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10 Most-Watched Network Shows

'NCIS' is champ as CBS finishes first overall for 2019-20

(Newser) - CBS remains the champ of TV ratings. Nielsen says the network finished No. 1 for the 12th straight year in the "traditional" season that ended last week, reports the AP . Of course, not much is "traditional" about viewership in this age. The ratings, for example, don't... More »

Some Good News Is Getting an Overhaul—and a New Host

ViacomCBS acquires series after 'massive bidding war'

(Newser) - John Krasinski said an emotional goodbye to Some Good News this week as his weekly web series went on hiatus, per CNN . It turns out it might've been his last time in the SGN host chair. The YouTube series dedicated to good news, often related to everyday people, has... More »

Trailblazing Sportscaster Phyllis George Dead at 70

'Someone has to be first, and that was Phyllis'

(Newser) - Phyllis George, the former Miss America who became a female sportscasting pioneer on CBS' The NFL Today and served as the first lady of Kentucky, has died. She was 70, reports the AP . A family rep said George died Thursday at a hospital in Lexington, Ky., after a long fight... More »

Soap Operas Dangerously Low Thanks to Virus

Popular daytime dramas are running out of episodes and can't resume production

(Newser) - The coronavirus has most of us locked down in our homes, and for those seeking routine, diving into the daily soaps can provide some escapist comfort. But Vulture warns that the most popular daytime TV dramas are perilously close to running out of episodes they filmed before the shutdown, forcing... More »

Tony Romo Scores a Sweet Gig

Former QB is now the highest-paid analyst in TV history with new $17M CBS contract

(Newser) - Tony Romo will become the highest-paid man to call an NFL game, thanks to a new deal to remain at CBS that'll see him bring home an eye-popping $17 million a season—considerably more than the previous record of $8 million a year set by one John Madden. The... More »

Outbreak Prompts CBS to Shut Production of Amazing Race

Network didn't say when filming will resume

(Newser) - The closings to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus have reached reality TV. CBS announced Friday that it has stopped production of the next season of The Amazing Race, CNN reports, and sent everyone home. "No Racers or anyone on the production team travelling with them have contracted... More »

Fred Silverman Put a Series of Hits on All 3 Major Networks

Executive backed Roots , All in the Family

(Newser) - Fred Silverman, who steered programming for each of the Big Three broadcast networks and brought All in the Family, Roots, Hawaii Five-O and other hit series and miniseries to television, died Thursday. He was 82. Silverman, who had been battling cancer, died at his home in the Pacific Palisades area... More »

Jeff Probst Issues Big Apology on Survivor Finale

'You were right,' host tells former contestant Kellee Kim

(Newser) - Survivor contestant Kellee Kim pointed out fellow contestant Dan Spilo's "inappropriate touching" starting on day one of the reality TV competition. By day 22, producers had gotten involved and the issue was addressed on the show ; Kim was voted off the island that same day. By day 36... More »

Survivor Boots Castaway for First Time Ever

Dan Spilo left the island, and not because he was voted off

(Newser) - For the first time in its 39 seasons (yes, we said 39), Survivor has booted a cast member for inappropriate behavior. "A decision has been made, and Dan will not be returning to the game," host Jeff Probst told the castaways on Wednesday's episode, referring to former... More »

New Harassment Complaint Riles CBS

Broti Gupta, a young writer, says she felt forced to quit her job

(Newser) - Two women have quit their jobs after yet another sexual harassment complaint at CBS, the New York Times reports. Broti Gupta, a writer on Carol's Second Act, complained in September that executive producer David Hunt—husband of the show's star, Patricia Heaton—got handsy with her on two... More »

A #MeToo Moment on Survivor

Contestant Dan Spilo accused of being too handsy

(Newser) - Reality TV got quite real Wednesday night during a double episode of Survivor, with an unexpected dose of #MeToo. People reports on the "major scandal" to touch the CBS show involving contestant Dan Spilo, a 48-year-old Hollywood talent manager, and some of his fellow tribe members. Multiple contestants accused... More »

Smothers Brothers Mark 50 Years of Being Fired by CBS

Network wanted to censor antiwar, political bits

(Newser) - Getting fired from work isn't usually a cause to celebrate. But the Smothers Brothers aren't your run-of-the-mill comedians. The duo has stepped out of retirement to commemorate the day 50 years ago when CBS canceled their show over their political impudence. Tom and Dick Smothers—ages 80 and... More »

In One Way, Colbert Is New King of Late Night

'Late Show' beat NBC's 'Tonight Show' with Jimmy Fallon for the adults-under-50 set

(Newser) - Not since David Letterman's early days at CBS as host of the Late Show has the network reigned over a key segment of the late-night domain. That just changed, according to Nielsen's newest ratings. Per the Hollywood Reporter , the Late Show With Stephen Colbert just assumed the No.... More »

Most-Hated Firm in America Has 'String of PR Disasters'

Facebook really gets our goat, per 24/7 Wall St.

(Newser) - The opposite of love may be indifference, but hate is what Americans harbor for the companies that annoy, enrage, and frustrate them. And those firms fall in a variety of sectors, per 24/7 Wall St ., which ranked the most loathed companies in the country based on consumer surveys, data from... More »

CBS News Head Steps Down

Susan Zirinsky will replace David Rhodes

(Newser) - CBS said Sunday that its news division president, David Rhodes, is stepping down following a troubled year that saw morning anchor Charlie Rose and the top executive at 60 Minutes lose their jobs following misconduct reports. He is being replaced by veteran producer Susan Zirinsky. Zirinsky, who started work at... More »

Eliza Dushku Counters 'Deceptive' Claims by CBS, Actor

She says co-star, CBS are misrepresenting her $9.5M settlement with network

(Newser) - Eliza Dushku says she was treated shamefully on the set of Bull and fired for "simply asking to do my job without relentless sexual harassment." In a Boston Globe op-ed, Dushku says she decided to speak out to counter "deceptive" claims made by CBS, Bull star Michael... More »

CBS to Les Moonves: No $120M for You

The company's board denies him huge severance package

(Newser) - That $120 million? Don't bank on it, Les. CBS says an internal sexual-misconduct probe has tanked any hope of ex-CEO Les Moonves getting his ginormous severance, CNBC reports. "We have determined that there are grounds to terminate for cause, including his willful and material misfeasance ... as well as... More »

CBS Paid $9.5M Sex Harassment Settlement to Eliza Dushku

Actress reported harassing comments from 'Bull' star Michael Weatherly

(Newser) - An investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Leslie Moonves, as well as "cultural issues at all levels of CBS," revealed that the company paid $9.5 million to actress Eliza Dushku to settle harassment claims on the set of Bull. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum, 37, had... More »

One Part of Charlie Rose Lawsuit 'Resolved'

CBS News has settled, but the part of complaint that names Rose himself is still active

(Newser) - Dozens of women have accused Charlie Rose of sexual misconduct stretching back decades; there's now a bit of legal closure for a handful of them. A suit in New York state alleging the 76-year-old engaged in "blatant and repeated sexual harassment" of three former junior colleagues has been... More »

Report: CBS Boss Had Worker 'On Call' for Oral Sex

Lawyers say Moonves was 'evasive and untruthful'

(Newser) - Former CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves engaged in widespread sexual misconduct in the workplace, according to a report from lawyers the network hired to investigate allegations. Investigators were told by multiple CBS employees that Moonves kept a woman on the payroll "on call to perform oral sex,"... More »

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