CBS unveils 2015-2016 primetime lineup

Lineup features 7 new shows, 22 returning series

CBS unveiled its 2015-2016 primetime lineup on Wednesday. The lineup features seven new shows and 22 returning series.

Here’s the night-by-night schedule and a short description of the new shows:


With “Thursday Night Football” premiering Sept. 17, “The Big Bang Theory” will start the season on Mondays. The new comedy, “Life in Pieces” will air before “The Big Bang Theory.” CBS said it’s an irreverent look at a family’s sometimes awkward, often hilarious and ultimately beautiful milestone moments, starring Academy and Emmy Award winner Dianne Wiest, Emmy Award winner James Brolin, Zoe Lister Jones, Colin Hanks, Angelique Cabral, Thomas Sadoski, Betsy Brandt and Dan Bakkedahl.

When “The Big Bang Theory” and “Life in Pieces” move to their regular Thursday time periods after football, the new action-adventure drama, “Supergirl” will open Monday at 7 p.m. Dramas “Scorpion” and “NCIS: Los Angeles” will follow.


“NCIS,” television’s number 1 drama for six years returns at 7 p.m.  It will be followed by “NCIS: New Orleans” and the new fast-paced drama, “Limitless.” CBS said it’s based on the feature film with Bradley Cooper, starring Jake McDorman as an average guy who can suddenly access 100% of his brain capacity with a mysterious pill.


“Survivor” returns at 7 p.m. followed by “Criminal Minds” and “Code Black,” a new medical series set in the busiest, most notorious ER in the nation.


“Thursday Night Football” kicks off on Sept. 17. “The Big Bang Theory” returns on Thursday nights in November with “Life Pieces,” “Mom,” and the new comedy, “Angel from Hell.” CBS said it’s about a loud, colorful, often inappropriate woman who claims to be a guardian angel, starring Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch and Maggie Lawson.  Sherlock Holmes also returns in “Elementary.”


The reality series, “The Amazing Race” returns on Friday nights at 7 p.m., followed by “Hawaii Five-O” and “Blue Bloods.”


CBS’s Saturday lineup features “Crimetime Saturday,” encore broadcasts of the Network’s popular dramas at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., followed by “48 Hours.”


“60 Minutes” returns at 6 p.m. Sundays, followed by “Madam Secretary,” and “The Good Wife.” To start the season, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” will have a special two-hour series finale farewell. Then “CIS: Cyber” will move in a 9 p.m.

CBS will also roll out series throughout the season, including comedies, “2 Broke Girls,” “Mike & Molly” and “The Odd Couple,” the thrilling drama “Person of Interest” and the award-winning reality series, “Undercover Boss.”

Two new series will premiere later this season: “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” and “Rush Hour.” CBS said “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” is a “Criminal Minds” spinoff starring Emmy Award winner Gary Sinise about the International Division of the FBI tasked with solving crimes and rescuing Americans in danger while abroad.  “Rush Hour” is a buddy-cop comedy based on the successful film franchise, starring Justin Hires as a maverick detective from Los Angeles and John Foo as a stoic detective from Hong Kong who knock heads when they are forced to work together.