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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
MONDAY 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)

8PM - Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Special)
8:30PM - Shrek the Halls
(R -Nov. 28, 2007)
9:01PM - You Deserve It
10PM - Castle
(R - Sept. 26)
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11:35PM - Nightline (LIVE)
Midnight - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Regis Philbin; Yelawolf performs)

8PM - How I Met Your Mother
(R - Nov. 22, 2010)
8:30PM - 2 Broke Girls
(R - Oct. 3)
9PM - Two and a Half Men
(R - Oct. 3)
9:30PM - Mike & Molly
(R - Apr. 11)
10PM - Hawaii Five-0
(R - Feb. 14)
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11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Robert Pattinson; photographer Annie Leibovitz; David Crosby and Graham Nash perform)
(R - Nov. 8)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Aisha Tyler; Justin Moore performs; Tom Lennon as the voice of Geoff)

8PM - The Sing-Off (Season Finale, 120 min., LIVE)
10PM - Rock Center with Brian Williams
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11:35PM - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Kirstie Alley; Damon Wayans Jr.; She & Him perform)
12:37AM - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (Betty White; Jack Huston; Internet tech show Diggnation; Jimmy Cliff performs)
1:36AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Author Michael Calce; "Knuckle"; Cold War Kids perform) SD
(R - Nov. 1)

8PM - Terra Nova
9PM - House

(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Antiques Roadshow: Madison, WI (R - Feb. 15, 2010)
9PM - Antiques Roadshow: Denver, CO
(R - Mar. 29, 2010)
10PM - Unforgettable: The Korean War
(R - Jun. 21, 2010)

8PM - Una Familia con Suerte
9PM - La Fuerza del Destino
10PM - Don Francisco Presenta

8PM - Gossip Girl
9PM - Hart of Dixie

8PM - Mi Corazón Insiste (Series Finale)
9PM - Flor Salvaje
10PM - La Casa de al Lado

11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Author Merrill Markoe)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Author Siddhartha Mukherjee)

11PM - Conan (TBA)

11PM - Chelsea Lately (Model Miranda Kerr; comic Josh Wolf; comic Fortune Feimster; comic Greg Fitzsimmons)
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TV Notes
Monday's TV Highlights: 'Rizzoli & Isles' on TNT
By Los Angeles Times' 'Show Tracker' Blog - November 28th, 2011


OH REALLY?: Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly guest stars as himself on a new episode of Rizzoli & Isles at 10 p.m. on TNT. With Lorraine Bracco.


The Sing-Off:
Motown great Smokey Robinson performs on the talent competition's season finale (8 p.m. NBC).

Gossip Girl: The gang looks forward to a bash at the legendary New York nightclub Studio 54 in a new episode of the drama (8 p.m. KTLA).

Terra Nova: Taylor and the mysterious Mira (Stephen Lang, Christine Adams) have a confrontation in the jungle on a new episode of the sci-fi adventure series (8 p.m. KTLA).

Bored to Death: The quirky mystery-comedy starring Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson ends its season (9 p.m. HBO).

Cake Boss: Next Great Baker: The culinary competition returns for another go-round (9 p.m. TLC).

The Closer: The police drama starring Kyra Sedgwick is back with new episodes (9 p.m. TNT).

Scouted: Aspiring models try to make it big in the fashion industry in this new docu-series (10 p.m. E!).

Pawn Stars: The hit reality series about a Las Vegas pawn shop returns for another season (10 p.m. History).


Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas:
The green meanie is back in this classic animated holiday tale (8 p.m. ABC).


Bill Murray stars in this darkly comic 1988 retelling of a classic Dickens tale (8 and 10 p.m. AMC).


College basketball:
Xavier plays Vanderbilt (4 p.m. ESPN2); Georgia challenges Colorado (5:30 p.m. FS Prime); and the UCLA Bruins host Pepperdine (8 p.m. FS Prime).

Hockey: The Tampa Bay Lightning meets the Minnesota Wild (4:30 p.m. VS) and the Kings welcome the San Jose Sharks (7:30 p.m. FSN).

Football: The New York Giants face the New Orleans Saints (5:30 p.m. ESPN).

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TV Sports
NFL pregame shows weigh in on Ndamukong Suh kick, apology
By Michael Hiestand, USA Today - November 27th, 2011

The networks' Sunday NFL pregame shows rarely have much fresh to offer because everything NFL-related is continuously raked over by the always-expanding sports media. But in drawing ratings that top those for plenty of live sports, those network studio shows have an ace: being able to weigh in, as sort of tribal councils, on the big issues of right and wrong.

Not surprisingly, the Detroit Lions' Ndamukong Suh had to be ritually scolded Sunday after being kicked out of a Thanksgiving Day game for kicking an opponent who was down then offering a classic non-apologetic apology for having putting himself in a situation that could be "misinterpreted." Later, perhaps after realizing that couldn't stop anybody from believing their eyes, he sort of said he was sorry on his Facebook page.

Which left TV pundits baffled about a player who had seemed like such a nice young man. "He's a bit of an enigma," Fox's Howie Long said. "On the one hand, he seems to be a really good guy" albeit "one who believes he is above the rules that apply to everyone else."

Fox's Michael Strahan said, "Off the field, he seems to be a nice guy." Said ESPN's Merril Hoge: "The person that I know and that incident that we saw are different people."

It's hard to say what's up with Suh until, say, we can see him in a reality TV show. But ESPN's Keyshawn Johnson offered this: "A lot of times, athletes, actors, actresses, when they get out of control, boom fellas, they start to play their character! You look at Lindsay Lohan and Mean Girls out of control as a teenager and out of control in real life." Hmmm.

Fox's Mike Pereira, who once oversaw NFL officiating, offered up an old school verdict Suh "is beyond being a dirty player" while CBS' Boomer Esiason, saying Suh needs at least a four-game suspension, summed up the on-air verdict in saying, "His actions are deplorable, and I think we all feel that way." There is, after all, still something to be said for manners, as CBS' Shannon Sharpe noted about how Suh apologized: "Everybody doesn't have a link to your Facebook page. Do it publicly."

On tap: Though neither has been announced, there's about as much suspense over whether ESPN's Urban Meyer will be Ohio State's next football coach as there is about whether President Obama will seek a second term. ESPN said Meyer asked to not appear on-air Saturday and wasn't scheduled to appear again until this Saturday. As CBS' Tim Brando tweeted: "The handling of the Ohio St. hiring of Urban Meyer (which is happening) is as poorly handled as any I've ever witnessed. We're not that dumb." While ESPN has replaced John Harkes, its lead analyst for MLS and U.S. soccer coverage, with Taylor Twellman, ESPN's Mike Soltys says Harkes "might still have some on-air role with us." Bob Costas, in an MLB Network interview today (9 p.m. ET), asks MLBN analyst Jim Kaat, who played 25 MLB seasons before retiring in 1983, his one wish for baseball now. Kaat's answer: "No rock-and-roll music" at ballparks, so you "could just sit and watch the game on a nice lazy afternoon." And just enjoy the emerald chessboard.

Spice rack: Although ESPN's Lee Corso didn't have a glitch-free Saturday he called College GameDay colleague Desmond Howard "Dennis" he safely got through his pick-'em segment, in which he a week earlier had launched an accidental expletive. Corso on Saturday covered his mouth with duct tape as he approached the moment when he'd had his slip. The idea of duct tape being applied to analysts' mouth could become a concept used to launch a new ESPN talk show.

Running numbers: If chalk holds, ESPN will be stuck hyping a rematch of this season's LSU-Alabama sumo match for what could be a ratings-challenged Bowl Championship Series title game between teams without national superstars and from sparsely populated states. CBS' overnight ratings for LSU and Alabama in weekend games don't suggest big national TV star power: Saturday's Alabama-Auburn drew a 4.4 overnight, translating to 4.4% of households in 56 urban markets measured for overnights up 5% from comparable coverage of LSU-Arkansas last year, while Friday's Arkansas-LSU drew a 6.1 overnight down 19% from 2010 coverage of Auburn-Alabama. NBC's Boston Bruins-Detroit Red Wings game Friday an attempt to expand NHL TV interest before NBC TV games start in January drew a 1.0 overnight, almost what NBC averages for NHL regular-season games.

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The Sunday Conversation: Greg Gutfeld
By Irene Lacher, Los Angeles Times - November 27th, 2011

Greg Gutfeld, 47, is the host of Fox News Channel's late-night news and humor chatfest, "Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld." In July, the New York-based TV personality began helming "The Five," a daily round table that replaced departed host Glenn Beck's show.

Let's start with your surprising career arc from men's magazine editor to Fox News personality.
I was a magazine guy. I worked at Men's Health, where I like to think I wrote all the great ab lines, like "Lose your gut." I think that was me. And "Six-pack abs in six minutes." I wrote that as well, I think. Totally impossible, by the way, to get six-pack abs in six minutes. But it's still poetry.

But you had some pretty spectacular flame-outs when you were a men's magazine editor, didn't you?
What are you referring to?

What happened was I was invited to speak at a conference on how to generate buzz. I had originally turned it down because I thought, if you need to go to a conference on buzz, you won't be able to generate buzz. You're hopeless. I realized that was a bad idea, so I called them back up, and they said, "We've already filled it with a guy from Maxim." And I was at Stuff, and we were sister publications at Dennis [Publishing], and I was kind of ticked off. So instead I bought tickets for seats at the conference, and I filled them with three little people. And they brought in clipboards with cellphones and they set them on vibrate. So when their phones went off on the clipboards, they would make the buzzing noise. So in a way I was showing everyone at the conference how to generate buzz. And then a month later, I was promoted to director of brand development for Stuff. But it was obviously a "promotion" promotion. They sent me to an Oakwood apartment in Beverly Hills. It was a lost year. I was jogging on Sunset and getting drunk most of the time. But it was worth it. I ended up back at Maxim U.K., so they hired me again, which was weird.

Why did you want to go from the top of the men's magazine world to Fox News?
I loved Fox News. I'd been on a couple of times, and I found it refreshing. Before Fox News, what was there? There was this terrible sameness all the same faces with the same assumptions about America's place in the world. The news was deliberately obscuring another perspective, and it was one that reflected reality in my mind and who I was, and the gap between what was real and what was on the news, I thought, was huge. And FNC at least for me filled that gap.

What do you have to say to critics of Fox News who regard it as a tool of the right wing?
I always love questions like that, because no one ever says, "I don't like Fox News." They say, "What do you say to the critics?" In the old days, major media was outrageously liberal, but they owned all the players on the teams, they owned the ball, they owned the stadium. And when Fox News shows up to play, everyone else wants to take the ball and go home. You hear nothing but whining about Fox News because they're kicking everybody's butt. And I love that. The people who whine about Fox News are hypocrites they say they're totally tolerant, but when they run into someone who doesn't share their assumptions, they say, "Fox News is evil, and it must be stopped."

You had quite a cyber tiff last month with Adam Levine, when he tweeted that he wanted Fox News to stop playing his music.
I have to say that Adam Levine is truly a daring young man to go on Twitter to bash Fox News. He's so rebellious, so subversive. I mean, for a musician, seriously, could you find a more predictable stance than that? He's as edgy as a hacky sack, which also describes his music. So I went on there basically to lower the bar of discourse. If he's going to rag on Fox News, I'm going to make stupid jokes about him.

You wrote for the Huffington Post in the early years, including a mini cartoon series making fun of Arianna Huffington. You essentially called her a hypocrite for not paying writers. How did you get away with that?
I was pretty much their first blogger, because I was blogging from England and my posts showed up hours earlier than everybody else. Once I got in there, it was impossible for Arianna to get me out of there because I was fun mold. If you removed me, the HuffPo became boring and I think Arianna knew that. If I wasn't there, the Huffington Post probably would have collapsed under its own self-seriousness.

Do you have a hard time getting big names on the show?
Not really, because I don't actively look for them. I love having musicians on. I get bands that I love, and they're often not bands other people love.My two favorite bands are now Black Moth Super Rainbow we had them on and then Torch, which is this great metal band I love, and we've had them on. I like being an apostle for music.

But in terms of celebrities, I don't care what they think on issues. And "Red Eye" is a topic-driven show. Celebrities tend to live in a plastic bubble all their lives, and suddenly in their late 20s, when they've made all their money they feel really guilty because they're incredibly wealthy. Also they feel vacuous, so they latch onto easy causes like the environment. Even worthy causes, but they attach themselves to them superficially. They actually hurt the causes that they join. I think they lead a stunted existence, where they didn't go through the normal intellectual growth that everybody else has.

"The Five," which you started helming in July, replaced Glenn Beck. How has that changed your network profile, and how are you guys approaching the gig differently?
The thing about "The Five" is that it works. It's kind of neat when something takes off organically. Put five people with strong personalities in a room to talk about stuff that happened that day. Glenn Beck had a single powerful perspective, but there are five of us, so it makes it maybe a little more unpredictable, more of a delicious mess. And they're also amazingly beautiful people, which helps. I have the greatest job I sit next to Dana Perino, across from Kimberly Guilfoyle and I get to raise [Democratic consultant and Fox commentator] Bob Beckel's blood pressure. I try to turn his face into a red state.

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TV Notes
'House' Star Hugh Laurie Says He'll Retire From TV Acting Once Show Ends
By The Hollywood Reporter Staff - November 27th, 2011

Hugh Laurie is already looking past the end of House, and that future doesn't appear to include a role on another TV series.

The British actor, who is in his eighth season playing the grumpy doctor at the center of Fox's hit medical drama, told the U.K.'s Daily Record that he's likely done with TV roles once the show comes to an end.

"I think I have been rather spoiled here (in America)," he said. "I can't imagine there will be another one quite like this. ... And I think I am extremely lucky to have had the one shot that I have had at it, and I wouldn't go looking for lightning to strike twice."

He said he'd rather go behind the cameras for whatever his next project is.

"I think I will probably be as interested by either writing or producing or directing, or some other aspect," he said. "I find the whole field of it fascinating."

Laurie, whose voice can be heard in theaters this holiday season in Arthur Christmas, argued that his time on House has more than prepped him for a new career behind the scenes.

We have done 170-odd shows; that's about 56 feature films' worth," he said. "That's a huge amount of experience and that sort of experience gives you a confidence in a way.

Laurie has received six Emmy noms and two Golden Globe Awards for his role on the series.

Fox has yet to make an announcement on a ninth season.

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TV Notes
Scott Turow, other mystery writers get TNT movie series
By Carol Memmott, USA Today

TNT is resurrecting the made-for-TV mystery movie genre with its Mystery Movie Night, a series of six films airing through Christmas, based on crime novels written by best-selling novelists. USA TODAY looks at the stars, the films and the books they're based on:

Scott Turow's Innocent
Tuesday, 9 ET/PT

The author:
The lawyer/author's 1987 debut novel Presumed Innocent, about a lawyer put on trial for his mistress' murder, was considered a landmark in the legal thriller genre. Innocent (2010) is his ninth novel.
The plot: Twenty years after he's cleared in the death of his mistress (in this sequel to Presumed Innocent), Rusty Sabich, now a judge, is suspected of murdering his wife.
The stars: Bill Pullman (Independence Day) as Sabich; Marcia Gay Harden (Damages) as his wife, Barbara, and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2) as his friend and defense attorney, Sandy Stern.
Pullman says: "It has all the ingredients of noir. There's a murder, and the husband's found with his dead wife. He immediately becomes a suspect and his attempts to try to set things right only complicate things more."

Wednesday, 9 ET/PT

The author:
Sandra Brown is the author of more than 60 best sellers, including the recently published Lethal, which like many of her thrillers combines psychological suspense and romance. In 2008 she was awarded the prestigious Thriller Master award by the International Thriller Writers group.
The plot: Det. Sgt. Duncan Hatcher investigates a corrupt judge even as he becomes involved with his wife.
The stars: John Corbett (Sex and the City) as Hatcher and Kelly Overton (The Ring Two) as his partner Det. DeeDee Bowen, with Gary Cole (The Good Wife) as the judge and Julie Benz (Dexter) as his wife.
Corbett says: "It has an old 1930s, 1940s film noir vibe to it. I like playing the detective. A lot of times I'm cast as the romantic boyfriend, and I don't get to carry a gun and stick it to a guy's head and say, 'Give me the information.' "

Dec. 6, 9 ET/PT

The author:
Lisa Gardner, whose books combine police procedure and cutting-edge forensic science, has written 13 novels, including five starring Boston Police Detective D.D. Warren.
The plot: Warren is on the case when the mummified remains of six young women are found buried on the grounds of an abandoned mental hospital.
The stars: Carla Gugino (Watchmen) as Warren, and Bridget Regan (Legend of the Seeker) as Annabelle, a young woman tied to the case.
Gugino says: "The movie will keep a lot of people guessing. I read a lot of scripts, and I did not see what was coming. It is gruesome, but nothing is gratuitous. It's more of a psychological thriller."

Silent Witness
Dec. 7, 9 ET/PT

The author:
Richard North Patterson is the author of 19 suspenseful novels dealing with political, legal and social issues. This year's The Devil's Light involved a CIA officer's race to stop a suspected al-Qaeda plot to detonate a dirty bomb in the USA.
The plot: Defense attorney Tony Lord, who was falsely accused of murder in his youth, returns to his hometown to defend an old school friend now charged with murdering one of his students.
The stars: Dermot Mulroney (Zodiac) as Lord, with Michael Cudlitz (Southland), Anne Heche (Men in Trees) and Judd Hirsch (Taxi).
Mulroney says: "It's a deep, dark mystery. There are great plot twists that you never see coming, and you'll be wondering all the while not just about one murder, but two. You're drawn into the past even as you watch the present unfolding."

Good Morning, Killer
Dec. 13, 9 ET/PT

The author:
April Smith is the author of four novels starring FBI Special Agent Ana Grey. She has written the adaptation and is executive producer for this film. Her TV credits include being a producer for Cagney & Lacey and Chicago Hope.
The plot: Grey races to locate and stop a serial kidnapper/rapist, even as her passionate relationship with a secretive detective escalates.
The stars: Catherine Bell (Army Wives) as Grey; Cole Hauser (Chase) as Det. Andrew Berringer.
Bell says: "This is probably the first project I've done that I can't let my 8-year-old daughter watch. There's a sex scene where I went, 'Whoa. Are we really doing this on TV?' The movie is very grown-up and really intense. You'll be on edge of your seat."

Deck the Halls
Dec. 20, 9 ET/PT

The authors:
Best-selling writers in their own right, mother and daughter Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark are co-authors of a series of holiday mysteries including Deck the Halls.
The plot: Det. Regan Reilly and cleaning-woman-turned-detective Alvirah Meehan investigate the holiday-season kidnapping of Reilly's father.
The stars: Scottie Thompson (Trauma) as Reilly, Kathy Najimy (Sister Act) as Alvirah. Also starring Jane Alexander and Larry Miller.
Thompson says: "It's definitely got a mixture of comedy and thriller, but because it's a family holiday movie it doesn't get too dark. What made it fun was that I actually got to play both the detective and a victim."

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TV Notes
New Life, Surprisingly, for ABC Prime Time
By Bill Carter, The New York Times - November 28th, 2011

The prospects for ABC and its new chief programmer, Paul Lee, hardly looked rosy at the start of the fall television season.

After the first two weeks, when the ratings for Dancing With the Stars were down about 20 percent and one new entry, Charlie's Angels, had quickly fizzled, a senior executive at a competing network said in an e-mail message, The Paul Lee death watch has started.

Not quite. As the season heads for its midpoint, ABC and Mr. Lee have managed to defy early expectations by devising an emerging success story in prime time with a handful of new shows demonstrating the kind of steady appeal that usually guarantees extended runs.

One show, the fairy-tale drama Once Upon a Time, probably could be considered the strongest new entry of the season because it has attracted hit ratings without the benefit of a strong lead-in show. Another drama, Revenge, is performing consistently and generating passionate talk online.

Two comedies, Suburgatory and Last Man Standing, have settled in with solid ratings. And one holdover comedy, Happy Endings, has rewarded Mr. Lee's faith in it by improving 55 percent this season.

Over all, ABC has managed to stay just about even with its ratings for last season, which comes as a surprise to some, given the continued decline for several of the network's longtime hits. Many of the pillars of ABC's prime-time success were facing either retirement (Desperate Housewives) or a steady decline in ratings (Grey's Anatomy and Dancing With the Stars.)

But now, Mr. Lee and other ABC executives are promoting several of their coming midseason entries as perhaps stronger than those introduced in the fall.

All of this comes from Mr. Lee, a programmer who stands out not only for his British accent, but also for his background in cable television and his demeanor. Robert A. Iger, the chief executive of ABC's parent company, Walt Disney, said, The best thing about Paul is that he's a grown-up.

At 51, Mr. Lee indeed is grown up. And he may be the only top network programmer ever to graduate from Oxford with fluency in both Portuguese and Russian. That doesn't precisely translate to being able to recognize which sitcom or reality show might find an audience of 18- to 49-year-old women, but Mr. Lee said it doesn't hurt either.

You have to bring some humility to it if you're an outsider, he said in a telephone interview. If you're lucky, you can use an incredibly talented team around you and your own approach and really make something different.

Given the situation ABC faced at the end of last season, with Desperate Housewives ready to end after an eighth and final season, and the Dancing franchise starting to leak younger viewers (it remains hugely popular among older women), Mr. Lee faced considerable pressure as he introduced the first slate of shows he had personally developed and selected.

But to some degree, pressure is liberating, Mr. Lee said. I came in thinking we absolutely had to take some big swings.

He also thought about what's going to work well in tough times. That led to comparisons to the 1930s and the 1970s, Mr. Lee said. Comedy was so big then. Fairy tales were big then. Horror was big; the underdog was big. He added, And were we ambitious? Superambitious.

He also conceded that luck played a significant role. While some of the bedrock hits of ABC were unquestionably in decline, Mr. Lee retained an ace no other network could match: the comedy Modern Family, already a hit, exploded this fall after a deluge of Emmy Awards.

Some of this is definitely luck, he said. You can have the best ideas but they don't always click.

Mr. Lee pushed his luck with Happy Endings, a comedy that had become a personal favorite and one that attracted much online chatter. His decision to bring it back for a second season shocked much of the television business because the show was dispersing the big lead-in audience from Modern Family.

But as that comedy soared this year, Happy Endings found a much larger audience (though it still loses a large percentage of the Modern Family audience.)

Perhaps the most underrated strength Mr. Lee has brought to ABC is his background in cable. One senior executive from a competing media company said, Everyone wanted to dis Paul Lee because he was an outsider from cable. But that was just what ABC needed.

Mr. Lee came to ABC after a six-year stint leading Disney's ABC Family Channel, where he expanded ratings every year by introducing shows like Pretty Little Liars, Greek and The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

Mr. Lee came to the United States in 1998 to start another cable channel, BBC America. He began his career in Britain as a journalist, covering the sectarian violence in Northern Ireland, but moved into directing for television, first documentaries and then scripted programs. He became what is known in television as a showrunner, one in charge of all aspects of running a series.

He said, That's why I am so passionate about the network picking great showrunners and giving them room.

As for the experience in cable, Mr. Lee said that was vital. That's why we staggered the launch of shows this fall, because what happens in cable is you have to throw your whole network at a show you believe in.

ABC held back Suburgatory one week after the start of the season. It held back Last Man Standing three weeks and Once Upon a Time for a month.

To not have to launch three shows in three days, that's a little bit of cable marketing up against a whole lot of broadcast programming, Mr. Lee said.

The coming shows he is talking most about include a serial drama called GCB (now standing for Good Christian Belles) and the latest addition to the female-based comedy Apt. 23, which also has been known as Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23.

One of my friends said to me, Make haste slowly. We've got a lot of work to do.' At the same time, Mr. Lee said, our job is to make sure we bring great new franchises to the network and sustain them well.

Longer term, he said, We will absolutely be taking more big swings. That's the fun of it.

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Barry Livingston, acting his age
The ex-'My Three Sons' child star is keeping busy with more mature roles ('Social Network,' 'Mad Men') these days, and he has a new book describing his journey.
By Susan King, Los Angeles Times - November 28th, 2011

Former child actor Barry Livingston, who played the cute-but-nerdy Ernie Douglas on the vintage Fred MacMurray sitcom "My Three Sons," turned out quite well, thank you.

There were a few stumbles along the way. When his career wasn't even treading water while he was in his 20s, he did turn to cocaine. But his "lost period" only lasted about a year. He's been happily married for nearly 30 years and has a 22-year-old son and 19-year-old daughter. The 57-year-old Livingston likes to joke that when he began to lose his hair, his career took off again. He's had roles in "Mad Men," last year's acclaimed "The Social Network," Ben Affleck's new film "Argo," which will be released next year, and, in a real change of pace for him, as a torturer in the upcoming horror film "Hostel: Part III."

"I have been, knock on wood, very fortunate that people have accepted me as an adult actor," he said over a chicken salad sandwich at Paty's in Toluca Lake. "I have aged, and I grew into the doctor, lawyer, professor, those kind of dads."

Livingston has recently published his breezy, fun autobiography, "The Importance of Being Ernie: From My Three Sons to Mad Men, a Hollywood Survivor Tells All." On Wednesday, he'll be signing copies at Book Soup on Sunset Boulevard, and on Thursday he'll be at the Barnes & Noble in Burbank.

He joined the cast of "My Three Sons" his older brother, Stanley Livingston, played the role of Chip Douglas on a recurring basis as the kid next door, Ernie Thompson, in 1963. But when Tim Considine, who played the oldest son, Mike, left the show in 1965, Livingston was brought on full time. And in typical TV universe fashion, it was explained that Ernie was really a foster kid. So that led the way for MacMurray's widower, Steven Douglas, to adopt him.

MacMurray, who had appeared in such films as 1944's "Double Indemnity" and 1960's "The Apartment," had a unique way of working on the sitcom that ran from 1960 to 1972. He worked two months out of the year with the cast, which also starred Don Grady as middle son Robbie. Then they would spend the rest of the year shooting their close-ups and scenes without MacMurray.

"We shot from 10 to 12 scripts a day," said Livingston. "Before you even started production, 10 complete scripts would arrive on your doorstep. You would shoot nothing but a master shot and MacMurray's close-up, and then you would move on to the next scene. It was an all-MacMurray experience."

At the end of the season, he said, there would be a frantic grab to get all the remaining scenes. "You would sit at the kitchen table all day long and they would do close-ups," he recalled, laughing. "You would be sitting at the same place at the same table and you would do a close-up from 12 to 15 different episodes. All you would do was change your shirt because they couldn't see anything below."

Because both Livingstons were growing, the costume designers had to buy doubles of all the clothes. "At the beginning of the season, they would buy smalls or mediums," he related. "Sometimes they would buy a little bit larger because Stan and I could have grown an inch. Haircuts had to completely match what was eight months before. It was a continuity nightmare."

Livingston describes MacMurray as a "sweet man" who was also very private. "It was all business," he said. "He would come on the set to do his scenes. We appreciated his little involvement in our lives. It was not an issue. He was a huge star, and we were the junior colleagues in his firm."

Livingston began acting in the 1958 Paul Newman-Joanne Woodward comedy "Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys" as one of the couple's children. His brother was also in the film as his sibling. But at least Stanley kept his job in the movie. Barry wasn't so lucky.

One scene called for the younger Livingston to stare intently at the TV set. But crusty veteran director Leo McCarey didn't think Livingston was looking at the set properly. "In fact, I was looking at it harder than anything I had looked at my entire life. My eyes were crossing, and it looked like I wasn't paying attention."

He was rushed to the hospital because everyone thought he was having a seizure. But they soon realized he just needed glasses. When he returned to the set wearing his new specs, McCarey wasn't pleased. "They said we didn't picture Paul Newman's son with glasses. I was relieved of my duties."

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SATURDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media INsight's Blog.
post #74170 of 93720
Brendon and Rachel from "Big Brother 12/13" on the next "Amazing Race" season? Apparently so: http://www.realitynation.com/big-bro...-amazing-race/.
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TV Notes
Today' Repeats Come to the Late-Night Rescue
By Brian Stelter, The New York Times - November 28th, 2011

This fall, NBC quietly started to repeat the fourth hour of the Today show, starring Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb and usually seen at 10 a.m., the next day at 2 a.m.

Ms. Gifford and Ms. Kotb, of course, are known to share a drink on the air on a regular basis, perhaps making their show well-suited for a repeat after last call.

Actually, it had nothing to do with alcohol and everything to do with NBC's sudden need to fill an overnight time slot vacated by Poker After Dark. That program was removed from the schedule on a Friday at the end of September, days after federal prosecutors accused the program's sponsor, Full Tilt Poker, of defrauding customers.

NBC slid Ms. Gifford and Ms. Kotb into the time slot the following Monday.

The repeat is a testament to NBC's dependence on Today already four hours each weekday and to the endurance of the top-rated morning show. With the 2 a.m. repeat, Today now makes up fully 20 percent of NBC's weekday schedule.

For NBC News, which produces Today, the repeat is an opportunity to have the fourth hour of the show sampled by an audience that may not be awake or home at 10 a.m.

Tammy Filler, a senior producer for Today who is in charge of the fourth hour, said she pictured some of the viewers as late shift workers, insomniacs and parents up late with their babies.

You need a lot of laughter if you are watching TV at that hour, and that is something Kathie Lee and Hoda can deliver, she said.

During the week of Nov. 7, the most recent week of available ratings, the 2 a.m. repeat had a surprisingly healthy average viewership of around 683,000 (on top of the 2.3 million the show averages in the morning).

The repeat gives NBC a bit of extra advertising inventory, as well: the five-minute-long break for local news that takes place about 10:25 a.m. becomes a five-minute-long block of ads overnight.

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Good morning, dad. I see you decided to post that article and so far have not gotten any flack. I really enjoyed lunch with you and your father yesterday and hope you have a safe flight home tonight.
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TV Notes
For NBC's 'The Sing Off,' a likely kiss off
Music challenge ends its first full season
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - November 28th, 2011

Not every series that starts as a successful limited-run special turns into a hit. For every "Deal or No Deal" there is a show like "The Sing Off," which drew much lower ratings in its first full season than it did as a December special the previous two years.

Tonight "Sing" airs its two-hour third-season finale starting at 8 p.m. on NBC with finalists the Dartmouth Aires, Pentatonix and Urban Method vying for the title of best a cappella group.

This may be "Sing's" final season, at least as a full-run, regular series. NBC slotted the show into the two-hour Monday block this fall as a fill-in for "The Voice," which will take over the slot at midseason.

It seemed like a decent idea.

During last December's two-week run, "Sing" often won its timeslot among adults 18-49 and saw ratings gains over season one. But it faced limited competition then, with most networks running reruns.

Facing original competition this fall, "Sing's" numbers have dropped by more than a third. The show is averaging a 1.6 18-49 rating, a distant fourth among the Big Four networks in its timeslot and often ranking even behind Univision.

It's hard to imagine that "Sing" will return as a regular series, though NBC could revive it next December as a limited-run special again. The network has scheduled a special for next week featuring "Sing" contestants performing Christmas songs.

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Originally Posted by DoubleDAZ View Post

Good morning, dad. I see you decided to post that article and so far have not gotten any flack. I really enjoyed lunch with you and your father yesterday and hope you have a safe flight home tonight.

Thanks Dave, nice to meet you too. Hope you like the movie we gave you!
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NFL Week 14:

SNF stays giants/cowboys (duh).

Week 13 saw broncos/vikings moved to FOX & now the strangeness continues with the raiders/packers moving to 4:15 meaning the raiders & 49ers will be on the same time though different networks obviously.

Its a CBS DH weekend & there really was no other game they could put at 4:15 so they had to do it.
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Originally Posted by tomhunter8 View Post

I remember when bickering like this never occurred in this thread, which was one of the things that made it unique and pleasant. Ah, those were the days.

Y'all can always flag me when that happens.

But I'll put an end to it all now. "Candid Camera" started the era of reality television. It just didn't catch on for a few decades.
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

Critic's Notes
Whoops! Changing My Tune on Fall's 'Best' and 'Worst' New Shows
By Maureen Ryan, AOLTV.com

Bonus apology: 'Homeland' should have been on my Most Promising Pilot list, it's clearly the best new show of the year. But in June, when I put that original "good pilots" roster together, I hadn't yet seen the first episode of the Showtime program.

My wife and I watched the first 9 episodes of this show the past weekend. This show is excellent, would have to be best new show of the year on my list.
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Originally Posted by kingpcgeek View Post

My wife and I watched the first 9 episodes of this show the past weekend. This show is excellent, would have to be best new show of the year on my list.

Completely agree. Homeland is by far my favorite new show of the year.

The name totally put me off - sounded like yet another CSI or something!

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Originally Posted by DoubleDAZ View Post

I see you decided to post that article and so far have not gotten any flack.

Which article might that be?
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I will take a wild guess & say the one with the disclaimer.
post #74181 of 93720
Originally Posted by dcowboy7 View Post

NFL Week 14:

SNF stays giants/cowboys (duh).

Week 13 saw broncos/vikings moved to FOX & now the strangeness continues with the raiders/packers moving to 4:15 meaning the raiders & 49ers will be on the same time though different networks obviously.

Its a CBS DH weekend & there really was no other game they could put at 4:15 so they had to do it.

NFL week 15 has Ravens/Chargers for SNF.

The way the Chargers are playing, having now lost 6 in a row, this looks like a prime candidate to be flexed out. Any guesses on what would/should replace it?

The week 16 SNF game, Bears/Packers, is pretty much safe.
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Originally Posted by humdinger70 View Post

NFL week 15 has Ravens/Chargers for SNF.

The way the Chargers are playing, having now lost 6 in a row, this looks like a prime candidate to be flexed out. Any guesses on what would/should replace it?

The week 16 SNF game, Bears/Packers, is pretty much safe.

NE @ Denver? Not much to pick from that week
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SUNDAY'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)
ABC's Thanksgiving turkey: 'Have a Little Faith'
Original movie, based on a Mitch Albom book, draws a 1.1
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - November 28th, 2011

Three days after Thanksgiving, ABC found a turkey on its schedule.

The network's Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, "Have a Little Faith," bombed last night against soft competition to close out the holiday weekend.

"Faith" averaged a mere 1.1 adults 18-49 rating from 9 to 11 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, despite getting strong lead-in support from "Once Upon a Time," the night's top non-sports show with a 3.4 rating at 8 p.m.

The movie, based on a book by Mitch Albom, started off with a 1.3 at 9 p.m. but fell to a 1.0 in each of its three subsequent half-hours.

It was easily the lowest-rated program on the Big Four networks last night.

By comparison, the last ABC film based on an Albom book, 2007's "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day," nearly tripled "Faith's" rating, though it did not air on the traditionally low-rated holiday weekend.

Meanwhile, paced by "Sunday Night Football," NBC led the night among 18-49s with a 5.4 average overnight rating and a 13 share. CBS was second at 3.6/8, Fox third at 2.4/6, ABC fourth at 1.8/4, Univision fifth at 0.8/2 and Telemundo sixth at 0.4/1.

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.

Also, ratings for NBC's NFL football coverage are approximate as fast nationals measure timeslot and not actual program data.

At 7 p.m. CBS was first with a 7.0 for NFL overrun and the first five minutes of "60 Minutes," followed by Fox with a 2.6 for NFL overrun and the end of a repeat of "The Cleveland Show" (3.3) and a new episode of "Cleveland" at 7:30 (1.9). NBC was third with a 2.3 for "Football Night in America," ABC fourth with a 1.8 for "America's Funniest Home Videos," Univision fifth with a 0.8 for "Premio Lo Nuestro 2011" and Telemundo sixth with a 0.3 for "Pa'Lante con Cristina."

NBC took the lead at 8 p.m. with a 5.6 for NFL pregame and the start of "Sunday Night Football," while CBS slid to second with a 3.6 for "60 Minutes" and the first five minutes of "The Amazing Race." ABC was third with a 3.4 for "Time," Fox fourth with a 2.1 for "The Simpsons" (2.6) and "Allen Gregory" (series-low 1.5), Univision fifth with a 0.9 for "Rosa de Guadalupe" and Telemundo sixth with a 0.6 for the first hour of a Mexican league soccer match.

At 9 p.m. NBC led with a 6.8 for football, with Fox second with a 2.5 for "Family Guy" (2.8) and "American Dad" (2.2). CBS was third with a 2.4 for "Race" and the start of a "Person of Interest" rerun, ABC fourth with a 1.1 for "Faith," Univision fifth with a 1.0 for more "Guadalupe" and Telemundo sixth with a 0.5 for soccer.

NBC was first again at 10 p.m. with a 6.8 for more football, followed by CBS with a 1.5 for the end of one "Person" rerun and start of another. ABC and Univision tied for third at 1.0, ABC for its movie and Univision for "Sal y Pimienta," with Telemundo fifth with a 0.4 for the first hour of the movie "Jumper."

Among households, NBC was first for the night with an 8.7 average overnight rating and a 13 share. CBS was second at 8.2/12, ABC third at 4.8/7, Fox fourth at 3.0/4, Univision fifth at 1.2/2 and Telemundo sixth at 0.5/1.

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Business Notes
Analyst Warns: Pay TV Will Fade As Young Viewers Look For Cheaper Alternatives
By David Lieberman, Deadline.com - November 28th, 2011

It's a big deal when an analyst as respected as Credit Suisse's Stefan Anninger slashes his pay TV subscription forecast for 2012 to a 200,000 loss from a 250,000 gain, which is what he did this morning. But the rationale behind his decision is even more noteworthy: He cites a Credit Suisse-commissioned survey that found evidence of a youthful revolt against the pricey video packages. Lots of young adults aren't cutting the cord; they never subscribe in the first place. Anninger says that while the evidence is still mostly anecdotal, we are confident that a relationship exists between high pay TV prices and declining subscriptions. And the growing group of cord nevers (as opposed to cord cutters) is the biggest challenge pay TV will face over the next 10 years after piracy and soaring programming costs although it does not feel like the industry is yet willing to admit that reality.

Execs still accept the conventional wisdom that the recent decline in pay TV subs is due to the weak economy. Once things improve, they believe, then young people will jump on the pay TV bandwagon especially when they have kids. But Anninger says things could play out differently: These young adults and their children will have grown up in a world in which the Internet (at least from a technological perspective) was capable of delivering a reasonably satisfying video experience for free, or a lot less than a cable or satellite TV subscription. They're content to watch shows on small screens, at less than high-definition quality, and are just as happy to spend time with social media and video games as they are to watch a sitcom, drama, or reality program.

Pay TV providers only have one real choice, Anninger says: They must offer consumers lower-priced choices, for example packages that include fewer channels than operators pack into their popular expanded basic services. The view that pay TV will regain its footing when the economy turns is Pollyannaish. Although Anninger still favors pay TV stocks, and says that the industry isn't going to fall off a cliff in the next year or two, ignoring the risks associated with cord-neverism, will not help to solve an issue that has the potential to become an enormous problem.

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Originally Posted by humdinger70 View Post

The week 16 SNF game, Bears/Packers, is pretty much safe.

Christmas -- cant be flexed.
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TV Review
'Scouted' (E!)
Human Treasure Hunt: Scavenging for Moldable Models
By Jon Caramanica, The New York Times - November 28th, 2011

In the annals of tell-alls about how pristine raw materials become shinier and tastier and more palatable, you have The Jungle, Fast Food Nation and now Scouted, the reality show about scavenging for potential models that has its premiere Monday on E!

Shows like America's Next Top Model have claimed to demystify the model mill by opening the doors to all, but most models aren't made, they're scouted, chosen for their features and their willingness to be molded.

Scouted shows the work that America's Next Top Model all but denies. It focuses on regional scouts who look for girls at malls and track meets and anywhere else the could-be-beautiful young people congregate. In a fundamentally predatory industry these are the first hunters.

When Page Parkes who calls scouting a human treasure hunt visits the home of a 15-year-old named Gillian, the girl's father, Jim, asks, Did you just upset our world over here?

Gillian's meet-cute with destiny isn't as bumpless as portrayed on this show. Ms. Parkes appears to pluck her from an open call, but Gillian has been involved with Ms. Parkes's company since at least the summer of 2009.

She has a magical little face, Ms. Parkes says. Between a pretty girl and a tomboy.

Gillian is grateful to have such a face, even if she didn't quite earn it. The same goes for Jennifer, the other subject of the premiere. The feature that most excites people is the gap in her front teeth, though you suspect that this is more of a quirk of finances than beauty; her family was homeless for a time.

Nevertheless a calling card is a calling card, and the faces and the bodies they come with secure these young women look-sees with One Management, home to Bar Refaeli, Selita Ebanks and many more. I want them to really make me how they want me, Jennifer says, in a moment of inadvertent wisdom.

Though measurements are important, Scouted presents modeling less as a numbers game than as a prize that certain young women can march or stumble into. The show is an advertisement for One Management, much as The Agency, the dull VH1 reality show from 2007, was an ad for Wilhelmina Models.

On reality TV modeling never looked more appealing than on Models of the Runway, the short-lived Project Runway spinoff that treated models as human beings, with voices as well as bodies.

The models themselves are incidental on Scouted, merely empty planets around which revolve some fascinating characters and plenty more dull ones. Beri Smither, a radiant onetime cover star, has emergent den mother qualities, and Michael Flutie, who steers the casting decisions, holds the promise of rage.

But the most camera-ready person on the premiere is Chanel, Jennifer's mother, who never appears in anything less than full makeup and who seems quickly to grasp that she will be portrayed as an interloping villain. She dials back accordingly, becoming less aggrieved momager and more heartbroken parent watching her daughter get swallowed whole by the industry.

She gives the cameras only what she wants them to work with, a skill she has a better command of than her daughter. It's clear that Jennifer will fare worse than Gillian, who has already been shot by Bruce Weber for Abercrombie & Fitch, when she's accused of learning to model, more or less, from watching America's Next Top Model. A model isn't a student, a model just is. You only have to find her.

E!, Monday nights at 10, Eastern and Pacific times; 9, Central time

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Originally Posted by DrDon View Post

Y'all can always flag me when that happens.

But I'll put an end to it all now. "Candid Camera" started the era of reality television. It just didn't catch on for a few decades.

Thanx DrDon , I come here knowing I get unbiased(to a degree ) info on the current content on TV ,not to have to slough thru bickering. Dad1153 does a great Job here . I will contact/flag you if it gets to this point again.
this is a great thread and a highlight to my daily reading .......
to all bicker's start a new thread ,if you feel the need ..
post #74189 of 93720
Originally Posted by dcowboy7 View Post

I will take a wild guess & say the one with the disclaimer.

Bingo !
post #74190 of 93720
Originally Posted by dcowboy7 View Post

I will take a wild guess & say the one with the disclaimer.

I've gone back thru page 2472 and have not found a dad posting with a disclaimer or what seems to need one.

Just how far back is this posting?
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