While CBS is busy touting its fancy new fall schedule at their upfront presentation in New York today, executives faced a few questions this morning from the press about two shows that didn’t make the cut: “NCIS: Red” and “Beverly Hills Cop.”
CBS President Nina Tassler stressed the importance of what the network actually picked up and reminded reporters that discussions about the future of other projects could continue after the upfronts, but the odds of either “Red” or “Cop” being in that mix are negligible at best.
In the case of “Red” — which was introduced in a two-part arc on “NCIS: LA” — it appears that the network simply wasn’t impressed with what they saw. “Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t,” Tassler said about spinoffs. “Protecting [the franchise] was really important.” Which sounds like a roundabout way of saying “Red” simply wasn’t up to the “NCIS” standard.
Tassler also pointed to CBS’ limited “shelf space” — one positive of the network’s highly-rated programming is there are very few timeslots to fill each season — and the strong line-up of pilots they had to choose from as other reasons both “Red” and “Cop” weren’t ordered to series.
“We have to make tough choices,” Tassler said about “Cop,” which would have brought Eddie Murphy’s iconic film franchise to TV. Murphy was expected to reprise his Axel Foley role in a recurring capacity while Brandon T. Jackson starred as Foley’s son. Although the detective procedural surely would’ve had a comedic bent, Tassler noted that CBS’ priority this season was half hour comedy. (Reports persist that “Cop” could be shopped to other networks, including cable.)