What Led to the Cancelation of ‘So Help Me Todd’ and ‘CSI: Vegas’ on CBS?

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What Led to the Cancellation of 'So Help Me Todd' and 'CSI: Vegas' on CBS?

According to TVLine, CBS has made the decision to cancel both “So Help Me Todd” and “CSI: Vegas.” This news comes as a surprise to fans, especially considering that both shows were in the midst of their respective seasons.

“So Help Me Todd” is currently airing its second season, while “CSI: Vegas” is already on its third. With their season finales slated for May, viewers will have to bid farewell sooner than expected as these episodes will now serve as series finales. These cancellations leave only a couple of CBS shows awaiting news on their fates for the next season.

Among them are “The Equalizer” and “NCIS: Hawai’i,” both of which have been solid performers. “So Help Me Todd” has been averaging 7.7 million viewers per episode in multiplatform Live+35, while “CSI: Vegas” is close behind with an average of 7.6 million. According to sources, CBS simply didn’t have enough space in their schedule to accommodate these shows for another season.

What Led to the Cancellation of 'So Help Me Todd' and 'CSI: Vegas' on CBS?

Despite these cancellations, CBS has a slew of new shows lined up for the upcoming season. Among them is a reboot of “Matlock” starring Kathy Bates and the multi-cam comedy “Poppa’s House,” featuring Damon Wayans and Damon Wayans Jr. These shows were delayed due to the Hollywood strikes in 2023 but are now ready to make their debut.

Additionally, CBS has greenlit several new series, including “Watson,” a Sherlock Holmes-inspired show starring Morris Chestnut, “NCIS: Origins,” a prequel to the popular franchise, and a multi-cam spinoff of “Young Sheldon.”

“So Help Me Todd” made its debut back in 2022, featuring Marcia Gay Harden as a defense attorney and Skylar Astin as her son, who also happens to be a skilled private investigator. The show boasts a talented ensemble cast, including Madeline Wise, Tristen J. Winger, Inga Schlingmann, and Rosa Arredondo.

Scott Prendergast created the series, serving as executive producer alongside Elizabeth Klaviter, Dr. Phil McGraw, and Jay McGraw. It’s produced by CBS Studios.

As for “CSI: Vegas,” it marked a revival of the iconic “CSI” franchise, following a new team of investigators in the Las Vegas Crime Lab. The series featured Paula Newsome, Matt Lauria, Mandeep Dhillon, Ariana Guerra, Lex Medlin, and Jay Lee in leading roles. Original stars William Petersen and Jorja Fox returned in Season 1, with Marg Helgenberger joining in Season 2.

What Led to the Cancellation of 'So Help Me Todd' and 'CSI: Vegas' on CBS?

The show also welcomed guest appearances from Wallace Langham, Paul Guilfoyle, and Eric Szmanda reprising their original series roles. Jason Tracey developed the series and served as executive producer alongside a team that includes Petersen, Jerry Bruckheimer, and original series creators and executive producers.

The cancellations of “So Help Me Todd” and “CSI: Vegas” mark the end of their respective journeys on CBS, leaving fans to reflect on the impact they’ve had during their time on air.

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