20 CBS Shows Renewed So Far

CBS’s crime drama CRIMINAL MINDS will be back for its 11th season in the fall, an announcement that marks CBS’s 20th renewal for the 2013-14 season.

Here’s a complete list of the shows the network confirmed for renewal so far:

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Last week, the network announced the renewal of TWO AND A HALF MEN for an 11th season, although the fate of co-star Angus T. Jones, who plays the “half” man, Jake, was still subject to contract negotiations. TWO-AND-A-HALF-MEN-KUTCHERHe didn’t appear as often this past season because of a military storyline. He is said to be interested in pursuing college and music, but after a controversial religious video in which he slammed the show went viral, many have speculated about what his future with the show might be.

Only newcomers PARTNERS and MADE IN JERSEY were canceled from last season.

The remaining shows on CBS’s prime time lineup are still waiting to hear their fates. Those shows are RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, VEGAS, THE GOLDEN BOY and CSI:NY.

Which shows are you most excited to see returning for another season?


CBS Sets Season Finale Dates

CBS-EYEThis May, CBS delivers new episodes of your favorite prime time shows and season finales. So grab your calendar or your DVR remote, because you want to make sure you don’t miss these important dates.

We’ve arranged them by the name of the show just to make it easier to find your favorites!

THE AMAZING RACE: Sunday, May 5th at 8pm (two hours)
BIG BANG THEORY: Thursday, May 16th at 8:00pm
BLUE BLOODS: Friday, May 10th at 10:00pm
CRIMINAL MINDS: Wednesday, May 22nd at 9:00pm (two hours)
CSI: Wednesday, May 15th at 10:00pm
ELEMENTARY: Thursday, May 16th at 9:00pm (two hours)
GOLDEN BOY: Tuesday, May 14th at 10:00pm
THE GOOD WIFE: Sunday, April 28th at 9:00pm
HAWAII FIVE-0: Monday, May 20th at 10:00pm
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: Monday, May 13th at 8:00pm
THE MENTALIST: Sunday, May 5th at 10:00pm
MIKE & MOLLY: Monday, May 20th at 9:30pm
NCIS: Tuesday, May 14th at 8:00pm
NCIS: LOS ANGELES: Tuesday, May 14th at 9:00pm
PERSON OF INTEREST: Thursday, May 9th at 9:00pm
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT: Monday, May 20th at 8:30pm
SURVIVOR: CARAMOAN: Sunday, May 12th at 8:00pm (two hours)
SURVIVOR REUNION SPECIAL: Sunday, May 12th at 10:00pm
TWO AND A HALF MEN: Thursday, May 9th at 8:30pm
2 BROKE GIRLS: Monday, May 13th at 9:00pm
UNDERCOVER BOSS: Friday, May 17th at 8:00pm
VEGAS: Friday, May 10th at 9:00pm

Which CBS season finale are you most looking forward to?

CBS Cancels Five Series

For months now, we’ve been wondering whether crime scene investigators in Miami or New York would get the pink slip as rumors circulated that one (or both) of the CSI spinoffs would get canceled.

We now know the answer. And it looks like David Caruso will be hanging up his shades for good after 10 seasons.

CBS has canceled the costlier of the two, so CSI: MIAMI will not return next season. CSI: NY, the cheaper of the two spinoffs, earned a reprieve and will be back for its ninth season.

The ax fell on four of the Network’s freshmen series.

UNFORGETTABLE, featuring Poppy Montgomery as a detective who can’t forget anything, except for the circumstances surrounding her sister’s death, apparently failed to be memorable enough for viewers.

CBS offered no life support to medical drama, A GIFTED MAN, starring Patrick Wilson as a talented neurologist haunted by the ghost of his ex-wife. Wilson caused a minor controversy when he tweeted that after hearing rumor after rumor about whether the show would return, he couldn’t be happier now the question was actually answered, adding that “As good as it was (sometimes) it was not what I signed on for.”

The sitcom ROB! actually looked quite promising when it began, boosting Thursday night numbers while paired with BIG BANG THEORY. But by the end of eight episodes, the numbers slipped enough to get it yanked.

NYC22 didn’t catch on quickly enough, and the show about rookie cops in the Big Apple is now permanently off duty.

Of the five shows, which one will you miss the most?

Live 5 WCSC Hosting Facebook Chat for ‘Men’ Premiere

Watch tonight’s 9th season premiere of TWO AND A HALF MEN and log on to the Live 5 News Facebook fan page during the program for a live chat with Keke Collins.

Tonight’s the night fans of the show — and Charlie Sheen — have been talking about.  After Sheen’s now famous rants that got him fired from the show, the new season begins with his Malibu home going up for sale and a broken-hearted Internet billionaire showing up on the Harpers’ door as a potential buyer for the property.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you already know that the billionaire is being played by Ashton Kutcher, who joined the cast as Sheen’s successor.

Last night on the 63rd Annual Emmy Awards, Sheen made an appearance and mentioned his former show:

“From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season.”

The real question is, how well will the show do without its central character?

Join us tonight on the Live 5 News Facebook fan page at 9:00pm and tell us what you think as you watch!

Amazon Prime Adds Thousands of CBS Episodes

More viewing options are on the way to current customers of Amazon Prime, CBS and Amazon announced in a new deal on Wednesday.

The agreement brings 2,000 episodes from the CBS library to the service at no additional cost to consumers, bringing the total number of movies and TV shows available to more than 8,000.

Complete seasons of 18 television series, including the full Star Trek franchise, NUMB3RS, MEDIUM, Frasier and Cheers are part of the agreement. Starting this summer, Amazon Instant Video customers will be able to access dozens of CBS shows.

Though terms of the deal have not been disclosed, analysts have estimated that it could be worth as much as $100 million.

Amazon Instant Video is a paid streaming video service with more than 90,000 movies available for purchase or rental. Customers can watch from Amazon on a PC or Mac, or without a computer on an Amazon-compatible television set.

CSI: Welcomes Familiar Face Back for Fall

CBS’s crime drama CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION is officially welcoming back actress Jorja Fox full-time this fall.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the actress, who appeared during the show’s first seven seasons, then departed early in its eighth, will be a full-time regular for the program’s upcoming 12th season.

Fox’s character, Sara Sidle, is the wife of Gil Grissom, the series’ original main lead character. That character was played by William Petersen from the first episode.

Their marriage was never seen on camera, but in Season 10, during a return to the Las Vegas crime lab, the character revealed that she and Grissom were married and had been living in Paris where he has been conducting a seminar.

When Petersen left that role 10 episodes into the show’s ninth season, he was replaced by Laurence Fishburne. After two full seasons, Fishburne decided not to return this fall, and Ted Danson was recently announced as a replacement.

There’s no word, yet, on whether Fox’s return to the series might be a sign that Petersen will be back, but that is a development longtime fans of the show continue to hope for.

The new season begins Wednesday, September 21 at 10:00pm.

Danson Joins CSI:

Multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award Winner Ted Danson will join the cast of CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION this season, replacing Laurence Fishburne, who exited the series at the end of this past season.

CBS announced the casting news on Wednesday. The venerable forensic series begins its 12th season this fall.

Danson will play the new CSI Supervisor for the grave shift after heading the crime lab in Portland. He comes to the team as they are still grappling with the professional and personal fallout from last season’s take-down of serial killer, Nate Haskell.

“You can create a new character on the page, but until the perfect actor comes along and breathes life into it, it’s just words,” Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn said. “We’re very excited Ted Danson came along.”

“From the moment we all started talking about the role, it was clear he couldn’t be more perfect,” said Executive Producer Don McGill. “Intelligence, wit, warmth, depth of character and emotion, he brings it all. And now he’ll have to bring latex gloves, too.”

Danson will remain a series regular on the critically acclaimed HBO series, Bored to Death. He has also recently garnered accolades for his roles on “Damages” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Danson recently published his first book, Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them, currently available in book stores.

CSI: is the most-watched television show in the world. Set your DVRs to catch the season premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 21st at 10:00pm on LIVE 5 WCSC.

Fishburne Leaving CSI:

Laurence Fishburne is leaving the popular CBS crime drama CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, sources are reporting.

Fishburne stepped into the starring role two and a half seasons ago to replace William Petersen, who wanted time away from the grind.

Insiders with the show reportedly aren’t surprised by Fishburne’s decision, suggesting that they all knew he wasn’t going to be a part of the show long-term.  The Oscar-nominated actor says he wants to return to motion pictures.

Meanwhile, Marg Helgenburger will return for the show’s 12th season, but only in reduced capacity, choosing to appear in a limited number of episodes.

CBS Wins May Sweeps, Nielsen Says

For the eighth time in the last nine years, CBS will live up to its slogan, “America’s Most Watched Network.”

That’s according to estimates from Nielsen, the company that measures television ratings, released on Tuesday.

The Network placed second behind Fox in the Adults 18-49 demographic for the fifth straight year. And CBS also airs the top-rated scripted program on all seven nights of the week. Those programs, night by night starting with Monday, are TWO AND A HALF MEN, NCIS, CRIMINAL MINDS, THE MENTALIST, BLUE BLOODS, CRIMETIME SATURDAY and CSI:MIAMI.

It also holds the distinction of holding more top 10 scripted shows in Adults 18-49 than any other network. Those four are BIG BANG THEORY in 2nd place, NCIS in 4th, TWO AND A HALF MEN in 6th and CRIMINAL MINDS in the 10th place slot.

In household ratings, and as of Sunday night, CBS had an overall 7.1 rating. Fox had a 5.5, just two-tenths of a point above ABC. NBC trailed with a 4.4.

May ratings information is important to television stations because they help stations set ad rates for the fall holiday season.

Fourth Freshman Series Bites the Dust

CBS decided the fate of two more shows said to be “on the bubble,” or having an uncertain future, on Tuesday.

Though CSI:NY was renewed for another season, the midseason replacement that took its old time slot, CRIMINAL MINDS: SUSPECT BEHAVIOR, won’t be back in the fall.

The program aired Wednesdays at 10:00pm, immediately following the series it spun off from, CRIMINAL MINDS.  But ratings for the sequel just weren’t strong enough to warrant a second season.

The news follows CBS’s announcement on Monday that three other first-year series were also canceled.

The Network is expected to announce its full fall season plan to prospective advertisers on Wednesday.