Five news shows will debut on CBS this fall and two shows will feature comedy stars.
Candice Bergen's "Murphy Brown" struggled as a single mother at the FYI network in the early 90s, but in 2018 she will fight for ratings against a Fox News-like cable show starring her child. FBI, set in the bureau's NY office, stars Missy Peregrym (Rookie Blue), Zeeko Zaki (Valor), Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order), and Ebonée Noel (Still Star-Crossed).
A number of freshman shows feature African-Americans leads, including "God Friended Me", a comedy-drama with Brandon Micheal Hall as an atheist who does God's work after they become Facebook friends.
GONERS: "Scorpion", "Kevin Can Wait", "Living Biblically", "Me, Myself & I", "Superior Donuts", "Wisdom of the Crowd", "Zoo", "9JKL".
The two brand-new CBS comedies joining the Monday lineup are: "The Neighborhood", about the friendliest guy in the Midwest (Max Greenfield) moving his family to a Los Angeles neighborhood where opinionated next-door neighbor Calvin Butler (Cedric the Entertainer) does not warm to his upbeat view of life; and "Happy Together", with Damon Wayans Jr. and Amber Stevens West as a happily married suburbanites Jack and Claire, who to reconnect with their younger, cooler selves when an exuberant young pop star (Felix Mallard) moves in with them.
"God Friended Me" gets the prime slot after "60 Minutes".
On Tuesdays, Bull's former berth between NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans will be filled by Federal Bureau of Investigation, a new procedural from University of Pennsylvania grad Dick Wolf, who also has four shows on NBC this fall: Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D.
CBS has opted to keep Wednesday's schedule the same year-to-year, the lineup of Survivor, SEAL Team, and Criminal Minds having proven to be a ratings victor.
That's why "Murphy Brown" is getting a supportive Thursday berth, airing after established comedy hits including "The Big Bang Theory" and "Mom".
FRIDAY: 8 p.m., "MacGyver;" 9 p.m., "Hawaii Five-0;" 10 p.m., "Blue Bloods". The night will end with Saturday's #1 non-sports series, 48 Hours.