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The Business of TV
High Court Won't Grant Dish Stay
By Linda Moss Multichannel News 8/22/2006

The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday refused to stay a lower-court order that said EchoStar Communications' Dish Network must stop offering signals of TV stations to hundreds of thousands of subscribers outside of those stations' home markets.

EchoStar lost its bid for an emergency appeal to delay imposition of a ruling coming out of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, with Justice Clarence Thomas.

The company sought the stay so that it could continue offering the so-called distant signals until after the Supreme Court decides whether to hear a full appeal on the legal issues in the case. An 11th Circuit panel ruled in May that Dish was illegally providing local TV stations -- from broadcasters such as ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox -- to at least 630,000 homes from markets outside of their own.

The 11th Circuit panel also ordered a lower court to issue a permanent injunction barring EchoStar from offering those distant network signals.

This morning, EchoStar received a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court denying our stay request pending review of a petition for certiorari, EchoStar said in a prepared statement. Since the U.S. Supreme Court grants stays in only a very small percentage of the cases it reviews, denial of EchoStar's stay request today was not unexpected.

The ongoing dispute stems from a 1998 suit that the National Association of Broadcasters brought against EchoStar for making out-of-market TV signals available to homes that can watch their own local stations through rooftop antennas.

Wall Street analysts have said that EchoStar will have to reach settlements with broadcasters so that it isn't forced to drop its distant signal offerings.

Less than 10% of EchoStar's subscribers would be impacted, but we will continue to explore every possible option available to avoid unnecessary disruption to our customers who watch distant network channels, EchoStar said in its statement. We have settled with hundreds of stations and station groups over the eight-and-a-half years this case has been winding its way through the court system, and we continue to negotiate with the broadcasters who have not yet settled.

EchoStar hasn't reached an agreement with Fox, which is owned by News Corp., which has a stake in DirecTV, Dish's competitor.

EchoStar has to file its appeal with the Supreme Court challenging the anti-distant-signal court rulings by Oct. 17, so the high court could not take any action on that appeal on the merits until this fall.

http://www.multichannel.com/article/...=Breaking+News
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Rosie Joins View on Sept. 5
By John Consoli MediaWeek.com August 22, 2006

Rosie O'Donnell will join ABC's daytime talk show, The View, on Sept. 5, when the show will become the network's first daytime program to be broadcast in high definition.

O'Donnell, as previously announced, will serve as moderator alongside fellow co-hosts Barbara Walters, Joy Behar and Elizabeth Hasselbeck. O'Donnell replaces Star Jones Reynolds.

During the course of this season, The View will also officially begin looking for a new co-host to join the show.

ABC has also done a marketing deal under which the studio audience each day will receive cookies courtesy of Keebler and juice courtesy of Apple & Eve.

http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/news/net..._id=1003020843
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Thanks for the Dr. Who data. I don't know why I didn't think it was a consecutive run.

You may have been thinking of the 18 month hiatus the show had between seasons 22 and 23. It did cause the production team to scrap a lot of their original plans for season 23, and instead it became a shorter season with one long story arc. Still, with it still technically airing the year after 22, it's still 26 consecutive seasons. Certainly far more than the bogus SG1 who claims to be the record holder. BAH!
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A shabby axing for an interstellar show
From Maureen Ryan's Chicago Tribune blog The Watcher August 22, 2006

Stargate SG-1's 200th episode aired last Friday, to much fan acclaim and positive press coverage. But within hours, word leaked out that Sci Fi Channel had canceled the 10-year-old show.

After several press and online reports emerged Monday about the abrupt cancellation, the channel issued this statement on Monday evening: Sci Fi Channel is proud to be the network that brought Stargate SG-1' to its record-breaking tenth season. Ten seasons and 215 episodes is an astounding, Guinness World Record-setting accomplishment. Stargate' is a worldwide phenomenon.

Having achieved so much over the course of the past 10 years, Sci Fi believes that the time is right to make this season their last on the channel. Sci Fi is honored to have been part of the Stargate' legacy for five years [the show aired for five seasons on Showtime] and we look forward to continuing to explore the Stargate' universe with our partners at MGM through a new season of Stargate Atlantis.'

The show's producers and MGM, which owns the franchise, want to continue Stargate SG-1 in a different venue, perhaps as theatrical features or TV films, but it's hard to believe that the series, as it is presently constituted, will find a home at another network. Given the age of the show -- it's now North America's longest-running sci fi drama -- Stargate SG-1 is not cheap to make, and aging series rarely are attractive to other networks.

Ratings have been down for the show, in which the Stargate team travels to other galaxies via a wormhole to fight ominous aliens. This summer it was regularly drawing about a 1.3 to 1.6 Nielsen rating, which is less than 2 million viewers. Overall, according to Multichannel News, which broke the story Monday, ratings were down about 30 percent from this time last year.

Declining ratings could be partly due to the loss of Battlestar Galactica from the Sci Fi Channel's Friday lineup -- that program doesn't return until Oct. 6. Another factor could be increased competition from USA Network (another NBC Universal channel), which now airs Monk in the same time slot on Fridays.

However, according to Gateworld.net on Monday, preliminary ratings for the 200th episode of the show were up, according to Nielsen Media Research. Two million viewers tuned into the Aug. 18 episode, titled 200, a comic outing that celebrated the show's long history.

According to Multichannel News, word about Sci Fi's axing of Stargate SG-1 leaked out to some of the show's personnel as the cast and crew prepared to attend a Saturday party at a Vancouver hotel intended to celebrate the airing of the 200th episode.

Given that news of the cancellation began emerging over the weekend, before final ratings for 200 were available, it's hard to escape the conclusion that Sci Fi Channel had decided to end the long-running show this season, no matter what.

It's surprising and shabby treatment for Stargate SG-1, which helped Sci Fi emerge from the margins of the basic-cable world and gave the network a steady rock on which to build the rest of its programming. One would have thought that the powers that be at Sci Fi Channel would let the show's cast, crew and fans celebrate the much-lauded 200 without pulling the plug on the program so abruptly and with such frankly terrible timing.

Fans reacted to the news with sadness and anger on Monday and Tuesday, and they had their own share of theories about why Sci Fi cancelled the program.

I think Sci Fi is putting way to much stock in its new series like Eureka,' wrote one fan at a Gateworld forum. I'm betting they never even thought about whether or not the new show would retain its [good] ratings going into next season.

Plain and simple, I think this just comes down to money in the eyes of the Sci-Fi Channel another fan wrote. The spinoff Stargate Atlantis, which has been renewed for a fourth season, is cheaper to keep alive, so that's why SG-1' is the one being cancelled.

I think bad ratings' is [a] code word for production costs too high' a.k.a. actor's salaries are too high' wrote another Gateworld poster.

Gateworld noted that an announcement as to how the franchise will continue should be made later this week. Possibilities include another spinoff show, a miniseries, a direct-to-video feature, TV movies or feature films. And there are strong rumors that some cast members from "SG-1" will end up on "Stargate Atlantis."

MGM has a great deal invested in an expanding field of licensing, official conventions, syndication, and international TV distribution. Notable is the upcoming MMORPG video game Stargate Worlds, perhaps the franchise's largest licensed project to date, due out at the end of 2007, Gateworld's editor, Darren Sumner, noted in a Monday article on the site.

What we want to emphasize is that the franchise is not dying. SG-1 will go on in some way, executive producer Robert C. Cooper told Gateworld. We're just not ready to announce how."

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TV Notebook
'Treasure Hunters' Winners & Losers
By Roger Catlin Hartford Courant TV Critic in his TV Eye blog August 22, 2006

For whatever reason, NBC's Treasure Hunters never managed to scrape up much of an audience, despite the fact it was pretty much a summer version of The Amazing Race with more puzzles and a third member to each team.

What makes it lose even more is that it apparently had the biggest prize in reality show history: $3 million.

That's a cool $1 million for each member of the Geniuses, who emerged the final winners Monday against the two last remaining teams, Air Force and Southie Boys. It was the geniuses who somehow found a way to solve a puzzle that let them inside a cave's secret holdings of big gold coins.

But despite their team name, they couldn't have guessed the value of their prize.

The three members of the winning team, Charles Taylor, 22; Francis Goldsmid, 20, and Sam Khurana, 21, all hail from Dallas, where they'll all suddenly be as rich as oilmen. At least until the tax collector comes calling.

The three never looked like the ones who'd win from the jinx of their name to the fact they were the only ones head somewhere other than Mount Rushmore for the first task.

It looked like ex-CIA and Air Force were going to battle it out to the end, but the Southie Boys took an edge over the former spies and their extensive training.

Out of the race was the conniving pastor and his family, the Fogals; the Miss USA team; the women who were Grad Students; the first to go, the Young Professionals; the hapless nonswimming Brown Family; and the kind of team any reality show would be proud to have, the ripsnortin' Wild Hanlons.

Having lost more money than the average reality show, and with an audience south of 5 million, don't look for a second helping of Treasure Hunters any time soon.

http://blogs.courant.com/roger_catli...nter.html#more
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The Overnights: 8.7M for Fox's 'Vanished'
From Channel Island: The TV Industry Blog by Scott Collins in the Los Angeles Times

Fox got a jump on the 2006-07 TV season Monday, with decent if unspectacular ratings for early premieres of the returning action series "Prison Break" and the new (and poorly reviewed) drama "Vanished."

Facing competition that consisted mainly of repeats, "Prison Break" won the 8 p.m. hour with an average of 9.3 million total viewers (3.7 rating/12 share among adults ages 18 to 49), according to early data from Nielsen Media Research.

"Vanished" likewise took the 9 p.m. slot, with 8.7 million total viewers. But the new series performed sluggishly among younger viewers, retaining just 81% of the "Prison Break" lead-in.

"We would have liked 'Vanished' to be stronger," Fox entertainment president Peter Liguori said in an interview. But he noted that the network was getting a very early jump on the fall season and many TV viewers had still not shifted their attention to new shows. "For the summer, this was pretty good."

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TV Notebook
Closing the Stargate: All in the Timing
By Matt Roush TVGuide.com TV Critic August 22, 2006

Speaking purely objectively, because I'm not invested enough in the Stargate franchise to speak passionately or emotionally (which I did back when Farscape was canceled prematurely): In the world of TV, all things (good, bad and indifferent) eventually come to an end, and few things are made better by going on indefinitely.

That said, do the Sci Fi executives get special bonuses for bad timing when it comes to delivering the bad news to their shows?

If I'm to believe the trade-magazine report in Multichannel News that broke the story of Stargate SG-1's cancellation (and I see no reason to doubt it), Sci Fi lowered the boom just as the series was celebrating its landmark 200th hour in high style with an affectionately entertaining parody/tribute episode. Way to take the wind out of a show's sails, Sci Fi.

Not that the wind was blowing particularly strong this summer season for Stargate. There are compelling reasons for letting a show like this make a graceful exit. (But please, let it go gracefully, not like this.) For one, its longtime and popular star, Richard Dean Anderson, stepped down as a regular a while back (the sort of move that usually prompts a show to realize it's nearer the end of its run than the beginning). The ratings have been trending downward, and as a show gets older, even one filmed in Canada, production costs get higher. (Same thing happened to 7th Heaven, which hit its 200th episode last season and would have stayed canceled if not for CW needing its high profile to help launch the new network, albeit for a reduced price and for a reduced number of episodes. Graceful exit? Not hardly.)

The Stargate story appears to be far from over. It's possible Stargate's production company could find a new home for the show, as has been rumored. (My colleague Ileane Rudolph continues to follow the story. Look for her updates in the magazine and online.) The Atlantis spinoff, a much younger and presumably less costly enterprise, will continue on Sci Fi, keeping the mythology alive and the door open for guest or regular appearances by familiar, friendly faces (perhaps even our old buddies from Farscape, Ben Browder and Claudia Black, who have been great fun to watch in the last two seasons).

But 10 years is a good, long run for any show. Hard as it may be for loyal fans to ever let a show go, I can't think of a series that actually improved after a decade on the air. (Certainly not ER, limping into its 13th season, or Law & Order, fading away on Fridays in its, gulp, 17th.)

My advice to Stargate fans: Enjoy the last batch of episodes when Sci Fi continues and concludes the 10th season in early 2007, and let it go. My advice to Sci Fi: Treat these final episodes with respect, with a buildup that acknowledges the finale as a true TV event. Finally, my advice to Stargate itself (including its producers and studio execs): Think long and hard before selling the show into a new market, whether it's first-run syndication or some other outlet willing to take Sci Fi's castoff.

There is a worse fate than no Stargate whatsoever. And that's a diminished Stargate.

http://community.tvguide.com/forum.j...umID=700000048
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TV Notebook
Summer Is No Scorcher for Networks
From Channel Island: The TV Industry Blog by Scott Collins in the Los Angeles Times

This is one summer the network executives won't be sorry to see end.

Despite broadcasters' endless promises of year-round programming that can stave off inroads from basic cable, the networks are wrapping up one of their least memorable summers in recent history, at least in terms of ratings.

The most-watched original series was NBC's America's Got Talent, an amateur contest hosted by Regis Philbin, which averaged 10.9 million viewers over nine airings, according to figures from Nielsen Media Research.

If that figure sounds a little low for a market leader, it is.

Compare it with ABC's Dancing With the Stars, the reality competition that became a surprise hit a year ago, averaging 16.8 million total viewers.

Indeed, since ABC's Who Wants to be a Millionaire became a sleeper hit during the summer of 1999, the hot months have typically delivered at least one new show that did so well it got promoted to the regular season. Successful summer alumni include Fox's American Idol, CBS' Survivor and, of course, Dancing.

But networks are suffering a Mojave-like drought this year. Among the casualties: NBC's drama Windfall (5.4 million), ABC's Master of Champions (5 million) and How to Get the Guy (3.7 million), and CBS' Tuesday Night Book Club (4.6 million). Then there was ABC's The One: Making a Music Star, an Idol Big Brother hybrid that set network records for low ratings, averaging 2.8 million viewers.

Among the ad-friendly demographic of viewers ages 18 to 49, Fox did somewhat better; its reality show So You Think You Can Dance led the category with a 3.9 rating/11 share (9.6 million total). But even that was way down compared with last year's Dancing, which logged a 5.1 rating/15 share.

Of course, networks don't devote nearly as much attention to the summer as they do the regular September-May season. But the bad news for the broadcasters was that during their summer of discontent, basic cable just got stronger.

Take, for example, TNT's cop drama The Closer, which hit a basic cable record when 8.2 million viewers showed up for its second-season premiere back in June.

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TV Notebook
Marking five years since 9/11
By Diane Werts Newsday Staff Writer August 23, 2006
Note: All times are Eastern. In the case of PBS (WNET, WLIW) programs, check the listings in your area.

Looking back and looking forward are crucial elements of TV's observance of the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. While the terrorist attack that destroyed the World Trade Center takes center stage in many commemorative programs, others delve into the personalities and politics that set those events in motion, or examine the attacks' fallout in physical or psychological terms.

Tonight's "CNN Presents" special, "In the Footsteps of bin Laden" (9-11 p.m. on CNN), reaches back in time to create a fuller portrait of terror figurehead Osama bin Laden, to explore "what shaped this son of Saudi wealth into the most feared terrorist of our time," as CNN's Christiane Amanpour begins the two-hour portrait. She reports from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in search of bin Laden's "homes, headquarters and hideouts." She speaks with his childhood teachers, youthful friends, battle comrades and others who knew firsthand a man who remains a deeply mysterious character. CNN also offers a meaty interactive Web site with reporters' notebooks, maps and video, at cnn.com/binladen. (The TV special repeats Saturday and Sunday at 7 and 10 p.m.)

Also marking the Sept. 11 anniversary (check channels' Web sites for possible encore airings):

"Reel New York" (Thursday at 10 p.m., WNET/13): "9/11 Fallout" collects short films about New Yorkers affected by the terror attack.

"On Native Soil" (Sunday at 2 p.m., Court TV): Kevin Costner and Hilary Swank narrate the documentary about victims' families' push to form the official 9/11 Commission.

"Inside 9/11" (Sunday 7-11 p.m., NatGeo): Updated version of last summer's comprehensive event chronicle.

"Triple Cross: Bin Laden's Spy in America" (Monday at 9 p.m., NatGeo): Two-hour portrait of an al-Qaida "master spy" who exploited the American intelligence bureaucracy.

"The Final Report: Osama's Escape" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., NatGeo): How the terrorist eluded capture despite the massive manhunt.

"Camp 9/11: Children of Hope" (Aug. 30 at 8 p.m., TLC): Kids who lost loved ones seek healing at a special camp. Followed at 9 p.m. by "Flight 175: Destination Disaster," about the second plane to hit the World Trade Center.

"Inside the Twin Towers" (Sept. 3 at 9-11 p.m., Discovery): Minute-by-minute breakdown of Sept. 11 based on survivor accounts.

"Building on Ground Zero" (Sept. 5 at 8 p.m., WNET/13; Sept. 7 at 8 p.m., WLIW/21): "NOVA" follows up its 2002 report "Why the Towers Fell" with this look at what has been learned since, about both the WTC tragedy and other skyscraper safety challenges.

"Metal of Honor" (Sept. 5 at 9 p.m., Spike): Ironworkers risk their own safety to excavate the trade center site.

"Five Years Later: How Safe Are We?" (Sept. 6 at 10 p.m., CBS/2: Katie Couric heralds her first week on CBS with this prime-time special.

"Flight 93" (Sept. 7 at 9 p.m., A&E): Repeat of the acclaimed TV movie dramatizing passengers resisting terrorists on the plane downed in Pennsylvania. Followed at 11 p.m. by the documentary "I Missed Flight 93."

"The Man Who Predicted 9/11" (Sept. 8 at 9 p.m., History): Profile of a Morgan Stanley Bank security official who implemented a life-saving WTC evacuation plan. Followed at 10 p.m. by "Grounded on 9/11," about the scramble to land planes that day.

"Trapped in the Towers: The Elevators of 9/11" (Sept. 9 at 8 p.m., A&E): Survivors remember trying to escape the shafts of the burning trade center.

"The World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of an American Icon" (Sept. 9 at 9 p.m., History): Two-hour look at the facility's construction and destruction.

"Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero" (Sept. 10 at noon, WNET/ 13): "Frontline's" 2002 report explores how the WTC disaster challenged religious beliefs.

"Targeted" (Sept. 10 at 1 p.m., History): The hunt for bin Laden kicks off a full day of anniversary programs. Also airing: "Osama's Hideouts" (3 p.m.), "The 9/11 Hijackers: Inside the Hamburg Cell" (4 p.m.), "Zero Hour: The Last Hour of Flight 11" (5 p.m.), "Grounded on 9/11" (6 p.m.).

"All Our Sons: Fallen Heroes of 9/11" (Sept. 10 at 4p.m., WLIW/21): Profiling the 12 black firefighters who perished on 9/11.

"Koppel on Discovery" (Sept. 10 at 8-11 p.m., Discovery): The former "Nightline" anchor examines security and liberty through interviews with experts and a live town hall meeting.

"The Path to 9/11" (Sept. 11-12 at 8-11 p.m., ABC/7): Far-reaching docudrama based on the official 9/11 Commission report stars Harvey Keitel as FBI al-Qaida expert John O'Neill. Also features Penny Johnson Jerald ("24") as Condoleezza Rice.

"America Rebuilds II: Return to Ground Zero" (Sept. 11 at 9 p.m., WNET/13): Mariska Hargitay narrates this record of design and construction at the WTC site. Preceded by the 2002 report "Building on Ground Zero" (8 p.m.).

"New York Voices" (Sept. 11 at 10 p.m., WNET/13): "Then and Now" updates the tales of local people directly affected by 9/11.

"Dust to Dust: The Health Effects of 9/11" (Sept. 11 at 10p.m., Sundance): Actor and former FDNY firefighter Steve Buscemi narrates an examination of possible toxins at the WTC site. Preceded by "Koenig Sphere" (9 p.m.), about the plaza sculpture, and followed by "September 11" (11 p.m.), collecting 11 shorts from various countries' filmmakers.

"Osama bin Laden: In the Name of Allah" (Sept. 11 at 11p.m., History): Profile of the terrorist leader.

"The Center of the World" (late Sept. 11 at 12:30 a.m., WNET/13): The World Trade Center is the focus of the eighth episode from Ric Burns' award-winning documentary series "New York."

http://www.newsday.com/entertainment...sion-headlines
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One of my favorite TV writers, Rich Helndefls, has branched out into podcasts. Take a listen:
TV Notebook
It's Podcast Season! ''Nip/Tuck,'' New Fox Shows
By Rich Heldenfels in his Akron Beacon Journal TV blog

Amy Gustafson, the pop culture reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and I spent part of this morning talking TV for your listening and dancing pleasure.

For our talk about ''Nip/Tuck,'' try http://www.ohiomm.com/podcasts/tv/FX_Nip_Tuck.mp3

'' 'Til Death'' and ''Happy Hour'' -- along with a few words about ''Celebrity Duets'' -- are at http://www.ohiomm.com/podcasts/tv/fo...happy_hour.mp3

''Justice'' and ''Stand Off'' are at http://www.ohiomm.com/podcasts/tv/fo..._stand-off.mp3

''Vanished'' is at http://www.ohiomm.com/podcasts/tv/fox_vanished.mp3

In addition, the technologically astute tell me I should offer this information:
XML/RSS Feed File for the TV Podcasts: http://www.ohiomm.com/podcasts/RSS/tv.xml

We will be doing more podcasts as the TV season develops.

http://blogs.ohio.com/beacon_tv/
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TV Notebook
More Listening Pleasure

Aaron Barnhart and Paul Harris of KMOX` radio in St. Louis talked (Monday) about the upcoming Emmy Awards, Spike Lee's Katrina documentary on HBO, plus the new Fox series "Vanished" and the return of "Prison Break."

Hear them chat here:

http://www.harrisonline.com/audio/aaron0821.mp3
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USA: Four for 4400
Multichannel News 8/22/2006

USA Network ordered 13 one-hour episodes of The 4400, which will return to the NBC Universal Cable-owned service for a fourth season next summer.

Production on the Emmy Award-nominated series is scheduled to begin in Vancouver in early 2007.

The 4400 premiered on USA as a limited series in July 2004.

http://www.multichannel.com/index.as...leid=CA6364820


Hasn't there normally been more than 13 episodes for a season? It seems that way this season. It went by pretty quickly. Felt the same way last year.
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TV Notebook
Rosie Joins View on Sept. 5
By John Consoli MediaWeek.com August 22, 2006

Rosie O'Donnell will join ABC's daytime talk show, The View, on Sept. 5, when the show will become the network's first daytime program to be broadcast in high definition.

O'Donnell, as previously announced, will serve as moderator alongside fellow co-hosts Barbara Walters, Joy Behar and Elizabeth Hasselbeck. O'Donnell replaces Star Jones Reynolds.

During the course of this season, The View will also officially begin looking for a new co-host to join the show.

ABC has also done a marketing deal under which the studio audience each day will receive cookies courtesy of Keebler and juice courtesy of Apple & Eve.

http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/news/net..._id=1003020843

The HD part is good. I'm waiting for All My Children to appear in HD. C'mon ABC. Ok, I'm confused. Didn't Barbara use to serve as the "moderator"? So now Rosie will act as the "mod" while they search for a new co-host? So Rosie's deal is only like a 5 month or 1 year deal? Uh, ok.
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Actually, Antonio, Meredith Vieira was the moderator, and Rosie replaces her.

They'll be conducting a well publicized "talent search" (which will, curiously, last through the November sweep) for Star Jones's replacement.
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Hasn't there normally been more than 13 episodes for a season? It seems that way this season. It went by pretty quickly. Felt the same way last year.

The 4400 Episode List
(from tv.com)

Code:
No.     Episode Air Date        Prod #
1       The Return  7/11/2004   101 
2       The New & Improved Carl Morrissey  7/18/2004        102 
3       Becoming  7/25/2004     103 
4       Trial By Fire  8/1/2004         104  
5       White Light  8/8/2004   105 
6       Wake Up Call (1)  6/5/2005      201 
7       Wake Up Call (2)  6/5/2005      202 
8       Voices Carry  6/12/2005         203 
9       Weight of the World  6/19/2005  204 
10      Suffer the Children  6/26/2005  205 
11      As Fate Would Have It  7/10/2005        206  
12      Life Interrupted  7/17/2005     207  
13      Carrier  7/24/2005      208 
14      Rebirth  7/31/2005      209 
15      Hidden  8/7/2005        210 
16      Lockdown  8/14/2005     211 
17      The Fifth Page  8/21/2005       212 
18      Mommy's Bosses  8/28/2005       213 
19      The 4400: Unlocking the Secrets  6/4/2006       300 
20      The New World (1)  6/11/2006    301 
21      The New World (2)  6/11/2006    302 
22      Being Tom Baldwin  6/18/2006    303 
23      Gone (1)  6/25/2006     304 
24      Gone (2)  7/2/2006      305 
25      Graduation Day  7/9/2006        306 
26      The Home Front  7/16/2006       307 
27      Blink  7/23/2006        308  
28      The Ballad of Kevin and Tess  7/30/2006         309 
29      The Starzl Mutation  8/6/2006   310 
30      The Gospel According to Collier  8/13/2006      311 
31      Terrible Swift Sword  8/20/2006         312 
32      Fifty-Fifty  8/27/2006  313
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Cable News Nielsens
The Scoreboard: Monday, August 21e

(These are published daily at Brian Stelter's TVNewser at mediabistro.com If you are interested, they can be found -- properly formatted -- there.)

25-54 demographic: (LS)

Total day: FNC: 314 | CNN: 197 | MSNBC: 141 | HLN: 107 | CNBC: 46

Prime: FNC: 497 | CNN: 329 | MSNBC: 153 | HLN: 186 | CNBC: 46

Code:
        5p:     6p:     7p:     8p:     9p:     10p:    11p:
 

FNC     Gibson:         Hume:   Shep:   O'Reilly:       H&C:        Greta:  O'Reilly: 
        299     351     365     527     477     487     393 
 

CNN     Blitzer:        Dobbs:  Blitzer:        Zahn:   King:   Cooper:         Cooper: 
        177     209     242     255     361     369     311 
 

MSNBC   Hardball:       Tucker:         Hardball:       Countd.:        Scarbo.:        Special:        Investig.: 
        135     62      181     147     135     177     257 
 

HLN     HLN:    Prime:  Beck:   Grace:  Beck:   Grace:  Showbiz: 
        68      121     198     275     115     168     145 
 

CNBC    Kudlow:         Cramer:         Money:  Prime:  Cramer:         Deutsch:        Money: 
        49      75      87      79      26      33      40 

 
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data. 

 
Total viewers: (LS)
 
Total day: FNC: 991 | CNN: 597 | MSNBC: 309 | HLN: 237 | CNBC: 148
 
Prime: FNC: 1,791 | CNN: 1,047 | MSNBC: 396 | HLN: 540 | CNBC: 132

        5p:     6p:     7p:     8p:     9p:     10p:    11p:
 

FNC     Gibson:         Hume:   Shep:   O'Reilly:       H&C:        Greta:  O'Reilly: 
        1,180   1,468   1,317   2,122   1,725   1,527   1,276 
 

CNN     Blitzer:        Dobbs:  Blitzer:        Zahn:   King:   Cooper:         Cooper: 
        669     820     622     652     1,332   1,158   731 
 

MSNBC   Hardball:       Tucker:         Hardball:       Countd.:        Scarbo.:        Special:        Investig.: 
        282     175     425     408     413     367     488 
 

HLN     HLN:    Prime:  Beck:   Grace:  Beck:   Grace:  Showbiz: 
        160     201     346     845     349     427     283 
 

CNBC    Kudlow:         Cramer:         Money:  Prime:  Cramer:         Deutsch:        Money: 
        262     210     223     195     113     89      97
Posted by brian | 06:49 PM | Ratings

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/...42520.asp#more
post #14687 of 25503
Fred, two things:

Have you seen any rumors on who the four deposed SNL cast members will be? I've got my own ideas, who I hope it's not (no surprise to anyone who's seen me post here ...

And there's been HUGE staff cuts at R.D. Heldenfels' paper, our local Akron Beacon Journal. 40 out of 160 newsroom employees are going away in the next two months due to the budget axe, including the paper's movie critic and pop music critic.

As far as I've heard, Rich is not on the cut list...at least from reports so far.
post #14688 of 25503
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Cable News Nielsens
The Scoreboard: Monday, August 21e

(These are published daily at Brian Stelter's TVNewser at mediabistro.com If you are interested, they can be found -- properly formatted -- there.)

25-54 demographic: (LS)

Total day: FNC: 314 | CNN: 197 | MSNBC: 141 | HLN: 107 | CNBC: 46

Prime: FNC: 497 | CNN: 329 | MSNBC: 153 | HLN: 186 | CNBC: 46

Total viewers: (LS)

Total day: FNC: 991 | CNN: 597 | MSNBC: 309 | HLN: 237 | CNBC: 148

Prime: FNC: 1,791 | CNN: 1,047 | MSNBC: 396 | HLN: 540 | CNBC: 132

Wow, CNN is a stronger 2nd place finisher in the 25-54 demo and overall ratings than I remember (particularly 'Paula Zahn' and 'Larry King')! Even mired-in-third-place MSNBC's ratings are up slightly. And why? The wall-to-wall coverage of the JonBenet Ramsey alleged killer arriving to the States. Hate to say it but the day it was leaked to the media this creepy Mark guy was arrested for the murder of the Ramsey kid the heads of CNN, MSNBC and Fox News danced an Irish jig over the young girl's tombstone! But who's to blame more: the ratings-hungry media or the sick people that tune in for every morose detail of the case? Is it any wonder the politically-oriented 'Hardball with Chris Matthews' (which has had minimal coverage of the Ramsey case) is scoring much lower numbers than its rivals?

This country's ****ed!
post #14689 of 25503
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To be honest I haven't paid attention to SNL for years.

In the early years (dating myself badly) when I worked across the hall, I used to go to a half dozen live shows a year.

I suspect the list will come out shortly -- and as soon as I see it, I'll post it.

As for R.J, let's all keep Rich in our prayers. He is a good man.
post #14690 of 25503
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To be honest I haven't paid attention to SNL for years.

In the early years (dating myself badly) when I worked across the hall, I used to go to a half dozen live shows a year.

'Across the hall'? Care to share some of your deep cover background mr. fredfa?
post #14691 of 25503
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Not really, dad.

(The more you disclose here the more some people see you as an apologist for this or that.)

I am not trying to hide anything...I worked at 30 Rock for close to seven years and had a ball.
post #14692 of 25503
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I am not trying to hide anything...I worked at 30 Rock for close to seven years and had a ball.

Translation: fredfa shared a few puffs with Chase and Belushi on the hallways of 30 Rock and is ashamed to admit it. Understood!
post #14693 of 25503
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

Wow, CNN is a stronger 2nd place finisher in the 25-54 demo and overall ratings than I remember (particularly 'Paula Zahn' and 'Larry King')! Even mired-in-third-place MSNBC's ratings are up slightly. And why? The wall-to-wall coverage of the JonBenet Ramsey alleged killer arriving to the States. Hate to say it but the day it was leaked to the media this creepy Mark guy was arrested for the murder of the Ramsey kid the heads of CNN, MSNBC and Fox News danced an Irish jig over the young girl's tombstone! But who's to blame more: the ratings-hungry media or the sick people that tune in for every morose detail of the case? Is it any wonder the politically-oriented 'Hardball with Chris Matthews' (which has had minimal coverage of the Ramsey case) is scoring much lower numbers than its rivals?

This country's ****ed!

I think it is still noteworthy that in just about every demographic in almost every category, FNC just about matches (and often beats) the combined numbers of CNN and MSNBC.

It is incredible that with all the resources of NBC, that cable network has never caught on. And how CNN managed to squander the tremendopus advantage it had is just pitiful.

But it is obvious that Roger Ailes knows more about what works on TV in his bones than a roomful of execs at either of his competitors.
post #14694 of 25503
I hate CNN's news story coverage, but I like a few of their shows, such as Anderson Cooper 360 and Lou Dobbs Tonight. Though I don't always like what they show (didn't really think the whole Jolie thing was needed), they are for the most part very informative and very intersting hours of news casts.

Good to see they are doing well.

I can't stand Wolf Blitzer and most of their daytime anchors. I just don't like the way they present breaking news and the headlines.
post #14695 of 25503
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Weekly Nieslen Notebook
So you think it's a winner?
By Gary Levin USA TODAY

Reality duel. In a head-to-head battle Wednesday, the final performance show of NBC's America's Got Talent (11.6 million viewers) topped the finale of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance (10.7 million), though Dance easily won among young adults. Talent, whose results show Thursday drew 12 million, was summer's most-watched original; Dance's end hit a series high, and the season was up 18% vs. last year. Monday's finale of Fox's Hell's Kitchen also scored with a series-high 9.5 million viewers.

Idolized. Lifetime's original movie The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life Is Not a Fairy Tale averaged a strong 6.6 million viewers Saturday, ranking first in cable for the week and second in Lifetime's long movie history behind 1995's biopic of newscaster Jessica Savitch. A Barrino repeat Sunday drew 5 million.

Teen spirit. NBC's Miss Teen USA pageant Tuesday (5.7 million) tied last year's second-worst showing; Fox's Teen Choice Awards Sunday hit a record low (4.7 million).

Newsmakers. CBS reached a summer high with Sunday's 60 Minutes (11.5 million) following the highest-rated PGA Championship since 2002. Among summer-weary ABC's four newsmagazines last week, Thursday's Primetime (8.9 million) was tops with breaking coverage of the JonBenét Ramsey murder case, giving the show its biggest audience since March.

Shatner shows. Comedy Central's William Shatner sendup Sunday (3.6 million) ranked third among its eight "roasts," behind only Jeff Foxworthy (6.2 million) and Pamela Anderson (4.3 million).

Weeds grows. The second-season rollout of Showtime's Weeds, although low with 578,000 viewers, was up 18% over last summer's debut. A repeat that immediately followed added 307,000.

Tabloid disinterest. Monday's fourth episode of Bravo's Tabloid Wars notched an audience too small to measure, while the third-season opener of MTV's Laguna Beach (2 million Wednesday) fell sharply from last summer's 3.6 million. Season-enders of The Real World (1.8 million) and FX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (960,000) were below average.

http://www.usatoday.com/life/televis...analysis_x.htm
post #14696 of 25503
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Originally Posted by Inundated View Post

Fred...there's been HUGE staff cuts at R.D. Heldenfels' paper, our local Akron Beacon Journal. 40 out of 160 newsroom employees are going away in the next two months due to the budget axe, including the paper's movie critic and pop music critic.

As far as I've heard, Rich is not on the cut list...at least from reports so far.

Update:

I have it on very good authority that Rich in fact was NOT on the cut list. So all of us who are fans of his outstanding work can breathe a bit easier.

But it is a time to feel for those 40 dedicated folks who got the bad news today.
post #14697 of 25503
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TV Notebook
Finding silver linings in dark Emmy clouds
By Ray Richmond The Hollywood Reporter in his column The Pulse Aug. 22, 2006

The Primetime Emmys finally make it to the altar Sunday after nearly two months of serving as everyone's punching bag for nomination transgressions both great and small -- all of which have been detailed in this space and on my Past Deadline blog.

For their part, the brain trust over at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has taken it pretty well, which is to say nobody has tried to have me killed (that I'm aware of). As a reward for this, and because I'm often accused of never saying anything positive about them, I submit here a dozen reasons why the Emmys are still cool in spite of it all:

1. Due to the nature of series TV, the Emmy is the only showbiz honor that allows performers to win for the same role in succeeding years and thereby find reward for character consistency and evolution.

2. It still sports the coolest and most bizarre trophy of all of the major awards: the statuette of a winged woman holding an atom (the wings for the muse of art, the atom for the electron of science).

3. The Emmy telecast doesn't force us to sit through five Best Song nominees and often peculiar production numbers like some kudofests we could name (but won't).

4. The TV academy has the courage to year after year nominate a series called "********" and annually give major nomination attention to the Academy Awards telecast. I love the idea of awards shows getting nominated for awards. There's almost a circle-of-life thing going on there.

5. They give a career achievement Emmy to Dick Clark. I can't think of anyone more deserving of this kind of honor than Clark, at least in part because he's given up so many New Year's Eves for us.

6. Unlike the Oscars, the Emmys have a sense of humor. They twice honored the comedy "Growing Pains" with statuettes -- for outstanding lighting direction. Perfect. When I think back on that show, it's always, "It wasn't very funny, but man, it sure was well-lit."

7. An urban legend has it that the Emmy trophies are manufactured at a prison in El Dorado, Kan., leaving open the possibility that any given winner could be hoisting an award crafted by a convicted murderer. The truth is they're made in my basement by a group of ornery elves.

8. If you're an Emmy voter who actually watches the submissions, you view the nominees on the same medium where the work was originally shown, which makes it somehow more organic. This often isn't the case with the Oscars in the age of DVD screeners.

9. There's no such thing as a million-dollar Emmy campaign. Marty Ingels put up $75,000 to purchase trade ads and mail out screeners and was able to land his wife, Shirley Jones, a supporting nomination for her work in the Hallmark film "Hidden Places." The Emmys have a soft spot for studios, networks and husbands on a budget.

10. If you lose this year, there's always next year. And the next. And the next. Just ask Jane Kaczmarek.

11. It's a veritable feast of strange bedfellows. In one category, "Inside 9/11" takes on "How William Shatner Changed the World." In another, a harrowing Discovery Channel docu about crab fishermen locks horns with "Project Runway."

12. The Emmys are the ultimate in promoting individualism. You can be anything you want! If you're "Desperate Housewives," you can be a comedy! If you're Showtime's "Sleeper Cell" or FX's "Thief," you can be a miniseries! If you can imagine it, it can be so. Just click your heels together three times and ...

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr..._id=1003020407
post #14698 of 25503
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And how CNN managed to squander the tremendopus advantage it had is just pitiful.

It is funny you bring this up. The other day a couple of friends of mine were asking me why CNN and MSNBC is always far behind FNC seeing that NBC does so well in the news arena. I had to think about that one for a minute and the only thing I can think of is that Tom Johnson was not a broadcaster but print media and Roger Alies is a broadcaster not print media.

When Ted Turner hired Tom Johnson from the LA Times to run CNN, the world was a different place. CNN was not a household word yet and most people laughed at a 24 hour news channel. Tom Johnson was a good news man who knew had to do news and when the 1st Gulf War happened, because of the ramrods he had working at CNN at the time (and when TW took over in the late 90's promptly got rid of), they knew how to make it happen. After the Gulf War everyone in the world knew who CNN was and because of that, they rose to the top of the cable channels making NBC, CBS and ABC News' look like chumps in the process and the two or three other cable news channels (who remembers SNC from the early 90's?) either faded away or were bought up and made over like Talk America became MSNBC. IMO, the TW/AOL merger is what hurt CNN. Classic case of the bean counters getting involved and they are still meddling and it shows and the shear personality of Ted Turner was gone. Tom Johnson was forced out after FNC continually beat them and in the run up to the Iraq War, CNN began circulating that they could do war coverage better than anyone else and the Iraq War would put them back on top. (sidebar - one of those guys running TW/AOL at the time was Bob Pitman. For you Stern fans, he was Stern's boss at WNBC in the mid 80's and was referred to as "Pig Vomit" in the movie, "Private Parts." He helped start up MTV and later run it, after WNBC worked his way up the TW ladder until he was a part of the people running the place and was a major player in the TW/AOL merger and made a ton of money on it. Later, he too was forced out of TW/AOL) That didn't happen. The TW/AOL bean counters made some ill advised judgements and FNC (along with the other news divisions) exploited it. The 2003 version of CNN wasn't the hungry, in your face CNN of 1991. Losing to FNC in the war coverage was a huge blow to CNN and they are smarting over it in various ways, even today. Anyway, that is my opinion of what happened.

Now with MSNBC, who knows why they can't seem to get out of the basement. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it isn't NBC News Channel. The grand experiment of news and the internet called MSNBC was too early and it never really happened and even though MS is still involved at a MUCH REDUCED level than before, I think that has something to do with it. I really believe if NBC had full control and the MS part was removed from MSNBC, it would be a different channel and it would be more of a player. It could also be that you can't do two things well at the same time, ie cable and network news but the jury is still out on that one.

It is interesting to note that Mr Alies ran Talk America, and according to him, the NBC suits didn't want to wait the time it would take for TA to take off so they dumped it for the money of MS and MSNBC was born. He has said that many of the things he was doing and wanted to do at TA he has done at FNC. Interesting sidebar.

God, what a great business!!
post #14699 of 25503
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It is interesting to note that Mr Alies ran Talk America, and according to him, the NBC suits didn't want to wait the time it would take for TA to take off so they dumped it for the money of MS and MSNBC was born. He has said that many of the things he was doing and wanted to do at TA he has done at FNC. Interesting sidebar.

I guess by 'Talk America' you mean 'America's Talking,' that God-awful network that launched with a contest in which a viewer becoming an on-air personality was the top prize (Bill McCuddy won and still employed and on the air under Aisles at Fox News). If I remember correctly the contest ended (with McCuddy getting his prize on-air live) on the same Friday night in '93 in which OJ led the police on that White Bronco slow speed chase through L.A. McCuddy still hasn't forgiven OJ about ruining his big day and yes, I watched (and still do) too much television!

Back to topic, the success of Fox News attracting viewers isn't surprising IF you take news out of the equation. CNN always had crummy ratings when there wasn't a war or breaking news except for 'Larry King' (which has always hovered around the 1 million viewer mark), even after the first Gulf War and before the other two news cable channels sprung. Aisles' genius is that he created programming with appealing/opinionated/confrontational personalities at the helm (O'Reilly, Hannity, Gibson, Cavuto, etc.) that viewers could tune in any day without a big news event to get their daily dose of "love him/hate him." Basically he created the TV news equivalent of talk radio, or talk radio with pictures. Being a former Republican operative and the man that made Rush Limbaugh a radio star, Aisles also sensed there was enough discontent amongst conservatives (particularly after they were swept into office during Clinton's first mid-term elections in '94) to cater to the issues and topics they cared about. I'm sorry but there's no way those O'Reilly Factor viewers that keep making those polls landslides in favor of the conservative/GOP point of view (95% vs. 2%, 89% vs. 10%, etc.) would be tuning into Fox if they didn't feel in their bones that Fox News is talking to them.

CNN and MSNBC, for better or worse, still consider themselves news organizations and try to hold on to a shred of journalistic credibility in some of their primetime and daytime shows. The suits at these two networks still think there's an appetite for straight news reporting, when in fact there hasn't been a single news channel until Fox News (with its right-wing conservative bias seeping through every tease of a story as the anchors go to commercial) that attracted round-the-clock big numbers. Look at Headlines News. Small but steady numbers per half-hour for decades of no-nonsense newscasts, but get hour-long opinion ('Nancy Grace') and fluffy programming ('Showbiz Today') into the mix and the ratings quintuple. The sad part is watching CNN and MSNBC (particularly the latter) trying to cater to the Fox News audience by getting their own version of GOP TV ('Scarborough Country,' 'Tucker Carlson,' etc.) and falling flat on their face. You can't be a shameless right-wing advocate without feeling passion for what you're advocating, which comes through when O'Reilly pisses on the ACLU or Hannity mocks the Hollywood elites but not when Scarborough and Carlson switch from the political news of the day to another topic ('American Idol hopefuls'). It's no accident that MSNBC's only real success story as of late is 'Countdown with Keith Olberman,' which has freed itself from pretention of impartiality and become the daily cleansing of conservative BS liberals like me need to counter O'Reilly's daily battering. And of course there's Bill Maher coming back to HBO this Friday night (hooray!).

I'll say this for Fox News though: they're a hungry bunch and it shows in how hard they work. Remember back in the 80's and 90's, when the weekends meant boring science, technology, finance and 'CNN World Report' (which was actually cool) shows that you'd settle on watching because the alternative was taking a nap (or going out to mow the lawn)? Fox News was the first news channel that had live weekend news all afternoon and live original programming on Saturday and Sundays, forcing CNN and MSNBC to do the same instead of repeating the same 'Headliners & Legends' show for the umpteenth million time. Because God we need news live at 3:45PM on Saturdays to keep up with the latest developments in the Ramsey murder case... OK, forget it, I just shot my whole 'weekend news is worth watching' argument to hell!
post #14700 of 25503
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Good posts, foxeng and dad1153.

I would just add that Roger Ailes is successful because a) he is a tV genius and b) because he is left alone to do his thing.

At both his competitors there is a massive layer of bureaucracy to deal with. Roger can make a major decision to change directions now and one minute from now the direction is changed.
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