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CBS’ ‘Home for the Holidays’ Adoption Special to Feature 1st Gay Couple

November 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

CBS’ 16th annual “Home for the Holidays” special will feature an adoption story involving a gay couple for the first time. “Home for the Holidays” aims to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for more than 400,000 children in foster care. This year’s telecast, set for Dec. 19, will highlight the story of... Read more

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L.A. Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez Spends His Offseason Playing Fantasy Football

November 17, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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CBS Warns Viewers That It May Go Dark on Dish Network

November 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

CBS started alerting viewers Friday night that Dish Network could pluck out the Eye in certain markets, in the latest dispute to hit the pay-TV biz. “Attention, Dish customers! You could soon lose CBS,” the broadcaster’s spots said. Over all, there are 12 CBS-owned stations covered under Dish agreement. CBS has relaunched keepcbs.com for the Dish dispute, in a... Read more

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Bradley Cooper and Ryan Kavanaugh Producing ‘Limitless’ Pilot for CBS

October 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Bradley Cooper and Ryan Kavanaugh are reteaming to develop a TV series for CBS based on the 2011 drama “Limitless.” CBS has given a pilot production commitment to the CBS TV Studios project, which has a raft of heavyweight producers and original feature helmer Neil Burger on tap to direct. Craig Sweeny, an exec producer... Read more

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Why Did It Take So Long to Cancel Manhattan Love Story?

October 27, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

As the fall TV season kicks off, the networks usually have itchy trigger fingers when it comes to killing off their new shows that flop out of the gate. But not this season: it took more than a full month before fall's first cancellation: Manhattan Love Story. ABC pulled the plug on the (alleged) comedy late Friday, Oct. 24, after four episodes had aired. It's the longest the networks have gone into the season without canceling a new show since 2003, when Fox waited until Oct. 28 to axe the Luis Guzman sitcom Luis, which lasted five episodes. By this same point last fall, four shows had already bitten the dust — ABC's Lucky 7, CBS's We Are Men and NBC's Welcome to the Game and Ironside — with a fifth (ABC's Back in the Game) just a week away from joining them. And over the past several years (see The Worst TV Shows of The Century, So Far ), networks usually made their first moves in late September or early October, after just two or three episodes had aired. How DVRs and On-Demand Changed The Rules This season, networks have been emphasizing the need to wait for delayed viewing ratings (live-plus-three and live-plus-seven) as viewers caught up with shows via DVR or VOD. "The growing truth is that picking winners today isn't as simple as looking at the overnight ratings," CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler said this summer. And unlike last year, when the networks paid that idea lip service but still quickly moved to cancel several low-rated shows, they've actually been practicing what they preach. That's because those delayed viewing bumps can be considerable

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‘Undercover Boss’ Celebrates Its 5th Anniversary on CBS

October 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

During the Mipcom TV market, All3Media Intl. and Variety feted the success of reality show “Undercover Boss” at a party on the Najade, a boat in Cannes harbor. The show, which is produced by Studio Lambert, is celebrating its fifth anniversary on CBS. There are 20 localized versions of the show around the globe, and... Read more

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Primetime Broadcast Ratings Tumble, Even During Premiere Week

October 2, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Broadcast networks should start putting up a sign: "Watch for falling ratings." Fragmentation—the process of viewers diffusing across cable channels that cater to specific interests, as opposed to being forced to watch All in the Family en masse because it's the only thing on—has been happening for a long time, and the drop-off from DVR happened several years ago. That means there's no real excuse for the continued bleeding on broadcast TV. But there are a few factors to consider, including A) a big chunk of viewers can't get broadcast without cable subscriptions, and cable subs are falling, and B) content is either targeting people who are aging out of what ad salespeople consider the Dollar Demo (18- to 49-year-olds), or for young people joining the demo who simply don't like it. This is not a "There's Nothing Good on Broadcast" article. There's lots of good material on broadcast, including new stuff such as The Flash, Gracepoint, Stalker, Constantine and Black-ish. But when a show hits, which is not often, it hits softer than it did even last year. It is a "Ratings Are Falling Overall" article, even if individual actors—CBS, to get specific—are seeing bumps over last year's performance. So here are the across-the-board averages in the 18 to 49 demo for Premiere Week: NBC—3.0 vs. a 3.1 in 2013 CBS—2.4 vs. a 2.2 in 2013 ABC—2.2 vs.

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The ‘Big Brother’ Winner Is…

September 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Find out who won Season 16 of CBS' "Big Brother," with Cody, Derrick and Victoria vying for the $500,000 prize.

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The ‘Big Brother’ Winner Is…

September 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Find out who won Season 16 of CBS' "Big Brother," with Cody, Derrick and Victoria vying for the $500,000 prize.

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Super Bowl Rematch Tops Nielsen TV Twitter Sports Broadcasts

September 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The Super Bowl rematch between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos put CBS Sports on top of Nielsen's TV Twitter ratings in the sports broadcast category last week. But unlike the lopsided NFL championship game, which saw the Hawks steamroll the Broncos, this week's contest was a corker. The Hawks came out on top in a nail-biting overtime win, which did wonders for CBS, giving the network four out of 10 of its football contests in the top 10 Twitter response ratings. The Hawks-Broncos clash lit up the sports Twittersphere with 663,000 unique tweets reaching an audience of 7.2 million Twitter users. Most of the tweets centered on the see-saw battle that saw Denver QB Peyton Manning engineer a last-minute drive that tied the game and forced it into overtime. But the Broncos came up short, 26-20. One viewer had a religious experience. Dear Football gods, Thank you for this Broncos-Seahawks game. — CBS Sports (@CBSSports) Sept. 21, 2014 Another had a "take that" take. The @DenverBroncos give Seattle a taste of their own medicine. Safety. pic.twitter.com/qNvLPiLexK — CBS Sports (@CBSSports) Sept. 21, 2014 And there was this tweet playing on the Broncos' home town. BREAKING: the Broncos are being renamed the Enver Broncos due to the lack of D. #NFL #DENvSEA — Richard David Jordan (@richarddjordan) Sept.

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