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But pretty soon there won't be enough "show" left to bother recording in the first place.
Now that I'm without cable and DVR I'm experiencing first-hand the commercial overload in OTA network programming. It's nuts. "The Price Is Right," a gameshow that itself is a series of endless commercials for the prizes the contestants are bidding on, is down to about 36 to 37 min. when the commercials and credits are excluded. Drew Carey is going so freaking fast and the show is so rushed that we rarely get reactions from the contestants when they win their big prizes. Just bam! You win, 'we'll be right back,' split-second of contestant jumping, fade to black. If a gameshow barely has time to show the one thing that gameshows are supposed to show, i.e. a contestant winning, then commercial overload is already wagging the dog.
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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
Cable overnights: ‘Americans’ dips slightly
By Media Life Magazine Staff - Jan. 29, 2015

“The Americans” drew a slightly smaller audience for its third-season bow.

The FX drama averaged 796,000 adults 18-49 Wednesday night, according to Nielsen overnights, off 8 percent from last year’s premiere, which averaged 863,000.

Among total viewers the show was up very slightly from last year, from 1.8 million to 1.89 million.

TBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” repeat topped the night in both total viewers and 18-49s. The top original show on cable in 18-49s was A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” which drew 1.177 million.

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‘Problem Child’ Comedy Based On Movie Gets NBC Pilot Order
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Jan. 29, 2015

NBC is going ahead with Problem Child, giving a pilot order to a single-camera comedy inspired by the 1990 Universal Pictures/Imagine feature that starred John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck as a couple conned into adopting a troubled 7-year-boy who wreaks havoc in their lives and leaves a path of destruction anywhere he goes.

Scot Armstrong, writer on such R-rated feature hits as Old School and The Hangover Part II, wrote the adaptation of the PG comedy, described as a family show about the cat-and-mouse game between a set of parents and their brilliant but mischievous child.

Armstrong is executive producing with Imagine TV’s Brian Grazer, fellow producer of the original movie Bob Simonds of STX Entertainment as well as TBD Entertainment’s Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan for Universal TV where TBD is based.

Problem Child, on which the late Ritter met his future wife Yasbeck, was a hit, grossing $72 million on a $10 million budget and spawning two sequels.

Armstrong has a long history with NBC and Universal TV where American Work — his company with Ravi Nandan — was based and produced several pilots and two series for the network: Best Friends Forever and Animal Practice. The two currently exec produce the USA comedy series Playing House with BFF‘s Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair.

Imagine TV has breakout new drama series Empire, departing Parenthood and Kurt Sutter’s FX pilot Bastard Executioner.

Problem Child is the latest movie remake to get a pilot order this season, following Minority Report at Fox and Rush Hour at CBS. An Uncle Buck comedy is heating up at ABC. In addition to Problem Child, NBC also has a comedy pilot based on the British comedy series Cuckoo and one based on the Australian series Strange Calls.

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A TV deal so great even cord cutters will think twice
By Lauren Ready, USA Today - Jan. 29, 2015

You may be one of them, or you may be considering joining them. "Cord cutters." Hundreds of thousands of people who forego a typical cable TV subscription for online video services like Netflix and Hulu.

In an attempt to bring back or keep some of those who are cutting the cord, cable companies are making incredible offers at low prices.

Money expert Matt Granite is talking about one such offer that is the lowest he's ever seen. Watch the video above to see how low this company is going to get your business. [CLICK LINK BELOW]

Follow @mattg ranite for more money saving tips.

Matt Granite is a consumer reporter with Gannett's WKYC station in Cleveland. His videos offer tips to consumers on how to save money. We do not get any financial compensation for mentioning any of these deals or companies. The only purpose of this segment is to save you money.

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Dish AutoHop to zap Super Bowl game, not commercials
By Meg James, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - Jan. 29, 2015

Dish Network roiled the TV industry with its AutoHop technology that enables subscribers to automatically delete commercials from blocks of prime-time network programming.

On Thursday, the Colorado satellite TV giant introduced a new AutoHop gimmick just in time for Sunday's Super Bowl extravaganza.

"We're putting a twist on the commercial-skipping feature so that instead of automatically skipping commercials, customers will have the option to instead skip the game and watch only the commercials," a Dish spokesman said.

The feature, dubbed Reverse AutoHop, will be available to Monday morning ad quarterbacks who want to watch replays of the most popular commercials that run during the NFL championship.

Fittingly, the feature will be available to users on Monday, the day after the big game. In years past, the conversation following the Super Bowl has quickly switched to debates about which advertisers had the most clever commercials.

Dish cautioned that in order for customers to watch a block of commercials, they must enable the PrimeTime Anytime feature for NBC prior to the game.

NBC, which is broadcasting this year's game, said Wednesday that it has sold out its advertising inventory at record levels.

The network charged an average of $4.5 million for each 30-second spot that runs during the game. This year's roster includes more than 70 advertisers in the Super Bowl.

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Fox Orders Kevin Connolly Fantasy Football Comedy, Rivers Cuomo Half-Hour to Pilot
By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Jan. 29, 2015

Just in time for the Super Bowl, Fox is moving forward with its fantasy football comedy — and adding a half-hour inspired by the life of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo.

The network on Thursday handed out pilot orders to Fantasy Life, the adaption of ESPN analyst Matthew Berry's best-selling book of the same name, with Entourage's Kevin Connolly attached to star, and Detour, the Cuomo comedy from Psych's Steve Franks.

Fantasy Life, which landed at Fox in September with a sizable put-pilot commitment with a significant penalty attached, centers on a regular guy who lands his ultimate dream job hosting a fantasy football show and is forced to navigate office politics while becoming the star he never thought he could be.

It will be written by Tim McAuliffe (Bad Teacher, Satisfaction, The Office, Up All Night), who will executive produce alongside Connolly, Berry, 3 Arts' Jonathan Berry, Greg Walter, Michael Rotenberg and Troy Zien. Fantasy Life, from 20th Century Fox Television, will be a multicamera hybrid comedy in a vein similar to CBS/20th's How I Met Your Mother.

Berry's Fantasy Life was published in July 2013 and became a New York Times best seller. The book chronicles Berry's journey from a 14-year-old fantasy player to the face of fantasy sports for ESPN.com, where he serves as fantasy sports analyst and columnist. Berry, coincidentally, is a former TV writer whose credits include Fox's Married … With Children, Roseanne, Grace Under Fire and Sports Night, among others.

For Connolly, the comedy comes after 20th TV inked the former Entourage star to his second overall deal with the studio to develop projects alongside 3 Arts. The actor previously starred in CBS/20th's short-lived comedy Friends With Better Lives last season. An avid football fan, Connolly also directed ESPN's hockey-themed Big Shot episode in its 30 for 30 series.

For Fox, the comedy comes as the network currently carries Sunday afternoon and evening NFL games. Should Fantasy Life move forward, it would join FX's similarly themed comedy The League. For 3 Arts, Fantasy Life marks its second pilot order of the season. It joins NBC's Greg Malins' multicamera comedy Take It From Us.

Detour, meanwhile, landed at the network in August with a hefty put-pilot commitment. The single-camera comedy is inspired by Cuomo, a rock star who made the unexpected choice at age 30 to quit his band and go back to college.

Based on a pitch from Franks, the 20th TV comedy will be written by the Psych creator and executive produced by Cuomo, Tagline Pictures' Willie Mercer and Chris Henze. Dan Field will also be credited as an EP.

Weezer frontman/songwriter Cuomo opted to go to college and live in the dorms. He tried out for the school choir and didn't get in. He made friends and met his wife. Detour would embellish his journey with a fictional character and the small band of misfit friends that made it possible for him to get through his formative years. Cuomo took the sabbatical eight years ago to return to college at Harvard.

Semi-autobiographical fare continues to be a popular genre at the broadcast networks this pilot season. In addition to Detour, Fox has dramedy Studio City, based on the life of creator Krista Vernoff, and a John Stamos comedy; NBC has half-hour Go Jerrod Go (Jerrod Carmichael) and drama Heart Matters (Kathy Magliato), while CBS has its Tommy Johnagin vehicle.

Fantasy Life and Detour become Fox's fifth and sixth comedy pilot orders of the season, off two from last year.

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Super Bowl Ads Turn Serious
From the Food Network, yet another baking competition
By Suzanne Vranica, Wall Street Journal - Jan. 29, 2015

Super Bowl viewers have come to expect TV ads laden with slapstick humor and crude gags such as a crotch-biting dog or a flatulent horse. But this year, some advertisers have lined up weightier fare.

The 100 million-plus viewers expected Sunday will see a host of emotion-rich commercials that tug on the heartstrings or take on problems. Coca-Cola ’s spot will shed light on the rash of Internet bullying while the National Football League will air a public-service announcement aimed at ending domestic violence. Procter & Gamble will re-air an ad for its feminine-care brand Always that tries to fight gender stereotypes and remove the stigma associated with the phrase “like a girl.”

To be sure, the Super Bowl won’t be a somber affair. Ads for brands such as Snickers and Doritos will aim for the funny bone while T-Mobile and Esurance are enlisting stunt casting.

Not all the celebrities—a fixture of big-game ads—will elicit a chuckle. Some advertisers are taking an emotional tack. Toyota will showcase Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy’s fast-paced life. An ad designed to give viewers goose bumps portrays Ms. Purdy training, dancing and modeling to the sound of Muhammad Ali’s “How Great I Am” speech.

Executives say the shift reflects today’s realities, including extremism in parts of the globe and political infighting in Washington.

“People are looking for the humanity in the world right now,” said Stephen Butler, chief creative officer of TBWA\Chiat\Day LA, the firm behind a Super Bowl spot for Nissan .

Whatever their creative approach, advertisers have plenty riding on the outcome. Last year, a record 111.5 million viewers tuned in to the Super Bowl, the largest audience for a TV event. The Academy Awards broadcast in 2014 drew 43 million viewers.

The Super Bowl also commands the highest ad rates. This year, 30 seconds of time costs roughly $4.5 million. Here are some of the most-anticipated ads slated to run during the game.

Coca-Cola

Coke’s ad seeks to eliminate anonymous sniping on the Internet and stop the spread of hate online. It tries to address the problem by adding a little Coke to the Web, which—surprise!—helps spread happiness and positivity.

Esurance

Last year, the insurance company bought the first ad slot after the game’s final whistle and used it to launch a sweepstakes with a $1.5 million prize. The stunt generated enormous attention for the company, which is owned by Allstate. Esurance’s new spot, which will air right before kickoff, features Lindsay Lohan. The twist: Ms. Lohan, whose travails as a motorist have been perennial tabloid fare, posted a teaser video on her Facebook page that showed her asking “Anybody need a ride to the big game?”

T-Mobile

The wireless company will run a mock public-service announcement that condemns wireless companies for taking back data consumers have paid for but not used. The spot features Kim Kardashian poking fun at herself by suggesting that the data could have been used for viewing pictures of her clothes and makeup. The twist: The ad highlights Ms. Kardashian’s famous backside.

Budweiser

Last year’s Super Bowl stars—the Clydesdale horses and an irresistible puppy—are looking to repeat. This year, the Clydesdales come to the rescue of the puppy. Stepping in at the last minute, they save him from a hungry wolf and bring him home safely. The twist: The spot adds extra emotion by using a reworked version of “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by the Proclaimers performed by Sleeping At Last. Is it enough to outdo last year’s spot that had “Let Her Go” by Passenger as its soundtrack?

Nissan

After sitting on the bench for almost 20 years, the auto maker is returning to the big game with a 90-second tear-jerker that shows a family’s struggle with work-life balance and highlights the bond between a race-car driver and his son. The twist: Get out your hankies. This spot uses Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle” as the soundtrack.

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

ABC:
8PM - Last Man Standing
8:30PM - Cristela
9PM - Shark Tank
10PM - 20/20
* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting; Omar Epps; Steel Panther performs)
(R - Jan. 14)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - Undercover Boss: Stella & Dot
9PM - Hawaii Five-0
10PM - Blue Bloods
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Aziz Ansari; comic Brian Kiley; Ben Howard performs)
12:37AM - The Late Late Show (Adam Pally guest hosts; Ben Schwartz; animal advocate Beth Stern; Eric André; Death Cab for Cutie performs)

NBC:
8PM - Constantine
9PM - Grimm
10PM - Deadline NBC
* * * *
11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Don Cheadle; Kate Bosworth; Lecrae performs)
(R - Jan. 9)
12:36AM - Late Night with Seth Myers (Lauren Graham; Rainn Wilson; comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis)
(R - Jan. 20)
1:37AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Gillian Anderson; Alt-J performs; "Thug Kitchen")
(R - Nov. 3)

FOX:
8PM - World's Funniest Fails
9PM - Glee

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Washington Week With Gwen Ifill
8:30PM - Charlie Rose This Week
9PM - Shakespeare Uncovered: A Midsummer Night's Dream With Hugh Bonneville (Season Premiere)
10PM - Shakespeare Uncovered: King Lear With Christopher Plummer

UNIVISION:
8PM - Mi Corazón Es Tuyo
9PM - Hasta El Fin del Mundo
10PM - Que Te Perdone Dios... Yo No

THE CW:
8PM - Hart of Dixie
9PM - Whose Line Is It Anyway?
(R - May 2)
9:30PM - Masters of Illusion: Close Up

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Los Miserables
9PM - Tierra de Reyes
10PM - Dueños del Paraíso
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Nickelodeon To Debut A Subscription-Based Video Streaming Service This Spring
By Sarah Perez, TechCrunch.com - Jan. 29, 2015

Kids’ TV network Nickelodeon will soon take its shows directly to consumers with the launch of a subscription streaming service in March, according to comments made by Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman on the company’s earnings call on Thursday. The move to bring the children’s programming directly to consumers – outside of top streaming players like Netflix, Amazon or Hulu – follows similar efforts from CBS, which launched its own streaming service in late 2014. HBO is also poised to announce a standalone version of its HBO GO service in 2015.

Like CBS and HBO GO’s forthcoming services, Nickelodeon will not require households to subscribe to a cable or satellite TV subscription in order to use its new subscription product.

In addition, the service will not be branded as “Nickelodeon,” the company said, but will target young viewers with its own unique brand. The company didn’t detail what content the service would include, or how much it will cost, but Dauman described the new service as being “very attractive for parents and children.”

“We want to satisfy the demand that is coming from the viewers out there,” he said, noting also that the service would be aimed at consumers who use mobile devices. “They want more programming. They have an insatiable appetite for great content. They want to view that content on every device that they own.”

Nickelodeon today already has a number of mobile apps on the app stores, including the Nick Jr. app, which currently includes full episodes of favorite TV shows along with other interactive content. Many of the episodes can be streamed for free, without advertising, while others are made available by authenticating with the credentials from a TV provider. It’s unclear at this time how the new service will affect this current property or its content.

That Nick Jr. app today is very popular, however, ranked No. 2 in a couple of “Kids” categories on the iTunes App Store, and No. 8 in the “Education” category, as well as No. 119 “Overall.”

Viacom says it will reveal more details about the streaming service and its branding at its “upfront” meetings with advertisers next month.

The company already has a streaming deal with Amazon for some of its Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. content. In June 2013, Viacom signed a “multi-year” agreement that brought top kids’ shows including like Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, Bubble Guppies, The Backyardigans, Fairly Odd Parents, Fresh Beat Band, Team Umizoomi, Blue’s Clues, iCarly, Victorious, and more to Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service.

This quarter, Viacom also expanded and renewed its deal with Hulu, it said. Hulu says that a few Nickelodeon series were added in the expanded agreement, including Invader Zim, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Drake & Josh and Hey Arnold!.

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Best tube bets this weekend
The top draws on broadcast and cable and in sports
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Jan. 30, 2015

FRIDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: ABC, “Last Man Standing” 8 p.m.
Eve breaks up with her boyfriend, and everyone has an opinion on how she should handle it.

Best bet on cable: VH1, “Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops” 9 p.m. Headliners on this year’s special include Fall Out Boy and Charli XCX.

Top sporting event: ESPN, “NBA Basketball,” 8 p.m. Should be an entertaining doubleheader featuring Mavs-Heat and Bulls-Suns.

SATURDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: NBC, “NFL Honors,” 9 p.m.
The season’s top awards are presented, including league MVP and coach of the year.

Best bet on cable: HBO, “Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen,” 9 p.m. The comic legend tells stories about his career at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Top sporting event: ESPN, “College Basketball,” 7 p.m. A key matchup in the ACC between No. 4 Duke and No. 2 Virginia.

SUNDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: NBC, “The Blacklist,” 10:15 p.m.
In the post-Super Bowl episode, Red is arrested and shipped to a secret facility.

Best bet on cable: Animal Planet, “Puppy Bowl” 3 p.m. The 11th annual adoption fair special, which this year features Team Ruff versus Team Fluff.

Top sporting event: NBC, “NFL Football,” 6 p.m. If the Super Bowl between the Seahawks and Patriots is as close as the oddmakers think, the game should draw a record audience.


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Now that I'm without cable and DVR I'm experiencing first-hand the commercial overload in OTA network programming. It's nuts. "The Price Is Right," a gameshow that itself is a series of endless commercials for the prizes the contestants are bidding on, is down to about 36 to 37 min. when the commercials and credits are excluded. Drew Carey is going so freaking fast and the show is so rushed that we rarely get reactions from the contestants when they win their big prizes. Just bam! You win, 'we'll be right back,' split-second of contestant jumping, fade to black. If a gameshow barely has time to show the one thing that gameshows are supposed to show, i.e. a contestant winning, then commercial overload is already wagging the dog.
OTA?? That's not nearly as bad as the amount of commercials with the cable channels. Whether OTA or cable I could not watch without a way to timeshift my watching. I first started doing that thirty years ago with a vcr. Then in 2001 I started doing it with OTA HD from an HTPC and SD from satellite with a TiVo. I couldn't imagine going back to watching TV like I did over thirty years ago and unable to scan/skip over the commercials.
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By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Jan. 30, 2015

THE HEARTBREAK KID
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

What a behind-the-scenes comedy powerhouse was at work here, for this 1972 dark comedy character study. Bruce Jay Friedman wrote the story, Neil Simon wrote the screenplay, and Elaine May directed it. That’s about as potent as it gets, comedy-wise – and on screen, everything works, too. It’s the story of a young Jewish man who becomes smitten with a beautiful young blonde from the Midwest – but it’s poor timing, because he meets her while on his honeymoon to someone else. Jeannie Berlin plays the someone else, Charles Grodin plays the conflicted newlywed, and the object of his fantasies is played by – wait for it – Cybill Shepherd.

SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED: "A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM"
PBS, 9:00PM
SEASON PREMIERE:
This marvelous arts documentary series returns for a second season, serving up double doses of installments devoted to a celebration and analysis of the plays of William Shakespeare. For this Season 2 opener, examining A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the host and guide is Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville, whose first acting job was in a 1986 stage production of Dream. This hour includes glimpses of the first film version (from 1909, a silent Shakespeare!), and of the infamous 1935 Hollywood version (James Cagney as Bottom! Mickey Rooney as Puck!). But there’s not nearly enough of the superb version, featuring Helen Mirren as a luminous Titania, made in 1981 for the BBC-PBS co-production of The Shakespeare Plays – and no glimpse of Diana Rigg in director Peter Hall’s 1968 movie version. But what is here is delightful, and valuable: historical perspective, poetic insights, and samples from recent stage productions by Julie Taymor in the U.S. and the Globe Theatre in London. A great installment of a great series, and a worthy companion to the work of our greatest playwright. Check local listings.

SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED: "KING LEAR"
PBS, 10:00 p.m. ET

The second of this season’s new examinations of Shakespeare plays, this hour looks at one of his darkest tragedies, King Lear. Christopher Plummer, one of the play’s veteran stars, is the guide, and one of the best elements here is how Plummer reflects on the various Lear performances captured on screen. Also, we hear from one of them, Ian McKellen, who was so impressive decades ago, on stage and later on TV, in his 1984 one-man theatrical production, Acting Shakespeare. He certainly deserves to be here – as does Jonathan Miller, one of the directors and stewards of the mammoth, ambitious Shakespeare Plays TV production of that same era. Check local listings.

KEY AND PEELE SUPER BOWL SPECIAL
Comedy Central, 10:00 p.m. ET

One of this comedy duo’s funniest and most famous sketches is the East-West Bowl lineup of college football players – a seemingly endless roster of increasingly ridiculously named players. The first sketch went on forever, which was part of its comic genius, and momentum carried on easily to a second installment. Now, as part of this one-hour special, we get Part 3 – and the more college bowls you watched this year, the funnier you’ll find this particular sketch. But watch regardless. These guys are good.

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

There’s another strong lineup on this week’s show, including Laura Poitras, whose documentary about Edward Snowden, CitizenFour, has been nominated for an Oscar. But the biggest draw is someone who’s already won an Oscar – and at least one Tony, Grammy and Emmy as well. It’s Mel Brooks – showing up to publicize his HBO special, Mel Brooks at the Geffen, which premieres tomorrow night.


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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
A strong sendoff for NBC’s ‘Parenthood’
Series finale posts a 1.7 in 18-49s, surging 31 percent from last week
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Jan. 30, 2015

On a strong night for broadcast that also happened to be the opening night of sweeps, NBC’s “Parenthood” surged to a two-year high with its series finale.

The drama posted a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating at 10 p.m. last night, according to Nielsen overnights, up 31 percent from last week and its best rating ever on a Thursday.

That came against the highly anticipated midseason premiere of ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder.”

“Parenthood” wrapped up its run after six seasons.

Elsewhere Thursday, ABC won the first night of the February sweep period with “Scandal” leading the way. The show posted a 3.6 at 9 p.m., surging 16 percent from its most recent original episode in December.

It tied a season high and also marked the second-best rating ever for the series.

“Murder” posted a 3.0 at 10 p.m., down a tenth from its most recent original last month. At 8 p.m., “Grey’s Anatomy” posted its second-best rating of the season, a 2.7.

CBS had the night’s top show with “The Big Bang Theory,” which averaged a 4.4 at 8 p.m. That lifted lead-out “Mom” to a series-high 2.8.

“Two and a Half Men” was also up a tenth from last week, to a 2.3.

Against all the stiff competition, Fox’s lineup slid versus last week. “American Idol” was off 19 percent to a 2.2, and the new drama “Backstrom” dropped 26 percent from last week’s series premiere, to a 1.4.

ABC was first for the night among 18-49s with a 3.1 average overnight rating and a 10 share. CBS was second at 2.3/7, Fox third at 1.8/5, NBC fourth at 1.5/5, Univision fifth at 1.2/4, Telemundo sixth at 0.6/2 and CW seventh at 0.5/2.

As a reminder, all ratings are based on live-plus-same-day DVR playback, which includes shows replayed before 3 a.m. the night before. Seven-day DVR data won’t be available for several weeks. Forty-nine percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

CBS began the night in the lead with a 3.6 at 8 p.m. for “Bang” (4.4) and “Mom” (2.8), followed by ABC with a 2.7 for “Grey’s.” Fox was third with a 2.2 for “Idol.” NBC and Univision tied for fourth at 1.3, NBC for the first hour of the season finale of “The Biggest Loser” and Univision for “Mi Corazon es Tuyo.” The CW was sixth with a 0.7 for “The Vampire Diaries” and Telemundo seventh with a 0.6 for “Los Miserables.”

At 9 p.m. ABC took the lead with a 3.6 for “Scandal,” while CBS slipped to second with a 2.0 for “Men” (2.3) and “The McCarthys” (1.6). NBC was third with a 1.5 for more “Loser,” Fox fourth with a 1.4 for “Backstrom,” Univision fifth with a 1.2 for “Hasta el Fin del Mundo,” Telemundo sixth with a 0.5 for “Tierra de Reyes” and CW seventh with a 0.4 for “Reign.”

ABC was first again at 10 p.m. with a 3.0 for “Murder,” with NBC second with a 1.7 for “Parenthood.” CBS was third with a 1.3 for “Elementary,” Univision fourth with a 1.0 for “Que te Perdone Dios” and Telemundo fifth with a 0.6 for “Dueños del Paraiso.”

Among households, ABC and CBS tied for first for the night, each with a 6.2 average overnight rating and a 10 share. Fox was third at 4.4/7, NBC fourth at 3.4/6, Univision fifth at 1.5/3 and Telemundo and CW tied for sixth at 0.8/1.

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Mel Brooks, on stage at 88
By Gayle Jo Carter, USA Today - Jan. 30, 2015

Comedy legend Mel Brooks has been on screen, behind the camera or producing stage plays for much of his life. But what would the 88-year-old tell his 21-year-old self?

"Duck, stay small. … I was in World War II," he tells USA TODAY. "They were shooting at me. I was lucky I was short."

Brooks, whose first solo stage production, Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen, airs on HBO Saturday (9 p.m. ET/PT), offers this advice to young up-and-comers: "Keep aiming at something that is more glorious than just a job. … You get one life. You have a dream, pursue it. Pursue it at 100 miles an hour."

Brooks remembers experiencing his first theater rush at age 9, when he saw Anything Goes. It changed the life of this kid who had thought he was destined for a career as a shipping clerk. After the show, he told his Uncle Joe: 'I'm not going to work in the Garment Center; I'm going into show business.'

"I knew it then. And I never really deviated," says Brooks. "It came true. I ended up only in the Garment Center to get a discount on some suits."

Brooks went on to a celebrated career that put him in a small group of people to win the "EGOT" (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards). His upcoming special garnered "a fierce bidding war" among TV networks, he says. "It's nice to know I'm almost 100 years old and here they are still wanting my stuff, which is really satisfying."

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Finally BBC America is actually importing a staple of BBC entertainment instead of another rerun of Star Trek or Doctor Who. One of the most informative and funniest panel shows on television - or YouTube as I have been forced to view it by for a decade.

The guests may be unfamiliar on this side of the pond, but it's all about the facts, trivia and Stephen Fry.

Stephen Fry Joins BBC AMERICA This February As Host Of Comedy Quiz Show QI And The BAFTA Film Awards

New York – Friday, January 30, 2015 – BBC AMERICA today announced it has acquired the Rose d’Or-winning and BAFTA-nominated comedy quiz show QI (Quite Interesting) hosted by Stephen Fry (Gosford Park, Bones) who can also be seen hosting The EE British Academy Film Awards on the channel this February.

QI is a panel show full of quirky facts in which contestants are rewarded more if their answers are ‘quite interesting.’ Every season is themed around a different letter of the alphabet and each episode has a different theme on which the celebrity guests have to answer questions, avoiding repeating common misconceptions and urban myths. It’s okay to be wrong but don’t be obviously, boringly wrong. BBC AMERICA launches QI Season J with three back-to-back episodes on Thursday, February 19, 8:00pm ET.

QI celebrity guests include some of Britain’s most eloquent comedians and smartest experts. They include permanent panelist Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek), Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson, comedians Katy Brand, Rob Brydon, Jimmy Carr, Bill Bailey and Flight of the Conchords’ Rhys Darby, as well as Professor Brian Cox (Wonders of the Universe). QI was created by Executive Producer John Lloyd and distributed by FreemantleMedia International.

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Finally BBC America is actually importing a staple of BBC entertainment instead of another rerun of Star Trek or Doctor Who. One of the most informative and funniest panel shows on television - or YouTube as I have been forced to view it by for a decade.

The guests may be unfamiliar on this side of the pond, but it's all about the facts, trivia and Stephen Fry.

New York – Friday, January 30, 2015 – BBC AMERICA today announced it has acquired the Rose d’Or-winning and BAFTA-nominated comedy quiz show QI (Quite Interesting) hosted by Stephen Fry (Gosford Park, Bones) who can also be seen hosting The EE British Academy Film Awards on the channel this February.

QI is a panel show full of quirky facts in which contestants are rewarded more if their answers are ‘quite interesting.’ Every season is themed around a different letter of the alphabet and each episode has a different theme on which the celebrity guests have to answer questions, avoiding repeating common misconceptions and urban myths. It’s okay to be wrong but don’t be obviously, boringly wrong. BBC AMERICA launches QI Season J with three back-to-back episodes on Thursday, February 19, 8:00pm ET.

QI celebrity guests include some of Britain’s most eloquent comedians and smartest experts. They include permanent panelist Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek), Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson, comedians Katy Brand, Rob Brydon, Jimmy Carr, Bill Bailey and Flight of the Conchords’ Rhys Darby, as well as Professor Brian Cox (Wonders of the Universe). QI was created by Executive Producer John Lloyd and distributed by FreemantleMedia International.
I've seen clips of this show, some really funny stuff!
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Depression a Factor in Binge-Watching TV Shows
By Max Kutner, Newsweek.com - Jan. 30, 2015

With Netflix’s House of Cards returning next month and an increasing number of TV networks making entire series available online, there’s no better time for researchers to shine a light on binge-watching. At the University of Texas at Austin, researchers surveyed hundreds of millennials to find out what psychological factors lead people to watch three or more TV episodes at a time. What they found was troubling—people who binge-watch are more likely to be depressed and lonely, two factors that are also in harmful binge behaviors such as eating and drinking.

Doctoral students Yoon Hi Sung and Eun Yeon Kang and professor Wei-Na Lee first publicly announced their findings today and will present them in full at a conference in Puerto Rico in May. They questioned 316 people between the ages of 18 and 29 about participants’ TV-watching habits and psychological states. One question, for instance, was, “How often do you feel alone?” Going into the project, the authors figured that if loneliness and depression are tied to binge drinking and eating, which other researchers have found, then maybe even something as entertaining as binge-watching isn’t so different.

“It all started out with this word binge,” Lee says of their research. “The word binge has this negative connotation,” she says, except for when it comes to watching TV. “That got us curious.”

Seventy-five percent of study responders said they binge-watched, doing so mostly on streaming websites such as Netflix and Hulu. Comedy and romance were the most binge-watched genres; some of the most popular shows for binge-watching were Orange Is the New Black, Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill and Desperate Housewives.

The authors, who concede that they too binge-watch, were correct: they discovered a correlation between binge-watching and loneliness, depression, and having self-regulation deficiency, which is an inability to control compulsions.

For people who feel lonely or depressed, the authors suggest, binge-watching allows them to escape from negative feelings. And the more episodes someone watches, the longer that person can escape. Experts call this an avoidance coping strategy.

“This should no longer be viewed as a ‘harmless’ addictive behavior,” the researchers conclude in the paper.

Original programming on streaming sites seems made for binge-watching. Netflix has been dropping an entire season’s worth of new episodes at once since the American premiere of Lilyhammer in 2012; House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black and the Netflix version of Arrested Development all premiered the following year. Since then the practice has become the norm for Internet-native shows; Transparent, on Amazon Prime, which debuted a pilot in February 2014 and made the rest of its episodes available all at once in September, won a Golden Globe for best comedy TV series earlier this month.

Of course, Netflix and Amazon don’t have the monopoly on binge-watching; “complete series” DVD box sets still exist, and increasingly, TV networks—including AMC, FX, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS and HBO—are getting into the online streaming game. HBO, for example, made headlines last October when it announced that people would no longer need a cable subscription to access its online content.

The University of Texas researchers are joining a growing field of academia taking on entertainment. One study from last June suggested that binge-watching increases a viewer’s risk of early death. In September, a communication research expert told the Huffington Post that it’s hard to break from a marathon viewing because humans are hardwired to watch for changes in environments, including images on a computer screen.

If their findings are well received in May, the University of Texas researchers say, they could move forward with a larger sample size or look at what point binge-watching is harmful to a viewer’s psychological state.

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HBO Moves Ahead With 'Lewis and Clark' Miniseries
By Michael O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed Blog - Jan. 30, 2015

After a long search to find its Clark, HBO has finally given the green light to pioneering miniseries Lewis and Clark.

Starring Casey Affleck as Meriwether Lewis and Matthias Schoenaerts as William Clark, the pair start filming the six-part miniseries about the discovery of the American West in the summer of 2015.

"In Lewis and Clark, we can see American idealism and the breathtaking natural beauty of the continent, as well as the complexities and tragedies of what came to be known as America's 'manifest destiny,' " said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo. "We are tremendously excited to bring together this incredible group of talents to tell a seminal American story."

Based on Stephen E. Ambrose's book about the famous duo, Undaunted Courage, the project has been gestating at the pay cable network for quite some time. Affleck came onboard last summer, but Schoenaerts (star of 2012 Cannes breakout Rust and Bone) just joined the project.

The drama hails from HBO and National Geographic Entertainment and is produced by Playtone, Plan B and Class 5. Its bold-faced list of executive producers includes Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Tim Kelly and Adam Leipzig.

At six hours, it will also be the most sizable miniseries HBO has put out since 2010's The Pacific.

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Ultra HD TVs, and egos, could revive Super Bowl TV sales
By Mike Snider, USA Today - Jan. 30, 2015

The annual Super Bowl big-screen TV buying rush is expected to get a boost this year because of interest in Ultra HD 4K TVs.

Another factor at play in consumers' purchases is the flip side of buyers' remorse, buyers' ego, which results in shoppers spending even more than they originally intended on a new TV for the big game.

TV makers and retailers alike rely on the NFL's main event to spur big-league TV spending. The week before the big game falls just behind Black Friday week and the week after Black Friday for the most TV sales.

However, Super Bowl-timed TV sales last year were down 3%, compared to 2013, according to market tracking firm The NPD Group. Analysts think that the growing interest in Ultra HD 4K TVs, which deliver four times the resolution of high-definition TVs, could prevent a repeat dip in sales.

UHD TV sales outperformed expectations in 2014 and could help revitalize overall TV sales, which have also fallen. That Ultra HD momentum "that is going to carry in from the holiday season will help," said Shawn Dubravac, chief economist at the Consumer Electronics Association and author of Digital Destiny: How the New Age of Data Will Transform the Way We Work, Live, and Communicate.

Consumer expectations about the economy -- and their own spending on technology -- is up in January, compared to last year, according to CEA research. "It's a very conducive environment for consumers. The labor market is improving, gas prices are down. All those dynamics are positive for consumer," he said. "Others who might not have been in the market for a television might use this as a good time to go get one and be attracted by 4K or larger screens that play well headed into the Super Bowl."

NPD analyst Ben Arnold expects sales of TVs 55 inches and larger -- the sweet spot for UHD 4K displays -- to increase 2% or 3%. Last year, sales of big screen TVs fell about 5%, NPD says. "I expect the increased affordability of 4K this year will help improve upon last year's (overall TV sales) total," said Arnold.

Among retailers with UHD 4K deals: Best Buy has two 65-inch LG Electronics displays, priced at $1,999.99 and $2,299.99 (has 3-D and an additional HDMI input). Sharp's new 60-inch 4K UHD display is sale-priced at $1,999 at Best Buy and other retailers.

Samsung's 55-inch 4K UHD Smart ($1,699.99) is available online and at Best Buy, HH Gregg, Sears and Walmart stores. Walmart also several UHD displays marked down including a 50-inch Samsung display for $998 in stores and on Walmart.com.

Retailers and TV manufacturers like those who buy TVs around the time of the big game because they spend more -- sometimes as much as $500 more -- than those who shop around Black Friday and Christmas-time, according to a data compiled by shopping app ShopAdvisor. Last year, Super Bowl TV buyers spent 22% more than Black Friday buyers and 57% more than those who bought at Christmas-time.

NPD data confirms the Super Bowl ego effect: during Black Friday week in 2013, consumers spent, on average, $745 for a TV 55-inches or larger. For last year's Super Bowl, consumers spent $1,003 on average.

"There is some of that, 'my TV has to be bigger & better than the neighbors'," said ShopAdvisor CEO Scott Cooper. "It's also an event that evokes some emotion, "A real fan has the best to cheer on the best team."

By the way, if you don't absolutely have to have a new big-screen for Sunday's game, don't let your ego take over. You can get a better price during Black Friday and around Christmas. And TV makers have new models arriving soon, so retailers may need to move those older models, meaning markdowns in March.

If you are shopping, "the price-quality mix is where it should be," Dubravac said. "So I think consumers who might be going into a store for Super Bowl will see the attractive pricing and availability for 4K."

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Why Wall Street Remains Wary About Viacom
By David Lieberman, Deadline.com - Jan. 30, 2015

Under normal circumstances, investors would consider Viacom shares to be a screaming bargain. Consider: Most Big Media companies trade for anywhere from 15.3 times expected earnings (that’s Fox) to 17.2 times (for Disney). And Viacom? 10.2 times.

To put that into perspective, it means that the Street expects ad sales to deteriorate by 6% a year through 2018, Wunderlich Securities’ Matthew Harrigan says today. That “would be realized only in a global economy in free-fall, or sudden irrelevancy of MTV Networks to its young viewing demographic.”

Investors aren’t that apocalyptic. Yet Viacom shares remain depressed, even after CEO Philippe Dauman’s measured but upbeat forecasts in yesterday’s Q4 earnings call with analysts. The stock closed down 4.6% today, giving up a modest gain on Thursday and touching a 52-week low.

What’s holding Viacom down? Several things, according to the latest analyst reports.

Ad fears. Domestic ad revenues fell 6% in Q4, partly due to falling ratings, the company says. But it might mask a deeper problem. “Viacom was one of several companies who preserved ad revenue to some extent by stuffing more ad units into its TV programming,” says Bernstein Research’s Todd Juenger — one of the company’s fiercest critics. Execs say the current quarter probably will be just as weak; Viacom has to offer so many make-goods that it has little inventory to sell.

Redstone worries. Chairman Sumner Redstone’s absence from yesterday’s call — he usually kicks things off by calling Dauman “the wisest man I have ever known” — revived concerns about his health. The composition and agenda of the trust that would take charge when the 91-year-old majority shareholder leaves the stage remain “opaque from the outside,” Harrigan says.

Cash concerns. Viacom said it expects to reduce its share repurchases as it looks to do other things such as buy media properties in India. That’s a potential problem because the stock buybacks have “provided key support to [Viacom’s] share price,” says Maxim Group’s John Tinker.

Digital dilemma. Analysts for the most part were encouraged to hear that Nickelodeon plans to introduce a subscription streaming service. But the devil’s in the details, which are yet to be disclosed. If it’s too attractive, then it — along with other companies’ streaming initiatives — “will most certainly change the ecosystem and disrupt what historically have been both stable and predictable revenues” from the pay TV bundle, Moody’s Investors Service’s Neil Begley says. A kids offering could be particularly dangerous to the status quo because “the content does not typically appeal to millennial cord nevers.”

Programming prospects. Dauman said he expects to see a “substantial net cost savings throughout our organization” as a result of a restructuring that includes an “organizational realignment as well as rationalization of content that no longer meets our goals.” That troubles Guggenheim Partners’ Michael Morris if it means a cut in the programming budget. It could leave Viacom “less-well positioned to grow its popularity on television or other platforms,” he says.

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