Report: CBS Series, Facing Possible Cancellation, Is Being Shopped to Other Networks EW
A CBS drama series that's at risk of being canceled by the network is reportedly being shopped to other networks. Writing on EW.com's Inside TV, James Hibberd reports that Warner Bros. is shopping a seventh season of “The Mentalist” in case CBS fails to renew the drama.
“We’re hearing the studio has spoken to both broadcast and cable networks about picking up the drama, which is being pitched as a series with a creative fresh start due to its recent story reboot,” Hibberd writes. "One obvious potential landing place would be TNT, since it airs past seasons of the ‘The Mentalist’ in syndication.”
Even after the reboot, which included shifting the setting to Texas (from California) and jumping two years into the future, the show is having its lowest-rated season yet. It’s down 9% to an average of 11.6 million viewers and a 2.1 rating in 18-49, which is better than some dramas slated to return to CBS. But given that shows become more expensive as they age, it’s also more of a challenge to earn a renewal in a show’s later years, the story notes.
Hibberd adds: "Creator Bruno Heller tells me the show’s upcoming season finale is being written to potentially serve as a series closer as well as work as a set-up for a seventh season."
Said Heller: “It will be a very pleasing and satisfying series finale if that’s what happens and if not its a very pleasing and satisfying precursor to a new season. Obviously that’s the goal. Killing off Red John … turned out to be a brilliant idea and it loosened everybody up and gave us fresh legs and blue skies.”