CBS All Access Primer

(Pictured above: Will Ferrell. Photo credit: Eva Rinaldi)

CBS All Access, the network’s subscription streaming service, is expanding its programming slate in the realm of drama, comedy and news.

The service will unwrap three new series, for which no cast lists were provided:

Strange Angel, a drama based on George Pendle’s book of the same name, involves “Jack Parsons, a mysterious and brilliant man in 1940s Los Angeles, who by day helps birth the entirely unknown discipline of American rocketry, and by night is a performer of sex magick rituals and a disciple to occultist Aleister Crowley.”  No debut date was announced.

No Activity, CBS All Access’ first original comedy series, is being created by comedian Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Funny Or Die.  “Set against the world of a major drug cartel bust,” No Activity “follows two low-level cops who have spent far too much time in a car together; two criminals who are largely kept in the dark; two dispatch workers who haven’t really clicked; and two Mexican tunnelers who are in way too small a space considering they’ve only just met.”  No Activity is scheduled to debut during the November 2017 to January 2018 hiatus in Star Trek: Discovery’s inaugural season.

$1, “a mystery/thriller set in a small rust belt town in post-recession America,” follows the path of “a one-dollar bill changing hands” and how it “connects a group of characters involved in a shocking multiple murder.” The dollar bill’s path depicts “a modern American town with deep class and cultural divides that spill out into the open as the town’s secrets get revealed.” Craig Zobel, who directed episodes of HBO’s The Leftovers, will direct and executive produce. No debut date was announced.

CBS All Access’ current originals include:

The Good Fight. A spinoff of CBS’ The Good Wife, which concluded its network run, The Good Fight picks up where its prequel left off. In the 10-episode first season, which you can view now, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski, pictured left with Cush Jumbo), a name partner of the law firm Lockhart & Lee, has lost her retirement savings in a financial scandal that also ruined the reputation of one of the practice’s young lawyers, Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie). Together, with Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo), they join another high-powered Chicago law firm, starting anew.  A second, 13-episode season is scheduled to premiere in early 2018, with Broadway star Audra McDonald joining the show. Returning cast members include Delroy Lindo, Sarah Steele, Justin Bartha, Michael Boatman and Nyambi Nyambi;

Star Trek: Discovery. The much anticipated and oft-delayed sixth TV installment of the franchise is scheduled to launch Sunday, September 24, 8:30 to 9:30 pm ET, with a broadcast premiere on the CBS network. The first episode will also be accessible at CBS All Access, with episode two becoming available immediately following its broadcast debut. New episodes will debut every Sunday. The 15-episode season will be released in two chapters: the first eight episodes will run from Sunday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 5; the second chapter will resume in January 2018. In addition to the series, a companion after-show will followeach new episode. More details to come.

And there’s more — news

Starting August 3, CBS All Access subscribers will also be able to watch the 24/7 live streaming news service, CBSN, online at All Access will then roll out CBSN to connected TVs and mobile devices in the fall.

In addition to live, anchored coverage, CBSN has introduced long-form, investigative reporting with its CBSN: On Assignment, which debuted July 31 on the CBS broadcast network.

In June, Fubo TV announced it was adding CBSN, as well as The CW, Pop and the CBS Sports network, as part of the “Fubo Premier” bundle, a plan that currently offers 64 channels for $34.99 a month. As part of the CBS deal, Premier subscribers will be also able to add Showtime  for an extra monthly fee.

CBS All Access offers two subscription plans — $9.99 per month with no ads in on-demand content but commercials presented in live-streaming CBS network broadcasts; and a $5.99 plan with commercials, except for “CBS Classics,” which includes such series as Frasier, Cheers and CSI: Miami.

CBS All Access is available online at, on mobile devices via the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 10, and on Roku Players, Apple TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Chromecast, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.

You can find more details at CBS All Access.


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A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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