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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Aug. 27, 2014

WELCOME TO SWEEDEN
NBC, 9:00 p.m.
SEASON FINALE:
NBC has ordered a second season of this charming summer series, so tonight’s doubleheader constitutes a season finale, not a series finale. That’s good news. Here’s more good news: Tonight's installments include an episode in which series star Greg Poehler, as an accountant who had moved to Sweden to follow his heart, has to return to New York to help out a particularly demanding client – Amy Poehler. Also guest starring: Parts and Recreation co-star Aubrey Plaza.

PROJECT RUNWAY
Lifetime, 9:00 p.m. ET

Tonight’s design challenge is a wedding gown design – but what really makes it challenging is that they’re custom designing a gown for a very bold and outrageous client: burlesque queen Dita Von Teese.

GARFUNKEL AND OATES
IFC, 10:00 p.m. ET

In tonight’s new show, Garfunkel and Oates, a.k.a. (but less known as) Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, are on the road touring when they realize an upcoming show will be their live performance number 1000 together. They’re in the mood to celebrate – but the venue that particular evening is particularly hostile, even before they take the stage.

THE HONORABLE WOMAN
Sundance, 10:00 p.m.

As this series moves forward, we learn the most about its characters by moving backwards – by watching, and gleaning key facts from, the occasional flashbacks. It’s an approach that Lost used to great advantage, and this series does it as well – as in tonight’s new episode, which reveals even more about Nessa (Maggie Gyllenhaal) while she and Atika were held hostage.

7 DEADLY SINS
Showtime, 11:00 p.m. ET

Tonight’s episode focuses on Wrath – and includes information about a woman who, after being cheated on by her husband, started a website where others in that same position could, by identifying them on a website, publicly shame the women who had had affairs with their husbands.


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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
Cable Overnights: ‘Chelsea’ goes out with a bang
By Media Life Magazine Staff - Aug. 27, 2013

“Chelsea Lately” went out on a higher note.

The E! late-night talk show, which ended its seven-year run Tuesday, saw big gains in its final episode.

The program averaged 1.003 million total viewers from 11 p.m. to midnight, according to Nielsen overnights, up 46 percent over its season average of 687,000 viewers.

It also grew among adults 18-49, shooting up 37 percent to 498,000.

Meanwhile, TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles” finished as Tuesday’s top show on cable in total viewers with 5.163 million.

And the season finale of ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” posted its second-best viewership of the season among total viewers (2.3 million) and 18-49s (1.3 million), as well as becoming the No. 2 most-tweeted-about scripted episode of the summer on any network, behind only the “PLL” premiere.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/cab...sea-goes-bang/

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Nielsen Notes/TV Sports
Little League World Series hits a home run

The Little League World Series run by the team from Chicago ended in a loss to South Korea, but it did help ABC pick up strong viewership numbers along the way.

The network’s coverage of the U.S. championship game on Saturday between Chicago and Las Vegas average 5.19 million total viewers, according to Nielsen, making it the most-watched U.S. title game since 2002.

It was also up 65 percent from last year’s game, which was played between Chula Vista, California, and Westport, Connecticut.

Saturday’s game was also the highest-rated since 2002 with a 3.4 household rating, up 62 percent year-to-year.

Chicago won the U.S. title 7-5 over Las Vegas, but came up short in the championship game with an 8-4 loss to South Korea.

Undoubtedly the LLWS was helped by the presence of female phenom Mo’ne Davis, whose record-setting performance helped spark big ratings increases early in the tournament. She likely brought in viewers who liked what they saw and kept watching the other teams into the weekend.

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‘Cops’ Bryce Dion Killed By Friendly Fire In Omaha While Filming Response To Wendy’s Robbery
By Lisa De Moraes, Deadline.com - Aug. 27, 2013

Bryce Dion, a longtime crew member of reality TV series Cops, has died after being shot while filming for the show Tuesday night. It happened during a standoff between police and a robbery suspect at a Wendy’s fast-food restaurant in Omaha, NE.

“We are deeply saddened and shocked by this tragedy, and our main concern is helping his family in any way we can,” said this morning in a statement. “Bryce Dion was a long-term member of the Cops team and a very talented and dedicated person. We mourn his passing. An investigation is ongoing and we are cooperating with local authorities.” Spike TV, the current network home of the long-running show, referred emails to Langley Prods.

PREVIOUS, 9:30 AM: NBC’s Omaha affiliate WOWT reported this morning, “Gunfire on Dodge Street Tuesday night left a robbery suspect dead, and law enforcement sources tell WOWT 6 News Wednesday morning the Cops television show crew member critically wounded has died.”

The crew for the long-running series was with police who responded to the armed robbery call around 9:20 PM local time, The Omaha World-Herald reported, adding that the show crew had been filming in the city for much of the summer. The paper described the restaurant’s windows as being riddled with bullet holes from the gunfire.

According to various press reports, Omaha Deputy Police Chief Dave Baker said the robbery suspect held a clerk at gunpoint and demanded cash before walking outside to find police waiting. Shots were fired, and the robbery suspect was wounded, as was the crew member. Both were taken to the Nebraska Medical Center, where the suspect was pronounced dead Tuesday night.

Cops debuted in March 1989, and ran for more than two decades on Fox. Camera crews followed police, federal agents, etc., without narration. Spike TV picked up the show after its Fox run; on its website, Spike describes the series as “the seminal reality ride-along show that forever changed the TV landscape,” and “provides unprecedented access into the daily lives and work of police officers, constables, and sheriff’s deputies from around the country.”

UPDATE, with Omaha police chief news conference: “This was a friendly-fire situation. It was an officer’s round that struck Mr. Dion,” Omaha Police Air Soft GunChief Todd Schmaderer said at a news conference that just wrapped, discussing the shooting death of Cops crew member Bryce Dion last night during police response to a robbery at a Wendy’s restaurant.

Cortez Washington, the robbery suspect, fired the first two shots and while his weapon was discovered to be an Airsoft pistol that does not fire bullets, Schmaderer said the shots produced a muzzle flash and sounded like actual gunshots to the police officers.

“Like I said earlier, his gun was an Airsoft gun and looked and sounded like it was real,” Schmaderer said. Schmaderer said the three officers who had entered the restaurant fired at Washington who ran out of the restaurant’s east door; Dion was in the east doorway and was hit. Dion was wearing a ballistic vest, but the bullet “came in under his left arm and slipped in between the vest, where there is an open area.”

Local media have reported 30 shots were fired by officers responding to the scene. Schmaderer declined to confirm that because, he said, “it is the subject of a grand jury investigation.” But he added the reporters “inference” is that the number of shots fired by the three police officers who went into the restaurant was excessive, “and I don’t believe it was.” He vehemently denied suggestions the hail of bullets suggests the police were showing off for the Cops camera.

“Any criticism is unmerited. The grand jury will see this video, and I’m confident they will come to same conclusion,” he said of the footage the Cops crew had shot at the scene, which he said has been turned over to authorities for the investigation. The three officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, Schmaderer said, adding that a grand jury has been convened with regard to the shooting.Bryce Dion

The police chief had asked Cops to come to town to follow his officers this summer. In June, local media reported he hoped the TV show’s taping of his force in action would improve relations with the community. When asked about that today, he replied, “We had some rough times, and we had an issue that occurred about a year and a half ago.” He said he’d asked the reality series to spend the summer with his force “to put a period on the past and show how professional and adept we are.”

John and Morgan Langley attended the news conference — they’d just flown to town and came directly to the news conference.

“Bryce been with us seven years, and he really is one of our best,” John Langley said during the news conference. Dion, who had recently been promoted to sound supervisor, “was a very talented guy and he did something he loved and was passionate about. We’ve been very fortunate over the years that we’ve never had an incident like this. Unfortunately this happened and we’re dealing with it and it’s a very sad day for us.” Dion, from Lawrence, Massachusetts, lived in Santa Monica; he worked for Langley Productions on the series Jail, Undercover Stings and seven seasons of Cops.

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Future of Broadcast TV Under Scrutiny: ‘Everyone Should Be Reevaluating’
By Sharon Waxman, TheWrap.com - Aug. 27, 2013

The future of broadcast television is everywhere on the minds of television and media executives across the industry.

Even Emmy host Seth Meyers opened the awards show on Monday with a well-aimed shot at the elephant in the room, skewering a certain absurdity to broadcast television holding an awards ceremony and “giving all the awards to cable shows and Netflix.”

As it turned out, the television academy gave broadcast TV enough statues to save face in a world where AMC's “Breaking Bad” gets the most love and Netflix's “Orange is the New Black” has all the sexy media mojo.

But despite the umpteenth Emmy for ABC's “Modern Family,” network television is most definitively under the microscope as a business. Compared to movie studios, television divisions still produce significant revenue, but that's only because they have cable networks to lean on.

The conclusion emerging is that over the long-term network television is challenged – declining ratings, viewers’ ability to zap away commercials, Netflix fees on the decline and retransmission fees propping this up for who knows how long?

“Everyone in the TV business should be reevaluating how important the broadcast business is,” media analyst Rich Greenfield told me this week in a post-Emmys discussion. “Everyone sees that behavior is changing. Either you should be exiting the TV business, or driving reverse retrans fees dramatically higher – taking dollars from the TV stations.”

Over at Disney, insiders tell me that the performance of ABC is driving conversations around selling the network or parts of it. Ben Sherwood, new co-chairman and president of Disney/ABC Television Group, can only hope this is not imminent since he has just moved his family across the country to try and turn things in an upward direction.

But the numbers are clear: ABC is contributing less and less to Disney's bottom line (see chart), down to 12 percent this year from 15 percent a few years ago.

Greenfield sees the move of Monday Night Football to ESPN off ABC in 2006 as a bellwether.

“In no way is ABC core to Disney,” said Greenfield. “Bob Iger has no love for the TV stations. You could keep the network and sell the stations, or sell them both.”

Meanwhile at Comcast and its NBCU division, top executives are also rethinking the network television business models, another insider told me.

NBC is performing better than a few years ago, but the trends are not favorable overall. USA makes far more money off of “Law and Order” reruns than NBC is able to make off of it on first-run programming. Netflix, which a couple of years ago was spending hundreds of millions a year on programming, is continually cutting back on content buying as it ramps up its own development. The ability to skip advertising is a long-term threat that has not yet completed its erosion of Madison Avenue dollars.

That's not to say Comcast is thinking of selling NBCU, but that they are thinking hard about what future revenue trends look like.

Premium cable is a killer in terms of programming. Because of standards and practices, “broadcast TV is really constrained in terms of what it can do in terms of a creative standpoint,” says Greenfield, making it increasingly difficult to compete for viewers. (See Emmys chart.)

The limitations are clear at the Fox network, which is struggling to find its programming voice and were partly reflected in the decision to combine the network with the television production studio earlier this year under Dana Walden and Gary Newman.

Greenfield is one who does not believe that you need a network to be a global media brand anymore.

“Retrans can mask some of the troubles, but the ratings trends are not fixable,” he said. “So for Disney, taking advantage of a frothy market for TV stations – it'd be a great time to sell the business.”

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TV Notes
Diane Sawyer surprises in early farewell to evening news
By Maria Puente, USA Today - Aug. 27, 2013

We knew she was going; we didn’t think it would be today.

Tonight was Diane Sawyer’s last night on ABC’s World News, a day earlier than expected. Cool to the end, she did not get weepy.

Dressed in a color-block dress of startling yellow over black, she took viewers behind the scenes to meet her teams in New York, across the country and around the world.

“Thanks, guys, for every single night,” she said.

In her “personal note of thanks,” at the broadcast conclusion, she said she was “deeply privileged” to have been in the anchor chair for five years, to feel as if she and viewers were in “a conversation together” every night. She’s not going far — “down the hall and up the stairs” — and she’s not slowing down, she promised.

In a shoutout to her husband, director Mike Nichols, and “the four grandchildren and their perfect parent,” “look for me to be home earlier for dinner again.”

Afterwards, Garth Brooks sent her a tableful of vases stuffed with flowers, according to a tweet by ABC reporter Gio Benitez.

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Garth Brooks surprises @Diane Sawyer by sending her beautiful flowers after her final @abc WorldNews broadcast.
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Sawyer broke the news of her departure herself on Twitter.

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The network also confirmed the news.

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Tonight is @Diane Sawyer's last night anchoring @abc WorldNews. We are so excited to see her adventures ahead at @abc .
1:03 PM - 27 Aug 2014


Sawyer and ABC announced in June she was stepping down from the nightly news anchor desk to focus on prime-time specials on big issues and big interviews.

David Muir will take her place on Sept. 2. He’s the fourth anchor for top-rated World News since Peter Jennings’ death in 2005. “I can’t wait to see you” on the job, she told Muir, who had a report on the broadcast tonight.

Sawyer was the second female solo anchor of an evening newscast, following Katie Couric at CBS, who left that post last year.

Now all the anchors on the broadcast networks’ evening newscasts are male. Again. Muir at ABC, Brian Williams at NBC and Scott Pelley at CBS.

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On The Air Tonight
THURSDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)

ABC:
8PM - The Quest (120 min.)
10PM - World's Wildest Commercials
* * * *
11:35AM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Aaron Paul; Ed Sheeran performs)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - Two and a Half Men
(R - Jan. 2)
8:31PM - The Millers
(R - Apr. 10)
9:01PM - Big Brother (LIVE)
10PM - Elementary
(R - May 8)
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11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Mike Myers; comic Bonnie McFarlane; John Fullbright performs)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (David Duchovny; Gloria Estefan performs)
(R - Jul. 24)

NBC:
8PM - Hollywood Game Night
(R - May 15)
9:01PM - Welcome to Sweeden
9:30PM - Welcome to Sweeden (Season Finale)
10PM - America's Got Talent: Countdown
(R - Aug. 27)
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11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Halle Berry; Chris Colfer; Florida Georgia Line performs)
12:36AM - Late Night with Seth Myers (Clive Owen; Sarah Paulson; Chase Rice performs)
(R - Aug. 6)
1:37AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Diego Luna; Deap Vally performs)
(R - Apr. 3)

FOX:
8PM - Sleepy Hollow
(R - Nov. 25)
9PM - Bones
(R - Mar. 24)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - The 'This Old House' Hour (R - Mar. 20)
9PM - Great Performances: Rejoice With Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot
10PM - Antiques Roadshow: Junk in the Trunk 2
(R - Nov. 5, 2012)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Mi Corazón Es Tuyo
9PM - Hasta El Fin del Mundo
10PM - La Malquerida

THE CW:
8PM - The Vampire Diaries
(R - Apr. 17)
9PM - The Originals
(R - Apr. 15)

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

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comic and author Todd Glass)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Photographer and street artist, JR)
12:01AM - At Midnight (Drew Carey; Brendon Walsh; Blaine Capatch)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz; Matt Walsh; "Weird Al'' Yankovic performs)
(R - Jul. 17)


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TV Notes
FX Orders Clown Comedy Series Starring Zach Galifianakis
By Whitney Friedlander, Variety.com - Aug. 27, 2013

No joke: FX has ordered the comedy series “Baskets,” which is co-created and exec produced by Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel and stars Galifianakis as a man who leaves his job in the corporate world to pursue his dreams of becoming a respected clown.

Production on the 10-episode half-hour laugher will begin next year with the series scheduled to launch in 2016.

The pilot episode of “Baskets” was co-written by Galifianakis, C.K., and Krisel, who also directed the pilot. Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Marc Gurvitz, and Andrea Pett-Joseph are also exec producers.

“Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel have created an absolutely brilliant show,” said Eric Schrier, who, with Nick Grad, is president of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “To say Zach’s portrayal of the lead character Chip Baskets is hilarious/unique/riveting/fascinating would be an understatement. We can’t wait for the world to meet him.”

“Baskets” is the first production under FX Productions’ overall deal with C.K. and his production company Pig Newton. On Monday, C.K. received the Emmy Award for comedy writing for his eponymous FX comedy. A week prior, Galifianakis was part of the team that received an Emmy Award in the short-format live-action entertainment category at the Creative Arts ceremony for his interview with President Obama for his web series “Between Two Ferns.” Krisel is an Emmy-nominated writer and director for “Portlandia.”

Galifianakis is represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners, CAA and attorney Jared Levine. C.K. is represented by 3 Arts Entertainment. Jonathan Krisel is represented by CAA, Mosaic, and attorney Alex Kohner of Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman.

“Baskets” is the fifth comedy series ordered by FX Networks this year along with “The Tracy Morgan Project” (FXX), “The Comedians” (FX), “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” (FX), and the Krisel-directed “Man Seeking Woman” (FXX), taking the FX Networks comedy roster to 11 series across FX and FXX.

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Time Warner Cable Internet outage fuels opposition to merger
By Meg James, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - Aug. 27, 2013

Time Warner Cable's nationwide outage early Wednesday -- which left millions of homes across the country without Internet service -- is fueling opposition to the company's proposed merger with Comcast Corp.

Overnight maintenance on the backbone of Time Warner Cable's Internet network prompted the outage, which hit customers in California, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas.

The company said the problem occurred at 1:30 a.m. Pacific time during routine network maintenance.

"An issue with our Internet backbone created disruption with our Internet and On Demand services," Time Warner Cable said in a statement. By 3 a.m. Pacific time, much of the problem had been resolved.

"Services should be restored for all customers; our apologies for the interruption," Time Warner Cable said on Twitter at about 7:50 a.m. Pacific time. "If you're still having issues, please let us know."

Metropolitan Los Angeles was affected in the outage, Time Warner Cable confirmed. The company routinely does its maintenance overnight to minimize any potential problems for consumers.

The outage came at an awkward time for the company and Comcast Corp., which is seeking federal approval of its $45-billion takeover of Time Warner Cable.

Opponents have urged the Federal Communications Commission to block the deal, saying Comcast already is too big and that both companies suffer from chronic complaints about lousy customer service.

"This is just another challenge that Time Warner and Comcast face in overcoming a customer environment that is fraught with frustration and misery," Steve Beck, founder of the management consulting firm CG42, said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

"People are questioning whether this merger will be good for consumers," Beck said.

A customer survey earlier this summer by Beck's firm found that Comcast and Time Warner Cable had the highest levels of "brand vulnerability," due to customer service complaints. The group found higher levels of frustration for cable companies than even customers of banks and financial institutions reported in 2011 in the aftermath of the financial crisis, Beck said.

"Service interruptions happen -- the world is an imperfect place," Beck said. "But it really comes down to how these companies handle the problem and resolve their customer's complaints."

Earlier this week, Time Warner Cable agreed to pay a $1.1 million fine to the FCC for failing to promptly report service outages to the government. As part of the resolution, Time Warner Cable agreed to a three-year compliance program.

On Wednesday morning, the DownDetector site showed the hot spots in regions of the country, including New York, Ohio and North Carolina, that had experienced the outage.

People took to social media to vent.

"This perfectly captures the horribleness of Time Warner Cable," a Rochester, N.Y., man wrote on Facebook on Wednesday morning.

Both Time Warner Cable and Comcast routinely rank at the bottom of customer service rankings. Comcast declined Wednesday to comment on Time Warner Cable's Internet service outage.

Consumer activists and some media companies, including Dish Network, Netflix and the WeatherNation TV channel, have asked the FCC to prevent the merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

Some have argued that Internet service increasingly is critical to people's everyday lives, and that the government should more closely regulate the industry.

In a letter Monday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti encouraged the FCC to take a close look at the issue of customer service during its review of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.

"There is a real risk that this transaction will lead to worse customer service," Garcetti wrote. "Some commenters have suggested that the commission should demand improvements in consumer ratings as a condition of the merger."

The mayor added it would likely be difficult to enforce such a provision. However, any approval of Comcast's takeover should "come with a requirement that the company provide adequate services to consumers," Garcetti said.

Monday was the deadline for individuals and groups to lodge comments about the merger with the FCC.

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Critic's Notes
What Do I Watch After Friday Night Lights? Your Pressing TV Questions, Answered
By Margaret Lyons, Vulture.com (New York Magazine) - Aug. 27, 2013

Welcome back to Stay Tuned, Vulture's TV advice column. Each Wednesday, Margaret Lyons will answer your questions about what to watch, when to watch it, whom to watch it with, and how to feel about the whole thing. To submit your own questions, you can email staytuned@nymag.com, leave a comment, or tweet @marge incharge with the hashtag #staytuned.

I loved Friday Night Lights. LOVED. Tammi and Coach Taylor taught me about loving relationships, Tim Riggins made me swoon, and while each show had dramatic tension, it never felt like a soap opera. What other shows can I watch that would give me similar viewing pleasure? —Joy

What wouldn't I give to have a good answer to this question? Unfortunately, there aren't other shows like Friday Night Lights. That's why everyone who loves that show keeps telling other people about it! It's a really good show, and there's nothing else that's quite like it. Sorry, Joy.

The best I can do is tell you to watch Parenthood, which shares executive producer Jason Katims and several cast members with FNL. It's much bougier than FNL, and I find a much higher percentage of the characters to be annoying, but I also love it and treasure it deeply. It has the same relaxed-dialogue style and teens-want-to-be-themselves ideas, some solid marriages, and a tsunami of poignance on, oh, three-quarters of the episodes. Bring tissues.

I recently canceled cable, and I miss having my cache of Chopped and Golden Girls in my DVR for those times when I just need mindless, happy TV to unwind me from my day. I have a Roku with Amazon Prime, Netflix, and HBO Go, and usually watch serials and heavy dramas on those, but I'm not always in the mood for TV to be such an event. What's light and easy (but not Housewives-level trashy) that I can stream to fill that void? —Sharyn

When I was in high school, my friend Dan's family had a pet chinchilla named Paco. Paco was really cute, what with his dust baths and all, but he'd get really lonely when his humans weren't around, so Dan's family took to leaving the TV on for him. "Just to keep Paco company," they'd say. I like to think of these go-to fill-the-void shows as quieting our inner anxious chinchillas, and nothing keeps my personal Paco company more than Cheers. Except maybe Frasier. There are like 900 episodes of each of those shows, too, so it'll be a real long time before you run out. When you do, you still have Wings.

Mythbusters might scratch the Chopped itch, given that it also includes demonstrations of expertise in a framework of unpredictable outcomes. (Plus both shows constantly restate the premise of every episode.) Mind of a Chef is a documentary series that's more involved and substantial than Chopped, but it's not heavy-duty or upsetting in any way. The French Chef is on Amazon Prime, too. A treat and a half! In a slightly different vein, I also love My Cat From Hell. It has this satisfying problem-solving mission that I find very rewarding, plus cats.

How do I convince someone to watch Six Feet Under when they refuse to let die the notion that it is "too dated"? This is a fellow writer/producer/director and best friend of mine who has exceptional TV and pop-culture taste (except when it comes to this). I think it's in the top three dramas ever, but she won't even try it. —Brandi

I don't know how one can call something dated without having seen it, either, so maybe your friend is just terrible? We've covered this in Stay Tuned before, but seriously, guys: Watch the shows your friends recommend to you! More charitably, though, is it possible your friend has a crummy history with grief and she's not interested in exploring that emotion through television? If so, she is not terrible, she's just not good at coming up with deflecting excuses. If she thinks grief stories will be triggering for her, go ahead and drop this subject.

But suppose she really does think the show is dated. I … have not heard that criticism of Six Feet Under ever before. It has cell phones and vigorous intercourse and all the markers of modern television and everything. In fact, four other people wrote in questions this week about how much they love the show and how often they still watch it. (I'm saving those for another column. Fear not, friends.) I specifically went back and rewatched the pilot just to make extra sure, and it didn't seem dated at all. It seemed different and refreshing, and all I could think was how badly I wished more pilots were this good. Does she think The Sopranos is dated, too? Maybe it's just that Six Feet Under seems slightly out of sync with other "second golden age of television" shows because it's not about an antihero, it's not primarily about men, and it's comparatively less violent than, say, The Shield. That to me is an argument in favor of watching it, but I'm biased because I really love SFU.

Let's even grant the premise that it is dated, which I do not actually grant, but I like to win arguments, so here we go: Just because it's dated doesn't mean you won't like it. I rewatched Ally McBeal not too long ago, and, uh, call that show medjool, cause holy ****, is it ever dated. (Is sexual harassment even real???? Uh, yes.) But I still enjoyed it! There were still things that made me happy, still parts of myself I recognized in the characters, still identifiable human behavior that's not always present in contemporary television.

Anyway, you're right, and your friend is wrong. SFU forever.

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Powerhouse on the Field Looks to Have a Similar Presence on TV
By Richard Sandomir, The New York Times - Aug. 28, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There are no bronze statues of Bear Bryant or Bo Jackson to advertise the presence of the SEC Network in a suburban office park here.

Indeed, nothing about the quiet home of the new channel, fully dedicated to the Southeastern Conference, is reminiscent of the campuses in Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Gainesville, Fla.; College Station, Tex.; and Oxford, Miss.

But it is part of ESPN’s Southern power base, which is committed to college sports. ESPNU is run from here, as are a collection of ESPN-created games and tournaments, as well as ESPN’s 11 owned and operated bowl games.

All 14 SEC campuses are connected to Charlotte through fiber optic cable — a link that will let fans in the conference’s 11-state footprint and beyond revel in all its sports.

The SEC Network debuted on Aug. 14 with classic games and paeans to the conference that could have made the most stoic fan weep, illustrating the major imperative of a conference network (other than to make money): to reinforce the adoration of its fans and fire up their competitive spirits with new games, archival games and discussions about all of them. The last two weeks have served as a prologue to Thursday’s football doubleheader: No. 9 South Carolina against No. 21 Texas A&M at 6 p.m. Eastern and Temple against Vanderbilt at 9:15.

The SEC Network is not the first conference channel. The Big Ten Network started seven years ago, followed five years later by the Pacific-12’s suite of six regional networks and one national channel. Although ESPN is the SEC Network’s sole owner, it will split net profits with the conference.

The channel’s revenue should at least rival the $304 million that the Big Ten Network is expected to generate this year, according to figures from SNL Kagan, a media research firm.

“When it comes to conference networks, it’s the value of the football they provide,” said Lee Berke, a media consultant who works with the Big 12 Conference. “The SEC is coming in at a high point with its football, with ratings on top.”

And, he added, the SEC Network is starting with the benefit of broader distribution than the Big Ten’s channel, which had a long siege before Comcast signed to carry it, and the Pac-12’s networks, which have yet to make a deal with DirecTV.

Like its antecedents, the SEC Network will pack its schedule with major events (45 football games and 160 men’s and women’s basketball games) and Olympic sports, many of which will be streamed on the digital SEC Network Plus channel. The daily studio show “SEC Now” will deliver scores and highlights while “SEC Nation” will travel to a different conference campus each week for a pregame Saturday morning show with a cast that includes Tim Tebow, a former Florida star and Heisman Trophy winner.

“It’s fun to be at the start of it,” Tebow said during a media tour of the network earlier this month. “It just fits who I am.”

Joe Tessitore, an ESPN veteran who is the host of “SEC Nation,” said Tebow had a rarely seen level of charisma and an ability to connect with people.

“Have you ever walked through an airport with him?” Tessitore said, standing near Tebow in one of the network’s studios. “He’s a sports superstar who is one-name famous.”

A conference network — or even one ruled by and focused mainly on a single professional team, like the Yankees’ YES Network — lives on a fine line between vanity and credibility.

The concept of such a network suggests subjective coverage, outright rooting by fans and for fans, and a reticence to cover uncomfortable stories that might cast a dark light on a university.

The Big Ten Network, for example, was criticized for not making a journalistic priority of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal at Penn State.

“We’re not going to have the news infrastructure that ESPN has,” said Justin Connolly, ESPN’s senior vice president for college networks. “We will be reporting what’s reported elsewhere.”

But, he added, “we won’t hide our heads in the sand.”

The network has hired a huddle’s worth of analysts from within the SEC’s family of on-field alumni. In addition to Tebow, the roster includes Marcus Spears and Anthony McFarland, known as Booger (both of whom played at Louisiana State); Jesse Palmer (Florida); Greg McElroy (Alabama); Matt Stinchcomb and David Greene (Georgia); and Gene Chizik (a former Auburn coach).

Earlier this year, ESPN prepared for the future by naming Chris Fowler to replace Brent Musburger on ABC’s Thursday night games and moving Musburger to the SEC Network.

“I’m just happy that someone will have me at 75,” Musburger, a Northwestern graduate, said.

Musburger, who has decades of experience calling college football on CBS, ESPN and ABC, and Tebow, 27, who has almost no television experience, are two of the best-known recruits for any of the conference networks. The Pac-12 Networks have Rick Neuheisel, Bill Walton and Ronnie Lott. The Big Ten’s channel has Gus Johnson, Dave Wannstedt and Gerry DiNardo.

Another well-known voice, Paul Finebaum, is regarded at ESPN as the new network’s shield against criticism that its announcers might be less than critical.

Last year, ESPN hired Finebaum, who had a long run as the host of a popular radio show about college football based in Birmingham, Ala. Now, his afternoon ESPN Radio show is simulcast on the network, and he is part of the traveling “SEC Nation” cast.

He earned the enmity of South Carolina Athletic Director Ray Tanner last season when he called defensive end Jadeveon Clowney “the biggest joke in college football” after Clowney sat out the Gamecocks’ game against Kentucky with a rib injury. Tanner called it a “hateful comment.” Finebaum said he had reacted to Coach Steve Spurrier’s frustration that Clowney decided not to play at the last minute.

“We made a decision when we hired Paul that we’d be a little different as a college network right out of the gate,” Connolly, the ESPN executive, said. Referring to Finebaum’s time slot, Connolly added, “You will see things from 3 to 7 Eastern that you won’t typically see on a conference network, and I think that’s an advantage we have.”

Finebaum said he was not directed by ESPN executives or his friend, Mike Slive, the SEC commissioner, that his role was to be the network’s tough guy, on radio or on “SEC Nation.”

“I can sense they know who I am and what I represent,” said Finebaum, who is fiercely partisan about the SEC’s football superiority. “When they hired me, they just said, ‘Be who you are.’ ”

The network was conceived as a business that would be popular not only in its natural geographic turf but also around the country — a national channel, not a regional one.

“We started exploring a network in 2006,” when the conference was preparing for talks that were focused on renewing contracts with CBS and ESPN, Slive said. While Slive did not explicitly demand a network in his discussions with ESPN, one participant in the conversations recalled that he essentially asked, “How much would you pay us not to start a network?”

ESPN paid plenty — $2.25 billion over 15 years — to keep the conference’s TV rights, and each side agreed to defer discussions of a network for a few years to see how the market and technology changed.

Last year, ESPN agreed to a 20-year deal to extend its right to carry SEC games through 2034 and to create the network.

“Both sides intuitively felt it was worth putting back on the table,” Slive said.

Almost everyone involved in the venture knew that the potency of SEC football and the passion of its fans would help the network receive distribution. In the SEC’s home territories, would any TV provider not carry the new network and risk fan outrage?

“What I’ve learned in my travels to each of the major SEC destinations is that all politics is local and all distribution matters are personal,” Connolly said.

Fans demanded the SEC Network, especially on social media, and were helped by a campaign that was stoked by the network. An ESPN-owned network, it benefited from having the negotiating power of its parent, the Walt Disney Company, which has been extremely successful in distributing new channels.

In the end, any fear of long distribution fights proved unfounded; the SEC Network — the most expensive of all conference channels, at $1.40 a month for subscribers in SEC markets and 25 cents outside those regions — is already being seen in more than 62 million households, more than the Big Ten’s 60 million.

Now, as classes begin at the conference’s universities, the network will have to satisfy 14 athletic departments and their teams regarding whose games will be on the network and whose will be streamed.

Chris Fuller, the senior associate athletic director at Tennessee, joked that someone at a university would inevitably use a stopwatch to determine if airtime was being divvied out equally on the network.

“If the idea was to be completely equal across all 14 schools,” he said, “that would be a wholly unrealistic expectation.”

But equality will be better measured online, where at least 550 live events from across the conference produced by the universities will be shown in the inaugural year.

In cyberspace, Connolly said, “we can put on any game at any time.”

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‘Rejoice With Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot’
PBS special yields a terrific musical combination with leading artists from classical and religious worlds
By David Hinckley, New York Daily News - Aug. 27, 2014

Beyond the wonderful music, Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot share a great story on this moving edition of PBS’ “Great Performances.”

While Perlman lives in New York and Helfgot is based at Manhattan’s Park East Synagogue, Perlman admits the first time he saw the cantor was on a trip to Israel, where Helfgot happened to be on tour performing.

Once he had seen the performance, Perlman says, he went backstage and told Helfgot they had to do something together.

So they did, and it’s as satisfying as everyone would expect.

Perlman and Helfgot are accompanied by an orchestra, but they rightly draw the attention in this hour-long show.

They perform both religious and more secular numbers, including “A Yidishe Mame.”

They both talk about their early love for popular as well as sacred music, and part of the magic here is the reverence they clearly hold for all musical styles.

So this production has more than the occasional twinkle of fun, though their skills ensure that nothing ever feels frivolous.

Since “Great Performances” always rounds out the music with commentary and context, we also see Perlman talking with experts and appreciators, including Joel Grey, Elie Wiesel and Neil Sedaka.

Wiesel recalls how he took violin lessons for seven or eight years, though he has made his mark with work of another sort.

There’s no mistaking the heritage of the music here, from “Mighty Is He/Moses Is True” to the klezmer-style riffs. But as with all great music, its performers make the language universal.

'Rejoice With Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot'
Network/Air Date: Thursday at 9 p.m., PBS (nationally), 7 p.m. Sept. 21 (NYC-area)
Rating: ★★★★ (out of five)


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Character Actor Stephen Lee Dies at 58
By Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter - Aug. 27, 2013

Stephen Lee, a busy character actor for nearly four decades, died Aug. 14 in his Los Angeles apartment from a heart attack, according to his friend, actress Lisa Pescia. He was 58.

Lee played an inquisitive contractor who’s installing new kitchen cabinets in Jerry’s apartment in a 1997 episode of NBC’s Seinfeld and appeared as Tony B., a mobster and police informant, on several installments of CBS’ Nash Bridges.

He portrayed Tom Arnold in a 1994 NBC telefilm, Roseanne and Tom: Behind the Scenes. And in the 1987 Ritchie Valens biopic La Bamba, he played the Big Bopper.

A native of New Jersey, Lee also had small roles in such films as WarGames (1983), RoboCop 2 (1990), The Negotiator (1998) and Burlesque (2010).

Lee received his first onscreen credit for a 1981 episode of Hart to Hart and went on to appear on such TV shows as Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Who’s the Boss?, Hill Street Blues, Valerie, Family Ties, Herman’s Head, Roseanne, Quantum Leap, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Everybody Loves Raymond, Cybill, Murder One, The Drew Carey Show, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS and Bones.

He had recurring roles on the short-lived series Gung Ho, based on the Michael Keaton movie, and City, a comedy created by Paul Haggis that starred Valerie Harper.

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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. 28, 2013

THURSDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: ABC, “World’s Wildest Commercials” 10 p.m.
Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Chris Parnell counts down 20 of the craziest recent TV ads.

Best bet on cable: CMT, “Party Down South” 10 p.m. Season finale. With an episode titled “Out With a Bang,” the season finale should at least be a memorable one.

Top sporting event: SEC Network, “College Football,” 6 p.m. The season kicks off with a good matchup between No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 9 South Carolina.

FRIDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: Univision, “Mi Corazon es Tuyo” 8 p.m.
The telenovela could wind up as one of the night’s top programs on a slow night for broadcast.

Best bet on cable: Bravo, “Real Housewives of Orange County” 8:07 p.m. A special “First Look” at the upcoming season.

Top sporting event: ESPN2, “Tennis,” 6 p.m. Coverage of day five of the U.S. Open in Flushing, N.Y.

SATURDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: CBS, “Reckless,” 9 p.m.
Terry thinks about crossing Lee Anne when he’s asked to testify against Roy.

Best bet on cable: Lifetime, “Sole Custody,” 8 p.m. A woman attempts to prove her supposedly dead son is really still alive and that her ex-husband faked his death.

Top sporting event: ESPN, “College Football,” 9 p.m. The game of the day pits No. 14 Wisconsin against No. 13 LSU, from Houston.

SUNDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: ABC, “MDA Show of Strength Telethon,” 9 p.m.
The 49th annual event features performances by Fall Out Boy, Rascal Flatts, Jason Derulo and Aloe Blacc, among others.

Best bet on cable: TNT, “Falling Skies” 9 p.m. The first of two back-to-back episodes to wrap up the drama’s fourth season.

Top sporting event: ESPN, “NASCAR Racing,” 7:30 p.m. The primetime, holiday-weekend Sprint Cup Oral-B USA 500 in Atlanta should bring in plenty of viewers.


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Technology Notes
Roku TV: A Smart TV That Helps You Cut Out Cable
Low-Priced HDTVs With the Brains of the Popular Streaming Box
By Geoffrey A. Fowler, Wall Street Journal 'Personal Technology' Column - Aug. 26, 2013

Cutting back on cable saved me $140 a month, but the streaming services I replaced it with made watching TV a lot more complicated. Who can remember if "Breaking Bad" is on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon? And after plugging in a bunch of boxes to make up for what I no longer get from cable, I suddenly have five remotes.

At the heart of the problem: Most TVs are dumb. That applies even to many recent "smart" ones, which tout bells and whistles like 3-D, scrolling tweets and cameras that turn our bodies into remote controls.

I tested the latest models from pretty much all of them—LG, Samsung, Sony, Vizio, you name it. But the smartest turned out to be the least expensive of them all: the new Roku TVs, low-priced HDTVs from Chinese brands TCL and Hisense that are powered by the brains of the popular Roku streaming box.

Here's what I really want from a smart TV in 2014:

-- Access to all of the sources of video on the Internet and over the air.
-- Frequent updates, since there's always new stuff on the Internet.
-- Universal search to find shows and movies across all my services.
-- Simple, intuitive switching to other video sources, like game consoles.
-- And yes, decent picture quality.

There's no technology from "The Jetsons" on this list, so why is it so elusive? Because this isn't about fancy hardware features—it's about software.

Apple has yet to deliver on Steve Jobs's promise that he had "cracked" television. But another Silicon Valley firm is making headway. The new Roku TV is a breakthrough because its interface puts the biggest and freshest selection of Internet streaming apps alongside live TV, and gives me the universal search tools to manage many streams of programming.

Some cable cutters may ask, why invest in a smart TV at all, rather than an Internet-connected add-on like a $35 Chromecast, a $100 Roku 3 or an $84 Amazon Fire TV? For the past few years, most smart TV sets have connected to a very limited set of services like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube, often burying those in apps behind layers of menus. Besides, it's easy to buy a new streaming box and harder to buy a whole new TV.

For starters, a simple TV experience starts with not having to futz with dongles, external inputs or multiple remotes. The widest selection of video on Internet is available to watch on a Roku TV. There are more than 1,000 streaming channels that a cable cutter can peruse: Netflix, Amazon, YouTube and Hulu Plus are there, but it continues with current TV-set exclusives including PBS, EPIX, NFL Now and music service Rdio. (You can get these apps with other devices, but not built into other TVs.)

And for people who pay a cable company for access to premium apps, Roku TV has key ones that few, if any, other smart TVs have: HBO Go and Fox Now (also available on Samsung TVs), as well as Showtime Anytime and Time Warner Cable (available on no other TV).

Roku TV does require some content compromises. Some channels, particularly for sports, don't stream much. And Roku doesn't have two ABC channels found on Apple TV or unique services like PlayStation Now available only on Sony sets. For me, the biggest problem is that Roku's HBO Go app doesn't work for Comcast subscribers. (The companies say they're talking, but it's inexcusable that Comcast would limit my access to a channel I pay for.)

Despite its mountain of content, Roku TV makes it easy to find what you want to watch. There's one place to search for a show, movie or actor across more than a dozen (and growing) streaming services, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and HBO Go.

A few other smart TV makers such as Samsung, Sony and LG offer limited video search but Roku is the Switzerland of streaming. Type in "Robin Williams" and it will display 56 movies and three TV shows starring the late comedian that you can stream instantly. You can see how much it would cost to get each on different services. "Good Will Hunting" is free with a login to the Time Warner Cable app, but it costs $3 to rent from Redbox Instant and sells for $11 on Amazon.

Universal search is vital on the Internet, where the media options are dizzying and ever-growing.

But Roku TV doesn't maroon you in a world of Internet streaming. The TV includes a tuner that can access HD shows over the air from ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and PBS, if you attach an antenna. Getting to them is just one click away on its home screen. Other external devices like a Blu-ray player, cable box or digital video recorder get their own easy-to-access tiles on the Roku TV home screen.

The interface makes the difference here. There's no hunting around for your video sources, let alone repeatedly pressing the "input" button and waiting to see if you got the answer right. You are never confused with a Roku TV. The best alternative I've seen comes from LG, which has a colorful menu that pops up on top of what you're watching and lets you switch to a different channel, streaming service or input.

There are areas where Roku TV could improve. Its search doesn't include live TV listings, which competing smart TVs from Samsung, Sony and LG all do.

I also wish Roku TV offered one-button access to search on its remote. Amazon's Fire TV box has a search button on its remote that even takes voice commands. (You can use your voice if you use the free Roku remote app on your smartphone, but it takes several clicks.)

And, this may sound a bit extreme, I wish Roku TV included a digital video recorder. I watch enough sitcoms and reality shows that I need one. This week, DVR pioneer TiVo will begin selling a $49 box for cable cutters (called "OTA") who want to record aerial TV, but TiVo charges a $15 monthly fee. A $220 DVR called Tablo beams recorded shows wirelessly to the Roku TV and tablets and has a $5 monthly fee.

The biggest criticism Roku will get is that the picture quality of the TCL and Hisense models wouldn't satisfy a videophile. It's true. I'd call them adequate, but they don't have the deeper contrast, local dimming and high refresh rates that you'd want to truly enjoy Batman cycling his way across Gotham's brooding cityscape. Yet for anyone who hasn't bought a new TV in a few years—and especially anyone shopping on a budget—you'll be pleasantly surprised at the quality, not to mention the slimness, of the first Roku TVs.

Yes, for all their smarts, the Roku TVs from TCL that ship in September are remarkably inexpensive, as the as-yet-unpriced Hisense models coming later in the fall are expected to be. The 48-inch TCL I tested costs $500, $30 more than a TCL TV without the Roku brains. A competing model from Vizio costs $520, while the equivalents from Samsung and LG are $750 and $800, respectively.

Roku TV isn't just an easy choice for cable cutters. It's also a wake-up call for other TV makers that one of the cheapest TVs on the market can outsmart the premium models. Despite its compromises, Roku TV shows where television is heading.

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Critic's Notes
Amazon Unveils Its Latest Smiles and Thrills
By Mike Hale, The New York Times - Aug. 28, 2014

Playing catch-up with Netflix is grueling business. Amazon posted five new online pilots aimed at adults in February and ordered full seasons of four of them in March. Now, before any of those shows have arrived, five more pilots are being posted Thursday on Amazon Instant Video.

Like the February batch, this group consists of two hourlong dramas and three half-hour comedies and involves major names like Whit Stillman, Marc Forster and David Gordon Green. And again, over all, the comedies are better. Perhaps the prestige associated with outlets like HBO, AMC and Netflix still draws better dramatic projects. Here’s a rundown of the latest Amazon pilots, from best to worst.

RED OAKS Set at a suburban New Jersey country club in 1985, Mr. Green’s pilot is not a sendup of 1980s coming-of-age comedies or even a tribute to them, but a surprisingly straightforward extension of the genre. It’s as if the spirits of John Hughes, Harold Ramis and the young Richard Linklater had all gotten together to consult. Craig Roberts stars as David, a college student spending his summer as the assistant tennis pro under the tutelage of the club’s paunchy stud, Nash (a funny Ennis Emmer). Providing some ’80s flavor are Jennifer Grey, as David’s mom; Paul Reiser, as the club’s alpha male; and an abundance of female toplessness.

THE COSMOPOLITANS Mr. Stillman’s first television-length project stars Adam Brody (“The O.C.”) and the newcomer Jordan Rountree as Americans living in Paris whose only discernible occupations are falling in love and crashing high-class parties. It’s Henry James with the nutritional value of a Ladurée macaron: Evanescent or perhaps just wispy, it seems to melt out of your mind as you’re watching it, and it’s hard to imagine that it could be turned into a series. But it’s quite amusing, especially at the beginning, and not as arch as you might expect.

HAND OF GOD Ranking this as the better of the two dramas is a coin flip. Mr. Forster (“World War Z,” “Quantum of Solace”), also going short-form for the first time, directed from a script by Ben Watkins (“Burn Notice”) that’s almost comically overheated. Ron Perlman plays a corrupt judge who goes off the deep end after his son attempts suicide. He starts to believe that God is leading him to the people who drove his son to desperation, and, of course, he may be right. There are also an unsolved rape and a shady construction project involved in this Southern California noir, which recalls the novels of Ross Macdonald but primarily plays like an attempt to pack every cliché of the grim, cable crime drama into one hour.

HYSTERIA The veteran television producer Shaun Cassidy (“Invasion”) is behind this drama that combines the contagion thriller with the Internet paranoia thriller. When girls in Austin, Tex., have unexplained seizures that then spread to the general population, a neurologist (Mena Suvari) working on the case begins to suspect that the affliction is being spread through social media. Yes, that viral video could actually be viral. With references to witch hunts (the opening titles include images of Joseph McCarthy) and earnest dialogue like “What if, because of the way we communicate now, you don’t need to know someone to feel their pain?,” it’s too contrived and on-the-nose to be particularly scary or entertaining.

REALLY Written and directed by and (unfortunately) starring Jay Chandrasekhar, this noncomedy feels like a laboratory experiment: Just how off-putting can a show be and still maintain the semblance of entertainment? To Mr. Chandrasekhar’s credit, you can recognize and acknowledge the truths he presents about the compromises, routines and animosities of 30-something married life — the seriousness of snoring has probably never been presented this baldly in a sitcom — but the glumness and suppressed anger outweigh the realism. When Neil LaBute seems fun in comparison, you’ve got a problem. Sarah Chalke, Selma Blair and Luka Jones do good work playing members of the show’s four entwined suburban Chicago couples.

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But UHD is the real deal. It finally delivers the "window effect" that HDTV was supposed to provide
Except when I look out the window, I don’t see cars moving by in 24 Hz discrete steps.

That’s what jumped out at me the one time I looked at a UHD demo.

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‘Cops’ Bryce Dion Killed By Friendly Fire In Omaha While Filming Response To Wendy’s Robbery
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Fox’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ rebounds
Show jumps 22 percent over last week's series low, to a 1.1 in 18-49s
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 28, 2013

Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” boogied back from a series low last week.

The long-running reality show surged 22 percent over last week, to a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 10 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights.

The show hit its highest rating among women 18-49 in five weeks, drawing a 1.6.

“Dance” was one of several shows to see week-to-week gains on broadcast last night.

Back-to-back episodes of CBS’s “Extant” averaged a 1.1 in 18-49s, up a tenth over last week.

And the season finale of ABC’s “Motive” posted a 0.9, up a tenth over last week and over last year’s season finale.

CBS’s “Big Brother,” even to last week with a 2.3, was the night’s top show.

And NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was the No. 2 program with a 1.8, down a tenth from last week’s fast national rating, though it has been rising a tenth when final numbers come out.

CBS led the night among 18-49s with a 1.8 average overnight rating and a 5 share. NBC was second at 1.6/4, ABC third at 1.5/4, Fox fourth at 1.3/4, Univision fifth at 1.1/4, 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.

CBS began the night in the lead with a 2.3 at 8 p.m. for “Brother,” while ABC and NBC tied for second at 1.0, ABC for reruns of “The Middle” and “The Goldbergs” and NBC for a repeat of “Talent.” Fox was fourth with a 1.1 for “Dance,” Univision fifth with a 1.0 for “Mi Corazon es Tuyo,” CW sixth with a 0.5 for “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” and Telemundo seventh with a 0.4 for “Reina de Corazones.”

NBC moved to first at 9 p.m. with a 1.8 for a new “Talent,” followed by ABC with a 1.4 for repeats of “Modern Family.” Univision was third with a 1.2 for “Hasta el Fin del Mundo.” CBS and Fox tied for fourth with a 1.1 for “Extant” and “Dance,” respectively. Telemundo placed 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. CBS’s “Extant” and Telemundo’s “El Señor de los Cielos” tied for first with a 1.0 apiece, with ABC third with a 0.9 for “Motive.” NBC and Univision tied for fourth with a 0.8 for “Taxi Brooklyn” and “La Malquerida,” respectively.

NBC was first for the night among households with a 4.1 average overnight rating and a 7 share. CBS was second at 3.8/7, ABC third at 2.7/5, Fox fourth at 2.3/4, Univision fifth at 1.5/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.9/2 and CW seventh at 0.7/1.

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Suddenly scripted series are the rage
Six of summer's top new cable shows in 18-49s are scripted

For years, reality shows have dominated cable, with programs from “The Osbournes” to “The Real Housewives” to “Duck Dynasty” becoming breakout hits.

But this summer it’s different. This summer the top new shows on cable are scripted series.

Six of the top seven new programs among adults 18-49 on cable this summer are dramas or comedies. Only one reality show, Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi’s Wedding,” made the top seven.

Summer’s top new program is the FX vampire drama “Strain,” which has averaged 2.21 million viewers in the demo, according to Nielsen.

TNT’s “The Last Ship” is second at 2.05 million, and “Wedding” is third at 1.744. The next four are all scripted shows: FX’s “Fargo” and “Tyrant,” Syfy’s “Dominion” and Adult Swim’s “Black Jesus.”

The pattern holds true among total viewers, too, with just three reality programs among the top 10 new series.

Even the top three new cable shows among 18-34s, an age group that tends to flock to reality, are scripted: “Strain,” MTV’s “Finding Carter” and Adult Swim’s “Jesus.”

So why all the love for scripted series, after so many years of embracing reality?

The answer is likely a combination of things. One is that there’s simply a lot of high-quality new drama on cable this summer, which won people over.

“Strain,” “Tyrant,” “Carter” and others have gotten very good reviews and a lot of buzz, which likely sparked some viewers who don’t usually watch cable to tune in.

And while there are still some big reality franchises on cable, such as “Duck” and “Housewives,” the genre is petering out. It’s been struggling for years on broadcast, and viewership for “Duck” fell off sharply.

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‘Longmire’ Cancelled By A&E, Will Be Shopped Elsewhere
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Aug. 28, 2014

Longmire, A&E Network’s most-watched original drama series of all time, will be ending its run on the cable network after three seasons. In a surprising move, the network has opted not to renew the series for a fourth season. I hear Warner Horizon, the studio behind Longmire, will be shopping it immediately. “We would like to thank the phenomenal cast, crew and producers of Longmire, along with our partners at Warner Horizon, for their tireless work on three seasons of quality dramatic storytelling,” A&E said in a statement. “We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved together.”

In its second season, the series,based on Craig Johnson’s mystery novels, averaged nearly 6 million viewers, up 9% from Season 1. Longmire‘s viewership has dipped so far in Season 3 to 4.6 million viewers, but its lead-in, Criminal Minds repeats, is a lot weaker (-72%) than the series’ lead-in last year, original drama The Glades. The cancellation of that series got a strong reaction from fans; the axing of Longmire, which has a wide fan base, will likely not go well with them either. Longmire’s audience skews older than some other A&E dramas like Bates Motel, but it brings more eyeballs than any other scripted show on the network. Even with the decline, Longmire, starring Robert Taylor and Katee Sackhoff, logged A&E’s largest viewership for any series this year behind only flagship Duck Dynasty.

There has been a drive at A+E Networks (as well as other cable network groups) to own a large portion of their scripted programming, which was also the impetus behind the launch of A+E Studios. Both Longmire and The Glades came from outside suppliers, Warner Horizon and Fox TV Studios, respectively.

After a foray into scripted programming, the network appears to be scaling back, refocusing on its bread-and-butter unscripted fare. Besides Psycho prequel Bates Motel, the network only has the upcoming 10-episode remake of The Returned on the scripted side following the cancellations of Longmire and Glades and the demise of Those Who Kill. A&E’s head of scripted programming, Tana Nugent Jamieson, just moved to A+E Studios as SVP. The network has one scripted executive left, VP Drama Development Gabriel Marano.

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TNT and TBS Chief Michael Wright to Exit
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Aug. 28, 2014

Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, is leaving the company after 12 years with Turner.

Wright, who joined TNT in 2002, was named to his current position in May 2012. The executive, who previously served as vice president of movies and miniseries for CBS Productions and CBS Entertainment, is responsible for all programming for the networks. Series launched under Wright's watch include “The Closer,” “Rizzoli & Isles” and “Falling Skies,” and he was responsible for TBS’ acquisition of the CBS hit “The Big Bang Theory.”

Wright's decision to leave follows the April departure of Turner Entertainment Networks president Steve Koonin, who left to become CEO of the Atlanta Hawks. Wright had been in contention as a replacement for Koonin, but withdrew himself in July. Wright will remain on while the search for Koonin's replacement continues.

His departure comes as Turner prepares to downsize as part of a corporate restructuring that will take place over the next two months. The restructuring is part of the “Turner 2020” initiative, an attempt to maximize performance and trim fat by reducing spending and increasing profitability.

As previously reported by TheWrap, approximately 550 buyouts are being offered to Turner employees, with layoffs to follow if the buyouts aren't taken voluntarily.

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David Hyde Pierce Joins ‘The Good Wife’
By Whitney Friedlander, Variety.com - Aug. 28, 2014

Marking his first TV role since “Frasier” ended in 2004, David Hyde Pierce has been cast in a recurring role in the sixth season of the CBS drama “The Good Wife.”

He will play a highly respected cable news legal commentator who is so disgusted by the corruption and murder rate in Chicago that he decides to run for office in order to effect change.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled and flattered that David’s making ‘The Good Wife’ his first TV role since ‘Frasier,’” said executive producers-showrunners Robert and Michelle King. “We’re tremendous fans of his dramatic skills as well as his comedy.”

“The Good Wife” is known for its high pedigree of talent, often drawing in theater veterans like Pierce — including Alan Cumming, who has two Emmy Award nominations for his role of Eli Gold, and Christine Baranski, who has five Emmy nominations for her role as Diane Lockhart. Julianna Margulies, the show’s star, received the Emmy Award for lead actress in a drama series at Monday’s ceremony.

The show is produced by Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions in association with CBS Television Studios. Ridley Scott, Robert King, Michelle King, Brooke Kennedy, David W. Zucker, Ted Humphrey, Keith Eisner, Leonard Dick and Craig Turk are executive producers. It returns for to CBS at 9:30 p.m. Sept. 21.

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Netflix Coughs Up $2M an Episode for 'The Blacklist'
By Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter - Aug. 28, 2014

Netflix has acquired exclusive streaming rights to NBC's The Blacklist in a deal that values the show at $2 million an episode, a source confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

The first season of the James Spader series, which hails from Sony Pictures TV, will debut Sept. 7 on the online streamer. Procedural drama Blacklist has been a hit on Monday nights for NBC as the No. 1 new show last season. It is headed to Thursday nights this fall.

Netflix, which has more than 50 million paid subscribers, is known for spending big on exclusive pacts. The streamer is said to have paid more than $1 million an episode for CBS' 2015 summer series Zoo.

Netflix's rich price for Blacklist, first reported by Deadline, is believed to be the largest SVOD deal yet. It showcases the increasing leverage that content owners have when licensing shows to the growing field of digital players.

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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)

ABC:
8PM - Last Man Standing
(R - Apr. 11)
8:30PM - Last Man Standing
(R - Mar. 28)
9PM - Shark Tank
(R - Apr. 18)
10PM - 20/20
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* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Kathy Griffin; Sharon Van Etten performs)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
(R - Apr. 2)
9PM - Hawaii Five-0
(R - Apr. 25)
10PM - Blue Bloods
(R - Oct. 18)
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11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Serena Williams; Chadwick Boseman; Echo & The Bunnymen performs)
(R - Aug. 21)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Jesse Tyler Ferguson; author Jon Gnarr)
(R - Jul. 31)

NBC:
8PM - Running Wild With Bear Grylls: Zac Efron
(R - Jul. 28)
9PM - Dateline NBC: Burning Suspicion (120 min.)
(R - Oct. 11)
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11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Jon Hamm; actress Brit Marling; entrepreneur Martha Stewart)
(R - Jul. 25)
12:36AM - Late Night with Seth Myers (Meredith Vieira; Dane DeHaan; Magic Man performs)
(R - Aug. 12)
1:37AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Rhys Darby; Band of Skulls performs)
(R - Apr. 7)

FOX:
8PM - MasterChef
(R - Aug. 25)
9PM - Bones
(R - Mar. 31)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Washington Week with Gwen Ifill
8:30PM - Charlie Rose: The Week
9PM - American Masters - Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning (120 min.)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Mi Corazón Es Tuyo
9PM - Hasta El Fin del Mundo
10PM - La Malquerida

THE CW:
8PM - Masters of Illusion
8:30PM - Whose Line Is It Anyway?
(R - Jun. 23)
9PM - America's Next Top Model
(R - Aug. 25)

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Reina De Corazones
9PM - En Otra Piel
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High-class problem: too much good TV
By Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Aug. 29, 2014

If there’s one thing that has become clear in recent years, it’s that TV is the winner. It has proved itself a superior storytelling medium to film.

This was probably always true, but TV never took routine advantage of its opportunity to tell serialized, unfurling stories over season-long arcs of episodes until the early 1980s when “Hill Street Blues” and “St. Elsewhere” paved the way for more smart, character-driven network dramas like “China Beach,” “Homefront” and the current critical hit “The Good Wife.”

In the late 1990s, cable found a way to go a step further. Unburdened from the shackles of network standards and practices and with premium cable networks like HBO less concerned about ratings, “The Sopranos” broke through to become a sophisticated hit rooted in the psychology of its characters. “Deadwood,” “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” followed.

Now we’re at a point where there’s just too much good TV. It’s a high-class problem, to have but it is on some level a problem. You can see it in the Emmy nominations where “The Good Wife” was overlooked for a best drama nomination despite a stellar, critically acclaimed season.

“We're in a golden age of television,” acknowledged Television Academy CEO Bruce Rosenblum at a press conference last month. “There's far more terrific programming on television today than there was five years ago or 10 years ago. And when you look at the dramas that were nominated, I'm not sure which one of those you would move out [to make room for others].”

Mr. Rosenblum said there were 40 percent more dramas submitted for nomination consideration this year and 60 percent more comedies. That’s not surprising because there are more scripted shows on TV than ever in the medium’s history with cable the most fertile ground for new shows.

Research provided by FX Networks shows 114 scripted basic or pay cable drama or comedy series debuted so far in 2014, up 9 percent compared to 2013. Back in 1999 there were only 23 scripted comedy/dramas on basic or pay cable. That’s a 526 percent jump in 15 years.

No wonder FX CEO John Landgraf began by apologizing to TV critics on FX’s day at the TV critics summer press tour last month.

“I think we would probably all agree that since the day television was invented, there have been too many bad TV programs,” Mr. Landgraf said. “We would probably also agree there have never been, and probably never will be, enough truly great programs on television. But today may be the first time in history where we could all honestly agree there are simply too many good programs, at least too many for any one viewer to watch or any one critic to cover.”

CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler declared viewers the winners.

“We're a part of the business where creative deal making and new technologies are supporting more original programming and more platforms on which to watch them,” she said in July. “The winners here are content creators, viewers and the company bottom line. More quality shows are being produced. There is more choice for the audience.”

This summer’s original programming wasn’t as high a percentage of reality shows as in the past. According to TheWrap.com, from May 22 through July 27, seven of the Top 20 summer series in total viewers were scripted dramas (six scripted shows made the Top 20 among adults 18-49).

The reality is there’s just too much good TV and not enough time to watch it. From Sundance TV’s “Rectify” and “The Honorable Woman” to HBO’s “The Leftovers” and WGN America’s “Manhattan” and FX’s “Tyrant,” this summer’s tsunami of scripted originals put to rest the notion of the dog days of summer TV.

While much of this fare is on cable or premium cable, even the broadcast networks have gotten on board with a new season of “24” on Fox, new medical drama hit “Night Shift” on NBC and CBS’s “Extant,” which hasn’t had the best ratings but still counts as original programming with a movie star, Halle Berry, at its center no less.

Even PBS has more scripted series than a decade ago, playing scripted dramas “Call the Midwife” and “Last Tango in Halifax” on Sunday night outside of “Masterpiece” and even adding a comedy this summer with the Britcom import “Vicious.”

“I do believe it's a golden age of television in regards to drama, certainly,” said PBS president Paula Kerger during a July press conference. “And we believe that we have our own contribution to play in that as well, and we see it in the fact that our audiences continue to grow on Sunday nights. I think there's a hunger for that kind of storytelling, and I think that it is exceptional work that is happening across our industry, and I'm very proud to be part of that.”

When it comes to quality, consider this: Scripted TV shows may not always offer shining beacons of intelligence (I’m looking at you, “Under the Dome”), but compared to what’s at movie theaters – another unnecessary “Spider-Man” flick, the third “Expendables,” a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboot – there’s a lot more obvious quality among TV’s growing quantity of scripted offerings.

But this latest Golden Age of Television – it’s the second or third depending on whose counting and their age – could be fleeting. At some point, original scripted programming seems likely to reach an unsustainable saturation point. But for now, networks continue to renew low-rated scripted shows despite a lack of audience and buzz (see: “Halt and Catch Fire” getting another season on AMC).

Earlier this month The Hollywood Reporter noted a TV brain drain that could also endanger this era of plenty: Now is the time when TV writers start pitching show concepts for Fall 2015 and so far it’s off to a slow start. Many of TV’s most experienced writers are already busy working on the wealth of existing scripted programs.

‘Frozen’ special

“Frozen” fanatics take note: Next week ABC will air “The Story of ‘Frozen’: Making a Disney Animated Classic” (8 p.m. Tuesday), which goes behind the scenes to look at the making of the movie, the Norwegian villages that inspired the filmmakers, a preview of the “Frozen” characters on the upcoming season of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” and “an exciting announcement about the next chapter of ‘Frozen,’” per ABC.

‘The Chief’ airing

Just a reminder: WPXI will air the TV premiere of the one-man play about Steelers founder Art Rooney, “The Chief,” from 8-10 p.m. Saturday. Actor Tom Atkins stars. The film will be preceded by “Stories About Rooney, The Chief’” at 7:30 p.m.

A two-hour “Dateline” will be pre-empted and air instead at 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

“The Chief” will re-air at 8 p.m. Aug. 31 on WPXI’s digital subchannel, ME-TV, and at 9 p.m. Sept. 2 on PCNC.

Channel surfing

Once again this year, ABC will air a two-hour edition of the “MDA Show of Strength Telethon” at 9 p.m. Sunday with performances by Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes, Bret Michaels, Fall Out Boy and Jason Derulo. Celebrity presenters will include Alyssa Milano, Brad Paisley, Josh Groban, Kesha and Susan Lucci. … GSN renewed “The Chase” and “It Takes A Church” for new seasons in 2015. … Disney XD’s “Phineas and Ferb” will debut an homage to “Lost” (story by “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof) in an episode airing at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29. NBC’s “66th Annual Emmy Awards” telecast drew 15.6 million viewers Monday night, down from 17.8 million last year on a Sunday with a NFL game lead-in but still the second most-watched Emmy show since 2006. … Less than a week after its premiere, The Hollywood Reporter says Netflix renewed animated comedy “BoJack Horseman.” … CNBC renewed “Restaurant Startup” for 10 more episodes to begin airing in January. …TVGuide.com reports the producers and some cast members for 1987-95 sitcom “Full House” are working on a revival of the series with producing studio Warner Bros. … The third season of PBS’s “Masterpiece” Emmy-winner “Sherlock” returned Wednesday for 30 days of free online streaming at PBS.org. … Discovery canceled reality show “Sons of Guns” this week after star Will Hayden was charged with the aggravated rape of an 11-year-old girl.

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Netflix Coughs Up $2M an Episode for 'The Blacklist'
By Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter - Aug. 28, 2014

Netflix has acquired exclusive streaming rights to NBC's The Blacklist in a deal that values the show at $2 million an episode, a source confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

The first season of the James Spader series, which hails from Sony Pictures TV, will debut Sept. 7 on the online streamer. Procedural drama Blacklist has been a hit on Monday nights for NBC as the No. 1 new show last season. It is headed to Thursday nights this fall.

Netflix, which has more than 50 million paid subscribers, is known for spending big on exclusive pacts. The streamer is said to have paid more than $1 million an episode for CBS' 2015 summer series Zoo.

Netflix's rich price for Blacklist, first reported by Deadline, is believed to be the largest SVOD deal yet. It showcases the increasing leverage that content owners have when licensing shows to the growing field of digital players.

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I didn't know they moved The Blacklist to Thursday nights. I guess I'll be watching it on the weekend now.

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‘Longmire’ Cancelled By A&E, Will Be Shopped Elsewhere
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Aug. 28, 2014

Longmire, A&E Network’s most-watched original drama series of all time, will be ending its run on the cable network after three seasons. In a surprising move, the network has opted not to renew the series for a fourth season. I hear Warner Horizon, the studio behind Longmire, will be shopping it immediately. “We would like to thank the phenomenal cast, crew and producers of Longmire, along with our partners at Warner Horizon, for their tireless work on three seasons of quality dramatic storytelling,” A&E said in a statement. “We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved together.”
This is very sad news to our household. I turned a co-worker onto this show on Netflix and its now his family's favorite show. I sure hope someone else buys the show since we were left with a huge cliff hanger.

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I didn't know they moved The Blacklist to Thursday nights. I guess I'll be watching it on the weekend now.
It starts the season mondays but then moves to thursdays after its post Super Bowl XLIX show.
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With the Longmire cancellation I can remove yet another now totally useless channel from my channel guide listing.
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