CBS is delivering on its promise to air more original scripted programming throughout the year, announcing on Friday premiere dates for a pair of midseason dramas — “Battle Creek” and “CSI: Cyber” — that will run uninterrupted through spring.
“Battle Creek,” from executive producers Vince Gilligan (“Breaking Bad”) and David Shore (“House”) and starring Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters, will bow Sunday, March 1, at 10 p.m. in the timeslot currently occupied by “CSI.” The veteran crime drama will wrap its 18-episode season in February.
“Battle Creek,” which will be airing behind “The Good Wife” on Sundays, also stars Janet McTeer, Kal Penn, Aubrey Dollar and Edward Fordham Jr. Joining Shore and Gilligan as executive producers are Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, Thomas L. Moran, Bryan Singer and Mark Johnson. The show hails from Sony Pictures Television in association with CBS Television Studios.
Meanwhile, the latest “CSI” spinoff, Patricia Arquette starrer “CSI: Cyber,” will be slotted Wednesdays at 10 p.m. starting March 4. (The original “CSI” had been airing Wednesdays at 10 until it was moved to Sunday this fall.)
“CSI: Cyber” also stars James Van Der Beek, Peter MacNicol, Shad Moss, Charley Koontz and Hayley Kiyoko. Carol Mendelsohn, Ann Donahue, Anthony Zuiker, Pam Veasey, Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television.
Rookie drama “Stalker,” which has been airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. and was picked up for a full 22-episode first season, will go on hiatus in February but return to complete its season at a later date. The move allows CBS to give two first-year shows a chance to benefit from a strong “Criminal Minds” lead-in.
Friday’s scheduling announcement means all of the Eye’s 2014-15 dramas have been slotted. The only midseason entry still awaiting a timeslot for CBS is comedy “The Odd Couple,” which is expected to air on Thursdays at some point.