CBS and Warner Bros. TV announced they will stream live behind-the-scenes action of an episode of the freshman sitcom The Class, which airs Monday nights at 8:30 p.m. The episode, titled "The Class Springs a Leak," will air Feburary 19.
A live stream of the table read--the first time the entire cast sits down and reads the full script--will occur at 11 a.m. Monday, January 15. On Wednesday, January 17, at 1 p.m., an entire run-through--a full rehearsal of the episode--will stream. Both streams can be seen at The Class TV.com.
Class has performed so-so in the ratings since its debut, averaging 9 million weekly viewers.
But the stunt puts CBS at the head of the Internet class. NBC recently announced it was mulling the webcasting of rehearsals for Saturday Night Live, but CBS is the first to use the Web in this manner.
CBS also announced that it was hooking up with online viral site YouTube in a campaign called "15 Seconds." In "15 Seconds," users can upload their own personal 15-second video at YouTube, with the chance to have it aired on CBS. The first user-generated video will air duing CBS's coverage of Super Bowl XLI on Sunday, February 4.