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Last week's updated top 10 prime-time program ratings are now toward the bottom of RATINGS NEWS the second post in this thread.

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Cable Nielsen Notebook
NBA Playoffs Make TNT Scoring Leader
Anthony Crupi MediaWeek May 30, 2007

TNT will wrap up the month of May as the top ad-supported cable network in prime time, averaging 2.6 million total viewers and 1.35 million adults 18-49, thanks in large part to its coverage of the National Basketball Association's playoffs.

According to Nielsen Media Research data for April 30 through May 27, the Turner net in May played host to nine of ad-supported cable's top 20 most-watched programs, including game five of the Western Conference semifinals series between the Phoenix Suns and the San Antonio Spurs, which drew 4.97 million total viewers on May 16.

Perennial rival USA Network finished the month in second place, averaging 2.31 million viewers and 1.03 million adults 18-49. The net notched seven of the month's top-10 most-watched programs with its Monday night WWE Raw showcase, taking the top spot with the latter half of the two-hour May 21 installment, which delivered 5.53 million viewers.

ESPN took the bronze, serving up 1.41 million viewers in prime, while TBS came in fourth (1.37 million) and Fox News Channel finished fifth (1.31 million).

The top four nets were all down year-to-year, as TNT's total prime-time average fell 15 percent versus May 2006, USA dipped 4 percent, ESPN plummeted 29 percent and TBS slipped 5 percent. FNC was flat.

Meanwhile, non-ad-supported Disney Channel closed the month third among the measured cable universe, averaging 2.12 million viewers in prime, a slight 1 percent increase versus May 2006.

Among the top 25 cable nets, the biggest gainers in prime were: Court TV, which was up 38 percent versus May of last year, averaging 1.05 million viewers; VH1 (up 34 percent with 697,000 viewers) and A&E (up 30 percent with 1.1 million viewers). Sci Fi Channel also enjoyed a strong May, growing 22 percent with an average 1.08 million viewers, while AMC was up 16 percent to 914,000 and TLC grew 13 percent to 870,000.

Of the top 25 nets that suffered significant audience declines, FX lost 25 percent of its prime-time audience, averaging 1.13 million viewers, while Cartoon Network dropped 16 percent to 1.3 million viewers between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. MTV skidded 13 percent (774,000), while its sibling nets Comedy Central and Spike TV were down 9 percent (873,000) and 8 percent (916,000), respectively.

The History Channel also fell 8 percent (1.11 million).

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Nielsen seems a bit delayed today.

When I can get the top and bottom shows by network lists compiled I will post them.
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fredfa, don't know if it's ok to post this thought/query here but if not, have it deleted. After reading all this stuff about the situation at NBC regarding Mr.Reilly I have to wonder what the fate of shows that he was championing will be. I know he was supportive of Friday Night Lights, not sure about 30 Rock, but being as both were just recently renewed, do you think they will now be axed? Man that wouls be a blow to the collective moral of the cast of those shows, imagine the anxious sighs of relief after waiting for so long to know their fate and now they are right back to where they were a month ago.

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'Starter Wife' kicks off summer-fluff season with style
From Maureen Ryan's Chicago Tribune blog The Watcher May 30, 2007

Now that summer is here, you may be longing for the perfect beach read. But perhaps you don't have the energy it takes to lift a paperback and hey, it's understandable. Some of those bigger tomes on quality paper can be pretty heavy!

Don't worry, to savor The Starter Wife (9 PM ET/PT, Thursday, USA Network), an enjoyable chick-lit concoction, you don't have to lift anything heavier than your TV remote.

This mini-series, which airs for two hours Thursday and has additional episodes on Thursdays in June, is adapted from Gigi Levangie Grazer's novel of the same name. As adapted by USA, it's the TV equivalent to a satisfying, entirely inconsequential beach read.

You know the kind of book I mean the one in which you get to secretly revel in the brand names and luxe lifestyle of the heroine and her friends yet still enjoy the satisfaction of condemning them (just a little) for their frivolous, materialistic lives. The fact that the arrogant, unappreciative men in the book get roughed up (metaphorically speaking) is just an added bonus.

And of course, aside from the Thoughtless Man, there are always one or two Other Guys, who are Not Mean and maybe Better Than That Jerk the heroine made the mistake of committing her life to.

Debra Messing (Will & Grace) plays Molly Kagan, who has spent a decade as the perfect Hollywood wife. She's well-groomed, well-read and runs her husband Kenny's domestic realm with a firm, efficient hand. It's not long, though, before he dumps her, by phone (I want a divorce. I'm at the Peninsula.).

Soon she's borrowing a friend's beachside house in Malibu (oh, to have such friends!), while she regroups and contemplates the fact that the entire Hollywood community is shunning her she keeps showing up to the right parties and embarrassing everyone.

From being married to a mogul for so long, she knows the rules of the Tinseltown community she's supposed to fade away politely. But she can't quite bring herself to do that. She can't quite believe that the country club would cancel her membership without warning and that she'd be a non-person at all the good restaurants so quickly. Oh, the indignity of no longer getting the best table at the in sushi place!

Yes, in the real world, such things are of no consequence, but Messing has the perfect set of skills to make this piffle go down as easily as an ice-cream sundae: As Molly, she's hurt, angry and funny in just the right amounts. When her husband starts dating a teeny-bopper pop singer, you not only want to smack the guy but give her a hug.

Starter Wife ticks along at the clip of a woman scanning the sale racks at Barneys; it's efficient without being too hasty. And as Molly's posse of friends, Miranda Otto, Chris Diamantopoulos and especially the wonderfully waspish Judy Davis are an engaging bunch. Joe Mantegna is warm yet enigmatic as a media mogul who takes an interest in Molly, but there's also that random surfer dude she keeps seeing on the Malibu beach.

Is he a mega-rich mogul who can afford to bum around all day? An out-of-work actor who has nothing better to do than hang out with his dog? Or perhaps he's that most rare of creatures (in Malibu, anyway) a regular person.

These are the mysteries that the frothy Starter Wife plumbs. It's not deep. But, really, do you want deep this time of year?

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A few people have wondered about that -- and some of the TV writers have mentioned it, too.

To a great extent, I think the fate of the holdover shows will depend on a number of factors -- like contract language (how much NBC will have to pay to bail out) and the initial ratings next season.

I would expect the schedule to be shuffled somewhat, and maybe a show which was planned for mid-sdeason moved up, but no one willo hold Silverman responsible for next year.

But "30 Rock" and "Friday Night Lights" were special favorites of Reilly and you never know how that will play with a successor.


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fredfa, don't know if it's ok to post this thought/query here but if not, have it deleted. After reading all this stuff about the situation at NBC regarding Mr.Reilly I have to wonder what the fate of shows that he was championing will be. I know he was supportive of Friday Night Lights, not sure about 30 Rock, but being as both were just recently renewed, do you think they will now be axed? Man that wouls be a blow to the collective moral of the cast of those shows, imagine the anxious sighs of relief after waiting for so long to know their fate and now they are right back to where they were a month ago.

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Who would have thought that last week's finales of "Lost", "Heroes" and "24", all shows with great buzz, would be outrated as the top scripted series of the week?

(Remember that "Grey's Anatomy" and "Desperate Housewives" had already finished the week before.)

No one pays much attention of "NCIS", but it managed to beat those buzz shows and become the week's top-rated scripted show.

You just never know in TV.
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Who would have thought that last week's finales of "Lost", "Heroes" and "24", all shows with great buzz, would be outrated as the top scripted series of the week?

(Remember that "Grey's Anatomy" and "Desperate Housewives" had already finished the week before.)

No one pays much attention of "NCIS", but it managed to beat those buzz shows and become the week's top-rated scripted show.

You just never know in TV.

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Who would have thought that last week's finales of "Lost", "Heroes" and "24", all shows with great buzz, would be outrated as the top scripted series of the week?

No one pays much attention of "NCIS", but it managed to beat those buzz shows and become the week's top-rated scripted show.

Sorry Sir. Not enough 18-49 viewers = we (advertisers that pay the bills) don't give a crap, and neither do most of the troglodite showbiz-worshipping media whores masquarading as entertainment journalists. "Heroes" and "24" are hot with the 18-49'ers, "NCIS" isn't. Bye bye!
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A few people have wondered about that -- and some of the TV writers have mentioned it, too.

To a great extent, I think the fate of the holdover shows will depend on a number of factors -- like contract language (how much NBC will have to pay to bail out) and the initial ratings next season.

I would expect the schedule to be shuffled somewhat, and maybe a show which was planned for mid-sdeason moved up, but no one willo hold Silverman responsible for next year.

But "30 Rock" and "Friday Night Lights" were special favorites of Reilly and you never know how that will play with a successor.


Glad to know I wasn't being too paranoid or alone in being so . I guess we'll have to play the old waiting game to see what eventually will happen with those shows.

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But it is interesting how most of the nation's newspapers, where a majority of the writers work, also have rapidly declining 14-49 demos.
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Who would have thought that last week's finales of "Lost", "Heroes" and "24", all shows with great buzz, would be outrated as the top scripted series of the week?

(Remember that "Grey's Anatomy" and "Desperate Housewives" had already finished the week before.)

No one pays much attention of "NCIS", but it managed to beat those buzz shows and become the week's top-rated scripted show.

You just never know in TV.

Correct you are. While I honestly loved the finale of Lost and Heroes, 24 was a bit subpar so hopefully it will be improved upon. Lost started drawing me back in with the last 4 eps leading up to the finale. Surprised at the ratings though, thought one of these three would have claimed the week for sure.

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TV Notebook
Full House?
By Bekah Wright TV Guide May 30, 2007

With all three interns leaving the nest of Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in last night's House season finale, will the hospital hallways be empty next season?

Quite the contrary, the show's producers hinted to TV Guide at a recent press conference. Though Executive Producer Katie Jacobs pointed out that fellowships only last three years, Omar Epps has already said he'll be returning to the show. Fans are hoping Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer will also be back.

But are new cast members in the cards as well?

"We do want to open up the world a little bit," says Executive Producer David Shore. "A large chunk of the fun of the show is House relating to people and people playing off House. The broader and wider we can make that the better."

Shore says things are up in the air at the moment, but could House turning to Cuddy's bevy of students for answers in the finale be a clue as to what and whom viewers can expect to see by his side next season?

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I'd be willing to wager a decent sum that "NCIS" will still be doing well for CBS when all three of those "hot" shows have ended their runs.

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Sorry Sir. Not enough 18-49 viewers = we (advertisers that pay the bills) don't give a crap, and neither do most of the troglodite showbiz-worshipping media whores masquarading as entertainment journalists. "Heroes" and "24" are hot with the 18-49'ers, "NCIS" isn't. Bye bye!

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Lowest Rated Shows By Network
Week of May 21-27, 2007

These are the lowest-rated programs, for viewers 2+, by network for last week.
(Shows are listed by overall rank and viewers in millions.)

A B C
46 UGLY BETTY 5.37
50 GREY'S ANATOMY-THU 9PM 5.27
56 EXTREME MAKEOVER:HOME ED. 4.90
63 NBA PLAYOFFS ON ABC-SAT 3(S) 4.70
67 AMER FUNN HOME VIDEOS 4.46
78 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES 3.45
86 BROTHERS & SISTERS 3.06
91 GMC NBA-SAT 3 PLAYOFFS(S) 2.23

C B S
27 TWO AND A HALF MEN-8PM(S) 7.73
30 60 MINUTES 7.13
31 48 HOURS MYSTERY 7.10
32 NUMB3RS 7.04
33 CLOSE TO HOME 6.46
34 COLD CASE 8PM SPECIAL(S) 6.40
36 KING OF QUEENS THU SP(S) 6.24
41 GHOST WHISPERER 5.51
44 48 HOURS MYSTERY 9PM SP(S) 5.46
71 CRIMETIME SATURDAY 8PM 4.05

Fox
47 COPS 2 5.34
51 ON THE LOT-PREVIEW 5/24(S) 5.22
57 AMW: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK 4.86
66 COPS 4.50
82 FOX MOVIE SP-5/25 8P(S) 3.22

N B C
58 DATELINE-WED 4.85
64 DATELINE SUN-7PM 4.64
68 OFFICE 4.37
69 30 ROCK 4.21
70 SNL 90'S POP CULTR NATION(S) 4.12
76 STUDIO 60 3.90
77 SCRUBS 3.87
81 LAW AND ORDER:SVU-SUN 3.32
83 NBC SATURDAY NIGHT MOVIES 3.19
91 FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS 2.23


Univision
84 DUELO DE PASIONES MON 3.08
85 DON FRANCISCO PRESENTA-WE 3.06
87 DUELO DE PASIONES TUE 3.01
88 DUELO DE PASIONES WED 2.90
89 NUESTRA BELLEZA 5/25(S) 2.87
90 DUELO DE PASIONES FRI 2.46
93 CINE ESPECIAL SUN 9PM 2.23
95 SABADO GIGANTE-SAT 2.21
100 CINE ESPECIAL SUN 7PM 1.89
105 HORA PICO 5/26(S) 1.66

CW
104 GIRLFRIENDS 1.73
106 GAME, THE 1.64
107 SMALLVILLE-5/27(S) 1.53
108 SUPERNATURAL-SUN 1.52
109 ONE TREE HILL-5/23(S) 1.38
110 ONE TREE HILL 1.28
124 7TH HEAVEN-ENC 1.11

MyNetwork TV
117 MY THURSDAY NIGHT MOVIE 1.19
129 IFL BATTLEGROUND 1.04
131 NIGHT OF A MILLION LAUGHS(S) 1.00
133 MY FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE 0.971
148 IFL BATTLEGROUND ENCORE 0.742
159 AMERICAN HEIRESS-8PM 0.595
173 SAINTS & SINNERS-9PM o.471

Source: Nielsen Media Research data
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Highest Rated Prime-time Shows By Network
Week of May 21-27, 2007
These are the highest-rated programs, for viewers 2+, by network for last week.
(Shows are listed by overall rank and viewers in millions.)

A B C
3 DANCING W/STARS RESULT-TU 22.96
4 DANCING W/THE STARS-MON 20.19
6 LOST 13.86
10 BACHELOR:OFFICER&GENTLEMN 12.67
26 BACHELOR:AFTER FINAL ROSE(S) 7.97
38 20/20-FRI 5.79
39 LOST: THE ANSWERS-5/23(S) 5.73
40 AMER FUNN HOME VIDEOS-FRI 5.68
42 NATIONAL BINGO NIGHT 5.51
45 GREY'S ANATOMY SP-5/24(S) 5.46

C B S
5 NCIS 14.14
7 CSI 13.79
9 TUE MOVIE - JESSE STONE: SEA CHANGE 13.01
11 TWO AND A HALF MEN 930PM(S) 12.31
12 TWO AND A HALF MEN 11.82
13 CSI: MIAMI 11.51
14 SHARK 11.03
17 CSI: NY 10.25
19 CRIMINAL MINDS 9.57
21 WITHOUT A TRACE 9.04

Fox
1 AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY 30.74
2 AMERICAN IDOL-TUESDAY 25.33
15 24 10.31
20 SO YOU THINK CN DANCE-THU 9.51
28 ON THE LOT-PREVIEW 5/22(S) 7.60
29 FOX NASCAR NEXTEL CUP 7.50

N B C
8 HEROES 13.48
16 LAW AND ORDER:SVU 10.28
18 DEAL OR NO DEAL-MON 9.87
22 LAW AND ORDER:CRI INT5/21(S) 8.85
35 LAW AND ORDER 6.32
37 LAW AND ORDER:CRIM INTENT 6.08
43 DATELINE NBC-TUE 5.49
48 MY NAME IS EARL 5.29
49 1 VS 100 5.28

Univision
52 DESTILANDO AMOR THU 5.21
53 DESTILANDO AMOR TUE 5.16
54 FEA MAS BELLA THU 5.06
55 FEA MAS BELLA TUE 4.99
59 FEA MAS BELLA MON 4.85
60 FEA MAS BELLA WED 4.78
61 DESTILANDO AMOR MON 4.77
62 DESTILANDO AMOR WED 4.75
65 NUESTRA BELLEZA TUE 4.56
72 FEA MAS BELLA FRI 4.00

CW
75 FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN 3.95
94 SMALLVILLE 2.21
96 VERONICA MARS 2.15
98 EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS 2.06
101 ALL OF US 1.85
102 VERONICA MARS-5/22(S) 1.78
103 SUPERNATURAL 1.73

MyNetwork TV
117 MY THURSDAY NIGHT MOVIE 1.19
129 IFL BATTLEGROUND 1.04
131 NIGHT OF A MILLION LAUGHS(S) 1.00
133 MY FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE 0.971
148 IFL BATTLEGROUND ENCORE 0.742
159 AMERICAN HEIRESS-8PM 0.595
173 SAINTS & SINNERS-9PM o.471

Source: Nielsen Media Research data
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ABC to debut "NASCAR in Primetime" on Aug. 8
By Hal Boedeker Orlando Sentinel Television Critic in his TV Guy blog May 30, 2007

An ABC News series that offers a behind-the-scenes look at NASCAR will debut Aug. 8, the network announced Wednesday. The network also will offer programs on Elvis Presley, Martina McBride and the British royal family.

"NASCAR in Primetime" will feature drivers Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Juan Pablo Montoya and Mark Martin. ABC promoted the show this way: "Millions see the NASCAR world every weekend, but with cameras rolling for five months, ABC News documents what really goes on and what the drivers are really made of."

Like the sound of that? The five-part series will air at 9 p.m. Wednesdays.

ABC News announced more series for the summer:

Bill Weir will host "i-CAUGHT," starting at 10 p.m. Aug. 6. This series will focus on video images from uploads, downloads, surveillance cams, webcams and cell phones.

"Primetime: Family Secrets" begins June 26. The subjects include Daniel Baldwin's rehabilitation and a woman accused of murdering her husband.

"Primetime: Crime" starts Aug. 7 and takes up what ABC News calls "provocative cases."

ABC News will offer these specials:

"Six Degrees of Martina McBride" gives hopefuls a chance at breaking into country music. The program premieres July 30.

"Elvis: Viva Las Vegas" will salute the king's influence on Las Vegas and bring together recording stars to perform his music. It debuts Sept. 12.

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I'd be willing to wager a decent sum that "NCIS" will still be doing well for CBS when all three of those "hot" shows have ended their runs.

"NCIS" is must see TV in my house. Also, Im almost 37.
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I enjoy recording "NCIS" and then watching several at one sitting.

In fact, I enjoy doing that with a whole host of shows. It is amazing how the story lines becomes much more clear when shows are watched that way.
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fredfa, don't know if it's ok to post this thought/query here but if not, have it deleted. After reading all this stuff about the situation at NBC regarding Mr.Reilly I have to wonder what the fate of shows that he was championing will be. I know he was supportive of Friday Night Lights, not sure about 30 Rock, but being as both were just recently renewed, do you think they will now be axed? Man that wouls be a blow to the collective moral of the cast of those shows, imagine the anxious sighs of relief after waiting for so long to know their fate and now they are right back to where they were a month ago.

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New NBC Heads Won't Change Fall Lineup
By Stephen Battagli TV Guide

NBC Universal president and CEO Jeff Zucker said he doesn't envision any changes to the NBC's 2007-08 fall schedule even though he's changed top entertainment executives at the network.

NBC made it official late Tuesday that Ben Silverman, who brought The Office and Ugly Betty to American television, will become co-chairman of the network's entertainment division and production studio. Marc Graboff, president of NBC Universal Television, West Coast, has also been elevated to co-chairman.

"The timing of the announcement has nothing to do with the fall schedule," said Zucker. "The reaction [to the lineup] has been incredibly strong. He said he'd been trying to bring Silverman into the network for some time, and only recently learned that he was ready to make a move. Silverman will be in charge of creative decisions at the network and studio, while Graboff will handle the business side.

The announcement means goodbye to Kevin Reilly, the NBC entertainment president for the last three years. But don't feel too bad for him: His departure comes after he just signed a new three-year contract. Industry sources say he'll leave with $6 million and collect another $6 million over
the next three years.

Silverman's production company Reveille has a first look deal with NBC. That deal continues, but Silverman will not have a financial interest in new series that are bought by the networks.

Silverman, 36, has been one of the most successful producers in recent years: Along with Betty and The Office, he's responsible for The Biggest Loser, USA's Nashville Star and Showtime's The Tudors. He has one notable flop on his resume the Americanized version of the British hit Coupling, which had a short run on NBC in 2003. As an agent, he was responsible for importing Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Big Brother to American TV.

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I enjoy recording "NCIS" and then watching several at one sitting.

In fact, I enjoy doing that with a whole host of shows. It is amazing how the story lines becomes much more clear when shows are watched that way.

I would love to be able to do that. I just dont have the patience to wait several weeks to string all the episodes together. We do however seem to be in that pattern for the Sunday night schedule of "Sopranos" and "The Tudors". Its usually only 2 or 3 episodes at a time though.
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Let's pick the picks
By Tom O'Neil Los Angeles Times May 30, 2007 in his awards column The Envelope

Gold Derby blogger Tom O'Neil prognosticates the Emmy nominees for the Envelope, today looking at the races for comedy, drama, variety and reality series, plus TV movies and miniseries. In the June 6 edition of the Envelope, O'Neil breaks down the acting categories. For ongoing discussion of the Emmy races visit TheEnvelope.com.

COMEDY

Whos' Laughing Now?

WHO'S ahead in the top Emmy races? Here's a breakdown based on past results, voters' quirky tastes and a good shake of a crystal ball.

The comedy category could see some newcomers, since two of last year's contenders were out of action this season (HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" missed the eligibility cutoff date and low-rated "Arrested Development" was axed by Fox).

Expect last year's champ, "The Office," to return. It's still considered cool and it appeals to voters' notorious elitism. NBC's office may be set in the rather unglamorous Scranton, Pa., but its white-collar idiocy can be found in offices all across Hollywood.

It took several years for uppity voters to acknowledge slapstick superhit "Two and a Half Men," which some critics insist is better than its raunch-for-dudes reputation. Can it make it two in a row?

Overdue: the theories

"Scrubs" didn't get nominated for best comedy series until its fourth season, but since then it's been nominated twice, suggesting a steady voter base and a favorite to return to the top five, especially since it plans to wow judges with the cast's deft song-and-dance chops in the critically acclaimed "My Musical" episode.

"Scrubs" probably took so long to catch on because voters tend to be guys older than 50 who may not connect with its frat-boy sensibility. Perhaps that's why HBO's "Entourage" hasn't been nominated. Voters, remember, are TV industry pros who consider such celeb wolf packs the scourge of Hollywood. Still, last year they gave an Emmy to its nastiest carnivore, Jeremy Piven. TV academy members may be finally getting "Entourage," and its submission this year, "One Day in the Valley," is strong.

This Emmy voting pattern of delayed recognition gives hope to Showtime's "Weeds," which has the same kind of hip 'tude, plus sophisticated pretensions. If it breaks in, it'll be the first non-HBO cable show to do so, and its marketers are pressing hard to pull that off. Showtime was the first Emmy player to ship its DVD campaign box to voters.

The working-class snub

"My Name Is Earl" (NBC) won best writing and direction last year but was shut out of the series race. Good news: That's what happened to Fox's "Malcolm in the Middle" before it was recognized in its second season. Bad news: "Earl's" real problem might be its blue-collar sensibility.

Emmy snobbery against the working class could be what's behind voters' refusal to recognize CBS' long-running "The King of Queens." Its TV ancestor "The Honeymooners" never won an Emmy, but there's still hope. Voters are watching the show: They actually nominated Kevin James for lead actor for the first time last year, causing jaws to drop all over TV land.

"King of Queens" has something else going for it too: length. Two-part episodes are permitted to compete against half-hours, and they often trounce them. "King" producers entered both parts of series finale "China Syndrome," which includes poignant scenes of the always-bickering lovebirds finally facing the option of soaring off in different directions. (USA's one-hour "Monk" has always had the double-time advantage, but it hasn't paid off with a series bid only in the race for best actor, which Tony Shalhoub has won three times.)

Rookies

The comedy lineup usually contains one or two rookies. "Men in Trees" (ABC) has an outside shot, but the best bets are "Ugly Betty" (ABC) and "30 Rock" (NBC).

"Betty" is a rare combination: a critically cheered superhit Hollywood can't help but adore as it mocks media lunacy, skewers its dastardly villains and exults in its fabulousness. "Betty" already has won the DGA and Peabody and two Golden Globes. Producers are submitting the pilot, often a successful strategy.

But "30 Rock" is more about TV media, so it may hit home harder, and it features the most delicious of today's villains: Alec Baldwin. Nielsen viewership is low, but Emmy voters traditionally don't care about that. It should make the top 10 runoff, which is based on a popular vote of academy members. Then its fate for making the final list of five nominees will be up to judging panels viewing one episode. That'll be "Hard Ball," full of hilarity when Jenna (Jane Krakowski) causes an uproar by confusing Barack Obama with Osama bin Laden while appearing on Chris Mathews' "Hardball."

There's less certainty that "Everybody Hates Chris" will make the top 10, since it airs on nascent network the CW, but voters have probably heard TV critics' huzzahs. Its success will be up to the "Everybody Hates Malvo" episode, a winner about Chris losing his job in the store when he refuses to unmask a thief.

Returning faves

Some top Emmy watchers believe "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (CBS) will get in, following its big victory last year for lead actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She has survived "The 'Seinfeld' Curse."

ABC's "Desperate Housewives" fell off last year, reputedly due to a poor episode selection, but could rally with a strong entry, which has not been announced.

Other contenders: "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (FX), "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS), "Extras" (HBO), "The Sarah Silverman Program" (Comedy Central), "Till Death" (Fox), "Reno 911" (Comedy Central) and "Andy Barker, P.I." (NBC).

DRAMA

The Hot And Heavy

Four of last year's drama nominees return (only "The West Wing" left the air) and all look difficult to dislodge: 2004 winner "The Sopranos" (HBO), "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC), "House" (Fox) and last year's champ "24" (Fox).

But competition is fierce in this boom time for TV dramas, making this Emmy race a true drama to watch.

ABC's "Lost" hopes to avenge its failure to be nominated last year after winning the award for its first season in 2005. Some Emmy watchers blamed the snub on the episode its producers submitted it had dangling plot lines that baffled any judges not regular viewers of this serialized drama. This year's entry is a self-contained story cheered by TV critics: "The Man From Tallahassee."

Rookies

Critics are even more enthusiastic about "Friday Night Lights," a front-runner to be named best new program by the TV Critics Assn. in July. But such acclaim has not translated into ratings success for NBC, so it might not make the top 10 runoff. Even if it does, will elite Hollywooders respond to a series about high school football in Texas?

The new series with the highest ratings and hip factor, NBC's "Heroes," should make the runoff easily, but then must face voter bias against fantasy programs that has probably kept "Battlestar Galactica" (Sci-Fi) from being nominated despite rave reviews. "Lost's" early Emmy success proves that fantasy thrillers can occasionally break through.

"The Tudors" is more akin to traditional academy tastes. A year ago a drama about Henry VIII's daughter, "Elizabeth I," swept the TV movie/ miniseries categories. This new Showtime series has the same highbrow appeal plus a studly young Henry plotting intrigue and warming up women in cold British castles.

ABC newcomer "Brothers & Sisters" is so loaded with past Emmy favorites winners Sally Field and Patricia Wettig and nominees Calista Flockhart, Rob Lowe and Rachel Griffiths that it should do well with acting nominations. It could score a series nom too, since it's similar to "Family," a three-time nominee in the 1970s about another Pasadena clan that won acting Emmys for Sada Thompson, Kristy McNichol and Gary Frank.

Chances for cable

Michael C. Hall was nominated as a mortician on "Six Feet Under," but now is doing the killing on Showtime's "Dexter." Voters can be a bit squeamish about serial murderers, but he only does it to wreak justice, so it's OK. "Dexter's" best Emmy hope may be in the lead actor race, but it could slash its way into the series lineup too.

But: No non-HBO cable program has managed to break into this category.

The TV academy acknowledges that one would've made the cut if new changes planned for this year's voting (judges' scores of finalists' episodes will be mixed on a 50-50 basis with results of the first- round popular vote) had been applied to last year's balloting. Best bets: FX's long-running "The Shield" or "Rescue Me" now could break through.

FX's newest drama, "The Riches," may get noticed, thanks to the marquee draw of stars Minnie Driver and Eddie Izzard.

TNT's crime-chasing "The Closer" scored a lead actress bid last year for Kyra Sedgwick and is in hot pursuit of a shot at best series. And the crack marksmen of "The Unit," a CBS show created by hipster David Mamet, also have Emmy in their sightlines.

Overlooked, but not forgotten

"ER" (NBC), "Deadwood" (HBO) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS) have been nominated in the past.

Shows that have done well in the acting races are overdue for a series nod: "Law & Order: SVU" (NBC), "Medium" (NBC) and "Boston Legal" (ABC).

After failing to crack the comedy category for six years, acclaimed "Gilmore Girls" (CW) moves into the crowded drama field for its final try at Emmy glory.

Also in competition: "Shark" (CBS), "Nip/Tuck" (FX), "Brotherhood" (Showtime), "Prison Break" (Fox), "Rome" (HBO), "Bones" (Fox), "Sleeper Cell" (Showtime), "The Wire" (HBO), "Dirt" (FX).

THE REST OF THE FIELD

TV Movie

Once again, HBO looms large

Sure looks as if HBO again will dominate the TV movie categories (it's won 12 times in 15 years), with four strong entries:

"Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," an adaptation of the bestseller about the defeat of the Sioux after their victory at Custer's last stand, is an epic production with Anna Paquin and Aidan Quinn.

Jim Broadbent stars in the biopic "Longford" as a crusty British lord who believes so strongly in human redemption that he is easily manipulated by a psychopathic killer (Samantha Morton) seeking mercy from the state.

In the true-event-based "Life Support," Queen Latifah is cast as a crack addict who becomes an AIDS activist. Inspirational life stories are popular in this category ("Tuesdays With Morrie," "Warm Springs" are previous winners).

HBO also has another inspirational drama in "Angel Rodriguez," about a troubled, homeless teen who seeks help from a good-hearted counselor (Rachel Griffiths).

But HBO has some competition.

Matthew Perry reaches out to help tough Harlem schoolkids in TNT's true-life "The Ron Clark Story." It's already received nominations from the Globes, SAG and the writers' and directors' guilds, so it's ripe for Emmy attention.

Lifetime made sure voters took note of its three most Emmy-friendly movies by shipping campaign DVDs early. "Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy" features "Scrubs" star Sarah Chalke as a real-life, sassy "gloss girl" who strives to keep a positive attitude while battling breast cancer. "A Girl Like Me" tells the true story of a single mom (Mercedes Ruehl) who campaigns for the rights of transgendered people after her son-turned-daughter is killed by a gang.

Considering recent headlines, voters might be tempted to give top Emmy noms to Lifetime's "The Mermaid Chair," starring Kim Basinger as a married woman who falls in love with a Benedictine monk. Because it's likely that Basinger's ex, Alec Baldwin, will be nominated for best comedy actor in "30 Rock," an awkward reunion could occur on Emmy night.

Other contenders: "The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines" (TNT), "Wallis & Edward" (BBC America), and three heartfelt Hallmark Hall of Fame productions on CBS: "The Valley of Light," "Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness" and "Candles on Bay Street."

MINISERIES

Brits, true events, the West and a King

Three installments of PBS' "Prime Suspect" (2, 3 and 5) have won the Emmy for miniseries, so No. 7, "The Final Act," will be a formidable foe, with recent Oscar-champ Helen Mirren as the booze-bedeviled police detective who finally surrenders her badge.

PBS is also campaigning for "Jane Eyre," starring newcomer Ruth Wilson, who edged out Mirren for a BAFTA nod, as the forlorn governess in the adaptation of the Charlotte Bronte classic.

HBO, which has won five of the last 10 Emmy mini races, has "Tsunami: The Aftermath," starring Toni Collette, Sophie Okonedo and Chiwetel Ejiofor in an intense drama about the tragedy in Thailand.

TNT's "Nightmares & Dreamscapes" showcases two award veterans in chilling tales by Stephen King: William Hurt as a hit man attacked by a battalion of indefatigable toy soldiers and William H. Macy as a novelist who swaps lives with his fictional gumshoe. Two of King's long forms have been nominated in the past, "The Shining" (1997) and "The Stand" (1994), and TNT picked up the Emmy for the mini "Joseph" in 1995.

Emboldened by its Emmy win for Steven Spielberg's "Taken" in 2003, the Sci Fi Channel is campaigning for "The Lost Room" starring Peter Krause and Julianna Margulies in a mystery about a hotel room that's a secret portal to an alternate universe.

AMC's first mini, "Broken Trail," was a bonanza hit, roping in 9.8 million viewers. TV Guide called the sprawling western epic an "instant classic" and The Times hailed the "quiet, lyrical performances of Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church" as cowboys herding horses from Oregon to Wyoming.

ABC, which last won this race in 2001 with "Anne Frank," has the controversial "The Path to 9/11," which stirred controversy for its dramatization of events leading up to the World Trade Center bombings.

BBC America is hoping for its first Emmy win with the political thriller "The State Within" about a British ambassador to Washington (Jason Isaacs) who faces off against a formidable secretary of Defense (Sharon Gless).

REALITY

Will 'Idol' make its voice heard?

For the first four years of this category, CBS' "The Amazing Race" zoomed past Fox's "American Idol" to win best reality competition series, leaving TV's most popular show in the dust. With 22 defeats in all categories, including tech, "Idol" needs only three more to become Emmy's biggest loser.

"Idol" has hopes of claiming the top prize this year, however, if it submits the "Idol Gives Back" special to judges. Voting for it might be an irresistible and true act of charity.

All of last year's remaining nominees have a good shot to return: "Dancing With the Stars" (ABC), "Project Runway" (Bravo) and "Survivor" (CBS). NBC's "The Apprentice" was last nominated two years ago.

Other contenders: "America's Next Top Model" (CW), "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (Fox), "Big Brother" (CBS), "The Biggest Loser" (NBC) and "Top Chef" (Bravo).

In the separate category for best reality series (noncompetitive), ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" has won the last two years, beating repeat nominees "Antiques Roadshow" (PBS) and "Penn & Teller" (Showtime). National Geographic's "The Dog Whisperer" and Bravo's "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" took bites out of the category last year and could do so again.

Bravo's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" won two years ago but hasn't been nominated since.

Other contenders: "The Real Housewives of Orange County" (Bravo), "Sexual Healing" (Showtime), "The Simple Life ('Til Death Do Us Part')" (E!), "Sons of Hollywood" (A&E) and "Supernanny" (ABC).

VARIETY

Former colleagues could be rivals

The "Late Show With David Letterman" (CBS) swept this category five years in a row (1998 to 2002), and "The Daily Show" seems ready to match after claiming victories the last four years.

But just like on Comedy Central, "Daily" now has a serious rival in spinoff show "The Colbert Report," which got four nominations for its first season last year.

Two trusty nominees usually return "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" (NBC) and "Real Time With Bill Maher" (HBO) though both shows have yet to win any Emmys, even in tech categories.

Two rivals with the strongest chance to break through are on NBC: "Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (which won in 1995 but hasn't been nominated in three years) and "Saturday Night Live" (which won in 1993 and 1976, but hasn't been nominated in two years).

Other contenders: "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC), "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" (CBS), "The Underground" (USA), and two Comedy Central shows, "Mind of Mencia" and "The Showbiz Show With David Spade."

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Emmy Hopefuls
A breakdown of TV series with the potential to bring home Emmy hardware
By Tom O'Neil Los Angeles Times May 30, 2007 in his awards column The Envelope

NBC

New series "Heroes," "30 Rock" and "Friday Night Lights" could become Emmy faves following in the footsteps of "Scrubs," "The Office," "ER" "My Name Is Earl," "Medium," "Law & Order" and "Law & Order: SVU." "The Apprentice" and "The Biggest Loser" clash in the reality-competition race.

ABC

Rookies "Ugly Betty," "Brothers & Sisters," "Men in Trees" and "October Road" join ABC's Emmy stalwarts "Lost," "Desperate Housewives," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Boston Legal." "Dancing With the Stars" and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" are top reality contenders. "Path to 9/11" is a major mini contender.

CBS

"The New Adventures of Old Christine" is a key player after Julia Louis-Dreyfus' win last year. "King of Queens," "Without a Trace" and "C.S.I." have reaped top noms. "How I Met Your Mother," "Shark" and "The Unit" could join in. "Amazing Race" rules the reality race, where "Survivor" is barely surviving. CBS will compete in the movie race with Hallmark's "Candles on Bay Street."

PBS

Public broadcasting has strong contenders in two "Masterpiece Theatre" productions: "Prime Suspect 7" and "Jane Eyre." Also: "Antiques Roadshow" (reality), "American Masters" (nonfiction) and "Great Performances" (variety special).

TNT and TBS

Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer") may return to the lead drama-actress race. TNT has one big mini ("Nightmares & Dreamscapes") and two TV films ("The Ron Clark Story" and "The Librarian"). TBS' chief Emmy candidate: "My Boys."

USA

The cable channel has three series contenders: "Monk," "The Dead Zone" and "The 4400." Plus, "Nashville Star" in the reality-competition race.

Fox

"House," "24," "The Simpsons" and "American Idol" are perennial nominees. Can " 'Til Death" or "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" break in?

FX

"The Shield," "Rescue Me" and "The Riches" should get noticed. But what about "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" or "Dirt"? Maybe "30 Days" (reality program).

HBO

Expect the Emmy series darlings "The Sopranos," "Entourage," "Deadwood," "Extras" and "Real Time With Bill Maher." Big film contenders include "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," "Longford," "Life Support" and "Angel Rodriguez." Mammoth mini: "Tsunami, the Aftermath."

Showtime

"The Tudors," "Dexter," "Weeds," "Sleeper Cell" are serious contenders. Maybe "Brotherhood" and "The L Word" too.

AMC

Its blockbuster mini was "Broken Trail." "Hu$tle" is still trying to pull off a top Emmy heist.

CW

"Everybody Hates Chris," "Gilmore Girls" and "Veronica Mars" are series hopefuls. Reality TV rivals: "America's Next Top Model" and "Beauty and the Geek."

Lifetime

Best bets are three telefilms: "Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy," "A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story" and "The Mermaid Chair."

Sci-Fi

Is it finally time for the overdue "Battlestar Gallactica"? Miniseries possibility: "The Lost Room."

Comedy Central

"Daily Show" should face its spin-off "The Colbert Report" in the variety race. Plus, "Mind of Mencia" and "Showbiz Show." Comedy series contenders: "The Sarah Silverman Program" and "Reno 911."

The Discovery Channel

Best hopes are for "Planet Earth" and "Deadliest Catch" (nonfiction series) and "Dirty Jobs" (reality program).

Bravo

Top contenders are "Inside the Actors Studio" (nonfiction series); "Million Dollar Listing" and "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" (reality program); and "Project Runway," "Shear Genius" and "Top Chef" (reality competition show).

IFC

Ballyhoo builds for "The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman," "The Henry Rollins Show" and the "Film Independent's Spirit Awards."

A&E

Its nonfiction contenders are "Cold Case Files" and "The First 48." Reality shows: "Dog the Bounty Hunter," "Intervention," "Dallas SWAT," "King of Cars" and "Flip This House."

History Channel

Possible nonfiction series nominees are "Digging for the Truth," "Engineering an Empire," "Lost Worlds," "Dogfights" and "The Revolution."

E!

"E! True Hollywood Story" is an occasional nonfiction series nominee.

BBC America

Its one hopeful miniseries is "The State Within"

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'Idol' worship pays
Season win big for Fox
By Rick Kissell Variety May 30, 2007

The final two nights of "American Idol" helped Fox easily scoop up its network-record 16th consecutive weekly victory among young adults.

In a May 20-27 frame that included the final three nights of the 2006-07 television season, Fox captured five nights in the 18-49 demo. In addition to the "Idol" nights of Tuesday and Wednesday, the net took Thursday behind the return of "So You Think You Can Dance" and also won Saturday with staples "Cops" and "America's Most Wanted" and Sunday with a NASCAR race.

The Murdoch net also cruised to victory for the week in all other key categories, ranging from persons 12-34 to adults 25-54 and total viewers.

Fox ended up winning the season by the largest margin of any net in five seasons, with its 4.0 rating among adults 18-49 topping CBS (3.7) by 8%, according to Nielsen. Net also won in all younger demos, while CBS prevailed in adults 25-54 and total viewers (Daily Variety, May 23).

Wednesday's 129-minute reveal of the "American Idol" winner towered over all other programs for the final full frame of May with an 11.5 rating/31 share in adults 18-49 and 30.73 million viewers overall. Ratings peaked in the final nine minutes -- no doubt frustrating viewers who had set their recorders to the scheduled two hours -- with a 36 share in 18-49 and about 39.2 million viewers overall.

Despite the gaudy numbers, this year's finale came in 19% below last year's in 18-49 (11.5 vs. 14.2) and 26% lower in 18-34 (9.6 vs. 13.1); among viewers 12-34, this "Idol" conclusion was the lowest rated to date.

"Idol's" Wednesday edition finished as the season's No. 1 program in 18-49, marking the fourth consecutive year that either the performance or results edition of the franchise has finished on top.

Net was hopeful that Tuesday's "Idol" performance show (9.7/27 in 18-49, 25.33m from 8 to 9:03 p.m.) would provide a nice launching pad for new unscripted skein "On the Lot," but the Mark Burnett-Steven Spielberg show settled for soft preview scores (3.6/9 in 18-49, 7.60m) before settling for much smaller numbers when it bowed in its regular Monday slot to kick off the current week (Daily Variety, May 29).

Elsewhere in the week for Fox, "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.7/12 in 18-49, 9.51m) wasn't as strong as its premiere of a year ago, but it beat out its mostly repeat competish on Thursday, while NASCAR's "Coca Cola 600" race did the same on Sunday (2.7/11 in 18-49, 7.50m).

Kicking off the week, the two-hour "24" finale (3.8/10, 10.30m) was down a sharp 31% from last year's.

ABC placed second for the week thanks primarily to "Dancing With the Stars," which won its timeslot both on Monday (5.3/15, 20.19m) and Tuesday (6.7/17, 22.96m).

Also clicking early in the week for the Alphabet were the two-hour finales of "The Bachelor" (4.8/12, 12.67m) and "Lost" (5.9/15, 13.86m). While the dating show was up vs. its most recent cycle, the drama was off about 20% from its year-ago finale.

On Friday, "National Bingo Night" (1.8/6 in 18-49, 5.51m) won its timeslot in demos and was in line with its OK week-earlier premiere.

CBS, whose key Monday and Wednesday series wrapped the previous week, had a quiet frame but was led by a repeat of "CSI" on Thursday (4.1/12 in 18-49, 13.79m).

On Tuesday, the season-ender of "NCIS" (3.4/10 in 18-49, 14.13m) placed second in its slot to Fox's "American Idol" but stood as the week's most-watched scripted telecast.

NBC opened well with the first-season finale of "Heroes" (6.2/15, 13.48m) -- the week's No. 1 scripted program in 18-49 -- but didn't do a whole lot the rest of the way save for the Tuesday season finale of "Law & Order: SVU" (4.1/11, 10.28m).

Not helping NBC's cause was a weak perf for "Friday Night Lights" on Sunday (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.23m). Fragile first-year show is moving from Wednesdays at 8 to Fridays at 10 in the fall, so the net thought repeats Sunday at 9 was a good idea? Go figure.

TNT was the week's primetime cable leader in key demos, as three of its NBA Playoff games between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons ranked among cable's top five programs in adults 18-49.

USA still eked out a victory among the cablers in total viewers, led by "WWE Raw" on Monday and boosted by some "Monk" repeats on Sunday.

And in the evening news race, ABC's "World News With Charles Gibson" remained hot (2.0/9 in 25-54, 7.78m), besting NBC's "Nightly News With Brian Williams" for a fifth straight week in all key categories. CBS' "Evening News" with Katie Couric was a distant third (1.5/7, 5.96m), again at historic-low levels for the program.

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I enjoy recording "NCIS" and then watching several at one sitting.

In fact, I enjoy doing that with a whole host of shows. It is amazing how the story lines becomes much more clear when shows are watched that way.

Like "Heroes"? Or did you give up on the show after the four episodes you saw and didn't really like?
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How You and I Lost Kevin Reilly His Job
Can Friday Night Lights survive the loss of its friend in the front office?
By James Poniewozik Time Magazine TV Critic May 30, 2007

NBC's entertainment president Kevin Reilly--the man who programmed Heroes and pushed to keep 30 Rock and Friday Night Lights on the air--is leaving his job. (Technically, but only technically, he quit.)

Replacing him, sort of, is Ben Silverman, the head of the studio Reveille, who has had a remarkable hot streak of hit-picking, or at least hit-importing. (Reveille brought The Office and Ugly Betty to the States, and as an agent, Silverman had a hand in importing Survivor and Who Wants to be a Millionaire.)

Reilly's departure was at once surprisingly sudden and surprisingly overdue. It was unexpected to see him pushed out just a couple weeks after announcing his fall 2007 schedule; on the other hand, I hadn't expected NBC to show as much patience with him as it had, with the network stuck in fourth place. (This despite the fact that Reilly, at least, had developed new hits like Heroes and The Office, something that a certain boss of his was unable to do back when he held the job.)

Why should you care? Reilly was punished, as happens in business, for failing in the market, but also, in a way, for successfully pleasing people like you and me: critics and intense fans who go for high-quality, limited-mass-appeal shows like FNL. Friday Night Lights remains on NBC's schedule, but it just lost a powerful friend upstairs.

I don't want to make the Reilly-Silverman swap into the good guy versus the cretin, though.

As noted, NBC wouldn't have The Office without Silverman, and ideally, the young Silverman could manage to combine Kevin Reilly's taste (or something like it) with NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker's preternatural business sense.

Like Zucker, Silverman (who takes the position of co-chairman with NBC exec Marc Graboff) has a big interest in "new paradigms," and "changing business models," and all those other catchphrases that mean "figuring out how the hell we make make money now that the audiences are shrinking." His reality shows, and even his scripted shows, have unembarrassedly used product placements and sponsorships aggressively, for instance.

That said, unlike Zucker, who seems to have no aesthetic sense other than a fondness for dollar-bill green, Silverman at least seems to see these new business ideas as a means of supporting good shows.

Not always good, granted--he also gave us The Biggest Loser. Silverman apprenticed under NBC programming legend Brandon Tartikoff, who deeply understood the tradeoffs between good programming and good business.

I hate to see Reilly go--more important, I don't want to see Reilly's shows go--but maybe NBC could use a little of that.

I've only met Silverman once, but he came across as intense and confident, with an evangelical belief that the kinds of shows and sponsorship deals he was creating were the key to keeping TV alive in the future. If he can use that showmanship to keep FNL on the air, that's fine with me.

On the other hand, what was the show that I was interviewing Silverman about? A little piece of TV history that you might remember as The Restaurant.

So we'll just have to see.

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Like "Heroes"? Or did you give up on the show after the four episodes you saw and didn't really like?

I watched five episodes.

It is just not my kind of show. I don't say it is bad. I can see why people like it. It just isn't for me.

And to be pushy, why should you care what kinds of shows entertain me, dad?

There are a number of very popular shows I just don't enjoy enough to commit to watching. That doesn't make me dumb or the people who DO enjoy them dumb, either.

Just different.
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Or weird!

No, that would be watching game show reruns from the 60s.

Or in my case, episodes of The Chaser's War on Everything (the best Aussie show on TV)
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