Blue BloodsBullCriminal MindsFBIGod Friended MeHappy TogetherHawaii Five-OMacGyverMadam SecretaryMagnum PIMomNCISNCIS: Los AngelesNCIS: New OrleansSeal TeamSWATThe Big Bang TheoryThe NeighborhoodYoung Sheldon May 23, 2018 KSiteTV Staff
Fourth on the docket is CBS, which comes into 2018-2019 touting the revival of Murphy Brown and the reboot of Magnum P.I.. The duo joins three NCISes, two shows in the Big Bang-verse, a MacGyver reboot, and a Hawaii Five-0 reboot on the CBS schedule, but a majority of the network’s new fall shows feature POC leads, so they’re at least trying to shake things up. Things won’t let up midseason as CBS has Nina Dobrev comedy Fam, which features a predominantly black ensemble, and American Crime-ish drama The Red Line.
CRAIG: 7:00 60 Minutes; 8:00 Magnum P.I.; 9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles; 10:00 Madam Secretary
SHILO: 7:00 60 Minutes; 8:00 Magnum P.I.; 9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles; 10:00 Madam Secretary
ACTUAL SCHEDULE: 7:00 60 Minutes; 8:00 God Friended Me; 9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles; 10:00 Madam Secretary
CRAIG: I’m old enough to remember when Touched By An Angel Sundays were a thing, so I’m not surprised that the Greg Berlanti-produced God Friended Me ended up in the Sunday at 8 slot. The series will probably be right up the average CBS viewers’ alley, and unlike the recent religious-themed Kevin (Probably) Saves The World, it’s not banished to an awful time slot. While I think Magnum still would have been cool for Sunday night, I’m more than okay with this choice.
SHILO: I’ll give CBS this – if they were this dead set on premiering a religious drama this fall, Sundays at 8:00 is about a good a slot as they could’ve given God Friended Me. It’s early enough to catch the family audience, it’ll have football overrun during the fall, and it’s the only scripted drama in the hour, so it won’t have too much in the way of direct competition. But I don’t know, we just had a show like this in Kevin (Probably) fail to catch on and the CBS audience isn’t known for liking a wide variety of drama, so God Friended Me is going into the season fighting uphill despite its time slot. It doesn’t help that the trailer made the concept look creakier, more condescending, and more out-of-touch than the logline read; if CBS is challenging its core audience on Sundays and isn’t going for prestige a’la The Good Wife, what exactly are they doing here?