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Wow, sad to see this. As someone who reads far more than posts anymore, I wanted to wish you well and say thanks. I'm sure there are many of us who read HOTP regularly and don't post as often as the others, but we will miss your even-keeled and insightful contributions just as much. Best wishes from the lurkers in the group!

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I'm more of a lurker than poster and "lurk" this thread every day. Today I post a very heart felt thank you to Fred for what he has brought to this forum and to me personally as I learn from here everyday. Thank you Fred, you will be missed.

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Critic’s Notes
On The Air Tonight

By Kathryn Shattuck, The New York Times, October 28, 2010

(Check your local listings, syndicated) THE DR. OZ SHOW Everything you ever wanted to know about the penis, and then some.

4 P.M. (NBC) THE ELLEN DeGENERES SHOW Ms. DeGeneres interviews Michelle Obama and Jill Biden.

8 P.M. (NBC) SCARED SHREKLESS Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas lend their voices to this half-hour Halloween special, made in collaboration with DreamWorks Animation. Shrek (Mr. Myers), above, challenges Fiona (Ms. Diaz), Donkey (Dean Edwards, in the role Eddie Murphy originated), Puss in Boots (Mr. Banderas) and his other fairy-tale friends to a scary storytelling contest. They must spend the night in Lord Farquaad’s haunted castle, with the last one standing courageous crowned the winner.

8 P.M. (CW) THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) try to keep Katherine (Nina Dobrev) from wreaking havoc on the Lockwoods’ masquerade ball. Matt (Zach Roerig) and Tyler (Michael Trevino) create their own mayhem when they start drinking shots with friends. In “Nikita,” at 9, Nikita (Maggie Q) intervenes with a recruit sent on a suicide mission.

8:30 P.M. (NBC) COMMUNITY The gang must save itself after Pierce (Chevy Chase) and some other Greendale students ingest a hazardous biological substance at the college Halloween party and turn into zombies. In “The Office,” at 9, Michael (Steve Carell) blows a gasket when Darryl (Craig Robinson) goes over his head to take an idea to the corporate office. Also, the annual Dunder Mifflin Halloween costume contest has begun. And in “Outsourced,” at 9:30, Todd (Ben Rappaport) tries to instill the Halloween spirit in his colleagues, who have no idea what the holiday is about. Later, at a costume party, he sidles up to Asha (Rebecca Hazlewood) but finds Tonya (Pippa Black) making a pass at him instead.

9 P.M. (Fox Business Network) STOSSEL John Stossel presents his own version of a Halloween special with “Scare Stories” — a look, he says, at how the news media use sensationalism to heighten the public’s fear and drive higher ratings. His guests include Dr. Paul Offit, chief of the division of infectious diseases and director of the vaccine education center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Christopher Shaw, a neuroscientist at the University of British Columbia; S. Robert Lichter, director of the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University; and Lenore Skenazy, the author of “Free-Range Kids” and an advocate of child independence.

9 P.M. (CBS) CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION Langston (Laurence Fishburne) looks into the death of a college student who met his demise after watching a “Walking With Dinosaurs” show at an arena. In “The Mentalist,” at 10, Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) struggles with a case involving murder and a missing person at the high-security compound of a wealthy family.

9 P.M. (ABC) GREY’S ANATOMY A film crew visits Seattle Grace six months after the shooting to document the staff’s recovery. Derek (Patrick Dempsey) and Owen (Kevin McKidd) head up a team performing a rare arm transplant, while Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Cristina (Sandra Oh) put on their bravest faces. In “Private Practice,” at 10, tension arises between Addison (Kate Walsh) and Sam (Taye Diggs) when they disagree over the treatment of a patient who was impregnated by her husband while comatose. Pete (Tim Daly) and Charlotte (KaDee Strickland) grapple with revealing the HIV status of a patient who was seriously injured in a car accident. And Violet (Amy Brenneman) battles Pete’s family as she prepares for Luca’s first Halloween.

9 P.M. (Lifetime) PROJECT RUNWAY Heidi Klum anoints a winner, with the help of the guest judge Jessica Simpson, in this two-hour Season 8 finale. At 11 “The Fairy Jobmother,” a new series based on a popular British show, introduces Hayley Taylor, a tough-talking career specialist who will encourage “job-challenged” families to confront the issues keeping their members unemployed — and force them to change.

9 P.M. (DIY) THE VANILLA ICE PROJECT The rapper Vanilla Ice, known in this series by his birth name, Robert Van Winkle, continues his renovation of a 7,000-square-foot dilapidated McMansion in Palm Beach, Fla. In this episode, he tackles the kitchen, adding high-end, customized cabinets and countertops he says are fit for a palace.

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Fox rejects Cablevision's 1-year offer
Says proposal for stations alone is 'not acceptable'

By Cynthia Littleton, Variety Deputy Editor

Cablevision fouled out in its 11th-inning effort Wednesday to reach a deal to restore Fox stations to its air before the first pitch was thrown in Game 1 of the World Series.

Fox quickly rejected Cablevision's offer of a one-year deal for its Gotham and Philadelphia Fox O&Os alone as a "publicity stunt." By the early evening, the Great Gotham Blackout of 2010 was heading into its 13th day, and Cablevision vowed to reimburse its customers who paid for a webcast of the Fall Classic games on MLB.com.

Earlier in the day, Cablevision went public with an offer to pay the same price that Fox charges Time Warner Cable for carriage of Fox O&Os WNYW New York and WTXF Philadelphia for a one-year period.

Fox has used its Time Warner Cable retrans pact as a benchmark in the Cablevision negotiations because it is contractually bound through a favored-nations clause to ensure that Time Warner Cable does not pay a higher rate for the stations than any other subscription TV provider. But Fox's deal with Cablevision encompasses Fox's other Gotham station, WWOR, plus other Fox-owned cablers, and it runs for a five-year term.

Fox and Cablevision had gone back and forth on a three-year deal for the stations and other channels before talks broke down last week following the Oct. 16 blackout for the cabler's 3 million customers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Fox's exclusive TV rights to the World Series added extra urgency to the sparring between the sides on Wednesday.

"Cablevision is seeking a discounted 'package rate' without buying the entire package," Fox said in a statement. "We have told Cablevision all along we are willing to negotiate a deal -- based on an entire suite of channels -- under the terms we have reached with Time Warner Cable and other providers," or a standalone deal for the three stations.

Cablevision sent the one-page offer to Fox execs on Wednesday, after which execs from both companies spoke by phone. It's understood that Cablevision rebuffed Fox's effort to discuss a deal encompassing other channels similar to the structure of its pact with Time Warner Cable.

"It is now clear beyond a shadow of a doubt that News Corp. is operating in bad faith. We call on the FCC to intervene immediately to restore the Fox signals to Cablevision's 3 million homes and order News Corp. to agree to binding arbitration to resolve this conflict," Cablevision said in a statement.

But Cablevision's hopes for FCC intervention dimmed when a senior FCC official weighed in with a blunt message for the cable giant: "Stop the stunts and start negotiating."

Cablevision has pushed for the FCC to intervene and mandate that the sides go to binding arbitration to settle the retransmission fee dispute.

Late last week the FCC requested info from both sides on the history of the year-long negotiations process that led up to the blackout of the stations for Cablevision's 3 million subscribers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

After reviewing the info submitted by Cablevision and Fox on Monday and the responses sent on Tuesday, the FCC seems unmoved by Cablevision's assertion that News Corp. has violated the provision of the retrans law that mandates good-faith negotiations between a broadcast station owner and subscription TV provider. The FCC seemed irked that Cablevision prexy-CEO James Dolan sent a letter Tuesday to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski urging him to call a meeting at the FCC for him and News Corp. prexy Chase Carey.

"They should spend less time writing publicity-seeking letters to the FCC, and more time at the negotiating table reaching an agreement," a senior FCC official said late Tuesday. "By now the message from the FCC should be crystal clear: Stop the stunts and start negotiating."

Cablevision maintains that Fox has refused to budge on the financial terms on the table for carrying its Gotham and Philadelphia stations.

"There has been absolutely no movement by Fox in their attempts to gain massive fee increases from Cablevision customers to carry broadcast signals that are free over the air," Charles Schueler, Cablevision's exec veep of communications, said about three hours before the company extended its one-year offer to Fox. "We do not understand how protecting and interceding on behalf of TV viewers in 3 million blacked out households in the Northeastern United States does not fall under the FCC's purview. The FCC has the facts and our customers are demanding that the FCC act."

As it became apparent that there would be no deal in time for the start of the World Series, Cablevision issued a statement vowing to reimburse subscribers who pay to watch the games on MLB.com. Cablevision said subscribers who sent in purchase confirmations from MLB.com would receive a $10 credit on their bill.

Wall Street has been watching the Cablevision-Fox battle closely, but so far the scuffle has not had a noticeable impact on Cablevision's stock price. Cablevision shares closed on Wednesday at $27, up 52¢, compared to a closing price of $26.66 on Oct. 15, the day before stations went dark.

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I suspect Fred will have as easy a time retiring from HOTP as Favre did from football.

I hope you are right.

Fred thanks for all your efforts over the years I can't begin to tell how much the information you have provided has influneced my tv viewing for better or worse but mostly for the better.

I wish you the best in the next stage of your life and hope you enjoy whatever it is you decide to do to pass the time.
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Nielsen Notes
With sweeps, a time for reckoning
Networks will be redoing lineups and axing shows
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - October 28th, 2010

The networks have been fairly judicious so far about pulling new shows off their schedules, with just three shows canceled despite generally low ratings.

But with the November sweeps kicking off tonight, we may start to see more schedule upheavals as the networks begin trimming the shows that aren't working and pulling in midseason replacements.

Two shows that seem to be in immediate danger are Fox's Tuesday comedy "Running Wilde" and NBC's Friday reality show "School Pride."

Fox yanked "Wilde" off the schedule earlier this week in favor of a second episode of lead-in "Raising Hope," which more than doubled "Wilde's" average the previous week.

Fox already gave a full-season order to "Hope," which has more critical and viewer support. "Wilde" probably will be preempted at least a couple more times during November before it's quietly pulled from the schedule altogether.

NBC's "School Pride" may also be yanked before November ends. The show averaged a dismally low (even for a Friday night) 0.7 adults 18-49 rating last week in its second episode, according to Nielsen, and NBC would be better off filling the hour with "Law & Order" repeats or even reruns of "Parenthood" or "Undercovers," two low-rated shows it's looking to push for improved ratings.

But several other shows that in any other year might be considered goners during the sweeps have already gotten surprising votes of confidence from their networks.

NBC inexplicably picked up "Chase" for a full season last week, despite its average 2.0 rating. ABC also gave a full-season order to "Better with You," which managed just a 2.1 last week. CBS picked up "The Defenders," which, while hardly a bomb, is one of the network's lowest-rated shows, averaging a 2.3 last week.

Though the November sweeps have lost some of their significance in recent years with the advent of local people meters, which allow local stations to get demographic information daily instead of a few times a year, the networks do have a handful of stunts planned, along with the inevitable but unplanned cancellations.

ABC will premiere the new reality show "Skating with the Stars" on Nov. 22, after part one of the season finale of "Dancing with the Stars," and it also has two music awards shows.

NBC has Matt Lauer's interview with former President George W. Bush, airing in primetime on Nov. 8., and a "Women of SNL" special.

Carol Burnett will guest star on Fox's smash show "Glee," and Harry Potter, aka Daniel Radcliffe, voices a character on the annual "Simpsons Treehouse of Horror" episode next week.

Michael J. Fox guests on CBS's "The Good Wife," and "CSI: NY" features John Larroquette for a three-episode arc.

And the CW's "Smallville" welcomes former "Lois & Clark" star Teri Hatcher, who will play, you guessed it, the mother of the current Lois Lane.

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TV Review
'The Fairy Jobmother' (Lifetime)
While there's no magic wand to gain employment, show pulls out lots of common sense
By David Hinckley, New York Daily News - October 28th, 2010

Watching someone explain the obvious may not create electrifying television, but once in a while, it's okay for TV to be more valuable than fun.

Like when it comes to how you find a job.

"The Fairy Jobmother" is Hayley Taylor, a well-dressed, nononsense British job counselor.

Her TV job is her real-life job: helping people who have been unemployed for a long time find a way to start working again.

Like Supernanny, Taylor is an import who uses her clipped, direct British accent and manner to get attention from Americans.

While the accent alone doesn't guarantee success, it becomes a significant component of her brand and helps us overlook the fact that the show's title rather overstates her powers. She possesses no magic wand sending out a sprinkle of pixie dust that morphs into jobs.

Quite the contrary, Taylor suggests the path to re-employment lies in hard work and close attention to the fundamentals of selling yourself. There's nothing in her repertoire that any job counselor anywhere would not suggest.

She does it on TV because she has a particularly direct way of selling the advice and she's comfortable having cameras follow her and the subjects with whom she is working.

"The Fairy Jobmother" often plays like an illustrated video for "Job-Hunting 101," except that presumably it's nonscripted.

Her first subject couple, Shawn and Michelle Aughe of California, may be as close as anyone could come to a typical recessionbattered family. They have two small children, Angelina and Brody, and they are both unemployed - Shawn for the three years since he left the Navy, Michelle for five years.

Their income is their welfare checks, $1,403 a month. In a month when they have no expenses beyond the basics like rent, gasoline and food, they have $39 a month in discretionary income.

That is to say, they can only fall behind, and partway into the show we learn they are so far in arrears on their rent that they are facing eviction.

Purely as convenient TV drama, this "discovery" may seem a little too neat. Still, it gives a certain urgency to their job search.

Taylor frequently employs tough love, like telling Shawn to get a lot more aggressive. She urges them that while they look for jobs they also need to clean the house and do volunteer work - things that will make them feel better and give them a sense of accomplishment.

The Aughes ultimately get a break or two, and we're happy for them because they seem like a likable family.

It also remains an open question whether we would see an episode where nobody found any work because that would undercut the show's premise.

Still, it's a show in which too many people these days will have an urgent personal interest.

THE FAIRY JOBMOTHER
Thursday at 11 p.m. on Lifetime
Rating: THREE STARS (out of five)


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In the next day or so, AVS Forums will be welcoming its 900,000th member. And in the next day or so, the Hot Off The Press thread, in its first and second incarnations, will surpass 5,850,000 page views

Also in the next day or so -- certainly by tomorrow evening -- I'll be greatly reducing my contributions to Hot Off The Press. I may not be disappearing totally, but at the very least I will be absent for long stretches of time and plan to pop in -- as a contributor -- in only on rare occasions.

Thanks again to all of you.

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Thanks for all of the work you put in on HOTP. I've enjoyed reading it almost every day for the last six years. For most of the last year, this has been the only thread I've visited on avsforum (still I great place, I just don't have the urge to be involved as much as I used to). Looking forward to your occasional contributions in the future.
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Fox rejects Cablevision's 1-year offer
Says proposal for stations alone is 'not acceptable'

By Cynthia Littleton, Variety Deputy Editor

"Cablevision is seeking a discounted 'package rate' without buying the entire package," Fox said in a statement. "We have told Cablevision all along we are willing to negotiate a deal -- based on an entire suite of channels -- under the terms we have reached with Time Warner Cable and other providers," or a standalone deal for the three stations.
http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...goryid=14&cs=1

Does this run afoul of impermissible tethering under antitrust law? I don't know very much antitrust law except the basic principles, so I could be way off board.
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That is how almost all the major players sell their programming to satellite, cable or telco.

If you want channel A (think ESPN) you need to put ABC Family on basic and pay us $ x for it.

If you want your NBC O&Os you have to carry MSNBC, etc.

The difference now is that in the past the providers got away with not paying for the OTA channels by simply finding space the affiliated cable channels. No more.

It has always seemed to me to be afoul of anti trust laws, but apparently not.
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TV Notes
Paula Abdul dance show might face 'Idol'

By James Hibberd in The Hollywood Reporter ‘s “LiveFeed blog”, October 28, 2010

Paula Abdul could face off against American Idol this season.

The former Idol judge's new CBS reality competition Live to Dance is being scheduled for a time period that's likely to bump up against the Fox ratings titan.

CBS has announced that Live to Dance will air Wednesdays at 8 p.m. starting in January.

Fox's original midseason schedule announced back in May puts Idol at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, though the network is expected to reveal an updated midseason plan within the next couple months that could change that slot. Idol usually debuts in mid January.

Live to Dance will kick off with a two-hour premiere on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. before moving to its regular time period. The show has a fairly short run -- eight hours.

The premiere will follow dancers from across the country auditioning for Abdul and fellow experts Travis Payne and Kimberly Wyatt. Starting Wednesday, Jan. 12, dance acts will compete against each other live on CBS.

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[quote=fredfa;19398685]A Note of About Changes -- and Thanks:
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And thank YOU for six+ great years! You made this thread awesome! But for me this is like the dark time when HOTP went away briefly over copyright issues, only worse. You will be missed. Don't be a stranger.

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Nielsen Notes
Fox Ratings Reign Endangered by 17% Drop in Audience
By Ronald Grover, Bloomberg News - October 27th, 2010

News Corp.'s Fox network has lost almost 17 percent of its young-adult viewers five weeks into the television season, a drop that threatens to dethrone the ratings leader after six years.

The decline has hit some of Fox's top shows --House is off 34 percent and The Simpsons 12 percent -- leaving Fox in third place in the 18-to-49-year-old audience that advertisers target, according to Nielsen Co. data supplied by the network.

Fox led at this point last year, as Major League Baseball playoffs and shows like House helped build a first-half cushion over CBS Corp. That eased the pressure on American Idol, TV's most-watched program, to carry Fox to victory in the second half. The talent show, which lost 9 percent of its 18-to-49 audience last season, returns in January with new faces and without Simon Cowell, changes that may test viewer loyalty.

I would imagine that there is a lot of concern over at Fox right now, said Andrew Donchin, director of national broadcast television for Carat USA, a New York-based advertising company whose clients include Revlon Inc. and Pfizer Inc. I'm sure they're scrambling to figure out how to fix this.

Fox's decline this year is underscored by shrinking audiences for the medical show House and the long-running The Simpsons. Newer animated shows Family Guy and The Cleveland Show are down 15 percent and 31 percent respectively, according to Nielsen data.

Fox also pulled its new Monday night drama Lone Star after two episodes. Two new comedies, Raising Hope and Running Wilde, rank 48th and 64th among key viewers, according to Nielsen data.

Cablevision Dispute

The network's retransmission dispute with Cablevision Systems Corp. is contributing to the losses. Fox cut off the pay-TV operator's 3 million New York-area subscribers on Oct. 16. Nationally, Fox averages about 2.6 percent of the total viewers, according to Nielsen data this season.

Overall in prime time, CBS is on top year-to-date, averaging 4.4 million viewers ages 18 to 49, up almost 1 percent from a year earlier, Nielsen data show. General Electric Co.'s NBC is second with 3.75 million, a 3.9 percent increase, while Fox is third, down to 3.73 million from 4.47 million. Walt Disney Co.'s ABC is last, averaging 3.65 million viewers, a 7.6 percent decline.

Fox's ratings were boosted last year by a special two-hour episode of House and American League baseball playoffs that featured the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels, Preston Beckman, executive vice president of Fox Entertainment Group, said in an interview. This year, Fox broadcast the National League series featuring teams from smaller TV markets, the San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies, he said.

Tough Comparisons

The network's broadcast of baseball's World Series this year features the Giants and the Texas Rangers, compared with last year's contest between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies.

We're being punished for a great fourth quarter last year, Beckman said. There's still a good chance that Fox will be the top network at the end of the season because of Idol and the Super Bowl in February, he said.

This is a pretty large hill for American Idol' to climb this time around, said Brad Adgate, director of research for New York-based Horizon Media, a media buying company. The show has added two new judges, singers Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, after losing the acerbic Cowell.

Glee'

A bright spot in Fox's ratings has been continued growth for the audience of the musical comedy Glee. The show, now in its second year, is rated fourth among 18-to-49-year-olds with a 39 percent increase in viewers, according to the network.

To further showcase the program, Fox plans to air an episode after its Super Bowl telecast, Beckman said.

News Corp., based in New York and controlled by Rupert Murdoch, gained 1 cent to $14.32 at 4 p.m. New York time in Nasdaq Stock Market trading. The Class A shares have added 4.6 percent this year.

Fox's ratings decline may force News Corp. to offer advertisers make goods, free or discounted ads that the networks hand out when ratings fall short of projections, later this year, said Doug Creutz, a San Francisco-based analyst with Cowen & Co. who has an underperform rating on News Corp.

They're probably having to make some concessions for House,' Creutz said. Maybe others, too.

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Q&A
Producer Stephen Levinson's creative empire
By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times - October 28th, 2010

"Boardwalk Empire," the new HBO series set in Atlantic City, N.J., during Prohibition, has attracted plenty of notice, in part because of the pedigree of its creative team, which includes director Martin Scorsese and creator Terence Winter, a writer and producer on "The Sopranos."

Less well known is the executive producer who brought the mob drama to the network, Stephen Levinson, who is actor Mark Wahlberg's manager and producing partner. The duo also produced two earlier high-profile HBO series, "Entourage" and "In Treatment."

Their latest effort, "Boardwalk Empire," was renewed for a second season after its premiere last month attracted 4.8 million viewers -- the largest debut for an HBO series since 2004's "Deadwood."

Levinson, a native New Yorker who like others in Hollywood began his career in a talent agency mailroom, recently talked to Company Town about his latest TV and film projects and his decades-long association with Wahlberg.

Question: How do you go about creating the worlds in your HBO series that seem to entice viewers?

Answer: The great thing about HBO is there are no boundaries. They allow you to dream up whatever you want to dream up. In the case of "Entourage" [loosely based on Wahlberg's and Levinson's early days in Hollywood], we were living it. We were inside of it and we were experiencing it -- but from an outsider's point of view.

With "In Treatment," a world could be something as finite as one room, in a therapist's office. As somebody who hasn't been to therapy -- but I'm sure certainly needs it -- I think you wonder what goes on inside of those walls. In the case of Dr. Paul Weston ("In Treatment's" central character, portrayed by Gabriel Byrne), the format has you go inside the four walls, then you go inside his head.

Q: What attracted you and Wahlberg to "Boardwalk Empire"?

A: We're always looking for interesting material. It comes to us in a variety of ways. In this case, Ari Emanuel [ William Morris Endeavor Entertainment co-chief executive] sent us the book, "Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City," written by Nelson Johnson. We thought it had great potential for an HBO show. Once we declared that we were interested in it, Mark got on a plane and went to visit Marty [Scorsese], who was in Boston shooting "Shutter Island." Marty thought it was interesting. Then we took it to HBO, which sent the book to Terry Winter, who conceptualized the show from scratch.

Q: Why did you think this book had series potential?

A: There were a whole host of interesting characters and a great and rich history. A lot of different choices could have been made, and I think that Terry made a brilliant choice in deciding to focus on the '20s. As a matter of what's interesting to us, I love the blending of fact and fiction. Frederick Forsyth's "The Day of the Jackal" was a spy novel that I always found intriguing and interesting. That did a really great job of blending fact and fiction, so you're not sure where reality ends and fiction begins. That's a great way to tell a story and create a world.

Q: What about your own journey to Hollywood? What prompted you to leave New York and move here?

A: In some ways, it's analogous to our approach to shows and movies. I grew up going to the movies and watching TV and I wanted to visit [that world]. I thought I would love it. I packed up my Honda Prelude, which is featured in the early seasons of "Entourage," and drove out here. One of the articles I just happened to read was about Ron Meyer [president of Universal Studios and co-founder of Creative Artists Agency] and how everybody started in the mailroom. It just solidified what I was hoping to do.

A friend of mine was living out here and he invited me to play in a basketball game. One of those guys who ended up playing in that game was Patrick Whitesell [who at the time worked at now-defunct InterTalent Agency and is currently co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor]. For about eight weeks, all I did was pass the ball, hoping to get an interview at InterTalent. And ultimately he got me an interview for the mailroom.

Q: How did you meet Mark Wahlberg?

A: I was working at InterTalent Agency as an assistant and he was a client of my boss, David Schiff. We struck up conversations over the phone, and a friendship. There was common ground when it came to our philosophies. We started talking about material. We like the same movies, the same shows. It's been the same for close to 20 years. We've spoken almost every day, sometimes multiple times a day.

Q: What's next, creatively?

A: We're developing several films. One is a remake of an Icelandic film called "Reykjavik-Rotterdam," which takes you into the world of smuggling. Another project is based on Jon Roberts [a drug smuggler], who's featured in the documentary "Cocaine Cowboys." We're developing a couple of comedies as well. It's fairly eclectic. You never know how quickly a movie is going to come together. But if you get after it, you hope you catch a break.

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Wednesday’s fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings – along with Media Week Analyst Marc Berman’s view of what they mean -- have been posted at the top of Ratings News, the second post in this thread.

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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
ABC's 'Modern Family' ties a series high
Averages a 5.1 in 18-49s, matching its season debut
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - October 28th, 2010

Halloween episodes have proven to be winners this week. One night after strong ratings for the "Rocky Horror"-themed "Glee," ABC's entire comedy lineup saw week-to-week gains with spooky episodes, led by "Modern Family," which tied a series high last night.

"Family" averaged a 5.1 adults 18-49 rating at 9 p.m. last night, according to Nielsen overnights, matching its season opener last month and also becoming the week's No. 1 scripted show, surpassing Fox's "Glee."

The entire ABC lineup saw week-to-week gains, with "The Middle" up 8 percent, to a 2.8 (its second-best rating ever); "Better with You" up 19 percent, to a 2.5 (tying a series high); and "Cougar Town" up 6 percent, to a 3.3.

"Family" and "Cougar" may have benefitted from airing opposite a rerun of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" on NBC.

With game one of the World Series, Fox was first for the night among 18-49s with a 4.5 average overnight rating and a 12 share. CBS was second at 3.0/8, ABC third at 2.7/8, Univision fourth at 1.8/5, NBC fifth at 1.3/4 and CW sixth 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-eight percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

Also, ratings for Fox's World Series coverage are approximate as fast nationals measure timeslot and not actual program data.

Fox led each hour of the night with the game between the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers, starting with a 4.6 at 8 p.m., followed by CBS with a 3.4 for "Survivor." ABC was third with a 2.7 for "Middle" (2.8) and "Better" (2.5), Univision fourth with a 2.0 for "Hasta que el Dinero Nos Separe," NBC fifth with a 1.4 for "Undercovers" and CW sixth with a 1.3 for "America's Next Top Model."

At 9 p.m. Fox was first with a 4.4 for baseball, with ABC a close second with a 4.2 for "Family" (5.1) and "Cougar" (3.3). CBS was third with a 3.4 for "Criminal Minds," Univision fourth with a 2.2 for "Soy Tu Dueña," NBC fifth with a 1.3 for a repeat of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and CW sixth with a 0.9 for "Hellcats."

Fox was first again at 10 p.m. with a 3.7 for more baseball, while CBS moved to second with a 2.1 for "The Defenders." ABC, NBC and Univision all tied for third at 1.2, ABC for "The Whole Truth," NBC for a repeat of "Law & Order: Los Angeles" and Univision for "Don Francisco Presenta."

Among households, Fox led the night with an 8.1 average overnight rating and a 13 share. CBS was second at 7.1/12, ABC third at 5.0/8, NBC fourth at 3.3/5, Univision fifth at 2.1/3 and CW sixth at 1.6/3.

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Overnight Nielsen Notes
Sluggish World Series Gives Fox Ratings Win

From James Hibberd’s The Hollywood Reporter LiveFeed blog, October 28, 2010

Game 1 of the World Series gave Fox a decisive ratings victory Wednesday night, though fell notably from last year's opener.

The Texas Rangers vs. San Francisco game drew a 10.4 overnight household rating, down 22% from last year. The game was basically steady with 2008, which was the second lowest-rated Game 1 ever.

Last year ranked as the weakest overall World Series performance. With Game 1 opening lower even lower, and Game Four and Game Five going head-to-head with NFL telecasts, Fox is facing an uphill battle with the Series this year.

The baseball competition didn't faze third-ranked ABC, whose comedy block posted gains across the board and set some ratings records. The Middle (9.4 million, 2.8), Better With You (7.8 million, 2.5), Modern Family (13.1 million, 5.1) and Cougar Town (8.3 million, 3.3) all rose this week.

In fact, this marks the most-watched episode of Modern Family ever and the show might set a new adult demo record when the national ratings are released later today. It's also the most-watched telecast of The Middle, with Better With You matching its high.

CBS ranked second with Survivor (11.6 million viewers, 3.4 preliminary adults 18-49 rating), Criminal Minds (13.9 million, 3.4) and The Defenders (9.9 million, 2.1), all ebbing slightly.

NBC had repeats and a weak Undercovers (5.4 million, 1.4). The CW aired America's Next Top Model (2.8 million, 1.3) and Hellcats (2.2 million, 0.9).

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Cablevision Striking Out With MLB.com Offer?
By Katy Bachman, Media Week - October 28th, 2010

With no immediate end in site for restoring Fox programming to its 3 million customers in New York and Philadelphia, Cablevision has resorted to a new tactic: reimbursing its subscribers for the $10 online cost of an MLB.com World Series package. The move puts a price tag on Fox programming, which aired Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday night (Oct. 27).

Cablevision's offer could add up to a miss-step and affect retransmission negotiations going forward, according to David Bank, an analyst with RBC Capital Marketing.

"It illustrates a very important data point in the fight for retransmission consent, the value of broadcast network programming," wrote Bank.

Fox has been seeking about $150 million more in fees for its programming, up from the current $70 million, an increase Cablevision has declined to pay. According to Bank's math, taking into account how much of Fox programming is taken up by the World Series and the percentage of subscribers that might ask for the reimbursement, Cablevision, by subsidizing subscribers for the World Series, is in fact valuing Fox at greater than $1 per subscriber.

"Fox TV clearly isn't worth $10/month, but maybe we have a roadmap defining how MSOs might think about the value of programming, at least in a World Series month," Bank wrote.

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Conan O'Brien to Preview TBS Show Online
By Lindsay Powers, The Hollywood Reporter - October 28th, 2010

Conan O'Brien doesn't officially launch his TBS talk show until Nov. 8, but he's giving fans a sneak peek a week earlier.

O'Brien will broadcast Show Zero on his website, teamcoco.com, YouTube and Facebook on Nov. 1 at 11 p.m. ET.

The Basic Cable Band will perform, and Andy Richter will also make an appearance. Unnamed celebrity guests will also show up.

TBS announced the decision Thursday in light of the success of the "Live Coco Cam" which gave fans a 24-hour behind-the-scenes look at the host's Burbank studio earlier this month.

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Californication fans!! New season starts January 9, 2011.

Saw this as an ad on Showtime just prior to 11:00 PM PDT broadcast of Inside The NFL.
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Cablevision's offer could add up to a miss-step and affect retransmission negotiations going forward, according to David Bank, an analyst with RBC Capital Marketing.

"It illustrates a very important data point in the fight for retransmission consent, the value of broadcast network programming," wrote Bank.

I don't think this is a very smart way to go. It signals that FOX programming IS important to Cablevision, and they don't mind paying for it, even if it goes to viewers. Cablevision just proved FOX's point. Without the locals, MVPD's power and influence diminishes quite a bit.

The current economic model in broadcasting maybe broken, but it still has the clout for a major company to lay down like this and isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Cablevision just proved it.

Game Point - FOX.

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Big Love's Fifth Season Will Be Its Last
By New York Magazine's 'Vulture' Blog - October 27th, 2010

HBO just announced some good and bad news. Good first: Big Love will return for its fifth season on January 16. Bad news: The fifth season will be the show's last. Boo!

In the press release, the creators, Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, imply it wasn't HBO's, but their call to end the show: "When we created Big Love in 2002, we had a strong conception of the journey the Henrickson family would make over the course of the series, of the story we had to tell. While we were in the writers' room this year shaping our fifth season, we discovered that we were approaching the culmination of that story." Sister Wives really isn't going to fill the void.

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BREAKING NEWS
Danno from 'Hawaii Five-0,' actor James MacArthur, dies at age 72 of natural causes in Florida
By Associated Press 1:49 PM EDT, October 28, 2010


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stage and screen actor James MacArthur, who played "Danno" in the original version of television's "Hawaii Five-0," died Thursday at age 72.

MacArthur's agent, Richard Lewis, said the actor died in Florida of "natural causes," but no direct cause was specified.

In a career that spanned more than four decades, MacArthur was most recognized for his role as Detective Danny "Danno" Williams on "Hawaii Five-0," which aired from 1968 to 1980. Episodes often ended with detective Steve McGarret, the lead character, uttering what became a pop culture catch phrase: "Book 'em, Danno."

Jack Lord, who starred as McGarret, died in 1998.

MacArthur quit the role of McGarret's sidekick a year before the program's final season.

"Quite frankly, I grew bored," he explained on his website. "The stories became more bland and predictable and presented less and less challenge to me as an actor."

"Hawaii Five-O," one of the longest running crime shows in TV history with 278 episodes, was shot on location in the Hawaiian islands. It was the first Hawaii-based national TV series.

The drama has been remade by CBS with a new cast this season.

MacArthur, born Dec. 8, 1937, seemed destined to become an actor. He was the adopted son of playwright Charles MacArthur and Helen Hayes, an award-winning actress often referred to as "First Lady of the American Theatre." Silent film star Lillian Gish was his godmother.

"They did teach me a lot about the theatre just through my life with them," he said of his parents in a 1957 interview in Teen Life magazine. "They never pushed me in any direction. Any major decision has always been my own to make."

James MacArthur made his stage debut at age 8 in a summer stock production of "The Corn is Green."

His breakout role was in the 1957 "Climax!" television series production of "The Young Stranger," in which he starred as the 17-year-old son of a movie executive who has a run-in with the law.

He entered Harvard that same year, but dropped out in his sophomore year to pursue an acting career.

As a young actor, MacArthur appeared in the Walt Disney movies "Kidnapped," ''Third Man on the Mountain," ''Swiss Family Robinson" and "The Light in the Forest."

He also had roles in "The Interns, "Spencer's Mountain," ''Battle of the Bulge" and "Hang 'Em High," as well as many guest roles on TV series such as "Gunsmoke."

He performed in many stage plays, including the lead role of Hildy Johnson in a 1981 production of "The Front Page," which was co-written by his father in the late 1920s, at the Stanford Community Theatre in Palo Alto, Calif.

His live acting career won him the 1961 Theatre World Award for best new actor for his performance in "Invitation to a March."

MacArthur said that one of his favorite "Hawaii Five-O" episodes was a 1975 segment called "Retire in Sunny Hawaii Forever" because it marked one of the rare times that he worked on screen with his mother. Hayes played Danno's Aunt Clara, who visits Hawaii and helps the detectives solve a murder.

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I don't think this is a very smart way to go. It signals that FOX programming IS important to Cablevision, and they don't mind paying for it, even if it goes to viewers. Cablevision just proved FOX's point. Without the locals, MVPD's power and influence diminishes quite a bit.

No, Cablevision is just trying to prevent some customer defections over this. In the long run a one time $10 payment is nothing to keep a customer who is paying on average $149.12 per month. It's much harder to replace a customer then it is to retain one.
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Just wanted to add my voice to the chorus of folks praising fredfa's work on this thread. I have to check it multiple times a day (in fact the only time I hate HOTP is when I have to be away from the internet for any extended period of time, because I know it will take forever to catch up ) I'm sure dad and others will keep it alive, but it won't be the same without you Fred. Enjoy your "retirement!"

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Cablevision Hit With $450M Class Action Lawsuit Over Fox Fight
By Dylan Stableford, TheWrap.com - October 28th, 2010

The latest wrinkle in the nasty fight between Fox and Cablevision over retransmission fees: a viewer-led lawsuit.

A group of New York Cablevision customers have filed a class action lawsuit in federal court, claiming Cablevision owes them roughly $450 million for depriving its 3 million New York-area subscribers of Fox's content, including the Glee, the Major League Baseball playoffs and NFL football.

Click here to read a copy of the complaint: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/58648780/nysd-12708374927. As you'll see, these are customers who have clearly sided with Fox in the fight.

Cablevision quickly responded with a statement, arguing that Fox is really the company deserving of a suit.

"News Corp. is the company that deserves a lawsuit, for blacking out the World Series in three million New York-area homes, Cablevision said in a statement. The FCC has all the facts and our customers are demanding that the FCC act to end the FOX blackout."

The suit, filed by New York area customers Julia Gallo, Andrew Koplik and Dorothy Rabsey in the U.S. Southern District Court of New York this week, alleges customers have suffered a substantial and material reduction in the broadcast service they signed up for.

They're seeking restitution for Cablevision's 3 million customers, who have been deprived of the Fox Channels, which have been replaced by Cablevision's annoying and self-serving loop, which whines about News Corp.'s supposed failure to negotiate in good faith.

The plaintiffs also argue that Fox also provide(s) a distinctive viewpoint in the political speech arena, which Cablevision customers are being deprived of just days before a critical mid-term election in the United States.

The $450 million figure is based on the $150 average Cablevision's 3 million customers pay per month, according to the filing.

The suit comes just as Cablevision announced that it will reimburse customers who sign up with MLB.com to watch the World Series online.

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VANITY FAIR HAS AN EXCERPT OF BILL CARTER'S UPCOMING "THE WAR FOR LATE NIGHT" BOOK: http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/fe...?currentPage=1. It's too long to post here but, if you have time, give it a read. There's some dynamite quotes/anecdotes about the behind-the-scenes war of words between Team Conan, Team Leno and NBC management.
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No, Cablevision is just trying to prevent some customer defections over this. In the long run a one time $10 payment is nothing to keep a customer who is paying on average $149.12 per month. It's much harder to replace a customer then it is to retain one.

You just proved the point as well. If Cablevision has to pay to keep $149 a month subs because they lost ONE OTA channel, then that shows just how much clout the OTAs REALLY have.

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I don't think this is a very smart way to go. It signals that FOX programming IS important to Cablevision, and they don't mind paying for it, even if it goes to viewers. Cablevision just proved FOX's point. Without the locals, MVPD's power and influence diminishes quite a bit.

The current economic model in broadcasting maybe broken, but it still has the clout for a major company to lay down like this and isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Cablevision just proved it.

Game Point - FOX.

Yeah, but we're only talking this month while the WS is on, then the question might once again be, "Who cares?"


On a side discussion, I have come to agree the locals bring a value to cable/sat, I just don't agree on that value. However, as long as ESPN and others are going to demand whatever the market will bear, then the rest should too. Eventually they'll all shoot themselves in the foot. I've already decided I can live without cable shows. I'll use Netflix as long as shows come to DVD and I'll just forget them after that. Let's face it, nothing stays on forever anyway, so do really I care if I ever see it or have to drop it early.

The only thing I can't get past yet is cablenews. I like the 24 hr news cycle and I like opinion news. I like to have it on in the background so I can catch things as they happen. I don't want to have to wait until 6:00 and I don't want to have to search online. But, I may have to do just that via an RSS feed or something. Oh, and I still don't know what to do about an OTA DVR.

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