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Candy Crush to Become TV Game Show. Somehow

You can half-watch 'Candy Crush' while playing Candy Crush on your phone

(Newser) - Popular mobile game Candy Crush, which the Verge notes is typically played "while passing time on the toilet or the subway," will soon be played on your television. CBS is developing Candy Crush, a one-hour game show based on the game. Candy Crush, which tasks players with matching... More »

JonBenet's Family Livid, Vows to Sue 'Disgusting' CBS

Says report concluding Burke killed JonBenet was full of 'lies, misrepresentations'

(Newser) - It was a "false and unprofessional television attack" full of "lies, misrepresentations, distortions, and omissions." That's how a lawyer for the family of JonBenet Ramsey sums up a "disgusting and revolting" CBS documentary and its panel's conclusion that Burke Ramsey likely killed his sister... More »

TV Star Booted From Long-Running Show

Thomas Gibson fired from 'Criminal Minds' for kicking writer

(Newser) - Showbiz can be a tough business—especially if you're a writer working anywhere near Thomas Gibson, apparently. The Hollywood Reporter reports the actor was fired from Criminal Minds, the CBS show he's starred on for 11 seasons, after kicking a writer. Gibson and the writer had gotten into... More »

Stephen Colbert Only Allowed to Be Stephen Colbert, Not Stephen Colbert

But that's OK, because he can still be Stephen Colbert

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert—as in the conservative character played by Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report—recently debuted on the Late Show, which is, of course, hosted by the real Stephen Colbert. And very quickly thereafter, lawyers from a certain unnamed network (presumably Comedy Central) got in touch with lawyers for... More »

Post-Super Bowl Slot Goes to Colbert in Historic Move

First time the coveted TV slot has gone to a late-night show

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert has landed the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot on CBS this winter. The network said Wednesday that a special edition of Colbert's Late Show will air directly after the Feb. 7 game, the first time that distinction has gone to a late-night show. Late local news will... More »

Supergirl Just Flew Away With a Ratings Record

CBS show was most-watched, highest-rated new show this fall

(Newser) - It's been 40 years since Lynda Carter brought Wonder Woman to the small screen—and 40 years since the debut of any other show centered on a female superhero on a "Big Four" network (CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox). Monday night changed all that with the CBS premiere... More »

CBS Won't Run Ads for Redford Film Unflattering to CBS

Network won't be accepting advertising for movie based on Dan Rather debacle

(Newser) - CBS has refused to run advertising for Truth, the film starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford that revisits a painful episode in the network's past involving a discredited 2004 news story on former President George W. Bush's military service record. CBS has denounced the movie, which opens Friday,... More »

CBS Is Bringing Back MacGyver

Furious 7 's James Wan will direct the pilot

(Newser) - Someone at CBS must have finally figured out how to combine a number of household items in the exact right way to successfully reboot MacGyver, because the network is preparing to bring it back, Entertainment Weekly reports. CBS Studios describes the new MacGyver thusly: “A reimagining of the television... More »

Mayor's 'Good Wife' Tweet Targets Hollywood

Evanston, Illinois mayor defends city's liberal record

(Newser) - Evanston, Illinois—politically conservative? Not according to Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, who hit Hollywood with a tweet in defense of the city's progressive voting record, the Chicago Tribune reports. It started when an episode of the CBS drama The Good Wife had robocalls going out to Evanston residents portraying a... More »

60 Minutes' Bob Simon Killed in Car Crash

'Reporter's reporter' had been with CBS 45 years

(Newser) - After a career that included many years of reporting from conflict zones around the world, veteran CBS newsman Bob Simon has been killed in a car crash in his hometown. The highly respected 60 Minutes correspondent was killed when the hired town car he was a passenger in was involved... More »

CBS, Dish End Blackout

Deal puts shows back on in big markets on after 12 hours

(Newser) - CBS and Dish Network have ended a contract dispute that led to a programming blackout in 18 local markets, including New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. CBS had blocked Dish from carrying the local channels of CBS-owned TV stations for 12 hours yesterday because of the dispute. In a... More »

CBS: Stream Our Shows for $6 a Month

Web subscription service will offer current and classic shows—but no NFL games

(Newser) - Yesterday, HBO announced it's launching a stand-alone Web streaming service. Today it's CBS making that call with CBS All Access, an on-demand service that offers streaming of current and past seasons of popular CBS shows, as well as classic shows, for $5.99 a month, reports.... More »

Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show Replacement Is ...

James Corden, a Tony Award-winning actor

(Newser) - British actor James Corden will replace Craig Ferguson as host of The Late Late Show on CBS next year, part of a complete overhaul of the network's late-night talk show lineup put in motion by the impending retirement of David Letterman. The network says it picked Corden, who won... More »

CBS: We're Making 1st All-Female Sports Show

Lesley Visser, Dana Jacobson reportedly among the hosts

(Newser) - The first all-female sports talk show is coming to television on CBS Sports—to be hosted, directed, and produced by women, The Big Lead reports. "We have been discussing and developing the show for well over a year," says David Berson, President of CBS Sports. "Internally and... More »

CBS Sports: Use of 'Redskins' Up to Announcers

Well, probably

(Newser) - CBS Sports announcers will likely be able to use the term "Redskins"—or, if they'd rather, not—during the upcoming NFL season, chairman Sean McManus says. "Generally speaking, we do not tell our announcers what to say or not say," McManus tells the Hollywood Reporter... More »

Why Colbert Is Going to Be Even Greater

Many think he's too restricted in his Comedy Central persona

(Newser) - The choice of Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman is winning almost universal praise, even if he will be shedding the blowhard persona beloved by his fans at Comedy Central. The biggest knock from critics is that he is yet another white guy in the late-night lineup. Here's a... More »

David Letterman Retiring in 2015

He's announcing it on tonight's show

(Newser) - David Letterman is signing off after more than 30 years in the late-night business, reports . The host said during the taping of tonight's show that he will step down in 2015, reports AP . Bassist Mike Mills of REM, who appears on the show, first broke the news... More »

Matthew Perry in Odd Couple TV Remake

He'll star in, write, produce CBS sitcom

(Newser) - Friends star Matthew Perry is reportedly embracing nostalgia with a script deal for a new CBS comedy: a remake of The Odd Couple. The story, which started out on Broadway, became a film in the late '60s and then a TV series in 1970, follows Oscar Madison, an easygoing,... More »

Newtown: No Anniversary Visits, Please

Town won't hold public memorial

(Newser) - December 14 will mark the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings—but there will be no public memorial. Newtown, Conn., doesn't want another media onslaught, and officials are calling on local institutions to keep crews from parking in their lots. "All of these children, they need a... More »

CBS: 'We Were Misled' By Benghazi Source

Network apologizes for 60 Minutes segment

(Newser) - Sure enough, CBS is disowning 60 Minutes' recent Benghazi story, in the wake of an FBI report that discredited its key source . "The truth is we made a mistake," Lara Logan said on CBS This Morning . Logan explained that they'd believed former security officer Dylan Davies (aka... More »

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