CBS has decided to end some of the annual “will it be renewed?” guessing game a bit early this year.
It’s always a fun time of year when you start wondering if your favorite shows will be on the air the following season, but CBS has already opted to end some of your pain. Today the network went ahead and picked up 18 shows, even giving some of them multi-year orders. Those returning for the 2012-2013 season are:
2 Broke Girls
48 Hours Mystery
The Big Bang Theory (multi-year)
The Good Wife
How I Met Your Mother (multi-year)
Mike & Molly
NCIS: Los Angeles
Person of Interest
Two and a Half Men is in “preliminary discussions,” and no decisions have been made yet on CSI:NY, CSI: Miami, Unforgettable and A Gifted Man.
Seeing as CBS is sitting pretty as the top rated network, it isn’t too surprising that the network plans to keep the vast majority of its shows going for another season. Why mess with success? Of course, as NBC learned after its dominance in the 80s and 90s, if you don’t start cultivating some fresh shows, you find yourself with no hits when those old race horses go out to pasture.
Stay tuned through out the spring for all of the renewals, cancellations and what new abominations the networks will try to keep us watching.
It would seem the creator of Two and a Half Men, Chuck Lorre, wants to trade writers with CSI exec producer Carol Mendelsohn for one episode. CBS hasn’t signed off on the idea yet, but it is being discussed for the upcoming seasons for both shows.
I just don’t get this. I can see the CSI episode maybe working, depending on how silly they go, but on Two and a Half Men, you can’t really do a half hour drama, and comedy is actually more difficult to write than drama. I don’t really see this bumping ratings up much, if at all, but it has the potential to be a giant disaster fairly easily.