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For 13 of the past 14 years, CBS has finished the season as America’s most-watched network. When you’re number one, it’s easy to rest on your laurels, but not for the eye network. It’s adding five new dramas and three new comedies. Unlike NBC and FOX, they’re premiering most of them in the fall, and only saving two for midseason.

The most notable change on their schedule is the fact, it’s increasing the number of comedies from four to eight, compared to last fall, and programming two two-hour blocks on Mondays and Thursdays. The most interesting of the freshman comedies is the Matt Leblanc show, Man With A Plan.

With regards to drama, since I’m a fan of the original series, the MacGyver reboot is naturally one I’m looking forward to. Training Day, starring Bill Paxton, and legal drama Doubt, with Katherine Heigl and Laverne Cox also interest me. Sadly, Heigl and Cox’s show won’t air until 2017.

All in all, it’s a solid crop. However, CBS is getting flack from critics for not featuring enough diversity. Problem is, the top-billed actor in each is white and male. There was a high-profile Nancy Drew pilot featuring Iranian-Spanish actress Sarah Shahi in the mix, but was scrapped.

In CBS’s defense though, when Doubt airs, it’ll become the first broadcast series to feature a transgender series regular played by a transgender actor (Laverne Cox).

Do you think CBS deserves the criticism? Weigh in after watching all the trailers for the new shows below, along with checking out CBS’s new schedule.

check out the trailers and new schedule after the jump

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Who knew Sia was a Survivor fan? Never would’ve guessed it in a million years. The 40-year-old Aussie made a surprise appearance on the finale of Survivor: Kaoh Rong and showed exactly how huge of a fangirl she is.

After a package showing castaway Tai Trang’s journey played, Sia interrupted Jeff Probst to declare her love for Tai. Since Sprint no longer gives a fan favorite monetary award, Sia shelled out $100,000– $50,000 of which went to Tai and the other $50,000 to an animal charity of his choice. Talk about putting your money where your mouth is. Amazing!!! If you didn’t watch this season, Tai adorably befriended a chicken instead of eating it for nourishment. Ergo the money for an animal charity.

Check out the epic moment below, after reading what Probst told Entertainment Weekly about what to expect on the the upcoming thirty-third season, Survivor: Millennials vs Gen X. It’s an interesting concept for sure.

“It will hook you quickly because you will identify with one group or the other. The differences between the two groups are quickly apparent, and the Millennials often left me challenging my own way of looking at the world. There is so much appealing energy from the Millennials, and yet often that energy leads to quick decisions that aren’t always well thought out. With Gen X, you see a tendency to overthink and get stuck in one way of thinking, which can prevent mistakes, but can also hold you back from seizing opportunities. I feel really confident the audience is going to enjoy the season very much.”

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During their upfronts (I’ll post trailers for new shows later), CBS shared the first promotional video for their highly-anticipated Star Trek reboot. Don’t hold your breath for your favorite characters from the past to return, the teaser clip promises “new adventure, new crews, new villains, new heroes.”

“The brand-new Star Trek will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.” – CBS

The upcoming series comes from former Deep Space Nine writer Bryan Fuller. No cast announcements have been made yet, though CBS president Les Moonves coyly played with the audience. “You didn’t think we were going to show you the cast, did you?,” adding, “It’s too early for that.” The reboot will air sometime in early 2017. Check out the teaser clip below.

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Survivor: Kaôh R?ng is just a few days from crowning its winner, but casting for the next two seasons is in its final stages. While the cast for Season 33 will be entirely new players, it’ll be the complete opposite for Season 34. Insider Survivor reveals production is down to a short list of returnees, playing for the second, third and in a couple cases, a fourth time.

Reportedly, the short list is down to about 30 individuals. However, it appears the final cast size of 18/20 castaways will be decided by production and not a fan vote like Survivor: Cambodia (S31). Boo!!! It worked out so well last time.

Jeff Probst and company will film the next two seasons in Fiji. The last time the reality show filmed there was Season 14. Check out the short list below which includes eight previous winners. Nine if either Aubrey or Tai win this season.

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The last remaining CSI property, CSI: Cyber, has bitten the dust. The upcoming 2016-2017 season will be the first time without a CSI-branded program on the schedule in 16 years. It truly is, the end of an era over at CBS.

CSI: Cyber was the fourth CSI series, following the original series which ran from 2000-2015. The spinoffs, CSI: Miami and CSI: NY aired from 2002-2012 and 2004-2013 respectively.

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Producers Explain The Good Wife’s Final Scene

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After seven seasons and 156 episodes, The Good Wife ended its run Sunday night the way it began years ago- with a slap. Not surprisingly, the series finale was met with mixed fan reaction. It’s a monumental task to wrap up a beloved series to everyone’s liking. Some people just love to bitch 😉

Series creators Robert and Michelle King explain that final scene which pretty much was a shot-by-shot recreation of the pilot. “The victim becomes the victimizer. And that’s really the circle that we see with Alicia,” says Michelle King in the video below. If you haven’t watched the series finale yet, proceed with caution.

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Founding Father Alexander Hamilton made history once again. The musical about his life snagged a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations including Best Musical and several nods for its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The previous benchmark was set by The Producers back in 2001 when it picked up 15 nominations. Billy Elliot, did the same, in 2009. We’ll have to wait until June 12 to see if Hamilton can top The Producers for most Tony wins with 12.

Jennifer Hudson was widely expected to score a Tony nomination for her work in The Color Purple revival, however she was surprisingly snubbed. Her dreams of joining the elusive EGOT club will have to wait. The Dreamgirls actress already has a Grammy and Oscar on her mantle.

Even though J-Hud didn’t hear her name Tuesday morning, plenty of Hollywood names were recognized. Lupito Nyong’o, Michelle Williams, Laurie Metcalf, Zachary Levi, Jessica Lange and many more received nominations.

The 70th annual Tony Awards will be held at the Beacon Theatre in New York on June 12. James Corden will host the ceremony. Check out all the nominations below.

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Josh Charles Will Return For The Good Wife Finale

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Not even death can keep Josh Charles away from saying goodbye to The Good Wife. TV Line reports the 44-year-old actor is set to reprise his role of Will Gardner for the series finale. With his character being shockingly killed off during Season 5, most likely it’ll be a flashback scene.

This rumor is a bit surprising given that series creators Robert and Michelle King previously stated Charles would not return. I suppose we’ll have to tune in on May 8 to find out.

Sadly though, fans will most likely not be graced with Archie Panjabi’s presence. Unless of course, they film another unfulfilling split-screen reunion.

Excited that Charles might be returning for one last hurrah? Are you hoping Punjabi does the same? Sound off below.

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