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Yeah, 'Breaking Bad' should sweep. But we're talking about the Emmy's here. TV awards given by people who, oddly, don't watch much TV. Expect the usual "upsets" that are really just clueless Emmy voters casting their ballots for the same person/show who won last year or voting for the movie actor they've actually heard of instead of the veteran TV actor they haven't.

And Tatiana Maslany really ought to sue somebody. It's getting ridiculous.
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Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Aug. 20, 2014

HAPPY VALLEY
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SERIES PREMIERE:
Here’s a new Netflix Original series, produced by the BBC, that arrives today with a lot less fanfare than the usual Netflix offering – but it’s well worth seeking out and sampling. Shown in the U.K. earlier this year, the six-episode drama series stars Sarah Lancashire as Catherine Cawood, a uniformed police sergeant in a small valley town in Yorkshire. It may be setting expectations too high to compare Happy Valley to Helen Mirren’s groundbreaking role in Prime Suspect, but there definitely are parallels here, especially in the way we get to know her home life, and personal travails, as much as we do her workplace problems and persistent, intuitive investigative work. The strength of Happy Valley is that it presents fully drawn portraits of all its key characters, not just the central protagonist. Try one episode, and I’m betting you’ll stay for all six -- all of which are available immediately.

DOCTOR WHOEVER TAKEOVER WEEK
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I could have just pointed out the Doctor Who takeover week, with its wall-to-wall programming and complete romps through the modern era of this delightful and durable sci-fi series, because I’ve seen all these episodes before. But no. I had to turn my TV to BBC America and get sucked in all over again, freshly impressed by the cleverness of the writing and the freshness of the acting. Few series can manage to be so funny, so suspenseful, so genuinely involving, and so unpredictable, all in the same hour. And the hits just keep on coming. Today, feast on the reboot’s Season 4 episodes, featuring Catherine Tate as Donna Noble, and end up shifting to yet another Doctor. And it’s all building up to Saturday’s new tag-team transfer of the show’s starring role – a role that began on TV back in 1963.

OUTSIDE THE LINES: PETE ROSE
ESPN 2, 5:30 p.m. ET

It’s been 25 years since Pete Rose signed a contract agreeing to a lifetime ban from professional baseball – a contract he now says he thought was for one year, and a ban that this special reevaluates in the light of what other baseball players have done since, and how their punishments do and don’t measure up. Interviewees in this special include both Rose and the baseball commissioner who banned him, Bud Selig.

EXTANT
CBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

CBS is doubling down, or at least doubling up, on this Halle Berry sci-fi series tonight, by presenting two episodes back to back. That’s usually less a show of confidence than a desire to burn off the remaining episodes before the fall season begins in earnest – and that could well be the case here as well.

ANNIE HALL
Sundance, 10:00 p.m. ET

I absolutely adore this 1977 movie – which must be obvious to even the casual TVWW reader, because I highlight it almost every time it’s televised. And why not? It’s one of the funniest comedies ever filmed – and one of the most inventive, too. And in the supporting roles, even the actors and actresses showing up just for a line or two hit it out of the park. This time, I think I’ll run a picture of Jeff Goldblum, who always makes me laugh.


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TUESDAY'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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‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Renewed for Season 2
By Tim Molloy, TheWrap.com - Aug. 20, 2014

AMC has renewed the 1980s computer drama “Halt and Catch Fire” for a second season.

The series stars Lee Pace as Joe, tortured entrepreneur driving hardware mastermind Gordon (Scoot McNairy) and wunderkind developer Cameron (Mackenzie Davis) to develop an entirely new kind of personal computer the Silicon Prairie of 1980s Texas. Gordon's wife, Donna, is a wild card: potentially the smartest of the bunch, she's also shockingly underestimated.

Though the show debuted to modest ratings, it earned critical praise and maintained a steady and affluent core audience. That made it appealing to AMC as it seeks successors to acclaimed dramas like “Breaking Bad,” which ended last year, and “Mad Men,” which will end next year.

“This is a show about invention, experimentation, and the inherent risks in trying to break new ground – themes that really resonate with us as a network and attracted a passionate audience,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “We have a history of demonstrating patience through the early seasons of new shows, betting on talent and building audience over time. We see that opportunity here and look forward to a second season of ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ from creators Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers, and showrunner Jonathan Lisco.”

“We're thrilled to have the opportunity to continue telling this story. Our series about creation, innovation, and taking bold risks wouldn't be possible if it weren't for our partners at AMC, a network known for these very things,” from show creators Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers, and showrunner Jonathan Lisco. “Harnessing the momentum of our first season, this next chapter will take the rich characters our audience has come to love in new and surprising directions.”

It averaged 1.3 million total viewers in live + same day for its initial 10 episodes.

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The NFL Wants Its Super Bowl Halftime Performer to Pay
By Lindsey Weber, Vulture.com (New York Magazine) - Aug. 19, 2014

On the one hand, when artists play the highly watched Super Bowl, they stand to get a huge bump in not only album sales but ticket sales for their tours. On the other hand, the NFL has never asked for money before. For the first year in history, The Wall Street Journal reports, the NFL is asking artists (or record labels, rather) to pay for the privilege of headlining the 2015 Super Bowl.

They've put out the request to their top three choices: Rihanna, Coldplay, and Katy Perry — who, unsurprisingly, aren't thrilled. "The pay-to-play suggestion got a chilly reception from the candidates' representatives." If they won't pay, the NFL is asking whether the musicians "would be willing to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league." A pop star layaway program, you could say.

Meanwhile, the amount of money the NFL is asking remains undecided, but I'm sure Katy Perry would be happy to sing the "Are You Ready for Some Football?" song.

http://www.vulture.com/2014/08/nfl-w...ure+Inbound%29
Regarding that last sentence. Leave it be. That's Hank Williams Jr's song, let him have it.

We all saw the catastrophe years ago of other people trying to do it in their style during that one year of Monday Night Football (when it was still on ABC) where Hank was replaced with a cacophony of noise trying to do the Monday Night opening. It was such a failure that they even brought Hank back to sing (he did a variation of the song for that one night).
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
‘America’s Got Talent’ boosts NBC to No. 1
Hit reality show posts a 1.9 in 18-49s, down 10 percent
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 20, 2013

NBC dominated another slow Tuesday for broadcast last night.

The network’s hit reality show “America’s Got Talent” was well ahead of the competition, despite falling to a season low on the night.

“Talent” averaged a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating from 9 to 11 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, down 10 percent from a 2.1 last week.

Still, it was 0.8 ahead of the night’s No. 2 show on the Big Four, “Food Fighters,” which averaged a 1.1 at 8 p.m. on NBC. “Food” was up a tenth from last week.

ABC’s “Extreme Weight Loss” was the only other new entertainment program on the Big Four Tuesday. It posted a 0.9 in 18-49s, sliding 25 percent from last week.

NBC led the night among 18-49s with a 1.6 average overnight rating and a 6 share. Univision was second at 1.2/4, ABC and CBS tied for third at 0.9/3, Fox and Telemundo tied for fifth at 0.6/2, and CW was 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.

Univision started the night in the lead with a 1.3 at 8 p.m. for “Mi Corazon es Tuyo,” while NBC and CBS tied for second at 1.1, NBC for “Food” and CBS for a repeat of “NCIS.” ABC was fourth with a 0.9 for “Weight,” Fox fifth with a 0.7 for reruns of “Family Guy” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Telemundo sixth with a 0.4 for “Reina de Corazones” and CW seventh with a 0.3 for a repeat of “Arrow.”

At 9 p.m. NBC took the lead with a 1.9 for “Talent,” followed by Univision with a 1.3 for “Hasta el Fin del Mundo.” ABC was third with a 1.0 for more “Weight,” CBS fourth with a 0.8 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.”

NBC increased its lead at 10 p.m. with a 2.0 for more “Talent,” with Univision second with a 1.1 for “Que Pobres Tan Ricos.” ABC and Telemundo tied for third at 0.8, ABC for “20/20″ and Telemundo for “El Señor de los Cielos,” and CBS was fifth with a 0.7 for a repeat of “Person of Interest.”

CBS was first for the night among households with a 4.8 average overnight rating and an 8 share. NBC was a close second at 4.7/8, ABC third at 2.4/4, Univision fourth at 1.7/3, Fox fifth at 0.9/2, Telemundo sixth at 0.8/1 and CW seventh at 0.5/1.

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For ‘Suits,’ finding its quirky voice
The USA drama recently has been renewed for a fifth season
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 20, 2013

Sometimes it takes a few seasons for a show to find its voice, but when that happens, it’s usually worth the wait.

That was certainly true for “Parenthood,” “Parks and Recreation” and “The Big Bang Theory,” recent shows that have gotten a lot better as they aged.

And it’s the same for “Suits,” the funny drama that wraps up its fourth season tonight at 9 p.m. on USA.

The show’s premise sounds odd. Harvey and his law firm associate Mike have a secret: Mike cannot legally practice law. Nobody else knows.

But what sounds like a lame attempt at a sitcom is actually a very good drama. The characters have been well developed, and the quirky concept has become pretty believable with heavy doses of humor thrown in.

The show has posted good ratings this summer, ranking among the top 10 scripted programs on cable and averaging just under 4 million total viewers, according to Nielsen.

On tonight’s finale, Harvey works with Jessica to try to stop another firm from stealing their clients.

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The NFL Wants Its Super Bowl Halftime Performer to Pay
By Lindsey Weber, Vulture.com (New York Magazine) - Aug. 19, 2014

On the one hand, when artists play the highly watched Super Bowl, they stand to get a huge bump in not only album sales but ticket sales for their tours. On the other hand, the NFL has never asked for money before. For the first year in history, The Wall Street Journal reports, the NFL is asking artists (or record labels, rather) to pay for the privilege of headlining the 2015 Super Bowl.

They've put out the request to their top three choices: Rihanna, Coldplay, and Katy Perry — who, unsurprisingly, aren't thrilled. "The pay-to-play suggestion got a chilly reception from the candidates' representatives." If they won't pay, the NFL is asking whether the musicians "would be willing to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league." A pop star layaway program, you could say.

Meanwhile, the amount of money the NFL is asking remains undecided, but I'm sure Katy Perry would be happy to sing the "Are You Ready for Some Football?" song.

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WTH?!?! This crap has got to stop at some point. The NFL is getting too big for their Britches.
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Cable's New Business Model: Lower Ratings, Higher Revenue
By Paul Bond, The Hollywood Reporter - Aug. 20, 2014

The stats are sobering: Seven of the 10 most profitable cable channels have seen total viewership fall significantly in both primetime and full-day averages during the past 12 months, the exceptions being ESPN, Discovery and TBS. At the same time, THR reported Aug. 4 that cable upfront deals for the 2014-15 season dipped 4.7 percent to $9.7 billion, the first drop since the recession ended in 2009.

But the metric that matters most — profits — keeps climbing. At Disney Channel, cash flow in 2014 will be up 5 percent compared with 2013, estimates SNL Kagan, even though Nielsen says primetime viewership is off 12 percent. Cash flow at USA should be up 5 percent, MTV up 3 percent and FX up 4 percent, yet all have had smaller audiences. In fact, of the top 10 cable channels based on cash flow, just one — ESPN — is expected to decline in 2014 (albeit by less than 1 percent).

It's enough to ask: What's going on in the cable TV business?

Reasons for fear are many: A glut of similar reality programming is fragmenting audiences; several popular cable shows are ending amid a lack of new hits; too many new channels and online video outlets offer original programming; and consolidation among providers — Comcast buying Time Warner Cable and AT&T scooping up DirecTV — will give these mega-entities more leverage in future fee negotiations.

So far, though, those reasons for pessimism have been no match for rising subscriber fees and cost-per-thousand rates, and many analysts say the upfronts were an anomaly and ad revenue is headed higher. PricewaterhouseCoopers, for example, says advertising at multichannel networks in North America will generate $30.5 billion by 2018, up from $24.2 billion in 2013. Plus, in many cases, foreign expansion is more than making up for sluggishness at home. Discovery Communications said June 30 that while its quarterly revenue decreased 2 percent year-over-year domestically, international growth was 23 percent. Taken together, revenue was up 10 percent.

Also, as Laura Martin of Needham notes, while large cable channels might not be adding viewers, some smaller ones are. Investigation Discovery, for example, has averaged 774,000 primetime viewers during the past 12 months, up 16 percent versus the previous year. Conglomerates own lots of channels — Viacom's stable includes MTV, Spike, Comedy Central and more than a dozen others — so declines at some hurt less.

"Viewing is not down if you look at the cable-channel ecosystem. We see it growing 1 to 2 percent annually," says Martin. "ID is so popular that if it grows another 12 percent, 10 smaller channels can decline 4 percent each and still not equal the gain made by ID."

New channels often don't turn profits immediately, but they can become cash cows when nurtured. 21st Century Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch told analysts Aug. 6 that it took Fox News Channel seven years to turn a profit, and now it makes $1 billion annually. Of course, consumers can support only so many new channels. Nielsen says the average U.S. household had 189 channels to choose from in 2013, up from 129 in 2008, but the average consumer tuned in to only about 17, the same number as five years earlier.

"There are a lot of channels that have questionable brand propositions," conceded Disney CEO Robert Iger on Aug. 5. "I think the marketplace will continue to grow for those channels that are best branded, most in-demand, best programmed — and I think we've got those channels."

Iger and other CEOs can't afford to be wrong about their cable channels given how dependent they are on them. Barclays estimates that Disney's ESPN is worth $47.2 billion by itself. Viacom's cable networks are worth $46 billion, compared with $2.4 billion for the film unit, while Turner, owned by Time Warner, is worth $45.4 billion. Even CBS boasts a cable business worth $13.7 billion, more than its $13.2 billion broadcast network, says Barclays.

All of the majors have seen financial growth at their cable networks in 2014, despite ratings issues. But it's not all rosy. In early August, Scripps Networks Interactive, owner of HGTV and Food Network, and AMC Networks, owner of AMC and WE tv, each reported declining quarterly profits. Those dips owed to rising production costs as the channels shift to owning programs, which analysts say is a good strategy.

CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves, for example, boasted to analysts Aug. 7 that the company now owns many of its cable hits: "As our collection of owned Showtime hits grows, so too will our syndication revenue, which is now becoming a very meaningful part of our cable segment."

Even those who fret that larger channels are losing viewers might be exaggerating, say some analysts, because Nielsen won't begin counting viewership on new platforms like mobile devices until the fall season. It could make a meaningful difference: TV viewing in fourth-quarter 2013 essentially was flat at slightly more than five hours a day compared with 2011, but viewing of video on smartphones grew from 48 minutes a day to 67 minutes. In June, 80 million people connected to ESPN via computers and mobile devices to keep up with the FIFA World Cup and other sports, Iger said Aug. 5.

"When you look across platforms, viewership is very rich," says EY analyst Peri Shamsai. "Younger viewers are watching shows on mobile devices, and that measurement information is certainly not coming through yet."

And despite ratings challenges, advertising rates keep rising. Indeed, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said July 22 that USA, the conglomerate's biggest cable channel, needs to raise its CPMs by about 10 percent to be on par with the competition, even as ratings at the network have dropped. In the short term, cable ad sales also are not expected to suffer from competition from online video, according to RBC Capital Markets, which notes that a half-hour TV show can support 16 commercials but the average online video (about four minutes) can support one 15-second spot.

"There are a lot more companies that want to be affiliated with The Walking Dead than with a dog on a skateboard," quips Tony Wible of Janney Capital Markets.

The strongest case for bullishness remains sub fees. Disney Channel, for example, rose from $1.09 per subscriber in 2012 to $1.15 now despite the ratings drop, and 21st Century Fox says its affiliate revenue has surged by 16 percent this year. "Inflation in affiliate fees will continue," predicts Steve Birenberg of Northlake Capital Management. But to help reverse ratings, "there has to be more and more investment in TV production."

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That's Hank Williams Jr's song, let him have it.
"Lord I have loved some ladies and I have loved Jim Beam and they both tried to kill me in 1973."

A different Hank song but one of my fav lines ever.

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Don Pardo, the Voice of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Dies at 96
By Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times - Aug. 19, 2014

Don Pardo, who literally introduced television viewers to some of America’s biggest stars and soon-to-be-stars as the longtime announcer for “Saturday Night Live,” died Monday in Tucson. He was 96.
I can't think of another living booth announcer from that time period. He and Bill Wendell were my favorites, even though I liked many others.

So long, Don. We will miss that baritone of yours.

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Don't forget Johnny, This is Jeopardy, Gilbert, who is still working at the young age of 90.
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I didn't know he was still alive. Glad to hear that!

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CBS Sports and the NFL Network took the wraps off of its plans for Thursday Night Football this week as Sean McManus, president of CBS Sports, and Brian Rolapp, COO for NFL Media at the National Football League took part in a media event earlier this week. “It’s exciting to have two football packages and the entire CBS corporation is behind Thursday Night Football and we are working hand in hand with the NFL to establish the Thursday Night franchise,” said McManus. “And I don’t think we have ever mounted a larger or more expansive promotional campaign than we have for this as from the minute we got the rights the promotional campaign started. We are going to work with the NFL to put all of our resources both in front of and behind the camera to work to make this a success.”

McManus says that the goal from a production standpoint is to bring a playoff-level of coverage to every game and one improvement, bringing back sideline reporters, will also be part of Sunday games.
“It’s a change of philosophy and a change for the better,” he explained.

There will also be new graphics and animations as well as the requisite theme song that is a part of primetime football programming. In addition, Thursday Night Football logos and branding will incorporate both the NFL Network logo and the CBS logo as it is very much a mutual effort. The pregame show, for example, will begin on the NFL Network at 6 p.m. and will involve two stages, one along the edge of the field and another in an area with fans. Then at 7:30 p.m. the pre-game show is simulcast on both the NFL Network and CBS stations that will continue until kickoff at 8:20 p.m.

“The results will be evident on the screen and the way we have worked together is not dissimilar to the way we work with Turner Sports on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships,” added McManus.

Rolapp said that the new franchise is the culmination of a vision the NFL has had for a long time as the NFL Network has broadcast NFL games since 2006. The question for the league was how do they make Thursday night better from both a business and marketing perspective and the answer was broadcast television.

“When Leslie [Moonves] and Sean presented their vision we had the highest rated network and top production talent and a promotional plan so we are very excited to work with them,” explained Rolapp. “And we aren’t abandoning the NFL Network but enhancing the profile of the network, its talent, and programming.”

Harold Bryant, CBS Sports, EVP and SVP, Production, says that Game Creek Glory and Pride will be at the center of the production.

“We will ramp up the equipment levels to our higher-end playoff levels,” he says. “We want to put on a primetime show that is as big and as grand as possible.”

The relationship with the NFL Network is benefitting from the Turner Sports/CBS March Madness relationship as many of the processes, like the need for communication and how to best have two different organizations work together effectively, is something CBS Sports has been through.

“We’ve talked everything through with the NFL Network and have gone through line-by-line to figure out what works and what can improve,” says Bryant. “We’ve moved some cameras around but what the NFL Network already had in place was impressive.”

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There will also be new graphics and animations as well as the requisite theme song that is a part of primetime football programming. In addition, Thursday Night Football logos and branding will incorporate both the NFL Network logo and the CBS logo as it is very much a mutual effort.

Will there be any space left on the screen to see the game? I realize that is so 60s, but...
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Will there be any space left on the screen to see the game? I realize that is so 60s, but...
Bah, who needs to see the game when you've got splashy new graphics .
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Will there be any space left on the screen to see the game? I realize that is so 60s, but...
In 1960 one could purchase a 21-in color table-top TV for $495. That would give a viewing area of roughly 16.8 in. by 12.6 in. Actually, with the rounded corners (the diameter of the viewing area of the picture tube was 17 inches), it would be a smaller viewing area than if it were a 16.8x12.6 rectangle.

A modern 50-in HDTV has a viewing area of roughly 43.6 in. by 24.5 in. If one could squeeze in a bit of the live action into 39% of the width and 51% of the height, or 20% of the viewing area, then, yes, you could enjoy a 1960s-sized spot of viewing the action on a modern 50-in HDTV!

Me? I'd rather enjoy listening to pop and folk music than watching football in a 1960-sized area of my HDTV!

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In 1960 one could purchase a 21-in color table-top TV for $495. That would give a viewing area of roughly 16.8 in. by 12.6 in. Actually, with the rounded corners (the diameter of the viewing area of the picture tube was 17 inches), it would be a smaller viewing area than if it were a 16.8x12.6 rectangle.

A modern 50-in HDTV has a viewing area of roughly 43.6 in. by 24.5 in. If one could squeeze in a bit of the live action into 39% of the width and 51% of the height, or 20% of the viewing area, then, yes, you could enjoy a 1960s-sized spot of viewing the action on a modern 50-in HDTV!

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For ‘Suits,’ finding its quirky voice
The USA drama recently has been renewed for a fifth season
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 20, 2013


The show’s premise sounds odd. Harvey and his law firm associate Mike have a secret: Mike cannot legally practice law. Nobody else knows.
I normally don't read any reviews here, but anything "Suits" related catches my eye. Another review by a so-called reporter who obviously doesn't watch the show. Either that or she just doesn't know what the word "nobody" means, probably both. Jessica knows. Donna knows. And Rachael knows. That's 5 and there are only about 3 more regulars on the show. Lame, lame, lame.

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NBC Cancels ‘Working The Engels’
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Aug. 20, 2014

After renewing three of its four new summer original scripted series, drama The Night Shift and comedies Undateable and Welcome To Sweden, NBC fell short of a full sweep, opting not to continue with family/legal comedy Working The Engels. The U.S.-Canadian half-hour, picked up straight-to-series under NBC’s deal with Halfire-CORE Entertainment, is being pulled from the schedule after five airings, with NBC double pumping Welcome To Sweden in the Thursday 9 PM hour tonight.

The Canadian-made Working The Engels, from Shaw Media and Halfire-CORE, opened with 2.7 million viewers, dropping to 1.9 million for its two most recent airings. Even without the yanking of Working The Engels from the schedule, the series didn’t have long-term prospects at NBC as its Canadian network, Global TV, which aired all 12 episodes from Season 1 in the spring, was not expected to proceed with a second season, making a renewal by NBC virtually impossible.

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‘Nurse Jackie’ Casts Tony Shalhoub as ER Doctor With ‘Special Touch’ for Season 7
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Aug. 20, 2014

Tony Shalhoub has an appointment with “Nurse Jackie.”

Shalhoub, who played obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk on the USA Network series “Monk,” has been cast on the Showtime comedy “Nurse Jackie.”

In a recurring role, Shalhoub will play Dr. Bernard Prince, a new ER doctor who has a great bedside manner and a special touch with his boss, Gloria Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith). He also offers Edie Falco‘s title character Jackie something she desperately needs – a friend.

In addition to “Monk,” which earned him four straight Emmy nominations, Shalhoub's credits include “Wings,” “Men in Black” and the current big-screen offering “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

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‘Epic Ink,’ yes, it’s really about tattoos
A&E reality series is refreshingly absent of cooked up conflicts
By Tom Conroy, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 20, 2013

Viewers have come to expect certain things in reality shows set in workplaces: characters who pride themselves on being obnoxious, contrived story lines in which the workers have to meet a difficult deadline, and new hires who are there only to provide eye candy, comic relief or conflict.

Surprisingly, A&E’s new series “Epic Ink” lacks the first two, generating enough goodwill that most viewers will be willing to pretend that it lacks the third. The cast members, who work at a tattoo parlor that specializes in pop-culture designs, are mostly likable misfits who fit well together. The low-stakes subplots scroll by pleasantly.

Premiering tonight at 10:30, “Epic Ink” is set at a Springfield, Ore., shop called Area 51 Tattoo. Its owner, Chris 51, says that people come from all over the world for their unique designs.

Chris and his staff are mostly either self-described nerds or self-described geeks, obsessed with the sort of pop-culture phenomena that have made Comic-Cons a booming industry.

The sole exception is the receptionist, Caroline Russell, a pretty blonde who says, “I’m the weird person at the shop because I’m normal.” Cynics will assume she was hired to provide the aforementioned eye candy, comic relief and conflict.

The comic relief and conflict, however, are both minimal.

In the premiere episode’s main story line, after a client comes in requesting a tattoo of Chunk and Sloth from “The Goonies,” the other staffers are shocked to learn that Caroline has never seen the movie. So she watches it.

The staff and the client throw around catchphrases from the movie, including “Sloth loves Chunk” and “the truffle shuffle.” To end the episode, Caroline takes her co-workers on a surprise jaunt that shouldn’t be a surprise to any of them, but they all play along for the cameras.

Caroline’s scenes are the only false notes in the episode. Most of the time is taken up with the creation of various tattoos and with quick-cut montages in which the cast members introduce themselves.

The tattoo artists’ enthusiasm feels sincere. One, Chris Jones, says that in addition to the tattoos covering his body, he’s had his teeth done, his tongue split and some skin removed.

Jones works with a soft-spoken client who wants a tattoo of Arnold Schwarzenegger based on his early movie “Hercules in New York.”

While Jones works, the staffers have a typical geek conversation about what is the best Schwarzenegger movie. An artist named Jeff Wortham says “Total Recall” is the best because of the scene with the “three-breasted lady.” Chris 51 declares, “Argument over!”

Other tattoos created in the premiere are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Alice in Wonderland. Sometimes the reveal of the finished piece is held until after a commercial break. The work is usually impressive, but the wait isn’t worth it.

The constant barrage of geekiness and nerdiness can grow tiresome. By the time an artist named Josh Bodwell says, “I can’t remember where I put my keys or my phone, but I can tell you the entire family history of Frodo Baggins from ‘Lord of the Rings,’ ” viewers may be yearning for someone to say, “I don’t care about this pop-culture crap. I do it for the money.”

But at least the staffers aren’t picking fights, staging lame practical jokes, telling us how people either love them or hate them or doing any of the other tired things used as filler on this kind of show. On TV nowadays, that’s pretty epic.

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"Lord I have loved some ladies and I have loved Jim Beam and they both tried to kill me in 1973."

A different Hank song but one of my fav lines ever.
Hank, Jr. doesn't have even a tenth of the talent (or the charm) that his daddy had.
If you want to hear a tune that will really lift your spirits, listen to Hank, Sr. sing "Jambalaya".
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