Summer renewals: A&E’s ‘Longmire,’ CBS’ ‘Unforgettable’

Usually when a network chooses to renew a show, they do so at a time in which the decision can carry with it a significant amount of good press. This is really why we are currently so shocked that both A&E and CBS decided to make some big announcements late on Friday night — otherwise known as the time when the news cycle dies (and publications often forget to write about it on Monday).

“Unforgettable” lives again

After the rumors first started up about an “Unforgettable” season 2 earlier this month, CBS has officially now given the Poppy Montgomery series the green light to come back just over a month after sending it beyond death’s door.

So why the turnaround? It may have to do with the failure of CBS to launch any summer programming at all this year outside of “Big Brother.” In an effort to compete more with cable (which is starting to dominate more and more from June until late September), 13 installments of the series are going to air in the summer of next year. Let’s just hope the series lives up to its name, and viewers remember that it is around.

“Longmire” returns!

A&E has confirmed that their Katee Sackhoff Western — which has drawn some pretty sensational ratings for the network since launching a few weeks ago — will get a second season next summer. This news was close to a foregone conclusion, since “Longmire” has also boosted the ratings of another one of their shows in “The Glades.” At the end of the day, the network would be insane if they had decided to not renew the show.

What do you think about these moves? To check out our analysis of some other CBS programming alongside “Unforgettable,” head on over to this link.

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