When at first you do succeed: do it again. Imitation, not innovation, was the prevailing takeaway when CBS presented its fall prospects (and one notable midseason contender) at the TCA press tour on Thursday.
Not that the network's entertainment chairman Nina Tassler had any apologies for doubling down on what works — not when a franchise like NCIS (launching its second spinoff in September) can achieve what she called the "creative holy grail" with its global dominance, or when syndication and/or streaming deals with outlets like Hulu, Amazon and WGN add to the bottom line for shows including the acclaimed The Good Wife and Elementary and the sci-fi hits of the last two summers. "These [new] platforms aren't replacing each other. They're complementing one another and enhancing the value of the content as it moves from window to window."read more
When Tim Daly signed on to join CBS' freshman drama Madam Secretary, he not only brought his many years of acting experience, he also offered an important connection.
"Madeleine Albright is my White House Correspondents Dinner girlfriend," he told reporters at the Television Critics Association fall previews Thursday. "She gives the best restaurant recommendations worldwide of anyone I've ever...read more
Could The Walking Dead actually happen? Morgan Freeman has tackled plenty of burning questions on his Science Channel series Through the Wormhole, but perhaps never one so fueled by pop culture. But with zombies taking over television, Freeman and his team felt the time was right for Through the Wormhole to ask, "Is A Zombie Apocalypse Possible?" The episode airs Wednesday at 10/9c.read more