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No, that isn't a typo in Hulu's press release. The show is called "The Wrong Mans" because it's two guys. But it is a comedy of errors.
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That's odd.

The TBS web site shows A Christmas Story marathon starting at 8pm PST.
The TNT web site shows A Christmas Story marathon starting at 7pm PST.

I'm in the PST zone and the DVR program guide agrees with the above.

However, when I set the time zone on that web site Eastern, both channels start the marathon at 8pm, which seems like a waste of resources.
Yes both the east coast feeds start at the same time.
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TBS & TNT are both cable channels. I didn't know they ran two feeds. Which other cable channels supply ET & PT feeds?
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Found a couple of interesting links (Best 2014 Online Original Shows & Netflix vs Amazon Instant ) at Tom's Guide

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-onl...#xtor=EPR-8886

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/netflix-...ews-17838.html

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Found a couple of interesting links : Best 2014 Online Original Shows & Netflix vs Amazon Prime Instant at Tom's Guide

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-onl...#xtor=EPR-8886

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/netflix-...ews-17838.html

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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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Nielsen Overnights
One Direction Soft In Primetime, Boost Late Night Ratings For NBC
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Dec. 24, 2014

Red-hot British boy band One Direction made an inauspicious U.S. primetime debut last night with One Direction: The TV Special, which drew a 0.7 in adults 18-49 and 3.1 million total viewers from 8-9 PM on NBC. It was the lowest rated new holiday special on the Big 4 networks this season. Not surprisingly, it did best in female teens (1.6), a six-week high in the time slot.

One Direction did better in late night. Following the solid ratings for Saturday Night Live where they were musical guests last weekend, the singers paid a visit to NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon last night. With a guest lineup that also included Jerry Seinfeld, Tonight Show averaged a 3.2 in the metered-market households, the second best Tuesday result this season behind last week’s 3.5, which followed The Voice finale and featured Tonight Show favorite Justin Timberlake.

In primetime, One Direction’s 18-49 delivery matched that of two repeat specials on NBC, Michael Bublé’s Christmas In New York at 9 PM and Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale at 10 PM, both logging a 0.7.

ABC won the night in 18-49 with encores of holiday specials Shrek The Halls (1.2) and Toy Story That Time Forgot (1.2), which ranked as the top programs of the night, and the two-hour special The Year (1.1). Everything else last night was repeats.

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TV Notes
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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 - Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Special)
(R - Dec. 18, 1966)
8:30PM - Movie: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
* * * *
11:35AM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Mindy Kaling; UFC Women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey; Rick Ross performs)
(R - Nov. 26)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - The Big Bang Theory
(R - Dec. 12, 2013)
8:31PM - Mom
(R - Mar. 31)
9:01PM - Two and a Half Men
(R - Nov. 14)
9:30PM - The McCarthys
(R - Nov. 6)
10PM - Elementary
(R - Nov. 21, 2013)
* * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Jay Thomas; Josh Brolin; Darlene Love performs)
(R - Dec. 19)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Quentin Tarantino; Toni Trucks)
(R - Oct. 28)

NBC:
8PM - How Murray Saved Christmas (Special)
(R - Dec. 5)
9PM - Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas (Special)
(R - Dec. 16)
10PM - Christmas in Rockefeller Center (Special)
(R - Dec. 3)
* * * *
11:34AM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Whoopi Goldberg; Rashida Jones; chef Tom Colicchio)
(R - Nov. 27)
12:36AM - Late Night with Seth Myers (John Goodman; Aasif Mandvi; Interpol performs)
(R - Nov. 24)
1:37AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Gugu Mbatha-Raw; The Front Bottoms performs; Alex Essoe)
(R - Nov. 12)

FOX:
8PM - Bones (120 min.)
(R - Oct. 2)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Call the Midwife Holiday Special (80 min.)
9:20PM - Vicious: Holiday Special (40 min.)
10PM - Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Deborah Voigt and John Rhys-Davies
(R - Dec. 19)

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

THE CW:
8PM - Movie: The 12 Dogs of Christmas (2005)

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Movie - The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Chris Rock.)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Series Finale; Grimmy, Stephen's colleague and lifelong friend)
12:01AM - At Midnight (Margaret Cho; Drew Carey; Blaine Capatch)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Dana Carvey; Cristin Miloti; comic Gary Gulman)
(R - Oct. 21)
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Technology Notes
Retina 5K iMac: Powerful Proof of the PC Renaissance
By Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times' 'Personal Tech' Column - Dec. 25, 2014

About a year before he died, Steve Jobs was asked at a conference to predict the future of the market for personal computers. Back in the late 1970s, as the chief executive and a co-founder of Apple, Mr. Jobs had presided over the birth of the PC industry, but then, after blockbuster sales of the iPhone and the iPad, he had taken to describing the tech business as entering the “post-PC” era. Did he really believe that desktop and laptop computers were going extinct?

He reached for an analogy. “When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks, because that’s what you needed on the farm,” Mr. Jobs said. But as farming died off and people in urban areas began to buy automobiles, the auto market split into distinct categories. There were easy to use, relatively maintenance-free cars for everyday drivers, and powerful, specialty vehicles like trucks for people who needed to get stuff done. Laptops and desktops “are going to be like trucks,” Mr. Jobs predicted. “They’re still going to be around. They’re still going to have a lot of value. But they’re going to be used by one out of x people.”

Four years later, Mr. Jobs’s predictions have pretty much panned out. Benedict Evans, an analyst at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, estimates that the number of smartphones and tablets in use around the world surpassed two billion in 2014, eclipsing the number of laptops and desktops in use. But just as Mr. Jobs argued, the rise of mobile devices has not led to the death of desktops and laptops. In 2014 the once-sharp decline in PC sales began to level off. In some ways this year was a renaissance for the personal computer as our laptops and desktops acquired fantastic new powers that made them better than ever.

We saw the rise of Chromebooks, the Google-powered laptops that run an operating system based on the Chrome web browser, which often sell for around $200. Because they’re inexpensive and easy to maintain, Chromebooks began to cut into the low end of the computer market in 2014, and they’ve proved especially popular in education, where teachers and parents appreciate their simple design.

Responding to the potential threat posed by Chromebooks, Microsoft released a version of its Windows operating system that manufacturers began to include in inexpensive machines. Hewlett-Packard, for instance, released the Stream 11, a Windows laptop that sells for $200 and comes with a free subscription to Microsoft Office apps and one terabyte of online storage.

You can think of Chromebooks, inexpensive Windows machines, mobile phones and tablets as the cars of the tech business. And this year, low-priced Chromebooks and Windows machines helped the PC industry hold steady against the rise of phones.

But there’s a question of long-term viability. How long can PC makers survive by selling cut-rate devices?

Enter Apple and the new iMac it unveiled in the fall, an expensive desktop with a beautiful, high-resolution screen. If Chromebooks are cars, the new iMac is the world’s best truck. It’s a device optimized for professionals, not casual users, and it blazes a path forward for the once-beleaguered PC industry.

As phones and tablets become more powerful and useful, and as they begin to occupy more of our time, PC manufacturers will have to create computers that take advantage of PCs’ shape, size and power. They’ll have to find new features that can’t be mimicked by smartphones. With a display unmatched by any other computing device you can buy today, the new iMac does just that. That’s why, of the dozens of new tech devices I tried this year, it was my favorite.

Playing the high end has proved lucrative for Apple. In the third quarter of 2014, by the research firm IDC’s estimates, Apple became the fifth-largest PC seller in the world. Though its market share is dwarfed by the Windows PC giants Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Acer, Apple is predicted to rake in about half of the PC industry’s profits. “They’re doing remarkably well, and I think they’ll continue to go up,” said Tom Mainelli, who studies the PC market for IDC.

Mr. Mainelli argued that the ubiquity of smartphones had increased the appeal of Macs. Because people are shifting more of their computing to mobile devices, they’re waiting longer to replace their PCs. The longer ownership period helps people justify buying Apple’s high-end machines. “Consumers are saying, ‘Well, if I’m going to hold on to this thing for five years, I should buy a good one,’ ” Mr. Mainelli said. “Apple has really benefited from that.”

The new iMac has a 27-inch, Retina 5K display, meaning that its screen has about 5,000 lines of resolution horizontally and nearly 15 million pixels across the entire display. That’s about seven times as many as you’d find on a high-definition television set — and a few million more on than the latest ultra-high-definition TVs.

All those pixels make for a luxuriously sharp picture. Text sparkles and images pop, and when you to switch back to a computer with a normal screen, your eyes beg you to reconsider. At least, mine did. Years of staring at bad screens has turned my eyes into ruined orbs, but now, finally, I’d encountered a computer display that was good to them. When it was time to return the review model that Apple sent me, I hated to part with it. So I did something crazy: I bought a Retina 5K iMac of my own.

These machines aren’t cheap. The Retina 5K iMac starts at $2,500, which is $700 more than the non-Retina 27-inch iMac, and thousands more than you’d pay for a run-of-the-mill desktop computer. Still, for what you get, it’s not all that much. Last year Dell introduced a stand-alone 5K monitor that it planned to sell for $2,500 — the same price as Apple’s entire computer, for just the screen. Shortly after the iMac was announced, Dell reduced the price of its display to $2,000. But when you pair that display with a computer powerful enough to handle it, you’re bound to spend more than what you’ll pay for Apple’s all-in-one machine. If you’re looking for a desktop with a screen this good, Apple’s desktop is the way to go.

Apple is unlikely to sell the new iMac in high volumes. It’s a computer intended specifically for a small niche audience of photographers, video editors, animators, digital producers and Web-addled writers like me — people who spend a lot of time on their machines and are willing to pay for high-end tools.

Still, even if Apple doesn’t sell millions, the new iMac is an object lesson. If you’re a casual computer user — looking only to surf the web, check email and do other light tasks — you don’t need much more than a Chromebook or a tablet these days. You could probably get by with just a phone.

But as the low end of the PC business is swallowed by cheap devices, the only people left in the market for traditional PCs will be professionals. Apple’s recent success shows that professionals still love PCs, and they’ll even pay large sums for them. Some people will always need trucks.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/25/te...ref=technology
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TV Review
'Call the Midwife' holiday special
PBS offers a between-seasons installment of the excellent British series, set in a gritty part of 1950s London
By David Hinckley, New York Daily News - Dec. 25, 2014

It's hard to imagine a warmer ending to Christmas Day than this holiday edition of “Call the Midwife,” whose fourth season premieres March 29.

“Midwife” doesn’t splash us with buckets of sentimental feel-goodness. It pays tribute to the resilience of the human spirit, often in the face of oppressive circumstance.

Almost all the characters have a basic decency that would not be out of place in “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

Happily, it’s also easy to appreciate this special without knowing the series, which follows a group of midwives attached to a convent in 1950s London.

We’ve now moved up to Christmas 1959, as the world is about to enter a decade that will prove very different. Fittingly, the same holds for the characters.

Chummy (Miranda Hart) and Cynthia (Bryony Hannah) face life-changing decisions in the wake of Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine) leaving the series at the end of last season.

Trixie Franklin (Helen George) is back, and she has a new cohort in Barbara Gilbert, played by Charlotte Ritchie.

Even the music underscores the feeling that the times are about to be a-changin’. Trixie and Barbara share a dance to Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

Times are still tough in their part of Britain, though, and among the clients trying to survive are an impoverished middle-aged couple with medical problems and several pregnant teenagers. Since attitudes on unwed motherhood hadn’t changed much since the Victorian era, it’s a challenge to introduce compassion.

A nice bonus is Vanessa Redgrave playing the older incarnation of Jennifer Worth, on whose memoirs the series is based.

Most important, the special remains true to the show. It’s about our hopes without denying our fears.

'Call the Midwife' holiday special
Network/Air Date: PBS, Thursday at 8 p.m.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of five)


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TV/Nielsen Notes
What We Watched in 2014: A Deep Dive Into the Year’s TV Ratings
By Josef Adalian, Vulture.com (New York Magazine) - Dec. 23, 2014

The overarching trend in TV ratings during 2014 was the same as it’s been for several years now: Viewers continue to abandon live-TV viewing in favor of non-linear platforms such as DVRs, streaming networks, and video on demand. A Nielsen study released in early December even quantified the erosion, noting the average American spent about 72 fewer hours enjoying traditional TV this year versus last. And yet a closer look at 2014’s TV ratings underlines we’re still obsessing over plenty of shows, both old and new. Monster hits such as The Walking Dead and American Horror Story became even more popular this year, while broadcast networks proved they could still draw massive crowds via fresh hits such as Gotham and How to Get Away With Murder. As has become our annual tradition here at Vulture, we spent several days diving deep into the year-end Nielsen data to uncover both the year’s big bullet points as well as some of the smaller-yet-fascinating ratings trends for the year. Click though for 14 things we discovered about What We Watched in 2014.

Some housekeeping notes: This story is based on Nielsen data supplied to Vulture by multiple broadcast and cable networks. Except where otherwise noted, figures cited or referenced include both live viewing and viewing that takes place within seven days after a program airs. In most cases, numbers are for first-run broadcasts of shows (i.e., no reruns) and include telecasts through November; network averages are through early December. Rankings include shows that aired at least two episodes in 2014; specials, sports broadcasts, and movies aren't included. All the fun stuff on Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu isn’t mentioned because they don't tell us who watches what. Still, everybody watched Transparent, right?

1. The Overall Race: CBS and NBC Share the Crown

As it has been for years, CBS will end 2014 as TV’s most-watched network by a mile, thanks to the only two scripted series on TV that regularly draw over 20 million viewers each week: The Big Bang Theory and NCIS. And beyond the top two shows, CBS also boasts seven of 2014’s ten most-watched programs (Thursday football, both NCIS spinoffs, Blue Bloods, and Scorpion also made the cut) and 15 of the top 25. But after notching a victory among adult viewers under 50 in 2013, the Eye will narrowly cede this year’s demo crown to NBC (and that’s even after removing the Winter Olympics from the tally). The Peacock’s demo win was powered by Sunday Night Football and two other shows in the top ten: Blacklist and The Voice. ABC comes in third for the year among all viewers and adults 18–49, but that’s mostly because it doesn’t have a weekly football franchise. In the demo, the Alphabet network actually has more top-ten shows this year (Modern Family, How to Get Away With Murder, Scandal, and Grey’s Anatomy) than any other network. And if you factor all sports out of the equation, ABC is actually tied with NBC and CBS in the key demo. As for Fox, it’s in fourth place among all viewers and adults under 50.

2. Fox Had the Biggest Declines…

There’s just no sugarcoating it: 2014 will be remembered as an annus horribilis for Fox. Factoring out the big bump itgot from the Super Bowl, it lost the most overall audience versus 2013 (-11 percent) and dropped furthest among viewers under 50 (-15 percent) of any of the major networks. The decline of American Idol has been a big factor in Fox’s fade-out, but there’s also trouble elsewhere. Not a single Fox series landed among TV’s top 25 most-watched shows in 2014, and only one of its scripted series (newcomer Gotham) averaged over 10 million viewers. As for the other networks, CBS suffered serious erosion this year, too (dropping 9 percent in the demo and about 5 percent in overall audience), while ABC was flat in viewers and down 5 percent among viewers under 50. NBC may have had the best story to tell: It had the smallest demo decline (about 4 percent), and it actually grew its audience by about 8 percent (even leaving out the Winter Olympics).

3. …But Also One of the Year’s Most Impressive Newcomers: Gotham

Trying to identify the year’s biggest new hit is a bit tough. ABC’s Resurrection looked like it had a shot at the title after bowing, seemingly out of nowhere, to massive numbers last Easter. But viewers started fleeing almost immediately, and after more declines this fall, it wouldn’t be a shock if the show is canceled next year. If the metric for success is audience size and buzz, 2014’s freshman winner is clear: ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder is the undisputed Nielsen champ. In just nine weeks, it’s become broadcast TV’s No. 1 drama among viewers under 50, building on its already-successful lead-in, Scandal (while also generating crazy amounts of online buzz). And yet, as impressive as Murder has been, it has had the advantage of following another massive hit and being part of a whole night of Shonda Rhimes goodness. By contrast, Fox’s Gotham has become that network’s No. 1 show and a top-ten hit overall despite airing in an unprotected 8 p.m. Monday time slot opposite reality smashes on NBC (The Voice) and ABC (Dancing With the Stars.) It’s also done well in a year when Fox has been tanking it everywhere else. Even if its raw numbers aren’t as eye-popping as Murder's, the criminals of Gotham deserve to share the freshman winner’s circle with ABC’s legal thriller.

4. The Walking Dead Is 2014’s Biggest Overall Hit

AMC’s zom-dram grew even more infectious this year, averaging just over 19 million viewers per episode and surpassing even its record 2013 performance. Its audience among the demographically desirable group of adults under 50 soared to nearly 13 million, up from last year’s 10.8 million. Not only was it the No. 1 entertainment show in the demo on all of TV, it widened its lead over second-place show The Big Bang Theory (9.2 million in the demo) and doubled its closest cable rival (HBO’s Game of Thrones, with 6.1 million). And since returning this fall, the show has set more records still: The first two episodes of the season drew more viewers under 50 than last winter’s Grammy Awards or the opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics. The Walking Dead’s power isn’t merely limited to its weekly Sunday time slot, either. On average in 2014, 3.6 million adult viewers under 50 watched each episode of the show via DVR within a week of its premiere. If that DVR audience for Dead were listed as a separate program by Nielsen, it would beat the same-day demo viewership for every single scripted show on basic cable in 2014.

5. Death of a (Duck) Dynasty

Cable reality shows have a history of exploding quickly and fading fast: MTV’s Jersey Shore was breaking network records in the summer of 2011 and signed off for good by Christmas the next year. So by that standard, perhaps it’s no shocker that the half-life for A&E’s Duck Dynasty turned out to be remarkably short. The hillbilly comedy ended 2013 as the No. 3 show on all of TV (broadcast and cable) among adult viewers under 50, averaging a whopping 7.6 million viewers in the demo each week. This year Duck quacked, declining to 4.3 million in the demo. That’s down nearly 45 percent from its 2013 peak and enough to send the show tumbling out of Nielsen’s top 20. Even older audiences abandoned the Robertsons: After averaging 13.4 million viewers of all ages in 2013, the show is on track to slip below 8 million by year’s end, not even ranking among TV’s top 50 in 2014. It’s worth noting that ratings for the show were slipping even before cast member Phil Robertson started spouting his particular brand of nonsense last December. But it’s also not much of a stretch to theorize that the controversy helped turn that slippage into a full-on crash.

6. Cable’s Top Dramas Reached Ratings Parity With Broadcast…

This is very likely a milestone: Three of the six dramas that cracked Nielsen’s top-ten entertainment shows of 2014 among viewers under 50 came from cable. The Walking Dead was tops, of course, but HBO’s Game of Thrones rocketed to No. 6 (from No. 30 last year), and FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show landed at No. 10. Extend the list to the top 20 shows in the demo, and FX’s Sons of Anarchy (No. 14, and possibly higher once the finale is factored in) and the final few episodes of AHS: Coven (No. 19) also make the cut. Broadcast dramas still generally dominate the Nielsen charts in terms of overall audience — habits die hard among older viewers — but the younger the audience, the more likely a cable drama is to compete with fare from the big networks. This is particularly true when you look at audiences under 35 by gender. FX’s The Strain, for example, ranks behind more than 150 other TV shows in 2014 in overall viewership. But among men ages 18–34, it’s a top-40 hit. Likewise, ABC’s Pretty Little Liars, whose average 2014 audience of 3.6 million viewers puts it behind nearly 200 other shows this year, is TV’s No. 16 show with women 18–34 (and one of the 10 biggest dramas).

7. …Even As Overall Cable Viewership Fell Off a Cliff

After years of broadcast networks making headlines for plunging Nielsen numbers, it’s now cable that is feeling the pain of audience erosion. USA Network will once again rank as the most-watched cable channel in prime time, but its average audience of 2.1 million viewers this year is down a stunning 21 percent from 2013. (One reason for the drop: Fewer reruns of Law & Order this year and more episodes of Modern Family, a strategy designed to give the network a younger, more upscale profile. USA was nonetheless still down over 10 percent with viewers under 50.) As bad as USA’s overall audience erosion was, its decline looks almost modest compared to A&E’s fortunes this year: Thanks to the aforementioned Duck dive, the network’s prime-time audience collapsed by nearly 30 percent this year and pushed the network off the list of the ten most-watched cable channels. TBS, which has yet to develop a big new comedy hit behind its The Big Bang Theory reruns, dropped 10 percent (but was still No. 1 among viewers under 50); sister net TNT declined a relatively gentle 4 percent. FX also lost a little ground, falling about 2 percent in overall audience, but its smaller rate of decline actually helped it leap ahead of A&E and Adult Swim to stand as the No. 7 cable network this year (and the No. 3 network with adults under 50, beating TNT in the demo for the first time ever). One rare growth story in 2014: HGTV, which was up about 5 percent and ended the year as a top-ten cable channel in prime time.

8. ABC Still Knows What (Young) Women Want

After a rough 2013, the Alphabet network bounced back to turn in a solid Nielsen performance — and its strength among young women continues to be a key driver of its momentum. Looking just at broadcast shows, ABC will end up with a whopping six of the ten most-watched series among adult women under 35 this year (even better than its 2013 performance). No shocker, Shonda Rhimes’s Thursday trio takes the top three spots, with newcomer How to Get Away With Murder broadcast TV’s No. 1 show in the demo, followed by Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. Modern Family and Once Upon a Time are also in the top ten. But in a bit of an upset, The Bachelor appears poised to surge past The Voice as the No. 1 network reality show in the young female demo (though the race is close, and a strong finish to the current Voice season could allow it to slip into first by year’s end). ABC is also doing well with the littlest women: Once Upon a Time is this year’s No. 1 broadcast show among teen girls, thanks in part to this fall’s savvy Frozen story line.

9. CBS: The Last True Broadcaster

There are more ways to make money in the TV business than simply getting the most number of people to watch your show. Cable figured out the more-with-less model decades ago, and networks have been playing the demo game — fewer viewers, but the “right” kind of viewers — for years, too. But being able to reach lots of people with a lot of different shows is still the goal for broadcast networks, and it’s something that CBS (and maybe only CBS) does well. Consider the list of the 100 most-watched regularly scheduled episodic broadcasts of 2014 (including weekly sports franchises but not specials or movies). CBS fills a whopping 75 positions on the list, and it does so with no fewer than ten different programs. There are numerous episodes of The Big Bang Theory and NCIS, of course. But both NCIS spinoffs make several appearances on the list, as do new shows Madam Secretary and Scorpion, Sunday stalwart 60 Minutes, Thursday Night Football, Person of Interest, and even the premiere of the short-lived drama Intelligence. By contrast, runner-up NBC, while responsible for 21 of the top 100 telecasts, only has three programs in the top 100: Sunday Night Football (14), Blacklist (5), and The Voice (2). The premiere and second episodes of How to Get Away With Murder, along with the pilot of Resurrection, account for all of ABC’s contributions to the top 100. And Fox? The January premiere of American Idol, which drew 17.7 million viewers, ends up as the No. 84 network series telecast of 2014 — and Fox’s only representation on the list.

10. Jimmy Fallon Ruled Late Night

The new host of The Tonight Show couldn’t have gotten off to a better start: Thanks to an Olympics-hyped premiere week and tons of early buzz, Fallon crushed his rivals during his first year in the host’s chair. In fact, among viewers under 50, NBC says Tonight drew better ratings than David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel combined since Fallon took over for Jay Leno in February. And in overall audience, Tonight’s Fallon-era audience average of 4.4 million nearly doubled that of runner-up Kimmel or third-place Letterman. Fallon might want to slow-jam this news while he can, however. While Tonight is still comfortably in first in all key demos, during the recent November ratings sweep, Fallon’s 1.0 rating among viewers under 50 was way down from his 2014 average of 1.4 (while Kimmel’s 0.7 rating was up from his overall 2014 score). David Letterman will also likely get at least a little bit of a bounce headed into his final weeks on TV this spring. And expect CBS to launch a giant promotional blitz on behalf of new contender Stephen Colbert.

11. Men Will Be Boys

It cannot be overstated how big animated shows are among young men: Of TV’s 15 biggest non-sports shows this year, one third were toons. Fox’s animated block dominated, with Family Guy, The Simpsons, the last episodes of American Dad!, and even Bob’s Burgers taking up four slots, and Comedy Central’s South Park ranking No. 9 overall with young guys. Go a little further down the Nielsen charts, and there’s still more evidence of dudes’ affection for animation. Dan Harmon’s Rick & Morty is barely a blip in overall audience — No. 353 in viewers — but at No. 57 with men under 35, it outperforms network stalwarts such as Survivor and American Idol in the demo. Broadcast networks these days rely on the NFL and other sports to lure male viewers, but maybe they ought to take a hint from Fox and start trying to crack the animation code.

12. Viva Bazinga!

Football is popular across all demo groups, so it’s no shock that among Latino viewers under 50, NBC and CBS’s prime-time NFL packages ranked first and second in 2014, respectively. Factor out sports, however, and CBS’s The Big Bang Theory and NBC’s The Voice finish in a virtual tie as broadcast TV’s biggest shows with young Latinos. ABC’s Modern Family and newcomer How to Get Away With Murder come in third and fourth, while Fox’s Gotham impresses with a fifth-place finish. Meanwhile, Scandal has ceded its crown as network TV’s most popular program among African-American viewers ages 18–49, but Shonda Rhimes has no reason to mourn. It’s been replaced by How to Get Away With Murder, the Pete Nowalk–created hour she produces. HTGAWM just barely outrated lead-in Scandal to claim the title; both shows outrated the NBC and CBS football franchises. Factoring out sports, ABC actually claims a whopping four of the five biggest entrainment series among younger black viewers, with newcomer black-ish in third place and Grey’s Anatomy fourth. As with Latinos, Gotham is 2013’s fifth-biggest show with African-Americans. Something else worth noting: While none of CBS’s entertainment shows crack the top five among younger black viewers, the Eye dominates further down the list, landing eight of the top 25 shows in this group (including freshman dramas Stalker and Extant). But The Big Bang Theory, despite its popularity among white and Latino audiences, is a relative dud with African-Americans under 50, drawing smaller ratings than CBS’s The Good Wife and Under the Dome.

13. Smaller Shows Get Bigger on VOD

Broadcast and cable nets are increasingly pushing viewers to catch their shows through video-on-demand platforms, mostly because VOD usually includes commercials you can’t skip (and Nielsen now counts VOD replays as part of its ratings). While there’s no national ranking for VOD views, Comcast — the nation’s biggest cable company — closely tracks how shows do on its Xfinity VOD platform. Not surprising, The Big Bang Theory ended 2014 as the most-played TV comedy on Xfinity, while HBO’s Game of Thrones and True Blood edged out AMC’s The Walking Dead in the drama category. More telling is how some generally lower-rated series ended up as VOD all-stars this year. On the comedy side, Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine landed in the top ten, as did MTV’s Awkward, TruTV’s Impractical Jokers, and HBO’s Girls. And among reality shows, while The Voice may be unbeatable on linear TV, on VOD, Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club had more plays than the NBC musical smash. The rest of the reality VOD top ten: Dance Moms, Teen Mom 2, Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, America’s Got Talent, Dancing With the Stars, Big Brother, and Pawn Stars.

14. It Gets Worse

It wouldn’t be a year-end ratings spectacular without a reminder to networks about why quickly pulling the plug on good shows that haven’t yet found an audience often results in even lower ratings. This year’s poster child: Fox’s Enlisted. It struggled on Fridays at the start of 2014, a victim of indifference on the part of Fox leadership at the time. As a result, it averaged a modest 3.1 million viewers the seven times it aired on that night. Fox canceled Enlisted in May and instead opted to sink millions into the expensive reality “experiment” called Utopia. It got much more promotion than Enlisted ever did, and it also ran on Fridays. The result: It averaged 2.5 million viewers, or 20 percent below what its predecessor on the night averaged.

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The buzziest new cable shows of 2015
Topping the list: AMC's 'Better Call Saul,' the prequel to 'Bad'
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine

“Better Call Saul” is next year’s most anticipated new show on cable.

That’s not just because the program is a prequel to “Breaking Bad,” one of the most successful dramas ever on basic cable.

It’s also because AMC is in a transition right now, and it has a lot riding on the success of “Saul.”

The network still has TV’s No. 1 drama in 18-49s in “The Walking Dead.” But “Mad Men” will follow “Bad” off the air later this year, and the network has struggled to find strong new programming.

Earlier this year, it scrapped its reality development slate and canceled all but two unscripted series.

And while AMC has ordered second seasons of dramas “Turn” and “Halt and Catch Fire,” neither has generated the ratings or critical acclaim of “Bad” or “Men.”

“Saul” could.

The show follows Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), a criminal lawyer who worked for Walt White in “Bad.”

The prequel examines the circumstances that eventually led Saul, a darkly comic character, to White.

AMC is ensuring “Saul” gets the best possible setup for its premiere. The show will debut behind the second-half fifth-season premiere of “Dead” on Feb. 8.

In addition to “Saul,” here are the other most-buzzed-about new cable shows coming in 2015.

“12 Monkeys” (Syfy; premieres Jan. 16)

The 1995 science fiction film starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt is not an obvious candidate for a TV remake; it wasn’t a huge hit.

But the time travel theme is rich with possibilities for plot twists and turns, and the trailer has gotten nearly 1 million views on YouTube.

“The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” (Comedy Central; premieres Jan. 19)

Wilmore, the creator of “The Bernie Mac Show” and a longtime correspondent for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” will take over the 11:30 p.m. slot being vacated by “The Colbert Report,” as Stephen Colbert moves to CBS to replace David Letterman.

Wilmore is extremely funny, and he plays his race (he’s black) for humor. Expect a surge of interest in his show to start, though whether people stick around depends on how quickly the satire finds its stride.

“Dig” (USA; premieres March 5)

This limited series represents a new type of show for USA, which has long favored quirky comedies. The six-episode thriller follows a 2,000-year-old conspiracy, and it feels more like a TNT action show than a light USA drama.

“The Royals” (E! ; premieres March 15)

Every network really is getting into scripted programming. E!’s first stab at a scripted series stars Elizabeth Hurley as part of a drama-filled royal family.

It’s not expected to be a huge ratings draw or critical hit, but E! excels at soapy fun, so it could become a cult hit. Plus it’s indicative of just how far cable drama has come in the past decade; 10 years ago it would have been hard to picture E! trying a drama.

“K.C. Undercover” (Disney Channel; premieres spring 2015)

Sure to be a hit with tweens, the series follows a girl (Zendaya) who finds out her parents are spies and is forced to become one herself. Parents will think it’s lame but Zendaya is a big Disney star.

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PlayStation Network, Xbox Live offline due to attacks
By Mike Snider, USA Today - Dec. 25, 2014

If all you want for Christmas is some online video gaming, you may feel like you got coal in your stocking.

Online game networks Xbox Live and PlayStation Network have been offline much of Christmas Day in an apparent DDos (distributed denial of service) attack.

Taking credit for the takedown: a group called Lizard Squad, which previously claimed credit for August attacks on the PlayStation Network and online games World of Warcraft and League of Legends.

The network status Web pages for Xbox Live and PSN both list the networks as offline.

It caps off a rough holiday season for Sony, which saw its Sony Pictures subsidiary hit by a cyber-attack last month over the upcoming release of The Interview. A hacker group called the Guardians of Peace threatened a 9/11 type attack on theaters if the movie was shown.

Sony opted to pull the film after U.S. authorities determined North Korea was behind the cyber-attack. But the studio changed its plan and began making the movie available to independent theaters on Christmas Day.

The film can also be purchased and rented online via YouTube and other sites and services. Among those: Xbox Live.

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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
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8:30PM - Cristela
(R - Oct. 17)
9PM - Shark Tank
(R - May 16)
10PM - 20/20: Home for the Holidays
* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Mel Brooks; Christine Baranski; Jenny Lewis performs)
(R - Dec. 18)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - Now That's Funny! On Set With TV's Hottest Comedies: A Paley Center for Media Special (90 min.)
9:30PM - Mom
(R - Jan. 24)
10PM - Blue Bloods
(R - Dec. 20, 2013)
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Joaquin Phoenix; comic Cristela Alonzo; Al Green performs)
(R - Dec. 8)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Tenacious D performs)
(R - Oct. 24)

NBC:
8PM - Caught on Camera With Nick Cannon (Special)
9PM - Dateline NBC
(R - May 30)
* * * *
11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Jay Leno; Lucy Liu; Museum of Discovery director of visitor experience Kevin Delaney; Dave Davies sits in with The Roots)
(R - Nov. 7)
12:36AM - Late Night with Seth Myers (Allison Williams; sportscaster Dan Patrick; magician Josh Beckerman)
(R - Nov. 26)
1:37AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Haley Joel Osment; Bleached performs; "Banksy Does New York")
(R - Nov. 13)

FOX:
8PM - Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (Special)
(R - Nov. 24, 2011)
8:30PM - Bob's Burgers
(R - Dec. 15, 2013)
9PM - Glee
(R - Dec. 5, 2013)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Washington Week With Gwen Ifill
8:30PM - Charlie Rose This Week
9PM - Bing Crosby Rediscovered: American Masters (90 min.)
(R - Dec. 2)
10:30PM - Downton Abbey Rediscovered
(R - Nov. 30)

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

THE CW:
8PM - Whose Line Is It Anyway?
(R - May 9)
8:30PM - Whose Line Is It Anyway?
(R - May 16)
9PM - Penn & Teller: Fool Us
(R - Aug. 28)

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Los Miserables
9PM - Tierra de Reyes
10PM - Señora Acero
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Ringing Out the Old With a TV Binge
Marathons of ‘The Twilight Zone,’ ‘The Simpsons’ and More
By Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times - Dec. 26, 2014

You can’t bear to watch another New Year’s Eve ball-dropping, and yet you don’t want to leave the dominant appliance in your life unacknowledged on the year’s most festive and wistful night. Not a problem. There are a number of ways to spend New Year’s Eve that involve television but won’t expose you to whoever is trying to replace Dick Clark these days. Let’s break them down into three broad categories: NEIL GENZLINGER

YOU COULD RUN A MARATHON Cable channels love to fill up New Year’s Eve with marathon broadcasts of shows recent and not so recent. Syfy, for instance, has been doing this since back when it was called the Sci-Fi Channel, serving up episodes of what the scholar Victor L. Cahn has called “the most influential program in the history of television,” “The Twilight Zone.” It’s the 20th year of this particular custom, and more than 40 episodes will be shown, beginning early Wednesday with “The Old Man in the Cave,” a classic post-apocalyptic tale, and ending New Year’s morning.

Some great episodes are on the list: “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” with William Shatner as an airplane passenger who sees odd things out the window; “To Serve Man,” about the friendly giants from outer space who turn out to be hungry. The show, in addition to being full of early appearances by future stars, is a snapshot of the anxieties of the scientific age as envisioned in the late 1950s and early 1960s, which somehow seems perfect for a night on which many are contemplating the future with equal parts dread and hope.

If that’s too abstract for you, there is real science over on the Science Channel, which has already begun its marathon of all 220 episodes of “Mythbusters,” a series that tests and debunks various popular notions. Does turning off your engine at a red light really save gas? Can hitting a channel marker really split a boat in two? Bring a pad and pencil; you may want to take notes.

The apparently endless appetite for “The Simpsons” is being fed once again by FXX, which is showing the premiere and finale from each of that show’s first 25 seasons. Does that make you want to hit yourself in the head and say “D’oh”? Then perhaps the marathon for you is the one on the El Rey Network, which is being labeled “Season’s Beatings.” It’s eight episodes of “Lucha Underground,” a professional-wrestling show. Toggle between that and AMC’s marathon of “The Walking Dead” for maximum brain-jarring effect.

YOU COULD CRAWL INTO A BOX So much was released on DVD this year that it’s impossible to note it all. We’ll concentrate on two boxed sets related only by the “misters” in their titles and the fact that both were released by Shout! Factory: “Mister Ed: The Complete Series” and “The Mr. Magoo Theatrical Collection.”

“Mister Ed” is almost surely the finest sitcom about a talking horse ever made. As with “The Twilight Zone,” you never know what household-name actor is going to turn up in this show, which ran from 1958 to 1966. When Ed is not getting along with another horse, who is the target of his wrath? Clint Eastwood, since it’s his horse. Mr. Eastwood was then starring in “Rawhide,” his first major role.

Mr. Magoo, an animated character with bad eyesight, had a TV show in the 1960s (which had previously been released on DVD), but this latest collection consists of the 53 cartoons moviegoers saw in theaters in the 1940s and ’50s. Jim Backus, later stranded on “Gilligan’s Island,” provided the voice of Magoo, a character often criticized as insulting to the sight-impaired. In one cartoon, Magoo looks into a churning cement mixer and thinks he’s watching television. That may accurately sum up your own feelings as midnight nears and you’re binge-watching this stuff.

YOU COULD TRY A PRE-ELECTRONIC BINGE A form of binge consumption existed before boxed sets and even before television. It was called reading. If you want television in your New Year’s Eve but don’t want to actually turn the danged thing on, some pretty good books with a television connection have come along recently.

Any fan of the medium would enjoy “Walking Distance: Remembering Classic Episodes From Classic Television,” by the aforementioned Professor Cahn, of Skidmore College. He analyzes memorable TV moments like the “Baby Fat” episode of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and the “Escape in Time” installment of “The Avengers,” explaining why he thinks they’re pivotal. “Walking Distance,” his title, is also the title of what he identifies as the best episode of “The Twilight Zone.” And yes, it’s showing during that Syfy marathon.

There’s also Julian David Stone’s fast-moving yarn “The Strange Birth, Short Life, and Sudden Death of Justice Girl,” which came out in late 2013 but still makes lively reading in 2014. It’s set in 1955, the early days of television, and involves a writer who comes up with a character who turns into a fad. The story has a great take on what it must have been like to be in the business during those formative years, when anything was possible and nothing yet seemed like an imitation of something that had come before.

And then there’s an odd little volume called “The Mediterranean Universe: Imagining Feline Civilization,” by John Newmeyer. In a whimsical way that’s difficult to describe, the book explores what life might be like on a planet where cats had fared a little better in the evolutionary chain. Why is it mentioned here? Because the author is the brother of Julie Newmar, the original Catwoman in the 1960s “Batman” TV series. He dedicates it thus: “To my elegant and ever-evolving sister Julie, the essential Catwoman. Together we have done great work for the Universal and Eternal Feline.”

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Cable cranks out midseason debuts
By Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Dec. 26, 2014

Last week in this space we looked at midseason TV series on the broadcast networks. This week, we’ll look ahead to the new year’s series on cable.

Arguably the most anticipated new program is AMC’s “Breaking Bad” prequel spinoff “Better Call Saul” (10 p.m. Feb 8 before moving to new time slot Monday at 10 p.m. on Feb. 9).

The new series follows attorney Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) in the years before he became the lawyer to “Breaking Bad’s” Walter White but at a time he knew “Bad” character Mike Erhmantraut (Jonathan Banks). Michael McKean, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian and Michael Mando also star.

At a July press conference for “Saul,” series creator Vince Gilligan acknowledged events in “Breaking Bad” do put parameters on what can happen in the prequel.

“It’s a leap of faith or stupidity into the unknown,” Mr. Gilligan said. “I thought it was going to be kind of easy going forward: ‘Ah, we know who this guy is.’ We don't really know who this guy is at all when you think about it. … We know where this guy is going. We can't, for instance, in the first episode have him lose an arm or an eye or something like that.”

In addition, two new networks launch in January.

On Jan. 14 TV Guide Network will become Pop, a network devoted to fandom of popular culture. Series at or shortly after launch include “Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block” (8 and 8:30 p.m. Jan. 14), fans take a cruise with the boy band; “The Story Behind” (9 p.m. Jan. 14), beginning with “Everybody Loves Raymond” and also including “ER,” “Home Improvement” and other TV shows; “Schitt’s Creek” (10 p.m. Feb. 11), a scripted comedy about a formerly rich video store magnate (Eugene Levy), his soap star wife (Catherine O’Hara) and the depressing town they live in that they once bought as a joke.

One day later on Jan. 15, Discovery Health & Fit will be renamed Discovery Life with a new emphasis on the scandalous or bizarre, sort of a merging of the tones of TLC and Investigation Discovery. The shows require little explanation beyond their titles, including “Outrageous Births: Tales From the Crib” (9 p.m. Jan. 15); “NY ER” (10 and 10:30 p.m. Jan. 16); medical anomalies in “Body Bizarre” (9 p.m. Jan. 17) and “Hoarding: Behind Closed Doors” (10 p.m. Jan. 18).

Here’s a look at new and returning cable series:

New cable shows

“Bringing Up Bates” (9 p.m. Jan. 1, Up):
Because one cable series about a family with 19 children isn’t enough, there’s now a second one about a family whose kids range from 2 to 25.

“Big Women: Big Love” (10 p.m. Jan. 1, Lifetime): Five plus-size women navigate the dating scene.

“Off the Map With Shannen & Holly” (11 p.m. Jan. 2, Great American Country): Celeb-reality show following actresses Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs on a road trip through the Southeastern United States.

“Million Dollar American Princesses” (8 p.m. Jan. 4, Smithsonian Channel): Stories of American heiresses who wed British nobility at the end of the 19th century, “Downton Abbey”-style.

“Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge” (8 p.m. Jan. 4, CMT): Reality competition with physical and mental challenges.

“Living Different” (9 p.m. Jan. 6, Oxygen): Four-part series with each hour profiling women who don’t conform to traditional social norms, including members of an all-Hasidic rock band.

“Child Genius” (10 p.m. Jan. 6, Lifetime): Smart kids compete for a $100,000 college fund.

“Framework” (10 p.m. Jan. 6, Spike TV): Common hosts a furniture design competition series.

“Wild Transport” (10 p.m. Jan. 6, A&E): Unscripted series that follows a team that rescues, removes and relocates animals.

“Baggage on the Road” (9 p.m. Jan. 7, GSN): Jerry Springer hosts a 20-episode traveling version of GSN’s dating game show “Baggage.”

“Hindsight” (10 p.m. Jan. 7, VH1): Becca (Laura Ramsey) is about to marry for the second time, but she is plagued by doubt when she steps in an elevator and steps out and it’s 1995 again on the morning of her first wedding to a bad boy.

“Donnie Loves Jenny” (10:30 p.m. Jan. 7, A&E): Celeb-reality series following the wedding and married life of Donnie Wahlberg (“Blue Bloods”) and Jenny McCarthy.

“Expedition Unknown” (9 p.m. Jan. 8, Travel Channel): Explorer Josh Gates inserts himself in different cultures while traveling the globe. First up: Searching for clues in the disappearance of Amelia Earhart.

“Alaska: Battle on the Bay” (10 p.m. Jan. 8, Animal Planet): “Deadliest Catch” with salmon.

“Babylon” (10 p.m. Jan. 8, SundanceTV): A six-part workplace satire set in the London police force executive produced by Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and starring Brit Marling (“Another Earth”) and James Nesbitt (“The Hobbit”).

“Love thy Sister” (10 p.m. Jan. 8, WEtv): Docusoap about three high society Southern belles.

“All About Sex” (11 p.m. Jan. 10, TLC): Hosts Margaret Cho, Heather McDonald, Marissa Jaret Winokur and therapist Tiffanie Davis Henry have conversations about sex and love.

“Togetherness” (9:30 p.m. Jan. 11, HBO): Brothers Jay and Mark Duplass (“The Puffy Chair”) created this comedy about a married couple trying to reignite the spark in their relationship.

“Eye Candy” (10 p.m. Jan. 12, MTV): Victoria Justice stars as a hacker who teams with a cyber crimes unit to find a potential serial killer in this scripted drama with a high body count.

“Friends to Lovers?” (10 p.m. Jan. 12, Bravo): This docuseries follows people who try to date a longtime friend.

“Married at First Sight: The First Year” (9 p.m. Jan. 13, FYI): Spinoff from “Married at First Sight” that follows two couples over their first year of marriage to see if their union will last.

“Big Giant Swords” (10 p.m. Jan. 13, Discovery Channel): Irishman Michael Craughwell designs and builds swords of steel.

“Mike Saves the Date” (10 p.m. Jan. 13, FYI): Docuseries about a celebrity wedding planner.

“My Big Fat Fabulous Life” (10 p.m. Jan. 13, TLC): Woman who posted video of herself dancing on YouTube gets followed by cameras for a reality show.

“Troy: Street Magic” (10 p.m. Jan. 13, Syfy): Another magician show, this one featuring 25-year-old Brit Troy Von Scheibner.

“Wrestling With Death” (10 p.m. Jan. 13, WGN America): Docudrama about an Arkansas family who run a funeral home by day and work as professional wrestlers at night.

“Man Seeking Woman” (10:30 p.m. Jan. 14, FXX): A naive 20-something (Jay Baruchel, “She’s Out of My League”) tries to find love in this comedy based on Simon Rich’s book “The Last Girlfriend on Earth.”

“Breaking Point” (10 p.m. Jan. 15, Investigation Discovery): “Intervention” for criminals.

“12 Monkeys” (9 p.m. Jan. 16, Syfy): A remake of the 1995 Brad Pitt movie, this series follows a time traveler (Aaron Stanford, “X-Men”) from 2043 who returns to the present to eradicate the source of a plague that will nearly annihilate the human race in the future.

“Bella and the Bulldogs” (8 p.m. Jan. 17, Nickelodeon): The head cheerleader (Brec Bassinger) becomes the starting quarterback of her middle school football team.

“Smartest Animals in America” (8 p.m. Jan. 17, Great American Country): Animal advocate Betty White (“Hot in Cleveland”) talks to the animals, walks with the animals.

“Rugged Justice” (8 p.m. Jan. 18, Animal Planet): Docuseries following Washington State’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Program as they police mountain terrain and rain forest roads.

“Christina Milian Turned Up” (10 p.m. Jan. 18, E!): Docuseries follows the Grammy-nominated singer.

“Open Heart” (9 p.m. Jan. 20, TeenNick): The rebellious daughter (Karis Cameron) from a family of doctors volunteers at a hospital while investigating the disappearance of her father.

“Best New Restaurant” (10 p.m. Jan. 21, Bravo): Tom Colicchio hosts and judges restaurants before declaring one of them the winner.

“Million Dollar Critic” (10 p.m. Jan. 22, BBC America): In each episode The London Times restaurant critic Giles Coren samples meals from five North American restaurants and proclaims one lucky winner.

“Nightwatch” (10 p.m. Jan. 22, A&E): Docuseries follows first responders in New Orleans.

“Sons of Liberty” (9 p.m. Jan. 25-27, History): Radicals Sam Adams (Ben Barnes), John Adams (Henry Thomas), Paul Revere (Michael Raymond-James) and John Hancock (Rafe Spall) join forces to change the course of history.

“Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations” (9 p.m. Jan. 26, Travel Channel): Andrew Zimmern explores not-to-miss dishes in cities around the world.

“Mud, Sweat and Gears” (10 p.m. Jan. 26, BBC America): Competitive car show where two gearheads transform everyday vehicles for extreme missions.

“Fortitude” (10 p.m. Jan. 29, Pivot): The first scripted drama for Pivot is set in the melting Arctic in the small town of Fortitude where a murder shocks residents. Stanley Tucci, Richard Dormer and Michael Gambon star.

“Breaking Greenville” (10:30 p.m. Jan. 29, truTV): A comedic docusoap set behind the scenes of two rival Greenville, Miss., TV news operations.

“Duff Till Dawn” (10:30 p.m. Jan. 29, Food Network): Duff Goldman hosts this reality competition among cake decorators.

“Unwrapped 2.0” (10 p.m. Feb. 2, Cooking Channel): Alfonso Ribeiro hosts an updated look behind the scenes of classic American treats.

“Street Art Throwdown” (9 p.m. Feb. 3, Oxygen): 10 street artists vie for a $100,000 grand prize.

“Style by Jury” (9:30 p.m. Feb. 13, TLC): “Fashion felons” get schooled by self-styled experts.

“Preachers of Detroit” (10 p.m. Feb. 18, Oxygen): Reality show about Michigan pastors.

“Outlaw Country” (10 p.m. Feb. 24, WGN America): Docuseries about brothers who act as sheriff in a Missouri town.

“Dig” (March 5, USA, no time slot announced): A Jerusalem-set murder mystery about an FBI agent (Jason Isaacs, “Awake”), his boss and occasional lover (Anne Heche) and their investigation into the murder of a young American.

“The Royals” (10 p.m. March 15, E!): E! gets into the scripted series business with this soapy drama about a fictional modern monarchy starring Elizabeth Hurley as the queen.

“Younger” (10 p.m. March 31, TV Land): Sutton Foster (“Bunheads”) returns to prime time in this single-camera comedy from Darren Star (“Sex and the City,” “Beverly Hills, 90210”). Ms. Foster plays a 40-year-old suddenly single mother who returns to work and tries to pass herself off as a 20-something.

Returning cable series

Not every returning cable series has gotten a premiere date — AMC’s “Mad Men” is one notable exception — but here’s what’s been announced so far:

Jan. 1: “Little Women: L.A.” (9 p.m., Lifetime), “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory” (10 p.m., MTV), “Ridiculousness” (10:30 p.m., MTV).

Jan. 2: “Whale Wars” (8 p.m., Animal Planet), “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” (9 p.m., TLC)

Jan. 3: “Raising Whitley” (9 p.m., OWN), “Rev Run’s Renovation” (10 p.m., DIY).

Jan. 4: “Thicker Than Water” (9 p.m., Bravo), “Ultimate Survival Alaska” (9 p.m., National Geographic Channel), “Worst Cooks in America” (9 p.m., Food Network), “Total Divas” (10 p.m., E!).

Jan. 5: “Fatal Attraction” (10 p.m., TV One).

Jan. 6: “Pretty Little Liars” (8 p.m., ABC Family), “Dance Moms” (9 p.m., Lifetime), “The Haves and the Have Nots” (9 p.m., OWN), “Switched at Birth” (9 p.m., ABC Family), “Cougar Town” (10:30 p.m., TBS).

Jan. 7: “Extra Virgin” (9 p.m., Cooking Channel), “Impact Wrestling” (9 p.m., Destination America), “Love Thy Neighbor” (9 p.m., OWN), “My 600-lb Life” (9 p.m., TLC), “Duck Dynasty” (9:30 p.m., A&E), “SWV Reunited” (10 p.m., WEtv), “Wahlburgers” (10 p.m., A&E).

Jan. 8: “Archer,” (10 p.m., FX), “Portlandia” (10 p.m., IFC).

Jan. 9: “Cold Justice” (8 p.m., TNT), “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars” (9 p.m. WEtv), “Banshee” (10 p.m., Cinemax), “David Tutera’s Celebrations” (10 p.m., WEtv), “Treehouse Masters” (10 p.m., Animal Planet).

Jan. 11: “Girls” (9 p.m., HBO), “Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters” (9 p.m., Animal Planet), “Shameless” (9 p.m., Showtime), “House of Lies” (10 p.m., Showtime), “Looking” (10 p.m., HBO), “Episodes” (10:30 p.m., Showtime), “Comedy Bang! Bang!” (11 p.m., IFC).

Jan. 13: “Face Off” (9 p.m. Jan. 13, Syfy), “Kate Plus Eight” (9 p.m., TLC), “Restaurant Startup” (10 p.m., CNBC).

Jan. 14: “Melissa & Joey” (8 p.m., ABC Family), “Baby Daddy” (8:30 p.m., ABC Family), “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (10 p.m., FXX).

Jan. 15: “SmackDown” (8 p.m., Syfy), “Amazing America With Sarah Palin” (9 p.m., Sportsman Channel).

Jan. 16: “The Fall” (Netflix), “Helix” (10 p.m., Syfy).

Jan. 17: “Beverly Hills Pawn” (9 p.m., ReelzChannel), “My Big Redneck Family” (9 p.m., CMT).

Jan. 19: “The Fosters” (8 p.m., ABC Family), “Chasing Life” (9 p.m., ABC Family), “The Venture Bros. Special (midnight, Adult Swim).

Jan. 20: “Friday Night Tykes” (9 p.m., Esquire), “Justified” (10 p.m., FX).

Jan. 23: “Bring It” (9 p.m., Lifetime), “Preachers’ Daughters” (10 p.m., Lifetime).

Jan. 24: “Black Sails” (9 p.m. Jan. 24, Starz).

Jan. 27: “Sirens” (10 p.m., USA).

Jan. 28: “The Americans” (10 p.m., FX), “Suits” (10 p.m., USA).

Feb. 8: “The Walking Dead” (9 p.m., AMC), “Talking Dead” (10 p.m., AMC), “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (11 p.m., HBO), “Comic Book Men” (midnight AMC).

Feb. 17: “Rizzoli & Isles” (9 p.m., TNT), “Perception” (10 p.m., TNT).

Feb. 19: “Vikings” (10 p.m., History).

Feb. 24: “Who Do You Think You Are?” (10 p.m., TLC).

Feb. 25: “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce” (11 p.m., Fuse).

Feb. 27: “House of Cards” (Netflix).

March 4: “Broadchurch” (10 p.m., BBC America).

March 9: “Bates Motel” (9 p.m., A&E).

April 18: “Orphan Black” (9 p.m., BBC America).

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PlayStation Network, Xbox Live offline due to attacks
By Mike Snider, USA Today - Dec. 25, 2014
Always fun going by someones house & playing a video game they just got but youve had for awhile & totally kicking their butt all over the field.

Eating those little hot dogs in a roll (pigs in a blanket ?) is fun too cause they only seem to come out this time of year.

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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.
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By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Dec. 26, 2014

DOCTOR WHO MARATHON
BBC America, 8:00 a.m. ET

The new Doctor Who episode – and what a pivotal one it was – was shown on Christmas Day, here in the U.S. as well as in England. Today and tomorrow, BBC America continues the festivities by showing episodes from various incarnations of the modern Doctor, starting this morning with three episodes from Season 2, featuring David Tennant – now starring on TV in both Broadchurch and its Americanized version, Gracepoint – as the Doctor, and Billie Piper as his Companion, Rose. Episodes from Seasons 3 and 4, also starring Tennant, continue through midnight.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE DOCUMENTARY MARATHON
VH1, 6:00 p.m.

Starting at 6 p.m. ET, VH1 begins its look back at Saturday Night Live, repeating the excellent two-hour documentary retrospectives made to date. SNL in the 80s: Lost and Found begins the marathon, followed at 8 p.m. ET by SNL in the 90s, and at 10 p.m. ET by SNL in the 2000s. The current decade isn’t over, so VH1 substitutes SNL: The Women at midnight ET. That leaves it until 2 a.m. ET for VH1 to complete its marathon, but VH1 is saving the best, as well as the most vintage, for last: At 2 a.m. ET, the overview concludes, out of sequence, with Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live. Set your recorders.

PINEAPPLE EXPRESS
Comedy Central, 7:30 p.m. ET

When Comedy Central scheduled this 2008 film, it was, at best, an attempt to tie in with a holiday release of a new comedy starring the same two actors. But now, presenting Pineapple Express the day after the defiant, First Amendment-embracing release of the controversial The Interview seems positively prescient. Both comedies star Seth Rogen and James Franco – so if you watch this pothead comedy, keep in mind that it features the same guys at the center of one of the most fascinating international media cases of the modern era.

AMERICAN MASTERS: "BING CROSBY REDISCOVERED"
PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

If you didn’t catch this profile of Bing Crosby earlier this month, here’s a second chance – and if you do watch this time, stay tuned through the final credits – because that’s when the filmmakers slip in an especially rare and entertaining Crosby vocal outtake. Check local listings.

THE NEXT MEGA TSUNAMI
National Geographic, 9:00 p.m. ET

Back in March 2004, a violent earthquake struck Southeast Asia, triggering a tsunami that devastated coastal Japan and many other countries. A decade later, this documentary takes a look back – and a look ahead, asking what steps can be taken to save more lives the next time such a disaster strikes.


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LeBron James and 'The Grinch' Propel ABC's Christmas
By Michael O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Dec. 26, 2014

The NBA was a gift to ABC on Christmas night. Airing the Cleveland-Miami game in the early evening, marking LeBron James' first return to the American Airlines Arena since he left the Heat, the broadcast network saw a 12 percent boost from last year's big holiday game.

According to overnight ratings, the game averaged a 5.5 in households — with the Miami victory giving that market a massive 17.2 rating, its highest local showing ever for a regular-season game.

The boost did not stop with the end of the game. ABC's NBA coverage crept into primetime, giving a handsome lift to its annual showing of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The classic cartoon jumped 58 percent in the key demo of adults 18-49, averaging a 1.9 rating. It also brought in nearly 6 million viewers. That was likely helped by coverage from Miami wrapping exactly at 8 p.m. ET.

Other vintage fare proved a draw on Christmas Eve. Wednesday's annual NBC broadcast of It's a Wonderful Life fetched a 1.2 rating in the key demo, steady with last year, while CBS was even with its I Love Lucy Christmas special (0.7 adults).

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'TV Everywhere' is 2015 mantra
By Mike Snider, USA Today's 'Cutting the Cord' Blog - Dec. 26, 2014

TV will really be everywhere in 2015.

Already, nearly 126 million Americans watch video on a smartphone at least once a month, up about 25% over last year, Nielsen says. Millions more are supplementing — or replacing — traditional TV viewing with content streamed to tablets, computers and Net TV devices.

Popular online video services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video and Hulu have become entrenched in U.S. homes. If traditional TV programmers and media companies — from broadcast networks to premium channels like HBO — have their way, you'll be watching even more of their streamed content at home and on the go in 2015.

So-called "TV Everywhere" apps that let you watch on-demand and live TV when you plug in your pay-TV credentials "are going to be ridiculously common in terms of smartphones and tablets," said Joel Espelien, the Diffusion Group.

Among the 2015 developments we already know about:

Dish Network. The satellite service plans to launch a subscription streaming service that company co-founder Charlie Ergen has described as targeting 18 to 35 year olds and skewing towards sports enthusiasts. Dish has secured Net TV rights from Disney, which could mean ESPN and its various channels.

Sony PlayStation Vue. The electronics and video-game giant plans to make its PlayStation-based cloud TV service available in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles within the first three months of the year. Sony has deals with CBS, Discovery Communications, Fox, NBCUniversal, Scripps Networks Interactive and Viacom (Comedy Central) for the app-based service, which Sony Computer Entertainment President and Group CEO Andrew House has said will be competitively priced.

HBO. The premium pay-TV network has a stand-alone HBO subscription streaming service in the works that would not require a pay TV package. "There are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them," HBO CEO Richard Plepler has said.

Showtime. CBS announced plans to offer its on stand-alone service for Showtime. Already available are the subscription-based CBS All Access service ($5.99 monthly) with recent and classic TV episodes, and the 24/7 ad-supported CBSN news channel with live anchors and on-demand video stories.

The rise of homes that have only broadband Internet service and pass on pay TV is one trend driving Net-based TV offerings. About 14% of adult broadband users do not use a legacy pay-TV service, up from 9% in 2011, the Diffusion Group has found.

But the flip side of TV Everywhere is that it could help networks and pay-TV providers stem a pay-TV exodus. ABC, Fox and NBC all offer some live streaming of content and on-demand episodes online and via apps.

"You can watch your shows on your television, on your mobile device, on a tablet, on a computer and on connected devices," said Alison Moore, NBCUniversal's general manager and executive vice president of TV Everywhere. "It's the ultimate in consumer choice."

Consumers will likely embrace the ability to get content on more devices. Homes that already have pay TV continue to add Netflix and other services. "The demand for alternative content continues to grow significantly and will continue to do so in 2015," said Matthew Lieberman of consulting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers

The likely surprise of 2015? That cord cutters will remain a minority, Espelien says. All these new offerings are not meant to substitute for pay TV.

"It's all complementary," he said. "It's going to be a huge year in terms of how much stuff will be out there. But people will be shocked that it s not going to drive cord cutting."

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Character actors take center stage on TV in 2014
By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times - Dec. 26, 2014

As we approach a new year, television is a tangle of trends: Networks began "unbundling" their streaming services from their television channels. New (and old) platforms broke ground with scripted series — "Transparent" put Amazon in the Emmy's race and "Outlander" gave Starz a big hit.

Comedies like "You're the Worst," "Broad City" and "black-ish" took on experimental tones and tactics. The CW got surprisingly hot with "The Flash" and "Jane the Virgin," while transgender characters became almost as common as the newly resurrected miniseries.

Underlying it all, however, is the most satisfying and continuing development of them all: the rise of the character actor.

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" finally made Andre Braugher a big star, "The Walking Dead's" Norman Reedus continues to be a god, and Ann Dowd of HBO's "The Leftovers" got more critical shout-outs last year than most headliners. Newcomer Allison Tolman blew everyone away in "Fargo," as did industry stalwart Jeffrey Tambor in "Transparent," and even the ubiquitous Zeljko Ivanek got a steady gig in "Madam Secretary."

Ten years ago, I wrote a piece about how tough it was for character actors to find work. This was particularly the case in television, where, at the time, reality shows ruled and most scripted series were procedurals, which burned through noncast performers on a one-and-done basis. The piece centered on Michael O'Neill, an actor fine and brave, who despite good reviews and years in the business was finding it hard to make a living.

This year, O"Neill co-starred in SundanceTV's small but amazing "Rectify" and CBS' big summer sci-fi series "Extant."

And he wasn't the only double dipper, not by a long shot. Many performers are making their mark concurrently in cable and broadcast. Chris Messina co-stars in "The Mindy Project" and HBO's "The Newsroom" (two years ago, "Damages" was part of the list as well), Dean Norris ripped up the screen in AMC's "Breaking Bad" and CBS' "Under The Dome," and James Wolk appeared in "Mad Men" and "The Crazy Ones."

The beloved but too often narratively neglected Margo Martindale starred in FX's critical darling "The Americans" and the broad comedy "The Millers." She was joined there by Beau Bridges, who also has a breakout role in "Masters of Sex" (though his character did not appear often enough this season), in which he is married to Allison Janney's character, also too AWOL this season, presumably because she too was co-starring in "Mom."

This year, Janney won two Emmys, one for a comedy, one for a drama, making her this year's patron saint of character actors.

Aside from audiences, no one has benefited more from television's age of expansion and exploration than the thousands of wonderful performers who, for whatever reason, never quite fit into television's often ridiculously narrow, appearance-focused and financially cautious definition of leading men and women. Boiled down to simple math, more television means more roles.

But it's more than that. The increasing artisanal quality of television also demands a level of craft that cannot be expected from the latest cavalcade of hot young things.

Beginning with "The Sopranos," most premium series, be it "Breaking Bad," "Fargo," "Game of Thrones," or "Orange Is the New Black" have been lauded for the sort of scene-specific performances that rely on brilliance from the main and supporting cast. Period dramas like "Mad Men," "Boardwalk Empire," "Hatfields and McCoys," "The Americans," "Masters of Sex," "American Horror Story" and "Downton Abbey" leaned even more heavily on character actors, with their ability to transcend time.

The rise of sci-fi fantasy, comic book-based and otherwise, also requires a high level of nuanced performance; it takes a lot of emotional resonance and character believability to sell a story set in an alternative universe.

In other words, as the writing and general creation of television have gotten better, the roles have become not just more numerous but more demanding, which means that talent and ability are now just as, and perhaps even more, desirable as youth, good looks and even a big name.

There were many breakout performances like Tolman's and Dowd's this year, and many bit stars, like "The Honorable Woman's" Maggie Gyllenhaal and "Olive Kitteridge's" Frances McDormand, we hope to see again.

But many of the new faces to watch for in 2015 are in fact familiar faces, finally getting the screen time they deserve.

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What a great season for college football bowl games.

Today we have the Quicklane Bowl, between football powers Rutgers and North Carolina.

Sponsored by a company that I guess is either a bowling alley in Detroit, or a company that makes windshield stickers for paying tolls.
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Fox News Channel And Dish Ratchet Up War Of Words Over Carriage Talks Stalemate
By Lisa De Moraes, Deadline.com - Dec. 26, 2014

Dish Network customers are heading toward the one-week mark minus access to Fox News Channel or Fox Business Channel, after those networks’ parent company could not reach agreement with the satellite TV provider on a new distribution deal. Finger pointing between 21st Century Fox and Dish broke out in the middle of the night on December 20, as carriage talks between the two failed to produce a deal by midnight, resulting in Fox News and Fox Business no longer being available on Dish.

Dish has updated its Facebook page with a video message from chairman Charlie Ergen, in which he says that, during the talks about the two news channels, Fox demanded a “surcharge” that tripled rates on an “unrelated, less popular” Fox channel on which Dish already had a carriage agreement that was not set to expire “for some time.”

“The result of this tactic is Fox News became hostage to an unrelated channel, where the price increase was not justified by our existing contract, or its viewership,” Ergen says in the video. “Ironically, Fox News would be first to decry this type of deal making,” he continues. “Imagine if your federal taxes were suddenly increased dramatically, or you were taxed in a state you did not live in. There was nothing about this extortion attempt that was fair – or balanced. Rather, it was greedy, arrogant, and disrespectful to you, their loyal viewer,” he said, noting Dish customers would ultimately be footing the bill for those “outrageous demands.”

Today, Fox put this message up on its Facebook page:

“DISH customers: Since DISH dropped Fox News, DISH has focused on shifting blame instead of getting Fox News back on the air. But the facts speak for themselves – DISH has blocked more than 10 channels in the last six months alone. We continue to work on resolving this situation, but until DISH is responsive, we are unable to update you on when Fox News will be available. Go to http://www.KeepFoxNews.com to get the latest and to find alternate providers in your area where you can get Fox News.

Meanwhile, customers would seem to be getting restless, looking across Dish’s Facebook page:

“All done. Just listened to your rant. Switching to another carrier! I pay for a channel I want to watch it!!” complained one post.

“Dish thank you for doing America a favor and taking Fox News out of your channel lineup,” countered another.

Back at midnight on December 20, Fox News Channel EVP Distribution Tim Carry said, “It is disappointing that, after nearly two decades without a blackout, Fox News Channel has been blocked by Dish Network,” adding,”This is the third time in as many months that Dish customers have suffered through a blackout due to Dish intransigence.” (He was referencing two earlier Dish disputes, one of which led to a blackout for Dish customers of CBS, and another in which Dish customers lost access to Turner Broadcasting channels, including CNN, Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT, and Turner Classic Movies.)

Countered Dish: “Tonight, 21st Century Fox, Inc. blocked Dish customer access to Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, as the media conglomerate introduced other channels into negotiations despite those channels not being included in the contract up for renewal.” Added Dish SVP Programming Warren Schlichting, “It’s like we’re about to close on a house and the realtor is trying to make us buy a new car as well. Fox blacked out two of its news channels, using them as leverage to triple rates on sports and entertainment channels that are not in this contract.”

The next morning Carry fired back that Fox did not try to force Dish to buy a car along with a house: “I love the whole ‘real estate and car’ thing – I thought that was pretty brilliant, but pretty inaccurate. That’s not what we’re asking. What [Dish is] looking at is a mansion, and you want to buy it like it’s a double lot.”

Since then, Fox’s focus has been on getting FNC fans switched from Dish to another service ASAP, using Facebook to reach Dish’s 14 million subscribers with a new account it set up, called KeepFoxNews.com.

The 888 phone line Fox set up when it launched its campaign alerting Dish customers they might lose access to Fox News Channel reports it has received nearly 179,000 calls since launch and nearly 55,000 since the two channels were dropped. Of the Dish customers who’ve contacted the phone number, nearly 118,000 have been transferred to Dish to drop the provider, more than 31,000 of them since the channels were dropped.

“Closing on a house and the realtor is trying to make you buy a car” isn’t that what you force us to do!!!!” one angry Dish customer says on that company’s Facebook page. “All I want to watch is FOX, and you make me buy a zillion other crap channels that I don’t want!!!!!! Hard to swallow you’re own medicine isn’t it Charlie!!!! I’m done!!!”

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‘Saved by the Bell’ Actor Arrested for Reportedly Stabbing Man at a Bar
By Variety.com Staff - Dec. 26, 2014

Dustin Diamond, the actor otherwise known as Screech from “Saved by the Bell,” was arrested early Friday morning in Wisconsin, police said.

He was booked in Ozaukee County outside Milwaukee for reckless endangerment, possession of a switchblade and carrying a concealed weapon.

Diamond, 37, is scheduled to appear in a hearing Friday afternoon.

His publicist could not be reached for comment.

Since his years as Screech, Diamond has managed to stay in the news. He had a stint on “Celebrity Fit Club’s” fifth season in 2007, and a year earlier, he staged his own sex tape in hopes of making some quick cash.

He is being held on $1,000 bail.

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