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?


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!

Kutcher Joining ‘Men,’ CBS Confirms

Only days after rumors that actor Hugh Grant passed up an offer of a million bucks per episode to star in CBS’s hit comedy TWO AND A HALF MEN, the network and Warner Brothers have confirmed that Ashton Kutcher will replace Charlie Sheen.

It’s not a very big leap of logic, then, to also conclude that the show has not been canceled, as many fans feared would happen without Sheen.

“I can’t wait to get to work with this ridiculously talented 2.5 team and I believe we can fill the stage with laughter that will echo in viewers’ homes,” Kutcher said in a statement.

Production on the show’s ninth season is scheduled to begin this summer.

At 33, Kutcher is 12 years Sheen’s junior, so it would be hard to believe that he would take over the same role Sheen held for eight years.

Show producer Chuck Lorre is said to have devised a concept to introduce Kutcher into the program that pleases both the network and the studio, though no one is saying what that concept actually is.

Meanwhile, Sheen is predicting that the show will flop without him.  But then, what else would any of us expect Sheen to say?

Warner Brothers Terminates Sheen’s ‘Men’ Contract

Warner Brothers announced that it is terminating Charlie Sheen’s contract with TWO AND A HALF MEN.

Warner Brothers, which produces and owns the series, issued the following statement:

“After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen’s services on TWO AND A HALF MEN, effective immediately.”

Variety reports that the studio sent Sheen an letter notifying him of his termination.

Variety also reports that no final decision has been made about the fate of the CBS hit comedy, other than the fact that Sheen will not be there if it returns for another season.

CBS Green Lights ‘Mother’ For Two More Seasons

Fan speculation that the hit series HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER was fizzling out may be premature:  CBS has given a green light to two more seasons of the Monday night comedy, extending it through May of 2013.

It’s possible that the move was done to lock in current Monday night hits, in case the troubled TWO AND A HALF MEN isn’t ready to begin production in time for the start of next season; but the deal is similar to a three-year extension CBS granted Thursday night comedy BIG BANG THEORY.

CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler praised the show’s producing team whom she says “continues to find inventive ways to tell funny stories that stir pop culture conversation” and calls it a “go-to destination” for top guest stars.

Tassler also says the ensemble brings life to characters that audiences “want to hang out with every Monday night.”

In addition to being a ratings success, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER has also earned critical acclaim and award recognition. Neil Patrick Harris has earned four consecutive Emmy Award nominations for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series,” while the series was nominated for “Outstanding Comedy Series” in 2009.  Harris was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 2009 and 2010 in the category of “Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.”

The show was also nominated by the Television Critics Association for “Outstanding Achievement in Comedy” and Harris was nominated for “Individual Achievement in Comedy” in 2009, and is the recipient of several People’s Choice Awards nominations.

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER stars Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan Neil Patrick Harris and Cobie Smulders and airs Monday nights at 8:00pm on LIVE 5 WCSC.


Sheen Saga Continues

Today was the day actor Charlie Sheen was supposed to return to the set of Warner Brothers’ TWO AND A HALF MEN begin shooting the final four episodes of the season.

What a difference a week makes.

After two calls to radio programs, CBS and Warner announced that they were pulling the plug on the series for the rest of the season, citing concerns about Sheen’s comments and condition.

But Sheen didn’t stop there.  Over the weekend, he agreed to tape an interview with ABC for a prime time program airing this week on that network. After that interview was recorded, and, ABC says, after Sheen had promised them an “exclusive,” he decided to do an interview with NBC.

NBC aired its interview on its Today show; ABC was scheduled to air excerpts of their interview on their Good Morning America.

CBS is airing a repeat episode of the wildly-popular program tonight, having aired its last original episode on Valentine’s Day.

The actor told NBC’s Jeff Rossen that he wanted a raise to come back to work for a ninth season.  Sheen, who already makes an estimated $1.8 million per episode, said he wanted to be paid $3 million per show.  When Rossen acted surprised, Sheen replied, “Yeah, look what they put me through.”

Sheen Planning Return to Men Sooner Than Expected

Charlie Sheen is now planning to return to his hit CBS series TWO AND A HALF MEN in two weeks, a week sooner than initially expected.  That word comes from Sheen’s attorney, who told E! that the actor is “fine healthwise, and doing really well.”

Sheen sought in-home rehab for undisclosed reasons after a brief hospital stay last month, causing his Monday night sitcom to halt production.

CBS News reports that no matter what Sheen plans to do, producers of the show will make the final decision about whether to resume shooting.

The network has two remaining unaired episodes in the can, and those will air on Monday, Feb. 7th and 14th.  Twenty-four episodes were ordered for the season, but so far, only 16 have been produced.

After the Valentine’s Day episode airs, CBS will temporarily fill MEN’s time slot with reruns as well as episodes of RULES OF ENGAGEMENT and MIKE & MOLLY.

CBS Announces New Fall Schedule

CBS will introduce six new shows this fall, including a remake of a classic police drama and a sequel to a Wednesday night hit.

The news comes during the network’s Upfront presentation, a special pitch to potential advertisers that gives them an early look at the fall lineup in the hopes of attracting early sponsorship commitments.

One of the most anticipated shows coming in the fall is HAWAII FIVE-O, a remake of the 1970s police drama of the same title that also aired on CBS.  That means a new generation will get to grow up hearing the famous line, “Book ’em, Dano.”  Continue reading

Sheen Staying Put on ‘Men’

In a move that should surprise almost no one, Charlie Sheen has reached an agreement on a contract that will keep him on the CBS hit comedy TWO AND A HALF MEN for two more seasons.

That word comes from a statement released by Sheen’s publicist.

“To put a fitting end on the 2 1/2 months of whirlwind speculation, I’m looking forward to returning to my CBS home on Monday nights,” Sheen said in the statement.

Get it?  Two and a half months of speculation about the future of Two and a Half Men?  Cute.

Recently, news broke that Sheen, 44, already listed as the highest-paid prime time performer, was asking for $2 million per episode on his new contract, an amount rumored to be roughly double his current pay.  Insiders claimed that Sheen knew he wouldn’t get that much, but was hoping for between $1.2 and $1.3 million.

Variety reports that he did far better than that source apparently expected:  the new deal gets Sheen between $1.8 and $1.9 million per show, an amount close to what Ray Romano was bringing home for the final season of EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND.

It’s also little surprise that the deal would be reached now, just in time for CBS to announce its fall schedule in a period known as the “Upfronts,” when the broadcasters present their fall lineups to potential advertisers in the hopes of locking in media buys as early as possible.

Sheen now must await the outcome of a July 21st court date after he pleaded not guilty to domestic violence charges against his wife in a Christmas Day incident in Colorado.  We’ll keep our fingers crossed on that.