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After 18 years at 8 p.m. Tuesday, CBS will move its most popular drama – Mark Harmon's NCIS – to Monday nights this fall.

CBS, which has relied for years on one-hour dramas, radically shuffles its fall lineup with new time slots or night for FBI, Bull, S.W.A.T. and SEAL Team.

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For most of my 35 years covering television, I'd write a story for the day after the Emmy Awards about TV's biggest week filled with dozens of new fall TV series and your returning favorites.

Not this year. 

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One Day At A Time. That's the name of Netflix's revival of a 1975 sitcom which CBS will broadcast this fall, since its own shows haven't resumed production due to the coronavirus pandemic.

One day at a time also explains how the TV networks are dealing with the annual fall TV season launch when unable to air the lineups they announced in May.

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Cincinnati and former ESPN sports anchor Betsy Ross is one of the many female sportscasters indebted to Phyllis George, the first woman to co-host a high-profile sports show on a major broadcast network.

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UPDATE 11:30 A.M. WEDNESDAY, MAY 20:  Only two new series – the B Positive sitcom and The Equalizer revival with Queen Latifah – will premiere in CBS' 2020-21 fall lineup.

Clarice, a spinoff from The Silence Of The Lambs, will be held for midseason along with S.W.A.T. and Undercover Boss.

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If you don't have streaming services or cable – or don't mind lots of commercial interruptions – you'll be happy to hear that five beloved movie hits will air on the CBS Sunday Night Movie during May ratings' sweeps.

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Judith Scheindlin tells Ellen DeGeneres today that she will end her top-rated Judge Judy daytime court show in 2021, after its 25th season.

Scheindlin, who turns 78 in October, says she wants to return to TV with a new series called Judy Justice, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Noon Tuesday Dec. 17 Update: ABC repeats A Charlie Brown Christmas at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 (Channel 9).

Origional post Dec. 5, 2019: Repeating my favorite story about my favorite Christmas TV special from Nov. 30, 2015.

Tonight's A Charlie Brown Christmas remains the best holiday TV special for all the reasons that CBS executives didn’t like it before the 1965 premiere.

The simplicity of the story. The absence of adult voices. Its anti-commercialism message. The terrific jazz sound track by Vince Guaraldi.

And Linus quoting the Bible to tell "the true meaning of Christmas," about the birth of Jesus Christ.

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Turns out  Rod Serling was right: There is a dimension as timeless as infinity called The Twilight Zone.

Since Serling's iconic drama anthology premiered on CBS 60 years ago today – on Oct. 2, 1959 – the show has never gone off the air.

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A dozen new primetime TV series – 66% of the 18 new shows – arrive this week as broadcasters cling to the arcane notion of a "premiere week" immediately following the Emmy Awards.

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Here's my annual Fall TV guide, as the season kicks off today with the new Kelly Clarkson, Tamron Hall and Judge Jerry daytime shows; HGTV's A Very Brady Renovation at 8 p.m.; and a Monday Night Football doubleheader.

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Everybody loves Patricia? Emmy-winning actress Patricia Heaton, who starred nine years on ABC's The Middle after nine years on Everybody Loves Raymond, returns to CBS this fall in Carol's Second Act as a 50-year-old rookie doctor.

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Fans of The Big Bang Theory have many opportunities to celebrate the hit sitcom before the final episode airs 8-9 p.m. Thursday, May 16.

CBS will broadcast repeats on Monday nights, and take viewers behind the scenes in a special at 9 p.m. May 16, following the finale.  TBS will salute each of the main characters with five-show mini-marathons, for a total of 25 episodes. And People magazine has posted a story about the final taping Tuesday, April 30.

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The Big Bang Theory, TV's No. 1 sitcom, will sign off Thursday, May 16, with a one-hour episode, says CBS, which has announced season finale dates for its prime-time lineup.

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Jason Momoa's Aquaman, opening Friday, Dec. 21, reminds me of Patrick Duffy's similar  Man From Atlantis on NBC more than 30 years ago, the first TV series for the future Dallas star.

Duffy played Mark Harris, the lone survivor of the legendary sunken continent of Atlantis. He could breathe underwater, swimming with his webbed hands.

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Here they come! Nine new shows– half of the 18 series to debut on the five broadcasting networks – premiere during the Fall TV season's biggest week.

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"Survivor" fans can party with contestant Angela Perkins at Kings Mills' Buffalo Wings & Rings Sunday, before she heads to the finale broadcast live from Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 23.

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CBS keeps turning back the clock this fall, adding revivals of Candice Bergen's "Murphy Brown" and "Magnum P.I" to a fall lineup already featuring "Hawaii Five-0," ""MacGyver," and "S.W.A.T."

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Eight left on the island. Three "Survivor" shows left. How far can Oregonia's Angela Perkins go? Can she win the $1 million?

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Oscar-winning actress and "Code Black" star Marcia Gay Harden will talk about her new book, "The Seasons of My Mother: A Memoir of Love, Family, and Flowers" at 7 p.m. Saturday May 5 at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Norwood.

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I'm not talking about comedian Harry Anderson's magic tricks. Or his love for singer Mel Torme. Or his laid-back jeans-and-sneakers under his judicial robes presiding over NBC's "Night Court" (1984-92).

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For more than 50 years, "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" (8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, Channel 12, CBS) has delivered a Holly, Jolly Christmas to millions of viewers, making plenty of silver and gold for CBS since its premiere in 1964.

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Herb Reisenfeld of Provident Travel loves to say that his mother-in-law, singer Ruby Wright,  was responsible for Doris Day's career.

Before Wright became a regular on Ruth Lyons' "50-50 Club" TV show, she sang for her husband, bandleader Barney Rapp. When Ruby was pregnant with her daughter Susie, Rapp hired a local teenager singer named Doris Kappelhoff.

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Here's my Fall TV guide, as the season kicks off tonight with the first Thursday night NFL game.

My list includes:

Thumbnails descriptions for the 19 new prime-time shows, starting with Seth MacFarlane's "The Orville" Sunday, Sept. 10.

Returning shows season premieres.

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Stars are coming out for the multi-network live "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief" telethon set for 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, shortly after Hurricane Irma could slam into Florida.

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Isn't this great news? David Letterman will return to TV next year in a Netflix series.

Letterman, who ended his 33-year late-night career two years ago, will do six one-hour shows featuring a long conversation with a single guest, and "in-the-field segments in which he will explore topics on his own," Deadline says. 

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At CBS, they're turning back the clock a different way. Instead of reviving a 1990s show like NBC ("Will & Grace") and ABC ("Roseanne"), CBS will launch a "Young Sheldon" fall sitcom about the childhood of "Big Bang Theory" main character Dr. Sheldon Cooper.

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Rocky Carroll continues to expand his role with CBS' "NCIS" franchise with the Cincinnati native narrating CBS News' "48 Hours: NCIS" real-life detective series.

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Baseball is back, so where is "Pitch?" The Fox drama about a woman (Kylie Bunbury) pitching for the San Diego Padres has been benched since Thanksgiving – and might not be seen again.

It's one of the dozens of shows on the bubble, along with "24: Legacy," "Elementary," "The Great Indoors," "Quantico," "Code Black," "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" and ABC's new "Imaginary Mary" created by Green Township native Patrick Osborne.

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The late Miguel Ferrer's final appearance as Assistant Director Owen Granger airs on CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles" 9 p.m. Sunday Feb. 19 (Channel 12).

Ferrer, son of singer Rosemary Clooney and cousin of actor George Clooney, died of throat cancer on Jan. 19. He was 61.

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