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NBC brings circus to primetime

Tom Cavanagh, star of NBC's Ed, will host the network's Extreme
, a one-hour variety showcase in Las Vegas of circuslike acts, such
as sword-swallowers, contortionists and light-bulb eaters.

The program will be broadcast Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m., in lieu of
Cavanaugh's regular program, said Jeff Gaspin, executive vice president of
alternative series and specials for NBC.

The special is being produced by NBC Studios with Paul Buccieri executive-producing and Glenn Weiss directing.