Lake County News, Calif. — The CBS fall schedule builds on the strength of the winning season


A winning strategy for a television network is to claim a ratings win for the 2021-2022 season, even if the season had not yet reached the finish line at the time of this declaration.

CBS claims to be the number one network for the past 14 consecutive seasons and has won 19 of the last 20 seasons. Airing the Super Bowl and the NFL’s AFC championship game that year proved a ratings boost.

“CBS had another incredible season. In addition to our repeat as America’s most-watched network, we’ve launched several breakout hits, not to mention gains and improvements at many periods in our schedule,” said Kelly Kahl, the network’s president of entertainment.

The Thursday night 8-9 p.m. time slot will be branded a “power hour” for comedy with the return of “Young Sheldon” and breakout hit “Ghosts.” When does Young Sheldon become Old Sheldon? I’m only asking because the kid has to become Jim Parsons eventually.

The Power Hour is followed by hilarious new drama So Help Me Todd, starring Marcia Gay Harden and Skylar Astin as the razor-sharp, meticulous attorney Margaret Wright and Todd, her talented but unkempt, aimless son, whom she hires as her inside investigator the law firm.

The black sheep of the wealthy Wright family, Todd is a laid-back, quick-thinking, excellent former private investigator who fell on hard times after having his license revoked for his flexible interpretation of the law.

Margaret’s penchant for strict adherence to the law is at odds with Todd’s brusque methods of navigating difficult situations at the seat of his rumpled pants.

However, Todd proves his sly ability to track down information with his charm and deep technical understanding. As a result, Margaret asks her son to join her company and Todd agrees as it means his license will be restored.

Will mother and son working together mend their fragile, dysfunctional relationship? Will they accept others for who they are? Tune in to So Help Me Todd on Thursday night to find out.

In light of what happens too often in California, “Fire Country” will be a topical new drama series starring Max Thieriot as Bode Donovan, a young convict who seeks redemption and a reduced sentence by joining a firefighter program to get out of prison .

In Northern California, Bode and other inmates work with elite firefighters to put out massive, unpredictable wildfires across the region. It’s a high-risk job.

The heat is raised as Bode is assigned to the program in his rural hometown, where he was once an all-American son until his troubles began. Now he’s back with a criminal record and the audacity to believe there’s a chance of redemption with Cal Fire.

Fire Country, inspired by the experiences of series star Max Thieriot, who grew up in Fire County, Northern California, airs Friday nights.

From the executive producers of NYPD Blue, new drama East New York stars Amanda Warren as Deputy Inspector Regina Haywood, the newly promoted chief of the 74th Precinct in East New York, a working-class neighborhood on the outskirts of Brooklyn, in the heart of the United States social upheaval.

With family ties to the area, Haywood is determined to use creative methods to protect her beloved community with the help of her officers and detectives.

But first, she has the daunting task of getting them on board, as some are skeptical about her promotion and others are reluctant to make changes she is keen to make.

Her team includes her mentor, veteran two-star chief John Suarez (Jimmy Smits); Marvin Sandeford (Ruben Santiago-Hudson), a highly respected education officer and neighborhood expert; Tommy Killian (Kevin Rankin), a detective with some old-fashioned police approaches.

Captain Stan Yenko (Richard Kind) is Haywood’s sociable and efficient right-hand man. Also on board are Crystal Morales (Elizabeth Rodriguez), an intuitive detective, and Andre Bentley (Lavel Schley), an upper-middle-class trainee.

Ambitious Patrol Officer Brandy Quinlan (Olivia Luccardi) is the only volunteer living in a local housing project as part of Haywood’s plan to bridge the divide between the police and the community.

Deputy Inspector Haywood’s vision is that she and the 74th Precinct squad will not only serve their community, but become a part of it. East New York airs Sunday nights.

The long-running scripted series The Love Boat, which aired on the ABC network, was arguably a cultural phenomenon, and now she’s the inspiration for new reality romance adventure The Real Love Boat, which airs Wednesday nights.

The Real Love Boat brings singles together to travel the Mediterranean on a luxury cruise ship in search of love. Target dates, challenges, and surprising singles will test couples’ compatibility and chemistry.

Essential crew members including ‘Captain’ and ‘Cruise Director’, selected from among Princess Cruises staff, will play a crucial role in mediation and navigation of the romantic waters.

After almost a month at sea, only one winning couple will make it to the final port and take home a cash prize and a once-in-a-lifetime voyage courtesy of Princess Cruises.

Tim Riley writes film and television reviews for Lake County News.


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