Is broadcast TV the “bastard child” of the TV industry?
Les Moonves took on that question during his Q&A with reporters at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Monday. The question referred to NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt saying that many in Hollywood seem to regard broadcast television as the bastard child of the industry in comparison to heavily Emmy nominated cable shows.
“I don’t think we’re the bastard child of the entertainment business,” the CBS chief said, though later he seemed to sympathize with the point Greenblatt was making: “They’re competing against some phenomenal programs,” he said. “It’s hard to put [CBS'] The Good Wife up against [HBO's] Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones probably cost three time as much and takes three times as long to shoot. And it’s a brilliant good show. I love it as much as anybody. But there are some terrific shows on network that do get passed over, and the competition from cable in terms of that has become pretty extreme. And so the cable shows get a lot more attention for a lot fewer numbers. That’s okay … You mention a show like Parenthood, which also is a wonderful show that doesn’t maybe get the recognition that [Greenblatt] feels it deserves. I think that’s what that meant.”