Rock-Steady CBS Renews 18 Primetime Series

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CBS, ever a bastion of stability, will bring back 20 primetime series next season.

America’s most-watched network on Thursday announced renewals for 18 series — including two first-year comedies — on the heels of earlier pickups for “The Big Bang Theory” and “Survivor.”

But neither of the net’s new dramas from this season — thriller “Hostages” and sci-fi vehicle “Intelligence” — is on the list of returning shows, nor is long-running “The Mentalist.” Also missing is Robin Williams-Sarah Michelle Gellar laffer “The Crazy Ones,” which is doing OK in the ratings and still has another month to prove itself.

“The best way to launch new shows in the fall and throughout the season is to surround them with a strong and stable lineup of successful series,” said CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler. “The shows we’re picking up today cut across every night of the week and feature genre leaders, time period winners and the most-watched shows on broadcast television.”

The 20 programs encompass 17 hours of primetime programming and include nine dramas: “Blue Bloods,” “Criminal Minds,” “CSI, “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Person of Interest.”

The renewed comedies are rookies “The Millers” and “Mom” (pictured) and veterans “Mike & Molly,” “Two and a Half Men” and “2 Broke Girls.”

In alternative programming, “The Amazing Race” and “Undercover Boss” will be back, along with “Survivor,” whose renewal had previously been announced. And on the news side, there’s “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours.”

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  1. Carole says:

    HELP!!! You MUST pick up “THE MENTALIST”. It’s one of the best shows!

  2. MattH. says:

    Smartest thing I’ve read all day: someone suggested another network pick up THE MENTALIST. With the switch to Texas headquarters, the show has added new characters and a new burst of energy. A new network could take this show and find it a comfortable place on its schedule.

  3. Jonathan says:

    Joe CBS has been stupid in the past by canceling one of the funniest shows Rules of Engagement.

  4. JOE S HILL says:

    if CBS kills “THE CRAZY ONES”,that’ll be THE most stupidest move ever made by them! it has great
    potential for either another season,or even another network! this kind of network stupidity is why i don’t
    not have much faith in primetime anymore-and shuting down their 2008 Ratings hit.”THE MENTALIST”
    is also another DUMB move! but then,CBS has a bad habit for canceling great TV shows,,i am still
    angered by their cancelation of “JUDGING AMY” in 2005,and “FAMILY LAW” in 2002-these were GREAT
    shows,like “VEGAS” in 2012,,so keep up with all the takedowns,and we’ll just call CBS the “Cancelation
    Broadcasting System”,since its defeating its OWN purpose! killing “HOSTAGES” was also another stupid
    move,,but hey-they have money to burn,so if they don’t mind loosing their audience,then they are accomplishing just that-LOSS OF AUDIENCE!!

  5. ThomT says:

    CBS effectively killed “The Mentalist” when it moved it from Thursday night to Sunday. The 10PM slot on Sunday is a killer for any CBS show because until after football season the 10PM starting time never happens. With a late running game “The Mentalist” often found itself starting after 11PM. I guess it was fortunate to have survived as long as it did after losing its week night time slot. If I were NBC I’d pick it up because, even with the Sunday starting time problems, numbers for “The Mentalist” have still been better than any drama (except “The Blacklist”) that NBC has put forth.

    • cadavra says:

      Thom, you’re right about Saturday night. A lot of us over-49s seldom venture out because theatres are filled with drunk, noisy teens and 20s. We either slap on a DVD or watch TCM or MeTV, but we’d be thrilled to see new network programs on Saturday night. Hell, I’d bet HARRY’S LAW would still be on the air if NBC had moved it there. Fridays have already proven that older viewers deliver big numbers–why not Saturdays as well?

    • Stacey K. says:

      Even after NFL season Sunday night Big Four network shows have the daunting task of going head-to-head with great HBO & Showtime series. Premium cable owns Sunday nights.

      • ThomT says:

        You are correct. And strangely enough none of the “big 4” are actually putting any real effort into programming Saturday night. I know the argument is that nobody watches TV on Saturday night but I don’t think that is true. While it might be an older demo there are still plenty of people looking for decent Saturday night programs. Previously Saturday night had some of televisions best, and highest rated, shows.

  6. Stacey K. says:

    Surprised they didn’t put “Two and a Half Men” out of its misery. It’s become unwatchable TV over the past few seasons, even with the great acting talent on it. The show is past tired…time to put it to sleep.

  7. Used to Watch Person of Interest says:

    What will Person of Interest do to stop its ratings decline? Killing the Joss Carter character made the show unwatchable for so many……….

    • Stacey K. says:

      I agree that the loss of Taraji P. Henson’s talent took away a lot of my love for POI but Jim Caviezel & Michael Emerson are still enough to keep my interest (for now).

  8. geri031706 says:

    Great news, but where’s “The Amazing Race”?

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