CBS Series ‘Ghosts’ Ready to Haunt 2022 Comic-Con

The CBS original series “Ghosts” will make its San Diego Comic-Con debut with a panel discussion and a few interactive experiences.

San Diego Comic-Con International returns as a live summer event July 21 to 24 San Diego Convention Center and surrounding areas of downtown San Diego.

The panel for “Ghosts” will take place Thursday, July 21, in Ballroom 20. The full cast, including “livings” Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar, as well as “ghosts” Brandon Scott Jones, Richie Moriarty, Danielle Pinnock, Asher Grodman, Román Zaragoza, Sheila Carrasco, Rebecca Wisocky and Devan Chandler Long, and executive producers Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, will take part in a panel discussion moderated by series guest star Matt Walsh. The panel will be and will treat fans with never-before-seen footage, including a preview of season two.

As part of CBS’s “Summer of ‘Ghosts’” immersive marketing campaign honoring the “recently departed” first season and its upcoming sophomore season this fall, “Ghosts” will show up in San Diego with Pinecone Trooper Pete’s “Friend Zone,” an activation with a campsite feel in honor of scout leader ghost Pete, whose unfortunate archery accident left him with an arrow through his neck for eternity. The activation will be set up at the Interactive Zone at Petco Park from July 21-24, and will feature a “scare-free” archery activation — but nothing is what it seems at this campsite setup on ‘the lawn’ of The Woodstone Mansion — the show’s setting and home to the ghosts. Fans can connect with Ghosts and ‘the other side’ through psychic mediums and programming that’ll give attendees insight into their past, present, and future lives.

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Fans who can’t make it to San Diego can still enjoy the “Ghosts” experience in the Metaverse, which, beginning on July 21, will take fans on an immersive journey through the haunted Woodstone Mansion to solve puzzles, undertake quests and earn limited edition, collectible NFTs. The “Ghosts” mansion was meticulously recreated using actual blueprints and features surprising interactions with the show’s main characters.

Season two of “Ghosts,” which CBS touts touted as the No. 1 new series on TV and the top comedy on streaming service Paramount+, premieres Thursday, Sept. 29, in its new time slot at 8:30 p.m. The entire first season is available to stream on demand on Paramount+. The series is produced by CBS Studios in association with Lionsgate Television and BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions. It is based on the BBC Studios series of the same name. Additional information about “Ghosts” activities at Comic-Con will be shared via the show’s official Instagram and Twitter accounts @GhostsCBS.

 

‘NCIS’ Season 19 Coming to DVD Aug. 16

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release NCIS: The Nineteenth Season on DVD Aug. 16.

The five-disc collection offers all 21 episodes from the show about military investigators, including the final episodes of Mark Harmon as special agent Gibbs.

From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.

The DVD set also includes exclusive behind-the-scenes featurettes.

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‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Season Two Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD July 12

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release Star Trek: Lower Decks — Season 2 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 12.

The animated series, which originally debuted on the Paramount+ streaming service, follows the adventures of the crew of the U.S.S. Cerritos, with a focus on the crewmembers who don’t always get the glory. The voice cast includes Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Eugene Cordero, Noël Wells, Dawnn Lewis, Jerry O’Connell, Frad Tatasciore, Gillian Vigman, Paul Scheer and Carl Tart.

The Blu-ray and DVD release includes all 10 episodes from the second season, plus more than an hour of extras, such as animatics; Easter eggs; audio commentaries on four episodes; the featurette “A Sound Foundation,” about the series’ sound design; and “Lower Decktionary: Season Two,” a look at the making of the episodes.

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Season Five of ‘The Good Fight’ on DVD May 3

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment May 3 will release The Good Fight: Season Five on DVD.

Emmy Award winners Christine Baranski (“Cybill”) and Audra McDonald (“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street — In Concert with the New York Philharmonic”) return in the latest season of the Paramolunt+ series. Diane (Baranski) is forced to question whether it’s appropriate for her to help run an African American law firm with Liz (McDonald) when the firm loses two of its top lawyers. Meanwhile, Marissa (Sarah Steele, “The Good Wife”) and the firm become entangled with Hal Wackner (Emmy Award winner Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland,” The Princess Bride), a regular Chicagoan who decides to open his own courtroom in the back of a copy shop.

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The series also stars Delroy Lindo, Charmaine Bingwa (Black Box), Nyambi Nyambi (“Mike & Molly”), Zach Grenier (Fight Club), Michael Boatman (“Spin City”). Guest stars include Emmy Award winners Wanda Sykes (“The Chris Rock Show”), Wayne Brady (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”), Jane Lynch (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Jane Curtin (“Kate & Allie”) and Emmy Award nominees Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”) and Ben Vereen (Intruders).

The three-disc collection features all 10 episodes from the fifth season, as well as an exclusive gag reel and deleted scenes.

 

CBS: 50 Million Watched Chaotic 49ers, Cowboys NFL Wild Card Game Ending

The NFL playoff game between longtime rivals the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys was watched by more than 41 million people — the highest audience for a wild card contest in seven years, according to CBS.

Driving viewership in part was the chaotic fourth quarter that saw the Cowboys battle back from a 23-7 deficit with a chance to take the lead with just minutes remaining. A slew of penalties and mistakes by both teams resulted in time running out for the Cowboys deep in 49ers territory.

CBS said 50 million people watched the ending of the game that sends San Francisco to Green Bay, Wisc., to the play the Packers on Jan. 22.

The NFL postseason remains a ratings giant, with the weekend’s other games drawing big numbers. More than 26 million people watched the Buffalo Bills easily beat the New England Patriots 47-17. The game was also streamed on Paramount+.

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The Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 31-15 win over the Philadelphia Eagles generated more than 30 million viewers, while the Cincinnati Bengals’ win over the Las Vegas Raiders generated almost 28 million viewers on NBC and Peacock. The platforms combined for more than 28 million viewers of the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs game won by KC.

Pluto TV Adds Slew of Classic TV Series

Ad-supported FAST service Pluto TV announced a new slate of classic and CBS series coming to the free service this fall.

Pluto TV, owned by ViacomCBS, has more than 52 million global monthly active users.

The new lineup consists of more than 15 series, including “Diagnosis Murder” (due Sept. 11 on TV Land Drama), “Touched by an Angel” (Sept. 13 on Pluto TV’s Drama Life channel) and “Medium” (Sept. 13 on the Drama Life and Crime Drama channel), which will be the first to join, with others to follow, including “Charmed,” “Taxi,” “The Brady Bunch,” “The Odd Couple,” the original “Hawaii Five-O” and many more, totaling more than 1,200 hours of programming. Other series on tap include “Sabrina The Teenage Witch,” “The Fugitive,” “Numbers,” “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” “One on One,” “Half & Half,” “Webster” and “The Parkers.”

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They join single-series channels “Gunsmoke,” “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Matlock,” which are currently streaming on the platform, as well as CBS properties spanning multiple genres and decades that include “Happy Days,” “Mork & Mindy,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Survivor,” “America’s Next Top Model,” “The Love Boat,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “The Amazing Race” and a dedicated “CSI” channel streaming “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: Miami” and “CSI: New York.”

CBS Slates Season 11 of ‘Blue Bloods’ for DVD Aug. 31

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release Blue Bloods: The Tenth Season on DVD Aug. 31.

“Blue Bloods” is a drama about a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement. Tom Selleck stars as Frank Reagan, the New York police commissioner, who heads both the police force and the Reagan brood. He runs his department as diplomatically as he runs his family, even when dealing with the politics that plagued his unapologetically bold father, Henry, during his stint as chief.

The cast also includes Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Marisa Ramirez, Vanessa Ray and Len Cariou.

The 11th season consists of 16 episodes and finds Frank clashing with the City Council Speaker (Whoopi Goldberg) over protests against police brutality.

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Season 4 of ‘MacGyver’ Reboot on DVD June 8

Lionsgate will release MacGyver: Season 4 on DVD June 8, containing 13 episodes from the CBS reboot of the classic action-adventure series.

Lucas Till stars as Angus “Mac” MacGyver, the resourceful government agents who fights crime with clever feats of engineering rather than lethal force. In the fourth season, ex-MI6 agent Russ Taylor (Henry Ian Cusick) recruits former Phoenix Foundation members Mac, Riley (Tristin Mays), Bozer (Justin Hires), Matty (Meredith Eaton) and Desi (Levy Tran) to hunt down a bioweapon that’s planned to be used by a mysterious organization for a devastating attack on a major U.S. city.

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Showtime Legal Drama ‘Your Honor’ Due on DVD June 15

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release the Showtime legal drama Your Honor on DVD June 15.

The 10-part limited series stars Bryan Cranston as respected New Orleans Judge Michael Desiato. After his teenage son, Adam (Hunter Doohan), is involved in a hit-and-run accident, the judge must tread carefully through a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices. Unbeknownst to Adam, the victim is the son of dangerous crime boss Jimmy Baxter (Michael Stuhlbarg) and his wife, Gina (Hope Davis), who are both out for vengeance and will not stop until justice is served on their own terms.

The cast also includes Carmen Ejogo, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Sofia Black-D’Elia, Maura Tierney, Amy Landecker, Margo Martindale, Lorraine Toussaint, Chet Hanks, Lamar Johnson and Lilli Kay.

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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry TV Interview Draws Big Ratings, But There Have Been Bigger

NEWS ANALYSIS — In today’s fractured media landscape, generating more than a pulse among viewers is considered a win for programmers. Oprah Winfrey’s highly-publicized two-hour sit-down CBS interview with Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle,  Duchess of Sussex, featuring allegations of racism and suicidal thoughts during the couple’s brief existence within the British Royal Family, drew an impressive 17.1 million average viewers, according to the network.

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The March 8 airing in the U.K. on ITV drew 11.1 million average viewers, peaking at more than 12.3 million. Another 2.2 million people streamed the Q&A. Media reports say online sales of the outdoor furniture Harry, Meghan and Oprah sat on sold out online. Heady stuff even in today’s influencer-dominated social media world.

But then CBS rookie cop TV series reboot “The Equalizer,” starring Queen Latifah, scored 11.1 million viewers through March 8. In fact, CBS’s venerable news magazine “60 Minutes” has scored some big celebrity interviews in recent years.

Porn star Stormy Daniels’ 2018 interview about her affair with married Donald Trump before he became president generated 22.1 million viewers. The show’s 2020 interview with Trump attracted 17.4 million viewers, despite being leaked online ahead of time by the president.

The show’s biggest Q&A: The Jan. 26, 1992, sit-down with presidential candidate Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, which attracted 34 million viewers in the pre-Internet days.  CBS’s biggest-ever ratings — 45 million viewers — was for the 1977 David Frost interview with former President Nixon, who had resigned years earlier to avoid being impeached for the Watergate scandal.

When it comes to all-time Q&A ratings winners: The  March 3, 1999, “20/20” interview on ABC with Monica Lewinsky drew 48.5 million viewers. But Oprah Winfrey’s Feb. 10, 1993, talk with Michael Jackson topped all with a massive 62.3 million viewers.