Is CBS on track to bring back two of its most successful shows?
One was a 2007 situational comedy about socially inept scientists and the other was a 2011 sci-fi crime drama, but the commonality between the two was that both witnessed stupendous ratings and mass popularity.
- ‘Person of Interest’: The perfect blend of science fiction, crime, and drama
- The unanticipated cancellation of ‘Person of Interest’
- ‘The Big Bang Theory’: The show that saved intelligent comedy
- Is CBS set to renew both these rating magnets?
Ever since ‘The Big Bang Theory’ ended, fans have been speculating that its revival might soon be in works. But is CBS also considering renewing its acclaimed series, ‘Person of Interest’? Let’s find out!
‘Person of Interest’: The perfect blend of science fiction, crime, and drama
The series brought CBS a hefty viewership, making it one of the fastest-growing shows on American television. The appeal of this show lay in its perfect blend of science fiction and drama that clicked with the audiences from the get-go. Hence, it was quite a bolt from the blue to people when CBS decided to conclude the show in its 5th season.
Jonathan Nolan’s ‘Person of Interest’ revolved around Harold Finch (Michael Emerson), who developed a computer software called “the Machine” that could use information from all possible databases to predict criminal activities and ascertain the people involved in them.
To save people from using this invention of his, he recruited a former CIA officer, John Reese (Jim Caviezel), to probe into the information provided by “the Machine” and eventually expands this team.
Touted as “one of the best sci-fi shows to ever broadcast”, the series raised some thought-provoking debates including the one on whether it is acceptable to violate someone’s privacy for the better of the world as well as the ramifications of artificial intelligence. Naturally, the series was lauded for its extraordinary content and remarkable performances.
The unanticipated cancellation of the series
The news that CBS had decided to cancel the show came as a bombshell to its fans as it was doing exceptionally well at that stage, drawing viewers in big numbers. However, its cancellation was more of a business decision than a creative one, as was eventually revealed.
Apparently, ‘Person of Interest’ was owned by Warner Bros. and therefore CBS was not really profiting from the series. To allow a show to run for long, the network must see monetary gains and since CBS was not benefitting much from the situation, it announced, at the end of season 4 itself, that season 5 would be the final one.
‘The Big Bang Theory’: The show that saved intelligent comedy
Another show that brought CBS gigantic ratings was its 2007 sitcom that ran for 12 super successful seasons– ‘The Big Bang Theory’. The series revolving around four socially awkward men of science and their pretty neighbour, Penny, found both critical and popular acclaim around the world. With the viewership going as high as 20 million people, it became one of the most influential television shows ever made and profited its network hugely.
Smart humour and focus on nerd culture as well as socially inept characters while having science at its very heart, gave a whole new meaning to intelligent comedies. When this Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady creation ended in 2019, it left fans heartbroken, who have ever since been demanding that the show be revived.
Recent interviews with Kaley Cuoco (Penny) and director, Mark Cendrowski, have given fans some hope at the possibility of a revival in the near future. Cuoco went on record to say, “I don’t wanna leave, I don’t wanna leave. I said it. I don’t wanna leave. Everyone’s doing rebooting. We might as well do it in, like, a year. I’m fine with that!”
Cendrowski too was quoted saying, “ …I don’t think anyone wanted to jump into the next season and spin someone off immediately. That doesn’t mean that won’t happen and, in a couple of years, maybe it’s a character or a couple of characters that catch up within a couple of years. Who knows if it will happen. There’s plenty to explore with their lives and characters moving forward”, suggesting at the possibility of a revival.
Is CBS set to renew both these rating magnets?
The scuttlebutt surrounding the revival of both the shows is quite high, however, no official confirmation has been made yet. ‘Person of Interest’ was ended in a very rushed 13-episode season 5. Due to this, there were still a number of storylines that couldn’t be properly explored before its cessation.
‘The Big Bang Theory’, too, saw fans despairing over the fact that they did not get to see Penny’s child amongst other potential plotlines. Considering the level of success both these shows saw, the idea of CBS bringing themback doesn’t really seem implausible.
With the buzz being stronger than ever, fans will have to wait for now and see what the network decides to do about their favourite shows. Do you want the shows to be back on your screens soon? What do you think the possible storylines for their revivals could be? Write to us in the comments section below.