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Here's Your First Look At The New 2020-2021 CBS Primetime Schedule

New series B Positive and The Equalizer will join your favorite CBS returning shows this fall.
Posted on May 19, 2020 | 11:15am

CBS unveiled its new 2020-2021 Primetime programming lineup, which features one new comedy, two new dramas and 23 returning series.

Fans can look forward to additional new series to be announced at a later date.

The two new shows for fall include the comedy B POSITIVE, from award-winning Executive Producer, Writer, and Creator Chuck Lorre and Marco Pennette, starring Emmy Award nominee Thomas Middleditch and Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford; and the drama THE EQUALIZER, starring Academy Award nominee and multi-hyphenate Queen Latifah.

The shows debuting later in the season include the new drama CLARICE from acclaimed Executive Producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, starring Rebecca Breeds in the title role, and returning favorites S.W.A.T. and UNDERCOVER BOSS.

In addition, CBS will broadcast SUPER BOWL LV on Feb. 7, 2021.

"We're excited to come off another season as America's Most Watched Network and, despite the obvious challenges around us, put together another winning lineup," said Kelly Kahl, President of CBS Entertainment. "Next season, we'll have five breakout returning freshman series and three compelling new shows placed into a schedule with the incredible stability for which CBS is so well known. Couple that with our broadcast of SUPER BOWL LV next February, and CBS is simply loaded with a lineup that will clearly appeal to both our advertising partners and our loyal viewers."



The 2020-2021 night-by-night schedule (all times in ET):

MONDAYS - Monday's lineup returns intact. The one-hour comedy block of THE NEIGHBORHOOD followed by TV's #1 new comedy BOB ♥ ABISHOLA opens the night from 8 PM to 9 PM, respectively, where both shows rank among the top comedies on television. At 9 PM, one of the top-rated freshman dramas ALL RISE returns with star Simone Missick, followed by BULL at 10 PM, Monday's #1 entertainment program.

TUESDAYS - Tuesday's dominant lineup remains intact, with the three returning dramas delivering over 13 million viewers for the night. NCIS, the #1 series on television, opens the night at 8 PM when it returns for its 18th season. At 9 PM, FBI, returns for its third season with stars Missy Peregrym and Zeeko Zaki, followed by #1 new series FBI: MOST WANTED 10 PM.

WEDNESDAYS - Wednesday's solid schedule adds more reality and adventure. SURVIVOR, hosted by Jeff Probst, starts off the night at 8 PM. Then, at 9 PM, a fall edition of the multiple Emmy Award-winning THE AMAZING RACE hosted by Phil Keoghan begins another trek around the world. Finally, at 10 PM, the fourth season of military drama SEAL TEAM, starring David Boreanaz, returns to close out the night.

THURSDAYS - Thursday's schedule adds one new notable comedy. First, YOUNG SHELDON, TV's #1 comedy, anchors the night and is the lead-in for the new comedy B POSITIVE at 8:30 PM. Next, at 9 PM is TV's #2 comedy MOM, starring Anna Faris and Emmy and Academy Award winner Allison Janney, followed by the #2 new comedy, THE UNICORN, starring Walton Goggins, at 9:30 PM. Then, at 10 PM, award-winning producers Michelle and Robert King continue to examine the origins of evil in the critically acclaimed drama EVIL.

FRIDAYS - CBS' most dominant night, where the Network is beating all others this season by over 3.5 million viewers, returns intact. MACGYVER opens the night at 8 PM, leading into MAGNUM P.I. at 9 PM. TV's #3 drama BLUE BLOODS returns at 10 PM, to cap one of television's strongest nights.

SATURDAYS - CBS' Saturday night lineup features CRIMETIME SATURDAY, encore broadcasts of the Network's popular dramas at 8 PM and 9 PM, followed by the law and justice program 48 HOURS, Saturday's #1 non-sports Primetime series, at 10 PM.

SUNDAYS - CBS' winning night adds a new high-profile drama. 60 MINUTES, TV's acclaimed #1 news program, returns for its 53rd season at 7 PM, providing a dominant lead-in for the new drama THE EQUALIZER, a reimagining of the classic series, at 8 PM. Next, the two most-watched entertainment programs on Sunday air back to back: NCIS: LOS ANGELES at 9 PM, followed by NCIS: NEW ORLEANS at 10 PM.

Learn more about the new comedy:

B POSITIVE is a new comedy about a therapist and newly divorced dad (played by Thomas Middleditch of Silicon Valley fame) who finds a kidney donor in the most unexpected of places—and people. That person happens to be a rough-around-the-edges woman from his past—played by Annaleigh Ashford (Masters Of Sex)—who volunteers for the job and, together, they form an unusual bond that changes both of their lives.

In addition to Middleditch ("Drew") and Ashford ("Gina"), B Positive also stars Kether Donohue ("Leanne"), Sara Rue ("Julia"), and Kamryn Kunody ("Maddie").

Chuck Lorre and Marco Pennette are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. The pilot was directed by James Burrows.

This fall, watch new episodes of B Positive on Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.



Learn more about the new dramas:

THE EQUALIZER s a reimagining of the classic series starring Academy Award nominee and multi-hyphenate Queen Latifah (Chicago, Bessie) as Robyn McCall, an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. McCall presents to most as an average single mother who's quietly raising her teenage daughter. But, to a trusted few, she is The Equalizer, an anonymous guardian angel and defender of the downtrodden, who's also dogged in her pursuit of personal redemption.

Also starring alongside Queen Latifah is Chris Noth ("William Bishop"), Lorraine Toussaint ("Viola 'Aunt Vi' Lascombe"), Tory Kittles ("Marcus Dante"), Liza Lapira ("Melody Zhao"), and Laya DeLeon Hayes ("Delilah").

Executive producers for The Equalizer include Andrew Marlowe, Terri Miller, Dana Owens (Queen Latifah), John Davis, John Fox, Debra Martin Chase, Richard Lindheim (co-creator of the original Equalizer TV series that ran on CBS for four seasons), Shakim Compere and Liz Friedlander (pilot director) for Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios, i/a/w CBS Television Studios.

This fall, watch new episodes of The Equalizer on Sundays at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.



CLARICE is a deep dive into the untold personal story of brilliant and vulnerable FBI Agent Clarice Starling, played by Rebecca Breeds (Pretty Little Liars), as she returns to the field in 1993, six months after the terrifying events that transpired in The Silence Of The Lambs.

Clarice's bravery gives her an inner light that draws monsters and madmen to her. However, her complex psychological makeup, which stems from a challenging childhood, empowers her to begin finding her voice while working in a man's world, as well as escape the family secrets that have haunted her throughout her life.

In addition to Breeds, the new drama also stars Kal Penn ("Emin Grigoriyan"), Nick Sandow ("Murray Clarke"), Lucca de Oliveira ("Tomas Esquivel"), Michael Cudlitz ("Paul Krendler"), and Devyn A. Tyler ("Ardelia Mapp").

Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet and Heather Kadin are executive producers for MGM Television and CBS Television Studios, in association with Secret Hideout. Aaron Baiers is also a co-executive producer of Clarice.

Clarice is coming soon to CBS and CBS All Access.