Wednesday, March 14, 2012

CBS renews 15 shows, which ones didn't make the cut?

This time of year always makes fans crazy.

It’s the will it or won’t it question that is firmly entrenched in their minds that plagues their thoughts – and sometimes even fills them with dread.

What is that question you ask? It’s whether or not their favorite show is going to warrant another season on the airwaves.

On Wednesday, CBS announced the pickup of 15 of their shows. As the top-rated network, this is probably welcome news to a lot of fans who have been holding their collective breath.

So what CBS shows are currently safe? 2 Broke Girls, The Amazing Race, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, The Mentalist, Mike & Molly, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person of Interest and Undercover Boss. They join The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother and Survivor – which had already been picked up for additional seasons.
In the case of CSI, NCIS and Criminal Minds, I’m personally on the fence about whether or not the move was a smart one – and Criminal Minds is one of my favorite shows. I just think all of them are a little long in the tooth and they’re more stagnant than fresh these days. But that’s only my opinion, of course. I know there are a lot of fans out there who will disagree.
Network officials and show runners are also in negotiations about the fate of Two and  Half Men – which enjoyed surprising strong ratings despite losing star Charlie Sheen to a much publicized feud. No one knows which way the show is leaning, but I would wager it’s going to somehow get one final season. It’s essentially the show that wouldn’t die.

That leaves two CSI franchises (NY and Miami respectively), Unforgettable, A Gifted Man, Rob, Rules of Engagement and NYC 22 (which hasn’t even premiered yet) with uncertain fates. I’m guessing both CSI franchises are goners – if one does survive it will be Miami – and Rob and A Gifted Man are probably not going to make the final cut either.

I’m not sure which way CBS will go on Unforgettable – which has been largely, well, forgettable all season – and the always abused Rules of Engagement.

Here’s a list of where all your television shows – at least on the big five networks -- stand right now:

2 Broke Girls (CBS)
The Amazing Race  (CBS)
American Dad (Fox)
America's Next Top Model (CW)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Blue Bloods (CBS)
The Cleveland Show (Fox)
Criminal Minds (CBS)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Kitchen Nightmares
The Mentalist (CBS)
Mike & Molly (CBS)
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
Person of Interest (CBS)
The Simpsons (Fox)
Undercover Boss (CBS)
The X Factor

Looking Good
30 Rock (NBC)
90210 (CW)
American Idol (Fox)
The Bachelor (ABC)
The Bachelorette (ABC)
The Biggest Loser (NBC)
Bob's Burgers
Bones (Fox)
Castle (ABC)
Celebrity Apprentice (NBC)
Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
Family Guy (Fox)
Glee (Fox)
Gossip Girl (CW)

Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Grimm (NBC)
Happy Endings
Hart of Dixie (CW)
Last Man Standing
Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
The Middle (ABC)
Modern Family (ABC)
Napoleon Dynamite (Fox)
New Girl (Fox)
The Office
Once Upon a Time
Parenthood (NBC)
Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Private Practice (ABC)
Raising Hope (Fox)
Rob (CBS)
The Secret Circle (CW)
Suburgatory (ABC)
Supernatural (CW)

Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Up All Night (NBC)
The Vampire Diaries (CW)
The Voice (NBC)

Not Looking Good
Are You There, Chelsea? (NBC)
Body of Proof (ABC)
Cougar Town (ABC)
CSI: Miami (CBS)
The Finder (Fox)
The Firm (NBC)
Fringe (Fox)
A Gifted Man (CBS)
Harry's Law
I Hate My Teenage Daughter (Fox)
Nikita (CW)
Ringer (CW)
The River
Remodeled (CW)
Rules of Engagement (CBS)
Pan Am (ABC)
Unforgettable (CBS)
Whitney (NBC)

Too Soon to Tell
Breaking In (Fox)
Touch (Fox)

Allen Gregory (Fox)
Charlie's Angels
Desperate Housewives
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Free Agents
H8R (CW)
Man Up!
One Tree Hill
The Playboy Club
Prime Suspect
Terra Nova (Fox)
Work It (ABC)


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