CBS Sets Winter Return Dates for Big Bang Theory, Magnum P.I., and More

It's a matter of "good news/bad news" when it comes to CBS's announced winter premiere schedule. It's good news for the premiere of the Nina Dobrev/Tone Bell-led series Fam, and the third-season return of Matt LeBlanc's Man With a Plan. On the not-so-good news side, sitcom revival Murphy Brown and freshman series Happy Together have not received orders for additional episodes – not a good sign for their long-term future on the air.

For Murphy Brown, the network's decision to not move ahead with additional episodes may be disappointing but not surprising: the series' return was always intended to be a 13-episode season. Compared to sitcom revivals Roseanne/The Conners and Will & Grace, Murphy Brown was soft in the ratings – combine that with a pretty hefty pricetag production-wise, and there's understandable concern that the series may not be renewed.

cbs winter 2019 schedule

Another ratings disappointment, Happy Together (starring Damon Wayans Jr., Amber Stevens West, and Felix Mallard) was the result of "The Eye Network's" deal with Wayans that saw him score back-end points on the show and a multi-year first look deal with CBS Television Studios.

New series Fam will premiere on Thursday, January 10 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT after Murphy Brown completes its season order. The series stars Dobrev and Bell in a comedy about a woman whose vision of a perfect life with her adoring fiancé and his wonderful parents is radically altered when her 16-year-old, out-of-control half-sister unexpectedly comes to live with her. Odessa Adlon, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Sheryl Lee Ralph also star.

LeBlanc's Man With a Plan will now debut on Monday, February 4 at 8:30 p.m ET/PT after Happy Together completes its season run. The Friends star returns as an old-school guy confronting the modern challenges of parenting, marriage and family. Liza Snyder, Kevin Nealon, Stacy Keach, Grace Kaufman, Matthew McCann, Hala Finley, Matt Cook, and Kali Rocha also star.

CBS Thursday (starting Jan. 10)

8:00-8:30 p.m. – The Big Bang Theory

8:30-9:00 p.m. – Young Sheldon

9:00-9:30 p.m. – Mom

9:30-10:00 p.m. – Fam

10:00-11:00 p.m. – S.W.A.T.

CBS Monday (Feb. 4 and Feb. 11)

8:00-8:30 p.m. – The Neighborhood

8:30-9:00 p.m. – Man With a Plan

9:00-10:00 p.m. – Big Brother: Celebrity Edition

10:00-11:00 p.m. – Bull

CBS Monday (starting Feb. 18)

8:00-8:30 p.m. – The Neighborhood

8:30-9:00 p.m. – Man With a Plan

9:00-10:00 p.m. – Magnum P.I.

10:00-11:00 p.m. – Bull

Note: The premiere date for Life in Pieces will be announced at a later date.

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About 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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