Les Moonves on 'Appalling' Big Brother Brouhaha, Future of Soaps, Failure of Beverly Hills Cop

Big-Brother-CBS-RacismCBS CEO Les Moonves tackled a slew of hot topics when he faced reporters Monday morning at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour in Beverly Hills. Herewith are the highlights:

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OH, BROTHER | Regarding this summer’s Big Brother racial brouhaha, Moonves reminded critics that “Big Brother was established as a social experiment,” adding, “Clearly, that is what’s happening this year. I find some of the behavior appalling, personally… I think we’ve handled it properly. Obviously a lot of it makes us uncomfortable. I’ve watched every episode of the show… So, I do know what is going on there. We did not comment on some of the racial things going on until it affected the household.”

COP OUT | On the decision not to pick up Beverly Hills Cop to series, Moonves said, “We do a lot of pilots and the best get on the air. We felt we had better [options].”

IN A LATHER | CBS’ last two daytime soaps, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and The Beautiful, are not in danger of cancellation. “They’re doing well, they’re profitable,” he insisted. “They were able to, a few years back, do their shows a bit more economically… We believe those two soaps will be on for a long, long time. We don’t believe the form is dead.”

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE DOME | Under the Dome, which was just renewed for a second season, was always envisioned as a multiple-season show. “We didn’t put it on just to have 15 episodes on,” said Moonves. “We put it on to have many seasons. Why can’t they be under the dome for years? This is television!”

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  1. J says:

    “Why can’t they be under the dome for years? This is television!”

    – Les Moonves, explaining in one sentence why CBS does not represent the kind of television that I like.

    • Daven says:

      “Why can’t they be under the dome for years?”
      Because there is only so much food available for one. (unless they plan on huge vegetable gardens and speed breeding the cows that are in the dome to keep up the food supply.

    • JG says:

      Who let this dumb idea come to fruition? Positively stupid.

    • Bob says:

      What, you guys don’t believe in supernatural things happening which allow them to live for a very long time “under the dome”? Of course it’s going in that direction, otherwise, everyone WOULD be dead after a while. Aliens.

  2. Can’t stand Les Moonves. Mr. Greedy of his own network.

  3. CountryQueen says:

    Why can’t they be under the dome for years? Because they will run out of AIR!!! ARG!!! I am NOT happy that they have renewed this mediocre show. My honey is only watching ‘cuz it’s suppose to be one season, now they’ve lost him as a viewer, and unless the acting gets a lot better, me as well. Sucky decision CBS.

    • Tonya says:

      I’m not defending the show because it’s not the greatest but 1) there are trees in the dome…trees produce oxygen and 2) they established that water could seep through the dome so it would be fair to say air could also pass through. Just sayin’

    • Aeol says:

      I’m sure they could explain in some air, but they need food. FOOD!!! How will that seep through the dome? Is there a giant sustainable farm under there we don’t know about?!

      • Badpenny says:

        It is all farmland inside the dome. :)

      • jasie says:

        Just because the show goes on for many years/seasons, it doesnt mean that same time lapse has to happen on the show. They could go for 6 years like Lost but take place over a 100 day time span. Chances are they would have enough food, etc to last that long.

    • Casey D key says:

      I only watched the first episode. Whether it was intended or not, just watch any of the outside scenes under the dome and you will see the trees moving in the wind. I thought that was LAME enough for me not to watch any more. But is it intentional…then there is air in there.

  4. KCC says:

    I’m glad that the CBS soaps are safe.

  5. Whatever says:

    Things should run out under the dome….
    Like oxygen,water ,food and medicine.
    That’s why it can’t be on for years Les but I’m sure someone started writing around that as soon as you saw the ratings.
    I like the show but Les is a douche.

  6. Jon says:

    “We did not comment on some of the racial things going on until it affected the household.”
    Some would argue that the very existence of the “racial things” affects the household.

  7. Kevin says:

    Les is full of it! Big Brother in ALL other nations has strict racial and bullying rules that are enforced. British Big Brother where this show originated has already removed a contestant for aggressive behaviour this season. Their rules are simple, one warning then shown the door for racist behaviour. CBS just loves the publicity!

  8. DavidSask says:

    Big Brother rules need to be changes as commenter said above similar to UK, Under The Dome was intended mini series and already stretched out far based on book, so Les is full of it there and that will show in viewers next year unless there is some major cliffhangers that satisfy credibility!!