The series “Inside Man” will look at gun lovers, marijuana growers, end-of-life caregivers and migrant farmworkers in its early episodes.
The show is expected to debut in April, paired with a new series from chef Anthony Bourdain.
Both series are from outside production companies and represent an experiment for CNN, which has had ratings troubles in recent years.
First lady books appearances on Letterman, ‘Dr. Oz Show’
The first lady is paying David Letterman another visit.
This will be Mrs. Obama’s third visit to the show, her last being on June 5, when she played up her green-thumb image by presenting the “Top Ten Fun Facts About Gardening.” (Examples included “Gardening was invented in 1822 by Albert Gardener” and “The largest zucchini ever grown contained a Starbucks.”)
Next week’s visit is part of the first lady’s back-to-school media tour, where she will speak about “helping parents get their children ready to return to the classroom” and “important changes to school lunch programs nationwide,” according to a statement from CBS.
According to the Associated Press, the show’s producers said the first lady will tape an appearance Wednesday to discuss new provisions of her “Let’s Move” campaign and the Presidential Youth Fitness Program.
The show’s host, Mehmet Oz, said he’s “honored” she has chosen to be a guest on his show.
“The Dr. Oz Show,” which airs weekdays in syndication, will be starting its fourth season next month.
‘Big Bang Theory’ promotes comic book store owner
The actor who plays Stuart the comic book store owner has been upped from recurring to series regular.
While he becomes the comedy’s eighth series regular, he’ll likely continue to recur in the same capacity as the lovelorn sad-sack Stuart, appearing in seven to 13 episodes.
He joins series regulars Melissa Rauch and newly minted Emmy nominee Mayim Bialik, who both were promoted after recurring roles, as well as Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg and Kaley Cuoco.
The deal guarantees Mr. Sussman will be available to the show on an as-needed basis. The actor, who has played a recurring character on the final season of Showtime’s “Weeds,” has dipped his toe into the development pool, teaming with former “Big Bang” co-star John Ross Bowie (Kripke) for a comedy last year that did not move forward.
“The Big Bang Theory” returns at 8 p.m. Sept. 27.
‘Chicago’ producers to team for Oscars show
The producing team that helped create such musicals as “Chicago” and “Hairspray” is overseeing the next Academy Awards ceremony.
Mr. Zadan and Mr. Meron were executive producers on 2002’s “Chicago,” which won six Oscars, including best picture. They also were producers on the 2007 hits “Hairspray” and “The Bucket List” and last year’s remake of “Footloose.” Mr. Zadan also produced the 1984 original “Footloose.”
On Broadway, their work includes Tony Award-winning revivals of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and “Promises, Promises.”
Compiled from Web and wire reports.
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