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CBS announces final season for 'Two and a Half Men,' adds 5 new series in the fall



NEW YORK (AP) -- Tea Leoni will portray the U.S. secretary of state in a new CBS drama this fall, the long-running comedy "Two and Half Men" will enter its final season and television's top-rated network will introduce a new generation of crime procedurals.

CBS said Wednesday it has ordered eight new series for next season, five of them premiering in the fall, with a New Orleans-based spinoff of TV's most popular series, "NCIS," among them.

As it has been for several years, CBS will end the season as television's top network. Viewership was down this season, however, and CBS is doubling down on what its viewers find familiar: five of the six new dramas will be about fighting crime.

The exception is "Madam Secretary," where Leoni will star as a former college professor turned secretary of state. It will be paired on CBS' Sunday-night schedule with the network's most critically acclaimed drama, "The Good Wife."

"Two and a Half Men," which began airing in 2003, will have its farewell season. The series has survived despite losing one and a half of the men - Charlie Sheen and youthful actor Angus T. Jones - in noisy and controversial fashion. Creator Chuck Lorre promises plenty of surprises for the final season, but top CBS entertainment executive Nina Tassler said she doesn't know whether bringing Sheen's character back from the dead will be one of them.

"NCIS: New Orleans," which will star Scott Bakula, gets the prized time slot of Tuesday following "NCIS." The already established spinoff, "NCIS: Los Angeles," will move to Monday nights.

For the first time in more than 25 years, CBS' Monday schedule will not include four comedies. The 9 p .m. Monday time slot, long the home to CBS' most high-profile comedies, will instead be filled by "Scorpion," a story about eccentric geniuses fighting crime. While a drama, "Scorpion" has its funny moments, Tassler said.

CBS will air NFL football games on Thursday nights through late October, meaning its regular Thursday evening of entertainment shows won't premiere until Oct. 30. The network will temporarily move "The Big Bang Theory" to Mondays until the Thursday football games stop.

CBS is canceling "The Crazy Ones" starring Robin Williams after one season. The two highest-profile new comedies of last season, starring Williams and Michael J. Fox on NBC, proved to be failures. CBS also ended "Bad Teacher," "Intelligence," "Hostages" and "Friends With Better Lives."

Somewhat surprisingly, CBS rejected "How I Met Your Dad," the planned spinoff to "How I Met Your Mother" that featured Meg Ryan as a narrator. Tassler said CBS had creative problems with the pilot and wanted producers to redo it, and they would not.

The network stressed its plans to stay open for business all year, bringing fresh programming on the air constantly. To that end, "The Mentalist," "Mike & Molly" and "Undercover Boss" will all return next season; it's just not certain when. New series starring Matthew Perry, Josh Duhamel and Patricia Arquette were all ordered but won't appear in the fall.

"There are other networks that wish they had these shows for their fall schedules," Tassler said.

Other new series planned by CBS:

-"Stalker," starring Dylan McDermott as a detective investigating stalking incidents.

-"The McCarthys," a comedy about a sports-crazed Boston family.

-"Battle Creek," with Duhamel and Dean Winters as a mismatched law enforcement team in Michigan.

-"CSI: Cyber," a high-tech spinoff of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" starring Arquette.

-"The Odd Couple," a comedy remake with Perry as the slob and Thomas Lennon as his neat-freak friend.

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Marge May 14 2014 at 9:33 PM

My comment would be two and a half men became way too dirty for that time slot. I do like the characters and the actors but the writing was awful.

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shishkkab0b May 14 2014 at 10:20 PM

Oh the sex joke show is coming to an end. Boo Hoo. That's all that show was..constant non-stop sex jokes. Extremely predictable.

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yinandyange shishkkab0b May 14 2014 at 10:32 PM

it was still a good show tho

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meet4more May 14 2014 at 10:22 PM

Ashton Kutcher - qualified for the role only by his cheating on his wife - he didn't have the charlie scheen charizma for the character - jon cryer carries the show now - the commercials hae better plots

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eggbertgreg May 14 2014 at 10:25 PM

I have one real important question about this. Who really gives a rats ass?

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thomasgft May 14 2014 at 10:35 PM

Kutchner drove the last nail in that coffin.

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KatiaOne May 14 2014 at 10:36 PM

It has been over for a long, long time. Ashton Kutcher (did I spell it right? Oh, who really cares...) is sickening, in reality OR in character role...adn the show lost it's piggy appeal long ago. Sheen was outrageous enough to keep the interest of those who enjoy that kind of humor, but Kutcher is just...sickening. Time to slam the door on that stinker...and don't let the knob get stuck in...ya know.
Now Kutcher can back to what he does...like looking stupid, boffing a fairly attractive girl who will be yesterday's news in a few months...reproducing unfortunate babies...and starring in reality shows like...what was the name of that stupid one he had? Boinked? Blam-o-ed? Oh, who cares...Anyway...that show is so over-and so is Kutcher...or Kucher...or...Oh, who cares...

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Tamara KatiaOne May 14 2014 at 11:12 PM

It was called "Punked" & yea, I agree, show was pretty stupid!

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MICHAEL KatiaOne May 15 2014 at 2:45 AM

CAREFUL NOW. DON'T HAVE A heart attack !! It's just tv

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chibblitz May 14 2014 at 10:36 PM

Good riddens, it's about time they cancel this stupid a*s show, this show sucked from the beginning.

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dhjcpa May 14 2014 at 10:37 PM

Sad to hear that . . however.... I knew it was coming.
The show and the jokes make me sick . . . we don't
want to hear sex crap anymore. Old news . . needed
no more
dj

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holdnutight2 May 14 2014 at 10:39 PM

Can not come soon enough. The show is a joke since Aston took over. Really? This show is to far out there. At least Charlie was a real to life character. Good or bad!!

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dpalone39 holdnutight2 May 14 2014 at 10:51 PM

You had that right about Charlie, a real life scumbag.

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petpetdon dpalone39 May 14 2014 at 11:17 PM

He might be a scumbag but that doesn't make him a BAD PERSON.

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MICHAEL holdnutight2 May 15 2014 at 2:40 AM

YES...BUT...'NO ONE' is worth $2 million per rpisode.....NO ONE ! ! !

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toneitup May 14 2014 at 10:40 PM

It has only been rehashed 5 times now. Please just let it Die!

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