CBS Bets on Its New, White-Male-Fronted Shows With Expanded Seasons of Kevin Can Wait and Man With a Plan

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THE GREAT INDOORS stars Joel McHale in a comedy about a renowned adventure reporter for an outdoor magazine who must adapt to the times when he becomes the desk-bound boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the publication. Jack has led a thrilling "outdoorsy" life exploring the edges of the earth while chronicling his adventures for Outdoor Limits. But his globe-trotting days end when the magazine\'s charismatic founder and outdoor legend, Roland announces the publication\'s move to web-only and assigns Jack to supervise their online team of "journalists." Jack\'s eager 20-something colleagues include Clark, a tech nerd who knows everything about surviving on Mars and a zombie apocalypse; Emma, their social media expert who views Jack as the human version of dial-up; and Mason, a hipster-lumberjack who hasn\'t spent any actual time outside. Jack reports to Roland\'s daughter, Brooke, an ex-flame who caters to the sensitive staffers by giving them all trophies just for working hard. THE GREAT INDOORS Premieres Thursday, Oct. 27 on the CBS Television Network.  Pictured (L-R) Stephen Fry as Roland and Joel McHale as Jack  Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Stephen Fry and Joel McHale in The Great Indoors. Photo: Michael Yarish/Image Courtesy CBS

As far as network TV goes, the current reigning champ when it comes to viewers and their eyeballs is, interestingly enough, the Eye — that is, CBS — whose hold on America’s TV screens is tighter and more constant than its competitors. It’s perhaps no surprise then that CBS has chosen to expand the seasons of its three newest comedy series, all of which are performing well, according to Deadline. Kevin Can Wait, Man With a Plan, and The Great Indoors, three shows about aging white males (Kevin James, Matt LeBlanc, and Joel McHale, respectively) trying to deal with life (read: young people and women) in a world 1000 percent built for them, are all getting extra time in their first seasons on the network. Kevin Can Wait, which averages around 10 million viewers weekly, will balloon from 22 to 24 episodes, while the other two series will now receive 22 instead of 18 episodes each.

CBS Bets on New Shows With Expanded Seasons