Sometimes even network executives admit they've made mistakes. After canceling Unforgettable last year, CBS is bringing back the cop drama this summer. AMC changed its mind about dropping The Killing and, most recently, Lifetime decided to revive Drop Dead Diva.
The Big Bang Theory has turned into a full-blown supernova. The sitcom, now in its sixth season, has been on a roll this year, posting ratings highs several weeks in a row. On Jan. 10, it crossed the threshold of 20 million viewers for the first time.
"We think it's pretty amazing," says executive producer Steve Molaro, who took over as showrunner this season from Bill Prady, co-creator of the series with Chuck Lorre. "It's an honor to have so many people watching the show." Molaro credits the sitcom's exposure in syndication — particularly on TBS, where Big Bang often tops the cable ratings charts — for boosting the CBS episodes. "Syndication has reached a lot of new people," he says. "I try not to get caught up in the numbers, but it's fun."
How I Met Your Mother
Fans of CBS' comedies How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men can't rest easy quite yet, but could have good news soon.
"We will be happy to be reporting in a few days that things will be resolved," CBS chief Nina Tassler told reporters at the winter TV previews Saturday about the possibility of a Season 9 renewal for HIMYM. "We're confident and excited that things will work out. Almost everything is complete."
CBS is serious about tackling broadcast TV's summer problem, and to prove it, the network is hauling out two big names: Steven Spielberg and Stephen King.
The Steves are behind the upcoming 13-episode CBS summer series Under the Dome, based on King's best-selling thriller about a New England town that becomes sealed off from the rest of the world.
Stephen King's Under the Dome
CBS is moving forward with Under the Dome, a drama based on Stephen King's 2009 novel, for the upcoming summer 2013 season. The network requested a straight-to-season order of 13 episodes of the science fiction series.
Nina Tassler, Kevin Reilly
The next few weeks will be rough for the networks, as they parse what works — and what doesn't — among this year's crop of new shows. We asked the five broadcast network heads, plus a few key cable bosses, to give us their thoughts on what will big on the small screen.
Let the rumors begin!
Just days after CBS boss Nina Tassler expressed hopes that How I Met Your Mother would return for a ninth season, Jason Segel was reported as saying the upcoming eighth season would be his last.
An Austrian website quoted Segel, who plays Marshall Eriksen on the comedy, as saying...
Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller
CBS rarely stirs the prime-time pot. It doesn't need to. Monkeying around is for other, more desperate networks — a point CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler underscored when she took the stage Sunday for CBS' presentations at the annual TCA press tour carrying a large stuffed monkey. A not-so-subtle slap at NBC for having brought along an actual monkey — the breakout scene-stealer of its silly new sitcom Animal Practice — to pose with and otherwise try to distract the press from the peacock's dismal new lineup of shows.
How I Met Your Mother
CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler is "optimistic" about a ninth season of How I Met Your Mother — and so are the show's creators.
CBS boss "optimistic" about more Mother, talks axing CSI: Miami
"We're optimistic too," co-creator and co-executive producer Craig Thomas tells TVGuide.com.
David Caruso; Josh Radnor
"I've got a monkey too."
That's what CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler told reporters at CBS' Television Critics Association fall TV previews panel Sunday, taking a dig at NBC's Animal Practice. And she's a woman of her word: Tassler walked out carrying a stuffed monkey.
CBS revives Unforgettable for summer 2013
"I couldn't resist," she quipped. "Our guy has his ...