NBC has picked up Common Sense, a half-hour topical alternative comedy series featuring real people commenting on the week’s news and events. The network has given a six-episode order to the project, which already has been picked up to series by BBC Two in the U.K..
Common Sense will feature a cast of recurring characters in different states — duos and trios made up of friends, colleagues or family members — sharing their opinions on seven or eight news stories of that week, from the big headlines to the random local happenings.
To stay topical, Common Sense will have a quick turnaround, with an episode airing within a week of it being filmed. It will cover all kind of news — political, sports, celebrity, etc., along with smaller local stories. - Nellie Andreeva
CBS has handed out full-season orders to freshman dramas Bull and MacGyver, and first-year comedy Kevin Can Wait. All three series have received orders for an additional nine episodes, bringing their season totals to 22 each.
CBS has cancelled Braindead and American Gothic after one season each, the Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Popular mobile game Candy Crush is headed to television as a new one-hour, live action game show series on CBS from Wipeout creator Matt Kunitz, Lionsgate and King, the company behind the game. [Link: deadline.com]
► CBS is developing a legal drama titled “Mrs. V. Mr.,” the project follows a prominent, larger-than-life L.A. defense attorney and the chief prosecutor for the DA’s office who are constantly at odds in the courtroom. [Link: variety.com]
► CBS orders 13 episode thriller "Salvation" for summer season. The hourlong series centers on an MIT grad student and a tech superstar who stumble upon the discovery of a (probably much-shortened) lifetime: An asteroid is six months away from colliding with the earth.
I knew Millennials had short attention spans, but there is some truth to the above. As a downloader, I'm adapt at finding the content I want, even the pay crap. Even willing to wait for the d/l to complete, though its not as bad as it was in the old days, used to have to leave the download manager running all night and part of the day and set to have it close and shut the PVR down while I was out of the house, patience rules! Though the network did move the broadcast times of Braindead, around sports schedules and politics. This is where timeshifting is the most favoured feature.....people who stream want instant gratification. If you're an old fart like me, who started in 1980 building Sinclair ZXs and Heathkit short waves, you are a natural tinkerer, sadly few of the M crowd have an interest in that unless they are a gamer. In that crowd it becomes a sense of pride to build the most bad-ass desktop rig they can afford. The majority go to laptops and tablets, they only have the desire to be users, not admins. Me, when I can afford it, enjoy the challenge of DIY. However, I too have the urge to constantly check listings, some even take it further and pay a subscription to schedulesdirect.org and with a piece if software, tie it into their PVR utility, so they never miss a show, completely unattended.
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The list of upcoming 9 p.m. Friday programs include “Bill Murray: The Mark Twain Prize” (Friday), “Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater” (Nov. 4), a performance of “Gypsy” (Nov. 11) “Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs” (Nov. 18) and “Joshua Bell’s (he recently performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic) Seasons of Cuba” (Dec. 16.)
“Sewing with Nancy” returns to WNED Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. starting in December.
The PBS KIDS 24-hour sub-channel 17-3 debuts (two weeks late) in February.
Laff will present a 12-hour, 24-episode Roseanne marathon on Sun. Oct. 30 featuring the complete first season of the series in consecutive order, beginning with the pilot episode at 1 p.m. ET.
Laff will then hand out Roseanne’s tricks and treats on Oct. 31, presenting all seven of the show’s Halloween-themed episodes in a primetime party starting at 8 p.m. ET. After the two-day event, Roseanne will be seen on Laff Monday– Saturday from 9 to 11 p.m. starting Nov. 1.
• Raven-Symone is the latest host to leave the daytime chatfest "The View." She announced on the show Thursday that she'll be gone before the end of the year. She's producing and starring in a remake of the sitcom "That's So Raven" for The Disney Channel, where she said her character will now be a single mom of two children, one of whom has "visions."
• Megan Kelly will co-host “Live with Kelly” alongside Kelly Ripa on Nov. 9, the morning after the presidential election. She and Ripa will welcome Naomi Watts and Michael Ealy, along with musical guest Cam.
• Fox has set a premiere date for the 12th and final season of Bones. Special Agent Seeley Booth, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, and their respective crime-fighting teams will begin the 12-episode journey on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 9 p.m.
• Classic television network MeTV salutes the comedy and quality of M*A*S*H with two exclusive, special events this November. First, actor Jamie Farr hosts his 10 favorite episodes of M*A*S*H in the weeklong celebration M*A*S*H: The Best By Farr, airing7-8 p.m. ET, Monday, Oct. 31, through Friday, Nov. 4. Then, MeTV assembles many of the cast and creators of M*A*S*H to look back on one of the most powerful and riveting broadcast television events in history with MeTV Remembers the M*A*S*H Finale, airing at 7-10 p.m. ET on Veteran’s Day, Friday, Nov. 11.
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