04-22-2011, 09:55 PM
This is why so many Hollywood creatives don't understand the decisions of the networks and the Big Media corporations who run them. Because here's a show that's doing well in its primetime slot. And just a few days ago freshman drama Blue Bloods was praised by Armando Nunez, president of CBS Studios International. “It’s perhaps not as sexy to talk about, but it has proven a success both on the network and in terms of global distribution,” he praised. It tops the charts of how this season's freshman shows have performed, with Blue Bloods sold around the world not just to tiny channels but to big ones like Sky Atlantic in the UK, Australia’s Network Ten, and Discovery Latin America. So what do CBS and CBS Studios and its executive producer Leonard Goldberg, who also happens to be a CBS Corporation board member, do? They exit the show's creators Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green. Because I'm told Goldberg and the network think the show needs be "more procedural". As if CBS doesn't already have procedural shows coming out of its wazoo. And this latest firing comes 9 months ago after then showrunner Ken Sanzel exited the CBS series because of creative tensions with Tom Selleck over scripts that the actor felt were too procedural.