CBS Renews Roster of Rookie Shows

Melissa McCarthy, left, and Billy Gardell, right, and Reno Wilson are shown in a scene from "Mike & Molly," one of the five new primetime shows picked uo by CBS for a second season. (CBS/Richard Cartwright)
NEW YORK (CBS) One month into the TV season, CBS is giving a passing grade to all of its freshmen.

All five of its new prime-time series have been picked up for a second year. Viewers can expect to see more of the dramas "Hawaii Five-0," ''Blue Bloods" and "The Defenders," as well as comedies "Mike & Molly" and "$#*! My Dad Says."

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CBS did not say how many episodes of each show were ordered, and there were reports in the blogosphere that only six episodes of "$#*! My Dad Says" were ordered, instead of the usual nine. And while all of the news shows have done well, none has distinguished itself as a runaway hit, the way "Glee" did last year on Fox.

Several series on rival networks have already been axed. Those casualties include "Lone Star" on Fox, "My Generation" on ABC, and NBC's "Outlaw," which will soon fade from sight.

CBS has clearly dominated in the ratings this fall, with a victory in prime-time viewership all four weeks of the season so far. Its most recent Thursday night lineup beat even Major League Baseball in the postseason.

The renewals have led to one problem for the network, though. There will be no place in the schedule for the midseason shows waiting in the wings. These include Paula Abdul's dance program, the comedy "Mad Love," the drama "Chaos" and a "Criminal Minds" spinoff.


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