CBS Renews ‘Survivor,’ ‘The Amazing Race,’ 9 More Series

CBS has renewed 11 series, including “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race” and “Hawaii Five-0,” the network announced Wednesday.

Additional series getting another season are “Blue Bloods,” “Bull,” “Madam Secretary,” “MacGyver,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” NCIS: New Orleans,” “48 Hours” and “60 Minutes.”

Combined with previously announced pick-ups, CBS now has 17 series in their 2018-2019 slate, including its entire Tuesday and Friday night lineups. The network previously announced that “The Big Bang Theory,” “Young Sheldon,” “MOM,” “NCIS,” “Seal Team” and “S.W.A.T.” received renewals.

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As far as pilots go, the network has ordered eight comedy pilots, including the revival of “Murphy Brown.” Other comedy pilots include “25,” “Fam,” “History of Them,” “I Mom So Hard,” “Pandas in New York,” “Welcome to the Neighborhood,” and the untitled Austen Earl and Tim McAuliffe project.

CBS drama pilots in the works include the “Cagney and Lacey” reboot starring Sarah Drew and Michelle Hurd, “Chiefs,” “The Code,” “F.B.I.,” “God Friended Me,” “LA Confidential,” “Magnum P.I.,” “Main Justice,” “Murder” and “Red Line.”

See our complete 2018 pilot grid over here.

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CBS has renewed 11 series, including “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race” and “Hawaii Five-0,” the network announced Wednesday.

Additional series getting another season are “Blue Bloods,” “Bull,” “Madam Secretary,” “MacGyver,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” NCIS: New Orleans,” “48 Hours” and “60 Minutes.”

Combined with previously announced pick-ups, CBS now has 17 series in their 2018-2019 slate, including its entire Tuesday and Friday night lineups. The network previously announced that “The Big Bang Theory,” “Young Sheldon,” “MOM,” “NCIS,” “Seal Team” and “S.W.A.T.” received renewals.

As far as pilots go, the network has ordered eight comedy pilots, including the revival of “Murphy Brown.” Other comedy pilots include “25,” “Fam,” “History of Them,” “I Mom So Hard,” “Pandas in New York,” “Welcome to the Neighborhood,” and the untitled Austen Earl and Tim McAuliffe project.

CBS drama pilots in the works include the “Cagney and Lacey” reboot starring Sarah Drew and Michelle Hurd, “Chiefs,” “The Code,” “F.B.I.,” “God Friended Me,” “LA Confidential,” “Magnum P.I.,” “Main Justice,” “Murder” and “Red Line.”

See our complete 2018 pilot grid over here.

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‘Madam Secretary’ Showrunner Barbara Hall Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios (EXCLUSIVE)

Barbara Hall, creator and showrunner of the CBS drama “Madam Secretary,” has set a new overall deal with CBS Television Studios. The three-year pact calls for Hall to continue as showrunner and exec producer of “Madam Secretary” and to develop new projects for the Eye’s TV studio. Toplined by Tea Leone and Tim Daly, “Madam […]

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‘Veep,’ ‘Good Fight,’ ‘Madam Secretary’ Bosses on the Importance of Aspiration in Political Shows

Just as the state of politics has changed in the real world recently, the state of politics on television has had to adjust as well. “This show was aspirational,” director Thomas Schlamme said of “The West Wing” at a Television Academy panel about “Penning Pennsylvania Avenue” in Los Angeles on Wednesday. “[Creator Aaron Sorkin and […]

Just as the state of politics has changed in the real world recently, the state of politics on television has had to adjust as well. “This show was aspirational,” director Thomas Schlamme said of “The West Wing” at a Television Academy panel about “Penning Pennsylvania Avenue” in Los Angeles on Wednesday. “[Creator Aaron Sorkin and […]

‘Madam Secretary’ Boss Swears Trump Didn’t Inspire Plot About Impeaching ‘Irrational’ President

There’s a madman in the White House and they’re trying to impeach him. Oh, we mean on “Madam Secretary,” of course.

In Sunday’s episode of the Téa Leoni-led CBS drama, President Conrad Dalton’s (Keith Carradine) uncharacteristically irrational behavior means that he could be removed from office on account of the 25th Amendment.

However, President Donald Trump’s mental health was not the inspiration for the episode’s plot, executive producer Barbara Hall tells Entertainment Weekly. In fact, the script was written back in October. Even the title, “Sound and Fury,” — very similar to Michael Wolff’s best-selling book, “Fire and Fury,” about Trump’s first year in office — was decided last year.

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“It’s very easy to trace,” Hall said. “Look at the process for making a TV show. It takes a month to break a story and we shot it in mid-November.”

Of course, that doesn’t mean Hall isn’t ecstatic to be able to address impeachment, even if it’s only in a fictional world.

“Anything that’s even remotely in the national discussion becomes something we like to explore,” Hall said. “We felt like this would be a fun thing to game out. Let’s create a scenario where it would be valid, and show viewers how it works.”

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“Madam Secretary” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.

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There’s a madman in the White House and they’re trying to impeach him. Oh, we mean on “Madam Secretary,” of course.

In Sunday’s episode of the Téa Leoni-led CBS drama, President Conrad Dalton’s (Keith Carradine) uncharacteristically irrational behavior means that he could be removed from office on account of the 25th Amendment.

However, President Donald Trump’s mental health was not the inspiration for the episode’s plot, executive producer Barbara Hall tells Entertainment Weekly. In fact, the script was written back in October. Even the title, “Sound and Fury,” — very similar to Michael Wolff’s best-selling book, “Fire and Fury,” about Trump’s first year in office — was decided last year.

“It’s very easy to trace,” Hall said. “Look at the process for making a TV show. It takes a month to break a story and we shot it in mid-November.”

Of course, that doesn’t mean Hall isn’t ecstatic to be able to address impeachment, even if it’s only in a fictional world.

“Anything that’s even remotely in the national discussion becomes something we like to explore,” Hall said. “We felt like this would be a fun thing to game out. Let’s create a scenario where it would be valid, and show viewers how it works.”

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13 TV Shows With the Worst Audience Declines From Last Year (Photos)

We’ve already learned that just six entertainment (so, no sports or news programming) TV shows across the Big 4 broadcast channels were able to grow their audiences from Fall 2016 to this season — but which ones are actually falling the hardest? TheWrap‘s got that answer for you today, and we’ve ranked them in order from bad-to-awful.

Unfortunately for Fox, the newest of the networks (again, we’re leaving The CW alone here) owns each of the three worst year over year total-viewer drop-offs. All numbers in this story comes from Nielsen’s “most current” metric, which includes a week’s worth of delayed viewing where available.

Find a sample of our findings below, and scroll through the gallery for all 13.

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Rank: 10
Show: “Madam Secretary”
Net: CBS
Total-Viewer Average: 8.564 million
Year-Over-Year Decline: -22%

Rank: 8
Show: “Black-ish”
Net: ABC
Total-Viewer Average: 5.641 million
Year-Over-Year Decline: -26%

Rank: 4 (tie)
Show: “Blindspot”
Net: NBC
Total-Viewer Average: 5.217 million
Year-Over-Year Decline: -33%

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Unfortunately for Fox, the newest of the networks (again, we’re leaving The CW alone here) owns each of the three worst year over year total-viewer drop-offs. All numbers in this story comes from Nielsen’s “most current” metric, which includes a week’s worth of delayed viewing where available.

Find a sample of our findings below, and scroll through the gallery for all 13.

Rank: 10
Show: “Madam Secretary”
Net: CBS
Total-Viewer Average: 8.564 million
Year-Over-Year Decline: -22%

Rank: 8
Show: “Black-ish”
Net: ABC
Total-Viewer Average: 5.641 million
Year-Over-Year Decline: -26%

Rank: 4 (tie)
Show: “Blindspot”
Net: NBC
Total-Viewer Average: 5.217 million
Year-Over-Year Decline: -33%

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‘Madam Secretary’: Sara Ramirez Cast As Regular In CBS Drama Series

With the sudden departure of Bebe Neuwirth’s Nadine Tolliver, there is an opening at the State Department on CBSMadam Secretary. And now Grey’s Anatomy alum Sara Ramirez has joined the cast as a new series regular.
Ramirez will play Kat Sandoval, a brilliant political strategist, legendary in D.C. for her talent and for abruptly dropping out of politics until Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) manages to coax her back into the State Department. CBS says Ramirez’s character will be…

With the sudden departure of Bebe Neuwirth’s Nadine Tolliver, there is an opening at the State Department on CBSMadam Secretary. And now Grey’s Anatomy alum Sara Ramirez has joined the cast as a new series regular. Ramirez will play Kat Sandoval, a brilliant political strategist, legendary in D.C. for her talent and for abruptly dropping out of politics until Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) manages to coax her back into the State Department. CBS says Ramirez’s character will be…