November 15, 2011

THE SKED: CBS Makes Some Decisions

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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Well, the good news for A GIFTED MAN is that it’s not cancelled.  It even has a “back order.”  However, it’s about as begrudging as a back order can be:  far from the usual 9 additional episodes, Gifted Man will only get 3 extra, for a season total of 16.  This smacks of a network needing product for a few weeks rather than any enthusiasm for keeping a show on the air, but it allows the series a tiny bit of breathing room before departing on what may be a very long hiatus.

The Eye also cut the season order for RULES OF ENGAGEMENT from 18 episodes to 13 (in addition, there are 2 unaired episodes shot for last season, so the series will air 15 in all).  In this case, the decision isn’t by any means necessarily a death knell for the reliable comedy, which has been performing quite decently Thursdays in the 8:30PM slot.  CBS needs the extra space to launch its new Rob Schneider comedy ROB! in that prime post-Big Bang Theory slot, starting in January.
CBS also announced that the new season of UNDERCOVER BOSS will take over THE AMAZING RACE‘s Sunday slot following the end of Race‘s current cycle, with the competition show to return at a later date.  Boss will be competing with the new hit Once Upon A Time, FOX’s cartoons, and a combination of Dateline and Harry’s Law in the slot.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."