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Big changes to CBS fall lineup

  • From left, Simon Helberg, Melissa Rauch, Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons in a scene from "The Big Bang Theory." CBS reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, May 8, 2014. (AP Photo/CBS, Michael Yarish, File)

CBS is generally the most stable of any broadcast network (since it has the best ratings), but there are some pretty big changes coming to the 2014 fall schedule, mostly thanks to Thursday night prime-time football, which is moving from the NFL Network to CBS and runs from from Sept. 11 to Oct. 23.

As a result, CBS' biggest hit, “The Big Bang Theory,” will move from Thursday to Monday at 8 p.m. for the first eight weeks of the fall, leading into “Mom,” which has a permanent new 8:30 p.m. time slot.

When football ends, “Big Bang” gets shipped back to Thursdays and “2 Broke Girls” gets the Monday spot. And “NCIS: Los Angeles” leaves its cozy post-“NCIS” slot on Tuesdays for Mondays at 10 p.m.

Other changes: “The Amazing Race” is now on Friday nights. Shows including “Mike & Molly,” “The Mentalist” and “Undercover Boss” will debut later in the season. Oh, and this will be the last season of “Two and a Half Men.”

Four new dramas and one new comedy will join the schedule; the sitcom is “The McCarthys,” about a loud, sports-crazed Boston family. Dramas include “NCIS: New Orleans”; “Stalker” on Wednesday at 10 p.m., in which Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott star as a crime-fighting team; “Scorpion,” on Monday at 9 p.m., about an eccentric genius who works in homeland security.

And there's “Madam Secretary” starring Tea Leoni as a female secretary of state, loosely inspired by the real-life examples of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright.

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