‘Elsbeth’ Renewed for Season 2 at CBS

“Elsbeth” has scored an early Season 2 renewal at CBS, Variety has learned.

The news comes after the freshman series has aired just four episodes, with the fifth set to air on April 18. It was originally ordered to series at CBS in May 2023 but did not debut until February 2024 after production was impacted by the strikes that shut down much of Hollywood in 2023.

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Carrie Preston stars in the series as Elsbeth Tascioni, reprising the role she previously played on both “The Good Wife” and “The Good Fight.” In the series, Elsbeth leaves Chicago and heads to New York to work as an investigator alongside the police. The cast also includes Wendell Pierce and Cara Patterson.

“’Elsbeth’ has charmed audiences with its singular blend of delightful humor, distinctive ‘how-done-it’ storytelling, and the inventive, brilliant quirkiness of Elsbeth Tascioni,” said Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment. “Executive producers Robert and Michelle King have a stellar track record for creating critically acclaimed series full of unforgettable characters and, alongside showrunner Jonathan Tolins and his writing team, have developed an incredibly entertaining and engrossing New York City-centric world for the show to explore. We are grateful to the uniquely talented cast, led by Carrie Preston, Wendell Pierce and Carra Patterson, for bringing these wonderful characters to life in the company of a world-class roster of weekly guest stars.”

Per CBS, “Elsbeth” is averaging 11 million viewers per episode in Live+35 multiplatform viewing. In the Nielsen most current data, the show is averaging approximately 7.3 million viewers an episode on linear.

Robert and Michelle King created “Elsbeth” and serve as executive producers via King Size Productions. Jonathan Tolins is the showrunner and executive producer. Liz Glotzer of King Size, Erica Shelton Kodish, and Bryan Goluboff also executive produce. CBS Studios, where King Size is under an overall deal, is the studio. The series is distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution.

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