to drive Felix up a wall with his disgusting living habits, these former college pals agree that living together would be mutually beneficial in helping each other turn a new leaf. Only time will tell if this odd couple can withstand the test of time. In the meantime, pull up a chair and get ready to laugh at this dynamic duo and all-star cast.

Survivor
Premieres Wednesday September 21 8/7c
www.cbs.com/shows/survivor

This Emmy Award-winning reality competition is returning for its 33rd season with new castaways eager to win the million dollar prize. This season they are raising the stakes by separating the warriors into two groups based on their generation. Who will be the sole survivor? Generation X or The Millennials?

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