Thom Sherman is Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment. In this position, which reports to Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment, Sherman oversees creative affairs for entertainment programming in all dayparts and genres including comedy, drama, reality, daytime, late night, and specials.
Sherman joined CBS in 2017, and his first two primetime programming slates produced the #1 new dramas and comedies each season (FBI, FBI: MOST WANTED, THE NEIGHBORHOOD, BOB ♥ ABISHOLA). His third slate produced the #1 new comedy for 2020-2021, B POSITIVE, and the eagerly anticipated new dramas THE EQUALIZER and CLARICE, which premiere in February 2021. Sherman also helped develop and oversee last summer’s #1 new reality series, TOUGH AS NAILS, whose second season also premieres in February 2021. Sherman also helped oversee the development and launch of hits YOUNG SHELDON, MAGNUM P.I., ALL RISE, THE UNICORN, and EVIL. He also helps supervise Emmy-nominated late night series THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT, THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN, hit reality series BIG BROTHER, SURVIVOR, AMAZING RACE, and UNDERCOVER BOSS, and hit daytime series THE PRICE IS RIGHT, LET’S MAKE A DEAL, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and THE TALK. Under Sherman’s watch, CBS has maintained its position as the #1 rated television network in America.
From 2006 to 2017, Sherman was Executive Vice President, The CW Television Network, where he was responsible for development and oversight of its entire slate of primetime programming. Sherman developed and supervised smash-hit series THE FLASH and RIVERDALE as well as Golden Globes-winning comedies JANE THE VIRGIN and CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND. Additionally, Sherman developed and supervised buzz-worthy scripted hits ARROW, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, and GOSSIP GIRL. On the reality side, Sherman developed and oversaw the revival of hit improv comedy WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? and the development and launch of the U.S. version of hit magic series PENN & TELLER: FOOL US.
From 2004 to 2006, Sherman was President of Bad Robot Productions, which he co-founded with J.J. Abrams. Sherman was in charge of all television content, helping to oversee the first two seasons of the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series LOST and the last two seasons of cult favorite ALIAS. He also developed and executive produced several pilots and series, including WHAT ABOUT BRIAN and SIX DEGREES.
From 1996 to 2004, Sherman worked in Drama Series Development at the ABC Television Network, the last five years of which he was department head with the title Senior Vice President. While at ABC, he was responsible for development and/or oversight of over three dozen primetime dramas, including critically acclaimed, award-winning series such as GREY’S ANATOMY, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, LOST, NYPD BLUE, THE PRACTICE, ALIAS, and ONCE & AGAIN.
Sherman was born in Chicago and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa. and Del Mar, Calif. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater from the University of California at San Diego.