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Originally Posted by Nayan View Post

I watch things that aren't in HD (I love old B-Rate movies that are not HD) but I meant more along the lines of if it's available in HD why would I want to watch it in SD?
Well, there's a difference between refusing to watch anything in SD and refusing to watch SD when there's HD available. There are some here who refuse to do the former (which would be missing out), but I think most would agree it's silly to watch SD if you have access to an HD version.
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My neighbor had the attitude that since he has a big TV, everything is in HD and can't understand why it looks horrible. After I fixed it for him and showed him where the HD channels were he was much happier.
Unfortunately, I know several people (and some people on the forum) who have done exactly what you did - only to have the people go right back to the SD feeds because it was easier to type in the same old channel they always watched before.
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
FRIDAY 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)

ABC:
8PM - Shark Tank
(R - Apr. 13)
9PM - 20/20: My Extra Ordinary Family; True Confessions (120 min.)
* * * *
11:35PM - Nightline (LIVE)
Midnight - Jimmy Kimmel Live (Lisa Kudrow; Rosemarie DeWitt; Trey Songz performs)
(R - Jul. 25)

CBS:
8PM - Undercover Boss: The Dwyer Group
(R - Jan. 22)
9PM - CSI: NY
(R - Nov. 11)
10PM - Blue Bloods
(R - Mar. 2)
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Will Ferrell; Rufus Wainwright performs)
(R - Jul. 23)
12:37AM - 2012 PGA Championship Highlights: Second Round
1:07AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Steve Carell; author Don Winslow)
(R - Jun. 19)

NBC:
8PM - XXX Summer Olympics: Track and Field, Diving, Cycling (4 hrs, LIVE/Tape Delayed)
* * * *
12:35AM - XXX Summer Olympics: Track and Field, Water Polo

FOX:
8PM - Bones (120 min.)
(R - Apr. 30)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Washington Week in Review
8:30PM - Need to Know
9PM - Great Performances: Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration (120 min.)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Por Ella Soy Yo
9PM - La Que No Podía Amar (Series Finale, 120 min.)

THE CW:
8PM - Nikita
(R - Feb. 10)
9PM - Nikita
(R - Feb. 17

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Rosa Diamante
9PM - Corazón Valiente
10PM - Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal
10:30PM - El Rostro de la Venganza

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Guest host: Dax Shepard; Jeff Daniels; Chris Franjola; Jen Kirkman; Ross Mathews)
(R - Aug. 2)
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Aug. 10, 2012

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

Track events will dominate NBC’s prime time coverage in tonight’s taped replay package, led by a big build-up for the men’s 4x400m relays, and the women’s 4x100m. And earlier in the day, at 4 p.m. ET, the USA men’s basketball team plays its semifinal match against Argentina. Watch it live on NBC Sports Network.

YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

If you like, you could think of this 1938 film comedy as the original Dharma & Greg: beautiful free spirit falls in love with a young man from a very uptight and conservative family. Jean Arthur and James Stewart star, and Lionel Barrymore, this evening’s featured TCM artist, plays Grandpa Martin, the eccentric patriarch of Arthur’s unpredictable family. This very funny film is based on the play by George S. Kaufman, and is directed by Frank Capra, one year before he reteamed with Stewart for the classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

RESERVOIR DOGS
Showtime, 8:00 p.m. ET

This violent, yet fascinating, 1992 crime drama is the movie with which writer-director Quentin Tarantino earned his bones – while handing some indelible cinematic set pieces to his stars, incuding Michael Madsen as Mr. Blonde, a bad guy so violent it’s hard to watch him in action without averting your eyes. Also starring, with their own strong scenes, are Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth and others.

GREAT PERFORMANCES: "TANGLEWOOD'S 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION"
PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

Tanglewood, the beautiful and pastoral setting for a music festival nestled in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, gets a well-deserved salute tonight, and not only by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which calls Tanglewood its summer home. Also along for this concert are artists who have appeared often, and played some truly beautiful music, at Tanglewood. Among them: Yo-Yo Ma and James Taylor. For more on this program, see Tom Brinkmoeller's Raised on MTM column. Check local listings.

COMEDY BANG! BANG!
IFC, 10:00 p.m. ET

This series hasn’t captured me yet, not even close – but tonight’s episode offers some very enticing bait. Its guest star “Weird Al” Yankovic, who shows up – Hawaiian shirt, accordion and all – to make music with Reggie Watts and Jack Black.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
Edited by dad1153 - 8/10/12 at 9:15am
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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
TNT: ‘Dallas’ Season 2 Premieres In January, Ends Season 1 With 4.3M Viewers
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Aug. 9, 2012

TNT made the announcement during Wednesday's season 1 finale. The network had previously said it would return in 2013. And here’s a good reason why. Dallas is cable’s #1 new drama with adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 for the year-to-date. The Southfork reboot also is right behind TNT’s Perception among cable’s top new series of the year-to-date among total viewers. For its first season, Dallas averaged 4.5 million viewers in live plus same day delivery, with 1.4 million adults 18-49 and 1.8 million adults 25-54.

TNT says the first season ended with 4.3 million viewers for last night’s episode — up 32% over last week’s episode. The show also scored significant growth over last week among key demos, with adults 18-49 up 58% to 1.6 million and adults 25-54 up 49% to 1.9 million.

Cynthia Cidre and Michael M. Robin serve as executive producers on the series created by David Jacobs. Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman, all from the original, star in the rebooted series that features the next generation of Ewings who take ambition and deception to a new level. TNT did not announce an exact date for the return, only that it would debut in January.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/08/tnt-dallas-season-2-premieres-in-january/
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TV Notes
'Doctor Who' Origin Movie Commissioned for 50th Anniversary
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Aug. 9, 2012

"Doctor Who" turns 50 years old next year, and to celebrate, BBC Two has commissioned a 90-minute film that will explore the origins of the series, the BBC said Thursday.

"An Adventure in Space and Time" will "tell the story of the genesis of 'Doctor Who,'" the BBC said. "Exploring all aspects of the longest-running science fiction series to date, the special one-off 90-minute drama will also look at the many personalities involved in bringing the series to life."

Doctor Who was first broadcast in November 1963, and has gone through several iterations, with numerous actors playing the Doctor. (Matt Smith, the 11th actor to tackle the role, is the latest.)

"Doctor Who" writer/actor Mark Gatiss penned the 90-minute special, with "Doctor Who" showrunner Steven Moffat and executive producer Caroline Skinner executive producing.

"This is the story of how an unlikely set of brilliant people created a true television original," Gatiss said. "And how an actor -- [original Doctor] William Hartnell -- stereotyped in hard-man roles became a hero to millions of children. I've wanted to tell this story for more years than I can remember! To make it happen for Doctor Who's 50th birthday is quite simply a dream come true."

Casting for the movie will be announced next year, along with production and broadcast schedules.

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/doctor-who-origin-movie-commissioned-50th-anniversary-51496
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THURSDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insight's Blog
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
ABC and CBS surge against Olympics
'Wipeout' soars 21 percent over last week, to a 1.7 in 18-49s
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 10, 2012

Here's a notable Olympic first: Three original Big Four shows saw week-to-week gains against the Games last night, something that had not happened over the previous two weeks.

ABC's "Wipeout," "Rookie Blue" and CBS's "Big Brother" all registered improvements.

"Wipeout" rose 21 percent at 9 p.m. to a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen, up from a 1.4 for last week's episode.

Lead-out "Blue" drew a season-high 1.5, up 50 percent over the same night last summer.

"Brother," also at 9 p.m., was up 5 percent over last week's 2.0 to a 2.1, making it the night's highest-rated non-Olympic program.

It also tied Sunday's edition of "Brother" as the highest-rated non-Olympic show during these Games, its best rating in two weeks.

Some of the gains could be due to inflated ratings from preseason football games, which ran on ABC, CBS and Fox last night in a number of markets. The football numbers will be removed from the shows' averages when final ratings come out this afternoon.

The programs also likely benefited from the slightly less fierce competition.

Though NBC easily scored the night's best ratings, and will likely be up over the same night four years ago, Olympics viewership was down from last Thursday, when American Gabby Douglas won the women's gymnastics all-around, drawing the second-biggest audience of the Games.

Univision's "La Que No Podia Amar" also continued its string of strong performances last night with a 1.9, the second-best non-sports show of the night.

Note, Olympic ratings will be released later today and posted on Media Life.

NBC was first for the night among 18-49s with a 6.8 average overnight rating and a 20 share. CBS was second at 1.7/5, ABC third at 1.6/5, Univision fourth at 1.5/4, Fox fifth at 1.0/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.5/1 and CW seventh at 0.3/1.

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

At 8 p.m. NBC led with a 5.4 for Olympics, followed by CBS with a 1.8 for repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" and "Two and a Half Men." ABC was third with a 1.6 for a "Wipeout" rerun, Univision fourth with a 1.3 for "Por Ella Soy Eva," Fox fifth with a 1.1 for reruns of "Raising Hope," Telemundo sixth with a 0.5 for "Rosa Diamante" and CW seventh with a 0.3 for a repeat of "The Vampire Diaries."

NBC was first again at 9 p.m. with a 7.3 for Olympics, while CBS remained second with a 2.1 for "Brother." ABC was third with a 1.7 for a new "Wipeout," Univision fourth with a 1.5 For "Abismo de Pasion," Fox fifth with a 1.0 for a repeat of "Glee," Telemundo sixth with a 0.5 for "Corazon Valiente" and CW seventh with a 0.2 for a repeat of "The L.A. Complex."

At 10 p.m. NBC completed the hourly sweep with a 7.6 for more Olympics, while Univision moved to second with a 1.9 for "Amar." ABC was third with a 1.5 for "Rookie Blue," CBS fourth with a 1.1 for a repeat of "Person of Interest" and Telemundo fifth with a 0.5 for "Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal" (0.7) and "El Rostro de la Venganza" (0.4).

NBC also finished first for the night among households with a 13.4 average overnight rating and a 22 share. CBS was second at 3.8/6, ABC third at 3.0/5, Univision fourth at 2.0/3, Fox fifth at 1.7/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.8/1 and CW seventh at 0.5/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/abc-and-cbs-surge-against-olympics/
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Originally Posted by dcowboy7 View Post

To follow up on this followup....
Today was the deadline & the raiders also opted for 85% so them & the bucs are 85% everyone else stayed 100%.

Ok 1 more team got under the wire....dolphins also went with 85%.
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HD Notes
High-Def TV Advertising Up 150% Since 2010
But only 25% of TV ads are delivered in HD and only 53% of local stations can accept HD spots, according to a new report from Extreme Reach
By George Winslow -- Broadcasting & Cable, 8/9/2012 2:43:53 PM

Much progress has been made in the area of HD advertising, with the proportion of HD ads being delivered to TV outlets increasing by 150% between the second quarter of 2010 and the second quarter of 2012, according to a new report from video ad distribution and services provider Extreme Reach Inc. The research also found that 69% of all TV outlets are now capable of receiving and airing HD ads.

But the "Q2 2012 HD Advertising Trends Report" also highlights that HD advertisements continue to lag far behind consumer usage, accounting for only 25% of all ads, even though over 70% of all American homes now have an HD set. The report also noted that the proportion of ads being delivered in HD has increased relatively slowly from the end of the fourth quarter of 2011, when 23% were HD.

Local broadcasters also continued lag in both viewer adoption and the rest of the U.S. industry, with only 53% of local stations being able to accept and air HD ads, much lower than local cable (74%), network broadcast (73%) and national cable (76%).

Still the poor record of broadcast station in HD advertising represents a significant improvement over the second quarter of 2010, when only 10% of stations could air high def ads.

Among advertisers, the report found that political advertisers are leading the push to HD adoption, with 51% of political commercials being delivered in HD in the second quarter of 2012, up from 8% in second quarter of 2010. Over the same period, entertainment spots delivered in HD increased from 17% to 50%, financial services grew from 29% to 44, retail increased from 13% to 26% and automotive grew from 16% to 26%.

An additional trend outlined in the report is the movement of TV advertisers to advanced cloud-based solutions for ad distribution. This shift has enabled TV advertisers who use the cloud for ad distribution to deliver an average of 98.5 percent of their SD and HD ads digitally.

"HD TV advertising has seen tremendous growth since 2010, and I think the rise of cloud computing has really helped move the industry forward into high definition" said Dan Brackett, chief technology officer of Extreme Reach in a statement. "By taking advantage of advanced Cloud-based solutions, advertisers have been able to leverage higher performance/lower cost workflows, and those efficiencies have helped fuel the rapid growth in HD advertising."

For this study, the Extreme Reach Research Group analyzed and referenced data from a sample of 1,900 active television advertisers across 28 verticals and 615 active video production studios and content providers. The study includes nearly every commercial television and cable broadcast outlet in the United States and Canada, including all major broadcast networks, and draws from a sample of 270,000 SD and HD commercial deliveries completed over the three-month period between April 1 and June 30, 2012.

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/488397-High_Def_TV_Advertising_Up_150_Since_2010.php
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You know what gets me too when youre over some houses is when they dont use the favorite channels option on the remote so you wind up paging thru pay-per-view channels, infomercial channels, unsubscribed channels etc.

I just dont know how they can watch tv that way.
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Originally Posted by foxeng View Post

HD Notes
High-Def TV Advertising Up 150% Since 2010
But only 25% of TV ads are delivered in HD and only 53% of local stations can accept HD spots, according to a new report from Extreme Reach
By George Winslow -- Broadcasting & Cable, 8/9/2012 2:43:53 PM
Much progress has been made in the area of HD advertising, with the proportion of HD ads being delivered to TV outlets increasing by 150% between the second quarter of 2010 and the second quarter of 2012, according to a new report from video ad distribution and services provider Extreme Reach Inc. The research also found that 69% of all TV outlets are now capable of receiving and airing HD ads.
But the "Q2 2012 HD Advertising Trends Report" also highlights that HD advertisements continue to lag far behind consumer usage, accounting for only 25% of all ads, even though over 70% of all American homes now have an HD set. The report also noted that the proportion of ads being delivered in HD has increased relatively slowly from the end of the fourth quarter of 2011, when 23% were HD.
http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/488397-High_Def_TV_Advertising_Up_150_Since_2010.php
I'm not sure where that 25% number is coming from, but I do question it. Almost every ad I see now is HD - to the point I take notice when they aren't.

Now, I supposed theri may be SD only channels or HD channels that only air ads in SD that could blow the curve, but I'd bet even under those circumstances, the ads are created in HD but simply airing in SD. Further, to say that only 53% of local stations can accept HD spots is a bit misleading, considering the bulk of the ads airing on local channels are either network or integrated spots within syndicated shows. That leaves very little inventory each hour for the local avail time - and most of that comes from locally produced spots for "Bobs Discount Hammer Shop" and "Bills Used Puppies" that may be created in SD by the local station or cable company.

No doubt, there are plenty of SD commercials out there, but they seem to be the same offenders over and over with the vast majority being HD. Oddly enough, the most bizarre trend I see is weight loss products being hawked in SD on stations that then stretch them - making fat people look even fatter. Plus, if they count late night programming, that time period tends to be dominated by cheap huckster product ads drawn in by the cheap ad time. Those do trend toward being SD.


However, all the major companies like Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Lowes and all the major fast food and bar and grill chains all produce spots in HD. I'm not sure it should be considered a ding on the advertsing if a station doesn't air them that way.

I'd really like a study that breaks it down to network vs. local station ads and primetime, vs. late night vs. daytime programming. I think the study would likely reveal that HD ads are, in fact, dominant on primetime network programming.
Edited by NetworkTV - 8/10/12 at 10:33am
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Originally Posted by dcowboy7 View Post

You know what gets me too when youre over some houses is when they dont use the favorite channels option on the remote so you wind up paging thru pay-per-view channels, infomercial channels, unsubscribed channels etc.
I just dont know how they can watch tv that way.

When I visit my in-laws, their favorite channel list hasn't been touched since I last visited. So channels like TCM and E! were still being enjoyed in SD, along with shopping infomercials.

I sit them down and show them how easy it is, but I might as well be speaking Latin. Funny thing is they were both teachers, a 30-year professor at the University. They want nothing to do with it.
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Originally Posted by Nayan View Post

I don't know whether to agree with you or throw my stiletto at you biggrin.gif.
Some women do know their stuff and some are eye-candy. I think I'd take a few female reporters over Joe Buck and some of the Fox crew.

Heck I'd take Roseanne Barr over Joe Buck .....mad.gif
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Originally Posted by EJ View Post

When I visit my in-laws, their favorite channel list hasn't been touched since I last visited. So channels like TCM and E! were still being enjoyed in SD, along with shopping infomercials.
I sit them down and show them how easy it is, but I might as well be speaking Latin. Funny thing is they were both teachers, a 30-year professor at the University. They want nothing to do with it.

I find that teachers - especially college professors - tend to skew toward being technically illiterate with no desire to even try. My mother is the same way, along with most every teacher in her school system. Perhaps it comes from only having to work 8 months out of the year. No doubt, there are some out there that are right on all that stuff, but it's amazing how many people responsible for educating others are completely helpless with tech devices in their homes.

Of course, there are also plenty of people that think being on Facebook makes them "computer savvy".
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Originally Posted by dcowboy7 View Post

You know what gets me too when youre over some houses is when they dont use the favorite channels option on the remote so you wind up paging thru pay-per-view channels, infomercial channels, unsubscribed channels etc.
I just dont know how they can watch tv that way.

I wouldn't know what to put on a favorite channels list. I don't have favorite channels, I have favorite shows and I set those to record. The only thing I watch live is sports and I generally know what channel the game I want to watch is on.
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Originally Posted by dcowboy7 View Post

You know what gets me too when youre over some houses is when they dont use the favorite channels option on the remote so you wind up paging thru pay-per-view channels, infomercial channels, unsubscribed channels etc.
I just don't know how they can watch tv that way.
most don't know how to set it up .... that's what a good friend like you is for smile.gif
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Originally Posted by BSTNFAN View Post

I wouldn't know what to put on a favorite channels list. I don't have favorite channels, I have favorite shows and I set those to record. The only thing I watch live is sports and I generally know what channel the game I want to watch is on.
Yeah, but I'm sure you make sure you're recording the HD channel and not the SD one.
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Originally Posted by Fastslappy View Post

most don't know how to set it up .... that's what a good friend like you is for smile.gif

I don't think the issue is with people who simply don't know - it's an issue with the people who simply don't care.

More power to those folks (after all, there's no law saying we have to know this stuff), but I can't imagine going through life not wanting to know how things work. I personally want to know how to get the most out of things I spend money on.

I don't mind people showing me a better way to do something or correcting my mistakes (as long as they're nice about it), but I know plenty of people that take offense if you try to teach them anything. Yet, these same people will go on Twitter and ask what something is or how to do stuff without even bothering to do a simple search first.
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Originally Posted by NetworkTV View Post


More power to those folks (after all, there's no law saying we have to know this stuff), but I can't imagine going through life not wanting to know how things work. I personally want to know how to get the most out of things I spend money on.
I don't mind people showing me a better way to do something or correcting my mistakes (as long as they're nice about it), but I know plenty of people that take offense if you try to teach them anything. Yet, these same people will go on Twitter and ask what something is or how to do stuff without even bothering to do a simple search first.

This is me. I research and Google every big ticket item I buy or am thinking of buying. I try to instill in people that Google is your friend smile.gif.
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That kind of attitude would cause me to miss a lot of stuff I'd really rather be watching. wink.gif
Agreed. We're "Franklin and Bash" fans. And - for God knows what reason - The cableco DVR insists on recording it from SD TNT. I've deleted and re-added it, adjusted the settings.. everything I can think of. Still finds some way to magically record the show in SD. But I still watch it.

Ever think of simply highlighting the HD channel for recording? For example, I just highlight channel 1034 at 10pm on Tuesday. Sure beats watching it in SD.
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Originally Posted by domino92024 View Post

Ever think of simply highlighting the HD channel for recording? For example, I just highlight channel 1034 at 10pm on Tuesday. Sure beats watching it in SD.
Yup. The confirmation window even shows 235 TNTHD. I click "Yes, record series with these settings." Still records from 35 TNT SD. On occasion, it'll get the first week correctly, then subsequent weeks are recorded in SD. Only seems to happen when it's set to record two shows that are on back-to-back on the same channel. The second program falls back to the SD channel. No other recordings scheduled. "Rizzoli and Isles" will be HD, but "Franklin and Bash" that follows will be SD. And that's no matter how I set it up.
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What about a manual recording ?
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Originally Posted by Fastslappy View Post

Heck I'd take Roseanne Barr over Joe Buck .....mad.gif

Whos roast (Barr not Buck) is sunday nite on comedy central....i love roasts.

Jeff Ross who is a great toastmaster also has his own show tomorrow @ 11:00pm on comedy c.
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I never use channel up/down, just plug in the channel number. Of course I seldom have to do that as most of my stuff is recorded on the DVR
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Originally Posted by dcowboy7 View Post

You know what gets me too when youre over some houses is when they dont use the favorite channels option on the remote so you wind up paging thru pay-per-view channels, infomercial channels, unsubscribed channels etc.
I just dont know how they can watch tv that way.
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Originally Posted by dcowboy7 View Post

What about a manual recording ?
That works, but I'm not up that late. I'm in bed by 8. 3AM comes early wink.gif The MOST annoying thing is ...about two weeks after I got a cablecard installed in my upstairs computer, Brighthouse institutes copy protection on all their cable channels, negating my whole reason for getting the thing. Can't watch anything recorded on it in any other room, now. $300 wasted. Bastages!
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
SATURDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Late night shows are preceded by late local news)

ABC:
8PM - Movie: The Game Plan (2007)
10PM - Castle
(R - Apr. 30)

CBS:
8PM - NYC 22 (Series Finale)
9PM - 48 Hours Mystery
(R - Feb. 4)
10PM - 48 Hours Mystery
(R - Jul. 21)

NBC:
8PM - XXX Summer Olympics: Track and Field, Diving, Volleyball (4 hours, LIVE/Tape Delayed)
* * * *
12:30AM - XXX Summer Olympics: Wrestling

FOX:
8PM - COPS
(R - Jan. 14)
8:30PM - COPS
(R - Jan. 21)
9PM - Mobbed
(R - Jan. 4)
* * * *
11PM - Touch
(R - Mar. 22)
Midnight - 30 Seconds to Fame SD
(R - Jun. 12, 2003)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Austin City Limits: Fleet Foxes; Joanna Newsom (R - Jan. 21)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Sábado Gigante (3 hrs.)

TELEMUNDO:
7PM - Movie - Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
8:30PM - Movie: The Bourne Identity (2002)
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Aug. 4, 2012

2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS
NBC Sports Network, 10:00 a.m. ET

NBC is broadcasting the Olympics on its parent broadcast network most of the day and evening, and is saving one particularly high-profile event for prime time: the women’s volleyball gold-medal match. But in daytime, on this penultimate day of competition, tune to NBC Sports Network at 10 a.m. ET for the men’s soccer finals, with Mexico vs. Brazil, both of them vying for their first Olympic gold medal in this particular sport.

SHAFT
More Max, 7:15 p.m. ET

Can you dig it?

J. EDGAR
HBO, 8:00 p.m. ET

Leonardo DiCaprio, in this 2011 film biography, plays J. Edgar Hoover, the doggedly determined and fiercely power-protecting inaugural director of the FBI. Directed by Clint Eastwood, in somewhat of a departure for this particular director.

LOLITA
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

Stanley Kubrick made a lot of daringly bold movie choices – but simply choosing to try and adapt this hugely controversial Vladimir Nabokov novel for the screen, in the conservative era of 1961, was one of his boldest. The title character, in the book, was a 12-year-old nymphet. For the movies, Kubrick cast a 14-year-old actress, Sue Lyon – but sublimated and deflected the pedophilic subtext of the novel by stressing the comic and satiric elements, and handing those chores to Peter Sellers.

TANKED
Animal Planet, 9:00 p.m. ET

In this new installment, Tracy Morgan fires the crew to design a shark tank built around the theme of the movie Jaws. You won’t soon forget the final result. Animal Planet: Tanks for the memories!


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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TV Review
Animal Practice: More Monkey, Please
By Matt Zoller Seitz , Vulture.com (NY Magazine) - Aug. 10, 2012

NBC's new veterinary comedy Animal Practice is brain candy, and generic candy at that, but what you've heard is true: the monkey kills.

I don't mean literally, though if that were the case, wouldn't it be awesome? I mean comedically. Named Dr. Rizzo and played by Crystal, the scene-stealer from The Hangover Part II (as well the simian who plays Annie’s Boobs on Community), the monkey is the sidekick to the show's hero, George Coleman (Justin Kirk). Their relationship makes Coleman a lot more bearable than he might be otherwise. The good doctor is the umpteenth variation on Hugh Laurie's House and other sarcastic grouch heroes: an autocrat, womanizer, and pontificator who secretly Cares Very Deeply and is so good at his job that his co-workers don't seem to mind being constantly insulted by him.

While Coleman struts around the hospital delivering anecdotes about animal biology, telling everyone How It's Gonna Be, and locking horns with the new hospital owner, Dorothy (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) — a woman who happens to be George's ex-lover — Dr. Rizzo trails along mimicking his movements like Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films or skitters around in the background acting like, well, a really tiny, very hairy doctor. He even has scrubs and a clipboard. Kirk underplays so deftly that you accept that this sort of thing would be allowed and that everyone in the place views Dr. Rizzo as just another co-worker. New rule: Every show built around a brooding, cranky asshat whom everyone tolerates because he's The Best should be required to cast a lovable monkey sidekick, including the CSIs.

The hospital is supposedly the top animal hospital in the city, a strange assertion given what's onscreen. George and his staffers screw around a lot when nobody's looking, betting on horses and staging races between tortoises ridden by gerbils (all of which calls into question the premise that George truly loves animals, but whatever, it's the kind of series where you aren't supposed to trouble yourself with internal consistency). The arrival of Dorothy as top boss upends the status quo; she wants to make changes, and George isn't big on change. And do I even need to inform you that George and Dorothy have a Sam-and-Diane, will-they-or-won't-they dynamic? I don't? Well, either way, NBC's got you covered via an "audience surrogate" character, Betsy Sodaro's ex-convict, who identifies TV clichés as they appear. ("Sexy tension!" she exclaims, watching George and Dorothy fight.)

I realize I'm making this show sound dreadful. It isn't. It's knowingly dumb and aiming for smart-dumb, and over time it might get there. The cast is appealing — particularly Kirk, who manages to hold his own against the monkey, no mean feat — and if you accept that the situations are occurring in something more like a Green Acres or Petticoat Junction universe than an ER one (not that it's as good as any of those shows), it's not without charm. Even the overdone touches are brazen enough to amuse, such as the shot of the hospital waiting room packed with pet owners and a Noah's Ark array of creatures, including a peahen and a boar. I can see someone watching Animal Practice at the end of a long day and laughing just enough to justify not changing the channel.

NBC’s Animal Practice previews Sunday night at 10:30 p.m.
and starts its regular run September 26.


http://www.vulture.com/2012/08/tv-review-nbc-animal-practice-crystal-the-monkey.html
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Obituary
DeAndre McCullough, Drug Dealer Who Inspired ‘The Corner,’ Dies at 35
By Daniel E. Slotnik, The New York Times - Aug. 10, 2012

DeAndre McCullough, whose experiences as a 15-year-old drug dealer in Baltimore inspired the writer David Simon and the former police officer Edward Burns to feature him in the book “The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner City Neighborhood,” which later became an Emmy-winning mini-series on HBO, was found dead on Aug. 1 in Woodlawn, Md. He was 35. Mr. Simon confirmed Mr. McCullough’s death, but did not specify a cause.

“The Corner” chronicled an open-air drug market at the corner of Fayette and Monroe Streets in West Baltimore in 1993. It intimately portrayed Mr. McCullough and his two desperately addicted parents, Gary Castro McCullough and Denise Francine Boyd, known as Fran, as well as other impoverished West Baltimore residents.

“DeAndre and his contemporaries were 13, 14, 15, and they were sort of one foot on the corners and one foot on the playground,” Mr. Simon said in an interview. “We became fascinated by some of the kids, but especially DeAndre, because of his wit and his humor and how unguarded he was, at least as compared to a lot of kids on those corners.”

The mini-series won three Emmys and paved the way for Mr. Simon’s critically acclaimed series “The Wire,” also on HBO.

Mr. McCullough went from dealing to using, and became addicted to heroin and other drugs.

Mr. Simon did not forget Mr. McCullough. He got him a part in the final episode of “The Corner,” as a police officer who arrests DeAndre McCullough. Mr. McCullough also played Lamar, an associate of the dapper hit man Brother Mouzone, on “The Wire,” and worked in set design and security on that show. He worked security on Mr. Simon’s series “Treme,” as well, but his addictions became unmanageable.

“He went to work for the television shows, time and again lasting only as long as a paycheck or two,” Mr. Simon wrote in a tribute online.

DeAndre Lamar McCullough (his first name was sometimes spelled De’Andre) was born in Baltimore on May 23, 1977. He dropped out of school after ninth grade, but later completed his G.E.D.

While Mr. McCullough struggled, his mother cleaned up her life. She now counsels addicts and is married to Donnie Andrews, the inspiration for Omar Little, a bandit who robs drug dealers on “The Wire.” The two were introduced by Mr. Simon and Mr. Burns while Ms. Boyd was struggling to overcome her addiction and Mr. Andrews was in prison. Mr. McCullough’s father died in 1996.

In addition to his mother and stepfather, Mr. McCullough is survived by a younger brother, DeRodd Hearns; a sister, Ariel McCullough; and two sons, Deante Tyree McCullough and Kason Taylor.

After his job on “Treme,” Mr. McCullough returned to Baltimore to work as a juvenile counselor in the Mountain Manor residences, a job he held for about two years.

Mr. McCullough was not happy with the way “The Corner” ended, with his arrest after a raid on a stash house.

“ ‘That isn’t the end of the story,’ he complained to me years later,” Mr. Simon wrote. “ ‘You don’t know that the story ends that way.’ ”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/10/arts/television/deandre-mccullough-inspiration-for-the-corner-dies-at-35.html?_r=1&ref=television
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TV Notes
An uneasy Ann Curry and Matt Lauer reunion on 'Today'
Its former co-host Ann Curry does a segment at the London Olympics with Matt Lauer.
By Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times - Aug. 9, 2012

For the first time since her abrupt and emotional departure from "Today"in late June, Ann Curry appeared alongside her former co-host Matt Lauer on Thursday morning in a live broadcast from the London Olympics. In contrast to the spectacle surrounding her farewell, Curry's interaction with her colleague was both tear-free and mercifully brief, but not entirely without tension.

Curry was ousted from her job as co-host of "Today" after a yearlong decline at the once-invincible morning franchise, which saw its 16-year ratings winning streak snapped earlier this year byABC's"Good Morning America." Although Curry took the blame for the stumble, her exit has not put an end to "Today's" woes.

NBC initially tried to soften the blow of Curry's very public demotion by granting her a new role as "anchor-at-large" for "Today" and also promised her the opportunity to report from the London Olympics. But it has taken two weeks for that chance to materialize, fueling speculation that "Today" had scaled back her coverage in order to spotlight her replacement, Savannah Guthrie.

On Thursday, a relaxed-looking Lauer acknowledged the reunion with an enthusiastic "nice to see you," but Curry seemed to be less effusive. "Good morning, Matt," she replied curtly, before diving right into a profile of Olympics photographer Adam Pretty.

The segment itself was a pleasant if unremarkable look at the work of the photographer, who's currently shooting his fifth Summer Games for Getty Images. Curry asked Pretty about his long hours and the challenges of finding quiet moments in the hullabaloo of the Olympics.

"You're pretty good with the camera. Did you pick up anything?" Lauer asked back on "Today's" temporary set in London's Olympic Park.

"No," she initially replied.

But then Curry elaborated: "Well, I didn't take any pictures, but I learned some lessons from him."

Lauer closed the segment by reiterating how "good" it was to see Curry.

"Today," which has been heavily promoting its morning personalities during the Olympics, has received a much-needed ratings boost from the international sporting event that has drawn huge nightly audiences for the struggling network. Despite tape delays and rampant spoilers, the network's prime-time Olympics coverage has garnered more than 30 million viewers on most nights.

Though Thursday marked the first face-to-face meeting between the former broadcasting pair since her departure in June, Curry and Lauer were on the morning show together last month. In July, Curry traveled to Aurora, Colo., to report on the "Dark Knight Rises" shooting.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-ann-curry-20120810,0,2774394.story
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TV Notes
NBC developing drama about Cleopatra
By Lynette Rice, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - Aug. 10, 2012

If we can’t get Rome back on HBO, would a series about Cleopatra do?

NBC is developing a drama about the infamous queen of Egypt. (Talk about your period dramas!) Penned by Michael Seitzman (North Country), the project is from Lorenzo Di Bonaventura Pictures and ABC Studios. As first reported by Deadline, NBC has ordered a put pilot — TV speak for a project that must air, lest the net wants to pay substantial penalty fees.

The last time Cleopatra showed up on TV was in the HBO drama Rome, which featured Lyndsey Marshal in the recurring role. Cleopatra has always been depicted as an incredible and sexy beauty, so the search for perfect actress should be a fascinating one. (Though seriously, doesn’t this seem like a role made for Homeland’s Morena Baccharin?)

Who do you think could top Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra?

http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/08/10/nbc-developing-drama-about-cleopatra/
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