US expands Survivor, Amazing Race to 90 minute episodes
Plus first trailers for Elsbeth with Carrie Preston and Matlock with Kathy Bates.
Blame Australia for this one? Nahh.
But the USA is set to follow in the Reality TV landscape by expanding its episodes of Survivor and The Amazing Race to permanent 90 minute episodes.
The move appears to be in response to the current US writer’s strike as CBS looks ahead to addressing its Fall schedule with more Unscripted television. That may prove to be a longterm impact upon US screenwriters if they find less scripted work being commissioned by networks.
However, according to Deadline, “CBS did it to strengthen the night in a move reminiscent of NBC’s supersizing of its signature Thursday comedies almost two decades ago. The venerable reality titles have been the main attraction on Wednesday, and both have always had extra footage left on the cutting room floor, with deleted scenes features scoring with fans.”
There are three new scripted shows announced by CBS, Elsbeth, a spin-off from The Good Fight / Good Wife and Matlock rebooted with Kathy Bates in the lead. Australian broadcasters are yet to be announced.
Elsbeth stars Carrie Preston (The Good Wife) as Elsbeth Tascioni, an astute but unconventional attorney who, after her successful career in Chicago, utilizes her singular point of view to make unique observations and corner brilliant criminals alongside the NYPD. Based on the character featured in The Good Wife and The Good Fight. Elsbeth stars Carrie Preston as Elsbeth Tascioni, Wendell Pierce as Captain C.W. Wagner and Carra Patterson as Officer Kaya Blanke. Robert King, Michelle King, Liz Glotzer and Jonathan Tolins are executive producers. Tolins will serve as showrunner. Robert King directed the pilot from a script he wrote with Michelle King. The series is produced by CBS Studios.
Matlock stars Kathy Bates as the brilliant septuagenarian Madeline “Matty” Matlock, who achieved success in her younger years, and decides to rejoin the workforce at a prestigious law firm where she uses her unassuming demeanor and wily tactics to win cases and expose corruption from within. Inspired by the classic television series of the same name. Matlock stars Kathy Bates as Madeline “Matty” Matlock, Skye P. Marshall as Olympia, Jason Ritter as Julian, David Del Rio as Billy and Leah Lewis as Sarah. Bates, Jennie Snyder Urman, Joanna Klein, Eric Christian Olsen and John Will are executive producers. Kat Coiro directed the pilot from a script written by Urman. The series is produced by CBS Studios.
Poppa’s House, a multi-camera comedy featuring Damon Wayans Sr. and his son, Damon Jr. is also ordered.