CBS Announces New Fall Schedule

CBS will introduce six new shows this fall, including a remake of a classic police drama and a sequel to a Wednesday night hit.

The news comes during the network’s Upfront presentation, a special pitch to potential advertisers that gives them an early look at the fall lineup in the hopes of attracting early sponsorship commitments.

One of the most anticipated shows coming in the fall is HAWAII FIVE-O, a remake of the 1970s police drama of the same title that also aired on CBS.  That means a new generation will get to grow up hearing the famous line, “Book ’em, Dano.”  Continue reading

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CBS Pulls Three Rivers From Schedule

The medical drama THREE RIVERS has been pulled from CBS’s December schedule.

It’s a shame because it wasn’t a bad show and brought attention to a seldom-discussed issue: organ donation and people who are willing to agree to be donors. The show presented an unusual angle: stories told from the point of view of the donors, the recipients and the doctors caught in the middle.

Some critics suggested the show’s narrow topic was too limiting. But if you actually watched an episode, you saw stories that were gripping and emotional. There wasn’t always a happy ending, but it definitely made you think about how precious life can be.

But the show wasn’t without a few stumbles early on. Just before the premiere, a major cast change occurred, with the addition of Alfre Woodard. Then parts of the pilot were reshot after the look of the show was redesigned to make it more “warm.” It seemed to start on shaky, unsure legs and debut ratings weren’t that impressive.

The pilot episode of the series, incidentally, included one storyline that began with a shooting at a wedding being held on Pawlie’s Island, South Carolina. It’s always nice to see the Palmetto State making an appearance, even if only briefly.

It seems likely that the series is now on the road to cancelation, but CBS has not confirmed that, yet. In the meantime, CBS will place episodes of NCIS: LOS ANGELES and COLD CASE in its Sunday night timeslot.

Continuing the Gift of Life

Victor Newman is in desperate need of a new heart. The supervillian on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS was shot by the woman he transformed into someone else and turned loose on an unsuspecting Genoa City. Meanwhile, Colleen Carlton, an innocent victim in the plot, has just been declared brain dead after a boating accident at the lake where the shooting happened. Doctors have informed the family that Colleen had indicated that she wanted to be an organ donor.

On October 5th, the CBS show THREE RIVERS makes its debut. That show is set in a Pittsburgh hospital that specializes in organ transplants.

See the common theme here? Maybe Victor will wind up on THREE RIVERS!

Well, that doesn’t seem all that likely, but the two shows are definitely putting the topic of organ donation in the forefront.

Back in August, Live 5 News did a story about organ donation and revealed that anyone who registered for it throught the DMV prior to December of 2008 may not be officially registered in the system. Though the heart icon that appears on the driver’s license may be an indication of the donor’s intent, it could still be up to the family as to whether the potential donor’s organs are actually donated.

People who register at the DMV since then now receive an emblem of a heart with a circle around it with a ‘Y’ in it. This symbol indicates that they are on the donor registry, according to Mark Johnson, the media relations director for LifePoint, a state-based organ and tissue donation service.

Johnson says another way to register officially, without having to wait for your drivers license to be renewed, is by going to www.every11minutes.org. The name of the website references the fact that a new name is added to the organ transplant waiting list an average of every 11 minutes.

As we reported, there are about 900 people in South Carolina on the transplant list, and 700 of those are waiting for a kidney. There are more than 200,000 people in the state who are officially registered. If you want to be one of them, you now have two ways to sign up!

Woodard Joining Three Rivers

Four-time Emmy Award winner and three-time Screen Actors Guild Award winner Alfre Woodard (“Miss Ever’s Boys”) has joined the cast of the CBS’s new medical drama THREE RIVERS.

THREE RIVERS is a medical drama that goes inside the emotionally complex lives of organ donors, the recipients and the surgeons at the preeminent transplant hospital in the country, where every moment counts. However, dealing with donor families in their darkest hour and managing the fears and concerns of apprehensive recipients takes much more than just a sharp scalpel. In this high stakes arena, in which every case is a race against the clock, these tenacious surgeons and medical professionals are the last hope for their patients.

Woodard will play Dr. Sophia Jordan a brilliant surgeon at the top of her field and head of surgery for the hospital. She has a vast amount of experience, training all around the world, which gives her an extremely diverse point-of-view.

THREE RIVERS premieres Sunday, Oct. 4 at 9:00pm on LIVE 5 WCSC.

Sneak Peak: Three Rivers

THREE RIVERS is a medical drama that goes inside the emotionally complex lives of organ donors, the recipients and the surgeons at the preeminent transplant hospital in the country where every moment counts. However, dealing with donor families in their darkest hour and managing the fears and concerns of apprehensive recipients takes much more than just a sharp scalpel.

Leading the elite team is Dr. Andy Yablonski (Alex O’Loughlin), the highly-skilled workaholic lead organ transplant surgeon, whose good-natured personality and sarcastic wit makes him popular with his patients and colleagues. His colleagues include Dr. Miranda Foster (Katherine Moennig), a surgical fellow with a rebellious streak and fiery temper who strives to live up to her deceased father’s excellent surgical reputation; Dr. David Lee (Daniel Henney), a womanizing surgical resident who’s broken as many hearts as he’s replaced; Ryan Abbott (Christopher J. Hanke), the inexperienced new transplant coordinator who arranges the intricately choreographed process of quickly and carefully transporting organs from donor to patient; Dr. Sophia Jordan (Julia Ormond), the head of surgery and a dedicated medical professional; and Pam Acosta (Justina Machado), Andy’s no-nonsense operating assistant and best friend.

In this high stakes arena, in which every case is a race against the clock, these tenacious surgeons and medical professionals are the last hope for their patients.

THREE RIVERS premieres on LIVE 5 WCSC in Septmber, and will air Sundays at 9:00pm.

For a behind-the-scenes look at the show, click here.

Changes Coming for Three Rivers

There are changes behind the scenes at the CBS medical drama THREE RIVERS.

Wait a second, you may be thinking to yourself. THREE RIVERS? I’ve never even seen that show.

And you’d be right.

THREE RIVERS is set to premiere in the fall. After the pilot episode was produced, producers decided to make some changes to give the show a warmer feel. The show is set in Pittsburgh, where three rivers meet. Most of the action centers on a team of transplant specialists and the patients they’re treating, and the stories are told from the points of view of the surgeons, the patients, and the families of those whose lives were lost and from whom life-saving organs were taken for others.

I’ve seen the pilot episode, and it’s really a good show. Later this week, we’ll run a little preview here at WHAT’S ON LIVE 5 to give you an idea of what to expect.

So stay tuned and thanks for reading!