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    NCAA® March Madness®

    NCAA® March Madness®

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    March Madness returns with live coverage of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. CBS has been televising the Tournament since 1982 and was the exclusive broadcaster for all games (except the Tuesday play-in game) from 1991 through 2010. The only exception was 2003 when the daytime first round games were moved to ESPN to accommodate CBS News' coverage of the Gulf War.

    The 2011 Tournament marked a new-era of television coverage as the $10.8 billion, 14-year contract with CBS and Turner kicked in. The 67 games will be spread across four networks (CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV) allowing for all games to be televised nationally.

    The Tournament, one of the most popular events on the U.S. sporting calendar, is a single knockout tournament staged annually at various sites across America. The field, increased to 68 teams (from 65) for 2011, is made up of 32 automatic bids for conference tournament winners and 36 at-large bids as determined by a selection committee. The committee also determines the seeding for each participant. The tournament takes place over three weeks beginning in mid-March.

    There are four geographic regions with 16 teams each and the winner of each region qualifies for the national semi-finals, which are better known as the Final Four. During the first week, there are two First Four games (which reduce each region to 16 teams) each on Tuesday and Wednesday, 16 second round games each on Thursday and Friday and eight third round games each on Saturday and Sunday which reduce the field to 16 teams. The 16 teams are better known as the Sweet 16. During the second week, there are four Regional semi-final games each on Thursday and Friday and two Regional final games each on Saturday and Sunday which determine the Final Four participants.

    During the third week, the National semi-finals are contested on Saturday night and the National Final on Monday night. This guide begins with the 1978 Tournament, as that was the first year in which all games were televised on one network or another.

    The first HDTV telecasts were the 2000 Final Four and National Championship games. From 2001 through 2006, a limited number of games were shown in HDTV and since 2007 all games have been televised in HD. The telecast format is shown in the Recap of each Tournament game for the 2000-2006 seasons.moreless
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    Super Bowl

    Super Bowl

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    The Super Bowl is the biggest football game of the year. Each year since 1967 two teams battle it out on the gridiron for the NFL's most prized possession, the Lombardi Trophy, which was named after legendary Green Bay coach Vince Lombardi, the winner of the first two Super Bowls.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers hold the record for most Super Bowl victories with six. The Dallas Cowboys have the most appearances in The Super Bowl with eight.

    Four teams have never made it to the Super Bowl; they are the Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Houston Texans.moreless
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    The Defenders

    The Defenders

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    This CBS TV drama follows two Las Vegas defense attorneys who support their clients above all else. Nick Morelli (James Belushi) is a hard working attorney, and Pete Kaczmarek (Jerry O'Connell), who loves not only the law but beautiful women and fast cars, work together to protect their clients in Sin City. Joining them is young attorney Lisa Tyler (Jurnee Smollett) who wants to break free of her Vegas show girl past, and Zoey Waters (Tanya Fischer) as their capable and skilled assistant.moreless
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    Mad Love

    Mad Love

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    Four single friends living in New York City are looking for love in this CBS rom-com series.
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    Charlie Brown

    Charlie Brown

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    Charles Schulz's classic comic strip Peanuts started in 1950. Fifteen years later, A Charlie Brown Christmas debuted. When The Little Christmas Special that Could proved to be an unexpected success, the stage was set for successive television specials. To date, over forty have been made. The Charlie Brown specials focus on one round-headed kid, his goofy but intelligent beagle, and their vast array of friends. Each has distinctive qualities: Lucy, the crabby, self-proclaimed psychiatrist; Linus, the blanket-toting theologian; Schroeder, the Beethoven worshiper whose black piano keys are only painted on; Peppermint Patty, the tomboy whose affections toward "Chuck" are only outweighed by her sports abilities; and so on. The wit, the charm, the pleasantness of these specials make them appropriate not just for children, but for the whole family.moreless
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    The Grammy Awards

    The Grammy Awards

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    In similar fashion to their film equivalent (The Academy Awards), The Grammys is an awards show that honors the achievements of the members of the professional music recording industry through a voting system. The members of the Recording Academy vote on who they think is most deserving of an award in 108 categories as specified by the academy. Each year the awards are presented during a live telecast that was begun in 1971 by ABC, but has since been televised by CBS after they bought it in 1973. They were initially known as the Gramophone Awards this is because the trophy itself is a golden gramophone but later they became the Grammys.moreless
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    The Job

    The Job

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    The Job comes from Mark Burnett and Michael Davies. Contestants on The Job compete for their dream jobs at America's top companies.
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    Hallmark Hall Of Fame

    Hallmark Hall Of Fame

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    Beginning in 1955, Hallmark Hall of Fame has been a series of specials (appearing four to eight times a year throughout the 1960s The Hallmark Hall of Fame was launched on Christmas Eve 1951, with the world premiere of Amahl and the Night Visitors, an original opera by Gian Carlo Menotti. Viewer response was so positive that encores were televised. The next original production, of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, was broadcast in April 1953. More people watched Hamlet that evening than had cumulatively seen it in all its live performances in the 350 years since it had been written. Founder of Hallmark - Joyce C. Hall, Aired on NBC.moreless
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    The Daytime Emmy Awards

    The Daytime Emmy Awards

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    The Daytime Emmy Awards debuted as its own award show in 1974 with only three categories: The Top Soap, The Top Actress, and The Top Actor. Since then daytime television has grown into a major small screen force, and The Daytime Emmy Awards has become the most highly-anticipated event of the year for fans and professionals alike.moreless
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    Return to Lonesome Dove

    Return to Lonesome Dove

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    This mini-series takes off where Lonesome Dove ended. Captain Woodrow F. Call (Jon Voight) decides to head back to his Montana ranch with a heard of wild horses. Call's unacknowledged son Newt Dobbs (Rick Schroder) has been left in charge of the ranch in his absence.moreless
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    Let's Make A Deal

    Let's Make A Deal

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    This show is a new take on the classic where audience members dress in crazy costumes to win big prizes and cash by making deals with the host, Wayne Brady.
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    Three Rivers

    Three Rivers

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    This is a medical drama about an acclaimed transplant hospital and the team, which hold life and death in their hands everyday. The team is comprised of Dr. Andy Yablonski, the lead surgeon; Dr. Miranda Foster, a woman trying to live up to her father's reputation; Dr. David Lee, a resident more interested in his private affairs; Ryan Abbott, the new transplant coordinator struggling to balance the aspects of his job; Pam Acosta, the surgical nurse and Dr. Sophia Jordan, the head of surgery who needs to keep everyone in line. Every case is viewed from the perspective of the team, the recipient and the donor. This show is set in Pittsburgh at Three Rivers Medical Center, William H Foster Transplant Wing.moreless
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    The Ellen Show

    The Ellen Show

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    "What's a small-town girl turned L.A. businesswoman to do when her high-profile, high-finance start-up Internet company goes belly up? And when her social life out west is not doing so great either? Well, as played by Emmy winner Ellen DeGeneres, she reacts by saying goodbye to her dot-com world and heading back to her hometown to put her life together. It remains to be seen, however, whether the best way to do that is by becoming a counselor at her old high school--they still teach Home Economics, for crying out loud--and by moving in with her eccentric mother and unlucky-in-love sister."

    "Ellen Richmond (DeGeneres)...decides to trade the stresses of her fast-track, big-city lifestyle for the slower pace of her quieter hometown, where she is known and loved. It remains to be seen, however, whether or not returning to her hometown, a fishbowl of a place, and her eccentric mother, Dot (Cloris Leachman), and scatter-brained sister, Catherine (Emily Rutherfurd), is the best course of action. At home, Ellen becomes reacquainted with her senior prom date, Rusty (Jim Gaffigan), who thinks they can pick up where they left off, and her befuddled high school teacher, Mr. Munn (Martin Mull). Though worlds apart from the people who love her, Ellen begins to adjust to a very different way of life." (CBS press release)

    DeGeneres bounced back from the cancellation of her ABC sitcom with this star vehicle, previously titled Ellen, Again. Like her ABC sitcom, her character was, yep, gay. (The series was nominated in 2002 for a GLAAD award for Outstanding Comedy Series.) Unlike her ABC sitcom, it was actually funny. Ellen was in good company, surrounded by a supporting cast full of actors from a wide array of failed CBS TV series. The chemistry was great, the scripts were good. All the cards seemed to be in place. Except for the audience one. A roaring ratings failure from Day 1, The Ellen Show was on just about every pundit's list as one of the sure-thing casualties of the fall -- especially after its lead-out bit the dust after two weeks -- with many of them speculating that CBS was waiting until Ellen's gig hosting the November, 2001 Emmy Awards (that it was their turn to broadcast, and that were postponed a couple times thanks to 9/11) was over and done with before rendering the show over and done with. That way, Ms. DeGeneres -- never one to accept rejection graciously -- couldn't get even by hosting them the Whoopi Goldberg way. But then a funny thing happened. Ellen did a fine job hosting the ceremony, winning lots of critical raves and managing to make people forget about what was going on in the world. And while The Ellen Show probably should have been cancelled anyway, CBS followed up her hosting performance with something even better than a standing ovation or a bouquet of roses. They awarded her show a 22-episode full season. Those same pundits were stunned, and the ailing sitcom seemed like it had a new lease on life when the network followed up the announcement with one stating that it would get a 3-week trial run Mondays at 8:30, a time slot that was nothing if not better than the dead-air equivalent it held on Friday. Unfortunately, after the Monday tryout was over, it returned to Friday -- as if CBS CEO Les Moonves had forgotten when the same exact programming move worked wonders for the languishing ratings of a certain self-entitled Gregory Hines vehicle four years earlier. Ratings even worse than they had been before it moved to Monday, coupled with limp numbers when it was on Monday, prompted Moonves and company to wish they hadn't been so magnanimous, and after the cast and crew managed to shoot 18 of those 22 episodes, the plug was pulled. As was the show itself, so as not to do damage to the Don Bellisario project, First Monday, scheduled to air following it. CBS had 5 episodes of The Ellen Show at their disposal, and chief CBS spokesman/B.S. artist extraordinaire, Chris Ender, swore that they'd air in March and April, 2002 -- going so far as to insult everybody's intelligence by claiming that the series was under consideration for the fall, and production was only stopped because they didn't "have room" for 4 more episodes (crapola nonsense that they'd later rehash for another lame duck, The Stones). Of course, the only thing they didn't have room for anymore were the huge defecits. Advertisers had their fill, and those 5 episodes went straight to the nearest trash can. Curiously, although Ellen's complaints about ABC's supposed mistreatment of a show given four and a half seasons, great time slots and a huge send-off could fill volumes, her complaints about CBS' actual mistreatment of a show given three and a half months, terrible time slots and no send-off couldn't even fill a postcard. Perhaps this was because she had already set her sights on her daytime talk show, which would debut to big hoopla, if not big ratings, two seasons later.

    A little trivia: The Ellen Show was originally proposed as a show-within-a-show that lampooned the TV industry, featuring Ellen as the host of a fictitious variety series (The New Ellen Show). Practically no one at CBS was interested, and so instead, we got this. Ellen said she got the idea of The Ellen Show while watching Ed. The series was originally set to be produced by Michael Ovitz's production company, the Artists Television Group, who did make the pilot. However, the editor bankrupted them, and CBS took over their ownership stake before the first episode aired. The other ATG show picked up for Fall, 2001, WB's Lost in the USA, was not so lucky. When ATG died, so did it.

    Theme song "The Ellen Show (Main Title Theme)" written by Jude Christodal

    The Ellen Show is produced by The Hurwitz Company / CBS Productions, in association with Columbia TriStar Television

    Broadcast History -----------------

    Sep 2001, Mon 9:30-10:00 Sep 2001-Oct 2001, Fri 8:00-8:30 Oct 2001-Nov 2001, Fri 8:30-9:00 Dec 2001, Mon 8:30-9:00 Dec 2001-Jan 2002, Fri 8:30-9:00

    First telecast: September 24, 2001 Last telecast: January 11, 2002 Show type: Multi-Camera Sitcom Number of episodes: 18 Media: 35mm filmmoreless
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    Miami Medical

    Miami Medical

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    Miami Medical is a medical drama about a team of expert trauma surgeons who shine brightest when working under pressure against the clock to save critically injured patients. The team is comprised of Dr. Matthew Proctor, who is new to the trauma team, Dr. Eva Zambrano who is a workaholic surgeon, Dr. Christopher Deleo, who thrives on the high-stakes of trauma medicine, Dr. Serena Warren who is fresh out of medical school and is quickly learning the meaning of trial by fire and nurse Tuck Brody, who balances the needs of the doctors, and their patients' families. Miami Medical is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television, Warner Bros.moreless
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    Made in Jersey

    Made in Jersey

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    Made in Jersey follows a brassy street-wise lawyer who joins a posh Manhattan law firm and lowers expectations at first sight. But, despite her white-collar colleagues' skepticism and her Italian family's well-meaning but constant intrusions, she rises to the challenge. She defends her clients with her distinct brand of legal strategy, intelligence, and Jersey attitude.moreless
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    Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials

    Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials

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    Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials is an annual special event from CBS Online that invites viewers to revisit their favorite commercials from that year's Super Bowl and cast their vote online, allowing fans all over the country to help decide which of the hilarious advertisements deserves to go down in history as that year's best Super Bowl commercial. The Super Bowl has always been the biggest football event of the year, but for years now it's also been a much-anticipated source of the best commercials on television. These companies pay over two and a half million dollars for these thirty-second spots, a suitably high price considering these short ads will reach over ninety million viewers. As a result of the hefty price tag and enormous audience, these companies put all their effort into making the absolute best and most memorable advertisements they can. Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials is a fun video series that replays the most-loved ads from the Super Bowl and lets viewers decide which ones deserve to go down in history.moreless
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    People's Choice Awards

    People's Choice Awards

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    For more than 30 years fans have been honoring their favorites in the world film, television and music by voting in a variety of categories. When the polls close for the People's Choice Awards, the red carpet rolls out and the Hollywood venue fills with stars and power-players as awards are handed out to the top of each prestigious category, and only then can it be known that the people have spoken.moreless
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    Partners

    Partners

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    Partners is a comedy that revolves around architects Joe (David Krumholtz) and Louis' (Michael Urie) friendship, which has lasted longer than either of their romantic relationships and almost seems like a weird marriage -- until Joe decides to propose to his girlfriend. The pair is joined by Sophia Bush and Brandon Routh.moreless
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    Rob

    Rob

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    Rob follows the life of a lifelong bachelor after he decides to finally buckle down and get married - into a very close Mexican-American family.
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    Accidentally on Purpose

    Accidentally on Purpose

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    A San Francisco newspaper film critic becomes pregnant after a hookup with a much younger man and together they raise a non-traditional family. Golden Globe Award winner Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg) plays Billie, who after a hard breakup with her boss, James (Melrose Place's Grant Show) then gets knocked up by Zack (Windfall's Jon Foster). They agree on an unconventional arrangement to raise the child and live together platonically. But when Zack's friends turn her place into a frat house, Billie isn't sure that the plan can work out. Completing the cast are Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty) as Billie's best friend Olivia, Lennon Parham as her younger married sister Abby, and Nicolas Wright as Davis, one of Zack's freeloading friends. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Mary F. Pols, Accidentally on Purpose is executive-produced by Lloyd Braun, Gail Berman, Gene Stein, and Claudia Lonow with CBS Television Studios.moreless
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