02:22 PM EDT 01/23/2015
Originally posted 01/21/2015 12:00PM
Survivor is one of those shows that rises and falls on its casting. When the contestants are interesting, we get a stellar season like last spring's Survivor: Cagayan. If the cast is bland, we get a mediocre season like last fall's Survivor: San Juan Del Sur. (Don't take our word for it; even host Jeff Probst called it a "frustrating" season.)
But Survivor is shockingly resilient. Now entering its 30th season, it has been around so long that this season's youngest contestant was in the first grade when the show premiered. She's now 22.
This season, producers have divided the 18 contestants of Survivor: Worlds Apart into three tribes based on socioeconomic status. There's a white collar tribe: professionals and executives. The blue collar tribe includes a cop, hairdresser and postal worker. The no-collar tribe is full of bohemians who sell coconuts or design jewelry.
Originally posted 01/12/2015 03:00PM
CBS hasn't had much luck with genre dramas, but it has high hopes that a certain caped crusader will fly for the network.
The network has given a series commitment to Supergirl, a DC Comics character that was first introduced to fanboys and girls in 1959. The drama from Greg Berlanti (co-showrunner for The CW's Arrow) will zero in on Superman's cousin, Kara Zor-El, who is equally as powerful as her male counterpart – and just as allergic to Kryptonite.
Though Supergirl is expected to be played by an unknown, 20-something actress, CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler is confident the actress and role will fit nicely alongside more mature characters like The Good Wife's Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), Extant's Molly Woods (Halle Berry), and Madam Secretary's Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni).
Originally posted 12/17/2014 10:00AM
There are good seasons of Survivor, and there are seasons that just never get off the ground. Survivor: San Juan Del Sur looked like it would be the latter, until a run of solid episodes near the end redeemed it.
After the first Blood Vs. Water was a critical and ratings success in 2013, the show returned to the same format this season – only to find that lightning hadn't struck twice.
Even Jeff Probst, Survivor's biggest cheerleader, acknowledges the struggle of San Juan Del Sur. "We came off of four fantastic seasons in a row: Philippines, Caramoan, the first Blood vs. Water and Cagayan, he says. "So this one just feels different, because it follows such great seasons. But it got a lot better as it went along."
But even middling seasons of Survivor can be fascinating, and the long-running CBS series remains the gold standard for competition reality shows. Here, Probst, 53, tells PEOPLE what went wrong with this season – and what went right.
Originally posted 11/25/2014 08:35AM
George Eads – one of the last remaining members of CSI's original ensemble – will leave the CBS drama at season's end.
TV Guide reports that Eads's decision to leave the show that made him a household name was an amicable one. His departure from playing Nick Stokes will apparently be tied to the ongoing Gig Harbor Killer case.
Originally posted 11/14/2014 11:25PM
Looks like that decision to add Sean Hayes didn't work out so well.
CBS has decided to put the kibosh on more episodes of The Millers, a family sitcom that starred Will Arnett as a divorced news guy with a pair of nutty parents, played by Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges.
The comedy has hobbled along on Mondays despite the addition of Hayes, the star of last year's failed sitcom Sean Saves the World. An original episode of the comedy will run Monday, but it seems unlikely the network will air what's left in the can.
Originally posted 09/25/2014 08:50PM
He may not have won the $500,000 prize, but Ariana Grande's brother Frankie was a force to be reckoned with in the Big Brother house this summer.
Originally posted 09/08/2014 11:05AM
CBS will rely on another European to keep up the laughs in late night.
British actor-comedian James Corden, 36, will take over as the new host of The Late Late Show in 2015, replacing the Scotland-born Craig Ferguson, who announced in April that he'll step down from the late-night show that he's hosted for the past 10 years.
Ferguson's final broadcast will be in December.
Originally posted 08/27/2014 12:00PM
What happens when you put a controversial baseball player, a Broadway star and a pair of outspoken twins on an island? You get the cast of Survivor: San Juan Del Sur.
Originally posted 01/27/2014 12:00PM
Will the second time again be the charm for Rachel Reilly?
Originally posted 11/11/2013 10:00AM
Angela Lansbury says "it's a mistake" for NBC to call a new show Murder, She Wrote.
The 88-year-old actress said she's a fan of Octavia Spencer, who is set to star in a rebooted version of the hit TV show, saying, "I wish her well, but I wish it wasn't in Murder, She Wrote."
Speaking to the Associated Press about the honorary Academy Award she'll accept in Los Angeles later this week, Lansbury said Sunday Murder, She Wrote was "the greatest doorway to the world" because of the international popularity of lead character Jessica Fletcher.
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