“Unforgettable,” starring Poppy Montgomery, is still on the fence for another season. (GIOVANNI RUFINO/CBS)

CBS has renewed 18 of its primetime series for next season. The list does not include “Two and a Half Men” because, CBS notes, they’re still negotiating with Ashton Kutcher about coming back. He’d only signed on for one season and though he’s said he’s very happy doing the show, it’s unclear how much money it will take to keep making him happy. Anyway, assume CBS wants very much to have that one back too.

The list of shows NOT getting an early pick up is much shorter so we’ll go with that list:

New Rob Schneider sitcom “Rob”

David Spade’s sitcom “Rules of Engagement”


“CSI: Miami”

freshman cop-can’t-forget-anything drama “Unforgettable”

frosh doc-sees-dead-wife drama “A Gifted Man”

It’s important to note this does not mean all of these series are cancelled. Indeed, according to press pronouncements, “Rules of Engagement” has been dead more times than Rasputin — and yet, is now celebrating its sixth season on the network.

What the list does mean is that CBS is waiting to see if its new pilots for next season’s crop of hopefuls coughs up something with more upside potential than these programs. That said, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves recently said at an investors confab that the network planned to put out to pasture at least one of its older series at the end of this season — our money’s on “CSI: NY.”

CBS is scheduled to officially unveil its new primetime lineup for the 2012-13 TV season, to advertisers, in New York on May 16.

And, here is the list of officially picked up shows for the 2012-13 TV season on CBS:

“How I Met Your Mother”

“The Big Bang Theory”

“2 Broke Girls”

“Mike & Molly”


“NCIS: Los Angeles”

“Hawaii Five-O”

“Criminal Minds”

“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”

“Person of Interest”

“The Mentalist”

“Blue Bloods”

“The Good Wife”

“The Amazing Race”

“Undercover Boss”


“60 Minutes”

“48 Hours Mystery”

And, earlier, CBS had announced it had picked up “Big Brother” for this coming summer.