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Late Night: Bill O'Reilly reluctantly fist bumps David Letterman

Any time Bill O'Reilly visits "The Late Show," it's pretty much guaranteed to get testy. While David Letterman is first and foremost a comedian, he's also fairly outspoken when it comes to politics, and he's certainly not afraid of grilling his guests. And, well, we all know O'Reilly is hardly a shrinking violet, either. 

On Wednesday night, Letterman welcomed O'Reilly then jumped right into the fray, asking O'Reilly about his feelings about the Iraq war and the death of Osama bin Laden. O'Reilly admitted that, "in hindsight, absolutely we should have done that Iraq thing in a different way," even going so far as to say, "I really wish that didn't happen."

But he stopped just short of agreeing with Letterman's suggestion that the war had delayed the quest for Bin Laden. 

"At some point George W. Bush said, 'I don't really think about Osama bin Laden anymore,' " Letterman argued. At first, O'Reilly claimed Bush had never said such a thing, but Letterman stuck to his guns. "We got it on video," he said.  

"All right," O'Reilly finally conceded, throwing his hands up in the air. 

"So we're together so far. Get in here," Letterman said, extending his fist in a gesture of goodwill. O'Reilly wouldn't budge, so Letterman grabbed his guest's limp hand and bumped it. 

Later in the interview, Letterman also asked why President Obama doesn't get more credit for what he's accomplished. O'Reilly gave Obama high marks for his handling of foreign policy and for saving the auto industry, but he said that the economy as a whole was still suffering. As for the election, O'Reilly predicted the outcome will come down to the three head-to-head debates. 

'Big Bang Theory's' Jim Parsons comes out as gay

Jim Parsons in "The Big Bang Theory"
"The Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons is gay. And he's been in a relationship for 10 years.

This bit of personal revelation was shared with the public not in a People magazine cover story but casually slipped into a lengthy New York Times profile of the actor discussing his performance on Broadway in the play "Harvey."

Yes, the actor who plays Sheldon on CBS' hit sitcom finally has gone on record with his sexuality. And though the news may not shock most fans, it's a little surprising how he went about it. The New York Times isn't commonly known as a place people turn to for personal revelations about celebrities. There's a whole army of celebrity websites and magazines that has this corner of the culture staked out and guarded.

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Although Parsons has had an extensive career in the theater, it's his role as Sheldon Cooper on "The Big Bang Theory" that's made him a star. The role has earned him two Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and a Critics' Choice Award.

The series just ended its fifth season, and its sixth season will begin in the fall. Parsons is using the downtime between seasons to star in "Harvey." Last year, he spent the break starring in the drama "The Normal Heart," about gay men dying of AIDS.


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Photo: Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik in "The Big Bang Theory." Credit: Robert Voets / CBS.

Howard Stern: 'AGT' judge revives CBS feud over 'The Talk' edits

Howard Stern guests on CBS' "The Talk"

He may call himself "The King of All Media," but now Howard Stern is restarting his old-fashioned media feud with CBS after the network dared to edit him.

The shock jock and his wife, Beth, went on CBS' daytime show "The Talk" last Thursday to help promote his new "America's Got Talent" gig on NBC. At one point, Stern brought up a sore subject for CBS, facetiously asking on-camera what had happened to Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini. As Stern knew, both cohosts were axed last year and replaced by Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood. Remini later accused cohost Sharon Osbourne — who is now Stern's fellow "AGT" judge — of plotting to get her fired, which Osbourne denied.

"Out with the garbage, in with the new," Stern remarked during the taping, according to his website.

However, viewers at home never saw that part, which according to Stern's site, "The Talk" producers edited out. The deletion evidently infuriated Stern, who made it the subject of a segment of the audio news show produced for his fans.

"Maybe 20 years ago, you could get away with it, but in this day and age, with the Internet, and chatty production assistants and everything, it may make its way to the news," Gary Dell'Abate, a.k.a. "Baba Booey," Stern's executive producer, told H100 News.

In fact, Stern and CBS have bad blood that flows back for years. The company sued Stern in 2006, claiming that he had breached his contract by using his airtime on CBS radio stations to promote his move to satellite radio. On David Letterman's CBS show at the time, Stern said he was embarking on an "I Hate Les Moonves" tour, referring to the network's top executive. The lawsuit was settled later that year after Sirius, Stern's satellite employer, agreed to pay CBS $2 million for the rights to Stern's old radio shows.

But Stern, newly visible on broadcast TV, may not have been able to resist stirring up some more mischief for his old nemesis. And his choice of venue could not have been more apt: The cohost of "The Talk" is Julie Chen — who also happens to be Mrs. Les Moonves.

Three CBS representatives contacted for comment did not return an email.

What do you think of Stern's latest dust-up?


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Photo: Sharon Osbourne (left), Sara Gilbert, Sheryl Underwood, Howard Stern, Aisha Tyler and Julie Chen on an episode of "The Talk" last week. Credit: Craig Blankenhorn / CBS.




Late Night: Conan O'Brien and David Letterman bash Jay Leno


It's been more than two years since Conan O'Brien lost his gig hosting "The Tonight Show" in a very public debacle that seriously undercut Jay Leno's "nice guy" image, not to mention his longtime ratings dominance. 

On Thursday, O'Brien made his first visit to "The Late Show" in 13 years, where he opened up about the fight over "The Tonight Show." While he was hardly reluctant to dish the dirt, his enthusiasm for Leno-bashing paled in comparison to Letterman's.

Even after two years, it was inevitable that the subject of their shared nemesis would come up, and so it did -- almost instantly. For the first 30 seconds or so of the interview, the two hosts sat there in awkward silence, until Letterman chimed in: "I think the longer we just sit here, the more uncomfortable it will make Jay."

From there, it was open season on Leno, with both hosts doing the obligatory impersonation of his famously high-pitched voice. Letterman was more openly hostile toward his longtime rival, telling O'Brien that he was "delighted" by the ordeal because, finally, the public could see what he has long believed: that Leno is "a bit of a brat."  "When this came along, I said to myself, 'This is the Jay I know,'" Letterman recalled. "I refer to that period as the Golden Age of Television."

"You clearly were using my experience to work through some things," O'Brien suggested.

After a commercial break, Letterman renewed the interrogation, asking O'Brien about the nature of his relationship with Leno before "the felony took place." At first, O'Brien seemed a bit reluctant to trash-talk: "I was assured none of this would come up tonight. I was told we would discuss our shared love of antiquing."

O'Brien tried to be diplomatic, explaining that "we're quite different fellows, he and I," but the temptation to take a shot at Leno proved too enticing. "We didn’t have a lot to talk about in common. I don’t own many automobiles that were made before 1904, primarily of brass and leather," O'Brien quipped, a reference to Leno's enormous car collection.

"Now we're getting someplace," Letterman said, happy that his goading had paid off.

To his credit, O'Brien repeatedly expressed his gratitude to his bosses at TBS and few regrets over "The Tonight Show" disaster. "I’m very lucky. TBS lets me do whatever I want. They don’t watch it, they don’t care," he said.



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Upfronts 2012: 5 buzzed-about pilots that didn't make the cut

Snoop dogg

Lost in all the hoopla surrounding the fall lineups on the major broadcast networks were updates about pilots with major stars and producers that received a lot of buzz in the last few months but for whatever reason didn't make the schedule. Those missing shows include:

The "Snoop knows best" sitcom: NBC had been developing a sitcom that would have featured rapper Snoop Dogg as a father. Deadline Hollywood last October reported that TV comedy veteran Don Reo was producing the pilot. Snoop had been featured in a reality series about his family on E! and has appeared in several movies and TV series. Still, it's hard to imagine the gangsta rapper being on the same network that showcases upscale series like "Smash" and the freshly scrubbed Whitney Cummings.

The Sarah Silverman project: The comic was developing a pilot for NBC about a woman reentering the dating world after the decline of a lengthy live-in relationship. The comedy was loosely based on Silverman's life, and Jeff Goldblum and Ken Leung ("Lost") were among the stars attached. With the failure of Chelsea Handler's "Are You There Chelsea?" and the renewal of the struggling "Whitney," perhaps NBC felt there was room for only one edgy female comic voice.

VIDEO: Watch 2012 TV previews

—The return of Roseanne: One of the most-buzzed-about pilots reunited Roseanne Barr with her "Roseanne" co-star John Goodman in a comedy that would have featured them in a trailer park setting. Instead of playing a married couple, Roseanne starred as the manager of the park, while Goodman played a friend who also worked at the park. Despite the failure of her talk show and several reality series, Barr remains a compelling performer. Perhaps instead she can dedicate herself to her  presidential campaign.

The return of Martin Lawrence: Martin Lawrence, whose film career has sagged, was set to star in a sitcom for CBS playing a widower with two teenage sons who decides to become a police officer after he loses his construction job. The pilot always seemed like a long shot for CBS, whose comedies generally revolve around young, predominantly white casts. The network is the one major broadcast network that does not have a minorty in a lead role in a comedy or drama.

—"Devious Maids": One of the most anticipated fall ABC pilots was "Devious Maids," the follow-up series from "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry and co-executive produced by actress Eva Longoria, about four Latina maids who work for rich families in Beverly Hills. Some observers speculate that the series' chances were not helped by potential controversy over Latina stereotypes.

Which of these shows would you like to have seen on the fall schedule?


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Photo: Snoop Dogg. Credit: Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty Images.

Upfronts 2012: Watch a preview of CBS sitcom 'Partners'

"Will & Grace" creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick used their real-life partnership as the basis of "Partners," the new CBS sitcom about two architect business partners who have to chart new waters when one of them gets engaged, while the other one dates a male nurse he swears is a promotion away from being a doctor.

David Krumholtz plays the soon-to-be-married man (Sophia Bush plays the fiancee), while Michael Urie plays his gay partner, dating the nurse (Brandon Routh).

The series will air Mondays at 8:30 p.m. after "How I Met Your Mother."


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Photo: David Krumholtz, left, and Michael Urie in "Partners." Credit: CBS.

Upfronts 2012: Preview 'Elementary,' 'Vegas,' 'Made in Jersey'

CBS' "Vegas"

CBS renewed 19 series for the upcoming fall season, so they didn't have many schedule holes to fill, but the network did show off three new drama series at its Upfront presentation Wednesday.

Sherlock Holmes gets another modern-day updating (in addition to Stephen Moffat's "Sherlock") in "Elementary," starring Johnny Lee Miller as the world's greatest detective and Lucy Liu as his Dr. Watson. In this case, Watson is a sober companion for Holmes, who's attempting to clean himself up. Exiled from London, this Holmes decides to solve crimes in New York City with the assistance of Police Capt. Toby Gregson (Aidan Quinn).

Writer Rob Doherty, who wrote for the short-lived series "Headcases," is the show creator. It will air Thursdays at 10 p.m.

"Vegas," not to be confused with NBC's "Las Vegas" or the late 1970s ABC series "Vega$," is a look back at Las Vegas' boom days in the 1960s, when real-life Sheriff Ralph Lamb was brought in to clean up the town. In this series, created by "Goodfellas" writer Nicholas Pileggi, Dennis Quaid takes on the role of Lamb, called into the city from his ranch by the mayor to battle a ruthless Chicago gangster, played by Michael Chiklis.

VIDEO: Watch 2012 TV previews

Director James Mangold shot the pilot and is one of the series' executive producers. The series also stars Taylor Handley, Jason O'Mara and Carrie-Anne Moss. It will air Tuesdays at 10 p.m.

In "Made in Jersey," a street-smart Jersey girl shows that the Garden State's residents know more than GTL (gym, tan, laundry) as she works her way up through the ranks at a New York law firm. Janet Montgomery plays the Jersey girl and Kyle MacLachlan plays the firm's very un-Jersey founder, who takes a shine to her. Toni Trucks and Erin Cummings also star in the series created by former "Covert Affairs" writer Dana Calvo.

The series airs Fridays at 9 p.m.


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Photo: "Vegas." Credit: CBS

Upfronts 2012: CBS makes bold moves, TBS touts 'Cougar Town'

CBS unveiled a fall schedule that features just four new shows but does take some risks by relocating a couple of established hits, including "2 Broke Girls"
NEW YORK -- Coming off a season in which it finished first in viewers and made gains in all key demographics, CBS unveiled a fall schedule that features just four new shows but does take some risks by relocating a couple of established hits.

"We have one goal, that is just to continue making hit TV shows," said CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler. In a subtle dig at critics who often praise low-rated shows on other broadcast and cable channels and dismiss CBS' popular shows, Tassler said, "We don't get confused, we don't get sidetracked," and added that the network wants to "create television stars."

CBS is coming off a season in which it averaged 11.75 million viewers in prime time, a gain of 1%. Among the coveted adults 18-49 demographic, CBS grew 3% and is now just two-tenths of a ratings point behind the leader, Fox.

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"Momentum is on our side right now," said CBS senior executive vice president Kelly Kahl.

In something of a surprise, CBS is moving its freshman comedy "Two Broke Girls" from its 8:30 p.m. Monday time slot to a half-hour later at 9 p.m., which has been the longtime home of "Two and a Half Men." 

That shows an incredible amount of confidence in "Two Broke Girls" and an acknowledgement that there is more upside in that program than there is in the aging "Two and a Half Men," which is moving to Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. Although "Two and a Half Men" survived the replacement of Charlie Sheen with Ashton Kutcher, its ratings dipped this season after a strong start. Now it will be in what is known in the industry as a "protected time period" because it will have the smash hit "The Big Bang Theory" in front of it at 8 p.m.

CBS will launch three new dramas and one comedy this fall. The comedy, "Partners," is from "Will and Grace" creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick and is about two best friends and business partners who see their relationship change when one becomes engaged. CBS has scheduled it on Mondays at 8:30 p.m. between "How I Met Your Mother" and "Two Broke Girls."

On the drama front, CBS' big bet is "Elementary" a modern-day take on Sherlock Holmes starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. It will air on Thursdays at 10 p.m. Dennis Quaid is also making his TV debut in "Vegas," about legendary Las Vegas Sherrif Ralph Lamb. Michael Chiklis, best known from FX's gritty "The Shield" also stars. The network's third drama is "Made in Jersey," about a working-class lawyer who tries to fit into a stuffy Manhattan law firm.

CBS is also reducing its reliance on the "CSI" franchise. Gone is "CSI Miami" starring David Caruso, but the original "CSI" and "CSI New York" remain.

The network also got attention for a move it didn't make, keeping its critially acclaimed legal drama "The Good Wife" in its Sunday 9 p.m. slot. The show had originally launched on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m., but last season the network moved it to Sunday, hoping to broaden its audience. However, that wasn't the case and many fans were hoping the network would move it back to its old time slot, where it wasn't competing against so many other shows targeting the same upscale demographic.

In addition, CBS announced two midseason shows -- a drama called "Golden Boy," about a New York police officer who becomes the city's youngest police commissioner, and a comedy called "Friend Me," about two friends who relocate from Indiana to Los Angeles and struggle to adjust to the fast lane.

Turner Entertainment Networks, parent of cable channels TBS and TNT also presented its programming to advertisers at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. 

TNT announced series that include the medical drama "Monday Mornings" and two more unscripted series, in addition to its soon-to-be-launched "The Great Escape."

TBS, meanwhile, touted its new competition series "King of the Nerds" and the newly green-lighted "Deon Cole's Black Box" -- in the vein of "The Soup" and "Tosh 2.0" -- and "Who Gets the Last Laugh?" That's in addition to its acquisition of ABC's "Cougar Town," which will roll out in 2013.

"Everyone at 'Cougar Town' is thrilled to be part of the home at TBS," star Courtney Cox told the crowd.

Also announced Wednesday was a collaboration initiative among TBS, Adult Swim (along with select Turner digital properties) and the website Funny Or Die to help boost the digital content provider's sales. The deal gives Turner Broadcasting a minority equity stake in the humor site, and makes the broadcaster's sales team the exclusive seller of advertising opportunities with Funny Or Die.


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Photo: Kat Dennings, left, and Beth Behrs star in "2 Broke Girls. Credit: Darren Michaels / Warner Bros.



Upfronts 2012: CBS unveils fall schedule; 'Men' moves to Thursday


With one of the strongest schedules in broadcast television, CBS made relatively few moves for the upcoming fall season, shifting four returning shows to different nights and picking up three dramas and a sitcom.

The new shows, which CBS executives outlined to reporters at a breakfast in New York on Wednesday morning, are: "Vegas," a drama about the clashes between a sheriff and the mob during the 1960s; "Elementary," a dramatic update on the Sherlock Holmes story; "Made in New Jersey," a drama about a new lawyer caught between classes; and, "Partners," a comedy about work and lifelong friends.

The network also moved "Two and a Half Men" to Thursday, and "The Mentalist" to Sunday. 

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CBS will formally unveil its lineup to advertisers in Carnegie Hall on Wednesday afternoon.

Here is the fall lineup: (N denotes a new show; NT denotes a new time slot)


8:00-8:30 PM              HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

8:30-9:00 PM              PARTNERS (N)

9:00-9:30 PM              2 BROKE GIRLS (NT)

9:30-10:00 PM            MIKE & MOLLY

10:00-11:00 PM          HAWAII FIVE-0


8:00-9:00 PM              NCIS

9:00-10:00 PM            NCIS: LOS ANGELES

10:00-11:00 PM          VEGAS (N)


8:00-9:00 PM              SURVIVOR

9:00-10:00 PM            CRIMINAL MINDS



8:00-8:30 PM              THE BIG BANG THEORY

8:30-9:00 PM              TWO AND A HALF MEN (NT)

9:00-10:00 PM            PERSON OF INTEREST

10:00-11:00 PM          ELEMENTARY (N)


8:00-9:00 PM              CSI: NY (NT)

9:00-10:00 PM            MADE IN JERSEY (N)

10:00-11:00 PM          BLUE BLOODS



8:00-9:00 PM              CRIMETIME SATURDAY

9:00-10:00 PM            CRIMETIME SATURDAY

10:00-11:00 PM          48 HOURS MYSTERY


7:00-8:00 PM              60 MINUTES

8:00-9:00 PM              THE AMAZING RACE

9:00-10:00 PM            THE GOOD WIFE

10:00-11:00 PM          THE MENTALIST (NT)


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Photo: A scene from CBS' new drama "Vegas." Credit: Lorey Sebastian / CBS

Late Night: Craig Ferguson launches weeklong trip to Scotland


This week, Craig Ferguson is taking "The Late, Late Show" to a place it's never been before: Scotland.

On Monday night the host, accompanied by a handful of celebrity pals including Mila Kunis, Rashida Jones, Michael Clarke Duncan and David Sedaris, kicked off a series of shows taped in his homeland. The episode was a walk down memory lane for Ferguson: It was taped in part at Glasgow's Tron Theatre, where he performed in his early stand-up days, and also featured a visit (posted above) to a pub where Ferguson once got into a nasty barroom brawl. (He lost.)

But the highlight -- or lowlight, depending on your tolerance for these kinds of things -- of Ferguson's first night in Scotland was a conversation about, of all things, amputees and colostomy bags over tea and crumpets at Glamis Castle, the setting of Shakespeare's tragedy "Macbeth." Seems fitting, doesn't it?

(To watch the episode in full, you can click here.)




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'CSI: Miami' canceled by CBS: So long, Horatio Caine

Bad news for fans of David Caruso's laconic detective Horatio Caine: CBS has canceled "CSI: Miami" after 10 seasons. 

In a statement Sunday morning, the network said: "'CSI: Miami' leaves an amazing television legacy — a signature look and style, global popularity and as a key player in CBS’ rise to the top over the past decade. We thank all the producers — led by Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Ann Donahue — and its talented cast, led by David Caruso, for 10 outstanding seasons. Viewers around the world will continue to enjoy rebroadcasts of 'CSI: Miami' in syndication and on key digital platforms for many years to come."

The network will apparently leave intact the original "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," as well as the other spinoff, "CSI: NY." Still, the news marks the beginning of the end for one of TV's most successful franchises of the past decade. "CSI: Miami" had dealt with depressed ratings and sharply increased production costs in recent seasons.

What do you think of the final curtain for "CSI: Miami"? 


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-Scott Collins (

Photo: Adam Rodriguez and David Caruso (right) on the 10th season finale of "CSI: Miami." Credit: Sonja Flemming / CBS.

CBS orders Sherlock Holmes drama 'Elementary,' six other shows

Jonny Lee Miller to star in "Elementary"
It's "Elementary," dear reader -- CBS is bringing Sherlock Holmes to prime time next season.

The new drama stars Jonny Lee Miller (ABC's "Eli Stone" and Showtime's "Dexter") as the famed detective, although this time the mysteries are transplanted to modern-day New York and his assistant Watson is now played by a woman (Lucy Liu). PBS already has a contemporary take on Holmes with its BBC drama "Sherlock."

CBS has also ordered three other new dramas and two comedies for next season, plus a new reality show from "Survivor" executive producer Mark Burnett.

The dramas are "Vegas," starring Dennis Quaid as 1960s Nevada sheriff Ralph Lamb; the cop show "Golden Boy;" and "Made in Jersey," a legal series created by former Los Angeles Times staffer Dana Calvo.

For comedies, CBS has "Friend Me," about two 20-something guys working for Groupon, and "Partners," a romantic comedy from "Will & Grace" co-creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick.

The Burnett show is "The Job," a reality contest in which players vie for gigs at big companies.

Still unclear is where CBS will put these new shows. The schedule will be officially announced Wednesday morning.

What do you think of the new series?


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--Scott Collins

Photo: Jonny Lee Miller will star in CBS' "Elementary," among the shows ordered for next season. Credit: Carl Court / AFP/Getty Images




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