Over the past 60 years, just 26 shows have held the coveted title of a season’s top-rated series. They run the gamut from sitcoms to Westerns to medical dramas to soap operas and back. Viewers’ taste remains fascinatingly cyclical; 60 years ago, the most popular show in America was a game show; 45 years later, a similar game show reigned supreme. Some of the shows in this gallery remained firmly ingrained in the fabric of popular culture; others have faded away. (Paging Dr. Marcus Welby...) But at one point in time (or, in a few cases, at several points) these 26 series were the most popular in the entire country.
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."
Now that 'How I Met Your Mother' spinoff 'How I Met Your Dad' seems to have fallen through, the CBS lineup looks a little bereft of anything we might normally follow. And now with CBS' acquisition of Thursday Night Football, the full fall 2014 schedule looks a little jumbled with 'The Big Bang Theory' filling in for 'HIMYM' Mondays, while 'Elementary' and others move to October to accommodate football.
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?
Moving right along the major network pantheon, CBS is the latest to give out its lineup for fall 2013-2014 in advance of today's big Upfront presentation. No major shakeups, other than an expanded comedy block on Thursday nights and moves for both 'Person of Interest' and 'Hawaii Five-0,' but Chuck Lorre's 'Mike & Molly' will sit the fall out, while still producing a full season. Find out CBS' fall changes inside!
Because what's the point in starting an original franchise anymore? That attitude has done CBS many a 'CSI' spin-off in the past, and it doesn't seem the Eye is changing its tactics anytime soon. Despite being a spin-off itself, 'NCIS: Los Angeles' will reportedly introduce a possible spin-off series, to be presented as a backdoor pilot in an upcoming two-part episode. But what new group of crime-fighters would the potential spin-off follow?
It's probably one of the more obvious celebrity look alikes we've ever come across, and yet it's taken us this long to acknowledge it: Our favorite condescending, comedic fashionista from Disney and Pixar's 'The Incredibles' has a real-life twin in the form of Henrietta "Hetty" Lange from 'NCIS: Los Angeles.'
Just in time for Comic-Con, CBS has released the full schedule of their fall premiere dates, including favorites like 'Survivor,' 'How I Met Your Mother' and 'The Big Bang Theory,' and newcomers like 'Vegas' and the second season of '2 Broke Girls.'