Charlie Sheen, Ashton Kutcher and Two and a Half Men weren’t the only hot topics at CBS’ opening day of the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour on Wednesday.
Tassler acknowledged that while Fishburne was a major get for the network and an “incredibly well-respected actor,” his character, Langston, “had big shoes to fill” succeeding William Petersen. “The departure of William was impactful.”
When Danson’s name came up as a possible replacement, Tassler says the network “jumped at it… He is a huge TV star and has a tremendous amount of charisma.”
Other highlights from CBS’ exec session…
* Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior failed because “it never found its rhythm,” Tassler said. “It didn’t click. A spin-off has to be successful on its own.”
* As if The Good Wife‘s new ad campaign wasn’t enough of a tip-off, Tassler teased that Julianna Margulies’ Alicia would undergo a major character “transformation” this season. Regarding the acclaimed drama’s new Sunday time slot, Tassler conceded that while its start time will occasionally be impacted by NFL games, “we have plans in place to accommodate the show when there are overruns.”
* The network decided to slot Rules of Engagement on Saturday because “we had one extra comedy, and we see Saturday night as an opportunity. Advertisers like comedies, and it’s a terrific show.”