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Yellowstone, UK version of Ghosts among additions to strike-hit CBS fall schedule

Western Yellowstone stars Kevin Costner

US broadcaster CBS is making wholesale changes to its planned fall schedule amid Hollywood’s dual-strike shutdown, with scripted dramas including Yellowstone and the British version of Ghosts making their broadcast debuts as part of a reworked programming lineup.

Also joining CBS’s fall schedule are Paramount+ originals Seal Team and docuseries FBI True, which are moving across from the streamer to linear. CBS said a third Paramount+ original would be joining its Monday schedule, though it has not yet confirmed which one.

On the unscripted front, The Price is Right Night and Let’s Make a Deal Primetime are joining the lineup alongside new, previously announced titles Buddy Games, Lotería Loca and Raid the Cage, the latter of which is a remake of an Israeli gameshow format. Big Brother and The Challenge: USA will also be extended from the summer into the fall.

Yellowstone, the popular western starring Kevin Costner and produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios, airs on basic cable channel Paramount Network in the US. This marks the first time the Taylor Sheridan-created show has aired on broadcast television in the US, with CBS set to begin airing the show on Sunday nights starting with the first season.

Meanwhile, the UK version of Ghosts, which is produced by Monumental Television Production in association with Them There for the BBC, will debut on Thursday nights. Repeats of the US adaptation of the show, produced by CBS Studios in association with Lionsgate Television and BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions for CBS, will join the lineup once Buddy Games has concluded its run. The US version, filmed in Montreal, was greenlit for a third season in January but pre-production was paused at the onset of the writers’ strike in early May.

As previously announced, CBS is airing 90-minute episodes of Big Brother and The Amazing Race back-to-back on Wednesday nights.

The previous iteration of CBS’s fall slate, unveiled in May, included 17 new scripted series and 15 returners. However, as the strike has continued – and with SAG-AFTRA members last week joining the Writers Guild of America on picket lines – it has become increasingly apparent that it would be impossible to keep the fall schedule intact.

George Cheeks, president and CEO of CBS and chief content officer of news and sports for streamer Paramount+, teased potential changes to the fall schedule during an appearance at Banff World Media Festival last month. At the time, he said that some Paramount+ originals might be moved to CBS primetime and that the broadcaster might further bulk up its unscripted offering.

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