CBS renews 18 series, including '2 Broke Girls,' 'Mike & Molly,' 'Blue Bloods'
CBS has renewed a majority of their scripted television series, including "2 Broke Girls," "Mike & Molly" and the previously announced multi-year pickups of "How I Met Your Mother" and "The Big Bang Theory."
The network released a statement on Wednesday, March 14 announcing that they have picked up 18 returning series including four comedies, nine dramas, three reality series and two newsmagazines.
The renewed scripted series include "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Hawaii Five-O," "Criminal Minds," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Person of Interest," "The Mentalist," "Blue Bloods" and "The Good Wife."
Reality and news programs which will return include "The Amazing Race," "Undercover Boss," "Survivor," "60 Minutes" and "48 Hours Mystery."
CBS announced that they are in "preliminary discussions" regarding the future of "Two and a Half Men," which suffered in ratings following the departure of Charlie Sheen and the addition of Ashton Kutcher.
"This large-scale renewal is testimony to the strength, stability and success of a deep and diverse roster of top-rated programming," Nina Tassler, President of CBS Entertainment said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com. "It positions us for continued success next season and certainly creates an environment that will give our new shows the best possible chance to succeed."
"2 Broke Girls" was CBS' No. 1 new comedy and was the first scripted series to top "American Idol" in viewers between the ages of 18-49. The popular series stars Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs as a pair of struggling entrepreneurs/waitresses in Brooklyn.
Emmy-winner Melissa McCarthy will return to the small screen for a third season of "Mike & Molly," where she stars opposite Billy Gardell.
"Blue Bloods" stars Tom Selleck as the patriarch of a family of New York cops portrayed by Bridget Moynahan, Donnie Wahlberg, Linda Reagan, Will Estes and Len Cariou.
"NCIS" remains the No. 1 scripted drama series on television and "Person of Interest" ranked as the networks No. 1 new series of the season.
Correction: In the March 14 story above, OnTheRedCarpet.com erroneously reported "New Kids on the Block" singer Donnie Wahlberg plays a cop family patriarch in "Blue Bloods." The character is portrayed by Tom Selleck. This version of the article has been updated to reflect the correction.