And the hits just keep on rolling…
40 years ago today, on November 17, 1978, CBS aired the ill-advised, poorly received “Star Wars Holiday Special”. Made without the approval of creator George Lucas, the network rushed out this mish-mash of Star Wars nonsense to capitalize on the Star Wars frenzy that was still well under way at the time.
You can watch it below (if you dare)…
The original version of the hit CBS comedy sitcom “Murphy Brown” premiered 30 years ago today on November 14th, 1988. Starring Candace Bergen, the show was a hilarious look at television news prior to the advent of 24 hour news coverage. It proved to be so popular in fact that a reboot of the show was launched this year, but has not been quite as successful as the original run.
Anyways, here’s a classic clip from the program:
The hit comedy sitcom “Two And A Half Men” starring Charlie Sheen (eventually replaced by Ashton Kutcher) and Jon Cryer debuted 15 years ago today, September 22nd, 2003 on CBS.
Never watched it. Any good?
OK, so let’s see. First 60 Minutes correspondent Charlie Rose was let go due to sexual accusations. Just a few days ago, CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves stepped down due to inappropriate sexual conduct. And now, 60 Minutes producer Jeff Fager has been fired due to threatening texts telling journalists at the network to back off their #MeToo investigations.
Can’t wait to see what dirty things Lesley Stahl has been up to…
CBS = Can’t Be Sexual
CBS Chairman And CEO Les Moonves stepped down today as six new women accused the media mogul of sexual abuse on top of already made accusations. Moonves has served as an executive with CBS in some capacity for over 23 years, assuming the Chairman role in 2016. In this #MeToo year, he is the latest to be brought down by his private exploits.
In another unoriginal move, the CBS television network is following NBC and ABC’s footsteps and rebooting one of their hit shows from the past. Whereas ABC briefly ran with a reboot of “Roseanne” and NBC returned with “Will & Grace”, old CBS is now bringing back “Murphy Brown” with Candace Bergen this fall.
Here’s to hoping “The Beverly Hillbillies” is next…
The New Yorker is about to publish an investigation of CBS Corporation and its CEO Leslie Moonves. News of the impending investigation sent the company’s stock down more than 6%. Members of the CBS board of directors say they will take the allegations seriously. But the magazine story hasn’t actually come out yet.
Ronan Farrow, who has investigated President Trump, Harvey Weinstein, and other powerful men in the past year, has been pursuing a story about Moonves and CBS, according to people with knowledge of his work.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Farrow’s piece is about CBS as a whole, including Moonves, who is said to be accused of sexual misconduct in the past.
CBS stock fell 4% as soon as the THR item came out. It closed down 6.1%, at $54.01 a share.
Moonves has been one of the most celebrated and well-respected executives in the television industry. A titan of broadcasting, he has guided CBS for the better part of twenty years.