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Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 03/27/2013

CBS renews almost everything on its schedule — what didn’t get a pick-up?


"Criminal Minds” (Robert Voets - CBS)
CBS announced on Wednesday that the network has officially renewed 18 shows for the 2013-2014 fall season, or pretty much everything it airs. The more interesting question: What didn’t get an early pick-up?

That would be “Criminal Minds,” the long-running series going into its ninth season, along with “Vegas,” the new, under-performing Dennis Quaid/Michael Chiklis drama (which, as has been noted, needs Dennis Quaid to smile more often). CBS recently shifted “Vegas” to Friday nights, swapping it out with midseason newcomer “Golden Boy.”

Also absent from CBS’s list: “CSI: NY,” which many expect will be the latest in the franchise to get the ax. Plus, “Two and a Half Men” — CBS noted the network is still in talks with Warner Bros. about the future of the Ashton Kutcher sitcom.

(And no, there’s no call on yet another season of the network’s consistent midseason replacement, “Rules of Engagement.”)

As for renewals, in the comedy category, there’s the already-announced ninth and final season of “How I Met Your Mother,” in addition to Chuck Lorre’s “The Big Bang Theory” and “Mike & Molly.” And some good news for Whitney Cummings, as the show she executive produces, “2 Broke Girls” will return for Season 3.

Dramas include “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Person of Interest,” “Elementary,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “The Mentalist,” “Blue Bloods” and “The Good Wife.” The network confirmed last week it picked up “CSI,” and the announcement for “NCIS“(the top rated show in the country) happened in February.

Reality shows “The Amazing Race,” “Survivor,” and “Undercover Boss” will return, as will “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours.”

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