CBS Premiere Dates for Ransom, Training Day and Doubt

CBS today announced several winter and spring scheduling moves, including the series premieres of Ransom, Training Day and Doubt. Check out the CBS premiere dates below!

The Network will begin rolling out its new scripted programming on New Year’s Day with the launch of Ransom, a crime drama about a world-renowned crisis and hostage negotiator whose team is brought in to resolve the most difficult kidnap and ransom cases. Ransom debuts on Sunday, Jan. 1 after a football doubleheader, and moves to its regular Saturday time period (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on Jan. 7. Luke Roberts, Sarah Greene, Brandon Jay McLaren and Nazneen Contractor star.

CBS will launch two dramas in February, beginning with Training Day, premiering Thursday, Feb. 2 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) after Pure Genius completes its season order. Training Day is a crime thriller starring Bill Paxton and Justin Cornwell that begins 15 years after the events of the feature film, about a young, idealistic police officer who is tapped to go undercover in an elite squad of the LAPD where he partners with a morally ambiguous veteran detective. Katrina Law, Drew Van Acker, Lex Scott Davis, Julie Benz, Christina Vidal and Marianne Jean-Baptiste also star.

Doubt will premiere Wednesday, Feb. 15 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) following the season finale of Code Black. The new drama stars Katherine Heigl as a brilliant attorney at a boutique firm who starts to fall for her charismatic client, an altruistic pediatric surgeon recently accused of murdering his girlfriend 24 years ago. Dulé Hill, Steven Pasquale, Elliott Gould, Dreama Walker, Laverne Cox and Kobi Libii also star.

As previously announced, the new competition series Hunted premieres Sunday, Jan. 22, immediately following one of television’s biggest events, the NFL’s AFC Championship game (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT – time is approximate after post-game coverage). The series moves to Wednesdays on Jan. 25 with a special two-hour episode, 8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT, and then air 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT in subsequent weeks.

Also, in the second half of the year:

· The eighth season of two-time Emmy Award-winning alternative series Undercover Boss will premiere with a special two-hour episode on Wednesday, Dec. 21 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). It moves to Wednesdays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on Dec. 28, until the time period premiere of Hunted on Jan 25.

· The next season of Survivor debuts with a two-hour premiere on Wednesday, March 8 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), one week after the conclusion of Hunted. Survivor moves to its regular Wednesday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) time period on March 15.

· The multi-Emmy Award-winning reality series The Amazing Race returns on Friday, April 21 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), with a two-hour premiere one week after the season finale of MacGyver, then moving to its regular Friday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) time period on April 28.

The premieres of Superior Donuts and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders will be announced at a later date.

CBS’s Winter and Spring Schedule

Wednesday, Dec. 21

8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT UNDERCOVER BOSS (8th Season Premiere)

Wednesday, Dec. 28

8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT UNDERCOVER BOSS (Time Period Premiere)

Sunday, Jan. 1 (Football Doubleheader)

8:30-9:30 PM, ET/8:00-9:00 PM, PT RANSOM (Series Premiere)

Saturday, Jan. 7

8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT RANSOM (Time Period Premiere)

Sunday, Jan. 22

10:00-11:00 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT HUNTED (Series Premiere)

Wednesday, Jan. 25

8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT HUNTED (2-Hour Episode)

10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT CODE BLACK

Wednesday, Effective Feb. 1

8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT HUNTED (Time Period Premiere)


10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT CODE BLACK

Thursday, Effective Feb. 2



9:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT MOM


10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT TRAINING DAY (Series Premiere)

Wednesday, Effective Feb. 15

8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT HUNTED


10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT DOUBT (Series Premiere)

Wednesday, March 8

8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT SURVIVOR (2-Hour Premiere)

10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT DOUBT

Wednesday, Effective March 15

8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT SURVIVOR (Time Period Premiere)


10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT DOUBT

Friday, April 21

8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT THE AMAZING RACE (2-Hour Premiere)

10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT BLUE BLOODS

Friday, April 28

8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT THE AMAZING RACE (Time Period Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT HAWAII FIVE-0

10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT BLUE BLOODS

Undercover Boss is a two-time Emmy Award-winning reality series that follows high-level executives as they slip anonymously into the rank-and-file of their own organizations. Each week, a different leader will sacrifice the comfort of their corner office for an undercover mission to examine the inner workings of their operation. Stephen Lambert, Chris Carlson and Greg Lipstone are executive producers for Studio Lambert/All3Media America.

Ransom stars Luke Roberts, Sarah Greene, Brandon Jay McLaren and Nazneen Contractor. Frank Spotnitz, through his company Big Light Productions, serves as executive producer. Created by David Vainola and Spotnitz, Ransom is a Canada-France co-production and is co-produced by leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne), which also handles international distribution; Valerie Pechels and Odile McDonald of Wildcat Productions; Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny via their Sienna Films banner; and Jocelyn Hamilton for eOne. Ransom was co-developed by Corus Entertainment Inc. and TF1, with the participation of the Centre National du Cinema et de l’Image Animé in France as well as Canada Media Fund, and is produced with the financial assistance of the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Broadcast partners are Global (Canada), TF1 (France) and RTL (Germany).

Training Day stars Bill Paxton, Justin Cornwell, Katrina Law, Drew Van Acker, Lex Scott Davis, Julie Benz, Christina Vidal and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. Jerry Bruckheimer, Kristianne Reed, Antoine Fuqua, Will Beall, Barry Schindel, Jonathan Littman and Danny Cannon are executive producers for Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Doubt stars Katherine Heigl, Dulé Hill, Steven Pasquale, Elliott Gould, Dreama Walker, Laverne Cox and Kobi Libii. Tony Phelan, Joan Rater, Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman and Adam Bernstein (pilot only) are executive producers for CBS Television Studios. Tony Phelan and Joan Rater are creators.

Survivor is a multi-Emmy Award-winning reality-competition series that features castaways separated into groups and forced to compete against each other with the same ultimate goal: to outwit, outplay and outlast one another. Ultimately, one will be crowned the Sole Survivor and win the $1 million prize. Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst is the host. Mark Burnett and Jeff Probst are executive producers for S.E.G. Holdco., LLC.

The Amazing Race is a multi-Emmy Award-winning reality series hosted by Emmy Award-nominated host Phil Keoghan. This season, 11 teams will embark around the world. At every destination, each team must compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, and only when the tasks are completed will they learn of their next location. Teams who are the farthest behind will gradually be eliminated, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning the $1 million prize. Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman, Elise Doganieri and Mark Vertullo are executive producers for Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Earthview Inc. in association with ABC Studios and Amazing Race Productions. Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri are co-creators.


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