‘Extraordinary’ to get 6-week tryout on CBS

CBS has ordered six episodes of a new one-hour summer reality series called “Ordinary/Extraordinary.”

The show will be hosted by former “Dukes of Hazzard” star John Schneider, who also has a recurring role on CBS’ “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” His co-host will be Leanza Cornett, the 1992 Miss America and former correspondent on “Entertainment Tonight.”

The show, which debuts Friday, Aug. 1, will feature stories of achievement by ordinary people overcoming tough obstacles. It will air at 8 p.m. in its first outing and then move to 9 p.m.

Executive producers on the summer series are Eric Schotz and Bill Paolantoniothe team that produced the high-rated CBS special with Bill Cosby, “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”

The new series springs from a CBS special that aired May 2 with modest (6.5/12) results. CBS execs felt the show was creatively sound, regardless of ratings, and the series is inexpensive original fare.

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