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Now that we're entering the final stretch of the 2016-2017 TV season, where season finales come down like rain on the plains, many network shows' execs already have a good idea of what they'll be doing later this year. But CBS is a network known for keeping mum on important issues like this, which is how the concept of The Big Bang Theory ending seemed almost feasible for a while. But today, the network has announced an abundance of updated riches, with Michael Weatherly's freshman drama Bull earning a Season 2 renewal alongside many other shows' new season orders.

Known for its populated renewal orders, CBS' most recent job-affirming announcement ushered in renewals for another 15 series beyond Bull, excluding the previously renewed Big Bang Theory and NCIS. You can check out the full list below.

Blue Bloods - Season 8

Bull - Season 2

48 Hours - Season 30

Hawaii Five-0 - Season 8

Kevin Can Wait - Season 2

Life In Pieces - Season 3

MacGyver - Season 2

Madam Secretary - Season 4

Man with a Plan - Season 2

Mom - Season 5

NCIS: Los Angeles - Season 9

NCIS: New Orleans - Season 4

Scorpion - Season 4

60 Minutes - Season 50

Superior Donuts - Season 2

Survivor - Season 35

Considering some of those shows listed there are among the most-watched on TV, then it's safe to assume there are a lot of people sighing the happy sighs today. Not that many of these offered up much to worry about. There wasn't a doubt on anyone's mind that Bull would get snapped up for Season 2, and I can't see CBS pulling the plug on either of its NCIS spinoffs anytime soon, either. Plus, dependable stalwarts like Blue Bloods and Hawaii Five-0 will likely stay on the air until their cast members decide to drop out.

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The biggest ifs of the bunch were, of course, the other new series beyond Michael Weatherly's offering. Kevin James' new show Kevin Can Wait was having some behind-the-scenes problems, as well as a dipping demo rating, but it still managed to win over CBS suits for another year. As did Matt LeBlanc's Man with a Plan and Judd Hirsch's Superior Donuts. Comedy, drama, and news magazine shows with numbers in the title are alive and well at the Eye.

With all of this good news, it's almost hard to ignore the slightly negative news, which concerns all of the CBS shows that did NOT show up in this list. There's no sign of Criminal Minds or its Beyond Borders spinoff, nor the long-running sitcom 2 Broke Girls or the super-smart Elementary. And there's also a lack of Code Black, The Great Indoors, Hunted, Ransom, Pure Genius and The Odd Couple. Hopefully more news will come soon, lest we start assuming all of these series will be excised from our lives by Fall 2017.

While waiting to hear more about these shows and others, head to our midseason premiere schedule and our summer TV guide to see all the new and returning programs hitting the small screen in the near future.

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