CBS renews 18 shows, including 'Elementary'

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It’s Happy Phone Call Day for the cast and crew of 18 shows.

CBS just dialed up the producers of the bulk of its primetime lineup to let them know they’re getting another season. CBS is renewing new drama Elementary, reality veteran Survivor and even the struggling critical favorite The Good Wife.

The list, in other words, isn’t too surprising (especially if you read our midseason bubble show Death Watch list), but the absence of some shows could be telling.

The network’s long-running comedy Two and a Half Men is not yet renewed for an 11th season, but that’s a pickup that’s still under negotiations with studio Warner Bros and the show is expected to return. Same goes for the 9th season of Criminal Minds, as the network is still working on talent deals for the cast.

Here’s who is not on CBS’ list and should worry: Struggling freshman dramas Vegas and Golden Boy, long-running Friday night procedural CSI: NY, and perpetual last-minute-renewal comedy underdog Rules of Engagement. At least one of those three dramas might still get a pickup, however. CBS will likely wait until after their pilots come in before deciding how many slots on next fall’s schedule they need to fill.

The full pickup list (some of these have been previously announced): The Big Bang Theory, Elementary, Person of Interest, The Good Wife, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, HIMYM (final season), NCIS, CSI, NCIS: LA, Hawaii Five-0, The Mentalist, Blue Bloods, Amazing Race, Survivor, Undercover Boss, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours.

Currently CBS is leading the season among broadcast networks in both viewers (averaging 12.2 million) and adults 18-49 (3.0 rating).

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