Neil Simon’s classic The Odd Couple is getting closer to a primetime return with a pilot order by CBS to the multi-camera version starring, co-written and executive produced by Matthew Perry. The project, which had a script commitment with penalty, is a new take on two mismatched roommates — the messy Oscar Madison (Perry) and the neat freak Felix Unger. It was written by Perry and Frasier veteran Joe Keenan, the latter replacing original co-writer Danny Jacobson. The Odd Couple pilot hails from CBS TV Studios and two of its top pods, Timberman-Beverly and The Tannenbaum Co. It marks Friends alum Perry’s return to multi-camera comedy after two single-camera shows — ABC’s Mr. Sunshine, which he also co-created, and NBC’s Go On. Simon’s play The Odd Couple premiered on Broadway in 1965 with Walter Matthau as Oscar and Art Carney as Felix and spawned a successful 1968 movie in which Matthau reprised his role alongside Jack Lemmon as Felix, and the 1970 ABC/Paramount TV series in which Oscar was played by Jack Klugman and Felix by Tony Randall. It ran for five seasons.
Julianna Guill (Crazy, Stupid, Love) has been cast as a regular in CBS pilot The Mistake, a multi-camera comedy written by Friends alumni Shana Goldberg-Meehan and Scott Silveri and former Seinfeld writer-producer David Mandel. Produced by WBTV, the story … Read More »
CBS and CBS Studios really believe in Charlie Cox‘s TV leading man potential. After casting the British actor as the lead of the drama pilot The Ordained last season, the network and the studio have tapped the … Read More »
As she just marked her 10th year anniversary atop CBS Entertainment, Nina Tassler has been promoted to Chairman of CBS Entertainment and has signed a new contract that will keep her at the network through 2017. Tassler continues to report to her long-time boss, CBS Corp. president and CEO Leslie Moonves.
Tassler oversees CBS’ entertainment programming across primetime, daytime and late night, and the promotion reflects the success the network has had on her watch. CBS has been the most watched network for 10 of the last 11 years, with Tassler adding such series to the primetime lineup as comedy hits The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother, critical darling The Good Wife, strong procedurals Person Of Interest, Blue Bloods and Elementary – all sold in syndication — and Emmy-winning reality show Undercover Boss. Tassler also landed an elusive summer scripted series hit last year with Under The Dome, something the broadcast networks have struggled to do for two decades. She recently guided CBS’ re-entry into the long-form arena with a new programming unit and a green light for miniseries The Dovekeepers. Additionally, the network’s daytime lineup, where Tassler introduced The Talk and Let’s Make a Deal, has done very well, setting all time highs this season. “Nina’s creative instincts, programming savvy and leadership skills have helped form a hit-making machine that has fueled the Network’s success and benefited the Company’s bottom line,” said Moonves. Read More »
CBS is entering the music competition reality series space with In the Spotlight, executive produced by Nigel Lythgoe, the original executive producer of the first big US hit in the genre, Fox’s American Idol. Also executive producing In the Spotlight, which has received a pilot order, is former CBS head of alternative Jennifer Bresnan in her first pilot since leaving her post in the summer. In the Spotlight is based on the Turkish paper format Keep Your Light Shining, which has undergone some changes. CBS wouldn’t reveal details but, according to international Global Agency, which represents the original format, Keep Your Light Shining features 12 contestants on a dark circular stage with a moving spotlight, with them taking turns to sing as the spotlight shines on each of them for 15-20 seconds. Each round, one contestant is eliminated by the audience, with the show also featuring a panel of celebrity judges. Executive producing with Lythgoe and Bresnan are Jeff Collins & Michael Hammond (Dance Moms). CBS’ in-house production company Kalen Productions is producing with Nigel Lythgoe Productions and Collins Avenue Entertainment. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: As Oscar voting begins today a lot of campaigns are moving into their final phase. American Hustle, which is generally considered to be one of three front runners for Best Picture along with 12 Years A Slave and Gravity, has decided to take its message … Read More »
CBS is tweaking its Thursday comedy lineup and adding two series in late midseason, new comedy Bad Teacher and returning procedural Unforgettable. Beginning February 27, the first week after the Sochi Olympics, veteran Two And A Half Men and freshman The Crazy Ones will switch places, with Men airing at 9 PM, followed by Crazy Ones. This is a more conventional lineup, with established shows (The Big Bang Theory, Men) as 8 PM and 9 PM anchors and newbies (The Millers, Crazy Ones) in the hammock positions behind them. I hear the reason CBS didn’t go with this schedule last fall was to try to protect Elementary at 10 PM, which was losing its drama lead-in as the network expanded its comedy block to two hours. A seasoned performer, Men was slated at 9:30 PM to lead to Elementary. After a huge launch in September behind an hourlong Big Bang, Crazy Ones has been delivering middling ratings, most recently posting a 1.7 in 18-49 last Thursday vs. 2.7 for its lead-in, The Millers, and 1.8 for lead-out Men. Crazy Ones also is a single-camera comedy sandwiched between two multicams, and Men will likely do better airing behind two other shows of its kind, Big Bang and Millers. Crazy Ones will wrap its 22-episode order on April 17 and will be replaced at 9:30 PM by another single-camera comedy, Bad Teacher, on April 24. The Men-Crazy Ones switcheroo is being done in part to prepare a launch pad for Bad Teacher, based on the hit feature, which will have three weeks to prove itself to CBS brass before they set the schedule for next season. Read More »
This should impress Wall Street, although perhaps not the CBS lawyers who likely will tell U.S. Supreme Court justices why it’s so important for them to block the streaming service. CEO Les Moonves told analysts this evening … Read More »
“We’re not going to wait until November” to kick off this fall’s new season of the sitcom, or for crime drama Elementary, CEO Les Moonves told analysts in a call to discuss Q4 earnings. “It’ll be on some … Read More »
CBS shares are up in post market trading after it reported the ambitious stock repurchase plan — bringing Q1 buying to $2B — and Q4 results that exceeded forecasts just about everywhere except in local broadcasting and its billboard operation. The … Read More »
The 2,600 new episodes going to the streaming service in the non-exclusive arrangement will include Undercover Boss, United States Of Tara, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Ghost Whisperer, the companies just announced. Also in the package are hits from the CBS … Read More »
American popular culture was altered forever 50 years ago this Sunday when four mop-topped lads from England hit the stage at the Ed Sullivan Theatre in Manhattan. More than 73 million people watched in glorious black and white. A half-century later, the two surviving Beatles returned for a chat with the room’s current occupant. Here’s a clip of David Letterman talking with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr about that landmark night and the landmark theater where it all went down. After the jump, watch McCartney tell a funny story about how a Teamster made him nervous backstage during a later Ed Sullivan Show appearance. The clips are from The Beatles: The Night That Changed America, which CBS is airing Sunday night:
It was a slam dunk across the board for CBS Daytime as the network’s entire lineup hit ratings milestones for the week ending February 2, according to Nielsen. CBS Daytime averaged 4.79 million viewers, its largest weekly viewership since the week … Read More »