In a surprise early announcement, CBS Chief Les Moonves laid out the network’s Fall 2014 schedule today. Claiming the Tiffany network had a formula for success and rarely failed when it stuck with that formula.
He declared that going forward that the CBS primetime schedule would consist only of shows that were spinoffs of other CBS shows, effectively ending new show creative development at the network.
“Since I know what works, and can get people to watch effectively the same show by doing as little as changing the zip code, I’d be an idiot to take a chance on yet another ‘limited’ series with some ‘original’ idea. Original ideas are so overrated.” proclaimed Moonves.
“Just like Henry Ford would sell you any color Model T as long as it was black, you can watch any show you want on CBS, as long as it’s a near copy of another CBS show.”
|8-8:30p||HOW I MET YOUR OTHER MOTHER|
|8:30-9p||HOW I MET YOUR FATHER|
|9-9:30p||TWO AND A HALF MEN|
|9:30-10p||TWO AND A HALF WOMEN|
|10-11p||HOW I MET YOUR FIVE MOTHERS AND FATHERS|
|9-10p||NCIS: LOS ANGELES|
|9-10p||NOT SO CRIMINAL MINDS|
|10-11p||JUST MISCHIEVOUS MINDS|
|10-11p||PRETTY DAMN TRICKY|
|8-9p||PERSON OF INTEREST|
|9-10p||PERSON OF VAGUE INTEREST|
|10-11p||PERSON OF NO INTEREST AT ALL|
|7-8p||THE AMAZING RACE|
|8-9p||THE AMAZING RAT RACE|
This is virtually identical to the announcement CBS made four years ago today, but given the likely additions to their actual 2014 Fall schedule, it rings just as true today as it did then.