CBS is heading into Wednesday's upfront presentation with a 2012-13 schedule short a few staples.
The most-watched network has canceled long-running CSI: Miami, along with freshman series Unforgettable and A Gifted Man. For its part, CSI: New York is expected to return next season, joining six new scripted series, including Vegas, Golden Boy, Partners and Friend Me, and an impressive collection of returning shows.
Here's a look of what will go and why:
Despite its global appeal and lucrative syndication income, the David Caruso starrer will not return for an 11th season. The Sunday night procedural wrapped its reduced-order 19-episode 10th season on April 8 with about 8 million total viewers and a 1.7 rating in the key demo. After being left off the network's 15-show renewal in March that saw the franchise's flagship series earn a 13th season, sources indicated the network would opt for the less-expensive of the two spinoffs and pick up CSI: New York instead.
“CSI: Miami leaves an amazing television legacy -- a signature look and style, global popularity and as a key player in CBS’s rise to the top over the past decade. We thank all the producers – led by Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Ann Donahue -- and its talented cast, led by David Caruso, for 10 outstanding seasons. Viewers around the world will continue to enjoy rebroadcasts of CSI: Miami in syndication and on key digital platforms for many years to come," the network said in a statement.
A Gifted Man
Despite the draw of Patrick Wilson and co-starring Justified Emmy winner Margo Martindale, the medical drama with a spiritual edge will not return for a second season. The show, which marked Wilson's first small-screen series regular role, was a modest performer for the network on Fridays, airing both at 8 and 9 p.m. Its March 2 season finale drew 9.7 million total viewers and a 1.4 in the demo, placing third for the night. "I couldn't be happier," Wilson tweeted Saturday of the show's cancelation. "As good as it was (sometimes) it was not what I signed on for."
The Poppy Montgomery-Dylan Walsh starrer about a female detective who remembers everything except the day her sister was murdered will not return for a second season. From Ed Redlich, Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman, the drama had been a steady performer at 10 p.m. Tuesdays, most recently drawing a 1.8 in demo and 10.6 million total viewers. With A Gifted Man and Unforgettable both failing to live on, exec producers Beverly and Timberman are 0-for-2 with their rising sophomore efforts, but the duo's Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary has been ordered to series.
- David Caruso