This morning, CBS announced renewals for 16 shows, 11 returning and 5 freshman series. That goes with their already renewed Big Bang Theory and NCIS, CBS’s top shows. But what might be the most interesting is which series have not gotten early renewals.
Among those getting the early nod are comedies Life In Pieces, Mom, Kevin Can Wait, Man With A Plan and Superior Donuts. On the drama side there is NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-O, Scorpion, Madam Secretary, Bull and MacGyver. Also renewed were Survivor, 60 Minutes and 48 Hours.
Not on that list are some shockers like Elementary, Criminal Minds and The Amazing Race. Others still waiting for word are 2 Broke Girls, The Odd Couple, Code Black, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, The Great Indoors and Pure Genius. Doubt had already been pulled off the schedule and the fate of Training Day was likely decided with the passing of star Bill Paxton.
Late renewals are a regular thing for Criminal Minds as negotiations between CBS and ABC Studios tend to drag on, but the difficulties the show had with now fired star Thomas Gibson may play into the delay.
Elementary on the other hand usually gets early renewals and is considered a CBS success story since the network owns the property. No clear indicator why the delay, but a renewal seems likely.
The Amazing Race is another head scratcher, as the reality series is one of the best awarded show on the network.
The chances of a renewal for the Odd Couple seems slim since it’s one of the lowest viewed series on the network as well as having not received a back order of episodes. That, and showrunner Bob Daily is the man behind Superior Donuts.