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CBS Breezes Past Legal Angst To Strut First-Place Stuff, Embrace Current Ad Model — Upfronts

Moments after the main drama unfolded in a Delaware courtroom, CBS execs shrugged off controversy, turning out another annual Carnegie Hall upfront emphasizing broadcast TV's traditional power. "Our legacy, our enduring success as broadcasters all comes down to having a great and compelling story to share with all of you," said CBS chief Les Moonves. "That's what this week is all about. Each network has their story to tell. … I personally consider CBS's to be the greatest… Read

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CBS Upfront Presentation: Live Blog

CBS’s Armageddon Upfront just wrapped. Technically, this Upfront Week’s most anticipated new-schedule unveiling was held at famed Carnegie Hall, per usual. But it began mere hours after Shari Redstone’s National Amusements took the nuclear option, changing CBS Corp’s bylaws ahead of tomorrow’s board meeting to consider diluting the family’s control over the network. NAI said it had to make the move to ensure “the long-term success of CBS” – which is the best gag you’re… Read

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Les Moonves Gets Standing Ovation At CBS Upfront Amid Corporate Drama: “How’s Your Week Been?”

No other annual event on the media business calendar puts CBS chief Les Moonves more in his element than the network’s annual upfronts presentation at Carnegie Hall. This afternoon’s edition kicked off with him back in his usual groove. In this setting, he was able to glide past all of the corporate drama unfolding simultaneously in a Delaware courtroom in his battle with Shari Redstone and instead focus on total-viewer wins, the breakout of Young Sheldon, and next… Read

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CBS & Les Moonves Win Short-Term Halt Of Shari Redstone’s Board Interference

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Les Moonves lives to fight Shari Redstone for another day as a Delaware judge just granted a protective order on CBS' motion of May 14 for a temporary restraining order to stop National Amusement from halting a dilution of the holding company's control of 79.6% of the media corporation's voting shares – for 24 hours. The order forces both sides in the pitched battle to temporarily stand down. Giving the meeting of CBS' board set for tomorrow some breathing room, a  final… Read

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‘Criminal Minds’: Season 14 Order Size Still TBD, May Not Be Series’ Last Chapter

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When CBS’ crime drama Criminal Minds clinched another last minute renewal over the weekend, the number of episodes was not revealed with speculation that the veteran series may be getting a 13-episode final season. When CBS today unveiled its 2018-19 lineup this morning, Criminal Minds again was on the fall schedule in its most recent Tuesday 10 PM slot, which would suggest a possible full-season pickup. At CBS’ upfront press breakfast, the network’s entertainment… Read

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Turner Asserts Its Reach Beyond TV Screen, Advertising Innovation: “We’re In This Together” — Upfronts

At Turner’s annual upfront at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, company head Kevin Reilly and ad-sales chief Donna Speciale emphasized the Turner networks’ reach beyond the TV screen and its efforts to reinvent the traditional TV advertising model. “The industry spends a lot of time talking about the future,” Speciale said. “But talk is not action and we're not changing fast enough.” While Reilly described the company as being “trapped by C-3 ratings,” Speciale… Read

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CBS Warns Shari Redstone Aims To Carve Up Board, Cause “Irreparable Harm”

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Despite her claims to the contrary, Shari Redstone does intend to make sudden changes to the CBS board, the media company said today in the latest filing in its motion for a temporary restraining order that could halt an eventual merger with Viacom. "Defendants' opposition proves Plaintiffs need a TRO: Unless restrained, Defendants will use the consent process to replace directors or amend bylaws in advance of Thursday's board meeting," CBS said Wednesday in a reply (read… Read

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‘The Big Bang Theory’: CBS Brass “Hopeful” Series Would Go Beyond 12 Seasons

CBS’ flagship series, The Big Bang Theory, is heading into its 12th season, the last of the current two-season pickup for the show and new two-year deals for its cast. It was presumed when the two-year renewal was made a year ago that it would likely be the sitcom’s final chapter, But, as it wrapped its 11th season, Big Bang is not showing signs of slowing down. At the CBS upfront breakfast, the network’s entertainment president Kelly Kahl noted that this season, Big Bang… Read

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Samantha Bee Unveils Mid-Term Elections Mobile Game, Woos TBS Advertisers: “I Will Wear Your Stinky Product!” — Upfronts

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Full Frontal host Samantha Bee made the most of her 5-minute segment during the Turner upfront, unveiling a mobile game aimed at stimulating voter turnout in the mid-term elections and getting off rapid-fire shots at an array of consumer brands. “I don’t just make a weekly TV show where I shriek my feelings about senators in a studio full of New Jersey tourists,” she said. “We are so much more than that.” In keeping with brand extensions like the show’s Not the White House… Read

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‘Murphy Brown’ Revival To Take On Cable Morning Show Wars: More Details

Murphy Brown is returning to CBS next fall, 20 years after the classic comedy ended its original run on the network. Per the official show description, the revival centers on “the eponymous broadcast news legend, played by Candice Bergen, and her biting take on current events, now in a world of 24-hour cable, social media, ‘fake news’ and a vastly different political climate.” Following CBS’ upfront press breakfast, the network’s executives revealed more details about the… Read

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Turner Networks Upfront Presentation: Live Blog

Turner Networks touted its brands this morning at Madison Square Garden, demonstrating – again – why Anderson Cooper and Conan O’Brien need their own show, unveiling CNN’s best Facts First promo to date, as well as Samantha Bee’s  This is Not A Game: The Game app for midterms,  and chatting up the company's move to limit ad overload, and the branded content studios Courageous and the all-new Ignite Studios. Here’s how it went, on ET time: 10:00 AM: “Today will be… Read

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‘Kevin Can Wait’: CBS Brass On Decision To Cancel Kevin James Comedy Series

Probably the biggest casualty at CBS this season was the Kevin James comedy Kevin Can Wait, canceled after two seasons as the network’s Monday 8 PM anchor. Fueled by the popularity of its star and boosted by The Big Bang Theory as a lead, Kevin Can Wait got off to a blazing start in fall 2016. The series ranked as the most watched and highest rated new comedy last season. But it suffered some ratings decline over the course of the season. And after its end, the show made… Read