Hello TV Ragers, and welcome to your semi-regular update on all the pilots, renewals, and cancellations that have taken place since the last issue was published. Let's get right to it with:
Nothing new to report. That doesn't happen much.
RETURNS (Series Renewals)
Criminal Minds, CBS, Season 8 - This long-running CBS serial killer procedural gets a very predictable pickup, but one I'm sure it's fans will still be happy to hear about. If the show makes it to a ninth season, it will hit the lofty 200 episode mark. It a world where few shows hit 100, that's quite impressive indeed.
CSI, CBS, Season 13 - The show of a 1000 spin-offs is set to keep steadily chugging along into it's 13th(!) season this fall. It's survived multiple cast changes that would kill most series, and still gets great ratings every single Thursday. Another unsurprising pick-up. By the end of next season, it will be close to the 300 episode mark. Criminal Minds shakes it's fist in the air with jealousy.
Hawaii Five-0, CBS, Season 3 - This remake of the classic series starring the dude from Moonlight and Jin from Lost was never really expected to become such a sleeper hit, but here we are. The series gets very respectable, very consistent numbers, and I can see it running for multiple additional seasons well into this decade. Not too shabby for a re-do.
The Mentalist, CBS, Season 5 - Yet another show that wasn't expected to take off as well as it did, the crime-solving adventures of Patrick Jane continue to get some of the best scripted series ratings on TV and show no signs of waning. This new season will see the show hit 100 episodes. The wrap party should be fun.
NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, Season 4 - If you would have told me that a spin-off of JAG would become a decade long ratings juggernaut, I wouldn't have believed you. If you would have told me that that show would birth it's own mega-successful spin-off starring LL Cool J and Robin from Batman Forever, I'd have called the insane asylum. Nevertheless, the show is entering it's fourth year. Wonders never cease.
Person Of Interest, CBS, Season 2 - This sleeper hit starring Jim Caviezel and Ben Linus surprised everybody by starting off with respectable ratings and steadily gaining until the point where it now is the highest rated drama on Thursdays. I wonder if Finch's machine predicted those numbers. I personally love this show and am glad to see it returning.
DEPARTURES (Cancellations and End Dates)
Nothing new here either. It's madness I tell you, madness.
And that's all for this (all CBS all the time) edition. Don't forget to keep checking future A,R,&D updates in the coming weeks. The closer we get to the April network upfronts and May sweeps, the more we'll be inundated with shows being dropped, picked up, and brought back. See you next time.
P.S. - CBS is truly the Crime Broadcasting System. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing.