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Three Key Factors in the Success of 'Undercover Boss'

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 16th 2010 5:02PM
undercover_boss_cbs_logoSince landing the cushy debut time slot after the Super Bowl to launch its run, CBS's 'Undercover Boss' has been an unqualified success for the network. In fact, in nearly every Sunday since its premiere -- with or without the lead in of a sporting event -- 'Undercover Boss' has showed well in the ratings.

The season finale on April 11 was the number one program in the 18-49 rating, the one that TV execs covet the most. Therefore, you can understand why 'Undercover Boss' easily earned a second season renewal. It won't be a mid-season drop in, either. You watch, it's going to be on the CBS upfront schedule for the fall.

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Three Burning Questions About 'Undercover Boss'

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 22nd 2010 5:02PM
7-Eleven CEO Joe DePinto goes undercover in CBS' 'Undercover Boss'In my cubicle world days as an IT guy, I always wondered if upper management would have a much different picture of what went on among the rank and file if they just took some time to come to the office and do what we did. So the premise of the new CBS reality series 'Undercover Boss' intrigued me; a CEO goes undercover to work with various employees to see what really goes on where the rubber hits the road.

But after three episodes (and seeing the preview of the fourth), a few troubling questions have come up that make me wonder if this show is going to be as illuminating as originally thought:

1. Why so many food service companies? Of the five episodes already scheduled, three involve food service companies (Hooters, 7-Eleven and White Castle). I know these companies have more manual-labor, entry-level jobs than a technology company might have, and seeing the CEO of 7-Eleven struggle to make coffee is fun to watch, but the formula is going to get a little boring after a while, isn't it?

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Review: 'Undercover Boss' - Series Premiere

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Feb 8th 2010 8:30PM
Undercover Boss(S01E01) Networks usually give the post-Super Bowl time slot to household series or to series they really believe in and want to offer a ratings booster. This year, CBS decided to give the post-Super Bowl time slot to the new reality documentary series 'Undercover Boss.'

The series follows high-level CEOs are they go undercover in their own company to examine how things work outside of their ivory towers.

In the premiere, Larry O'Donnell (pictured right), president and COO of Waste Management, got out of his suit and put on worker clothes to live a day in the lives of four of his employees.

Does the concept work? Will I tune in for more? My two cents coming up!

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Larry O'Donnell Gets Emotional on 'Undercover Boss' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 8th 2010 5:00AM
Undercover Boss, Larry O'DonnellOn 'Undercover Boss' (Sun., 6PM ET on CBS), Larry O'Donnell, COO of Waste Management, went undercover to spend some time working on one of his garbage trucks.

But when a grateful customer wrote a sweet note to one of his employees, O'Donnell got understandably emotional. "I didn't think I'd be having these kinds of emotional issues riding on the back of a garbage truck," he said. "I had no idea."

Watch the video after the jump.

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CBS makes a surprise choice for the post-Super Bowl spot

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 21st 2009 10:28AM
cbs_logo_black_whiteOne of the most coveted parcels in prime time real estate is the hour after the broadcast of the Super Bowl. In 2010, CBS has the big game on Sunday, February 7, and after the pads pop and the Vince Lombardi trophy is hoisted, the program that the Tiffany network will air is not one of the usual suspects. The slot won't be used to pump up the next edition of Survivor, as many experts guessed.

It also won't be used to reinforce the success of sophomore drama The Mentalist, nor will the space be handed over to The Big Bang Theory for a one-hour stretched out sitcom episode. And the network isn't going to pump up a slipping series like CSI, which isn't getting the gaudy numbers it did in the William Peterson days. So, what will they run? Follow me after the jump to find out -- and consider this a SPOILER ALERT.

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