CBS has picked up just one midseason show for 2010-11 so far, but that may change in the next couple of weeks.
Nina Tassler, the president of CBS Entertainment, says that 12 of the 15 pilots it ordered tested well enough to go on the air. Given that and the fact that the network currently has no new comedies in reserve and only one drama — the “Criminal Minds” spinoff starring Forest Whitaker — more pickups could be on their way in the near future.
On the comedy side, “we have ‘Mad Love’ [starring Lizzy Caplan, Jason Biggs and Minka Kelly], ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ [from the ‘How I Met Your Mother’ team] — there are still a lot of [choices],” Tassler says. “I don’t mean to imply anything by omission, but I think we had a very strong development season. The objective goal was we needed to have a lot of options.”
For the record, the other comedy pilots CBS ordered this year were “Hitched,” “Team Spitz,” “Open Books” and an untitled project from “Bruno” co-writer Ant Hines and director Larry Charles.
Dramas that are reportedly still in play include a medical show executive produced by John Wells and “Chaos,” about CIA agents. Tassler says she and her team will make other decisions on midseason shows when they return to Los Angeles following the upfronts.