News Briefs: ABC Wants More Last Man Standing

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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Can't wait for more Last Man Standing.
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Reality tv is becoming even more stupid.
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i concur
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It's good to see transphobia is alive and well.
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aaaaarrrrrrrhhhhhhhhh!



I can never un-see that.



Hawaii 5-0 - NCIS: LA crossover? Wasn't expecting that one. Well, that'll be the second episode of NCIS: LA I'll have watched.



WTF is with the musical chairs with assault cource show? How do these people get away with wasting money on such blatantly shite shows? It's truely baffling.
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I'm waiting for the Hawaii Five 0 and NCIS:LA crossover i really want to see this.

The CW is making one stupid mistake after another with these reality shows.

More Last Man Standing is amazing i love the show and Tim Allen is funny, the whole show is funny cant wait for more.
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Sean Bean has always been one of my favorite actors.

That image just bitch slapped me back to reality! Ned Stark is really dead.

On the other hand, Wesley Snipes had a similar role in "To Wong Foo". He's still considered macho right??

At least Bean pays his taxes :-)

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Sean Bean may be the ugliest transvestite ever witnessed!



A crossover from one mediocre CBS cop action drama to another won't make me watch, especially not Hawaii 5-O... there'd have to be a significant cash enticement to get my eyeballs on that show again on purpose. I can occasionally stomach NCIS:LA because it knows it's stupid, but considering how awesome the original 5-O was to be dumbed down to such a putrid hunk of junk is tragic.
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i agree with JT Kirk on that. Hawaii five - 0 is just to mediocre for me. i can't just stand the characters
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Did you watch Work It? He isn't the ugliest, just the most recent.
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One does not simply walk into Mordor! One must be dressed like a lady.
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Haha, say it's so, Sean! I didn't take his death on Thrones well, either, but I'll leave the dress-up to him...for now.



I called Last Man Standing after the first episode. There's still a market for a sitcom with a normal (if too far to the right) guy who isn't a wuss or an complete idiot, and whoever allowed Man Up or Work It on the air might want to take notes. LMS isn't even that good; it's just...refreshing.
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It looks like'Oh Sit!' has opened up the market for new (CW only?) game shows based on inane children's party games. Next up: Pin the Tail on the Donkey; and Duck, Duck, Goose.
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Well various networks and channels have already had different variations of Hide and Go Seek.
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Other show ideas and titles: Extreme Tiddlywinks; C'mon Over, Red Rover; Jumping Jack Flash; Because Simon Says So; Hopscotch on the Rocks...



Yes, I have too much time on my hands.
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Ooh, we could also do some racy games, for HBO and Showtime, like Spin the Bottle, or Truth or Dare... How, HOW do these projects get greenlit?
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Chutes and Ladders or did someone do that already?
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Sean Bean must have taken his departure from Game of Thrones poorly. "What?! I thought I was the main character! Screw this, I'm going to play women from now on!" I'm not sure how they relate to each other, but whatever.
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I do smell TGiF for the 2012-13 season?
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Reaction to Sean Bean news:.............oh.....hoh............OH MY GOD........HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!
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I want to see Magnum on 5-0, that would be sooooooo cool!!!!
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Should have cast Sean Bean in Work It, if you ask me ;)
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Wow, NBC got whupped by ABC wednesday. Quelle surprise. There was little to no doubt in mind of anyone save for maybe NBC idiot executives that that was going to happen. I adhered to my plan and actually watched The Middle last night it wasn't bad. It just isn't my kind of show, the little kid still creeps me out and i think Modern Family does it better. But as long as I can pull myself as a viewer from NBC then I am doing good. I would still love to see Community go up against The Middle. I think Community would thrive where Whitney has deservedly failed. But great night ABC.
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Just so you know, in case you did not, but "Brick", Atticus Shaffer, has a fragile bone disorder, which makes him somewhat the way he is plus keeps him from doing real physical stuff, so you may notice there is a sort of hands off approach to him from the other actors. He doesn't seem to make much of it and he's better off than many with the disorder, but I do wish he would do more to simply make people aware of it so they won't be ignorant of it.
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For me I think it is more his voice. But thanks for the info.
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It's like the first seeds of the master plan have been sown. This is so exciting! I wish I were American so I could join in!
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To tell you the truth. I am not sure I can take another episode of it. I might just take the half hour to catch up on other shows. It really isn't my thing. So the plan may be altered into the Anything But NBC on wednesdays at 8.
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When you play the game of thrones you win or you get unceremoniously killed off and then take on a transsexual role.



Couldn't you have found some middle ground, Sean Bean?
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Hawaii 5-0 already had a cameo with Kensi from NCIS:LA. It's even more of an attempt to make the show NCIS:Hawaii.

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This could backfire for ABC. Tim Allen doesn't want to be fed episodes. He wants to hunt.
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