CBS moving ‘The Mentalist,’ still deciding on ‘Rules of Engagement’

CBS has a decision to make.

While the fate of just about every show on television has already been decided, there is one that remains a mystery up to this very minute — “Rules of Engagement.” It’s a solid performer in the 18-49 demographic (even if it is on the low end of the CBS comedy average), and it seems as though every year the network continues to play this game with the comedy — one that it has constantly thrown around like a Frisbee in their backyard for most of the past several years.

According to Deadline, talks between the network and studio Sony Pictures TV are going down to the wire, but it is believed that both sides are interested in the show having a seventh season. The network only ordered two new comedies, and it is likely that they would want “Rules” around as either a midseason replacement or an insurance policy in the event that their new shows fail to attract new viewers. (It’s become unlikely that the network will expand their Thursday comedy block to two hours, which should keep “Person of Interest” at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.)

As for other news pertaining to the network, the other story floating around suggests that “The Mentalist” may be moved to Sunday nights following “The Good Wife” as a way to cement control on that timeslot following the cancellation of “CSI: Miami.” (A new comedy would then take its place on Thursdays following “POI.”)

Do you think renewing “Rules” ultimately makes sense with all of this information in mind?

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