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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.
Read more about Josie Thomas and her new job at BlackEnterprise.com.
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?
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!
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.
Yesterday 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?
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.
Read more at BlackVoices.com
Here we go again. Another Big Brother houseguest has made racist remarks about black people. This time it was Amanda Zuckerman who talked about another contestant’s greasy and nappy hair.
“Although the first round of racially offensive comments made by cast members on CBS’s ‘Big Brother’ reality show sparked nationwide outrage, the network has yet again aired footage of another white contestant making blatantly racist ‘jokes’ about minorities,” reports Bossip.
On the Internet feed of the house, cast member Amanda Zuckerman, who’s white, remarks about a black houseguest putting a headband on her greasy, “nappy-hair head.” And, reports Bossip, she referred to another black housemate as “the dark knight” and “the black mamba,” mocked the accent of a Korean woman and referred to “Puerto Rican showers.” This led to a debate about whether Zuckerman is racist.
I say include them all and use this as a springboard to do some meaningful programming on the discussion of race. In wake of the murder of Trayvon Martin and President Obama’s honest speech on race, Big Brother – reality television — can bring some real reality to the much-needed race discussion America needs to have.
Can’t get CBS on your TV lately? Well, if you are a Time Warner Cable subscriber in New York, Los Angeles or Dallas you could be without CBS Corp programming for several weeks, reports Business Insider. The two companies are no where close to settling a fee dispute.
Time Warner Cable cut CBS programming last Friday, affecting an estimated 3.5 million customers, including golf fans who missed Woods’ major win in the Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday.
CBS, the No. 1-rated U.S. broadcast network, is home to hits like The Big Bang Theory and NCIS. And according to the network, there are no talks taking place at the moment, but it is “ready to negotiate in good faith.” Time Warner Cable announced it regretted the inconvenience to viewers and aimed to resolve the situation “as soon as possible.”
According to industry analysts, the dispute is over how much Time Warner Cable should pay to carry CBS and the battle could last until the start of football season in September, when millions of viewers rely on their cable providers to watch primetime games.
The fall is also when many new season shows begin airing. CBS plans to start its fall lineup on September 18 with the premiere Survivor. Other CBS primetime shows launch their seasons beginning September 23.
“The longer (CBS) waits, the more they don’t get a chance to promote their fall lineup in the two biggest cities in the country,” BTIG media analyst Rich Greenfield told Business Insider. CBS has fought back against Time Warner Cable by suspending videos of full episodes on CBS.com for customers with Internet access provided by the cable company in affected markets.
Politicians are even speaking out. Both New York City mayoral candidates City Comptroller John Liu and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn have called out Time Warner Cable and CBS for what has become a caustic and public fight. While the government may eventually step in, programming blackouts have become more common in the United States as TV networks fight with cable or satellite service providers that pay “retransmission fees” to transmit programs nationwide.
“Last summer, satellite operator DirecTV’s 20 million customers were unable to see more than 20 of Viacom’s cable networks for 10 days. Fox went dark for 15 days for more than 3 million Cablevision customers in 2010,” reports Business Insider.
DirecTV has sided with Time Warner Cable’s decision to drop CBS programming.
Do you miss your CBS?