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'Parks and Recreation': Weird and Wonderful
By Nancy DeWolf Smith, Wall Street Journal

When my colleague Dorothy Rabinowitz wrote about the then-new "Parks and Recreation" in 2009, she saw the promise in this gentle comedy, which revolves around a group of eccentric workers in the small-town bureaucracy of Pawnee, Ind. The show's original promise has been fulfilled many times over. In the third season, begun this month, it's good to report that "Parks" still feels as fresh as a newborn.

That makes things easy on any latecomers to the show. It might help to know that "Parks and Recreation" is styled as a mockumentary, where characters occasionally speak to the camera. Otherwise, the sentiments it ultimately evokes—kindness, fairness and the pursuit of happiness even in the face of frustration—are pretty close to the ones in those Foundation for a Better Life ads. Better yet, "Parks" exudes charm without the self-awareness or coy preachiness of "Glee." It consistently pokes fun at our culture and foibles in ways that are clever and sometimes sharp but never mean.

As this season began, the local budget was reinstated, but on such a measly level that the Parks Department's leading light, Leslie (Amy Poehler), decided to spread local cheer by reviving the town's Harvest Festival. True to Pawnee form, the thrilling highlights of the festival (which begins with the March 3 episode) will include guest appearances by Larry Byrd's 84-year-old aunt and a 25-year-old miniature horse.

There will also be problems with the local Wamapoke Indians, who are threatening consequences because the festival is taking place on what they regard as sacred ground. Will the tribe call on the spirits of their ancestors to jinx the festival? "There are two things I know about white people," a tribal representative tells the camera. "They love [the band] Matchbox Twenty, and they are terrified of curses."

In the meantime, the town's attention is on a time capsule that Leslie proposes to compile and bury so that citizens of Pawnee can leave a record of their time on earth for future generations. Such a simple idea, and yet it gets all balled up in ways that invite snickers at local pettiness until we are reminded again that when "Parks" appears to be sending up the good, quaint folk of Pawnee, it is really pointing a finger of fun at all of us.

The trouble begins when a local man chains himself to a chair in Leslie's office because she refuses to put a copy of the vampire-love novel "Twilight" into the time capsule. Soon Leslie's officemates are coming out of the "Twilight" closet, or being converted on the spot, for earnest discussions of the book's intricate plot. At a town meeting, though, discussion of what to put in the capsule soon features heated political argument. As suggestions for appropriate relics proliferate—a copy of the Bill of Rights, the ashes of dead relatives and pets—the efforts to please everyone, all the time, grow increasingly ridiculous. Sound familiar?

Quirky townspeople aside, the workers in City Hall have their own foibles. There's the libertarian Ron (Nick Offerman), a man's man who is addicted to meat but who also gives strangely smart advice to the romantically inclined: "Women like scars. [It] shows you survived an attack." Then there is the hustling entrepreneur Tom (Aziz Ansari), looking to pitch a new body spray to the inventor of Blackout, "an ether-based perfume…and one of Maxim's Top 100 Ways to Trick Someone into Sex." Chris (Rob Lowe, playing against past type) is a visiting bean counter with such a sunny disposition that a woman can't tell when he breaks up with her.

Week after week, "Parks" draws a bead on our national obsessions and lets us laugh at them the way we probably should: the fads for microbrewing, interventions and so-vile-they're-hip band names (e.g., Mouse Rat); the proliferation of crass and idiotic morning drive-time shows and the ways the media creates circuses of crises so it can report on them. Even better, it's all done without pratfalls, sleaze or a laugh track. The humor spans decades, from jokes about Angela Lansbury's hair to current lingo: "It's been really awesome looking at you," one man at the festival hospital tent tells his caregiver. "Most carnival nurses are total grenades."

After the striving Leslie, the other heart and soul of the show right now is visiting bureaucrat Ben (Adam Scott), whose sensibilities sub for our own most of the time. With any luck, and although neither of them knows it, he may be Leslie's intended. Sure, Leslie may be distracted for the moment, with plans for visiting Indiana's second-largest rocking chair, or the museum where Madame Tussauds sends its failed celebrity wax figures. But she, like almost everybody else here, is looking for true love.

That's the way it goes in "Parks" and in Pawnee, a town where everybody knows your name. And a town, like the show itself, without guile.

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Thursdays, 9:30-10 p.m. EST, NBC


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L.A. officials' unseemly glorification of the NFL
Their undisguised enthusiasm for the proposed downtown football stadium shows they've forgotten history.
By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times - February 2nd, 2011

There are several cardinal rules governing public works projects that smart municipal leaders have learned from grim experience. Here are the most important:

Being a San Diego Chargers fan, I have interest in this story. But aren't we straying a bunch from this group's topic: What's on TV ??
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I miss seeing late-season games from LA when it's already dark here in the east and about 40 degrees. The Chargers are the next closest thing, but they are rarely shown as the highlight late game because they rarely sell out. And the 49ers stink. So we get stuck with the games from New York, Foxboro, and Green Bay when it's really cold outside. Those don't always make for good games on TV.
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Nielsen Overnights
Tuesday Final Ratings (Network)
From Marc Berman's MediaWeek.com Blog (Posted by Travis Yanan: http://travisyanan.blogspot.com/) - February 2nd, 2011

ABC CBS NBC FOX The CW

No Ordinary Family (R)
- 4.217 million viewers
- 2.6/4 HH
- 1.1/3 A18-49

V (61 minutes)
- 5.286 million viewers
- 3.4/5 HH
- 1.7/4 A18-49

Detroit 187 (59 minutes)
- 5.489 million viewers
- 3.4/6 HH
- 1.2/3 A18-49


NCIS
- 22.845 million viewers
- 13.2/20 HH
- 4.6/12 A18-49

NCIS: Los Angeles
- 17.702 million viewers
- 10.4/16 HH
- 3.8/9 A18-49

The Good Wife
- 12.136 million viewers
- 7.7/13 HH
- 2.2/6 A18-49


The Biggest Loser (120 minutes)
- 9.202 million viewers
- 5.4/8 HH
- 3.3/8 A18-49

Parenthood
- 6.178 million viewers
- 3.7/6 HH
- 2.2/6 A18-49


Glee (R, 61 minutes)
- 4.974 million viewers
- 3.1/5 HH
- 1.7/4 A18-49

Million Dollar Money Drop (59 minutes)
- 5.145 million viewers
- 2.9/4 HH
- 1.8/5 A18-49


One Tree Hill
- 2.422 million viewers
- 1.4/2 HH
- 1.2/3 A18-49
- 1.6/5 A18-34
- 2.4/7 W18-34

Hellcats (94% coverage CW normally 95%)
- 1.798 million viewers
- 1.1/2 HH
- 0.8/2 A18-49
- 1.1/3 A18-34
- 1.4/4 W18-34


Source: Nielsen Media Research

Note: Previous overnight ratings are available at Marc Berman's Programmers Insider blog.

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CBS Orders More 'Mike & Molly,' 'Rules' to Replace 'Two and a Half Men'


by Kim Masters - The Hollywood Reporter - Feb. 2

These extra shows will fill in a schedule with sudden holes caused by the absence of Charlie Sheen, who is seeking treatment.

CBS has ordered two additional episodes of Monday sitcoms Mike and Molly and Rules of Engagement to help cope with scheduling issues arising from the absence of Charlie Sheen from the hit show Two and a Half Men, according to sources.

These extra shows will fill in a schedule with sudden holes caused by the absence of Sheen, who reportedly is attempting a rehabilitation program at home with a trained expert in addiction. (Sheen's spokesperson Stan Rosenfield tells THR: "In compliance with the national health privacy laws (HIPPA), no further information relating to Charlie Sheen's health or his rehab experience will be released without his written permission. I can say that all of us who know Charlie care about him very much. We will support him in any we can in this journey, beginning by respecting his privacy.)

TMZ has reported that Sheen, who was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital last week complaining of abdominal pains, will be unable to work for three months. A CBS source says that the network has not been informed that Sheen will be out for the season, but his absence would leave CBS short of eight episodes of the planned 24-episode season (there has been no serious talk of shooting the series around his absence).

Warner Bros. Television, which makes Men and Mike (both from WBTV-based executive producer Chuck Lorre), would not comment on the additional episode order. TMZ claimed WBTV and CBS played a role in selecting the addiction specialist treating Sheen, but Warners would not comment on what role it played (if any) in locating the expert. Neither CBS nor Sony Pictures Television, which makes Rules, immediately responded to requests for comment.

CBS has said in a statement that a shutdown of Men "is not material" to the network. "Any ratings declines will be more than offset by the reduced programming costs for episodes lost this season," the network said.

Describing its schedule as "strong and deep with hit series," CBS said it is not reliant on one show. "In addition, Two and a Half Men has always performed well in repeats," the network said.

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'Dancing with the Stars' Gets a Return Date


by Tim Molloy - The Wrap - Feb. 1

Let the reckless casting speculation commence -- "Dancing with the Stars" will be back March 21.

ABC announced the show's return Tuesday. The show is coming off a wildly successful season, powered in part by the casting of Bristol Palin, whose advance to the end thrilled supporters and baffled others.

One disappointment for fans: This season the show will return Houghless. Pro dancer Derek Hough is taking the season off.

We wish Derek the best as he takes time off from 'Dancing with the Stars' to pursue his film career and look forward to having him return to the show in the fall, executive producer Conrad Green said.

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by Tim Molloy - The Wrap - Feb. 1

Let the reckless casting speculation commence -- "Dancing with the Stars" will be back March 21.

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Okay, here's my casting speculation: A few has-been actors and musicians, a couple of washed-up athletes and a bunch of folks I've never heard of.

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Their undisguised enthusiasm for the proposed downtown football stadium shows they've forgotten history.
By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times - February 2nd, 2011

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-f...,114761.column

Three points:
This is quite a different NFL from 1994.
Both the Rams and the Raiders had/have horrible management in place.
LA would essentially benefit to either be place in the Super Bowl rotation every 6 to 8 years along with San Diego, New Orleans and Miami. In fact, they could steal the Super Bowl from SD. Although, San Diego will keep the Chargers as far I can see. The Jaguars are a much more likely franchise for LA.

The NFL and LA may not need each other, but the downtown deal would be too sweet to pass up for either party.
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I miss seeing late-season games from LA when it's already dark here in the east and about 40 degrees. The Chargers are the next closest thing, but they are rarely shown as the highlight late game because they rarely sell out. And the 49ers stink. So we get stuck with the games from New York, Foxboro, and Green Bay when it's really cold outside. Those don't always make for good games on TV.

You better believe that networks would love to have a featured LA team for the 4:15 kickoffs.

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Wednesday Watch List: All About Kate!
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Welcome to Watch List, where we identify five things on TV to watch while you stay at home and realize you've been living the same day over and over and over again, and you'll only be able to get time going forward again if you learn to play the piano, help save a dying old man, learn to be nice to people, and win the heart of your sassy TV producer boss by drinking to world peace. LET'S GO!

TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY: KATE GOSSELIN - 10:00PM (E!)
It's the remarkable true Hollywood story of a woman who lives in Pennsylvania and doesn't act. Only in Los Angeles, people! Anyway, I'm sure this special will uncover all new information about America's least favorite mom, like that she got her hair changed, and that she got divorced, and that she isn't a very nice person. Oh, wait. We knew all that. Well, it never hurts to go through a refresher course. ANTICIPATION: EYELIFT!

TOP CHEF: ALL STARS - 10:00PM (Bravo - an NBC/Universal Network)
After inexplicably being in reruns last week, we get a new episode this week featuring guest diners Isaac Mizrahi and Lorraine Bracco. Of course! Because when you think of fine cuisine, you think of those two. Anyway, Bracco will be part of some kind of Italian challenge, so expect any number of lame mafia jokes and Godfather references. Hey, fuhgeddaboutit! Are you lookin' at me! Leave the cannolis! It's-a me, Mario! ANTICIPATION: PASTA!

BIGFOOT: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE - 9:00PM (History Channel) Oh, thank goodness it's definitive. All my life I've had to deal with guide to Bigfoot that are unauthorized and clearly lacking in concrete FACTS. And now, finally, we'll find out the truth: that he lives in Arkansas and he doesn't like it when you mess around with him by taunting him with beef jerky. Also, he can't read. ANTICIPATION: SASQUATCH!

DUKE AT MARYLAND - 9:00PM (ESPN) Football season ends on Sunday, so you'd best start the transition over to basketball tonight with this matchup between bitter ACC foes. The best part is when the Maryland fans start openly cursing at the Duke players. I love profane chanting of any kind. ANTICIPATION: RANCOR!

SONS OF GUNS - 9:00PM (Discovery Channel) Will must overcome his fear of fire to help restore an antique flamethrower. Well now, if there were ever a reason to get over your pyrophobia, that right there is it. Flamethrowers are never not awesome. ANTICIPATION: I WOULD TAKE A FLAMETHROWAH TO THIS PLACE!

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February 2, 2011 | 2:03 pm

Jeff Bewkes With digital technology rapidly disrupting the home entertainment business, Time Warner Inc. Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes is preparing aggressive moves in video-on-demand and against Netflix.

In a conference call with analysts Wednesday to discuss the media company's financial results, Bewkes brought up both issues in a discussion of the "digital transition in film," which he said was "arguably the area of our business going through the most change right now."

The CEO reiterated previous statements that, during the second quarter of this year, Time Warner's Warner Bros. studio will begin offering movies 60 days after they have been released in theaters -- before they are on DVD -- via cable and Internet video-on-demand. He didn't mention a price, but so-called "premium VOD" is expected to cost between $30 and $60.

Premium VOD has been a cause of consternation in the entertainment industry as movie theater chains worry that it could undercut their business. Studios, however, believe it could help them capture revenue during a time when movies aren't otherwise available.

Bewkes also continued his public campaign to make more money from Netflix and Redbox, the fast-growing rental services that have come to dominate that industry. He discussed both extending the time period that the two companies have to wait for Warner Bros.' releases (currently 28 days) in order to boost DVD and download sales, as well as demanding higher payments from them.

"This year we will determine whether to lengthen the window for Redbox and Netflix and whether to increase how much we charge them for DVDs," Bewkes said.

In response to a question from analysts, Bewkes said "a clear acceleration in consumer usage" for Netflix and Redbox "makes it a good time for us to re-evaluate the terms [of deals.]

"In our view, the current pricing in windows is not really commensurate with the value those kinds of availability of our films are extracting."

Bewkes also said that Warner Bros. will look to pour even more money into future big-budget "event films" along the lines of the "Harry Potter" series, which ends this summer, and June's upcoming superhero adaptation "Green Lantern."

"At Warner Bros. we're stepping up our levels of investment [and] focusing even more of our resources on event films," he said, adding that those types of pictures "tend to be more consistently profitable for us than smaller movies."

For the quarter ended Dec. 31, Time Warner reported $769 million in net income, up 22% from the prior year, on $7.8 billion in revenue, up 8%.

At Warner Bros., revenue increased 10% to $3.6 billion and operating income declined 2% to $427 million. For the year, Warner said it benefited from higher TV licensing fees and a stronger theatrical release slate, but was hurt by declining home video revenues.

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11:41 AM 2/2/2011 by Georg Szalai

CEO Jeff Bewkes also says Warner is launching premium VOD films in the second quarter with titles being available 60 days after their theatrical release.

NEW YORK - Time Warner chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes said Wednesday that the company is considering increasing the prices it charges Netflix and DVD rental kiosk operator Redbox for DVDs and reiterated that the company will also consider lengthening the current window it has set for them.

The latter was a reiteration of his previous comment that TW may look to add to the 28-day delay after which the two companies currently get Warner DVD releases.

On his company's earnings conference call, Bewkes also made official that Warner Bros. will launch premium VOD films in the second quarter. The company had previously signaled a launch by the second quarter. Importantly, he also specified that such releases to homes will come 60 days after their theatrical release, a sign that the company wants to protect its theatrical release window and movie theater partners to some degree.

Most major studios have looked at premium VOD offers with a 30-60 day delay, although Viacom has said its Paramount Pictures studio will not offer premium VOD content to satisfy the needs of movie theater operators.

Bewkes didn't disclose pricing or likely first titles, but sources said the company has been eyeing a $25-$30 price per movie. Fox has also been looking at a $30 price.

Asked for more color about the Netflix and Redbox DVD windows and fees, Bewkes said the company is very happy with its current 28-day delay, which is better for its home entertainment business than day-and-date availability. But he said the DVD fees TW gets from Netflix and Redbox are not really commensurate with the value the company provides. He said that value is considerably higher than current prices account for.

A Netflix spokesman declined comment. Redbox couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

An analyst suggested that Netflix and Redbox are paying prices close to or equivalent to retail prices for DVDs.

Shares of Netflix and Redbox parent Coinstar didn't take a big hit, showing investors weren't majorly concerned immediately. "But clearly Bewkes has been at the forefront of making sure the content industry does not undersell its content to these distributors as a much more important distribution network is in place to fund content companies' growth," said Miller Tabak analyst David Joyce. "If Netflix and Redbox were charged more, they would have to increase prices - especially in Netflix's case since they are paying so much for access to streaming content."

Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said the cost of DVDs is "only a problem when people know the movie is out, so that's
generally tentpole titles and holiday releases. The rest of the year, it doesn't make much difference."

He suggested that Warner could go to a 45 day delay with Redbox and Netflix. If the theatrical-to-DVD window is also squeezed a little, Netflix and Redbox could get movies only slightly later. Pachter described that as "not horrible for them since they are such low-cost alternatives to VOD."

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Egyptian Crisis Gives CNN a Ratings Boost
By Bill Carter, The New York Times - February 2nd, 2011

CNN reaffirmed that it remains a brand for breaking news Tuesday evening, with the protests in Egypt providing the compelling story.

The Cable News Network, which now routinely trails both its competitors in prime time, pushed ahead of one of them, MSNBC, each hour Tuesday night.

Fox News still led the competition across the board with its lineup of Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren. But the CNN hosts grabbed second place each hour and knocked MSNBC into third place every hour of the evening starting at 5 p.m.

The new CNN's entries, Parker Spitzer at 8 p.m. and Piers Morgan at 9, both reversed their recent third-place trend with shows devoted largely to the events in Iraq. Anderson Cooper, who has been in the middle of the action on location in Cairo, came closest to first place, trailing Ms. Van Susteren by only about 40,000 viewers in the audience group news channels sell to advertisers people between the ages of 25 and 54.

Mr. Cooper has been at the center of much of the CNN coverage and found himself and his camera crew being roughed up by what he described as pro-Mubarak forces.

In a telephone interview from Cairo, Mr. Cooper said he had been punched in the head several times during what he called a five-minute walk through the scuffling mobs Wednesday. I've been in mob scenes before, Mr. Cooper said. This was particularly scary.

He said he and his crew took care not to run so as not to incite the mob into chasing them. But as they walked, various people, whom Mr. Cooper called thugs, walked up and punched him in the head. It all happened very fast, Mr. Cooper said.

But he said he was not seriously hurt by the pummeling, nor was any of his crew. He continued reporting through the day from safer locations, noting the outbreak of more serious violence including the hurling of numerous Molotov cocktails.

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Posted: Wed., Feb. 2, 2011, 3:58am PT

Warner Bros. pics to be available 60 days after theatrical release

By Tom Lowry, Cynthia Littleton

Warner Bros. is ready to go for it on premium VOD that will chip away at the length of the theatrical release window.

Time Warner topper Jeff Bewkes said Wednesday that the studio will launch a premium VOD service in the second quarter that will "enable consumers to watch movies in their home 60 days after theatrical release." The typical theatrical window is 90 days, though more and more studios are experimenting with a shorter frame before VOD and homevid hits.

It's understood that the studio is eyeing the price of about $25-$30 per title. The plan is to start with the few movies and gradually expand the offerings.

As it ramps up premium VOD, Bewkes also said during the company's fourth quarter earnings call that Time Warner is considering lengthening the 28-day window for making is pics available to Netflix and Redbox and the possibility of increasing the fees it charges those outlets for movies.

As he discussed TW's fourth quarter and full-year results, Bewkes was bullish on the conglom's prospects for 2011, thanks to the headwind provided by strong revenue and earnings growth last year.

At the Warner Bros, the Turner nets and HBO, the conglom plans to "ramp up investment in programming, production and marketing even more than we did last year," Bewkes said. At Warner Bros., that means more tentpole pics and more TV programming, particularly comedies and cable series, he said.

Strong advertising and the sale of HBO programming like the mini-series "The Pacific" and "Entourage" on DVD and in syndication helped bolster Time Warner's financials in 2010, with revenues up by 6% to $26.9 billion and net profits rising 4% to $2.57 billion, the company announced before the market opened on Wednesday.

"In 2011, we're even more confident about how we're positioned, and we'll be even more aggressive," said Bewkes.

"We'll increase our investments in programming, production and marketing even more than we did last year. We'll keep pushing to accelerate new digital business models. We'll keep expanding our presence in the most attractive international territories."

On the call, Bewkes noted that Turner's domestic cablers "grew ad revenue in the high teens organically" in 2010 and. He noted that at last year's upfront Turner's CPM growth rate "exceeded all the broadcast networks," providing "tangible evidence that the CPM gap has narrowed."

The investment in top-flight programming ranging from the NCAA men's basketball tourney to Conan O'Brien's new talker will continue to pay off, he said. "We're confident we'll post strong advertising growth again this year," he said.

With a slate of tentpole pics -- ranging from the final "Harry Potter" title to "The Hangover Part 2" -- and a windfall of syndication revenue from "The Big Bang Theory" coming in, Warner Bros. should be on track to have its highest profit year ever, Time Warner chief financial officer John Martin said.

Time Warner also said after re-purchasing $3 billion in shares last year that it would be buying back another $5 billion in shares this year. At the same time, it boosted its dividend by 11% to 23.5 cents a share.

For the fourth quarter, revenues rose 8% to $7.8 billion and net profits by 22% to $769 million. Solid results from original programming at Turner and HBO and from box office from Warner Bros. studio continued to be the bright spots for Time Warner, which Bewkes has converted over the past few years into a pure content company. Where his company has struggled is with its Time Inc. publishing unit, where a 3% increase in ad revenues (to $57 million) was offset by a decrease in subscription and other revenues, partly due to weak newsstand sales.

What's more in film, home video revenues faced difficult comparisons in 2010 because of the success of the release of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" on DVD in 2009.

While followers of the media business continue to watch ad spending closely, the rebound showed no signs of fading at Time Warner. Overall, revenues grew by 10% -- rising 14% at Turner and 3% at Time Inc. in 2010.

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Time Warner topper Jeff Bewkes said Wednesday that the studio will launch a premium VOD service in the second quarter that will "enable consumers to watch movies in their home 60 days after theatrical release." The typical theatrical window is 90 days, though more and more studios are experimenting with a shorter frame before VOD and homevid hits.

It's understood that the studio is eyeing the price of about $25-$30 per title. The plan is to start with the few movies and gradually expand the offerings.

I know the economy is getting better but it ain't that good yet. Seriously, thirty bucks for a VOD movie when I can get it 30 days later for less on Blu-ray (with presumably better quality video/sound plus bonus features)? How freaking greedy is Bewkes?
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You better believe that networks would love to have a featured LA team for the 4:15 kickoffs.

But not if it's the 49'ers or Raiders (I know the latter has a following but it's rarely in contention for playoff spots). An L.A. team would have to prove its mettle as a ratings magnet before it starts getting regular clearances for afternoon on a national basis. Then again, just being available in the L.A. market is like being shown to a mini-nation of sorts.
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The Chargers are the next closest thing, but they are rarely shown as the highlight late game because they rarely sell out.

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LA would essentially benefit to either be placed in the Super Bowl rotation every 6 to 8 years along with San Diego, New Orleans and Miami.

Chargers have actually over the last 2 years sold out 14 of their 17 home games.

San Diego & Miami are both basically now out of Super Bowl rotation until they upgrade their stadiums.


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Posted at 6:04 PM ET, 02/ 1/2011
By Rob Pegoraro

Movie-industry study: Unauthorized video sharing shrinks if viewers have legal options

No, that's not the headline you'll see at the Motion Picture Association of America's site. The Washington-based lobby headlined its own press release http://www.mpaa.org/resources/c06e4f...a568e04154.pdf(PDF) yesterday in starker terms:

NEW STUDY FINDS 23.8% OF GLOBAL INTERNET TRAFFIC INVOLVES THE ILLEGAL DISTRIBUTION OF COPYRIGHTED WORK

The study in question was commissioned by NBC Universal (though that company, as of Saturday a Comcast-controlled operation, makes no mention of it on its site) and conducted by Envisional, a research firm based in Cambridge, England. Envisional surveyed a variety of file-sharing sites and services, from ********** to Usenet streams, and came up with some numbers that can't make anybody in Hollywood happy.

Envisional estimated, as the MPAA headline accurately states, that 23.8 percent of the world's Internet traffic consisted of copyrighted work shared without permission--most of that video.

A summary of Envisional's findings (PDF) posted by the MPAA adds more detail. The company found that in the United States, copyright infringement makes up 17.53 percent of Internet traffic, and it could spot almost no non-infringing material being shared via the popular ********** protocol: "Excluding pornography, Envisional project that 99.24% of all material on ********** was copyright infringing."

But if you read Envisional's full, 56-page report (PDF), you may get a more nuanced picture.

First, consider the breakdown of infringing material by type. A chart on Page 13 and a table on Page 14 show that films were, by an overwhelming margin, the the most popular type of copyrighted file seen on **********. Pornography was less than a third as popular and TV shows were about a fifth as popular--with all other types of content adding up to a rounding error in comparison.

Movies also dominate such competing file-sharing mechanisms as "cyberlocker" sites, discussed on Page 18 of Envisional's report.

(That's not the case in Envisional's analysis of file-sharing programs such as Gnutella, but that's based only on searches, not downloads. For that matter, I have doubts about its suggestion that almost no non-infringing content exists on **********. ZDNet's Linux reporter Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols observed that many incremental releases of that open-source operating system would not show up on the ********** site, PublicBT.com, surveyed by Envisional.)

Why would movies be such a popular illegitimate download? It doesn't take much time comparing the ease of finding a new song on iTunes with your odds of locating a new movie on Amazon or Netflix to realize that the commercial online availability of movies lags woefully behind that of music. Between the wait for a new film to appear online--and the self-defeating "release window" system that requires it to be taken offline on an arbitrary schedule--getting an honest movie rental or purchase over the Internet remains frustrating.

In other words, nobody should be surprised to see unauthorized movie downloads booming when the authorized kind remain so difficult to find. The studios won't satisfy demand, so alternate suppliers have stepped in to fill that void.

Then let's return to that gap between the volume of infringing material in the U.S. and around the world at large. As bad as the availability of legitimate movie streaming and downloads can be here, we have it better than everywhere else.

For example, in the more than five years since the first short films arrived on Apple's iTunes Store, the company has yet to bring movie rentals and downloads to more than a handful of countries in Europe (Britain, Germany, France and Ireland), as well as Canada, Mexico and Japan. Netflix streaming only arrived in Canada in September and has yet to surface anywhere else. And Amazon's video-on-demand service hasn't even gone beyond the United States. yet.

What do you think overseas viewers will do when they're told that their money is no good? Most will probably not be as patient as a friend who recently moved to South Korea and resolved to fiddle with "proxy servers" to spoof Netflix into thinking he hadn't left the States.

Just ask the director of Envisional's survey, David Price, about geography's effect on unauthorized downloading. I did, and this was his response:

I think the availability of legit content in the US may be one reason why infringing use is lower in the country than elsewhere worldwide: the US has Hulu, Netflix, Amazon VOD, Vudu, streaming content from the tv networks, etc. This level of availability just can't be found elsewhere. Further, the content in the greatest demand online is that which originates from the US -- television shows and films in particular -- which often take a while before they appear in other countries.

So if the movie industry wants to know how to stop people from watching its work without paying, the answer awaits between the lines of the report its own lobby is trumpeting: Get in the market, because the demand is there and people have shown they will pay. As Alec Baldwin's character once hectored a roomful of salesmen in the 1992 drama "Glengarry Glen Ross": "They're sitting out there waiting to give you their money. Are you gonna take it?"

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Mark Harmon Signs New Deal For 'NCIS', Hit CBS Drama Renewed For Next Season
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - February 2nd, 2011

The day, which started great for NCIS, just got even better. Hours after the veteran CBS drama set a new series record in total viewers, 22.9 million, its star Mark Harmon signed a new two-year deal to continue on the hit show. And with him on board, NCIS has been renewed for a ninth season, the first CBS drama to get a pickup for next fall. "It's simply amazing that a show in its eighth season continues to perform at such an elite level," CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said.

I hear Harmon's new deal with NCIS producer CBS TV Studios will pay the star more than $500,000 an episode, which is in the range former CSI star William Petersen was at the same point of the veteran forensic drama. And just like Petersen on CSI, Harmon is being upped from producer to an executive producer on NCIS next season. Additionally, he has signed a production deal with CBS TV Studios for his company Wings Prods. which will be housed on the CBS lot. The setup is similar to the deal CSI's new star Laurence Fishburne inked last spring.

The deal for Harmon came ahead of schedule unlike the contract negotiations with NCIS co-stars Sean Murray, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette and David McCallum last year, which dragged well into the summer before all 4 closed new two-year pacts to continue on the hit series. With Harmon now set, Cote de Pablo is the only core NCIS cast member without a deal for next fall. Because she joined the show in Season 3, her contract expires at the end of this season.

NCIS, which has been shepherded by executive producer/showrunner Shane Brennan for the past few seasons, premiered on CBS in 2003 as a spin-off of the long-running action/legal drama, JAG. Its ratings have been steadily climbing, cracking the Top 10 in the show's fifth season. Last season, NCIS became the most watched scripted program on television, with an average audience of 18.9 million viewers. It continues to be No.1 among all scripted shows this season and has actually increased its viewer average to 19.6 million. Additionally, NCIS has been one of the best-performing drama series in off-network syndication, with highly-rated reruns on USA, and internationally.

Harmon, repped by Paradigm and attorney Barry Axelrod, recently unseated Oprah Winfrey as the most popular TV personality in the annual Harris poll.

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I know the economy is getting better but it ain't that good yet. Seriously, thirty bucks for a VOD movie when I can get it 30 days later for less on Blu-ray (with presumably better quality video/sound plus bonus features)? How freaking greedy is Bewkes?

Agree, that price, at 60 days later?? I'd say, maybe, maybe if they charged this amount for the premiere night, they might get it, but the theater owners would do everything possible to prevent this. The entire distribution system would be forever rocked. Very doubtful they'll ever offer VOD simultaneously as the theater release but that's the only way to get the big money.

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Egyptian Crisis Gives CNN a Ratings Boost
By Bill Carter, The New York Times - February 2nd, 2011

CNN reaffirmed that it remains a brand for breaking news Tuesday evening, with the protests in Egypt providing the compelling story.

The Cable News Network, which now routinely trails both its competitors in prime time, pushed ahead of one of them, MSNBC, each hour Tuesday night.

Fox News still led the competition across the board with its lineup of Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren. But the CNN hosts grabbed second place each hour and knocked MSNBC into third place every hour of the evening starting at 5 p.m.

The new CNN’s entries, “Parker Spitzer” at 8 p.m. and “Piers Morgan” at 9, both reversed their recent third-place trend with shows devoted largely to the events in Iraq. Anderson Cooper, who has been in the middle of the action on location in Cairo, came closest to first place, trailing Ms. Van Susteren by only about 40,000 viewers in the audience group news channels sell to advertisers — people between the ages of 25 and 54.

Mr. Cooper has been at the center of much of the CNN coverage and found himself and his camera crew being roughed up by what he described as “pro-Mubarak forces.”

In a telephone interview from Cairo, Mr. Cooper said he had been punched in the head “several times” during what he called a five-minute walk through the scuffling mobs Wednesday. “I’ve been in mob scenes before,” Mr. Cooper said. “This was particularly scary.”

He said he and his crew took care not to run so as not to incite the mob into chasing them. But as they walked, various people, whom Mr. Cooper called thugs, walked up and punched him in the head. “It all happened very fast,” Mr. Cooper said.

But he said he was not seriously hurt by the pummeling, nor was any of his crew. He continued reporting through the day from safer locations, noting the outbreak of more serious violence including the hurling of numerous Molotov cocktails.

http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.co...ref=television

To CNN's credit, they are very good at covering actual news. I wish they would try to do this more, rather than just when it's painfully obvious that they should be doing it. Their political coverage, when they cover every stupid little thing via the lens of the horserace/politics game, I find unwatchable.

I was working from home last Friday when everything boiled over in Egypt. I wish CNN would fire most of their current anchors and replace them with the people who work for CNN International. The duo they had anchoring their Egypt coverage on Friday was so refreshing. They had gravitas; they were informed.

I can't stand people like Kyra Phillips, Brooke Baldwin, and that black guy who isn't Don Lemon. The only regular personality they have that's worth his salt is Anderson Cooper. Even Blitzer is a bit of a joke to me. He is clearly quite stupid (based on the questions he tends to ask and also his Twitter account) and he can't even speak clearly. If I ran CNN, I would fire about 90% of the current slate of anchors and reporters.
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I can't stand Anderson Cooper. He comes across SO elitist to me.

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Movie-industry study: Unauthorized video sharing shrinks if viewers have legal options

No, that's not the headline you'll see at the Motion Picture Association of America's site.
By Rob Pegoraro | February 1, 2011; 6:04 PM ET
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fasterforward/

+1 on that statement.
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I thought HBO would had done the same thing for Valentine's Day nope just a couple of airings on HBO signature on the 14th

Not the same thing at all. I think they're repeating it over and over again because that's what the movie is about...
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If the networks and movie studio made it easy, cheap or free to stream their content odds are a lot of the downloads would stop. Give me access to an HD stream from the networks and cable channels and I'd be happy. If they don't want to manage it themselves, let Netflix do it.
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I miss seeing late-season games from LA when it's already dark here in the east and about 40 degrees. The Chargers are the next closest thing, but they are rarely shown as the highlight late game because they rarely sell out.

When the Chargers failed to sell out their opening season game versus Jacksonville, their streak of home sellouts was ended at 48 straight games. So, your above statement is so much xxxx.
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When the Chargers failed to sell out their opening season game versus Jacksonville, their streak of home sellouts was ended at 48 straight games. So, your above statement is so much xxxx.

I guess the media has been inaccurately spreading the information about lack of sellouts in San Diego. If they are selling out most of their games, I'd like to see some of their home games be the showcase doubleheader game to see the beautiful SD weather instead of seeing a bunch of people shivering in Pittsburgh, Foxboro, or New York. It's not like SD has a terrible team like SF does.
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'The Daily Show' And 'The Colbert Report' Return To Hulu
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - February 2nd, 2011

Almost a year after Viacom removed The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report from Hulu.com after the two sides could not reach a deal, the popular Comedy Central shows are returning to the online video portal. Hulu's new pact with Viacom will also bring other TV shows from Viacom's networks, including Comedy Central, MTV, BET, VH1, Spike TV, and TV Land to the Hulu Plus subscription service.

Under the agreement, current full episodes and clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report will be available on the free ad-supported Hulu.com service and through the Hulu Plus subscription service beginning today. In addition, Viacom will make available to Hulu Plus subscribers a such current programs, like Jersey Shore, Tosh.0, Teen Mom 2, Manswers, Let's Stay Together, and Hot in Cleveland 21 days after they air. Hulu Plus subscribers also will have access to more than 2,000 episodes of programming from Viacom's library, including The Chappelle Show, Reno 911, Beavis & Butthead, Real World, Punk'd, Baldwin Hills and many others on PCs, internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, set-top boxes, mobile phones, and tablets.

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Tuesday Final Ratings (Cable)
From Marc Berman's MediaWeek.com Blog (Posted by Travis Yanan: http://travisyanan.blogspot.com/) - February 2nd, 2011

The Game (BET, 10pm)
- 4.820 million viewers
- 2.7/4 HH
- 2.4/6 A18-49
- 3.8/10 W18-34

Let's Stay Together (BET, 10:30pm)
- 2.690 million viewers
- 1.6/3 HH
- 1.2/3 A18-49
- 1.9/5 W18-34

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Reunion Part 2 (BRAVO, 10pm, 75 minutes)
- 2.690 million viewers
- 1.8/3 HH
- 1.4/4 A18-49

Tosh.0 (CMDY, 10pm)
- 3.044 million viewers
- 1.8/3 HH
- 1.8/5 A18-49
- 3.4/10 M18-34

Onion Sportsdome (CMDY)
- 0.909 million viewers
- 0.6/1 HH
- 0.5/1 A18-49
- 1.0/3 M18-34

Dirty Jobs (DISC, 9pm)
- 1.792 million viewers
- 1.1/2 HH
- 0.7/2 A18-49

Auction Kings (DISC, 10pm)
- 1.475 million viewers
- 0.9/2 HH
- 0.6/1 A18-49

Chopped (FOOD)
- 1.614 million viewers
- 1.1/2 HH
- 0.6/2 A18-49

Lights Out (FX, 61 minutes)
- 0.864 million viewers
- 0.6/1 HH
- 0.4/1 A18-49

Seriously Funny Kids (LIF, 9pm)
- 1.144 million viewers
- 0.8/1 HH
- 0.4/1 A18-49
- 0.7/2 W18-34

Seriously Funny Kids (LIF, 9:30pm)
- 1.099 million viewers
- 0.7/1 HH
- 0.4/1 A18-49
- 0.8/2 W18-34

One Born Every Minute (LIF)
- 1.169 million viewers
- 0.8/1 HH
- 0.6/1 A18-49
- 0.9/2 W18-34

Teen Mom (MTV, 10pm)
- 3.795 million viewers
- 2.4/4 HH
- 2.1/5 A18-49
- 5.4/14 W18-34
- 2.6/9 T12-17

What Not to Wear (TLC, 9pm)
- 1.929 million viewers
- 1.3/2 HH
- 0.7/2 A18-49

Southland (TNT)
- 1.819 million viewers
- 1.2/2 HH
- 0.6/1 A18-49

Hardcore Pawn (TRU, 10pm)
- 2.061 million viewers
- 1.3/2 HH
- 0.8/2 A18-49

Hardcore Pawn (TRU, 10:30pm)
- 1.938 million viewers
- 1.2/2 HH
- 0.8/2 A18-49

White Collar (USA)
- 3.460 million viewers
- 2.2/4 HH
- 1.3/3 A18-49

RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1 rerun of LOGO original, 9pm)
- 0.560 million viewers
- 0.3/1 HH
- 0.3/1 A18-49


Source: Nielsen Media Research

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