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Most people don't care about the tech details; they just want a good picture (which many of us might dispute, by the way) and a remote they can use.

Indeed, let us not forget that these fine folks are probably mostly responsible for various broadcasters to be STILL doing stretch-o-vision (for which I'd gladly accept a federal law AGAINST)!

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Friday’s fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings (which include the total viewers and 18-49 demographic estimates) – along with Media Week Analyst Marc Berman’s view of what they mean -- have now been posted at the top of Ratings News -- the second post in this thread.

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DVD Review
'Hogan's Heroes: The Complete Series'

The series starring Bob Crane managed to stick around for six seasons while getting laughs out of its Nazi POW camp setting.
By Susan King, Los Angeles Times, November 28, 2009

CBS' 1965-71 sitcom "Hogan's Heroes" revolved around a slick American colonel and his colorful band of fellow prisoners at a Nazi POW camp. Every week, these wily prisoners made dummkopfs of their German captors.

Ironically, the series was originally set in a U.S. prison.

"Hogan was going to be captain of the guards," says producer Al Ruddy, who created the show with Bernard Fein. "Klink was going to be a warden. Hogan was an enlightened penologist. He ran a happy prison, and everyone was content."

But Ruddy and Fein couldn't sell it to the networks. "No sponsors wanted to bring you a night in jail," Ruddy says, laughing. About three months later, while the two were trying to salvage the series, Ruddy came up with the idea of setting it in a German POW camp. This time around, the concept quickly sold.

And the sitcom, which aired on Friday evenings, was an instant success. "The next thing I know I get calls from every studio about ideas," says Ruddy, who went on to produce such films as the Oscar-winning 1972 classic "The Godfather."

All six seasons of the series arrived on DVD this week in the 28-disc "Hogan's Heroes: The Complete Series, Kommandant's Kollection," from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment. Extras include a new interview with Richard Dawson, best known as the kissing host of "Family Feud," who played the cockney Cpl. Peter Newkirk; a segment of the old variety series "Hollywood Palace," featuring the cast of "Hogan's Heroes"; and an extended version of the pilot episode, "The Informer."

Bob Crane, whose kinky sex life and murder were chronicled in Paul Schrader's film "Auto Focus," played the charmingly brilliant Col. Robert Hogan, who was always scheming to outwit the Nazi brass at Stalag 13, including the officious but clueless Col. Wilhelm Klink (Werner Klemperer) and thick-headed Sgt. Schultz (John Banner). Besides Newkirk, Hogan's heroes included Sgt. Kinchloe (Ivan Dixon), Sgt. Carter (Larry Hovis) and Cpl. LeBeau (Robert Clary).

The series was a hit with audiences and received three Emmy nominations for outstanding comedy series. Crane earned two nominations for lead actor and Klemperer received back-to-back Emmys in the supporting category. "Hogan's Heroes" garnered controversy from some quarters for making light of World War II, but defenders of the show noted that several cast members were Jewish, including Klemperer. Banner had fled Europe because of the Nazis, and Clary had been in a World War II concentration camp.

" 'Hogan's Heroes' lasted longer than the war," joked Dawson in a recent interview. "Our producer, Edward H. Feldman, he was just the dearest man. He never allowed blood, violence. You never saw someone being shot. You never saw someone being blown up."

The cast, Dawson said, was like an alternate family. Clary lives near Dawson in Beverly Hills. "We became very good friends," says Dawson. "John Banner was a dear man. He used to come home with me and play with my boys."

Dawson was a popular comic in his native England, known as Dickie Dawson when he came to Los Angeles. He had been spotted in a comedy club by Carl Reiner, who gave him a part in an episode of "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Soon he was asked to audition for "Hogan's Heroes."

"I went in and did the interview with Ed Feldman," Dawson said. Surprisingly, he was asked if he wanted to audition for the American Hogan. "I must have been on narcotics, because I said I would love that."

Because he couldn't do an American accent, he imitated Phil Silvers' blustery "Sgt. Bilko" character. "I realized I must have been most embarrassing," said Dawson.

But not embarrassing enough for Feldman, who asked Dawson to play Newkirk. "He said, 'What sort of Englishman do you want to be?' Everybody does cockney, usually, and I said I would like to do a little something different."

So he gave Newkirk a Liverpool accent, like the Beatles. "When we shot the pilot, I had just two or three sentences. About the third day, Eddie Feldman said the New York executives just called and they don't understand what you are saying. So I went in and looped it, and I made Newkirk a cockney."
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^^^ Universal HD has a "Hogan's Heroes" all-day marathon every Monday from 9AM to 7PM ET/PT, then sporadical showings throughout the rest of the week. It's a pretty good HD transfer so, if you want your Hogan vs. Klink wacky hijinks in high-def, check this one out.
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^^^ Universal HD has a "Hogan's Heroes" all-day marathon every Monday from 9AM to 7PM ET/PT, then sporadical showings throughout the rest of the week. It's a pretty good HD transfer so, if you want your Hogan vs. Klink wacky hijinks in high-def, check this one out.

Indeed - although those that were on HDNET were a tad better, about 2-3 minutes longer per episode, and were not as zoomed. Nevertheless, still worth a watch - really a great classic!
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Agreed. The HDNet presentation was a lot better.
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I just bought a blu ray at BB for $129 that has a wireless connection to NetFlix. Now I hardly have to get up!! All the movies I have on my list on the computer that have instant play come up on the blu ray when I turn on the Netflix part. click on the movie you want to watch and you are good to go. We never have bought any VCR or DVD programs but we watch a lot of movies with NetFlix. The only problem I see is fewer titles but that is growing almost every day. I also signed up with Net Flix to change my account to blu ray. That will start when I get some movies Monday. They do charge $4 a month more for blu ray but TWC just increased me about $6 a month for nothing -- that includes Navigator -- which is nothing. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out over the next few years with network TV v. cable TV v. these kind of players.
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TV Notes
Sunday’s TV Highlights
Sparks fly on 'Desperate Housewives'

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


SERIES

Explorer: In the new episode "Nazi Mystery: Twins From Brazil," a town filled with blond-haired, blue-eyed twins in the remote Brazilian jungle may be the result of efforts made by infamous Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele, who a historian says may have continued his obsessive quest to engineer a master race after fleeing Germany to South America (6 and 9 p.m. National Geographic).

Desperate Housewives: Lynette's pregnancy causes a rift with Gaby and Carlos. (9 p.m. ABC).

Cowboys & Outlaws: The historical series tells the story of Billy the Kid, who killed 21 men. (9 p.m. History); a second new episode titled "The Real Lonesome Dove" follows at 10.

Meet the Natives: USA: This new series premieres with five tribesmen from the South Pacific island of Tanna staying with an American family on their ranch in Montana. In a second episode, the tribesmen visit New York City (10 p.m. Travel).

SPECIALS

The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert: A four-hour megaconcert spotlighting a host of iconic musicians at Madison Square Garden commemorates the institution (8 p.m. HBO).

Behind the Magic: Disney Holidays: This new special documents preparations that go into decorating Walt Disney World for the holiday season (8 p.m. HGTV).

MOVIES

The Shop Around the Corner: Alfred and Klara (James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan) are rival store employees who constantly argue, not realizing that they have been corresponding with each other through the mail, in this 1940 romantic comedy (6:45 p.m. TCM).

The Dog Who Saved Christmas: Zeus (Mario Lopez), a crafty canine who previously had shown little aptitude as a guard dog, jumps to the rescue when two bumbling thieves target his master's home during the holidays in this yuletide-themed TV comedy (8 p.m. ABC Family).

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure: Tinker Bell journeys to the far north to save a Pixie Dust Tree in this 2009 animated children's film featuring the voices of Mae Whitman and Kristin Chenoweth (8 p.m. Disney).

The National Tree: A man and his son (Andrew McCarthy and Evan Williams) embark on a cross-country road trip to transport a Christmas tree to Washington, D.C., in this new TV holiday movie (8 p.m. Hallmark).

A Dog Named Christmas: A mentally challenged young man (Noel Fisher) embarks on a mission to find dogs homes for the holidays. Bruce Greenwood and Linda Emond also star in this new Hallmark Hall of Fame production (9 p.m. CBS).

SPORTS

Pro football: The Pittsburgh Steelers visit the Baltimore Ravens (5:15 p.m. NBC).

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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
Sunday 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:
7 America's Funniest Home Videos
SD
8 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition SD
9 Desperate Housewives
10 Brothers & Sisters

CBS:
7 60 Minutes: The Gold fuels a war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; ocean explorer Robert Ballard.
8 The Amazing Race 15
SD
9 Movie: A Dog Named Christmas. A mentally challenged man embarks on a mission to find homes for dogs during the holidays. Based on a novel by Greg Kincaid. With Bruce Greenwood, Noel Fisher, Linda Emond, Peter Werner, Jenny Wingfield (2009)

Fox:
7
NFL Football: regional coverage. Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans or Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings.
7:30 The OT
8 The Simpsons
8:30 The Cleveland Show
9 Family Guy
9:30 American Dad

NBC:
7 Football Night in America
8:15 NFL: Pittsburgh at Baltimore

PBS
8 Nature: The Desert Lions. A Namibian carnivore specialist studies the desert lions in the Namib Desert on Africa's Skeleton Coast. (R, January 06, 2008)
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Goodbye, Hello:
Resuscitating a Sitcom

By Edward Wyatt, The New York Times

LOS ANGELES---In May, during the last episode of the eighth season of “Scrubs” — the quirky hospital comedy created by Bill Lawrence and starring Zach Braff — a series of outtakes closed the action. Viewers saw actors from the series saying goodbyes, trading hugs and filming what they assumed were their final scenes on what was to have been the series finale.

But between the time those scenes were taped in December and when they were broadcast, ABC decided that the series — or something like it — was not going to end after all.

“We realized there was still a creative vitality in the show,” said Samie Falvey, a senior vice president for comedy at ABC Entertainment. “We felt we didn’t have to let it go yet.”

Given that the most highly paid stars were moving on, ABC also saw a way to continue the show at a significantly lower cost — which it has, with unknown actors and younger writers to take the series in a new direction.

But while the series that begins on Tuesday on ABC is called “Scrubs,” it is not, by most estimations, exactly the same whimsical exploration of the lives of young doctors in love that has survived so many near-death experiences in the last decade.

“I see ‘Scrubs’ as a new show,” Mr. Lawrence wrote in a note to television critics this month, referring to the coming ninth season. So much is new —including the setting and two show runners, who are responsible for the day-to-day production — that Mr. Lawrence pushed ABC to change the title.

Apparently he was at least partly successful; Ms. Falvey said the tag line “Med School” will appear briefly at the end of the “Scrubs” title sequence (though it is not there on the preview episodes that ABC released to television writers this fall).

“You’ve got to view this show as ‘Frasier’ was to ‘Cheers,’ ” Mr. Lawrence said of “Scrubs: Med School.” “It has some familiar characters, but we’re writing it as a new show, and we’re treating it as such.”

The familiar characters begin with Mr. Braff as John Dorian, better known as J. D., whose angst-riddled soliloquies, delivered in voice-over, served as the show’s emotional center for eight years.

In the new series J. D. is back, but only part time as a teacher at the Winston University medical school, which is affiliated with the familiar Sacred Heart Hospital. J. D. will appear in only the first 6 of 13 episodes scheduled for this season, gradually giving way to a new lead character: a medical-school student, Lucy, played by Kerry Bishé, a relative newcomer to television.

Lucy talks to herself, as J. D. did, and suffers similar bouts of addled insecurity as she tries to acclimate herself to the high-stakes yet bizarrely dispassionate world of a teaching hospital.

“I think about Lucy as someone who is to some degree an everyman,” Ms. Bishé (pronounced bih-SHAY) said. “There is a universality to feeling like an outsider and a little bit of a weirdo.”

Joining Lucy for her first year of medical school are Dave Franco as Cole, the obnoxious son of the medical school’s benefactor, and Michael Mosley as Drew, a first-year student in his early 30s whose previous sojourn in med school was interrupted by a stint in prison.

Several regulars from the original ensemble will have continuing roles in the new series, including Donald Faison as Chris Turk and John C. McGinley as Perry Cox, who now are professors at the medical school. Eliza Coupe also returns as Denise, the intern who is uninterested in and uniquely unqualified for her assignment as the new students’ den mother.

While ABC Studios has produced “Scrubs” from the beginning, last season was the show’s first on the ABC network. It picked up the series after NBC, which broadcast the show for its first seven seasons, announced in 2008 that it would not renew it.

The transfer reinforced the show’s reputation as the red-headed stepchild of situation comedies. While on NBC its time slot was changed at least six times. Three more changes came last season on ABC.

When ABC approached Mr. Lawrence last spring about continuing the series, he was, he said, of two minds. He was trying to get a new series, the Courteney Cox comedy “Cougar Town,” off the ground and on ABC’s schedule. Continuing “Scrubs” would potentially double his workload — as well as raise his income — but Mr. Lawrence said that another factor tipped the balance for him.

“There were 105 people who worked on ‘Scrubs’ for eight years,” he said. “In this economic landscape, if you have the chance to continue a project, you don’t just say: ‘No big deal. I’ll go work somewhere else.’ ” So while several actors had gone to other projects, and most writers were drafted to other series, the new show has saved the jobs of almost all of the production staff and costs less than the original’s final-season $2 million per episode.

“Scrubs” moved its set from a former hospital in North Hollywood to a soundstage at Culver Studios in Culver City, Calif. “Cougar Town” is on the stage next door, and the two shows share production offices and some sets.

“We do it all at a very reasonable price,” said Jonathan Groff, an executive producer, though he and ABC both declined to be specific. Because of that frugality, he said, “we may not need to do the highest ratings.” The original was never a huge hit, “but no matter where it was on the schedule, a loyal fan base showed up for it.”

Mr. Lawrence said he wasn’t particularly worried about ratings either. “Two-tenths of a rating point is not much of a difference if you are saving the network $10 million to $20 million a year,” he said. “But then I became a comedy writer so I wouldn’t ever have to do math.”

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TV Sports
2009 - 2010 College Bowl Games

(All times are Eastern all games in HD)

Saturday, December 19th

New Mexico Bowl (MWC - WAC) 3:30 p.m. ESPN

St. Petersburg Bowl (Big East - CUSA) 7:00 p.m. ESPN


Sunday, December 20th

New Orleans Bowl (Sun Belt - CUSA) 7:15 p.m. ESPN


Tuesday, December 22nd

Las Vegas Bowl (Pac 10 -- MWC) 7:00 p.m. ESPN


Wednesday, December 23rd

Poinsettia Bowl (Pac 10 - MWC) 7:00 p.m. ESPN


Thursday, December 24th

Hawaii Bowl (WAC - CUSA) 7:00 p.m. ESPN


Saturday, December 26th

Motor City Bowl (Big Ten - MAC) 12:00 p.m. ESPN

Car Care Bowl (ACC - Big East) 3:30 p.m. ESPN

Emerald Bowl (Pac-10 - ACC) 7:00 p.m. ESPN


Sunday, December 27th

Music City Bowl (ACC - SEC) 7:15 p.m. ESPN


Monday, December 28th

Independence Bowl (Big XII - SEC) 4:00 p.m. ESPN


Tuesday, December 29th

Congressional Bowl (ACC - Army, if it beats Navy) 3:30 p.m. ESPN

Champs Sports Bowl (ACC - Big Ten) 7:00 p.m. ESPN


Wednesday, December 30th

Humanitarian Bowl (MWC - WAC) 3:30 p.m. ESPN

Holiday Bowl (Pac-10 - Big XII) 7:00 p.m. ESPN


Thursday, December 31st

Armed Forces Bowl (MWC -- CUSA) 11:00 a.m. ESPN

Sun Bowl (Pac-10 - Big XII) 1:00 p.m. CBS

Texas Bowl (Big XII - Navy) 2:30 p.m. ESPN

Insight Bowl (Big Ten - Big XII) 5:00 p.m. NFL Network

Peach Bowl (ACC - SEC) 6:30 p.m. ESPN


Friday, January 1st

Outback Bowl (Big Ten - SEC) 10:00 a.m. ESPN

Capital One Bowl (Big Ten - SEC) Noon ABC

Gator Bowl (ACC - Big East) Noon CBS

Rose Bowl (Ohio State - Oregon/Oregon State) 3:30 p.m. ABC

Sugar Bowl (SEC - BCS) 7:30 p.m. FOX


Saturday, January 2nd

International Bowl (Big East - MAC) 11:00 a.m. ESPN2

Cotton Bowl (Big XII - SEC) 1:00 p.m. FOX

PapaJohns Bowl (Big East - SEC) 1:00 p.m. ESPN

Liberty Bowl (SEC - CUSA) 4:30 p.m. ESPN

Alamo Bowl (Big Ten - Big XII) 8:00 p.m. ESPN


Monday, January 4th

Fiesta Bowl (Big XII - BCS) 7:00 p.m. FOX


Tuesday, January 5th

Orange Bowl (ACC - BCS) 7:00 p.m. FOX


Wednesday, January 6th

GMAC Bowl (ACC - MAC) 6:00 p.m. ESPN


Thursday, January 7th

BCS Championship (BCS - BCS) 7:00 p.m. ABC
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This Week’s College Football in HD
All times are Eastern


Note: BCS rankings 1-25 are official.
(Rankings below #25 are replicated
by Jerry Palm at collegebcs.com using
the same computer models as the BCS.)

Thursday, December 3rd
#15 Oregon State (8-3) at #7 Oregon (9-2) 9 p.m. ESPN

Friday, December 4th

MAC Championship Game: #29 Central Michigan (10-2) vs. #41 Ohio (9-3) 8 p.m. ESPN2

Saturday, December 5th

Cincinnati (11-0) at Pittsburgh (9-2) 12 noon ABC
Conference USA Championship Game: #46 East Carolina (8-4) vs. #21 Houston (10-2) 12 noon ESPN
#23 West Virginia (8-3) at #35 Rutgers (8-3) 12 noon ESPN2)
#55 Fresno State (7-4) at #86 Illinois (3-8) 12:30 p.m. BTN
NR Southern (6-5) at NR Texas Southern (6-5) 2 p.m. ESPNU
#28 Arizona (7-4) at #18 USC (8-3) 3:30 p.m. ABC
Division II Playoffs: Grand Valley State vs. Carson-Newman 3:30 p.m. ESPN
SEC Championship Game: #2 Alabama (12-0) vs. #1 Florida (12-0) 4 p.m. CBS
#19 California (8-3) at #62 Washington (4-7) 6:30 p.m. FSNW
ACC Championship Game: #27 Clemson (8-4) vs. #11 Georgia Tech (10-2) 8 p.m. ESPN
Big XII Championship Game: #22 Nebraska (9-3) vs. #3 Texas (12-0) 8 p.m. ABC
#48 South Florida (7-4) at #54 Connecticut (6-5) 8 p.m. ESPN2
Division II Playoffs: California (Pa.) vs. NW Missouri State 8:30 p.m. CBSC
#26 Wisconsin (8-3) at #88 Hawaii (6-6) 11:30 p.m. ESPN2

ESPN Game Plan
(All games are in SD)
Saturday
#112 San Jose State (2-9) at #94 Louisiana Tech (3-8) 2 p.m.
#111 New Mexico State (3-9) at #6 Boise State (12-0) 3 p.m.
#105 Florida Atlantic (4-7) at #108 Florida International (3-8) 7 p.m.
(Division I-AA Playoffs)
William & Mary at Southern Illinois 12 noon
Stephen F. Austin at Montana 2 p.m.
New Hampshire at Villanova 3:30 p.m.
Appalachian State at Richmond 7 p.m.

Sunday, December 6th
BCS Selection Show 7:00 p.m. FOX
Bowl Selection Show 7:00 p.m. ESPN
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William J. Bresnan, 75
Cable Industry Pioneer

By Chuck Ross, TVWeek

Bill Bresnan, one of the true pioneers in the cable industry, has died of complications of cancer. Bresnan, one the best recognized figures in the cable industry, was known as Bill by his legends of friends. He passed away on Friday, Nov. 27th at home in Greenwich, CT.

A native of Mankato, Minnesota, he was involved in cable for more than 50 years. He designed his first cable system in Rochester, Minnesota--not far from Mankato--in 1958.

According to his official biography, "when that system was acquired by West Coast entrepreneur Jack Kent Cooke in 1965, he joined the Cooke executive team. Cooke’s holdings ultimately were merged with TelePrompTer Corporation, at that time the nation’s largest cable operating company. Mr. Bresnan served as President of TelePrompTer’s Cable Television Division from 1974 to 1981, at which time Westinghouse Electric purchased TelePrompTer and Mr. Bresnan became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the new company, Group W Cable. He left Group W Cable and founded Bresnan Communications in 1984."

I worked for Bill back when he was at TelePrompTer and I was selling cable TV subscriptions door-to-door in Santa Monica and West Los Angeles. But I didn't meet him until much later, when I had switched careers and became a journalist.

What has always struck me almost singularly about Bill over the years, was how much he cared. How much he cared about people, both those that worked for him and those that didn't.

Like many of his fellow cable pioneers he was smart and entreprenurial. Unlike a lot of them, he had an enthusiasm for cable that never waned. While a number of those pioneers were content with finally selling out to bigger companies, Bill never lost his entreprenurial spirit.

Here is the statement about Bresnan's passing by Kyle McSlarrow, president & CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA):

"This is an irreplaceable and heartbreaking loss. Bill Bresnan was one of our industry’s titans – an industry pioneer, visionary entrepreneur, and technology leader who built companies that always put employees and customers first. But his impact on our industry was immeasurable in many other ways. Bill set the standard for commitment to diversity, serving as a mentor to many rising cable executives, a friend to thousands of people across the business, and inspiring the work of diversity advocates and organizations throughout our industry. We’re also deeply grateful for the leadership Bill demonstrated in establishing our industry’s commitment to public service through his work in creating organizations such as C-SPAN and Cable in the Classroom.

"In addition to his many other roles in our industry, Bill served as a distinguished Chairman of the NCTA Board of Directors and was a member of our Board for more than 35 years. Bill was a trusted friend and mentor to me and many former and current NCTA employees. We offer our deepest sympathies to his wonderful wife, Ann; his family; the employees of his fine company, Bresnan Communications; and to all of those who worked with Bill throughout his long career."


In an interesting sidenote, according to Bresnan Communications, "Mr. Bresnan was instrumental in lighting up the Chrysler Building, an achievement which helps to illuminate the New York skyline. While working for Jack Kent Cooke in the 1970’s, he was asked by Mr. Cooke, who had purchased the building, to look into the feasibility of doing so. Mr. Bresnan put on jeans and crawled to the top of the skyscraper where he noticed unfinished wiring in the cut-glass windows at the peak. This discovery made the lighting possible."

According to Multichannel News, "In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please make a donation to the Ann and Bill Bresnan Foundation, which, among other things, will continue to fund research into the rare form of cancer that he fought so courageously for the last year at: Ann and Bill Bresnan Foundation, Bresnan Communications, Inc., One Manhattanville Road, Purchase, NY 10577-2596, Attention: Shawn Beqaj."

Here are details about the funeral arrangements:

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Viewing hours are Monday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 1, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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Mass at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 2, 2009. Bishop William Lori.

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The 2009-2010 Season
Nets flourish with fall crop
New shows shine as reality, crime series fade

By Cynthia Littleton, Variety Deputy Editor

"It may be low-tech but I still maintain the whoopee cushion has comic validity." -- Sheldon Cooper, "The Big Bang Theory."

The broadcast networks were on the ropes this television season even before it began — months before. Once NBC announced on Dec. 9, 2008, that it would take the cost-conscious step of programming Jay Leno at 10 p.m. Monday-Friday this fall, the floodgates opened.

Paradigms were shifting all over the place, cultural norms of television viewing were instantly obliterated and media biz prognosticators battled one another to deliver dire predictions of the grim future for the broadcast networks. And that was before any of those seers realized how bad things were going to get -- not with Leno, but with the advertising market.

But while the death of network TV was predicted as an absolute certainty by some, the primetime business defied that logic. Network television has had a surprisingly strong fall overall, with more than a few shows performing above par and a few downright impressive.

Comedy has made a very big comeback. "NCIS" and its progeny can't be stopped. The "Glee" kids sing for their supper, creating multiple revenue streams for Fox through robust music and merchandising sales. And we see once again that "Family Guy" fans will follow it anywhere, even to "The Cleveland Show."

Before the 2009-10 campaign started, it looked like the pundits might be right. It did get ugly in the ad market in the first half of the year — what with automakers in bankruptcy, retailers in freefall and major financial institutions reduced to taxpayer welfare.

The global panic prompted the nets and major studios to implement draconian cuts in spending on new and returning series budgets and marketing campaigns. That seemed to ensure a low-risk/low-reward season for the major nets.

But Fox has been rewarded for spending big on costly music rights to make "Glee" sparkle with up-to-the-minute tunes. And just imagine how well it'll do in the spring when it eventually airs behind "American Idol." ABC bet big on scripted skeins and has been rewarded with one bona fide hit -- laffer "Modern Family" -- and a few quasi-hits ("V," "FlashForward," "Cougar Town" and "The Middle").

Now that the ad market is picking up -- knock wood -- the nets and studios are feeling a little more confident about development for the 2010-11 season, which is welcome news to the creative community.

Meanwhile, there has been every rumor imaginable about the fate of "The Jay Leno Show" swirling in recent weeks: It's going to three nights a week, it's moving to 10:30 p.m., Jay's going back to 11:35 p.m., and on and on. After three months, it's hard to characterize Leno's perf as anything but disappointing for the Peacock. It seems to have handicapped the net's 8-10 p.m. fortunes, and certainly it's been a drag on the post-primetime numbers for its affils and "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien."

Knowledgeable sources at the Peacock say the plan is to stay the course with Leno through the rest of the season. But there's also a growing feeling that despite the two-year commitment NBC made to Leno, his show will not be on the sked in the same form next season.

Among the other lessons to be drawn from this season so far:

Quality works: The most heartening trend of the season is the strong aud response to well-written, well-cast and well-produced programs. Exhibit A: ABC's laffer hit "Modern Family." Exhibit B: CBS' solid performer "The Good Wife."

Scheduling works: Everyone wrote off the importance of primetime skedding as DVR usage continues to grow by leaps and bounds. But would "NCIS: Los Angeles" be as big a hit were it not joined at the hip with its progenitor? Did Fox not find the second-best aud (next to "Idol) to feed into "Glee" by placing it behind "So You Think You Can Dance"? CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" exploded into TV's top laffer after CBS decided to create the Chuck Lorre Hour of Power, moving "Big Bang" to the 9:30 p.m. slot behind "Two and a Half Men."

The equation here is very simple: The right show + the right lead-in = ratings gold.

Zeitgeist works: Critics teased CW for shamelessly hopping on the vampire-drama bandwagon with "Vampire Diaries," but really, in the long shadow of "Twilight," "True Blood," et al, can you blame them? "Vampire Diaries" is CW's No. 1 show with auds under 35.

Title revivals rarely work: Witness the struggles of "Melrose Place" and "Eastwick." Quality is more important than a Q-score. The pressure is on for next season's planned reboots of "The Rockford Files" at NBC and "Hawaii Five-0" at CBS.

Stars don't automatically work: America still has a soft spot for Kelsey Grammer, but not for an uninspired vehicle like "Hank." And Gen-Y may follow the messy details of Mischa Barton's personal life in the tabloids, but they didn't tune in to short-lived models drama "The Beautiful Life."

Although this season has had its pleasant surprises, not all is rosy for as 2010 approaches. Ratings for the reality stalwarts that have propped up the nets for most of the past decade are trending down, with NBC's "The Biggest Loser" being the major exception. And there is no question that primetime's crime spree is inevitably slowing down, as ratings for "CSI" and its ilk — "NCIS" notwithstanding — are also down significantly.

But perhaps more than any time since the 2004-05 season produced four megahits ("Lost," "Desperate Housewives," "House" and "Grey's Anatomy"), there's a sense that auds are looking for something fresh -- and liking what they see this from the broadcasters this fall.

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Saturday’s fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings (which include the total viewers and 18-49 demographic estimates) – along with Media Week Analyst Marc Berman’s view of what they mean -- have now been posted at the top of Ratings News -- the second post in this thread.

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Bernard Birnbaum, 89
CBS News Producer for Cronkite and Kuralt

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Bernard Birnbaum, an award-winning CBS News producer for legends like Walter Cronkite and Charles Kuralt and who was the senior producer for Kuralt's landmark 1964 documentary on poverty "Christmas in Appalachia," died Thursday (26) at the age of 89. He suffered a heart attack while visiting family on Long Island and died at Stonybrook University Medical Center. Birnbaum had lived in Larchmont, N.Y. since 1956.

Birnbaum's half a century at CBS News was marked by his prolific documentary work on subjects ranging from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to Watergate, and included a rich body of work on the Vietnam War, for which he traveled to the war zone seven times between 1962 and 1973. His earliest days as a WWII combat cameraman and stints in the European film industry augmented a gift for storytelling which earned him seven Emmys. His last position at CBS News was as producer for the inventive, ground-breaking SUNDAY MORNING news broadcast, a perfect fit for Birnbaum, who also had a degree in motion pictures and served as assistant director for filmmakers such as Roberto Rossellini and Federico Fellini.

Much of that talent went into his long and fruitful relationship with Kuralt, for whose acclaimed "On the Road with Charles Kuralt" series he was the senior producer for many years. The two came together in 1964 on one of the first documentaries to put a face on poverty in America. Viewers of "Christmas in Appalachia," a half-hour special on the plight of unemployed miners in eastern Kentucky, sent $70,000 to CBS for the families featured. The broadcast won journalism's coveted Sigma Delta Chi award and came out at the same time President Lyndon Johnson began his much vaunted War on Poverty. Some observers have suggested this program and the response to it may have helped shape Johnson's actions.

In 1963, Birnbaum was named an associate producer for the first 30-minute network newscast, "The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite," just in time to produce coverage of the Kennedy assassination in Dallas. He would return to the topic several times in his role as a producer for Special Reports, the core unit for CBS News documentaries and "instant specials" on breaking news. It was for this unit he visited Vietnam war zones to produce much of the war documentaries CBS became known for, culminating in his integral work on the special "Vietnam: A War that is Finished." (April 1975).

Birnbaum's most notable work includes: the Emmy-winning "The Senate and the Watergate Affair," (May 1973); CBS REPORTS: The American Assassins," (Nov. 1975); "CBS News Inquiry: The Warren Report," (June 1967); and another Emmy-winner, "The Italians," a 1966 look at the nation and its people based on the book by Luigi Barzini.

Bernard Birnbaum was born on Oct. 18, 1920 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Russian immigrants. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps 1st Motion Picture Unit -- an outfit commanded by Capt. Ronald Reagan âand was a combat cameraman stationed in Italy. He returned to New York after the war, where he was graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in motion pictures in 1949. He was then awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, the first year such scholarships were available, to study cinema in Rome. That led to his work as an assistant director for European film producers and as a still photographer working for the MGM Studio film âQuo Vadis.â

He took this film experience to CBS in 1951, becoming a lighting director at first, but taking on the gamut of roles in early television, serving variously as film editor, associate producer and director on such 1950s series as Adventure and Odyssey, both hosted by Charles Collingwood. He also was an associate producer on the Cronkite-anchored historical program Eyewitness to History from 1960 to 1962.

Birnbaum joined SUNDAY MORNING in 1990, producing short documentaries for the weekly broadcast and mentoring young people all over CBS News on the art of filmmaking and storytelling. He was known to virtually everyone at CBS News in his later years, coming in to the office regularly into his eighties until his wife, Ronnie, became ill and needed him at home. She died in 2005.

He is survived by two daughters: Amy Birnbaum, a producer at CBS News, and Deborah Birnbaum-Kocay, an opera voice coach; sons-in-law Bernard Furnival and John Kocay; and four grandchildren. The funeral will be held Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 1:00 P.M. at Larchmont Temple, 75 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont, N.Y.
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Holiday Gift Guide
'Complete series' DVD collections abound

By Thomas K. Arnold, Special for USA TODAY

The home entertainment industry hasn't exactly had a banner year. DVD sales are slumping, in part because cost-conscious consumers are renting more, and the fast-growing Blu-ray Disc business still isn't quite big enough to make up the difference.

But the creative minds at the Hollywood studios are spinning with ways to get people to buy more discs.

And for this holiday season, they have created dozens of elaborate movie and TV "complete series" gift sets and value packs.

Here are some best bets, most of them released in the past week or two:

MOVIES

The '39ers
• Gone With the Wind Ultimate Collector's Edition
• The Wizard of Oz Ultimate Collector's Edition
Warner ($70 each DVD, $85 each Blu-ray Disc)

Film buffs must be drooling at these elegant box sets. Two of Hollywood's most celebrated classics were released theatrically in 1939. And now, 70 years later, they're getting the true VIP treatment on DVD and Blu-ray. Both have been meticulously restored, with The Wizard of Oz getting such a detailed, frame-by-frame high-definition makeover for the Blu-ray version that viewers can even see blemishes on Dorothy's face, giving the entire film a new sense of realism. Both Wizard and Gone With the Wind, from Warner, also come with hours of new or enhanced content and such collectibles as an Oz watch, memorabilia books and frameworthy prints. Exclusive to the Blu-ray edition: the six-hour MGM documentary When the Lion Roars.

Disney Blu-ray combo packs
• Up ($45)
• Monsters, Inc. ($40)
• Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure ($40)
• Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws ($40)

Combo packs include the same film on standard DVD, Blu-ray and digital copy, for viewability virtually anywhere, from the car and the laptop to the high-definition home theater setup in the family room. The concept was pioneered by Disney and has since been embraced by other studios. Disney is out with four combo pack gifts for kids. Up is the latest Pixar Animation hit, fresh from a nearly $300 million theatrical run. Monsters, Inc. earned $255 million in U.S. theaters. Tinker Bell is the second of five films, all premiering on video, based on one of Disney's iconic characters. And Santa Buddies, featuring the voices of George Wendt and Christopher Lloyd, is the latest in a series of more than a dozen made-for-video movies about playful Labs–and the fourth to feature puppies in the starring role.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Limited Edition Diamond Collection
Disney ($250)
This gift set serves up the very first of Disney's famous animated classics, from back in 1937, in a red-velvet-lined box packed with such collectibles as character pins, eight lithographs of original animation drawings and a hardbound 160-page coffee-table book on the making of the film. The heart of the package is the movie on standard DVD, Blu-ray and digital copy. The release marks the film's first appearance on the high-definition format.

The Paul Newman Tribute Collection
20th Century Fox ($90, DVD only)
Handsomely housed in a pale blue box that matches the actor's eyes, this box set contains 13 movies that span Newman's 50-plus-year career. Highlights include two-disc special editions ofButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Hustler, The Verdict and The Towering Inferno. Also included is a 136-page book filled with photos of Newman on the set, stills from each film and quotes.

All Things 'Star Trek'
• Star Trek Combo Pack, Paramount ($40)
• Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection, Paramount ($60 DVD, $90 Blu-ray)
Star Trek: The Next Generation Motion Picture Collection, Paramount ($40 DVD, $70 Blu-ray)

Trekkers have a field day this year with the release on both DVD and Blu-ray of every Star Trek movie, including this year's summer hit. The combo pack features the new movie in standard DVD, Blu-ray and digital copy. The Original Motion Picture Collection includes the first movie based on the 1960s sci-fi TV series, 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and its five sequels, while The Next Generation Motion Picture Collection features all five films based on the reborn 1987 series.

ALSO OF NOTE

Rocky: The Undisputed Collection
MGM ($100 Blu-ray Disc)
The five Rocky films meet up with 2006's Rocky Balboa redo in this compact Blu-ray-only box set.

Coraline Limited Edition Gift Set
Universal Studios ($70, due in stores Dec. 8)
This edgy animated feature comes in a gift box that includes DVD, Blu-ray and digital copy versions, in both 2-D and 3-D; four pairs of 3-D glasses; postcards; and a photo book.

Mamma Mia! The Movie: The Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! More Gift Set
Universal Studios ($35 DVD, $50 Blu-ray Disc)
Celebrate the rebirth of musicals with this film version of the hit stage show. The gift set comes with a CD soundtrack, a 32-page book and packaging that plays the Mamma Mia! theme.

Forrest Gump Chocolate Box Gift Set
Paramount ($30 DVD, $45 Blu-ray Disc)
In time for Gump's 15th anniversary comes a package that looks and smells like a box of chocolates. Extras include a booklet and a feather bookmark.

It's a Wonderful Life Gift Set
Paramount ($30)
Black-and-white and colorized versions of Frank Capra's holiday classic are packaged with a miniature Christmas tree and vintage silver bell.

TELEVISION

Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series
Universal Studios ($280 DVD, $350 Blu-ray Disc)
The series just ended its five-year run, and now the series is available in one pop-up box. Some 67 hours are spread across 20 discs on Blu-ray and 25 discs on DVD. Tons of extras, especially on Blu-ray, which even features a Web-enabled card game. And the set comes with a Cylon Centurian action figure.

Futurama: The Complete Collection
20th Century Fox ($170, DVD only)
All 72 episodes of the animated series are available in one 19-disc collection that comes in a Bender head with detachable rubber antenna. The gift set includes four feature-length adventures, bloopers, a stills gallery, deleted scenes and a letter from creator Matt Groening and producer David X. Cohen. Only 25,000 copies are being produced.

Dawson's Creek: The Complete Series
Sony Pictures ($120, DVD only)
The hit series that made a star out of Katie Holmes comes in a stylish book-style package. New bonus content includes a "final exam" trivia game, interview with creator Kevin Williamson and deleted scenes from the pilot with alternate cast. Also included is a soundtrack CD.

Ken Burns' The National Parks: America's Best Idea
PBS ($100 DVD, $130 Blu-ray Disc)
Burns gives a nod to Mother Nature with this critically hailed documentary on America's national parks. The 12-hour film was shot in 53 parks and features such narrators as Tom Hanks and Eli Wallach. The package offers more than three hours of bonuses, including five short films.

ALSO OF NOTE

The Shield: The Complete Series Collection
Sony Pictures ($160, DVD only)
All 88 episodes in this unconventional cop drama series are presented in a 34-page bound anthology book that features a letter from creator Shawn Ryan along with 28 discs, photos and quotes.

Ally McBeal: The Complete Series
20th Century Fox ($200, DVD only)
The series that launched Calista Flockhart comes to DVD in a 32-disc set with original music from icons Bob Dylan, Elton John and Frank Sinatra.

Superman: The Complete Animated Series
Warner ($54, DVD only)
Fans can finally get all 54 episodes in one set, along with extras such as a behind-the-scenes "tour" with David Kaufman, the voice of Jimmy Olsen.

The Barbara Stanwyck Show: Volume 1
E1 Entertainment ($40, DVD only)
This NBC anthology series was one of the highlights of the Golden Age of television. The set features 15 episodes, with such guest stars as Lee Marvin and Milton Berle.

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Television on DVD

By Mike Hale and Dave Kehr, The New York Times

Television lovers are easy to buy for: more than 100 new TV-on-DVD releases come out every month. Here are a few current selections, from cozy classics to newer and decidedly uncozy shows.

Andy Barker P.I.: The Complete Series
By MIKE HALE
The title is the first joke: this cult favorite detective comedy starring Andy Richter lasted just six episodes in the spring of 2007. They are all here, plus extras like Writers Class 101, which features the veteran comedy writers Jonathan Groff and Jane Espenson. (Shout! Factory, 2 discs, $24.99, not rated)

'Ally McBeal: The Complete Series'
By DAVE KEHR
Calista Flockhart's winsome lawyer lives out all five seasons of her existence in this 32-disc box set. (20th Century Fox, $199.98, not rated)

Dawson's Creek
By DAVE KEHR
All 127 episodes of the pioneering teen melodrama that gave the world James Van Der Beek and Katie Holmes. (Sony Pictures, 24 discs, $119.95, not rated)

'Futurama: The Complete Collection'
By MIKE HALE
The entire Futurama oeuvre, including the four feature-length movies, comes packaged inside a life-sized head of Bender the robot. (20th Century Fox, 19 discs, $199.98, not rated)

'Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series, Kommandant's Kollection'
By DAVE KEHR
Join Bob Crane and his cohorts as inmates of World War II's zaniest prison camp over the course of 168 episodes on 28 discs. (Paramount, $179.99, not rated)

'The Official World Series FILM Collection'
By DAVE KEHR
World Series highlights from 1943 to 2008, spread over 20 discs and housed in a sleek album with an introduction by Bob Costas. (A&E Home Video, $229.95, not rated)

'On the Road With Charles Kuralt: Set 1'
By MIKE HALE
This set includes 77 reports chosen from Mr. Kuralt's 20 years of celebratory travels along America's back roads for The CBS Evening News. (Acorn, 3 discs, $39.99, not rated)

'Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days'
By MIKE HALE
A DVD with five hours of popular segments, including Elmo's first appearance, Rubber Duckie, Lady Bug Picnic and Maria and Luis's wedding, was released this month on the show's 40th anniversary. (Genius Products, 2 discs, $29.95, not rated)

'The Shield: Complete Series'
By MIKE HALE
Watch all seven seasons of violence, sex, obscenity and fine acting from one of the decade's best crime dramas. (Sony Pictures, 29 discs, $159.95, not rated)

Wagon Train: The Complete First Season
By MIKE HALE
The classic western series, inspired by the John Ford film The Wagonmaster was one of the inspirations for Star Wars. The 39-episode opening season, shown on NBC from 1957-8, starred Ward Bond, Robert Horton, Frank McGrath and Terry Wilson. (Timeless Media Group, 16 discs, $79.98, not rated)

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This is true and was certainly a point ripe for confusion a few years ago. But flat-screen televisions that aren't flat panel are very quickly approaching extinction, so ultimately this distinction will be an academic one.

As a DLP fanatic, I'm hoping California's new law will breathe new life into the best looking, lowest energy using HD displays. As far as I am concerned, 11" is quite shallow enough for a 63" screen.


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Indeed, let us not forget that these fine folks are probably mostly responsible for various broadcasters to be STILL doing stretch-o-vision (for which I'd gladly accept a federal law AGAINST)!

This is the one crime for which I would legalize torture. We should implant lenses on those broadcasters' eyes that make their world as distorted as their stretch-o-vision...
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Monday’s TV Talk Shows
Tom Hanks on Dave; William Shatner visits Conan

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 Gifts for less than $100; metallic fashions. (N) 7 a.m. CBS

Today Andrea Bocelli performs; Alyson Hannigan. (N) 7 a.m. NBC

Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. ABC

Live With Regis and Kelly Matt Dillon; Ashley Greene; Miranda Cosgrove; Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson perform. (N) Syndicated

The View A day of hot topics; Deepak Chopra; makeup. (N) 10 a.m. (11 a.m. ET) ABC

The Doctors (N) 11 a.m. Syndicated

Rachael Ray Jillian Michaels ("The Biggest Loser"). (N) Syndicated

The Martha Stewart Show Glittered holiday crafts. (N) Syndicated

The Bonnie Hunt Show Kris Allen performs; Adam Carolla. (N) Syndicated

The Tyra Show A cyber-jury helps couples resolve disputes. Syndicated

Oprah Winfrey Tim McGraw and Alicia Keys; Andrea Bocelli and Mary J. Blige; Sugarland and Jennifer Hudson. (N) Syndicated

Dr. Phil (N) Syndicated

The Ellen DeGeneres Show Vince Vaughn; Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson perform. Syndicated

The Dr. Oz Show Jimmy Kimmel; Tim Gunn. (N) Syndicated

Larry King Live (N) 6 and 9 p.m. CNN

The Joy Behar Show 6 and 9 p.m. HLN

Tavis Smiley Viggo Mortensen. (N) 7 and 11 p.m. PBS

The Jay Leno Show Adam Carolla. (N) 10 p.m. KNBC

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Journalist Maziar Bahari. (N) 11 p.m. Comedy Central

Lopez Tonight Katey Sagal; performance by David Guetta. (N) 11 p.m. TBS

Charlie Rose Filmmaker Wes Anderson. (N) 11:30 p.m. PBS

The Colbert Report (N) 11:30 p.m. Comedy Central

Late Show With David Letterman Tom Hanks; Weezer performs. 11:35 p.m. KCBS

The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien William Shatner; the cast of "Mary Poppins" performs. (N) 11:35 p.m. KNBC

Nightline (N) 11:35 p.m. KABC

Jimmy Kimmel Live Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner; Death Cab for Cutie. 12:06 a.m. KABC

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Michael Sheen. (N) 12:37 a.m. KCBS

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Artie Lange; Olivia Munn. 12:37 a.m. KNBC

Last Call With Carson Daly Joss Stone; Bat for Lashes perform. 1:36 a.m. KNBC

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Monday 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:
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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Boris Karloff narrates. (R, December 18, 1966)
SD
8:30 Shrek the Halls.
SD
9 Find My Family: Arend & DeHaven. A school aide from Ohio searches for the brother she never knew; an Arizona woman wants to find the birth mother who had to give her up for adoption when she was a baby.
SD
10 Castle

CBS:
8
How I Met Your Mother (R, December 8, 2008)
8:30 Accidentally On Purpose (R, September 28)
9 Two and a Half Men (R, March 16)
9:30 The Big Bang Theory (R, September 21)
10 CSI: Miami (R, January 12)

NBC:
8
Heroes
9 Trauma
10 The Jay Leno Show: Adam Carolla.

Fox:
8
House
9 Lie To Me

PBS
8 Antiques Roadshow: Mobile, AL. Circa 1969 NFL jersey worn by Gayle Sayers; side chair may have been in the Lincoln White House; books containing lithographs of American Indian chiefs. (R April 02, 2007)

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9 Gossip Girl
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TV Notes
Stations' Weather Forecast Looks Cloudy
Given a world of interactive options, how much longer will viewers tune into their local newscast for weather?

By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, November 28, 2009

The business of weather has changed dramatically since former WCCO Minneapolis chief meteorologist Paul Douglas exited the station world in 2008. An entrepreneur with a handful of multi-million-dollar weather-tech startups to his credit, Douglas launched the syndicated weather outfit WeatherNation a few months after he was laid off, with the aim of providing weather content to stations and other media outlets across the country.

He envisioned a large quantity of his business coming from supplying weather talent remotely from his Twin Cities headquarters for stations that perhaps had downsized. But as media consumption habits have changed, with users increasingly accessing weather information when and how they want it on their iPhones and Droids, WeatherNation is more in tune with products for people on the go.

From his vantage point, Douglas suggests that the golden age of tune-in-at-11 TV weather has faded. “The appointment-viewing paradigm is in peril,” he says. “For big weather events, consumers continue to gravitate to trusted sources [on television]. But for the other 320 days of the year, they want instant gratification and convenience.”

Weather is an enormous driver of traffic to local news. However, a small but vocal group of industry watchers say viewers, with a world of sophisticated weather content at their fingertips, are increasingly unwilling to sit through the bulk of their late newscast—and its multiple teases—to find out if they need to bring an umbrella to work the next day.

“Weather is the only part of journalism I know where you get away with not giving people the lead. We know what the audience wants, and we have to give it to them,” says Steve Safran, senior VP of Media 2.0 at TV consultancy Audience Research & Development. Stringing along viewers is good for short-term ratings wins, he adds, “But it's myopic in the long term.”

LOCAL TV'S BREAD AND BUTTER

Asking station bosses to rethink what's long been a vital part of their newscast is no small order. An informal panel of 20 local TV executives revealed a nearly unanimous belief that weather—both severe and uneventful—would continue to draw hordes of viewers even after the digital generation comes of news-viewing age. Only a few suggested it's worth planning for the day when those conditioned to get their weather at appointed times on television die off, replaced by a generation raised on cable news, Weather.com and smartphones—who would no sooner wait for a forecast in late news than they'd wait for sports scores.

While stations have been paring down their on-air sports for years, they've been keeping their weather coverage consistent, and in many cases expanding it with quick meteorologist reports in the A-block. Station managers say weather has universal appeal among viewers—something the local sports teams cannot claim. “No other story affects more people locally,” says WHEC Rochester VP/GM Arnold Klinsky.

Station execs say owning weather remains a top priority. “It remains the No. 1 reason why people watch local TV,” says SmithGeiger Senior VP Mark Toney. “It always has been, and I don't see that changing.”

Despite the prodigious array of digital offerings, general managers and news directors say people still want to get the forecast from a local meteorologist they trust. A Frank N. Magid study saw 54% of news viewers 25-54 cite a station or local TV meteorologist as their most trusted source of weather information, more than triple those who said the Weather Channel (17%) or the Web (11%).

“I know it's old fashioned, but people still want somebody to tell you they're watching out for you,” says WCDB Charleston VP/General Manager Rick Lipps. “Your computer can't tell you that, and your phone can't tell you that.”

Fueling their bullishness on TV weather is the fact that storm stories have never had a bigger media presence, with events such as Hurricane Katrina, California's wildfires, and various tsunamis and earthquakes around the world making for riveting breaking news. “[Events] like Katrina show us that the impact of weather can be quite extraordinary,” says Weather Channel CEO Michael Kelly. “You have to be committed to weather because weather has become a much bigger story than ever before.”

Many execs believe weather talent has largely been spared the drastic layoffs occurring in local TV the last few years—at least relative to the rest of the newsroom. “People are very reluctant to tinker with weather,” says Bright House VP of Corporate News and Local Programming Elliott Wiser, who oversees Florida news channels Bay News 9 and News 13. “It's been something of an oasis in a desert of budget cuts.”

Local TV will need the resources, because the competition has never been tougher. In October, Verizon's pay TV service FiOS launched a WeatherBug Widget that offers customized weather reports on television. And Weather Channel picked up serious synergistic might when NBC acquired it in 2008. It gained 1.5 million unique visitors to its digital properties, such as Weather.com and a desktop widget, between September 2007 and September 2009, jumping from 34.2 million to 35.7 million. And its 4.63 billion page views this year through September are a major boost over the 3.83 billion from January to September 2007. Weather Channel also has 21 million mobile users to date.

The public's online appetite for weather cannot be overstated. According to a Scarborough Research study, 36.5% of adults went to the Internet for weather info in the past month, behind only e-mail (62.6%) and ahead of news (33.6%). But stations have to ramp up their digital offerings to compete in the 24/7 weather arena. “We are constantly working on weather strategies to develop both online and mobile strategies for our television clients,” says Magid Institute VP Pete Seyfer. “They must be online and mobile 24/7 in a local presence for their viewers who want up-to-the-minute forecasts.”

The Post-Newsweek stations look to take the fight to Weather.com with JustWeather.com—which offers not only local forecasts, but wind speed, interactive radar and even a “haircast” to tell you what the conditions might do to your 'do. WTVT Tampa has logged some 15 million page views on its MyFoxHurricane.com microsite since June, while its Hurricane iPhone app has gotten 3,000 takers at $3.99 a pop.

Stations such as KHOU Houston marry the trusted voice of local weather knowledge and mobile media with WeatherCall automated phone calls about severe weather from the chief meteorologist; to date, more than 6,200 KHOU users have paid $6.95 for a year's worth of calls.

A FIGHT THAT'S THEIRS TO LOSE

With their brands established in the market over the last half century, station managers say the fight for second- and third-screen eyeballs is theirs to lose. “It's up to us to be the place people go for weather on the Web and cellphones,” says WXIX Cincinnati VP/General Manager Bill Lanesey.

While some broadcasters are optimistic that the younger generation will assume their parents' viewing habits once they come of age, others say it's preposterous to think there will always be a sizable audience willing to stay up through most of the late news to get the forecast.

WeatherNation CEO Douglas, who has watched the category's evolution more closely than most, likens appointment weather viewing to an old AM radio: trusted, iconic and hopelessly archaic. He forecasts a future with weather content tailored to the user and sent to his or her smartphone, not what he calls the “glorified PowerPoint presentation” of the traditional on-air forecast. “We can personalize weather and make it more relevant to people's lives—it's not one size fits all,” Douglas says. “The challenge ahead of us presents incredible opportunity.”

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TV Notes
Sunday’s TV Highlights
NFL Features the Pats against the Saints

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


SERIES

Deep Wreck Mysteries: This new episode explores the wreckage of the HMS Audacious, a British battleship that was sunk during World War I. (5 and 8 p.m. National Geographic).

Heroes: The sinister Samuel (Robert Knepper) sees that his scheme is about to succeed in this new episode of the sci-fi drama (8 p.m. NBC).

Good Eats: Host Alton Brown revisits some classic dishes for your holiday table (8 p.m. Food).

Trauma: Tainted heroin leads to a potential health crisis in this new episode of the action drama (9 p.m. NBC).

Find My Family: A woman from Ohio and another from Arizona seek long-lost relatives in this new episode (9 p.m. ABC).

Gossip Girl: : Chuck and Blair celebrate Thanksgiving. (9 p.m. CW).

Intervention: The documentary series about addiction is back for another season (9 p.m. A&E).

Cake Boss: The bakers are egged into participating in an eating competition in this new episode (9 p.m. TLC).

Lie to Me: A high-stakes poker player goes AWOL, sending the team to Las Vegas, in this new episode of the drama (9:01 p.m. Fox).

Hoarders: The documentary series about people for whom enough is never enough returns with new episodes (10 p.m. A&E).

Pawn Stars: More fabulous finds are in store as this reality series returns with back-to-back episodes (10 and 10:30 p.m. History).

Chef Academy: The aspiring chefs are tasked with a risotto dish on a new installment of the cooking competition (11 p.m. Bravo)

SPECIALS

How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Get into the holiday spirit with the animated special based on the Dr. Seuss classic and narrated by Boris Karloff (8 p.m. ABC).

Shrek the Halls: The mean, green ogre voiced by Mike Myers celebrates the holiday with family and friends in this animated special (8:30 p.m. ABC)

MOVIES

The Grapes of Wrath: Henry Fonda stars in the powerful 1940 adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel (9 p.m. TCM).

The Proposition: Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston and John Hurt star in this gritty yet poetic 2005 western set in Australia (9:35 p.m. IFC).

SPORTS

College basketball: Penn State faces Virginia (4 p.m. ESPN2).

Football: The New England Patriots play the New Orleans Saints (5:30 p.m. ESPN).

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TV Sports
ESPN/ABC spreads its bowl talent

By Michael Hiestand, USA TODAY


ESPN/ABC's college bowl buffet represents one big slab of TV tonnage. Rather than simply focusing on the game you're watching — and, maybe, include some color like the bowl's princesses or schools' bands — ESPN/ABC's 27 televised bowls become one really long show where, say, halftime of the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl is a perfect time to look ahead to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

It might have been tempting for ESPN/ABC, which also has radio coverage of 18 bowl games, to send its top announcers to star in lots of bowls. But it won't. In on-air assignments that will be formally announced this week for bowls beginning with ESPN's Dec. 19 New Mexico Bowl, ESPN/ABC isn't taking any chances that their best-known voices will blow a lung. Assignments, says ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz, include:

Matt Millen calls ESPN's Dec. 27 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl and Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl, and ESPN Radio's Jan. 5 FedEx Orange Bowl.

•Famed sideline reporter Erin Andrews works ESPN's Dec. 30 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, ABC's Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl and ESPN Radio's Jan. 4 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

Todd Blackledge works ESPN's Dec. 29 Champs Sports Bowl, ABC's Capital One Bowl and ESPN Radio's Fiesta Bowl and its Jan. 7 Bowl Championship Series title game.

•NFL analyst Jon Gruden works ESPN Radio's Jan. 1 Rose Bowl and its BCS title game.

•ESPN/ABC's top on-air team of Kirk Herbstreit, who'll also log lots of bowl studio time, and Brent Musburger, who'll be juggling college hoops, work just ABC's Rose Bowl and ABC's BCS title game.

New wrinkles include veteran Bob Griese and son Brian, a rookie broadcaster, both calling the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl — albeit separately, as Bob works TV and Brian does radio. The bowl ironman: Dennis Franchione, the ex-Texas A&M coach, calling six bowl games for ESPN Radio.

Spice rack:

On Sunday, Fox's Curt Menefee said "if Jimmy Hoffa is really buried under the Meadowlands, he's got more life than the Jets." That was just before the Jets beat Carolina 17-6. … Says NFL Network's Michael Irvin: "No doubt in my mind, Bill Belichick is the greatest coach in NFL history." Well, that settles that. … Tweets can sometimes be long enough to cover a subject. Like this one from CBS' Seth Davis, on coach Pete Carroll's Southern California team throwing a 48-yard touchdown pass in the final minute of a 28-7 win vs. UCLA that preceded much on-field woofing from both teams: "It's official: Pete Carroll is a no-class lowlife. Does he have any notion he is supposed to be an educator?" … Fox NFL comedian Frank Caliendo on The Who being picked for the upcoming Super Bowl halftime show: "Nothing says football like old guys from Britain who love soccer." They just have to keep their costumes from slipping. … Clip 'n' save from Fox's Terry Bradshaw on Monday night's New England-New Orleans: "I don't think there is any way the Saints lose at home."

Job talk:

With ex-coaches-turned-TV-analysts, there's always speculation about who might trade in their TV makeup for headsets. CBS' Bill Cowher sounds game: "I've spoken to no teams and don't intend to while there is a current head coach. Listen, this is a pivotal time of the year and these coaches deserve to have the full support of their organizations." That suggests for him it might be a matter of when, not if. And CBS' Spencer Tillman, on who'll become Notre Dame's new coach, suggested a Fox NFL analyst: "Brian Billick's name has now emerged."

Tim, we're not worthy:

Florida's Tim Tebow has pumped up CBS' SEC game ratings, which were up 27% coming into the weekend. Florida's 37-10 blowout of Florida State on Saturday drew a 5.1 overnight, translating to 5.1% of households in 56 urban TV markets — up 21% from Auburn-Alabama last year.

Still, CBS announcers Gary Danielson and Verne Lundquist— and sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson, who wore Tebow-like eye black in a sort of homage — were over-the-top in genuflecting to Tebow during game coverage. Hope they just needed to get it out of their systems before calling Tebow's Florida vs. Alabama in the upcoming SEC title game — assuming they feel worthy of seeing Tebow again.

Oyyy:

Sunday, brought lots of on-air talk about the NFL's evolving policy on player concussions. ESPN's Merril Hoge recalled getting a concussion in a game and "they took me to the training room where I died. I flat-lined. My heart stopped. … I had to learn to read again." Fox's Bradshaw recalled ex-teammate Mike Webster "had a lot of head problems. He was living in a car, living under a bridge and did the NFL take care of him? No. Not at all."

But Fox studio analyst Michael Strahan, after hearing Bradshaw, suggested even head injuries are good for yuks: "Sitting up here with you guys every week shows me the effects of head trauma in football." Hilarious!

Laugh track:

That 20th-century speculation that sports and entertainment might eventually blur together now seems quaint. Take the TNT NBA studio show skit — parodying inaccurate reports that TNT's Marv Albert and rapper 50 Cent recently scuffled before appearing on a talk show — that featured Wayne Newton taunting TNT's Charles Barkley: "I don't need his (bleep). … Don't make me come to the ATL and bust a cap in his big (bleep). Don't make me go all Marv Albert on him." That really aired.

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Critic’s Notes
On The Air Tonight:
Hopkins' Choice, Finding More Families

By Roger Catlin, Hartford Courant TV Critic, in his “TV Eye” blog, November 30, 2009
(Note: All times are ET)

Anthony Hopkins is guest programmer on Turner Classic Movies and he doesn't choose "The Silence of the Lambs." Instead, "The Lady from Shanghai" (8 p.m.), "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (9:45 p.m.), "The Grapes of Wrath" (midnight) and "Rear Window" (2:15 a.m.).

Boris Karloff narrates the 1966 animated versions of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (ABC, 8 p.m.) followed by the hit holiday special from 2007, "Shrek the Halls" (ABC, 8:30 p.m.).

Seen as a nonstop cry-fest in its half-hour "preview" last week, "Find My Family" (ABC, 8 p.m.) finds its slot as an hour long Monday show, reunited lost family members for the tears. The oddest part is that they have to meet thousands of miles from their home, under a prescribed family tree.

"The Dog Who Saved Christmas" (ABC Family, 7 p.m.) should have saved "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" (AMC, 8 and 10:15 p.m.).

Other holiday fare includes "Moonlight and Mistletoe" (Hallmark, 8 p.m.), "Naughty or Nice" (ABC Family, 9 p.m.) and "Mr. St. Nick" (Hallmark, 10 p.m.).

It's Patriots at Saints in Monday Night Football (ESPN, 8:30 p.m.). In college basketball, it's Penn State at Virginia (ESPN2, 7 p.m.).

A second season starts for "Hoarders" (A&E, 10 p.m.).

Wilson has a big episode on "House" (Fox, 9 p.m.). A World Series of Poker finalist is missing on "Lie to Me" (Fox, 9 p.m.).

There is post-Thanksgiving dinner fallout on "Gossip Girl" (The CW, 9 p.m.).

With sweeps over, reruns abound on the comedies "How I Met Your Mother" (NBC, 8 p.m.). "Accidentally on Purpose" (CBS, 8:30 p.m.), "Two and a Half Men" (CBS, 9 p.m.) and "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS, 9:30 p.m.).

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FCC Notes
FCC To Court: Hold Off On Crossownership Decision
Asks Third Circuit Court of Appeals to wait until Quadrennial Review next year

By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/30/2009 10:10:42 AM

The FCC has asked the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to hold off making a decision on the many challenges to the FCC's media ownership rules until it has had a chance to conduct its Quadrennial Review next year.

The FCC is required to review its ownership rules every four years to determine whether they are still "necessary in the public interest".

As a result of the last review in 2006, the FCC, under then-chairman Kevin Martin, loosened the ban on newspaper-broadcast crossownership, but took no further action, saying no further action was in the public interest. Foes of any further deregulation opposed any loosening of the ban as too much deregulation, while those looking for the FCC to scrap the ban or loosening multiple station ownership limits in a single market complained it was insufficiently deregulatory. Both sides asked the FCC to reconsider the decision and also too it to various courts. It was ultimately consolidated in the Third Circuit. But there is a new, Democrat-controlled FCC, which signaled to the court that it did not necessarily agree with the previous decision.

On Nov. 4, the court asked the commission when it thought it would be weighing in on the petitions to reconsider. "The Commission has determined that resolving the petition for reconsideration outside the context of its ongoing 2010 Quadrennial Review would require unwarranted duplication of effort and fragmented policymaking," FCC General Counsel Austin Schlick wrote to the court last week, and so asked the court to keep its powder dry as well until after the FCC has weighed in as part of the overall quadrennial review, either by continuing to hold the court challenges in abeyance or remanding them back to the commission.

Schlick said that the formal proceeding will begin in early 2010, and may not come up with any of the same conclusions of the previous commission, since there are three new commissioners since then, and a fourth, Commissioner Michael Copps, originally voted against the FCC's 2007 ownership reform stemming from the quadrennial review.

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In my case, my Blu Ray purchases are:

- Movies I enjoy, but just never got around to buying before. Some, I specifically waited to buy on BD.

- New movies I know I'll want to watch again.

- Replacements for DVD versions of movies I know I'll watch again, or DVDs that are poor transfers, non-OAR or non-anamorphic.

- Pixar movies, which just look spectacular on BD.

I have no plans to replace the majority of my collection.

Also, now that I have Netflix, I'm more picky about what I buy. No more blind buys and no "fad" films that won't see any replay down the road. I have too many of those on DVD.

Same for me, I guess - any new disc that I must buy today is BD. Some double dips for the BD if the original DVD is not up to snuff (PQ, audio, etc). And when the Star Wars flicks hit Blu, I'll fork over more $$ to Uncle George....again (and the bonus materials should make it somewhat worth it). But the majority of DVDs I own will be "good enough" to not need a HD replacement

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Yesterday’s fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings (which include the total viewers and 18-49 demographic estimates) – along with Media Week Analyst Marc Berman’s view of what they mean -- have now been posted at the top of Ratings News -- the second post in this thread.

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Overnight Nielsen Notes in the 18-49 Demo
Football gives NBC an easy Sunday win
Averages a 5.4 in 18-49s, 29 percent ahead of Fox

By Toni Fitzgerald, MediaLifeMagazine.com staff writer, Nov. 30, 2009

With just a few weeks left in the NFL season, NBC continued its Sunday night domination, beating second-place Fox by 29 percent last night.

A "Sunday Night Football"-fueled NBC averaged a 5.4 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen overnights, with Fox well behind at 4.2/10.

"SNF" averaged a 6.6 from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., though as a reminder, ratings for football are approximate. Fast nationals measure timeslot and not actual program data.

The game, in which the Baltimore Ravens beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-17, was between two squads fighting for their playoff lives. They are both now 6-5 and likely scrapping for a wild card berth, with the 8-3 Cincinnati Bengals standing atop the AFC North.

Fox, too, got a boost from the NFL, with football overrun and "The OT" averaging a 4.9 at 7 p.m. Its entire animated lineup got a boost from that strong lead-in, with "Family Guy" edging ABC's "Desperate Housewives" by 0.1 for No. 1 on the night among non-sports shows. "Guy" averaged a 4.4.

"Housewives" boosted ABC to third during primetime with a 3.1/8. CBS placed fourth at 2.6/6 and Univision fifth at 1.1/3.

As a reminder, all ratings are based on live-plus-same-day DVR playback. Seven-day DVR data won’t be available for several weeks. Thirty-three percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

Fox was first at 7 p.m. with a 4.9 average for football overrun and “The OT” postgame show, followed by NBC with a 2.7 for “Football Night in America.” CBS was third with a 2.6 for “60 Minutes,” ABC fourth with a 2.1 for “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and Univision fifth with a 1.0 for “Noche de Estrellas.”

NBC took the lead at 8 p.m. with a 5.9 for football pregame and the first part of “SNF,” while Fox slid to second with a 3.8 for “The Simpsons” (4.2) and “The Cleveland Show” (3.5). CBS was third with a 3.4 for the penultimate episode of “The Amazing Race,” ABC fourth with a season-low 3.0 for “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and Univision fifth with a 1.2 for the first of three hours of “Premios TV y Novelas.”

At 9 p.m. NBC led with a 6.5 for football, followed by ABC with a 4.3 for “Housewives.” Fox was third with a 3.8 for “Guy” (4.4) and “American Dad” (3.3), CBS fourth with a 2.0 for the first half of the movie “A Dog Named Christmas” and Univision fifth with a 1.2 for more “Premios.”

NBC was first again at 10 p.m. with a 6.7 for more football, with ABC second with a 3.0 for “Brothers & Sisters.” CBS was third with a 2.2 for the end of its movie and Univision fourth with a 1.0 for the final hour of “Premios.”

NBC also led the night among households with an 8.4 average overnight rating and a 13 share. CBS was second at 7.8/12, ABC third at 6.2/10, Fox fourth at 5.5/8 and Univision fifth at 1.5/2.

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