Soap Fans: Here’s What You Missed

Most of today’s episode of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and all of today’s THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL were pre-empted today by live CBS News coverage of President Obama’s news conference on the Gulf oil spill.

But there is good news:  CBS made special arrangements to feed the shows to us so that we could rebroadcast them overnight.  So set your DVRs:  Y&R will play at 3:10am, and B&B will play at 4:10am.

For those of you unable to record the shows at this time, we’re posting a summary of the episodes.  Warning:  Spoilers after the jump! Continue reading

CBS Most Watched for 7th Time in 8 Years

Though the season “officially” ends tonight, with a handful of season finales still waiting to be broadcast in prime time, results already show that CBS will wrap up this season as the most-watched prime time network.

And it will hold that honor for the seventh time in the past eight seasons, according to Nielsen, the company that measures ratings.

The most popular scripted program of the year was the network’s NCIS, which earned that distinction for the first time. (It wrapped up its seventh season last night.)

The three most popular new programs of the season also are CBS shows: Continue reading

Abdul Brings Dancing Competition to CBS

Paula Abdul, former American Idol judge, is returning to the world of reality talent competition shows in a new series for CBS.

She’ll serve as executive producer, creative partner and lead judge for LIVE TO DANCE. She will also serve as coach, mentor and advocate for contestants during the performances and elimination process, providing critical input and guidance while sharing her experience with hopeful contestants.

LIVE TO DANCE is based on the British hit, Got to Dance, that debuted earlier this year and has been a ratings sensation for Britain’s Sky 1, making it one of the UK’s top-rated pay TV series this season. In the most inclusive talent search on television, amateurs with raw talent of any age group from across the nation (either performing solo or in a group) can audition any form of dancing—from ballroom to break dance, bhangra to ballet and tap to tango. The most talented and entertaining dancers will be invited to audition for Abdul and her panel of experts, all world-class dancers themselves.

The very best will perform live in the Semi-Finals and Finals, where they will battle for the right to be crowned LIVE TO DANCE champion.

“I’ve spent the better part of my life teaching, mentoring, nurturing—working with so many talented people—and I consider myself truly blessed to be able to continue to do something that I hold so dear to my heart,” Abdul said.

In a successful career that spans more than three decades, Abdul has sold over 60 million records worldwide, and earned Emmy, Grammy, American Music and MTV Awards. Abdul has conquered the gamut of entertainment after beginning her career as a highly sought-after choreographer and dancer for films, television and music videos. She then segued into an award-winning recording artist, and most recently became a much-celebrated television personality, especially in her eight-year role as a mentor and judge on American Idol.

The additional expert judges, as well as information regarding auditions, will be announced at a later date. Details on the audition process will also be available soon on CBS.com.

Preview CBS Fall Shows at live5news.com

You don’t have to wait until the summer to start seeing previews for the new shows CBS announced as part of its fall lineup.  You can see a sneak peek right now, by logging on to our homepage, live5news.com.

Look for the “Watch CBS Shows” link on the top navbar:

Click that, and you’ll see our video player, where you can watch the previews of the new shows, like HAWAII FIVE-O, along with other CBS shows and even some classic shows like THE TWILIGHT ZONE.

CBS Announces New Fall Schedule

CBS will introduce six new shows this fall, including a remake of a classic police drama and a sequel to a Wednesday night hit.

The news comes during the network’s Upfront presentation, a special pitch to potential advertisers that gives them an early look at the fall lineup in the hopes of attracting early sponsorship commitments.

One of the most anticipated shows coming in the fall is HAWAII FIVE-O, a remake of the 1970s police drama of the same title that also aired on CBS.  That means a new generation will get to grow up hearing the famous line, “Book ‘em, Dano.”  Continue reading

Hey, Reeg! How About the Emmys!

Emmy Award winner Regis Philbin will host THE 37TH ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY® AWARDS, which will air on Sunday, June 27th on LIVE 5 WCSC.

“I am delighted to host the Daytime Emmys this year,” Philbin said.  “It’s going to be a great night with my daytime brothers and sisters, and I hope everyone wins an award this year.”

Since Philbin first stepped in front of the camera more than 40 years ago, he has ambitiously tackled talk shows, game shows (including MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD on CBS), and even the literary world, with multiple best-sellers to his credit.  In May 2001, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored him with a Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Talk Show Host for his syndicated program, Live with Regis, and another Emmy award as Outstanding Game Show Host for the network version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

In Fall 2009, he broke his own existing Guinness World Record for Most Hours on Camera, setting a new mark of 16,343 hours accumulated over his illustrious career – a career that was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the 2008 Daytime Emmy Awards.

Here’s our recent post on the CBS programs and performers who are up for an Emmy Award this year. Be sure to tune in on June 27th to see which of your favorites bring home the gold!

Sheen Staying Put on ‘Men’

In a move that should surprise almost no one, Charlie Sheen has reached an agreement on a contract that will keep him on the CBS hit comedy TWO AND A HALF MEN for two more seasons.

That word comes from a statement released by Sheen’s publicist.

“To put a fitting end on the 2 1/2 months of whirlwind speculation, I’m looking forward to returning to my CBS home on Monday nights,” Sheen said in the statement.

Get it?  Two and a half months of speculation about the future of Two and a Half Men?  Cute.

Recently, news broke that Sheen, 44, already listed as the highest-paid prime time performer, was asking for $2 million per episode on his new contract, an amount rumored to be roughly double his current pay.  Insiders claimed that Sheen knew he wouldn’t get that much, but was hoping for between $1.2 and $1.3 million.

Variety reports that he did far better than that source apparently expected:  the new deal gets Sheen between $1.8 and $1.9 million per show, an amount close to what Ray Romano was bringing home for the final season of EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND.

It’s also little surprise that the deal would be reached now, just in time for CBS to announce its fall schedule in a period known as the “Upfronts,” when the broadcasters present their fall lineups to potential advertisers in the hopes of locking in media buys as early as possible.

Sheen now must await the outcome of a July 21st court date after he pleaded not guilty to domestic violence charges against his wife in a Christmas Day incident in Colorado.  We’ll keep our fingers crossed on that.

CBS Cancels 7 Shows

CBS has pulled the plug on seven of its lower-performing prime time shows, TV Wrap reports.

The least surprising cancellation is that of NUMB3RS, whose fate has been in question for some time.  One of the lead actors went on to appear in a different show for a different network, leading many to speculate that the end of NUMB3RS was already a done deal.

COLD CASE and GHOST WHISPERER were also canceled, though MEDIUM was spared.

The network’s newest series, MIAMI MEDICAL, will also not find a home on the fall schedule.

As for sitcoms, ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE won’t be back, which means that Billie’s baby delivery, which wrapped up the season earlier this month, will also be the way the series ends.

Wednesday sitcoms THE OLD ADVENTURES OF NEW CHRISTINE and GARY UNMARRIED were also let go.  The cancellation of CHRISTINE represents a double whammy for co-star Wanda Sykes, since her nighttime show was just canceled by the Fox network.

CBS will officially announce its fall lineup tomorrow.  Don’t forget to come back to the Live 5 Insider for details.

Candidates for Governor Debate Tonight

Your Live 5 Insider really, really hates the word gubernatorial.  It just doesn’t sound right. 

That minor detail aside, South Carolina’s Gubernatorial candidates — or, those candidates fighting for the chance to be your next governor — will debate the issues tonight.

You can see the debate live online:  live5news.com will stream the event starting at 7:00pm tonight.  Then, stay logged in after the debate because the candidates have been invited to stick around for a live chat, which is expected to begin at 8:00pm.

Soap Searching for Its Ultimate Fan

One of CBS’s soap operas wants to reward its most dedicated fan with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the show from behind the scenes.

AS THE WORLD TURNS and cbs.com are launching a contest to find the biggest fan of what is currently television’s longest-running soap. If that’s you, just go to the official contest site at cbs.com and upload your response (in 500 words or less) which reveals why you’re the show’s most dedicated fan. A panel of judges from the show will select a winner who will win a trip for two to New York City where you’ll visit the set for one of the show’s final tapings.

AS THE WORLD TURNS goes off the air this September after 54 years.

You have until Thursday, June 3rd to upload your entries. The winner will be notified by Monday, June 7th and will be flown to New York during the week of June 14th.