CBS fall 2016 schedule
Joel McHale (center) in "The Great Indoors," part of the CBS fall 2016 schedule. (Cliff Lipson/CBS)

CBS fall 2016 schedule brings laughs

The CBS fall 2016 schedule puts an emphasis on comedy, with two two-hour blocks on Mondays and Thursdays that include Matt LeBlanc and Joel McHale.

The network added three new comedies, giving it a total of eight. Five new dramas were added to the lineup.

Veteran comedy “The Big Bang Theory” will help launch new comedies “Kevin Can Wait” and McHale’s “The Great Indoors.” One comedy block will begin in September, while the second will start at the end of October after football. The new LeBlanc-led comedy “Man with a Plan” will be part of the second wave.

As for dramas, CBS has yet to announce the fate of “Limitless.” During a morning call with reporters in New York on Wednesday ahead of their upfront presentation to advertisers, CBS executives said they are shopping it around to other buyers. So it essentially has been canceled.

The executives also addressed the networks lack of diversity with female or minority led shows, with one of them saying “we’re moving in the right direction.”

Below you will find a list of CBS’s renewed and canceled shows, the CBS fall 2016 schedule, descriptions of and trailers for all the new 2016-17 series.

Renewed: “2 Broke Girls,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Blue Bloods,” “Code Black,” “Criminal Minds,” “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” “Elementary,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Life in Pieces,” “Madam Secretary,” “Mom,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “The Odd Couple,” “Scorpion,” “Undercover Boss,” “Zoo” (summer 2016)

Canceled: “Angel From Hell,” “CSI: Cyber,” “Extant,” “The Good Wife,” “Mike and Molly,” “Person of Interest,” “Rush Hour,” “Supergirl” (moving to CW), “Under the Dome” Update May 25: “Limitless” will not continue on any platform.

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New 2016-17 TV shows — CBS

These shows are scheduled to debut this fall. Scroll down for the fall schedule.


The Great Indoors

A renowned adventure reporter (Joel McHale) for an outdoor magazine must adapt to the times when he becomes the desk-bound boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the publication.
Additional cast: Stephen Fry, Chris Williams, Shaun Brown, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Ko, Susannah Fielding
Production company: CBS Television Studios
Producers: Mike Gibbons, Chris Harris and Andy Ackerman


Kevin Can Wait

A retired police officer (Kevin James) realizes that life at home with his wife and three kids is tougher than any criminal he faced on the streets.
Additional cast: Erinn Hayes, Taylor Spreitler, Mary-Charles Jones, James Digiacomo, Ryan Cartwright
Production company: CBS Television Studios
Producers: Bruce Helford, Rock Reuben, Jeff Sussman, Andy Fickman


Man with a Plan

A contractor (Matt LeBlanc) becomes a stay-at-home dad when his wife goes back to work. He learns that his kids are not the angels he thought they were.
Additional cast: Jessica Chaffin, Matt Cook, Grace Kaufman, Hala Finley, Matthew McCann
Production company: CBS Television Studios
Producers: Jeff and Jackie Filgo, Matt LeBlanc, Michael Rotenberg, Troy Zien




This drama was inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, the founder of one of the most prolific trial consulting firms of all time. Brilliant, brash and charming, Dr. Jason Bull (Michael Weatherly) is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition and high tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick. Bull employs an enviable team of experts at Trial Analysis Corporation to shape successful narratives down to the very last detail.
Additional cast: Freddy Rodriguez, Geneva Carr, Chris Jackson, Jaime Lee Kirchner, Annabelle Attanasio
Producers: Paul Attanasio, Dr. Phil McGraw, Jay McGraw, Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank



In this reimagining of the 1980s TV series, a 20-something Angus “Mac” MacGyver (Lucas Till) creates a clandestine organization within the U.S. government where he uses his extraordinary talent for unconventional problem solving and vast scientific knowledge to save lives.
Additional cast: George Eads
Production company: CBS Television Studios in association with Lionsgate
Producers: Peter Lenkov, Henry Winkler, Lee Zlotoff, James Wan and Michael Clear


Pure Genius

Genius tech billionaire James Bell (Augustus Prew) built Bunker Hill Hospital determined to revolutionize healthcare and treat the rarest and most challenging medical mysteries, at no charge. Bell persuades maverick surgeon Dr. Walter Wallace (Dermot Mulroney) to be his Chief of Staff, who believed medicine is a human endeavor, not technological, until a “eureka” moment at the hospital convinced him otherwise.
Additional cast: Brenda Song, Reshma Shetty, Ward Horton, Aaron Jennings, Odette Annable
Production company: Universal Television in association with CBS Television Studios
Producers: Jason Katims, Michelle Lee and David Memel


CBS fall 2016 schedule

All times CT; new shows in italics

6 p.m. 60 Minutes
7 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles
8 p.m. Madam Secretary
9 p.m. Elementary

7 p.m. The Big Bang Theory / Kevin Can Wait (beginning October)
7:30 p.m. Kevin Can Wait / Man with a Plan (beginning October)
8 p.m. 2 Broke Girls
8:30 p.m. The Odd Couple
9 p.m.  Scorpion

7 p.m. NCIS
8 p.m. Bull
9 p.m. NCIS: New Orleans

7 p.m. Survivor
8 p.m. Criminal Minds
9 p.m. Code Black

7 p.m. NFL Thursday Night Football (begins Sept. 15)

Starting Oct. 27

7 p.m. The Big Bang Theory
7:30 p.m. The Great Indoors
8 p.m. Mom
8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces
9 p.m. Pure Genius

7 p.m. MacGyver
8 p.m. Hawaii Five-0
9 p.m. Blue Bloods

7 p.m. Crimetime Saturday
8 p.m. Crimetime Saturday
9 p.m. 48 Hours


New 2016-17 TV shows — CBS

These shows are scheduled to debut at midseason.

CBS fall 2016 schedule
Katherine Heigl (left) as Sadie Ellis and Laverne Cox as Cameron Wirth in “Doubt.” (JoJo Whilden/CBS)


Attorney Sadie Ellis (Katherine Heigl) starts to fall for her charismatic client, Billy Brennan (Steven Pasquale), an altruistic pediatric surgeon recently accused of murdering his girlfriend 24 years ago.
Additional cast: Laverne Cox, Dulé Hill, Dreama Walker, Elliott Gould, Kobi Libii
Production company: CBS Television Studios
Producers: Tony Phelan, Joan Rater, Adam Bernstein, Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman


Training Day

This crime drama picks up 15 years after the events of the 2001 movie, centering on an idealistic, young LAPD police officer who is partnered with a morally questionable, veteran detective. Det. Frank Rourke (Bill Paxton) is the maverick head of the Special Investigation Section that hunts the city’s most dangerous criminals, and is one of the finest investigators the department has ever produced. When the LAPD brass notices Rourke’s penchant for operating in a gray area to fight the war on crime, they assign Kyle Craig (Justin Cornwell), a heroic, untarnished cop, to pose as Frank’s trainee to spy on him and report on his off-book methods.
Additional cast: Drew Van Acker, Katrina Law, Lex Scott Davis, Julie Benz
Production companies: Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Fuqua Films in association with Warner Bros. Television
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Antoine Fuqua, Will Beall, Barry Schindel, Jonathan Littman and Danny Cannon are executive producers