CBS Taps Noriko Kelley as New Head of Scheduling

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She fills the role of longtime scheduling chief Kelly Kahl, who recently became president of CBS Entertainment.

Noriko Kelley has been promoted at CBS, filling the scheduling chief vacancy left by Kelly Kahl a month after he was elevated to president of CBS Entertainment.

Kelley will now serve as executive vp program planning and scheduling after serving as senior vp, and Kahl's lieutenant, since 2012. She will continue to report to Kahl in her new role.

“I’m excited to promote Noriko to this critical position," Kahl said Wednesday in a statement. "I obviously value scheduling and understand its importance to CBS’ overall success. She has an outstanding skill set for this job — she’s extremely intelligent, resourceful and insightful. Noriko is also one of the hardest-working execs I’ve had the pleasure of working with and will transition seamlessly and excel in this new role.”

Her new position finds Kelley overseeing the the primetime schedule for the CBS television network, coordinating with sales, marketing, affiliates, news, sports and research. The stable schedule has long been a point of pride at CBS. The network famously makes fewer moves than the rest of the Big Four. In fact, during May's upfronts, Kahl mentioned that only two series — NCIS and, before it, JAG — had aired in Tuesday's 8 p.m. time slot over the last 20 years.

Kelley joined CBS in 2001, initially as an intern in the research department. During her tenure, she has been part of several key moves at the network, including sending The Big Bang Theory to Thursdays.