CBS Chief on ‘Supergirl,’ Stephen Colbert and a Big Bet on Football

The genre series, from Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler, is already generating strong buzz, and Tassler said she was hopeful that the “relatable” show will bring new viewers to her aging network.


Tassler may be correct about her show’s family-friendly appeal, but the early signs from Supergirl seem to suggest it’ll appeal more to casual TV audiences as opposed to diehard comic book fans… a bit like Gotham!

CBS’ Nina Tassler says content generation is still at the center of its operations – and despite lower traditional TV ratings, monetizing of their shows continues to grow. Which show are you more interested in – if any? When approached later by a small group of reporters and asked to explain whether such concessions would be made again, Tassler let out that annoyed “Oh, my God!”

It won’t be all droll and zany with CBS’ new late-night host, Stephen Colbert. But she’ll be back as a regular for season five – which may very well be the show’s last. “The audience didn’t respond”.

The third season of Under the Dome will conclude with a huge change.

Reflecting on a summer when many scripted series have struggled, Tassler said, “We’re happy with our summer strategy” and pointed out that Zoo is the top-rated scripted series this summer, with Under the Dome at No. 2 and Extant at No. 4. That is, until word leaked that the actors’ final scene together wasn’t actually shot together. Four years and several cast members later, the network has given the drama a shortened Season 5 order and word on the street is that Person of Interests next round of episodes will be its last.

The Good Wife returns Sunday, October 4, at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.


“Well, I think that they’re different audiences”, said Tassler today at the Television Critics Association presentation for Supergirl (via IGN). “The ending was very satisfying for the characters and I stand by how Robert and Michelle King produce their show”. And no, Tassler didn’t even try to hide her excitement about the linear ratings potential of that much live, event programming.

CBS Head 'Undecided' on Person of Interest's Fate