We're still in shock that both Code Black and Elementary landed renewals for the 2017-2018 season, but we are happy for the fans of both series.
Both series were on the bubble, and both will be back at some point during the next TV season. Fans were left puzzled earlier this morning when the network's fall 2017 schedule was released.
Both Code Black and Elementary were missing from the schedule. As expected, this caused quite the stir on social media with fans questioning when they could expect the shows to return.
During the network's upfront press breakfast, Les Moonves opened up about the decision to bring both shows back and had the perfect explanation for it.
"One of the changes in having so much midseason is that, look, repeats aren't working as well as they used to," he said.
"It's good to have originals all the way through, so if you take a Code Black, it was on Wednesday night and doing decently on Wednesday night. "
"There's no reason that Criminal Minds couldn't come off for a short period of time and you put in Code Black, and you continue with originals all the way through."
"Same with Elementary on a Sunday night or a Thursday night, things like that. So you have a lot more leeway to do things."
See? Both shows are, indeed, returning, but the network is trying a new tactic to keep originals on the air throughout the whole season.
It's an interesting tactic to keep the originals flowing year round, and if it helps save the more marginal performing series, we're all for it.
Based on what Moonves said, it sounds like both shows will return to their old time periods, so it's not that bad. It is awful waiting, but if there are fewer encores between the episodes, it will be worth the wait.
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