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CBS Renews ‘Survivor’ for two more seasons

Posted Nov 17, 2011 by Walt Belcher

Updated Nov 17, 2011 at 04:43 PM

CBS Orders Two More Cycles of “Survivor” for the 2012-13 Season

Emmy Award Winner Jeff Probst Returns as Host and Executive Producer

  CBS announced today a February premiere date for the next “SURVIVOR” and ordered two more editions of the series for broadcast during the 2012-2013 season.  The broadcasts next season will mark the 25th and 26th editions of television’s longest-running hit reality competition series. 

Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst will return as host and executive producer for all three upcoming cycles. Probst has hosted SURVIVOR since its inception in May 2000.

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CBS Plans Midseason Changes

Posted Nov 15, 2011 by Walt Belcher

Updated Nov 15, 2011 at 12:51 PM

CBS is adding two series in January and changing its Thursday and Sunday lineups.

“Undercover Boss” replaces “Amazing Race” at 8 p.m. Sundays, starting Jan. 15.

“¡Rob!,” starring Rob Schneider, moves in at 8:30 p.m. Thursday slot after “The Big Bang Theory.”

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NBC Sets Midseaon: Changes in Prime-TIme

Posted Nov 15, 2011 by Walt Belcher

Updated Nov 15, 2011 at 10:04 AM

  NBC plans to put “Community” and “Prime Suspect” on the shelf in January and will add three previously announced new series for mid-season.

A legal drama, “The Firm,” will replace the low-rated “Prime Suspect: on Thursdays and the returning “30 Rock” will take over the Thursday 8 p.m. time period from “Community” which is expected to return later in the season.

Three other previously announced freshman series—supernatural drama “Awake” and comedies “Bent” and “Best Friends Forever” are not on the midseason schedule.

New musical drama “Smash,” easily the most anticipated of NBC series this season, will follow “The Voice” on Mondays, as previously announced. Both series will debut the week of Feb. 5 when NBC has the Super Bowl.

Freshman comedies “Up All Night” and “Whitney” will swap time slots with “Up” following “The Office.”
“Whitney ” will be paired with “Are You There, Chelsea?” on Wednesdays starting Jan. 11.

New reality series “Fashion Star,” hosted by Elle Macpherson, will debut March 13 taking the place of “Parenthood” on Tuesdays to form an all-reality night paired with The Biggest Loser.

When “Smash” premieres Feb. 6, new newsmagazine “Rock Center With Brian Williams” will shift to Wednesdays at 9 p.m., with current time period occupant “Harry’s Law” moving to 9 p.m. Sundays.

Full midseason schedule below:

8-10 p.m.—“The Voice” (season premiere Sunday, February 5; series resumes February 6)
10-11 p.m. - “SMASH” (beginning February 6)


8-10 p.m.—“The Biggest Loser” (beginning January 3)
10-11 p.m. - “Parenthood” (through February 28)
10-11 p.m. - “FASHION STAR” (beginning Tuesday, March 13, 9-11 p.m. ET with two-hour premiere; one-hour broadcasts resume March 20)


8-8:30 p.m. - “Whitney” (beginning January 11)
8:30-9 p.m. - “ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA?” (beginning January 11)
9-10 p.m. - “Rock Center with Brian Williams” (beginning February 8)
10-11 p.m. - “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”


8-8:30 p.m. - “30 Rock” (beginning January 12)
8:30-9 p.m. - “Parks and Recreation”
9-9:30 p.m. - “The Office”
9:30-10 p.m. - “Up All Night” (beginning January 12)
10-11 p.m. - “THE FIRM” (two-hour premiere Sunday January 8; Thursday time period premiere January 12)


8-9 p.m. - “Who Do You Think You Are?” (beginning February 3)
9-10 p.m. - “Grimm”
10-11 p.m. - “Dateline NBC”


8-9 p.m. - “Harry’s Law” (encore broadcasts)
9-10—“THE FIRM” (encore broadcasts)
10-11 p.m. - “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (encore broadcasts)


7-9 p.m. - “Dateline NBC” (beginning January 8)
8-9 p.m. - “Harry’s Law” (beginning March 4)
9-11 p.m. - “The Celebrity Apprentice” (beginning February 12)

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Hoily Baywatch, The Weather Channel plans series about lifeguards

Posted Nov 1, 2011 by Walt Belcher

Updated Nov 1, 2011 at 11:18 AM

  It’s like Baywath without the cheese.

The Weather Channel

(apparently running out of new weather)

has ordered 13 episodes of a half-hour docudrama called “Lifeguard!”

  It follows the men and women who guard the Southern California coastline.

  Reminiscent of scripted drama “Baywatch,” without David Hasslhof, “Lifeguard!” will offer an up close and personal look at the lifeguards, who make over 10,000 saves a year.

Does anyone remember the “Baywatch” spoof, “Son of the Beach” that aired on FX?

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GOP Presidential Debate in Tampa and on NBC

Posted Oct 24, 2011 by Walt Belcher

Updated Oct 24, 2011 at 10:20 AM

NBC will carry a live GOP presidential debate will in Tampa in January with anchor Brian Williams as moderator.
The debate featuring the numerous GOP candidates will take place at the University of South Florida.  There will be be a panel of political experts and reportes.

CNN televised a GOP candidate debate from the Florida State Fairgrounds in September.  The Florida Repub lican primary is Jan. 31.

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