CBS announced the premiere dates for its midseason 2016 schedule on Monday, Nov. 30. The lineup includes returning comedies “Mike & Molly” and “The Odd Couple,” as well as new sitcom “Angel From Hell” starring Jane Lynch, Deadline reports.
“2 Broke Girls” and “Mike & Molly” — which is entering season 6 — will move to Wednesdays starting Jan. 6. The comedies will air at 8/7 p.m. CT and 8:30/7:30 p.m. CT, respectively, leading into the People’s Choice Awards at 9/8 p.m. CT. This year’s awards ceremony will be hosted by Lynch. The sitcoms are bridging the gap between seasons of “Survivor,” which returns for its spring cycle on Feb. 17 for season 32. This will mark the first time the network has had a Wednesday comedy block since 2010 when Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ “The New Adventures of Old Christine” opened the night until the Jeff Probst-hosted reality series moved to the Wednesday time slot from Thursday nights.
“Angel From Hell” will premiere the following night on Thursday, Jan. 7 at 9:30/8:30 p.m. CT after “Mom.” The comedy was originally slated to debut in the fall but was eventually pushed back to midseason, allowing “2 Broke Girls” to take the slot after failing to make the network’s fall lineup for the first time in its five-year run.
As TV Line reports, the only other new series is spin-off “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” which debuts Wednesday, March 2 at 10/9 p.m. CT behind “Criminal Minds.” It will premiere a week after “Code Black” concludes its 18-episode first season with a finale on Feb. 24. The new procedural co-stars Gary Sinise (“CSI: NY”), Alana De La Garza (“Forever”), Daniel Henney (“Hawaii Five-0”), Tyler James Williams (“The Walking Dead”) and Annie Funke.
New family comedy “Life in Pieces” will end its 22-episode first season at the end of March, leaving room for season 2 of “The Odd Couple.” The comedy starring Matthew Perry and Tom Lennon will return to the coveted post-“Big Bang Theory” time slot on Thursday, April 7 at 8:30/7:30 p.m. CT, and will likely run into the summer.
“2 Broke Girls” has a 22-episode order for season 5, while the sixth season of “Mike & Molly” contains 13 episodes, which means both shows will have episodes left over once they leave Wednesdays after their month-long run to make room for “Survivor.” They are expected to be used elsewhere on CBS’ schedule, possibly on Mondays once “Supergirl” ends its run in May. The drama just received a full season order of 20 episodes, joining the network’s other freshman series “Life in Pieces,” “Code Black” and “Limitless” in getting additional episodes.