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CBS Stands By Decision to Air 'Survivor' Episode Featuring Zeke Smith Being Outed

CBS has released a statement to stand by the decision to air the episode of Survivor that featured transgender contestant Zeke Smith being outed by competitor Jeff Varner.

While trying to fight to stay in the game during tribal council, Varner told his tribe that Zeke was capable of deception as he had not told them he is transgender yet.

Varner, who is gay, apologized for his actions during the episode and showed deep remorse for the pain he caused. He has expressed remorse for his mistake in media interviews this week as well.

“After the tribal council scene in last night’s Survivor was filmed, we consulted with Zeke Smith and with GLAAD in advance of the broadcast, including the issue of how Zeke would tell his story after the episode aired,” the network said in a statement (via THR). “This is his second consecutive season on Survivor. From his first season through the current edition, we have always been guided by the principle that this is his story to tell, and it remains so.”

“We support how Jeff Probst and the producers handled a very sensitive situation and marvel at the grace Zeke exhibited under extraordinary circumstances,” the network added.
“We have also respect for how Jeff Varner has expressed remorse for his mistake, both in the episode and in his subsequent dialogue with the media. In the end, we believe this episode, accompanied by Zeke‘s own remarkable writing and speaking on the subject, has provided an unexpected but important dialogue about acceptance and treating transgender people with respect.”

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CBS Announces 2017 Season Finale Dates

April is just a few days away and many shows are about to begin wrapping up their seasons. CBS just announced the full list of season finale dates for the 2016-2017 season!

MacGyver will be kicking off the finales with the final episode of its first season on April 14. There will be many dates for the next month and a half with finales happening, wrapping with The Amazing Race on June 1.

CBS has some shows to hold you over during the summer until the next television season starts. Big Brother will be premiering on June 28 and the new season of Zoo will begin on June 29.

The network also has the new Candy Crush game show in the works and it will premiere on July 9.

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16 TV Shows Renewed By CBS - Full List!

CBS has announced a slate of show renewals for the 2017-2018 season.

The slate of renewals includes 6 comedies, 9 dramas, 1 reality series, and 2 news programs.

Shows that were not addressed in this round of announcements include Elementary, 2 Broke Girls, Amazing Race, Code Black, and Criminal Minds. We are unsure if these shows will be cancelled or picked up for more episodes.

Stay tuned as more TV renewals and cancellations come in from other networks.

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'Big Bang Theory' Spin-Off 'Young Sheldon' Ordered By CBS!

CBS has officially ordered the upcoming series Young Sheldon, a spin-off of the hit series The Big Bang Theory.

Jim Parsons, who plays the adult version of the beloved character, will narrate the series and young actor Iain Armitage will play the lead role on the new show.

Iain is best known for playing Shailene Woodley‘s son on the HBO series Big Little Lies and for his YouTube video reviews of Broadway shows.

Young Sheldon follows Sheldon Cooper at the age of 9, living with his family in East Texas and going to high school. Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan will also star.

Jim and his partner Todd Spiewak are executive producing the series with Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro.

CBS' 'Hunted' Trailer Gives First Look at Manhunt Competition!

CBS just released the trailer for its new reality competition series Hunted and it’s getting us so excited to watch the show!

The series follows nine teams of two in a real-life manhunt as they attempt the nearly impossible task of disappearing in today’s vast digital world, as highly skilled investigators combine state-of-the-art tracking methods with traditional tactics to pursue and catch them.

From searching their targets’ homes and scouring their internet and cell phone histories, to identifying behavioral patterns, Hunters in the field and Command Center investigators work together to identify clues to potential hiding places and collaborators that can ultimately lead to capture.

Every team that successfully evades being caught for up to 28 days will win $250,000!

CBS Reveals Fall TV Schedule for 2016-2017 Season!

CBS just revealed the schedule for the Fall 2016-2017 primetime lineup.

Slated to hit the schedule mid-season is the new legal series Doubt, starring Laverne Cox and Katherine Heigl, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Undercover Boss, and another new series Training Day starring Bill Paxton.

Shows that won’t be returning next season are Angel From Hell, CSI: Cyber, Extant, The Good Wife, Mike & Molly, Rush Hour, Supergirl (which will air on The CW) and Under the Dome.

Click inside to see CBS’ brand new Fall schedule…More Here! »

CBS Cancels 'Rush Hour,' Renews Four Other Series

CBS has canceled the new comedy series Rush Hour after just one season.

The show was an adaptation of the hit Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker movie from 1998 and it starred newcomers Justin Hires and Jon Foo.

The network has decided to move forward with additional seasons of some of its other new shows like the Marcia Gay Harden medical drama Code Black and the mystery series Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.

Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon‘s The Odd Couple has been renewed for a third season while reality show Undercover Boss is getting an eighth season.

The only other show we are waiting to hear about is Limitless.