Hot Off The Press: The Latest TV News and Information - Page 34 - AVS Forum
Forum Jump: 
 276Likes
Reply
 
Thread Tools
post #991 of 96830 Old 05-08-2007, 08:42 PM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
fredfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: San Antonio TX 78251
Posts: 49,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 50
Critic's Notebook
HBO's Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
Classic Book About America's Indians Gains a Few Flourishes as a Film
By Edward Wyatt The New York Times May 9, 2007

LOS ANGELES, May 8 When the historian Dee Brown published Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee in 1971, it became an instant sensation. In an age of rebellion, this nonfiction book told the epic tale of the displacement and decline of the American Indian not from the perspective of the winners, but from that of the Indians.

But the fact that Mr. Brown's work has been translated into 17 languages and has sold five million copies around the world was not enough to convince HBO that a film version would draw a sizable mainstream audience. When the channel broadcasts its two-hour adaptation of the book, beginning Memorial Day weekend, at its center will be a new character: a man who was part Sioux, was educated at an Ivy League college and married a white woman.

Everyone felt very strongly that we needed a white character or a part-white, part-Indian character to carry a contemporary white audience through this project, Daniel Giat, the writer who adapted the book for HBO Films, told a group of television writers earlier this year.

The added character is based on a real person: Charles Eastman, part Sioux and descended from a long line of Santee chiefs but who was sent away by his father to boarding school and then held up as a model of the potential assimilation of 19th-century Native Americans. But the film fictionalizes significant portions of his life. In the HBO version he dodges bullets at the Battle of Little Bighorn. In reality he was far away, in grade school in Nebraska.

Fictionalizing history has long been standard in Hollywood. But rarely do filmmakers directly hitch their historically inaccurate projects to revered works of nonfiction. Dick Wolf, an executive producer of the film who is best known for the Law & Order television franchise, defended the fabrications.

This was not an attempt to do the Ken Burns version of the Indian experience, Mr. Wolf said in an interview. It is a dramatization, and we needed a protagonist.

(The chief executive of HBO, Chris Albrecht, announced yesterday that he was taking a leave of absence after being charged with assaulting a girlfriend in a Las Vegas parking lot early on Sunday.)

At the time it was published, Mr. Brown's epic, subtitled An Indian History of the American West, struck a chord in a country embroiled in a divisive war in Vietnam and still shuddering from the American military's massacre in the village of My Lai. Segregation was dying hard in the South, and the American Indian Movement was ascending.

The story is a relentless tragedy, tracing the history of American Indian nations from 1860, shortly after the first new states extended into the permanent Indian frontier, through 1890 and the massacre at Wounded Knee, in what is now South Dakota. It became a blockbuster best seller and helped shape the way the history of the American Indians has been interpreted ever since.

For decades the book eluded attempts to turn it into a film, partly because of Mr. Brown's distrust of Hollywood. At least two attempts by potential moviemakers to adapt the book failed. When the current producers optioned the book five years ago, Mr. Brown was in the last years of his life and, according to his grandson, did not believe anything would come of the project. (Mr. Brown died in 2002 at 94.)

Tom Thayer, the executive producer who originated the project, said the HBO team wrestled for months with how to boil down a book that spans 30 years and dozens of tribes into a 130-minute film.

The book is basically an editorialized textbook, Mr. Thayer said. It doesn't have a single narrative; it's anthropological and episodic. Therefore, he added, we felt that to tell a story of that size, the Eastman character would be a great hand-holder for the audience.

Many literary critics, and millions of readers, however, had little trouble following Mr. Brown's story. Writing in The New York Times Book Review in March 1971, N. Scott Momaday, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, emphasized that the book was a story, a whole narrative of singular integrity and precise continuity; that is what makes the book so hard to put aside, even when one has come to the end.

The film largely restricts itself to the late 1880s, the time of the Ghost Dance, a messianic movement that swept through the Plains Indian tribes. Within that period it weaves together three strands: the story of Sitting Bull, the legendary chief of the Sioux, who fought against Custer's forces at Little Bighorn in 1876; that of Henry L. Dawes, the Massachusetts senator who pushed into law a plan to allocate portions of Indian land to individual tribe members; and Eastman, who was taken from his tribe by his father and attended Dartmouth and then Boston University School of Medicine.

It is in the last two stories that the film begins to bend history.

Eastman was the most well-known, well-educated Indian at the beginning of the 20th century, said Raymond Wilson, a professor of history at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan., who wrote what is considered to be the definitive biography of Eastman. When I heard they were doing the film, he said, I joked with a couple of people that I hoped they didn't have Charles Eastman shaking hands with Sitting Bull at Pine Ridge.

Not quite, but almost. The film's climactic scene has Eastman watching as Sitting Bull addresses a group of Sioux in Pine Ridge at a meeting of which Dawes is the chairman. Sitting Bull tells them not to accept the government land allotments. In fact, the chief lived 200 miles away at the Standing Rock agency, and the meeting never happened.

As for placing Eastman at the Battle of Little Bighorn, Mr. Giat, the screenwriter, defends that choice by noting that some members of Eastman's tribe were there.

The film also shows Eastman courting Elaine Goodale, a Massachusetts poet and teacher who oversaw schools for Indians in the Dakota territory, over a period of years, beginning while he was in college. In fact, Eastman met her when he arrived at Pine Ridge less than two months before the Wounded Knee massacre. Nor was Goodale anywhere near the reservation in 1883 when Sitting Bull arrived, as shown in the film; she was in Virginia.

HBO executives said they saw no problem with the inconsistencies. When we look at historical accuracy, we look at history as it plays in the service of a narrative, said Sam Martin, a vice president at HBO Films in charge of production on the project. HBO has at times gone the opposite route; last year it publicized the pains it took to ensure the factual accuracy of its Emmy-winning miniseries Elizabeth I.

To its credit, HBO's version of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee does not glamorize Sitting Bull, but rather portrays him as he was: an egotistical, often brutal leader whose pride endangered members of his tribe as they suffered through famine, drought and disease.

Some people who have seen advance screenings of the HBO version have praised it. This is the first time I've seen a film so accurately portray the impact of federal policy on our people, said Jacqueline Johnson, the executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, which is cooperating with HBO on educational projects featuring the film. You see the beginning of issues and policies whose effects we are still dealing with today.

But others are dismayed. Nicolas Proctor, Mr. Brown's grandson and one of three people who oversees his estate, as well as an associate professor of history at Simpson College in Iowa, said that as a historian he was always kind of shocked that history is not moving enough, is not evocative enough and rich enough to keep people from having to get in there and start monkeying around with it. He said that the estate had no control over the film's content.

Mr. Proctor said his grandfather wouldn't necessarily be surprised by HBO's tinkering. I don't think he ever thought anything historically accurate would come out of any film version, he said. Still, before this, nobody had ever before gone and gutted it and turned it into a love story.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/09/ar...gewanted=print


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fredfa is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #992 of 96830 Old 05-08-2007, 09:03 PM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
fredfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: San Antonio TX 78251
Posts: 49,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 50
The 2007-2008 Season
Another Look at Bubble Shows
By Ed Bark former Dallas Morning News TV critic at his website unclebarky.com May , 2007

Two single-minded TV women will be back in business next season.

FX has has granted Courteney Cox's Dirt a sophomore year while NBC is giving Patricia Arquette's Medium a fourth turn at the plate.

The Riches, still unwinding its first season on FX, also has been greenlighted for another year.

Other series won't be as fortunate when the five broadcast networks unveil their new fall schedules next week. Here's what looks to be "on the bubble."

N B C
Friday Night Lights -- NBC is enduring dismal prime-time ratings in the season's homestretch. That doesn't help matters for this gem of a first-year series that few watched. There's still hope, though.
Law & Order -- Maybe one more season, but it'll be a close call.
Law & Order: Criminal Intent -- Almost certain curtains.
Scrubs -- NBC likely is done with it, but there's a chance of an ABC pickup because the show is produced by Disney-owned Touchstone.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip -- Would be a major surprise if it returns.
The Apprentice -- Looks like it's fired.
Crossing Jordan -- Likely crossing over into the cancellation corral.
Thank God You're Here -- Iffy, but has a chance.
1 vs. 100 -- Probably will be plugged in somewhere.

A B C
George Lopez -- An almost certain adios.
According to Jim -- According to Uncle Barky, it's done.
What About Brian -- Has about a 1 in 100 chance of returning.
October Road -- Very likely to see another autumn.
Notes From the Underbelly -- A longshot to be back, but ABC is still promoting it.

C B S
Jericho -- Odds are against it, but there's still a chance.
The New Adventures of Old Christine -- The Nielsen numbers lately are drooping. And Julia Louis-Dreyfus doesn't come cheap.
The Class -- School's out.
Rules of Engagement -- Should be resuming.
The Unit -- Might be a surprise evictee. CBS needs to shake things up a bit, and this show is hurt by its older audience appeal.
Ghost Whisperer -- There's probably still life beyond the grave.
Close to Home -- Solid if unspectacular performer. No really good reason to drop it.
The Amazing Race -- Ratings were less than sensational for All-Star edition, but should get to the starting line at least one more time.

Fox
'Til Death -- At least a 50-50 shot to get a second life.
The War At Home -- Battling ratings too low to be back.
American Dad -- Weakest link in Sunday night's cartoon cavalcade, but it does fill out a quartet.
Nanny 911 -- No good reason to go on.
Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy -- Probably meets its maker.

CW
Veronica Mars -- Say goodnight.
All of Us -- Don't look for it again.
The Game -- That's ballgame.
One Tree Hill -- Dutch Elm Disease has set in, but CW somehow still seems rooted to it.

http://www.unclebarky.com/reviews.html


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fredfa is offline  
post #993 of 96830 Old 05-08-2007, 09:27 PM
Senior Member
 
123HDTV's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 351
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by fredfa View Post

Have you gone back and seen the Season 1 episodes?

I've got the discs coming from Netflix. I'm looking forward to seeing the beginning.
123HDTV is offline  
post #994 of 96830 Old 05-08-2007, 09:35 PM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
fredfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: San Antonio TX 78251
Posts: 49,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 50
I enjoyed the first year. I haven't seen anything since, though. When you get to it, let me know if I should go back and take a look at season two.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fredfa is offline  
post #995 of 96830 Old 05-08-2007, 09:40 PM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
fredfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: San Antonio TX 78251
Posts: 49,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 50
The Business of Television
Cable heads lash back at FCC
McSlarrow: government should stay out
By William Triplett Variety May 8, 2007

LAS VEGAS -- The cable television industry responded loudly and clearly on Tuesday to admonitions that FCC chairman Kevin J. Martin made to the industry in his keynote speech on Monday.

"Don't tread on me or my business" was the essential theme of a message that execs sent not just to Martin but government regulators in general.

National Cable and Telecommunications Assn. topper Kyle McSlarrow opened his "state of the industry" address at NCTA's annual convention Tuesday by thanking Martin for having spoken frankly the previous day about differences between the industry and the commission, and for promising an honest, open dialogue about those differences.

But McSlarrow also responded to two specific points Martin made -- one about offering a la carte subscription services, the other about mandatory cable carriage of all digital signals a broadcaster can transmit. Cablers oppose both propositions.

"When the market is highly competitive, the government should stay out," McSlarrow said.

A la carte, he continued, is "a form of government enforced unbundling," while the mandatory carriage of all digital broadcasts "forces bundling of programming that otherwise wouldn't make it."

"You can't have it both ways," McSlarrow said, using the identical phrase that Martin used Monday in chiding the industry for its positions on the two issues.

During a panel discussion that ensued, News Corp. prexy-chief Peter Chernin said, "A la carte is government intrusion at its worst."

Chernin also vowed to fight legally any legislation that might result from the FCC's recent TV violence report, which recommended regulation as a possible means of protecting kids.

Time Warner chairman and CEO Richard Parsons said that attempts to regulate are the result of political pressures tied to elections.

"Right now it seems the best way to get elected is to run to the extremes," Parsons said. "There are entrenched and very vocal minority groups that are distorting the conversation" on content.

"Visit the Holocaust museum in Washington and you'll see what happens when government gets control of the message," Parsons said.

Philippe Dauman, president and CEO of Viacom, said that "a common sense point of view" is all that's needed for content issues. "Look at Imus. There was a public outcry and the problem was taken care of."

http://www.variety.com/index.asp?lay...&categoryid=14


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fredfa is offline  
post #996 of 96830 Old 05-08-2007, 10:02 PM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
fredfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: San Antonio TX 78251
Posts: 49,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 50
The 2007-2008 Season
CW's 'Gossip,' 'Veronica' closer to pickup
By Nellie Andreeva The Hollywood Reporter May 9, 2007

CW's hot drama pilot "Gossip Girl" is moving a step closer to a series pickup as it has been approved to begin staffing, while another female-centered CW Network drama, the three-year-old "Veronica Mars," is inching closer to a renewal after a trailer for the proposed revamped version of the series got a warm reception at the network, sources said.

The nod to "Gossip Girl," about rich teens in New York, puts co-creator/executive producer Josh Schwartz in the enviable position of having two pilots -- along with "Chuck" at NBC -- given permission to begin staffing days before the networks make their series pickups.

"The O.C." creator could conceivably oversee both shows if they're picked up to series as he has been working with co-creator Chris Fedak on the pilot for "Chuck" and co-creator Stephanie Savage on "Gossip."

Meanwhile, CW entertainment president Dawn Ostroff is said to have been very impressed by the trailer "Mars" creator Rob Thomas filmed for an alternate fourth season of the show, which fast-forwards a couple of years and has the title character (Kristen Bell) studying at the FBI Academy.

Cult favorite "Mars" had been on the verge of cancellation, but its fortunes have improved significantly in the past week with the announcement that "Gilmore Girls" won't be coming back and because of Thomas' well-received fourth-season idea.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/...87772e67b8ed97


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fredfa is offline  
post #997 of 96830 Old 05-08-2007, 10:13 PM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
fredfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: San Antonio TX 78251
Posts: 49,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 50
Nielsen Notebook
Lowest point for CBS News since 1987
By Paul J. Gough The Hollywood Reporter May 9, 2007

NEW YORK -- The "CBS Evening News" fell to historic lows in viewership last week, according to data released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research.

The "CBS Evening News With Katie Couric" averaged 6 million viewers for the week, the lowest point since at least 1987, covering the tenures of Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer and Couric. It also was lower than Rather's period in the anchor chair during the height of the "memogate" scandal.

It was a week of lows, with NBC scraping the bottom in adults 25-54 with its lowest numbers in the demographic since at least 1987. ABC flirted with a record in adults 25-54 with its second-lowest on record, second only to Couric's first week as anchor.

But ABC won the week in viewership and adults 25-54, one of a recent string of victories against NBC in the evening news race. "ABC World News With Charles Gibson" averaged 8.1 million viewers and a 2.0 rating/9 share in the adults 25-54 demo. "NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams" came in second with 7.5 million viewers and a 1.8/8 in the demo, while the "CBS Evening News" trailed both rivals with those 6 million viewers and a 1.6/7.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/...5c2abf0eded0cf


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fredfa is offline  
post #998 of 96830 Old 05-08-2007, 10:20 PM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
fredfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: San Antonio TX 78251
Posts: 49,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 50
(Bill Carter is reporting something different: he says the TNT-L&O deal would be for a full season of 22 episodes, not 13 as had been reported by other reporters.)
The 2007-2008 Season
New Law & Order' Episodes May Move to TNT From NBC
By Bill Carter The New York Times May 9, 2007

The future of the long-running drama Law & Order may not be on NBC.

Executives involved in the negotiations to extend the series beyond its current season, its 17th, said yesterday that the cable channel TNT was a serious contender to acquire new episodes of Law & Order if NBC decides not to renew the series.

According to executives on both sides all of whom asked not to be identified because the talks were in a delicate stage a decision could come in the next couple of days. NBC is in the middle of deciding which shows will be in its fall prime-time schedule. That announcement will be made Monday, but the schedule is likely to be completed earlier.

An announcement about whether Law & Order will shift to TNT is expected in the next day or two, an executive involved in the talks said. News of the negotiations first appeared on the Web site for the television trade publication Broadcasting & Cable.

No show with the record of success of Law & Order has ever moved to a cable channel to continue its run with new episodes. Dick Wolf, the creator of Law & Order and the driving creative force behind that show and its spinoffs, Special Victims Unit and Criminal Intent, had no comment about the negotiations. While Special Victims Unit has already been renewed for another season, Mr. Wolf has been pressing NBC to pick up the other two.

Karen Cassel, the spokeswoman for TNT, said, It's still speculative and we have no comment.

The deal, if it happens, would probably be for a full season of 22 episodes, one executive involved in the negotiations said. Such an order would represent a change for cable networks, which for the most part order fewer episodes often 13 of series they commission.

For that reason, the deal, if concluded, is expected to be expensive. NBC has been paying about $4 million an episode for Law & Order. Mr. Wolf said in a previous interview that he was considering ways to reduce the costs of Law & Order, perhaps by changing some cast members.

Presumably, TNT would pay a fee negotiated down from what NBC is paying. But TNT has special interest in Law & Order. It already owns the repeats of the series, which form the backbone of the network's schedule. Law & Order runs three to four hours a day on TNT.

New episodes of the series would also become the property of TNT because the channel has a deal in place to buy repeats of any new episodes for $1 million each.

Mr. Wolf would clearly welcome a deal that would keep the series going through a 21st season, which would break the TV record held by an old CBS series, Gunsmoke.

NBC's television studio, NBC Universal Television, would continue to produce the show, even it if moves to TNT.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/09/ar...gewanted=print


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fredfa is offline  
post #999 of 96830 Old 05-08-2007, 10:29 PM
Advanced Member
 
RussTC3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: NE Ohio
Posts: 814
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by fredfa View Post

I enjoyed the first year. I haven't seen anything since, though. When you get to it, let me know if I should go back and take a look at season two.

I didn't know you'd seen the show, Fred. I would definitely recommend the second season, especially when you watch it via DVD.

The show works wonderfully in the "sit down, watch a few episodes" format.

I flew through the second season in less than a week! One of the criticisms I've read about the second season was it was a bit too confusing (too much going on, too many threads/twists to follow, etc). I didn't feel that way when watching it on DVD. Probably because everything remains fresh in memory when you watch episodes so close together.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
RussTC3 is offline  
post #1000 of 96830 Old 05-08-2007, 11:08 PM
AVS Addicted Member
 
dad1153's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 35,532
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 131 Post(s)
Liked: 170
Quote:
Originally Posted by fredfa View Post

(Bill Carter is reporting something different: he says the TNT-L&O deal would be for a full season of 22 episodes, not 13 as had been reported by other reporters.)
The 2007-2008 Season
New Law & Order' Episodes May Move to TNT From NBC
By Bill Carter The New York Times May 9, 2007

Executives involved in the negotiations to extend the series beyond its current season, its 17th, said yesterday that the cable channel TNT was a serious contender to acquire new episodes of Law & Order if NBC decides not to renew the series.

Fred, what are your thought about this whole "L&O"/TNT rumor? It's beginnng to look more and more like it's for real since it's not just one or two trade publications mentioning. I'm assuming Carter has deep sources within the industry for him to post this story. Is there any precedent for what we're witnessing or is this as revolutionary/groundbreaking as the announcement of the Lost ending coming in three 16-episode seasons?


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
dad1153 is offline  
post #1001 of 96830 Old 05-08-2007, 11:21 PM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
fredfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: San Antonio TX 78251
Posts: 49,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 50
It is the first major network series ever to go to cable in this fashion. I think it is far more ground breaking than "Lost".

In that case, no matter what everyone says, if the Lost's ratings continue their slide for the next year or so, do you really beleieve it will make it to year three?

I think Jim Benson of B&C did a great job breaking the original story, but as you note, Carter is as well connected as anyone in the media. And he is the one who came up with the 22-episode angle.

And, thinking about it, it isn't all that far-fetched.

If TNT is paying something a little over $2 million an episode for "The Closer", this makes sense.

Let's assume Wolf can get the cost per episode down $750,000 from the reported $4 or so it now runs per episode.

Then let's assume TNT will pay $2 in production costs, but doesn't pay a licensing fee. But perhaps it allows NBC to rerun L&O, (in summer and for Saturday programming for $1 million or so) and NBCU gets new episodes for foreign and domestic broadcast syndication.

Maybe NBCU/Wolf don't make any real money right now, but they come out more or less even, and the DVD rights should make them some money on the back end.

And given Wolf's obsession with overtaking "Gunsmoke" if he comes out even I am sure he would be a happy camper. (And I wouldn't be surprised that if TNT gets the mothership, NBC itself will take on another season of L&O:CI.)

I suspect if Carter ran the story, it is going to happen, unless NBC changes its mind and decides to keep L&O to itself.

But we'll know soon.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fredfa is offline  
post #1002 of 96830 Old 05-08-2007, 11:29 PM
AVS Addicted Member
 
dad1153's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 35,532
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 131 Post(s)
Liked: 170
Quote:
Originally Posted by fredfa View Post

Maybe NBCU/Wolf don't make any real money right now, but they come out more or less even, and the DVD rights should make them some money on the back end.

And given Wolf's obsession with overtaking "Gunsmoke" if he comes out even I am sure he would be a happy camper. (And I wouldn't be surprised that if TNT gets the mothership, NBC itself will take on another season of L&O:CI.)

I suspect if Carter ran the story, it is going to happen, unless NBC changes its mind and decides to keep L&O to itself.

So basically TNT's offer has given NBC enough shivers about losing one of its few repeatable hour-long dramas for them to seriously think about keeping it for one more season, then dumping it on TNT in a year if ratings do not improve. Between TNT's desire to keep knowing drama, Wolf's obsession with overtaking the "Gunsmoke" record and NBC's ratings-troubled season this has become more entertaining that the "L&O" shows themselves (which have kind-of sucked lately). If this is just the prelude to next week then the Upfront's will be insane. Like certain president featured on "The Sopranos" last week once said, 'bring it on.'


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
dad1153 is offline  
post #1003 of 96830 Old 05-08-2007, 11:31 PM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
fredfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: San Antonio TX 78251
Posts: 49,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 50
The TV Column
On 'American Idol,' Here Comes the Real Judge
(And Last Week's Winners and Losers)
By Lisa de Moraes Washington Post Columnist Wednesday, May 9, 2007

"American Idol" barely has time for the singers and definitely can't be bothered with the judges these days, cutting them off mid-critique.

On the other hand, it has plenty of time for Judge Judy to frighten small children watching at home with her Halloween-ish mugging for the camera and screeching about being separated at birth from Simon Cowell. Also, it has gobs of time for show host Ryan Seacrest to hug JJ and tell viewers she and Simon have been dating for three months.

And there's plenty of time for those lame questions from viewers at home. Did you know Melinda Doolittle's first music purchase was Michael Jackson's "Bad," only her mom wrote over the cover "Good"? And how about that Jordin Sparks, managing to still pull down A's and B's in school while participating in the singing competition?

This week's guest coach, Barry Gibb, spent half his on-air time blathering about how the remaining Idolettes -- "three women, as well as Blake" -- are perfect for his songs because "I've made a lot of records with ladies." The other half he spent having a hard time imagining one of the chicks singing one of his songs because "it was written for a man." Sometimes, however, he conceded, "I was singing it like a lady in the first place." That's Gibb for "falsetto." He seemed to be having only slightly more fun coaching the Idolettes than Gwen Stefani.

Melinda refused to sing some of the lyrics on "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?" because, she told Gibb, she's been "very careful not to sing about being a loser on 'American Idol.' " And then she flashed him her golly-gosh eyes. And you didn't believe me when I said she was "All About Eve"!

Of Melinda's first song, "Love You Inside Out," Simon said she looked like a backup singer -- duh -- while Randy Jackson said she's their resident pro, which was kind of saying the same thing. Melinda's Bag of Tricks was back, especially Melinda Moves No. 3, 4, 5 and 6: I'm a Little Teapot bend to the left, head shake, left hand shake, eye squint. By her second song, "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?," even judge Paula Abdul was begging her to throw out her "technique," though Simon said it was good enough to land her in the semifinals.

Which is only next week, but still.

LaKisha Jones took "Stayin' Alive" -- talk about your total cliche -- slowed it down and gave it a nice interpretation. But the judges preferred the version of the song lip-synched by Helen Mirren, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hugh Laurie, the cast of "Friends," et al., while doing the Look at Me! dance a couple of weeks ago on "Idol Gives Back." And so they savaged LaKisha. "No kiss tonight!" Simon sneered.

Her voice gave out on the very last note of her second song, "Run to Me," causing Randy and Paula to cut her some slack. Simon started to say something but got cut off, after which LaKisha said "Hoarse" to Seacrest, but he had no time to ask her about that because the producers wanted to cut to Jordin backstage having her makeup applied.

Jordin picked two draggy ballads: "To Love Somebody" and "Woman in Love." The judges raved about the former and were mostly okay with the latter, while Gibb predicted Jordin "is going to be one of our greatest recording artists."

Gibb deliciously could not conceal his disdain for Blake Lewis and how he beatboxes to death everything in his path. Gibb said one of Blake's song choices this week "does give him a chance to explore those extra little gifts he has."

Who knew "extra little gifts" was an insult! Even Randy finally came out and told Blake after his second number, "This Is Where I Came In," to knock off the beatboxing because it's gotten old.

How bad has it gotten? Blake turned into Porky Pig:

"Tha-tha-tha-tha-that's all, folks!"



The Week's Winners and Losers

With its Tuesday and Wednesday "American Idol" broadcasts sitting like two 800-pound gorillas atop the ratings heap, the Fox network finished the first full week of the May ratings race in third place, thanks to its fourth- and fifth-place finishes on all those other nights.

Here's a look at the week's thoroughbreds and nags:

WINNERS

"Grey's Anatomy" / Spinoff Mash-up. : More than 21 million viewers caught ABC's two-hour blended "Grey's Anatomy" and potential spinoff, in which Addison takes a break from canoodling McWhatevers at Seattle Grace Hospital to make out with doctors in Santa Monica. ABC is used to those numbers for "Grey's" in the 9 p.m. Thursday hour, but that's more than double the network's average this season at 10. Count on ABC announcing the spinoff when it unveils its new prime-time lineup to advertisers next week.

Kentucky Derby. : NBC Sports' broadcast of the 133rd Kentucky Derby on Saturday afternoon clocked 13.8 million viewers. That is a bigger crowd than NBC scored anywhere in prime time last week -- bigger in fact than any prime-time show on NBC since mid-March.

"Dirt" and "The Riches." : FX network announced it has picked up both series for second seasons.

LOSERS

"ER." : Poor "ER" hit another series low -- just under 8 million viewers -- though the aged doc drama continues to be NBC's most watched Thursday series, ahead of "hits" such as "My Name Is Earl" (7.6 million), "The Office" (7 million) and "Scrubs" (5 million).

"Heroes." : NBC's brightest freshman series hit another series low among viewers. Since it returned from a six-week break, the serialized drama has hit a series low every week. Expect the network to announce it will air "Heroes" next season in some variation of the "24" mode -- consecutive weeks, no interruptions, no reruns -- to bring viewers back. ABC has already announced that its struggling serialized drama "Lost" will adopt "24's" play pattern next season.

"Veronica Mars" : returned to CW and attracted 2.3 million viewers, retaining 58 percent of its "Gilmore Girls" lead-in. The previous week, the season finale of "Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll" logged 3.4 million viewers in the same hour, retaining 92 percent of its "GG" lead-in.

"One Tree Hill" : logged 3.3 million viewers in its return to the CW. That was only marginally better than the 3.1 million who enjoyed reruns of the "Pussycat Dolls" in the same hour the previous five weeks.

"Drive." : Fox, which yanked this series after just four episodes, announced it will run the last two episodes July 4, which is perhaps the least watched night of TV all year. Snap!

Katie Couric. : "CBS Evening News," which these days is anchored by Couric, clocked its smallest audience since at least the advent of people-meter technology in 1987 -- 6.05 million viewers. ABC's evening newscast, meanwhile, was up year-to-year with more than 8 million viewers -- its ninth first-place finish in the past 13 weeks. NBC's newscast came in second, averaging 7.5 million viewers.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...801864_pf.html


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fredfa is offline  
post #1004 of 96830 Old 05-08-2007, 11:36 PM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
fredfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: San Antonio TX 78251
Posts: 49,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

So basically TNT's offer has given NBC enough shivers about losing one of its few repeatable hour-long dramas for them to seriously think about keeping it for one more season, then dumping it on TNT in a year if ratings do not improve. Between TNT's desire to keep knowing drama, Wolf's obsession with overtaking the "Gunsmoke" record and NBC's ratings-troubled season this has become more entertaining that the "L&O" shows themselves (which have kind-of sucked lately). If this is just the prelude to next week then the Upfront's will be insane. Like certain president featured on "The Sopranos" last week once said, 'bring it on.'

Agreed, next week should be a lot of fun, and I am sure we'll be really surprised a few times.

I don't think the TNT situation is being factored into Kevin Reilly's decision. (Other than if he doesn't pick it up, it appears TNT will -- and that will keep Dick Wolf from going postal.)


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fredfa is offline  
post #1005 of 96830 Old 05-08-2007, 11:55 PM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
fredfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: San Antonio TX 78251
Posts: 49,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 50
A little more on L&O:

Assuming Fred Thompson runs for the GOP Presidential nomination, and assuming TNT takes the cautious way out and doesn't run reruns featuring him, this would also give TNT a supply of new episodes to show next season.

(On the other hand, maybe a Jerry Ohrbach -- and even Michael Moriarty -- year would be great fun to watch.)


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fredfa is offline  
post #1006 of 96830 Old 05-09-2007, 12:51 AM
AVS Club Gold
 
Keenan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Posts: 28,285
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 338 Post(s)
Liked: 398
Quote:
Originally Posted by fredfa View Post

Critic's Notebook
HBO's Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
Classic Book About America's Indians Gains a Few Flourishes as a Film
By Edward Wyatt The New York Times May 9, 2007

Fred, I trust you will post a few reminders/stories about this as it gets closer to the air date, at least close enough so I can set the DVR?
Keenan is offline  
post #1007 of 96830 Old 05-09-2007, 01:09 AM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
fredfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: San Antonio TX 78251
Posts: 49,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 50
You bet I will, Jim.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fredfa is offline  
post #1008 of 96830 Old 05-09-2007, 05:40 AM
AVS Special Member
 
AlanSaysYo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Indianapolis
Posts: 1,300
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

And that's why they no longer are including that feature in the newer generations of DVR's (at least the cable variety; don't know about TiVo). I created one (and a 3 minute skip button as well) with my universal remote, but strangely, I don't really use them a lot, preferring to FF at the 3x speed. So I see at least bits of most commercials, and I expect most DVR users are similar now that the "proper" software solution for a 30 second skip button has gone the way of the dinosaur - at Hollywood's "request".



You'll be seeing more and more of this type of thing, IMO. Some of them may even end up more entertaining, and have a greater recall factor, than the show they're underwriting.

I find myself completely stopping for a commercial I want to see, like the Mac/PC commercials. I used to love those GE 'One Second Theater' commercials, too. I always spent MORE time watching those than I would have spent watching the entire commercial break. Gimmicks like that, if done properly would be a great alternative for DVR users.
AlanSaysYo is offline  
post #1009 of 96830 Old 05-09-2007, 07:09 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Marcus Carr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Baltimore City
Posts: 8,070
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked: 20
Quote:


According to The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), not only are sales of HDTV sets up 47 percent from this time frame last year, HDTV sets outsold standard definition (SD) sets by 90 percent in 2006. It is projected that there will be more than 50 million HDTV sets in the United States by end of this year.

http://www.cable360.net/ct/video/23313.html

YOU ARE READING AVS FORUM

Marcus Carr is online now  
post #1010 of 96830 Old 05-09-2007, 07:18 AM
AVS Club Gold
 
Keenan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Posts: 28,285
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 338 Post(s)
Liked: 398
Quote:
Originally Posted by fredfa View Post

You bet I will, Jim.

Thanks.
Keenan is offline  
post #1011 of 96830 Old 05-09-2007, 07:20 AM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
fredfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: San Antonio TX 78251
Posts: 49,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 50
The Business of Television
DIRECTV U.S. First Quarter Financial Highlights
HD Drives Growth
(DirecTV News Release)

-- Net Subscriber Additions of 235,000 Driven by an Increase in Gross Additions and the Lowest Monthly Churn Rate in 3 Years of 1.44%

-- Revenues Increase 11% to Over $3.5 Billion Fueled by a 5.2% Increase in Average Monthly Revenue Per Subscriber (ARPU) to $73.40

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 9, 2007--The DIRECTV Group, Inc. (NYSETV) today reported that first quarter revenues increased 15% to $3.91 billion and operating profit before depreciation and amortization(1) increased 54% to $930 million compared to last year's first quarter. The DIRECTV Group reported that first quarter 2007 operating profit increased 44% and net income increased 43% to $563 million and $336 million, respectively, when compared to the same period last year. Earnings per share were $0.27 compared with $0.17 in the same period last year.

"First quarter results highlight DIRECTV U.S.' operating strength and ability to generate strong cash flow as indicated by the $343 million of cash flow before interest and taxes in the quarter. The increase in gross subscribers and the lowest churn rate in three years reflect the strength of DIRECTV's video service and improved competitive positioning in the marketplace. Particularly noteworthy was the significant growth in advanced products in the quarter, including the addition of nearly twice as many high definition, or HD, customers compared to the prior year," said Chase Carey, president and CEO of The DIRECTV Group, Inc.

Carey continued, "The increased sales of HD and digital video recorders are driving favorable results for most of our key operating metrics. For example, the quarterly increase in gross subscriber additions to 929,000, the decline in monthly churn to 1.44% and the ARPU growth of over 5% to $73.40 were all favorably impacted by the significant increase in sales of advanced services. The strong subscriber and ARPU growth drove revenues to over $3.5 billion, up 11% over the prior year."

Carey added, "Operating profit before depreciation and amortization of $869 million increased over 50% compared to last year primarily due to the capitalization of set-top boxes under the lease program implemented in March 2006. Upgrade and retention costs, including capitalized equipment, were higher than the prior year due to the increased number of customers upgrading to HD and DVR services, as well as converting to our new MPEG-4 HD equipment. As we've seen in recent quarters, investments in subscribers with advanced services continue to drive superior financial returns that are generally 2 to 3 times greater than subscribers without advanced services due to the significantly higher ARPU and lower churn generated from these households."

Carey concluded, "It's very exciting to see the strong demand for HD services, particularly considering the fact that we plan to greatly expand our HD programming later this year. With the successful launch of DIRECTV 10--currently targeted to lift-off in late June--we remain on schedule to offer up to 100 HD channels by the end of this year. With this added capacity, we expect to offer significantly more HD channels than most of our competitors, providing DIRECTV with an important advantage in this rapidly growing market."

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix....748&highlight=


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fredfa is offline  
post #1012 of 96830 Old 05-09-2007, 07:30 AM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
fredfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: San Antonio TX 78251
Posts: 49,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 50
The Business of Television
EchoStar Touts HD Advantage Over DirecTV
Ergen questions Comcast study
By Jeff Smith Rocky Mountain News May 9, 2007

EchoStar CEO Charlie Ergen on Tuesday touted the company's high-definition television offerings, blasted a Comcast study on the topic and voiced skepticism about telephone companies competing in the TV market.

His comments came during a brisk, 15-minute annual shareholders meeting at the company's Douglas County headquarters, and during an informal discussion with analysts and reporters afterward.

Comcast, which provides competing cable television services, last week said a survey it commissioned found that satellite TV customers believe they get better HD picture quality from Comcast.

"That's not what our customers tell us," Ergen countered.

He said Comcast loses credibility by issuing such a report but that it "had to do something" because the company is losing customers to satellite TV. "Most cable executives have satellite (TV) in their homes," Ergen claimed.

EchoStar offers more high-definition channels than anyone else in the industry, with plans to increase capacity through two satellite launches this year, Ergen said.

He said he has a "wait- and-see" attitude about increasing video competition from Verizon and AT&T, which are running fiber to the home and curb, respectively. He said he doesn't believe it will make sense in parts of the U.S.

Ergen also said:

He's not surprised Rupert Murdoch agreed to swap his DirecTV interest for Liberty Media's stake in News Corp. "(Murdoch) loved DirecTV, but he loves News Corp. more."

EchoStar will contribute to the Democratic National Convention in Denver even though "Qwest (as a local telco) gets a little more bang for the buck than we do."

EchoStar this year expects to offer digital video recorders capable of storing up to 500 hours of programming, and new Wi-Fi and touch screen features for its PocketDish portable video player.

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drm...527167,00.html


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fredfa is offline  
post #1013 of 96830 Old 05-09-2007, 07:31 AM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
fredfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: San Antonio TX 78251
Posts: 49,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 50
Upcoming Season (and Series) Finales

Wednesday, May 9
Jericho (CBS)

Thursday, May 10
Without a Trace (CBS)
My Name Is Earl (NBC)

Friday, May 11
Ghost Whisperer (CBS)
Close to Home (CBS)

Sunday, May 13
Survivor: Fiji (CBS)
7th Heaven (series finale CW)


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fredfa is offline  
post #1014 of 96830 Old 05-09-2007, 07:38 AM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
fredfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: San Antonio TX 78251
Posts: 49,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 50
Tuesday's metered market over-night prime-time ratings - and Media Week Analyst Marc Berman's view of what they mean -- have been posted at the top of Ratings News the second post in this thread.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fredfa is offline  
post #1015 of 96830 Old 05-09-2007, 07:46 AM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
fredfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: San Antonio TX 78251
Posts: 49,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 50
Weekly Nielsen Notebook
Couric down, 'Barbaro' out
By Gary Levin USA TODAY May 9, 2007

Grey matter. The pilot for the tentatively titled spinoff Private Practice, which aired as a two-hour episode of Grey's Anatomy, drew 21.2 million viewers Thursday, only slightly above the series' recent average but ranking second for the week behind American Idol. Against Grey's, CBS' CSI (19 million) had its least-watched episode since 2001, save for a Thanksgiving night 2006 special.

Finish line. Sunday's 11th-season finale of CBS reality series The Amazing Race (10.3 million) dropped from last fall's 12.7 million finish, but was up from last May's record-low 9 million season-ender.

News blues. In a weak week for evening newscasts, CBS' Katie Couric hit a record-low 6.1 million viewers, with NBC's Brian Williams at 7.5 million and ABC's Charlie Gibson continuing his recent winning streak with 8.1 million.

CW returnees.One Tree Hill (3.3 million Wednesday) came back from a two-month-plus absence with its biggest audience since early December. But Veronica Mars (2.3 million Tuesday) did no better after its own lengthy break, and dropped from 2.7 million for its last original in late February.

Slow going. Tuesday's NCIS (13.8 million) marked the show's lowest rating since September's season premiere, while NBC's Heroes (11.9 million Monday) slid slightly, marking another series low. Fox's 24 merely matched the season low set a week earlier.

More season finales. CBS' fourth-season wrap-up of Cold Case (13.7 million Sunday) gave the show its best number since March. Shark drew a below-average 12.5 million against the second hour of Grey's, which also pummeled ER to 7.8 million, another series low.

Sopranos up. HBO's Mob hit (7.2 million viewers Sunday) posted its first weekly increase this season, up nearly a half-million from last week. Entourage (3.5 million) also had a slight uptick.

Neigh sayers. The NBC Sports documentary Barbaro: A Nation's Horse (3.3 millionviewers Saturday) wound up in a near-last-place finish among the week's major-network programs.

http://www.usatoday.com/life/televis...analysis_N.htm


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fredfa is offline  
post #1016 of 96830 Old 05-09-2007, 07:49 AM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
fredfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: San Antonio TX 78251
Posts: 49,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 50
The 2007-2008 Season
Peek into the future of NBC's 'Medium'
The spooker series will return next season
By Diego Vasquez MediaLifeMagazine.com staff writer May 9, 2007

Earlier this week, NBC renewed Medium, meaning the third-year show is safe for next season despite double-digit ratings declines among adults 18-49. The question now, heading into next week's season finale, is where the drama will end up on next year's schedule.

It seems doubtful that NBC will keep the show on Wednesday, where it airs tonight at 10 p.m. against the higher-rated CSI: NY on CBS and ABC's Lost. Its biggest problem has been its lead-in, or lack thereof.

Airing behind the anemic Crossing Jordan, Medium is regularly building on its lead-in by 40 percent or more. Yet Medium has proven quite capable of sustaining decent lead-ins before, most recently airing behind The Apprentice on Mondays last spring, where it actually built slightly on the 9 p.m. show, averaging a 4.1 to Donald Trump's 4.0.

Though Medium has since slipped to a 3.0 average, down 27 percent, it's actually been NBC's strongest Wednesday show. Even Deal or No Deal struggled during a brief run opposite Fox's American Idol, and Friday Night Lights never took off at 8 p.m.

Thus the network may want to see how much Medium can improve by pairing it with a stronger lead-in, and perhaps in its old Monday 10 p.m. timeslot, where nothing has proven capable of holding Heroes' big lead-in. At the least, Medium, which is about a woman who sees dead people, might appeal to the same sci-fi crowd.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/art...icle_11957.asp


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fredfa is offline  
post #1017 of 96830 Old 05-09-2007, 07:54 AM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
fredfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: San Antonio TX 78251
Posts: 49,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 50
Weekly Nielsen Notebook
National Ratings in Prime Time:
Week of April 30-May 6, 2007
By Marc Berman MediaWeek May 9, 2007

CBS, ABC and Fox shared leadership on this first full week of the May 2007 sweeps. CBS was first in households and total viewers (but third among adults 18-49, and fourth in adults 18-34). Fox was No. 1 in the three surveyed demos -- adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and adults 18-34. And ABC tied with Fox among adults 25-54, with its best competitive position overall since November. Led by Dancing With the Stars (which did not air on the year-ago week), ABC posted double-digit year-to-year increases, with growth of as much as 25 percent in households. CBS dropped by margins of 10 to 20 percent, while Fox was also on the downside.

NBC finished fourth in four of the five surveyed categories (excluding a third-place finish among adults 18-34), with losses of 13 to 20 percent. And The CW, of course, fared similarly to former networks UPN and The WB.

Week two of NBC's The Real Wedding Crashers continued to squander the Heroes lead-in, with just 5.61 million viewers (#67) and a 2.6/ 7 among adults 18-49 (#44t). Filling in for NBC's on-the-bubble Friday Night Lights was the improvisational Thank God You've Here at an also disappointing 6.23 million viewers (#64) and a 2.4/ 8 among adults 18-49 (#48t) Wednesday at 8 p.m.

In season-finale news, CBS' The Amazing Race: All Stars perked up to 10.31 million viewers (#29) and a 3.3/ 9 among adults 18-49 (#30).

In return series news, absence did not make the ratings get any stronger for The CW's struggling Veronica Mars, with just 2.35 million viewers (#95 out of 98 shows) and a 1.0/ 3 among adults 18-49 (tied for #92) Tuesday at 9 p.m. Comparably, retention out of departing lead-in Gilmore Girls (Viewers: #78, 4.08 million; A18-49: #65t, 1.8/ 5) was just 58 percent in viewers and 56 percent among adults 18-49. The CW's One Tree Hill (out of America's Next Top Model on Wednesday) fared better, with 3.25 million viewers (#87) and a 1.5/ 4 among adults 18-49 (#73t).

Other questionable shows waiting word on renewal fared as follows:

Close to Home (CBS) - Fr. 9 p.m.
Viewers: 9.25 million (#34)
Adults 18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#56t)

Law & Order (NBC) - Fri. 10 p.m.
Viewers: 8.88 million (#38)
Adults 18-49: 2.6/ 9 (#44t)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC) - Tues. 9 p.m.
Viewers: 7.36 million (#351)
Adults 18-49: 2.2/ 5 (#56t)

The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) - Mon. 8:30 p.m.
Viewers: 7.32 million (#53)
Adults 18-49: 2.7/ 8 (#42t)

According to Jim (ABC) - Wed. 8 p.m.
Viewers: 6.40 million (#61)
Adults 18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#56t)

Notes From the Underbelly (ABC) - Wed. 8:30 p.m.
Viewers: 6.00 million (#65)
Adults 18-49: 2.3/ 7 (#54t)

Crossing Jordan (NBC) - Wed. 9 p.m.
Viewers: 5.95 million (#66)
Adults 18-49: 1.6/ 4 (#71t)

Scrubs (NBC) - Thurs. 9:30 p.m.
Viewers: 4.95 million (#71), 18-49: 2.6/ 7 (#44t)

George Lopez (ABC) - Tues. 8:30 p.m.
Viewers: 4.61 million (#74)
Adults 18-49: 1.7/ 4 (#68t)

The Game (CW) - Mon. 8:30 p.m.
Viewers: 2.41 million (#94), 1.1/ 3 (#88t)

All of Us (CW) - Mon. 9:30 p.m.
Viewers: 2.18 million (#96)
Adults 18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#95)

In the specials department, NBC's latest Saturday Night Live prime time event, SNL: 90s Pop Culture Nation, was third in total viewers (7.88 million) and second among adults 18-49 (3.6/ 9) in the Sunday 9-11 p.m. block.

http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/newslett...ider/index.jsp


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fredfa is offline  
post #1018 of 96830 Old 05-09-2007, 08:03 AM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
fredfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: San Antonio TX 78251
Posts: 49,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 50
TV Sports
Big 12 looks to switch some football from FSN to ESPN
By Tim Griffin San Antonio Express-News

Fox Sports Network is close to selling some of its Big 12 Saturday night football games to rival ESPN in an unprecedented deal that would result in wider national exposure for the conference.

Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said negotiations are heating up between the two competing sports networks to find a place for a package of six Big 12 games that have been carried at 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Turner Broadcasting System has showed those games in recent seasons under a sub-licensing agreement with Fox.

But Turner won't be involved because of a new commitment to carry the Major League Baseball playoffs. Industry sources indicate the Turner games could end up on either ESPN or ESPN2 if the sale transpires.

The expansion would represent a victory for Dodds, who has been working on ways to get more of the country watching Big 12 games.

"I worried about the package (of Big 12 games) when most of them were regional games with a small part of the country," Dodds said. "I like national television. The Southeastern Conference has that with CBS. Notre Dame has it with NBC. We'd like to get more of it. I would count on it happening."

Other possible carriers include the NFL Network or the Versus Network. Neither of those carriers would have the broad-ranging appeal the conference believes it would receive by hooking up with ESPN.

Fox could opt to keep the Big 12 games on its regional family of sports networks. But that option wouldn't be as attractive for the conference because those games wouldn't be carried in every major market. In some areas, those college football games could be superceded by the regional sports network's contracts with local pro teams.

Big 12 football never has been prominently featured on any of the ESPN's family of programming networks mainly because Fox Sports Network has been the exclusive cable television home of conference football games since the league was formed.

The ESPN networks occasionally have shown a random Big 12 game but only when conference teams are road rivals of conferences which have contracts with ESPN.

The Big 12 has struggled at times in its 11-season history with national perception. The network's market area contains about 17 percent of the nation's television markets.

According to the most recent list of the United States' Designated Market Areas, the Big 12 has fewer cities among the top 50 television markets than any of the other Bowl Championship Series affiliated conferences.

The Big 12 has Dallas-Fort Worth (sixth), Houston (10th), Denver (18th), a shared St. Louis market with the Big Ten (21st), Kansas City (31st), San Antonio (37th) and Oklahoma City (46th).

Those negatives led to reduced rights offers from ESPN for the Big 12 in the formative stages of the conference. Conference officials then struck a more lucrative deal with Fox that did not provide as extensive distribution as it would have received from ESPN.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/b...n.3354d69.html


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fredfa is offline  
post #1019 of 96830 Old 05-09-2007, 08:34 AM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
fredfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: San Antonio TX 78251
Posts: 49,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 50
By the way, dad, in light of the possible Law & Order to TNT move, here is some more on the (very brief) history of network to cable switches.

As pointed out by SW over on the PI blog, there have been some network to cable migrations in the past, albeit never of a show with any ratings success:

The first was "The Paper Chase" aired on CBS from September of 1978 to July of 1979 (reruns were on PBS for a couple of years) and beginning in 1983 moved to Showtime for three seasons of new episodes.

"Airwolf" aired on CBS from January of 1984 to July of 1986 and then moved to USA for new episodes in January of 1987 -- although with a completely new cast.

"The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" started on NBC, ran from May of 1987 to June of 1988 and then moved to Lifetime from 1989-1991


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fredfa is offline  
post #1020 of 96830 Old 05-09-2007, 08:44 AM
AVS Special Member
 
rebkell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: East Tennessee
Posts: 4,579
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 109 Post(s)
Liked: 68
Quote:
Originally Posted by fredfa View Post

By the way, dad, in light of the possible Law & Order to TNT move, here is some more on the (very brief) history of network to cable switches.

As pointed out by SW over on the PI blog, there have been some network to cable migrations in the past, albeit never of a show with any ratings success:

The first was "The Paper Chase" aired on CBS from September of 1978 to July of 1979 (reruns were on PBS for a couple of years) and beginning in 1983 moved to Showtime for three seasons of new episodes.

"Airwolf" aired on CBS from January of 1984 to July of 1986 and then moved to USA for new episodes in January of 1987 -- although with a completely new cast.

"The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" started on NBC, ran from May of 1987 to June of 1988 and then moved to Lifetime from 1989-1991

Why do I keep thinking the show Sliders didn't originate as a Sci-Fi series? I looked it up at IMDB, but it seems to have been a straight run.
rebkell is online now  
Reply HDTV Programming

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off