CBS has apparently nuked “Jericho,” dismissed “Class” and closed the book on “Close to Home.”
Net wasn’t commenting Tuesday, but several people familiar with the situation said none of the skeins has been given a series order for next season. “Close to Home” had been considered near dead for several months now, with “Class” on the longshot list, but there had been speculation that CBS would exercise some patience with “Jericho.”
Eye skeins getting better news this week include “How I Met Your Mother,” which has been picked up for a third season. Eye’s most buzzworthy laffer might seem to be a no-brainer for renewal, but CBS execs make producers sweat it out until the last minute.
End for “Close to Home” comes after two seasons for the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced drama. Cancellation also means that, for the first time in many years, Bruckheimer will be losing a show from his still impressive slate of hits. It’s also the second consecutive year Bruckheimer has failed to place a new show on the nets’ skeds.
“The Class” is a heartbreaker for the small audience of the Warner Bros. TV-produced show, which seemed to find its creative voice toward the end of its shortened first season. It also produced stable ratings in the 8:30 p.m. slot, but the show’s lofty auspices and huge pre-season hype had CBS execs hoping for more.
As previously reported, “The Unit,” “Numbers” and “Ghost Whisperer” will be back next season, as will “NCIS” and all three “CSI” skeins.
Sole CBS frosh drama set to return is “Shark.” Eye is also moving forward with another year of “Rules of Engagement.”