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"I am so happy The Big Bang Theory is renewed for next season. It is the best and funniest new sitcom in years"

I agree cannot wait for the return!!

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It is a funny show. Not as smart as 30 Rock but funny never-the-less.

How can you say that?? 30 Rock is a good show, but I mean TJ is just nuts, on TBBT, they are nerds, with super high IQs!!!

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Fred - unless something has changed - Prison Break only has 1 new episode left.

That was my understanding as well
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Network Post-Strike Plans
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Aliens In America: seven episodes remain; they return February 17

According to TitanTV and cwtv.com, Feb 17 is a repeat. Thefutoncritic lists March 2 as its return date.
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The Business of Television
Networks Plot Course

Poststrike, Executives Seek Strategies To Woo TV Viewers: Premieres Year-Round? More Reruns? Definitely New Scripts
By Rebecca Dana, The Wall Street Journal, February 15, 2008

NBC is planning to launch new episodes of many of its scripted series in April. For dramas, the network expects to show five new episodes each of "Law and Order" and "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" and six of "ER."

I take it then that any new episodes of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" that are ready by April will premiere on USA Network, then as NBC repeats during the summer? If I were the USA Network programmer I'd save "CI" episodes until summer instead of burning them in April-May against the new episodes of network shows airing those same months. I'm glad the mothership will have new episodes going into May because the momentum this show has is unbelievable. Last Wednesday's "L&O" was the best one yet (I keep saying that after every new one airs ). Diehard fans of the show could see in their minds every one of the cases that were used by the defense attornet against now-DA McCoy when the latter took the stand.
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According to TitanTV and cwtv.com, Feb 17 is a repeat. Thefutoncritic lists March 2 as its return date.

TitanTV lists Aliens in America as repeats for both Sun. Feb. 17 and for the following week Feb. 24. Same also applies to Everybody Hates Chris.

But the good news (hey at least for me ) is new episodes of Back to You (Fox) and Men in Trees (ABC) Wed. Feb. 27.
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Thanks for all the help, guys -- I appreciate it.
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Aside from keeping me amused while I compiled the list, red generally mean a show has more episodes; blue that it has finished, and green that its final episode will air soon.

But I am sure there are at least a few exceptions to that.

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TV Notes
The CW reveals post-strike premiere dates
The Hollywood Reporter, Feb 15, 2008

The CW Friday announced its post-strike premiere dates and episode orders for its returning scripted series:

--"The Game," March 23, nine episodes
-- "Smallville," April 17, five episodes
--"Gossip Girl," April 21, five episodes
--"Reaper," April 22, five episodes
-- "Supernatural," April 24, four episodes

"Everybody Hates Chris" has already completed 22 episodes; the remaining 12 originals will begin airing March 3.

"Aliens in America" completed 18 episodes. The eight remaining originals will air March 2-23 and April 27-May 18.

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February Nielsen Sweep Notes
FOX Ranks a Strong Number One After 15 Days of the 2008 February Sweep:

(Posted by Dumont at Marc Berman's Programming Insider blog)

After 15 days of the February Sweep, FOX ranks a strong number one over the other networks in all key measures. The mammoth FOX lead over its rivals has been fueled by the enormous, record-breaking Super Bowl numbers, the powerhouse American Idol numbers on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and reliable ratings strength on every other night.

In the young audience A18-49 demo that advertisers crave, FOX has the most nightly wins, having beaten the other networks on nine out of 15 nights so far (one tie), followed by ABC and NBC both having three nightly wins each (one NBC win was a tie with FOX).

After two weeks, ABC holds a 0.11 advantage over NBC for second place in the A18-49 demo, while NBC in turn is only 0.07 ahead of CBS in fourth. However, CBS has a firm grip on second place in households (0.7HH over third place NBC) and viewership (roughly one million over 3rd place ABC).

After two weeks, FOX and MyNetworkTV are both showing solid double-digit improvement over their numbers from last year. All the remaining networks are showing significant double-digit year-over-year declines, with NBC showing the least year-over-year slippage (-18% in demo, -14% in households, and -13% in viewers) while CBS, who were last year's Super Bowl broadcaster, is faring worst (-63% in demo, -50% in households, -56% in viewers) due to its large proportion of encore programming as a result of the writers strike.

After 15 days, the six networks are showing smaller-than-expected (given the strike and increased use of DVR's) year-over-year erosion: the young adult demo down by -11%, households are down by -10% on a year-over-year basis, while viewership is down by -8% year-over-year.

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18-49   web     demo    demo    %       won     won
Rank    web     2008    2007    chg     2008    2007
1       FOX     8.20    4.48    83%     9       7
2       ABC     2.55    3.62    -30%    3       3
3       NBC     2.44    2.96    -18%    3       
4       CBS     2.37    6.39    -63%    1       5
5       CW      0.89    1.33    -33%           
6       MNT     0.47    0.27    75%             
       total   16.92   19.06   -11%    16      15   

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HH      web     HH      HH      HH      won     won
rank    web     2008    2007    chg     2008    2007
1       FOX     11.1    6.5     71%     9       5
2       CBS     5.5     11.0    -50%    4       9
3       NBC     4.8     5.5     -14%    2       1
4       ABC     4.7     6.1     -22%    2       1
5       CW      1.5     2.1     -29%           6       
MNT     0.8     0.5     51%             
       total   28.4    31.7    -10%    17      16      

                                        nights  nights
viewers web     viewers viewers viewers won     won
rank    web     2008    2007    chg     2008    2007
1       FOX     21.289  10.999  94%     8       5
2       CBS     8.458   19.122  -56%    3       9
3       ABC     7.493   9.545   -22%    2       1
4       NBC     7.392   8.514   -13%    2       
5       CW      2.320   3.301   -30%           
6       MNT     1.232   0.786   57%             
       total   48.18   52.27   -8%     15      15
* MyNetworkTV for first 14 nights only.

This years and last years numbers are based upon final Nielsen numbers, except for last nights data which is based on FAST national numbers.

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Just to be clear, the statement "No new episodes remain." really means no new episodes made prior to the Writer's Strike remain. The statement "Resumes April 10" means episodes made after the Writer's Strike ended will air starting on April 10. When fredfa posted this, the number of new episodes to be made was not known.
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"The Office: No new episodes remain. Resumes April 10." this seems to contradict itself.. LOL

I'm happy it will return before the summer break instead of waiting until Fall.

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TV Notes
A First: Ferguson Wins a Week
By Michele Greppi, Television Week, February 15, 2008

“The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” on CBS has reached a ratings milestone in an unusual week.

For the first time in a week of head-to-head originals, “Late Late” beat NBC’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” in total viewers for the week ending Feb. 8, according to national data from Nielsen Media Research.

Because CBS News coverage of Super Tuesday disrupted the CBS late-night schedule in some time zones, Mr. Ferguson’s Tuesday night/Wednesday morning show was not included in the weekly average.

Mr. Ferguson, who has just observed his third anniversary as “Late Late” host,” averaged 1.85 million total viewers. Mr. O’Brien, who is scheduled to take over “The Tonight Show” from Jay Leno in 2009, averaged 1.82 million total viewers.

The two shows were tied in adults 25-54.

NBC said that if the Tuesday night had been included in “Late Late’s” average, the CBS show would not have had the higher average. NBC also noted that Tuesday nights have been “Late Late’s” weakest night in 18 of the last 20 weeks.

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Thanks Russ -- you can decipher me better than I can.
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TV Notes
Friday Night’s Original Episodes
(And some other shows of possible interest)
(HD Shows in red)

8 PM ET/PT
Friday Night Smackdown! CW (two hours)
1 vs 100 NBC
This Old House PBS (one hour, check local listings)

9 PM ET/PT
Las Vegas NBC (Two-hour season -- and possible series -- finale)
Monk USA (first of two-part season-ending episode)
Celine Dion: Just The Woman In Me CBS

10 PM ET/PT
20/20 ABC
Psych USA (season finale -- although new "season" begins in April)
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TV Notes
A First: Ferguson Wins a Week
By Michele Greppi, Television Week, February 15, 2008

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson on CBS has reached a ratings milestone in an unusual week.

For the first time in a week of head-to-head originals, Late Late beat NBC's Late Night With Conan O'Brien in total viewers for the week ending Feb. 8, according to national data from Nielsen Media Research.

Because CBS News coverage of Super Tuesday disrupted the CBS late-night schedule in some time zones, Mr. Ferguson's Tuesday night/Wednesday morning show was not included in the weekly average.

Mr. Ferguson, who has just observed his third anniversary as Late Late host, averaged 1.85 million total viewers. Mr. O'Brien, who is scheduled to take over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno in 2009, averaged 1.82 million total viewers.

Wow, it doesn't feel like three years. His interview technique hasn't gotten any better!

When is this going to be in HD? Now he's actually getting some good numbers surely they can get him a camera upgrade.


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Is there anyone in late-night TV who CAN do a good interview?
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Aside from Stewart and Colbert, you mean?

I find Conan's interviews the most entertaining probably because (I think they've confessed that) they work extra hard to script the discussion.
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Tonight's "Las Vegas" episode is the season finale.

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TV Notes
Friday Night’s Original Episodes
(And some other shows of possible interest)
(HD Shows in red)

8 PM ET/PT
Friday Night Smackdown! CW (two hours)
1 vs 100 NBC
This Old House PBS (one hour, check local listings)

9 PM ET/PT
Las Vegas NBC (two hours)
Monk UHD (first of two-part season-ending episode)
Celine Dion: Just The Woman In Me CBS

10 PM ET/PT
20/20 ABC

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Psych is new tonight at 10pm USA (season finale).
And Monk is on USA tonight not UHD.

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Friday Night’s Original Episodes
(And some other shows of possible interest)
(HD Shows in red)

8 PM ET/PT
Friday Night Smackdown! CW (two hours)
1 vs 100 NBC
This Old House PBS (one hour, check local listings)

9 PM ET/PT
Las Vegas NBC (two hours)
Monk UHD (first of two-part season-ending episode)
Celine Dion: Just The Woman In Me CBS

10 PM ET/PT
20/20 ABC

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Friday Night’s Original Episodes

9 PM ET/PT
Monk UHD (first of two-part season-ending episode)

Monk is on USA, not UHD. And if you're going to mention Monk, you ought to mention the season finale of Psych on USA in HD at 10P E
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Strike Notes
CBS, NBC bring cable to primetime
'Dexter', 'Psych' repurposed this spring
By Josef Adalian, Variety, February 1, 2008

After years of feasting on hits from the Big Four, cablers are now returning the favor.

In what could end up becoming a major twist in the traditional TV business model, two nets -- CBS and NBC -- have decided to give primetime exposure to programs that first made their mark on cable.

The Eye begins airing the first season of Showtime's "Dexter" this week. NBC, meanwhile, plans to run the most recent seasons of USA Network's successful "Monk" and "Psych" in April.

And in recent weeks, several networks have held serious talks to bring other cable shows to primetime, including AMC's Golden Globe-winning "Mad Men."

The end of the strike has cooled those conversations. But some industry observers believe the economics of using cable series on network TV means more shows could end up making the jump from cable to broadcast.

"Not only is this a new business model, it's a better business model," argues NBC scheduling and strategy chief Vince Manze. "Shows have been going the other way, to cable, for a long time. Now you're going to see it going both ways."

While nets have put cable shows on their air before, they've often done so reluctantly, with little fanfare, or during slow viewership periods such as summertime (think ABC's summer repeats of "Kyle XY" or NBC's random showings of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy").

By contrast, CBS has launched a major marketing campaign to hype "Dexter," and NBC is expected to put similar muscle behind its USA loaners.

So why are nets suddenly hip to cable imports?

It allows networks to offer more programming that's new to their airwaves, and new to most viewers -- at a fraction of the price.

"Showtime's audience is so much smaller than ours," CBS Entertainment prexy Nina Tassler says. Indeed, while "Dexter" might be deemed a cable success, because it's on a premium cabler, most viewers haven't even had the chance to check it out.

"Monk" and "Psych" have had more exposure, but there are still many viewers who've never seen the shows.

"They might have heard of these shows, but for whatever reason, they didn't try them," USA/SciFi prexy Bonnie Hammer says.

Still, the shows are technically repeats, which means the broadcast networks can license them for a fraction of the cost of firstrun fare. And while neither net will discuss financial specifics, it helps that NBC and CBS are both dealing with sister networks -- something that no doubt makes the cost of importing shows even more attractive.

Repeats of network shows don't work as well as they once did.

In the past, nets might have been wary of putting cable shows on their air because they assumed repeats of existing network shows would do better than a network window for a cable show.

But, thanks in part to the DVR and DVD sales, repeat ratings are way down. Some serialized shows such as NBC's "Heroes" or Fox's "24" don't even get a second run on broadcast nets.

"Yet we still have 22 hours of programming to fill every week," Manze says. "This is a way to look at (the year) as a 52-week schedule."

And even if the cable shows don't draw huge ratings, Manze notes that networks don't just make money from raw numbers these days. Upscale demos like the ones some cable shows attract can bring in coin, too.

Overall, networks now realize they can no longer let pride guide their decision-making.

"The mentality used to be that if we repurposed a cable show, people would think we haven't done our job. People might say, 'I can't believe they have to do that,' " Manze says. "That's changed. We're still in the business of trying to get hits, but there is room for these kinds of shows as well."

That's why nets aren't limiting their search for shows to cable.

One of NBC's big drama guns this spring is "Quarterlife" -- a show that originally aired on the Internet, and will get a preview on MTV before landing March 2 on the Peacock.

Cable has bridged the quality gap.

In the medium's early days, most original scripted shows seemed like cut-rate versions of network shows. But as recent Golden Globes and Emmy ceremonies have demonstrated, the wired world is now producing fare that meets or beats what's coming from the Big Five.

"Cable has come of age," Hammer says. "We've learned how to produce high-quality shows."

So while cablers used to salivate over the prospect of landing repeats of a big network hit such as "Seinfeld," Manze now dreams of maybe one day having "Curb Your Enthusiasm" joining "The Office" and "30 Rock" on Thursdays.

Of course, some wags believe the nets should curb their enthusiasm regarding network windows for cable shows.

Both Tassler and Showtime entertainment prexy Robert Greenblatt are thinking of the "Dexter" run more as a mutually beneficial stunt rather than a new business paradigm.

"It's a great promotional opportunity for us -- a windfall," Greenblatt says, echoing the feelings of other cable execs who believe network runs can bring in new viewers for cable originals.

"But I only have six shows," he adds. "I think to have shows regularly go from premium cable to broadcast could undermine our brand."

Tassler agrees, saying the Eye is not "a second stop" for Showtime programs.

"This show is wonderfully produced and lets us (put new programming) in a time period," she says. "But ultimately, it's still about developing our own content."

The Peacock camp is less conflicted.

Both Manze and Hammer say NBC U supremo Jeff Zucker is committed to tearing down walls between the conglom's various networks. Hammer cites last week's decision to air some of USA's coverage of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on CNBC.

"This has been a strategy Zucker has wanted from the day we integrated," Hammer says. "I don't think anyone can afford to remain rigid in terms of what they think a network or cable or premium cable show should be."



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Nielsen Notes
Thursday's Final Overnight Nielsen Ratings
(Original Episodes Only)
(Posted by Travis Yanan in Marc Berman's Programming Insider blog)

Code:
 Show                 HH Rtg/Share  A18-49  Viewers     A18-34
   
  LOST                      8.1/13  5.8/15  13,757,000
  ELI STONE (10:02pm)        4.8/8   2.6/7   7,462,000
   
  SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA      7.5/12  4.6/13  13,178,000
   
  DEAL OR NO DEAL           7.6/13  3.4/10  12,184,000
  CELEBRITY APPRENTICE      5.9/10  3.7/10   9,111,000
  LIPSTICK JUNGLE (10:01pm)  4.2/7   2.5/7   6,004,000
   
  39TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS    2.6/4   1.4/4   3,847,000
   
  SMALLVILLE                 2.4/4   1.5/4   3,673,000   1.6/5
  SUPERNATURAL               1.8/3   1.2/3   2,969,000   1.3/4
   
  MAKE ME A SUPERMODEL       0.7/1   0.5/1     968,000
Source: Nielsen Media Research data

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Television

TNT reporter Craig Sager, left, picks a shirt and tie to go with a sport jacket he'll wear to the NBA All-Star game Sunday. Hank Taghi helps out.
JOHNNY HANSON: CHRONICLE


TELEVISION
Suited for the occasion
When it comes to fashion, sports reporter Craig Sager is in a league of his own

By DAVID BARRON
Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle
Feb. 15, 2008, 1:40AM

Rockets center Yao Ming, like most NBA players, is familiar with Turner Sports reporter Craig Sager's sense of fashion, which is, in a word, eclectic, and his pace of acquisition, which is, in a word, constant.

At any given time, Sager's 30-foot by 10-foot walk-in closet in his suburban Atlanta home contains a rotating cast of 100 suits, 100 sports jackets and perhaps 200 ties — so many choices that his wife, Stacy, has to make do with closet space in their children's bedrooms.

And so Yao should have realized the potential for the unexpected when he suggested to Sager, after an interview in Yao's hometown of Shanghai several years ago, that they go clothes shopping.

"Ninety percent of silk comes from China," Sager said. "So we go to a suit shop with all this raw silk. But it's boring — all blacks and grays."

In another part of the store, however, several brightly colored bolts caught Sager's eye.

"What's that?" he asked.

Yao stared at him.

"That's the women's section," he said. "Those are for dresses."

"Well, that's what I like," Sager replied. "Let's go over there."

And so they did, which is how Sager acquired a raspberry-colored Chinese silk sports jacket that now resides in his closet, awaiting its next appearance from courtside at an NBA game on an HDTV screen near you.

"You know that look Yao has in the commercials, like he's saying, 'What's with this guy?' " Sager said. "That's the look he gave me."

The raspberry coat isn't the only item in Sager's closet with a Houston connection. Houston, in fact, looms large in Sager's sartorial legend.

At least four times a year, Sager flies to town to visit brothers Hank and Ali Taghi, whose family owns the A. Taghi men's clothing store in the Galleria area. Sager shops at practically every stop on the road, but the Taghis are his go-to guys for special occasions like the playoffs and the NBA All-Star Game.

It was Hank Taghi, in fact, who sold Sager perhaps the most famous suit in NBA television history — a silver and black reflective silk Armani number so riveting that Turner Sports officials made Sager change it during All-Star Saturday in 2001 in Washington, D.C.

"It cost, maybe, $5,000," Sager said. "It's one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. And they only let me wear it for a couple of hours."

The suit, which now hangs in a place of honor at an Atlanta sports bar, inspired the deathless quote from Charles Barkley that summarizes the more extreme reactions to Sager's fashion sense.

"I don't have anything against black people, white people or any kind of people," Barkley said. "But when you start letting pimps interview people, that's where I draw the line."

Barkley was joking — sort of. Fortunately, Sager enjoys the jibes from such noted fashion critics as Shaquille O'Neal, who said Sager's outfits are "horri-awful — horrible and awful combined;" TNT analyst and former Rockets player Kenny Smith, who describes Sager as "the Liberace of the NBA;" and fellow ex-Rocket and current ESPN analyst Jon Barry, who, informed that Sager shops in Houston for clothes, said, "That's interesting. I thought he made them himself."

Such comments, however, send Hank Taghi, whose current and former client list includes Hakeem Olajuwon, Barkley, Steve Francis, Cuttino Mobley and others, scurrying to his customer's defense.

"Craig likes fun, colorful things," Taghi said. "He wears them well. Some people can't wear strong colors. They can't handle things that stand out. But some carry it very well. You have to have a strong personality to carry it off."

With the 2008 All-Star Game events taking place this weekend in New Orleans, Sager began preparing several months ago for his weekend ensembles. When he came to Houston last week to work a Rockets game on TNT, his first stop was at A. Taghi to pick up his All-Star coat — a navy blue crushed-velvet number with cream piping assembled for the Houston store by a London tailor.

"It's my Ringo Starr look," Sager said, referring to the fashion style preferred by the former Beatles drummer in the band's late 1960s incarnation.

More specifically, it's probably what Ringo Starr would wear if Ringo owned a New Orleans riverboat.

With the velvet jacket, Sager will wear off-white pants, a white shirt with medium blue stripes and a tie that matches navy blue pleats with royal blue fabric studded with about a half-carat of diamonds.

Tonight's ensemble will feature a peach, pink and teal jacket, light teal shirt and pants and a brown-and-light-blue polka-dot tie.

In two weeks, he'll be back to pick up a carnation-colored linen sports jacket and a few more items to take him through the regular season. And he'll probably return in April or May to stock up before the playoffs.

"I can't wear the same thing in the playoffs. Barkley would kill me," he said. "We have to come up with something new. The players elevate their game. I have to elevate mine. I don't want to wear something that I wore in November in Cleveland to a playoff game in Houston."

Sager, who set his fashion style by wearing Nehru jackets to high school in the 1960s, receives a clothing allowance from Turner, but it's not enough, he said, to make it through one trip to A. Taghi's. He doesn't know how much he spends on clothes annually, adding, "I should be on a budget. But I'm not."

Sager clearly enjoys the attention and the occasional ridicule that his style inspires among players but said, "I don't dress for TV. I dress for me.

"My first job in TV, I showed up wearing a blue and yellow seersucker suit. The director said, 'Ooh, that's not good for TV,' but I wore it anyway. You've got to have fun with it."

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Wal-Mart picks Blu-ray over HD DVD in format battle

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Feb. 15, 2008, 3:01PM

Wal-Mart Stores has picked Blu-ray over HD DVD in the market battle for the format of high-definition video.

The nation's largest retailer said today it has decided to sell only Blu-ray DVDs and hardware in its 4,000 U.S. stores and no longer carry rival HD DVD offerings.

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Instead of Men Behaving Badly,
By Marianne Paskowski in her Television Week blog, February 15, 2009

Remember, you read it here first: I think it’s a goner. By now you know that “24” will not be returning with a new season this year, hobbled, its creators say, by the three-month writers’ strike, which has ended with most writers back at work.

Even though Fox already has eight episodes in the can, it says it cannot, given the time constraints, produce the season’s remaining 16 episodes in such a short period of time.

On top of that, we’ve learned that Joel Surnow, one of the series’ creators and executive producers, is leaving to pursue other interests. I’m sorry, but something stinks here.

I still have the DVDs from last season, sealed and unwatched. I heard last season was a bust, with a lot of viewers turned off by plot twists involving Bauer’s brother and father. If they were turned off then, I surely doubt they’ll wait until January for Bauer and his cronies to return to TV.

It was a nice run, but it’s curtains for “24.”

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Wal-Mart picks Blu-ray over HD DVD in format battle

Associated Press
Feb. 15, 2008, 3:01PM

Wal-Mart Stores has picked Blu-ray over HD DVD in the market battle for the format of high-definition video.

The nation's largest retailer said today it has decided to sell only Blu-ray DVDs and hardware in its 4,000 U.S. stores and no longer carry rival HD DVD offerings.

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For the complete Associated Press story at the Houston Chronicle web site, click on the following link:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...z/5545589.html

wow. just wow. A dual format player was on my toy wish list for this year.
That is beginning to look increasingly unnecessary.
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As I recall, Wal-Mart sells about a third of all DVDs in the country. So ditching HD DVD would be a catastrophic loss.

And didn't it also sell Toshiba HD DVD players for $99 during Christmas season? Ouch for the people who bought them.

But I shared their pain: I still have my laserdisc player in a closet somewhere.
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'Lost' ratings weakest of season
By Paul J. Gough, The Hollywood Reporter, Feb. 15, 2008

NEW YORK -- ABC narrowly won Thursday night's primetime in the adults 18-49 demographic, although "Lost" turned in its weakest performance so far this season and "Eli Stone" continued to fall.

CBS, on the other hand, won the night in viewership and was only three-tenths of a rating point behind ABC, even though it only had one original program, "Survivor: Micronesia."….

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Excuse me, but wasn’t last night the second “Lost” showing of the year?
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...And didn't it also sell Toshiba HD DVD players for $99 during Christmas season? Ouch for the people who bought them.

They probably would’ve had them all returned but it looks like they made the announcement with plenty of breathing room.

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