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

ABC:
8PM - Last Man Standing
8:30PM - Cristela
9PM - Shark Tank
10PM - 20/20
* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Jim Carrey; Bellamy Young; Oran "Juice" Jones performs)
(R - Nov. 13)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - The Amazing Race
9PM - Hawaii Five-0
10PM - Blue Bloods
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (James Corden; author Norman Lear; TV on the Radio performs)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Cillian Murphy; Jennifer Carpenter; Metallica performs)

NBC:
8PM - Dateline NBC
9PM - Grimm
10PM - Constantine
* * * *
11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Julianne Moore; Michael Cera; Kid Rock performs)
12:36AM - Late Night with Seth Myers (Taylor Schilling; screenwriter Aaron Sorkin; comic Mike Lawrence)
(R - Nov. 13)
1:37AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Cristin Milioti; Bleached performs; director Tommy Wirkola)
(R - Oct. 8)

FOX:
8PM - MasterChef: Junior Edition
(R - Nov. 18)
9PM - Gotham
(R - Nov. 10)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Washington Week With Gwen Ifill
8:30PM - Charlie Rose This Week
9PM - Great Performances: Cats (120 min.)

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

THE CW:
8PM - Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30PM - Whose Line Is It Anyway?
(R - Nov. 7)
9PM - America's Next Top Model

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

HBO:
10PM - Real Time with Bill Maher (LIVE; John Cleese; Seth Rogen; author Chrystia Freeland; journalist Chris Matthews; journalist Roland Martin)
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TV Notes
New Leader at CBS News as Another Returns to ‘60 Minutes’
By Bill Carter, The New York Times - Nov. 21, 2014

CBS News announced a shake-up in leadership on Thursday, elevating David Rhodes to the top position in the division, while moving the chairman, Jeff Fager, back to running the network’s flagship news program, “60 Minutes,” full time.

CBS cast the moves as an orderly transition that was set in motion four years ago when Leslie Moonves, the CBS chief executive, asked Mr. Fager to take over supervision of the news division while remaining as executive producer of “60 Minutes.”

In a memo to staff members, Mr. Moonves described the decision as largely Mr. Fager’s.

“Jeff has convinced me that the time has arrived for the next step in the plan we implemented almost four years ago,” Mr. Moonves wrote, which he said was for Mr. Rhodes to assume leadership as soon as he “got to know the organization.”

In his own memo, Mr. Fager said of Mr. Rhodes, “I hired him almost four years ago with this moment in mind, and he has exceeded all expectations.”

Mr. Rhodes’s title will not change: He will remain president of CBS News. Mr. Fager will give up his title of chairman.

Mr. Fager’s dual role was unusual; the president of the network news division had always been a full-time position. “60 Minutes,” however, has had only two executive producers in its history — Don Hewitt, who founded the program, and Mr. Fager, who succeeded him in 2004.

Under Mr. Fager, “60 Minutes” has continued to be, by far, the most successful prime-time news program in television. And under his leadership CBS has made improvements both in its evening news and morning news ratings.

But the division has endured some turbulence as well during Mr. Fager’s tenure, with “60 Minutes,” coincidentally, at the center of its most troubling incident.

In October 2013, the “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan presented a report about the attacks on the United States Embassy in Benghazi that was subsequently discredited for basing its reporting on a deceptive source. The program was compelled to issue a correction and an apology to viewers. Ms. Logan was suspended for seven months.

Mr. Fager took ultimate responsibility for the errors in the report, saying in a memo to the staff: “As executive producer, I am responsible for what gets on the air. I pride myself in catching almost everything, but this deception got through and it shouldn’t have.”

At the time some CBS News staff members questioned how effectively Mr. Fager could lead the division and run “60 Minutes.”

On Thursday, Mr. Moonves wrote in his memo of Mr. Fager’s work and decision to commit himself solely to the producer’s job, “It is remarkable that he has been capable of excelling at both roles for so long, and I fully understand this action on his part.”

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Critic's/Nielsen Notes
We’re Still a Long Way Away From Knowing How Many People Watch Netflix and Amazon Shows
By Josef Adalian, Vulture.com (New York Magazine) - Nov. 20, 2014

TV ratings wonks were temporarily thrown into a tizzy Tuesday night over a report that numbers giant Nielsen was going to start measuring viewership for streaming services Netflix and Amazon Prime. Both companies have declined to reveal substantial viewership stats, arguing that such measurements are irrelevant (or, at least, less relevant) under their subscription-based business model. But the story in The Wall Street Journal had data junkies rejoicing: We’ll finally know exactly how many people are watching Orange Is the New Black, or whether anyone has actually seen a full episode of Hemlock Grove! Except maybe not. It turns out that Nielsen’s new streaming ratings are probably not going to be the comprehensive yardstick yearned for by quantification addicts.

Nielsen hasn’t issued a press release or statement about its plans, but according to the Journal, starting next month, the company will use its existing in-home metering devices to analyze audio patterns of Netflix and Amazon Prime shows, and then use that information to come up with a metric for how many people are streaming said shows. This tech doesn’t require the subscription-video companies to give their permission, the paper noted. It’s also not comprehensive, since Nielsen’s audio gimmick doesn’t yet work on mobile devices such as iPads or cell phones. This is no small detail: One industry insider familiar with the streaming space says a substantial percentage of Netflix and Amazon viewership takes place via mobile, more so than for traditional broadcast and cable networks. Whatever numbers Nielsen comes up will be incomplete until the company figures out a way to count mobile streams. (The Journal says Nielsen is “working” on that.)

An even bigger question, however, is which Netflix and Amazon programming Nielsen plans to measure. The Journal story only addresses one type of content: TV shows the services license from outside studios (such as Scandal on Netflix or Under the Dome on Amazon). Right now, when a program supplier such as Warner Bros. TV or ABC Studios strikes a deal to put its content on a streaming service, it does so without knowing exactly what sort of benefit that service gets from its show. It could be that 20 percent of all Netflix viewing comes from folks catching up on Breaking Bad, for all the studios know. Or it could be the reason ratings for New Girl are down so much in recent years is because folks now watch the show a year later on Netflix. Nielsen senior vice-present Brian Fuhrer told the Journal that his company’s new data stream means “our clients will be able to look at their programs and understand: Is putting content on Netflix impacting the viewership” on other platforms?

What the Journal story doesn’t mention at all is whether Nielsen has any plans to tally viewership for original content produced exclusively for Netflix and Amazon — shows such as Orange, Transparent, and House of Cards. In theory, it would seem the same Nielsen tech that measures the audio on Scandal could also pick up whatever House of Cards sounds like. One industry insider, however, wonders whether Nielsen would bother spending the time and money to measure Netflix and Amazon originals unless a specific client were willing to foot the bill for it. The Journal notes that, at least initially, “companies will be able to view program ratings only for their own content,” though ultimately the ratings would able to subscribe to a broader measurement. Netflix and Amazon, however, are never going to pay Nielsen to measure their shows, since both companies have much more accurate internal figures. There’s one possible wrinkle, however: Some Netflix shows, including House of Cards, are produced by outside companies and licensed exclusively to Netflix. It’s conceivable one of those companies — Media Rights Capital, in the case of Cards— could decide it wants hard viewership figures for its shows, either to strike a better deal or to use as leverage in selling the show in markets where Netflix doesn’t have rights. But this is all speculation, and even if MRC or another company were to pay Nielsen to measure its shows, there’s no guarantee the rest of us would see that information. The bottom line: We’re still probably a long way away from seeing streaming shows listed alongside network shows on Nielsen’s weekly ratings charts.

http://www.vulture.com/2014/11/niels...explainer.html
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TV Review
'Cats': A musical memory fine-tuned for TV
PBS has tweaked a 1997 staging of Andrew Lloyd Weber's classic musical. Don't try to watch it on your iPad.
By David Hinckley, New York Daily News - Nov. 20, 2014

There wasn't much reason not to see "Cats" on Broadway, since it ran there for approximately as long as the Middle Ages.

But if you somehow missed it, or more likely just want to relive the moment, PBS has polished up this 1997 London staging with a new orchestra and some tweaks to the video.

The fine Elaine Page stars as Grizabella, the queen mother cat who gets the spotlight musical moment when she sings "Memory."

It practically defines the term "grandiose" in framing a musical theater performance.

The strength of "Cats," one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's several theater institutions, lies in its staging, choreography and costumes.

It's not that they're the best ever, just that they blend into the non-stop spectacle that kept "Cats" a must-see among Broadway visitors long after the regular Broadway crowd had seen it.

The music, now as then, feels overblown, though it's arguable that's part of its appeal.

As for seeing it on television, this is a case where there's a direct correlation between the size of your TV screen and the splendor of what's happening on stage.

Don't try to watch this on your phone, kids. Don't even bother.

Truth is, not even the highest definition cameras can capture the experience of watching a live performance. There's so much going on with the real live three-dimensional stage, even among performers standing still, that a camera focused on the featured performers eliminates.

And for all that, fans of "Cats" will find this free televised production a treat. There's a reason half the world watched it on Broadway.

‘Cats’
Network/Air Date: PBS, Friday at 9 p.m.
Rating: ★★★ (out of five)


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TV lights up holiday season with new programming
By Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's 'Tuned In' Blog - Nov. 21, 2014

HBO ordered a remake of the 1970s sci-fi drama “Westworld” to series. The show, executive produced by J.J. Abrams (“Star Trek: Into Darkness”) and writer/director Jonathan Nolan (“Person of Interest”), stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Jeffrey Wright and Thandie Newton.
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ABC’s Thursday lineup of Shonda Rhimes-produced shows, which all air their fall finales tonight.

The lineup has lifted the network to its best start on Thursdays in five years, and a key part of that is “Grey’s Anatomy,” which airs tonight at 8 p.m.

When “Grey’s,” Rhimes’ first program, debuted in 2005, it was a bit of an afterthought.

A midseason replacement that slipped onto the schedule months after ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” and “Lost” had already become smash hits, “Grey’s” did well at first but grew into a sensation the next season, when it aired behind the Super Bowl and suddenly became broadcast’s top scripted series in 18-49s.

The next fall, ABC moved the show to Thursdays, where the network had struggled for years, and immediately gained traction.

But even with “Grey’s” as the 9 p.m. anchor for nearly a decade, ABC has struggled to fill out the rest of its Thursday lineup. It tried to fill the gaping holes with a parade of new shows, only one of which, “Scandal,” worked out.

Finally this season ABC found the right formula: Putting three Rhimes shows right in a row. “Grey’s” moved to 8 p.m. and has ably filled the slot, averaging a 2.6 adults 18-49 Nielsen rating, more than double what the network averaged last year in that hour.

With “Scandal” at 9 p.m. and new hit “How to Get Away with Murder” at 10, ABC has won every Thursday of the November sweeps so far, and figures to do it again tonight. The trio of shows will be back with original episodes in January.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/fin...-looking-good/[/quote]



Quite an unprecedented run. They might as well call it 'Thank God It's Shonda's Night.'

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Re: Obama's speech. San Diego affiliates carried it live. Not an issue with network programming since it aired at 5:00 PM Pacific time.

Probably same all over Pacific time zone.
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Re: Obama's speech. San Diego affiliates carried it live. Not an issue with network programming since it aired at 5:00 PM Pacific time.

Probably same all over Pacific time zone.
We'll do it live!


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Critic's Notes
ABC anchor David Muir: From Pizza Chef to Muppets Interview, It's All in the Night's News
By Ed Bark, TVWorthWatching.com - Nov. 20, 2014

John Muir was a naturalist, most in his element when alone in the elements.

ABC’s David Muir is a TV natural, in his element alone at a news desk but more so when out and about doing things that networks anchors just didn’t used to do.

On the Monday, Nov. 17 edition of World News Tonight, he earnestly put together his own pizza for a “Made In America” segment on the virtues of California olive oil. “Mine is just not going to be quite as pretty as yours,” he told a New York City restaurateur before happily removing his personal pie from the oven and taste-testing it. Mmm, pretty good.

The Monday, Nov. 10 World News found him interviewing Muppet characters for his story on Sesame Street’s 45th anniversary. Muir, who just turned 41, grew up watching the show as a kid. “Did you know he was actually orange in the first season?” he asked viewers, referencing Oscar the Grouch.

ABC chief meteorologist Ginger Zee, who lately has logged ample time on World News during the cold weather snap, also found time to jump out of a plane on Friday, Nov. 7 during a Good Morning America segment. For some reason, Muir found this to be newsworthy. So on that night’s World News, he narrated some of the footage of Zee “taking us with her for every single second of her skydive live.”

At the close of that same newscast, Muir hung out backstage with Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Louis C.K. and John Oliver, all of who performed at a Wounded Warriors benefit. Muir beckoned Lee Woodruff, wife of ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff, to join him with Oliver. “You’re a poser,” she told the host of HBO’s satirical Last Week Tonight. “This is a real newsman.”

“No one’s denying that,” Oliver said twice while Muir seemed to enjoy the moment.

In the past week, Muir also has huddled up close with a 93-year-old World War II veteran (left) and Sarah Jessica Parker, somewhat dubiously named World News’ “Person of the Week” for her efforts on behalf of the New York City ballet.

“No one ever stops construction for me,” he said when she turned heads as they walked through Manhattan.

Muir, young enough to be the kid brother of either Brian Williams or Scott Pelley, also logs ample time on ABC’s Good Morning America, where he’s usually somewhere near Zee. He’s not averse to a little dancing on the side during the show’s live concert segments. Problem is, GMA has gotten so slaphappy that even Zee’s predecessor, Sam Champion, has carped about its content. And he’s a guy who was the slaphappiest of them all.

But this just in: It’s working. The carefully managed softening of ABC’s World News, GMA and Nightline, under the guidance of former news president Ben Sherwood (soon to be president of the ABC-Disney Television Group), has paid ratings dividends across the board. GMA has risen to No. 1 in its pitched battle with former kingpin Today while Nightline’s often goop-infested presentation is beating both Seth Meyers and Craig Ferguson in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (the main advertiser target audience for news programming).

World News, which Muir has anchored since taking over for Diane Sawyer on Sept. 1 of this year, still trails NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams by a relatively small margin in total viewers. But it has inched ahead among 25-to-54-year-olds, beating Nightly News in seven of the last eight weeks, including the latest one (Nov. 10-14).

NBC is striving to keep Williams at or near the top with a new slogan -- “He’s been there. He’ll be there.”

Celebrating his 10th anniversary as anchor of Nightly News, Williams spent considerable time in the hard reporting wilderness -- both domestically and abroad -- before succeeding Tom Brokaw. Touting his experience is another way of saying that Muir is a pretty boy poser without portfolio.

But despite his boyish matinee idol good looks, Muir has some solid reporting credentials in the bank. In fact he’s been all over the globe, just as Williams was during his run-up to Nightly News anchordom.

It’s still doubtful that Williams would agree to a chat with the Muppets or a stint as an ad hoc pizza chef on Nightly News. But he’s not exactly pure in terms of the fading debate over how network news anchors should conduct themselves. Williams has hosted Saturday Night Live and long has had a killer sense of humor as a late night talk show guest. In fact, he could teach Muir quite a bit about how to deliver a punch line.

For now, Muir still has the boundless energy of a very cuddly and cute puppy. He’ll do what needs to be done in rapidly changing times. All of this comes with the complete endorsement and encouragement of his bosses, who no doubt loved him in that cook’s apron and might be lobbying him to next do a stint as a bartender. Never fear. They’ll find a “news” angle.

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THURSDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insights' Blog: http://www.tvmediainsights.com/forum...sday-112014-4/.
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
ABC wins fourth Thursday of sweeps
First time in 23 years the network has swept four sweeps Thursdays
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Nov. 21, 2013

For the first time in 23 years, ABC has won all four Thursday nights of the November sweeps period.

The network wrapped up its fourth straight Thursday victory last night with the fall finales of its Shonda Rhimes lineup, on a night where ratings were thrown off a bit by President Barack Obama’s 17-minute primetime address on immigration.

ABC averaged a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating and 9 share, well ahead of No. 2 CBS with a 2.1/6.

In many parts of the country, Obama’s speech preempted primetime from 8 to 8:17 p.m., which means overnight ratings are not accurate. They will adjust when final numbers are released later today.

But based on the overnights, ABC’s “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder” tied as the night’s No. 2 show, both with a 3.1. “Murder” was up 7 percent from last week, while “Scandal” was off a tenth.

“Grey’s Anatomy” was even to last week with a 2.4 at 8 p.m.

CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” was, as usual, the night’s top show with a 4.0. Lead-out “Mom” hit a series high once again with a 2.7.

At 9 p.m., “Two and a Half Men” grew 10 percent from last week. However, CBS did have local affiliate preemptions for the NFL, which may have artificially inflated ratings.

NBC’s “Parenthood” drew a season-high 1.5 at 10 p.m., and all four of the network’s shows were up week to week.

Fox’s “Bones” (1.3) and “Gracepoint” (0.8) were both even to last week.

And the CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” was up a tenth, to a 0.8.

ABC led the night among 18-49s with a 2.9 average overnight rating and a 9 share. CBS was second at 2.1/6, Univision third at 2.0/6, NBC fourth at 1.3/4, Fox fifth at 1.0/3 and CW and Telemundo tied for sixth 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.

CBS began the night in the lead with a 3.4 at 8 p.m. for “Bang” (4.0) and “Mom” (2.7), followed by ABC with a 2.4 for “Grey’s.” Univision was third with a 2.2 for its first hour of the Latin Grammys. NBC and Fox tied for fourth at 1.3, NBC for “The Biggest Loser” and Fox for “Bones.” CW was sixth with a 0.8 for “The Vampire Diaries” and Telemundo seventh with a 0.7 for “Reina de Corazones.”

At 9 p.m. ABC moved to first with a 3.1 for “Scandal,” while Univision jumped to second with a 2.1 for the Latin Grammys. CBS was third with a 1.8 for “Men” (2.3) and “The McCarthys” (1.4, even to last week), NBC fourth with a 1.0 for “Bad Judge” (1.2) and “A to Z” (0.9), Fox fifth with a 0.8 for “Gracepoint,” Telemundo sixth with a 0.5 for “Los Misreables” and CW seventh with a 0.4 for “Reign.”

ABC was first again at 10 p.m. with a 3.1 for “Murder,” with Univision second with a 1.7 for the Latin Grammys. NBC was third with a 1.5 for “Parenthood,” CBS fourth with a 1.0 for “Elementary” and Telemundo fifth with a 0.7 for “Señora Acero.”

Among households, ABC was first for the night with a 6.3 average overnight rating and a 10 share. CBS was second at 5.5/9, NBC third at 2.8/5, Fox fourth at 2.7/4, Univision fifth at 2.2/4, CW sixth at 1.0/2 and Telemundo seventh at 0.8/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/abc-wins-fourth-thursday-sweeps/

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TV Notes
Best tube bets this weekend
The top draws on broadcast and cable and in sports
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Nov. 21, 2013

FRIDAY

Best bet on broadcast
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CW, “Whose Line Is It Anyway” 8 p.m. Season finale. Comedian Heather Anne Campbell guests on the improv comedy’s season-ender.

Best bet on cable:
HBO, “Real Time with Bill Maher” 10 p.m. Season finale. Seth Rogen, John Cleese, Chris Matthews and Roland Martin all guest.

Top sporting event: ESPN, “NBA Basketball,” 8 p.m.
The surprisingly mediocre Cavs take on the surprisingly good Wizards in Washington.

SATURDAY

Best bet on broadcast
:
ABC, “College Football,” 8 p.m. Rivalry game between USC and UCLA should draw the most viewers of the night on broadcast.

Best bet on cable:
AMC, “Hell on Wheels,” 9 p.m. Season finale. Cullen returns to get his family as the railroad heads out of Cheyenne.

Top sporting event:
ESPN, “College Football,” 12 p.m. Interesting Big Ten matchup between No. 25 Minnesota and No. 23 Nebraska.

SUNDAY

Best bet on broadcast
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ABC, “American Music Awards,” 8 p.m. Pitbull hosts the 42nd annual event, live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Best bet on cable:
Disney Channel, “Austin & Ally” 8 p.m. Season finale. Austin’s record label tells him he has to keep his relationship with Ally a secret.

Top sporting event: NBC, “Sunday Night Football,” 8:20 p.m.
An NFC East battle between the Cowboys and Giants.

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Netflix continues to dominate Net traffic activity
By Mike Snider, USA Today - Nov. 20, 2014

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Home broadband users are using 30% to 40% more data than last year, with typical consumers using 20 Gigabytes monthly. .............
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Typical mobile usage grew to 118 Megabytes monthly, up from 102MB. ......................

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Wow! i would have never guessed those numbers were so low. At home on my FiOS Internet, I used over 1TB of data in one day a few weeks ago, when I re-downloaded all the content to my two XBOnes. I typically use several Terabytes each month.

And then on my cell phone I use several Gigabytes of data each month. Mainly from streaming music.

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Wow! i would have never guessed those numbers were so low. At home on my FiOS Internet, I used over 1TB of data in one day a few weeks ago, when I re-downloaded all the content to my two XBOnes. I typically use several Terabytes each month.

And then on my cell phone I use several Gigabytes of data each month. Mainly from streaming music.
Many cable company have data caps. My cox account has a 300GB a month cap. I have used 32GB with 9 days to go in the month.

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Tina Fey & Robert Carlock’s ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Moves From NBC To Netflix With 2-Season Pickup
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Nov. 21, 2014

Netflix has stepped in to pick up cancelled series before — The Killing, Arrested Development and most recently Longmire. Now the streaming service is taking over a series that has not yet premiered, midseason NBC comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.

Netflix has doubled the 13-episode order the series starring Ellie Kemper had at NBC. The 13-episode first season will debut on Netflix in March, around the same time it should’ve premiered on NBC. Universal TV remains as the studio in its first foray at Netflix.

“The very construct of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt — its offbeat premise, hilarious and rich characters and serialized storytelling — make it a perfect Netflix comedy series,” said Cindy Holland, VP Original Content at Netflix. “Tina and Robert’s unique comic voice and sensibility come through in this series.”

NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt, who also oversees Universal TV, addressed the rationale behind the decision to move the series.”When the opportunity arose for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to premiere their new show on Netflix with a two-season commitment, we decided this was the best possible scenario to launch this captivating new series,” he said. “While it was originally developed for NBC, we have a very drama-heavy midseason schedule, so we’re thrilled about this Netflix opportunity. It’s an instant win-win for everyone, including Tina, Robert, and Universal Television.”

Comedy continues to be a challenge for NBC, which recently cancelled new half-hour series Bad Judge and A to Z. It shrunk its signature Must See TV two-hour Thursday comedy block to an hour this fall, from 9-10 PM, and that hour is slated to be taken over by drama The Blacklist in February. (The network already had scaled back on comedy for midseason, scrapping picked-up series Mission Control, which leaves it with two upcoming half-hour shows, One Big Happy and Mr. Robinson.) NBC doesn’t have any strong comedies to launch half-hour series out of, making it it harder for new shows, especially if they are not noisy and broad but offbeat and quirky like Kimmy Schmidt.

As Fox’s New Girl proved, such comedies are most valuable to streaming services; New Girl’s off-network syndication sales paled in comparison to its Netflix deal. Such shows also might be too narrow for broadcast TV, as is the case with two Universal TV-produced comedies, Fox’s The Mindy Project and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but are well suited for digital distribution. Arrested Development proved it with its strong showing for Netflix after getting cancelled by Fox over low ratings.

Kimmy Schmidt got on the air at NBC in large part because of the caliber of auspices behind it. (It has a straight-to-series order.) That also was a reason for the show’s move to Netflix — the network didn’t have a good time slot for the series but Fey and Carlock were important to the network, and the show was important to Uni TV. Meanwhile, Netflix had been looking to get in business with Fey and Carlock, and the streaming service stepped up with an offer for a two-season order.

Kimmy Schmidt‘s jump to Netflix might be a sign of things to come, with that brand of comedy possibly permanently leaving the broadcast airwaves as it caters to viewers who have migrated away from linear viewing to digital platforms. If Fey’s acclaimed 30 Rock came out today, who knows if it would’ve lasted as long on a broadcast network as it did.

Greenblatt underscored the company’s commitment to the series. “We’re already talking to (Fey and Carlock) about new development for NBC, but meanwhile, everyone here from Universal Television will do everything possible to see that Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt becomes a long-running hit on Netflix.”

Fey and Carlock, in turn, stressed their ongoing commitment to the NBC family (both under overall deals at Uni TV). “Happily, we will still collaborate with our longtime partners at Universal Television to fulfill Netflix’s two-season order,” they said. “We grew up at NBC and will continue to develop broadcast projects with them as well. We found the inspiration for this series in Ellie Kemper’s shining all-American face, and we know that she and Kimmy Schmidt have found their best possible home at Netflix.”

After living in a cult for 15 years, Kimmy decides to reclaim her life and start over in New York City. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers and a couple of way-past-due library books, she’s ready to take on a world she didn’t even think existed anymore. Wide-eyed but resilient, nothing is going to stand in her way. She quickly finds a new job (working for 30 Rock‘s Jane Krakowski), a new roommate (Tituss Burgess) and a new beginning. The cast also includes Lauren Adams, Sara Chase, Sol Miranda and Carol Kane.

The series was created by 30 Rock creator/co-showrunner Fey and co-showrunner Carlock , who serve as executive producers with 30 Rock‘s Jeff Richmond, Jack Burditt and David Miner. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a production of Universal Television, Little Stranger Inc., 3 Arts Entertainment and Bevel Gears for Netflix.

After starting off with dramas including House Of Cards and Hemlock Grove, Netflix has been making a push in comedy recently, with a two-season order to Judd Apatow’s Love and series pickups of Marta Kauffman’s Grace And Frankie and Bill Burr’s animated comedy F Is For Family.

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‘Queen Latifah Show’ Canceled by Sony TV
By Tony Maglio, TheWrap.com - Nov. 21, 2014

“The Queen Latifah Show” has been canceled, show producer Sony Pictures Television told TheWrap.

“We want to thank Dana, the producers and the entire staff of ‘The Queen Latifah Show’ for creating a program that we are all very proud of,” Sony said in a statement. “Thank you also to our terrific station partners and advertisers who supported the show.”

The show will continue with originals through the end of March.

In its most recent week available, “The Queen Latifah Show” pulled in a 1.1 household rating. Season-to-date it has been averaging a 1.0, while pulling in 1.376 million total viewers per episode.

“The Queen Latifah Show” debuted last year to a 1.7 household rating.

The Queen — AKA Dana — wrote the following note to herself on her Facebook page:

Dear Dana,

Just a little note to say Thank You…

Thank you for your strong work ethic and great effort in getting The Queen Latifah Show off the ground and running.

Your dedication and sacrifice was crucial to the entire team, and in the face of intense challenges, you displayed “True Grit”!

Your Family, Partners, Staff and Crew showed up with you every step of the way. Be very proud of that! Not everyone can say the same.

You can also say you have been a blessing to and been blessed by amazing guests and incredible audiences for this show.

We truly changed people's lives for the better.

So… STAY POSITIVE, STAY STRONG, and most importantly, STAY OPEN… There is so much more God has in store!

Lovingly, You!

P.S. This letter is for me, my staff, my crew, and everyone who was by my side for this incredible journey. The most important thing in life is that you wake up every single day and take chances. No matter what the outcome…believe in yourself and continue to fly.

Tim Kenneally contributed to this report.


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A Prince for the Holidays
Hallmark’s ‘A Royal Christmas’ isn’t very inventive but it tells a sweet old love story in a sweet way.
By Nancy DeWolf Smith, Wall Street Journal - Nov. 20, 2013

Among Hallmark’s 12 new holiday movies this year, “A Royal Christmas” may not be the brightest bulb on the tree, if only because the story is so underpowered by original ideas. Accept that from the outset, however, and there is some fun to be had. For one thing, it is free of any hint of brutality, existential torment or salaciousness. It’s a world where snow falls by Dec. 25, orphans get adopted and love conquers all.

The story opens in contemporary Philadelphia, where dwells the humble but doughty aspiring clothes designer Emily ( Lacey Chabert ), daughter of the humble tailor Bud ( Mitchell Mullen ). Emily is preparing to celebrate the holidays with her handsome English-accented boyfriend Leo ( Stephen Hagan ), when he announces that he’s been summoned home to the country of his birth.

It’s a European kingdom called Cordinia (perhaps a neighbor to Sarsica?), and Leo is heir to the throne there, known to his people as Prince Leopold. Filmed in Bucharest, Romania, the production has a Danny Kaye-Nutcracker Suite look.

Not to give too much away, Emily accompanies Leopold to his castle in Cordinia, where she does things like slurp from a finger bowl. But that‘s not the only reason she gets a chilly reception from the prince’s snobbish mother, Queen Isadora ( Jane Seymour ). The queen wants her son to marry the Duchess Natasha (Ms. Seymour’s daughter, Katherine Flynn ). Other nobles are dukes and barons with titles like Exeter, Surrey and Devon, and there is even a Grand Duke of Canterbury although, alas, no Earl of Heathrow.

While Isadora and Natasha plot to split up the prince and the American he wants to marry, the American charms everybody else. Emily is most at home in the castle’s kitchen, in fact, treating the servants with unaccustomed égalité et fraternité, and teaching them how to make hoagies.

If this ever gets tiresome, look for amusement at the budget-saving moves. See the tiny string ensemble of five or six musicians at the ball—somehow delivering the huge sound of a full orchestra. While the prince and the woman he loves waltz to the likes of “Tales From the Vienna Woods,” watch the violin bows racing as if the tune were “Turkey in the Straw.”

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Obama speech barely keeps up with 'Big Bang Theory'
By Gregory Korte, USA Today - Nov. 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — At least 14.6 million people watched President Obama's prime-time Thursday immigration speech live, a figure that put it neck-and-neck with CBS's The Big Bang Theory in the same time slot.

But Obama's audience was a also fraction of the 41.6 million viewers President George W. Bush commanded for a similar White House address to the nation in 2006.

The big difference? The three major broadcast networks carried Bush's speech live. Obama was largely relegated to basic cable. But the White House also notes they had an advantage Bush did not: Social media.

Nielsen Media has not put out a combined audience number for Obama's speech. But adding together numbers released by the major networks puts Obama on par with The Big Bang Theory's 14.6 million viewers.

Univision, a Spanish-language network, won the night, commanding 4.8 million viewers. But many of them may have tuned in for the scheduled Latin Grammy Awards, which were delayed 15 minutes by Obama's speech. Telemundo delivered another 2 million, providing what that network said was its best-performing news night of the year.

English-language Fox News Channel, citing Nielsen figures, reported nearly 4.3 million viewers, followed by MSNBC with 1.8 million, and CNN with 1.7 million.

Obama's ratings do not include those who may have watched on PBS or C-SPAN, or on any number of local affiliates who preempted network programming.

It also does not include online viewership. The White House says nearly 300,000 people watched the speech on its website (though not all live). Four Facebook videos — including a preview, a behind-the-scenes movie and two clips from the speech — got a combined 7.5 million views.

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'Better Call Saul' will get two-night premiere event on AMC
By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times - Nov. 20, 2014

"Breaking Bad" fans have been anxiously awaiting the premiere of "Better Call Saul" since Walter White cooked his last batch of meth in 2013. On Thursday, AMC announced the spinoff series starring Bob Odenkirk's morally questionable attorney will premiere its first two episodes over two nights.

The show's first episode will debut on Feb. 8 and its second episode will follow on Feb. 9. The series will then air regularly on Monday nights.

Set six years before the events of "Breaking Bad," the new series, created by "Breaking Bad's" Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, will follow the transformation of Jimmy McGill (Odenkirk) a small-time, not-very-successful lawyer, into "Saul Goodman," the ace attorney of the crime world.

The character arc of McGill/Goodman seems to mirror that of hapless high school chemistry teacher Walter White into crime boss Heisenberg in "Breaking Bad." However, the tone of "Better Call Saul" appears to be a bit lighter than the earlier series.

Jonathan Banks, known to "Breaking Bad" fans as the crime world fixer Mike, will reprise his role in the new series. New cast members include Michael McKean, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian and Michael Mando.

The series was given a 10 episode first season, but has already been renewed for a 13 episode second season.

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ABC:
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CBS:
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10PM - 48 hours

NBC:
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9PM - State of Affairs
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10PM - Saturday Night Live (Paul Simon hosts; George Harrison performs)
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11PM - Animation Domination High-Def (60 min.)
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PBS:
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8PM - ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2014

UNIVISION:
8PM - Sábado Gigante (Three Hours)

TELEMUNDO:
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Christmas With Death, Heels and Uplift
‘Christmas Under Wraps’ Among Top 5 Holiday TV Movies
By Mike Hale, The New York Times - Nov. 22, 2013

When did the holiday television movie become part of the fabric of Christmasness, as ubiquitous as Mariah Carey or sickeningly sweet lattes? This season there are at least 30 new films on seven networks, a procession that began on Nov. 1 (“One Starry Christmas,” Hallmark) and continues through Dec. 20 (“Back to Christmas,” Ion), along with hundreds of reruns from years past. That’s a lot of uplift and bad sweaters.

In the true holiday spirit, I decided to throw myself on this festive grenade and watch all of those new films, or at least the 21 I could get my hands on. Well, technically I didn’t watch them; that would have been 1,764 minutes of Christmas sugar, before commercials, and my company’s health benefits aren’t that good. But I sat through at least 10 minutes of each and found five films that kept me watching to the end.

Before we get to the list, a few general observations.

Most holiday movies are produced for Lifetime and Hallmark (along with its sister channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries). The Christmas film is therefore largely a subsection of another genre, the women’s picture, which is why so many of them are about men not being around for the holidays. In this year’s movies, men cheat, walk out, drink, die, take work trips or turn out to be European royalty, just so they won’t have to visit your parents’ house on Christmas.

It’s the most morbid time of the year. Dead moms, dead dads, dead husbands, dead wives, dead grandparents — it wouldn’t be a Christmas movie without someone to mourn.

There isn’t a lot of snow in these movies, unless they’re set in Alaska. Most of that caroling and tree trimming is shot in the spring or summer.

Holiday TV movies are a safe zone for defenders of Christmas. This bunch had no tales of Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or Eid al-Fitr.

Finally, some movies that didn’t make the cut deserve comment. I was looking forward to “Debbie Macomber’s Mr. Miracle” (Hallmark, Dec. 6) because it stars an actor I like, Rob Morrow, as an angel sent to earth. But his performance — somewhere between Clarence in “It’s a Wonderful Life” and Patch Adams — didn’t quite click.

“An En Vogue Christmas” (Saturday, Lifetime) isn’t really about En Vogue, but it is the only holiday movie whose opening moments include a vocal group loudly singing, “I wear tight clothing, high-heeled shoes/It doesn’t mean that I’m a prostitute.” And while “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever” (Lifetime, Nov. 29) will probably get more attention than any other holiday movie this year, with its transgressive talking-animal humor, it’s just not that funny.

And now — little-drummer-boy roll — here are the Top 5.

CHRISTMAS UNDER WRAPS (Hallmark, next Saturday) I passed on Mr. Morrow’s film, but this is the next best thing: It’s his 1990s series “Northern Exposure” remade as a holiday movie. Candace Cameron Bure (D.J. from “Full House”) stars as a doctor who loses her boyfriend and her fellowship and decides to spend a year working in the Alaskan outback (Fleischman, in “Northern Exposure” terms). Brian Doyle-Murray plays the jolly older guy (a cross of Holling and Maurice) and David O’Donnell is the bush-pilot love interest (a male Maggie).

THE SANTA CON (Lifetime, Dec. 13) Barry Watson (Matt from “7th Heaven”) is quite likable in this comedy as a just-released con man forced by his parole to take a job as a department-store Santa. It’s the rare holiday movie that takes a male point of view, though Melissa Joan Hart, who’s the director and an executive producer, gets a lot of screen time as the con man’s sister.

THE TREE THAT SAVED CHRISTMAS (Up, Nov. 30) Lacey Chabert (Claudia from “Party of Five”) does double duty this year. In Hallmark’s “A Royal Christmas” (Saturday), she plays an all-American girl who finds out that her boyfriend is a European prince. In this decently written, mildly funny heart-tugger from Up (the channel whose motto is “Uplifting Entertainment”), she’s the daughter of the owners of a struggling Christmas tree farm. Guess what: Someone’s going to save the farm.

THE CHRISTMAS SHEPHERD (Hallmark, Sunday) Teri Polo (who wasn’t a child TV star but did have a recurring role in “Northern Exposure”) stars in this wistful drama as a widowed children’s-book writer. And wouldn’t you know it, there’s also a widowed coffeehouse owner in town. The film makes the Top 5 because it features two excellent actors: Ms. Polo and Ace, who plays the writer’s dog, Buddy.

SANTA HUNTERS (Nickelodeon, Nov. 28) As unconventional a holiday movie as the Grumpy Cat project, and significantly funnier, this parody of the “Ghost Hunters” reality-TV genre stars Lil P-Nut (full name: Benjamin Flores Jr.) as Alex, a swaggering, 9-year-old paranormal investigator who tracks Santa Claus the way adults track Bigfoot. Breanna Yde of “The Haunted Hathaways,” a pint-size Wanda Sykes, is utterly charming as Alex’s cousin and camera operator.

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Aereo Investors Lose a $95.6 Million Bet on Future of Television
By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Hollywood Esq.' Blog - Nov. 21, 2014

When Aereo launched in February 2012, Barry Diller and other investors in the streaming TV service spoke hopefully of freeing programming from a closed network. Were they too optimistic?

Aereo scored $95.6 million in venture equity despite a legal bull rush from television networks who contended the company was violating their public performance rights. Remarkably, $33.5 million of Aereo's funding — more than a third — came in October 2013 as the case was nearing the Supreme Court. The high court hadn't yet delivered its near death knell. In Aereo, they thought they had a technology that would disrupt the billions of dollars spent on cable and satellite service.

On Thursday, Aereo declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and according to the debtor's court documents, the upstart had burned through most of its funding. Aereo counts $20.5 million in assets but just $4.6 million in cash on hand. That's against $4.2 million in undisputed liabilities. Level 3, Quality Technology Services and Google are the three biggest creditors. Law firms come next.

The company is of course still facing liability for allegations of copyright infringement (though the broadcasters' lawsuit will automatically be put on hold thanks to the bankruptcy filing) and remains hopeful about the future, stating in one filing, "If the FCC elects to permit internet transmission of local linear broadcast channels, then the Debtor, assuming its continued viability, expects to be able to operate profitably within that framework.

However, that will come too late for the 74 unfortunate employees in Boston and New York who were laid off from the company last week. Like the investors, they hitched themselves to the wrong wagon, although Aereo is attempting to get the bankruptcy court's approval to pay them the salary and benefits promised.

In truth, Aereo never surpassed 80,000 subscribers, according to documents filed with the Copyright Office. That's something to keep in mind before Aereo becomes an exemplar of promising technology killed by the stubbornness of the establishment.

Yes, Aereo was still in the growth stage and company executives like chief executive Chet Kanojia said the company could be profitable with even a low number of subscribers. According to the bankruptcy papers, Aereo was grossing over $3 million from its consumers before ceasing its operations last September. However, there might have been 80,000 news articles written about Aereo in its two years of operation. If anyone keeps a measure of publicity to consumer traction, Aereo would probably score very low.

The company is now in the hands of lawyers. Lots of them. In fact, there are six firms cleaning up the affairs of Aereo. There's Brown Rudnick, handling the bankruptcy. There's Fish & Richardson as well as Durie Tangri, still defending the company against broadcasters. There's Houston & Associates, managing the company's patent portfolio. And finally, there's Constantine Cannon, advising on FCC regulatory matters, and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, doing the same with the Copyright Office, as Aereo attempts to pull itself out from bankruptcy with new hope about the future of television.

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Dish Eases Standoff with Turner, Restores CNN, Cartoon Network
By Cynthia Littleton, Variety.com - Nov. 21, 2014

Dish Network and Turner Broadcasting have set a short-term deal that will restore CNN, Cartoon Network and other channels to the satcaster’s lineup and extend the carriage agreement for TNT and TBS.

Dish dropped CNN and seven other Turner outlets on Oct. 21. TNT and TBS had been facing a potential blackout with a contract expiration looming on Dec. 5. The deal confirmed Friday morning will take all Turner networks through the end of March, giving the sides more time to sort out their differences.

The restoration of Turner channels comes a day after Dish set a five-day extension with CBS designed to prevent a blackout of the Eye’s O&O stations in 17 markets. The extension with Turner puts all of the channels on the same timetable. The late-March timing will also come just as the TNT, TBS and TruTV are serving up the last rounds of the NCAA’s March Madness men’s basketball championship, which means a disruption in service would be bad PR for Dish.

As is the case with CBS, the issue for Turner is not about the prices Dish will pay for Turner nets but the rights that the satcaster will have to use the programming beyond the core linear service. Dish is developing an over the top service that aims to be a lower-cost alternative to its full-freight sat-TV offering. Dish also wants to offer its traditional subscribers other cutting-edge services such as the ability to access programming when outside the home. Those are red flags for programmers who are looking to be paid on top of regular sub fees for those rights.

Dish and Turner had exchanged sharp words in the past few weeks after the channels went dark. Dish chairman Charlie Ergen had indicated he was prepared to drop CNN and the other channels for good, citing the need for distributors to hammer down on rising programming costs.

During an earnings conference call this month Ergen asserted that CNN was no-longer a “must-have” channel. Turner shot back and questioned “antagonistic and aggressive” remarks. Earlier this week it appeared that the sides were making no progress and that TNT and TBS would soon be dark on the nation’s third-largest MVPD platform, behind Comcast and DirecTV.

Dish has about 14 million subscribers. Carriage disputes with the satcaster are a bigger concern for programmers because Dish has a national footprint.

In addition to battles with CBS and Turner, Dish is scrapping with NBCUniversal over carriage of Comcast’s regional sports networks. Dish is not the only MVPD to take aim at RSNs, which are pegged as a big factor in driving up programming costs. Comcast has responded in its Dish fracas with facts and figures about the popularity of live sports to combat the assertion that the channels are little-watched overall in the markets they serve.

Dish dropped Comcast SportsNet New England in August. CSN Chicago, Bay Area, California and Mid-Atlantic are facing a Dec. 1 contract expiration.

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Technology Notes
How to get free e-books, TV shows, music and more
By Mark Saltzman, USA Today - Nov. 22, 2014

You've blown your budget on a new smartphone, tablet or laptop — but now you need to buy content to run on it. No cash? No worries.

Whether you're into media — like TV shows, music, movies or e-books — or software, such as a Microsoft Office alternatives, there's no shortage of places to get good and legal stuff, without having to spend a dime.

Some of the following resources might be old news to you. But some gems you weren't aware of might just keep you entertained or productive without having to put your hand in your pocket.

• Free e-books

There are a couple of ways you can fill up on free books. For new releases, you can borrow e-books (and audiobooks) from many local libraries. Not only does this mean you don't have to physically get to a library, but you'll never face late fees again.

All you need is your library card and the free OverDrive app installed on your favorite phone or tablet. First, download and install the app (app.overdrive.com) and once installed, you'll be prompted to create an Adobe ID, if you don't already have one, and authorize it to work with OverDrive. Now you can borrow e-books and audiobooks wirelessly — even current New York Times bestsellers.

For classic books, including those in the public domain (read: free), there are awesome sites like Project Gutenberg (gutenberg.org), which offers more than 46,000 free e-books. Popular picks include Pride and Prejudice, Dracula, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes or Shakespeare's timeless works.

Other great resources include Google Books, Archive.org, The Online Books Page and the many free e-books offered by stores like Kindle and Kobo.

• Free music, music videos

Rather than pay to download songs by track, or subscribe to music streaming services that could cost up to $10/month, the free TuneIn Radio (tunein.com) app and website gives you access to more than 100,000 radio stations from around the world — from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe — and all searchable by genre, country or popularity.

If you're in the mood for a particular artist or song, simply do a search to hear what's playing at that exact moment.

Want local radio? No worries. Tap to see all the AM and FM stations in your area and tune in at home or on the go (even with album artwork). Alternatively, you can listen to Internet-only stations, such as the awesome 1.FM.

If you prefer to have curated playlists, be sure to visit Songza (songza.com) in your Web browser or download the free app.

Here's another option: Use free software like Free YouTube Downloader or YTD Video Downloader — both of which are available in C|NetDownload.com's Top 10 list (download.com) — and you can not only download music videos to watch online but also convert them into MP3s for your phone or tablet, too.

Some Web browsers will also let you download YouTube videos to watch offline or copy over to a mobile device.

• Free software

Both Microsoft and Google offer free productivity programs — namely, Microsoft Office Online and Google Drive — but they require an Internet connection to function fully.

However, Apache's OpenOffice (openoffice.org) is a downloadable, offline suite of productivity tools for word processing, creating spreadsheets and presentations and more. OpenOffice is available in multiple languages and runs on many operating systems, and you can install it on as many computers as you like. The software suite supports a wide range of file types created by other programs (including Microsoft Office's .doc, .xls and .ppt).

Also available for Windows, Mac and Linux is LibreOffice, another feature-rich and free software suite with a word processor, presentation maker, spreadsheet creator and other programs. Windows and Linux users can also download SoftMaker Office 2008, an older but free version of a more recent commercial product.

If you're on a smartphone or tablet, Kingsoft Office (kingsoftstore.com)is a free Microsoft Office alternative that lets you create, view and edit documents imported from Word, Excel, PowerPoint and others, including support for PDF files. All of your work can be stored locally on the smartphone or tablet or accessed from "cloud" services like Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and others. It's also possible to collaborate and share files with other users.

There are many good, free photo-editing tools, but Gimp (gimp.org) might be the most robust, thanks to its powerful editing features, digital retouching, multiple file support and customizable interface options. The free download works with Windows, Mac, Linux and other operating systems.

• Free TV shows, movies

There are a few good ways to watch television shows online without having to pay to download them. Your options might be a bit limited, but hey, free is free.

For one, all the major TV networks let you watch live or prerecorded shows on their respective websites. For example, go to ABC and you'll see its top shows cycle from right to left and a large tab that says "Watch the latest episode" or "Watch Now" — whether it's Modern Family, How to Get Away With Murder, Grey's Anatomy, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or General Hospital.

And while you need to pay for Hulu Plus, there's no shortage of content to watch on the main Hulu site (hulu.com). Also check out SideReel (sidereel.com).

There are hundreds of free shows — often pilots or the first episode of a new season — you can download from iTunes.

Along with an entire section devoted to free films, YouTube (youtube.com) has many episodes of mostly older TV shows, but can be a great way to relax on a lazy Sunday afternoon — maybe by connecting your computer to your big-screen television with an HDMI cable (which you can buy at your local dollar store) or wirelessly through a Smart TV, Chromecast or other set-top solution.

Movie lovers can also check out Sony's Crackle, Yidio, Vimeo's Films Channel, SnagFilms and PopcornFlix.

• Free podcasts, radio shows

Finally, you likely know audio-based podcasts can be a great way to keep you entertained on a long commute, whether you're interested in downloading or streaming a comedy routine, news report, political rant, tech advice, religious sermon or the latest music remix from a popular club DJ.

When you hear a podcast you like — say, within iTunes — easily subscribe with the simple click or tap; every time there's a new show it automatically downloads.

There are video podcasts, too, another form of free entertainment at home or on the go.

Same goes for classic radio dramas.

Popularized in the '40s before television took off, "old time radio" (OTR) shows, as they're referred to today, are enjoying a 21st century rebirth thanks to the Internet and MP3 files.

Recommended shows include the creepy Inner Sanctum and Price of Fear with Vincent Price" mysteries; nail-biting adventures from Suspense and Escape; the antics of Jack Benny and Abbott and Costello; and sci-fi classics like Journey Into Space and X Minus One (featuring many Ray Bradbury yarns).

Filling up your smartphone, tablet or computer with these timeless tales is as easy as subscribing to one of the many dozen OTR podcasts (some with daily updates) or by bookmarking websites such as Archive.org, Relic Radio and OTRCat.com, each with thousands of free downloadable episodes.

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‘Hello Ladies: The Movie,’ a bit better
HBO movie does remedy some failings of the HBO series
By Tom Conroy, Media Life Magazine - Nov. 21, 2013

When Stephen Merchant’s sitcom “Hello Ladies,” which premiered on HBO in September 2013, was canceled after only eight episodes, no one was really surprised.

Although Merchant’s character, a British computer programmer named Stuart living in Los Angeles, was endearingly inept and desperate with women, the show constantly undermined our sympathy for him.

Stuart was insensitive and self-centered in his dealings both with the actresses and models he chased and with the people who were supposed to be his friends.

Although other comedies have made us enjoy irredeemable jerks, Stuart was too repellent, and viewers failed to show up.

Now HBO has giving Merchant and his co-creators, Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, a chance to wrap up Stuart’s story with “Hello Ladies: The Movie.” Perhaps because Stuart’s emotional obtuseness wasn’t working, the writers show the character learning the error of his ways.

This process drives the story into a predictable romantic-comedy arc that the writers are incapable of freshening. By the end, it almost seems that they felt obligated to their fans or their contract to finish the show off and wound up phoning it in. But since Merchant and his associates’ phoning it in is better than the average TV writer’s best work, the movie has its moments.

First airing this Saturday, Nov. 22, at 10 p.m., the movie finds Stuart in a panic after learning that his former girlfriend from England, Trudy (Henrietta Meire), will be visiting Los Angeles with her husband, Mike (Adam Campbell). True to his character on the series, Stuart decides he has to find a model girlfriend so Trudy will regret dumping him for Mike.

When that doesn’t work out, Stuart asks his guesthouse tenant, Jessica (Christine Woods), a failed actress, to pretend to be his girlfriend for a night out with Trudy and Mike. Although they’ve been antagonistic friends for the entire series, Stuart sees how charming Jessica can be when she tries, and Jessica sees how charming Stuart can be when he doesn’t try.

The usual “will they or won’t they?” situation leads to an “if they do, what then?” situation.

But before that, we see that Stuart and Jessica totally get each other. When he tells her he needs to date models before Trudy arrives, she asks, “Or what happens? Do the kidnappers kill the president’s daughter?”

Stuart does manage to get an invitation to a boat party held by a rich guy named Alan (Stephen Tobolowsky), thanks to Glenn (Sean Wing), Jessica’s sort-of boyfriend, who says it will be “wall-to-wall models and bottles.” Stuart attempts to connect with a tall model named Tatiana (Stephanie Corneliussen), following Glenn’s pickup advice, and for once succeeds.

In a more typical Stuart moment, he takes his English guests to a party attended by Nicole Kidman, who he claims is a friend. The actress, playing herself, agrees to go along with the ruse until Stuart claims that they dated and she got “pretty emotional” when he broke up with her.

“Now I look back,” she says, “and I’m like ‘What was I thinking?’ ”

But too many of the scenes feel hackneyed.

When Stuart tells his best friend, Wade, (Nate Torrence) about his new feelings for Christine, Wade says it’s “just like ‘When Harry Met Sally…’ ” The movie soon becomes too like “When Harry Met Sally…,” and admitting the similarity doesn’t make it less distracting.

Stuart’s growth as a human being is shown through a series of moral tests that in the series he would have failed. When Alan asks Glenn to throw Stuart’s friends off the boat, we wait in vain for a twist.

Like “When Harry Met Sally…,” “Hello Ladies: The Movie” is filled with obtrusive music. At the beginning, these are ironic: When Stuart boards the party boat, the soundtrack plays the cheesy dance song “Some Like It Hot.”

But at the end, when a sappy romantic ballad wells up as Christine and Stuart talk, the moment is evidently meant to be taken straight. Viewers who know Merchant’s usually mordant satire — he was a co-creator of “The Office” — might think he and his collaborators decided to end “Hello Ladies” with a subtle parody of rom-coms.

If they did, they were too subtle.

Fans of predictable romantic comedies could enjoy “Hello Ladies: The Movie.” Oddly, fans of the series and of Merchant in general will probably be less pleased.

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By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Nov. 22, 2014

THE HUNGER GAMES
ABC Family, 8:00 p.m. ET

It was only two years ago, in 2012, that Jennifer Lawrence stepped forth to star as Katniss in this first Hunger games film. Now it’s a major movie franchise, with the latest installment, Hunger Games – Mockingjay, opening this weekend. It’s a good time, then, for ABC Family to repeat this original, co-starring Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, and Elizabeth Banks.

THE TO DO LIST
Showtime, 9:00 p.m.

Aubrey Plaza, who plays April on Parks and Recreation, stars in this 2013 comedy as Brandy, a high-school senior who decides to apply the same diligent study habits she used to become valedictorian to become more sexually experienced before heading off to college. The movie, written and directed by Maggie Carey, is smart and funny, and takes a rarely seen female approach to the coming-of-age teen comedy movie. Costars include Andy Samberg, Rachel Bilson and Carey’s husband, Bill Hader, as well as, playing Brandy’s parents, Clark Gregg and Connie Britton.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
NBC, 10:00 p.m.

Here comes the perfect vintage episode of SNL to show the week before Thanksgiving: From Season 2 in 1976, it’s the episode hosted by Paul Simon, with George Harrison as the musical guest. (They perform together, singing both “Homeward Bound” and “Here Comes the Sun.” Fabulous.) But at the opening, to perform his solo hit “Still Crazy After All These Years,” Simon shows up in a holiday-themed costume that’s truly fowl.

HELLO, LADIES: THE MOVIE
HBO, 10:00 p.m.

Stephen Merchant, usually paired on camera or as a collaborator with Ricky Gervais, stepped out on his own for his Hello Ladies situation comedy, and revisits the self-deluded “ladies’ man” character of Stuart in this movie-length comedy sequel, co-starring Christine Woods.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
NBC, 11:29 p.m. ET

Cameron Diaz is the week’s guest host. The musical guests: Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.


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