CBS Renews Scorpion, NCIS: New Orleans, and Madam Secretary for Season 2

CBS is already busy planning its fall season and has renewed three of its new dramas for Season 2 while also bragging about how said dramas are the most-watched, second-most-watched, and third-most-watched new shows of the season. If you got it, flaunt it, right?

Expect to see second rounds of NCIS: New Orleans, Madam Secretary, and Scorpion when September comes calling. All three series were tops in total viewers for new scripted dramas this past fall, with NCIS: Big Easy averaging 18.1 million viewers (also making it TV's No. 2 drama behind its uncle, NCIS),Madam Secretary averaging 14.9 million viewers, and Nerd Squad Sector 5 Scorpion averaging 14.5 million viewers. (CBS didn't say anything about ratings in the 18-to-49 demographic, because that ain't the network's game and it would make the news sound less awesome.)

However, there was no mention of the other new fall drama in the network's lineup, so the word is still out on torture-porn drama Stalker, which received a full-season order back in October. On the comedy side, The McCarthys' future is also still up in the air, but at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, CBS boss Nina Tassler told reporters that the show has a chance of coming back, sending a collective "Whaaaaa!?!?!?" throughout the television industry. The network will debut its updated version of The Odd Couple on February 19, so that show's performance might have a say in The McCarthys' future. CSI: Cyber and the much anticipated Battle Creek are also on deck, which might affect Stalker's fate.

The 2015–2016 TV season is already taking shape. Scorpion, NCIS: New Orleans, and Madam Secretary join The Big Bang Theory (which is already renewed through Season 10) on the list of CBS shows that are definitely returning in the fall, and yesterday Meanwhile, CBS will welcome Stephen Colbert to the Late Show starting in September, and yesterday, the network's little sister The CW announced that it's bringing back its entire fall slate.


Which returning CBS show are you most excited about? And yes, you HAVE to pick one.


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Jul 07, 2017
NCIS New Orleans hopefully gets rid of Hamilton for good so Pride hopefully will return to normal sanity
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Apr 13, 2015
Bring back CSI NEW YORK
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Mar 28, 2015
None of these are as good as Stalker!!! Bring Stalker back!!
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Feb 19, 2015
I can't believe that CBS is cancelling stalker but keeping Madame secretary what is wrong with them
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Jan 19, 2015
I watch Scorpian on occasion because I really like Katherine McPhee, but I like Madam Secretary the best; good story lines and good acting and chemistry between the cast.
Don't really like NCIS New Orleans or The Los Angeles one either. Neither are as good as the original NCIS.

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Jan 19, 2015
WI am very, very happy Madam Secretary is returning.....it is going to be as popular as NCIS is!e. Yay!
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Jan 13, 2015
Careful CBS, you're starting to look complacent.
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Jan 13, 2015
I'm surprised that Scorpion was renewed. Not that I don't like it, I do, but but there's nothing about it that screams hit. It's incredibly low key. there's almost no violence or sex, and the characters are not uber human as they are in most network shows. Just average (genius) people trying to get by in the world. It's definitely far from the formula.
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Jan 13, 2015
And this is exactly why it fits in the CBS lineup - it has its case of the week, it has its slow character development and it has a line up of characters that are not two dimensional and can change if needed. It would not have worked anywhere else but in CBS it kinda fits.
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Jan 13, 2015
Didn't think I would like Scorpion at first, But of the three, this is the one I enjoy the most. Really don't care for NCIS:NO.... Scott Bakula just don't seem right for the role... Original NCIS, I like.... Watched 3 eps of Madam Sec, couldn't get into it.
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Jan 13, 2015
dont watch any... so meh! ..dont gives da phuck.

Scorpion earned a 4-ep test from me, soley based on that OTT balls on the dashboard pilot ..where err... a 747 airplane has sex with a ferrari @ 200mph [just the tip!! :P ]... but couldnt sit through the 3rd episode.. its just dumb & smug..

#hard pass
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Jan 13, 2015
I enjoy watching Madam Secretary: it's light politics well acted.
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Jan 13, 2015
I enjoy Scorpion, but you are not supposed to like the socially inept super brains, just the situations they solve. I like this show because it has lots of action, is non-violent, uses a beautiful, ordinary person to round off the sharp corners of the supers and best of all, this show has T-1000, Robert Patrick as their handler and protector.
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Jan 13, 2015
i started out liking and defending scorpion but i cant anymore. ever since the army episode i havent been able to put up with its ridiculous storylines.
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Jan 13, 2015
Scorpion is just terrible though...
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Jan 13, 2015
FWIW: CBS is airing a new episode of Scorpion this coming Sunday, right after the AFC Championship game, around 10pm Eastern Time. (The US State of the Union address will pre-empt the following Tuesday's episode.)
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Jan 13, 2015
Scorpion is in Monday and not in Tue so there won't be a preempting because of the State of the Union... It looks like there will indeed be a Sunday episode but then there will also be the regular Monday one...
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Jan 13, 2015
You're right. Not sure why I looked on Tuesday's schedule this morning. (Too early?) Anyway, yeah, back-to-back new Scorpion episodes, Sunday and Monday, January 18th and 19th.
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Jan 13, 2015
I watch Scorpion when I've run out of other stuff to watch, the show started with a bang, and has fast become very predictable

as for NCIS: NO - made 2 episodes before I stopped, I love the original NCIS, that show has heart - this flavor is a poorly attempted clone.

Madam whatever - don't watch it.
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Jan 13, 2015
You may want to try NCIS:NOLA again - it kinda found its feet after the stars from the flagship show stopped showing up :)

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Jan 16, 2015
thank you, I may just do that as I'm a big fan of Scott Bakula's
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Jan 13, 2015
At this rate CBS won't even need to develop new series for the 2015-16 television season, they could just continue to live off the ratings for all the shows they've currently got and still come out on top.
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Jan 13, 2015
is scorpion really good? it reminded me too much of that kiefer Sutherland flop on fox.
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Jan 13, 2015
wow I honestly didn't expect Scorpion to get renewed. I really enjoy the show but it didn't seem like a lot of other people did. Super glad it will continue though. Yay El Guapo
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Jan 13, 2015
My mother started watching Scorpion about seven episodes in. Maybe it's picking up viewers as it goes along.
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Jan 13, 2015
I watch all three shows, so I'm glad to hear they're renewed. I watched The McCarthys for the first time this week, and thought it was pretty good.
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Jan 13, 2015
Yay, Scorpion! Also I will catch up on Madam Secretary.
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Jan 13, 2015
We especially like Scorpion, but Madam Secretary is also very good.
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Jan 13, 2015
I watch Madam Secretary and Scorpion
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Jan 12, 2015
what about Forever, will it be renewed?
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Jan 13, 2015
Forever is on ABC this article is on CBS
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Jan 13, 2015
Thanks, I thought something was off. LOL
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Jan 12, 2015
Glad that Scorpion got renewed. Its entertaining.
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Jan 12, 2015
I'm not surprised by NCIS:NOLA. It airs immediately after NCIS so it automatically carries over most of the same audience. NCIS:LA use to receive the same benefit.

I wasn't interested in Scorpion but might check out the pilot. If I like it I'll watch it over the summer when everything better is in reruns.
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Jan 13, 2015
I think New Orleans is actually retaining more of the NCIS audience than even Los Angeles did when it was airing in the same timeslot, so it really was a no-brainer for the CBS execs to renew it
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Jan 15, 2015
That doesn't surprise me at all, the NO version is closer to being a like for like remake of NCIS than LA that has more distinct changes than just the location.
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Jan 15, 2015
Yeah, it's more or less a carbon copy of the original show, whereas LA was at least something a bit different
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Jan 12, 2015
Scorpion can actually be quite enjoyable, if 1) You don't have any background or advanced knowledge in science and engineering 2) You are able to enjoy shows that require you to just switch your brain off and enjoy the (sometimes ridiculous) ride.
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Jan 13, 2015
You overlooked 3, which would be the CBS crowd: you're too old to understand the technology and think it's all magic.
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Jan 12, 2015
YAY for all 3! I won't choose (so I voted on all 3).
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Jan 12, 2015
I'm glad to hear about scorpion it's a great show
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Jan 12, 2015
I think after watching both the Christmas Episode and the Ralph episode I really think the writers and the actors of this show have finally found their place and now know that they are ready for more stronger episodes. So I am glad of their returning second season.
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Jan 12, 2015
my thoughts exactly! :)
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Jan 12, 2015
I do like Scorpion but I didn't find NCIS: New Orleans to be as good as the other shows in the franchise.
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Jan 12, 2015
I really like Scorpion, but I think the name is way too macho for thois bunch of nerds. Still not sure why they chose that name.
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Jan 12, 2015
It was explained in the first episode.
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Jan 13, 2015
I think that was the second episode where they explained the name just before running through a stop sign.
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Jan 13, 2015
I thought it was at the end of the first episode...?


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Jan 12, 2015
I really enjoy Stalker, I hope it's not cancelled. Scorpion is a fine concept but the actors/actresses are horrible. Listening to the Asian girl is like listening to nails on a blackboard and they need to stop making Walter such a douche bag on every episode. Madam Secreatary being renewed is also good news.
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Jan 12, 2015
I love Scorpion don't understand all the hate in the comments but then it is aimed at people like me. A show like Madam Secretary I have no interest in it never watched an ep.
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Jan 13, 2015
I do not understand all the hate for Scorpion, either. I like the actors, the character development, and even the stories.
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Jan 12, 2015
Seems like CBS is given up on Stalker.
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Jan 12, 2015
the Scorpion is awesome, light, fun and family oriented.
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Jan 12, 2015
I hope Stalker gets renewed.
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Jan 12, 2015
Old people don't like change?
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Jan 13, 2015
maybe they just aren't as "flighty" as 20-somethings.......
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Jan 12, 2015
In what world is Scorpion getting renewed? The shows characters are made just to annoy. It is like Laurel from Arrow times 5.

Happy about Madam Secretary tho, great show.
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Jan 12, 2015
Really? Why?
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Jan 12, 2015
Great news about Scorpion. Not really a surprise with its ratings. I guess the fast pace and action is what pulls in the general crowd, plus a whole team of sort of modern day MacGyvers, but on top of that it reflects upon the geek condition and sometimes even goes for the feels.
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Jan 12, 2015
Mehhh...
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Jan 12, 2015
Yay for Madam Secretary, I love it which took me by surprise honestly but Tea Leoni is awesome.
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Jan 12, 2015
It's hard for me to imagine that 14.5 million people watch Scorpion on average every week. I don't care what age group they come from. I can't come up with 1 character that I actually like. Perhaps the woman engineer is the least offensive or the kid. The rest of them are little more than a cliche with Walter topping the list.

Maybe it's improved since I changed the channel after episode #3. When I heard they gave it a full season order, I tried to watch it again. I didn't make it through 15 minutes. I really would like to know what the attraction is with this one. That's a lot of people watching, I must be missing something big!
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Jan 13, 2015
It reminds me of Chuck: not to be taken seriously.
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Jan 14, 2015
Chuck and Scorpion are nowhere in the same league.
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Feb 06, 2015
I agree, and they are both fun to watch and not take seriously.
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Jan 13, 2015
it's hard for me to imagine how people watch grey's MS TGW etc etc . that's why we have 200 channels. different strokes for different folks
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Jan 12, 2015
It's still a mystery why so many people around the world watched CSI: Miami. Some things cannot be explained.
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Jan 13, 2015
Horatio Caine's glasses and witty puns. That's why.
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Jan 12, 2015
There is no mystery to that CSI Miami was ridiculously pretty and slick. Add in the cheesy stuff and not taking itself to seriously it was inoffensive and easy to watch, it got cancelled because it got boring and repetitive even by the standards of procedurals.
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Jan 12, 2015
Yeah, it got boring pretty fast for me, so I don't get why it managed to have so many seasons.
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Jan 13, 2015
because it wasn't boring to the other 14 million who watched it for whatever reason
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Jan 12, 2015
No, it has not gotten better. But I figured I had watched 5 episodes, might as well watch the rest, as I thought they would call the quits at 13. Now I have to torture myself through 2 whole seasons...
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Jan 12, 2015
I need some insight on this show as well. It's poorly written and acted. I tried to watch it till the 4 or 5th episode but it was a struggle.
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Jan 12, 2015
I must be missing something, as well, because I'm with you.

I'll take character driven serialization over heavy handed formulaic procedurals any day of the week.
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Jan 13, 2015
I am the exact opposite. can't stand soap operas, oh excuse me, serialized dramas. One and done suits me fine. I don't want a tv show to dictate my time
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Jan 14, 2015
Smh.

The fact you've reduced EVERY drama to a "soap opera" has already diminished your credibility in this discussion.

I don't hate procedurals. There's a place for them. Some of them are quite good. Especially the ones that creep into serialization.

You're watching TV the wrong way.
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Jan 13, 2015
I agree. Actually, I was being polite with my last post. It's rare that there's a show where I wish they'd kill off the main character. But IMO, the best thing that could happen on Scorpion is for Walter to step in front of a moving vehicle. He's just not a likeable character.

Even after a few episodes, I could tell that before too long the viewer could set their watch by what was happening on the show. So, I'm with you on the boring procedural angle, too. Normally, if I don't care for a show, I just don't watch. This one, however, just astounds me that it's so popular. I don't have anything against mindless TV, either. It does have a place in our culture. Something about this one, tho. It's just like fingernails on a chalkboard. Maybe it's just me?


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Jan 13, 2015
Maybe it is just you. I don't watch any shows on the CW, but I don't spend any time on message whining about people watching shows that I don't or their obsessions with protagonists being "likeable," as if workplaces have to be the first two seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
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Jan 13, 2015
docspector: As I remember, Tasha Yar was killed off because Denise Crosby wanted to leave, not because Yar was unlikeable. And at least for the first two seasons, when was really hands-on in the production of the show, it was supposed to reflect an idealistic future where everyone got along, which is one of the reasons the first two seasons are relatively dull compared to the other seasons.
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Jan 13, 2015
I only comment because the popularity mystifies me. Also, I didn't realize I was, "whining". You are right, tho, having likeable characters isn't a prerequisite for a successful show, Scorpion proves it. I've just been wondering why it's popular, and this seemed like as good a vehicle to find the answer as any...
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Jan 13, 2015
Character driven serialization makes for superior shows.

BUT: Sometimes you do need to just switch off. Kick back and relax. I can't always do that with a serialized show I am highly invested in. That's where procedurals come in - easy to watch, easy to follow, no matter when you tune in, you know what's going on. It's why they're so popular. They're the fast food of entertainment. I watch them while cleaning or organizing stuff - it's a welcome distraction from whatever boring thing I have to do without being too distracting.

I also don't think that we can complain too much - right now we live in a time where for every iteration of NCIS or CSI there is a Game of Thrones, or Breaking Bad, or The Americans, Sherlock, Fargo, Orange is the New Black, The Good Wife, Orphan Black, Person of Interest... I could go on and on...

I don't particularly care that CBS renewed these three - I can watch them when I need a distraction, but if they're gone, something else in the same vein will replace them. I'll be really upset if they renew this but cancel Person of Interest or The Good Wife.
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Jan 15, 2015
Your right, obviously, there's room for both. The serialized show you don't watch when you just want to zone out is one that you save for when you can pay attention, right? You plan ahead and choose the right time to enjoy it. The fast food is always there and it doesn't matter if you miss a bit of it doing other things.

It is interesting how people really defend the procedural show, tho. Wonder why?
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Jan 18, 2015
Well, there are some excellent procedurals out there, it's not like they're all crap. But I'm guessing people defend them so much because they're usually there to stay - it's a familiar fictional environment that you can immerse yourself in to relax week after week for years and years. If you're a fan of CSI or SVU or NCIS you've known these characters for quite a while, you don't want them to just be gone. I mean I still miss House MD, even though the last seasons weren't all that great - it was my entertainment comfort food, and now it's gone, to continue the food comparison.
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Jan 13, 2015
Character driven serialization makes for superior show

no it doesn't
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Jan 13, 2015
Yes, it does. See above for examples. Of course it needs to be done well.

Not that there aren't great procedurals. There's a reason NCIS original flavor is still going strong (well, a little less so since losing Ziva). And then there's Person of Interest, which manages to balance it's case of the week/season story arc in a great way.
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Jan 13, 2015
Either formula can work... serialisation doesn't automatically make a show work better. in fact, it is less likely to be as good since many writers focus more on the story and less on the characters. If you notice the most revered and loved serials or half-serials (some shows started out procedural/bytheweek and became serialised) and the trend is that they all focus on the characters first.
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Procedurals actually have to focus on that first and foremost or else they lose their appeal almost overnight. There is only so far you can take a series that is all about the cases (in something like CSI)... if you've noticed, the long lived shows like NCIS are all character driven. The story is almost always secondary to that and that is why they last and why they have tended to dominate television.
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Jan 14, 2015
Are you serious?

CSI's and their ilk can string out minute character development over SEASONS. And it's mostly superficial.

The case of the week always comes first.
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Jan 13, 2015
Nothing automatically makes for a better series. I should have added: done well. You're right, there are some great shows out there that have started/still are case of the week. But I said character driven serialization - meaning a series that has both a great storyline and character development.

And I mostly meant the situation right now - look at all the fantastic serialized dramas we have now and then take a look at the new procedurals that came out over the last few years...
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Jan 13, 2015
docspector: Adam Schiff would probably win in a ranking of Law & Order head DA's, and you don't think Detective Logan is one of the more popular characters? I was watching the show during season 1 Tuesday nights at 10:00.
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Jan 13, 2015
and yet most of the one and done procedurals get the same or higher ratngs than the soap operas.
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Jan 14, 2015
Good comparison.
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Jan 13, 2015
That doesn't mean that they're good. It just means they're popular. My comparison to fast food still stands.
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Jan 12, 2015
Cool Enjoy watching Scorpion. Madam Secretary was too political for me Felt like I was reading internet comment threads I didn't care about. Sure my parents will enjoying hearing about NCIS:NO
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Jan 12, 2015
three shows I don't watch :p
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Jan 12, 2015
Well I actually have watched NOLA so far but I'm not sure why. Without NCIS in the name it wouldn't have lasted a month - second-rate cast, uninspired writing, zero chemistry. I'm not a big fan of NCISLA but NOLA isn't even on the same planet as that. What we really need is NCIS: Banshee!
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Jan 12, 2015
I've seen "darker" stuff on Castle and Bones (both of which could be considered lighter fare), yet Stalker still gets a bum wrap because of its season premiere.

All the hate the show receives is starting to get a bit silly.
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Jan 12, 2015
stalker is quite good.

some on here said it will make stalkers be better at stalking, yet the same can be said shows based killers like dexter, criminal minds, csi, bones etc. it is poppy cock. it is not torture porn as the writer of this article.
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Jan 12, 2015
Hmm - Dexter might give a wannabe serial killer second thoughts. The Following portraying the average FBI agent as having the IQ of a turnip might be a different story...
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Jan 12, 2015
Good on Scorpion :)

It's not a great show, but I like it anyway & it looks like I get to keep on liking it for another year.
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Jan 12, 2015
I just started watching Scorpion, and already I'm hooked, so great news!!!
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