There were constant reminders of the diminished influence of broadcast television networks this past week, when entertainment companies Paramount, Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery, NBC Universal and Fox hawked their upcoming wares to advertisers in flashy New York presentations. None was more glaring than the fact that Craig Erwich and Kelly Kahl, chiefs of the ABC and CBS entertainment divisions, watched from the sidelines. (Image: Associated Press)
The most watched network follows other broadcasters in opting for light adjustments to its primetime lineup. Above, So Help Me Todd, a legal drama with some comic elements, will air at 9 p.m. on Thursdays
Nielsen data show TV users watched 4 trillion minutes of programming on the big four broadcasters and the five streamers it publicly tracks.
The network has picked up a trio of shows — a police series called East New York, first-responder drama Fire Country and a legal dramedy titled So Help Me Todd. On the flip side, however, sources say the network has passed on all of its comedy pilots, which will leave CBS with just four comedies on its roster headed into next season.
In a somewhat surprising turn of events, CBS has canceled Magnum P.I. after four seasons. As a result, the May 6 Season 4 finale will now serve as a series finale.
CBS has opted not to renew the Chuck Lorre-produced comedy series B Positive for a third season, Deadline has learned. The decision follows the cancellation last night of another Lorre-produced sophomore CBS comedy series, United States Of Al. Both had been heavily on the bubble but, given Lorre’s standing as the network’s top comedy producer of the last two decades, there was an expectation that at least one of the two shows may make the cut for next season.
Chuck Lorre’s sophomore comedy United States of Al has been canceled. The comedy, which hailed from The Big Bang Theory alums Lorre, Dave Goetsch and Maria Ferrari hailed from Warner Bros. Television, where prolific writer-creator Lorre has been based with an overall deal.
TV’s annual springtime rite of (anxious) passage known as “Bubble Watch” is coming down to the wire. With the traditional upfront week set to get underway May 16, the five broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW — are poised to decide the fate of roughly two dozen in-limbo series.
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert is canceling the taping of new episodes “until further notice” after its host exhibited COVID-19 symptoms. The news comes only a few weeks after Colbert’s COVID diagnosis paused taping of his CBS latenight show from April 21 to May 2.
The network has picked up all three shows from megaproducer Dick Wolf — and not just for one season. The three series — flagship show FBI and spinoffs FBI: Most Wanted and FBI: International — have all received two-season renewals that will take them through the 2023-24 season.
CBS CEO George Cheeks is scrambling to shore up morale at CBS News, dialing back demands that staffers work nights and weekends as they lament conditions under the struggling network’s hard-driving boss. Results from an annual “well-being survey” about employee satisfaction at Paramount Global — home to CBS, Showtime, MTV and Comedy Central — revealed particularly bad scores from CBS News employees, according to one source close to the company.
Your eyes remain on the Eye Network, as CBS for a 14th straight year (and 19th out of the last 20) will lay claim to the “America’s Most Watched Network” title. CBS through May 1 is averaging 6.35 million viewers, outpacing NBC (with 6.25 mil), third-place Fox (4.68 mil), ABC (4.19 mil) and of course The CW.
“Many of the cornerstones of our CBS lineup — fan favorites like Ghosts, NCIS and FBI — are also among the strongest performers in streaming. To date this season, CBS has been the source of 17 of the top 30 titles on Paramount+. And on Pluto TV, CBS content accounts for 10 of the top 30 series in the quarter,” Paramount Global President-CEO Bob Bakish told analysts today.
Corden announced his decision during the taping of Thursday’s The Late Late Show, which he began hosting in 2015 and which he will leave next year. “When I started this journey, it was always going to be just that. It was going to be a journey, an adventure. I never saw it as my final destination, you know?” he said. “And I never want this show to overstay its welcome in any way. I always want to love making it.”
James Corden is ready to say goodbye to The Late Late Show. He’ll wrap up his run on the latenight CBS talker in spring 2023. Corden just extended his agreement for one more year of the late night talk show before his exit. He’s expected to address his departure in his monologue on Thursday night.
The 49th Daytime Emmy Awards return to a live, in-person format this year on Friday, June 24, airing on both CBS and Paramount+. Also, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences confirmed that, as expected, the ceremony will take place at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif.; nominations will be announced on May 5.
The network has renewed the CBS Studios-produced show, led by Tom Selleck and one of its longest-running and most popular, for a 13th season in 2022-23. The pickup comes 10 days before Blue Bloods airs its 12th season finale on May 6 and three weeks ahead of CBS parent Paramount Global’s May 18 upfront presentation.
The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, for nearly a decade a mainstay of CBS’s Saturday morning “The Dream Team” lineup, celebrates its 200th episode on April 30 — and its production company, Hearst Media Production Group (HMPG), is marking the occasion with special content across the show’s social channels honoring the popular educational/informational program as well as longtime partner […]
Stephen Colbert won’t be ripping into anyone else this week in his evening monologue. He’s having to take a break from “The Late Show” on CBS after testing positive for COVID-19. Colbert responded to his show’s own tweet to note that he is feeling fine. He also confirmed he is both vaxxed and boosted.
CBS shareholders have reached a $14.75 million settlement in their securities lawsuit against Leslie Moonves and the network regarding how it dealt with the sexual misconduct allegations against the disgraced former chairman-CEO and how his previous #MeToo comments affected the company’s financial performance.
CBS is dusting off its 1980s Saturday Night Movies franchise to showcase the 1986 Tom Cruise film Top Gun on May 14. The synergy play is designed to promote sister studio Paramount Pictures’ upcoming sequel, Top Gun Maverick, which hits theaters May 27. This is believed to be a one-off and not a relaunch of Saturday Night Movies, with CBS providing corporate support for a high-profile new Paramount film. It will air as CBS Saturday Movie: Top Gun.
The 64th Grammy Awards on CBS did a bit better than last year’s record low numbers, but not by much — around 4%, according to network projections. The network recorded 8.93 million Nielsen “fast national”-measured viewers, which does not include out-of-home (OOH) viewing. CBS estimates that when including OOH viewing, total results will rise around 8% to 9.6 million. A year ago, total final Grammy average viewers were a Nielsen-measured 9.23 million. TV viewing only — sans OOH — came in at 8.8 million.
The NCIS franchise as currently constituted will remain intact for the 2022-23 season. CBS has picked up all three series — flagship NCIS, long-running spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles and newcomer NCIS: Hawai’i — for next season. NCIS will hit its landmark 20th season in 2022-23, while Los Angeles will enter its 14th season and Hawai’i its second.
CBS apparently has its “Eye” on the end of the TV season, and thus has announced season finale dates for 19 of its shows, plus at least one series finale. To date, CBS has renewed for the 2022-23 season only the following shows: Bob Hearts Abishola, The Neighborhood, Young Sheldon, Ghosts and CSI: Vegas. Bull, meanwhile, is the only announced series finale. So far.
Four years after Judith Sheindlin, CBS and others were sued by a producer from the early seasons of the Judge Judy series and the estate of another producer over profits from the big bucks sale of the show’s library, the almost lucratively esoteric dispute looks to have come to the end of the legal road, at least for now.
CBS will try again to launch a successful dating show by ordering to series The Real Love Boat, a reality competition series that’s inspired by the classic ’70s series that took place on Princess Cruises ships. The U.S. network and Australian Broadcaster Network 10 will jointly commission localized versions of the show that will bring “singles together to cruise the Mediterranean on a luxury cruise ship while looking for love.”
CBS is restructuring its business affairs operations to expand the duties of Allison Brightman and Jeeun Kim, who currently serve as the EVP co-heads of the unit for CBS Entertainment and CBS Studios, to include CBS Sports, CBS News & Stations and CBS Media ventures. This will put Brightman and Kim in charge of business affairs across all CBS brands, creating a more centralized leadership structure for the company while all of its divisional teams remain in place.
The Price Is Right is hitting the road, putting the game show on wheels and making 50 stops on a coast-to-coast tour for anyone who can’t make the trip to the Los Angeles studio. The “Come On Down Tour” — separate from the TV show or live stage shows — will kick off Friday at the Santa Monica Pier and will make stops in cities including Denver, Dallas, New Orleans, Nashville and St. Louis.
Advertisers and their buying agencies have come to see the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament as a viable alternative and better value than the Super Bowl, getting multiple spots for the same major payout. Agency executives are already planning negotiations for next year’s tournament at the spring upfronts.
The network has also picked up Tough as Nails and Secret Celebrity Renovation for the 2022-23 season.
The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing announced Wednesday that the awards will be handed out June 12 and aired on CBS, but instead of a three-hour presentation, producers are adding an extra hour ahead of the telecast that will stream only on Paramount+. The broadcast will be live across the country, starting at 7 p.m. ET, and the main event will be live at 8.
CBS Sports and Turner, which carry the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, said their commercial inventory is sold out on TV and on digital platforms, generating record revenue for the event.
Prices were up double digits, with 30-second spots on early games costing a couple of hundred thousand dollars and commercials in the final game going for more than $2 million. Two years ago, the tournament generated nearly $1 billion in ad revenue, according to Kantar.