CBS renews plethora of crime dramas

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Earlier this week, ABC sent out the ho-hum announcement that it had picked up nine shows for early renewal. The no-brainers included Lost, Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, and previously announced freshman shows such as Pushing Daisies.

Nothing groundbreaking there, but from a business point of view, it had to be done. Today it was CBS's turn to send out a "no duh" press release, announcing its renewals for next season.

On the list are the Eye's version of no-brainers--its armada of crime procedurals: CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Criminal Minds, Cold Case, NCIS, Numb3rs, and Without a Trace.

Also coming back for more will be Charlie Sheen's Two and a Half Men, J-Lo Hewitt's Ghost Whisperer, and newbie The Big Bang Theory. These join the previously announced pair of returning reality shows The Amazing Race and Survivor as locked in for CBS's late 2008.

It's pretty plain that Jericho fans are going to go nuclear if their show isn't on that list soon, but they're going to need patience as it just started up again. While they're waiting, it would do them well to promote the bejeezus out of the show.

According to The Los Angeles Times, the show didn't fare too well in its return, averaging about the same numbers it did last season...when it was momentarily canceled. CBS is giving the show's fans a chance to recruit more eyes; the network will replay the second-season premiere this Saturday at 8 p.m.

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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