NEW YORK (CBS) — CBS introduced its 2013-2014 prime time schedule Wednesday, featuring eight new series.
Five new comedies and three new dramas will help build on the strength of America’s top-rated network. Five of the new series will premiere in the fall and three at mid-season.
For next fall, the Network is increasing its comedy lineup with four new comedies, expanding its comedy block on Thursdays from 7:00-9:00 PM and creating an encore hour for comedy broadcasts on Saturdays.
The new comedies are “The Crazy Ones” from executive producer David E. Kelley starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar; “The Millers”, a multi-generational family comedy from executive producer Greg Garcia starring Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges and JB Smoove; “Mom”, an edgy family comedy from executive producer Chuck Lorre starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney; and “We Are Men”, an ensemble comedy starring Tony Shalhoub, Kal Penn, Chris Smith and Jerry O’Connell.
Two new dramas have been scheduled for Mondays at 9:00 p.m. “Hostages”, the serialized suspense thriller from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer starring Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott, premieres in the fall, building to a season finale in January. Soon after, “Intelligence”, a high-octane action drama starring Josh Holloway, Marg Helgenberger and Meghan Ory, moves into the time period for the remainder of the season.
The freshman series will be joined by 20 returning shows including “NCIS”, the season’s most watched show; “The Big Bang Theory”, the season’s #1 comedy in viewers and demos; “60 MINUTES”, the season’s #1 news magazine; and “Elementary”, the season’s #1 new drama.
The other returning series include: “How I Met Your Mother”, “2 Broke Girls”, “NCIS: Los Angeles”, “Person of Interest”, “Survivor”, “Criminal Minds”, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “Two And A Half Men”, “Undercover Boss”, “Hawaii Five-O”, “Blue Bloods”, “48 HOURS”, “The Amazing Race”, “The Good Wife” and “The Mentalist”.
In addition, the proven hit returning comedy “Mike & Molly, starring Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell; the new steamy legal drama “Reckless”; and the new romantic comedy “Friends With Better Lives” are set for mid-season.