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Judge Judy Just Made an 'Obscene' Amount of Money

CBS now has the rights to her entire catalog

(Newser) - Judge Judy just signed a contract being called " unbelievable ," " massive ," and " probably an obscene amount of money ." Specifically, she sold her entire catalog to CBS. While the Hollywood Reporter doesn't have an exact number, it says the TV judge was once shopping the... More »

Stephen Colbert Skewers Trump on 'Russia Week'

He appears on Russian show, seeks help for his own supposed run in 2020

(Newser) - President Trump will want to avoid Stephen Colbert's show more than ever this week. The CBS host launched "Russia Week" on Monday night following his visit to the country, per the Hollywood Reporter . Colbert will be airing pieces from his trip all week, and his first was on... More »

There's a New Late Night Ratings King

Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show' has overtaken 'Tonight Show'

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert has hit another milestone in his stunning late-night turnaround against Jimmy Fallon of NBC's Tonight Show. Colbert's Late Show won in the Nielsen ratings for the ninth consecutive time last week, his margin of 400,000 viewers the widest lead since the CBS star overtook Fallon... More »

Big Bang Theory Fans Are Getting a Spinoff

'Young Sheldon' will follow Sheldon Cooper as a kid in Texas

(Newser) - Ever wondered how Sheldon Cooper got to be so, um, quirky? You'll soon find out. CBS says a Big Bang Theory prequel will premiere during the 2017-18 TV season, centering on Jim Parsons' character as a 9-year-old going to high school in Texas. Iain Armitage of Big Little Lies... More »

Oprah Will Be Back on TV This Fall

As a special contributor on '60 Minutes'

(Newser) - 60 Minutes is adding a familiar face for the program's 50th season. Oprah Winfrey has been announced as a special contributor who will begin appearing on the show this fall, reports CBS News . "She is a remarkable and talented woman with a level of integrity that sets her... More »

Colbert Named as Emmys Host, Makes Trump Joke

'This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period'

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert will host the annual Emmy Awards telecast, this year to be shown on his home network of CBS, the AP reports. The annual awards show honoring the best in television will take place on Sept. 17 in Los Angeles. Colbert is host of the Late Show on CBS,... More »

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, TVLine.com 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 »

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