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For the weekend, a good drama, a lousy mystery and slow start to 'House of Cards'
By Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's 'Tuned In' Blog - Feb. 27, 2015

It’s a bustling weekend for TV drama with the debut of Hallmark Channel’s “The Good Witch” (8 p.m. Saturday), based on a series of TV movies, and the emotionally satisfying and uplifting conclusion to season five of PBS’s “Downton Abbey” (9 p.m. Sunday, WQED-TV).

But that’s not all: Let’s consider the merits of new Sunday dramas on CBS and ABC and today’s return of a streaming favorite.

‘Battle Creek’

CBS’s “Battle Creek” (10 p.m. Sunday, KDKA-TV) may be promoted as “from the creator of ‘Breaking Bad,’” but while “Bad” creator Vince Gilligan wrote the original script for the pilot to this series a decade ago, he’s not really involved in running the series. Sunday’s premiere episode credits Mr. Gilligan and “Battle Creek” showrunner David Shore (“House”) with writing the pilot teleplay.

This is all to say: Do not expect “Battle Creek” to play like a “Breaking Bad” or “Better Call Saul.” It doesn’t. But as CBS procedurals go, “Battle Creek” is smarter and a little funnier than average.

“Battle Creek” is a buddy cop show where the buddies’ world views are polar opposites. Dean Winters (“Oz”) stars as Battle Creek, Mich., police detective Russ Agnew, who is fed up with his department’s broken-down equipment and is shown writing a letter to “60 Minutes” begging for help. Shortly after, the FBI opens a branch across the hall from Battle Creek’s police headquarters staffed by special agent Milton Chamberlain (Josh Duhamel, “Vegas”).

Rough-around-the-edges Russ, a star in the Battle Creek police department, is suspicious and sees the worst in people; slick Milt displays a more trusting world view, but why did he get sent to Battle Creek anyway? Russ thinks there’s a darker story behind Milt’s sunny facade and “Battle Creek” certainly suggests that, showing Milt’s former boss in Detroit muttering “good riddance.”

But “Battle Creek” is told from Russ’ point of view, so it will likely take a while before Russ and viewers learn more about Milt’s true nature. In the meantime, the handsome FBI agent’s presence ties Russ in knots.

“If this guy is just better than me, why do I hate him so much and want to prove I’m better than him?” Russ asks.

The show’s supporting cast includes Russ’ pot-smoking partner (Kal Penn, “House”) and the Battle Creek police commander (Janet McTeer).

“Battle Creek” largely follows the rhythms of a typical police procedural but is different enough to stand out on procedural-heavy CBS. There’s more emphasis on character through the Russ-Milt relationship and the plots embrace dark humor – an anchovy leads to a breakthrough in a case in the premiere and a maple syrup cartel figures into the plot of episode two. That may not be enough to woo “Breaking Bad” fans but for a CBS crime show, it’s a noticeable evolution.

‘Secrets and Lies’

One of the worst murder-mysteries to come along in a while, ABC’s “Secrets & Lies” (9-11 p.m. Sunday, WTAE) is completely undone by its casting and writing.

Juliette Lewis stars as almost comically stone-faced, sourpuss detective Andrea Cornell, who investigates the murder of a 5-year-old boy in a Charlotte, N.C., neighborhood. Maybe she’s supposed to be somewhere on the autism spectrum like the female detective in “The Bridge,” but the first two episodes airing Sunday never make that clear, so viewers are left to marvel at her awkward demeanor and how unmoving her face is.

She’s pitted against Ben Crawford, the man who found the dead boy while jogging. He’s played by a mumbling-as-usual Ryan Phillipe. It doesn’t help that Ben seems clueless that he’s a prime suspect in the murder until three-quarters of the way through the premiere episode, and even then he makes stupid choices that make him appear more guilty.

Much of the first episode offers setup and introduces potential suspects, including Ben’s womanizing buddy, Dave (Dan Fogler), who lives in the Crawford basement and whose appearances bring lighthearted moments that are completely out of tune with the rest of the show, and the ex-husband of the dead boy’s mother (Natalie Martinez, “Under the Dome”).

Give “Secrets & Lies” credit for a juicy revelation at the end of its first hour, but even that’s not enough to warrant sticking with this disappointing series.

‘House of Cards’

Netflix’s soapy “House of Cards” stumbles out of the gate in its third season with a first hour that’s short on lead character Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and long on a supporting player whose foibles are by now a TV cliche. It’s an inauspicious start for the returning streaming series — all 13 episodes are available today on Netflix — but the show recovers in its second episode, returning the emphasis to Frank’s political brinksmanship.

Turns out the Underwood presidency is not going well with low approval ratings. Demanding wife Claire (Robin Wright) doesn’t help when she demands the U.N. ambassadorship, damn the bad optics.

Episode two also features a bizarre and seemingly impossible sex scene and the beginning of Frank’s latest playing-the-long-game scheme.

Through the first three episodes of season three, “House of Cards” butts up against the challenge the show’s writers created for themselves when they installed Underwood as U.S. president at the end of season two. “Cards” is no longer about striving to achieve one’s ultimate goal; it’s now about maintaining the power that’s been accumulated. Will that prove as satisfying? We’ll see.

Channel surfing

Dakota Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) hosts NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” this weekend with musical guest Alabama Shakes; Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) hosts March 7 with Zac Brown Band. … Disney Channel ordered a spinoff of tween sitcom “Jessie.” ... Disney XD will revive the late 1980s animated series “Duck Tales” for a new series to air in 2017. … Amazon Studios renewed kids shows “Creative Galaxy,” “Annedroids,” “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street” and “Tumble Leaf” for second seasons. … PBS’s Fred Rogers Co. show “Peg + Cat” (noon weekdays, WQED-TV) debuts four new episodes next week. … Nat Geo Wild’s “Unlikely Animal Friends” returns tonight at 10 with an episode about a Chihuahua and a chicken. …Late last week MSNBC canceled its daytime shows hosted by Joy-Ann Reid and Ronan Farrow, though both will remain at the network for now. … It’s a South Hills reunion at 9 p.m. Sunday on HBO’s “Girls” as Mt. Lebanon’s Gillian Jacobs (“Community”) and Green Tree’s Zach Quinto (“Star Trek”) both guest star.

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'Sex Box’
By Brian Lowry, Variety.com - Feb. 24, 2015

A titillating title that’s more illusory than indecent, “Sex Box” is just a blatant gimmick, and a silly one at that. Adapted from a U.K. format, WE Tv’s version is weighed down by a trio of irksome experts who deliver bedroom/relationship advice that renders the off-camera sex virtually irrelevant. Mostly, it’s an excuse to ask each of the couples, with an inflated sense of faux drama, “Are you ready to go into the Sex Box?” Beyond why viewers should care about the answer, the more obvious question is would this show even exist if they weren’t?

As if to ensure that the format doesn’t venture into anything approaching depth, the premiere hour features three different couples, introducing and briefly interviewing them before having them enter the box, an opaque chamber. Inside, they have sex (or so we’re told), with the hosts talking about them and their issues while a clock ticks, recording the duration of their alone time. (Most of the encounters run around 30 minutes, evoking considerable sympathy for the poor studio audience.)

The pairs then emerge wearing what look like Hugh Hefner’s old pajamas to discuss how it went — the idea being that people tend to be more open and vulnerable post-coitus. Yet while the first duo have a specific sexual issue — he doesn’t behave as if he cares whether she has an orgasm or not — the second are contemplating whether to bring a third party into the marriage, which makes their trip into the box seem to be one person short.

The mix of “Ooh, they’re doing it in there” teasing and relationship advice might come across as interesting to some, except the Three Wise People, all doctors of something or other, are uniquely annoying: Chris Donaghue, a sexologist; Fran Walfish, a relationship psychotherapist and “keeper of Hollywood’s bedroom secrets,” whose delivery is at best cloying; and Yvonne Capehart, a PhD. and pastor who gets offended a little too easily, given the subject matter, if anybody says anything even remotely explicit.

WE and the producers might try to couch all this as helping couples enjoy better and more fulfilling sex lives, but the segments are too brief and disjointed to be educational, and the show is predictably scored as if this were a “Friday the 13th” movie — to the point where one periodically wonders what horrors might lurk inside the titular receptacle.

“Sex Box” has already been condemned by the Parents Television Council, an indefatigable ally in terms of promoting such fare with its seal of disapproval. Still, as the time elapses in the corner while the so-called experts wait for the couples to finish (or not), it becomes increasingly clear that those viewers enticed into investing their time watching this are the ones who are truly getting screwed.

'Sex Box'
WE Tv, Fri. Feb. 27, 10 p.m.


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'The Good Witch'
Hallmark series familiar to its movie fans, except husband is dead
By David Hinckley, New York Daily News - Feb. 25, 2014

Hallmark's second new series produces its second winner.

Not that it's any big gamble to take the "Good Witch" stories, which have been a cornerstone of Hallmark’s movie franchise, and turn them into a weekly series.

Catherine Bell, the heart of the franchise, stays on board as title character Cassie Nightingale. She's as relentlessly nice as ever, with the slight edge of inscrutability that comes from being a witch and nobody else knowing it.

The one main character who won’t be back is Chris Potter, who played Cassie's husband Jake in the movies.

That concern moved Hallmark to put out a statement saying it wanted Potter, but he was contractually bound to his Canadian TV series "Heartland."

So it's no spoiler to say Jake has been killed off and his potential replacement is James Denton.

Denton plays Sam Radford, a doctor who moved from New York to Middletown with his troubled and resentful teenage son.

Since Cassie has a teenage daughter, Gracie (the returning Bailee Madison), dramatic possibilities have clearly expanded.

Because even Hallmark movies need an adversary, which is much mildler than a "villain," Catherine Disher has returned as Martha Tinsdale, Middletown's comically self-absorbed mayor.

Saturday's premiere sets all the stages. Sam's a bit impulsive, Cassie's understanding, we all get common-sense life lessons.

Like the network's first original series, "Cedar Cove," "Good Witch" doesn't stray a micrometer from the Hallmark brand. You don't need witch's powers to figure out what's going to work.

'The Good Witch'
Network/Air Date: Hallmark, Saturday at 8 p.m.
Rating: ★★★ (out of five)


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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
(R - Oct. 31)
10PM - 20/20
* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Benedict Cumberbatch; Stana Katic; Music MashUp with Aloe Blaccstreet)
(R)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - The Amazing Race (Time Slot Premiere)
9PM - Hawaii Five-0
10PM - Blue Bloods
(R - Oct. 3)
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Animal expert Jack Hanna; Sharon Jones performs)
(R - Feb. 2)
12:37AM - The Late Late Show (Kunal Nayyar guest host; Simon Helberg; Britt Robertson; comic Owen Benjamin)

NBC:
8PM - The Night Shift
(R - Feb. 25)
8PM - Dateline NBC: Vendetta (120 min.)
* * * *
11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Josh Hutcherson; Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer; chef Michael Schlow)
12:36AM - Late Night with Seth Myers (Kathy Griffin; Peter Sarsgaard; The Mavericks perform)
(R - Feb. 18)
1:37AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Comic Iliza Shlesinger; King Tuff performs; Jonny Weston)
(R - Feb. 5)

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 - Great Performancs - La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema (90 min.)
10:30PM - Becoming an Artist
(R - Feb. 28)

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 - Who's Line Is It Anyway?
(R - Oct. 10)
9:30PM - Who's Line Is It Anyway?
(R - Nov. 7)

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Los Miserables
9PM - Tierra de Reyes
10PM - Dueños del Paraíso
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What TV Will Cubans Watch on Netflix?
By Yasmin S. Portales-Machado and Ted Henken, Vulture.com (New York Magazine) - Feb. 26, 2015

In the year 2000, photographer Simone Lueck documented Cuban TV habits in a photo series, a project she picked up again in 2010. "The first thing I noticed in Havana was that the city was dark at night,” she wrote. “There were no streetlights, porch lights, or living-room lamps. It was pitch black except for the faint colorful glow spilling out of open doors everywhere, and it came from the TVs."

For services like Netflix and Amazon, the growing thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations opens up new opportunities to reach Cuba's avid TV consumers. Earlier this month, Netflix became the first entertainment provider to move into the country. “Starting today, people in Cuba with Internet connections and access to international payment methods will be able to subscribe to Netflix and instantly watch a curated selection of popular movies and TV shows,” Netflix announced in a press release. Soon after Netflix's move, Conan O'Brien traveled to Havana to tape an episode of Conan that will air March 4. Conan, who is the first American late-night-TV host to enter the country since 1959, told reporters on Wednesday that he wanted to document daily life in the island nation before American capital dramatically changes the way Cubans live. "Their lives are going to change for the better, and then there’s going to be some things that are going to be lost," he said.

So how do Cubans currently watch American television, what do they choose to watch when they do, and will they be able to catch Conan's Cuba debut? Cuban blogger Yasmin S. Portales-Machado and Cuba scholar Ted Henken explain.

First off, will Netflix change how Cubans watch TV?
In the weeks following Netflix's announcement, Cuba experts fixated on two words in the release: “Internet” and “payment.” University of Havana professor Elaine Diaz, and Ellery Biddle, an expert on digital culture in Cuba, pointed out that less than one percent of local residents have internet at home, and even if they do, the connections are not strong enough to support streaming video. Further, they wrote, most Cubans do not have credit or debit cards, or access to PayPal. “If it reaches anyone at all,” Diaz and Biddle concluded, “it will most likely be foreign tourists staying at high-end hotels on the island, which do have broadband internet connections.”

Others argue that Netflix is playing the long game in Cuba, getting in early on a market that is already receptive to and familiar with American media.

How do most Cubans watch foreign TV without internet?
They use a system called “the Packet.” The Packet is a widespread illegal network that distributes digital content on flash drives filled with the latest episodes of American TV shows, along with Oscar-nominated films, Latin-American soap operas, classifieds, documentaries, books, and newspapers. Colloquially known as el paquete (often abbreviated by Cubans as PKT), this distribution system spreads foreign entertainment in weekly installments across the entire country. Because what passes for news and entertainment on state TV is so boring, everyone with a minimum of means is in the market for flash drives.

How does it work?
On Mondays in Havana, hundreds of messengers get the packet from “producers,” who have compiled a weekly selection of entertainment onto flash drives or DVDs. Each new packet includes the latest content ripped from the internet, along with all necessary subtitles and local commercials inserted. The messengers fan out across the city to deliver the drives, while others travel out to the provinces in pairs.

How much does the Packet cost?
Typically, the Monday packet is pricier, retailing for $5 — the equivalent of an average weekly Cuban salary — because the shows are newest at that point. The prices drop down to as little as $1–2 by the end of the week. (For those with the means to access it, Netflix costs $7.99 a month in Cuba.)

How much demand is there for the Packet?
Your typical messenger delivers the flash drives to a network of 11 local distributors. By Wednesday, the weekly PKT has arrived in small towns and villages on the far eastern tip of the island. In such small communities, one local distributor can have as many as 300 weekly clients. Meanwhile, in the provincial capital of Santa Clara, a single street can require as many as three local distributors, each of whom supplies upwards of 500 customers a week. There’s always a line.

What American television do Cubans watch?
Consumer preferences vary depending on whatever is available on the PKT in their region. Javier, a distributor from the Playa section of Havana, noted that his customers prefer fantasy shows from the U.S. (“They want the PKT so they can relax or escape,” he said.) It's unlikely Cubans will be watching Conan's Cuba episode, or any late-night show, for that matter — adapting the inside jokes would require a sophisticated level of translation.

According to distributors in Havana, some of the most popular shows currently in rotation are:

Arrow
The Blacklist
Game of Thrones (some have already reserved and paid for the upcoming season)
The Big Bang Theory
Gotham
Revenge
The 100
The Walking Dead
Vikings
The Originals
Chicago Fire
Flash
CSI
The Vampire Diaries (mostly adolescents)

While young Cubans tend toward American TV series, middle-aged Cubanas prefer Spanish-language soap operas and dramas. But they aren’t too picky about where they come from. Currently in high demand are both the Mexican novela Tormenta de Pasiones (Storm of Passions) and the Turkish crime drama Ezel, dubbed into Spanish. Javier has a 60-something client who will only watch so-called “narconovelas” (drug-lord dramas).

News is also included on the PKT, but Javier notes it’s largely soccer scores and Hollywood gossip.

Can Cubans request what appears on their Packet?
Yes. If what you want is not included, you can custom-order it, and your distributor will try to procure it at no extra cost.

What do PKT users think about Netflix’s arrival?
Beatriz, a 64-year-old retired college professor of mixed race: “In order to feel any cultural impact [of Netflix in Cuba], we would have to have internet service. Until that happens, everything’s just a bunch a speculation. For now, the only people who’ll see a change are the wealthy, because the rest of us can’t spend $8 a month just for the right to watch movies.”

Pedry Roxana Rojo, a 56-year-old white actor, literary scout, and barber: “The main thing is that Netflix respects quality. This will allow it to tap into people’s tastes, since a lot of what is currently available here is so bad. It won’t take over, but it could become a complement to what’s available, since whoever can pay for it will copy and redistribute the content. Still, $8 a month is not that expensive. You can spend that on eight beers in one night out, right?”

Leondys, a 44-year-old Afro-Cuban: “Netflix is going to change even the way we Cubans see life. It will challenge our close-minded perspective on a lot of things. But actual access is an impossible issue, and then there’s the high cost of the internet. Because of this, the PKT is safe for the time being.”

Silvia, a retired 66-year-old Afro-Cuban teacher at a vocational school: “Nothing. That’s because you need internet, and the majority of the population can’t access it.”

Gustavo, a white 47-year-old college professor: “The key is the ability to access various sources of information — it’s necessary for the development of modern identity and critical reasoning. But based on the average salary, Netflix has little growth potential.”

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'Last Man on Earth' stands alone
By Robert Bianco, USA Today - Feb. 26, 2014

There's no Man like this one.

That's quite the distinction, because we're in a particularly innovative period for TV comedy. You can start with Modern Family, which reinvented and reinvigorated the traditional family sitcom — and then move on to new shows like Black-ish, Cristela, Fresh off the Boat, Transparent and Jane the Virgin, which expanded the types of families TV welcomed into the tradition; and idiosyncratic series like Louie, Girls, Man Seeking Woman, Orange is the New Black and Mozart in the Jungle, which offer a very particular, and sometimes peculiar, take on what comedy can be and do.

Into that mix comes Fox's The Last Man on Earth (Sunday, 9 ET/PT, ★★★1/2 out of four), a new comedy about the cheery subject of near-extinction that is, by definition, a one-man show. And if that built-in ensemble restriction weren't difficult enough to pull off, the opening half-hour's central theme is loneliness tending toward insanity, all wrapped in unusually long stretches of silence.

Well, silence on the show's part; in your home, the silence may very well be broken by bursts of laughter. There may even be a few cheers for the audacity, inventiveness and achievement of Will Forte (Saturday Night Live), who created and stars in the show and has filled it with a warm, goofy spirit that always feels oddly appropriate to the subject matter.

The year is 2020, and an unnamed virus (and no, it does not involve zombies) has seemingly killed every man on Earth except Phil Miller (Forte), a 41-year-old former temp who clings to photos of his vanished family. Having searched America in vain for other survivors (leaving "Alive in Tucson" signs behind, just in case he missed someone), Phil now settles in for life on his own.

What would you do? For Phil, the answer is to move into a huge house and fill it with trinkets he acquired along the way, including Dorothy's ruby slippers, a rug from the White House, a suit of armor, and any number of museum masterpieces. Oh, and to entertain himself by inventing new, no-one-to-stop-me games like bowling with cars.

Phil has two goals: To stay happy in his solitude and to avoid talking to a volleyball like Tom Hanks did in Cast Away. Let's just say he has trouble with both as his links to civilization — and indoor plumbing — begin to fray.

What Phil wants is a friend, or better yet, a mate. Whether he gets what he wishes for is something you should discover on your own.

In the wrong hands, Last Man could have easily been either grim or silly: I Am Legend or Gilligan's Island. Instead, Forte and The Lego Movie's Phil Lord and Chris Miller — who serve as producers and, superbly, as directors — have adeptly walked a middle line, taking a comic approach to a scary subject, but keeping the humor grounded in reality. None of which would be possible without a tour de force performance by Forte, who immediately pushes himself into the Emmy conversation.

He may not be the last man to be considered, but he and his show may be among the best.

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Dont get this "dress" thing going around its clearly gold/white....is there a joke im missing here ?
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Getting word that Leonard Nimoy has died

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Dont get this "dress" thing going around its clearly gold/white....is there a joke im missing here ?
I don't get it either. Maybe if I wore dresses (I'm a tomboy at heart).

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Leonard Nimoy, ‘Star Trek’s’ Spock, Dies at 83
By Terry Flores, Variety.com - Feb. 27, 2014

Leonard Nimoy lived up to his longtime catchphrase: Live long and prosper. Having achieved success in many arenas during his lifetime, the actor, director, writer and photographer has died at age 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, reportedly confirmed his death to the New York Times, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Most widely known for his performance as half-human, half-Vulcan science officer Spock on the classic sci-fi TV show “Star Trek” and its many subsequent film and videogame incarnations, Nimoy was also a successful director, helming “Star Trek” pics “The Search for Spock” and “The Voyage Home,” as well as non-“Star Trek” fare; an accomplished stage actor; a published writer and poet; and a noted photographer. He also dabbled in singing and songwriting.

But despite his varied talents, Nimoy will forever be linked with the logical Mr. Spock. Spotted by “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry when he appeared on Roddenberry’s NBC Marine Corps. skein “The Lieutenant,” Nimoy was offered the role of Spock and co-starred in the 1965 “Star Trek” pilot “The Cage.” NBC execs liked the concept but thought the pilot too cerebral, so they ordered a second pilot of the Desilu production with some script and cast changes (only Nimoy made it through both pilots). The series finally bowed on the Peacock in the fall of 1966. After three seasons, it was canceled in 1969 but would go on to be a hit in syndication, spawning films and other TV incarnations and gaining a huge following of fans known as Trekkers or Trekkies.

After the series wrapped, Nimoy joined the fourth season of spy series “Mission: Impossible” as master-of-disguise Paris, leaving after the fifth season. He went on to star in the 1971 Western “Catlow,” with Yul Brynner and Richard Crenna, and the 1978 remake of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” with Donald Sutherland and Jeffrey Goldblum. The actor also made a series of TV films throughout the ’70s and received an Emmy nomination in 1982 for his role as Golda Meir’s husband in telepic “A Woman Called Golda.”

Also during the ’70s, Nimoy narrated the docuseries “In Search of …,” which investigated unexplained events, paranormal phenomena and urban legends long before these matters become the common fodder of pop culture.

Then the siren call of “Star Trek” beckoned again and Nimoy returned to the role of Mr. Spock for 1979’s “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.” The film opened well at the box office, and though not well reviewed, it did spawn enough interest for Paramount to greenlight sequels that would continue into the 1990s: “The Wrath of Khan” (1982), “The Search for Spock” (1984), “The Voyage Home” (1986), “The Final Frontier” (1989) and “The Undiscovered Country” (1991). Nimoy was in all of them, albeit briefly in “The Search for Spock.”

Nimoy also appeared as Spock in a couple of episodes of series spinoff “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” several videogames based on the property and the J.J. Abrams-helmed “Star Trek” reboot, playing Spock Prime to Zachary Quinto’s young Spock in the 2009 film and its sequel.

After directing several TV projects, including episodes of “Rod Serling’s Night Gallery” and his “Star Trek” co-star William Shatner’s “T.J. Hooker,” Nimoy signed on to helm “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.” Variety said the production was “helmed with a sure hand by debuting feature director Leonard Nimoy, who also appears briefly but to good effect as the indestructible half-human/half-Vulcan Spock.” The review went on to say “Nimoy’s direction is people-intensive with less of the zap and effects diversions of competing films.” He went on to direct the next pic in the series, “The Voyage Home,” as well as four other feature films, including the 1987 comedy “3 Men and a Baby,” starring Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg, and the Diane Keaton-Liam Neeson drama “The Good Mother” (1988).

Nimoy also had a long history of stage work. He appeared on Broadway in “Full Circle,” directed by Otto Preminger, in 1973, as a replacement for Anthony Hopkins as Martin Dysart in “Equus.” In 1996 he directed “The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree” on the Rialto. But he also starred in many regional productions — he played Stanley Kowalski in a 1955 Atlanta production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” — and starred in several touring shows: He was Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” in 1971, Sherlock Holmes in a play of that name in 1976 and Vincent Van Gogh in solo show “Vincent: The Story of a Hero,” which he also produced and directed, in 1978-80.

Leonard Simon Nimoy was born in Boston; his parents were Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine, and the language at home was Yiddish. He developed an interest in acting at an early age, first appearing on stage at 8 in a production of “Hansel and Gretel.” He took drama classes for a while at Boston College, and after leaving home to pursue his career in Hollywood, he landed his first lead role in the 1952 film “Kid Monk Baroni.”

After serving in the Army from 1953-55, he appeared in small roles in a few films, but mostly found roles in TV series, appearing in episodes of “Dragnet,” “Sea Hunt,” “Bonanza,” “Wagon Train,” “Rawhide,” “The Twilight Zone,” “The Untouchables,” “The Outer Limits,” “The Virginian,” “Get Smart” and “Gunsmoke” before rising to fame in “Star Trek.”

Most recently, he recurred on Fox sci-fi series “Fringe” as maniacal, genius professor William Bell, and he voiced Spock for a 2012 episode of “The Big Bang Theory.”

In addition to his work on “In Search Of…,” Nimoy lent his resonant, intelligent voice to a variety of films, TV projects and documentaries, including A&E docu series “Ancient Mysteries.”

He wrote two autobiographies. The first, published in 1977, was called “I Am Not Spock.” Though “Star Trek” fans thought he was distancing himself from the beloved character, Nimoy had always enjoyed playing the character but was also using the book to tell about other aspects of his life. The book features dialogue between the thesp and Spock and touched on a self-proclaimed identity crisis because he became so associated with this character. His second autobiography, “I Am Spock” (1995), showed his embrace of that association.

He also wrote several books of poetry, including “You and I,” “Warmed by Love” and “A Lifetime of Love: Poems on the Passages of Life.” Some of his poetry books featured his photos.

Nimoy studied photography at UCLA in the 1970s, and his work as a photographer was shown in museums, art galleries and in published works, including “The Full Body Project: Photographs by Leonard Nimoy” and “Shekhina.”

In music, Nimoy released five albums on Dot Records, the first of which was space-based music and spoken word, “Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space.”

Nimoy was married twice, first to actress Sandra Zober. They divorced in 1987. In 1988, he married Susan Bay, an actress who is the cousin of helmer Michael Bay.

He is survived by his wife; two children from his first marriage, son Adam, a helmer, and daughter Julie; a stepson; and several grandchildren.

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Solid sendoff for ‘How to Get Away with Murder’
Two-hour finale posts a 2.8 in 18-49s, helping ABC to win
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Feb. 27, 2015

For the fifth straight week, ABC finished first on Thursday, this time sparked by the season finale of “How to Get Away With Murder.”

The new drama posted a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen overnights, for its two-hour episode airing from 9 to 11 p.m.

It tied “The Odd Couple” as the No. 2 program of the night in the demo, behind only CBS’s hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.”

“Couple” showed decent retention from last week, falling only 10 percent. Of course, having “Bang” as its lead-in certainly helped.

CBS sitcom “Mom” moved into its new 9:30 p.m. timeslot, where it posted a solid 2.1 despite airing behind a repeat of “Bang.” It held 100 percent of that lead-in.

On NBC, “The Blacklist” moved up another tenth in its fourth week airing on Thursday, to a 1.8. It continues to see tremendous gains in DVR viewership, too, last week setting a new record for live-plus-three-day growth.

But 8 p.m. drama “The Slap” remains a disappointment, falling to a series-low 0.7 in its third episode. And 10 p.m.’s “Allegiance” is little better, posing a 0.8 last night.

Finally, Fox’s “American Idol” (2.1) and “Backstrom” (0.9) were even to last week.

ABC finished first for the night among 18-49s with a 2.6 average overnight rating and an 8 share. CBS was second at 2.2/7, Fox third at 1.5/5, NBC and Univision tied for fourth at 1.1/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.5/2, and CW seventh at 0.2/1.

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 started the night in the lead with a 3.6 at 8 p.m. for “Bang” (4.5) and “Couple” (2.8), followed by ABC with a 2.2 for “Grey’s Anatomy.” Fox was third with a 2.1 for “Idol,” Univision fourth with a 1.2 for “Mi Corazon es Tuyo,” NBC fifth with a 0.7 for “The Slap,” Telemundo sixth with a 0.4 for “Los Miserables,” and CW seventh with a 0.3 for a repeat of “The Vampire Diaries.”

At 9 p.m. ABC moved to first with a 2.7 for “Murder,” while CBS slipped to second with a 2.1 for a “Bang” rerun (2.1) and a new “Mom” (2.1). NBC was third with a 1.8 for “Blacklist,” Univision fourth with a 1.2 for “Hasta el Fin del Mundo,” Fox fifth with a 0.9 for “Backstrom,” Telemundo sixth with a 0.5 for “Tierra de Reyes,” and CW seventh with a 0.2 for a “Supernatural” rerun.

ABC was first again at 10 p.m. with a 2.9 for more “Murder,” with CBS second with a 1.0 for “Victoria’s Secret Swim Special.” Univision was third with a 0.9 for “Que te Perdone Dios,” NBC fourth with a 0.8 for “Allegiance,” and Telemundo fifth with a 0.6 for “Dueños del Paraiso.”

Among households, ABC was first for the night with a 5.6 average overnight rating and a 9 share, edging out CBS at 5.5/9. Fox was third at 3.9/6, NBC fourth at 3.2/5, Univision fifth at 1.5/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.7/1, and CW seventh at 0.5/1.

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TV Notes
Best tube bets this weekend
The top draws on broadcast and cable and in sports
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Feb. 27, 2015

FRIDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: CBS, “The Amazing Race,” 8 p.m.
The dating-themed season of the reality competition moves to its regular Friday timeslot after debuting on Wednesday.

Best bet on cable: WE tv, “Sex Box,” 10 p.m. Series premiere. Controversial show in which couples try to work out their problems after having sex.

Top online offering: Netflix, “House of Cards.” The highly anticipated third season becomes available. Can presidents get away with murder?

SATURDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: ABC, “Shania: Still the One Live From Vegas,” 9 p.m.
New special features performances from her Las Vegas show, as well as behind-the-scenes footage.

Best bet on cable: OWN, “2 Fat 2 Fly,” 10 p.m. Series premiere. Reality show following two friends who run a stuffed-chicken-wing food truck.

Top sporting event: CBS, “College Basketball,” 4 p.m. No. 1 Kentucky tries to keep its undefeated record alive against an SEC conference rival, No. 18 Arkansas.

SUNDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: Fox, “The Last Man on Earth,” 9 p.m. Series premiere.
New comedy about a man who appears to be the only survivor following a deadly outbreak in 2020.

Best bet on cable: CNN, “Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery,” 9 p.m. Series premiere. New series starts with an examination of an ancient linen cloth that has an image of a crucified man.

Top sporting event: Fox, “NASCAR Racing,” 12:30 p.m. The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 from Atlanta, won a year ago by Kasey Kahne.


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Leonard Nimoy lived up to his longtime catchphrase: Live long and prosper. Having achieved success in many arenas during his lifetime, the actor, director, writer and photographer has died at age 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, reportedly confirmed his death to the New York Times, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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MTV Renews ‘Are You The One’ & ‘The Challenge’, Adds New Shows ‘Girl Code Live’ & ‘Greatest Party Story Ever’
By Dominic Patten, Deadline.com - Feb. 27, 2014

There’s going to be more talk, more competition and more potential romance coming up on MTV. The network that launched the music video revolution back in the 1980s today announced that matchmaking series Are You The One? will be back for a third season while the self explanatory The Challenge is returning for its 27th Season. They will be joined by two new series Girl Code Live and Greatest Party Story Ever.

Spun off from MTV’s Girl Code, Girl Code Live is a weekly 30-minute late night show that MTV has given a 10-espisode run. Hosted by Nessa, Carly and Awkwafina from Girl Code in front of as studio audience, the straight talk show has celebrity and musical guest and games. Ryan Ling is EPing Girl Code Live with Paul Ricci and Karen Frank the execs in charge for MTV. As the title suggests the Greatest Party Story Ever will detail the harshest and best tales of good times. The weekly 30-minute show from Den of Thieves and based on a concept by Four Peaks Media Group will feature first person storytelling and animation to get the tales of debauchery and buddyhood across. Greatest Party Story Ever has been given a 10-episode order. Ben Nemtin and Jonnie Penn of Four Peaks Media are EPs, as are Den Of Thieves’ Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager. Jordan Barrow and Jared Morell are co-EPs on the show as is Ross Shuman. MTV execs Lauren Dolgen and Kristina Edwards are overseeing the series for the network. Greatest Party Story Ever’s animation is provided by ShadowMachine

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Its black and pale blue.... a co-worker was showing it to everyone at work this morning. I have no freaking clue how anyone could think its gold.
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