|“Okay…if she doesn’t renew us…take her out…”|
Which is sorta what she said last summer, when she waited almost until CBS’s option ran out before reupping the Toronto-based cop drama.
Tassler was asked about rumours David Letterman, who has two years remaining on his contract, might start “playing by the Johnny rules,” as Aaron Barnhart put it, by taking a couple of nights off each week. The idea, the Kansas City Star man suggested, would be to ease in a replacement host to a new generation.
Tassler gave terse “not right now” when asked if she had spoken to Letterman about this.
“And do you feel fairly confident that Mr. Letterman will be renewing with CBS?” came the follow-up. Tassler issued the usual “You know, as long as Dave is happy and Dave wants to stay around, we’re very happy to have him there.”
The network executive snuck in a plug for Craig Ferguson, saying CBS was thrilled to have both of them.
The idea of guest hosts sitting in for Dave twice a week seems odd. For one thing, Ferguson has what another critic down her characterized as a “Prince of Wales” clause in his contract. He has to be offered Dave’s job when the time comes, or a penalty must be paid. It’s the same kind of deal Tonight temp Conan O’Brien had at NBC.
Also Letterman has had to be practically dying to give up his job for even a day or two in the past. Then again, Carson was his idol and if it was good enough for Johnny, we might be near the point where it is good enough for the 63-year-old Letterman.
Tassler also announce that the next addition of Survivor would be kids vs. old people, or shirts vs. skins, something like that. Assurances were given that Charlie Sheen’s “various off-job issues” were not expected to effect production this season of Two and a Half Men. She doesn;t expect any push back from parent councils for what one cheeky critic called “Feces My Dad Says.” The fact that the part of the son has been recast on the William Shatner sitcom should not be seen as the kiss of death, she says, pointing out that both Big Bang Theory and Numb3rs were recast.
Tassler revealed that her just announced new ripoff of The View, headlined by Sara Gilbert (above left), Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, beat out four other daytime projects CBS had in development, including a remake of the old game show Pyramid with Andy Richter and another project with chef Emmeril Lagasse.