In what some might consider a self-indulgent move, CBS is celebrating 30 years as the No. 1 network with an interactive exhibit held at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles, CA. The exhibit features one-of-a-kind memorabilia and original set pieces from the network’s current morning programs (The Price is Right, Let’s Make a Deal, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Talk) as well as tributes to older shows (As the World Turns and Guiding Light). Many of the shows’ stars got a chance to see the exhibit before guests and took a few selfies along the way.
Regardless of your feelings about self-promotion, CBS does have a lot to crow about. The network is celebrating one of the longest-winning streaks in TV history with its morning programming since 1986.
“This winning streak is an incredible source of pride for all of us at CBS,” said Angelica McDaniel, executive vice president, Daytime Programs, CBS Entertainment. “It speaks to three decades of great storytelling from the best creative artists in front of and behind the camera, and the amazing support from a very passionate and loyal fan base.”
Among the things to see on display at the CBS exhibit include:
- The Wheel, original podiums, and Bob Barker’s original microphone from The Price is Right show.
- The Car Pong Game; mascot costumes for Zonko, Zurtle, and Zonkey; and the original “#3” from the first stage door from the Let’s Make a Deal show.
- Set replicas of Victor Newman’s office, the Chancellor Park set, and original scripts from The Young and the Restless show with writer William J. Bell’s handwritten notes.
- Fashion runway, set costumes, and a 24-foot-tall family tree from The Bold and the Beautiful.
- An original host table from The Talk as well as costumes worn from the 2015’s Halloween show.
- Lots of cut-outs from the show’s stars for guest to pose and take selfies with.
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Currently, CBS has an average of 4.13 million viewers (which is the network’s largest since the 2006-07 season). The Talk, a rival woman’s talk show to ABC’s The View, began airing on October 18, 2010. Last year’s season held The Talk’s largest audience (2.70 million viewers) in the show’s six-year history.
Hosted by Wayne Brady since 2009, the game show Let’s Make A Deal averages about 3.29 million viewers while Drew Carry’s The Price is Right sees about 4.97 million viewers. The Price is Right has been on the air since 1972.
CBS’ daytime soaps, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and Beautiful, prove that the medium can still thrive in 2016. The shows see an audience of 5.20 million and 3.96 million respectively.
The CBS Daytime exhibit is free and open to the public Wednesdays to Sundays from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Paley Center for Media located at 465 N. Beverly Drive at S. Santa Monica Blvd. The exhibit runs from today until November 27.
“The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public,” states the Paley Center for Media’s website.
The Paley Center for Media boasts of an international collection of over 160,000 programs from over 70 countries and covers almost 100 years of television and radio history including news, public affairs programs and documentaries, performing arts programs, children’s programming, sports, comedy and variety shows, and commercial advertising.
[Featured Image by Neil Jacobs/CBS]