CBS and Viacom set up committees to explore merger

CBS eyes Viacom merger

CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc. both announced their boards of directors have established committees to evaluate a potential combination. “There can be no assurance that this process will result in a transaction or on what terms transactions may occur,” said both companies in separate releases, adding they will not comment further until the process is […]

Don’t mess with Mika

Don't mess with Mika

“Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff found himself on the defensive on yesterday’s Morning Joe. Wolff’s suggestion during an appearance last month on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher that President Trump had an affair with someone in his administration led to UN Ambassador Nikki Haley’s denial last week of the “disgusting” rumor; asked about […]

Katherine Heigl joins USA’s Suits

Katherine Heigl joins USA's Suits

Also tasked with replacing a star – but for very different reasons – was USA’s Suits, as Meghan Markle left Hollywood for Prince Harry. Now Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy) has been cast in a new series regular role for season 8. She won’t have much catching up to do. “I have watched Suits from the […]

Galecki’s SciJinks slated for spring

Galecki's SciJinks slated for spring

SciJinks, a science prank show hosted by Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki, will launch on Discovery and Science Channel this spring. “I am humbled and excited to work closely on this show with some of the scientists and STEM students I’ve had the pleasure of meeting over the past decade,” said Galecki, who is also […]

Showtime renews The Chi for season 2

Showtime's high on The Chi

Showtime renewed The Chi for a second season, with Ayanna Floyd Davis (Empire, Hannibal) signed on as EP and showrunner. The series exploring the humanity behind the headlines on the South Side of Chicago goes back in production later this year.

Mark Salling dead at 35

Glee alum Mark Salling dead at 35.

The body of former Glee star, Mark Salling, was found hanging from a tree near his home in Sunland, CA. He was 35. The actor had pleaded guilty to child pornography charges last month and was scheduled to be sentenced on March 7.

Nina Tassler’s next act

Nina Tassler's next act

Nina Tassler, former CBS Entertainment Chairman, and producer Denise Di Novi have launched PatMa Productions, a multi-platform independent studio aimed at amplifying diverse voices. “We recognize that diverse voices from diverse backgrounds make innovative storytelling, which is good for business, and we are excited to work in partnership with an array of creatively talented people […]

Fuller House renewed for season 4

Fuller House renewed for season 4

Netflix renewed Fuller House for season 4. The streamer said in October that the revival of ABC’s 1987-1995 comedy was its second most “binge raced” (when fans watch an entire season in one 24-hour period) series, after Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

The Grammys

Bruno Mars wins big at the Grammys (John P. Filo/CBS)

Grammy fans were not amused when CBS’s coverage of the PGA Tour’s Farmer’s Insurance Open ran long on Sunday, eating into the Grammys red carpet show. With the Open in a 3-way playoff, CBS stuck with golf 38 minutes after red carpet coverage was slated to start – leaving just 22 minutes for fashion chat. […]

Piers Morgan talks President Trump

Piers Morgan talks Donald Trump: "He's a bull in a china shop"

Former CNN host and Celebrity Apprentice contestant Piers Morgan, who interviewed President Donald Trump for UK’s ITV during the World Economic Forum at Davos, contends his friend is “absolutely” mentally capable of being a successful president. “He’s a bull in a china shop and not everyone’s cup of tea, clearly,” Morgan said on BBC One’s […]