The wait is over. CBS has renewed Rules of Engagement for a seventh season of 13 episodes. A representative for the network tweeted, “This Just In: new episodes of #RulesofEngagement have been ordered for midseason on #CBS”
Rules follows two couples and their single friend as they deal with the complications of dating, commitment, and marriage. Jeff and Audrey Bingham (Patrick Warburton and Megyn Price) are a long-married couple, Adam Rhodes (Oliver Hudson) and Jennifer Morgan (Bianca Kajlich) are engaged sweethearts, and Russell Dunbar (David Spade) is their shallow single friend. Tamir “Timmy” Patel (Adhir Kalyan) is Russell’s long-suffering assistant.
The venerable sitcom has been a solid utility player for CBS and has been shuffled around the schedule several times since 2007.
Last May, Rules was renewed for season six and it was announced that it would be moving to Saturday nights, the first time in several years that an original sitcom had aired on CBS on that night. There was speculation that the network made a discounted deal with Sony Pictures TV so that the studio would have additional episodes of Rules for syndication.
Following the quick cancellation of How to Be a Gentleman, CBS returned Rules to Thursday nights.
Despite the fact that it was performing well, CBS later opted not to order a full season of Rules. The 13 episodes of season six were combined with three leftover episodes from season five.
The cast and crew were given the news shortly before the last two episodes were filmed. According to our source, those who worked on the show were quite upset and believed that the show was indeed finished.
CBS put Rules on hiatus to introduce another new sitcom, ¡ROB!, but that one didn’t perform any better. CBS cancelled ¡ROB! last week.
When Rules wasn’t on CBS’ 2012-13 schedule, things didn’t look good for the venerable sitcom. However, discussions between CBS and Sony were reportedly still ongoing. Both sides seemingly wanted to make the renewal happen.
CBS has now renewed Rules for a seventh season of 13 episodes. They’ll kick off mid-season and this order will bring the show’s episode total to an even 100 installments.
What do you think? Are you glad to hear that Rules of Engagement has been renewed or do you think it’s time to cancel it? Should this be the final season?