CBS Fall Schedule: ‘Murphy Brown’ Booked for Thursdays, ‘Magnum PI’ on Mondays

New drama “FBI” scores huge “NCIS” audience as lead-in, “Bull” changes nights

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CBS unveiled its Fall 2018 TV schedule early Wednesday morning, which is packed with premieres for the Eye’s newly-ordered revivals and reboots, like “Murphy Brown” and “Magnum P.I.,” and longtime network hits, like “NCIS,” “Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon.”

While the new iteration of the ’80s detective drama is landing a Monday time slot, the return of Candice Bergen’s ’90s sitcom grabbed a spot on Thursday’s primetime block behind “Mom.”

Ahead of the Jay Hernandez-led “Magnum P.I.,” are new comedies “The Neighborhood” and “Happy Together” airing between 8-9 p.m. “Magnum” will drive in at 9 p.m. and be followed by “Bull,” moving over from its old spot on the following weeknight.

Now taking over Tuesdays is Dick Wolf-backed “FBI” will hit on Tuesdays at 9, to get a huge lead-in from “NCIS” at 8 and be followed by its spinoff “NCIS: New Orleans” at 10.

“Survivor,” “SEAL Team,” and “Criminal Minds” will keep Wednesdays sticking to the status quo.

Thursdays will also be similar to the 2017-18 slate, with the exception of “Murphy” at 9:30, which will follow sitcoms “The Big Bang Theory,” “Young Sheldon” and “Mom.” “SWAT”s Season 2 will follow the revival.

Friday and Saturday’s primetime blocks are untouched, with Sundays seeing the addition of freshman drama “God Friended Me” at 8.

Newly-ordered series “Fam,” “The Red Line,” and “The Code” do not have premiere dates yet.

Here’s CBS’ full fall schedule:



8:30-9 P.M. — “HAPPY TOGETHER”

9-10 P.M. — “MAGNUM P.I.”

10-11 P.M. — “Bull”


8-9 P.M. — “NCIS”

9-10 P.M. — “FBI”

10-11 P.M. — “NCIS: New Orleans”


8-9 P.M. — “Survivor”

9-10 P.M. — “SEAL Team”

10-11 P.M. — “Criminal Minds”


8-8:30 P.M. — “The Big Bang Theory”

8:30-9 P.M. — “Young Sheldon”

9-9:30 P.M. — “Mom”

9:30-10 P.M. — “MURPHY BROWN”

10-11 P.M. — “S.W.A.T.”


8-9 P.M. — “Macgyver”

9-10 P.M. — “Hawaii Five-0”

10-11 P.M. — “Blue Bloods”


8-9 P.M. — “Crimetime Saturday”

9-10 P.M. — “Crimetime Saturday”

10-11 P.M. — “48 Hours”


7-8 P.M. — “60 Minutes”


9-10 P.M. — “NCIS: Los Angeles”

10-11 PM — “Madam Secretary”

And here are all the official descriptions for Fox’s new series, with each in the network’s own words:

Explores the inner-workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The cast includes Missy Peregrym, Jeremy Sisto, Zeeko Zaki, Connie Nielsen and Ebonee Noel.

Craig Turk will write and executive produce. Niels Arden Oplev will direct and executive produce. Dick Wolf, Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski are also executive producers. “F.B.I.” is produced by Universal Television and CBS Television Studios.

“Murphy Brown”
In a revival of the 1988 sitcom, Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen) returns to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate.

The cast includes Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, Grant Shaud, Jake McDorman and Nik Dodani

Original series creator Diane English will write and executive produce. Pam Fryman will direct and executive produce. Bergen also executive produces. “Murphy Brown” is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Bend in the Road Productions.

“Happy Together”
A 30-something couple, tired of their mundane life, start to reconnect with their younger, cooler selves when a young pop star who is drawn to their super normal suburban life, moves in.

The cast includes Damon Wayans, Jr., Amber Stevens West, Felix Mallard, Stephnie Weir and Chris Parnell.

Tim McAuliffe and Austen Earl penned the script for the series, which hails from CBS TV Studios. They will both executive produce along with Harry Styles, Ben Winston via Fulwell 73 and 3 Arts Entertainment’s Michael Rotenberg and Jonathan Berry. Phill Lewis directed the pilot.

From CBS Studio:
“The series is inspired by a time when Executive Producers Ben Winston and Harry Styles lived together. However, that’s where the reality ends.  The show is not based on real life experiences or characters.”

“The Neighborhood”
The nicest guy in the Midwest moves his family into a tough neighborhood in L.A. where not everyone appreciates his extreme neighborliness.

The cast includes Cedric The Entertainer, Max Greenfield (recast for Josh Lawson), Sheaun McKinney, Tichina Arnold, Dreama Walker, Marcel Spears and Hank Greenspan.

Jim Reynolds will write and executive produce the CBS Television Studios series. Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor, and Wendi Trilling are also executive produce, along with Cedric and Eric Rhone under their A Bird and A Bear Entertainment banner. James Burrows is directing and grabbing an EP credit as well.

A woman’s dreams of an upstanding life with her new fiancé and his upstanding family are dashed when her younger train wreck half-sister comes to live with her to escape their train wreck of a father.

Cast includes Nina Dobrev, Tone Bell, Odessa Adlon, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Sheryl Lee Ralph.

Corinne Kingsbury is writer and executive producer, with Scott Ellis directing the pilot. Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor and Wendi Trilling are also executive producers. The multi-camera comedy is produced by CBS Television Studios and Kapital Entertainment.

“God Friended Me”
Questions of faith, existence and science are explored in this humorous, uplifting series about an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he is “friended” by God on social media. Unwittingly, he becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him.

Cast includes Brandon Micheal Hall, Violett Beane, Suraj Sharma, Javicia Leslie and Joe Morton.

Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt are writers and executive producers. Marcos Siega will direct and executive produce. Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are also executive producers. The hour-long drama is produced by Warner Bros. Television.

“Magnum P.I.”
An update of the classic television series set in Hawaii, MAGNUM P.I. follows Thomas Magnum, a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator.

Cast includes Jay Hernandez, Perdita Weeks, Zachary Knighton and Stephen Hill.

Peter Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim are co-writers and executive producers. Justin Lin will direct and executive produce. John Davis, John Fox and Danielle Woodrow are also executive producers. The hour-long drama is produced by CBS Television Studios and Universal Television.

“The Code”
The military’s brightest minds take on our country’s toughest challenges – inside the courtroom and out – where each attorney is trained as a prosecutor, a defense lawyer, an investigator – and a Marine.

Cast includes Anna Wood, Ato Essandoh, Phillipa Soo and Raffi Barsoumian.

Craig Sweeny is executive producer and showrunner. Pilot is based on a story by Sweeny and Craig Turk. Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman also executive produce, alongside director Marc Webb. The drama is produced by CBS Television Studios.

“The Red Line”
After a white cop in Chicago mistakenly shoots and kills a black doctor, we follow three vastly different families that all have connections with the case as the story is told from each perspective.

Cast includes Noah Wyle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Aliyah Royale, Noel Fisher, Michael Patrick Thornton, Vinny Chhibber, Howard Charles and Elizabeth Laidlaw.

Caitlin Parrish and Erica Weiss are writers and co-executive producers. Ava DuVernay, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter will also executive prodcue. Victoria Mahoney is director on the drama from Warner Bros. Television.

CBS’ upfront presentation to advertisers will take place at 4 p.m. ET inside New York City’s Carnegie Hall.