News Briefs: ABC Wants More Last Man Standing

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TIM ALLEN NEWS

... ABC needs a little more time improving its home and has asked Last Man Standing to give it a few more episodes. The network has added two more installments (for a total of 24 episodes) of the hit comedy, which has steadied out in the 7-8 million viewers range. You can't stop Tim Allen, you can only hope to contain him. [EW]


"SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE" NEWS

... The CW has ordered the almost-profanely titled Oh Sit!, a reality competition show that's basically an extreme version of musical chairs. In the show, contestants maneuver through obstacle courses to get a chair while a live band plays. This is really happening. Someone thought of this idea, then someone else approved it, and now it's going to be an actual television show. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Showtime has ordered a Dick Cheney documentary. Let's hope it's 90 minutes' worth of him getting shot in a hunting accident. [Showtime, via press release]


SHOW CROSSOVER NEWS

... CBS is planning to collide the universes of NCIS: Los Angeles and Hawaii Five-0 in a special two-night sweeps event. The story will revolve around a deadly virus and begin on a Monday on Hawaii Five-0 with LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell crossing the Pacific, and continue on the following evening with Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan arriving in Los Angeles. [CBS, via press release]


NEW SHOW RATINGS NEWS

... We here at News Briefs like to check in on the performances of new shows in the ratings, and last night was the debut of NBC's Are You There, Chelsea?. The comedy starring Laura Prepon was watched by 6.18 million viewers and grabbed a 2.3 rating among adults, which made NBC happy. Whitney made its Wednesday debut to the tune of 5.79 million and a 2.0, but both shows got smoked by ABC's comedy block and should see a further decline when American Idol and Criminal Minds return next week. [TV By the Numbers]


CASTING NEWS

... And your Super Bowl national anthem singer is... Kelly Clarkson. [AP]

... La Toya Jackson will guest-star on 90210 in late February. In addition to frightening everyone she comes in contact with, Jackson will play a music executive who has an offer for Dixon (Tristan Wilds). [THR]

... Desmond Harrington is returning to Gossip Girl as Uncle Jack. [TV Line]

... Fringe has cast Micahel Massee (Se7en) as a bad guy. Look for him in Episode 15, where he'll play a man whose loneliness pushes him too far. One time my loneliness pushed me all the way to Krispy Kreme. [TV Guide]


"I DIDN'T NEED TO SEE THIS" NEWS

... Sean Bean, star of Game of Thrones, just destroyed any heroic image I had of Ned Stark (click the link if you dare). Maybe he's pretending to be Cersei so he can seduce and kill Jaime Lannister? [Telegraph]


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