CBS is planning some major changes in programming for the upcoming fall 2014 TV season. With football coming to Thursday nights, there will be a shift in time slots for many other shows. The normal comedy block on Thursday night will be moving to Mondays while many new shows coming to the network will be heavy on the drama. Entertainment Weekly reported on the changes on Wednesday and with all the new changes at CBS, television could get much more interesting in the fall.
One of the biggest changes for the network is due to Thursday night football moving to CBS this fall. This is huge but it means that there will be football on during a block traditionally saved for a comedy block. Football will run in this three hour block from September 11 to October 23.
During football season, "Big Bang Theory" will head to Monday nights where it will compete against "Monday Night Football" on ABC. This might be a rough eight weeks for "Big Bang Theory" which will be followed by another comedy series, "Mom." After Thursday football ends in October, "Big Bang Theory" will head back to Thursday nights and "2 Broke Girls" will then fill the Monday night time slot that is now vacant since "How I Met Your Mother" is over and the proposed spin-off "How I Met Your Dad" was not picked up.
Tuesday nights on CBS will be drama night as it will air "NCIS" followed by the newest spin-off, "NCIS: New Orleans" and then "Person of Interest." Again there will be a Tuesday night shakeup in October after football ends when the original "NCIS" will leave it's Tuesday at 7 p.m. time slot and head to the notoriously rough Monday night at 10 p.m. time slot.
In other CBS programming news, "Two and a Half Men" announced that this will be their final season. It's a pretty sure bet that Charlie Sheen won't be making a cameo. Also, "Mike and Molly," "The Mentalist" and "Undercover Boss" won't be making their debut until later in the season.
CBS is adding five new shows to the 2014 fall lineup. They have announced just one comedy called "The McCarthys" about a loud mouthed high school basketball coach and his Boston-raised family. Additionally, there will be four new dramas with "NCIS: New Orleans," "Stalker," "CSI: Cyber" and "Battle Creek." Other new shows included in the CBS fall lineup are "Scorpion" and "Madame Secretary."