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The endless glut of streaming services changed the game for many — but not all — traditional TV networks. Sure, most are feeling chillier than Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic. But CBS is over here spending more money on all their damn shows like Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street. As reported by Variety, CBS gave a vote of confidence to all of its 2019-2020 freshmen series. The Eye Network gave a second season order to spooky crime drama Evil, and full episode orders for the first seasons of comedies The Unicorn, Bob Hearts Abishola, and Carol’s Second Act. Additionally, legal drama All Rise got a full season order.
Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment, spoke highly of her network’s new shows:
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These terrific new series have attracted a passionate base of viewers and consistent ratings while delivering entertaining, inclusive and relevant storytelling every week. They’re off to strong starts and are still being discovered on the many catch-up and playback options available to our viewers today. We’re proud of this freshman class and excited about their potential to tell more great stories and further expand their audiences.
Technically, Evil has the lowest ratings of CBS’ new batch. But that didn’t stop the network from giving their genre-skewing drama a second season vote of confidence, after its 13-episode first season finishes airing in 2020. The show, starring Katja Herbers (Westworld) and Mike Colter (Luke Cage) as a mismatched Mulder and Scully type, finds a misfit group of crime-solvers trying to stop a series of supernatural cases, which may be linked to an evil force played by Michael Emerson (Lost).
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All Rise, CBS’ other freshman drama,...
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