At an investor conference Tuesday, CBS CEO Les Moonves told attendees that five of the network’s freshman shows will likely be renewed for next season.
“We have five new shows on this year,” Moonves said at the Deutsche Bank 2016 Media, Internet and Telecom Conference. “Of those five, I believe all five of them will be renewed, and we own four of them.”
Here’s the thing: CBS actually has seven new shows this season, one of which — “Angel from Hell” — has already been canceled. Of the other six, four are on the air already: “Life in Pieces,” “Supergirl,” “Limitless” and “Code Black.” CBS Studios owns all but “Supergirl,” which comes from Warner Bros.
Two new series have yet to premiere. “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” debuts March 16, and “Rush Hour” premieres March 31. “Beyond Borders” comes from CBS Studios, while “Rush Hour” is a Warner Bros. production.
Moonves’ quote suggests that “Beyond Borders” will be the fifth show to earn a renewal, which would leave “Rush Hour” out in the cold. Which is probably not what a show’s cast and crew would like to hear three-plus weeks before it even airs.
There’s a little bit of wiggle room in Moonves’ comments — “I believe” isn’t exactly “Today I’m announcing that …,” and if ratings on any show tank between now and May, that can affect any renewal decision. But it looks like the marginal “Code Black” and the yet-to-air “Beyond Borders” may have a leg up.