By Alan Pergament
The big news for local viewers coming out of this morning's CBS schedule announcement is "The Big Bang Theory" is moving to 8 p.m. Mondays at the start of the new season in September when the network carries Thursday Night Football.
"Big Bang," which has been airing on Thursdays in recent seasons, and "NCIS" have been by far the most popular prime time programs in Western New York for several seasons.
"Bang" will return to 8 p.m. Thursdays on Oct. 30, a week after CBS' portion of the Thursday Night schedule ends. Then "Two Broke Girls" takes over the 8 p.m. Monday slot. The brief Monday run of "Bang" should provide a boost to "Mom," which is produced by former WNYer Nick Bakay. "Mom" is airing at 8:30 p.m. Monday in the fall after "Bang."
"Bang'" isn't the only popular series here on the move early this fall.
"NCIS: Los Angeles," which owes much of its success to following the original, is moving to 10 p.m. Mondays, where "The Hostages" and "Intelligence" died this past season. The move also is being made to make room after "NCIS" at 9 p.m. Tuesday for another spinoff, "NCIS: New Orleans," with Scott Bakula.
"CSI," which has been carried on Fridays (where it began), Thursdays and Wednesdays (where it was this past season), is moving to 10 p.m. Sunday to compete against NBC's "Sunday Night Football' and ABC's "Revenge."
The Robin Williams comedy "The Crazy Ones," which began last series with strong ratings in WNY, is among the network cancellations.
CBS is only premiering five new falls shows counting "NCIS: New Orleans."
Here is a brief description of the other four new shows:
"Scorpion," 9 p.m. Monday: Katharine McPhee of "Smash" is one of the stars of a series "inspired by a true story" about "an eccentric genius and his brilliant team of misfits working to protect the United States from high-tech threats." McPhee plays the "normal" one in the cast.
"Stalker," 10 p.m. Wednesday: Dylan McDermott, who starred in last year's bomb, "Hostages," and Maggie Q investigate stalking incidents.
"The McCarthys," 9:30 Thursday after Thursday Night Football ends: Laurie Metcalf ("Roseanne") plays the mother of a sports-crazed Boston family. I can already hear the boos from Buffalo viewers who hate the Patriots and the Bruins.
"Madam Secretary," 8 p.m. Sunday: Tea Leoni is the newly-appointed Secretary of State in a series that also stars Tim Daly (""Private Practice') and Bebe Neuwirth ("Cheers"). The show with a female lead appears to be counterprogramming to NBC's Sunday Night Football, which is very popular in WNY.
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