CBS Boss on CSI Shakeup, Suspect Behavior's Demise, Good Wife Character Transformation

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.

Eye entertainment president Nina Tassler also fielded several questions about the high profile casting shakeup at CSI that resulted in Laurence Fishburne’s exit and Ted Danson’s arrival. READ MORE

Ratings: Criminal Minds Spinoff Behaves Well, Sunshine Dims More Than Some

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior overcame middling reviews to post strong numbers in its Wednesday premiere. The CBS spinoff not only slightly improved upon its mothership lead-in, but with 12.9 million viewers and a 3.3 rating delivered increases of 4 percent and 41 percent over time-slot predecessor/placeholder Blue Bloods.

The news was not nearly as good for another midseason newbie … READ MORE

Exclusive: True Blood Vamp Visits Criminal Minds Spinoff

Fresh off her head-turning role as Bill’s maker Lorena on True Blood, Mariana Klaveno has booked a guest stint on CBS’ forthcoming spinoff Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. The actress will play Veronica, a spotlight-hungry hellraiser who excels at manipulating the opposite sex. Sounds like Lorena minus the fangs.

This marks the Minds franchise’s second piece of inspired guest casting in less than a week. As I reported, Friday Night Lights MVP Adrianne Palicki will channel her inner Juliette Lewis in an upcoming episode of Minds: Original Flavor loosely inspired by Natural Born Killers.

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