CBS Sets End Dates For ‘Mom’ And ‘NCIS: New Orleans,’ Plus 17 Season Finales

CBS on Monday announced the season finale dates for a total of 19 shows, including the aforementioned series finales as well as one two-hour season ender

‘The Talk’ Extends Hiatus

Amid the ongoing probe into comments made by Sharon Osbourne during a heated exchange between her and fellow The Talk co-host Sheryl Underwood, CBS is further extending the daytime talk show’s hiatus through at least this week, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Chuck Lorre’s New CBS Sitcom Faces Backlash

The Big Bang Theory producer Chuck Lorre’s latest — the midseason series United States of Al — is being criticized for casting a non-Afghan actor in its titular role, and for the character’s depiction in general, while one of the show’s executive producers has issued a staunch defense.

CBS, Turner Partnership On NCAA Tournament Has Huge Benefits

This is the 10th year that CBS and Turner have teamed up for March Madness. While the deal provides the NCAA with its largest source of revenue, it has also turned a profit for both networks as well as benefiting fans because all of the games are available nationally. The success of the partnership, which will last until at least 2032, has exceeded the expectations of CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus.

‘The Talk’ Hiatus Extended After Racism Talk

The CBS talk show will stay on hiatus for another week after a discussion about racism involving co-host Sharon Osbourne went off the rails last week. Osbourne reacted with anger and profanity when asked to talk about her support and friendship with British TV personality Piers Morgan.

‘Grammy Awards’ Earns $80-$82M In National Ads

Although it witnessed a steep decline in viewership, The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards on CBS still earned a hefty $80 million to $82 million in national TV advertising, according to industry estimates — a similar dollar level to a year ago.

‘The Talk’ On Hold Amid Investigation Surrounding Sharon Osbourne Comments

The Talk will go on a brief hiatus, canceling its live shows for Monday and Tuesday. The news comes after CBS announced that it would be launching a probe into an episode last week that saw Sharon Osbourne get into a heated exchange with co-host Sheryl Underwood after defending Piers Morgan’s comments about Meghan Markle. The plan is currently to return to filming on Wednesday, a source says, but the show will evaluate and see where they are before moving forward. CBS declined comment, and pointed to its earlier statement on its investigation on Friday.

CBS Launches Internal Review Into Sharon Osbourne’s Heated Exchange On ‘The Talk’

The fallout from the charged discussion during The Talk on Wednesday continues, with the network issuing a statement to Deadline Friday night. “We are committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace,” CBS said. “All matters related to the Wednesday episode of The Talk are currently under internal review.” During Wednesday’s episode of The Talk, which is not made available online by CBS, Sharon Osbourne broke down after being called out by co-host Sheryl Underwood for giving “safe haven” to Piers Morgan’s allegedly racially-charged comments about the Duchess of Sussex.

‘Oprah With Meghan and Harry’ Viewership Tops 60M Worldwide

With a rebroadcast tonight on CBS, the final numbers are not totally in for the agenda-setting Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special. However, the royal sit-down has now clenched the crown of most watched non-sports show of the television season so far. A whooping 61 million around planet have tuned in so far to the Harpo Productions special that was licensed to CBS domestically. The special was distributed internationally by ViacomCBS Global Distribution to dozens of markets.

CBS To Debut Three Remixes Of Its Iconic ‘This Is CBS’ Tagline During Grammys

If you’ve watched CBS in the past several months, including during the Super Bowl, you’ve probably heard the network’s new five-note mnemonic. The cue now appears in most CBS promos and IDs and has become CBS’ audio signature, often paired with the classic network tagline “This Is CBS.” Now, CBS is taking the mnemonic a step further, hiring dance music DJ and producer CID to create three new songs that incorporate both the five-note cue and old audio of a network announcer intoning, “This … Is CBS.”

NCAA’s March Madness Is ‘Virtually Sold Out’

Advertising inventory in NCAA’s Men’s College Basketball Tournament — “March Madness” — is “virtually sold out,” says John Bogusz, EVP sports sales and marketing at CBS Television Network. “There were [price] increases in all rounds through the championship weekend,” he added, speaking on a call with reporters Wednesday. Bogusz did not provide details.

WarnerMedia, CBS Gear Up for ‘Very Complex’ March Madness Tournament

Ad sales have been “remarkably strong” following last year’s cancellation. Turner and CBS have now had an entire year to prepare for the return of March Madness, which is going to look a little different from 2019. All 67 games will be staged entirely in Indiana, and 10 production teams will work the event, up from the usual eight.

Katrina Law Joins ‘NCIS’ As Potential Series Regular For Season 19

Why Oprah’s Meghan and Harry Special Won’t Have A Streaming Home

The three participants’ ties to Netflix and Apple, along with Winfrey’s desire to reach a big live-viewing audience, paved the way to an old-school deal with CBS.

Broadcast Nets Push Back Originals To Accommodate Biden Address On Thursday

President Biden is giving a primetime address on Thursday night and the networks are shuffling their schedules accordingly. The president will mark the one-year anniversary of the shutdowns linked to the Covid pandemic in the U.S., which has led to the death of over 525,000 Americans. ABC, NBC and Fox have confirmed that they are airing the address, which is set to start at 8 p.m. ET, and is expected to last 15-30 minutes. CBS has yet to confirm but is likely to.

Roger Mudd, Longtime Network Newsman, Dies

During more than 30 years on network television, starting with CBS in 1961, Mudd covered Congress, elections and political conventions and was a frequent anchor and contributor to various specials. He also worked for NBC and did stints on PBS’s MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour and the History Channel. He was 93.

CBS Renews ‘The Equalizer’ For Season 2

This year’s Super Bowl lead-out program, CBS’s The Equalizer, has scored a touchdown in the form of an early Season 2 renewal.

U.K. Press Has Hysterical Reaction To Oprah Winfrey’s Meghan-Harry Interview

Britain’s notorious tabloid press was apoplectic with rage towards Meghan Markle and Prince Harry after their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday night. In the two-hour CBS primetime special Oprah With Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex laid bare the inner workings of the royal family and outlined the reasons why they stepped away from royal duty and moved to the U.S.

Leak Of Bombshell CBS Investigation Led To Multimillion-Dollar Settlement

The media giant and a law firm hired to probe sexual-misconduct allegations against former CBS chief Les Moonves are said to have paid millions to someone who claimed a breach of confidentiality after The New York Times revealed explosive details from a draft report on the investigation.

Emmy Awards Set Date On CBS, Paramount+

CBS has set a date for the 73rd annual Emmy Awards, which will also be streamed on Paramount+. The Awards will take place on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. Host and venue will be announced later.

NFL Wants 100% Increase In TV Rights; Disney Pushing Back

The NFL is in active discussions on renewal rates with all four of its existing network partners — NBC, CBS, Fox, and Disney-owned ESPN, according to people familiar with the matter. The NFL is hoping to get its primary package renewals completed by March 17. NBC, CBS and Fox are likely to accept increases closer to 100% than Disney, which is currently paying much more than the three broadcast networks for its Monday Night Football package, said the people.

Cyberecurity Roundtable: Content Inspection for the Broadcast Environment

A sophisticated approach to securing the broadcast environment when it includes multiple locations and a lack of uniformity in workflow and technology installations. Roundtable Leader: Patrick Duessel, VP Information Security, CBS. Note: All CBR Roundtables wrap up with a period during which attendees may ask speakers and CBR Advisory Board Members questions about any security […]

‘NCIS: New Orleans’ To End In May

NCIS: New Orleans, the youngest series in CBS’s formidable NCIS franchise, is coming to an end. The current seventh season will be the drama’s last, with the series finale slated for May 16. It will be the series’ 155th episode.

CBS Sets ‘Mom’ Series Finale For May 6

CBS’s praised Mom — the network’s longest-running comedy series on the air — will end its run after the current eighth season. Mom‘s series finale has been set for May 6 in its Thursday 9 p.m. time period.

Early CBS Renewals For ‘Bob,’ ‘The Neighborhood’

CBS is beginning to put its 2021-22 slate together. The broadcast network has handed out early renewals for its Monday comedies, slotting a third season for Chuck Lorre’s Bob Hearts Abishola and a fourth season for Cedric the Entertainer’s The Neighborhood.

‘The Equalizer’ Kept More Viewers Than Any Post-Super Bowl Show Since 2013

Queen Latifah’s The Equalizer debuted to 20.404 million total viewers following Super Bowl LV. On Sunday, in its regular time-slot premiere, the CBS drama drew 7.976 million viewers, which means the show retained 39% of its Episode 1 audience for Episode 2.

‘NCIS’ Hawaii-Set Spinoff Near CBS Pickup

CBS is nearing a straight-to-series order for a Hawaii-set incarnation of its juggernaut NCIS franchise, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. CBS declined comment as deals are still being firmed up. Chris Silber, the showrunner on NCIS: New Orleans who cut his teeth on the flagship series starring Mark Harmon, would serve in the same capacity on NCIS: Hawaii.

ACM Awards Return To Nashville Venues In April

The Academy of Country Music and Dick Clark Productions announced on Tuesday that the show will return on April 18 and will air on CBS from the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle To Join Oprah Winfrey For CBS Special

The special, titled Oprah With Meghan and Harry, will feature Winfrey talking with the couple about everything from their marriage to their decision to step away from Britain’s royal family. It’s set to air March 7.

‘CSI’ Revival Inches Closer To CBS Pickup

CSI, one of the most successful TV franchises ever, is inching closer to a formal return at CBS. Stars William Petersen and Jorja Fox are closing in on deals to return for the limited series revival from the franchise’s original creative team, Anthony Zuiker and Jerry Bruckheimer. Additionally, the rumored series has also enlisted Matt Lauria, Paula Newsome and Mel Rodriguez to the cast that is expected to bring back legacy characters and new faces for the short-order entry.

CBS Scores Record $545M In Super Bowl Revenue

Despite low ratings, ViacomCBS’ network generated a record $545 million in advertising spending during the NFL’s Super Bowl LV this past Sunday, according to preliminary estimates from research firm Kantar.

‘True Lies’ Series Adaptation Gets CBS Pilot Order

Impeachment Trial Goes Blue, Forcing Network Language Calls

A tape of the seige on the Capitol, compiled from several sources by the House impeachment managers, offered a chronological view of the former president’s statements on Jan. 6 and the actions by a mob of his supporters as they broke into the Capitol. It included several examples of rough language, including a chant, “f—- the blue,” apparently directed at police officers, and use of the word “motherf——-” by a rioter. The footage was aired on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC as part of live coverage of the trial’s first day.

‘The Equalizer’ Pauses Production

CBS’s The Equalizer, coming off its high-profile premiere after the Super Bowl, has suspended filming. According to sources, a positive COVID-19 test result was produced Monday as part of the show’s rigorous safety protocols. Immediate contact tracing began as outlined in the guidelines set by state/county and in the NBCU Production Playbook. Out of an abundance of caution, the production, based in New Jersey, has asked those in close contact with the impacted individual to self-isolate and paused filming.

Super Bowl Viewership Drops To All-Time Low For NFL & CBS; Most Streamed Game Ever

There was a lot of history at Super Bowl LV on Sunday. Unfortunately, not all of it looks good when it comes to the ratings  — and we’re not just talking about Nielsen’s unprecedented delay in getting the actual data out. In figures released this morning by CBS Sports, the big game had a total audience of 96.4 million viewers on CBS and a bundle of platforms and outlets.

CBS Bets On ‘The Equalizer’ To Beat Post-Super Bowl Programming Odds

For the network airing the Super Bowl each year, the coveted post-game programming slot can be a double-edged sword. Yes, it offers a larger audience than almost any other single entertainment episode of the year — but it has also become somewhat of a cursed time slot for new shows that debut after the game.

Pluto To Stream New CBS Original Series For Two Weeks

ViacomCBS will be promoting new series on CBS by streaming them on Pluto TV and other over-the-top platforms. The Equalizer and Clarice will be available for two weeks after they premiere on the CBS Broadcast Network.

The Weeknd To Tone It Down For Super Bowl

The pop star said he will “keep it PG” during his headliner slot on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium as the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Florida. He promised to be “respectful to the viewers.”

WGA Seeks Sit-Down With CBS Over Probe Into Alleged Racist, Sexist Behavior By Local TV Execs

CBS To Continue Straight-To-Series Strategy

CBS is one of the networks that believes in the traditional pilot season. But the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to pivot and hand out a handful of straight-to-series orders for the 2020-21 season including The Equalizer, starring Queen Latifah, and Silence of the Lambs sequel Clarice (above). As this year’s development season continues to be interrupted by the pandemic, the network is considering doing the same again.