CBS asks for more CSI, others

[UPDATE] Added information on NCIS' return.

The network known as "The Eye" or "America's Most Watched Network" or "The House that CSI Built," (or to the layman, simply CBS), responded to the lifting of the writers' strike today by announcing that several of its programs would be returning with fresh episodes.

As expected, the network will first push out its half-hour comedies, with an "anticipated return" date of March 17. CBS is asking for nine new episodes each of Barney and the crew of How I Met Your Mother, the nerd-tastic The Big Bang Theory, and old reliable Two and a Half Men.

After that, it's on to the networks' fleet of crime procedurals, starting with David Caruso (and his sunglasses) returning to CSI: Miami on March 24. CBS is hoping for eight new episodes of the drama. Cold Case is scheduled to return with five new episodes starting on March 30, and Criminal Minds and the Gotham edition of CSI, CSI: NY, should return with seven new episodes apiece beginning April 2.

The vanilla CSI returns April 3 with its partner Without a Trace, and both are expected to come back with six new episodes. The following day, Ghost Whisperer and Numb3rs return with the first of six new episodes. NCIS is returning April 8 with the first of seven new episodes.

The nocturnal types will be happy to hear that Moonlight, a new show about a private investigator who also happens to be a vampire, will arise on April 11 with four new episodes. The show's status wasn't certain, but CBS had asked for four new scripts back in October. The network still has not said whether the show will be back for a second season, but these new episodes have to be a good omen for the cult favorite.

Finally, Rules of Engagement and Shark will be back for six and four episodes, respectively, with Rules engaging on April 14 and Shark swimming at a to-be-announced date.

Along with Shark, The Unit and Cane will remain on hiatus to allow for the midseason launches of Jericho, Dexter, and Big Brother, says CBS. Swingtown, a drama which has yet to air, will resume production but has not yet been scheduled.

For the latest on the return dates of major-network shows (if they return at all), head over to TV.com's Strike Source feature.

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Apr 24, 2008
i think we need more of csi miami,thats the best CSI on tv,
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Apr 03, 2008
yesssssssssssss james woods back in the swing of things loveeeee Shark
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Mar 22, 2008
What is up with Moonlight? I watched the first episode and the acting was terrible! You know what CBS? Angel already did what you are trying to do with this show...
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Mar 18, 2008
I wont miss cane if it got axed....
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Mar 18, 2008
why hasn't how i met your mother been renewed yet!!!!!?!?!?!?
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Mar 09, 2008
Pleeeeeeeze bring CANE back! I am sooooo missing this show. I want more of this family!
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Feb 29, 2008
YAY MOONLIGHT!!!!
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Feb 26, 2008
Yay! I'm very happy Without a Trace will return! :D
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Feb 21, 2008
Yippee! About time but it's great to hear strikes over and shows resuming. Cant wit for more new episodes of CSI:NY and Bones ^^
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Feb 19, 2008
Aw man, my mom and I want The Unit Back, although new CSI: LV will be fun.
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Feb 18, 2008
More Moonlight please!
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Feb 18, 2008
Finally HIMYM is Back!!!!!!
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Feb 17, 2008
Ohmygosh! Maybe there's hope for Moonlight yet! Also happy to hear the three CSIs will be back soon.

Did I mention how thrilled I am that Moonlight is coming back?
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Feb 16, 2008
This should be a nice long wait for all of us... Ah well, at least we know new episodes are comming!!



PS: "NCIS is returning April 8 with the first of seven new episodes"
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Feb 15, 2008
I'm Happy thoses shows are coming back but where is NCIS?
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Feb 15, 2008
Okay Where is The Unit,Cane ,NCIS!!!! Come on CBS-
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Feb 15, 2008
wait...no news for NCIS?
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Feb 14, 2008
I'm just happy about the big band theory, csi:ny, and How i met Your Mother.

but what about NCIS?
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Feb 14, 2008
SERIOUSLY, Crime solvers, crime hunters, crime investigators, crime thinkers, give it up cbs or change your name to the sleuth frigan network. more jericho. now. order 2 more seasons (for now) and make us proud of you.
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Feb 14, 2008
Can we please have more Jericho? We already have plenty of the same ol' crime shows. Dexter is a great show. Hopefully it doesn't get screwed up with the editing.
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Feb 14, 2008
More The amazing race plz
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Feb 14, 2008
really can't be bother with csi ny anymore, i mean do we need recap of everything they discuss, let's have more csi original and dexter.
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Feb 14, 2008
CSI Forever!!!! Yeah for my Vegas, Miami, and NY!!!!!!!
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Feb 14, 2008
Love HIMYM and Big Bang!!!!
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Feb 14, 2008
Excellent News about Moonlight!
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Feb 14, 2008
I was missing SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much The Big Bang Theory... Another good news this morning (for the first good news, see the article about Scrubs and The Office)!! Almost dancing on my table... XD
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Feb 14, 2008
When told he was returning Horatio Caine danced a little jig and Grissom played with his bugs.
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Feb 14, 2008
Great for Moonlight.. can't wait
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Feb 14, 2008
wohoo for Moonlight!! :)
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Feb 14, 2008
Score for the CSIs and Shark!
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Feb 14, 2008
Bring back the Unit
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Feb 14, 2008
Heck. I'm just happy Survivor is going steady and strong! Here's for "unscripted television."
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Feb 13, 2008
More CSI, CSI:NY, and Cold Case. Please CBS get rid of of CSI:Miami.
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Feb 13, 2008
morecsi miami and cold case I hope
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Feb 13, 2008
I hope Cane comes back
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Feb 13, 2008
Oh yesssssss! I simply am tickled with the return of my most favorite shows, CSI CSI NY CSI MIAMI etc! WOOOT thanks for the end of this horrid strike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



*does a happy dance*
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