CBS Fall 2015-2016 Schedule: What’s New, What’s Returning, and What Night?

The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory will be returning this fall on CBS. Monty Brinton/CBS

Goodbye CSI, hello newbies! On Wednesday, May 13, CBS announced its fall lineup, including the returning series, new shows, and the midseason programming we can expect. 

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To wrap up CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’s 15-season legacy, CBS will air a special two-hour series finale on Sunday night this coming fall. It will then be replaced by the spinoff series CBS: Cyber.

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Fan-favorite comedies The Big Bang Theory and Mom will be returning, as will hit dramas The Good Wife, Elementary, and Madam Secretary. To help you navigate the crowded fall TV schedule and to learn more about the latest programming, Us Weekly made an easy-to-access guide.   

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New Fall 2015 Shows:

Code Black: Based on the award-winning documentary by Ryan McGarry, Code Black is a heart-pounding medical drama that takes place in the busiest, most notorious ER in the nation, where the staggering influx of patients can outweigh the limited resources available to the extraordinary doctors and nurses whose job is to treat them all – creating a condition known as Code Black.

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Limitless: Based on the feature film, the show is a fast-paced drama about Brian Finch, who discovers the brain-boosting power of the mysterious drug NZT and is coerced by the FBI into using his extraordinary cognitive abilities to solve complex cases for them. Bonus Points: Bradley Cooper will have a recurring role as Senator Edward Mora after appearing as the lead in the film. 

Madam Secretary
Tea Leoni on Madam Secretary. CBS

Supergirl: An action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

Angel From Hell: A single-camera comedy about Amy (Jane Lynch), a colorful, brassy woman who insinuates herself into Allison’s (Maggie Lawson) organized and seemingly perfect life, claiming to be her “guardian angel.” Allison is an intense, driven doctor who is sure that Amy is just an inebriated, outspoken nut, until every one of her warnings proves true. 

Life in Pieces: A single-camera comedy about one big happy family and their sometimes awkward, often hilarious and ultimately beautiful milestone moments as told by its various members. It stars Thomas Sadoski, Colin Hanks, Betsy Brandt, Dianne Wiest, and James Brolin.


8-8:30 p.m. — The Big Bang Theory
8:30-9 p.m. — Life in Pieces
8-9 p.m. — Supergirl (Starting in November)
9-10 p.m. — Scorpion
10-11 p.m. — NCIS: Los Angeles 


8-9 p.m. — NCIS
9-10 p.m. — NCIS: New Orleans
10-11 p.m. — Limitless


8-9 p.m. — Survivor
9-10 p.m. — Criminal Minds
10-11 p.m. — Code Black 


8-8:30 p.m. — The Big Bang Theory (Starting in November)
8:30-9 p.m. — Life in Pieces (Starting in November)
9-9:30 p.m. — Mom (Starting in November)
9:30-10 p.m. — Angel From Hell (Starting in November)
10-11 p.m. — Elementary (Starting in November)

The Good Wife
Julianna Margulies on The Good Wife. Photo Paul Sarkis/CBS


8-9 p.m. — The Amazing Race
9-10 p.m. — Hawaii Five-0
10-11 p.m. — Blue Bloods 


8-9 p.m. — Madam Secretary
9-10 p.m. — The Good Wife
10-11 p.m. — CSI: Cyber

New Midseason Shows:

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders: This spinoff is a drama about the specialized International Division of the FBI tasked with solving crimes and coming to the rescue of Americans who find themselves in danger while abroad. 

Rush Hour: A reimagining of the hit feature film franchise, Rush Hour the TV show is a buddy-cop drama about a maverick LAPD detective and a by-the-book detective from Hong Kong who knock heads when they are forced to partner together. Detective Lee (Jon Foo) is a reserved, honorable master martial artist with lightning-fast moves who comes to L.A. to avenge his sister’s alleged death and learn more about her connection to a Chinese organized crime ring. Detective Carter (Justin Hires), on the other hand, is a wisecracking cop who plays by his own rules and has never wanted a partner. 

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