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CBS Sets Fall Schedule With Acquired Programming from Pop, Spectrum, CBS All-Access

Pictured (l-r): Doug Jones as Lieutenant Saru; Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham; Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou. Photo Cr: Jan Thijs. © 2017 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

CBS announced some changes to their fall 2020 TV lineup. Like NBC did previously, CBS decided it will air acquired content and news programming to provide original programming for the fall. Additionally, summer staples like Big Brother and Love Island will run into the fall, having had late starts this summer.

News magazine 48 Hours will air a special version of the program starting Wednesday, September 9 at 10:00 called 48 Hours: Suspicion. Regular episodes of 48 Hours will air in their usual time slot starting Saturday, September 12 at 10:00. Longtime news staple 60 Minutes will have its season premiere starting Sunday, September 20 at 7:30.

Manhunt: Deadly Games, an acquired scripted series from Spectrum will premiere Monday September 21 at 10:00. Manhunt originally aired its first season years ago on Discovery. Spectrum picked it up for its second season and aired it earlier this year.

CBS also tapped into their streaming service CBS All Access. Star Trek: Discovery will have its full first season debut starting Thursday, September 24 at 10:00. The first episode of the first season aired as a special debut on CBS before making its official debut on CBS All Access in 2017. Star Trek: Discovery’s third season will begin streaming on CBS All Access Thursday, October 15 with weekly episodes.

New episodes of The Greatest #AtHome Videos will premiere starting Friday, September 25 at 8:00. The pandemic led to the creation of this series which airs funny clips as you would find on YouTube or see on AFV.

Longtime reality series Undercover Boss will premiere Friday, October 2 at 9:00.

The former Netflix Original Series One Day at a Time will make its broadcast premiere with its fourth season which recently aired on its new home network, Pop. The season was cut short due to the pandemic. Two episodes will air weekly for three weeks starting Monday, October 12 at 9:00.

To continue having an “FBI” series on the network, CBS will air a news program called The FBI Declassified, narrated by Alana De La Garza, one of the stars on the series FBI. It will premiere Tuesday, October 13 at 10:00 in the usual time slot of FBI: Most Wanted.

The Amazing Race will have its long awaited season premiere starting Wednesday, October 14 at 9:00. Following Big Brother’s season finale, The Amazing Race will move to its regular 8:00 time slot.

Love Island will wrap up its second season on Tuesday, September 29 at 8:00. Big Brother will also air its 22nd season finale Wednesday, October 28 at 9:00.

When CBS has episodes ready to air, they will air those series as they become available. They hope to begin doing this by November. This leaves ABC as the only network yet to patch up their fall schedule. I expect they will announce some changes soon. The CW and FOX avoided having to shuffle their schedules much by slotting acquired and held programming from the previous season for their fall schedule.

Lee Arvoy
Lee Arvoy joined the TV Source team in the summer of 2020 as a TV Writer.

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