Chris Carlson leaves CBS for 'Boss'

Studio programmer will now exec produce reality series

CBS programming executive Chris Carlson is leaving the network to help produce breakout reality hit "Undercover Boss."

Carlson has helped develop the show at CBS and will take the title of executive producer on the series, which is produced by Studio Lambert. Carlson will have day-to-day responsibility for season two, replacing Shauna Minoprio, who left the series for "personal matters."

"We worked closely with Chris and could see clearly that he was an outstanding producing talent who has deep knowledge of our show and a great passion to make it even more successful in its second season," said Stephen Lambert, chief executive, Studio Lambert. "We were delighted that Chris wanted to make the jump from network executive to hands-on executive producer."

Added CBS reality chief Jennifer Bresnan, "His creative input helped shape the direction and success of the show. We have the utmost confidence in his ability as an executive producer and we're thrilled to keep him in the CBS family."

Carlson was previously a supervising producer or co-executive producer on reality programs such as Bravo's "Blow Out," "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" and TBS' "Minding the Store."

"Boss" has taken over Sundays as the night's top-rated program, averaging about a 5.0 rating among adults 18-49 in recent weeks.

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