The CBS Network today announced their Returning Series for the 2014-2015 season. Their total 20 returning series include two previously announced renewals, nine Drama Series, five Comedies, and two reality series along with the renewals of two of its original news programming shows. The renewals encompass 17 hours of primetime programming.
The nine drama pickups include, the remaining top two dramas on the air amongst total viewers, NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles, averaging a respective 4.1 and 3.3 rating among adults under 50. Other crime fighting drama pickups include, returning for a fifteenth season after 14 years on the air, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Person Of Interest and Criminal Minds. CBS’ long time beloved dramas Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods and the acclaimed drama The Good Wife will also be returning. The final drama returning to the network for its third season is the modern day, New York based retelling of the crime fighting deductive detective sherlock entitled Elementary which has been consistently rising through the ratings on its Thursday night slot.
Looking into comedy for the new season, the renewed include freshman comedies The Millers and MOM along with 2 Broke Girls returning for its fourth season and Mike & Molly for its fifth. The long-running hit Two and a Half Men will also be returning to the CBS network for its twelfth season and eleventh year after 241 episodes on the air. The renewals also mean that Chuck Lorre will have a total of four comedies on CBS during next season.
In alternative programming, the Network announced pickups for its Emmy Award-winning reality series The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss. CBS news, will also return to the air next season with 60 Minutes and Saturday’s top non-sports program 48 Hours.
In addition to these 18 series, CBS yesterday announced a three-year broadcast deal for The Big Bang Theory. Previously, the Network announced two more editions of the reality series Survivor for next season.
Chairman of CBS Entertainment, Nina Tassler commented on the renewals saying “The best way to launch new shows in the fall and throughout the season is to surround them with a strong and stable lineup of successful series, The shows we’re picking up today cut across every night of the week and feature genre leaders, time-period winners and the most-watched shows on broadcast television.”
The shows that have not received renewals include freshman dramas Hostages and Intelligence and freshman comedy The Crazy Ones. However CBS has been known to make last minute renewals in the past and it is likely that Intelligence will return. However, comdey The Crazy Ones is looking less likely to be seeing a renewal given its declining ratings.
Additionally, long time drama The Mentalist will not be returning, most likely due to its recent change of storyline which has drastically affected the show, having no continuation between episodes unlike previous season.
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