CBS Unveils 2023 Fall Schedule During Ongoing Writers Strike

CBS' Matlock Trailer featuring Kathy Bates.

CBS showcases its upcoming fall schedule in spite of the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike.

Per TVLine, CBS unveiled its fall schedule on Wednesday, May 10. The upcoming slate of shows includes Survivor and The Amazing Race which are entering their 45th and 35th seasons respectively with the move to 90-minute episodes on Wednesday nights. Thursdays will mark the premiere of The Good Fight spinoff Elsbeth starring Carrie Preston, which will be picking up the 10 PM time slot from CSI: Vegas. Sundays will become the premiere day for the Kathy Bates-led Matlock reboot, which will air following 60 Minutes and before episodes of The Equalizer.


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On May 9, CBS announced that it had picked up three of the four new pilots that were ordered by the network. These include Elsbeth and Matlock as well as the Damon Wayans and Damon Wayans Jr. starring comedy, Poppa’s House. The only pilot not picked up by the network was Jumpstart, a new comedy starring Terry Crews, which failed to garner enough acclaim for a full first-season order.

The WGA Strike Leads to Production Delays

These series orders come during the midst of the latest WGA strike, which has shut down productions throughout the industry. So far, these include a Daredevil: Born Again shoot in New York City, as well as the entirety of production on Marvel Studios’ upcoming Blade reboot starring Mahershala Ali. The strike, which began on May 2, had reportedly undeterred Disney as they continued pushing production on various sets that same day.

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It is currently unclear how the writers strike will impact these recently ordered CBS series, though a multitude of other productions have been unaffected by the strike as a whole. AMC’s The Walking Dead spinoff slate is currently reported to be still in production on The Walking Dead: Dead City, Fear the Walking Dead, and the upcoming Daryl Dixon starring Norman Reedus, which is filming in Paris.

On May 9, United States President Joe Biden espoused his support for the writers strike. The President expressed hope that those striking would be offered the “fair deal they deserve as soon as possible.” Biden also pointed toward Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month as a sign to remember “the importance of treating storytellers with the dignity, respect, and value they deserve” and the value of the filmmaking industry as a whole in the country.

Source: TVLine 1 and 2


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