CBS Renews 'CSI: NY,' Cancels 'CSI: Miami,' 'Gifted Man,' 'Unforgettable,' 'Rob,' 'NYC 22'
UPDATED: With six new scripted series and a large contingent of returning series, CBS was forced to pull the plug on a pricey 'CSI' spinoff.
CBS is heading into Wednesday's upfront presentation with a 2012-13 schedule short a few staples.
The most-watched network has canceled long-running CSI: Miami, along with freshman series Unforgettable, Rob, NYC 22 and A Gifted Man. For its part, CSI: New York will return next season, joining six new scripted series, including Vegas, Golden Boy, Partners and Friend Me, and an impressive collection of returning shows.
Here's a look of what will go and stay:
The New York-set spinoff will return for a ninth season. Following a condensed 18-episode season (its shortest to date) the less-expensive of the two CSI spinoffs edged out the network's Miami-set effort to gain the pickup. The Friday night drama, which remains a cash cow for its network and sister studio, held its own against fare including Grimm, Fringe and Supernatural, helping CBS consistently deliver on Friday nights.
Despite its global appeal and lucrative syndication income, the David Caruso starrer will not return for an 11th season. The Sunday night procedural wrapped its reduced-order 19-episode 10th season on April 8 with about 8 million total viewers and a 1.7 rating in the key demo. After being left off the network's 15-show renewal in March that saw the franchise's flagship series earn a 13th season, sources indicated the network would opt for the less-expensive of the two spinoffs and pick up CSI: New York instead.
“CSI: Miami leaves an amazing television legacy -- a signature look and style, global popularity and as a key player in CBS’s rise to the top over the past decade. We thank all the producers – led by Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Ann Donahue -- and its talented cast, led by David Caruso, for 10 outstanding seasons. Viewers around the world will continue to enjoy rebroadcasts of CSI: Miami in syndication and on key digital platforms for many years to come," the network said in a statement.
A Gifted Man
Despite the draw of Patrick Wilson and co-starring Justified Emmy winner Margo Martindale, the medical drama with a spiritual edge will not return for a second season. The show, which marked Wilson's first small-screen series regular role, was a modest performer for the network on Fridays, airing both at 8 and 9 p.m. Its March 2 season finale drew 9.7 million total viewers and a 1.4 in the demo, placing third for the night. "I couldn't be happier," Wilson tweeted Saturday of the show's cancelation. "As good as it was (sometimes) it was not what I signed on for."
Though scorned by critics, the Rob Schneider family comedy kicked off its run as an over-performer in its coveted time slot following Thursday hit The Big Bang Theory. In fact, the midseason replacement opened huge in January, garnering an impressive 4.1 rating in the demo -- the network's best in the slot in more than a year -- and whopping 13.5 million viewers, before sliding dramatically, ending its eight-episode run with a 2.6 in the demo.
The Poppy Montgomery-Dylan Walsh starrer about a female detective who remembers everything except the day her sister was murdered will not return for a second season. From Ed Redlich, Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman, the drama had been a steady performer at 10 p.m. Tuesdays, most recently drawing a 1.8 in demo and 10.6 million total viewers. With A Gifted Man and Unforgettable both failing to live on, exec producers Beverly and Timberman are 0-for-2 with their rising sophomore efforts, but the duo's Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary has been ordered to series.
The police drama about rookie cops in New York from The Wire's Richard Price, Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal failed to catch on with viewers in its April debut. Airing on Sundays at 10 p.m. in the slot previously occupied by CSI: Miami, pulling a 1.2 in the coveted demo in its third airing.