Taking a page from Fox’s 2014 playbook, when the network aired episodes of New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, CBS would score a ratings touchdown by airing fresh installments of its two most popular comedies. And based on its relatively lukewarm premiere numbers, Mom would stand to benefit from such a high-profile gig. For added oomph, pull an Undateable and air both episodes live.
Everybody Loves Raymond Revival
Resurrect Ray Romano’s beloved family comedy for a one-off episode that revolves around the death of patriarch Frank (the late Peter Boyle). Heck, something like that might outrate the Big Game itself!
A 90-minute installment, and an epic case, brings together all three shows — NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS New Orleans as well as the Mark Harmon-led mothership.
The last time a network used the post-Bowl slot as a launching pad for a brand new show was in 2010 when CBS introduced the world to Undercover Boss. Well, if ever the network had a rookie series seemingly tailor-made for the Super Bowl demo, it’s Bill Lawrence’s small-screen adaptation of the Chris Tucker-Jackie Chan film franchise.
Scorpion Meets The Expendables
In a battle of brains vs. brawn, the geek squad faces off against an NFL vet-loaded guest cast of villains, including Fred Dryer, Carl Weathers, Jim Brown and Howie Long. (Hope Toby's boxing gets better!)
Limitless + Bradley Cooper + ?
CBS approaches Limitless producer/occasional co-star Cooper with this tantalizing offer: the Super slot is yours, but you need to appear in the episode and you need to bring along one of your famous friends whose name starts with Jennifer and ends with Lawrence.
Supergirl Meets Superman
If CBS were to hand off the ball to Kara, how cool would it be if, after so much teasing, her famous cousin finally showed his face? And, before you ask, yes, of course, the Man of Steel would be played by Henry Cavill Matt Bomer. Duh.