CBS is giving the coveted slot after "The Big Bang Theory" on Thursday nights to the spinoff "Young Sheldon".
Set in 1989, the show will be narrated by Jim Parsons AKA the original Sheldon, and will star Iain Armitage, who is now starring in Sky Atlantic's Big Little Lies, as Young Sheldon, the boy genius who skipped four grades to start high school at the same time as his older, football-playing brother. After football, starting November 2, it's The Big Bang Theory, then Young Sheldon, Mom, Life in Pieces and new drama S.W.A.T.
Monday (through October 23): 8, The Big Bang Theory; 8:30, 9JKL; 9, Kevin Can Wait; 9:30: Me, Myself and I; 10, Scorpion. CBS will add one new show to the night, the new drama "Wisdom of the Crowd", starring Jeremy Piven as a visionary tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter's murder.
As for "The Big Bang Theory", it's been renewed for two seasons - and CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves is already looking for more beyond that.
SUNDAY: 7, 60 Minutes; 8, Wisdom of the Crowd; 9, NCIS: Los Angeles; 10, Madam Secretary.
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The rest of the Monday schedule on CBS has "Kevin Can Wait" returning at 9 p.m. NCIS, television's #1 drama for eight years, returns at 8:00 PM, followed by BULL, this season's #1 new drama in viewers, at 9:00 PM.
WEDNESDAY: 8, Survivor; 9, Seal Team; 10, Criminal Minds. Mom returns at 9 p.m., followed by Life in Pieces. CBS' winning night begins with time period victor MACGYVER at 8:00 PM, followed by HAWAII FIVE-0, another time period victor.
Moonves noted that from a corporate standpoint - CBS owns premium cable network Showtime and a 50% interest in the CW network - "we're fine in terms of the amount of women behind the camera and in front of the camera".
CBS will also introduce new shows "Instinct" - a crime drama starring Alan Cumming and Naveen Andrews - and "By the Book" - about a New Yorker (Jay R. Ferguson) who decides to try to live in strict accordance with the Bible - later in the 2017-2018 season.
Among the shows CBS canceled are "American Gothic", "Brain Dead", "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders", "Doubt", "The Great Indoors", "The Odd Couple", "2 Broke Girls", "Pure Genius", "Ransom" and "Training Day".
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