NEW YORK (CBS) – Eight new series and twenty returning favorites highlight next season’s primetime lineup on CBS, the network officially announced Wednesday.
Five new comedies and three new dramas will help build on the strength of America’s top-rated network.
Four of the new comedies will debut in the fall: “The Crazy Ones” from executive producer David E. Kelley starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar; “The Millers”, a multi-generational family comedy starring Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges and JB Smoove; “Mom”, an edgy family comedy from executive producer Chuck Lorre starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney; and “We Are Men”, an ensemble comedy starring Tony Shalhoub, Kal Penn, Chris Smith and Jerry O’Connell.
The Thursday comedy block will expand to two hours, with an encore comedy hour on Saturday nights.
“Hostages”, the new suspense thriller from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, starring Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott, premieres on Monday nights, with a January season finale. “Intelligence”, an action drama starring Josh Holloway, Marg Helgenberger and Meghan Ory, will move into the time period for the remainder of the season.
Twenty returning shows round out the lineup, including “NCIS”, the season’s most watched show; “The Big Bang Theory”, the season’s #1 comedy; “60 MINUTES”, the season’s #1 news magazine; and “Elementary”, the season’s #1 new drama.
Other returning titles include: “How I Met Your Mother”, “2 Broke Girls”, “NCIS: Los Angeles”, “Person of Interest”, “Survivor”, “Criminal Minds”, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “Two And A Half Men”, “Undercover Boss”, “Hawaii Five-O”, “Blue Bloods”, “48 HOURS”, “The Amazing Race”, “The Good Wife” and “The Mentalist”.
Proven hit comedy “Mike & Molly” returns mid-season. The new steamy legal drama “Reckless”; and the new romantic comedy “Friends With Better Lives” are also set for mid-season.