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And the number of "little old ladies" and "little old men" with converter boxes and rabbit ears blows younger viewers away. I know. I deal with them all the time.

And no time like the present, when they've got one foot in the grave, to declare you're ready to build your business solely on their continued viewership.
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If they could, they would.

Which, of course, they can't since the provisions of ownership include the following:

- The name must have the word "family" in it

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- The 700 Club must continue to air on it.
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I keep seeing this doom and gloom talk about 14% or 22% lower ratings.

This is also one of the few times I've seen the insight on why this is fantastic for ESPN.

Think about it: they lost less than 25% of the viewership verses an OTA network, which has at least twice the viewer reach. That means, they're losing far less than the number of people that could tune in before.

Don't know about your "at least twice the viewer reach" claim (source?) But still, the advertisers see that 25% of the die-hard sports fans didn't see beer commercials on ESPN versus OTA. And the non-sports fan who doesn't even know what a BCS is will have to subsidize the telecast through rising cable rates the same as the sports fan.
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If you want to define it that way, they both fall under that, so your separate category was still just a needless bash against cable.

Needless? Bash? Don't shoot the messenger.

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Also, cable didn't have it handed to them either. In the early days, locals couldn't do enough to get carried by cable.

Hardly. In cable's infancy, cable lobbied for and was granted statutory license, below normal pole attachment fees, etc. It wasn't until they started to carry (at no charge) just the popular stations that the less popular stations cried foul, and "must carry" was born. No more "Hey buddy, treat me nice and I'll carry your station on our cable system." No more cherry-picking.
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Exactly how is this anyone's problem but those that failed to get a converter box?

Clearly you forget all the crawls and spots where local TV stations told cable and satellite subscribers that they didn't need to do anything to continue receiving their signal after the analog shutdown.

It amazes me how you guys so willfully ignore the facts on the ground and pretend that it's 1970 ... so long as it suits your agenda (of course.)

Less than 15% of the viewers in my market rely on over the air broadcast ... and this is a market with relatively few OTA technical issues ... in fact, it's probably less than 10%.

You have issues with people "stealing" your OTA signals for retransmission, yet you have no problem with reaching into my wallet whether I watch your station or not.

Revolutions have been fought over less provocation.
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Whatever?!

You might want to wait until you actually see the proposal before you start rolling eyes.
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ESPN 3D To Go 24-Hour On Valentine's Day
Sports Channel to Air Mostly Replays of Previous Events


By Todd Spangler -- Multichannel News - Jan 4

ESPN will promote its 3D channel to full-time status on Feb. 14, 2011 -- but for now, the vast majority of material on the 24-hour feed will simply be replays of older games presented in the format.

The current affiliates that offer ESPN 3D -- Comcast, DirecTV, Time Warner Cable and AT&T U-verse TV -- will be offering the 24-hour version next month. Verizon has inked a deal to offer the service to FiOS TV subscribers sometime in 2011.

"The network will show replays of previously televised ESPN 3D events when the network is not showing a live event," ESPN spokeswoman Amy Phillips said in an e-mail.

Very little of the programming on ESPN 3D will be live, however. In February, for example, the network has currently scheduled live coverage of just two events: the Feb. 11 Lakers-Knicks meeting and a Feb. 25 Thunder-Magic matchup.

Comcast and DirecTV currently do not charge HD customers extra to receive ESPN 3D. Time Warner Cable and U-verse TV both include ESPN 3D as part of a premium 3D programming tier for $10 per month extra.

ESPN 3D debuted with the FIFA 2010 World Cup in June 2010, and has planned to air about 100 live events in the first year. Those include NBA games, NCAA football and basketball matchups -- including the BCS National Championship Game Jan. 10 between Auburn and Oregon -- and X Games coverage.

On Friday, Jan. 7, ESPN 3D will host a special edition of College Football Live on the Sony Stage at the International Consumer Electronics Show with Rece Davis, former coach Lou Holtz and analyst Mark May. The trio will preview the upcoming BCS National Championship Game and "discuss how ESPN 3D is changing sports viewing," the sports programmer said.

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Dish Will Raise, Then Freeze, Prices For Two Years

DBS Provider Will Add $3 To $5 Per Month To Sub Packages Starting Next Month, Then Hold Line Through Jan. 2013


Mike Reynolds -- Multichannel News - Jan 4

Dish Network will raise prices on most of its programming packages, starting in February, and then put a hold on subscriber increases for two years.

Beginning next month, the No. 2 DBS provider will add $3 to $5 per month to most of its programming packages, before enacting a two-year price freeze through January 2013. Dish said it is the only major satellite or cable company in U.S. to announce a two-year price stabilization.

As a result, Dish, which is not charging more equipment fees or premium programming, said its typical customer's video package over that span will increase some 3% on an annualized basis.

Dish officials said that even with the increases it will still offer lower prices than a number of what it called its competitors' "starter packages," pointing to $59.95 per month on average for Comcast, the $59 for AT&T U-verse U100 and $60.99 for DirecTV's Choice.

Moreover, Dish said it proffers four programming packages that have a lower price than DirecTV;s Choice: Dish America ($34.99), America's Top 120 ($44.99), America's Top 120+ ($49.99) and America's Top 200 ($59.99).

According to the Denver Post, Dish's declared price hike means the monthly rate on its most popular package, America's Top 120, will jump 12% from $40 to $44.99, while the cost of its America's Top 200 offering will increase 9% from $55 to $59.99.

Also, in honor of its 30th anniversary, the company is offering premium movie channels free for one year to most customers. Dish also offers Free HD for Life, which provides access to high definition feeds of popular channels at no additional cost.

"Dish Network continues to work harder than any other company in the industry to offer the best prices, and the most choices," said Ira Bahr, chief marketing officer for Dish in a statement. "We pride ourselves on not raising rates each year, unlike cable companies. And despite rising programming costs, we are pleased to continue to offer the lowest everyday prices in America."

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Netflix Grabs The Remote
Inks Deals to Add 'Netflix' Button With 11 Consumer-Electronics Makers


By Todd Spangler -- Multichannel News -Jan 4

Netflix has landed some primo couch-front property, inking deals with 11 manufacturers to add a one-click button on remote controls for their Internet-connected devices to access Netflix's video-streaming service.

The "Netflix" buttons, including some featuring the company's logo, are expected to be on products that ship starting this spring.

The deals cover select models of new Internet-connected TVs from Sharp, Sony and Toshiba as well as certain new Blu-ray Disc players from Best Buy's Dynex house brand, Haier, Memorex, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and Toshiba.

In addition, remote controls for the Roku, Boxee and Iomega Internet set-top boxes will feature the Netflix one-click remote.

"For members who want even more convenience when instantly watching TV shows and movies streaming from Netflix, the answer is about to be right in their hands," Netflix chief product officer Neil Hunt said in announcing the program. "No more turning on the TV, going to a home screen and searching for the Netflix icon. With the Netflix one-click remote, it's simply a matter of pushing the Netflix button to instantly watch any of the vast selection of TV shows and movies available to stream from Netflix."

At the end of September 2010, Netflix had 16.9 million subscribers in the U.S. and Canada. Currently there are more than 250 Netflix-ready devices on the market, including Microsoft's Xbox 360, Nintendo's Wii and Sony's PS3 consoles; Apple's iPhone, iPad and Apple TV; Google TV-based devices; and an array of Blu-ray Disc players, HDTVs, DVRs and Internet set-tops.

Netflix -- which offers more than 20,000 movies and TV shows available for streaming over the Internet -- is among the most popular features of Internet-connected TVs. Among those who have hooked up their TVs to the Net, 57% are using it to access Netflix while 47% have viewed videos on YouTube, according to a recent survey by research firm NPD Group.

The video streamed by Netflix users accounts for more than 20% of bandwidth consumption during peak hours, according to a widely cited report from bandwidth-management vendor Sandvine.

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HBO Developing Bodybuilding Comedy
With 'Blue Valentine' Filmmaker Derek Cianfrance


By Nellie Andreeva - Deadline.com - Jan 5

HBO has put in development Muscle, a single-camera comedy from Blue Valentine co-writer/director Derek Cianfrance about the subculture of contemporary professional bodybuilding. It is based on Sam Fussell's memoir Muscle: Confessions of an Unlikely Bodybuilder, which chronicles his four-year stint as a full-time bodybuilder after graduating from Oxford.

Cianfrance and Fussell will co-write the script, with Cianfrance attached to direct. Both will also co-executive produce, while Blue Valentine producer Jamie Patricof is executive producing with John Lesher and Adam Kassan. It took Cianfrance 12 years to bring Blue Valentine, a personal account of a failing marriage, to the screen.

The film, Cianfrance's second, opened last week with the highest gross among specialty releases. It has been garnering awards buzz, especially for stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.

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And no time like the present, when they've got one foot in the grave, to declare you're ready to build your business solely on their continued viewership.

For the younger viewers, cable has done a very good marketing job in telling them cable is the only way to get TV. Many are learning different now. As younger viewers cut the cable, the number is rising. OTA will never over take cable in numbers, but there is still a sizable number of OTA only viewers and cable is FULLY aware of it. Again, you can pay someone to provide you with TV and you get what you get. You can put up an antenna and get basically the same thing for free with no retrans issues. Viewers choice. You get what you pay for.

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Paula Abdul's Live to Dance' Delivers The Right Moves


by Carrie Borzillo - Fancast - Jan 5

On her previous show, Paula Abdul was the warm and fuzzy judge, and not surprisingly the former pop star brought those same qualities to her new competition series on CBS, Live to Dance. What was surprising? After the first seven minutes, I turned to my TV-watching buddy and said, Okay, I'm in.

I didn't expect it. But I was won over by the first contestant, nine-year-old Jalen from Seattle, who kicked off the show with an a-maz-ing b-boy hip-hop routine to the Black Eyed Peas' latest hit, Dirty Bitch. It got the studio audience - and the most cynical viewers at home (hey, call me a sap, I don't care) - up on their feet. The judges were also entertained. They must've been saying to themselves, We might have a hit.

Using the kid to open was good TV. He was cute, his father cried, and he deservedly advanced to the next round, the experts' short list, and his shot at the $500,000 grand prize - and he allowed Abdul to deliver a mission statement. You are an amazing bright light to this show and that is exactly what this show is about, she said.

Abdul - the show's head judge, executive producer, creative partner, mentor and coach - added that she wanted to grab the little kid's face and squeeze it. I couldn't have been the only one to recall the bizarre moment on American Idol when she gazed adoringly at David Archuleta following a performance and said, I wanted to squish you, squeeze your head off, and dangle you from my rear-view mirror.

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On Tonight: People's Choice Awards

By Roger Catlin - Hartford Courant’s “TV Eye” - Jan 5

[All times are Easterrn.]
Queen Latifah hosts the 37th People's Choice Awards (CBS, 9 p.m.), honoring movies, music and TV, where some of its categories are Favorite TV Family and Favorite TV Doctor and Favorite TV Chef. True, it is under the category of "Favorite TV Guilty Pleasure" along with "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," two other shows that would never otherwise be mentioned in an awards show.

But hey, this one is about the people, where there's a category for Favorite TV Family and Favorite TV Doctor and Favorite TV Chef, as well as categories for movies and music. Queen Latifah hosts.

In the quasi-spiritual "Miracle Detectives" (OWN, 10 p.m.), the two person team - one a believer, one not - try to find explanations for everyday miracles, such as the guy who survived being mowed down by a train. It's brought to you by Oprah's new network.

Some of the Discovery Health shows displaced by her OWN network are premiering this week as well including "Mystery Diagnosis" (OWN, 9 p.m.). Go to own.com to find what channel it can be found on your cable system.

In its season premiere, "Ghost Hunters International" (Syfy, 9 p.m.) takes a Shakesperean turn in its season premiere, looking into the possibility of a ghost at Elisore Castle, 400 years after Hamlet sat around fondling the skull of Yorik.

There's a literary bent too in the rerun of "Ghost Hunters" (Syfy, 10 p.m.) episode on the Edith Wharton home in Lenox, Mass.

A performance of Donizetti's comic opera "Don Pasquale" with soprano Anna Netrebko, kicks off the fifth season of "Great Performances at the Met"(PBS, 9 p.m.).

Pushing two episodes together makes for two-hour events tonight for "Human Target"(Fox, 8 p.m.) and the return of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 9 p.m.).

Ice T is making so many episodes (100!) at such a breakneck speed that "Are We There Yet?" (TBS, 10 and 10:30 p.m.) comes at us two episodes at a time.

If you like the breathtaking scenery but can't stomach its former governor, "Flying Wild Alaska" (Discovery, 9 p.m.) is a 10 episode series about a family-run airline in Unalakleet that is virtually Palin-free.

Computer animation recounts the "Greatest Tank Battles" (Military, 10 p.m.).

"24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic" (HBO, 10 p.m.) winds up its four-episode season with the final preparations for the Winter Classic in Pittsburgh, which encountered a last minute time change before it was played Saturday before the biggest TV audience for the NHL in four years.

"The Ben Stiller Show" (IFC, 10:30 p.m.) returns in reruns, 21 years after it first appeared. A more serious Stiller does good work in the Noah Baumbach film"Greenberg" (Cinemax, 10 p.m.).

Paula Abdul's "Live to Dance" (CBS, 8 p.m.) runs twice a week, so there are some more auditions to deal with tonight.

Here's a bad idea for a news organization to take on: "Primetime: Celebrity Weight Loss - What Really Happens" (ABC, 10 p.m.).

It's the 10th and final season for "Ace of Cakes" (Food, 10 p.m.) and the season premiere starts off with an assignment from the U.S. Open.

Let's hear it for the music teachers tonight on Turner Classic Movies, with "Mr. Holland's Opus" (8 p.m.), "An Affair to Remember" (10:30 p.m.), "Kiss Me, Stupid" (12:45 a.m.), "They Shall Have Music" (3 a.m.) and "Let's Make Music" (5 p.m.).

Don't forget the all-day "Little Rascals" marathon on TCM until 8 p.m.

In men's college basketball, it's Alabama-Birmingham at Duke (ESPN2, 7 p.m.) and Memphis at Tennessee (ESPN2, 9 p.m.).

In NBA action, it's Lakers at Suns (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.).

Daytime Talk
Regis and Kelly: Kevin Spacey. The View: Liam Neeson, Vryant Renfroe (rerun).
The Talk: Gayle King, Carson Kressley.
Ellen DeGeneres: Nicole "Snoki" Polizzi, Macy Gray, Savannah Keyes.
Wendy Williams: Macy Gray, Joanna Lumley.

Late Talk
David Letterman: Jennifer Connelly, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Justin Townes Earle.
Jay Leno: Jamie Foxx, Leighton Meester.
Jimmy Kimmel: Simon Baker, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Lloyd Banks.
Jimmy Fallon: Tim McGraw, Emmy Rossum, the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger.
Craig Ferguson: Henry Winkler, Paula Deen.
Carson Daly: Frank Darabont, Matt Sax, Ra Ra Riot (rerun).
Jon Stewart: Jimmy Wales. Stephen Colbert: Atul Gawande.
Conan O'Brien: Kourtney, Kim & Khloe Kardashian, Kevin Nealon, Deerhunter.
George Lopez: Denzel Washington, Hilary Duff, Russell Peters.
Chelsea Handler: Kevin Spacey, Chris Franjola, Whitney Cummings, Michael Yo

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Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network expects to make a profit its first year
Discovery Communications CFO credits "ad acceptance and good performance" for 2011 earnings.


By Mark Cina - The Hollywood Reporter - Jan 4

The cable channel - which averaged 1 million viewers the first night of its Jan. 1 primetime debut - should be EBITDA positive in 2011 because of ad acceptance and good performance," Discovery Communications' chief financial officer, Brad Singer, said at an investor conference Tuesday, according to The New York Times. (EBITDA stands for earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.)

Winfrey's network has a lot to live up to: As The Hollywood Reporter previously reported, it has been three years in the making at a cost of nearly $200 million. Winfrey, nearly 57, also is stepping down from her popular daytime show later this year to focus on OWN.

Discovery previously warned analysts not to expect OWN to earn a profit before 2012 or 2013.

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Biggest boob tube
There's a new size champ in TVs


By Don Kaplan - New York Post - Jan 5

For around $5,000, you can own a television longer than a Volkswagon and taller than a teenager.

While bigger TVs have been on the market for a few years, the new 7-and-half-foot-wide Mitsubishi television will be the biggest mass-produced, super-sized TV that you can buy.

At 92-inches -- measured diagonally -- and about 2-feet thick, the 135-lb. television is so big, it won't fit on a wall. It has to rest on a stand.

But, with 16 speakers -- built into the sides -- it is able to reproduce the same kind of surround-sound experience theatergoers have.

The biggest TV you can buy for your home was unveiled yesterday. It's a Mitsubishi. Oh yeah, and it is capable of showing 3D movies.

Mitsubishi unveiled the huge TV yesterday in Las Vegas at the International Consumer Electronics Show, the largest trade show in the world, which officially starts today.

The company declined to say when the TV would be available -- though likely it will be sometime later this year.

The price, too, is yet to be determined. But the next largest size, an 82" Mitsubishi TV, sells for around $3,600 and a 73-inch sells for about $2,000.

So it is believed the new, colossal TV will be in the same price range, sources said.

Until recently, TVs this size had to be custom made and cost up to $100,000.

The new 92-inch set is the latest of a new generation of flat screens that can be assembled by machines and, while expensive, priced within range for home use.

"This is really the first time we've taken the complete 3D cinema experience and been able to bring it into people's homes," said Nick Norton, Mitsubishi's senior manager of brand marketing.

The average New York apartment cannot accommodate the new sets, but the proliferation of home theaters in suburban areas has created a new market for the behemoths. Bragging rights are included in the price.

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An awards night in a class by itself
Queen Latifah again hosts 'The People's Choice Awards'


By Louisa Ada Seltzer - Media Life Magazine - Jan 5

"The People's Choice Awards" is perhaps the only awards show this year where Jackie Chan and Angelina Jolie will compete in the same category.

Both will be vying for favorite action star when the awards show airs tonight at 9 p.m. on CBS, hosted by the always terrific Queen Latifah.

"The People's Choice Awards" is an odd hybrid of an awards show. It takes itself slightly more seriously than anything on MTV, despite categories like favorite TV guilty pleasure, but it's not nearly as serious-minded as the big-time awards shows like the Emmys or the Academy Awards.

So what you have in the end is a show that is fun to watch but generally inconsequential, despite the stars' repeated, and somewhat sweet, assertions that these awards voted on by their fans mean more to them than an Oscar.

Last year's "People's Choice" saw ratings rise from 2009, up 13 percent to a solid 3.4 adults 18-49 rating.

This year a "Twilight" film is once again in contention, which should help the show's ratings among teenagers and Twimoms (moms who love "Twilight"). But whether CBS wins the night may depend how strong new Paula Abdul lead-in "Live to Dance" is.

If "Dance" falters badly, ABC could take the night led by a new "Modern Family."

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011


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Modern Family - 9/8c ABC
Living with a Colombian wife and her son, Jay's horizons broaden every day, but tonight it's apparent that the phrase "like riding a bike" means nothing to them because they don't know how. So while Jay teaches them what to him feels like an American birthright, Claire is driven to distraction by a person speeding through the Dunphys' neighborhood; and Mitchell and Cameron are just plain distracted by the New Agey, hot-tubbing and frequently shirtless guy (James Marsden) who moved in upstairs. Joe Friedrich

People's Choice Awards 9/8c CBS
Hollywood's annual awards season officially begins with tonight's 37th gala at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Queen Latifah returns for the fifth consecutive year to preside over the festivities that honor fan favorites in movies, TV, music and Internet sensations. In all, 44 awards will be presented, from Favorite Movie to Favorite Viral Video Star. Diddy-Dirty Money and Kid Rock are among the scheduled performers. Tim Holland

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - 9/8c NBC
SVU starts off the year with two hours of new episodes that spotlight the talents of two guest stars. In the first hour, Drea de Matteo plays a character reminiscent of Adriana on The Sopranos: a woman in an abusive relationship. Her troubled spouse is also involved with a gambling ring that led to a young boy's death. In the second hour, Taryn Manning portrays a woman attacked and left unconscious. When detectives investigate her assault, evidence of her traumatic buried past comes to light. Jennifer Sankowski

Are We There Yet? - 10/9c TBS
Co-executive producer Ice Cube heats up and thaws out his blended-family sitcom, which returns to open its second season with two back-to-back episodes tonight. In the first, Nick notches one in the win column when he lands a job as a TV sports anchor. But tension rises in his marriage when Suzanne's ex-husband pushes the idea of paying less child support. Ice Cube guest stars along with Charlie Murphy (Eddie's brother). In the second outing, Nick and Suzanne gear up for a special date night, only to run into various roadblocks. Dean Maurer

Top Chef: All-Stars - 10/9c Bravo
It was game-set-cook in the previous episode when the chefs served up fare at the U.S. Open tennis tournament. (Carla netted the win while Spike was served with the elimination.) Tonight we turn to a top-seed culinarian, head judge Tom Colicchio. For the first time in series history, Colicchio enters the competition, stepping into the kitchen and challenging the chefs to top his time in creating a dish. Later, in the Elimination Challenge, the meal masters try to win with dim sum. Here, they cook up the dish in New York's Chinatown, and previews suggest some local taste-tasters are none too pleased. Forget it, it's Chinatown. Dean Maurer

Primetime: Celebrity Weight Loss What Really Happens - 10:01/9:01c ABC
What with all those New Year's resolutions, the first week of January is as good a time as any for ABC News to tackle the subject of weight loss. And where else but in Hollywood, where it's such an obsession. So what sort of advice do slim celebs have to impart? Ricki Lake lost a lot of weight and has managed to keep it off. She'll tell you how. Playboy's Kendra Wilkinson had a baby in December 2009 and lost her baby fat quickly. She'll tell you how she did that. Trainer-to-the-stars Tracy Anderson has the lowdown on the "baby-food diet." And New Yorker Bethenny Frankel is cooking healthy. Paul Droesch

Ghost Hunters International - 9/8c Syfy
Shakespeare wrote, "All that lives must die, passing through nature to eternity." That's fine for the Bard, but if we didn't believe that some who die hang around for a while after the funeral, there wouldn't be shows like this one. The team goes to Denmark's Kronborg Castle, which inspired the setting for "Hamlet," to see if paranormal claims linked to the landmark are "to be, or not to be" taken seriously. Michael Chant

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by USA Today - Jan 5

All times Eastern. Programs live unless noted. Check local listings.

College men's basketball: Alabama-Birmingham at Duke (ESPN2, 7 p.m.); Memphis at Tennessee (ESPN2, 9 p.m.)

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.)

Prep football: All-America Game, Red vs. White, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (ESPN, 7 p.m.)

Soccer: English Premier League, Manchester City at Arsenal, (ESPN2, 2:30 p.m.)

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Mark Burnett brings 'The Voice of America' to NBC

Posted at The Marquee Blog - Dec 15

Reality show producer Mark Burnett's already working on bringing an "Amazing Race" clone to ABC, and now he's taking on "American Idol" and "The X-Factor" with NBC's spring singing competition, "The Voice of America."

According to Deadline.com, the show, based on the Dutch series "The Voice of Holland," features four celebrity artists who act as coaches and mentors for the talent.

During auditions, the coaches sit with their backs to the contestants so they can hear but not see them. The coach then pushes a button if he or she wants to take that contestant on as a student. If more than one coach chooses the same contestant, the contestant decides which coach he or she wants to work with.

Once their teams are formed, the coaches train and groom their students and then pit them against each other. Two team members are given the same song to perform in front of a studio audience, and the coaches decide whether they want to continue mentoring the singer.

Next, the top contestants from each team compete in a live broadcast, with the home audience choosing the final four. One contestant will be named "The Voice of America" in the series finale.

"Somebody will show up with all the right moves and look like a star, but their voice is only good, not great, and they don't get chosen," Burnett said of the series in the Hollywood Reporter. "You're dealing only with your sense of hearing - do you believe this voice is worthy of your commitment? The coaches have skin in the game and will be a part of the careers of these young performers after the show."

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DirecTV pardon gives FX's canceled 'Damages' new life

When one door closes, another opens: And Glenn Close is stepping through it to a Damages exclusive to DirecTV.


By Gary Levin, USA TODAY - Jan 5

Critically acclaimed legal thriller Damages had too small an audience for FX, which canceled it after three seasons. But satellite provider DirecTV has come to the rescue and renewed the show for two new seasons. Reruns of the earlier seasons begin tonight (10 ET/PT); the first new season is due in July.

And fresh from a story line about a Bernie Madoff-like financial scammer, the legal thriller will next tackle the murky doings of a fictionalized Blackwater.

"It's a wrongful-death suit filed against a military contractor over something that happened in a war zone," says executive producer Daniel Zelman.

The show, set to resume production next month, is now casting two season-long guest stars, one a former Navy SEAL who runs the company and is a defendant in the case; the other is a powerful but mysterious character also involved in the crime.

Executive producer Glenn Kessler says DirecTV is "encouraging us to take things even further than we did on FX," and the military plotline gives ruthless lawyer Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) a reason to be more authentically potty-mouthed. "You know she's been waiting to do it; you can see it in her eyes," he says.

This isn't the first time the satellite service has "saved" beloved but struggling series. NBC's Friday Night Lights got three extra seasons, the last of which wraps up Feb. 9. But that drama about a high school football squad is shared with NBC, which airs reruns several months later. Damages marks the first time an original prime-time series will be exclusive to DirectTV.

It's a key element in the satellite provider's original programming strategy, which has relied mostly on music specials and episodes of canceled series or those rescued from death's door, including NBC soap Passions, which won a one-year reprieve in 2007; short-lived series such as ABC's The Nine and Eyes, which showed unaired episodes; and reruns of pay-cable series The Wire, Deadwood, Oz, Sleeper Cell and Brotherhood.

"We didn't say, 'Let's go rescue shows,' " says Derek Chang, an executive VP at DirecTV in charge of original content. "We said, 'Let's go find quality programming that's going to resonate with our audience.' " Despite low ratings that led to the shows getting axed, the shows still have appeal "to some segment of the audience with some passion."

Paul Guyardo, DirecTV's chief marketing officer, says the complicated, heavily serialized Damages is "a terrific show and probably didn't get the audience it deserved." Though Close is a two-time Emmy winner, "there are people who are familiar with the show and never latched onto it, and thought it was just another courtroom drama."

The budget will be slightly reduced but is being spread across fewer, longer episodes (10 instead of 13 in previous seasons, and an ad-free hour, up from 43 minutes on FX). "We're not looking to have it picked up and then have it be a minor-league version of the series," says executive producer Todd Kessler.

And by continuing production, studio Sony Pictures Television can sell Damages on DVD and internationally, where the show is popular.

DirectTV reaches 19 million homes, slightly more than Showtime; executives say the fresh programming is designed more to keep current subscribers happy and reduce costly turnover than it is to lure new customers. But they plan to market the exclusivity of Damages to non-subscribers with a campaign themed "A lie for a lie."

The fourth season of Lights drew a total audience of 767,000 viewers, while 2 million homes pay for DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket, which offers out-of-market football games. Chang says DirectTV has "become a viable outlet for certain types of programming," and he's frequently pitched by studios.

But don't look for DirecTV to go toe-to-toe with HBO and Showtime. "One thing we are not going to do is sit there with new series" produced from scratch, Chang says. "The risk there is much too great, and it costs too much."

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^^^ And when is Sony going to release the 2nd and 3rd "Damages" seasons on Blu-ray? That's what I'm waiting somebody to write about.
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An Electronics Show That Media Companies Dare Not Miss
By Brian Stelter, The New York Times - January 5th, 2011

LAS VEGAS — When ESPN announced a high-definition channel nine years ago, its executives barely knew about the Consumer Electronics Association.

By the time it was ready to announce a three-dimensional channel last year, the network elected to break the news at the association’s Consumer Electronics Show, or C.E.S. This week at C.E.S., it is following up by announcing that ESPN 3-D will start broadcasting 24 hours a day, giving 3-D television buyers more to watch.

ESPN’s embrace of C.E.S. attests to the importance of the show that begins this week for media and technology companies alike. Nowhere is there a better display of the symbiotic relationship between entertainment and electronics.

“You have to know what the screens are today, and what the screens are going to be in the future, and where you do that is C.E.S.,” said Bryan Burns, who is leading ESPN’s 3-D push.

When the trade show officially starts on Thursday, media moguls like Rupert Murdoch and Jeffrey Bewkes will be inspecting new tablets and Internet-connected television sets and meeting with allies and partners like Google and Verizon. They will be discussing new ways to distribute content — always with an eye toward maintaining control over it.

The show’s status as a media summit meeting has risen in the last few years, as has the realization that device makers can help their products stand out by cutting deals with content makers.

“So many of our devices rely on the content that’s coming from Hollywood,” said Karen Chupka, a senior vice president for the electronics association.

And even the simplest deal to, say, display a 3-D football game on a set at Best Buy requires handshakes and contracts.

“It’s still about relationships, and those relationships are forged over dinners in Vegas and at the tables,” said Bernard Gershon, president of the consulting firm GershonMedia and a former Disney executive. “That will ultimately be useful in trying to make next-generation distribution deals.”

A smattering of such deals is usually announced at the show. For instance, Intel will raise the curtain on a new computer chip design that comes with built-in protections for digital movies, and will announce a deal with Warner Brothers to stream higher-quality movies that way.

Global advertisers and marketers will be in attendance, too, to brainstorm how best to employ new technologies — particularly of the mobile sort — in their sales pitches.

Analysts say this year’s show is in some ways an amplification of last year’s trends. There is talk, like last year, about 3-D TV; about connected TVs, also sometimes called “smart TVs,” which pledge to pair the Internet and traditional TV viewing; about cloud computing; and about apps on screens of all sizes. Cisco on Wednesday will unveil new features for set-top boxes that it says will reduce the threat of cord-cutting by cable customers.

More than anything else, there is talk about tablet computers — which bodes well for media companies that want to charge for their content on the touch-screen devices. In a new five-year forecast released on Tuesday, Forrester Research said it expected tablets to grow as fast as MP3 players in the United States, and projected that 82 million Americans would own them by 2015.

Tablet evangelists like Mr. Murdoch, who is releasing an iPad newspaper called The Daily this month, will be eager to see new, cheaper competitors to the iPad. (Most of the meetings with media executives happen in private suites and hotels. In some cases, executives sign nondisclosure agreements to see nascent technologies several years before they are publicly announced.)

Meanwhile, 3-D evangelists will be trying to renew interest in expensive 3-D sets, which first received a lot of media attention this time last year. Sales of the early 3-D TV sets have been sluggish at best, and skeptics abound, but Mr. Burns suggested that the “ramp-up” was just beginning.

“We’ve been hearing people saying, ‘There’s not enough content yet.’ They’re absolutely right. And we’re going to change that,” he said in an interview.

ESPN 3-D, which started last June and was only on the air for live sporting events, will be on the air full time starting on Feb. 14. Along with a few live games each week, the network will rebroadcast archived games. “This, for us, is very much an image of just what happened with H.D.,” he said of the gradual roll-out.

At C.E.S., Mr. Burns will be meeting with set manufacturers, distributors and others to, as he put it, “make sure the entire food chain works in harmony.”

Separately this week, Discovery, Sony and IMAX will give a name, 3NET, to the 24-hour 3-D channel that they are expected to start later this winter.

The Consumer Electronics Association sees Hollywood as a growth area for a show that already draws about 126,000 attendees. In concert with the United Talent Agency, it is making a more concerted effort this year to invite studio executives, directors and producers to the show, offering red carpet treatment and organizing tours of the show floor and even sponsoring a “Hollywood assistants program” to hook people early in their careers.

The electronics and entertainment industries “literally work hand in hand,” Ms. Chupka of the electronics association said.

Some media companies even see fit these days to announce new programming at C.E.S. — the DIY Network will be promoting “Hollywood Hi-Tech,” a reality show about celebrities’ custom-installed home theaters. Some companies, like NBC Universal, have booths on the show floor, while others, like CBS, hold private parties elsewhere.

“I can feel that some of the pre-2008 excess is back,” Mr. Gershon said, pointing to the $50 billion valuation of Facebook that was made public earlier in the week. “The big, slow-growth media companies don’t want to miss the next opportunity in the space.”

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ABC:
8PM - The Middle
8:30PM - Better With You
9PM - Modern Family
9:30PM - Cougar Town
10PM - Primetime: Celebrity Weight Loss

CBS:
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9PM - The 37th Annual People's Choice Awards (120 min., LIVE)

NBC:
8PM - Minute to Win It
9PM - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (120 min., Back-to-Back Episodes)

FOX:
8PM - Human Target (120 min., Back-to-Back Episodes)

PBS:
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8PM - Masters of the Arctic Circle (R - August 29, 2007)
9PM - Great Performances at the Met: Don Pasquale (150 min.)

UNIVISION:
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9PM - Triunfo Del Amor
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DirecTV pardon gives FX's canceled 'Damages' new life

When one door closes, another opens: And Glenn Close is stepping through it to a Damages exclusive to DirecTV.


By Gary Levin, USA TODAY - Jan 5

Critically acclaimed legal thriller Damages had too small an audience for FX, which canceled it after three seasons. But satellite provider DirecTV has come to the rescue and renewed the show for two new seasons. Reruns of the earlier seasons begin tonight (10 ET/PT); the first new season is due in July.

Hurrah for DirecTV (and I'm not even a subscriber) for giving new life to one of TV's best and most challenging shows. Now, let's see 'em resurrect the equally complex and deserving 'Rubicon'. I can dream can't I?
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Network's Cape Crusade
By Marshall Heyman, Wall Street Journal - January 5th, 2011


NBC will add capes to many of New York's statues,
including that of Frederick Douglass.


To promote its new television series "The Cape," about a policeman turned superhero, NBC has teamed up with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

Starting Wednesday and ending Sunday, when the show has its premiere, the network's marketing department will outfit many of the city's monuments and statues with bespoke black capes including George Washington in Union Square, William Shakespeare in Central Park and Eleanor Roosevelt on the Upper West Side.

Temporary plaques will explain the heroism of the historical figure in relation to the series' fictional character, Vince Faraday, played by actor David Lyons. Social media promotions and sweepstakes are also involved.

"This is an unprecedented campaign, one that pays homage to the city's great heroes," said Adam Stotsky, president of marketing at NBC Entertainment. Adrian Benepe, the Parks Commissioner, wasn't available to comment.

Mr. Stotsky said that the overall marketing brigade for "The Cape" is "a multimillion dollar campaign," and as part of that, for this particular promotion, the network made a "small honorarium to the city's Parks and Recreation Department for the privilege of partnering with them."

Mr. Stotsky declined to give the exact amount of the grant, but a person familiar with the matter said the number was in the low six figures. "We hope that we can help them make a bit of a material difference," he said.

Because the statues are of varying sizes, each cape was tailored to the statue and drapes from the neck to the mid-thigh or knee. "They're a silk and satin blend," Mr. Stotsky said. "It's a simple black cape, a very elegant, semi-discreet cape. It's a little fun, but there's no big logo, no big NBC tune-in advertisement."

Mr. Stotsky added that he thought "George Washington looked very good in a cape," but he is most looking forward to seeing Frederick Douglass outfitted in Harlem as well as Abraham Lincoln in Gramercy Park and Confucius down on the Bowery. "I'm a big fan of Confucius," Mr. Stotsky said.

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I know Holt personally and actually helped him put together various demo reels that landed him this part.

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Holt McCallany prepped for knockout role on FX series 'Lights Out' for 26 years, may be big break
By Richard Huff, New York Daily News - January 5th, 2011

It's taken 26 years to happen, but in a short time, New Yorker Holt McCallany will finally be an overnight sensation.

McCallany stars as Patrick (Lights) Leary in FX's series "Lights Out," launching next Tuesday at 10 p.m., and is already generating stellar critical buzz, the kind that could propel him to superstardom.

"Every actor is different," says McCallany, 46. "Some guys, Gene Hackman and Tommy Lee Jones, they were in their 40s when they broke through. The fact that it took me a little longer? I'm not bitter about that. It's the opposite, it's sweeter."

In "Lights Out," McCallany's boxer is turning 40. Five years earlier, he was the heavyweight champion until he got clobbered in the ring. His wife, played by Catherine McCormack, persuaded him to retire.

Now, however, struggling with financial problems and with his body hurting, he tries to find a way to support his family. The results are not always pretty.

McCallany has been working to land a role set in the boxing milieu for years. He's also been working as an actor most of his life.

"I've always wanted to play a boxer," he says. "I'd actually been developing a television series about the great boxing trainer Teddy Atlas."

His efforts eventually led to a meeting at HBO, where he learned FX had just given a go to "Lights Out." He called his agent, who had the script for the project.

"I sat down on the couch in my agent's office," he says, "and I get five or six pages in and I realize that the thing I was holding in my hands was essentially the thing I'd been hoping to do for 15 years."

The audition wasn't easy, he said, but he nailed it.

"This is my first lead. I wanted this part so desperately. I probably won't be able to find the words to articulate how important it was," he says. "I needed this thing. I wanted this thing. I also felt I was the right guy. I've been boxing all my life. I felt like I was good enough."

McCallany was born in New York to parents in the acting world. His father, Michael McAloney, was a Tony Award-winning producer, actor and director; his mother is cabaret singer and Broadway veteran Julie Wilson.

"I knew when I was 6 years old, I wanted to be an actor," he says.

He ran away at age 14 to California, where he worked in a screwdriver factory in Gardenia. His parents found him and sent him to boarding school in Ireland.

He never lost the drive to be an actor, though.

"I believe these things are like a calling, and that you know you're supposed to do something and it just fits you," he says. "It's like a young boxer who goes to the gym every day and believes he can be the champion of the world. He doesn't know when it's going to happen. But he really believes he can be the champion."

McCallany never stopped believing in himself. Over the years, he landed parts in the films "The Losers," "Men of Honor," "Fight Club" and "Three Kings," and appeared in such TV series as "CSI: Miami" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."

He compares his wait for the big role to various boxers who get breaks sooner than others.

"It's just how it is sometimes. Some guys get their opportunity later in life," he says. "The most important thing is that he gets there. Well, I finally got there."

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Comcast to Offer Live TV Streaming on Tablets
By Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter - January 5th, 2011

Cable giant Comcast plans to offer in-home streaming of live TV, as well as anywhere access to on-demand content this year on Apple’s iPad and Android powered tablets, the company said Wednesday.

Later this year, its customers will be able to watch live news, TV shows and movies in their homes via tablet computers whenever they want.

Also, its "play now" function will be available on the iPad in the coming weeks and enable the viewing of on demand programming.
People using its Xfinity TV iPad app can then watch nearly 3,000 hours of on demand content, including movies and hit TV shows, either in the home or on-the-go, including any place a wireless connection.

Comcast also announced at CES that its Xfinity TV online service has added new features that transform any computer into a search engine and remote control.

“Live streaming and the play now feature on our Xfinity TV app are two important pieces of our strategy to deliver any content to any device, any time,” said Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts. “Comcast has a series of upcoming online enhancements and app releases that are part of a much larger effort to reinvent how customers interact with their entertainment on TV, online and on mobile devices.”

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Leno’s back on top and beating ‘Conan’
By Michael Starr, New York Post - January 5th, 2011

Jay Leno is beating Conan O’Brien at last.

Latest ratings show that — for the first time since reclaiming “The Tonight Show” from O’Brien last winter — Leno is pulling in as many younger viewers as O’Brien did as the host.

It’s a clear sign that audiences are starting to forget about the ugly personal feud between the two late-night hosts and are flocking back to Leno.

Leno was vilified last summer for not being able to attract as many younger viewers as O’Brien had before the carrot-topped comic was bumped as “Tonight” host after just seven months.

Now, Nielsen is reporting that, for the fourth quarter of 2010, Leno’s “Tonight Show” averaged a 1.0 rating in the coveted adults 18-49 demo — pulling even with O’Brien’s “Tonight Show.”

Leno also averaged nearly 4 million viewers a night — compared to the 2.5 million O’Brien averaged during the same period in 2009.

The tide appears to have turned last fall, when Leno caught up to O’Brien’s younger-demo numbers from the previous year.

Their late-night feud erupted when Leno refused to retire after being replaced as host of “Tonight” and instead accepted NBC’s offer to host a similar show at 10 p.m. And it proved entertaining for viewers — who gleefully took sides.

But, in the end, the bungled “Tonight Show” succession turned viewers off, and Leno’s ratings, at least among the 18-49 crowd, floundered after his return. Rumors began to swirl that NBC’s new owners, Comcast, might rethink the show completely.

Now, Leno seems to be climbing back.

The next test will come this month, when Leno will have to see if he can get close to the big audiences O’Brien drew a year ago last January — at the bitter but well-publicized end of his “Tonight” show run.

In his final week, Conan was being watched by about 5 million viewers a night.

Meanwhile, both Leno and rival David Letterman’s “Late Show” are now ranked Nos. 2 and 3 in total viewers behind ABC’s “Nightline” — the new late-night king, which averaged 3.9 million viewers to finish first in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Meanwhile, O’Brien’s new show, “Conan,” which premiered last November on TBS, averaged about 1.3 million viewers a night in the most recent ratings — nearly 3 million viewers less than Leno’s “Tonight Show” that same week.

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so now I have to buy a $700 tablet to get this functionality? Can't just have it available on regular PC/Mac?
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