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'Charmed' reboot may work its magic at CBS

It has been 15 years since Charmed‘s Halliwell sisters first cast their spell on us, but if CBS has anything to say about it, the power of three could find its way back to our television sets.

EW has confirmed that CBS TV Studios has given a script deal to a reboot of the popular WB series, which ran for eight seasons from 1998 to 2006 and starred Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, and Rose McGowan as the powerful witches who used their powers (and one very helpful grimoire) to fight evil.
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'I Love Lucy': CBS to air colorized special in December

Stand back, millennials — it’s time for a whole other generation to hop aboard the nostalgia train.

CBS announced today that it plans to broadcast two classic I Love Lucy episodes back-to-back this December. The event, appropriately called The I Love Lucy Christmas Special, will include both the show’s seldom-seen “Christmas Episode” — a clip show that has been aired on network TV only a handful of times — and “Lucy’s Italian Movie,” perhaps better known as “the one with the grape stomping.” Both episodes aired originally in 1956: the former during season 6, the latter during season 5.

Each will be “colorized with a vintage look,” according to CBS — minus the flashback sequences in “The Christmas Episode,” which will remain in black-and-white to emphasize the time lapse. CBS originally colorized “The Christmas Episode” for a re-broadcast in 1990 that drew more than 18 million viewers. (The previous year, CBS aired “The Christmas Episode” for the first time since 1956 after discovering its original negative hidden in a vault — attracting an audience of more than 29 million.)

The special will air Friday, Dec. 20, at 8 p.m. ET. Spectators are advised to bring their own eggnog — or Vitameatavegamin.

Editor’s note: This story originally said the special would air commercial-free, but that is not the case.

CBS orders more 'Crazy Ones,' 'The Millers' and 'Mom'

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Robin Williams just earned a full-season order: CBS announced that it has picked up a full season of its three new freshman comedies, The Crazy Ones, The Millers and Mom.

CBS points out that The Crazy Ones, starring Williams, is this season’s No. 1 new comedy in viewers (13.7 million), adults 18-49 (3.6 rating/10 share) and adults 25-54 (4.8/12). It also wins its Thursday time period in viewers.

The Millers ranks as the number two comedy in viewers (12.4 million), adults 18-49 (3.2/09) and adults 25-54 (4.3/11). Last night, it retained 97 percent of its premiere rating in adults 18-49, 98 percent in adults 25-54 and 93 percent of its premiere audience. Mom is the third most watched new comedy, averaging 7.98 million viewers,  and earning a 2.6/06 in adults 18-49 and a 3.2/07 in adults 25-54.

“We’re proud of CBS’ leadership position in comedy and excited to build on it with the back nine pick-ups of these three new comedies,” said CBS President Nina Tassler in a statement. “These series are creatively distinct, continue to improve each week and are led by strong showrunners, writing and production staffs, and feature amazingly talented casts.”

CBS orders pilot from Ben Affleck and Matt Damon

A comedy produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon has found a home at CBS, EW confirms.

Titled More Time With Family, CBS has ordered it for put pilot commitment. Comedian Tom Papa is set to star in the multi-camera comedy, as well as co-write with Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith. Affleck and Damon will executive produce through their company Pearl Street Films, along with Dave Becky and Josh Lieberman of 3 ARTS. Deadline first reported the news.
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Roseanne accuses Chuck Lorre, Ashton Kutcher of joke theft

Roseanne Barr is at it again.

Here, “it” refers to a long, vitriolic Twitter rant directed at someone from the comedian’s past. Back in July, ex-husband Tom Arnold was the focus of Roseanne’s wrath. Yesterday, she turned to a trifecta of targets: Ashton Kutcher, Two and a Half Men, and Chuck Lorre, the CBS sitcom’s creator — who got his big break when he was hired as a supervising producer on Barr’s ’90s hit Roseanne.

On Friday, Barr discovered that Thursday’s episode of Men featured Kutcher delivering a raunchy joke about being 91 years old: “I’d imagine that you’re wet in the places you used to be dry, and dry in the places you used to be wet.” The line is similar to one Barr has been telling since at least 2006, though in her case, it refers to the effects of menopause: “I’m wet where I’m supposed to be dry and dry where I’m supposed to be wet.”

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Halle Berry coming to TV in Steven Spielberg-produced drama 'Extant'

Television is the new movies.

CBS announced today that Oscar-winner Halle Berry will star in the upcoming new drama Extant. The Steven Spielberg-produced show has already received a straight-to-series order and will begin airing next summer.

The network describes Berry’s role as “an astronaut who returns home from a year-long solo mission in space and tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life.  Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.”
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CBS extends David Letterman deal through 2015

Despite all of the late-night shifts announced within the past year, it looks like David Letterman isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

EW has confirmed that Letterman’s deal with CBS has been extended through 2015, meaning he will continue to serve as host of Late Show with David Letterman for at least two more years.

“There is only one Dave, and we are extremely proud that he continues to call CBS ‘home,’” CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves said in a press release.

And just like that, the longest-running late night talk show host in history keeps chugging along.

Bob Newhart and Bill Nye to guest on 'The Big Bang Theory'

It’s a science invasion on Big Bang!

Bob Newhart is returning to The Big Bang Theory in his Emmy-winning role as Professor Proton, Sheldon’s childhood television hero. This time around, Professor Proton contacts Leonard (Johnny Galecki) to ask for help with an experiment, and a hurt Sheldon (Jim Parsons) seeks revenge by befriending a rival TV science host, Bill Nye.

Bill Nye, who was eliminated from Dancing With the Stars this week, will also guest star in the episode as himself.

The episode airs Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

'Survivor' host Jeff Probst grills 'Millers' writer John Cochran -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

First, John Cochran won Survivor. Then, he moved to L.A. to write for The Millers. And now, we’ve got an exclusive look at another installment of Surviving L.A., a four-part behind-the-scenes look at Cochran’s transition from island champion to Hollywood writer.

In the latest installment, Cochran meets the cast, forms his “main alliance” with Millers star Beau Bridges, and gets quizzed by Survivor host Jeff Probst. Cochran admits he uses the same “selfish instinct” in the writers’ room as he did on the island and says he has Survivor to thank for his success. Probst and Cochran then briefly geek out about Cheers co-creator James Burrows directing an episode of The Millers before Probst has to be on his way … leaving only his Probstégé behind.

Check in on how Cochran’s new life is treating him in the video below:
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'Two and a Half Men': Amber Tamblyn describes the scary part of filming sitcoms, Ashton Kutcher's nipples, and more

Amber Tamblyn is no stranger to the realm of TV, but this time she’s in uncharted territory: sitcoms. Known for her roles in dramas such as Joan of Arcadia and House, Tamblyn is set to guest star in a five-episode arc — with the possibility of a recurring role — on the upcoming 11th season of Two and a Half Men. With her first-ever sitcom appearance airing tonight, Tamblyn spoke with Entertainment Weekly about portraying the previously unknown daughter of Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen), as well as more ventures on the horizon.
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CBS' 'Intelligence' casts 'Homeland' actress -- EXCLUSIVE

The midseason-premiering CBS drama Intelligence has found Gabriel’s (Josh Holloway) spouse.

EW has learned that Zuleikha Robinson will appear in a recurring role as Amelia, wife to Holloway’s intelligence operative. Amelia is “an intelligence officer who has been missing from duty for some time,” according to CBS.

The British-born actress has appeared on Rome, Lost, and Homeland, and most recently on Covert Affairs as Bianca Manning.

Intelligence also stars Josh Holloway (Gabriel), Marg Helgenberger (Lillian Strand), and Meghan Ory (Riley Neal). Gabriel has a microchip implanted in his brain that gives him access to the global information grid to protect the US from outside threats.

Intelligence premieres on CBS on Feb. 24.

'Survivor' winner-turned-'Millers' writer John Cochran takes us inside his L.A. life -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Winning Survivor comes with many perks — including the opportunity to become … a comedy writer?

It’s true! Survivor‘s John Cochran — also an EW contributor — is now working on CBS’ new comedy The Millers. To prepare for the show’s premiere, CBS is releasing four installments of behind-the-scenes footage to document Cochran’s journey from the island to the writers’ room.

EW has an exclusive look at the first installment, which shows Cochran talking about his sudden move to L.A. (with his mother, of course) and how life continues now that he considers himself a “Probstégé,” a noun defined as “an individual who is guided and supported by a successful TV host and personality,” such as the one-and-only Jeff Probst.

See how Cochran is liking his new life in the video below:
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'We Are Men' pilot is now online

Following The Mindy Project and others, the premiere episode of new CBS sitcom We Are Men is now available to watch online on CBS.com and the CBS app.

The show, starring Tony Shalhoub, Kal Penn and Chris Smith, centers around four single guys living in a short-term apartment complex who unexpectedly find camaraderie over their many missteps in love. “It’s not just four guys going out,” executive producer Rob Greenberg recently told EW. “It’s four guys with a lot of history, so the ex-wives and the kids and their own families will be a big part of this show.”

The first episode will air on television Monday, Sept. 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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