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Monday, May 16, 2016

RENEWAL ALERT: Code Black, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, The Odd Couple, Undercover Boss

As other networks are unveiling their schedules, CBS finally got around to renewing the rest of their bubble shows as they announced Code Black and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders will return for a second season, The Odd Couple will be back for a third season, and Undercover Boss is renewed for an eighth season.

Code Black is the comeback kid of the year as it seemed to have its fate sealed with a non-full season order and an early end to its season in February. But its chances heated up as the season wound down. It never did great but it was fairly stable. It will reportedly undergo a bit of retooling but make no mistake, this was a major win for a show that didn't seem to have a prayer. A more likely renewal was for Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, which was slightly stronger than Code Black most of the time in the same timeslot. It isn't a proven commodity yet but it will get another chance to grow. It may be the new CSI: Cyber, but it did last longer than the last Criminal Minds spinoff in 2011.

Another underdog show getting renewed was The Odd Couple. After an OK spring run last spring, it was delayed all the way until April and then started going through its run with two episodes a week. It was very clearly an afterthought for CBS but then it ended up getting better ratings than expected and will be brought back. Will CBS be tempted to pair Matthew Perry's The Odd Couple with Matt LeBlanc's Man with a Plan so the former Friends can be together? Finally, veteran reality staple Undercover Boss is back for an eighth season (hard to believe its been that long!) It has been used in recent years as filler in between other reality show and scripted show runs.

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