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CBS renews 14 shows, bringing fall total to 18

CBS on Wednesday announced that it would have at least 18 returning series next season as it renewed the bulk of its prime-time lineup.

Returning series are “The Good Wife,” “The Mentalist,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Blue Bloods,” “Elementary,” “Person of Interest,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Mike & Molly,” “The Amazing Race,” “Survivor,” “Undercover Boss,” “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours.”

They join previously renewed series “The Big Bang Theory,” “NCIS,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and the final season of “How I Met Your Mother.”

The network said it is working on a deal to bring comedy “Two and a Half Men” back in the fall.

Series missing from the list include freshman dramas “Vegas” and “Golden Boy” and veteran procedurals “Criminal Minds” and “CSI: NY.” No decision has been announced about their fates.

‘Matrix’ filmmakers plan Netflix series

Netflix’s newest original series will be science-fiction from the pair behind the “The Matrix” trilogy.

Netflix announced Wednesday that it will stream “Sense8” late next year for subscribers. The series is the first foray into television for Andy and Lana Wachowski.

Netflix called the 10-episode series “a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted.”

New network Pivot to launch in August

Pivot is the name of a TV channel aimed at 15-to-34-year-olds who want to change the world.

Participant Media on Wednesday unveiled that name plus program details and an Aug. 1 premiere date for its new venture.

Pivot president Evan Shapiro said the goal is entertainment that inspires social change and that the network will target the millennial generation.

TBS renews ‘Cougar Town’

After rescuing doomed ABC comedy “Cougar Town” last year, TBS has ordered a fifth season the Courteney Cox show.

The series is currently airing its fourth season, which is its first on the cable network. The 13-episode Season 5 will air next year, according to a news release.

CBS buys stake in TV Guide channel

A person familiar with CBS’ deal for TV Guide says the broadcaster is buying a 50 percent stake in TV Guide’s cable channel and website for nearly $100 million.

The price is less than what JPMorgan Chase’s One Equity Partners paid for a similar stake four years ago and brings CBS Corp. into an equal partnership with Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.

TV Guide magazine isn’t part of the deal.