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I thought that was better left unsaid! (And I see you ultimately agreed with me, dad.)
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WWE, USA Extend Deal Through 2014
Keeps 'Monday Night Raw' on NBC Universal owned cable channel

By Alex Weprin -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/16/2009

World Wrestling Entertainment and USA Network have extended their deal to keep WWE Monday Night Raw on the cable channel through Fall, 2014.

Raw has been a cable mainstay for 16 years, and is consistently one of the top rated programs on ad-supported cable.

While competition from ESPN's Monday Night Football has drained viewership from the program's core demos, Raw has been making strides to boost its ratings by having weekly guest hosts like Bob Barker, Shaquille O'Neal and Jeremy Piven. Ratings are up 11% in total viewers, 9% in P25-54 and 3% in P18-49 over last year. Raw averages 5.5 million total viewers, including 2.7 million P25-54 and P18-49.

While its younger-skewing male demographics are not necessarily in line with the rest of the channel's programming, its strong viewership still provides a solid platform to promote new shows.

"I couldn't be happier about continuing one of the most successful collaborations in television history," said Bonnie Hammer, President, NBC Universal Cable Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions. "Vince McMahon and his entire team are an invaluable part of the USA family."

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As someone whose mother-in-law is dying of ALS, I would have to concur with your statement about Three Rivers. It really hit home.

Sorry about your MIL, can't be easy on anyone. My heart goes out to you. He did a great job though didn't he?

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'The Prisoner' debuts strong on AMC
From James Hibberd's Hollywood Reporter 'Live Feed' Blog - November 16th, 2009

AMC's remake of the classic series "The Prisoner" trapped 2.2 million viewers (1.7 household rating) during its two-hour debut Sunday evening.

By comparison, last week's "Mad Men" finale pulled in 2.3 million viewers (1.8 household rating). Basically, while not a huge breakout, "The Prisoner" debut outperformed the "Mad Men" average and helped AMC maintain some original series audience consistency on an evening where broadcast competitors had some of their strongest numbers in weeks.

Also "The Prisoner" is currently topping the iTunes chart.

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Broadcasting Service Coalition to FCC: Hands Off Our Spectrum
Group argues reallocating broadcast band to wireless is based on "erroneous assumptions"

By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/16/2009 4:48:35 PM

Banding together as the Broadcasting Service Coalition, Sinclair, Nexstar, New Age Media, MPS Media and Manship Media, have told the FCC to keep its hands off their spectrum band.

They argue that reallocating any of the broadcast band to wireless broadband would be "terrible public policy" based on "erroneous assumptions."

They say broadcasters are efficient spectrum users and could do more to innovate if the FCC loosened its rules to allow them to better respond to market changes. "Broadcasters can and will provide even better service if and when the FCC permits them to do so," the group argues. "At bottom, the reclamation proponent's proposals are anti-competitive and intended to make consumers pay for many of the services they now get for the most advantageous price: free."



A number of broadcasters argue that the wireless industry is trying to nip mobile broadband in the bud because its point-to-many-points model of distribution is a threat to wireless' mobile service.



Nexstar, Sinclair and company argue there is no spectrum "crisis" that would necessitate such drastic action. They concede demand is growing, but say there are a number of alternatives, using unlicensed spectrum for example, that would not eliminate a service they call a "cornerstone of American social, political and economic life."

"As multichannel providers pack more and more channels into lower tiers and drive monthly subscriber costs higher, and as more and more 'long tail' content becomes available online, entrepreneurs have ample tools and massive economic incentives to develop lower cost
alternatives tailored to meet consumers needs," they say. "With the digital transition complete, innovators are eagerly working to enable consumers to more easily access free, high definition broadcast programming and 'long tail' Internet-delivered content."



The groups say that, rather than take away broadcasters' spectrum, the FCC should make changes to its ownership and technical rules, pointing out it is not impossible for a local station to launch a national service or introduce a "game-changing" service in any local market, while wireless carriers are allowed to "adopt new technology, abandon old technology and test new services without disenfranchising anyone."

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State Broadcasters Want FCC To Reject Reallocation of Spectrum
Take aim at cable inudstry in comments to FCC

By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/16/2009 1:45:13 PM

State broadcaster associations have joined the growing chorus of stakeholders trying to drive a stake into any contemplation of turning over their spectrum to the wireless industry, taking aim at the cable industry in the process.

In comments to the FCC, state broadcast associations nationwide spoke with one voice, telling the FCC to "quickly and decisively reject calls for reallocation of television broadcast spectrum."

They point out that current cable subscribers who "decide that the service is not worth the price" have the option of an inexpensive antenna if they want to stop paying for TV.

"Government action that would make the American public permanently and irrevocably dependent on subscription multichannel services would be immensely counterproductive, especially when the government is trying to extend broadband penetration," said the broadcasters.

The broadcasters aim much of their comment at the Coleman Bazelon study introduced into the record by the Consumer Electronics Association. It suggests broadcasters are sitting on a trillion dollars worth of spectrum that could be better used by wireless broadband if broadcasters were paid for all of their spectrum and migrated to government-subsidized cable or satellite service.

The Bazelon paper is an impressive exercise in abstract mathematical “what-ifs,” but it has no grounding in reality, say the broadcasters. "As noted above, its assumptions about the price of basic cable service are off by half. Even more importantly, it ignores the critical economic benefits that free television brings multichannel subscribers," saying the option of dropping the service and picking up the free TV alternative is"a powerful force to moderate multichannel service prices."

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Public Broadcasters Want To Hold On To Spectrum
Arguing that their use is efficient and productive, and abundantly serves the public interest

By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/16/2009 1:17:42 PM

Public broadcasters are on the same page as their commercial counterparts when it comes to holding on to their spectrum, arguing that their use is "efficient and productive, and abundantly serves the public interest."

In filings with the FCC and in a meeting with FCC staffers last week at those staffers' request, PBS representatives made their case for why broadcasters should be allowed to continue their multiplatform strategy and how critical the over-the-air DTV component is to it.

The FCC is contemplating how to free up spectrum for wireless broadband. Broadcasters are a big part of that conversation due to the propagation characteristics of their spectrum, which make it beachfront real estate for wireless broadband.

"The free and universal nature of over-the-air broadcasting enables PBS and its member stations to ensure that virtually every household has access to robust, educational content and services, regardless of financial ability or geographic location," PBS told the commission, according to a disclosure statement filed with the FCC.

PBS has pointed out in earlier comments at the commission that their spectrum allocation allows them to deliver HD programming, multicast channels, datacasting services, enhanced emergency alerts when "other communications systems are hopelessly over-taxed."

PBS also argues that public TV is helping drive broadband adoption by increasingly melding its on-air and online content offerings.

Also weighing in from the noncommercial side in defense of broadcast spectrum were a host of public station licensees including universities, state commissions, and nonprofits.

They pointed out that they had borrowed money and spent millions to upgrade to broadcast in digital, which they would need to do to make that money back. They also pointed out they had raised money from viewers with the expectation that it was going to the ongoing digital broadcasting system.

In their comments, commercial broadcasters pointed out that the government and consumers had spent billions on the DTV transition. "This is a point that, for public television stations, simply cannot be understated," said the groups.

"Each of the Public TV Licensees has spent millions of dollars, in many cases tens of millions of dollars, to convert their transmission systems to digital service, implement the transition and acquire digital program production, origination and interconnection facilities. In these extremely difficult times, these funds were raised from institutional licensees, charitable donors, foundations, state governments, and the Federal government, all provided with the firm expectation that these funds, and the facilities they purchased, would continue to provide public television services."

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Bravo is owned by NBCU. JBJ has a deal with NBC. Welcome to the world of synergy.

Abd it is not so different from what we see in the rest of the cable TV world: ESPN overhyping events it owns, for example.

Shameful, yes. But part of the price we pay for allowing mega corporations to own many networks.

Ahh...synergy. Makes sense now.

And coulple that w/ the fact that Mr Bon Jovi has in fact seen a million faces...AND ROCKED THEM ALL!!!!

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CTIA: Public's Interest Is In Getting Back Broadcast Channels
Industry group favors reallocating spectrum

By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/16/2009 12:17:12 PM

The wireless industry says it agrees with broadcasters that the FCC should keep the public interest in mind when it decides "how the broadcast television spectrum should be allocated," but says that would "clearly favor reallocation of broadcast television spectrum for commercial mobile wireless broadband users."

That came in reply comments to the FCC, which is collecting input on how to get more spectrum for wireless broadband. CTIA says the FCC should not just reallocate any spectrum, but "the right" spectrum. And it made clear that includes broadcasters' spectrum.

The National Association of Broadcasters, the Association for Multiple Service Television and a host of broadcast groups have weighed in defending their turf as an efficient use of spectrum in service to the public's interest in free over-the-air TV for news, public affairs, emergency information, high-definition, mobile TV and more.

But CTIA: The Wireless Association, argues that broadcasters aren't efficient spectrum users, that broadcast spectrum is uniquely suited to mobile wireless broadband, and that there are no suitable alternatives to broadcasters' real estate.

The group said the FCC should consider immediately reclaiming broadcast channels in markets where they are unused. CTIA also said the FCC should move quickly to eject wireless microphones from the broadcast band.

The FCC has to come up with a plan by February for ubiquitous broadband deployment, and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has made it clear he thinks wireless broadband will be a key to that effort and that more spectrum is needed to handle bandwidth-hungry applications for a host of things including healthcare and education as well as entertainment. The industry wants at least another 800 MHz's worth.

CTIA asked the FCC to carefully consider a study from economist Coleman Bazelon and submitted by the Consumer Electronics Association that concludes that "huge economic gains [Bazelon pegged them at a staggering $1 trillion] could be enjoyed by broadcasters, wireless service providers, and consumers alike if the broadcast spectrum was reallocated for commercial wireless use."

Broadcasters have countered that the figure is wildly inflated, and that, in any event, any reckoning of broadcasters' value goes far beyond dollars and cents.

Not so fast, says CTIA. "[T]he shareholders who own commercial television broadcasters expect a return on their investment that goes beyond solely acting in the ‘public interest,' said the group."In fact, recent media reports make clear that broadcasters must hold on to unused and underutilized spectrum only to profit from mobile TV and multicasting - not to ensure the public receives free over the air programming. Moreover, as discussed in the Consumer Electronics Association's Bazelon Study, "the over-the-air portion of broadcasting is becoming less economically relevant to broadcasters."

Bazelon's argument for the waning economic impact of broadcast spectrum is based on the fact that most viewers (around 85%) aren't getting their TV station programming over the air but via a multichannel video service, including cable, satellite, telco TV, or via the Internet.

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November 16, 2009, 3:48 pm
Ken Ober, ‘Remote Control’ Host, Is Dead
By DAVE ITZKOFF

Updated | 4:29 p.m. Ken Ober, a brassy comedian best known as the host of the 1980s-era MTV game show “Remote Control,” died this weekend, Mark Measures, an agent at Abrams Artists who worked with him, said on Monday. Mr. Ober, who lived in Santa Monica, Calif., was 52. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Lee Kernis, a manager at Brillstein Entertainment Partners who represented Mr. Ober for more than 20 years, said that Mr. Ober was found dead on Sunday. He said that Mr. Ober was last heard from on Saturday night, when he spoke to a friend and complained of a headache and flu-like symptoms. Mr. Ober told the friend that he was going to take something and would see a doctor as soon as possible.

Mr. Ober, who was born in Brookline, Mass. and raised in Hartford, Conn., grew up idolizing game show hosts like Bob Barker and Bob Eubanks, and went on to host four game shows of his own, including a revived version of “Make Me Laugh” in 1997. But his breakthrough came a decade earlier when Mr. Ober, a contestant on the televised talent show “Star Search,” became the host of the MTV series “Remote Control” in 1987.

That show, which was the network’s first original series to focus on non-musical content, tested participants on their knowledge of television, music-video and pop-culture trivia. The show, which also provided a launching pad for the careers of comedians like Adam Sandler and Colin Quinn, drew much of its sarcastic, self-mocking spirit from the culturally obsessive Mr. Ober, who ran the program like a late-night talk show (or frat party) and gleefully teased players who gave wrong answers.

Van Toffler, the president of MTV Networks, said on Monday, “Ken was a great guy. His personality really brought ‘Remote Control’ to life, as well as a new style of programming for MTV. We were really flying by the seat of of our pants then, and Ken was the reason it worked.”

In recent years Mr. Ober also worked as a producer on comedy series like “Mind of Mencia” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”

Mr. Kernis said, “He was a terrific friend. I’m still shocked.”

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Interesting how all those corporations which own TV stations consider it "their spectrum".

I guess their lobbyists failed to inform them that it actually belongs to all of us. They are just granted the right, for the moment, to use it.

(And many of us might be inclined to believe it could be used in far better ways.)
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Interesting how all those corporations which own TV stations consider it "their spectrum".

I guess their lobbyists failed to inform them that it actually belongs to all of us. They are just granted the right, for the moment, to use it.

(And many of us might be inclined to believe it could be used in far better ways.)

I was thinking the exact same thing as I was reading them.
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ESPN when asked wouldnt comment if he has an "out clause" included....meaning he most likely does.

The fact that the release doesn't specify the NUMBER of years on the extension is pretty telling, too.
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TV Notes
CBS to swap 'Three Rivers,' 'Cold Case'

By James Hibberd in his The Hollywood Reporter LiveFeed blog, November 16, 2009

CBS is going to re-arrange Sunday night next week.

As a little experiment, the network is going to swap 9 p.m.'s "Three Rivers" and 10 p.m.'s "Cold Case" to see if either show is improved by the change.

The one-time scheduling switch comes as rumors circulate that CBS is contemplating an additional script order for "Three Rivers" (two) and possibly even ordering additional episodes (five). The network may be waiting for nationals to come in tomorrow for Sunday's episode (which hit a season high in the preliminary ratings) before making a decision.

As noted in that ratings post, "Rivers" tends to get blamed for the performance of "Case," which rose last year when it had a better lead-in from "Without a Trace." CBS probably figures they'll give "Case" the stronger "Amazing Race" lead in and push "Rivers" to where there's less competition at 10 p.m. and see what happens.
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Nielsen Notes
The sports ratings game

From SportsMediaWatch, Nov. 16, 2009
  • Friday's Lakers/Nuggets game drew a 1.6/3 U.S. rating and 2.3 million viewers on ESPN, down 11% and 13%, respectively, from Pistons/Lakers on the comparable night last year (1.8, 2.7 mil). Earlier in the night, Hawks/Celtics drew a 1.2/2 U.S. rating and 1.8 million viewers. (pifeedback.com)
  • ESPN2 drew a 2.3/4 U.S. rating and 3.6 million viewers for Friday night's West Virginia/Cincinnati tilt. The game topped both games of ESPN's NBA doubleheader -- the third straight week that Friday night college football on ESPN2 has beaten the NBA on ESPN head-to-head. (pifeedback.com)
  • The November 7 Feder Emelianenko/Brett Rogers Strikeforce bout drew 5.5 million viewers from 11:01-11:09 PM, making the fight the 8th-most viewed live, individual MMA fight in U.S. history. This only includes fights that have "aired on a live event broadcast ... as opposed to being taped months in advance for a reality show such as The Ultimate Fighter." 8 of the 11 most-viewed fights have aired on CBS, including the current record holder -- the May '08 Kimbo Slice/James Thompson bout (7.3 million viewers). (Ivan's Blog)
NASCAR sinks below a 3.0 overnight

The penultimate race of the NASCAR season was not much of a draw on ABC.

ABC drew a mere 2.8 overnight rating for Sunday's Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500, down 18% from a 3.4 for last year's race, and down 10% from a 3.1 for last week's Dickies 500.


The 2.8 overnight is easily the lowest for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 since the race moved to broadcast in '01. Overnight ratings for the race have dropped 35% since '04 (4.3 to 2.8).


Additionally, this marks the 5th time in the last 9 races that NASCAR has failed to draw at least a 3.0 overnight rating.


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Another slide for college football on ABC

For the third straight week, overnight ratings dropped by double-digits for ABC's Saturday Night Football.

Regional action featuring Notre Dame/Pittsburgh drew a 4.2 overnight rating on ABC Saturday night, down 29% from a 5.9 for comparable regional action last year, but up 5% from a 4.0 for coverage featuring Connecticut/Cincinnati last week.


The 29% drop in the overnights follows a 51% decline last week and a 36% decline the week before.
Saturday Night Football has not had an increase in overnight ratings since October 3.

Earlier in the day, regional action featuring Iowa/Ohio St. drew a 4.1 overnight rating, down a tick from a 4.2 for last year's comparable telecast, but up 8% from a 3.6 for coverage in the comparable timeslot last week.


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CBS sees rare decline for college football coverage

Though down from last year, CBS still drew strong numbers for coverage of the SEC on Saturday.

CBS drew a 4.7 overnight rating for Saturday's Florida/South Carolina game, the second half of an SEC doubleheader on the network. The 4.7 is off 15% from a 5.5 for Alabama/LSU last year, but marks a 7% increase over last week's game, which also featured LSU and Alabama.


The 4.7 overnight is the lowest of the season for a Florida Gators game on CBS -- though only barely. Three Gators telecasts on CBS have drawn a 4.8 overnight, while a fourth (a primetime battle against LSU) drew a 6.8.


Despite the decline, Florida/South Carolina drew the highest overnight of the weekend for a college football game on broadcast.


Earlier in the day, Tennessee/Mississippi drew a 2.4 overnight rating, the second-lowest of the season for any college football telecast on CBS. Only Arkansas/Alabama in September drew a lower overnight (2.2).


Source:
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Good numbers for CBS singleheader

A clash of AFC North rivals helped give CBS strong numbers on Sunday.

Sunday's NFL singleheader, featuring the Bengals' win over the Steelers, drew an 11.0 overnight on CBS -- up 16% from a 9.5 for the comparable window last year, and up 8% from a 10.2 for the comparable window last week. Both of those telecasts aired on FOX.


The 11.0 overnight is the highest for the NFL singleheader since Week 6, when coverage featuring Giants/Saints drew an 11.9 on FOX.


Source:
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Patriots/Colts scores for NBC

A stirring battle between heated rivals gave NBC one of its highest overnight ratings ever for Sunday Night Football.

The Colts' comeback victory over the Patriots drew a 15.1/24 overnight rating on NBC Sunday night, up 22% from Giants/Eagles during Week 10 last year (12.4/20), and up 6% from last week's Cowboys/Eagles game (14.3/23).


The 15.1 overnight is the second-highest of the season for
Sunday Night Football, behind only Giants/Cowboys in Week 2 (16.5). Additionally, the 15.1 is tied with another Patriots/Colts matchup as the fourth-highest overnight for an NFL telecast on NBC since the network resumed airing games in '06.

This season alone, NBC has drawn 3 of the 8 highest
Sunday Night Football overnights.

Sunday's game drew a 39.0/53 in Indianapolis and a 35.4/54 in Boston. The game also drew a 25.6/34 in New Orleans, where the Saints -- like the Colts -- are undefeated.


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Big numbers for Cowboys/Packers

The Packers and Cowboys powered FOX to the second-highest NFL overnight of the season.

Sunday's NFL national window, featuring Cowboys/Packers, drew a 16.9 overnight rating on FOX -- up 8% from Colts/Steelers on CBS last year (15.5), and up 21% from Chargers/Giants on CBS last week (14.0).


The 16.9 overnight is the second-highest of the season for an NFL telecast on any network, behind only an 18.3 for Vikings/Packers earlier this month.


The last three NFL national windows on FOX (Week 7, 8 and 10) have drawn three of the four highest overnight ratings of the season.


FOX did not fare as well earlier in the day. Regional coverage featuring Falcons/Panthers drew a 9.1 overnight, down 13% from a 10.4 for last year's comparable window on CBS, and down 18% from an 11.1 for last week's window, also on CBS.


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"CNN Tonight" with John Roberts has replaced the Lou Dobbs show. It will probably air until John King's new show starts early next year. Also, a repeat of the "Campbell Brown" show replaced a repeat of the Lou Dobbs show in the early morning.

I wonder if John Roberts is a candidate to replace John King in the "State of the Union With John King" when John King's new show starts?

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I wish they would give Jack Cafferty a whole hour to be crabby... but he's absent so often, he probably couldn't handle it...
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I was expecting John King to take over tonight. He's going on vacation instead?
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First Posted: 11-12-09 09:50 AM | Updated: 11-12-09 12:41 PM

John King will replace Lou Dobbs as the host of the 7PM hour on CNN, the network announced Thursday.

King will anchor a nightly political program beginning early next year, the network said.

"The program will reflect what CNN is all about: straight facts from our anchors and the widest range of opinions from across the political spectrum," CNN/US President Jon Klein said in a statement. "John has enthralled CNN viewers with his vast political knowledge, and he has spent the past year reporting from beyond the Beltway on pressing policy issues and the real people they impact. Every night, he'll share his passion and his insights about what is really going on in Washington and across America."

"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity, at this busy and consequential time, to have a platform to discuss and explore the big issues of our time," King said. "There is a lot of noise and conflict in our political discourse, which is fun to cover, but I'm convinced from my travels that people also thirst for more details as well as insight and context. I'm looking forward to combining those conversations with top newsmakers, smart reporting and expert analysis."

Until King starts early next year, CNN will air "a newscast with rotating anchors" called "CNN Tonight" at 7PM, the NYT's Brian Stelter adds on Twitter.

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No doubt they want to take time to work out the format and structure of the new show. They announced Campbell Brown's show months before it began. And, King's Sunday morning stuff will probably be revamped to do without him. That all takes time.
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
Tuesday Network Prime-Time Programming Options

(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
V
9 Dancing With The Stars
10 the forgotten

CBS
8
NCIS
9 NCIS Los Angeles
10 The Good Wife

NBC
8
Merry Madagascar : Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria must deliver Santa's presents to save Christmas when Santa gets amnesia following an accident on his sleigh.
8:30 The Biggest Loser (90 minutes) SD
10 The Jay Leno Show. Actor Owen Benjamin; game show host Howie Mandel; the latest contestant eliminated from ``The Biggest Loser.''

Fox
8
So You Think You Can Dance (two hours)

PBS
8 Nova: Becoming Human: Episode: Becoming Human: Last Human Standing. Evidence reveals new insights into how humans became creative and modern; demise of Neanderthals.
9 Frontline: A Death in Tehran. Neda Soltani was shot and killed on the streets of Tehran, Iran, during protests over the country's presidential election.
10 Independent Lens: No Subtitles Necessary: Lazla & Vilmos. Lazla Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond escaped the Soviet oppression of the Hungarian Revolution to become successful cinematographers in Hollywood.

The CW
8
90210
9 Melrose Place
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As always at CNN, it takes months to get things done.

That has always been a major problem.

Now the former Dobbs hour will drift, directionless, for a couple of months.

That is not the way to combat the aggressiveness of Fox (or MSNBC, for that matter). But that is the way CNN has done it for the past decade or more. No wonder it is in shambles.

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No doubt they want to take time to work out the format and structure of the new show. They announced Campbell Brown's show months before it began. And, King's Sunday morning stuff will probably be revamped to do without him. That all takes time.

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Tuesday Network Prime-Time Programming Options

(All shows are in HD except for NBC's "The Biggest Loser" which is in 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
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V
9 Dancing With The Stars
10 the forgotten

CBS
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NCIS
9 NCIS Los Angeles
10 The Good Wife

NBC
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Merry Madagascar : Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria must deliver Santa's presents to save Christmas when Santa gets amnesia following an accident on his sleigh.
8:30 The Biggest Loser (90 minutes) SD
10 The Jay Leno Show. Actor Owen Benjamin; game show host Howie Mandel; the latest contestant eliminated from ``The Biggest Loser.''

Fox
8
So You Think You Can Dance (two hours)

PBS
8 Nova: Becoming Human: Episode: Becoming Human: Last Human Standing. Evidence reveals new insights into how humans became creative and modern; demise of Neanderthals.
9 Frontline: A Death in Tehran. Neda Soltani was shot and killed on the streets of Tehran, Iran, during protests over the country's presidential election.
10 Independent Lens: No Subtitles Necessary: Lazla & Vilmos. Lazla Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond escaped the Soviet oppression of the Hungarian Revolution to become successful cinematographers in Hollywood.

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9 Melrose Place
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Interesting how all those corporations which own TV stations consider it "their spectrum".

I guess their lobbyists failed to inform them that it actually belongs to all of us. They are just granted the right, for the moment, to use it.

(And many of us might be inclined to believe it could be used in far better ways.)

No less than the corporations who "want it" be theirs? Be careful you aren't swapping one "free" evil for one "paid" evil. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

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The point is, the spectrum is ours. Not theirs.

And those who have had use of it for half a century or more have made many, many billions of dollars and have increasingly used it shoddily.

Personally, were I Emperor, I'd immediately strip the licenses of any station which has discontinued news programming.

And I would revert to the old maximum seven-station ownership rule and, while I was at it, I'd disallow cross-ownership, too, and use every possible incentive to encourage true local ownership.

And speaking of ownership, I'd go back to the old rules where no network could have a financial interest in its prime time programming.

What a pathetic joke "the public interest" has become in the hands of so many of those who control our broadcast licenses.

(And those are our broadcast licenses, by the way, not theirs. It is so sad we haven't pulled many of them back to see who else could do a better job. It isn't, in many cases, exactly a high standard a new owner would face.)
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Comcast set to battle ESPN at local level

By John Ourand, Sports Business Journal Staff writer

Comcast is responding to ESPN’s move to launch local Web sites by beefing up its news operations at five of the company’s regional sports networks.

Comcast is interviewing reporters and editors to staff its online news operations in Chicago, San Francisco and Washington. Its executives are using the same template in these markets that they used in Boston, where Comcast spent millions of dollars earlier this fall to launch a news operation from scratch.

“This is the single largest investment outside of making an acquisition in the business,” said Eric Grilly, executive vice president and chief digital officer for Comcast Sports Group.

The moves clearly are coming in response to ESPN’s launch of locally tailored Web sites. This year, ESPN launched local sites in Chicago, Boston and Dallas, with launches planned in New York and Los Angeles next year.

The implications for Comcast are significant. In markets where it operates regional sports networks, Comcast does not want to cede local sports news to a national entity like ESPN. RSNs believe they have a competitive advantage thanks to the local relationships they have developed with the teams and their fans.

“In the short term, these moves are about protecting existing businesses,” Grilly said. “But without having a strong digital play, our overall business could be siphoned off.”

In the Mid-Atlantic market, for example, Comcast plans to fully staff two Web sites, one for CSNWashington.com and one for CSNBaltimore.com.

“I don’t think anyone outside of the Weather Channel uses the term Mid-Atlantic,” said Rebecca Schulte, senior vice president and general manager of CSN Mid-Atlantic. “It’s too vague to discuss what we’re doing.”

At some point in the first quarter, Comcast will launch a new Web site design for its networks to accommodate more original reporting and video.

In its first year, it expects to have a beat writer hired for every professional team it covers. In ensuing years, it plans to hire reporters to cover local colleges and high schools.

The key for Comcast is to attract big-name writers who could appear on both TV and online.

Comcast dismissed suggestions that its coverage will be compromised by business arrangements the channels have with pro teams in their markets. MLB’s Giants and White Sox hold stakes in Comcast RSNs in the Bay Area and Chicago, respectively. And Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic is the official cable network of the Washington Redskins.

“We do it every day in our news right now,” Schulte said. “We take the good with the bad. Our business relationships don’t taint what we do in our news bureaus.”

Comcast plans to launch a blog area called Truth and Rumors, where it expects many of its columnists to write online. It also will launch lifestyle and entertainment aspects to the Web sites.

Grilly expects many of the Web-based shows eventually to migrate from the Web to television. For example, the company plans to launch pre- and postgame shows online, which then could cross over to television.

The moves already have showed significant progress in Philadelphia, where unique visitors and time spent on the Web site both doubled since the market’s RSN started hiring new reporters about eight months ago.

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Tuesday’s TV Talk Shows
Sarah Palin is a guest on 'Good Morning America', ‘Nightline’

From the Los Angeles Times’ “Show Tracker” blog
(Note: times are generally ET/PT Cable times are Pacific. For Sunday talk show and PBS show start times please check your local listings.)

The Early Show Harry Connick Jr. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS

Today Sandra Bullock ("The Blind Side"); author James Patterson; Carrie Fisher; Coolio (new book "Cookin' With Coolio"). (N) 7 a.m. NBC

Good Morning America Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska); Kris Allen performs; Viggo Mortensen ("The Road"). (N) 7 a.m. ABC

Live With Regis and Kelly Keanu Reeves ("The Private Lives of Pippa Lee"); Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt (new book "How to Be Famous"). (N) Syndicated

The View Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw and Quinton Aaron ("The Blind Side"); Morena Baccarin. (N) 10 a.m. (11 a.m. ET) ABC

The Doctors Brooke Burke and puppets from "Sesame Street"; spanking. (N) Syndicated

The Martha Stewart Show (N) Syndicated

The Bonnie Hunt Show Joseph Fiennes ("FlashForward"); Ken Jeong ("Community"). (N) Syndicated

Oprah Winfrey Lisa Ling reports on women, erotica and pornography; Jenna Jameson. (N) Syndicated

Dr. Phil People close to the case of a 15-year-old girl who was gang raped and beaten while witnesses stood by without calling 911. (N) Syndicated

The Ellen DeGeneres Show Dwayne Johnson ("Planet 51"); Brian Williams. (N) Syndicated

The Tyra Show Weight discrimination. (N) Syndicated

The Dr. Oz Show Cellphone health dangers. (N) Syndicated

Tavis Smiley Harry Connick Jr. (N) 7 and 11 p.m. PBS

The Jay Leno Show Tyra Banks. (N) 10 p.m. NBC

The Daily Show Vice President Joe Biden. (N) 11 p.m. Comedy Central

Lopez Tonight Andy Garcia; Jeana Keough, Alexis Bellino, and Tamra Barney ("The Real Housewives of Orange County"). (N) 11 p.m. TBS

Charlie Rose President Obama's China visit; Chef Eric Ripert. (N) 11:30 p.m. PBS

Late Show Penlope Cruz; the Script performs. (N) 11:35 p.m. CBS

The Tonight Show Jane Lynch; 50 Cent performs. (N) 11:35 p.m. NBC

Nightline Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska). (N) 11:35 p.m. ABC

Jimmy Kimmel Live John Stamos; Emily VanCamp; OneRepublic performs. (N) 12:06 a.m. ABC

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Woody Harrelson. (N) 12:37 a.m. CBS

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Cheech and Chong. (N) 12:37 a.m. NBC

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Anyone see any confirmation on the net of whether or not Calista Flockhart shaved her head for her current cancer storyline? My wife and I have a bet as she thinks it's a bald cap. If it is, that's the best bald cap that has ever been employed on television. I think Calista is dedicated enough to her craft that she would shave her head if needed.
Maybe Matt Roush can clear this up in one of his columns.
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TV Notes
Tuesday’s TV Highlights:
Animals to the rescue in 'Merry Madagascar'

From the Los Angeles Times’ “Show Tracker” blog
(Note: times are generally ET/PT.
Please remember that all live sports events are listed in Pacific time.
For PBS show start times please double check your local listings.)


SERIES

NCIS: The team's investigation into a lieutenant's death is connected to a citywide blackout in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS).

90210: Navid (Michael Steger) decides to confront Adrianna (Jessica Lowndes) about her drug use, and Debbie and Harry (Lori Loughlin, Rob Estes) are surprised when Annie (Shenae Grimes) wants to invite Jasper (Zach Sherman) over for dinner (8 p.m. CW).

Merry Madagascar: Santa gets amnesia following an accident on his sleigh in the animated holiday special. (8 p.m. NBC).

The Biggest Loser: Fashion consultant Tim Gunn ("Project Runway") and hairstylist Tabatha Coffey ("Tabatha's Salon Takeover") help give the remaining six contestants makeovers before they give motivational speeches about their weight loss journeys (8:30 p.m. NBC).

Melrose Place: Former "Melrose Place" regular Heather Locklear returns to her old series cast as the WPK owner who stuns Ella (Katie Cassidy) firing half the staff, including Caleb (Victor Webster), in this new episode (9 p.m. CW).

Frontline: Neda Soltani became the face of a powerful movement opposing Islamic hard-liners after she was shot and killed on the streets of Tehran, Iran, during protests over the country's presidential election last summer, when her death was captured on a cellphone camera and uploaded to the Internet (9 p.m. PBS).

WWII in HD: The documentary miniseries reaches its midpoint with "Day of Days," a tense hour that recounts how the Allies found themselves bogged down in the hedgerows of Normandy in the period immediately following D-Day. Gary Sinise narrates (9 p.m. History).

Dancing With the Stars: This new episode features performances by Alicia Keys, Leona Lewis and Barry and Robin Gibb. (9 p.m. ABC).

The Good Wife: Alicia (Julianna Margulies) is caught off guard when Peter (Chris Noth) needs her to testify on his behalf in his appeals process, just as she is preparing to defend a scientist accused of arson (10 p.m. CBS).

Tabatha's Salon Takeover: This new episode visits Eclectic Salon in Los Angeles (10 p.m. Bravo).

SPECIALS

Hunt for the Samurai Subs: This new special follows deep-sea explorers traveling to depths of nearly 3,000 feet near Hawaii to explore the wreck of a Japanese I-401 submarine, part of a fleet of incredibly advanced combat subs that Japan intended to use in an attack on a major U.S. Navy base in the Pacific, shortly before the dropping of the atomic bombs forced the country to surrender (6 and 9 p.m. National Geographic).

SPORTS

College basketball: Clemson at Liberty (7 a.m. ESPN); Northeastern at Siena (9 a.m. ESPN); Arkansas-Little Rock at Tulsa (11 a.m. ESPN); Temple at Georgetown (1 p.m. ESPN); Binghamton at Pittsburgh (2:30 p.m. ESPN2); NIT Season Tip-Off Regional (3 p.m. ESPN); Arkansas vs. Louisville (4:30 p.m. ESPN2); Gonzaga at Michigan State (5 p.m. ESPN); Memphis at Kansas (7 p.m. ESPN); NIT Season Tip-Off Regional Final (8:30 p.m. ESPN2).

Women's college basketball: Connecticut vs. Texas (6:30 p.m. ESPN2).
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MaestroJ: The "Ask Matt": column is generally posted on Monday. But so far this week no sign of it.

BTW: I have found nothing to indicate that Ms. Flockhart shaved her head for the "Brothers & Sisters" episode.
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