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TV Feature: What Will Happen to Your Favorite 2013 Network TV Shows

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CHICAGO – The full 2013-2014 Fall TV schedules for the five broadcast networks will be announced next week. Will NBC give “Hannibal” more time to find an audience? Will The CW close the book on “The Carrie Diaries”? Can CBS viewers plan to visit “Vegas” again?

Let’s take a look at the choices facing the major networks and break them down with final predictions for what to expect and what show to begin a letter-writing campaign for now.

CBS

The Eye Network made it incredibly easy on TV pundits this year by early-renewing nearly everything that is likely to return in the Fall. In fact, if it wasn’t renewed and isn’t named “Criminal Minds,” it’s probably NOT going to be renewed. “Minds” (and “Two and a Half Men”) had some contract issues to iron out and so wasn’t included in the wave of renewals. If somehow those contracts can’t be finalized, it could theoretically not be on the schedule but that wouldn’t be due to ratings.

Let’s start with the good news. Don’t worry about the following shows:

Vegas
Vegas
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“2 Broke Girls”
“48 Hours”
“60 Minutes”
“The Amazing Race”
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Blue Bloods”
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”
“Elementary”
“The Good Wife”
“Hawaii Five-0”
“How I Met Your Mother”
“The Mentalist”
“Mike & Molly”
NCIS
NCIS: Los Angeles”
“Person of Interest”
“Survivor”
“Two and a Half Men”
“Undercover Boss”

What does that leave on this network of smash hits? Well, the network canceled “Made in Jersey” before some other shows had even premiered. It leaves only “CSI: NY,” “Vegas,” “Golden Boy,” and “Rules of Engagement” as question marks. I predicted they’d cancel “CSI: NY” last year and there’s even more reason to do so this time around. I don’t see how it’s back. “Vegas” is well-liked and could survive for some time on Friday nights but it’s too expensive to be given that fate. They can’t pay the star salaries for a modest Friday night performer. What happens in “Vegas” is not happening again next year. “Golden Boy” has mediocre reviews and mediocre ratings. The #1 network doesn’t abide mediocre. And I think the axe will FINALLY fall on “Rules of Engagement” now that it’s reached syndication. Yes, there are enough episodes of the David Spade comedy that most people forget is even on so they can forget it’s on in repeats for years to come.

Predicted CBS Renewals:

“Criminal Minds” (presuming contracts get signed)

Predicted CBS Cancellations:

CSI: NY
“Golden Boy”
“Rules of Engagement”
“Vegas”

Predicted Moves:

Expect Monday nights to look the most altered from last season. I expect Chuck Lorre’s new sitcom “Mom” to fit well between the final season of “HIMYM” and “2 Broke Girls” and I think they’ll move “Hawaii Five-0” to Fridays to take the spot now occupied by “Vegas” and free up prime real estate for a new program. Everything else probably stays where it is right now although CBS always throws one or two scheduling curveballs.

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