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'Young Sheldon' a likely hit in Buffalo market that loves CBS

Western New York is a huge CBS television market.

During the month of April, 23 of the top 25 prime-time programs on broadcast television were carried on WIVB-TV, the local CBS affiliate.

And looking at the network's fall schedule, the success of CBS should continue in a market with a high share of older viewers that love the network's more traditional programming.

First, there is addition by subjection.

CBS finally canceled "Two Broke Girls," the series whose popularity defied understanding.

Its fall schedule includes four shows that premiered this past season in "Bull," "Kevin Can Wait," "MacGyver" and "Superior Donuts" and a fifth, "Man With a Plan," joining in mid-season along with "Elementary" and "Code Black."

CBS is premiering six new shows in the fall in two different shifts because of scheduling adjustments required by the carriage of Thursday Night Football during the first five weeks of the season.

The most talked-about new series is bound to be "Young Sheldon," the spin-off of the most popular comedy on TV, "The Big Bang Theory." Airing after "Big Bang," the No. 1 show in WNY, it is a sure hit.

CBS executives Leslie Moonves and Kelly Kahl seemed extremely confident of their schedule in a conference call with TV critics Wednesday. And why shouldn't they be.

CBS has won 14 of the past 15 seasons in prime time household ratings, including the last nine seasons in a row.

Now let's take a look at the new fall shows on the schedule:

"9JKL," 8:30 p.m. Monday: Mark Feuerstein stars in a family comedy inspired by his living arrangement when he starred in the USA Network's "Royal Pains." He plays a newly-divorced actor, Josh Roberts, who lives in a New York apartment. His parents live on one side of him, his brother on the other side. Kahl said the program has a "Everybody Loves Raymond" feel.

The best news is that Feuerstein's show is parked after "The Big Bang Theory" at season's start before "Big Bang" moves back to Thursday. Linda Lavin and Elliott Gould co-star as his parents.

Me, Myself & I," 9:30 p.m. Monday: Bobby Moynihan is exiting "Saturday Night Live" to star in a comedy that looks at his character's life spanning three intervals from 1991 to 2042 when he was dealing with issues at ages 14, 40 and 65. Three actors are in the role, with Moynihan playing him in the present day and John Larroquette playing him in 2042. Sharon Lawrence and Jaleel White co-star.

"Seal Team," 9 p.m. Wednesday: Western New York native David Boreanaz didn't get much rest after retiring "Bones." He stars in this patriotic military drama involving the most elite unit of Navy SEALs that has clandestine missions that take them away from their families at any moment.

As Kahl pointed put, Boreanaz has never been in a series that failed. Jessica Pare, the second Mrs. Don Draper in "Mad Men," is one of the co-stars.

Young Sheldon, 8:30 p.m. Thursday after a Monday premiere: Mathematical and science whiz Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage of HBO's "Big Little Lies") attends high school in 1989 at the age of 9 in East Texas, where football and church are king. Jim Parsons, who was born in Texas and plays Sheldon in "The Big Bang Theory," narrates as Adult Sheldon in a show that Kahl described as having the vibe of "The Wonder Years."

"S.W.A.T," 10 p.m. Thursday, starting Nov. 2 after the end of Thursday Night Football: Shemar Moore ("Criminal Minds") stars as a former Marine who becomes a S.W.A.T. sergeant and runs the specialized tactical unit in Los Angeles. Shawn Ryan ("The Shield") as one of the producers of a reboot of a mid-1970s series that aired on ABC.

"Wisdom of the Crowd," 8 p.m. Sunday: Based on an Israeli format, this series stars Jeremy Piven ("Entourage") as a Silicon Valley tech innovator "who creates a cutting-edge crowd-sourcing app to solve his daughter’s murder, and revolutionizes crime solving in the process." Kahl said Piven is playing a character like the late Steve Jobs. Monica Potter ("Parenthood') is one of the co-stars.

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