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A New Team of Mad Men, Visionaries of the PC Era
By Dorothy Rabinowitz, Wall Street Journal - May 29, 2014

AMC's new 10-part series is set in 1983, the same year that IBM had been lauded on the cover of Business Week as the leader in the personal computer market—a status that didn't last long. In the fierce competition that followed, companies large and small battled for an edge in the PC market, but as this darkly exuberant drama suggests—or, more precisely, pounds home—marketing success was for some in this war hardly the main driving passion.

They were dreamers, even stone-hearted killer-competitors like Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace), a former IBM executive who has, not by accident, turned up at Cardiff Electric, which employs an engineer of proven brilliance and vision. He's Gordon Clark (an impressive portrayal by Scoot McNairy), the key to MacMillan's plan to create the most revolutionary of all computers. Clark is the model of a man crushed and beyond aspiration, one who had years earlier created a remarkable computer that ultimately failed. A husband and father with obligations, he is settled grimly, determinedly, into his engineer's job at Cardiff until MacMillan comes along to unsettle him, with harangues, reminders of the creator he once was and could be again. It takes time. The bitterly wary Clark wants no part of MacMillan's plans, especially any that would endanger his job—he's failed too often, there are bills to pay.

They're an effective team of opposites, if also one steeped in clichés. Some of the stern follow-your-dream oratory MacMillan hurls at the hapless Clark—yes, "get angry!" etc.—perfectly reflects the kind of Hollywood writing so wonderfully satirized in "Seinfeld," usually via a riff by Kramer. The difference in the script here, of course, is nobody's kidding—MacMillan's righteous inspirationalism is meant in dead earnest. As is his plan—to get Clark to reverse-engineer an IBM PC and to force his company to take ownership of the project. He succeeds in doing both, and a partnership is born. The solemn, silent Clark is transformed—once again he's a man who can imagine the possibility of victory, of creating the computer of his vision and undoing the failures of his past project. Which was not actually a failure, as MacMillan assures him. It was a treasure, a work of brilliance—the reason he had come to find him at Cardiff Electric.

MacMillan and Clark are, it's clear, to be the Mad Men of the computer business, if on a smaller scale than that series. And in a drama, so far as it's possible to tell from a pilot episode, not given to much concern with period detail. The '80s aren't remote enough in time, perhaps, for nostalgia, though we may yet see some shoulder pads.

MacMillan, the chief mad man, is an indomitable force, fearless in the face of his employers' wrath—they've been tricked into a battle with IBM, into becoming a part of a financially threatening computer business they'd never had any intention of joining. And he isn't going to forget it, John Bosworth, the chief executive of Cardiff Electric, informs Macmillan. A stellar Toby Huss portrays the hard-driving Bosworth, a commanding presence.

There are more than a few of these in "Halt and Catch Fire," a drama set in Texas, filmed in Georgia—and from the available evidence an immensely seductive enterprise.

HALT AND CATCH FIRE
Sundays at 10 p.m. on AMC


* * * *

In the department of technological thievery, the notorious pirate Blackbeard, otherwise known as Edward Teach, was no minor actor, either—or so "Crossbones," a nine-part series, has it. Blackbeard (John Malkovich) wants nothing so much as to get his hands on a world-changing invention, the Longitude Chronometer, in the possession of the British, his mortal enemies. The year is 1729; Blackbeard is safely ensconced on his secret island, where he presides over a rogue community of thieves and outlaws against a backdrop of exquisite tropical beauty. A place where hordes stroll merrily about, among them exotic beauties, including a fearsome female pirate, and some prostitutes brought to the island as pirates' booty.

Also here is British secret agent Tom Lowe (Richard Coyle), who had been assigned—in the guise of a surgeon—to a ship that carried the chronometer. His job—to keep it from falling into the hands of pirates—in which task he was unable to succeed for reasons the first ferocious battle scene makes amply clear. Both he and his loyal aide will be Blackbeard's prisoners, along with the chronometer.

The series' strengths take a good while to make themselves felt. First comes a chaos of characters and relationships no one should attempt to get straight, particularly as regards the women wandering about Blackbeard's court. There is, on the other hand, the evil Commodore, Blackbeard himself—Mr. Malkovich with his customary mix of aplomb and whispered menace. It's a performance that imparts the sparkle of wit to writing otherwise bereft of any. This torturer capable of bottomless cruelty seems, as well, to have a spiritual side—the sort of thing that can be unnerving in a Blackbeard. But this, too, Mr. Malkovich manages nicely. By the time the three episodes available for review end, a plot is thickening suspensefully, Blackbeard is exhibiting still more interesting propensities, and nobody can possibly mind not being able to figure out which woman in the Commodore's court is doing what with whom.

CROSSBONES
Fridays at 10 p.m. on NBC


* * * *

"Cry Wolfe" is the true case-file adventures of Brian Wolfe, a private investigator who brings to this new series an entertainingly detailed look at what such a detective does. He's the kind often hired by spouses who suspect that their wives or husbands are up to no good. There's something—there's everything—compelling about his step-by-step approach, which he explains, in plain-spoken terms mostly free of drama, as he goes along. And we go with him via filmed re-enactments—to the bungalow where somebody's husband may be cheating on his wife with the real-estate agent. Or to the restaurant where another husband's dinner with a lady not his wife is about to be interrupted—despite the investigator's plea not to do so—by that very wife. Whether these spouses' suspicions are valid won't, for obvious reasons, be revealed here.

CRY WOLFE
Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on I.D. Investigation Discovery


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Failure Analysis: The Firing of Kevin Reilly
By Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Bastard Machine' Blog - May 29, 2014

Everybody who had Fox’s Kevin Reilly being fired before ABC’s Paul Lee, raise your hand.

Exactly.

And in another example of how strangely unpredictable the television industry is, the long-tenured, well-respected Reilly is out, a sign that Fox has no interest in being complacent or finishing deep in the shadow of first place.

And more proof that no matter what you’ve done in the past or what vision you can articulate with aplomb, nothing matters unless the audience says it matters. And Fox’s audience was slow to warm up to newer offerings and too willing to let go of past hits (specifically American Idol). That was apparently enough for Peter Rice, chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group. For his part, Reilly went out with grace and, in turn, Rice applauded Reilly’s successes.

But the network is now on the hunt for a new entertainment chairman a little more than a month before it faces the country’s television critics and reporters. That entertainment chief, like so many before him, will be operating on someone else’s schedule and thus getting a free pass for a year, until the heat will get cranked up exponentially.

Enjoy that year, whoever replaces Reilly – it’s the last decent sleep you’ll get.

(By the way, I thought it was smart then, but Lee's clever play at TCA, in the wake of Reilly's firing? Genius.)

Which makes you wonder – who wants these network jobs anyway? Here you have an entire monolithic structure built on the premise of broadcasting when the market has made clear that no such thing exists in the modern era. With outlandish operating expenses, a weekly schedule that demands an unwieldy amount of content that the market can’t support, antiquated industry procedures that need revamping, lost brand loyalty from a diffused viewer base and never-before-seen levels of effective competition from cable and streaming platforms – who says yes to that job?

Which is why no tears should be shed for Reilly. He’s proven, he’s smart, he’s in demand. If there’s a cable channel out there looking to revamp or compete harder, you should have already reached out to Reilly by now.

As for Reilly’s replacement at Fox, I pray that FX’s John Landgraf – the smartest guy in the room at pretty much any industry confab – doesn’t feel tempted (or God forbid, obligated by the Fox hierarchy) to take this job. No good can come from that. He honestly is too smart for the broadcast game as it's currently being played.

Who wants to work in an environment where you’re basically guessing all the time, going against your gut because “testing” shows Middle America is going to love this comedy or that drama? The network model is a dinosaur and, yes, I get that some bright thinker is needed to come in and revolutionize the industry a la Steve Jobs and make it relevant and efficient again. That’s a challenge some people may want.

But look at Reilly – his last bold pronouncement was stating that pilot season is antiquated and doesn’t work and that Fox would be bypassing it and reimagining how to better produce shows on a year-round basis.

And now he’s available for a round of golf.

Fixing broadcast can be done – but likely at one’s own peril. Network chief has always been a mug’s game, a short-term stint that ends 100 percent of the time in being fired and forced to announce that you’re hanging out a shingle and getting into the content business.

That’s not to say that Reilly did everything right. He was spotty about comedy, and the network itself has a long history of giving up too quickly on or poorly scheduling and promoting comedies with potential (Enlisted, Surviving Jack), while overdoing it on others that were clearly awful (Dads). But nothing in that job is black and white – so Reilly gets credit for trying to nurture New Girl and The Mindy Project. He also is responsible for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which was a freshman sensation and a nice addition to the stable.

The tough part is that broadcast execs still think every comedy should get The Big Bang Theory numbers (which is probably, aside from the Seth MacFarlane connection, why Reilly went with Dads). The belief is that if you stick with struggling and/or “niche” comedies, then you’ll be NBC on Thursday night. And nobody wants that. But it’s incredibly hard to launch big, broad comedy hits. Though Reilly wanted to get Fox into the multicamera comedy business, he couldn’t.

He also made some dubious decisions in the drama arena. A show like Almost Human, since canceled, could have used some nurturing – after all, the audience clearly showed, by embracing Sleepy Hollow, that they wanted something different. They didn’t want something dour, like Rake. And they didn’t want something stupid and predictable, like The Mob Doctor or Gang Related.

On those – and other examples – he should have known better. That’s on him, since it’s a development issue. And in some cases a long-standing development issue.

And yet Reilly’s downfall, like other entertainment chiefs before him, is probably linked to relying too much on something that works and holding on to it for too long while being unable to duplicate its success. For example, Fox is littered with Gordon Ramsay series to the point of ridiculousness. But if you can’t do better, do you just do more? Where American Idol was once the Death Star of singing competition shows, its long slow decline brought the network down with it, especially when The X Factor couldn’t duplicate the magic.

Sunday’s “Animation Domination” – too much similarity?

Plus, once a powerhouse in the reality game, Fox is now reduced to I Wanna Marry "Harry." This element can’t be underestimated.

Anything else? Well, MacFarlane didn’t do Reilly any favors with Dads or forcing Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey onto the schedule (no matter how admirable). But what was Reilly supposed to do – predict that Idol would become a soap opera/nightmare among the judges? Kill it when it was still doing decently well? Was he supposed to say no to the idea of The X

Factor with Simon Cowell? When someone like MacFarlane helps prop up the network, do you say no to The Cleveland Show or Dads or Cosmos when there is now considerable might behind him? Maybe you do. To all of it. I would suggest those are unwinnable battles either way and that Reilly’s development of comedy and drama shows – good and bad – are where to look when judging legacy.

But second-guessing is easy. Programming a broadcast network is hard. And maybe, just maybe, impossible.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/bastard-machine/kevin-reilly-firing-analysis-at-707977
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Best tube bets this weekend
The top draws on broadcast and cable and in sports
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - May 30, 2013

FRIDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: NBC, “Crossbones” 10 p.m. Series premiere.
John Malkovich stars as Blackbeard in the network’s new pirate drama.

Best bet on cable: WE tv, “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars” 9 p.m. Season premiere. Couples from other shows including “The Bachelorette” and “Jersey Shore” work on their relationships.

Top sporting event: ESPN, “NBA Basketball,” 8:30 p.m. Game six of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Heat and Pacers in Miami.

SATURDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: ABC, “Sing Your Face Off,” 8 p.m. Series premiere.
Talent competition in which celebrities dress as and perform songs as artists. Think Jon Lovitz as Elton John.

Best bet on cable: HBO, “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction,” 8 p.m. This year’s inductees include Cat Stevens, Hall and Oates, Nirvana and Peter Gabriel.

Top sporting event: TNT, “NBA Basketball,” 8:30 p.m. Tonight it’s game six of the Western Conference finals between San Antonio and Oklahoma City.

SUNDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: ABC, “The Bachelorette,” 8 p.m.
Special Sunday episode should draw solid ratings against mainly reruns on broadcast.

Best bet on cable: AMC, “Halt and Catch Fire,” 10 p.m. Series premiere. New drama is set in Texas during the 1980s computer boom.

Top sporting event: Fox, “NASCAR Racing,” 12:30 p.m. The FedEx 400 from Dover, Del., won last year by Jimmie Johnson for a record eighth time.


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ABC affiliates in Mountain time zones agreed to shift their time slot back an hour in view of the format.

Huh? Mountain time zone stations air network programming from 7pm to 10pm, just like we CT viewers.

To move a show back in time would mean to go from a 7pm airing to an 8pm airing. To go from the normal 8pm airing to 7pm would mean bringing the show forward in time.

Now, what is ABC doing about viewers in Arizona, which during DST is equal to PDT?

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Now, what is ABC doing about viewers in Arizona, which during DST is equal to PDT?

AZ has always been the red headed step-child with respect to TV times. I'm 50 years old and still have never figured out when a cable show is going to be on based on the time they state in a commercial. They say Monday at 9:00. OK is this is a west coast or a national feed, is the rest in the county in Daylight Savings Time or not? In AZ a 9:00 cable show could be on at 10:00, 9:00, 7:00 or 6:00 based on the feed and DST.

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I like Mike Greenburgs idea of no US mainland timezone differences.
East moves 2:00-3:30 / west moves 5:00-3:30 / middle states move +/- to 3:30....done 3:30 for everyone. smile.gif

Also tonight 11:00 AVN awards on Showtime - cant beat when the girl won for best **** scene & in her acceptance speech thanks her mom & dad.

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I like Mike Greenburgs idea of no US mainland timezone differences.
East moves 2:00-3:30 / west moves 5:00-3:30 / middle states move +/- to 3:30....done 3:30 for everyone. smile.gif

Also tonight 11:00 AVN awards on Showtime - cant beat when the girl won for best **** scene & in her acceptance speech thanks her mom & dad.
Sorry, but the size of the USA and the curvature of the Earth makes the single time zone impractical.

Especially in winter, where at 4:30 PM where the sun has already (or is about to) set in NYC, but is high in the sky in LA. And what about Hawaii and Alaska? confused.gif
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By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - May 30, 2014

STAR TREK
FX, 8:00 p.m.

This is the 2009 reboot of the dormant Star Trek movie franchise – a reboot so successful, it not only led to director J.J. Abrams being handed the reins to this iconic sci-fi series, but to the upcoming Star Wars continuation as well. Chris Pine plays a raucous young Starfleet cadet named James Tiberius Kirk, Zachary Quinto co-stars as Spock, and costars include Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Karl Urban as Bones, and John Cho as Sulu.

NEWSFRONT
Flix, 8:00 p.m. ET

Phillip Noyce, famous for directing Patriot Games, and the man who directed Sam Neill and a young Nicole Kidman in 1989’s brilliantly intense Dead Calm, directed this period movie way back in 1978. It’s a salute to the fading glory of the Australian movie newsreel industry, and is the kind of movie someone could make today about, say, newspapers. As TCM’s month-long Friday salute to Australian cinema continues, Newsfront features some internationally known stars (Wendy Hughes, Bryan Brown), alongside some who are major stars Down Under, such as the film’s star, Bill Hunter.

NBA PLAYOFFS: MIAMI HEAT VS. INDIANA PACERS
ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET

Up to this point, the NBA playoffs have been, more or less, basketball as usual. But suddenly there’s a strong dramatic subtext, as the Miami Heat, ahead 3 games to 2 in its series against the Indiana Pacers, returns to its home Miami court to try and takes Game 6 and advance to the next postseason level. The drama? Indiana player Lance Stephenson tried to irritate Miami superstar LeBron James by, among other things, blowing in his ear during a break in the action of Game 5, which the Pacers ended up winning. One anonymous basketball general manager was quoted as saying it may have been unwise for Stephenson to “poke the bear.” Tonight, we’ll get to see the bear’s response.

WEIRD SCIENCE
BBC America, 9:00 p.m. ET

Oh, why not? It’s a slow TV tonight, and it’s fun to watch a 1985 John Hughes movie in which sex-obsessed, but sexually ignorant, teens can use their then-primitive home computer to conjure up a fully realized dream girl, as played by Kelly LeBrock. Almost 30 years later, not even today’s most sophisticated 3-D printers can pull off that trick. But I’m waiting…

CROSSBONES
NBC, 10:00 p.m. ET
SERIES PREMIERE:
Wil Wheaton, in his debut edition of Syfy’s The Wil Wheaton Project last week, poked fun at John Malkovich’s starring role, as the dreaded pirate Blackbeard, in this new NBC series – using clips from Malkovich’s own TV interviews to present what looked like an overwhelming emotion of boredom and detachment from the star, describing his own series. Tune in to Crossbones, and you may see why. This is the sort of project you can imagine the actor appearing in while under the influence of an internal puppeteer in Being John Malkovich. Still, on a very slow Friday TV night, it's worth a peek, for Malkovich alone.


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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
Standout debut for NBC’s comedy ‘Undateable’
Broadcast's highest-rated summer sitcom bow in five years
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - May 30, 2013

Judged by summer standards, NBC’s new comedy “Undateable” got off to a good start last night.

The new comedy posted a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating for its first and second episodes at 9 and 9:30 p.m., according to Nielsen, becoming the highest-rated summer sitcom debut on the Big Four in five years, since ABC’s “The Goode Family” drew a 1.6 in 2009.

“Undateable” is NBC’s highest-rated new summer comedy bow since “Come to Papa” in 2004.

The show built on its 1.2 lead-in from “Hollywood Game Night” and finished second in the 9 p.m. timeslot on broadcast, behind CBS’s repeats of “Two and a Half Men” and “The Millers.”

An 8 p.m. repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” was the night’s top show with a 2.0 on CBS.

NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” (airing at 10 p.m.) and Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” (airing at 8 p.m.) tied as the night’s No. 2 show behind “Bang” with a 1.6 apiece.

CBS, NBC and Fox tied for first for the night among 18-49s, each with a 1.3 average overnight rating and a 4 share. Univision was fourth at 1.1/4, Telemundo fifth at 0.7/2, ABC sixth at 0.6/2 and CW seventh at 0.3/1.

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-nine percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

CBS was first at 8 p.m. with a 1.7 for reruns of “Bang” and “Mom,” followed by Fox with a 1.6 for “Kitchen.” NBC was third with a 1.2 for “Hollywood,” Univision fourth with a 0.9 for “Por Siempre Mi Amor,” Telemundo fifth with a 0.6 for “La Impostora,” ABC sixth with a 0.5 for a repeat of “The Bachelorette” and CW seventh with a 0.3 for a “The Vampire Diaries” rerun.

At 9 p.m. CBS and Univision tied for first at 1.4, CBS for repeats of “Men” and “Millers” and Univision for “Lo Que La Vida Me Robo.” NBC was third with a 1.3 for back-to-back episodes of “Undateable” and Fox fourth with a 0.9 for “Gang Related.” ABC and Telemundo tied for fifth at 0.6, ABC for more “Bachelorette” and Telemundo for “En Otra Piel,” and CW was sixth with a 0.3 for a repeat of “The Originals.”

NBC took the lead at 10 p.m. with a 1.6 for “Comic,” with Univision and Telemundo tied for second at 1.0, Univision for “Que Pobres Tan Ricos” and Telemundo for “El Señor de los Cielos,” which rose to its best rating yet. CBS was fourth with a 0.8 for a repeat of “Elementary” and ABC fifth with a 0.7 for “Black Box.”

Among households, CBS was first for the night with a 3.9 average overnight rating and a 7 share. NBC was second at 2.7/5, Fox third at 2.4/4, ABC fourth at 2.0/4, Univision fifth at 1.5/2, Telemundo sixth at 0.8/1 and CW seventh at 0.6/1.

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TV Notes
Syfy Acquires ‘Bitten’ for Season 2
By Laura Prudom, Variety.com - May 30, 2014

Syfy has acquired “Bitten” for season two, the cabler announced Friday.

The series, hailing from Entertainment One, will return to Syfy in 2015 with 10 new episodes.

Chris Regina, Senior Vice President of Programming for Syfy, said of the pickup, “’Bitten’ is a fast-paced and edgy series which has found a growing and passionate fan base on our channel. We’re delighted to bring the series back to Syfy next year.”

Said Prentiss Fraser, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Acquisitions, eOne Television International: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the tremendous support and enthusiasm from fans across social media since the debut of ‘Bitten.’ We look forward to working with the talented cast and crew on another compelling season and continuing our partnership with Syfy in bringing the series back to viewers in the U.S. next year.”

“Bitten” averaged 1.1 million total viewers during its first season run on Syfy, based on Live +7 data. Production on season two begins this summer in Toronto.

“Bitten” is based on the “Women of the Otherworld” novels by New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong, and stars Laura Vandervoort as Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in existence. The series also stars Greg Bryk, Greyston Holt, Steve Lund and Michael Xavier.

“Bitten” is among a number of Syfy’s international and domestic acquisitions, which include “Lost Girl,” “Continuum,” the upcoming basic cable premiere of “Spartacus” (bowing June 26) and “The Almighty Johnsons” (July 11).

The series is executive produced by J.B. Sugar for No Equal Entertainment, John Barbisan, and Patrick Banister for Hoodwink Entertainment, and Tecca Crosby, John Morayniss, and Margaret O’Brien for Entertainment One. “Bitten” is produced by No Equal Entertainment, Hoodwink Entertainment, and eOne in association with Space and Bell Media. Daegan Fryklind serves as showrunner. eOne is the worldwide distributor for the series.

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Sorry, but the size of the USA and the curvature of the Earth makes the single time zone impractical.

Especially in winter, where at 4:30 PM where the sun has already (or is about to) set in NYC, but is high in the sky in LA. And what about Hawaii and Alaska? confused.gif

But that would be good instead of cold/dark at 4:30 it would be light to 6:00 in NY & if its light to 7:00 in LA itd still be till 5:30 where its warmer anyways.

Alaska Hawaii are so off already doesnt really matter as Homer Simpson said "the freak states."

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Reed Hastings: Netflix “Mispredicted” Its Transition To Streaming Service
By David Bloom, Deadline.com - May 29, 2014

Is your company facing an existential threat from a looming technology shift? If so, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has some suggestions, like don’t forget about the customers you already have while figuring out how to attract new ones. Speaking today at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Hastings said Netflix was too concerned with the wrong issues when it spun off its DVD-by-mail business in 2011 to focus on online movie delivery. “In hindsight, we were so focused on not dying with DVD,” he said. “We looked at all these businesses [with collapsing business models] like Kodak and Blockbuster. It was really a hard problem.”

Netflix created a new unit called Qwikster for the DVD-by-mail business, while keeping online delivery under the Netflix name. People who still wanted both physical discs and streaming options had to set up a separate account for each. “It turned out it didn’t work out at all,” Hastings said. “We mispredicted a number of factors.” Like charging more to have both accounts. “It turned out that approach really annoyed customers,” the exec said. “We learned an important lesson: The fact that your company may not be strategically positioned for the next 10 years, [customers] don’t care about that.”

What they care about is continuing to get the service they want, without unnecessary headaches. That the spinoff and price hike happened deep in the Great Recession made the situation even worse. “I became a symbol of The Man, screwing people during a recession,” Hastings said. “It came back as me being out of touch. If we had grandfathered [in prices for] everybody for two years, it might have been OK. That’s a mistake we’ll never make again.” And indeed, when the company recently announced a price hike, the $1 jump in the monthly fee affected only new streaming customers. Existing customers will be charged their same $7.99 per month for two more years.

Now that the company has recovered from the misstep, with 48 million subscribers worldwide and share prices up a few hundred percent from 2011′s darkest days, Hastings said the company is past its “biggest strategic inflection point, so now we’re into how great can we be and getting a ton of shows and movies to offer everyone.” With a big lineup of new original programming that Hastings said “will completely dwarf everything we’ve had so far,” the company will rely on sophisticated analysis of viewer data to launch its shows to the right audiences. “Data is really fundamental for us about who to market the show to,” he said. “Not every show works for everybody. We’re going to promote it to people who love it. Think of it as a big matching system, and the variety of things we can do over the next five years [with that deep information base] is phenomenal.”

Hastings cautioned, however, that even Netflix has hit some limits on data-driven decision making. When the first episode of House of Cards was being tested, audiences rebelled over the difficult opening scene in which Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood strangles an ailing dog. Hastings told executive producer David Fincher that data showed that lots of viewers were clicking away from the show because of the scene. “He said, ‘Don’t ever tell me that again.’” The scene stayed in, and Fincher won an Emmy for directing it.

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The Highest-Rated Canceled Shows of 2013-14
By Tim Molloy, TheWrap.com - May 29, 2014

Here's some bittersweet news for Robin Williams: His CBS sitcom “Crazy Ones” got better ratings than any other canceled show in the 2013-14 season.

“Crazy Ones” averaged a 2.7 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, based on the most recent available numbers. It tied Fox's “Almost Human,” another canceled show that may also have been a victim of high expectations. Despite considerable hype and a two-night premiere, it wasn't the big-event show Fox wanted it to be. (Fox chief Kevin Reilly announced his resignation Thursday, but said it wasn't about ratings.)

It's not much comfort to be the best of the worst. But the cancellations show just how complicated the decision to end a show can be. Despite cracking broadcast television's top 30 shows last year, “Crazy Ones” didn't live up to CBS's hopes for Williams’ return to television. And the show lost much of its lead-in from “The Millers,” which had a massive lead-in from “The Big Bang Theory.”

Among the other highest-rated canceled shows were ABC's”Super Fun Night” (which averaged a 2.3), NBC's “Revolution,” Fox's “X Factor” and CBS's “Intelligence” and “We Are Men” (which all averaged a 2.2), CBS's “Friends With Better Lives” (2.1), and CBS's “Hostages and ABC's “Back in the Game (which each had a 2.0).

CBS has stringent standards for its shows, which may explain why it was responsible for so many of the cancellations. It slipped in 2013-14 to No. 3 in the key 18-49 demographic, down from first-place the season before. So the network was ruthless in getting rid of what wasn't working.

NBC also made tough decisions, perhaps for the opposite reason: It finished the season in first, and didn't want to give any ground.

The producers of “Crazy Ones,” which aired on Thursdays, can look with envy on shows like “Mom” (2.4) and “The Mentalist” (2.0) which survived despite lower ratings. But the situations for those shows weren't the same: “Mom” earns its 2.4 on a weaker night, Monday. And “The Mentalist” is a drama, not a comedy, and has been an enduring hit for CBS.

J.J. Abrams and his fellow “Almost Human” producers may also wonder why “Bones” (2.4) got another chance when their higher-rated show didn't. But again, it's an enduring show that has proven its value to the network. And it aired on Fridays, one of television's toughest nights.

Some networks have higher standards than others, based on how well they're doing overall. The CW, less established than its broadcast rivals, doesn't have a single show that cracked a 1.3 average last season. But it also makes decisions that aren't entirely by the numbers: “The Tomorrow People” was canceled with a 0.7, but “Reign,” which had the same rating, survived. So did “Who's Line Is It, Anyway?” and “Hart of Dixie,” which averaged a 0.6.

Here's an expanded chart of broadcast's highest-rated canceled shows, based on the most recent available numbers: [CLICK BELOW]

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Sorry, but the size of the USA and the curvature of the Earth makes the single time zone impractical.
The world's most populated country does it. China has one time zone and is wider then the lower 48 of the US.

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I like Mike Greenburgs idea of no US mainland timezone differences.
East moves 2:00-3:30 / west moves 5:00-3:30 / middle states move +/- to 3:30....done 3:30 for everyone. smile.gif

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You can't do that! It will screw up the trains! (That is the reason time was standardized in the first place. The railroads.)

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You can't do that! It will screw up the trains! (That is the reason time was standardized in the first place. The railroads.)

No the railroads were screwed up because each locality set their time as noon each day when the sun was at its zenith. This proposal is for the entire country to be at exactly the same time (which is a really dumb idea IMO).
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Huh? Mountain time zone stations air network programming from 7pm to 10pm, just like we CT viewers.

To move a show back in time would mean to go from a 7pm airing to an 8pm airing. To go from the normal 8pm airing to 7pm would mean bringing the show forward in time.

Now, what is ABC doing about viewers in Arizona, which during DST is equal to PDT?

As far as broadcast, some networks send out a mountain time feed (NBC does I'm pretty sure), but in many cases the affiliate just records the feed and airs it later. This led to some major problems in the early days of HD, some horrible glitches, and then reverting to the SD recording happened several times here (Albuquerque) that I can remember. For cable channels, mostly we get the east coast signal, so shows air an hour earlier than in central time. But, I know Cartoon Network, for example, used to (maybe they still do haven't watched in forever) air the west coast feed here. I remember because Adult Swim came on after the time they advertised it to, which suited me, I worked really late at times in HS and college.

Also, we get the super annoying (especially for DVR users) "Mountain Minute": http://www.avsforum.com/t/897344/cbs-mountain-time-zone-primetime-explained
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IIRC the US, Canada and Mexico have a agreement...might be part of NAFTA...that prevents each from doing a singular national time zone.
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IIRC the US, Canada and Mexico have a agreement...might be part of NAFTA...that prevents each from doing a singular national time zone.

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IIRC the US, Canada and Mexico have a agreement...might be part of NAFTA...that prevents each from doing a singular national time zone.

It's actually an international standard http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Time#Adoption_in_various_countries
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How about just using UTC for the entire world? Meteorologists (and aviation) have been doing that since ... forever ... or at least since WWII.
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East moves 2:00-3:30 / west moves 5:00-3:30
I guess that if one's starting premise is that it's 2:00 on the East Coast when it's 5:00 on the West Coast, one can proceed from there to any conclusion one likes.
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East moves 2:00-3:30 / west moves 5:00-3:30
I guess that if one's starting premise is that it's 2:00 on the East Coast when it's 5:00 on the West Coast, one can proceed from there to any conclusion one likes.


I once missed an online conference with a mistake like that.

 

If it is 7pm Pacific (a reasonable time to assume that most 9-5 employees would be home and fed), it would be 10pm Eastern.

 

This reminds me of the movie, Stalag 17, the scene where one person was asked what he was doing when he heard that Pearl Harbor was bombed. He was just starting dinner. But 7:48am Hawaiian time on December 7, 1941 would be 10:18am Pacific (2.5 hrs difference then; now 2 hrs difference), 1:18pm Eastern time, and most of the POWs remembered hearing of the bombing somewhere between Breakfast and just after Lunch. But to be starting dinner, he couldn't have been located in the United States, but it would fit if the person asked was located in Germany (5:18pm) and was now a German plant among the prisoners. So this is an example of where time zones could cost someone his life. :p


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Unless they were from a region of the United States that refers to their meals as breakfast, dinner, and supper...
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Unless they were from a region of the United States that refers to their meals as breakfast, dinner, and supper...

My grandmother's house in Visalia, CA?
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Technically, the time-oriented meals are breakfast, lunch, and supper. Dinner is the main meal of the day, and it commonly occurs at both noon and in the evening depending upon the region, but it can also be served at breakfast.
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As long as the cocktail hour stays the same you guys can change the clocks/times all you want. smile.gif
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East moves 2:00-3:30 / west moves 5:00-3:30
I guess that if one's starting premise is that it's 2:00 on the East Coast when it's 5:00 on the West Coast, one can proceed from there to any conclusion one likes.

Indeed… wink.gif

I find it interesting that many of you folks talking about this seem to live out west.

As someone who lives in the DC area, allow me please to explain that IF there ever were to be a single time for the Lower 48, it would be EASTERN time, not some middle ground “compromise”.

This is because the capital of the country, where the laws are drafted by career bureaucrats, passed by your elected representatives, and signed by your elected president, is here in the EAST, not in Kansas. And the aforementioned folks would not like it to get dark in the winter in early afternoon, before rush hour even starts.

And furthermore, if you tell the good people of Maine, that for the purpose of achieving uniform time in the Lower 48, they must move their clocks back an hour and a half, or an hour, or even half an hour, or maybe just 5 minutes, I’m fairly certain that they will kindly explain that you must mean the Lower 47, because they will be seceding forthwith and applying to join Canada, after which they will be moving their clocks forward an hour, which they would already like to do, but don’t largely because it would mess up their evening television schedules. (Indeed, even as I write this, I can imagine the masked militia men setting up roadblocks and checkpoints along the New Hampshire border.)

So now if you nice folks out west would like to move your clocks forward 3 hours so you can watch TV at the same we do, why I say more power to you. But we back here in the EAST are most definitely NOT going to move our clocks back, because it already gets dark too early in the winter as it is, and we signed up for life in the EAST, not Alaska.

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