"Five-0" is one of 20 returning series. Its coupling with "Blue Bloods" on Friday nights has proven to be a ratings bonanza, but the pick-up was not a total surprise. "Five-0" producer Peter Lenkov was given a two-year extension recently, alluding to extended life for the Hawaii-based procedural. And the show has a lucrative syndication deal with TNT, the cable channel paying the Eye Network $2 million-plus per episode for syndication.
In a stunning coup, the top-rating "The Big Bang Theory" was given a rare three-year extension, which would mean 10 years by the end of the latest terms. "Bang" and "Survivor" earlier were tapped for return before the surge of 18 comedies, dramas and reality shows named today.