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The 2006-2007 Season
Your Vote (Still) Matters
And the Count Goes On

And here were the top 20 shows at the moment, in alphabetical order.

The polls wil close some time fairly soon, so get your votes in:


24
American Idol
Bones
Brothers & Sisters
CSI
CSI: New York
Friday Night Lights
Grey's Anatomy
Heroes
House
Jericho
Law & Order
Law & Order: SVU
Lost
Medium
NCIS
Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip
Supernatural
The Office
The Unit
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Technology Notebook
How ABC.com Plans to Deliver HD Online
Compressed HD Video Will Not Equal Quality on Cable, DBS
By Todd Spangler Multichannel News 5/31/2007

The high-definition TV shows ABC.com plans to debut in early July will be extremely compressed versions that -- while saving on bandwidth -- will not be comparable to the HDTV services cable or satellite providers currently offer.

The HD video on the broadcaster's Web site would technically meet a basic definition of HDTV: It will be delivered at a screen size of 1280 by 720 pixels at 24 frames per second.

But the video will be encoded at bit rates far below the MPEG-based HD streams from cable operators, and compression has a bearing on the visual quality of the picture.

Skarpi Hedinsson, vice president of technology for the Disney-ABC Television Group, said his group has tested HD-resolution video compressed at between 850 kilobits per second and 2 megabits per second. We're not talking 5 megabits per second or something crazy like that, he added.

Cable providers typically encode HD streams at roughly 12-19 mbps using the MPEG-2 format, but even the more-efficient MPEG-4 standard requires at least 5 mbps for HD video displayed on large-screen TV sets.

ABC.com uses a video codec from On2 Technologies, a small New York video-software developer, and Hedinsson said the latest versions of its codecs provide better quality at lower bit rates. We have invested in a facility that has very sophisticated encoding, he added. Three or four months ago, I would have said we wouldn't have been able to do this.

The site already provides standard-definition video encoded at 1.5 mbps, Hedinsson said, so the step up to 2 mbps seemed feasible: For us, the delta between HD and SD is not really that great.

And because ABC.com's videos are delivered as files, not as live, streaming bits, the service is not susceptible to fluctuations in a user's bandwidth. Hedinsson noted that the site will include an automatic bandwidth indicator that shows when someone's broadband connection is sufficient to deliver HD content.

Still, Hedinsson acknowledged that ABC's online HD -- for now -- won't measure up to what viewers are used to getting on their TVs. Does it look as good as over-the-air or cable [HD]? Well, no, there's more compression, he said.

The more highly compressed a video signal is, especially with high-motion content like sports, the more likely it is to exhibit visual aberrations like pixelation or macroblocking, in which portions of the screen are spattered with multicolored tiles.

Another caveat: A user's PC must have sufficient processing capability to be able to decompress the HD video.

It's not going to be bandwidth that is the problem -- it's going to be the horsepower on the PC end, Hedinsson said. You do need quite a bit of CPU [central-processing-unit] power to render 24 frames per second. We are going to do our best to educate users on what their experience will be like.

ABC.com's HD channel, such as it is, will first feature a limited amount of content from its most popular primetime series, including Lost, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy and Ugly Betty. When ABC launches its new season in September, the site will expand the HD lineup.

The debate over HD picture quality doesn't belong only to videophile nerds: It's central to a raging battle between DirecTV and the country's two largest MSOs.

Earlier this year, at Time Warner Cable's request, DirecTV was ordered by a federal judge to stop claiming in advertising that its HDTV quality was better than that of cable operators. The judge did allow the direct-broadcast satellite operator to continue claiming that it will soon have three times the HD capacity of cable; the case is pending.

Then DirecTV earlier this month fired off a lawsuit against Comcast, asserting that the MSO's ads citing a survey in which Comcast's HD picture was preferred to satellite's were false.

While ABC's online-HD claims may not provoke similar litigious responses, some observers detected mainly marketing hype.

It might sound sexy per se to say, We've got HD programs online,' said Bruce Leichtman, president of Leichtman Research Group. But certainly, the best way to watch HD is on a big-screen TV.

To Hedinsson, though, the business goal of ABC.com's HD launch is to keep ratcheting up the quality of video available over the Internet as broadband speeds rise. We derive revenue from every single online viewer, he said. The question is: How do you keep the viewer engaged?

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CSI
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CSI
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Looks like you two are a perfect match LL3HD (only the order between first and third changed; CSI remains neutral in 2nd place on both lists).
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Looks like you two are a perfect match LL3HD (only the order between first and third changed; CSI remains neutral in 2nd place on both lists).

What's with the eye roll Pop? You don't believe me? We try and do things togetherregardless of whether we like it or not.

I really had to give this some thought since most of our viewing is on premium or other cable channels.

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Cable News Nielsen Notebook
May Ratings '07 and '06

Here are Mays cable news ratings, hour by hour, from Brian Stelters TVNewser at mediabistro.com as a pdf. file.

http://mediabistro.com/tvnewser/

 

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Technology Notebook
How ABC.com Plans to Deliver HD Online
Compressed HD Video Will Not Equal Quality on Cable, DBS
By Todd Spangler Multichannel News 5/31/2007



Skarpi Hedinsson, vice president of technology for the Disney-ABC Television Group, said his group has tested HD-resolution video compressed at between 850 kilobits per second and 2 megabits per second. We're not talking 5 megabits per second or something crazy like that, he added.

Really, wouldn't want to get crazy and actually give the material the bandwidth it needs, the answer is simple, don't call it HD, because it isn't by any stretch of the imagination.
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Cable News Nielsen Notebook
May Ratings '07 and '06

Here are May's cable news ratings, hour by hour, from Brian Stelter's TVNewser at mediabistro.com as a pdf. file.

I don't need to read it to know that it's an across-the-board massacre by Fox News Channel over the two other news channels (isn't FNC ranked #5 among ALL cable channels?). IMDB reported yesterday that last week, when Paula Zahn was off and a substitute host took over her 8PM CNN show, the ratings sank to a little over 285K viewers: http://www.imdb.com/news/sb/2007-05-30/ (scroll all the way to the bottom of the page ).
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Some news I am sure you all were waiting to hear:
TV Notebook
NBC still has hope for 'Apprentice'
Silverman in talks with Trump, Burnett
By Josef Adalian Variety May 31, 2007

"The Apprentice" isn't fired just yet.

NBC's option on the Donald Trump/Mark Burnett skein was due to expire Friday, with the odds favoring the show's end. In fact, Trump said last week that he wasn't waiting for NBC to make a call and planned to walk away from the show.

Enter Ben Silverman.

NBC Universal's new entertainment guru has a longstanding relationship with Burnett. Within 48 hours of Silverman getting his gig, Burnett hooked up Silverman and Trump via telephone to discuss the possibility of continuing "The Apprentice."

Not surprisingly, Silverman wanted some time to see if a deal could be done.

"But Ben really made Donald feel comfortable and wanted, so he and Mark were happy to grant NBC an extension on the option," said one person from inside the Burnett camp familiar with the conversation.

As a result of the call, Burnett and Trump agreed to extend the Peacock's option on "Apprentice" until June 8. There's still no guarantee the show will be back on NBC, but the odds just got a little better.

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Yeah, here we were thinking we had finally gotten both Rosie and the Donald off the air, and then this. I have been curious about how this Ben Silverman thing was really going to affect NBC, and his first item of business is keeping Trump on the air. To me, that's not a good sign of things to come.

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TV Notebook
From 'Starter' To Finish --
You Can Catch It All Tonight
By Ray Richmond The Hollywood Reporter in his blog Past Deadline May 31, 2007

If you were planning tonight to watch the first two hours of the USA Network miniseries "The Starter Wife" starring Debra Messing, you might be interested to learn that you can actually take in the entire six hours in a single sitting if you don't mind staying up into the wee hours and have a decent high-speed Internet connection. Following the conclusion of the East Coast feed of the movie and possibly the West Coast as well, USA will be streaming hours 3 through 6 on its wesite (www.usanetwork.com) upon the 11 p.m. ET wrap of the second hour. That means it'll stretch until at least 2 a.m. and possibly later, depending on whether or not it includes advertising.

What's the deal? Well, it's pretty simple, actually. It happens that May 31 (that's today) is the final day of qualifying for this year's Primetime Emmy Awards. In order to be eligible, however, a miniseries like "Starter Wife" has to have completed its run (or some variation thereof). The TV Academy is bending its rules to not only allow the mini to show in a different venue than commercial television; it's also stretching the Emmy eligibility deadline technically into the following day by a couple of hours.

Mind you, USA is not publicizing this and in fact doesn't much want anyone to even notice "Starter Wife" is becoming "Finished Wife" throughout cyberspace. But it is the cross the network must bear to shoehorn its way into the miniseries category mix. Those who want to watch the mini in a more traditional fashion can still catch the final four hour-long installments over successive Thursdays beginning June 7.

What's interesting about this is how militant the academy is when it comes to certain rules and regulations but oddly loose with others. One might imagine that, using this model, Fox could keep "24" off the air for the entire season and then, on May 31 at 12:01 a.m., begin streaming all 24 hours straight on www.fox.com and consider itself Emmy-qualified. Then again, we may not be so many years away from tossing out the TV set altogether and having the networks beam all of their programming onto your computer monitor as the preferred venue of choice.

Anyway, if anyone asks where you heard you could catch all of "Starter Wife" tonight/early tomorrow online, please be sure to lie and say you're really not sure. I'm not at all certain USA would appreciate my spilling the cyber beans, as it were.

http://www.pastdeadline.com/
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When some series get the ax, loyal fans take up the cause

By VIRGINIA HEFFERNAN
New York Times
May 31, 2007, 8:33AM

The problem with the proposition that television is an art is that art is meant to be deathless, while television shows are always being canceled.

New sitcoms, for example, come on like your best friend forever the first time you meet, only to vanish without a trace when the network pulls the plug. They're like grifters that way. Suspicious. Sitcom sets are built to look like monuments to eternal friendship - everybody-knows-your-name Central Perk WKRP monuments - but if there's one false move in the ratings, they're axed to splinters, and no one seems to shed a tear.

Then there are hour-long shows. Even the plainest network drama in these days of The Wire and Nip/Tuck sets up mortal stakes -- with plane crashes, tanks, spinal-cord injuries, point-blank executions -- as well as tormented characters invented to seize the brain. These shows ask more than the comedies do: They don't demand friendship as much as fealty. In an unsuccessful drama this ambition seems laughable. In a successful one it just works. You fall in thrall. You accept the series as your master. Such is the case with The Sopranos, Rescue Me and, it seems, Jericho.

I probably should call that last series, which CBS canceled earlier this month, "the late Jericho," but it makes me nervous to write those words because its fans are die-hards.

Those Jericho people are way, way, way in the denial phase of grief. As you can imagine, fans of a post-apocalyptic survivalist show have a tendency to be somewhat defensive. Vehement. Sensitive. They haze outsiders. They embark on campaigns.

Lately, too, they buy nuts: More than 26,000 pounds so far, nearly all of them roasted peanuts from an online retailer called NutsOnline.com. That's 13 tons. These nuts are shipped in boxes to CBS executives, who fans persist in believing might bring the low-rated Jericho back to prime time.

Just as other battles -- for Everwood, Arrested Development, Veronica Mars -- have taken on the particular character of the show being fought for, so the one for Jericho has been put in terms you might expect from people who have been watching an embattled community in Kansas fight to survive after the nuclear destruction of major American cities.

For some the war seems more than a little holy: The Jericho call to arms doubles as a referendum on universal suffrage, charging that the Nielsen ratings system, which takes only passing notice of digital video recorders and new ways of watching television, is no more reliable than American voting machines.

Arguably, though, Jericho fans are just television fans at their most fannish, meaning (still, and after all these years) most Trekkie-like. Fans of Star Trek continue to represent the gold standard for American fandom, not only because they were the first to love a television show to distraction, but also because they spun from that love the breath of life.

They not only reincarnated their postapocalyptic series, which was nominally canceled in 1969, they also generated, as they see it, no fewer than five television shows, 10 feature films and hundreds of novels.

With that effort still yielding dividends in the form of video games, computer games and memorabilia, what committed fan wouldn't fight for a beloved show's second season?

People who cared about struggling shows tended to talk about NBC's Friday Night Lights or 30 Rock, which had both been renewed.

Jericho viewers generally got the news on the Internet: No more Jericho. In videos, on message boards and in e-mail messages came the rallying cry: Nuts. The idea crystallized quickly: "Say nuts to CBS."

The quaint use of nuts to mean both "that's rubbish" and "go jump in a lake" came to fans from the final episode of the series, called "Why We Fight," after the award-winning propaganda films by Frank Capra.

In that last episode Jake Green (Skeet Ulrich) uses the word "nuts" to refuse his enemy's suggestion that he surrender. The G-rated expression is justified in a flashback to pre-apocalypse days: it comes from his grandfather's story about an American commander who stood up to the Nazis at Bastogne.

"Nuts" is a nice fit for this true-blue show, then: a flinty, Greatest Generation word, with a slightly bawdy bite. (Just before the grandpa story, hay is made over a mispronunciation of the word "peanuts," as if to sex up "nuts" as a catchphrase.) In the final episode the rogue-turned-team-captain of the town called Jericho -- that's Jake -- sees his father urge him to keep fighting the forces marshaling against him, before he expires on a kitchen table.

Finally comes an attack on Jericho that looks like the big one, and a blackout. A textbook cliff-hanger. No wonder some of the first fans to protest the cancellation recut the final episode with Jake and the boys fighting CBS. They uploaded their efforts to YouTube and began the supremely popular "Nuts to CBS" campaign.

How CBS thought it could peddle heady patriotic stuff like this -- not to mention run a series with episodes titled "Semper Fidelis," "One if by Land" and "Coalition of the Willing," if that gives a stronger sense of the soul of the series - and not expect a citizen-army to form in the show's defense is folly.

It's almost like creating Vulcans, the Enterprise and Starfleet and not anticipating that some children of the '60s and '70s, who didn't feel altogether embraced by life on Earth, might see themselves in the mirror of that new universe and devote hours, days and years of their young lives to ensure its survival.

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And here were the top 20 shows at the moment, in alphabetical order.

I get the feeling Studio 60 was about to drop off the list, so you expanded from Top 15 to Top 20 - just to appease Dad (despite the fact he didn't vote for it).
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Yeah, here we were thinking we had finally gotten both Rosie and the Donald off the air, and then this. I have been curious about how this Ben Silverman thing was really going to affect NBC, and his first item of business is keeping Trump on the air. To me, that's not a good sign of things to come.

My thoughts exactly.
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I get the feeling Studio 60 was about to drop off the list, so you expanded from Top 15 to Top 20 - just to appease Dad (despite the fact he didn't vote for it).

Actually, the reason is that there are considerably more shows receiving votes than the first time I posted the list. Then something like 40 shows had received votes, now it is 64.

On the other hand, it it appeases dad, I'll say Match Game '75 is among the leaders.
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Yeah, here we were thinking we had finally gotten both Rosie and the Donald off the air, and then this. I have been curious about how this Ben Silverman thing was really going to affect NBC, and his first item of business is keeping Trump on the air. To me, that's not a good sign of things to come.

I agree with you and keenan, RockyF.

This is not a good first signal for Silverman to send out.
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A reprieve from the governor for Trump?
By David Kronke Los Angeles Daily News Television Critic in his The Mayor Of Television blog May 31, 2007

Ben Quality with Noise Silverman's first order of business as newly installed head of NBC-Universal-Kmart-GE's-trivection-oven-unit? Trying to lure Donald Trump and The Apprentice back to NBC.

Given The Apprentice's abject ratings this past season, that would seem a pretty desperate move: Trump's show drew numbers almost as bad as those for Friday Night Lights, which - oh, never mind.

On the other hand, it could be just a conciliatory, face-saving gesture toward an obviously wounded (yet still-powerful, if only as a TV wrassler) Trump. Which would make Silverman a nice guy. If only industry people were nice guys to folks who weren't already wealthy and influential.

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Tina Fey on Alec Baldwin's '30 Rock' future:
'No one's going to make him do it under duress'
From Maureen Ryan's Chicago Tribune blog The Watcher May 31, 2007

On "30 Rock," the winning NBC comedy created by Second City and "Saturday Night Live" veteran Tina Fey, it's not unusual to see a backstage meltdown of some kind. Egos and insecurities often collide, but always to comic effect.

But in April, one of the stars of the show, Alec Baldwin, who plays the eccentric NBC executive Jack Donaghy unleashed a real celebrity meltdown that kept the tabloids busy for weeks. He cursed at his 11-year-old daughter in a phone message that was endlessly replayed in the media then went on The View to say he wanted to quit 30 Rock.

If I never acted again, I couldn't care less, the actor said on The View, adding that he wanted to focus on issues relating to parental rights.

NBC issued a statement saying that Baldwin was staying on the show, but the damage was done. Dozens of 30 Rock fans have pelted me with the same question of late is Baldwin, a crucial linchpin of this sterling comedy, leaving the show?

The answer is no. And don't take my word for it take it from Fey, who made it clear in a recent interview that Baldwin is staying on 30 Rock for another season because he wants to, not just because his contract with NBC compels him to.

I was on vacation so I didn't actually see him on The View,' said Fey, who was shooting the movie Baby Mama in New York with Saturday Night Live's Amy Poehler. It was my one week of vacation this year, and that went down. I figured, I'm going to let all the talking happen and see what the actual action is, and the action is, he's going to be at work.

Fey, who said she has spoken to the actor once since the phone-message controversy, emphasized that Baldwin will be there because he wants to be there.

No one's going to make him do it under duress, she said.

Asked if she has had to deal with Baldwin's temper, which has flared up in the past well before this most recent controversy Fey said, No. Thankfully, my relationship with him is solely professional and I have not had to deal with that at all.

With a bemused laugh, however, Fey said she wanted to set one thing straight: Nobody on her show drives her to tears.

Fey said with aInTouch Weekly said, Alec makes Tina cry,' throaty chuckle. No. Other than the fact that it's just not true, I was like, Don't make it sound like I cry in my workplace. I'm 37. I don't cry at my workplace. I cry in my kitchen. About the fact that I'm she added with another laugh.always working,'

In a more serious moment, she noted that though he has input on 30 Rock scripts and on his character, she and Baldwin haven't found themselves at loggerheads creatively.

It's been OK, she said. He's been pretty appreciative of [the fact that] we've set it up very nicely for him. He's got a very nice gig over there [on 30 Rock']. Because there are so many of us, he usually only works three days a week.

All things considered, she said she's pleased that Baldwin, who won a Golden Globe and is a leading Emmy nomination candidate for his work as Donaghy, will be part of 30 Rock's second season.

He elevates the show. He's a brilliant actor, Fey said. I've tried to learn from [him], even as I make this movie. Amy and I, because we came from Second City, we're like, I guess we're not supposed to yell, in the movie, right? The audience can hear us even if we don't yell?'

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I get the feeling Studio 60 was about to drop off the list, so you expanded from Top 15 to Top 20 - just to appease Dad (despite the fact he didn't vote for it).

For the record, I was the first to vote when Fred posted his poll over the slow Memorial Day Weekend. And "Studio 60" came in 2nd place behind the "Law & Order" trilogy (all three shows are #1 in my book) and slightly ahead of "Heroes."

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Actually, the reason is that there are considerably more shows receiving votes than the first time I posted the list. Then something like 40 shows had received votes, now it is 64.

On the other hand, it it appeases dad, I'll say Match Game '75 is among the leaders.

Too bad! "Match Game '75" is great but "Match Game '74," "Match Game '77" and "Match Game PM" are better!
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It is hard for a casual viewer to pick just one.
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A reprieve from the governor for Trump?
By David Kronke Los Angeles Daily News Television Critic in his The Mayor Of Television blog May 31, 2007

Ben Quality with Noise Silverman's first order of business as newly installed head of NBC-Universal-Kmart-GE's-trivection-oven-unit? Trying to lure Donald Trump and The Apprentice back to NBC.

Given The Apprentice's abject ratings this past season, that would seem a pretty desperate move: Trump's show drew numbers almost as bad as those for Friday Night Lights, which - oh, never mind.

On the other hand, it could be just a conciliatory, face-saving gesture toward an obviously wounded (yet still-powerful, if only as a TV wrassler) Trump. Which would make Silverman a nice guy. If only industry people were nice guys to folks who weren't already wealthy and influential.

http://www.insidesocal.com/tv/

Yeah, this guy is going to get NBC out of the toilet real quick.
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What's also disturbing, and maybe I missed it, but I don't recall seeing any date for the DVD release of Friday Night Lights, it's June already and doesn't the show return in Sept?
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That was the plan, keenan, although who knows what will happen now.

I understood the marketing folks wanted to get an inexpensive first season DVD out by August.

But I think we all have to realize that even if "FNL" were to somehow miraculously gain Nielsen traction that would make Reilly look good, not Zucker and Silkverman. So I would expect we'll get 13 episodes.

And the repeat ratings Sunday were horrible.
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I wish this were better news....
TV Notebook
Next 'Battlestar' season will be the series' last
By Nellie Andreeva The Hollywood Reporter June 1, 2007

The upcoming fourth season of Sci Fi Channel's "Battlestar Galactica" will be its final one after all.

After months of speculation, the show's producers will make the announcement at a press conference Friday.

Ending "Battlestar" with the upcoming 22-episode fourth season was a creative decision made by the show's executive producers Ronald Moore and David Eick.

"This show was always meant to have a beginning, a middle and finally, an end," Eick and Moore said in a statement Thursday. "Over the course of the last year, the story and the characters have been moving strongly toward that end and we've decided to listen to those internal voices and conclude the show on our own terms. And while we know our fans will be saddened to know the end is coming, they should brace themselves for a wild ride getting there - we're going out with a bang."

The fourth and final season of "Galactica" will kick off in November with "Razor," an extended two-hour episode, with the rest of the season slated to run beginning in early 2008.

Sci Fi's executive vp original programming Mark Stern said the channel's brass "respect the producers' decision to end the series."

"We are proud to have been the home of this groundbreaking show," he said. "We have always known that Ron and David had a plan for 'Galactica' and trust that fans can look forward to a truly amazing final season."

For months, Sci Fi had dispelled rumors about "Battlestar" ending its run after the fourth season.

A couple of weeks ago, the show's star Edward James Olmos was quoted saying that the upcoming batch of episodes were definitely the last ones. (HR 5/14) Sci Fi issued a statement denying such a decision had been made. "I promise you that when Ron and I make a decision about 'Galactica's' future, we'll let you know," Eick said at the time.

"Battlestar," which stars Olmos, Katee Sackhoff, Mary McDonnell and Jamie Bamber, is produced by NBC Universal TV Studio.

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'Big Donor Show' causes storm
But Dutch reality show readies for debut
By Dominic Schreiber Variety May 31, 2007

While the storm over Dutch reality program "The Big Donor Show" continued to spread, Endemol insiders were suggesting that tonight's screening of the program will surprise those critics who have called for it be shelved.

Officially, Endemol execs are refusing to comment on the 80-minute show, in which contestants will have a chance to receive a kidney transplant from a terminally ill woman. However, a press conference will be held immediately after the program airs, and Dutch station BNN continues to insist that its intention is to raise awareness over the lack of organ donors in the Netherlands.

The show, in which three seriously ill patients will vie to receive a kidney donated by a 37-year-old woman dying of cancer, has drawn widespread criticism across Europe, with politicians, patients and medical professionals slamming the premise as highly unethical and immoral.

On Wednesday, EU health commissioner Markos Kyprianou joined the debate, dismissing BNN's claims that the program will help to encourage more donors to come forward, while Ray Mackey, co-chairman of the British National Kidney Federation, has branded the concept "totally abhorrent."

In the U.K., Endemol has been keen to distance itself from the show, which it says was developed by BNN. However, one former Endemol exec noted the concept had been kicking around the producer for a number of years.

Though a public broadcaster, BNN has a reputation for airing controversial programming. Last year, for example, the station came in for criticism when it aired "Over My Dead Body," which followed five terminally ill young people over the course of a year. However, reaction to the show was largely positive, and it went on to draw a prize at the 2006 Dutch TV Awards.

Patrick Lodiers, who hosted that show, will also present "The Big Donor Show," which is billed as a tribute to BNN founder Bart de Graaft, who died of kidney failure five years ago.

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The polls wil close some time fairly soon, so get your votes in:


I've been mulling this over for a day or two and it was really hard to narrow down a list. So I just went with the shows that have entertained and surprised me most this past year.

1. Friday Night Lights
2. Heroes
3. Men in Trees


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I wish this were better news....
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By Nellie Andreeva The Hollywood Reporter June 1, 2007

Ending "Battlestar" with the upcoming 22-episode fourth season was a creative decision made by the show's executive producers Ronald Moore and David Eick.

"This show was always meant to have a beginning, a middle and finally, an end," Eick and Moore said in a statement Thursday. "Over the course of the last year, the story and the characters have been moving strongly toward that end and we've decided to listen to those internal voices and conclude the show on our own terms. And while we know our fans will be saddened to know the end is coming, they should brace themselves for a wild ride getting there - we're going out with a bang."

NOOOOOOOOO!!! All the shows I love are ending: "The Sopranos," "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," "Battlestar Galactica". Pretty soon there won't be much worth seeing besides those "Match Game" reruns Fred talked about!
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I think I should use your definition for my future polls -- network prime time shows which have netertained ans surprised you this past season. Good work.

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I've been mulling this over for a day or two and it was really hard to narrow down a list. So I just went with the shows that have entertained and surprised me most this past year.

1. Friday Night Lights
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