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CBS announces seven new shows at upfront; ‘CSI’ to end

MUMBAI: At its upfront presentation to advertisers, US broadcaster CBS has announced that 22 series will return and seven new shows will be launched.

However, the procedural drama ‘CSI’, which has been running for many years and which has spawned several spinoffs, will end.

The aim, the broadcaster said, is to build on a schedule that will finish the current season as America’s most-watched network in viewers for the 12th time in 13 years, including the last seven years straight.

The two-hour series finale farewell for ‘CSI’ airs on 27 September reuniting original cast members including William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger.

The new fall dramas are: the medical series ‘Code Black’, set in the busiest, most notorious ER in the nation; the fast-paced ‘Limitless’, based on the feature film with Bradley Cooper as an average guy who can suddenly access 100 per cent of his brain capacity with a mysterious pill; and ‘Supergirl’, starring Melissa Benoist in the title role based on the DC Comics superhero.

The new fall comedies are: ‘Angel From Hell’, about a loud, colorful, often inappropriate woman who claims to be a guardian angel; and ‘Life In Pieecs’, an irreverent look at a family’s sometimes awkward, often hilarious and ultimately beautiful milestone moments, starring Dianne Wiest and James Brolin.

Two new dramas also set to premiere in 2015-2016 are the buddy-cop drama ‘Rush Hour’ and ‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders’. This is a ‘Criminal Minds’ spinoff starring Gary Sinise about the International Division of the FBI tasked with solving crimes and rescuing Americans in danger while abroad.

The 22 returning shows for the 2015-2016 season include the dramas ‘NCIS’, ‘Blue Bloods’, ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘The Good Wife’ and ‘Scorpion’. The comedies that will return include ‘The Big Bang Theory, ‘Mom’ and ‘2 Broke Girls’.

The returning reality series include ‘Survivor’. In news, ‘60 Minutes’ will return. In addition to the new shows and 22 returning series, ‘NFL Thursday Night Football’ returns.

The 2015-2016 season will also feature a lineup of big events, including the premiere of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ on 8 September.