Two weeks into a new television season, it’s clear there are no must-see new programs. CBS’s remake of “Hawaii Five-0’’ was the only new program to crack the Nielsen Co.’s list of the 20 most popular programs last week. Already, two programs have been canceled — Fox’s “Lone Star’’ and ABC’s “My Generation.’’ Other programs — NBC’s Jimmy Smits vehicle “Outlaw,’’ ABC’s procedural “The Whole Truth,’’ and the Fox comedy “Running Wilde’’ — need to start showing progress soon, or they could face the same fate. As the most stable network, CBS has had the most success getting people to try out their shows. The comedy “Mike & Molly’’ is off to a solid start, and Tom Selleck’s “Blue Bloods’’ has done well.
Real causes Jon Stewart
and Stephen Colbert
are taking on causes more serious than a mock feud when they lead dueling political rallies on the National Mall this month. Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,’’ announced yesterday on National Public Radio that he will ask attendees at his Oct. 30 “Rally to Restore Sanity’’ to help restore the National Mall. The park and its memorials have a $400 million backlog of deferred maintenance. Colbert, host of “The Colbert Report,’’ is asking attendees at his “Keep Fear Alive’’ march to donate to Donors Choose, which raises money for school supplies.
‘Sister Act’ to B’way
A theatrical adaptation of the movie “Sister Act’’ is headed to Broadway. The musical based on the 1992 movie starring Whoopi Goldberg
will begin performances at the Broadway Theatre in late March with an opening on April 20. The show has been a hit in London since it debuted there in 2009. Goldberg, who is also a producer, stepped into the role of Mother Superior this summer. Casting was not announced.
Snyder is super Zack Snyder
has been hired to direct the next “Superman’’ movie. The 44-year-old filmmaker — whose credits include “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole,’’ “Watchmen,’’ and “300’’ — emerged from a list of directors that included Darren Aronofsky
, Matt Reeves
, Tony Scott
, and Boston’s Ben Affleck
“He would have been totally angry. . . . He would have felt like he wanted to run somewhere and just bang something or strangle someone, you know?” — Yoko Ono
, asked what late husband John Lennon would think of the world today.
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