CBS New Season Schedule: ‘Supergirl’ Lands Monday Slot; ‘CSI’ Gets 2-Hour Series Finale

Freshman comedy “Life in Pieces” scores “Big Bang Theory” lead-in

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CBS unveiled its fall schedule on Wednesday morning ahead of its upfront presentation, revealing that comedy “Life in Pieces” will be paired with megahit “The Big Bang Theory” while the superhero series “Supergirl” will kick off Monday nights after they move to Thursday.

Meanwhile, “CSI” will go off the air with a two-hour series finale.

Monday nights will start with “The Big Bang Theory” at 8 p.m., providing a lead-in for freshman sitcom “Life in Pieces.” After “Thursday Night Football” — which kicks off Sept. 17 — wraps up, the comedies will move to their Thursday night slots. “Supergirl” will then step into the Monday at 8 slot, followed by returning series “Scorpion” at 9 and “NCIS: Los Angeles” at 10.

Tuesday night’s drama lineup will match veteran show “NCIS” and its offshoot, “NCIS: New Orleans” with the freshman drama “Limitless.” The movie adaptation will air at 10 following the “NCIS” block and see Bradley Cooper reprise his character from the film in a recurring role.

Wednesdays will be anchored by veteran reality show “Survivor” at 8, followed by “Criminal Minds,” which will serve as a lead-in to the network’s new medical drama “Code Black,” airing at 10.

On Thursdays, after “NFL Thursday Night Football” wraps up, the Allison Janney-Anna Faris comedy “Mom” will air at 9, following “The Big Bang Theory” and “Life in Pieces.” The new comedy “Angel From Hell,” starring Jane Lynch, will  air after “Mom” at 9:30. Returning drama “Elementary” will cap the night at 10.

Friday nights will see reality competition “The Amazing Race” paired with the crime-drama block of “Hawaii Five-0” and “Blue Bloods.”

Saturdays will feature the network’s “Crimetime Saturday” block, which reruns the network’s dramas, followed by “48 Hours.”

CBS will kick off the season on Sundays with a two-hour finale of its long-running drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” After the jumbo-sized farewell episode, the spinoff “CSI: Cyber” will head to the Sundays-at-10 timeslot, with “CSI” star Ted Danson joining the cast. Overall, the network’s Sunday night lineup will consist of “60 Minutes,” “Madam Secretary,” “The Good Wife” and “CSI: Cyber.”

In keeping with its year-round programming strategy, throughout the season CBS will roll out returning series “2 Broke Girls,” “Mike & Molly,” “The Odd Couple,” “Person of Interest” and “Undercover Boss.”

CBS will also air the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 7 next year.

“This is a schedule well positioned to build on the foundation of last year when we introduced five successful new series and increased our audience by 5 percent,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment. “With ‘Thursday Night Football,’ many of the biggest hits on primetime television and huge events throughout the year, all of our exciting new shows have the best possible environment to succeed, and to help deliver another winning season for CBS.”

A few days ago, CBS canceled “Stalker” and “Battle Creek.” America’s most-watched network renewed “The Good Wife,” “The Odd Couple,” “CSI: Cyber,” “Blue Bloods,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Person of Interest” and “Hawaii 5-0.”

Those latest renewals follow the previously announced returns of “Madam Secretary,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Scorpion,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Mike & Molly,” “Mom” and “2 Broke Girls.” The full CBS renewal list can be seen here, and TheWrap‘s complete network guide can be found here.

Last week, CBS gave series orders to a number of new shows including adaptions of feature films “Rush Hour” and “Limitless”, and “Criminal Minds” spinoff “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.” Prior to that, “Supergirl” swooped in with a series order.

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Click here for Fox’s schedule.

Click here for NBC’s schedule.

The CW’s schedule will be unveiled Thursday prior to its upfront presentation.