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.
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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.