Two CBS Shows Among World’s Most Watched

Yes, we said World’s, not America’s!

Late last week, the forensic & police procedural hit CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION received Monte Carlo TV Festival’s International Television Audience Award in the drama series category.

The award is given to the shows with the biggest audience in the world.  For CSI:, that amounts to almost 74 million viewers around the globe.  It’s the third time in four years that the show received the recognition.  Last year, it was edged out by Fox’s House.  CSI: also was named most-watched in 2007 and 2008.  Its sister show, CSI: MIAMI, won in 2006.

A second network series received the honor as the most watched daytime show. Continue reading

Celebration of America Going HD for First Time

CBS is throwing a major party to celebrate America’s birthday this July 4th with a fireworks display like you’ve never seen before.

Craig Ferguson, of THE LATE LATE SHOW, will host the BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR for the fourth straight year.

Country superstar Toby Keith will perform some of his biggest hits with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra under the direction of conductor Keith Lockhart.

The BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR, now in its 37th year, is the orchestra’s annual free outdoor Fourth of July concert. For the first time this year, the entire concert will be broadcast in HD, courtesy of Liberty Mutual Group.

In addition, the final 20 minutes of the broadcast, featuring the spectacular fireworks display, will be presented commercial-free. Imagine getting to see one of the nation’s biggest fireworks display on a high-definition set!

The Scottish-born Ferguson, incidentally, was sworn in as a United States citizen in February 2008.

Mark your calendars now for the big celebration, airing Sunday, July 4th at 10:00pm on LIVE 5 WCSC.

Clark to Receive Special Emmy Honor

American Bandstand host Dick Clark will receive special recognition for his groundbreaking music program at the 37TH ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS, airing later this month on CBS.

The star-studded roster that will pay tribute to the show and its host includes Cher, Barry Manilow, Garth Brooks, Marie Osmond, Ann-Margret, Frankie Avalon, The Spinners, Jay Leno and Simon Cowell.

Hosted by Regis Philbin, the Daytime Emmy Awards will feature outstanding performers from all fields of daytime television.

Clark, 80, hosted American Bandstand on ABC from 1957 until 1987.  Clark also hosted THE $10,000 PYRAMID and THE $25,000 PYRAMID on CBS in 1973 and from 1982 to 1988, respectively.  He received three Daytime Emmys for hosting that program over the years.

Be sure to watch for that special tribute to “America’s Oldest Teenager,” airing June 27th on LIVE 5 WCSC.

Flashpoint Airs Original Episodes This Summer

Original episodes from the third season of FLASHPOINT, the police drama depicting the emotional journey into the tough, risk-filled lives of a group of cops in the Strategic Response Unit, will begin airing this Friday at 9:00pm as part of CBS’s summer lineup.

In July, following a special two-hour block, the show will move to Fridays at 10:00pm.

FLASHPOINT premiered in July 2008 during the Olympics and became that summer’s top original scripted series. In its second season in 2009, it won its Friday night time period.

Set your DVRs now for the fast-paced show, starting this Friday at 9:00pm on LIVE 5 WCSC.

Big Brother Returning for Summer

Next month, the hit CBS reality series BIG BROTHER returns to the summer lineup.

The series follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with dozens of cameras and microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day. Each week, the house guests vote someone out of the house. At the end, the last remaining house guests receives the grand prize of $500,000.

The latest season of the series premieres at 8:00pm on Thursday, July 8th. It will then be broadcast three nights a week: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Each Thursday show will be a live eviction episode in which one house member learns he or she has been voted out of the house.

Last summer’s edition posted growth in its audience both on-air and online, and was one of only a handful of programs ever to post growth in its 10th season. Online, it was the number one show watched on CBS.com.

Julie Chen returns as host of the show.

So mark your calendar for Thursday, July 8th and get ready to pull for your favorite house guest.

Wagner’s Final Appearance on Today’s World Turns

Longtime fans of the CBS Soap AS THE WORLD TURNS will definitely want to watch today’s show.  It will mark the final appearance of Nancy Hughes, played by Helen Wagner, who passed away on May 1st.

Wagner was the only remaining original cast member of the 54-year-old soap opera, and spoke the first lines — “Good morning, dear.” — on the first show in 1956.  Over the years, she has been one of the rare soap characters who didn’t stray from her own moral rules; as the years went by, her upright character was mostly relegated to smaller scenes in which she could give much-needed guidance to the younger, wilder characters in the fictional Oakdale, Illinois.

In today’s episode, according to CBS advance synopses, Wagner’s Nancy appears in a scene with Katie, who is in need of some love advice.

AS THE WORLD TURNS is scheduled to leave the airwaves this September. There is no word as yet on how — or if — Wagner’s death will be incorporated into the plot, although many fans have suggested that since she started the show, her passing might make an appropriate ending.

Today’s episode airs at 2:00pm on LIVE 5 WCSC.