CBS Dream Team Rebrands, Announces 11th Season
[via press release]
SEASON 11 OF “CBS WKND,” FORMERLY KNOWN AS “DREAM TEAM,” THE NETWORK’S AWARD-WINNING SATURDAY MORNING LINEUP, PREMIERES OCT. 7
The Three-Hour Saturday Morning Block Premiere Will Include Debuts of a Special 11th Season of “Lucky Dog” with Return of Original Host Brandon McMillan, and Season Five of Emmy Award-Nominated “Mission Unstoppable,” Hosted by Miranda Cosgrove
CBS announced today that the returning Saturday morning lineup for the fall season of CBS WKND, formerly known as CBS DREAM TEAM, will include new episodes of LUCKY DOG: REUNIONS WITH BRANDON McMILLAN, THE HENRY FORD’S INNOVATION NATION, MISSION UNSTOPPABLE and HOPE IN THE WILD. New episodes of the shows, produced by Hearst Media Production Group (HMPG), will premiere Saturday, Oct. 7 (9:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The CBS WKND Saturday morning lineup is an educational and informational, diverse, family-friendly schedule featuring compelling shows and stories of hope and compassion designed to enlighten, teach and inspire viewers to make a greater commitment to themselves, their families and their communities.
LUCKY DOG: REUNIONS WITH BRANDON McMILLAN
Animal trainer Brandon McMillan returns to the Lucky Dog Ranch, where he’ll revisit some of the most heartwarming and illuminating rescue stories from his seven years as Emmy-winning original show host. He’ll “watch along” with the audience as he re-lives his experiences rescuing and training shelter dogs and pairing them with a forever family with a need in their own lives. At the end of each episode, Brandon will reunite with the family and discover how the addition of a cuddly canine has made a lasting impact on family members. LUCKY DOG: REUNIONS WITH BRANDON McMILLAN teaches valuable life lessons like taking responsibility, creating good habits and developing a sense of appreciation for life and animals. Each episode celebrates second chances – for both pets and people – as the dogs are rescued from euthanasia, trained and placed within a loving home. Along the way, viewers learn valuable pet training techniques as well as the history of each breed and how to use that lineage to set each dog on the path to success.
THE HENRY FORD’S INNOVATION NATION
THE HENRY FORD’S INNOVATION NATION, hosted by CBS NEWS SUNDAY MORNING correspondent Mo Rocca, features the celebration of the inventor’s spirit – from historic scientific pioneers throughout past centuries to the forward-looking visionaries of today. Each episode tells the dramatic stories behind the world’s greatest inventions, and the perseverance, passion and price required to bring them to life. The program includes segments focusing on “what if it never happened” and “the innovation by accident,” and has a strong focus on “junior geniuses” who are changing the face of technology.
In MISSION UNSTOPPABLE, each week celebrity host Miranda Cosgrove highlights the fascinating female innovators who are on the cutting edge of science – including zoologists, engineers, astronauts, codebreakers and oceanographers. Viewers will be inspired by female STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) superstars in the fields of social media, entertainment, animals, design and the internet – all categories key to the teen experience. Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis serves as executive producer, bringing her passion for creating strong female characters that positively influence young viewers. Cosgrove also serves as an executive producer. MISSION UNSTOPPABLE is produced in collaboration with IF/THEN, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies.
HOPE IN THE WILD
HOPE IN THE WILD is a live-action, half-hour television program that follows Hope Swinimer and her dedicated team as they rescue and rehabilitate injured and orphaned animals of all kinds. Hope’s passion for wildlife conservation shines through everything she does to lead her team on their mission to care for and return each animal to the wild. From the pressure of saving an animal in critical condition to the joy in witnessing its victorious return home, HOPE IN THE WILD will educate viewers on the day-to-day jobs of this animal care team and the species they encounter.
TAILS OF VALOR
TAILS OF VALOR, hosted by Kel Mitchell, is a live-action half-hour program that features true stories of service animals working to change people’s lives. The program also examines the life science behind these relationships, including the animals’ unique and powerful senses that enable them to protect their human charges. TAILS OF VALOR will focus on the training and day-to-day jobs of these incredible animals and the quality of life they provide the people they serve, leaving viewers with a greater understanding and compassion for animals. Viewers will learn to see the world from different perspectives, and how those with disabilities experience everyday life and the challenges they face.
Each week, host Evette Rios, recently a field correspondent and roving reporter for “The Chew,” helps American families modify and update a high-calorie family recipe. First, two chefs face off in a head-to-head competition to give the recipes a nutritious low-calorie twist. After making each rehabbed recipe, the family chooses its new favorite. This recipe makeover challenge teaches viewers about the nutritional value of different foods, promotes the use of healthy, wholesome ingredients and demonstrates that healthy food choices can have positive effects on viewers’ quality of life.
The CBS WKND block is FCC educational/informational (E/I) compliant, targeted to 13- to 16-year-olds and appealing to all viewers. All the programs are specifically designed to further the educational and informational needs of children, have educating and informing children as a significant purpose, and otherwise meet the definition of Core Programming as specified in the Commission’s rules.
The following is the CBS WKND Saturday morning lineup for the 2023-2024 season, as of Saturday, Oct. 7. The schedule’s day and time may differ market-to-market. Check local listings.
9:00-9:30 AM, ET LUCKY DOG (11th Season)
9:30-10:00 AM, ET THE HENRY FORD’S INNOVATION NATION (10th Season)
10:00-10:30 AM, ET MISSION UNSTOPPABLE (5th Season)
10:30-11:00 AM, ET HOPE IN THE WILD (6th Season)
11:00-11:30 AM, ET TAILS OF VALOR (rebroadcasts)
11:30-12:00 PM, ET RECIPE REHAB (rebroadcasts)
About Hearst Media Production Group
Hearst Media Production Group (HMPG), a business unit of Hearst Television, is an independent producer and distributor of original programming for TV stations, broadcast and cable networks and streaming services. HMPG produces hundreds of hours of programming annually across linear, streaming, digital and social media platforms for domestic and international distribution in nearly 100 countries. Its popular shows include the Emmy® Award-winning educational/informational (E/I) programming blocks airing weekends nationwide including “Weekend Adventure,” on ABC stations; “CBS WKND,” on the CBS Network; “The More You Know,” on the NBC Network; “One Magnificent Morning,” on The CW Network; “Mi Telemundo” on the Telemundo Network and “Go Time” on independent stations. HMPG also produces and/or distributes a diverse slate of other programming and content including Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, America’s #1 nationally syndicated public affairs news magazine; Consumer Reports TV, and the company’s dedicated FAST channels Xplore, The Jack Hanna Channel and Rovr Pets, available on some of the most popular smart TVs and streaming platforms. HMPG has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Charlotte. HMPG is represented by United Talent Agency.