CBS is bringing more laughs to its schedule in the 2013-14 season, expanding its Thursday comedy block to two hours. It’s also stacking the three most-watched dramas on TV on Tuesday nights and giving a few other shows new homes.
Four new comedies — two on Mondays and two on Thursdays — will join the schedule in the fall, along with just one new drama, a serialized thriller called “Hostages.” CBS plans to run the show, about a surgeon (Toni Collette) whose family is kidnapped the day before she’s supposed to operate on the president of the United States, for 15 weeks straight in the fall. It will then give way to another new show, “Intelligence,” starring “Lost’s” Josh Holloway, in early 2014.
Take a look at CBS’ night-by-night grid for fall 2013 here.
The Thursday comedy block will kick off with the powerhouse “The Big Bang Theory,” leading into a pair of new shows, “The Millers” with Will Arnett and “The Crazy Ones,” starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar. “Two and a Half Men” moves back to 9:30 p.m. ET, and “Elementary” stays put at 10.
The new Monday comedies are “We Are Men,” which will follow “How I Met Your Mother,” and “Mom,” which gets the spot after “2 Broke Girls.” “Mike & Molly” is being held for midseason, though where it goes has yet to be determined.
On Tuesdays, “Person of Interest” moves into the 10 p.m. slot after the “NCIS” block. It’s the first time since the early 1980s (“The Dukes of Hazzard,” “Dallas” and “Falcon Crest”) that the three most-watched dramas on TV all air on one night.
With the new dramas filling the 10 p.m. Monday spot, “Hawaii Five-0″ will move to Fridays to fill the spot formerly occupied by the canceled “CSI: NY.” CBS’ Wednesday and Sunday lineups will remain unchanged, and comedy repeats will take up an hour on Saturday nights.