3:49pm PT by Lesley Goldberg , Lacey Rose
CBS Cancels 'CSI: NY,' 'Vegas,' 'Rules of Engagement,' 'Golden Boy'
CBS has canceled long-running procedural CSI: NY, freshmen Vegas, Golden Boy and long-running pinch-hitter Rules of Engagement.
The New York-set Crime Scene Investigation spinoff will not return for a 10th season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Following a condensed 17-episode season (its shortest to date) the series edged CSI: Miami for the eleventh-hour pickup last season.
This year, the Friday series -- which remained a cash cow for its network and sister studio -- was a mixed bag on the typically low-rated night. Despite holding its own against fare including Grimm, Fringe and Supernatural, CBS opted not to move forward with the series. In a telling sign of the veteran drama's future, core cast members including Natalie Martinez and Hill Harper have already lined up new series regular roles in first position -- on USA Network's Covert Affairs and CBS' summer drama Under the Dome, respectively.
CSI: NY's departure leaves only the flagship series as the remaining show in the franchise after CBS dropped spinoff CSI: Miami last year. The future of the series had been in question after being left off CBS' massive renewal in March, when it renewed seven dramas. For its part, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was renewed in March for a 14th season with Ted Danson and Elisabeth Shue set to return.
Vegas, the story of Vegas rodeo cowboy-turned-sheriff drew a top-name cast including Dennis Quaid in his small-screen series regular debut, Michael Chiklis, Jason O'Mara and Carrie-Anne Moss but couldn't catch on the way CBS had hoped. The drama has averaged a 1.5 rating among adults under 50 and 10 million viewers -- a hit by some standards but not on CBS. It most recently drew a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49.
From Warner Bros. Television, Golden Boy was one of executive producer Greg Berlanti's two dramas to get the green-light this year, with fellow freshman Arrow already earning a second season at the CW. The Theo James-Chi McBride cop drama earned a reprieve from its Friday time slot in March, taking over the Tuesdays at 10 p.m. slot previously occupied by pricey period drama Vegas, which was bumped to Fridays. During its freshman run, Golden Boy averaged a 1.5 in the key demo and 8.3 million viewers, solid but not the breakout critical hit the network had hoped for. Berlanti, meanwhile, already has a second show at CW with this week's pickup of The Tomorrow People. With the departure of both freshman comedies, Elementary becomes the only member of CBS' 2012-13 freshman class to earn a second season.
Workhorse comedy Rules of Engagement, from Sony Pictures Television, had been a reliable pinch-hitter for CBS during its seven-season run, at one point even landing a Saturday night place on the schedule last year before being called in to sub when How to Be a Gentleman floundered. Last year's eleventh-hour pickup granted the David Spade and Patrick Warburton starrer the time required to make it to the all-important 100-episode threshold needed for syndication. TBS, home to syndicated repeats of The Big Bang Theory, has already landed off-network rights to the comedy. Meanwhile, Warburton and Spade, among other cast members, have already moved on and booked roles in first position this pilot season. Spade co-stars in CBS' Bad Management, while Warburton stars (and produces) CBS and SPT's Jacked Up. Both are awaiting word on their respective futures, with a decision expected in the coming days.