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FCC Chairman Wants to Redefine Internet Video to Compete with Cable, Satellite Services
By Ted Johnson, Variety.com - Oct. 28, 2014

He also said that opening up access to programming for Internet video services will spur competition for high-speed broadband, something that he has said is lacking. “Those seeking to deploy new competitive broadband networks tell us that it’s hard to provide new high-speed Internet access without also being able to offer a competitive video package as well,” he wrote.
Yeah sure Tom, stop talking and act. Force the cableCos to separate content from delivery. Better yet, force them to open access or bite the bullet and make them public utilities.

Stop talking about how HSI competition sucks and do something about it, even if it leads to a court fight. Opening up internet TV is not going to lead to more companies stringing fiber, it's going to lead to the entrenched players imposing caps and charging whatever they can get away. They want their money no matter what and they know they have a captive audience.
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TUESDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insights' Blog.
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BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS


2014 WORLD SERIES
Fox, 8:00 p.m. ET

Last night, the Kansas City Royals exploded with a second-inning outburst of run-scoring small ball that led to an ultimate 10-0 thrashing of the San Francisco Giants. And that, in turn, evened the series at 3-3, which leads to tonight’s winner-take-all Game 7, one of the most exciting contests in all of sports. The Giants have recent history on their side, in the form of several recent World Series crowns – but the Royals have home-field advantage, and momentum, and a fairy tale story that won’t quit. But the Giants have a fairy tale story, too – both of these teams made it into the postseason by winning thrilling wild card games. And the Giants also have the postseason’s most dominant pitcher, Madison Bumgarner, ready to step in if needed. In fact, both of tonight’s starting pitchers – Tim Hudson for the Giants and Jeremy Guthrie for the Royals – will have to dominate early or expect to be replaced early, with their respective managers prepared to go to the bullpen, or to not-quite-rested starting pitchers from previous games, to win this deciding Game 7. Don’t miss it. Sports doesn’t get much better than this.









PSYCHO
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

You want a classic Halloween movie on tap? Then record this 1960 Alfred Hitchcock thriller. Filmed by the TV unit for Alfred Hitchcock Presents, this was, and remains, one of the best horror movies ever made. Janet Leigh stars -- but not for long.








MODERN FAMILY
ABC, 9:00 p.m. ET

This sitcom has established a tradition of fantastic Halloween episodes, usually led by Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen) and her over-the-top costumes and decorations. But tonight, other characters get to express themselves in costume – including Jay (Ed O’Neill), whose Prince Charming costume, and its accompanying full head of hair, really goes to his head.









AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW
FX, 10:00 p.m. ET

Part 2 of 2. This show’s creepy two-part Halloween episode continues, with Wes Bentley continuing his guest role as the menacing Edward Mordrake. He’s come to claim some bodies for Halloween, even if they aren’t dead yet. And chances are, given this show’s track record, he’ll succeed in his quest.









WEB THERAPY
Showtime, 11:00 p.m. ET

Gwyneth Paltrow continues her guest role as Maya Ganesh, in a Skype-centric argument that has two famous blondes (series star Lisa Kudrow, as web therapist Fiona Wallace, is the other) sharing screen time. Literally.







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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ up with help from ‘Avengers’
ABC drama grows a tenth to 1.7 in 18-49s as Marvel airs footage
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Oct. 29, 2014

When a show is struggling, it’s always nice to have the most anticipated movie of 2015 to prop it up with.

Marvel, which produces the “Avengers” franchise and ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” debuted new footage from next year’s sequel, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” on the second-year drama last night, and it goosed up ratings after last week’s series low.

“S.H.I.E.L.D.” averaged a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating at 9 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, up a tenth from last week.

It tied the show’s best rating since its premiere, and “S.H.I.E.L.D.” often goes up a tenth when final ratings come out.

The “Avengers” footage was heavily promoted on TV and online.

Elsewhere it was a mixed night for broadcast against Game 6 of the World Series, which led Fox to No. 1 for the night.

NBC’s entire lineup fell double-digit percentages against the unusual competition. “The Voice” still finished as the No. 1 non-sports show with a 2.8, but that was off 15 percent from last week.

New comedy “Marry Me” fell 11 percent from last week in episode three, to a 1.6 at 9 p.m., while lead-out “About a Boy” dropped to a series-low 1.2 at 9:30 p.m.

And “Chicago Fire” was also off 11 percent, to a 1.7.

CBS’s “NCIS” (2.5) and “Person of Interest” (1.6) both rose a tenth from last week, but “NCIS: New Orleans” declined a tenth.

On the CW, “The Flash” continued to post strong numbers, though it was down a tenth from last week, to a 1.3.

Fox led the night among 18-49s with a 3.0 average overnight rating and a 9 share. CBS was second at 2.1/6, NBC third at 2.0/6, ABC fourth at 1.3/4, CW fifth at 1.1/3, Univision sixth at 1.0/3 and Telemundo seventh at 0.6/2.

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.

Also, ratings for Fox’s World Series coverage are approximate as fast nationals measure timeslot and not actual program data.

At 8 p.m. Fox was first with a 2.9 for the World Series, followed by NBC with a 2.8 for “Voice.” CBS was third with a 2.5 for “NCIS,” CW fourth with a 1.3 for “Flash,” Univision fifth with a 1.2 for “Mi Corazon es Tuyo,” ABC sixth with a 1.1 for “The Great Halloween Fright Fight” and Telemundo seventh with a 0.4 for “Reina de Corazones.”

Fox was first again at 9 p.m. with a 3.2 for baseball, while CBS moved to second with a 2.3 for “NCIS: NO.” ABC was third with a 1.7 for “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” NBC fourth with a 1.4 for “Marry” (1.6) and “Boy” (1.2), Univision fifth with a 1.2 for “Hasta el Fin del Mundo,” CW sixth with a 0.8 for “Supernatural” and Telemundo seventh with a 0.5 for “Los Miserables.”

At 10 p.m. Fox was first with a 2.8 for more baseball, with NBC second with a 1.7 for “Fire.” CBS was third with a 1.6 for “Interest,” ABC fourth with a 1.1 for “Forever,” Telemundo fifth with a 0.8 for “Señora Acero” and Univision sixth with a 0.7 for “La Malquerida.”

CBS was first for the night among households with an 8.9 average overnight rating and a 14 share. Fox was second at 6.9/11, NBC third at 4.9/8, ABC fourth at 2.8/4, CW fifth at 1.6/2, Univision sixth at 1.5/2 and Telemundo seventh at 0.8/1.

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TV Review
‘Weekend Fix,’ trips you needn’t take
Esquire Network show works at creating a sense of spontaneity
By Tom Conroy, Media Life Magazine Staff - Oct. 29, 2014

Travel journalism often tells us about things we can’t do: For example, not everyone can afford to charter a yacht. And it often tells us about things we don’t want to do: For example, many people don’t enjoy museums.

The Esquire Network’s new travel show “Weekend Fix” is remarkable for how much of its content falls into either or both of those categories. And the show’s gimmick — its hosts supposedly plan everything they do over a weekend on the fly, by using social media and the web — is simply a gimmick, adding little informational or entertainment value.

Premiering tonight at 10, “Weekend Fix” features the actor Omar Miller and the fashion entrepreneur Andres Izquieta, who in each episode go to a different city with supposedly no itinerary, relying mainly on Andres’ browsing and social-media skills on his smart phone.

In fact, some of the activities in the two episodes provided for review clearly required either advance planning or simply a phone call or email. But the premise gives the episodes a distinctive loose vibe.

In the premiere episode, the friends visit San Francisco. They pick up an electric car that they’ve booked through some app — Omar points out that many of the companies behind the sharing economy were founded in the Bay Area.

They find a hipster boutique hotel that they say is popular with tech types. It features artwork made with floppy discs and graffiti in the stairwell.

It’s easy to believe that they could find and book the hotel while driving. It’s harder to believe that they didn’t get permission to show up with a camera crew far in advance.

After a haircut, a hippie tour of the city and a stop at a beer garden, Andres says he’s found someone through another app who is willing to assemble and deliver a Big Wheel to San Francisco’s most twisty street. The friends take turns riding the tricycle down the steep hill.

This falls into the category of things that most people wouldn’t want to do anywhere and that almost all people wouldn’t waste their time doing in one of America’s most interesting cities.

Having heard that chefs from former British colonies have a cricket league, Omar and Andres go to a park for a game. The cricketers suit them up, give them lessons and let them play. This falls into the category of things that the rest of us couldn’t do.

Omar makes a speech about how much he respects the sport. Andres says, “That was a wonderful cultural exchange.”

Among other activities, they take kayaking lessons in the bay. Omar learns quickly; Andres flips his kayak.

This is a dubious use of their limited time in the city and a definite waste of our limited time on this planet.

In next week’s episode, Omar and Andres visit Brooklyn. After getting a hipster bowling alley to open early just for them — there isn’t an app for that — they bowl with Omar’s actor friends Dulé Hill and Jaleel White. For five minutes that seem much longer, we’re trapped in an episode of “Celebrity Bowling.”

The guys stress that Brooklyn is a center of “the maker movement.” They visit a place that makes high-end custom sneakers and a glass-blowing workshop that gives lessons.

For some reason, everything at the glass workshop sounds dirty. The instructor asks Omar, “Can you get on your knees and blow?”

They also attend a hipster dinner theater that’s located in Manhattan. Manhattan is not Brooklyn.

Although each episode has its moments, we don’t see much of what makes either city special. And we don’t learn much about how Andres uses the apps to maximum effect.

What we do learn from “Weekend Fix” is the importance of planning ahead. That can’t be what they had in mind.

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TV/Nielsen Notes
DVR Ratings Helping Struggling New TV Shows Stay Afloat
By Cynthia Littleton, Variety.com - Oct. 29, 2014

ABC is a turnaround story in the making. CBS went four-for-four with pickups for its new fall series. Fox is giving thanks for “Gotham.” And NBC is enjoying its bench strength with dramas, even if comedy remains a harder nut to crack.

Overall, the broadcast nets have gotten off to a good start this season, with a few frosh series, notably ABC’s “Black-ish” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” and CBS’ “Scorpion,” standing out from the pack. ABC likes “Black-ish” so much that last week it tacked on two more episodes, lifting its order to 24. The Alphabet also handed out additional episodes for comedy “The Goldbergs” and six other shows.

In something of a fall rarity, almost all of the new series survived their first month — a far cry from last year, when CBS’ “We Are Men,” ABC’s “Lucky 7” and NBC’s “Ironside” all had fallen with the leaves.

It could be that the same-night ratings bar has lowered enough to make the difference between a dud and a worthwhile performer insignificant. Or the improved survival rate could be a function of the networks waiting for more time-shifting data before making any decisions. Then again, ripping up the schedule and trying to market new shows might be simply too expensive and disruptive.

Or perhaps it’s all of the above.

ABC’s “Selfie,” NBC’s “A to Z” and Fox’s “Red Band Society” and “Mulaney” have all produced Nielsen numbers as low as some of last year’s quickly departed, but they may have enough going for them to last longer than expected.

Fox’s ultra-ambitious reality series “Utopia” is likely to be the season’s next casualty, after ABC pulled the plug on “Manhattan Love Story” on Oct. 24. It’s doubtful that the little-watched “Utopia” will stay on Fox’s air past November.

“Mulaney” hasn’t done much better, but it does have exec producer Lorne Michaels going for it, plus there is inhouse good will for star John Mulaney and his efforts to right the ship. Meanwhile, “Red Band Society” is a good illustration of how delayed viewing is making it much harder to call hits and misses.

In an attempt to provide the media with a better overall picture of the television audience for their shows, ABC, CBS and NBC this fall joined Fox in including Live+7 projections in their next-day ratings analysis. These estimates can sometimes be off by as much as 20% or more — but they are likely here to stay.

While a week’s worth of DVR playback can make a good performer look great, it can’t miraculously do much for a show that draws a tiny same-night rating and doesn’t have much buzz.

“Manhattan Love Story,” for example, bowed Sept. 30 to a low 1.3 rating in adults 18-49, and also proved to be the smallest Live+7 gainer among the week’s scripted shows (rising a mere 0.2). It fell to a 0.7 same-night rating in its most recent outing, and got the axe even after ABC had ordered more scripts of the show.

“Red Band,” on the other hand, did a 1.1 same-night rating that week (its third episode), but shot up to a 1.9 in L+7 — an indication that while it may not be a show viewers choose to watch on Wednesdays vs. “Modern Family” or “Criminal Minds,” it remains on the radar of a sizable group of young adults who have made a point to keep up with it at their convenience.

This explains in part why Fox ordered four more scripts for “Red Band.” Of course, the fact it hails from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and ABC Studios doesn’t hurt — as Fox wants to demonstrate its openness to product from outside studio suppliers following the streamlining of leadership at the network and at the 20th Century Fox TV production division.

Fox gave a full-season nod to Warner Bros. TV’s “Gotham” on the heels of the show’s big opening. ABC made a statement with its early pickups of “Black-ish” and “How to Get Away With Murder.” NBC has extended “The Mysteries of Laura” and CW did the same with “The Flash,” which sprinted out of the gate; its “Jane the Virgin” got by on good looks and glowing reviews.

The premieres of both “Gotham” and “Murder” gained more than 2 full demo ratings points in L+7. “Murder” set a U.S. television record, when nearly 7 million viewers watched it in the seven days following its premiere.

Also looking pretty good (and performing consistently) are CBS’ “Madam Secretary” and NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura,” older-skewing shows that nonetheless have performed solidly enough in adults 25-54 to earn full-season pickups. And ABC’s “Forever” and “Cristela” have hung in there, with the former giving the net a Tuesday-at-10 pulse.

In addition to “Scorpion” and “Madam Secretary,” CBS has also renewed “Stalker” and “NCIS: New Orleans,” the latter of which has shown strong retention of its mothership lead-in.

NBC launched three comedies, and has yet to launch its drama biggie, Katherine Heigl’s “State of Affairs” (premiering Nov. 17). Thursday sitcom “Bad Judge,” like “A to Z,” has been middling at best, but there’s support internally for both shows and their stars. The jury’s still out on “Marry Me” (which debuted Oct. 14).

In this season of time-shifting and schedule-juggling, perhaps the biggest surprise of all is that the major networks have more greenlights flashing than red lights — so far.

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Technology/Business Notes
Apple vs. Retail - who wins mobile p
By Jefferson Graham, USA Today - Oct. 28, 2014

LOS ANGELES — The topic of mobile payments — and specifically, Apple Pay — is so hot that it helped the stock of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba become the latest to blow past $100 a share, before closing just below it.

The stock's rise on Tuesday was tied to comments made by Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma during a conference Monday in California. Ma said he'd be receptive to working with Apple on a mobile payments system. Alibaba owns Alipay, a payment service that has its own mobile payments system.

For years, analysts have predicted that paying for goods with a smartphone was going to be the next big thing. Apple, which launched its mobile payment system last week, already claims it is No. 1, registering 1 million credit cards in just three days.

"We've been told by MasterCard and Visa that if you summed up everyone else in mobile payments, we're already No. 1," Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the WSJDLive conference here, where Ma also spoke.

But Apple Pay is only available at a handful of retailers, including Whole Foods Market, McDonald's and Macy's. To grow, Apple will have to convince more retailers to sign on.

Big retail is developing a competing system set for launch in 2015, one it hopes will help the industry avoid steep credit card processing fees and help it with customer loyalty programs and other consumer data. And Google, meanwhile has laid the groundwork for its Google Wallet, which is accepted at many stores but has yet to find much consumer acceptance.

So which system will ultimately win? And will more big retailers give in and start accepting Apple Pay?

Analysts are pondering such questions in the wake of the decision by CVS and Rite Aid to disable in-store mobile payment pinpads — initially set up for Google Wallet — because iPhone owners were using them with Apple Pay.

"They'll cave," says Creative Strategies analyst Tim Bajarin. "The demand from the consumer to use Apple Pay will be just too great."

Walmart, Best Buy, Sears and others are part of the Merchant Customer Exchange, which is developing its own mobile payment system, CurrentC. It is being tested in Minnesota. Unlike Apple Pay, which works only with the latest iPhones and a built-in NFC chip, any smartphone would work with CurrentC using a QR code to secure the transaction.

Walmart said MCX members "believe merchants are in the best position to provide a mobile solution because of their deep insights into their customers' shopping and buying experiences."

Can big retail make credit card fees go away? James Anderson, a senior vice-president with MasterCard, doubts it.

"If they want to execute this new plan, go for it, and good luck," he says. By not accepting Apple Pay, "they make a decision that could upset their customer base. That's a brave decision to make."

Deepika Pandey, a group vice president with Walgreens, says mobile payments at the pharmacy chain have doubled since Apple Pay launched. "We're very happy with the results," she says. The company has been working with Google since it launched Google Wallet.

Gene Munster, an analyst with Piper Jaffray, says there is no motivation for consumers to use the competing MCX program.

"The odds of it being successful is about 1%," he says. "This is not a technology game, it's about getting customers to use it. Apple has a powerful way to get people involved."

Alibaba shares closed up 1.9%, to $99.68 and had been as high as $100.67 during the day. At its Sept. 18 initial public offering, shares were initially priced at $68 a share.

(Contributing: Matt Krantz.)

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TV Notes
History offers for-credit college course with University of Oklahoma
By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times - Oct. 29, 2014

Three credits shy of your college degree? Cable TV may have the solution for you.

In recent years, History has made a name for itself airing stuff like "Pawn Stars," "Ice Road Truckers" and "Ax Men," as well as the scripted hit, "Vikings." Now it's getting into the college education business.

The channel has teamed with the University of Oklahoma for what's called the fist "network-branded online course for college credit."

The course is called "United States, 1865 to the Present" and will cover such topics as industrialization and urbanization, the Gilded Age and progressivism, the two World Wars, the Cold War, Vietnam, Watergate and America in the current century.

The 16-week course, which will begin in January, is being taught by OU professor Steve Gillon, who also has the distinction of being History's "scholar-in-residence."

The course will use the Janux online learning community system created by OU.

Prospective students will have the option to sign up for the $500 version for three college credits or the $250 version that is just the class with no credit.

For an additional $2.99 you can rent "Animal House" on Amazon and have Dean Wormer tell you that going through life fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life.

Further courses between History and the University of Oklahoma are in the works for future semesters.

More information can be found here.

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TV Review
The long and short of Frances McDormand in HBO's 'Olive Kitteridge'
Great performances, but perhaps the wrong length for adapting Elizabeth Strout's book
By Alan Sepinwall, HitFix.com - Oct. 29, 2014

The last time HBO turned a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel set in Maine into a miniseries, it was 2005's "Empire Falls," which boasted a star-studded cast but was exactly the wrong length at four hours: too short to properly tell all of the books' stories and give the audience the necessary feeling of living among these characters, and much too long for the thin slice the filmmakers were able to carve out of the book.

HBO's new miniseries "Olive Kitteridge" (it debuts Sunday night at 9) is also adapted from a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel set in Maine, and also clocks in at four hours. And though I haven't read the Elizabeth Strout book on which it's based, it certainly feels like the same mistake has been made about its length.

Directed by Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right") and written by HBO movie veteran Jane Anderson ("Normal," "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom"), the miniseries presents vignettes over 25 years in the life of Olive (Frances McDormand), an unyielding Yankee who holds her husband Henry (Richard Jenkins), her son Christopher (played by Devin McKenzie Druid as a kid and John Gallagher Jr. as an adult), and the world at large to a very high standard, and has no problem telling people in the bluntest possible terms how they've failed to live up to that standard. (Christopher grows up to become a doctor, but she dismisses his accomplishments: "You're a podiatrist; it doesn't count.") She lacks the patience for displays of sentiment — when Henry acts dismayed that she's throwing out a Valentine's Day card that he just gave her, she says, "I read it" — and good manners are what she expects from other people, and not necessarily from herself.

At one point, Christopher understandably objects to how she treats him, and Olive replies with a "Poor you" that sounds very much like it came from the mouth of the worst HBO mother of them all. Tony Soprano once recalled the way his mother treated his father, and marvels that "she wore him down to a nub." Watching "Olive Kitteridge," viewers may feel like Henry is suffering the same fate in real time right in front of them.

As Christopher notes, Olive tends to behave more warmly towards people outside her immediate family — a trait she and her husband (who is otherwise her temperamental opposite) share. Olive looks out for troubled kids in school and is attracted to English teacher Jim O'Casey (Peter Mullan from "Top of the Lake"), while Henry has an almost pathological need to rescue the various mousey women who cross his path. (The most prominent, and appealing, of these is pharmacy assistant Denise, played by Zoe Kazan.) The Kitteridge union is simultaneously broken and functional: Olive and Henry don't seem to belong together, but one of the best things the miniseries does is to illustrate the ways in which they do love and take comfort in each other, despite how irritating it is for each to be around the other day after day, year after year.

Along the way, we get glimpses of the other characters who made up the 13 interlocking tales of Strout's book — Rosemarie DeWitt as a mentally ill pharmacy customer, Cory Michael Smith (the would-be Riddler on "Gotham") as the grown-up son who inherited her condition, Libby Winters as Christopher's bride-to-be — but they're not around long enough to make much of an impact, even as it's clear in each case that there's much more of their stories to be told than the miniseries has room for.

And as great as both McDormand and Jenkins are in the lead roles (both are early Emmy frontrunners), their story ultimately feels too repetitive — the miniseries plays as a collection of anecdotes designed to make the same point over and over and over again — to justify the running time. After a while, one begins to feel trapped in the Kitteridge marriage right along with them; that may be exactly what Cholodenko and Anderson were going for, but unlike Olive and Henry, I had the ability to (frequently) put their relationship on pause to find something less suffocating to enjoy. Things liven up in the final hour, thanks to Bill Murray as a wealthy neighbor whom Olive gets to know late in life, but it's a mark of how dour the majority of the project is that Murray feels like a ray of sunshine even underplaying a depressed character.

So much of Olive's story is about repetition: the routine of a marriage in good times and bad, the way that certain character traits — or illnesses — can be passed from generation to generation. On that level, the structure makes sense, but the mini becomes such a slog to get through — especially with everyone outside the marriage (who could have provided some respite from it) reduced to cameos — that the destination isn't worth the long and difficult journey.

I like the idea of HBO as a place where serious novels can be adapted with top talent, and in a relatively faithful fashion that doesn't have to pander to box office in the way a feature film would. But the next time the channel's execs get their hands on a sprawling novel and designate it for a four-hour treatment, they should think serious about either doubling that time or cutting it in half.

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TV Review
‘The McCarthys'
The play's the thing for sports-mad family in new CBS sitcom with Jack McGee, Jimmy Dunn, Joey McIntyre and Kelen Coleman
By David Hinckley, New York Daily News - Oct. 29, 2014

It's an amazing coincidence that all six members of the McCarthy family were born as sitcom characters.

One mother, one father, three sons, one daughter — and it’s almost impossible to imagine any of them outside a sitcom.

Never more than a half sentence from its next gag, “The McCarthys” is even into sports betting. It’s betting that the mystique of Boston sports is enough of a foundation on which to build everything else.

Arthur McCarthy (Jack McGee) coaches high school basketball. With his last season coming up, he’s desperate to win a title.

Arthur and two of his sons — Sean (Jimmy Dunn) and Gerard (Joey McIntyre) — are consumed by sports. So is his daughter, Jackie (Kelen Coleman), who dresses and acts like what she imagines to be every athlete’s fantasy.

The third son, Ronny (Tyler Ritter), is gay. He has somehow resisted knowing much about sports despite spending much of his life with his family watching the Sox, Celtics, Pats and Bruins.

Ronny is, however, the favorite son of his mother Marjorie (Laurie Metcalf). They watch “The Good Wife” together.

Essentially, the show is a half hour of heartwarming wrapped in wisecracks, sports gags and the small crises of working-class life.

Sitcoms have succeeded on less, and while “The McCarthys” won’t dazzle anyone with spectacular dunks, it’s counting on the fundamentals being enough.

‘The McCarthys’
Network/Air Date: Thursday at 9:30 p.m., CBS
Rating: ★★★ (out of five)


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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 - It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Special)
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9PM - Scandal
10PM - How To Get Away With Murder
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11:35AM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Scott Foley; Smokey Robinson, Aloe Blacc and JC Chasez perform)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - The Big Bang Theory
8:31PM - Mom (Season Premiere)
9:01PM - Two and a Half Men (Season Premiere)
9:30PM - The McCarthys (Series Premiere)
10PM - Elementary (Season Premiere)
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11:50PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Brian Williams; Perfume Genius performs)
12:52AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Cedric the Entertainer; Jayma Mays)

NBC:
8PM - The Biggest Loser
9PM - Bad Judge
9:30PM - A to Z
10:01PM - Parenthood
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11:34AM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Gordon Ramsay; "Fallonventions"; Little Big Town performs)
12:36AM - Late Night with Seth Myers (Zooey Deschanel; Ken Marino; writer Brad Meltzer)
1:36AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Director Dan Gilroy; Broods performs; comic Grant Cotter)

FOX:
8PM - Bones
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9PM - Gracepoint

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - The 'This Old House' Hour
9PM - Masterpiece Classic - The Paradise, Series 2: Episode 5
(R - Oct. 26)
10PM - Antiques Roadshow: Jacksonville
(R - Oct. 27)

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

THE CW:
8PM - The Vampire Diaries
9PM - Reign

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Reina de Corazones
9PM - Los Miserables
10PM - Señora de Acero

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Rock band Spoon)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Politician David Miliband)
12:01AM - At Midnight (Steve Agee; Brian Posehn; Aisha Tyler)
12:31AM - Adam Devine's House Party (Sabrina Jalees, Nick Rutherford and Jesus Trejo perform)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Jake Gyllenhaal; Judy Greer; rock band The War on Drugs)
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Peter Pan Drama ‘The League Of Pan’ Set At Fox With Imagine TV & Andrew Miller
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Oct. 29, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: League Of Pan, a modern day twist on Peter Pan, has landed at Fox with a script commitment plus penalty. The mystery drama hails from 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Imagine Television. Written by Andrew Miller, developer/executive produced of CW’s The Secret Circle, League Of Pan is described as a grounded, edgy, soapy thriller featuring updated versions of all favorite Neverland characters. It picks up the Lost Boys fifteen years after they left Neverland. Now men and very much estranged, the Lost Boys are forced back together when they realize someone is killing them off one by one. To find out who and why and stay alive, they’ll have to get past the bitter rivalries and bad blood that forced them out of paradise and rediscover the magic that made them fearless. This time in the very real world of contemporary Los Angeles.

Miller executive produces with Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo.

20th TV and Imagine first took a stab at League Of Pan two seasons ago when they optioned a script by newcomer Brian McCauley Johnson with the idea of bringing in a showrunner to write a script based on the basic premise. Miller will write a new script, with Johnson getting a producer credit.

The Lost Boys, who originated in J.M. Barrie’s play Peter Pan, are boys lost by their nannies who have been whisked off to Neverland to live with Peter Pan. In Barrie’s play and subsequent novel, the Lost Boys return to London with the Darling kids to live with their family, while in the Disney movies they stay at Neverland with Peter.

Peter Pan has been very much in the zeitgeist since 20th TV and Imagine first identified League Of Pan. ABC’s fairytale drama Once Upon A Time did a Peter Pan arc. This development season, NBC has single-camera modern-day romantic comedy Wendy And Peter, inspired by Peter Pan, which also has a script order with penalty. And NBC has the upcoming Peter Pan Live!, a live staging of the Broadway musical.

Imagine TV and 20th TV also have thriller Digital Fortress, based on Dan Brown’s novel, set up at ABC with a put pilot commitment. The companies’ new hip-hop family drama series Empire is coming up this season. Miller is with WME.

http://deadline.com/2014/10/league-o...miller-865100/

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‘American Gigolo’ Series In Works At Paramount TV With Jerry Bruckheimer
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Oct. 29, 2014

Paramount Television is pulling another marquee title from Paramount’s movie library for a series adaptation with top original auspices attached. The company is developing a television adaptation of the film noir classic, American Gigolo, with Jerry Bruckheimer, who was a producer of the 1980 movie with Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton, executive producing. The film’s director and writer, Paul Schrader, will serve as an executive consultant. “With its signature noir aesthetic, American Gigolo has remained a deeply entertaining, psychological thriller and I’m thrilled to partner with (Paramount’s) Brad (Grey) and Amy (Powell) on remaking it into a television series,” said Bruckheimer.

Jerry Bruckheimer Television’s Jonathan Littman will be an executive producer, KristieAnne Reed will serve as co-executive producer, and Michael Azzolino will produce.

In a star-making turn, the 1980 movie featured Gere as Julian Kaye, a male escort in Los Angeles. Here is a trailer: [CLICK LINK]

Paramount TV is co-producing Minority Report, a drama, based on the Paramount movie, which has a big put pilot commitment at Fox. The company also has a live staging of Grease at Fox, a 13-episode pickup by sibling cable network Nickelodeon for a live-action musical comedy based on the 2003 Paramount feature School Of Rock and is developing a Shutter Island series for HBO with Martin Scorsese and a Shooter drama adaptation at TNT with the movie’s star Mark Wahlberg producing.

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Navy SEAL Who Killed Osama Bin Laden to Reveal Identity on Fox News
By Jordan Chariton, TheWrap.com - Oct. 29, 2014

Fox News has landed an interview with the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden, the network announced Wednesday.

Correspondent Peter Doocy will host a two-part documentary, “The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden,” on November 11th and 12th from 10-11p.m.

The exclusive interview with the Navy SEAL who says he fired the shots that killed the terrorist leader will delve into the U.S. raid into bin Laden's compound and the events that led up to the historic mission.

Known as “The Shooter,” the SEAL will reveal his identity for the first time. He previously spoke with Esquire last year, complaining that his health care had ended when he left the military. In that interview, the SEAL didn't reveal his identity.

The raid has already been depicted in several documentaries, and on the big screen in “Zero Dark Thirty.”

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History offers for-credit college course with University of Oklahoma
By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times - Oct. 29, 2014

Three credits shy of your college degree? Cable TV may have the solution for you.
So the History Channel finally caught up with the early 1960s!

I remember "Sunrise Semester" being on TV early in the morning where people could sign up and get college credit, and that was before anyone on our block had color TV. And I recall the show being listed in the TV listings in the Los Angeles Times.

And now that I live in Oregon instead of eight miles south of Mt. Wilson, the local community college has been broadcasting lectures of selected classes for years so people could register for one of those courses and have to show up on campus only for taking tests. (Now I don't think they even have to be on campus.)

For the past decade there have been several classes where one can register online, stream the lectures, participate in a forum, and take tests, all without setting foot on campus at the local community college, and get credit.

At least now what History Channel is doing is in color and in high definition, neither of which were true from my memories of Sunrise Semester of some 50 years ago.

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History offers for-credit college course with University of Oklahoma
By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times - Oct. 29, 2014

In recent years, History has made a name for itself airing stuff like "Pawn Stars," "Ice Road Truckers" and "Ax Men," as well as the scripted hit, "Vikings." Now it's getting into the college education business.
Damn, why didn't I come up with the idea of teaching history on the HC? I guess that's why they are executives and I'm not. Hopefully, they will be airing classes on self-esteem because I feel so inferior.
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I think you'll have to wait until the Self-esteem Channel launches. Watch it quickly though because within 12 months they will only be showing Law and Order, 2.5 Men and Big Bang Theory reruns.
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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 Insights' Blog.

THURSDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insights' Blog.
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
‘Black-ish’ grows against World Series Game 7
Comedy averages a 2.7 in 18-49s, up 13 percent from last week
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Oct. 30, 2014

Ratings for Game 7 of the World Series surged on Fox last night.

But even against the additional competition, ABC’s new comedy “Black-ish” rose to its best rating in three weeks.

The show posted a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen, up 13 percent over last week.

Lead-in “Modern Family” was even to last week with a 3.4, making “Black-ish’s” growth more promising for ABC because it was not lead-in dependent. “Family” was the top non-sports show of the night.

ABC’s “Nashville” also bettered last week’s rating, rising a tenth to a 1.5.

And the CW’s “Arrow” (1.0) and “The 100” (0.6) were both up a tenth.

Other programs did not hold up as well against the World Series, with two other new shows, NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura” (1.2) and CBS’s “Stalker” (1.5), dropping a tenth to series lows.

CBS’s “Criminal Minds” fell 8 percent from last week, to a 2.3, but “Survivor” was steady with a 2.2.

And ABC’s 8 p.m. block of comedies, “The Middle” (1.9, down 14 percent) and “The Goldbergs” (2.1, down 8 percent), both slid.

Note: Ratings for Game 7 of the World Series will be posted on Media Life later this afternoon when they are released. The fast national numbers for the World Series are inaccurate, as they do not take time zones into account. They are based on timeslot and not actual program data.

But based on those preliminary ratings, viewership for the San Francisco Giants’ clincher was way up over Tuesday’s Game 6.

Fox was first for the night among 18-49s with a 5.7 average overnight rating and a 17 share. ABC was second at 2.2/6, CBS third at 2.0/6, NBC and Univision tied for fourth at 1.0/3, CW sixth at 0.8/2 and Telemundo seventh at 0.5/2

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.

Fox led each hour with the World Series, starting with a 5.5 at 8 p.m., followed by CBS with a 2.2 for “Survivor.” ABC was third with a 2.0 for “Middle” (1.8) and “Goldbergs” (2.1), NBC and Univision tied for fourth at 1.2, NBC for “Laura” and Univision for “Mi Corazon es Tuyo,” CW was sixth with a 1.0 for “Arrow” and Telemundo seventh with a 0.4 for “Reina de Corazones.”

At 9 p.m. Fox was first with a 5.5 for baseball, while ABC moved to second with a 3.1 for “Family” (3.4) and “Black-ish” (2.7). CBS was third with a 2.3 for “Minds,” Univision fourth with a 1.2 for “Hasta el Fin del Mundo,” NBC fifth with a 0.9 for a repeat of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” CW sixth with a 0.6 for “The 100″ and Telemundo seventh with a 0.4 for “Los Miserables.”

Fox was first again at 10 p.m. with a 5.9 for baseball, with ABC and CBS tied for second at 1.5, ABC for “Nashville” and CBS for “Stalker.” NBC and Univision tied for fourth at 0.8, NBC for a repeat of “Chicago P.D.” and Univision for “La Malquerida,” and Telemundo was sixth with a 0.7 for “Señora Acero.”

Among households, Fox finished first for the night with an 11.7 average overnight rating and a 19 share. CBS was second at 5.6/9, ABC third at 4.7/7, NBC fourth at 3.6/6, CW fifth at 1.5/2, Univision sixth at 1.4/2 and Telemundo seventh at 0.8/1.

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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 - Oct. 31, 2013

FRIDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: ABC, “Shark Tank” 9 p.m.
Pitches include a belt that’s easy for kids to use and a karaoke machine that adds in vocal harmonies.

Best bet on cable: Travel Channel, “Ghost Adventures” 9 p.m. The guys take a trip to Ireland and learn the origins of Halloween.

Top sporting event: ESPN, “NBA Basketball,” 8 p.m. Should be an entertaining doubleheader featuring Cavs-Bulls and Clippers-Lakers.

SATURDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: NBC, “Saturday Night Live,”11:30 p.m.
Could see a ratings boost with host Chris Rock and musical guest Prince.

Best bet on cable: ESPN, “College Football,” 7 p.m. Game with huge playoff implications (still feels weird to say that about college football) between No. 3 Auburn and No. 4 Ole Miss.

Top sporting event: NBCSN, “Major League Soccer,” 8 p.m. The first game of the Western Conference semifinal series between Salt Lake and Los Angeles.

SUNDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: CBS, “CSI,” 10:30 p.m.
Morgan, Sara and Finlay think they have time to relax, then a mass shooting breaks out.

Best bet on cable: Discovery Channel, “Skyscraper Live With Nik Wallenda” 7 p.m. Wallenda’s latest over-the-top stunt sees him walk between two skyscrapers in Chicago, which is dauntingly nicknamed The Windy City.

Top sporting event: NBC, “Sunday Night Football,” 8:20 p.m. An AFC North rivalry game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.


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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
8:30PM - Cristela
9PM - Shark Tank
10PM - 20/20: Do Your ****** Job!
* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Halloween costume pageant; Andy Samberg; Rosie Perez; The Flaming Lips perform)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - The Amazing Race
9PM - Hawaii Five-0
10PM - Blue Bloods
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Keith Olbermann; comic Brian Regan; Run the Jewels performs)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Ted Danson; comic Alingon Mitra)

NBC:
8PM - Dateline NBC
9PM - Grimm
10PM - Constantine
* * * *
11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Kevin Spacey; Olivia Munn; comic duo The Lucas Bros.)
12:36AM - Late Night with Seth Myers (Rachel Maddow; Matt Ryan; comic Wyatt Cenac)
(R - Oct. 16)
1:37AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (J.K. Simmons; Best Coast performs; Willis Earl Beal)
(R - Oct. 6)

FOX:
8PM - Uthopia
9PM - Gotham
(R - Oct. 20)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Washington Week With Gwen Ifill
8:30PM - Charlie Rose This Week
9PM - Michael Feinstein at the Rainbow Room -- PBS Arts Fall Festival
10PM - Art in the Twenty-First Century: Secrets

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

THE CW:
8PM - Whose Line Is It Anyway?
(R - July 21)
8:30PM - Whose Line Is It Anyway?
(R - Aug. 18)
9PM - America's Next Top Model

TELEMUNDO:
7PM - Movie - Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines (2012)
9PM - Movie: The Thing (2011)

HBO:
10PM - Real Time with Bill Maher (LIVE; Kal Penn; Eva Longoria; Gen. Wesley Clark; journalist Rula Jebreal; Sen. Angus King (Ind-Maine))
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By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Oct. 31, 2014

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
BBC America, 8:00 p.m. ET

Happy Halloween. If you want genuinely creepy TV fare to go along with your spooky festivities, this 1991 high-class, Oscar-winning horror classic is the way to go. Especially if you show the movie with specially prepared TV dinners, with fava beans and a nice chianti. Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster star.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

These are your father’s zombies. Maybe your grandfather’s. But made in 1968, George Romero’s low-budget 1968 movie about the brain-hungry, flesh-seeking undead would inspire the genre for decades, no less than Tod Browning’s 1931 Dracula. Dollar for dollar, it must be one of the most influential horror movies ever made.

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN LIVE AT THE RAINBOW ROOM
PBS, 9:00 p.m.

The reopening of the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center certainly is cause for celebration, in any event. But this particular event (taped, not live, at least in TV terms) is especially welcome. Michael Feinstein opens his Americana songbook, and opens the door of the Rainbow Room to a handful of selected guests, all of whom fill the place with music, and a very entertained invited audience, for an hour. Among the guests: Christine Ebersole. Among the highlights: Nebraska actress June Squibb singing a Sophie Tucker number that I may adopt as my theme song: “I’m Living Alone and I Like It.” Check local listings.

REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER
HBO, 10:00 p.m.

Tonight’s show is heavy on second-tier celebrities, but ones who are very active in politics: Kal Penn (seen, in photo, with another politically connected guy you might recognize) and Eva Longoria. And with midterm elections around the corner, their perspectives on minority voting turnout and trends may prove quite insightful. Also on the bill: Gen. Wesley Clark and Sen. Angus King.

THE FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS
HBO, 11:00 p.m. ET

The city providing the setting and inspiration for tonight’s installment is Nashville. Dave Grohl visits with country legends old and new (represented, respectively, by Dolly Parton and Carrie Underwood). There’s a new song – and on the same night, at the same time in real life, the Foo Fighters also are in Nashville, hosting a sold-out, come-in-costume concert at the famed Ryman Auditorium.


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‘The Divide’ Cancelled By WE TV After One Season
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Oct. 30, 2014

The Divide, which marked WE TV’s first original scripted series, will not be coming back for a second season. “We are extremely proud of The Divide and grateful to its brilliant creators, Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn, and an amazing cast and crew, for bringing this story to life as WE tv’s first scripted series,” the network said in a statement. The Divide, created by LaGravenese and Goldwyn, was originally developed and piloted by WE TV sibling AMC before it was picked up by WE TV as its first original.

The legal drama, described as exploration of morality, ambition, ethics, politics and race in today’s justice system, starred Marin Ireland, Paul Schneider, Damon Gupton, Nia Long and Clarke Peters.

WE tv made a push with The Divide, with its premiere available a week before the July debut on various of platforms, including Roku. Still, The Divide had a quiet 10-episode run, which ended in August.

WE TV is currently in production on its followup original drama series, supernatural one-hour South of Hell, produced by Eli Roth.

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Stephen Colbert Sets Date for Final ‘Colbert Report’ Episode
By Jason Hughes, TheWrap.com - Oct. 30, 2014

Stephen Colbert put an end date on “The Colbert Report” during Thursday's broadcast. The show has been doing a sporadic countdown during the opening credits, but with holidays and days off it wasn't completely clear when the show would end. Now it is.

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 will mark the final episode of “The Colbert Report.” In 2015, Stephen Colbert will make the transition to CBS's “Late Show,” taking over the desk after David Letterman retires. Colbert will retire his fictional “Colbert Report” persona as well, hosting “Late Show” as himself.

“The Colbert Report” launched in 2005 as a spin-off and companion show to Jon Stewart‘s “The Daily Show.” The two shows quickly became cultural institutions, elevating both men to super-stardom.

David Letterman announced in April 2014 that he would be stepping down as host of “Late Show,” which he launched in 1993 after he failed to score “The Tonight Show” hosting gig at NBC. Letterman will step down in 2015, though no specific date has yet been announced.

There is expected to be a break between hosts, with some speculation that Colbert might launch his “Late Show” in September 2015 to coincide with next year's fall television season.

“The Colbert Report” airs Monday through Thursday at 11:30 p.m. ET on Comedy Central. Fellow “Daily Show” correspondent Larry Wilmore is slated to replace Colbert with his new show “The Minority Report,” which will launch in January 2015.

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‘Meredith Vieira Show’ Renewed for Season 2
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Oct. 30, 2014

“The Meredith Vieira Show” will be back for a second round.

The freshman daytime talk show, hosted by “The View” alum Vieira, has been renewed for Season 2 by NBC Owned Television Stations.

The syndicated offering premiered Sept. 8 and hit a ratings high in the women 25-54 demographic for the week ending Oct. 19, averaging a 0.7 for the week.

“We are proud to have Meredith Vieira on our stations for a second season,” said Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. “Meredith is genuine, smart, warm and funny, and she has our strong support to help her continue to grow her show in this very challenging day part.”

“‘The Meredith Vieira Show’ has the full commitment and support of NBCUniversal and we could not be happier to bring it back for a second season,” added Ed Swindler, President NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution and NBC Broadcast Operations. “With its singular host and talented producers, Meredith has grown creatively since launch, continues to gain viewers and we are optimistic it will emerge as a staple in daytime.”

The show is produced and distributed in the U.S. by NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution, with Vieira executive producing along with Rich Sirop and Michael Glantz.

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'Off the Cuff' Podcast: Ben Feldman Spells Return Of Rom-Com in 'A to Z'
Rookie romantic comedy A to Z, starring Mad Men's Ben Feldman and How I Met Your Mother's Cristin Milioti, and Kate Walsh's Bad Judge will not continue beyond their initial 13-episode runs. They will both remain in their current Thursday night time slots.
While receiving favorable reviews from critics, A to Z premiered to mediocre numbers in its 9:30 p.m. Thursday time period following fellow freshman comedy Bad Judge. Opening to a respectable 4.8 million in its Oct. 2 debut, the half-hour series since seen its ratings drop week over week. Its most recent episode on Oct. 30 averaged just over 2.5 million and a 0.7 rating in adults 18-to-49 — the lowest-rated program in its time slot among the Big 4.
Henry Zebrowski, Lenora Crichlow, Christina Kirk, Hong Chau and Parvesh Cheena co-starred in A to Z, which was narrated by Sons of Anarchy's Katey Sagal. Creator Ben Queen executive produced along with Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Bill Callahan and Michael Patrick Jann.
Bad Judge was one of two Gary Sanchez Productions comedies that NBC picked up to series, marking their first broadcast shows. The second, space comedy Mission Control, was canceled before its premiere.
Bad Judge opened to 5.9 million total viewers and a 1.2 among 18-to-49, on par with lead-in The Biggest Loser's haul. The series held its live-plus-same-day premiere score in the demo — marking the first fall series to accomplish the feat.
Thursdays have remained problematic for NBC, which settled for long-running reality series The Biggest Loser to lead the evening, slotted new comedies Bad Judge and A to Z in the 9 p.m. hour against stiff competition (ABC's Scandal, CBS' The Big Bang Theory) and left outgoing drama Parenthood at 10 p.m. as it aims to rebuild the three-hour primetime block.
A to Z is just the latest rom-com to get the axe this season, following ABC's cancellation of the low-rated Manhattan Love Story after four episodes earlier this month.
Lesley Goldberg contributed to this report.

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NBC is letting go of Bad Judge and A to Z.
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NBC's 'Bad Judge' and 'A to Z': TV Reviews

'Off the Cuff' Podcast: Ben Feldman Spells Return Of Rom-Com in 'A to Z'
Rookie romantic comedy A to Z, starring Mad Men's Ben Feldman and How I Met Your Mother's Cristin Milioti, and Kate Walsh's Bad Judge will not continue beyond their initial 13-episode runs. They will both remain in their current Thursday night time slots.
While receiving favorable reviews from critics, A to Z premiered to mediocre numbers in its 9:30 p.m. Thursday time period following fellow freshman comedy Bad Judge. Opening to a respectable 4.8 million in its Oct. 2 debut, the half-hour series since seen its ratings drop week over week. Its most recent episode on Oct. 30 averaged just over 2.5 million and a 0.7 rating in adults 18-to-49 — the lowest-rated program in its time slot among the Big 4.
Henry Zebrowski, Lenora Crichlow, Christina Kirk, Hong Chau and Parvesh Cheena co-starred in A to Z, which was narrated by Sons of Anarchy's Katey Sagal. Creator Ben Queen executive produced along with Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Bill Callahan and Michael Patrick Jann.
Bad Judge was one of two Gary Sanchez Productions comedies that NBC picked up to series, marking their first broadcast shows. The second, space comedy Mission Control, was canceled before its premiere.
Bad Judge opened to 5.9 million total viewers and a 1.2 among 18-to-49, on par with lead-in The Biggest Loser's haul. The series held its live-plus-same-day premiere score in the demo — marking the first fall series to accomplish the feat.
Thursdays have remained problematic for NBC, which settled for long-running reality series The Biggest Loser to lead the evening, slotted new comedies Bad Judge and A to Z in the 9 p.m. hour against stiff competition (ABC's Scandal, CBS' The Big Bang Theory) and left outgoing drama Parenthood at 10 p.m. as it aims to rebuild the three-hour primetime block.
A to Z is just the latest rom-com to get the axe this season, following ABC's cancellation of the low-rated Manhattan Love Story after four episodes earlier this month.
Lesley Goldberg contributed to this report.

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"Bad Judge" is horrible, no loss, but I don't mean to bad judge.

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