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Eureka was fun to watch. Glad it did well.
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TV Critics Summer Press Tour
In Hindsight

By Diane Werts Newsday Staff Writer in her TV Press Tour blog

Press tour isn't just about looking ahead to upcoming shows and the fall season. It's also about looking back to figure out what-the-heck-happened-there?

ABC, for instance, seems to have squandered at least two potential hits last season -- "Commander In Chief," which premiered to huge ratings before going into a creative and scheduling tailspin, and "Invasion," which should have benefited from a huge Wednesday night "Lost" lead-in.

Network programing chief Steve McPherson admitted here that ABC screwed up "Commander," dumping creator Rod Lurie when production fell behind schedule, then pulling the show off the air, then bringing it back under new producers, plus monkeying with time slots throughout. Looking back, McPherson says, he'd "probably bring it on later in the season and led Rod prep for it longer than he had a chance to. He was the voice of that show. I think the week-to-week production of a series is a real education, and that was what was hard for him," coming from features like "The Contender" and "The Last Castle."

"In the case of 'Invasion," he said, ABC ran the show an entire season, despite considerable viewership falloff from "Lost," because "we felt like the work was really good and stuck with it till the end. The storytelling got better and better, and there were some brilliant performances." In hindsight, maybe the time period wasn't right, he wondered. But ABC never tried moving the show, either. "Those are the difficult ones," McPherson said, "the ones that you really can't point to flaws in the show and in your heart of hearts answer the reason it didn't work." With "Invasion," though, the ratings falloff "was dramatic and continued to erode throughout the year."

Less dramatic but maybe more discouraging because of the series' longstanding audience devotion was creative unsteadiness over at The WB with "Gilmore Girls" (which this fall moves to the new merged WB/UPN network, The CW). Fans raged on the internet all last season about drippy storylines for Alexis Bledel's Rory, wimpiness from Lauren Graham's normally spirited Lorelai, and general off-the-rails plotting in such developments as Luke's "surprise" daughter.

"It wasn't my favorite stuff to play," Graham sort of grudgingly admitted here, clearly not wanting to say anything negative about recently exited series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. The colorfully opinionated producer and her director-husband Dan Palladino left the series after contract disputes with the studio, and some fans saw the season-ending bed-sharing of Lorelai and baby-daddy ex Christopher as a sort of one-finger salute on their way out the door. After waiting so long for Lorelai to get together with Luke, devotees couldn't fathom all the flip-flopping behavior.

"It was a believable conflict, and a believable obstacle between them," Graham carefully declared, hemming, hawing and umm-ing her way around critics' questions, "and that's why the end to me made perfect sense. Because she tried to be in a place that wasn't natural to her, that wasn't who she is. And ultimately she couldn't take it anymore."

But it all felt an awful lot like justifying. Both Graham and Bledel gingerly alluded to changes in the "structure" of the writing staff that implied they might now have more input in the characters, or at least more insight into plotlines, under new showrunner David Rosenthal. He worked on "Gilmore Girls" under the Palladinos last year after such credits as "Hope & Faith" and "Spin City."

Rosenthal put the best face on it during his joint CW panel with Graham and Bledel. "Life is full of drama and conflict and confusion, and choices you make and choices you regret, and choices you fail to make and regret," he said carefully. "It certainly presents a lot of dramatic and personal issues, and that's the stuff of good drama. So yeah. She [Amy] has left us with a very full plate."

If they can take a big enough bite out of it, "Gilmore" might yet continue to fixate its passionate fanbase past this season. "I really support David," said essential star Graham, "and I hope that we have such a great season that it feels like there's reason to keep going."

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TV Critics Summer Press Tour
Not So Tactful Critics and Brothers & Sisters'


By Christopher Lisotta TVWeek.com in the Critical Eye TV Press Tour blog Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

Critics at the press tour aren't exactly the most tactful bunch.

Take this afternoon. One critic asked series regular Rachel Griffiths at the session for ABC's family drama Brothers & Sisters, now that she has gotten through this baby business was she ready to get back to working in television?

Griffiths gave the critic quite a face over the term baby business, which apparently referred to the birth of her child.

After I sold my baby, Griffiths said to big laughs. Oh, did I do well. A TV deal is nothing. My babies go for millions.

Griffiths was planning on staying away from a series before talking to the show's producers.

I agreed to a meeting, and really hoped they would be *******s, she said, and was utterly charmed.

Initially creator Jon Robin Baitz envisioned star Griffith's co-star Calista Flockhart playing a baker in a cupcake factory, but it seemed under-dramatic to everyone but me.

Instead Flockhart's character was changed to be a politically conservative radio host.

She's not Ann Coutler, director Ken Olin said to one concerned critic. She's not insane.

Brothers & Sisters is something of a mystery to critics, since ABC has not released a copy of the pilot. The show has traded out from the original pilot Betty Buckley, who played the mother in the sprawling family drama, for Sally Field. That wasn't the only change; Matthew Rhys took over the role initially played by Jonathan LaPaglia.

The network invited us to try again, Baitz said of the extensive re-shoots that are required thanks to the casting changes.

But back to the tactful critic department. Another of my colleagues asked Field about her last ABC series venture, The Court, which died a very early death in 2002.

Thank you for mentioning that, Field said sweetly. Can you please spell out your name for me?

Field admitted she knew before Court hit the air it was going to tank, but she was philosophical about it.

You always face failure in life, she said. It's better to fail with a big, huge, loud splat.

She noted ABC was a very different place, and had high hopes for the new series.

If we splat, I hope it's really bold and colorful, she said.

One critic asked about the apparent Alias connection to Brothers, considering Alias alums Patricia Wetting, Ron Rifkin and Balthazar Getty are co-starring and Olin is directing.

Executive producer Marti Noxon said the joke on the set was the new series was really just a place for the Alias characters to hide undercover.

Jennifer Garner will appear in fifth or sixth episode and say psych,' Noxon said.

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Willner: Get Rid of Must-Buy

By Ted Hearn Multichannel.com 7/19/2006

A cable-operator executive Wednesday urged a group of House Republicans to eliminate a law that requires cable subscribers to buy their local TV signals before any cable networks, saying that the change would create regulatory parity with satellite-TV providers, according to a communications lobbyist familiar with the proposal.

Insight Communications CEO Michael Willner pitched the idea of eliminating the "must-buy" basic-cable requirement in a private meeting on Capitol Hill ostensibly about retransmission consent -- the legal name given to private carriage negotiations between local broadcasters and cable or satellite TV providers.

The meeting was called by House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Joe Barton (R-Texas), who attended along with Reps. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.), Charles Bass (R-N.H.), Paul Gillmor (R-Ohio) and Fred Upton (R-Mich.).

Deal and Bass have been concerned that local TV stations have been abusing their bargaining power vis-Ã*-vis cable in a manner that is increasing the size of expanded basic with unwanted programming and causing the price of the package to swell, both to the detriment of cable customers. TV stations claim that retransmission consent is functioning properly as a free-market carriage mechanism.

Willner, according to the communications lobbyist, told the lawmakers that it was unfair to force cable subscribers to buy the broadcast-basic tier when satellite-TV subscribers do not face an identical burden.

Barton aides, the communications lobbyist said, interrupted Willner at that point to note that he was raising an issue unrelated to retransmission consent, the reason for the meeting.

A cable industry lobbyist confirmed Willner's proposal, adding that Willner said it was a big issue, but there were other issues, as well. The lobbyist added that WillnerÂ's point was that satellite and cable customers are treated differently.

Under federal law, the basic tier -- which remains price-regulated by local franchising authorities until the cable system demonstrates that 15% of area households subscribe to other pay TV providers -- has to include all local TV signals. Cable operators do have the option of including cable networks in the basic tier.

Cable subscribers can't buy expanded basic or HBO without first purchasing the basic tier, which, in effect, is a government-imposed buy-through requirement. Meanwhile, a cable operator with a regulated basic tier can't require a subscriber to buy expanded basic prior to buying HBO.

Satellite-TV subscribers do not need to buy a local-TV-station package. Moreover, satellite-TV providers do not even need to offer local TV stations, although EchoStar Communications offers such a package in about 165 markets and DirecTV in about 130. The United States has 210 separate TV markets.

Cable operators and programmers have been hostile to mandatory carriage of local TV stations since the day it became law in October 1992. Cable fought it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court but lost in a 5-4 vote in 1997.

Willner's proposal was not new. For years, Cablevision Systems chairman Charles F. Dolan -- in speeches and Senate Commerce Committee testimony -- has called for elimination of the must-buy requirement, saying that it discriminated against cable networks to which customers assigned greater value.

"It is difficult to imagine a more unique and counterintuitive regulation," Dolan said in an October 2001 speech to the Media Institute in Washington, D.C. "It is a concept invented solely for the cable industry and, in this era of formidable competition, we believe its time has passed."

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Panasonic To Ship $70K, 103 PDP In Dec.

By Greg Tarr TWICE 7/19/2006

Secaucus, N.J. Panasonic formally announced that it will begin selling in December the 103W-inch 1,080p plasma TV, which made its debut at International CES, at a $69,999.95 suggested retail price.

The TH-103PZ600U, which is being billed as the world's largest plasma display, will be produced in limited quantities on a build-to-order basis through select high-end A/V specialty dealers, but will come with a three-year in-home limited warranty, which Panasonic said is unprecedented in the industry.

Panasonic didn't create the world's largest plasma TV as a technology demo for a trade show, Andrew Nelkin, Panasonic's display group VP, said in statement announcing the price. We created it because, as worldwide sales of plasma TVs continue on a meteoric rise, the market is seeking bigger displays on which people can experience the high definition lifestyle.

As important as it is to provide customers with the biggest and the best image, it is equally as important to Panasonic to provide extreme customer satisfaction, said Nelkin. With that goal in mind, we are offering customers an industry-first three-year in-home limited warranty with the 103-inch plasma. We believe our plasma TV customers are entitled to extra assistance to ensure they enjoy an easy transition to HDTV and get the full value of their investment.

The TH-103PZ600U is said to have a contrast ratio of 4,000:1, and 4,096 equivalent steps of gradation. Its effective display area is more than 89.3 inches wide by more than 50.2 inches high.

The super-size 103-inch 1080p panel is equivalent in size to four 50-inch Panasonic plasma displays, Panasonic said.

The 103W-inch plasma TV joins Panasonic's comprehensive line of plasma TVs including models in the following screen sizes: 37W inches, 42W inches, 50W inches, 58W inches and 65W inches (1,080p).

The 65W-inch 1,080p model, TH-65PX600U, will carry a $9,999.95 suggested retail price, and will ship in September, the company said.

The 103W-inch and other Panasonic PDPs, will be covered by Panasonic's recently announced Panasonic plasma concierge program, which provides advice and answers from trained specialists to help users setup and use their Panasonic PDP displays.

Due to size and weight, the 103W-inch model will require custom installation service, the company said.

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That is good news, haven't watched it but have been looking forward to it.


Fred, upcoming airings.

07/21/2006 07:00 PM EUREKA PILOT
07/22/2006 03:00 AM EUREKA PILOT
07/23/2006 04:30 PM EUREKA PILOT
07/24/2006 11:00 PM EUREKA PILOT


Thanks Jim -- it's now TiVoed
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So, I wonder how ABC's "The One" would have looked on that 103" Panny Plasma?
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TV Critics Summer Press Tour
ABC's 'Betty' could be belle of the fall

By Melanie McFarland Seattle Post-Intelligencer TV Critic Thursday, July 20, 2006

America Ferrera sat in front of TV critics Tuesday afternoon, looking completely different from the character she plays on ABC's "Ugly Betty," which premieres Sept. 22. If you've seen Ferrera in "Real Women Have Curves," or "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" you know that she's a lovely person by the standards of Hollywood and Middle America.

But if you haven't, once the show premieres, it may be hard to recognize her without the braces, frizzy hair, thick glasses and ugly poncho with the word "Guadalajara" screaming across the front. One critic acted as if he didn't when she was sitting on the panel in front of us. "I'll take that as a compliment," Ferrera said.

By the way, the only reason I'm focusing so much on Ferrera's looks is because her series requires her to dress the part of the title. "Ugly Betty" stands a good chance of sailing in the wake of "The Devil Wears Prada," although the original "Ugly " came first. ABC's version has been adapted from a Colombian telenovela.

ABC is hoping that Americans will be able to relate to Ferrera's character, a plump girl who has been hired at a high-fashion magazine because she's the only assistant with whom the handsome, clueless new editor won't sleep.

The point of the series, explained Ferrera and executive producer Salma Hayek (who displayed less cleavage than the last time she spoke with critics) is to showcase the ways in which beauty radiating from the inside trumps the skin-deep variety every time.

" 'Betty' is the most beautiful opportunity that's ever come across my path," Ferrera said, adding that it has always been her mission "to represent a whole generation of young women who don't recognize themselves in anything they're watching. Whether it be magazines or TV or movies, they're invisible. And to me, it's an honor to take on this role, and I love, love, love being her."

One thing we didn't love, love, love was the name change: It originally was titled "Betty the Ugly," which to us, poetically reflected Betty Suarez's uphill battle in the face of fashion's superficiality. Producers explained that "Ugly Betty" is actually the proper translation of the title, which isn't quite right, because the original series is called "Yo soy Betty, la fea," which translates to "I am Betty, the ugly."

That's surface quibbling. If audiences in the U.S. can embrace the series, the only name we'll be praising will be America, the beautiful.

Other ABC stuff

Let's skip straight to the information you're dying to learn. "Lost" returns Oct. 4, with J.J. Abrams back in the writing room. Though Damon Lindelof did well enough without Abrams, it'll be good to see what the "Mission: Impossible 3" director can do with the third season.

The downside is that "Lost" will only run for six or seven episodes, before taking a 13-week break. That's what we get for complaining about all those reruns, a three-month abandonment.

ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson acknowledged that running 22 episodes nonstop from the fall through the spring would be preferable in a perfect world, but the production schedule makes that impossible. "We just can't get the shows done in that amount of time," he said.

He'll have to hope that during "Lost's" excruciating downtime, we'll fall in love with "Day Break," a thriller that stars Taye Diggs. Having seen him in person, let me just say the man is a Godiva bar with legs. However! How much do you want to bet that Diggs' show will pay for displacing "Lost"? The scorn due to be heaped upon this show could be substantial.

Sure, it's too early to predict whether "Day Break" will be worth pushing "Lost" off the schedule until the spring, but take a little comfort in knowing that we don't have to deal with those annoying reruns or clip shows.

Next on the scale of shows we care about: "Grey's Anatomy" returns at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, where it will take on "CSI" and provide a strong lead-in to Abrams' other production, "Six Degrees." McPherson doesn't expect to dethrone CBS, but said, "We're coming on with a strong contender and hope to do some business there."

Next: "Desperate Housewives" premieres at 9 p.m. Sept. 24, and there may be hope for the old hag yet. Marc Cherry, creator mastermind behind the delicious first season, has retaken the role of showrunner. (Tom Spezialy, the guy to blame for season two, has left the series.) And, McPherson said, "The early scripts and the story lines and the arcs and the mystery, I think, are a lot stronger from the get-go."

ABC's new season actually begins Tuesday, Sept. 12, with two hours of "Dancing With the Stars." (Actually, it begins with a new "20/20 " on Sept. 8, but do you care as much? Probably not.) "Dancing's" competition shows will run for two hours for the first two weeks, then scale back to become the 90-minute lead-in support for the new comedy "Help Me Help You," debuting on Sept. 26.

Indeed, ABC's schedule still gives us plenty about which to rant and rave, emphasis on the rave part. But ABC's freshmen roster is one of the strongest among the major networks, although each series comes off with varying degrees of success. Each one was watchable from start to finish.

Actually, I take that back -- "Big Day," which operates under the assumption that people are dying to spend a season watching some tart's frou-frou wedding day, is completely flushable.

There's always an element of doom to this game. But give credit to ABC for caring enough to entertain somebody, somewhere, for whatever amount of time that these series remain on the air.

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Except that AFTER I'd programmed my DVR, they moved it back 5 minutes, so I missed the end! !#@$!%&$-heads.

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The Winds of Wardrobe

By Lisa de Moraes Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, July 20, 2006; C01

PASADENA, Calif., July 19 News division Q&A sessions at Summer TV Press Tour 2006 give critics a welcome break from the superficial chatter with stars of new series to discuss Things That Matter with Very Important TV Journalists.

Things like what Charlie Gibson is wearing, and whether he should go by "Charlie" or "Charles" now that he's anchor of ABC's evening newscast.

And, how about this for Things That Matter: ABC News announced Wednesday that its evening newscast will henceforth no longer be called "World News Tonight."

"Tonight" is out, because ABC News is expanding the brand with news updates throughout the day on its Web site and an afternoon Webcast, too.

ABC News also announced it has added "With Charles Gibson" to the show title because "he's our anchor and it is only appropriate that the broadcast should bear his name," ABC News President David Westin explained in a prepared statement in case the critics didn't understand.

The air was electric with excitement in the Ritz-Carlton Huntington ballroom before the session with Gibson.

A few days earlier, one male critic -- we'll call him Alan Sepinwall of the Newark Star-Ledger -- had asked Katie Couric what she planned to wear on her first night as anchor of "CBS Evening News."

And though just a few weeks earlier, when she was a TV journalist at NBC, Couric had been tickled pink with a "Today" show segment on Katie Fashion, and though CBS News President Sean McManus reports to a guy who wants to sex up the news, McManus and Couric got all sniffy with Sepinwall for having asked the question. McManus wondered out loud whether Sepinwall had put the same question to Charlie Gibson before he started anchoring ABC's newscast.

Sepinwall hadn't, but promised he would when Gibson appeared at a Q&A session later in the tour.

Of course that was before Sepinwall knew Gibson was going to be beamed in via satellite from Cyprus, adding that extra layer of what-the -- ness to the question:

While you're covering the bloodshed in the Middle East, could you tell us who you're wearing?

Still, Sepinwall is a man of his word, and the question had to be asked. Gibson's people had been prepped in hope of avoiding one of those withering "what qualifies you to cover me" exchanges to which Gibson can sometimes be prone.

"I'm told he'll make a joke about it at the beginning, and if he doesn't, I'll ask," Sepinwall told The TV Column in an exclusive pre-Q&A interview.

"Don't make it the first one," advised another critic sitting nearby.

It was the second question, after "Are your bags always packed now?"

"I apologize in advance because when I made this promise I didn't know you would be coming to us from Cyprus; what are you wearing and how much thought do you put into your wardrobe choices?" asked Sepinwall, who was wearing Gap.

"I don't know -- ask Katie," Gibson said, dodging the question.

"She wanted me to ask you ," Sepinwall said.

"I don't know if she took a shot at me with that or what that was all about," Gibson replied. "I have four ties and five suits and whichever one is on the right in the closet, that's the one I put on."

Gibson indicated with his thumb and index finger how much he thinks viewers care about all the intrigue surrounding who got to be the anchor of ABC's evening newscast.

But he also explained in great detail how he got the job:

According to Gibson, Westin told him he wanted Gibson to anchor the newscast temporarily because he had "a new concept" for the program.

"We never could agree as to how long that finite period should be. . . . And I said to him, 'Honestly, David, if people know when you're going to get out of the chair before you ever sit down in the chair, then you never really have the job. . . . If what you really want to move to is a sort of new concept of 'World News' then get on with it now.' "

But the co-anchor idea, which Gibson said "had a lot of merit," was "stillborn" when Bob Woodruff was injured in Iraq and Elizabeth Vargas became pregnant, he said.

"It's sort of an accident of circumstances that I'm here, but very pleased to be so."

Asked about his competitors, Gibson called Couric "a Spence mom" -- her daughters attend the tony New York private school where Gibson's wife until recently was headmistress -- and NBC's Brian Williams "a terrific broadcaster" for whom he has "an enormous amount of respect."

Gibson took a hard line on the Charlie-vs.-Charles question:

"If you've listened over the years to the introduction on 'Good Morning America' the announcer has always said 'Charles Gibson' and then people who were on the program always called me 'Charlie.' And I sign my checks 'Charles.' . . . The name is 'Charles' and the nickname is 'Charlie' . . . so there's really nothing new on that on 'World News.' "

One critic asked whether Gibson thought it was more important for a network news division to "flood the zone" in a hot news region, as McManus said he has done in the Middle East, or to maintain bureaus in these regions. Gibson came down strongly in favor of bureaus: "One of the things that you fight hardest for is to maintain the budgets that give us good representation all around the world. It's better if you've got people in place. . . . What's really important is that we do maintain coverage around the world and people around the world and bureaus around the world. It's really key."

Then a critic mentioned that Ted Koppel had appeared at Summer TV Press Tour 2006 a few days earlier and said no American broadcast network has a news bureau in India -- the world's largest democracy, with three times the population of the United States -- which he said was indicative of the problem with the networks' foreign news coverage. The critic wondered what Gibson thought of that.

Gibson began to do a soft-shoe. It went like this:

Ted's not wrong, but also -- well, Jon made a good point about that.

He was referring to Jon Banner, his exec producer, who was sitting next to him. Turning to Banner, Gibson said, "Well -- you should make it."

Then Banner began to do the soft-shoe. It went like this:

I think big countries deserve big coverage and Jim Sciutto, our senior foreign correspondent, was in India for a week, did a three-part series just five, six months ago and was in China to do the same thing. So I think the idea and the advantage of air travel and satellite feeds and the ease that we can communicate from around the world allows us to spend an awful lot of time and effort covering places that we don't necessarily have permanent offices in.

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TV Critics Summer Press Tour
The face rings a bell

By Alan Sepinwall of the Newark Star-Ledger in the All TV In Hollywood blog July 20, 2006

ABC's non-party party was a weird but successful affair. It had all the traditional non-party hallmarks: bad venue (a children's museum/zoo on the edge of Pasadena), cramped space, too loud music and, in a new twist, minimal lighting, so once the sun went down you had to squint to see if you could recognize anyone. (Rumor has it Eva Longoria was there, but between the darkness and her own petite size, ain't no way I was going to spot her.)

But for all the problems, it was the most productive evening I've had at the tour. I sat down and listened to "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry reaffirm his status as the most honest man in show business by telling critics in detail everything that went wrong with the show last season and why it was his fault.

A friend and I hit "Lost" showrunner Carlton Cuse up for as much information about the new season as he was willing to offer, plus answers to some unresolved issues from last year. I had good interviews with Tim Daly and America Ferrera, stars of two of the season's best new shows ("The Nine" and "Ugly Betty," respectively).

I'll be writing about all of that in the coming days and weeks as I have a chance to transcribe all those interviews. But the personal highlight of the night involved, of all people, Calista Flockhart.

Now, I was never a huge "Ally McBeal" fan. I was already complaining about shark-jumping (or whatever we called it in the days before jumptheshark.com existed) by the dancing baby episode, which was midway through season one. But Calista was the star of the most buzzed-about show on television, and she was a Rutgers alum, so tour after tour, I would go and talk with her at Fox's non-party parties. And every meeting always began the same way:

Me: "Hi, Calista. Have time for a few questions?"

Calista: "Sure. Don't I know you from somewhere?"

Me: "Um, yeah... I'm one of the TV critics. You see me every six months at one of these things."

Calista: "I know that, but you look exactly like somebody I know."

Me: "Who?"

Calista: "I can't remember."

This would happen every. single. time. Then "Ally McBeal" went away, and so did Calista, to spend the last five years raising her son. But now he's ready for school, and she's ready to return to acting, as star of ABC's new ensemble drama "Sons & Daughters." (Which, by the way, is the only show on any network where critics weren't sent a pilot episode to watch -- and that includes a midseason Fox show where everything is being thrown out but the title and the premise.)

So as I was wandering around the musuem grounds, I saw a throng gathered around a tiny woman who, after some squinting, I recognized as our former heroine. I walked over, waited for Calista's personal publicist to disperse the gaggle, and sat down for my interview, joined by a few other critics. One of them reminded Calista of an encounter they'd shared at the TCA Awards years ago, and asked if she remembered him. She said she did, then turned to me and asked, "Do you remember me?"

Not exactly sure how to respond (I mean, she was Ally McBeal, you know), I said, "Yes, but do you remember me?" She smiled and said she did, and I reminded her of her recurring confusion over who I reminded her of.

Without missing a beat, she said, "Craig Carlisle." She then suggested I Google him. A few hours and interviews later, I returned to my hotel room, fired up the laptop and, after some diligent web-searching, I found my man: a playwright and theater director who's worked on both coasts, in whose "Bob Funk" Calista appeared back in '99. (And, since she was in the theater for years before "Ally McBeal," they probably worked together in other shows.)

Mystery solved. It always weirded me out when she would be on the verge of recognizing me and then lose the name at the last second. So now I know. And if "Brothers & Sisters" is a hit and our paths are going to begin crossing again twice a year, I'll have a new opening line: "Hey, Calista, I'm the guy who reminds you of Craig Carlisle. Have time for a few questions?"

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TV Critics Summer Press Tour
Flat-panel TVs get less pricey faster

By Michelle Kessler USA Today

SAN FRANCISCO Lower-than-expected demand for flat-panel TVs is spurring makers to cut prices setting the stage for a bargain-filled back-to-school and holiday shopping season.

A year ago, a 37-inch flat-panel model typically cost about $4,000. Now, some can be found for as little as $1,100, says television analyst Rosemary Abowd at Pacific Media Associates. From January to May, the most recent data available, average flat-panel prices tumbled more than 12%, she says.

Expect prices to fall even more in coming months, Abowd says. TV makers generally offer discounts during the busy fall and winter shopping seasons.

Prices "are good and are only going to get better," says television analyst Chris Connery at researcher DisplaySearch.

Why the glut? Optimistic TV makers overestimated demand.

LG.Philips LCD last week reported disappointing earnings and warned of an inventory glut. The joint venture of electronics giants LG and Philips is a leading maker of TV displays, a component that usually accounts for more than 50% of a flat-panel's cost. Philips Electronics this week reported a 69% drop in quarterly profit because of the shortfall.

Rival AU Optronics has reported similar supply worries. So did 3M, which makes other flat-panel parts. (Another TV maker, Samsung Electric, issued a stronger report, but many analysts say it was because of share gains, not market strength.)

These TV makers and others thought sales would surge in advance of the World Cup this month, especially in soccer-mad Europe. That would have provided a welcome boom during a normally slow time. But the sales jump never happened.

The industry is still growing fast. Almost 42 million flat-panel liquid crystal display (LCD) sets are expected to be sold this year, about double the 21 million sold last year, DisplaySearch says. Sales of a competing kind of flat-panel, plasma, also are rising.

"Growth isn't falling off the face of the Earth, it's just not as explosive as some people thought," Abowd says. She says companies may also have overestimated the number of people with enough disposable income for a flat-panel.

Companies already are adapting. LG.Philips cut its capital equipment budget. Glassmaker Corning lowered its flat-panel sales estimates.

It's difficult to say how long the oversupply will last during the slow summer sales months. JPMorgan equity analyst J.J. Park predicted in a recent research note that it would endure well into the second half of the year. But Park expects prices to pick up near the end of the year and into 2007. TV makers may also take advantage of low component prices to expand their often-thin margins.

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Eureka was fun to watch. Glad it did well.

I liked it too, lot of good looking women on this show as well, too bad it's on crappy looking SciFi.
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Nielsen Notes
A 'One' night stand?

Alphabet's new series way out of tune
By Rick Kissell Variety.com

ABC's music talent competition "The One" opened Tuesday night to cancel-me-now ratings.

Promos for the Alphabet skein called it "The show Fox didn't want you to see," but apparently most Americans weren't interested either.

The two-hour preem averaged a shockingly low 1.1 rating/3 share in adult 18-49 and 3.08 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen. It's the weakest premiere for any reality show on any net and also below all series bows in ABC history.

And among all series premieres on the Big Four broadcast nets, only 2003 Nathan Lane laffer "Charlie Lawrence" on CBS opened to a lower 18-49 score (0.9/3).

In adults 18-49, the preem of "The One: Making a Music Star" -- based on the smash Spanish Endemol skein "Operacion Triunfo" -- lagged not only NBC, Fox and CBS but also Univision, Sci Fi, FX and MTV.

ABC declined to comment on the numbers Wednesday and was sticking to its plan of airing its second seg Tuesday.

Fox, meanwhile, seemed to take some glee in ABC's Tuesday troubles, offering in its Wednesday morning ratings analysis to reporters that the show's weak start "proves yet again that regardless of all the wannabes and imitators, there is only one 'American Idol.' "

Puny numbers rep a blow to ABC, which is suffering a tough summer ratings-wise and was counting on twice-weekly "The One" to give it some momentum heading into fall.

Net has had no luck at all with its summer launches -- with "How to Get the Guy" and "Master of Champions" busts as well -- and some of its top scripted skeins like "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives" are drawing tiny auds with repeats.

Critics are cheering the net's fall offerings, but thanks to meager summer circulation and no "Monday Night Football" in early September, the net won't be able to promote the shows to large auds on its own air.
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TV Critics Summer Press Tour
'Ugly' looks good to ABC

By David Bianculli New York Daily News TV Critic July 20, 2006

PASADENA, Calif. - In its quest to launch a Friday-night hit this fall, ABC is playing ugly.

"Ugly Betty," that is, the new title of its hour-long comedy-drama series based on Colombian telenovela "Yo Soy Betty La Fea."

"It was a phenomenon in Colombia," executive producer Salma Hayek explained, calling the original version a groundbreaking work. "Usually, telenovelas are a lot more melodramatic. And this one was dramatic, but had an amazing sense of humor."

The ABC version, whose new "Ugly Betty" title recently was changed from the much more intriguing "Betty the Ugly," stars America Ferrera as an ambitious, intelligent and kind-hearted young woman who lands a job as an assistant at a fashion magazine. She achieves this even though her full figure, mouth full of braces and clueless fashion sense (on the first day of work she wears a bullfight-red poncho embroidered with the word "Guadalajara") make her stand out glaringly from all the runway-model types around her.

"I didn't know how fat and ugly I was until I started going on auditions," Ferrera said, displaying the same charm as her character (and a lot more poise and polish). "I don't feel that way inside."

She added, though, that she didn't think the big (fake) braces and loud clothing were extreme exaggerations.

"I walked through New York City," said the actress, who was raised in California, "and found a couple of Bettys like myself on the street - so it's not outlandish."

Hayek makes a cameo appearance in the premiere, playing - overplaying, actually - a sexy nurse in a TV telenovela seen by Betty's family. It's a role Hayek intends to continue because she enjoys it so much.

"I'm the only one who started in telenovelas," Hayek said, referring to her "Ugly Betty" cast, which also includes Vanessa Williams and Eric Mabius. "It was a lot of fun to go back and do it, making fun of myself."

Meanwhile, fellow executive producer Ben Silverman thinks that while the telenovela form is suddenly in vogue, the one that inspired "Ugly Betty" is especially resonant.

"It is an eternal show," Silverman said of "Betty Le Fea." "It is 'Cinderella.' It is 'My Fair Lady.' It has worked a thousand times in a thousand places in a thousand ways, and it was a story we really wanted to tell."

And they will tell it on Friday nights, when a lot of dateless people may be looking for something to watch on TV.

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Some Casting Notes

Camryn Manheim has signed to join CBS''s "Ghost Whisperer" as a series regular, in the role of Jennifer Love Hewitt's friend. Manheim is best known for her role as Ellenor Frutt on "The Practice."

CBS's "Close to Home" has added two new members to its cast: John Seda, who has appeared in a number of films and television shows such as "Third Watch," "Law & Order," and "Twelve Monkeys," and Cress Williams, who has made appearances on shows such as "Grey's Anatomy" and "Veronica Mars." Both will be portraying detectives.

NBC Universal Television Studio has signed Spike Lee for a one-year development deal. Lee recently directed a pilot for CBS as well as the 2005 miniseries "Miracle Boys," and will now be working with NBC to create new dramas for the network.

Roger Bart, the late wacko druggist on Desperate Housewives, has joined the cast of the Sci Fi Channel's new miniseries "The Lost Room" to play the villain. The series stars Peter Krause as a detective who finds a portal to another universe.

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(From Marc Berman's Thursday, July 20, 2006, Programming Insider column at Mediaweek.com )
On the ABC Panel Front

THE KNIGHTS OF PROSPERITY Tuesday 9 p.m.

The Premise:
In the wake of a co-worker's death, an aging janitor (Donal Logue) who dreams of opening a bar recruits a group of misfits into his gang - the Knights of Prosperity - for a heist to finance their dreams. The initial target: rock legend Mick Jagger.

Lead-in:
Dancing With the Stars

Competition:
The Unit (CBS), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC), House (Fox), Veronica Mars (CW)

Who Was on the Panel:
Donal Logue, Josh Grisetti, Maz Jobrani, Kevin Michael Richardson, Sofia Vergara, and executive producers Rob Burnett and Jon Beckerman.

The Scoop:
Since you all must be wondering what is was like to shoot the pilot with Mick Jagger, according to Rob Burnett:

He was great. To his credit, we flew to New Zealand to shoot his stuff there because they had just finished a huge tour in that part of the world. I believe he delayed his vacation a day or two for us, so he had all the reason to be cranky and exhausted, but he couldn't have been nicer, couldn't have been more professional. And most of the stuff that he did was, you know, was really kind of a framework.

Some of the gags came from him, and he ad-libbed. He had a lot of energy. He seemed to have a fun time doing it, and he was great. I remember when we were shooting it we had a very short amount of time, about five hours, which was not a lot to shoot all we had to. As Jon and I were standing there we wondered whether this was going to be good or bad. As soon as he did the first thing, we just looked at each other and smiled and said this is going to be a breeze, which it was.

The Reality:
The Knights of Prosperity (which was originally called Let's Robb Mick Jagger, then Let's Robb) could certainly benefit by airing out of the red-hot Dancing With the Stars. But the severity of the competition and the absence of Mick Jagger after the pilot makes this creative, but potentially limited looking sitcom a definite long-shot. Although ABC could benefit by the absence of other comedies in the time period, sometimes it's safer to go with something more familiar, and The Knights of Prosperity is anything but. Plus, after Mick Jagger leaves the novelty might quickly wear thin.

Chance of Survival for Let's Rob
(Based on a scale of 1-1 to 10-1): 6-1

Did You Know?:
Legend has it that Mick Jagger tried out for the role of Dr. Frank N' Furter in 1975's The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

NOTES FROM THE UNDERBELLY Thursday 8:30 p.m.

The Premise:
After a couple (Jennifer Westfeldt and Peter Cambor) finds out they are going to have a baby, they have a difficult time keeping it a secret from their family and friends. Embarking on the journey of pending parenthood, their carefree lifestyle is now a thing of the past.

Lead-in: Big Day

Competition:
Survivor: Cook Islands (CBS), The Office (NBC), Happy Hour (Fox), Smallville (CW)

Who Was on the Panel:
Sunkrish Bala, Peter Cambor, Rachel Harris, Melanie Paxson, Michael Weaver, Jennifer Westfeldt, and executive producers Kim Tannenbaum, Eric Tannenbaum and Stacy Traub.

The Scoop:
Since Notes From the Underbelly is a sitcom about a woman having a baby, what happens to the series after he or she is born? According to executive producer Stacy Traub:

I think there are a lot of funny things that happen when you are pregnant, so that's the arc, kind of, in the first season. That's where some of the stories will come from. Once they have the baby, I think your life gets even crazier and funnier, and what happens to your relationship when there's a kid in it and you haven't slept in weeks and your sex life isn't what it was right away -- all of those things. So that's what we'll be looking at. I mean, the show as a whole is always going to be looking at the relationship between the couple and between their friends and where they are in their life. That's universal.

The Reality:
Without the benefit of proven lead-in support, and opposite two competing comedies (not to mention CBS stalwart Survivor: Cook: Islands), the limited Notes From the Underbelly is likely to be history by November, seven months short of a full-term pregnancy! Don't get too used to this.

Chance of Survival for Notes From the Underbelly
(Based on a scale of 1-1 to 10-1): 10-1

Did You Know?:
The last series to focus on the stork was failed ABC medical drama Having Babies, which briefly aired in the spring of 1978.

MEN IN TREES Friday 9:00 p.m.

The Premise:
During a speaking engagement in Alaska, a relationship coach and successful author (Anne Heche) discovers that her fiancé is cheating on her. After canceling the wedding, and getting caught in an Alaskan snowstorm, she begins to enjoy her new surroundings. James Tupper, Abraham Benrubi (ER), Suleka Mathews, Derek Richardson and former Good Times Dad John Amos co-star.

Lead-in:
Ugly Betty

Competition:
Close To Home (CBS), Las Vegas (NBC), Duets/Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy (Fox), Friday Night Smackdown! (UPN)

Who Was On the Panel:
Anne Heche, John Amos, Suleka Matthews, James Tupper, and creator/executive producer Jenny Bicks.

The Scoop:
Although you might think leading out of an unproven lead-in could be problematic, according to creator/executive producer Jenny Bicks:

I'm thrilled, and I think we couldn't ask for a more fun lead-in with Ugly Betty. And I think there's a whole world of women at home on Friday nights that will really enjoy this show, and it's a great opportunity to build a really loyal audience, and it's going to be fun. It's going to be a fun kind of real female-driven block.

(Editor's note: Make that a very short-lived female driven block.)

The Reality:
What might sound reminiscent to Northern Exposure looks like nothing more than a pale imitation. While the competition is not necessarily steep, without the benefit of any lead-in support or a strong lead acting presence (sorry Anne Heche, but you will always be your alter-ego Celestia in my book), Men In Trees will be up a tree on the low HUT level Friday.

Chance of Survival for Men Trees
(Based on a scale of 1-1 to 10-1): 9-1

Did You Know?:
John Amos, who is fondly remembered as struggling father James Evans on sitcom Good Times, initially played the same role on parent sitcom Maude. But his name on Maude was Henry Evans.

BROTHERS & SISTERS Sunday 10:00 p.m.

The Premise:
After the patriarch of a large but scattered family dies unexpectedly, the children must work to balance their personal lives with family business, including the trials of raising an autistic child. Former Ally McBeal star Calista Flockhart leads an ensemble cast that now includes two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field in place of former Eight is Enough step-mom Betty Buckley.

Lead-in: Desperate Housewives

Competition:
Without A Trace (CBS), Sunday Night Football (NBC)

Who Was on the Panel:
Calista Flockhart, Sally Field, Dave Annable, John Pyper-Ferguson, Balthazar Getty, Rachel Griffiths, Sarah Jane Morris, Matthew Rhys, Ron Rifkin, Patricia Wettig, and executive producers Jon Robin Baitz, Ken Olin (Wettig's husband and former thirtysomething co-star) and Marti Noxon.

The Scoop:
Although some theatrical stars balk at the small screen, Sally Field is embracing it, with an ongoing Emmy winning role on NBC's ER and a short stint on ABC legal drama The Court. Here is what she had to say about the medium:

Basically, I think it's a very interesting time in television. It really is. I mean, television obviously has to compete with a lot of other things and is having to change and grow and try new things. I think, without sounding like I'm kissing somebody's behind, ABC has really just absolutely rethought the whole thing. And it's very interesting to see how much creativity they are inviting in, how many chances they are taking.

The Reality:
Although leading out of Desperate Housewives (which had better improve in quality next season or more viewers are likely to head south) is certainly a plus, facing CBS' relocated Without A Trace could be an obstacle. With NBC expected to attract many of the available male viewers courtesy of Sunday Night Football, Brothers & Sisters is gunning, no doubt, for the available females. But will there be enough left opposite Without A Trace? While there is room for more than one hit series in a time period, Grey's Anatomy this isn't.

Chance of Survival for Brothers & Sisters
(Based on a scale of 1-1 to 10-1): 4-1

Did You Know?:
Brothers & Sisters was also the title of a short-lived NBC comedy in 1979 with Chris Lemmon and J.R. shooter Mary Crosby that tried to capitalize on the then red-hot Animal House fever. It lasted barely three months.

Press Tour Tidbits: Notes of Interest

ABC Renames World News Tonight:
ABC's evening newscast, World News Tonight, has changed its name to World News with Charles Gibson to reflect the arrival, of course, of the new anchor. Historically, ABC renamed its evening newscast World News Tonight in July 1978 with the debut of anchors Frank Reynolds, Peter Jennings and Max Robinson. In September 1984, it became World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. After Jenning's death in August 2005, it morphed back to just World News Tonight.

More on ABC News with Charles Gibson:
At a session with Charles Gibson and executive producer Jon Banner via satellite from Cyprus, here is what each had to say about the totally changed network newscast environment. Although the buzz will be on Katie Couric this fall, once the early curiosity factor dies down, keep an eye on the well-respected Charles Gibson.

Jon Banner:
I won't speak for Charlie, but I am very excited. Two morning powerhouses going to the evening news shows that the evening news is a vital part of driving news and information to Americans. And I think competition has always helped the evening news from the days of Tom and Dan and Peter, and I think it will help all of us again. And the renewed focus sort of makes all those questions about the vitality of the evening news disappear in my mind.

Charles Gibson:
I know that all of you -- and I understand why -- focus on the competitive aspects of this and make it sort of "Brian vs. Katie vs. Charlie." But I really don't look at it that way. I have been a consumer of the ABC evening news. I watched it really since it began. I watched it even under different names before World News Tonight. And I go back to watching Huntley-Brinkley when we first got a television set, and I fell in love with politics and evening news programs.

I just think these are great programs. And they are the end-of-the-day product of extraordinary news organizations. I happened to have worked for this one for almost 35 years, and I love this organization, and to be able to anchor what I consider is its signature news broadcast is -- I don't want to sound like a boy scout -- but it really is an honor.

The Path to 9/11:
In a panel focusing on upcoming ABC miniseries 9/11, which airs on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, here is how Gov. Thomas H. Kean, Chair of the 9/11 Commission/Senior Consultant describes the project:

It was five years ago this September that the United States was attacked on its own mainland soil for the first time since the War of 1812. On that day more people died than died at Pearl Harbor. The commission I headed was given a job by the Congress of the United States to tell the story of 9/11, and, secondly, and just as important, to make recommendations that we learned from that story of ways in which we could make the American people safer.

What we found in that report as we told our story was 19 people who came into this country to do us harm, and our United States government failed in every way to stop or even slow down the plot at any stage. We never thought that our report -- we looked over two million documents, interviewed over 3,000 people -- we never thought it would become a best-seller, but it did. But what I like so much about this project is it tells a story of the conspiracy, and more people will see this than will ever read our report.

So my hope is that if people see this and understand the plot and understand the recommendations that need to be implemented that we learned from the plot, it will be a better and safer country. So I'm delighted to be part of it and glad to be here today.

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TV Critics Summer Press Tour
Ally, er, Calista is back

By Chuck Barney Contra Costa Times TV critic in his TV Freak blog

Oh boy, did Calista Flockhart look excited to be back among all the critics and reporters at the press tour! Through much of the panel discussion for "Sons & Daughters," Flockhart's first TV project since the demise of "Ally McBeal" five years ago, Flockhart sat nearly motionless, appearing rather uncomfortable and staring off into space.

It got to the point where I wanted to rush the stage just to see if if it was really her -- or an audio-animatronic version of the cigarette-thin star.

OK, Calista did utter some words ... at least a few. She told us that she still gets called "Ally" out on the streets and said her new character -- a right-wing TV pundit -- is so "fundamentally different" from the one she played on the show that made her famous. She also said that she felt now was the right time to return to television because her adopted son, Liam, is 5-years-old and entering school. Other than that, she pretty much gazed off into space.

We can only hope the show itself is a bit more engaging.

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Not Lost After All

SPOILER ALERT: DON'T READ FURTHER IF YOU'D NEVER WANT TO KNOW EVEN A SINGLE THING THAT MIGHT HAPPEN THIS SEASON ON ABC'S "LOST": (YES, THIS MEANS YOU.)

Now that it's safe to talk, I'll issue another, non-all-caps disclaimer: I'm never absolutely sure that the producers of "Lost" mean exactly what they seem to be saying.

But what executive producer Carlton Cuse seemed to be saying at an ABC party last night was that
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Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick), the character who emerged at the end of this past season as the show's central figure, only to be put in a position where it looked as if he might have died, didn't.

Die, I mean.

"It would be very stupid of us to kill Desmond," said Cuse, who'll still happily defend the decision to knock off Libby (Cynthia Watros).

"Desmond will be back on the show next year," he said.


Cusick, by the way, was nominated for an Emmy as a guest star this season. Here's hoping he gets to move up to a different category next year.

Cuse would also like me to point out that one of his former series, "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.," just came out on DVD.

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Wednesday's network prime-time ratings are now at the top of RATINGS NEWS (the first post in this thread).
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Overnights in the 18-49 Demo
From bad to worst for ABC's 'The One'

Second airing of 'Idol' wannabe sinks deeper
By Toni Fitzgerald MediaLifeMagazine.com staff writer July 20, 2006

Expect The One to be getting the boot any second now.

One night after posting ABC's worst-ever series debut, "The One: Making a Music Star" sank even lower in its second outing, from a 1.1 to a 1.0 adults 18-49 overnight rating in its 10 p.m. timeslot. What's worse, a rerun of the show's two-hour Tuesday premiere averaged a startlingly low 0.6 from 8 to 10 p.m., tying with UPN for sixth in the timeslot.

It may end up the lowest-rated night in ABC's history among 18-49s. The network managed just a 0.7 for the evening, tying the WB for fifth place and giving ABC its worst night of the year. It finished behind Univision every hour of the night, and earned just one-third of the Spanish-language broadcaster's average at 8 p.m.

The 10 p.m. results episode of the show, in which the wannabe singers began to be eliminated, averaged a mere 2.6 million total viewers, 600,000 fewer than the previous night.

It's hard to imagine ABC, which already yanked How to Get the Guy because of low ratings, letting this stinker remain on the air much longer.

The show is an American Idol ripoff that follows the contestants off stage and into their personal lives as they reside and train together while competing for a recording contract. The network promoted the show well, and other singing competitions, such as CBS's Rock Star: Supernova and Univision's Cantando Por un Sueno, have performed decently this summer. But viewers simply weren't interested in bringing a Real World element to a simple singing competition.

Meanwhile, Fox led for the night among 18-49s with a 3.5 rating and 11 share, ahead of NBC at 2.8/9, CBS at 2.3/7, Univision at 1.6/5, ABC and the WB both at 0.7/2, and UPN at 0.6/2.

At 8 p.m., Fox led at 3.2 for the first hour of "So You Think You Can Dance," followed by NBC's 2.5 for "America's Got Talent," CBS's 2.2 for "Rock Star: Supernova," Univision's 1.9 for "La Fea Mas Bella," WB's new and repeat "Blue Collar TV" at 0.9, and ABC and UPN each at 0.6 for the first hour of "One's" rerun and an "America's Next Top Model" rerun.

At 9 p.m., Fox's second hour of "Dance" was No. 1, averaging a 3.8, while NBC's second hour of "Talent" followed at 3.6. CBS's rerun of "Criminal Minds" was No. 3 at 2.2, followed by Univision's "Barrera de Amor" at 1.7, WB's "One Tree Hill" repeat at 0.6, and UPN and ABC tied again, at 0.5 for "Eve" and "Cuts" reruns and the second hour of "One."

At 10 p.m., CBS's "CSI: NY" rerun led at 2.5, ahead of NBC's "Law & Order rerun at 2.3, Univision's "Don Francisco Presenta" at 1.2 and ABC's 1.0 for the "One" results show.

Among households, NBC led for the night with a 5.7 rating and 10 share, ahead of Fox at 5.4/9, CBS at 4.9/9, Univision at 1.9/3, ABC at 1.7/3, WB at 1.4/2 and UPN at 0.9/2.

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By Lisa de Moraes Washington Post Staff Writer in her blog Moraes On TV July 20, 2006

Every season there's a troubled show. The show that is announced for a network's prime-time schedule but never actually debuts; or it debuts but gets yanked immediately. Critics know to look for the red flags.
This season they've zeroed in on ABC's new "Sons and Daughters," starring a large ensemble cast that includes Calista Flockhart, Ron Rifkin, Rachel Griffiths, Sally Field, Patricia Wettig, and Balthazar Getty, among others.

ABC describes it as a drama about the California-based Walker family, made up of "intertwined and somewhat damaged adult siblings who embrace one another unconditionally while striving to reflect the perceived perfection of their role model parents" who will in the days ahead "navigate waves of temptation, deception and grief."

It's the only new series on which critics have yet to see a pilot episode.

"Every season there's a troubled show," one critic said as he kicked off the show's Q&A at Summer TV Press Tour 2006, setting the right tone for the session.

"I never got the sense, not having made television before, that we were ever troubled at all," the show's creator Jon Robin Baitz assured critics. Baitz is best known for his plays, though he's written episodes of "The West Wing" and "Alias.".

"It was more a matter of, in recasting [Red Flag], opening it up [Red Flag] and finding the most alive version of the story [Red Flag].

"But I never had a sense of anybody's panic about what we were doing. In fact, exactly the opposite: They seemed -- the network and the studio -- seemed so enthusiastic that they invited us to try it again [Red Flag]," he said.

"If anything I would say that there was a great response to the pilot [Red Flag]," chimed in exec producer Marti Noxon. "But people felt...that we needed to do some...creatively we went in some different directions [Red Flag] with characters. And then although we felt like we wanted the temperature to be a little bit different [Red Flag], to have an opportunity for the family to be shown having a little bit more fun [Red Flag]. It's the exact same story, just told from a slightly different point of view [Red Flag]. "

"When did you start shooting?" one critic wanted to know.

"Last week [Red Flag]," Baitz said.

"It felt like the pilot was sort of the Trojan Horse [Red Flag] for the actual show, or the workshop model [Red Flag] for it, and then we got a chance to come back and actually make the real one [Red Flag]," he added.

The Q&A started very late because cast and producers got stuck out on the 134, due to a pileup. Then, Flockhart, who'd been rushed through hair and makeup, sat on stage looking limp and vacant, in a greige sort of dress -- like a young-ish Whistler's Mother. Thank goodness for Rachel Griffiths, who livened things up when she started sharpening her claws on Flockhart.

"Calista was a big draw for me," she said when asked what brought her back to series television after doing HBO's "Six Feet Under."

"Apart from being a gorgeous actress, she's an icon."

A little gasp escaped from the critics' region.

Griffiths had called Flockhart an "icon."

"Icon" is Hollywood-speak for "older than me."

(Griffiths is in fact about 3-and-a-half years younger than Flockhart.)

"I watched ['Ally McBeal'] and it carried me through my lonely twenties," Griffiths said.

Another gasp.

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Breaking Out

Fans of Fox's "Prison Break" may notice some changes this season, with the actors who play both the vice president (Patricia Wettig) and her brother (John Billingsley) having found new jobs on ABC.

Billingsley's found a showier part on "The Nine," an ensemble piece about a group of people drawn together after they live through a hostage crisis, while Wettig's co-starring with Calista Flockhart, Rachel Griffiths, Sally Field and Ron Rifkin in the family drama "Brothers & Sisters."

Billingsley said yesterday that his "Prison Break" role was being recast, while Wettig today said she didn't know exactly what they'd be doing about the evil vice president.

"I'm a little evil in this one," too, she said. "It's my new thing."

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Changes on Wisteria Lane

By Chuck Barney Contra Costa Times TV critic in his TV Freak blog

At the bustling ABC stars party Wednesday night, we just had to corner "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry to get his reaction to all the flak his show took from critics last season and glean some insights into where it's headed. Fortunately, Cherry, one of the nicest men you'll ever meet in Hollywood, was forthcoming on both fronts.

"I thought some of the criticism was legitimate and some of it was a bit unfair. I think we did some really amazing stuff, but not consistently enough," said Cherry, who pointed out that the show lost a "little of its sense of humor" and didn't do a "sufficient enough job of integrating the main characters into each others' lives."

Now here are some things you can expect to see early on this season. Don't peek if you don't want to know:

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Mike (James Denton), who was run down by Orson (Kyle MacLachlan) in the May finale, will begin this season in a coma.
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Bree and Orson will marry, much to the dismay of her neighborhood friends, who have their reservations about the mystery man.

On another front, while visiting Mike in the hospital Susan (Teri Hatcher) will meet another man and have an affair.


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ABC says: "Let's Rob... 'Prison Break' "

By Melanie McFarland Seattle Post-Intelligencer TV Critic in her TV blog July 20, 2006

Actors get around. Especially on television.

Though viewers accept the peripatetic nature of the acting game, we still come across some weird situations. Like ABC's (purely unintentional, we're sure) depletion of "Prison Break's" ranks. John Billingsley is a prominent regular in the new ABC drama "The Nine," which means he will no longer appear in "Prison Break" as the brother of President Reynolds. He told critics that Fox is casting another actor who looks like him.

For that matter, President Reynolds is going to look a lot different too. Patricia Wettig told us today that she's committed to the Sunday night drama "Brothers & Sisters," which means we should expect to see another actress playing the Fox drama's evil leader during its second season.

There's another connection to "The Nine" and "Prison Break" in Camille Guaty, who played Sucre's girlfriend Maricruz, his reason for busting out of the clink. If we don't catch up with her at the Stars Party, we'll hit up "Prison Break's" producers for the skinny during Fox's turn. (Update: Guaty confirmed that while her "Prison Break" character is still alive, she doesn't know if she'll be playing her. But she's keeping her fingers crossed.)

Such crossover between shows isn't unprecedented. Last season Tina Majorino held prominent roles on HBO's "Big Love" and UPN/The CW's "Veronica Mars." Things get even more interesting. Majorino plays Mac, Veronica's best friend. In "Big Love," Majorino's character is Sarah Henrickson's best friend. Sarah is portrayed by Amanda Seyfried, also known as Lilly Kane, Veronica Mars' best pal before she was murdered in season one.

Feel free to sing the chorus of "Circle of Life" anytime you want.

On a related note, Kim Raver and Tim Daly, who are also on "The Nine," don't know what that means for their respective characters on "24" and "The Sopranos."

"They are keeping Audrey alive," Raver said of Jack Bauer's great love, who must be wondering where the hell he is. "Hopefully it will be me going back to play Audrey and not someone else. And there's a specific reason that I can't get into now."

As for Daly's down-and-out screenwriter J.T. Dolan, "I suppose there's hope that that character will show up again. I would like to have him suitably polished off, because I think he deserves it. He's kind of fun."

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With a Cherry on top

By Robert Philpot Fort Worth Star-Telegram in the Yelling Fire in a Crowded Theater blog

As some press-tour pals and I enter the ABC party, we spot Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry sitting with some friends, including producer writer-producer Jeff Greenstein and another writer-producer whose name I don't catch (it appears to be Joe Keenan, judging from several Web-site reports). Some producers take a little drawing out, but we barely ask Cherry a question before he starts talking about the next season.

On the uneven second season: "I didn't know I was creating a hit, so I didn't know there'd be a second season. ... The biggest problem I had last year was I was writing too much on the fly. Did a little of that the first season, but clearly got away with it. One problem is that I think we just had a little less planning time.

"What's been really cool about this year is I only took a week's vacation ... these guys came in, and we had a so much stronger look at the entire year. There's still things we're answering and figuring out for ourselves, but just in terms of walking into a season, I really feel we know what we're doing."

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marries Orson, the dentist played by Kyle MacLachlan, by the second episode _ and he becomes the focal point of the season's mystery. Bree's estranged son, Andrew (Shawn Pyfrom), also returns, in a way that Cherry promises will be surprising and funny. Mike Delfino (James Denton) is going to remain in a coma for a while. "But we have a great new love interest, Dougray Scott" for Susan [Teri Hatcher], Cherry says. "His [character's] wife is in a coma, and he and Susan become 'coma buddies,' and then stuff starts happening."

Xiao Mei is going to be eight months pregnant at the beginning of the season, and Carlos and Gabrielle (Ricardo Antonio Chavira and Eva Longoria) will be dealing with the arrival of the baby and going through a nasty divorce. Lynette (Felicity Huffman) will struggle with the presence of Nora (Kirsten Warren), the woman who had a child with Tom (Doug Savant). And Edie (Nicollette Sheridan) has a "sexy, troublemaking young nephew" come to live with her.


And, Cherry says, the mystery and the humor will both be stronger this year, and the lead women will have more scenes together.

On the show getting passed over in the Emmy nominations: "Here's my thing about the Emmys. Am I bummed? Sure! But I just go, 'I just gotta work harder this coming year.' And I really feel good about it. I was a guy who was broke and unemployed and had to borrow money from my mom. 'Oh wow, I didn't get nominated for an award.' I think I can handle that one."

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Have you run across anything related to CBS HD and the 2006 NFL season?

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[Actors get around. Especially on television.

Though viewers accept the peripatetic nature of the acting game, we still come across some weird situations. Like ABC's (purely unintentional, we're sure) depletion of "Prison Break's" ranks. John Billingsley is a prominent regular in the new ABC drama "The Nine," which means he will no longer appear in "Prison Break" as the brother of President Reynolds. He told critics that Fox is casting another actor who looks like him.

For that matter, President Reynolds is going to look a lot different too. Patricia Wettig told us today that she's committed to the Sunday night drama "Brothers & Sisters," which means we should expect to see another actress playing the Fox drama's evil leader during its second season.

Well, that's certainly no surprise. After all, there are only a precious few struggling actors in Hollywood and there are soooo many parts to go around!

Seriously, I was wondering about how this casting news would impact one of my favorite shows, 'Prison Break'......? I thought actors were signed to something called a "contract" when they signed on for a major role in a TV series that obligated them to actually, you know, work for that series for a few years (or as long as it stays on the air). Replacing John Billingsley won't be that hard, as he was mostly heard and not seen, but Patrica Wettig was a major character and re-casting her will be an unpleasant shock to the audience. What is this, soap opera?
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Have you run across anything related to CBS HD and the 2006 NFL season?

Same as last year, 3 games per week.

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