Prior to the CBS portion of the TCA Press Tour, Nina Tassler, President of CBS Entertainment, took some time to talk about where she sees things going for the #1 broadcast network in viewers and Emmy nominations, the addition of Ted Danson to CSI, and what’s next for Two and a Half Men and its new lead actor, Ashton Kutcher. Here are the most interesting points:
- CBS is adding the recognizable faces of Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men), Ted Danson (CSI) and Terry O’Quinn (Hawaii Five-0) to some of the network’s most-established and most-popular series
- Two and a Half Men went into production on their new season this past Monday
- Ashton Kutcher will be playing broken-hearted Internet billionaire, Walden Schmidt, and his character will be introduced over a two-part story
- They’re hoping A Gifted Man, starring Patrick Wilson, will appeal to the fans of previous CBS shows, The Ghost Whisperer and Medium
- The highly acclaimed drama The Good Wife will return with the higher-profile time period of Sunday at 9 pm (on September 25th) and a very interesting character transformation ahead for Alicia (Julianna Margulies)
- In a rather risky move, Rules of Engagement will be airing on Saturday nights
- Police drama The 2-2, a pilot for Rob Schneider and reality series Undercover Boss are all being planned for mid-season
- As of now, David Letterman and Craig Ferguson are still set in their late-night timeslots through 2012
Hit the jump for more of what she had to say:
After NBC decided they wanted no more of Patricia Arquette’s dramatic thriller series Medium, CBS graciously saved the series and added it to their line-up. However, cancellation recently seemed inevitable once more since the network didn’t pick up another nine episodes for a full season order for the series’ currently airing seventh season. Series lead star Arquette even said this to EW earlier this week, “I was trying to get information from the writers about the last episode. I don’t know what it’s going to be, but they’re really excited about it. They’re like, ‘We’re just going to burn the whole thing down!’ I’m really excited. It’s been a great time. I love that time in my life.”
Series creator Glenn Gordon Caron confirmed the cancellation on the show’s Facebook page: “It’s true. Allison Dubois will dream her last dream on Fri 1/21. In what we believe will be a series defining episode, Allison and her family will stare destiny in the eye. And destiny will not blink.” Certainly a bit hyperbolic, but it sounds like the writers are sending out the series in a blaze of crazy glory. I never got into the series, but there are likely some fans out there who are disappointed. Feel free to express your frustration in the comments.
Last night gave us some insight into the fates of Chuck, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Ghost Whisperer, One Tree Hill, Life Unexpected, and Medium as well as some potentially bad news for CBS comedies Gary Unmarried, Rules of Engagement, and Accidentally on Purpose. Deadline put their ear to their ground and reported the “rumblings” around town regarding certain renewals, likely cancellations, and even a couple cases of the rare network switcharoo–it may be wise to update my comprehensive bubble show report.
In short Chuck, Old Christine, Ghost Whisperer, and Medium should all have a home next year, while One Tree Hill, Life Expected, and the lesser performers among the CBS comedies may be left out in the cold. Details after the jump: