CBS juggles lineup, CW adds speed

The Fresno BeeMay 16, 2014 

Téa Leoni stars as the secretary of state in CBS's new Sunday night series, "Madam Secretary," this fall.


The annual announcements of fall TV schedules by the network wrapped up this week with CBS and CW unveiling their 2014-15 schedules.


Fans of the CBS series "Two and a Half Men," "The Millers," 'Elementary," "Two Broke Girls," "Mike & Molly," "Undercover Boss" and "The Mentalist" are going to have to wait several weeks longer for those programs to return to the network's lineup. That's because CBS has scheduled a Thursday night NFL game each week from Sept. 11 -Oct. 23 as part of its fall lineup.

With less time to fill and a host of shows waiting in the wings, CBS will launch five new shows this year. "NCIS: New Orleans" is another spinoff of "NCIS," while the other new shows are the dramas "Madam Secretary," "Scorpion" and "Stalker" and the comedy "The McCarthys."

Along with axing first-year programs "The Crazy Ones," "We Are Men," "Intelligence" and "Hostages," the network saw the long-running "How I Met Your Mother" come to an end.

Adding the Thursday night football games means the new season of "The Big Bang Theory" will move to the 8 p.m. Monday time slot. Once football is over, it will move back to Thursdays with "Two Broke Girls" taking over the Monday spot.

The planned "How I Met Your Dad" program from the same team behind "How I Met Your Mother" was scrapped when the network rejected the pilot.

Here's a look at the new CBS shows:

"NCIS: New Orleans" (9 p.m. Tuesdays): Members of the NCIS team look into criminal cases affecting military personnel in the Big Easy. Scott Bakula stars.

"Scorpion" (9 p.m. Mondays): Homeland Security's new think tank is the last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats.

"Madam Secretary" (8 p.m. Sundays): Téa Leoni plays the newly appointed Secretary of State who must deal with big issues both at the White House and at home.

"Stalker" (10 p.m. Wednesdays): Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott star in the psychological thriller about detectives who investigate stalking incidents.

"The McCarthys" (9:30 p.m. Thursdays): Athletically challenged son (Tyler Ritter) of a sports-crazed Boston family is chosen by his father to be his assistant high school basketball coach.

The CW

The combination of a good 2013-14 season and a shorter schedule than the other networks leaves CW with the fewest changes in its lineup. Only two new shows will be joining the slate — "The Flash," a spinoff of "Arrow," and the comedy "Jane the Virgin."

"We just finished our most-watched season in three years, and our schedule is as strong as it has ever been," Mark Pedowitz, CW president, says.

Here's a look at the new CW offerings:

"Jane the Virgin" (9 p.m. Mondays): Gina Rodriguez plays a young woman who accidentally gets pregnant during a medical checkup.

"The Flash" (8 p.m. Tuesdays): The CW's newest superhero based on a DC comic stars Grant Gustin as the speedster.

Series that didn't survive include "The Tomorrow People," "Star Crossed" and "The Carrie Diaries" The final episodes of "Nikita" aired in late 2013. "Hart of Dixie" and "Beauty and the Beast" will return as midseason replacements.

CBS 2014-15 schedule


8 p.m. "The Big Bang Theory"

8:30 p.m. "Mom"

9 p.m. "Scorpion" (new)

10 p.m. "NCIS: Los Angeles"


8 p.m. "NCIS"

9 p.m. "NCIS: New Orleans" (new)

10 p.m. "Person of Interest"


8 p.m. "Survivor"

9 p.m. "Criminal Minds"

10 p.m. "Stalker" (new)


5 p.m. "Thursday night Football" (Sept. 11-Oct. 23)


8 p.m. "The Amazing Race"

9 p.m. "Hawaii Five-0"

10 p.m. "Blue Bloods"


8 p.m. "Crimetime Saturday"

9 p.m. "Crimetime Saturday"

10 p.m. "48 Hours"


7 p.m. "60 Minutes"

8 p.m. "Madam Secretary" (new)

9 p.m. "The Good Wife"

10 p.m. "CSI"


The CW


8 p.m. "The Originals"

9 p.m. "Jane the Virgin" (new)


8 p.m. 'The Flash" (new)

9 p.m. "Supernatural"


8 p.m. "Arrow"

9 p.m. "The 100"


8 p.m. "The Vampire Diaries"

9 p.m. "Reign"


8 p.m. "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

8:30 p.m. "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

9 p.m. "America's Next Top Model"


TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at (559) 441-6355, or @RickBentley1 on Twitter.

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