CBS is Figuring Out How to End CSI Next Season

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CBS is figuring out how to end CSI next season
One option is to give the long-running series a six-episode 16th and final season. But as Deadline points out, “it is not a sure thing.”

MDA is ending the Labor Day telethon started by Jerry Lewis
The Muscular Dystrophy Association says its annual telethon, which has gone without Lewis the past few years, is ending due to “the new realities of television viewing and philanthropic giving.” Lewis hosted the MDA telethon from the 1950s through 2010.

Cosby Show guest-star accuses Bill Cosby of rape
Actress Lili Bernard, who appeared on a 1992 episode of the NBC sitcom, said in a press conference today: “He praised me … He lifted me up. I believed him. After all, he was Bill Cosby. After he had won my complete trust and adoration, he drugged me and raped me.”

FX orders John Singleton’s 1981 crack cocaine epidemic drama pilot Snowfall
“I have always been fascinated with that volatile moment in time before crack changed everything. It’s a tense, insane and sexy era that touched every aspect of our culture,” Singleton says of his pilot, which is set in Los Angeles.

Discovery renews Naked and Afraid
The survival reality show will be back for a 3rd season.

Blur to perform on U.S. TV for the 1st time in 15 years
The British band will perform on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show on Thursday.

Bart Simpson’s sculpture unveiled in NYC
Bart’s The Simpsons voice Nancy Cartwright unveiled the bust of Bart Simpson today outside News Corp.’s New York headquarters. News Corp., of course, owns Fox. PLUS: Game of Thrones’ Carice van Houten talks playing Bart’s love interest.

Beauty and the Beast‘s season premiere pushed back
Season 3 will premiere on Jun 11, instead of May 21.

Conan O’Brien pens an appreciation for Letterman
“In today’s world of 30 late night programs, it’s tempting now to take Dave for granted. Do not,” Conan writes in EW. “Dave was a true revolution—and I believe his innovations are up there with the light bulb and the Twix bar. Like all revolutions, it was such a seismic shift that it was disorienting and a bit messy at first, and it has taken us time to realize the sheer magnitude of the shift.” PLUS: Watch a preview of Monday’s primetime tribute, which throws back to his NBC debut.

Today beats GMA in a rare demo victory
Last week’s victory in the important 25-54 demo was NBC’s first since last year’s Winter Olympics.

HBO passes on Mike White’s Mamma Dallas comedy pilot
The Enlightened creator’s pilot revolved around a drag queen who works as a live-in nanny for a conservative Texas family.

Kirstie Allley becomes inadvertently mixed up in the New Jersey bridge scandal
“Christie ally,” as in the indictment of Gov. Chris Christie’s allies, was confused on Twitter for “Kirstie Alley.” Asked about the confusion, Alley joked: “I take full responsibility!”

Was that rape on Louie?
Did last night’s scene break new ground and was it a response to an episode from last season?

The Leftovers adds a Family Matters alum
Darius McCrary is among three new additions in Season 2.

Shadowhunters casts its Simon and Isabelle
Alberto Rosende and Emeraude Toubia are joining the ABC Family series based on Cassandra Clare’s popular Mortal Instruments young adult book series.