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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
'Game of Thrones,' 'Girls' Hit Series Highs
By Tim Molloy, TheWrap.com - Jun. 4, 2012

HBO's "Game of Thrones" and "Girls" scored series-high ratings Sunday, with "Game of Thrones" second season finale beating its first one by 38 percent.

"Thrones" had 4.2 million viewers at 9 p.m., up from 3 million for the previous season finale. Another 910,000 viewers tuning in for the 11:10 replay brought its total audience to 5.1 million.

"Girls" hit 1.1 million viewers at 10:40, and 1.2 million total including viewers who watched a 12:50 re-airing.

"Veep," at 10:10, had 1.2 million viewers, its second-highest number for a first-time airing. It added 235,000 viewers at 12:20 for a total 1.4 million viewers.


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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
MTV Movie Awards Drops Nearly 30 Percent
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Jun. 4, 2012

The MTV Movie Awards took a hit with the ceremony's airing on Sunday night, shedding nearly a third of the viewership it received last year on a night of stiff competition.

Sunday night's awards show averaged 3.2 million total viewers -- a 29 percent drop compared to last year, when the MTV Movie Awards were watched by 4.5 million total viewers.

In fairness, the Russell Brand-hosted awards ceremony was up against some heavy hitters Sunday night, including the NBA playoffs and the season finale of "Game of Thrones," which yielded a series record for the hit HBO drama.

Last year's awards show also had the benefit of a "Jersey Shore" marathon as a lead-in.

On the bright side for the network, the season 2 premiere of "Teen Wolf" performed strongly, drawing in 2.1 million total viewers. ("Teen Wolf"'s time-period premiere is Monday night at 10 p.m.)

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Tech/Business Notes
E3: Still relevant in a changing market?
By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - Jun. 4, 2012

With the sale of packaged video games in decline, one may wonder whether a convention like E3, which opened Monday to begin its annual celebration of the spectacle of big-budget titles, is still needed.

For the last 18 years, E3 has served as the starting gun for the industry, an extravaganza of costumed elves and orcs, provocatively clad booth attendees and video screens as tall as houses. The convention attracts more than 45,000 attendees each year for the four-day spectacle, during which more than 200 large game publishers such as Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft show off games set to hit store shelves in the coming months.

But with consumers shifting their time and dollars more toward low-budget games for smartphones and tablets as well as online and on social networks, how important is E3?

Michael Gallagher, the president of the Entertainment Software Assn. which puts on E3, argues that the show is more relevant than ever because it has been able to adapt to the changing composition of the $50-billion global video game industry.

As evidence, he cites E3's "media impressions," the number of times news stories are watched, seen or heard. Last year's show generated more than 20 billion media impressions, he said, up from more than 12 billion in 2010.

In an interview, Gallagher, who served as the Department of Commerce's assistant secretary for communications and information before he joined the ESA in 2007, outlined his case for E3's continued relevance in a rapidly evolving industry.

Who's coming to E3 this year?

There's a great diversity in the types of companies represented by E3 this year. We have everyone from Activision to Zynga among the 200 exhibitors. GREE, a Japanese mobile games company, has a significant-sized booth and is making their U.S. debut at E3. What's happened to the industry is that it's become multi-dimensional -- from consoles to online to mobile to social. It’s all here.

Apple Inc.'s iPad and iPhones have become major destinations for games. Do you foresee a day when Apple will participate in E3?

Apple never participates in any shows other than their own. They don’t participate in CES. So we’re not surprised that they've chosen not to exhibit at E3, even though we think they would greatly benefit from being here. Two-thirds of the apps on iOS are games. It's a huge driver for the Apple App Store.

What about independent game developers? Does E3 have a place for the developer that doesn’t have the marketing budget of an Activision but is making the next "Angry Birds"?

They will have a bigger place at E3 next year. This year, we sold out the show floor in record time. So the availability of space was limited. But it will be a key focus for us to have nascent companies participate in the full magnitude of E3. We’ll keep working on that.

How do you make that work economically? Some small developers would have trouble paying for a bus ticket to E3, much less pay for floor space at the show.

E3 is a high-production show, no question. It's one of the things that makes us such a magnet for media all over the world. If you're going to include independent developers, you want it to be consistent with the overall E3 experience, but one that's still affordable for those developers.

One way to do that is to have a pavilion that's underwritten by a larger company. A company that operates a platform, for example, could sponsor developers who'd be willing to make games for that platform. That would be the type of model that could work well in future years.

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Nielsen Notes
Upon Further (DVR) Review, ‘Modern Family’ Challenges ‘Idol’
By Adam W. Kepler, The New York Times' 'Arts Beat' Blog - Jun. 4, 2012

Fox’s “American Idol” may still hold its claim as the No. 1 live program on television, but once DVR viewers are included in the ratings there can be only one true champion: ABC’s “Modern Family.”

The sitcom not only posted the largest gain in total viewers for three straight weeks in May but it also had the largest ratings increase in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic during that same period.

In the latest DVR rankings report for the week of May 14 to May 20, which includes the initial live broadcast viewership figures and DVR-playback numbers for the next seven days, “Modern Family” gained 4.3 million total viewers to go with a 59 percent boost in the 18-to-49 demo. It finished with a higher 18-to-49 rating than “American Idol” by 11 percent. In the previous week it beat “Idol” by 29 percent.

While it comes as no surprise that a live competition show like “American Idol” would not benefit as much from delayed viewing, it is somewhat surprising how the ratings increases from DVR viewing have become so great that “Modern Family” can easily vault over its competition in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic, whether it’s “Idol” or CBS’s “Two and a Half Men.”

Elsewhere, NBC’s “Grimm” boasted the largest percentage increase in 18-to-49 category for the week with a 69 percent jump. A comforting occurrence for NBC given its Friday night “death” slot. With DVR numbers factored into the season finale, the total audience jumped to 7.6 million total viewers, up from to 5.1 million.

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TV Notes
'Rizzoli & Isles': The girls are back in town
By Carol Memmott, USA Today - Jun. 5, 2012

Television viewers can pick and choose from among dozens of crime shows, but the stars and creator of Rizzoli & Isles believe their secret weapon for getting and holding fans seasons 1 and 2 averaged more than 8 million viewers is the feminine factor.

"There's a lot of estrogen on this show," says Sasha Alexander, who plays medical examiner Maura Isles, best friend and colleague of Boston detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) on the TNT cop show inspired by the novels of Tess Gerritsen. The third season begins tonight (9 ET/PT).

"The further we move into the series, the more it reflects the fact that we do represent women in a way that's unique," Alexander says. "So I'm proud to be part of a show that has smart women who are professionals, who are independent, who are good people, who are supportive of and respect each other.

"All of that together is what makes things work."

The symbiotic relationship between Rizzoli and Isles, thanks to the chemistry between Harmon and Alexander, is and has always been at the heart of this procedural, says executive producer Janet Tamaro.

"We cast Angie first, and then we had a very hard time finding somebody who could stand up to her on screen," she says. "When we put her with Sasha, it was just instant. They were playful. They were funny. They enjoyed each other.

"Tonally, it was exactly what I was hoping for, and it continues. When you put them in a scene, it's just magic."

Says Harmon: "I've said from the first season that Maura and Jane together make a really extraordinary woman. Separately they're amazing, together they are extraordinary."

And it's not just Harmon and Alexander who bring female power to the character-driven story lines. Lorraine Bracco stars as Rizzoli's mother, Angela; Sharon Lawrence will star as Isles' birth mother, Hope; and Jacqueline Bisset continues her role as Isles' adoptive mother, Constance.

That's not to say that there won't be a measure of testosterone on the show as well. Tamaro, who developed the show for television, is bringing back Chris Vance as Casey Jones, one of Rizzoli's old flames. Colin Egglesfield also is back as Tommy, Rizzoli's troubled brother; Chazz Palminteri returns as Frank Rizzoli Sr., Jane's father; and Eddie Cibrian joins the cast as Dennis Rockmond, a romantic interest for Isles.

Regular members of the ensemble include Lee Thompson Young as Rizzoli's rookie partner, Detective Barry Frost; Bruce McGill as Detective Vince Korsak, Rizzoli's mentor; and Jordan Bridges as Frankie, Rizzoli's patrol-cop brother.

Newcomers to the show shouldn't assume every episode is awash in women getting in touch with their feelings. Take last season's cliffhanger finale: When an undercover operation goes wrong, Rizzoli has no choice but to shoot Isles' father, the mobbed-up Paddy Doyle, who has just shot an FBI agent. The shooting creates a rift between Rizzoli and Isles as Rizzoli tries to justify the shooting and Isles lashes out.

"We've got some serious crimes and serious corpses in the new season, and we've got some great scenes coming up," says Harmon, who reveals that she has plenty of scrapes and bruises as the result of one of the new season's action scenes.

"Maura and I are in a car and are being shot at. I've got one foot up on the steering wheel and one foot on the back of the head rest, and I'm firing between my legs and pushing Maura out of the car all those kinds of things I love doing."

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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
(R - Feb. 21)
8:30PM - Last Man Standing
(R - Feb. 28)
9PM - Concert for the Queen: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration With Katie Couric (120 min.)
* * * *
11:30PM - Nightline (LIVE)
Midnight - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Andy Samberg; National Spelling Bee Champion Snigdha Nandipati; Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros perform)

8PM - NCIS: Los Angeles
(R - Feb. 28)
9PM - NCIS: Los Angeles
(R - Nov. 22)
10PM - 48 Hours Mystery
(R - May 7, 2011)
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11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Neil Patrick Harris; Noomi Rapace; Alan Jackson performs)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Michael Sheen; Michael Ian Black)
(R - Apr. 18)

8PM - America's Got Talent
9PM - Love in the Wild (Season Premiere, 120 min.)
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11:35PM - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Emma Stone; Chris Hemsworth; Chris Robinson Brotherhood performs)
12:37AM - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (Michael Fassbender; Napster founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning; Callie Thorne; The Walkmen perform)
1:36AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Singer Angie Johnson; comic Moshe Kasher; Bombay Bicycle Club performs)
(R - Apr. 2)

8PM - Hell's Kitchen
9PM - Masterchef

(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - A Hot Dog Program (R)
9PM - Time Team Special Edition (120 min.)
(R - Aug. 9, 2009)

8PM - Un Refugio para el Amor
9PM - Abismo de Pasión
10PM - La Que No PodÃ*a Amar

8PM - The Catalina
9PM - The L.A. Complex
(R - Jan. 10)

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

11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Politician Gary Johnson)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Author Jill Biden)

11PM - Conan (Charlize Theron; Curtis Stone; music Bahamas performs)

11PM - Chelsea Lately (Group LMFAO; James Davis; actress Heather McDonald; comic Mo Mandel)
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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
Longmire' Most-Watched A&E Scripted Series Debut Ever With 4.1M Viewers
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Jun. 4, 2012

It was a strong night for cable dramas last night. After the second-season finale of HBO's Game Of Thrones posted a series high 4.2 million viewers at 9 PM, the series premiere of A&E's Longmire at 10 PM drew 4.1 million total viewers to become the network's most-watched scripted series debut of all time and the highest-rated new cable scripted drama of 2012 among total viewers and adults 25-54 (1.4 million viewers).

Longmire skewed older, averaging 986,000 viewers among adults 18-49, below A&E's highest-rated premiere in the demo, Breakout Kings (1.5 million) and this year's top new cable drama in 18-49, Lifetime's The Client List. At 9 PM, the Season 3 premiere of A&E's drama The Glades garnered 3.1 million total viewers, up 19% from last season; 1.4 million adults 25-54 (up 27%); and 1.1 million adults 18-49 (up 17%).

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TV Notes
Tuesday's Highlights: 'Rizzoli & Isles' and 'Franklin & Bash'
By Los Angeles Times' 'Show Tracker' Blog - Jun. 4, 2012



Pretty Little Liars:
As a new season opens, Aria, Emily, Spencer and Hanna (Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson) have spent a summer trying to recover from the traumatic events in Rosewood (8 and 10 p.m. ABC Family).

Dance Moms: The drama at bombastic teacher's studio continues with a new episode (8 p.m. Lifetime).

Giuliana & Bill: Family and friends learn about the baby in the season finale (8 p.m. Style).

Jane by Design: New episodes of the drama resume (9 p.m. ABC Family).

Rizzoli & Isles: The shooting of Maura's (Sasha Alexander) biological father causes a rift in her friendship with Jane (Angie Harmon) in the season premiere (9 p.m. TNT).

The Glee Project: The 14 finalists perform in the season premiere (10 p.m. Oxygen).

Franklin & Bash: A second season of the lawyer buddy dramedy begins (10 p.m. TNT).


Concert for the Queen: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration:
Katie Couric hosts a special musical gala in honor of the 86-year-old Queen Elizabeth II's 60th year on the throne (9 p.m. ABC).


The Dodgers visit the Philadelphia Phillies (4 p.m. KCAL); the Seattle Mariners visit the Angels (7 p.m. FSN).

Basketball: NBA Playoffs: The Boston Celtics visit the Miami Heat (If necessary). (5:30 p.m. ESPN).

Tennis: French Open: Quarterfinals (Wed. 5 a.m. ESPN2).

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Critic's Notes
Brash Chef and Big Bet for CNN
By David Carr, The New York Times' 'The Media Equation' Column - Jun. 4, 2012

Michael K. Williams played Omar Little, the righteous stickup man in “The Wire,” and now plays Chalky White, the bootlegger on “Boardwalk Empire,” so he is a big deal in the Brooklyn housing projects where he grew up. Standing in Gloria’s 3, a Trinidadian restaurant in nearby Crown Heights last Thursday, he said he had fun running around his old neighborhood. But he added that it was the man he was with who created most of the fuss.

“All the little kids were running after him,” Mr. Williams said, indicating his lanky dining companion.

Anthony Bourdain tends to get noticed. The chef turned televised tour guide is macho but not overbearing, profane without being coarse, and tall and handsome. How handsome? I was at an outdoor social event with my wife some years ago when he passed by, and she was so transfixed by him that she walked into a bush. I hate him for that, but am unsurprised that his charmed life is about to add a new chapter.

Mr. Bourdain and Mr. Williams were in Brooklyn filming the final episode of Mr. Bourdain’s rough-and-ready culinary travel show “No Reservations,” which has run for eight seasons on the Travel Channel. Last Tuesday, CNN and Mr. Bourdain announced that he would move to the cable news channel to make an as-yet-unnamed travel show that will be shown on the weekends.

“Eleven years ago, I was standing by a deep fryer,” he said, his voice conveying wonder as he and Mr. Williams capped off the day’s shooting with a dinner of oxtail stew, curried goat, callaloo and macaroni pie. “I was surprised and flattered that a news organization was interested in doing a show with me.”

So were the rest of us. CNN, the former cable news leader, is at loose ends, having recorded its lowest ratings in 10 years in April. The channel still makes a lot of money, an expected $600 million in operating profit this year. But nothing — not the lift of an election year, the switch-out of Piers Morgan for Larry King or firm edicts from Time Warner management — has moved the needle on viewership.

Even as profits pile up, CNN is in danger of becoming a niche channel. Perhaps signing a proven niche player — according to Nielsen, Mr. Bourdain’s show draws about 450,000 viewers on a channel that lives far down the dial — is a small part of the answer.

It’s not as if Mr. Bourdain is a television lightweight: He and his production company, Zero Point Zero, which will continue to produce the show, have won Emmys for programs on Haiti and Laos, and the crew was nominated for an Emmy for an episode shot in Beirut during Israel’s 2006 war with Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Mark Whitaker, managing editor of CNN Worldwide, has been working to decrease the network’s reliance on politics, where its middle-of-the-road approach often suffers in comparison to the edgier, more partisan offerings of Fox News and MSNBC. He began talking with Mr. Bourdain back in March in the belief that the chef’s penchant for traveling to far-flung places like Thailand and Saudi Arabia was a fit with CNN’s international credentials. More important, Mr. Whitaker wanted CNN’s first move out of its lane to come with a ready-made audience attached. CNN has no trouble attracting eyeballs, it just has trouble persuading them to stick around when the world is not on fire.

“Tony is appointment viewing and sticky in a way that we need to be,” Mr. Whitaker said on the phone. “We are big fans of what he does and what he stands for, which is global and smart, but he goes beyond politics and war coverage. We need to be broader than that and we are looking hard to make that happen. Tony was the first person that came to mind.”

Mr. Bourdain landed in the public consciousness in 2000 with his book “Kitchen Confidential,” a scabrous look at the mayhem behind the fine dining tables of Manhattan.

But he quickly outgrew the caricature of a bad boy and became a rarity in the celebrity chef world: a guy who knows food but is a lot more interested in the human ingredients behind the cuisine than the recipes. He loathes the motif that positions chefs as divas or rock stars, and has said unkind things about some of its practitioners, many of whom work at the Food Network, which is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, which also owns the Travel Channel.

Mr. Bourdain was not itching to change jobs — it’s tough to beat eating your way around the world — but he’s happy for the change in address.

“I have had an excellent relationship with the Travel Channel, but CNN is a big company with a lot of international juice,” he said. “Some of the shows that I make in distant countries will be shown in those same countries. I’d like to do a show that goes up Congo River, or get back to Libya. CNN has the resources and know-how to help make that happen.”

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Mr. Bourdain did some serious work in the kitchen en route to becoming executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles. At the same time, he spent a fair amount of time sautéing his brain in a variety of illicit drugs.

When he got his shot at television, he took the job seriously, but did not adopt many of the conventions of the medium. He often dips into bleep-able language to express joy or disgust, is fond of jokes about the male anatomy and has been known to snack on a raw seal eyeball when the occasion required.

At a time when personal brand is ascendant, Mr. Bourdain has stretched his to very lucrative, creative ends. He is one of the writers on HBO’s “Treme” and a frequent contributor to Lucky Peach, the magazine published by McSweeney’s and David Chang, a fellow chef and running buddy. He has a personal book imprint with HarperCollins Ecco, and has eight books lined up.

He has also written 10 books, both fiction and nonfiction, is publishing a graphic novel this summer and has another novel in the works. He works hard, running as if he were being chased, and does not like being defined as someone who prances around on cue for camera.

“When you are described as ‘talent’ on a set, it’s not generally meant as a compliment,” he said.

We hit the Brooklyn Bridge and the lights of Manhattan snapped into view. This is where he first went to work as a bike messenger, riding in from New Jersey by bus. That was followed by long hours in the kitchen and even longer hours perpetrating foolhardy indulgences with the other cooks he hung out with.

“Deep inside, I am a lazy screw-up and I have developed this very elaborate construction to outwit that impulse,” he said.

Given his track record, chances are high that Mr. Bourdain’s run of luck will continue, but we will have to wait to find out if that good fortune will also smile on CNN.

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Originally Posted by DrDon View Post

Getting a rash of those, today. So, you might find a number of threads with posters replying to nonexistent posts. Too sick and not enough time to fix all the collateral damage.

I'll suffer through it. What worries me is the upcoming AVS switchover to a new system. They say that our user name and password will remain the same. Password? What password? I haven't used a password since I signed on YEARS ago. Sigh...get well!
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Originally Posted by domino92024 View Post

I'll suffer through it. What worries me is the upcoming AVS switchover to a new system. They say that our user name and password will remain the same. Password? What password? I haven't used a password since I signed on YEARS ago. Sigh...get well!

Thanks! I hate Crohn's! On the air, today, but probably shouldn't be.

If you haven't used a password, you probably have the "remember me" box checked. You can do that, again, on the new site, but you'll probably have to put in your PW first time. Being a mod, it makes me log in nearly EVERY time, so I'm used to it. For most users, there won't be much difference except in the location and naming of some of the functions. But a lot of users who use other boards for other stuff are kind of used to that. For mods, it's a whole new ballgame. So, bear with us.
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See you on the other side of the switch! And, if for whatever reason "HOTP" goes 'KAPUT,' it was a nice long ride.
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

See you on the other side of the switch! And, if for whatever reason "HOTP" goes 'KAPUT,' it was a nice long ride.

I certainly hope NOTHING goes Kaput. Right now, it's mirroring pretty well.
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

See you on the other side of the switch! And, if for whatever reason "HOTP" goes 'KAPUT,' it was a nice long ride.


I know! I don't want AVS to be down

Hope the transition goes well.
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So this is the other side.....
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Originally Posted by jim tressler View Post

So this is the other side.....

I think so. I just spent 20 minutes getting to this point.

Baby steps, baby steps. I'll get this setup to my liking eventually......LOL. Good luck to the rest of you.

PS: The pages look sharper to me on my iPad. Much easier to read.
Edited by vonzoog - 6/6/12 at 4:38am
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
WEDNESDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)


8PM - The Middle
(R - Feb. 29)
8:30PM - Suburgatory
(R - Apr. 18)
9PM - Modern Family
(R - Mar. 14)
9:31PM - Happy Endings
(R - Jan. 11)
10PM - Don't Trust the B. on Apt. 23
(R - Apr. 11)
10:30PM - Modern Family
(R - Apr. 11)
* * * *
11:35PM - Nightline (LIVE)
Midnight - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian Odom; comic Adam Carolla; K'Naan performs)


8PM - Dogs in the City
9PM - Criminal Minds
(R - Feb, 15)
10PM - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
(R - Jan. 25)
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Jane Fonda; Mayor of London Boris Johnson; Jimmy Cliff performs)
12:37AM - Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Sean Hayes; Lena Dunham)
(R - Apr. 13)


8PM - Betty White's Off Their Rockers
(R - Apr. 11)
8:30PM - Up All night
(R - Jan 12)
9PM - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
(R - Feb. 15)
10PM - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
(R - Feb. 22)
* * * *
11:35PM - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Julia Louis-Dreyfus; The Beach Boys perform)
12:37AM - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (Julianne Hough; Colin Hanks; comic Bob Marley; Leon Redbone sits in with The Roots)
1:36AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Seann William Scott; ``No Room for Rockstars''; Dr. Dog performs)
(R - Apr. 10)


8PM - So You Think You Can Dance (120 min.)

(check your local listing for starting time/programming)

8PM - Nature - Moment of Impact: Hunters and Herds (R - Apr. 4, 2010)
9PM - NOVA: Doctors' Diaries
(R - Apr. 7, 2009)
10PM - NOVA: Doctors' Diaries
(R - Apr. 14, 2009)


8PM - Un Refugio Para El Amor
9PM - Abismo de Pasión
10PM - La Que No Podía Amar


8PM - America's Next Top Model
(R - May 30)
9PM - America's Next Top Model
(R - Sep. 14)


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


11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Michael Fassbender)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Neal Patrick Harris)


11PM - Conan (Jennifer Love Hewitt; Breckin Meyer; JD McPherson)


11PM - Chelsea Lately (Gary Valentine; Aubrey Plaza; comic Greg Fitzsimmons; comic Fortune Feimster)

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TV Notes
Wednesday's Highlights: 'Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America'
By Los Angeles Times' 'Show Tracker' Blog - June 5, 2012


The “Man v. Food” host travels the country in a new series that is part cooking competition and part travelogue (9 and 9:30 p.m. Travel).


Royal Pains:
As the fourth season begins, Hank (Mark Feuerstein) embarks on a fresh start with his medical practice and separates from his brother, Evan (Paulo Costanzo), who starts his own venture. Reshma Shetty also stars (9 p.m. USA).

Necessary Roughness: Callie Thorne returns as Long Island therapist Dr. Dani Santino (10 p.m. USA).


2012 CMT Music Awards:
The broadcast will feature performances by Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Pistol Annies, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, Hank Williams Jr. and the Zac Brown Band (8 p.m. CMT).


Glee the 3D Concert Movie:
This musical documentary follows the cast of the hit TV show “Glee” on its live summer tour. With performances by Lea Michele, Amber Riley, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris and others (7:15 p.m. HBO).


The Dodgers visit the Philadelphia Phillies (4 p.m. FS Prime); the Seattle Mariners visit the Angels (7 p.m. FSN).

Hockey: 2012 Stanley Cup Final: The New Jersey Devils visit the Kings (5 p.m. NBCSP).

Basketball: NBA Playoffs: The San Antonio Spurs visit the Oklahoma City Thunder (6 p.m. TNT).

Tennis: French Open: Semifinals (Thursday 5 a.m. ESPN2).

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TV Notes
Syfy Acquires Third Season Of ‘Lost Girl’
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Jun. 5, 2012

Syfy has acquired a third season of Canadian drama series Lost Girl, which is currently in production. The first two seasons of the Canadian import have done well for Syfy — during Season 2 to date, Lost Girl is averaging 895,000 adults 18-49, 930,000 adults 25-54 and 1.64 million total viewers in Live+7 data. It is the No. 1 cable drama among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 in its Monday time period.

On July 20, Lost Girl will move from Mondays at 10 PM to Fridays at 10 PM. On the show, Anna Silk (Being Erica) stars as seductress Bo, a Succubus (a powerful female entity in folklore) who feeds off sexual energy.

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Legal Notes
Comcast, Time Warner Cable Sued Over Ex-Customer Records
By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Jun. 6, 2012

Class action lawsuits have been launched against Comcast and Time Warner Cable alleging the companies collect social security numbers, credit card information and other information from customers and retain the data even after cable service is canceled. The plaintiffs say this is a violation of the Cable Communications Policy Act.

The two lawsuits were filed late last week in California federal court. According to the complaint against Comcast, "consumers are unaware that their personally identifiable information is retained indefinitely by Comcast, as Comcast fails to send annual privacy notices informing consumers that Comcast continues to retain their information."

The plaintiffs say that the CCPA requires cable operators to destroy personally identifiable information when it is no longer required for the purpose for which it was collected and that the companies also have privacy disclosure duties.

The lawsuit cites "troubling" issues implicated by the alleged practice, including the risk of identity theft and conversion of personal financial accounts.

Besides CCPA, the proposed class of plaintiffs are also asserting violation of California Customer Records Act and breach of implied contract. They are seeking an order that enjoins the cable companies from allegedly unlawful practices as well as liquidated damages. The complaint says the CCPA law allows an individual to collect $100 a day for each day of violation.

TWC declined comment. Comcast hasn't responded yet.

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Critic's Notes
An Idolatrous Echo Across Networks
By Amy Chozick, The New York Times - Jun. 6, 2012

The setup: Four celebrities sit on revolving chairs in front of a live studio audience and listen to blind auditions. If they like what they hear, they swivel around to take a look.

Sound familiar? It’s supposed to.

“The Choice,” a dating competition series that begins Thursday on Fox, is designed to take a less-than-subtle jab at “The Voice,” on NBC.

Instead of judging aspiring singers, which is the point of “The Voice,” in “The Choice” bachelors like Mike Sorrentino (The Situation) and Rob Kardashian listen to “sexy singles” sell themselves, usually by pitching physical attributes. If they like what they hear, they push a “love handle” to turn their magic chairs around and see what the women look like.

Even in the cutthroat world of broadcast television, Fox’s targeting of “The Voice” stands out, and underscores the stakes involved in the highly lucrative but competitive arena of reality TV. “The Voice,” which Fox executives have said is essentially “American Idol” with red spinning chairs, contributed to a double-digit decline in ratings for “American Idol,” the blockbuster Fox franchise that last month concluded its 11th season.

And so the fight was on. At the Fox upfront in New York last month, the president of entertainment, Kevin Reilly, stood onstage at the Beacon Theater in front of a giant graph titled “Decline of the Voice” with a single, dramatically sloped line pointing downward.

This fall “The Voice” on NBC will compete against Fox’s other big talent show, “X Factor,” in what Mr. Reilly has called “one of the major showdowns of the fall.” Fox has tried to give “X Factor” a leg up in its second season with a new judging panel that includes Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.

Simon Cowell, the creator of “X Factor,” said of the competition, “I wish them luck, but second’s not great.”

NBC declined to comment.

Until the showdown this fall, Fox, known for its cheeky tone and audacious premises, will take one additional poke at the peacock. The six episodes of “The Choice,” shot over three days at CBS Studio Center, in Studio City, Calif., and hosted by Cat Deeley of “So You Think You Can Dance,” are designed to draw young viewers during the summer television doldrums.

Fox will pair “The Choice” with “Take Me Out,” a speed-dating game show adapted from a British series and hosted by George Lopez.

Both shows are designed to fill a void in the television landscape, providing updated versions of “The Dating Game” and “Love Connection,” said Mike Darnell, Fox’s president of alternative entertainment.

“In the reality market, when something looks dead, that’s when you have to come in and plug the hole,” he said.

Fox’s previous attempts at dating series have not lasted. “Mr. Personality,” a 2003 series hosted by Monica Lewinsky, had one bachelorette choose from 20 masked bachelors. (Mr. Darnell now calls the mask idea “stupid.”)

In “Temptation Island,” couples lived on an island with a group of promiscuous singles to test the strength of their relationships. “Joe Millionaire” followed a bachelor as he searched for a bride. The catch? The “millionaire” is just a working-class Joe.

“The Choice” is not the first time Fox has created a reality series inspired by a competing network’s hit. In 2000 it introduced “Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?,” a rabble-rousing take on ABC’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” After ABC acquired the rights to “Supernanny,” Fox followed with a deal for “Nanny 911.”

In 2004, when makeover shows were all the rage, Fox developed “The Swan,” in which women deemed “ugly” were given extreme makeovers, including severe plastic surgery.

The tongue-in-cheek programming speaks to a wider corporate culture at Fox’s parent company, News Corporation, analysts have said. Fox Broadcasting broke onto the scene in the late 1980s. Under the leadership of News Corporation’s chief executive, Rupert Murdoch, and Barry Diller, the network became known for irreverent shows like “Married ... With Children” and “The Simpsons.”

“They’ve always tried to see how far they can go and if there’s a little backlash, that’s a good thing,” said Brad Adgate, senior vice president for research at Horizon Media, a media-buying company. He added: “It all builds buzz.”

Mr. Darnell’s trademark style of freewheeling reality concepts include a dwarf-dating contest called “The Littlest Groom”; “Married by America,” in which viewers voted on which strangers were paired up; and “Who’s Your Daddy,” about adults adopted at birth and made to guess which contestant was their biological father.

“I fit in here because this has always been a maverick network,” Mr. Darnell said of Fox. “People come to this network expecting an irreverence and having fun with genres and spinoffs.”

Asked whether Fox created “The Choice” purely to poke fun at “The Voice,” Mr. Darnell demurred. “It is interesting how the two shows’ titles rhyme,” he said, refusing to comment further on the similarities.

In a phone interview the rapper Romeo Miller, a bachelor on the show, accidentally referred to “The Choice” as “The Voice,” but he said that’s where the similarities end.

“It’s about finding blind love,” Mr. Miller said. “You have to be actually sitting in those spinning chairs to understand it.”

This summer “The Choice” will face competition from NBC’s “Love in the Wild” (think “Survivor” meets “The Bachelor”) and ABC’s “Bachelor Pad,” a spinoff of the popular but aging “Bachelor” franchise.

The celebrities on “The Choice” include Mr. Miller; the “Jersey Shore” stars Mr. Sorrentino and Pauly D; Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers; and chef Rocco DiSpirito. They were chosen to draw young audiences.

The average age of Fox’s viewers has slowly increased to 46 in the most recent season, up from 39 in 2005, according to Nielsen. That’s still younger than CBS, ABC and NBC, whose average viewers are over 50.

Like “The Voice,” the celebrities will swivel their chairs to see a contestant, and the single women (or in one episode, men) then choose whose “team” they want to be on — meaning which celebrity they would like to win a date with. The competitors then wear sashes with the name of their chosen celebrity.

To cast “The Choice” Mr. Darnell tapped his reality-show contacts.

“He called me and asked if I was single,” the singer Taylor Hicks, a Season 5 “Idol” winner, recounted. “I said: ‘Well, um, yes. Why?’ ” He will soon appear on an episode of “The Choice.”

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It seems a little scrunched on my laptop

Strange - after I posted the above it now fills my screen. As long as I can still get my daily info fix I'll be fine!
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TV Notes
Critics’ Choice TV Awards Noms: ‘Community’ At Top Of List
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Jun. 5, 2012

There is an awards show where Community is the most nominated program! The quirky NBC comedy series leads the pack at the 2nd annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards with six nominations, including best comedy series and best comedy actor Joel McHale, followed by another NBC Thursday comedy, Parks & Recreation. Lauded AMC dramas Mad Men and Breaking Bad each have five noms.

NBC was the most nominated network with 14 nominations followed by ABC with 13 and Fox and HBO with 12. The list includes a lot of long-time awards underdogs and fresh newcomers. Winners of the awards, given away by the Broadcast Television Journalists Assoc., an offshoot of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, will be announced at a gala awards dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 18.

Here is a list of the nominees:

Best Drama Series

Breaking Bad – AMC
Downton Abbey – PBS
Game of Thrones – HBO
The Good Wife – CBS
Homeland – Showtime
Mad Men – AMC

Best Actor in a Drama Series

Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad – AMC
Kelsey Grammer – Boss – Starz
Jon Hamm – Mad Men – AMC
Charlie Hunnam – Sons of Anarchy – FX
Damian Lewis – Homeland – Showtime
Timothy Olyphant – Justified – FX

Best Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Danes – Homeland – Showtime
Michelle Dockery – Downton Abbey – PBS
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife – CBS
Elisabeth Moss – Mad Men – AMC
Emmy Rossum – Shameless – Showtime
Katey Sagal – Sons of Anarchy – FX

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones – HBO
Giancarlo Esposito – Breaking Bad – AMC
Neal McDonough – Justified – FX
John Noble – Fringe – FOX
Aaron Paul – Breaking Bad – AMC
John Slattery – Mad Men – AMC

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Christine Baranski – The Good Wife – CBS
Anna Gunn – Breaking Bad – AMC
Christina Hendricks – Mad Men – AMC
Regina King – Southland – TNT
Kelly Macdonald – Boardwalk Empire – HBO
Maggie Siff – Sons of Anarchy – FX

Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series

Dylan Baker – Damages – DirecTV
Jere Burns – Justified – FX
Loretta Devine – Grey’s Anatomy – ABC
Lucy Liu – Southland – TNT
Carrie Preston – The Good Wife – CBS
Chloe Webb – Shameless – Showtime

Best Reality Series

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations – Travel Channel
Hoarders – A&E
Sister Wives – TLC
Kitchen Nightmares – FOX
Pawn Stars – History
Undercover Boss – CBS

Best Reality Series – Competition

The Pitch – AMC
Shark Tank – ABC
So You Think You Can Dance – FOX
The Voice – NBC
Chopped – FOOD
The Amazing Race – CBS

Best Reality Show Host

Tom Bergeron – Dancing with the Stars – ABC
Nick Cannon – America’s Got Talent – NBC
Cat Deeley – So You Think You Can Dance – FOX
Phil Keoghan – The Amazing Race – CBS
RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race – Logo

Best Talk Show

Conan – TBS
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – Comedy Central
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – NBC
Jimmy Kimmel Live! – ABC
The View – ABC

Best Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory – CBS
Community – NBC
Girls – HBO
Modern Family – ABC
New Girl – FOX
Parks and Recreation – NBC

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Don Cheadle – House of Lies – Showtime
Louis C.K. – Louie – FX
Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm – HBO
Garret Dillahunt – Raising Hope – FOX
Joel McHale – Community – NBC
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory – CBS

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Zooey Deschanel – New Girl – FOX
Lena Dunham – Girls – HBO
Julia Louis Dreyfus – Veep – HBO
Martha Plimpton – Raising Hope – FOX
Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation – NBC
Ashley Rickards – Awkward – MTV

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Ty Burrell – Modern Family – ABC
Max Greenfield – New Girl – FOX
Nick Offerman – Parks and Recreation – NBC
Danny Pudi – Community – NBC
Jim Rash – Community – NBC
Damon Wayans Jr. – Happy Endings – ABC

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Julie Bowen – Modern Family – ABC
Alison Brie – Community – NBC
Cheryl Hines – Suburgatory – ABC
Gillian Jacobs – Community – NBC
Eden Sher – The Middle – ABC
Casey Wilson – Happy Endings – ABC

Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series

Becky Ann Baker – Girls – HBO
Bobby Cannavale – Modern Family – ABC
Kathryn Hahn – Parks and Recreation – NBC
Justin Long – New Girl – FOX
Paul Rudd – Parks and Recreation – NBC
Peter Scolari – Girls – HBO

Best Animated Series

Archer – FX
Adventure Time – Cartoon Network
Bob’s Burgers – FOX
Family Guy – FOX
Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Cartoon Network

Best Movie/Miniseries

American Horror Story – FX
Luther – BBC America
Sherlock – PBS
Page Eight – PBS
The Hour – BBC America
Game Change – HBO

Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries

Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock – PBS
Bill Nighy – Page Eight – PBS
Woody Harrelson – Game Change – HBO
Idris Elba – Luther – BBC America
Dominic West – The Hour – BBC America
Kevin Costner – Hatfields & McCoys – History

Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries

Jessica Lange – American Horror Story – FX
Gillian Anderson – Great Expectations – PBS
Julianne Moore – Game Change – HBO
Patricia Clarkson – Five – Lifetime
Lara Pulver – Sherlock – PBS
Emily Watson – Appropriate Adult – Sundance

Submissions are still being accepted for The Most Exciting New Series category.

The Critics’ Choice Television Awards honors programs and performances that aired between June 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012. Since last year, six new categories have been added for the 2011/12 season including Best Movie or Mini-series, Best Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series, Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series, Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series, Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series and Best Animated Series. Bob Bain will executive produce the show for Bob Bain Productions.

Nominations Tally


NBC – 14
ABC – 13
FOX – 12
HBO – 12
AMC – 11
FX – 11
CBS – 9
PBS – 8
Showtime – 6
BBC America – 4
Cartoon Network – 2
History – 2
TNT – 2
A&E – 1
Comedy Central – 1
DirecTV – 1
Food – 1
Lifetime – 1
Logo – 1
MTV – 1
Starz – 1
Sundance – 1
TBS – 1
TLC – 1
Travel Channel – 1


Community – 6
Mad Men – 5
Parks & Recreation – 5
Breaking Bad – 5
Girls – 4
The Good Wife – 4
Modern Family – 4
New Girl – 4
Game Change – 3
Homeland – 3
Justified – 3
Sherlock – 3
Sons of Anarchy – 3
The Amazing Race – 2
American Horror Story – 2
The Big Bang Theory – 2
Downton Abbey – 2
Game of Thrones – 2
Happy Endings – 2
The Hour – 2
Luther – 2
Page Eight – 2
Raising Hope – 2
Shameless – 2
Southland – 2
So You Think You Can Dance – 2
Adventure Time – 1
America’s Got Talent – 1
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations – 1
Appropriate Adult – 1
Archer – 1
Awkward – 1
Boardwalk Empire – 1
Bob’s Burgers – 1
Boss – 1
Chopped – 1
Conan – 1
Curb Your Enthusiasm – 1
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – 1
Damages – 1
Dancing with the Stars – 1
Family Guy – 1
Five – 1
Fringe – 1
Great Expectations – 1
Grey’s Anatomy – 1
Hatfields & McCoys – 1
Hoarders – 1
House of Lies – 1
Jimmy Kimmel Live! – 1
Kitchen Nightmares – 1
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – 1
Louie – 1
The Middle – 1
Pawn Stars – 1
The Pitch – 1
RuPaul’s Drag Race – 1
Shark Tank – 1
Sister Wives – 1
Star Wars: The Clone Wars – 1
Suburgatory – 1
Undercover Boss – 1
Veep – 1
The View – 1
The Voice – 1

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Originally Posted by vonzoog View Post

I think so. I just spent 20 minutes getting to this point.
Baby steps, baby steps. I'll get this setup to my liking eventually......LOL. Good luck to the rest of you.
PS: The pages look sharper to me on my iPad. Much easier to read.

I like the look and layout within each thread. I don't care for the topic page, especially how it shows the sticky threads.
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The most bizarre TV news that I read while we were away is that ladies-favorite and the other Defender who wasn't Jim Belushi - Jerry O'Connell - is going to play Herman Munster in the remake.

When I think of people who resemble Fred Gwynne, he doesn't jump to the top of my list. Not forgetting O'Connell has also turned into a cancellation jinx.
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"On the air tonight" post looks way smaller, you used larger fonts on the "old" forum for that, now I have to force my browser to 125%.

Also please make this a sticky thread? anyone?
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

TV Notes
Wednesday's Highlights: 'Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America'
By Los Angeles Times' 'Show Tracker' Blog - June 5, 2012

I used to watch this whenever I had time. I stopped watching after a while though. It just seemed sad to me that I didn't have anything else to do but sit there and watch someone eat. It just seemed all kind've absurd - like most TV I guess.
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Sci-fi legend Ray Bradbury died, aged 91.
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Originally Posted by DrLar View Post

"On the air tonight" post looks way smaller, you used larger fonts on the "old" forum for that, now I have to force my browser to 125%.
Fixed. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

Fixed. smile.gif

Just the sticky.. I guess it's up to the AVS main mod for that..
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Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

The most bizarre TV news that I read while we were away is that ladies-favorite and the other Defender who wasn't Jim Belushi - Jerry O'Connell - is going to play Herman Munster in the remake.
When I think of people who resemble Fred Gwynne, he doesn't jump to the top of my list. Not forgetting O'Connell has also turned into a cancellation jinx.

I think the Munsters show has cancellation written all over it even before Jerry O'Connell gets involved.
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