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CBS, Les Moonves Will Pay $30.5M Over Alleged Cover-Up

Network came to agreement with New York AG's office

(Newser) - CBS and its former president, Leslie Moonves, will pay $30.5 million as part of an agreement with the New York attorney general's office, which says the network's executives conspired with a Los Angeles police captain to conceal sexual assault allegations against Moonves. Under the deal announced Wednesday...

James Corden Plans Next Move
James Corden
Plans Next Move

James Corden Plans Next Move

'Late Late Show' host will end his 8-season tenure in the spring

(Newser) - James Corden, who had suggested he wouldn't remain host of The Late Late Show indefinitely, has put an end date on his tenure. The host said Thursday that he's signed a contract with CBS that runs till spring, per the Hollywood Reporter . Then he's out, after eight...

ViacomCBS Shares Plunge After Rebrand

Company is now called Paramount

(Newser) - ViacomCBS is now known as Paramount, but investors don't seem be thrilled about the company's name change or its financial outlook: Deadline reports that the company's stock price nosedived 20% in trading early Wednesday, and it remains down nearly that much as of this writing. The company...

Adele Gets Personal in Sit-Down With Oprah

In CBS special, star gives a mini-concert, talks about her divorce, weight loss, new love

(Newser) - For those who've been waiting to see Adele perform in public again, this weekend offered that chance, and much more. The 33-year-old star showed up Sunday night in a two-hour CBS special, which alternated between showing Adele crooning 10 old and new songs at Los Angeles' Griffith Observatory to...

One of TV's Biggest Stars Makes a Sudden Exit

Mark Harmon asked CBS not to make a big deal of his NCIS departure

(Newser) - The lead character of television's most popular drama exited the show Monday without a fuss, and without the immediate ratings bump that would be expected if there had been, the AP reports. NCIS star Mark Harmon, who has played Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs since the CBS drama began...

CBS Announces Change to 'Cursed Idea' Reality Show

'The Activist' was set to have activists compete; after backlash, it will be a documentary special

(Newser) - Update: The people spoke, producers listened. A CBS reality show focusing on activism is undergoing a format change after intense criticism. The Activist, which had been set to be a competition, is being transformed into a primetime documentary special, Rolling Stone reports. "The push for global change is not...

Colbert's Show to Take a Big Step Next Month

Late-night host to return to live in-studio tapings with vaccinated audience starting June 14

(Newser) - CBS said Monday that Stephen Colbert's late-night show will return to doing live episodes on June 14, with a vaccinated audience in New York's Ed Sullivan Theater. The Late Show, late night's top-rated entertainment program, produced 205 episodes without a live audience for more than a year...

Moonves Gives Up on Severance Pay Fight
Moonves, CBS End $120M Fight

Moonves, CBS End $120M Fight

Former CEO fired over sexual assault allegations had sought severance pay

(Newser) - Les Moonves, the former CBS chief executive who was forced out after being accused of sexual harassment and abuse in a period spanning decades, has dropped his attempt to recover $120 million in severance pay. Moonves filed for arbitration in January 2019 over the money after the CBS board decided...

Nielsen Tallies Up Viewership for Chauvin Verdict

At least 23.2M Americans were watching

(Newser) - At least 23.2 million Americans watched on television this week as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, per the AP . The Nielsen company's estimate came from viewership figures on 11 different networks that carried Tuesday's...

Hasselhoff Is a Big Part of CBS' Plans for Germany

He will star as himself in international co-production Ze Network

(Newser) - David Hasselhoff remained a huge star in Germany as his career slowed down in the US—and CBS is hoping the Knight Rider and Baywatch star will be a major boost for its production arm's expansion into international programming. The 69-year-old, who is better known as a singer than...

Talk on Hiatus After Sharon Osbourne, Co-Host Get Into It

CBS show on hold after Osbourne's dispute with Sheryl Underwood over Piers Morgan, racism

(Newser) - The Prince Harry-Meghan Markle-Oprah Winfrey-Piers Morgan vacuum has just sucked in another big name: Sharon Osbourne, co-host of CBS' The Talk, who's been taking heat ever since she defended Morgan on her show. The hubbub started Wednesday, when Osbourne addressed Morgan's comments on Markle , which led to his...

Frasier Reboot Coming to Paramount Plus

Kelsey Grammer to return to iconic role

(Newser) - Add Paramount+ to the ever-growing list of streaming services you'll just have to subscribe to if you want to relive your younger years. The ViacomCBS streaming service (currently known as CBS All Access, until March 4) is rebooting Frasier, with Kelsey Grammer returning to the role of Dr. Frasier...

2 CBS Execs on Leave After Newspaper Exposé

Peter Dunn and David Friend accused of racism, sexism in 'Los Angeles Times' investigation

(Newser) - Two high-level CBS executives have been suspended after the Los Angeles Times reported that employees accused them of sexist and racist behavior. Peter Dunn and David Friend are on administrative leave while an outside investigation is conducted, per the New York Times . Dunne is president of CBS television stations, and...

Black Teen's Accuser Retreats on Her Apology

Miya Ponsetto suggests Black teen may have stolen her phone after all

(Newser) - A white woman who wrongly accused a Black teenager of stealing her cellphone and tackled him at a New York City hotel appeared to back off her apology in a TV interview that aired Monday, suggesting without evidence that maybe he did try to steal her phone after all. "...

Deaf Community Boycotts New CBS Show

'The Stand' takes heat for casting hearing actor in deaf-mute role

(Newser) - A new CBS All Access show is garnering the wrong kind of attention after casting a hearing actor for a deaf character, per the Hollywood Reporter . Over 70 signatories have released a statement about The Stand, in which hearing actor Henry Zaga plays the deaf-mute character Nick Andros. "We...

CBS Has New Rule for Reality Shows
CBS Has New Rule
for Reality Shows

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%...

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,...

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...

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...

10 Most-Watched Network Shows
10 Most-Watched
Network Shows

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...

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