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A day after HBO announced they will become an online-only service, CBS chimed in, revealing their new online subscription service “CBS All Access.” CBS will allow consumers to watch live television programs, along with current or past CBS shows on demand without the traditional TV subscription. The new CBS All Access will cost $5.99 a month.
The New York Times notes it will be the first broadcaster that will provide a live feed of its local stations over the web to non-paying TV subscribers. Once the streaming service launches, it will be available in 14 markets in the United States.
The direction CBS and HBO are moving in signals how consumers will watch television in the next 20 years. With direct web access, consumers will only have to pay for the networks or shows they want to watch. In an interview, CBS Corporation chief exec Leslie Moonves shared, “Everybody is talking about it. It is an important part of our future. Our job is to do the best content we can and let people enjoy it in whatever way they want. The world is heading in that direction.”
CBS and HBO are following the footsteps of Netflix, whose streaming service has 50 million global subscribers at a cheaper rate. Unfortunately for football fans, NFL games will not be available on CBS live stream. Currently, CBS executives are discussing terms with the NFL to determine if that can be made available. (Read: The NFL doesn’t want to pay one more penny or lose any money by changing the broadcast structure.)
In the meantime, other live sports will be available on live stream. CBS executives also say their television network Showtime will have a similar online feature in the future.
CBS live stream will have 12 to 16 minutes worth of ads per hour and their CBS Classics section that will include shows like Star Trek and Cheers will stream without ads. CBS live stream will be available starting today.
Will you be subscribing?
The ups and downs of television are enough to make you sea sick. Back in December, it was all celebration over the fact that The Queen Latifah Show was getting picked up for a second season. Now, Sony is denying that they’re going to give the show the boot.
Calling the show “ratings-challenged,” The Hollywood Reporter says CBS is already developing a talk show with host Jerry O’Connell (??) to step into the 9am slot if Queen Latifah’s program doesn’t make it out of the next season. Queen Latifah has a contract for two seasons of the program, and Sony Pictures Television, which produces the show, says everything will be stepped up this year. Ads for the new season debut on August 25. The season premiere will be on September 15.
The decision about whether to continue with a third season will be made in October or November, according to THR. Ratings last year were good but not outstanding, with an average of 1.4 million viewers. Still, of all the shows that debuted last year, Queen’s was the only one to get picked up again.
The new show waiting in the wings, Man in the Middle, would be hosted by a man, but is said to be geared towards women. O’Connell will be joined by a roundtable of other hosts. (It sounds like it’s also following in the format of The View and The Talk, et al.) Topics to be covered include women’s pet peeves and relationships, and fellow hosts on the test shows have included D.L. Hughley and Joe Manganiello (hot werewolf Alcide from True Blood).
As we saw with Arsenio Hall’s show, one minute you’re on top, the next you’re out on your ear. So things are really up in the air for Queen Latifah. Part of the problem, in our opinion, is saturation. There are only so many talk shows that people can watch; only so many times we can see makeovers and talk about how to fix crumbling relationships. A show really needs something to stand out.
Queen Latifah has a great personality, she has a special rapport with her guests, but there will need to be a fresh new vibe if she’s going to make it to season three.
Even with Steven Spielberg as the executive producer and Halle Berry as the lead character, Extant is drawing in less-than-stellar ratings. Could America’s Got Talent, the summer’s No.1 show, be too competitive for the sci-fi extraterrestial drama? CBS is shifting Extant up one hour to escape the head-to-head face-off, EurWeb reports.
Last week, America’s Got Talent devoured the out-of-this world series with 11.09 million viewers — compare that to Extant’s 6.48 million. On its third episode, Extant scored a 1.1 rating among the key demo, 18-to-49-year-olds. That’s a 27 percent plummet from Extant’s 1.5 rating from the previous week.
It’s clear that everyone is flocking to watch the likes of Heidi Klum and Mel B, not Berry, to quench their viewing pleasures.
The debut had actually been strong enough for people to start calling it a “breakout hit.” But the July 9th launch was lackluster with the key advertising demographic. “The series premiere drew a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic most sought by advertisers,” TheWrap wrote. That’s down from CBS’ Under the Dome (written by Stephen King), another Spielberg production, which drew in a 3.3 rating during its summer premiere last year.
Working fast to save intergalactic space fantasy, CBS has decided to push Extant into the 10 p.m. time slot on Wednesdays, swapping with the vet series Criminal Minds.
The time slot shift has helped a couple of CBS shows in the past. Reckless and Unforgettable both saw a surge in total viewers after the time changes.
Though Extant, which follows Berry as an astronaut who comes home mysteriously pregnant after a 13-month solo mission, is doing just okay in the U.S., it’s a top-performing show for Amazon Prime users in the U.K.
Extant’s time change is effective immediately. Watch the Spielberg series at 10 p.m., this Wednesday, on CBS.
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.
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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 TheWrap. The 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?
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.
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 Variety) Still, 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.
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!