20 CBS Shows Renewed So Far

CBS’s crime drama CRIMINAL MINDS will be back for its 11th season in the fall, an announcement that marks CBS’s 20th renewal for the 2013-14 season.

Here’s a complete list of the shows the network confirmed for renewal so far:

  • 48 HOURS
  • NCIS
  • 60 MINUTES

Last week, the network announced the renewal of TWO AND A HALF MEN for an 11th season, although the fate of co-star Angus T. Jones, who plays the “half” man, Jake, was still subject to contract negotiations. TWO-AND-A-HALF-MEN-KUTCHERHe didn’t appear as often this past season because of a military storyline. He is said to be interested in pursuing college and music, but after a controversial religious video in which he slammed the show went viral, many have speculated about what his future with the show might be.

Only newcomers PARTNERS and MADE IN JERSEY were canceled from last season.

The remaining shows on CBS’s prime time lineup are still waiting to hear their fates. Those shows are RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, VEGAS, THE GOLDEN BOY and CSI:NY.

Which shows are you most excited to see returning for another season?


CBS to Conduct ‘Big Brother’ Casting Call in Charleston

If you’d like to try outlasting a group of strangers who are forced to live together in a house where there’s no privacy and in which you are being watched and recorded 24/7, then this might be the opportunity of a lifetime!

The hit CBS reality show BIG BROTHER is looking for contestants here in the Lowcountry, and next month, casting producers will make a stop in the Holy City. Continue reading

Talk Show to Replace Canceled Soap

CBS is replacing its oldest soap opera, AS THE WORLD TURNS, with a new talk show, the network announced late Wednesday.

Julie Chen, currently hosting the summer reality hit BIG BROTHER, will be one of the moderators for the show, which will be similar in style to ABC’s The View, but will feature five moms around the table.

Other panelists will include reality star Sharon Osbourne,  and actresses Leah Remini, Holly Robinson Peete, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Sara Gilbert.

Gilbert, known for her role as back-talking daughter Darlene Conner on Roseanne, will also be an executive producer of the new show.  Osbourne is the wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, has been a talent judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.  Remini played Carrie Heffernan, foil to husband Doug on CBS’s THE KING OF QUEENS. Peete got her major break on the then-fledgling Fox Network’s crime series 21 Jump Street, and starred in Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper and Love, Inc. Winokur was host of a dancing competition show on NBC.

Chen will leave her regular duties on CBS’s THE EARLY SHOW, but will may continue to contribute to the show, according to the network.

AS THE WORLD TURNS leaves the air in September after 54 years on the air.  We’ll have more on the show as more information comes in.

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.

Football Coverage Postpones Big Brother

We will pre-empt CBS prime tonight for the Panthers-Steelers preseason football game.

BIG BROTHER will air at 1:37am overnight Thursday/Friday morning. The episode will also be available online at cbs.com.

CSI will air at 2:37am; That episode will also be available online at cbs.com. Thursday night’s episode of THE MENTALIST will not air. Both CSI and THE MENTALIST are reruns from earlier this season.

Big Brother Guest Removed From Show

Another house guest has been evicted on BIG BROTHER, but this time, by producers of the show. BB11_LogoThe announcement was posted on CBS’s BIG BROTHER page on Saturday.

The brief statement reads:

“Chima has been evicted by the producers from the Big Brother house for violating the rules. She will not be part of the show’s jury. Her eviction will be addressed on an upcoming broadcast of the show.”

The next episode airs Tuesday night at 9:00pm on LIVE 5 WCSC.

Meet the New Big Brother House Guests

When 12 contestants walk into the BIG BROTHER house on tonight’s premiere of the 11th version of the series, twists will immediately be waiting. LIVE 5 WCSC viewers will even be able to play along online for prizes from Sonic!

BB11_LogoFor one thing, they’ll be divided into memorable high school cliques: the popular, the athletes, the brainiacs and the off-beats. Then there’s the mystery guest: a 13th houseguest — no one knows who, yet — will be joining them for their competitions for food, safety from eviction and luxury prizes, and that mystery guest will give an advantage to one of the cliques.

“You may have graduated, but the truth is we never leave high school and this summer we are going to prove it,” says Allison Grodner, Executive Producer of BIG BROTHER. “From the brains to the jocks to the off-beat, everyone will be able to identify to one of these cliques, giving the viewers a group to root for and against from the very beginning. The division will cause instant drama.”

The 12 house guests this time around are:

  • Braden Bacha, 28, from Santa Monica, CA, is single and a surfer.
  • Casey Turner, 41, from Lakeland, FL, is a married dad who teaches fifth grade.
  • Chima Simone, 32, from West Hollywood, CA, is single and works as a freelance journalist.
  • Jeff Shroeder, 30, from Norridge, IL is a single advertising salesman.
  • Jordan Lloyd, 22, from Matthews, NC, is single and works as a waitress.
  • Kevin Campbell, 29, from Chula Vista, CA, is a single graphic designer.
  • Laura Crosby, 21, from Atlanta, GA is a single bikini model.
  • Lydia Tavera, 24, from Torrance, CA, is single and works as a Special Effects Make-Up Artist.
  • Michele Noonan, 27, from Pasadena, CA, is a married neuroscientist.
  • Natalie Martinez, 24, from Gilbert, AZ, is single and a Tae Kwon Do Champion.
  • Ronnie Talbott, 30, from Belpre, OH, is a married gamer.
  • Russell Kairouz, 24, from Walnut Creek, CA, is a single Mixed Martial Arts Fighter.

The house itself will be something of a surprise, too, because this time, the house where they’ll live under the watchful eye of cameras has been transformed into a green, eco-friendly living machine. The interior walls of the house are covered with a reconstituted wood panel product made from re-claimed wood flakes. This eco-friendly material reduced the amount of new lumber used to build the BIG BROTHER house. For the first time ever, the Houseguests will be made fully aware of the amount of waste they create, and will be required to sort, recycle and place all food items in an outdoor manual compost center, as well as an indoor automatic composter. The Head of Household Suite feels like seaside in Big Sur, Calif., where actual driftwood hangs on the copper patina tinted walls while a working waterfall, using recycled water, trickles over stacked stone to serve as a headboard. Zebra wood columns (all faux wood) press into the room framing a contemporary window that overlooks the “surf.”

Following tonight’s premiere at 8:00pm, BIG BROTHER will air three nights weekly, beginning Sunday, July 12 (8:00-9:00pm), Tuesday, July 14 (9:00-10:00pm) and the live eviction show, hosted by Julie Chen, beginning Thursday, July 16 (8:00-9:00pm).

Here’s the cool part for LIVE 5 WCSC viewers: you can log on to live5news.com during tonight’s episode and vote for which house guest will be evicted. You’ll have from tonight’s premiere through the start of Sunday’s show to predict who’ll get the boot. On Sunday, they’ll name the two house guests facing eviction, and then on Tuesday, someone gets sent packing.  If you’re right on eviction night, you’re in the running to win a gift card for great food from Sonic.

You can only make your pick each week from the start of Thursday night’s episode at 8:00pm until the start of Sunday night’s episode at 8:00pm. To play, go to the live5news.com Contests page and look for the BIG BROTHER contest button.