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CBS Has New Rule for Reality Shows

At least half of participants will be people of color

(Newser) - People of ethnic minorities will make up at least half of cast members of CBS reality shows for the 2021-22 season. Or as the Los Angeles Times puts it, "CBS' reality programming is about to get a little bit more real." The network announced a commitment to 50%... More »

Trump Cuts 60 Minutes Interview Short, Calls It 'FAKE'

President threatens to leak the sit-down before it airs

(Newser) - President Trump was interviewed for 60 Minutes on Tuesday, for a segment airing this coming Sunday, and after multiple outlets reported the POTUS had abruptly cut the sit-down short, Trump offered his take on things. "I am pleased to inform you that, for the sake of accuracy in reporting,... More »

CBS NY Colleagues Mourn 'True Angel on Earth'

Reporter Nina Kapur, 26, dies after moped accident Saturday in New York City

(Newser) - Fellow journalists are mourning a young reporter for CBS New York who died over the weekend after a moped accident in New York City. "We are heartbroken here at CBS2 tonight as a member of our news family ... has passed away," a reporter announced in a Sunday evening... More »

Soap Opera Has Creative Plan for Love Scenes

Actors' real-life partners will help out amid distancing requirements

(Newser) - Five days after restrictions on film and TV productions were lifted in California and Los Angeles County, The Bold and the Beautiful actors are back at work—and so are some of their real-life partners. To ensure safety standards are met on the set of the first network scripted show... More »

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 »

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