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Halle Berry’s TV Sci-Fi Drama, ‘Extant’, Pulls In High Ratings For Debut

July 16th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Halle Berry’s movies may be hit-or-miss at the box office these days, but television seems to like her.  The Academy Award winner just took home first place in the television ratings for her summer drama Extant. The limited-run series pulled in 9.6 million viewers for its first episode on CBS last week, according to Nielsen.

In Extant, Berry plays an astronaut who mysteriously comes back from a solo space mission pregnant. The drama was the most-watched prime-time show during the week. “By comparison, the second-season debut of ‘Under the Dome’ a week earlier had 9.4 million viewers, a number considered disappointing given its hit status a year earlier,” reports Black American Web.

The long July 4th holiday weekend helped increase the total viewership for Extant to 11.9 million.

The scary sci-fi drama also stars Pierce Gagnon as Ethan, a boy robot who may be murderous.

The show has been already called a breakout hit. This is a far cry from her films as of late, which, to put it politely have bombed. When looking at her resume following her Oscar winning performance in Monster’s Ball, her only hits have been the X-Men series of films.

“Outside of those movies, she’s had a string of either very bad luck or she’s made some very bad decisions. 2004′s Catwoman was a disaster bringing in only $82 million at the global box office…2010′s Frankie & Alice, where Berry played a woman with multiple personality disorder, was ignored by audiences and derided by critics. The film earned a terrible 14 out of 100 on Rotten Tomatoes,” reports Forbes. Then Cloud Atlas, though much-hyped and supported by a big budget and co-star Tom Hanks, only earned $121 million at the global box office.

Forbes speculates that being a 47-year-old black actress stacks the odds against Berry in the white male dominated world of Hollywood. “Studios just aren’t looking to finance movies that star middle-aged black women no matter how beautiful they are. They’re not financing many movies starring white middle-aged women either so it’s not even like there are color blind roles that Berry could be getting,” reports the magazine.

Maybe Extant will translate into a box office win for Berry’s next feature film.

CBS won the week in prime time, averaging 5.6 million viewers. NBC came in second with 4.6 million, ABC had 4.3 million, Univision had 2.8 million, Fox had 2.7 million.

Did you watch Extant?

Report: First Daughter Malia Obama Worked On Halle Berry’s New Show ‘Extant’

June 16th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Malia Obama worked as a production assistant on the set of Halle Berry’s new CBS show Extant according to an exclusive report by TheWrapThe First Daughter was seen on set last week in Los Angeles, and she was said to have “helped with computer shop alignments and the director also let her slate a take,” an “insider” says. TheWrap has not gotten comment from CBS or the White House on the matter.

In the show, Berry will play an astronaut who comes home from a yearlong mission and tries to resume life with her family. However, there are big consequences from the space mission.

Malia will turn 16 on July 4. The show will debut on July 2. If the show does well, it’ll be brought back for a second season and Berry will continue to star. There is a definite sci-fi element to the show, but it’s also a very human story, Berry says.

The show also has the backing of superstar director Steven Spielberg, a definite plus. Will you watch?

5 Winners & 5 Flops: The TV Shows That Could & Could Not In 2014

May 14th, 2014 - By Candace Smith
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In the wake of this year’s television upfronts, one can’t help but wonder which of the recently ordered shows for the upcoming fall season will be abruptly cancelled before a second episode will see the light of day. Or which one will enjoy the same success like runaway hits Scandal and Girls. To celebrate our favorite renewed shows and mourn our beloved cancelled ones, here is our list of five successful shows that have either just premiered, or, in light of the merciless television industry, have been miraculously granted another season, and five TV programs that just could not cut the mustard.

Stephen Colbert Will Replace David Letterman When He Retires From ‘The Late Show’ Next Year

April 10th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Stephen Colbert paid a visit to Jimmy Fallon to congratulate him on his 'Tonight Show' job. Now Fallon can return the favor. via @StephenAtHome

Stephen Colbert paid a visit to Jimmy Fallon to congratulate him on his ‘Tonight Show’ job. Now Fallon can return the favor. via @StephenAtHome

Update: Stories we’ve read since this news first broke report that Colbert will probably be doing The Late Show as himself. After nearly a decade, Colbert could be putting his satirical alter ego to rest.

“CBS said creative elements, producers and even the location of the show will be announced at a later date. “He is not going to play that character,” said Nina Tassler CBS Entertainment in an interview. (via VarietyStill, the intelligence and humor that he brings to the character is what CBS is banking on. That and his ability to attract a younger audience, which is what all of the late-night shows are looking for. The average age of a Colbert Report viewer is 41.9. The average age for a viewer tuning in to both the Jimmys is over 50.

Moreover, The Late Show will probably stay in New York City at the Ed Sullivan Theater. In an interview that aired on CBS This Morning, CBS head Les Moonves says the network is being courted by everyone in Los Angeles to make the move. (Remember, Jimmy Fallon moved The Tonight Show back to the East coast when he took the hosting duties.) However, Colbert lives in Montclair, NJ and CBS owns the theater, a landmarked location. And the goal is to start Colbert right after Letterman retires.

As for Comedy Central, they’ve got to deal with a hole at 11:30. “‘The Daily Show’ won’t be going anywhere just yet, and ‘@Midnight’” (at midnight) has become a bona fide hit. There is no question that Comedy Central will have a new 11:30 p.m. show come 2015; the only question is what,” says Capital New York. The Times speculates that they could go with Amy Schumer, the popular comedienne who already has a show on the network, because late night could use a woman. Or they could go with Key & Peele (also with a Comedy Central show) to spice things up with diversity.

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Well, I guess our speculation and requests went ignored. CBS has announced that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman when he retires from late-night television next year. (We’re big fans, BTW. If only for this right here.)

The announcement comes shortly after rumors that Colbert was a front runner for the job began circulating. Moreover, it comes on the heels of a controversy over a tweet that took one of his skits — a play on the racism of the Washington Redskins football team name — out of context and offended Asian Americans. It sparked a #CancelColbert hashtag that has been comically revived and is currently trending.

A statement from CBS says Colbert has signed a five-year deal, though it hasn’t yet been specified when Letterman will step down. Colbert’s contract with Comedy Central also ends in the coming months.

“I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth,” Colbert said after the announcement was made.

David Letterman has been on late-night television for 33 years. Colbert, who’s 49 years old, has been host of The Colbert Report  on Comedy Central since 2005. He launched his conservative Bill O’Reilly-like persona on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart before that.

Which begs the question of what will happen to the satirical news personality that Colbert has inhabited almost wholly in public for the past 10-plus years. Just this morning on the commute in, we were reading this story from The New York Times that speculated about the impact it would have to move Colbert to the Late Show desk. On the one hand, it would be a shame to have to give up the wit and humor that has become a Colbert staple. But if it can be moved to CBS, that would be a gem.

“If CBS gives him room and support to rethink the form, Mr. Colbert could reinvigorate late-night talk and provide a radically different alternative to Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel,” the article says.

For more about the dollars and cents behind the late-night TV game, click here for our “By the Numbers” story.

CBS Chief Diversity Officer Promoted To EVP: Meet Josie Thomas

January 14th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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Josie Thomas was recently promoted to executive vice president and chief diversity officer at CBS Corp.

In this role, she will continue to oversee the company’s diversity efforts across all of its businesses. She will lead multidimensional diversity strategies working with talent, national advocacy groups, vendors, professional service suppliers and company executives, among others. In addition, she will continue to be the executive sponsor of CBS’s affinity and employee networking groups, while spearheading the CBS Diversity Council of employees, which serves to strengthen diversity and inclusion dialogue across the corporation.

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Judy Smith To Executive Produce New CBS Medical Drama, ‘The Advocate’

November 6th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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The woman who not only inspired, but is executive producer of popular ABC political thriller, Scandal, has just signed on to produce her second television series, Shadow and Act reports.

According Eurweb, Judy will be teaming up with CSI executive producer Carol Mendelsohn for a new series titled The Advocate. The series centers around a former doctor who experiences a career change and finds her calling as a medical advocate, working on behalf of  patients and loved ones. Similar to Olivia Pope the series’ protagonist will solve crises, except the issues presented will be relevant to the medical field.

The script, which was penned by Ayelet Waldman, has been picked up by CBS. So far there has been no word of an official premiere date or public discussion regarding which actors and actresses are being considered for roles, but we will certainly keep you posted as more details develop.

Does this sound like something you’d be interested in seeing?

Halle Berry Takes Her Talent (And Beauty) To Television To Star In CBS Drama “Extant”

October 4th, 2013 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Though summer just ended, you have a reason to look forward to next summer. And it’s not just because of the warm weather and the opportunity to walk the streets half-dressed. You should get excited because Halle Berry is coming to CBS to star in the new drama Extant. 

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios will produce the 13-episode drama. Berry will star as an astronaut who comes home after a year by herself in space, and upon her return, she tries to bond with her husband and son again, but what she goes through in space and at home will for some reason lead to some “history-changing events.”

Yeah, I don’t really get the plot that much either, but I’m sure it will all make sense when the show premieres next summer. Berry issued a statement about her excitement to do the show, saying the following:

“I’m always on the lookout for amazing roles, and when you see material that contains this strong of auspices, nuance and complexity, it compels me to run toward it no matter the medium. For five months a year I’ll get to live with and play this incredibly intelligent and vulnerable woman, and for the remainder of the year I’ll continue to look for other roles that move me as deeply as this one.”

Steven Spielberg also shared his thoughts on the show’s development and having Berry in the starring role:

“There’s only one Halle Berry, and we are incredibly honored that she has chosen Extant to expand her illustrious career. As she does with everything she touches, she will bring a deep authenticity to her role and I very much look forward to working with her.”

This is really big news, as another black woman will be leading a cast on network television. Hopefully Berry will have more success than Meagan Good did with Deception on NBC (that wasn’t a bad show!) and that her fan base will tune in. We sure will! This has definitely been a good year for Halle, from her pregnancy, to her marriage, getting her anti-paparazzi bill made into a law, and now news of a new TV opportunity. Congrats, lady!

Laila Ali Debuts New CBS Show For Kids, ‘All In With Laila Ali’

September 30th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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Former boxing champ (and daughter of the boxing great Muhammad Ali) Laila Ali is looking to inspire kids with a new TV show. Ali is part of the new CBS  three-hour programming block, dubbed “The CBS Dream Team, It’s Epic!”  Ali is among several notable personalities like celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and omg! Insider co-host Kevin Frazier who will host educational/informational-compliant shows, targeting kids 13 to 16.

“‘All in With Laila Ali’ is educational, inspirational, compelling programming profiling individuals that have reached for the sky, pushed themselves to the limit and did things that you would think were impossible… Stories like that and they’re very inspirational and things that will inspire kids and show them that they you can do anything you put your mind to,” Ali told ET Online. [via Yahoo News]

Ali said she hopes the show encourages kids and parents to have meaningful conversations.

“We want children, especially children ages 13-16, and their parents to come together on Saturdays, spend time watching these shows, talk about the shows, see how the shows made them feel or what they learned, were they inspired, [and] to strike up a conversation,” she said.

“… I think we need more time as families just talking, conversing, learning, growing together and building character in these children because there’s so much negativity now for them on the Internet and TV and leading them down the road with these reality TV shows… so it’s always nice to have some programming that a family can watch together and then talk about afterwards,” she added.

Did You Notice It Was Gone? CBS Comes Back To 3.5 Million Time Warner Customers

September 3rd, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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cbsYesterday at around 6pm marked the end to a month-long standoff between Time Warner Cable and CBS, with the network finally coming back to the 3.5 million TWC customers who’ve had to do without The Big Bang Theory and NCIS since August 2. For tennis fans (*raises hand*) it’s been brutal because CBS airs US Open coverage. But at least Big Brother has been off the air for a while. (Other networks, like Showtime, were also affected.)

“The resolution comes as the NFL season is about to get underway, as the U.S. Open enters the finals, and CBS’ new Fall season approaches,” notes TVNewser. This means service is restored to viewers in New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas.

The issue was, of course, money. CBS wanted double the $1 monthly charge per subscriber that it gets from TWC. Time Warner wanted more access to CBS programming. TWC, according to The Daily Beast, made $500 million in the last quarter. But even that figure is after being impacted by competition from DISH, Verizon FIOS, DirecTV and the Internet, as more people cut their cords.

The New York Times has declared CBS the victor in this dogfight, with the company “winning not only a significant financial increase for its programming, but also its stake in the digital future.” But the details of the deal haven’t been released. “We are receiving fair compensation for CBS content,” Moonves said.

“We certainly didn’t get everything we wanted,” TWC CEO Glenn Britt said. So we can take a guess about how things ultimately went down.

So we get the second week of the Open back (yay!) and whatever else CBS, et al broadcasts. Did you miss the station at all?



Philadelphia Woman Shows Up Alive Two Weeks After Her Funeral

August 26th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Sharolyn Jackson

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We all know at least one person who would show up late to their own funeral. The well-known saying is meant to be hypothetical, but in the case of 50-year-old Philadelphia woman Sharolyn Jackson the saying is true.

According to a local CBS affiliate, Jackson was found alive almost two weeks after her funeral.

It turns out, her family misidentified another woman’s body thinking it was Jackson after they received a call about an unidentified woman found dead on a West Philadelphia street. The woman matched the description of Jackson, and was officially identified by two people–her son and a social worker.

Jackson’s mother, Carrie Minney told the Associated Press that the woman they buried looked exactly like her daughter with the exception of her nose. The familyattributed the difference to the embalming process.

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