Blame Australia for this? Nah.
But the US will follow the reality TV landscape by expanding its episodes of Survived AND The incredible ride to permanent episodes of 90 minutes.
The move appears to be a response to the current U.S. writers’ strike as CBS looks ahead to tackle its fall schedule with more Unscripted television. This could prove to have a long-term impact on US screenwriters if they find less scripted work being commissioned by networks.
However, according to Deadline, “CBS did it to bolster the night in a move reminiscent of NBC’s oversizing of its Thursday comedies nearly two decades ago. The venerable reality titles were the star attraction Wednesday, and both always had extra footage left on the cutting room floor, with deleted scenes scoring with fans.
There are three new scheduled programs announced by CBS, Elsbetha spin-off of The Good Fight / The Good Wife AND Matlock restarted with Kathy Bates in the lead. Australian broadcasters have yet to be announced.
Elsbeth stars Carrie Preston (The Good Wife) as Elsbeth Tascioni, an astute but unconventional lawyer who, following her successful career in Chicago, uses her singular point of view to make unique observations and put brilliant criminals corner together with the NYPD. Based on the character from The Good Wife and The Good Fight. Elsbeth stars Carrie Preston as Elsbeth Tascioni, Wendell Pierce as Captain CW Wagner, and Carra Patterson as Officer Kaya Blanke. Robert King, Michelle King, Liz Glotzer and Jonathan Tolins are executive producers. Tolins will serve as showrunner. Robert King directed the pilot from a script he wrote with Michelle King. The series is produced by CBS Studios.
Matlock stars Kathy Bates as brilliant septuagenarian Madeline “Matty” Matlock, who rose to fame as a young girl and decides to rejoin the workforce of a prestigious law firm where she uses her unassuming demeanor and shrewd tactics to win cases and expose corruption from within. . Inspired by the classic TV series of the same name. Matlock stars Kathy Bates as Madeline “Matty” Matlock, Skye P. Marshall as Olympia, Jason Ritter as Julian, David Del Rio as Billy, and Leah Lewis as Sarah. Bates, Jennie Snyder Urman, Joanna Klein, Eric Christian Olsen and John Will are executive producers. Kat Coiro directed the pilot from a script written by Urman. The series is produced by CBS Studios.
Dad’s housea multi-camera comedy starring Damon Wayans Sr. and his son, Damon Jr. was ordered.