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CBS Renews A Ton Of Shows

March 13th, 2014 3:16pm EDT
The Good Wife
CBS issued renewals to NCIS, NCIS: LA, CSI, Criminal Minds, Person Of Interest, Elementary, Hawaii Five-O, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, 2 Broke Girls, The Millers, Mom, Mike and Molly, Two and a Half Men, The Amazing Race, Survivor, Undercover Boss, 60 Minutes, and 48 Hours. Add to that the renewal of The Big Bang Theory, and CBS just renewed a whopping 20 shows.

Not being picked up, but still not cancelled, are The Mentalist, Intelligence, Hostages, and The Crazy Ones. I would definitely rule out Intelligence and Hostages. Both failed to grab huge audiences. I think The Mentalist will prob...
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'NCIS's' Rocky Carroll: One Of TV's Great Performers

March 11th, 2014 12:10pm EDT
'NCIS's' Rocky Carroll: One Of TV's Great Performers
Rocky Carroll has been a welcome presence in our homes since he joined the cast of CBS's medical drama Chicago Hope in 1996 as determined doctor Keith Wilkes. The year after that show ended, we fell in love with him all over again as CIA bureaucrat Carl Reese in the network's short-lived and underappreciated The Agency. Late next month, it'll be six years since he first appeared on NCIS as then-Assistant Director Leon Vance, a role he's also played on NCIS: Los Angeles and Hawaii Five-0. BFTV sat down with Rocky last week to discuss his tenure as Vance and the longevity of NCIS.

"When I st...
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TV Ratings: Football Scores Another Touchdown

November 22nd, 2013 4:30am EST
'NCIS'
In a week filled with little competition, NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ easily outpaced ‘NCIS’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ to top the week’s ratings chart. With 27 million viewers, football garnered nearly 7 million more viewers than its nearest competitor.

Other than CBS dominating the Top 20 (‘NCIS: Los Angeles,’ ‘Person of Interest,’ ’60 Minutes,’ ‘Blue Bloods,’ ‘The Millers,’ etc.), the other news was the mix of what was left. AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ did well with 12 million viewers, while NBC squealed with ‘Glee’ at ‘The Voice’ and FOX had ‘The OT’ in the Top 5. Over on ABC, ‘Dancing W...
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'NCIS' Review 11.3: Twitter To The Rescue

October 10th, 2013 9:31am EDT
NCIS
A Twitter-savvy NCIS 11.3 last night, in which the social medium played a crucial role in nabbing LTJG Terrence Keith in the small plane he was flying, laden with explosives and heading for the USS Benjamin Franklin.

The title of the episode - "Under the Radar" - captures NCIS's problem: this small plane is able to fly under the radar and therefore NCIS's detection.  McGee, who's in the doghouse because he lost his credentials, comes up with a brilliant idea: let the Twitter-verse know about this plane, and ask anyone who sees it flying overhead to tweet about it with an appropriate hashta...
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'Bones' 9.3 And 'NCIS' 11.2: Sweets and Ziva

October 2nd, 2013 4:06pm EDT
John Francis Daley in Bones
What do Lance Sweets and Ziva David have in common, you might ask?  Certainly Ziva has never made an appearance on Bones - she's not even on the same network.  But Sweets and Ziva both took leaves from their respective shows this week - Sweets from Bones, Ziva from NCIS - and both series will likely be poorer for it.

The exits of both were handled very well. Sweets wants to work in a precinct of psychology that doesn't entail shooting guns and grilling suspects.   Ziva is put in touch with how every bad person she kills - however justified - leaves innocent loved ones grieving.  In both st...
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2013 Fall TV Preview: The Returning Shows On The CW & CBS

September 4th, 2013 6:00pm EDT
Arrow
The CW and CBS are complete opposites. The CW shouldn't be in business, and CBS is THE business. The CW aims for teenagers to lose their sh!t on social media. CBS aims for the median age of the people in my office. I've never understood the Blue Bloods audience more than in the last year. My interest in The CW is odd and possibly unhealthy. I'm endlessly fascinated with its shows and attractive actors. I'll watch Reign just for Adelaide Kane. I'm not endlessly fascinated by CBS. CBS lulls me to sleep. I never wrote about Elementary's "Pilot" because I went to sleep mid-episode. I never watc...
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Ashton Kutcher and Mark Harmon among highest paid U.S. TV stars

August 20th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Ashton Kutcher
Two And A Half Men star Ashton Kutcher and Ncis' Mark Harmon are among U.S. TV's highest paid stars, according to TV Guide magazine.

Kutcher, who was the best-paid TV star in 2012, is the highest-paid comedy actor on TV, making $750,000 (GBP500,000) per episode, and Harmon leads the drama series category with $525,000 (GBP350,000) per episode.

Others on the list include The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, who is the highest paid late-night host, earning $25 (GBP16.6 million) to $30 million (GBP20 million) a year, and Howard Stern tops the reality star category with $15 million (GBP10 million).
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Cote de Pablo quits NCIS

July 10th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Cote de Pablo
Actress Cote De Pablo has announced she's quitting one of the world's most popular TV dramas, walking away from Ncis.

The star, who plays Ziva David on TV, has spent eight seasons on the show, but she won't return as a series regular for season 11, which premieres in America later this year (Sep13).

De Pablo says, "I've had eight great years with NCIS and Ziva David. I have huge respect and affection for... all of the team... and I look forward to finishing Ziva's story."

A spokesman for the CBS show says, "We respect Cote's decision, thank her for being an important part of the NCIS tea...
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TV Ratings: CBS Looks Strong Near Season Finish Line

May 9th, 2013 9:01am EDT
'NCIS'
CBS dominated the late-season week, topped by ‘NCIS’ with more than 18 million viewers. The veteran drama is poised to surpass ‘Sunday Night Football’ as the season’s most-watched program in total viewers. Meanwhile, ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ which placed second for the week, is ready to take the 18-49 crown.

Among shows that beat FOX’s ‘American Idol’ in the all-important demo this week: ‘Big Bang’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ ‘Idol’ placed 9th and 10th, respectively. One interesting thing about this week’s top 10: All broadcast networks had at least one show place. For NBC it was ‘The Voice’ and A...
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TV Ratings: CBS Carries The Week

March 28th, 2013 8:24pm EDT
'NCIS'
CBS was tops in the ratings last week, thanks mostly to its most-watched program, ‘NCIS,’ which nabbed more than 19 million viewers and the number one slot. The Eye Network also had three of the top six programs, including ‘NCIS: Los Angeles.’ ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and other hits were in repeats.

Despite a lower-than-usual Spring start, ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ did well with more than 17 million viewers, besting both editions of FOX’s ‘American Idol’ by several million viewers. That show averaged 12.94 and 11.93 million viewers on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Remember the da...
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Another 'NCIS' Spin-Off In The Works

November 6th, 2012 3:34pm EST
NCIS
Network bosses are in talks to develop a second spin-off series of hit crime show NCIS.

The police drama about the country's Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which stars Mark Harmon and Michael Weatherly, premiered in 2003 and has since become one of the most successful international dramas.

TV chiefs at CBS launched an off-shoot of the program called NCIS: LA, featuring Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J, in 2009 and now executive producer Shane Brennan has been tapped to write a two-part episode for the show, which could serve as another spin-off if it is well-received by fans.

Acco...
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FOX Knocks NBC Off 18-49 Perch

November 1st, 2012 9:46am EDT
'NCIS'
Thanks to the World Series, FOX broke NBC’s winning streak in the 18-49 demo last week. It was the least-watched World Series in history, though. The network couldn’t even boast the week’s highest-rated sports program, which belonged to NBC’s Sunday Night Football with 17.73 million viewers. The highest rated game of the series, Game 4, averaged 15.49 million.

FOX also snatched the total viewership crown from CBS, which had won it four weeks running. Still, though network produced the week’s most watched show, ‘NCIS,’ which barely beat football with 17.78 million viewers. The network also ...
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TV Ratings: CBS Tops, But NBC Can Sing

October 11th, 2012 10:45am EDT
'NCIS'
NBC dominated the 18-49 demographic again in the second week of the fall TV season. Although it placed third among total viewers, NBC is clearly thriving and is the only network to gain viewership over the year-to-year period.

The Peacock network can herald ‘Sunday Night Football’ as its top-rated show, although ‘NCIS’ on CBS was tops overall with nearly 19 million viewers. NBC also was strong with ‘The Voice,’ good for 8th place.

CBS, meanwhile, won the week among total viewers. ‘The Big Bang Theory’ continued to perform strongly with more than 15 million viewers, while ‘NCIS: Los Angele...
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2012 Television Premiere Dates

September 8th, 2012 9:45am EDT
The Voice
It's that time of year again. Television fans have appointments with their couches as the fall season kicks off this month with tons of returning favorites and new shows. DVRs will be working overtime as viewers record their must-see-TV programs and talk about them later at the watercooler.

Check out the premiere dates of the new season (brand new shows are indicated with italics and by *). All times are eastern unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, September 10
The Voice 8 p.m. NBC

Tuesday, September 11
Go On 9 p.m. NBC *
The New Normal 9:30 p.m. NBC *
Parenthood 10 p.m. NBC

Wednesday, ...
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NCIS' Brian Dietzen Talks About His Show And His Charitable Work

June 3rd, 2012 7:15pm EDT
bd
We may know him as NCIS’ Jimmy Palmer, but Brian Dietzen does a lot more than just act. He shares with his what he loves to do in his downtime- volunteer with the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Starpulse: Tell us about your work with the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Brian: There was a kid that a met there at the Children’s Hospital who I hang out with every once in a while in the oncology unit and I got to be friends with him. He is fifteen years old and he has been fighting cancer for a while now and his dad called me the other day and said, “It’s his last day here, he is being dis...
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TV Ratings: CBS Dominates With 12 Of The Top 20 Shows

May 24th, 2012 12:33pm EDT
Mike & Molly
If the latest TV ratings week was a final exam, CBS would get an A+ and NCIS would graduate at the top of the class. The stalwart once again topped the Nielsen ratings, besting all other scripted and reality programming, even as American Idol geared up for its finale.

‘NCIS’ attracted over 19 million viewers and spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles got over 15 million. By comparison, the Wednesday and Thursday editions of "Idol' attracted 17.7 million and 16.4 million, respectively.

CBS had 12 of the Top 20 shows, including Person of Interest, The Mentalist and How I Met Your Mother. Mike & Molly ac...
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'Desperate Housewives' Goes Out On A (Relatively) High Note

May 17th, 2012 9:43am EDT
Desperate Housewives
One of the final weeks of the TV season was a mixed bag for the networks. CBS, FOX and ABC had a few things to croon about, while NBC had to settle for, well, just a couple.

‘NCIS’ continues to outperform its rivals, taking in over 18 million viewers to rank first for the week, which had to make CBS happy. FOX was in the game with both installments of ‘American Idol,’ which placed second and fourth, respectively. And ABC got good numbers from ‘Castle’ and, of course, ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ To boot, ‘Desperate Housewives’ went out on a high note on Sunday, attracting over 11 million view...
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CBS Unveils Just Four New Shows For 2012-13 Season; Cancels 'CSI: Miami'

May 16th, 2012 1:01pm EDT
CBS series Elementary
CBS just announced its new 2012-2013 primetime schedule, which includes four new series. The network is also making four key time period moves.

Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment, commented, "These new series feature a great range of bold concepts, rich characters, big stars and fresh faces. From a new take on Sherlock Holmes to an epic battle for control of 1960s Las Vegas to a working-class point of view in a prestigious law firm, the dramas each have a unique style and sensibility."

The new series are:

-"Elementary," a contemporary take on the legendary detective Sherlock Hol...
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Profile Of The Day: Mark Harmon Of 'NCIS'

May 15th, 2012 3:17pm EDT
Mark Harmon
Are you a fan of NCIS? Tonight is the 9th season finale of the top rated show starring Mark Harmon as Special Agent Gibbs. Did you know his parents are Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon and actress/fashion designer Elyse Knox? He’s also married to Pam Dawber of Mork and Mindy. In fact, his family tree is filled with lots of famous faces!

Check out his family tree on Geni and see his connection to famous in-laws Ricky Nelson and John DeLorean. Perhaps you can even help expand his tree even further to see how you’re related!

View Mark Harmon’s Geni Profile
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TV Ratings: CBS, FOX Dominate, PBS Impresses With 'Sherlock'

May 8th, 2012 8:36pm EDT
Sherlock
CBS dominated the ratings last week with 14 of the Top 25 programs. But FOX managed to tie it in the 18-49 demo with a 2.2 rating. ‘NCIS’ was tops again, while ‘American Idol’ performed quite strongly, particularly on Wednesday.

‘The Big Bang Theory’ performed well for CBS, making it the most-watched comedy and the third-most watched scripted program after both ‘NCIS’ shows. ‘Person of Interest’ and ‘The Mentalist’ also placed in the Top 10 for the network.

NBC had to settle for 20th place for ‘The Voice,’ its only program to crack the overall Top 20. ABC, meanwhile, found success with ‘M...
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TV Ratings: 'Dancing On Top,' 'Game Of Thrones' Hits Season High

May 2nd, 2012 10:07am EDT
'The Big Bang Theory'
CBS, per usual, has reason to celebrate this week. While some of its programs, such as NCIS, were in reruns and attracted fewer viewers than usual, others soared. ‘Person of Interest’ has maintained the momentum it’s been gaining this season and was the network’s top show in 5th place with nearly 13 million viewers. ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ also airing on Thursday, also did well.

‘Dancing With the Stars’ was the top show of the week, while the results show placed 4th. ‘American Idol’ placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Since going live, ‘The Voice’ continues to slip, coming in at #11 with just...
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More People Tuned Into 'NCIS' Last Week Than 'American Idol'

April 18th, 2012 10:28pm EDT
Modern Family
CBS was tops in the ratings this week, fueled by the #1 status of stalwart ‘NCIS,’ which reclaimed the top spot. FOX had to settle for second and fourth place for ‘American Idol,’ respectively. ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ was typically strong, and ‘Modern Family’ was the network’s most-watched scripted show.

Perhaps Mike Wallace’s death provided a small resurgence for ’60 Minutes,’ which placed 8th for the week, far ahead of any other news magazine show.

This is also the time of year for season and series lows, and quite a few show fell victim to it, particularly ‘The Office,’ which co...
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TV Ratings: 'NCIS' Reclaims Top Spot ' While Game Of Thrones' Premiere Scores Big

April 4th, 2012 10:17am EDT
NCIS
Once again, every network had at least something to cheer about. CBS had a strong showing, not only from its usual procedurals, but also NCAA basketball over the weekend. It’s not very often a Top 5 show airs on Saturday. That’s barely happened since ‘The Golden Girls’ was on the air.

The network’s ‘NCIS’ was tops with a new episode, but it was followed closely by the new season of ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ That show also helped ‘Castle’ and ‘Body of Proof’ perform stronger than usual.

‘American Idol’ and ‘The Voice,’ in particular, haven’t exactly been reigning lately. The two edit...
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TV Ratings: 'NCIS' Tops, 'Mad Men' Sets Record

March 29th, 2012 10:10am EDT
Mad Men
The return of fresh episodes of ‘NCIS’ vaulted CBS to the top of the ratings heap this week, but every network had something to cheer about. For the first time in who knows how long, each network had at least one show in the Top 7. You might guess that NBC’s top entry was ‘The Voice.’

FOX, of course, had two editions of ‘American Idol’ in the Top 5, and the return of ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ while down from the last installment, was the Number 2 program for the week. Its performance propelled ‘Castle’ into the Top 10. Likewise, FOX’s Kiefer Sutherland drama ‘Touch’ eked out a spot i...
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Pauley Perrette's Ex-Husband Investigated For Allegedly Violating Restraining Order

March 26th, 2012 9:58am EDT
Pauley Perrette
Police in Los Angeles are reportedly investigating allegations Pauley Perrette's ex-husband Coyote Shivers violated a restraining order by showing up at a restaurant where the actress was having dinner with her new fiance.

The NCIS star has a restraining order in place against her former partner, actor/musician Shivers, and she reportedly called cops last Tuesday night after allegedly encountering him during a sushi dinner with aspiring actor Thomas Arklie.

Shivers reportedly left the restaurant by the time police arrived, but officials are now investigating whether the restraining orde...
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TV Ratings: The Tale Of The Happy Networks

March 21st, 2012 9:38am EDT
Desperate Housewives
In any given TV week, a TV network could make it sound like they trumped everyone else, that they had something to be proud of. This week, all four major networks could actually mean it.

While the top shows were an also-ran (yep, ‘American Idol’ is perched on top, with ‘The Voice’ close behind and boasting its 18-49 demo), every network had a Top 20 show. NBC didn’t have one besides ‘The Voice,’ but every other network had multiple shows. And that doesn’t happen much these days.

FOX had both weekly editions of ‘American Idol’ as well as Keifer Sutherland’s ‘Touch' (Number 19); CBS had its...
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TV Ratings: 'American Idol' On Top, But CBS Dominates

March 14th, 2012 9:35am EDT
Person of Interest
‘American Idol’ returned to the top two perches on the weekly ratings chart this week. It seems that the live competition may be helping the sagging series, although a lot of programs were in repeats for the week.

Both editions of ‘Idol’ held off ‘The Voice.’ Wednesday’s ‘Idol’ placed first with 18.7 million viewers, followed by Thursday’s episode with 17.3 million. ‘The Voice’ followed with 16.8. Not too far behind, folks!

‘Person of Interest’ is turning into the “little engine that could” for CBS. With ‘NCIS’ in repeats, ‘Person of Interest’ ranked in the Number 4 slot, the network’s hi...
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TV Ratings: 'American Idol' Reclaims Top Spot

March 6th, 2012 8:56pm EST
American Idol
It’s like watching Wimbledon. In a back and forth match, ‘American Idol’ gained last week to take three of the top four spots, outpacing ‘The Voice,’ albeit by a small margin. The top ‘Idol’ garnered 18.5 million sets of eyeballs, while ‘The Voice’ had to settle for 14.9 million. The tables may be turned next week, however. Stay tuned.

FOX could also be pleased with the performance of Nascar Daytona 500, with two placements in the Top 10. NBC had only ‘The Voice’ to sing about, while ABC saw its fortunes turn with ‘Modern Family’ in 11th place and the return of ‘Once Upon a Time’ on Sunday...
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TV Ratings: Oscars Reign, But Can't Top Grammys

February 29th, 2012 11:55am EST
Meryl Streep
And the winner is…. The Oscars!

The 84th Annual Academy Awards was the top show of the week with 39.3 million viewers. The ceremony, which sported Billy Crystal as host and a surprise win for Meryl Streep, was up a tick from last year’s numbers. However, the show couldn’t top the unexpectedly stellar performance of the Grammys a couple of weeks ago. That show likely benefitted from Whitney Houston’s sudden passing and Adele’s surging popularity.

The Academy Awards propelled ABC to a rare weekly ratings win, with an average of 10.68 million. That was enough to top CBS (10.06 million), FOX ...
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TV Ratings: 'NCIS' Tops 'American Idol'

February 23rd, 2012 9:12am EST
NCIS
CBS had a big week. Not only did it claim the top show (‘NCIS’ on Tuesday) but it also had a whopping 16 of the Top 20 shows. Probably the only way other networks survive (*cough NBC cough*) is that CBS viewers tend to skew a bit older.

The good news for FOX was that ‘American Idol’ held steady this week, fending off director competitor ‘The Big Bang Theory’ (good for 6th place) as well as genre competitor ‘The Voice,’ which attracted over 16 million viewers in 4th.

Speaking of ‘Big Bang,’ has anyone noticed that it is starting to outpace its former lead-in ‘Two and a Half Men’? The show ...
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