"The Big Bang Theory" and its spin-off, "Young Sheldon", are being paired together on CBS' 2017-2018 primetime schedule.
"The tone is a little more like '[The] Wonder Years" and "Doogie Howser [M.D],' " according to Kelly Kahl, senior executive vice president of CBS Primetime, who presented the schedule at the network's NY headquarters Wednesday. Big Little Lies star Iain Armitage will play the nine-year-old titular character who looks quite dapper (and appropriately nerdy) in his plaid shirt, loafers and briefcase. (Those aren't exactly helpful attributes when you're a 9-year-old kid in a religious, football-centric suburban town).
"The Big Bang Theory" will start CBS's new season on Monday night during the weeks CBS airs "Thursday Night Football".
Other new TV shows coming to the eye network include "Seal Team", "S.W.A.T." and "Wisdom of the Crowd".
Tuesday's schedule remains intact.
CBS is using "The Big Bang Theory" - the most popular comedy on television after 10 seasons - to get a sampling for two of those new shows.
CBS viewers will see plenty of familiar faces in the three new dramas and three new sitcoms for fall: John Larroquette ("Night Court"), Sharon Lawrence ("NYPD Blue"), Jaleel White ("Family Matters"), Jeremy Piven ("Entourage", "Ellen"), David Boreanaz ("Bones"), Elliott Gould ("M*A*S*H", "Ray Donovan"), Linda Lavin ("Alice") and Mark Feuerstein ("Royal Pains").
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"Kevin Can Wait" returns for its sophomore season at 9 p.m. and will move to 8 p.m. after football ends and the schedule readjusts.
THURSDAYS - NFL THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL kicks off on September 28, giving CBS a strong promotional platform to launch the new season.
New midseason shows include "By The Book", a comedy about a modern-day man who decides to live his life strictly by the Bible, and "Instinct", starring Alan Cumming as a gifted author, university professor and former Central Intelligence Agency operative who is lured back to his old life by the NYPD when they need his help to stop a serial killer. "Life In Pieces" will be back at 9:30, leading into "S.W.A.T." at 10.
CBS's Friday begins with time period victor MacGyver at 8 p.m., followed by Hawaii Five-0. At 10:00 PM, BLUE BLOODS, Friday's #1 program, caps the evening of top-rated dramas.
SUNDAYS - The venerable 60 MINUTES returns at 7:00 PM, celebrating its 50th anniversary season. Sunday's #1 scripted broadcast, NCIS: LOS ANGELES, shifts to 9:00 PM, followed by MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday's #2 scripted broadcast, at 10:00 PM to close out the weekend.
According to EW, CBS will hold the returns of "Elementary", "Code Black", "Man with a Plan" and "The Amazing Race" until midseason.