Two and a Half Men has never been shy about pushing the envelope, and that won't change this fall.
Speaking to reporters after her executive session at the Television Critics Association fall previews, CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler revealed the final-season plan, which includes a fake gay relationship between Walden (Ashton Kutcher) and Alan (Jon Cryer) — and a new half man (or woman)!
Is How I Met Your Dad dead? Tassler seemed open to continuing discussions with How I Met Your Mother creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays about future projects. "We adore those guys and we want very much to stay in business with them," she said. Including a new take on the Dad pilot? "Some things worked, some things didn't and we'd love to take another shot. As I've said many, many times, Big Bang would not be Big Bang without having redone that pilot. I could not imagine Kaley Cuoco not being a part of that show."
More Under the Dome? Tassler seemed confident about the prospect of more Under the Dome . "I feel good. We haven't had those conversations yet. It's still very early. But I love the creative," Tassler said. "I love where we're heading toward the end of the season, so we'll see. We're doing great." But if this were the last season, could the producer wrap it up? "They're pretty nimble. They're pretty smart," she said. "They could do it very quickly if they needed to. But right now, I'd love [for] the show to continue."
Long live NCIS: Tassler took a little time to gloat about having the biggest show, not just on network TV, but the world. "Our competitors may call [NCIS] old-skewing, we call it a billion-dollar franchise," she said. However, when pressed about her concerns that CBS has fallen to third place in terms of 18-49 demo ratings, Tassler said, "We're in a transitional phase. If we're only going to talk about 18-49, I may as well get out of my chair and turn my television [dial] manually. ...There are many more standards by which we are measured. Definition of success is changing, it's evolving. I think 18-49 is just part of the conversation."
On Emmy snubs: Tassler didn't mince words. "I'm still really pissed about The Good Wife," she said. "I'll hold up The Good Wife to any show on TV, cable or broadcast. That's a great quality show." When later asked about the quality of that show relative to other network shows, including those on her own network, Tassler said, "We always strive for excellence across the board. Our goal is to produce the best content, our goal is always to hire best actors and be in business with the best writers. As broadcasters, we ask ourselves, are we entertaining the greatest number of people and are we making the most amount of money doing that? We have to hit that creative holy grail.
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