CBS continues to prove that it is the most stable network television. Following early renewals for Survivor and a three-year extension on The Big Bang Theory, the network has officially picked up 18 shows for the 2014-2015 TV season, including dramas, comedies, reality shows, news programs and several first-year shows.
On the drama side, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Criminal Minds, CSI, Person of Interest, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods have all been renewed. It marks the 12th season of NCIS, the 15h for CSI and the 10th for Criminal Minds. NCIS: Los Angeles and The Good Wife will both be heading into their sixth seasons, Person of Interest will enter season 4 and Elementary will go into season 3. In addition, both Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods will be in their fifth seasons and, next year, both will hit their 100th episodes.
On the comedy side, freshman sitcoms Mom and The Millers were both renewed, as were Mike and Molly, 2 Broke Girls and Two and a Half Men. For Two and a Half Men, this marks the 12th season while Mike and Molly will reach its 100th episode next year. It’s also good news for CBS uber-producer Chuck Lorre, as all four of his shows (The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Mom and Mike and Molly) will be back next season.
On the reality side, The Amazing Race was renewed as were Undercover Boss, 60 Minutes and 48 Hours.
All of these renewals leave very little left to decide. The only sitcom left on the bubble is The Crazy Ones while, on the drama side, The Mentalist, Hostages and Intelligence are the only programs left undecided so far. Odds are good that most of them will probably be canceled, though clearly CBS doesn’t like to get rid of anything.
Like always, the massive amount of renewals means that the pilot season of CBS will be quite small and it’s unlikely the network will pick up more than five or six new shows.
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