Jeff Korbelik: CBS renews 18; a few shows in limbo

2012-03-17T23:00:00Z Jeff Korbelik: CBS renews 18; a few shows in limboBy JEFF KORBELIK / Lincoln Journal Star
March 17, 2012 11:00 pm  • 

So much for May.

That's the month when the broadcast networks -- CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox and The CW -- announce their new seasons.

But CBS jumped the gun last week, announcing the renewal of several shows, including two freshman series: "2 Broke Girls" and "Person of Interest."

Not on the list -- "Two and a Half Men" and the dramas "CSI: Miami" and "CSI: NY."

That doesn't mean they've been canceled. They just weren't among the early renewals.

I expect "Two and a Half Men," which ranks in the Nielsen top 10, to return. The comedy's studio, Warner Bros., is in talks with CBS about signing star Ashton Kutcher to a new contract.

I don't, however, hold out much hope for either of the "CSI" spinoffs.

Also not on the list were "A Gifted Man," "Rob," "Rules of Engagement" and, surprisingly, "Unforgettable," which has enjoyed better ratings than returning dramas "Blue Bloods," "The Good Wife" and "Hawaii Five-O."

The short-lived "How To Be a Gentleman" is the only official cancellation.

Those coming back to CBS next season include:

Dramas -- "Blue Bloods," "Criminal Minds," "CSI," "The Good Wife," "Hawaii Five-O," "The Mentalist," "NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Person of Interest."

Comedies -- "2 Broke Girls," "The Big Bang Theory," "How I Met Your Mother" and "Mike & Molly."

Unscripted -- "48 Hours," "60 Minutes," "The Amazing Race," "Survivor" and "Undercover Boss."

Across the remote

* HBO canceled the Dustin Hoffman-drama "Luck" last week after a third horse died during production of the horse racing series. The news came a little more than a month after the network had renewed it for a second season.

* A few more shows premiere or return from hiatuses this week. They include: "Dancing With the Stars" (7 p.m. Monday, ABC), "Bent," (8 p.m. Wednesday, NBC), "Touch" (8 p.m. Thursday, Fox) and "Fringe" (8 p.m. Friday, Fox).

* Nebraskan Lucas Cruikshank received some good news when Nickelodeon gave a 26-episode order to the new comedy "Marvin," which will star Cruikshank as an alien teen living with a human family.

Nickelodeon also will produce a third movie, featuring Cruikshank's popular Internet character, Fred Figglehorn. The network launched a "Fred" comedy series this spring.

* The Kyra Sedgwick-fronted "The Closer" will begin its final, six-episode run July 9 on TNT. It will lead into the premiere of its spinoff, "Major Crimes," which starts Aug. 13.

"Major Crimes" will feature Mary McDonnell continuing her role as Los Angeles police Capt. Sharon Rayder. All "The Closer" regulars will be back except Jon Tenney (Fritz) and Robert Gossett (Commander Taylor), who are slated for guest appearances, and Corey Reynolds (Sgt. Gabriel).

* Love her or hate her, Sarah Palin is a draw. HBO drew 3.6 million viewers to its four airings last weekend of the "Game Change," becoming the network's most-watched original film in nearly eight years.

* Quick hits ... NBC announced it picked up the sci-fi drama "Grimm" for a second season .. Lifetime has ordered 20 more episodes of "America's Most Wanted" ... Martha Stewart will appear as herself on the May 7 episode of "2 Broke Girls."

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