CBS Sets Shorter Seasons for 'Blue Bloods,' 'NCIS' & More
CBS' usual fall fare is getting off to a later start this season, and as a result, the episode orders for some of its series are a bit shorter.
Rather than air up to 24 episodes in the 2020-2021 season, CBS has set 16 for Blue Bloods, Bull, Magnum P.I., NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, and SEAL Team and 18 for NCIS: Los Angeles and The Neighborhood, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Unicorn will air 13 as planned for its second season. These shows are all produced by CBS Studios.
These shorter episode orders can be attributed to the new protocols in effect to film due to the coronavirus pandemic, including testing and social distancing. It's more expensive and takes more time to produce an episode as a result.
This news comes as CBS' scripted shows are set to begin premiering in early November. Premiere dates for all of its planned "fall" schedule have not yet been announced; we're still waiting to find out when Blue Bloods, The Equalizer, Evil, MacGyver, and Magnum P.I. will return.