Powered by i.TV
April 24, 2014

CBS exec session: CSI changes, Let's Make A Deal... and a few shots at NBC - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 3rd 2009 1:12PM
Laurence Fishburne, CSICBS programming chief Nina Tassler held court this morning in the CBS executive session. Her network is in an extremely strong position, so there wasn't much in the way of controversy to report, but here are some interesting tidbits from the session:

  • Laurence Fishburne's character of Dr. Langston on CSI will assume a more take-charge position this year, he'll also be given a "wardrobe makeover" so he seems, as Tassler put it "more comfortable in his own clothes."
  • Jorja Fox will be back for the first five episodes. And one of the main characters will get promoted. I won't spoil it for you, but you can probably figure out who it might be.
  • A new Let's Make A Deal with Wayne Brady as host, will be taking the place of Guiding Light. Tassler wouldn't go so far as saying this is a trend towards the return of daytime network game shows, but she did say she wanted to get a new LMAD on the air for a while.
  • No plans to bring back Flashpoint right now, though they can. More Canadian cross-production deals on the way, including The Bridge.
  • On NBC's late-night / Leno strategies: "Whatever numbers they get, they'll declare victory anyway, so it doesn't matter."
  • On the departure of Ben Silverman of NBC: "I'm really just a D-girl, so I wouldn't comment."


CSI' Photos

    FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2008 file photo, actress Jorja Fox poses on the press line at the "Entertainment Weekly 6th Annual Pre-Emmy Party" in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, file)

    AP

    ©BAUER-GRIFFIN.COM ***NO CANADA RIGHTS*** "CSI: Miami" star David Caruso spends some time on the beach and in the waters with his girlfriend. EXCLUSIVE June 18, 2009 Job: 90618X5 Miami, Florida www.bauergriffin.com www.bauergriffinonline.com

    KADENA PIX/bauergriffinonline.com

    ©BAUER-GRIFFIN.COM ***NO CANADA RIGHTS*** "CSI: Miami" star David Caruso spends some time on the beach and in the waters with his girlfriend. EXCLUSIVE June 18, 2009 Job: 90618X5 Miami, Florida www.bauergriffin.com www.bauergriffinonline.com

    KADENA PIX/bauergriffinonline.com

    ©BAUER-GRIFFIN.COM ***NO CANADA RIGHTS*** "CSI: Miami" star David Caruso spends some time on the beach and in the waters with his girlfriend. EXCLUSIVE June 18, 2009 Job: 90618X5 Miami, Florida www.bauergriffin.com www.bauergriffinonline.com

    KADENA PIX/bauergriffinonline.com

    ©BAUER-GRIFFIN.COM ***NO CANADA RIGHTS*** "CSI: Miami" star David Caruso spends some time on the beach and in the waters with his girlfriend. EXCLUSIVE June 18, 2009 Job: 90618X5 Miami, Florida www.bauergriffin.com www.bauergriffinonline.com

    KADENA PIX/bauergriffinonline.com

    ©BAUER-GRIFFIN.COM ***NO CANADA RIGHTS*** "CSI: Miami" star David Caruso spends some time on the beach and in the waters with his girlfriend. EXCLUSIVE June 18, 2009 Job: 90618X5 Miami, Florida www.bauergriffin.com www.bauergriffinonline.com

    KADENA PIX/bauergriffinonline.com

    ©BAUER-GRIFFIN.COM ***NO CANADA RIGHTS*** "CSI: Miami" star David Caruso spends some time on the beach and in the waters with his girlfriend. EXCLUSIVE June 18, 2009 Job: 90618X5 Miami, Florida www.bauergriffin.com www.bauergriffinonline.com

    KADENA PIX/bauergriffinonline.com

    ©BAUER-GRIFFIN.COM ***NO CANADA RIGHTS*** "CSI: Miami" star David Caruso spends some time on the beach and in the waters with his girlfriend. EXCLUSIVE June 18, 2009 Job: 90618X5 Miami, Florida www.bauergriffin.com www.bauergriffinonline.com

    KADENA PIX/bauergriffinonline.com

    ©BAUER-GRIFFIN.COM ***NO CANADA RIGHTS*** "CSI: Miami" star David Caruso spends some time on the beach and in the waters with his girlfriend. EXCLUSIVE June 18, 2009 Job: 90618X5 Miami, Florida www.bauergriffin.com www.bauergriffinonline.com

    KADENA PIX/bauergriffinonline.com

    ©BAUER-GRIFFIN.COM ***NO CANADA RIGHTS*** "CSI: Miami" star David Caruso spends some time on the beach and in the waters with his girlfriend. EXCLUSIVE June 18, 2009 Job: 90618X5 Miami, Florida www.bauergriffin.com www.bauergriffinonline.com

    KADENA PIX/bauergriffinonline.com

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum

17 Comments

Filter by:
mamahonnie

I would love to see Gil Grissom and Wark back on CSI I love them all (CSI's) so Wark wasn't the only actor to fall off the wagon they brought them back so why not him and Gil was the passionate in that role , ok already I like Laurence too so keep them all would be an interesting team

August 06 2009 at 11:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Belinda

I like Jorja's character, but she needs more excitement in her role. Still want Grissom back

August 04 2009 at 9:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mcurtis2962

Yea!! Jorja's back. Can't wait.

August 04 2009 at 8:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wbird22

CSI will never be the same without the character of Gil Grissom.

More importantly however, is the fate of Flashpoint. It has become our favorate show. I want it back...please!!!

We can always petition it!

August 04 2009 at 8:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bill

I'd trust NBC press releases over CBS's any day of the week.

Any network which would continue to promote a loser like David Letterman should be censored.

They tried promoting their leftist politics with Katie Couric, and look where it got them...3rd place.

August 04 2009 at 8:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Keith

They need to get P. Diddy off this show! He is the worst actor ever in TV history and he ruins every scene he is in.

August 04 2009 at 8:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alicia

Yeah, Jorja's teeth are pretty annoying, but still, she would be a good actress if the show actually gave her an interesting role.

August 04 2009 at 8:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alicia

I actually love Jorja Fox. I think she was pretty great. But yes, a little uninteresting. I think the show should give her something interesting to work off of... know what I mean?

But I do agree with you on one thing... I want Will Peterson back. Now.

August 04 2009 at 8:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dolores S

Why bring back Jorja Fox. She's so boring! Get some new blood. I'm happy for Lawrence F. He's great in this show, but I still miss Will Peterson.

August 04 2009 at 8:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Dolores S's comment
Jim Robertson

I guess that is why we are all different. I like Jorja Fox. I do also miss Peterson but Fishburnes character is being brought along well and he is a good addition to the show.

August 04 2009 at 8:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alicia

Come on, CSI Las vegas...

WE WANT GIL GRISOM BACK!

Okay, so its a sort of unrealistic wish. But still. I miss him. :'(

August 04 2009 at 8:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Alicia's comment
jill

I agree - Grissom was perfect for the role. He had limited chemistry with Sara....but his chemistry with Lady Heather was just fantastic. I would like to have seen that relationship explored.

August 04 2009 at 8:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Follow Us

FALL TV VIDEOS

From Our Partners