‘Lawmen: Bass Reeves’ Paramount+’s Most Watched Global Series of the Year

“Lawmen: Bass Reeves” has set a new record as Paramount+’s most watched global series premiere of the year. Episodes one and two, which the series debuted with, have been seen by an average global audience of more than 7.5 million for the first seven days across Paramount+ and its broadcast sampling run on CBS.

The series follows the journey of Reeves (David Oyelowo) and his rise from enslavement to law enforcement as the first Black U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi. Despite arresting over 3,000 outlaws during the course of his career, the weight of the badge was heavy, and he wrestled with its moral and spiritual cost to his beloved family. 

“Our goal at Yoruba Saxon is simple, to normalize the marginalized for a global audience,” Oyelowo, executive producer and star, said in a statement. “The international embrace of ‘Lawmen: Bass Reeves’ shows that borders are no boundary to a fresh perspective on a great story.” 

“We’re so thrilled with the response this series has garnered from viewers around the globe,” Domenic DiMeglio, EVP and chief marketing officer, Paramount Streaming, said in a statement. “The incredible story of Bass Reeves was not widely known and thanks to David’s passionate efforts to bring this story to life, audiences are now learning more about the fascinating and inspiring man that was Bass Reeves and his contributions to history.” 

“Bass Reeves is an American hero and the first Black U.S. marshal west of the Mississippi River; we are honored to amplify his powerful story based on the creative vision of David Oyelowo, Chad Feehan and our brilliant partner Taylor Sheridan,” Chris McCarthy, president/CEO, Showtime and MTV Entertainment Studios, said in a statement. “The record setting performance of ‘Lawmen: Bass Reeves’ catapulted it into the top five most streamed shows in the U.S. and is just another proof point of how our unique multi-platform approach continues to be a competitive advantage,”

The original drama premiered exclusively on Paramount+ with two episodes on Nov. 5 in the United States and all Paramount+ international markets. 

CBS broadcast aired a special sampling of the first two episodes on Nov. 12 following an episode of “Yellowstone.”

The remaining six episodes are rolling out weekly on Sundays exclusively on Paramount+, with the finale streaming Dec. 17.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

The cast also includes Shea Whigham and Garrett Hedlund as guest stars, and, in recurring roles, Joaquina Kalukango, Lonnie Chavis, Tosin Morohunfola, Dale Dickey, Rob Morgan, Ryan O’Nan, Margot Bingham, Mo Brings Plenty, Justin Hurtt-Dunkley and Bill Dawes.

Created for television by executive producer and showrunner Chad Feehan, the series also is executive produced by Oscar nominee Taylor Sheridan, Oyelowo, David C. Glasser, Jessica Oyelowo, David Permut, Christina Alexandra Voros, Ron Burkle, Bob Yari and David Hutkin. The series is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios, 101 Studios, Sheridan’s Bosque Ranch Productions and Oyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon, and is distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution outside of Paramount+ international markets.

Season Two of ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Available on DVD Oct. 3

Season two of “NCIS: Hawai’i” arrives on DVD Oct. 3 from CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment.

The release will include all 22 episodes on six discs, plus three crossover episodes from the “NCIS” universe, exclusive special features, and behind-the-scenes looks with the cast and crew.

Season two follows Special Agent Jane Tennant (Vanessa Lachey, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer) and team as they investigate even more high-stakes crimes involving military personnel, national security, and the mysteries of the Aloha State itself. The season starts off with a bang after the team learns about a planned attack on RIMPAC (The Rim of the Pacific Exercises) in Oahu, the world’s largest International maritime warfare exercise.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

The series also stars Jason Antoon (Minority Report), Noah Mills (Sex and the City 2) and Yasmine Al-Bustami (TV’s “The Originals”).

Final Season of ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Due on DVD Sept. 5

The final season of “NCIS: Los Angeles” will be available on DVD Sept. 5 from CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment.

The final season release will include all 21 episodes on six discs, including two crossover episodes, special features that go behind the scenes with cast and crew, and exclusive deleted scenes.
 
In the final season of “NCIS: Los Angeles,” amid the happy news about Callen and Anna’s engagement, Hetty Lange is still on a dangerous mission and will need the help of the NCIS team to save her. The NCIS team must also focus on dangers both at home and abroad, with a bombing at a military combat drone facility and shocking news about the fighting overseas. 

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

The final season stars Chris O’Donnell (Batman & Robin), LL Cool J (Deep Blue Sea), Eric Christian Olsen (Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd), Gerald McRaney (“This Is Us”) and Daniela Ruah (Red Tails).
 
A complete series set also will be available and features every episode of the series along with nearly 17 hours of bonus content.

Season Two of ‘Your Honor’ Arrives on DVD July 18

Season two of “Your Honor,” starring Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), arrives on DVD July 18 from CBS Video and Paramount.

In the series, disbarred, disgraced, and all but destroyed ex-judge Michael Desiato (Cranston) is offered a ray of hope when a federal agent recruits him to take down the empire of corruption and vengeance that runs New Orleans. The series also stars Isiah Whitlock Jr. (“The Wire”), Emmy nominees Michael Stuhlbarg (Doctor Strange) and Hope Davis (About Schmidt).

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

From the executive producers of “The Good Wife,” “The Good Fight” and “The Night Of,” the season’s guest stars include Academy Award nominated Rosie Perez (“The Flight Attendant”), Emmy Award winner Margo Martindale (“The Americans”) and Amy Landecker (“Transparent”). The three-disc set includes all 10 episodes, along with extras.

Special features include “Behind the Episode: The Prison Rodeo”; “Bryan Cranston’s Day on Set”; “Rosie Perez as Olivia”; “After the Episodes”; and deleted scenes.

Complete Series Set of Classic TV Show ‘Bonanza’ Due on DVD May 23

Bonanza: The Official Complete Series arrives on DVD May 23 from Paramount Home Entertainment and CBS.

The series collection includes all 14 seasons — 431 full-length episodes — together for the very first time, along with an exclusive bonus disc containing nearly two and a half hours of rare content not seen in more than 60 years. Every episode has been restored and remastered from the original 35mm film camera negatives. 
 
Bonanza: The Official Complete Series will be available for the suggested retail price of $244.99.

The multiple award-winning series “Bonanza” (1959-1973), which follows the Cartwright family of Ponderosa in the West, was created and produced by David Dortort and stars Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker and Michael Landon, plus appearances by Victor Sen Yung, Ray Teal, Bing Russell, David Canary, Mitch Vogel and Tim Matheson.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

Special features include:

  • Michael Landon Visits Sweden — Interview (1962)
  • “Lorne Greene’s Bonanza” — episode of the CBC series “Telescope,” chronicling “a day in the life” of the beloved actor, including rare behind-the-scenes “Bonanza” set footage (1963)
  • Lorne Greene Interview — episode of the CBC series “Take 30” (1966)
  • All-American Soap Box Derby featurettes “The Long, Happy Race,” narrated by Lorne Greene (1962), and “Sideline …? Or Starting Line?,” narrated by Dan Blocker (1964)
  • The Cartwrights Visit “Sesame Street” (1970)
  • The Last Party (“wake” gathering of the “Bonanza” company days after the series’ abrupt cancellation in November 1972; audio with slide show)
  • Blooper/Gag Reel
  • Michael Landon: Q&A session with Vikki Carr and “The Tonight Show” audience (audio with slide show; 1973)
  • Lorne Greene: Comedy Routine (1981)
  • New Featurette: Mariette Hartley’s Memories
  • Public Service Announcement (P.S.A.): “Endangered Wildlife — with Lorne Greene” (1975)
  • U.S. Savings Bonds P.S.A.s with Lorne Greene and Dan Blocker (1968)
  • Salute to “Bonanza” (Narrated by Orson Welles; 1976)
  • Michael Landon: The Last Interview (slide show with audio; March 1991)
  • Episode Trailers with rare on-camera introductions, “Mighty Is the Word” (introduced by Lorne Greene; 1965), “The Prince” (introduced by Dan Blocker; 1967) and “Dark Enough to See the Stars” (introduced by Michael Landon; 1967)
  • 1959 NBC Fall Preview promo — announcing the show’s premiere
  • 1961 NBC on-air promo narrated by Lorne Greene
  • 1967 NBC Fall Preview promo (designed by Bill Feigenbaum)
  • 1972 Chevrolet Billboard intro
  • “The Ed Sullivan Show” — Pernell Roberts Sings (1965)
  • “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” — Lorne Greene Interview (1972)
  • Gallery of rare publicity, episodic, behind-the-scenes and portrait photos 

Season Six of ‘SEAL Team’ Headed to DVD May 23

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release season six of “SEAL Team” on DVD May 23.

The military drama follows the elite unit of Navy SEALs led by Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz) as they must rebound from a devastating ambush on the battlefield that leaves the team forever altered and the team’s future unknown.

The three-disc collection features every episode in the season, and nearly an hour of exclusive special features, including deleted scenes, a gag reel and more.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

In addition to Boreanaz, the series stars Jessica Paré (“Mad Men”), Max Thieriot (“Fire Country”) and Neil Brown, Jr. (Straight Outta Compton).

The series streams on Paramount+.

Sixth and Final Season of ‘The Good Fight’ Due on DVD March 14

The sixth and final season of the CBS series “The Good Fight” will be released on DVD March 14 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Created by Emmy nominees Michelle and Robert King (“The Good Wife”), “The Good Fight” bows its final season in a the three-disc collection that includes all 10 episodes plus deleted scenes, a gag reel and “The Good Fight: A Farewell Featurette.”

In the sixth and final season of “The Good Fight,” Diane (Emmy Award winner Christine Baranski) feels like she’s going crazy struggling with an uneasy sense of déjà vu, with everything from Roe v. Wade to voting rights, to Cold War aggressions returning. Meanwhile, the lawyers of Reddick & Associates wonder if the violence that they see all around them points to an impending civil war. 

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

The series also stars Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Beauty and the Beast), Nyambi Nyambi (“Mike and Molly”), Sarah Steele (“The Good Wife”), Andre Braughar (“Brooklyn 99”), Charmaine Bingwa (“Emancipation”) and Michael Boatman (“Madam Secretary”). Guest stars include Emmy nominees Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife”), Gary Cole (“Veep”), Phylicia Rashad (“The Cosby Show”), John Slattery (“Mad Men”) and Emmy Winner Carrie Preston (“The Good Wife”).

N.Y. Attorney General Letitia James Secures $30.5 Million Settlement From CBS, Former CEO Leslie Moonves for Insider Trading and Concealing Sexual Assault Allegations

New York Attorney General Letitia James Nov. 2 announced that the state prosecutor’s office secured a $30.5 million settlement from CBS and former CEO Leslie Moonves for concealing sexual assault allegations against the executive, misleading investors about those allegations, and insider trading.

CBS, which remerged with Viacom to become Paramount Global in February, is required to pay $28 million, $22 million of which will go back to CBS shareholders and $6 million to strengthening mechanisms for reporting and investigating complaints of sexual harassment and assault. In addition, any stock trade made by a senior executive of CBS must be specifically approved by the company’s chief legal officer.

Moonves is required to pay $2.5 million, which will go to CBS shareholders. In total, CBS shareholders will receive $24.5 million. Additionally, for the next five years, Moonves is not allowed to serve as an officer or director of any public company doing business in New York without written approval by OAG.

The investigation found that CBS and its senior leadership knew about multiple allegations of sexual assault made against Moonves and intentionally concealed those allegations from regulators, shareholders and the public for months. The investigation also revealed that another senior executive at CBS — one of the few people who knew about the allegations — sold millions of dollars of CBS stock in the weeks before the allegations became public.

Moonves, who had been positioning himself to become CEO of  ViacomCBS, resigned in 2018 following the allegations. The company is now headed by former Viacom CEO Bob Bakish.

“CBS and Leslie Moonves’ attempts to silence victims, lie to the public, and mislead investors can only be described as reprehensible,” James said in a statement. “As a publicly traded company, CBS failed its most basic duty to be honest and transparent with the public and investors. After trying to bury the truth to protect their fortunes, today CBS and Moonves are paying millions of dollars for their wrongdoing. Today’s action should send a strong message to companies across New York that profiting off injustice will not be tolerated and those who violate the law will be held accountable.”

According to OAG, at the height of the #MeToo movement, CBS and Moonves became aware of several sexual assault allegations against the longtime executive and tried to conceal them from the public. The investigation also unearthed information about an LAPD captain’s direct and repeated interference with the investigation.

Specifically, on the day an individual filed a confidential criminal sexual assault complaint against Moonves at an LAPD station in Hollywood, the LAPD captain informed a CBS executive of the confidential complaint. The captain shared an unredacted police report with the executive, who shared it with Moonves and other executives at CBS.

As CBS allegedly tried to hide the allegations, OAG disclosed that the media company authorized its former chief communications officer, Gil Schwartz, who was aware of the allegations and the LAPD police report, to sell his shares. Six weeks before the first news article about the allegations became public, Schwartz sold 160,709 shares of CBS stock at an average price of $55.08 for a total of $8,851,852. The stock dropped almost 11% in value from the day before the news broke to the trading day after.

The settlement also requires CBS to continue its obligations under OAG’s Civil Rights Bureau’s agreement, which requires CBS to conduct annual employee surveys about the work climate within CBS, submit its sexual harassment training to OAG for review, enhance its outreach and recruitment efforts to hire more women at all levels of management, and financially commit to fund human resources reforms within CBS.

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.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

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.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!