Primetime Pilot Panic: More CBS Moves

CBS has renewed Cold Case, Numb3rs, Gary Unmarried, Rules of Engagement, The New Adventures Of Old Christine (22-episode order). It has not renewed Without A Trace, The UnitEleventh Hour. And I’m told that newly picked up pilot MIAMI TRAUMA is for midseason, and that it’s pickup was a carrot to Jerry Bruckheimer after he received the stick of the Without A Trace cancellation. CBS also brought over Medium, which had been airing on NBC.

Here’s what happened: I’ve just learned that NBC did pickup Medium last Friday, but only for 13 episodes. But Endeavor Talent Agency which packages the show wanted 16 episodes (and Patricia Arquette’s contract called for 22 episodes). A difficult negotiation ensued, and now CBS has swooped in because Medium is produced by CBS Television Studios (formerly CBS Paramount TV), to air it with Ghost Whisperer. NBC is now spinning that Medium is best suited for the CBS demo than for the NBC audience, and that it rated lower than 2 shows CBS cancelled – Eleventh Hour and Without A Trace.

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