CBS officially renews 18 more series, including 'S.W.A.T.' and 'The Unicorn'; cancels four

Gary Levin
USA TODAY

CBS gave the formal greenlight to 18 more prime-time series for the 2020-21 season, including no-brainers like "NCIS," TV's most-watched drama, but also  "S.W.A.T." and "The Unicorn," whose futures were uncertain and featured in USA TODAY's Save Our Shows poll.

But it canceled four other series: Freshmen "Carol's Second Act," a hospital comedy starring Patricia Heaton; Pauley Perrette's comedy "Broke," which premiered early this month; police drama "Tommy," starring Edie Falco; and perennial "on the bubble" series "Man With a Plan," led by Matt LeBlanc. 

Among other renewals, all expected:

  • "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "NCIS: New Orleans"
  • "FBI" and its new spinoff, "FBI: Most Wanted"
  • "Blue Bloods"
  • "Bull"
  • "SEAL Team"
  • Freshmen comedies "Bob Hearts Abishola" and "The Neighborhood"
  • Freshman courtroom drama "All Rise"
  • Remakes of "MacGyver" and "Magnum P.I."
  • Long-running newsmagazines "60 Minutes" and "48 Hours"
  • Reality series "Undercover Boss" 

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"The Unicorn," a CBS comedy starring Walton Goggins, will be back for a second season.

The network had already picked up additional seasons of top comedy "Young Sheldon," as well as "Mom," both from producer Chuck Lorre, last year. It also renewed  freshman drama "Evil" and veteran reality series "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race."

And it formally canceled last year's Save Our Shows winner, "Madam Secretary," along with "Hawaii Five-0," "Criminal Minds" and "God Friended Me," though all four have already ended their runs. 

CBS customarily announces a mass of renewals, in part as a sign of its strength as the most-watched network. But this year is anything but customary: The coronavirus pandemic stopped production on pilot episodes for new series, and forced the cancellation of its fall-schedule presentation to advertisers at New York's Carnegie Hall, scheduled for May 13. Instead, the network will webcast a scaled-down outlook on May 19, when it will unveil its fall schedule. 

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