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Originally Posted by humdinger70 View Post

Think he's also going to be out from Inside The NFL?

We can only hope.

Also so far the reg season sched still seems to be on target for april 17.


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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

On The Air Tonight
MONDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
12:37AM - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (Jennifer Love Hewitt; comic Jim Breuer; chef Emeril Lagasse)

My TV listings (and NBC's website) say that Jimmy will have Kevin Kline and Steve Harvey as guests.
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I think the Tonight Show with Jay Leno listing is wrong too. Betty White was on last week.
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Originally Posted by Fastslappy View Post

TV Sports
Warren Sapp's troubles continue to mount

Reported @ ProFootBallTalk,
Warren Sapp is likely out at NFL Network
"Bedard reports, citing two league sources, that Sapp’s employment is “likely over,” and that Sapp has not been on NFL Network in the two-plus weeks since he went on the air and outed former Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey as the player who blew the whistle on the Saints’ bounty system in 2011."
see full post here


Warren Sapp is trying to Save Face ... damage control has started
... assets reported to include 240 pairs of Jordans

The Washington Post reports ....

Warren Sapp: The latest multimillionaire athlete to file for bankruptcy
By Matt Brooks

It’s become a tired story in the world of professional sports.

Welcome to the club, Warren. (David Santiago - AP) A superstar athlete rakes in millions only to lose it all shortly after his or her career on the field/court ends.

The increased frequency of this phenomenon over the past year is what makes Warren Sapp’s tale little more than a blip on the bankruptcy radar. And yet it’s Sapp’s perpetual bravado — and his continued presence on television — that also makes his case seem different.

On Saturday, a report surfaced that the 39-year-old former defensive lineman and seven-time Pro Bowl selection had filed for bankruptcy. He joins a growing list of cash-strapped former stars that recently added the likes of Terrell Owens, Dennis Rodman, Lenny Dykstra and Allen Iverson.

As an analyst on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” and the NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access” Sapp maintained the outspoken style that elevated him from a dominant defensive lineman to a recognizable star. And that personality helped make up for a relative lack of grace on the dance floor as he finished second on Season 7 of “Dancing with the Stars.”

But even with a productive post-NFL career, Sapp has not been able cover his expenses. He currently owes more than $6.7 million to creditors and back child support and alimony, according to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing in South Florida. The court documents detail Sapp’s $6.45 million in assets which include nearly $6,500 worth of Jordan brand shoes and a $1,200 lion skin rug. Sapp currently earns a monthly income of $115,881.

But in a landscape of professional athletes who succumb to the temptation to shell out their earnings haphazardly with minimal, if any, foresight, Sapp appeared slightly more prepared for his second career. As San Jose Mercury News columnist Monte Poole writes, Sapp “seemed to have learned from his restless youth, when he fathered two children with his wife and two more with other women. Divorce made him more thoughtful and discerning. He retired with relative quiet and made a smooth transition to the TV studio.”

But things could still be worse for Sapp, who is under fire for Twitter comments he made about the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. After the initial reports that the Saints had a bounty system under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, Sapp tweeted that he “Just heard who the snitch was,” and then confirmed it was former Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey.

Sapp’s foray into reporting — and his choice of the word “snitch” to describe Shockey — nearly cost him his job with the NFL Network.

On Thursday, Sapp addressed an audio recording of Williams instructing Saints players to target specific San Francisco 49ers players and their previous injures.

“This is the most heinous, egregious thing in the history of this game,” Sapp told Contra Costa Times reporter Steve Corkran. “Not for one second would I sit in a room and listen to someone say, ‘We’re going to take out someone’s ACL’ without standing up and saying ‘What the hell are you talking about?’ The way you play defense isn’t about malice. It’s about putting you in fourth-and-more than you can handle.”

According to Sports Illustrated, 78 percent of NFL players and 60 percent of NBA players file for bankruptcy within two years of their retirement. Is exorbitant spending to blame? A lack of financial planning and education? Or a lack of common sense?

The NFL’s rookie symposium is supposed to provide fresh-out-of-college athletes with resources — or at least the knowledge — to manage their new riches. But when rookies and veteran quarterbacks alike continue to see their money evaporate, what more can and should be done?
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Originally Posted by Amnesia View Post

My TV listings (and NBC's website) say that Jimmy will have Kevin Kline and Steve Harvey as guests.

You're right, I didn't change the previous week's Monday template for NBC late night guests (Leno and Carson Daly also had the wrong guests). It's fixed, thanks.

11:35PM - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Jane Lynch; Kevin Hart; Esperanza Spalding performs)
12:37AM - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (Kevin Kline; comic Steve Harvey; Pulp performs)
1:36AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Singer Adam Levine; musician ZZ Ward; Jessie Baylin performs)
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TV Notes
Fox Renews Glee', New Girl' And Raising Hope'
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Apr. 9, 2012

Fox has renewed three more series for next season: freshman comedy New Girl, hourlong musical comedy Glee and family comedy Raising Hope. It will be a second season for New Girl, fourth for Glee and third for Raising Hope. Over the past season, New Girl has become the hottest new appointment series for young adults; Raising Hope has established itself as one of the smartest and most unique offbeat comedies on television; and Glee has continued its success as a genre-defying, global cultural phenomenon, said Fox's entertainment president Kevin Reilly. All three of these comedies add a fresh and distinctive flavor to our Tuesday nights, and I'm really happy to bring them back to our air next season.

The pickup comes after Raising Hope delivered solid numbers when moved to the anchor 8 PM position in the two-hour comedy block Fox tried out while Glee is on hiatus, earning a spot on the renewal list alongside shoe-ins Glee and New Girl. Fox's Tuesday lineup returns to normal tomorrow with new episodes of all three newly-picked up series, Glee, followed by New Girl and Raising Hope. The three comedies join recently renewed Fox dramedy Bones.

As for Fox's other comedy series, I Hate My Teenage Daughter has been practically canceled, while Breaking Ins chances for another comeback after surviving last year's cancellation appear slim. On the drama side, another, probably shortened season of Fringe still looks like a possibility if the economics are worked out.

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TV Notes
'Mama's Boys of the Bronx,' stuck in first
TLC reality series sticks closely to cliches about Italian men
By Tom Conroy, Media Life Magazine - Apr. 9, 2012

Almost every movie or TV show about Italian-Americans has at least one scene that sets up the local color: The hero and his goombahs hang around at home as the hero's doting mother stuffs them with pasta, or they waste time swapping insults and stories about girls in a cafe or a bar. The implication is usually that Italian-Americans have a richer, more leisurely and down-to-earth life than the rest of us, with closer ties to friends and family.

TLC's new reality series "Mama's Boys of the Bronx" feels like a compilation reel of those scenes. As in fiction, these moments are relatable and funny. They make the half hour fly by, but they also leave us wondering whether both the producers and the participants are settling for the cliches because that's what they think we expect. The series shows no sign of digging any deeper.

Premiering tonight at 10, the series follows five Italian-American men from the ethnic enclave of Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, all of whom are all living with their parents or parental surrogates. Although they have jobs, they're otherwise living in a state of suspended adolescence. "I got my mother to take care of me," says one of them. "Why am I gonna get married?"

The show opens with a series of shots reminiscent of the scenes in "Saturday Night Fever" in which Tony primps before heading out for the night. As the guys go through their grooming rituals, most of them shout out some request or question to their mothers.

Chip, 34, a personal trainer, asks his mother where his cologne and hair gel are. Frank, a 38-year-old construction worker, yells, "Hey, Ma! Whatcha do wit da toothpaste ovah heah?"

In interview segments in which they're usually seated next to their mothers, the men assure us that women like them for their class and style. "That's because all Italian men are good-looking," adds one of the mothers.

After a home-cooked meal, the guys head out to a local bar. As in many of the "Real Housewives" shows, the premiere episode features a get-together with a flimsy pretext. The occasion in "Mama's Boys" is that Peter, 26, a substitute teacher and aspiring actor, wants to tell the others that he's going to propose to his girlfriend, Grazia.

Peter, whose parents are separated, lives with his father. He tells his dad that he might move into the basement of the house after he gets married.

When Peter tells his friends that he has an announcement to make, they guess that he got Grazia pregnant or that she cheated on him. When he tells them his actual news, they're predictably dismissive, and then they head to the bar area to hit on women.

The men frequently discuss the difficulties of dating when you still live at home. Anthony, 34, gets caught by his mother as he says goodbye to a date in the morning. He tells her the girl was the cleaning lady. "What was she cleaning?" his mother asks. "Your pipes?"

Frank tells the others that he's going to take his pickup home to meet his mom. "I take 'em to motels," says Chip. "I don't take 'em to my mother."

In what seems like a make-work project, several of the guys drive all the way up to Connecticut to help Peter shop for an engagement ring. The episode's general lack of direction might reflect the guys' real personalities, but a little more story line would help draw us viewers in.

The show keeps the sound bites coming. The guys fit the stereotypes so well that one wonders if they've been coached or if they've accepted the stereotypes as the way they actually should behave, in the same way that real-life mobsters were said to have adopted the mannerisms of characters in the "Godfather" movies.

Of course one of the reasons that the stereotypes are so prevalent is that they're entertaining. "Mama's Boys of the Bronx" can probably squeeze a few more episodes out of banter and babying. But if the boys are going to keep our interest, they're going to have to cut the apron strings and get moving somewhere.

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TV/Nielsen Notes
Supremacy in Jeopardy for ‘Today’
By Brian Stelter and Bill Carter, The New York Times - Apr. 9, 2012

These days, the effervescent smiles on the “Today” show, America’s most popular morning television companion, are concealing anxiety.

A few remote control clicks away on “Good Morning America,” the smiles may look the same, but they hint at something very different: hope.

And on both sides? Sleepless nights. That’s because, after more than 16 years of playing the most consistent loser since Sisyphus, “GMA” is encroaching on “Today.” Though they preach patience, executives at ABC News — where every employee knows that the ascension of “GMA” is the top priority of the news division president, Ben Sherwood — believe they have the momentum to win, which would reorder the morning TV standings for the first time since the 1990s.

The stakes are high because “Today,” as the No. 1 show, has dominated advertising sales on morning television — an advantage that has consistently confirmed the show’s status as the greatest profit center in network television, earning $250 million to $300 million a year for NBC, a unit of Comcast, analysts say. Its 16-year streak is unmatched in network television.

For many years, the gap between the two shows was a million viewers or more, but “GMA” has been gradually closing the gap with “Today” for nearly a year. Two weeks ago, an average of 119,000 viewers separated the two shows, the narrowest margin this season.

ABC has been here before — most recently in 2005, when it came within 45,000 viewers of “Today” for a week, then lost its momentum. And executives at NBC News say that ABC will come up short again. In an interview last week, Steve Capus, the president of NBC News, would not even entertain what it might mean for “Today” should the streak be broken in the coming weeks.

“That’s a hypothetical that we are not going to have to deal with,” Mr. Capus said. “It’s not going to happen.” He acknowledged that the competition had been tougher lately, but said, “We expect good competition.”

“GMA” says the same. When the “Today” co-host Matt Lauer — unquestionably the most important on-the-air presence in morning television — said last Friday that he had renewed his contract, a “GMA” staff member was sent over to the “Today” show studio with a gift: a bucket of golf balls. The “GMA” co-host George Stephanopoulos congratulated Mr. Lauer and remarked during the show, “Take all the time off to perfect your golf game.”

Even with Mr. Lauer in his seat at “Today,” “GMA” views his show as especially vulnerable right now.

The primary goal at ABC News is to “become the No. 1 morning television program, and we will not stop until we do,” said Tom Cibrowski, the senior executive producer of “GMA.”

That goal was set about 16 months ago when Mr. Sherwood was named president of the news division. Mr. Sherwood was the producer of “GMA” when the show came within 45,000 viewers in 2005. He added Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer to the “GMA” cast last spring and encouraged producers to add more lighthearted segments. While ABC calls the segments “relevant,” NBC staff members deride them as “tabloid.”

Nearly all observers of the battle say that “GMA” has been helped by the lighter tone and by some cross-promotions with the prime-time reality show “Dancing With the Stars.” “Today,” they say, has been hurt by NBC’s sagging prime-time schedule.

Mr. Sherwood of ABC reminds “GMA” staff from time to time, “Play our game.”

That may have been hard for either show last week. ABC lined up the former “Today” show co-host Katie Couric to fill in for Robin Roberts, who usually sits next to Mr. Stephanopoulos. NBC retaliated with stunt bookings: it promoted a visit by a “Today” show “legend” (the former host Meredith Vieira); the presence of Sarah Palin as a co-host for a day; and a visit from Ryan Seacrest, who flew to New York just for the appearance, then hurried back to Los Angeles.

ABC booked its own promotable guests, like Eva Longoria and Regis Philbin. It also tried to book Oprah Winfrey after she appeared on the CBS morning show on Monday, but Ms. Winfrey declined.

“Today” emerged victorious. While Ms. Roberts was away, the gap widened considerably, to about 400,000 total viewers through Thursday.

Senior ABC staff members characterized NBC’s stunt bookings as desperate. But those at NBC suggested that ABC’s use of Ms. Couric, who left “Today” in 2006, and the overall win-at-all-costs approach showed desperation.

Mr. Cibrowski disputed that and said Ms. Couric could fill in again in the future, perhaps when Mr. Stephanopoulos takes a vacation.

The bookings are taken seriously because the morning shows are sources of pride as well as profit. A former morning TV executive, who insisted on anonymity because of continued business dealings with both networks, said, “Psychologically it could be devastating for ‘Today.’ Once they lose a week they know it will never be the same again.”

Even if they lose a week this spring, “Today” will almost certainly regain a comfortable margin this summer when NBC covers the Summer Olympics in London. ABC staff members glumly refer to that as a “reset button.”

In explaining the recent “GMA” ratings gains, James Goldston, who held Mr. Cibrowski’s job until February, when his job at ABC News was expanded, credited the chemistry of the show’s ensemble. “It really does feel like lightning in a bottle,” he said, “and we try to capture it the best we can.”

The converse might be true at “Today,” where questions about the personal chemistry between Mr. Lauer and his co-host, Ann Curry, have become a drumbeat among close observers of the show, perhaps an inevitable development when any successful news program begins to flag.

In the last few months, the show’s producers have purposefully given greater prominence to Savannah Guthrie, who was named a co-host of the 9 a.m. hour last year, giving rise to speculation that she was being groomed to take over for Ms. Curry. But NBC says that speculation is uninformed (not to mention detrimental to the show).

Mr. Capus said that “we feel confident we have the best team going.” When asked if further changes in the show’s cast were in the offing, he said, “There have been no conversations about that.”

“This is my family,” Mr. Lauer said Friday morning after Ms. Curry told viewers about the new contract.

She playfully added, “We’re stuck with you for a long time, so let’s have some fun.”

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Business Notes
Cable programming costs will continue to rise
By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times' 'Media Decoder' Blog - Apr. 9, 2012

While subscriber growth is slowing for cable television companies, the cost of content continues to rise.

According to a new report from Nomura Equity Research analysts, the money that distributors such as Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable shell out for programming rose 8.2% in 2011 and is likely to jump 8% in each of the next two years.

Although the typical cable household gets more than 100 channels these days, most of those channels are owned by a handful of companies including News Corp., Time Warner Inc., Comcast, Discovery Communications, Viacom and Walt Disney Co. Overall, cable and satellite companies coughed up $33.5 billion to content providers in 2011.

Walt Disney Co., parent of ESPN and Disney Channel, two of the most expensive cable channels, accounted for almost 25% of that $33.5 billion, according to the report. ESPN, of course, spends very large sums on sports rights, including the National Football League.

Time Warner, parent of TNT, TBS, CNN and HBO, received 21% of the overall spending. Comcast, which owns USA, MSNBC and Bravo, accounted for 16%. News Corp., whose holdings include Fox News and FX, had a 14% slice of the pie. Combined, those four companies account for 75% of cable programming costs.

Cable programming isn't the only cost that is increasing. Broadcasters such as CBS, News Corp.'s Fox Broadcasting, Comcast's NBC and Disney's ABC are now getting fees from cable and satellite operators as well. Nomura said that in 2011, the big four broadcast networks took in almost $400 million in so-called retransmission consent fees, more than twice what they made in 2010. In 2012, the figure is expected to double again to $750 million. Nomura said Fox and CBS are the most aggressive among broadcasters.

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I've never cared for Ann Curry's reporting style. She seems too emotionally involved, like she's on the verge of tears.
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Nielsen Overnights (Cable)
'Game of Thrones,' 'Mad Men,' 'Killing' ratings remain steady
By James Hibberd, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - Apr. 9, 2012

For the second episode of season 2, HBO’s Game of Thrones ratings remained steady.

Sunday’s hour delivered 3.8 million viewers — last week’s premiere had 3.9 million viewers. Last week’s premiere was a series-high number, and considering that TV series viewership typically drops post-premiere, retaining nearly all of the the debut audience is a strong accomplishment. The premiere’s total viewership has crept up to 7.5 million viewers.

UPDATE: AMC’s Mad Men (2.8 million) and The Killing (1.8 million) ratings are in now too. Like Thrones, both held steady from last week, with Mad Men down just a tad and The Killing unchanged.

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TV Notes
Southland Nearing Renewal
By Margaret Lyons, New York Magazine's 'Vulture' Blog - Apr. 9, 2012

Southland is on the brink of renewal, Variety reports, with TNT and the studio haggling over how many episodes the fifth season will include: Warner Bros. wants thirteen, and TNT wants ten. If we're taking polls, Vulture would like thirteen, too, please.

Southland is so good think the pacing of an early ER with the dramatic potency of Homicide. Lucy Liu's arc last season was great, but we'd happily take double the Regina King for this go-round. Her Detective Lydia Adams is one of the most complicated, interesting characters on TV right now.

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Technology Notes
Will the iPad Become the Generic Term for Tablet?
By Chloe Albanesius, PCMag.com - Apr. 9, 2012

Has the iPad become so synonymous with the idea of a tablet that all tablets can simply be referred to as "iPads"? According to the AP, Apple's iPad could join thermos, aspirin, and heroin in becoming a generic term.

The report, however, doesn't really note any particularly strong evidence to suggest that Apple might lose its grip on the iPad name, except for a quote from a 58-year-old iPad owner who admits to not knowing the names of any other tablets.

Instead, it focuses on efforts of well-known companies that have pushed to hold on to their trademarks - like Kleenex and Xerox. In the 1920s, Bayer lost a battle to hold on to the trademark for aspirin and heroin, while B.F. Goodrich lost out on zipper, the AP said. Kleenex and Xerox, however, have battled to hold on to their popular names, despite the fact that people commonly ask for a "Kleenex" when they mean tissue or say they are going to "Xerox" something instead of photocopy it.

The AP noted that fewer than 5 percent of U.S. brands end up as generic terms. And if Apple's legal efforts to protect its name are any indication, it's highly unlikely that iPad will also fall into the generic aspirin, heroin, or thermos bin. In fact, it's currently fighting a battle with China-based Proview to maintain control of the iPad name in the region.

The iPad is likely top of mind for tablet buyers because of its continued dominance in the space. During the fourth quarter of 2011, Apple held a 57 percent market share in the tablet market, analyst firm IHS said last month, a number expected to increase to 61 percent this year.

When the new iPad debuted in mid-March, Apple sold at least 3 million of the updated tablets in its first weekend. That came after selling 15.4 million iPads during the fourth quarter. Expect more detailed stats during the company's April 24 earnings call.

According to new stats from Chitika, the new iPad now accounts for 9.702 percent of iPad traffic after less than a month on the market. On a state-by-state basis, Chitika said the iPad is most popular in California (11.7 percent), Connecticut (10.3 percent), and Hawaii (10.3 percent).

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Washington Notes
Spanish-language stations left out of campaign spending rule
By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times' 'Media Decoder' Blog - Apr. 9, 2012

Although Hispanic voters will play a big part in the 2012 election, Spanish-language stations have been left out of a proposed rule from the Federal Communications Commission requiring big city television stations to put detailed information online about what candidates are spending on the upcoming presidential race.

Later this month the FCC will vote on whether television stations should be required to publish information online about how much politicians are spending on TV advertising. Such information is already available to the public, but anyone wanting to see it must visit a TV station and make a formal request. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has called making political advertising information readily available a common-sense update to what is already the law of the land.

Initially though, only stations that are affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in top-50 markets will be required to put political spending information on the Web. The rule tweak, which is expected to pass, would go into effect by late summer or early fall at the latest, still in time for the 2012 general election.

Other stations in smaller markets around the country would have up to two years to do so after the rule change goes into effect.

Media watchdogs are concerned that the rule change leaves out Univision and Telemundo stations as well as other Spanish-language outlets. Lots of money is expected to be spent on the Hispanic vote for the 2012 contest in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Dallas with large Spanish-speaking populations.

"This really needs to be fixed," said Corie Wright, an attorney with Free Press, a nonprofit media watchdog group. "If you are drawing a line at the top markets, you want to include the stations that are reaching a large number of households in those markets." Wright added that it is unfair of the FCC not to give Spanish voters the same access to political advertising information that it is providing to the rest of the electorate.

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Originally Posted by Fastslappy View Post

Warren Sapp is trying to Save Face ... damage control has started
... assets reported to include 240 pairs of Jordans

The Washington Post reports ....

No wonder he went bankrupt. Who needs 240 pairs of shoes? And yet he was making around 1.2 million a year. That is just crazy.
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Computer Legend and Gaming Pioneer Jack Tramiel Dies at Age 83
By Forbes.com Staff - Apr. 9, 2012

Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore International and crucial figure in the early history of personal computing, passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday, his family confirms. He was 83 years old.

Tramiel was born in Poland to a Jewish family in 1928. During World War II, he and his family were sent to Auschwitz, after which he and his father were sent to a labor camp called Ahlem, near Hannover. Tramiel was rescued in April 1945 and emigrated to the United States in 1947.

In America, Tramiel started a typewriter repair business. Staying in the forefront of technology, his typewriters morphed into calculators, and later computers. In 1982, Commodore International launched the Commodore 64, which went on to the best-selling personal computer of all time. In 1984, after being forced to leave the company he founded, Jack bought the crumbling Atari Inc.’s Consumer Division and formed Atari Corporation.

“Jack Tramiel was an immense influence in the consumer electronics and computing industries. A name once uttered in the same vein as Steve Jobs is today, his journey from concentration camp survivor to captain of industry is the stuff of legends,” say Martin Goldberg, a writer working on a book about the Atari brand and the early days of video games and computing with Atari Museum founder Curt Vendel.

“His legacy are the generations upon generations of computer scientists, engineers, and gamers who had their first exposure to high technology because of his affordable computers – ‘for the masses and not the classes.’”

Tramiel is survived by his wife Helen, their three sons, Gary, Sam and Leonard, and their extended families.

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Nielsen Overnights (Cable)
Showtime’s ‘Nurse Jackie’ Slightly Up In Return, ‘The Big C’ & ‘The Borgias’ Down
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Apr. 9, 2012

Moving from Monday to Sunday, Showtime’s dark comedy Nurse Jackie opened its fourth season with 653,000 viewers at 9 PM last night, up 7% from last season’s premiere. Meanwhile, fellow dark comedy The Big C, which also switched from Mondays to Sundays, dropped 35% to 581,000 viewers for its third season premiere at 9:30 PM.

At 10 PM, the second season of The Borgias launched with 604,000 viewers, down 43% from last year’s series debut. Showtime notes that all 3 series have been available online prior to their premieres, with the second season opener of The Borgias amassing 1.13 million views, though it is unclear how many of those watching were Showtime subscribers.


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Nielsen Overnights (Cable)
Lifetime’s ‘Client List’ Debuts With 2.8 Million

Lifetime’s new Jennifer Love Hewitt drama series Client List got off to a solid start last night with 2.8 million viewers tuning in for the premiere. That is Lifetime’s most watched series debut since the 2009 premiere of Drop Dead Diva, which also averaged 2.8 million viewers, and the second largest premiere viewership in the last 5 years, only behind the 2007 launch of Lifetime’s flagship drama Army Wives. The Client List did far better than the premieres of Lifetime’s two most recent drama series, The Protector (1.9 million) and Against The Wall (1.8 million).

Considering The Client List opened on Easter night with lower HUT levels and strong cable competition, its delivery was encouraging for Lifetime, which needs another scripted hit, and a testament to the drawing power of Hewitt in lingerie.


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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
Starz’s ‘Magic City’ Off To Very Slow Start In Official Premiere, Boosted By Previews

In its official premiere at 10 PM on Friday, Starz’s new period drama Magic City drew only 295,000 viewers, well below the network’s most recent series premiere of Boss (659,000) and far off the debuts of Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena, (1.098 million), Camelot (1.125 million) and Torchwood: Miracle Day (819,000). For the 10 and 11 PM airings on Friday, the Magic City premiere averaged a combined 423,000 viewers vs. 1.05 million for Boss, and 965,000 for the weekend vs. 1.72 million for Boss.

There were two mitigating factors: first, Magic City‘s premiere fell on Good Friday when fewer people were watching TV, and secondly, it had already run on Starz the week before. Just like the first episode of HBO’s Luck aired a preview behind the season finale of Boardwalk Empire before officially premiering it a month later, the Magic City opener aired behind the Spartacus finale the previous week when it did better, drawing 730,000 viewers in Live+3. Starz says that the pilot episode of Magic City has been seen by 2.5 million Starz viewers to date, including 670,000 on-demand views. Of course, Magic City‘s fate doesn’t depend on ratings: the series starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan was renewed for a second season ahead of its premiere.

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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
TUESDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)

8PM - Last Man Standing
8:30PM - Cougar Town
9PM - Dancing with the Stars: Results Show (LIVE)
10:01PM - Body of Proof (Season Finale)
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11:30PM - Nightline (LIVE)
Midnight - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (David Spade; "Dancing With the Stars" castoff; Slash performs with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators)

9PM - NCIS: Los Angeles
10PM - Unforgettable
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11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson; Sean Hayes; Shooter Jennings performs)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Guy Pearce; Jessica St. Clair)

8PM - The Biggest Loser
9PM - The Voice: Eliminations (LIVE)
10PM - Fashion Star
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11:35PM - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Josh Hutcherson; Rachel Maddow; Epic Turner performs with Lupe Fiasco and Tinie Tempah)
12:37AM - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (Christina Applegate; anthropologist Jane Goodall; White Rabbits perform)
1:36AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Seann William Scott; "No Room for Rockstars"; Dr. Dog performs)

8PM - Glee
9PM - New Girl
9:30PM - Raising Hope

(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - The Titanic with Len Goodman
9PM - Saving The Titanic
(R - Apr. 1)
9:30PM - Frontline: Nuclear Aftershock
(R - Jan. 17)

8PM - Una Familia Con Suerte
9PM - Abismo de Pasión
10PM - La Que No PodÃ*a Amar

8PM - 90210
(R - Mar. 6)
9PM - Ringer

8PM - Una Maid en Manhattan
9PM - Corazón Valiente
10PM - Relaciones Peligrosas

11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (CEO Elon Musk)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Author Richard Hersh)

11PM - Conan (Phil Robertson; Willie Robertson; M. Ward performs; Jason Biggs)

11PM - Chelsea Lately (Kathy Najimy; comic Michael Yo; comic Loni Love; comic Chris Franjola)
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TV Notes
Tuesday’s Highlights: 'Raising Hope' on Fox
By Los Angeles Times' 'Show Tracker' Blog - Apr. 9, 2012


NANCY GRACE (as herself) does an investigative report on Hope’s homicidal mother on a new episode of “Raising Hope” at 9:30 p.m. on Fox.


No Kitchen Required:
The chefs cook for the Maori of New Zealand in this new episode (7 and 10 p.m. BBC America).

The Biggest Loser: First lady Michelle Obama joins the contestants in a workout in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC).

Glee: New episodes begin again with Matt Bomer guest starring as Blaine’s (Darren Criss) older brother. Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch and Lea Michele also star (8 p.m. Fox).

Deadliest Catch: Their fishing quotas have been slashed in half, making financial survival more difficult than ever in the season premiere, and 100th episode, of the unscripted-dangerous-job series (9 p.m. Discovery).

Justified: Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) is headed for a bloody final showdown with a long list of enemies in the season finale (10 p.m. FX).

Love for Sail: Think of this new series as an unscripted version of “The Love Boat” (10 p.m. Lifetime).

Dream Machines: This new unscripted series follows Florida-based brothers as they take vehicles imagined in movies, comic books and TV shows and engineer them into on-the-road realities for celebrity and collectors (10 p.m. Syfy).

Shannen Says: This new unscripted series follows Shannen Doherty as she prepares for her wedding to photographer Kurt Iswarienko (10 p.m. WE).


The Titanic With Len Goodman:
Len Goodman (“Dancing With the Stars”) takes viewers on an exploration of the ship’s legacy through the stories of a hand-picked group of men who helped build the Titanic and then died with it (8 p.m. KOCE).


Apostle Peter and the Last Supper:
Robert Loggia and Bruce Marchiano star in this new TV movie (9 p.m. KTBN).


The Pittsburgh Pirates visit the Dodgers (1 p.m. FS Prime).

Basketball: The Boston Celtics visit the Miami Heat (4 p.m. ESPN); the New York Knicks visit the Chicago Bulls (6:30 p.m. ESPN).

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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

No wonder he went bankrupt. Who needs 240 pairs of shoes? And yet he was making around 1.2 million a year. That is just crazy.

I agree. I have no sympathy for these people. They get a large amount of money that most people can only dream about then go through it like it was water.
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

Business Notes
Cable programming costs will continue to rise
By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times' 'Media Decoder' Blog - Apr. 9, 2012

While subscriber growth is slowing for cable television companies, the cost of content continues to rise.

This is going to bring more cord cutting. Then prices will go up again to make up the difference for lost subscribers then even more people will cut the cord.
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No one is "cutting" the damn cord.

99% of people who cancel their cable television leave their cord fully intact to continue delivering their cable Internet service.
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

Business Notes
Cable programming costs will continue to rise
By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times' 'Media Decoder' Blog - Apr. 9, 2012

In other news, leading scientists reported that the sun will continue to rise every day.

Film at 11.
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Originally Posted by scorpiontail60 View Post

No one is "cutting" the damn cord.

99% of people who cancel their cable television leave their cord fully intact to continue delivering their cable Internet service.

Figure of speech, dude.
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TV Review
Double-and triple-crosses collide in 'Justified' finale
By Robert Bianco, USA Today - Apr. 10, 2012

If you want job security, don't play a bad guy on Justified.

Anyone who watches this terrific series knows that doesn't count as a spoiler, because it isn't telling you anything you're not already anticipating going into Tuesday's nail-biter of a season finale (★★★★ out of four, FX, 10 ET/PT).

You must know that everyone isn't going to make it through the season, because everyone never has. What you don't know is which one of the series' multiple, colorful and seemingly indispensable villains is about to be dispensed with — and in some cases, what you're probably not prepared for is how.

Let's just say the writers involved with this series — from Elmore Leonard, who created U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, to producer Graham Yost, who has brilliantly brought him to electronic life — are too good at their jobs to let hints drop all season without finally picking them back up. It's yet one more reason Justified is FX's best drama and one of TV's best series.

Raylan's (Timothy Olyphant, who's as good as anyone working in the medium today) main quarry Tuesday is the increasingly unhinged Robert Quarles (another great TV turn by Neal McDonough). But as last week's intricate dance of double and triple crosses demonstrated, Raylan has far more than just Quarles to worry about, what with
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Limehouse (Mykelti Williamson) pulling strings and Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns) exploding bombs.

If, by the way, you need further proof of how deftly Justified treads the line between laughs and gasps, watch the scene in which
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Raylan questions Wynn over Quarles' whereabouts.
It's what happens when great ideas, great writing and great acting combine.

Were Wynn and Quarles not enough, there's also the constant threat that is Boyd Crowder — played by the inimitable Walton Goggins, who, like Olyphant, has created a character who can be comic relief at one moment and a deadly threat the next.

If there was a problem with this season earlier in the run, it was that
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the story line didn't tie into Raylan's past or into the show's Kentucky locale as specifically and emotionally as last year's did.
But that issue has diminished over the past few weeks, as Limehouse has become more prominent, and it vanishes in the finale with a twist that hits as close to Raylan as any twist could.

Wrapping up another stellar run in completely satisfying, constantly surprising fashion, Justified again stakes a strong claim for award-season attention. There are dramas out there that are as good, but it's hard to think of any that are this good and yet this consistently, rousingly entertaining — which probably hurts it among those who seem to think a show has to be a struggle to watch to be Emmy-worthy.

Watch Tuesday, and then tell me the Emmy doubters aren't wrong.

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TV Notes
For ABC's 'Body,' proof is in the pulling
Network is yanking the second-year drama early
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Apr. 10, 2012

"Body of Proof" was a pleasant midseason surprise last year, drawing good enough ratings to become the only new drama to be renewed by ABC last May.

But as its second season draws to a close, the show is in real danger of not coming back next year. "Proof," which follows troubled former surgeon Megan Hunt (Dana Delany) in her new career as a medical examiner, airs its season finale at 10 p.m. tonight.

Last year "Proof" became ABC's most-watched drama in the Tuesday 10 p.m. timeslot in a decade. But its viewership has fallen 26 percent this year, from 11.24 million total viewers to 8.33 million, according to Nielsen.

Some of that is certainly due to its diminished lead-in, "Dancing with the Stars Results," which has lost 3 million viewers since last year. That gives "Proof" a smaller pool of viewers to convince to stick around.

Also, 10 p.m. dramas generally are down this season, something analysts have attributed the rise of DVR playback in the hour. People are increasingly watching the shows they taped earlier in the day or week at 10 p.m.

Only one show in the timeslot, "The Mentalist," is averaging more than 11.6 million viewers, and none are drawing a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating, which is what "Proof" premiered to last year.

"Proof" is leaving the air early to give long-running ABC drama "Private Practice" a shot at the 10 p.m. Tuesday timeslot. The show has long aired at 10 on Thursdays, after "Grey's Anatomy," the show it was spun off from.

But ABC wanted to give the plum post-"Grey's" timeslot to another new drama, "Scandal," which premiered to so-so numbers last week.

If "Practice" does well on Tuesdays, it will likely stay there this fall, freeing up the key Thursday timeslot for another new show, if not "Scandal" another show now in development.

So where does that leave "Proof?" Perhaps without a timeslot. ABC has very strong Monday and Wednesday lineups, and it's not likely to change them at all.

That would mean, short of moving to Friday, "Proof" would be without a place on the fall schedule, though it could still get a midseason order depending on the strength of the network's drama development this spring.

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TV Notes
'Days of Our Lives' changes head writers (again)
By Lynette Rice, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - Apr. 9, 2012

More shakeup on Days of Our Lives: The NBC soap has officially announced that it has hired the Emmy-winning duo of Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell to serve as their newest head writers, effective immediately.

The duo replaces Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas Jr., who were brought on in May 2011 to help relaunch the aging sudser by bringing back veteran stars like Drake Hogestyn, Deidre Hall, Patrick Muldoon, Christie Clark and Matthew Ashford. Ratings, however, did not improve: DOOL is tied with The Bold and the Beautiful as the least-watched serial in daytime among women 18-49 (a 1.1 rating). The Young and the Restless is the most watched with a 1.6 rating, according to results through March 25.

Tomlin and Whitesell have previously written for DOOL. The change was first reported by Soap Opera Network.

A spokeswoman says Tomlin and Whitesell will be joined by Lorraine Broderick as a member of the new writing team. Co-executive producer Greg Meng released this statement: We are excited and look forward to the stories of romance, suspense and intrigue this new dream team plans to tell.

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Critic's Notes
Nearing milestone birthday, 'Late Show' host David Letterman shows no signs of slowing down
By David Hinckley, New York Daily News - Apr. 10, 2012

David Letterman turns 65 on Thursday, which will probably make most TV viewers think, “Geez, is that all? Could have sworn he’d be at least 80.”

That’s not a comment on his appearance. It just feels like Letterman has been around forever — that there has never been a time when his lanky frame and his musings on the passing parade were not part of late-night television.

In an era when even broadcast evening news anchors have a tough time becoming institutions, Letterman’s achievement is impressive.

It also reflects the times in which he now operates, though not the times in which he started.

When Letterman did his first late-night show on Feb. 1, 1982, television institutions were broad-appeal personalities like Johnny Carson or Walter Cronkite, who retired just a year earlier.

These days, give or take Oprah, there aren’t a lot of those left. What we have are niche brands, as they say in the marketing biz.

Hello, David Letterman.

Not everybody likes Dave. Not even close. Not only does the CBS “Late Show With David Letterman” draw fewer viewers than Jay Leno’s “The Tonight Show” over on NBC, but in any random group of 100 TV viewers, several dozen will say they just don’t like Dave.

That’s not how it was with Carson, Letterman’s late-night predecessor, friend and role model. Everybody didn’t watch Johnny, but almost everybody liked him.

Not Dave.

You either embrace his sarcastic, dry, droll take on the world, delighted that someone else sees the same absurdities, or you think he’s smug and annoying, another TV guy who smirks at all the things from which his fame and fortune insulate him.

It’s the same issue that arises with other personalities like Letterman’s friend Howard Stern. Either you think he’s laughing with us or laughing at us.

So for all the ways in which Dave continues the late-night TV legacy of Carson, in that one critical way he is almost the anti-Carson.

Where Carson was the universal nice guy, Dave is love him or hate him.

Case in point: the most important crossroads of Letterman’s TV career.

In 1993, after Carson retired, NBC had to pick between Letterman and Leno to take his seat.

Carson favored Letterman.

But NBC picked Leno, and while a variety of factors went into that call, NBC clearly wanted someone who almost everyone in TV land could like.

Letterman was perceived as a little too edgy, fine for 12:30 but maybe a little too cool for the room at 11:30.

CBS immediately snatched him up, and he has been embedded at 11:30 ever since.

He just signed a new deal, extending his contract two years through 2014.

He suggested to Stern last year that maybe two more years would do it, but TV is a hard mistress from whom to walk away.

It’s safe to say CBS will keep him as long as he wants to stay, because even though Letterman’s share of the audience has never approached Carson’s, TV is okay with that these days.

Viewers who used to have two or three choices late at night now have 500, not counting time-shifted shows building up in the DVR.

Success at 11:30 now means holding a loyal core group, which Letterman has done for decades and which Conan O’Brien can attest is harder than it sounds.

In the broader sense, explaining why comedians are funny is like explaining why chocolate ice cream tastes good. It just does.

With Letterman, you can say he has a distinct style and attitude. Like Carson, he has great timing. He has the sense to pick top writers. All that is pretty obvious.

He’s also not afraid to deprecate himself, and while he’s famously private, he also isn’t afraid to get personal. The “Late Show” episodes on his medical problems and office affairs were less Carson than Oprah.

He’s a good interviewer who adjusts to either his rhythm or his guest’s, whichever is funnier.

He doesn’t take most things seriously unless there’s a good reason. But he gets political and newsmaker guests who do have a serious message, and carves out a space in which they can deliver it.

What it all adds up to, for Dave at 65, is that he’s still accomplishing the late-night host’s mission.

He makes the night a little better by distilling the craziness of the day.

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Originally Posted by EJ View Post

I've never cared for Ann Curry's reporting style. She seems too emotionally involved, like she's on the verge of tears.

Yeah, she wants to hold hands with some of the people she interviews. It's one thing to be a compassionate person, it's another thing to also be an unbiased newsperson. Plus, her interview skills are bad. Not sure why they promoted her unless they felt like they owed her something.
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Isnt Letterman 11:35 give or take a few secs.
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