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Originally Posted by Mac The Knife View Post

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There's still Cricket. Not only is it more boring, no one can even tell you what the frigging rules are.

It's baseball with home plate and one base and unlimited running.

Plus televised darts is easily the most boring spectator sport there is. Probably more so in person.
post #74072 of 93655
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Originally Posted by Mac The Knife View Post

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There's still Cricket. Not only is it more boring, no one can even tell you what the frigging rules are.

You can look up the rules yourself on internet.

& its true if you dont understand any sport....you find that boring.
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On Monday, November 21, leaders of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction announced that they had failed to reach an agreement by the established deadline. The debt ceiling bill that passed Congress in August had established this bipartisan congressional committee - Super Committee - to find about $1.2 trillion in additional deficit reduction. Spectrum legislation, including potentially providing the Federal Communications Commission authority to conduct spectrum incentive auctions, could have been included in the committee's recommendations.

Thus, with no agreement, supporters of spectrum auctions could look for other legislative vehicles to push their agenda. This could be accomplished through a number of ways, including through the appropriations process or through a committee, such as the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
As there continue to be other opportunities for legislative movement, we must educate policymakers on how certain spectrum policies could harm the free, local television that 46 million Americans exclusively depend on. We want to ensure that any spectrum legislation does not hinder free, local TV's ability to innovate and provide you with the news, emergency information and high-quality programs that you value and rely upon each day.
To learn more about this issue, visit TheFutureofTV.org. And check out our blog. We will keep you informed on how you can help preserve your free local television.

The future of TV is bright, and working together, we can ensure it stays that way!

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post #74074 of 93655
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Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

Plus televised darts is easily the most boring spectator sport there is. Probably more so in person.

Even though it's technically not a sport, I feel that way about poker on TV.
post #74075 of 93655
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Originally Posted by jwebb1970 View Post

So true - those that I know who are major soccer fans were either involved in the sport in some way (played themselves or have kids in soccer programs) or in the case of a pair of friends, are UK natives. In the case of the latter, they make watching televised soccer...or "football" in their case...more enjoyable due to the nonstop flow of beer that generally accompanines such an activity.

Most golfers I know will spend an entire weekend watching it on TV.

I played golf just about 7 days per week in high school and college. Was a low handicap/scratch player in my twenties. For me, events like The Masters, The President's Cup, the Ryder Cup, etc., are must see TV.
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TV Notes
Awkward? Robert Wagner will guest star on 'NCIS' as a murder suspect
By Yvonne Villareal, Los Angeles Times' 'Show Tracker' Blog - November 22nd, 2011

The most impeccably timed guest-spot ever? Robert Wagner will play a murder suspect on an episode of "NCIS."

In an episode that airs Tuesday, Wagner will appear as Anthony DiNozzo Sr., the father, who is found in a car with a dead body.

The timing couldn't be more interesting. Last week, police announced that they were reopening the investigation into the death of Natalie Wood, who mysteriously disappeared from a yacht off the coast of Catalina Island, which she was on with her then-husband, Robert Wagner, and friend Christopher Walken. Police have not said why they are revisiting the case, but they have said that Wagner is not a suspect.

Authorities ruled her death an accidental drowning at the time. But the boat's captain, Dennis Davern, who penned a book about Wood's death in 2009, has recently come out and said thay he lied to investigators about the incident.

Wagner released a statement soon after the case was reopened, expressing his family’s support for the reinvestigation.

Wagner's appearance on the CBS procedural actually marks his return to the show -- he previously appeared as the same character in the 150th episode of the series.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/show...r-suspect.html
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TV Notes
'Dancing with the Stars' gets syndication deal on GSN
By New York Post - November 22nd, 2011

LOS ANGELES - The Game Show Network (GSN) has acquired the rights to air past seasons of "Dancing with the Stars," it was announced Tuesday.

Fans can begin reliving their favorite moments from seasons four to 13 of the hit ABC dance competition starting January 2012.

The syndication agreement between the cable network and the Disney-owned TV channel also includes season 14, which will debut next spring.

Tuesday night marks the conclusion of season 13 of the show -- when either talk show host Ricki Lake, former "All My Children" soap star J.R. Martinez or reality star Rob Kardashian will take home the mirrorball trophy prize.

"Many of the most popular shows on television today -- including 'Dancing with the Stars' -- are essentially game shows at their core," Amy Introcaso-Davis, EVP of Programming for GSN, said in a statement.

"GSN is all about the potent combination of games, competition, entertainment and fun, and we know that 'Dancing with the Stars' is a show our female audience already loves," she added.

http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainmen...6KtLAiwx48PZVI
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Business Notes
TiVo Still Losing Cash, But Beats 3Q Estimates With Help From Overseas Subs
By David Lieberman, Deadline.com - November 22nd, 2011

UPDATED: TiVo told analysts in a conference call that litigation expenses will grow as the company gears up for battles to defend its DVR patents. The U.S. International Trade Commission holds a hearing in December. In January TiVo’s case against AT&T goes to trial in Texas; there are other court actions involving Verizon and Microsoft. The judge in the Texas case — who also oversaw TiVo’s successful suits against Dish Network — is due to retire in March. “Obviously there’ll be some delay,” TiVo General Counsel Matthew Zinn says. Research and development costs also will rise as TiVo tweaks its software to work with DVRs used by its growing number of partners including DirecTV, Comcast, RCN, Virgin Media, and Spanish broadband company ONO. “We’re investing substantially additional dollars this year to build a common code base” that would work on multiple platforms, CEO Tom Rogers says. He adds that TiVo is developing a product that integrates Comcast’s Xfinity broadband service. Consumers will buy it as a retail product. ”We think that’s an attractive model” for cable operators that want to offer advanced services without spending a lot on equipment, Rogers says. He wouldn’t disclose how much TiVo collects from the customers who go through cable and satellite services, but noted that they “contribute in a significant way (to earnings) once we get past the R&D costs.”

TiVo says it still has an ample supply of hard drives despite the floods in Thailand this month that crippled companies that manufacture parts for the digital storage devices. But CFO Anna Brunelle warned that the situation is “evolving.” At the end of conference call with analysts TiVo shares were up 6% in after market trading from today’s $9.57 closing price.

Previously: Shares of the DVR pioneer are up 4.6% in post market trading after the company reported that it exceeded its own guidance, and analyst expectations, for the quarter that ended in October. TiVo posted a net loss of $24.5M, vs its $20.6M loss in the period a year ago, on revenues of $64.8M, up 27.4%. The revenue figure blew away the Street’s $50.6M forecast. And the net loss of 21 cents a share was slightly better than the expected 23 cent loss.

Just as significant: TiVo said that its total subscriptions improved 6.1% since July, ending at 2.05M. That’s the first quarter-over-quarter increase TiVo has seen since early 2007. The improvement is largely due to Virgin Media’s roll out of TiVo-equipped DVRs to its UK customers. The more lucrative customer base of people buying TiVo service directly from the company declined 2.6% to 1.14M. CEO Tom Rogers says that “DirecTV intends to launch its TiVo offering in select markets in December with a nationwide rollout to follow early next year. All of this is a testament to our leadership in advanced television and our ability to drive meaningful solutions to market.”

http://www.deadline.com/2011/11/tivo...overseas-subs/
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Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

It's baseball with home plate and one base and unlimited running.

Plus televised darts is easily the most boring spectator sport there is. Probably more so in person.

I'll bet you guys don't 'get' televised Texas Hold'em and the NHRA either.
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

LOS ANGELES - The Game Show Network (GSN) has acquired the rights to air past seasons of "Dancing with the Stars," it was announced Tuesday.

Sigh. And there it is. The Game Show Network now headed down the path of so many other cable networks before it.

I've noticed a concentrated effort by the channel to rebrand themselves as simply "GSN" and remove references to the Game Show portion. Looks like they're kicking off the degradation into trash unrelated to the network's original premise in 2012.

Were game shows really that expensive to produce?
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TV Review
'The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical' (HBO2)
Evoking Edelweiss and Stirring Hope in India
By Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times - November 23rd, 2011

There are incongruities atop incongruities in The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical, a documentary by Sarah McCarthy that has its debut Wednesday night on HBO2.

The first is that the film depicts a choral performance of The Sound of Music in an unlikely setting: at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Mumbai. The performers are Indian children, singing in English.

Most incongruous of all is that though the theater is opulent and its patrons affluent, the children are from the slums. With the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein as an undercurrent, the film follows them into their homes, giving glimpses of hard lives with little prospect for improvement.

It would be easy to say, if they believe in their dreams, they will do it, says Johannes Steinwender, an Austrian music professor who comes to Mumbai to conduct the show. But this is not America. This is India.

The film focuses on an 11-year-old boy named Ashish, who is given a small solo in the performance and invests considerable hope in what this will do for his future a sort of Slumdog Millionaire syndrome. It certainly does a lot for his present: among other things, he has a falling out with his jealous best friend.

The film sometimes piles the pathos on a little too thickly, but it ends on a note of stark realism. Even irrepressible Ashish seems to know that the well-received performance is more likely to make for a pleasant memory than for a life-changing event.

THE SOUND OF MUMBAI: A MUSICAL
HBO2, Wednesday night at 8, Eastern and Pacific times; 7, Central time.


http://tv.nytimes.com/2011/11/23/art...ref=television
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TV Notes
Hulu Subscription Service Adds 'The Cosby Show,' Other Classic Sitcoms
By David Lieberman, Deadline.com - November 22nd, 2011

NEW YORK - Online video joint venture Hulu has added The Cosby Show, Whoopi, 3rd Rock from the Sun and eight other Carsey Werner classic sitcoms to its Hulu Plus subscription service.

A spokeswoman for Hulu, in which Walt Disney, News Corp. and Comcast's NBCUniversal are partners with private equity firm Providence Equity Partners, declined to comment on the deal, which kicked in mid-month.

The content deal covers 11 classic shows and 580 episodes, a source confirmed. The other series included are Grounded For Life, That 80's Show, The Tracy Morgan Show, Damon, Men Behaving Badly, Game Over, Davis Rules and Normal, Ohio.

Financial terms weren't immediately clear. Hulu Plus costs subscribers $7.99 per month and offers them a deeper content library.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/new...s-cosby-265054
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
WEDNESDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are EDT. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)

ABC:
8PM - The Middle
8:30PM - Suburgatory
9PM - Modern Family
9:30PM - Happy Endings
10PM - Revenge
* * * *
11:35PM - Nightline (LIVE)
Midnight - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Tim Allen; Jackson Rathbone; Miranda Lambert performs)
(R - Nov. 16)

CBS:
8PM - Survivor: South Pacific
9PM - Criminal Minds
(R - March 30)
10PM - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
(R - Nov. 11, 2010)
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Justin Bieber; comic Brian Regan; FreeSol performs)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Ty Burrell; Wilford Brimley)

NBC:
8PM - Up All Night
8:30PM - Up All Night
(R - Oct. 5)
9PM - The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now? (Special, 120 min.)
* * * *
11:35PM - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Chelsea Handler; basketball player Dwight Howard; Gloriana performs)
12:37AM - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (Jason Schwartzman; chef Sandra Lee; Rodney Atkins performs)
1:36AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Journalist Chris Hayes; musician Justin Townes Earle; The Kills) SD
(R - Oct. 13)

FOX:
8PM - The X Factor (LIVE)
9PM - Mobbed

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - In Performance at the White House: Country Music
9PM - NOVA - The Fabric of the Cosmos: Universe or Multiverse?
10PM - NOVA - The Elegant Universe: Welcome to the 11th Dimension
(R - Nov. 4, 2003)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Una Familia con Suerte
9PM - La Fuerza del Destino (120 min.)

THE CW:
8PM - America's Next Top Model: All-Stars
(R - Nov. 16)
9PM - America's Next Top Model: All-Stars

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Mi Corazón Insiste
9PM - Flor Salvaje
10PM - La Casa de al Lado

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Astronaut/Author Mark Kelly)
(R - Nov. 15)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Comedian Seth Meyers)
(R - Nov. 8)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Matthew Broderick; Paul Simon performs; at The Beacon Theater in New York City)
(R - Nov. 2)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (The After Lately cast, Heather McDonald, Jen Kirkman and Sarah Colonna; comic Brad Wollack; comic Natasha Leggero; comic Josh Wolf)
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TV Notes
Wednesday's Highlights: 'The Middle' on ABC
By Los Angeles Times' 'Show Tracker' Blog - November 22nd, 2011

[ALL TIMES LISTED ARE PACIFIC TIME]

SIBLING RIVALRY: Molly Shannon guest stars with Patricia Heaton on a new Thanksgiving-themed episode of “The Middle” at 8 p.m. on ABC.

SERIES

Up All Night:
If Reagan and Chris (Christina Applegate, Will Arnett) had any doubts about her suitability as a stay-at-home mom, they’re erased when she gets a week off in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC).

Suburgatory: At the Royces’ Thanksgiving dinner, Tessa (Jane Levy) confronts George (Jeremy Sisto) for lying to her about his plans after she catches him making out with a woman in the city in this new episode (8:30 p.m. ABC).

The Biggest Loser: This new holiday-themed episode reconnects with former contestants; airs bloopers featuring the trainers, contestants and Alison Sweeney; and shows chef Aida Mollenkamp preparing a Thanksgiving feast (9 p.m. NBC).

America’s Next Top Model: This new episode of highlights allows viewers to catch up with the events of the current season (9 p.m. KTLA).

Modern Family: Thanksgiving has Phil (Ty Burrell) rethinking his life when a kid from the neighborhood who grew up, moved away and got rich returns to town. Ed O’Neill, Rico Rodriguez and Eric Stonestreet also star in this new episode (9 p.m. ABC).

NOVA: Brian Greene presents the final episode of “The Fabric of the Cosmos” explaining that our universe may not be the only one but just one of an infinite number of worlds (9 p.m. KOCE).

SPECIALS

Thanksgiving Live:
This new special offers Thanksgiving cooking tips from Rachael Ray, Anne Burrell, Sunny Anderson, Melissa d’Arabian and Bobby Flay (10 a.m. Food).

Heirloom Meals’ Thanksgiving: Family recipes for the holidays include cranberry-stuffed acorn squash, Brazilian cheese rolls, chipotle-spiced pumpkin pie and roast turkey (noon KCET).

MOVIES

Tea for Two:
Doris Day stars in this 1950 musical as an heiress who bets a relative that she can go 48 hours without saying yes to anything. Gordon MacRae also stars (8:15 p.m. TCM).

SPORTS

College Basketball:
Maui Invitational: Final (7 p.m. ESPN).

Hockey: The Kings visit the Dallas Stars (5:30 p.m. FSN); the Ducks visit the Phoenix Coyotes (6 p.m. FS Prime).


http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/show...le-on-abc.html
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TV Sports
NBC's Versus not afraid to be flexible
By Michael Hiestand, USA Today - November 23rd, 2011

TV sports can seem anachronistic in scheduling games way before anybody knows what fans will be hungry for on a given day.

But that can change. Like it did Sunday when NBC's Versus dropped its Boston Bruins-Montreal Canadiens NHL game for New York Islanders-Pittsburgh Penguins to catch star Sidney Crosby appearing in his first game since January.

"We heard Sunday afternoon and went into hypermode," NBC programmer Jon Miller said. "We got the production trucks headed to Montreal to make a left turn to Pittsburgh."

Such quick turns are easier when one outlet is a sport's exclusive national carrier, such as NBC/Versus, which pays about $200 million annually for the NHL through a new 10-year deal. Staying flexible when there's more than one network involved usually the case with big-time sports is harder.

For CBS to shift its LSU-Alabama to prime time, when that game seemed headed to being at least one of this season's games of the century, required a deal that included ESPN, Versus and CBS' sports cable channel. The NFL's flexible scheduling, meant to create wiggle room for NBC's marquee Sunday prime-time games, is used sparingly this season's first change will be the Dec. 4 Detroit Lions-New Orleans Saints game, which replaces the (hapless) Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots partly because upgrading NBC's action means taking something from Fox's and CBS' afternoon slots.

But NBC and the NHL don't have such distractions. All NBC regular-season games have flexible scheduling. And NBC's Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade coverage no doubt will linger on the NHL's first float, which is meant to help hype NBC's first game on the day after Thanksgiving as it airs Boston-Detroit Red Wings on Friday. In that game, the league will allow NBC to mike an NHL ref the first time that's happened on broadcast network TV in two decades.

How cozy. NBC's Miller says NBC and the NHL "talk five to six times a day" with flexibility "a matter of picking up the phone."

Spice rack: NFL Network will have its first live Thanksgiving morning pregame show. And it will mike 16 players or coaches for a Saturday special (8 p.m. ET) that hypes the Harbaughs, the coaching brothers who'll face each other Thursday. Urban Meyer, amid speculation he'll be hired to coach football at Ohio State, will be in an ESPN studio as his partners on game call Dave Pasch and Chris Spielman do Ohio State-Michigan on Saturday. But, ESPN's Mike Humes says, don't get the wrong idea: "He was never assigned to the game. With all the story lines in football this weekend, it made sense for him to be in the studio."

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/colum...sby/51356264/1
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TV Notes
A Sheila Shay Thanksgiving on 'Suburgatory'
By Yvonne Villareal, Los Angeles Times' 'Show Tracker' Blog - November 22nd, 2011

Thanksgiving is just a gobble, gobble away, and "Suburgatory's" resident nutty housewife, Sheila Shay (played by "SNL" alum Ana Gasteyer), is planning to add some Pilgrim and nuked-potato goodness to Chatswin.

"Thanksgiving is the great American family disaster," Gasteyer said recently during a break from the holiday-themed episode, which airs Wednesday night on ABC. "Viewers will get a nice vista on our insane Shay family. There will be some power struggles."

And Pilgrim-inspired dresses (or lack thereof) are at the center of those struggles. We'll leave it at that. Meanwhile, Tessa (Jane Levy) and George (Jeremy Sisto) are dining at the Royces' Thanksgiving bonanza -- costumes (though much less homely) are also part of the affair.

"Various families on 'Suburgatory' are living out their worst fantasies," said fellow "SNL" alum Chris Parnell, who plays Sheila's husband, Gary. "But Sheila is insane about her holidays, so she wants nothing to interfere with her vision."

As for the holiday feast, Gasteyer said it wouldn't be so far-fetched if Sheila had a couple dozen Schweddy balls at the dinner table (referring to one of Gasteyer's classic "SNL" skits).

"I think Sheila would totally hand-make those as part of her many dessert offerings for the holidays" Gasteyer said. "She's definitely the type who would listen to 'Delicious Dish.' I'm sure she's made some cheese balls in the past too. In fact, I bet she's had other types of balls throughout her life."

Here's a clip from the episode: [CLICK LINK BELOW]

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/show...s-parnell.html
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TV Notes
'Smash' Exclusive First Look: Is This the Show That Will Save NBC?
By Maureen Ryan, AOLTV.com



It's no secret that things have been tricky lately for the Peacock Network. Some of its returning shows have been struggling in the ratings and none of its new fall offerings have been breakout hits.

That may be about to change: NBC debuts 'Smash' Feb. 6, and many critics who've seen it (including me) think it's one of the strongest new shows of the season. Below, Aol TV has an exclusive first look at the 'Smash' key art, which features former 'American Idol' contestant Katharine McPhee atop a pile of scheming Broadway strivers.

You're probably wondering if 'Smash' is merely a 'Glee' ripoff set on Broadway. Of course, it makes sense for 'Glee' to come up when discussing 'Smash,' but the latter show is different (and possibly better) in several respects.

First, the NBC show isn't set in a high school -- it takes place in the high-stakes world of Broadway musicals -- and 'Smash' will feature some original songs. Tonally, 'Smash' feels more realistic and dramatic than the satiric (and often scattershot) 'Glee,' though the NBC show has a sly sense of humor and a promising sense of momentum.

McPhee plays one of two actresses struggling to move their careers into high gear, and Christian Borle and Debra Messing of 'Will and Grace' play a songwriting duo who begin working on a musical about Marilyn Monroe. Though 'Smash' will no doubt segue into various subplots along the way, the creation of that musical will form the spine of the first season.

Also participating in the delicious backstage cattiness are Anjelica Huston, who plays a high-powered producer, and Jack Davenport, who plays an amoral and ambitious director. I feel like I've been waiting forever for the versatile Brit Davenport to be cast in the right American project; this could be it.

All in all, the 'Smash' pilot provides all of these skilled performers ample opportunities to shine, and if the show keeps up the quality level of that first hour, we could well be in for a treat. The show certainly has a lot of experienced talent behind the scenes: Award-wining playwright and screenwriter Theresa Rebeck wrote the pilot, and veteran TV and theater producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron ('Chicago,' 'Hairspray') are executive producers, as are songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman ('Hairspray').

Will it all add up to a 'Smash' for NBC? Who knows. There will probably be a lot of butterflies for all involved right up until opening night.

http://www.aoltv.com/2011/11/21/smas...harine-mcphee/
post #74088 of 93655
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

TV Notes
'Smash' Exclusive First Look: Is This the Show That Will Save NBC?
By Maureen Ryan, AOLTV.com



It's no secret that things have been tricky lately for the Peacock Network. Some of its returning shows have been struggling in the ratings and none of its new fall offerings have been breakout hits.

That may be about to change: NBC debuts 'Smash' Feb. 6, and many critics who've seen it (including me) think it's one of the strongest new shows of the season. Below, Aol TV has an exclusive first look at the 'Smash' key art, which features former 'American Idol' contestant Katharine McPhee atop a pile of scheming Broadway strivers.

You're probably wondering if 'Smash' is merely a 'Glee' ripoff set on Broadway. Of course, it makes sense for 'Glee' to come up when discussing 'Smash,' but the latter show is different (and possibly better) in several respects.

As ludicrous as it sounds I was thinking this was a spinoff from FNL just from the title.

I'll be skipping this for three reasons - The Idol connection, the Spielberg connection (Skies and Nova have not done his name any favors recently) and the fact I don't have any interest in Broadway.
post #74089 of 93655
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TV Notes
Hulu Subscription Service Adds 'The Cosby Show,' Other Classic Sitcoms
By David Lieberman, Deadline.com - November 22nd, 2011

NEW YORK - Online video joint venture Hulu has added The Cosby Show, Whoopi, 3rd Rock from the Sun and eight other Carsey Werner classic sitcoms to its Hulu Plus subscription service.

A spokeswoman for Hulu, in which Walt Disney, News Corp. and Comcast's NBCUniversal are partners with private equity firm Providence Equity Partners, declined to comment on the deal, which kicked in mid-month.

The content deal covers 11 classic shows and 580 episodes, a source confirmed. The other series included are Grounded For Life, That 80’s Show, The Tracy Morgan Show, Damon, Men Behaving Badly, Game Over, Davis Rules and Normal, Ohio.

Financial terms weren't immediately clear. Hulu Plus costs subscribers $7.99 per month and offers them a deeper content library.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/new...s-cosby-265054

I might be more inclined to subscribe to Hulu Plus if they offered a discount for paying the year up front.

The reason?

Right now, for roughly $15 less a year, I can get pretty much the same content from Amazon with 2 Day shipping included for anything I buy from them. All I get from Hulu is content, and much of it is the same as what Amazon has - for an average of $6.58 a month, as opposed to the $7.99 a month Hulu wants.

Further, Amazon lets you try Prime for 30 days. You only get a week with Hulu to test the waters.

The price is also too close to the Netflix streaming-only plan.

Sure, that $7.99 gets you quicker access to recent episodes of shows and you can watch them on devices other than your computer. But, if you're willing to wait an extra couple of days and watch them on your computer, those are free.

I think they really need to price it at $5.99 to really compete.

Right now, if I simply want to catch a show that I missed due to a power outage or something, it's far cheaper to pay the $1.99 to Amazon to buy it.

Unless you watch pretty much all your TV through Hulu, $7.99 isn't a very good value - especially if most of it is on the broadcast networks.
post #74090 of 93655
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Originally Posted by NetworkTV View Post

Right now, if I simply want to catch a show that I missed due to a power outage or something, it's far cheaper to pay the $1.99 to Amazon to buy it.

It's even cheaper to watch it on Hulu Free. It's not even $1.99 there. If I'm playing catchup that's how I do it. Hulu Free is just as useful as it's always been, even with the couple of networks that have the seven day delay. I just record the next episode and watch the Hulu airing first.
post #74091 of 93655
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Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

It's even cheaper to watch it on Hulu Free. It's not even $1.99 there. If I'm playing catchup that's how I do it. Hulu Free is just as useful as it's always been, even with the couple of networks that have the seven day delay. I just record the next episode and watch the Hulu airing first.

I mentioned that.

If you're willing to wait a few days extra and watch it on your computer, it's free. The $7.99 lets you watch it sooner and on any supported device.

That's so not worth $7.99 to me.
post #74092 of 93655
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Originally Posted by NetworkTV View Post

That's so not worth $7.99 to me.

The question is why are you paying $1.99 to watch on Amazon? Even if you only have a small screen for playback $2 vs free isn't really something I would entertain for at most 42 minutes of entertainment.
post #74093 of 93655
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Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

The question is why are you paying $1.99 to watch on Amazon? Even if you only have a small screen for playback $2 vs free isn't really something I would entertain for at most 42 minutes of entertainment.

I'm not...nor did I ever say I was. I just said it's cheaper than $7.99 if something causes me to miss a must see show.

The $2 would be a fallback if a) my DVR failed to record something and b) I didn't want to wait to watch it when it's free on Hulu.

$1.99 is still cheaper than $7.99 since I would only do it for a show I really wanted to see...and see now.

As it is now, I wait. Which is why Hulu isn't going to get a monthly sub from me. I can't see paying for something when I can get essentially the same thing free a few days later. TV isn't worth the PPV price and streaming isn't worth a monthly fee when I already have the real deal coming to my TV.
post #74094 of 93655
Did I miss it... How were the Ratings for the MLS Cup ?

All my Soccer Nut friends said everyone watched it !
post #74095 of 93655
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Originally Posted by Dmon4u View Post

Did I miss it... How were the Ratings for the MLS Cup ?

All my Soccer Nut friends said everyone watched it !

Sunday’s Galaxy/Dynamo MLS Cup drew an 0.8 overnight rating on ESPN, up 60% from last year (COL/DAL: 0.5), but down 11% from 2009 (RSL/LA: 0.9).

The is the sixth straight year the MLS Cup has failed to draw at least 1% of U.S. metered market homes, per sportsmediawatch.

Youre really stretching the word "everyone".
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TUESDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media INsight's Blog.
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
'Stars' finale slides but ABC still wins night
Two-hour season ender averages a 4.1 in 18-49s
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - November 23rd, 2011

The season 13 finale of "Dancing with the Stars" was way down from last year, but it was still strong enough to boost ABC to its first Tuesday victory of the season on the penultimate night of sweeps.

"Stars" averaged a 4.1 adults 18-49 rating from 9 to 11 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, down 23 percent from a 5.3 for last fall's finale.

"Stars" averaged 19.4 million total viewers, nearly 5 million fewer than last fall.

The dip wasn't a surprise. This has been one of the lowest-rated "Stars" seasons in years, and the cast never quite gained the sort of traction with viewers that past celebrities did.

Still, seeing actor and Iraq War veteran J.R. Martinez capture the title eight years after he was severely burned by a roadside bomb was certainly heartwarming. "Stars" was easily the night's top show, comfortably ahead of CBS's "NCIS" (3.5) and Fox's special episode of "The X Factor" (3.2), which were both down from last week.

On the strength of "Stars" ABC finished first for the night among 18-49s with a 3.5 average overnight rating and a 9 share. Fox was second at 3.2/9, CBS third at 2.9/8, NBC fourth at 1.9/5, Univision fifth at 1.4/4, Telemundo sixth at 0.6/2 and CW seventh at 0.5/1.

As a reminder, all ratings are based on live-plus-same-day DVR playback, which includes shows replayed before 3 a.m. the night before. Seven-day DVR data won't be available for several weeks. Forty-two percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

At 8 p.m. CBS was first with a 3.5 for "NCIS," followed by Fox with a 3.1 for the first hour of "Factor." ABC was third with a 2.3 for "Last Man Standing" (2.7) and "Man Up" (1.9), NBC fourth with a 1.9 for "The Biggest Loser," Univision fifth with a 1.5 for "Una Familia con Suerte," CW sixth with a 0.6 for "90210" and Telemundo seventh with a 0.5 for "Mi Corazon Insiste."

ABC took the lead at 9 p.m. with a 3.8 for "Stars," while Fox remained second with a 3.2 for more "Factor." CBS was third with a 3.0 for "NCIS: Los Angeles," NBC fourth with a 2.0 for more "Loser," Univision fifth with a 1.5 for "La Fuerza del Destino," Telemundo sixth with a 0.6 for "Flor Salvaje" and CW seventh with a 0.4 for a repeat of "Hart of Dixie."

At 10 p.m. ABC was first again with a 4.4 for more "Stars," with CBS second with a 2.2 for "Unforgettable." NBC was third with a 1.9 for "Parenthood," Univision fourth with a 1.1 for "Aqui y Ahora" and Telemundo fifth with a 0.7 for "La Casa de al Lado."

ABC was also first for the night among households with a 9.9 average overnight rating and a 15 share. CBS was second at 8.8/14, Fox third at 5.4/8, NBC fourth at 3.3/5, Univision fifth at 1.7/3 and Telemundo and CW tied for sixth at 0.8/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/art...wins-night.asp
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TV Notes
'One Life to Live,' 'All My Children' Will Not Move Online
By Philiana Ng and Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter - November 23rd, 2011

Prospect Park’s ambitious plan to move ABC daytime soaps One Life to Live and All My Children from the small screen to the computer screen has been halted indefinitely.

The move had proven difficult as Prospect Park and the various guilds associated with transitioning the series to the Web struggle to come to terms.

"After five months of negotiations with various guilds, hundreds of presentations to potential financial and technology partners, and a hope that we could pioneer a new network for the future, it is with great disappointment that we are suspending our aspirations to revive One Life to Live and All My Children via online distribution," said Prospect Park's Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinez in a joint statement issued Wednesday.

"It is now becoming clear that mounting issues make our ability to meet our deadlines to get OLTL on the air in a reasonable time period following its January 13, 2012 ABC finale impossible," the statement continues.

Frank and Kwatinez cited the current economic landscape as another reason why their efforts with the guilds proved unsuccessful. "While we narrowed in on a financial infrastructure, the contractual demands of the guilds, which regulate our industry, coupled with the program’s inherent economic challenges ultimately led to this final decision," they said. "In the end, the constraints of the current marketplace, including the evolution and impact of new media on our industry simply proved too great a match for even our passion."

Frank and Kwatinez remain optimistic that the discussion will remain ongoing with creating original online content. "We hope that our efforts are not lost, and that we somehow created a dialogue and movement on the feasibility of first run, network quality content online," they said.

Reports surfaced in early November that All My Children’s move to the Web would be halted and that efforts would be spent on One Life to Live instead.

That prompted All My Children veteran Susan Lucci to address speculation that she was one of the major causes for the delay. “There has been miscommunications as a result of statements in the press that I am one of the reasons that All My Children is not moving forward. This is simply untrue and not the case,” wrote Lucci, who was the only regular to remain on the soap for the entirety of its 41-year run, a few days later.

The only cast members signed on to the online continuation of All My Children are Cameron Mathison (Ryan) and Lindsay Hartley (Cara).

Prospect Park, headed by Frank and Kwatinez, announced in September that it would launch All My Children on The Online Network, a new web-based platform that will include original programming, in January 2012 with One Life to Live to follow. In July, Prospect Park made a licensing deal with ABC that would continue production on the long-running soaps after both series concluded their runs on broadcast television for the Internet.

ABC officially canceled the the two soaps in April, launching food and lifestyle series The Chew and the upcoming The Revolution. The news followed a string of daytime cancellations at other networks in recent years, including CBS' long-running The Guiding Light, As the World Turns and NBC's Passions.

All My Children aired its final episode on Sept. 23. One Life to Live will broadcast its series finale in Jan. 13, 2012.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/new...ct-park-265416
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Critic's Notes
NBC's National Dog Show' Thursday includes one new breed that could leave the co-hosts speechless
John O'Hurley and David Frei make the call for NBC in annual canine competition
By David Hinckley, New York Daily News - November 22nd, 2011

It's not A lock, but it's possible that the most fun on television Thursday could be watching the hosts of the National Dog Show working to pronounce the name of one of the show's six new breeds.

The dog is a Xoloitzcuintli.

Go ahead. Pronounce it.

Take your time.

So how's it working out?

Fortunately for us civilians, even those who like the look of this breed a dark, medium-sized Mexican hairless don't have to pronounce it.

But John O'Hurley and David Frei, co-hosts of the 10th Annual National Dog Show Thursday on NBC, noon-2 p.m., do.

I started in October to pronounce the dog's name, says O'Hurley. For three nights in a row I had to go to YouTube to practice it.

He thinks he has it now.

For the record, the correct phonetic pronunciation is show-low-eats-queen-tlee.

The other five new breeds, making their national television debut because they received official American Kennel Club certification this year, have less exotic names.

They include the Cesky Terrier, the Norwegian Lundehund, the Finnish Lapphund and the Entlebucher Mountain Dog. In any other year, the Entlebucher might seem a little tricky to pronounce. This year, it's a gimme.

The sixth new breed is easy enough to say: the American English Coonhound. It does raise a question, however: Is it American or English? Would you call a dog a French German Poodle? A Japanese Chinese Shar-Pei?

No matter. The National Dog Show is designed to be great family fun, says O'Hurley, and he thinks it has fulfilled that mission.

Conceived on a whim from a showing of the satirical movie Best in Show, it has regularly drawn 18-20 million viewers.

It's also a fast-paced show, particularly compared to television's other major canine showcase, February's Westminster Kennel Club show.

Westminster stretches for six hours over two nights. The National Dog Show compresses everything, mainly almost 200 breeds, into two hours.

Frei, who narrates the Westminster show, jokes that he doesn't want to get in trouble by making comparisons to this one.

But he says it really isn't a problem, because even though they are both competitions among purebred dogs, they have very different goals.

This show is an entertainment special, built for the day, he says. Westminster is the top competition in the dog world.

They both have their place. They're both celebrations of the dog in our lives.

The show also will salute some of the work that dogs do. A guest on Thursday's show will be one of the last surviving search dogs that worked at Ground Zero in the days after Sept. 11, and there will also be a salute to therapy dogs.

Perhaps they can visit O'Hurley if his tongue suffers serious injury trying to pronounce Xoloitzcuintli.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertain...ticle-1.981324
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Sunday’s Galaxy/Dynamo MLS Cup drew an 0.8 overnight rating on ESPN, up 60% from last year (COL/DAL: 0.5), but down 11% from 2009 (RSL/LA: 0.9).

The wierd thing is a premier league game on fox sunday actually beat it with a 1.1.


On another topic....

katy perry is hosting SNL in a few weeks but she isnt the musical guest too....its robyn.

Didnt someone i think it was taylor swift do both once before ?
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