CBS Is Ready to Stop Tape-Delaying the Grammys on the West Coast

Norman Weiss
TV Tattle

CBS is ready to stop tape-delaying the Grammys on the West Coast

In this social media age, the Grammys have been the last time-delaying holdout among the major awards shows, leaving many Twitter users in the Pacific and Mountain time zones to read about (or watch) big Grammy moments in tweets hours before they are shown on TV. According to Josef Adalian, next month CBS will give its affiliates in those time zones the option of broadcasting live as part of a one-year experiment.


Netflix announces 75 million subscriptions, pokes fun at NBC’s “TV like God intended” comment

In its fourth-quarter earnings statement, Netflix said: "The growth of Netflix has created some anxiety among TV networks and calls to be fearful. Or, at the other extreme, an NBC executive recently said Internet TV is overblown and that linear TV is 'TV like God intended.' Our investors are not as sure of God’s intentions for TV, and instead think that Internet TV is a fundamentally better entertainment experience that will gain share for many years."


Billions debuts to 1.4 million on TV, 1.6 million online

The nearly 3 million viewers is a record for a Showtime debut.


CBS orders Drew, a drama pilot based on a modern-day Nancy Drew

The crime-solving iconic character will be in her 30s and likely not white in the CBS pilot. CBS has also picked up a family comedy based on the Australian series Upper Middle Bogan.


How do The Bachelor and Bachelorette dream up its quirky titles?

Producers don’t want boring frequently used titles like “pharmaceutical rep,” so they’ve spiced things up with job descriptions like “healer” and “chicken enthusiast.” PLUS: Only on The Bachelor could a war vet become the villain.


In Spain, HBO is abandoning cable and will only be available as a streaming service

Pretty soon, the only way to access HBO in Spain is via the Internet.


Former History channel reality star arrested for murder in Alabama

Matthew Clate McDaniel, who was part of the 2012-13 History reality show Bamazon, has been charged with shooting and killing a man in Alabama.


Chelsea Handler responds to comedian Heather McDonald saying she “lived in fear” at Chelsea Lately

Handler tells Howard Stern that she cut McDonald out of her life because she sold stories about her to gossip magazines.


DC's Legends of Tomorrow
has found its Jonah Hex

Johnathon Schaech has been cast as the DC Comics cowboy.


Castle’s return delayed by 1 week, but it will get a special Sunday Valentine’s Day showcase

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SpongeBob
’s “Squidward” arrested for DUI

Rodger Bumpass, who voices Squidward Tentacles on the Nickelodeon cartoon, was taken into custody Friday night.


At Ted Cruz rally, an NPR reporter reveals she has no idea who Triumph the Insult Comic Dog is

Sarah McCammon responded to “everybody freaking out” over her tweet about “this guy” who’s “holding dog puppet w/ (Cuban?) cigar in its mouth has camera crew w/ him” by tweeting: "I'm an exhausted working mom and I don't really have time to watch TV!” Some responded that McCammon must be too young to know about Triumph. But McCammon describes herself as an “old millennial,” which means she was likely a teenager when Triumph debuted on Conan 19 years ago. It’s more like she's had a pop-culture blind spot.


Fox orders Kicking and Screaming survival competition reality show

The reality show from the executive producer of Wipeout and Fear Factor will pair 10 expert survivalists with “pampered partners” in the “toughest race of their lives."


That Metal Show canceled by VH1 Classic

Co-host Eddie Trunk says the eight-year-old heavy metal talk show is seeking a new home.


Archer sets Season 7 premiere date

The FX comedy returns March 31.


Rectify’s Clayne Crawford joins David E. Kelley’s Trial

Details of his role on the Netflix legal drama are being kept under wraps.


Watch Arrow’s midseason trailer

Multiple returns are also teased in the new promo.


NCIS brings back Jon Cryer, adds Laura San Giacomo

The Two and a Half Men alum will reprise his role as the doctor who saved Mark Harmon, while Just Shoot Me alum San Giacomo will play a fellow doctor.


Here’s your first look at the Girls wedding

“It’s so fun to be able to turn that dial way up and leave it there,” Allison Williams says of her TV wedding.


USA orders Eyewitness from Shades of Blue creator

A straight to series order has been given to an American adaptation of a Norwegian drama about two boys who witness a murder in the forest.


Law & Order director pleads guilt to child porn charges

Jace Alexander, who directed 32 L&O episodes, faces up to seven years in prison.


Netflix announces premiere dates for standup specials

Hannibal Buress, Patton Oswalt, Theo Von and Jimmy Carr are among the comics releasing standup specials in the coming months.


Check out Subaru's Portlandia-themed web series

In Talkative Driver, Fred Armisen plays an unusually chatty car service driver.


Cat Deeley welcomes her first child

The So You Think You Can Dance host announced today she gave birth to a baby boy last week.