Suit done, Eye re-ups its Monday drivers


CBS has closed a deal to renew the Warner Bros. TV-produced comedies "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory" as the two sides also have agreed to settle their $49 million lawsuit.

"Men" has been picked up for three more years, through the 2011-12 season, and sophomore "Big Bang" has been ordered for two more, through 2010-11.

News of the renewals began to leak this month when Chuck Lorre, co-creator/showrunner of both series, told the casts about the pending pickups.

Slowing the process was WBTV's outstanding $49 million breach-of-contract suit against CBS over "Men" license fees and production-cost reimbursements.

Sources said CBS and WBTV are expected to announce Tuesday during a case-management conference that they settled. (partialdiff)