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CBS picks up 'CSI,' 'NCIS' spinoffs for 2014-15 schedule

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May 14, 2014|By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol | RedEye

CBS passed on the spinoff of "How I Met Your Mother" for its fall schedule, but picked up spinoffs of its "CSI" and "NCIS" drama franchises.

The network announced it fall 2014-15 schedule Wednesday, shaking up its Monday night lineup and introducing six new dramas and just two new comedies.

CBS passed on "How I Met Your Father," but picked up comedies "The McCarthys" and "The Odd Couple." It also announced that the next season of "Two and a Half Men" will be the last.

Spinoffs "CSI: Cyber" and "NCIS: New Orleans" earned spots on the roster. "Battle Creek," from "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan and David Shore, will premiere in 2015.

CBS canceled "We Are Men," "Intelligence," "Hostages," "The Crazy Ones," "Bad Teacher" and "Friends With Better Lives.”

"The Mentalist," "Mike and Molly" and "Undercover Boss" will premiere later in the season.

Here’s the fall schedule and CBS’ descriptions of its new shows.

CBS FALL 2014-2015 SCHEDULE
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times CT)

MONDAY
7 p.m. "The Big Bang Theory"/"2 Broke Girls"
7:30 p.m. "Mom"
8 p.m. "SCORPION"
9 p.m. "NCIS: Los Angeles"

TUESDAY
7 p.m. "NCIS"
8 p.m. "NCIS: NEW ORLEANS"
9 p.m. "Person Of Interest"

WEDNESDAY
7 p.m. "Survivor"
8 p.m. "Criminal Minds"
9 p.m. "STALKER"

THURSDAY
7 p.m. "NFL THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL" (Sept 11-Oct 23)
Beginning Oct 30:
7 p.m. "The Big Bang Theory"
7:30 p.m. "The Millers"
8 p.m. "Two And A Half Men"
8:30 p.m. "THE MCCARTHYS"
9 p.m. "Elementary"

FRIDAY
7 p.m. "The Amazing Race"
8 p.m. "Hawaii Five-0"
9 p.m. "Blue Bloods"

SATURDAY
7 p.m. "Crimetime Saturday" (repeats)
9 p.m. "48 Hours"

SUNDAY
6 p.m. "60 Minutes"
7 p.m. "MADAM SECRETARY"
8 p.m. "The Good Wife"
9 p.m. "CSI"/"CSI: CYBER"

New fall dramas

MADAM SECRETARY
"Madam Secretary" stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, the shrewd, determined, newly appointed Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home. A college professor and a brilliant former CIA analyst who left for ethical reasons, Elizabeth returns to public life at the request of the President following the suspicious death of her predecessor. The President values her apolitical leanings, her deep knowledge of the Middle East, her flair for languages and her ability to not just think outside the box, but to not even acknowledge there is a box. McCord’s team includes her Chief of Staff Nadine Tolliver (Emmy Award winner Bebe Neuwirth), speechwriter Matt Mahoney (Geoffrey Arend), press coordinator Daisy Grant (Patina Miller) and her charming assistant, Blake Moran (Erich Bergen). As McCord debates third world problems and finesses foreign dignitaries at work, that’s just a warm-up for when she goes home to her supportive husband Henry (Tim Daly) and their two bright children (Katherine Herzer and Evan Roe), where "politics" and "compromise" take on new meaning. MADAM SECRETARY is a CBS Television Studios production, in association with Revelations Entertainment. Barbara Hall ("Judging Amy") is an executive producer with Revelations’ Lori McCreary and Academy and Golden Globe Award winner Morgan Freeman, and David Semel. The pilot was directed by David Semel.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS
"NCIS: New Orleans" is a drama about the local field office that investigates criminal cases affecting military personnel in the Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence. Leading the team is Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Golden Globe Award winner Scott Bakula), aka "King," a native of NOLA who is driven by his need to do what is right. Working with Pride is Special Agent Christopher LaSalle (Lucas Black), who plays hard but works harder; and Special Agent Meredith "Merri" Brody (Zoe McLellan), a charismatic and tough interrogator who transferred from the Great Lakes office in search of a fresh start. Supporting them is coroner Dr. Loretta Wade (CCH Pounder), who is as eccentric as she is smart. This colorful city that harbors a dark side is a magnet for service personnel on leave, and when overindulgence is followed by trouble, Pride’s team is at its best. Gary Glasberg ("NCIS") and Mark Harmon ("NCIS") are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

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