Hot Off The Press: The Latest TV News and Information - Page 3201 - AVS Forum
Forum Jump: 
 650Likes
Reply
 
Thread Tools
post #96001 of 98600 Old 08-06-2014, 04:16 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
dad1153's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 36,700
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 294 Post(s)
Liked: 199
TV Review
Cinemax’s Terrific The Knick Is a Statement About the Past
By Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture.com - Aug. 5, 2013

“A servant doesn’t talk back to his master,” a loan shark tells a debtor in the *early-20th-century period drama The Knick, which is far and away the best thing Cinemax has ever produced. It’s just a throwaway line, but it comes close to summing up this series from creators Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and executive producer Steven Soderbergh, who directed every episode. The Knick is not merely set in the past; it’s a statement about the past, and a warning about how the past can reclaim the present if we’re not careful. Servants and masters (literal and figurative) are everywhere. Power dynamics are in the foreground of each scene.

The show’s title is a nickname for New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital, where Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen), a cocaine addict and casual racist, has just been installed as chief of surgery following a sudden staff upheaval. John butts heads with Cornelia Robertson (Juliet Rylance), who runs the for-profit hospital on behalf of her social-reform-minded new-money dad, as well as with pretty much everyone else on staff, including Dr. Algernon Edwards (André Holland), an African-American surgeon with European hospital experience who’s been made the deputy chief of surgery, against John’s wishes, as a precondition of getting the place wired for electricity. As on all hospital shows, the building serves as a crossroads for the city and becomes a microcosm of the larger society, a petri dish in which social malaise can be treated and reforms incubated. Representatives of every class, race, and ethnicity pass through the Knick’s doors at one point or another, and the world’s issues are given an old-fashioned dramatic (often melodramatic) workout. Not since Deadwood has a period-drama production designed to a fare-thee-well and steeped in nasty atmosphere been so politically astute about who has power over whom and why—*although the subtler brand of gallows humor and Soderbergh’s fondness for intricately choreographed long takes aligns The Knick with a different TV classic that Deadwood creator David Milch worked on, Hill Street Blues. (The show feels a bit like BBC America’s Copper, right down to the black doctor, but it’s set nearly 40 years ahead on the American time line and is artistically superior in every way.)

Whether it’s women trying to mine a bit of autonomy from the margins of a male-dominated society or newly arrived European immigrants struggling with whether to assimilate or wall themselves off from Wasp culture or African-Americans less than a half-century away from slavery fighting to define themselves, every scene admits that, to quote the song, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody. TV dramas set in the modern era rarely examine this stuff in such a head-on way, urging viewers to draw inferences about power relationships simply by how they arrange the material, yet always keeping the scene’s meanings fluid and open-ended, so that one can never accuse the writers of making a single, simplistic point about history and congratulating themselves on their supposed cleverness.

Consider a playful bit of crosscutting in the opening of episode two. The sequence juxtaposes Cornelia’s wake-up routine (servant girl opening her bedroom curtains, cooks and maids serving her and her father and mother breakfast) with that of Algernon, who rents a room in a seedy boardinghouse with a shared bathroom. As Cornelia enjoys her leisurely morning meal and discusses hospital business with her pop, Algernon inches along in a line with other boarders, all of them black and male. The juxtaposition has a simple message that we grasp right away, but within seconds the scene has morphed and is making a series of increasingly sophisticated points. Cornelia’s father’s condescension toward her reminds us that, for all her monetary privilege, she cannot entirely escape the paternalism at the heart of her daily life. Back at the boardinghouse, a tall African-American menaces Algernon, demanding to know how a black man acquired such fancy shoes. “Paris,” Algernon replies, then adds—*unnecessarily and surely out of resentment—“France.” “Nigger, I know where Paris is,” the man growls. Algernon barely has two dimes to rub together, but to this bully in the restroom line, he’s a rich brat putting on airs, and Algernon’s reaction to him isn’t drastically different from the way that certain whites on the hospital staff look at him: as if he’s an interloping nuisance at best, a threat at worst. (The confrontation over the shoes has one of the most satisfying conclusions I’ve seen in quite some time, and its final shot is truly badass.)

Lest you go into The Knick steeling yourself for a glorified homework assignment, it should be said that at no point is the show concerned solely with the political dimensions of its characters—such matters grow organically from the predicaments they find themselves in. And its one-damn-thing-after-another plotting keeps moving all the major players relentlessly forward, so that you’re always learning new things about them—little revelations that add new wrinkles to their personalities while jibing with what we already knew or suspected. John’s volcanic dourness, which is complicated by flashbacks to his friendship with his mentor (Matt Frewer), is deepened further when an ex-lover arrives, asking help in treating a hideous disease; but John never seems soft or “sensitive,” because The Knick shows how committed he is to his racist attitudes, favoring a mediocre white doctor, Everett Gallinger (Eric Johnson), over Algernon even when his bigotry is causing an almost farcically ridiculous level of harm to the hospital. The chain-smoking nun Sister Harriet (Cara Seymour) and a looming loudmouth ambulance driver named Tom Cleary (Chris Sullivan) spar verbally when the nun is on smoke breaks, but what seems a somewhat typical (if hilarious) rivalry turns troubling as the show goes on, as a direct result of Cleary learning that Sister Harriet has a secret life of sorts—one that’s a natural outgrowth of the power inequities the show illustrates so deftly.

The Knick is the rare series that works through its themes in visual as well as literary terms. The arrival of electricity at the hospital acquires great significance as the show goes on; it signifies the point at which one century formally passed on and another replaced it, but the technological changeover is hampered by incompetence (patients dying during operations, nurses getting shocked), by graft (the Tammany Hall kickback culture shortchanged the electricians), and by individual resentments (John vents his mounting fury on a fuse box, plunging an entire hospital wing into darkness). Soderbergh’s direction makes maximum rhetorical use of darkness and light, staging clandestine activities and the lives of poor people in grottolike interiors and favoring the rich with allover illumination. The Knick treats the politically progressive instinct as a humanistic light source, guiding previously marginalized people out of the gloom, and implicitly warns that without eternal vigilance, we could easily return to the dark days. When Algernon, effectively shut out of the daily life of the hospital, opens a secret clinic for the indigent in the basement, the episode cuts between his dungeonesque facilities and the brightly lit and enormous operating theater where the white surgeons and nurses work. At one point, Algernon blocks a window on the door leading to the secret clinic with the front page of a newspaper. It’s The Sun.

'The Knick'
Cinemax, Friday, 10 p.m.


http://www.vulture.com/2014/07/revie...h-cinemax.html
dad1153 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #96002 of 98600 Old 08-06-2014, 10:39 AM
AVS Special Member
 
dcowboy7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Pequannock, NJ
Posts: 5,520
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 52 Post(s)
Liked: 110
FOX finally announced their NFL broadcast team lineups:

1 Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews
2 Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver
3 Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale
4 Thom Brennaman, David Diehl, Laura Okmin
5 Kenny Albert, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Tony Siragusa
6 Dick Stockton, Donovan McNabb/Brady Quinn/Kirk Morrison, Kristina Pink
7 Sam Rosen, Justin Kutcher, Brendon Ayanbadejo

So Erin up to 1, Pam down to 2, Albert down to 5 even though games 3 thru 5 are really interchangeable, 6 has a weekly analyst rotation, Brian Billick out, Tim Ryan left.

dcowboy7 is offline  
post #96003 of 98600 Old 08-06-2014, 11:07 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
dad1153's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 36,700
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 294 Post(s)
Liked: 199
TUESDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insight's Blog.
dad1153 is offline  
post #96004 of 98600 Old 08-06-2014, 11:11 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
dad1153's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 36,700
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 294 Post(s)
Liked: 199
Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
ABC gets a rare Tuesday night victory
'CMA Music Festival' posts a 1.8 in 18-49s, down 10 percent
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 6, 2013

The “CMA Music Festival” had just enough ratings juice to lift ABC past usual Tuesday night winner NBC.

The special averaged a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 11 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, down 10 percent from a 2.0 last year, when it aired on a Monday and not a Tuesday.

It finished as the No. 2 program of the night on broadcast, behind only NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” which posted a 2.0. That was off 17 percent from last week, perhaps due to the added competition from ABC.

Earlier in the night, NBC’s “Food Fighters” posted a 1.2, down a tenth from last week but up two tenths from its debut two weeks ago.

ABC was first for the night among 18-49s with a 1.8 average overnight rating and a 6 share. NBC was a close second at 1.7/6, Univision third at 1.4/5, CBS fourth at 0.7/3, Telemundo fifth at 0.6/2, Fox sixth at 0.5/2 and CW seventh at 0.2/1.

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. ABC led with a 1.7 for the first hour of “CMA Music Festival,” followed by Univision with a 1.4 for “Mi Corazon es Tuyo.” NBC was third with a 1.2 for “Food,” CBS fourth with a 1.0 for a repeat of “NCIS,” Fox fifth with a 0.6 for reruns of “Family Guy” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Telemundo sixth with a 0.4 for “Reina de Corazones,” and CW seventh with a 0.2 for an “Arrow” rerun.

ABC was first again at 9 p.m. with a 2.0 for more “CMA,” while NBC moved to second with a 1.9 for “Talent.” Univision was third with a 1.6 for “Lo Que La Vida Me Robo,” CBS fourth with a 0.7 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 “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project,” and CW seventh with a 0.2 for a repeat of “Supernatural.”

At 10 p.m. NBC took the lead with a 2.1 for more “Talent,” while ABC slipped to second with a 1.8 for more “CMA.” Univision was third with a 1.2 for “Que Pobres Tan Ricos,” Telemundo fourth with a 0.8 for “El Señor de los Cielos” and CBS fifth with a 0.6 for a repeat of “Person of Interest.”

Among households, ABC was first for the night with a 4.4 average overnight rating and an 8 share. NBC was second at 4.3/8, CBS third at 3.9/7, Univision fourth at 1.7/3, Fox fifth at 0.9/1, Telemundo sixth at 0.8/1 and CW seventh at 0.4/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/abc...night-victory/

* * * *

TV Notes
Robert Altman, in front of the camera
Epix documentary focuses on the late director, known for a style
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 6, 2013

There are few directors whose style is more distinctive than Robert Altman, the late director whose life and work are honored in the Epix documentary “Altman,” airing tonight at 8 p.m.

Altman was never a commercial director. He did have brief moments of commercial success, including films such as “M*A*S*H,” “Nashville” and “The Player,” but he never played to audiences’ tastes.

Instead, he pursued the films and scripts that appealed to his personal taste, never making concessions to popular opinion or what most studios would have been more comfortable with.

He had a special ear for dialogue, and the proof of his genius was in who worked with him. Everyone wanted to, including hugely talented actors like Meryl Streep and comedians like Lily Tomlin and action stars like Bruce Willis.

The documentary on Altman won’t be a great commercial success, either. Ratings will be minimal for Epix, a premium channel with 10 million subscribers.

But to those who know Altman and his films, it’s a must-watch master class in how to make a movie without compromising.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/rob...of-the-camera/
dad1153 is offline  
post #96005 of 98600 Old 08-06-2014, 11:16 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
dad1153's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 36,700
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 294 Post(s)
Liked: 199
TV Notes
Disney Channel Renews 'Girl Meets World' for Season 2
By Philiana Ng, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Aug. 6, 2013

Girl Meets World is getting another season.

Disney Channel has renewed the Boy Meets World update for a sophomore run after just five episodes, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Production on the second season starts in November in downtown Los Angeles.

Since its late June debut, Girl Meets World — which returns original stars Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel as Cory and Topanga, respectively — has ranked as the top series among kids and tweens demographics. The half-hour comedy premiered to a strong 5.2 million viewers on June 27.

Girl Meets World, in the middle of a 20-episode freshman order, is a modern-day story centered on Cory and Topanga's tween daughter Riley (Rowan Blanchard) and her best friend, Maya (Sabrina Carpenter), as they navigate the ups and downs of junior high. August Maturo, Peyton Meyer and Corey Fogelmanis also star.

Several characters from Boy Meets World appear throughout the season, such as Mr. Feeney (William Daniels), Minkus in the Aug. 15 episode (Lee Norris), Shawn (Rider Strong), Harley (Danny McNulty), Cory's younger brother Joshua (Uriah Shelton) and Cory's parents (William Russ and Betsy Randle).

"The series swiftly became a favorite of kids and their parents, many of whom grew up with Boy Meets World," said Adam Bonnett, executive vp original programming at Disney Channels Worldwide. "We're looking forward to watching Riley Matthews and Maya Hart make the world their own, as Cory and Topanga teach them life lessons along the way."

In a chat with THR earlier this year, Savage posited that the 14-year gap between the end of Boy Meets World and the start of Girl Meets World was the perfect amount of time.

"It was good timing in everyone's lives. A lot of kids who grew up with Boy Meets World are parents now," he said at the time. "Some of the most meaningful, special emails or messages or tweets that I've gotten have been from people saying, 'I grew up with Boy Meets World and I can't wait to watch this show with my own kids.' It feels great to hear that."

For Disney Channel's part, the pickup establishes Girl Meets World as a cornerstone in the network's live-action scripted portfolio, which includes the upcoming K.C. Undercover, Liv & Maddie, I Didn't Do It, Jessie, Austin & Ally and Dog With a Blog.

Michael Jacobs, who also executive produces, and April Kelly (Boy Meets World) co-created Girl Meets World. It is produced by It's a Laugh Productions.

Girl Meets World airs at 8:30 p.m. on Fridays on Disney Channel.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/liv...-season-723684
dad1153 is offline  
post #96006 of 98600 Old 08-06-2014, 11:17 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Aliens's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Virginia
Posts: 7,956
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 197 Post(s)
Liked: 457
Quote:
Originally Posted by dcowboy7 View Post
FOX finally announced their NFL broadcast team lineups:

1 Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews
2 Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver
3 Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale
4 Thom Brennaman, David Diehl, Laura Okmin
5 Kenny Albert, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Tony Siragusa
6 Dick Stockton, Donovan McNabb/Brady Quinn/Kirk Morrison, Kristina Pink
7 Sam Rosen, Justin Kutcher, Brendon Ayanbadejo

So Erin up to 1, Pam down to 2, Albert down to 5 even though games 3 thru 5 are really interchangeable, 6 has a weekly analyst rotation, Brian Billick out, Tim Ryan left.

After 7 straight years of being the number 2 team, for Albert and Co. to be dropped to number 5 is a huge fall. Stockton also continues his slow slide.
Aliens is offline  
post #96007 of 98600 Old 08-06-2014, 11:19 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
dad1153's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 36,700
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 294 Post(s)
Liked: 199
Business/Legal Notes
Robert Redford Sues NY State Over $1.6 Million Tax Bill for Sundance Channel Sale
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Aug. 6, 2013

“All the President's Men” star Robert Redford is once again taking on the government. And this time, it's financial.

Redford has filed a lawsuit against the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and the department's commissioner, Thomas H. Mattox, saying he's being unfairly taxed over revenues from the sale of the Sundance Channel.

The suit, filed in New York Supreme Court, claims that the state hit him with a bill for $845,000 in taxes and $723,000 in interest over the sale — money the actor contends he doesn't owe.

The lawsuit says that Redford, a Utah resident, sold off a portion of the interest in the Sundance Channel in 2005.

Redford claims that his take from the sale “was included in the income tax return Plaintiff filed with his home state of Utah and was fully taxed by that State.”

However, the suit goes on to say, New York's tax department treated the money as New York source income — a decision that Redford obviously disagrees with.

“[Redford's Sundance T.V. Inc] and Plaintiff determined that the gain was non-New York source income and reported it as such [on] their New York State tax returns,” the lawsuit reads.

“Plaintiff did not use his ownership interest in [Sundance T.V. Inc.], nor did he use his indirect ownership interest in Limited or Channel, in any trade or business carried on by him in New York,” the suit reads. “Further, Plaintiff did not have any property, payroll or receipts located in or deemed attributable to the conduct of a trade or business in New York.”

Redford is asking for a judgment that he doesn't owe New York the taxes and interest, plus attorneys’ fees and costs.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

http://www.thewrap.com/robert-redfor...-channel-sale/
dad1153 is offline  
post #96008 of 98600 Old 08-06-2014, 11:23 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
dad1153's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 36,700
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 294 Post(s)
Liked: 199
TV Sports/Business Notes
Regulators Ready to Take the Field for Dodgers Dispute
By Ted Johnson, Variety.com - Aug. 6, 2013

The impasse over rights to the Los Angeles Dodgers, which has left 70% of television viewers in the market unable to access broadcasts of the hometown baseball team’s games, indicates that there may just be a limit to the stratospheric cost of sports rights.

More than halfway through the season, Time Warner Cable has been unable to come to an agreement with DirecTV or other major distributors to carry SportsNet LA, the channel that carries only Dodgers programming, including all games, for which it snapped up rights at the staggering cost of reportedly more than $8 billion over 25 years. It is seeking between $4 and $5 per subscriber to pay the freight.

The imbroglio has federal regulators and elected officials paying increasing scrutiny to the complex world of regional sports networks, in which demand for live events drives programmers to pay increasing rates that are at least in part passed on to the consumer.

The situation with the Dodgers, though, is an extreme case of rights gone awry — and there could be long-term implications.

“There is something wrong when people can’t access television coverage of their hometown baseball team, and that has to be corrected,” said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.). “Consumers are stuck in the middle.”

The situation drew public condemnation by D.C. lawmakers last week. Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.) and seven other members of the state’s congressional delegation urged the FCC to step in and mediate the dispute. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and five other lawmakers pressed TW Cable and DirecTV to enter into binding arbitration. TW Cable agreed to the concept; DirecTV did not.

The situation is not without precedent. In 2003 Cablevision came to an agreement with YES Network, which carries New York Yankees baseball and Nets basketball, after a yearlong impasse that ultimately ended when New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg helped set up mediation.

In the case of SportsNet LA, there has been a wider bombshell — with tremors felt in corporate boardrooms. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler fired off a letter last week to TW Cable CEO Rob Marcus, noting that lawmakers are concerned that the dispute has the potential to become a model in which vertically integrated companies hold consumers hostage to assert “unfair market dominance.” He cited a provision of the 1992 Cable Act that authorizes the FCC to stop anticompetitive activity in the pay-TV marketplace.

One avenue to exert that authority: merger review. While the FCC is holding off for now, Paul Gallant of Guggenheim Partners, which owns the Dodgers, wrote that Wheeler could use the dispute to address the broad issue of rising pay-TV prices.

For its part, TW Cable said it was grateful for the FCC’s intervention. While that politesse may reflect confidence that there is nothing unfair about the way it has been negotiating carriage deals for the Dodgers, the cabler has every reason to appear friendly: The FCC is reviewing the proposed acquisition of TW Cable by Comcast, and the baseball standoff may well add to the scrutiny the agency pays to the wider transaction.

While the Justice Dept. will look at the merger on antitrust grounds, the FCC will examine whether the deal is in the public interest — which gives it much more leeway in making its decision.

Amanda Wait, antitrust attorney and partner at Hunton & Williams in Washington, D.C., said that during such reviews, a company’s track record is part of the public-interest standard. “The FCC might be thinking that if TW Cable is not playing nice in the sandbox today, and it becomes part of an even bigger cable company with even more power, that would give it less incentive to play nice in the future,” Wait said.

While many on Wall Street predict the Comcast-TW Cable merger will go through, Gallant wrote that a concern for the merged company is that the FCC will demand “onerous conditions.” That might include the idea of a la carte pricing, in which a consumer could single out which channels to pay for, rather than having to choose among pre-bundled options. DirecTV is arguing for a la carte pricing in its dispute with TW Cable over the Dodgers. The satcaster said that forcing all its subscribers to ante up for SportsNet LA would be like demanding everyone “bail Time Warner Cable out” of a bad deal.

The problem is that it’s doubtful such economics would work. Offered a la carte, the Dodgers channel would cost much more than $4 to $5 a month — perhaps exponentially more.

But David Rone, president of Time Warner Cable Sports, called DirecTV’s argument hypocritical, noting that the satcaster’s customers have a “regional sports fee” on their bills, with the price raised earlier this year in what Rone contended was anticipation of landing a Dodger deal that hasn’t come to pass. Rone also said that what they are seeking a deal to distribute Sportsnet LA “in the same manner DirecTV distributes every other sports network in the country.”

DirecTV contends that the fee increase was to cover the cost of carrying the Lakers network, which TW Cable also distributes.

Meanwhile, as the first-place Dodgers — flush with a lineup of pricey stars, financed in large part by their rich sports rights deal — seem headed for the playoffs, pressure figures to mount to get a deal done, while many Angelenos try to wrap their minds, and wallets, around the idea of paying for games they used to watch for free.

http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/regu...rs-1201276090/
dad1153 is offline  
post #96009 of 98600 Old 08-06-2014, 11:26 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
dad1153's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 36,700
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 294 Post(s)
Liked: 199
TV/Business Notes
Look Out Netflix
Time Warner May Make HBO GO A Gateway For Others’ Streaming Video
By David Lieberman, Deadline.com - Aug. 6, 2013

HBO‘s online platform could also offer videos from Time Warner‘s Turner networks, Warner Bros, “and, frankly, other networks,” CEO Jeff Bewkes told analysts today. “Should offerings be determined for consumers based on what a company owns?” he asked rhetorically. “That’s not how consumers arrange their dial….We’re anticipating people might want more than that.” The Time Warner chief says that HBO is “investing in top talent, software developers in Seattle” to improve on what’s already “a very good consumer experience.” Fox’s aborted effort to acquire Time Warner was driven, in part, by a desire to create its own centralized online service.

This was part of Bewkes’ theme that Time Warner has lots of growth options, including in digital. To that end, he’s “not philosophically opposed” to the idea of teaming up with Dish Network’s planned personal streaming service — one that would cost less than the pay TV bundle, but have fewer channels and would only be available to individuals, not entire households. “We just have to believe it will be additive to the overall situation,” Bewkes says. A lot will depend on its advertising model and the quality of service. Disney was first to sign on and, yesterday, A+E Networks unveiled a deal with Dish. While Bewkes doesn’t want to be pinned down on this yet, they’re taking “directionally the right philosophical approach.”

http://www.deadline.com/2014/08/hbo-...reaming-video/
dad1153 is offline  
post #96010 of 98600 Old 08-06-2014, 11:32 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
dad1153's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 36,700
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 294 Post(s)
Liked: 199
TV Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Aug. 6, 2014

ALTMAN
Epix, 8:00 p.m. ET

I have a triple affinity for director Robert Altman. First, he was a fabulously influential and experimental director, pushing the boundaries regarding the way audiences would accept both sights and sounds – he was a true maverick (and a truly nice guy, when I interviewed him). Second, he directed some fabulous movies, from his well-regarded classics MASH and Nashville to such underappreciated cult classics as Brewster McCloud and my personal favorite, Images. And third, he came up from television, clocking about a decade on everything from Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Millionaire to Maverick, Bonanza and Combat! This new biography of Altman covers some of that ground, at least. It’s directed by Ron Mann, who did Comic Book Confidential, and includes home movies provided by Kathryn Altman, Robert’s widow. And if Altman whets your appetite for seeing more, Epix is happy to oblige, and follows the documentary, at 9:45 p.m. ET, with 1973’s The Long Goodbye, starring Elliott Gould as Philip Marlowe, and at 11:45 p.m. ET by 1980’s Popeye, with Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall as Popeye and Olive Oyl.

I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

It’s Paul Muni night (and day) on TCM, and the evening part of the tribute begins with one of his most important starring roles. Made in 1932, it told the based-on-fact story of a man who was wrongly imprisoned, and, at the time the movie was released, still on the run from authorities, like a true-life Richard Kimble. And the reaction to this film, and Muni’s performance, was so potent that, as happened decades later with the subject of the sympathetic biopic Hurricane, its protagonist was pardoned.

THE DIVIDE
WeTV, 9:00 p.m. ET

The plot continues to thicken, almost to gumbo level, as things happen on all sorts of fronts. One of them: Christine contacts her estranged family for help, once her investigation results not only in some new information, but some unexpected dangers.

SCARFACE
TCM, 9:30 p.m. ET

Paul Muni plays a ruthless gangster named Tony in this 1932 Howard Hawks mobster movie – but it’s pretty obvious he was playing Al Capone, or a very close approximation thereof. (The real Capone reportedly enjoyed this movie enough to own his own copy – and that was about 45 years before home video.) The cult classic of the same name, starring Al Pacino in 1983, follows the same brutal and tragic trajectory – but watch this one for Ann Dvorak as his sister Poppy, and George Raft and Boris Karloff as fellow thugs.

EXTANT
CBS, 10:00 p.m. ET

Josh Malina from Sports Night, among many other things, shows up tonight as one of the doctors guiding Molly (Halle Berry) through her pregnancy. If that’s what it is…


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
dad1153 is offline  
post #96011 of 98600 Old 08-06-2014, 12:08 PM
AVS Special Member
 
dcowboy7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Pequannock, NJ
Posts: 5,520
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 52 Post(s)
Liked: 110
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aliens View Post
After 7 straight years of being the number 2 team, for Albert and Co. to be dropped to number 5 is a huge fall.
Yea but like i mentioned 3 thru 5 are basically the same so not as big as it may seem.
For example week 1 Myers #3 has panthers/buccaneers while Albert #5 has bills/bears which may actually get a higher distribution %.
One thing they do lose though is a divisional playoff game every other year.

dcowboy7 is offline  
post #96012 of 98600 Old 08-06-2014, 02:47 PM
Advanced Member
 
kjpjr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Murrells Inlet
Posts: 545
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
Liked: 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by dcowboy7 View Post
Yea but like i mentioned 3 thru 5 are basically the same so not as big as it may seem.
For example week 1 Myers #3 has panthers/buccaneers while Albert #5 has bills/bears which may actually get a higher distribution %.
One thing they do lose though is a divisional playoff game every other year.
Do the announce teams really matter except to the announcers? I don't pick a game to watch based on them, especially since I don't have a dish. I just watch whatever the network shows me. I don't think I am not going to watch a game because of the announcers.
archiguy, vonzoog and slowbiscuit like this.
kjpjr is online now  
post #96013 of 98600 Old 08-06-2014, 03:33 PM
AVS Special Member
 
zaphod7501's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Peoria Illinois
Posts: 1,933
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Liked: 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by kjpjr View Post
Do the announce teams really matter except to the announcers? I don't pick a game to watch based on them, especially since I don't have a dish. I just watch whatever the network shows me. I don't think I am not going to watch a game because of the announcers.
I hit "mute". Can't stand any of them. Wish they'd offer the stadium announcer as a second audio program so I could get some benefit from the SAP button on the remote.

Sturgeon's Law: "Nothing is always absolutely so."
Sturgeons Revelation: "Ninety percent of everything is crud."
My Thoughts: "A reasoned argument must share some basic common points."
zaphod7501 is online now  
post #96014 of 98600 Old 08-06-2014, 04:11 PM
AVS Special Member
 
dcowboy7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Pequannock, NJ
Posts: 5,520
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 52 Post(s)
Liked: 110
Quote:
Originally Posted by kjpjr View Post
Do the announce teams really matter except to the announcers? I don't pick a game to watch based on them, especially since I don't have a dish. I just watch whatever the network shows me. I don't think I am not going to watch a game because of the announcers.
To me when certain announcers do a game it feels like a bigger game as opposed to others....really though it doesnt matter much since you could probably fill an entire piece of paper with mistakes/odd analysis/pc bs from whatever announcers do a game.

Quote:
Originally Posted by zaphod7501 View Post
I hit "mute". Can't stand any of them. Wish they'd offer the stadium announcer as a second audio program so I could get some benefit from the SAP button on the remote.
Dont like mute cause it kills the crowd noise....could try muting the center channel on the surround & just using the other 4 + woofer....although with the networks "expert" use of their audio tech probably still get some announcer bleed into the main speakers.

Gotta say thats reason #27 whats great about the redzone channel bout time you get tired of the announcers its onto another game.
Nayan likes this.

dcowboy7 is offline  
post #96015 of 98600 Old 08-06-2014, 05:46 PM
AVS Addicted Member
 
archiguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 18,389
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 463 Post(s)
Liked: 732
If I'm watching the Panthers play at home I usually mute the network guys and listen to the radio play-by-play. The problem comes when the radio broadcast is delayed by a few seconds and the play is already over when the radio announcer says its beginning. Makes it impossible to listen to the radio broadcast if I'm actually at the game, too. I've complained to the station, but to no avail.
archiguy is offline  
post #96016 of 98600 Old 08-06-2014, 06:17 PM
Super Moderator
 
DrDon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Metro Detroit
Posts: 12,858
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 123 Post(s)
Liked: 305
Quote:
Originally Posted by archiguy View Post
If I'm watching the Panthers play at home I usually mute the network guys and listen to the radio play-by-play. The problem comes when the radio broadcast is delayed by a few seconds and the play is already over when the radio announcer says its beginning. Makes it impossible to listen to the radio broadcast if I'm actually at the game, too. I've complained to the station, but to no avail.
Not much you can do. If the station uses HD Radio technology, then the analog has to be delayed so it'll sync with the digital. The station can kill the digital if they like, but there's still the profanity delay. Thanks to a number of athletes who think nothing of dropping an F bomb during an interview or fans who think nothing of screaming one into the crowd mic, the 7-8 second delay is becoming less and less likely to be bypassed. Add HD synchronizing to the profanity delay and it's a good 20 seconds. We used to dump both for ballgames, but not so much any more. With all the new cars having HD Radios and all the athletes failing to self-censor, it's just not worth it, anymore. The number of people listening to the radio at a home ballgame or trying to synchronize the radio to the television is miniscule. In fact, when we DID drop the delays, DSS customers and cable customers with DVRs complained that the radio was too far ahead of the television.

Walking the fine line between jaw-dropping and a plain ol' yawn.
DrDon is online now  
post #96017 of 98600 Old 08-06-2014, 06:30 PM
AVS Addicted Member
 
archiguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 18,389
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 463 Post(s)
Liked: 732
So television always has that 7 second delay as well? I tells ya', I've seen some one-finger salutes and such that somehow sneaked past!
archiguy is offline  
post #96018 of 98600 Old 08-06-2014, 07:43 PM
Advanced Member
 
veedon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Raleigh,NC
Posts: 874
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 220 Post(s)
Liked: 67
Why does football have sideline reporters? Baseball doesn't have dugout reporters.
veedon is offline  
post #96019 of 98600 Old 08-06-2014, 08:39 PM
AVS Special Member
 
dcowboy7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Pequannock, NJ
Posts: 5,520
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 52 Post(s)
Liked: 110
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aliens View Post
After 7 straight years of being the number 2 team, for Albert and Co. to be dropped to number 5 is a huge fall.
Just another update (why do they make simple things so difficult):

FOX sent out their press release & on part of it they have Albert #3 yet on the other part #5 so who knows ?

http://www.foxsports.com/content/dam...oadcasters.pdf


Quote:
Originally Posted by veedon View Post
Why does football have sideline reporters? Baseball doesn't have dugout reporters.
Guess theres only so many times they could ask "How many bags of sunflower seeds is that tonight ?"

dcowboy7 is offline  
post #96020 of 98600 Old 08-06-2014, 09:20 PM
AVS Club Gold
 
Keenan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Posts: 28,546
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 478 Post(s)
Liked: 456
Quote:
Originally Posted by veedon View Post
Why does football have sideline reporters? Baseball doesn't have dugout reporters.
Sex. Sex sells so they stick a female reporter on the sidelines. This is the NFL, is there a more misogynistic sport out there???
Nayan likes this.
Keenan is online now  
post #96021 of 98600 Old 08-06-2014, 10:38 PM
Senior Member
 
GqMagic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Los Angeles, Ca
Posts: 457
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Liked: 19
Remember when the Chicago Bears fired their cheerleaders, the Honey Bears, because they were good in the mid 80's.

Did they ever get them back?
GqMagic is offline  
post #96022 of 98600 Old 08-07-2014, 02:33 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
dad1153's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 36,700
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 294 Post(s)
Liked: 199
TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
THURSDAY 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 Quest
9PM - Rookie Blue
10PM - NY Med
* * * *
11:35AM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Mickey Rourke; Jordana Brewster; Banks performs)
12:07AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - The Big Bang Theory
(R - Jan. 9)
8:31PM - The Millers
(R - Oct. 7)
9:01PM - Big Brother (LIVE)
10PM - Elementary
(R - Oct. 31)
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Jason Segel; Liv Tyler; Trampled by Turtles performs)
12:37AM - 2014 PGA Championship Highlights
1:07AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Breckin Meyer; Morena Baccarin)

NBC:
8PM - Hollywood Game Night
(R - Feb. 3)
9:01PM - Welcome to Sweeden
9:30PM - Working the Engels
10PM - Last Comic Standing
* * * *
11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Will Arnett; T.I. performs with The Roots)
12:36AM - Late Night with Seth Myers (Michael Fassbender; Allison Tolman; author Joshua Ferris)
1:37AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Giovanni Ribisi; Tinariwen performs; director Gillian Robespierre)
(R - May 22)

FOX:
8PM - Sleepy Hollow
(R - Oct. 7)
9PM - Gang Related

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - The 'This Old House' Hour (R - Feb. 20)
9PM - Last Tango in Halifax
(R - Dec. 24)
10:30PM - Antiques Roadshow: Vintage Rochester
(R - Jul. 8)

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

THE CW:
8PM - The Vampire Diaries
(R - Mar. 6)
9PM - The Originals
(R - Jan. 21)

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

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Director Tracy Droz Tragos)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky)
12:01AM - At Midnight (Doug Benson; Steve Agee; Megan Neuringer)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Megan Fox; comic Todd Glass)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Chandler Parsons)
dad1153 is offline  
post #96023 of 98600 Old 08-07-2014, 02:37 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
dad1153's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 36,700
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 294 Post(s)
Liked: 199
Business Notes
Paramount's thin film slate puts drag on Viacom profit
By Meg James, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - Aug. 6, 2014

Viacom is hoping some muscular turtles can stomp out the doldrums at its Paramount Pictures movie studio.

Paramount this week releases the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie, which comes on the heels of the studio's summer blockbuster, "Transformers: Age of Extinction."

However, the two films did not arrive in theaters in time to boost parent company Viacom's lackluster fiscal-third-quarter earnings.

The media company's profit dropped 5.1% to $611 million during the April-through-June quarter. Cost-cutting helped: Earnings of $1.40 a share compared with $1.31 a share in the previous year period.

Viacom revenue fell 7% to $3.42 billion for the quarter.

The company, controlled by Sumner Redstone, missed Wall Street's earnings estimates.

Viacom's all-important cable TV networks, including MTV and BET, have been grappling with droopy ratings. Softer-than-expected advertising sales were not enough to help Viacom's bottom line.

Media networks generated revenue of $2.6 billion during the quarter, an increase of 1%. Operating income for the TV networks slipped 3% to $1.1 billion. Television ad revenue, while up 1% domestically, was weaker than analysts had been expecting.

But the real stinker was Paramount.

The Los Angeles-based movie studio simply has too thin of a film slate to be a reliable profit engine for the media company.

Paramount generated $856 million in revenue, a 26% decline from the year-earlier period. Box-office revenue plummeted 43% to $264 million. Home entertainment revenue tumbled 24% to $209 million.

The current quarter should see an improved picture for Paramount. The studio released "Transformers" at the end of June, and thus, it had to record the marketing expenses in the April-June quarter. However, most of the film's profits arrived later.

"The big miss came from the less important film segment, while [TV] networks was actually ahead of consensus, but below our estimate due to softer domestic advertising," Wells Fargo Securities media analyst Marci Ryvicker said in a research note Wednesday.

Still, Viacom's management was upbeat.

"We see a lot of opportunity at Viacom," Chief Executive Philippe Dauman told analysts on a conference call Wednesday morning. "We believe we create a lot of value to shareholders by returning capital to them."

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment...806-story.html
dad1153 is offline  
post #96024 of 98600 Old 08-07-2014, 02:42 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
dad1153's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 36,700
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 294 Post(s)
Liked: 199
TV Notes
‘X Factor UK’ Coming to America on AXS TV
By Tony Maglio, TheWrap.com - Aug. 6, 2014

The “X Factor” on Fox may have been canceled, but the franchise is returning to the States, as the U.K. version is coming to America via AXS TV.

The cable channel has signed an agreement with FremantleMedia International (FMI) and Syco Entertainment, bringing the British version of the singing competition to the U.S. for the first time ever. Each of Season 11's 34 episodes will air in America 24 hours after they run overseas.

Simon Cowell‘s ”X Factor UK” is co-produced by Syco Entertainment and Thames TV (part of FremantleMedia UK).

This season, Cowell makes his return to the judging panel for the first time in three years. Additionally, former Spice Girl and “America's Got Talent” personality Mel B will make her first appearance as a full-time judge, after previously serving as a guest on the series.

Joining the duo is U.K. pop singer Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, who is also returning for the first time in three years, and music manager Louis Walsh, making his 11th consecutive appearance since 2004.

Award-winning broadcaster and host Dermot O'Leary will emcee the show, while also providing support to the aspiring stars.

“‘The X Factor UK' is a perfect addition to the AXS TV lineup, as we continue to showcase the best music programming on television,” said channel founder Mark Cuban. “The level of talent that the series has produced is unprecedented, and to have Simon Cowell back as a judge — I'm confident that our audience will embrace these new stars wholeheartedly. I'm proud that AXS TV has the opportunity to be at the forefront of this popular music franchise to showcase talented vocalists.”

On Sundays, “X Factor UK” will air at 8 p.m. ET, beginning on Aug. 31. The Monday episodes kick off the following night, also at 8.

Below, AXS TV newsman Dan Rather and Cowell discuss the importance of the UK's “X Factor” coming to America. Beneath that is AXS TV's “X Factor UK” promo.

The full Rather-Cowell interview airs on Monday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. ET on AXS TV's “The Big Interview.”

Watch the videos: [CLICK LINK BELOW]

http://www.thewrap.com/x-factor-uk-c...-axs-tv-video/
dad1153 is offline  
post #96025 of 98600 Old 08-07-2014, 02:46 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
dad1153's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 36,700
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 294 Post(s)
Liked: 199
Business Notes
‘Black Jesus’ (Comedy Central)
By Brian Lowry, Variety.com - Aug. 6, 2014

Crossing the third rails of race and religion, “Black Jesus” is guaranteed to offend some people. In fact, one might accuse Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim of a certain naivete in greenlighting a project where the rewards, even in success, are likely to be overshadowed by the negative blowback, with various faith groups having already weighed in. That said, this live-action series from “The Boondocks'” Aaron McGruder and director Mike Clattenburg is also disarmingly and pretty consistently funny, buoyed by Gerald “Slink” Johnson’s portrayal of You Know Who. Strictly in comedy terms, the road to Hell has been paved with a lot worse shows than this.

At 6’5″, Johnson cuts an imposing figure as the wigged Jesus, who hangs out with a group of pals in Compton (his robe has a way of frequently getting caught in car doors), smokes most of their weed and cheerfully reminds them — when they dare question him — that he “died for your mother-f—— sins.”

With the exception of their landlord (Charlie Murphy), who considers Jesus a con man, everyone pretty much takes it on faith that Jesus is who he claims he is. When asked to perform a miracle, he also reminds them he isn’t in charge of that area. “That’s Pops,” he says.

Jesus’ not-quite-apostles include Fish (Andra Fuller), an ex-con with a temper; Boonie (Corey Holcomb), who’s usually drunk; and Jason (Antwon Tanner), who seems pretty content hanging out and getting high, much to the chagrin of his beautiful girlfriend (Valenzia Algarin), who happens to be a cop. There’s also Boonie’s mom (Angela Gibbs), who loves the Lord, yes, but loves the money she earns selling pot more.

Obviously, “Black Jesus” doesn’t appear overly concerned about trafficking in stereotypes. But there’s a sweetness underneath its scabrous, sacrilegious exterior, as Johnson’s Jesus puts his own spin on all the greatest hits — saying things like, “I still love your bitch ass” — while endeavoring to establish a community garden. (An equal-opportunity offender, in the second episode, that effort runs afoul of Mexican gang members.)

Even on the usually sedate comics page, McGruder has always been an acerbic social commentator, and this series — essentially a live-action cartoon in tone — certainly fits that profile. Indeed, “Black Jesus” is funny in part because it ventures so eagerly into areas most producers and networks, worn down by years of calls for sponsor boycotts and bad publicity, have simply decided it’s easier to avoid.

So while there’s an audience within the Adult Swim profile that should find “Black Jesus” to its liking, the show’s flock had better show up in reasonably good numbers (by latenight standards, anyway), and relatively soon. Because in the modern history of TV, it doesn’t take much to give the higher powers a bad case of cold feet or, when faced with a controversy, prompt them to wash their hands of it.

'Black Jesus'
(Cartoon Network, Thur. Aug. 7, 11 p.m.)


http://variety.com/2014/tv/reviews/t...us-1201276024/
dad1153 is offline  
post #96026 of 98600 Old 08-07-2014, 02:49 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
dad1153's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 36,700
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 294 Post(s)
Liked: 199
Nielsen Notes (Cable)
Cable overnights: ‘Catch’ finale finishes first
By Media Life Magazine Staff - Aug. 6, 2014

The season finale of Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” hauled in a No. 1 finish Tuesday night.

The reality show posted a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen overnights, even to last week and finishing as the top original program on cable for the day.

It was a tenth ahead of two other cable originals, ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” and TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles.”

“Isles” finished, as usual, as the night’s top show in total viewers, posting 5.09 million, more than 2 million ahead of the No. 2 program, Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Top 10 Cable Programs
Ranked on Total Viewers
August 5
# Program Net (000)
1 RIZZOLI & ISLES-08/05/2014 TNT 5092
2 THE OREILLY FACTOR-08/05/2014 FOXNC 2797
3 PERCEPTION-08/05/2014 TNT 2751
4 BIG BANG THEORY, THE-08/05/2014 TBSC 2703
5 FAMILY GUY-08/05/2014 ADSM 2549
6 FAMILY GUY-08/05/2014 ADSM 2542
7 DEADLIEST CATCH-08/05/2014 DISC 2512
8 BIG BANG THEORY, THE-08/05/2014 TBSC 2500
9 AMERICAN DAD-08/05/2014 ADSM 2365
10 SPONGEBOB-08/05/2014 NICK 2227
Source: Nielsen

Top 10 Cable Programs
Ranked on Adults 18-49
August 5
# Program Net (000)
1 FAMILY GUY-08/05/2014 ADSM 1478
2 FAMILY GUY-08/05/2014 ADSM 1460
3 AMERICAN DAD-08/05/2014 ADSM 1394
4 BIG BANG THEORY, THE-08/05/2014 TBSC 1301
5 DEADLIEST CATCH-08/05/2014 DISC 1259
6 BIG BANG THEORY, THE-08/05/2014 TBSC 1234
7 PRETTY LITTLE LIARS-08/05/2014 FAM 1203
8 RIZZOLI & ISLES-08/05/2014 TNT 1174
9 AMERICAN DAD-08/05/2014 ADSM 1116
10 ROBOT CHICKEN-08/05/2014 ADSM 996
Source: Nielsen

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/cab...inishes-first/
dad1153 is offline  
post #96027 of 98600 Old 08-07-2014, 02:52 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
dad1153's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 36,700
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 294 Post(s)
Liked: 199
TV Review
Demure, Deadpan and Smutty, an Offshoot of Girl Power
Garfunkel and Oates,’ a Comic Female Duo on IFC
By Mike Hale, The New York Times - Aug. 7, 2013

Garfunkel and Oates are Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, a pair of comedians, actresses and songwriters who bear a glancing physical likeness to Art Garfunkel (Ms. Lindhome is tall and blond) and John Oates (Ms. Micucci is short and dark haired).

Naming their act — funny songs, stand-up, web videos and now a television show, “Garfunkel and Oates,” beginning Thursday on IFC — after a pair of famous supporting players signals Ms. Lindhome and Ms. Micucci’s intentions. They practice the comedy of female semi-empowerment, in which confidence (tending toward narcissism) and a still somewhat startling sexual frankness combine with old-fashioned insecurity and self-abasement, all of them generating laughs.

Varieties of it abound on television, from “Girls” to “Inside Amy Schumer” to “Broad City.” The version in “Garfunkel and Oates,” in which the women play fictional versions of themselves, striving Los Angeles performers and best friends, is on the kooky-fey-demure end of the spectrum. But that doesn’t make the show any less funny. It holds its own with its rougher competitors.

Working for the first time at sitcom length, Ms. Lindhome and Ms. Micucci operate just beyond sketch comedy. Episodes have A and B story lines and thematic hooks (gag reflexes, pornography doppelgängers, women who don’t talk on dates), but the point is really the smart, deadpan jokes and the surprisingly elaborate and usually smutty songs. These are billed as folk but sound a lot like Off Broadway. You can imagine the duo writing its own version of “Avenue Q,” and indeed the second episode includes an audition for a children’s puppet show much like “Sesame Street.”

The show’s theme song is a peppy girl-power number with a very 21st-century message: Instead of “You’re going to make it after all,” it ends with “Don’t stop being cool.” But the Mary Tyler Moore connection is clear, and the desirable Riki and second-banana Kate have a slight Mary-Rhoda correlation. The difference across 40 years: One of Ms. Lindhome and Ms. Micucci’s songs begins: “I’ve been down here for a minute or two/My neck is at a weird angle and I don’t enjoy the view." Mary and Rhoda wouldn’t even have known what that meant.

Garfunkel and Oates
IFC, Thursday night at 10, Eastern and Pacific times; 9, Central time.


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/07/ar...ref=television
dad1153 is offline  
post #96028 of 98600 Old 08-07-2014, 02:56 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
dad1153's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 36,700
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 294 Post(s)
Liked: 199
TV/Business Notes
Dish Network’s Budget Streaming Plan Could Serve An Entire Household — If Everyone Watches The Same Channel
By David Lieberman, Deadline.com - Aug. 6, 2014

That’s one of the details Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen dropped today about his widely anticipated personal streaming service, which he says will launch by the end of the year. A+E Networks yesterday said that it will support the plan, following an earlier deal Dish made with Disney. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said today that he’s open to offering his channels, but wants more information. Ergen told analysts he hopes to hook young viewers by selling them a low-priced package with some — but not all — of the channels in the conventional pay-TV bundle.

Dish Network logoThat package is expensive and “my concern is that today we’re missing that whole generation” of young viewers who find it too pricey, Ergen says. “They come home, turn on the Internet and watch something for free. The core industry is missing them.” The rate of potential customers refusing to buy the conventional package is growing by as many as 4M a year, he estimates. Still, the initiative “could be disruptive to the current ecosystem” if full pay TV subscribers switch to the less expensive service “so we’re going cautiously about it.”

A+E’s announcement raised questions by referring to “multi-stream rights” it agreed to offer for live and VOD programming. That seemed to indicate that Dish could serve multiple TVs or devices at a time; the thinking after the Disney deal was that Dish would just serve one device at a time. Ergen told analysts today that “we haven’t made all of the decisions” about the service. “It’s basically per home, but if everybody is watching the same channel…We call that single stream. That’s basically the approach. We should look at experimentation with that.”

Ergen’s also working out whether to offer the streaming service widely, or just to people who use the wireless spectrum that Dish is amassing. “It could be both,” although on his network he could ensure “a quality of service that’s consistent.” He’s especially eager to harness the data that wireless providers have and use it to target ads to people most likely to buy a product. “A few years from now you aren’t going to see ‘Fly the friendly skies’ in an ad,” he says. “You’re going to see, ‘Buy a ticket.’ And the difference in advertising revenue is dramatic.” He adds that wireless has potential beyond smartphones and tablets with devices linking “every car, pet, child, refrigerator, camera, security system, watch, machine…..You’re going to want to be connected and you’re going to be happy about it.”

http://www.deadline.com/2014/08/dish...deo-streaming/
dad1153 is offline  
post #96029 of 98600 Old 08-07-2014, 02:59 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
dad1153's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 36,700
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 294 Post(s)
Liked: 199
TV Notes
'The Knick' will 'live beautifully' on new Cinemax
By Bill Keveney, USA Today - Aug. 6, 2014

Top-notch surgeon John Thackery doesn't mind Knickerbocker Hospital's rougher edges, because he gets free rein to practice cutting-edge medicine.

"It's like me and Cinemax," Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh jokes about The Knick (Friday, 10 ET/PT), a medical drama starring Clive Owen that puts the spotlight on a pay-cable network long hidden in the shadow of its more glamorous cousin, HBO.

Although most creative types want HBO's lustrous pedigree, Soderbergh (who directed last year's Behind the Candelabra) asked to be on Cinemax, envisioning wide-open creative space.

"I get to be off on this other playing field that isn't as crowded as the big one over at HBO," he says.

Michael Lombardo, programming chief for HBO and Cinemax, says the director's request reflects his "iconoclastic spirit" and was "like manna from heaven" in the effort to rebrand Cinemax, a longtime movie network whose racy late-night fare earned it the nickname "Skinemax." The company recently started redefining it by adding original programming, including action dramas Strike Back and Banshee, aimed at younger men, and was looking for a new offering.

With The Knick, "I couldn't have asked for a better show to put Cinemax out there in a new and fresh way. It's the first show on Cinemax that absolutely could live on HBO," he says.

Lombardo doesn't see Cinemax becoming "HBO Lite," however. "I think Cinemax will find its own groove in what the brand is," he says. "I don't expect The Knick to be a harbinger of other shows like it, but I think that's OK. It can co-exist with other shows that skew a little more action. ... The show will live beautifully on the network."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/t...emax/13658263/
dad1153 is offline  
post #96030 of 98600 Old 08-07-2014, 03:03 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
dad1153's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 36,700
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 294 Post(s)
Liked: 199
TV Notes
FYI Renews Inaugural Series 'Married at First Sight'
By Michael O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Aug. 6, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Call it love at fifth episode. FYI has renewed one of its first original series, Married at First Sight, for a second season just a month into its run.

The A+E Network, formerly Bio, launched July 8 with Married at First Sight as its first offering. Initially improving the old time slot by 122 percent among adults 18-49, the reality show has steadily grown. Its latest episode pulled nearly triple its premiere audience in the younger demo.

"Married at First Sight has truly captured viewers' attention and garnered awareness for FYI following our successful rebrand,” said FYI and LMN president Jana Bennett. “The series reflects the authentic, relatable and universal journey — our search for true love. The quest will continue anew next year."

The prompt order — Married at First Sight's fifth episode only aired Tuesday — is for an 11-episode sophomore season set to premiere in 2015. This season is thus far averaging 470,000 total viewers and 239,000 adults 18-49.

Produced by Kinetic Content and based on a Danish format, Married at First Sight follows six singles who are suddenly thrust together and (as the title implies) legally couple off. The new season will tackle three more fresh pairings over the course of several weeks, until the couples ultimately choose to stick together or get divorced.

FYI debuts with an ambitious catalog already in the can. In the last month, originals Rowhouse Showdown, Tiny House Nation, World Food Championships, B.O.R.N. to Style and Epic Meal Empire also have premiered.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/liv...married-723818
dad1153 is offline  
Reply HDTV Programming



Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off