President Obama on 'Mythbusters,' Ed Asner gets 'Working'

barack-obama-mythbusters-320.jpgTV news nibbles for your case of the Mondays:

Hail to the geek! Hold onto your Mentos because President Obama is dropping by the Dec. 8 episode of Discovery's "MythBusters." He "didn't get to blow anything up," but he does challenge Jamie and Adam to try and set fire to a fleet of ships, testing out if Archimedes could have done so using only mirrors and the sun. [ Discovery]

Favorite TV curmudgeon Ed Asner has joined CMT's "Working Class," playing a misanthropic neighbor to a bluecollar single mom (Melissa Peterman) who moves to a swanky neighborhood. The show, which kicks off in January, also stars Steve Kazee, Patrick Fabian, Lachlan Buchahan, Courtney Merritt and Cameron Castaneda. [ The Live Feed]

"Bruno" director Larry Charles will helm FOX's comedy pilot "Outnumbered" about parents who are overwhelmed by their three kids. Hmm, only three? In other pilot news, Mark Piznarski ("Gossip Girl") will helm the pilot for ABC Family's "The Lying Game," based on Alloy book series author Sara Shepard, who's already had success with "Pretty Little Liars." "Lying" centers on identical twin sisters -- one is in foster care, the other adopted by a wealthy couple who go missing. What is this author's obsession with lying? [ Deadline]

CBS is teaming with Denis Leary for a medical drama about three doctors who return to their med school alma mater to work in the university's hospital. [ The Hollywood Reporter]

"We were poor, but we had love ..." Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert will perform "Coal Miner's Daughter" as a tribute to Loretta Lynn at the 44th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 10. [ CMA World]

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