Whereas NBC is desperately scrambling for viewers (after falling behind Univision in some recent rankings), CBS, the most dominant of the Big Four networks continues to show its programming stability by renewing almost all of its series, including:
- Freshman Sherlock procedural drama Elementary, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu
- The excellent series The Good Wife, which has been on the bubble for years (however, with a new syndication deal CBS surely sees more dollar signs and viewers by keeping it on the air)
- Comedies Mike & Molly and 2 Broke Girls
- The many procedurals: NCIS: LA, Person of Interest, The Mentalist, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods.
Two series that haven’t made the cut yet though are Criminal Minds (because of cast negotiations) and the Dennis Quaid vehicle Vegas, which hasn’t ever seemed to find its audience. For more on these shows (and the ones these nine series join in the ranks of already renewed), hit the jump.
Other series that CBS has already tapped to remain on-air include The Amazing Race, Survivor, Undercover Boss, 60 Minutes, 48 Hour, The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother (for its final season) as well as NCIS and CSI. The network is also negotiating for another season of Two And A Half Men, because CBS is the honey badger that don’t care.
Despite being a really fun and well-made series that seems to fit in perfectly with CBS’s wheelhouse, Vegas has never put up the numbers of the network’s other drama procedurals, and may end up falling by the wayside this year (especially after being moved to a Friday slot, usually the death knell of any series).
Criminal Minds fans shouldn’t worry about that series’ chances, though — CBS is likely playing it cool while the contract negotiations pan out, but the series is far too popular to get the boot. CSI:NY on the other hand … its outcome doesn’t look good.