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How about:

"Hot Off The Press: The Third One"

"Hot Off The Press: The Search for Fred"

"Hot Off The Press: Or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Ratings"

"Hot Off The Press: Volume III"

...

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We're already seeing this with Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, most recently with "Empire", which Hulu has exclusive rights to. There's no way that the media companies are going to launch services and not keep at least some of their own content exclusive.

Eventually, you'll need 10 different services all at least $6-$8 a month to watch everything.
The cable companies and satellite providers will eventually have to go to a true a la cart service if they hope to retain a portion of what they have now.
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How about:

"Hot Off The Press: The Third One"

"Hot Off The Press: The Search for Fred"

"Hot Off The Press: Or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Ratings"

"Hot Off The Press: Volume III"

...

(OK, I need some coffee, clearly I'm not myself this morning)
I prefer "Hot Off The press: Electric Boogaloo". Make Turbo and Ozone proud!
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Two "HOTP" threads enter (the old "sticky" one and brand new one), only one comes out alive sometime early Sunday morning.
Having just watched Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, this line sticks in my mind, maybe because the crowd starts chanting it: "Two men enter, one man leaves."

Coming Sunday morning:
Hot Off the Press: Beyond Thunderdome
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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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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
Huge surge for Sweet Sixteen games
CBS and TBS games post a 9.0 in metered-market households
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Mar. 26, 2015

The Sweet Sixteen games continued the hot streak for March Madness on Thursday night.

The first four contests of the men’s NCAA basketball fourth round averaged a 9.0 household rating, according to Nielsen metered-market numbers.

That was up 30 percent from last year, when the contests averaged a 7.0. It also marked the best rating for this round since 1991, when the tournament switched to this TV format.

CBS and TBS averaged a 9.3 rating for the first window of games, from 7 to 10 p.m., which included a close contest between North Carolina and Wisconsin. That was up 39 percent from last year.

The 9:45 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. window posted an 8.9, growing 20 percent over last year and tying as the best since 1993.

The final four Sweet Sixteen games will air tonight.

Elsewhere on broadcast, ABC’s two Shonda Rhimes dramas posted the best non-basketball ratings, though they remain in a bit of a ratings funk against the tournament and with many colleges on spring break. Rhimes’ shows do well among college kids.

“Scandal” drew a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating at 9 p.m., according to overnights, while “Grey’s Anatomy” drew a 2.2 at 8 p.m.

At 10 p.m., new drama “American Crime” seems to have stabilized with a 1.2, even to last week.

NBC’s “The Blacklist” fell to a new series low with a 1.6 at 9 p.m. It continues to draw better numbers than anything else the network has aired in that slot the past two years, but it’s down from what it was drawing behind “The Voice” on Mondays.

Lead-out “The Slap” was even to last week with a 0.7. Earlier in the night, “Dateline: The Real Blacklist” posted a 1.0, an improvement on what “Slap” had been posting there earlier in the season before it moved to 10.

Fox’s “Bones” returned from a three-month hiatus slightly up from its most recent episode in December, posting a 1.3 at 8 p.m.

* * * *

Top show of the night in 18-49s

CBS’s “NCAA Tournament,” 3.3 rating from 10-11 p.m.

Top show of the night in 25-54s
CBS’s “NCAA Tournament,” 3.7 rating from 10-11 p.m.

Top show of the night in total viewers
CBS’s “NCAA Tournament,” 9.63 million from 10-11 p.m.


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'Walking Dead' Companion Series Title Revealed
By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Mar. 26, 2015

It's official: AMC's The Walking Dead companion series has a title.

Executive producer Robert Kirkman announced Friday that the companion series, which starts as a prequel to the original, will be titled Fear The Walking Dead.

"IT'S OFFICIAL! The walking dead companion show on AMC is called FEAR THE WALKING DEAD! Expect more news very soon! #FearTheWalkingDead," he posted on Twitter.

The news comes as the companion went through development season — and was picked up to series and preemptively renewed for a second season — under code names including Cobalt and Fear The Walking Dead.
On March 9, AMC announced the series pickup and renewal for the then-untitled series.

Kirkman, who created The Walking Dead comic series, co-wrote the pilot with Dave Erickson (Sons of Anarchy). Kirkman and Erickson will exec produce alongside Walking Dead's Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert. Erickson will serve as showrunner, and Adam Davidson will direct the pilot. Walking Dead VFX guru Greg Nicotero will also exec produce the series.

While AMC has been tight-lipped on the series' premise, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the drama is a prequel that takes place in Los Angeles at the onset of the zombie outbreak. AMC confirmed that the companion series is set in Los Angeles but revealed nothing more beyond that it will focus on new characters and storylines.

Cliff Curtis (Gang Related) stars as Sean Cabrera, a teacher who shares a son with his ex-wife. Sons of Anarchy's Kim Dickens is set to co-star as Nancy, a guidance counselor who works at the school with Sean and is seeing him romantically. Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) co-stars as Nancy's son Nick, who has battled a drug problem. And Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Woods) is will play Nancy's ambitious daughter, Ashley, who is the polar opposite of Nick and dreams of leaving L.A. for Berkeley when the apocalypse strikes.

Fear The Walking Dead will premiere in the "late summer" with season two set for 2016. An official premiere date has not yet been announced. The season five finale of the flagship series airs Sunday at 9 p.m.

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Ellen DeGeneres Docuseries ‘First Dates’ Lands at NBC
By L.A. Ross, TheWrap.com - Mar. 26, 2015

NBC has ordered eight episodes of Ellen DeGeneres‘ new docuseries, “First Dates,” based on the British format.
The hour-long show will follow eight couples who meet for the first time and find out, along with the audience, whether they have enough chemistry for a second date.

The observational documentary series will begin production in July in Chicago. No premiere date is set.

“First Dates” is executive produced by Pam Healey and John Hesling for Shed Media, DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman for A Very Good Production, and Tim Carter for Twenty Twenty. Anthony Dominici also serves as executive producer.

“First Dates” follows the DeGeneres-produced “One Big Happy” at NBC, extending her long relationship with the network. The talk show host also has a pilot in consideration at NBC, but that has rolled into next season.

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New "HOTP" Thread Coming
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Yep, it's really happening. "Hot Off the Press II" goes to the big place in the sky this weekend, and a new thread stars from scratch.
Spoiler!



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By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Mar. 27, 2015

2015 MEN'S NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Various Networks, 7:00 p.m. ET

Last night, one of the No. 1 seeds, the favored Kentucky, trounced its opponent, West Virginia, almost to the point of involving the college equivalent of the mercy rule. The other No. 1 seed playing Thursday, Wisconsin, had a much tougher time of it – and, in fact, was behind coming into the closing minutes, when it dominated play at the end and emerged victoriously. So, for the record, did No. 3 seed Notre Dame, getting deeper into the NCAA tournament than it has in a long time, and No. 2 seed Arizona, beating Xavier. Tonight’s coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on CBS, with South’s No. 2 Gonzaga facing the tournament’s only remaining double-digit seed, No. 11 UCLA. At 7:30 p.m. ET on TBS, East’s No. 4 Louisville faces No. 8 N.C. State. At 9:45 p.m. ET, South No. 1 seed Duke takes on No. 5 Utah on CBS, and the night’s fourth and final game, presented by TBS, starts just after 10 ET, with East’s No. 3 Oklahoma facing No. 7 Michigan State.

GRIMM
NBC, 8:00 p.m.

In tonight’s episode, most of the trouble comes from the women. Yes, in this particular case, they happen to be demon beasts and other supernaturally enhanced and possessed creatures – but still, I’m beginning to see a pattern. Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch), who used to be good, is only one of the ladies to turn bad tonight. I’m just saying…

KEVIN HART: LAUGH AT MY PAIN
Comedy Central, 8:00 p.m. ET

If you thought you couldn’t see Kevin Hart on TV this week any more than you have, think again. Here he is one more time, this time in a repeat of his 2011 standup comedy concert. Hart said recently that he crafts these shows as complete entities – sort of like albums – so see if you can discern the theme of this one. Bingo: He’s admitting to his fears, foibles, mistakes and traumas, the better to make you laugh at.

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

Tonight’s guests include Mike Huckabee, Barney Frank and Zachary Quinto.

VICE
CBS, 12:37 a.m. ET

Reporter Ben Anderson decides to take a tour to follow the European “cocaine trail” and how that illegal drug makes its way from the streets of Venezuela to the stark African desert terrain inhabited by Islamic extremists.


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'The View' celebrates 4,000 episodes
By Maria Puente, USA Today - Mar. 27, 2015

Has it really been that long?

Yes, it has. The View celebrated longevity on Friday — its 4,000th episode since the first one on August 11, 1997.

The party included the return of its inventor matriarch, retired Barbara Walters, as guest host, along with former co-host Joy Behar and guests Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss and Mario Cantone.

"We wouldn't be here but for you," co-host Whoopi Goldberg told Walters as the gang lined up on stage next to a huge cake to raise champagne glasses. The confetti poured down and audience members, dressed in sky-blue T-shirts reading "4000th," clapped and cheered.

Walters, who still doesn't look her 85 years, was in a gold-and-coral outfit with snakeskin flats, while Whoopi was in her trademark striped socks, current co-host Nicole Wallace was in bare feet, and current co-host Rosie Perez was in bright red pumps.

It was a love fest for sure, in contrast to some of the back-stage wrangling and on-stage spats over the last 18 years, not to mention frequent coming and going of panelists.

When Walters conceived the show for ABC back in the day, it was a new idea — a daytime kaffeeklatsch in which an all-female hosting team would blab about everything and anything, including political and social issues.

Eventually, political candidates discovered it was a good idea to joust with the ladies of The View. Check out the March 27, 2008, show when then-Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama posed with the panelists.

The View was so successful, it gave rise to similar shows on other networks, such as CBS' The Talk.

(Along with the 4,000 celebration, ABC was trumpeting new ratings data that it said show The View has topped The Talk in key audience demographics since November.)

Walters was greeted effusively by the audience and by the rest of the gang, and she appeared to be delighted. Cantone serenaded her and led the toasts. Whoopi paid tribute.

ABC tweeted a picture of the first panel. [CLICK LINK BELOW]

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MSG Splits Knicks, Rangers And Garden From Regional Sports Network's
By Antoine Gara, Forbes.com - Mar. 27, 2015

The Madison Square Garden Company, owner of the New York Knicks, Rangers and Madison Square Garden sports arena said on Friday it will split off its sports and entertainment business from its media operations, which include MSG Network and MSG+. The announcement comes about a half year after MSG said it would explore such a move.

Current MSG shareholders will receive shares the sports and entertainment business by way of a tax free spinoff, which is expected to be completed in by the end of 2015.

Besides the Knicks, Rangers and Garden, the sports and entertainment business includes Radio City Music Hall and its famous Christmas Spectacular, the Beacon Theater, the Theater at Madison Square Garden and other entertainment venues in Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. The company’s media business centers on regional sports networks that broadcast the Knicks and Rangers, in addition to some original programming.

In fourth quarter, MSG’s media business generated $166 million in revenue, an over 8% decline, while its MSG Entertainment and MSG Sports divisions reported a combined $396 million in revenue, an over 14% year-over-year increase.

“[W]hile MSG has created significant shareholder value since it was established as a public company five years ago, separating MSG’s live sports and entertainment businesses from its media business now would further enhance the long-term value-creation potential of both businesses,” MSG said of its decision to split apart.

Once separated, each independent company will also have the ability to set its own business and capital plans, MSG said. The move also will give shareholders a better ability to evaluate the prospects of MSG’s various businesses. MSG Network will continue to broadcast the Knicks and Rangers as part of the separation, and the company said on Friday it expects to enter into a long-term media rights agreement to continue to serve as the exclusive local broadcast home of the Knicks and Rangers.

Friday’s split announcement continues a trimming down of the billionaire Dolan family’s sports and media empire, which also includes New York-area cable giant Cablevision Systems. The Dolan family is estimated by Forbes’s Real Time Wealth Tracker to have a net worth of $4.2 billion..

After years of shareholder pressure, the Dolan’s split MSG from Cablevision in 2010. MSG shares have risen over 300% since being spun, nearly quadrupling the S&P 500 Index. In 2013, Madison Square Garden completed $1 billion, three-year renovation, and the company’s also benefited from rising valuations across sports and real estate. However, shares in Cablevision have gone the other way. Since the MSG spin, Cablevision shares have fallen by over 30%.

Executive chairman James Dolan, son of Cablevision founder Charles Dolan, recently retook MSG’s CEO job after the sudden resignation of Thomas S. Smith, who left the company after just a year at its helm to run auction house Sotheby’s.

Dolan, a staple of New York sports and gossip pages, has received criticism for his management of the Knicks. The popular NBA team is currently mired in one of the worst season’s in its history, a season so poor Dolan made national press by telling a critical longtime fan to root for crosstown rival The Brooklyn Nets. However, as a result of their poor play, the Knicks stand poised to have one of the top picks in upcoming NBA draft .

Conversely, after making the Stanley Cup finals in 2014, the Rangers are currently the top team in the National Hockey League and a top contender to win the Cup.

MSG shares were trading higher by nearly 5% in after-hours trading at $84.50.

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Trevor Noah, South African comedian, being eyed as Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show' replacement: report
By Jason Molinet, New York Daily News - Mar. 27, 2015

The latest contributor to "The Daily Show" could end up driving the late-night vehicle once Jon Stewart exits.

In a late-night surprise, Trevor Noah is being considered as a possible replacement to head Comedy Central's anchor show, an insider with knowledge of the search told Variety.

The 31-year-old South African-born comic was recruited by Stewart to join the cast as a contributor in December, but he's quickly moved to the short list of candidates being considered by Comedy Central executives for the top job, Variety reported.

Stewart stunned "Daily Show" fans when he announced Feb. 10 he was stepping down before the end of the year. The 52-year-old known for his cutting satire transformed "The Daily Show" — and his status — into a political kingmaker after replacing Craig Kilborn in 1999.

Noah, who is currently on tour in Dubai and Oman, is a well-known TV personality in South Africa. He has appeared on Leno and Letterman, and Showtime aired a comedy special featuring Noah in 2013.

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‘Furious 7′ Stars Take Over ‘Kimmel’ Next Week; NBC Late-Nighters Slim On Guests From Universal Pic
By Erik Pedersen and Dominic Patten, Deadline.com - Mar. 27, 2015

This is a rather unusual cross-conglom promotion: Disney-owned ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live will have four of the biggest stars from Universal’s biggest tentpole of the year, Furious 7, next week. Also in a rare setup, Jimmy Kimmel will have one Furious 7 leading man every night Monday through Thursday, leading to the film’s April 3 opening: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Kurt Russell. Meanwhile, there will be two Furious 7 cast members on the late-night shows of Universal sibling NBC: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has Jordana Brewster on Friday — after the movie will have opened — and Late Night With Seth Meyers will have Ludacris on Wednesday.

Some of the reasons likely are logistical as Furious 7‘s premiere is Wednesday at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Kimmel is based in Los Angeles, while both The Tonight Show and Late Night are in New York, and big-name guests generally don’t double-book two 11:30 PM broadcast shows the same week. Still, it seems odd that NBCUniversal is missing out on this potential late-night synergy.

To be fair, Diesel was on Tonight Show just last month and debuted the first Furious 7 trailer on the NBC late-night talker, and Johnson is hosting Saturday Night Live tomorrow. Additionally, Fallon had Ludacris and Ronda Rousey on this show this week.

Another potential driver for Universal’s Furious 7 Kimmel stunt: The ABC show is expected to attract a lot of male viewers — the target Furious 7 demographic — on Monday and Tuesday when veteran rock band Van Halen will be performing. Those are the nights Kimmel will have Diesel and Russell, respectively, so don’t be surprised if the fast-car theme continues and the band revs up “Panama.”

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

ABC:
8PM - Shark Tank
(R - Sep. 26)
9PM - In an Instant (120 min.)

CBS:
8PM - NCIS: New Orleans
(R - Dec. 16)
9PM - Criminal Minds
(R - Nov. 5)
10PM - 48 Hours

NBC:
8PM - Figure Skating: ISU World Championships (120 min.)
10PM - Saturday Night Live (Sigourney Weaver hosts; Buster Poindexter performs)
(R - Oct. 11, 1986)
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11:29PM - Saturday Night Live (Dwayne Johnson hosts; George Ezra performs; 93 min.)

FOX:
8PM - Backstrom
(R - Feb. 26)
9PM - Hell's Kitchen
(R - Mar. 24)
* * * *
11PM - Animation Domination High-Def
(R)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Austin City Limits: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros; tUnE-yArDs (R - Feb. 9, 2013)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Sábado Gigante (Three Hours)

TELEMUNDO:
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8:30PM - Movie: Thor (2011)
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NBC Orders Ellen DeGeneres-Produced Docuseries 'First Dates'
By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Mar. 27, 2015

NBC is going on a first date with Ellen DeGeneres.

The network has handed out an eight-episode straight-to-series order for docuseries First Dates, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Based on the U.K. series of the same name, the hourlong series is described as an observational documentary series. Each episode of the series will offer an "authentic" look at a variety of real first dates — all happening over one night at the same restaurant. Viewers will watch as couples interact and determine if they're a good fit for one another.

Production on the series will begin in July in Chicago. A premiere date has not yet been determined.

The series hails from Shed Media and is exec produced by the company's Pam Healey and John Hesling. DeGeneres and her A Very Good Production topper Jeff Kleeman will also exec produce. The series is based on the U.K. format from Twenty Twenty, with the company's Tim Carver overseeing alongside Anthony Dominici.

The U.K. series has spun three seasons; season one consisted of six episodes, which grew to eight in its sophomore run and 12 in its third season, which is currently airing on Channel 4.

For DeGeneres, First Dates marks the TV host/producer's latest collaboration with NBC, joining scripted comedy One Big Happy. (The network's DeGeneres-produced Monica Potter comedy pilot was rolled off-cycle.) DeGeneres also exec produces ABC's hidden-camera prank show Repeat After Me as well as HGTV's Ellen's Design Challenge and her syndicated daily talk show.

For NBC, First Dates comes as the network is bulking up on unscripted offerings with recent orders including variety show I Can Do That, Bear Grylls' The Island, Neil Patrick Harris' Saturday Night Takeaway and STRONG.

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‘Cancer: The Emperor Of All Maladies’
By Brian Lowry, Variety.com - Mar. 27, 2015

As if the subject needed any further resonance, “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” closes its three-night run acknowledging narrator Edward Herrman and producer/Stand Up to Cancer co-founder Laura Ziskin, who succumbed to the disease in December and 2011, respectively. Yet this polished PBS project — directed by Barak Goodman, under the stewardship of Ken Burns — proves somewhat unwieldy in its format, feeling strongest when it delves into the history and politics of cancer treatment, and less effective when focusing on present-day cases, clearly intended to offer a more personal touch. That’s understandable, but given how many lives cancer impacts, unnecessary.

Cancer is “as old as human life itself,” and “nearly everyone will be close to someone who suffers from it,” Herrmann’s narration notes at the outset, citing 22 million cases that kill 600,000 people in the U.S. alone.

Seeking to go beyond those statistics, the documentary — which derives its poetic title from Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book — opens with the story of parents dealing with the disease in their 17-month-old child, about as heartbreaking a thought as anyone could imagine.

Yet the impulse to put a human face on cancer’s toll by speckling such cases throughout the three nights tends to bog down the pace. While those examples are sobering and spare (they bring to mind the old “The Body Human” series), it’s nevertheless far more interesting, based on the ubiquity of cancer, to consider the arc of how scientists have understood and battled it, a process which, depending on one’s point of view, has either been remarkably fast or maddeningly slow, considering that President Nixon called for a cure in 1971.

In methodical fashion, each of the nights focuses on different aspects of the struggle against the illness, including the politics of lung and breast cancer and various tactics employed in regard to research and funding.

Any number of these threads can be fascinating, from the campaign to change perceptions of cancer to the advertising push against smoking to women rebelling against the medical establishment’s reliance on radical mastectomies. The conversation incorporates many of the scientists who have devised significant breakthroughs — most of them still around to discuss their contributions, if a little grayer for wear.

Goodman does a fine job of helping the experts to explain the science, from the use of graphics to the way news footage is woven into the film. But “Emperor of All Maladies” also stalls at times along the way, to the point where a more focused treatment and fewer anecdotal stories, condensed to two nights, would have likely been beneficial all around.

By the time it’s over, the special has come to a place that offers, at best, a measured degree of hope, couched in an appreciation of the value of tempered optimism. Despite rallying cries about eradicating the disease, the more feasible goal seems to be less a full-scale cure than simply rendering cancer manageable. Still, considering the fear and dread a diagnosis still evokes, anything that helps demystify and educate, while providing useful context, is surely welcome — and should evoke a fair amount of curiosity from viewers.

That said, despite Burns’ seal of approval and the project’s admirable intent, “The Emperor of All Maladies” is perhaps unavoidably somewhat overwhelmed by the scope of its subject matter, finding cancer as difficult for filmmakers to wrangle in documentary form as its mysteries have been for researchers to unravel.

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Suze Orman to end 13-year run on CNBC
By Roger Yu, USA Today - Mar. 27, 2015

Suze Orman, the influential personal-finance guru known for her hyperactive preaching of frugality, is ending her 13-year run as a TV host on CNBC on Saturday.

The final episode of the Suze Orman Show will air on March 28, according to a LinkedIn post she wrote earlier this month.

“For 13 years I loved my job,” Orman wrote. “About a year ago, something started to change. I woke up one morning, and I knew that it was time to end The Suze Orman Show. There was no external trigger; just a feeling that I had shifted, not the workplace.”

She plans to “take a year or two off from TV and work on educational tools, classes, and apps” related to personal finance, she said.

Joined by her spouse, Kathy Travis, Orman walked into the office of CNBC President Mark Hoffman on Feb. 20 and told him she wanted to quit.

“By taking the initiative to recognize I needed to move on, I have had the great experience of leaving without regret or acrimony,” she wrote.

“I can think of no more important career advice than to listen to your gut and to own the power to control your future. If you hate your job, that’s on you. Yes, your boss may be a jerk, and the atmosphere toxic. And you can’t give notice next week because there are bills to pay. I get it. But that is not an excuse to stay there forever. You must move on,” she wrote.

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By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Mar. 28, 2015

NICKELODEON KIDS' CHOICE AWARDS 2015
Nickelodeon, 8:00 p.m. ET

Former Jonas Brother Nick Jonas – well, I guess he’s still a Jonas brother, at least biologically – advances his solo career by being the one and only host of this year’s Kids’ Choice Awards. He performs, too, as do Iggy Azalea and Five Seconds of Summer, as the young viewers of Nickelodeon honor their favorite actors, pop stars and other idols. And, of course, in this case, it’s easy being green on this particular awards show, because a river of slime runs through it.

KATY PERRY: PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR
Epix, 8:00 p.m.

This two-hour Katy Perry concert film is presented by Epix, in one of its free audience sampling weekends – so if you can find Epix on your cable or satellite system, you can see this even without subscribing to Epix. It’s the sort of lavishly produced and costumed show that not only makes you understand why Perry was tapped to perform at the Super Bowl earlier this year, but suggests that her concertgoers got much the same sort of show. And Katy Perry, in this full show, gets a workout to rival many Super Bowl athletes: while singing every song, most of them anthems, she dances, runs in place, skips rope, cracks a whip, hands out pizza… basically, it’s an aerobics workout set to music, and the fact that her front-row audience members sing along with every word is both a little impressive and a little frightening.

THE GRAHAM NORTON REPORT
BBC America, 10:00 p.m. ET

If you caught one of James Corden’s first-week Late Late Show outings on CBS, you had to notice some of his program’s distinguishing characteristics, such as dispensing with the talk-show desk for interviews and bringing out all his guests at once to share screen time. Credit for both those innovations can be traced to this long-running British talk show and host, who once brought out Corden as one of his guests – at the same time he welcomed Katy Perry and Paul McCartney. For my full review of The Late Late Show with James Corden on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and a clip from that Graham Norton show, visit the Fresh Air website. Oh – I almost forgot to mention tonight’s guests on Norton’s show: Julianne Moore, Cuba Gooding Jr., Michael Flatley and more.

CAT BALLOU
TCM, 10:00 p.m. ET

Lee Marvin does a great job in this 1965 Western comedy, and won an Oscar for his impressive efforts, playing a has-been gunfighter in both his drunken and sober states – and more. The intermittent songs by frontier balladeers Nat ‘King’ Cole and Stubby Kaye are a delight, as are the performances by Michael Callan, Dwayne Hickman and Tom Nardini as members of a newly formed outlaw gang. But it’s Jane Fonda, as the film’s titular leader of that outlaw gang, who enchants the most. This is the film that turned Fonda from ingénue daughter of a film star to a film star in her own right.

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

Tonight’s guest host is Dwayne Johnson, who’s doing it for the fourth time. (One more, and he gets a special SNL blazer.) Musical guest: George Ezra.


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Brace Yourself for HBO's Superlative 'Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief'
By Ed Bark, TVWorthWatching.com - Mar. 28, 2015

HBO's Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, premiering Sunday night at 8 ET, is an extraordinary investigative documentary with the power to provoke anger, astonishment and any number of other strong emotions...

HBO, despite an organized campaign of threats and intimidation from the “religion’s” legions of automatons, presents the TV premiere of the two-hour film, which was unveiled earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Must-see television? That’s an understatement.

Based on the same-named nonfiction book by Lawrence Wright, Going Clear is under the direction of Alex Gibney. As accomplished docu-filmmakers go, he’s the street-fighting version of Ken Burns. Gibney’s credits include Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, the Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and HBO’s upcoming Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All, which premieres on Easter Sunday.

Going Clear excels at digging up the roots of Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, inventor of the thought-collecting Hubbard Electrometer (left) and fabricator of a clearly phony war hero past. The detective work splits time with new interviewers of former prominent believers who since have left the “Church.” They include acclaimed writer/director/producer Paul Haggis (Crash, Quantum of Solace) and actor Jason Beghe, currently starring in NBC’s Chicago P.D.

“All Scientologists are full of ****,” says Beghe, who joined up in 1994 and left in 2007.

The most startling revelations, however, come from two former top Scientology lieutenants. Mark Rathbun was second in command to current chairman of the board David Miscavige. He succeeded Hubbard in 1986 after the founding father, in Miscavige’s words, willingly “discarded the body” because it had become an impediment to his visionary and ongoing soul-searching.

In truth, Hubbard died of a stroke at age 74. Near the end, a British film crew got unusual access to him aboard one of the lengthy Scientology Sea project cruises. Clad in a commander’s naval garb, Hubbard was asked, “Do you ever think you might be quite mad?”

“Oh yes,” he replied, grinning broadly. “The one man in the world who never believes he’s mad is the madman.”

The other top-level ex-Scientologist featured in Going Clear is Mike Rinder (right), who worked in tandem with Rathbun and served as Miscavige’s chief public spokesman. Both men since have been figuratively tarred and feathered in Scientology pronouncements. In Rathbun’s case, his home also has been under constant surveillance by so-called Scientology “Squirrel Busters,” who are shown taunting him on camera. Rathbun’s wife, Monique, never a member of the “Church,” has a harassment case pending in hopes of making Miscavige publicly testify in court.

Going Clear also prominently depicts Scientology’s star players, Tom Cruise and John Travolta. Along with Miscavige and Cruise’s ex-wife, Nicole Kidman, they declined to be interviewed, according to a closing disclaimer.

Cruise and Travolta are shown in earlier footage, however. At a showy Scientology rally, Cruise solemnly salutes Miscavige and is given the “religion’s” inaugural Freedom Medal of Valor in honor of his loyal service.

“He drank the Kool-Aid,” Rinder says of Cruise. Rinder stopped drinking it in 2007 and has since spoken publicly about being severely physically and emotionally abused by Miscavige.

Travolta, in military camouflage, says on the set of a previous film, “I’m part of a frontier, in a way, that very few people get to be part of.”

Despite the ongoing and mandatory financial commitment from its members, Scientology was nearly broke by the early 1990s. It faced a back tax bill of $1 billion, says Rathbun, who was there at the time. Tax-exempt status had become crucial to survival. So members repeatedly sued the IRS for various crimes against the people. As the lawsuits piled up, the IRS began backing down, according to Going Clear. Ultimate victory came on Oct. 1, 1993, when Scientology gained full tax-exempt status as a bona fide religion.

“The war is over!” Miscavige declared at a massive flag-waving event reminiscent of 1930s Germany. The crowd roared all the more when he saluted a giant picture of Hubbard after saying, “Sir. Done.”

Ex-members say that Scientology basically is a shakedown operation in which no amount of giving is ever enough. Achieving the elusive “State of Clear” is possible only by paying a very stiff financial and emotional price, they say.

Those who question this greater good are oftentimes made to do menial labor for weeks and months at a time while being fed table scraps. Sylvia “Spanky” Taylor (left), who joined the “Church” as a teenager and helped to recruit Travolta, tells the filmmakers of her incarceration as a pregnant mother whose young child also was being abused. She finally escaped in 1987 and remains puzzled that Travolta also hasn’t freed himself. But others say that the personal secrets obtained during extensive “monitoring” of new members later are used as blackmail if necessary. In Travolta’s case, “Once that happened, I think he was really the church’s captive,” says author Wright.

Both Haggis and Rathbun say they’re “ashamed” of the many years they were under Scientology’s spell.

Recruited as a young man, Haggis spent 35 years with the “Church” before defecting in 2008.

“You just don’t see it happening to you. You justify so much,” he says of his Scientology daze.

There’s no end in sight. Even though scrutiny has increased and membership decreased in recent years, 2013 “was the year we went stratospheric,” Miscavige boasted at another of those chilling mass rallies.

Tax-exempt status will do that for you. But maybe Going Clear at last will prompt the IRS to develop the same backbone it shows when going after the relative little guys. This is an incredible film that never releases its hold on viewers. Unlike Scientology, though, it’s only a two-hour commitment. And one you won’t at all regret.

GRADE: A

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Church of Scientology took out a full-page ad in the New York Times in January 2015 to dispute the information in the Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief documentary.

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NCAA Tournament Ratings Jump From First Friday, ‘Hart Of Dixie’ Finale Even
By Dominic Patten, Deadline.com - Mar. 28, 2015

We may be in the thick of March Madness but it sure felt a bit like summer last night – and I’m not just talking about the weather in L.A. With the 2015 NCAA Tournament determining its Elite Eight on Friday, repeats and movies were scattered over the primetime schedule last night.

However, let’s get to the college basketball first and full points to Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski who lead his team to a 74-62 victory over UCLA in the first of the NCAA Tourney games CBS had on in prime last night. The Bulldogs center was fire with a career-topping game that saw him snag 18 points alone on Friday. Duke was up next in the winner’s camp with a 63-57 defeat of Utah as the second primetime game of the night. All of which gave CBS a 1.9/7 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.40 million total viewers. That’s a 58% jump in the demo in fast nationals over the first Friday of the 2015 tournament when Robert Morris lost to Duke and St. John’s fell to San Diego State. Viewershipwise, last night’s games beat out the March 20 match-ups by 67% as the tournament has now firmly separated the contenders from the players, if you know what I mean. CBS took the top spots for the less competative than usual night with a 1.9/7 rating and 6.402 million total viewers

Fast nationals comparisons to the second Friday of the 2014 NCAA Tournament are a bit hard to make as Southern California was partially rocked by first a 3.6 and then shortly afterwards a 5.1 magnitude earthquake on March 28 last year. With that occurring around 9 PM PT as Kentucky were up against Louisville in the second primetime game of that night, local news cut in to report on the shaking, shuttering and aftershocks that hit the region. All of which saw fast nationals that night for the NCAA Tournament up to 3.1/10. So, fast nationals to fast nationals, last night’s 8 – 11 PM NCAA games were down 38% from the comparable night the year before, but the earth stood still so to speak. The NCAA Tournament being live sports, last night’s numbers are sure to be adjusted later too.

And, BTW, while it wasn’t on CBS primetime last night, that Michigan State 62-58 free-throw line determined win over Oklahoma was a game to see. With that, enough NCAA for now – at least as you get ready for today’s games.

Over on The CW, there were weddings, dancing and some water breaking as Hart Of Dixie (0.4/2) ended it fourth and seemingly final season. Compared to last week, the show was even among the 18-49s. Finale-to-finale with the 9 PM Season 3 ender of May 16 last year, last night’s 8 PM HoD was also even among the demo. Viewershipwise, the 1.37 million who watched last night’s show was a strong rise of 55% from the Season 3 finale’s total audience.

With Glee done last week, Fox went for airing the 2010 Adam Sandler-led pic Grown-Ups last night. ABC went for a double shot of Cristela at 8 and 8:30 PM. Both airings of the freshman comedy drew a 0.8/3, which was even with the show’s 8:30 PM broadcast last week. After a Shark Tank repeat, the network had 20/20 (1.1/4) at 10 PM. The news mag was also even with last week. NBC’s only original of the night was Grimm (1.0/4), which slipped 9% from last week to a series low in preliminary numbers.

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'Realism' is the new face of Bible epics
By Patrick Ryan, USA Today - Mar. 28, 2015

Need proof that biblical entertainment is Hollywood's holiest trend? Then look no further than Morocco, where three TV projects —National Geographic Channel's Killing Jesus, NBC's A.D. The Bible Continues and CNN's The Jesus Code— were filmed on neighboring sets last year.

"You got this kind of Life of Brian-esque world you're living in, where on all of our days off, there's 36 disciples sitting around the pool and three Jesuses at the bar," says Stephen Moyer (True Blood), who ditched the fangs to play Roman governor Pontius Pilate in the Ridley Scott-produced Killing Jesus (Sunday. 8 ET/PT).

Based on Bill O'Reilly's follow-up to the books he co-wrote with Martin Dugard, Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy, Jesus tracks the last days of the Messiah. Played by Muslim actor Haaz Sleiman, he is portrayed less as a miracle worker and more as a political threat, and the script heightens the sexual tension between Jesus and follower Mary Magdalene (Klára Issová).

"It plays with the idea that Jesus' teachings are more important than the doing of miracles, that the idea behind what he's saying is the point and it doesn't need to have out-of-body, magical elements happening," Moyer says.

The $12 million production is one of the latest endeavors to give Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection a grittier, more realistic feel — an approach Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ introduced in 2004 to earn more than $370.3 million. History's 10-part 2013 miniseries The Bible took a similar approach and drew 13.1 million viewers for its Easter Sunday finale.

Though The Ten Commandments and The Greatest Story Ever Told have become Easter staples, new faith-oriented entertainment has mostly failed to cross over in recent years, with exceptions in The Da Vinci Code, Fireproof and The Nativity Story in the mid-2000s.

But after the success of The Bible (and religion-themed films Rentrak says earned $400 million last year, the most since 2006), studios have recognized demand and ordered more, including ABC pilot Of Kings and Prophets and TV One's To Hell and Back (Saturday, 8 p.m. ET/PT).

Not like 'Sunday school'

The Bible was created by producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice) and his wife, actress Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel); they repurposed the series' section on Jesus for a stand-alone feature film Son of God. It totaled $59.7 million at the box office last spring, thanks in large part to grassroots marketing in churches nationwide. It's now being followed with an NBC sequel, A.D. The Bible Continues (April 5, 9 p.m. ET/PT), a 12-episode event that takes, Burnett says, a Game of Thrones-approach to the Bible's book of Acts, about the early church after Jesus' resurrection.

With The Bible, "we didn't make Sunday-school programming. We made stuff that was accurate to the Bible, but realistic, and didn't feel like it had been made on a shoestring budget," Burnett says. "You have to treat every hour of television you're given like a $100 million movie, and with A.D., we stepped it up even a stage further."

The couple also promoted diversity in A.D. — 15 nationalities are represented in the cast, Downey says — and in their CBS miniseries The Dovekeepers (Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 p.m. ET/PT), led by Chilean actress Cote de Pablo, formerly of NCIS. It's adapted from Alice Hoffman's 2011 historical novel following four Hebrew women during the siege of Masada more than 2,000 years ago. While not explicitly biblical, it incorporates themes of bravery and honor into a desert romance.

"Oftentimes, history is written about men for men, but what's appealing about this story is that it's told through the eyes of these very courageous women," Downey says. "There's such a poignancy to that, and we realize that there's something more important to these people than being taken and being killed — that their faith and their families came first."

But a spiritual message doesn't always translate to divine success. Last year, Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings recruited A-listers for biblical blockbusters but earned just $101 million and $65 million, respectively, though overseas box office was more robust. Left Behind ($14 million) and Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas ($2.8 million) didn't have a prayer with audiences or critics, either.

"I don't think Christian audiences, especially younger ones, are going to rush to the theater to support something just because all Christians are supposed to go see it," says S. D. Kelly, a writer for the website Christ and Pop Culture. "Younger audiences want more nuance and are a lot more forgiving of a Noah, and are interested in revisiting (Bible stories). They almost want to have their faith challenged."

Walking a fine line

Juan Pablo Di Pace, the Argentinian actor who plays Jesus in A.D., says, "What's been done in the past has been very textbooky, and it's great to inject doses of fantasy into these things, and creativity."

But the glossy commercialization of the Gospel isn't for everyone.

"It is kind of an uncomfortable bargain for some people, because they really want to support it and they are entertained by it, but it also feels a little over the top in how we tend to think of Scripture," Kelly says.

Others embrace it. The Rev. Ray Johnston, pastor of the multi-campus Bayside Church in the Sacramento area, praises Downey and Burnett for the accuracy and meticulous care they brought to A.D. Like Son of God, which Bayside rented out an entire theater to watch last year, the congregation is getting behind A.D. and has collected $100,000 in donations to buy teaching kits for churches that can't afford them.

"For some reason, Christians are known for what they're against and not what they're for," Johnston says. "Anything that triggers conversation about faith and values in America is a really good thing," even if some take liberties with their narratives.

"I tend to feel like, man, if something's worth it, let's get behind it and support it."

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