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Saints March to Ratings Victory

by Scott Harris, posted Feb 8th 2010 2:00PM
The New Orleans Saints have another big win to celebrate just one day after claiming the Super Bowl crown: the title of ratings champion.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, last night's Super Bowl broadcast grabbed a crushing 46.4 rating and 68 share for the Saints 31-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Those numbers are up eight percent over last year's game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals, which is particularly impressive considering that broadcast set a Super Bowl record with 98.6 million viewers.

Even more impressive: this year's total of 106.5 million viewers is the largest television audience in American history, just edging out the previous record set by the 1983 finale of 'M*A*S*H.'

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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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'Undercover Boss' Preview: New CBS Show to Debut Post-Super Bowl

by Allyssa Lee, posted Feb 5th 2010 3:00PM
There's been a lot of fuss surrounding CBS' unconventional decision to premiere its new reality series 'Undercover Boss' in the coveted post-Super Bowl slot. But is the show actually worth watching?

'Boss' follows high-ranking executives from corporations such as 7-Eleven, Hooters and White Castle as they swap out their suits for uniforms and work their own company's front line. It promises to be a moving look at bridging the disconnect between employers and employees in today's shaky U.S. workforce.

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'Undercover Boss': 'You pee in a can?' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 1st 2010 11:01PM
Oprah, Undercover BossWe've heard people touting 'Undercover Boss' as the next big reality show, and maybe that's true. The premise is that a big-wig boss goes "undercover" and works among his employees.

At first glance, you'd think that the boss is going to find all these slackers doing as little work as possible. But that's not what happened when Larry O'Donnell, COO of Waste Management, donned a cap and went to work picking up trash.

As we learned during his appearance on 'Oprah' (weekdays, syndicated), O'Donnell found something quite different -- women who pee in a can so they don't have to take time off to go find a bathroom. And a dedicated employee on dialysis who works circles around perfectly healthy people. In this instance, the work ethic in America is alive and well.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Is 'Undercover Boss' the Next Great Reality Show?

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Feb 1st 2010 9:02PM
Undercover Boss sends CEOs into the field to see how their employees get along.The time slot right after the Super Bowl is usually a good place to air. And CBS is hoping that holds for its new reality show, 'Undercover Boss.'

With more than 100 million viewers set to tune in, some are too lazy, too stuffed with party food or (let's face it) too drunk to change the channel. So, they'll stick around for whatever comes on after the final whistle. This year, it's

The new pilot is a stealth reality show -- looking to combine the cheap, easy ingredients of interoffice drama, humor and shock reveals. The title is self-explanatory, but the premise takes a large company and sends its CEO in as an average employee. As that CEO mixes and mingles with his fellow employees, he gets to see what their days are like, whether they enjoy their jobs, etc.

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Undercover Boss already causing controversy (UPDATE)

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 11th 2010 11:36AM
cbs_undercover_bossUndercover Boss is the hot new reality series from CBS, so hot that the network is going to give the show a premiere after the Super Bowl broadcast. That pretty much guarantees a huge opening Nielsen rating. Having seen a screener of the program, I think it will be a hit. It's very effective. However, there's another reason the show will be a success. From the economic point of view, CBS will make a lot of money from Undercover Boss because most of the participants won't be paid. This is according to a story in the New York Post.

That's right, only the executives on Undercover Boss are paid for being on camera. All the workers shown in the program, the people who are unaware that the boss is by their side experiencing every aspect of the business, do not receive compensation for appearing on camera.

UPDATE: CBS has contacted TV Squad to report that... "No one in the company is being paid for their participation on Undercover Boss. Neither the employees, the executives nor the companies receive compensation for participating in the show."

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'Undercover Boss' Preview (VIDEO)

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 23rd 2009 10:05AM
One of the few simple joys of work is being able to complain about your boss to your co-workers. But what if one of your co-workers secretly was your boss?

That terrifying concept is the idea behind the new reality series 'Undercover Boss,' which, as we reported earlier this week, will be debuting on CBS in February following the Super Bowl. The network is taking executives from the world of big business and covertly placing them in entry level positions at their own company in order to give the boss a lesson on just how his grand ideas affect the actual people working underneath him.

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'The Amazing Race 16' to Premiere Feb. 14

by Allyssa Lee, posted Dec 21st 2009 4:00PM
Break out the maps and brush up on your languages: CBS has scheduled its premiere date for its next installment of 'The Amazing Race.'

The Emmy-winning reality series, in which teams of two compete in a race around the globe, is set to premiere its 16th cycle on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 8PM. It will be paired up with 'Undercover Boss,' a new reality show that will settle into its regular 9PM time after it debuts in the coveted post-Super Bowl slot on Feb. 7.

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'Undercover Boss' Lands Coveted Post-Super Bowl Slot

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 21st 2009 11:15AM
'House.' 'Survivor.' Some guy that works at Hooters. What do these three things have in common? Well, after February 7, they will all share the distinction of having followed the Super Bowl on prime time television.

Yes, according to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS, which will be airing this year's Super Bowl, has decided to buck conventional thinking by scheduling the premiere of their new reality series 'Undercover Boss' in the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot. 'Boss,' which takes executives from large corporations such as Hooters, 7-Eleven and White Castle and puts them into entry level positions at their own companies to see how their decisions effect the common man, will open with Waste Management COO Larry O'Donnell cleaning porta-potties.

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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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TV Squad previews CBS's new shows

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 2nd 2009 2:00PM
cbs_logoGenerally speaking, CBS had a strong 2008, developing one bona fide hit drama -- The Mentalist -- even though shows like The Ex-List never found an audience or a critical plaudit. Ironically, I liked The Ex-List based on the screener I reviewed last summer, so go figure. Sometimes a preview can inform you about a show's potential and sometimes it's just the best it'll ever be.

CBS has shared previews for the new season and we've had a chance to take a look. There are star vehicles for Jenna Elfman, Alex O'Loughlin and Julianna Margulies, which would seem logical based on the success of Simon Baker as The Mentalist. CBS is counting on familiar, popular TV stars to win over audiences. Will the strategy work? It's probably too soon to tell.

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