CBS Cancels Fall Announcement Event Over Writers Strike


Kay Smythe News and Commentary Writer
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CBS postponed plans to announce its fall schedule for 2023 at an event May 9 amid a significant writers strike in the entertainment industry.

CBS was due to release the full line-up of its fall shows at NeueHouse Hollywood, but will now share its schedule in early May, likely via a traditional press release, Variety reported. The party was supposed to replace CBS’s place at the upfronts events held at Carnegie Hall in New York. This spot will now be filled by Netflix.

“Due to the WGA strike, we are postponing our Fall Schedule Reveal party at NeueHouse on May 9. We plan to reschedule the event at a later date, and look forward to hosting you at that time. The network will still release its new 2023/24 Fall schedule next week,” CBS wrote in a memo shared by Variety.

CBS has renewed at least 20 of its major series for new seasons, including a handful of procedural dramas such as “NCIS,” “NCIS: Hawaii” and “CSI: Vegas.” Also renewed are sitcoms “Ghosts,” “The Neighborhood” and “Bob Hearts Abishola,” among others. (RELATED: Reading ‘Lord Of The Rings’ And ‘1984’ Could Lead To Right-Wing Extremism, Gov’t Report Warns)

The WGA strike has also given America a much-needed break from late night shows such as “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” A previous writers strike in 2007 lasted 100 days, and has been argued as giving former President Donald Trump the necessary attention to help him run for president successfully less than a decade later.