HBO surprised the TV world yesterday with the announcement of a standalone streaming option for the reclusive network, but it isn't the only TV giant looking to secure a streaming future. CBS has announced (and launched) its own pay-service to give non-cable users access to their library of content, calling the new innovation "CBS Access."
Mike & Molly
Among the last, but certainly not least, the eye network CBS has officially gotten in on the Upfront 2014 game by releasing their schedule for the fall, and full trailers for the newest series. Few major surprises (minus that 'How I Met Your Dad' pass), but take a look at the future of CBS with new trailers for Halle Berry's 'Extant,' sporting family sitcom 'The McCarthys' and more!
Year after year, this becomes almost painfully unsurprising. Following an impressive three-season renewal for CBS comedy juggernaut 'The Big Bang Theory,' the network granted an additional 18 renewals to its drama and comedy lineup for 2014-15, including (but not limited to) 'Two and a Half Men,' '2 Broke Girls,' 'Elementary,' 'NCIS' and 'The Good Wife.' So, who's missing?
Boy, that Jerry O'Connell just can't catch a break. After ABC had the unfortunate honor of fall 2013's first cancellation in 'Lucky' 7,' CBS is bringing up the rear with its fall-flat comedy 'We Are Men.' Pulled after two episodes, the show -- which starred Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub and O'Connell -- will fortunately bring about the November return of 'Mike & Molly,' which had previously been absent from CBS's immediate lineup.
Last week, CBS opted to postpone airing its 'Mike & Molly' third season finale episode "Windy City," whose tornado-themed content was deemed insensitive in the wake of the disasters befalling the state of Oklahoma. Now, the eye network has rescheduled the finale episode for this upcoming Thursday, but will anything change about the content?
Earlier in the broadcast year CBS implied on a number of occasions that their 2013-2014 lineup would remain relatively consistent given their strong performances across the board, and today that proves to be true. The indomitable eye network has announced the renewals of 18 major series, including dramas, comedies and unscripted fare, but which major series were left off the list? Find out who's in and who's out at CBS inside!
Yesterday, we were surprised (okay, not that surprised) to learn that FX had landed the rights to air repeat episodes of CBS comedy 'Mike & Molly' in late 2014, complimenting their existing ownership of CBS shows 'Two and a Half Men' and 'How I Met Your Mother.' 'Mike & Molly' doesn't exactly seem like FX's usual fare, even for a sitcom, so why did network decide to move on it? And how much did it cost?
First, there was FX's acquisition and endless replaying of past 'Two and a Half Men' episodes. Then, the network acquired the rights to air episodes of 'How I Met Your Mother' as well. Recently, we've seen the debut of FX's new three-camera Charlie Sheen sitcom 'Anger Management,' so have you noticed a trend yet? And guess which CBS sitcom is next for FX?