CBS renews seven dramas and two comedies for the fall

Person of Interest

Have you been wondering whether your favorite CBS series is coming back in the fall? Well, wonder no more, as CBS just announced the renewal of a large chunk of its primetime line-up.

First up, is Elementary. The debut season of this Jonny Lee Miller/Lucy Liu starring modern-day take on Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Watson has been a big hit for the network, and its renewal does not at all come as a surprise. The show regularly wins its Thursdays at 10pm timeslot.

Next, we have critical fave The Good Wife. Starring Emmy winner Julianna Margulies, the legal/political drama has seen a huge dip in its Neilsen fortunes during season four, to the point where some questioned whether it would return at all. That was until a recent, very lucrative syndication deal was put in place that makes the show worth more to CBS alive than dead.

2 Broke Girls

To the shock of no one, highly rated comedy 2 Broke Girls will be getting a third season. Slightly more surprising is the fourth season renewal of Mike & Molly, which has taken a bit of a dive this season. Still, I guess CBS has embraced the "if it isn't broke, don't fix it" attitude with their Monday comedies. Fellow Monday laugher How I Met Your Mother was previously renewed for a final season. Perennial mid-season replacement Rules of Engagement has yet to receive another stay of execution.

Thursday night action/drama Person Of Interest will also be returning for a third year, something which I am personally very happy about. Here's to the further adventures of Jesus Christ and Benjamin Linus. While POI regularly trades demo victories with Grey's Anatomy at 9pm, it absolutely crushes the ABC medical soap in total viewers. Fellow Thursday show The Big Bang Theory was previously renewed, while Two and a Half Men is still in negotiations with the cast.


Friday night cop show Blue Bloods will be returning for a fourth season, despite continuing to underperform in the 18-49 demo. The fact that the show is in the always poorly viewed Friday night death slot is probably the only thing saving it. Speaking of Fridays, Vegas will get a shot to improves its own struggling numbers there later in the spring.

Sunday night drama The Mentalist is next on the renewal slate. The veteran series has taken a huge hit this season, but then again, so has everything on Sunday nights. Hawaii Five-0, which has experienced similar ratings drops on Mondays, has also been picked up for another run. Finally, NCIS' Los Angeles spin-off is officially coming back for a fifth season. Anyone surprised? I didn't think so. Its parent series was already renewed a few weeks back. Fellow popular procedural Criminal Minds is still hammering new contracts out with the principal cast.

I realize I've covered a lot of info above, so for the TL;DR among you, here is a handy listing of the current statuses of CBS' primetime series:

Renewed: 2 Broke Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, CSI, Elementary

The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, How I Met Your Mother

The Mentalist, Mike & Molly, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person Of Interest

Canceled:Made In Jersey, Partners

Most Likely Coming Back: Criminal Minds, Two and a Half Men

Probably Not Coming Back: CSI: NY, Golden Boy

Too Soon To Tell: Rules of Engagement, Vegas

- Person of Interest
- NCIS: Los Angeles
- Mike & Molly
- The Mentalist
- Hawaii Five-0
- The Good Wife
- 2 Broke Girls
- Blue Bloods
- Elementary

Written by: msd85
Mar 28th, 2013, 8:19 am

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Message Posted On May 11th, 2013, 2:44 pm
I'm so excited that NCIS, NCIS:LA and CSI are coming back .

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Message Posted On May 5th, 2013, 7:17 am

I'm very glad that most of my favorite shows have been renewed. I am praying that CBS will renew Criminal Minds (even though everyone says it most likely will happen, contract negotiations don't always work out so there is a chance that it won't be renewed) and CSI:NY. I really love both of these shows and I'm not ready to see them leave yet. Especially CSI:NY since the original CSI is still on the air.


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Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2013, 7:23 pm

I actually really like Golden Boy and hope it returns. After watching the initial episode I wasn't impressed and, frankly, I hated Walter Clark Jr. (Theo James) because he came across as an self-important, selfish, idiot. The subsequent episodes have shown his character growing and losing the chip on his shoulder even if he still is motivated. We're seeing the human side to him. I also like the concept of already knowing the future. We know the general outcome but we need the blanks filled in with the flashbacks of each episode. It's an interest approach and the casting is done well, IMHO.



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Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2013, 2:18 pm

If that's true about Do No Harm anonypuss, do you have a source? None of the major news leak sites reported it. All I remember reading was that a Canadian network agreed to air the rest of the already produced episodes that NBC didn't, not that they were going to produce new episodes.


Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2013, 1:49 pm
You will, however, get a chance to see 'Do No Harm' return for a second season, as it, inexplicably, ended up being the second most popular show in Canada (where, despite the bizarre 2-episode run in the US, it kept being broadcasted regularly). So, yeah (old news), it's been renewed by a Canadian carrier.

Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2013, 1:31 pm
omg I hope golden boy survives too!! damnit why do people suck so much. It's bad enough do no harm got the axe after 2 episodes. I thought that show was awesome as well. ;(

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Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2013, 1:14 pm

a lot of good news, but ankjevik must admit he realy hopes csi ny survives



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Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2013, 12:47 pm

To anjevik, I actually wrote the article. It originally said Hawaii was on Sundays, but I've since corrected it.


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Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2013, 12:44 pm

to anonymous and msd85: read it one more time, slowly...  Hawaii Five-0, which has experienced similar ratings drops on Mondays

and there is a dot after the lines about the mentalist and other sunday programs. i got dyslexia and ewen i got it the first time i read it...

and to dlockjaw: i actually  agree when it comes to golden boy, but then again almost ewery show i think should get at least one season on that basis allways get canned!!


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Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2013, 12:27 pm

a lot of good news, but i must admit i realy hope csi ny survives