Following the earlier announcements that “The Big Bang Theory” and “Survivor” will be returning, CBS has announced the renewal of 18 more of its prime-time series for next season.
Among the returning series are nine dramas, including “NCIS,” ”NCIS: Los Angeles,” ”Person of Interest,” ”CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” ”Hawaii Five-O” and “Blue Bloods,” as well as “Criminal Minds,” ”Elementary” and “The Good Wife.”
Returning comedies include “2 Broke Girls,” ”Two and a Half Men” and “Mike & Molly,” plus freshmen sitcoms “The Millers” and “Mom.”
“The Amazing Race,” ”Undercover Boss,” ”60 Minutes” and “48 Hours” will also return.
These renewals mean that CBS has locked in 17 hours of their weekly programming lineup.
The network has not yet decided whether or not to renew “Hostages,” ”Intelligence” and “The Crazy Ones.”
I’m very glad that “NCIS” is returning because I think that Pauley Perette’s Abby Sciuto is still one of the quirkiest, most interesting characters on television. On the other hand, the replacement for Cote De Pablo’s beautiful, complicated Ziva David is a bit weak. Emily Wickersham’s Ellie Bishop is too plain Jane; her “thing” is to spread all of her work on the floor and examine all of the paperwork and photos, trying to develop a profile of the potential killer. Sorry, but that’s a bit thin. Ziva David had layers, a history, a past – and always an undercurrent of romantic tension with Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly)
I’m glad that Hawaii Five-O is returning because that means I get to see Grace Park. I’m not nearly such a fan of this show any more. Too many of the stories have been thin, with weak endings, and for Heaven’s sake, the never-ending Wo Fat story arc should be put to bed. Enough already!
I’m particularly glad that “Elementary” is returning. First, of course, because of Lucy Liu. She’s delicious on so many ways. I’ve been very pleasantly surprised that a female, Asian-American (and very good looking) Dr. Watson could actually work – and does it ever. There is real chemistry between Dr. Joan Watson and the slmost always maddening Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and the stories are intelligent, witty and very well written. I always look forward to sending the show.
The return of “Person of Interest” is also welcome news. The writing on the show is of a high level, and the ensemble cast functions well together; everyone always has their place and thief interactions are believable.
On the minus side, I would have shed no tears if either “Mom” or “The Millers” or “2 Broke Girls” had been axed. “Girls” in particular is crude and forced. The shi’a a one-joke (or rather, one-theme) pony- a continual effort to make as many sexual references as possible. To me, this is very low-brow stuff.