8:30 a.m. CBS President Nina Tassler discusses CBS’ failing GLAAD Responsibility Index rating:
There were a couple of pilots that we shot this season and a couple of projects in development that unfortunately we didn’t get to pick up. But we are adding a few characters to this season because we are very disappointed in our track record so far. We know we will do better. … We’re also going to be adding a new character to Rules of Engagement. Jeff and Audrey’s surrogate will be a member of Jeff’s softball team and she’s a lesbian.
You hear that, guys? We’re getting a lesbian with a double whammy. Not only is she a stereotypical softball player but she’s going to be pregnant! Come on CBS — you’re giving us a gay lady and you’re still behind the times. This is your chance to do something like create a three-dimensional lesbian character on one of your flailing comedies. Can’t wait to hear the jokes that come out of this scenario. Did I mention this show stars David Spade?
I’d like to hold out hope for even more lesbians, as Nina said they are trying to give the shows more gay:
One you come out of your pilot season disappointed with yourself, you go into the current series season and say "Let’s look for every opportunity to improve the numbers we have represented in the cast so we’re going to do that. And then we’ll continue to focus on that as we go into development season. We’re not happy with ourselves.
However a question about Kalinda on The Good Wife brings me back to an eye roll. Will we be seeing anything about her personal life and sexuality on the new season? Not right away. Nina said:
People love speculating. … We won’t spill the beans just yet.
Despite the cop out answer, I think it’s safe to say Kalinda is bisexual as she’s had sexual relationships with both men and women on screen.
As far as Sara Gilbert‘s new mom-based daytime talk show, Nina said it was the best tested and screened new show they have on the docket and that they actually bought it last August. Nina represented Sarah as an actress 25 years ago, so they’ve had a longstanding relationship.
When Sara brought the show idea to Nina, based on a mommy group she holds in her living room, it was of interest to the network, but had to take on "several reincarnations" before it came to fruition. At one point, Nina noted, it was going to be a "$25,000 internet production" at Sara’s house. Now it’s poised to be the new View. More on the show from their own panel later and yes, I plan on asking why Sara’s partner was left out of the CBS press release for the show.