CBS have been attempting to ‘finalise’ their line-up for the current American TV broadcast ‘season’ (2012-13) for some time now, and claim to be close to completing their annual goal, although it is not without some real miniscule detail-tweaking that they have got there, after announcing yet another set of changes to strong-performing, and popular debut programmes Elementary and Vegas.
The modernised New York City (USA)-based Sherlock Holmes adaptation Elementary (starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu) and 1960’s period police drama Vegas (with Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis), had recently been given impressive extensions to 22-episode first seasons (as opposed to the orignally-ordered 13 each), though now there will be very slight alterations to the plans.
Viewers of Elementary will be able to watch the detective series for an additional two weeks in the current broadcast season after it was given a 2-episode boost to 24, marking a further piece of good news for the series after learning that they will have the chance to record especially-high viewing figures on 3 February as the Super Bowl lead-out show on the network.
Meanwhile, it is less pleasing reading for Vegas fans, although a drop of just one episode to a 21-episode first season is going to seem like one that is not that big of a deal, however petty the move may seem. But, with this marking the third time that the pair of show’s respective schedules have been announced together, could there yet end up being more changes on the horizon from the CBS scheduling staff?
Fans are being very vocal in their support for the shows that could well be set for cancellation at the end of the season. But even massively popular shows such as Merlin have not yet avoided the axe despite massive condemnation from unhappy viewers worldwide.