Eleven scripted series back for CBS

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CBS has renewed 11 scripted series for next season, including the hit procedurals "NCIS," "Criminal Minds" and the "CSI" trio, the top comedy "Two and a Half Men" as well as promising freshman sitcom "The Big Bang Theory."

The other series getting pickups are the dramas "Cold Case," "Without a Trace," "Ghost Whisperer" and "Numbers."

Surprisingly, the list doesn't include Monday comedy "How I Met Your Mother," which also was left hanging last season until an eleventh-hour renewal. The series, recently picked up for nine more episodes this season, has a good chance to return in the fall, sources said.

Also up in the air is the fate of four series that are returning soon with originals — freshman cult favorite "Moonlight," "Shark," "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Rules of Engagement" — as well as two dramas that were not picked up for more episodes, "The Unit" and freshman "Cane."

The pickup news follows last month's renewals of two CBS reality series: "Survivor," which has been extended through its 18th season, and "The Amazing Race," which will be back for its 13th edition.

CBS' announcement also follows a slew of scripted renewals this week by ABC and NBC.
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