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Dramatic: A scene from ‘The Defenders’. A slice of LA 

Big CBS Prime launches a new show ‘The Defenders’, a legal drama about two colourful Las Vegas defence attorneys who go all-out when it comes to representing their clients. Nick and Pete have an eclectic client list who are still looking to hit their own jackpot.

Leading the law firm of ‘Morelli & Kaczmarek’ are Nick Morelli (Jim Belushi), an earnest, hard-charging attorney who represents his clients to the best of his ability, no matter how big or small the case; and his partner, Pete Kaczmarek (Jerry O’Connell), whose passion for the law is matched only by his love of fast cars, beautiful women and expensive clothes. Joining them in their growing law practice is new associate Lisa Tyler, an enthusiastic young attorney looking to put her exotic dancing days behind her; and their young assistant, Zoey, a spunky and sweet girl who is eager to please her bosses.

‘The Defenders’ has been one of the top-rated legal comedy-drama series in America and promises to enthrall the Indian male audience with its fast-paced storyline LA lifestyle and uber-chic crowd.

The spotlight is on Jim Belushi (Nick Morelli) and he is sure to set hearts racing once on screen. Jim Belushi is a Chicago native and graduate of Southern Illinois University with a degree in Speech and Theatre Arts. Among Belushi’s other television credits as an actor and writer are ‘Saturday Night Live’, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination.

Commenting on the launch of ‘The Defenders’, Nikhil Mirchandani, Business Head, Television Channels, Reliance Broadcast Networks Limited said, “‘The Defenders’ is one of the top rated comedy-drama shows in the US. The success of shows like ‘NCIS’ and ‘CSI’ indicate a high appetite for investigation and action shows amongst our audiences.

 Bringing the show to the India, only strengthens are programming offering and re-affirms our endeavour to offer the latest, freshest and hottest entertainment from the US.”

Catch ‘The Defenders’ starting from November 7 at 9 pm. 

Fun: From Mickey's birthday celebrations. Everyone’s favourite 

Disney Channel is celebrating the birthday of Mickey Mouse, everyone’s favourite cartoon character, on November 18. Research shows that consumers perceive Mickey as a character who brings magic and fantasy to their lives.

Binding generations together more than any other character, Mickey is a hero who reminds all ages of the benefits of laughter, optimism and hope.

On the occasion of Mickey’s birthday, fans can join the celebrations on Disney Channel from 11 am onwards starting with special episodes of ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’ on Disney Junior and a one-hour special episode of ‘Road Rally Adventures’. Classic Disney characters unite for a colourful and witty comic adventure in the musical, full-length movie based on the timeless tale ‘The Three Musketeers’ starring Mickey, Donald and Goofy.

In addition, the channel will premiere Mickey’s solo performance on a special song, created just for fans on his birthday.

Caught in an island

The second season of Pyate Mandi Kadig Bandru airs every Monday to Friday at 8 pm on Suvarna Channel. This time too, actor and dancer, Akul Balaji, is anchoring the show.

While each episode of Pyate Mandi Kadig Bandru — Season 2 promises to be unique, the beautiful Andaman Islands’ form the main attraction of the reality show. The Jarawa Tribes, one of the oldest ‘Adivasi’ communities of these islands, have faced many a battle in the form of earthquakes and other natural calamities. The Circular Jail, resembling a pigeon home; uncertain weather conditions and thick forests facing the beaches are some of the few things that form the backdrop for the reality show.

The participants — 16 city girls and boys used to luxuries and easygoing lifestyles — have to spend 75 days in the forests of the Andaman. They have to face the harsh and uncertain situations in the islands and live like the tribal folk, as part of completing the tasks set for them. 

“Show after the show, Suvarna has taken Kannada reality television standards to new levels. Viewers have now started expecting a fresh concept and presentation every time we come out with a new show. Among all the reality shows that we have done, Pyate Mandi Kadige Bandru has been a project that has had an element of risk for the participants as well as the on-site production team. The second season had to have more excitement and hence, we decided to go to the picturesque Andaman this time,” says Suvarna’s Business Head, Anup Chandrashekharan.

Bouncing back from devastation

Destroyed In Seconds’ airs on November 7 at 10.30 pm on Discovery Channel. In this remarkable TV series, host Ron Pitts will bring you clip after clip of the most shocking destructions caught on tape.

From the well-orchestrated implosion of the Las Vegas iconic Dunes Hotel to terror attacks on an Israeli market place, no topic is too trivial or taboo for this show.

Be it an act of god or caused by man, this is much more than just a clip show. ‘Destroyed In Seconds’ is meant not just to shock and entertain, but educate and explore what leads up to mass destruction and how, when applicable, families and communities bounce back from devastation.

(TV SHOW TIMINGS ARE SUBJECT  TO CHANGE)

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