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CBS Shakes Up Monday Lineup with Magnum P.I. Reboot


CBS has revealed its 2018-19 schedule, which sees a complete overhaul of Monday nights, placing a Magnum P.I. reboot at 9 p.m.

Mondays kick off with two new comedies: The Neighborhood, starring Cedric the Entertainer, at 8 p.m. and Happy Together, featuring Damon Wayans Jr., at 8:30 p.m. This leads into Magnum P.I., a modern take on the classic series starring Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum, a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. Returning hit Bull moves to a new day and time, at 10 p.m.

Tuesdays are anchored by two established hits, with NCIS opening the night at 8 p.m. and NCIS: New Orleans capping off the evening at 10 p.m. The brand-new Dick Wolf drama FBI sits in between, at 9 p.m. FBI is a fast-paced drama, from the team behind the Law & Order franchise, about the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Wednesdays remain intact, with Survivor leading into returning drama SEAL Team and Criminal Minds closing out the evening.

The Thursday comedy block features The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon and Mom serving as lead-ins for the Murphy Brown reboot at 9:30 p.m. Original star Candice Bergen and series creator Diane English reunite for the comedy revival about the eponymous broadcast news legend and her biting take on current events, now in a world of 24-hour cable, social media, “fake news” and a vastly different political climate. S.W.A.T. holds the 10 p.m. slot.

Friday nights continue to feature MacGyver at 8 p.m., Hawaii Five-0 at 9 p.m. and Blue Bloods at 10 p.m.

Saturdays feature Crimetime Saturday drama encores and 48 Hours. Sundays see a new drama being launched alongside two proven hits. News program 60 Minutes continues at 7 p.m., providing a lead-in for the uplifting freshman drama God Friended Me, about an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on social media from God and unwittingly becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him. NCIS: Los Angeles returns at 9 p.m., and Madam Secretary closes out the weekend at 10 p.m.

Also coming to the CBS schedule are the new dramas The Code—about the military’s brightest minds who take on our country’s toughest legal challenges, inside the courtroom and out, in the only law office in the world where every attorney is trained as a prosecutor, a defense lawyer, an investigator and a Marine—and The Red Line, from acclaimed producers Ava DuVernay and Greg Berlanti. Fam is a new comedy that stars Nina Dobrev and Tone Bell about a woman whose vision of a perfect life with her adoring fiancé and his wonderful parents is radically altered when her 16-year-old, out-of-control half-sister unexpectedly comes to live with her.

Returning series include Elementary, Instinct, Life in Pieces, Man with a Plan, Celebrity Big Brother and The Amazing Race.

“When you have a prime-time lineup that won the season while competing against the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics on another network, you look to keep your core schedule mostly intact, while making strategic moves to help grow nights,” said Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment. “We’ve maintained stability across winning nights while adding some important new pieces to our Monday night lineup. And, next year, we’re positioned to build on this success with the addition of these exciting new shows and primetime events, such as The AFC Championship Game, Super Bowl LIII, The Grammy Awards and the NCAA Final Four.”

“Our goal is to make CBS’s big tent even bigger with a broad range of storytelling that speaks to our loyal core audience while opening doors for new viewers too,” said Thom Sherman, the senior executive VP of programming for CBS Entertainment. “We think we’ve accomplished that with this slate of new shows. This new programming has inspired stories from CBS’s iconic past; unique concepts from both new creative voices and established hit-makers; big stars and fresh on-screen talent; and programming that is inclusive, both in front of and behind the camera.”

About Kristin Brzoznowski

Kristin Brzoznowski is the executive editor of World Screen. She can be reached at


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