CBS has released another trailer for "Under the Dome," their 13-episode series based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King. The series is filmed in Wilmington and debuts on June 24 at 10 p.m.
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CBS has released another trailer for "Under the Dome," their 13-episode series based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King. The series is filmed in Wilmington and debuts on June 24 at 10 p.m.
The more I see of this, the more I want to see.
Here's a new extended trailer for "Under the Dome," the new CBS series based on a bestselling Stephen King novel set to debut June 24. The story is of a small New England town suddenly cut off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field that settles over the town. Producers have said that the series will deviate from King's original work, so don't skip it just because you've read the book. The trailer looks pretty action-packed.
"Under the Dome" was filmed in Wilmington and will air as a 13-episode series. One of the stars is Britt Robertson, a Charlotte native who has appeared in several movies and has starred in two CW series: "Life Unexpected" and "The Secret Circle."
According to a press release issued today from Turner Sports, the 2014 and 2015 NCAA basketball Final Four games will not air on CBS but on Turner's cable network, TBS. The championship game will still air on CBS in those years, but both the Final Four and Championship games will air on TBS in 2016. Those games rotate back to CBS the following year and they will alternate in that way until the end of time. Actually, until Turner's contract is up in 2024.
Go head and freak out.
(Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal reported the likelihood of this -- and the financial reasons behind it -- back in March.)
Read the full press release from Turner after the jump.
Let's not bury the good news: I didn't waste 12 weeks of viewing and more than 30 hours of recapping!
But let's start at the beginning: there's a review of the four remaining teams with little bios. Bates & Anthony are described as having positive attitudes. They've been on a roller coaster, Phil says, and of course, there is talk of their relationship with the Blondes.
The Newlyweds leave first for Belfast. There they'll get into a Ford Fiesta and drive to a park. Bates & Anthony leave second; they'd like to see the Derby Moms get eliminated from the final four because they are tough. The feeling is mutual; the Derby Moms say they don't understand why the Newlyweds and the Blondes would work to help Bates & Anthony because they're such a strong team. I gotta say, the Derby Moms make a lot of sense. Bates & Anthony do seem to have special super powers of niceness that blind everyone to the fact that they are the most athletic team and they are no dummies either.
At any rate, the teams meet up on the ferry to Scotland and arrive to Belfast all at once. The teams run for their Fiestas and there's a directional divide. Bates & Anthony follow the Newlyweds; the Blondes and the Derby Moms go the other way. Bates & Anthony have been directionally challenged through the entire Race, but they know how to follow real good. They've made the right choice to follow the Newlyweds (after all, Mrs. Newlywed has a PhD), and they're in the mix with the second strongest team.
The next task involves one team member doing a cannonball into a muddy bog and swimming laps in a snorkel in under four minutes. Anthony does the task but Bates has the pleasure of helping to squeeze Anthony's 'junk' into a wet suit. Anthony says it's hard to breath in the mud, but nonetheless manages to do it in just over two minutes.
Next, Bates & Anthony have to find the 'Thing With a Ring," which turns out to be a statue. They get stuck in traffic which puts the Newlyweds and the Derby Moms ahead.
Awaiting them is a Detour. Tray It involves serving five courses to first-class passengers on the Titanic (the setting is the place where the Titanic was built); the food must be served in the correct order. When all courses are served, teams will get the next clue.
Spray It involves finishing one side of a piece of graffiti art by using a picture of the other half.
Spray It sounds fairly easy to me but Bates & Anthony choose Tray It. The Newlyweds start it first and figure out what will become the major hurdle: there's a menu list and there's a chart with seat assignments. Follow the menu list; the seat assignments are secondary and tell you, when there are menu options which items the person chose. If you follow the seating chart, you'll get it wrong.
But first Bates & Anthony have to figure out what consomme looks like. (The Derby Moms had to figure out how to pronounce it.)
Bates is doing the serving and Anthony is doing the plating. The serving involves not just carrying the tray, but carrying the tray about 100 yards back and forth and running up a bunch of stars. It's exhausting.
At first, Anthony makes the seating chart error, but he fairly quickly figures it out. Then Anthony drops the second course. Bates is not happy. By the time they get to the fifth course, it seems things are going well. It's dessert, after all. But Anthony can't get the dessert course right. The menu item is unfamiliar but it has the word 'chartreuse' in it. And Anthony thinks 'chartreuse' is red. It's not. It's yellowish or green.
It gets heated; Bates gets really mad and Anthony gets kind of scared. Anthony predicts Bates will kill him if he gets it wrong again; he gets it wrong again and Bates threatens to kill him. Bates calls Anthony the worse partner ever. It feels very big brother/little brother; like Bates used to beat up Anthony when they were kids. On the other hand, it's kind of interesting to see Bates lose it.
Even with the chartreuse debacle, Bates & Anthony are right behind the Newlyweds. It's pretty much a foot race to the pit stop. The Newlyweds win by a few seconds and get a trip to the Dominican Republic. Mr Newlywed talks stuff too: he says the Newlyweds won't be intimidated by some old athletes.
It's so cool that they'll soon eat those words with a side of chartreuse.
Sadly, though Bates & Anthony's friends, the Blondes are bested by the Derby Moms. After they were bested by the fact that one of the Blondes can't swim and had a freak out at the muddy bog.
Still, they leave graciously because they've seen that people are good all over the world.
It's down to the final 3. Bates says he doesn't want to relive the feeling of losing in a final like he did when he didn't win the Stanley Cup. Not winning, he says, is not an option.
The 12th leg has the Newlyweds leaving first, heading to Liverpool, then off to London to have a beer and get the clue for their final destination. Bates & Anthony say they feel freakin' awesome and Bates likes their chances of finding a bar because that plays to their strength. Yes, you can consider that a Lucky B's plug. Anthony correctly predicts that the Blondes are toast and the Derby Moms are in it.
Bates, in another show of his dark side, wishes a rough leg on the Newlyweds, like he and Anthony had after winning three legs in a row.
They're off to Washington, D.C. where Bates lived for a little while. The first clue sends them to the Lincoln Memorial and the spot where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. Bates breaks out the dictionary and calls the speech 'iconic.'
From there, the teams are sent to 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue where they're told they'll take a picture with President Obama. Now, just think about that. The president of the United States who gets criticized when he takes a vacation is going to make time to take a picture with the contestants on a reality competition show.
As ridiculous as that sounds when you say it out loud, all the teams actually think the POTUS, the Leader of the Free World, is going to take a picture with them. Mr. Newlywed, a staunch Republican, even gets kind of excited, although when he discovers that it's just a green screen picture he tries to pretend that he's relieved. Bates took his scruffy hat off and everything. (Although I think the President would have said, "Please, put your hat back on." That hair. Ugh.)
The roadblock is a throwback. The teams have to say a code phrase to the right secret agent among 50 agents to get a case that opens with the combination that matches the order of their arrival in New Zealand, Indonesia and Vietnam. Bates takes the job and beats Mr. Newlywed, who started the task first. And he's written down the order of his finishes.
That sends Bates & Anthony to National Stadium where they must complete Play Ball, a task that involves one team member being suspended from a zip line. The flying team member has to toss a ball to the teammate below dressed in mascot garb (well, as a giant inflated baseball); the teammate must catch it. Anthony flies, Bates catches. Anthony feels confident because he and Bates played baseball as kids. Bates points out they didn't play baseball dressed as a giant baseball. That makes catching the ball like trying to catch with one eye closed. Still, Bates catches it on the second attempt.
That sends them to Go Global, which sends Anthony in a giant bin of blow up globes, some marked with the 10 countries they visited. Anthony has to toss the globes to Bates, Bates has to put them in the right order in which they visited and then the clue will be revealed. It's a bit of a Chuck E. Cheese nightmare, but with patience, Anthony succeeds. Anthony reveals that they would look at the maps on the plane rides to identify the countries; Bates admits he wouldn't have been able to identify the countries before the Race.
But they do find them, and that means they can head to George Washington's Mount Vernon, the finish line. On the way, Bates says he's so nervous the rest of his hair might fall out or turn gray. (Fall out! Fall out!) Anthony says win or lose, he wouldn't have wanted to do the Race with anyone else.
But of course, it's win, not lose. In Lucky B's shirts no less. Anthony head butts his brother in a display of joy. Phil brings up his false teeth, and Anthony says now he can buy new dentures. Bates says he hasn't felt like this in a long time; hockey hasn't given him that sense of triumph lately. The Race, they say, is really amazing. And the Blondes pledge to be friends for life.
All that's left to say is: Hey man, can I get a loan?
Broadcast networks are scrapping parts of their previously scheduled TV lineups tonight to air news specials on the latest in the Boston Marathon bombing case.
Here's what we've seen so far (will update as more specials are announced):
-Instead of "Vegas," CBS will air an hour-long special at 9 p.m. with anchor Scott Pelley. "Vegas" will on Saturday instead. Pelly's 6:30 "CBS Evening News" broadcast will also be extended to one hour.
-NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams" at 10 p.m. will devote the entire hour to Boston events and air previously planned segments at a later date.
-ABC has "20/20" at 10 p.m., which is all Boston, and "Nightline" at 12:30 a.m. will also be devoted to Boston. Diane Sawyer's "ABC World News Tonight" broadcast will be extended to one hour, running 6:30 p.m. to 7:30.
And of course, expect cable news to be wall-to-wall Boston.
Since 2011, CBS has partnered with Turner Broadcasting to air NCAA tournament games across four networks: CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV. The Turner channels are offered on most cable and satellite packages, including those with Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, AT&T U-verse and Dish Network. CBS will still carry the majority of the games, including the Final Four games and the Championship game.
On Friday, Duke will play at 12:15 on CBS, N.C. State plays at 1:40 on TBS and UNC plays at 7:20 on TNT.
You can also watch some games live on your computer at NCAA's March Madness site and through NCAA mobile apps available at the Apple and Android app stores.
NCAA Tournament Channel Guide
WRAL (WNCT or WILM in Eastern NC, WBTV in Charlotte)
Time Warner Cable: 44, 313, 1313
AT&T U-verse: 164, 1164
Time Warner Cable: 34, 302, 1302
AT&T U-verse: 112, 1112
Time Warner Cable: 26, 301, 1301
AT&T U-verse: 108, 1108
Note: Cable channels are for Raleigh area. In other areas, check with your local cable or satellite provider.
For the full NCAA basketball tournament schedule, visit the CBS Sports Scoreboard.
ATTENTION: SPOILERS BELOW
It becomes clear from the quick update of last week that this week's leg of the Race will be all about the Father & Son.
Actually, let me update: the Quivering Lip Father & his Son.
You'll remember that last week as they ran to be first to the pit stop before Bates & Anthony (and lost), the Father of the then-Father & Son team was convinced that he ruptured his Achilles.
This week, we see that the medical staff on hand can't give them a definite answer, but that lip is already quivering at the mere thought of the injury. Father has cried every week. Yes, I know, surviving cancer and seeing your son survive cancer is a big big deal. But does he really have to cry each time it comes up?
Quivering Lip Father says they're not going to quit the Race, that's not on the table. Crying, however, is the table's centerpiece.
Bates & Anthony leave first for New Zealand, Christchurch, which we're told is Phil's hometown. Does this mean we'll meet Phil's mum? See baby pictures?
There's good news for the Quivering Lip Father & his Son; Dating Couple thinks it's to their benefit to give Quivering Lip Father & his Son that extra express pass. Dating Couple considers Bates & Anthony a threat and hope giving Quivering Lip Father & his Son a boost will hurt Bates & Anthony.
As it turns out, the flight to New Zealand from Tahiti doesn't leave until the morning, so all the teams catch up. That also gives Quivering Lip Father & his Son time to go to the doctor. Quivering Lip Father was right; his Achilles is shot. But remember: quitting is not on the table. Quivering Lip Father gets a boot and some crutches and he's ready. Oddly, this does not make him cry.
The Dating Couple forms a new alliance with the Newlyweds, the YouTube Stars and the Derby Moms to take down Bates & Anthony. Bates & Anthony, meanwhile, form an alliance with the Blondes. The strategy behind that seems to be to have something to do with making corny flirtatious remarks.
Detours: Rev It Up, which involved driving an all-terrain vehicle to a track where each team member has to drive a vintage car (or as we call them in the U.S. a junker) through a course and around some cones in less than a combined 83 seconds.
Reel It In, involved each team member catching a fish that's at least 12 inches long.
Quivering Lip Father & Son head for the cars but after learning the cars are stick shifts, they go fishing since Quivering Lip Father can't even feel his foot. They eventually bag fishing too and use the express pass.
Bates & Anthony finally come across something that isn't easy for them. They end up driving the course three times, putting them in fifth place. When they get back to their car to go to the next clue, Anthony gives a sigh a relief and some nice praise for the Ford Focus. Or was it a plug?
Roadblock: They call it the Shemozzle and it's an obstacle course done in shorts and a burlap sack in which you end up covered in molasses and chicken feathers, slip and slide into a manure pond and you must deliver 12 unbroken eggs to get the next clue. Oh, there's a dog companion too.
It takes Bates & Anthony (who doesn't take out his teeth at all this week) awhile to get to the Shemozzle because they're following the Newlyweds into some mist. Mr. Newlywed doesn't listen to Mrs. Newlywed even though, as he asserts, she's a cold German and, as she asserts, she's 24 with a doctorate and so she's always right. And don't you know it turns out she was right about going the other way.
While that's being sorted out, we see Quivering Lip Father & his Son arrive at the pit stop first. I'll give it to Quivering Lip Father -- he's hopping on that good leg like a pro! They win a trip to Bangkok.
But it's one of those times when the Race isn't finished. Phil's got another clue. Will Quivering Lip Father & his Son keep going because Quivering Lip Father, sniff, doesn't want to let his Son down? Grab some tissues and tune in next week.
There are two ways to view "Golden Boy" (10 tonight & March 5; moves to 9 p.m Fridays on March 8), the new CBS cop drama.
On the one hand, it's a typical police procedural surrounded by a concept that mimics "How I Met Your Mother"; the story of how the youngest police commissioner in New York City's history became the youngest police commissioner in New York City's history.
Yet it also seems to be an example of what some often complain about: a show in which a white guy gets all the glory after his wise black sidekick teaches him all he knows.
To be fair, in an early episode Walter Clark (Theo James) does give Owen (the dependably watchable Chi McBride) credit when it's due. But the show is called "Golden Boy" and we know who that is.
But back to the basic plot. Clark is a former street thug whom we meet as a beat cop. He and his partner respond to a robbery in progress. Clark takes down the bad guys, saves a hostage and saves his partner, which earns him a gold shield and a ticket to any place in the force he wants to go.
Flash forward 7 years and he's a graying (?) commissioner with a limp, telling the story of his quick ascent to a journalist.
And we're back to his back story. Ambitious and a bit of a hot head, Clark chooses homicide much to several folks' chagrin. Among the chagrined is Det. Christian Arroyo ("Southland's" Kevin Alejandro) who feels threatened by the golden boy's reputation. Arroyo's partner Deborah McKenzie (Bonnie Somerville) doesn't much like him either, but she won't go to the extremes Arroyo will to undermine Clark.
McBride's Owen, just two years away from retirement, becomes Clark's partner, guru, and maybe, father figure. He must make sure Clark's ambition don't destroy both of their careers.
James is super cute. You won't quite buy him as a tough kid taking care of his wayward sister, but he's cute enough that you may not care. I'm not even sure I believe the character, as written in the first two episodes, could end up being the commissioner in just 7 years. I mean, this is a guy who promises the parents of a homicide victim that 'we'll find the guy.' Anyone who has done any cop show TV watching knows that's a level 101 homicide cop no-no.
Still, "Golden Boy" isn't an awful show. Its crime stories are fairly compelling, and since the producers know how this will all end (I assume), the episodes have a firm direction and leave plenty of little mysterious knots to be untied later. McBride and Arroyo anchor the show where James doesn't have the gravitas to do it. (And dang it, I want Chi McBride on a hit show!!) It will pair well with "Blue Bloods" once it moves to Friday (maybe Walter Clark is the commissioner who replaces Tom Selleck's character. Crossover!).
But golden might be too strong a word.
Welcome to the Bates Battaglia edition of The Race! (Spoiler! Results at the bottom of this post!)
We start in L.A. at the Griffith Observatory with the 11 teams:
* The Country Couple. We'll call them the Mullet & Wynona. Besides having the bestest hair ever, our Hillbilly Samson also likes taxidermy.
* Bates & Anthony. The hockey players we know and we love. Anthony points out that besides being athletic enough to handle the race, they are "super good looking" just before smiling enough to reveal missing teeth. Later, they talk about being so close they finish each other's ... sandwiches, a joke that I'm guessing is part of a long-running routine. Also, Bates, it seems, is in charge of Anthony's false teeth. Now that's love.
* Derby moms. Naturally, they talk about how tough they are. If you watch the Race you know there's always a team that wants to be an inspiration to their children, to show them they can do anything. This is that team.
* Newlyweds. They've been married about a week; the Race is their honeymoon. They want you to know that they are cut throat.
* Father & son. They are the inspirational story. Both are in remission for cancer.
* Dating couple. She wants a ring bad. His response is "It's only been 4 years, what's the hurry?!"
* Twin doctors. They're both OB/Gyns and bless them, they sound like Steve Urkel.
* Asian girls. They're single but they don't want you. They want $1 million.
* Youtube stars. It's pretty clear they like being on camera and they're ready to perform for a bigger audience. This is a branding opportunity.
* Firefighters. They are from Gaffney, SC. If you watch "House of Cards" on Netflix, Gaffney is also the hometown of the fictional manipulative senator played by Kevin Spacey. Gaffney, my friends, has arrived.
* Blondes. They're country singers and they're looking for cute guys. We just know Bates & Anthony will hit on these two.
Last season's unsuccessful $2 million twist has gone away; this year, the team to finish the first leg first gets an express pass (which gives them the opportunity to go straight to the finish line during a leg of the Race), and an extra express pass that they must give to another team sometime before the end of the fourth leg.
First stop: Bora Bora. There are two flights, five teams can get on the first one.
On the way to the airport, Bates & Anthony begin their blondes quest. They might score with them, but they end up on the second flight.
The newlyweds play the political game, befriending folks so they can be candidates for the extra express pass, even though the wife basically hates people. Friendliness pains her. She's going to be fun.
The doctors, part of the group of five that makes it on the first flight, which is an hour ahead, comes up with a plan. With one of their group almost certain to win the first leg, they suggest the second pass go to the second team in their group who comes in second. All agree to the proposal.
Roadblock #1: One team member must tandem skydive from a helicopter while they other takes a water taxi and they meet to get the first clue.
Roadblock #2: On the beach, the taxi riding partner must search through 100 sandcastles for the next clue buried underneath. They must rebuild destroyed sandcastles that don't contain the clue. The sand is hot and it's more than 100 degree on the beach.
Anthony does the jump; Bates does the sandcastles. Bates finds the clue in the sand so quickly that although they were in the second group, they move up to second place overall, leaping ahead of the four other teams.
From there, the teams must row in a Tahitian canoe to the pit stop. It tips easily, but Bates & Anthony handle it. The dating couple gets the two passes, but Bates & Anthony get an impressive 2nd place finish.
The father & son come in 2nd in terms of the alliance. But it's already clear that the dating couple took the whole alliance thing metaphorically.
Meanwhile, the firefighters, the blondes and the newlyweds are still at the beach looking for clues and rebuilding sandcastles. One blonde has described the experience as what hell might be like, sitting on a hot beach building sandcastles for eternity, which is an impressive idea, particularly if just in the distance the hell-goers can see folks sipping cool drinks.
The trio decides they will quit the roadblock and all take the penalty. Although on the next leg that means they'll be 4 hours behind, at this moment, they each just have to beat the other two teams to avoid last place. The firefighters boast that they know they can beat those blondes; they are firefighters, so they can build things and they're men. But we know that boasting on camera is an offense to the reality show gods. So although they build their canoe first, the firefighters tip over their canoe twice.
They go down in flames. And last night, in a Gaffney firehouse, two men had fire engine red faces.
As we reported/speculated, there's a familiar face among the just-announced teams competing on the 22nd installment of CBS' hit reality competition show "The Amazing Race."
There among the obligatory blondes, the good country folk, the dating couple, and twin African-American OB/GYNs are former Carolina Hurricane Bates Battaglia and his brother Anthony.
According to the press release, on this edition, "Teams will travel more than 30,000 miles, over five continents and through nine countries as they skydive from 10,000 feet in Bora Bora, participate in a Shemozzle race in New Zealand, hunt for scorpions with the Bushmen of Botswana and scale the treacherous north face of the Eiger Mountain in Switzerland."
If our intelligence was correct, the Battaglias may have gotten to participate in that Shemozzle race. Whatever that is.
Plus, the show has added a new twist. The team that gets to the first pit stop first will earn two "Express Passes"-- one to keep for themselves and one that must be given to another team by the end of the fourth leg of the race.
We'll be watching when the show premieres on Feb. 17.
Photo courtesy CBS Broadcasting Inc.