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The Thrill Of Induction (Eventually): Hall Of Fame Names Chris Schenkel
By David Bloom, - Aug. 20, 2014

The late Chris Schenkel — for decades ABC’s workhorse announcer through nine Olympics, the NBA, horse racing, college football, and of course 36 years of those winter Saturday bowling tournaments — has been named to the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, nine years after his death at 82, the hall announced today.

Other honorees on this year’s list include a group of heavy-hitting executives, including NFL Network CEO and President David Bornstein, CBS Sports operations executive Ken Aagaard; audio pro Bob Dixon; 21st Century Fox Sr. EVP David Hill; F&F Productions founding CEO George Orgera; and the just-retired NBA Commissioner David Stern. The ceremony will be held Dec. 16 in New York.

All the inductees have been important for decades in one fashion or another to the business of sports broadcasting. But none, with the possible exception of Stern and his 30-year stewardship over the NBA as it became a TV powerhouse, was as visible to the public as Schenkel was during his glory days at ABC.

Schenkel was among the very first to announce sports events on TV, beginning with Harvard football games in 1947, in the earliest days of the commercial medium. He was later the voice of the New York Giants NFL team for 13 years before leaving CBS in 1965 to join ABC Sports. He had a lot of other first TV broadcast landmarks: with the PGA’s Masters Tournament, a coast-to-coast college football game; and as live anchor for the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. That all earned him a raft of other honors, including induction into the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame, a Lifetime Achievement Emmy, and the Pete Rozelle/Pro Football Hall of Fame Radio-TV Award. He retired in 1997 and died in 2005 in his native Indiana.

Other inductees include Bornstein, who joined ESPN when it was four months old and rose to be president between 1990 and 1998 during a period of massive expansion for the sports giant. Bornstein became president of ABC in 1999. In 2005, Bornstein became president and CEO of the NFL Network. He is also the NFL’s EVP of Media.

Fox’s Hill has a long and prominent career in sports TV on three continents, beginning at 19, while in Australia. He rose to VP, Sports of the Nine Network there, then came to England with Sky TV, where he helped launch Eurosport, and later headed the BSkyB Sport Channel. Beginning in 1993, Hill was head of Fox Sports in the United States, and later rose to chairman and CEO of the Fox Sports Media Group, which includes all of Fox’s regional sports channels and other ventures. He was for two years also head of the Fox network, and later was a senior executive at DirecTV and National Geographic. Hill now is Sr. EVP at Fox, overseeing American Idol and also serving as chairman of National Geographic Channels U.S.

Aagaard is now CBS Sports’ EVP, Operations, Engineering & Production Services, and has been with the network since 1998. He previously was an executive at Creative Broadcasting Techniques, consulting with NBC, CBS, Fox and other prominent sports and music clients, and is credited with introducing several technological innovations in broadcasting football and golf events.
Chris was also the voice of NBA basketball (Knicks fan can find the video of game 7 of the 1970 NBA finals on YouTube - what a difference in broadcast styles from today - what they do is so sedate) and (an unabashed like) The Pro Bowlers Tour with Nelson Burton Jr.
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Most likely the new package will be just used for the TNF games (even after the CBS simucast is concluded).

Since CBS will be doing two preseason games on Friday and Saturday, perhaps we will get a preview of the new package so that any kinks will be worked out. It could be possible that the CBS logo will be on one side of the current score bar and the NFL Network logo will be on the other side (both logos placed in the 16:9 area of the screen). That is my guess anyway.
CBS said TNF does have different graphics than CBS sunday so since these games arent NFLN simulcasts would think they would still use the sunday look.

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FXX’s ‘Wilfred’ Series Finale Hits Season High

After four seasons, it really was all about a man and a degenerate dog and a big reveal teased in the very first show. Hitting a season high for its last 10-episode run, the August 13 series finale of Wilfred was a long way from its 2011 debut. For one thing, the series starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann started on FX and ended on FXX. For another, Wilfred’s debuted to 2.5 million viewers on June 25, 2011, and ended its first season that September 8 with a total audience of 900,000.

This year on its new home, the comedy based on Gann’s two-season Australian series launched its final season June 25 to 242,000 total viewers and 195,000 among the 18-49 demo, according to Live+3 ratings. After an original lead-in, Wilfred’s last show at 10:30 PM August 13 had 250,000 total viewers in Live+Same Day. That number went up 61% to 404,000 in Live+3. In terms of the key demo, Wilfred’s last show had a strong turnout of 323,000 in DVR’d results – also a season high for the series.
Stupid to move this to FXX ... I missed the start of the season and since FXX does *not* have a VOD option on D*, I'll have to wait until it makes it's way to "other" outlets ... or just skip the final season altogether. I wonder how many viewers similarly got "lost in the shuffle."
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WEDNESDAY'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)
‘Big Brother’ lifts CBS to Wednesday win
Reality show posts a 2.3 in 18-49s, up 10 percent over last week
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 21, 2013

CBS’s “Big Brother” remains the hottest show on Wednesday night.

The long-running reality program, now in its 15th season, posted a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating at 8 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, up 10 percent over last week.

It was enough to lift CBS to a nightly victory over NBC, which had the No. 2 program with “America’s Got Talent.”

“Talent” averaged a 1.8 at 9 p.m., even to last week’s series-low overnight rating.

Elsewhere Wednesday night, CBS’s “Extant” posted a 1.0 for back-to-back episodes at 9 and 10.

Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” tied a series low with a 0.9 from 8 to 10 p.m., down a tenth from last week.

ABC’s 10 p.m. “Motive” rose a tenth from last week to a 0.8.

And the CW’s “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” continued to show promise, rising a tenth from last week to a 0.6 at 8 p.m.

CBS was first for the night among 18-49s with a 1.4 average overnight rating and a 5 share. Univision was second at 1.3/5, NBC third at 1.3/4, ABC and Fox tied for fourth at 0.9/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.7/2, and CW seventh at 0.4/1.

As a reminder, all ratings are based on live-plus-same-day DVR playback, which includes shows replayed before 3 a.m. the night before. Seven-day DVR data won’t be available for several weeks. Forty-nine percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

At 8 p.m. CBS led with a 2.3 for “Brother,” followed by Univision with a 1.3 for “Mi Corazon es Tuyo.” NBC was third with a 1.1 for a repeat of “Talent.” ABC and Fox tied for fourth at 0.9, ABC for reruns of “The Middle” and “The Goldbergs” and Fox for “So You Think You Can Dance.” The CW was sixth with a 0.6 for “Fool” and Telemundo seventh with a 0.4 for “Reina de Corazones.”

NBC took the lead at 9 p.m. with a 1.8 for a new “Talent,” while Univision remained second with a 1.5 for “Hasta el Fin del Mundo.” ABC was third with a 1.2 for reruns of “Modern Family,” CBS fourth with a 1.0 for “Extant,” Fox fifth with a 0.9 for more “Dance,” Telemundo sixth with a 0.6 for “En Otra Piel” and CW seventh with a 0.2 for a repeat of “The 100.”

At 10 p.m. Univision was first with a 1.2 for “Que Pobres Tan Ricos,” with Telemundo second with a 1.0 for “El Señor de los Cielos.” CBS and NBC tied for third at 0.9, CBS for another episode of “Extant” and NBC for “Taxi Brooklyn,” and ABC was fifth with a 0.8 for “Motive.”

NBC was first for the night among households with a 4.2 average overnight rating and a 7 share. CBS was second at 3.7/7, ABC third at 2.4/4, Fox fourth at 2.2/4, Univision fifth at 1.6/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.9/2 and CW seventh at 0.7/1.
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‘Meet the Press’ Minus David Gregory Ratings: Total Viewers Up, Demo Barely Down
By Tony Maglio, - Aug. 21, 2013

“Meet the Press” went on without David Gregory on Sunday, and to be honest, the program didn't miss a beat — at least not on the Nielsen sheets.

Of course, all national news shows have a secret weapon in the form of ongoing Ferguson, Mo. coverage, which offers gains or helps mask losses.

While the key 25-54 demo viewers decreased by two percent with Andrea Mitchell filling in on Sunday's “Meet the Press,” total viewers increased by 10 percent. ”Meet the Press” had 2.661 million viewers, 735,000 in the demo, landing in third place — not unusual for the program.

The decrease in the demo was shared by CBS’ “Face the Nation”; although each Sunday show in the timeslot rose in total audience week-over-week.

ABC's “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” was tops among the competition, pulling in 3.021 million total viewers, 1.001 million in the demo, both up from last week. Those numbers mark a 15 percent increase in total viewers, and 21 percent up in the demo.

In second place was CBS’ “Face the Nation,” which had 2.94 million total viewers, 755,000 in the demo — slightly up in total audience but a touch down in the demo.

“Fox News Sunday” was fourth with 1.306 million, 401,000 in the demo, both up a bit from last week.

When compared to the same week in 2013, the four shows were all up in both measurements.

On Sunday, “Meet the Press” fill-in Mitchell paid tribute to her friend and now former NBC colleague: ”As you may be aware, David Gregory's final show as moderator of ‘Meet the Press’ was last Sunday,” she said. “‘Meet the Press’ makes a lot of history — and a great deal of it was with David at the helm since he started in December 2008.”

She added a personal touch: “As he leaves NBC News for his next adventure, I will miss him as a daily colleague, but know he will always be a friend.”

Last Thursday, Gregory made his exit from NBC official, tweeting: ”I leave NBC as I came – humbled and grateful.”

Later in the day, NBC announced Chuck Todd would replace Gregory, marking a September start date.

Gregory already has a new gig, sort of. Politico Playbook reported on Thursday that the ousted “Meet the Press” host has been working with publisher Simon & Schuster since 2011 on a book about Jewish faith.

The book will likely hit shelves in 2015.
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GSN Renews ‘It Takes A Church’ & ‘The Chase’
By Nellie Andreeva, - Aug. 21, 2014

GSN has picked up additional seasons of two of its strongest original series: The Chase, which has been picked up for a 20-episode fourth season, and breakout It Takes A Church, which has been ordered for an eight-episode second season. Both will air in 2015. Along with GSN flagship American Bible Challenge, The Chase and It Takes A Church have been key pieces in the network’s transformation to a place for original series that take new spins on the traditional game show concept. GSN’s latest effort in that direction is body-painting competition Skin Wars, which premiered this month.

The Chase, hosted by Brooke Burns, features Mark Labbett (aka “The Beast”) who faces down contestants in the ultimate trivia challenge. ITV Studios America is producing, with Bob Boden, Michael Kelpie and Martin Scott executive producers. Hosted by singer Natalie Grant, dating series It Takes A Church, which premiered in June, features Christian congregations across the U.S. in a matchmaking competition to help one unattached fellow congregant find his or her partner. The show, from Authentic Entertainment and exec producers Tom Rogan and Lauren Lexton, delivered triple-digit growth among W18-34 (+100%) and W18-49 (+117%), and double-digit growth among W25-54 (+94%) and P18-49 (+92%) compared with GSN’s year-to-date time period average. “The Chase and It Takes a Church reflect GSN’s commitment to programming all types of game, from shiny floor to competition elimination,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, EVP Programming, at GSN.

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WE TV Orders ‘Sex Box’ Series About Couples Having & Discussing Sex

British reality format Sex Box is getting on American television. After piloting the provocative concept earlier this year, WE tv has picked up the project to series with nine episodes set to air next year. In Sex Box, from Relativity TV, real couples whose relationships are on the rocks address their issues with a panel of experts before entering a soundproof, camera-free box to have sex and, upon exit, immediately discuss the experience with the experts. “Sex Box is one of the most unique and compelling show concepts we’ve ever seen, and we can’t wait to bring it to WE tv,” said Marc Juris, WE tv’s President. “Our featured couples will get a once-in-a-lifetime experience, while our viewers will get the kind of bold, break-through-the-clutter programming they increasingly associate with WE tv.”

Cable networks have been pushing the decency envelope in reality TV during the past year with a slew of “naked” unscripted series featuring contestants in the buff. Despite the fact that Sex Box does not show the sex act, the concept is certain to raise eyebrows as it did in the U.K. Sex Box originated as a reality special on UK’s Channel 4, where it drew an overnight audience of 906,000 in October (1.2 million cumed) and attracted a lot of traditional media and social media attention. It was produced by Clearstory, with Relativity acquiring the rights and pitching it to U.S. networks.

WE tv’s panel of experts includes Dr. Fran Walfish, a leading Beverly Hills relationship psychotherapist; Dr. Chris Donaghue, a licensed clinical therapist, nationally certified sex therapist, and doctor of clinical sexology and human sexuality; and Florida-based pastor Dr. Yvonne Capehart, the founder of “Healed for Real” healing and deliverance conference and Sister Keeper International Ministries Crusade, a network for women in ministry. Sex Box is executive produced by Relativity Television’s Tom Forman and Brad Bishop.

WE tv is coming off a solid return for reality series Braxton Family Values and SWV Reunited, whose season premieres last week drew more than 1.5 million viewers; the Season 4 bow of Braxton was up 16% over season 3 premiere, and SWV third-season debut was up more than 1 million from its Season 2 opener.
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'Dating Naked' cast member sues after VH1 showed her naked
By James Hibberd, - Aug. 21, 2013

A woman who went on Dating Naked has filed a $10 million lawsuit after VH1 apparently showed her too naked.

New York model Jessie Nizewitz, 28, says the headline-making freshman reality series (trailer) flashed her crotch during one segment where she playfully wrestles with a date on the beach. Viewers noticed the unexpected reveal despite it being a very brief shot, and Nizewitz says she’s been humiliated on social media.

Producers had allegedly assured Nizewitz that her genitals would be fully blurred during the episode. (Dating Naked typically shows bare buttocks, but breasts and genitals are heavily blurred.)

“I have no problem going to a beach in a bikini or people seeing me on TV in a bikini,” Nizewitz said in a statement released to EW by her attorney, Matthew J. Blit. “Although I went on this show knowing that I would be nude while taping it I was told that my private parts would be blurred for TV. If you watch an episode, you will see that the blur actually makes it less revealing than a bikini would. Obviously, I did not expect the world to see my private parts, this is not what I anticipated or what any other contestants on the show anticipated.”

Nizewitz is suing VH1 operator Viacom and two production companies, none of which had comment. The suit filed late Wednesday claims uncensored images of Nizewitz were passed around Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr after airing on VH1. “Plaintiff… was shocked, horrified and outraged to observe this intrusion into her privacy for all to see,” reads the suit. “Immediately Plaintiff became subject to ridicule by those watching. … Plaintiff has suffered and continues to suffer extreme emotional distress, mental anguish, humiliation and embarrassment. … Defendants knew or reasonably should have known that broadcasting an individual’s vagina and anus on national cable television would cause substantial and severe emotional distress.”

Adding insult to alleged injury, Nizewitz also noted in a New York Post interview that a man she was dating never called her again after the show aired.

Dating Naked is part of the current wave of nude reality shows led by Discovery’s Naked and Afraid. Though the summer dating series has been slammed by a parents group for putting semi-nudity on basic cable, the show has an impressive match-making success rate—six couples who have met on the show have stayed together, VH1 claims, and one of those couples is getting married.

While the show has generated plenty of online buzz since it premiered last month, viewership remains modest—averaging about 800,000 viewers per first-run episode.

Ariana Bacle contributed to this report.
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FRIDAY 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)

8PM - Last Man Standing
(R - Apr. 4)
8:30PM - Last Man Standing
(R - Apr. 18)
9PM - Shark Tank
(R - Apr. 4)
10PM - 20/20
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11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Kim Kardashian; Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson; Disclosure and Sam Smith perform)
(R - Aug. 4)
12:37AM - Nightline

8PM - NFL Football: Oakland Raiders at Green Bay Packers (LIVE)
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11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Julia Louis-Dreyfus; comic Michael Somerville; David Gray performs)
(R - Jul. 31)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Max Greenfield; Ben and Ellen Harper perform)
(R - Jun. 13)

8PM - Running Wild With Bear Grylls: Tom Arnold
(R - Aug. 18)
9PM - Dateline NBC: Honeymoond Homicide (120 min.)
(R - May 11)
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11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Ethan Hawke; Amy Sedaris; The Secret Sisters perform)
12:36AM - Late Night with Seth Myers (Hank Azaria; Mary Lynn Rajskub; Brendan Gleeson)
(R - Jul. 24)
1:37AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Composer Bear McCreary; together PANGEA performs; band Air Review)
(R - Mar. 27)

8PM - MasterChef
(R - Aug. 18)
9PM - Bones
(R - Mar. 17)

(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Washington Week with Gwen Ifill
8:30PM - Charlie Rose: The Week
9PM - Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2014 (90 min.)
10:30PM - PBS Previews: The Roosevelts
(R - Jun. 17)

8PM - Mi Corazón Es Tuyo
9PM - Hasta El Fin del Mundo
10PM - Qué Pobres Tan Ricos

8PM - Masters of Illusion
8:30PM - Whose Line Is It Anyway?
(R - May 16)
9PM - America's Next Top Model
(R - Aug. 18)

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

11PM - Chelsea Lately (Fergie)
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The Doctor Is In (He’s Aged)
Peter Capaldi Goes From ‘Doctor Who’ Fan to Its Star
By Dave Itzkoff, The New York Times - Aug. 22, 2013

THE passage of time is perhaps not so acute to the centuries-old alien at the heart of the BBC’s “Doctor Who,” the shape-shifting hero known simply as the Doctor, who has had more than 50 years of adventures across dimensions known and otherwise.

But time and its measurement have become especially crucial to Peter Capaldi, who will make his proper, full-length debut as the latest actor to play the Doctor when the new season of “Doctor Who” has its premiere Saturday on BBC America.

It has been just over a year since the BBC announced that Mr. Capaldi would succeed Matt Smith, who was a 26-year-old relative novice when he was chosen to play the Doctor, and, after three seasons of putting his frantic, whirling-dervish stamp on the character, disclosed his departure in June 2013.

Since then, Mr. Capaldi, 56, has spent several months filming “Doctor Who” in Cardiff, Wales, trying to bring to the role his own personal take, which he says is more sardonic and elusive.

Still, as a lifelong “Doctor Who” fan, he could not quite contain his giddiness, all this time later, that he had actually landed the part.

“I just didn’t think that they would be going in this direction,” Mr. Capaldi said in a gentle, stately voice with only traces of a Scottish accent, on a visit to New York last week. Asked what he meant, he answered with a laugh: “Well, I guess, older. And more like me.”

Mr. Capaldi’s penetrating eyes and expressively lined face will be familiar to viewers of Armando Iannucci’s 2009 film satire “In the Loop,” and the BBC comedy that spawned it, “The Thick of It,” in which he played Malcolm Tucker, a short-tempered political aide who fired off obscene insults as fluidly and creatively as Shakespeare composed sonnets.

But he is still untested as the Doctor, particularly with American audiences who responded strongly to Mr. Smith: BBC America said the series grew from an average total viewership of 910,000 in his first season to nearly 1.9 million in his last, a trend the channel would surely like to see continue under his successor.

Though Mr. Capaldi is among the more accomplished actors to take on this storied science-fiction franchise, he is hardly a relic. But his age nonetheless represents a departure from the recent history of the series.

It is one more unknown factor for producers and audiences alike to consider as “Doctor Who” begins a crucial transition that elicited passionate criticisms and defenses before Mr. Capaldi set foot in front of the cameras.

“When launching a new Doctor, I don’t want to make it sound as though he’s just one of a set of options,” said Steven Moffat, the executive producer and lead writer of “Doctor Who.” “He’s the one and only right now.”

Mr. Capaldi is playing the 12th canonical version of the Doctor, though the show cheekily acknowledges its counting system has run off track a bit.

Born and raised in Glasgow, Mr. Capaldi grew up admiring character actors like Peter Cushing and John Hurt, and was a follower of “Doctor Who” more or less from the start.

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Between the 1960s and 1980s, he watched the series transfer its lead role from elder statesmen like William Hartnell to expressive wits like Tom Baker, and, in its 21st-century revival, heartthrobs like Mr. Smith and David Tennant. (Mr. Capaldi also appeared in a 2008 “Doctor Who” episode playing a Roman in ancient Pompeii.)

As a steadily employed actor, Mr. Capaldi said, he’d fallen into a routine of “increasingly bland parts, turning up in episodic television as the slightly untrustworthy doctor or shrink, or the M.P. with a gay secret.”

“That was fine,” he said, “but quite dull.”

That changed in 2005 when Mr. Capaldi met Mr. Iannucci, creator of “The Thick of It,” on a day when Mr. Capaldi had come from another demeaning BBC audition and was not in a particularly good mood. “I was like, ‘O.K., show me what you’ve got,’ ” Mr. Capaldi recalled. “It was lucky I had just the right attitude at that moment.”

Mr. Iannucci, the creator and show runner of HBO’s “Veep,” said he recalled Mr. Capaldi as initially “very amiable and softly spoken.”

“When the switch came,” Mr. Iannucci said, “from this personable charmer to this rather ruthless and cold, frighteningly still person, I thought, ‘My God, that’s quite a trick you can pull off there.’ ”

Mr. Moffat said that the casting of Mr. Smith and Mr. Tennant on “Doctor Who” had not been a deliberate search for youthful demographics. “When people are trying to be cynical about modern ‘Doctor Who,’ they say, ‘Oh, they always cast these young fellows,’ ” he said. “We didn’t. It was always a young bloke who turns out to be right for it.”

Mr. Moffat said he and his colleagues quickly thought of Mr. Capaldi, for reasons he could not entirely quantify.

“He just felt incredibly right,” Mr. Moffat said. “He would just take the part in such an unexpected, different direction and overturn everybody’s preconceptions.”

At an audition at which the “Doctor Who” producers say Mr. Capaldi was the only candidate, he said he performed a test scene in which he had to ask another character to describe his new incarnation.

“The Doctor doesn’t have a mirror, so he has no idea he’s gotten older,” Mr. Capaldi said. “So he keeps asking her about his face. ‘Does it look good?’ ”

The answer he received was, “Well, it’s O.K.”

Mr. Capaldi was quickly offered the role and introduced in a live special last summer. But just as rapidly, some die-hard “Doctor Who” fans and casual viewers alike pushed back against the decision, disappointed that a role with seemingly so few boundaries had once again been given to a white male actor.

“I do think it’s well overtime to have a female Doctor Who,” Helen Mirren told the British morning show “Daybreak,” before the announcement. “I think a gay, black female Doctor Who would be best of all.”

Asked about an audience’s desire for more diversity in the lead role, Mr. Moffat said: “I just cast on instinct, really. There’s nothing against that, and we have auditioned every shape and size and type of human being for this part the last time around.”

He added that Mr. Capaldi “looks like a Doctor Who,” and could have played the character at previous ages. “He’d have been a great 20-something Doctor and a great 30-something Doctor,” he said.

Yet Mr. Capaldi’s age does not go unnoticed in his premiere.

Jenna Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s adventuring companion, Clara Oswald, said that some of their very first scenes together required her to comment on how different he looked from his predecessors.

“My lines were like: ‘But he’s so old! Why is he gray? Why has he got lines on his face?’ ” Ms. Coleman said. “I didn’t know him at all at this point. In between takes, I was like: ‘Oh, Peter, I’m so sorry. Terribly sorry. You look great.’ ”

Mr. Capaldi approached all the kidding about his age as if it were a form of hazing.

“Sometimes, I get a bit annoyed with it,” he said. “I don’t think I’m old. I’m 56. Maybe people think that’s ancient. I’m not an old man.”

Mr. Iannucci said that the humor was probably intended more for younger viewers “now getting a Doctor who’s a little bit older than they’re used to.”

On “The Thick of It,” Mr. Iannucci said, “every member of the cast had to get used to some insult made about them, usually from Peter Capaldi. It’s about time he had jokes about his own physical appearance.”

Mr. Capaldi said he had consulted “Doctor Who” forerunners like Mr. Smith. Now, he spoke about his continuing work on the series with a mixture of trepidation and the kind of certainty that only comes with seasoned experience.

“I took Matt to lunch and he came in on crutches,” he recalled, “and I said, ‘What happened to you?’ And he said, ‘This show.’ I thought: ‘My God, you’re 30 years younger than me and you’re on crutches. What’s going to happen to me?”

With his first season nearly under his belt, Mr. Capaldi did not have to look into the future to believe that he would fare just fine.

“I survived without any injuries,” he said. “It keeps you fit. It’s great to wake up in the morning and think, I’m Doctor Who.”
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SunBrite outdoor TV: An expensive luxury
By Edward C. Baig, USA Today - Aug. 19, 2013

NEW YORK — A study warning that watching too much TV could lead to a premature death is probably not what you want to hear about when reading a review of an outdoor television. But think about it: Virtually all of us watch TV inside the comfort of our homes, an overwhelmingly sedentary activity, the risks of which were outlined in the research published in June by the Journal of the American Heart Association.

So you might want to convince yourself that if you're going to spring for a SunBrite TV such as the 46-inch model that I've temporarily set up in my backyard, you might watch that TV while, I dunno, tossing a ball around with your kids.

Based on my experience, anyway, you're more likely to be enjoying barbecue, gulping down a brew and — I admit it — lounging around while watching others play sports. There goes health as a motivating factor for your purchase.

Whatever the reason, the SunBrite Signature Series model SB-4670HD that I've been testing is built for the great outdoors. The weather-tight exterior seals all of the internal components and ports from the elements, be it rain, snow, heat, dust, salt-air, excess humidity, even creepy-crawling insects. It has a pair of HDMI ports and other connectors insulated in a sealed screw-cover compartment. Specialized gaskets help protect the wires. The TV is powder-coated with rust-proof aluminum.

SunBrite claims the TV can withstand temperatures from -24 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Suffice to say I didn't test it in the Arctic Circle or by the Equator, but the TV survived numerous hot suburban New Jersey summer days and more impressively some torrential downpours. I occasionally watched in light rain.

The TV delivers a surprisingly sharp full HD 1080p LED high-definition picture, too, with accurate colors. The picture is viewable (if not always the brightest) even in direct sun. Techies might quibble about the quality of the picture compared with the HDTV that's the centerpiece of your home theater, but the fact is I've been quite pleased. The sound was OK, too.

The TV itself is pretty thin (dimensions: 42.4"x 25.0" x 3.74"). I had it resting on an optional tabletop stand.

Of course, you're going to pay through the nose for backyard TV. My test SunBrite lists for $2,895. That's three, if not four, times what you might pay for a perfectly decent indoor 46-inch high-definition set. Make no mistake an outdoor TV is for those of you with a chunk of disposable income, and not just because of what you'll pay for the TV itself. Factor in the fact that a custom installer might have to run some cables from the inside of the house to connect the TV to the source of your content — a cost that can add up.

I chose another, less disruptive, solution for my tests. An installer set up an optional SunBrite weatherproof wireless receiver (model SD-HSTW) that can receive a 1080p HD signal from your set-top box, Blu-ray player or video game console up to a range of about 100 feet. The receiving unit can be mounted on a bracket on the TV.

Via the receiver, I had no problem getting a distortion-free signal from the Verizon FiOS set-top box in my family room, but I don't have a huge backyard, so the physical distance isn't so great. No line of sight to the FiOS from the outdoor TV was required.

Where I did run into a considerable problem was in switching channels, at least using the FiOS remote control. While I had no problem powering the TV on or off — there's a few seconds delay before the TV comes alive and pulls in the wireless signal — or changing volume, I often had to repeatedly press the number keys on the FiOS remote before the channel change registered, if it registered at all. This was so even after I put a fresh set of batteries in the remote. Moving right in front of the receiver with the remote didn't help. It drove me crazy. A representative from the company acknowledged that they've seen some similar issues with some cable box remotes. The SunBrite does have its own weatherproof remote.

Moreover, at least under my setup, if you're using the outdoor receiver at the same time someone inside your house is trying to watch TV off the same FiOS box, the two TVs would have to be tuned to the same channel.

For people with an insatiable desire to watch TV at (literally) all costs, the SunBrite TV fits the bill. Just try to sneak in a little exercise.

SunBrite Signature Series model SB-4670HD
Pro: Outdoor TV can withstand weather extremes while delivering very good picture.
Con: Expensive. Remote control hassles.
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The very first Doctor Who disc I watched was "Doctor Who: The Aztecs" with William Hartnell as the Doctor, and he was also about 56 at the time it was filmed.

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Who Should Win in Late-Night and Reality?
By Margaret Lyons and Brian Steinberg, (New York Magazine) - Aug. 21, 2014

The 66th Emmy Awards are next Monday and all this week Vulture has been breaking down the major categories. Forget trying to predict who will win, and let’s focus on the question that matters: Who should to win? Here are our picks in the comedy, drama, and miniseries/movie races. Last up: the variety and reality competition. Most of the interesting awards for these shows were already given out at the Creative Arts Emmys, but these two will be in Monday's prime-time ceremony.

Outstanding variety series
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Let's put aside that Key and Peele is our actual pick for outstanding variety series. (It was at least nominated for writing and in several technical categories. Next year, voters!) The Colbert Report, which finally dethroned The Daily Show last year, still remains the one to beat — because it's excellent every damn night, and because the show submitted an episode from last August in which Daft Punk canceled on Colbert last minute, having promised MTV an exclusive appearance at the VMAs. The upside: Colbert outed his corporate overlords and threw an all-star "Get Lucky" dance party! Plus, it's the last chance to honor the conservative blowhard. In a few months, real-life Colbert takes over Late Night.

Outstanding reality competition program
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

The Amazing Race has won this category 9 times in 11 years, with Top Chef breaking the streak in 2011 and The Voice surprisingly taking the prize last year. None of these shows is in its heyday right now, so why not toss Project Runway a bone? Sure, it's a shadow of its former self, but last season was totally good! (So You Think You Can Dance would also be acceptable.)
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‘BoJack Horseman,’ amusing even so
Netflix animated comedy pulls out fresh jokes from the heaps
By Tom Conroy, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 21, 2013

One of the great comedy clichés of the past few decades is the former star of a wholesome family TV show who turns out to be a lazy, egocentric, promiscuous substance abuser. But if they make that character a weird cartoon horse-man, then it’s original, right?

That diversion works for a few minutes in Netflix’s new animated comedy series “BoJack Horseman,” but we immediately start to suspect that there’s little more to the title character than the cliché description. Some viewers might be tempted to stop watching.

But thanks to the clever dialogue and skilled voice work, BoJack grows on us. Providing occasional laughs and even a little romance, the show, which begins streaming this Friday, Aug. 22, isn’t quite binge-worthy, but it’s a good snack.

BoJack (voiced by Will Arnett), one of those anthropomorphized cartoon characters with an animal’s head but a human body, was the star of a ’90s sitcom called “Horsin’ Around,” in which he played a carefree bachelor horse who learned about love and responsibility when he was forced to raise three human children.

BoJack hasn’t worked since the show was canceled 18 years ago, coasting on his royalties and fame. He shares a hillside house with Todd (Aaron Paul), a party guest who never left.

BoJack spends hours drinking and watching reruns of his old show. Praising a scene in which he says to one of his young charges, “Neigh way, José!” he tells Todd, “I improvised that line. I mean, it was written, but I gave it the old BoJack spin.”

BoJack’s nemesis is Mr. Peanut Butter (Paul F. Tompkins), an anthropomorphized dog who starred in a sitcom that ripped off the premise of “Horsin’ Around.” Every time they run in to each other, Mr. Peanut Butter says, “What is this, a crossover episode?”

BoJack’s agent and sometime lover, a cat named Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), has managed to get him a memoir deal, but he can’t even dictate a word. In desperation, he agrees to work with a young human ghostwriter, Diane Nguyen (Alison Brie). BoJack is immediately attracted to her, but Diane has a boyfriend. As usual in this kind of situation, the boyfriend isn’t right for her.

In the six episodes provided for review, BoJack’s relationship with Diane brings out his heretofore hidden sensitive and sensible side. But when the plot calls for it, he can still misbehave: In the third episode, he lets one of his former juvenile co-stars, who is now a pop singer on a downward trajectory, move in with him.

The sensitization of the main character wears away at the show’s premise, but internal logic isn’t important in modern TV cartoon series. If the show’s creator, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, had a reason to set it in a world populated by humans and animals, that reason is unclear.

Mr. Peanut Butter and Princess Carolyn occasionally act like their respective species, but BoJack is barely equine. The creatures provide some inessential jokes: BoJack’s publisher, Penguin, is staffed by penguins, and in the second episode, he has a public-relations crisis when he gets into a dispute with a literal Navy seal.

The humans don’t exactly make sense either.

Although Diane is Vietnamese-American, when she returns home to Boston for a funeral, her brothers and mother talk as if they were South Boston Irish.

But the show’s take on that subculture is funny, if not original. The same can be said for its take on star-crossed romance, Hollywood and rich burnouts.

The writers are basically horsing around, but they’re good at it.
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'Intruders' a tough nut to crack
By Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Aug. 22, 2013

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — In the post-“Lost” era, it’s not unusual for a drama series to get introduced like a giant jigsaw puzzle that’s missing a lot of its pieces. But most dark mythology-heavy shows at least offer something for viewers to grab onto. Maybe you get all the border pieces and enough of the puzzle interior so you can start to make a little sense of what’s happening.

That’s not the case with BBC America’s “Intruders” (10 p.m. Saturday), which barely acknowledges what it’s about in its first episode.

Based on the novel “The Intruders” by Michael Marshall Smith and adapted for TV by Glen Morgan, whose most recent series was the filmed-in-Pittsburgh flop “Those Who Kill,” “Intruders” offers a dark and disturbing story set mostly in the Pacific Northwest. But don’t think there’s a “Twin Peaks” vibe here. “Twin Peaks” had some lighter moments; there’s no humor in “Intruders,” which features stalkings, killings and a child murdering a pet for no clear reason.

The story begins in Barstow, Calif., in 1990. A young woman celebrates her birthday and then at night, a creepy dude named Richard Shepherd (James Frain, “The Tudors”) breaks into her house, terrorizes her, leaves a calling card and a bus ticket and departs. The next morning the young woman slits her wrists in the bathtub.

In present-day Seattle, Shepherd pretends to be an FBI agent to gain access to the home of Bill Anderson and brutally murders Anderson’s wife and son. Then Shepherd goes to their basement and emerges from it with smoke billowing behind him because … why exactly?

An Oregon girl celebrates her birthday at the coast and then gets a visit from Shepherd, who holds up a sand dollar, which means … what exactly?

Then there’s former LAPD cop Jack Whelan (John Simm, “Life on Mars”), whose wife, Amy (Mira Sorvino), vanishes after he finds her listening to jazz music.

“I thought you hated jazz,” Jack says to Amy.

“It was private,” she replies cryptically.

When Jack kisses Amy her pupils get huge, a common trait among some folks in “Intruders” who may be … what exactly?

Luckily, the show’s press notes offer a clue — “‘Intruders’ is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others” — but viewers without benefit of such an explainer are sure to be lost.

The show does begin to fill in a few blanks, particularly the immortality angle, in its second episode, but it’s still a slow, sometimes tedious process.

At a press conference last month during the TV critics summer press tour, director Eduardo Sanchez compared the “Intruders” pilot to the end of “The Blair Witch Project.”

“We keep that tradition of not telling anything that’s going on,” he said. “It’s kind of a testament to BBC and Glen’s writing that we kind of got away with that. But I love it. I just love the idea of having to come back for more answers to the questions.”

Mr. Morgan said the ambiguity in the TV series is true to the novel it’s based on.

“That’s very much how the novel reads,” he said. “You go through three-quarters of it kind of knowing, kind of having a sense of what might happen. And we follow that very closely.

“But that being said,” he continued, “because we had that book, we always knew we could answer the questions that we brought up. We have those answers, and I feel confident that we've answered them throughout the eight episodes.”

As for how the season ends, Mr. Morgan said he learned a lesson from “Those Who Kill,” whose cliffhanger finale was locked in January, two months before the show premiered.

“I see on Twitter, people saying, ‘How could you end it that way?’” he said. “Having had that experience, just in case, it should end this way. I don’t want to do that to the audience.”

‘Doctor Who’ returns

The latest Doctor, now played by British actor Peter Capaldi, arrives on the season premiere of BBC America’s “Doctor Who” at 9 p.m. Saturday preceding the premiere of “Intruders.”

Post-Gazette online features editor Sharon Eberson reviews the season premiere in the POPi blog at

‘True Blood’ finale

As one supernatural series enters with the debut of “Intruders,” another one exits with the series finale of “True Blood” at 9 p.m. Sunday.

Titled “Thank you,” the episode was written by showrunner Brian Buckner and features this plot per HBO’s logline: “Sookie (Anna Paquin) weighs a future with and without Bill (Stephen Moyer). Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) struggle with their uncomfortable partnership with Mr. Gus (Will Yun Lee). Sam (Sam Trammell) makes a choice, while Andy (Chris Bauer) comes upon an unexpected inheritance.”

Pittsburgh Nielsen data

Last week Nielsen released a local market report that shows — no surprise here — among the Top 25 TV markets nationally, Pittsburgh viewers ages 25-54 remain the most old-school, watching the most live TV daily (five hours and 19 minutes on average), a tie with Detroit. San Francisco viewers watch the least live TV (3:27).

Pittsburgh adult viewers (ages 18+) prefer to watch TV live in prime time (70 percent). So it’s not surprising that this market has one of the lower rates of time-shifted viewing, just 19 percent, the least amount of time-shifting among the Top 25 markets. (Dallas was No. 1 in time shifting with 47 percent of viewing done on a time-shifted basis.)

Nationally 72 percent of consumers in the Top 25 markets own a smartphone; in Pittsburgh it’s 61 percent. Pittsburgh is closer to the national average when considering tablets: Nationally, 41 percent of consumers in the Top 25 markets own a tablet; in Pittsburgh it’s 37 percent.

Pittsburgh is behind in the adoption of smart TVs: These device are in just 8 percent of homes locally, ranking Pittsburgh No. 25 nationally. San Francisco is No. 1 with smart TVs in 17 percent of homes.


Starz renewed “Outlander” for a second season of at least 13 episodes based on “Dragonfly in Amber,” the second of eight books in author Diana Gabaldon’s fantasy series.

“The Strain” will continue to infect: FX ordered a 13-episode second season of the thriller.

MTV renewed “Finding Carter,” executive produced by Mt. Lebanon native Terri Minsky, for a 12-episode second season.

Showtime renewed “Masters of Sex” and “Ray Donovan” for third seasons.

AMC renewed its buzz-free “Halt and Catch Fire” for a second season.

ABC Family renewed “Switched at Birth” for a fourth season.

Sundance TV renewed “Rectify” for a third season to air in 2015.

Hulu renewed “The Awesomes” for a third season to stream in 2015.

Channel surfing

NBC canceled summer sitcom “Working the Engels,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. … FX’s “American Horror Story,” this time subtitled “Freak Show,” debuts at 10 p.m. Oct. 8. ... TLC’s “Little People Big World” returns for a five-episode season at 10 p.m. Sept. 2. … Disney XD’s animated “Star Wars Rebels” will debut at 9 p.m. Oct. 3 before moving to its regular Monday time period at 9 p.m. Oct. 13. … Davis Rogan, the inspiration for the Steve Zahn character on HBO’s “Treme,” will perform a 21-and-over show at the Pittsburgh Winery, 2815 Penn Ave. in the Strip, at 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. … Congrats to WPXI director of programming Mark Barash, who celebrated 20 years at Channel 11 this week.
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Showtime renews ‘Masters of Sex,’ ‘Ray Donovan’
By David Hinckley, New York Daily News - Aug. 21, 2014

Showtime can't get enough "Sex." Can't get enough "Ray Donovan," either.

The pay-cable network announced it has renewed "Masters of Sex" and "Ray Donovan" for third seasons, which will air in 2015.

"Masters of Sex," with Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, tells the story of pioneering sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, who became a couple during their work.

Caplan is nominated for an Emmy this year as best actress in a drama.

"Ray Donovan," which stars Liev Schreiber, is about a "fixer" who doesn't always follow the law and can't always fix his own dysfunctional family.

Jon Voight, who plays Ray's sleazy father, has an Emmy nomination as best supporting actor.

"Both 'Ray Donovan' and 'Masters of Sex' are bold, provocative, premium television with production values at the top of the food chain," says Showtime President David Nevins. "These acclaimed shows are filled with complex and interesting characters and settings that will no doubt give audiences compelling television to invest in for seasons to come."
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Defendants knew or reasonably should have known that broadcasting an individual’s vagina and anus on national cable television would cause substantial and severe emotional distress.”
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