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CBS Renews 11 TV Series for the 2008 – 2009 Season, What About the Rest?

CaneThe CBS network has announced they are already renewing 11 series for their next season’s schedule — most of which are crime dramas. Only one freshman show from the 2007 – 2008 season has been given a greenlight for a second year. How about the others?

To no great surprise, the network is renewing Cold Case, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Ghost Whisperer, NCIS, Numb3rs, Without a Trace, and Two and a Half Men. CBS had previously announced that two new cycles of Survivor and one of The Amazing Race are already in the works.

They’ve also given the go-ahead for another year of The Big Bang Theory, the network’s one new hit of the current season. Where does that leave the rest of the CBS shows? Cancelled?

Big Brother — The latest season just launched a couple weeks ago and isn’t performing very well. The reality series usually does much better in the summer months so don’t expect it to air during the regular season again. Big Brother should be back for another round in the summer.

Cane — The show’s ratings weren’t very good and it hasn’t been put back into production. It’s highly unlikely that CBS will put the money into trying to relaunch a poorly rated series in the fall — nine months after it left the airwaves.

How I Met Your Mother – The sitcom’s ratings have remained about the same this season but aren’t anything to crow about. CBS has put Mother back into production for nine more episodes this season and that’s a vote of confidence. The show needs at least another season to make it attractive for syndication so it seems likely that Barney and friends will be around to “Suit up!” for year four.

MoonlightJericho — The second season just premiered this week and the ratings weren’t any better than last season’s when it was initially cancelled. It looks unlikely that they’ll improve much, which means it won’t be back next year. Thankfully, the producers have filmed a possible series ending.

Kid Nation — Even controversy couldn’t help this one attract many viewers. Coupled with all of the negative publicity this reality series attracted, it’s highly unlikely that it’ll be back for year two.

Moonlight — Despite being left off the renewal list, the vampire series is going back into production for four more episodes for this season. CBS is likely waiting to see how well the drama performs when it returns in April.

The New Adventures of Old Christine — Nine episodes were completed prior to the writers strike shutdown. It’s not going back into production for the remaining four and that doesn’t look good for the show’s chances of survival. The show’s future will likely be decided once CBS checks out its new sitcom pilots.

Rules of Engagement — The sitcom has gone back into production on six new episodes that will begin airing on April 14th. Episodes were attracting 11 – 12 million viewers when they last aired in November 2007, holding onto most of the Two and a Half Men audience.

The UnitShark — James Woods and company have gone back to work on four additional episodes for this season, though an air date hasn’t been announced. The drama’s fate will probably be decided based on strength of the network’s new pilots but it’s likely to return for a third season.

The Unit — Only 11 episodes were produced this season and the show hasn’t been put back into production for the rest. The show’s ratings have been about the same as those of year two. The network may decide to try something new next fall as The Unit typically loses a significant percentage of its NCIS lead-in.

Welcome to the Captain — It’s been on the air for two weeks. The reviews have been terrible and the ratings have not been good thus far. Unless things improve, there’s no reason the network would keep this sitcom and dump one of its others.

As always, we’ll keep you posted on the latest news in cancellations so stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

dana March 30, 2008 at 8:36 pm

please bring back cane!!!!!!! my family and friends loved this show please please please it was just strating to get really good. i think yu should reconsider this one


Renee March 30, 2008 at 6:45 pm

I agree with #9 -Brandon – BRING BACK CANE!!! I LOVE THAT SHOW. I am very disppointed that it looks like it wont be back.


Seeker610 March 26, 2008 at 10:27 am

I would watch regular TV if the commercials were at the end of the program. As it is I wait for next complete season of a series it to come out on DVD at my local Blockbusters and watch it all. It’s about time network TV started thinking of formatting their TV shows to run straight thru and giving the audience enough intelligence to allow them to see the whole episode without idiotic commericial interruptions. Air the commercials at the end of the episode.


Kristina March 25, 2008 at 2:16 pm

Hello, I am from Dallas, Texas and an avid watcher of “The Unit.” I really became involved when my own family was deployed to Iraq and that may be why people don’t like it. It has more reality in it and people do not want to face what is going on in the world. It also shows the good that the military does. Please keep this show on……. I always make sure I am home to see it.



Dante' March 24, 2008 at 12:46 am

The Unit is 2 good 2 b cancelled. NCIS??? yea right the Unit is WAY better, but i do like NCIS.


judith vaughn March 19, 2008 at 8:02 am

please don’t cancel The Unit I’ve enjoyed watching the series. It”s awesome!!


Brandon March 17, 2008 at 9:56 am

BRING BACK CANE!!!!!!! PLEASEEE!!!! It’s such a great show… I personally don’t think people gave it a fair shake. It needs to come back for another chance and it will thrive!!!


kristen March 16, 2008 at 3:10 pm

love ghost whispers , bigbrother save bigbrother…. or maybe they should bring fear factor back on repalcing bigbrother imiss fearfactor


Cynthia March 14, 2008 at 11:25 am

The Unit is great — please don’t cancel it. I look more forward to watching it than I do NCIS. NCIS is also good but The Unit is GREAT !!

Please renew.


shannon March 10, 2008 at 9:43 pm

the un it is an AWESOME show … They need to keep it on!!!!


EJ March 10, 2008 at 3:05 pm

The Unit is an excellent show … please don’t cancel this series.


Melissa February 29, 2008 at 3:13 pm

Please please please bring back Moonlight in the Fall. I know so many people that love this show. I also know that there is a book called Twilight that is being made into a movie, which is supposed to be released in December 2008. Its about vampires and is a huge hit! All the people that I know that have read the books, love Moonlight!!! It won a People’s Choice Award for crying out loud! Please bring it back in the fall!!!


Rosemary February 22, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Close to home was an awesome show, i missed it this year. Why was it not renewed? Is there a possibility of having air again….


christy johnson February 19, 2008 at 6:57 pm

bring back the class!! welcome to the captain? old christine? neither show is half as good as the class!!!


Bianca Standifer February 18, 2008 at 10:46 pm

Hello, I am in Hinesville Ga, and they are plenty of people who loves the show CANE. I do not understand why CBS doesn’t want to relaunch the show. But instead the same crap over and over again. we get how csi etc. solves the cases. Reality shows should be on a certain channel so lameos eho like them can watch. CANE is so different and sooooo intresting i wish that it was monday thru sunday. ALL of the actors are GREAT. i DO HAVE MY FAVORITE OFCOARSE, BUT cbs should reconsider.

Thank you



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