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CBS’s Tassler Sounds Off on McPherson’s Exit Just Before TCA and Why Networks Should Be ‘Paranoid’

Jul 28, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Launching the Television Critics Association conference in Beverly Hills, CBS entertainment chief Nina Tassler told an executive session Wednesday that stability has been a winning strategy for her network but added that CBS remains “paranoid” about the future of broadcast TV, reports The Wall Street Journal.

“We’re restless and motivated and, as I like to say, paranoid,” Tassler said to reporters at the Beverly Hills Hilton.

The network, known for formulaic sitcoms and police procedurals, recently launched one of its strongest slates of new shows in years, including “The Good Wife” and “Undercover Boss.” Tassler said CBS is open to innovative TV concepts, citing “the first-ever show based on a Twitter feed [comedy “$#*! My Dad Says”].”

Commenting on the recent shakeup at ABC and the resignation of its head of programming Stephen McPherson, Tassler quipped, “Damn it, he got out of press tour.”

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