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^^^ And another pile of dirt is tossed on the grave of the once-proud ABC Sports brand.
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

^^^ And another pile of dirt is tossed on the grave of the once-proud ABC Sports brand.

Except, I think this potentially saves it, if it does at least as well.

Where do you think it would go if it didn't end up on ESPN?
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Thread Starter 
(From Marc Berman’s March 12, 2008, Programming Insider newsletter at Mediaweek.com)
Tuesday’s Final Nielsens

(Posted by Travis Yanan)

American Idol (125 minutes)
- 25.767 million viewers
- 14.6/23 HH
- 9.5/25 A18-49

The Mentalist (R)
- 14.322 million viewers
- 9.0/14 HH
- 2.8/8 A18-49

- 13.518 million viewers
- 8.5/13 HH
- 2.8/8 A18-49

Law & Order: SVU
- 11.066 million viewers
- 7.2/12 HH
- 3.6/10 A18-49

Without a Trace (R)
- 10.219 million viewers
- 6.7/11 HH
- 2.1/6 A18-49

The Biggest Loser (120 minutes)
- 9.380 million viewers
- 5.7/9 HH
- 3.8/10 A18-49

Homeland Security USA
- 5.140 million viewers
- 3.4/5 HH
- 1.4/4 A18-49

- 5.247 million viewers
- 3.6/6 HH
- 1.9/5 A18-49

Scrubs (R, 9pm)
- 2.847 million viewers
- 1.9/3 HH
- 1.0/3 A18-49

Scrubs (R, 9:30pm)
- 2.689 million viewers
- 1.8/3 HH
- 1.1/3 A18-49

- 2.172 million viewers
- 1.4/2 HH
- 0.9/2 A18-49

90210 (R)
- 0.993 million viewers
- 0.6/1 HH
- 0.4/1 A18-49

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)



Note: Previous overnight ratings are available at Marc Berman’s Programmers Insider blog:

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Thread Starter 
I am still out of the loop temporarily, but will drop by on occasion when I can.

Many thanks to dad1153 and dcowboy7 for keeping the stories fresh here.
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Originally Posted by fredfa View Post

I am still out of the loop temporarily, but will drop by on occasion when I can.

We all know what that means:

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Garsh, Fred, I didn't even know you WERE "out of the loop" (MY BAD). I HAD noticed that the TORRENT of posts had slowed to only a FLOOD, lol.

Hope you're OK!
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Thread Starter 
Every thing is fine, Jeff. Just taking care of some personal business.

(Which despite dad's insistence, does not include breaking golf clubs!)
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Great, Fred!

I figured you might be at your Tarpon Springs place, which WOULD DEFINITELY put you WAY "out of the loop" as far as Hollywood goes, lol.

I lived in Dunedin and Clearwater for most of '84, so I know the area pretty well. On the way there when we first moved there, my traveling partner and I stopped for lunch in Tarpon Springs... BEAUTIFUL little city -- especially so this time of year -- HOWEVER unless you're a big-game fisherman or over 80 and drive a big car with a steering wheel that's taller than YOU ARE, you probably don't fit in very well in Tarpon Springs, lol.

Take care,
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The Business of Television
Redstone, Murdoch Fall in Forbes Rankings
Media titans tumble in net worth in latest Forbes billionaires list
By Claire Atkinson, Broadcasting & Cable 3/11/2009 9:22:37 PM MT

Forbes released its billionaire's list tonight, and not surprisingly, a number of top media executives have seen their rankings tumble.

Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone's net worth has dropped from $5.1 billion to only $1 billion while News Corp's Rupert Murdoch has fallen from $6.8 billion to $4 billion.

Liberty Media's John Malone saw his own net worth go from $2.3 billion to $1.5 billion. Oprah Winfrey, meanwhile, remains on par with last year, at $2.7 billion.

Topping the list, once again, is Bill Gates, who lost $18 billion over the past year, according to Forbes. His net worth is $40 billion. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg no longer makes the list.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the only member of the top 20 whose net worth has increased, thanks to a new valuation of his business news empire. The Mayor bought a 20% stake in Bloomberg back from Merrill Lynch for $4.5 billion in the summer of 2008. At the time the company was valued at $22.5 billion, and Bloomberg's own stake at $15 billion.

According to Forbes, California is home to the most U.S. billionaires: 77 live there while New York is home to 64 of the world's richest people.

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Thread Starter 
TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
Thursday Network Prime-Time Programming Options

(Reminder: If you are recording these programs, check your network listings for precise start/end times. For PBS, please double check your local listings.)

Ugly Betty HD
9 Grey’s Anatomy HD
10 Private Practice HD

Survivor: Tocantins HD
10 Eleventh Hour HD

My Name Is Earl HD
8:30 Kath & Kim HD
9 The Office HD
9:30 30 Rock HD
10 ER HD

Bonesl HD
9 Hell’s Kitchen

8 The This Old House Hour HD

The CW:
Smallville HD
9 Supernatural HD

Movie: Passenger 57 (1992) (R) HD

MNTV HD Schedule is from jimboy’s http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...0714&highlight=
post #31601 of 93852
Originally Posted by fredfa View Post

Every thing is fine, Jeff. Just taking care of some personal business.

WiFi would probably reach in there, too....just wash your hands, first...
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Critic's Notes
ABC stays light on its reality feet
By Rick Kushman, Sacramento Bee - March 12, 2009

See, this is why you have to love reality TV, as long as you don't take the terms "reality" or "TV" too seriously. Think of it more as slapstick.

By now, you've probably heard about the double- switcheroo on ABC's "The Bachelor," in which the guy, Jason Mesnick, rejected Molly Malaney and proposed to Melissa Rycroft, then dumped Rycroft – after the game ended but still on TV – and rehooked up with Malaney.

Fans and other people with piles of free time have advanced a conspiracy theory that producers choreographed the change-of-heart, and, oh, poor Rycroft, she lost her man.

OK, now seriously. She went on "The Bachelor." After that, any theoretical connection to real life, or sympathy, is heaved. In short, you jump in the pool with piranhas, you gotta expect some fish with teeth. Or something like that.

But it gets even more fun. ABC put Rycroft on "Dancing with the Stars" this week, as one of the off-the-bench replacements for the injured Jewel and Nancy O'Dell. Turns out, Rycroft was pretty good.

Now, and this is so great, there are conspiracy theories flying around that ABC choreographed this one too – technically, I guess, it choreographed the choreography – and had her secretly training because the network knew she'd get dumped and wanted to use her notoriety.

With just a half-step back, you have to ask: Is there any possible way any of this matters? Of course it doesn't, just like it doesn't matter who wins that cheesy disco ball trophy at the end of "Dancing." But if you're caught up in the absurdity, it's entertaining and distracting, and, frankly, we can all use a little of that right now.

And if reality TV isn't your thing, that's cool. But you are missing some good dopiness.

Clooney or not?

For this next one, consider the source, which is, uh, me. The rumors continue to get flamed by NBC – which won't say anything on the record – that George Clooney will show up on tonight's "ER" (at 10 on Channel 3) to reignite one of TV's best couples ever with Julianna Margulies.

"ER" is doing its farewell tour as it heads for an April 2 series finale, and has already brought back Anthony Edwards for an episode and has a story running with Noah Wylie (Dr. Carter). Officially, the network lists Eriq La Salle (Dr. Benton) and Margulies as guest stars tonight, but it hints and winks that Clooney might appear. Plus Margulies has told reporters it was fun working with Clooney again.

No one knows why NBC doesn't just announce it straight up. The series would get way more PR from doing that, and now, if Clooney doesn't show tonight, lots of fans are going to feel cheated.

In case you've forgotten, the series "ER" premiered in the early 13th century, not long, I think, after King John of England signed the Magna Carta. Clooney's Dr. Ross was last on the show in 2000 in one final, satisfyingly romantic scene with true-love nurse Carol Hathaway (Margulies). "ER" continued on, however, until it got to where it is today, when nobody knows the names of any of the characters.

Eye on NBC's 'King'

On an entirely different front, NBC takes a grand shot at a big, sprawling new series Sunday with "Kings" (at 8 p.m. on Channel 3), and it certainly earns points for trying.

It's billed as a contemporary retelling of the David-and-Goliath tale, but it's more a mix of adventure, myth and soap, and the most stilted piece of it is the attempt to work in the whole David-Goliath thing.

It's set in a fictional, modern world and in a city that looks like a fancy kind of New York. Ian McShane is the king of this fictional country that is at war with another fictional country.

Then a soldier named David (Chris Egan) saves the King's son in battle by facing down a tank nicknamed Goliath. (See? That part is unnecessary.) David is proclaimed a hero and is rewarded with the metaphorical keys to the kingdom, not to mention the king's daughter, though the king isn't particularly thrilled about that. In any case, David gets himself entwined in the king's family and ambitions, and complications ensue.

Truthfully, I'm underselling the series. It is a large-scale fantasy and the world it creates is easy to buy into. McShane, as always, can be mesmerizing. But there's a stiffness to it, a sense it's taking itself too seriously, that also makes it more work to watch than it should be.

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Originally Posted by NetworkTV View Post

Where do you think it would go if it didn't end up on ESPN?

the island of misfit sports....Versus....would go along with their brand new UFL football contract.
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Versus To Air Weekly UFL Game

The United Football League is trying it's best to get the word out. They've got a handful of recognizable coaches (Jim Fassell, Jim Haslett), have teams in large markets (San Fran, NY, Las Vegas), and now have a TV deal. Versus will air a weekly game for the four-team league, and the first contest will air on October 8th.

The United Football League announced that VERSUS, a national sports network in more than 75 million homes, will air the League’s “Premiere” season beginning in October 2009. VERSUS will air live weekly games beginning on Thursday, October 8, and continuing through the Championship Game scheduled to air Thanksgiving weekend. Each live telecast will be approximately three hours and all games will be produced and available in HD. The complete schedule will be announced this summer.

In its “Premiere” year, the UFL will host teams in Las Vegas, New York, Orlando and San Francisco. There are also plans to play additional games in Hartford and Los Angeles. The season will conclude with a Championship Game tentatively scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend in Las Vegas. On Wednesday, the UFL will announce its four coaches at a press conference in San Francisco. League officials are in final negotiations with various stadiums and these agreements will be announced as they are completed.

“We are excited to be the television home of the UFL in its “Premiere” season,” said Marc Fein, Executive Vice President of Programming, Production and Business Operations for VERSUS. “The UFL has put together a great management team and sound plan and we are looking forward to the opportunity to expose these games to a national audience each week.”

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Space Shuttle Discovery STS-119 Launch which was rescheduled for tonite is now POSTPONED Until At Least Sunday !!

its so easy on star wars, star trek....i feel though like WE are only 1 step ahead of a caveman.

New target launch is Sunday 7:43 pm et. - HDNet.
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The Business of Television
Cablevision To Stop Selling Analog Expanded Basic
Operator Will Still Provide Service To Existing Analog Customers
By Todd Spangler, Multichannel News - March 11, 2009

Cablevision Systems as of the end of 2009 will no longer sell an analog expanded basic tier, which would make it the first major MSO to offer cable TV service only in digital.

The New York-area operator's existing analog customers and digital customers will continue to receive available analog simulcasts on TVs connected directly to cable. Currently, the Cablevision analog lineup comprises about 60 channels, although that number has been shrinking as the company has migrated services to digital-only distribution.

The move is intended to pave the way toward an "all-digital" future by eventually allowing Cablevision to phase out all analog cable channels. Analog TV signals take up roughly 10 times as much bandwidth as their standard-definition digital versions.

Of Cablevision's 3.1 million cable TV customers, 91% today receive digital service -- the highest digital penetration rate of its major industry peers.

Approximately 5% of the operator's video subscribers today receive analog expanded basic service, and these customers will continue to receive this limited service on a "grandfathered" basis, without any required action.

"The transition to digital television is something that is happening across our nation, because digital is a far superior format for delivering television service, both in terms of quality and capacity," John Trierweiler, Cablevision senior vice president of product management, said in a statement.

"The vast majority of our customers have already embraced this standard," Treirweiler continued, "and Cablevision's move away from analog expanded basic for new customers is the next logical step in an evolution that will deliver clear benefits, including more programming, particularly HD, and additional choice."

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Originally Posted by dcowboy7 View Post

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-119 Launch which was rescheduled for tonite is now POSTPONED Until At Least Sunday !!

its so easy on star wars, star trek....i feel though like WE are only 1 step ahead of a caveman.

We are:

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TV Notes
Times Are Tough on Wall Street and Wisteria Lane
By Edward Wyatt, The New York Times - March 12, 2009

LOS ANGELES — Full-time moms are being forced to take part-time jobs, and corporate executives treat themselves to expensive wine after asking for a government bailout. Foreclosure signs are going up in the most familiar neighborhoods. Three neighbors, laid off and their houses foreclosed upon, take the chief executive of their mortgage company hostage, and out-of-work investment bankers have to stoop to low-level jobs as corporate interns.

The economic meltdown has come to prime time. While each of those situations seems real enough to have resulted from the global financial crisis, they are plotlines of recent or coming episodes of popular prime-time television series, including “Desperate Housewives” and “Ugly Betty” on ABC, “The Simpsons” on Fox, “Flashpoint” on CBS and “30 Rock” on NBC.

Popular entertainment often takes the form of escapism in tough economic times. But a growing number of broadcast network shows have recently incorporated more real-life issues into their stories — a reflection, producers say, of how widespread the current financial troubles are.

“If everyone in America is thinking about it, that means every writer in Hollywood is thinking about it,” said Marc Cherry, the creator and executive producer of “Desperate Housewives.” “I know people tune in to ‘Desperate Housewives’ for a bit of escapism and a bit of fun. But here you have fairly well-off people living in a fairly well-off neighborhood, and this time the financial crisis is hitting everyone.”

So, on Wisteria Lane, Susan Mayer has been forced to take a part-time job to help her ex-husband, a plumber who works 16-hour days, pay for their son’s private-school tuition, and the Scavos’ pizzeria is threatened because people are dining out less.

Although police dramas like “Law & Order” have long sought to present story lines that are “ripped from the headlines,” and medical dramas like “ER” have invoked actual cases as the basis for plots, those “actual” events — double murders or rare tropical diseases — are usually far removed from the daily lives of most viewers.

Now, however, the real-life financial situations being used for scripts stand out for their directness in addressing the economic plight of average Americans.

“We’ve never really been an issues-driven show,” said Mark Ellis, a creator and producer of “Flashpoint,” which follows the efforts of an urban police department’s elite Strategic Response Unit, a SWAT-like team that also employs the techniques of talk therapy in hostage negotiations.

“But we’ve all witnessed people close to us who have experienced the loss of their home or job or the depletion of their savings account, and seen how destructive that can be,” Mr. Ellis said. “These are tragic times, and we wanted to explore the repercussions of that on a personal basis.”

In the Feb. 27 episode, titled “Business as Usual,” a mortgage company executive who had received a $22 million bonus as his company foreclosed on hundreds of homes was taken hostage by three former customers.

It never hurts when there is a convenient villain, of course, and television writers have found plenty of them in the current crisis. On “Flashpoint” the mortgage company chief is described by one of his foreclosed-upon victims as “a guy who’s got four houses already who booked a five-star Caribbean resort with his buddies to brainstorm how to make the most of these troubled times.”

Two coming episodes of “Lie to Me,” the new Fox hit, fit the pattern. One focuses on a Bernard Madoff-like operator of a Ponzi scheme, and another features a contractor who, pinched by the slow economy, cuts corners on a construction project, resulting in a building collapse.

“What’s happening in the economy is very relevant to the substance of our show,” said Samuel Baum, the show’s creator and executive producer. “We’re looking at what lies people are willing to tell, and at what cost to their co-workers, to maintain their own financial security.”

Depictions of the financial crisis have seeped into comedy as well as drama. On an episode of “30 Rock” last month a fictional group of former Lehman Brothers investment bankers resorted to jobs as interns at NBC. And Sunday night on “The Simpsons” Homer Simpson faced foreclosure.

Because of the months-long delay between the genesis of a television plotline and its broadcast, fictional series rarely make direct reference to current events, lest they risk seeming stale by the time an episode makes it to air. The episodes being shown now were conceived last summer or fall and filmed early this year, meaning they have benefited from the extended economic downturn.

Networks are even considering entire series based on the recession. Fox is developing a comedy titled “Two-Dollar Beer” that features a group of friends living in Detroit who are trying to weather that city’s worsening financial condition, and ABC Studios is developing “Canned,” a situation comedy about a group of friends who all get fired on the same day.

“Television serves as a crucible for exploring and tapping into real emotions,” said Gary Newman, chairman of 20th Century Fox Television, the studio that produces “Lie to Me” and “The Simpsons.” “When our characters are dealing with things that are relatable to our own lives, it can become more meaningful.”

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Originally Posted by dcowboy7 View Post

the island of misfit sports....Versus....would go along with their brand new UFL football contract.

There would be a unique cross-promotional opportunity: "Football No One Cares About" on Versus.
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TV Notes
Objection Overruled
'Idol' Judges Can Veto Voters and Grant Clemency
By M.J. Santilli and Deborah Seibel, The New York Post - March 12, 2009

For the first time in "American Idol" history, the judges have the power to change America's vote.

The new rule, revealed on last night's results show, gives them veto power, to be used only once during the competition, to save an eliminated contestant.

The rule change didn't help 16-year-old Jasmine Murray - who, after a mediocre rendition of Michael Jackson's "I'll Be There" Tuesday night, was the first of the Top 13 to be sent packing - or Puerto Rican crooner Jorge Nunez, who sang Jackson's "Never Can Say Goodbye."

Judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Kara DioGuardi huddled during last night's show to decide if they would invoke the new rule. They decided to let America's vote stand.

Nothing like getting rejected twice.

In a radio interview yesterday, "Idol" producer Ken Warwick said the judges' vote solves "a problem that's been around since Season 1."

That problem is the "shock boot." The judges' newly granted veto power allows them to reverse a vote they believe is unfair until they reach the five finalists.

First tried by "Idol" producers in the French version of the show, "Nouvelle Star," the French judges used their single veto the first week of competition. The lucky contestant, Kristov Leroy, was finally eliminated three weeks later.

Although Ryan Seacrest last night mentioned Chris Daughtry as an early-years contestant who might have been saved by the new rule, he, in fact, would not have been eligible for the judges' vote because he was among the final four.

Under the new rule, there will be no elimination the week the judges use their pardon. But the following week, there will be a double elimination to make up for it.

The ability to change the popular vote opens all sorts of questions. Would an "Idol" win, for instance, have kept Jennifer Hudson from going on to an Oscar-winning acting career?

For better or worse, the "Idol" judges now have the power to alter the outcome of "American Idol" like never before.

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TV Notes
"American Idol:" Why Change the Bloody Rules?
From Verne Gay's Newsday 'TV Zone' Blog - March 12, 2009

Well, what do you think of this latest rule change? Or do you think of it at all - after only 10 or so hours of possible rumination? Me? I think it stinks most foul. It's unnecessary. It smacks of elitism. By God, this is anti-DEMOCRATIC. Leave it to a Brit to come up with this... You'd think the Queen herself had a role in this one. "Let them eat cake, those American peasants... They'll watch anything over there...We can change the rules because we ARE the rules..."

Who is behind this travesty? Dr. Evil, of course. Who is Dr. Evil? Only the most important guy in show business. That's my name - perhaps his too - for the great Oz himself, Simon Fuller, of 19 Entertainment, who sits behind the curtain over there in the U.K., pulling strings with his arch-compatriot, who just HAPPENS to share his first name. Simon Cowell: The public face of the evil empire.

(This is what happens when you have too much coffee in the morning...Note to self: Cut back to five cups before 9...)

I'm feeling in a listy mood. Why would - other than sheer anti-Democratic impulses that only a country beset by a crusty monarchy could come up with - did "Idol" change the rule?

Let's go!

1.) They don't trust you, the viewer. Leave it to the voter, they seem to think, and they'll keep another Sanjaya in the finalist group, but let a great singer - Daughtry! - go early.

2.) This is an insurance policy. Just in the case voters get it WRONG AGAIN, and don't vote for the "right" singer, they'll be able to pull their fave-of-the-moment (Megan, let's say) out of the fire at the last minute. And dear Megs did come perilously close to the burn zone last night.

3.) What happens the NEXT time voters don't vote for the singer Dr. Evil wants? They'll change the rule again! "Did we say 'once' before the top five," says SiCo. "We meant 'twice.' Sorry. "

4.) The show desperately wants water cooler chatter - people are talking too much about Da Bachelor, and not Da Idol. Change rules and - to co-op Mencken's old phrase - stir up the animals.

5.) The show has little confidence in this season's crop, to begin with, but heaven help it if a truly promising singer out this shrinking group has a bad night and gets dumped by the voters. The judges will now be able to throw that person a life line. Is there a future Jennifer Hudson in this group? A budding Chris Daughtry. Howabout a Kelly Clarkson? Her performance up there last night - whether you like the song or not - demonstrated dramatically that there's not another one of HER this season either... Please call Simon if your crystal ball reveals the future super-star because he sure doesn't see him or her. The glam Adam Lambert? Terrifically talented kid - who has a glittering career on Broadway. He's a performer - NOT someone, I suspect, who will sell a million records.

So now I'm wondering...what WILL the next rule change be? I've got it! A fifth judge will be added later this season. His name...Dr. Evil....

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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

TV Notes
"American Idol:" Why Change the Bloody Rules?
From Verne Gay's Newsday 'TV Zone' Blog - March 12, 2009

A fifth judge will be added later this season. His name...Dr. Evil....

only if they pay him....1 millllllllion $$$.
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SAG Strike Watch
Tom Hanks helps jump-start back-channel actor contract talks
By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times - March 11, 2009

With a the help of Tom Hanks and some other A-list actors, representatives of the Screen Actors Guild and the studios are quietly taking another whack and trying to work out their differences.

Three weeks after the breakdown in contract negotiations, SAG leaders -- including interim Executive Director David White and chief negotiator John McGuire -- have been having informal "back-channel" talks with studio executives this week in an effort to break a logjam in talks, said people close to the situation.

In addition, Hanks and other A-listers have made calls to high-ranking executives at the major media conglomerates, urging them to find a compromise with their union. Apparently the outreach has had some effect. Several top media executives, including News Corp. President Peter Chernin and Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Bob Iger, have talked among themselves this week about how to resolve the dispute with SAG. Chernin and Iger played a pivotal role in helping to craft the deal with Hollywood's directors and writers.

The back-channel communications began late last week after the union took a break in its negotiations on a new commercials contract. It's unclear, however, whether the talks will yield to a breakthrough, paving the way for a return to formal negotiations between the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which bargains on behalf of the studios. The current contract expired nearly nine months ago and actors have been working without a contract.

The conversations are primarily focused on finding a compromise over the key sticking point: When would SAG's contract expire? SAG leaders want their contract to run through June, 2011, so the union can line up its next round of negotiations with the contracts of other Hollywood talent unions, including the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the Writers Guild of America.

The studios, however, have insisted on a three-year term, which would push SAG's contract expiration into 2012.

There are signs, however, that both sides may be willing to compromise. "The CEOs are actively talking among themselves about a search for a possible solution," said one person familiar with the talks.

The deadlock has been an embarrassment to SAG's new leaders, who were installed by a moderate majority on the union's board that accused former leaders of mishandling negotiations and pushing SAG toward the brink of a strike.

post #31614 of 93852
Originally Posted by dcowboy7 View Post

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-119 Launch which was rescheduled for tonite is now POSTPONED Until At Least Sunday !!

its so easy on star wars, star trek....i feel though like WE are only 1 step ahead of a caveman.

Are you saying that rocket science is so easy even a caveman could do it?
post #31615 of 93852
Originally Posted by GrouchoDude View Post

Are you saying that rocket science is so easy even a caveman could do it?

And to think nearly 40 years ago, we were sending people to the moon on a fairly regular basis.
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Thread Starter 
Overnight Nielsens in the 18-49 Demo
Viewers whack NBC's 'Chopping Block'
Premiere of new reality show averages a 1.5 in 18-49s
By Toni Fitzgerald,MediaLifeMagazine.com staff writer, March 12, 2009

Chef Marco Pierre White is no Gordon Ramsay. In fact, he’s not even Justin Bruening.

The UK celebrity chef’s new NBC reality show, “The Chopping Block,” debuted to dismal ratings last night, even worse than former timeslot occupant “Knight Rider,” which stars Bruening.

“Block” averaged a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating and 3.98 million total viewers, according to Nielsen overnights, finishing fifth in the 8 p.m. timeslot behind the CW and Univision.

“Block” was well under the unimpressive 1.8 18-49 season average for “Rider,” which has to be a disappointment to NBC. Though the show is cheap to produce and came at a time when other cooking shows, including Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” have performed well, it’s doubtful the network will keep it on the air if ratings drop.

Also in the 8 p.m. hour last night, “Lie to Me” made its timeslot debut, averaging a 3.4 rating to easily win the relatively weak hour. That was down 26 percent from its 4.6 season average, but the decline was expected.

Up till now, “Lie” had enjoyed an “American Idol” lead-in at 9 p.m.

As a reminder, all ratings are based on live-plus-same-day DVR playback. Seven-day DVR data won’t be available for several weeks. Twenty-eight percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

Fox led the night among 18-49s with a 6.1 average overnight rating and a 17 share. CBS was second at 3.1/8, NBC third at 1.8/5, Univision fourth at 1.7/5, ABC fifth at 1.4/4 and CW sixth at 1.2/3.

At 8 p.m. Fox was first with a 3.4 for “Lie,” followed by CBS with a 2.2 for “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (2.1) and “Gary Unmarried” (2.3). CW was third with a 1.9 for “America’s Next Top Model,” Univision fourth with a 1.7 for “Cuidado con el Angel,” NBC fifth with a 1.5 for “Block” and ABC sixth with a 1.2 for an hour of “Scrubs” repeats.

Fox extended its lead at 9 p.m. with an 8.8 for “Idol,” while CBS remained second with a 3.5 for “Criminal Minds.” Univision moved to third that hour with a 1.9 for “Mañana Es para Siempre,” with NBC fourth with a 1.8 for “Life,” ABC fifth with a 1.5 for a repeat of “Lost” and CW sixth with a 0.5 for a “90210” rerun.

At 10 p.m. CBS took the lead with a 3.5 for “CSI: NY,” with NBC second with a 2.2 for “Law & Order.” ABC was third with a 1.5 for “Life on Mars” and Univision fourth with a 1.3 for “Don Francisco Presenta.”

Fox was also first for the night among households with a 10.5 average overnight rating and a 17 share. CBS was second at 7.4/12, NBC third at 3.8/6, ABC fourth at 2.7/4, Univision fifth at 2.2/4 and CW sixth at 1.9/3.

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Yesterday’s fast affiliate and metered market overnight prime-time ratings – along with Media Week Analyst Marc Berman’s view of what they mean -- have now been posted at the top of Ratings News -- the second post in this thread.

post #31618 of 93852
Originally Posted by rebkell View Post

And to think nearly 40 years ago, we were sending people to the moon on a fairly regular basis.

Not to mention burning them up or nearly losing them to the great beyond.
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
Some Thursday Basic Cable HD First-Run, Prime-Time Options

Big Ten Network
12 College Basketball: Big Ten Tournament - Minnesota vs. Northwestern HD
10 Big Ten Tonight HD

10 The Chris Isaak Hour: Glen Campbell HD

3 College Basketball: Mountain West Tournament - BYU vs. Air Force HD
5:30 College Basketball: Mountain West Tournament - San Diego State vs. UNLV HD
9 College Basketball: Mountain West Tournament - TCU vs. Utah HD
11:30 College Basketball: Mountain West Tournament - New Mexico vs. Wyoming HD

Discovery Channel
10 Treasure Quest: The Liberty Ship HD

12 College Basketball: Big East Tournament - Providence v. Lousville HD
2 College Basketball: Big East Tournament - Marquette v. Villanova HD
7 College Basketball: Big East Tournament - West Virginia vs Pittsburgh HD
9 College Basketball: Big East Tournament - Syracuse vs. Connecticut HD

5 College Basketball: Big Ten Tournament -Indiana v. Penn State HD
7 College Basketball: Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament -North Carolina State vs. Maryland HD

Fox Sports Net
3 College Basketball: Pac-10 Tournament - Arizona State vs. Arizona HD
5:30 College Basketball: Pac-10 Tournament -Washington vs. Stanford HD
9 College Basketball: Pac-10 Tournament -California vs. Southern California HD
11:30 College Basketball: Pac-10 Tournament -UCLA vs. Washington State HD

9:30 Art Mann Presents: Mardi Gras HD
10 Deadline: Mardi Gras in San DiegoHD

9:30 House Hunters: Mardi Gras HD

9 Gangland: Kill or be Killed HD
10 Warriors: Maya Armageddon HD

MLB Network
5 30 Clubs in 30 days: Pittsburgh Pirates HD
6 30 Clubs in 30 days: Arizona Diamondbacks HD
7 MLB Tonight Live (repeated at 12:30 a.m.) HD
8 30 Clubs in 30 days: San Francisco Giants (repeated at 1:30) HD
9 World Baseball Classic: Mexico vs. Cuba HD

National Geographic
9 Nzaked Science: Death of a Star HD
10 Naked Science: Journey to Jupiter HD

9 TNA Impact! (two hours) HD

9 Street Customs: Monster Bentley HD
10 Stop Shouting at Me! HD

8 NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio HD
10:30 NBA: Cleveland at Phoenix HD
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Originally Posted by fredfa View Post

TV Notes

9 TNA Impact! (two hours) HD

Isn't TNA Impact a Spike HD property?
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