Rules of Engagement: Cancelled by CBS or Not? [report] UPDATED

Rules of Engagement canceled season sevenSee below for update. Despite the fact that the sitcom has been a winner for CBS in the Thursdays at 8:30pm timeslot, it looks like Rules of Engagement has been cancelled.

An inside source has told us that CBS has decided not to order the back nine episodes for the current sixth season. The cast and crew have two episodes left to shoot and believe that those will be the last episodes of the series.

Our source tells us that calls went out on Friday night to those who work on the show to give them the bad news. Especially given the current ratings, many were understandably shocked and upset as they head into the holiday season.

Starring David Spade, Patrick Warburton, Bianca Kajlich, Megyn Price and Oliver Hudson, Rules of Engagement launched in early 2007 and has been a reliable pinch hitter for CBS for years. It started in the post-Two and a Half Men timeslot but has been moved to a couple different timeslots.

Last May, the series was renewed for a sixth season with the aim of a Saturday night run. Word was that the studio gave CBS a great deal so they’d have additional episodes for the syndication package. When How to Be a Gentleman tanked, the network brought Rules back to Thursdays where it’s doing far better than it did last year — and better than any other sitcom that CBS has had in that coveted slot.

Our source says, “The reality is it’s got to be politics. The network has always had it out for Tom [Hertz, Rules’ creator] and the show, which is why it’s weird that they just set up a put pilot with him for next season… It really does seem to be a desperation move on their part to find something that hits it out of the ballpark in that Thurs 8:30 slot. Doubles and triples apparently aren’t good enough for them. They’d rather risk a few more fouls and strike outs than go with a solid player.”

What do you think? Are you a fan of the TV series? Should it get a seventh season?

UPDATE: A network source has told us that Rules has not been cancelled — not yet anyway. Apparently the sitcom was picked up for 18 episodes for season six, to be combined with two leftover episodes from season five. CBS has now cut the episode order down to 13 episodes (or 15 total). (Deadline is now reporting the same thing.) While the door is still open for season seven, we’re told that many involved with the production believe this is truly the end of the show.

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Ed
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Ed
January 14, 2012 11:59 pm

Insane decision. Bring back rules. I wont watch Rob….

Michelle
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Michelle
January 14, 2012 9:16 pm

Bring back Rules….Rob is terrible! It’s a hillarious show. Love all the charcters.

Patricia
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Patricia
January 14, 2012 8:52 pm

I don’t like sitcoms, but Rules made me laugh. I’m not even going to watch Rob, he’s an idiot and not funny. Couldn’t believe it when I saw it had replaced Rules. Bad executive decision there, CBS

Jeff
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Jeff
January 14, 2012 7:59 pm

Ya by the way, Rob really sucks! And she is taller than him!!!

Jeff
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Jeff
January 14, 2012 7:57 pm

I live foe Rules! There is not anything else that comes close to funny. Reminds me of Seinfeld!!! putty is the best actor

Jennifer
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Jennifer
January 14, 2012 1:31 pm

I can’t believe they cancelled Rules of Engagement. It is one of the funniest sitcoms on the television today. I think CBS needs to bring the show back!!!!!

Sue
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Sue
January 14, 2012 12:19 pm

I’m with all the other comments Rob suck’s , bring back Rules it was great looked forward to Thur. nights also was looking forward for baby being born.

Seriuosly??
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Seriuosly??
January 13, 2012 7:55 pm

Rob’s new show is gonna tank…he sucks…and so does everything he’s been in. Rules will always do better! PLEASE PLEASE make a Seventh Season!!!!

Done
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Done
January 13, 2012 4:34 pm

Rules was one of the funniest shows I watch. All the good shows get canceled. I feel like I can’t invest any more time on new shows just to see them get canceled. I’m giving up TV and reading more books. At least no one can take my books away halfway through them.

Michaela O'Malley
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Michaela O'Malley
January 13, 2012 3:34 pm

What are they thinking? Rules of Engagement, was one of the TV highlights of my week. Totally hilarious. I’m sick of Rob Schnieder. Bring back Rules

what
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what
January 13, 2012 3:16 pm

“Rules” made me laugh, looked forward to thursday nite, now?? !Rob! sucks

Anonymous
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Anonymous
January 13, 2012 9:14 am

why would they keep the dumbest show on television (How I Met Your Mother) and cancel something that is actually funny?

annoyed
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annoyed
January 13, 2012 6:08 am

Rules was very funny. Greed will not help get ratings. It was very funny and kept developing more. Rob? Writing not great.

dave
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dave
January 12, 2012 9:50 pm

ROB sucks bring back RULES

Deboriah Pogue
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Deboriah Pogue
January 12, 2012 8:13 pm

I like Rules of Engagement and will be disappointed to see it canceled. I do hope CBS reinstates it…There are not many shows I watch on CBS, but Rules is one of them.

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