‘Tough As Nails’ Renewed At CBS

The network has handed out a speedy second-season renewal for the reality competition series from The Amazing Race‘s Phil Keoghan.

William Petersen, Jorja Fox In Talks For ‘CSI: Vegas’ Sequel

Fox News Tops CBS To Become Highest Rated Network In Primetime This Summer

Ratings since June show Fox News has been the most-watched channel in primetime total viewers, even edging out the return of professional sports.

CBS’s ‘S.W.A.T.’ Returns To Production

After a five-month break, CBS drama S.W.A.T. on Tuesday started production on its upcoming fourth season. Like with everything else right now amid spiking COVID-19 infections, the situation remained fluid until the last minute but all preliminary testing was completed and shooting began yesterday morning as scheduled.

‘Late Show’ Music Producer Fired

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert music producer Giovanni Cianci has been fired from the CBS latenight show after being accused of sexual harassment. Cianci’s exit comes after L.A.-based musician Paige Stark posted a screenshot on Instagram in which she detailed a 2010 incident with Cianci.

Judge Judy, CBS Socked With $5M Suit

Less than six months after CBS and Rebel Entertainment Partners settled their long running legal battle over big bucks in missed contractually obliged payments from the two decade and more running show, a new lawsuit is in the docket. Rebel is now suing the former Manhattan family court judge Judy Sheindlin and the ViacomCBS division for more than $5 million over a seemingly sleight of hand $95 million sale of the show’s rich library.

CBS Shareholders Seek Class Certification

CBS shareholders are asking a New York federal judge to certify class action in a securities fraud lawsuit that claims ousted CEO Les Moonves misled investors through statements he made about the #MeToo movement before the misconduct allegations against him became public.

CBS’s ‘Y&R” Sets Return Date

The daytime drama The Young and the Restless follows The Bold and the Beautiful back on to the schedule after resuming production in July. New episodes will resume on Aug. 10.

2020 Champions League Final Dropped From US Broadcast TV

NEW YORK (AP) — The Champions League quarterfinals and semifinals will disappear from U.S. network and cable English-language television this summer under the new contract between UEFA and CBS, and the remainder of the 2019-20 competition will be primarily streamed. CBS took over rights from TBS during the coronavirus pandemic break and said Wednesday the […]


TVN Focus On Business | Diginets Weather COVID-19, Holding Their Viewers

Larger multicast networks are retaining their viewers while newer players have successfully rolled out distribution.

CBS Gets Carriage For Dabl On Xfinity, Fios

CBS Television Distribution reached deals to have Comcast’s Xfinity and Verizon Fios carry its Dabl ad-supported lifestyle network in 13 markets. ViacomCBS owns TV stations in those markets and broadcasts the network on their subchannels.

CBS’s ‘Love Island’ Eyes Return From Vegas

The network and producer ITV Entertainment have started preproduction work at a Las Vegas resort, where cast and crew can be inside a bubble — a la the NBA in Orlando — during filming. The goal is to have the show back on the air by the end of summer.

The Fall Of A CBS Showrunner

Earlier this month, CBS fired Peter Lenkov, who’d overseen a powerful fiefdom. Vanity Fair spoke to 30 sources about what happens when a network gives somebody a difficult job, then seems to let problems pile up for years because he’s making it money.

CBS Settles Suit Over Dallas TV Reporter Who Lost Job To Former Cheerleader

CBS, Cox Renew Affiliation Agreements

ViacomCBS said it reached a new multi-year extension of its CBS network affiliation deal with Cox Media Group. CMG is among the 10 largest operators of CBS affiliates. The deal covers KIRO Seattle-Tacoma, Wash.; WJAX Jacksonville, Fla.; WHIO Dayton, Ohio; KYMA Yuma-El Centro, Ariz.; and KVIQ Eureka, Calif.

CBS, NAACP Set Content Partnership

The multiple-year pact includes scripted, unscripted and documentary programming for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.

‘Survivor’ Pulled From CBS Fall Schedule

Survivor will no longer be part of CBS’s fall schedule as a result of the COVID-19 production shutdown as S.W.A.T moves up from midseason as part of the network’s rejig. Producers had hoped to get Survivor up and running to hit the fall deadline, but will not make it in time.

CBS Ramps Up Off-Screen Diversity Plans

CBS is aggressively stepping up its efforts to be more inclusive to diverse television creators and writers, setting a slew of targets for the 2021-22 season. The broadcaster is committing 25% of its script development budget to projects from creators, writers and producers who are Black, Indigenous and people of color.

‘Bold And Beautiful’ Sets Original Eps Return

The Bold and the Beautiful, which has been back in production for more than two weeks, has set a date for its return on the air with all-new episodes, taped during the pandemic. The CBS soap will be back to originals on July 20.

CBS Merges Specials & Alternative Programming

CBS Entertainment has combined the network’s specials and alternative programming units under Jack Sussman, a 22-year CBS veteran who has overseen the network’s specials since 1998, most recently as EVP, Specials, Music and Live Events. In the new setup, Sussman will take on additional responsibilities and head the combined department.

CBS Fires ‘MacGyver,’ ‘Magnum’ EP Peter Lenkov

The network has parted ways with one of its top showrunners after an investigation into what sources say were multiple claims that he created a toxic work environment.

CBS To Honor Carl Reiner

In the wake of Carl Reiner‘s death, CBS will pay tribute to the comedy icon with an hourlong, colorized Dick Van Dyke Show special. Airing Friday, July 3 at 8/7c, the special — titled The Dick Van Dyke Show — Now in Living Color! A Special Tribute to Carl Reiner — will feature two episodes of the classic sitcom in which Reiner appears.

‘Magnum P.I.’ Eyes August Production Start

CBS’s action crime drama Magnum P.I., starring Jay Hernandez, is targeting a mid-August tentative production start date for its upcoming third season. The reboot of the classic CBS series shoots in Hawaii where the show is set.

ViacomCBS, Sinclair In Multi-Year Affiliation Deal

The station group reups eight of its CBS affils plus another to which it provides services.

‘Bold And The Beautiful’ Switches COVID Testing Labs After False Positives

Call To Hire More Black News Employees

More than 320 scholars and practitioners in media and communications signed a letter sent to six CEOs of television news networks, including NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN and PBS, calling out issues of systemic racism within the organizations.

‘Young And The Restless’ Eyes July Restart

CBS’s The Young and the Restless is poised to become the second U.S. daytime drama to return to the set. The producers of the soap have sent a letter to the cast and crew, notifying them of a tentative plan to restart production on July 6.

Daytime Emmys Set ‘The Talk’ Panel As Hosts

The Talk’s Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba and Marie Osmond will host the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the cohosts announced on-air today. The awards will be presented virtually on Friday, June 26 on CBS, with leading category recipients and special guests appearing from their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional categories will be announced simultaneously on Twitter, with others presented in a separate ceremony in July.

Soap Production Paused For COVID Testing

Production on the long-running CBS soap The Bold and the Beautiful has been “paused” after just one day back on set. The show returned to production Wednesday in Television City Studios, however, production has been halted to “better accommodate the large volume of testing needed,” according to a spokesperson for the show’s producer Bell-Phillip Television.

Drake Tops BET Awards Nods; Show To Air On CBS For 1st Time

NEW YORK (AP) — Drake is the leading nominee at the 2020 BET Awards, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary later this month. BET announced Monday that Drake is nominated for six honors, including video of the year and best male hip-hop artist. For both best collaboration and the viewer’s choice award, Drake is nominated […]

TV Nets Resisting Ad Rate Cuts

The nation’s big media companies are trying to avoid great pressure from advertisers and media buyers to take severe cutbacks in ad rates in early talks as part of the industry’s annual upfront ad market, according to three executives familiar with discussions. Their pushback suggests owners of networks like CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox are betting that a return of favorite TV elements like sports will draw new interest from sponsors and generate more demand for TV commercials — and potentially help them avoid capitulating to the most onerous demands.

Disney, CBS Hit With ‘Criminal Minds’ Suit

Criminal Minds may be off the air now, but the Walt Disney Co., CBS and a Pretorian guard of executives from the long running series are now looking down the barrel of a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

‘Bold And The Beautiful’ Renewed Through 2022

CBS has handed a two-year renewal to venerable daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful through the 2021-22 broadcast season. Now in its 33rd year, the afternoon series routinely wins its time period and averages over 3.2 million viewers every day.

Virtual Daytime Emmy Awards Slotted For June

The 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards will air on CBS as a two-hour live show on Friday, June 26, returning the awards show to broadcast primetime for the first time since 2011. The ceremony, to run from 8 to 10 p.m. ET/PT, will air as a virtual event after organizers, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, were forced to cancel its planned, newly expanded three-night 2020 edition in Pasadena because of the COVID-19 shutdown. Nominations will be announced tomorrow (Thursday) during CBS’s The Talk and on ETOnline.com.

CBS Courts Advertisers Virtually

Every spring CBS parades its stars and executives across the Carnegie Hall stage to try to persuade advertisers to buy commercial time during an event filled with scripted banter and sizzle reels. This year, ad buyers working from home clicked on a link that led them to a cartoon of Stephen Colbert interviewing a dog.

CBS Sets Business As Usual Fall Sked — For Now

While fellow broadcast networks Fox and The CW have found creative ways to “corona-proof” their fall schedules, CBS opted for a more optimistic view as its slate is a return to stability as it holds out hope that production on new and returning shows can resume this summer and make their fall debut. CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl did, however, admit that it’s “highly unlikely” that 90% of the network’s schedule will launch during the traditional Premiere Week in late September.

CBS Orders ‘Equalizer,’ ‘Lambs,’ ‘B Positive’

CBS has made three series pick ups for the 2020-2021 season. On the drama side, CBS has ordered the Equalizer reboot starring Queen Latifah and Clarice, which follows Clarice Starling in the aftermath of The Silence of the Lambs. On the comedy side, the network has picked up the multi-cam B Positive, which hails from Chuck Lorre.

Brady’s Move Posed Challenges For Networks

“I can’t think of a single player move ever that adjusted requests and turned the process upside down as much as this,” said Fox Sports SVP Michael Mulvihill about Brady signing with Tampa Bay. “I think the league treated everyone well with Tampa Bay because they knew how great everyone’s interest was. It was a significant curveball.”

CBS Renews 15 Scripted Series

Ahead of its recently announced plan to present its working schedule in a series of digital presentations as part of its May 18-19 ViacomCBS Upfront @ Home, the network has renewed 15 scripted series, including all three NCIS dramas and both of Dick Wolf’s FBI shows.

Former CBS PR Chief Gil Schwartz Dies

Former CBS chief communications executive, novelist and humorist Gil Schwartz died Saturday morning at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. at the age of 68. His death was unexpected, but was due to natural causes, according to CBS. Schwartz retired as senior EVP and chief communications officer of CBS Corp., in November 2018 following nearly 40 years at CBS, Viacom and Westinghouse Broadcasting.