Preview US broadcasting season 2018-2019: CBS

It’s September, which means that in the US the new TV broadcasting season is about to kick off. The nights are getting longer and broadcasters will make sure they have something to entertain you. Here’s a list of all returning and new series coming your way (eventually, if you aren’t in the US) from CBS. For the sake of streamlining this already long list we will not include reality programming, only scripted drama.


Returning this season to CBS are these series…

NCIS: The JAG spinoff starring the special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service return for their 16th season on Tuesday 25 September!

Criminal Minds: Another one in the double digit as the FBI agents of the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) return for their 14th season on Wednesday 3 October!

The Big Bang Theory: This comedy hit was already renewed for a 12th season last season, but now it has been revealed this will be the final season for Sheldon, Leonard, Penny and co. The final season starts Monday 24 September.

NCIS: Los Angeles: NCIS’s first spinoff is also still going strong with the Los Angeles branch returning for a 10th season. Chris O’Donnell (Batman Forever), LL Cool J (Deep Blue Sea) and Eurovision Song Contest 2018 host Daniela Ruah return on Sunday 30 September.

Blue Bloods: The Tom Selleck (Magnum P.I.) starring and New York City set series following the Reagan family of police officers returns for its 9th season on Friday 28 September.

Hawaii Five-0: This remake of the 1960s and 70s police procedural, with a zero instead of an “O,” is well on its way to run as long as the original, which hit 12 seasons. The remake will return for Season 9 on Friday 28 September. It’s set in the same universe as NCIS.

Elementary: This American take on a modern Sherlock Holmes starring Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting) and Lucy Liu (Charlies Angels) has been struggling in the ratings at CBS. However, the series is apparently selling well into syndication and foreign markets, which makes it return for Season 7. Currently Season 6 has run as a Summer offering, so it would not be surprising if the same goes for Season 7.

Mom: This sitcom from Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory) following the dysfunctional mother/daughter duo played by Anna Faris (Yogi Bear) and Allison Janney (Finding Nemo), returns for Season 6 on Thursday 27 September.

Madam Secretary: Téa Leoni (Jurassic Park III) returns as United States Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord in Season 5. Returning as her husband is Tim Daly, who you might know as the voice of Clark Kent/Superman in Superman: The Animated Series. Season 5 begins Sunday 7 October.

NCIS: New Orleans: The New Orleans chapter of NCIS is also returning for Season 5. Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise) and CCH Pounder (Avatar, Warehouse 13) return to star. Season 5 starts airing Tuesday 25 September.

Bull: The legal drama following Dr. Jason Bull’s Trial Analysis Corporation (TAC), based on the early days of talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw’s career, returns for Season 3. The amount of total episodes means Season 4 is almost guaranteed because of syndication. Season 3 starts Monday 24 September.

Life in Pieces: When this comedy was renewed for a third season of 22 episodes it was a sure bet it would be renewed again. The series following multiple generations of the Short family will therefore return with a fourth season. No return date is set yet.

MacGyver: The remake of 1980s series MacGyver will return for a Season 3 with again Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class). The episode count means that Season 4 is almost a guarantee, going for the minimum amount of episodes for syndication. This series is also set in the same universe as NCIS. On Friday 28 September the series returns.

Man With a Plan: The comedy about construction worker Matt LeBlanc’s (Friends) family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania returns for a third season. The episode count means Season 4 is almost guaranteed because of syndication. Currently there is no return date.

Ransom:  The international co-production from producer Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, The Man in the High Castle) returns for Season 3, which is expected for 2019.

Instinct: The police procedural based upon novel Murder Games by James Patterson with Howard Roughan, starring Alan Cumming (X-Men 2) returns for its second season on a to be announced date.

SEAL Team: The David Boreanaz (Angel, Bones) led military drama series which follows sub-unit Bravo Team of the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group returns for Season 2 Wednesday 3 October.

S.W.A.T.: The reboot of the 1970s police series with Shemar Moore (Cyborg in the DC Animated Movie Universe) as Sergeant Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson of the LAPD’s Special Weapons And Tactics unit gets a second season. Season 2 starts airing Thursday 27 September.

Salvation: The series that follows a team tasked with averting the end of the world has just finished airing Season 2 as a Summer offering. There is no word yet on a Season 3 renewal.

Young Sheldon: The hit prequel to The Big Bang Theory obviously returns for a second season. Iain Armitage returns as Sheldon Cooper, Zoe Perry returns as Sheldon’s mother Mary in the younger version of her mother Laurie Metcalf’s role in The Big Bang Theory, and Annie Potts (Ghostbusters, Toy Story) returns as Sheldon’s “Meemaw.” Season 2 starts airing Monday 24 September.


CBS has chosen the following series to be added to their programming line-up…

The Code: Military legal drama from the creator of Limitless Craig Sweeney. The series will premiere mid-season, early 2019.

Fam: Comedy in which Nina Dobrev’s (The Vampire Diaries) peaceful life with her fiancé is turned upside down when her absolute mess of a sister moves in. Premieres mid-season.

FBI: Dick Wolf (Law & Order) normally provides series for NBC, but this procedural at the FBI’s New York office is going to premiere Tuesday 25 September on CBS.

God Friended Me: In this comedy, an atheist gets friended by God on Facebook. This interesting premise can be seen starting on Sunday 30 September.

Happy Together: Married couple Damon Wayans, Jr. (Big Hero 6, New Girl) and Amber Stevens West (22 Jump Street) reconnect with their younger selves when a popstar moves in with them. Inspired by series executive producer Ben Winston’s time of having other series executive producer Harry Styles living with him. Starts Monday 1 October.

Magnum P.I.: Remake of the Tom Selleck series from the 1980s. No moustache, but it’s still in Hawaii, with fast cars and helicopters. You can give this a chance as of Monday 24 September.

Murphy Brown: Revival of the 1988-1998 comedy. Candice Bergen returns in her titular role, a famous investigative journalist and news anchor for FYI, a fictional CBS television newsmagazine. Season 11 starts Thursday 27 September.

The Neighborhood: Los Angeles resident Cedric the Entertainer (Madagascar) gets new neighbors from the Midwest in the extremely friendly Max Greenfield (New Girl) and his wife Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls). Premieres Monday 1 October.

The Red Line: Noah Wyle (E.R., Falling Skies, The Librarians) stars in this drama in which a white Chicago cop mistakenly shoots and kills an African-American doctor, dividing three families in tragedy. Premieres mid-season.

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