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CBS Is Doubtless; Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Moves Up!

CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS – (L-R) Anna Funke, Daniel Henney, Gary Sinise, Alana De La Garza, Tyler James Williams – Photo courtesy of CBS

CBS has given Katherine Heigl vehicle Doubt the ax after two episodes.

Following an encore presentation of an episode of Bull on March 1st, the second season of Criminal Mind: Beyond Borders will premiere on Wednesday, March 8th (10/9C).

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Stalking: 48 Hours Investigates!

Stalking is not something that only happens to celebrities – though it may have taken the murder of singer Christina Grimmie to call attention to how serious it can be.

NCIS star Pauley Perrette has been stalked for more than a decade but police have been less than helpful, ‘I was told by a police officer once that I should have stayed and let my stalker break my arms so then they would have something to prosecute,’ Perrette tells 48 Hours’ Erin Moriarty.

That’s why she has been working to change stalking laws that she says are ‘are outdated or ineffective,’ in Stalked, a two-hour 48 Hours special to be broadcast Saturday, Feb. 25 (9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on CBS.

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The Good Fight Scores a Win for CBS All Access!

The Good Fight — Cush Jumbo, Christine Baranski, Rose Leslie — CBS All Access (Sundays)

The Good Fight (CBS All Access, Sundays) may be a spin-off from The Good Wife but its first two episodes are as good as anything from that show’s run.

The stunning two-hour premiere opens with characters and familiar, seamlessly integrating the two into a new environment – an environment without the Florricks, but with Diane Lockhart moving from the penthouse to the outhouse and back in a way that feels natural and unforced, and surrounds her with a new cast of equals that equals the one she’s moved on from.

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Santiago To Star In CBS Drama Salvation!

Santiago Cabrera (The Musketeers) has signed on to star in CBS’ new drama series Salvation.

He will play charming but egocentric tech billionaire Darius who is about to face his biggest challenge – helping save the world from an approaching asteroid.

Salvation is slated to air over Summer 2017.

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Doubt: One Moment of Idiot Plotting Makes Doubt Doubtable!

DOUBT  ( CBS, Wednesdays, 9/8C) — Steven Pasquale, Katherine Heigl — Photo courtesy of CBS

Katherine Heigl’s new series, Doubt (CBS, Wednesdays, 9/8C) finds her playing lawyer Sadie Ellis, a star at a boutique law firm – Isaiah Roth and Associates – that is owned by her father. In the series premiere, she begins her defense of Billy Brenna an ‘altruistic pediatric surgeon’ who is accused of having murdered his girlfriend 24 years prior.

She begins to have feelings for him but it’s not a slam dunk that he’s innocent.

The series premiere opens with a woman biking through downtown New York with a careless disregard for traffic (human or vehicular) before skidding to a stop in front of the courthouse. We learn she’s Sadie when her associate, Albert Cobb (Dulé Hill) tells her she’s a menace.

DOUBT (Wednesdays, 9 pm CBS) — Dulé Hill. Elliott Gould, Katherine Heigl — Photo courtesy of CBS

From there, after a quick wardrobe change, she hijacks a press conference with the D.A., bails her father out jail (he called a judge a fascist – his defense… she is a fascist!), and brokers a bail deal for her client.

In short order we meet the rest of the show’s stellar cast – Laverne Cox (Cameron Wirth), Lauren Blumenfeld (Sadie’s incompetent assistant, Lucy), Dreama Walker (Cameron’s assistant, Tiffany Allan) and Kobi Libii (Nick Brady, a newly minted lawyer trying to get a job interview with ‘the Big Dog) – and see the quirks and chemistry that signal a breezy, semi-blue sky series that balances work and personal lives and how the lines between them blur.

Naturally, there’s the witness to whom Billy allegedly confessed the details of the crime – Mike Slater  (Lee Tergesen) – someone who has been as clean as a whistle for twenty years after a few very minor transgressions as a kid.

DOUBT (CBS, Wednesdays, 9/8C) — Kobi Libii — Photo Courtesy of CBS

Cue the job seeking Nick Brady…

As a sidebar… errr… B-arc, Cameron is defending a paranoid schizophrenic on a murder charge – a case that hinges on the jury seeing him as he was that day, unmedicated.

For the most part, Doubt’s premiere is well done – the cast is extremely good and director Adam Bernstein keeps things mostly breezy – pausing only for the most important moments of drama (like Billy saying why he’d leave a sixteen-year old girl in a park in the early morning).

DOUBT (CBS, Wednesdays, 9/8C) — Katherine Heigl, Laverne Cox — Photo courtesy of CBS

Laverne Cox, as the openly transgender Cameron is as good as she’s ever been on Orange Is The New Black and steals virtually every scene she’s in – she is probably the best thing about the premiere.

Gould is magnificently imperious as Isaiah, and Hill is properly earnest as Albert.

The success of the show depends on Heigl, though, and while she is up to playing the complex Sadie as a smart, professional woman, Sadie’s not a character who would be so idiotic to make the mistake of falling for a client – or especially behaving like it. Not with the stakes being so high.

If you set aside that lapse, the show is a tolerable hour. If, like me, you can’t past that major case of idiot plotting – and it was a key element in the show’s premise, it would be best leave Doubt alone.

Final Grade: C

Emma Stone Talks Auditions On CBS Sunday Morning!

La La Land’s Emma Stone will guest on CBS Sunday Morning this week.

In an interview with Lee Cowan, Stone talks about the auditioning process; how she prepared for La La Land, and even the friends and family with whom she lived while starting out.

Stone’s interview will be aired on Sunday, February 12th (9am/8C).

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Contestants Named for Survivor: Game Changers!

The returning castaways for the upcoming season of Survivor: Game Changers have been announced.

They include two veterans of three previous seasons as well as a number first and second-time returnees.

The March 8th season premiere of Survivor: Game Changers will also be the show’s 500th episode.

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President Hijacks Primetime for Supreme Court Announcement!

CBS NEWS TO AIR PRIMETIME SPECIAL REPORT TONIGHT ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SUPREME COURT ANNOUNCEMENT

CBS EVENING NEWS anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley will anchor a CBS News Special Report in primetime tonight, Jan. 31, on the CBS Television Network for coverage of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee announcement. The announcement is expected to begin at 8:00 PM, ET.

The revised CBS evening schedule follows the break.

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Unconventional Combinations Make for Grammy® Moments!

One of the most compelling aspects of the Grammy® Awards is the way artists combine their talents in the live show.

For the 59th Annual Grammy® Awards some potential great moments will include: multiple nominee Maren Morris performing with 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys; Anderson .Paak and A Tribe Called Quest and 15-time Grammy® winner Dave Grohl; and two-time winner and current nominee The Weeknd and six-time winner Daft Punk.

James Corden hosts the 59th Annual Grammy® Awards, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 12th (8/7C).

Details follow the jump.

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Grammys To Salute The Bee Gees with Star-Studded Concert!

Andra Day, Celine Dion, DNCE, Nick Jonas, Tori Kelly, John Legend, Little Big Town, Demi Lovato, Pentatonix and Keith Urban Will Pay Tribute to the Five-Time Grammy®-Winning Group, The Bee Gees, as part of Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees. Bee Gees co-founder Barry Gibb will also take the stage.

The concert will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 14th – presented by CBS,  The Recording Academy® and AEG Ehrlich Ventures to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of the soundtrack album for Saturday Night Live.

Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees will be broadcast on CBS later this year.

Tickets for the concert go on sale on Friday, January 27th. Details follow the break.

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