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Celebrating its 12th consecutive season because the No. 1 broadcast community in complete viewers, CBS has unveiled a fall schedule that emphasizes power and stability—that’s, assuming TV manufacturing is ready to resume this summer season.
Whereas CBS’ new schedule leaves 4 nights untouched from this season, it’s also solely depending on its exhibits with the ability to return to manufacturing, which has been shut down since March because of the pandemic. In contrast to Fox and The CW, which pushed most of their scripted exhibits to midseason and created largely pandemic-proof fall lineups full of acquired collection and different already-filmed exhibits, CBS opted to stay with its tried-and-true slate.
“We’re nonetheless very hopeful that we will begin manufacturing sooner or later this summer season and that we will get exhibits on the air this fall,” stated CBS Leisure president Kelly Kahl. “Clearly, no person is aware of for positive when issues can get again to ‘regular.’ We’re making preparations in order that once we do get a inexperienced mild to enter manufacturing, we shall be prepared.”
Even when manufacturing isn’t capable of begin within the typical July/August timeframe, “a variety of these exhibits can flip round episodes fairly shortly,” Kahl stated. “So even when it’s a barely later begin in the summertime, we’re nonetheless hopeful we will have nearly all of our exhibits on within the fall.”
CBS shared its fall schedule with advertisers through the second a part of ViacomCBS’ two-day upfront stand-in virtual event. Monday’s presentation targeted extra on the corporate’s Viacom properties and the power of its combined portfolio.
Provided that CBS renewed 23 current shows for next season, “Covid or no Covid, there was not going to be a ton of room on the schedule for brand new exhibits,” stated Kahl. “In a world proper now of unknowns, we determined to go together with what is understood, which could be very profitable schedule with confirmed attraction to advertisers.”
The autumn schedule consists of simply two new collection. Comedy B Constructive, co-created by Chuck Lorre, stars Thomas Middleditch as a person on the lookout for a kidney donor who finds a volunteer in Annaleigh Ashford.
“Anytime you possibly can put a Chuck Lorre present on the air, it’s important to really feel fairly good about that,” stated Kahl, noting that B Constructive was the one pilot accomplished this yr previous to the shutdown, and “it’s a terrific pilot and an thrilling addition to our schedule.”
The opposite fall beginner is a reboot of the ’80s collection The Equalizer (which later was became two movies starring Denzel Washington). Queen Latifah steps into the lead position as an nameless guardian angel to the downtrodden.
At midseason, CBS will air Clarice, a Silence of the Lambs sequel series that may observe Clarice Starling, the FBI trainee performed by Jodie Foster within the 1991 movie—which was primarily based on the Thomas Harris novel—six months after the occasions of that story. “Primarily based on every little thing we’ve seen, that is going to be a devoted reflection and depiction of the books, and pay homage to the film as nicely,” Kahl stated.
Within the occasion that manufacturing just isn’t capable of resume this summer season as CBS hopes, “now we have contingencies” for the autumn schedule, in response to Kahl, although he declined to enter specifics. However CBS’ merger with Viacom final December enabled the community to air classic Paramount movies like Titanic and Forrest Gump on Sundays this month to fill scheduling holes attributable to manufacturing shutdowns.
“That’s simply the tip of the iceberg of issues we will do,” Kahl stated. “Relaxation assured, we’re not going to be exhibiting a take a look at sample on any evening.”
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