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CBS is still the most-watched network but almost all of their established shows are down year-to-year. Plus, none of their new shows can really be considered hits. Which will be cancelled or renewed? Stay tuned!
New CBS shows (so far): The Crazy Ones, Hostages, The Millers, Mom, and We Are Men.
Returning shows (so far): 2 Broke Girls, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, How I Met Your Mother, The Mentalist, Mike & Molly, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person of Interest, Survivor, Two and a Half Men, and Undercover Boss.
There's lots of data that CBS looks at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are typically the biggest piece. Here's how the network's shows are doing »
Celebrated nerd and actor Wil Wheaton (Stand By Me, Star Trek: The Next Generation) has transformed his passion for all things geek into a successful career as a writer and performer. He hosts the gaming series TableTop on the Geek & Sundry network and regularly performs with musical comedy act Paul and Storm and Mythbusters‘ Adam Savage at w00tstock.
Wheaton has continued acting as well, having had a recurring role on the Syfy series Eureka and frequently guest-starring on The Big Bang Theory. This summer, Wheaton began hosting his own spin on clip shows like The Soup and Tosh.0 for Syfy, where every week he’d humorously dissect the latest happenings in geek culture.
But after only 18 ...
Click to continue reading Syfy Cancels ‘The Wil Wheaton Project’
- Sarah Moran
Female friendships are few and far between on television. And good female friendships are even harder to find. So when BuzzFeed brought up the point that The Good Wife’s Alicia and Kalinda haven’t appeared in the same room together in more than 30 episodes (that is, a season and a half), I immediately felt as if the show were doing a injustice to women—and specifically, to the friendship that these two characters had formed.
But upon further thought, I realized that just the opposite was happening.
Alicia and Kalinda aren’t like most female friends on TV. Unlike »
- Samantha Highfill
This coming week, Titan Books is set to release Showrunners: The Art of Running A TV Show, Tara Bennett’s companion book to the upcoming documentary Showrunners, the ultimate insider’s guide to creating and running a hit show which includes legends such as Joss Whedon, Damon Lindelof, Ronald D.Moore, Jane Espenson, Terence Winter, Kurt Sutter, Janet Tamaro and Bill Prady. Here’s an exclusive excerpt from the book, which hits shelves on September 5th…
With the industry in such flux, writers are also trying to navigate the best paths for their creative careers. Is broadcast in too much disarray to invest? Is cable the right fit for future development? Maybe TV needs to get its act together, and film is the place to hang out for a while? All showrunners are mulling these options, and more, as they think about what their personal futures hold.
Robert King, Showrunner: »
- Gary Collinson
The fifth episode of Arrow's third season will delve into Felicy's "secret origin", and The Hollywood Reporter have revealed that Awkward and Glee actor Nolan Funk as been cast for a guest appearance. He'll play Cooper Seldon, Felicity’s hacker boyfriend from her days at MIT. That name sounds familiar, right? Well, it's because he's...no one from the DC Comics, but seemingly a play on The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper! Weird. Anyway, he joins a star studded season which includes Brandon Routh as The Atom, J.R. Ramirez as Wildcat, Rila Fukushima as Katana, Peter Stormare as Count Vertigo, David Cubitt as Manhunter and Charlotte Ross as Felicity's mother. Oh, and Ra's Al Ghul! Here's an Instagram post from Emily Bett Rickards relating to this news »
Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, is leaving the company after 12 years with Turner. Wright, who joined TNT in 2002, was named to his current position in May 2012. The executive, who previously served as vice president of movies and miniseries for CBS Productions and CBS Entertainment, is responsible for all programming for the networks. Series launched under Wright's watch include “The Closer,” “Rizzoli & Isles” and “Falling Skies,” and he was responsible for TBS’ acquisition of the CBS hit “The Big Bang Theory.” Also read: Turner Plans Organizational Restructuring in Next Two »
- Tim Kenneally
Chicago – iO Chicago continues the Grand Opening at its new venue with one of its most famous alumni – the illustrious Joel Murray. Besides opening the seventh season of “Mad Men” with a brilliant monologue as Freddy Rumsen, Murray brings his “Joel Murray & Friends” show to the new iO Chicago on August 30th.
Murray is the youngest of the famous “Murrays of Wilmette, Illinois,” which includes brothers Brian-Doyle, Bill and John, plus sister Nancy. He is also one of the earliest members of the former Improv Olympics – now called iO – which grew from its modest beginnings in Chicago with founders Del Close and Charna Halpern to their latest multi-theater venue on Kingsbury Street. Joel Murray comes back to his roots with “Joel Murray & Friends” in The Mission Theater at the venue, which will feature some other famous iO alumni including Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”), Mitch Rouse (“According to Jim”), Kevin Dorff (“Conan »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Big Bang Theory fans won’t have to wait long to find out where Sheldon ended up after disappearing on a train in last season’s finale. CBS has just revealed that he’ll be somewhere very hot when the long-running comedy returns this fall.
Sheldon had a hard time adjusting to so much change in the finale, which included Penny and Leonard announcing their engagement, Sheldon being unable to change his field of study at work, and the comic book store burning down. The uber-geek decided to hop on a train so he could clear his mind. Where did he end up going? »
- Natalie Abrams
As a little aperitif three weeks before it uncorks Premiere Week , CBS has officially revealed the premiere loglines for several of its shows.
Which Big Bangers are hitting the road? Which crime drama is getting a Love touch? Which Five-0 pair is heading into therapy? Read on for the full rundown.
Related Big Bang Wedding Scoop: Will Penny and Leonard Tie the Knot Soon?
2 Broke Girls | Airing Monday, Oct. 27
“And The Reality Problem” – A reality show producer approaches Max and Caroline about shooting an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians at their cupcake window.
The Big Bang Theory | Monday, »
Kaley Cuoco ate a McDonald's hamburger just moments before her Emmys red carpet photo-op earlier this week and was kind enough to share the photo with her fans. The Big Bang Theory beauty is shown showing some nice cleavage and cleaning up on a burger and fries to keep the hunger pains away during the long night of Emmy Awards presentation and speeches. It appears Kaley Cuoco having a better week than co-star and former boyfriend Johnny Galecki. He was dating girlfriend Kelli Garner, but they have split after more than two years together. The 'Big Bang Theory' actor and 'Pan-Am' star , who were first seen in public together in March 2012, have amicably decided to end their relationship and are still hoping to be pals. A source told Us Magazine: "Johnny and Kelli are still best friends". The couple appeared to be a picture of happiness when they were snapped »
Johnny Galecki and Kelli Garner have called it quits after more than two years together, a source confirms to People. The breakup of The Big Bang Theory star and former Pan Am actress, who first stepped out together publicly in early 2012, comes just months after a romantic vacation in Mexico. The duo also attended the nuptials of Galecki's ex and Big Bang costar Kaley Cuoco, who married tennis player Ryan Sweeting in Santa Susana, California, on New Year's Eve. Reps for Galecki, 39, and Garner, 30, have not commented on the split. The news also comes on the heels of a very big month for the actor, »
- Wade Rouse, @waderouse
The Big Bang Theory actor Johnny Galecki and Pam Am actress Kelli Garner are calling it quits after more than two years together, a source confirms to People. The breakup of the couple, who first stepped out together publicly in early 2012, comes just months after a romantic vacation in Mexico. The duo also attended the nuptials of Galecki's ex and Big Bang co-star Kaley Cuoco, who married tennis player Ryan Sweeting in Santa Susana, California, on New Year's Eve. Reps for Galecki and Garner have not commented on the split. The news also comes on the heels of a very big month for the actor, »
- Wade Rouse, @waderouse
Source: ABC A reboot for Full House is reportedly in the works, '90s kids! Plenty of people call themselves Full House fans, but how much trivia do you know about the people and the stories behind the hit '90s show? Several of the show's stars have been sharing the spotlight lately. Candace Cameron Bure competed on Dancing With the Stars, and a few of her former castmates cheered for her from the stands. She also reunited on screen with Scott Weinger, who played D.J.'s boyfriend Steve, for an episode of The Neighbors, and all three of the main Full House guys came together for a Super Bowl commercial earlier this year. To relive all the Full House excitement, take a look at 33 things you may not know about your favorite '90s series. The Show The show was originally going to be called House of Comics, »
It's over! Johnny Galecki and Kelli Garner have broken up, E! News confirms. The Big Bang Theory actor, 39, and the Pan Am actress, 30, took their romance public in March 2012, and the exes have staying amicable post-split. "It's all good," a source insists. "They still hang out a lot." Staying friends with exes seemingly comes easy for Galecki. He brought Garner to his ex-girlfriend and co-star Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting's wedding to tennis player Ryan Sweeting on New Year's Eve in 2013. Galecki flew solo at Monday's Emmys. Co-star Jim Parsons was named Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, while co-star Mayim Bialik lost the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy »
CBS’ “Big Brother” had its best week of the summer and claimed the top three series spots in the weekly demo rankings, but it was no match for MTV’s “Video Music Awards.”
Though it was down from last year, the Sunday awards show remains a popular draw among adults under 50 — attracting about as many as the Primetime Emmys one night later on NBC.
It was another transitional week overall, with lots of coming and goings in primetime, including the final episode of HBO’s “True Blood,” the season-ender of hot rookie drama “The Last Ship” on TNT and a record-setting season premiere for BBC America’s “Doctor Who.”
It was also a big week for pro football — the first of many over the next five months — as three NFL preseason games cracked the top 15 in adults 18-49. In a surprise, it was Espn’s Monday matchup between Cleveland and »
- Rick Kissell
Next month sees the UK release of Wish I Was Here, former Scrubs star Zach Braff’s first directorial offering since 2004′s Garden State, and Koch Media Films has dropped a new UK poster for the Kickstarter-funded comedy drama, which we have for you here…
Wish I Was Here opens in the UK on September 19th, with Braff joined in the cast by Kate Hudson (The Killer Inside Me), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Josh Gad (Frozen), Joey King (The Dark Knight Rises), Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Pierce Gagnon (Looper), Michael Weston (The Last Kiss), the late James Avery (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air), and Mandy Patinkin (Homeland). Watch the trailer here.
- Gary Collinson
The Seinfeld star picked up yet another Emmy for her turn as Selina Meyer this week. As the White House comedy comes to London, what do you make of this season so far?
This years Emmy awards provided little in the way of surprises, with Breaking Bad showered in gold and wins for Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory, which suggested voters have not watched any new comedy since 2009. With her third Actress in a comedy series win, for her role as vice president Selina Meyer in the excellent Veep, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is approaching the same blanket winner status. Thats not to say that the White House comedy is undeserving. In fact, the third season has shown Dreyfus demonstrating the kind of form that has transformed a promising, if at times patchy, series into one of the funniest comedies of the year.
So far, season three, which is airing »
- David Renshaw
One of the standout moments from this year’s Emmys was undeniably the taped segment in which comedian Billy Eichner and host Seth Meyers ran around the streets of New York quizzing (or simply yelling at) people about the awards. And it wouldn’t have happened if Eichner had not decided to send a “ballsy” (his word) email to Meyers’ producer, Mike Shoemaker.But thanks to Eichner’s initiative, the evening had a refreshing dose of absurdity. In the segment, which mimicked the structure of the recurring games on Eichner’s Billy on the Street, Eichner called out the Academy’s snubbing of Tatiana Maslany, »
- Esther Zuckerman
Despite all the pieces heralding this as a golden age of television, the Emmys — or more accurately, those who mounted and attended them — still haven’t gotten over their infatuation with movie stars, or retired their age-old inferiority complex. And while people are to be forgiven for ogling Matthew McConaughey, the cumulative weight of all the attention he garnered from the stage went from cute to unseemly, as if nobody could believe a recent Oscar winner would deign to attend their party.
Not only does this fly in the face of history — movie stars aren’t exactly a new feature of Emmy voting — but it does a general disservice to those who have rightfully garnered praise for their television work. Besides, Bryan Cranston just won a Tony for the play “All the Way;” should people be doing cartwheels that he found time to show up?
Yet there was McConaughey on the red carpet, »
- Brian Lowry
Variety was inside Hollywood’s Emmy afterparties as TV’s finest celebrated their golden night with plenty of champagne, dancing and trophy gazing.
Here’s our party timeline:
8:12 p.m. With its impressive haul of Emmy loot — including a best comedy win for “Modern Family” — the mood is festive and upbeat at Fox’s Emmy night fete at Vibiana, where the spread includes roasted fingerling potatoes and field green salad.
8:34 p.m. And Espresso cheesecake donuts!
See Also: More Photos from the Emmy After Parties
- Variety Staff
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