CBS -- the biggest, baddest network in television -- just renewed pretty much its entire prime-time schedule. But there are a couple of significant holes, and let's get to those right away. Foremost, "Two and a Half Men," which was not (yet) renewed today, while the network noted that "CBS and Warner Bros. Television are in preliminary discussions regarding future seasons for "TWO AND A HALF MEN."
Moreover, "CSI: Miami" and "CSI: New York" did not get a pick-up notice, while there was a notable -- indeed yawning -- absence of three specific series: "A Gifted Man," Unforgettable," and "Rob." Fair to assume they will not be back next year? Perhaps not just yet, but possibly.
Meanwhile, how to interpret the "2.5 Men" situation? The usual suspect: Money. Great success breeds astronomical license fees, and CBS may simply be pushing back at this point (particularly if Ashton Kutcher is pushing for a big raise, as seems likely.)
Here's the meat of the release:
In a move that renews a large portion of television’s #1 primetime lineup, CBS announced today it has picked up 18 returning series for the 2012-2013 broadcast season. The renewals include four comedies, nine dramas, three reality series and two newsmagazines. The returning shows encompass every night of the week and every hour, many of which are #1 in their time period and some #1 on the entire night. The renewed comedies include the previously announced multi-year pickups of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and THE BIG BANG THEORY, the season’s #1 comedy and the first scripted program to top “American Idol” in viewers and adults 18-49; 2 BROKE GIRLS, the season’s #1 new comedy in viewers and key demographics; and sophomore hit MIKE & MOLLY. Also in comedy, CBS and Warner Bros. Television are in preliminary discussions regarding future seasons for TWO AND A HALF MEN. Renewed dramas are NCIS, television’s #1 drama/scripted program for the third consecutive year; NCIS: LOS ANGELES, the #2 drama for the second straight year; HAWAII FIVE-0, CRIMINAL MINDS, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, PERSON OF INTEREST, the #1 new series of the season, THE MENTALIST, BLUE BLOODS and the award-winning and critically acclaimed THE GOOD WIFE. Among the Network’s returning reality series are THE AMAZING RACE, UNDERCOVER BOSS and the previously renewed SURVIVOR. Television’s top newsmagazines, 60 MINUTES and 48 HOURS MYSTERY, will also return in the fall.