David Letterman has extended his contract to continue hosting the Late Show through 2015, CBS announced Friday.
The No. 1 broadcast network delivered a welcome jolt of energy to its day in the TCA press-tour spotlight when CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, one of network TV's most boisterous showmen and champions, took the stage Monday morning for the first time since 2005 (filling in at the last minute for entertainment president Nina Tassler, called away for a friend's funeral). Bluntly bullish on CBS's prospects for the new season ("We're confident we're going to be up this year"), Moonves credited stability as a primary factor for the network's long-term success.
"It's great to be able to renew 20 shows. It really is. ... When you can do that, it makes it easier to launch shows when you're launching them in positions that are behind successful shows. Obviously, it doesn't work all the time [RIP, Vegas and Golden Boy], but it leads to a degree of being able to win year after year." Moonves suggested the streak won't last forever, pointing to NBC's fall from grace when it couldn't find new hits to replace Friends and ER. But given the lackluster state of so much of this new fall season, it's hard to imagine any rival unseating CBS anytime soon.
Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo
CBS CEO Leslie Moonves wants to make one thing clear: The network didn't let NCIS' Cote de Pablo leave the show without putting up a fight.
"We offered Cote de Pablo a lot of money, and then we offered her even more money," Moonves told reporters at the Television Critics Association fall TV previews Monday. "We really didn't want to lose her. We love her; we think she was terrific. ... Ultimately she decided she didn't want to do the show."
Cote de Pablo exiting NCIS
De Pablo announced her exit earlier this month, one week before the show was scheduled to begin production on its upcoming 11th season. She expressed her gratitude to the show and its cast and crew and said she would return for a few episodes to end her character's story. But how could CBS lose the leading lady of the No. 1 show on television?
"It was purely her decision," Moonves continued. "NCIS was the highest-rated show on television last year. We don't like losing anybody, but we did everything humanly possible. We feel like we exhausted every opportunity, and she just decided she didn't want to do the show."
Some other highlights from Moonves' executive session....
Season 8 of Dexter will be its last — according to Les Moonves.
During Monday's Deutsche Bank Media, Internet and Telecom conference, Moonves, the president and CEO of CBS Corp., which owns Showtime, made a remark about the drama starting its final season this summer.
Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco sent a sponsored tweet endorsing Dish Network, even as her employer is suing the satellite provider, TheWrap.com reports.
CBS joined ABC, Fox and NBC in filing a lawsuit against Dish over a feature on its Hopper service, which allows users to watch shows like The Big Bang Theory without commercials...
Angus T. Jones
After having to fire and replace Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men back in 2011, CBS CEO Les Moonves says the current controversy surrounding co-star Angus T. Jones is "a piece of cake" by comparison.
"We took this boy who started with us when he was eight years old, and it seems to be what happens with child stars over the course of time," Moonves said...
Andy Rooney, who delivered wry and crotchety observations on 60 Minutes for 33 years, has died. He was 92.
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The CBS Eye turns 60 Thursday. And it's still not showing its age.
While various network logos have evolved over the years, including NBC's peacock, CBS' Eye has undergone just a few, small tweaks. It premiered during the network's station breaks on Oct. 20, 1951. CBS announced that it will mark the anniversary of the logo on the air, CBS.com and CBSNews.com. Thursday's prime time will start with an on-air spot showcasing the various CBS logos throughout the years. At the top of the two subsequent hours, the original logo and the date it first aired will be shown.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Buffy the Vampire Slayer looms large over Sarah Michelle Gellar. This fall, more than eight years after she last played the droll demon fighter, she'll return to prime time as the star of another series, The CW's neo-noir mystery Ringer.
Speaking to reporters at Comic-Con Thursday, before she took the stage to promote Ringer, Gellar said she knows that she'll have to convince Buffy fans that this very different project — in which she plays twins! — will be worth their time. "I'm not trying to re-create Buffy and I'm not trying to top it," she said. "I'm trying to do something that the fans, who have been so good to me, will love. I'm a television watcher, and this is the kind of show that I would watch."
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On Ringer, Gellar plays
Charlie Sheen continued to blast CBS and Warner Bros. TV in what he said was his final Sheen's Korner webcast, calling his firing from Two and a Half Men "illegal and unconscionable."
"What has occurred, yes, in fact is a completely and entirely illegal and unconscionable act," Sheen said on Tuesday's broadcast. "Or, to quote my lawyer, 'really sh---y sh---y suck suck.'"
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The actor — who earlier Tuesday called former co-star Jon Cryer a "turncoat" for not reaching out to him — then lashed out at his former bosses, or as he called it the "unwanted list": CBS CEO Les Moonves, Warner Bros. Television Group President Bruce Rosenblum and Men creator Chuck Lorre.
"Les Than Goonves," Sheen called Moonves. "Part scoundrel, part ...