Tag Archives: CBS

Chuck Lorre Comedy Pilot ‘B Positive’ Ordered at CBS

Chuck Lorre is working on yet another project at CBS. The legendary “Big Band Theory” creator is an executive producer on the multi-cam comedy “B Positive,” which has received a pilot order at CBS. “B Positive” centers around newly divorced dad Drew, who is at the end of his rope when face when finding a […]

Drew Barrymore Hopes to Bring ‘Humor and Heart’ to Daytime TV

MIAMI — Drew Barrymore has always loved television, but for years she was afraid of working in TV. “I didn’t like the idea of being attached to unknown material,” Barrymore said. “I thought ‘What if the scripts come in and I hate them?’ ” Barrymore conquered that fear when she committed to Netflix’s offbeat comedy […]

Jeff Flake: ‘Difficult’ for GOP Lawmakers to Speak Out Against Trump ‘Because They Want to Keep Their Jobs’

During Monday’s broadcast of CBS’s “This Morning,” former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) sounded off on his outspokenness against President Donald Trump ahead of the upcoming Senate impeachment trial.

Judge Allows CBS Shareholder Lawsuit Over Leslie Moonves and #MeToo to Proceed

A federal judge in New York has allowed a shareholder lawsuit against CBS Corp. to proceed based on the specificity of statements made by disgraced former chairman-CEO Leslie Moonves at a 2017 Variety conference. Judge Valerie Caproni of the Southern District of New York on Wednesday dismissed other claims in the securities fraud suit against […]

Banijay Scores Multi-Year ‘Survivor’ Deal With Hungary’s RTL

Banijay Rights, the international distribution arm of France-based Banijay Group, has inked a substantial multi-season deal with Hungarian broadcaster RTL for “Survivor.” The new deal in Hungary comes as Banijay – which last October bought Endemol Shine in  a $2.2 billion deal – has been pushing “Survivor” hard. In the U.S. the iconic reality show format […]

Report: ESPN Ready to Make Tony Romo Highest Paid Sportscaster in History

Tony Romo tried to reach the pinnacle of football success as a player for a very long time, without ever achieving it. However, according to a new report, he may have already reached the pinnacle of sportscasting success in the relative blink of an eye.

CBS Sets ‘Survivor’ Retrospective Special Ahead of 40th Season Premiere

“Survivor” will celebrate its upcoming 40th season with a one-hour retrospective special that looks back at the “greatest moments and players,” CBS announced Sunday. The special, aptly titled “Survivor at 40: Greatest Moments and Players,” will air Feb. 5 at 8 p.m., one week ahead of the milestone season premiere. The retrospective will feature new […]

Clarice Starling Series Lands at CBS With Big Commitment

CBS has given a series commitment to a drama that will follow Clarice Starling after the events of “The Silence of the Lambs,” Variety has learned. Titled “Clarice,” the series hails from writers and executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet. Set in 1993, a year after the events of “The Silence of the Lambs,” […]

How Rising NFL Ratings Are Boosting Broadcast Networks Even After Scripted Losses

While it’s not quite fourth down and long for broadcast networks, lackluster scripted-programming ratings and cord-cutting woes are weighing heavily on the industry’s collective consciousness. So it’s particularly good news that one broadcast mainstay seems to have regained its mojo: live football. After a bumpy year or two, the 2019 NFL regular season grabbed an […]

CBS Sets 2020 Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase Cast

CBS has announced the 20 performers who will participate in its diversity sketch comedy showcase for 2020. The showcase will begin its six-show run on Jan. 14 at the El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles.  Beginning 14 years ago, the showcase was created to spotlight diverse talent, and it has developed into a hybrid comedy […]

Famed Medical Examiner Michael Baden: Epstein Body ‘More Indicative of Homicidal Strangulation than Suicidal Strangulation’

Dr. Michael Baden, a former New York City medical examiner, on Monday discussed deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein after a new CBS “60 Minutes” report on his death, echoing his previous statements about the high profile case.

CBS’s Major Garrett: ‘Can Be Fairly Said’ Trump Has Done a Lot for Blacks

Sunday during CBS’s “Face the Nation,” network chief White House correspondent Major Garrett discussed what he thought to be an undercovered story in 2019: How good President Donald Trump has been for black Americans. According to Garrett, despite his “indefensible”

Most-Watched Television Networks: Ranking 2019’s Winners and Losers

It’s tough out there for a linear network. Even inside the major media conglomerates, the buzz is all about a company’s new digital platform, not its legacy channels. Which is a shame, as millions of Americans still watch TV the old-fashioned way: on TV.  The streaming services, of course, rely greatly on current and library […]

‘Survivor’ Finale: Kellee Kim Says She ‘Was Not Supported or Believed’ After Misconduct Claims

The following story includes spoilers for the Season 39 finale of “Survivor.” In the wake of misconduct allegations that plagued the 39th season of “Survivor,” in which contestant Kellee Kim and others expressed discomfort with fellow player and Hollywood talent manager Dan Spilo’s physical contact with them, host Jeff Probst told Kim in the reunion […]

‘Survivor’: CBS Adds New Guidelines Following Misconduct Allegations

CBS announced Tuesday evening that it will implement new policies and procedures following the ejection of “Survivor” contestant Dan Spilo amid misconduct allegations. The network “recognizes there are things we could have done differently,” according to a prepared statement. Among the changes CBS is making, the company is adding an “on-site professional” to offer confidential […]

CBS Unveils 2020 Showcase Creative Team, Writers’ Room

CBS has named the creative and writing team that will lead the studio’s actors showcase in 2020, formerly known as the CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase. The event, intended to highlight diverse talent, is attended by senior CBS network execs, showrunners and casting directors on CBS series, as well as talent agents and managers. Returning […]

TV Ratings: ‘Kennedy Center Honors’ Hit Three-Year Viewership High

CBS’ annual broadcast of the “Kennedy Center Honors” drew a three-year viewership high in the Sunday night TV ratings. The special was watched by just under 7 million total viewers, up around 500,000 from last year and almost 1 million from 2017. However, ratings-wise the honors show, which this year featured performances from the likes […]

Durbin: U.S. Government ‘Certainly’ Owes Carter Page an Apology

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) on Sunday said the United States government owes former Donald Trump campaign adviser Carter Page an apology regarding the federal surveillance application that enabled the investigation into Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016. CBS “Face the

ET Live, ET Online Cut Nearly 25% of Staff as Streamer Narrows Scope

When ET Live first launched on Halloween of 2018, the free “Entertainment Tonight”-branded streaming network kicked off with 15 hours of live programming a week, in three daily installments of entertainment news a day at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. But after just a few months, the direct-to-consumer platform — modeled off of […]