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Undercover Boss

Undercover Boss

Photo Credit:  Jeffrey R Staab/CBS
  • Premiered: 
    February 7, 2010
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Workplace
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Plot Synopsis

High-level executives leave the comfort of their corner offices and slip anonymously into the rank and file, working alongside their employees on an undercover mission to examine the inner workings of their companies. Each week a different executive will see the effects their decisions have on others, where the problems lie within their organization and get an up-close look at both the good and the bad while discovering the unsung heroes who really make their company run. The following execs went undercover in Season 1: Larry O'Donnell (President & C.O.O., Waste Management); Joseph M. DePinto (President & C.E.O., 7-Eleven); Coby G. Brooks (President & C.E.O., Hooters); Dave Rife (Owner/Executive Board Member, White Castle); and William C. Carstanjen (C.O.O., Churchill Downs).

Season 4, which opened on Friday, November 2, 2012, featured: Mitchell B. Modell, CEO of Modell's Sporting Goods; Ron Lynch, President of Tilted Kilt; Kat Cole, President of Cinnabon, Inc.; and many more.

The fifth season, which debuted on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS, followed these executives: Randy Dewitt, co-founder and CEO of Twin Peaks, a sports bar and grill chain; Steven Newman, the CEO of Loehmann's; Jane Grote Abell, Chairman of Donatos Pizza; and many more business leaders.

UNDERCOVER BOSS returned for its sixth season on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS. In the season opener, John Hartmann, the President and CEO of True Value, one of the largest hardware cooperatives in the world, reactivates his undercover skills from his time as an FBI agent when he investigates the state of the True Value company and employees. Other Season 6 executives include: The Mayor of Pittsburgh, Bill Peduto; CEO/Founder Doug Guller of Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill; Jose Costa, President of Maaco; Gina Rivera, Founder and President of Phenix Salons Inc.; and more.

Season 7 of UNDERCOVER BOSS premiered on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 8:30pm ET/8pm PT on CBS. (Note that the start time in the Eastern, Central and Mountain time zones may by later, depending on the duration of the NFL football game that airs immediately before 60 MINUTES.) The season opens with three special Sunday broadcasts before the series moves to its regular timeslot -- Fridays at 8pm -- on January 8, 2016. In the season opener, "Buffalo Wings & Rings," President and CEO Nader Masadeh (aka the Sauce King of Cincinnati) goes undercover to guarantee that his Buffalo Wings & Rings restaurants each have the recipe for success, but he finds one kitchen is too hot to handle when faced with a fiery manager. In subsequent episodes of Season 7, UNDERCOVER BOSS follows: COO Shawnon Bellah (Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip); President and CEO Sam Dushey (Shoppers World); and many more executives to be announced later.

CBS premiered the eighth season of UNDERCOVER BOSS, showing back-to-back new episodes, featuring: Sharon Price John, President and CEO, Build-A-Bear Workshop (8pm); and Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor of Gary, Indiana (9pm). Later in the season, the series goes undercover with: New York & Company CEO Greg Scott (December 28); Renee Maloney, co-founder and CFO of Painting with a Twist (January 4); Jeff Dudan, CEO and Founder of AdvantaClean, a Light Environmental Service (January 11); John Fuller, the new president and CEO of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (January 18); Michael Roper, president and CEO of Taco Bueno (April 28). On Friday, May 19, 2017 at 8pm ET/PT, CBS premiered the second of two special celebrity editions of UNDERCOVER BOSS, which also serves as the Season 8 finale. Internationally acclaimed chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson goes undercover to find and mentor new culinary talent. During his mission, he discovers some gifted aspiring chefs at a public cooking class, a culinary institute, a high-end food truck, and a soup kitchen.
The ninth season of UNDERCOVER BOSS premiered on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS. The first four episodes of Season 9 include:

"Walk-On's Bistreaux & Ba" (Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 8pm): When Brandon Landry, founder and CEO of Walk On's Bistreaux & Bar, cooks up a plan to go undercover and make improvements as his restaurant chain faces rapid expansion, his co-owner and partner, NFL Super Bowl champion Drew Brees, trades in his Saints jersey for an apron to tackle his own separate undercover mission at a New Orleans-based location. This family-friendly sports bar, offering authentic Louisiana cuisine prepared fresh in "from scratch" kitchens, was established in Baton Rouge by Brandon Landry in 2003. Drew Brees joined the ever-expanding business in 2015. Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar currently has 33 locations across Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and North Carolina.

"Anytime Fitness" (Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 8pm): Stacy Anderson, brand president of Anytime Fitness, works in a set of undercover missions to make sure her gyms are operating in tip top shape and tries not to break a sweat when put through a workout by a fanatically clean gym manager. The world's largest and fastest-growing fitness franchise, Anytime Fitness serves four million members at gyms located in all 50 states and in 35 countries on all seven continents. Stacy Anderson was appointed to her current position in 2016 and is responsible for leading the evolution of Anytime Fitness from its pioneering 24/7 convenience model to a more personalized coaching approach, featuring new digital technologies and a broader selection of training programs.

"Dippin' Dots" (Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 8pm): Scott Fischer, owner and CEO of Dippin' Dots, dips undercover to see where the stress points are at his company and tries not to freeze up when an employee at their ice cream manufacturing plant raises suspicions about his true identity. A global, flash-frozen beaded ice cream company available in more than 100 shopping centers and stores and in thousands of theme parks, stadiums, arenas, zoos, movie theaters, fairs and festivals, Dippin' Dots also ships to customers' homes. Its unconventional ice cream was invented in 1988 by microbiologist Curt Jones, using cryogenic technology. Scott Fischer's family-owned firm acquired the company in 2012, and since then, Fischer has expanded the variety of outlets where Dippin' Dots can be purchased through a distribution network of stocked branded freezers in the checkout lanes at convenience stores, grocery stores and pharmacies.

"Clean Harbors" (Monday, January 27, 2020 at 9pm; Winter Finale): When Alan S. McKim, Chairman and CEO of Clean Harbors, gets down and dirty to see if his company needs some cleaning up, he must face the challenges of a confined space while treating the inside of a dirty tank at a re-refinery that processes waste oil. Clean Harbors is the leading environmental and industrial service provider and largest hazardous waste disposal company in North America, and it is a recognized leader in environmental emergency response services. The business provides a broad range of services, and maintains a vast network of service centers and waste management, treatment, disposal and recycling facilities. Publicly traded on the NYSE, Clean Harbors was founded by Alan S. McKim in 1980 as a four-person tank cleaning business.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Studio Lambert