Moonves Talks Famous TV Producer Into Working on Show for CBS

Jun 18, 2010  •  Post A Comment

With the late Aaron Spelling as a partner, Leonard Goldberg, 76, produced many of television’s biggest hits, from "Fantasy Island" to "Charlie’s Angels," from "Starsky and Hutch" to "Hart to Hart." And let’s not forget "Family,’ nor the famous TV movie Goldberg did, "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble" with John Travolta.

And now, thanks to CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, Goldberg is going to have a new series on TV, reports the Hollywood Reporter

The show is CBS’ "Blue Bloods" with Tom Selleck.

Goldberg says he found television had changed somewhat since his hits dominated the TV schedule. For one, CBS asked him to cut his script for the pilot. "I asked why," Goldberg says. "I’m figuring we need about 60 pages for 52 minutes. They went, ‘No — there are (now) 43 minutes in an hour show.’ "

The project came about after CBS President Leslie Moonves suggested Goldberg work on a TV show for the network following his appointment to the company’s board three years ago. Goldberg says he immediately wanted Selleck to star, although the actor was reluctant to commit so much time to shooting the show in New York. Then Selleck asked Goldberg who else he was considering, and he replied "Clint Eastwood." Goldberg said Selleck’s response was that "He smiled and said, ‘Clint would be real good at it.’ Then he said, ‘I think I’ll do the show.’ "


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