CBS Fall Lineup Heads Back to the ’80s with ‘Murphy Brown’ and ‘Magnum P.I.’

Adam Salandra

CBS is going back in time this fall with the return of Murphy Brown and Magnum P.I., two of the six new shows added to the network’s lineup.

Suicide Squad‘s Jay Hernandez will be taking over the role made famous by Tom Selleck in the Magnum P.I. reboot, which tells the story of a former Navy SEAL who uses his military training to become a private investigator.

Magnum P.I.
Jay Hernandez in the 'Magnum P.I.' reboot

Meanwhile, Candace Bergen will be returning to the titular role in Murphy Brown 20 years after the series ended its 10-year, Emmy-winning run. But things are very different for the broadcast news legend this time around, having to deal with a journalism world of “fake news” and 24-hour cable.

Murphy Brown will be joining Chuck Lorre comedies The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, and Mom on Thursday nights, while the reboot of Magnum P.I. will air on Mondays. That means the Monday night comedy block that used to be two-hours long at CBS will now be one and include two new sitcoms, The Neighborhood and Happy Together.

The latter stars Damon Wayans Jr. and Amber Stevens West as a married couple who reconnect with their youth when they let a pop star obsessed with their ordinary suburban life move in with them.

The Neighborhood follows the story of a man who moves his family from the Midwest to a neighborhood in Los Angeles where suddenly not everyone looks the same. While he remains unphased by the new diversity in his life, his opinionated next-door neighbor Calvin, played by Cedric the Entertainer, is worried the family will mess up the culture on their street.

The final new shows that made the cut for the fall lineup are dramas FBI and God Friended Me. And that last one is actually exactly what it sounds like — an atheist accepts a friend request from God on Facebook and begins unintentionally helping others in need because of it. CBS explained it has similarities to Touched by an Angel, but in a more contemporary setting.

And from the team responsible for the Law & Order franchise, FBI is a drama about the members of New York’s Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Two other new dramas, The Code and The Red Line, and new comedy Fam will be held for midseason, along with returning shows Instinct, Elementary, Man with a Plan, and Life.

Check out the full CBS fall lineup with the schedule below.


8-8:30 p.m. — The Neighborhood
8:30-9 p.m. — Happy Together
9-10 p.m. — Magnum P.I. 
10-11 p.m. — Bull


8-9 p.m. — NCIS
9-10 p.m. — FBI
10-11 p.m. — NCIS: New Orleans


8-9 p.m. — Survivor
9-10 p.m. — SEAL Team
10-11 p.m. — Criminal Minds


8-8:30 p.m. — The Big Bang Theory
8:30-9 p.m. — Young Sheldon
9-9:30 p.m. — Mom
9:30-10 p.m. — Murphy Brown
10-11 p.m. — S.W.A.T.


8-9 p.m. — MacGyver
9-10 p.m. — Hawaii Five-O
10-11 p.m. — Blue Bloods


8-9 p.m. — Crimetime Saturday
9-10 p.m. — Crimetime Saturday
10-11 p.m. — 48 Hours


7-8 p.m. — 60 Minutes
8-9 p.m. — God Friended Me
9-10 p.m. — NCIS: Los Angeles
10-11 p.m. — Madam Secretary

Adam Salandra
Adam Salandra is an Entertainment Editor for FANDOM. When he's not covering the latest in pop culture, you can find him playing with his French Bulldog pup or hovering over the table of food at any social gathering.
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