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Hitting paydirt
By Claire Atkinson, New York Post - Jan. 24, 2012

WNBC-TV Channel 4 can ring up an extra $2 million in ad revenue for the Super Bowl thanks to the New York Giants' trip to the NFL Championship Game, industry sources told The Post.

The added revenue comes from jacked-up rates on local TV spots that are set aside by the NBC network for its member stations.

WNBC-TV had been charging as much as $575,000 for a 30-second local spot during the game, according to a rate card obtained by The Post.

That is expected to jump to about $800,000, according to Madison Avenue sources, as advertisers race to get their spots before a larger-than-usual and more affluent TV audience.

The last time the Giants made the Super Bowl, in 2008, 97.5 million watched the game. A whopping 67 percent of all New York households were watching the game, 2 percentage points higher than the national average.

The added $2 million in ad revenue includes not only the game but any pre- and post-game coverage.

WNBC-TV had no comment.

Insiders said WNBC-TV has a handful of spots left for the Feb. 5 game against the New England Patriots in Indianapolis.

In New York, anyone who hasn't bought time will be trying to now, but most of it is sold out, Gary Carr, head of national buying at TargetCast, said.

Sunday night's NFC Championship between the Giants and the San Francisco 49ers scored its biggest number in 17 years, with 50 million viewers and raising expectations that Super Bowl viewership will be another record-breaker.

The NBC network sold out of Super Bowl spots months ago. NBC has been selling national spots for as much as $4 million, though media buyers said those are tied to spending on other NBC properties, such as the NBC Sports Network.

Advertisers are typically paying closer to $3.5 million for a 30-second spot still a record price.

Aside from the network sellout, some marketers opt for local buys, rather than national spots, because rivals buy category exclusivity.

In past years, advertisers such as Heineken and Miller Lite have taken the local route in order to compete with Anheuser-Busch, which dominates the game every year.

Last year's Super Bowl on Fox drew 111 million viewers. (News Corp. owns Fox and The Post.)

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MONDAY'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)
Fox's 'Alcatraz' holds up in second week
New drama averages a 3.0 in 18-49s, off just 9 percent
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Jan. 24, 2012

Fox's new drama "Alcatraz" held up well in its second week after a solid premiere last Monday.

The one-hour show averaged a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating at 9 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, down a respectable 9 percent from last week's debut, which posted a 3.3 rating over two hours.

"Alcatraz" seemed to be compatible with lead-in "House," which averaged a 3.1 at 8 p.m.; "Alcatraz," about investigators who seek out the men who disappeared from the island decades before, held 97 percent of "House's" rating.

"Alcatraz" also became just the third new drama this season, along with ABC's "Once Upon a Time" and Fox's "Terra Nova," to post a 3.0 rating or above in its second week.

Of course Fox had an advantage last night. CBS's usually dominant schedule was in reruns, meaning less competition. The bigger test will come when CBS returns to originals two weeks from now.

Meanwhile, elsewhere last night, ABC also benefitted from CBS's reruns. "The Bachelor" hit a season high with a 2.7 from 8 to 10 p.m., up 13 percent over last week.

And the network's 10 p.m. drama "Castle" was the night's most-watched show among total viewers, averaging 10.1 million.

With the solid combo of "House" and "Alcatraz," Fox finished No. 1 in 18-49s last night with a 3.0 and 8 share in primetime.

ABC was second with a 2.5/6, followed by CBS in third with a 2.2/6 despite airing all repeats. NBC finished fourth with a 1.7/4, Univision was fifth with a 1.6/4, and Telemundo and the CW tied for sixth with a 0.7/2 apiece.

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-three percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

At 8 p.m. Fox led with a 3.1 for "House," followed by ABC with a 2.6 for "Bachelor." CBS was third with a 2.4 for repeats of "How I Met Your Mother" and "2 Broke Girls," Univision fourth with a 1.9 for "Una Familia con Suerte," NBC fifth with a 1.7 for "Who's Still Standing?" and the CW and Telemundo tied for sixth at 0.7, CW for "Gossip Girl" and Telemundo for "Una Maid en Manhattan."

Fox was first again at 9 p.m. with a 3.0 for "Alcatraz," while ABC remained second with a 2.8 for hour two of "Bachelor." CBS was third with a 2.7 for reruns of "Two and a Half Men" and "Mike & Molly," Univision fourth with a 1.9 for "La Que No Podia Amar," NBC fifth with a 1.7 for the first hour of the Republican debate, CW sixth with a 0.7 for "Hart of Dixie" and Telemundo seventh with a 0.6 for "Flor Salvaje."

At 10 p.m. ABC was first with a 2.1 for "Castle," with CBS and NBC tied for second at 1.6, CBS for a repeat of "Hawaii Five-0" and NBC for the conclusion of the debate. Univision was fourth with a 1.2 for "Don Francisco Presenta" and Telemundo fifth with a 0.8 for "La Casa de al Lado."

ABC was first for the night among households with a 5.8 average overnight rating and a 9 share. Fox was second at 5.3/8, CBS third at 4.9/7, NBC fourth at 4.4/7, Univision fifth at 1.9/3, CW sixth at 1.1/2 and Telemundo seventh at 0.9/1.

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It was Dark Helmet who was after Lone Star. Lone Star was also in debt to Pizza the Hutt for one million space bucks.

Spaceballs is one of my favorites. I've had it on VHS since the VHS came out then bought the DVD when the DVD came out.

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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
Fox's 'Alcatraz' holds up in second week
New drama averages a 3.0 in 18-49s, off just 9 percent
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Jan. 24, 2012

Fox's new drama "Alcatraz" held up well in its second week after a solid premiere last Monday.

Glad its doing well. It is a lot better then the show it replaced, Terra Nova.

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It was Dark Helmet who was after Lone Star. Lone Star was also in debt to Pizza the Hutt for one million space bucks.

Spaceballs is one of my favorites. I've had it on VHS since the VHS came out then bought the DVD when the DVD came out.

I was referring to the 1974 movie "Dark Star", which was John Carpenter's first solo effort. A classic.
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I think I'm one of a handful of people who have never watched "Star Wars" or any of the sequels/prequels.

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Thats not star wars thats star trek.

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oh....how can you be into st but not sw...its the same diff ?

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Thats not star wars thats star trek.

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oh....how can you be into st but not sw...its the same diff ?

Many long-time Trek fans sort of "boycotted" Star Wars. That's the way things were in the late 70's. I never had an interest in Star Wars.
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Despite loving sci-fi, I've never been much into Star Wars (I realize it's more fantasy than scifi).

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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
WEDNESDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are EDT. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)

ABC:
8PM - The Middle
(R - Nov. 16)
8:30PM - Suburgatory
(R - Jan. 4)
9PM - Modern Family
(R - Oct. 5)
9:31PM - Happy Endings
(R - Nov. 2)
10PM - Revenge
(R - Nov. 2)
* * * *
11:35PM - Nightline (LIVE)
Midnight - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Cuba Gooding Jr.; Sarah Hyland; Big Freedia performs)

CBS:
8PM - Criminal Minds
(R - Oct. 12)
9PM - Criminal Minds
10PM - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Scarlett Johansson; TV host Julie Chen; 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III presents the Top Ten List)
(R - Dec. 12)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (From France: Craig visits the Louvre; environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau)
(R - Aug. 3)

NBC:
8PM - Whitney
8:30PM - Are You There, Chelsea?
9PM - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
(R - Dec. 7)
10PM - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
(R - Sep. 28)
* * * *
11:35PM - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Robin Williams; comic Drew Hastings; Vince Gill performs)
(R - Nov. 16)
12:37AM - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (Rosie O'Donnell; Donnie Wahlberg; Robin Thicke performs)
(R - Jan. 11)
1:36AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (NBA player Matt Kemp; Weezer performs; Cold War Kids perform) SD
(R - Nov. 4)

FOX:
8PM - American Idol
9PM - Touch (Special Preview)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Nature: Fortress of the Bears
9PM - NOVA: Mystery of the Masterpiece
10PM - Inside Nature's Giants: Monster Python

UNIVISION:
8PM - La Que No PodÃ*a Amar
9PM - Fútbol: México vs. Venezuela, (120 min. LIVE)

THE CW:
8PM - One Tree Hill
9PM - Remodeled
(R - Jan. 24)

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Una Maid en Manhattan
9PM - Flor Salvaje
10PM - Relaciones Peligrosas

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Author Paula Broadwell)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (NPR Host Terry Gross)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Elizabeth Banks; Timothy Olyphant; comic John Mulaney)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump; comic Jo Koy; comic Sarah Colonna; comic Bill Bellamy)
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Wednesday's Highlights: 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' on CBS
By Los Angeles Times' 'Show Tracker' Blog - Jan. 24, 2012

[ALL TIMES LISTED ARE PACIFIC TIME]

MARG HELGENBERGER makes her final appearance as Catherine Willows in a new episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation at 9 p.m. on CBS.

SERIES

Whitney:
Roxanne (Rhea Seehorn) hires Whitney (Whitney Cummings) as her office assistant, but the job description includes more than typing and filing. There's also a bit of spying. Kathy Griffin, Dan O'Brien and Maulik Pancholy also star in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC).

American Idol: Hopefuls in Aspen perform (8 p.m. Fox).

Nature: Some 1,700 brown bears take up residence in the Tongass National Forest in southeastern Alaska in the new episode Fortress of the Bears (8 p.m. KOCE).

Criminal Minds: In the series' 150th episode, the team is in Houston, where a serial rapist called the Piano Man has resurfaced and is targeting his past victims (9 p.m. CBS).

Touch: Kiefer Sutherland stars in this new drama about a widower and single father haunted by an inability to connect to his mute 11-year-old son (David Mazouz), until he learns the boy possesses a gift that enables him to see things no one else can (9 p.m. Fox).

NOVA: The new episode Mystery of a Masterpiece follows experts who approach art mysteries such as thefts and forgeries as if they were conventional crime scenes (9 p.m. KOCE).

Royal Pains: Hank (Mark Feuerstein) has trouble trusting Divya (Reshma Shetty) after her prescription error, but he has to work with her to diagnose the illness that's hit the members of a rising rock band in this new episode (10 p.m. USA).

SPECIALS

When Vacations Go Bust:
This new special showcases mishaps that happen to folks away from home (10 p.m. Travel).

MOVIES

Tabloid:
Veteran documentarian Errol Morris tells the stranger-than-fiction tale of a former beauty queen accused of kidnapping a Mormon missionary in England and holding him captive as a sex slave (6:30 p.m. Showtime).

SPORTS

Tennis: Australian Open: (9 a.m.; 6:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. ESPN2).

Pro basketball:
The Clippers visit the Los Angeles Lakers (7:30 p.m. FSN and FS Prime).


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Star Wars is like if you took Star Trek and removed all the intelligence from it.
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TV Review
'Touch,' feeling its way along
First episode of the Fox paranormal drama leaves no strings untied
By Tom Conroy, Media Life Magazine - Jan. 24, 2012

A bad TV premiere will leave viewers with little interest in seeing the next episode. Unfortunately, a good premiere can sometimes have the same effect.

The first episode of Fox's new paranormal series Touch introduces an interesting mystery and a compelling emotional issue and resolves them both to such an extent that many viewers may feel no need to tune in next week. But since the episode is so satisfying by itself, it gives us reason to hope that the creators will find a way to build on it. Even if they don't, the pilot is worth seeing.

Previewing this Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 9 p.m., in advance of its official premiere in March, the series stars Kiefer Sutherland as Martin Bohm, a 9/11 widower whose son, Jake (David Mazouz), is mute, is obsessed with numbers and cellphone towers and hates being touched. In a voice-over at the start of the episode, Jake explains to us that a select group of people can see the patterns in what appears to be chaos, especially in the random encounters of other human beings.

Martin, a former newspaper reporter who is now working security at JFK Airport in New York, takes a call on a lost cellphone from a British man named Simon (David de Lautour), who is trying to recover photos of his daughter. Martin misplaces the phone, which goes on an erratic journey around the world, linking a disparate group of people including an Irishwoman with ambitions to be a singer (Karen David) and a Baghdad boy (Shak Ghacha) whose family's bakery is in danger of going out of business.

At a loss regarding what to do with Jake, Martin finds an expert named Prof. Arthur Teller (Danny Glover), who tells Martin that his son may represent an advance in human evolution and may be able to perceive patterns that will allow him to predict the future. Teller seems sufficiently kooky that we have the option of dismissing his theories.

A brief, violent encounter with a man (Titus Welliver) who is buying a lottery ticket has a double purpose. It shows that Martin is no Jack Bauer, Sutherland's badass character on 24. And it reveals a series of numbers that will turn out to have greater significance.

The premiere will raise a series of red flags for people familiar with the two highest-profile paranormal dramas of the last decade: The series of recurring numbers and the lottery will recall the magic numbers of Lost, which turned out to have very little real significance, and the talk of highly evolved humans with abnormal powers will recall Heroes, which, like Touch, was created by Tim Kring, and which kept piling on premise when it should have been developing its stories.

Since neither of those series ended well, viewers may be hesitant to commit to Touch. But the new show has its own virtues. As on 24, Sutherland is movingly convincing as a man of constant sorrow. And Touch invests heavily in the story's emotional side.

While tugging on our heartstrings, the premiere ties up its disparate strands artfully. Unlike most paranormal shows, it doesn't leave us with a tangle of plot threads and leads that may or may not turn out to be worth following.

At the same time, the episode leaves us with a sense of completion that could have some viewers feeling they've seen enough. Some of us who followed Lost and Heroes to the bitter end now wish that maybe those shows had better signaled that their creators had no idea how to proceed past the first couple of seasons.

Touch could either fall into a rut or start flailing around in search of new ways to drive story lines. Since there's no way of knowing when or if we should stop watching, viewer discretion is advised.

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Oprah Winfrey expands ratings-rich Next Chapter' to two nights on cable's OWN
By Richard Huff, New York Daily News - Jan. 24, 2012

Seeing a bit of positive ratings movement, the struggling Oprah Winfrey Network is getting more of what seems to work Oprah.

The network revealed Tuesday that Winfrey's Oprah's Next Chapter would expand from one to two nights a week, starting next weekend, and run that way through February.

The two-night approach begins with a piece on a trip Winfrey took to Haiti with Sean Penn, to run Sunday and Monday.

Oprah's Next Chapter is Winfrey's latest series since her talk show went off the air last spring.

It's landed just in time for the struggling network.

In the series, Winfrey visits people on location for in-depth interviews. The program launched earlier this month with an interview of American Idol judge Steven Tyler.

The show has turned into OWN's most-watched program of any kind, averaging 924,000 viewers.

Winfrey's sit-down with televangelist Joel Osteen drew 1.6 million viewers, the most so far for anything on the network. Last weekend the show averaged 557,000 viewers against tough football competition.

I think it is a good thing, says ratings expert Brad Adgate of Horizon Media about the program's expansion. It is something that appears to be working for them, when a lot of other shows, such as Rosie O'Donnell, [are\\] not.

It seems that Oprah's on-air commitment to OWN continues to increase as time goes by, and I don't think that was something she had originally planned when the network was announced, said Adgate. How much more on-air time beyond this will she, or can she, do?

OWN arrived in January 2011 to great fanfare and huge expectations. It also launched with a partial lineup of shows and little by Winfrey. At the time, her daytime talk show was still eight months from ending, limiting her ability to get on the air.

The most-talked-about show when the network began was a reality series that merely followed behind-the-scenes activities on Winfrey's talk show.

Since then, though, the channel has been dogged by executive changes, programming shifts, weak ratings and a suggestion that Winfrey isn't the draw she once was.

Moreover, Discovery, Winfrey's partner on the channel, has invested more than $250 million into getting the network off the ground. To start OWN, Discovery gave up on Discovery Health.

Expectations for OWN may have been too high, with people believing everything Winfrey touched would turn to gold.

We did overestimate it a bit, Adgate agrees. I think the landscape is cluttered with female-targeted cable networks and shows. They have failed to create a franchise show; it is difficult to program compelling content 24 hours a day. OWN has a niche in the TV landscape that could be a little smaller than originally anticipated.

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TV Sports
NBC Universal all in on the Super Bowl
By Michael Hiestand, USA Today - Jan. 25, 2012

NBC Universal, with new channels to deploy after NBC's takeover by Comcast last year, will this year set some kind of a record for on-air Super Bowl tie-ins.

In plans to be announced today, NBC Universal shows how far today's media behemoths can go in milking what began as a sparsely attended game but is now the Woodstock of corporate America.

Says NBC Universal marketer John Miller: "We said to all the marketing executives, we want to make the week 'Super Bowl Week at NBCU.' "

Various networks have tried to wrap Super Bowl tentacles around various other shows. For NBC's Super Bowl three years ago, Bob Costas turned up on the cable show Monk and TopChef was worked into the pregame show. TopChef will be back in the upcoming Super Bowl pregame as NFL analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison, assuming they don't crack under the pressure, will determine the winner of a cook-off.

But NBC Universal is going for real tonnage. Its G4 channel will air a special on gadgets meant to improve Super Bowl viewing — how about a beer funnel? — as the showbiz channel E! and Access Hollywood show report for days from Indianapolis. So will NBC Universal's Weather Channel and Spanish-language Telemundo.

NBC's Today show, predictably,will be on-site in what's shaping up as a once-in-a lifetime media hit for Hoosiers. Jimmy Fallon will break new ground for late-night comics tying themselves to a Super Bowl by hosting four of his live LateNight shows from Indianapolis. And as NBC airs an NFL-produced NFL Honors awards show hosted by Alec Baldwin on Super Bowl eve, preceded by a red-carpet show on NFL Network, NBC's Golf Channel airs an on-site Feherty Live special so viewers can finally get an Irish golf reporter's take on the Super Bowl.

And viewers wanting the meat 'n' taters won't be ignored: NFL Network plans a record 100 hours of Super Bowl shows next week.

Add in NBC's hype such as video being shown on planes, gas pumps and in Walmarts and you might think the big-market New York Giants vs. New England Patriots will set a Super Bowl ratings record.

Probably not. Last year's Green Bay Packers-Pittsburgh Steelers game drew 46% of U.S. households, the highest rating since a Dallas Cowboys-Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl in 1996. But the two highest-rated Super Bowls— the only ones to top the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Winter Olympic showdown — have been untouched for a long time: San Francisco 49ers vs. Cincinnati Bengals (49.1%) in 1982 and Washington Redskins vs. Los Angeles Raiders (48.6%) in 1983.

But then, just look at the Super Bowl game ratings and you'd sort of miss the big picture.

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Tim Kring blew it with Heroes, I'm not giving him another chance with Touch. Critic hit nail on head with that preview.
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NBC & G4 To Share American Ninja Warrior'
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Jan. 24, 2012

With the broadcast networks struggling to successfully launch a reality series in the past couple of summers, NBC is reaching to its new corporate sibling G4 for original summer fare. NBC will share with G4 the upcoming fourth season of G4′s popular obstacle course competition series American Ninja Warrior.

Last summer, NBC aired ANWs two-hour third season finale, which posted decent ratings. This year, NBC will be taking on a bigger role, with G4 carrying the preliminary rounds and the broadcast network airing the preliminary finals, as well as the grand finale. For the first time, each leg of the competition will be held entirely on U.S. soil after the original Japanese broadcaster, Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, helped bring the course and all different designs to the U.S.

The finalists, vying for a $500,000 cash prize in the national finals in Las Vegas, will be selected at six regional qualifying competitions throughout the country. ANW, whose Season 3 debut ranked as G4's most-watched original season premiere ever, is produced by A. Smith & Co.

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By Daniel Frankel
Jan 24, 2012 8:45 PM ET

With both the theatrical and home video channels in revenue decline, and amid panic that digital piracy will soon crest into a tidal wave, BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield says Hollywood must once and for all scrap its long-sacred policy of releasing movies in theaters several months before offering them for video on demand. It's actually a strategy another part of the movie businessindependent filmshas been using lately with some success.

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Alan Ball’s Drama ‘Banshee’ Gets Series Order At Cinemax, Greg Yaitanes To Direct
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Jan. 25, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: Alan Ball, creator/executive producer of HBO’s hit vampire drama series True Blood, is getting another series, this time on HBO’s sister network Cinemax. Cinemax has given a 10-episode order to Banshee, an action drama executive produced by Ball and written by authors Jonathan Tropper (This Is Where I Leave You), and David Schickler (Kissing in Manhattan). Emmy-winning director Greg Yaitanes (House) has come on board to helm the first episode of the series, which centers around an ex-convict and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA, where he continues his criminal activities even as he’s being hunted by the shadowy gangsters he had betrayed years earlier. Yaitanes will also serve as an executive producer on the series alongside Ball, Tropper, Schickler and Peter Macdissi.

Banshee, which had been described as Walking Tall meets History of Violence, landed at Cinemax via HBO where the project was originally developed. It was put on a fast track last summer when Ball began assembling a writing staff. The actioner will start shooting this spring on location in and around Charlotte, North Carolina for a 2013 premiere. Bell will juggle production on both Banshee and True Blood, which is now filming Season 5. At Cinemax, Banshee joins a growing slate of original action drama series, including Strike Back, which has been renewed for a second season, the upcoming Nemesis starring Melissa George and a series version of The Transporter movie franchise, whose production was paused after star Chris Vance was injured.

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USA Network Orders Aspirational Reality Series ‘The Moment’ Starring Kurt Warner
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Jan. 25, 2012

In October 2010 when USA co-president Jeff Wachtel first talked to me about the network’s plans to re-enter the reality arena, he pointed to CBS’ Undercover Boss as the type of show USA was looking for. Fifteen months later, the top-rated cable network has ordered its first original unscripted series, aspirational reality series The Moment starring former NFL star Kurt Warner, which is very much in the vein of Undercover Boss as well as other second-chance reality series like ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and You Deserve It.

USA has given a nine-episode order to The Moment for a premiere in the third quarter. On the show, Warner, who didn’t make it into the NFL on his first try and had to work at a grocery store until finally landing a spot on the St. Louis Rams, gives men and women a second chance at reclaiming the career dreams they put on hold when their lives took an unexpected turn. Each week, someone secretly nominated by a loved one will be given the opportunity to pursue the career they’ve always wanted under the guidance of a mentor. The Moment is executive produced by Justin Hochberg and Charlie Ebersol through their Hochberg Ebersol Co. “From the first moments of their pitch, we knew they were onto something that wasn’t just the right creative fit for the brand, but was also a fresh take on personal and inspirational storytelling,” USA Co-Presidents Chris McCumber and Wachtel said. USA has only run a handful of reality series over the past decade, including Cannonball Run in 2001, Nashville Star in 2003 and Made in the USA in 2005. Last April, USA successfully launched its first unscripted series in 5 years, a revival of WWE Tough Enough. USA is expected to pick up at least one more reality series from the pool of projects it put in development under SVP alternative programming Heather Olander, who joined USA last February, including Shed Media’s The Choir and shows from Magical Elves and The Hills” creator Adam DiVello.

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'Beauty and the Beast' pilot ordered by ABC -- now there are two!
By James Hibberd, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - Jan. 24, 2012

Deep Impact vs. Armageddon.

Dante's Peak vs. Volcano.

And now Beauty and the Beast vs. Beauty and the Beast!

ABC has ordered a pilot based on the story of Beauty and the Beast a week after The CW ordered a pilot based on Beauty and the Beast. How many Beasts can you handle?

The CW version is loosely based on the 1987 CBS TV show that starred Linda Hamilton. While the ABC version is from Jonathan Steinberg (Human Target, Jericho) and is described as a fantastical re-imagining of the classic fairy tale set in a mythical, dangerous world wherein a beautiful and tough Princess discovers an unlikely connection with a mysterious beast. OK, so that logline told you nothing.

The project is on brand for both networks, too. ABC has Once Upon a Time and is owned by Disney so there's no telling them to back off a fairy tale. The CW has Vampire Diaries and Secret Circle, which certainly fit this genre.

The surprise success of Once likely helped ease both these projects in the development pipeline. There's no telling if either will progress to a series order, but wouldn't it be confusingly awesome to have two Beauty and the Beast shows fighting it out in primetime? How would they be different, I wonder (aside from The CW's Beauty being younger, weighing 87 pounds and having Beast-sex by the end of Season 1)?

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Or Star Trek is like Star Wars, but with boring descrptions of why a tachyon pulse can futz with the sensors. Can't we like both?

You should look up George Takei online - his Facebook page or his "It's OK to be Takei" blog. Mr Sulu has taken it upon himself to end the Trek VS Wars star battle - and of course turn all the hate towards Twilight & sparkly emo vampires. His "Star Alliance" mostly sprang up after Shatner & Carrie Fisher's duelling YouTube posts claiming thier respective franchises were better than the other.

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Glad its doing well. It is a lot better then the show it replaced, Terra Nova.

Yeah but It seems to me that it's slipping into a rut very quickly


What I'm baffled about is how they get to office on Alcatraz sooooo quickly ?
There is a mandatory boat ride to get to island ..
What they have boats that are at the ready to whisk them over the water ??

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Yeah but It seems to me that it's slipping into a rut very quickly


What I'm baffled about is how they get to office on Alcatraz sooooo quickly ?
There is a mandatory boat ride to get to island ..
What they have boats that are at the ready to whisk them over the water ??

Helicopter?
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NBC Universal all in on the Super Bowl
By Michael Hiestand, USA Today - Jan. 25, 2012

Add in NBC's hype such as video being shown on planes, gas pumps and in Walmarts and you might think the big-market New York Giants vs. New England Patriots will set a Super Bowl ratings record.

Probably not.

But the two highest-rated Super Bowls the only ones to top the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Winter Olympic showdown have been untouched for a long time: San Francisco 49ers vs. Cincinnati Bengals (49.1%) in 1982 and Washington Redskins vs. Los Angeles Raiders (48.6%) in 1983.

1983 was not redskins/raiders it was dolphins/redskins.

I dont think they realistically expect the game to set a ratings record but they do try to set viewers records.

Last years super bowl was the #1 most watched tv show of all time setting records for both 111,010,000 viewers & 162,900,000 total viewers.

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Or Star Trek is like Star Wars, but with boring descrptions of why a tachyon pulse can futz with the sensors.

I think firing a tachyon pulse would disrupt another ships shields not the sensors.

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Han Solo would never sweat such technicalities.

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Fox's 'Idol' rerun tops a night of repeats
Averages a 3.3 in adults 18-49s for show that aired Sunday
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Jan. 25, 2012

The broadcast networks cleared their schedules for last night's State of the Union address, with repeats airing before and after President Barack Obama delivered his speech.

And Fox's "American Idol" rerun was the best of the bunch.

"Idol" averaged a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating at 8 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, well ahead of the No. 2 show in the timeslot, NBC's "The Biggest Loser."

This edition of "Idol" aired already on Sunday night following the NFC Championship Game on Fox. But that contest went into overtime, and so "Idol" did not begin until 10:57 p.m., meaning some people probably did not stay up late enough to watch it.

On Monday Fox decided to rebroadcast the show, bumping a planned rerun of "Glee."

Outside of "Idol," it was a pretty low-rated night. NBC led SOTU coverage at 9 p.m. with a 2.0, followed by Fox with a 1.8.

Ratings for Obama's SOTU are approximate, as overnights measure only timeslot data and not actual program data; they also do not take into account time zone differences.

Accurate ratings for the speech will be out later today, and Media Life will publish those when they are released.

Fox led the night among 18-49s with a 2.6 average overnight rating and a 7 share. NBC was second at 1.9/5, Univision and CBS tied for third at 1.6/4, ABC was fifth at 1.4/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.7/2 and the CW seventh at 0.5/1.

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-three percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

At 8 p.m. Fox was first with a 3.3 for a repeat of "Idol," followed by NBC with a 2.1 for "Loser." CBS was third with a 2.0 for a repeat of "NCIS," Univision fourth with a 1.7 for "Una Familia con Suerte," ABC fifth with a 1.4 for repeats of "Last Man Standing" and the CW and Telemundo tied for sixth at 0.7, CW for "90210" and Telemundo for "Una Maid en Manhattan."

NBC took the lead at 9 p.m. with a 2.0 for the State of the Union address, followed by Fox's coverage of the speech with a 1.8. Univision was third that hour with a 1.6 for "La Que No Podia Amar," with ABC and CBS tied for fourth with a 1.5 for their coverage of the president, Telemundo sixth with a 0.7 for "Flor Salvaje" and CW seventh with a 0.4 for "Remodeled," up slightly from last week's record-low 0.3 debut.

Univision moved to first place at 10 p.m. with a 1.6 for more "Amar," with NBC second with a 1.5 for extended State of the Union coverage. ABC and CBS tied for third at 1.2, ABC for the end of the speech and a "Modern Family" rerun and CBS for the speech and a repeat of "The Big Bang Theory," with Telemundo fifth with a 0.6 for "Relaciones Peligrosas."

CBS was first for the night among households with a 5.5 average overnight rating and an 8 share. Fox was second at 4.4/7, NBC third at 4.2/6, ABC fourth at 3.5/5, Univision fifth at 2.0/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.8/1 and CW seventh at 0.7/1.

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The Office' Spinoff Starring Rainn Wilson In The Works For Midseason 2013 Launch
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Jan. 25, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: Dwight Schrute may finally be off to greener pastures literally. I hear that NBC is working on an Office spinoff starring Rainn Wilson for a potential midseason 2013 launch. No deals have been closed yet but I've learned that the proposed spinoff is a family comedy, which was the brainchild of Wilson and The Office executive producer/showrunner Paul Lieberstein. It will have Dwight (Wilson) living at the Schrute family beet farm and bed & breakfast, which have been featured on the show several times, including in an episode where Jim and Pam visited Dwight there. (photos below) The potential spinoff will be introduced in an Office episode later this season set at Schrute Farms. Paul and Rainn have been joking for years about Dwight's life on the farm, his family and how ill-suited he is to run a B&B, a source close to The Office said. A while ago, it started to feel like a show to them. NBC agreed, it's been further developed to include multiple generations, many cousins and neighbors. (It is unclear if that would include cousin Mose who has been featured on the show.) At its base it will be about a family farm struggling to survive and a family trying to stay together. Wilson and Lieberstein will executive produce the spinoff with The Office executive producers Ben Silverman, who has been working with Wilson and Lieberstein on the development of the project, and Howard Klein. Greg Daniels, who developed and executive produces The Office, is not involved in the offshoot. He has his hands full already with The Office, Parks & Recreations and his newly picked-up NBC comedy pilot Friday Night Dinner.

This is NBC's second stab at launching an Office spinoff. Under Silverman, the network seriously considered the idea during the 2007-08 season but the efforts were ultimately re-directed to the Amy Poehler-starring Parks & Recreation, which hails from The Offices Daniels and Michael Schur.

If NBC proceeds with the spinoff, that will not mean an immediate departure from The Office for Wilson. If the veteran comedy is renewed for a ninth season as many expect, Wilson will return in the fall before segueing to the new series in mideason. Deliberately or not, the writers on The Office have been planting the seeds for a potential Dwight departure from Dunder Mifflin's Scranton office. Deeply convinced that he is the best salesman there, Dwight was crushed when it was Andy (Ed Helms) and not he getting the manager job vacated by Michael Scott (Steve Carell). Ever since Michael left, Dwight, now No. 2 to Andy, has been unhappy and looking to do something new. He recently flew to Tallahassee to interview with uber boss Robert California (James Spader) for a position there. The setup for the spinoff, with Dwight moving to a new family environment is reminiscent of the Cheers spinoff Frasier, which also featured a switch from a workplace to family format, moving Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) to a new locale.

Even with the promise of a potential new show, NBC is also serious about trying to extend the mothership series. I hear that The Office producer Universal Television has re-opened discussions with the other key Office cast members, approaching them over the past week or so with informal offers for next season. None of the core Office cast members, including Ed Helms, John Krasinksi and Mindy Kaling, have deals for next season, and while the studio can't formally sign the actors before there is a renewal for the show, it is trying to shore them up in anticipation of a pickup. It may not be easy to get the whole gang back together. Helms has movie offers lined up, including a Hangover trequel. Krasinski had been hinting that this could be his final season on The Office as he too has been busy in features, including co-writing and starring with Matt Damon in a movie directed by Gus Van Sant, which will start shooting in April. And Kaling, who is also a writer/co-executive producer on The Office, has been actively developing her own shows and has a live-action and animated comedy in contention at NBC.

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