CBS Cancels Seven Series; Renews Two Shows and Charlie Sheen’s Contract

     May 18, 2010


CBS is starting to finalize their schedule in preparation for their May 19 upfront presentation.  They ordered six new series yesterday, and renewed Medium and Rules of Engagement today.  Inevitably, the network needed to clean house with the cancellation of current series.  The victims: Cold Case, Numb3rs, Ghost Whisperer, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Gary Unmarried, Miami Medical, and Accidentally on Purpose. The writing has long been on the wall for veteran shows Cold Case, Numb3rs, Old Christine, and Gary Unmarried (declining ratings) as well as freshman entries Miami Medical and Accidentally (limited sampling).  But the disposal of Ghost Whisperer is a bit more surprising, as the supernatural drama is the highest-rated program on Friday nights.

But you know what they say: you’re not losing a Jennifer Love-Hewitt, you’re gaining a Charlie Sheen.  Hit the jump for more on Sheen’s two-year contract renewal with Two and a Half Men.

It should be noted, as The Live Feed does, that ABC has expressed interest in Old Christine in the event that CBS cancels it.  Because ABC announced their fall lineup this morning, precise scheduling might be tricky, although midseason is certainly an option.

charlie_sheen_imageCBS had more pressing matter with their comedy slate as of late: Two and a Half Men has been the highest-rated sitcom on television for several seasons, though bumped to number two this season by fellow Chuck Lorre laffer The Big Bang Theory.  So despite rumors that star Charlie Sheen was itching to leave the show, CBS was not likely to let him go easy.  The Emmy-nominee reportedly tried to wrangle a lofty $2 million per episode.  The evacuation hubbub and the high asking price were likely negotiation tactics, as Sheen signed on for two more years of the hit show yesterday at the one-day-only price of $1 million per episode.  In a statement issued by his publicist, Sheen remarked,

“To put a fitting end on the two and one-half months of whirlwind speculation, I’m looking forward to returning to my CBS home on Monday nights. I want to thank [CBS President] Les Moonves for his support.” [via The Live Feed]

It was always improbable that Sheen would actually leave the show, but this confirmation is good news for the network and fans of the show.