[05/16/12 - 06:45 AM]
Tassler: "Rules of Engagement" Still in Discussions; "CSI: Miami," "CSI: NY" Was a "Jump Ball"
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- "We're discussing, we haven't made a decision yet," CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler told reporters about the fate of "Rules of Engagement," its remaining bubble show. Said development was understandably overshadowed by the announcement of the network's 2012-13 season plans this morning.

Other topics covered by Tassler and Kelly Kahl (Sr. Executive Vice President, CBS Primetime) during the brief press conference:

-- "'Desperate Housewives' was there, we did just fine against 'Desperate Housewives,'" Kahl said about "The Good Wife" facing off against ABC's "Revenge" on Sundays. "And 'Housewives' is actually doing better numbers than 'Revenge,' so in that sense I think we're [okay]."

-- On why "Two and a Half Men" on Thursdays after "Big Bang Theory": "In a weird way, 'Big Bang Theory' presents a little bit of a unique problem... it's a remarkably broad show," Kahl said. "To be honest part of the problem we've had in the past is finding a show that is as broad as 'Big Bang Theory.'"

-- "We look at the schedule holistically, we weren't driven by [that]," Kahl said about speculation that they would expand to four comedies on Thursdays. "We really want to put the best schedule together. And whatever the mix ends up being, that's what the mix ends up being."

-- "It was a very tough choice, it was almost a jump ball," Tassler said about renewing "CSI: NY" and canceling "CSI: Miami." "It was really just about servicing the schedule. That was all." Adding, "It was just about where it fit on the schedule... 'New York' on Friday nights versus 'Miami' on Sunday nights, it was just keeping the flow." Kahl likewise added, "We really liked ['Mentalist' on] Sunday at 10 and that just unfortunately meant 'Miami' was the odd man out."

-- On what went wrong with "Unforgettable": "I don't know necessarily what went wrong, it was more about what went right with the new pilots," Tassler said. "It started really strong at the beginning of the season. I think they were continuing to produce some great episodes. Every show knows when they get to the end of their first season they are going to be in competition with pilots and that's what happened."

  [may 2012]  


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