’22/’23 Slate (CBS): Initial shows boost capital, but Magnum forced out…

The 'initial' shows such as 'NCIS' and 'FBI' are fine, but life's no longer a beach for 'Magnum PI'...

Almost all of CBS‘ main procedurals will not only be returning but, in some cases, have picked up TWO YEAR renewals.  FBI has confirmed its return for a fifth and sixth season, FBI: Most Wanted will definitely have a fourth and fifth season and its most recent addition, FBI: International now has a second and third season planned. This follows the two season renewal of The Equalizer that was announced last week.

Last month it was also confirmed that all three current NCIS shows (NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: Hawa’ii) will be back with confirmations of a yearly renewal. NCIS has done well, despite the loss of the show’s mainstay Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and with the addition of veteran Gary Cole. There is speculation that the next series of the LA variant might be the last, but both the spin-offs have had good numbers despite COVID hitting their production schedules.

As for new shows, CBS has given series orders to three of  the proposed five drama pilots that were in contention. These include  Fire CountryEast New York and So Help Me Todd. The television version of True Lies was a later confirmation for the new season, the latest attempt to create a new version inspired by the original 1994 James Cameron  / Arnold Schwarzenegger/Jamie Lee Curtis film.

We already knew that legal drama Bull was finishing this season. Now, Thomas Magnum may have finally got together with the reboot’s gender-swapped Higgins, but we’ll never know what happens next. Bar a reversal of fortune or a pick-up elsewhere, the Magnum PI reboot will not be returning to the schedules, despite remaining a decent ratings winner for CBS throughout its four seasons. Also beached and benched are the comedies United States of AlB Positive and two first-runners, the medical-drama Good Sam and bowling comedy How We Roll. Plans for a reboot of the ‘tomorrow’s-newspaper-today’ drama Early Edition will not see publication or broadcast.