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NCIS: Los Angeles and The Mentalist: Sold into Syndication, Won’t Be Cancelled Soon

Mentalist and NCIS: Los AngelesFor two years in a row, CBS has scored with the hottest new drama on television. Last season it was The Mentalist and this year it’s NCIS: Los Angeles. Their ratings have ensured that they won’t be cancelled this season and new syndication deals has all but ensured their safety for the next few years as well.

Starring Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang, Owain Yeoman, Amanda Righetti, and Gregory Itzin, The Mentalist has been a big success on Thursday nights this season. Now, TNT has made a deal with Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution to air the show in syndication for an estimated $2.2 million an episode. According to the pact, TNT will start running the show weekly beginning with the 2011-12 season.

At the end of the present season, there will be 46 episodes of The Mentalist. The lucrative syndication deal ensures that the show will continue for at least one more season and, barring any strange twist of fate, for a lot longer.

Which do you think will last longer?

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NCIS: Los Angeles, which stars Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J, Linda Hunt, and Peter Cambor, debuted just seven weeks ago as a smash hit. In a remarkable move, it’s already been signed for a syndication deal as well. CBS Television has licensed the drama for a syndication run on USA Network.

Under the new deal, USA has agreed to pay an estimated $2.2 million per episode for the drama. The cable channel will start running episodes on a weekly basis starting September 2011 and can run installments five days a week beginning in Fall 2013.

This all but guarantees that NCIS: Los Angeles will be on the air for at least three seasons and very likely more. Because the show is produced by CBS’ in-house studio, the network has incentive to keep it going (ala Medium) even if the ratings drop off.

What do you think? Do you think it’s wise to put so much faith in shows that haven’t been on the air very long?


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mArilyn March 3, 2015 at 1:30 pm

Ncis la is the greatest of all the ncis segments. Can’t beat them!!!! And so is the new hawaii 50. I can watch those 2,shows everyday!!!!!!! My best to shane brennan and the producer of hawaii 50!!!!!!


whitegirlone June 11, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Like Leo I had high hopes for NCIS LA but in my opinion the “Ninga” Hedy is the best character on the show. I just can not make it through the first 20 minutes and that is for the mentalist as well. I think they both should be junked.


jan August 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm



JE May 20, 2010 at 8:16 am

Love both of these shows at least they aren’t being cancelled.


Sandi Apuna April 2, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Yes I love the Mentalist and NCIS LA. They are exciting to watch!


Lacie November 28, 2009 at 6:25 pm

I love this show. The rapport between Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J is great. It’s been very funny and quiet interesting. I am glad that they have made the premature deal to guarantee the future of this show. I am tired of taking the time to get into a show and return each week faithfully to see what happens next, only to be left in the lurch when it is cancelled without even a descent ending that wraps up all the unanswered questions the show has raised.


Leo November 6, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Really NCIS LA? I’m a huge NCIS fan but NCIS doesn’t really do it for me, I watch about 15 to 20 minutes of the show before I realize that I really don’t care what is going on. I tried super hard to like the show.


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