Wednesday, May 20, 2009

CBS Renews Most of its Crime Dramas, Cancels Without a Trace, Adds NCIS Los Angeles and The Bridge

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CBS announced its 2009 / 2010 television schedule this morning. As the network currently with the most crime dramas, they had the most to say for mystery and suspense fans.

First the returning series.

All three of the CSI franchise series were renewed. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation retains its Thursday night slot at 9 PM (ET/PT). CSI: Miami will air on Mondays at 10 PM (ET/PT), and CSI: NY will air on Wednesdays at 10 PM (ET/PT). Previous seasons of all of these series are available on DVD: CSI, CSI: Miami, and CSI: NY.

NCIS was renewed for its 7th season, and airs on Tuesdays at 8 PM (ET/PT). The season finale this month served as an introduction for a spin-off that was picked up by the network (see below). The first 5 seasons of NCIS are currently available on DVD.

Criminal Minds returns for its 5th season, and is scheduled to air on Wednesdays at 9 PM (ET/PT). The first 3 seasons of Criminal Minds are currently available on DVD.

Numb3rs returns for a 6th season and is scheduled to air Fridays at 10 PM (ET/PT). The first 4 seasons of Numb3rs are currently available on DVD.

Cold Case moves to a new time for its 7th season, now airing on Sundays at 10 PM (ET/PT). Previous seasons of Cold Case are not yet available on DVD.

Finally, The Mentalist was renewed for a second season and airs in a new time slot, Thursdays at 10 PM (ET/PT). We're still not sure this qualifies a mystery/suspense/crime drama but we're leaning in that direction and may add it to Mysteries on TV when the first season is released on DVD.

The new series is a spin-off from NCIS, titled NCIS: Los Angeles, a drama about the high stakes world of undercover surveillance at the Office of Special Projects (OSP), a division of NCIS that is charged with apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals that pose a threat to the nation's security. By assuming false identities and utilizing the most advanced technology, this team of highly trained agents goes deep undercover, putting their lives on the line in the field to bring down their targets. NCIS: Los Angeles is scheduled to follow NCIS on Wednesdays at 9 PM (ET/PT).

CBS also acquired the Canadian series The Bridge as a mid-season replacement. The Bridge is a crime drama about a tough and dedicated police officer who is voted to become the police union's dynamic leader. The show provides an unflinching look at the struggle street cops face as they not only battle criminals - but also their own bosses - in order to protect society and, ultimately, themselves. It is based on the insights of veteran insider and outspoken former Toronto police union head Craig Bromell.

CBS cancelled, somewhat surprisingly, the crime drama Without a Trace which had run for 7 seasons. The first 2 seasons of Without a Trace are available on DVD.

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