Amid all the flurry of Upfronts renewals and cancellations, last weeks saw rumors that CBS’ flagship CSI would close its doors for good, leaving only spinoff Cyber on the air for an additional season. Now, the network has confirmed CSI will close out with a two-hour movie returning some of the procedural’s biggest names, while Ted Danson will find a new home with the Cyber folk.
It’s only Monday, meaning if you’re already tired of the many 2015 Upfront renewals, cancellations and pickups, CBS is not for you. The eye network has given pickup orders to over a dozen of its existing series, including The Good Wife, Elementary, The Odd Couple, and telling move for CSI’s Cyber spinoff.
Over many years of Upfronts and hundreds of series, it can be hard to keep track of network juggernauts like CSI quietly carrying on. Now, the original Crime Scene Investigation may come to a close this fall with a two-hour movie, while the franchise may yet live on in spinoffs.
Over the past 60 years, just 26 shows have held the coveted title of a season’s top-rated series. They run the gamut from sitcoms to Westerns to medical dramas to soap operas and back. Viewers’ taste remains fascinatingly cyclical; 60 years ago, the most popular show in America was a game show; 45 years later, a similar game show reigned supreme. Some of the shows in this gallery remained firmly ingrained in the fabric of popular culture; others have faded away. (Paging Dr. Marcus Welby...) But at one point in time (or, in a few cases, at several points) these 26 series were the most popular in the entire country.
HBO surprised the TV world yesterday with the announcement of a standalone streaming option for the reclusive network, but it isn't the only TV giant looking to secure a streaming future. CBS has announced (and launched) its own pay-service to give non-cable users access to their library of content, calling the new innovation "CBS Access."
Now that 'How I Met Your Mother' spinoff 'How I Met Your Dad' seems to have fallen through, the CBS lineup looks a little bereft of anything we might normally follow. And now with CBS' acquisition of Thursday Night Football, the full fall 2014 schedule looks a little jumbled with 'The Big Bang Theory' filling in for 'HIMYM' Mondays, while 'Elementary' and others move to October to accommodate football.
Among the last, but certainly not least, the eye network CBS has officially gotten in on the Upfront 2014 game by releasing their schedule for the fall, and full trailers for the newest series. Few major surprises (minus that 'How I Met Your Dad' pass), but take a look at the future of CBS with new trailers for Halle Berry's 'Extant,' sporting family sitcom 'The McCarthys' and more!
Moving right along the major network pantheon, CBS is the latest to give out its lineup for fall 2013-2014 in advance of today's big Upfront presentation. No major shakeups, other than an expanded comedy block on Thursday nights and moves for both 'Person of Interest' and 'Hawaii Five-0,' but Chuck Lorre's 'Mike & Molly' will sit the fall out, while still producing a full season. Find out CBS' fall changes inside!
Earlier today we learned a few choice spoilers for the 'How I Met Your Mother' two-part season 8 finale, but it seems the CBS department had no intention of stopping there. The latest release from the eye network offers up episode descriptions for a whopping 18 upcoming series finales, including 'The Big Bang Theory,' 'Elementary,' 'How I Met Your Mother' and more, so get an inside scoop on all your favorite CBS shows' finales inside!
The CBS brass have gone on record stating their 2013 development season might not contain as many surprises as the other networks, what with the plethora of successful series in no need of replacement or filler. The eye network certainly holds the market as far as long-running procedurals as well, earlier renewing 'NCIS' for an eleventh season, and today renewing 'CSI' for an astonishing fourteenth season. Ted Danson will be on board again, so find out who from 'CSI' will reprise their roles inside!