“I think we’re fine in terms of the amount of women who are behind the camera, in front of the camera,” a clearly defensive Les Moonves said this morning about the number of female leads in CBS’ newly announced schedule. “More women watch CBS percentage-wise than any other network, so our shows have a lot of female appeal,” he added, finding cover and strength in viewership.
Facing accusations again that the net’s lineup is a Boys Club, Moonves remarks came today during CBS’ annual Upfronts breakfast in New York. Later this afternoon, the network will hold its Upfronts presentation at NYC’s Carnegie Hall. “I think we’re doing a very good job and I don’t, forgive me, I don’t think we’re looking in the wrong direction,” Moonves added of the company’s gender parity “totality” on CBS, Showtime, CBS All Access, the CW and more. “On the contrary.”
A look at the shows CBS has snagged for the new season doesn’t reveal many women in front of the camera: SEAL Team stars Bones alum David Boreanaz; the Big Bang Theory prequel Young Sheldon has Iain Armitage; Jay Ferguson stars in By The Book; Wisdom Of The Crowd has Entourage vet Jeremy Piven; Instinct features Good Wife alum Alan Cumming; Me, Myself And I has Bobby Moynihan; the Mark Feuerstein lead 9JKL; and the S.W.A.T. reboot stars Shemar Moore and Jay Harrington. That’s a lot of testosterone.
“I don’t think we’ve ever had to apologize for having Madam Secretary and Lucy Liu, and The Good Wife and The Good Fight,” Mooves asserted, listing off shows current, old and recently debuted. “And I think we do fine in that area …there are a lot of women in the schedule.”