CBS of­fers early look at next sea­son’s lineup

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CBS on Wed­nes­day an­nounced the re­newal of a stag­ger­ing 18 prime-time se­ries for next sea­son, mak­ing the an­nual May an­nounce­ment of its fall sched­ule al­most moot and send­ing a mes­sage of sta­bil­ity.

Fans of tele­vi­sion’s top-rated net­work won’t have to worry about whether old fa­vorites such as “NCIS,” “CSI: Crime Scene In­ves­ti­ga­tion” and “Sur­vivor” are com­ing back in the fall.

Ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press, the Mon­day com­edy lineup of “How I Met Your Mother,” “2 Broke Girls” and “Mike & Molly” will re­turn in­tact, and CBS said it is ne­go­ti­at­ing to bring the Ash­ton Kutcher-led “Two and a Half Men” back. Thurs­day’s “The Big Bang The­ory” also will re­turn, CBS said.

“This large-scale re­newal is tes­ti­mony to the strength, sta­bil­ity and suc­cess of a deep and di­verse ros­ter of top-rated pro­gram­ming,” said Nina Tassler, CBS en­ter­tain­ment pres­i­dent.

A hand­ful of se­ries did not get re­newals, im­me­di­ately putting them on the bub­ble for re­turn. These in­clude the New York and Mi­ami spinoffs of “CSI,” the new dra­mas “Un­for­get­table” and “A Gifted Man,” the sixth­sea­son com­edy “Rules of En­gage­ment” and the new com­edy “Rob.”

This doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean those se­ries will be can­celed. They’ll likely com­pete with po­ten­tial new se­ries for spots in the lineup.

Wed­nes­day’s an­nounce­ment sends a clear mes­sage to pro­duc­ers of new se­ries be­ing con­sid­ered by CBS: Raise your game be­cause com­pe­ti­tion for space is fierce, said Brad Adgate, an an­a­lyst for Hori­zon Me­dia.

The CBS an­nounce­ment also is aimed at ad­ver­tis­ers who will be mak­ing de­ci­sions this spring about where to spend bil­lions of dol­lars to hawk their wares.

“When you’re the top net­work and have been the top net­work for seven or eight sea­sons, you can do this,” Mr. Adgate said.

CBS prob­a­bly could put the same lineup on next fall and do well but doesn’t want to run the risk of get­ting stale, he said.

Be­sides “NCIS,” CBS al­ready has com­mit­ted to bring­ing back its Los An­ge­les spinoff. Other dra­mas that will re­turn are “Hawaii Five-0,” “Crim­i­nal Minds,” “Per­son of In­ter­est,” “The Men­tal­ist,” “Blue Bloods” and “The Good Wife.”

“The Amaz­ing Race” and “Un­der­cover Boss” will join “Sur­vivor” as CBS re­al­ity shows to re­turn. The news­magazines “60 Min­utes” and “48 Hours Mys­tery” also will be back. safety stan­dards pos­si­ble, ac­ci­dents un­for­tu­nately hap­pen and it is im­pos­si­ble to guar­an­tee they won’t in the fu­ture,” the chan­nel said. “Ac­cord­ingly, we have reached this dif­fi­cult decision.”

The move was made with David Milch, the show’s cre­ator, and Michael Mann, his fel­low ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on the drama that brought film ac­tor Mr. Hoffman to se­ries TV. It was a high-pro­file project for the pre­mium chan­nel, which stakes its rep­u­ta­tion on such fare.

HBO said it was “im­mensely proud” of the se­ries and those in­volved in it, and the pro­duc­ers said in a joint state­ment that they “loved this se­ries, loved the cast, crew and writ­ers.”

Re­tired jockey Gary Stevens, who co-stars on “Luck” and was in the race­horse movie “Se­abis­cuit,” tweeted his sup­port to the HBO se­ries: “So bummed. Peace out to all my fam­ily in #luck.” take­out res­tau­rant, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports.

The one­time mem­ber of the rap group Public En­emy was to hold an open­ing cer­e­mony Thurs­day evening at Flavor Flav’s House of Flavor, a few blocks south­east of down­town Las Ve­gas.

Flavor Flav’s real name is Wil­liam Jonathan Dray­ton Jr., and he’s tried the chicken-res­tau­rant recipe be­fore. A short-lived fran­chise dubbed Flav’s Fried Chicken opened and closed last year in Clin­ton, Iowa. An an­nounce­ment said the Las Ve­gas store isn’t as­so­ci­ated with the one in Iowa.

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