"We had an amazing year, a phenomenal year," CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter TV previews Wednesday.
But despite the network's success — it is No. 1 in both total viewers and in the adults 18-49 demographic through the first half of the season and successfully relaunched Two and a Half Men — CBS has created a bit of controversy with shows including 2 Broke Girls and The Talk.
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The biggest critical complaint about breakout hit comedy 2 Broke Girls is the show's sometimes offensive humor and its broad racial stereotyping of the characters Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) work with at the diner...
Kelsey Grammer was at a Robert Plant concert in Los Angeles this spring when the rocker and his Band of Joy performed the track "Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down." Listening to the song's lyrics as he sat in the Greek Theatre audience, Grammer realized the song was a perfect match for his character on Starz's Boss, the mercurial mayor of Chicago.
Look who's soon to be knocking on Max and Caroline's door.
Jennifer Coolidge is joining the cast of 2 Broke Girls as the new neighbor of Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs), Deadline reports. The recurring role of Sophie was...
The Carrie Diaries
The CW is moving forward with the Sex and the City prequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Based on the book series by Candace Bushnell, The Carrie Diaries follows Carrie Bradshaw as a high school senior in the 1980s. Both of the books have been best-sellers and Bushnell recently signed on to pen two more.
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The Carrie Diaries, the young adult novel prequel to Candace Bushnell's Sex and the City, may be adapted at The CW by Gossip Girl executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, Deadline reports. It's also likely that Amy Harris, who was a writer on the HBO series and currently writes for Gossip Girl, will handle the script adaptation.
Cougar Town and What I Like About You actor Nick Zano has nabbed a recurring role on the new CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Zano, 33, will play a street artist and part-time ...
The trend this season at most networks is that their fall lineups are being upstaged by the anticipation for more promising shows being held for midseason (NBC's Smash and Awake, ABC's Good Christian Belles and The River, to name a choice few). As I was quoted saying in a recent critics' poll: "It's going to be like Christmas for me at midseason, but right now it's kind of like I'm opening underwear."
It's a different situation at CBS, which has such a stable and successful prime-time schedule that there's little need for midseason replacements (only a few have been announced so far, and none has generated any real buzz). At the summer TCA press ...
2 Broke Girls
When CBS says 2 Broke Girls, they mean it.
Unlike other shows — where the characters have superficial money troubles, but still possess the trappings of wealth — 2 Broke Girls plans to base its two leading ladies' economic troubles in realism. "In most sitcoms, someone works in a coffee shop and they live in a huge, gorgeous New York brownstone and...
Lisa Kudrow, Web Therapy
Fiona Wallice is affected, self-entitled and narcissistic. She is a former businesswoman who stumbled into therapy and then when she found other people's lives too tedious to tolerate, she modified her job into a new "treatment modality," she calls "Web Therapy." Give her three minutes and she'll give you ... something, even if it's just further confusion.
Fiona is the character Lisa Kudrow developed alongside Don Roos and partner Dan Bucatinsky for Web Therapy, an Internet series that bowed on L/Studio in three-minute bursts in 2008, and has now been converted into a cable series for Showtime by combining webisodes and fleshing out previously unseen aspects of Fiona's personal life.
At the show's heart is Kudrow, who spends nary a minute off-screen. Web Therapy (Tuesday, 11/10c, Showtime) finds Kudrow doing that thing that is uniquely hers...
Person Of Interest
CBS has released behind-the-scenes videos of five of its new shows, including J.J. Abrams' new thriller Person of Interest, Kat Dennings' sitcom 2 Broke Girls and Patrick Wilson's drama A Gifted Man. The new midseason cop drama The 2-2 was announced, but not previewed at the upfront presentation Wednesday.
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Starring Michael Emerson, Person of Interest focuses on a billionaire (Emerson) who recruits a presumed-dead CIA agent (Jim Caviezel) to catch violent criminals...