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TV Notes
Jennifer Esposito Takes Leave From ‘Blue Bloods’, Megan Ketch Among Guest Stars Filling The Void
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Oct. 20, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: Jackie Curatola is leaving the force, at least for now. Blue Bloods co-star Jennifer Esposito, who plays Detective Danny Reagan’s (Donnie Wahlberg) partner, is departing the CBS drama series for the foreseeable future. The actress approached producing studio CBS TV Studios earlier this season. “Jennifer has informed us that she is only available to work on a very limited part-time schedule,” the studio said in a statement. “As a result, she’s unable to perform the demands of her role and we regretfully had to put her character on a leave of absence.” The studio would not comment on Esposito’s reasons to ask for the significant workload reduction, but the actress has been public about her struggles with Celiac Disease. She has become a Celiac advocate, educating people about disease and helping those like her who have it.

Esposito has already shot her final Blue Bloods episode (for now), which will air Nov. 2. In the meanwhile, CBS and CBS TV Studios are lining up actresses to do guest arcs as Danny Reagan’s temporary partner. First off is Megan Ketch, who will be introduced in the same Nov. 2 episode, titled Nightmares, and is signed for four episodes. (This is picture of her filming the episode.) CBS TV Studios is leaving the door for Esposito to come back. “She is a wonderfully talented actress and we hope that she will be able to return at some point in the future,” the studio said.

But if that doesn’t happen, the studio and CBS will likely go for a permanent replacement, likely with one of the actresses who guest starred on the show. Coincidentally, Esposito was among several actresses tried out as temporary partners for Danny in guest arcs at the beginning of Season 1. Shortly thereafter, she was promoted to regular. Ketch is with ICM Partners.


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TV Notes
Chevy Chase Has Racially Charged Tirade On The Set Of ‘Community’

There was a commotion on the set of NBC comedy Community yesterday. I hear hot-tempered co-star Chevy Chase had another outburst, this time featuring the N-word. It appears that the tirade was not addressed at Black cast members Donald Glover or Yvette Nicole Brown. People close to the situation say that Chase had been increasingly frustrated and uncomfortable with the direction of his character, Pierce, who is a bigot. After getting fed more lines he found offensive during a scene yesterday, I hear he snapped and launched the tirade, airing his frustration and suggesting that the way things with Pierce are going, he may next be asked to call Troy (Glover) or Shirley (Brown) the N-Word. I hear the outburst upset the cast. Chase later apologized. The racial content of his tirade does appear out of character for Chase, who once marched in the civil rights movement, but the blowup itself is not. Chase is known for having a short fuse and storming off the set of Community in the middle of a scene if he is not happy with the script. His feud with show’s creator/former showrunner Dan Harmon last year escalated into a profanity-laced message Chase left on Harmon’s voice mail.

Never the one to mince words, Chase has been vocal about his displeasure with his gig on Community and hinted multiple times last spring that he may leave, which didn’t happen. In a recent interview with The Huffington Post UK, he said of signing to do the show, “It was a big mistake! I just sort of hung around because I have three daughters and a wife, and I figured out I might as well make some bread, every week, so I can take care of them in the way they want.” There is more. “The hours are hideous, and it’s still a sitcom on television, which is probably the lowest form of television.” The only nice thing Chase said about the Community was regarding the cast, which supports the idea that his racial tirade was likely not directed at them. “I think the reason I have stuck around is because I love these kids, the cast — they are very good.”

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No political comments, please.

Soledad O'Brien: Saddling Up, and Prepping for TV
By John Lelland, The New York Times Magazine's 'Sunday Routine' Section - Oct. 21, 2012

María de la Soledad Teresa O’Brien, 46, wakes up early these days, often with her hands full. As the host of CNN’s morning program “Starting Point With Soledad O’Brien,” she has recently sparred with John H. Sununu, an adviser to Mitt Romney, who told her to “put an Obama sticker on your forehead”; and with Peter T. King, a Republican congressman from Long Island, whose complaint that President Obama had made an “apology tour” of foreign capitals she challenged. No wonder she likes to relax on Sundays — at the country house in Dutchess County, N.Y., that she shares with her husband, Bradley Raymond, an executive at the wealth management firm Thomas Weisel Partners; their four children, Sofia Raymond, 11, Cecilia Raymond, 10, and Charlie and Jackson Raymond, 8-year-old twins; a cat; and a guinea pig.

EARLY TO RISE I get up at 2:15 during the week. Sundays I sleep until 6, which I know is not sleeping in for most people, but it’s pretty late for me. I try to go for a walk or get some exercise on the elliptical machine before the kids get up. My husband gets up earlier than me; he gets up around 5 and goes and plays golf or tennis. We try to get that knocked out of the way first, then we can spend the bulk of the day doing stuff with the family. Sundays, if they’re stressful, it’s because we try to squeeze a lot of family time in, because the week is crazy and busy.

BREAKFAST STOP We usually grab breakfast at a Dutchess County place, a mom-and-pop-type restaurant. A place called Karen’s is a good one.

RESCUED MOUNT I just adopted an old racehorse from a great place called Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue. She is 4, and her name is Sedona. They have about 150 racehorses that they’ve rescued from the track. So usually I go riding at some point in the morning or afternoon, depending on what kind of day it is.

BACK IN THE SADDLE I’ve been riding my whole life, though I had stopped from college onward till about 35 or 40. When my daughters turned about 5, I got them riding so I could ride again. A couple years ago I took a really bad spill and tore my A.C.L., P.C.L., L.C.L., M.C.L. and my meniscus. So with this horse I’m just getting back on. Some of the kids will come with me and watch me ride, or they’ll go riding themselves, not necessarily there, but a place nearby. After that, we go to a dairy farm for ice cream.

GOOD DEEDS Often Sunday afternoons we’ll do a board call or a staff call for a foundation that I run, because my day is so busy during the week. It’s called the Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Foundation. We send girls to and through college. They get a mentor; we pay for their books and tuition. We have 12 scholars, and we’re going up to 20 this year.

DUTY CALLS Then about 5 I start to get really into the show, mapping out what it’s going to look like. Then I start studying. My Sunday evenings are really quite busy.

CLEANING, NOT COOKING Sometimes we’ll do a Sunday dinner. My husband’s a really good cook. He’ll make a pork roast or chicken cordon bleu. The kids help him. I do not help. I’m a cleaner. I eat and I clean. So I work during the cooking and gladly clean up afterward.

KIDS’ TV I watch all those Sunday night shows, but I just watch them time-shifted. It’s very hard to just camp out in front of the TV, unless I’m watching a kids’ show. We watch a lot of “The Brady Bunch” on DVD. I just can’t imagine watching “Breaking Bad” with two 8-year-olds with me.

SIGN-OFF I usually try to be in bed by 8:30. Nine o’clock is on the late side for me.

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TV Notes
KCET announces merger with satellite network Link TV
By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times' 'Show Tracker' Blog

KCET is writing the next chapter in its story: a merger with satellite network Link TV.

Formerly the Los Angeles area's PBS flagship, KCET will merge with Link to form KCETLink, "a powerful new independent public transmedia company that acquires, produces and distributes provocative global programming targeted to a national audience across multiple media platforms," according to a news release.

The new outlet will be available in 33 million U.S. homes through DirecTV and Dish Network, according to the companies. That's not including the 5.6 million households that KCET already reaches in Southern California.

Al Jerome, KCET's chief executive, is to run the new entity, with Link's president, Paul S. Mason, becoming chief strategy officer. The combined company will be headquartered in the Burbank high-rise where KCET already has offices and studio space.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

"With our combined resources, we are taking a bold step forward to become architects of a new sustainable model for the industry to keep public media thriving as a vital resource in the digital age," Jerome said in a statement.

KCET has struggled with fundraising and declining viewership since it left the PBS network at the end of 2010. The merger with Link offers the station a new opportunity to develop programming that will catch on with viewers nationwide.

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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Oct. 21, 2012

Fox, 7:30 p.m. ET

The Giants, in Friday’s Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, had enough heart to take the contest back to San Francisco, where the team faces the St. Louis Cardinals in tonight’s Game 6. The cards hold a 3-2 advantage in the series, so tonight’s game determines whether or not the Giants leave their heart in San Francisco – or live on to fight another day.

Comedy Central, 8:00 p.m. ET

This fundraising event for autism-related charities is, essentially, a party thrown by the coolest kids in class. Jon Stewart is the host and organizer, and performers include everyone from Stephen Colbert and Louis C.K. to Katy Perry and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

What a treat: Tonight, TCM is devoting its prime-time lineup, and beyond, to a celebration of classic, rarely televised animation. Start at 8 p.m. ET with the Fleischer studio’s 1939 Gulliver’s Travels, a full-length cartoon that was the less successful answer to its chief rival’s earlier movie-length animated release, 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Other cartoons shown tonight include 1949’s Ragtime Bear (an early Mr. Magoo short, at 11 p.m. ET), 1950’s Gerald McBoing Boing (at 11:08 p.m. ET), and 1953’s The Tell-Tale Heart (a nine-minute cartoon version of the Edgar Allan Poe story, at 11:51 p.m. ET).

AMC, 9:00 p.m. ET

Last week’s season premiere turned out to be the most-watched drama series of the season, and not just on cable, either. People who tuned in certainly saw a whopper of an episode – and another one arrives tonight, as the survivors come face to face with other survivors, who have been imprisoned in the prison our heroes just risked their lives to overtake and clear.

Showtime, 10:00 p.m. ET

Saul (Mandy Patinkin) ended last week’s episode going straight to Carrie (Claire Danes) and asking her to be the first to see something. Of course, we’ve seen it already – but when Carrie does, it’ll change this entire series, especially her self-confidence.

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Technology Notes
How Are 7-Inch Tablets Doing?
By Brian X. Chen, The New York Times' 'Bits' Column - Oct. 19, 2012
Apple is widely expected to introduce a smaller, cheaper version of its iPad on Tuesday, perhaps in response to the crop of 7-inch tablets that have popped up in the last year. But how are those tablets even doing anyway? It turns out that the number of seven-inch tablets sold by each of Apple’s major competitors is small compared to the number of iPads it has sold.
To date, Apple has sold about 84 million iPads. Amazon’s Kindle Fire, the second-best-selling tablet, has sold about seven million units; Barnes and Noble has sold about five million Nook tablets; and Google has sold about three million Nexus 7 tablets, according to estimates by Forrester.
That’s about 15 million tablets across three companies. And while no single company presents a major threat to Apple yet, it’s not a number to sneeze at — after all, that’s 15 million more iPads that Apple could have sold. So it makes sense that the company is preparing its own smaller tablet at a lower price, said Sarah Rotman Epps, a Forrester analyst.
“Apple is smart to be acting before it gets to be more of a problem,” she said.
Steve Jobs once dismissed seven-inch tablets, saying they were “tweeners” that were too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with an iPad. Several sources have said Apple’s smaller iPad will be 7.85 inches, which is a bit bigger than 7 inches but might still be considered a “tweener.” Would these sell nearly as well as the current iPad?
Stephen Baker, an analyst with the NPD Group, thinks smaller tablets are a viable category because they cater to people who don’t want to spend too much money on a tablet, or those who just want something smaller to carry with them everywhere.
Ms. Rotman Epps agreed. She said a 7.85-inch iPad could also broaden the product’s appeal to women because it would most likely fit in a purse.

"..15 million more iPads Apple could have sold.." I don't think so. I would not have chosen an iPAd if there was a seven inch version. Even if the iPad was cheaper I wouldn't have chosen it.
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

"..15 million more iPads Apple could have sold.." I don't think so. I would not have chosen an iPAd if there was a seven inch version. Even if the iPad was cheaper I wouldn't have chosen it.
Yeah, I bought my Kindle fire because I got a referb for $140 in a Gold Box deal. There's no way I would have laid out for an iPad.

I actually recently picked up a second tablet to keep in the bedroom to read on before bed so I don't have to keep shuffling the Fire upstairs, then remember to take it back downstairs to charge and put it back in my briefcase. The second tablet is an 8GB Archos model that has expandable memory, which the Fire does not. Plus it has access to the Google store and an HDMI output - all for what I paid for the Fire. I have the kindle reader and every other app I have on the fire, so it's essentially the same thing. Plus, while the Fire screen is better for wider video and movie content, the Archos screen (which is bigger overall) is much better suited for viewing normal 3:2 aspect photos. The big bonus is with viewing magazines, which fill the entire screen dimensions. Books are a wash, since E-Books format themselves to any screen.

Plus, the Archos doesn't stick me with that annoying carousel. Instead, it gives me three different options to access apps and other items, including a custom screen, an "all apps" screen and a recently used pop up menu.

Had I gotten the Archos before the Fire, I wouldn't have bought the Fire. It's not that the Fire is bad so much as I like the Archos better.
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TV Notes
UPDATE: Jennifer Esposito On Leave From ‘Blue Bloods’, Calls CBS Decision “Shameful Behavior”, Guest Stars To Fill Void
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Oct. 20, 2012

UPDATE:On Twitter, Jennifer Esposito disputed CBS TV Studios’ account of why she is going on a leave, slamming them for sidelining her, which she called “absolutely shameful behavior.”

“CBS PUT me on unpaid leave and has blocked me from working anywhere else after my doctor said you needed a reduced schedule due to Celiac,” she wrote. “CBS didn’t listen to my doc and I collapsed on set. Which everyone saw! After a week off my doc said I could return to work but CBS implied that I was NOT truly ill and this was a scheme to get a raise! It’s been almost two months without bringing me back to work + keeping Me from working anywhere else!… Absolutely shameful behavior.”[/quote]

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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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TV Notes
Fox Extends Its Primetime Due to 'X Factor' Snafu
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com

Fox's primetime will go into extra innings next Tuesday, after rain delays during a baseball game played havoc with the network's schedule on Wednesday and caused mass confusion with the broadcast of "The X Factor."

While Fox initially decided to re-air this week's episode of "The X Factor" in full next week, it will now broadcast a special one-hour edition of the singing competition, featuring the conclusion of the "Judges' Homes" round at 9:30, and air its Tuesday comedies "Raising Hope," Ben and Kate" and "New Girl" in their regular timeslots from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

The juggling of the schedule will push Fox's primetime to 10:30, past its usual bedtime of 10 p.m.

It also means that "The X Factor" also won't be directly competing with NBC's rival singing show "The Voice," as it would have under Fox's original rescheduling.

Wednesday's rain delay of the National League Championship created chaos with Fox's schedule. After originally hearing that the delay was likely to continue past primetime, Fox began airing "The X Factor," but when the delay was canceled about an hour later, the network pulled back "The X Factor" feed to switch to the game. However, a delay in the switch caused "The Mindy Show" to briefly air for some viewers.

Meanwhile, another glitch caused "The X Factor"'s east coast feed to air on the west coast, causing some viewers on the west coast to see "The X Factor" prior to its regular 8 p.m. airtime.

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Critic's Notes
A New Voice Helps Speak for a Network
By Jon Caramanica, The New York Times - Oct. 21, 2012

This month, Black Entertainment Television unveiled “Don’t Sleep! Hosted by T. J. Holmes,” a social-issues show with a faint humorous streak. In the vein of “Real Time With Bill Maher” and, in spots, “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” it’s a familiar format, with each episode touching on a hot-button topic through a combination of statistics, punchy round-table conversation and a bit of ribbing of those who fall on the wrong side of the opinion of Mr. Holmes, a former CNN anchor now empowered to be both stern and loose at the same time.

In one of the first episodes, the issue was code-switching, as part of a discussion of the reappearance of a video of President Obama speaking to an audience largely comprising black ministers in 2007 in a tone of voice that conservative commentators all but deemed alien, though it was easily recognizable to anyone who’d ever set foot in a black church on Sunday, or who’d watched an episode of “Amen.”

It was an apt discussion for a show that itself represents a sort of code-switching for the network, known as BET. In recent years, BET has diminished the role of music in its offerings, much as other former music video channels like MTV and VH1 have done. But music still looms large, even as BET has dabbled in reality shows and original scripted programming. But it has always at least paid lip service to issues programming: “Don’t Sleep!” is part of a long lineage.

BET has cultural obligations that those other channels don’t have. Despite competition, it remains the highest-profile television outlet aimed at a black audience. Including issues programming as part of its mandate, whether by proactive choice or defensive posture, has always been part of the tenuous balance BET has had to strike.

At times, the mixture is uncomfortable, or unexpected. The weekend before the debut of “Don’t Sleep!” the annual BET Hip-Hop Awards show was taped in Atlanta. (It aired on Oct. 9.) This is the channel’s bread and butter — a ceremony full of performances by rap stars, hosted by a well-regarded black comedian, Mike Epps — basically an extension of the countdown show “106 & Park,” which has been the channel’s anchor program essentially since the show made its debut in 2000. (The channel has been around since 1980.)

The day of the award-show’s taping, though, was marred by two incidents of violence between hip-hop crews. This is bad luck, to be sure, but also a reminder of some of the frustrations that come with the turf and that also cast shadows over the channel’s often worthy efforts to broaden its scope.

“Don’t Sleep!” arrives in the thick of election season, a mélange of information and straight talk, with only a few labored punch lines strewn about. Set pieces include a segment in which Mr. Holmes speaks directly to a newsmaker who needs a talking-to, and each episode features a round-table conversation with Mr. Holmes and black politicians, intellectuals, celebrities and religious leaders.

The show’s tone varies widely, from pedantic, especially when dealing with statistics, to rollicking during the conversations. Even more notable is the strenuous attempts to strike political balance; seemingly every black American not voting for President Obama has been a panelist so far. (In case you were wondering, Jimmie J. J. Walker is interested in third-party candidates.)

In this, “Don’t Sleep!” can be guilty of something it’s trying to address, which is giving black conservative voices disproportionate airing; as the panelist Marc Lamont Hill, a Columbia professor, put it in one episode, “that line is shorter.” But seeing a black Republican on BET, as part of a variety of perspectives, feels far more productive than seeing one on Fox News, trotted out for the cover of diversity.

This tension on “Don’t Sleep!” — and by extension, within BET itself — has made for fascinating interactions, both on their own terms and because rarely are black commentators on other networks afforded the opportunity to highlight their differences. In one episode, the R&B singer Monifah, a star of the reality show “R&B Divas” (on TV One, a BET competitor), squared off against Rev. A. R. Bernard of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn over the issue of gay marriage. (Monifah is in a same-sex relationship.) The third panelist, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, tried to strike a diplomatic balance between the two.

On other nights, the film director Ava DuVernay derided Mitt Romney for being interested only in those who are “part of dominant culture,” and the Rev. Markel Hutchins spoke of Mr. Romney’s advocacy for states’ rights as a return to Jim Crow-era ideology.

The best decision the show’s producers have made is hiring Issa Rae, of the hilarious Web series “Awkward Black Girl,” to do “Daily Show”-style segments about some of the odder, seamier or unintentionally comedic corners of black popular culture. She writes her own material, and it crackles.

Mr. Holmes is less successful when he attempts his own loose rhetoric. He discussed interracial unions in blunt terms: “So yep, in the South, what created Halle Berry was once against the law. We almost didn’t have that, folks.”

When giving a virtual lecture to a group of Americans who were hanging chairs from trees — lynching them, basically — after Clint Eastwood’s mangled Republican National Convention performance, Mr. Holmes tried Jesse Jackson-esque floridity: “Check my inflection so that there is no misdirection. You’ve got some odd preconception of what looks to me like self-deception, so let me take it in a more plain direction: That was racist, yo.”

Mr. Holmes cuts a figure of casual, smooth authority: slim-fitting suit, two buttons open on his shirt, French cuffs, neat pocket squares. At the end of the show’s second week, he added a tie, perhaps because he looked a little bit like he was on a date he hoped would end well.

He hasn’t completely shaken free of the patterns of the straight-news anchor, but that contrast is useful; when he grows incensed, and he frequently does, especially when it comes to knee-jerk conservatism, it scans as genuine, a tear in the social code.

As an issues-centered figure for BET, he falls somewhere in the middle of the formality spectrum. He’s looser than Ed Gordon, who anchored news programs on the channel for more than two decades, but far more serious than, say, Prince DaJour and Ananda Lewis, who were the best-known hosts of BET’s “Teen Summit,” an earnest, casual and often successful effort at integrating entertainment and social issues, pairing guided discussions involving its young audience with musical performances.

Where BET has fallen short over the years is in spanning the chasm between issues and music programming. It didn’t take as intense a dive into reality shows the way MTV or VH1 did. As a result, plenty of black-themed shows ended up on other channels. Add that to the rise of competitors like TV One and Centric.

What’s more, often the black programming on other networks has been riskier and more agenda-pushing — for humor, take “Chappelle’s Show“ a few years ago or even “Key & Peele“ now, both on Comedy Central; for reality, take any of the “Love & Hip Hop” or “Basketball Wives” franchises on VH1. To BET’s credit, it rarely skews as benign as the Tyler Perry juggernaut that’s overtaken TBS (and soon, the Oprah Winfrey Network).

There is an edgier politics option, too: “Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell,” on FX, which is far funnier than “Don’t Sleep!” but isn’t always sharper.

One of the most bracing moments on “Don’t Sleep!” came when Mr. Holmes recalled an incident in which he was deposed for a lawsuit brought by a white man whom he’d replaced in a job, challenging his qualifications. It wasn’t done under the cover of humor, or irony. It was naked and angry and effective.

It was also a reminder of the strength of this show, and certainly its implicit purpose. An advocacy streak runs throughout it — in favor of gay marriage, in favor of affirmative action, against demeaning reality-TV portrayals of black women. In short, it’s building a set of social and political norms that could apply not just to this show, but also to a channel that’s looking to speak with one voice.

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Technology Notes
Ultra High Definition officially replaces 4K
The Consumer Electronics Association has announced that the consumer name for 4K will be Ultra HD and gears up for displays to be shown off at next year's CES in Las Vegas.
By Ty Pendlebury, CNET.com - Oct. 18, 2012

Just give me a full bandwidth, pristine 1080i signal and I'll gladly pay a premium and call it "Ultra HD".
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Originally Posted by CPanther95 View Post

Just give me a full bandwidth, pristine 1080i signal and I'll gladly pay a premium and call it "Ultra HD".

I'm in.
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Originally Posted by CPanther95 View Post

Just give me a full bandwidth, pristine 1080i signal and I'll gladly pay a premium and call it "Ultra HD".

Originally Posted by fjames View Post

I'm in.
Same here.

Of course picture quality is not what 4K is all about, it's about selling more TVs.
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Business/Legal Notes
Cablevision, AMC Settle VOOM Lawsuit For $700 Million
By The Hollywood Reporter Staff, 'Hollywood, Esq.' Blog - Oct. 21, 2012

Cablevision and AMC Networks have settled their lawsuit with Dish Network for $700 million, the parties announced.

The deal brings to end a dispute over whether Dish breached an affiliate agreement by terminating AMC's Voom HD Network in 2008. At a trial that began in late September, AMC sought some $2.4 billion in damages from what it believed was Dish's improper termination. Dish had defended itself by saying that it had the authority to cancel the Voom deal based on a contractual clause requiring Cablevision/AMC to invest $100 million per year on the channel. The parties disagreed on whether that money had to go to programming or whether overhead could be included.

As part of the deal to cut short the weeks-long trial, and on top of the $700 million cash settlement, Dish has also reached a new carriage agreement with AMC, bringing the Walking Dead network back to the satellite distributor along with IFC, Sundance, and WE TV. The return of these channels comes months after they were dropped by Dish, leading to relentless commercials from AMC telling fans of Breaking Bad and Walking Dead to abandon Dish.

As part of the agreement between the parties, Dish is also paying an additional $80 million to receive certain wireless spectrum licenses.

“We are glad to have settled the case and reestablished our long-term relationshipswith AMC Networks and Cablevision,” said Dave Shull, senior vice president of programming at Dish. “This multi-year deal delivers a fair value for both parties and includes digital expansion opportunities for AMC Networks’ programming.”

AMC's full press release is below.

"Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) and AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX) today announced that they have settled their litigation with DISH Network LLC (NASDAQ: DISH) related to VOOM HD Holdings LLC. The lawsuit, VOOM HD Holdings LLC v. EchoStar Satellite LLC, was filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

The settlement agreements include the following components:

DISH Network pays a cash settlement of $700 million to Cablevision and AMC Networks, $80 million of which is in consideration for the purchase of Cablevision’s multichannel video and data distribution service (MVDDS) licenses in 45 metropolitan areas in the U.S.;

DISH Network enters into a long-term distribution agreement with AMC Networks to carry AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv, and with The Madison Square Garden Company to carry Fuse on its satellite service; and

DISH also conveys its 20-percent membership interest in VOOM HD to Rainbow Programming Holdings LLC, such that all of the cash settlement remains with Cablevision and AMC Networks.

Promptly after payment of the cash settlement is received, the parties will file a joint stipulation to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice. The allocation of the settlement proceeds between Cablevision and AMC Networks will be determined pursuant to the existing agreement relating to this litigation between the two companies.

Said Josh Sapan, President and CEO, AMC Networks: “We are glad to partner again with DISH Network and are delighted to bring back our popular channels and programming to their customers.”

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

8PM - Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars (LIVE)
9PM - Presidential Debate (LIVE)
* * * *
11:35PM - Nightline (LIVE)
Midnight - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Kevin James; Ezra Miller; Bloc Party performs)
(R - Oct. 11)

8PM - The Big Bang Theory
(R - Sep. 29, 2011)
8:30PM - 2 Broke Girls
(R - Apr. 9)
9PM - Presidential Debate (LIVE)
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Tom Hanks; Tony Bennett performs)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Bryan Cranston; Dr. Lisa Masterson)

8PM - The Voice
9PM - Presidential Debate (LIVE)
* * * *
11:35PM - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (Halle Berry; Ali Wentworth; Gary Clark Jr. performs)
12:37AM - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Gerard Butler; Madeleine Stowe; sky diver Felix Baumgartner; Wu-Tang Clan performs)
1:37AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Singer Wyclef Jean; filmmaker Eugene Jarecki; The Walkmen perform)
(R - Oct. 4)

7:30PM - MLB Baseball: St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants, Game 7 (LIVE)

(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Antiques Roadshow: Milwaukee, WI (R - Nov. 12, 2007)
9PM - Presidential Debate (LIVE)

8PM - Por Ella Soy Eva
9PM - Debate Presidencial (120 min., LIVE)

8PM - 90210
9PM - Gossip Girl

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

11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (D.L. Hughley)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Professor Donald Sadoway)

11PM - Conan (Azis Ansari; Chuck Lorre; Kendrick Lamar)

11PM - Chelsea Lately (Tyler Perry; Mo Mandel; Jen Kirkman; Dov Davidoff)
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Oct. 22, 2012

Fox, 7:30 p.m. ET

Fox has an excuse for not joining the other major broadcast networks in televising the final presidential debate this year: It has another final contest to televise. Specifically, Game 7 of the National League Championship Series, which the San Francisco Giants forced by beating the St. Louis Cardinals last night and evening the series at 3-3. Tonight, both teams will throw everything they have at one another to try to survive this final do-or-die game. Then, on Wednesday, the exhausted winner will face the well-rested Detroit Tigers, who last played on Thursday when sweeping the New York Yankees, in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series.

AMC, 8:00 p.m. ET

I know, it’s a week early – but as Halloween TV treats go, this 1978 John Carpenter movie is one of the true classics. Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence star – along with Carpenter’s point-of-view direction. And between scares, do the math: Next year, this influential horror film will be 35 years old.

Syfy, 8:00 p.m. ET
Season 2 ends with the Alpha team attempting to take on what could be considered the Beta team: Stanton Parrish and his bad guys. But Stanton doesn’t have one of Alpha’s new secret weapons: Summer Glau as Skylar.

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

Watch the sparks fly, romantically as well as comically, as Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn square off in this 1942 screwball comedy about newsroom rivals – one a sportswriter, the other a columnist. Newspaper folks, a vanishing breed, love this movie, and we shouldn’t be alone.

Various Networks, 9:00 p.m. ET

By most accounts, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney won the first presidential debate, and President Barack Obama won the second. So here comes the third and final one, which may well be a tiebreaker of sorts. The subject is foreign policy, and the moderator is Bob Schieffer – whom I interviewed in 2008, the last time he moderated a presidential debate. For more, see this vintage, but still appropriate, Bianculli’s Blog.

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TV Notes
NBC Finds Itself in Unfamiliar Territory: On Top
By Bill Carter, The New York Times - Oct. 22, 2012

The television network landscape has an upside-down look this fall: NBC, last among younger viewers for a decade, is suddenly on top.

Numerous unexpected factors have played a role in this surprising turnaround, some of which are not likely to last, but the numbers are clear. Among the viewers prized by most advertisers — 18- to 49-year-olds — NBC has beaten its network rivals every week of the new television season.

That’s three weeks, and NBC is in contention to post a fourth victory when the Nielsen accounting is official on Tuesday. (CBS, as it has for years, remains well ahead in terms of the total number of viewers.)

NBC’s ascent is the most striking development of the season, but it goes hand in hand with a wider story of network performance that, NBC aside, has ranged from disappointing to alarming.

While NBC has managed to increase its 18-49 number an impressive 15 percent, ABC is down 12 percent, Fox is down 19 percent and CBS — which had a huge start last fall because of curiosity surrounding the departure of Charlie Sheen from “Two and a Half Men” — is down 24 percent from the three-week period a year earlier.

The two developments are linked: NBC has been able to ascend at least in part because its competitors have descended so sharply.

Even at NBC, few people expected this performance. “We didn’t dare dream we’d win the first three weeks of the season,” said Stephen B. Burke, the NBC chief executive. “We were pretty sure we would do better, and had laid the groundwork and had the strategy to do better.”

Robert Greenblatt, in his second season heading NBC’s entertainment division, said, “I was hoping we’d be out of fourth place and comfortably in third. But we’re comfortably in first.”

NBC came into the season with a limited strategic objective. “Our big goal was to build one night a year,” Mr. Burke said.

With National Football League games making Sunday night an all-but-guaranteed win, the idea was, “O.K., we’d like to try to win Monday night,” Mr. Burke said. “And we’ll try to be competitive on Tuesday.”

Thus far, NBC has won every Monday and Tuesday to go along with its football-fueled Sunday.

The crucial decision was adding a second edition of the hit singing competition, “The Voice,” on Monday to complement the version that ran in the spring. “There were people saying we brought it back too soon,” Mr. Greenblatt said.

The outcome of that move has yet to be determined.

“This is the first time a singing competition is going to have two arcs in the same season,” said Brad Adgate, senior vice president of research for the media-buying agency Horizon Media. Fox’s “American Idol” has always stuck to one edition a season.

But “The Voice” has continued to be a potent draw, easily eclipsing Fox’s fall-season singing show, “The X Factor.”

The other essential ingredient in NBC’s early success has been the addition of the season’s only breakout hit, “Revolution.” That drama, about a postapocalyptic world without electrical power, has not only dominated its 10 p.m. Monday time period, it has added more than 50 percent in the 18-49 audience when delayed viewing is included.

Mr. Greenblatt said that having two hours of “The Voice” on Monday would not have been enough to turn the night around if NBC had not developed a show that could take advantage of that big lead-in audience. “You have to have a show that the audience truly wants to watch,” he said.

At this point last season, NBC’s Monday consisted of two hours of “The Sing-Off” and a new drama, “The Playboy Club.” That lineup averaged 4.4 million viewers and a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 audience. This year’s lineup has averaged 11.3 million viewers and a 4.2 rating.

“The Voice” has also set up improvement on Tuesday night by attracting winning ratings from 8 to 9, and driving viewers to two new comedies, “Go On,” and “The New Normal,” from 9 to 10.

Frontloading the week was a centerpiece of the strategy. NBC used the big audiences it attracted this summer for the Olympics to promote its new shows, even sliding a preview of “Go On” into its coverage one night. The preview pulled in 16 million viewers.

“The Olympics helped us,” Mr. Greenblatt said, noting that NBC rushed many of its new shows on two weeks before the other networks. “It was smart not to let the platform of the Olympics die out completely.”

But the other networks may have helped NBC’s cause by offering little new to excite younger viewers. “It has not been a stellar season for first-year shows,” said Mr. Adgate of Horizon Media.

Last fall, new shows like “Two Broke Girls” on CBS, “New Girl” on Fox and “Once Upon a Time” on ABC were all instant hits, but nothing at that level has emerged on any of those networks.

Fox replaced the longtime favorite medical show “House” with a much-derided offering called “Mob Doctor.” CBS replaced “Two and a Half Men” on Mondays with a comedy called “Partners” that has found little traction. ABC’s longtime Monday powerhouse, “Dancing With the Stars,” has been overtaken by “The Voice” and has lost a significant portion of its younger viewership.

The greatest threat in the battle for younger viewers is the continuing appeal of top cable dramas. AMC’s “The Walking Dead” smashed everything else on television in drawing young viewers for its premiere last week. Other cable series this fall, like “Sons of Anarchy” and “American Horror Story” on FX, are attracting more coveted young viewers than many network shows.

Mr. Greenblatt said every network had noticed the numbers posted by “The Walking Dead.”

“I’m scrambling around to see if we have anything high-concept like that in development,” he said.

The show most like that is “Revolution,” a series Mr. Greenblatt described as “a big new idea — which is where I think you need to be in drama.”

But the networks have offered little else this fall containing the new-idea elements of twisty plotlines and serialized storytelling, two of the hallmarks of cable drama. (Fox has a contender in that category coming in January, an intense serial-killer drama, “The Following.”)

“It doesn’t make sense for the networks to put on another police procedural if they are trying to get younger,” Mr. Adgate said. “They need shows that get people talking on social media.”

Mr. Adgate said NBC deserved credit for its fall strategy, though he added that the gains might be hard to sustain. “In the first quarter, they won’t have football,” he said.

CBS is likely to get back on track after the new year, partly because it always does because of a largely stable schedule. But the main reason is that it owns rights to both the A.F.C. championship game in prime time and the Super Bowl.

“We’re certainly not declaring victory, because we know it’s long term and the season goes in cycles,” Mr. Greenblatt said. “But to have this kind of strength at the beginning of the season is really unexpected.”

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Technology/Business Notes
Ballmer bets the company on Windows 8
By Byron Acohido, USA Today - Oct. 22, 2012

SEATTLE – Something extraordinary could happen later this week: Folks might start using Microsoft and "cool" in the same sentence again.

Windows personal computers, running Office programs, remain integral to the modern workplace. Yet Apple and Google routinely slam-dunk the world's largest software company when it comes to pop-culture adulation.

Little wonder investors on Wall Street have punished Microsoft – pushing shares up less than 11% in the past three years – for letting its chief rivals shape and dominate the hot new markets for mobile computing devices that work by touch. People may rely on PCs to get work done, but they pursue their passions on their iPads, iPhones, Kindle Fires and Android phones.

Now Microsoft's chief executive and irrepressible pitchman, Steve Ballmer, is about to launch a daring strategy to regain esteem for Windows-rooted computing: At 12:01 a.m. ET on Friday, Windows 8 desktops, laptops, notebooks and the all-new Surface touch tablet will go on sale worldwide.

"In many ways, this is a new era for Microsoft," Ballmer told USA TODAY. "We are enabling whole new experiences for work and play."

Much must fall into place. First, millions of Windows users need to negotiate the great leap to working with a mouse and keyboard – plus touch-screen commands – in a bold new Windows 8 interface that revolves around interactive tiles, instead of static lists and icons.

STORY: Ballmer defends shift to Windows 8

Assuming that comes off without a hitch, Ballmer exudes confidence that the public will go gaga over Surface – Microsoft's long overdue answer to Apple's iPad.

Hundreds of thousands of Microsoft's partners – the legions of software developers, hardware makers and independent software resellers that make up the company's vaunted "ecosystem" – would, in turn, prosper. That includes computer-chip makers Intel and Advanced Micro Devices and hardware giants Dell and Hewlett-Packard, which, at the moment, are struggling with anemic global demand for traditional Windows PCs.

"The Surface family of devices turns what we always expected of Microsoft on its head," says Wes Miller, software industry analyst at the independent research firm Directions on Microsoft. "It shows us that Steve is willing to take some bold steps to ensure a strong future for Windows."

However, bold steps imply big risks. Adding pressure is the fact that Ballmer's wager follows the winning bet laid down a couple of years ago by Apple's late chairman, Steve Jobs, who gambled that the public was ready for an innovative computing device, featuring a touch interface and long battery life, that worked much differently than Macintosh computers. Apple has shipped more than 84 million iPads since 2010, including 28.8 million in the first half of this year, according to research firm IDC. It commands a 68% share of the fast-emerging touch tablet market, where Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire have been grabbing attention.

The success of the iPhone and iPad has pushed Apple's worth – its share price multiplied by the number of outstanding shares – to $572 billion, making it the most-valuable company in the world and more than double Microsoft's market capitalization of $241 billion.

Part of Apple's overall success can be attributed to Jobs' decision to "keep a rigid line" between Mac OS, the computer operating system for Mac desktops and laptops, and iOS, the separate system Apple created for iPads and iPhones, says Charles King, principal analyst at research firm Pund-IT. Macs remain mouse-and-keyboard-driven, while iPads and iPhones use the iOS touch-screen interface.

By supporting two distinct computer systems, Apple effectively stemmed the "cannibalization of higher-cost products by cheaper, lower-margin phones and tablets," King says.

Ballmer is steering Microsoft in the opposite direction, taking a one-size-fits-all approach.

​"Microsoft's attempt to stretch the operating system is a gigantic risk," says tech industry blogger Todd Bishop, co-founder of GeekWire. "The new tablet-friendly interface will require Windows users to learn new ways of controlling and navigating their computers. That's a very difficult balance to strike."

On paper at least, Windows 8 should make Microsoft's cash-cow Office workplace software even more profitable. Office, already the world's most widely used suite of clerical and presentation programs, will be extended to Surface tablets and Windows smartphones.

Not surprisingly, Office is being outfitted with deep hooks in Windows 8. Microsoft should also be better positioned to profit from Bing search, Xbox Live entertainment, Skype on Windows Phone and an ever-expanding menu of new Microsoft online services.

Windows 8 should help deliver these new revenue-generating services to all sizes of computing devices. This "beautiful hardware ... will light up with our consumer cloud services," Ballmer wrote in an Oct. 5 open letter to Microsoft shareholders, customers, partners and employees.

Steady strides

At least that's the plan. Wall Street has heard similar promises for years. Microsoft initially entered the consumer Internet space some 17 years ago with the launch of its MSN portal. Yet today, its online services division, made up of Bing and MSN, accounts for just 3.9% of annual revenue and posted $8.1 billion in operating losses in fiscal 2012, which ended June 30.

"Ultimately, it's about all the services Microsoft hopes to sell to mobile users," says Jack Gold, tech industry analyst at J. Gold Associates. "Bing and services like Skype are potential huge revenue sources. Bing has been making small but steady strides on Google, but it has a long way to go."

Ballmer dreams of the day when Microsoft is able to profitably sell online services and Web advertising at the same scale it currently sells Windows and Office software.

He can afford to be patient. The company has a lock on a $74 billion-a-year business selling licenses to use Windows PCs, servers and tools, as well as individual copies of Office. This endeavor is highly profitable and has grown reliably year-after-year for more than two decades, enabling Microsoft to sock away $66.6 billion in cash and short-term investments.

That's why Ballmer is as bullish as ever about the future. "When we look back, I believe this will be the year that we expanded and redefined, fundamentally, what personal computing is really all about," Ballmer says.

To jump-start things, he has informed Microsoft's 94,000 employees that each will be getting a Surface touch tablet, a new Windows Phone 8 and a new Windows 8 work PC.

Yet Wall Street could quickly lose patience should Windows 8 and the Surface tablet illicit a lukewarm response. Seattle-based Smead Capital Management, for instance, held a large block of shares from 2006 through 2011, partly based on a plea Ballmer made at a 2006 financial analyst briefing in which he promised to deliver "new profit centers" from online services, says CEO Bill Smead.

Smead finally dumped all Microsoft shares last year over a period of months because, he says, "They've poured billions of dollars into online businesses, which we call rabbit trails, hoping to create entirely new sources of profits."

Smead contends that Microsoft should be paying a bigger dividend to shareholders instead of stashing away cash for executives to use to make risky bets. He'd like to see the company spin off Bing and Xbox Live, as it did its online travel service Expedia, and fears it may be too late for Surface to get a foothold in a touch-tablet market dominated by the iPad. "Now another company owns the customers, and they're going to have to be pried away," Smead observes.

The quickest way for Ballmer to silence his critics – and establish a legacy for himself – would be if Windows 8 and Surface emerge as big hits. And on the eve of an extravagant launch party, scheduled for Thursday in New York City, there's ample reason to buy into Ballmer's victory scenario.

"The optimistic argument is that they're not sitting back waiting for things to happen," says Gartner analyst David Smith. "If anything, they're saying, 'People are going to go to tablets in a big way, and we're going to help them get there.' "

Mark Moerdler, senior analyst at Bernstein Research, believes many consumers will take Surface tablets for what it enables them to do, and not directly compare them with the Windows look with which they are familiar.

"For a portion of the current tablet market — and those who today don't own a tablet because it cannot do enough — Windows 8 should be compelling," Moerdler says.

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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
MONDAY 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 Big Bang Theory
(R - Sep. 29, 2011)
8:30PM - 2 Broke Girls
(R - Apr. 9)
9PM - Presidential Debate (LIVE)

Somehow, those three seem right together.
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Originally Posted by CPanther95 View Post

Just give me a full bandwidth, pristine 1080i signal and I'll gladly pay a premium and call it "Ultra HD".

MY local CBS, NBC, and PBS afflilates have an awesome 1080i signal OTA and its free.
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Originally Posted by Jedi Master View Post

MY local CBS, NBC, and PBS afflilates have an awesome 1080i signal OTA and its free.

Mine are free also, but they are saddled with numerous subchannels.

Macon must have dropped theirs, they used to have a number of subchannels.
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Originally Posted by Jedi Master View Post

MY local CBS, NBC, and PBS afflilates have an awesome 1080i signal OTA and its free.

I recently left my 16 years in Minneapolis to move home to Minot, ND. It's sparse out here, but there's not many subchannels to rob bitrates. PBS adds 3 480i feeds to its 1080i feed, and they do a surprising good job. The only other sub is a local CBS affiliate with a weather channel with static weather maps. FOX, ABC, NBC are all alone.

It has its disadvantages. My Denon receiver has an HD radio tuner. In Minneapolis I pulled in about 50 signals. I now get...1...from public radio.
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

Business/Legal Notes
CBS Reaches Settlement With ComStar Over 'Happy Days,' 'Family Ties' Lawsuit
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Oct. 19, 2012
CBS Television Distribution and ComStar Media have agreed to settle their lawsuit over the airing of several classic series, including "Happy Days," "My Three Sons" and "Family Ties."

CBS sued ComStar -- owned by GodTube founder Chris Wyatt and "Hour of Power" minister Robert Schuller -- for $1.5 million in April, claiming that the company had stopped paying its licensing fees for the programs.

The suit actually stems from an agreement that CBS had struck with FamilyNet, which was acquired by ComStar and was also named in the complaint. According to CBS, FamilyNet entered an agreement in December 2008 to license the above series. According to the complaint, ComStar stopped making payments soon after acquiring FamilyNet.

ComStar had maintained that it wasn't obligated to pay the licensing fees, as it didn't acquire FamilyNet's liabilities when they purchased it.

The terms of the settlement agreement were not disclosed.

“The matter has been amicably resolved, and the financial terms are confidential,” a spokesperson for CBS Television Distribution told TheWrap in a statement.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

I hope some of this money finds it way to Erin Moran, STAT!
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Originally Posted by EJ View Post

I recently left my 16 years in Minneapolis to move home to Minot, ND. It's sparse out here, but there's not many subchannels to rob bitrates. PBS adds 3 480i feeds to its 1080i feed, and they do a surprising good job. The only other sub is a local CBS affiliate with a weather channel with static weather maps. FOX, ABC, NBC are all alone.
It has its disadvantages. My Denon receiver has an HD radio tuner. In Minneapolis I pulled in about 50 signals. I now get...1...from public radio.

I feel sorry for all of you who live in rural and/or mountainous communities, as you are held "Hostage" by the Pay-TV Providers.

Cable TV was originally developed to bring TV to areas where there was little, if any TV reception. When I was a child my Grandparents lived in Greenbush, Michigan along the shores of Lake Huron. They had a 50 foot tall TV Antenna, from which they received TWO TV Stations, an NBC Affiliate from Bay City and an ABC Affiliate from Alpena. That was IT! Every Thanksgiving we'd go up to visit them, a highlight for me was being able to watch the Detroit Lions Game, because it was blacked out in the Detroit Area. biggrin.gif In 1969 they got cable, and they now had access to all the Networks that were available in Detroit. They also had a channel we didn't have. We called it "The Weather Channel" (No relation to today's channel) and it consisted of a Panel on which were mounted a Clock, a Thermometer, a Barometer and a Wind Gage. A Camera would pan back and forth while Musak played in the background. In 1974 this channel actually made National News! Students from the Oscoda High School decided to pull their "Senior Prank" on the Cable Company. They broke into the Headquarters, found the Weather Gages , and covered them with pictures from "Skin Magazines".

A year later they got another channel It was called "Cinema Plus" and it cost an additional $5.00 a month to have. It featured Movies that were UNCUT and WITHOUT COMMERCIALS. eek.gif(Bear in mind most movies, including "G" rated ones were edited, Sex, Graphic Violence and Swearing were Verboten, and when you watched a movie you'd see an "Edited for Television" caption at the beginning of the movie). Up to now us "City Folk" could have cared less about Cable TV, as this was for the folks who live "in the Boonies". Now, we were green with envy. Then word came out they were getting other channels. Thes included and All-sports channel (ESPN), a Children's Channel (Nickelodeon) and Channels from Atlanta, Georgia and Chicago, Illinois (WTBS and WGN). This made us even MORE envious! Of course we had this "Problem". The Networks and Movie Theaters didn't want us to have cable (The Theaters had a Petition Drive to ban Pay-TV). But this didn't phase Congress, and in 1980 Cable TV Finally made it to the Detroit Area. When I first got it I was like a kid on Christmas Morning. Oh Boy! All Mine! biggrin.gif I called my friends over to have a party. A "Scourge" of our lives was about to become HISTORY, and we were ready for it. Prior to this time whenever we watched TV there was something us kids dreaded above anything else. Every now and then we'd turn on the TV to watch "Our" Show, only to discover it was being preempted by the President of the US. eek.gifmad.gif Tonight was going to be different. Then-President Carter was scheduled to hold a News Conference on "All Three Networks". but this didn't phase us. We tuned to a Local Station (WDIV) watched as the conference began with the 'This is an NBC News "Special Report" then shouted Three! - Two! -One! -SWITCH!!! we all cheered as I punched a button on the "Cable Box" changing the Channel to Home Box Office, which was showing the James Bond Movie Moonraker.

Ah, life was good. But that was 30 years ago. As for today, I've already said what I did many times already. Oh well. Thanks for the memories!
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Originally Posted by borntocoast View Post

They also had a channel we didn't have. We called it "The Weather Channel" (No relation to today's channel) and it consisted of a Panel on which were mounted a Clock, a Thermometer, a Barometer and a Wind Gage. A Camera would pan back and forth while Musak played in the background. In 1974 this channel actually made National News! Students from the Oscoda High School decided to pull their "Senior Prank" on the Cable Company. They broke into the Headquarters, found the Weather Gages , and covered them with pictures from "Skin Magazines".
Friend of mine did that one better by removing the barometer and putting his actual junk through the hole for about three passes of the camera. Once he saw all the phone lines light up in the empty office (weekend), he beat feet. Radio station in the same building had people coming and going at all hours, so it was impossible for them to narrow down the culprit. Well, without a lineup, I guess. biggrin.gif
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Good one doc.. way to cover your tracks by saying a "friend" of yours.. dont worry doc, your secret is safe with us!
Originally Posted by DrDon View Post

Friend of mine did that one better by removing the barometer and putting his actual junk through the hole for about three passes of the camera. Once he saw all the phone lines light up in the empty office (weekend), he beat feet. Radio station in the same building had people coming and going at all hours, so it was impossible for them to narrow down the culprit. Well, without a lineup, I guess. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by jim tressler View Post

Good one doc.. way to cover your tracks by saying a "friend" of yours.. dont worry doc, your secret is safe with us!
There's a legend in my business that says I once resigned from a gig by pooping on a paper plate, sticking it on my boss' desk, putting my door key in the poop at attaching a note that said, "I'm thinking about quitting." Also, not me, but it's dogged me my whole career. Other jocks think I'm a hero. General Managers are worried I'll do it to them.
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Originally Posted by CPanther95 View Post

Just give me a full bandwidth, pristine 1080i signal and I'll gladly pay a premium and call it "Ultra HD".
Yeah, broadcasters don't have enough bandwidth to transmit current HD without macroblocking and smearing. What are they gonna do with all those extra pixels? Oh yeah, compress the &@$# out it!
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Originally Posted by DrDon View Post

Friend of mine did that one better by removing the barometer and putting his actual junk through the hole for about three passes of the camera. Once he saw all the phone lines light up in the empty office (weekend), he beat feet. Radio station in the same building had people coming and going at all hours, so it was impossible for them to narrow down the culprit. Well, without a lineup, I guess. biggrin.gif
LOL, that calls for a real life "Porky's" line up!
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Could 'Walking Dead' Become TV's Top Scripted Show?

Could AMC's "The Walking Dead" become the top-rated scripted show on TV?

Yes. It looks distinctly possible that a zombie show, based on a comic book, on a network no one paid much attention to just five years ago, could end the season ahead of juggernauts like "Modern Family" and "Big Bang Theory" in the most coveted demographic on television. At the very least, it could easily emerge as TV's top drama in the demo.

No cable series has ever finished an entire season as TV's top-rated scripted show. If "The Walking Dead" it does, it will be a watershed moment in the history of television.

Settle in if you like underdog stories, because this is one -- with zombies.

On Sunday, "The Walking Dead" season 3 premiere broke audience records for basic cable dramas by scaring up 10.9 million viewers. But forget that cable record, for a moment, because it also did something arguably more impressive.

By broadcast network standards, 10.9 million viewers would be strong, though not spectacular. What's more significant is that "The Walking Dead" thrived in the 18-49 demographic most important to advertisers. It scored the best rating for any scripted show that aired on any network – broadcast or cable -- in a year.

The last scripted show to beat a 5.8 in the demo was a "Modern Family" episode that earned a 5.9 last Oct. 12, almost exactly a year before "The Walking Dead" premiere.

"Modern Family" ended last season the top-rated scripted show on TV. (The top unscripted shows, in descending order, were NBC's "Sunday Night Football," Fox's "American Idol," and NBC's "The Voice.")

But "Walking Dead" could become TV's top scripted show this year if the ratings hold. And there there is reason to believe they can -- because the audience for "Walking Dead" has grown like a horde of zombies.

The show set a cable viewing record with its season 2 premiere, then broke it with its midseason return, then broke it again with its finale. And broke it again Sunday.

Did we mention that "The Walking Dead" aired against "Sunday Night Football" in much of the country? Or that it isn't carried by satellite provider Dish, which is locked in a dispute with AMC?

Those facts aside, "The Walking Dead" would still seem an unlikely hit. Underdogs don't come from much closer to the ground.

It sprang from the imagination of childhood friends Robert Kirkman (right) and Tony Moore, two Kentucky kids who dreamed of publishing their own comics. The "Walking Dead" series, which debuted in 2003, was only one of their collaborations.

AMC, meanwhile, was best known for rerunning old movies until it broke through with "Mad Men" in 2007.

Did anyone think then that a zombie comic crossed with a rebranded movie network would spawn one of television's biggest hits? A show that also happens to be incredibly violent and gory? Sunday's premiere began with a close-up of a clouded zombie eye, and ended with a man getting his leg sawed off with no anesthetic.

It's not mainstream stuff, and for that reason, there are limits to the potential reach of "The Walking Dead."

Neither it nor any other scripted show has much chance of beating "Sunday Night Football." And despite its success in the key demo, "Walking Dead" will probably never come close to the number of total viewers earned by older-skewing shows like "NCIS" and "Dancing With the Stars."

But those 18-49 ratings still make AMC salivate like so many drooling… you get the idea.

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