CBS un­veils fall lineup, but with­out pre­miere dates

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The net­work re­veals three new se­ries, in­clud­ing Queen Lat­i­fah as “The Equal­izer.”

CBS is dou­bling down on up­com­ing pro­gram­ming, de­spite the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

On Tues­day, the net­work un­veiled its fall sched­ule – but no ac­tual pre­miere dates – in a vir­tual pre­sen­ta­tion for jour­nal­ists and ad­ver­tis­ers.

The roughly 25- minute video fea­tured ap­pear­ances from pop­u­lar CBS ta­lent such as Iain Ar­mitage (“Young Shel­don”) and LL Cool J (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), who an­nounced the days of the week their re­spec­tive shows would air. But the pre­sen­ta­tion of­fered no in­sight into how or when CBS plans to re­sume TV pro­duc­tion with new COVID- 19 safety mea­sures in place.

The 2020- 21 lineup in­cludes three new shows and 23 re­turn­ing se­ries. Among them: the pre­vi­ously an­nounced “B Pos­i­tive,” a new com­edy from “The Big Bang The­ory” pro­ducer Chuck Lorre air­ing Thurs­days ( 8: 30 EDT/ PDT) this fall; “The Equal­izer,” a re­boot of the ’ 80s crime drama now star­ring Queen Lat­i­fah, air­ing Sun­days ( 8 EDT/ PDT); and long- run­ning re­al­ity com­pe­ti­tion “Sur­vivor,” which will con­tinue to air Wed­nes­days ( 8 EDT/ PDT).

The net­work’s “Clarice,” a se­rieslength se­quel to “The Si­lence of the Lambs” star­ring Rebecca Breeds (“Pretty Lit­tle Liars”), also is com­ing soon but no day is at­tached yet.

CBS also confirmed that the net­work is still plan­ning to broad­cast Su­per Bowl LV on Feb. 7, with sports­caster James Brown ap­pear­ing bullish about the game’s prospects in a pre- taped clip.

“To­day, it is time to look for­ward,” Brown said. “Dur­ing these chal­leng­ing times, we have a deeper ap­pre­ci­a­tion for many things and the ab­sence of sports is cer­tainly some­thing we miss dearly. That’s why we are pleased to wel­come you back to live pro­gram­ming on CBS Sports. ... We have dis­cov­ered new ways to re­con­nect our au­di­ence to these great events, in­clud­ing the big­gest event in Amer­ica, Su­per Bowl 55, this Fe­bru­ary.”

The 2020- 21 sched­ule ( all times EDT/ PDT):


“The Neigh­bor­hood,” 8 p. m.

“Bob Hearts Abishola,” 8: 30 p. m. “All Rise,” 9 p. m.

“Bull,” 10 p. m.


“NCIS,” 8 p. m.

“FBI,” 9 p. m.

“FBI: Most Wanted,” 10 p. m.


“Sur­vivor,” 8 p. m.

“The Amaz­ing Race,” 9 p. m. “Seal Team,” 10 p. m.


“Young Shel­don,” 8 p. m. “B Pos­i­tive,” 8: 30 p. m. “Mom,” 9 p. m.

“The Uni­corn,” 9: 30 p. m. “Evil,” 10 p. m.


“MacGyver,” 8 p. m. “Mag­num P. I.,” 9 p. m. “Blue Bloods,” 10 p. m.


“48 Hours,” 10 p. m.


“The Equal­izer,” 8 p. m. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p. m. “NCIS: New Or­leans,” 10 p. m.


Queen Lat­i­fah will star in a re­make of “The Equal­izer.”

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