Apparently Stephen Colbert wasn't the only name in contention to take over hosting duties at The Late Show after David Letterman retires next year. In an interview with Howard Stern this week, Neil Patrick Harris revealed that CBS CEO Leslie Moonves and Entertainment President Nina Tassler also approached him about the gig.
As the broadcast networks (as well as major cable players USA, TNT and TBS) unveil their new TV shows this week, we asked their top programmers to reveal the challenges and successes of the TV season. We also had them describe their strategies this development season, among other questions. Here's what they had to say.
1. How do you solve a problem like Thursday Night Football?
CBS won the bidding war against NBC, ABC and ESPN to broadcast the NFL's Thursday schedule and will begin airing the games September 11 for seven weeks, delaying the launch of the Eye's Thursday lineup. For CEO Les Moonves and CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler, the no-brainer course of action would be to shift monster hit The Big Bang Theory to Mondays during that period to help launch new comedy How I Met Your Dad, then send it back to Thursdays after the Chargers face the Broncos in the final matchup on October 23.
Like the year in which Future Ted is recounting his stories, How I Met Your Mother may have been a little ahead of its time.
"I think [that] the best format for this series is ultimately as a download or a DVD — a binge-watch," co-creator and executive producer Carter Bays tells TVGuide.com.
"I think we should've been on Netflix," co-creator and executive producer Craig Thomas quips. "Maybe people wouldn't have been as upset at us. We could've been the first House of Cards!"
How I Met Your Mother: A chronological timeline of craziness
Eight years before House of Cards first booked up your weekends, HIMYM premiered in September 2005 at a time when the traditional sitcom was struggling and single-camera comedies were just starting to take off. On Monday, it will end its nine-year run having carved out its own unique piece of sitcom history.
Telling Ted's (Josh Radnor) story from the future through ...
This was supposed to be the year that popular stars Michael J. Fox, Sean Hayes and Robin Williams triumphantly returned to television and saved the sitcom. But of these three, only Williams is still on the air — and his new show, CBS' The Crazy Ones, is more "solid" than "smash."
"It's hard to launch comedy even in the best of circumstances," says NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt. And network TV circa 2014 is not experiencing the best of circumstances. NBC pulled The Michael J. Fox Show and Sean Saves the World off the network's Thursday night lineup this winter after both shows attracted just around 3 million viewers a week. (Michael J. Fox's remaining episodes may still air.