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CBS Sets Premieres for Instinct, Living Biblically; Counters NBC Olympics

CBS released its Winter 2018 schedule on Friday, and while there are a number of takeaways from the announcement, one thing seems very clear: The Eye Network isn't afraid of the "big, bad wolf" otherwise known as NBC's 2018 Winter Olympics coverage.

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While most networks usually "counter" Olympic coverage with repeats or by burning off episodes of cancelled series, CBS is using the first-ever celebrity edition of Big Brother and a new season of The Amazing Race to directly push back at NBC's programming slate.

Here are some takeaways from CBS's upcoming schedule:

●  The celebrity edition of Big Brother will premiere two days before the Olympics (February 7); will air a two-hour edition against the opening ceremony (February 9); and will air four nights per week against the Olympics.

●  CBS' new crime drama Instinct and comedy Living Biblically will be premiering is place of series that did not receive full season orders: the former replacing Jeremy Piven-starrer Wisdom of the Crowd; with the latter replacing 9JKL.

●  No scheduling decisions have been made yet for Elementary, Code Black, and Undercover Boss.

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Chip Curry is a modern day man at a crossroads in his life, who decides to live strictly in accordance with the Bible. A film critic for a New York Newspaper and a soon-to-be father, Chip wants to be a better man following the loss of his best friend. He decides to put his slightly obsessive temperament to use and start living his life 100% by the Bible to find direction. His smart, pregnant wife, Leslie, while both skeptical and entertained by her husband's new passion, supports him completely. Knowing he'll need some practical advice, Chip forms a "God Squad" with Father Gene, a Catholic Priest who helps Chip translate the rules of the Bible to a modern world; and Father Gene's best friend, easygoing Rabbi Gil Ableman, who respects Chip's chutzpah and is glad to serve as a sounding board when they meet at their local bar. At Chip's newspaper, he finds support from his no-nonsense boss, Ms. Meadows, who knows Chip's self-penned story will sell newspapers, and his co-worker and friend, Vince, who is quick with a reality check and likes to wind Chip up for his own amusement. As he begins his sincere spiritual journey toward a more moral life with the help of his wife and friends, Chip wonders if he'll be able to take a page – or every page – out of the Good Book, and if the effect will be of Biblical proportions.

Here's a rundown of CBS's full Winter 2018 calendar:

Wednesday, Jan. 3
8-9 PM — The Amazing Race (30th Season Premiere)
9-10 PM — Seal Team
10-11 PM — Criminal Minds

Wednesday, Jan. 24
8-10 PM — The Amazing Race (2-Hour Episode)
10-11 PM — Criminal Minds

Wednesday, Feb. 7
8-9 PM — Big Brother (Celebrity Edition Premiere)
9-11 PM — The Amazing Race (2-Hour Episode)

Thursday, Feb. 8
8-9 PM — Big Brother

Friday, Feb. 9
8-10 PM — Big Brother (2-Hour Episode)

Sunday, Feb. 11
8-9 PM — Big Brother

Monday, Feb. 12
8-9 PM — Big Brother

Wednesday, Feb. 14
8-9 PM — Big Brother
9-11 PM — The Amazing Race (2-Hour Episode)

Friday, Feb. 16
8-10 PM — Big Brother (2-Hour Episode)

Instinct stars Alan Cumming as a former CIA operative who is lured back to his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer. Dr. Dylan Reinhart is a gifted author and university professor living a quiet life teaching psychopathic behavior to packed classes of adoring students. But when tenacious top NYPD detective Lizzie Needham appeals to him to help her catch a serial murderer who is using Dylan's first book as a tutorial, Dylan is compelled by the case and comes out of retirement. Helping them is Julian Cousins, Dylan's invaluable CIA comrade who rivals Dylan in brilliance and wit, and can get top-secret dirt on anyone, anywhere, anytime. Lizzie's boss, Lt. Jasmine Gooden, is glad to see her best detective finally agree to work with someone on a case, since Lizzie has refused any partner since a tragic event one year ago. But as Dylan feels reenergized tapping into his old skill set, his husband, Andy, is concerned that Dylan's breaking their pact about putting away his cloak and dagger for good. Though Dylan and Lizzie initially clash, when it comes to catching killers, they realize they will make an ideal team if they both trust their instincts. Based on the James Patterson novel.

Sunday, Feb. 18
8-9 PM — Big Brother

Monday, Feb. 19
8-9 PM — Big Brother

Wednesday, Feb. 21
8-9 PM — Big Brother
9-11 PM –The Amazing Race (Season Finale)

Friday, Feb. 23
8-10 PM — Big Brother (2-Hour Episode)

Saturday, Feb. 24
8-9 PM — Big Brother

Sunday, Feb. 25
8-10 PM — Big Brother (Celebrity Edition Finale)

Monday, Feb. 26
8-8:30 PM — Kevin Can Wait
8:30-9 PM — Man with a Plan
9-9:30 PM — Superior Donuts
9:30-10 PM — Living Bibically (Series Premiere)
10-11 PM — Scorpion

Wednesday, Feb. 28
8-10 PM — Survivor (2-Hour Season Premiere)
10-11 PM — Seal Team

Wednesday, March 7
8-9 PM — Survivor (Time Period Premiere)
9-10 PM — Seal Team
10-11 PM — Criminal Minds

Sunday, Effective March 11
8-9 PM — Instinct (Series Premiere)
9-10 PM — NCIS: Los Angeles
10-11 PM — Madam Secretary

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Ray FlookAbout Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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