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Les Moonves Holds Court at CBS Holiday Bash

CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves — sans wife Julie Chen who is fully ensconced in L.A. for her ensemble daytime show, “The Talk” — celebrated with his CBS minions, and the press who cover them, at CBS’ Black Rock headquarters last night.

CBS' annual airing of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" drew 12.2 million viewers Nov. 30.

Several stars of CBS primetime shows were there, including Tom Selleck who stars in “Blue Bloods,” and Christine Baranski and Matt Czuchry of “The Good Wife.” And while Moonves can tout having the most-watched TV network, the stars of his struggling news division also worked the room — including the new front four of “The Early Show:” Erica Hill, Chris WraggeJeff Glor and Marysol Castro. The team will be hitting the road next week, making stops at several CBS affiliates where the #3-in-the-ratings show performs relatively well. (Our sister blog TVSpy reports Wragge’s last day on WCBS is today.)

We talked with show EP David Friedman and CBS News & Sports President Sean McManus who both expressed their confidence in the team. “It’ll take some time,” said McManus, “but this is a good group. I’m excited.”

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CBS CEO Leslie Moonves to Wife Julie Chen: ‘If [The Talk] Doesn’t Work, I’ll Cancel You’

Talk about a straight shooter.

Yesterday, CBS premiered “The Talk” its daytime talk show featuring a panel of moms. The show’s host is former “Early Show” anchor Julie Chen, who also happens to be married to CBS CEO Leslie Moonves.

For their opening show, each of the panelists receieved a video greeting from a loved one. Because Chen’s son Charlie is too young to speak, she heard from her husband, who had these encouraging words:

“There are two reasons why I want this show to work. The first is that I love my wife so much, and the second is that if it doesn’t work, I’ll cancel you. See you at home dear.”

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Sharon Osbourne & Harry Smith’s Kiss….awkward

Harry Smith sat down with the hosts of “The Talk,” Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini, and Marissa Jaret Winokur, about the new show, which premieres tomorrow at 2pm. “We’re not going to be as political as ‘The View’ is,” Julie Chen said, “It’s gotten to be a very political show.” The conversation went smoothly, until Sharon Osbourne said to Harry Smith, “Now you’ve met all of us. Which one of us would you chose to be intimate with?”

See what happens after the jump…
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Maggie Rodriguez Returns From Maternity leave

CBS “Early Show” anchor Maggie Rodriguez returned from maternity leave this morning, and was joined by her co-anchors Harry Smith and Julie Chen. Chen will be leaving the program full-time as she begins to focus on her upcoming daytime talk-show “The Talk.”

Warning: “yummy” pictures and lots of baby talk ahead:

CBS ‘Early Show’ Team to Reunite Monday

early_show_logo091610.jpgIt has been a crazy year for the team at CBS’ “The Early Show,” with many babies being born and a marriage thrown in for good measure.

Monday, co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez returns from maternity leave and the entire crew will be back together again. Rodriguez will be joining fellow co-anchors Julie Chen and Harry Smith, as well as weather anchor Dave Price.

Rodriguez, Chen and news anchor Erica Hill have all given birth this year, with Price tying the knot.

Brad Bessey Named Executive Producer of ‘The Talk’

Bessey080610.jpgCBS’ upcoming daytime panel show “The Talk” has lined up an executive producer. The program is bringing on Brad Bessey, currently co-executive producer of “Entertainment Tonight” to helm the show.

Bessey had been with “ET” for 15 years.

“The Talk” features Julie Chen and a panel of moms talking about issues of the day. Not surprisingly it has drawn many comparisons to the ABC daytime talker “The View.”

Related: Mary Hart to Step Away from “ET” After 30 Years.

New CBS Daytime Show Will be Called ‘The Talk’

chen2_7-21.jpg We already mentioned the new, very “View”-like CBS daytime talk show coming this Fall.

Now, according to reports coming out of the CBS session at the 2010 TCA Summer Press Tour, the program has a name: “The Talk.”

Hosted by Julie Chen, the CBS “Early Show” anchor, “Big Brother” host and wife to CBS CEO Les Moonves, the program will feature a panel of moms talking about things important to women and news of the day.

See? Totally different than “The View.”

&bull Variety has more from CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler:

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Julie Chen to Co-Host New Daytime Talk Show

chen2_7-21.jpg“CBS Early Show” co-anchor — and Mrs. Les MoonvesJulie Chen will be one of five moms on a new roundtable talk show the network is planning to launch this fall in place of soap opera “As the World Turns.”

NYTimes’ Media Decoder reports, “The other hosts are Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini, and Marissa Jaret Winokur. Ms. Gilbert developed the format for the show, and will executive-produce as well as co-host it.”

As we noted, word of a May pilot surfaced in the spring for a program that would send Chen into CBS daytime. Chen has popped up infrequently on the morning show in 2010, though she recently made a number of appearances for the program from Los Angeles, which is where the new show will be based. Though Chen will officially no longer be an “Early Show” co-host, it’s likely we’ll continue to see her make limited appearances.

Was CBS Corp.’s Les Moonves Overpaid?

MoonvesChen_5.6.jpgIn a study for Bloomberg News, pay expert Graef Crystal looked at the compensation of 271 CEOs and found the average slipped 4.7% last year to $9.95 million, with extremes ranging from $43.2 million for CBS Corp.’s Leslie Moonves to $245,322 for Google Inc.’s Eric Schmidt.

Using formulas developed over 30 years in the business, Crystal crunched the numbers and found CBS overpaid Moonves, who is married to CBS Early Show co-anchor Julie Chen, by $28 million.

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About that Julie Chen Show … And What About Amanda Holden?

Chen_4.22.jpgMore angles are emerging on Julie Chen‘s future with CBS.

Insiders tell us, if the pilot she is taping for CBS Daytime next month becomes a series, it may only be a half-hour. CBS’s cancellation of “As The World Turns” in September will leave an hour to fill on the daytime schedule. CBS is thinking of giving back a half hour to affiliates and the other half might be filled by the Chen show.

The LATimes is also reporting that Chen plans to return to “The Early Show” in mid-May, anchoring for a time out of the New York studio. Chen is then expected to return to Los Angeles in the summer to tape the reality show “Big Brother,” but will continue hosting “The Early Show” from there.

Meanwhile, CBS News is shooting down this story that claims “Britain’s Got Talent” host Amanda Holden, “has landed a job as the main female anchor on The Early Show. She will cover for the current host Maggie Rodriguez, who is due to take maternity leave in the summer,” claimed DigitalSpy.

A CBS News spokesperson tells TVNewser there are “no talks at all” between Holden and CBS News.

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