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post #40021 of 96540 Old 08-20-2009, 10:09 AM
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DVR Fall Lineup in our House (me and wife)

Monday: Dancing with the Stars, Heroes | 2½ Men, BBT
Tuesday: So You Think You Can Dance, Biggest Loser | Dancing with the Stars (bedroom DVR for wife due to conflicts)
Wednesday: So You Think You Can Dance, Gary Unmarried | L&O: SVU | CSI:NY
Thursday: Flash Forward, Survivor | CSI, Fringe, The Office (bedroom DVR and then watch over network on main TV), Community (I'll give it a try and watch over network like The Office)
Friday: Supernanny, L&O | Medium
Saturday: .....
Sunday: The Amazing Race | Brothers & Sisters, Cold Case (if I don't decide to delete my series link)

Later premiering shows to add: Lost, 24, V and Chuck

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For all the opinions offered here, I'm quite surprised at how little TV some folks actually watch, especially those with multiple DVRs. I suppose though that the list is limited because we're only talking about the fall primetime schedule, but still.....

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Guess I'm just getting pickier in my old age.

I used to watch more TV, but I'm finding more and more, the shows just suck. They rehash the same plotlines over and over until you can nearly recite the dialog along with the actors on even a brand new show.

At any rate, without looking at what days everything is on, here's what I'm going for:

- The Mentalist
- Supernatural
- Medium
- The Simpsons (if I feel up to it)
- Family Guy (here and there)

Eventually:

- Chuck
- Psych
- Lost
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Nielsen Notes
Late Night: Old Letterman Beats New Conan
By Bill Carter, The New York Times, in the “Media Decoder” blog, August 20, 2009

NBC’s troubles in assembling a big audience for the “Tonight” show were underscored again last week when David Letterman on CBS — even in repeats — scored an easy win over first-run shows with Conan O’Brien on NBC among total viewers.

It was a bigger win than the week before when Mr. Letterman’s repeats nosed out Mr. O’Brien by just 7,000 viewers. Last week he beat him by 280,000 with 2.95 million viewers to 2.67 million for Mr. O’Brien.

The same pattern of breakdown by age prevailed however, with Mr. O’Brien sweeping every audience category under 55 years of age. CBS did point out though that Mr. Letterman was closer that he had been to Mr. O’Brien among viewers between the ages of 18 and 34 – in terms of rating anyway.

Mr. O’Brien had a 0.8 in that group, vs. a 0.5 for Mr. Letterman. In actual viewers, the gap was bigger. Mr. Letterman had 315,000 viewers between 18 and 34; Mr. O’Brien had 574,000. That is a bigger percentage win than in the rating.

The third network late-night player at 11:35 p.m. ABC’s “Nightline” earned a clean win among total viewers. In the half hour when the three shows faced each other “Nightline” had 3.36 million viewers to 3.27 million for Mr. Letterman and 3 million even for Mr. O’Brien.

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The ratings on the late night shows are sort of like rock-paper-scissors - each show has some advantage. Since advertisers don't care about anyone over 49, I guess the Tonight Show is the winner. On the other hand shows are there to make money, so I wonder which is the most profitable taking production costs into consideration. I also wonder if Leno's show will have any impact on late night ratings. Might be interesting to see him with Maher in an uncensored environment. It may not make too much difference as he's aware that he's still an NBC employee.
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Feel any better?

Yes, I do, thanks.

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Jimmy Fallon clearly isn't the next best thing in late night, either, but NBC seems happy with his young following (while the rest of us flock to the more stimulating banter on Craig Ferguson's show).

Well, I disagree with this completely. Fallon's show is the only one that doesn't bore me right to sleep. Of course, I rarely agree with Roush on many things. Ferguson is probably the best interviewer in late night, but come on, his idea of comedy is reading emails in a sarcastic tone and making faces at them every night.
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In my case, we normally try to take on several new shows. But we had a baby in May.................And we like to play with the baby than watch a lot of TV in the morning.

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In my case, I've simply grown impatient..................................getting pickier in my old age.

Not complaining or saying folks should be watching more, just that it surprises me that more folks who seem to be really interested in TV as a medium and therefore frequent HOTP don't watch more primetime, especially with all the DVRs out there now.

In my case, I'm going to be missing quite a few episodes due to travels, so the only ones I'll worry about recording while I'm gone are the serials like 24 where you have to keep up. I'll catch some others on the internet at night, but I'm not going to forego travels because of TV. One of these days I might even connect my notebook's HDMI to stream online episodes. And, IMHO it's a rather bland selection again, so I guess that's actually good for me.

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My fall lineup for Network TV:

Monday: Heroes
Tuesday: NCIS / NCIS:LA
Wednesday: Mercy(give it a try)
Thursday: Survivor / Vampire Diaries(try) / Flash Forward (try) / CSI
Friday: Dollhouse(give it another try)
Saturday: NOTHING
Sunday: The Amazing Race / SNF

Mid Season Adds:
Lost / 24 / V / Day One

Thursdays I will have a conflict at 8pm, I will have to get creative.
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Ferguson is probably the best interviewer in late night, but come on, his idea of comedy is reading emails in a sarcastic tone and making faces at them every night.

I think Ferguson is a terrible interviewer. His shtick of throwing the cards away to make it casual and "chatty" just ends up making it completely unfocused. He wanders off on abrupt tangents that leave the guests with little time for a response and normally an uncomfortable silence or blank expression. And even though he "throws the questions away" he still falls back on bland stock queries whenever a new guest is on like "Where are you from?" to which his response will be "I've never been there, what's it like" or "I've been there, it's a wonderful place."

Someone described it as "banter" and that's a good description, because it's not an interview. Especially when the host has to do most of the talking.


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Are you saying the Vikes would be playing for a title without Favre?

I'm not following your question, Fred.
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TV Notes
Syfy Picks Up ‘Warehouse 13' For Second Season
Order will deliver 13 episodes to air starting next summer

By David Tanklefsky -- Broadcasting & Cable, 8/20/2009

Syfy has picked up hit original series Warehouse 13 for a second season, the network announced Thursday. The order will deliver 13 new episodes scheduled to begin airing summer 2010.

In its first season, the show averaged a 2.9 household rating and 4 million viewers, including 1.99 million adults 25-54 and 1.57 million adults 18-49. The show is currently at mid-season but is on track to be the most-watched first season ever for a Syfy original series, according to the network. Warehouse 13 episodes currently account for three of Syfy's top five most-watched telecasts ever for an original series.

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On The Air Tonight
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(All shows are in HD unless noted as being in Standard Definition: SD)

7:00pm et ESPN has their Fantasy Football Draft Special....Matthew Berry is on it too....he's good.

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TV Review
'Project Runway' (Lifetime)
Change of scenery looks good for Runway'

By Joanna Weiss, Boston Globe - August 20th, 2009

It's hard to believe that nearly a year has passed since we last saw Project Runway'' - a year in which the fashion world gained Michelle Obama and (briefly) Sarah Palin, Michael Jackson's glove was retired forever, and Tom DeLay shifted from right-wing sideline cultural critic to newly announced contestant on Dancing With the Stars.''

And yet, as TV executives know, some things are best left alone. So while the fashion contest has swapped Bravo for Lifetime and New York for Los Angeles, the fundamentals of the show, which premieres on its new home tonight at 10, haven't changed a bit. The designers are just as self-aggrandizing and melodramatic, the workspace is just as tense, the product placement just as relentless. We still get to glimpse Heidi's amazed/amused expressions as some of the more outrageous outfits saunter down the runway.

Based on the premiere - Lifetime sent critics a copy, but clipped off the judges' comments - the new network has barely changed a thing, from the makeup of the judging panel (Klum, Michael Kors, Nina Garcia, and assorted guests) to the silhouette screen that's used for dramatic effect in the runway show. Instead, the women's network is working to expand the franchise; at 11 p.m. comes a spinoff called Models of the Runway,'' which extrapolates from the horrified looks that cross some models' faces when they try on their designers' work.

One positive change: The new Runway'' seems determined to make use of its new setting, milking Los Angeles for its self-perceived glamour. (There's a bit of defensiveness involved; the cameras catch one contestant announcing that LA's garment district is, like, seven times bigger than New York's.'') At the start of tonight's challenge, the designers step on the red carpet laid out for the Emmys - last year's Emmys - and are tasked with designing gowns for the stars.

Starting off with ball gowns gives us a good chance to see what these designers are made of, even if too many of them are made of shimmery fabric in washed-out colors. We still get the range of self-made designers and pedigreed Vivienne Westwood interns, the proud guys who make declarations like I don't differentiate between different colored carpets,'' the train-wreck contestants who are sewing their garments onto their models moments before the runway show.

This year's standouts include a crowd-pleasing older man named Epperson who might or might not have the chops, and a woman named Ari who wears wildly patterned unitards and constructs a hooded halter dress from silver hexagons. To this, the inimitable Tim Gunn says, I'm worried that it's going to look like a halter diaper.''

There's as much Gunn as ever, if not more, in this new installment of the show, and that's perhaps the wisest move of all: As Bravo's less-inspired Fashion Show'' proved this spring, the success of a reality show rests as much on the on-air chemistry as it does on the tasks at hand. Take note, American Idol'' producers who just tossed out Paula Abdul.

Gunn, we've learned over the years, is absolutely crucial to this enterprise - as the teacher, the cheerleader, the voice of reason. When one designer asks him if her dress is over-the-top, he responds, I don't want you to ask me that. I want you to ask yourself that.'' It's the perfect advice for anyone undertaking a creative pursuit, which makes me think that Lifetime might have looked to Gunn for guidance when it refashioned Runway'' for its network. Either executives did a lot of soul-searching and decided to change nothing, or they let the show go on without thinking at all. Either way, they made the right move.

PROJECT RUNWAY
On: Lifetime
Time: Premieres tonight, 10-11


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NFL Sunday Ticket will be available online to residents of Manhattan (New York not Kansas) this season.
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Is TWC talking about carrying the Red Zone?
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I haven't heard of anyone except Comcast carrying it.
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My shows are as follows (for must watch right away, not achieve and watch later)

Sunday: Cold Case
Monday: How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, House, and Lie To Me.
Tuesday: 90210 maybe Melrose Place, and catch up from Monday night overload.
Wednesday: Criminal Minds, Mercy
Thursday: Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, The Mentalist, and Bones.
Friday: Numb3rs, 'Til Death, and Southland.
Saturday: Trauma and yet more catch up.


I tend to have a hard time staying current on all the shows that I like, so some fall behind and even more are not on this list that simply get put on my 14TB server with my other 17,646 episodes. This list also assumes that I am not spending my time watching history content and/or documentaries.

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My daughter will be away at college so I won't be recording her shows anymore so that releases Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and 90210 from our machines.

Monday: Castle, How I Met Your Mother, Accidentally (I may try it), Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory, House, Lie to Me, Heroes
Tuesday: NCIS, NCIS: LA [a night that used to have conflicts]
Wednesday: Christine, Glee (not sure?), maybe will try an ABC comedy
Thursday: Flashforward, The Mentalist, Vampire Diaries (?), Supernatural, Bones, Fringe, NBC comedies
Friday: Medium, Numbers, Smallville, Dollhouse
Sunday: Simpsons, Desperate Housewives

Then there will be some shows on SyFy, BBCA, and USA that need to fit in somewhere. I'll have to figure out what goes on the two-tuner DVR, what I can grab with Comcast OnDemand, what I can grab off another DVR, and what I need to put on a VCR. Monday night and NBC comedies will msot likely have to get captured on VCR.
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I have canceled it. That brother is the most annoying, irritating character on the planet!

I agree (although I still watch it).

If anyone acted like that in an actual business/medical situation, they'd be s**t-canned in a New York minute, brother or not.
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My fall schedule (assuming broadcast only):

Monday: Castle, 2-1/2 Men
Tuesday: NCIS
Wednesday: Cougar Town (maybe)
Thursday: Flashforward, Survivor, Mentalist, Fringe
Friday: Dollhouse
Saturday: There's TV on Saturday?
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TV Q&A
Talking TV With Showtime's Matthew Blank

By Lacey Rose, Fortune.com, August 20, 2009

No longer in HBO's shadow, Showtime continues to court hits, acclaim and subscribers. But with success comes imitation--or as the premium cable network's Chairman and Chief Executive Matthew Blank sees it, competition.

Blank sat down with Forbes earlier this month to discuss Showtime's growth, newcomer Epix's struggles and why rival HBO's comeback is a good thing for his network.

Forbes: Time Warner-owned HBO is making a comeback. What does it mean for Showtime?

Blank: Look, we had a very strong period of programming when they were a little bit off for awhile, and we have an opportunity that HBO doesn't have: We can grow into their homes because they're larger. That works really well for us, and we think we've taken advantage of that in the past couple of years. They're certainly doing well again, and that's not bad for the business. Usually when the category grows, we grow.

How do you measure success at Showtime?

At the end of the day, particularly in this environment, it's about growing revenue and growing our bottom line. We don't talk too much about that because we're part of the TV segment, but we've had steady growth for many years and certainly in the last couple of years.

We manage to have very different economics than most TV programmers, and it's a model that works for us. Because we're not ad-supported, we don't put on a new episode of Dexter and monetize it on that Sunday evening the way a broadcast network would--we monitor and monetize it over the course of the week.

You severed ties with your biggest movie supplier, Paramount, last year and have been very vocal about your commitment to original series. What role will films serve?

There are still going to be a lot of movies on Showtime--we're buying movies all of the time. It's just that we saw a steady decline in movie ratings over the past 20 years and as the number of distribution outlets kept increasing, you ask yourself the question: If we're sitting here two years from now, is there going to be [even more venues available] before the premium window? The answer is probably yes. So it was a value issue. We didn't think we were getting the value out of that investment that we needed to get in an environment where our investments in original programming pay off.

Look, we can do a whole season of some of these shows for what one big movie costs. And I guarantee if you took everyone in a room and asked them which movies were on Showtime, HBO or Starz this year, the results would not impress you. But if you ask them where Nurse Jackie or Weeds or Dexter is, they would know. People are going to buy and identify with Showtime because they know it's the only place they're going to get these shows--and I think that's going to be more the case in the future rather than less.

The long-gestating premium movie channel Epix, a joint venture of Viacom, Lionsgate and MGM, unveiled its first carriage deal last month. Any concern?

Can your [tape recorder] pick up facial expressions? [Laughs.] Look, we don't like to comment on their business, we just don't think what they're doing impacts us. We think our growth is going to be protected by what we do, not what others do.

They've been slow out of the gate. Is there more than the ailing economy to blame?

We felt early on that this is a very difficult business. It took the better part of 30 years for Showtime to get to its current position. We don't think it's easy to launch a new premium service. Having said that, they had their own needs.

Starz is also bulking up on originals. How does this impact you?

They haven't really gotten a lot of traction for the original programming they're doing. But it takes a long time--you've got to get a real hit, and then from that you've got to get another hit. We're very fortunate because we have six or seven hit shows--but, again, it doesn't happen over night. What I'll say is the category has done well over the last couple of years. and there's room for a couple of strong players.

Basic cable is increasingly filled with edgy programming. How do you convince subscribers your fare is worth paying extra for?

I think we convinced them by doing things they feel they really needed to have. And I think right now our success demonstrates that there is a significant market out there for people who think Weeds and Dexter and Californication are worth that monthly fee.

Do you feel pressure to push the envelope further?

No, I don't think so. I think there's a place there where we've felt comfortable. And frankly when we put Dexter on CBS [in strike-plagued 2008], it was a really interesting experiment because we didn't have to take very much out. Now yes, with other shows like Weeds and Californication, we'd have to have taken more out, but that's always been premium TV. That's who we are, and we have an opportunity to make it real and make it different.

For us, it's not so much about constantly trying to push the envelope further as much as it is trying to replicate what's working for us. It's a pretty simple formula: We have these strong lead characters that are really subversive, and the writing is such that you embrace the characters no matter if they live right on the edge or even over the edge of respectability. There's something in the creation and writing of these characters that makes you want to embrace them. So you can push the envelope all you want, but without these elements to make you come back every week, you're just pushing the envelope.

So what is the biggest challenge facing you right now?

Well, there are a lot of different ways to spend your money. And from day one, we've had distributors that sell people a lot of things for a lot of money before they get Showtime.

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Networks could get big benefits from return of Favre, Vick

By Michael Hiestand, USA TODAY

The NFL this season added meteors — in Minnesota's Brett Favre and Philadelphia's Michael Vick— to its TV mix.

Whether either prove to be lasting TV draws, they'll be short-term attention-getters. Meaning Fox, with the NFC TV package — where both will play — is an obvious winner.

On Sunday afternoons, Fox has Favre's first three games. Each is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET. Networks sometimes move promising early games to 4 p.m. ET — ratings generally build in late afternoons across TV sports — but that won't happen with Favre's opening three acts. Spokesman Dan Bell says Fox will stick with big-market Washington at New York Giants as the main late Sunday game in its Week 1 national TV doubleheader. CBS has the national TV doubleheaders in Weeks 2 and 3, so Favre will stay in the early time slot. But, says Bell, "we're working to broaden the audience (getting the Vikings) in those first three weeks."

Other TV ripples:

No conspiracy. The league's own channel isn't scheduled to carry any Vikings or Eagles games. But it gets Favre's debut today: The NFL Network will replay the Chiefs-Vikings exhibition at 11 p.m. ET — it can't be carried live because there is a national telecast, on Fox, in the time slot — and re-air the game again at 4 p.m. ET Saturday.

•The wild card. For ESPN, Favre's soap opera has already been as helpful as major hurricanes are to the Weather Channel. And ESPN may shatter TV hype records for its Week 4 Packers-Vikings game. The wild card: Vick's conditional six-game suspension could be shortened, but if not he'll debut in Week 7 (vs. Washington) on ESPN.

Final flex. In the season's final seven weeks, NBC's primetime game slots enjoy flex-scheduling, a semi-complex process in which promising Sunday afternoon games can be subbed in for seeming duds in primetime. And the NBC late-season game that seemed its most disposable now might be a sleeper hit: Week 15's Minnesota-Carolina.

Then again, you never know with Favre.

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I think Ferguson is a terrible interviewer. His shtick of throwing the cards away to make it casual and "chatty" just ends up making it completely unfocused. He wanders off on abrupt tangents that leave the guests with little time for a response and normally an uncomfortable silence or blank expression. And even though he "throws the questions away" he still falls back on bland stock queries whenever a new guest is on like "Where are you from?" to which his response will be "I've never been there, what's it like" or "I've been there, it's a wonderful place."

Someone described it as "banter" and that's a good description, because it's not an interview. Especially when the host has to do most of the talking.

He's not a good interviewer, but he's not facing a lot of competition. Letterman can be good when he cares, but that's about 10% of the time. Leno is just poor. Conan is too uncomfortable and awkward. Fallon could be good if he didn't spend all his time fawning and complimenting the guest (and laughing at every stupid thing that resembles a joke). I've never paid much attention to Kimmel's interviews.

If we're expanding the discussion to cable, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert easily take the crown as best interviewers.
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Since we're sharing:

Monday: Dancing with the Stars (maybe), How I Met Your Mother, Heroes, Big Bang Theory, Castle

Tuesday: So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars (maybe), Melrose Place, The Good Wife

Wednesday: So You think You Can Dance, Glee

Thursday: Flash Forward, Vampire Diaries, Bones, Grey's Anatomy, Supernatural, Fringe, The Office, The Mentalist, and Community & 30 Rock when they start up

Friday: Smallville, Ugly Betty

Saturday: -

Sunday: The Amazing Race, Desperate Housewives, Family Guy, Brothers and Sisters



Thursday nights are going to be a challenge, but I think it's doable with two DVRs.
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Overnight Nielsen Notes
'Top Chef' ratings slip slightly
(and that's OK)

By James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter senior reporter, in his LiveFeed blog, August 20, 2009

Had to happen sooner or later. Even though Bravo's "Top Chef: Las Vegas" premiere did terrific for the network Wednesday night, it broke the show's streak of record-setting premieres. "Las Vegas" drew 2.6 million, 1.8 million of which were adults 18-49. By comparison, Season 5 drew 2.7 million, which was up 19% from the previous year.

There's a gumbo of mitigating factors however: This is the show's first debut at 9 p.m. and last season opened in November, when TV usage levels tend to be higher. Also -- and this is the real question -- did having "Top Chef Masters" run this summer zap some anticipation for the flagship?

Fox's cooking competition series, "Hell's Kitchen," certainly saw some drop-off airing seasons back-to-back, and everybody's wondering how Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" will fare leaping into the fall after finishing its regular summer run.

But for Bravo, this is all arguably moot. By successfully expanding the success of "Top Chef" into the spinoff, the flagship can afford to shed 100K (or however many more viewers would have otherwise tuned in to the "Las Vegas" premiere if Bravo had kept its recipe unchanged). The "Masters" first season finale aired last night too and did nearly as strong as the flagship's premiere: 2.4 million viewers, 1.7 adults 18-49. And that's having grown 71% from its series debut earlier this summer.

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http://www.thewrap.com/ind-column/bi...ed-finale_5396

CBS is giving "Big Brother" fans more to love.

The network has decided to double the show's Tuesday, Sept. 15 season finale, expanding it from one hour to two, insiders close to the production confirm. The grande-sized "Brother" will air live from 9-11 p.m., with Julie Chen set to host.

Look for the two-hour "Brother" to mix all the traditional elements of the final show -- specifically, the crowning of a winner-- with an extended reunion segment featuring return appearances by ejected houseguests. There will, of course, be a studio audience.

CBS's decision to double down on "Brother" is no surprise given the show's stellar ratings this season. Despite being in its 11th season, the show is up 5 percent in overall viewers-- an almost unheard of growth for such a veteran show.

In years past, producers have had to cram a whole bunch of elements into a one-hour finale, leaving limited time for reunion elements and cast interviews.
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Critic’s Notes
On The Air Tonight
'Jockeys' Start, 'Whale Wars' Ceasefire

By Roger Catlin, Hartford Courant TV Critic, in his “TV Eye” blog, August 21, 2009

By any measure, a series about the men and women competitors in the sport of kings would be relegated to one of the sports cable networks. But since this one involves a conveyance that involves horses, "Jockeys" (Animal Planet, 10 p.m.) is seen on the same network as "Whale Wars" (Animal Planet, 9 p.m.), which happens to be ending its second season tonight.

"Jockeys" gets plenty of access to the diminutive but driven riders, some of whom are quickly drawn as bad guys, particularly Corey Nakatani in the season debut. Others, such as Chantal Sutherland are painted as pioneers, breaking new ground for their gender on the quite dangerous turf.

Parents who drive drunk with kids in the car and sugar daddies are among the topics on tonight's "20/20" (ABC, 10 p.m.).

Who are these 47 million unsured in America that would be aided by health care reform? Filmmaker Roger Weisberg went to find a human face on the statistic in his film "Critical Condition," featured tonight on "Bill Moyers Journal" (PBS, 9 p.m.).

Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine, the British "What Not to Wear" pair, are now traveling this country to help those needing fashion help in the colonies. The results come in the ambitiously named new series "Making Over America with Trinny and Susannah" (TLC, 10 p.m.).

A backlog in processing rape kits is denying justice for thousands of American women, "NOW" (PBS, 8:30 p.m.) reports.

Billy Campbell guest stars on a new episode of "Eureka" (Syfy, 9 p.m.).

This fall, he'll have to fill an hour each weeknight with largely topical humor. So Jay Leno sharpens his skills by appearing on the panel on "Real Time with Bill Maher" (HBO, 10 p.m.). Alongside him will be Illinois State Rep. Jan Schakowsky and NBC News White House Correspondent Chuck Todd. Interview guests on the show will be writer Sam Harris and journalist Jeremy Scahill.

In preseason football, it's Tennessee at Dallas (Fox, 8 p.m.), opening the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

Gene Hackman is the featured star of the day on Turner Classic Movies with a couple of first rate prime time offerings in "Bonnie and Clyde" (8 p.m.) and one of my favorites, "The Conversation" (10 p.m.).

"Ghost Whisperer" (CBS, 8 p.m.) runs opposite both "Ghostbusters" (AMC, 8 p.m.) and "Dog Whisperer" (National Geographic, 8 p.m.).

Daytime Talk
Regis and Kelly:
Renee Zellweger, Geraldo Rivera, Tamara Taggart.
The View: Susan Sarandon, Geoffrey Rush, Dr. Gadget, Carol Leifer (rerun).
Bonnie Hunt: Brian Williams, Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski (rerun).
Ellen DeGeneres: Steve Carell (rerun).
Late Talk
Charlie Rose: Quentin Tarantino.


David Letterman: Christina Applegate, Brendan Benson, Patton Oswalt.
Conan O'Brien: Eva Mendes, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, the Dead Weather (rerun).
Jimmy Kimmel: Seth Rogen, Melissa Sagemiller, Jack's Mannequin (rerun).
Jimmy Fallon: Dylan McDermott, Wendy Williams, Chef Sam Talbot (rerun).
Craig Ferguson: James Spader (rerun).
Carson Daly: No Doubt, Adam Carolla, Friendly Fires (rerun).

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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
Friday's Network Prime-Time Programming Options

(Note: All shows are in HD unless noted as being in Standard Definition: SD)

(Reminder: If you are recording these programs, check your network listings for precise start/end times. For PBS, please double check your local listings.)

ABC:
8
Supernanny SD
9 Ugly Betty (R, May 7)
10 20/20: Parents who drink and drive with their children in the car; sugar daddy web sites; children who say they can talk to the dead.

CBS:
8
Ghost Whisperer (R, March 13)
9 Medium (R, April 27)
10 Numb3rs (R, April 24)

NBC:
8
Southland (April 30)
9 Dateline NBC (two hours)

Fox:
8
NFL Preseason Football: Tennessee Titans visit Dallas Cowboys and help open new Texas Stadium.

PBS
8 Washington Week SD
8:30 NOW on PBS: The backlog in testing rape kits
9 Bill Moyers Journal: three families face illness without health coverage. SD
10 Inside: Air Show. Attracting more than 10,000 aircraft and more than half a million people, AirVenture Oshkosh is the largest air show in the world. (R, Feb. 22, 2008)

The CW:
8
Smallville (R, April 2)
9 Everybody Hates Chris (R, April 27)
9:30 The Game (R, May 8)

MNT:
8 WWE: Friday Night Smackdown! (two hours)
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The ratings game

.From sportsmediawatch.blogspot.com/

  • Saturday morning's Chelsea/Hull City English Premier League telecast drew a 0.1 U.S. rating and 164,000 viewers on ESPN2. (Source: ESPN)
  • The fourth episode of The T.O. Show drew 1.4 million viewers on VH1 August 10, down 22% from 1.8 million the previous week, but still the third-most viewed program of the week on VH1. Owens' show topped the most-viewed airing of Jim Rome is Burning (808,000 viewers) by 75%.
  • The Phillies' blowout win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night drew a 9.8/15 in Philadelphia. The game was "#1 in prime time [and] all key demos."

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