cbs fall 2018 tv

Now it’s CBS’s turn to release its slate for the fall 2018 TV season, including a slew of trailers for the Magnum P.I. reboot, the Murphy Brown revival, and several promising dramas and comedies. Below, watch trailers for FBI, God Friended Me, Happy Together, and The Neighborhood.

Magnum P.I.

A mustache? That’s so ’80s. No, the most facial hair that this Magnum, P.I. (Jay Hernandez) boasts is a five o’clock shadow in the modern, sleek reboot of the Tom Selleck crime drama. The sunny setting of Hawaii is still there, as well as Magnum’s roguish charm, though it’s yet to be seen whether Hernandez can match Selleck’s raw charisma and chest hair. The trailer seems lighthearted and entertaining, but that’s all you really need in a reboot of a classic crime series.

Synopsis: Magnum, P.I. is 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. A charming rogue, an American hero and a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan, Magnum has Juliet Higgins and her Dobermans to keep him in line, as well as his trusted buddies and fellow POW survivors TC and Rick when he needs back-up on a job. With keys to a vintage Ferrari in one hand, aviator sunglasses in the other, and an Old Düsseldorf longneck chilling in the fridge, Thomas Magnum is back on the case! Peter Lenkov, Eric Guggenheim, Justin Lin, John Davis, John Fox and Danielle Woodrow are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with Universal Television. Lin directed the pilot from a script by Lenkov and Guggenheim.

Cast: Jay Hernandez, Perdita Weeks, Zachary Knighton, and Stephen Hill.

Happy Together

Will Happy Together finally give Damon Wayans, Jr. the comedy hit he deserves? After Happy Endings and New Girl, Wayans Jr. has proven to be a comedy stalwart, but just can’t find a mainstream and critical crossover hit. A multi-camera sitcom about an agent whose hip pop star client crashes his and his wife’s mundane suburban life may just be that hit.

SynopsisHappy Together stars Damon Wayans Jr. and Amber Stevens West in a comedy about a 30-something happily married couple who begin to reconnect with their younger, cooler selves when Cooper (Felix Mallard), an exuberant young pop star drawn to their super-ordinary suburban life, unexpectedly moves in with them. Austen Earl, Tim McAuliffe, Ben Winston, Harry Styles, Michael Rotenberg and Jonathan Berry are executive producers for CBS Television Studios. Phill Lewis directed the pilot from a script by McAuliffe and Earl.

Cast: Damon Wayans Jr., Amber Stevens West , Felix Mallard, Stephnie Weir, and Chris Parnell.

Murphy Brown

Coming back in the midst of the era of Trump and “fake news,” Murphy Brown never felt more relevant. Remember that time that the first series made headlines with its lightning-rod criticism of Vice President Dan Quayle? You can bet that this new revival will make just as many headlines. Candice Bergen is not here to play.

Synopsis: Multiple Emmy Award winners Candice Bergen and series creator Diane English reunite for Murphy Brown, the revival of the groundbreaking comedy 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. Amid a divided nation, chaotic national discourse and rampant attacks on the press, Murphy returns to the airwaves with her original FYI team: lifestyle reporter Corky Sherwood, investigative journalist Frank Fontana and producer Miles Silverberg. Murphy’s son, Avery, shares his mother’s competitive spirit and quick wit, and has followed in her journalistic footsteps – perhaps too closely. Now back in the game, Murphy is determined to draw the line between good television and honest reporting, proving that the world needs Murphy Brown now more than ever. Diane English returns as executive producer with Candice Bergen for Bend in the Road Productions, Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television. English created the series. Pamela Fryman will direct the pilot from a script by English.

Cast: Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, Grant Shaud, Jake McDorman, Tyne Daly, and Nik Dodani.

God Friended Me

An inspirational slice-of-life drama about an atheist who gets a friend request from God sounds like the perfect high-concept dramedy for this era. It’s a modern-day Touched by an Angel, tamping down the overt sincerity of its premise with a little tongue-in-cheek humor and wit. But it’s also kind of a superhero show. The trailer for God Friended Me lives up to the eye-catching title, and may just be CBS’s boldest new drama yet.

SynopsisGod Friended Me stars Brandon Micheal Hall in a humorous, uplifting drama about Miles Finer (Hall), 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. After repeated pokes by God, Miles’ curiosity takes over, and he accepts the ultimate friend request and follows the signs to Cara Bloom (Violett Beane), an online journalist. Brought together by the “God Account,” the two find themselves investigating God’s friend suggestions and inadvertently helping others in need. Miles is set on getting to the bottom of what he believes is an elaborate hoax, but in the meantime he’ll play along and, in the process, change his life forever. Steven Lilien & Bryan Wynbrandt, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Marcos Siega are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Siega directed the pilot from a script by Lilien & Wynbrandt.

Cast: Brandon Micheal Hall, Violett Bean, Suraj Sharma, Javicia Leslie, and Joe Morton.

FBI

CBS’s newest procedural, generically titled FBI, is just the kind of series that you would expect from the team behind Law and Order. Dark and serious, FBI follows agents who deal with terrorism, organized crime, and counterintelligence. It’s played almost too straight — the characters barely stand out from their archetypes, and there is no new angle apart from how somber it is. But it already has a built-in demographic at CBS, so expect at least 10 seasons.

Synopsis: From Emmy Award winner Dick Wolf and the team behind the Law and Order franchise, FBI is a fast-paced drama about the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. These first-class agents bring all their talents, intellect and technical expertise to tenaciously investigate cases of tremendous magnitude, including terrorism, organized crime and counterintelligence, in order to keep New York and the country safe. Craig Turk, Dick Wolf, Arthur W. Forney, Peter Jankowski and Niels Arden Oplev (pilot only) are executive producers for Universal Television in association with CBS Television Studios. Oplev directed the pilot from a story by Wolf and Turk, and a script by Turk.

Cast: Missy Peregrym, Zeeko Zaki, Jeremy Sisto, and Ebonée Noel.

The Neighborhood

Cedric the Entertainer’s newest sitcom is a hilarious reversal of the standard African-American sitcom, following a proudly black patriarch who suddenly has to deal with a friendly, white Midwestern family moving into a predominantly black neighborhood. It’s a smart, funny premise that deals with a clash of cultures and turns Cedric the Entertainer into the grumpy Archie Bunker of this series.

Synopsis: The Neighborhood stars Cedric the Entertainer as an opinionated neighbor in a comedy about what happens when the friendliest guy in the Midwest moves his family to a neighborhood in Los Angeles where not everyone looks like him or appreciates his extreme neighborliness. When Dave Johnson (Max Greenfield) and his family arrive from Michigan, they’re unfazed that their new dream home is located in a community quite different from their small town. However, their opinionated next-door neighbor, Calvin Butler (Cedric the Entertainer), is wary of the newcomers, certain that they’ll disrupt the culture on the block. Dave realizes that fitting into their new community is more complex than he expected, but if he can find a way to connect with Calvin, they have an excellent chance of making their new neighborhood their home. Jim Reynolds, Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor (Kapital Entertainment), Wendi Trilling, Cedric the Entertainer, Eric Rhone and James Burrows (pilot) are executive producers for CBS Television Studios. Burrows directed the pilot from a script by Reynolds.

Cast: Cedric the Entertainer, Max Greenfield , Sheaun McKinney, Tichina Arnold , Dreama Walker, Marcel Spears, and Hank Greenspan.

CBS Fall 2018 TV Schedule

Here’s the new schedule for CBS’s shows when new programming (in bold) arrives this fall:

MONDAY
8-8:30 PM — THE NEIGHBORHOOD
8:30-9 PM — HAPPY TOGETHER
9-10 PM — MAGNUM P.I.
10-11 PM — Bull

TUESDAY
8-9 PM — NCIS
9-10 PM — FBI
10-11 PM — NCIS: New Orleans

WEDNESDAY
8-9 PM — Survivor
9-10 PM — SEAL Team
10-11 PM –Criminal Minds

THURSDAY
8-8:30 PM — The Big Bang Theory
8:30-9 PM–Young Sheldon
9-9:30 PM — Mom
9:30-10 PM — MURPHY BROWN
10-11 PM — S.W.A.T.

FRIDAY
8-9 PM — MacGyver
9-10 PM — Hawaii Five-O
10-11 PM — Blue Bloods

SATURDAY
8-9 PM – CRIMETIME SATURDAY
9-10 PM — CRIMETIME SATURDAY
10-11 PM — 48 Hours

SUNDAY
7-8 PM — 60 Minutes
8-9 PM — GOD FRIENDED ME
9-10 PM — NCIS: Los Angeles
10-11 PM — Madam Secretary

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