Kelly Kahl Explains Why CBS Gave ‘The World’s Best’ Its Post-Super Bowl Slot

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When CBS debuts “The World’s Best” after Super Bowl LIII on Sunday night, the network is hoping the result is closer to “Undercover Boss” than “The Late Show.”

The massive audience that the Super Bowl garners — it’s drawn over 100 million for the past nine years — can provide a boost to an existing series or help launch a new one. Last year, NBC aired a highly-anticipated episode of “This is Us,” which ended up drawing 27 million viewers and a 9.3 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic.

CBS entertainment president Kelly Kahl, who used to run primetime scheduling for the network, has been through this many times. So has CBS: Super Bowl LIII marks the 20th time the network has aired the big game. “We’ve done this quite a few times and, seeing what works and what doesn’t, the question you tend to ask yourself is what show can be most helped?” Kahl said during a conversation at the television critics association press tour.

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The last time CBS aired the Super Bowl, in 2015, the network made the unconventional move of airing Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” directly after the big game, the first time a late-night series got the prized time slot. That special, live episode managed to draw just 20.6 million viewers, the third-lowest total for any show airing after the Super Bowl.

“The World’s Best” is from two reality TV heavyweights in Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell. The first-of-its-kind global talent competition features acts from every genre imaginable, from every corner of the planet, according to the show’s official logline. They not only have to impress American judges but will also need to break through the “wall of the world,” featuring 50 of the world’s most accomplished experts from every field of entertainment. Only one act will ultimately be crowned “The World’s Best.”

James Corden will host the competition. Faith Hill, Drew Barrymore and RuPaul are the American judges on the “AGT”-like property.

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“We know [World’s Best] has broad appeal,” Kahl continued. “The Super Bowl gets the broadest appeal and biggest audience all year. And here’s a show we saw that appeals to men, women, kinds, older adults.”

In 2010, CBS premiered “Undercover Boss” after Super Bowl XLIV to 38.7 million viewers, the third-highest of any post-Super Bowl show, behind only “Survivor” season 2 premiere (2001 – 45.4 million) and “Friends” (1996 – 52.9 million). Kahl sees a similarity between “World’s Best” and “Undercover Boss.”

“We went back to ‘Undercover Boss,’” he explained.”There was a tease that we were able to do. As we executed [that] throughout the game, people were like ‘Yea, I need to see how this goes.’ And we’re hoping for kind of a similar result.”

Super Bowl LIII kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT on CBS, with “The World’s Best” airing around 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m PT.

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15 Unlikely Celebrity Christmas Albums That Make You Go ‘Huh?’ (Photos)

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Nancy Grace Teases ‘Shocking, Disturbing’ Santa Exposé in ‘The First Mrs. Claus’ Podcast Series (Exclusive Audio)

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Weeks before Santa Claus laces up his boots to try and outperform Amazon, Mr. Claus may be in for his #MeToo moment at the hands of one Nancy Grace.

Well, at least on this new podcast.

“The First Mrs. Claus” is an upcoming four-part scripted musical-comedy podcast that follows journalist Nancy Grace (playing herself) as she uncovers the “shocking, disturbing” dark secrets of the North Pole. The podcast opens with Grace recounting the trial of Mrs. Claus (Michelle Visage), real name is Hot Coco, who is being tried for the murder of her boyfriend Ari (Lewis Black), also known as Santa.

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“As the case unfolds listeners learn that the premise of Christmas isn’t about that big jolly guy in the red suit, a workshop full of elves, a sleigh pulled by reindeer, and his ever-dutiful wife standing off to the side making gingerbread. No, in fact, everything we’ve been told is a total lie,” The Paragon Collective, the podcast network behind the show, said in a statement.

As the story unfolds, listeners will learn of Ari’s plot to take all the credit away from Hot Coco, who actually came up with the idea for Santa herself. Other secrets will arise, including Ari’s escapades with a new lover named Carol (Kristin Chenoweth).

The Paragon Collective is also the home of RuPaul’s podcast, “RuPaul: What’s the Tee? w/ Michelle Visage.”

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“The First Mrs. Claus” premieres Tuesday, Dec. 4. In addition to Grace, Visage and Black, the podcast will also feature the voices of RuPaul, Katie Siegel and Josh Peck, among others.

The podcast was created, written, composed and directed by Alex Aldea and Michael Ross. New episodes will drop every Tuesday until Christmas.

Listen to the exclusive first episode below:

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’: Kacey Musgraves, Ellen Pompeo, Rita Ora Among Season 4 Guest Judges

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VH1 has unveiled the list of guest judges set to appear on Season 4 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars,” including “Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo, “Black-ish’s” Jenifer Lewis and musician Kacey Musgraves.

As announced last week, 10 fan-favorite queens from the show’s past seasons will return to compete for their place in the “Drag Race” Hall of Fame when it returns with its fourth “All Stars” season on Friday, Dec. 14.

They’ll be evaluated by the show’s regular panel of judges, RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews, as well as a rotating lineup of guest judges which includes Ciara, Gus Kenworthy, Keiynan Lonsdale, Zoë Kravitz, Yvette Nicole Brown, Cecily Strong, Rita Ora, Susanne Bartsch, Frances Bean Cobain, Felicity Huffman, Jason Wu and Erica Ash, in addition to the three women mentioned above.

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VH1 has also released a new teaser for the season, featuring a few of the guest judges in action, below.

The 10 queens competing on “All Stars” Season 4 are Farrah Moan (Season 9), Gia Gunn (Season 6), Jasmine Masters (Season 7), Latrice Royale (Season 4 and “All Stars” Season 1), Manila Luzon (Season 3 and “All Stars” Season 1), Monét X Change (Season 10), Monique Heart (Season 10), Naomi Smalls (Season 8), Trinity Taylor (Season 9) and Valentina (Season 9).

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Wow Presents Plus Beefs Up Content Library With 4 New Originals (Exclusive)

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Wow Presents Plus, the subscription streaming service from the creators of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” has announced the addition of four new original projects and the renewal of five current original series.

Coming this winter to the streaming platform is “Frenemies,” a series that takes a look at the heated history between Trinity Taylor and Eureka O’Hara, two contestants from Season 9 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”; “Out of Iraq: Settling Down in Seattle,” which is a continuation of the Emmy-winning documentary “Out of Iraq,” a film that follows Nayyef and Btoo, an Iraqi translator and an Iraqi soldier who fled war-torn Ramadi for a new life together; “Reading Queens with Psychic Char Margolis,” which follows the celebrity psychic Char Margolis as she communicates with the dead relatives and friends of select drag queens; and “Weekend Playlist with PEG Records,” a series that will feature music from some of the most popular RuPaul’s Drag Race Queens, including laska, Manila Luzon, Latrice Royale, and Jinkx Monsoo.

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In addition to the new titles, WowPlus has renewed six of its original series including “UNHhhh,” “ICONIC,” “Wait, What?,” “Follow Me,” “Gamer Guys,” and “His Vintage Touch with Tony Medina.”

The continued focus on creating content exclusive to Wow Presents Plus is part of the streamer’s strategy to drive viewership and membership to its 3.99 per month subscription OTT service, which launched in November 2017 with a slate of nine original series.

Over the past year, World of Wonder (WOW), the production company behind the WowPlus service and its original content, has taken three of its shows from digital to TV, including “Dancing Queen,” which was announced for digital before Netflix bought it, “Untucked,” the only YouTube program nominated for an Emmy last year before being purchased by VH1, and “The Trixie and Katya Show,” which was picked up by Viceland.

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In addition to its streaming service, WOW also uses live events to drive revenue and build community. In 2015, the company launched the first RuPaul’s DragCon located at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Two years later, DragCon Los Angeles 2017 broke records with more than 40,000 attendees. Last year,  WOW brought the convention to the east coast, launching it in New York City at the Javits Convention Center.

“The ethos of World of Wonder has always been about building a community. From our TV shows and documentaries, to our gallery space in Hollywood, to our bi-coastal yearly conventions, our mission is to service our audience with programming, experiences and product,” said founders Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato in a joint statement. “Our streaming platform WOW Presents Plus is a natural extension of that mission statement, allowing us to produce and distribute content directly to our audience. The response for WOW Presents Plus over the past year has been incredible, and we are committed to continuing to expand the volume of content, as well as membership experience opportunities.”

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James Corden to Host CBS’ ‘World’s Best,’ Drew Barrymore, RuPaul, and Faith Hill Set as Judges

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CBS announced Monday that James Corden will host its upcoming talent competition series “The World’s Best” from Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell.

Drew Barrymore, RuPaul and Faith Hill will serve as the three American judges for the global series, which will debut with 10 episodes in 2019.

“James Corden is at the top of his game, and there is no one better to host this ultimate international competition series,” said Burnett, chairman of Worldwide Television Group, MGM. “This groundbreaking series is like the Olympics of talent shows and needed the perfect talent combination. Mike and I are thrilled Drew, Faith and RuPaul are all on board. We can’t wait to see the fun they have together.”

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The project from the two reality heavyweights is a first-of-its-kind global talent competition that features acts from every genre imaginable, from every corner of the planet, according to the show’s official logline. They not only have to impress American judges but will also need to break through the “wall of the world,” featuring 50 of the world’s most accomplished experts from every field of entertainment. Only one act will ultimately be crowned “The World’s Best.”

“It’s only fitting that ‘The World’s Best’ perform in front of the world’s best,” said Sharon Vuong, senior VP, alternative programming for CBS. “James, Drew, Faith and RuPaul are all amazing talents who have excelled in their respective fields on a global scale. We can’t wait for them to bring their distinct voices to a show that’s unlike any other.”

“The World’s Best” is produced by MGM Television and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Mark Burnett, Mike Darnell, Alison Holloway, Brooke Karzen, Barry Poznick and Dan Sacks are executive producers.

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Emmys Intro Jokes That Diversity Issues Fixed in Hollywood: ‘We Solved It’

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We solved it, guys: The 2018 Emmy Awards opened with a musical number that celebrated just how diverse Hollywood is (not) now.

Stars like Kenan Thompson, RuPaul, Kate McKinnon, Sterling K. Brown, Kristen Bell, Ricky Martin, Tituss Burgess and Andy Samberg joined together on the Microsoft Theater stage Monday night to sing about what a wide range of voices are (not) running the entertainment industry, called “We Solved It.”

The jazzy number that started the 70th Annual Emmys was packed with insightful commentary about how far we’ve come in terms of race and gender equality — which isn’t very far, as they noted it’s still “mostly Shonda Rhimes.”

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The group threw to Sandra Oh — who made history as the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated for lead actress in a drama series this year — in the audience at one point, with the “Killing Eve” star joking it’s “an honor just to be Asian.”

Thompson followed up proudly with, “There were none, now there’s one!”

Other gems included Brown promoting the political range of “democrat to liberal democrat” among his peers and Samberg sulking about wanting room in the song “for a straight white guy like me.”

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The bit ended with Thompson being informed by phone that, unfortunately, they have not solved it, and RuPaul being insulted that he was brought up for “one line in a stupid skit,” saying, “Y’all ain’t right.”

Oh, well; maybe by next year, they will have “solved it.”

Click here to see the full list of Emmy Award winners updated in real-time as the show progresses.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Star Bianca Del Rio Booed for ‘So-Called Jokes’ About Rape (Video)

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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” star Bianca Del Rio was criticized over a comedy routine at Montreal Pride on Friday which included several jokes about rape and fellow “Drag Race” contestant Blair St. Clair’s experience with sexual assault.

“Then you’ve got that other bitch, ‘I was raped!’” said Del Rio of St. Clair, suggesting that the claim was intended to boost her sagging position on the show. “You notice she wasn’t raped until she was in the bottom two? Think about that, bitch. That’s strategy. that’s f—ing strategy!”

“Oh f— you, rape is funny if you haven’t had it,” Del Rio said before delivering the kicker.

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“If you weren’t raped, remember this, you’re ugly. Oh, we’re supposed to have sympathy? F— you.”

The remarks drew a lot of laughs — but also some boos — and an immediate rebuke from St. Clair.

“In the U.S. someone is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes, but people persist in thinking that making rape or sexual assault jokes is ‘comedy.’ It is not,” she said in a tweet which swiftly went viral. “Rape jokes contribute to rape culture.”

In the U.S. someone is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes, but people persist in thinking that making rape or sexual assault jokes is “comedy.” It is not. Rape jokes contribute to rape culture.

— Blair St. Clair (@BlairStClair) August 18, 2018

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In addition to St. Clair’s statement, Montreal Pride apologized on its Facebook page for the Del Rio routine and moved to “severely disassociate” itself from the remarks.

“The Montréal Pride Festival would like to severely disassociate itself from certain remarks made during the Drag Superstars show on Thursday, August 16th, 2018,” it said.

“The approach of certain sensitive themes, presented in the form of so-called jokes, in no way reflects the policies of our organization and we apologize to anyone who has experienced discomfort due to these events. We will also take the necessary steps to ensure that such situations do not happen again.”

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The news was first reported by Into — a news site, owned by the gay dating app Grindr.

The criticism is par for the course for Bianca Del Rio, one of the most well-known winners of the long-running LOGO series.

Del Rio is also increasingly looking to break into film. Her first flick, Hurricane Bianca came out in 2016 to mixed reviews. The drag queen and her longtime collaborator Matt Kugelman debuted their next film “From Russia With Hate” in May and it is now on Netflix.

A rep for Del Rio did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

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RuPaul to Shoot Daytime Talk Show Pilot for Telepictures

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RuPaul is coming to daytime.

The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” host is set to film a pilot for his own daytime talk show, TheWrap has confirmed.

Aiming for a fall 2019 premiere, the show would see the drag queen-turned-TV host sitting down for interviews, discussing pop culture and providing beauty and makeup tips. It is produced by WBTV’s syndicated arm, Telepictures.

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RuPaul previously hosted the variety/talk show “The RuPaul Show” for VH1 in 1996, along with frequent collaborator Michelle Visage. He and Visage currently serve as host and judge, respectively, on the network’s drag queen competition show “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

The host also has a presence on scripted television, having recently co-starred on the short-lived Netflix comedy “Girlboss” and played a recurring role on the most recent season of Comedy Central’s “Broad City.” He is next set to write, star in and executive produce “AJ and the Queen” at Netflix with Michael Patrick King.

Warner Bros. TV is developing a RuPaul biopic series at Hulu from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and “Drag Race” producers World of Wonder.

Variety first reported the news.

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The Orchard Acquires RuPaul-Produced Doc ‘Susanne Bartsch: On Top’

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