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Old 05-18-2015, 02:18 AM   #106
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Old 05-18-2015, 12:05 PM   #107
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I wish NBC continued their planned revival of MSW and brought back Jessica Fletcher. I wish they would revive MSW with Angela Lansbury reprising her role as Jessica.
The problem with that is she could potentially die during the revival.
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Exactly. They were going to go ahead with the woman who won the Oscar from the movie The Help. I forgot her name but she was younger and it would have worked.
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I dont know if you guys remember a show called "Thats' Life"? It was on in early 2001 and it starred Heather Paige Kent and Paul Sorvino was in it. I really liked it and they cancelled it.
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Exactly. They were going to go ahead with the woman who won the Oscar from the movie The Help. I forgot her name but she was younger and it would have worked.

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Old 05-18-2015, 09:41 PM   #111
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I dont know if you guys remember a show called "Thats' Life"? It was on in early 2001 and it starred Heather Paige Kent and Paul Sorvino was in it. I really liked it and they cancelled it.


Yes, I remember that show. It was about an adult women who went back to college. I think it had Ellen Burstyn in the cast as well and Kevin Dillon. CBS basically squandered that show by burying it into a difficult timeslot and abandoning any promotion for the show.

Heather Paige Kent is now known as Heather Dubrow and is on The Real Housewives of Orange County.

It actually debuted against the closing ceremonies of the summer Olympics, that is a clear indication of how much faith CBS had in the show. It also aired most of its episodes on Friday nights.
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I'm glad I'm not the only one who remembers that show.
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Old 06-12-2015, 04:26 AM   #114
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It was a disaster from the start. From what I remember, I didnt mind Buck and McCarver but the erratic scheduling kind of did them in. I would guess that Scully would have done football after CBS lost the MLB package but what else would he have done once CBS lost both the NFL and MLB?

I'm pretty sure that Vin Scully would've just gone back to doing Dodgers games like he actually still does today despite being in his late 80s. Scully didn't do NFL games when he was at NBC (when baseball season was over, he did golf for NBC w/ Lee Trevino) and that was it. From my understanding, the main factor for why he left CBS in the first place was that he didn't like the fact that CBS was promoting Pat Summerall to be the main NFL play-by-play man (to work w/ John Madden). CBS as a compromise (and perhaps in hopes of softening Scully's bruised ego), allowed him along w/ Hank Stram, to call the NFC Championship Game between San Francisco and Dallas (the game in which Dwight Clark made the legendary "catch", which was the launching pad for the 49ers' '80s dynasty) while Pat Summerall called the game on CBS Radio w/ Jack Buck.

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One other thing that I think was a mistake is something that relates to CBS Sports: in Jim Nantz's first two seasons in the studio (1985 and '86) with The Prudential College Football Report, the theme for game coverage was recycled from Super Bowl XVIII between Washington and L.A., and the billboard music for Jim's Prudential segment (as well as the College Football Report Update gamebreak music) was taken from the theme of The NCAA Today (studio show with Brent Musburger that was in for the 1982 and '83 seasons). Then, when the current game coverage theme song debuted in 1987, it was made to where it applied to both the games and the studio coverage, much the same as is done with NFL coverage now (and this is the way it was done in the 1990 season as well with the NFL). Why is that?

Speaking of music, I've always hated that CBS stopped using the Frankie Vinci composed NFL theme (which debuted in time for their coverage of Super Bowl 26) in favor of their current theme by ES Posthumus. I'll be the first to tell you that I don't care much for the ES Posthumus NFL on CBS theme (which debuted in 2003). It's not at all catchy and it sounds way too overwhelming and threatening. It just sounds like what somebody who has never watched professional American football or is in-tune w/ memorable TV themes, would think a football theme "should" sound like.
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It's not at all catchy and it sounds way too overwhelming and threatening.


That's what I thought about the billboard music for The Prudential College Football Report with Jim Nantz when I first saw that halftime segment in the 1985 season; I was four years old then. Flash forward 30 years later, and not only is it incredibly non-threatening to me, and even catchy as well (the panhellenic Greek sound contributing greatly to that), but also one of the best examples, IMO, of what a sports theme song should sound like (not only that, but the studio coverage itself for both that and the NFL was far more professional then than it is now).

Here's an example of the same from the 1986 season, from a broadcast between Arizona and UCLA. Not only do you hear the music, but also CBS Sports V/O Don Robertson delivering the billboard.

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Without the NFL, CBS had a much harder time finding a platform to promote their shows. Remember back in the day when Pat Summerall (RIP) would say towards the end of the late afternoon games on CBS in his baritone voice "Stay tuned for 60 Minutes followed by Murder...She Wrote!"?

Yup...being a huge, "Murder, She Wrote" fan, I always found it a treat to hear Summerall belt out the promo for "Murder, She Wrote". Sometimes, the games would run really late (until almost 8 pm), and MSW would get pre-empted; I was visiting my sister one time when that happened and Summerall did his 60 Minutes promo, followed by the one for the movie...and my sister looked at me like I was going to explode and said "Uh, oh...no "Murder, She Wrote" tonight!"

I especially remember the very last NFL telecast for CBS. Summerall waxed nostalgic, going on and on for what seemed like several minutes about leaving CBS and all the memories and finished his spiel by saying "...and I'm going to miss saying 'Stay tuned for 60 Minutes and Murder, She Wrote after that". I loved every second of his little soliloquy -- a piece of television history that would never be repeated.

I don't know if that little speech can be found on YouTube or not but I'm gonna go look right now!
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Definitely not giving WKRP a consistent timeslot, then eventually cancelling it. I felt it had another season left.

The "Friday Night Block Party", an attempt to rip off ABC's TGIF, which was falling off itself. Granted, this was when Family Matters and Step by Step (both former TGIF sitcoms) moved to CBS, so this may have been the efforts to capitalize on that. Neither lasted beyond the 1997-98 season, though.

The Talk...I get it, Les Moonves' wife is a co-hostess. The show still blows.

When CBS This Morning tried to add a studio audience in the mid-90s, in an effort to catch up to Today and Good Morning America. The ratings still went nowhere, and the audience was dropped after about a year.

The Early Show

CBS' Sunday NFL coverage is already a snoozefest. Then they added the Thursday edition, and it became an even bigger mess. Didn't help that the first several games were all blowouts, and therefore over at halftime. The Thursday Night Football theme sounds like a wannabe Sunday Night Football theme. There's no replicating John Williams' masterpiece.

The Monday night sitcom lineup. Sorry...2 Broke Girls and Mike and Molly are abysmal.

Cramming an "Only CBS" announcement into live awards shows, every chance they get. Enough already.

The constant promos reminding us they're the most watched network. Makes football on Sunday even more insufferable.
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The constant promos reminding us they're the most watched network. Makes football on Sunday even more insufferable.

It's not just on Sundays. It's also on SEC broadcasts on Saturdays.
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The Monday night sitcom lineup. Sorry...2 Broke Girls and Mike and Molly are abysmal.

Another potential mess-up mistake that CBS could be committing: Reducing their comedy hours to just two going forward (all on a single night - Thursday, especially after Thursday Night Football is over).

Believe me, the two new single-cams debuting in fall of 2015, Life in Pieces and Angel from Hell, are going to be even worse than 2BG and M&M.
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