CBS Boss Talks Good Wife's Tricky Timeslot, Talk Upheaval, Person of Interest Changes and More!
At the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour Wednesday, CBS’ entertainment president Nina Tassler acknowledged that the endless football overruns have tested viewers’ patience, but added, “The show feels like a better fit on Sunday night. More importantly, the audience that does watch the show on Sunday is more upscale, more female and very engaged.”
Other highlights from CBS’ exec sesh:
* Tassler shrugged off one reporter’s complaint about 2 Broke Girls polarizing diner scenes, saying the show’s writers are “equal opportunity offender[s].”
* Regarding the challenges in finding a successful companion to The Big Bang Theory on Thursday, Tassler said, “When you’re following a show that has ratings as large as big as Big Bang Theory has, it may take time to find its right compainion. But we’ll get there eventually.”
* Asked about the high profile cast shake-up that preceded the The Talk‘s second season — specifically why weren’t viewers given an explanation for the ousters of Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini — Tassler said, “Any show in its first season goes through multiple changes. There is little or no difference in a changing cast on a talk show than there is on a scripted show. Ultimately, we were looking at a dynamic, equality in the relationships, equality in the commentary and we saw an opportunity [to change things up] and we took advantage of it… Other talk shows have had host changes as well, it’s par for the course.”
* Although “extremely pleased” with the ratings performance of Person of Interest, Tassler confirmed the network requested a significant creative change. “We felt that the Carter [Taraji P. Henson] character was somewhat marginalized. We felt that the Carter character was too peripheral, [so] we asked [producers] if they were open to bringing [her] into the superhero cave. It was a plan that they had in place, but more for the end of the season. We asked them if they were open to moving that up. We felt it was a key ingredient to [help] the show grow and expand.”