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CBS Unveils New Fall Shows

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Tea Leoni stars in "Madam Secretary." (credit: CBS)

Tea Leoni stars in “Madam Secretary.” (credit: CBS)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Most of us are looking forward to summer. But TV executives have already set their sights on the fall.

On Wednesday, CBS released its new fall lineup, which includes eight new shows and Thursday night NFL games, CBS 2’s Alex Denis reported.

Tea Leoni stars in the drama “Madam Secretary” as the newly appointed secretary of state following the suspicious death of her predecessor.

“She’s funny, and she’s vulnerable, and she’s way in over her hand,” Leoni said.

“This entire cast is so amazing,” Tim Daly, who plays the secretary of state’s husband, told Denis on the blue carpet Wednesday evening. ” … It’s a lot of really trusted, expert actors, and I think we have a fantastic show.”

“NCIS: New Orleans,” a spinoff the No. 1 drama series “NCIS,” stars Golden Globe winner Scott Bakula. Viewers can follow along as the local field office investigates criminal cases affecting military personnel in the Big Easy.

Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q. are sidekicks in the psychological thrilled “Stalker.” McDermott plays a detective recently transferred from New York to Los Angeles.

Will his strong personality get him in trouble?

“I like that about New Yorkers,” McDermott said. “They just kind of tell it like it is.”

The comedy “The McCarthys” is about a loud, sports-crazed Boston family whose somewhat athletically challenged son is chosen by his father to be the assistant high school basketball coach.

And speaking of sports, there is “NFL Thursday Night Football.”

“We have a chance to host the first game of the week of national TV,” said CBS analyst and former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher.

Inspired by a true story, “Scorpion” brings together a group of brilliant misfit all working to protect the U.S. from high-tech threats. Robert Patrick plays a federal agent who has a handle on the situation. Katharine McPhee also stars.

The drama “Battle Creek” stars Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters as mismatched law enforcement officers with polar opposite investigation styles. The series is slated to be premier midseason.

“My cellphone has duct tape on it,” Winters said of his character. “My stun gun doesn’t work.”

Two other new midseason shows will be “CSI: Cyber” starring Patricia Arquette, and a remake of “The Odd Couple” with Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon.

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