It's mid-March, and networks have been eerily quiet on renewals for veteran series. Until now. CBS held a renew-a-palooza today, handing out return orders for 15 series. In fact, so many renewals were announced that it's actually easier for me to tell you which shows DIDN'T get orders for another season. So I'm sorry, CSI:NY, CSI:Miami, Unforgettable, A Gifted Man, Rules of Engagement, and Rob. Maybe you'll get some good news later.
Everyone else, break out the caviar and Triscuits, because you have at least another year of employment! Here's which shows CBS are officially welcomed back to the family, in order of importance to me because alphabetical is just plain boring.
– Person of Interest: One of the biggest surprises of the season. Can't wait for more sexual tension between Reese and Finch. Also, this is the only CBS show that I actually watch.
– The Good Wife: More episodes for me to catch up on once I finally start watching this like everyone tells me to.
– Hawaii Five-0: Just plain fun. So I'm told.
– Undercover Boss: Surprisingly watchable at times.
– Blue Bloods: Tom Selleck. That's all.
– NCIS: I just want 20 million people a week to be happy.
– The Mentalist: I just want Simon Baker to be happy.
– Mike & Molly: Melissa McCarthy deserves all the skrilla she can get.
– Criminal Minds: A TV.com user once told me he loved Criminal Minds. This is for you, TV.com user!
– 60 Minutes: It always helps me remember how many minutes are in an hour.
– CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Still holding out hope for a Justin Bieber zombie return.
– 2 Broke Girls: It's a step in the right direction for youth-starved CBS.
– The Amazing Race: Works well as a way to repair damaged familial relationships.
– 48 Hours Mystery: Getting ratings out of murders since 1998! – NCIS: LA: Really just don't care for LL Cool J. Sorry!
You may notice that Two and a Half Men isn't up there. CBS and Warner Bros TV are in "preliminary discussions" to bring the show back, but there are some messy contracts to work out. They will eventually be worked out, it's just a matter of time.
Also not on the list above are Survivor, How I Met Your Mother, and The Big Bang Theory: All three of those shows were previously renewed for multiple seasons (The Big Bang Theory, for example, was renewed through 2012-2013 last January). Legendary, bazinga, and whatever Jeff Probst likes to say!
This is a pretty solid statement from CBS, which is telling the world, "Yo! We're badass, suckaz." Fifteen renewals in one day is practically boasting, but given the dominating position the network is in, CBS has the right to do so. We bow before you, CBS.
Which shows are you excited to see return?
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