Instead of reviving a 1990s show like NBC ("Will & Grace") and ABC ("Roseanne"), CBS will launch a "Young Sheldon" fall sitcom about the childhood of "Big Bang Theory" main character Dr. Sheldon Cooper. Jim Parsons, the Emmy-winning "Big Bang" star, narrates the comedy as adult Sheldon.
MONDAY: 8, Big Bang Theory; 8:30, Young Sheldon (Sept. 25 only)/9JKL (Oct. 2); 9, Kevin Can Wait; 9:30, Me Myself & I; 10, Scorpion.
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 detailed its plans for the 2017-18 season Wednesday as part of the week's broadcast network presentations to advertisers in NY. The 23 returning shows include the comedies THE BIG BANG THEORY, television's #1 scripted series and the #1 comedy for seven consecutive years; KEVIN CAN WAIT, this season's #1 new comedy; the critically acclaimed time period victor MOM; as well as LIFE IN PIECES, MAN WITH A PLAN and SUPERIOR DONUTS.
The rest of the Monday schedule on CBS has "Kevin Can Wait" returning at 9 p.m.
"Survivor" will lead off Wednesdays at 8 p.m., segueing into a new drama, "SEAL Team", with David Boreanaz starring as the head of an elite unit of the Navy SEALs.
Thursday: 8:00 p.m. ET/ 5:00 p.m. PT "NFL Thursday Night Football (Sept. 28 through October 26) 8:00 p.m".
Tuesdays have NCIS, Bull and NCIS: New Orleans. "Life in Pieces" (starting November 2) 10:00 p.m. "S.W.A.T".
CBS will also introduce new shows "Instinct" - a crime drama starring Alan Cumming and Naveen Andrews - and "By the Book" - about a New Yorker (Jay R. Ferguson) who decides to try to live in strict accordance with the Bible - later in the 2017-2018 season.
Fridays, it's MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods.
But it chose to pass on the reboot of "American Idol" because the "economics made absolutely no sense for us", CBS CEO Les Moonves told reporters Wednesday morning.
He defended CBS' track record, noting the network has the most female viewers, and cited his returning shows "Madam Secretary" and "Elementary", both of which are both fronted by female stars.