CBS eyes big renewals for 'Men,' 'Bang'

Network considering ordering multiple seasons of both

CBS is close to giving a major commitment to the highest-rated comedy on television, "Two and a Half Men," and this season's half-hour ratings surprise "The Big Bang Theory."

"Men" is being eyed for three seasons.

"Bang" is near a deal for two seasons -- a terrific show of faith to a comedy considered a slow starter just last year.

At a time when most broadcast shows are struggling, such a heavy commitment is unusual but, in the case of these two hits, not exactly a surprise.

Both are produced by Warner Bros. and co-created by Chuck Lorre, "Bang" airs at 8 p.m. Mondaysand has kept setting new series-high numbers in the ratings this season, with dominant "Men" in the catbird seat of 9 p.m. There's been some discussion about whether the lineup might change in the fall given that a recent pairing of the two resulted in "Bang" retaining an extremely large amount of "Men" viewers.
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