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

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.

Broadcast Nets To Air Graduation Special

With the Class of 2020 unable to throw their caps in the air this year due to the coronavirus, LeBron James is putting on a special graduation celebration. The NBA superstar will host the virtual ceremony for the more than 3 million high school seniors. The one-hour special, Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020, will air simultaneously across all broadcast platforms — ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC — and on a host of leading entertainment, social media and streaming platforms

Shareholder Lawsuit Blasts Shari Redstone’s ‘Persistent Influence’ In Viacom-CBS Merger

CBS Soaps Run Out Of Original Eps This Week

The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful will air their last original, pre COVID-19 shutdown episodes this week — Thursday, April, 23, specifically. So, bginning Monday, April 27, the network will dip into Y&R and B&B‘s collective 80-year library and present memorable theme weeks.

CBS Unscripted Head Sharon Vuong Exits

The executive is leaving after nine years at the broadcaster, including three at the top of the unscripted division.

CBS Marketing Chief Schweitzer Looks Back

During his 48 years at CBS, George Schweitzer was in radio at CBS News under names like Walter Cronkite, served as a producer on Captain Kangaroo, worked in program practices and standards, handled broadcast operations and oversaw the network’s corporate communications. And that was before he took over CBS marketing in the early 1990s, at the same moment the entire way TV shows were promoted to audiences underwent a massive transformation.

CBS Sets Sunday Movie Night

The broadcaster announced Tuesday that it will air iconic films on Sunday nights throughout the month of May. The move comes as many network shows have had their seasons cut short due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The new movie night will kickoff on May 3 with Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Subsequent Sundays will see airings of Forrest Gump, Mission: Impossible, Titanic and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

‘All Rise’ To Virtually Produce Quarantine Ep

CBS’s first-year drama All Rise will resume production for an episode set during the coronavirus pandemic. The virtually produced episode will be the first such one from a current scripted series.

Gaga Raises $35M, Curates All-Star TV Event

The pop star announced One World: Together At Home, a televised event featuring Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Billie Eilish aimed at fighting the coronavirus. It will air April 18 at 8 p.m. ET simultaneously on ABC, NBC, CBS, iHeartMedia and Bell Media networks.

CBS Studios Says It Is Not Retroactively Cutting Assistant Pay

CBS, NBC To Get Extra NFL Playoff Games

CBS and NBC will each get an extra NFL playoff game next season under the new expanded format, which will see 14 teams qualify for the postseason, up from the previous 12 teams. That means Fox and ESPN still have one apiece, with CBS and NBC now getting two during the playoffs opening weekend. Wild Card Weekend for the 2020 season will consist of three games on Saturday, Jan. 9, and three games on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021.

CBS To Air Brooks-Yearwood Isolation Concert

With most of the nation sheltering in place because of the coronavirus outbreak, CBS said today it will air an isolation concert special featuring Garth Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood on Wednesday, April 1. The primetime special titled Garth & Trisha: Live! will feature the award-winning artists performing live from their home recording studio known as Studio G.

Big Three Broadcast Nets Vow To Stay On Air

News executives from NBC, ABC and CBS pledge that no matter what, they’ll continue to stay on the air as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, even if those broadcasts are from someone’s living room. “That low-tech aesthetic may include fewer camera angles, or robotic cameras, staffers using iPhones and Zoom calls,” Jeremy Barr writes.

ViacomCBS, Meredith Set Affiliation Renewals

The new multi-year agreement covers all seven CBS affiliates owned by Meredith, which reach 7% of the U.S. audience serving more than 7.6 million television households.

ViacomCBS And Nexstar Renew More Affiliations

The new multi-year agreement with the largest independent operator of CBS affiliates covers nine stations reaching approximately 3.5% of the U.S.

ACM Awards Announce New Date

Producers of the Academy of Country Music Awards have settled on a new date for the live CBS telecast, landing on Sept. 16, pushing back the ceremony five months from its originally scheduled April 5 perch.

CBS Launches Coronavirus PSA Push

“Through it all, we have each other. And no matter what, we’re all in this together.” That’s the message in a new PSA from CBS aimed at reaching a jittery public amid the coronavirus scare. Stars from NCIS: Los Angeles, Young Sheldon, Hawaii Five-0, The Amazing Race, FBI, Star Trek: Discovery, S.W.A.T., MacGyver and CBS News shows offer some reassuring words in the minutelong clip.

CBS Soaps Suspend Production

CBS daytime dramas are the latest TV series impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In the face of a fast-escalating health crisis and new restrictions by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti aimed at slowing the epidemic, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful are stopping production. The shutdown is effective Tuesday, March 17, as both series are dark on Mondays. Currently, filming is suspended for the next two weeks.

Academy Of Country Music Postpones Awards

The Academy of Country Music said Sunday that it was postponing its annual awards show, which was to be held April 5 at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas and televised on CBS, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

CBS Slots Programming To Replace Basketball

The network will air original episodes of Hawaii Five-O on Friday, March 27, at 9 p.m. with the series finale following at 9 p.m., Friday, April 3. Original episodes of MacGyver will air Friday, March 27, and Friday, April 3, at 8 p.m., and an original episode of Blue Bloods will air Friday, April 3, at 10 p.m.

CBS, Warner Hope March Madness Goes On

The top executives overseeing CBS Sports’ and Turner Sports’ annual telecast of the NCAA’s March Madness men’s basketball college championship said today that they were continuing to prepare for the event as if it would not be affected by the spread of coronavirus, though both were ready to shift plans if the NCAA decided doing so would be necessary, potentially resulting in games that are broadcast without audiences in attendance.

PGA Makes $6.3 Billion Rights Deals

The PGA Tour, the organizer of the main professional men’s golf tours in the U.S., has struck a new nine-year deal with CBS Sports, NBC Sports and ESPN that significantly raises the costs of bringing golf to U.S. fans while gaining new traction for digital coverage of the sport.

Rose McIver To Star In CBS Comedy ‘Ghosts’

CBS’s Kelli Raftery Exiting

Kelli Raftery, a veteran CBS communications executive who has worked in many different roles over more than two decades at the company, is poised to leave, one of several executives departing in the wake of the company’s recent merger with Viacom.