CBS announced today the renewal of 11 series for the 2018-2019 season. Some come as no surprise, others answer some lingering questions… the the series not renewed may be the most interesting of all. Six series had already been renewed prior to today, including Big Bang Theory, Mom, NCIS and three freshman programs Young Sheldon, SEAL Team and S.W.A.T.
Joining their parent series in coming back are NCIS: Los Angeles (season 10) and NCIS: New Orleans (season 5). The Michael Weatherly-led Bull (season 3) and Téa Leoni-led Madam Secretary (season 5) are also coming back. CBS also renewed their entire Friday night lineup including Hawaii Five-O, MacGyver and Blue Bloods. The Five-O renewal must mean that contract talks with stars Alex O’Louglin and Scott Caan are going well if not are set. CBS also renewed their two big reality series, Survivor (seasons 37 and 38) and The Amazing Race (season 31), and their news programs 48 Hours (season 31) and 60 Minutes (season 51).
There is still time for other shows to be renewed, but not getting the nod yet are dramas Criminal Minds, Elementary, Scorpion, Code Black, Instinct, and comedies Kevin Can Wait, Life in Pieces, Living Biblically, Man With a Plan, 9JKL, and Superior Donuts.
The long running Criminal Minds ends its 13th season tonight with its 299th episode. The show has historically been renewed at the wire because the multiple studios involved. Elementary is the curious one in that it was renewed very late last year after always getting early renewals. It hasn’t even begun its new season yet and the number of episodes ordered were increased after Wisdom of the Crowd was cancelled. It is wholly owned by CBS studios and does very well overseas, making it a moneymaker for the network, but the decision is still to be made. Code Black has also yet to make its third season debut while the Monday night series Scorpion has been struggling and may not make the cut depending on the network’s confidence in their new pilots.