In a rare move for Big Brother, sad news from outside the house has made its way inside. Frankie Grande, brother of singer and actress Ariana Grande and a contestant on the current cycle of the CBS reality series, learned about his grandfather's death and his reaction was broadcast online to the world.
Mike Vogel, Dean Norris
The Grim Reaper will be visiting Chester's Mill again soon!
When Under the Dome's cast and executive producer Neal Baer hit Comic-Con on Thursday, they came prepared with some devastating scoop: Not everyone will survive the sophomore season.
Dean Winters, Josh Duhamel
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."
Dylan McDermott, Maggie Q
Between Scream's violent murders, The Vampire Diaries' blood-lusting vampires and The Following's serial killers, Kevin Williamson has become synonymous with horrifying tales that will most likely end in tragedy. Although his new CBS drama Stalker goes down a similarly dark route in the show's pilot, the executive producer promises this is a very different show from his past work, in particular the bloody and often gruesome Following.
"In my mind, it's apples and oranges," Williamson told reporters at the Television Critics Association's fall previews on Thursday. "'We have...
Dean Winters and Josh Duhamel, Vince Gilligan
CBS is selling its new midseason drama Battle Creek as being the next project from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. And while it's not completely untrue, it certainly may give the wrong impression.
Gilligan wrote the script for Battle Creek — which tells the story of Detective Russ Agnew (Dean Winters) and his contentious relationship with FBI AgentMilton Chamberlin (Josh Duhamel) when the duo is forced to work together on a case — and pitched it to CBS 12 years ago. In fact, he admitted during a panel at the Television Critics' Association fall previews that it's been so long since he wrote it that he doesn't even remember how he settled on Battle Creek as the setting and title for the show.
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Now, however, CBS has dusted off Gilligan's script ...
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...
Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer
Two and a Half Men has never been shy about pushing the envelope, and that won't change this fall.
Speaking to reporters after her executive session at the Television Critics Association fall previews, CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler revealed the final-season plan, which includes a fake gay relationship between Walden (Ashton Kutcher) and Alan (Jon Cryer) — and a new half man (or woman)!
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"Walden is going to have a major health scare and it is going to give him a little bit of an existential crisis," Tassler said...