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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

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Hurricane Sandy, as seen from space.

Notes from TV Land


Here are some things to ponder about the stuff that runs between the campaign ads:

HURRICANE COVERAGE: Besides the number of meteorologists getting blown in the wind during their coverage of Sandy as it hits the East Coast, many TV viewers will notice a number of changes to their regularly scheduled programming.

As a number of TV shows originate in New York, some tapings had to be canceled, and live shows had to change course to deal with elements of the storm.

"Live With Kelly and Michael," "The Daily Show" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" were among the shows that ran repeats instead of new episodes. The sets of many dramas were dark on Monday as well.

CBS's "Late Show With David Letterman" shot Monday's show without a live studio audience.

NO FUN ON THE FARM: NBC shot a pilot of a spinoff with Rainn Wilson's character Dwight Schrute of "The Office." However, the peacock network decided against ordering up episodes for a run this season. The show would have featured Dwight running a bed and breakfast on a farm.

UP EVEN LONGER: NBC did announce it has ordered more episodes of Will Arnett and Christina Applegate's "Up All Night." One major change we'll see in the second season will be the addition of a live studio audience. It will be interesting to see if the actors will react differently performing on the stage instead of a regular set.

TWO AND DONE: TV host and reporter Anderson Cooper will be hanging up his daytime microphone. After two seasons, his syndicated talk show is getting the cord unplugged. The show will continue through to next summer and airs locally on WISN-TV Ch. 12. Cooper's "Anderson Cooper's 360" on CNN continues to be one of the top-rated evening news programs.

CLOSE TO HOME: A production company working on a show for the History Channel was at Upper 90 in Downtown Milwaukee Monday evening. According to sources, the crew was focusing on the establishment's taz burger.

TAKE A SWIM: According to the Los Angeles Times, Wisconsin native Dan Harmon, a creative mind behind NBC's "Community," will return to television with an animated project in 2014. The series, called "Rick and Morty," will air on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.

Harmon was released after helming "Community" for three seasons. The show was slated for a fourth season to start Oct. 19, but decided to delay it. It remains uncertain if the fourth season will air at all.

GRAMMY AWARDS: Taylor Swift will co-host a Grammy nominations television special with LL Cool J Dec. 5. Coincidence that she's paired with LL Cool J for a special on CBS, I think not ... he stars on the network's "NCIS: Los Angeles."

WORLD SERIES IS OVER: When the World Series ended over the weekend, San Francisco was victorious in the sweep over Detroit. However, the fall classic in America's pastime barely moved the needle in the ratings game. According to Nielsen, in many markets the Sunday football games got better ratings than the baseball finale of the season.

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