Today CBS became the first network out of the gate to reveal the fate of the bulk of its primetime programming. So let’s get right to it, shall we? The following shows have been renewed and will return in the 2012-13 TV season:
9 DRAMAS: Person of Interest, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, The Mentalist, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles
4 COMEDIES: 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother
3 REALITY SHOWS: Amazing Race, Survivor, Undercover Boss
2 NEWSMAGAZINES: 48 Hours Mystery, 60 Minutes
CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler on all these pickups: “This large-scale renewal is testimony to the strength, stability and success of a deep and diverse roster of top-rated programming. It positions us for continued success next season and certainly creates an environment that will give our new shows the best possible chance to succeed.”
The fates of CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, Unforgettable, and A Gifted Man are still up in the air. And as for the network’s once-staple comedy Two and a Half Men–CBS says “preliminary discussions” are being had. The issue here is that Ashton Kutcher’s deal has to be extended; once that happens (and it will) you can expect CBS to flaunt the long-running comedy’s renewal (and perhaps a multi-year pickup at that). Stay tuned.
Oh how much I love it when networks decide to give great TV shows a deserved chance at prolonged success. And oh do I hate it when they stab us in the back (read: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Pushing Daisies). Here’s a roundup of some of the great shows that were given “the back nine” and will complete their first seasons with 20+ episodes. (Note: Full season pickups are usually granted to new series; it is assumed that third+ year series will be given full seasons prior to the shows premieres.)
ABC: FlashForward, Modern Family, Castle
FOX: Glee, The Cleveland Show (it’s also been picked up for a second season)
NBC: Community, Parks & Recreation
All shows were granted a full 22 episode season. FlashForward, interestingly, was granted an above-average 25 episodes. Music to my ears if you ask me.
Others I don’t care much for: ABC’s Cougar Town, The Middle; CBS’s Accidentally on Purpose, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Good Wife.
What got cancelled? NBC’s Trauma. I don’t think the man in the helicoptor loves his job anymore.
I will update this space as the remainder of fall TV series are renewed and/or cancelled.
For now, celebrate by krumping along with Community’s Abed and Troy after the break!