CBS announced, today, that most of its scripted and unscripted shows from the last year will return in the upcoming 2020-2021 programming season. Only four shows didn't make the cut, being canceled by the network.
CBS had already announced renewals for Young Sheldon, Mom, Evil, The Amazing Race and Survivor. With the announcement today, the net also picked up The Unicorn, The Neighborhood, Bob Hearts Abishola, Undercover Boss and news mags 48 Hours and 60 Minutes.
Several of its scripted dramas also made the renewal list. In addition to its long-running NCIS, its west coast companion, NCIS: Los Angeles was renewed along with the younger NCIS: New Orleans. Procedurals FBI and FBI: Most Wanted; reboots SWAT, Magnum P.I. and MacGyver and the popular SEAL Team were also all renewed. Bull and Blue Bloods rounded out the drama list, along with All Rise.
In addition to Hawaii Five-O, God Friended Me, Criminal Minds and Madam Secretary, all of which were canceled earlier and ended their runs with finales several weeks ago, the new Tommy and Broke were also canceled, along with Man with a Plan and Carol's Second Act.
Kelly Kahl, CBS' President of CBS Entertainment, said, "Next year, we'll have these strong returning series as our foundation... and Super Bowl LV too. It's a well-balanced lineup across Entertainment, News and Sports that will put is in an incredibly stable position for 2020-2021."
There are, of course, remaining questions with the lineup for CBS, as well as all programmers across broadcast, cable and streaming. This uncertainty has suspended development of new pilots, across the TV landscape, forcing CBS - as well as likely other nets - to fall-back on their existing lineups, with only a very few direct-to-series orders getting picked up.
As a direct result of the pandemic, all development and production has been stalled, even on existing series, building an immense backlog of projects, spanning both film and television that are eagerly awaiting restart. It will most certainly be difficult for all of these shows to get to sets and soundstages, to say nothing of post facilities and resources.