In a move that looks like (but isn’t necessarily) a vote of no-confidence, CBS has bumped the new Jane Lynch comedy Angel from Hell from November to February. This gives CBS the chance to market the new show during its Feb. 7 Super Bowl coverage, and move season 5 of 2 Broke Girls to a fall premiere. Broke will debut in the 9:30pm slot on Nov 12.
The decision may be about promoting 2 Broke Girls as much as a delay for Angel, since the former comedy entered syndication this fall. It’s typically more advantageous to launch a show into syndication while it’s still on the air.
CBS has been pulling strong numbers this fall with their Thursday Night Football schedule which switches to Sunday night broadcasts on Nov. 8. Just prior to that CBS will launch their Thursday comedy block on Oct. 30, which includes top-rated The Big Bang Theory, Life in Pieces, Mom, and now 2 Broke Girls.
Angel looks to be an irreverent, feel-good comedy starring Lynch and Psych alum Maggie Lawson. Lynch stars as a guardian angel directing Lawson to/from important life choices.
From this teaser all I can say is I really hope Lynch 1) tones down her performance and 2) changes her wardrobe at some point. (What, in the afterlife we have only one change of clothes?) I suspect Lynch is meant to be a quirky-big-sister guiding hand, but we’ll have to wait and see if the script is able to build that kind of relationship.
Watch for 2 Broke Girls and The Big Bang Theory (tentatively scheduled to end in 2017) this November, and Angel from Hell arriving February on CBS.