Exclusive Interview: Genie Francis on NOTES FROM THE HEART HEALER

Genie Francis in NOTES FROM A HEART HEALER | ©2012 Hallmark Channel

Genie Francis is happy to be returning to a role she’s played before – and no, it’s not Laura Spencer on GENERAL HOSPITAL. Francis, who continues in her regular run on CBS’s THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, is back as Peyton in the third NOTES movie from Hallmark Channel, entitled NOTES FROM THE HEART HEALER, which has just been released on DVD. The actress talks about the series of telefilms at a party thrown by Hallmark in honor of its stars at the Tournament House inPasadena. ASSIGNMENT X: Collectively, what are the NOTES films? GENIE FRANCIS: It’s a franchise of movies. […]Read On »


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TCA News: CBS addresses (briefly) its lawsuit against THE GLASS HOUSE

The cast celebrates on THE GLASS HOUSE | ©2012 Nicole Wilder /ABC

With the high profile lawsuit between CBS and ABC regarding their BIG BROTHER rip-off THE GLASS HOUSE resulting in that series still allowed to air, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler  briefly touched upon that copycat series at today’s Summer 2012 TCA CBS Press Tour and why it was necessary to protect their intellectual property with BIG BROTHER. “[The lawsuit] is on-going, so I can’t discuss it right now,” says Tassler. “The message needs to be communicated though that we’re incredibly protective of our brands and creative infra-structure of the shows themselves.” Related: MORE NEWS AND INTERVIEWS FROM THE SUMMER TCA’S […]Read On »


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TCA News: CBS discusses picking up UNFORGETTABLE for a second season for next summer

Poppy Montgomery in UNFORGETTABLE - Season 1 | ©2011 CBS/Giovanni Rufino

When CBS announced its Fall 2012, one notable series was absence – the freshman procedural series UNFORGETTABLE. However, a deal was recently struck for the series to return in the Summer 2013 for a second season and CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler spoke about the summer pick-up at today’s Summer 2012 TCA CBS Press Tour. “It was a tough decision and we had a strong schedule and strong pilots, but he had strong research on the show,” explains Tassler. “We saw this as an opportunity to put it on for next season.” While ratings for summer shows are different from […]Read On »


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News: CBS talks about Football overruns on Sunday night programming – TCA 2012

THE MENTALIST Season 3 | © 2011 Paramount Home Entertainment

With football continually causing overruns into Sunday night programming for CBS, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler addressed some ways they will handle letting fans know when their favorite series 60 MINUTES, THE AMAZING RACE, THE GOOD WIFE and THE MENTALIST. “What’s most important is making sure the fans understand and we’re sensitive to the overruns on Sundays,” says Tassler. “They’re great for us and our numbers are up the entire night, but we’re continually developing new ways of notifying viewers when the show is going to be premiering later that night. We’re very sensitive of how that impacts the show.” […]Read On »


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TCA News: CBS on TWO AND A HALF MEN move to Thursday nights after THE BIG BANG THEORY

Angus T. Jones, Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer in TWO AND A HALF MEN | ©2011 CBS/Warner Bros./Matt Hoyle

After being one of the anchors on Monday nights for nine seasons, the CBS sitcom TWO AND A HALF MEN is moving to Thursdays at 8:30 after THE BIG BANG THEORY this fall. The series, which stars Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones alongside Ashton Kutcher (who joined the show last season after Charlie Sheen’s departure) is still considered a very important asset to the network and at today’s Summer 2012 CBS Press Tour, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler spoke about the time slot change. “We had a very strong comedy development and we had some difficult choices to make,” […]Read On »


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TCA News: CBS discusses cancelling CSI: MIAMI and changes coming to CSI: NY

David Caruso in CSI: MIAMI - Season 9 | ©2006 CBS Broadcasting Inc./Andrew MacPherson

With CSI franchise being a major player on CBS for over a decade, it was inevitable, with three iterations, that one of them would eventually be cancelled. And this Spring, CBS made the hard decision to cancel CSI: MIAMI. At today’s Summer 2012 CBS Press Tour, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler spoke about what led to MIAMI’s fate. “First of all, saying goodbye to a CSI this year was a very big deal,” says Tassler. “That [franchise] has been extraordinarily successful for us. I have a great deal of affection for the show. What we looked at was Friday night […]Read On »


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TCA News: CBS confident for a ninth season of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan in HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER - Season 7 - "Tailgate" | ©2011 Fox/Eric McCandless

As HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER heads into its eighth season, today at the Summer 2012 CBS Press Tour, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler revealed she’s very optimistic for securing another season of their hit series. “They had an incredible year last year and we have a great relationship with [creators] Craig [Thomas] and Carter [Bays] and they have a strategic wrap up of the show,” says Tassler. “They know they want the show coming back next year, so we’re having conversations now about extending it and we want it back next year.” Related: MORE NEWS AND INTERVIEWS FROM THE […]Read On »


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TCA News: New CBS Sherlock Holmes series ELEMENTARY will bring Moriarty into Season 1

Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu in ELEMENTARY - Season 1 | ©2012 CBS/Nino Munoz

At the Summer 2012 CBS Press Tour today, ELEMENTARY creator Rob Doherty spoke about his new take on the Sherlock Holmes legend which transplants the famed Scotland Yard character (Jonny Lee Miller) to present day New York with a female Watson (Lucy Liu). “Our Sherlock is a puzzle solver – that’s his obsession,” says Doherty. “It’s to the point where you might call it an addiction. And in many instances, he has an addictive personality and he’s battled with cocaine. Ours has the same problem, but our Sherlock hits a serious wall. Life has always came easy for him. He […]Read On »


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Five Villains We Want to See in AVENGERS 2 and 3

Ultron | ©2012 Marvel Comics

We already know – SPOILERS! – Thanos is on the way in the next THE AVENGERS movie, but what other famous foes from Avengers stories of the past deserve a shot at big screen stardom? After all, heroes are only as good as the villains they face. We list a few here, but they’re only suggestions; and no, Count Nefaria is not on this list. Complain all you like in the comments about that glaring omission or the lack of Baron Zemo, but remember that this is just one list for our villainous THE AVENGERS 2 and 3 films; you […]Read On »


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Exclusive Interview: Mary Lynn Rajskub on the end of 24 and HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN

Mary Lynn Rajskub in HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN | ©2012 CBS/Cliff Lipson

HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN has not been one of CBS’ sitcom success stories. The half-hour comedy, starring David Hornsby as ultra-polite Andrew and Kevin Dillon as Andrew’s former high school tormentor-turned quasi-life coach, ends its nine-episode run this Saturday night. However, Mary Lynn Rajskub, who plays Andrew’s ultra-assertive sister Janet, is unlikely to be slowed down by GENTLEMAN’s gentle exit. The actress can currently be seen on the big screen as an acerbic newspaper editor in SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED and stars in two Web series. One is DIRTY WORK, about a crime scene cleanup crew; the other is DICKI, […]Read On »


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