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TV Review
‘The Houstons: On Our Own,’ not really
Lifetime reality series does the family of Whitney Houston no favors
By Tom Conroy, Media Life Magazine - Oct. 22, 2012

Dramatic irony — which happens when someone onstage or onscreen says something that we in the audience know to be untrue — is almost always fun. It's even more fun when the same character goes on to contradict himself or herself in the next few minutes.

But the dramatic irony that runs through Lifetime's new celebrity reality show "The Houstons: On Our Own" is too sad to be funny. Featuring the family of the singer Whitney Houston, who died this February, the series suggests that dysfunction continues after her death. Moreover, it's embarrassing. Celebrity voyeurs and Schadenfreude fans might enjoy themselves, but the rest of us should move on, since there's really nothing to see here.

The main irony is unspoken: In 2005, Whitney permanently destroyed her public image by participating in a celebrity reality series about her husband titled "Being Bobby Brown." She appeared haggard and addled, confirming in most viewers' minds that she was abusing drugs.

Now her survivors — including her sister-in-law and manager, Pat Houston; Pat's husband, Gary; Whitney and Bobby's daughter, Bobbi Kristina; Whitney and Gary's mother, the singer Cissy Houston; and a family friend named Nick Gordon (more about him later) — are setting themselves up for the same kind of scrutiny. Although the results aren't disastrous, the family doesn't look good.

The main problem is the relationship between Bobbi Kristina, a.k.a. Krissy, and Nick. Nick, who is 23, explains to the camera that he moved in with Whitney's family as a high school student after his mother kicked him out of the house. Now he and Krissy, 19, are engaged.

"People were saying it's incest," Krissy tells the camera.

"It really bothers me that everyone has our relationship screwed up," says Nick. "I was never adopted. Nor am I her blood brother."

Then Krissy refers to Whitney as "our mother."

When the couple kiss, the other family members look dismayed — or at least the editors find shots of them looking dismayed.

"How do you go from brother to being a boyfriend?" says Gary. "It's a crazy concept."

In the premiere episode, which airs this Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 9 p.m., the family gathers in and around New York City for the first Mother's Day since Whitney's death. Besides dealing with Krissy's engagement announcement, they go to Whitney's grave for the first time.

They also plan to go to Cissy's church on Sunday, but Krissy says it would be too traumatic, because Whitney's funeral was held there. The family looks appropriately stricken at the cemetery, but viewers with any sensitivity will feel ashamed for violating what should be a private moment.

The rest of the show consists largely of meals, mostly in restaurants, in which the family members discuss important topics. One gets the sense that they've been encouraged to address these particular topics by the producers.

Krissy tells a cousin who works as a music producer that she wants to start her own music career. She says that she'll write down words and he'll put beats to them. That sounds like a plan.

At times, the show is reminiscent of A&E's 2009 series "The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty," in which Michael Jackson's surviving brothers seemed to be incapable of building lives that didn't revolve around their relationship with a deceased family member. The Houstons should at least consider that show to be a cautionary tale.

No one on this show seems to have anything to do — or indeed, seems to have any identity — other than being a surviving relative of Whitney Houston.

Pat, who is still running Whitney's business affairs and her estate, says that Whitney entrusted Krissy to her care. "It is very difficult to deal with her sometimes," Pat tells the camera, "because the world is so involved with our family and what we do."

Her solution to that problem is to have a reality-TV crew follow them, so that we in the world can watch their odd personal problems. Even if that decision isn't doing any damage to the Houstons, it's not doing us any favors either.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/the-houstons-on-our-own-not-really/
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Business Notes
TV ratings don't dictate commercial prices, Ad Age survey says
By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town; Blog

The most-watched TV drama is "NCIS" on CBS. The biggest comedy is "The Big Bang Theory," also on CBS.

So those shows should be the most expensive to advertise on, right?

Wrong!

Advertising Age has come out with its annual look at what commercials cost on broadcast TV shows. Even though CBS has some of the most popular shows on television, it is not getting the most money for commercials on its hot programs.

A 30-second spot on "NCIS" costs $166,649, according to Advertising Age. A commercial on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" runs $545,142. So far this season, "NCIS" is averaging 20.5 million viewers compared with 20.4 million for "Sunday Night Football."

It costs almost $331,000 to advertise on ABC's "Modern Family," which is about $60,000 more than a spot on "The Big Bang Theory," even though the latter has a bigger audience.

The reason "Modern Family" and "Sunday Night Football" get more for commercials than "NCIS" or "Big Bang Theory" has to do with Madison Avenue's obsession with 18-49 viewers. "Sunday Night Football" and "Modern Family" have more younger viewers than "NCIS" and "Big Bang Theory."

Although older viewers tend to have more money to spend on toothpaste and mouthwash, advertisers believe younger viewers are easier to persuade to try new products. That's why a premium is placed on the 18-49 demographic.

Given how some shows are performing this season, advertisers may be asking for their money back. The price to advertise on Fox's "New Girl" jumped from $125,488 last season to $320,940 this season. So far this season, "New Girl" is down more than 40% in viewers and 36% in adults 18-49.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-tv-commercial-rates-20121022,0,4186057.story
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Truly unbiased political coverage
(or Why AJE is the best news channel in the world)

As I write this, there is a U.S. presidential debate in progress. Don’t worry, you’re not missing anything juicy. This is not a hastily scheduled Obama vs. Romney smackdown. This a debate among the lesser lights, candidates of the Green Party, the Justice Party, the Libertarian Party, and the Constitution Party, whose names I won’t even bother mentioning because you’ve probably never heard of any of them. I only knew one of them before tonight, and that’s only because he’s a former Congressmen from my neck of the woods.
Anyway, if you happen to be interested, C-SPAN is televising it, and they will probably also replay it, and I assume make it available on their web site.

I watched it on C-SPAN (after I finally located C-SPAN in my vast cable lineup). I'd heard of the Green and Libertarian Parties, of course, but the Constitution and Justice Parties were new to me. Do they have conventions? Did they get showered with confetti and balloons by their adoring delegates? Probably not, but they discussed issues - like the Drug War and climate change and the ridiculous size of the military - that the Two Big Guys have conspicuously avoided. Too bad we couldn't get them all together for a televised rumble. That would have been more enlightening that what we got during those 3 televised campaign speeches.

They even thawed Larry King out of suspended animation to moderate it! During the section of the debate about the Drug War he kept reminding the candidates that "We're on drugs" to keep them on task. Ah, I've missed Larry. tongue.gif
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MONDAY'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)
A ho-hum return for ABC comedies
Finish behind Fox and NBC's sitcoms in a crowded hour
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Oct. 24, 2012


ABC’s sitcoms look like the weakest link early on in the three-way comedy standoff in the 9 p.m. hour on Tuesday.

“Happy Endings” and “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23” returned to low ratings last night against NBC and Fox’s already-established shows in the hour.

“Endings” averaged a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating at 9 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, losing 14 percent of “Dancing with the Stars All Stars’” 2.2 lead-in.

In the same timeslot, Fox’s “New Girl” averaged a 2.7, even to last week, while NBC’s “Go On” drew a 2.5, down 4 percent from last week. “Endings” and “On” both beat “Girl” in total viewers, and CBS's “NCIS: Los Angeles” finished first in the hour in 18-49s, ahead of all the comedies.

At 9:30 p.m. “Trust” slid to a 1.7 in 18-49s on ABC, just behind NBC’s “The New Normal” with a 1.8. Fox aired a special one-hour edition of “The X Factor” at 9:30, preempting usual timeslot occupant “The Mindy Project” and averaging a 2.3 in its first half hour.

“Factor” was airing in a special slot after being preempted last Wednesday and tonight for baseball. It drew a 2.4 for the full hour-long episode, which finished up a half hour after Fox usually ends its primetime.

It may take a few weeks for the true ratings picture to shake out for the 9 p.m. comedies. “Endings” and “Trust” averaged a 0.6 increase apiece in seven-day DVR playback last season, but it’s possible more people will time-shift the comedies in this hour because of the strong competition.

Both shows were well down from their averages last season, but that was expected. Last season they both aired behind ABC’s top show, “Modern Family.”

Meanwhile, elsewhere last night, CBS’s “Vegas,” which just received a full-season pickup, plummeted by 25 percent from last week to a series-low 1.5 at 10 p.m.

Another new show, the CW’s “Emily Owens, M.D.,” fell 40 percent from last week’s debut to a 0.3 and also lost a half-million viewers, averaging 1.1 million.

NBC’s “The Voice” was the No. 1 show of the night with a 4.1 and paced NBC to another Tuesday win.

NBC led the night among 18-49s with a 2.7 average overnight rating and a 7 share. CBS was second at 2.5/7, Fox third at 2.1/6, ABC fourth at 1.8/5, Univision fifth at 1.5/4, Telemundo sixth at 0.5/1 and CW seventh at 0.4/1.

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-six percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

At 8 p.m. NBC was first with a 4.1 for "Voice," followed by CBS with a 3.2 for "NCIS." ABC was third with a 2.2 for "Stars." Fox and Univision tied for fourth at 1.6, Fox for "Raising Hope" (1.7) and "Ben and Kate" (1.4) and Univision for "Por Ella Soy Eva," while the CW was sixth with a 0.5 for "Hart of Dixie" and Telemundo seventh with a 0.4 for "Rosa Diamante."

CBS took the lead at 9 p.m. with a 2.7 for "NCIS: Los Angeles," while Fox moved to second with a 2.5 for "Girl" (2.7) and the first half hour of "Factor" (2.3). NBC was third with a 2.1 for "On" (2.5) and "Normal" (1.8), ABC fourth with a 1.8 for "Endings" (1.9) and "Trust" (1.7), Univision fifth with a 1.7 for "Abismo de Pasion," Telemundo sixth with a 0.5 for "Corazon Valiente" and CW seventh with a 0.3 for " Owens."

At 10 p.m. Fox posted a 2.4 for the final half hour of "X Factor," with NBC second with a 1.9 for "Parenthood." CBS was third with a 1.5 for "Vegas," ABC fourth with a 1.4 for "Practice," Univision fifth with a 1.2 for "Amor Bravio" and Telemundo sixth with a 0.6 for "Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal" (0.7) and "El Rostro de la Venganza" (0.5).

CBS was first for the night among households with a 9.4 average overnight rating and a 15 share. ABC was second at 5.0/8, NBC third at 4.3/7, Fox fourth at 2.7/4, Univision fifth at 2.0/3, CW sixth at 0.9/1 and Telemundo seventh at 0.7/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/a-ho-hum-return-for-abc-comedies/
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Nielsen Notes
October Surprise: NBC Tops Broadcast Nets In 18-49, ‘Walking Dead’ No.1 Show On TV
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Oct. 23, 2012

ANALYSIS: With cable steadily gaining on broadcast, a cable show rising to the top of the ratings charts was just a matter of time. But who would’ve predicted just a coupe of years ago that it won’t be a series on established basic cable networks like TNT, TBS, USA Network or FX, which have been nipping at broadcasters’ heels, to do it but a drama on the once-obscure AMC? Yes, the highest-rated non-sports telecast among adults 18-49 on all of television this fall was the Season 3 premiere of AMC’s zombie drama The Walking Dead, which drew 7.3 million 18-49 viewers in Live+Same Day, with no carriage on major satcaster Dish Network no less.

Speaking of fall surprises, who would’ve predicted even a couple of months ago that NBC would leapfrog from fourth to first place this fall to dominate competitors among adults 18-49 by winning each of the first four weeks of the season for the first time in 10 years? That’s since fall 2002, when NBC’s Thursday lineup was anchored by Friends, Will & Grace and ER. NBC has now won seven weeks in a row in 18-49. The rise of NBC to the top of the broadcast standings and cable dramas’ ratings breakthrough highlight the fall season so far.

Walking Dead proved that the staggering ratings for its season opener were not a fluke, again topping all non-sports competition on broadcast and cable last week with its second airing this past Sunday. Also this month, FX’s biker drama Sons Of Anarchy won the Tuesday 10 PM time slot in 18-49 twice in a row, beating its broadcast rivals, while the cable network’s horror series American Horror Story launched last week as a close second in the Wednesday 10 PM slot among 18-49s to seal cable dramas’ ratings assent. It comes during one of broadcast networks’ strongest periods — the first weeks of the season — when cable networks until recently didn’t even dare to program originals. Also enjoying a successful run against the opening of the broadcast season has been Showtime’s Emmy-winning Homeland, which has broken Showtime ratings records.

What The Walking Dead, Sons Of Anarchy, American Horror Story and Homeland have in common is that they were unlike anything else on TV when they premiered and ended up becoming game-changers for their networks. A similar distinction goes to NBC’s new drama Revolution, which, along with The Voice, has been key to NBC’s ratings turnaround. Revolution (4.3 most current adults 18-49 rating season to date) is the top new broadcast series this fall in 18-49 and the only freshman to crack the Top 10. NBC has the most shows in the Top 10: No.1 Sunday Night Football, the two editions of The Voice and Revolution.

What is remarkable is that NBC has been dominating the season on the strength of three nights — Sunday, Monday and Tuesday — which it has been winning week after week. Those are the nights featuring SNF, The Voice, Revolution and promising new comedy Go On. Meanwhile, the network is barely registering on Wednesday and Thursday. Last week, NBC posted a 1.5 18-49 rating on Wednesday and a 1.4 on Thursday, finishing a distant fourth both nights and getting beat by the CW’s Arrow from 8-9 PM on Wednesday. NBC already cancelled a new series, Wednesday comedy Animal Practice, with freshmen Guys With Kids and Chicago Fire doing only marginally better. But the network accomplished its goal of successfully rebuilding two nights, Monday and Tuesday, to join Sunday. Its weekly victories, which have surprised even NBC brass, came as gravy, courtesy of competitors who are all down from last fall by double digits.

With the exception of the CW with Arrow, no other network can claim a breakout hit this season of the likes of Revolution or last year’s 2 Broke Girls, New Girl and Once Upon A Time. (CBS has come close with its Sherlock Holmes reboot Elementary.) That, coupled with across-the-board year-to-year declines for returning shows, paint an unsettling picture for ABC (down 11% in 18-49), CBS (down 18%) and especially Fox (down 25%). Wall Street is taking notice, with analysts raising concerns over the declines. Here are the Big 4 networks’ standings four weeks into the 2012-13 season in adults 18-49 and total viewers:

Adults 18-49

NBC 3.1 rating Up 19%

CBS 2.7 Down 18%

ABC. 2.4 Down 11%

Fox 2.4 Down 25%

Total Viewers

CBS 11.320 million Down 11%

ABC 8.771 million Down 8%

NBC 8.431 million Up 12%

Fox 6.511 million Down 25%


http://www.deadline.com/2012/10/october-surprise-nbc-tops-broadcast-nets-in-18-49-walking-dead-no-1-show-on-tv/
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TV Sports
Simmons 'a little worried' in big-time TV gig
By Michael Hiestand, USA Today - Oct. 24, 2012

Bill Simmons has an impressive media resume -- editor of ESPN's Grantland.com, an executive producer of ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary series, a prolific podcaster and a best-selling author.

But he says his upcoming arrival in big-time TV sports, as a member of the ESPN/ABC NBA studio featuring Magic Johnson, is somewhat intimidating. "I'd be lying if I didn't say I was a little worried, in this day and age when you're not allowed to make mistakes," Simmons tells USA TODAY Sports.

Knowing what you say on-air can spread instantly, whether or not it's quoted correctly, is unsettling. "Social media has been dangerous when it spreads a half-truth about something that happened," Simmons says.

Then there's this: Simmons lacks the standard pedigree needed to be anointed an analyst on big-event coverage. Although TV sports play-by-play announcers, anchors and reporters don't need to have come through their sport's inner sanctum, TV analysts are almost always card-carrying members of Howard Cosell's old nemesis -- the jockocracy.

"I've thought about it a lot, but I'm not worried about it," says Simmons. "If I'm funny, candid and people don't know what you're going to say, that's 99% of the battle in television."

Tell that to Dennis Miller and Tony Kornheiser, who did Monday Night Football. They got extra scrutiny from viewers and critics coming from a sort of who-are-they-to-tell-anybody-anything perspective.

Simmons, 43, says he was influenced growing up by listening to writer Peter Vescey on NBC's NBA studio show in the 1990s. "He was a little combative on that show," Simmons says, "but on television you want to sell the other guys, too. ... A huge point of TV is selling the other guys."

But, he says, not necessarily selling the sport's powers-that-be. Simmons this week included the NBA's David Stern in a Grantland.com story entitled A Hierarchy of Hypocrites: the Sports Guy wishes we could run our sports commissioners out of office -- although he says the NFL's Roger Goodell, not Stern, is now "wearing the Most Dangerously Incompetent Commissioner in Sports championship belt."

Simmons says he's "never going to hold back, and the league knows it." Besides, he says, he ultimately means well: "I love basketball as much as anybody."

He says there's TV footage to back him up. Growing up a Boston Celtics fan, Simmons says you can see him in the crowd in TV footage of Game 4 of the Los Angeles Lakers-Celtics 1987 NBA Finals as a victorious Laker jogs by for a post-game TV interview. Simmons is the one in the blue shirt "who looked like I was crying."

That player was Magic Johnson. "If you'd told me in high school I'd be on television with him, I'd have had a heart attack," Simmons says.

NBA power over TV? Asked about ESPN/ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy's comments to USA TODAY Sports about the NBA having influence over ESPN's coverage of the league, TNT's Charles Barkley says the NBA hasn't told him what to say. "And I wouldn't listen anyway if they did. ... The NBA might talk to our bosses, but never to us individually."

Tuesday, TNT's Ernie Johnson and Reggie Miller also said they have never seen the NBA trying to influence coverage. "None of that has been going on here," says Johnson, "and I've been here 62 years." That prompted TNT's Shaquille O'Neal to suggest, "If you want a real show, watch TNT."

Barkley clip 'n saves: On the Lakers adopting the Princeton offense, he says, "I want my accountants from Princeton, not my offense." And, "The Brooklyn Nets are the best team in New York."

No more TV makeup: As the Cleveland Indians' new manager, Terry Francona continues to work for ESPN through the World Series, a not uncommon situation in the TV world.

Looking back on his one-year TV gig after being fired by the Boston Red Sox, Francona says he "wasn't surprised" by anything in TV work. "But I was gratified. I made some unbelievable friends at ESPN. It was a great experience and now I feel rejuvenated."

Francona got his ESPN job after Fox's Joe Buck recruited him to be a last-minute fill-in on two Fox playoff games a year ago for Tim McCarver, who was out for medical reasons. So would Francona ever want to work again on TV, possibly with Buck?

"I have no idea. I haven't even selected a coaching staff for the Indians," said Francona, who did interview some candidates for pitching coach of the Indians. "I'm indebted to Joe Buck. Because of his guts, I got a year at ESPN. At some point, we'd like to get together again. But not in one year."

Spice rack: Fox's St. Louis Cardinals-San Francisco Giants National League Championship Series Game 7 on Monday drew 4.9% of U.S. households -- after the rating peaked at 5.8% just before the presidential debate began at 9 p.m. ET. Thanks partly to Fox getting a seven-game series and TBS getting the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series -- albeit in a four-game sweep -- the overall LCS viewership finished up 7% from last year. ... ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys says any suggestion that anchor Steve Berthiaume was forced out at ESPN -- because of concern over ratings or other reasons -- is unfounded. (Berthiaume is becoming an Arizona Diamondbacks announcer and his wife, ESPN anchor Cindy Brunson, is also leaving the network.) First, it's not logical to closely link SportsCenter ratings with any particular anchor -- ESPN has about 75 anchors -- and SportsCenter's ratings are up 3% so far this year. Says Soltys: Berthiaume "was a solid anchor here for more than 10 years, but we realize he has a good opportunity and we're sorry he's leaving." ... Bryant Gumbel, on HBO's Real Sports on Tuesday, said in light of the documented allegations against Lance Armstrong, "It's hard not to see even his charity work as simply part of his con act." Ouch.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/columnist/hiestand-tv/2012/10/23/hiestand-tv-bill-simmons-magic-johnson-espn-terry-francona-bryant-gumbel/1652027/
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TV Sports
Simmons 'a little worried' in big-time TV gig

I've seen Simmons as a guest host on Pardon the Interruption. He'll fit in well.
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Oct. 25, 2012

2012 WORLD SERIES
Fox, 7:30 p.m. ET

It’s Game 2, once again televised live from San Francisco, where the Detroit Tigers and the Giants hope to repeat some of their postseason heroics to make this a long and exciting World Series contest. The outcome of tonight’s game will have a lot to do with determining that…

THE BIG BANG THEORY
CBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

It’s the Halloween episode, and Howie Wolowitz (Simon Helberg), back from outer space, continues to be in a blue funk – but tonight he’s blue all over, as he and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) are costumed as Smurfs.

30 ROCK
NBC, 8:00 p.m. ET

The upcoming election has Jack and Liz (Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey) on opposing sides, and in this new, very timely episode, they both try to use their influence to help their candidate of choice.

THE OFFICE
NBC, 9:00 p.m. ET

It’s a Halloween episode, so costumes and pranks abound. But for me, the biggest draw this week is guest star Stephen Colbert, who visits as a member of the oft-mentioned, but until now never seen, a cappella singing group Here Comes Treble. And his character’s name is an even better pun: Broccoli Rob.

PARKS AND RECREATION
NBC, 9:31 p.m. ET

Halloween arrives on this show as well, which allows Leslie (Amy Poehler) to dress up as Rosie the Riveter. But as costumes go, I’m even more drawn to guest star Lucy Lawless, who dresses up as a princess – but not the Xena warrior kind.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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I've seen Simmons as a guest host on Pardon the Interruption. He'll fit in well.

Listen to his podcast all the time, I'm rooting for him as well...
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WEDNESDAY'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’s ‘Nashville’ steadies in week three
Averages a 2.0 in 18-49s, second in the 10 p.m. slot
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Oct. 25, 2012

In its third week new ABC drama “Nashville” saw its ratings stabilize following a solid debut and a big decline in week two.

“Nashville” averaged a 2.0 in adults 18-49 at 10 p.m., according to Nielsen, even to last week. It was the second week that the show has aired with its usual lead-in, “Suburgatory,” after debuting behind a special (and much higher-rated) episode of “Modern Family” two weeks ago.

“Nashville” still dropped 26 percent of “Suburgatory’s” 2.7 lead-in. The show finished third in its timeslot behind the World Series on Fox and CBS’s “CSI.”

Another new show, “Arrow,” also stayed even to last week in total viewers with 3.5 million. It fell from a 1.3 to a 1.1 in 18-49s.

ABC’s “Modern Family” was the night’s top show with a 4.9, but baseball won the evening.

Fox finished first for the night among 18-49s with a 3.2 average overnight rating and a 9 share. ABC and CBS tied for second at 2.7/7, NBC was fourth at 1.6/4, Univision fifth at 1.5/4, CW sixth at 0.9/3 and Telemundo seventh at 0.5/1.

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-six percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

Also, ratings for Fox's World Series coverage are approximate as fast nationals measure timeslot and not actual program data.

At 8 p.m. Fox led with a 3.4 for baseball, followed by CBS with a 2.8 for "Survivor." ABC was third with a 2.3 for "The Middle" (2.5) and "The Neighbors" (2.0), Univision fourth with a 1.6 for "Por Ella Soy Eva," NBC fifth with a 1.3 for "Animal Practice" (1.2) and "Guys with Kids" (1.3), CW sixth with a 1.1 for "Arrow" and Telemundo seventh with a 0.4 for "Rosa Diamante."

ABC took the lead at 9 p.m. with a 3.8 for "Family" (4.9) and "Suburgatory" (2.7), while Fox slipped to second with a 3.1 for baseball. CBS was third with a 3.0 for "Criminal Minds," NBC fourth with a 1.8 for "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," Univision fifth with a 1.7 for "Abismo de Pasion," CW sixth with a 0.7 for "Supernatural" and Telemundo seventh with a 0.5 for "Corazon Valiente."

At 10 p.m. Fox regained the lead with a 2.9 for baseball, with CBS second with a 2.4 for "CSI." ABC was third with a 2.0 for "Nashville," NBC fourth with a 1.8 for "Chicago Fire," Univision fifth with a 1.4 for "Amor Bravio" and Telemundo sixth with a 0.6 for "Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal" (0.7) and "El Rostro de la Venganza" (0.4).

Fox was also first for the night among households with a 6.9 average overnight rating and an 11 share. CBS was second at 6.6/10, ABC third at 5.2/8, NBC fourth at 3.8/6, Univision fifth at 2.0/3, CW sixth at 1.8/3 and Telemundo seventh at 0.7/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/abcs-nashville-steadies-in-week-three/

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TV Sports
World Series game one off from last year
Opener scores lowest rating ever, 7.6 in households
By Bill Cromwell, Media Life Magazine - Oct. 25, 2012

The San Francisco Giants-Detroit Tigers World Series is off to a slow start.

Last night’s opener drew the lowest rating ever for game one of a World Series, slightly worse than the last time the Tigers played in the series.

The game averaged 7.6 household rating last night, according to Nielsen metered-market ratings, falling 13 percent from last year, when the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers drew an 8.7.

Still, Fox notched its most-watched program since the finale of "American Idol" last May, averaging 12.2 million total viewers.

The previous lowest-rated World Series opener came in 2006, when the Cardinals and Tigers averaged an 8.0, but that game was played on a Saturday night, when households using television levels tend to be lower.

In 2007, Major League Baseball moved game one to Wednesday night, and this is the lowest opener since that change.

That’s not a huge surprise.

Though both teams hail from top-10 markets, neither one is a huge national draw like the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees.

Ratings for the earlier rounds of the playoffs weren’t all that impressive, either. The ALCS was up over last year on TBS, but the Yankees played in that series, and they tend to be a big draw.

The National League Championship Series on Fox was down from the previous year’s matchup on the network, and regular-season baseball ratings declined on every carrier this year.

Most importantly, yesterday’s game was decided early on. The Giants took a 6-0 lead in the fifth inning, and viewership dropped off in the 10 p.m. hour after the outcome of the game was clear.

To that point, viewership for the game had been on par with the 2011 opener.

Last year’s series also started out slow, but strong ratings for the final two games helped lift it to a much stronger performance than 2010.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/world-series-game-one-falls-from-last-year/
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TV Notes
Fox Orders Celebrity Diving Reality Special
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Oct. 25, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: U.S.’ reality pool is getting crowed. Fox is taking a plunge into the competition celebrity diving reality arena with Stars In Danger: High Diving, a two-hour special, which will air this winter. It will be produced by Bunim/Murray Prods. based on a format owned by its parent company Banijay International. If successful, it could spawn a regular series.

The Stars In Danger green light comes on the heels of ABC giving a straight-to-series order earlier this month to Celebrity Splash, a competition celebrity diving reality series from Eyeworks USA, also based on an European format owned by Eyeworks. Stars In Danger: High Diving is expected to hit the water (air) first.

While Celebrity Splash only premiered in August in the Netherlands (as Sterren Springen), Stars In Danger: High Diving has long traditions. It has aired as a yearly two-night, three-hour special on ProSieben in Germany since 2004 as TV Total Turmspringen. (Watch bellow a video of a classic belly flop courtesy of an American-born member of boy band US5.) Its eighth edition is slated to start filming on Nov. 24. In fact, there have been reports that Banijay is mulling filing a lawsuit against Eyeworks over Celebrity Splash. “We think ours of the best format because it’s the original, and with our sister company having produced the show for eight years, we will use all their experience and put it in our show,” said Bunim/Murray’s Jonathan Murray.

In Fox’s Stars In Danger: High Diving, approximately eight celebrities from different areas will first complete a crash-course in diving techniques, overseen by a renowned diving coach. After an intense training period, which will be featured in the special, they will compete in a series of Olympic-style dives, including solo high diving and synchronized diving, from a variety of heights ranging from 3, 5, 7.5 and 10 meters. An expert judging panel will award points and eventually narrow down the men, women and teams until the finalists battle it out dive-for-dive to determine the winner. Because of the different length, two hours vs. three for the original, the Fox version will be “much tighter and more focused on the drama of the celebrities stepping out of their comfort zone and getting tested in a way they had never been tested before,” Murray said.

The Stars In Danger: High Diving format has been percolating around the U.S. marketplace for a while, first handled by the producer of the original series, Raab TV/Brainpool TV, and more recently, following Banijay’s acqusition of Brainpool and Bunim/Murray, by the Real World producer, which took it to Fox where it has done several series, including The Simple Life. “Stars In Danger has all the hallmarks of a great American Fox reality show — big stakes and high drama that keeps you on the edge of your seat,” said Murray, who is executive producing with Gil Goldschein and Scott Freeman. In Europe, there also have been other variations of the Stars In Danger format featuring celebrities compete in auto racing, equestrian and bobsled challenges.

Fox has a history of jumping ahead of ABC with shows that have concepts similar to ABC series, like Nanny 911 vs. ABC’s Supernanny and Trading Spouses vs. WifeSwap.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/10/fox-orders-celebrity-diving-reality-special-to-join-abcs-celebrity-splash-series/
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TV Sports
Time Warner Cable faces tough defense for Lakers channels
By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times - Oct. 25, 2012

Time Warner Cable's new Lakers channels are having trouble taking it to the hoop.

On Wednesday, Cox Cable and satellite broadcaster DirecTV went public with complaints about Time Warner Cable's lack of flexibility in negotiating deals for SportsNet and the Spanish-language Deportes, the new television outlets for the Lakers.

Launched Oct. 1, Time Warner Cable has yet to strike deals with any other distributors for the channels, which will carry the majority of Lakers games starting October 31.

That means millions of Lakers fans could miss lots of games if contracts are not signed soon. Though Time Warner Cable has over 2 million subscribers in Southern California, many people in the region have other pay-TV providers. DirecTV has 1.7 million subscribers and Cox has about 1.2 million. Dish Network has about 900,000 subscribers and Charter has over 350,000 customers.

At issue is the price Time Warner Cable wants for the two channels. Although the cable company has never publicly disclosed what it is seeking, people close to the situation said it is looking for as much as $3.95 per subscriber, per month for SportsNet. That makes the regional sports channels two of the more expensive offerings in the marketplace.

Cox and DirecTV said they had offered to carry SportsNet and Deportes on a specialty tier of sports channels that subscribers would have to order separately to receive.

"We understand that sports programming is very popular, but that programming comes at an extremely high price," Cox said in a statement. DirecTV said it and Time Warner Cable "share a responsibility to ensure that both fans and non-fans alike avoid any extraordinary increases to their families' monthly bills."

Time Warner Cable is not interested in offering SportsNet and Deportes in a specialty tier.

"Cox and DirecTV know that there is no regional sports network anywhere in the country that is offered on an optional tier -- that would be unprecedented," Time Warner Cable said in a statement. The company added that it pays more to carry Root Sports, a channel owned by DirecTV, than what it is asking for SportsNet and Deportes.

Time Warner Cable wants the largest distribution possible because the more homes the channels are in, the more it can potentially make in advertising. Also, at $3 billion for 20 years, Time Warner Cable's agreement with the Lakers is too expensive for the cable operator to settle for being on a tier with limited distribution.

One of Cox's gripes is that the price is too high for a channel that essentially only has one major sports franchise. SportsNet and Deportes also have the Galaxy soccer team, but the Lakers are the big draw.

"The price for the Lakers is one of the highest wholesale prices that we have seen, especially when you consider it on a 'per game' basis: only 53 of the Lakers' 82 regular season games will be exclusively available on Time Warner Cable," Cox said in a statement, adding that the other Lakers games are available on ESPN, TNT and ABC.

Time Warner Cable's top priority is getting a deal done with either DirecTV or Dish. Both satellite services compete head-to-head with Cox and Charter. If DirecTV and/or Dish have SportsNet and Deportes, they can try to steal customers away from Cox and Charter. Time Warner Cable does not compete directly with Cox or Charter.

Time Warner Cable decided to launch its channels in part to combat having to pay excessive fees to carry sports programming. The Lakers previously were on News Corp.'s Los Angeles regional sports network, Fox Sports West.

"We prefer not to be in this business, and if we had been charged more reasonable rates, we probably wouldn't be in this position," Time Warner Cable Chief Financial Officer Irene Esteves told Wall Street analysts recently.

The Los Angeles market already has a large number of sports channels. Besides SportsNet and Deportes, there are Fox's Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket. There is also the just-launched Pac-12 Network, which carries some USC and UCLA football.

Time Warner Cable is not expected to rest with just the Lakers. The Dodgers' TV deal with Prime Ticket is ending soon, and if given the opportunity, Time Warner Cable has said it will pursue the TV rights for the team. Prime Ticket currently has an exclusive window with the Dodgers to renew the deal.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-lakers-channel-time-warner-cable-20121025,0,5784829.story
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Technology/Business Notes
With New Tablet, Microsoft Faces a Balancing Act
By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times - Oct. 25, 2012

Microsoft, the world’s best-known software company, is now in the business of making its own computers. That could get complicated.

The delicate balancing act Microsoft must now perform was apparent at two events it held Thursday in New York to mark the introduction of two major new products. At the first, Microsoft showcased devices made by Samsung, Dell and many other important hardware partners that run Windows 8, a version of its flagship operating system redesigned to accommodate touch-based devices like tablets.

An hour later in a different area of the same venue, a huge pier in the Hudson River, Microsoft focused entirely on Surface, a Windows tablet of its own design and the first computer the company has made in its 37-year history.

The split allowed Microsoft to spotlight devices made by others without awkwardly upstaging them with Surface. But Microsoft executives left little doubt as to which computer was their favorite. At the Surface event, Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft’s Windows division, described the product as the best tablet and laptop he had ever used. (The company is selling a magnetically attached cover for Surface that doubles as a notebook-sized keyboard.)

“We decided to do Surface because it’s the ultimate expression of Windows,” Mr. Sinofsky said. “It’s a stage.”

Microsoft’s move into the hardware business has perturbed many of its traditional partners, with implications that are still unclear. The company was to start selling Surface at midnight at about 60 Microsoft-operated stores around North America, a move that has annoyed retailers who will be deprived of a high-profile electronics device backed by a big marketing campaign.

There’s grumbling, too, a lot of it private, from the company’s hardware partners about Microsoft competing with them for sales. But there aren’t many compelling software alternatives to which Microsoft’s partners can jump.

Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at Gartner, said Windows 8 was too critical for the company to leave just to its partners, who often churn out uninspired designs. “This is Windows the way Microsoft wants you to see it,” he said of Surface, which has an eye-catching magnesium case. (The first version of Surface will run a variation of Windows 8 called Windows RT that cannot run older Windows applications.)

Things could get even trickier for Microsoft and its partners in the future. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive, has left open the possibility of making more hardware products, with analyst speculation focusing on a possible smartphone.

In a rare joint interview on Wednesday, Mr. Ballmer and Michael Dell, the chief executive of Dell, one of Microsoft’s oldest partners in the PC business, played down any fallout from Microsoft’s move into hardware. Mr. Ballmer said Mr. Dell was the first person he ever showed a Surface device to, prior to the announcement of the product in June. He said he flew to Chicago with one of the devices to meet Mr. Dell, who was on his way to Lagos, Nigeria.

Mr. Ballmer said it was important for him to show the device and explain it to Mr. Dell in person because he expected his initial reaction to be: “What the heck? This is different.”

Mr. Dell, for his part, said he did not have a problem with Microsoft making Surface. “As I’ve understood Steve’s plans here, if Surface helps Windows 8 succeed, that’s going to be good for Windows, good for Dell and good for our customers,” Mr. Dell said.

Of course, if Surface flops, its partners will likely find it easier to ignore. The company still has to convince customers, including businesses, that the product is as compelling and reliable as Apple’s iPad, a product that has had several years to develop.

Rich Adduci, chief information officer of Boston Scientific, a medical devices company, has more than 20,000 PCs at his company running older versions of Windows. But Mr. Adduci has also deployed more than 5,500 iPads to salespeople and other employees.

“Candidly, Surface is going to have a long hard road ahead of it, given the marketplace and how it has matured with iPad and Android devices,” he said. “There’s a very high bar for Surface that it’s going to have to hit initially for it to have a real chance.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/26/technology/with-new-tablet-microsoft-faces-a-balancing-act.html?ref=technology&_r=0
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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
9PM - All Acces Nashville with Katie Couric (Special)
10PM - 20/20
* * * *
11:35PM - Nightline (LIVE)
Midnight - Jimmy Kimmel Live
(R - Oct. 8)

CBS:
8PM - NCIS
(R - Feb. 7)
9PM - CSI: NY
10PM - Blue Bloods
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Dennis Quaid; Krysten Ritter; Diamond Rings perform)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Amanda Peet; John Cho)

NBC:
8PM - Mockingbird Lane (Special)
9PM - Grimm
10PM - Dateline NBC
* * * *
11:35PM - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (Sarah Silverman; chef Paula Deen; Lyle Lovett performs)
12:37AM - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Ethan Hawke; James Van Der Beek; professional basketball player Deron Williams; The Xx performs)
1:37AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Sam Rockwell; writer Jordan Roberts; Kimbra performs)
(R - Oct. 113)

FOX:
8PM - Kitchen Nightmares (Season Premiere)
9PM - Fringe

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Washington Week in Review
8:30PM - Need to Know
9PM - Frontline: The Choice 2012
(R - Oct. 9)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Por Ella Soy Yo
9PM - Abismo de Pasión
10PM - El Amor Bravio

THE CW:
8PM - America's Next Top Model
9PM - Nikita

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

HBO:
10PM - Real Time with Bill Maher (LIVE; Editor Chrystia Freeland; former Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D-N.Y.); political analyst Michael Steele; Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.); election forecaster Nate Silver)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Miley Cyrus; John Caparule; Fortune Feimster; Josh Wolf)
(R - Oct. 17)

Edited by dad1153 - 10/25/12 at 10:15pm
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Oct. 26, 2012

MOCKINGBIRD LANE
NBC, 8:00 p.m. ET

Unless this unsold pilot draws so many viewers NBC reverses its decision, this 2012 update of the 60s comedy The Munsters will not continue as a weekly series – and that’s regrettable, given that the co-writer of Mockingbird Lane is Bryan Fuller, creator of ABC’s Pushing Daisies. In this new version, Jerry O’Connell stars as Herman Munster, with Portia de Rossi as his wife Lily and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa.

FRINGE
Fox, 8:00 p.m. ET

This is the start of the final 10 episodes for this series – and this is the episode where, rather than accept their futuristic fate, the fringe group decides to go on the offensive. Good luck with that.

FRONTLINE: "THE CHOICE"
PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

Here’s a very welcome repeat of last week’s Frontline two-hour special, The Choice 2012, a very telling, very even-handed dual biography of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. If you’re planning to vote a week from Tuesday, you really, really should watch this documentary. If you’re not planning to vote, well, I don’t understand that at all. Check local listings.

HUNTED
Cinemax, 10:00 p.m. ET

In last week’s series premiere, Sam (Melissa George) successfully established herself in the fortified Turner household as the new nanny, putting her in position to spy on scheming millionaire Jack (Patrick Malahide, who’s excellent). This week, we begin to see what she can, and can’t, do now that she’s in there, as she deals with her own trust issues as well.

REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER
HBO, 10:00 p.m. ET

The third and final presidential debate of 2012 took place earlier this week, and now, with the election just 12 days away, Maher and company weigh in. And this week, his company is a very vocal group – including Barney Frank, Eliot Spitzer, Michael Steele and Nate Silver.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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TV Review
‘Health Inspectors,’ must we look?
Food Network series marches us through dirty restaurant kitchens
By Tom Conroy, Media Life Magazine - Oct. 25, 2012

Few people remember that People magazine was spun off from Time's one-page People section. Entertainment Weekly was subsequently spun off from People's Picks and Pans pages.

TV sometimes tries the same trick. The Food Network's new reality series "Health Inspectors," which premieres this Friday, Oct. 26, at 10:30 p.m., makes an entire show out of the scenes in Fox's "Kitchen Nightmares" in which Gordon Ramsay discovers the filth in a restaurant's work areas and then makes the staff clean them. Since the host of "Health Inspectors" is far less volatile than Ramsay, the show is even more forgettable than it sounds.

Of course, many strife-weary reality viewers will find that lack of volatility to be a virtue as they watch "Health Inspectors" spin through the problem-fix-redemption cycle that's so familiar from similar shows in which experts swoop in to rescue a troubled business. If they can stomach the "before" scenes, they may enjoy a half hour of bland distraction.

In the episode provided for review, the show's host, Ben Vaughn, who identifies himself as a former restaurant owner who now makes a living "helping restaurants that can't keep their stuff clean," visits Big Momma's Chicken and Waffles, a small restaurant in New Orleans.

The owner, Earl, says that he opened the place right after Hurricane Katrina, spending all his savings. So we're on his side from the start.

Earl says the restaurant has some "internal issues." More specifically, he says that his staffers are "very fussy, very active, very lively" and that "they don't respect authority and they don't respect their coworkers."

They're certainly not fussy about cleanliness. Vaughn enumerates eight different health-code violations in his inspection of the premises. He finds a hair in a serving of chicken and then is told that the staffers refuse to wear hairnets. Meat is left to thaw in a bucket of stagnant water, and when Vaughn moves a refrigerator, cockroaches flee in a stampede. Various surfaces are covered in cooking grease or worse.

Whereas Ramsey would spend a lot of time sussing out the personality issues in the restaurant, this show skims over them. The hostess, Earl's sister-in-law Renee, bickers with the kitchen staff. The manager, Larry, appears to be ineffectual.

The staffers try to be colorful for the cameras — one says she doesn’t want to wear a hairnet because she's "too cute for that" — but their hearts don't seem to be in it.

Ramsay, like a Marine drill instructor, would tear those slackers down before building them up again. Vaughn doesn't have the time in a half-hour show. Instead, after a little criticism and advice, he simply has the staffers mop and scrub the surfaces, then calls in a professional cleaning crew and exterminators to do the real work.

Most viewers will suspect that within a few months, the kitchen will look about the same as before.

Fortunately, the actual state health inspector shows up within three weeks. Vaughn's advice turns out to be good — for example, he has told Earl that inspectors look for scoops in bins holding loose ingredients. The inspector provides the expected reality-show pause before rendering his judgment.

All the ingredients on "Health Inspectors" are familiar, and it's hard to imagine that future episodes will feature novel examples of filth. This show will go stale quickly.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/health-inspectors-must-we-look/
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TV Review
NBC airs 'The Munsters' reboot 'Mockingbird Lane'
Bryan Fuller's take won't become a series, but it will get to be seen by the public
By Alan Sepinwall, HitFix.com - Oct. 25, 2012

“Mockingbird Lane,” which NBC is airing Friday night at 8, is a blast from the TV past in two different ways. First, it’s an adaptation of “The Munsters,” the enduring black-and-white ‘60s family sitcom about a wacky clan whose members include two vampires, a werewolf and a Frankenstein’s monster. Second, it’s an unsold pilot that NBC is airing just for the heck of it, even though the network didn’t order it to series.

Busted Pilot Theater used to be a TV staple, particularly in the summer months, when the networks would try to recoup the cost of making all those pilots by disguising them as TV-movies, special events or anthology series. Every now and then, one might get some extra attention (in 1989, CBS promoted a pilot called “What’s Alan Watching?” because it featured, briefly, Eddie Murphy’s first TV comedy work since leaving “SNL”), but for the most part, they were cheap, disposable replacement programming during the slow months.

Today, of course, the networks fill their summer schedules with reality programming, leaving less room for this kind of thing. And because more people pay attention to how the sausage gets made, networks generally find the whole thing embarrassing. Either an unsold pilot comes across as so terrible that they look bad for even considering it, or it winds up looking better than the pilots they actually ordered to series.

Occasionally, though, a busted pilot still sees the light of day. Only a few weeks ago, FX aired “Outlaw Country,” a pilot that had been in development for years before the channel gave up on it, but did it at 10 p.m. on a Friday with virtually no promotion or advance warning. In the summer of 2009, FOX aired “Virtuality,” a two-hour science fiction pilot from “Battlestar Galactica” producer Ronald D. Moore, and that seemed a case where the show was just so expensive that there was genuine value in airing it once to try to make back some of the money. And a few months before that, USA randomly aired a long-defunct pilot called “To Love and Die” on December 30, apparently just because they had nothing better for the night before New Year’s Eve.

On these rare occasions when Busted Pilot Theater still happens, a TV geek can watch both to figure out what the network saw in the idea in the first place, and speculate on why it didn’t make the cut. “Outlaw Country,” for instance, seemed to overlap too much with pre-existing FX shows “Justified” and “Sons of Anarchy,” and leading man Luke Grimes was consistently outclassed by co-star John Hawkes. Yet it was easy to see why FX would have wanted to be in the John Hawkes business.

With “Mockingbird Lane,” the reason why NBC execs were intrigued and why they ultimately passed would appear to be the same thing: Bryan Fuller.

Fuller’s the creative mind behind “Pushing Daisies,” “Wonderfalls” and “Dead Like Me,” as well as much of what was good about “Heroes” in its first season. His own creations tend to be a mix of the sweet and the macabre — the pie-making hero of “Pushing Daisies” had the power to bring the dead back to life, but the gift came with various unappealing catches — and their commercial prospects tend to be modest. (“Pushing Daisies” was briefly a hit when it began, but had already begun sinking in the ratings when the writers strike cut its first season short; very few people came back for the second.)

Fuller’s creative interests make him something of an ideal match for a “Munsters” reboot. The original series was largely driven by sight gags and slapstick (“The Addams Family,” which aired at the same time, was more interested in exploring the dark side of this kind of family), but there’s a lot of interesting territory to explore if you start thinking about any of it — which Fuller very clearly has.

So Jerry O’Connell’s Herman Munster isn’t a big galoot the way Fred Gwynne’s was (though he’s introduced in a way that pays tribute to Gwynne), but a reborn man acutely aware that he’s been stitched together from so many decaying parts. When little Eddie Munster (Mason Cook) notes that his dad’s heart feels funny, Herman replies, “It’s how I know who I am, when I’m made of so many different people.”

Grandpa (Eddie Izzard) and Lily (Portia de Rossi) are still vampires, and now they’re not just the cuddly kind. Grandpa — or “D,” as he prefers to be called (perhaps because he’s Dracula himself?) — is fond of enslaving the neighbors with special blood cookies, and he remains a thirsty, if also witty, individual.

"You ate a lion, while naked." Herman complains after Grandpa gives Eddie a wildlife tour.

"The lion was naked,” Grandpa replies. “It seemed polite."

A lot of the show deals with the push and pull between being normal — like “plain” family outcast Marilyn (Charity Wakefield) — and being unusual. Some of Herman and Lily’s discussions about Eddie (who doesn’t know he’s a werewolf, even after nearly killing his entire scout troop) evoke another NBC show, “Parenthood,” and how Adam and Kristina talk about the special needs of their son Max.

Throughout the one-hour “Mockingbird Lane” pilot, it’s easy to see why NBC wanted Fuller (with help from director Bryan Singer) to tackle this material, just as it’s easy to see why his take scared them. “The Munsters” doesn’t have a ton of cachet among 18-49 year-olds as it is, and will those who do remember the old show fondly want to watch a new version that’s this graphic (their new home on Mockingbird Lane was previously occupied by a serial killer of hobos, which they consider a selling point), and that doesn’t just paint the Munsters as harmless eccentrics, misunderstood because they look different from their neighbors?

I’m often mixed on Fuller’s shows. “Pushing Daisies” is the only one of his series to fully engage me, and even then not all the way to the end, and I’d put the “Mockingbird Lane” pilot more in line with the others I found interesting but didn’t want to watch every week. Still, the man does interesting work that doesn’t feel like anything else on television. NBC had to suspect this is what he would do with the property. If they didn’t want a Fuller-ized “Munsters,” I’m not sure why anyone bothered.

But, hey, at least everyone gets to see it once if they want. That’s a much better fate than most busted pilots get in this day and age.

http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/review-nbc-airs-the-munsters-reboot-mockingbird-lane
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TV Notes
Fox Orders Celebrity Diving Reality Special
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Oct. 25, 2012

I think I'll gouge my eyes out now rolleyes.gif.
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TV Notes
Fox Orders Celebrity Diving Reality Special
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Oct. 25, 2012
EXCLUSIVE: U.S.’ reality pool is getting crowed. Fox is taking a plunge into the competition celebrity diving reality arena with Stars In Danger: High Diving, a two-hour special, which will air this winter. It will be produced by Bunim/Murray Prods. based on a format owned by its parent company Banijay International. If successful, it could spawn a regular series.

The Stars In Danger green light comes on the heels of ABC giving a straight-to-series order earlier this month to Celebrity Splash, a competition celebrity diving reality series from Eyeworks USA, also based on an European format owned by Eyeworks. Stars In Danger: High Diving is expected to hit the water (air) first.

While Celebrity Splash only premiered in August in the Netherlands (as Sterren Springen), Stars In Danger: High Diving has long traditions. It has aired as a yearly two-night, three-hour special on ProSieben in Germany since 2004 as TV Total Turmspringen. (Watch bellow a video of a classic belly flop courtesy of an American-born member of boy band US5.) Its eighth edition is slated to start filming on Nov. 24. In fact, there have been reports that Banijay is mulling filing a lawsuit against Eyeworks over Celebrity Splash. “We think ours of the best format because it’s the original, and with our sister company having produced the show for eight years, we will use all their experience and put it in our show,” said Bunim/Murray’s Jonathan Murray.

In Fox’s Stars In Danger: High Diving, approximately eight celebrities from different areas will first complete a crash-course in diving techniques, overseen by a renowned diving coach. After an intense training period, which will be featured in the special, they will compete in a series of Olympic-style dives, including solo high diving and synchronized diving, from a variety of heights ranging from 3, 5, 7.5 and 10 meters. An expert judging panel will award points and eventually narrow down the men, women and teams until the finalists battle it out dive-for-dive to determine the winner. Because of the different length, two hours vs. three for the original, the Fox version will be “much tighter and more focused on the drama of the celebrities stepping out of their comfort zone and getting tested in a way they had never been tested before,” Murray said.

The Stars In Danger: High Diving format has been percolating around the U.S. marketplace for a while, first handled by the producer of the original series, Raab TV/Brainpool TV, and more recently, following Banijay’s acqusition of Brainpool and Bunim/Murray, by the Real World producer, which took it to Fox where it has done several series, including The Simple Life. “Stars In Danger has all the hallmarks of a great American Fox reality show — big stakes and high drama that keeps you on the edge of your seat,” said Murray, who is executive producing with Gil Goldschein and Scott Freeman. In Europe, there also have been other variations of the Stars In Danger format featuring celebrities compete in auto racing, equestrian and bobsled challenges.

Fox has a history of jumping ahead of ABC with shows that have concepts similar to ABC series, like Nanny 911 vs. ABC’s Supernanny and Trading Spouses vs. WifeSwap.
http://www.deadline.com/2012/10/fox-orders-celebrity-diving-reality-special-to-join-abcs-celebrity-splash-series/
Yawn. rolleyes.gif
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Fox Orders Celebrity Diving Reality Special
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Oct. 25, 2012
EXCLUSIVE: U.S.’ reality pool is getting crowed. Fox is taking a plunge into the competition celebrity diving reality arena with Stars In Danger: High Diving, a two-hour special, which will air this winter. It will be produced by Bunim/Murray Prods. based on a format owned by its parent company Banijay International. If successful, it could spawn a regular series.

Hahahahahahahahahahahhahahahaaaaaaaaaa ...

I don't think there's enough laughter in the world to emphasize how dumb this is.

So it's probably going to be a hit!
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Hahahahahahahahahahahhahahahaaaaaaaaaa ...
I don't think there's enough laughter in the world to emphasize how dumb this is.
So it's probably going to be a hit!

Well, celebrity ice skating tanked, so there's always hope.
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TV Notes
Fox Orders Celebrity Diving Reality Special

Without Rodney Dangerfield this show has no chance. biggrin.gif
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I read celebrity "DRIVING".. but it's diving.. I'll pass for sure...
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I can think of a few celebrities I wouldn't mind seeing do a high-dive belly-flop. But if that doesn't hapen withing the first 5 minutes, and continue throughout the show, it's got no chance of surviving.
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Belly flops like this? This is the Dutch show the ABC show is based on.

http://youtu.be/RRPu0bm4Ams
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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)
CBS wins first Thursday of sweeps
Averages a 3.1 in adults 18-49, led by 'Big Bang Theory'
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Oct. 26, 2012

The first night of the November sweeps saw some wild fluctuations in ratings likely due more to sports programming than anything else.

With game two of the World Series airing on Fox, preempting usual Thursday night lineup “The X Factor” and “Glee,” and NBC airing a football game that preempted its regular programming in Minneapolis, some shows saw big ratings gains while others plummeted.

CBS won the night with a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating and 9 share, according to Nielsen, with its 8 p.m. comedy, “The Big Bang Theory,” finishing as the night’s top show with a 4.8.

“Bang” was even to last week, but other CBS shows saw ups and downs.

“Two and a Half Men” fell 8 percent from last week’s season high to a 3.7, and the 10 p.m. new drama “Elementary” dipped 4 percent to a 2.2 following a full-season pickup earlier this week.

But 9 p.m. drama “Person of Interest” improved 7 percent.

Meanwhile, ABC’s “Last Resort” tumbled 24 percent from last week, to a 1.3, and “Grey’s Anatomy” was off 15 percent, to a 2.9.

Yet at 10 p.m. drama “Scandal” rose 5 percent from last week, to a 2.0.

These numbers may be explained by people tuning in to the World Series and tape-delaying scripted programming.

Though NBC finished a distant fourth on the night, all but one of its shows saw gains. “30 Rock” led off the night with a 1.3, up 8 percent from last week, while lead-out “Up All Night” surged 23 percent, to a 1.6.

“Parks and Recreation” improved 19 percent, to a 1.9, and “Rock Center with Brian Williams” grew 44 percent, to a 1.3, its best rating since Sept. 13.

With CBS finishing first in primetime, Fox was second at 2.9/8, ABC third at 2.1/6, Univision fourth at 1.6/5, NBC fifth at 1.6/4, CW sixth at 0.9/3 and Telemundo seventh at 0.5/1.

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-six percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

Also, ratings for Fox's World Series coverage are approximate as fast nationals measure timeslot and not actual program data.

At 8 p.m. CBS was first with a 4.3 for "Bang" (4.8) and "Men" (3.7), followed by Fox with a 2.7 for the World Series. Univision was third with a 1.8 for "Por Ella Soy Eva," NBC fourth with a 1.5 for "30 Rock" (1.3) and "Night" (1.6), ABC fifth with a 1.3 for "Last Resort," CW sixth with a 1.2 for "The Vampire Diaries" and Telemundo seventh with a 0.4 for "Rosa Diamante."

CBS was first again at 9 p.m. with a 3.0 for "Person," while ABC moved to second with a 2.9 for "Grey's." Fox was third with a 2.7 for baseball, NBC fourth with a 2.0 for "The Office" (2.1) and "Parks" (1.9), Univision fifth with a 1.7 for "Abismo de Pasion," CW sixth with a 0.7 for "Beauty and the Beast" and Telemundo seventh with a 0.5 for "Corazon Valiente."

At 10 p.m. Fox took the lead with a 3.2 for baseball, with CBS second with a 2.2 for "Elementary." ABC was third with a 2.0 for "Scandal," Univision fourth with a 1.4 for "Amor Bravio," NBC fifth with a 1.3 for "Rock Center with Brian Williams" and Telemundo sixth with a 0.6 for "Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal" (0.7) and "El Rostro de a Venganza" (0.5).

CBS also finished first for the night among households with an 8.0 average overnight rating and a 13 share. Fox was second at 6.5/10, ABC third at 4.8/8, NBC fourth at 2.7/4, Univision fifth at 2.1/3, CW sixth at 1.5/2 and Telemundo seventh at 0.7/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/cbs-wins-first-thursday-of-sweeps/

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Nielsen Notes (Daytime)
‘GMA’ runs win streak to 10 weeks

“Good Morning America” continues to lengthen its winning streak, improving to 10 straight weeks at No. 1 among the morning news shows in total viewers, its longest streak in almost 19 years.

ABC’s show averaged 4.84 million total viewers and 2.01 million adults 25-54 for the week ended Oct. 21, according to Nielsen, up 5 percent week to week in the demo for its best performance on that measure since May.

It has won eight straight weeks in the demo.

Rival “Today,” whose long winning streak was broken in April, drew 4.45 million total viewers and 1.795 25-54s for the week.

“CBS This Morning” averaged 2.52 million total viewers, up 3 percent versus the same week last year, though it was down 7 percent in 25-54s to 966,000.

Season to date “GMA” has a lead of 605,000 in total viewers over “Today,” its biggest advantage in 21 years.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/gma-runs-win-streak-to-10-weeks/
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