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Technology/Business Notes
Japan’s Electronics Behemoths Speak of Dire Times Ahead
By Hiroko Tabuchi, The New York Times - Nov. 2, 2012

TOKYO — After years of bets gone wrong and lost opportunities, three of Japan’s consumer electronics giants are showing some signs of faltering.

In the most dire warning, Sharp forecast on Thursday a 450 billion yen ($5.6 billion) full-year loss and warned that it had “material doubts” about its ability to survive.

On the same day, Panasonic’s shares lost a fifth of their value in Tokyo after the company forecast a 765 billion yen ($9.6 billion) annual net loss from write-downs in its solar-power, battery and mobile handset businesses.

And Sony, perhaps the best positioned of the companies, posted a net loss of 15.5 billion yen ($194 million) for the quarter on Thursday and warned of falling sales in almost every product it sells.

“We have a lot of great technology which we want to tap to revive and generate profit, but the company does not have that vitality,” Takashi Okuda, Sharp’s chief executive, told reporters after the company posted a net loss of 249 billion yen ($3.1 billion) for the three months to September. The loss was far larger than expected.

In a statement, the company said it had a “serious negative operating cash flow” which raised “serious doubts” about its ability to continue as a going concern, and said it was taking steps, including pay cuts, voluntary redundancies and asset sales, to generate cash flow.

While Sharp is in the most serious trouble, the three companies’ woes are similar at the core.

All three make good quality, even cutting-edge products — but so do their overseas competitors, usually at lower prices. None of the three have managed to generate the brand pizazz of Apple, or the marketing muscle of Samsung Electronics. In addition, a stubbornly strong yen continues to sap their competitiveness, while Japan’s territorial dispute with China has hurt sales there.

The scale of the losses is the result of specific missteps, from huge investments in the wrong technologies to a reluctance to exit loss-making businesses. A manufacturing bubble here in the mid-2000s — fed partly by an unusually weak currency and Americans flush with cash from rising home prices — masked continued weaknesses in their business models and spurred the companies to take big bets that backfired.

When the global financial crisis brought that boom to an end in 2008, the three were saddled with excess capacity, bloated work forces and investments that they could hardly hope to recoup. And their refusal to make a big enough departure from the ways of their glory years is now making a comeback difficult.

“Many investors are longing for reforms that will let all of the pus out,” Yuji Fujimori, technology analyst at Barclays Capital in Tokyo, said in a recent note to clients.

Sharp’s stumble, in many ways, has been the most humbling. It was the biggest beneficiary of the manufacturing bubble: from 2000 to 2007, its profits jumped 150 percent. Sharp’s high-end Aquos liquid-crystal display televisions — which it manufactured at state-of-the-art factories in Kameyama, in western Japan — were a runaway hit in the nascent flat-panel market. The spinoff Aquos cellphone topped Japanese sales rankings. Sharp’s solar batteries also sold briskly, helped by a bubble in green technologies.

The company’s success during this period seemed to validate Japan’s penchant for manufacturing their most important products in-house. In advertisements, Sharp showed off its cutting-edge factories.

But even before the financial crisis, analysts were warning of an impending crash in prices of flat-panel televisions, which were fast becoming commodities that cheap upstarts could emulate. In 2008, the iPhone made its debut in Japan, the end of an era for Japanese-style cellphones. Chinese upstarts were starting to flood global markets with cheap solar panels and batteries. In consumer electronics, outsourced manufacturing became the norm.

Still, Sharp did not change course. It built a new factory in Sakai, Japan, which could make 6 million large LCD panels a year — more than the size of the global market at the time. Sharp missed the smartphone wave, and its cellphone sales in Japan halved from 2007 to 2012. And in late 2011, the solar bubble burst, driving many solar power companies into bankruptcy and Sharp’s solar batteries business into the red. The unit has not turned a profit since.

Now, the Kameyama factories no longer make televisions but panels for Apple’s iPhones and iPads.

Panasonic, for its part, also bet heavily on plasma televisions in 2003, pouring some 600 billion yen into a series of factories in Amagasaki, not far from Sharp’s own plant. It also bet on solar panels and rechargeable batteries, buying Sanyo in 2009.

But with plasma now a fading technology and solar power struggling, Panasonic is saddled with major losses. Last year, it announced that a factory in Amagasaki was closing, less than two years after it opened.

Kazuhiro Tsuga, who took the helm at Panasonic this year, was blunt in describing his company’s predicament. “We are among the losers in consumer electronics," he told a news conference on Wednesday. He now promises to shift the company away from money-losing televisions and gadgets.

Of the three, Sony now seems the most prescient. Its executives have preached the power of networks and content since the 1990s, building up a vast catalog of music and movies to lure users to their devices. Sony has also moved to slash costs and jobs and sell off some unprofitable businesses, refocusing the company on digital cameras and imaging technology, video games and mobile devices. This quarter, the sale of its chemical products business, which made materials for LCDs and optical discs, helped alleviate losses. Sony is now making a push into the medical field with an investment in the endoscope maker Olympus.

Internal squabbling has quashed its efforts to marry its hardware and software, however, and it refuses to abandon one of its biggest money-losers, its television business, which has bled red ink for eight consecutive years.

“We intend to hunker down and build a profitable business,” Masaru Kato, Sony’s chief financial officer, told a news conference Thursday. “And where we can, we will chase new markets.”

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TV Review
'Malibu Country': Tops on its chart
By David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

As a sitcom, "Malibu Country" ain't much to write home about, as its star might put it, but it sure does grow on you.

Premiering Friday night on ABC, "Malibu" stars Reba McEntire as a former singer-songwriter who dumps her country-star husband's sorry butt after he cheats on her in the midst of his "Sacred Vows" tour.

Reba loads up her truck (figuratively speaking) and moves ... not quite to Beverly, but to Malibu, along with her teenage kids, June (Juliette Angelo) and Cash (Justin Prentice), and her brassy mother, Lillie Mae (Lily Tomlin).

The comedy - anything but edgy - is one cee-ment pond and half a fancy eatin' table away from "The Beverly Hillbillies," and is rooted in the inevitable culture clash of a Tennessee family adjusting to life in Southern California.

The transplants get a full dose of La-La Land from next-door neighbor Kim (Sara Rue), and Reba gets a double dose from Geoffrey (Jai Rodriguez), the over-the-top assistant to a record label president she hopes to persuade to give her career a reboot.

The show was created by former Eurythmics' musician Dave Stewart and executive-produced by Kevin Abbott, one of the producers of McEntire's previous sitcom, "Reba." "Malibu Country" sticks to the basic template of "Reba": McEntire is again a single mother, and Rue's character has a lot in common with Melissa Peterman's Barbra Jean from the earlier series.

McEntire is still pretty much McEntire, in the way that Charlie Sheen in "Anger Management" is pretty much Charlie Sheen: a textbook example of a perfect sitcom star. She may not stray much from her wisecracking perkiness, but McEntire is impossible to dislike.

Adding to the show's appeal, Rue and Tomlin provide crackling comedic counterpoint, with Rue making Kim benignly clueless and Tomlin putting her peerless comic timing to great use both when Lillie Mae is sharing her opinions, whether anyone asked for them or not, or when she's discovered the calming effects of medical marijuana.

The fall season will not go down in TV history for the greatness of its sitcoms - far from it. The industry itself is trying to do a kind of comedy course correction, acknowledging the appeal of more sophisticated shows like "30 Rock" and "The Office," but adding more middle-of-the-road fare as well.

We saw it from ABC last year with Tim Allen's return in "Last Man Standing," the lead-in show for "Malibu Country," and the trend continues this year with NBC's "Guys With Kids" and the recently canceled "Animal Practice."

There is room on TV for old-fashioned sitcoms, for lack of a better word, but TV writers are still learning how to be funny without being snarky or falling back on vagina jokes.

Of all this season's new MOR sitcoms, "Malibu Country" comes closest to getting the right balance of an irresistibly likable star, a solid ensemble cast and some legitimately funny lines. For better or worse, it seems the best viewers can hope for in new fall sitcoms.

8:31 p.m. Friday ABC

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TV Notes
'Revolution' Fans Have a Long Dry Spell Coming
By Ed Bark, TVWorthWatching.com - Nov. 1, 2012

NBC's wave of midseason programming changes, made at the height of Hurricane Sandy's East Coast surge, is highly puzzling on at least one front.

The Peacock has the new season's top freshman hit among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds. Only six episodes have aired to date. And yet Revolution will be going on a very extended hiatus after it "concludes its current fall broadcast dates in November," says NBC.

New episodes of Revolution so far are scheduled on only Nov. 5 and 12. Another one likely will air on Nov. 19, the last Monday of the four-week November "sweeps" ratings period, which ends early this year on Nov. 21. A post-Thanksgiving, Nov. 26 episode also is a possibility. Still, that would only bring the season total of new episodes to 10 at the most. And Revolution will then disappear all the way until March 25, when it's slated to return on Monday nights in tandem with a new season of The Voice.

NBC earlier announced a full-season pickup of Revolution. Traditionally that's a 22-episode order for series launched in the fall. So if that's the case, how will the network cram a minimum of 12 new weekly hours of Revolution between March 25 and the end of the 2012-13 TV season in late May?

Will some new episodes actually bleed into June? That would be highly unusual. Might NBC offer double doses on some nights? Or does the network's full-season order in fact come up a few episodes short of the usual 22?

Inquiries have been made to NBC spokespeople, with no response as of yet. But whatever the case, the whole idea of taking a hot show off the air for such a lengthy hiatus runs the considerable danger of killing its momentum, let alone audience interest.

NBC tried much the same strategy with Heroes, although the down times were of far less duration than the one planned for Revolution. Audiences quickly lost interest anyway, and the show died perhaps a season or two earlier than it should have. ABC likewise tried to reboot both V and FlashForward after long absences from its schedule. This didn't work at all.

Serial dramas continue to present a unique challenge to networks. Unlike self-contained "police procedurals," they're not conducive to a patchwork quilt of new episodes and repeats. Viewers want to see the likes of Revolution and ABC's new Last Resort in uninterrupted strings of fresh hours. Otherwise you break the rhythm and confuse fans of these shows. But if you take them off the air for too long, you break the habit.

Fox made 24 work by airing all of its yearly episodes in a continuous string from January to May. ABC downsized its orders of Lost to 16 episodes per season — and then aired them in pretty much unbroken order during the show's final three years.

Revolution instead is facing a four-month power outage in its first season after only a relative handful of new episodes have aired. This just doesn't compute. And if NBC manages to turn a hot property into a cold front, it will have only itself to finger.

Here are NBC's other midseason announcements:

• Starting on Jan. 7, Mondays occupied by The Voice and Revolution will give way to two-hour dollops of The Biggest Loser followed by a new "dark family murder mystery" called Deception (previously titled Infamous). Stars include Meagan Good (Think Like A Man) and veteran Victor Garber.

• The second season of Smash launches on Tuesday, Feb. 5 with a two-hour episode featuring Jennifer Hudson. It will then take Parenthood's 9 p.m. (all times central) slot on the following Tuesday. A new season of Betty White's Off Their Rockers will fire up at 8 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Jan. 8.

• On Thursday, Jan. 10, the new comedy 1600 Penn gets the 8:30 p.m. slot. Bill Pullman and Jenna Elfman star as the President and First Lady. Community also returns on this night, but not until February 7 in a 7 p.m. cranny.

• An All-Star edition of Donald Trump's The Celebrity Apprentice debuts on Sunday, March 3. And a new reality hour, Eva Longoria's Ready For Love, is due on Sunday, March 31. Longoria is the executive producer, with hosts Bill Rancic and Giuliana DePandi-Rancic supposedly guiding contestants on "romantic journeys."

• Giants-Tigers World Series ends up being least-watched ever — San Francisco's four-game sweep of Detroit averaged 12.7 million viewers nationally, with Game 4 drawing the biggest crowd (15.5 million) and Game 3 the smallest (10.5 million).

No World Series has ever gone lower. The previous record-holder, Philadelphia's five-game defeat of Tampa Bay, averaged 13.6 million viewers in fall 2008. Last year's seven-gamer, in which the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers, had an overall average of 16.6 million viewers.

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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

TV Notes
'Fairly Legal' cancelled
By Sandra Gonzalez, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - Nov. 1, 2012

The gang on Fairly Legal has fought their last case.

After two seasons, the USA legal drama starring Sarah Shahi has been cancelled, USA confirms to EW.

“Sarah Shahi is undoubtedly a star and we’re thrilled she’ll be joining our sister network NBC on Chicago Fire,” USA said in a statement. “We are proud of Fairly Legal and thank the very talented cast and crew for two fantastic seasons.”

Shahi, who is said to have a multi-episode arc as a love interest for Taylor Kinney’s Lt. Kelly Severide on Fire, isn’t the only cast member keeping busy these days. Michael Trucco has been appearing steadily on the current season of How I Met Your Mother as Robin’s boyfriend, Nick.

Just yesterday, USA lowered the ax on another drama — freshman buddy-cop show Common Law.


Bummer. I rather liked that show [especially Shahi and her tall, blonde "step-mom(?)"]
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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)

8PM - Last Man Standing (Season Premiere)
8:30PM - Malibu Country (Series Premiere)
9PM - Shark Tank (Time Slot Premiere)
10PM - 20/20
* * * *
11:35PM - Nightline (LIVE)
Midnight - Jimmy Kimmel Live (from Brooklyn: Kelly Ripa; Alicia Keys performs)

8PM - Undercover Boss (Season Premiere)
10PM - Blue Bloods
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Jason Sudeikis; comic Michael Che; Ultraista performs)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Michael Sheen; comedian Ophira Eisenberg)

8PM - Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together (Special, LIVE)
9PM - Grimm
10PM - Dateline NBC
* * * *
11:35PM - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (Marion Cotillard; a performance by Olate Dogs with Third Day)
12:37AM - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Christina Aguilera; technology journalist Joshua Topolsky; Joey Bada$$ performs)
1:37AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (TV host Chris Hayes; comic Rob Delaney; Regina Spektor performs)
(R - Sep. 25)

8PM - Kitchen Nightmares
9PM - Fringe

(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Washington Week in Review
8:30PM - Need to Know
9PM - Election 2012: What's At Stake
10PM - Frontline: The Choice 2012 (120 min.)
(R - Oct. 9)

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

8PM - America's Next Top Model
9PM - Nikita

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

10PM - Real Time with Bill Maher (LIVE; Rob Reiner, environmental nature photographer James Balog; former Fox News contributor Margaret Hoover, political activist Matthew Segal)

11PM - Chelsea Lately (Chuck Lorre; James Davis; Ali Wong; Ross Mattews)
(R - Oct. 25)

Edited by dad1153 - 11/1/12 at 11:56pm
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Nov. 2, 2012

NBC, 8:00 p.m. ET

This instant fundraising special, hosted by Matt Lauer and shown live on all of the networks in the NBC Universal universe, isn’t political. This one-hour telethon is for victims of Hurricane Sandy, and features performances by artists who came together within days to offer assistance in helping to raise money for relief efforts. Scheduled artists include Bruce Springsteen and others associated with states hit hard by the mammoth storm, as well as just helpful performers such as Sting and Christina Aguilera. For some of these performers, the issue of waterfront disaster doesn’t just strike close to home – it struck their homes as well. Among the other scheduled performers are Jon Bon Jovi, who has a lavish waterfront estate in New Jersey, and Billy Joel, who has one in the Hamptons in New York. This special, in addition to NBC, is shown simultaneously on Bravo, USA, Syfy, E!, CNBC, MSNBC, Style and G4.

ABC, 8:30 p.m. ET
This isn’t a recommendation, just a note. This is the last official new series of the 2012 fall season lineup, and stars Reba McEntire as a former country music star who heads to Californee, Beverly Hillbillies style,with her mother along for support and wisecracks, to restart her music career. The noteworthy part of this, aside from McEntire’s unassuming likability, is the appearance of Lily Tomlin in the role of Reba’s cranky ex-hippie mother. Worth watching? Not really. Worth noting? Absolutely. And also worth noting is another supporting player, Sara Rue, who once headlined sitcoms of her own, and certainly knows her way around a punch line.

Fox, 9:00 p.m. ET

Last week’s episode included a twist that I didn’t see coming, and didn’t want to see, period. But it gave notice that, for these final 10 episodes, Fringe isn’t playing around. What’s going to happen tonight? Expect the unexpected – and realize that no one is safe, not even the series regulars.

Cinemax, 10:00 p.m. ET

In tonight’s new episode, Sam (Melissa George) gets closer to both of her major objectives: discovering the identity of the fellow agent who tried to kill her, and ingratiating herself further into the Turner family, and getting to glamorize herself up in the process.

HBO, 10:00 p.m. ET

So who makes the cut on Bill Maher’s guest list on his last live show before the 2012 presidential election? Rob Reiner, for one. And environmental nature photographer James Balog, for another, whose insights into Hurricane Sandy should be quite stormy. And former Fox News contributor Margaret Hoover, the great-granddaughter of President Herbert Hoover. And, finally, young political activist Matthew Segal. Let the discussion begin…

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Originally Posted by dcowboy7 View Post

People did say that it was never ever getting released but then it was released on dvd, albeit non anamorphic, but it was released so you can never say never.
Never say never sounds like a 007 movie.
Whats a dvd ?

I'd have to double-check my laser-disc copies (yes, my laserdisc player still works biggrin.gif ) of the Star Wars movies, but I believe they are the original movie releases.

The release requests are for Blu-ray, which is not expected to happen.
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

TV Notes
'Revolution' Fans Have a Long Dry Spell Coming
By Ed Bark, TVWorthWatching.com - Nov. 1, 2012

NBC's wave of midseason programming changes, made at the height of Hurricane Sandy's East Coast surge, is highly puzzling on at least one front.
The Peacock has the new season's top freshman hit among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds. Only six episodes have aired to date. And yet Revolution will be going on a very extended hiatus after it "concludes its current fall broadcast dates in November," says NBC.

Well this is NBC after all, the king of mismanaging shows. But even with all their dumb moves, this one goes down as one of the dumbest.

Did they only have 10 or so eps in the can already? Are they running dry on new eps, in other words?
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Originally Posted by slowbiscuit View Post

Well this is NBC after all, the king of mismanaging shows. But even with all their dumb moves, this one goes down as one of the dumbest.
Did they only have 10 or so eps in the can already? Are they running dry on new eps, in other words?

I agree this is a dumb move, but unfortunately, it's kind of a necessary evil in the case of these high-concept serialized shows, for the very reason you mentioned. They simply don't have all 22 episodes ready to air uninterrupted. It would probably be possible to take a shorter holiday hiatus and get show back on in mid-January, but then the show would end it's season by March or so. I think that would be preferable to the loss of ratings that history has proven will happen with a 3+ month hiatus though. I also have an issue with the show they decided to fill its spot in the meantime. Of the relatively deep bench NBC has this season in terms of dramas, it would seem Hannibal or Do No Harm would be a better fit in terms of attracting an audience similar to Revolution than Deception, but I guess they are thinking more of compatibility with The Biggest Loser. NBC is actually having a good fall, they are currently running number one in the demo so far this season, but between this and the unavoidable loss of Sunday Night Football come January, that lead isn't going to hold for long.
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Originally Posted by slowbiscuit View Post

Well this is NBC after all, the king of mismanaging shows. But even with all their dumb moves, this one goes down as one of the dumbest.
Did they only have 10 or so eps in the can already? Are they running dry on new eps, in other words?

I totally agree. NBC killed Heroes by not having anymore episodes after the writers strike was over. When season three started, many people had lost interest. Not to say that season three was that good (and season four was bad). But it probably would have lasted another year or two if NBC didn't kill it's momentum every chance they could. I can see this happening with Revolution too. Maybe NBC higher-ups feel that sci-fi belongs on their SyFy Network and not on the main channel?
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Originally Posted by mhufnagel View Post

I totally agree. NBC killed Heroes by not having anymore episodes after the writers strike was over. When season three started, many people had lost interest. Not to say that season three was that good (and season four was bad). But it probably would have lasted another year or two if NBC didn't kill it's momentum every chance they could. I can see this happening with Revolution too. Maybe NBC higher-ups feel that sci-fi belongs on their SyFy Network and not on the main channel?

Tim Kring killed Heroes, not NBC.

The rot started in season two (and arguably with the season one finale) with the poor pacing, story and new characters. The viewership declined steadily all the way to season three but they were still on parity when that started. Season three is where they started dropping even more rapidly and that's when I bailed too. I came back only for Robert Knepper.

I would even say that Sylar ruined the show for me too. The character was overused and the writing just continued to undermine the character.
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Originally Posted by mrvideo View Post

I'd have to double-check my laser-disc copies (yes, my laserdisc player still works biggrin.gif ) of the Star Wars movies, but I believe they are the original movie releases.

Yep it was on laser too....i dont think they ever made it to hd-dvd though. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by dcowboy7 View Post

Yep it was on laser too....i dont think they ever made it to hd-dvd though. biggrin.gif

I do believe non-anamorphic copies from the laserdics were put on the Bluray release as a bonus. Lucas has said that's the only way the originals still exist. We'll see in the coming years if that's BS or not. If Disney wants to make some extra cash, releasing the original films, albeit with maybe some cleaned up special effects, in actual HD, would be a good way to do it IMO.

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Originally Posted by lobosrul View Post

Not quite true.

Han was the only one who shot. There was originally no second shot.
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Wouldnt that be the same thing though.
Like in the old NFL OT rule they would say "the 1st team to score first wins."....so if the colts got the ball & kicked a FG they would win even though the jags never got the ball or scored themselves.
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no they were actually added to the DVD releases. Despite getting the original DVD release in 2004 I have the "Original" version of Ep 4.
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If anyone is interested, Long Island Medium has been renewed for a second season. I saw that coming rolleyes.gif.
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Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

Tim Kring killed Heroes, not NBC.
I think they both did their share of heavy lifting in making sure this show died way before its time.
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THURSDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insight's Blog
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
ABC wins Thursday with ‘CMA Awards’
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Nov. 2, 2012

ABC's "Country Music Association Awards" boosted the network to an easy victory last night among adults 18-49, its first Thursday win of the season, though the show was down from last year.

The "CMAs" averaged a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 11 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, down 21 percent from last year's show, which averaged a 4.8.

Last year's show aired on a Wednesday night. This year the special fell to its lowest rating ever, yet it still marked ABC's best night so far of sweeps.

Household TV usage levels continue to be lower than usual because of the effects of Hurricane Sandy, including power outages.

CBS's "The Big Bang Theory" was the night's top-rated program with a 5.1 at 8 p.m.

ABC finished first for the night among 18-49s with a 3.8 average overnight rating and a 10 share. CBS was second at 3.2/9, Fox third at 2.3/6, Univision fourth at 1.6/4, NBC fifth at 1.3/3, CW sixth at 1.1/3 and Telemundo seventh at 0.6/1.

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.

CBS started the night in the lead with a 4.3 at 8 p.m. for "Bang" (5.1) and "Two and a Half Men" (3.6), followed by ABC with a 3.4 for the first of three hours of the CMAs. Fox was third with a 2.2 for "The X Factor," Univision was fourth with a 1.6 for "Por Ella Soy Eva," CW fifth with a 1.5 for "The Vampire Diaries" (up 15 percent over last week), NBC sixth with a 1.1 for "The Voice" and Telemundo seventh with a 0.5 for "Rosa Diamante."

ABC moved to first at 9 p.m. with a 4.0 for the CMAs, while CBS slipped to second with a 3.0 for "Person of Interest." Fox was third with a 2.4 for more "X Factor," Univision fourth with a 1.8 for "Abismo de Pasion," NBC fifth with a 1.4 for more "Voice," and CW and Telemundo tied for sixth at 0.6, CW for "Beauty and the Beast" and Telemundo for "Corazon Valiente."

At 10 p.m. ABC remained in first place with a 4.0 for the final hour of the CMAs, with CBS second with a 2.4 for "Elementary." Univision was third with a 1.5 for "Amor Bravio," NBC fourth with a 1.3 for "Rock Center with Brian Williams" and Telemundo fifth with a 0.6 for "Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal" (0.7) and "El Rostro de la Venganza" (0.5).

ABC was also first for the night among households with an 8.4 average overnight rating and a 13 share. CBS was second at 7.9/12, Fox third at 3.7/6, NBC fourth at 2.8/4, Univision fifth at 2.0/3, CW sixth at 1.5/2 and Telemundo seventh at 0.7/1.

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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

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)

8PM - Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together (Special, LIVE)
9PM - Grimm
10PM - Dateline NBC

NBC is running a repeat of the Monday (10-29) episode of "Revolution" at 10pm instead of Dateline. Many people missed(?) Monday's airing due to Hurricane Sandy.
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TV Notes
Hurricane Sandy: Why Other Networks Passed on NBC's Telethon
By Tim Molloy, TheWrap.com - Nov. 2, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: NBC offered to let the other broadcast networks air its Hurricane Sandy telethon Friday night, but all passed and opted to pursue their own efforts to help the recovery, TheWrap has learned.

There's no question every network is trying to help: ABC is devoting its entire broadcast day Monday to raising money for hurricane relief, and its parent company, Disney, has donated $2 million. Fox's corporate parent, News Corp., has given $1 million, and TheWrap has learned that CBS is also making a $1 million donation without formally announcing it. Those are only the most high-profile efforts, which also include crawls during shows and public service announcements.

But none of NBC's rivals took it up on its offer to air the benefit, which was quickly assembled and would have forced them to reschedule new episodes during a timeslot when NBC had planned a rerun.

The NBC special will be hosted by "Today's" Matt Lauer and feature Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel and NBC stars including Christina Aguilera, Jimmy Fallon and Brian Williams. (Among the non-NBC talent expected to take part is Kevin Bacon, the lead on the upcoming Fox show "The Following.") It will air at 8/7c on NBC Universal stations, HBO, Discovery’s Fit & Health and Velocity networks, and The Weather Channel. It will also be streamed on websites including Hulu and USA Today.

A person at one broadcast network, speaking on condition of anonymity, said logistical problems were one reason it passed: NBC approached other networks Wednesday, ahead of announcing the telethon Thursday morning.

Additionally, all of the other networks were airing original series in the timeslot when NBC designated the telethon to air, which meant they had more to sacrifice than NBC.

Airing the telethon would have forced CBS to preempt the season premiere of "Undercover Boss." ABC would have had to preempt the debut of the new Wednesday comedy "Malibu Country" and the return of "Last Man Standing." Fox would have had to preempt an episode of "Kitchen Nightmares."

NBC had previously planned to air a repeat of "Revolution."

There is some precedent for all the networks coming together to air a telethon: the major broadcasters -- and many other networks -- aired all three "Stand Up for Cancer" specials simultaneously. But they were produced by an outside organization, not a single network.

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TV Notes
‘Political Animals’ Won’t Continue On USA
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Nov. 2, 2012

It was introduced as a limited series and will stay that way. Greg Berlanti’s Political Animals won’t become a regular series for USA Network as originally envisioned. The mini was a modest performer, premiering to 3.8 million total viewers and averaging 3.2 million total viewers in Live+7 over its summer run. The ratings were not bad given that Political Animals aired with little support on Sunday — a night USA had not programmed for a while — but ultimately they weren’t strong enough to justify the show’s high cost. The political/family drama from Berlanti and Laurence Mark boasted a top-notch cast led by Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino, James Wolk and Ellen Burstyn.

“We are proud of Political Animals, our miniseries that attracted critical acclaim and impacted the cultural conversation this summer,” USA said in a statement. “It was a pleasure to work with Greg Berlanti and Laurence Mark and a powerful cast led by Sigourney Weaver. We look forward to collaborating again with these immensely talented creatives.” Meanwhile, Berlanti is busy with breakout CW hit Arrow, midseason CBS drama Golden Boy and several projects he has in development for next season.

Political Animals was an experiment for USA, which went aggressively after the project in a bid to expand into more serious and acclaimed programming. In the end, the show was decided by ratings. Political Animals joins regular series Common Law and Fairly Legal, which were recently cancelled.

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TV Notes
Becki Newton's new Fox comedy halts production
By James Hibberd, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - Nov. 2, 2012

Fox is scaling back its commitment to a new comedy series from the creators of How I Met Your Mother.

Midseason sitcom The Goodwin Games has halted production after the network reduced its order from 13 episodes to 7. The show is from HIMYM‘s Craig Thomas and Carter Bays along with Chris Harris, and stars Scott Foley and Becki Newton as estranged siblings who return home after their father’s death and learn his $23 million inheritance can only be obtained by playing an elaborate game of Trivial Pursuit.

A Fox spokesperson attributed the change to the network’s abundance of half-hour comedy material this season, having previously ordered 24 episodes of Raising Hope, New Girl and The Mindy Project, along with 19 episodes of Ben and Kate. The network still plans to air the seven The Goodwin Games episodes sometime this spring.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the show: [CLICK LINK BELOW]

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TV/Business Notes
'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' Likely to Leave Cartoon Network After This Season
By Alex Ben Block, The Hollywood Reporter - Nov. 2, 2012

The Clone Wars likely are coming to an end -- at least on Cartoon Network.

Lucasfilm’s spinoff TV version of Star Wars has been a solid performer on the Turner Entertainment-owned Cartoon Network for the past five years, but that run almost certainly will end after the current season in the wake of the deal for Disney to acquire George Lucas' company for $4.05 billion.

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Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Turner, a division of Time Warner, has the license for Star Wars: The Clone Wars only through the end of the 2012-13 season. Each year it has renewed its deal with Lucasfilm, and reps for both companies say they will make a decision on continuing the show around the end of the season.

In reality, Disney is very likely to move Clone Wars to one of its own networks, most likely Disney XD, an advertiser-supported cable TV channel targeted at boys.

In a conference call Wednesday after the sale of Lucasfilm was announced, Disney CEO Robert Iger said he sees big possibilities for Star Wars content on the Disney/ABC owned TV channels. He particularly cited Disney XD as a perfect home for a Star Wars show, though he stopped short of mentioning Clone Wars.

Clone Wars has been one of the highest-rated shows on Cartoon Network, even with a move to Saturday mornings this season. For the month of October, The Clone Wars ranked No. 1 in its time period among boys 9-14 and posted double-digit gains across kids and boys vs. last year -- kids 2-11 grew by 46 percent, kids 6-11 by 34 percent, kids 9-14 by 64 percent, boys 2-11 by 45 percent, boys 6-11 by 36 percent and boys 9-14 by 72 percent, according to a Turner spokesperson.

At times, Clone Wars also has aired on Turner’s TNT network and Adult Swim.

Cartoon Network retains some rerun rights to about 100 episodes that have aired over five seasons, but it is unclear for how long. A source at Turner could only confirm the network has the right to keep running episodes at least through 2013.

The CG-animated series of 22-minute episodes is created by Lucasfilm Animation and produced by Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and CGCG Inc., the largest animation studio based in Taiwan.

Clone Wars debuted on Cartoon Network in October 2008 after being launched in August 2008 as an animated feature, which played in theaters briefly. The movie got mostly negative reviews but still grossed about $68 million worldwide (about $35 million in North America). There also are Clone Wars novelizations, video games and toys from Lego and Hasbro and other tie-ins.

The Clone Wars series takes place in the same time period as the Star Wars movies Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005), the most recent feature release.

Cartoon Network’s sister company Warner Bros. distributed the Clone Wars movie in 2008 and has been selling past episodes of Clone Wars on DVD and Blu-ray discs. That is another deal that is likely to move in the future to Disney for home video distribution.

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Simulposting this in the "Castle" thread. Just finished the screener for Monday's "Castle." If you're the least bit of a "Firefly" fan, it's a must see. I counted 6 references to "Firefly" in the first 10 minutes. Plenty more after that. Probably a couple I missed. And a lot of other sci-fi in-jokes.. enough I'm gonna have to watch it again to see what I missed.

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TV Sports
NHL cancels Winter Classic
By Katie Strang and Craig Custance, ESPN.com - Nov. 2, 2012

The NHL has canceled the Winter Classic, its annual outdoor showcase that was slated to feature the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at the University of Michigan's football stadium in Ann Arbor on Jan. 1, the league announced Friday.

In the six weeks since the lockout began, the work stoppage has caused the cancellation of hundreds of regular-season games, significant revenue loss and what may be irreversible damage to the game's reputation.

Friday, however, was the darkest day yet.

"It's definitely very disappointing," Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard said. "Not only was I looking forward to it but so were all my friends and family. It was going to be a great event not just for us but all the businesses and hotels and fans excited to see us and Toronto play."

A source familiar with the league's plan had told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun the decision to cancel the game was green-lighted after a final internal meeting at NHL offices in New York on Friday morning.

"The logistical demands for staging events of this magnitude made today's decision unavoidable. We simply are out of time," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. "We are extremely disappointed, for our fans and for all those affected, to have to cancel the Winter Classic and Hockeytown Winter Festival events."

NHLPA executive director Don Fehr called the league's decision to cancel the Classic "unnecessary and unfortunate."

"The fact that the season has not started is a result of a unilateral decision by the owners; the players have always been ready to play while continuing to negotiate in good faith," Fehr said in a statement. "We look forward to the league's return to the bargaining table, so that the parties can find a way to end the lockout at the earliest possible date, and get the game back on the ice for the fans."

The annual outdoor game is the latest, and by far the most significant, of the lockout's casualties.

The game is not only a huge moneymaker for the league, but also is a signature event for hockey. Its cancellation does not bode well for what is to come.

"It's just a shame for the game," said Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler, who is a suburban Detroit native. "You definitely feel for the city because of the opportunity it presents and how exciting it can be for the fans. You feel for them. It hurts the game."

The NHL also canceled all of the Winter Festival events scheduled for Dec. 16-31 at Comerica Park in Detroit.

The decision to cancel the contest was based on a number of factors, and logistics were a concern.

The league was tasked with a unique challenge this year in building two rinks -- one at "The Big House" and one at Comerica Park -- and has a contract with the former that requires the NHL to pay for any expenses occurred by the university if the event was canceled later than Nov. 2. The NHL also owed $250,000 of the $3 million rental fee on Nov. 2.

This is not believed to be the biggest deal-breaker, however.

The league did not want to host such an event without the usual bells and whistles -- HBO's "24/7" show documenting the event would have been virtually impossible to pull off -- and it did not want the pageantry of the event tainted by the work stoppage.

"That's one of those things that you were really looking forward to this year," Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "Everyone here, not only the players but the fans. Everyone would be bummed out."

The NHL said the next Winter Classic -- whenever it may be -- still will feature the Red Wings and Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium. Tickets for this year's canceled game will be honored for the next one.

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said the university's relationship with the NHL "has been terrific."

"This is an unfortunate announcement but one that looked imminent given the current labor situation between the NHL and its players," Brandon said in a statement. "We knew this was a possibility but we stayed prepared in the event the labor dispute would get resolved."

Some 400,000 people were expected in the area over the New Year's weekend, filling hotel rooms, restaurants and bars.

"We have been holding reservations for a lot of fans that were expecting to come," said Michael Harman, general manager of the Campus Inn in Ann Arbor. "So far, we have not received very many cancellations, but we do anticipate them."

The Winter Classic is touted by the NHL as a celebration of the game, so canceling it sends a tough message after a league-imposed lockout has wiped out almost the first two months of the season.

"I don't know if they're trying to send a message or what," Kronwall said. "I don't even know if they decide to cancel it, can they put it back on if we do come to an agreement? I think there's a lot of speculating."

The cancellation of the game does not spell the demise of the entire season, however.

Although NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has stated that an entire 82-game season is no longer possible, the two sides still can broker a deal to salvage a shortened season.

A source confirmed to LeBrun that NHL Players' Association special council Steve Fehr and NHL deputy commissioner Daly have tentatively agreed to resume bargaining. However, no specifics about format, location and day have been agreed upon. The two sides have not traded proposals or met face-to-face for a formal bargaining session in more than two weeks.

Daly indicated that canceling the Winter Classic doesn't necessarily mean more games in the regular season -- or the All-Star game -- will be wiped out soon.

"I don't foresee any further cancellation announcements in the near term," Daly wrote in an email to The AP.

He said it is "impossible" for him to say whether the Red Wings and Maple Leafs would play on Jan. 1 at Joe Louis Arena in the Motor City -- if a labor deal is reached.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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TV Sports
New York Marathon Canceled Because of Sandy
By Tim Molloy, TheWrap.com - Nov. 2, 2012

The New York Marathon has been canceled amid complaints it was diverting city resources from the relief effort after Hurricane Sandy.

The event was to have aired on ESPN Sunday, when the network planned to air PSAs calling on viewers to donate money to the Red Cross.

"We have decided to cancel the NYC marathon," Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office tweeted Friday afternoon. "The New York Road Runners will have additional information in days ahead for participants."

It was a difficult decision: The race brings money into the city from runners resting up in hotels, carbo-loading in Little Italy, and celebrating their personal records after. But it also requires police, electricity, and other resources that could also have helped New Yorkers who are still without power.


"ABUSE OF POWER" announced the New York Post's Friday edition, with a photo of two generators being used to power a media tent in Central Park, near the finish line. The paper reported that the two generators -- along with a third, backup generator -- had enough juice to "power 400 homes in ravaged areas like Staten Island, the Rockaways and downtown Manhattan."

A spokesman for the New York Roadrunners, which organizes the race, said they were privately funded and were not draining any city resources.

But many were still offended by the idea of runners consuming thousands of gallons of water and downing countless energy bars while some people were unable to return to their homes.

Before the cancellation, the marathon was dubbed a "Race to Recover" and visitors to its website were asked to donate to Hurricane Relief.

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Character Actor Leonard Termo Dies at 77
By Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter - Nov. 2, 2012

Leonard Termo, a streetwise character actor who appeared in five 1980s films with soulmate Mickey Rourke and guest starred in a memorable episode of Seinfeld, has died, his friend, actor Elias Koteas, confirmed Friday. He was 77.

Koteas told The Hollywood Reporter that Termo died peacefully in his sleep on Oct. 30 at his home in Santa Clarita.

The Brooklyn-born Termo had a role as a gay waiter opposite Rourke in The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984) and also played against the future Oscar nominee in Michael Cimino's Year of the Dragon (1985), Barbet Schroeder's Barfly (1987), A Prayer for the Dying (1987) and Homeboy (1988).

Termo left his job as a businessman in New York's garment district in the mid-1970s to become an actor. To join the profession, he "left it all, my wife, my kid, my money, everything," he told New York magazine in a profile of Rourke that was published in November 1983. "I love acting. I'm broke. I sleep on a cot."

Rourke became friends with Termo after seeing him in a Los Angeles theater production, and the two were constant companions for years.

"If they told me they'd chuck a few years off my life, but I knew when I went that Lenny would go with me, I'd do it in a second," Rourke said in a 1987 Playboy interview.

The pair were also set to appear in a Cimino biopic at Embassy Pictures about "Legs" Diamond that never got made, with Rourke as the legendary 1930s gangster and Termo playing his bodyguard.

Attempts to reach Rourke were unsuccessful.

In 1993, on the fifth-season premiere of Seinfeld, an episode titled "The Mango," Termo played the owner of Joe's Fruits who bans Kramer (and later Jerry) from his store when Michael Richards' character complains about a bad peach. Later, George (Jason Alexander) eats one of Joe's mangoes, which seems to cure his erectile disfunction. "I think it moved!" George exclaims in bed.

Termo made his film debut in Heart Like a Wheel (1983) and later found his way into such films as Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club (1984), Johnny Dangerously (1984), Turk 182! (1985), Ruby (1992), as a makeup man in Tim Burton's Ed Wood (1994), David Lynch's Lost Highway (1997), Fight Club (1999) and Ali (2001).

He also appeared in such TV series as Wiseguy and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

Koteas said a memorial service is planned for Jan. 15, with details to be announced.

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