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Elementary to end after upcoming seventh season on CBS. The case is about to close: CBS' Elementary will come to an end after its upcoming season, EW has confirmed. The long-running procedural, which debuted in 2012, will wrap with its seventh season. The decision to end the series was made when the series was renewed for season 7, and the final season has already finished production. Elementary put a modern spin on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's tales of Sherlock Holmes. Starring Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock and Lucy Liu as the gender-flipped Watson, named Joan, the series saw the pair investigating cases in New York City alongside the NYPD, with Joan initially serving as Sherlock's sober companion and later becoming his partner-in-crime-solving. The season 6 finale saw the duo finally move to Baker Street in London, though the 13-episode season 7 will reportedly find them back in New York at some point. Executive producer Robert Hewitt Wolfe reacted to the news of the show's cancellation on Twitter, thanking his colleagues and calling the chance to work on the series a "career highlight." "Once again, just wanted to say what an incredible honor it was to work on this show. From creator Rob Doherty and his partner-in-crime Carl Beverly, to my fellow writers, our amazing cast and crew, our top-notch editors, #Elementary was a 1st class group in every way," he said in the first of four tweets. He continued: "Working on #Elementary was a career highlight and I'm insufferably proud of what we've achieved. Doyle wrote 60 Holmes mysteries, we did 154. Jonny Lee Miller and @LucyLiu have played Holmes and Watson on screen more than any pair in history." Wolfe added that the seventh season will likely air in the late spring or early summer, though the network has yet to set an official premiere date. (Entertainment Weekly)
'Fuller House' Season 4: Candace Cameron Bure Was Actually Shocked by Jodie Sweetin's Bisexual Line. Surprise! Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) surprised fans � and her sister D.J. Tanner (Candace Cameron Bure) � during the eighth episode of Fuller House season 4. While attending an awards ceremony, Stephanie comments that the winner of Best Veterinarian's Clinic "was only open for three weeks," before adding, "I had a girlfriend longer than that." Her sister is completely shocked. "Wait, what?" she says while Gia (Marla Sokoloff) cannot stop laughing. Soon after, Sweetin, 36, also starts giggling. The laughing was actually real, too � neither Sokoloff nor Bure were told about the line ahead of time. "Jodie switched up the line in that take and we weren't expecting it, so it was everyone's true reaction and we broke," Bure, 42, wrote on Twitter Opens a New Window. on December 15. "So they kept it in." The moment received a ton of attention on social media. "STEPHANIE TANNER IS BISEXUAL I LOVE THAT," one user wrote Opens a New Window. . Another added, "Stephanie Tanner came out as bisexual on Fuller House and I am LIVING for it Opens a New Window. ." However, not everyone was thrilled Opens a New Window. with the "bisexual" title, with one fan writing, "I don't think having one girlfriend makes you 100% bisexual." At the end of season 4, Stephanie became a mother. After revealing she couldn't have children in a previous story line, Kimmy (Andrea Barber) offered to be a surrogate for her longtime neighbor. "I think it's going to be really fun for fans to see what Stephanie's like as a parent," Sweetin, who has two children of her own, told the Today show on December 14. "And I think it's going to be great to have that interaction of D.J. and her parenting style, Steph and her parenting style and Kimmy and hers. I think it's gonna be a really fun dynamic for the three women in the house with all the kids." As for what kind of mother she'll be, Sweetin noted that it won't be what anyone is expecting. "I think she might be a little more uptight and nervous than anybody thinks she's going to be. But I think that she's definitely going to be different than D.J. and Kimmy," the Entertaining Christmas star said. "I think she's not going to be kind of as crazy and wild, and wanting the approval like Kimmy does. I don't think she's going to be quite as uptight as D.J. is, and rigid. I think she's going to have a lot of fun being a mom. But if I had to pick one person that she's gonna be like, it'll probably be Uncle Jesse (John Stamos). I think she and Jesse have a lot of similarities." Fuller House is now streaming on Netflix. (UsMagazine)
Les Moonves Officially Ousted From CBS, Will Not Receive $120 Million Severance. Following an investigation into multiple allegations of misconduct, CBS has officially fired Les Moonves. The CBS Board of Directors released a statement on Monday, sharing the results of the investigation in regard to Moonves. "The Board of Directors of CBS has completed its investigation of former Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves, CBS News, and cultural issues at CBS," the statement begins. "With regard to Mr. Moonves, we have determined that there are grounds to terminate for cause, including his willful and material misfeasance, violation of Company policies and breach of his employment contract, as well as his willful failure to cooperate fully with the Company's investigation." The Board adds, "Mr. Moonves will not receive any severance payment from the Company." "As a result of their work, the investigators also concluded that harassment and retaliation are not pervasive at CBS," the statement continues. "However, the investigators learned of past incidents of improper and unprofessional conduct, and concluded that the Company's historical policies, practices and structures have not reflected a high institutional priority on preventing harassment and retaliation. The investigation determined that the resources devoted to the Company's Human Resources function, to training and development, and to diversity and inclusion initiatives have been inadequate, given the size and complexity of CBS' businesses. Employees also cited past incidents in which HR and the Company did not hold high performers accountable for their conduct and protect employees from retaliation." "The Board, which includes six new members, and the Company's new management have already begun to take robust steps to improve the working environment for all employees," the statement reads. "Among other things, the Company appointed a new Chief People Officer, is actively engaged in ways to enhance and reimagine the Human Resources function and has retained outside expert advisors to develop other initiatives for promoting a workplace culture of dignity, transparency, respect and inclusion. These efforts will continue to be a high priority for the Board and the Company's management, and we will continue to work together to communicate with our workforce in that regard." "We would like to thank everyone who cooperated with the investigation and applaud CBS' employees for remaining focused on their jobs during this very difficult time," the Board concludes. "We look forward to the people of CBS returning their full attention to the outstanding work that they do every single day." Moonves, who has denied the allegations against him, resigned as CEO in September following multiple sexual misconduct claims made against him in two Ronan Farrow articles in the New Yorker. At that time, Moonves released a statement in response to the allegations. "For the past 24 years it has been an incredible privilege to lead CBS's renaissance and transformation into a leading global media company," the statement began. "The best part of this journey has been working alongside the dedicated and talented people in this company. Together, we built CBS into a destination where the best in the business come to work and succeed." "Untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am. Effective immediately I will no longer be Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CBS," the statement continued. "I am deeply saddened to be leaving the company. I wish nothing but the best for the organization, the newly comprised board of directors and all of its employees." (Eonline)
Gayle King is furious about the upheaval at CBS -- and could be prepared to walk, Page Six is told. After Page Six reported that CBS is ready to revamp King's "CBS This Morning," we're told King may not even stay at the network. The co-anchor gracefully handled the exit of co-anchor Charlie Rose in November 2017, taking the reins alongside Norah O'Donnell and John Dickerson. She also weathered CBS chief Les Moonves' ignominious firing -- but the exit of her executive producer, Ryan Kadro, may be the last straw for King, who has just one year left on her CBS deal, we're told. "Gayle is furious. She very much has had to hold everything together on the show. But she's particularly upset that Ryan is leaving -- and that he was mistakenly linked with the CBS payoffs," said an insider, referring to recent reports on Kadro's exit. "It remains to be seen what she'll do, and what her future is at CBS." Meanwhile, we're told that insiders are hopeful that the network's top female staffers will benefit when the long-awaited report into the alleged misconduct of Rose, Moonves and "60 Minutes" producer Jeff Fager is finally released. We're told that senior staff including Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews -- CBS News' executive vice president and de facto No.?2 to under-fire president David Rhodes -- as well as vice president of news Kim Godwin and senior broadcast producer at "CBS Evening News" Brinda Adhikari are all names to watch in the near future. A source said: "There are all these very smart, ambitious women who could definitely benefit from seeing the company restructured." A rep for King declined to comment. A CBS rep had no co (Page Six)
'Van Helsing' Renewed for Season 4 on Syfy With New Showrunner. Jonathan Walker will take over for Neil LaBute at the helm of the Canadian import. Van Helsing is returning to Syfy. The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has picked up a fourth season of the Canadian import, only without showrunner Neil LaBute. Instead, Jonathan Walker (Continuum, Wu Assassins) will take over as showrunner for the 13 new episodes that will air in 2019. LaBute will still be involved with season four and will write three scripts for the series while juggling his time as showrunner on Netflix's The I-Land, starring Kate Bosworth, Alex Pettyfer and Natalie Martinez. That series also hails from Van Helsing producers Nomadic Pictures. News of Van Helsing's renewal comes as the genre drama based on the movie of the same name will wrap its third season Dec. 28. Never a ratings breakout (the drama is averaging 400,000 viewers through its first 10 episodes in season three), Van Helsing represents a low-cost acquisition for Syfy. The cable network has found success in that space with such series as Wynonna Earp and Z Nation, as those counterbalance expensive swings like originals Happy and Nightflyers. Walker exec produces the series, starring Kelly Overton, Missy Peregrym and Jonathan Scarfe, alongside Nomadic's Chad Oakes and Mike Frislev, Industry Works' Evan Tyler, Echo Lake Entertainment's Dave Brown and Zadoc Angell and Dynamic TV's Daniel March. Dynamic TV handles worldwide distribution for the series, excluding first-run in the U.S. and Canada. The series airs globally on Netflix. "Having been in the writing room on Van Helsing since season one I'm excited to take the reins as showrunner from Neil LaBute," Walker said. "Season four will delve deeper into the iconic lore of the vampires and their ultimate goals for this world. New villains will rise along with unexpected heroes joining the fight. We have a fantastic build planned for this season and I'm thrilled to share it with our dedicated fans." Van Helsing is part of a Syfy scripted roster that includes anthology Channel Zero, the final season of Killjoys, The Magicians, Wynonna Earp, Z Nation, Happy, Krypton, The Purge, Nightflyers and the upcoming Deadly Class and animated late-night talker Alien News Desk. (Hollywood Reporter)
TV Ratings: 'The Voice' Inches Up Ahead of Finale. An 'America's Got Talent' special also scores decent numbers for NBC. The final performance episode of The Voice improved a little in Monday's ratings as NBC swept all three hours of primetime. The show is currently at a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49, pending updates for a Monday Night Football preemption in New Orleans. If it holds, it would be a 0.2 improvement on the prior week's outing. An America's Got Talent special also put up decent numbers with a 1.2, pending updates. NBC also led every hour in total viewers. The night was otherwise relatively light on original programming as the networks wind down their slates for the holidays. The Neighborhood scored a 1.0 for CBS, off slightly week to week, while Happy Together drew a season-low 0.7. Magnum P.I. and Bull were repeats. At ABC, The Great Christmas Light Fight ticked up to 0.7, while news special 2018: In Memoriam pulled a 0.6 at 10 p.m. Fox aired repeats of The Resident and 911; The CW's Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow were also reruns. NBC averaged a 1.5 in the 18-49 demo in primetime, pending updates, more than doubling the 0.7 for second-place CBS. ABC was third at 0.6, followed by Fox, 0.5, and The CW, 0.1. (Hollywood Reporter)