CBS today announced pick-ups for 18 series for next season. Combined with its previously announced pick-ups, CBS has now renewed 20 returning series for the 2014-2015 season, encompassing 17 hours of primetime programming.
“The best way to launch new shows in the fall and throughout the season is to surround them with a strong and stable lineup of successful series,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment. “The shows we’re picking up today cut across every night of the week and feature genre leaders, time-period winners and the most-watched shows on broadcast television.”
The 18 series renewed today comprise 15.5 hours of CBS’s weekly primetime schedule and include nine dramas, five comedies, two reality series and two news programs.
The nine dramas picked up are: “NCIS,” television’s #1 drama/scripted program for the fifth consecutive year; “NCIS: Los Angeles,” the #2 drama for the fourth straight year; time-period winners “Person of Interest,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Hawaii Five-0″ and “Blue Bloods; as well as “Criminal Minds,” “Elementary” and “The Good Wife.”
The renewed comedies are “2 Broke Girls,” The Millers,” which is the #1 freshman comedy of the 2013-2014 season, “Mike & Molly,” “Mom” and “Two and a Half Men.”
In alternative programming, CBS announced pick-ups for “The Amazing Race” and “Undercover Boss.”
Finally, in news, CBS will return “60 Minutes,” television’s #1 news program for more than four decades, and “48 Hours,” Saturday’s #1 non-sports program.
In addition to these 18 series, CBS yesterday announced a three-year broadcast deal for “The Big Bang Theory.” Previously, the network announced two more editions of the reality series “Survivor” for next season.