Blue Bloods has found a new temporary partner for Detective Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg). Marisa Ramirez (Against The Wall) has been cast for a five-episode arc playing Detective Maria Baez, who will be paired with Danny. The recurring gig comes with the possibility for Ramirez to continue as a regular next season. Ramirez’s first episode on Blue Bloods airs this Friday, and word of her casting started getting out as the network began to release images from the episode. Ramirez plays the third temporary partner for Danny this season, following a four-episode stint by Megan Ketch and a three-episode one by Megan Boone. They are filling the void left by the departure of series regular Jennifer Esposito who was put on an indefinite medical leave by Blue Bloods producer CBS TV Studios last fall and is unlikely to return to the show. Ramirez also recurs on ABC’s Body Of Proof this season.
CBS’ Nina Tassler On Pending ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Renewal, Jennifer Esposito’s ‘Blue Bloods’ Exit: TCA
No doubt CBS would’ve liked to announce a ninth season renewal for How I Met Your Mother at TCA today but it didn’t as the network and producer 20th Century Fox TV are still haggling over some license fee deal points. (The pacts with creators/showrunners Craig Thomas and Carter Bays and the cast, including Jason Segel are done.) Things are very close. “I will be happy to report in a very few days (a renewal),” CBS’ Nina Tassler said. “I’m confident and excited that all will be resolved. Almost everything is completed.” As for where the show will go next season story-wise, “(Bays and Thomas) had two plans in place — if they had to resolve this year and or if they came back next year,” Tassler said after the session. “So we’ll sit down and talk to them in about a month about their plans for next year.” She assured that “this would be the end as designed by Carter and Craig.”
Tassler was asked about the network’s reputation of being tough on actors on procedural dramas in light of the recent decision to sideline and eventually drop Jennifer Esposito from Blue Bloods. “Oh, I don’t think we are tougher on our actors,” she said. “We employ them for many, many years. In a situation like this we are sorry to see her go, we tried to resolve it, it didn’t quite work out and we wish her the best.”
CBS gave a rare “shout out” to veteran Rules Of Engagement, which has been used to successfully plug holes on the schedule for most of its run, summoned to do it again this midseason on Mondays where it will replace cancelled Partners. “A show that serves us well, it is the best utility warrior on television.”
Asked whether there is a point where CBS would ask 2 Broke Girls executive producer Michael Patrick King to curb the racy content on the show, Tassler said, “I say to Michael as long as you keep us laughing, and as long as we vet stuff through standards and practices, we’re good. It’s an adult comedy. People enjoy it.”
Tassler spent a long time talking about summer series Under The Dome, a Steven Spielberg-produced adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, which was originally developed for sibling pay cable network Showtime.
Blue Bloods’ Jennifer Esposito blasted CBS TV Studios for putting her on medical leave in an interview today with Fox News Channel. “What happened was ugliness,” the actress told FNC’s Arthel Neville in a segment scheduled to run on FOX Files tonight. CBS TV Studios made their decision after Esposito’s doctor advised the actress, who has been diagnosed with Celiac disease, to reduce her work load. Here’s more of what Esposito had to say about what happened:
Last week I believe I was told I was on suspension, which meant I am still in contract, not being paid, because that’s suspension and they illegally stopped paying. And I am not able to work on any other TV show, on network. I can do a film or a Broadway or something on cable that doesn’t go in the ten o’clock time slot. So they kept me in my contract without pay and yes it’s completely illegal but they also knew that I didn’t have the money or the means to sue them. I have been in the business for twenty years; there has been so many things of injustice that happens in this business. It’s what you sign up for; it is what it is. This, though, is something that is not about me, I feel. This is about a disease that people don’t understand. And what went on after, it makes me sick.
The Blue Bloods producer said …
After giving comedies a warm welcome back to Friday last week, viewers turned a cold shoulder last night. In their second week, Last Man Standing (1.6/5) was down 16% from last Friday’s fast national, while Malibu Country (1.6/5) tumbled 27% from its premiere. The comedies surrendered the top spot in the 8 PM hour among adults 18-49 to CBS’ Undercover Boss (2.0/7) which, after a mediocre season start last week, jumped 33% to finish a close second for the night in the demo behind former time slot rival Shark Tank (2.1/6). With its comedy lead-in dropping big, Shark Tank slipped 9% from last week’s series highs but still led ABC to a nightly win in 18-49. The network topped the 9 PM and the 10 PM hours in the demo with Shark Tank and 20/20 (1.6/5, up a tenth from last week)
Meanwhile, CSI: NY (1.4/4) didn’t take advantage of its much improved Undercover Boss lead-in, down a tenth from last week. Blue Bloods (1.5/5) was up two tenths with the episode marking the exit of Jennifer Esposito’s character (for now). CBS won the night in total viewers.
Grimm (1.7/5) was down a tenth from last week with virtually no lead-in (comedy repeats that tied the CW’s America’s Next Top Model in the 8 PM hour). It still ranked as the highest-rated scripted show on the night. Dateline (1.3/4) was flat.
Top Model (0.6/2) was up 50% from …
This Friday, November 2, CBS was slated to air the episode in which Jennifer Esposito’s character Jackie Curatola is being put on a leave of absence, and the first temporary new partner for Detective Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg), played by Megan Ketch, is introduced. However, I hear Hurricane Sandy delayed post-production on the episode of the drama, which is based in New York. As a result, Blue Bloods will air another original on Friday, a standalone episode featuring Danny working protection detail for an infamous photographer who is a witness for Danny’s sister, prosecutor Erin Reagan-Boyle (Bridget Moynahan). Esposito does not appear in the episode (she also was not in the episode that aired last Friday). Esposito’s last episode (for now) has been rescheduled for next Friday.
EXCLUSIVE: CBS and CBS TV Studios have recruited another actress to fill the void left by co-star Jennifer Esposito being sidelined with Celiac disease. Law & Order: LA alumna Megan Boone has been tapped to play a new temporary partner for Detective Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg). Her deal is for three episodes with a series option behind it.
In a move that has stirred controversy, Esposito was put on medical leave recently after her doctor advised her to reduce her work load from full- to part-time, a request the studio said it could not accommodate given the demands of the role. CBS left the door for Esposito to return but in the interim, it is bringing in actresses to play revolving partners for Danny, starting with Megan Ketch, who is filming four episodes. She will be followed by Boone. Coincidentally, Esposito was among several actresses tried out as temporary partners for Danny in guest arcs at the beginning of Season 1 before she got the gig full-time. Boone’s option also allows her to become a regular should a need arise. UPDATE: Jennifer Esposito took to Twitter to react to Boone’s casting. “There it is. CBS got rid of the only minority cast member so they can have an ALL WHITE CAST like CSI,” she wrote.
Also on Twitter, Esposito last weekend called the move to sideline her “shameful behavior.” She has expressed her desire to return to …
UPDATE: Jennifer Esposito On Leave From ‘Blue Bloods’, Calls CBS’ Sidelining Her “Shameful Behavior”, Guest Stars To Fill
UPDATE: On Twitter, Jennifer Esposito disputed CBS TV Studios’ account of why she is going on a leave, slamming them for sidelining her and callling it ”absolutely shameful behavior”.
“CBS PUT me on unpaid leave and has blocked me from working anywhere else after my doctor said you needed a reduced schedule due to Celiac,” she wrote. “CBS didn’t listen to my doc and I collapsed on set. Which everyone saw! After a week off my doc said I could return to work but CBS implied that I was NOT truly ill and this was a scheme to get a raise! It’s been almost two months without bringing me back to work + keeping Me from working anywhere else!… Absolutely shameful behavior.”
PREVIOUS… EXCLUSIVE: Jackie Curatola is leaving the force, at least for now. Blue Bloods co-star Jennifer Esposito, who plays Detective Danny Reagan’s (Donnie Wahlberg) partner, is departing the CBS drama series for the foreseeable future. “Jennifer has informed us that she is only available to work on a very limited part-time schedule,” CBS TV Studios said in a statement. “As a result, she’s unable to perform the demands of her role and we regretfully had to put her character on a leave of absence.” The studio would not comment on Esposito’s reasons to ask for the significant workload reduction, but the actress has been public …
CAA has signed Sami Gayle, the young actress who is a regular on CBS’ Blue Bloods series, and who recently appeared in the Tony Kaye-directed Detachment and next will be in Stolen opposite Nicolas Cage and Malin Akerman, and the Ari Folman-directed The Congress opposite Robin Wright and Paul Giamatti. Gayle has also appeared on the USA series Royal Pains. Gayle got her start off-Broadway starring opposite Patti LuPone in Gypsy. She’s managed by David Guillod and Jeff Morrone at Intellectual Artist Management.
CBS Renews ’2 Broke Girls’, ‘Mike & Molly’, ‘Person of Interest’, ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Good Wife’, ‘Hawaii’, ‘CSI’, ‘Mentalist’, ‘Bloods’
UPDATE 11:15AM: In one fell swoop, CBS has renewed 15 series for next season. The list includes two comedies, breakout hit 2 Broke Girls and sophomore Mike & Molly and nine dramas, freshman Person of Interest, which has been on a ratings upswing, sophomores Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods, the critically praised (though modestly rated) The Good Wife and veteran procedurals NCIS, NCIS: LA, Criminal Minds, CSI and The Mentalist. They join comedies How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory, which are in the middle of multi-year pickups. The only glaring omission is veteran comedy Two And A Half Men, with CBS noting that it is in “preliminary discussions” with Warner Bros. TV about future seasons. The main issue is the fact that WBTV is yet to secure a new deal with star Ashton Kutcher, which would pave the way to a renewal.
On the unscripted side, CBS has renewed veteran The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss, which has done great in its new Friday time slot. They join previously renewed Survivor. And rounding out the group of returning series are venerable newsmagazine 60 Minutes and Saturday staple 48 Hour Mystery. With the previously picked up shows, CBS now has a total of 18 series — scripted reality and newsmahazines — set to return next season. “This large-scale renewal is testimony to the strength, stability and success of a deep and diverse roster of …
On the heels of getting a three-episode back order this week, CBS’ freshman drama A Gifted Man (1.3/4 in adults 18-49, 8.2 million viewers) posted a ratings uptick of a tenth of a point in 18-49. Since premiering with a 1.4, the medical/supernatural drama had been stuck at a 1.2, only once logging a 1.3 in the fast nationals that was adjusted down to a 1.2 in the finals. It looks like the 1.3 demo rating may stick this time, which would mark the show’s second highest 18-49 result to date. CSI:NY (1.6/5, 9.9 million) was down a tenth in the demo from last week, while Blue Bloods (2.0/6, 12.2 million) continued its wild ratings swings from the past couple of weeks. It was up 18% from last week’s 18-49 result. That follows a 24% jump in the demo 2 weeks ago and 19% decline last week. Blue Bloods once again was the top program of the night in both 18-49 and total viewers and led CBS (1.6/5, 10.1 million) to a nightly win in both categories.
Encouraging news for new NBC drama Grimm, which is awaiting word on a back episodic order after receiving a pickup for 3 additional scripts this week. After 2 weeks of declines, the fairytale procedural posted a 1.6/5 in 18-49 last night. That was up a tenth from the series’ fast national last week when …