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CBS’ ‘Superior Donuts’ Gets Monday Time Slot After Preview Behind ‘Big Bang’

Deadline logo Deadline 12/15/2016 Nellie Andreeva
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CBS’ new comedy multi-camera workplace comedy series Superior Donuts, starring Jermaine Fowler and Judd Hirsch, will launch with a special preview on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 8:30 PM behind the network’s flagship comedy series The Big Bang Theory. The following Monday, Dec. 6, Superior Donuts will move into its regular slot, Monday at 9 PM, currently occupied by 2 Broke Girls. The veteran sitcom will slide to 9:30 PM, succeeding The Odd Couple, which will have wrapped its 13-episode third season the week before.

With Superior Donuts, CBS goes for a dessert-themed 9-10 PM Monday block of shows about a donut shop (Superior Donuts) and cupcake business (2 Broke Girls). The network’s decision not to slot Superior Donuts permanently on in the Thursday 8:30 berth shows that it has faith in freshman The Great Indoors, which has been a so-so ratings performer, getting a partial back order for a 19-episode first season.

Meanwhile, by shifting 2 Broke Girls to 9:30 PM, CBS is likely trying to shore up drama Scorpion, which has posted major ratings declines in its move to 10 PM, probably not helped by the anemic lead-in from CBS’ worst performing comedy series, The Odd Couple, which did not get a back order. 2 Broke Girls should be able to provide stronger lead-in support at 9:30 PM. Scorpion, which still has improved the 10 PM time period, is owned by CBS and an important series for the company with solid international sales and off-network sale potential.

Superior Donuts, which will follow another new CBS series that has not impressed, Man With a Plan, chronicles the relationship between the gruff owner (Hirsch) of a small donut shop, his enterprising new young employee (Fowler) and their loyal patrons, in a quickly gentrifying Chicago neighborhood. Based on the play by Tracy Letts, the comedy also stars Katey Sagal, David Koechner, Maz Jobrani, Anna Baryshnikov, Darien Sills-Evans and Rell Battle. Bob Daily, Neil Goldman, Garrett Donovan, Mark Teitelbaum, John Montgomery, Michael Rotenberg, Josh Lieberman and Jermaine Fowler are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

Here is the updated CBS schedule for Feb 2, which also will introduce new CBS drama Training Day at 10 PM, and Feb. 6:

Thursday, Feb. 2

8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY

8:30-9:00 PM SUPERIOR DONUTS (Special Preview)

9:00-9:30 PM MOM

9:30-10:00 PM LIFE IN PIECES

10:00-11:00 PM TRAINING DAY (Series Premiere)

Monday, Feb. 6

8:00-8:30 PM KEVIN CAN WAIT

8:30-9:00 PM MAN WITH A PLAN

9:00-9:30 PM SUPERIOR DONUTS (Regular Time Period)

9:30-10:00 PM 2 BROKE GIRLS (New Time Period)

10:00-11:00 PM SCORPION

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