Role Reversal For Cbs And Abc In Sunday's Ratings

CBS was the most-watched network among total adults Sunday night but came in third among viewers 18-49. ABC was the most-watched network among viewers 18-49 but came in third among total adults. ABC's win among younger viewers came courtesy of the annual Billboard Music Awards, which averaged a 2.7 rating and 7.4 million viewers. Those figures were down 13 percent from last year's awards telecast. CBS aired two hours of 60 Minutes, which drew 9.61 million viewers in the 7 00 p.m. hour and 10.12 million in the 8 00 p.m. hour. That was followed by a two-hour episode of Jesse Stone Benefit of the Doubt, starring Tom Selleck, which attracted a strong 13.05 million viewers at 9 00 p.m. and 12.48 million at 10 00 p.m.

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Robert Redford & Cate Blanchett In Talks With 'Rathergate' Producers To Play Don Rather & Mary Mapes 4279842 News

It's only been ten years since Don Rather reported on a CBS news programme about the Killian documents, which supposedly showed how former President George W. Bush managed to avoid serving his National Service in Vietnam. A film on the subject, and Rather's subsequent departure from the network, is in the works and Robert Redford is currently in talks with producers to play Rather. Cate Blanchett is also thought to be in negotiations to play Mary Mapes, Rather's producer, as Deadline reports.

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Robert Redford is in talks to play Dan Rather in an upcoming film.

Read More: Robert Redford "I Will Never Enter Politics."

Mapes was fired after the incident and wrote a book, entitled Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power, which will form the basis of the screenplay. James Vanderbilt, the screenwriter best known for penning The Amazing Spiderman, will make his directional debut with the film currently referred to as 'Rathergate'.

The Killian documents supposedly showed how Bush's father, then ambassador and future president George Bush Senior, made a series of calls requesting his son was placed at the top of lists for the Texas Air National Guard. Thus ensuring his son would remain in the US, and mostly importantly away from Vietnam, when he graduated from Yale University in 1968. The documents were leaked by Bush's commanding officer, Lt. Col. Jerry Killian, and the controversy bore his name. 

Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett could play Mary Mapes.

However, after Mapes and Rather decided to air the report on the news show 60 Minutes Wednesday and posted copies of the documents online, their provenance was called into question. Audiences and media outlets, including CBS after initially defending their news team, claimed the papers were forgeries. The debate is still ongoing and the negative effect of the news cycle on Bush's 2004 re-election campaign cannot be denied. 

The film will presumably deal with the question of whether Rather and Mapes were aware of the provenance of the documents and how the network dealt with the accusations. As they were eventually forced out, Mapes resigning in 2004 and Rather the year after, many have accused CBS of scapegoating, including Rather when he filed a lawsuit against the network in 2007. As the film is intended to be a political thriller, it will be interesting to see what side of the Killian documents debate the film makers choose to fall on. 

Both Blanchett and Redford are not afraid to tackle political and controversial roles. Redford starred as journalist Bob Woodward in the 1976 film All the President's Men, based on the book of the same name by Woodward and Carl Bernstein, which follows the two reporters investigating the Watergate scandal. Blanchett starred in 2003 as journalist Veronica Guerin, in a film of the same name, whose investigations into the Dublin drug trade led to her murder in 1996. 

Read More: Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington And Eva Longoria Feted At Lucy And Crystal Awards. 

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The debate still wages over whether George W Bush avoided serving in Vietnam.

It's only been ten years since Don Rather reported on a CBS news programme about the Killian documents, which supposedly showed how former President George W. Bush managed to avoid serving his National Service in Vietnam. A film on the subject, and Rather's subsequent departure from the network, is in the works and Robert Redford is currently in talks with producers to play Rather. Cate Blanchett is also thought to be in negotiations to play Mary Mapes, Rather's producer, as Deadline reports.

Robert Redford
Robert Redford is in talks to play Dan Rather in an upcoming film.

Read More: Robert Redford "I Will Never Enter Politics."

Mapes was fired after the incident and wrote a book, entitled Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power, which will form the basis of the screenplay. James Vanderbilt, the screenwriter best known for penning The Amazing Spiderman, will make his directional debut with the film currently referred to as 'Rathergate'.

The Killian documents supposedly showed how Bush's father, then ambassador and future president George Bush Senior, made a series of calls requesting his son was placed at the top of lists for the Texas Air National Guard. Thus ensuring his son would remain in the US, and mostly importantly away from Vietnam, when he graduated from Yale University in 1968. The documents were leaked by Bush's commanding officer, Lt. Col. Jerry Killian, and the controversy bore his name. 

Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett could play Mary Mapes.

However, after Mapes and Rather decided to air the report on the news show 60 Minutes Wednesday and posted copies of the documents online, their provenance was called into question. Audiences and media outlets, including CBS after initially defending their news team, claimed the papers were forgeries. The debate is still ongoing and the negative effect of the news cycle on Bush's 2004 re-election campaign cannot be denied. 

The film will presumably deal with the question of whether Rather and Mapes were aware of the provenance of the documents and how the network dealt with the accusations. As they were eventually forced out, Mapes resigning in 2004 and Rather the year after, many have accused CBS of scapegoating, including Rather when he filed a lawsuit against the network in 2007. As the film is intended to be a political thriller, it will be interesting to see what side of the Killian documents debate the film makers choose to fall on. 

Both Blanchett and Redford are not afraid to tackle political and controversial roles. Redford starred as journalist Bob Woodward in the 1976 film All the President's Men, based on the book of the same name by Woodward and Carl Bernstein, which follows the two reporters investigating the Watergate scandal. Blanchett starred in 2003 as journalist Veronica Guerin, in a film of the same name, whose investigations into the Dublin drug trade led to her murder in 1996. 

Read More: Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington And Eva Longoria Feted At Lucy And Crystal Awards. 

George W Bush
The debate still wages over whether George W Bush avoided serving in Vietnam.

11th July 2014 4057169
CBS Stands By 'The Mentalist' - But What's The Show All About? 4189833 News

CBS is the latest network to make tough calls for its 2014/2015 season, picking up six new shows, scrapping one high profile comedy and standing by one of its signature dramas. The good news is The Mentalist will continue into its seventh season. The drama has struggled to pick up the ratings on Sunday nights but it oozes class and CBS is willing to stand by the show.

Simon BakerSimon Baker Stars in 'The Mentalist'

It wasn't such good news for Robin Williams' freshman comedy The Crazy Ones, which was axed from Thursday nights. The show - also starring Sarah Michelle Gellar - was considered the comedy with the most chance of returning owing to its big name stars, but CBS executives have been ruthless and decided to cut the wage bill.

More: 5 networks cancel 22 shows - did your favorite get the chop?

The verdict follows the networks' decision to order several new shows, including a NCIS spin-off and two new comedies including a reboot of The Odd Couple with Matthew Perry. The former FRIENDS actor doesn't have a great recent record with scripted comedy, though CBS are willing to gamble on the accomplished star. Despite report in the media, the How I Met Your Mother spin-off has not been picked up, though it could yet be ordered. 

The Mentalist, created by Bruno Heller,  follows former "psychic" Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) who is a consultant on the California Bureau of Investigation, using his highly developed observational skills he previously employed to read people's minds. 

In 2010, Baker received a nomination for Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Drama. 

More: Robin Williams set for Mrs Doubtfire 2

CBS is the latest network to make tough calls for its 2014/2015 season, picking up six new shows, scrapping one high profile comedy and standing by one of its signature dramas. The good news is The Mentalist will continue into its seventh season. The drama has struggled to pick up the ratings on Sunday nights but it oozes class and CBS is willing to stand by the show.

Simon BakerSimon Baker Stars in 'The Mentalist'

It wasn't such good news for Robin Williams' freshman comedy The Crazy Ones, which was axed from Thursday nights. The show - also starring Sarah Michelle Gellar - was considered the comedy with the most chance of returning owing to its big name stars, but CBS executives have been ruthless and decided to cut the wage bill.

More: 5 networks cancel 22 shows - did your favorite get the chop?

The verdict follows the networks' decision to order several new shows, including a NCIS spin-off and two new comedies including a reboot of The Odd Couple with Matthew Perry. The former FRIENDS actor doesn't have a great recent record with scripted comedy, though CBS are willing to gamble on the accomplished star. Despite report in the media, the How I Met Your Mother spin-off has not been picked up, though it could yet be ordered. 

The Mentalist, created by Bruno Heller,  follows former "psychic" Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) who is a consultant on the California Bureau of Investigation, using his highly developed observational skills he previously employed to read people's minds. 

In 2010, Baker received a nomination for Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Drama. 

More: Robin Williams set for Mrs Doubtfire 2

11th May 2014 4096594
Major Broadcasters Try To Take Aereo Streamer Down 4164810 News

The Internet TV start-up Aereo is facing what the business’ founder Chaitanya "Chet" Kanojia calls “the end” should the supreme court side with the myriad broadcasting companies accusing him and his company of copyright infringement.

Aereo logo

The Aereo lets people stream and record on the Internet the over-the-air signals of local broadcasters via remotely stored antennas. Then, they can watch said content on loads of different devices, like televisions, tablets, phones or computers.

CBS and Fox, amongst others including NBC, ABC, Spanish-language broadcaster Univision, PBS and Tribune, argue that the cloud-based digital video recorder, that can hold up to 60 hours of content, violates copyright law. 

The broadcaster's main argument is that Aereo is essentially retransmitting their content for profit. And without seeking approval, the service alters the format for streaming. Aereo argues that its remote antenna and DVR is just part of evolution. 

"This case simply concerns the next technological step: allowing a consumer to access broadcast programming using an Internet-connected device coupled with a remotely located, individually assigned antenna and segregated video storage," Aereo said in its Supreme Court filing.

“A consumer using Aereo's system captures a signal through an antenna available only to a particular user and enables that user to make an individual copy from a unique data stream that can be viewed solely by that user at the user's direction. That technology does not cause infringement because Aereo does not engage in any performance 'to the public,'" Aereo told the Supreme Court.

Aereo

Kanojia has said that if Aereo loses, "it may mean the end of our company."  Of course, that’s exactly the kind of outcome Aereo’s detractors are looking for. "We believe that Aereo's business model, and similar offerings that operate on the same principle, are built on stealing the creative content of others," CBS said this year.

The Internet TV start-up Aereo is facing what the business’ founder Chaitanya "Chet" Kanojia calls “the end” should the supreme court side with the myriad broadcasting companies accusing him and his company of copyright infringement.

Aereo logo

The Aereo lets people stream and record on the Internet the over-the-air signals of local broadcasters via remotely stored antennas. Then, they can watch said content on loads of different devices, like televisions, tablets, phones or computers.

CBS and Fox, amongst others including NBC, ABC, Spanish-language broadcaster Univision, PBS and Tribune, argue that the cloud-based digital video recorder, that can hold up to 60 hours of content, violates copyright law. 

The broadcaster's main argument is that Aereo is essentially retransmitting their content for profit. And without seeking approval, the service alters the format for streaming. Aereo argues that its remote antenna and DVR is just part of evolution. 

"This case simply concerns the next technological step: allowing a consumer to access broadcast programming using an Internet-connected device coupled with a remotely located, individually assigned antenna and segregated video storage," Aereo said in its Supreme Court filing.

“A consumer using Aereo's system captures a signal through an antenna available only to a particular user and enables that user to make an individual copy from a unique data stream that can be viewed solely by that user at the user's direction. That technology does not cause infringement because Aereo does not engage in any performance 'to the public,'" Aereo told the Supreme Court.

Aereo

Kanojia has said that if Aereo loses, "it may mean the end of our company."  Of course, that’s exactly the kind of outcome Aereo’s detractors are looking for. "We believe that Aereo's business model, and similar offerings that operate on the same principle, are built on stealing the creative content of others," CBS said this year.

23rd April 2014 3062941
'How I Met Your Mother' Nearly Got Cancelled - Britney Spears Saved The Day 4051693 News

How I Met Your Mother is a phenomenal success in sitcom terms. To get one season is a dream; to get two is teetering on the unthinkable. To get nine – well you’re in ‘Friends’ and Frasier’ territory there, and that’s not bad company to be keeping.

Britney SpearsBritney Spears filming her new perfume ad

But it all could have been so different for the hit show had they not attracted the star power of Britney Spears, who starred back in 2008, providing a welcome boost for the flagging sitcom.

The creators of the show, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, answered questions on a Reddit AMA – so often the source of a meaty exclusive – and one of those questions induced the power of Britney.

"We got a call... saying that Britney Spears wanted to be on our show. And she specifically wanted to be in the episode Ten Sessions, which sent a chill down our spines, because that's the one where we meet Stella,” explained Bays.

"I immediately imagined Britney playing Stella and had a minor panic attack, because it's such a big role and needed an (sic) proven, experienced actress like (Scrubs actress) Sarah Chalke. But to her credit, Britney liked the character of Abby, and wanted to play that part. So we said sure!” he added.

"And by golly she put our show on the map. It can't be overstated. Britney Spears rescued us from ever being on the bubble again. Thanks Britney!"

See, Spears boosted ratings at a time when network bosses were deciding whether or not to pick up the show for a fourth season, as viewership had been declining – and as we all know: ratings are pretty much everything!

How I Met Your Mother CastThe How I Met Your Mother cast in all their award-show glory

How I Met Your Mother is a phenomenal success in sitcom terms. To get one season is a dream; to get two is teetering on the unthinkable. To get nine – well you’re in ‘Friends’ and Frasier’ territory there, and that’s not bad company to be keeping.

Britney SpearsBritney Spears filming her new perfume ad

But it all could have been so different for the hit show had they not attracted the star power of Britney Spears, who starred back in 2008, providing a welcome boost for the flagging sitcom.

The creators of the show, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, answered questions on a Reddit AMA – so often the source of a meaty exclusive – and one of those questions induced the power of Britney.

"We got a call... saying that Britney Spears wanted to be on our show. And she specifically wanted to be in the episode Ten Sessions, which sent a chill down our spines, because that's the one where we meet Stella,” explained Bays.

"I immediately imagined Britney playing Stella and had a minor panic attack, because it's such a big role and needed an (sic) proven, experienced actress like (Scrubs actress) Sarah Chalke. But to her credit, Britney liked the character of Abby, and wanted to play that part. So we said sure!” he added.

"And by golly she put our show on the map. It can't be overstated. Britney Spears rescued us from ever being on the bubble again. Thanks Britney!"

See, Spears boosted ratings at a time when network bosses were deciding whether or not to pick up the show for a fourth season, as viewership had been declining – and as we all know: ratings are pretty much everything!

How I Met Your Mother CastThe How I Met Your Mother cast in all their award-show glory

4th February 2014 3963647
Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan Moves Over to CBS for New Detective Drama 3882167 News

Having created the most popular, talked about and possibly best TV show of a generation, Vince Gilligan’s presence behind the scenes is highly sought after, making CBS’s acquisition of him and his new show all the more special.

Breaking Bad castVince Gilligan brought this eclectic cast to life with Breaking Bad.

Gilligan actually wrote the pilot for the new show – a cop drama called Battle Creek - before Breaking Bad, but he probably won’t need it, or can turn it into the first episode, as his order is of the straight-to-series kind. CBS will produce 13 episodes of the brand new series.

This is the second signature Gilligan has put down with regards to new programming. He and Sony confirmed a spin-off of his immensely popular Breaking Bad – Better call Saul. Peter Gould, the writer who created the cult hero, will also be involved.

“In the Hollywood development community, Vince is the hottest name in the business,” said Zack Van Amburg, the president of programming for Sony. "If I went somewhere with the phone book with Vince’s name on it, I could sell it." (IGN)

Aaron Paul and Bryan CranstonAaron Paul and Bryan Cranston are Jesse and Walter in Breaking Bad.

David Shore, the creator and producer of FOX's House, will act as the series showrunner, with Gilligan re-writing and directing the first episode.

The news comes in the final week of Breaking Bad. The Critically acclaimed meth drama – partially responsible for putting AMC on the map, alongside The Walking Dead and Mad Men – culminates in what can only be a monumental crescendo this Sunday. With many people preparing for BB withdrawal symptoms, Saul spin offs, Gilligan shows and of course, HBO’s True Detective will be the only thing keeping TV addicts sane.

Having created the most popular, talked about and possibly best TV show of a generation, Vince Gilligan’s presence behind the scenes is highly sought after, making CBS’s acquisition of him and his new show all the more special.

Breaking Bad castVince Gilligan brought this eclectic cast to life with Breaking Bad.

Gilligan actually wrote the pilot for the new show – a cop drama called Battle Creek - before Breaking Bad, but he probably won’t need it, or can turn it into the first episode, as his order is of the straight-to-series kind. CBS will produce 13 episodes of the brand new series.

This is the second signature Gilligan has put down with regards to new programming. He and Sony confirmed a spin-off of his immensely popular Breaking Bad – Better call Saul. Peter Gould, the writer who created the cult hero, will also be involved.

“In the Hollywood development community, Vince is the hottest name in the business,” said Zack Van Amburg, the president of programming for Sony. "If I went somewhere with the phone book with Vince’s name on it, I could sell it." (IGN)

Aaron Paul and Bryan CranstonAaron Paul and Bryan Cranston are Jesse and Walter in Breaking Bad.

David Shore, the creator and producer of FOX's House, will act as the series showrunner, with Gilligan re-writing and directing the first episode.

The news comes in the final week of Breaking Bad. The Critically acclaimed meth drama – partially responsible for putting AMC on the map, alongside The Walking Dead and Mad Men – culminates in what can only be a monumental crescendo this Sunday. With many people preparing for BB withdrawal symptoms, Saul spin offs, Gilligan shows and of course, HBO’s True Detective will be the only thing keeping TV addicts sane.

26th September 2013 3791387
How A Glimpse Turned into 'Sumbitch' Cookies On A Train: How I Met Your Mother Season 9 Kicks Off 3879469 News

We got a glimpse of the titular and enigmatic mother from How I Met Your Mother at the end of season eight: a woman yielding a yellow umbrella. But it wasn’t until the very end of the show’s one-hour season nine premiere that we got a real look at her.

Neil Patrick HarrisNeil Patrick Harris - will his wedding get ruined?

Enter Cristin Milioti. The still nameless mother managed to cheer up a distraught Lily by offering up some ‘sumbitch’ cookies. Lily and her got on like a house on fire, and after having a big ol’ chat about Ted, it’s exciting to know that the unlucky-in-love ‘I’ in ‘How I…’ will finally be meeting his future wife.

While the show has been criticized for constantly ‘faking out’ its audience with teasers and last-minute twists, the in-jokes look to be finally lost on someone else as Milioti enters the fray. IGN were particularly kind about the premiere, giving the double episode a healthy 7.9 out of 10.

"How I Met Your Mother's final season premiere featured the return of Cristin Milioti as the Mother, who shared an amusing and insightful first encounter with Lily,” says their review. “Meanwhile, Marshall's social media problems made for some fun moments at the airport. Barney and Robin's arc wasn't quite as strong, since all of it took place in the back of Ranjit's limousine, but there were still a few noteworthy gags to be had.”

With the entire season set to be played out at Barney and Robin’s, which is an incredibly brave way to send off a show that has both delighted and frustrated audiences over the last decade.

Cristin MiliotiJosh Radnor
Cristin Milioti and Josh Radnor - of course!

We got a glimpse of the titular and enigmatic mother from How I Met Your Mother at the end of season eight: a woman yielding a yellow umbrella. But it wasn’t until the very end of the show’s one-hour season nine premiere that we got a real look at her.

Neil Patrick HarrisNeil Patrick Harris - will his wedding get ruined?

Enter Cristin Milioti. The still nameless mother managed to cheer up a distraught Lily by offering up some ‘sumbitch’ cookies. Lily and her got on like a house on fire, and after having a big ol’ chat about Ted, it’s exciting to know that the unlucky-in-love ‘I’ in ‘How I…’ will finally be meeting his future wife.

While the show has been criticized for constantly ‘faking out’ its audience with teasers and last-minute twists, the in-jokes look to be finally lost on someone else as Milioti enters the fray. IGN were particularly kind about the premiere, giving the double episode a healthy 7.9 out of 10.

"How I Met Your Mother's final season premiere featured the return of Cristin Milioti as the Mother, who shared an amusing and insightful first encounter with Lily,” says their review. “Meanwhile, Marshall's social media problems made for some fun moments at the airport. Barney and Robin's arc wasn't quite as strong, since all of it took place in the back of Ranjit's limousine, but there were still a few noteworthy gags to be had.”

With the entire season set to be played out at Barney and Robin’s, which is an incredibly brave way to send off a show that has both delighted and frustrated audiences over the last decade.

Cristin MiliotiJosh Radnor
Cristin Milioti and Josh Radnor - of course!

24th September 2013 3876168
Mellody Hobson Reveals Inspiration Behind Daughter's Name 3815774 News

George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson drew inspiration from the child of an old friend as they settled on the name Everest for their newborn daughter.

The Star Wars creator and Hobson welcomed the baby girl via a surrogate on Friday (09Aug13) and the new mum returned to work in her role as a financial contributor to America's Cbs network on Wednesday (14Aug13), when she appeared on air to discuss gender income disparity.

During the interview, Tv host Charlie Rose congratuled Hobson and then asked about the origin of the girl's name, to which she replied, "Everest is based on the son of a very close friend, who was a friend of yours too, Charlie."

She did not elaborate on which pal she was referring to.

Everest is the first biological child for Lucas and Hobson, who wed in June (13). Lucas also has three adopted children: Amanda, 32, Katie, 25, and Jett, 20.

George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson drew inspiration from the child of an old friend as they settled on the name Everest for their newborn daughter.

The Star Wars creator and Hobson welcomed the baby girl via a surrogate on Friday (09Aug13) and the new mum returned to work in her role as a financial contributor to America's Cbs network on Wednesday (14Aug13), when she appeared on air to discuss gender income disparity.

During the interview, Tv host Charlie Rose congratuled Hobson and then asked about the origin of the girl's name, to which she replied, "Everest is based on the son of a very close friend, who was a friend of yours too, Charlie."

She did not elaborate on which pal she was referring to.

Everest is the first biological child for Lucas and Hobson, who wed in June (13). Lucas also has three adopted children: Amanda, 32, Katie, 25, and Jett, 20.

14th August 2013 3811783
Why Big Brother, and Spencer Clawson, Should Pack Up And Leave 3804171 News

It's time that Big Brother packed its bags and left the television schedules for good. You've been evicted Big Brother - now you must leave.

The fifteenth series has quickly earned the tag of the most controversial season yet and not for any particularly entertaining reason. We've already heard racial and homophobic slurs during the show's 24-hour live feeds and on Monday (August 5, 2013), contestant Spencer Clawson made some comments so idiotic, so appalling that it's becoming increasingly hard to justify putting 20 knuckleheads in a big room, not giving them much to eat or drink and forcing them to vote against each other. 

This week, live-feed watchers watched in disgust as Spencer said - and we kid you not. "I like to beat off to child porn. Did I ever tell y'all about that? I love it. Beating off to child porn is my favorite thing there is."

He continued: "I love it when they're around 3 or 4 years old," he continued. "My favorite ones are when you can tell they're in a basement."

Spencer was speaking with Andy and Amanda Zuckerman at the time, who both looked uncomfortable, while Andy Herren uttered, "Oh God."

CBS said in a statement to E! News, "Big Brother is a reality show following a group of people who have no privacy 24/7, and seeing every moment of their lives. At times, the Houseguests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone. We certainly find the statements made by Spencer on the live Internet feed to be offensive.

Any views or opinions expressed in personal commentary by a Houseguest appearing on Big Brother, either on any live feed from the House or during the broadcast, are those of the individual(s) speaking, and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS or the producers of the program."

Recently, Les Moonves - the very top dog at CBS - spoke of being "absolutely appalled" by the contestant's behaviour and it's likely that he would rather not have Big Brother clogging up his schedule, which is rich with original, scripted content.

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"Big Brother obviously is a social experiment, it always was. It was established as a social experiment and clearly that's what's happening this year. I find some of the behavior absolutely appalling personally. What you see there unfortunately is a reflection of how certain people feel in America. It's what our show is," he explained.

The whole concept is clearly getting old, and racist scandals in the UK edition have meant British viewers began to be turned off by the show. It ended up finishing it's run on Channel 4 though was picked up by Channel 5.

Les MoonvesWe Get The Feeling Les Moonves Is Not A Fan of Big Brother

It's time that Big Brother packed its bags and left the television schedules for good. You've been evicted Big Brother - now you must leave.

The fifteenth series has quickly earned the tag of the most controversial season yet and not for any particularly entertaining reason. We've already heard racial and homophobic slurs during the show's 24-hour live feeds and on Monday (August 5, 2013), contestant Spencer Clawson made some comments so idiotic, so appalling that it's becoming increasingly hard to justify putting 20 knuckleheads in a big room, not giving them much to eat or drink and forcing them to vote against each other. 

This week, live-feed watchers watched in disgust as Spencer said - and we kid you not. "I like to beat off to child porn. Did I ever tell y'all about that? I love it. Beating off to child porn is my favorite thing there is."

He continued: "I love it when they're around 3 or 4 years old," he continued. "My favorite ones are when you can tell they're in a basement."

Spencer was speaking with Andy and Amanda Zuckerman at the time, who both looked uncomfortable, while Andy Herren uttered, "Oh God."

CBS said in a statement to E! News, "Big Brother is a reality show following a group of people who have no privacy 24/7, and seeing every moment of their lives. At times, the Houseguests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone. We certainly find the statements made by Spencer on the live Internet feed to be offensive.

Any views or opinions expressed in personal commentary by a Houseguest appearing on Big Brother, either on any live feed from the House or during the broadcast, are those of the individual(s) speaking, and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS or the producers of the program."

Recently, Les Moonves - the very top dog at CBS - spoke of being "absolutely appalled" by the contestant's behaviour and it's likely that he would rather not have Big Brother clogging up his schedule, which is rich with original, scripted content.

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"Big Brother obviously is a social experiment, it always was. It was established as a social experiment and clearly that's what's happening this year. I find some of the behavior absolutely appalling personally. What you see there unfortunately is a reflection of how certain people feel in America. It's what our show is," he explained.

The whole concept is clearly getting old, and racist scandals in the UK edition have meant British viewers began to be turned off by the show. It ended up finishing it's run on Channel 4 though was picked up by Channel 5.

Les MoonvesWe Get The Feeling Les Moonves Is Not A Fan of Big Brother

8th August 2013 3666053
Cote de Pablo Still Leaving NCIS Despite Being Offered 'A Lot of Money'? 3790338 News

CBS' presentation at the Television Critics Association centred around one thing, and one thing only: the exit of Cote de Pablo from their hit show NCIS. de Pablo plays Ziva David in the fast moving crime drama, and her exit would be a huge loss for the fans and the show itself, such is her popularity. She’s leaving, but not without CBS throwing a bucket of cash over her head first.

Cote de PabloCote de Pablo has decided to move on

“I really want to clarify," CBS Corp CEO Les Moonves said, "we offered Cote de Pablo a lot of money, and then we offered her even more money because we really didn’t want to lose her. We love her. We think she was she was terrific." (HitFix)

Their was an odd twist to this presentation, though: before the reporters sat down, emails were popping into each and every one of their inboxes, imploring them to question Moonves on de Pablo’s exit, and suggesting that CBS undervalue their female talent by underpaying them.

“And we, obviously, were in discussions. And the rest of the cast and the producers were aware what’s going on. And ultimately she decided she didn’t want to do the show. It was purely her decision. We’re, obviously, getting a lot of emails. There’s a lot of Twitter buzz about her, and rightly so. She’s a wonderful lady," continued Moonves.

Cote de PabloThe fans aren't happy about her exit

The line of questioning clearly didn’t sit well with Moonves, who was facing the twin concerns of losing one of his best assets, and being accused of sexism. He "Look, 'NCIS,' the highest rated show on television last year,” he said, attempting to conclude the topic. “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."

CBS' presentation at the Television Critics Association centred around one thing, and one thing only: the exit of Cote de Pablo from their hit show NCIS. de Pablo plays Ziva David in the fast moving crime drama, and her exit would be a huge loss for the fans and the show itself, such is her popularity. She’s leaving, but not without CBS throwing a bucket of cash over her head first.

Cote de PabloCote de Pablo has decided to move on

“I really want to clarify," CBS Corp CEO Les Moonves said, "we offered Cote de Pablo a lot of money, and then we offered her even more money because we really didn’t want to lose her. We love her. We think she was she was terrific." (HitFix)

Their was an odd twist to this presentation, though: before the reporters sat down, emails were popping into each and every one of their inboxes, imploring them to question Moonves on de Pablo’s exit, and suggesting that CBS undervalue their female talent by underpaying them.

“And we, obviously, were in discussions. And the rest of the cast and the producers were aware what’s going on. And ultimately she decided she didn’t want to do the show. It was purely her decision. We’re, obviously, getting a lot of emails. There’s a lot of Twitter buzz about her, and rightly so. She’s a wonderful lady," continued Moonves.

Cote de PabloThe fans aren't happy about her exit

The line of questioning clearly didn’t sit well with Moonves, who was facing the twin concerns of losing one of his best assets, and being accused of sexism. He "Look, 'NCIS,' the highest rated show on television last year,” he said, attempting to conclude the topic. “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."

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Who Will Play Charlie Sheen's Gay Daughter on 'Two and a Half Men'? 3756488 News

CBS are on the hunt for a young actress to play Charlie Sheen's lesbian daughter on Two and a Half Men. Ok, so Sheen left the show some time ago, but the comedy will introduce the "sexy and gorgeous" estranged 21-year-old daughter of Charlie Harper for its 11th season.

The news was confirmed to Entertainment Weekly, with a source saying Charlie's daughter will have recently moved to Los Angeles from New York. The character will effectively replace Jake, played by Angus T. Jones, who will cut down his appearances on the show to focus on attending college.

That's the official line coming out of CBS, though it's clear Jones' role on America's biggest sitcom became untenable after he actively encouraged fans to stop watching the show before of its adult themes. 

In a video for the ForeRunner Chronicles, an independent ministry run by Christopher Hudson, he actor called the show "filth" and said it conflicted with his religious views

It's great that Two and a Half Men - now starring Ashton Kutcher - is seeking to put gay characters at the forefront of its output, though it may simply be an excuse for plenty of girl-on-girl jokes. We shall wait and see.

<iframe width="636" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/nMEE34IeJDQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

In 2011, Kutcher's debut as the character Walden Schmidt, in the episode 'Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt', was seen by 28.7 million people. The series pulled in an overall average of 12.73 million.  

Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen Now Stars on 'Anger Management'

Angus T. Jones
Angus T. Jones Will Downgrade His Duties On The New Series of 'Two and a Half Men'

CBS are on the hunt for a young actress to play Charlie Sheen's lesbian daughter on Two and a Half Men. Ok, so Sheen left the show some time ago, but the comedy will introduce the "sexy and gorgeous" estranged 21-year-old daughter of Charlie Harper for its 11th season.

The news was confirmed to Entertainment Weekly, with a source saying Charlie's daughter will have recently moved to Los Angeles from New York. The character will effectively replace Jake, played by Angus T. Jones, who will cut down his appearances on the show to focus on attending college.

That's the official line coming out of CBS, though it's clear Jones' role on America's biggest sitcom became untenable after he actively encouraged fans to stop watching the show before of its adult themes. 

In a video for the ForeRunner Chronicles, an independent ministry run by Christopher Hudson, he actor called the show "filth" and said it conflicted with his religious views

It's great that Two and a Half Men - now starring Ashton Kutcher - is seeking to put gay characters at the forefront of its output, though it may simply be an excuse for plenty of girl-on-girl jokes. We shall wait and see.

<iframe width="636" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/nMEE34IeJDQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

In 2011, Kutcher's debut as the character Walden Schmidt, in the episode 'Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt', was seen by 28.7 million people. The series pulled in an overall average of 12.73 million.  

Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen Now Stars on 'Anger Management'

Angus T. Jones
Angus T. Jones Will Downgrade His Duties On The New Series of 'Two and a Half Men'

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