Pop’s President on His Network’s Biggest Year Ever—and Its Future as Part of ViacomCBS

Brad Schwartz talks Schitt’s Creek’s Emmy surprise and getting One Day at a Time from Netflix

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Pop may be a smaller cable network—the former TV Guide Network rebranded in 2015—but it’s been making a lot of noise this year. In March, CBS bought out Lionsgate’s stake in Pop to become the network’s sole owner, paving the way for Pop to pick up One Day at a Time in June, three months after Netflix canceled the sitcom. Then, Pop’s signature show, Schitt’s Creek, finally broke into the Emmy race in its fifth season, landing four nominations, including outstanding comedy series, best actor and best actress.

Despite Pop’s momentum this year, its seemingly bright future may have potentially dimmed a bit now that parent company CBS will be merging with Viacom, which already has several basic cable networks of its own.



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