Fox, NBC Adjust Wednesday's Prime-Time Lineups Simon Cowell of American Idol fame is back on Fox with the debut of The X Factor. On NBC, two new shows air for the first time: Free Agents and Up All Night which stars Christina Applegate and Will Arnett. David Greene talks to Kim Masters of the Hollywood Reporter, and she also hosts The Business on member station KCRW.
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Fox, NBC Adjust Wednesday's Prime-Time Lineups

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Simon Cowell of American Idol fame is back on Fox with the debut of The X Factor. On NBC, two new shows air for the first time: Free Agents and Up All Night which stars Christina Applegate and Will Arnett. David Greene talks to Kim Masters of the Hollywood Reporter, and she also hosts The Business on member station KCRW.

DAVID GREENE, Host:

Hello, Kim.

KIM MASTERS: Good morning.

GREENE: So "Two and a Half Men" premiered on CBS Monday night with Ashton Kutcher, no Charlie Sheen, because they killed off Charlie Sheen's character. Let's take a listen.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "TWO AND A HALF MEN")

JON CRYER: (as Alan Harper) Charlie lived life on his own terms and never apologized for who he was.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: (as character) Yeah. Blah, blah, blah. Why can't we see the body?

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

WOMAN: (as character) Yeah, I didn't come all this way to spit on a closed coffin.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

GREENE: Well, how did that go over?

MASTERS: Well, I think the critics have been a little more receptive than I would've anticipated. Charlie Sheen, as you know, that did not go well. There's a little bit of hostility perhaps expressed in that clip.

GREENE: You think? You could hear that.

MASTERS: Yeah. But this is a hugely important piece of business for CBS. I mean, this is the number one sitcom in television. It's like a billion dollar property. And so it's going to continue at least, I think, for a season. And hopefully, from CBS's point of view, beyond.

GREENE: Well, that's the drama in comedy on CBS. Let's move onto the other big story. Another big story this fall TV season is going to be the launch of "X Factor" on Fox. What's going on there?

MASTERS: You'll see a different panel of judges. You'll see different rules of the game. There are - unlike "American Idol," which is individuals with age restrictions, "X Factor" is open to people from 12 up into their 80s. And...

GREENE: You might see some elderly people singing onstage.

MASTERS: We will see elderly people in the first one that will air tonight.

GREENE: Let's go to ABC. They have a pile of new shows. What's going on?

MASTERS: And ABC therefore has a lot of holes to fill in its schedule. And they're throwing a lot of stuff out there hoping to attract women, such as "Charlie's Angels," a remake. "Pan Am," which looks a little bit like "Mad Men" wanna-be.

GREENE: "Mad Men" wanna-be but on planes with flight attendants.

MASTERS: Yes, exactly. And they're - they got some stuff for the guys, too. They're going for comedy. They're bringing back Tim Allen, who hasn't had a sitcom on TV since he was hugely successful with "Home Improvement" some years ago.

GREENE: So, Kim, you mentioned that NBC is a network that's certainly struggling. They're trying to build a comedy block on Wednesday, it sounds like, with two shows - "Free Agents," and then there's this show called "Up All Night" that they've been promoted with Christina Applegate and Will Arnett.

MASTERS: "Up All Night" is about Christina Applegate and Will Arnett as parents of a baby that they didn't, I don't think, fully expect. And they're finding the shock of contending with this baby is a lot to deal with.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "UP ALL NIGHT")

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE: (as Reagan) I got no sleep last night. I mean, I was up with Amy from 1 to 4.

WILL ARNETT: (as Chris) Well, I was up from 10 to midnight. You probably don't remember that, because you were asleep while I was awake.

APPLEGATE: (as Reagan) No. You were asleep when I got up at 1, because I saw you. I mean, because I was awake.

ARNETT: (as Chris) No. I'm sure you were groggy from being in such a deep sleep that you did not see that my eyes were wide open and I was indeed awake.

APPLEGATE: (as Reagan) No. You were...

MASTERS: I think any parent of a new baby will find that relatable.

GREENE: Thanks, Kim.

MASTERS: Thank you, David.

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