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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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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
Nielsen Notes (Cable)
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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Nielsen Notes
‘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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TV Notes
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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TV Notes
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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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
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)
(R - Aug. 14)

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TV Notes
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 Doctor Is In (He’s Aged)
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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TV Review
‘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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'Dating Naked' cast member sues after VH1 showed her naked
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.”
Someone needs to get these people a book on anatomy so that they learn exactly when the vagina and anus are.
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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.

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.
Wonder what it was he saw on the show that surprised him enough to break up with her?

Honestly, you can't make this stuff up.
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TV Notes
Best tube bets this weekend
The top draws on broadcast and cable and in sports
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 22, 2013


Best bet on broadcast
: NBC, “Dateline” 9 p.m.
Two-hour edition of the newsmagazine includes a story about a bride who was found dead in Miami shortly after her wedding.

Best bet on cable: Discovery Channel, “Bering Sea Gold” 9 p.m. Season premiere. The fourth season begins with a near-death experience for one of the miners.

Top sporting event: CBS, “NFL Football,” 8 p.m Oakland takes on Green Bay in the third preseason game for each team.


Best bet on broadcast
: ABC, “NASCAR Racing,” 7:30 p.m.
The Sprint Cup Irwin Tools Night Race from Bristol should be the top program of the night on broadcast.

Best bet on cable: BBC America, “Doctor Who,” 8:15 p.m. Peter Capaldi takes over as the Doctor in the show’s season-eight premiere.

Top sporting event: NBC, “Gymnastics,” 8 p.m. Coverage of the women’s competition from the USA Gymnastics National Championships.


Best bet on broadcast
: PBS, “Breathless,” 9 p.m. Series premiere.
First episode of a three-part drama set in a London hospital in 1961.

Best bet on cable: MTV, “2014 Video Music Awards” 9 p.m. Performers at the 31st annual event include Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande.

Top sporting event: NBC, “Sunday Night Football,” 8 p.m. Special preseason edition features the Cincinnati Bengals versus the Arizona Cardinals.

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Nielsen Notes (Broadcast)
The new king of late night indeed
NBC's Jimmy Fallon is topping his ABC and CBS rivals combined
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 22, 2013

Six months into Conan O’Brien’s run as host of “The Tonight Show,” it was becoming clear it wouldn’t work out.

Ratings had plummeted since Jay Leno’s departure and NBC was suddenly lagging its late night rivals for the first time in years.

But this time around, the transition is going much more smoothly.

In fact, six months in, Leno’s replacement this time around, Jimmy Fallon, is doing better than Leno and has increased his lead over Jimmy Kimmel and David Letterman.

Since Fallon took over on Feb. 17, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” is averaging a 1.22 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen.

That’s 27 percent ahead of where Leno was during his final season, from Sept. 23 of last year through Feb. 9, when he averaged a 0.96 rating.

Fallon has bettered the combined ratings of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and CBS’s “The Late Show with David Letterman,” which are averaging a 0.63 and 0.49, respectively, since February.

And their ratings are down slightly from the first half of the season, when they faced Leno. During that period, Kimmel averaged a 0.71 and Letterman averaged a 0.6.

That suggests that some viewers who were watching Kimmel or Letterman last fall have migrated over to Fallon.

The changeover has gone as well as NBC could have hoped for.

Fallon has built buzz for the show through his Twitter feed and with digital shorts that draw millions of views online, in addition to TV viewership.

Kimmel, whose ratings are still up over the same point last year, is similarly adept with social media, which was never Letterman’s thing. When Stephen Colbert replaces Letterman next year, “Late Show” will presumably join ABC and NBC in pushing its online presence more.

Of course, with the Letterman-Colbert turnover is looming, the late-night ratings could undergo another big shift.

But for now it’s safe to say that Fallon has firmly hung on to Leno’s late-night crown. There shouldn’t be any need for Leno to come back a third time.
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Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, - Aug. 22, 2014

BBC America, Check local listings

All day today, there are more Doctors in the house. Today is the penultimate day of the Doctor Who takeover week, and it includes a new special, at 9 p.m. ET, called Doctor Who: Earth Conquest. It follows the actor playing the imminent 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi, as he embarks on a seven-city, five-continent, 12-day tour to promote the new incarnation of Doctor Who. Fittingly, accompanying him on this whirlwind publicity tour is Jenna Coleman, the actress playing the Doctor’s current (and near future) traveling companion. Expect one or both of them, sometime in this hour, to suggest that they could have used a real TARDIS to make their journey easier.

FXX, 10:00 a.m. ET

The every-episode mega-marathon of The Simpsons continues on FXX – and damned if I’m not already sucked in, dividing my attention, and my DVR, between this marathon and the Doctor Who one over on BBC America. You can’t go wrong either way – but make special plans to watch or record The Simpsons today at 4 p.m. ET, when one of the series’ very best episodes is repeated: the Season 4 classic “A Streetcar Named Marge,” in which a Springfield community theater production presents a musical version of A Streetcar Named Desire. Absolutely brilliant.

CBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

This pre-season game, between the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts, gives viewers an early look at these two teams as they head into the 2014-15 season with big dreams and grandiose game plans. And the same can be said of CBS, which is about to present a new prime-time football franchise that it’s promoting with truly unprecedented fervor and effort. And why not, since NBC’s Sunday Night Football prime-time game was last season’s most popular TV series?

Starz!, 9:00 p.m. ET

Here’s an idea for a mystery movie that can’t be beat: It’s about the original Beats, and a murder in 1944 that pulls together some of the best poetic minds of its generation. Daniel Radcliffe plays a young Allen Ginsberg, Jack Huston plays Jack Kerouac, and Ben Foster plays William Burroughs.

Cinemax, 10:00 p.m. ET

This episode, the third in the series, ramps the show up to a higher level, as Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) confronts a former love who now seeks his professional help. Jennifer Ferrin plays a woman from his past who asks him to operate on her, for a type of particularly risky and grisly reconstructive surgery. What was state of the art in 1900 is almost too painful to contemplate and witness now – and watching the recovery period is no less dramatic and disturbing than the prospect of the operation itself, which seeks a passable surgical alternative to a nose that has been eaten away by syphilis.

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Critic's Notes
Don Pardo 1918 - 2014
By Bill Brioux, - Aug. 20, 2014

Born February 22, 1918, Dominick George "Don" Pardo joined the NBC Radio Network as an announcer in June of 1944 -- or, as Lorne Michaels once pointed out, "before I was born."

Michaels hired Pardo in September of 1975 as the original announcer for Saturday Night Live and, save for one season in the '80s, he has been the announcer ever since.

That streak ended with last May's season finale. Pardo died Monday (August 18) in Tucson, AZ. He was 96.

Up until the last few seasons, Pardo still flew to New York every weekend to work the show. He would leave his condo in Tucson, fly to New York, then cab it to Manhattan's Rockefeller Plaza where he would head to the eighth floor, stand in Studio 8-H and bellow, "It's Saturday Night Live!"

He tried to retire in 2004, but Michaels worked it so Pardo could continue to be the voice of the show from a special studio built into his Arizona condo.

Pardo's distinct baritone is also associated with several game shows. He announced the old Art Fleming
version of Jeopardy! during the '60s and worked The Price is Right back in the '50s. Fleming always made a point of mentioning Pardo's name on air. The original daytime version of Jeopardy! ended in 1975, allowing Pardo to accept the offer to announce on SNL.

As the on-duty booth announcer for WNBC in New York on November 22, 1963, Pardo was also the first to break the news to NBC viewers that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. (His 1:45:03 p.m. EST bulletin interrupted a rerun of Bachelor Father in New York.) Believed for years to be lost, Pardo's historic announcement was recorded off the air and archived by then-amateur audio buff Phil Gries, who donated it to the Kennedy Library in 1997.

Saturday Night Live returns this September for a 40th season. Michaels -- who, incredibly, turns 70 in November -- says there will be a salute to Pardo. Who will replace him? That hasn't been announced yet, but long-time SNL impressionist Darrell Hammond did substitute one time for Pardo when the announcer had to miss a week two years ago due to hip surgery.

For a sweet little video salute to Pardo, prepared for his 2004 NBC "retirement,"
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'The View' gets new logo, set and studio as part of creative makeover
By Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times - Aug. 21, 2014

Call it "Extreme Makeover: Talk Show Edition."

When "The View" returns to the air on Sept. 15, it will have a new logo, set and studio, ABC announced Thursday.

The long-running ABC talk show is moving from the Manhattan studio where it's been produced for the last 17 years into a space around the corner at the ABC Broadcast Center that most recently housed Katie Couric's daytime talk show. The new set, which is currently under construction, has been designed in the round. It will also include an "on-camera social media station allowing the hosts to interact in real time with viewers," a feature that has practically become a requirement in the morning-show universe.

"The View" will also get a new logo and color scheme, "the first time in the show’s history that it has changed significantly," according to an ABC release.

The superficial tweaks are part of a larger creative overhaul at "The View," which has seen increased ratings competition from CBS' rival gabfest "The Talk" and weathered extensive, frequently bitter personnel changes over the past year. Last summer, long-time cohosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar both said their goodbyes amid reports the show was moving away from the partisan bickering that had come to define it in recent seasons. Former Playboy model Jenny McCarthy was soon brought on board, a move that sparked intense criticism due to her outspoken (and thoroughly discredited) views on childhood vaccines.

In May cocreator Barbara Walters, who brought the show a much-needed dose of gravitas and decades of journalistic experience, retired from broadcasting and in June cohosts McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd were both let go, leaving moderator Whoopi Goldberg as the last woman standing.

"'The View' will be moving in an exciting new direction next year, and ABC has made decisions to evolve the show creatively," the network said at the time.

Part of that "new direction" apparently includes bringing back Rosie O'Donnell, who spent a rather tumultuous year as "The View's" moderator, during which she frequently clashed with Hasselbeck over political issues. There appear to be changes behind the scenes as well: According to reports, Bill Wolff, executive producer of MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show," will replace cocreator and executive producer Bill Geddie, though ABC has yet to confirm the personnel change.
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Best tube bets this weekend
The top draws on broadcast and cable and in sports
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 22, 2013

Best bet on cable: MTV, “2014 Video Music Awards” 9 p.m.
Performers at the 31st annual event include Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande.
Good pix....Sam has the #1 & #3 songs on the billboard top 40, Ariana has 3 songs in the top 16 & Taylor has a great shot at debuting #1 on the billboard hot 100 next week....Bang Bang
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THURSDAY'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)
Another Thursday night of football preemptions
Preseason games on ABC, CBS and NBC affiliates inflate overnights
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 21, 2013

At first glance, it appears Thursday was a pretty good night for broadcast.

Original shows on ABC, CBS and NBC all saw gains in the overnight ratings compared to last week.

But those numbers aren’t entirely accurate.

ABC, CBS and NBC carried preseason NFL coverage on several affiliates, which may have artificially increased their ratings. True numbers for the networks won’t be clear until final ratings are issued later this afternoon.

All that being said, it was another Thursday night win for CBS, led by “Big Brother,” which posted a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen overnights.

That was up a tenth from last week.

ABC’s season finale of “Rookie Blue” posted a 1.1 from 9 to 11 p.m., growing 22 percent over last week and up over the year-ago finale.

And NBC’s “Welcome to Sweden” improved to a 0.7, up 0.2 from last week and its best rating since July 31 for back-to-back episodes at 9 p.m.

CBS won the night with a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating and 6 share in primetime. Univision was second with a 1.3/5, ABC was third with a 1.0/3, Fox, NBC and Telemundo tied for fourth with a 0.7, and the CW was seventh with a 0.2/1.

At 8 p.m. CBS was first with a 1.6 for repeats of “The Big Bang Theory” and “Mom,” followed by Univision with a 1.3 for “Mi Corazon es Tuyo.” NBC was third with a 0.9 for a repeat of “Hollywood Game Night,” and ABC placed fourth with a 0.7 for “The Quest” (up a tenth from last week). Fox and Telemundo tied for fifth at 0.6, Fox for a repeat of “Bones” and Telemundo for “Alfombra Roja: Premios Tu Mundo.” The CW was seventh with a 0.2 for a repeat of “The Vampire Diaries.”

CBS extended its lead at 9 p.m. with a 2.3 for “Brother,” while Univision remained second with a 1.4 for “Hasta el Fin del Mundo.” ABC was third with a 1.0 for “Rookie Blue,” Fox fourth with a 0.7 for a repeat of “Bones,” Telemundo fifth with a 0.8 for the first hour of “Premios Tu Mundo,” NBC sixth with a 0.7 for two episodes of “Sweden,” and CW seventh with a 0.2 for a repeat of “The Originals.”

At 10 p.m. ABC took the lead with a 1.2 for more “Blue,” with Univision second with a 1.1 for “Que Pobres Tan Ricos.” Telemundo was third with a 0.8 for “Premios,” CBS fourth with a 0.7 for a rerun of “Elementary” and NBC fifth with a 0.6 for a repeat of “America’s Got Talent.”

Among households, CBS led the night with a 3.7 average overnight rating and a 7 share. ABC was second at 3.1/5, Fox third at 2.3/4, NBC fourth at 1.9/3, Univision fifth at 1.6/3, Telemundo sixth at 1.0/2 and CW seventh at 0.5/1.
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Glenn Beck's The Blaze Talks to Time Warner About Replacing HLN
By Tony Maglio and Sharon Waxman, - Aug. 22, 2014

In an ongoing effort to revamp HLN, Time Warner's CNN has been talking to Glenn Beck‘s The Blaze as a possible partner, an individual with knowledge of the talks told TheWrap.

The Blaze is a conservative 24-hour news and entertainment network funded by subscriptions and founded by Beck, a right-wing talk show host who built a huge following on Fox.

An insider told TheWrap that The Blaze gave Time Warner two proposals, but neither went anywhere. Another individual with knowledge of the talks said the possibility of a joint venture is not dead — they're just not active. Under the proposed partnership, Beck's Blaze would take over HLN's spot on the proverbial TV dial.

The Blaze is available on 70 television providers nationwide. In the first half of 2014, the distributor base for The Blaze has grown by 50 percent., which features written content, receives more than 25 million unique visitors per month.

Coincidentally — or perhaps not — Beck recently took part in a very revealing interview with CNN's Brian Stelter. On the more liberal cable news network, Beck showed a much softer side than Fox News and The Blaze fans may be used to seeing.

Time Warner has also been in talks with the online news network Vice, cofounded by Shane Smith. No deal is in place there either.

HLN in its current state could use Beck's following. The channel is consistently in fourth place among total viewers, falling behind Fox News Channel, HLN's sister network, CNN, and MSNBC. In certain metrics, however, HLN edges past MSNBC.

For the last full quarter, 2014's Q2, HLN was fourth in primetime, tumbling 34 percent year-over-year to 340,000 total viewers and dropping 30 percent in the key 25-54 cable news demo to 124,000.

Across a total day demo measurement, HLN's Q2 was down 26 percent year-over-year to an average of 105,000 viewers, tying CNN — which was down 35 percent — for second place. The two related cable news channels slightly topped fourth place MSNBC's 103,000 viewers, which had slipped 16 percent. Fox News was once again in first place per the metric.

Some of HLN's high-profile shows include 6 a.m.'s “Morning Express With Robin Meade,” 7 p.m.'s “Jane Velez-Mitchell,” “Nancy Grace” at 8, “Dr. Drew on Call” at 9 and “Forensic Files” at 10.

News of the talks comes just days after Turner Broadcasting System CEO John Martin revealed in an internal memo Tuesday that corporate restructuring was coming in the next two months. ”Division leaders now are reviewing the working groups’ reports on their respective areas of oversight,” Martin wrote. “Over the coming weeks, they will work with me to finalize the organizational changes we will implement.”

Time Warner-owned Turner is the parent company of HLN.

Martin's note also stated that the company will ”start 2015 a more streamlined, nimble and efficient company focused on driving programming, monetization and innovation, in a culture that emphasizes and rewards continuous improvement.”
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‘The Simpsons’ Marathon Launches With Biggest Day In FXX History
By Lisa De Moraes, - Aug. 22, 2014

FXX enjoyed the most watched day in its one-year history with the first day of its The Simpsons marathon. Not surprisingly, the 12-day marathon — FXXfeaturing all 552 Simpsons episodes plus The Simpsons Movie — scored its best numbers so far in primetime Thursday, netting slightly more than 1 million viewers, including 623,000 in the demo. For comparison’s sake, FXX has averaged 206,000 primetime viewers since its launch on September 3, 2013 — and 111,000 demo viewers.

With Day 1 of its orgy of Simpsons excess, FXX ranked No. 1 among all basic cable networks in primetime with men 18-34; it ranked No. 2 in adults 18-34 and No. 5 in adults 18-49.

The most watched episode of Day 1: 8:30 PM’s “Itchy & Scratchy & Marge,” which topped the day 1.23 million viewers – 749,000 of them in the demo. That episode also was the network’s best performer yesterday in the 18-34 demo and ranked No. 3 among all television programs for the night in that age bracket. Among 18-49, it ranked No. 11.

In its news release about its numbers, FXX took a moment to acknowledge that, yes, FX Networks had said the company would no longer issue Live+Same Day numbers because those numbers are pure horseradish in this age of so much delayed viewing. Here’s how FXX explained this apparent about-face:

The release of the Live+Same Day ratings for the off-network cable television premiere for The Simpsons on FXX reflects the fact that the percentage increase from Live+Same Day to Live+7 is inconsequential for acquired programming and akin to the lifts for sports, news or live events.

This does not change FX Networks’ position that Live+Same Day ratings in no way accurately remotely reflect the actual delivery for scripted original series and we will only release ratings for scripted entertainment programming on a Live+3-and-beyond basis.
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Hendersonville man sues over ‘Cold Justice’ TV show
By Dessislava Yankova, The (Nashville) Tennessean - Aug. 22, 2014

A Hendersonville boat repairman is alleging a TV show and the Gallatin Police Department defamed him by suggesting he was involved in a 2010 murder on an episode of “Cold Justice.”

Joshua Singletary claims police and the “Cold Justice” series’ California-based producers Magical Elves Inc. and Wolf Reality LLC have painted him in a false light and violated his rights in a lawsuit filed Aug. 15 with the Sumner County Circuit Court in Gallatin.

Hosts of TNT’s “Cold Justice” visited Gallatin in January to examine the unresolved murder case of Gallatin mother Lydia Naomi Gutierrez, whose 8-year-old son found her suffocated and stabbed to death in August 2010 at the family’s home.

Found at the hospital, where he was being treated for cuts, Singletary was arrested and charged with first-degree murder on the day of the slaying. Following an investigation, in October 2010 local prosecutors dismissed charges against Singletary at the state’s request because of insufficient evidence.

The show’s hosts — former Texas prosecutor of 21 years Kelly Siegler and Yolanda McClary, a former crime investigator with the Las Vegas Police Department — spent two weeks in Gallatin working with Gallatin Police Sgt. Chris Shockley and investigator Daniel Soto to review Gutierrez’s case, which remains open, police spokesman Bill Storment said.

The findings of the case examination were revealed in an episode that aired on TV in February and then again in April. The episode can be viewed through the show’s website and on YouTube.

Based on Siegler’s and McClary’s interpretation of the crime scene, new developments suggest the murder could have occurred in the afternoon as opposed to the morning. Witnesses further have told police they saw a green van leave the area after the murder. At the time, Singletary’s sister Jessica owned a green van, Shockley said.

The Singletary family, however, says the van was in New Jersey, where Jessica was visiting her grandmother.

The TV series’ claims of new evidence are false, Singletary’s White House-based attorney Joseph Zanger said.

“The television production turned up no new evidence, and to have characterized Mr. Singletary the way they did caused him immeasurable damage,” Zanger said.

Lost income, home

After the show aired, Singletary, who washes and repairs sailboats and yachts, lost clients and business amounting to thousands of dollars, according the the lawsuit. He was also asked to leave the apartment he was living in and has not been able to rent a home, all as a result of the show, the lawsuit alleges.

The document includes pages of up-to-the second citations from the show of quotes from hosts and Gallatin police. Show quotes reportedly include, “We are left with just one suspect, Joshua Singletary” and that Singletary is “either involved or the unluckiest man in the world.” The show further implies Singletary has “lied,” was “stalking” the victim and is “violent.”

Further, Singletary did not agree for his voice to be used in a phone call during the show or for his image to be aired 14 times in full-screen or close-ups as cited in the lawsuit.

The show, which up to the lawsuit filing date had been viewed more than 5,300 times online, leaves the “unmistakable impression with the audience that (Singletary) is the killer,” which is putting him in a false light and damaging his reputation on daily basis, the lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit further argues that the show does not mention that charges were dropped against Singletary.

Singletary is asking for $100,000 in compensatory damages and for an undefined amount of punitive compensations to be determined by a jury.

JamiAnn Hannah, Gallatin’s risk management coordinator, said the city’s insurance provider will assign an attorney to handle the case.

In 2011, Gov. Bill Haslam offered a $10,000 award for information that would lead to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of any individuals responsible for Gutierrez’s death.
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Do Sunday-Morning Talk Shows Need a Makeover?
By Brian Stainberg, - Aug. 22, 2014

Amid hand wringing over the direction of TV’s Sunday-morning talk shows, Bob Schieffer sees little need to change “Face The Nation, the program he has hosted since 1991. He sees reason to add more segments to accommodate shorter attention spans or incorporate tweets into the broadcast. “If you are trying to get behind the headlines,” says Schieffer, “I think the way you do that is by sitting people down in a calm way and talking to them.”

For Schieffer, the most compelling element in “Nation,” the most-watched on broadcast TV, is one that has been there all along. “We have to just keep doing what we are doing,” he says. “We still try to do what they did on the first show: Figure out what the topical news of the week is and try to get the key players in front of the camera and sit them down and ask them questions. It’s not much more complicated than that.”

Yet for NBC, the task has grown more difficult. The network announced last week that political reporter Chuck Todd would take over its venerable “Meet The Press” on September 7, after the show slipped in the ratings during David Gregory’s tenure. Veteran political correspondent Andrea Mitchell is expected to take a “central” role in the program over coming weeks, according to a memo from NBC News President Deborah Turness, and “MTP” will feature new faces as well. “We have some exciting plans to evolve and update the broadcast under Chuck’s leadership that we will be sharing with you shortly,” Turness said.

All this takes place as detractors suggest Sunday shows, which once provided the last word on national affairs, now merely add to a growing cacophony buttressed by social media and cable networks. “The competition to these talk shows has gotten much greater,” says Len Downie, the former Washington Post executive editor who is a media professor at Arizona State University. He cites everything from political blogs to “instantaneous opinion” delivered via social media to Politico, the politics-focused digital and print media operation founded in 2007.

With all that available, Downie says, “I think the shows have become relatively predictable.” And they have nimble competitors who sound off more frequently, says Caroline Heldman, chair of the politics department at California’s Occidental College. The programs “are competing with online, inside-Beltway sources that provide coverage in real time throughout the week,” she says, such as Firedoglake or the web site of The Weekly Standard.

Even so, “Face The Nation” and ABC’s “This Week” have seen growth in viewership among people between the ages of 25 and 54 – the demographic most desired by sponsors of news programming. Others have not. “Face The Nation,” which nabs on average more than 3 million viewers a week, increased its viewership of people between 25 and 54 by about 2.2% season to date as of August 10th, according to Nielsen. Similar viewership of ABC’s “This Week” rose nearly 16% in that time period. Meanwhile, NBC’s “Meet the Press” lost about 5.7% of its viewership in the demographic, while Fox News Sunday, broadcast on Fox stations and affiliates , saw a dip of about 7.8% among viewers between 25 and 54 (the show grew its total viewership by 4% in that time period and also accumulates viewers with three replay airings on Fox News Channel). CNN’s “State of the Union” saw that audience fall by 13.6%.

Just as NBC is making changes, so too have some of the programs reworked the way they operate. ABC’s “This Week” has sped up its pace while broadening the subject matter it tackles, says George Stephanopoulos, the anchor of the program. “What I think you want to do over the course of an hour is give people more variety,” says Stephanopoulos during an interview in his ABC News office in New York. “The Sunday mission has to evolve as the entire environment has evolved.” Over the past 18 months, “Fox News Sunday” has incorporated social-media interaction into the program, says anchor Chris Wallace. Where the program once put guests on first, then turned to panel discussions, things have become “more free-flowing,” he says. At the end of the program, a “Power Player” segment has focused on younger people such as Ivanka Trump.

“The truth is, we’re always looking for ways to re-invent what we do, how the show looks, what we talk about, how we talk about it, who we invite, pretty much everything that makes up a Sunday show,” says Candy Crowley, CNN’s chief political correspondent and anchor of “State of the Union.” The scrutiny can affect everything from the balance of CNN reporters and guests, she says, to how much the show relies on political experts or relative outsiders.

There is reason to court audiences aggressively. While “Meet The Press” has seen ratings fall, it continues to snare the greatest amount of ad revenue among the programs, according to Kantar, a tracker of ad spending. In 2013, “Meet The Press” took in more than $55 million, compared with nearly $25 million for “Face The Nation,” $20.7 million for “This Week,” according to Kantar. The other networks may work to lure advertisers if NBC cannot stabilize ratings for it show, which has been on the air since 1947 and is the longest-running TV program in broadcast history.

One challenge all the programs have? Courting viewers who have grown weary of a heightened divide between proponents from the left and right, and the polarized arguments they foment. Washington gridlock “has turned people off, and that’s a problem we have to deal with,” says Wallace. As such, many of the programs have ventured beyond the confines of the nation’s capital. “Face The Nation” has delved into foreign affairs and other topics of national importance, says Schieffer, particularly when the business of Washington slows down. “It’s still the same: Just trying to figure out what’s making news each week and talking to the key players.”

The anchors seem divided on whether or not to abandon what has become one of the genre’s central conceits: Seeing an authoritative journalist try to push guests off talking points and even catch them reversing a previously held position. In Stephanopoulos’ view, that kind of “theater” has become “an anachronism.” Sure, he says, “ I listen and follow up and hold people accountable. I think the audience definitely wants that,” but he adds: “I don’t think they are necessarily into the show of trying to catch someone in a contradiction.”

Others think the practice of holding officials’ and lawmakers’ feet to the fire remains an important service. “We really research in depth the topics, the substance of what the guests have said in the past and various comments they have made on camera,” says Wallace. “I think that to abandon that is a mistake.”

While the format may be under some scrutiny at present,few people think the shows are in danger of disappearing. Their mission of helping viewers understand what is taking place in the world around them keeps them relevant, says Schieffer. Viewers “turn on these broadcasts because they are looking for context. They are looking for analysis,”” he says. “I think we just have to keep thinking about what it is they need to know about and how we can help them.”
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Ding-dong! NBC's 'Wizard of Oz' show is dead
By James Hibberd,'s 'Inside TV' Blog - Aug. 22, 2014

Wizard of Oz fans at Comic-Con last month saw ads promoting an upcoming limited series called Emerald City, NBC’s long-gestating modern take on the magical land over the rainbow. Now that project is no longer moving forward.

EW has confirmed NBC has dropped a house on its plan to go down the Yellow Brick Road in prime-time, though producer Universal Television might still shop Emerald City around to other networks. The project had a straight-to-series 10-episode order in January with writers Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Matt Arnold (Siberia). Sources say the network and writers ended up with creative differences on how best to execute the story.

Based on the 14-book series that first created the Land of Oz, Emerald City was originally described as a “dramatic and modern re-imagining of the tales that include lethal warriors, competing kingdoms, and the infamous wizard as we’ve never seen him before.” The project was to star a “head-strong 20-year-old Dorothy Gale” who is “unwittingly sent on an eye-opening journey that thrusts her into the center of an epic and bloody battle for the control of Oz.” The lead role was never cast. The decision follows ABC’s Once Upon a Time creatively tapping Oz first, with a third season arc featuring the Wicked Witch of the West.

Earlier this summer, another ambitious straight-to-series order, Fox’s Hieroglyph, was also cancelled long before production concluded. As Dorothy might say: My, shows come and go so quickly around here!
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'MythBusters' Trio Exits as Discovery Plots Show's New Direction
By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Aug. 22, 2014

Discovery's MythBusters is plotting a new direction.

As part of the shake-up, longtime investigators Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara have exited the series, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

"Kari, Tory and Grant have been an incredibly important part of MythBusters for over a decade," Discovery said in a statement. "From explosions to car crashes to even more explosions, this trio has helped shape MythBusters into the Emmy-nominated series it is today. Everyone at Discovery wants to thank them for their tireless work busting almost 1,000 myths, and we wish them all the best on their future endeavors."

Their departure was announced at the end of Thursday's episode, with the three investigators taking to Twitter to address the circumstances of their exit.

"It's been an amazing ride for 10 years! We couldn't have done it without you guys. You're the best fans anyone could wish for. Thank you," Belleci, who joined the show in 2004, wrote.

Byron, who also boarded in 2004, wrote: "After a decade of the Mythbusters, we are no longer with the show. Thank you to all the fans who have supported us." She added: "The show is taking a new direction. It was an amazing run. I learned so much about myself and the world. I love you all. I am sad for an ending but there will be exciting new adventures for us."

Co-hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman said the series will return to its "origins," with just the duo overseeing it.

Noted Imahara, who joined in 2005: "Thanks @MythBuster s for allowing us to teach science in a whole new way. Also, explosions. Now, on to the next adventure!"

Watch Savage and Hyneman make the announcement in the clip posted to Discovery's Twitter page.

MythBusters has been nominated five times for outstanding reality program at the Primetime Emmys. It has yet to take home the trophy.
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'X-Files' legacy of great writing led to 'Homeland,' 'Breaking Bad'
By Gail Pennington, St. Louis Post-Dispatch's 'Tube Talk' Blog

TV series don’t last 202 episodes without good writing. But for “The X-Files,” which ran from 1993 to 2002 on Fox, creator Chris Carter assembled a legendary writing room, one whose legacy is still shaping television today.

As Carter prepares to return to the air with “The After,” a post-apocalyptic thriller due early next year on Amazon, the “X-Files” writers — many of whom became well-known during the show’s run — continue to make noise on many channels.

Vince Gilligan created AMC’s acclaimed “Breaking Bad.” Howard Gordon developed Showtime’s “Homeland” with Alex Gansa, another “X-Files” veteran. James Wong writes FX’s “American Horror Story.” And on and on.

Carter, whose surfer-dude attitude masks an intense drive, tries to dismiss the idea that he is due credit.

“I was just really lucky,” he said when asked about the “X-Files” writing legacy after a panel on “The After” last month in Los Angeles.

“It actually says more about them than it does about me, that I hired good writers,” he added. “I had the good fortune to have met those people, and they actually all made what I did better.”

Pressed, Carter suggested that “the freedom we had at the beginning worked for us. We were able to do things without the scrutiny you get today.”

Fox, launched in 1986, was still a young network in 1993, having expanded to programming six nights a week just the year before. “The X-Files,” with FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigating odd occurrences, brought Fox some of the best reviews and most enthusiastic viewer response of the network’s short life.

But Glen Morgan, whose new series “Intruders” arrives next Saturday on BBC America, doesn’t remember anything like total freedom.

Morgan, credited as a producer or writer on 51 episodes of “The X-Files,” said, “That first year, (Fox) wanted the show to be like, ‘Oh, who do Mulder and Scully help today?’” he recalled. “Chris didn’t want to do that show, and he stood his ground. You can get a difficult reputation, but I think that’s what I learned the most.”

Plus, Morgan said, “All of us, Howard (Gordon) and Jim Wong and Alex (Gansa), all of us together kind of taught each other how to tell a mystery like that on TV, and to serialize it.”

That made Morgan, who also wrote for Carter’s “Millennium”(1996-98), an ideal candidate to turn Michael Marshall’s creepy 2007 novel “The Intruders” to television.

In the story, strange and horrific things begin happening to people after a mystery man (James Frain) delivers a card and asks them if they can keep a secret. The first episode is as heavy on scares as it is light on answers. Trying to puzzle things out is ex-cop Jack Whalen (John Simm), whose wife, Amy (Mira Sorvino), disappears.

No matter how extreme the happenings became, including a little girl (Millie Brown) who isn’t at all what she seems, the BBC bosses encouraged Morgan to “keep going, go further,” he said, quoting them as saying, “Let’s explore this more.”

That was music to the ears of Morgan, who (with Wong) crafted the wildly disturbing “X-Files” Season 4 episode “Home,” about an inbred family, deformed babies and other stuff of nightmares.

But the “X-Files” connections to “Intruders” don’t stop with Glen Morgan. He’s joined by his brother, Darin, who tops many lists as the writer of the best “X-Files” episodes ever. Those include Season 3’s ick-making “War of the Coprophages,” about an infestation of killer cockroaches.

Darin is the younger Morgan brother, but Glen jokes that he has felt in his shadow since childhood, recalling Darin’s every idea as being met with “Oh, you’re a genius.”

Glen Morgan might also feel jealous of other “X-Files” writers who have had great success, he said. “I look at Vince Gilligan and think, where’s my ‘Breaking Bad’?” he said, mostly joking. “But I can’t mind, because Vince is honestly the nicest guy around.”

Here’s what some other “X-Files” writers have been up to:

Chris Carter

Carter created the series and wrote or co-wrote many episodes, including the pilot that set up Mulder as the believer and Scully as the skeptic. After the second “X-Files” movie, the poorly received “I Want To Believe” in 2007, Carter took a break from TV. Returning, he chose Amazon for “The After,” a thriller about an event that leaves the world in disarray, and how people respond to it. Stars include Sharon Lawrence. “The After” debuts on Amazon Prime in early 2015.

Vince Gilligan

Gilligan wrote 29 episodes of “The X-Files,” including “Paper Hearts,” in which Mulder discovers what happened to his sister all those years before. He also co-created the ill-fated spin-off “Lone Gunmen.” With “Breaking Bad” done, Gilligan is working on “Better Call Saul,” which flashes back to earlier in the life of lawyer Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk. Gilligan will also check in on “Battle Creek,” which he developed years ago for CBS but which wasn’t picked up until post “Breaking Bad.” “Battle Creek,” an FBI dramedy, will be run by David Shore (“House”).

Howard Gordon

After writing 17 episodes of “The X-Files,” including Season 4’s “Unrequited,” about a military veteran who plots an assassination, Gordon moved on to the Fox hit “24” and then co-created Showtime’s acclaimed “Homeland,” whose plot echoes that “X-Files” episode.

Tim Minear

Minear is best know as a Joss Whedon guy, having worked on “Angel,” “Firefly” and “Dollhouse.” But before that, he wrote for “The X-Files,” including Season 5’s “Mind’s Eye,” in which a blind woman can see her father’s murderous acts in her mind. Minear was executive producer of the under-appreciated “Terriers” and currently produces FX’s “American Horror Story.”

Frank Spotnitz

With Gilligan and John Shiban, Spotnitz made up the real-life “lone gunmen” of “The X-Files,” often writing as a threesome. His episodes include Season 2’s “Our Town,” involving horrors at an Arkansas chicken plant. Spotnitz produced “Hunted” and “Strike Back” for Cinemax and is currently involved with “Transporter: The Series.”

John Shiban

Shiban worked with Gilligan on “Breaking Bad” and is the new show runner for “Da Vinci’s Demons” on Starz. The music for that series is done by Bear McCreary who also provides the spooky tunes for Glen Morgan’s “Intruders.”

David Duchovny

In addition to starring, Duchovny has writing credits on eight episodes of “The X-Files” including Season 6’s “The Unnatural,” in which Mulder suspects a Negro League baseball player of having been an alien. Duchovny has since played Hank Moody on Showtime’s “Californication” for six seasons.

Gillian Anderson

Anderson wrote one “X-Files” episode, “All Things,” in which Scully re-examines her life after an old lover resurfaces. Since the series ended, she has made eclectic career choices, from playing Miss Havisham in PBS’ “Great Expectations” to playing a cop in the British-Irish series “The Fall” to starring in “A Streetcar Named Desire” on stage in London. (The current production will be shown in movie theaters on Sept. 16.)
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