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CBS's 2015-16 Schedule: 'Supergirl' to Monday, 'Limitless' Tuesday, 'Person of Interest' to midseason

'Life in Pieces' gets the post-'Big Bang Theory' boost

CBS announced its 2015-16 schedule on Wednesday (May 13) morning, a schedule accompanied by much talk about the network's stability and CBS' latest overall ratings triumph.

For all of the network's success, CBS' schedule answered a slew of important questions, including:

Where would "Supergirl" go?

What will get the benefit of the "Big Bang Theory" lead-in?

What's actually happening with the end of "CSI"?

And which established successes will be on the bench for midseason?

Your answers in brief? Monday, "Life in Pieces," two-hour finale and lots of stuff.

Let's get more details.

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"American Idol" Top 3

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 14 - Tuesday Finale - Top 2 Revealed

Jax, Clark and Nick enter, but who will remain for Wednesday's finale

It's a night of penultimates on "American Idol."

Tuesday (May 12) is the season's penultimate episode as we wait to see which two contestants will be competing on Wednesday night to become the penultimate winner in "American Idol" history.

Yup, FOX announced on Monday that "American Idol" will end after next season.

Let's see how Ryan Seacrest and company acknowledge the end of the road and who goes home in this showdown between Jax, Clark Beckham and Nick Fradiani...

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<p>Adrianne Palicki, Nick Blood of&nbsp;&quot;Marvel&#39;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Adrianne Palicki, Nick Blood of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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Why the 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' spinoff didn't happen and where 'Agent Carter' is headed

Why aren't we getting a Mockingbird spinoff next season? Paul Lee explains.

ABC's potential spinoff from "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was there and vanished before anything actually really happened with it.

In early April, the industry trades reported that Jeffrey Bell and Paul Zbyszewski were crafting a hypothetical spinoff based on the events in the "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." finale. In mid-April, it broke that Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood would be the focal points in the spinoff.

And last week, ABC decided it wasn't moving forward with the spinoff, which hadn't shot a pilot and hadn't revealed any characters beyond Palicki's Bobbi "Mockingbird" Morse and Blood's Lance Hunter.

Spinoff, we hardly knew ye.

In a Tuesday (May 12) conference call with reporters, ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee explained in very broad terms why no "S.H.I.E.L.D." spinoff is on ABC's 2015-16 schedule.

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"Jane the Virgin"

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TV Ratings: 'Voice,' 'Mike & Molly' rise, 'Following' falls on Monday

ABC still rules overall and NBC wins the key demo

Fast National ratings for Monday, May 11, 2015.

NBC's "The Voice" had a small week-to-week uptick to help the network hold onto the Monday key demo crown despite a drop for "Night Shift." And although "Dancing with the Stars" was flat in the key demo, it was up in viewers as ABC dominated the night overall.

"Mike & Molly" rose week-to-week and was Monday's top scripted show among young viewers, while ABC's "Castle" finale was the top scripted show overall.

Meanwhile, a two-hour "The Following" was down without its "Gotham" lead-in, while the finale for The CW's "Jane the Virgin" was up in viewers.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>ABC&#39;s &quot;Oil&quot;</p>

ABC's "Oil"

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ABC's 2015-16 Schedule: 'Muppets' take Tuesday, 'Oil' splashes on Sunday

Wednesday comedies, Shonda Rhimes Thursday remain intact

ABC announced its 2015-2016 primetime schedule on Tuesday (May 12) morning and even with the addition of five new shows, what's most striking about the ABC roster is its stability.

If you include Saturday, four of ABC's seven primetime nights are untouched from last season, while there's only one half-hour changing on Friday. Plus, at least for the fall, ABC only has one returning show new time period.

ABC has set the new comedies "The Muppets" and "Dr. Ken" to premiere in the fall, along with the dramas "Quantico," "Oil" (formerly "Boom") and "Of Kings and Prophets."

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Bradley James of "iZombie"

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What would happen if Bradley James' 'iZombie' character ate his 'Damien' Antichrist's brains?

'Merlin' veteran talks about Lowell's motives and the zombification process

Bradley James is having his American-TV-By-Way-Of-Canada Moment. 

You can't say that the British actor is poised on the brink of a breakout, because he spent five seasons as Prince-the-King Arthur on NBC and then Syfy's "Merlin," but this is a different sort of breakout that James is nearing.

On The CW's "iZombie," James has been turning heads as Lowell, a still-mostly-potential love interest for Rose McIver's Liv. Like Liv, Lowell is an undead brain-eater, a character introduced only as a one-off but extended throughout the show's spring run. While "iZombie" still has us suspecting that Rob Buckley's Major is Liv's long-term love, Lowell has been offering ample and increased complication.

It's too early to know what the plan is for Lowell through the end of the first "iZombie" season and into the freshly ordered second, but James may have ample complications himself. 

James went from the Vancouver set of "iZombie" to Toronto to star in "Damien," the "Omen" sequel series that has had a Lowell-esque extension-of-fortune, going from a six-episode order on Lifetime to the vote of confidence of a 10-episode order on A&E.

It remains to be seen how one role will or won't impact the other, but as Lowell is making Liv swoon on The CW, James is embodying the future Antichrist, a gig that apparently requires a lot of running.

Last week, on the heels of the "iZombie" renewal, I got on the phone with James to talk about the zombification process, Lowell's possible ulterior motives and the need to resist the temptation to invent the brains your character might have eaten if that information isn't in the script.

I asked James how Lowell might behave if he ate Damien Thorn's brains and rather that going someplace dark, he spoke glowingly of Damien's athletic prowess. 

Good to know!

Click through for the full Q&A ahead of Tuesday's new "iZombie"...

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HitFix First Look: Blaine has Cobain on the brain on 'iZombie'

HitFix First Look: Blaine has Cobain on the brain on 'iZombie'

Sure, David Anders' Blaine might be a drug dealer turned brain-pushing zombie building up a dangerous criminal syndicate, but he's also a thirty-something guy staying busy in Seattle, so it's no wonder that his thoughts periodically turn to Kurt Cobain.

In this HitFix Exclusive scene from Tuesday (May 12) night's "iZombie," Blaine is talking business, but he's also preoccupied with educating his frontmen on the early works of the Nirvana frontman.

I'm still curious about Blaine's master plan and what part Rose McIver's Liv plays in it, but now I also what to know what Blaine would think about Brett Morgen's "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck."

Check out the exclusive clip above.

And check HitFix later tonight for my interview with Bradley James, who talks about Lowell's much more earnest interest in Liv.

"iZombie," newly renewed by The CW, airs on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. 

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"The Good Wife"

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'Good Wife,' 'Amazing Race,' 'Odd Couple' lead CBS renewals

Predictable stuff like 'NCIS' and 'Survivor' are also renewed

After keeping mum last week on renewals, CBS is moving forward with an eye on Wednesday's upfront presentation to advertisers.

CBS has renewed eight dramas, a comedy and a trio of reality favorites, plus two veteran newsmagazines that weren't going anywhere anyway.

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"Once Upon a Time"

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TV Ratings: 'Revenge' series finale, 'Good Wife' finale aid Sunday split

'Once Upon a Time' season finale leads the night in the key demo

Fast National ratings for Sunday, May 10, 2015.

The latest season finale for "The Good Wife" helped CBS sweep Sunday primetime overall, while the season finale for "Once Upon a Time" and the series finale of "Revenge" pushed ABC to victory among young viewers.

Meanwhile, NBC's "A.D. The Bible Continues" and "American Odyssey," two of the only shows remaining on the network TV bubble, did unimpressive numbers.

Let's get to the numbers...

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'Empire' expands for two-part Season 2

Did FOX consider moving 'Empire' to an 8 p.m. slot?

But don't rejoice too much, eh? It's not quite as much bigger as perhaps you might have hoped.

FOX executives announced on Monday (May 11) that Season 2 of "Empire" will expand to 18 episodes, split into two separated half-seasons, up from 12 episodes this spring, but well short of a full network slate of 22.

In a conference call with reporters, FOX brass didn't go into depth on why "18" was the magic number for Season 2 episodes, but there were questions on the decision to keep "Empire" in a 9 p.m. Wednesday slot and how FOX will attempt to keep or build momentum for a show that will presumably return in September after more than six months off the air.

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