MADAM SECRETARY producer Lori McCreary hails to the chief – Exclusive Interview

Tea Leoni in MADAM SECRETARY - Season 1 | ©2014 CBS/Craig Blankenhorn

On CBS’ MADAM SECRETARY, Sundays at 8 PM, Tea Leoni stars as Elizabeth McCord, a CIA analyst who is promoted to U.S. Secretary of State when the previous occupant of that position dies under suspicious circumstances. The freshman series is a success; it is also the first scripted television series from Revelations Entertainment, the production company headed up by Morgan Freeman (yes, the Oscar-winning actor) and Lori McCreary, both of whom are executive producers on MADAM SECRETARY, along with series creator Barbara Hall. McCreary opens a Q&A session that CBS holds with the executive producers and cast for the Television […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Michael Chiklis plays the VEGAS odds

Michael Chiklis and Dennis Quaid in VEGAS - Season 1 - "Scoundrels"| ©2012 CBS/Robert Voets

Michael Chiklis is in the set that is the office of his VEGAS character, casino owner, businessman and gangster Vincent Savino. Looking out the office window, one can see the entire casino floor, which looks exactly like what it’s meant to be – an opulent Las Vegas casino circa 1960 – rather than a set on a soundstage in Santa Clarita,California. In fact, outside the casino doorway is a replica of the Vegas strip of the era, complete with period cars. On VEGAS, which has its first-season finale on CBS, Friday May 10 at 9 PM, Chiklis’ Savino has been […]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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Breaking News (update): Wow! TWO AND A HALF MEN shut down for the rest of the season. Sorry Charlie!

Charlie Sheen and Angus T. Jones in TWO AND A HALF MEN - Season 8 - "Springtime on a Stick" | ©2010 Warner Bros. Television/Greg Gayne

After several weeks of Charlie Sheen’s increased confrontational behavior (especially his call-ins to radio shows), CBS and Warner Television finally made a decision about the status of TWO AND A HALF MEN and the rest of the season. Here’s what they said in a just released statement … “Based on the totality of Charlie Sheen’s statements, conduct and condition, CBS and Warner Bros. Television have decided to discontinue production of TWO AND A HALF MEN for the remainder of the season” Wow! Originally there was supposed to be four episodes, now none. This does not bode well for a ninth […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: The future of CSI: NEW YORK and CSI: MIAMI secure on CBS

Sela Ward and Gary Sinise in CSI: NY - Season 7 | ©2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc./Timothy White

Despite CSI: NEW YORK and CSI: MIAMI moving to new time slots this year, at today’s CBS Winter TCA press day in Pasadena, CA, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler says she’s happy with their ratings and feels those shows have many seasons to come on the network. “Both are doing incredibly well in new time periods, given what was there before,” says Tassler. “The audiences love watching how those cases are solved and what has happened, both shows have opened up more to reveal the more personal elements of [character’s]  lives.  Add in the Sela Ward character in CSI: NY […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: CBS feels THE BIG BANG THEORY will hold its own against AMERICAN IDOL

Jim Parsons in THE BIG BANG THEORY - Season Four - "The Alien Parasite Hypothesis | ©2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved/Monty Brinton

At today’s CBS Winter TCA press day in Pasadena, CA, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler talked about Fox moving its AMERICAN IDOL results show to Thursday nights opposite its recent move of THE BIG BANG THEORY to Thursdays in the same timeslot. “It will be interesting to see the new cast and changes this year [on IDOL],” says Tassler. “It’s a powerhouse. The good part, BIG BANG has been a superstar and we’re thrilled how well its done on Thursday. It has a very loyal audience. I don’t know what’s going to happen. In terms of BIG BANG fans, we […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: CBS talks about BLUE BLOODS temporary move to Wednesday nights

Tom Selleck in BLUE BLOODS - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc.

One of the fall season’s biggest success stories has been the Tom Selleck CBS drama BLUE BLOODS bringing in the ratings at 10:00 pm on Friday nights – a night that is generally known as the death slot for other networks. With the show doing so well, CBS will be airing new episodes of BLUE BLOODS for a handful of weeks on Wednesday nights to see how it does in the slot and at today’s CBS Winter TCA press day in Pasadena, CA, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler addressed the temporary move. “The show has done incredibly well, and we […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: FLASHPOINT coming back this summer …

FLASHPOINT - Season Three - "Severed Ties" | ©2009 CBS Broadcasting Inc. / CTV Television Network

The U.S./Canadian series FLASHPOINT has proven to be a strong performer for CBS in the summer, but at today’s CBS Winter TCA press day in Pasadena, CA, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler says the network hasn’t picked up a fourth season just yet. “The show has done very well for us,” she admits. “It’s a real utility player for us. We have six more episodes to air which most likely they’ll be on this summer and we can do more. But right now, like I said, we have always been very pleased with the show and it will most likely […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: CBS talks about the secret of its success

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With many networks struggling to find new, breakout shows, CBS has proven to be consistent when it comes to nurturing and creating first-year hits. At today’s CBS Winter TCA press day in Pasadena, CA, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler spoke about CBS’s continual winning streak and why they’ve been successful while the other networks continue to struggle. “We’re good at what we do,” she admits. “We have tremendous respect for our audience. I feel when we begin a development season, we don’t go out with a mandate of what we’re going to do and not do. We make the network […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: CBS weighs in on Charlie Sheen’s recent troubles

Charlie Sheen in TWO AND A HALF MEN - Season 8 | ©2009 Warner Bros.

At today’s CBS Winter TCA press day in Pasadena, CA, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler spoke about the recent troubles with Charlie Sheen who stars on their hit show TWO AND A HALF MEN (which is produced by Warner Bros). “We have a high level of concern, how can we not,” admits Tassler. “Personally first, on a very basic human level is concern. This man is a father. He has children. He has a family. So obviously there’s concern on a personal level. But you can’t look at it simplistically. Charlie is a professional. He comes to work and does […]Read On »

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