‘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.

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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.

‘Love Island’ Jumps To Peacock From CBS

Peacock has won rights to the American version of the hit British series in what it calls a “highly competitive situation.” The NBCUniversal-owned streaming platform has picked up two seasons of Love Island, with the first set to air in the summer. The show, produced by ITV America’s ITV Entertainment, had aired on CBS for the past three seasons.

Musical Game Show ‘Superfan’ Lands Series Order At CBS

CBS Names Adriana Martínez Barrón VP Drama Series Development

CBS Jumps on Wordle Craze With ‘Lingo’ Game Show

RuPaul Charles will host the series, which is scheduled to debut later this year.

‘CSI: Vegas’: Marg Helgenberger Confirmed To Return As Catherine

Marg Helgenberger is officially back on the (crime) scene, having inked a deal to reprise her role as Catherine Willows on CBS’s CSI: Vegas. The franchise vet — whose absence from the revival series’ first season was addressed in the opening episode — starred in the first 12 seasons of the original CSI, and returned briefly in its’ 14th/final season to commemorate the show’s 300th episode.

NYC Cop Drama ‘East New York’ Lands Pilot Order At CBS

Gender-Flipped ‘Early Edition’ Reboot Lands Pilot Order At CBS

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Smooth Sailing For The C-Band Shift

Broadcasters are wending through a C-band repack now operating on an accelerated timeline with completion slated for Dec. 2023. The process is humming along much more smoothly than the RF repack that preceded it. Above, Sinclair Broadcast Group HEVC uplink gear.

CBS Hires Gloria Medel Solomons As VP, Alternative & Specials

CBS is bulking up its non-scripted and specials team. The network has hired Gloria Medel Solomons as VP, alternative and specials. Reporting to Jack Sussman, EVP, specials, music and live events/alternative and reality, she will oversee portions of alternative and specials programming for CBS Entertainment’s primetime lineup.

Mel Rodriguez To Exit ‘CSI: Vegas’ Ahead Of Season 2

‘Young Sheldon’ Repeats Are Beating Every Other Network’s Comedies This Season In Viewers

CBS is sweeping the board when it comes to comedy. Thus far this season, so from Sept. 20, 2021, to Jan. 23, 2022, CBS stands head and shoulders above rival broadcast networks with eight of the 10 most-watched comedies, according to Nielsen. Young Sheldon remains the reigning comedy champ. Even the Big Bang Theory spinoff’s reruns are beating other networks’ original comedy episodes. Bazinga!

Jorja Fox Exits ‘CSI: Vegas’ Ahead Of Season 2

Jorja Fox is leaving CBS’s CSI: Vegas ahead of the second season of the CSI revival spinoff series. She tweeted: “I personally just can’t split Sara and Grissom up again. So goes Grissom…..So goes Sara. Wherever they go, they belong together.” Fox is referring to her co-star William Petersen only signing on for the first 10-episode season of the show, reprising his original CSI role as Gil Grissom, the husband of her CSI character, Sara Sidle.

‘Ghosts’ Scares Up Season 2 Renewal At CBS

he network has picked up first-year breakout Ghosts for a second season and renewed its Monday block of The Neighborhood and Bob Hearts Abishola as well. The three series join Young Sheldon, which is in the first year of a three-season pickup, on CBS’s roster next season. Led by Young Sheldon, the four shows are the most watched comedies on TV for the current season.

ViacomCBS and Nexstar Renew Affiliations

The multiyear renewal covers CBS affiliates in 39 markets owned by Nexstar and Its operating partners.

CBS Affiliation In Marquette Moves

Nexstar’s WJMN Marquette, Mich. (DMA 183), announced Thursday, Jan. 20, that it will no longer be a CBS affiliate effective today. It will instead become a My Network TV affiliate. Lilly Broadcasting’s WZMQ Marquette announced a short time later that its ch. 19.2 subcannel picked up the CBS affiliation, also effective today.

Grammy Awards Move To Las Vegas In Early April

The awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 3, according to a joint statement released Tuesday by the Recording Academy and CBS. The show postponed its original date on Jan. 31 at the newly renamed Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles after organizers’ determined there were “too many risks” because of the virus’s latest surge.

‘Bull’ To End With Season 6 On CBS

The current sixth season of the CBS legal drama Bull will be its last. Star Michael Weatherly just made the announcement on Twitter. There are 12 remaining episodes, with the Season 6 — and series — finale expected to air in May.

‘The Honeymooners’ Reboot In Works At CBS

A classic blue-collar comedy title from the CBS library is plotting a return. The network is developing The Honeymooners, a reimagining of the 1950s sitcom created by and starring Jackie Gleason. The multi-camera project hails from Damon Wayans Jr. and Kameron Tarlow.. Written by Lindsey Shockley (Mixed-ish) and to be directed by Kelly Park (Country Comfort), The Honeymooners is described as a bold, female-driven reboot of the iconic working-class comedy centered around new wife, Ruth, and her husband, Alex, who are determined to have a marriage where they are true equals in every way.

Grammy Awards Delay Threatens $67 Million In Ad Sales For CBS

The delay of the Grammy Awards because of the spread of COVID-19 puts the estimated $67 million in ad sales the show has generated for CBS in jeopardy. The 2021 Grammy generated $67.6 million in ad revenue for CBS, according to ad data and analysis company Standard Media Index. That was up from $67 million in 2020 and $60.2 million in 2019, despite falling viewership.

‘The Late Late Show’ Stops Production After James Corden Contracts COVID

The Late Late Show with James Corden is the latest show to be hit by rising COVID numbers. Corden revealed that he contracted COVID-19 and as a result the CBS latenight show will be off the show air until Jan. 18. However, the Brit said he was feeling “completely fine” as a result of being fully vaccinated and boosted.

Grammy Awards Put On Pause

As expected, the Grammy Awards, originally scheduled for Jan. 31 on CBS, have been postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus-related concerns, a Recording Academy spokesperson has confirmed. No new date has been confirmed.

Midseason Ratings Report Card: CBS’s Best And Worst Performing Shows

Now that your broadcast TV favorites are on holiday break, TVLine is looking at how each network’s shows are stacking up thus far in the 2021-22 TV season — starting with well-watched CBS.

Chris Noth Out At ‘The Equalizer’ Amid Sex Assault Claims

Universal Television and CBS made a joint announcement Monday that Noth would no longer be part of filming “effective immediately.” Two women accused Noth of sexual assault in a story reported last week by The Hollywood Reporter. Noth vehemently denied the allegations, which date back to 2004 and 2015.

CBS’s ‘Ghosts’ Halts Production Until New Year

Production on CBS’ new hit comedy Ghosts has halted after an individual on the set of the series tested positive for COVID-19. The show, which shoots in Montreal, had been in the middle of producing its season finale when the COVID case forced the premature shutdown, according to sources.