CBS for next fall has lined up Tea Leoni as the U.S. secretary of state, a thriller about stalking and a comedy about sports-crazed Boston family.
The most-watched network will add four dramas and one sitcom to start the season:
"Madam Secretary" presents Leoni as a college professor who becomes secretary of state after her predecessor's suspicious death. Tim Daly portrays her husband, and Bebe Neuwirth plays the secretary's chief of staff. CBS's billing for the series: "If 'The Good Wife' and '60 Minutes' had a baby it would be 'Madam Secretary.' " CBS said the series will have lighthearted moments that let Leoni show her comedic skills.
"Scorpion" follows a homeland security think tank led by an "eccentric genius" (Elyes Gabel) and "his team of brilliant misfits," CBS said. Robert Patrick, Katharine McPhee and Eddie Kaye Thomas co-star.
"The McCarthys," the comedy, presents Laurie Metcalf as the matriarch of a boisterous Boston family.
CBS said it was retiring the term "midseason" and promised to roll out big programming through the season. That approach starts this summer with the return of "Under the Dome" and the debut of "Extant" with Halle Berry.
In the fall, CBS will use "The Big Bang Theory" on two nights. The top-rated comedy will begin on Mondays, then move to Thursdays after CBS has aired seven weeks of NFL Football.
For later, CBS has these new series: "CSI: Cyber," a spinoff with Patricia Arquette as a cyber psychologist; a remake of "The Odd Couple" with Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon; and "Battle Creek," a crime drama from Vince Gilligan ("Breaking Bad") and David Shore ("House"). "Battle Creek" stars Josh Duhamel, Dean Winters, Janet McTeer and Kal Penn.
CBS announced that next season will be the final one for "Two and a Half Men" and that executive producer Chuck Lorre has a season-long send-off planned. But network executives said they didn't know if Charlie Sheen's character will return from the dead.
The cancellations include "The Crazy Ones," "Bad Teacher," "Friends With Better Lives," "Intelligence" and "Hostages."
The CBS fall lineup:
Tuesday: 8 p.m.: "NCIS"; 9 p.m.: "NCIS: New Orleans"; 10 p.m.: "Person of Interest"
Wednesday: 8 p.m.: "Survivor"; 9 p.m.: "Criminal Minds"; 10 p.m.: "Stalker"
Thursday: 8 p.m.: "Thursday Night Football" (Sept. 11-Oct. 23). As of Oct. 30, the schedule will be 8 p.m.: "The Big Bang Theory"; 8:30 p.m.: "The Millers"; 9 p.m.: "Two and a Half Men"; 9:30 p.m.: "The McCarthys"; 10 p.m.: "Elementary"
Saturday: 8 p.m.: repeats; 10 p.m.: "48 Hours"
Sunday: 7 p.m.: "60 Minutes"; 8 p.m.: "Madam Secretary"; 9 p.m.: "The Good Wife"; 10 p.m.: "CSI". "CSI: Cyber" moves into the 10 p.m. slot later in the season.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun