Fall TV Preview

CBSpoiler-palooza: Major Scoop on Good Wife, Big Bang, NCIS, Scorpion and 9 Other Returning Shows

CBS kicked off its portion of the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Monday on a super-spoilery note, releasing comprehensive fall teasers on 13 of its returning series.

Some of the information below will feel like old news (especially to dedicated TVLine readers). But there’s enough fresh character and plot intel to justify our decision to excerpt the entire release below. Enjoy!

MADAM SECRETARY (Sunday, Oct. 4)
In the season premiere, the President’s plane is declared missing and Elizabeth is thrust into a situation of power she never imagined possible. Also, Henry butts heads with his new Defense Intelligence Agency handler, Jane Fellows, when he’s asked to recruit one of his Russian students for the NSA. Academy Award winner and Madam Secretary EP Morgan Freeman guest stars and directs the season premiere episode. Jill Hennessy joins the cast in a recurring role as Jane Fellows, Henry’s new D.I.A. handler.

THE GOOD WIFE (Sunday, Oct. 4)
Alicia attempts to revive her struggling law career by once again starting her own law firm, this time with the assistance of Jason Crouse (new cast member Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a calm, experienced investigator whom she hires. Also, to help with his Presidential campaign, Peter engages Willa Eastman (Margo Martindale, recurring), a national strategist who hides her intelligence and cunning under a fake, folksy charm, creating an interesting dynamic with Eli in the process. In addition, Cush Jumbo joins the cast as attorney Lucca Quinn.

CSI (Sunday, Sept. 27)
In the special two-hour series finale, a catastrophic event paralyzes Las Vegas, and Gil Grissom, Catherine Willows and Jim Brass return to help the team with the investigation. Also, D.B. Russell and Sara Sidle make decisions regarding the future of their crime-fighting careers, and Lady Heather returns, creating maniacal controversy between Grissom and Sidle.

CSI: CYBER (Sunday, Oct. 4)
Ted Danson’s D.B. Russell, a civilian specialist, transfers from Las Vegas to become the director of the newly created division of Next Generation Cyber Forensics. He joins Avery and her team as they track down the most dangerous cyber criminals, beginning with the hacking of a home security system that turns into a homicide investigation. Also, Avery considers moving to a new position within the hierarchy of the FBI, Krumitz is a witness in his sister’s trial, Elijah deals with a delicate family situation and more is revealed about both Nelson’s and Raven’s backgrounds.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (Monday, Sept. 21)
Brilliant Sheldon is confronted by a mystery of the universe he cannot unravel: when a woman wants time apart to think, exactly how much time does that mean, and is there any way to hurry the process along? In Las Vegas, Penny and Leonard march closer to marching down the aisle, but has Penny gotten over Leonard’s infidelity? And if so, will he do anything to un-get her over it?

SCORPION (Monday, Sep. 26)
In the second season premiere, the new Director of Homeland Security Adriana Molina (guest star Alana De La Garza) reunites the team when a nuclear powered Russian satellite is knocked out of orbit and must be diverted before it detonates over Southern California. Also, Paige and Walter must face their feelings for each other when hospital footage reveals that Paige kissed him.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (Monday, Sept. 21)
The seventh season premieres with Callen embarking on a secret project, leaving Sam and the entire team in the dark. After Hetty demands his operation be shut down, the team is tasked with locating Callen before he finds himself in over his head.

NCIS (Tuesday, Sept. 22)
After being shot, Gibbs fights for his life aboard a Navy hospital ship, while DiNozzo and Joanna travel to Shanghai to try and take down the Calling. Jon Cryer guest stars as Gibbs’ surgeon, Dr. Cyril Taft. Mimi Rogers returns as CIA Officer Joanna Teague.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (Tuesday, Sept. 22)
In the second season premiere, a military convoy is attacked in order to steal a missile that is part of a Naval exercise. Pride and the team, believing that it is perpetrated by a group of anti-American militants, make plans for a dangerous undercover operation with potentially deadly consequences. Also, two recurring cast members are now series regulars: Shalita Grant, as ex-ATF Agent Sonja Percy, and Daryl Mitchell, as Investigative Computer Specialist Patton Plame.

CRIMINAL MINDS (Wednesday, Sept. 30)
The 11th season begins with the BAU interviewing different candidates to join their ranks in the wake of Kate’s departure, including a forensic psychologist, Dr. Tara Lewis, who is eager to assist their efforts. Also, the BAU hunts for a serial killer who leaves behind distinctive evidence that points to someone intent on revenge. Aisha Tyler joins the cast in a recurring role as Dr. Tara Lewis.

MOM (Thursday, Nov. 5)
In season three, Christy and Bonnie find themselves in unfamiliar territory: they’re getting along! They will continue to rely on their sober friends, Marjorie, Jill and Wendy, for support and together, they’ll offer encouragement to newcomers to their group, including Jodi (guest star Emily Osment). Also, Regina will make a life-altering decision that affects everyone, and Christy will continue to be challenged by the facts that Violet is engaged to a man 22 years her senior and Roscoe is spending more and more time with his father and his girlfriend. In addition, Christy will get a new boss and Bonnie will reconnect with her biological mother. @MomCBS

ELEMENTARY (Thursday, Nov. 5)
Holmes attempts to rebuild his life in the wake of his attack on Oscar and subsequent relapse. Due to his violent actions, Sherlock’s partnership with Watson and their consultancy with the NYPD are in jeopardy. As he awaits news on whether or not he will face criminal charges, the case of a missing woman allegedly killed by her husband lands in his lap, just in time to distract him from the impending arrival of his estranged father, Mr. Morland Holmes (new cast member John Noble).

HAWAII FIVE-0 (Friday, Sept. 25)
In the sixth season premiere, a murder leads Five-0 to investigate a centuries-old pirate story involving buried treasure, and it seems that the killer is using the back of a stolen painting as a treasure map. Also, the morning after their wedding, Kono and Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) are kidnapped and tortured by Gabriel (Christopher Sean), and Danny shows concern for McGarrett regarding Catherine’s return to the island.

BLUE BLOODS (Friday, Sept. 25)
Danny and Baez investigate a possible serial killer who sends a chilling message to Danny. Also, Erin toys with the idea of applying for a judgeship, Frank is in a bind when a mayoral candidate accuses him of corruption and Eddie must face her estranged father when he winds up in the hospital.

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90 Comments
  1. LK says:

    So.. Alicia isn’t starting a firm with Canning? That would have been more interesting I think.. Hope Good Wife can find its footing again after a really pretty terrible last season.

    • I’m already salivating thinking of the Eli / Margo Martindale conflicts.

    • Gerri says:

      I can’t believe we put up with that whole last season only to get back where we started and this time without the other side characters that we love by Alicia’s side. I care for these characters, but don’t like where the series is going. And I could care less about Peter’s run for president, but i do like Margo.

      • LK says:

        Yea, I would have liked them to have spent more time with Alicia and Cary running a firm together.. but that got dropped so quickly and now shes on her own and everyone else is back at the big firm.

        • Bill says:

          From what we know now, probably because JM did not want to share that much screen time with MC.If the other stars are really shunted aside, then I’m done. After the whole Archie debacle, I have no interest in watching GW except for the other characters.

    • Kathy says:

      I didn’t think last season was so awful. I loved the Steven Pasquale/John Elfman character who she actually DID have chemistry with and we never talk about. I wanted her to restart with Cary and for Elfman to return and end with her having a happy, nonpolitical life without Peter. Oh well.

    • smartysenior says:

      If this isn’t going back to being a strong ensemble show it will probably fail pretty quickly. Last year’s “Alicia show” was not popular at all without the strong cast around her.

  2. Mr. Tran K says:

    Really hope H5O gets rid of Gabriel for the upcoming season.

  3. I hope this means we’ll get to see Tony step up and be temporary Team Lead while Gibbs recovers! :-)

    • Anon says:

      For real…. Tony needs some “serious” time.
      It feels like he’s either regressed or plateaued since Jenny died…..

    • TV Guide actually has a bit longer synopsis that says “Gibbs’ recovery leads to a few clashes between him and Tony, and also results in Tony and McGee stepping up into bigger leadership roles.” I, too am hoping that this means Tony will step into the Team Lead role, with McGee as his SFA. I’m also looking forward to Tony and Gibbs clashing – I miss the early seasons, when Tony was loyal, but would call Gibbs on his bulls**t when he felt it was warranted.

      • Erin says:

        I’ll be truly shocked if the writers actually write Tony in a way that doesn’t belittle him. They have steadily and consistently demeaned him for years. I’m afraid that they’ll write Tony as screwing up and then put McGee in charge or something. They seemed to be pushing McGee as Gibbs’s most valued agent last season. Whatever happens – spoiler alert – Gibbs will always be right, the most tragic, and the only hero in the end. NCIS has become the super Gibbs is the only character that matters show.

        • Lacey says:

          Well, since you already have figured out what’s going to happen–I suggest you watch the Muppets instead–who knows, it might sooth your eternal angst against the show. I’ve seen every season of NCIS, Gibbs has ALWAYS been the major character from the beginning. The show evolves around his character. Bear in mind, when Mark Harmon leaves, so does NCIS and ALL of the other characters. But, that really doesn’t matter to you at all, your constant hatred of the character is what gives your life meaning. Wow, how sad is that?

          • Erin says:

            Well in the early seasons Tony was actually written to be funny and miraculously allowed to shine as a great agent on a regular basis. I know that any hint that Gibbs isn’t the shining star every second of every episode is hard for Harmon fans to wrap their heads around, but tptb has shamefully wasted several formerly fun and interesting characters in order to poop out a virtual diarrhea of brooding, angsty, super, tragic, heroic Gibbs dramas. But whatever. I guess being pissy and hurling insults at fans who don’t see NCIS the way you do gives your life meaning, so congratulations – you’re just awesome!

          • Lacey says:

            My, my, touched a nerve didn’t I? Pissy? Hurling insults? Why, yes, you certainly are–as usual, the Great Erin has SPOKEN!! One must never disagree with her, otherwise the lecturing will begin–and thank you, I really am awesome. Awesome enough to recognize written diarrhea by a very cranky child who only gets her way by trying to bully others into following her very usual tirades when she’s in a snit. Carry on Erin, you never disappoint…how could you, you are so annoyingly regular. Like I said, sad.

          • I’m just hoping bring Ziva back stops.

        • Marcia says:

          You should call the writers and tell them they MUST to create another NCIS spinoff EXCLUSIVELY dedicated to enligth DiNozzos character !!!… Come on…Its clear you have a big crush here. BUT the show is what it is. If you dont like Gibbs leading the team. STOP WATCHING !!!!

    • Jeanne says:

      I hope we do too.

      • Erin says:

        @ Lacey (since he/she disabled the reply function). Whatever dear. You’re just the usual callibre contributor who attacks posters rather than posting about the show. I guess it gives you something meaningful to do. How would I bully anyone? I doubt that anyone from the show reads this stuff. It’s called commenting and venting. The show has changed from it’s earlier more clever, and interesting formula of letting all the characters shine and I think that my contention that Tony has been the most degraded is not really a questionable assertion if one compares early (first 4 or 5) seasons of NCIS to later NCIS. The show under Gary Glasberg’s care is not much more than a showcase for the next big Gibbs drama.

        • Rachel says:

          Agree with Erin 100%.

        • Leia says:

          Tony has always been a goof ball, with skills, but he makes mistakes too, Remember SWAK? and oh so many more examples, even when heroic, or romantic as in season 4, he has made mistakes, that burn him. The later yrs just have brought that more to light by looking at his past. He’s never been degraded except by Ziva, or Tim, who would strike out of insecurity of his own. Yes Tony is a good agent but he was always far from perfect. This show is Gibbs drama, it has been the story of his life in snippets, with additions of the others over time, their past, But from the day Gibbs lit that candle in the Weak Link, it became about him, mostly. So your assertion about how great Tony was in the first four yrs is an illusion, or delusion take your pick.

          • Erin says:

            I simply disagree. Yes – Tony has always carried the lion’s share of comic relief on the show since Weatherly is good at comedy, but in the early years he was portrayed as a much more significant and integral part of the crime solving portion of the show. They ALL made mistakes in the early seasons which is one of the things that made the show so good. Now we have tragic saint super Gibbs, whose motives and actions are always above reproach and Tony who has become rather pathetic at times, as opposed to funny but dependable, brave, and the one who was shown to think outside the box in a pinch. No – it’s all about a stale Gibbs arcs highlighting any one or combination or the following: Gibbs angst, Gibbs pain, Gibbs tragic past, self sacrificing Gibbs, Gibbs as the bane of every super criminals’ existence, Gibbs champion of the underdog, Gibbs – sage advisor to all, or Gibbs most mysterious and admired by everyone in the crime solving world. It actually used to feature each member of the team for things that we got to see that they were good at too, and who happened to be led by Gibbs who was a part of the team – not the whole team by himself.

          • Marcia says:

            He he… love is BLIND !!

        • Angela says:

          No comment on the show debate going on here, but just so you know, nobody who posts here can actually “disable” the reply function. The reply link naturally goes away the longer a conversation goes on on here, it’s a feature of the site and not something any specific posters here can control.

  4. Boiler says:

    Nice to see info on returning shows as so far new ones aren’t inspiring me. C’mon September

  5. Joe says:

    Where’s 2BG?

  6. Janell says:

    Scorpion starts Monday September 21st. The 26th is a Saturday.

  7. LaVelle says:

    So…will the 7th season be The Good Wife’s last? The episode titles surely are hinting at that

  8. shar says:

    Hawaii Five-0….yes, yes, yes!!

  9. Marla says:

    I really like Ted Danson so I’m glad he’s joining CSI Cyber although I also like Peter McNichol and am sorry to see him leave. I hope, at least, there’s another show in the works for him. Also looking forward to NCIS New Orleans.

  10. Alia says:

    I would like a BIG plot for Jamie Reagan.

  11. JC says:

    Looking forward to see what they do with #waige on Scorpion next season. Interesting that they’ll have Walter see the hospital vid of Paige kissing him – Embarrassing for Paige, lol!

  12. Tracey says:

    Cannot stand Catherine, so I’m totally with Danno on this one! Watch out Mc Garrett!! Plus I reeeeeally can’t stand Michelle Borth after her shenanigans on Twitter!

  13. thisismenow says:

    The CSI Series finale sounds……like a miss. But I’ll still watch it and I’ll probably enjoy it and know I should reserve judgment until it airs. But it just doesn’t sound like great TV.

  14. Susannah says:

    I’m glad that we’re finally meeting Sherlock’s father after hearing about him from these past few years. John Noble’s a terrific choice and should fit in with all the other great acting on Elementary.

    • CMJwyrd says:

      I agree, John Noble has shown that he is a terrific actor and can handle a wide range of roles. I think he will make an awesome addition to the cast and can’t wait to watch his interaction with Eli as Sherlock.

  15. Mark says:

    Another half season wasted on Criminal Minds as they introduce another character see they should have stuck with Rachel Nichols the grass wasn’t greener. Its time for Erica Messer to go.

    • Angela says:

      As I understand it, though, she’s not going to be a full time team member, just a recurring character. So they may not put as much focus on her as they did with Blake and Kate.
      Also, if I recall rightly, from what I heard, the decision to add a seventh member to begin with last season was an order from CBS, not Messer herself. Yes, she was the one who decided to hire Hewitt, but it sounded like she did that only after the network told her the show had to have another cast member to begin with, and so she chose to go with someone she knew as a result.
      So for all we know, that might’ve been the case again here, too, with Aisha, in which case, that’d be something to blame CBS for, not Messer.

  16. David says:

    What about 2 broke girls?

  17. John says:

    Concerning Madam Secretary, I hope she doesn’t pull an Alexander Haig and declare she is in charge. The Sec. of State is high in the order of succession, she is not high in the chain of command in an emergency. When Haig tried to take control his tenure as Sec. of State was cut short.

  18. Jenna says:

    Re CSI finale: not really happy about Lady Heather’s return, or the ‘maniacal controversy’. Seriously, Gil, you’re smarter and better than that. She’s just a worn out trope, IMO.
    That said, I’ll probably watch, and hopefully be satisfied with the ending for all the characters, but especially for Grissom and Sara; meaning, they need to ultimately end up together. Nothing else will do.

  19. Bella says:

    I liked Ted Danson as D.B. Russell, but not enough to follow him to CSI Cyber, which I thought was just a disaster.

  20. Carolyn Thompson says:

    Is ziva returning soon?

  21. graze says:

    Looking forward to Scorpion, NCIS, NCISLA, TBBT, H50, and sort TGW. Just wish they’d stop torturing poor Kono and enough with Gabriel.

    Also about TGW, although I’m looking forward to seeing Jeffery D Morgan without a beard, please, the rest sounds, blah. Who cares about another election campaign, seriously, who cares. And what happened to the rest of the original cast, the ones we like on our screens too. Is HRH Julianne so threatened by the rest of this great cast or hard to work with that seeing her alone, starting over was the only option open for her character on what may well be TGW’s last season?

  22. Sabrina says:

    I’m glad that we don’t need to see Canning back with Alicia as he was a very annoying character and I definitely would not be tuning in if she decided to accept his offer.

  23. Tracy says:

    Can’t wait for Scorpion!

  24. onlyone says:

    I totally hope they don’t make Erin a judge. Can Not see her being good at that, she was been many times one sided on issue’s. Jamie would make a great judge he always takes all sides into account.

  25. smartysenior says:

    I may give CSI:Cyber another shot, my problem with it was it was very heavy on dialogue and they muttered it so fast and soft even the captions couldn’t get it. When I understood it I thought it had some promise and Ted Danson is a professional so maybe his addition will improve the show.

  26. Leanne says:

    noth, Panjabi, Margulies, baranski, Cummings are the solid characters of the show. Panjabi was a excellent asset to the show, its just to bad Margulies couldn’t be more professional and deal with it. Jeffrey Morgan and Margo will be a good fit. Hope they don’t screw up this year. Didn’t like the looonngg dragout of the Cary Agos plot..boring.. he is a good fit to and started out him and Alicia..to bad the writers didn’t see out and went way out of bounds and ruined it..1-2 episosdes and done…this is suppose to be a drama show, not a soap opera..

  27. Carol says:

    I am still waiting for The Mysteries of Laura to return. While I love NCIS, Scorpion, Criminal Minds, etc…..I really miss “Laura”.

  28. Greg says:

    It’s time Tony’s relationship goes to the next level and his Lady becomes a regular on the show.

  29. Abel Garcia says:

    I am saddened that “Bishop” did not take the bullet on NCIS!

    • Donna says:

      I wish people would quit complaining about Bishop. Give her a chance. I loved Ziva character also. But please give the girl a chance.

      • I don’t have to give Bishop a chance! I just ignore her! I wish people would stop telling other people to give a character a chance….they’ll either like them or not like them after a season. As for Bishop, I’m content to have her shipped back to NSA where she seems to fit in more. But that’s just me.

    • Teddy says:

      Wow–what are you 12? Another anti-Bishop whiner–*yawn*, so typical, so boring…..

  30. Calico Buffalo says:

    I’ll bet Patricia Arquette feel like she got a big slap in the face with Ted Danson coming on board and putting her in the background, so to speak. I know I’d be burned if it happened to me.

  31. David A Bovee says:

    Why do people watch those NCISCSIGGJVXDIJJAG.fairy.tales? No brains necessary or do they hope to see unarmed Islamics slaughtered in their homes?

    • Teddy says:

      Well, if they want to see “slaughter”, they also can watch old newscasts of 9/11 on YouTube. I see someone left the bag of idiots open again…..

  32. Daniel says:

    You’re kidding, right? The writers on this show are nuts! We’re supposed to watch and see if Penny forgives Leonard for ONE indiscretion after all the guys she slept with? This wouldn’t be easy to figure even with a calculator. She has been around the block HOW many times??

    • Donna says:

      lol Well you have to admit, Penny thinks she is to good for Leonard. So I can see how she might be in shock that he would even think of someone else:)

  33. Daniel says:

    Best new show on TV last year. SCORPION. I do not miss it! Top 10 material. Looking forward to new episodes.

  34. Laura C says:

    Can’t wait for new season of Blue Bloods. I have missed the Reagans- and the Sunday dinners.

  35. bike says:

    lets hope they get rid of that AWFUL BISHOP character on NCIS. she totally ruined the last seasons show..i refuse to watch it if she dominates the program, thats how bad she is

  36. Donna says:

    Instead of some of the series mentioned CBS should have renewed “Forever” It was one-of-a-kind theme and the acting was great. Another blunder for CBS.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Except FOREVER was on the ABC.

      • echo14612 says:

        Ha. Of course you’re right, Matt, but I think CBS blundered by not picking up “Forever” after it was canceled. The show deserved a(nother) chance and, in my opinion, was a better fit for CBS than ABC.

  37. Karen says:

    Is Person of Interest going to be back? I don’t see it listed.

  38. josephine935 says:

    my desire is for NCIS and the spin offs last for…at least…as long is any of the CSI shows have done. I truly hope Gibbs can take the pace or at least build up the other characters like you suggested. Believe it or not I was w/out a TV for almost a yr. I’m glad I’m back. This is fun speculating.. Best of luck.

  39. Jeff Gerou says:

    When is the season 5 premier of Person Of Interest coming out, been waiting and still no sign of its announcement.

  40. Dee says:

    When navy nics took Ziva away from Tony they lost a lot of fans by doing that .I just WISH they would bring Ziva back . Dee

  41. Dee says:

    I am SO Looking forward to BEAUTY AND THE BEAST , Elementary , THE BLACK LIST , ,Scorpion, NCIS, NCISLA, and H50 CSI CYBER Sleepy Hollow The good Wife , Scandal and Blue Bloods are most of the top shows HANDS DOWN on T . V .They REALLY MESSED UP when they took off ” FOREVER ” I and many other people are in COMPLETE SHOCK over that one !!!!! WHAT STUPID LOOSER WAS IN CHARGE OF THAT ” HUGE ” MISTAKE WHO EVER YOU ARE , JUST BRING ” FOREVER ” BACK . EVERYONE we’re such good actors and the show was really starting to connect to people just won some idiot took it off !!!!!!! Limitless looks like it’s going to be a great show based on the movie. Looking forward to seeing that one.
    A FAITHFUL FOLLOWER OF THESE GREAT SHOWS ; SINCERELY ; Donna