CBS Boss Defends Lack of Women in New Fall Slate

CBS defends new fall shows all starring men

CBS defends new fall shows all starring men

"A lot of them have women in starring roles", he said. "The best pilots win at the end of the day, and we think our track record is okay".

When asked why for the second year in a row the network had no shows starring woman, CBS' head honcho Les Moonves defended the move. "I don't think we've ever had to apologize for having Madam Secretary and Lucy Liu [on Elementary], and The Good Fight [on CBS All Access] and The Good Wife".

CBS has addressed the ongoing conversation about diversity on TV by introducing eight new shows to its 2017-2018 schedule that are led by men who are majority white.

The reporter pressed: "We're at this point in the industry - FX, for example, is trying to make sure half its directors are female".

We should note that, out of the six new shows being added to their schedule this fall (SEAL Team, Young Sheldon, Wisdom Of The Crowd, Me, Myself And I, 9JKL and S.W.A.T.), only one person of color features in a lead role (Shemar Moore in S.W.A.T.), and not one woman is a lead. "When I look at the totality of what CBS is, I look at news, I look at daytime, I look at sports, I look at Showtime, I look at The CW", he said.

The network debuted their new programming at their upfront in NY City this week, which features six new shows starring men. "And when you look at the totality of that, I think we're fine in terms of the number of women who are behind the camera and in front of the camera".

"I'm really glad this question came up first because we're very mindful at CBS of the importance of diversity and inclusion", Geller said at the time.

Popular shows with female leads like Elementary and Code Black are on hold for midseason.

Do you think CBS is "facing in the wrong direction" for its 2017 fall lineup starring all men? Moonves pointed to current CBS series "Madam Secretary" and "Mom" that feature predominantly female casts.

The executive - pinch-hitting for network president Glenn Geller who suffered a heart attack and has been on medical leave recuperating ("he's doing better", Moonves said) - noted CBS' marching orders remain the same: pick up the best pilots to series.

"We are very bullish about the television business, bullish about CBS", Moonves said, according to Deadline. Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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