Kevin James and Erinn Hayes in "Kevin Can Wait." 

Kevin James and Erinn Hayes in "Kevin Can Wait." 

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With 21 returning series, CBS has the luxury of rolling out a couple of its new series and more than a few of its returning series over the course of the year.

But with series finales, including The Good Wife and Mike & Molly, and the ceding of Supergirl to The CW,  there's room to be filled now. 

So six of the eight new series will debut in the fall, including comedies Kevin Can Wait, starring Kevin James; Man With a Plan, starring Matt LeBlanc; and The Great Indoors, starring Joel McHale. The new fall dramas are Bull; Pure Genius; and a remake of MacGyver.

(Speaking of remakes, Training Day will premiere at midseason. So, too will legal drama Doubt, which stars Katherine Heigl.)

But it's the stars of the new series that raise eyebrows.

CBS isn't sparing any expense in maintaining its top spot among broadcast networks. Joining James, LeBlanc, McHale and Heigl are veteran series actors Michael Weatherly (NCIS); Dermot Mulroney (Shameless); Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black); Dule Hill (Psych); and Bill Paxton (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).

Fall schedule

MONDAY

7 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (moves to its regular time slot on Thursdays after football ends); or Kevin Can Wait (moves in October, after football ends), a sitcom about a retired police officer with challenges -- three children and a wife -- at home.

7:30 p.m. Kevin Can Wait or Man With a Plan (in October) stars LeBlanc as a man who starts spending more time with what he learns are his "maniac" children after his wife goes back to work.

8 p.m. 2 Broke Girls

8:30 p.m. The Odd Couple

9 p.m. Scorpion

TUESDAY

7 p.m. NCIS

8 p.m. Bull is a drama about a trial consultant (Michael Weatherly).

9 p.m. NCIS: New Orleans

WEDNESDAY

7 p.m. Survivor

8 p.m. Criminal Minds

9 p.m. Code Black

THURSDAY (starting Oct. 27, after Thursday Night Football, which starts Sept. 15 with the New York Jets at the Buffalo Bills, ends)

7 p.m. The Big Bang Theory

7:30 p.m. The Great Indoors stars McHale overseeing the digital edition of an outdoor magazine staffed by millennials.

8 p.m. Mom

8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces

9 p.m. Pure Genius is a medical drama in which a billionaire brings together top medical minds to work in his hospital.

FRIDAY

7 p.m. MacGyver is a reboot of the action series about a man who can make anything out of nothing. The network is billing it as an "origin story."

8 p.m. Hawaii Five-0

9 p.m. Blue Bloods

SATURDAY (also known as "Crimetime Saturday")

7 p.m. Encore broadcast of drama

8 p.m. Encore broadcast of drama

9 p.m. 48 Hours

SUNDAY

6 p.m. 6o Minutes

7 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles

8 p.m. Madam Secretary

9 p.m. Elementary

Canceled

  • Angel from Hell
  • CSI: Cyber
  • The Good Wife
  • Mike & Molly
  • Person of Interest
  • Rush Hour

Other new shows: American Gothic; and BrainDead 

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