CBS Pairs Big Bang Theory & Young Sheldon Spin-Off

Virginia Carter
May 19, 2017

Gross now is a producer/writer on Matt LeBlanc's "Man With a Plan", which CBS renewed for a second season but didn't schedule for the fall. But the network's most closely watched newcomer is "Young Sheldon", a "Big Bang Theory" spinoff about the Jim Parsons character.

"For 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper, it isn't easy growing up in East Texas", reads the network's synopsis. This trailer for the Young Sheldon seems to focus on all the things that made the early seasons of the series so fun before they spoiled it with romance and other "un-nerdy" things. On Wednesday, it will put the David Boreanaz military show SEAL Team behind Survivor, while S.W.A.T. with Shemar Moore will live at 10 p.m. on Thursdays.

Also familiar: The new fall lineup, which will return mostly intact.

TUESDAY: 8, NCIS; 9, Bull; 10, NCIS: New Orleans. All three new fall comedies, as well as mid-season replacement By the Book, are built around white men and their families (though women and minority characters are represented in co-starring roles).

CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS) is livening up its series with an addition of another eight new shows.

On Oct. 2, new family comedy 9JKL premieres at 8:30 PM, starring Mark Feuerstein, Linda Lavin and Elliott Gould, with THE BIG BANG THEORY providing the best comedy lead-in on television. CBS's entertainment schedule returns November 2 with The Big Bang Theory in its regular 8 p.m. slot, followed by Young Sheldon. When he asks if his father got upset, his dad said he was mostly angry.

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WEDNESDAY "Survivor" (8); "SEAL Team" (9), with Boreanaz as leader of a Navy SEAL team that handles "the most risky, high stakes missions our country can ask of them;" "Criminal Minds" (10).

Jim Parsons, the Emmy-winning "Big Bang" star, narrates the comedy as adult Sheldon.

NFL Thursday Night Football begins on September 28.

FRIDAY: 8, MacGyver; 9, Hawaii Five-0; 10, Blue Bloods.

And looking at the network's fall schedule, the success of CBS should continue in a market with a high share of older viewers that love the network's more traditional programming.

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