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Plus, the ratings indicate that people are not bothered by tape-delay (especially on the West Coast).
Does it?

Or does it simply indicate that most people don't have the means to watch in any other fashion than the walled garden of NBC's prime time coverage?

Libraries were the only source of free research materials and books for a very long time. The internet changed all that. Now, you have internet stations in libraries and many of them offer e-books you can borrow.

Just because something prevents people from having a choice, doesn't mean people aren't bothered by it.

Having said that, I doubt NBC would take a major hit on the prime time summary coverage if they made it easier to view events live and uncut during the day. Despite the economy, most people work Monday through Friday, roughly 9-5. That leaves a large number of people that would still rely on the prime time coverage even if live events were available earlier. Plus, plenty would want to see certain elements again, especially some of those more impressive performances and finishes.

The real test is this:

Does the CBC or the BBC have live coverage with the same prime time summary NBC does? If so, how do the ratings compare from years they din't have all the live internet stuff verse now?
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FRIDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insight's Blog
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Summer 2012 TCA Tour Notes
Reality Check: 'Big Brother' intrigue can be watched around-the-clock
By Maria Sciullo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Aug. 4, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Were she not hosting CBS's "Big Brother," "The Talk's" Julie Chen would still be a fan.

She loves the "human drama" of putting everyday people in front of the cameras, she said earlier this week at a network panel during the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

It gets even better when the lights go down, she said. The network makes late-night video available through its "Big Brother After Dark" programming on Showtime.

"That's when things heat up because that's when they get a little drunk and the backstabbing starts," she said. "There is this weird vibe, even though they know you're watching. I watched some of that in London , and I felt, like, dirty and naughty, and I loved it."

Meanwhile, on the show this week, Pittsburghers Ashley Iocco (Murrysville) and Ian Terry (Shaler) managed to survive in the House for another week but not before a major shakeup in the game. Coaches rejoined as players on Day 27, and Mr. Terry showed up for the eviction vote wearing bright yellow full-length Lycra running tights and shirt.

To explain the drama of the past week among the Houseguests would tax the space provided for a weekly column. Suffice to say, a lot of stuff happened.

Thursday's broadcast show ended with the Houseguests trying to hang onto the side of a pirate ship, which rocked back and forth. Conditions worsened as water sprayed onto the contestants, who needed to cling to the ship to avoid elimination. Last one standing earned Head of Household.

Three hours later, when "Big Brother After Dark" aired on Showtime, Mr. Terry and two others remained. Shivering violently, he wound up placing third and a few minutes later joined the ladies -- all fully clothed -- for a hot shower in the House.

One of the reasons Ms. Chen enjoys CBS's "The Amazing Race," she said, is: "It's not just a race; it shows you choices people make and how they treat their best friend or their wife or spouse, or their sibling or their father, under pressure. It's a lesson in human nature."

"Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan agreed in regards to his own show.

"There's something very fresh and wonderful about someone who has never had a passport going out into the world," he said.

He also hinted that Season 21, which debuts Sept.30, kicks off with a bang.

"I make a surprise announcement at the very beginning of the very first episode ... It's a bit of a motivator for them," he said.

Elsewhere in reality TV ...

Here are two things you might not expect to find in the same paragraph: "Pittsburgh policemen" and "Hillbilly Handfishin'." Yet here they are. Local law enforcement agents Dave Honick and Matt Lebedda are featured 8 p.m. Sunday on the Animal Planet series.

For the uninitiated, people come from all over the country to engage in hand fishing, which is basically trying to capture big catfish in Oklahoma's Red River. Traditional tackle is a no-no. Participants try to pull the big fish from holes in the riverbank using only their hands and feet. Meaning, the bait comprises hands and feet.

The visiting fishermen are put on teams; other groups include a pair of Russian ballroom dancers from New Jersey and two cocktail waitresses from Reno, Nev..

Although ratings were not as strong as CW president Mark Pedowitz had hoped, he said online and social media figures were strong for its summer series "Breaking Pointe." A decision on whether a second season will follow Salt Lake City's Ballet West company, which includes Chartiers Valley grad Allison DeBona, is forthcoming.

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/ae/tv-radio/reality-check-big-brother-intrigue-can-be-watched-around-the-clock-647539/
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TV Review
‘The Unexplained,’ so aptly titled
Bio Channel paranormal series leaves out a lot of critical details
By Tom Conroy, Media Life Magazine

A show about unexplained phenomena shouldn't raise more questions about itself than it answers about its topics.

But that's what happens with the Bio Channel's new series "The Unexplained" (a title that the channel styles, for some unexplained reason, as "The uneXplained"). A show in which experts in the paranormal try to help people with real problems, it leaves so many important issues unanswered that most viewers will ultimately be asking themselves just one question: "Why would anyone watch this?"

In the premiere episode, airing this Saturday, Aug. 4, at 10 p.m., we learn of the disappearance of a young man from Louisiana named Brett Fell, who apparently survived after flipping his car one night near New Orleans but hasn't been seen or heard from since. His friends and family members are understandably distraught.

Out of the blue, we meet Pam Coronado, who tells the camera, "I'm an intuitive investigator — some people call me a psychic detective — and I specialize in missing-persons cases." We see her introducing herself to Brett's parents and asking them for a photograph, which, she says, will allow her to "tune in" to him.

These scenes look like typical documentary re-creations, but gradually, vaguely, we get the sense that a camera crew followed Coronado while she was conducting her investigation. This raises other questions: Did the Fell family pay for her services? Did the show pay? What are her credentials? Has she actually ever helped locate any other missing persons? We never learn the answers to any of these questions.

Coronado has a series of visions that eventually lead her and the camera crew to a tent in the woods where she finds a paper flower. Since one of Brett's hobbies was origami, Coronado says that the tent is definitely worth staking out.

Did anyone stake out the tent? Did they find out who was living there? We never learn the answer to these questions either.

Instead, Coronado calls in her associate Vicki Martin, who is a field investigator in something called Project Search for Hope. (We never learn what that is.) Following more of Coronado's visions, they go to a different location, where they meet a homeless man who says he has seen Brett.

Later, Coronado says they believe the homeless man because he says that Brett has a cut in his chin. But in the photo they would have shown the homeless guy, a scar on Brett's chin is clearly visible. Since Martin's conversation with the man wasn't taped, we have to take her word for the information the man supposedly had to share.

Stories like this usually provide inspiration, awe or consolation. This episode produces nothing but frustration.

In the second episode, airing at 10:30 this Saturday, we meet a single mother of three named Aide Zazueta who has suffered for two years with painful seizures that doctors have been unable to diagnose. Aide is unable to work, and her mother, Consuelo, has to take care of her boys.

An Estonian man named Tarmo Urb, who says that his country has an ancient tradition of shamanism and healing arts, comes to Aide's bedside to work his magic. Although the show bills him as a "shamanic healer," he says, "I call myself rather a plumber. I'm removing from people unnecessary garbage from their system."

Sure enough, by swinging a short pendulum, Urb finds an "alien entity" that is sapping Aide's energy. She actually reports feeling better when he lays hands on her, presumably to remove it.

Then Urb discovers a curse dating back 400 years to one of Aide and Consuelo's shared past lives. Although even the most starry-eyed New Agers will be rolling their eyes at this point, this story strikes a chord with Aide and Consuelo.

We won't spoil what happens next. Suffice it to say that a doctor's opinion is never sought. Moreover, we don't learn whether Aide contacted Urb or the show set them up. Nor do we hear from anyone he might have healed in the past.

In journalism, these would be called "holes in the reporting," and a good editor would insist they be filled in. But in the case of "The Unexplained," one starts to suspect that if these holes were filled in, the whole story would collapse.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/the-unexplained-so-aptly-titled/
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And a great deal of the pre-8pm weekday slot is controlled by the local affiliate, not by the network.

So what. For events like this, showing network programming would be better than the crap that is normally on during the day.

Oh, how it would anger Days of Our Lives fans, or watchers of The Nate Berkus Show. biggrin.gif
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But their saving major events for airing in their prime-time block is making many people quite happy. Only the complainers have reason to post. biggrin.gif

It doesn't make me happy. As pointed out over in the Olympics thread, the prime time airing results in butchered coverage of events. Viewers do not get to see the whole event, especially gymnastics. There was a poster who didn't quite understand why one of the U.S All Around contenders didn't earn a medal. The NBC explanation, it seems, sucked. Worse was the fact that NBC did not even show that portion of the competition.

It was quite simple, as NBC explained. For the tie-breaker, simply throw out the tied contestants worse score, and re-total. Fair? Probably not. But quite simple. And, yes. NBC did show "that portion."
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I've not watched one minute of the horrible NBC coverage.

Evidently not. But you sure complain about it a bunch. wink.gif
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TV Notes
NBC To Air Michael Phelps Special Sunday
By Dominic Patten, Deadline.com - Aug. 4, 2012

On the last night of his Olympic career, NBC announced today that it will broadcast Michael Phelps: America’s Golden Champion at 7 PM on Sunday. The one-hour special will be an “intimate look at 18-time gold medalist and 22-time overall Olympic medalist”.

Tonight, NBC Olympics pointman Bob Costas interviewed Phelps who is the most decorated Olympian ever. The 27-year old announced his intention to retire from Olympic competition after this year’s games and had his last turn as an Olympian today on the American men’s 4×100 meter medley relay.

NBC also will be airing Gymnastics, Beach Volleyball, Track and Field, and Diving during primetime Sunday as scheduled.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/08/nbc-michael-phelps-special-london-olympics-bob-costas-xxx-summer-games-swimming-greatest-olympian/
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TV Notes
Disney Finds a Cure for the Common Stereotype With ‘Doc McStuffins’
By Brooks Barnes, The New York Times

LOS ANGELES — For decades many African-Americans have voiced conflicted feelings about Disney.

Many fault this entertainment colossus for being slow to introduce a black princess as a peer to Cinderella and Snow White. (There is one now: Tiana, from “The Princess and the Frog.”) The racial stereotyping in early animated movies like “Dumbo” lives on through DVD rereleases. African-Americans can also bring up “Song of the South,” a 1946 film that Disney has labored to keep hidden because of its idyllic depiction of slavery.

Disney has worked overtime in recent years to leave that past behind, and a surprising groundswell of support from black viewers for a new TV cartoon called “Doc McStuffins” is the latest indication that its efforts may be paying off.

Aimed at preschoolers, “Doc McStuffins” centers on its title character, a 6-year-old African-American girl. Her mother is a doctor (Dad stays home and tends the garden), and the girl emulates her by opening a clinic for dolls and stuffed animals. “I haven’t lost a toy yet,” she says sweetly to a sick dinosaur in one episode.

The series, which made its debut in March on the Disney Channel and a new cable network called Disney Junior, is a ratings hit, attracting an average of 918,000 children age 2 to 5, according to Nielsen data. But “Doc McStuffins” also seems to have struck a cultural nerve, generating loud applause on parent blogs, Facebook and even in academia for its positive vocational message for African-American girls.

“It truly warmed my heart and almost brought tears to my eyes when my 8-year-old, Mikaela, saw ‘Doc McStuffins’ for the first time and said, ‘Wow, mommy — she’s brown,’ ” Kia Morgan Smith, an Atlanta mother of five, wrote on her blog Cincomom.com. Myiesha Taylor, a Dallas doctor who blogs at CoilyEmbrace.com, took her praise a step further, writing, “This program featuring a little African-American girl and her family is crucial to changing the future of this nation.”

Dr. Taylor, who noticed “Doc McStuffins” while watching TV with her 4-year-old daughter, Hana, was moved enough to collect pictures of 131 doctors — all black, all women — and publish a collage online under the heading, “We Are Doc McStuffins.” She also started a related Facebook group that now has 2,250 members.

“For Disney to make a cartoon that stars a little brown girl as an aspiring intellectual professional, that’s coming a long way,” Dr. Taylor said in an interview.

Mark Anthony Neal, a professor who teaches black popular culture at Duke University, noted that Disney has sharply increased its emphasis on multicultural characters in recent years, pointing to a cartoon series called “The Proud Family” and “The Princess and the Frog,” released in 2009. But even he is impressed with “Doc McStuffins.”

“My youngest daughter, who is 9 and still has an affinity for stuffed animals, loves the show,” Mr. Neal said. “Part of the appeal for her is seeing herself represented in this space of fantasy.”

Despite a surge in multicultural cartoons, like Nickelodeon’s “Ni Hao, Kai-Lan,” designed to introduce Mandarin vocabulary words to preschoolers, and 40 years after Bill Cosby’s “Fat Albert,” black cartoon characters in leading roles are still rare. It’s considered an on-screen risk to make your main character a member of a minority, even in this post-“Dora the Explorer” age. Networks want to attract the broadest possible audience, but the real peril is in the toy aisle. From a business perspective, Disney and its rivals ultimately make most of these shows in the hope that they spawn mass-appeal toy lines. White dolls are the proven formula.

Encouraged by the reaction to multicultural casting in its live-action shows (“A.N.T. Farm”), Disney figured it was a risk worth taking. The company also spotted a hole in the market. The last major preschool cartoon to have a black focus was Mr. Cosby’s “Little Bill,” which ended five years ago on Nickelodeon. Race may have factored into Disney’s thinking in other ways. “Doc McStuffins” is mostly designed to entertain, a minus for parents of preschoolers, who typically want educational components (like the way Dora teaches Spanish and problem solving). A positive message about racial diversity helps fix that problem, as do messages about health and hygiene.

Chris Nee, who created “Doc McStuffins,” said, “Disney, to its complete credit, looked at my pitch and suggested that we make the characters African-American.” Her original Doc McStuffins was a little white girl.

Gary Marsh, the president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide, said “Doc McStuffins” reflects a type of hypersensitivity to the power of television on young viewers. “What we put on TV can change how kids see the world, and that is a responsibility that I take very seriously,” he said. “By showcasing different role models and different kinds of families we can positively influence sociological dynamics for the next 20 years.”

Disney executives often bristle when people (read: reporters) dredge up examples of racial insensitivity from the distant past. They maintain that the company has more than proved itself over the years, pointing to It’s a Small World, the musical theme park ride celebrating multiculturalism, or “The Lion King” on Broadway, which features a predominantly black cast.

But race remains a perennial hot button for the company. In June, for instance, Shonda Rhimes, the creator of “Grey’s Anatomy,” publicly assailed a program on the cable network ABC Family (owned by Disney) for its lack of diversity. “You couldn’t cast even ONE young dancer of color so I could feel good about my kid watching this show? NOT ONE?” Ms. Rhimes, who is black, said on Twitter about “Bunheads,” a series about ballerinas.

When it comes to “Doc McStuffins,” Ms. Nee, whose résumé, curiously enough, includes producing Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” just wanted to make a show that was enjoyable and that could help her 5-year-old son, Theo, feel better about his asthma. “I wanted to help him understand that doctors aren’t scary,” Ms. Nee said.

In a nod to Disney’s “Toy Story” movies Ms. Nee gave added some sidekicks that come alive when nobody else is around. There is a hippo named Hallie (voiced by Loretta Devine) and a hypochondriac snowman named Chilly. “ ‘Cheers’ for preschoolers” is one way Ms. Nee describes the show’s mix of personalities.

African-Americans are represented among the show’s writers and animators, according to a spokeswoman, adding that voice actors are ethnic matches to their roles, except for one instance in which an African-American plays a white character.

Disney Junior, which is distributed in about 55 million homes and competes against channels like Nick Jr. and Sprout, recently announced that “Doc McStuffins” would return for a second season. Its ratings have drooped a bit from their strong start, but the series has attracted a surprisingly large following among boys — and related merchandise is already selling briskly.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/31/arts/television/disneys-doc-mcstuffins-connects-with-black-viewers.html?ref=television
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
SUNDAY Network Primetime Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET)

ABC:
7PM - America's Funniest Home Videos
(R - Mar. 18)
8PM - Secret Millionaire
9PM - Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (120 min.)

CBS:
7PM - 60 Minutes
8:01PM - Big Brother SD
9PM - Hawaii Five-0
(R - Oct. 17)
10PM - The Mentalist
(R - Sep. 29)

NBC:
7PM - Michael Phelps: America’s Golden Champion (Special)
8PM - XXX Summer Gymnastics, Track and Field, Diving, Beach Volleyball (4 hours, LIVE/Tape Delayed)
* * * *
12:35AM - XXX Summer Olympics: Track and Field, Badminton

FOX:
7PM - American Dad
(R - Jan. 8)
7:30PM - The Cleveland Show
(R - Nov. 27)
8PM - The Simpson
(R - Apr. 29)
8:30PM - The Simpsons
(R - Feb. 12)
9PM - Family Guy
(R - Nov. 20)
9:30PM - Family Guy
(R - Feb. 19)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - American Masters: Marilyn Monroe: Still Life (R)
9PM - The War: Pride of Our Nation (2 1/2 hrs.)
(R - Sep. 26, 2007)

UNIVISION:
7PM - La Familia P. Luche
8PM - Pequeños Gigantes (132 min.)
10:12PM - Sal y Pimienta

TELEMUNDO:
6PM - Movie: Rambo III (1988)
8PM - Movie: The Transporter (2002)
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Aug. 5, 2012

2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS
NBC, 9:00 a.m. ET

The British get a rematch of this year's Wimbledon, at Wimbledon, as their home-kingdom favorite, Andy Murray, squares off once again against Roger Federer, who beat him at this same Centre Court not too long ago. But today at 9 a.m. ET, in a match televised live by NBC, the two players do battle again — this time for country. And also today is one of the most eagerly awaited events of these Olympics: the men's 100-m., in which the world's fastest man will be anointed once again.

BORGEN
LinkTV, 6:00 p.m. ET

We here at TVWW raved about this Danish series import before it became fashionable, and want to be among the first to alert latecomers to an upcoming chance to catch up: Beginning Aug. 20, LinkTV is repeating the first two seasons of this political drama, two episodes a night, at 8 p.m. ET. Meanwhile, for those who took our advice in the first place, tonight at 6 ET (and again at 9 p.m. ET), LinkTV is presenting the American TV premiere of the Season 2 finale, in which Birgitte (Sidse Babett Knudsen) is on leave from her job as prime minister — and torn about whether to return to work.

TRUE BLOOD
HBO, 9:00 p.m. ET

There are some goofy and unnecessary subplots this season, to be sure, but one of the best is turning out to be one of the most unexpected and unlikely: the growing relationship between Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and her vampire protégé Tara, (Rutina Wesley). Last week, Pam presented Tara with a gift that showed how much she cared: a Fangtasia patron, a bitchy and haughty woman from Tara’s past, whom Pam “glamoured” into becoming Tara’s adoring, willing source of omnipresent warm blood.

BREAKING BAD
AMC, 10:00 p.m. ET

Last week, Walt (Bryan Cranston) was struck with an inspired new base of operations for his meth-lab outfit:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
a roving, portable one, housed inside suburban residences being tented for pest and vermin fumigation control. So Walt buys a local pest-control company, and he’s set: hiding in plain sight, in a temporary base that no one dares enter.
Sheer brilliance. But there’s one pest Walt can’t eradicate or stop: his brother-in-law Hank (Dean Norris), who’s noticing yet another suspicious trail that others have missed — yet another trail that leads, as only we know, to Walt himself.

THE NEWSROOM
HBO, 10:00 p.m. ET

Last Sunday’s episode was the strongest yet for this Aaron Sorkin series, which, given its overall quality and inspirational and thoughtful messages, has taken much more heat than it deserves. In tonight’s episode, a presidential TV address is scheduled suddenly, one that TV news executive Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston) predicts will have staffers remembering where they were, and what they did, this day. Me, I’ll be watching The Newsroom.

http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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BTW it should be mentioned that most of NBC's daytime coverage is LIVE (including the main network and the cable outlets).

Huh? The complaints that I've read is that NBC is not doing anything outside of their prime time hours M-F. Saturday and Sunday are different beasts. Local affiliates are doing their normal programming during week days.
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Oh, how it would anger Days of Our Lives fans, or watchers of The Nate Berkus Show. biggrin.gif

Soap fans wouldn't miss a damn show, as it would just be delayed for a couple of weeks. It would not be pre-empted. What is a Nate Berkus Show?
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TV Notes
Ted Cruz on ‘Fox News Sunday’; Sandra Day O’Connor on ‘Face the Nation’
By Hal Boedeker, Orlando Sentinel's 'TV Guy' Blog

The guest list for Sunday morning:

***Republican Senate candidate Ted Cruz of Texas talks to “Fox News Sunday.” The program starts at 10 a.m. on WOFL-Channel 35. David Axelrod, senior strategist for the Obama campaign, is another guest. The panel will be Ed Rollins, Joe Trippi, Kimberley Strassel of The Wall Street Journal and Kirsten Powers of The Daily Beast.

***Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is featured on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” The interview was postponed from last week. The program starts at 10:30 a.m. on WKMG-Channel 6. A look at battleground states in the presidential race features Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla.; Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va.; former Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa.; and former Gov. Ted Strickland, D-Ohio. A roundtable discussion on politics brings together Jan Crawford and Nancy Cordes of CBS, Julianna Goldman of Bloomberg and Michael Crowley of Time.

***Robert Gibbs of the Obama campaign and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are guests on “State of the Union.” The program starts at 9 a.m. and noon on CNN. A segment on the July jobs report features Carly Fiorina, vice chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and Bob Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television.

***Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., chair of the Democratic National Committee, and Reince Priebus, chair of the Republican National Committee, talk to ABC’s “This Week.” The program starts at 11 a.m. The panel will be George Will and Jonathan Karl of ABC, conservative commentator Ann Coulter, former Obama adviser Van Jones and Steven Rattner, also a former Obama adviser.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” is preempted for the Summer Olympics.

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_tv_tvblog/2012/08/ted-cruz-on-fox-news-sunday-sandra-day-oconnor-on-face-the-nation.html
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Evidently not. But you sure complain about it a bunch. wink.gif

That is because I want LIVE coverage. It seems that we are the ONLY country that isn't getting LIVE coverage over the prime source (OTA). That is really stupid for a country this size.

I'll bet that for the upcoming Winter Olympics that Canada will still have LIVE coverage, even though it will be earlier in the morning. And we will again be stuck with crippled NBC coverage.
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What is a Nate Berkus Show?

A now cancelled syndicated daytime talk show in its last couple of weeks.
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Huh? The complaints that I've read is that NBC is not doing anything outside of their prime time hours M-F. Saturday and Sunday are different beasts. Local affiliates are doing their normal programming during week days.
You mean there are local affiliates bailing on the daytime coverage??
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We have had a ton of daytime coverage here in Indy and not just on Saturday and Sunday. As an aside, I thought it was pretty funny recently on our local new where "they" were comparing the recent Super Bowl in Indianapolis to the Olympics in London. In Indianapolis, the Super Bowl Village (concerts, zip line, etc.) was a only block or two away from Lucas Oil Stadium and EVERYONE regardless of whether they had a ticket or not was welcome to come downtown and enjoy the fun. Nearly a million people took advantage of the invitation over the week leading up to the Super Bowl.

In London, you need to have event tickets to get into the Olympic Village where all the entertainment is. And, as I understand, the Olympic Village is not really close to most (if any) of the venues. Perhaps Indianapolis needs to show the rest of the world how to throw a party.
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We have had a ton of daytime coverage here in Indy and not just on Saturday and Sunday. As an aside, I thought it was pretty funny recently on our local new where "they" were comparing the recent Super Bowl in Indianapolis to the Olympics in London. In Indianapolis, the Super Bowl Village (concerts, zip line, etc.) was a only block or two away from Lucas Oil Stadium and EVERYONE regardless of whether they had a ticket or not was welcome to come downtown and enjoy the fun. Nearly a million people took advantage of the invitation over the week leading up to the Super Bowl.
In London, you need to have event tickets to get into the Olympic Village where all the entertainment is. And, as I understand, the Olympic Village is not really close to most (if any) of the venues. Perhaps Indianapolis needs to show the rest of the world how to throw a party.

As I understand it, as well, central London where the normal tourist traps are is essentially a ghost town most days during the events. Businesses that normall feed off tourists are feeling quite a pinch.

If I were the mayor of the city, I would set up alternate entertainment for those who can't attend the olympics. Maybe they could drag race some of those nifty red double-decker busses, have Tardis hunts and maybe have a distance contest to see who can drive an MG the furthest before the gas boils in the float bowls...
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You mean there are local affiliates bailing on the daytime coverage??

I was basing the posting on a previous posting about NBC not doing anything live during the week day.

I just pulled out the TV Guide and looked and it seems that it was only in the morning that NBC did anything. That meant meant that all of the afternoon was returned to the stations, except for the soap. Looking at the clock on the wall at swimming, to do that live would have meant airing it in the afternoon and NBC did not do that.

CTV/SN/TSN did stuff live in the afternoon in Canada, but not NBC for the U.S.

Hence my complaint about NBC's coverage.
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BTW it should be mentioned that most of NBC's daytime coverage is LIVE (including the main network and the cable outlets).

Huh? The complaints that I've read is that NBC is not doing anything outside of their prime time hours M-F. Saturday and Sunday are different beasts. Local affiliates are doing their normal programming during week days.

Bsssst...wrong again. http://www.nbcsandiego.com/on-air/tv-listings/tv-listings-san.html
Edited by domino92024 - 8/5/12 at 12:38pm
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I was basing the posting on a previous posting about NBC not doing anything live during the week day.
I just pulled out the TV Guide and looked and it seems that it was only in the morning that NBC did anything. That meant meant that all of the afternoon was returned to the stations, except for the soap. Looking at the clock on the wall at swimming, to do that live would have meant airing it in the afternoon and NBC did not do that.
CTV/SN/TSN did stuff live in the afternoon in Canada, but not NBC for the U.S.
Hence my complaint about NBC's coverage.
You sure about that? We had Olympics right up until 5 every day here in Detroit. All on WDIV. Granted, I didn't watch at 1 or 2 because I was off on a bicycle. But I had it on by 3 or 4 and watched SOMEthing from London all the way 'till 5.

Here's the Schedule for last Wednesday I pulled from Zap2It for example:

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on NBC
Swimming, Beach Volleyball (men's: USA vs. Latvia), Volleyball (women's: USA vs. China; water polo, women's: USA vs. Spain), Water Polo, Cycling, Rowing, Canoeing

Of course, now that I think about it, west coast stations would have to fill from 2 - 5pm, I'd guess.
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Then I guess I stand corrected, meaning the info I was going on from other postings was also wrong. TVGuide didn't list the lengths, just the start time.

Question is, did they cover any of the events live? With so many sports listed, how could they cover swimming live, all of it, and not break away to other sports, plus fill it with endless other crap and commercials?

With most of the sports, you couldn't fit them in a particular slot and be live. Swimming, for example, had published start times for the various events, but the walk arounds after the medal ceremonies took longer than expected and was pointed out by the CTV commentators. That probably really messed with NBC's idea of a tight ship.

CTV's coverage was great. They didn't do gymnastics and swimming/diving with useless fill-ins and tons of commercial breaks.

IMHO, CTV knows how to present the Olympics, NBC does not.
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It's live, or close to it, but they still break away a lot, trying to cover stuff. The main things is they won't show anything that they're holding for the prime time broadcast, where they butcher it with their us-centric editing. So, what they show is live mostly, but it's what they don't show that's the issue, plus when you do get to see it later, it's been hacked to death.
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Quote:
"I've not watched one minute of the horrible NBC coverage."

"Evidently not. But you sure complain about it a bunch. wink."

Nice gotcha. Some things never change. People think that THEIR wants are what everyone wants.

People need to realize for better or worse, most people are only interested in the Americans, most people can't watch during the day and most people are quite fine with the highlights which cut out the chaff and show mainly Americans in competition.

Sure, I guess some would like to see the whole 10,000 meter race over nearly a half hour. But most are fine with seeing parts and then the finish.
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Originally Posted by dmking12370 View Post

Plus, the ratings indicate that people are not bothered by tape-delay (especially on the West Coast).
**sigh**

I think we've been beaten into submission over the years. Feels like everything is tape-delayed for us. lol =\

The only event I've watched live so far was the Men's 100m race a couple hours ago. I'm fine with the package at night (despite some of the crap editing), and I skip through all the commercials and personal stories. The fact is, for my friends at least, they can't watch the Olympics at work. And by the time they get home and relax a bit, it's just about time for the delayed coverage to air, so they're fine with it as well. Are we missing out on a lot of the other, less-popular sports? Yep. Do we care? Nope.

From my own experience last night, I think spoilers may be overblown as well. We were getting drinks and they were airing the 4x100 swimming events, and if anyone had already known the results, it sure didn't seem like it. We were all glued to the tv cheering them on like it was live. No one seemed to care that it wasn't.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BIGA$$TV View Post

Quote:
"I've not watched one minute of the horrible NBC coverage."
"Evidently not. But you sure complain about it a bunch. wink."
Nice gotcha. Some things never change. People think that THEIR wants are what everyone wants.
People need to realize for better or worse, most people are only interested in the Americans, most people can't watch during the day and most people are quite fine with the highlights which cut out the chaff and show mainly Americans in competition.
Sure, I guess some would like to see the whole 10,000 meter race over nearly a half hour. But most are fine with seeing parts and then the finish.

Perhaps the most true post on this subject I've seen. Assuming you meant "most people are only interested in the Americans" referred to American viewers.
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SATURDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insight's Blog
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Nielsen Overnights
Phelps’ London Finale Averages 28M Viewers, Less Than Same Night Beijing; NBC Eyes Most-Watched Peak
By Dominic Patten, Deadline.com - Aug. 4, 2012

Last night’s NBC‘s primetime broadcast of the London Olympics featured featured Michael Phelps’ 22nd Olympic medal (gold in the 4×100-meter individual medley), drew 28.0 million viewers, the lowest to date for the current Games. Viewership was off 11.4% from the comparable night at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing (31.6 million). NBC noted that particular night included live coverage of Phelps winning his record eighth gold medal of the Beijing Games and Dara Torres at age 41 winning a silver medal in the 50-meter freestyle. That same night in Beijing also covered Usain Bolt’s record-setting gold medal in the 100-meter. NBC’s primetime Olympics coverage (8:30-11:15 p.m. ET/PT) earned a 15.9/26 national rating/share, 17% higher than the comparable night at the 2004 Athens Olympics (13.6/28), the last European Olympics, but down from the comparable night in Beijing (17.8/32), the fourth highest-rated night of competition for those Games. Last night’s viewership was 24% higher than the comparable night at the 2004 Athens Olympics (22.5 million).

Through the first nine days, NBC’s coverage of the London Summer Olympics has reached nearly 195 million total viewers, averaging 33.9 million nightly primetime viewers and a household rating of 18.9/32. If the trend continues, the London Games is expected to become the most-watched event in U.S. television history, surpassing the high of 215 million viewers that tuned in for the Beijing Olympics. The 195 million total viewers is nearly 18 million more than Athens through the same period (176.9 million).

NBC’s daily average of 33.9 million viewers is the most of any non-U.S. Summer Games since the 1976 Montreal Olympics. It’s also 3.7 million more than Beijing (30.2 million) and 7.7 million more than Athens (26.2 million). The nine-night average household rating of 18.9/32 is the best for any non-U.S. Summer Olympics since the 1976 Montreal Olympics. The 18.9/32 is 9% higher than the first nine nights from Beijing (17.4/30), and 20% higher than the first nine nights from Athens (15.8/28), the last European Summer Olympics.

Separately, the BBC’s coverage of Mo Farah’s 10,000-meter gold medal triumph peaked at 17.1 million viewers across BBC One and BBC Olympics 1, the highest yet except for the Opening Ceremony’s 22.4 million. The climax of the Heptathlon attracted an audience of 16.3 million at its peak as Jess Ennis took the gold. For the Long Jump, 15.6 million tuned in at the peak when Greg Rutherford claimed Team Great Britain’s first gold in the category since 1964. BBC Sport Online yesterday attracted 7.4 million UK users and 9.6 million global.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/08/tv-ratings-michael-phelps-london-finale-averages-28m-viewers-less-than-same-night-beijing-nbc-eyes-most-watched-record/

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TV Notes
NBC Scrapped Planned ‘Revolution’ Preview Last Night, Will Sneak Drama Monday Night

Fans who stayed up last night to watch the announced “six-minute tease” of new fall drama Revolution did not get to see it as NBC opted not to air the preview. Two weeks ago, NBC said the tease for the futuristic drama from Eric Kripke and JJ Abrams would air “at approximately 10:54 p.m. (ET) following the swimming competition that is expected to feature U.S. gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps.” An inside source at NBC noted that scheduling of on-air promos is flexible during such events as The Olympics where few things are predictable. For instance, Phelps’ historic final Olympic race actually aired earlier in NBC’s primetime block.

Instead of airing the six-minute tease after the end of last night’s NBC’s nighttime Olympics coverage, the network has opted to air an “extended Revolution preview” (2:40 in length) inside the games tomorrow, Monday night, when the network’s brass expect to get a much bigger audience. In addition to moving the promo from following the Olympics coverage to airing right in the smack of it, NBC also is shifting the Revolution preview from the least-trafficked night of the week, Saturday, to one of the most viewed, Monday. Indeed, despite Phelps’ heroics, last night’s NBC primetime block drew 28 million viewers, the lowest so far these Olympics.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/08/nbc-scrapped-planned-revolution-preview-last-night-will-sneak-drama-monday-night/
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TV Notes
Tennis/Ski Channel Founder Now Launches a Surf Channel
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Aug. 4, 2012

Steve Bellamy, founder of the Tennis Channel and the Ski Channel, is looking to make some waves with his next venture.

Bellamy announced Friday that he's launching a third outlet, the Surf Channel, that will devote itself to beach, water and board sports.

The new endeavor, which launches in mid-September, will offer original shows, events, films, series and short-form programming.

Appropriately enough, the Surf Channel will kick off with the classic 1966 surfing documentary "The Endless Summer."

Bellamy said in a statement that the Surf Channel will encompass not just the sport of surfing but the lifestyle as well.

“Surf, its lifestyle and environment, create an unparalleled canvas for a television network,” Bellamy said. “The Surf Channel will be a sports channel, travel channel and lifestyle channel all in one. Viewers will go on the most expensive vacation of their lives, to the most remote and exotic destinations the planet has to offer. They will get to see some of the most incredible athletes pushing the human spirit and the boundaries of human capability to the furthest of limits.”

The channel will launch to 20 million households via distribution deals with Comcast, Cox Communications, DirecTV, Dish, Filmon.com and YouTube, with which it has a preferred channel partnership. Further distribution deals will be announced in the near future.

"The Surf Channel is going to be one of the best things to ever happen to our industry," said "Endless Summer" filmmaker Bruce Brown in a statement. "Giving tens of millions of people living room access to the sport and culture of surfing is something we have never had before. I stand with the rest of the surf ambassadors to do everything to help this channel be successful!"

Hang 10, dudes.

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/tennis-channel-ski-channel-founder-launches-surf-channel-50791
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Summer 2012 TCA Tour Notes
Ninja Turtles crawl back from sewer in new Nick series
By Gary Levin, USA Today

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a 1980s phenom, is back in a CGI-animated series on Nickelodeon, to be followed by a feature film that's been delayed until 2013.

Jason Biggs (American Pie) plays Leonardo, one of four New York crime-fighting brothers, and says he watched the show growing up. Sean Astin is Raphael, Greg Cipes is Michelangelo and Rob Paulsen, who voiced Donatello in the original TV series, is also back. Producers say the new project is a blend of the comedy of the original and action that was the focus of a later 2003 series.

"Everyone has a memory" of the series, says executive producer Ciro Nieli: "We're trying to capture that vibe. If we get the right energy between our brothers...the vibe will be good." And sister. April (Mae Whitman) will now be a teen herself, instead of the grown-up reporter she was in the original. "And she loves pizza now," Whitman says.

Turtles premieres Sept. 29 with a one-hour special.

Separately, Nickelodeon confirmed plans for 14 new series, movie and pilots, including new Nick at Nite series Wendell and Vinnie, starring Jerry Trainor (iCarly) as a "lovable goofball" uncle who becomes a guardian to his "buttoned-up" 12-year-old nephew and an animated spinoff of Monsters vs. Aliens. And Nick ordered a pilot for Sam and Cat, an iCarly spinoff starrring Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande as "best buddies and unlikely roommates."

The stepped-up activity comes as parent Viacom Friday reported lower earnings blamed partly at weaker cable ratings, particularly at the kids channel.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/livefrom/post/2012/08/ninja-turtles-crawl-back-from-sewer-in-new-nick-series/1
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