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The DVR numbers must have helped because Fox has now publicly committed to airing all of "Dollhouse's" S2 13 episodes throughout even the November Sweeps month: http://www.thrfeed.com/2009/10/fox-w...-episodes.html.

No, that's not the way I read it, he says
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"During [November] sweeps we might have to jack up the numbers a little [with other programming], but we plan on completing the order for this show."

I read that as being they may have to replace Dollhouse during sweeps to boost the overall numbers, but they have committed to airing all 13.
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Comcast Corp. is leaning toward keeping NBC Universal chief Jeffrey Zucker

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...d=aCIgmXK.S7OM

If things don't work out with Comcast, maybe he can land a job somewhere else.



McDonalds could be #4
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TV Notes
'Southland' might have new home at TNT
Sophomore series was canceled last week
By Nellie Andreeva, The Hollywood Reporter - October 12th, 2009
TNT has yet to decide on the future of "Dark Blue," which recently wrapped its first season.

If I had to choose right now, I'd take Southland.
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Ok, so I'm watching the first episode of Three Rivers and wondering if I should finish it and watch the second episode. I don't mind another doc show and I like the techie stuff, but so far the acting is bland and seems forced. Is it just me? Does it improve? Is this the first CBS drama I'll opt out of in quite a few years? How can Alex be so good in Moonlight and look so uncomfortable here? Inquiring minds want to know.
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TV Notes
'Southland' might have new home at TNT
Sophomore series was canceled last week
By Nellie Andreeva, The Hollywood Reporter - October 12th, 2009

Four days after the abrupt cancellation of sophomore series "Southland" by NBC, chatter intensifies that the gritty cop drama may find a second home at TNT.

TNT was an obvious choice as it shares a corporate parent with Warner Bros. TV, which produces the critically praised series with studio-based John Wells Prods.

But sources on Monday indicated that talks between the two sides are advancing.

"We continually look at all programming opportunities that fit our portfolio of brands," TNT said in a statement.

"Southland," which stars Benjamin McKenzie, shot six episodes of its second season before being shut down by NBC last week.

TNT has been active in the cop drama genre, from its biggest hit, "The Closer" to its most recent offering, "Dark Blue," both from WBTV's sister Warner Horizon.

TNT has yet to decide on the future of "Dark Blue," which recently wrapped its first season.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/...b2857acd7729da

If and big if this would be a great movie and a perfect fit for TNT. Hopefully they drop "Dark Blue" I found myself watching whole episode on my DVR in ten minute it's just not my taste.
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
Tuesday Network Prime-Time Programming Options


(All shows are in HD unless noted as being in Standard Definition: SD)

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

ABC
8
Shark Tank SD
9 Dancing With The Stars
10 the forgottene

CBS
8
NCIS
9 NCIS Los Angeles
10 The Good Wife

NBC
8
The Biggest Loser SD
10 The Jay Leno Show. Actor John C. Reilly; Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.

Fox
8
Hell’s Kitchen SD

PBS
8 Nova
: Hubble's Amazing Rescue
9 Frontline: Obama's War. U.S. counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. (Season premiere)
10 Independent Lens: Herb and Dorothy. Herb and Dorothy Vogel (a postal worker and a librarian) built one of the most important contemporary art collections in history. (Season premiere)

The CW
8
90210
9 Melrose Place
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TV Notes
Tuesday’s TV Talk Shows:
Uma Thurman on ‘GMA' and 'Regis and Kelly'

From the Los Angeles Times’ “Show Tracker” blog
(Note: times are generally ET/PT. For syndicated and PBS shows please check your local listings.)

The Early Show Weight loss; Thanksgiving Day superfoods. (N) 7 a.m. CBS

Today Rush Limbaugh; Capt. Chesley Sullenberger; Florence Henderson; Michael Bublé performs; Carrie Fisher. (N) 7 a.m. NBC

Good Morning America Uma Thurman; author Andy Williams ("Moon River and Me"). (N) 7 a.m. ABC

Live With Regis and Kelly Uma Thurman ("Motherhood"); author Ivanka Trump ("The Trump Card"). (N) Syndicated

The View Alicia Silverstone; guest co-host Kaley Cuoco. (N) 10 a.m. (11 a.m. ET) ABC

The Dr. Oz Show Dr. Laura Berman. 11 a.m. Syndicated

The Martha Stewart Show Martha debuts recipes from her new cookbook, "Dinner at Home." (N) Syndicated

The Bonnie Hunt Show Christian Slater; Sophia Bush ("One Tree Hill"). (N) Syndicated

The Tyra Show Guests say they feel discriminated against because of their weight. Syndicated

Oprah Winfrey Police officer Allison Jacobs and police official Lisa Campbell discuss how they helped find kidnapped woman Jaycee Dugard. (N) Syndicated

Dr. Phil Guests discuss their addictions to prescription drugs. (N) Syndicated

The Ellen DeGeneres Show Jimmy Smits; T.R. Knight ("Parade"); Daughtry performs. (N) Syndicated

The Dr. Oz Show The five most toxic rooms in a house; an Army wife wants to lose weight before her husband returns from Iraq; shocking cures and treatments for headaches. (N) Syndicated

Larry King Live (N) 6 and 9 p.m. CNN

Tavis Smiley Author James Ellroy. (N) 7 and 11 p.m. PBS

The Jay Leno Show John C. Reilly; Ben Roethlisberger. (N) 10 p.m. NBC

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (N) 11 p.m. Comedy Central

Charlie Rose House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.). (N) 11:30 p.m. PBS

Late Show With David Letterman Sienna Miller; Aziz Ansari; Dead by Sunrise performs. (N) 11:35 p.m. CBS

The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien Ice-T; Eddie Izzard; The Flaming Lips perform. (N) 11:35 p.m. NBC

Nightline (N) 11:35 p.m. ABC

Jimmy Kimmel Live Jack Black; latest "Dancing With the Stars" castoff; Cobra Starship performs. (N) 12:06 a.m. ABC

The Late Late Show Tim Robbins; Adam Goldberg. (N) 12:37 a.m. CBS

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Andy Samberg; Baaba Maal performs with the Brazilian Girls. (N) 12:37 a.m. NBC

Last Call With Carson Daly Chris Kattan; Lily Allen performs. (N) 1:36 a.m. NBC

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/show...ws14.html#more
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This Week's College Football in HD

All times are Eastern

Note: These BCS rankings are replicated by Jerry Palm at collegebcs.com using precisely the same computer models as the BCS. The first official rankings will be released October 19th
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Tonight
#98 Arkansas State (3-2) at # 83 Louisiana-Monroe (1-3) 8 p.m. ESPN2 (HD)

Tomorrow
# 5 Boise State (5-0)
at #58 Tulsa (4-1) 8 p.m. ESPN

Thursday
#9 Cincinnati (5-0)at # 21 South Florida (5-0) 7:30 p.m. ESPN
NR Howard (2-3) at NR Morgan State (4-1) 7:30 p.m. ESPNU

Friday
#34 Pittsburgh (5-1) at #51 Rutgers (4-1) 8 p.m. ESPN

Saturday
NR Delaware State (1-3) at #39 Michigan (4-2) 12 noon BTN
#10 Iowa (6-0)at #22 Wisconsin (5-1) 12 noon ESPN
#73 Northwestern (4-2) at #41 Michigan State (3-3) 12 noon . ESPN2
#8 Ohio State (5-1)
at #102 Purdue (1-5) 12 noon BTN
#20 Oklahoma (3-2)
vs. #3 Texas (5-0) 12 noon ABC
#50 Wake Forest (4-2) at #61 Clemson (2-3) 12 noon Raycom
#47 Georgia (3-3) at #108 Vanderbilt (2-4) 12:21 p.m. SEC Network
#80 Mississippi State (2-4) at #68 Middle Tennessee (3-2) 12:30 p.m. ESPNU
NR Princeton (1-3) at NR Brown (2-2) 12:30 p.m. Versus
#37 Arkansas (3-2) at #1 Florida (5-0) 3:30 p.m. CBS
#33 California (3-2) at #44 UCLA (3-2) 3:30 p.m. ABC Regional
#28 Houston (4-1) at #94 Tulane (2-3) 3:30 p.m. CBSC
#49 Minnesota (4-2) at #15 Penn State (5-1) 3:30 p.m. (ABC Regional / ESPN (to homes not receiving game on ABC)
#75 North Carolina State (3-3) at #48 Boston College (4-2) 3:30 p.m. ABC Regional / ESPN Regional (SD)
#57 Texas Tech (4-2) at #16 Nebraska (4-1) 3:30 p.m. ABC Regional
#6 USC (4-1)
at #24 Notre Dame (4-1) 3:30 p.m. NBC
#66 Colorado State (3-3) at #11 TCU (5-0) 4 p.m. Versus
#71 Virginia (2-3) at #85 Maryland (2-4) 4 p.m. ESPNU
#4 Virginia Tech (5-1)
at #17 Georgia Tech (5-1) 6 p.m. ESPN2
#100 Illinois (1-4) at #72 Indiana (3-3) 7 BTN
#14 Kansas (5-0)
at #97 Colorado (1-4) 7 FSN
#96 UAB (2-3) at #32 Ole Miss (3-2) 7 (FSS / SUN)
#52 Kentucky (2-3) at #25 Auburn (5-1) 7:30 p.m. ESPNU
#12 Miami (4-1)
at #88 Central Florida (3-2) 7:30 p.m. CBSC
#36 Stanford (4-2) at #31 Arizona (3-2) 7:30 p.m. Versus
#23 South Carolina (5-1)
at #2 Alabama (6-0) 7:45 p.m. ESPN
#30 Missouri (4-1) at #18 Oklahoma State (4-1) 9:15 p.m. ESPN2
#29 Washington (3-3) at #56 Arizona State (3-2) 10 p.m. FSN

ESPN Game Plan (All games in SD)
Wake Forest at Clemson 12 noon.
Louisville at Connecticut 12 noon
Georgia at Vanderbilt 12:21 p.m.
Rice at East Carolina 3:30 p.m.
North Carolina State at Boston College 3:30 p.m.
California at UCLA 3:30 p.m.
Texas Tech at Nebraska 3:30 p.m.
UAB at Ole Miss 7 p.m.
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Ok, so I'm watching the first episode of Three Rivers and wondering if I should finish it and watch the second episode. I don't mind another doc show and I like the techie stuff, but so far the acting is bland and seems forced. Is it just me? Does it improve? Is this the first CBS drama I'll opt out of in quite a few years? How can Alex be so good in Moonlight and look so uncomfortable here? Inquiring minds want to know.

I can't speak as to the quality but I can tell you that the ratings have been horrible and the show is far and away in the lead for being the first show CBS cancels this season....so even if the quality improves I'd advise against getting to attached. Sorry to be the bearer of (likely) bad news.
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Cop shows can't be quality dramas?

"Wired", "The Shield", "Homicide, Life On The Street", "Hill Street Blues", "Law & Order" to name just a few.

I'm talking about the standard procedural:

A diverse band of young, beautiful public servants use technology and teamwork to solve urban crimes, all of which are committed by wealthy WASPs in penthouses.
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Critic’s Notes
On The Air Tonight
'Frontline' examines the war in Afghanistan

By Roger Catlin, Hartford Courant TV Critic, in his “TV Eye” blog, October 13, 2009

The 26th season of "Frontline" (PBS, 9 p.m.) can't come too soon. Its initial report, a bracing look at the mayhem in Afghanistan at a time the administration is considering whether to increase the number of troops there is an essential review of what's been happening. Those who assume a left tilt for the program after eight years of strong reports during the Bush years will see that the team takes no sides by calling this report "Obama's War."

It begins with some startling video from the frontline that's as brutal and immediate (and profane) as anything from "Generation Kill" before reporter Martin Smith gets some sober answers from officials, such as ambassador Richard Holbrooke, special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, who admits "This is not nation building."

The season premiere of "Independent Lens" (PBS, 10 p.m.) features a delightful look at an elderly couple who have been quietly amassing an amazing collection of conceptual contemporary art. "Herb and Dorothy" doesn't stress enough their modest background - he was a postal worker, she a librarian - but follows them as the darlings of the contemporary art world. Director Megumi Sasaki captures how the couple sees the sometimes difficult art as something well beyond mere commodities.

The second in the "30 for 30" documentary films on ESPN underscores a theme from the first: The effect on a community when a beloved sports figure or franchise leaves a community. "The Band That Wouldn't Die" (ESPN, 8 p.m.) is set in Baltimore, where the 1984 departure of the Colts to Indianapolis in the dark of night, led to the determination of the community marching band they left behind to continue marching, until the Ravens came to town. Famous Baltimore native Barry Levinson ("Diner") directs. Is it too late for them to make a film about the departure of the Hartford Whalers?

A device whose maintenance required a trip to space is covered in "Hubble's Amazing Rescue" on "Nova" (PBS, 8 p.m.).

Gordon Ramsay chooses a winner for "Hell's Kitchen" (Fox, 8 p.m.) between three finalists Dave, Kevin and Ariel. No audience votes allowed.

Meanwhile, the field is cut to 10 on "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 9 p.m.) and there will be two performances by Shakira, whom nobody can move quite like.

The first gay couple to appear on "The Newlywed Game" (GSN, 6 p.m.) is also a celebrity one: George Takei and Brad Altman.

The VH1 Hip Hop Honors (VH1, 9 p.m.) salutes the stars of the Def Jam label, marking its 25th anniversary this year. Many of that roster's stars, such as Public Enemy, Ghostface Killah, Fabolous, EPMD, Ludacris, Method Man, Scarface, Warren G, Rick Ross, Onyx, Redman and the Roots are slated to perform, as will Mary J. Blige, Ja Rule, Kid Rock, Foxy Brown, Ashanti and DMX. Tracy Morgan hosts.

Elsewhere in the hip-hop world, Farmington landowner 50 Cent is profiled in his own "Behind the Music" (VH1, 8 p.m.).

A look at the recent rise in flesh-eating films is found in "Starz Inside: Zombiemania" (Starz, 10 p.m.), featuring contributions from director George A. Romero, author Max Brooks and speclal effects masters Tom Savini and Greg Nicotero.


http://blogs.courant.com/roger_catlin_tv_eye/
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The TV Column
NBC Rains on 'Glee's' Thanksgiving Day Parade
By Lisa de Moraes Washington Post Television writer, Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The gang behind "Glee," the new Fox series about a dweeby high school glee club, is very sad because they thought they'd been invited to perform at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, only now they're not.

The invitation was withdrawn after NBC, which shells out millions for exclusive broadcast rights to the parade performances, told Macy's ixnay on the "Eeglay."

"As you know, the GLEE kids were invited to ride a float in the MACY's parade and do 'Don't Stop Believin',' " said an internal memo circulating the halls of 20th Century Fox TV, which produces the show for the Fox broadcast network.

"We were already discussing wardrobe and choreography when we heard late last week that NBC was forcing the parade producers to withdraw the invitation because 'Glee' aired on a competing network."

Macy's and 20th Century Fox TV had their first date to discuss "Glee" a couple of weeks ago, according to a studio insider, who did not want to be named (because the person would get in trouble). The two parties hit it off so well that in no time they were discussing details like what float the cast members would ride on along the parade route, how they would perform on the stage that is set up every year right outside Macy's flagship store in midtown Manhattan, at what hotel the cast would be put up, etc.

Then, out of the blue, Macy's called and broke up with "Glee," saying it had to withdraw the offer after NBC told the store it did not want the Fox series, which is far from being an out-of-the-gate hit, getting a big fat plug on NBC's parade broadcast.

An NBC insider said the network traditionally works with Macy's to decide what performers are approached about doing numbers during the parade. In this case, says the network insider (who also did not want to be named because the person also would get in trouble), Macy's had extended the invitation to "Glee" before informing NBC.

A Macy's rep wasn't going there -- and would only tell the TV Column that the event's "bookings process is fluid and because of that we don't confirm [who's performing] until Nov. 1."

Which is hooey, according to people we talked to at other non-Fox, non-NBC networks that have had cast members from their shows perform in the parade in years past and who say those bookings are often locked in as early as mid-October. Which is, of course, now.

For the record, NBC and 20th Century Fox TV declined to comment for this column.

But, according to the production-house source who cannot be named, the Macy's people said NBC had "never batted an eyelash" in the past when the department store chain invited winners from "American Idol" (also a Fox show) to perform at the parade. Ditto when Macy's invited cast members from Disney Channel's "High School Musical."

NBC only required that the competitors' shows be a "cultural touchstone of the moment, which, the source said, " 'Glee' clearly is."

Let's set aside the discussion of whether a broadcast TV show that clocks around 8 million viewers qualifies as "cultural touchstone." Yes, we know, "Glee" tunes do really well on iTunes -- which is just another way of saying the parameters for success on broadcast TV are tougher than for any other slice of the entertainment industry. Put another way: 1 million album sales takes you platinum and makes you a star, but 1 million viewers gets you canceled on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and, usually, even CW.

Here's the bigger picture. Broadcast networks do not, as a rule, do other broadcast networks a favor. NBC has never allowed Macy's to feature the cast members of "American Idol" performing in the parade. What they have okayed is featuring the winner of the most recent edition of "Idol" (which would have wrapped six months earlier, because the program airs from January through May), a winner who would be putting out an album for the holiday season, to perform during the parade. This is not doing "Idol" any favor. This is "Idol" doing NBC a favor, frankly, what with the competition show still capable of attracting an audience of nearly 30 million viewers.

Letting the cast of "Glee" perform in the parade, on the other hand, would be doing "Glee" -- and Fox -- a whopping favor. It's hard to imagine NBC being okay with coughing up millions of dollars for the exclusive broadcast rights to the parade performances and then standing by while Macy's puts a competing network's hit-in-search-of-an-audience in front of the parade's more than 20 million viewers.

Now, about "High School Musical." Regardless of whether the broadcast networks should make distinctions between broadcast shows and cable shows, they do so anyway. Broadcast networks are direct competitors; cable networks, not so much. That's why you will see ads for cable networks during commercial breaks on broadcast TV shows. I know it's strange, but there it is.

So yes, NBC gave Macy's the thumbs-up when Macy's wanted to feature a performance by four cast members of "HSM" back in November 2006, when the Disney program had premiered with a "Glee"-like 8 million viewers and the companion CD was on track to be the top-selling album of the year. Since then, some cast members from the "HSM" franchise have performed in the parade.

And, then, of course, there's the whole "family viewing" issue. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the premiere family telecasts of the year. "Glee," meanwhile, in its few weeks on the air, has already plowed through story lines about faked pregnancies, head cheerleaders lying about who is their baby daddy, recreational bulimia, and the glee club getting revved up on decongestants pushed on them by the high school Spanish teacher's wife.

Then of course there's that ongoing gag about the high school's football hero who, every time he starts to become sexually aroused, flashes back to when he hit a mail carrier with his car.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...202899_pf.html
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TV Notes
Tuesday’s TV Highlights
Nova goes into orbit

(Note most times are ET/PT. Live sports are Pacific Time. For cable and PBS shows, check your local listings.)

SERIES

Explorer: The new episode "Secret History of Gold" probes the dark underbelly of the gold trade with a treasure hunter and an illegal miner (7 and 10 p.m. National Geographic).

The Biggest Loser: A challenge winner gets to divide the contestants into two teams, each of which will train with either Jillian Michaels or Bob Harper, in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC).

Nova: 'Hubble's Amazing Rescue' documents the recent shuttle mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope (8 p.m. PBS).

90210: Silver and Kelly (Jessica Stroup, Jennie Garth) deal with shocking news about their mother (Ann Gillespie) (8 p.m. CW).

Shark Tank: A veterinarian claims a product will prevent cancer in pets (8 p.m. ABC).

Hell's Kitchen: International culinary experts serve as guest judges when the three finalists create dishes from various parts of the world. Then the final two chefs do battle in the final challenge and dinner service before chef Ramsay chooses the winner (8 p.m. Fox).

NCIS: Los Angeles: An Iraqi businessman is murdered and the team searches for the former Marine who was hired to protect him (9 p.m. CBS).

Melrose Place: A famous fashion designer (Kevin Alejandro) wants Riley (Jessica Lucas) to be the face of his new jeans campaign and Lauren (Stephanie Jacobsen) takes a job on a yacht (9 p.m. CW).

Frontline: The new episode "Obama's War" documents the U.S. counterinsurgency strategy used in Afghanistan and Pakistan (9 p.m. KPBS).

Independent Lens: The documentary series kicks off a new season with "Herb and Dorothy," a profile of Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a postal clerk and a librarian who built one of the most important contemporary art collections in history, proving that you "don't have to be a Rockefeller" to collect art (10 p.m. PBS).

SPECIALS

Bizarre Dinosaurs: The life, combat and death of strange beasts that roamed the planet 100 million years ago provide insight on evolution as world-renowned paleontologists comb the globe in search of lesser-known and surprising members of the dinosaur family (5 and 8 p.m. NGC).

Cast Confessions: The Facts of Life: Footage and interviews with cast members, writers and network executives reveal backstage secrets and hidden drama behind the TV series "The Facts of Life" (7 and 11 p.m. Biography).

MOVIES

Dan in Real Life: Widower and single father Dan (Steve Carell) falls for a woman (Juliette Binoche) he soon learns is dating his brother (Dane Cook) in this 2007 comedy (6:40 p.m. Starz).

Wyatt Earp: Kevin Costner is reunited with director Lawrence Kasdan ("Silverado") for this 1994 epic. Gene Hackman, Dennis Quaid, Mark Harmon, JoBeth Williams, Mare Winningham and Bill Pullman star (8 p.m. AMC).

SPORTS

Soccer: FIFA U-20 World Cup: Semifinals (7:15 a.m.; 10:45 a.m. ESPN2).

College football: Arkansas State at Louisiana-Monroe (5 p.m. ESPN2).

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TV Review
Nova Season premiere:

Close-up look at 'Hubble's Amazing Rescue"
By Jonathan Storm, Philadelphia Inquirer Television Critic, October 13, 2009

The science show Nova tonight has "Hubble's Amazing Rescue," at 8 on PBS. The title doesn't lie.

You're unscrewing the cover to put a new bulb in a light fixture. Oooops. Now where did that darn screw go?

There are 117 screws in one of the electronic circuit boards of the Hubble Space Telescope. Drop them in outer space, and those little metal bits would just float around, maybe into the telescope itself where they could rip the fine-tuned instruments apart. And the guy who has to remove them is wearing five-pound gloves.

But first, astronaut Mike Massimino has to get this handrail out of the way, and it has a stripped bolt, and it's going nowhere. "I thought it was a nightmare," he told TV critics at their summer gathering in Los Angeles. "I remember transmitting around the payload bay thinking . . . 'I'm going to go down in the history books as, we would know if there is life on other planets, but Mike screwed up on the mission, and now we won't ever know."

Eventually, he just yanked it off - with all their technical specs, the folks on the ground knew it would take precisely 60 pounds of torque - and it didn't spring back and put a hole in his space suit, and it didn't smash his helmet, and he didn't boil to death in the vacuum of space.

You may recall that in 2004, then NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe eliminated space shuttle missions to repair the Hubble, saying that after the Columbia and Challenger disasters, in which 14 people died, they were simply too dangerous.

The telescope, however, was designed for periodic repairs by people. NASA estimates the one documented in tonight's Nova, completed in May, should give the 19-year-old girl at least five more years of service.

Physicist/astronomer John M. Grunsfeld, lead spacewalker on the other team that fixes the telescope on tonight's show, was finishing his tenure as NASA chief scientist when O'Keefe made his decision. He and Frank Cepollina, project manager for Hubble servicing at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, immediately lobbied to revive the program.

"We were thrilled to put the shuttle mission back on," Grunsfeld said Friday on the phone from Houston, where he had just returned after a star-viewing party with President Obama on the White House lawn. "Now we have essentially a brand new telescope. The mission was a validation of this model for Hubble, designed to take complete advantage of the shuttle's capabilities."

Tonight's show takes full advantage of television's capabilities. Filmmaker Rushmore DeNooyer spent two years with the seven-person crew as it trained for the mission.

His footage is fascinating, as the spacewalkers practice for hours a day in a huge pool called the Neutral Buoyancy Lab. You need weightlessness to maneuver in a 300-pound space suit that is impossible to manipulate in Earth's gravity.

But it's the film taken by the astronauts 350 miles above Earth that provides the real excitement, as suspense music fitting for CSI: Miami plays in the background.

Nova has always been about people and emotions, and it makes science so much more accessible. This one focuses on the mission, which made the telescope 10 to 70 times more powerful, not on the head-scratching wonders Hubble has uncovered.

"Over the summer," Grunsfeld said, the new camera he installed "has demonstrated so much more sensitivity and high resolution that it has found half a dozen of the farthest galaxies in the universe, very close to its origin, 12.9 billion years old, within 700 million of the Big Bang.

"And that's just a warm-up."

You don't need to be some hot-shot military pilot to be an astronaut anymore, though it might help to understand the science. "Essentially, you send in a resume and an application," Grunsfeld said. "It's Government Standard Form 171. It's surprising, you know. There's a blank that says 'desired occupation,' and you write 'astronaut.' "

The telescope itself and the intelligence and courage of the people who service it are testimony to the human spirit and the intense curiosity of humans to try to understand their universe.

There are lots of those amazing deep-space shots that, to the untrained eye, don't look a whole lot different from the in-the-body miniature stuff you see on CSI.

The most impressive celestial body, however, is the Earth, a huge blue-and-white curve in the background as the astronauts work.

"Even though I've seen the pictures before," Grunsfeld said, "every mission is incredibly moving, this beautiful planet and its incredibly thin atmosphere. I never tire of seeing Planet Earth. . ..

"When folks view the Earth from space, they can't help but think about some of the shortsighted decisions that are made there. It is our own space shuttle.

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/magaz...cue_quot_.html
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The TV Column
NBC Rains on 'Glee's' Thanksgiving Day Parade
By Lisa de Moraes Washington Post Television writer, Tuesday, October 13, 2009

This kind of actually irritates me. Let the fans of the parade hear the cast of Glee. Heck, NBC could conveniently go to commercial break when it is time for the Glee cast to pass by their broadcast, if they are that snarky/stuck up about it. Then maybe we can at least get it on YouTube from parade attendees.
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Business as usual.

The other networks are keeping their stars off of "Leno", ESPN routinely all but ignores sports/teams/leagues it doesn't carry.

So what else is new?
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I can't speak as to the quality but I can tell you that the ratings have been horrible and the show is far and away in the lead for being the first show CBS cancels this season....so even if the quality improves I'd advise against getting to attached. Sorry to be the bearer of (likely) bad news.

Don't be sorry, I'm not attached to it all. I just liked Moonlight and was hoping this would work out for Alex. I also find I don't have the time to pay attention to all the shows I'm recording, so I need to cut the weaker ones. I was just making sure it wasn't just me. I noted the ratings for the 1st week and didn't really expect them to improve after watching the episode, but thought I'd ask. Thanks, I took it off my list.
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Critic's Notes
On The Air Tonight
'Frontline' examines the war in Afghanistan

By Roger Catlin, Hartford Courant TV Critic, in his TV Eye blog, October 13, 2009

The 26th season of "Frontline" (PBS, 9 p.m.) can't come too soon. Its initial report, a bracing look at the mayhem in Afghanistan at a time the administration is considering whether to increase the number of troops there is an essential review of what's been happening. Those who assume a left tilt for the program after eight years of strong reports during the Bush years will see that the team takes no sides by calling this report "Obama's War."

I usually don't watch Frontline, but I saw an excerpt of this on O'Reilly last night and I've got it set to record.
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I am not sure about cable nets, but foreign ownership is a no-no for broadcast stations at least, and I believe as a majority or controlling owner of networks, too.

Murdoch had to become an American citizen, finally, to beat that regulation.


That explains it then. Thanks.

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Business Notes
Comcast Seeks NBC Sports Muscle

By Sam Schechner, The Wall Street Journal, October 12, 2009

Comcast

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...075917016.html

This makes me happy. Competition is good, and ESPN needs it.
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The TV Column
NBC Rains on 'Glee's' Thanksgiving Day Parade
By Lisa de Moraes Washington Post Television writer, Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The invitation was withdrawn after NBC, which shells out millions for exclusive broadcast rights to the parade performances, told Macy's ixnay on the "Eeglay."

I don't watch Glee, but this is BS and just one more nail in NBCs coffin. I just went through my DVR list and deleted all NBC network programming. I even added Glee and assume I will be able to catch up if I find I like it.
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Business as usual.

The other networks are keeping their stars off of "Leno", ESPN routinely all but ignores sports/teams/leagues it doesn't carry.

So what else is new?

IMHO, Leno is totally different, that is direct network competition. Who broadcasts a public parade should have no say in who is invited to participate. As bpeacock22 mentioned, if they don't want to show Glee, go to a commercial.

As for ESPN, I think they only hurt themselves doing that, but they are free to ignore. That is different that agreeing to carry a sport only if they can dictate who gets to play, like the PGA Invitational golf tournament or something. If some network started a race team, would the network that had the rights not cover NASCAR? Gee, maybe that's a way for Fox or someone to insure they get the NFL rights cheap. Just start up an NFL team and no one else will want the rights. The Fox Rams, there's the ticket.
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Re Glee, I think the blame is more with Macys than NBC. They should have retained control of the parade.
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TV Notes
'Southland' might have new home at TNT

Good news, another show I can watch in nausea inducing stretch-o-vision!
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I don't watch Glee, but this is BS and just one more nail in NBCs coffin. I just went through my DVR list and deleted all NBC network programming. I even added Glee and assume I will be able to catch up if I find I like it.


BS? This is normal business. This is nothing new. Where have you been?
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World Series Game 4 just got a tremendous leadin.
NFL/Fox moved Favre @ Packers from 1:00 to 4:15.
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Good news, another show I can watch in nausea inducing stretch-o-vision!


They shouldn't be stretching it since it's recorded in HD.
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World Series Game 4 just got a tremendous leadin.
NFL/Fox moved Favre @ Packers from 1:00 to 4:15.

How did they pull that off? I thought there was some sort of unwritten agreement that the Jets and Giant do not play at the same time. And the Jets play late that day.
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How did they pull that off? I thought there was some sort of unwritten agreement that the Jets and Giant do not play at the same time. And the Jets play late that day.



What do the Jets and Giants have to do with a game between Minnesota and Green Bay?
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How did they pull that off? I thought there was some sort of unwritten agreement that the Jets and Giant do not play at the same time. And the Jets play late that day.

there would need to be a written agreement for that to work. An unwritten agreement doesn't mean much.
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Now I see. They also moved the Giants at Eagles game to 1:00 due to a potential conflict should the Phillies make the World Series since they would be home too and the two stadiums share the same parking. So now both the Jets and Giants play at 1:00 that day. Well that would be the 2nd time this season that happens as it already happened in week 3 due to Yom Kippur.
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