As the coronavirus shutdown lingers, TV networks have empty spots at the end of their season.
Now CBS has a temporary solution: It will wipe aside its Sunday line-up – “God Friended Me,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans” – and replace it with movies.
During May, all five Sundays will be movie nights – two Indiana Jones films (shown here), plus “Titanic,” “Forrest Gump” and “Mission: Impossible.”
Yes, those are popular films … but they’re also ones that most people have seen – often. Combined, they made about $1.5 billion in the U.S. and Canada and more than $4 billion worldwide; after thaty, they’ve been running perpetually on cable.
This comes as series have trouble finishing production. Some have delayed the start of their seasons. (A “Walking Dead” spin-off was planned to start this Sunday, April 12; a new “Fargo” mini-series was slated to start a week later.) Others have trouble finishing their final episodes.
But there are always movies and, of course, reruns. All of the CBS, films will run from 8-11 p.m. except “Titanic,” which encroaches the “60 Minutes” slot at 7. The line-up:
May 3, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”; May 10, “Forrest Gump”; May 17, “Mission: Impossible”; May 24, “Titanic”; May 31, “Indiana Jones and the Lost Crusade.”