CBS Defends New Fall Shows All Starring Men

At CBS, they're turning back the clock a different way.

"The Big Bang Theory" and its spin-off, "Young Sheldon", are being paired together on CBS' 2017-2018 primetime schedule. Iain Armitage will star as a 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper (the older version is Jim Parsons), a math and science genius growing up in Texas "where church and football are king". She's the daughter of Laurie Metcalf, who guest stars as Sheldon's very religious mother Mary on the CBS hit sitcom.

On Mondays, two new comedies will join a night that will roll out in several phases this fall. The sitcom "Two Broke Girls" will not return.

BACK FOR MORE: "Elementary", "Mom", "Man With A Plan", "Code Black", "Elementary", "Big Brother", "Zoo", "The Amazing Race" and "Undercover Boss" were renewed, TVLine says.

The Saturday lineup again features Crimetime Saturday, encore broadcasts of the network's popular dramas, followed by 48 Hours at 10 p.m. 60 Minutes, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary season, returns at 7 p.m., leading into the new drama Wisdom of the Crowd, starring Jeremy Piven, at 8 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles shifts to 9 p.m., followed by Madam Secretary to close out the weekend.

This year the network also has five new shows starring white men, and one starring Shemar Moore.

Monday (through October 23): 8, The Big Bang Theory; 8:30, 9JKL; 9, Kevin Can Wait; 9:30: Me, Myself and I; 10, Scorpion. Co-stars include Camryn Manheim ("The Practice", "Person of Interest") and Ian Gomez ("Drew Carey", "Cougar Town"). "NCIS: Los Angeles" moves to 9 p.m., and "Madam Secretary" returns at 10. 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.

Starting Oct. 30: 8, Kevin Can Wait; 8:30, 9JKL; 9, Me, Myself & I; 9:30, Superior Donuts; 10, Scorpion.

On Wednesdays, it's Survivor, new drama Seal Team and Criminal Minds.

THURSDAY: 8, NFL Thursday Night Football.

CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves told reporters at the news conference that he isn't ruling out bringing back "The Big Bang Theory" for future seasons beyond the current deal signed earlier this year.

Fridays, it's MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods.

Six new series - three comedies and three dramas - will be joining the fall schedule this year on CBS, the network announced ahead of its annual upfront presentation in New York Wednesday.

  • Salvatore Jensen