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CMT Cancels 'Working Class'

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 12th 2011 10:30AM
Working Class Canceled'Working Class,' CMT's first scripted series, has been canceled.

Although sitcom legend Ed Asner and 'Reba' veteran Melissa Peterman starred on the show, Deadline reports that a second season of the series will not be produced by the country music TV station.

"Unfortunately, CMT will not be pursuing a second season of 'Working Class,'" read a note on the show's official Facebook page. "We're sad to see it go, but you can still catch Melissa Peterman in new episodes of 'The Singing Bee.'"

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News Roundup: Ed Asner to Star in CMT's 'Working Class,' Jason Lee to Guest on 'Raising Hope' and More

by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 18th 2010 12:00PM
Ed AsnerCan we all muster up one big, "Welcome back, Ed Asner!"? The 'Mary Tyler Moore Show' veteran is heading back to TV in a new CMT sitcom.

According to Live Feed, Asner will star in 'Working Class,' CMT's first scripted series, opposite 'Reba' star Melissa Peterman.

In the series, Peterman, a blue collar single mom, moves her family to the suburbs. There, she meets her curmudgeonly neighbor played by Asner. This is Asner's first series regular role since 'Studio 60.' He'll also appear as Warren Buffett in HBO's 'Too Big to Fail.'

"We are thrilled to have the iconic Ed Asner join Melissa and our entire cast as we launch our first sitcom," Brad Johnson, senior vice president of development at CMT, said. "Asner is synonymous with legendary television, and we know he will bring a classic comedic edge to our fresh family sitcom."

Steve Kazee, Patrick Fabian, Lachlan Buchahan, Cameron Castaneda and Courtney Merritt round out the cast. The 12-episode season 1 of 'Working Class' will launch in January.

MTV host and pro BMX racer T.J. Lavin's condition is said to be improving after his accident. Lavin's mother told friends via text messages that her son was able to move his hands. [People]

Jason Lee will appear on 'Raising Hope.' The former 'My Name is Earl' star will guest as a washed-up rocker who performs at Sabrina's grocery store. This will reunite Lee with 'Earl' creator Greg Garcia. [Zap2It]

CBS has picked up a medical drama project from Denis Leary and Jim Serpico. The drama follows three doctors, who are all med school classmates, returning to their alma mater to work at the university's hospital. [Hollywood Reporter]

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CMT Picks Up Its First Scripted Comedy, 'Working Class'

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 6th 2010 3:50PM
CMTAnother network is departing from its usual fare and expanding into scripted television: CMT just announced that it will produce 12 episodes of a new scripted comedy, 'Working Class,' Deadline reports.

The show stars Melissa Peterman ('Reba,' 'The Singing Bee') as a single mom who buys a house in a pricey neighborhood so her kids can get a taste of the good life, but she can barely afford the place on her blue-collar salary. The show is scheduled to start production in October and will tentatively premiere in January. It is one of four pilots the network ordered.

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Things I hate about TV: Rich Kids

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 24th 2006 8:05AM
survival of the richestLet me tell you what television does not need any more of: rich kids living like the rest of us. Yes, we're a society that is obsessed with the lifestyles of the rich and famous. But, I am sick of seeing rich kids try to do everyday things like go grocery shopping or mow a lawn. While some people may revel in the fact that they know how to mow a lawn while Susie Trust Fund struggles with it, I do not. I find these shows to be downright rude. While Paris and Nicole proved they had no life skills in The Simple Life, they also belittle the lives that most Americans lead.

Why am I bitching about this? Because The WB has come out with yet another reality show that puts rich kids in everyday life situations, called Survival of the Richest. I saw a long promos for this program (hosted by Hal Sparks- what is that all about?) where the rich kids say negative, ignorant things about "poor" (aka middle class) people. This reality show matches the rich kids against the working class kids in tasks like yachting and cleaning. I'm sure it's rigged so the working class kids win because we all like to see those rich kids go down, but I'd like it all to come to an end. Let's just go back to Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and see how these people live, but keep them away from our lifestyles.

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