After word leaked yesterday that CBS has renewed Chuck Lorre comedies Mom for a third season and Mike & Molly for a sixth, the network this morning is confirming the pickups, along with a fifth season order for 2 Broke Girls. With The Big Bang Theory one year into a three-season pickup, CBS has locked in its established comedy series for next season.
CBS may clean up with its primetime comedies, but if the volume of complaints received by the FCC is any indication, many Americans would like to wash the network’s mouth out with soap. According to documents unearthed by the Government Attic website via the Freedom of Information Act, the CBS comedies 2 Broke Girls and Two and a Half Men have generated reams of informal FCC complaints, the majority of which have to do with viewers’ concerns with sexual innuendo and coarse language.
The top-rated sitcoms to debut off-net in fall 2014 and 2015 on the CBS Television Stations and Weigel Stations in Chicago and Milwaukee. The series have been cleared in 35% of the country.
The cable net will add the off-CBS sitcom from Warner Bros. Domestic Television in 2015.
Broadcast hasn’t seen so many possible breakout hits in years. At the start of the new season three shows are going gangbusters: CBS’s 2 Broke Girls and Fox’s The New Girl and The X Factor. Whether they can maintain the momentum remains to be seen.
New fall series featuring women are paying off well for the broadcast networks, led by CBS’s 2 Broke Girls and Fox’s New Girl.