“NCIS” and “FBI” franchises among 15 script renewals at CBS


CBS consolidates its 2020-2021 calendar.

Before its recently announced plan to present its work schedule in a series of digital presentations as part of its “ViacomCBS Upfront @ Home” from May 18 to 19, the network renewed 15 scripted series, including the three NCIS dramas and the two by Dick Wolf FBI watch. Unmissable dramas should also return. Blue Bloods, Bull, MacGyver, Magnum P.I., SEAL Team, SWAT and comedy The neighborhood. The network also renewed four of its first year programs, with All get up, Chuck Lorre’s Bob Hearts Abishola and The Unicorn join spin-off FBI: the most wanted. News reviews 60 minutes and 48 hours, as well as series of veteran competitions Undercover Boss will also come back.

Matt LeBlanc comedy Man with a plan (who returned for his fifth season in early April), mid-season multicam recruit Broken (with Pauley Perrette, network favorite); Directed by Patricia Heaton Carol’s second act and the police drama of Edie Falco Tommy have all been canceled.

The 15 scripted shows included in Wednesday’s announcement join previously picked comedies Mum and Big Bang theory prequel Young Sheldon – both by Lorre – as well as the rookie drama of Robert and Michelle King Wrong. (Unwritten staples Survivor and Fantastic race have also been recovered for next season.)

“Thanks to these exceptional shows, we will win the current season by 1 million viewers,” CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl said in a statement. “Next year we’ll have these solid streaks back as a base… and Super Bowl LV, too. It’s a well-balanced range in entertainment, news and sports that will put us in an incredibly stable position for 2020-2021. “

Microphones are coming in because there are more questions than answers about what the 2020-21 broadcast season will look like exactly as it is unclear when it will be considered safe to resume work after the new coronavirus has caused an industry-wide halt in production. Return series production generally resumes after July 4 vacation, but with no specific timetable for returning to work – or methods to ensure actors and film crew can stay safe – sources say launch typical of the fall season in September is threatened longer. the stop remains in place. Others note that a January launch may be more likely for the scripted series.

The news comes as no surprise, given the network’s track record of massive renewals before traditional initial presentations. Many industry insiders have viewed bubble emissions as having the greatest benefit at this time, as only a pilot list of diffusers was able to complete production before the mass shutdown. Broadcasters will now have to make new program selections based largely on the limited video footage available to them, the multiple scripts and the strength of the assembled cast.

All told, CBS will return 18 scripted shows next season after veterans Criminal Minds, Elementary, God Friended Me, Hawaii Five-0 and Madam secretary all finished their runs earlier this season. If the fall season started in September, CBS would have room for six dramas and three comedies if it wanted to keep its total scripted volume the same as this season.

While the traditional initial presentations scheduled for next week have been canceled, ViacomCBS will host a series of short digital presentations from May 18-19 that will highlight the entire conglomerate media portfolio, including CBS, the networks wired and CBS All Access. The network’s fall slate will also be unveiled.

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