March 14, 2012

THE SKED: Let The Renewals Begin!


Hope you liked this season’s CBS line-up, because almost all of those shows will be back next year.  
The network announced the bulk of its renewals today, and since CBS is in generally good shape with a very stable schedule, the fact that it’s not changing what ain’t broke isn’t a surprise.  The vote of confidence for THE GOOD WIFE suggests that even with declining ratings, the show’s prestige and upscale audience (2 quantities in relatively limited supply at CBS) continue to make it worthwhile.  TWO AND A HALF MEN‘s absence from the renewal list is strictly a contractual matter:  the show’s producer, Warner Bros Television, needs to make a new deal with Ashton Kutcher before the network officially issues a renewal (even if by some chance Kutcher didn’t return, the show would probably still come back, but the resulting change in cast might affect the financial terms of the deal).  

The only current CBS shows still in question are CSI MIAMI and CSI NY (it’s unlikely the network would cancel both, and NY is probably the more at risk), ROB (which did perfectly well–it would be a no-brainer renewal at any other network–but CBS may think it could do even better with the post-BIG BANG THEORY slot), and UNFORGETTABLE (a show that hasn’t lived up to its title on Tuesdays).  RULES OF ENGAGEMENT may have finally run its course–although one should never give that show up for dead–and A GIFTED MAN has almost certainly breathed its last.
Here’s the full list of CBS renewals:
Monday:        HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (per its multi-year deal)
                      2 BROKE GIRLS
                      MIKE & MOLLY
                      HAWAII 5-0
Tuesday:        NCIS
                      NCIS LA
Wednesday:   SURVIVOR
                       CRIMINAL MINDS

Thursday:       THE BIG BANG THEORY (per its multi-year deal)
                       PERSON OF INTEREST
                       THE MENTALIST
Friday:            UNDERCOVER BOSS
                       BLUE BLOODS
Saturday:       48 HOURS MYSTERY
Sunday:         THE AMAZING RACE
                      THE GOOD WIFE



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."