CBS just made its final renewals for next season, picking up 10 scripted series; reality staples Survivor, The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss; and newsmagazine stalwarts 60 Minutes and 48 Hours. No major surprises (and bloodletting) on the list of renewed scripted series, with all shows coming back except for bubble series Stalker and The McCarthys, which were canceled today, and Battle Creek, which already had been unofficially canceled. The renewed scripted series are CSI: Cyber, The Odd Couple, Person Of Interest, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Hawaii Five-O, Criminal Minds, Elementary, The Good Wife and Blue Bloods. That is besides the mothership CSI series, which has not been picked up for a 16th season but has not been cancelled either. I hear the network continues to work on a finale plan for next season, probably a movie.
But the CSI brand will live on even beyond that, with the latest offshoot, CSI: Cyber starring Patricia Arquette, clinching a renewal. I hear the midseason series, which has done so-so in the ratings, might undergo some retooling. Another midseason CBS series that has landed a second-season pickup after an OK not great freshman turn is comedy The Odd Couple. Both are owned by CBS, as are all but one of the 10 renewed series including one co-production. For the sole non-CBS-produced returning show, POI, I hear this might be the final season.
The three cancelled series all are from outside studios; one, The McCarthy, is a co-production with CBS. The 10 newly renewed scripted series join previously picked-up freshmen Scorpion, Madam Secretary and NCIS: New Orleans and comedies The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly, Mom and 2 Broke Girls.
For Criminal Minds, the renewal again comes before the cast has closed deals for next season, a position CBS and the show have been in before. I hear talks with actors continue as the show has been asked to trim the budget. The veteran will be joined by newly picked-up spinoff Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.
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