Talk show host Stephen Colbert is well-established as one of the world’s preeminent scholars of the works of author J.R.R. Tolkien (well, at least in the pop culture realm). He reads Tolkien’s Elvish language, has interviewed Smaug, and is such a big fan that he even scored an extremely brief role in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug as “Laketown spy.” Colbert recently took his show to New Zealand, where he met back up with director Peter Jackson and pitched him a whole new Lord of the Rings spin-off trilogy about his character, who Colbert imagines is revealed to be Aragorn’s hotter twin brother. Read More »
Prestige miniseries on highly controversial political figures are all the rage right now, which may be how the CBS miniseries based on James Comey‘s bestselling book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership scored such an unfairly impressive cast.
In the Higher Loyalty cast, Jeff Daniels stars as the former FBI director who was fired by President Donald Trump, who will be played by Brendan Gleeson. The four-part CBS Studios event miniseries will cast a new light on the polarizing ex-FBI director.
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Because your grandma isn’t satisfied by reruns anymore, CBS is rebooting Walker, Texas Ranger.
Running for eight seasons from 1993 through 2001, the original Walker, Texas Ranger followed Chuck Norris as a member of the Texas Ranger Division, a U.S investigative law enforcement agency with jurisdiction in all of Texas, based in the capital city of Austin. Every episode found him stopping criminals like a Wild West sheriff, often with martial arts. Now Supernatural co-star Jared Padalecki will step into Walker’s boots in a new iteration of the series being set up by CBS TV Studios. Read More »
While political turmoil engulfs the United States week in and week out, comedy masterminds Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg are hoping to bring some laughs to the scene on the global side of politics.
CBS is developing a new comedy series called UNprofessionals from the producers of the recent raunchy hit film Good Boys and directors of This Is The End. No, that capitalized UN isn’t a typo, because the series will focus on a group of the least important people working at the United Nations. Read More »
Here’s something that diehard Twin Peaks fans are going to want even more than a cup of coffee and a piece of cherry pie. A massive, 21-disc Blu-ray box set called Twin Peaks: From Z to A is on the way, and this baby will include basically everything any Twin Peaks fan could ever desire: the original TV show, the entirety of Showtime’s Twin Peaks: The Return, never-before-released making-of content for The Return, the film Fire Walk With Me (complete with its deleted scenes), and more.
But this is a limited edition set, so you may have to act quickly if you want to get your hands on it. Read More »
Reunited and it feels so good: CBS and Viacom, two companies which were once joined but have spent nearly thirteen years operating as separate entities, are now merging once again. The deal could take months to be totally finalized, but this is a move that should give the newly-named ViacomCBS a fighting chance to survive in the streaming era. Read More »
The streaming wars are heating up as a few different media companies prepare to launch their own streaming services over the next year. While Disney+ will be first out of the gate this fall, WarnerMedia’s HBO Max won’t be far behind, and they’re throwing around all sorts of money to ensure they get as many subscriptions as possible.
Right now, negotiations are taking place for HBO Max to pick up the exclusive streaming rights to The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men, and they might end up paying as much as $1.5 billion to land all 541 episodes that make up the two shows combined. That’s significantly more than the $425 million that HBO Max already paid for the exclusive streaming rights to Friends, and even more than the $500 million NBC Universal paid for The Office. Why are these two shows so expensive? Read More »
Last night, Will Ferrell appeared in character as Anchorman character Ron Burgundy on five different late night talk shows to do stand-up comedy and stick around for an interview with the host. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Late Show with James Corden and Conan all brought in Ron Burgundy to tell some jokes and have some of the funniest interviews these guys have ever done. All of this seems to be a promotional push for the second season of The Ron Burgundy Podcast on iHeartRadio, but we’re not going to complain just because this is an extended advertisement. This is the funniest late night TV has been in awhile. Read More »
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Reggie Watts is known best as the bandleader on The Late Late Show with James Corden, and before that he brought his musical and comedic talents to Comedy Bang Bang for four seasons. But what you may not know is that those are merely side gigs for the eclectic talent, and his day job is something much more prestigious.
Reggie Watts has been a cast member on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful since the show began. You might be wondering how you’ve never seen him on the show after all these years (other than the fact that you’ve probably never watched it), and there’s a very good reason for that as you will see in the behind the scenes documentary short below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 1st, 2019 by Fred Topel
CBS has had no shortage of sexual assault and harassment scandals. At the top of their network, CBS fired Les Moonves after a series of sexual misconduct and assault allegations last year. NCIS: New Orleans producer Brad Kern was investigated twice. Last year, Eliza Dushku was dismissed from Bull with a $9.5 million settlement when she brought sexual harassment allegations against star Michael Weatherly.
CBS executives Kelly Kahl and Thom Sherman spoke with the Television Critics Association today. Find out how they responded to questions about Bull specifically. Bull returns for a fourth season September 23.
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