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CBS renews 18 prime-time shows for next season

Top-rated CBS has renewed 18 more of its prime-time series for next season.

These pickups come on the heels of previous announcements that “The Big Bang Theory” and “Survivor” will be back.

Nine dramas winning a return include “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Person of Interest,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “Blue Bloods,” as well as “Criminal Minds,” “Elementary” and “The Good Wife.”

Renewed comedies include “2 Broke Girls,” “Two and a Half Men” and “Mike & Molly,” plus freshmen sitcoms “The Millers” and “Mom.”

“The Amazing Race,” “Undercover Boss,” “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours” will also be back.

These renewals add up to 17 hours of weekly programming getting the nod to return.

Still to be decided is the fate of “Hostages,” “Intelligence” and “The Crazy Ones.”

Dark Horse marks 20th anniversary

It has been two decades since Mike Mignola created a horned, red-hued devilish beast with a penchant for cigars and a big gun.

Since that first appearance in Dark Horse Comics’ “San Diego Comic-Con Comics” No. 2, his creation has become a top-seller for the publisher, been transformed into animation and spawned a pair of films starring Ron Perlman as Hellboy.

Mignola thinks the character’s appeal is that he talks like an everyman and that even though the stories are replete with monsters and more, it’s not a classic super-hero style.

To mark the anniversary, Dark Horse will hold an international celebration March 22 of the character with signings and appearances by artists and others.

Nickelodeon creates sports awards show

Nickelodeon is looking to slime some athletes.

The network said Thursday it is starting a sports awards show modeled after its popular Kids’ Choice Awards honoring the highs and lows in entertainment.

“Kids’ Choice Sports 2014,” with former football star and daytime talk-show host Michael Strahan as executive producer and host, is planned for July 17 in Los Angeles.

Nick viewers will vote on their favorite teams, players and sports moments – some serious, some not so serious.

As always, some of the stars will get “slimed,” or covered in the bright green gunk that gets a young audience laughing.

The Kids’ Choice Awards, to be held March 29 with Mark Wahlberg as host, is annually one of the network’s most popular programs.

Last year’s show was seen live by slightly fewer than 6 million people, with the audience totaling 12 million during a weekend’s worth of reruns.

A panel of athletes will help develop the show.

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