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CBS hopes for super 'Boss' after Super Bowl

Guess which show CBS will air after Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7. Ratings phenomenon "The Big Bang Theory"? The all-star edition of "Survivor"? Procedural hit "The Mentalist"?

None of the above.

In a surprising move, CBS will premiere the new reality show "Undercover Boss" after the most-watched television event of the year.

"Boss" follows top executives as they anonymously assume entry-level jobs at their company and receive eye-opening perspectives on how their decisions affect lower-wage employees. Executives from White Castle, 7-Eleven, Hooters, Waste Management and Churchill Downs are on board for the first season.

It will be the first time since 2005 that a broadcast network has elected to air a new program after the Super Bowl. Fox aired the debut of "American Dad" after the game, but it was paired with veteran series "The Simpsons." One would have to go all the way back to 1995 to find a network airing the pilot of a series solo after the big game (ABC's "Extreme").

- The Hollywood Reporter

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