Phil McGraw

Lots of comedies on tap on 2 nights for CBS this fall

CBS is looking for more laughs, with the nation's most popular television network planning to double the amount of sitcoms it has on the air through new projects premiering this fall starring Kevin James, Matt LeBlanc and Joel McHale.

Former "NCIS" actor Michael Weatherly is also staying on CBS' Tuesday-night lineup as the star of a new drama based on talk-show host Dr. Phil McGraw's past career as a trial consultant.

CBS was the last of the four biggest broadcasters to present its plans for next season to advertisers this week. The network is introducing eight new series next season, six of them in the fall.

CBS will end the current season as the nation's...