As expected, CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler was one of those unhappy with the exclusion of "The Good Wife" from best drama series category in the Emmy nominations. At the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Thursday, July 18, she said, "I admit it, I'm still really pissed."
Asked about the competition between broadcast programs that produce 22 episodes each season and TV cable shows that only deliver 13 episodes a season, she shared her opinion, "You look at what 'The Good Wife' does every year. We have 22 episodes. It's so much more demanding, so much more difficult. Right now, everybody's playing in the same sandbox... It's something that should be looked at."
On the same occasion, Tassler was pressed on the lack of diversity on their fall schedule. "We don't look at fall as the defining mark of giving us our diversity quota," she said, pointing at diversity in their entire programming. Calling "The Talk" one of the most diverse shows on TV, she also noted that their dramas have Halle Berry, Lucy Liu and Maggie Q as the leads.
Addressing the contract negotiations with "The Big Bang Theory" original stars which haven't reached an agreement two weeks before the production on upcoming season 8 starts, Tassler said, "We're feeling very confident that these deals will be able to be worked out."