CBS Renews Person of Interest, The Good Wife, and 13 More, But Not CSI


You are being watched, and you will still be watched next season! CBS officially renewed Person of Interest, ending my panic period over the show's questionable renewal. Oh, and CBS renewed 14 other shows, too, but the biggest news is what isn't on the list: CSI

In addition to Person of Interest, CBS will welcome back dramas The Good WifeNCISCriminal MindsBlue BloodsHawaii Five-0NCIS: Los AngelesElementary, and comedy-drama hybrid CSI: Cyber, new comedy The Odd Couple, reality series Survivor, The Amazing Race, and Undercover Boss, as well as numerical news series 60 Minutes and 48 Hours, according to Entertainment Weekly. Phew. 

CBS previously renewed a whole bunch of shows already, including Madam SecretaryScorpionNCIS: New OrleansThe Big Bang TheoryMike & MollyMom, and 2 Broke Girls. The network also ordered seven new series for the 2015-2016 season, including SupergirlRush HourLimitlessCriminal Minds: Beyond BordersCode BlackAngel from Hell, and Life in Pieces. You can get details on all these new shows in a little something we like to call our New Shows Hub

CSI did not make the renewal list, which feels awfully weird given that CSI has been on CBS's schedule since just after the Y2K panic. However, word on the Internets is that CBS will close up CSI  with a special two-hour made-for-movie, but we're still waiting word on that. Other shows officially officially canceled include StalkerThe McCarthys, and Battle Creek

The wheres and whens of CBS's schedule will be laid out no later than Wednesday, when CBS takes it turn at the podium during Upfronts week. 

Person of Interest is renewed! Everyone celebrate by jumping into the pool! 


Which show renewal are you happiest about?



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Mar 13, 2016
Person of Interest of course!!
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Jan 07, 2016
very happy about person of interest...
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Sep 01, 2015
I hope they also monitor POI in the Philippines and other asian countries where this show is being watched so that they'll know how people are responding to the show... we love this show and I hope this is not the last season.....

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Sep 01, 2015
I hope POI will be shown soon!!!! I miss bear and the team!!!!
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May 30, 2015
time to celebrate ...poi renewed
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May 28, 2015
Elisabeth Shue killed CSI.
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May 24, 2015
What is CSI cyber?? Not seen this in England! ! 😝 can't believe you are not renewing CSI 😝 hope there is a CSI: San Diego??? Glad you are renewing NCIS n NCIS: Los Angeles and bringing back Criminal Minds!! When do we get to see these on free view in England? ?? Thanx
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May 13, 2015
Criminal Minds! Whew! Not so much interested in Crim Minds Beyond Borders though. Shall not be tuning into that one! But hey, I'm glad the Criminal Mind legacy is branching out.
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May 13, 2015
Um, Criminal Minds 'branched out' once before and flopped quite miserably. It didn't even get to finish it's run. It literally ended on a cliffhanger. lol.
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May 13, 2015
Oooh, wow, must've truly been a huge flop if I didn't even know of its existence! Sorry you were left hanging! That's the worst! Hopefully Beyond Borders last a little bit longer, but I didn't feel a great connection between the characters as I do with the original team!
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May 14, 2015
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior with Forrest Whittaker. He played the head of mobile group answerable only to the Director. It only lasted 13 episodes. I think it is on Netflix now.
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May 13, 2015
Haven't watched CSI in years but I never thought it would actually end. At least not any time soon.
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May 12, 2015
I was so worried about my favorite crime show, Blue Bloods. So glad it is renewed.
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May 12, 2015
It's a true tribute to the fans of this show that only one comment (that I saw) out of nearly 200 so far asked where the Finch GIF came from. We love our POI!
(No embarrassment intended toward the person asking, either--I was just pointing out the amazing fact that everyone else seemed to know, or at least is astute enough to read.)
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May 12, 2015
Jonah Nolan said in recent interviews (before the CBS announcement) that they weren't planning on S5 being the last--he said that he has many more stories to tell.

That does not mean, though, that he doesn't have a final direction for the show. He and Greg Plageman worked out the series finale a long while ago, right down to the final music choices. (He had mentioned that in response to the question of whether they'd planned for Pink Floyd's "Welcome to the Machine" to be in the finale prior to the S4 season finale, given that they'd not used it previously.) This is in the same vein as his brother's approach to the Dark Knight films--Chris Nolan had said that he'd already worked out the final scenes of the trilogy while making Batman Begins. So it is cool that both of them appreciate direction and purpose in storytelling.

So, the question I guess becomes for them, do they plan for this to be the final 13 eps, or do they plan to just resolve the Samaritan arc, and in the meantime try to reach out to another venue (e.g. a cable network or an online provider like Netflix) to host S6?

I'm hoping for the latter, although I would understand if they chose the former, as there are a number of fans who wouldn't necessarily see it if it went off of a national network. (Although if I were in that boat, I'd be willing to simply wait for each season's Blu-ray/DVD set.)

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May 12, 2015
If this is the case then I hope they are done with side plots. Allow Elias to die and just focus these last 13 on the main plot. If they continue to do business as usual and incorporate random numbers then I think the ending isn't going to be what it should be.
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May 12, 2015
An order for 13 episodes is probably worse for us than an order for a 13-episode final season. It could mean that the writers won't know if they need to work towards an ending, or proceed as they would have otherwise. They may end up doing doing some weird mix of the two options.

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May 12, 2015
I was somewhat disappointed by this season actually. The most interesting character on the show was always The Machine, and we hardly saw "her" at all until the last episode. This also made root a lesser character than she was before.

I also feel that we didn't get any really awesome episodes as in the previous seasons, and that we got a few stinkers.

I'm also just getting a bit tired of the show in general. This makes it much harder to tolerate those things that are bad because they put very little effort into them, like the gunfights in the season finale. So I think it's probably a good thing if they start working towards an end.

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May 12, 2015
You did watch "If-Then-Else," right?

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May 13, 2015
I saw all the episodes of the season. I'm guessing that If-then-else is the simulation episode. Yes, that was a good one, but it didn't have the same effect on me as the best episodes of the previous seasons. Maybe there were irritating details in the episode (that I don't remember now). Maybe it's just that I'm getting tired of the show.
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May 13, 2015
It was a good one, and it showed a new side of The Machine. So I see why you're mentioning that one in particular.
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May 12, 2015
I think we can guess CBS's schedule now. It would seem Supergirl is bound to be on Sunday Nights at 10 PM in CSI/Battle Creek's old slot, unless that slot goes to the Criminal Minds spinoff or CSI: Cyber. I would guess the Criminal Minds spinoff will be a mid-season replacement for Criminal Minds itself though. Rush Hour and Limitless will slide into the comedy spots on Monday and Wednesday replacing Two and a Half Men and The McCarthy's.
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May 12, 2015
Person Of Interest can't get only 13 episodes in season 5! There's too much to tell. How are they going to rebuild the Machine? That alone should take half a season, or close. How are they going to get Shaw back? Again, that should take half a season! Seriously CBS, as if you weren't already multimillionaires.
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May 12, 2015
Happiest about POI. I want one last solid season tying everything up before it gets stale.
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May 12, 2015
person of interest shouldnt be allowed to be in the same spot as TV series which future is on the bubble, meaning POI should always be automatically rennewed BIATCHES :P

That said, im happy to see Blue Bloods, Hawaii and NCIS LA ;)
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May 12, 2015
I'm glad for the three NCIS shows being renewed. LA and NOLA are the two CBS shows that I must watch.
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May 12, 2015
Thank the gods it's finally confirmed about POI. For a little while I thought more insanity might prevail, as has been on other networks, and they might can it. I also noticed it says nothing about this next season being the last, although I imagine it will be. Sorry CSI is gone, but it's time. I AM a little surprised they kept Cyber around -- that show is a JOKE! I mean, I HONESTLY feel embarrassed for the cast!
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May 12, 2015
Beyond ecstatic that POI was renewed. I hope this isn't the last season.
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May 12, 2015
*jumps into the pool*
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May 12, 2015
Awww, CSI... The end of an era... Although I wasn't surprised at its cancellation, it would have been nice for all the long time viewers if it had been given a proper send off. Let's hope the rumor about the 2 hour special is true.
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May 12, 2015
csi, I will miss you dearly....
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May 12, 2015
Person of Interest is by far the best of the bunch
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May 12, 2015
Just to clarify because I was confused then did some research.

At this point POI being only 13 episodes and / or in last season is not official. It started with a comment based on a report on another news site, then following comments just talked about it like it was true. Chinese whispers going on here.

I actually think there is an opportunity here for the series to go back to numbers, with a smarter machine, smarter crew and a more diverse team (perhaps getting Elias on board if he lives), perhaps with the team working both relevant and non-relevant numbers.
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May 12, 2015
To quote Finch, "nothing would please me more" than to have that info turn out to have been false, but TVLine.com and Deadline are rarely wrong about such things.
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May 12, 2015
So it's going to be the normal 22 episodes? I was worried there for a minute when I heard it was going to be 13 episodes.
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May 12, 2015
person of interest! :D
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May 12, 2015
Glad POI has been renewed but can't see it being tied up in only 13 episodes, there have been to many bad guys who have vowed to return yet haven't. Also I can't quite imagine how the machine will be able to provide them with numbers anymore, since it is now living in a suitcase. Also to all those nay Sayers a series like this needs filler episodes as without them the perpetrator would always be Samaritan, which would make the series seem even more predictable and boring. It would imply that premeditated murder only stems from one or two sources and that the average individual can't pose a threat. That being said I hope that it continues to run to at least the sixth series as I had read somewhere that the writers had planned material up to at least that point.
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May 12, 2015
Criminal Minds. YAY!!
And Hawaii 5-0 only to give them a chance to clean the mess they created.
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May 12, 2015
POI is not owned by CBS..it belongs to Warner Bros. - the 13-ep partial order is traditionally how warners wrap things up.

given where we are, & which thread POI wish to resolve.. 13eps could be tightly written to end it all.

& to just bring in the 'business' side of things.. POI currently stands at 90 episodes [as end season 4]..adding 13 will take it over the 100 episode mark for syndication purposes.

on a personal note... how many filler episodes did we get this season?.. or the last?.. 13-eps might be a good thing.. a la cable TV, where this show should have truly been.
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May 12, 2015
where is the 13 episode only order story coming from. guess there is a article out there but a link would be great. hope its just a rumour.
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May 12, 2015
you must be one of those people that dont understand where their food comes from right?.. like vegetables are magically frozen and bagged ready to be bought instore. [or are you one of those that doesnt know a vegetable??]

tv.com is a CBS owned review blog.

go to other industry sites ..& a different news story appears.

if true or not.. CBS need to end this speculation..else all they do is unleash the frenzy.

i still think its the end.. its a great show, but the numbers dont lie.. no numbers, no investment.
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May 12, 2015
Deadline posted the report here. While not official, Deadline (as a sister site of TVLine.com) is sadly rarely wrong about such things.
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May 12, 2015
I can just imagine Jonah Nolan's reaction to the reduced season--in fact, I can almost hear Aaron Eckhart saying it....



(Courtesy of Wifflegif)

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May 12, 2015
Thanks, CBS, for squashing my happy dance I was about to do with Finchy and SuperBear. I once respected your network, but you've obviously been assimilated by Samaritan.
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May 12, 2015
Where does it say that POI is only getting a 13 episode season?
BTW, love the gif of Harold!
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May 12, 2015
TVLine.com's sister site Deadline reported it late Monday. While not an official word from the network, TVLine has the reputation of being one of the most inside-track sites for spoilers and unofficial news.

Since TV.com is a CBS property, maybe we (along with some staffers like Tim) can make enough racket to make CBS reconsider. (Although for them, it's "business.")
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May 12, 2015
Which is such a stupid way to do television.
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May 12, 2015
Just read it too. Probably last season of POI... tears in my eyes
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May 12, 2015
Depends on the writing, if the show is gripping, CBS tends to be more loyal than the other networks. Of course, depends on the actors and their desire to continue as well.
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May 12, 2015
Oh. POI only gets 13 episodes. BOO!
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May 12, 2015
Deadline reported that, but the reporter said he'd "heard" it was only 13 (not that the network made it official).

All because CBS doesn't own it, too (unlike Elementary, which they can make extra cash off of through syndication if they keep it going).

If I were WB and Jonah Nolan, I'd start scoping out what Netflix or someone else has to offer.
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May 12, 2015
where did you see only 13? didnt see that anywhere.
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May 12, 2015
Hell yes!
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May 12, 2015
Hopefully they can air more than three episodes of POI without taking a two-week hiatus every goddamn time next year.
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May 12, 2015
CBS has some very good shows and a lot of hanger-ons!
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May 12, 2015
I said months ago, if POI kept on trying to please you fanboys with more root and root shaw girlie action and that stupid god mode crap the ratings would drop and the show would be canceled. and guess what? the ratings dropped and cbs wanted to cancel the show. but it got the mentalist treatment instead. 13 episodes is as good as canceled and the show will air as filler over dec/jan or some other horrible time slot. That Saturday morning cartoon known as POI is a dead show walking. Once agian TOLD YA SO
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May 12, 2015
Well, as Tim has noted dozens of times, POI at its worst is still far better than most shows at their best.

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May 12, 2015
Yes, but you're assuming we'd all want to sacrifice quality for quantity, and that's not the case. If I wanted to watch a long-running, safe procedural, I'd be watching CSI and NCIS, but I don't. I watch Person of Interest because it dares to be something different. It takes chances, while taking the risk of losing viewers, and because of that, it's so much more memorable and enjoyable than I'd expect from a show on CBS.

Though with that said, if you don't care for Root, Shaw, and the Machine vs. Samaritan plot, that's perfectly fine. Nothing appeals to everybody, and I'm sorry if you didn't get as much pleasure from it as I have.
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May 12, 2015
STill clinging to ratings? You realise how many shows have bigger DVR/Hulu/streaming viewers than normal live viewers now? No? THen shut the hell up and sit down with your tired ranting.You just look like a fool.
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May 12, 2015
jasten u are soooooo correct !!!! simple as that
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May 12, 2015
Hulu and streaming (outside of CBS's site) gets CBS no money, though, hence the shortened season.
But ratings probably wouldn't have tanked this hard had CBS not fucked with the schedule so bad. Never knowing whether it's going to be a new episode or a rerun every single week does take its toll on the audience.
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May 12, 2015
I think CBS is actually more keyed in to the newer outlets given they have their own streaming service. But I wasn't talking revenue, but pure viewers. I, like many, rarely watch TV live. I prefer either letting it build to binge watch or getting to it when I feel like it and have the time.

Just to provide an example... the live numbers for shows like the Last Ship, Legend, and the LIbrarian on TNT are nothing special, but then you take the plus 7 viewings into account and they are damn good numbers. And POI, being even less of the normal procedural on CBS tends to fit the DVR/Hulu type viewing more than an NCIS. So trying to talk about declining ratings (8 million live is still nothing to sneeze at) is just strange... but then this guy has been ranting for months and months in what is looking more and more like homophobia since he is always slamming Root/Shaw.
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May 12, 2015
That Harold Gif makes my day !
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May 12, 2015
I'm excited for the comedy CSI: Cyber being renewed.
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May 12, 2015
I'm so happy about Person of Interest, Elementary and Hawaii Five-0 being renewed.
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May 12, 2015
Obviously I am as giddy as you probably are Tim about POI! After that I am very happy for Elementary and Madam Secretary!

Criminal Minds is a show that I will probably watch until it ends... and I have never watched the Good Wife and apparently it is good? But of course I wouldn't know (maybe I should watch it? I know @noelrk enjoys it a lot...)
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May 12, 2015
Great for POI... though hopefully it's not the last unless the writers already have it wrapped up themselves. Shouldn't be surprised to learn that POI is apparently owned by the same company that did Forever... two high quality shows, shouldn't have surprised me really.
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May 12, 2015
I was incredibly happy about Person of Interest's renewal but then I caught wind of the 13 episode order and now I'm both bummed and offended. This show is far too good to die so young because a bunch of greedy old execs at a conservative network in love with their A+B = C procedurals think it's not profitable enough. That's business, I guess, but it's seriously one of the best shows on tv at the moment.
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May 12, 2015
And for the morons in the audience: The Odd Couple.
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May 12, 2015
I m a little shocked that Stalker was cancelled and panned as being derogatory to women . I saw it no more harsh on females than Criminal Minds .
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May 12, 2015
It's because the first episode had a woman set on fire. It wasn't that bad, really. Law & Order is harder on women, frankly!

On another note, why on earth are they keeping CSI: Cyber? Jeez, that show is awful!
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May 12, 2015
Only interested in NCIS:LA and Hawaii Five-0, so I'm happy :)
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May 12, 2015
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May 12, 2015
Oh you poor thing, you've been missing Person of Interest. You fire up the DVR, I'll bring the snacks.
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May 12, 2015
I'm just glad about POI. But, it seems like it could the last season.
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May 12, 2015
no seems about it, it is the last season
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May 12, 2015
Phew!! Thank goodness POI is renewed.
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May 12, 2015
Pee oh eye!
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