New CBS con­test ‘World’s Best’ wins post-Super Bowl slot

Sun.Star Pampanga - - SHOW! - ASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A roundup of news from the Tele­vi­sion Crit­ics As­so­ci­a­tion win­ter meeting, at which TV net­works and stream­ing ser­vices are pre­sent­ing de­tails on up­com­ing pro­grams. SUPER KICK-OFF BACK IN TOWN ROUND THREE

PCBS is bet­ting big on “The World’s Best,” hand­ing over the cov­eted postSu­per Bowl time slot to the new ta­lent com­pe­ti­tion shep­herded by re­al­ity TV ti­tans Mark Bur­nett and Mike Dar­nell.

Bur­nett has a track record fol­low­ing the NFL’s show­case game. In 2001, his “Sur­vivor: The Aus­tralian Out­back” de­buted in that slot, draw­ing more than 45 mil­lion view­ers.

CBS scored again in 2010 when “Un­der­cover Boss” fol­lowed the Super Bowl and lured more than 38 mil­lion view­ers.

Hosted by James Cor­den, “The World’s Best” pre­mieres Sun­day af­ter Super Bowl 53. Be­sides im­press­ing judges RuPaul, Drew Bar­ry­more and Faith Hill, con­tes­tants have to break through the “wall of the world” fea­tur­ing more than 50 ex­perts from 38 dif­fer­ent coun­tries who score the com­pe­ti­tion. Among them is Brazil­ian UFC fighter Anderson Silva. The win­ner re­ceives $1 mil­lion.

Bur­nett’s other big hit is “The Voice.” Dar­nell’s cred­its in­clude “Amer­i­can Idol” and “Ellen’s Game of Games.”

“The World’s Best” joins a crowded field of re­al­ity com­pe­ti­tion pro­gram­ming, in­clud­ing “The Masked Singer,” re­newed for a se­cond sea­son by Fox on Wed­nes­day.

Dar­nell told TV crit­ics that his show’s for­mat isn’t based on any ex­ist­ing for­eign pro­grams and of­fers “the next new spin on a va­ri­ety show.”

The show of­fers RuPaul a broader plat­form than he’s en­joyed as host of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on VH1.

“We were all not pre­pared for the emo­tional jour­ney that the show and per­for­mances took us on,” the drag per­former said. “It was phe­nom­e­nal to watch all these amaz­ing peo­ple from around the world ex­press them­selves.”

The se­cond episode airs on Feb. 6.

Noah Wyle is back in Chicago for a TV drama that’s far dif­fer­ent than the 1990s hit “ER” that launched his ca­reer.

In CBS’ lim­ited se­ries “The Red Line,” Wyle’s char­ac­ter loses his AfricanAmer­i­can hus­band in a mis­taken po­lice shoot­ing that’s the cat­a­lyst for fam­ily an­guish and so­cial up­roar.

Wyle, who went from fresh-faced Dr. Carter in NBC’s 1994-2009 med­i­cal drama “ER” to ac­tion se­ries in­clud­ing “The Li­brar­ian” and “Fall­ing Skies,” choked up as he dis­cussed “The Red Line,” a ti­tle re­fer­ring to a ma­jor train line that cuts through Chicago’s di­verse neigh­bor­hoods.

“My emo­tional re­ac­tion to my first read­ing of the script was so in­tense. I’ve never read a piece of ma­te­rial that moved me like that. I can’t even talk about the show with­out get­ting up­set,” Wyle said Wed­nes­day, paus­ing to gather him­self.

In the eight-episode lim­ited se­ries de­but­ing April 28, the shoot­ing of teacher Daniel Calder’s doc­tor-hus­band leaves him as sin­gle dad to their daugh­ter, Jira. The sur­vivors are mired in grief, while the white po­lice of­fi­cer at fault for killing an in­no­cent man faces the pub­lic and le­gal reper­cus­sions of his ac­tions.

Noel Fisher plays Of­fi­cer Paul Evans, Aliyah Royale plays Jira and Emay­atzy Corinealdi is Jira’s birth mother in the se­ries from ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers that in­clude Greg Ber­lanti (“God Friended Me”), Ava DuVer­nay (“Selma”) and Erica Weiss and Caitlin Par­rish. The lat­ter two are Chicago writ­ers whose play in­spired the drama.

The se­ries in­tends to look at all those deeply af­fected by the tragedy, from the vic­tim’s sur­vivors to the po­lice of­fi­cer and his fam­ily, the pro­duc­ers said. The in­tent is to bridge the gap be­tween the “two Amer­i­cas liv­ing side by side,” said Par­rish, and, as Weiss said, “per­haps see them­selves more clearly.”

Corinealdi echoed that point, say­ing Amer­ica needs to con­front “our fam­ily busi­ness.”

“There is an epi­demic that’s hap­pen­ing, when black men are be­ing sys­tem­at­i­cally killed,” the ac­tress said. “To be able to dis­cuss that on this kind of scale is im­por­tant and it’s nec­es­sary. For me, that’s one of main rea­sons I was ex­cited about walk­ing into this role.”

“The Good Fight” will be mu­si­cal as well as com­bat­ive in its third sea­son.

Cre­ators Robert and Michelle King said the drama will con­tinue to play off cur­rent events and mull the form re­sis­tance to the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion takes in the lives of its char­ac­ters. There also will be tunes that nat­u­rally re­flect what’s hap­pen­ing in a scene, Robert King said Wed­nes­day.

One ex­am­ple: se­ries stars Chris­tine Baran­ski and Au­dra McDon­ald’s char­ac­ters per­form an im­promptu ver­sion of “Rasp­berry Beret,” bond­ing over their love of Prince. In another in­stance, “The Good Fight” new­comer Michael Sheen sings the Jack­son 5 song “I’ll Be There.”

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