As many of our favorite TV shows wrap up filming for the season this week, their fates still hang in the balance. Networks won’t finalize their 2012-2013 schedules until mid May at Upfronts in New York City, and until then, casts, crews, and fans of some shows will have to wait to hear whether they’re coming back next year.
We’ve already explored the ABC bubble shows, so now it’s time to visit the CBS fare. CBS has already renewed a large number of shows. Fans of “The Good Wife,” “Blue Bloods,” “CSI,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “The Mentalist,” “Person of Interest,” “Criminal Minds,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: LA,” “Mike & Molly,” “2 Broke Girls,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “The Big Bang Theory” can rest assured — your shows will be back.
We can also pretty much count on seeing the return of “Two and a Half Men,” provided negotiations with Ashton Kutcher continue to go well. The only show already canceled is the highly unsuccessful “How to Be a Gentleman.”
Which brings us to the ones that remain undecided. Vote and let us know which shows you hope to see return next season!
The case for it: The ratings were pretty solid, and if CBS looks to expand its comedy blocks, it could be a safe bet.
The case against it: Almost universally panned by critics, “Rob” has generated very little positive buzz.
The case for it: After six seasons, “Rules” saw a ratings boost this year.
The case against it: If CBS doesn’t add more sitcom time to its schedule, “Rob” and “Rules” will likely get axed.
The case for it: Creatively, “CSI: Miami” is still going strong and with over 200 episodes in the bag, it’s a syndication goldmine. This season’s finale will end on a considerable cliffhanger, with Horatio’s team split up.
The case against it: The show’s 10th season was cut short to make room for “NYC 22,” and some actors, like Eva La Rue, have been booked in other pilots.
The case for it: Syndication, syndication, syndication.
The case against it: It’s never a good sign when the showrunners smell a series finale, and we’re hearing that this season’s ender was crafted to satisfy viewers in case the show doesn’t return in the fall.
The case for it: “The Good Wife” and “Unforgettable” had similar ratings, and “The Good Wife” has already gotten the green light to return. “Unforgettable” could potentially be a Saturday show next season. (Ouch.)
The case against it: Low ratings, unhappy critics, and a creative plateau never add up to good things.
The case for it: Patrick Wilson is fun to look at? This one might need a ghostly miracle.
The case against it: It’s increasingly likely that CBS will add more sitcom time to its schedule, and “A Gifted Man” will likely be the first drama to go.