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CBS Dream Team
LaunchedSeptember 28, 2013; 10 years ago (2013-09-28)
Country of originUnited States
OwnerHearst Media Production Group
FormatWeekend morning educational program block
Running time3 hours
Original language(s)English

CBS Dream Team (suffixed with ...It's Epic! before October 3, 2020; to be renamed CBS WKND effective October 7, 2023)[2] is an American programming block that is programmed by Hearst Media Production Group (formerly Litton Entertainment), and airs weekend mornings on CBS under a time-lease agreement as a replacement for the WildBrain-produced animation block Cookie Jar TV. The block features six half-hours of live-action documentary and lifestyle series aimed at teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18, which are designed to comply with educational programming requirements defined by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under the Children's Television Act.[3]


Original logo, used from 2013 to 2016.

On July 24, 2013, CBS announced that it had entered into a programming agreement with Litton Entertainment to launch a new weekend morning block featuring live-action lifestyle, wildlife, and documentary series aimed at preteens and teenagers between the ages of 10 and 18.[3] Litton recently programmed a Saturday morning block for ABC, Litton's Weekend Adventure, which debuted on September 3, 2011, in an agreement in which the block was syndicated to that network's owned-and-operated stations and affiliates (it subsequently began producing a similarly formatted block for CBS sister network The CW on October 4, 2014). CBS' decision to restructure the block away from the traditional fare of animated and live-action scripted series – which it had been airing at the time of the deal as part of Cookie Jar TV (which had aired on the network in various forms since 2006), a block produced by Canada-based Cookie Jar (now WildBrain) was done in part to comply to secure educational content and advertising regulations in the Children's Television Act.

The CBS Dream Team, launched on September 28, 2013, being the successor to Cookie Jar TV, this marked the second time that CBS carried an exclusively live-action block for younger audiences on weekends mornings, having previously produced an E/I-compliant block called Think CBS Kids from September 13, 1997, to September 26, 1998. The Dream Team block's initial lineup consisted mainly of newer series; however, the cooking series Recipe Rehab also migrated to the Dream Team from Litton's Weekend Adventure for its third season.[4] Shortly before the block debuted, Litton reached a distribution agreement with the American Forces Network to televise the block to provide educational content to military children overseas.[1] All of the block's programming features Descriptive Video Service for the visually impaired on the second audio program channel.

On March 20, 2018, CBS and Litton announced that the block was renewed for five more seasons ending in 2023.[5]

On September 21, 2023, CBS announced that the block would be renamed "CBS WKND" ("WKND" being a disemvoweled abbreviation of "weekend") as of its 11th season premiere on October 7, with an updated logo adhering to the current CBS corporate branding. While no information about a new long-term contract was announced, Hearst will continue to program the block for at least the 2023–24 season.[2]


Although programs featured on CBS Dream Team are designed to meet federally mandated educational programming guidelines,[6] some CBS stations may carry syndicated educational programs to provide supplementary E/I content. Some programs aired within the block may be deferred to Sunday morning slots, or (in the case of affiliates in the Western United States) Saturday afternoons due to breaking news, severe weather coverage, or regional or select national sports broadcasts (especially in the case of college football and basketball tournaments) scheduled in earlier Saturday timeslots as makegoods to comply with the E/I regulations. Some stations may air the entirety of the Dream Team block on tape delay to accommodate local weekend morning newscasts, CBS Saturday Morning or other programs of local interest (such as real estate or lifestyle programs). This is Litton Entertainment's only block to currently air its first programs. Lucky Dog is the longest-running series on the block as of September 2021. Another series on the block, All In was in production from 2013 to 2015, but did not air for the next five seasons; it returned for reruns starting in the 2020–21 season.

Current programming

Program Premiere date Replaced Notes References
Lucky Dog September 28, 2013 See Cookie Jar TV for information. Originally hosted by Brandon McMillan.

Series would air twice on select stations

Longest-running series on the block and the flagship series

Eighth season is hosted by dog trainers Eric and Rashi Wiese starting January 2, 2021.

Rebroadcasts of seasons 8 and 9 are now airing in place of All In as of January 7, 2023.

The Henry Ford Innovation Nation September 27, 2014 profiles of inventors and their efforts to create their inventions, hosted by Mo Rocca

Replaced Jamie's 15 Minute Meals

Hope In the Wild September 29, 2018 Dr. Chris: Pet Vet (rebroadcast)
Mission Unstoppable September 28, 2019 The Inspectors hosted by Miranda Cosgrove

profiles of female inventors in science including Kellyn LaCour-Conant

Did I Mention Invention? October 1, 2022 Pet Vet Dream Team profiles of inventors and their efforts to create their inventions, hosted by Alie Ward

Originally aired on The CW and The CW Plus

Upcoming programming

Program Premiere date Will replace Notes References
Lucky Dog Reunites October 7, 2023 Lucky Dog
Tails of Valor October 7, 2023 Lucky Dog (rebroadcast)
Recipe Rehab October 7, 2023 Did I Mention Invention?

Former programming

Program Premiere date End date Replaced Replaced by Notes References
Jamie's 15-Minute Meals September 28, 2013 September 20, 2014 See Cookie Jar TV for information. Innovation Nation cooking series, hosted by Jamie Oliver [7]
Recipe Rehab September 26, 2015 Hidden Heroes cooking competition series focusing on healthy alternatives to family recipes, hosted by Evette Rios and previously aired on Litton's Weekend Adventure [7][12]
Game Changers with Kevin Frazier September 24, 2016 profiles of the accomplishments of athletes in and outside their sports [7][13]
Dr. Chris: Pet Vet May 25, 2019 Pet Vet Dream Team (nationally)

Hope in the Wild (rebroadcasts)

documentary series, hosted by Dr. Chris Brown [7]
All In with Laila Ali September 24, 2022 Lucky Dog (rebroadcasts) profile series

Ended, but still aired for reruns for two years until October 2022

Removed in the 2015–2016 season for 5 years; When re-aired in 2020, it was placed in the timeslot of Best Friends Furever.

Chicken Soup for the Soul's Hidden Heroes October 3, 2015 June 24, 2017 Recipe Rehab a hidden camera series focusing on people doing good deeds; hosted by Brooke Burke-Charvet [12]
The Inspectors September 21, 2019 All In Mission Unstoppable drama series centering on Preston Wainwright (played by Bret Green), a paralyzed teenager who helps his postal inspector mother (played by Jessica Lundy) solve crimes

First scripted program

Pet Vet Dream Team April 7, 2018 September 24, 2022 Dr. Chris Pet Vet (nationally) Did I Mention Invention? Replaced national runs of Dr Chris: Pet Vet on June 1, 2019

Timeslot replaced with All In, replaced by Did I Mention Invention?

Best Friends Furever September 28, 2019 September 26, 2020 Tails of Valor All In [10]


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  3. ^ a b Meg James (July 24, 2013). "CBS partners with Litton Entertainment for Saturday teen block". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  4. ^ Smith, Vicki (September 7, 2013). "Former Greenbrier chef now stars in 'Recipe Rehab'". Associated Press. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
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  8. ^ "Eighth season of "Lucky Dog," part of the "CBS Dream Team" Saturday morning lineup, to introduce new hosts Eric and Rashi Wiese in new episodes premiering Jan. 2, 2021". ViacomCBS Press Express. December 14, 2020. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  9. ^ Sherri Welch (September 27, 2014). "The Henry Ford to get national exposure with new weekly show on CBS". Crain Detroit Business. Crain Communications Inc. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
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  11. ^ writer, JUDY BERGERON | Staff. "Making a splash: Look for Baton Rouge wetlands ecologist on 'Mission Unstoppable' Saturday". The Advocate. Retrieved 2023-01-08.
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  13. ^ "The CBS Dream Team, It's Epic!" Adds New Series to Its Saturday Morning Lineup, When the Fourth Season Premieres Oct. 1" (Press release). July 29, 2016. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  14. ^ |- |Tails of Valor |January 5, 2019 |September 21, 2019 |Pet Vet: Dream Team |Best Friends Furever |hosted by Kel Mitchell | Logan, Michael (July 30, 2015). "CBS Adds New Crime Drama and Some Chicken Soup to Saturday Mornings". TV Insider. Retrieved August 13, 2015.