NOTES OF INTERESTNBC Retools Tuesday and Thursday; “This Is Us” Moves Back to Tuesday
After boldly announcing at its upfront it was moving “This Is Us” from Tuesdayto Thursday in an attempt to bring back “Must See TV,” NBC has now decided to leave the soon-to-be sophomore relationship drama in the Tuesday 9 p.m.hour. It will lead out of “The Voice” into debuting “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers,” which was originally scheduled in the Thursday 10 p.m.hour. NBC will now feature four comedies in the Thursday 8-10 p.m. ET block – “Superstore,” “The Good Place,” the revival of “Will & Grace” and “Great News” – into “Chicago Fire.” Here are the new retooled nights:
8:00 p.m. “The Voice”
9:00 p.m. “This Is Us”
10:00 p.m. “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers” (new)
8:00 p.m. “Superstore”
8:30 p.m. “The Good Place”
9:00 p.m. “Will & Grace” (return)
9:30 p.m. “Great News”
10:00 p.m. “Chicago Fire” (new day)
Vanessa Hudgens Joins Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance”
Actress, singer and dancer Vanessa Hudgens will join Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy as the third judge on upcoming 14th season of Fox’s veteran “So You Think You Can Dance.” The season premiere, airing Monday, June 12 from 8-9 p.m. on Fox, will mark Hudgens’ judging debut in part-one of the Los Angeles auditions.
The logline: The new season of “So You Think You Can Dance” features highly skilled dancers between the ages of 18-30 who will showcase their talents in various dance styles, including contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation, breaking and more. The Top 10 dancers will be paired up with All-Stars who will guide them throughout the competition as they vie for America’s votes and the title of America’s Favorite Dancer.
Glenn Geller Exits CBS Entertainment President Post; Kelly Kahl and Thom Sherman Promoted as a Result
CBS has announced that Glenn Geller is stepping down as President of Entertainment at the network. Geller, who replaced Nina Tassler in Sept. 2015 and was supposed to return this week following a mild heart attack he suffered in March, has opted not to return to his post. “The company is in discussions with Mr. Geller for a production deal with CBS Television Studios,” the network said in a statement.
As a result, CBS has announced a new leadership team for its Entertainment division, promoting long-time Entertainment executive Kelly Kahl to President, CBS Entertainment, and naming veteran creative executive Thom Sherman to the position of Senior Executive Vice President, Programming. Kahl, who will assume leadership of the Entertainment division effective immediately, will report directly to Leslie Moonves, Chairman and CEO, CBS Corporation. Sherman, who will join CBS from The CW later this week, will oversee creative affairs for entertainment programming in all dayparts and genres, reporting to Kahl.
As part of his new role, Kahl will also oversee Entertainment matters in Marketing and Promotion, Digital/Interactive, Diversity, Publicity, Research and Scheduling. Sherman will oversee CBS creative departments such as Comedy, Drama, Alternative, Daytime, Late Night and Specials, as well as Current Programming and Casting.