Regardless of the show we’re talking about, we’ve certainly received the following questions a lot throughout the past month or so. Because we’ve seen the network hand down more seasons like God Friended Me and Magnum PI, that basically opened the floodgate for everyone to clamor for more. Maybe there was patience at one point, but there certainly isn’t any patience now and we get it since these shows are necessary viewing. They are that part of the primetime schedule you look forward to every Friday night and under no circumstances do you want to change it.
Within this piece, we can’t give any concrete confirmation about any particular show since nothing has been confirmed by the network yet, but we can say that the three mentioned in the title (NCIS, Hawaii Five-0, and Blue Bloods) are all likely coming back for more. Want to add more shows to the list? Then go ahead and place MacGyver, NCIS: New Orleans, NCIS: Los Angeles, and SWAT into the mix. We’re a little cagier on SEAL Team (which hasn’t debuted in its new timeslot yet — though we mapped out the current state of its ratings already) and also Madam Secretary, but remain very much in fingers-crossed mode. Criminal Minds was already renewed for a final season, so that’s at least one part of the typical renewal anxiety that we can move past for once.
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Renewals are about timing — networks finding the right time to specifically give that green light. We’ve talked about this in the past — rather than issue a number of smaller press releases with renewal news, CBS likes to do the thing where the metaphorically come out to the podium with a super-long scroll stuffed full of shows coming back. It just means a longer wait for some shows that they’re already decided on … but they do typically make the big announcement before the start of May sweeps.
Here’s the timing that you should look for: Mid-April. It was April 18 when CBS chose to give us all of the good news last year. The year before that, they did it in late March. The period is approaching. It’s basically like driving in a car, waiting for your destination on the other side of the horizon. Sometimes, it feels like the journey takes forever; other times, it pops up on you before you realize it. There are a lot of factors to consider here, with the biggest one being ratings and the second-biggest one being contracts. A lot of these shows have deals that need to be worked out, with Blue Bloods being a big example this time. A lot of the key players are in the final year of their deal and new ones have to be worked out. We think that they will, but negotiations take time since there’s a ton of boring boxes that need to be checked off. Sometimes, you run into situations where some renewals are announced before all deals are signed — there’s often not a reason for concern, but then you have that occasional one where Cote de Pablo leaves NCIS and you’re left shaking your head and shouting at CBS in agony.
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