"Dexter," "Weeds" Head to CBS?
Although those swinging couples of the 1970s and their orgies ("Swingtown") may never make it to the older-skewing CBS, a serial killer with a heart ("Dexter") and a single mom who makes ends meet by selling pot ("Weeds") may get there instead. Perhaps there's a silver lining in the writers' strike, after all. Or is there?
Speaking at an investor conference yesterday, CBS prexy Les Moonves explained that the Eye network would not go dark in the event of a prolonged strike and was ready to edit some of its cable sibling Showtime's most prized assets and air them as part of its midseason schedule.
Introducing these quality dramas to greater audiences at the expense of butchering them to meet the demands of conservative audiences is not necessarily a plus. The network will however take all necessary measures to protect its bottom line, as airing these shows may generate lower ratings, but also savings from lower costs.
"Swingtown" was originally intended for Showtime, but CBS snatched the provocative drama over, as part of an attempt earlier this year to revamp its older-skewing schedule with more daring 18-49 fare. The network has however filmed only 3 episodes before shutting down production due to writers' strike.