New ‘Undercover Boss’ Missions Include NASCAR, DirecTV

CBS’ ‘Undercover Boss’ reality series will look under the hood of NASCAR and dish on DirecTV during its second season, CBS announced on Wednesday. In addition to sending NASCAR president Steve Phelps and DirecTV CEO Mike White ‘Undercover,’ Chiquita Brands boss Fernando Aguirre and Great Wolf Resorts CEO Kimberly K. Schaefer will infiltrate their companies’ […]

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CBS Sets Fall Premiere Dates, From ‘Nicaragua’ To ‘Miami’

Last but by no measure least, CBS has released its complete premiere plan for the fall TV season. The highly watched Eye kicks things off September 15 with the debut of ‘Survivor: Nicaragua,’ then goes on to premiere almost all the rest of its fare the week of September 20. Also Check Out The Fall […]

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CBS Comes Out on Top for the 7th Season in 8 Years

By DAVID BAUDER AP Television Writer NEW YORK Television’s champions for the season that concludes Wednesday will be familiar: the CBS network and Fox’s ‘American Idol‘ juggernaut. CBS’ status as the nation’s most-watched prime-time network for the seventh time in the past eight years isn’t in doubt. The network averaged nearly 2 million viewers a […]

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Kimmel At ABC Upfront Targets ‘Glee,’ NBC and Charlie Sheen

As is tradition, late-night funny man Jimmy Kimmel took the stage at ABC’s upfront presentation of its fall schedule to advertisers on Tuesday afternoon at Lincoln Center. Though Kimmel took a few less shots at his own bosses versus years past – possibly because the New York Times once ran a story errantly assuming he […]

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CBS’ ‘Undercover Boss’ Proved Good For Businesses

Michael Rubin went on CBS’ ‘Undercover Boss‘ hoping it would be good for business on “many levels.” After the episode aired in late March, the 37-year-old founder and CEO of GSI Commerce found himself overwhelmed by positive feedback. His phone didn’t stop ringing and email filled his Inbox. “The reaction has been amazing,” he told […]

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‘Undercover Boss,’ The New CBS Hit, Has Profound Effect

“Reality TV? No way!” That was the reaction of Michael Rubin, the 37-year-old founder and CEO of GSI Commerce, when his public relations department suggested he participate on the new CBS series, ‘Undercover Boss.” “There’s no way I’m doing that,” Rubin told his team. Then Rubin saw clips from the series premiere featuring Waste Management […]

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The Drama Club: Flying Below The Radar

Is That Show Still On? Call it ‘NCIS ‘syndrome.  There are a few television shows that, despite good ratings and dedicated fans, never get any hype.   These shows have the dubious distinction of being unappealing to journalists who live in New York and Los Angeles.  Yes, I am guilty as charged.  ‘One Tree Hill’ is […]

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New CBS Reality Show Isn’t Paying Participants

The new CBS series, ‘Undercover Boss,’ is being stingy with its employees. The reality show, which follows high-ranking corporate execs working incognito at entry-level positions at their own companies, has not been paying participants. Those doing the rank-and-file hiring were kept in the dark about the purpose of the series and “signed away their rights […]

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