Friday, April 19, 2024

CBS Renews 23 Series But Cuts Matt Le Blanc’s “Man with a Plan,” Pauley Perrette’s “Broke,” and Edie Falco’s Police Drama, “Tommy”


CBS is saying goodbye to Matt Le Blanc, Edie Falco, and Pauley Perrette. The network has cancelled “Man with a Plan,” “Tommy,” and “Broke,” their respective series.

But the network has renewed 23 series, including all the “NCIS” and “FBI” shows, plus perennial “Blue Bloods.” Even “All Rise,” “Bob Hearts Abishola,” and “The Unicorn,” three shows I’ve never heard of, will return in the fall. I guess with the virus and all, it’s easier to renew them than to start new shows.

Also gone, thank god, is the insipid “God Friended Me.” However, “Young Sheldon, “Mom,” “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race,” and “Evil,” will return.

Not being added are shows that will get Emmy awards or any water cooler talk, nothing that would appear on Netflix, HBO, or Hulu. Network TV is the strip mall of entertainment. You go there because it’s close by, not because it’s good, and you can’t remember the names of any of the stores.

What hasn’t been announced: the next “FBI” show from Dick Wolf, and “NCIS: Ashtabula.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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