Vanessa Lachey To Lead ‘NCIS: Hawaii’ Spinoff

Vanessa Lachey will star in NCIS: Hawai’i, becoming the first female lead of a show in the long-running franchise. Yasmine Al-Bustami and Jason Antoon have also signed on as series regulars. CBS gave a straight to series order to the spinoff, which had been in the works for several months, on April 23.

CBS Stays On Top In Total Viewers Once Again

The 2020-21 TV season isn’t over yet, but CBS has claimed the crown in total viewers for the 13th consecutive year. The Eye network on Thursday projected it will end the pandemic-battered season with an average of 6.3 million total viewers, with help from the Super Bowl telecast in February, which fell below the 100 million viewer threshold but set a record for streaming viewing on that Sunday, and the success of The Equalizer reboot starring Queen Latifah that launched right after the big game (20.4 million viewers).

Broadcasters Lay Out Case Against Locast

The fight between broadcasters (ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC) and Locast is nearing its day in court, but the lawyers representing the broadcasters (plaintiffs) have filed a request for summary judgement with the U.S. District Court in New York as they do not believe, and provide reasoning, as to why Locast is not a nonprofit entity and therefore cannot rebroadcast their signals.

Carrie Ann Inaba Takes Leave Of Absence From ‘The Talk’

Carrie Ann Inaba announced that she will take a leave of absence from The Talk. “I have decided to take a leave of absence from @TheTalkCBS to focus on my health and well-being,” Inaba wrote on her Twitter account. “I appreciate the support from you and my family at The Talk and hope to be back soon!”

‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Renewed For Season 13, ‘NCIS: Hawaii’ Spinoff With Female Lead Picked Up To Series By CBS

The NCIS franchise will be back to three series on CBS next season. The network has renewed veteran NCIS: Los Angeles for a 13th season. Additionally, the network has given a straight-to-series order to new offshoot NCIS: Hawaii, the first installment in the NCIS franchise with a female lead.

How TV Schedulers Scrambled Amid The Pandemic To Salvage This Season

Over the past year, the scheduling chiefs at Fox, The CW, NBC, CBS and ABC have busted out every trick in the book in the name of “keeping the lights on,” and especially during a long stretch where it was unclear when productions might resume (and how slow a trickle of episodes would then follow).

CBS News Will Try To Reinvent Itself, Again

In an interview as she prepares to step down as news division head, Susan Zirinsky said, “I feel I have given my entire soul into rebuilding this organization.”

CBS Settles Writers Guild Dispute For $3.4M

The Writers Guild of America West announced on Thursday that it has reached a settlement with CBS that will see the network pay $3.4 million in residuals for 62 TV shows added to the since-rebranded CBS All Access streaming service.

‘NCIS’ Renewed For Season 19 With Harmon

NCIS will return for its 19th season with star Mark Harmon aboard, CBS announced on Thursday. Additionally, the network renewed Blue Bloods, S.W.A.T., Bull and Magnum PI.

CBS Reups ‘Tough As Nails’ For Two-Seasons

The network has handed out a two-season renewal to the competition series, hosted and co-created by Phil Keoghan. The renewal, which will take the show through its fourth season, comes hours before the season two finale airs on CBS Wednesday night.

Back On Air, ‘The Talk’ Hosts Discuss What Happened With Sharon Osbourne

‘MacGyver’ Canceled At CBS

The network announced late Wednesday that the procedural reboot starring Lucas Till will wrap after its current fifth season ends. The series finale will air April 30 on CBS.

‘NCIS: Hawaii’ Poised To Feature Female Lead

CBS’s newest (and, for the record, still unconfirmed) spinoff, NCIS: Hawaii, is slated to feature a woman in the starring role. A CBS rep declined to comment, but sources confirm that the character — tentatively named “Jane Tennant” — will also break ground on-screen, serving as the first special agent in charge of “NCIS Pearl.”

‘The Neighborhood’ Creator, Showrunner Jim Reynolds Exits

Jim Reynolds, the creator, executive producer and showrunner of The Neighborhood, is leaving the CBS sitcom The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Reynolds is exiting the series after three seasons, with reports emerging that there were complaints about his leadership style, including on race-related issues. Deadline reports two Black writers left the show after finishing work on season 3.

Rose McIver Comedy ‘Ghosts’ Nabs CBS Series Order

‘CSI: Vegas’ Revival Officially A Go At CBS

William Petersen and Jorja Fox will reprise their roles in the crime drama, which will be part of the network’s 2021-22 schedule. CSI: Vegas comes from CBS Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer Television, which produced the long-running original show.

CBS’s ‘Young Sheldon’ Gets 3-Season Renewal

That means the Big Bang Theory prequel series will be on the air until at least 2024. The series debuted in 2017, with its fourth season currently airing. Season 5 will debut during the 2021-22 broadcast television season. This is not the first time the show has picked up a multi-season renewal. Back in 2019, the show was renewed for two seasons.

Osbourne Exits ‘The Talk’ With Huge Payout

Sharon Osbourne got a payday of up to eight figures from CBS as she left The Talk last week amid allegations of racist behavior, according to a source. “Sharon is walking away with a $5 to $10 million minimum payout and was able to spin that it was her decision [to leave the show],” the source said. A different source said that, under her departure agreement, Osbourne is not only getting big bucks, but she is free to speak out.

Sharon Osbourne Exits ‘The Talk’ Following Racism Controversy

Sharon Osbourne has exited The Talk following an internal review over on-air comments about racism and allegations of racially insensitive behavior behind-the-scenes. “The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home,” CBS said in a statement.

Judge Judy Ends $22M Profits Countersuit Out Of Loyalty To CBS

Judge Judy has brought down the gavel on her own $22 million countersuit against talent agent Richard Lawrence and Rebel Entertainment Partners, and it’s because of CBS.

‘All Rise’ Creator Greg Spottiswood Fired After Misconduct Investigation

Warner Bros. Television launched a probe after a writers’ room revolt over how the CBS legal drama dealt with issues of race and gender.

‘FBI: International’ Spinoff Ordered By CBS

The network has given the green light to FBI: International, its second spinoff of Dick Wolf’s burgeoning franchise. Additionally, FBI and FBI: Most Wanted have been renewed for next season.

For TV, NFL Deal Is Likely A Matter Of Survival

The $113 billion deal

announced by the NFL and media companies last Thursday spreads professional football content broadly, with CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC, ESPN and Amazon all getting pieces, and locks it in at a time little else can attract such a wide audience. “If you think of the future of network television, there is nothing more important to it than the NFL,” said Rich Greenfield, a media analyst for LightShed Partners, an industry research firm. During the current television season, the eight most-watched recurring programs are football.

‘Survivor’ Heads Back Into Production In Fiji To Shoot Season 41

Survivor has been one of the most challenging shows to get up and running during the Covid-19 pandemic but season 41 is finally moving into production. Host and exec producer Jeff Probst revealed that the team is returning to Fiji to start shooting — a year after initially hoping to do so.

CBS Sets End Dates For ‘Mom’ And ‘NCIS: New Orleans,’ Plus 17 Season Finales

CBS on Monday announced the season finale dates for a total of 19 shows, including the aforementioned series finales as well as one two-hour season ender

‘The Talk’ Extends Hiatus

Amid the ongoing probe into comments made by Sharon Osbourne during a heated exchange between her and fellow The Talk co-host Sheryl Underwood, CBS is further extending the daytime talk show’s hiatus through at least this week, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Chuck Lorre’s New CBS Sitcom Faces Backlash

The Big Bang Theory producer Chuck Lorre’s latest — the midseason series United States of Al — is being criticized for casting a non-Afghan actor in its titular role, and for the character’s depiction in general, while one of the show’s executive producers has issued a staunch defense.

CBS, Turner Partnership On NCAA Tournament Has Huge Benefits

This is the 10th year that CBS and Turner have teamed up for March Madness. While the deal provides the NCAA with its largest source of revenue, it has also turned a profit for both networks as well as benefiting fans because all of the games are available nationally. The success of the partnership, which will last until at least 2032, has exceeded the expectations of CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus.

‘The Talk’ Hiatus Extended After Racism Talk

The CBS talk show will stay on hiatus for another week after a discussion about racism involving co-host Sharon Osbourne went off the rails last week. Osbourne reacted with anger and profanity when asked to talk about her support and friendship with British TV personality Piers Morgan.

‘Grammy Awards’ Earns $80-$82M In National Ads

Although it witnessed a steep decline in viewership, The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards on CBS still earned a hefty $80 million to $82 million in national TV advertising, according to industry estimates — a similar dollar level to a year ago.

‘The Talk’ On Hold Amid Investigation Surrounding Sharon Osbourne Comments

The Talk will go on a brief hiatus, canceling its live shows for Monday and Tuesday. The news comes after CBS announced that it would be launching a probe into an episode last week that saw Sharon Osbourne get into a heated exchange with co-host Sheryl Underwood after defending Piers Morgan’s comments about Meghan Markle. The plan is currently to return to filming on Wednesday, a source says, but the show will evaluate and see where they are before moving forward. CBS declined comment, and pointed to its earlier statement on its investigation on Friday.

CBS Launches Internal Review Into Sharon Osbourne’s Heated Exchange On ‘The Talk’

The fallout from the charged discussion during The Talk on Wednesday continues, with the network issuing a statement to Deadline Friday night. “We are committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace,” CBS said. “All matters related to the Wednesday episode of The Talk are currently under internal review.” During Wednesday’s episode of The Talk, which is not made available online by CBS, Sharon Osbourne broke down after being called out by co-host Sheryl Underwood for giving “safe haven” to Piers Morgan’s allegedly racially-charged comments about the Duchess of Sussex.

‘Oprah With Meghan and Harry’ Viewership Tops 60M Worldwide

With a rebroadcast tonight on CBS, the final numbers are not totally in for the agenda-setting Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special. However, the royal sit-down has now clenched the crown of most watched non-sports show of the television season so far. A whooping 61 million around planet have tuned in so far to the Harpo Productions special that was licensed to CBS domestically. The special was distributed internationally by ViacomCBS Global Distribution to dozens of markets.

CBS To Debut Three Remixes Of Its Iconic ‘This Is CBS’ Tagline During Grammys

If you’ve watched CBS in the past several months, including during the Super Bowl, you’ve probably heard the network’s new five-note mnemonic. The cue now appears in most CBS promos and IDs and has become CBS’ audio signature, often paired with the classic network tagline “This Is CBS.” Now, CBS is taking the mnemonic a step further, hiring dance music DJ and producer CID to create three new songs that incorporate both the five-note cue and old audio of a network announcer intoning, “This … Is CBS.”

NCAA’s March Madness Is ‘Virtually Sold Out’

Advertising inventory in NCAA’s Men’s College Basketball Tournament — “March Madness” — is “virtually sold out,” says John Bogusz, EVP sports sales and marketing at CBS Television Network. “There were [price] increases in all rounds through the championship weekend,” he added, speaking on a call with reporters Wednesday. Bogusz did not provide details.

WarnerMedia, CBS Gear Up for ‘Very Complex’ March Madness Tournament

Ad sales have been “remarkably strong” following last year’s cancellation. Turner and CBS have now had an entire year to prepare for the return of March Madness, which is going to look a little different from 2019. All 67 games will be staged entirely in Indiana, and 10 production teams will work the event, up from the usual eight.

Katrina Law Joins ‘NCIS’ As Potential Series Regular For Season 19

Why Oprah’s Meghan and Harry Special Won’t Have A Streaming Home

The three participants’ ties to Netflix and Apple, along with Winfrey’s desire to reach a big live-viewing audience, paved the way to an old-school deal with CBS.

Broadcast Nets Push Back Originals To Accommodate Biden Address On Thursday

President Biden is giving a primetime address on Thursday night and the networks are shuffling their schedules accordingly. The president will mark the one-year anniversary of the shutdowns linked to the Covid pandemic in the U.S., which has led to the death of over 525,000 Americans. ABC, NBC and Fox have confirmed that they are airing the address, which is set to start at 8 p.m. ET, and is expected to last 15-30 minutes. CBS has yet to confirm but is likely to.

Roger Mudd, Longtime Network Newsman, Dies

During more than 30 years on network television, starting with CBS in 1961, Mudd covered Congress, elections and political conventions and was a frequent anchor and contributor to various specials. He also worked for NBC and did stints on PBS’s MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour and the History Channel. He was 93.