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BubbleWatch: CBS' 'Rules of Engagement'
SHOW: "Rules of Engagement" (CBS)
IN ITS FAVOR: "Rules of Engagement" is, as always, the ultimate utility player. Stick it anywhere in the lineup and it'll work exactly well enough not to hurt the rest of your lineup. Critics may not love it or care, but "Rules of Engagement" will hit its 100th episode this spring. So... Yay?
AGAINST IT: CBS seems to like having "Rules of Engagement" around, but it's usually as an afterthought or as part of some wacky scheme like returning to original programming on Saturdays. The minute CBS has something the network is more excited out, "Rules of Engagement" could go from "afterthought" to "departed" in a hurry.
OUR TOTALLY UNINFORMED GUESS: Look at CBS' comedy development slate. There are five or six pilots that every other network would pick up based on star-power alone and even if CBS opens up another comedy how someplace, the network probably won't have room to pick up more than three or four of them. One way that CBS is likely to make room? Saying farewell to "Rules of Engagement," ending an improbably successful run. Then again, we've written "Rules of Engagement" off before.
FINAL VERDICT: Cancelled!