TV News: CBS Renews 15 Series; A Total of 18 Set To Return Next Season

CBS has renewed 15 series for next season. It includes two comedies, breakout hit 2 Broke Girls and sophomore Mike & Molly and nine dramas, freshman Person of Interest, sophomores Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods, the critically praised The Good Wife and veteran procedurals NCIS, NCIS: LA, Criminal Minds, CSI and The Mentalist.

They join comedies How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory, which are in the middle of multi-year pickups. The only glaring omission is veteran comedy Two And A Half Men, with CBS noting that it is in “preliminary discussions” with Warner Bros. TV about future seasons. On the unscripted side, CBS has renewed veteran The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss, which has done great in its new Friday time slot. They join previously renewed Survivor. And rounding out the group of returning series are venerable newsmagazine 60 Minutes and Saturday staple 48 Hour Mystery.

That’s a total of 18 series to return next season.

As for the bubble series, which not surprisingly didn’t make the cut for an early renewal, that includes freshmen Unforgettable, Rob and the all-but-gone A Gifted Man, veteran CSI spinoffs CSI: Miami and CSI: NY, with the latter in serious jeopardy, as well as veteran utility player Rules Of Engagement.

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