Making a Price-less Spring Break

It’s an all-college audience on Monday’s episode of THE PRICE IS RIGHT, TV’s longest-running game show.

The entire hour will be geared toward Spring Break, with themed prizes such as video games, a laptop and an Ultimate Dorm Room, among others.

Those of us who are no longer of college age, like your Insider, will likely marvel at how much easier today’s kids have it. They never had to walk uphill through the snow…both ways!

Don’t miss that special show Monday morning at 11:00am, followed by LIVE 5 NEWS AT NOON.

Time Warner Cable Adds Live 5+

LIVE 5+ WCSC’s new second channel, will be available to Time Warner Cable customers starting today.

Time Warner joins Comcast Cable, Knology Cable and Home Television Cable in carrying LIVE 5+, which features a variety of syndicated programs, rebroadcasts of LIVE 5 NEWS, and sports.

Starting today, Time Warner Cable customers will find LIVE 5+ on channel 811.

Could Sheen’s Problems Hurt Popular Sitcom?

What happens if Charlie Sheen is sentenced to prison?

That’s the question many fans of television’s most-watched sitcom, TWO AND A HALF MEN are asking. (Along with executives at the show in which Sheen stars and at CBS.)

Sheen faces felony charges in a Christmas incident in which police say he assaulted and threatened his wife. If convicted, Sheen faces up to three years in prison.  He’s due back in court next month.

The remainder of this season’s episodes, reports the Los Angeles Times isn’t a problem: producers are likely to be able to rearrange the shooting schedule to accomodate Sheen’s legal priorities.

But what happens if Sheen gets sent to the big house rather than the beach house in which his character resides?

CBS just renewed the show for three more seasons, through the 2011-12 season. Sheen, according to a 2008 TV Guide survey, is the highest-paid actor on TV, bringing home almost $20 million annually.

With Sheen’s character of Charlie Harper at the center of the show’s storylines, it’s hard to imagine the show surviving without him. Popular shows have temporarily written out top stars before, but with a difference.

During the fifth season of All in the Family, Archie Bunker was missing in action when actor Carroll O’Connor was having differences over money and the creative direction of the series. For a short stretch of episodes, Bunker disappeared while on the way to a lodge convention. Just when it appeared that the character might have met a deadly fate, he reappeared to a happy family just as O’Connor’s dispute had been settled.

During the third season of Sanford and Son , star Redd Foxx walked out in a dispute with producers. He was written out of several episodes that season, and his friend Grady, played by Whitman Mayo, was called in to look after the junkyard (and the “Son”) while Foxx’s character was said to be visiting family in St. Louis. When the dispute was settled, the trip to St. Louis was over and Fred was back.

But in each of those high-profile disappearances, the actor was missing in action for only part of a season. Not for up to three years.

Would Charlie meet with an untimely ending? Not likely. An extended stay in one sort of rehab or another? Seemingly hard to sustain for month after month. Canceling the series isn’t high on anyone’s list either, most likely, because despite Sheen’s salary, it continues to be such a ratings winner.

We’ll just have to stay tuned to see what happens next! In the meantime, you can catch the show on LIVE 5 WCSC weekdays at 4:30pm and 7:30pm, and new episodes at 9:00pm on Mondays.

Viewers Send a Blizzard of Photos

Snow outside our West Ashley studios. By Darryl Huger.

We’re still wading through the many photos LIVE 5 viewers sent to My5, a feature that allows users to upload their own photos and videos to live5news.com.

Viewers sent us more than 1,700 pictures from all parts of the Lowcountry this weekend. But then, such a big number’s to be expected: it was a once-in-a-decade snow event.

"Snow Dawgs," Sent in by Cindy Branscome

The last measurable snow here occurred back in January of 2000. So local kids got to see the white stuff for the first real time. Your Insider’s favorite picture so far was sent to us by a viewer named Cindy, and is of a carefully-constructed “snow dog” flanked by two real canines. The expression on the real dogs’ faces seems to say, “One of these things is not like the others.”

You can browse all of the photos here at live5news.com. And it’s not too late to send us your own! If you got pictures of the snow, or any time you have pictures of breaking news or weather, email them to my5@live5news.com.

Price Airing Valentine’s Day Special

This Friday, THE PRICE IS RIGHT will get into the Valentine’s Day spirit with a couples-themed episode.

Contestants called to “come on down” for the chance to win prizes will be couples and prizes will feature romantic trips and extravagant “his and her” prizes. The set will also be decorated for the big day.

Don’t miss it this Friday at 11:00am, followed by LIVE 5 NEWS AT NOON.

Super Bowl Sets TV Record

The 1983 finale of the CBS hit M*A*S*H has finally lost its long-held title as the most-watched television program in history.

Last night’s SUPER BOWL  was viewed by more than 106 million people, beating the last episode of the classic sitcom by about a half-million viewers.

That much-anticipated finale saw Hawkeye, B.J., Hot Lips and the rest of the 4077th M*A*S*H unit finally head home from the Korean War after eleven seasons, a run nearly three times longer than the actual conflict in Asia.

It goes as no surprise, of course, that last night’s game was also the most-watched Super Bowl, too. The previous game to hold that record was last year’s match-up between Arizona and Pittsburgh.

So whether you tuned in to see the action on the gridiron or the commercials, if you were watching, you were making television history! Thanks for being part of it!

Two Big Reasons to Catch Dave Tonight!

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN is definitely “must-see” tonight!

The first is the appearance of Super Bowl XLIV MVP and New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees, who will talk about his team’s big win against the Indianapolis Colts. This will mark the sixth consecutive year that a Super Bowl-winning quarterback has appeared on the show after clinching the championship.

Brees led the Saints to a stunning 31-17 upset of the Indianapolis Colts, giving the team their first Super Bowl win in franchise history. Brees completed 32 passes out of 39 attempts, tying a Super Bowl record, for a total of 288 yards in a performance that not only helped secure his team’s historic win, but also the title of MVP for the big game.

But wait: there’s more! Continue reading

What Was Your Favorite Commercial?

Many people say the reason to watch the Super Bowl is the commercials in between the action.

Your Insider enjoyed the promo for THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, which revisited a spot from a few years back depicting Dave and Oprah watching the game together. This time, though, there was a surprise: after Dave complains that he’s attending “the worst Super Bowl party ever,” the camera pulls out to reveal Jay Leno sitting on the other side of Oprah, who deadpans that Dave only says that because Leno was there.

The spot wasn’t the result of digital trickery: producers of Letterman’s show made top-secret arrangements to fly in Winfrey from Chicago and Leno from Burbank and shot the three of them together.

If you missed it, you can see the spot here at cbs.com.

Which Super Bowl spot was your favorite?