Hot on the heels of renewing Criminal Minds for its twelfth season, CBS is handing out a renewal to a new comedy and a cancellation of a drama, officially ending a long-running franchise on the network.
First up, CBS renewed its freshman comedy Life in Pieces after a successful first season run, according to Variety. The renewal of the show marks the first renewal for CBS’ first year series.
Life in Pieces was the number one new comedy across the networks as the show averaged 10.53 million viewers. The show boasts an impressive cast, including James Brolin, Dianne Wiest and Colin Hanks, among others.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show originally aired Monday nights before getting moved to Thursdays in the midseason, joining other CBS comedies The Big Bang Theory, Mom and 2 Broke Girls. The show had an unusual storytelling format, as each of the episodes were split into four sections to tell different stories about the Short family in each episode.
Life in Pieces is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.
But as one series gets a renewal, another series gets a cancellation. CBS has canceled CSI: Cyber after two seasons, according to Variety. The show certainly had star power, as Ted Danson, James van der Beek and Patricia Arquette starred on the show.
Like the different CSI shows, CSI: Cyber focused on a team of forensic experts who solve crimes. However, CSI: Cyber dealt with crimes that started online.
This past season, the show aired on Sundays following The Good Wife and averaged a 1.5 rating and had 8.5 million viewers in the live and seven day ratings in the Nielsen ratings.
The cancellation marks the end of the CSI franchise on the network that started back in 2000, when the original CSI first premiered. The original CSI had three spinoffs, CSI: Miami, which ended in April 2012, CSI: New York, which ended in February 2013 and now CSI: Cyber, who’s last episode aired in March of this year.
The original CSI ended in September of 2015, airing a two-part episode on September 27.
CBS has yet to renew its other freshmen shows, including Limitless, Supergirl, Code Black, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders and Rush Hour. News about these shows are expected to come soon as network upfronts begin on Monday. For next season, CBS is looking for three to five new shows for the next TV season, according to Variety.