CBS is axing True Lies and East New York dramas
While appearing CBS decided to reverse its earlier cancellation decision for “SWAT,” it seems “True Lies” and “East New York” weren’t so lucky. Grayling The Hollywood ReporterCBS has decided to cancel both freshman dramas, and their final episodes will air later this month.
CBS Cuts Bubble Show Presents ‘True Lies’ and ‘East New York’
THR notes that the series finale of “True Lies” will air on May 17. The final episode of the police procedural “East New York” will air on May 14. Both shows were “on the bubble” to get new seasons.
“True Lies” is a television reboot of the 1994 James Cameron film of the same name, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis and Eliza Dushku.
CBS is reportedly looking to announce its new series orders for the upcoming 2023-2024 broadcast season on Tuesday, May 9, with the latest broadcast schedule to be released the following Wednesday. Additionally, CBS and parent company Paramount Global recently decided to move away from the network’s traditional upfront presentation to ad buyers on Madison Avenue, as Netflix currently occupies that space.
True Lies stars Steve Howey and Ginger Gonzaga (“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law”). Produced by Matt Nix (“Burn Notice,” “The Good Guys,” “Gifted”). East New York starred Amanda Warren and was produced by William Finkelstein and Mike Flynn. Warner Bros. Television produced the procedural.
As television ratings decline, networks are now looking to own the majority of their original scripted content. This is probably what caused the cancellation of “East New York” due to the involvement of Warner Bros. TV.
Shows returning to CBS next season include the hit long-running cop drama “Blue Bloods,” Chuck Lorre’s “Bob Hearts Abishola,” “CSI: Vegas,” “The Equalizer,” “FBI ”, “FBI: International”, “FBI: Most Wanted”, “Ghosts”, “NCIS”, “NCIS: Hawaii”, “The Neighborhood”, “Young Sheldon”, “Fire Country” and “So Help Me, Todd “. Of that group, the only shows not wholly owned or co-produced by CBS are “Young Sheldon” and “Bob Hearts Abishola,” produced by “The Big Bang Theory” co-creator Lorre.
To help television networks like CBS tighten their belts, CBS took a 25 percent pay cut to the cast and crew of “Blue Bloods” to keep the show going. Its renewal brings the series to its 14th season and more than 275 episodes. But the drop in viewership indicates that people are watching less traditional television, with more viewers cutting the cord and subscribing to streaming media platforms.
“Fire Country” and “So Help Me Todd” were two prime-time CBS shows that were picked up for new seasons. Among the CBS shows debuting next season is “Tracker,” starring Justin Hartley. New pickups from CBS are also expected to be announced later this week, including comedy series “Jumpstart,” “The Good Fight” spinoff (Elsbeth) and “Matlock” sequel.
Meanwhile, “True Lies” debuted in March and will have 13 episodes. “East New York” started last October and will end with 21 episodes.