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CBS Announces 2012 Midseason Schedule

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 14th 2011 6:50PM
Rob SchneiderUnlike NBC, CBS is keeping its midseason line-up pretty much the same.

The changes: In place of 'Rules of Engagement' on Thursdays at 8:30PM will be Rob Schneider's new sitcom '¡Rob!' and on Sundays at 8PM ET 'Undercover Boss' will replace 'The Amazing Race.'

In '¡Rob!,' Schneider stars as a newlywed who must deal with his wife's new tight-knit Mexican-American family. Cheech Marin also stars.

CBS says 'Rules' will return to Thursdays at 8:30PM ET at a later date. 'The Amazing Race' has not been given a midseason premiere date or timeslot.

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Fox Orders More 'Napoleon Dynamite' & 'Allen Gregory,' 'Torchwood' Gets Good Start on Starz & More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 11th 2011 7:00PM
Allen GregoryBefore either show has debuted, Fox has handed out additional script orders to new cartoons 'Allen Gregory' and 'Napoleon Dynamite.'

According to Vulture, 'Gregory' received an order for six new scripts and 'Dynamite' got seven.

More script orders could happen this fall if Fox continues to like what it sees.

Look for 'Gregory' to premiere Oct. 30 after 'The Simpsons' traditional 'Treehouse of Horror' special. 'Dynamite' is set for mid-season.

In other TV news ...

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UC Riverside Chancellor Connects With Student on 'Undercover Boss' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 2nd 2011 2:24AM
Tim White & Christina Rodriguez, 'Undercover Boss''Undercover Boss' (Sun., 9PM ET on CBS) wrapped its season by taking us inside the University of California Riverside campus. Chancellor Tim White went inside the school system to see how things were working, and ensure his school was giving the best education it could to its students.

Of all the experiences he had working undercover, none touched him so much as a moment of quiet with Christina Rodriguez, whom he worked with as a tour guide on the campus.

While they sat and talked, Christina opened up and talked about her father, who was in a car accident a year ago. He's now in a nursing home in what she described as a brain dead state, but is officially being called a coma.

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Shelly Sun Breaks Down After a Long Day's Work on 'Undercover Boss' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 18th 2011 5:26AM
Shelly Sun of BrightStar Care, 'Undercover Boss'The idea behind 'Undercover Boss' (Sun., 9PM ET on CBS) is for CEOs to get into the trenches with their workers and learn things they may not have known about their company. Shelly Sun may have gotten more than she bargained for, as her tenure on the show opened her eyes to more than just her company, BrightStar Care.

She learned a lot about herself, and perhaps gained a new perspective on the importance of family and life priorities. She's put her business so far ahead of everything, she can't even remember the last time she changed a diaper -- or if she ever has, and she has twins!

After doing at-home care with an elderly patient, she recalled the last days of her own father. "I could have had another whole day or two with him if my priorities were in the right place," she lamented. "I'd give anything to get that last couple days back."

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'Undercover Boss': Baja Fresh CEO Gives a Free Franchise (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 11th 2011 3:45AM
Free Franchise on 'Undercover Boss'On 'Undercover Boss' (Sun., 9PM ET on CBS), CEO David Kim donned a fake goatee/soul patch to work at a few Baja Fresh Mexican Grill franchises. He was struck by the kindness of general manager José in Las Vegas -- so much so that Kim wanted to mentor him as a franchise owner.

"I want to let you know that I'm going to give you your very own franchise," he told José after revealing his true identity. "That's worth $50,000. You're going to be the youngest franchisee in our Baja system." José began to weep with happiness. The CEO added, "Thank you for not firing me that day."

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CBS Renews 'The Amazing Race' and 'Undercover Boss'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 28th 2011 7:25AM
Phil KeoghanGreat news for fans of reality TV: CBS has announced that it has renewed its Sunday night duo of 'The Amazing Race' and 'Undercover Boss.'

Both shows held their own against NBC's 'Sunday Night Football' during the fall and according to TVGuide.com they will most likely remain where they are in the schedule.

'The Amazing Race' averaged 12 million viewers last fall, and its ratings in the coveted adults aged 18-49 demographic went up by 3 percent despite the competition from football. 'Undercover Boss' has also performed strongly, with an average of 12.3 million viewers and solid ratings.

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Bill Massa of Synagro Gives Cindy Gifts That Touch Her Heart on 'Undercover Boss' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 28th 2011 2:37AM
Bill Massa Synagro, 'Undercover Boss'Bill Massa was a slightly different case study for 'Undercover Boss' (Sun., 9PM ET on CBS). He's only been the big boss at Synagro for about a year. In a way, the shortness of his tenure made it easier for him to slip undercover within the ranks of his company.

It also proved helpful to Massa as he was looking to reinvigorate the waste-treatment company into one that's more environmentally friendly and forward thinking. The show gave him a rare opportunity to analyze his company from top to bottom.

Of the four jobs he took on, he was most touched by Cindy, who works alone in a big plant that separates solid and liquid waste. While working with her, he learned about her grandson and her daughter, who received treatment for a brain tumor at St. Jude's Hospital.

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MGM Grand COO Makes a Huge Mistake Working Tables on 'Undercover Boss' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 21st 2011 1:56AM
Scott Sibella, COO of MGM Grand, 'Undercover Boss'Scot Sibella, COO of the MGM Grand, learned first-hand how difficult some of the jobs are in his casino on 'Undercover Boss' (Sun., 9PM ET on CBS). Working the roulette table, he saw how difficult it can be to take money away from people, especially when you're screwing up the spin.

The patrons even started giving him a hard time about it, rolling their eyes. One guy even told him he needed to spin the wheel faster. Unfortunately for them, a bad spin still nets a result, and so their losses are still real.

Then, frustrated at how he was performing, and the emotional pressure of the people facing him, Sibella committed the ultimate casino no-no. He put his hand in his pocket.

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'Undercover Boss' Needs to Be Clear on Who the Boss Really Is

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 17th 2011 8:00AM
The CEO of United Van Lines on CBS' 'Undercover Boss''Undercover Boss' is one of those reality shows that tries very, very hard not to let its seams show. In the two seasons it's been on CBS, it has taken pains to make sure that the CEO, mayor, executive or owner that dons the wig and glasses and goes undercover doing front-line jobs at his or her company isn't found out, despite the show's popularity. There's elaborate costumes, and a whole other film crew that shoots footage that never gets aired, just to throw people off the trail.

But one of the things they've been inconsistent with is identifying if the boss that's going undercover is actually someone who can actually perform boss-like tasks such as hiring, firing, and promoting people.

According to the Wall Street Journal, United Van Lines had to intervene after last Sunday's episode raised complaints that CEO Rich McClure gave promotions and training to the men he (and his wife, who was also undercover) worked with, but not the woman who was depicted on the show calling the company a "boy's club,"

"United is represented across the country by 400 independent and operated agencies," said a United spokesman. "So they're not employees. He is not really their boss."

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'Undercover Boss': Rich McClure Recruits His Wife to Learn the Truth About Women at United Van Lines (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 14th 2011 3:13AM
Rich McClure, 'Undercover Boss' United Van LinesSometimes it takes a woman's touch. In the case of Rich McClure's trek deep into the bowels of his own company on 'Undercover Boss' (Sun., 9PM ET on CBS), there was one facet of his business he simply could not uncover himself. So he sent his wife, Sharon in.

What they discovered is something that's still far too common in many different kinds of businesses. Applying for a claims job, the hiring manager, Linda, set Sharon straight on a sad reality as she perceived it.

"Don't do claims because you think it's going to take you somewhere else" Linda told Sharon, "Because it's not. This is an all-boys club. It's very, very, very difficult for a woman to move up unless she's familially related."

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The Mayor of Cincinnati Outs Himself to His Co-Worker for the Day on 'Undercover Boss' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 7th 2011 2:59AM
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, 'Undercover Boss''Undercover Boss' (Sun., 9PM ET on CBS) usually shows us corporate CEOs mingling with their employees at various levels to see what's really going on. Well, they took an interesting variation on that this week when they sent Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory undercover within his own government.

He made such a special connection with Arnneater Crawford, a parking violation officer, that he actually came clean about who he was to her. She nearly recognized him right away as it was.

It was after Crawford opened up to him about her struggles with her oldest son, who has cerebral palsy, and the difficulties she's had spending time with him because she just doesn't have the facilities or equipment necessary. He's currently in a nursing home.

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Mack Trucks CEO Denny Slagle Gives a Personal Check to Help an Employee's Sick Grandchildren on 'Undercover Boss' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 21st 2011 6:14AM
Mack Trucks CEO Denny Slagle, 'Undercover Boss'Week after week on 'Undercover Boss' (Sun., 9PM ET on CBS) we watch as corporate CEOs are touched by the lives of their employees. This week, Mack Trucks CEO Denny Slagle found himself particularly moved by Allan, an employee who keeps a positive outlook on life, while struggling to help his two grandchildren.

Both children have a genetic disorder that, according to their grandfather, is killing them. Treatments are expensive and not all of it is covered by insurance.

At the final meeting, when Slagle revealed himself to the employees he'd met, and tells them what's really been going on, he had a special surprise for Allan.

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An 'Undercover Boss' Blows His Own Cover to Give a Raise (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 17th 2011 7:10AM
Sheldon Yellen Drops Disguise on 'Undercover Boss'CEO Sheldon Yellen is the 'Undercover Boss' (Sun., 9PM ET on CBS) for Belfor Restoration, a disaster recovery company that restores damaged property. While working with Jen, a water tech, he learns that she'd received a promotion the year before but never got a raise to go with it.

Yellen tears up and says, "I don't think I'm supposed to do this," as he removes his hat, glasses and toupee. He divulges his true identity and tells her, "You're getting that raise that you want, and thank you for representing us the way you do." Jen starts tearing up, too, and the moment ends with a hug.

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Jason Ritter Returning to 'Parenthood,' 'Good Wife' Guest Stars and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 14th 2011 4:45PM
Jason RitterTaking a break from his day job at 'The Event,' Jason Ritter is returning to 'Parenthood.'

According to TVLine, Ritter will be back for one episode. Lauren Graham's character, Sarah, seeks advice from her former beau, Mark, played by Ritter.

"We're very excited to have him back," Jason Katims, 'Parenthood' executive producer, said. "Sarah comes to him for advice about something. It's only a few scenes, but what's nice about it is you see that they still have this amazing connection. They are great together."

In other casting news ...

The mayor of Cincinnati will appear on 'Undercover Boss.' Mark Mallory's episode has yet to be scheduled for airing. [WLWT]

Martha Plimpton is in talks to return to 'The Good Wife.' The 'Raising Hope' star appeared in two episodes last season and may return this spring. [Entertainment Weekly]

Robin Givens will appear on 'Chuck.' Givens will appear in multiple episodes as an agency head who makes an offer to Casey. 'Supernatural' and 'The Vampire Diaries' actress Lauren Cohan will recur on the series as Vivian, a socialite and daughter of a criminal mastermind. [TVLine]

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'Undercover' Boss Fears Washing Machines, Struggles to Load Laundry (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 10th 2011 8:30AM
UniFirst CEO Ronald Croatti on 'Undercover Boss'Ronald Croatti is the president/CEO of UniFirst, a company that provides and cleans uniforms. For him, being the 'Undercover Boss' (Sun., 9PM ET on CBS) requires lots of manual labor while wearing a bushy wig and fake mustache.

Working with Tony, Ronald must unload giant bags of laundry into spinning washing machines. "[I] had a little hesitancy, taking [me] way back to how my grandfather got killed in one of those washers," he says.

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