By the Book Series Order CBS Comedy

CBS Greenlights By the Book, Starring David Krumholtz and Jay R. Ferguson

Jay R. Ferguson wasn’t out of work long: His ABC comedy The Real O’Neals‘ was cancelled Thursday, and his new CBS sitcom By the Book was ordered to series Friday, TVLine has learned.

Ferguson and David Krumholtz (Numb3rs) will star in the multi-cam series — formerly known as Living Biblically — from Patrick Walsh, The Big Bang Theory‘s Johnny Galecki and others.

The series, based on the bestselling book by A.J. Jacobs, follows a modern-day man who chooses to live his life according to the Bible.

The cast also includes Ian Gomez (Supergirl, Cougar Town), Camryn Manheim (The Practice), Lindsey Kraft (Getting On) and Tony Rock (Everybody Hates Chris).

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13 Comments
  1. Drew says:

    Here’s my schedule: I have explanations for everything

    Sunday:
    8pm Scorpion (would improve ratings)
    9pm Instinct (NEW)
    10pm Madam Secretary

    Monday: (Sept-Oct)
    8pm The Big Bang Theory
    8:30 9JKL (NEW)
    9pm Man With A Plan
    9:30 Superior Donuts
    10pm Bull (better than Thursday at 10)

    Monday: (Oct-March)
    8pm Kevin Can Wait
    8:30 9JKL (NEW)
    9pm Man With A Plan
    9:30 Superior Donuts
    10pm Bull

    Monday: (April-May)
    8pm Kevin Can Wait
    8:30 Me, Myself, and I (NEW) (After its run on Wednesday’s for Survivor 36
    9pm Man With A Plan
    9:30 Superior Donuts
    10pm Bull

    Bull did fine after NCIS, if audience sticks around, it will do around same as NCIS:LA did 2015-16 at about 1.4. People want to move it to Thursdays at 10 but that is a death slot where The Amazing Race has been doing OK. Also, Young Sheldon doesn’t stay here because it was already announced by Les Monves that it would air behind TBBT

    Tuesday:
    8pm NCIS
    9pm NCIS: New Orleans
    10pm NCIS: LA

    I know what your thinking, this so dumb. NCIS draws killer ratings, bringing NCIS New Orleans up. NCIS LA averaged around 1.4 on Mondays at 10 so it could do well. Tuesdays will be a hit with NCIS night, they’ve needed a night of all same franchise series like ABCs Shonda Rhimes’ TGIT

    Wednesday: (Fall/Spring)
    8pm Survivor
    9pm SWAT (New)
    10pm Criminal Minds

    Wednesday: (During Survivor’s hiatus)
    8pm Hunted
    9pm 2 Broke Girls (Final Season)
    9:30 Me, Myself, and I (NEW) (Moves to Monday’s after)
    10pm Criminal Minds

    Not much to say, we all know at 2BG final season is coming. SWAT also pairs up well with Criminal Minds because of Shemar Moore.

    Thursday: (Sept-Oct)
    8pm-11pm Thursday Night Football

    Thursday: (Oct-Dec)
    8pm The Big Bang Theory
    8:30 Young Sheldon (NEW)
    9pm Mom
    9:30 Life In Pieces
    10pm The Amazing Race

    Thursday: (Dec-March)
    8pm The Big Bang Theory
    8:30 Young Sheldon (NEW)
    9pm Mom
    9:30 Life In Pieces
    10pm Wisdom of the Crowd (NEW)

    Thursday: (March-May)
    8pm The Big Bang Theory
    8:30 Young Sheldon (NEW)
    9pm Mom
    9:30 By the Book (NEW) (fka Living Biblically)
    10pm SEAL Team (NEW)

    This may seem crazy, but CBS over ordered so there is a lot going on. I tried not to put new shows at 10pm but there is always that one new flop show, I think it will be Wisdom of the Crowd. That will give SEAL Team a chance. It has been highly anticipated and looks like the strongest new show to replace it. Life in Pieces may end a little early as there are so many new comedies to make room for By The Book.

    Friday:
    8pm MacGyver
    9pm Hawaii Five-0
    10pm Blue Bloods

    Friday: (April-June)
    8pm Undercover Boss
    9pm Hawaii Five-0 (reruns after may)
    10pm Blue Bloods (reruns after may)

    Don’t break what is already fixed, nothing more to say.

    Mid season as shown up above: 2 Broke Girls (Final Season), Me, Myself, and I (NEW), Hunted, Undercover Boss, SEAL Team (NEW), Wisdom of the Crowd (NEW), By the Book (NEW)

    New Shows: All Ordered Formally by CBS

    Dramas:
    SEAL Team
    SWAT
    Wisdom of the Crowd
    Instinct

    Comedies:
    Young Sheldon
    9JKL
    Me, Myself, and I
    By the Books (Fka Living Biblically)

  2. Joey Padron says:

    Glad Jay’s new show got pickup after The Real O’ Neals got cancelled. Looking forward to see the trailer for he and David’s new show!

  3. Emily says:

    I’m…cautiously optimistic? I like the book, I love the cast, and three cheers for a pitch perfect name change.

  4. Jim J. says:

    So i guess this new comedy pickup means “2 Broke Girls” is dead? If so, it’s been nice knowing it. Another long-running show ending on a cliffhanger…
    This also means a total of nine comedies on CBS for next season (three veteran, three sophomore, and three new).

  5. LB says:

    Always here for anything Jay R. Ferguson! Sign me up! 💕

    • Demoniam says:

      Ditto!! So happy JRF will be back on my tv screen! Really sad about Real O’Neals, he was so great. VP Murray was also criminally underrated… their bromance was the best.

  6. Temperance says:

    Gah, no.

  7. DL says:

    Every time I see David Krumholtz in anything, I remember how much I miss Numb3rs. I still wish they could get him, Morrow, Hirsch, and the others for a holiday special.