CBS has given a seventh-season renewal to drama “The Mentalist” while dropping the ax on five first-year shows: “The Crazy Ones,” “Hostages,” “Intelligence,” “Friends with Better Lives” and “Bad Teacher.”
“Mentalist” (pictured) renewal went down to the wire as CBS wanted to survey its drama pilot options before making a call on the Warner Bros. TV procedural starring Simon Baker. The series has been a steady performer in the Sunday 10 p.m. time slot during the past two seasons, averaging about 12.5 million viewers and 2.0 rating in adults 18-49 for the season to date in live-plus-7 ratings.
“The Crazy Ones” was a big swing at a single-camera comedy for CBS, with prominent auspices in David E. Kelley and stars Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar. The 20th Century Fox TV show had the tough assignment of the 9 p.m. slot on CBS’ Thursday lineup against ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.” Even with “The Big Bang Theory” starting off the night, “Crazy Ones” had a much smaller lead-in coming out of 8:30 p.m.’s “The Millers” (a CBS-produced comedy that was renewed for a second season).
“Hostages,” from Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Bros. TV, was another experiment for the Eye in a serialized series with a shorter 15-episode order designed to allow it to alternate in the Monday 10 p.m. slot with sci-fi/actioner “Intelligence,” from ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios. In the end both dramas failed to produce much of a spark with viewers or critics.
Comedies “Friends with Better Lives” (20th TV) and “Bad Teacher” (Sony Pictures TV/CBS TV Studios) were both late midseason comedy entries that were seen as long shots for renewal.
CBS on Friday picked up two comedies — “The Odd Couple” and “The McCarthys” — and five dramas for the coming season. A few more new series greenlights are expected before Eye execs hit the stage at Carnegie Hall for the May 14 upfront presentation.