‘NCIS’ Renewed by CBS for Season 16, Mark Harmon to Continue as Star and EP

In the no-brainer move of the week, CBS has renewed its massive hit drama “NCIS” for a 16th season. That comes complete with a new contract for star and executive producer Mark Harmon, “America’s Most-Watched Network” said Friday.

“It’s pretty simple — viewers everywhere love ‘NCIS,’” said Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment. “This show speaks to viewers of all ages, in all parts of the country and around the world. ‘NCIS” amazing characters and terrific storytelling result in some of TV’s most passionate fans.”

“Of course, none of this would be possible without an outstanding production team, and talented cast led by the incomparable and absolutely tireless Mark Harmon,” he continued. “We’re thrilled he is returning as the centerpiece of the show, and we could not be more excited for ‘NCIS” 16th season.”

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This season, “NCIS” is averaging 17 million viewers per episode, according to Nielsen’s “most current” data stream, which counts a week of delayed viewing where available. “NCIS” is also a smash hit globally, and is licensed in more than 200 territories.

“NCIS” premiered on CBS in 2003. During the 2009-2010 broadcast season, it became the No. 1 drama on broadcast television, and has held that title for each completed season since.

We”ll know in a few weeks if “NCIS” can make that claim again, or if “This Is Us” stays ahead of it as the most-watched drama of the 2017-18 season.

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In the no-brainer move of the week, CBS has renewed its massive hit drama “NCIS” for a 16th season. That comes complete with a new contract for star and executive producer Mark Harmon, “America’s Most-Watched Network” said Friday.

“It’s pretty simple — viewers everywhere love ‘NCIS,'” said Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment. “This show speaks to viewers of all ages, in all parts of the country and around the world. ‘NCIS” amazing characters and terrific storytelling result in some of TV’s most passionate fans.”

“Of course, none of this would be possible without an outstanding production team, and talented cast led by the incomparable and absolutely tireless Mark Harmon,” he continued. “We’re thrilled he is returning as the centerpiece of the show, and we could not be more excited for ‘NCIS” 16th season.”

This season, “NCIS” is averaging 17 million viewers per episode, according to Nielsen’s “most current” data stream, which counts a week of delayed viewing where available. “NCIS” is also a smash hit globally, and is licensed in more than 200 territories.

“NCIS” premiered on CBS in 2003. During the 2009-2010 broadcast season, it became the No. 1 drama on broadcast television, and has held that title for each completed season since.

We”ll know in a few weeks if “NCIS” can make that claim again, or if “This Is Us” stays ahead of it as the most-watched drama of the 2017-18 season.

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‘Young Sheldon’ Renewed by CBS for Season 2

“Young Sheldon” is growing into a second season: CBS has renewed its “Big Bang Theory” spinoff for the 2018-19 season.

The Iain Armitage-starring sitcom is the top new comedy of the season in both total viewers and the key 18-49 demographic.

“‘Young Sheldon’ has made a huge impact on our schedule in the short time it’s been on the air,” said Kelly Kahl, president, CBS Entertainment. “While the show’s DNA is clearly rooted in ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ ‘Young Sheldon’ has staked out its own place in the TV universe with a unique creative tone, brilliant writing and a gifted multi-generational cast. We can’t wait to see Chuck, Steve, Jim and Todd’s vision for how the Cooper family deals with Sheldon growing a year older…and smarter.”

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The half-hour, single-camera comedy series, which also stars Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Annie Potts, Raegan Revord, Montana Jordan and the voice of Jim Parsons, follows “The Big Bang Theory’s” Sheldon Cooper (Armitage) at the age of 9, living with his family in east Texas and going to high school.

Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak serve as executive producers.

“Young Sheldon” is produced by Chuck Lorre Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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“Young Sheldon” is growing into a second season: CBS has renewed its “Big Bang Theory” spinoff for the 2018-19 season.

The Iain Armitage-starring sitcom is the top new comedy of the season in both total viewers and the key 18-49 demographic.

“‘Young Sheldon’ has made a huge impact on our schedule in the short time it’s been on the air,” said Kelly Kahl, president, CBS Entertainment. “While the show’s DNA is clearly rooted in ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ ‘Young Sheldon’ has staked out its own place in the TV universe with a unique creative tone, brilliant writing and a gifted multi-generational cast. We can’t wait to see Chuck, Steve, Jim and Todd’s vision for how the Cooper family deals with Sheldon growing a year older…and smarter.”

The half-hour, single-camera comedy series, which also stars Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Annie Potts, Raegan Revord, Montana Jordan and the voice of Jim Parsons, follows “The Big Bang Theory’s” Sheldon Cooper (Armitage) at the age of 9, living with his family in east Texas and going to high school.

Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak serve as executive producers.

“Young Sheldon” is produced by Chuck Lorre Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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Daniel Dae Kim Grateful For ‘Hawaii Five-O,’ Says “Sense Of Self Worth” Led To Exit – TCA

Hawaii Five-O “was a really important part of my life for seven years, and I’m grateful to CBS and everyone involved with the show for giving me the opportunity,” Daniel Dae Kim said at TCA this morning during a Q&A for ABC’s new The Good Doctor, on which he is EP.
Kim had been asked – again – to discuss his decision to exit the CBS procedural, a topic that has been covered long and often since it happened.
“I’ve known [CBS Entertainment President] Kelly [Kahl] and [CBS…

Hawaii Five-O “was a really important part of my life for seven years, and I’m grateful to CBS and everyone involved with the show for giving me the opportunity,” Daniel Dae Kim said at TCA this morning during a Q&A for ABC’s new The Good Doctor, on which he is EP. Kim had been asked – again – to discuss his decision to exit the CBS procedural, a topic that has been covered long and often since it happened. “I’ve known [CBS Entertainment President] Kelly [Kahl] and [CBS…

New CBS Toppers Face Tough Questions About Casting Diversity, ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Asian Actors Exits – TCA

“If nothing else, we’ve lasted longer than the Mooch, right?,” CBS’ new entertainment president Kelly Kahl quipped while he and EVP Thom Sherman were taking their seats on stage for their first TCA executive session weeks into their jobs as new leaders of CBS, succeeding Glenn Geller.
Following that opening joke, the conversation quickly turned very serious and sometimes contentious as the issue that had dominated CBS’ TCA executive sessions for the past couple of years…

“If nothing else, we’ve lasted longer than the Mooch, right?,” CBS’ new entertainment president Kelly Kahl quipped while he and EVP Thom Sherman were taking their seats on stage for their first TCA executive session weeks into their jobs as new leaders of CBS, succeeding Glenn Geller. Following that opening joke, the conversation quickly turned very serious and sometimes contentious as the issue that had dominated CBS’ TCA executive sessions for the past couple of years…

‘Hawaii Five-0′: CBS Execs Maintain They Offered Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park ‘a Lot of Money’ to Stay

CBS executive Kelly Kahl said the network offered “Hawaii 5-0” stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park “a lot of money to stick around,” but that they couldn’t be persuaded to stay.

The recent exits of the two Asian-American stars ahead of the drama’s eighth season raised questions about the pay disparity between them and their white counterparts, Scott Caan and Alex O’Loughlin.

“Not going to talk specifics about the deal or the negotiation,” Kahl replied in response to a question from TheWrap about the pay gap at a Television Critics Association panel. “We love both those actors and did not want to lose them. We made very, very strong attempts to keep them and offered them a lot of money to stick around. We wanted them to stick around.”

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“It’s kind of an unfortunate byproduct of having a successful, long-running show, that sometimes you lose cast members. We didn’t want it to happen, but it’s happened on ‘CSI,’ it’s happened on ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Law & Order: SVU,’” Kahl added. “We tried our darndest to keep them.”

“Hawaii Five-0” launched in September 2010 and is a reboot of the original series that signed off in 1980 after 12 seasons. It stars O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett), Caan (Danno Williams), Chi McBride (Lou Grover) and Jorge Garcia (Jerry Ortega).

Masi Oka (Max Bergman) left the show during Season 7.

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“The truth is this: Both actors chose not to extend their contracts,” said “Five-0” showrunner Peter Lenkov of the Kim-Park departures last month. “CBS was extremely generous and proactive in their renegotiation talks. So much so, the actors were getting unprecedented raises, but in the end, they chose to move on.”

Kim told his side of the story on Facebook, which readers can check out in full here.

“The path to equality is rarely easy,” the “Lost” alum wrote.

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“Hawaii Five-0” returns for Season 8 on Friday, Sept. 29, on CBS.

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CBS executive Kelly Kahl said the network offered “Hawaii 5-0” stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park “a lot of money to stick around,” but that they couldn’t be persuaded to stay.

The recent exits of the two Asian-American stars ahead of the drama’s eighth season raised questions about the pay disparity between them and their white counterparts, Scott Caan and Alex O’Loughlin.

“Not going to talk specifics about the deal or the negotiation,” Kahl replied in response to a question from TheWrap about the pay gap at a Television Critics Association panel. “We love both those actors and did not want to lose them. We made very, very strong attempts to keep them and offered them a lot of money to stick around. We wanted them to stick around.”

“It’s kind of an unfortunate byproduct of having a successful, long-running show, that sometimes you lose cast members. We didn’t want it to happen, but it’s happened on ‘CSI,’ it’s happened on ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Law & Order: SVU,'” Kahl added. “We tried our darndest to keep them.”

“Hawaii Five-0” launched in September 2010 and is a reboot of the original series that signed off in 1980 after 12 seasons. It stars O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett), Caan (Danno Williams), Chi McBride (Lou Grover) and Jorge Garcia (Jerry Ortega).

Masi Oka (Max Bergman) left the show during Season 7.

“The truth is this: Both actors chose not to extend their contracts,” said “Five-0” showrunner Peter Lenkov of the Kim-Park departures last month. “CBS was extremely generous and proactive in their renegotiation talks. So much so, the actors were getting unprecedented raises, but in the end, they chose to move on.”

Kim told his side of the story on Facebook, which readers can check out in full here.

“The path to equality is rarely easy,” the “Lost” alum wrote.

“Hawaii Five-0” returns for Season 8 on Friday, Sept. 29, on CBS.

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CBS Entertainment Executive Shuffle: Kelly Kahl to Replace Glenn Geller as President

Kelly Kahl is set to replace Glenn Geller as CBS Entertainment president. Additionally, CW’s Thom Sherman will join the network as senior executive vice president of Programming — he’ll report to Kahl (pictured above, left).

CBS is in talks with Geller (right) for a production deal with CBS Television Studios, according to the network. Geller had been on a leave of absence after suffering a “mild heart attack” in March. Read a memo he sent to staff at the time.

“This is a dynamic, talented and very experienced executive team to lead a division that will create the next generation of hits for CBS,” said CBS president, chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves.

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“Kelly has been part of my team since he was an intern at Lorimar 27 years ago,” he continued. “He has a brilliant programming mind, sharp business acumen and great analytical skills for our evolving television audience. He is also highly respected by his colleagues at CBS and our key external stakeholders, and he knows how to make all parts of the network work together to form a winning team.”

“Through our work at The CW, I’ve had a front-row seat to see Thom’s outstanding creative instincts and programming vision in action,” Moonves’ statement went on. “He has developed and nurtured an incredible roster of critically acclaimed, commercially successful and fan favorite shows for The CW and other companies. He also has strong relationships across the community, a deft creative touch and a desire for making shows that create a passionate bond with the audience.”

“We have great respect for Glenn’s many accomplishments and his tireless efforts over 16 years at CBS – both at the Network and our Studio,” the head honcho concluded. “He’s a smart programmer and loves the creative process, and we look forward to working with him in his new role.”

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Scheduling chief Kahl is a 21-year CBS veteran, and is tight with Moonves. Sherman has been with CW since 2006, where he helped with the network’s transition to superhero-centric series and quirky dramedies.

Geller succeeded Nina Tassler in CBS Entertainment’s top role in 2015. The executive joined CBS in 2001 as a director, then was promoted to vice president of current programming. He later moved to the studio division as senior vice president.

In 2013, Geller was named executive vice president, overseeing current programming for CBS’ studio, the network and the CW. Geller had previously worked in the drama department at 20th Century Fox Television.

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Kelly Kahl is set to replace Glenn Geller as CBS Entertainment president. Additionally, CW’s Thom Sherman will join the network as senior executive vice president of Programming — he’ll report to Kahl (pictured above, left).

CBS is in talks with Geller (right) for a production deal with CBS Television Studios, according to the network. Geller had been on a leave of absence after suffering a “mild heart attack” in March. Read a memo he sent to staff at the time.

“This is a dynamic, talented and very experienced executive team to lead a division that will create the next generation of hits for CBS,” said CBS president, chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves.

“Kelly has been part of my team since he was an intern at Lorimar 27 years ago,” he continued. “He has a brilliant programming mind, sharp business acumen and great analytical skills for our evolving television audience. He is also highly respected by his colleagues at CBS and our key external stakeholders, and he knows how to make all parts of the network work together to form a winning team.”

“Through our work at The CW, I’ve had a front-row seat to see Thom’s outstanding creative instincts and programming vision in action,” Moonves’ statement went on. “He has developed and nurtured an incredible roster of critically acclaimed, commercially successful and fan favorite shows for The CW and other companies. He also has strong relationships across the community, a deft creative touch and a desire for making shows that create a passionate bond with the audience.”

“We have great respect for Glenn’s many accomplishments and his tireless efforts over 16 years at CBS – both at the Network and our Studio,” the head honcho concluded. “He’s a smart programmer and loves the creative process, and we look forward to working with him in his new role.”

Scheduling chief Kahl is a 21-year CBS veteran, and is tight with Moonves. Sherman has been with CW since 2006, where he helped with the network’s transition to superhero-centric series and quirky dramedies.

Geller succeeded Nina Tassler in CBS Entertainment’s top role in 2015. The executive joined CBS in 2001 as a director, then was promoted to vice president of current programming. He later moved to the studio division as senior vice president.

In 2013, Geller was named executive vice president, overseeing current programming for CBS’ studio, the network and the CW. Geller had previously worked in the drama department at 20th Century Fox Television.

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Kelly Kahl Named President, Thom Sherman Senior EVP CBS Entertainment

CBS has made it official, announcing a new leadership team for its Entertainment division. Long-time CBS head of scheduling Kelly Kahl has been promoted to President, CBS Entertainment. The CW’s head of programming Thom Sherman is being named Senior Executive Vice President, Programming. They replace Glenn Gellar, who stepped down as President of Entertainment.
Kahl, who will assume leadership of the Entertainment division effective immediately, will continue to report…

CBS has made it official, announcing a new leadership team for its Entertainment division. Long-time CBS head of scheduling Kelly Kahl has been promoted to President, CBS Entertainment. The CW’s head of programming Thom Sherman is being named Senior Executive Vice President, Programming. They replace Glenn Gellar, who stepped down as President of Entertainment. Kahl, who will assume leadership of the Entertainment division effective immediately, will continue to report…