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

ABC:
7:30PM - College Football: Clemson at Florida State (LIVE)

CBS:
8PM - NCIS
(R - Dec. 10)
9PM - NCIS: Los Angeles
(R - Nov. 5)
10PM - 48 Hours
(R - May 10)

NBC:
8PM - American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World (3 hrs.)
(R - Sep. 15)
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11:29PM - Saturday Night Live (Andy Samberg; St. Vincent performs, 93 min.)
(R - May 17)

FOX:
7:30PM - College Football: Oklahoma at West Virginia (LIVE)
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11PM - Animation Domination High-Def (60 min.)
(R)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - The Roosevelts: An Intimate History - A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962) (Miniseries finale, 120 min.)
10PM - The Roosevelts: An Intimate History - A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962) (120 min.)
(R)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Sábado Gigante (Three Hours)

TELEMUNDO:
7PM - Yo Soy El Artista (120 min.)
(R - Sep. 14)
9PM - Fútbol Mexicano Primera División: Club León vs. CD Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz


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'Homeland's' Howard Gordon Inks Rich New Deal at 20th TV
By Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Sep. 19, 2014

Twentieth Century Fox Television is remaining in the Howard Gordon business.

The studio announced Friday that it has inked a new overall deal with one of its most prolific producers, whose Teakwood Lane banner has been responsible for recent entries Homeland, 24: Live Another Day and TNT’s Legends. News of the new pact comes less than 24 hours after cable cousin FX announced it was renewing another Gordon project, Middle Eastern drama Tyrant, for a second season.

“Howard has been at this studio nearly as long as Gary and I have, and as far as we’re concerned, he is forbidden from leaving, ever,” Fox TV Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden joked of a relationship that has lasted more than 20 years. “He is a spectacular showrunner, a brilliant writer, as creative a guy as we’ve ever met, and he’s adored by everyone who has the pleasure of working with him.”

She continued, praising both Gordon’s resume and his gift for dramatic storytelling: “From The X-Files to 24 to Legends and Tyrant, when you get a Howard Gordon script you know you’re in for a great read. He’s as good as it gets.”

Gordon, who drove out to Los Angeles with Homeland co-creator and best friend Alex Gansa after the pair graduated from Princeton in the mid-1980s, garnered attention early on for his work on The X Files. He gained additional credits on series including Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angels, before joining Fox’s 24, for which he wrote, executive produced and ran. The latter earned Gordon Golden Globes and an outstanding drama Emmy. More recently, Gordon became a familiar figure on the awards circuit care of Emmy winner Homeland, which Gansa is responsible for running.

Gordon, who is also a novelist with with the published works Gideon’s War and sequel Hard Target, is repped by WME and attorney Michael Gendler.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/liv...ks-rich-734299


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TNT Makes ‘One Giant Leap’ Into Miniseries With Neil Armstrong Project
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Sep. 19, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: For years last decade, miniseries were an essential part of TNT’s programming mix with such projects as Into The West, Salem’s Lot and The Company. As the TNTLogoNewgenre lost popularity, TNT, like many other networks, pulled away from longform, cutting back on original movies and minis. Miniseries have enjoyed a comeback in the past couple of years, following the success of History’s Hatfields & McCoys. TNT is joining the trend with One Giant Leap, a four-hour event miniseries about the life of NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong who became the first man to walk on the moon.

The project, now in development, is based on Leon Wagener’s book. The mini will be written by Al Reinert, who co-penned the movie Apollo 13 as well as two episodes of Tom Hanks’ follow-up moon exploration HBO miniseries From The Earth To The Moon – including one about Armstrong (played by Scandal‘s Tony Goldwyn), Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins preparing for their Apollo 11 mission in 1969.

One Television is producing One Giant Leap, with the company’s John Morayniss and Michael Rosenberg serving as executive producers alongside Reinert and Kevin Cleary of Pooka Entertainment. Patti Vasquez of Pooka Entertainment and Josh Morris of Content House co-executive produce. Guy Oseary is a producer.

Most recently, TNT’s Frank Darabont L.A. noir drama Mob City, which was developed as a series, going through a pilot stage, ended up being a limited series after the network opted not to do a second season.

http://deadline.com/2014/09/one-gian...ng-tnt-837047/


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A Generation of Unintended Laughs
‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ Turns 25
By Brooks Barnes, The New York Times - Sep. 18, 2014

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — “A relic of a bygone time.” “The uncoolest show on TV.” “Inexplicably never-ending, like a Cher farewell tour.”

Critics and bloggers can beat it up all they want. If “America’s Funniest Home Videos” has proved anything over the decades, it is this: It will get the last laugh.

Twenty-five years after unveiling its first piano-playing chickens, vaudevillian babies and backyard trampoline bumblers — and nine years afterYouTube seemingly ate its lunch — “America’s Funniest Home Videos” is still going strong, and more. Last season, according to Nielsen, it ranked as the No. 1 show for family viewing. Summer reruns climbed 11 percent among young adults compared with last year.

Why does this war horse endure?

Start with the invention that was supposed to kill it. “I remember first hearing about this thing called YouTube,” said Vin Di Bona, who has produced “America’s Funniest Home Videos” since its start. “I looked to see what it was, and three of the first six videos were from our show.” Mr. Di Bona used salty language to express his initial anger.

He was also slightly terrified. People interested in cutely misbehaving cats and denture-losing grannies no longer needed to watch his weekly show. Now they could simply coast over to YouTube, day or night.

But the Internet ended up a surprising boon. “People got excited about video clips again,” Mr. Di Bona said.

To turn YouTube even more to its advantage, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” in January hired behind-the-scenes specialists. Maker Studios, a producer and distributor of web video, now manages the show’s YouTube channels, which are partly stocked with classic clips. “A.F.V.,” as the show’s title is often styled, now generates 20 million monthly views on YouTube, up from two million when Maker took over, Mr. Di Bona said. He sees a direct link between Maker’s work and the show’s rising TV ratings.

For the 25th season, which starts Oct. 5 on ABC, Maker and “America’s Funniest Home Videos” will deepen their partnership. Maker clients — YouTube personalities with a combined two million subscribers — will begin re-enacting classic “A.F.V.” clips for distribution on the show’s online channels. Two other web series, including one by the YouTube star Shay Carl, will promote the “America’s Funniest Home Videos” brand.

YouTube stars will also appear regularly on the television show, a first.

“If it wasn’t for ‘A.F.V.,’ I may have never posted that first video of me dancing in a unitard,” said Shay Butler, a.k.a. Shay Carl, 34, adding that he was 9 when he first started watching the series.

Maker was acquired in March by the Walt Disney Company, which also owns ABC. “What we’re doing with this show represents a huge example of our strategy going forward, especially as a fully owned part of Disney,” said Chris M. Williams, Maker’s chief audience officer.

Vin Di Bona, the producer of "America's Funniest Home Videos."CreditRobert Yager for The New York Times
In some ways, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” is the same show now as it was back when Mr. Butler started watching as a child. A comedic host, currently Tom Bergeron, introduces viewer-submitted video clips that range from five to 30 seconds in length. More than 100 exclusive clips make it into each show.

It’s overtly cheesy. There are thematic montages — pity the submission that makes it to the “Nincompoop Corner” — and some videos are started and then abruptly stopped as part of a quiz; audience members are asked to guess what indignity the subject will suffer. “Head, Gut or Groin” is a popular topic. At the end of each episode, the audience votes on their favorite clips. The winner receives $10,000.

The Smithsonian Institution now owns the camcorder used to immortalize the first winning clip, which depicted a woman stuck inside her dishwasher. (Fun fact: The series was initially cleared for broadcast by Robert A. Iger, Disney’s chairman and chief executive, when he was merely ABC’s chief.)

While sticking to the formula, Mr. Di Bona and his producers, several of whom have been with the show since the beginning, work hard to keep the series feeling current. The flashy set, housed in a chilly soundstage here in Manhattan Beach south of Los Angeles, now includes a cocktail bar. Granted, it is more akin to what one would find in a Marriott lobby than a Hollywood nightclub, but know your audience: Nebraska submits more videos per capita than any state, Mr. Di Bona said.

If this is the uncoolest show on TV, nobody bothered to tell the studio audience at a recent taping. The snazzily attired crowd seemed genuinely thrilled to be there, as Mr. Bergeron, who joined the show in 2001 and has said this season will be his last, cracked jokes between takes. “Smiles! Happy! Enthusiastic!” the audience coordinator shouted. In truth, nobody — including a cynical reporter — needed a lot of encouraging.

“America’s Funniest Home Videos” endures in part because it is one of the few shows on the main broadcast networks that families can comfortably watch together; according to Nielsen, the series was the No. 1 “family co-viewing” show on any broadcast network last season. This is firmly PG-rated stuff, after all. So it’s no dice for the viewer who submitted footage of a masturbating walrus. That clip will never be seen, at least not on Mr. Di Bona’s watch.

When the series first appeared in 1989, about 32 million people tuned in. Last season — in a sharply different media environment — the show averaged about 6.3 million viewers. (By way of comparison, “Scandal” attracts roughly 12 million.) But Mr. Di Bona said his show will keep on keeping on as long as harebrained videographers remain in the world.

“God knows why people never learn,” he said. “But God bless them.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/18/bu...ref=television


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