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There is still plenty of sports still available OTA, plus there is many options for streaming...yes you don't get the full enchilada like cable but here are some examples:

All World Cup games were available OTA via Univision or on ESPN3 is your ISP has a deal with ESPN(no cable sub needed).
All but 26 games of the NFL season OTA, plus the playoffs and Super Bowl.
Between 3-5 College Football games OTA every Saturday.
World Series is OTA
NBA Finals is OTA
Golf virtually every weekend OTA
College Basketball every weekend from Feb thru March Madness and Championship OTA.

Streaming Options include Mlb.tv(a games is usually free online daily), NBA League Pass online, NHL Center Ice online, NFL Sunday Ticket Online, CBS Sports ULive for College Sports( some conferences like Mtn West are free)

...You get the point. YMMV
This will be the first NFL season where a Playoff game will be on cable. ESPN will air a first week play off game in January 2015. Although the two teams local markets will still have access to the game from an OTA channel.

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There is still plenty of sports still available OTA, plus there is many options for streaming...yes you don't get the full enchilada like cable but here are some examples:

All World Cup games were available OTA via Univision or on ESPN3 is your ISP has a deal with ESPN(no cable sub needed).
All but 26 games of the NFL season OTA, plus the playoffs and Super Bowl.
Between 3-5 College Football games OTA every Saturday.
World Series is OTA
NBA Finals is OTA
Golf virtually every weekend OTA
College Basketball every weekend from Feb thru March Madness and Championship OTA.

Streaming Options include Mlb.tv(a games is usually free online daily), NBA League Pass online, NHL Center Ice online, NFL Sunday Ticket Online, CBS Sports ULive for College Sports( some conferences like Mtn West are free)

...You get the point. YMMV
That may work for the casual fan. Hardcore sports fans such as myself that are connected intravenously to a keg need more. Much more.

Who watches the NBA finals without watching the season? And those Sunday games don't count. Why? The Heat, the Lakers, the Heat, the Lakers, the Heat, the Lakers...

I need more than weekend college BB. Some classic rival match-ups happen during the week.

I'm only mentioning a few examples of how vast sports is on cable and satellite. Throw in a DVR and life doesn't get any better than this for a sports fan.

If you add the NBA League Pass online and the NFL Sunday Ticket online together, that'll run you $500. I don't see that as a bargain when I get the whole enchilada for $950 a year from D*.
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College Basketball every weekend from Feb thru March Madness and Championship OTA.
Werent the 2 semifinal games of the final 4 on cable ?

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I don't think I can live without NBA League pass, and if I don't have cable/sat and only have the online version, I can't watch any of the Hawks or Grizzlie's game, since they are in my local market, so gotta have cable or satellite and Directv shows em all in HD, my comcast doesn't.
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Anyone know the rating for the tnt shows The Last Ship and Falling Skies from this past Sunday night ?
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There is still plenty of sports still available OTA, plus there is many options for streaming...yes you don't get the full enchilada like cable but here are some examples:

All World Cup games were available OTA via Univision or on ESPN3 is your ISP has a deal with ESPN(no cable sub needed).
All but 26 games of the NFL season OTA, plus the playoffs and Super Bowl.
Between 3-5 College Football games OTA every Saturday.
World Series is OTA
NBA Finals is OTA
Golf virtually every weekend OTA
College Basketball every weekend from Feb thru March Madness and Championship OTA.

Streaming Options include Mlb.tv(a games is usually free online daily), NBA League Pass online, NHL Center Ice online, NFL Sunday Ticket Online, CBS Sports ULive for College Sports( some conferences like Mtn West are free)

...You get the point. YMMV
NHL, MLB, NBA, etc black out the home team's games so that doesn't help if you want to watch your local team.
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Sports programming on TV has become too dominated by basketball and football, and there is way too much hype.
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MONDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insight's Blog

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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
‘Under the Dome’ takes a hit in week two
Last summer's breakout show posts a series-low 1.7 in 18-49s
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Jul. 8, 2014

Last season’s breakout hit is taking one in the ratings.

A week after “Under the Dome” premiered to much lower numbers than in season one, the show took another slide in its second episode.

“Dome” averaged a series-low 1.7 adults 18-49 rating at 10 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, down 19 percent from a 2.1 for last week’s second-season premiere.

In fact, it finished behind NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” in the hour, the first time it has failed to win its timeslot.

CBS noted that the show is heavily time shifted, and last week’s premiere made up a small portion of declining viewership through DVR viewing.

It was a strong night for “Ninja,” which averaged a 1.9 at 10 p.m. and posted a 1.8 for its entire episode from 9 to 11 p.m. It was the show’s best rating since June 2.

Fox’s “MasterChef” was the No. 1 show of the night with a 1.9.

Meanwhile, from 8 to 10 p.m., ABC’s “The Bachelorette” posted a 1.8, matching its best rating since its premiere.

Fox was first for the night among 18-49s with a 1.7 average overnight rating and a 6 share. ABC and NBC tied for second at 1.5/5, CBS was fourth at 1.3/4, Univision fifth at 1.1/4, Telemundo sixth at 0.7/2 and CW seventh at 0.4/1.

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.

At 8 p.m. Fox led with a 1.9 for “MasterChef,” followed by ABC with a 1.8 for “The Bachelorette.” CBS was third with a 1.1 for reruns of “2 Broke Girls” and “Mom,” NBC fourth with a 1.0 for a repeat of “Last Comic Standing,” Univision fifth with a 0.9 for “De Que Te Quiero, Te Quiero,” Telemundo sixth with a 0.6 for “Reina de Corazones” and CW seventh with a 0.5 for repeats of “Whose Line Is It Anyway.”

ABC took the lead at 9 p.m. with a 1.8 for more “Bachelorette,” while NBC moved to second with a 1.7 for “Ninja.” Fox was third with a 1.5 for “24: Live Another Day,” Univision fourth with a 1.3 for “Lo Que La Vida Me Robo,” CBS fifth with a 1.1 for repeats of “Mike & Molly” and “Two and a Half Men,” Telemundo sixth with a 0.6 for “En Otra Piel,” and CW seventh with a 0.3 for “Beauty and the Beast.”

At 10 p.m. NBC was first with a 1.9 for more “Ninja,” with CBS second with a 1.7 for “Dome.” Univision was third with a 1.1 for “Que Pobres Tan Ricos,” and ABC and Telemundo tied for fourth at 0.9, ABC for “Mistresses” and Telemundo for “El Señor de los Cielos.”

Among households, ABC was first for the night with a 3.9 average overnight rating and a 7 share. CBS was second at 3.6/6, Fox third at 3.5/6, NBC fourth at 2.9/5, Univision fifth at 1.5/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.9/2 and CW seventh at 0.7/1.

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Summer TCA Tour Notes
Al Jazeera America Finally Shows Up At The Tour To Talk About Immersive News But Not Ratings
By Lisa De Moraes, Deadline.com - Jul. 8, 2014

Al Jazeera America finally came to TCA Press Tour, after previously backing out twice, to take questions from the media. The session was long on sales pitch, short on substance – and even shorter on questions. Numbers were scarce — AJAM panelists noted the network is on track to reach 59 million households, has al jazeera america access to more than 80 bureaus worldwide, etc. – but no mention was made that the network currently is averaging just 15,000 viewers in primetime and about 5,000 in the news demo. AJAM President Kate O’Brian said ratings were going in the right direction — up — though Nielsen records show AJAM averaged about 21,000 viewers in September.

There was, however, a lot of talk about “unbiased, fact-based, in-depth” and “immersive” news — very big on the word “immersive” at AJAM — and telling stories from the “ground up,” from the “human angle” and in “360 degrees. “We don’t have an opinion,” O’Brian explained.

One exasperated TV critic finally demanded they address “the 800-pound gorilla in the room”: “What does Al Jazeera mean?”

The panelists confessed it means “The Peninsula.” AJAM anchor Tony Harris held up his hand, stuck out the thumb, and illustrated what is the meaning of “peninsula”.

Another TV critic wondered what is the status of the three Al Jazeera journalists sentenced as spies in Egypt, and what was Al Jazeera doing to try to obtain their release; that critic felt the story should have been bigger in the press. O’Brian called it “a terrible situation for these three gentlemen” and said they are doing their best to keep this story out in front of viewers. Harris said they are “open to all kind of ideas and suggestions” how to accomplish that. But he also said he thinks the situation will be “resolved.”

Last Sunday, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi acknowledged that the sentences handed down to the three journalists had a “very negative” impact on his country’s reputation, according to press reports. Their sentencing on June 23, after a five-month trial, has been condemned as a fraud by various organizations and media outlets. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the sentences “chilling and draconian.” In his remarks published Sunday, Egypt’s president did not say whether he will “pardon” the journalists, and he refuted claims that the trials were politically motivated and a part of the tension between Egypt and Qatar, the Gulf state that owns Al Jazeera. Press reports on the situation have noted Qatar was a supporter of Egypt’s ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood group. When Morsi was ousted last year, many of the group’s leaders moved to Qatar, according to press reports.

Another journalist at Summer TV Press Tour 2014 wondered if the Al Jazeera America panelists had experienced any “pushback” in their coverage of the “World Cup Scandal for 2022” and the “incredible string of deaths” associated with the building of stadiums for that competition to be held in Qatar. O’Brian insisted they had experienced “no editorial influence all all from Qatar, at Al Jazeera America, and were “completely editorially independent.” Qatar won the bidding to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, though the hot climate has raised concerns about holding the event during the traditional June and July. Qatar also has been blasted over reports that hundreds of workers have died during construction of facilities for the event — not to mention the accusations of corruption and bribery that have been leveled at country in re it winning the right to host the event in the first place. Media reports say FIFA is conducting an investigation into these allegations, which proves they do have a sense of humor.

The appearance at a press tour is Al Jazeera America’s first. In January, AJAM bailed on taking questions from TV critics at TCA Press Tour for the second time. In fairness, the fledgling cable network did provide breakfast for the critics that morning, per its original arrangement with the group that organizes the cable-TV days of each tour. But no AJAM execs or talent were around to take questions from the critics. Al Jazeera America also had canceled, at the eleventh hour, its scheduled Q&A session at TCA Summer Press Tour 2013.

Fortunately, most of what were sure to be the critics’ more pressing questions that morning last January had been asked just days earlier of AJAM’s primetime news anchor/former NBC News anchor John Seigenthaler by Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report:

Colbert: This is the network where Bin Laden used to send his gloating tapes.

Seigenthaler: We’re part of the Al Jazeera Media Network…

Colbert: Which is part of the Al Qaeda Media Network.

Seigenthaler: We can bust some myths here, because it is absolutely NOT part of the Al Qaeda network.

Colbert: Al Qaeda America – whatever.

(Colbert points to Al Jazeera America logo)

Colbert: That is terrifying. That that is not only Arabic, it looks like Arabic on fire – it looks like exploding Arabic. Why shouldn’t I be afraid?

Seigenthaler: Do you know what it means?

Colbert: It says, ‘The bombing starts at midnight’.

Seigenthaler: No. It means ‘peninsula’.

Colbert: What does that mean — is that a metaphor?

Seigenthaler: ‘Peninsula’, [like] Florida.

Colbert: That’s where the attack is coming?

http://www.deadline.com/2014/07/tca-...t-not-ratings/

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Summer TCA Tour Notes
Jon Hamm AWOL As Daniel Radcliffe Says He’s Too Young To Play Graying Harry Potter

“My inclination is to say no,” Daniel Radcliffe told TV critics this afternoon when asked if he’d be interested in playing a graying Harry Potter. The question came out of J.K. Rowling publishing on her website today a new, 1,500-word story about Potter, married, in his mid-30s and going gray — the first update since Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows published in 2007.

Radcliffe was at the TCA’s Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton to talk about the four-episode next batch of Ovation’s black comedy A Young Doctor’s Notebook & Other Stories, in which he plays a younger, morphine-addicted version of a doctor played by Jon Hamm. Since Radcliffe’s the guy most closely associated with Potter on the screen, naturally he took a question about a possible new Potter movie, based on Rowling’s post.

“I don’t think it’s a question that’s even – not even hypothetical,” Radcliffe said nervously. “As I understand, it’s a very short piece, not of itself worthy of adaptation to film. And he’s at least 12 years older than I am now. I don’t think I’ll have to worry about that for a long time,” he concluded, dodgily.

The TV critics understandably were put out that Hamm was a no-show — having been told he was coming to the Q&A. “Unfortunately, Jon Hamm is not able to be with us,” Ovation SVP Scott Woodward said at the start of the session. He didn’t bother to elaborate, except to say, “He sends his sincere apologies and really, really wanted to thank you for all the support you’ve given to the series” — which sounded vaguely insincere and didn’t help a bit.

So it was left to Radcliffe, who wisely appeared via satellite from New York, where he’s working on Broadway, to swat away TV critics’ questions as to how the Ovation series’ Young Doctor character gets about six inches taller by the time he’s Hamm’s age. “This show is so crazy anyway. People are either going to go with it and enjoy it so much they don’t care about it — if they get hung up on that, there’s plenty of other logical problems they’re going to find. That definitely wasn’t something we lingered on too much,” Radcliffe said, pulling it off pretty well. But then, this was a group that couldn’t even steel itself to demand an explanation of the Ovation exec when they found out his network, or Hamm, had pulled a fast one on them, in re Hamm’s absence.

Every TV Press Tour finds its leitmotif pretty quickly in its weeklong march. This one will be about The Marvel Of Big Stars Being Attracted To Short-Order TV Series. “Definitely, that’s the thing with this,” Radcliffe said when asked if the fact A Young Doctor’s Notebook is produced in batches of just four episodes made it attractive to much-in-demand thespians like himself and Hamm. Radcliffe said the show’s writers told him, ” ‘If you want to get a series ordered, tell them you have Daniel and Jon for four weeks over the summer.’ … Everything just moved very quickly” after that, he said. This so-called British System of TV Production gives actors a lot of freedom to take on other commitments, Radcliffe explained. “There are interesting things happening now in British TV, but it’s nowhere near the money that is in American TV, if you’ll pardon me for being vulgar,” he added apologetically, not realizing the TV critics hadn’t even noticed — maybe because they are in Beverly Hills.

A year ago, the producers announced Hamm and Radcliffe had signed up for a second season of A Young Doctor’s Notebook & Other Stories. The first, four-part season of the Big Talk Productions mini aired in December 2012 on Sky Arts in the UK and became the most successful program in the channel’s history. Ovation telecast the first season last fall. The adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s short stories sees Hamm as a Russian doctor during the Russian Revolution and Radcliffe as his younger self. The comedy-drama’s second season returns to the small village of Muryevo in 1918, to find the Young Doctor battling morphine addiction. Under the critical gaze of his sadder-but-wiser older self, the Young Doctor struggles to cope with life in the hospital, the Civil War and the arrival of a beautiful young aristocrat (Margaret Clunie).

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Nat Geo Orders Kal Penn Series 'Mapology,' New Sept. 11 Documentary
By Michael O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter - Jul. 8, 2014

Less than two months after taking over National Geographic Channels as its new CEO, Courteney Monroe made her first appearance onstage at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour. She took the opportunity to announce one new series and a two-hour special.

Actor Kal Penn headlines the latest show, set to debut in spring 2015. Mapology (working title), a National Geographic Studios production, doesn't have a specific episode order yet. It will feature Penn as host and producer, will map data on a variety of topics — money, sex, food, sports, crime, weather, animal migrations — and how they influence people's daily lives.

“I’m excited to be the viewer’s gateway to cartography and statistics,” said Penn. “National Geographic has a legacy of transporting people to amazing places and with Mapology, we’re going to establish connections made through statistics and data, and reveal how the bigger picture affects the real world, throughout history, across societies and into our hearts and brains.”

“We continue to develop new series that demonstrate our commitment to producing cool, smart programming that is fun, entertaining and accessible,” added Monroe. “With Mapology, we’re stripping down the layers of the world to discover hidden connections that will enhance our audience’s views of what’s really happening, not only the world at large, but in their small world. And we’re thrilled to have Kal, not only as a credited producer, but also the driving force in the storytelling.”

As for the first documentary to come out of the Monroe era of Nat Geo, 9/10: The Final Hours takes a look at the day before Sept. 11, 2011, when terrorist Mohamed Atta took a detour to Portland, Maine, before the deadly attacks. The special will feature interviews with the men and women who saw him, as well as those who narrowly missed working in the World Trade Center the day the towers fell. It will air Sept. 7.

Monroe, a former HBO marketing exec who moved to Nat Geo in 2011, recently assumed the leadership of the channels with new chairman David Hill following the abrupt exits of David Lyle and Howard T. Owens.

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Sean Hayes, after not saving the world, will join CBS' 'The Millers'
By Yvonne Villareal, Los Angeles Times' 'Show Tracker' Blog - Jul. 8, 2014

Sean Hayes may not have had much luck saving the world, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't make a great bestie.

Following the death of his freshman NBC comedy "Sean Saves the World" last season -- which he starred in and served as executive producer -- Hayes is heading over to CBS to join the cast of "The Millers" as a series regular.

The "Will & Grace" alum will make his debut when the comedy, about an adult son and his parents, returns for a second season on Oct. 30. CBS didn't provide much description of his character, Kip Withers, other than to say he'll buddy up to Margo Martindale's Carol Miller -- ultimately annoying Carol's son Nathan, played by Will Arnett. But we're more interested in how Tom Miller (Beau Bridges) will adjust.

Series creator Greg Garcia, in a statement that praised the actor's reputation, seemed enthusiastic about the prospects of Hayes and Martindale as pals.

“The thought of he and Margo Martindale as BFF’s makes me smile every time I think about it," Garcia said in his statement. "We’re only just getting started, and writing this season’s stories has been a blast.”

We just hope Hayes was given his own fart joke.

Hayes’ feature film credits include the Bobby and Peter Farrelly comedy “The Three Stooges,” “The Bucket List,” opposite Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, and the independent drama “Pieces of April,” opposite Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson and Oliver Platt.

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WEDNESDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)

ABC:
8PM - The Middle
(R - May 7)
8:30PM - The Goldbergs
(R - Mar. 4)
9PM - Modern Family
(R - Oct. 2)
9:31PM - The Middle
(R - May 14)
10PM - Motive
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11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Robert Pattinson; Pablo Schreiber; Nico & Vinz perform)
(R - Jun. 12)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - Big Brother
9PM - Extant (Series Premiere)
10PM - Criminal Minds
(R - Apr. 2)
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11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Professional soccer player Clint Dempsey; Sleeper Agent performs)
12:37AM - Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Michael Sheen)

NBC:
8PM - America's Got Talent (120 min.)
(R - Jul. 1)
10PM - Taxi Brooklyn
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11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Kelly Ripa; Joe Manganiello; Sylvan Esso performs)
12:36AM - Late Night with Seth Meyers (Andy Serkis; Neon Trees performs)
1:37AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Cinematographer Wally Pfister; Jake Bugg performs)
(R - Apr. 9)

FOX:
8PM - So You Think You Can Dance (120 min.)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Nature: Saving Otter 501 (R - Oct. 16)
9iPM - NOVA: Mystery of a Masterpiece
(R - Jan. 25, 2012)
10PM - Secrets of The Dead: The Mona Lisa Mystery

UNIVISION:
8PM - De Que Te Quiero, Te Quiero
9PM - Lo Que La Vida Me Robó
10PM - Qué Pobres Tan Ricos

THE CW:
8PM - iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party (90 min.)
9:30PM - Whose Line Is It Anyway?
(R - Mar. 16)

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Reina De Corazones
9PM - En Otra Piel
10PM - El Señor de los Cielos

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Sharon Stone; comedian Marc Maron; Rodrigo y Gabriela perform)
(R - May 8)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Susan Sarandon)
(R - Jul. 3)[b]
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That may work for the casual fan. Hardcore sports fans such as myself that are connected intravenously to a keg need more. Much more.

Who watches the NBA finals without watching the season? And those Sunday games don't count. Why? The Heat, the Lakers, the Heat, the Lakers, the Heat, the Lakers...

I need more than weekend college BB. Some classic rival match-ups happen during the week.

I'm only mentioning a few examples of how vast sports is on cable and satellite. Throw in a DVR and life doesn't get any better than this for a sports fan.

If you add the NBA League Pass online and the NFL Sunday Ticket online together, that'll run you $500. I don't see that as a bargain when I get the whole enchilada for $950 a year from D*.
You can't be a cord cutter and a big sports fan if you don't want to be left out of some of the midweek games.
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By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Jul. 9, 2014

2014 WORLD CUP
ESPN, 4:00 p.m. ET

How thoroughly did Germany defeat host nation Brazil yesterday in this year’s World Cup semifinal? Let me count the ways – a few of them, anyway. The BBC called the 7-1 loss by Brazil, “humiliating and brutal.” Yahoo Sports called it “a stunning and spectacular destruction.” England’s The Guardian called it “slaughtering,” and the Globe and Mail deemed the game “the most shocking result in World Cup history.” And still you’re not hooked on these games? Today’s World Cup semifinal pits the Netherlands against Argentina – and if you accuse the latter team of playing a Messi game, it’s not an insult. It’s a tip of the hat to one of the game’s most popular and effective players, the Argentinian Lionel Messi, who plays each possession as though he’s on a mission. Today, the mission is to win the game, and the right to face Germany in the finals.

GREMLINS
Encore, 8:00 p.m. ET

Director Joe Dante’s playful 1984 film, written by Chris Columbus, is 30 years old now. The special effects may seem a little dated and puppetlike, but it’s all part of the charm – an attribute of which this movie, like its furry little creatures, have plenty. So long as you don’t get them wet, or feed them after midnight. Stars include Phoebe Cates, Corey Feldman and Zach Galligan – but for fun, watch for Breaking Bad standout Jonathan Banks as Deputy Brent, and listen for Howie Mandel, who provides the voice of cute little Gizmo.

EXTANT
CBS, 9:00 p.m. ET
SERIES PREMIERE:
Halle Berry is being billed in many places as coming to TV, but she’s actually returning – two years before she won a Best Actress Oscar in 2002 for Monster’s Ball, she won a Best Actress Emmy for her starring role in HBO’s Introducing Dorothy Dandridge miniseries. (And she began in TV, too, on the 1989 sitcom Living Dolls, but I digress.) Anyway, she stars here as Molly Watts, an astronaut who has just returned from more than a year on a solo mission aboard a space station – only to find that she’s returned pregnant. This 13-episode CBS series premise constitutes a close encounter of the fifth kind – really, I’m not making that up – and includes Steven Spielberg, who directed Close Encounters of the Third Kind, as an executive producer. Based on the pilot, Extant isn’t so much an upgrade as a retread – but time will tell. Meanwhile, you can read a full review on Ed Bark’s Uncle Barky’s Bytes (below), or listen today to my review, of this show and of the upcoming FX genre thriller The Strain, on the radio, or website, Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: “THE MONA LISA MYSTERY”
PBS, 10:00 p.m. ET

Did Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa have a twin? A twin portrait, that is? Just over a century ago, an art dealer traveling in England came across, and purchased, a painting in Isleworth, which he claimed then featured the same model as the one immortalized in Mona Lisa, only younger. Was it an earlier work by da Vinci? (The two works are shown here, with da Vinci’s classic Mona Lisa at left.) Finally, the latest advancements in science allow that question to be answered with more evidence than speculation – and that’s the topic of tonight’s Secrets of the Dead. “Are you warm, are you real, Mona Lisa? Or just a cold and lonely, lovely work of art?” Those answers, and more – tonight on The Mona Lisa Mystery. Check local listings.

THE BRIDGE
FX, 10:00 p.m. ET
SEASON PREMIERE:
The opening scene of Season 2 of this moody drama series introduces a new character, a new crime scene, and what seems to be a new focus. It shows Lyle Lovett playing a man who comes upon a particularly bloody crime scene – bloody even by Dexter standards. But right after the opening credits roll, we find out what happened to last year’s protagonists, played by Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir, and we’re off and running again.


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Critic's Notes
'Extant' Gives CBS Another 13-Episode Sci-Fi Summer Splash
By Ed Bark, TVWorthWatching.com - Jul. 8, 2014

As did Under the Dome at this time last year, CBS’s second big summertime splash opens with an impressive and involving first chapter.

Dome since has gotten silly if not altogether stupid, although its ratings remained strong for Season 2’s June 30 startup. Extant, a futuristic, 13-episode drama starring Halle Berry as a very vexed astronaut, looks to be more firmly grounded. Launching on Wednesday, July 9 at 9 p.m. ET, it packs a lot of intriguing plot threads into its first hour while also brimming with money-on-the-screen production values. Head producer Steven Spielberg, increasingly a TV maven, still doesn’t lend his name to anything cheap-looking.

Berry plays Molly Woods, who’s just returned from a one-person, 13-month mission in outer space. Her husband, John Woods (Goran Visnjic), is an inventor of human-like androids, with his prototype being the Woods’ pre-teen son, Ethan (Pierce Gagnon). The kid can have a short temper, as can Dad. But John Woods touts Ethan as an overall safe alternative for childless and/or infertile couples. The Woods had qualified on both counts, but Molly has returned suddenly and secretly pregnant. She gets this news from Dr. Sam Barton (Camryn Manheim), who’s also a good friend. At Molly’s pleading, they agree to keep it confidential for now. But in flashbacks, viewers will learn she’s not telling the truth, the whole truth, about what happened during a brief portion of her time on Seraphim Station.

Extant is set in a so far undisclosed year in the future. The series has a sleek exterior, a vaporizing outdoor garbage disposal unit and some cool, flying toys owned by kid android Ethan. It otherwise looks pretty much like the here and now.

The cast also includes Meryl Streep’s increasingly accomplished daughter, Grace Gummer (right, with Gagnon), as a teacher named Julie Gelineau. A corporate mastermind, Hiroyuki Sanada (Hideki Yasumoto), appears to be more sinister than honorable in his efforts to help John Woods build his fleet of androids. Brad Beyer and Sergio Harford play presumably deceased astronauts with ties to Molly. In the first episode’s final scene, she’s told to trust no one. That’s a hook as old as sci-fi itself. But Extant does a very good job of imbedding that hook.

It’s unknown for now whether Molly’s husband is an evil-doer or a well-intentioned man of science. But he’s not a good salesman, telling a questioner during a funding presentation that “what you call a soul, I call a cumulative effect of a lifetime of experience.” That’s not going to cut it.

Berry, an Oscar-winner for 2002’s Monster’s Ball, brings genuine star power to these proceedings. Her portrayal of Molly, particularly in the premiere episode’s outer space segments, is compelling and deeply emotional when something life-changing happens to her after a power outage aboard the station. CBS publicity materials say this will “ultimately change the course of human history.” Otherwise no pressure.

Extant now will have to live up to its considerable promise. CBS has provided only the opening hour for review, which was also its approach with Under the Dome. Had we known then what we know now . . . But Extant makes a pretty terrific first impression. With 12 episodes still to come, the series at the very least has cleared its first big hurdle.

GRADE: B+

NOTE TO READERS --
CBS will go this route a third time next summer with Zoo, a 13-episode series adapted from the 2012 James Patterson bestseller. The thumbnail description in network publicity materials goes like this: ”A global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans across the planet. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, a young renegade biologist is thrust into the race to unlock the pandemic’s mystery before there’s no place left for people to hide.”

There’s no casting yet. CBS entertainment chairman Nina Tassler says that Zoo “further demonstrates our commitment to high-quality, year-round programming and to high-concept series that play to summer audiences in the U.S. as well as on a global scale.”

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On ‘The Bridge,’ the immigration issue
Season two of the FX drama tackles the timely topic
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Jul. 9, 2014

The subject of the new season of “The Bridge,” the FX drama returning for season two tonight at 10 p.m., couldn’t be timelier.

The show, set on the border between Mexico and Texas, will focus on immigration, a political hot potato right now.

The crisis has been mounting for years, and this week President Barack Obama asked Congress to support a $2 billion bill that would help warehouse the hundreds of thousands of kids and teens who have illegally crossed the border and are awaiting a hearing on their immigration status.

While “Bridge” won’t explore the political implications of immigration, it will examine the social aspects, against a greater backdrop of mystery as the show’s two main detectives, American Sonya and Mexican Marco, fight their personal demons while investigating the murder of a drug cartel member.

Whether the timing of an immigration-themed show will be a good thing for ratings is a real question. Many people prefer to avoid real-life issues in their entertainment programming; they want an escape rather than a current events primer.

“Bridge” drew decent live-viewing numbers and exceptional DVR ratings in its first season. In fact, it became the most-time-shifted show in FX history, with seven-day DVR playback more than doubling the show’s viewership among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen, to an average 1.684 million.

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Anyone know the rating for the tnt shows The Last Ship and Falling Skies from this past Sunday night ?
last ship 18-49 = 1.0 / aud = 4.1 million
falling skies 18-49 = 0.8 / aud = 2.8m

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You didn't warn us.
You haven't been paying attention then.

When someone like Moonves says, "We intend to get paid for our content," you should probably take it seriously ... I have no doubt that "they" are trying to figure out a way to charge OTA only viewers, as well as trying to lock down ATSC receivers so you can only receive the officially sanctioned station for your address.

In fact, the more paranoid part of my brain wonders if AEREO was actually bankrolled by "certain parties" for the purpose of setting a legal precedent.

PS: Just because I'm paranoid ...

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good to see last ship doing well. Have they said this is a one and done series?

Falling skies is still good, but its starting to drag a little

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