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For the second year in a row, CBS has given mass renewals to the bulk of its prime-time lineup.

The network, the ratings leader among both viewers and adults 18-49 this season, has renewed 18 series for next season (including previously announced pickups). The shows could fill 16 of the 20 original prime-time hours CBS programs each week.

The pickups include some no-brainers -- "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Person of Interest," "2 Broke Girls" -- and a couple of mild surprises: Both "The Good Wife" and "The Mentalist," which Zap2it had pegged as being on the bubble for renewal, will be back.

Other newly announced renewals are comedy "Mike & Molly"; dramas "Elementary," "Hawaii Five-0" and "Blue Bloods"; unscripted series "Survivor," "The Amazing Race" and "Undercover Boss"; and "60 Minutes" and "48 Hours" from the news division. The network also wants to bring "Two and a Half Men" back for a 10th season but hasn't finalized a deal with producer Warner Bros. »

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