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Monday's Highlights: 'Castle' on ABC
By Los Angeles Times' 'Show Tracker' Blog - December 4th, 2011

[ALL TIMES LISTED ARE PACIFIC TIME]

RUDE AWAKENING: Castle and Beckett (Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic) wake up in bed handcuffed together with no memory of how they got there in a new episode of “Castle” at 10 p.m. on ABC.

SERIES

The Sing-Off:
Groups from all three seasons perform holiday and inspirational songs in this special episode (8 p.m. NBC).

Gossip Girl: Lily (Kelly Rutherford) throws a party to give Charlie (Kaylee DeFer) an official introduction to New York society in this new episode (8 p.m. KTLA).

Saved: Most of the stories told in this series feature heroic animals who literally save people’s lives, but the story of animal science professor and autism advocate Temple Grandin is featured in tonight’s episode (8 p.m. Animal Planet).

The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Curtis Stone and Michael Symon unwrap their most beloved holiday treats (8 p.m. Food).

Two and a Half Men: Bridget (Judy Greer) reappears in Walden’s (Astin Kutcher) life in this new episode (9 p.m. CBS).

Hart of Dixie: Zoe (Rachel Bilson) coaches Rose (McKaley Miller) for a local beauty pageant that Lemon’s (Jaime King) sister (Claudia Lee) is the favorite to win in this new episode (9 p.m. KTLA).

Neverland: This new version of the Peter Pan tale concludes (9 p.m. Syfy).

Enlightened: This new episode is all about Amy’s (Laura Dern) mom, Helen (Diane Ladd) (9:30 p.m. HBO).

SPECIALS

A Charlie Brown Christmas:
Charlie Brown and Linus search for the true meaning of Christmas in this holiday classic (8 p.m. ABC). “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” follows at 8:30 p.m.

American Country Awards: Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth host the ceremony and will be among the performers, along with Blake Shelton, Pistol Annies, Thompson Square, the Eli Young Band and the Band Perry. Jason Aldean and the Zac Brown Band lead the nominations with eight each (8 p.m. Fox).

25 Most Heartwarming Holiday TV Moments: This new special recalls TV scenes from holiday episodes of classic series that tug at the heartstrings (8 p.m. TV Guide).

SPORTS

Football:
The San Diego Chargers visit the Jacksonville Jaguars (5:30 p.m. ESPN).


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Peyton Manning would rate high as TV analyst
By Michael Hiestand, USA Today - December 5th, 2011

Peyton Manning, on CBS Sunday, speculated if he's still out with his neck injury and CBS' Dan Marino joins the Miami Dolphins' front office, "then I'll slide right into his chair." Marino's response: "You're trying to get me fired."

That produced the usual studio show yuks. But Indianapolis' Manning, said CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus by phone Sunday, is an off-the-charts TV prospect: "There are no sure things in broadcasting. But if Peyton wanted to pursue it as a career, he's as close to that as anyone I've ever seen" — noting Manning on-air has a "good sense of humor" and is "articulate."

On CBS, Manning also showed some media savviness in talking about stepping up his rehab this week: "I'm sure (media) people will make summaries of my career based on one day of throwing."

McManus says CBS now isn't looking to add analysts, saying CBS also hasn't had contact with another quarterback once widely seen as a can't-miss TV prospect —Brett Favre.

TV pundits this season have speculated that Manning would weigh in with his team about whether it should draft a quarterback, such as Stanford's Andrew Luck. On CBS, Manning said he hasn't talked to the team about the draft. But NFL Network's Michael Lombardi Sunday suggests the Colts don't need his input: "What the Colts must do is prepare as if Peyton isn't going to come back because they really don't know."

Weekly Tebow weigh-in: It's funny how Tim Tebow's unorthodox play keeps irking TV analysts who insist it can't possibly be effective. ESPN's Merril Hoge, before Denver beat Minnesota to see Tebow go 6-1 as a starter, said, "I haven't seen any improvement. His gimmicks are working now. But when you have to play real football, he won't be able to do it." Fox's Terry Bradshaw says Denver should focus on replacing Tebow: "I think Denver at the end of the year, if there is a quarterback available, will definitely draft a quarterback. Tim Tebow's delivery is extremely slow. He's actually a fullback playing quarterback."

But CBS' Dan Fouts, after Denver's win, suggested a new tack for TV to deal with Tebow's polarizing openness about his religion by giving credit for candor: "You couldn't be happier for him. He doesn't have a phony bone in his body."

Spice rack: There's plenty to second-guess about how ESPN handled its reporting on allegations of sexual molestation against ex-Syracuse men's basketball assistant Bernie Fine. On CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday, ESPN news director Vince Doria second-guessed ESPN having put two sources who accuse Fine of abusing them —Bobby Davis and Zach Tomaselli — in contact with each other: "Putting two sources in touch with each other is not something we normally do and we probably would not have done it in this case if we thought about it." …CBS' Georgia-LSU title game draws a 7.4 overnight, up 17% from last year's Auburn-South Carolina title game. …Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions, who were flexed to play on NBC's Sunday primetime game, tells Bob Costas that was pretty significant: "We play this game to be able to be on TV." … Fox's Jimmy Johnson says he was "sticking a fork" in the New York Giants because they're done even before the team played Green Bay, but NFLN's Michael Irvin was especially dismissive of Giants defensive end Justin Tuck: "Stop living off (ex-Giant) Michael Strahan. I'm sick of seeing (Tuck) on Strahan's Subway commercial. You get to Aaron Rodgers and let's get your own commercial." Ouch. … CBS will formally announce today, says spokesman Alex Riethmiller, that MLB Network analyst Jon Heyman will join cbssports.com and "the plan" is to eventually use Heyman on the CBS Sports Network.

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A hacker's Christmas: 'Prep & Landing 2'
ABC sequel to the 2009 special is one of just two original holiday films
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - December 5th, 2011

Most of the holiday specials that draw huge ratings each year are classics that have been around for years, such as "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

But ABC has had a great deal of success in recent years launching new ones.

"Shrek the Halls" and "Prep & Landing" were both the highest-rated holiday specials among kids 2-11 in the years they debuted, 2007 and 2009.

Now the network is hoping for another hit with "Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice," which bows tonight at 8:30 p.m. after "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

The special follows the adventures of Santa's elves, who must thwart a child's attempt to hack into the naughty and nice database.

The original "Prep & Landing" averaged a 7.5 rating among 2-11s, becoming one of the top-rated shows in the demo in 2009.

By comparison, this year the highest-rated holiday special so far, CBS's "Rudolph," averaged a 5.5.

"Prep" is one of just two original specials that have aired this holiday season.

The other, Fox's "Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas," averaged a 2.2 in 2-11s, but it aired on Thanksgiving, when viewership levels are very low.

"Prep" should do much better, in part because of its favorable timeslot behind "Brown."

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New Showtime Leading Man Liev Schreiber Will Likely Scale Back Role At HBO Sports
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - December 4th, 2011

EXCLUSIVE: With a deal to star in Showtime's pilot Ray Donovan, Liev Schreiber may one day become the face of the pay cable network. But at the same time, it looks like he will no longer be the exclusive voice of the sports division of rival HBO. I've learned that HBO has opted not to renew its overall deal with the actor to be the the voice of HBO Sports, which has included narrating virtually all HBO sports documentaries, the 24/7 reality series, and the NFL reality series Hard Knocks. HBO is not severing ties with Schreiber, who has been voicing HBO Sports' programs for the past 16 years. Liev is set to start work next week on his next HBO Sports project, '24/7 Flyers/Rangers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic, HBO Sports said in a statement, declining further comment. I hear that Schreiber also is scheduled to do another HBO Sports project in January.

According to an HBO source, the network does not plan to sign an overall deal with another actor, opting for a variety of voices. Since starting in 1995, Schreiber has narrated almost all HBO Sports documentaries. (One of very few exceptions was the 2003 Red Sox docu The Curse Of The Bambino voiced by die-hard Red Sox fan Ben Affleck). He has narrated all but one edition of Hard Knocks since the series' launch in 2001 (the Kansas City Chiefs edition in 2007 was done by Paul Rudd), and of 24/7 since its 2007 start.

The move coincides with the leadership change at HBO Sports. Ken Hershman was recently tapped as new HBO Sports president, and he will join the pay cable channel in January. But it also coincided with Schreiber's high-profile casting as the lead in Showtime's pilot Ray Donovan in the feature actor's first regular series gig, with some saying that the decision by HBO was made shortly after the announcement of Schreiber's Showtime casting. Others inside HBO insist the two are not related.

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Report: NFL's new TV deals will pay $24 billion

By Tom Weir, USA TODAY December 5, 2011

SportsBusinessDaily.com says the NFL is about to prove that the rich get richer, and then some.

The website says the league is close to an across-the-board renewal of TV deals that will boost rights fees by more than 60% and yield $24 billion over the next eight years.

The new deals would mean that CBS, NBC and Fox would pay an average of $1 billion a year to broadcast NFL games. Those networks' current deals end after the 2013 season and would be extended through the 2021 season, according to the website.

ESPN in September signed a new agreement with the NFL, at a 63% increase in fees. The other deals might be completed within a month, SportsBusinessDaily.com says.

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Another jackpot for NFL
TV renewals near; rights fees expected to jump at least 60%

By Daniel Kaplan & John Ourand, Sports Business Journal Staff Writers December 5, 2011

The NFL is about to hit pay dirt. Again.

The league is close to renewing TV deals with all of its broadcast partners that will result in massive rights fee increases of more than 60 percent across the board, underscoring the unrivaled strength of NFL programming.

For the first time, each of the broadcast networks will pay an annual average of at least $1 billion for the rights to carry NFL games. The expected windfall from CBS, Fox and NBC will be worth more than a combined $24 billion over the next eight years.

Sources expect the deals extending through the 2021 season to be finalized this month, though a formal announcement may come later. The broadcasters’ current deals end after the 2013 season.

The size and scope of these deals offer further proof of the stunning power of NFL programming, which makes up the highest-rated shows on TV. Looking at the total revenue from the next round of national media deals puts the immense nature of the deals into better context.

Combined with ESPN’s annual average of $1.8 billion a year for “Monday Night Football,” DirecTV’s out-of-market “Sunday Ticket” deal, the league’s planned Thursday night game package that it is preparing to shop, Sirius Satellite Radio, Westwood One radio and Verizon’s mobile deal, the NFL could wind up generating close to $7 billion annually in national media revenue starting in 2014. That represents a whopping 64 percent increase over the $4.28 billion that the NFL received from national media before the most recent round of renewals.

In fact, the $7 billion figure is more than the league’s total combined revenue from just a few years ago.

The league’s huge rights fee increases are coming far quicker than even the most optimistic projections. In February, Moody’s Investor Services predicted that NFL media money would hit $8 billion annually over the next two renewal rounds. With these deals, the league will close in on the figure after just its first renewal round.

No deals have been signed. But the NFL and its broadcast partners have agreed to general deal terms that are similar to the NFL’s deal with ESPN, which was announced in September at a 63 percent increase. The broadcast deals will be eight years in length, sources said.

The networks will get more inventory for those payments, as they will obtain the rights to show games on tablets as part of the media industry’s TV Everywhere initiative — the idea of being able to watch TV no matter where you are on broadband and wireless devices.

Broadcasters expect to be able to offer games on tablets as soon as next season. But sources said the two sides have not reached agreement on that point yet. Broadcasters also have pushed for the rights to stream games to mobile phones, but the league sold those rights exclusively to Verizon last year.

Spanish-language rights are being negotiated at the same time. Currently, ESPN Deportes carries “Monday Night Football” in Spanish and Telemundo carries some “Sunday Night Football” games in Spanish. Currently, none of the NFL’s Sunday afternoon games are available on Spanish-language networks in the United States. It’s not known how the Spanish-language rights will shake out.

As part of the broadcast agreements, the league has the right to hold back more games from CBS and Fox. It’s believed that the league will use those games to create an early-season eight-week package on Thursday nights. The league is expected to shop that package to cable networks next year.

All deals have been negotiated on the basis of a 16-game schedule. None of the deal terms contemplate expanding to an 18-game schedule, sources said. If the league expands to 18 games, it’s not known if it would be able to charge additional fees.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said he hopes to begin flexible scheduling of the Sunday night game earlier in the season, which means CBS and Fox, potentially, could be ceding more high-profile games for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.”

The pending deals are expected to close by the end of the month and could be ready for a vote as soon as next week’s owners meeting in Dallas.

While the incredible TV ratings of NFL games clearly are fueling the growth in the league’s media rights fees, the emergence of the TV Everywhere concept is a major factor in the escalating numbers. Media companies are willing to pay for programming that they can get to consumers through different viewing mediums.

Currently, in the U.S. the only NFL games that can be viewed away from traditional TV are the Thursday, Sunday and Monday night games. Verizon customers can view those games on their mobile devices. Verizon has exclusive mobile rights to NFL games as part of a four-year, $720 million sponsorship deal signed last year. Verizon’s exclusivity keeps any of the networks from streaming games to mobile phones. The Sunday night and Monday night games are available on broadband sites.

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^^^ WOW!!!

Not the NFL getting $24 billion, but Fred back on the "HOTP" boards posting.


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The Super Bowl Gets Its (Material) Girl:
Madonna to Perform at Halftime Show

By Dave Itzkoff, The New York Times, in the “Arts Beat” blog, December 5, 2011

Having been burned in the past by artists who proved too controversial, the National Football League has chosen a half-time performer for Super Bowl XLVI, with a nice, safe, biblically inspired name. Well, not exactly.

Madonna, the singer and multi-hyphenate whose résumé includes such albums as “Like a Virgin,” “Erotica” and “Hard Candy,” the documentary “Truth or Dare” and a coffee-table photography book modestly (for her) titled “Sex,” will perform at the halftime show of the Super Bowl, which will be held on Feb. 5 at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The announcement was made during NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” broadcast of a game between the Detroit Lions and the New Orleans Saints, confirming reports that emerged in October that the N.F.L. was in discussions with Madonna.

Since the notorious 2004 halftime show where a portion of Janet Jackson’s breast was accidentally seen, the N.F.L. has generally tried to cultivate musicians likely to give more PG-rated performances, including Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and last year’s guests, the Black Eyed Peas. (This doesn’t entirely explain how Prince got the nod in 2007.)

Madonna’s Super Bowl appearance will round out a busy weekend for the Material Girl, whose film “W.E.,” a feature she directed about a woman obsessed with the love affair of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, will be released on Feb. 3.

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Another jackpot for NFL
TV renewals near; rights fees expected to jump at least 60%

By Daniel Kaplan & John Ourand, Sports Business Journal Staff Writers December 5, 2011

The NFL is about to hit pay dirt. Again.

The league is close to renewing TV deals with all of its broadcast partners that will result in massive rights fee increases of more than 60 percent across the board, underscoring the unrivaled strength of NFL programming.

So expect Sunday Ticket to go up to $400 or more and have fewer games on it.
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So expect Sunday Ticket to go up to $400 or more and have fewer games on it.

And ticket prices, of course, and concessions, and parking, and increased commercial load during telecasts, and the price of everything advertised during an NFL game. Heck, maybe the NFL Network, which has only 24 hours of compelling programming a year, will double its subscriber fee which will then be passed on to every cable customer, and on and on and on.

This may be great news for the beleaguered NFL owners, the poor dears, but it's just another knife in the back for everyone else. Honestly, I'm a football fan and a season ticket holder and understand that the NFL is, by far, the country's most popular sport but isn't this getting kind of ridiculous?
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So expect Sunday Ticket to go up to $400 or more and have fewer games on it.

As been mentioned before almost everyone that called got a big $$ discount or even got it for free by calling directv just like they do ever single year.

Unless they are one of those peeps that dont like paying their bills on time.

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So expect Sunday Ticket to go up to $400 or more and have fewer games on it.

I wonder if the price would go down if they shared it with every provider?
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This may be great news for the beleaguered NFL owners, the poor dears, but it's just another knife in the back for everyone else. Honestly, I'm a football fan and a season ticket holder and understand that the NFL is, by far, the country's most popular sport but isn't this getting kind of ridiculous?

Why, it may be better to start supporting local teams, high school teams, etc - at least that makes it more about the game, and less about the TV timeouts!

Then again, not like those games are televised - there is always the CFL!
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Piracy legislation pits Hollywood against Silicon Valley
Filmmakers, music companies and other copyright holders are backing tough new bills in Congress that would give the Justice Department broad powers to shut down websites that host pirated material.
By Richard Verrier and Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times - December 5th, 2011

Reporting from Los Angeles and Washington. Film director Penelope Spheeris' new comedy, "Balls to the Wall," had barely premiered in Europe when bootleg copies started popping up on the Internet, throwing its U.S. release into jeopardy. A Spheeris assistant sent out as many as 30 cease-and-desist notices a day in a desperate, but failed, attempt to halt the piracy.

"It's like putting out a forest fire with your bare feet," she said.

That helps explain why Spheeris and other filmmakers are backing tough new legislation making its way through Congress that would give the Justice Department broad powers to shut down websites that host pirated material and would open the door for movie studios, music companies and other copyright holders to seek court injunctions against Internet companies they believe are aiding in copyright theft, which amounts to $58 billion a year.

Internet entrepreneur Gabriel Weinberg just as adamantly opposes the proposed law, fearful it will punish legitimate search engines that unwittingly link to pirated content and curtail innovation on the Web. Having just raised $3 million for his fledgling search engine DuckDuckGo, "I wouldn't want to spend it all on legal costs," said Weinberg, the company's president.

Spheeris and Weinberg represent opposite camps in a congressional fight that divides California's two most glamorous and energetic industries: Hollywood and Silicon Valley. On one side are old-media entertainment companies such as Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox, which accuse the search companies of acting as fences for private property by collecting advertising revenue from the sites where pirates lurk. On the other are new-media giants such as Google, Yahoo, EBay and Facebook, which say the proposed legislation threatens free speech and will jeopardize the technological stability of the World Wide Web

"This is truly an epic battle between two huge interests that are both very, very important to our national economy," said Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Menlo Park), who represents Silicon Valley.

The pending bills in the House and Senate would give the Justice Department power to seek court orders requiring U.S. search engines and Internet sites to block access to foreign websites hawking pirated material. Private companies such as Paramount Pictures and Sony Music Entertainment would also be able to seek court orders preventing such sites from receiving ads and payments services from the U.S.

The fight is curiously nonpartisan, with conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats teamed on both sides of the issue. Some of the split is based on which industry is more dominant in a lawmaker's region. Many Southern California representatives back Hollywood's position, and most Northern California members side with the Internet companies. But political philosophy also plays a role, leading anti-big-government conservatives to join with liberal civil libertarians in opposition to giving Washington what they fear would be broad censorship power over websites.

In the thick of the fight is the Motion Picture Assn. of America. Hollywood's chief lobbying arm has enlisted support from a broad coalition of industry and labor unions, including the AFL-CIO and the Recording Industry Assn. of America. Because the bills also protect against counterfeit goods and safeguard prescription drug patents, they also have the support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the influential pharmaceutical trade group PhRMA.

"Some in the tech community believe that even if their website is being used to house stolen copyrighted content, that's not their problem,'' MPAA Chief Executive Christopher J. Dodd, the former senator from Connecticut, said in a recent speech. "The time has come to take a tough stand against the rogue sites and the parasites who profit from the outright theft of our content."

The bills' opponents have also been rallying support and spending millions on their message. A coalition of top Internet companies published full-page ads in major newspapers this month warning of the risks of the proposed laws and urging lawmakers to take a more targeted approach.

"This legislation really is thermonuclear war against the Internet," said Markham Erickson, executive director of NetCoalition, a trade group that represents Internet and tech firms including Google, Yahoo, Amazon and EBay.

Such rhetoric infuriates top studio executives.

"It is my understanding that the Internet was created to withstand nuclear attack," said Fox Filmed Entertainment co-Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos. "So I'm curious to understand how an attorney in the Justice Department bringing a proceeding in a federal court can bring it down."

"The idea that this is going to kill the Internet feels like a scare tactic," said Barry Meyer, chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

The MPAA estimates the nation loses more than 300,000 jobs, $16 billion in earnings and a total of $58 billion in economic output each year because of pirated movies, music, software and video games.

"It's the No. 1 issue for us," said Scott Harbinson, international representative for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which has 113,000 members in the U.S. and Canada. "If people aren't investing in motion picture production because of piracy, our guys don't work."

But critics in the tech industry view the legislation as dangerous overreach.

Google copyright counsel Katherine Oyama warned that the House bill "would undermine the legal, commercial and cultural architecture that has propelled the extraordinary growth of Internet commerce," and says it would impose "harsh and arbitrary sanctions without due process."

Both sides are bringing money to the fight. Although bill-specific figures are not available, the pharmaceutical industry has spent $182 million on Washington lobbying in 2011, more than any other sector, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. The TV, movie and music industries combined have spent $91.8 million, with the computer and Internet industries right behind at $91.5 million. Google alone is said to have spent $5.9 million.

No one from either side disputes that online piracy is a real problem. And, because the pending bills enjoy bipartisan support, they have a good chance of passing next year, although probably with revisions that would narrow their scope.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), one of the key lawmakers behind the legislation, said he is willing to revise his bill to reflect the concerns of technology companies but is committed to cracking down on rogue websites.

"There is so much good and so much that's helpful on the Internet. I want to protect that," Leahy said. "But I don't want to protect thieves."

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SATURDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media INsight's Blog.

SUNDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media INsight's Blog.


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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
NBC stays ahead of Fox on Sunday night
Averages a 5.2 rating among adults 18-49s for the night
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - December 5th, 2011

Football dominated the broadcast landscape on Sunday night, including the end of a highly anticipated game between the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants that boosted Fox to a close No. 2 behind NBC in primetime.

Powered by "Sunday Night Football," NBC averaged a 5.2 adults 18-49 rating and 13 share last night, according to Nielsen, with Fox second at 5.1/12.

The end of the Packers-Giants game was actually the No. 1 program on broadcast, averaging a 9.0 rating at 7 p.m. as the Packers scored a last-second field goal that boosted their record to 12-0.

NBC's "SNF" matchup featuring the New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions then dominated the rest of the night, averaging a 6.5 from 8:30 to 11 p.m.

Elsewhere last night, ABC's new hit drama "Once Upon a Time" slid to a new series low, down 10 percent from last week to a 3.1, though it was still easily the night's top drama.

The No. 1 scripted show for the evening was Fox's "The Simpsons," which benefitted from the big football lead-in. It averaged a 4.0 at 8 p.m.

With NBC and Fox well ahead of the competition on the night, ABC came in third at 2.2/5, CBS fourth at 2.1/5, Univision fifth at 0.8/2 and Telemundo sixth at 0.6/1.

As a reminder, all ratings are based on live-plus-same-day DVR playback, which includes shows replayed before 3 a.m. the night before. Seven-day DVR data won't be available for several weeks. Forty-two percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

Also, ratings for NBC's NFL football coverage are approximate as fast nationals measure timeslot and not actual program data.

At 7 p.m. Fox was first with a 9.0 for NFL overrun and "The OT" postgame show, followed by NBC with a 2.2 for "Football Night in America." CBS was third with a 1.8 for "60 Minutes," ABC fourth with a 1.4 for "America's Funniest Home Videos" and Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth at 0.6, Univision for "Asi Es Gloria Trevi" and Telemundo for the first half of a Mexican league soccer match.

NBC took the lead at 8 p.m. with a 5.9 for NFL pregame and the start of "Sunday Night Football," while Fox slid to second with a 3.2 for "Simpsons" (4.0) and "Allen Gregory" (2.4). ABC was third with a 3.1 for "Time," CBS fourth with a 2.7 for "The Amazing Race," Univision fifth with a 0.9 for "Rosa de Guadalupe" and Telemundo sixth with a 0.7 for soccer.

At 9 p.m. NBC was first with a 3.5 for football, with Fox second again with a 3.0 for "Family Guy" (3.5) and "The Cleveland Show" (2.5). ABC was third with a 2.6 for "Desperate Housewives," CBS fourth with a 1.9 for "The Good Wife," Univision fifth with a 1.0 for more "Guadalupe" and Telemundo sixth with a 0.5 for "Pa'lante con Cristina."

NBC led again at 10 p.m. with a 6.3 for football, followed by CBS with a 2.2 for "CSI: Miami." ABC was third with a 1.6 for "Pan Am," Univision fourth with a 0.7 for "Sal y Pimienta" and Telemundo fifth with a 0.6 for another hour of "Cristina."

Among households, NBC was first for the night with an 8.4 average overnight rating and a 13 share. Fox was second at 7.4/11, CBS third at 6.6/10, ABC fourth at 4.3/7, Univision fifth at 1.1/2 and Telemundo sixth at 0.6/1.

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Lisa Kudrow's 'Web Therapy' Gets Second Season on Showtime
By Michael O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - December 3rd, 2011

Showtime decided it needs more therapy.

The network announced Monday that it will air a second season of Lisa Kudrow comedy Web Therapy, set to air in 2012.

Transitioning from the web to the tube in summer of 2011, Web Therapy follows psychotherapist Fiona Wallice as she treats a variety of patients via webcam.

“We are thrilled that Showtime will air more of the half-hour format of Web Therapy, we really love this version of the show,” Kudrow said in a statement. “Of course, we are over the moon that Meryl Streep will be in this coming season. She was effortlessly hilarious, and it's a great story. We have Lily Tomlin back who always fantastically funny. Conan O'Brien is beyond, fantastic, he's a perfect improviser. We're honestly giddy over the people we have for this season.”

Rosie O’Donnell, Molly Shannon, Minnie Driver and Selma Blair are also among the guest actors appearing for the sophomore outing.

Created by Kudrow, Don Roos and Dan Bucatinsky, Web Therapy is produced by Is or Isn’t Entertainment.

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Piracy legislation pits Hollywood against Silicon Valley

By Richard Verrier and Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times - December 5th, 2011

Reporting from Los Angeles and Washington. Film director Penelope Spheeris' new comedy, "Balls to the Wall," had barely premiered in Europe when bootleg copies started popping up on the Internet, throwing its U.S. release into jeopardy...

Otherwise, it had mega-hit written all over it. Drat, Drat your freedom, internet!
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It's probably the IMDB 3.1 rating driving all the pirating.
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re: NFL
$400 is still much cheaper than two season tickets. Supply and demand is driving this market. It is the highest rated sports programming in the country. Do I like paying more? No. Do I think the league is a fantastic product? Yes. Am I going to whine about it? No. I may look into other alternatives to the Ticket.
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History channel launches TV screen commerce initiative
By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - December 5th, 2011

For years, media executives and marketers have longed for the day when a viewer could be watching an episode of "The Good Wife," say, click a dress worn by star Julianna Margulies and instantly be able to purchase it right from the television screen.

On Monday, that scenario inched a little closer to reality. The cable network History, programming distributor Verizon FiOS and technology company Delivery Agent, which manages online stores for many television networks, unveiled a T-commerce (television commerce) initiative that would enable subscribers to buy items shown the cable network's programs.

Taking part in the T-commerce effort are History shows like "Pawn Stars" and "Ice Road Truckers." During a show, an icon will appear on the screen that the viewer can click on to purchase items.

"The reason the History Shop initiative will work is because it allows viewers to see and buy things at the moment they're most interested, while still being able to watch their show," said Mark Garner, a senior vice president at History parent A&E Television Networks.

For now, service is only available for Verizon FiOS customers, but the plan is to roll it out to other distributors and extend the service to other A&E networks including Lifetime which seems a natural, given its hit fashion show "Project Runway."

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TV networks heat up their winter schedules
By Gary Levin, USA Today - December 5th, 2011

There's a whole lot of change coming to winter TV.

The big broadcast networks put the final touches on their midseason schedules last week, and after a somewhat lackluster fall viewers can look for an upheaval of sorts: Struggling NBC restocks, moving four current shows in the process, ABC makes room for four new series and three returning reality shows, and Fox does its customary winter rotation, eventually adding seven shows, led by American Idol, to its lineup.

"A lot of these shows are actually better than some of the shows they premiered in the fall," analyst Brad Adgate of ad-buying firm Horizon Media says. He notes "a long history" of midseason launches that turned into solid hits, such as ABC's Grey's Anatomy and NBC's The Office.

Only CBS not coincidentally the top-rated network is mostly playing out its winning hand. It will try out a new Rob Schneider comedy next month and use onetime hit Undercover Boss as a bridge between seasons of The Amazing Race, holding a new cop series, NYC 22, for spring. "The real reason we're not doing more for midseason is we don't need a lot," says scheduling chief Kelly Kahl. "If we have a successful show, we want to leave it on."

That's especially important as cable networks now employ a year-round strategy of new-series premieres and compete with bigger networks for fans of scripted dramas. HBO has Luck, a horse-racing drama that marks Dustin Hoffman's first regular TV role; elsewhere, Justified, Shameless, Royal Pains and Southland are back for new seasons.

More replacements will be cycled in come March, including NBC's dreamlike drama Awake and (finally!) AMC period drama Mad Men, which started its last season back in July 2010.

Among time slot changes for current shows, Fox will slide House an hour to 8 ET/PT after Terra Nova completes its run. And NBC is moving several: Low-rated Whitney and Rock Center shift to Wednesdays, Up All Night is promoted to Thursdays, and Harry's Law moves to a less-competitive Sunday slot in March. Tina Fey's 30 Rock opens its sixth season Jan. 12 in Thursday's lead-off spot, a first, as Community takes a breather until spring.

NBC is trying to "create better flow, and craft some blocks of shows that work better together," says entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt, who's pairing competition The Voice with new scripted musical Smash on Mondays. "If one or two nights are shored up and a couple of shows benefit, we'll be in much better shape as we look toward the fall.

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History channel launches TV screen commerce initiative
By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - December 5th, 2011

Taking part in the T-commerce effort are History shows like "Pawn Stars" and "Ice Road Truckers." During a show, an icon will appear on the screen that the viewer can click on to purchase items.

This can only be the start of something wonderful! Yay for more onscreen icons and QVC pop-ups while watching television!

Not only will you now get a thirty second scene describing how the Toyota Prius saves energy while driving to a horribly violent crime scene and how a Apple Macbook has zippy performance for rendering murders and zooming in on blurry camera footage, now you'll get a pop-up pointing you to your nearest Toyota dealer and be able to buy a new laptop before you get there!


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Speaking of car commercials....

what would happen if you walked into a car dealership & said that you werent interested in any of the cars but really just wanted to buy that big red bow that in all those commercials they always put on top of the car that the wife is getting for a christmas present....wonder if thats possible ?

& that always seems wierd to me.
Isnt a car like a family purchase ?
What if she doesnt like that type of car or the color or even its gps ?
Shouldnt those types of investments be talked about together beforehand ?

idk always seems wierd to me.

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$400 is still much cheaper than two season tickets. Supply and demand is driving this market. It is the highest rated sports programming in the country. Do I like paying more? No. Do I think the league is a fantastic product? Yes. Am I going to whine about it? No. I may look into other alternatives to the Ticket.

For a football fan, $20-$25 per week for all those games is probably a great deal and any discount is a plus. My problem with the NFL remains to be ESPN and that we all pay, watch or not. And, it's not the $4.10 fee, it's what that means to the fees for all the other programming that are artificially high as a result. And, if it (sports and stuff) were truly based on supply/demand, Disney wouldn't have to ram it down our throats as a take it or leave it bundle with ABC/ABC Family/Disney.

And, no, I'm not going to whine about it either, but that doesn't mean I won't also state my belief whenever the subject comes up. I still have cable and pay the bill because it's still the best value for me, but that doesn't mean it's a good value or that I'm not still looking for an alternative.

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Speaking of car commercials....

what would happen if you walked into a car dealership & said that you werent interested in any of the cars but really just wanted to buy that big red bow that in all those commercials they always put on top of the car that the wife is getting for a christmas present....wonder if thats possible ?

$30 at Amazon. Dealer price will be much higher.


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As been mentioned before almost everyone that called got a big $$ discount or even got it for free by calling directv just like they do ever single year.

Unless they are one of those peeps that dont like paying their bills on time.

Assuming one has DirecTv. The fact is you're still getting fewer games. The 8 games on NFL Network now WOULD have been on Sunday Ticket. Now they are going to 16 games so another 8 games taken away.
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Heck, maybe the NFL Network, which has only 24 hours of compelling programming a year,

That's just an ingorant statement.

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re: NFL $400 is still much cheaper than two season tickets. Supply and demand is driving this market. It is the highest rated sports programming in the country. Do I like paying more? No. Do I think the league is a fantastic product? Yes. Am I going to whine about it? No. I may look into other alternatives to the Ticket.

Season tickets have no bearing since Sunday Ticket is more for fans of teams that are out of area. I'm 800 miles from Tampa so buying Bucs season tickets would be out of the question anyways.

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I wonder if the price would go down if they shared it with every provider?

Since the provider would set the price I would assume so.
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Campy Warehouse 13' Christmas episode brings holiday charm to Syfy series
By David Hinckley, New York Daily News - December 5th, 2011

Christmas is the season of indulgence, among other things, so Syfy's cool and campy Warehouse 13 can be excused if its Christmas episode Tuesday gets even a little campier than usual.

This adventure, not for the first time in television Christmas episode history, plays off the classic movie It's a Wonderful Life.

Specifically, warehouse agent Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock) slips into the Jimmy Stewart role, sort of.

An incident with one of the artifacts, which is what so often triggers the action in Warehouse 13, erases Pete's existence. Next thing we know, he finds himself witnessing the world that would have developed had there been no Pete at all.

It turns out the absence of Pete would have radically altered the lives of his agent partner Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly), his boss Artie Nielsen (Saul Rubinek), their all-purpose fix-it girl Claudia Donovan (Allison Scagliotti), local B&B owner and resident mystic Leena (Genelle Williams) and even stiffly removed top boss Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder).

Where this diverges a bit from Wonderful Life is that Pete doesn't see these changes in a virtual world of alternative reality conjured by his guardian angel.

Peter is still interacting with all these people in a real world. They just don't have any idea who he is, because they've never seen him .

There's some urgency to this process because Pete knows that one-time warehouse guardian and now arch-villain James MacPherson (Roger Rees) has returned from seeming death to try to take over the place and use the artifacts for his personal enrichment.

So Pete has to do one of those no time to explain, you're just going to have to trust me riffs, convincing the others that the fate of the world they all know depends on quick action.

Of course, since Pete never lived as far as the others are concerned, they don't know what world he's talking about.

It's the kind of thing that could give you a serious headache if this were deep, ominous sci-fi.

Fortunately, it's not. It's Warehouse 13, which uses the sci-fi stuff as an amusing avenue to create breezy, entertaining television character drama.

Even though people get killed sometimes, and some of the protected artifacts in the warehouse could wipe out humanity, Warehouse 13 is never too far from a mischievous reminder that the main reason we're all here is to enjoy the ride.

The Christmas episode keeps that tone and that tacit promise, only more so. Because of the Wonderful Life connection, it also lets Pete make a few revealing remarks about his relationship with Myka, which the show wisely has kept in a state of romantic tension.

The final scene, in fact, lets everyone loosen up for a moment, even Mrs. Frederic, without breaking character. What's said and done at a Christmas party inside Warehouse 13, like Edgar Allen Poe's pen, will stay there.

'WAREHOUSE 13'
Tuesday at 9 p.m., Syfy
Rating: ★★★ (out of five)


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