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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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'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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as well as trying to lock down ATSC receivers so you can only receive the officially sanctioned station for your address.
Impossible. The ATSC specification has no technological ability to do that.

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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
Another dominant night for a ‘Talent’ rerun
NBC reality show leads the network to first place
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Jul. 9, 2014

Just how incredibly dominant is “America’s Got Talent?”

Even in repeats the reality show can dominate a night.

A rerun of “Talent” last night boosted NBC to first place for the night, winning all six half-hours in primetime.

“Talent” averaged a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 10:01 p.m., according to Nielsen, finishing as the night’s No. 1 show.

It also gave its lead-out, “The Night Shift,” a strong lead-in. Though “Shift” fell a tenth from last week, when it had an original “Talent” lead-in, it still posted a solid 1.3, good enough for No. 2 on the night among the Big Four behind “Talent.”

Of course, NBC faced minimal competition. ABC was the only network with all originals. Its 8 p.m. reality program, “Extreme Weight Loss,” posted a 1.0, up a tenth from last week, while lead-out “Celebrity Wife Swap” drew a 1.0, flat to last week.

NBC finished first for the night among 18-49s with a 1.6 average overnight rating and a 5 share. Univision was second at 1.1/4, ABC third at 1.0/3, CBS fourth at 0.9/3, Telemundo fifth at 0.7/2, Fox sixth at 0.5/2 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.

NBC was first during each hour of the night, starting with a 1.5 at 8 p.m. for the first hour of a repeat of “Talent,” followed by CBS with a 1.1 for an “NCIS” rerun. ABC was third with a 1.0 for “Weight,” and Univision fourth with a 0.9 for “De Que Te Quiero, Te Quiero.” Fox and Telemundo tied for fifth at 0.5, Fox for reruns of “Family Guy” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and Telemundo for “Reina de Corazones,” and CW was seventh with a 0.3 for a rerun of “Arrow.”

At 9 p.m. NBC led with a 1.9 for more “Talent,” while Univision moved to second with a 1.4 for “Lo Que La Vida Me Robo.” ABC was third with a 1.1 for more “Weight,” CBS fourth with a 0.9 for a repeat of “NCIS: Los Angeles,” Telemundo fifth with a 0.5 for “En Otra Piel,” Fox sixth with a 0.4 for reruns of “Brooklyn” and “The Mindy Project” and CW seventh with a 0.3 for a repeat of “Supernatural.”

NBC was first again at 10 p.m. with a 1.3 for “Shift,” with Univision second with a 1.1 for “Que Pobres Tan Ricos.” ABC was third with a 1.0 for “Swap,” and CBS and Telemundo tied for fourth at a 0.9, CBS for a repeat of “Person of Interest” and Telemundo for “El Señor de los Cielos.”

Among households, NBC was first for the night with a 4.6 average overnight rating and an 8 share. CBS was second at 4.4/8, ABC third at 2.2/4, Univision fourth at 1.5/3, Fox and Telemundo tied for fifth at 0.8/1 and CW was seventh at 0.6/1.

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BBC renews 'Orphan Black,' sets 'Broadchurch' return
By Gary Levin, USA Today - Jul. 9, 2014

BBC America has officially renewed acclaimed drama Orphan Black for a third season and is readying the return of murder mystery Broadchurch.

Orphan, starring Tatiana Maslany as a series of clones, will go back into production this fall and return to the cable network next spring. It is one of the first series produced specifically for BBC's American channel.

Broadchurch, a British import starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman as detectives chasing the murderer of a child, will return for a second season early in 2015, which follows the trial of the culprit. (No spoiler here in case you haven't caught up with it yet). Charlotte Rampling and Academy Award nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste join the cast.

The series is being remade, apparently scene for scene, by Fox, which has retitled it Gracepoint, set it in the Pacific Northwest, filmed it in Vancouver but kept Tennant in the lead role, though he has an American accent. That version, which co-stars Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) in the role played by Colman, airs this fall.

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Summer TCA Tour Notes
WGN America’s ‘Manhattan’ To Walk Fine Line Between Fact And Fiction, Creator Says
By Lisa De Moraes, Deadline.com - Jul. 9, 2014

WGN America’s 13-episode series Manhattan, about the race to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, NM, is not an allegory for current politics, creator Sam Shaw insisted today at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2014, despite suggestions otherwise by some member of the cast, and by journalists.

“It’s not The Crucible,” Shaw said, drawing blank looks from some in the Golden Globes ballroom of the Beverly Hilton as he referenced Arthur Miller’s play — in which the Salem witch trials stands in for the McCarthy era’s Committee on Un-American Activities. Maybe sensing the hesitation, Shaw acknowledged that, even when not intended, storytelling about the past “has a lot to say about this moment in time,” he said, putting the bloggers/tweeters in the hall back on more familiar ground.

WGN America's "Manhattan" Panel at TCAEarlier, Shaw got asked if J. Robert Oppenheimer — sometimes called the father of the atomic bomb, and who appeared in the first episode — would be a regular or recurring character, and if other historical figures would populate the cast. “This is not going to be a Great Men of History piece,” he said, rather, a series that trying to “capture something of what life was like for the other 7,000 people living at Los Alamos.” The model, he said, is E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime — “It’s he texture of a time and place, populated with fictional characters.”

That led one TV critic to question the use of make-believe people to develop real atomic bombs.

“There’s a fine line between fact and fiction, particularly when dealing with scientific discovery,” Shaw acknowledged, but said they’ve been able to “create a show that has scientific verisimilitude but isn’t robbing the grave of history.”

Episodes are shot in and around an abandoned Army hospital they found in New Mexico that was due to be demolished and “was filled with asbestos,” director/EP Thomas Schlamme said. There they “created a whole world [the actors] could walk into, that didn’t feel like a sound stage, but something more along the lines of what it felt like for the men and women who were transported from their homes on the east and west coast, and “plopped into the desert” to work on, or in support of, the Manhattan Project.

Asked if the government was “cooperating” with the production, Schlamme responded the government was not restricting them in any way, “so, from my point of view, they are cooperating.” And when one TV critic asked if the anti-Semitism of that era in the U.S. would be depicted, Schlamme said, “both my parents fled Nazi Germany, so I can promise you it’s a theme.”

WGN America is pulling out all the stops for the premiere of the original scripted drama series. When it debuts on July 27, the premiere episode will be seen not only on WGN America but also on Tribune stations in 33 markets nationwide including WPIX/New York, KTLA/Los Angeles, WGN/Chicago, WPHL/Philadelphia and WDCW/Washington, DC. From Shaw (Masters Of Sex), director Thomas Schlamme, Skydance TV, Tribune Studios and Lionsgate TV, follows the brilliant but flawed Los Alamos scientists and their families. John Benjamin Hickey, Daniel Stern, Olivia Williams, Ashley Zukerman and Rachel Brosnahan star.

On July 4, WGN America aired a half-hour original special looking at 1940s Los Alamos. Premiere of The Manhattan Project: Beyond The Bomb was followed by airings on Tribune stations nationwide. After the series premiere, Manhattan will continue its run on WGN America, Sundays at its regular time, 10 PM ET.

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Summer TCA Tour Notes
Investigation Discovery’s ‘Heartbreakers’ Cast Battles TV Critics

The 1980s and ’90s Hollywood hotties cast in Investigation Discovery‘s three-part summer series Heartbreakers got pretty undie-bunched this morning at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2014 when a TV critic re-named their true-crime series True Crime Sharknado.

But a giant V-shaped depression had formed in the hall long before that. TV critics in the audience had guffawed pretty loudly before the Q&A portion of the festivities when the network showed them clips of the series’ three episodes — all based on real life stories about “dreamboats who turned into nightmares,” as Group President Henry Schleiff described the project, debuting August 13.

When one TV critic began to prattle on happily about how “campy” the project is, former Baywatch babe Nicole Eggert shot back: You call it campy — but it’s a true story…It was very emotionally honest.”

“You have to approach it with a realistic sensibility… you don’t want to approach it as a joke,” chimed in former Growing Pains cutie Tracey Gold. Kevin Sorbo explained to critics they were not seeing the interviews with the stories’ actual victims that will be woven into each episode, which he said, with a straight face, gives them a “20/20 feel.”

“On top of that, they paid us a lot of money,” Sorbo snarked.

That’s when another critic suggested the series wasn’t so much 20/20 as True Crime Sharknado. ”Sharknado was a hit,” snapped Eggert, like she meant it to sting.

Exec producer Pamela Deutsch jumped in here to calm the waters, agreeing there could be — “like life” — “moments of real seriousness, moments of tenderness” and “moments of humor” in the series, adding, “it ebbs and flows that way.”

To recap: Heartbreakers is a sort of macedoine of 20/20 and Sharknado. And peace reigned — for about a minute.

Sorbo bristled when a TV critic asked him to discuss his recent “comeback” having “left Hollywood” — or, having had Hollywood leave him. “I don’t know if I left Hollywood. I shot 50 movies in the last nine years. I’ve got about eight other movies in the can,” he said.

Another critic asked Eggert to talk about the “ridiculousness” of her storyline, in which her character finds herself married to a guy who’s already got a wife. “You’re asking a woman who’s never been married – and I have two kids. Relationships are hard, and they’re difficult. The woman I portrayed had already had a failed marriage and a child and was trying to open her heart and trust somebody and he wasn’t a good guy. It’s almost typical,” Eggert responded.

Another critic, probing a wound, asked the panelists to discuss how it feels to be so entirely identified with their decades-old characters.

“They don’t ever go away,” replied Christopher Knight, aka Peter Brady, who’d looked particularly unhappy to be here — but then his clip got the biggest laugh from the critics. “I’ve reached a peace with it.” Sorbo said he hated being Hercules in the ’90s, but loved playing Captain Dylan Hunt in the more recent Andromeda, adding that he knows loads of actors who would “give one testicle to get on one series in their lifetimes.”

“If we weren’t on those shows we wouldn’t be here,” Eggert added, accurately.

Sorbo told the oft-told Michael Caine story — it may even be true — in which he was asked why he took a role in one of the Jaws movies, and if he ever actually watched the finished product, and Caine responded, “No – but I saw the house it bought me in Spain.”

In April, Investigation Discovery unveiled its new slate of cheesetastic shows, including A Stranger In My Home, Obsession: Dark Desires, Beauty Queen Murders, I’d Kill For You, Evil In-Law, Fear They Neighbor, and our personal fave, Elder Skelter, about people “too old to keep dry britches” who nonetheless committed cold, calculated crimes. “Did they suffer from dementia, or had their spent a lifetime surpressing sick fantasies?” ID asked, rhetorically.

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Dish tells FCC to block Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal
By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - Jul. 9, 2014

Satellite broadcaster Dish Network wants the government to block Comcast Corp.'s proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable.

In meetings with top Federal Communications Commission officials earlier this week, Dish said a combination of Comcast and Time Warner Cable "presents serious competitive concerns for the broadband and video marketplaces and therefore should be denied."

The details of the meetings were revealed in an FCC filing by Dish.

Dish, led by Chairman Charlie Ergen, told the FCC that "there do not appear to be any conditions that would remedy the harms that would result from the merger." Dish made its case to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and commissioners Mignon Clyburn, Ajit Pai, Jessica Rosenworcel and Michael O'Rielly.

Among Dish's concerns are the leverage a combined Comcast-Time Warner Cable would have in negotiating distribution deals with content suppliers. If approved, Comcast would see its video subscriber base grow from about 22 million to 30 million homes. It would also be the dominant video supplier in several major markets, including New York and Los Angeles.

"A combined Comcast-TWC will be able to exercise its enormous size to leverage programming content in anti-competitive ways," Dish said. The result of such leverage would be smaller distributors such as Dish having to pay more for their content.

Dish also said acquiring Time Warner Cable would give Comcast too much power over the Internet and the ability to stifle new online video services that might try to compete against it.

"Comcast-TWC will have at least three 'choke points' in the broadband pipe where it can harm competing video services: the last mile 'public Internet' channel to the consumer; the interconnection point; and any managed or specialized service channels, which can act as high-speed lanes and squeeze the capacity of the public Internet portion of the pipe," Dish told the FCC. "Each choke point provides the ability for the combined company to foreclose the online video offerings of its competitors."

A Comcast spokeswoman responded, “as our filings have shown, every market we operate in is highly competitive. Dish has long been one of our most vigorous competitors, and unlike us has a national footprint available in tens of millions of more homes than a combined Comcast –Time Warner Cable.” The spokeswoman added that Dish “not wanting stronger competitors isn’t surprising and it isn’t new.”

In addition to its worries about Comcast and Time Warner Cable, Dish said AT&T's proposed purchase of satellite broadcaster DirecTV also "presents competitive concerns." Dish had flirted with merging with DirecTV for many years, including as recently as this last spring, but ultimately, DirecTV chose to partner with AT&T.

Dish joins smaller cable operators and Netflix in voicing concerns about the Comcast-Time Warner Cable marriage. Some programmers have also worried about the ability of Comcast to squeeze them for lower fees.

Media watchdogs and consumer groups have also raised red flags about both deals, saying the end result will be less choice for video and broadband and higher bills.

The FCC, along with the Justice Department, are tasked with reviewing both the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal and AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV.

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THURSDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
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ABC:
8PM - Black Box
9PM - Rookie Blue
10PM - NY Med
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11:35AM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Roseanne Barr; Eric Dane; Tech N9NE performs)
(R - Jun. 24)
12:07AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - The Big Bang Theory
(R - Mar. 17)
8:31PM - The Millers
(R - Oct. 10)
9:01PM - Big Brother (LIVE)
10PM - Extant
(R - Jul. 9)
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11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Michael Douglas; comic Paul Morrissey; Kiesza performs)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Carl Reiner; Valerie Azlynn)

NBC:
8PM - Hollywood Game Night
9PM - Welcome to Sweeden (Series Premiere)
9:30PM - Working the Engels (Series Premiere)
10PM - Last Comic Standing
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11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Dana Carvey; Hailee Steinfeld; MAGIC! performs)
12:36AM - Late Night with Seth Myers (Keri Russell; baseball analyst Kevin Millar and broadcaster Sean Casey; Michelle Wolff)
1:37AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (TV hosts Brian Unger and Zane Lamprey; The Crystal Method performs; musical group Milagres)
(R - Apr. 10)

FOX:
8PM - Hell's Kitchen
9PM - Gang Related

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - The 'This Old House' Hour (R - Jan. 9)
9PM - Last Tango in Halifax
(R - Nov. 26)
10:30PM - Antiques Roadshow: Vintage Toronto
(R - Jul. 7)

UNIVISION:
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Summer TCA Tour Notes
Tom Hollander, Andrew Davies, BBC America Bring Dylan Thomas to TCA
By Cynthia Littleton, Variety.com - Jul. 9, 2014

BBC America always adds a big dollop of veddy British seasoning to TCA, but this year the cabler delivered a mini seminar on one of Blighty’s greatest 20th century poets, Dylan Thomas.

Tom Hollander plays the self-destructive Welshman in the telepic “A Poet in New York,” which chroncles Thomas’ last days in New York before his death in 1953 at age 39.

Hollander impresses in the role. It was clear from his appearance at TCA — via satellite because his flight out of France was unexpectedly grounded for weather conditions — that he steeped himself in Thomas lore. That process included weight gain of almost “two stone” in order to depict Thomas in his appropriately bloated, alcoholic state.

“I listened to as much of his poetry on my phone as I could,” Hollander said, noting that he sought out all the recordings of Thomas he could find. “And I thought about all the alcoholics I’ve known. And I’ve known a few.”

Andrew Davies, the seasoned scribe behind the original “House of Cards,” among other projects, said that the specter of Thomas loomed large when he was a kid growing up in Wales.

“He just poured open his heart all over the place — magnificently, passionately, and yet he was suffering all the time,” Davies said. “I knew there was something to do (dramatically) with those two things.”

Davies made it clear that he wasn’t as interested in exploring the issues of addiction as he was telling the messy story of Thomas’ life.

Hollander closed out the session by reading a Thomas poem that was recently unearthed and will be published in a new collection in the fall. “Song” is a goofy ode to “the Buckingham Palace of booze.”

“He was yearning for a life he couldn’t live,” Hollander said. “He tried to but he paid the ultimate price for it.”

http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/tom-...ca-1201260170/

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Summer TCA Tour Notes
Discovery’s World: Naked Survivalists, Poetic Hillbillies, Vintage Heartthrobs and More

Discovery Communications and its 14 niche-ified U.S. channels are a good illustration of how much TV viewing has changed.

The conglom’s channels turn out hundreds of hours of original programming every year, most of it unscripted. Beyond the flagship Discovery, TLC and Animal Planet brands, the Discovery outlets have tended to blur together. That’s why the group has been on such a rebranding kick, to give channels distinct identities that immediately telegraph what viewers should expect when they tune in.

The latest rebrand is the transformation of Discovery Fit & Health into Discovery Life, unveiled formally Wednesday morning at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills. It will take time for that moniker to mean anything more to viewers than the previous one, but Henry Schleiff, the Discovery group prexy overseeing the makeover, promises it will become clear in time with a mix of medical-themed shows ranging from mystery ailments to heart-tugging stories from the maternity ward.

Schleiff is a veteran cable programmer who has been with Discovery for the past five years. He signed on to oversee the makeover of Investigation Discovery, which has blossomed as it honed its true-crime and documentary niche. Schleiff’s success is reflected in the fact that he’s taken on oversight of additional channels (Destination America, American Heroes Channel and now Discovery Life) virtually every year he’s been at the company.

“The magic word is ‘curation,’ ” Schleiff said. “With the volume of cable and digital (programming) now there’s no such thing as appointment television. It’s important to have real clarity in your brand.”

That extends beyond the channel moniker to programming blocks as Investigation Discovery brands its primetime blocks with umbrella titles like “Deadly Devotion,” “Dark Temptation” and “Nightmare Next Door.”

“We change the name every hour or so but we’re consistent. We know what our viewer likes and we give it to them,” he says.

In the case of Investigation Discovery, that viewer is a femme on the older side of the 25-54 demo, and she wants mystery and suspense programming. ID may hit the jackpot with a new scripted show “Heartbreakers” that mixes 1980s and ’90s nostalgia with true-crime reenactment stories starring vintage heartthrobs a la Kevin Sorbo and Antonio Sabato Jr., as well as 1980s TV stars such as Nicole Eggert and Tracey Gold.

The range of Discovery’s efforts to target distinct slices of the TV viewing audience was on display in the eclectic mix of personalities that took the stage during the group’s presentation. The “Heartthrobs” session was lively, with Sorbo reminding jaded journos that he can’t be called a has-been if he’s got eight movies in the can and dozens under his belt since his last TV series, the syndicated “Andromeda” ended.

The self-described hillbillies of Destination America’s “Hillbilly Blood” kept the crowd engaged with discussion of the resilience that it takes to make it a place where chain stores are few and far between and locals expect to take care of their own. For all its challenges, Appalachia is “a part of the Earth that scrapes up against heaven,” said Spencer ‘Two Dogs’ Bolchak, in a genuinely poetic observation.

Discovery showed off “Naked and Afraid,” its buzzy show that sends participants into a exotic location without any provisions, not even clothes. No, it’s not about titillation, the participants insisted, but about testing your mettle as a human being, as past participant Dani Julien said on the panel. “You can’t just say I’m going to run around in the woods with no clothes on for 21 days without preparing,” she observed.

Exec producer Jay Renfroe noted that it is an elaborate job to keep up with the pixelation needs of the show. And while participants are stripped naked and humbled by the challenge, egos are not entirely suppressed by the experience.

“A lot of guys do request larger blur spots,” he noted.

Among other news, Discovery announced the promotion of Rick Holzman as exec VP and general manager of Animal Planet. He’s a 10-year Discovery vet who previously worked for the flagship channel as well as Science. His promotion follows the shuffle of group prexy responsibilities that saw Animal Planet chief Marjorie Kaplan expand her turf to include TLC.

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‘Welcome to Sweden’ and ‘Working the Engels’ on NBC
By Alessandra Stanley, The New York Times - Jul. 10, 2014

Scandinavians don’t complain. Not even about ethnic stereotyping.

Apparently it’s not a slur to paint an entire people as tall, blond and briskly self-sufficient. So there is something to be gained by making fun of the land of the midnight sun — Swedish Americans are unlikely to picket NBC about its new show “Welcome to Sweden” or flood the Federal Communications Commission with mass emails. But there are also limits to how piquant the cultural collision can be between a blue-eyed, pancake-fed accountant from the Midwest and a blue-eyed, potato pancake-fed Swedish banker.

“Welcome to Sweden,” which begins Thursday at 9:00 p.m., is pleasant, inoffensive and quite charming. It was commissioned by Swedish television and was shown there in March. For American viewers, the 10-episode series has an unusually Continental flair, with much of the dialogue spoken in Swedish and rendered in subtitles.

Thanks to ever-expanding horizons on cable and the Internet, American viewers have become more open to a crime genre known as Nordic noir. “Welcome to Sweden” is Scandinavian blanc.

When the show is funny, and it can be, the humor is mild and slyly understated. It’s much better than another new show that follows it, “Working the Engels,” which is quite the opposite and not funny at all.

But “Welcome to Sweden” is more good-natured than it is good, more good-humored than it is humorous.

What it does have is pedigree. A little like many Swedes, Greg Poehler, the star and creator of “Welcome to Sweden,” is genetically blessed. One of his executive producers is his older sister, Amy Poehler, an alumna of “Saturday Night Live” and the star of “Parks and Recreation.” Ms. Poehler plays herself in a cameo; so does her “Parks” co-star Aubrey Plaza.

The premise is drawn from Mr. Poehler’s own life. He was trained as a lawyer, married a Swedish woman and moved to Stockholm, eventually giving up his law career to become a stand-up comedian.

Mr. Poehler plays Bruce, a financial adviser to celebrities who quits his New York practice to follow his girlfriend, Emma Wiik (Josephine Bornebusch), to her new banking job back home. He quickly discovers that even though almost everyone in Sweden speaks English, he still can’t be fully understood. Emma’s mother, Viveka (Lena Olin), for example, doesn’t understand why he is so short.

Emma is fairly patient, even when Bruce’s sweet but clumsy American provincialism alienates her relatives and friends. It’s a little like Ikea meets “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” but Bruce is no Larry David. Perhaps only by Scandinavian standards is Bruce uncouth. But he does have trouble adapting to the nude family saunas, rustic summer cottages and all-inclusive welfare. That, for some reason, doesn’t bother Will Ferrell, who shows up as himself seeking help with his taxes.

Comfortably ensconced with a gorgeous Swedish woman in a nearby country house, Will rhapsodizes about all the things about Sweden that Bruce finds irritating: “picking blueberries, outhouses, a year off if you have a baby, even if you don’t have a baby, just a year off, your family around constantly.”

Bruce finds a kindred spirit at a Swedish language class, a fierce-looking Iraqi immigrant named Hassan (Basim Sabah Albasim), who has a murderous hatred for all things American. Bruce doesn’t tell Hassan where he is from, and they bond over video games. When Emma questions their friendship, Bruce explains, “He accepts me for who I am.” She retorts, “Did you tell him you are not Canadian?” Bruce amends his words. “He accepts me for who he thinks I am.”

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“Working the Engels” (Thursday at 9:30 p.m.) is also an international effort, a joint production by American and Canadian companies, but it doesn’t by any means bring together the best of both worlds.

Andrea Martin (“SCTV”) plays Ceil, a woman who is left with huge debts after her husband dies. She has two older, parasitical children and one promising one, Jenna (Kacey Rohl), a rookie lawyer. The siblings band together to salvage their dead father’s storefront legal practice, but, of course, only Jenna can do any work. Sandy (Azura Skye), a former pill addict who has found religion, though mostly on the Internet, is a hopeless mess, especially as a receptionist. Jimmy (Ben Arthur) is a handsome petty crook who acts as the firm’s investigator, though he mostly discovers women he wants to seduce.

The family dynamic is not unlike the one on “Arrested Development,” only “Working the Engels” leaves out the humor, inventiveness and sophistication. “Zany” is a word that mostly applies to antic comedy that isn’t funny, and that includes “Working the Engels.”

“Welcome to Sweden” explores less familiar territory and best of all, is not in the least bit zany.

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