Update - CBS renews a slew of shows
There are not a lot of surprises in this bunch, although it's great news that The Big Bang Theory, CBS's rookie Monday-night sitcom from Chuck Lorre's stable, made the cut. Still in limbo, however, are three other Monday-night comedies from the network: How I Met Your Mother, Rules of Engagement, and The New Adventures of Old Christine. The story speculates that Mother will get the greenlight for a fourth season soon, but Rules and Christine seem to be in competition for the 9:30-10:00 half-hour slot.
Last season, Rules ruled, doing better in the Nielsens than Christine. Christine, which recently came back with original episodes and has been strong ratings-wise, albeit at a time when TV viewers are starved for fresh programming, needs to keep pace with Rules. CBS will likely hold off on choosing between Rules and Christine until after Rules returns in April with six new episodes.
On the drama side, CBS has ordered four new episodes of Shark for later this spring, but whether it's coming back in the fall is still undetermined. Moonlight, Cane and The Unit have already been shut down and may not be back as well.