CBS Renews 11 Shows for 2008-09

Late Thursday (Feb. 14) afternoon, CBS gave Valentine's Day gift to freshman comedy "The Big Bang Theory," plus 10 other scripted hits.

The network announced that 11 of its most successful shows, including eight of the 20 top-rated scripted offerings on television, will be back for the 2008-09 season. Joining "The Big Bang Theory" on the pick-up front are "Cold Case," "Criminal Minds," all three shows in the "CSI" franchise, "Ghost Whisperer," "NCIS," "Numb3rs," "Two and a Half Men" and "Without a Trace."

The network had previously ordered another installment of "The Amazing Race," plus two more seasons of "Survivor."

None of those renewals is particularly surprising, as most of the shows represent the foundation of CBS' long run as TV's most-watched network.

CBS also announced on Thursday that even if other networks are feeling doubts about how to handle the upfronts season this year, The Eye will hold a presentation for advertisers on Wednesday, May 14 at Carnegie Hall. The may turn out to be Judgment Day for fans of a number of currently unrenewed shows.

Among the shows that remain in limbo are beloved Monday comedy "How I Met Your Mother," slightly less beloved Monday comedy "Rules of Engagement," the James Wood drama "Shark" "The Unit" and cult vampire favorite "Moonlight." All of those shows (except possibly for "The Unit") are being brought back into production and will return in March and April for new episodes likely to determine their eventual fate. Presumably the network's schedule will still have room for several of those shows.

Also on uncertain footing is "Jericho," which was brought back from the dead after a fan campaign, but delivered middling returns in its Tuesday return. "Jericho" has finished shooting its mini-season, but six episodes have yet to air.

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