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February 5, 2014 | By Joe Flint
CBS has scored the rights for a new Thursday night football package. The one-year deal with the National Football League is for eight games that CBS will air in the first half of the NFL season starting this fall. While terms were not disclosed, it is less than $300 million, people familiar with the matter said. As part of the agreement, the league-owned NFL Network will also simulcast the eight games carried on CBS. In addition, the NFL Network will have six exclusive Thursday games and two exclusive Saturday games.
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April 24, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Based on the 2011 Cameron Diaz film of the same name, "Bad Teacher" is something of a novelty on CBS, a single-camera comedy in a sea of old-fashioned multicamera, feel-the-hilarity sitcoms like "The Big Bang Theory," "Two Broke Girls" and "Mike & Molly. " ("The Crazy Ones," whose time slot "Bad Teacher" will occupy, cracked that mold this season but did not break it.) Nevertheless, and for all the studied outrageousness of its model, it tells a now-familiar, deceptively sweet tale of the unruly force that brings its own kind of order and relief.
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September 20, 2012 | By Joe Flint
The last new episode of "I Love Lucy" was broadcast over 50 years ago, but the classic sitcom is still a cash cow for CBS. Speaking at Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in New York on Thursday, CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves said "I Love Lucy" is still delivering about $20 million in revenue. Reruns of the show still run on a regular basis on the cable channel TV Land.  During much of the interview, Moonves stressed the value of CBS' new and old content, particularly as new platforms such as Netflix and Amazon are spending heavily for product.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | Mary McNamara
Very few shows could pull off a homage to the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman without seeming exploitative, sensational or culturally carnivorous. Only one could do it in the middle of an episode dealing with a bunch of missing anthrax and Garret Dillahunt as a dairy farmer. Two years ago, when CBS premiered the crime-procedural "Elementary," the decision to make Sherlock Holmes (played by Jonny Lee Miller) a modern-day recovering addict seemed equally canny and risky. Holmes is indeed literature's most famous and enduring druggie - in Nicholas Meyer's "Seven-Percent Solution" none other than Sigmund Freud helped him kick the coke habit.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Golf fans won't have to tweak how they swing the remote control. The PGA Tour will remain on CBS and NBC through 2021. The new nine-year television deals, which extend agreements that run through 2012, continue a long-term partnership that the PGA has had with the two networks. Also part of the agreement is the Golf Channel, a cable network owned by NBCUniversal, which is a unit of Comcast Corp. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed, but PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said the rights fees were going to rise in the new pacts.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2012 | By Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 14 - 20 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SERIES The Big Bang Theory:  Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) returns from space in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS). 30 Rock:  Liz (Tina Fey) runs damage control on Tracy (Tracy Morgan) in the wake of an offensive Tweet and also tries to keep Jenna (Jane Krakowski) from losing it over some unflattering press. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte guest stars in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC)
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September 10, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Serena Williams' three-set win over Victoria Azarenka in the U.S. Open drew about 5.2 million viewers for CBS on Sunday afternoon against heavy NFL competition from Fox, which broadcast a highly anticipated match between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers. The audience was a 5% improvement over the 2011 women's final, which drew 4.9 million viewers. On Monday, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will square off in the delayed men's finals. Originally, the men were supposed to do battle on Sunday, and the women on Saturday, but as has been the case for the last several years, weather got in the way and high winds forced the matches to be delayed.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Well, here we are in the season of ratings glory by way of women prancing around in their undies. The "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" -- the modern-day yuletide carol -- helped CBS lead Tuesday night in the ratings. The annual breast fest brought in 9.3 million viewers and was the No. 1 program in adults 18-49 and adults 18-34 -- outdistancing NBC's "Parenthood" and ABC's "Private Practice" in the 10 p.m. hour. Despite being the high-rated program of the night, the lingerie extravaganza was down nearly 10% from the previous year.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2012 | By Greg Braxton
CBS is breaking up its low-rated "Partners. " The network is canceling the comedy about the professional and personal relationship of two male friends -- one of whom is gay. The show, from "Will & Grace" co-creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, was the lowest-performing show on the network's Monday hit comedy bloc, which includes "Mike and Molly" and "2 Broke Girls. " "Partners" is the third new show to be canceled this season. CBS yanked "Made in Jersey" while NBC pulled "Animal Practice.
NEWS
June 25, 1995
I wish to congratulate CBS on destroying "Burke's Law." First, it takes the series off the schedule until April despite the fact it won its ratings period every Friday. Then CBS programs reruns for a few weeks. Then the show is preempted by phony beauty contests and silly award shows. Now, it has been canceled. No wonder CBS is in last place. Larry Ginsky, Glendale
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
Grammy-winning rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is known for its humanitarian approach to rap. Foregoing stereotypical lyrics glamorizing violence and disdain for women, the duo has carved an all-inclusive niche for itself in the tough landscape of hip-hop. Wednesday morning, Ryan Lewis furthered that loving image by appearing with his mother on "CBS This Morning" to discuss her 30-year battle with HIV. He also talked about the family's 30/30 Project, which supports the cause of making HIV treatment available in disadvantaged communities around the world.
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April 12, 2014 | By Meg James and Ryan Faughnder
CBS has "The Big Bang Theory" and its boss has an astronomical paycheck. Leslie Moonves, the network's chief executive, was awarded a $66.9-million compensation package last year, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Friday. That was up nearly 8% from the $62.2-million package he got in 2012, a year that also kept Moonves ‎in a rarefied group of the nation's most handsomely compensated corporate executives. Moonves was paid $3.5 million in salary and received a $28.5-million bonus.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting ready to fly back to D.C. The Skinny: Traveling to D.C. on Saturday for Passover on Monday. Given the cost of flying and renting a car, this will be a very expensive Seder. Don't worry, eating matzo won't stop me from doing the Morning Fix on Monday and Tuesday. Today's roundup includes analysis of Stephen Colbert's move to CBS and a preview of the weekend box office.  Daily Dose: Although it doesn't look like DirecTV is going to carry the Dodgers-owned, Time Warner Cable channel SportsNet LA any time soon, don't expect that to change the $3.63 sports surcharge the satellite broadcaster hits its Southland subscribers with every month.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014 | By Meg James
CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves remains the king of media compensation. The 64-year-old television executive and Beverly Hills resident was awarded a $66.9-million compensation package last year, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday. That was up nearly 8% from the $62.2-million package he got in 2012, a year that also kept Moonves ‎in a rarefied group of the nation's most handsomely compensated corporate executives. In 2011, Moonves' compensation was nearly $70 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014 | By Scott Collins and Meredith Blake
With Stephen Colbert joining CBS, late-night TV's generational shift is complete - and the real battle for viewers, onscreen and online, can begin. America's most-watched network announced Thursday that it had picked Colbert, the 49-year-old host of Comedy Central's news sendup "The Colbert Report," as the next host of "Late Show. " Details of the show, including a start date and its location, have not been revealed. But CBS and Colbert confirmed that he will do the show as himself - and not in his current character, a bumptious right-wing talk host.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | By Luke O'Neil, guest blogger
After much speculation about who would take over for David Letterman on the "Late Show" after he retires next year, CBS announced Thursday that it will be Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert. That's a disappointing choice. What we need in a late-night host is "Stephen Colbert. " CBS CEO Les Moonves explained that Colbert would not host the show as his blustering character. "What you're going to get is the real Stephen Colbert," he said. "He said it's time to do something different. If he's going to be on our air for 20 years, as we all hope, it's not humanly possible to keep that character going.
NEWS
November 7, 2012 | By Meg James
Higher fees for programming boosted broadcasting giant CBS Corp. to a solid third quarter with 15.7% growth in profit. For the period that ended Sept. 30, the company reported net earnings of $391 million, or 60 cents a share, up from $338 million, or 50 cents a share, during the third quarter of 2011.  The earnings matched Wall Street analysts' forecasts. "CBS is keeping its streak with another quarter of record-breaking results," Chief Executive Leslie Moonves said Wednesday in a conference call with analysts.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2013 | By Joe Flint
David Letterman isn't going away just yet. The CBS late-night host has extended his contract through 2015. His deal had been set to expire in 2014. In a statement, Letterman cracked that he had a conversation with CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves and they both agreed that "I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground. " PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Letterman has been with CBS since 1993. Though he currently trails rival Jay Leno in the ratings, CBS is optimistic that will change when Leno steps down and is replaced by Jimmy Fallon early next year.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Joe Flint
This is not the time for CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves or Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler to go on a diet. That's because New York City and Los Angeles are going to be wooing them to be the home of Stephen Colbert's new late-night show, and that will probably mean a lot expensive meals at five-star restaurants. When CBS said Thursday that Colbert was taking over for David Letterman as host of "The Late Show" next year, it didn't mention where the show will be based. While Colbert's current Comedy Central show is produced in New York and he was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in South Carolina, the network is said to be willing to listen to pitches and be wooed.
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April 10, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Comedian Stephen Colbert will be the next host of "The Late Show. " CBS said Thursday that the "Colbert Report" star will take over hosting duties for the long-running late-night talk franchise when David Letterman retires in 2015. Colbert and the network have reached a five-year agreement, the broadcaster said.   BEST TV OF 2013 Lloyd | McNamara Letterman, who has hosted the show for 21 years, last week announced his retirement on the program.  CBS did not give any details on the creative direction of the show once Colbert takes over, nor did it say where the series will be produced.  "Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television," CBS Corp.
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