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In my flu induced delirium this week I believe I saw a preview for Bones where this intrepid team of geniuses 'solve' the Kennedy assassination.

Have you see any commentary on this?

It strikes me as being in really poor taste, but then again I've been curled up in the fetal position, drenched in sweat, next to some cool porcelain. There's some HD I could really have lived without.
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Critic’s Notes
Gaspin: Late-Night Scuffle Won't Permanently Hurt Leno
Tonight Show was on track to lose money in 2010 -- a first for the 56-year-old franchise

By Marisa Guthrie -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/21/2010

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/art..._Hurt_Leno.php

Wow... first time losing cash. I'm not really following this story, but I can see why NBC wanted to make a change. Looks like Conan was a flop.
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In my flu induced delirium this week I believe I saw a preview for Bones where this intrepid team of geniuses 'solve' the Kennedy assassination.

Like Lincoln/ Booth, the Kennedy/Oswald assassination burned its way like molten lava into the American psyche and zeitgeist. Both will always furnish plentiful dramatic fodder for both playwrights and conspiracy theorists seeking to explore the American subconscious. I'm a sucker for this stuff so I'll tune in. Thanks for the heads up (even though I never watch this show - it's a procedural, for godsake).
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TV Notes
Rob Lowe exiting 'Brothers & Sisters'
Played Robert McCallister on ABC drama for four seasons

By Nellie Andreeva, The Hollywood Reporter, Jan 21, 2010

Rob Lowe is leaving another drama series after four seasons.

Lowe will depart ABC’s family drama "Brothers & Sisters," the network confirmed.

Lowe joined “Brothers & Sisters” shortly after the start of the series in the fall of 2006 as a recurring and was quickly promoted to regular, playing Sen. Robert McCallister.

While he has played a key role in several story lines on the show, mostly through his romantic relationship with Kitty (Calista Flockhart), McCallister has never risen to the level of prominence of the Walker family members, who are at the center of the show.

The exit is not as dramatic as Lowe’s 2002 departure from NBC’s “The West Wing” after four seasons over a salary dispute.

And Lowe may continue on ABC.

"We would like to keep Rob at ABC," the network’s entertainment president Steve McPherson said in a statement. "We feel he should be anchoring his own franchise. We are in talks now."

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/...ontent=Twitter
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TV Notes
Gag Order: Conan O'Brien Promises Not to Be Mean to His Old Bosses
Can Snarky Comic Stop Jabbing NBC? $45 Million Says Yes—For Now

By Shira Ovide and Lauren A.E. Schuker, The Wall Street Journal, Jan 21, 2010

How does a professional disparager honor a nondisparagement clause? Conan O'Brien is about to find out.

Mr. O'Brien and his team are walking away from NBC with a whopping $45 million settlement, but there's a condition: he can't bad-mouth the Peacock Network and its top brass.

Conan O'Brien ran with a crowd of fans Monday from Lankershim Boulevard to Universal Studios.

"We wanted to give him a graceful exit. Hopefully he will be graceful," Jeff Gaspin, chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment, said of Mr. O'Brien, whose last show is Friday.

Being tactful has never been part of Mr. O'Brien's comedic repertoire. While nondisparagement clauses aren't unusual in top-dollar settlements, this one raises obvious questions about how a comedian can go about his work when he is gagged from doing gags.

In recent shows, Mr. O'Brien has joked about getting around nondisparagement constraints. "Luckily, folks, they're not saying I can't sing anything negative about the network," Mr. O'Brien said on his show this week, and then broke into an impromptu tune with the line: "Morons, incompetent morons, these people are morons…la de de de." The next night, he repeated a similar sentiment, this time in Spanish.

"I would think that it would still be disparaging," said Scott J. Witlin, an employment-law attorney at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, when asked if a sing-song or Spanish trash-talking of NBC brass still counts as disparagement.

NBC has been pummeled on the late-night circuit in the past week after its plan to displace Mr. O'Brien in favor of Jay Leno came to light. As negotiations with Mr. O'Brien turned sour last week and the comedian ramped up the NBC jokes on "The Tonight Show," the network insisted on including an eight-month nondisparagement clause as part of a settlement.

Mr. O'Brien's camp fired back, demanding its own clause requiring that NBC executives not disparage the comedian, according to people familiar with the situation. The only person who isn't bound by such a clause is Mr. Leno, who will return to "The Tonight Show" hot-seat on March 1.

"Conan will absolutely abide by all terms of his agreement," Mr. O'Brien's manager Gavin Polone said. Asked whether Mr. O'Brien would comment for this story, Mr. Polone said: "Good one. You should write for his show."

"There are probably ways for Conan to get around the nondisparagement clause," says Pierce O'Donnell, an entertainment lawyer who has worked for NBC in the past. "But he will have to be very, very circumspect. " Mr. O'Donnell couldn't resist firing off a zinger himself: "I just hope the jokes he tells are better than the ones he was telling on the 'Tonight Show.' "

Taking shots at the "suits" has long been a sport of television comics. Over his 30-year career, Johnny Carson gently ribbed his corporate bosses on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson," referring to parent company General Electric Co. as the "conglomerate with a heart." Once Mr. Carson announced plans to retire from "The Tonight Show," he joked in 1991: "GE already sold my parking spot to Fotomat."

The targeting has become increasingly overt over the years, however. When GE bought NBC's parent RCA in 1986, late-night host David Letterman strode to the GE building to deliver a fruit basket to his new owners, complete with a camera crew that filmed him being escorted out of the building. "This is going to be fun to work with these people, isn't it?" Mr. Letterman said. Mr. Letterman left NBC in 1993.

"The Simpsons" pokes frequent fun at the Fox Network and parent company News Corp., which also owns The Wall Street Journal. Al Jean, an executive producer for the show, said one Fox joke involved a parody of the news "crawl" running on News Corp. cable-news network Fox News. "It had things like 'Albert Einstein plus Brad Pitt equals Dick Cheney,' and then there was another one that said, 'Do Democrats Cause Cancer?' " said Mr. Jean, who said the network executives don't complain about the jokes. "I did an interview for Fox News and the guy who writes the crawl came out and shook my hand," Mr. Jean said. "He loved it."

Tomorrow night is officially Conan O'Brien's last show, as the late night host and NBC reach a deal rumored to cost the network $44 million, Sam Schechner reports.

Asked if good humor springs from anger, Mr. Jean said, "Yes, which is why comedy is enjoying a real boom these days."

On NBC, the comedy "30 Rock" revolves in part around poking fun at GE. Alec Baldwin's character, Jack Donaghy, manages both the NBC network and GE's microwave oven division that jokingly launched a "trivection" oven during Season 1. An episode last January called "Retreat to Move Forward" made fun of the Six Sigma management practice used extensively within GE. The pillars of the Six Sigma business philosophy, the episode said, stand for "teamwork, insight, brutality, male enhancement, hand shakefulness and play hard."

GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt has been a good sport about the ribbing. During an interview with the Wall Street Journal last year, he said "30 Rock" was his favorite show. "We're the butt of every joke," he said. "But it's a great show."

Insiders at GE say that the company doesn't mind self-deprecating humor but wants its anchors and comedians to show loyalty to GE and NBC, and be team players. When it turns hostile, as they feel it has with Mr. O'Brien more recently, GE has a harder time finding humor in the situation, they said.

Mr. O'Brien's settlement prevents him from hosting a new show before September. There are also restrictions on him appearing in print and on air: while he can do guest appearances as a character on a TV show, he can't do interviews, according to people familiar with the situation.

Attorneys and Hollywood agents said few ex-employees who have agreed to non-disparagement clauses dare to bad-mouth because of the risk of losing money or being sued.

"He has 45 million reasons to not disparage anyone," says Eric Gold, a Hollywood manager whose clients include comedian Ellen Degeneres and Jim Carrey.

After September, Mr. O'Brien will be free to let rip. Among possible destinations is Fox, which is considering adding a late-night show to its line-up.

Michael Ian Black, a comedian whose most recent show is on Viacom Inc.'s Comedy Central, had this advice for Mr. O'Brien: "Make fun of whoever his new boss is. People always love it when you stick it to the man—and if the man happens to be named Rupert Murdoch, all the better."

—Sam Schechner and Paul Glader contributed to this article.

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TV Notes
Conan's contract points you might not know about

By James Hibberd in the The Hollywood Reporter LiveFeed blog, January 21, 2010

Conan O'Brien continues to relish his public divorce from NBC. Here's his monologue from Thursday night -- his second-to-last show on NBC:

I’m Conan O’Brien, future Donkey Kong champion.

Many of you have probably heard the news. NBC and I have finally reached a separation agreement. I knew it was official this morning when NBC dropped off all my CDs and picked up its lava lamp.

As you all know by now, tomorrow is our last show here. I’d like to apologize to the guests that were scheduled for next week: President Barack Obama, the Pope, the Queen of England, and our good friend, Elvis Presley.

You know, I’ve been with NBC for a really long time. Remember the Cosby show? I was Rudy!

I thought about something today – over the years I’ve made a lot of fun of Ryan Seacrest, Larry King, Spencer Pratt, Geraldo, David Hasselhoff, Kirstie Alley and Donald Trump. And here’s the messed up thing, they all still have shows.

All kidding aside it was announced today that last night NBC and I reached an agreement and tomorrow night will be the very last “Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.” Obviously this was not our first choice, but I’m determined to make the best of this situation. So here’s the plan. Tonight and tomorrow night we’re going to have a lot of fun on television. We have amazing guests stopping by. We have some really fun surprises planned. So tune in and let’s enjoy this...

NBC and I hammered out an agreement for wrapping up my time here as host of the Tonight Show. The general terms of the contract are all over the Internet. But there are some provisions in the contract you may not know about:

-I am prohibited from coming within 500 yards of 11:30.

-I must return the Etch-A-Sketch my contract was written on.

-I’m not allowed to make fun of NBC programming. I have to let the programming speak for itself.

-The cop who escorts me off the lot after my last show must have the rank of lieutenant or higher.

-Max Weinberg must surrender his key to the women’s locker room at the NBC gym.

-Have to watch at least one NBC show every weeknight in order to double ratings.

-Effective today, NBC will stop paying for Andy Richter’s medical marijuana, and medical Jack Daniels.

-Must stop production on my documentary expose of NBC: "Inside the '****."

Jay Leno made this simple statement at the start of his show:

NBC and Conan O'Brien made an announcement earlier today as many of you know Conan is leaving the network. His final show airs tomorrow night. I have chosen to stay on the Titanic. I don't believe the iceberg is that big, the biggest ship, this ship will never sink and Kev...when it does, Kev as it's sinking you will play us...you'll be here for us so. Apparently we'll be back on "The Tonight Show" March first after the Olympics, so that's pretty much where we are.


http://www.thrfeed.com/2010/01/conan...now-about.html
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TV Notes
Rob Lowe exiting 'Brothers & Sisters'
Played Robert McCallister on ABC drama for four seasons

By Nellie Andreeva, The Hollywood Reporter, Jan 21, 2010

Rob Lowe is leaving another drama series after four seasons.

Lowe will depart ABC’s family drama "Brothers & Sisters," the network confirmed.

Lowe joined “Brothers & Sisters” shortly after the start of the series in the fall of 2006 as a recurring and was quickly promoted to regular, playing Sen. Robert McCallister.

While he has played a key role in several story lines on the show, mostly through his romantic relationship with Kitty (Calista Flockhart), McCallister has never risen to the level of prominence of the Walker family members, who are at the center of the show.

The exit is not as dramatic as Lowe’s 2002 departure from NBC’s “The West Wing” after four seasons over a salary dispute.

And Lowe may continue on ABC.

Okay, I get that things may not be working out for you in a particular gig. I get that you may feel your awesome dramatic talents are being unappreciated or your dadgum attraction to the exec producer's precocious 16 year old daughter is being misperceived. I get all that. But why not negotiate these celestially important matters behind closed doors so that the show's writers can craft an unbelievably cool death/exit scene that provides the buzz that fuels and energizes a fanbase? Win-win, everybody's happy.

These guys are all actors. The "play's the thing". If you know it ain't working out and you and the show are going to part ways, why not let them work it into the plotline - let you go out with a bang, eh? Ah, I'm a romanticist. Pay me no mind.
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Critic’s Notes
Where’s Johnny? Good Manners Take Hiatus

By Alessandra Stanley, The New York Times, January 21, 2010

It was almost touching to see Conan O’Brien look so tickled about his sudden rise in ratings. The departing host of “The Tonight Show” looked less surprised than gratified, as if he had at last won the mass audience he believes he deserves.

People are riveted by the NBC debacle for reasons that have nothing to do with talent and everything to do with expectations. The Leno-O’Brien fracas is both shocking — an explosion of incivility that burns through late-night bonhomie — and also reassuring. It turns out that the cliché that comics are angry, bitter people deep down is true. NBC on Thursday confirmed it had reached a deal with Mr. O’Brien to walk away. And Mr. O’Brien, who is getting an estimated $32.5 million, is still using his last moments on the “Tonight” stage attacking the network. And that includes spending extravagantly on frills for the show, like the rights to use the Rolling Stones song “Satisfaction.”

Even the imperturbably jovial Jay Leno, who is getting what he wanted, namely “The Tonight Show” back, dropped his Everyman mask this week to aim a cross-network shot at David Letterman, who has mocked him and NBC unmercifully. “You know the best way to get Letterman to ignore you?” Mr. Leno said in his monologue on Wednesday. “Marry him.”

This normally doesn’t happen. Television in the reality-show era is a world of rudeness and disinhibition except on network late-night programs, where old-fashioned show business etiquette, the Johnny Carson model, still rules. In an era of the Internet and too much choice on cable, the traditional talk shows have lost their sovereignty — even mock-news programs like “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report” have siphoned away viewers. Classic late-night shows now distinguish themselves most by not being too distinctive.

However clownish, the late-night host is cool and self-contained, sending up the water-cooler follies of the day at a benevolent remove. Suddenly, Mr. Leno, Mr. O’Brien, Mr. Letterman and their ilk are the water-cooler folly, and they are neither removed nor benevolent. At times they have seemed as outraged and sanctimonious as the politicians, news anchors and movie stars they normally lampoon.

Mr. Leno and his peers will undoubtedly try to go back to normal once Mr. O’Brien is gone and his “Team CoCo” followers calm down, but the veneer of late-night niceness may be gone for good.

Mr. Letterman is an exception, of course. His comic style is laced with his peeves and personal grievances; when he lost “The Tonight Show” job to Mr. Leno in 1992 and moved to CBS the next year, he made a running joke of that setback and network executives, but after a while he mostly left Mr. Leno alone.

That ended almost as soon as NBC began its bizarre programming switcheroo, as the feeble ratings of Mr. Leno’s new 10 p.m. comedy show alarmed the network’s local affiliates. Mr. Letterman came down with a late-night version of posttraumatic stress disorder, reliving through Mr. O’Brien his own sense of ill treatment. His mockery of Mr. Leno has been savage — including high-pitched imitations of his rival’s voice — but he hasn’t let his allegiance to Mr. O’Brien totally cloud his own discontents. Noting Mr. O’Brien’s huge payout, Mr. Letterman said sourly, “You know, when I left NBC, all I got was a restraining order.”

Mr. Letterman’s barbs are some of the sharpest of the three, but they are not as unsettling because he has a long history of living his life onstage, notably when he told viewers he was being blackmailed over an affair with a staff member, and it turned out he wasn’t kidding.

Mr. Leno and Mr. O’Brien, on the other hand, keep their personal lives out of their comedy, trading instead on friendly facades — there is nothing dark or mysterious about them, or there wasn’t until now. Mr. Leno, who was magnanimous at first, has grown defensive and even somewhat surly, which clashes with his Teflon comic persona but is somewhat understandable: a jeering jury of his peers, including Jimmy Kimmel of ABC, portray him as a piggish diva who stole “The Tonight Show” after giving it to Mr. O’Brien.

And Mr. O’Brien, who began on a self-deprecating note, has turned more self-righteous in his monologues, blaming the network and Mr. Leno for taking back the show only seven months after he started. And his sense of betrayal is perhaps fanned by the followers who have held protests outside NBC headquarters at Rockefeller Center, as if the network is Myanmar and Mr. O’Brien the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of late-night comedy.

All the comedians have been funny about their plight, but at the moment it’s their lack of humor that is the spectacle. Viewers are transfixed like schoolchildren watching their teachers break into a food fight — delighted, but also disoriented.

Mr. O’Brien, whose settlement requires him to stay off television for seven months after Friday, will live to joke another day, and Mr. Leno has plenty of time to restore his nice-guy image. Mr. Letterman and the others will move on to other topics.

Contention is hardly rare anymore on television; it’s harmony that’s hard to find. The mystique of late night — the illusion of effortless wit and widespread good will — is the one thing that sets these shows apart and keeps viewers in the habit of tuning in. And that may never be fully restored.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/22/ar...&twt=NYTimesAd
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Bill Carter was on Joy Behar's show tonight and he said his sources have been silent today. Silent. It's so secret that even Carter is out of the loop. So maybe the secret is that Conan isn't leaving, Leno is.

I hope.

Finally we can stop hearing about this nonsense.
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Ya think?

I suspect we'll be hearing about it incessantly, with a spike around the end of February and again when and if Conan gets a new gig.
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The TV Column
Jay Leno to keynote White House Correspondents Dinner

By Lisa de Moraes Washington Post television writer, in her “TV Column” blog, January 21, 2009

White House Correspondents Association has picked this week's most unpopular stand-up comic Jay Leno be the keynote speaker at this year's White House Correspondents DInner.

An NBC rep confirmed the invitation to The TV Column.

In fairness, the association asked Leno weeks ago -- when he was just the host of a primetime show that was failing five nights a week.

But by the time he appears at the annual Washington bash, which the past few years has become a Hollywood Petting Zoo, Leno will be the guy who pushed Conan O'Brien out to become the newly returned host of NBC's "The Tonight Show." And the butt of pretty much every other talk show host's jokes for the past couple weeks.

In case you've missed the story, Leno retired from NBC's late-night show last year. But instead of spending more time with his cars, he hung around to help NBC with its Program to Margins campaign, and was given responsibility for doing the best darned 10 o'clock comedy show he could, so as to help out Conan O'Brien -- guy who had pushed him out of "The Tonight Show" gig -- by feeding Conan the biggest possible audience into the late night timeslot. That didn't go so well -- imagine!

NBC suits responded by announcing a demotion for Conan -- his "Tonight" was being moved and would, instead of starting at 11:30 p.m., start the next morning, so that they could give Jay back his old 11:35 p.m. "Tonight Show" start time. Conan refused and now Jay's got "The Tonight Show" back. And that, pookie, is how things are done in Hollywood.

Here's what Jay had to say on his soon-to-be-ex primetime show Thursday, about NBC's announcement that day that it had wrapped up a deal to show Conan the door:

"NBC and Conan O'Brien made an announcement earlier today as many of you know Conan is leaving the network. His final show airs tomorrow night.

"I have chosen to stay on the Titanic. I don't believe the iceberg is that big, the biggest ship, this ship will never sink and Kev...when it does, Kev as it's sinking you will play us...you'll be here for us so. Apparently we'll be back on 'The Tonight Show' March first after the Olympics, so that's pretty much where we are."

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/tvb...=moreheadlines
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
Friday’s Network Prime-Time Programming Options

(All shows are in HD unless noted as 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
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief. Celebrities raise money for the earthquake-ravaged nation.
10 20/20: Cases involving sexual harassment of teenagers in workplaces; singer Lady Gaga discusses her career and family; a whistleblower who uncovered fraudulent medical practices at a dental management company.

CBS:
8 Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief. Celebrities raise money for the earthquake-ravaged nation.
10 Medium (
R, November 6)

NBC:
8 Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief. Celebrities raise money for the earthquake-ravaged nation.
10 Dateline NBC

Fox:
8
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief. Celebrities raise money for the earthquake-ravaged nation.

PBS
8 Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief. Celebrities raise money for the earthquake-ravaged nation.
10 Bill Moyers Journal. Jean Johnson and Scott Bittle discuss energy options for the U.S.; professor Melissa Harris-Lacewell and journalist Eric Alterman.

The CW:
8
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief. Celebrities raise money for the earthquake-ravaged nation.

MNT:
8 WWE: Friday Night Smackdown! (two hours)
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TV Notes
Some Friday TV Highlights
Celebrities turn out to help Haiti

From the Los Angeles Times’ “Show Tracker” blog

(Note: times are generally ET/PT. Live event and sports times are Pacific. For PBS show start times please check your local listings.)

SPECIAL

‘HOPE FOR HAITI NOW’: The stars come out to raise money for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti in this two-hour special, airing commercial-free. George Clooney hosts from Los Angeles, with Wyclef Jean in New York and Anderson Cooper in Haiti (5 p.m. CNN, National Geographic; 8 p.m. CBS, NBC, The CW, ABC, Fox, PBS, BET, Bravo, Country Music Television, Comedy Central, E!, G4, HBO, MTV, Style, TNT, VH1).

SERIES

Caprica: This new series from the "Battlestar Galactica" universe is set 58 years before the events of "Battlestar" and reveals the genesis of the Cylons from the broken hearts of technologist Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz) and lawyer Joseph Adama (Esai Morales) -- yes, William's dad -- who seek to re-create the daughters they lost in a terrorist attack (9 p.m. Syfy).

What Not to Wear: Stacy and Clinton help a jazz vocalist who is a lifelong tomboy with an aversion to dressing up (9 p.m. TLC).

Ghost Adventures: Zak, Nick and Aaron are locked down near Venice, Italy, on a forbidden island formed from the ashes of all the dead burned and buried there, according to legend (9 p.m. Travel).

Spartacus: Blood and Sand: This new series features sex, violence and lots of blood in a modern re-imagination of Stanley Kubrick's "Spartacus" (10 p.m. Encore and Starz).

MOVIES

The Ruins: It's terror time for more youths who venture where they shouldn't in this horror story, adapted by Scott B. Smith from his own novel. Jena Malone, Shawn Ashmore and Jonathan Tucker are cast as vacationers lured into an excursion to a Maya temple where they encounter not only hostile locals but vines that appear to have a life of their own as they ward off intruders in this 2008 thriller (6:45 p.m. Cinemax).

A Raisin in the Sun: Proud and promising Walter Lee Younger (Sidney Poitier) and his family join forces against a series of obstacles keeping them from escaping their overcrowded Chicago neighborhood in favor of an all-white suburb. Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands and Louis Gossett Jr. also star in this amazing 1961 adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's stage play (7:15 p.m. TCM).

Dead Man Walking: Susan Sarandon delivers an Academy Award-winning performance as a nun who befriends a Louisiana death row inmate (Sean Penn) after she agrees to be his spiritual advisor in this 1995 drama directed by Tim Robbins. Raymond J. Barry and R. Lee Ermey also star (8:55 p.m. Showtime).

Aliens: More than 50 years after escaping death at the jaws of a voracious creature, Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) awakens from hypersleep to discover humans have settled on the alien planet, and communication with the settlement has been lost. With Marines in tow, Ripley blasts off on a tense rescue mission in director James Cameron's 1986 sequel to "Alien." Bill Paxton, Paul Reiser and Michael Biehn costar (10:30 p.m. AMC).

SPORTS

Pro basketball: The Lakers visit the New York Knicks (5 p.m. ESPN); the Chicago Bulls visit the Phoenix Suns (7:30 p.m. ESPN).

Tennis: Australian Open, third round, from Melbourne, Australia (6 p.m. and midnight ESPN2).


http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/
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O'Brien said tonight the music bit (Satisfaction) cost $1.4 mill.

Tonight, he had Kentucky Derby winner 'Mine That Bird' watching unauthorized NFL Super Bowl footage = over $4 mill...
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TV Notes
Conan O'Brien exploring options
Late-night host is being courted by several networks

By Nellie Andreeva, The Hollywood Reporter, Jan 21, 2010

Conan O'Brien is a free agent after his $33 million settlement with NBC was finally completed early Thursday morning -- but his hiatus probably won't last long.

As part of the overall payout from the Peacock, worth about $52.6 million with staff severance and shutdown costs, O'Brien will be allowed to join another network Sept. 1. With his demo ratings on "The Tonight Show" and his online popularity soaring during the final two weeks of his seven-month tenure, the comedian already is being courted by a number of networks.

Because O'Brien was formally under contract with NBC until Thursday morning, no formal talks have been initiated, but there have been a lot of informal inquiries.

Fox is the most logical option as that network has been trying to get into the late-night fray for decades and its brass repeatedly have stated their interest in O'Brien, whose core younger audience is a perfect fit for Fox's target demo.

Several cablers, including Fox sibling FX, USA, TNT/TBS, Comedy Central, HBO and Showtime, reportedly also have sent out feelers to explore the possibility of bringing O'Brien into their folds.

O'Brien's longtime manager Gavin Polone wouldn't be drawn on specifics about his client's plans but noted that he would like to "take advantage of all the momentum" on TV and online, where the popularity of "I'm with Coco"/"Team Conan" movements is growing rapidly.

With his quirky, offbeat sensibility, the comedian could be well suited for the cable world.

And he could feasibly do both cable and broadcast, said Shari Anne Brill, senior vp at ad buyer Carat.

Because clearing a late-night show with O'Brien on Fox would require extensive discussions with the network's affiliates that have commitments for airing off-net comedies in the 11 p.m. hour, O'Brien could debut on FX and then move to the broadcast network at a later date, she said.

First-run syndication is a longer shot. While Sony TV pursued a syndicated show with Jay Leno before he decided to stay at NBC for a primetime stint, syndicators do not seem in a hurry to raise their hands.

The reason: The main target for such a show would be the Fox stations, which, if interested in a late-night show with O'Brien, would give their blessing to Fox and get it from the network.

The dramatic denouement between O'Brien and NBC -- which was done at 1 a.m. PT and completely signed off at 3 a.m. -- was a fitting finale for the twists and turns of the past weeks.

The final $52.6 million tab include the $33 million settlement for O'Brien, about $7 million to pay out the contracts of "Tonight" sidekick Andy Richter and executive producer Jeff Ross and the rest going for severance expenses and shutdown costs.

The payoffs for the show's staffers, apparently more generous than the standard exit deals, are being supplemented by checks from O'Brien.

"He just wants to make sure they are taken care of," Polone said.

Ironically, despite the acrimonious divorce, O'Brien will stay in business with NBC through his company Conaco, which will remain based at NBC until the end of this development season and has several projects in contention at the network.

Also staying behind are the characters created by O'Brien on "Late Night" and "Tonight," whose rights are owned by NBC.

During his second-to-last "Tonight" on Thursday, O'Brien "revealed" some provisions from his contract with NBC.

Among them: "I am prohibited from coming within 500 yards of 11:30," and "I'm not allowed to make fun of NBC programming; I have to let the programming speak for itself."

Meanwhile, announcing his March 1 return to "Tonight" on his primetime show Thursday, Leno said, "I have chosen to stay on the Titanic."

Analyzing the aftermath of NBC's late-night shifts during the past seven months, most media pundits agree the network has been hurt.

"The decisions have hurt both NBC in the ratings and more importantly with their viewers who have to question whether the management at NBC knows what they are doing," Katz TV programming head Bill Carroll said.

John Rash, senior vp at Campbell Mithun, called the late-night fight "a distraction" at a time when the viewers' attention should've been focused on the upcoming Olympics.

NBC's fortnight of Olympics coverage will actually help put the late-night drama behind, according to Brill.

"It gives NBC a hiatus and hope that the public has some amnesia," she said.

As for the effects on Leno's ratings on "Tonight," Brill said, "It may hurt him for a little while, but I think the audience will come back."

James Hibberd in Los Angeles and Paul J. Gough in New York contributed to this report.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/...ontent=Twitter
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-Max Weinberg must surrender his key to the women’s locker room at the NBC gym.

Now that's the old Late Night Show humor I remember.
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CBS:
10 Medium (R, November 6)

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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
Friday's Network Prime-Time Programming Options

(All shows are in HD unless noted as 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
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief. Celebrities raise money for the earthquake-ravaged nation.
10 20/20: Cases involving sexual harassment of teenagers in workplaces; singer Lady Gaga discusses her career and family; a whistleblower who uncovered fraudulent medical practices at a dental management company.

CBS:
8 Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief. Celebrities raise money for the earthquake-ravaged nation.
10 Numb3rs (
R, November 6)

NBC:
8 Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief. Celebrities raise money for the earthquake-ravaged nation.
10 Dateline NBC

Fox:
8
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief. Celebrities raise money for the earthquake-ravaged nation.

PBS
8 Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief. Celebrities raise money for the earthquake-ravaged nation.
10 Bill Moyers Journal. Jean Johnson and Scott Bittle discuss energy options for the U.S.; professor Melissa Harris-Lacewell and journalist Eric Alterman.

The CW:
8
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief. Celebrities raise money for the earthquake-ravaged nation.

MNT:
8 WWE: Friday Night Smackdown! (two hours)
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Business Notes
Comcast to fight FCC ruling on sports telecasts

By Bob Fernandez , Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer, January 22, 2010

Comcast Corp. isn't surrendering its regional sports network to DirecTV and Dish Network without a fight.

A day after the Federal Communications Commission closed the "terrestrial loophole" that keeps Comcast SportsNet off satellite TV, company executive David L. Cohen said Comcast would challenge the FCC action in an administrative process at the federal agency.

DirecTV and Dish Network still must show that Comcast's exclusive right to the Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers through Comcast SportsNet has hurt them competitively, which Cohen says is not a slam dunk. He spoke on WIP-AM (610) sports radio.

Comcast also will tie the issue to DirecTV's Sunday Ticket package of out-of-market football games, Cohen said on the radio.

Cohen said the federal agency should look at DirecTV's deal with the National Football League, which he called "the most valuable exclusive in sports today."

DirecTV spokesman Robert Mercer said the comparison was misleading because "out-of-market games are not the same as home-team games," which he said were critical for local subscribers.

Given the potential for legal action, the FCC decision on the loophole could be "a full-employment act for lawyers," quipped Cohen, an executive vice president and lawyer.

The FCC said Wednesday that a satellite provider could file a complaint with the federal agency to show it has been hurt by Comcast's withholding Sixers, Flyers, and Phillies games. After a successful review, the federal agency could force Comcast to reach a carriage deal for Comcast SportsNet.

Comcast has said for years that because it distributes Comcast SportsNet on land-based, or terrestrial, telecom wires, it does not have to upload the games to a satellite.

One Wall Street analyst estimated Wednesday that the exclusive rights to Comcast SportsNet boosts Comcast's subscriber base by 450,000 customers in the Philadelphia region. Those are the people who would order satellite TV with Comcast SportsNet.

Comcast claims the data on a competitive disadvantage for satellite companies are not so convincing.

In an FCC filing Jan. 13, Comcast noted that satellite-TV penetration in the Philadelphia market rose to 14.4 percent of homes in 2009 from 3.9 percent in 2002 without the satellite companies' offering Comcast SportsNet.

In addition, Comcast said satellite-TV penetration in the Philadelphia area was roughly the same as in some other big-city markets where satellite companies offer regional sports networks.

Satellite penetration in 2009 was 12.9 percent in New York, 14.6 percent in Boston, and 16.5 percent in Baltimore.

Mercer said many factors led to satellite-TV penetration in a metropolitan area.

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/busin...telecasts.html
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TV Notes
Leno planning Oprah appearance

From the New York Post, January 22, 2010

Jay Leno has taken such a beating over his recent treatment of Conan O'Brien that the lantern-jawed comic plans to go on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" next week to try to restore his nice-guy reputation.

While everyone from David Letterman to Jimmy Kimmel has blasted Leno for maneuvering O'Brien off the air, Oprah will treat him with kid gloves. "Oprah and Jay love each other," said a source. "They talk constantly."

An NBC rep said, of Leno's "Oprah" appearance, "We're still discussing it."

http://www.nypost.com/f/print/pagesi...bvXA6fgGdY1DwI
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Business Notes
Comcast to fight FCC ruling on sports telecasts

By Bob Fernandez , Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer, January 22, 2010

Comcast Corp. isn't surrendering its regional sports network to DirecTV and Dish Network without a fight.

Raise your hand if you're shocked by this turn of events.....Anyone?

*crickets chirping*

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Comcast claims the data on a competitive disadvantage for satellite companies are not so convincing.

In an FCC filing Jan. 13, Comcast noted that satellite-TV penetration in the Philadelphia market rose to 14.4 percent of homes in 2009 from 3.9 percent in 2002 without the satellite companies' offering Comcast SportsNet.

In addition, Comcast said satellite-TV penetration in the Philadelphia area was roughly the same as in some other big-city markets where satellite companies offer regional sports networks.

Satellite penetration in 2009 was 12.9 percent in New York, 14.6 percent in Boston, and 16.5 percent in Baltimore.

Of course if cable doesn't think it makes a difference in subscribership whether satellite has the stations or not, why withhold them? If they think those channels don't offer a competitive advantage, why not offer them up and get some distribution fees out of other providers?
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TV Notes
Late-Night Watch:
It's not over 'til the skinny guy sings, and he just did

By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic, in the “ShowTracker” blog, January 22, 2010

When Barry Manilow, looking for all the world like the love child of Rod Stewart and Barbara Walters, came out and sang the theme from "Love Story," I think we all knew it was time to move on.

Like the rainstorms pounding Southern California, the Conan O’Brien pity party must come to an end. If there are people out there happy that Jay Leno is returning to late night as host of “The Tonight Show,” they’re keeping pretty mum. But honestly, O’Brien is walking away not only with more money than most of us will see in three lifetimes, but also the air of being much more wildly popular than he actually is. Or at least than he was, before NBC decided to solve the debacle of Leno at 10 by reinstating Leno at 11:30. Since the late-night wars began, O’Brien’s ratings have soared.

Coco will be just fine, as will we all.

Last night, O’Brien acknowledged that the news he was leaving NBC was at long last official, making everything that followed essentially a denouement. He gamely kept up last night's joke about running up the tab on the show by doing very expensive skits -- this time it involved a thoroughbred horse in a mink snuggy watching restricted NFL football -- but watching Robin Williams sing an "Irish" tribute to the host, replete with a dozen bleeps and and digitially removed hand gestures, it became clear that “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” is over.

“You’ve undone weeks of legal wrangling,” O’Brien joked to Williams when he was done.

Yet for all the exhortations that O'Brien was going to use the final two shows to “have a lot of fun on television,” the fascinating hysteria that fueled both host and guests for the last week or so seems to have evaporated. No last-minute reprieve from the governor, no surprise appearance by an apologetic Jay Leno, no announcement of NBC CEO Jeff Zucker’s resignation would be saving the day. Reciting a list of the "separation contract" details, O’Brien took a few desultory jabs at his soon-to-be former bosses -- “I must return the Etch-a-Sketch my contract was written on. I’m not allowed to make fun of NBC programming, I must let the programming speak for itself” -- but even then his delivery lacked conviction. It’s tough to man the barricades after you’ve accepted the separation check; you might smudge the ink.

Still, the marines had been called, and so they came. Williams was by turns manic and soulful, calling O’Brien “a good man;” Pee Wee Herman told the story of an entertaining giraffe and the peacock who once loved him; and Ben Stiller pointed out that the Leno/O’Brien mess not only cost NBC millions of dollars and jobs, it was just, you know, not green.

“That’s good for the environment,” Stiller observed, when O’Brien waxed sentimental for his new and costly set. “Here are some tips: Use energy-efficient light bulbs, don’t use so much water and don’t build $50-million sets you only use for seven months.”

And then there was the musical guest. No doubt Manilow was marking the recent passing of “Love Story” author Erich Segal, but that never came up, so we were forced to consider the song only in its current context. “How long does it last? Can love be measured by the hours in a day?”

No, but the percentage of our lives that we are willing to devote to the plight of Conan O’Brien or NBC or even late-night television can.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/
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Business Notes
Positive Vibe at NBC Affiliates Board Meeting
Network, affils looking ahead on retrans, Olympics

By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/21/2010

Both NBC and its affiliates board spoke positively of their annual meeting in New York today (Jan. 21), saying both parties are happy to move ahead after the recent Jay Leno-Conan O'Brien drama and work together on issues such as retransmission consent.

NBC affiliates board chairman Michael Fiorile said the board-and, presumably, most of the affiliate body-is looking forward to seeing Jay Leno back in his old Tonight Show role. "I think everybody's pretty happy about that," he said. "NBC went ahead and made the decision and made it quickly, and we're appreciative."

Fiorile also said the board is optimistic about a potential Comcast ownership. Comcast has made a point of stating its commitment to local television as it endures the long wait for the massive deal to be OK'd in Washington. "From what we see and what we hear about their commitment to over the air, to localism, to a continued affiliate-network system," he said, "we're feeling pretty good."

How to maximize retrans earnings was also on the agenda, but both the network and board reps said those talks were in the early stages. "We're having a dialogue with a cross-section of affiliate groups large and small," said NBC TV Network and Media Works President John Eck. "We're trying to craft a template to have meaningful conversations with individual groups. It's been very constructive."

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams paid a visit to the meeting, and shared some of what he saw in Haiti in the last week.

With the Olympics around the corner and NBC putting the Leno-at-10 experiment in the rear-view mirror, both parties were optimistic about the future. Eck went out of his way to praise the affiliates. "It's been a great dialogue since the time I've been associated with the relationship in this way," he said. "It's a very, very positive and engaged relationship."

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/art...rd_Meeting.php
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TV Review
'I am Chartacus!' What to expect from 'Caprica,' Syfy's 'Battlestar' prequel
By Maureen Ryan, Chicago Tribune - January 21st, 2010

What should you expect from "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (9 p.m. Central, Starz) and "Caprica" (8 p.m. Central, Syfy), which both premiere Friday? In this post and in a companion piece on "Spartacus," here are some answers to the questions you may have about these much-anticipated programs.

"Caprica" (8 p.m. Central Friday, Syfy)

Who is on the creative team? Ronald D. Moore ("Battlestar Galactica") and Remi Aubuchon ("24") wrote the pilot; the show's executive producers include Moore, David Eick, Jane Espenson (all of whom also worked on "Battlestar") and Kevin Murphy, who joined the show mid-way through the 19-episode first season (9 hours air this spring and then the show will return in the second half of 2010; for more on the show's background, look here).

What's the "Battlestar Galactica" connection? "Caprica" is a prequel series set more than five decades before the events of that acclaimed drama. However, you do not need to have seen "Battlestar" to watch "Caprica."

What's the "Buffy" connnection? Espenson has written for "Buffy," "Angel" and "Dollhouse."

What's the premise? Mega-wealthy technology genius Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz) and conflicted lawyer Joseph Adama (Esai Morales) are united by a tragedy -- they both lose family members in a terrorist bombing. The show examines how they and their families deal with that loss and how the government responds to the terrorist threat posed by an underground religious group.

How much sex is there? The normal amount for a basic-cable drama.

Are there robots? Yes, there are a number of robots, and viewers get to know one robot well.

How's the first episode? The two-hour pilot is quite compelling. Morales and Stoltz are well-matched in their subtle approaches to their characters, and the pilot asks the kinds of questions you'd expect from the creators of "Battlestar": When should we let go of what we've lost and how do we use technology to avoid painful truths? (My full review of the "Caprica" pilot, which came out on DVD a few months ago, is here: http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune....galactica.html).

How many episodes have you seen? I've seen the pilot and two additional episodes, and the post-pilot episodes are less focused and more melodramatic than the pilot. In its early going, "Caprica" doesn't have quite enough narrative drive; there's a certain choppy quality to the proceedings, as episodes jump around among the characters' somewhat separate story lines. Still, it took "Battlestar" a while to find a consistent tone and to hit its creative stride. If the handsome-looking "Caprica" can beef up the urgency, unify the storytelling and make me care more about the characters' dilemmas, it should take its rightful place as Syfy's flagship drama.

Why did you feel a little guilty when watching it? I didn't love it as much as I loved "Battlestar," but I had to remind myself that my affection for that show developed over several seasons. "Caprica" is a different show with a different tone and goals and I'm OK with giving it time to prove itself. If the show is guilty of anything in the first few episodes, it's of trying to do too much, which is preferable to a lack of ambition.

What's the reason to watch? Did I mention the robots? No, seriously, "Caprica's" cast (which includes Paula Malcolmson as Amanda Graystone) is very good and the questions "Caprica" is asking about our reliance on technology to supply (or replace) intimacy are certainly timely.

Who's the breakout actor? The wonderful Polly Walker imbues the mysterious Sister Clarice with a steely mystery, and I look forward to seeing more of Patton Oswalt as Baxter Sarno, the host of an irreverent "Daily Show"-type program.

What should viewers not expect? This is not a show set in outer space. There are no aliens, there are no space ships and there's not much of a military element at all. "Caprica" is much more of a prime-time soap than a sci-fi adventure tale, so don't be expecting multi-tentacled visitors from the planet Gorp.

What silly nickname did you give this show? I don't have one yet. Feel free to make suggestions.

Rating: THREE STARS (Out of Four). "Caprica" is still finding itself, but it's worth your while, and if it can knit its various elements into a more coherent whole, it could get even better.

http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune....galactica.html
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TV Review
'I am Chartacus!' What to expect from 'Spartacus,' Starz's bloody, sexy gladiator drama
By Maureen Ryan, Chicago Tribune - January 21st, 2010

What should you expect from "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (9 p.m. Central, Starz) and "Caprica" (8 p.m. Central, Syfy), which both premiere Friday? In this post and in a companion piece on "Caprica," here are some answers to the questions you may have about these much-anticipated programs.

"Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (9 p.m. Central Friday, Starz)

Who is on the creative team? The executive producers are Rob Tapert ("Xena." "Hercules" fame), Sam Raimi ("Spider-Man," "Evil Dead") and Steven S. DeKnight.

What's the "Battlestar Galactica" connection? Lucy Lawless, who was enjoyable as D'Anna Biers on "Battlestar" (and starred in "Xena"), does similarly fine work as Lucretia, the scheming wife of Batiatus, the financially strapped owner of a gladiator school.

What's the "Buffy" connnection? DeKnight has written for "Smallville" but he's also been one of Joss Whedon's go-to scribes -- DeKnight's past credits include "Dollhouse," "Buffy" and "Angel."

What's the premise? A warrior is forced into slavery and into the gladiator arena by the scheming Romans, but he dreams of regaining what he has lost and wreaking revenge on his captors.

How much sex is there? Oh my toga, there's a lot of sex. Given that Starz is a pay-cable channel, its programs can show a lot. And in "Spartacus," nobody holds back. If you were ever under the impression that Romans were ascetics who practiced celibacy, "Spartacus" should clear up that misapprehension. However, "Spartacus," to its credit, employs a refreshingly egalitarian approach toward sexuality: The desires and activities of both genders are shown and homosexuality is treated as no big deal.

Are there robots? No robots. But there are plenty of rippling abs and lots of stylized, gory gladiator action.

How's the first episode? The quick way to describe "Spartacus" would be to call it an attempt to re-make the movie "300" as a TV show with a (much) smaller budget. That description is especially apt in the first episode, which is somewhat clunky, derivative and humorless. There's lots of slo-mo blood and gore, lots of sex, a washed-out color palette and some groan-inducing acting from the supporting cast. But the poetic and evocative dialogue works, amazingly enough (it's almost Shakespearean at times), and as the world of Spartacus is fleshed out (in more ways than one), the show develops momentum and the intrigues become more interesting.

How many episodes have you seen? I've seen four episodes, and they get better as DeKnight and his writers add details to this world and as Spartacus begins to make friends and enemies at the ludus, or gladiator school.

Why did you feel a little guilty when watching it? For years, dozens of serious dramas have treated female characters as window dressing and/or sex objects. Now comes "Spartacus," in which dozens of male characters are usually dressed in loincloths, if they're dressed at all, and some are used as sex toys by rich Roman women. There's a lot of manly beefcake on display here, but that's partly the point: Gladiators were treated as so much meat to be used and abused as their owners saw fit. Still, it felt strange to watch a show in which the men were the ones with their physical assets constantly on display. I almost felt guilty for objectifying the menfolk. For a little while.

What's the reason to watch? John Hannah turns in a fierce, compelling performance as Batiatus, the owner of Spartacus and his fellow gladiators.

Who's the breakout actor? Newcomer Andy Whitfield turns in a competent performance as the title character, a Thracian warrior with abs of steel, but Peter Mensah is ferociously watchable as the Doctore, the lead instructor of the ludus. You do not want to tell this guy that the canis ate your homework.

What should viewers not expect? Don't think you'll be getting much, if any, of the irreverent humor that you saw on "Xena." "Spartacus" is much more serious, which makes sense, up to a point, but this Starz show could stand to lighten up a bit, given that it's a soap opera about sweaty men in gladiator undies.

What silly nickname did you give this show? "Sparty Down"

Rating: THREE STARS (Out of Four). Three stars. "Spartacus" develops into an enjoyably soapy escape -- a la the similarly sweaty and sex-drenched "True Blood" -- as its first season progresses.

http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune....ladiators.html
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Cable News Nielsen Notes
Mass. Election Night Cable News Ratings;

Giant Night For Fox
By Bill Gorman, TVByTheNumbers.com, January 21, 2009

Some ratings notes for the night of the Massachusetts special Senate election.
  • Fox News averaged its highest primetime average viewership since Election Day 2008 (11/4/08).
  • Fox News beat all 3 cable news channels (CNN, MSNBC and HLN) combined in all categories: Primetime P2+ and A25-54 and Total Day P2+ and A25-54
  • Hannity and Greta beat The Jay Leno Show and ABC’s primetime line-up in viewership.
  • Hannity averaged his highest total viewers ever. Bret Baier called the actual election during Hannity’s hour at 9PM
AMERICAN IDOL FOX 8:00 PM 26,384 (viewers in thousands)
NCIS
CBS 8:00 PM 14,187
NCIS: LOS ANGELES
CBS 9:00 PM 12,340
BIGGEST LOSER 9
NBC 8:00 PM 9,947
THE GOOD WIFE
CBS 10:00 PM 9,412
HUMAN TARGET
FOX 9:01 PM 8,834
HANNITY
FOXNC 9:00 PM 6,809
ON THE RECORD W/GRETA
FOXNC 10:00 PM 6,399
JAY LENO SHOW
-TUE NBC 10:01 PM 5,994
THE OREILLY FACTOR
FOXNC 8:00 PM 5,228
THE FORGOTTEN
ABC 10:00 PM 3,355
SCRUBS
ABC 9:00 PM 3,043
BETTER OFF TED
ABC 9:30 PM 2,919
SCRUBS 8PM
ABC 8:00 PM 2,428
BETTER OFF TED 8:30PM
ABC 8:30 PM 1,784
90210
CW 8:00 PM 820
MELROSE PLACE
CW 9:00 PM 614
(All ratings are according to Nielsen Media Research)

Primetime
FNC: 6,161,000 total viewers (1,901,000 in A25-54)
CNN: 1,503,000 total viewers (483,000 in A25-54)
MSNBC: 1,138,000 total viewers (387,000 in A25-54)
HLN: 668,000 total viewers (250,000 in A25-54)

Total Day
FNC: 2,235,000 total viewers (664,000 in A25-54)
CNN: 809,000 total viewers (271,000 in A25-54)
MSNBC: 484,000 total viewers (155,000 in A25-54)
HLN: 329,000 total viewers (155,000 in A25-54)

9PM – When Race Was Called (Hannity with Baier Announcing Election)
FNC: 6,809,000 total viewers (2,129,000 in A25-54)
CNN: 1,681,000 total viewers (507,000 in A25-54)
MSNBC: 1,236,000 total viewers (422,000 in A25-54)
HLN: 845,000 total viewers (291,000 in A25-54)

Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for January 19, 2010
P2+ Total Day
FNC – 2,235,000 viewers
CNN – 809,000 viewers
MSNBC –484,000 viewers
CNBC – 191,000 viewers
HLN –329,000 viewers

P2+ Prime Time
FNC – 6,161,000 viewers
CNN – 1,503,000 viewers
MSNBC –1,138,000 viewers
CNBC – 183,000 viewers
HLN –668,000 viewers

25-54 Total Day
FNC –664,000 viewers
CNN –271,000 viewers
MSNBC –155,000 viewers
CNBC – 61,000 viewers
HLN- 155,000 viewers

25-54 Prime Time
FNC – 1,901,000 viewers
CNN – 483,000 viewers
MSNBC –387,000 viewers
CNBC – 83,000 viewers
HLN – 250,000 viewers

35-64 Total Day
FNC – 1,113,000 viewers
CNN – 376,000 viewers
MSNBC – 238,000 viewers
CNBC – 97,000 viewers
HLN – 185,000 viewers

35-64 Prime Time
FNC –3,083,000 viewers
CNN – 730,000 viewers
MSNBC –581,000 viewers
CNBC – 101,000 viewers
HLN –356,000 viewers

Morning programs (6:00AM-9:00AM) P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
FOX & Friends- 1,223,000 viewers (440,000) (733,000)
American Morning- 483,000 viewers (205,000) (258,000)
Morning Joe- 376,000 viewers (140,000) (214,000)
Squawk Box- 143,000 viewers (47,000) (74,000)
Morning Express w/ Meade- 328,000 viewers (185,000) (202,000)

5PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
Glenn Beck – 3,446,000 viewers (956,000) (1,548,000)
Situation Room—1,076,000 viewers (260,000) (464,000)
Hardball w/ C. Matthews —656,000 viewers (158,000) (285,000)
Fast Money —211,000 viewers (60,000) (103,000)
Prime News —236,000 viewers (92,000) (147,000)

6PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
Special Report with Bret Baier – 3,338,000 viewers (800,000) (1.502,000)
Situation Room—1,135,000 viewers (361,000) (560,000)
Ed Show —620,000 viewers (161,000) (311,000)
Mad Money— 204,000 viewers (88,000) (111,000)
Prime News – 235,000 viewers (82,000) (162,000)

7PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
The Fox Report W/ Shep – 3,241,000 viewers (908,000) (1,586,000)
Situation Room – 1,191,000 viewers (387,000) (566,000)
Hardball w/ C. Matthews – 798,000 viewers (245,000) (420,000)
Kudlow Report – 207,000 viewers (74,000) (95,000)
Issues – 425,000 viewers (186,000) (244,000)

8PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
The O’Reilly Factor – 5,228,000 viewers (1,460,000) (2,512,000)
Campbell Brown – 1,308,000 viewers (380,000) (594,000)
Countdown w/ K. Olbermann – 1,274,000 viewers (396,000) (667,000)
Bio: Bill Gates – 131,000 viewers (65,000) (101,000)
Nancy Grace – 768,000 viewers (269,000) (395,000)

9 PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64) When Race Was Called (Hannity with Baier Announcing Election)
Hannity – 6,809,000 viewers (2,129,000) (3,381,000)
Larry King Live —1,671,000 viewers (506,000) (795,000)
Rachel Maddow Show —1,236,000 viewers (422,000) (615,000)
Buffett and Gates — 247,000 viewers (106,000) (124,000)
Joy Behar- 845,000 viewers (291,000) (429,000)

10 PM P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
On the Record w/ Greta—6,399,000 viewers (2,077,000) (3,319,000)
Anderson Cooper 360(10:00 – 10:30pm) — 1,508,000 viewers (564,000) (798,000)
Larry King Live (10:30 – 11:00pm) – 1,835,000 (536,000) (843,000)
Countdown w/ K. Olbermann – 903,000 viewers (343,000) (461,000)
Inside the Mind of Google – 171,000 viewers (79,000) (78,000)
Nancy Grace –429,000 viewers (207,000) (264,000)

11 PM P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
On the Record w/ Greta— 2,908,000 viewers (1,022,000) (1,583,000)
Anderson Cooper 360 – 1,071,000 viewers (497,000) (636,000)
Rachel Maddow Show —641,000 viewers (249,000) (337,000)
Mad Money – a scratch w/62,000 viewers (a scratch w/26,000) (a scratch w/35,000)
Showbiz Tonight– 342,000 viewers (173,000) (190,000)

http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/01/21...675#more-39675
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Now that's the old Late Night Show humor I remember.

Yep, but in this PC world, I am afraid even Johnny would be sued by some of the things he did back in the day.
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[*]Hannity and Greta beat The Jay Leno Show

OK, I'll bite. Where is the story there? Thought everyone bet Leno at 10?
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DirecTV and Dish Network still must show that Comcast's exclusive right to the Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers through Comcast SportsNet has hurt them competitively

The other problem is that Comcast owns these teams too.

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Comcast also will tie the issue to DirecTV's Sunday Ticket package of out-of-market football games, Cohen said on the radio.

I'm sick of hearing this. Comcast and the other cable companys, along with Dish Network, had the opportunity to bid on this package as well, but they didn't, so its their own fault. Instead of buying NBCU, maybe they should have bid on NFLST instead.
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TV Notes
Fox Network Said to Be Confident Stations Would Carry O’Brien

By Andy Fixmer and Sarah Rabil, Bloomberg.com, January 22, 2010

Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Fox TV executives considering a late-night talk show with Conan O’Brien are confident 60 percent to 70 percent of their local stations would be free to carry it, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

Other stations may have program commitments that keep them from coming on board by September, when O’Brien, 46, is free to start working again, said the person, who wasn’t authorized to talk publicly.

O’Brien, who will consider all offers, would prefer to stay on broadcast TV and is interested in News Corp.’s Fox network, a person familiar with his thinking said. He was released from his NBC contract yesterday after refusing to host “The Tonight Show” in a later time period, a move designed to accommodate Jay Leno’s return to 11:35 p.m.

“The general terms of the contract are all over the Internet,” O’Brien quipped last night on his show, according to a transcript. Among other provisions of his exit deal: “I am prohibited from coming within 500 yards of 11:30.”

Shannon Ryan, a spokeswoman for Fox, declined to comment. Rick Rosen, O’Brien’s agent at the William Morris Endeavor Entertainment talent agency, didn’t return calls and e-mail messages seeking comment. Leslee Dart, O’Brien’s publicist, didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Fox, the most-watched U.S. broadcast network in prime time among younger viewers, currently programs between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. and doesn’t have a late-night talk show.

O’Brien as host of “The Tonight Show” has led much of this season in late night among 18-to-49 year-old viewers, the age group most coveted by advertisers and Fox’s key demographic.

‘They Have Shows’

Kevin Reilly, Fox’s entertainment chief, said Jan. 11 that the network is interested in O’Brien. At the time, he said Fox was waiting for the situation at NBC to be resolved. O’Brien said on Jan. 12 he didn’t have an offer from a rival network.

“Over the years I’ve made a lot of fun of Ryan Seacrest, Larry King, Spencer Pratt, Geraldo, David Hasselhoff, Kirstie Alley and Donald Trump,” O’Brien joked last night. “Here’s the messed up thing, they all still have shows.”

ABC doesn’t plan to pursue O’Brien, a spokesman for Burbank, California-based Walt Disney Co.’s broadcast network said on Jan. 8.

NBC’s loss of O’Brien stemmed from the network’s 2004 decision to anoint the late-night talk-show host as Leno’s successor on “The Tonight Show,” with the change set for June 2009. O’Brien passed on an offer of more money from Fox to stay at NBC and host “The Tonight Show,” one of the people said.

To keep Leno from defecting to a rival network, NBC offered him “The Jay Leno Show” at 10 p.m. weeknights, replacing scripted programs. The four-month experiment to establish the prime-time talk show led to complaints of shrinking audiences for local stations’ news.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...=aDrdfLS1Ttus#
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Critic’s Notes
'Spartacus' is a slave to shock value, nudity, graphic violence

By Robert Bianco, USA TODAY TV Critic

They got the Blood part right. They just left out the rest of the body parts Starz throws at you.

A heady mix of 300-style graphic violence and "Debbie Does Rome" soft-core porn, Spartacus: Blood and Sand is proof of TV's ever-expanding boundaries and ever-plummeting tastes. You've never seen anything quite like it on TV and, with luck, will never again anytime soon — not because it's terrible but because once is surely enough.

VIDEO: Speaking with the cast of 'Spartacus'

If you've seen 300, you'll immediately recognize the highly stylized look of this adventure hour in which everything, other than the people and the sets, is created on a green screen. That allows both for the weirdly colored landscapes and — most often — for the fountains of bizarrely behaving blood. It can't just spurt; it has to shoot out, freeze in midair and then splatter, drenching everything in its path.

You have to marvel not just at its flow but also at the Romans' incredible ability to produce it. Spartacus alone has a sword that can cut off two legs with a single swipe. That's a technology lost to time.

Sex, however, is ever with us, and ever with Spartacus. Man on woman, woman on woman, man on man, full frontal nudity of both varieties (though, in typical fashion, more female than male); Spartacus offers up the full array, early and often. It even features ancient-world fluffers, which is probably a first.

There is a story buried underneath the breasts, blood and obscenities, but it doesn't much matter. Still, for those unfamiliar with the basic outlines from history class or the classic Hollywood epic, Spartacus (Andy Whitfield) is a warrior betrayed, enslaved and separated from his wife by the Romans in the end days of the Republic.

Sold to a gladiator camp run by Batiatus (John Hannah) and his wife, Lucretia (Lucy Lawless), Spartacus must learn to persevere so that he can someday, a few seasons from now, organize the slave revolt that shakes Rome to its core.

Though it's loosely based on real events, you would not want your children to get their history lessons (or any other lessons) here. You could point out that the Romans were no more violent than other ancient peoples and were less licentious than some (we don't get the term "Roman virtues" for nothing), but you would be wasting your time. Spartacus is a brutal, ugly graphic novel come to life, not life itself.

Still, there's no denying that Spartacus does what it sets out to do fairly well — and in a way that doesn't duplicate anything else now on TV. Were it broadcast free over the air where children might find it, one might blanch, but that's not the case. You have to pay to watch Starz, which means it's up to you to decide who watches it. Enter at your own risk.

And watch out for those swords.

http://www.usatoday.com/life/televis...cus22_ST_N.htm
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