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I live in SEC country, but I would like to have the Pac 12 network. It just gives me one more option to find a game I really want to watch.
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Robin Williams committed suicide? No way..
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My God, it's true. He's gone.
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My God, it's true. He's gone.

Wow, that's amazing! In view he always seemed just fine. I never knew he was depressed or whatnot.

The dude was a legend. I've watched so many of his movies
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I just saw this on Facebook and was literally taken aback by the news. He said he needed the money when he agreed to star in The Crazy Ones and it only lasted one season before cancellation, on top of that he suffered from depression and acholism. A true comedy legend,R.I.P. Mork
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Totally stunned.

Williams seemed to be the Energizer Bunny and I expected him to keep going for a long, long time.


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He always had a huge smile on his face. I read he went into rehab for an alcoholic problem recently
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Robin Williams committed suicide? No way..
This is such a sad day

I act my age sometimes. Sometimes ;). Crap I say
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So sad. A true talent who struggled with demons for many years. Rest in peace.
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Most people don't understand the tears of a clown. They don't realize that the funniest and most outgoing among us are oftentimes the most depressed and internally embattled. RIP Robin Williams. Thank you for the laughs you've given us all these years.
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Most people don't understand the tears of a clown. They don't realize that the funniest and most outgoing among us are oftentimes the most depressed and internally embattled.
So true.

Friend of mine met Williams when he came to visit Christopher Reeve in the hospital right after the accident that left him paralyzed. Said Williams joked around with the staff same as what you saw on TV.

Funny as he was and as hard as he made me laugh at times, I’ve often thought it would have to be very wearing to have to maintain that energy and shtick 24/7, whenever he was out in public.

Wish I could say I’m surprised by this turn of events, but I can’t. Saddened, definitely, but not surprised.

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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
'Outlander' Premieres and 3.7 Million Viewers Peek Under the Kilt
By Michael O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Aug. 11, 2013

Outlander's TV arrival this weekend was a long time in the making. The book of the same name came out back in 1991, winning a legion of passionate fans who flipped their proverbial lids when Starz announced it was adapting Diana Gabaldon's books into a TV series little more than a year ago.

Well, the first episode finally bowed on Saturday night, and the inaugural telecast averaged 720,000 viewers for the pay cable network. Combining multiple weekend plays and an aggressive online and on-demand sampling period from last week, Outlander's first episode brought in an estimated 3.7 million viewers.

That number stands as a multiplatform best for Starz, with 1.4 million viewers outside of the parent net — a fact that might not come as much of a surprise for many. Though the network had a big success in Spartacus and recently got solid performances from Power and Da Vinci's Demons, Outlander has given the network its most built-in buzz to date. As it stands, Outlander's premiere weekend audience roughly matches that of Black Sails in January.

Despite the female angle of the romance, the episode was also almost evenly split among women and men. Forty-five percent of the total audience was males between 18 and 49.

To be certain, Starz aims to extend that buzz as much as possible. The network recently announced that the first season of 16 episodes will air in two parts. The latter eight episodes bow in early 2015 after this first run wraps on Sept. 27.

Outlander was adapted for TV by Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore and stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan. Its total premiere audience will arrive in the coming weeks once complete streams and live-plus-3 and live-plus-7 ratings are available.

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Fake Fish Fuel Shark Week Kickoff

Sensationalized sharks are having quite a month. Just two weeks after Syfy set a ratings record with its Sharknado sequel (and a slew of other hammy shark-related telepics), Discovery's annual reminder of summer's speedy passing has arrived.

Shark Week returned to the cable network on Sunday night — and as it did last year, Discovery opened the seven days of fishy festivities with a faux documentary. Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine pulled in an average 3.8 million viewers at 9 p.m. The tale of an scarred, angry and entirely bogus Great White, it follows last year's similarly tongue-in-cheek Megalodon: The Monster Shark That Lives. (That spoof, Discovery's first for a Shark Week, drew in 4.8 million viewers with its 2013 premiere.)

Real sharks proved almost as big of a draw at 8 p.m. Air Jaws: Fins of Fury fetched 3.3 million viewers, helping the network average 3.6 million viewers over the course of the night. An average 2.3 rating in the targeted adults 25-54 also makes it the highest-rated kickoff in franchise history.

The introduction of faux documentaries into the Discovery catalogue has gotten a mixed reception. While the programs certainly drive ratings, they've also proven to be confusing for some viewers. (Mermaids: The Body Found caused a stir online when some of the 1.9 million viewers tuning in to its 2012 premiere thought they were seeing proof of mythical creatures, despite disclaimers that facts weren't being presented.)

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SUNDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insight's Blog.
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
CBS thrashes the competition with golf
A thrilling end to the PGA Championship lifts network's primetime
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 11, 2013

Rory McIlroy’s exciting PGA Championship victory ignited CBS to a dominant win on an otherwise slow Sunday night.

The year’s final major spilled into primetime, running until 9 p.m.

The tournament averaged a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating from 7 to 9, according to Nielsen overnights, more than double anything on any of the other Big Four networks Sunday night.

That lifted CBS to a 2.0 rating and 7 share on the night, well ahead of ABC, NBC and Fox, which all tied for second with a 0.8/3. Univision was fifth at 0.7/2 and Telemundo sixth at 0.3/1.

CBS’s ratings for the night are approximate, as overnights measure timeslot and not actual program data.

CBS’s regular schedule was pushed back by two hours. “60 Minutes” started at 9 p.m. and “Big Brother” aired at 10 p.m. “Brother” finished as the night’s No. 2 show with a 1.7.

Fox’s “2014 Teen Choice Awards” posted a 0.8, even to last year in 18-49s. Among teens the show drew a 2.7, off slightly from a 2.9 last year.

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 7 p.m. CBS led with a 2.1 for golf, followed by ABC with a 0.9 for a repeat of “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” Fox was third with a 0.7 for repeats of “American Dad” and “The Simpsons.” NBC and Univision tied for fourth at 0.6, NBC for a repeat of “American Ninja Warrior” and Univision for “Aqui y Ahora,” and Telemundo was sixth with a 0.2 for the movie “Kick-Ass.”

CBS increased its lead at 8 p.m. with a 2.7 for the final hour of golf, while NBC moved to second with a 0.9 for more “Ninja.” ABC was third with a 0.8 for “Wipeout.” Fox and Univision tied for fourth at 0.7, Fox for “Teen” and Univision for “Bailando por un Sueño.” Telemundo was sixth with a 0.3 for the end of “Kick-Ass” and the start of the movie “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”

At 9 p.m. CBS was first with a 1.4 for “60 Minutes,” with NBC, Fox and Univision all tied for second at 0.9, NBC for a repeat of “America’s Got Talent,” Fox for more “Teen” and Univision for more “Bailando.” ABC was fifth with a 0.7 for “Rising Star” and Telemundo sixth with a 0.4 for its movie.

CBS completed the nightly sweep at 10 p.m. with a 1.7 for “Brother,” followed by NBC with a 0.9 for more “Talent.” Univision was third with a 0.8 for “Sal y Pimienta,” ABC fourth with a 0.6 for a repeat of “Castle” and Telemundo fifth with a 0.5 for the end of its movie

Among households, CBS was first for the night with a 5.7 average overnight rating and a 10 share. ABC was second at 2.2/4, NBC third at 2.0/4, Fox fourth at 1.3/2, Univision fifth at 1.2/2 and Telemundo sixth at 0.4/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/cbs...petition-golf/

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As Rory roars, tournament ratings soar
Golfer's second straight major win lifts PGA Championship

TV viewers are starting to warm to Rory McIlroy.

On Sunday the 25-year-old golfer from Northern Ireland won his second straight major championship, taking the PGA Championship at Valhalla in Louisville.

This time a lot more people tuned in to watch him than for his last victory in the tournament.

CBS averaged a 6.0 household rating for Sunday’s final round of the tournament, up 36 percent from last year.

It was up an impressive 54 percent from two years ago, when McIlroy won his first PGA Championship.

In fact, it was the highest-rated PGA Championship in five years, since Tiger Woods last came close to winning the tournament, back in 2009. That year the event earned a 7.5 rating.

The PGA Championship, the year’s final major on the PGA Tour, peaked with a 9.2 rating from 8 to 8:30 p.m., when McIlroy was heading to the 18th hole. He won by a stroke over Phil Mickelson, finishing 16 under par.

The final round was delayed by rain for two hours mid-day, which pushed the finish into primetime. In fact, for a while it was uncertain whether McIlroy would be able to finish his round, with darkness threatening.

McIlroy’s popularity seems to be growing. CBS posted a 3.2 rating on Saturday, as the young golfer staked out his lead, up 7 percent over last year.

And Sunday’s rating was comfortably above the 5.1 for the U.S. Open on NBC earlier this summer, which Martin Kaymer won easily.

McIlroy’s win last month in the British Open, the year’s third major, generated only a 2.6 in his final day, but the lower rating is to be expected. That tournament airs only on cable, and its carrier, ESPN, is available in fewer households than CBS and NBC.

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Critic's Notes
What to Watch (if You’ve Seen the Rest)
‘Nature’s Weirdest,’ Extreme Parenting and Other Odd TV
By Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times - Aug. 12, 2013

The television gods doled out a fair number of decent shows in the first seven weeks of summer, but now comes a bit of a lull until the new fall series arrive. It’s a chance to check out some lower-profile fare that has come along in recent weeks on TV and the Internet.

No, this stuff isn’t enigmatic like “The Leftovers” or pulse-quickening like “The Last Ship.” It’s the kind of moderately interesting but disposable entertainment that you can watch in small bites but let go of when more substantive material comes along. Herewith, four Shows You Didn’t Know Existed:

GOATS GONE WRONG One of the summer’s spunkier docu-series wraps up on Tuesday night with a double episode promising goats that faint, trees that bleed, a two-headed snake and fish that attack birds. It’s “Nature’s Weirdest” on BBC America. Spend a little time with this show and you’ll be reminded that Mother Nature is one wacky chick.

The series is built on news footage and amateur videos, and it has already given us swarming insects, angry elk and a town in Australia that turned blood-red. It provides explanations for the odd phenomena, but the real fun is reveling in the surreality.

MORE THAN A SHOVEL Can you make a half-hour television episode out of a subject like how to tie a shoelace? You can if you’re David Rees, the cheeky host of “Going Deep With David Rees.” Over the past few weeks, the series, Mondays on the National Geographic Channel, has explored not only shoe tying but also ice cube making, hole digging and fly swatting, among other things.

Mr. Rees is drolly hilarious as he goes into absurd detail on these mundane topics. Opening lines of the hole digging episode: “Guys, think about when you might need to dig a hole. You might need to bury your dog.”

YOUNG AND FUNNY The Internet is full of series by young comics served up in short webisodes. Some are on this genre’s version of a mainstream outlet — for example, funnyordie.com — while others are just independents hoping to catch fire. Last year’s “Kelly and Lindsey Do New York,” from Kelly Wallace-Barnhill and Lindsey Gentile, was pretty good, and now comes “Low Budget Sketch Show,” by a group of wits from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.

The episodes, roughly five minutes each, start with a monologue and finish with two sketches. Savor the low-budget-ness. Best bit in the five episodes posted so far: an Episode 2 sketch by Shira Rachel Danan called “Pretentious for the Wrong Reasons.” Among the burning questions it addresses: If you’re unemployed, does that qualify you to brag to your date that you are a member of an exclusive club?

DON’T SPANK, SPRAY Bravo has a new docu-series guaranteed to drive almost anyone who watches it crazy, especially parents. It’s called “Extreme Guide to Parenting,” and it’s right on the border between reality and parody. Is the aromatherapy advocate who periodically sprays her children with some kind of magic water serious? Hard to say, but amusing to watch.

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TV Notes
Is 'Meet the Press' changing moderators?
By Lorena Blass, USA Today - Aug. 11, 2013

What is going on with NBC's Meet the Press?

It seems the journalists at NBC News are linked to media reports that a change is coming to the Sunday morning political talk show.

Here's what we do know:

— Ratings are poor and appear to be declining. As of Aug. 3, Meet the Press' total-viewer numbers have dropped 6% while viewers among adults ages 25-54, the target news demographic, dropped 7% vs. the same point last season. ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos is up by 14% in total viewers and 15% in adults ages 25-54 vs. its year-ago season averages. CBS' Face the Nation has slight gains (+1% total viewers/ up less than +1% ages 25-54), and Fox's Fox News Sunday is also up (+3% total viewers/-10% ages 25-54).

— Speculation has been building for weeks about Meet the Press moderator David Gregory's impending departure. Among the media outlets reporting this: The New York Post, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post and Politico, which also says that NBC Chief White House Correspondent and Political Director Chuck Todd is in line to be named the new host. Gregory officially became host of the talk show in December 2008. Tom Brokaw had been interim moderator after the sudden death of Tim Russert earlier that year.

— NBC would not address any of the reports of a possible change of moderator on the Sunday morning talk show.

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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
Cinemax’s ‘The Knick’ OK In Friday Debut
By Dominic Patten, Deadline.com - Aug. 11, 2013

The debut of The Knick, already picked up for a second 10-episode season last month by Cinemax, started off with few fireworks. The heavily promoted 10 PM August 8 premiere of the Steven Soderbergh-directed and Clive Owen-starring period medical drama drew an average of 354,000 viewers. With three replays on that night, The Knick had a total of 657,000 viewers on Cinemax this weekend. That’s down from the 438,000 viewers that the cabler’s first truly homegrown drama Banshee did in its January 11, 2013 debut – which was also at 10 PM on a Friday. That HBO-owned Cinemax saw the Alan Ball EP’d action drama series get 965,000 viewers over three plays on its 2013 premiere night. Now renewed for a third season, Banshee has gained considerable traction over its first two seasons with the March 16, 2014 S2 finale getting a record 733,000 viewers – a high for Cinemax. However, The Knick perked up with a 9 PM August 9 showing on HBO, which attracted 533,000 viewers.

Set in the quickly changing NYC of 1900, The Knick revolves around the personalities and work at the fictional Knickerboker Hospital, with Owen leading the ensemble cast playing as the brilliant and eccentric Chief Surgeon John Thackery. The series is Soderbergh’s first launched project since HBO’s 2013’s Emmy-winning Behind The Candelabra. The Oscar winner helmed all 10 episodes of Season 1 of the show and will do the same for Season 2. The Knick was created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler. The duo serve as EPs on the show along with Soderbergh, Owen and Gregory Jacobs and Michael Sugar.

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TV/Business Notes
CBS’ Hardball Move in Indianapolis Draws Wall Street’s Attention
By Cynthia Littleton, Variety.com - Aug. 11, 2013

Wall Streeters typically don’t pay much attention to station maneuvers in TV markets below the top 10, but word of CBS’ plan to switch affiliates in Indianapolis caused a stir among broadcast-focused investors on Monday.

The Eye plans to shift from its longtime home on Lin Media’s WISH-TV to Tribune-owned WTTV-TV as of Jan. 1. The reason boils down to dollars and cents: Lin and CBS had been renegotiating an affiliation agreement but were not coming to terms on reverse retransmission consent fee payments. Those are the fees that station affiliates now pay networks in exchange for receiving the sports and primetime programming that allow local stations to command significant retrans coin from local MVPDs.

Tribune’s WTTV agreed to CBS’ terms, and so CBS will be moving to channel 4 in the nations 26th-largest market after decades on channel 8. The move will displace the CW, which is a CBS-Warner Bros. joint venture, from the mothership WTTV to its digital multicast channel, WTTV 4.2.

CBS’ willingness to shuffle in Indianapolis sends a clear message to other affiliates that are facing renewal negotiations. CBS has repeatedly promised Wall Street that its revenue from retrans coin earned from MVPDs by its O&Os and reverse retrans comp from station affils will reach $1 billion by 2017 and $2 billion by 2020.

The Indianapolis deal, even coming at the expense of the CW, was read by Wall Street as proof that CBS intends to use its muscle with MVPDs and affils to hit those targets. The Eye’s campaign will likely put pressure on the bottom lines of some of the mega-station groups that have been cobbled together in the merger mania of the past few years.

After announcing the Indianapolis deal, CBS shares climbed 95 cents, or 1.6%, to close at $60.18 on Thursday. Lin’s stock fell 91 cents, or 3.7%, to close at $23.81.

“The PR around this deal suggests that this is a signal from CBS to its affiliate body that it wants what it considers to be ‘fair value’ – we don’t get the sense that CBS necessarily wants a repeat of this situation in other markets,” wrote Wells Fargo Securities senior analyst Marci Ryvicker in a note Monday.

David Bank of RBC Capital Markets sees potential for CBS to exceed its own ambitious target by 2020. “If CBS is willing to flex its muscles in reverse comp discussions, it’s possible we could see upside to long-term retrans/reverse comp total targets of ($2 billion) by 2020,” Bank wrote. And the eagerness of Tribune to step up reinforces that station owners have to bank on the lure of top-tier content to bring in advertising dollars and retrans. Tribune was especially eager to access CBS’ NFL package, which includes the hometown Indianapolis Colts.

“At the end of the day, in many markets, we think if a local affiliate balks at CBS’s demands, the affiliate must recognize that other stations might step up to take over the affiliation at less attractive terms and content has “the leverage,’ ” Bank wrote.

Wall Streeters are also curious about CBS’ formula for determining its reverse retrans terms with affils. Sources say it’s a complicated process, not a one-size-fits-all fee or percentage, that takes into account the station’s ratings performance and the total value of its retrans haul from MVPDs.

CBS Corp. chief Leslie Moonves addressed the issue during the Eye’s second quarter earnings call on Aug. 7. He noted that reverse retrans is no longer rooted in a simple 50-50 split.

“We actually are now calling it a program fee, which is a more appropriate term to acknowledge that. And that 50-50 no longer is even a base that we use. We decide what we think is fair,” Moonves said. “It generally is higher than the 50% number. And we negotiate on that basis. … In looking at the station groups, they are all doing very well and they are doing well primarily because of network programming both in primetime and in sports. So we feel it’s a fair proposition for both sides.”

Moonves’ definition of “fair” may have been opaque, but it has been answered by market forces in Indianapolis. Undoubtedly, CBS’ affils have taken notice.

Lin Media itself has 10 more CBS affiliates in its group, some of which are coming up for affiliation renewals soon. A rep for Lin did not return calls seeking comment on Monday.

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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
USA Network Renews ‘Suits’ for Season 5
By Jethro Nededog, TheWrap.com - Aug. 11, 2013

USA Network has renewed “Suits” for a fifth season. It will consist of 16 new episodes presumably airing next summer.

The popular legal drama is a Top 10 summer scripted series with the advertiser-coveted Adults 18-49 demographic (1.6 million), the network's key demo of Adults 25-54 (1.7 million), and total viewers with an average of nearly 4 million viewers.

“‘Suits’ continues to fire on all cylinders, delivering provocative storytelling and complex characters that viewers can't get enough of,” said USA Network president, Chris McCumber, in a statement. “With some of the best writing on television, and a brilliant ensemble cast, we anticipate a spectacular fifth season for a series that has become a marquee property for USA.”

Still currently airing its fourth season, “Suits” centers on a fast-paced Manhattan corporate law firm led by Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) and his associate, Mike (Patrick J. Adams), who isn't legally allowed to practice law — a secret Harvey and Mike have protected.

The series also stars Rick Hoffman, Gina Torres, Sarah Rafferty and Meghan Markle.

From Universal Cable Productions, “Suits” was created by its executive producer Aaron Korsh. Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein of Hypnotic also serve as executive producers.

“Suits” Season 4 currently airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on the USA Network.

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Critic's Notes
Robin Williams' rise no surprise to a writer dazzled by unknown comic
By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times - Aug. 11, 2013

Fate threw me in Robin Williams' path more than once, and I never forgot any of the encounters. He was such a wired, complex, brilliantly funny individual, no connection with him was anything like ordinary.

Though Williams, who died Monday at age 63, appeared in dozens of films, getting Oscar nominated for four performances and finally winning for 1997's "Good Will Hunting," it was as a dazzling, unknown stand-up comedian that I first met him. In a pair of linked meetings, he made an impression on me that in an unnerving way connects in my mind to the tragic way his life ended.

The year was 1978, I was a freelance journalist newly arrived in Los Angeles when an editor I knew at Rolling Stone called me with a quick last-minute assignment.

A TV show called "Mork & Mindy" was being filmed, and though it hadn't aired yet, the word was already out that its star, a young comedian named Robin Williams, was going to break out.

In addition to filming the show, Williams was doing occasional stand-up at the Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard. Would I catch one of his shows, do a brief interview and write a small story for the magazine? Who could say no to that?

The Comedy Store was half-asleep and half-empty that night, Williams was the last performer on the bill, and did he wake the place up. The astounding routine he went into would defy description even if I could remember it word for word.

He took on different characters with different accents, roamed to all kinds of locations, both physical and metaphysical, made lightning-fast comic connections in time and space that were at once hysterically funny and like nothing I had ever experienced before. It was no surprise people in the know were buzzing about Robin Williams, no surprise at all.

After the show Williams and I had a quick bite in a bustling place on the Strip called the Copper Kettle. It was jammed with people, and absolutely no one cared or even looked up when he walked into the room. How are you going to handle it, I asked him, when your show airs and everyone knows your name, when you won't be able to walk into a place like this without causing a firestorm.

Oh no, Williams insisted, stubbornly — or perhaps nervously, at this point I can't be sure — refusing to acknowledge the tsunami everyone around him knew was headed his way. That's not going to happen, he said, confidently shaking his head, nothing like that is ever going to happen.

Cut to several months later. "Mork & Mindy" is the hottest show on television, and Williams is the talk of the town. I was covering the AFI Life Achievement Award for the Washington Post and, by pure chance, walked into the hotel entrance right behind Robin and his date.

I tapped him on the shoulder, he turned around and gave me a big surprised grin. So, I asked him, as the line to the ballroom snaked forward, how has this celebrity business turned out for you? He was about to say something when we turned a corner and the mass phalanx of photographers caught sight of him.

"Robin, Robin, look this way, Robin, over here," they screamed in a "Day of the Locust" frenzy as waves of flashbulbs flashed in unison. Robin smiled, waved and mugged and then all of a sudden turned back to me. With the brilliant improvisational mind that defined him, he said something in a stage whisper that was immediately recognizable as a riff on the terrifying plea for help that closes the 1950s science fiction classic "The Fly."

"Help me, Ken," he said in a perfect imitation of the film's tiny, doomed fly voice. "Help me." Then he turned back to the photographers and was gone.

Because it was as stand-up of genius that I first encounter Williams, that's how I always thought of him, even when he transformed into a formidable actor Oscar-nominated for "Good Morning, Vietnam," "Dead Poets Society" and "The Fisher King" before his "Good Will Hunting" triumph.

It always seemed to me that the restlessness, the search for experience and knowledge that characterized his comedy as well as his very physical presence compelled him to go into drama, to take on not only comic roles but also dark ones. Roles that in some ways seemed out of character with his stand-up voice but from another point of view fit right in.

I ran into Williams one more time, several years later at a press lunch at the Cannes Film Festival where he was in full performance mode, keeping a table full of journalists roaring with laughter at the frenzied nimbleness of his attack. But even at those high-octane moments, even when he won his Oscar, I could never get that "Help me" moment out of my mind. When word came in Monday about his death, the thought of it made me shudder, it really did.

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Most people don't understand the tears of a clown. They don't realize that the funniest and most outgoing among us are oftentimes the most depressed and internally embattled. RIP Robin Williams. Thank you for the laughs you've given us all these years.
it is all about the serotonin. How ever high one gets you have to go low to balance it out. that is why Bipolar is such a bitch. The manic phase is usually followed by "The Big Valley" and I ain't talking about the TV show. I have watched RW for decades and marvelled at the manic but always knew that there grew a heart of darkness within. You could see it in his dramatic roles.
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Is 'Meet the Press' changing moderators?
By Lorena Blass, USA Today - Aug. 11, 2013

What is going on with NBC's Meet the Press?

It seems the journalists at NBC News are linked to media reports that a change is coming to the Sunday morning political talk show.

Here's what we do know:

— Ratings are poor and appear to be declining. As of Aug. 3, Meet the Press' total-viewer numbers have dropped 6% while viewers among adults ages 25-54, the target news demographic, dropped 7% vs. the same point last season. ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos is up by 14% in total viewers and 15% in adults ages 25-54 vs. its year-ago season averages. CBS' Face the Nation has slight gains (+1% total viewers/ up less than +1% ages 25-54), and Fox's Fox News Sunday is also up (+3% total viewers/-10% ages 25-54).

— Speculation has been building for weeks about Meet the Press moderator David Gregory's impending departure. Among the media outlets reporting this: The New York Post, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post and Politico, which also says that NBC Chief White House Correspondent and Political Director Chuck Todd is in line to be named the new host. Gregory officially became host of the talk show in December 2008. Tom Brokaw had been interim moderator after the sudden death of Tim Russert earlier that year.

— NBC would not address any of the reports of a possible change of moderator on the Sunday morning talk show.

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I believe many people are seeing a common theme with the show and are looking at others to see a more balanced approach. I used to watch it with some regularity and finally had to switch to another show. Seems like they get locked in on one or two topics and ignore other issues that people may be more interested in. Gregory gets the blame, but the network as a whole has that philosophy. But I have to say Gregory is no Tim Russert.
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
Channing Tatum lifts ‘Running Wild’ to new high
Bear Grylls show averages a 1.5 in 18-49s, up 15 percent
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 6, 2013

Channing Tatum went off into the wilderness with Bear Grylls last night on “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” and the “22 Jump Street” star lifted the new show to a new high.

“Wild” posted a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating at 8 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, up 15 percent from a 1.3 the previous week.

In the show’s third outing, it finished second in its timeslot behind Fox’s “MasterChef,” which led the night with a 1.8, off 10 percent from last week.

ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” stayed even to last week’s premiere, averaging a 1.4 from 8 to 10 p.m. Last week the show grew a tenth when final ratings came out.

CBS’s “Under the Dome” was even to last week as well with a 1.5 at 10 p.m., winning its hour over a recap of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior.”

Fueled by “MasterChef,” Fox won the night with a 1.6 18-49 rating and 5 share. NBC was second with a 1.5/5, ABC and Univision tied for third with a 1.3/4 apiece, CBS was fifth with a 1.2/4, Telemundo sixth with a 0.5/2, and the CW seventh with a 0.5/1.

Fox opened the night in the lead with a 1.8 at 8 p.m. for “MasterChef,” followed by NBC in second with a 1.5 for “Wild.” ABC’s “Paradise” was third with a 1.4, Univision’s “Mi Corazon es Tuyo” was fourth with a 1.3, CBS’s repeats of “2 Broke Girls” and “Mom” were fifth with a 1.0, the CW’s ” Whose Line Is It Anyway” was sixth with a 0.7 (up 0.2 from last week), and Telemundo’s “Reina de Corazones” placed seventh with a 0.5.

Univision’s “Lo Que La Vida Me Robo ” took the lead at 9 p.m. with a 1.6. ABC’s “Paradise” and NBC’s “Ninja” tied for second with a 1.5, followed by Fox’s “Hotel Hell” in fourth with a 1.3, down a tenth from last week. CBS’s repeats of “Mike & Molly” and “Two and a Half Men” took fifth with a 1.0, Telemundo’s “En Otra Piel” was sixth with a 0.5, and the CW’s “Arrow” repeat was seventh with a 0.2.

At 10 p.m. CBS was first with a 1.5 for “Dome,” with NBC second with a 1.4 for “Ninja.” Univision was third with a 1.2 for “Que Pobres Tan Ricos,” ABC fourth with a 1.0 for “Mistresses” (up a tenth from last week), and Telemundo fifth with a 0.7 for “El Señor de los Cielos.”

Among households, CBS was first for the night with a 3.6 average overnight rating and a 6 share. ABC was second at 3.2/5, Fox third at 3.0/5, NBC fourth at 2.6/4, Univision fifth at 1.8/3, and CW and Telemundo tied for sixth at 0.8/1.

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TV Notes
Dating show that’s actually about dates
In Bravo's 'The Singles Project,' people meet outside TV
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 12, 2013

We’ve become so used to the backbiting, the finger pointing and the hot tub canoodling on dating shows like “The Bachelor” that it’s easy to forget that finding love is not supposed to be a competition.

It’s supposed to be about feelings and intimacy.

Getting that stuff on camera is the inspiration behind Bravo’s new show “The Singles Project,” debuting tonight at 10 p.m.

Producers approached it as a documentary rather than meddling in every development.

The six singles on the program meet their potential mates organically, at school or work or at a bar. There are no roses handed out after the first date, though certainly there will be responses on social media from viewers that could inform the singles’ opinions of their dates.

The program is being done on a quick turnaround, with episodes shot the same week they air. That makes it all the more interesting; most reality dating shows are filmed well in advance, and the couple who emerge at the end often aren’t even together anymore by the time the finale airs.

Bravo will hope the show can improve on or match its July average among the key adults 18-49 demo, where it drew 390,000 viewers in primetime, according to Nielsen, off 7 percent from the same month last year.

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On The Air Tonight
TUESDAY 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 - Extreme Weight Loss (120 min.)
10PM - 20/20: The Life and Death of Robin Williams (Special)
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11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Reality-TV star Andi Dorfman; MLB player Clayton Kershaw; Train performs)
(R - Jul. 28)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - NCIS
(R - Nov. 5)
9PM - NCIS: Los Angeles
(R - Mar. 18)
10:01PM - Person of Interest
(R - Oct. 15)
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11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Eric Stonestreet; summer toy demo; Brody Dalle performs)
(R - Jul. 23)
12:37AM - The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (Jeff Foxworthy; The Colourist performs)

NBC:
8PM - Food Fighters
9PM - America's Got Talent (120 min., LIVE)
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11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Jessica Alba; Rob Riggle; Kings of Leon perform; Ace Frehley sits in with The Roots)
12:36AM - Late Night with Seth Myers (Meredith Vieira; Dane DeHaan; Magic Man performs)
1:37AM - Last Call With Carson Daly (Comics Randy and Jason Sklar; Off! performs; musical group Buffalo Killers)
(R - Jun. 4)

FOX:
8PM - Family Guy
(R - Oct. 6)
8:30PM - Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R - Mar. 4)
9PM - New Girl
(R - Mar. 25)
9:30PM - The Mindy Project
(R - Apr. 15)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Chasing Shackleton
(R - Jan. 8)
9PM - Chasing Shackleton
(R - Jan. 15)
10PM - Chasing Shackleton
(R - Jan. 22)

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

THE CW:
8PM - Arrow
(R - Apr. 2)
9PM - Supernatural
(R - Mar. 18)

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

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Author Helen Thorpe)
(R - Aug. 5)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Michael Fassbender)
(R - Aug. 6)
12:01AM - At Midnight (Nikki Glaser; Phil Hanley; Joe DeRosa)
(R - Jul 28)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Damon Wayans Jr.; Ali Larter; Lake Street Dive performs)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Liv Tyler)
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Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Aug. 12, 2014

CHASING LIFE
ABC Family, 9:00 p.m. ET
SUMMER FINALE:
That’s what ABC Family is calling this episode – the last one for a while, but not for the entire first season. And since there will be more, it’s safe to presume that the heroine of this story, about a young woman with cancer, will survive the interim.

THE WAR COMES HOME: A SOLEDAD O’BRIEN REPORT
CNN, 9:00 p.m. ET

Soledad O’Brien looks at some of the difficulties faced by soldiers returning home – whether or not they were wounded overseas, or came home diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

DRUNK HISTORY
Comedy Central, 10:00 p.m. ET

Tonight’s theme location is Hawaii – to which I say, enthusiastically, “Oh, poi!”

LAIR OF THE MEGA SHARK
Discovery, 10:00 p.m. ET

I’m not recommending this new Shark Week special, necessarily. But I do have to say, I love the title.

TYRANT
FX, 10:00 p.m. ET

In tonight’s episode, Barry finally reaches the conclusion that his brother is unfit to lead his country. I guess he hasn’t seen any of the previous episodes – or this series’ title – or he would have had at least a clue before now.


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Critic's Notes
'Los Jets': Thanks to Jennifer Lopez, TV Follows Soccer to Mayberry
By Gabriela Tamariz, TVWorthWatching.com - Aug. 12, 2014

Soccer is a hot TV commodity these days. Whether we’re talking about Tim Howard’s stellar performance in the 2014 FIFA USA vs. Germany game or the new series Matadoron the El Rey Network, soccer is beginnning to populate the American televisual landscape more prominently.

It should be no surprise that NuvoTV is hopping on the soccer wave with its docuseries Los Jets, which presents its season finale Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET. Known for its Latino-themed programming, the English-language network is changing things up with chief creative officer Jennifer Lopez, by developing original, culturally and politically relevant content targeting the U. S. Hispanic audience.

Los Jets is a true American story about a high school soccer team made up of young Latino students that defied the odds in a small Southern town. The series definitely has a Friday Night Lights vibe, but its authenticity is unmatched. Many of these soccer players and their families have experienced illegal immigration, and have worked their whole lives to prove themselves to a community that has met them with great resistance. It’s admirable to see how eager and dedicated the students are to making the most of their education and talent—even with the hovering risk of deportation and disruption in the family home.

The docuseries begins by telling the story of a passionate coach who saw a valuable opportunity to help young, Latinos feel included in the community. Comparable to Mayberry, NC from the American classic The Andy Griffith Show, Siler City is a small Carolina town that experienced an influx of Latino immigrants in the 1990s.

You wouldn’t generally think of North Carolina as a location populated by many Latinos, but this is a perfect example of how quickly and widespread the Hispanic community is growing in other places besides New York City, Miami or Los Angeles. Today, in Siler City, 55 percent of the population is Latino.

Initially, Los Jets director Mark Landsman intended to direct a one-hour documentary, but after meeting with executive producer Lynda Lopez, the project developed into a six-part series. He ascribed universality to the story, and expressed admiration and respect for Coach Paul Cuadros, who achieved so much with so few resources, and who coaches his young players off the field as well as on, guiding them in how to best confront and combat community prejudice.

Landsman’s ties to immigration date back to his great-grandparents, who were immigrants from Ukraine. With the docuseries, he told TVWW he wanted to create a broader connection.

“This is the reality of what’s happening in this country,” said Landsman.

Los Jets is more than just a high school soccer team. It’s a story that humanizes the immigration issue affecting millions of Americans. This series is commendable for stepping up and focusing on a subject that is widely misinterpreted and sometimes ignored in the general media. By putting faces to the immigration issue, perhaps the conversation can change.

The series will be available on Hulu Latino, as well as mynuvotv.com.

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On TV, Robin Williams Broke Out of a Small Box
By Alessandra Stanley, The New York Times - Aug. 12, 2014

In 1978, when “Saturday Night Live” still had almost all of its original cast and prime time offered “All in The Family,” “M*A*S*H,” “WKRP in Cincinnati, “Taxi” and “Rhoda,” there didn’t seem to be any room — or need — for something fresh and different on television.

Back then, a sitcom about a single girl and her roommate from outer space sounded regressive, a reconstituted “My Favorite Martian” or “I Dream of Jeannie.” But of course, “Mork and Mindy” starred Robin Williams: a volcanic eruption of funny voices and manic, mumbled asides with free associations that were quite often out of character (How could a naïve alien tell Jimmy Carter jokes?), yet never completely off base.

Mr. Williams’s inspired nonsense was elastic, stretching a joke way out of shape before snapping it back neatly into place — a little like the rainbow-colored suspenders he wore on the show, which became a fad and, almost overnight, a popular Halloween costume.

Television was his cradle, and in some ways it was his true home. It allowed for the looseness and spontaneity that sometimes gets squeezed out of movies. Television was also the place he shot to fame and, in recent years, it was where he returned to seek a steady mooring.

Mr. Williams created the Mork persona for a guest appearance on “Happy Days” that was so dazzling it won him his own show. Long before TV got in the habit of giving great stand-up comics like Jerry Seinfeld or Louis C.K. a sitcom, ABC did that with Mr. Williams, leaving room for his flights of semantic fancy that were comedy solos thinly disguised as dialogue. “Mork and Mindy” worked because it let stand-up stay in the picture.

At its peak, 60 million people watched Mr. Williams riff on his own rhythms while other television sitcoms still worked on a steady metronome of punch line —beat —capper. (Now, seen on YouTube, much of “Mork and Mindy” seems quite tame, but that is because television comedy has sped up while dramas have slowed down.)

He was coiled even when calm, but always lovable; he idolized and championed Jonathan Winters, but he was so much sweeter and easier to like than his mentor — or Jim Carrey, a younger comedian who is sometimes likened to Mr. Williams. Mr. Carrey likewise has manic energy and a rubbery versatility, but his comic persona is a lot less charming.

Mr. Williams, who had a jagged history of drug and alcohol abuse (he was at the Chateau Marmont with John Belushi hours before the comedian died of an overdose), did not burn out or peak with “Mork and Mindy,” even though the show too quickly lost momentum and eventually its following.

He was funny again after that, particularly on “The Tonight Show” and in comedy specials. More remarkably, he also proved he could settle down and be serious and even take chances as an actor: He was the spinach-eating sailorman in Robert Altman’s movie, “Popeye,” and a Soviet defector in “Moscow on the Hudson.”

But oddly enough, the comedian who made his mark by being so original may be best remembered for movie roles that were adaptations rather than innovations.

He was amazingly winning as a man impersonating a woman in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” but not quite as amazing as Dustin Hoffman had been in “Tootsie.” The caring therapist he portrayed in “Good Will Hunting,” seemed a lot like the one Judd Hirsch played in “Ordinary People.”

There were other roles that were better showcases for his unique gifts, notably “Good Morning, Vietnam.” He played troubled lunatics in “The Fisher King” and “One Hour Photo,” but he played the caretaker to the troubled just as often, including in “Dead Poets Society,” “Awakenings” and “The World According to Garp.” Even when Mr. Williams was cast as an authority figure, he often played it as the guy who was so unorthodox, the establishment considered him bonkers.

So it makes sense that he tried to blend those two sides for his 2013 comeback, “The Crazy Ones,” a CBS sitcom created by David E. Kelley that cast him as a brilliant, unhinged ad executive, Simon Roberts, who has to be watched like a wayward child, but is also a caretaker for his strait-laced daughter and business partner, Sydney (Sarah Michelle Gellar), and her team of eager, young ad executives.

Television is no longer assisted living for retired movie stars. It’s become a far more creative and in some ways more challenging arena than the film industry. Mr. Williams won an Oscar for “Good Will Hunting,” but never an Emmy for his signature role, and so he may have had some unfinished business on network television.

The role of Simon was created for him with the same loving deference that Mr. Williams showed Mr. Winters, who was cast as his son in season four of “Mork and Mindy.” And like Mr. Winters then, Mr. Williams in “The Crazy Ones” seemed to be gamely but a little creakily doing an impersonation of himself.

It wasn’t a great show, and CBS canceled it after one season, but for Mr. Williams, there was no loss of face. So many comedians past their prime try to revive their careers by doing impressions of other performers. Mr. Williams, who was always a brilliant impersonator, took a chance on television and tried to play himself again.

The impression was close enough because nobody else came any closer.

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TBS & MTV Nab Cable Rights To ‘New Girl’
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Aug. 12, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that TBS and MTV will share the basic cable syndication rights to Fox comedy New Girl in a five-year deal with Twentieth Television. The comedy starring Zooey Deschanel will make its cable debut in fall 2015 and will air on TBS and MTV weekdays for the following five years. Noone is discussing price, but I hear the combined license fee paid by TBS and MTV is in the neighborhood, and likely a little lower than the $700,000 per episode FX shelled out for Mike & Molly two years ago. (Industry types estimate that TBS and MTV each paid about $300,000-$400,000). The records for off-network sitcom sales were set by The Big Bang Theory and 2 Broke Girls, which both sold to TBS for $1.5 and $1.7 million per episode, respectively. Still, industry insiders give Twentieth props for being able to make what they call “a very good deal.” That is because New Girl had already been sold to Netflix in a lucrative streaming deal, said to be worth as much as $900,000 per episode. Many cable networks frown upon sharing a series with Netflix or another streaming service, so it was unclear whether the studio could find a buyer. (Mike & Molly, Big Bang and 2 Broke Girls sold with cable and SVOD exclusivity). All in all, I hear the per-episode fee that Twentieth has been able to secure, including streaming, is north of $1 million and possibly as high as $1.4-$1.6 million.

Created by Liz Meriwether and produced by Chernin Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox TV, New Girl was a breakout hit, starting off as one of the biggest comedies in years. Its live+same day ratings have softened since, but the show remains Fox’s highest-rated comedy and is a top draw in time-shifted viewing and among the younger viewers coveted by advertisers.

That proved key for the off-network sale of New Girl, said Steve MacDonald, EVP of Cable Sales, Twentieth Television. The ratings strength in Live+7 viewing, the currency used by buyers, “shows you the size and substance of a brand,” he said. With their different demo targets, 12-34 for MTV and 18-34 and 18-49 for TBS, “we had a situation in which two totally different networks lined up incredibly well with very little duplication,” MacDonald added. With its theme, a coming-of-age comedy about a girl out of college finding her way with the help of her friends, he feels New Girls would mesh well with MTV original scripted series like comedy Awkward. At TBS, New Girl would be a good demo fit for the network’s early fringe sitcoms, Friends and Seinfeld, and it also is considered a solid potential companion for 2 Broke Girls in primetime. Like New Girl, CBS’ 2 Broke Girls, which TBS acquired in 2012 in a blockbuster deal, also will be available in fall 2015.

New Girl’s fourth season premieres on Fox on September 16. Twentieth TV introduced New Girl and fellow 20th TV-produced comedy, Last Man Standing, at NATPE and recently shopped the Fox series, landing the joint deal with TBS and MTV. Last Man is expected to be taken out next.

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Most people don't understand the tears of a clown. They don't realize that the funniest and most outgoing among us are oftentimes the most depressed and internally embattled. RIP Robin Williams. Thank you for the laughs you've given us all these years.
Seems many of the best performers used their brand of comedy as a therapy of sorts.

Freddie Prinze Sr, John Belushi, Charlie "noog-man" Barnett, and Chris Farley amongst others. The good do die young.
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And loved Keith Olbermann's piece on it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUhG...6lnrvldU_urowQ

And the last minute of it speaks for itself!
And he should be happy, Toyota has decided to pull the on-field red zone advertising. Jan from Toyota might disagree.
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