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The annual rate increase is just terrible, I have the same modem I have had for 4 or 5 years at least, and of course the modem is depreciating annually, yet the fee has doubled since I got it, actually I think it a little bit more than double, I'm pretty sure it started off at $3.00/month and now it's $7.00/month and all the outlet fees that have just been tacked on through the years.
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Why would you ever rent a cable modem? $68.99 Docsis 3 Cable Modem
I think some people are a bit gun shy that they're spend the money, only to have the cable company change the required specs before it pays for itself.

I'm not saying that will happen, but it creates a lot of confusion for some people.
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I think some people are a bit gun shy that they're spend the money, only to have the cable company change the required specs before it pays for itself.

I'm not saying that will happen, but it creates a lot of confusion for some people.
Not only that, but if you have problems and you have your own equipment, I've found the cable company to not be so helpful, it's like a built in excuse and you have to prove your innocence. I've got a MOXI and it took forever for them to get it going, funny how the tech walked in the door, did nothing but talk to the tech on the other line and voila the box was working.
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It's not just that. The DVR fees they charge, the rentals for the equipment - they're rapidly going up too, just check your TWC bill. In some ways, they're just using the escalating carriage fees from providers as an excuse to raise rates for everything, including equipment already in the field.

And this, in spite of the 2-year contract many of us signed that was supposed to "lock in" our monthly fees. Amazing that they can legally get away with it.
Read your Terms of Service. "Price locks" affect programming prices only, not equipment or service fees.
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And that's where they get you .

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I think some people are a bit gun shy that they're spend the money, only to have the cable company change the required specs before it pays for itself.

I'm not saying that will happen, but it creates a lot of confusion for some people.

That's true also, I did have a change of modems and at the original $3 it probably wouldn't have paid for itself, but at $7/month and a new one costing in the $70 range, it might be worth the gamble, a lot more than it was then.
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Not only that, but if you have problems and you have your own equipment, I've found the cable company to not be so helpful, it's like a built in excuse and you have to prove your innocence. I've got a MOXI and it took forever for them to get it going, funny how the tech walked in the door, did nothing but talk to the tech on the other line and voila the box was working.
Apples and oranges. A piece of equipment that is exactly what they will rent to you, will receive the same level of support from the cable company as the one you rented. Providing support for a DVR that probably 1 in 1,000 installers have every seen or heard of is quite a different manner.

You are paying $7 a month for a device you can buy for $70. That is $84 a year. Buy one once a year and throw it away at the end of the year and you saved yourself $14.

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And those locks don't cover all programming either. They usually don't cover premium channels for example.

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That's true also, I did have a change of modems and at the original $3 it probably wouldn't have paid for itself, but at $7/month and a new one costing in the $70 range, it might be worth the gamble, a lot more than it was then.
But you didn't have to change that modem. Your old modem would have worked just fine, but you would not have gotten the speeds you were paying for. Your old modem was a Docsis 2, the new modem is a Docsis 3. There is a new standard in the works, Docsis 3.1, but full scale implementation isn't expected until 2016 or 2017 and that won't make your current modem obsolete, you just won't be able to get the 1Gbs speeds that cables companies are starting to advertise.

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Why would you ever rent a cable modem? $68.99 Docsis 3 Cable Modem
Absolutely! Unless you're forced by your Internet provider to rent their modem it's always a better value to just purchase your own. If you're someone who bounces around providers and technology(telco vs cable) then maybe renting is okay, but otherwise you're just throwing money away. For example, Comcast provides a list of modems they support, purchase one on that list and you're good to go. There's over 30+ modems on the list.

The modem I purchased is a Zoom 8x4 DOCSIS 3 and it's worked like a champ.

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Absolutely! Unless you're forced by your Internet provider to rent their modem it's always a better value to just purchase your own. If you're someone who bounces around providers and technology(telco vs cable) then maybe renting is okay, but otherwise you're just throwing money away. For example, Comcast provides a list of modems they support, purchase one on that list and you're good to go. There's over 30+ modems on the list.

The modem I purchased is a Zoom 8x4 DOCSIS 3 and it's worked like a champ.
I am in total agreement. In fact, when I went to Comcast internet a few years back I used your suggestion at the time, that same Zoom, and it has worked just like a champ, because it is!
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A la carte would not push down cable TV prices in the short term. In fact, in the short term it could cause substantial price increases and lots of howling from consumers. But that might be a good thing if it made people care more about the quality of the programming on each channel that they had to pay a separate fee for. I mean, really, how many people would be willing to pay a specific fee just for the duck hunters and the celebrity trollops?
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A la carte would not push down cable TV prices in the short term. In fact, in the short term it could cause substantial price increases and lots of howling from consumers. But that might be a good thing if it made people care more about the quality of the programming on each channel that they had to pay a separate fee for. I mean, really, how many people would be willing to pay a specific fee just for the duck hunters and the celebrity trollops?
I'd pay for a channel that has those duck hunters hunting those celebrity trollops.
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I'd pay for a channel that has those duck hunters hunting those celebrity trollops.
That wouldn't be fair, do it the other way around. Just give the guns to the trollops far away from me.

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Sure, You Loved Lucy, but Vintage Has Limits
A Case of Retro TV Overload
By Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times - Jul. 28, 2014

But if you’re watching this fare all day, every day, you need help, because “venerable” doesn’t necessarily mean “still watchable.” Sluggish pacing, wooden acting, wince-inducing jokes and obvious plot twists abound in the television of the distant and even not-so-distant past. Too much of this will turn your brain to mush as surely as too much of today’s reality TV will.

I know this is heresy to some, but since I’m in this far, I might as well go whole hog. Here are nine great, important, fabulous vintage (or soon to be) shows that I never want to see again. I don’t know if they are currently being shown on any of the channels mentioned above, but surely somebody has programmed them or plans to in the future. No! Back in the vault, please:

‘GREEN ACRES’ (1965) Speaking of stereotypes, there was this empty-headed series. Along with “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “Gomer Pyle” and a few others, it made sure “rural” and “stupid” would be wrongly linked for years to come.

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It's comments like this that make me wonder if the author ever watched more than snippets of this show. His comments are wrong in so many ways.

On the most superficial level, the series was very even-handed with it's characters. There was no derision of the rural characters. It was a fish-out-of-water scenario, where you really had people from different worlds living in the same small community, and the contrasts of their perspectives creating all kinds of humorous situations. The locals weren't portrayed as stupid, unsophisticated perhaps, but not stupid. And they would often get the best of Mr. Douglas, who's big-city life ad background was just as often made fun of.

On a higher level, Mr. Genzlinger misses that Green Acres was more than just an empty-headed sitcom. Long before reading the works of Beckett, I was introduced to the theater of the absurd through this show, with almost every episode serving as a primer. Also lost on Mr. Genzlinger were the societal commentaries included in some of the episodes. Some are dated now, 50 years later, but others still apply.

I remember watching this show as a child, later while in college, then about 10 years ago, and again today through reruns on a local station. Even though I've seen each episode multiple times, the show still remains fresh. It also has the same quality as Seinfeld in that one can become attached enough to the characters to feel like you could easily be friends with all of them.

For those who may think I'm giving the show too much credit, and in rebuttal to the Times piece, here's a much better article for anyone with an interest in the series and how inventive it was from a guy that gets it:

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What a ridiculous bit of posturing. The FCC has no power to compel the parties to enter arbitration. Chairman Wheeler knows that, and so do the members of Congress who urged him to do something. It's all election year posturing amounting to "I feel your pain."

Hey, is anybody still feeling Brooklyn's pain? The Boys of Summer back then didn't get paid what the athletes do now, but they had the love of the community in a way that today's Dodgers can never have.
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What a ridiculous bit of posturing. The FCC has no power to compel the parties to enter arbitration. Chairman Wheeler knows that, and so do the members of Congress who urged him to do something. It's all election year posturing amounting to "I feel your pain."

Hey, is anybody still feeling Brooklyn's pain? The Boys of Summer back then didn't get paid what the athletes do now, but they had the love of the community in a way that today's Dodgers can never have.
I agree on your Wheeler point, but to be fair your second point should include any pro sports team, not just the Dodgers.
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I may have had the old Brooklyn Dodgers on my mind because we're coming up on the 75th anniversary of the first televised MLB game.
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I may have had the old Brooklyn Dodgers on my mind because we're coming up on the 75th anniversary of the first televised MLB game.
Tonight during the game it was announced that Vin Scully, after soul-searching, will be back for 66th Dodgers season, the crowd went nuts.
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Stephen A. Smith won't be on ESPN for a week after controversial comments
By Nina Mandell, USA Today - Jul. 29, 2014

Four days after Stephen A. Smith’s controversial comments about domestic violence on ESPN’s First Take, ESPN announced the host will be taking some time off.

“ESPN announced today that Stephen A. Smith will not appear on First Take or ESPN Radio for the next week. He will return to ESPN next Wednesday,” ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz wrote in a statement emailed to For The Win.

Smith was speaking about the NFL’s controversial suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice when he seemed to imply that some women are to blame for domestic violence. After an almost immediate outcry, including from his ESPN co-worker Michelle Beadle, he issued two separate apologies on Twitter.

On Monday, Smith issued a pre-taped apology before First Take and ESPN released a statement saying his previous statements did not reflect the company’s viewpoint.

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FremantleMedia North America & Jeff Gaspin To Revive ‘To Tell the Truth’
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Jul. 29, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: To Tell The Truth is eyeing a comeback. FremantleMedia North America has teamed with Jeff Gaspin and George Moll on a new version of the classic celebrity panel game show. Eyed for primetime on the broadcast networks, the new To Tell The Truth is described as an update of the familiar format with a surprising new twist that adds action and suspense and raises the stakes. It will be taken out to buyers shortly.

Created by Bob Stewart, To Tell The Truth launched in the U.S. in 1956 and has gone through several incarnations on network TV and in syndication, airing a total of 25 seasons to date, with its most recent run ending in 2001. The original format features a panel of four celebrities who are introduced to three people who all claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent. One of them is telling the truth, and the other two are lying. After asking questions, the celebrities take turns identifying who they believe is telling the truth.

Former NBC chairman Gaspin, a To Tell The Truth fan, tracked down the format to FremantleMedia, which owns the rights. He also brought in longtime collaborator Moll. The two, along with Gay Rosenthal, created and produced one of VH1′s signature series, Behind The Music. Executive producing To Tell The Truth with Gaspin and Moll are FMNA’s Thom Beers and Toby Gorman. Once a primetime staple, game shows largely have migrated to daytime and early fringe, where they do very well. FMNA is behind several of them, including Family Feud, The Price Is Right and Let’s Make A Deal. Recent game shows that have had successful primetime runs include Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Deal Or No Deal and Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? (all spawning syndicated versions) as well as the current NBC series Hollywood Game Night.

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TV Land Cancels Kirstie Alley Comedy
By Variety.com Staff - Jul. 29, 2014

Kirstie Alley’s return to sitcom work was short-lived. TV Land has axed “Kirstie” after one season.

“Kirstie” starred Alley as a Broadway star who reunites with the son she gave up for adoption years ago. The series reunited Alley with her former “Cheers” co-star Rhea Perlman. It also starred Eric Petersen and “Seinfeld’s” Michael Richards.

“Kirstie” bowed in December and faced a behind-the-scenes shakeup in February when creator/showrunner Marco Pennette left the show.

TV Land is continuing its aggressive push into scripted comedies, with word circulating that the Viacom cabler is about to greenlight a project toplined by Jim Gaffigan.

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Jim Gaffigan Comedy Nabs Series Order from TV Land
By Cynthia Littleton, Variety.com - Jul. 29, 2014

Jim Gaffigan’s domestic comedy “The Gaffigan Show” has landed a series order at TV Land.

The show, which has a 10-episode order for a 2015 premiere, revolves around Gaffigan’s life as a standup comic and father who struggles with an insatiable appetite. The project was developed for CBS this past pilot season.

Peter Tolan and Michael Wimer are exec producers with Gaffigan and Jeannie Gaffigan. Seth Gordon directed the pilot. The show is still in need of a showrunner, however.

Adam Goldberg, Michael Ian Black and Ashley Williams also star. Episodes of the show will air on sibling Viacom cabler Comedy Central, where Gaffigan is known for his many standup specials, within a week of debut on TV Land.

TV Land prexy Larry Jones said the show was a good fit with the “Gen Xers” the cabler is targeting. “We love Jim Gaffigan’s brand of humor,” Jones said.

TV Land has ordered 10 episodes of the series, which will draw inevitable comparisons to FX’s “Louie” in its focus on a comedian’s life in Gotham.

Gaffigan’s life as a father has been the focus of much of his standup routine in recent years. He penned a successful memoir, “Dad is Fat,” that formed the basis of “The Gaffigan Show.”

“I am thrilled that TV Land is giving us this opportunity to do this show that Peter, Jeannie and I have been fine-tuning for three years,” said Jim Gaffigan. “I’m probably most excited about the craft service.”

Sony Pictures TV produced the pilot for CBS. The studio remains involved with the show but is not the lead production entity.

Gaffigan is a top draw on the standup circuit but he has yet to star in a hit series. He was a regular on TBS’ “My Boys” and CBS’ “The Ellen Show.” He previously toplined the short-lived CBS comedy “Welcome to New York” in 2000-01.

TV Land’s pickup of “Gaffigan” comes on the same day the cabler formally cancelled the Kirstie Alley starrer “Kirstie.”

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'Sharknado' takes Manhattan
By Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's 'Tuned In' Blog - Jul. 30, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Last summer’s social media phenomenon, Syfy’s “Sharknado,” returns for what appears to be a bigger, sillier sequel with “Sharknado 2: The Second One” (9 tonight, Syfy).

This time director Anthony C. Ferrante and writer Thunder Levin lean more heavily into comedy, particularly in casting. When you hire a veteran of “Airplane!” to play a pilot of a jetliner in an opening scene that turns into “Sharks on a Plane,” it’s clear the tongue is planted firmly in cheek.

Some curators of schlock TV may be put off by all the celebrity cameos this time — it appears everyone from Kelly Osbourne to Judd Hirsch to Matt Lauer and Al Roker were eager to be shark bait — but for the most part the cameos add to the fun rather than detract from it.

The new film picks up not too long after events in the first movie. April (Tara Reid) has written a book (“How to Survive a Sharknado,” which is actually for sale in the real world from Three Rivers Press), so she and ex-husband Fin (Ian Ziering) are flying to New York together for her book signing and so he can see his sister (Kari Wuhrer) and his brother-in-law (Mark McGrath), with whom there’s some bad blood.

Soon there’s lots of red blood as characters lose limbs (“The next time you lend a hand, don’t be so literal about it,” Fin jokes), get rained on by sharks at a baseball game and find themselves under attack on the New York subway. (Don’t ask how the sharks get in the New York sewers, a feat that proves unlucky for at least one alligator.)

“Sharknado 2” includes the obligatory “jump the shark” joke, and it repurposes the chainsaw gambit from the first film while throwing in a bunch of new set pieces including use of the head of the Statue of Liberty in an homage to “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

There’s also a character who fashions a handy, Inspector Gadget-style addition to her arsenal. And the audacity of circumstances around a wedding proposal atop the Empire State Building in the closing minutes is a wonder to behold.

Technically, “Sharknado 2” is pretty much just as sloppy as the first film, with scenes that supposedly take place during a storm filled with streams of natural sunlight, but the amateurish quality is part of the franchise’s charm.

At a screening of the film earlier this month at a shark-themed party at The Beverly Hilton pool, the stars of “Sharknado” expressed surprise at the success of the first film. Mr. Ziering admitted he agreed to star in the film only to cover his insurance through SAG-AFTRA.

“I told my wife, I don’t think this is something I should do, and she said, with daughter Mia on her lap and Penna still in her belly, ‘Look, you need to go to work, we’re gonna have a baby in April.’ I thought, damn, I better take one for the team,” Mr. Ziering said. “You have to make so much to get the insurance with SAG, and this met that requirement, but I did it begrudgingly.”

When Mr. Ziering and Ms. Reid signed on for the first film it was called “Dark Skies.” A week into filming when producers told them the title was changing to “Sharknado,” they were concerned.

“ ‘Dark Skies’ sounded legit, that wouldn’t be bad on the resume,” Ms. Reid said. “When they told us the title was changing to ‘Sharknado,’ I was on the phone with my agent, Ian’s on the phone with his agent. We had a conversation, ‘Let’s pull out. We can’t put ‘Sharknado’ on our resumes. It’s gonna ruin everything.’ ”

Instead, “Sharknado” became a sensation. The director has his own theories on why his little movie became a hit thanks to social media last year.

“All the summer movies last year, while there were a lot of good ones, were really dark. ‘Man of Steel,’ not a bad movie, but there was no joy,” Mr. Ferrante said. “There was nothing like ‘The Avengers’ that exploded, that was fun. And then here’s this movie with the most ridiculous title. We put up the trailer that made it look like a big-budget movie, and I think people wanted to see it fail. And it was free [to viewers with basic cable] so families could watch a movie that looked like a summer blockbuster and it looked silly and fun.”

And then there’s the concept — Sharks! In tornadoes! — which is what got viewer attention and made it a sensation among the online chattering class, propelling the first “Sharknado” to better ratings for subsequent broadcasts after its premiere, something that almost never happens these days.

Syfy has already committed to a “Sharknado 3,” although no one’s been signed to the threequel. But Mr. Ferrante said he’s game once he gets done putting final touches on the Blu-ray edition of “Sharknado 2.”

“The Second One” was shot over 18 days in New York in February working with something similar to the first’s film’s $2 million budget. Mr. Ferrante acknowledged a greater emphasis on humor this time around.

“The first movie had humor in it, but I think that there’s a little more meta-ness on this one,” Mr. Ferrante said. “They allowed us to do more, but it’s a very dry sense of humor, and I’m glad we were able to do a little of that because I think that’s part of the fun.”

‘Sharknado 2: The Second One’
When: 9 tonight, Syfy.


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Cable overnights: ‘Hip Hop’ falls but still leads
By Media Life Magazine Staff - Jul. 29, 2014

VH1′s “Love & Hip Hop” couldn’t match last week’s rating but it was still the top program Monday night among adults 18-49 on cable.

“Hip Hop” averaged a 1.8 rating in the demo, according to Nielsen overnights, off 14 percent from last week’s 2.1.

“Hip Hop” topped the No. 2 show in the demo, USA’s “WWE Raw,” by 0.4.

TNT’s “Major Crimes” was, as usual, the top program in total viewers on the night, posting 5.846 million.

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Ranked on Total Viewers
July 28

# Program Net (000)
1 MAJOR CRIMES-07/28/2014 TNT 5846
2 WWE ENTERTAINMENT-07/28/2014 USA 4511
3 WWE ENTERTAINMENT-07/28/2014 USA 4391
4 WWE ENTERTAINMENT-07/28/2014 USA 4051
5 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA 3-07/28/2014 VH1 3435
6 LONGMIRE-07/28/2014 AEN 3429
7 MURDER IN THE FIRST-07/28/2014 TNT 2743
8 THE OREILLY FACTOR-07/28/2014 FOXNC 2688
9 FAMILY GUY-07/28/2014 ADSM 2659
10 KELLY FILE, THE-07/28/2014 FOXNC 2487
Source: Nielsen

Top 10 Cable Programs
Ranked on Adults 18-49
July 28

# Program Net (000)
1 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA 3-07/28/2014 VH1 2265
2 WWE ENTERTAINMENT-07/28/2014 USA 1799
3 WWE ENTERTAINMENT-07/28/2014 USA 1779
4 WWE ENTERTAINMENT-07/28/2014 USA 1767
5 FAMILY GUY-07/28/2014 ADSM 1676
6 AMERICAN DAD-07/28/2014 ADSM 1427
7 ROBOT CHICKEN-07/28/2014 ADSM 1252
8 MAJOR CRIMES-07/28/2014 TNT 1238
9 HIT THE FLOOR 2-07/28/2014 VH1 1214
10 FAMILY GUY-07/28/2014 ADSM 1208
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CNN Overtakes MSNBC in July as Ratings Take a Hit
By Michael O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter - Jul. 30, 2014

The cable news ratings seesaw for No. 2 has been in MSNBC's favor for some time, but not in July. CNN reclaimed runner-up status to Fox News Channel for the month by most key measures.

What's most disconcerting for MSNBC might be its total day average among the news demo of adults 25-54.
Dropping 33 percent from July 2013, it actually ranked below HLN by 16,000 viewers for No. 4 status.

To be sure, it wasn't a particularly outstanding month for most of the networks. In primetime and total day, CNN, MSNBC and HLN all were off double digits in the targeted demographic compared to a year ago. FNC, which easily retains the top slot, had the benefit of being up a tick (2 percent) in primetime for an average 299,000 adults 25-54.

July proved to be full of breaking news, with the ongoing crisis in the Gaza Strip and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 occupying significant coverage from all during the second half of the month. The ratings losses that have been logged were somewhat lessened by the lifts seen in the last two weeks.

There also are individual races that proved more interesting than usual. In the morning, CNN's New Day overtook MSNBC's Morning Joe in the key demo, 93,000 to 79,000 viewers. At 5 p.m., FNC's The Five hit its third month at No. 1 among total viewers across all of cable — beating Nickelodeon's longtime vet and kid-pleaser SpongeBob SquarePants.

And in the evening, Rachel Maddow was only marginally improved from her lowest month ever in June, averaging 181,000 viewers in the key demo. (FNC's Megyn Kelly, by contrast, enjoyed her second-highest-rated month since launch with an especially strong 386,000 adults 25-54.)

It's also worth noting that Kelly and Maddow no longer see traditional news competition from CNN at 9 p.m. ET. Doc special The Sixties, which has been airing in the hour on Thursdays, has averaged 291,000 adults 25-54 over the course of its seven premiere telecasts. It now regularly outperforms Maddow.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as Nessa Stein in 'The Honorable Woman' on Sundance
She's a woman with a difficult past and complicated present who tries to make a difference in the Middle East
By David Hinckley, New York Daily News - Jul. 27, 2014

Nessa Stein seems to have everything, including the resources to bring about some reconciliation in the Middle East.

She’s not the first to discover that’s harder than it looks.

Still, she tries, which is the right thing.

“You don’t have to do it perfectly,” says Maggie Gyllenhaal, who plays Nessa Stein in “The Honorable Woman,” a BBC Two series that debuts here Thursday night at 10 on Sundance. “But you have to do something. This (story) is about acting, getting involved, putting your feet in the water.”

In an eight-part drama that’s part action thriller and part psychological drama, Nessa runs the Stein Group, a multinational firm she steers toward large-scale philanthropic projects.

In the Middle East, of course, not even the best-intended gestures can stay above conflict.

For Nessa, the seemingly benevolent act of installing high-speed data service between Israel and the West Bank triggers a backlash that quickly becomes whiplash.

Her plan becomes embroiled in external conflicts that eerily mirror the current real-life battles in Israel and Gaza — though this script was written some time earlier. As complications arise and dominoes fall, “The Honorable Woman” takes off on a ride that’s both fast-paced in its action-adventure story and contemplative in letting us see the complexity that drives and at times threatens to smother Nessa’s own life.

While the show’s title reflects her aspirations and her most fervent hope, the course of events makes it clear that unblemished honor is a luxury not available to mortals and perhaps not even to gods.

Gyllenhaal — who declined to comment on the current real life violence in the region — is okay with that.
“None of us,” she says, “ever do anything perfectly.”

Nessa Stein has a very personal reason for wanting to do something meaningful in the Middle East.

When she was a young girl, she and her brother Ephra were dining with their father Eli, who then ran the Stein Group, at a fancy restaurant.

One of the waiters pulled a gun and shot Eli in the head, leaving Nessa and Ephra spattered with his blood.
In the eyes of the waiter, it was more assassination than murder. One of the Stein Group’s primary enterprises was supplying guns to Israel.

Gyllenhaal says growing up with that memory, and in that shadow, became part of what inspired Nessa to take the present-day Stein Group in a very different direction.

“She understands why her father did what he did,” says Gyllenhaal. “Still, she’s the daughter of a Zionist gunrunner and she’s accepting some responsibility for what his company did.

“So she’s focused on trying to bring people and countries together. She’s focused on the large issues.”

In one early scene, she and her brother walk a short red carpet into a concert hall for a Stein-funded musical gala. A reporter asks her about reconciliation, she gives a bland answer. Then she returns to add that she’s not sure anyone has one single solution, but that at least “we are no longer part of the problem.”

Meanwhile, her personal life is almost as complicated as regional politics. She’s efficient, highly competent, skilled in social situations and entrenched behind the walls she’s been building since the day she saw her father die.

“It almost feels like Nessa is holding her breath until this moment where she can’t hold it any more,” says Gyllenhaal.

“The Honorable Woman” heightens the tensions in both her professional and personal lives by watching Nessa’s small moments.

Gyllenhaal notes one early moment where Nessa “snaps at one of the bodyguards, seemingly out of nowhere.” It’s a glimpse, she suggests, of what’s really simmering inside her walls.

“One of the things I loved about the script is that a lot of things surprised me about who Nessa is,” she says.

“She’s always trying to avoid revealing herself, and there were times when I didn’t know myself what was going on. There’s a scene in one episode where I’m crying on the floor in my underwear, and I don’t know why.”

One of the larger beauties of “The Honorable Woman,” Gyllenhaal says, is that this kind of self-deception is not peculiar to women from wealth and privilege. It’s common right down the socio-economic line.

“The public/private dichotomy is a huge part of who Nessa is,” she says. “When she’s in public, she’s performing. She’s playing herself.

“I can certainly relate to that, and not just because I’m an actress. It’s definitely an occupational hazard of being an actress, but I think every human being in the world, on some level, is performing herself and themselves.

“And the reason is because what’s underneath it can be terrifying.”

For an actress, of course, “terrifying” is code for “Bring it on.”

“I was attracted in this script to the whole spectrum of expression that was available to me as Nessa,” says Gyllenhaal. “Because, yes, she’s very powerful and graceful and intelligent. She’s also really childish and broken and hungry and desperate.

“I recognize those qualities in myself. They all exist in me. I like big shoulder pads, but I don’t necessarily want to play just a powerful woman, because I don’t buy that. There are moments I feel very powerful, and then there are moments where I really don’t. This role allowed all that to exist at the same time.”

That explains why she took a relatively rare step in her own life, which was accepting a role in a TV series. At 36, she’d never done that before — and in this century she has only done three other TV projects, two movies and a hosting gig on Discovery.

But she couldn’t turn down “The Honorable Woman,” written by Hugo Blick.

“It’s always more interesting to watch someone actually learning something or actually having an experience than to watch them pretending,” says Gyllenhaal. “And the only way to do that is if you’ve created a situation where that freedom, that surprise, that question mark is possible.

“It’s unusual. It happens, like, once every five years. You get together with a group of people, and something actually happens. You actually come out a different person.”

Nor did she emerge from “The Honorable Woman” simply feeling personal satisfaction. She also hopes the audience, besides enjoying the story and spectacle, will spend a little time contemplating the all-too-real Middle East issues the show raises.

“We don’t tend to think about them, perhaps because they seem so hopeless,” says Gyllenhaal. “I’m hoping this show will create a little space where people might.

“Our project doesn’t say this is right and this is wrong. It just points out the things we need to consider. It doesn’t even matter where you come down as long as you think about them.”

You don’t have to be perfect. Just be in the game.

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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 - Oct. 23)
8:30PM - The Goldbergs
(R - Mar. 11)
9PM - Modern Family
(R - Feb. 26)
9:31PM - The Middle
(R - Jan. 8)
10PM - Motive
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11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Rosario Dawson; Eric McCormack; Self performs)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - Big Brother
9PM - Criminal Minds
(R - Oct. 2)
10PM - Extant (Time Slot Premiere)
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11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Zoe Saldana; former Press Secretary Jay Carney; Crash performs)
12:37AM - Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Dana Carvey; Brit Marling)

NBC:
8PM - America's Got Talent: Cutdown
9PM - America's Got Talent: Results (LIVE)
10PM - Taxi Brooklyn
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11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Heidi Klum; Mike Birbiglia; Temples perform)
12:36AM - Late Night with Seth Meyers (Chris Pratt; Laverne Cox; Big Data and Joywave perform)
1:37AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (John Slattery; Night Terrors of 1927 perform; comic Cristela Alonzo)
(R - May 13)

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

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - My Wild Affair: The Rhino Who Joined The Family
9PM - NOVA - Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Monsters
(R - Apr. 24, 2013)
10PM - Sex in the Wild: Kangaroos

UNIVISION:
8PM - Mi Corazón Es Tuyo
9PM - Lo Que La Vida Me Robó
10PM - Qué Pobres Tan Ricos

THE CW:
8PM - Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Series Premiere)
9PM - The 100
(R - Apr. 23)

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

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Maggie Gyllenhaal)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (James Franco)
12:01AM - At Midnight (Megan Neuringer; Matt Braunger; Emily Heller)
12:31AM - The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Norm Macdonald; Mackenzie Davis; musical guest Veruca Salt)
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E!:
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'Sharknado 2: The Second One' is every bit as good as the first one
By Mark Dawidziak, Cleveland Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- "Sharknado 2: The Second One" is bad, and that's good. Well, it's meant to be bad, in a good sort of way.

Look, if you saw last summer's surprise Syfy hit, "Sharknado," you know exactly what I mean. An intentionally cheesy collection of B-movie cliches, it was closer in lunatic spirit to "Airplane!" than "Jaws" (and, remember, the opening shot of "Airplane!" was a spoof of "Jaws").

Director Anthony C. Ferrante's "Sharknado 2" is a sequel exuberantly embracing that connection. Airing at 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, on Syfy, it opens with Finley "Fin" Shephard (Ian Ziering) and April Wexler (Tara Reid) on a plane flying through a storm toward New York City.

Cut to the pilot, who is played by none other than Robert Hays. Surely, not that Robert Hays? Yes, that Robert Hays, and fill in the familiar punch line from "Airplane!"

Hays, of course, played the reluctant pilot hero of "Airplane!" Before you can say, "Win this one for the Zipper," he and his co-pilot are debating whether to have chicken or fish for dinner. Always go with the chicken on a commercial flight, they decide, launching the first of many, many in-jokes.

"Don't worry, this is nothing," Hays says of the turbulence rocking the plane. "I've flown worse." Meanwhile, Fin is staring out the window, "Twilight Zone"-style, sure he sees something on the wing. "It's happening again," he says in a voice dripping with "so bad it's good" melodrama.

In the first film, a freak storm dumped man-eating sharks all over the Los Angeles area. Ex-surfer Fin and his ex-wife, April, were swept up in the horror of it all.

It is, indeed, happening again, only this time, Fin and April are in the middle of a freak weather system that's unleashing a Sharknado on New York City. And the mirthful mixture of snark and shark will keep you laughing at and with "Sharknado 2," all the way to the wildly over-the-top conclusion.

It's bad? It's really bad? That's sort of the point. The idea behind these "Sharknado" romps is that everybody -- director, actors, cable channel and, most importantly, the viewers -- is in on the joke. The dialogue is intentionally bad. The CGI work is intentionally cheap. The plot is intentionally ludicrous. The shock tactics are intentionally schlocky. And all this bad adds up to one monstrously good time, particularly if experienced with a rowdy and ready group of friends.

Ferrante wants viewers to jeer at the screen, making "Sharknado 2" a kind of national "Mystery Science Theater 3000" experiment.

To help the at-home comments along, he has stuffed "Sharknado 2" with as many cameo appearances as there are in-jokes. Look sharp, "Sharknado" fans, and you'll spot, among others, Vivica A. Fox, Robert Klein, Judd Hirsch, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer, Kelly Osbourne, Andy Dick, "Downtown" Julie Brown, Perez Hilton, Judah Friedlander, Richard Kind, Al Roker and Matt Lauer.

You're not going to question how a storm could cause such a disaster. You're not going to be sitting home and thinking, "How did these guys think this was good?" You'll only be wondering how the actors kept a straight face while mouthing these ludicrously overripe lines.

Discovery Channel has built its annual summer tradition with Shark Week (this year's edition beginning Sunday, Aug. 10). Syfy is taking a jaw-dropping bite out of that playbook, asking viewers to swallow a happy-meal concoction of corny dialogue and hammy performances, cooked in a cheese sauce and served with a generous side of baloney.

You obviously know what you're sinking your teeth into with "Sharknado 2." Just remember, sharks or no sharks, as the marine biologist said, they're doing it on porpoise. Surely, they can't be serious.

Sharknado 2: The Second One
When: 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 30.
Where: Syfy


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Nick Orders Comedy '100 Things to Do Before High School’ From ‘Big Time Rush’ Creator
By Jethro Nededog, TheWrap.com - Jul. 29, 2014

Nickelodeon has greenlit a new comedy from “Big Time Rush” creator and executive producer Scott Fellows titled “100 Things To Do Before High School.”

The kids’ channel ordered 26 episodes of the half-hour, single-camera series that follows three best friends as they navigate the highs and lows of middle school, with the help of a bucket list of adventures that help them overcome class cliques, terrifying bullies and clueless teachers.

Production on the new series will begin in Los Angeles in the fall.

The series stars CJ Parker as Isabela Moner, who has only a short time left to make the most of her middle school years. Together with her two lifelong best friends Fenwick (Jaheem Toombs) and Crispo (Owen Joyner), she is determined to get the most out of this time, using an ever-expanding list of challenges as a guide. For this group, growing up means trying everything and taking chances while they still can.

“Crossing that bridge into high school is a milestone and a journey filled with taking chances, expressing yourself and building friendships,” said Nick's president of content development and production, Russell Hicks, in a statement.

He continued, “Kids will be able to relate to this coming of age comedy that embodies that crazy and sometimes magical time in their lives.”

Aside from creating Nick hit show “Big Time Rush,” Fellows also created and executive produced “Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide” and DHX Media's “Johnny Test.” Previously, he worked as a staff writer on “The Fairly OddParents,” for which he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for the show in 2003.

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VH1 Renews ‘Hit the Floor’ for Season 3
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Jul. 29, 2014

Here's something to cheer about, “Hit the Floor” fans.

VH1 has renewed the scripted series, which delves into the treacherous and tempting world of NBA cheerleading, for a third season.

The series — which follows Ahsha (Taylour Paige), who joins the Los Angeles Devil Girls cheerleading squad — will wrap its second season on Aug. 11.

“‘Hit The Floor’ delivered again with fantastic ratings and social media engagement in season two, especially among women,” VH1's EVP of Original Programming and Production Susan Levison said. “We look forward to seeing what kind of trouble the Devil Girls will get into next season.”

During its first season, “Hit the Floor” was the top-rated new scripted cable series of the summer in the 18-49 demographic most important to advertisers. To date, the second season ranks as the top ad-supported scripted cable drama among women 18-49.

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