CBS has announced a cornucopia of Thanksgiving episodes – something for every taste, from soaps to primetime; from sitcoms to dramas, nine CBS programs celebrate Thanksgiving: Kevin Can Wait, Superior Donuts, 9JKL, Scorpion, The Bold & the Beautiful, The Young & the Restless, Life in Pieces, NCIS and Bull.
Bull (CBS, Tuesdays, 9/8C) is very, very loosely inspired by the cases of the young Dr. Phil McGraw and his consulting firm as a trial consulting psychologist – cleverly updated for today’s technology. Michael Weatherly is the young Dr. Bull, a man with three PhDs in psychology and a team that will shape the conversation around a criminal trial to best effect – he uses mock juries, personal investigations, behavioral science and more. He’s very good in the role.
In the premiere, he helps defend a rich kid who is accused of killing his girlfriend during a party where everyone overindulged in some way.
A new social activation from CBS asks the question as it launches a new social activation for its new drama series, Bull. The social activation uses an innovative algorithm that profiles and interacts with users in real time on Twitter.
CBS has released its 2016-17 primetime schedule and it’s true – MacGyver (above) is back, saving the world from nuclear destruction with a wad of bubblegum, a bit of dark chocolate and a rattail comb.
Seriously, MacGyver has a tough road ahead – it leads CBS’ Friday night (leading into Hawaii Five-0). Continuing with the drama, Michael Weatherly, who wrapped his run on NCIS last night, will be in familiar territory as his new series, Bull, moves onto Tuesday night between NCIS and NCIS Los Angeles. Finally, there’s Pure Genius, a new cutting edge medical series – that pops up in the competitive 10 pm Thursday slot.
Comedy is a bid deal at CBS this season as the net sets up two nights of laughs with three new comedies: Kevin Can Wait (Kevin James as a retired cop who finds life harder than police work) and Man With a Plan (Matt LeBlanc as a contractor who has to spend more time with his kids when his wife goes back to work) on Tuesdays following The Big Bang Theory and The Great Indoors starring Joel McHale as an adventure reporter stuck heading up the magazine’s digital publications department.
In the wings: Training Day (sequel to the Denzel Washington/Ethan Hawke movie) and Doubt, starring Katherine Heigl as a lawyer who falls for a possible murderer. For full series descriptions and the complete CBS fall schedule follow the jump.