CBS Cancels 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior'
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Finally, proof that CBS isn't dominated by procedural franchises. Today CBS axed its Criminal Minds spin-off, Suspect Behavior, after just one season. The show joins The Defenders, $#*! My Dad Says and Chaos on the list of freshman CBS shows canceled by the network.
More importantly, it marks the first cancellation of CBS procedural franchise. With CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles, the network has built a seemingly invincible line-up of never-ending procedurals, but the failure of the Criminal Minds spin-off is proof that the same formula can't work for every show.
However, the other shows look solid, as the cancellation came with the announcement that low-rated CSI: NY was picked up for an eighth season, though it may be a shortened season.
If it sounds like I'm jumping with glee on the grave of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, it's because I am. For so long the majority of CBS shows have looked exactly the same, so it's nice to know that viewers are a little discerning when it comes to what spin-offs they want to see.
With strong showings from non-franchise CBS dramas like The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods and The Mentalist, the network has proven that it doesn't need to rely on its popular franchises to rule the ratings.
I hope the failure of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior is a warning to CBS and they don't try to turn every drama into a franchise. Sure, they could launch Alaska Four-9 or Red Bloods (about a family of cops in Dallas), but instead CBS should keep trying to come up with new shows.
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