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Monday, May 11, 2015

RENEWAL ALERT: NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Criminal Minds, Elementary, Blue Bloods, Survivor, The Amazing Race, Undercover Boss, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, Hawaii Five-0, The Good Wife, Person of Interest, The Odd Couple, CSI: Cyber

Even as NBC and FOX have released their schedules, CBS was finalizing their renewals as 15 shows joined the already renewed NCIS: New Orleans, Madam Secretary, Scorpion, The Big Bang Theory, Mom, 2 Broke Girls, and Mike & Molly. Starting with the pickups that were never really in doubt, CBS picked up NCIS (Season 13), NCIS: Los Angeles (Season 7), Criminal Minds (Season 11), Elementary (Season 4), Blue Bloods (Season 6), Survivor (31st/32nd Edition), The Amazing Race (27th Edition), Undercover Boss (Season 7), 60 Minutes (Season 48), and 48 Hours (Season 29).

Shows that weren't really in doubt but maybe a bit more than the ones listed above were Hawaii Five-0 for a sixth season, The Good Wife for a seventh season, and Person of Interest for a 13 episode fifth season. While Person of Interest's season is not announced as the final one as of now, it's looking that way with a shortened episode order. In another situation of an outside studio's show suffering, CBS is giving Person of Interest the same type of treatment The Mentalist got. It wasn't really any worse than Elementary but that 1.1 demo for the season finale last week certainly didn't help its case.

The two that were most on the bubble were the second seasons of The Odd Couple and CSI: Cyber but both got the nod. The Odd Couple has had pretty good raw numbers but a lot of people (myself included) see it as this year's version of The Millers where the good numbers are only happening because of its lead-in from The Big Bang Theory. However, CBS did not pick up many new comedies so that helped Odd's case. This is the first Matthew Perry show to see a second season since Friends after he had three failed one season shows. CSI: Cyber was pretty unimpressive on Wednesday nights but it always seemed to be a favorite of CBS. It will reportedly get re-tooled a bit so I wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't premiere until midseason again.

Speaking of CSI, the original series was conspicuously missing from this list. Reports are saying it will be cancelled but will get a two hour movie next year to tie up loose ends. Nothing has been confirmed but that is the most likely scenario.

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