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Fewer Than 1.2% Of Cable TV Subs Opt For CableCards
NCTA: Nine Top MSOs Have Deployed 615,000 Standalone CableCards and 34 Million CableCard Set-Tops
By Todd Spangler, Multichannel News - Apr. 27, 2012

The nine largest U.S. cable operators have approximately 615,000 standalone CableCards in service for use with TiVo DVRs and other compatible devices, according to the National Cable & Telecommunications Association -- meaning fewer than 1.2% of their subscribers are opting to use the technology.

Individual subscribers may use multiple CableCards, so even fewer than 615,000 customers are actually using them.

Under Federal Communications Commission rules that went into effect July 2007, cable operators generally have been prohibited from deploying set-top boxes with integrated security features. Instead, the industry must use set-tops with CableCards, and the nine MSOs surveyed by the NCTA have put more than 34 million such devices into the field to date.

The integrated set-top ban was supposed to foster better MSO support for retail devices that use CableCards, but the FCC has acknowledged the policy has not had the desired effect.

Nevertheless, the FCC last year added new CableCard requirements for MSOs, which include: ensuring access to switched digital video by retail devices; prohibiting box-price discrimination; requiring that consumers have the option of self-installing CableCards; providing subscribers with information on the cost of retail set-tops vs. leased boxes; making it easier to get retail devices to market by streamlining testing and certification; and allowing cable operators to provide basic HD boxes with integrated security functions.

The NCTA has argued that the integrated set-top ban should be eradicated, saying it adds cost to operators while serving no purpose.

The industry trade group has estimated MSOs have spent more than $1 billion complying with the ban. Previously, the NCTA estimated that CableCard-enabled set-tops each cost $56 more than ones with integrated security; a spokesman said NCTA has not reinvestigated the question and could not verify that the cost figure is current.

The FCC has been considering a successor to the CableCard regime, with an "AllVid" regulation that would force all multichannel video programming distributors -- including satellite and telco TV providers -- to deliver video to third-party hardware devices using a common set of technical interfaces.

The NCTA noted in its FCC-mandated quarterly CableCard report, filed Friday with the agency, that with Time Warner Cable's acquisition of Insight Communications (previously the ninth-largest MSO), the CableCard figures for Insight are now included in the TWC report. As such, the trade group said it is now reporting figures for the nine largest operators rather than the top 10 as it had previously.

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Nielsen study finds 'second screen' viewing enhances TV experience
By Meg James, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - Apr. 27, 2012

When viewers watch a TV program with a tablet device, they tend to check their email, hunt for sports scores or seek additional information about the show or a commercial they were watching on the big screen.

A new report by Nielsen Co., released Friday, underscores what network television researchers have been preaching for more than a year: that "second screen viewing" appears to augment the TV viewing experience rather than steal away viewers.

Nielsen's State of the Media: Advertising & Audiences report found that men, when watching TV and using a tablet simultaneously, were more likely than women to look for information related to a TV program they were watching (39% versus 34%). Women were more inclined to seek information related to a television commercial (24% versus 21%).

Not surprisingly, teenagers with tablets were far more apt to visit a social media site while watching TV than were older baby boomers and seniors (62% versus 33%).

The report also found cultural differences in TV watching and the use of digital video recorders. Nielsen said that white TV viewers use digital video recorders on a daily basis twice as much as any other group, while Asian Americans appear to spend a higher proportion of their overall TV time watching their previously recorded programs.

Adults age 25 to 54 appear to be heavily influenced by advertising. Nielsen said that demographic group was 23% more likely than the average U.S. Internet user to follow a brand through social networking sites, and 29% more likely to purchase a product online that had been featured on TV.

Finally, teenagers used a game console for eight minutes a night, on average -- more than twice as much as the general TV population.

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NBC Pulls 'Best Friends Forever' From Schedule
By Philiana Ng, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Apr. 27, 2012

NBC has pulled the plug on midseason comedy Best Friends Forever, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Created by Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, who also star, the half-hour series bowed in early April to 4 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo before dipping in the ratings.

"BFF Fans: Wanted to let you know that our show is being taken off the air until the summer. Hoping to post ep 5 & 6 online asap. We love u," Parham wrote Friday afternoon on Twitter. She followed up by thanking the viewers: "I CANNOT thank you enough for the love and support of our little show. You guys are truly the best."

Next week, an original episode of hidden-camera series Betty White's Off Their Rockers will air in its Wednesday 8:30 p.m. slot.

No airdates have been set for the two remaining episodes of Best Friends Forever.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/liv...ver-nbc-317607

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Chelsea Handler's 'After Lately' Renewed for Third Season on E!
By Michael O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Apr. 27, 2012

E! wants to see more of Chelsea Handler.

The Chelsea Lately host, who signed a deal in November to remain with the series through 2014, is finalizing a renewal to keep scripted spinoff After Lately on the network for a third season, an E! rep confirms to The Hollywood Reporter.

The move comes as the NBCUniversal-owned network continues to grow its relationship with the 37-year-old comedian, who's developing and producing series for E! through her Borderline Amazing Productions shingle.

After Lately, which follows the fictional and largely improvised work lives of Chelsea Lately's cast, crew and writers, premiered on the network in March 2011. It has steadily built its ratings with help from such high-profile guests as Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Justin Bieber. The January season 2 finale brought in a record 1.7 million viewers, with an exceptionally high showing among women 18-34 (2.3 rating). The second season averaged 1.1 million viewers over the course of eight episodes.

In addition to her work on E!, Handler recently served as a writer, executive producer and guest star on NBC's Are You There, Chelsea? The sitcom ended its freshman run in March with a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.1 million viewers.

After Lately also stars notable Handler staffers Chuy Bravo, Brad Wollack, Chris Franjola, Heather McDonald and Sarah Colonna.

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First look at 'Boss' season two (with Jonathan Groff)
By James Hibberd, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - Apr. 27, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: There's changes coming to the second season of Starz' Boss and EW.com has your first look.

In addition to a new showrunner Dee Johnson (The Good Wife), there's several cast members and guest stars joining the show, backing up star Kelsey Grammer who recently won a Golden Globe for his performance as the ruthless Chicago Mayor Tom Kane.

The Boss additions include Jonathan Groff (Glee) as Kane's new ambitious young adviser, Sanaa Lathan (Nip/Tuck), as Alderman Ross' strong-willed Chief of Staff, rapper Tip (T.I.) Harris as a former gangbanger with designs on a career in City Hall and Amy Morton (Private Practice) as a politician running for Governor who's determined to break her losing streak.

Here's a behind-the-scenes peek at the new season (including, yes, a couple glimpses of Groff) which gets underway on Starz on Friday, Aug. 17 at 10 p.m.: [CLICK LINK BELOW]

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FCC votes to require online disclosure of political ad spending
By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - Apr. 27, 2012

The Federal Communications Commission voted on Friday to require local television stations to put detailed information about political advertising including the cost of specific commercials on their websites.

While such material is already required to be made available to the public, anyone seeking to know how much candidates are spending and on what programs typically has to visit a local television station and make a request to see what's known as the "public files."

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski had pushed hard for this requirement, which had failed to pass the first time the FCC advocated it several years ago. He called it a "common sense" move.

But broadcasters fought against certain parts of the new rule. While having no problem with posting political ad spending by candidates and campaigns in the aggregate, they balked at having to include specific rates for individual advertisements.

They fear that will make confidential information available to commercial advertisers as well as rival stations. Even though said information was already available, the general consensus in the industry is that advertisers rarely took the initiative to go on a fact-finding mission. Now, though, the same information will be available at the click of a button.

The National Assn. of Broadcasters, the primary lobbying arm of the television industry, said in a statement that the new rule "jeopardizes the competitive standing of stations."

Broadcasters are also peeved that the new rules won't apply to cable or other media platforms.

Under the rules passed by the FCC, initally only ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox television stations in the top 50 markets will have to put the political files online. Starting in 2014, all TV stations will be required to post the files.

Media watchdogs and public policy groups cheered the decision.

Television broadcasters stand to rake in more than $3 billion in political ads this year," said Corie Wright, senior policy counsel for Free Press, a nonprofit media watchdog. "Access to information about the money and special interests behind these ads will enable the public and journalists to track the political advertising flooding the airwaves."

The FCC did say it would review its decision in a year to see if broadcasters have suffered any financial damage from the enhanced disclosure of political spending.

Political advertising information isn't the only thing broadcasters will be putting online. The FCC also said most other public file documents are to be moved to the Web -- from records regarding their children's programming efforts to those regarding public affairs programming.

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NBC Pulls 'Best Friends Forever' From Schedule
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Chelsea Handler's 'After Lately' Renewed for Third Season on E!
By Michael O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Apr. 27, 2012

In addition to her work on E!, Handler recently served as a writer, executive producer and guest star on NBC's Are You There, Chelsea? The sitcom ended its freshman run in March with a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.1 million viewers.

I thought BFF STUNK and turned it off 20 minutes into the third episode.
I DID like AYTC and saw ALL 12 EPISODES! would like to see that come back though I doubt it.
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Oprah Winfrey's Struggling OWN Announces 6 New Series, Summer Schedule
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Apr. 27, 2012

Oprah Winfrey's struggling OWN network announced on Friday the launch of six new series that will debut during its summer schedule.

The push for new programming comes amid a prolonged period of tumult for the flegdling network. OWN has seen a number of high-level personnel shakeups, layoffs and disappointing ratings that included Rosie O'Donnell's talk show, which was canceled in March, after just five months. (The network is, however, up 14 percent year-to-date in its key demo of women 25-54, and 9 percent in total viewers.)

First of the new programming to debut, at 9 p.m. June 4, is "Are You Normal, America?" -- a game show in which two contestants compete to determine their normalcy. "Along the way, audiences will be entertained, enlightened and ultimately comforted by the fact that we're all pretty abnormal but that's what makes life fun!" is how the network describes it.

Next to premiere will be "Lives on Fire," which explores " the extraordinary worlds of four remarkable women who risk their lives every day to take command during California's most dangerous disasters." That will debut June 8 at 9 p.m.

Other additions to the roster include: "Million Dollar Neighborhood" (June 9 at 9 p.m.), in which a debt-ridden town is challenged to increase its net worth by $1 million in three months; "Real Life: The Musical" (June 9 at 10 p.m.), where amateur singers team with a vocal coach and choreographer to stage a live "flash musical" that "surprises someone they love."

"Super Saver Showdown," a July competition reality series that pits " two obsessed bargain hunters competing to see whose coupon clipping, super saving, and DIY skills are THE BEST!"; and "Lovetown, USA" (August), which chronicles Winfrey's visit to Kingsland, Georgia, where she called on the community to holda "love rally" and challenged the populace to "open their arms and hearts to the possibilities of all kinds of love."

"Oprah's Next Chapter" and the documentary series "Our America With Lisa Ling" will also be returning. Winfrey's interview show "Oprah's Next Chapter" will feature episodes devoted to Neil Patrick Harris and spiritual healer John of God.

Read the full summer schedule below.

OWN SUMMER SCHEDULE
**New series in ALL CAPS; All Times Eastern

FRIDAYS (beginning June 8)
9:00 - 10:00 p.m. LIVES ON FIRE

SATURDAYS (beginning June 9)
9:00 - 10:00 p.m. MILLION DOLLAR NEIGHBORHOOD
10:00 - 11:00 p.m. REAL LIFE: THE MUSICAL


SUNDAYS
9:00 - 10:00 p.m. Oprah's Next Chapter
10:00 - 11:00 p.m. Our America with Lisa Ling (returns June 10)

MONDAYS (beginning June 4)
9:00 - 10:00 p.m. ARE YOU NORMAL, AMERICA? (sneak preview after Oprah's Next Chapter Sun., June 3, 10:00 p.m.)


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Primetime Pilot Panic: 2nd Hot List Update
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Apr. 27, 2012

CBS today kicked off the next stage in the pilot season ritual the network screenings, where a large pool of network executives weigh in on this year's crop of pilots. The rest of the broadcast networks will follow suit next week when we will start getting a better picture of how the contenders for a spot on the schedule for next season stack up. For now, here is what I have been hearing on the various pilots based on early reactions:

FOX

The only mystery surrounding the UNTITLED KEVIN WILLIAMSON project at Fox seems to be where it will land on the Fox schedule and whether it would launch in the fall or midseason. The other four drama contenders seem to have formed pairs. The two female CIA operative pilots, UNTITLED KARYN USHER and THE ASSET, have been jockeying for a slot, with Karyn Usher starting ahead, then The Asset catching up, and now Karyn Usher possibly getting an edge again. Then there are GUILTY and the UNTITLED BERMAN/WRIGHT mob doctor drama, which both tested well at their studios with high marks for their stars Cuba Gooding Jr and Jordana Spiro, respectively. Both have a real shot, with Berman/Wright probably a bit stronger at the moment. Its chances were helped by the fact that Fox veteran House is ending its run, leaving the network without a medical franchise for next season. On the comedy side, the UNTITLED MINDY KALING female doctor half-hour appears to be headed to Fox's comedy block as a possible companion to New Girl. BEN FOX IS MY MANNY, a late delivery after it replaced its lead after the table read, reportedly got thumbs-up from Fox brass after they just saw it for the first time. The stronger than expected showing for the pilot, about a guy working as manny for his sister, shakes up the sibling comedy race at Fox, which includes early standout LITTLE BROTHER, which has lost some momentum but remains solid, and GOODWIN GAMES, which also came out OK. Of the others, REBOUNDING and EL JEFE are still in serious contention, while buzz has been just OK on PRODIGY/BULLY, mixed on LET IT GO and not so good on LIKE FATHER and LIVING LOADED.

ABC

Of the slew of soap pilots ordered by ABC, NASHVILLE and Marc Cherry's DEVIOUS MAIDS are hot, and there's buzz that straight-to-series MISTRESSES might be headed for fall. AMERICANA and the period GILDED LILYS also are solid, though Americana doesn't appear as slam-dunk as it once did; PENOZA has been getting mostly good feedback with some mixed reaction too, while buzz on SCRUPLES has been mixed. On the male/genre side, LAST RESORT looks solid, GOTHAM came in OK, while 666 PARK AVE has started to fade after very strong early buzz. There is not much feedback on ZERO HOUR or the UNTITLED ROLAND EMMERICH dramas, but word is the former came in too long and the latter came in stronger than expected, with both reportedly still in contention. As for BEAUTY & THE BEAST, because of extensive visual effects, it hasn't been seen in its finished form yet. On the comedy side, Claudia Lonow's HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS and the Reba McEntire starrer MALIBU COUNTRY are hot as ABC is once again considering expanding comedy programming to Fridays to restore the network's TGIF block. Early entry, alien family DAN FOGELMAN comedy, has support within the network. The two pilots based on British formats, ONLY FOOLS & HORSES and RED VAN MAN, appear to have a shot, along with PRAIRIE DOGS. Of the two girl comedies, AMERICAN JUDY starring Judy Greer and UNTITLED MANDY MOORE, Judy seems to have the edge at the moment. UNTITLED KARI LIZER is behind because of star Mary McCormack's schedule but had a good taping. AWESOMETOWN has cooled off.

NBC

The Dick Wolf-produced drama CHICAGO FIRE seems to be catching, well, fire at NBC as it is tracking strong. Jason Katims' medical drama COUNTY also appears to be a real contender as is another medical drama, this one with a Jekyll and Hyde twist, DO NO HARM, which has lost some momentum but is still very solid. Another early frontrunner, mystery drama MIDNIGHT SUN, has cooled off. I hear Western-flavored FRONTIER is well-liked among NBC brass despite mixed testing results. I also hear NOTORIOUS, a late pickup which was just completed, came together well. Off-cycle pilot BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE is cold. Comedy-wise, the Ryan Murphy-Ali Adler blended family single-camera project THE NEW NORMAL has been eying an early pickup to join recently ordered to series GO ON starring Matthew Perry. Other single-camera pilots in serious contention to join Go On are White House family comedy 1600 PENN, which tested very well, as well as FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER, which didn't test well but comes from Greg Daniels and stars Tony Shalhoub and Allison Janney. Other single-camera comedies getting positive buzz are SAVE ME and ANIMAL KINGDOM, while UNTITLED HILARY WINSTON and SARAH SILVERMAN are not doing that well and NEXT CALLER has been quiet. On the multi-camera front, DADDY's GIRL and DILFS are strong, with UNTITLED KARI LIZER and DOWNWARDLY MOBILE also in contention although the latter seems to be cooling off.

CBS

Which two CBS drama pilots have consistently gotten the strongest buzz and appear likely to march onto the network's schedule? Elementary, my dear Watson the period Las Vegas drama RALPH LAMB starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis and the Sherlock Holmes reboot ELEMENTARY starring Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. Competing for what may be the third and last available hourlong spot are cop dramas WIDOW DETECTIVE, which tested well, GOLDEN BOY and legal drama BABY BIG SHOT. Meanwhile, early favorites APPLEBAUM and TROOPER seem to have cooled off. On the comedy side, the biggest question is whether CBS will launch its first single-camera comedy series in four years. The single-camera NICK STOLLER pilot is tracking very well and could go with either HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, which has a single-camera feel, or THE BIG BANG THEORY. If the network once again opts to go with all multi-camera new comedies, this could send a message to the creative community that it is not as committed to the single-camera genre as it says it is. On the multi-camera side, early frontrunner PARTNERS continues to do well, with LOUIS CK/SPIKE FERESTEN, DORF/FALCONE and BERLANTI/MALINS all in the mix and SUPER FUN NIGHT getting mixed reaction.

THE CW

With so many CW shows including this season's entire freshman class underperforming, will the network go for an extreme makeover with a slew of new series orders for next season? Along with early frontrunners ARROW and THE CARRIE DIARIES, I hear BEAUTY & THE BEAST came in good and is picking up momentum. CULT continues to be strong, with Hunger Games-esque THE SELECTION and medical drama FIRST CUT also in serious contention. For Cult, the CW has indicated it would use the cable model with shorter, uninterrupted seasons. Will the network pick up all six? While never done, I hear that is a possibility this year.

TNT

Like their broadcast counterparts, TNT too will be screening its pilots next week ahead of the cable network's upfront presentation during the broadcast upfront week. David E. Kelley/Sanjay Gupta's medical drama CHELSEA GENERAL continues to be hot and appears likely to get a series order. Things have been quieter for the other three pilots - SCENT OF THE MISSING, LA NOIR and TIN STAR - although Scent Of The Missing appears in good shape.

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This weekend: Good Wife' season finale; Jimmy Kimmel plays correspondents' dinner
By Hal Boedeker, Orlando Sentinel's 'TV Guy' Blog - Apr. 27, 2012

The highlights this weekend:

1. The Good Wife concludes its third season by bringing back the crafty Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) and Patti Nyholm (Martha Plimpton). The two are determined to bankrupt the law firm where Alicia (Julianna Margulies) works. CBS also teases: Alicia faces conflicted feelings regarding her relationship with Peter, and Kalinda's past catches up to her. Chris Noth will be back as Peter, and so will Mary Beth Peil as his manipulative mom, Jackie. The episode airs at 9 p.m. Sunday on CBS.

2. ABC's Jimmy Kimmel plays the White House correspondents' dinner Saturday. You'll see coverage across cable news channels and C-SPAN. CNN has said its coverage will start at 9:30 p.m. The clips will be studied Sunday morning. The celebrities attending the dinner include George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, Claire Danes, Charlize Theron, Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian.

3. Desperate Housewives is headed to its series finale May 13. The ABC series brings on some TV favorites for the episode at 9 p.m. Sunday. Scott Bakula plays Bree's attorney, and Doris Roberts portrays a wealthy shopper.

4. Sunday offers another pile-up of dramatic series. In addition to The Good Wife and Desperate Housewives at 9 o'clock, viewers can try The Killing on AMC, Game of Thrones on HBO and the conclusion of Birdsong on PBS' Masterpiece. AMC serves a fresh installment of Mad Men at 10. And Once Upon a Time fans will get the first of three new episodes in the May ratings period at 8 p.m. Sunday. That freshman drama's season finale is May 13

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NBC Pulls 'Best Friends Forever' From Schedule
By Philiana Ng, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Apr. 27, 2012

NBC has pulled the plug on midseason comedy Best Friends Forever, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Created by Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, who also star, the half-hour series bowed in early April to 4 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo before dipping in the ratings.

"BFF Fans: Wanted to let you know that our show is being taken off the air until the summer. Hoping to post ep 5 & 6 online asap. We love u," Parham wrote Friday afternoon on Twitter. She followed up by thanking the viewers: "I CANNOT thank you enough for the love and support of our little show. You guys are truly the best."

Next week, an original episode of hidden-camera series Betty White's Off Their Rockers will air in its Wednesday 8:30 p.m. slot.

No airdates have been set for the two remaining episodes of Best Friends Forever.

Well of course they pulled it. I LOVED IT!!!
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SATURDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Late night shows are preceded by late local news)

ABC:
8PM - Movie: The Blind Side (2009)

CBS:
8PM - NCIS
(R - Jan. 10)
9PM - The Mentalist
(R - Nov. 18, 2010)
10PM - 48 Hours Mystery

NBC:
8PM - Escape Routes
9PM - The Firm
10PM - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
(R - Apr. 18)
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11:29PM - Saturday Night Live (Channing Tatum hosts; Bon Iver performs; 93 min.)
(R - Feb. 4)

FOX:
7PM - NASCAR Racing: Sprint Cup: Richmond 400 (Four hours; LIVE)
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11PM - Alcatraz
(R - Mar. 26)
Modnight - New Girl
(R - Apr. 10)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Austin City Limits: Roy Orbison (R)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Sábado Gigante (3 hrs.)

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Movie: Into the Blue (2005)
9:30PM - Movie: Walking Tall (2004)
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Saturday’s Highlights: 'My Mother Diana' on TLC
By Los Angeles Times' 'Show Tracker' Blog - Apr. 27, 2012

[ALL TIMES LISTED ARE PACIFIC TIME]

ROYAL HEIR Prince William is profiled in the new special “My Mother Diana” at 10 p.m. on TLC.

SERIES

10 on Top:
This new series features a weekly countdown of the top 10 most texted and talked about young celebrities (11:30 a.m. MTV).

America Revealed: The new episode “Electric Nation” goes inside the control room of New York’s grid (7 p.m. KLCS).

Escape Routes: The contestants are in San Francisco for a scavenger hunt in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC).

The Graham Norton Show: Cate Blanchett, Ewan McGregor and Michael Sheen are guests on the comedy/variety series (8 p.m. BBC America).

Flipped Off: “Survivor” favorite Russell Hantz tries house flipping in the volatile Houston real estate market, in this new unscripted series (10 p.m. A&E).

Live From Daryl’s House: Dirty Heads perform in this new episode (11 p.m. KTLA).

MOVIES

Alien Tornado:
Extraterrestrials use tornadoes as part of a plan to invade Earth in the new thriller starring Jeff Fahey and Kari Wuhrer (7 p.m. Syfy).

Playdate: Marguerite Moreau and Richard Ruccolo star in this new TV drama about woman who suspects that her new neighbors abuse their children (8 p.m. Lifetime).

Space Twister: A high-school student creates a science project that holds the key to saving the Earth in this new thriller starring Erica Cerra and Mitch Pileggi (9 p.m. Syfy).

SPORTS

Track and Field:
Penn Relays (10 a.m. NBC).

Baseball: The Angels visit the Cleveland Indians (10 a.m. Fox); the Washington Nationals visit the Dodgers (6 p.m. FS Prime).

Basketball: NBA Playoffs (10 a.m. TNT; noon ABC; 5 and 7:30 p.m. ESPN).

Hockey: NHL Playoffs (noon NBC; 4 p.m. NBCSP).

Soccer: Club Deportivo Chivas USA visit the Colorado Rapids (6 p.m. FSN); FC Dallas visits the Galaxy (7:30 p.m. KDOC).

NASCAR Racing: Sprint Cup: Richmond 400 (4 p.m. Fox).


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'Flipped Off,' real easy on the eyes
The real estate agent in this A&E series is drop-dead gorgeous
By Tom Conroy, Media Life Magazine - Apr. 27, 2012

When judging the falseness of reality-TV shows, one good gauge is the attractiveness of the recently hired female assistant. By that measure, A&E's new series "Flipped Off" is a 10.

Premiering this Saturday, April 28, at 9 p.m., the series features Russell Hantz, a star on three seasons of "Survivor" who is starting a business buying, renovating and flipping houses in Houston with his older brother, Shawn. They're assisted by Kristen, an improbably gorgeous real estate dealer who may know her business but must have been hired for her looks.

Kristen isn't the only part of the show that feels more made-for-TV than real, so it's hard to take the drama too seriously. Moreover, plenty of other shows have covered home renovation and real estate speculation. But the combination of Kristen's face time and Shawn and Russell's "Pinky and the Brain"-style squabbling makes for a reasonably diverting hour.

In the first episode, Kristen shows the Hantzes a run-down brick ranch house that she thinks would be a good candidate for flipping. Russell figures that if they buy it for $225,000, they can renovate it for $46,000 and quickly sell it for a $50,000 profit.

Shawn tells Russell that he can do the inspection himself, thus saving them $1,500. He does a comically inept once-over of the property that includes climbing up on the roof to sniff the vents.

The brothers have a classic shtick: Russell is the short, irate, bossy one who thinks he's smart; Shawn is the tall, good-natured man-child. He thinks it would be a good idea to build a tree house on the new property.

After they've bought the house, Russell berates Shawn for talking him out of hiring an inspector when Russell lifts a toilet lid and finds a dead rat that apparently crawled up through a broken pipe. Trying to fix the problem, Russell causes a leak and makes Shawn dive underwater to plug the hole.

Anyone who has hired a contractor or even a painter or plumber will be surprised by the low estimates that the Hantzes get. A plumber tells them that all the pipes in the house have to be replaced and then quotes them a price of $8,000.

A graph shows how far the renovation costs have gone above Russell's estimate. It keeps moving in the wrong direction but never gets as bad as one might expect. As with most of these shows, graphics count down the days remaining on the renovation, even though it's never made clear what the deadline actually is and why it couldn't be pushed back.

What's more, since Russell bragged about his wealth on his first "Survivor" season, there's no reason to believe that the money he's making or losing in this new career means that much to him.

One big expense comes when someone steals the wood that Shawn bought for a deck. Russell, who seems to have an issue with the police, gets into a tussle with the cop who shows up to take the report. He gets handcuffed and put in the back of the squad car.

Both the rat and the fight with the cop feel forced if not faked. Did Russell and Shawn really buy the house without flushing the toilets first? Or was it just bad luck that the rat broke in to the house in the brief period between the purchase and the start of renovations?

Russell may be easily riled, but it's a safe bet that he would have behaved differently with the policeman if cameras weren't present.

Kristen drops by often to follow the boys' progress and offer advice. She takes Russell's side when Shawn puts ugly cedar shingles around two beams supporting an awning out front.

The Hantzes leer appreciatively during the demolition phase of the project when Kristen, wearing a black miniskirt, grabs a sledgehammer and starts whaling away at some wooden cabinetry.

On a far more serious note, we learn that Russell and his wife, Melanie, with whom he has several young children, are having problems with their marriage. Russell attributes this to his being away for "Survivor" and his subsequent fame. Perhaps sensing that a possible divorce could overwhelm this lighthearted show, the producers don't really deal with it.

Reality producers have figured out that viewers are adept at ignoring truths, unpleasant or otherwise. As long as people don't watch "Flipped Off" too carefully, they'll have a good time.

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Fear, Fumbling And Catastrophe
By Dorothy Rabinowitz, Wall Street Journal - April 27, 2012

The title of this gut-wrenching film should mislead no one into the belief that it's a story about the search for the terrorist who was, till last year, the world's most wanted man. "The Hunt for Bin Laden"which arrives just in time for the anniversary of his captureis a narrative of years of bureaucratic bumbling, of the price America paid for the bizarre doctrine that prevented the vital exchange of intelligence information between the CIA and the FBI. A meticulously documented story of the failure, by successive administrations, to grasp the meaning of the painstakingly planned terror attacks against the U.S. and its militarynamely, that we now faced an enemy that had declared war on us and was sworn to our destruction.

It is, above all, a story of rageof the still impossible-to-bear realization on the part of the counterterror agents who had hunted bin Laden long before 9/11 that the catastrophe that befell the U.S. that day could have been avoided. And would have been, were it not for the blind policies that had virtually assured lack of success in putting together the intelligence that would have foiled the plans of the 9/11 hijackers.

The filmmakers produce witness after bitter witness to this history of botched opportunities. FBI agent Mark Rossini describes how the CIA had known about "a bunch of bad guys" coming to the U.S. "We know their freaking flight information, for Christ's sake. And you don't tell the FBI?"

The FBI's Ali Soufan tells how, just after the attacks, he and his colleagues had finally been allowed to see evidence about the hijackers that the CIA had been keeping backmaterial the FBI had been asking for since November 2000. That is, a month after the terror bombing of the USS Cole, which had taken the lives of 17 U.S. sailors. He remembered, particularly, the moment he read the report establishing that the identities of two of the 9/11 hijackers had been known to the CIA since the bombing of the Coleinformation it had not shared with the FBI.

"I remember reading that. I went to the bathroom in the hall and I threw up."

For all the anger, there is something still more telling in these interviews, exceptional for their undiplomatic passion. That something is the unmistakable look of anguish in the eyes of all of these commentators, the angriest and toughest included. There would be, that look said, no getting over the certainty that the 9/11 tragedy could have been averted, no getting over the reasons it had not been.

It took the Patriot Act, passed by the Bush administration, and much reviled in politically progressive quarters, to put an end to obstructions in intelligence gathering and sharing.

The 20-year search for bin Laden was impeded by more than intelligence gathering. The hesitancy and political caution that had characterized America's response to acts of terror had only emboldened bin Laden and his expanding network of jihadists, the film's commentators explain in rich, mostly acerbic detail.

During the Clinton administration, one reports, a Justice Department ruling held that it would be permissible to get bin Laden with a bomb dropped from a plane, or a missile from a sub, but a bullet from a sniper would be illegalthat would make it an assassination. President Bill Clinton would, in time, authorize the killing of bin Laden by any means. No means succeededthough there was an agonizing close call or twotill the U.S. Special Forces stormed that house in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the evening of May 1, 2011. It's a rare triumphant moment in this superbly revealing documentary from Brook Lapping Productionsthe same team that produced the unforgettable "9/11: Day That Changed the World."

'THE HUNT FOR BIN LADEN'
Sunday, April 29, at 8 p.m., on Smithsonian Channel


* * * *

"She was trying to be funny," an aide to Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) tells someone in "Veep," by way of explaining a politically awkward public comment the veep had made. She's not funny, the aide is tolda line that elicited in this viewer a stream of unstoppable thoughts about what was not funny about this show, which is a lot, all of which ended up pointing, inexorably, to its writers. What saves the show is Ms. Louis-Dreyfus's Selina, who can extract a wicked drollery from thin air or its equivalent, which is what she has to work with in this sendup of Washington political life. She's a hard-charging pol who can hold her own with the sharks around her, with the help of her aidesamong them the eerie close-talker Gary, a repository of important data about everyone Selina is about to shake hands with, which he whispers in her ear. Tony Hale's Gary is one of the show's bright lights, as is chief of staff Amysmart, redoubtable, and the sole voice of sanity (every workplace sitcom has one)played by Anna Chlumsky.

Pity the series didn't aim at a real workplace sitcom. But its creator, Armando Iannucci, had grander ideasa satire on Washington politics. The problem: One essential of any satire worthy of the name is that it bear some small resemblance to recognizable reality. All that's recognizable in "Veep" is the image of government as conceived by the many candidates who brayed their way through the recent Republican primaries charging that "Washington is broken." Also recognizable, of course, is the torrent of F-bombs and similarly exhilarating forays into script-writing for the brain-dead. All of which is reason enough to be grateful for the considerable fun that survives nonetheless, thanks to Ms. Louis-Dreyfus and the aforementioned other bright spots in this dim landscape.

'VEEP'
Sundays at 10 p.m., on HBO


* * * *

A word for the latest addition to the rash of comedies about girls on their own in Manhattan. This one is called "Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23"a title whose mysteries no one will have any trouble fathoming. The B in question is Chloe (Krysten Ritter), who has earned the description thanks to her habit of cheating every roommate she has of her last dollar, her only good shoes, or anything else of value. Her latest victim is the innocent Midwesterner June (Dreama Walker)soon to become, as you might guess, Chloe's bosom friend. It's an unpretentiously low-down sitcom about a female odd couplemorally speaking, that iswith characters sufficiently odd, plots that unfold with sufficient zest, to lure a viewer in.

'DON'T TRUST THE B---- IN APT. 23'
Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m., on ABC


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Ryan Seacrest Signs on as 'Today' Correspondent
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Apr. 27, 2012

Ryan Seacrest has officially joined up with Matt Lauer and the rest of the "Today" show team.

Seacrest will serve as a special correspondent on the morning-TV staple, NBC said Friday.

The correspondent job is part of a new multi-platform deal with NBCUniversal.

The two-year deal also extends Seacrest's on-air hosting duties for NBCU property E!, as well has his broadcasting and producing duties for NBC, which include news, entertainment and sports programming. Seacrest contributes to NBC primetime news and NBC entertainment programming. Beginning with this summer's London games, the "American Idol" host will also pitch in with the network's Olympics coverage.

"I am humbled to have the confidence of [NBCUniversal CEO] Steve Burke, Ted Harbert, Bonnie Hammer and many others within the NBCUniversal family, to strategically extend my relationship to encompass NBC programming," Seacrest said, adding that he's "eager and excited to take on this broader new role."

Speculation had swirled for some time that Seacrest would be joining the "Today" crew, with chatter that he might succeed "Today" anchor Matt Lauer. Lauer scoffed at the very notion during an event for the show's 60th anniversary in January.

The people in the room right now, their names are so closely associated with the 'Today' show, Lauer said at the party, according to the New York Post. "Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters, Tom Brokaw and Jane Pauley, Deborah Norville, Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric . . . Ryan Seacrest."

According to the paper, Lauer's line got a big laugh from the crowd.

The pair joked about the possible succession during Seacrest's appearance on "Today" in April. During the meet-up -- when Seacrest announced that he'd be covering the Olympics for NBC -- Lauer pressed Seacrest about reports that he'd be taking over.

"I see you doing this for as long as you want to," Seacrest said -- before asking Lauer how long he planned to stay with the show.

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HBO's 'Girls' Isn't Racist, Television Is Racist (And Sexist)
By Maureen Ryan, HuffingtonPost.com

You know what I would really love to see?

I'd love to see a huge outcry when, next fall, the broadcast networks unveil schedules that are full of TV shows that are full of white characters and which will be, for the most part, created and run by men.

You know what I'd love to see?

I'd love to see a mass campaign catch fire, one in which thousands of TV viewers bombard the heads of the broadcast networks and cable networks, asking those executives why they don't commission more shows from women and people of color.

I've written about the sexism in the TV industry many times. By any measure, the television industry is woefully behind the times and shockingly unwilling to change. According to statistics from the Writers Guild of America, women have never exceeded 28 percent of working writers, and according to statistics from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, the representation of women writers in television has actually dropped from 35 percent in the 2006-2007 season to 15 percent in 2010-2011. Also according to the WGA, writers of color have faced the most relentless bias of all: They've never been more than 10 percent of the working writers in the TV industry.

As many TV writers pointed out in the piece I wrote about the industry's lack of progress last September, women and people of color, who are often treated as the tokens they usually are, are typically the junior members of a writing staff, hardly able to challenge those around them and push for the kind of stories that would reflect their lives and worldviews more accurately. There are precious few female showrunners and showrunners of color, and that's just wrong for any number of reasons.

You know what I would love to see? My colleagues in the media writing about these matters regularly.

There are a few exceptions (Alyssa Rosenberg is always worth reading on these topics), but most of the people who write about TV just trudge along with our eyes focused on the new shows coming down the pike, or on the buzzed-about programs, or on the critical favorites that we can't stop jabbering about. We don't often enough lift our eyes from the day-to-day grind long enough to take a look at the bigger picture. We rarely contemplate, let alone write about, the fact that most of scripted television reflects the worldview of a pretty small slice of humanity.

It's very rare to find voices in the media who regularly talk about the documented sexism and the racism of the TV industry as a whole. But you can't swing a cat without hitting another think piece about the lack of diversity on "Girls."

Why are there so many stories about this one show on HBO, of which we've seen exactly two episodes? Where are all the pieces taking television studios and networks to task for commissioning shows that have, for the most part, been created by and will be run by middle-aged, upper-middle-class, heterosexual white men? Standard caveat: I have nothing against middle-aged, upper-middle-class, heterosexual men (I'm married to one, after all), but don't television executives -- or those in the media -- ever stop to think that viewers grow ever more weary of the repetitive tales that tend to result from repeatedly going to this particular well?

Where are the think pieces taking networks to task for the millionth procedural about a troubled male cop or the millionth comedy about a guy who has problems with women? Why are we holding Lena Dunham's feet to the fire, instead of the heads of networks and studios? That troubles me, not least because it's easier (and lazier) to attack a 25-year-old woman who's just starting out than to attack the men twice her age who actually control the industry.

I am not going to wade too far into the fine points of the debate about "Girls" and race, which has been covered to death at this point. The short version of my opinion: Sure, "Girls" could use more non-white faces, and if the show gets additional seasons, I hope that Dunham finds ways to both hone her vision and to skillfully incorporate the undeniable diversity of any bohemian enclave.

Other than that, I have to say that I'm absolutely astonished that, of all shows, this is the one that is being attacked for being too white. I could list the shows on television with all-white casts, but then we'd be here all day. If I threw a roster of the shows that are all white but have a token non-white person who is rarely the focus of any important stories, we'd be here well into the evening.

We are taking "Girls" to task, but not the dozens of other shows on television that do the same exact thing? I understand that "Girls" carries the expectations and dreams of a certain segment of the audience, some of whom want their reality reflected. I really do get that.

But can I just say that "Girls" adds greatly to television's diversity by reflecting a worldview not often seen on the small screen?

This is a show in which a particular female point of view is not filtered or adulterated or otherwise bastardized. It's not a show in which female characters are neutered, cute-sified or created to please male viewers. As I said in my review, part of what makes it so refreshing is that it isn't editing itself or censoring itself in order to avoid offending any particular audience segment. The specificity of the show's female point of view is part of what makes it a good show, and that's also what makes it as rare as a nuanced, non-white recurring character on "The Sopranos."

I'll be honest, I am tired of "Girls" taking brunt of the criticism for a massive failure on the part of the television industry as a whole, especially given that it's doing something that very few other shows on television do. And I'm really surprised that nobody seems willing to recognize that this show is presenting a voice and a viewpoint that is not the norm on television. Shouldn't we be celebrating that, at least a little bit?

In closing, I entirely agree with Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic, who wrote a great essay about the "Girls" situation:

"It is not so wrong to craft an exclusively white world -- certainly a significant portion of America lives in one. What is wrong is for power-brokers to pretend that no other worlds exists. Across the country there are black writers and black directors toiling to bring those worlds to the screen. If HBO does not see fit to have a relationship with those writers, then those of us concerned should assess our relationship with HBO."

But it's not just HBO. It's TV.

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In Search of Apps for Television
By Amy Chozick and Nick Wingfield, The New York Times - April 28, 2012

The same consumers who delight in navigating the iPad still click frustratingly through cable channels to find a basketball game. Their complaint: Why canÂ't television be more like a tablet?

The technology industry is trying to address that question for the millions of customers ready to embrace the next generation of viewing options. In the process it could transform the clunky cable interface, with its thousands of channels and a bricklike remote control, into a series of apps that pop up on the television screen.

While still in its early stages, the idea has taken off among tech-loving consumers, and companies are trying to satisfy them. Already, apps for Hulu Plus, Netflix and Wal-MartÂ's Vudu streaming service, among others, are built into Internet-enabled televisions. Devices like MicrosoftÂ's Xbox 360 and the streaming video player Roku let viewers watch apps that mimic channels. New sets by Samsung and others come with built-in apps loaded with television shows, movies and sports.

Apple has a video player called Apple TV with apps to Netflix, Major League Baseball and other content. Many media executives predict Apple will ultimately enter the television market in a more aggressive way, with either a new set-top box or an Apple-made TV set. Both would rely on apps scattered across the screen as they are on the iPad. Apple declined to comment.

ÂIÂ've told my bosses, ÂThis is beachfront real estate. Buy in now,Â' Â Lisa Hsia, executive vice president of digital media at NBCUniversalÂ's Bravo channel, said of developing TV apps.

A model built around TV apps, however, could let viewers use favorite apps on the screen on an á la carte basis, thus bypassing cable subscriptions and all the extraneous channels they donÂ't watch. And therein lies the tension that has the television industry delicately assessing how to balance the current system with an Internet-based future that some feel is inevitable.

ÂThe question that hasnÂ't yet been answered is whether television viewing will consist of a single app that mimics the pay TV bundle or a series of different apps that together form a content experience, said Jon Miller, the chief digital officer at News Corporation, which owns Fox Broadcasting and cable channels like Fox News and FX.

à la carte apps would upend the entrenched and lucrative economics of television, which have long relied on a system in which cable customers pay for channels even if they donÂ't watch them.

The so-called bundle setup helps little-watched channels bring in revenue from monthly cable fees and allows the most popular channels to get high fees from every subscriber, even the ones who donÂ't watch them.

The idea of undermining this model is so sensitive that media executives who think that apps are the future of television would not discuss the subject publicly, for fear of disturbing their cable and satellite partners.

But many analysts caution against predicting the near-term demise of cable and satellite delivery, pointing out that the spending and viewing habits of consumers are also firmly entrenched.

ÂThe model we have is the model we have, and while itÂ's tempting to imagine an app for TNT and an app for ESPN, thatÂ's not the likely outcome, said Craig Moffett, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Company. à la carte apps might seem like a bright idea, Mr. Moffett said, but it is unlikely consumers would pay $20 a month for individual channels when the traditional cable bundle provides a bargain price.

Currently, most TV apps created by networks work on an authentication model that requires cable subscribers to log in before gaining access to a channelÂ's app. The handful of apps already available on television screens also largely require a cable subscription.

For the most part, the apps being offered today are intended as complements to traditional TV viewing and are available only on tablets and mobile devices. For instance, NBC Sports will soon introduce its NBC Olympics Live Extra app, which will allow subscribers to stream every Olympic event from London this summer. It is available only on iPads, tablets and other mobile devices, not on TV screens through Xbox or Roku.

ÂNo one on the digital side wants to take away audience from the TV, said Rick Cordella, vice president and general manager for NBC Sports Digital.

Time WarnerÂ's HBO still relies heavily on the cable bundle because it does not have the customer service or sales force of a company like Comcast or Time Warner Cable. But HBO Go does allow subscribers to have access to the pay channelÂ's library of almost every series, movie, documentary and heavyweight fight directly on the TV screen, via the Xbox.

ÂThe HBO Go app is seen as a doorway into the entire world of HBO programming, said Eric Kessler, co-president at HBO. ÂThat adds tremendous value to the subscription.Â

As such, HBO Go could help the channel lay the groundwork to eventually break out on its own on an Ã* la carte basis, even if that might not happen soon, said James McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester Research. ÂHBO has the largest subscriber base of any video service in the world, but they know none of their customers by name, Mr. McQuivey, said. ÂThat will be a huge liability in the future. HBO knows that; thatÂ's why they need a direct relationship.Â

The ability of any channel to strike out on its own, even strong ones like HBO or the Walt Disney CompanyÂ's ESPN, remains problematic. ESPN makes about $5 a month from each of the countryÂ's more than 100 million cable subscribers. If ESPN ever sold its live sports and talk shows directly to the consumer, it would need to charge several times that rate. ÂWe have no plans to bisect our partnerships with distributors, said Sean Bratches, the ESPN executive vice president for sales and marketing.

But just as with previous transformations in television, the economics will have to catch up as technology evolves, said Jeremy Allaire, chief executive of Brightcove, a technology firm based in Boston that builds apps for media companies.

By 2014, an estimated 89.5 million people in the United States will use tablet computers, up from 54.8 million users in 2012, according to the research firm eMarketer. ÂYou have to achieve scale before the economics will work, Mr. Allaire said. ÂBut at some point, we think direct-to-consumer will be very important.Â

That model may prove attractive to smaller cable channels, many of whom dislike how they are buried within the traditional electronic guides that viewers use to navigate their cable boxes.

Bigger cable channels may find it appealing as well. The head of digital strategy at one major channel said he was excited about the idea of having an app that sat on the home screen of a television. It would provide a Âsafer passage to eventually sell the channel directly to customers, rather than through a cable package, said the executive, who declined to be identified to avoid upsetting the companyÂ's cable partners.

Cable and satellite companies have sped up the development of their own TV apps in the hope that they will eventually mimic the set-top box. In an ideal cable industry model, customers will have one or two apps that offer hundreds of channels rather than dozens of apps for individual networks. ÂYou download all these apps, and then you get app fatigue, said Matt Strauss, Comcast CableÂ's senior vice president for digital and emerging platforms.

ÂApps create amazing experiences, Mr. Strauss said. ÂBut I believe most customers and households are still looking for an aggregated experience thatÂ's intuitive and personalized.Â

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Nielsen Overnights
'Fringe' ratings up a tick after renewal
By James Hibberd, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - Apr. 28, 2012

With a fifth and final season secured, Fox's Fringe ratings were up slightly in the preliminary numbers Friday night.

Fringe perked up to 3.1 million viewers and 1.1 in the adult demo, though that's still well within the drama's usual fluctuation range. NBC's 9 p.m. rival Grimm (4.5 million, 1.4) was unchanged and CSI: NY (8.9 million, 1.4) was lower than its last airing. CW's Supernatural (1.5 million, 0.6) was down a tenth (despite a good episode title: The Girl with the Dungeons & Dragons Tattoo).

At 8 p.m., the return of CBS' Undercover Boss (7.1 million, 1.6) and ABC's Shark Tank (5.4 million, 1.4) to originals, didn't help Fox's The Finder (3.9 million, 1.1), though all were down slightly compared to their more recent new episodes. CW's Nikita (0.4) was unchanged. At 10 p.m., CBS had the return of Blue Bloods (10.2 million, 1.4), down a bit.

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On 'The Simpsons,' Bart takes the family on a sea cruise
Sunday's episode is a reminder of the pleasures of latter-day 'Simpsons'
By Alan Sepinwall, HitFix.com - Apr. 27, 2012

I've written a lot about "The Simpsons" this season, between the two-year renewal, a wave of nostalgia before the airing of the 500th episode, and my feeling that this is one of the stronger overall seasons of the last 10-plus years, and a good example of why I'm glad the show continues to churn out new episodes after all this time.

One of the running themes of what I've written, though, is that even the good episodes, for the most part, involve the show's creative team coming up with new variations on stories they've told at least two and sometimes three times in the past. (Cases in point: "Holidays of Future Passed" and "The Food Wife.") But I got an early look at Sunday night's episode and among the many remarkable things about it is that it doesn't feel like a story I've seen before on the show.

There are elements that will be familiar — it's another episode where a Simpson family vacation verges on disaster — but the main emotional storyline involving Bart is one "The Simpsons" hasn't touched on before, as a fantastic luxury cruise makes him uneasy about the state of the rest of his life. (The episode is called "A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again," and both title and plot are an homage to a David Foster Wallace essay "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again.") I'm always a fan of single-story "Simpsons" episodes, as well as ones built around an emotional issue facing a member of the family, and this has both — in addition to being funny and sweet and clever in its depiction of the Best Cruise Ever.

It's a very good one.

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ESPN's First Round NFL Draft Viewership Up 11%
Second-highest draft telecast in network history; NFL Network improves on own record by 40%
By Tim Bysinger, Broadcasting & Cable - Apr. 27, 2012

ESPN's coverage of the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft on Thursday averaged 6.7 million viewers, an increase of 11% over last year, making it the second most-watched draft telecast in network history.

In addition, the telecast drew a 5.1 HH rating, up 16%, which also ranked as the second highest-rated telecast for ESPN. NFL content across ESPN digital platforms generated an average minute audience of 84,000, up 11 % compared to the same day last year.

ESPN's coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft continues through the weekend with rounds 2-3 on Friday and 4-7 on Saturday.

The league-run NFL Network drew a record average of 1.4 million viewers for its coverage of the first round, a 40% increase on last-year's most-watched telecast.

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'Don't Be Tardy for the Wedding' Premiere Engages More Than 1.5 Million Viewers
By Jethro Nededog, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Apr. 27, 2012

Don't Be Tardy for the Wedding star Kim Zolciak is proving she can go it alone with her new spinoff, garnering an average 1.55 million viewers for its one-hour premiere on Thursday.

Bravo debuted the series with back-to-back episodes. 1.4 million people tuned into the 9 p.m. airing with 691,000 in the ad-coveted 18-49 audience. Its second half-hour episode improved on its lead-in with 1.7 million total viewers and 865,000 in the ad demo. Combined, that's an average 1.55 million viewers for the hour.

This news follows the success of New Jersey's fifth season premiere last Sunday, which is the network's most watched season debut ever. It's also another good sign that interest in the network's Real Housewives franchise is still strong as Bravo plans spinoffs with Beverly Hills' Lisa Vanderpump and Atlanta's Kandi Burruss.

Don't Be Tardy for the Wedding follows Zolciak as she plans her multi-million dollar wedding to Kroy Biermann in less than a couple months. Next Thursday, the series airs in its regular time slot Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on Bravo.

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^Really... ? wow...

Anyway, I saw a commercial for Hatfields & McCoys on history. Might tune in if I don't forget. Saw what's her face (blondie panther) from True Blood is in it too.

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On The Air Tonight
SUNDAY Network Primetime Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET)

ABC:
7PM - America's Funniest Home Videos
8PM - Once Upon A Time
9PM - Desperate Housewives
10PM - GCB

CBS:
7PM - 60 Minutes
8PM - The Amazing Race
9PM - The Good Wife (Season Finale)
10PM - NYC 22

NBC:
7PM - Dateline NBC
8PM - Harry's Law
9PM - The Celebrity Apprentice (120 min.)

FOX:
7PM - The Simpsons
(R - Mar. 4)
7:30PM - The Cleveland Show
8PM - The Simpsons
8:30PM - Bob's Burgers
9PM - Family Guy
9:30PM - The Cleveland Show

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Samuel L. Jackson; Condoleezza Rice; Ruth Simmons
9PM - Masterpiece Classic: Birdsong (Part 2 of 2, 90 min.)
10:30PM - America in Primetime: Independent Woman
(R - Oct. 30)

UNIVISION:
7PM - La Rosa de Guadalupe
8PM - Nuestra Belleza Latina (120 min.)
10PM - Sal y Pimienta

TELEMUNDO:
7PM - Pa'Lante con Cristina
8PM - Movie: Spider-Man 3 (2007)
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Joel Osteen on Fox News Sunday'; Hilary Rosen on Meet the Press'
By Hal Boedeker, Orlando Sentinel's 'TV Guy' Blog - Apr. 27, 2012

The guest list this Sunday morning:

John Brennan, counterterrorism adviser to President Barack Obama, talks to Fox News Sunday, ABC's This Week and CNN's State of the Union. Brennan will discuss the fight against terrorists in the year since Osama bin Laden was killed.

Fox News Sunday also welcomes Joel and Victoria Osteen. The program starts at 9 a.m. on WOFL-Channel 35. The panel will be Brit Hume, Liz Marlantes of The Christian Science Monitor, Kimberley Strassel of The Wall Street Journal and Charles Lane of The Washington Post.

CNN's State of the Union has an exclusive interview with House Speaker John Boehner. The program starts at 9 a.m. and noon. Other guests are Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va., and Gov. Brian Schweitzer, D-Mont.

NBC's Meet the Press talks to Ed Gillespie, senior adviser for Mitt Romney's campaign, and Robert Gibbs, senior adviser for Barack Obama's campaign. The program starts at 9 a.m. on WESH-Channel 2. The panel will be Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.; Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen; Republican strategist Alex Castellanos; and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. Rosen recently set off a firestorm with her comment on CNN that Ann Romney, Mitt Romney's wife, had never worked a day in her life. Rosen later apologized for the remark.

CBS' Face the Nation looks at the Hispanic vote in 2012 with former Gov. Haley Barbour, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and California Gov. Jerry Brown. The program starts at 10:30 a.m. on WKMG-Channel 6. A panel about the war on terror since bin Laden's death will feature Graham Allison of Harvard University, Peter Bergen of Time magazine, David Ignatius of The Washington Post and John Miller of CBS.

ABC's This Week offers an economics panel with George Will, Paul Krugman of The New York Times, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and David Walker, founder and CEO of Comeback America Initiative. The program starts at 11 a.m. on WFTV-Channel 9.

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Five Old School Cable Promos
By Josef Adalian, New York Magazine's 'Vulture' Blog

1.- Showtime

"What's Up America?" might sound like a segment on The Daily Show, but back in the Reagan days, it was a Showtime original that the network claimed was "more entertaining that 60 Minutes!" We loved Showtime's awesome television-set logo, but "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet"? That was the best they could do for a slogan?

2.- HBO

This ten-minute clip starts with a visual that was the soundtrack to many a Gen-X Saturday night: the HBO Feature Film animated opening. After previews for Weird Science and Fright Night, stay tuned: Around the four-minute mark, we get a peek at a new Billy Crystal special, the HBO landmark series First & Ten (starring Delta Burke and O.J. Simpson!), and the spiritual predecessor to The Daily Show, Not Necessarily the News.

3.- Z Channel

HBO is technically older, but this Los Angeles-based pay network, launched in 1974, was far cooler. It aired indie films and letterboxed movies, and offered director's cuts before anyone even knew what that was. Here's a look at the channel's on-air "magazine," really just a more detailed series of promos. Make sure to watch for the trailer to The Double McGuffin, starring George Kennedy and Blair from The Facts of Life.

4.- The Movie Channel

Showtime's cousin has never garnered much respect, but how could you not love a channel that served up exactly what its title promisedand nothing else? The best part was the wild mix of features, no doubt dictated by licensing deals: Prime time could feature an Oscar-winner such as Ordinary People followed by the corny thrills of Massacre at Central High.

5.- ON TV

We don't know exactly how it worked, but there were some early pay cable channelssuch as ONthat basically took broadcast stations and then scrambled their signals at night when they began airing uncut feature films and special events. This clip features the ON logo, lots of explanations and content warnings, and the start of ON's Adults Only service (familiar to many young adult males at the time as "the wavy line" part of the schedule).

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3.- Z Channel

HBO is technically older, but this Los Angeles–based pay network, launched in 1974, was far cooler. It aired indie films and letterboxed movies, and offered director's cuts before anyone even knew what that was. Here's a look at the channel's on-air "magazine," really just a more detailed series of promos. Make sure to watch for the trailer to The Double McGuffin, starring George Kennedy and Blair from The Facts of Life.

Wow, that brings back some memories, what a great channel, I can remember it being the only channel I was ever really interested in watching back then. Way cool, it would air content "letterboxed", the way it was intended to be shown, something some stations today still can't figure out.
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Wow, that brings back some memories, what a great channel, I can remember it being the only channel I was ever really interested in watching back then. Way cool, it would air content "letterboxed", the way it was intended to be shown, something some stations today still can't figure out.

Definitely takes me back! The music with the large string section and the heavy brass playing melody is very 1981.

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I get nothing but static in my attic when I try to tune it in now.
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On-TV was not a cable channel at all, it was a pay over-the -air channel. I subbed to it in LA back in 1977 until I left the area in 1981. Cable TV was not available to me at the time and it was the only way to get movies and big time sports....

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I get nothing but static in my attic when I try to tune it in now.

Ah, a B-52s reference...
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