Broadcast TV’s Reduced Role Made Clear In Fall Presentations

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)

Upfront Dispatches: Paramount Hawks ‘60 Minutes’ in … 60 Minutes (More Or Less)

Yellowstone gets wild applause, and a suddenly ubiquitous Nicole Byer clocks her third presentation appearance in as many days. 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley and company, who helped narrate a presentation largely structured like a telecast of their show. “Why make 60 Minutes the theme for this year’s upfront?” Paramount ad chief Jo Ann Ross asked at the top of the show. “We want every minute to be entertaining and informative. We also want to respect your time.” They also wanted to brag. A 54-seasons-old newsmagazine regularly ranks as the most watched telecast on television.

CBS Fall 2022 Schedule: Comedy Pared Back, ‘Real Love Boat’ Sets Sail

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

The Devil They Know: Why the Big 4 Broadcasters Are Canceling Fewer Shows

The surprise of Magnum P.I. getting cut by CBS is due in part to the fact that broadcasters have sharply cut down on cancellations in the past two seasons.

Netflix, CBS Commanded The Most Viewing Time In 2021-22

Nielsen data show TV users watched 4 trillion minutes of programming on the big four broadcasters and the five streamers it publicly tracks.

‘True Lies’ Reboot Ordered To Series At CBS

Steve Howey and Ginger Gonzaga star in the update of the 1994 feature starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Cops, Firefighters, Lawyers Score CBS Series Pickups

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.

‘Magnum P.I.’ Canceled: CBS Axes Reboot After 4 Seasons

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.

‘B Positive’ Canceled By CBS After 2 Seasons

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 ‘United States Of Al’ Canceled At CBS

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.

Cancellation Jitters: 24 Shows On The Bubble From ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CW

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’ Cancels New Episodes After Stephen Colbert Experiences Possible COVID ‘Recurrence’

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.

How Much Sports Matter (Or Don’t) To Network Viewership

Fox and NBC got more than a quarter of their primetime audience this season from live sports, while ABC and CBS are less dependent.

CBS’s ‘FBI’ Franchise Scores 2-Year Renewal

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 Scrambles To Boost Morale After Staffers Rip Harsh Working Conditions

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.

‘The Equalizer’ Nabs Two-Season Renewal At CBS

CBS is plotting a longer-term future for The Equalizer. The network has renewed the drama starring Queen Latifah for two more seasons, which will take The Equalizer through its fourth year in 2023-24.

Queen Latifah Wants To Get ‘The Equalizer’ Super-Fan Dolly Parton On The Show

CBS Is ‘Most Watched Network’ For 14th Straight Year

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.

EARNINGS CALL

Strong TV Helps Drive Streaming For Paramount

“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.

‘Carpool Karaoke’ King James Corden Leaving Latenight Show

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 To Leave ‘The Late Late Show’ In Spring 2023

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.

‘Young Sheldon’: Emily Osment Upped To Series Regular For Season 6

Daytime Emmys Sets CBS Ceremony Date

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.

‘Blue Bloods’ Renewed For 13th Season At CBS

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.

‘Innovation Nation’ To Celebrate 200th Episode On CBS

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 […]

Ousted ‘American Gigolo’ Showrunner David Hollander Let Go From CBS’ ‘How We Roll’th

‘Late Show’ To Air Repeats After Stephen Colbert Tests Positive For COVID

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 Reach $14.75 Million Settlement In Les Moonves #MeToo Comments Lawsuit

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 Brings Back ‘Saturday Night Movies’ In Paramount Promo Push

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.

‘Grammy Awards’ Viewing Up 4%, CBS Estimates

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.

All Three ‘NCIS’ Series Renewed At CBS

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 Sets Season Finale Dates For ‘NCIS,’ ‘Ghosts,’ 17 Others, One Series Finale

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.

Judge Judy & CBS Win Battle Over Profits From Sale Of Syndicated Series’ Library

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 Orders Dating Competition ‘The Real Love Boat’

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 Restructures Business Affairs

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’ Bringing Competition To Viewers

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.

TVN FOCUS ON ADVERTISING

Advertisers Go Mad For March Madness

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.

‘Survivor,’ ‘Amazing Race’ Renewed At CBS

The network has also picked up Tough as Nails and Secret Celebrity Renovation for the 2022-23 season.

Tony Awards To Return To Regular Date And Place

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.

March Madness Sold Out With Record Ad Revenue For CBS, Turner

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.