Battered by two strikes, CBS is turning to its corporate allies.
It will borrow “Yellowstone” (shown here) from the Paramount Network and two shows — “SEALS” and “FBI True” — from Paramount+. And, like other networks, it will load up on reality shows.
Several networks – ABC, Fox and CW – have already announced full schedules designed to circumvent the writers’ and actors strikes. CBS hasn’t finalized one yet, but it announced key pieces:
— “Yellowstone,” starring Kevin Costner as a modern ranch king, has been a ratings hit on cable. Now CBS will air reruns, from the beginning.
— “SEAL Team” jumped from CBS to Paramount+; now CBS retrieves it to air the fifth season.
— “FBI True” is another Paramount+ series, this time with FBI agents talking about real cases. CBS will air it on Tuesdays, the same night it reruns FBI dramas.
— “Ghosts” is adapted from a British series. Now CBS will play both episodes side-by-side.
— “Blue Bloods” reruns will go deeper than usual; they’ll be chosen from all 13 seasons.
— News and sports will continue, with “60 Minutes” occasionally expanding to 90 minutes.
— And, of course, there will be an overload of games and reality.
The network had already planned to expand “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race” to 90 minutes apiece. It delayed the start of four reality shows until August, letting them sprawl into the new season.
And now it’s adding more: There will be three new shows – “Buddy Games,” “Loteria Loca” and “Raid the Cage” – plus some primetime editions of “The Price is Right” and “Let’s Make a Deal.”