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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Nov. 3, 2012

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: ALABAMA VS. LSU
CBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

These two teams met last year during the regular season, and again in the BCS Championship. LSU won the first game, but the Alabama Crimson Tide won the championship game, and the bragging rights. So this contest tonight, while it’s not for a championship title, certainly carries a lot of weight on both sides.

WE BOUGHT A ZOO
HBO, 8:00 p.m. ET

Certain movies are easy to recommend because they’re good. Others, like this 2011 comedy-drama, make the Best Bets cut because a) it’s a slow TV night, and b) this is the kind of film that doesn’t draw people to theaters, but seems a passable way to pass the time when watching on TV at home. I’ve seen the promos for this fact-based movie, in which Matt Damon stars as a widower who tries to run a run-down zoo, and I’d tune in just to see the porcupines.

WUTHERING HEIGHTS
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

One of a ridiculously large number of classic films that emerged in the year 1939, this one stars Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon in a romantic, moody tearjerker that more than does justice to Emily Bronte’s novel.

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW
BBC America, 11:00 p.m. ET

Tomorrow, BBC America fills its daytime schedule with a roster of James Bond films. But tonight, in this new edition of TV’s most audacious talk show, it has 007 himself. Specifically, it has Craig. Daniel Craig.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
NBC, 11:29 p.m. ET

The TV treat of the night, bar none. On this last SNL before the presidential election, the guest host is Louis C.K. – the smartest, most inventive comic currently working on TV. And if we’re ever going to get a last-second drop-in appearance by either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, or even Tina Fey, this is the time. This ought to be fun. And the musical guest is Fun.


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TV Notes
ABC Goes Full Steam Ahead With Celebrity Diving Series
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Nov. 2, 2012

When Fox last week greenlighted Stars In Danger: High Diving, a two-hour reality special/backdoor pilot for celebrity diving competition to air during the upcoming holidays, it was unclear whether ABC would proceed with their very similar straight-to-series project Celebrity Splash, which is not slated to premiere until next year, after the rival Fox show.

ABC put speculation to rest today, booking its first piece of talent for Celebrity Splash, four-time Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis, who will serve as a judge. The series, produced by Eyeworks USA, will feature celebrities performing dives from heights of up to 10 meters, increasing in difficulty each week. A professional diving instructor will train each celebrity for several weeks leading up to the competition. Louganis will serve as one of three judges who will rate the dives.

This is the latest example of Fox jumping ahead of ABC with shows that have concepts similar to ABC series, like Nanny 911 vs. ABC’s Supernanny and Trading Spouses vs. Wife Swap.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/11/game-on-abc-goes-full-steam-ahead-with-celebrity-diving-series/
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TV Notes
'Boy Meets World' Follow-Up Series in Early Stages at Disney Channel
By Philiana Ng, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Nov. 2, 2012

Boy Meets World may be headed back to television.

Disney Channel is in early stages of development on a new original television series centered on the daughter of golden couple Cory and Topanga, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Boy Meets World, the half-hour comedy that ran as part of ABC's "TGIF" block for seven seasons from 1993-2000, centered on the lessons learned by Cory Matthews as he goes through life starting as a young boy. By the time the series ended, Cory and Topanga married and began living together.

Ben Savage, Danielle Fishel and Rider Strong were among the main cast members on the show, which aired 158 total episodes during its run.

Casting is under way on the project from Boy Meets World executive producer Michael Jacobs. There is no official word on whether Savage or Fishel, who portrayed Cory and Topanga, respectively, would return to reprise their roles should the follow-up make it to the pilot or series stage.

TVLine first reported the news.

In addition to Boy Meets World, Jacobs has produced TV shows My Two Dads and Charles in Charge.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/boy-meets-world-disney-channel-386190
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TV-on-DVD Notes
'Simpsons' Writer David Mirkin Talks 'Get a Life' with Chris Elliott
By Zack Smith, USA Today's 'Pop Candy' Blg - Nov. 2, 2012

The DVD set that's gotten me the most excited this year was the release of the complete series of Get a Life, the surreal 1990s Fox sitcom with Chris Elliott. Here's an essay I wrote on the DVD set when it came out in September.

Through Shout! Factory, I spoke with one of the show's creators, David Mirkin, who's also a longtime writer of The Simpsons and has directed such films as Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion and Heartbreakers. Mirkin loves recalling the show – check out Nathan Rabin's in-depth discussion of the series with him – and we had a great talk. Here's some highlights of our conversation!

On Chris Elliott's character, 30-year-old paperboy Chris Peterson: The great thing about that character is that you can put him in any situation, whether it's a grown-up job like Health Inspector or a teenage job like modeling, you got a very strange, specific take on it through not just the character, but the style of storytelling that Chris, Adam Resnick, myself and the other writers really embraced. It was a wide range of experience – there were all sorts of age-appropriate or inappropriate things he could be doing.

And that's the kind of show I love – the kind where you can go anywhere and do anything, and not only have the character and the reality changing all the time, but the storytelling style changing as well – a horror show one week, a romantic story another week, a competitive show another week.

Each time you tell the story, you never know what's going to be told, and in what style. That to me is the most exciting thing. And of course you can kill the main character every week, and he can come back unscathed every week, which to me is a very positive message – even death is not enough to stop this guy.

On having the whole series on DVD with the original music, including R.E.M.'s "Stand" as the theme song: I was able to put out about eight episodes around the turn of the millennium with Rhino, because that was all we could afford! They were very successful, and they were going to put out the whole box set, but then Rhino got taken over by Warner Brothers, and morphed into a different kind of company.

But then some of the people from Rhino created Shout! Factory, and the numbers finally worked – in a way, because DVD sales are down, we were able to get all the original music on there, and didn't have to change a note of it. And we're thrilled that that happened.

But some of that really horrible replacement music from when they tried rerunning the show on USA would have been a fun bonus feature! (Zack note: One of my favorites was when "Hey There, Georgy Girl" was replaced with a sound-alike that went, "Say There, Happy Guy").

One of the unsung heroes was R.E.M. – they are such great guys and such fans of the show, they cut us a deal on "Stand" (which was replaced with a generic alt-rock song in reruns). So we were able to use the song on every episode on the DVD.

The opening sequence with "Stand" came about by accident – we talk about this in the DVD commentary on the first episode – we had this montage, and then we realized that we had this great image for the theme song with Chris on his bike, and "Stand" went so well with it. The opening sounds like an organ grinder, which goes well with the pedals going around, and then there's a hit on a guitar, which is almost a reveal – you widen out on the bike to see Chris, and that's the joke.

On why Chris moved out of his parents' house in the second season: The rumor was that the network wanted Chris to move out of the house, but they never asked for that – they did want Chris to be more lucid, more sane. The real reason was Bob Elliott was in his 70s, and we were shooting until four in the morning often, and it was tough on him. So we had Chris move out of his parent's house, and we were able to shoot all his scenes at once. Bob – you never saw him happier!

The other idea was that I loved the idea of a show that changed every year. So if we'd done a third season, Chris would have moved out of Gus' garage and become a homeless drifter. And he would have traveled the country, in every place touching someone else's life and making it a little bit worse.

We were also always looking for a way to work with Brian Doyle-Murray (Gus) again, after using him in the second episode. Once we realized the new format, and that Chris and Brian would be a comic team, that was when we realized we wouldn't be able to service the great Sam Robards (Larry) any more. So we had that character move on, and it's a tribute to Sam that he came in and did one last episode, which he didn't have to do at all.

The network kind of accepted that this was the kind of show we were going to do, this very surreal show, by the end of the first season. Their reaction in the second season was mostly to leave us alone more…but also to put us in Siberia, Saturday at 9:30, when all the cool kids are home!

On the bizarre episodes toward the show's end: The episode "SPEWEY and Me" (where Chris meets a vomiting space alien he names "Special Person Entering the World, Egg Yolks") was actually the first episode we were told we couldn't air, after they saw how goopy and…well, spewey SPEWEY was. But Peter Chernin was in charge at Fox, and he thought it was the funniest episode.

Toward the end, we had prop lists for things like Chris' decapitated head, 50 records of "Alley Cat," the time juice, the exploding bed – we were filming all these episodes at once!

On a Famous Fan – and Famous Alumni: John Malkovich told me he was a great fan of the show, and I wanted to bring him in as some crazy older brother no one ever spoke about, or some weird uncle, but the show went off the air first. Charlie Kaufman (who went on to write Being John Malkovich), I hired him for his first job on Get a Life. "Quiet" is too loud a word for Charlie – he did brilliant work, but he worked mostly on paper, not in the room. He's gotten much more verbal, I think, since he won his Oscar.

On "Deep Space Homer," the only Simpsons episode where he has a solo writing credit: The line "Freedom! Horrible Horrible Freedom!", that wasn't mine, that was George Meyer. I did do the other line everyone remembers: "And I for one welcome our new insect overlords." That's definitely become an often-repeated meme! It's great when a really mediocre line finds its way into the public consciousness forever.

On what he kept from the show: My most prized possession, aside from the scripts, is the little Chris doll from the "Walletboy" episode, "The Big City." I have a stuffed Chris doll…it's often in bed with me. I should have kept the time juice, but Chris drank almost all of that. There was plenty of the "juice that makes you explode," but no one wanted that.

On the final episode, where Chris falls out of a plane and lands on a bed made of plastic explosives: We got about 5,000 letters asking to save the show, but that wasn't enough in the days before the Internet. I had special effects guys come in to make sure that was a really big, beautiful explosion – we had to reshoot it. I wanted it to be a big spark-y explosion like on those old Irwin Allen TV shows.

On Chris Elliott's work on Adult Swim's Eagleheart: He's back on a great series, which is great to see!

On working on The Simpsons: When I took over the show, I created a thing where people like me never leave –we can still come in one or two days a week. Even if I direct a movie, I can still go back in there and have some influence! We do that with a lot of writers, because it takes nine months to produce an episode – they can come in and contribute to episodes.

On his most memorable contribution to The Simpsons Movie: The joke was Homer had this pig and was walking him across the ceiling. And Al Jean said, "Spider-Pig!" And then I started singing the song – it probably took less time to write it than it did to sing it. That tune, which I obviously did not write, is one of the greatest earworms ever.

On what's next for him: I'm working as a writer-director on an adaptation of Richard Branson's wonderful Losing My Virginity. It's The Social Network, but with a nice guy – how to make a billion dollars, but still be a good person.

Get a Life: The Complete Series is on DVD now!

http://www.usatoday.com/story/popcandy/2012/11/02/simpsons-david-mirkin-get-a-life-chris-elliott/1677585/
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TV Notes
'Fringe' Two-Hour Finale Set for January
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Nov. 2, 2012

"Fringe" might be on its way out, but it's leaving with a bang.

The series, co-created by J.J. Abrams, will end its five-season run with a two-hour finale on Jan. 18 starting at 8 p.m., Fox said Friday. The finale, which will also mark the series' 100th episode, will bring the series to "a climactic conclusion," the network said.

Also read: "Fringe" Producer in Talks for Futuristic Cop Drama for Fox
“It has been an absolute honor to have been a part of the weird and wonderful world of 'Fringe,' Abrams said in a statement. "I will always owe the cast and crew for pouring their hearts and souls into every dimension of this series. Creating the show with Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman was a joy, but watching it evolve over the years into such an imaginative, insane and heartbreaking ride is nothing less than a thrill.”

The supernatural series, which stars Joshua Jackson, was a fan favorite, but has suffered in the ratings, and was renewed for a fifth and final season of 13 episodes in April.

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/fringe-two-hour-finale-set-january-63501
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No political comments, please.

TV Review
Nat Geo's bin Laden Docudrama Stirs Controversy
By Ed Bark, TVWorthWatching.com - Nov. 2, 2012

Some supporters of Mitt Romney have questioned the timing of National Geographic Channel's SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden.

After all, it's premiering just two days before the presidential election (Sunday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. ET) and supposedly was belatedly re-cut in order to ramp up the role of President Obama via archival news footage.

I've got another question, though. Where's Carrie Mathison? The Claire Danes-played bipolar heroine of Showtime's Homeland would fit right in here as a counter-terrorist CIA agent obsessed with bringing down bin Laden.

Instead we get something of a stand-in. A fictional counter-terrorist agent named Vivian Hollins (Kathleen Robertson from Starz's Boss) is the most empathetic character in SEAL Team Six. She cajoles, she persists and in the end she gets her man despite resistance from the top until almost the very last drop.

The 90-minute film, intercut with a half-hour's worth of commercials, carries the usual "docudrama" disclaimers. "This story is inspired by real events," viewers are informed. "Some characters, dialogue and action have been dramatized."

Originally planned as a feature film titled Code Name: Geronimo (the moniker give bin Laden by those out to kill him), SEAL Team Six comes from The Weinstein Company and its Obama-backing chieftain, Harvey Weinstein. According to an Oct. 23 report in The New York Times, he strongly suggested to director John Stockwell that more footage of Obama be included in the finished product. Stockwell complied, explaining that Weinstein's suggested revisions "gave the movie context and helped root it in reality."

On the other side of the coin, National Geographic Channel president John T. Owens told the Times that the network insisted on removing footage in which Romney appeared to oppose the raid on bin Laden's compound.

Whatever you believe, SEAL Team Six in reality is highly unlikely to influence any votes. It's airing on a relatively obscure network on a night that's loaded with big-ticket competing attractions ranging from Homeland to NBC's Sunday Night Football to CBS' The Good Wife.

Beyond that, it's a decently made but hardly exceptional movie without any high wattage star power but with a few familiar faces.

William Fichtner and Robert Knepper, former co-stars of Fox's Prison Break, respectively play a CIA major domo and a SEAL commander. Anson Mount, star of AMC's ratings-challenged Hell on Wheels western series, and Freddy Rodriguez (Six Feet Under), are fictional SEALs known as "Cherry" and "Trench."

Cherry is sometimes at odds with team leader "Stunner" (Cam Gigandet). So much so that they doff their armor and weapons at one point to duke it out before Knepper's character breaks it up. Who knows whether that really happened?

In one of his frequent talk-to-the-camera interludes, Cherry later says, "He thinks I'm a hot-headed redneck, which I am. I think he's a surfer boy. Which he is. And uh, it takes all types."

The real-life Bin Laden is seen fleetingly in old news footage. But on the May 2, 2011 night of his death, an actor standing in for him is never shown full-faced before or after taking a bullet to the forehead from Cherry.

Obama is something of a central player, exclusively via archival video. Early in the film, he laughs it up at the White House Correspondents dinner when comedian Seth Myers tells a bin Laden joke. We now know what the President fully knew then — that a make or break raid on bin Laden's Pakistan compound was imminent.

The President almost gets to close the film with the words, "Justice has been done." Mount's character then adds a kicker — "It was a good day to be an American" — as the SEALs return to their own compound for a secret celebration of a job very well done.

SEAL Team Six often has a documentary feel, even when actors are involved. But it's not entirely bloodless and includes some affecting scenes in which team members talk via Skype to their loved ones before heading off to hopefully take out "Geronimo."

Knepper, the head weasel of Prison Break, is effective in an entirely different guise as the team's rock-jawed commander. And the aforementioned Robertson nicely plays the dogged Vivian Hollins. Mount's cowboy-ish Cherry also breaks through on occasion, even if his long hair and beard make him look as though he's still very much in character for Hell on Wheels. One half-expects him to ride in on a horse for at least a scene or two.

Another depiction of these SEALs and their mission is coming to the big screen this December. And Zero Dark Thirty will be directed and produced by Kathryn Bigelow, an Oscar-winner for The Hurt Locker.

SEAL Team Six at least can say it got there first and created a little controversy in the process. But it's otherwise likely to be comparatively little-seen — as well as quickly forgotten.

GRADE: B-minus

http://www.tvworthwatching.com/BlogPostDetails.aspx?postId=3565
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TV Sports
Cancelled marathon leaves ESPN out of the running
By James Hibberd, TEW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - Nov. 2, 2012

This was supposed to be the year the NYC Marathon returned to national television. But like many other plans that were made for this week, Hurricane Sandy has changed all that.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and marathon organizers New York Road Runners called off the annual event in the face of mounting criticism about the race, which some have called inappropriate since the city is still scrambling to provide basic resources to residents. The race was supposed to start Sunday.

The move also puts ESPN2 in a lurch, which signed a five-year deal with New York Road Runners. This was going to be the first time the world’s biggest marathon has aired on national TV since 1993. “We were just notified by New York Road Runners that the race has been cancelled and will adjust our schedule,” ESPN said in a statement. The network will replace the coverage with a variety of programming, including SportsCenter Top 10 and repeats of OTL and Sports Reporters.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/11/02/nyc-marathon-cancelled-espn2/
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TV Notes
'Fringe' Two-Hour Finale Set for January
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Nov. 2, 2012
"Fringe" might be on its way out, but it's leaving with a bang.
The series, co-created by J.J. Abrams, will end its five-season run with a two-hour finale on Jan. 18 starting at 8 p.m., Fox said Friday. The finale, which will also mark the series' 100th episode, will bring the series to "a climactic conclusion," the network said.

I *heart* Fringe. smile.gif It's been a staple of my TV schedule for years and I'll miss it. It's like "the little sci-fi show that could". Kudos to FOX (which I don't say very often) for giving us a wrap-up season in spite of the dismal ratings.
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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.
No, it's not the same thing.

In the updated version, Greedo shoots first and misses. Han shoots second and hits him.

Saying Han shoots first doesn't clarify that Greedo never shot at all in the original version. It would be like a boxer knocking his opponent out when he's just supposed to touch gloves before the round one bell. Han cheated, which is the type of thing we need to know about his character early in the movie.

Your example is the same principle. While one team scoring a goal, touchdown or otherwise might win the game, there might be multiple attempts by both teams to score before one is successful.
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But Lucas says greedo actually still shot 1st:

"The controversy over who shot first, Greedo or Han Solo, in Episode IV, what I did was try to clean up the confusion, but obviously it upset people because they wanted Solo [who seemed to be the one who shot first in the original] to be a cold-blooded killer, but he actually isn’t. It had been done in all close-ups and it was confusing about who did what to whom. I put a little wider shot in there that made it clear that Greedo is the one who shot first, but everyone wanted to think that Han shot first, because they wanted to think that he actually just gunned him down."

This why lightsabers are best....blasters are so uncivilized. biggrin.gif
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I never understood how a bounty hunter could shoot from within a few feet and miss. That made zero sense.
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But Lucas says greedo actually still shot 1st:
"The controversy over who shot first, Greedo or Han Solo, in Episode IV, what I did was try to clean up the confusion, but obviously it upset people because they wanted Solo [who seemed to be the one who shot first in the original] to be a cold-blooded killer, but he actually isn’t. It had been done in all close-ups and it was confusing about who did what to whom. I put a little wider shot in there that made it clear that Greedo is the one who shot first, but everyone wanted to think that Han shot first, because they wanted to think that he actually just gunned him down."
This why lightsabers are best....blasters are so uncivilized. biggrin.gif

And... the sound effects were missing too. Excuses excuses Lucas. The point was the whole sequence reflected Han's character. He wasn't going to either let the bounty hunter just shoot him (and hope he misses at 3 feet away!) , or take him away to certain death. Instead, Han shot first (see what I did there NetworkTV wink.gif ). It never made him a cold blooded killer, just uh, pragmatic.
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But Lucas says greedo actually still shot 1st:
"The controversy over who shot first, Greedo or Han Solo, in Episode IV, what I did was try to clean up the confusion, but obviously it upset people because they wanted Solo [who seemed to be the one who shot first in the original] to be a cold-blooded killer, but he actually isn’t.

Yeah, whatever Lucas. The inability to make a distinction between shooting someone who has you at gunpoint and a cold-blooded killer is why you shouldn't be writing movies anymore.

I guess based on Lucas' comments, Mal from Firefly is an evil bad guy too. "Redemption," look it up George.

And Han shot first. It wasn't confusing in the original cut when I was 8 years old, it didn't bother me and it didn't need another crappy CGI Intervention.
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Yeah, whatever Lucas. The inability to make a distinction between shooting someone who has you at gunpoint and a cold-blooded killer is why you shouldn't be writing movies anymore.
I guess based on Lucas' comments, Mal from Firefly is an evil bad guy too. "Redemption," look it up George.
And Han shot first. It wasn't confusing in the original cut when I was 8 years old, it didn't bother me and it didn't need another crappy CGI Intervention.

Yeah, that's exactly how I felt. Don't understand this "controversy". It always made sense that Han fired first and even if he didn't, that's how I wanted to interpret it. You'd have be an idiot not to shoot first under those circumstances and Han was no idiot (and neither was Mal).
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Yeah, that's exactly how I felt. Don't understand this "controversy". It always made sense that Han fired first and even if he didn't, that's how I wanted to interpret it. You'd have be an idiot not to shoot first under those circumstances and Han was no idiot (and neither was Mal).

The only controversy is that Lucas won't admit he's making all his movies for his own kids now.

Not for the benefit of the story and from the perspective of the big kid he was in the 70's. He's a father and he's making movies from that perspective. If he doesn't think his own kids will like or understand something, then he changes the movie.

That's why we had stupidly prolonged slapstick sequences, cartoon characters, boring good guys and bad guys, obvious jokes and the need to explain everything that imagination used to fill in.
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TV Notes
'Boy Meets World' Follow-Up Series in Early Stages at Disney Channel

Michael Jacobs is apparently not immune to the ill-fated sequel gene, either. If only more people could be satisfied with the excellence of their original works and not denigrate them by releasing half-baked sequels.
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Michael Jacobs is apparently not immune to the ill-fated sequel gene, either. If only more people could be satisfied with the excellence of their original works and not denigrate them by releasing half-baked sequels.

Well look at the success of a certain Canadian teen series that aired in the eighties on both CBC and PBS. Several years later, that series came back on television on CTV and what is now TeenNick. That school named after a Toronto, Ontario street is STILL GOING STRONG after over ten years on the air. The stars of the original "Degrassi" are now in thier FORTIES, but they are still successful. after all those years with the next generation.

"BMW: The Next Generation" can be just as popular, although you have to have Mr. Feeny back as a teacher for the youngest Matthews child. I for one am looking forward to this.
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FRIDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insight's Blog
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Nielsen Overnights
Strong Start For ‘Malibu Country’, ‘Shark Tank’ Hits High, ‘Boss’ Soft
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Nov. 3, 2012

It’s been 7½ years since ABC ended its TGIF Friday comedy block in May 2005. Since Paul Lee took over the network in the summer of 2010, restarting TGIF has been on his wish list. He got to do it this fall with Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing and Reba McEntire’s Malibu Country. There was skepticism about the move in May as ABC had been successful with its unscripted/newsmagazine Friday lineup. Even ABC brass were probably second-guessing themselves this fall as ABC consistently dominated the night paced by Shark Tank, which excelled at 8 PM, hitting series highs and topping all Friday competition.

But last night’s potent debut of ABC’s comedy block and strong performance of Shark Tank in its new 9 PM slot that powered ABC to sweep every half-hour of primetime in 18-49 will probably silence critics. Starting things off at 8 PM was the second season premiere of Last Man Standing (1.9/7, 7.8 million total viewers). That was down 47% from the comedy’s series debut on Tuesday last fall but was up 12% from the season finale and Last Man‘s best demo showing since March. At 8:30 PM, Reba McEntire proved her drawing power with the debut of her new sitcom Malibu Country (2.2/7, 8.9 million). It built on its lead-in and posted ABC’s highest numbers in the half-hour in five years. It tied CBS’ Blue Bloods as the highest-rated scripted Friday debut in than five years, since ABC’s drama Women’s Murder Club in October 2007. The new comedy block also boosted Shark Tank (2.3/7, 7.3 million) to new series highs, up 28% 18-49 from last week for another No.1 demo finish on Friday. ABC’s sweep was completed by 20/20 (1.5/5), which was No.1 at 10 PM. ABC won the night in 18-49 with season highs in the demo and total viewers.

CBS’ Emmy-winning Undercover Boss (1.5/5) was sluggish in its return, down 38% from its debut in the Friday 8 PM slot in February and up slightly (by .2 or 15%) from the season opener of CSI: NY in the time period last month. At 9 PM, CSI: NY (1.5/4) was up a tenth from its fast national last week, while Blue Bloods (1.3/4) was down a tenth.

NBC’s carried the Hurricane Sandy telethon (1.5/5) from 8-9 PM, which won’t be rated. Grimm (1.8/5) was down a tenth from its fast national last Friday when it followed the Mockingbird Lane pilot. Dateline (1.1/3) was down 15%.

Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares (1.0/3) and Fringe (1.0/3) were both up a tenth from last week. America’s Next Top Model (0.4/1, 1.25 million) was flat, while Nikita (0.4/1, 1.17 million) rebounded from last week’s ratings slump, up 50% in 18-40 and safely above 1 million total viewers.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/11/ratings-rat-race-strong-start-for-malibu-country-shark-tank-hits-high-boss-soft/
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The stars of the original "Degrassi" are now in thier FORTIES, but they are still successful. after all those years with the next generation.

"BMW: The Next Generation" can be just as popular, although you have to have Mr. Feeny back as a teacher for the youngest Matthews child. I for one am looking forward to this.

Unfortunately, the number of sequels that end up being worthy successors is rather small, and sequels run the risk of hurting the reputation of the originals if they aren't as good. William Daniels was a key factor in making Boy Meets World work, and the odds of Michael Jacobs finding someone to adequately fill his shoes are low.
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
SUNDAY Network Primetime Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET)

ABC:
7PM - America's Funniest Home Videos
8PM - Once Upon A Time
9PM - Revenge
10:01PM - 666 Park Avenue

CBS:
7PM - NFL Football: Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants (continued from 4:25PM, LIVE)
7:30PM - 60 Minutes
8:30PM - The Amazing Race
9:30PM - The Good Wife
10:30PM - The Mentalist

NBC:
7PM - Football Night in America (80 min., LIVE)
8:20PM - NFL Football: Dallas Cowboys at Atlanta Falcons (LIVE)

FOX:
7PM - The Simpsons
(R - Jan. 15)
7:30PM - The Cleveland Show (Season Premiere)
8PM - The Simpsons
8:30PM - Bob's Burgers
9PM - Family Guy
9:30PM - American Dad

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Call the Midwife (Season Finale)
9PM - Masterpiece Classic - Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2: The Last Waltz
10PM - Broadway - The American Musical: Tradition (1957-1979)
(R)

UNIVISION:
7PM - Aqui y Ahora
8PM - Mira Quién Baila (125 min.)
10:05PM - Sal y Pimienta

TELEMUNDO:
6:30PM - Movie: Takers (2010)
9PM - Yo Me Llamo (120 min.)
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Nov. 5, 2012

THE PINK PANTHER
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

I have a special soft spot for this 1963 Peter Sellers movie, which was one of my dad’s favorite comedy films, and one which we watched together at many opportunities – which, in those old pre-VCR days, meant repeated trips to movie revival houses and South Florida drive-in theaters. But here it is, in prime time, uninterrupted, featuring some of the funniest sight gags since the grand era of silent movies. And featuring some very funny sound gags, too, led by Sellers’ hilariously thick accent as Inspector Clouseau. David Niven, Robert Wagner and Capucine.

THE WALKING DEAD
AMC, 9:00 p.m. ET

Interesting call: Last week’s episode was devoted entirely to Andrea (Lori Holden), whose whereabouts since separating from the rest of the group have been largely unknown. Now they’re known: She’s been teamed with and protected by Michonne (Danai Gurira), and wandering the land – until she as taken in by the Governor (David Morrissey), who rules a barricaded community that makes the prison look like an open house. We also learned that the Governor was not what he seems – giving us something to fear this week besides the walkers.

THE GOOD WIFE
CBS, 9:30 p.m. ET

This episode is loaded with even more guest stars than usual, including two of my favorites: Brian Dennehy and Denis O’Hare. And that’s only the start of the list, in a new hour directed by Josh Charles and also including guest stars Christina Ricci and Amanda Peet.

TREME
HBO, 10:00 p.m. ET

Last week’s episode, in which Davis (Steve Zahn) got to visit local New Orleans legend Fats Domino, provided an unexpected TV highlight: While watching and hearing the veteran musician quietly but enjoyably singing “Blueberry Hill,” I found my thrill. And Janette (Kim Dickens) had me salivating about her legs – those upscale friend chicken legs, one of the new dishes for her about-to-open restaurant. Every week on this show, both the music and the food make me smile – and leave me wanting a larger taste.

HOMELAND
Showtime, 10:00 p.m. ET

Last week, I wrote that “Last week’s episode stunned me.” This week, I could – and will – write the same thing. The intense, lengthy
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
interrogation scene between Carrie (Claire Danes) and Brody (Damian Lewis)
was, quite simply, marvelous television. Wow.

http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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TV Review
‘Ricki,’ talk, talk, talk and more talk
Talk show host Ricki Lake has much to say, as do her guests
By Tom Conroy, Media Life Magazine

What does it take to make a daytime talk show? Judging by the new syndicated show "Ricki," all you need is talk.

Subtitled "The New Ricki Lake Show," it stars the former "Hairspray" actress, who hosted a previous daytime talk show, "Ricki Lake," from 1993 to 2004. Treating serious subjects too trivially and trivial subjects too seriously, it subjects viewers to a mass of verbiage from which they might glean some useful or helpful lessons but which is more likely to put them into a stupor.

"Ricki" sticks with the old-fashioned "Donahue" formula, with regular folks and self-styled experts appearing onstage with Lake, who occasionally ventures out to take questions from the audience. This format ensures that we never have a moment of silence in which to digest what has been said so far. Worse, the participants often ignore or misinterpret what has been said before, so potentially interesting lines of discussion fizzle out.

Last Thursday's episode dealt with infidelity. Lake introduced a husband and wife named Sa-ra and Val, who were deciding whether to stay together in the wake of his discovery that she had had an affair with an ex-boyfriend.

The couple seemed to have realized too late how embarrassing it would be to share their story with a roomful of strangers, never mind thousands of home viewers. Lake had to drag out of Val the explanation that Sa-ra wasn't giving her enough attention and that she had suppressed her unresolved emotions about her ex.

Sa-ra said that he wanted to try to save their marriage, but he mostly looked as if he wanted to crawl away. A licensed psychotherapist named M. Gary Neuman, who Lake said had helped her through her divorce, provided some boilerplate advice about apologies, communication and spending time "being in each other's lives." Lake ended the segment by saying that 1-800therapist.com was providing the couple with six months of free weekly therapy.

More bizarrely, a woman named Patti, wearing a hat, a blond wig and dark glasses, came out to confess that she had been cheating on her husband with her married boss for five years. To her credit, Lake pointed out that her disguise wouldn't really help — unless the husband was watching "Dr. Oz" — but Patti didn't seem to have considered that.

The expert brought in to help Patti was a woman named Sarah Symonds, who says she was the mistress of some famous British men and who now hosts a show about adultery on Canadian TV. She told Patti that she has to find something else to fill the gap in her life that the affair is now filling. But Symonds mainly wanted to share warning signs that one's husband is cheating.

An audience member got Patti to divulge that her father died when she was young and that her boss is older than her. Lake congratulated her audience on being such good therapists. After assuring Patti that she wasn't judging her, Lake told her she was also getting the free six months of therapy from 1-800therapy.com.

The final guest was a man named Steve Santagati, who has written a book called "The Manual," about being a "bad boy." Rehashing some old chestnuts about why men are biologically programmed to cheat, he seemed to be trying to work up the mostly female audience, like a pro-wrestling villain stalking around the ring. But they didn't really take the bait.

Santagati, Neuman and Symonds kept trying to make their own points while largely ignoring what the others were saying. The audience members had little to add.

Finally, Lake announced that she and the panelists were going to discuss what was behind some celebrity affairs — adding helpfully, "as if we know." Santagati criticized the looks and motives of Arnold Schwarzenegger's mistress, and everyone seemed to agree that if Robert Pattinson took Kristen Stewart back, he would be showing that he's less than a man.

Lake constantly implied that she could relate to what her guests were saying, even though she said she that had never cheated on a significant other and that infidelity wasn't a factor in her divorce. This raised the question of why exactly she is hosting this show, since she has no expertise, fails to express a coherent philosophy of life and isn't particularly charismatic.

Friday's episode had a vague theme of starting over, particularly in relationships. The first guest was a divorced woman who had been taking care of a son with Asperger's syndrome and a disabled sister and who was now ready to start living for herself. She got some advice from a psychotherapist and a quick makeover. Lake told her at the end of the show that she could keep the dress.

Then a gun-shy twice-divorced woman got some tips from a dating expert named Lauren Francis, who recommends that women stare at men in bars, beckon them over with their finger and then compliment them. A segment taped in a bar suggested that this actually works. Missing the point, Lake kept interjecting off-color remarks.

This somehow led to a long segment in which Trish Suhr, who has appeared in a home-improvement show on the Style Network, helped a war widow rearrange her closet and find a place to put mementos of her husband. The segment eventually started to sound like a sketch parodying product placements. Suhr repeated the name of the Container Store at least half a dozen times.

Lake must not have read the memo, because at one point she said that a certain type of hanger was also available at Costco. Suhr quickly suggested that the ones at the Container Store are better.

That wasn't the first time in these two episodes that people talked at cross-purposes. "Ricki" seems to operate on the theory that if it throws out enough words, something will stick. But it actually proves that after a certain amount of words, nothing sticks.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/ricki-talk-talk-talk-and-more-talk/
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Originally Posted by Aleron Ives View Post

William Daniels was a key factor in making Boy Meets World work, and the odds of Michael Jacobs finding someone to adequately fill his shoes are low.
I missed something here.  Is it definite that Daniels wouldn't be aboard?

There would have to be some plot contrivance to have him teaching younger children again, if Cory and Topanga's dauther is to be his pupil.  Alternattively, George Feeney could be in their lives in some other capacity.  Topanga has become an educator and he's her boss, for one possibility.
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TV Notes
‘Political Animals’ Won’t Continue On USA
http://www.deadline.com/2012/11/political-animals-wont-continue-on-usa/
Jez , sure glad this failed to take
I really have ennuff "Politics" for awhile mad.gif

& the parallels to the Clinton saga didn't help either .

I felt the outstanding cast was ham-stringed by the poor plot & terrible writing frown.gif such a waste . rolleyes.gif
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Is it definite that Daniels wouldn't be aboard?

I'm assuming he isn't, and I guess you're assuming he is. There is no official word on any cast members yet.
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SATURDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insight's Blog
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Originally Posted by Aleron Ives View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by dattier View Post

Is it definite that Daniels wouldn't be aboard?
I'm assuming he isn't, and I guess you're assuming he is.
No, I'm not assuming either way.
Quote:
There is no official word on any cast members yet.
That's why I'm not assuming either way.  The only casting I predict is that if Peter Tork returns as Jedediah Lawrence, the late Davy Jones won't pop in as a friend of his.
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
MONDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)

ABC:
8PM - Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars (120 min., LIVE)
10:01PM - Castle
* * * *
11:35PM - Nightline (LIVE)
Midnight - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Robert Pattinson; Chris Hardwick; Ben Folds Five performs)

CBS:
8PM - How I Met Your Mother
8:30PM - Partners
9PM - 2 Broke Girls
9:30PM - Mike and Molly
10PM - Hawaii Five-0
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Simon Helberg; Ricky Gervais; Ty Segall performs)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (An interview and performance by Tenacious D; Sarah Shahi)

NBC:
8PM - The Voice (120 min., LIVE)
10:01PM - Revolution
* * * *
11:35PM - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (Kristen Stewart; Dax Shepard; Kip Moore performs)
12:37AM - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Jason Sudeikis; Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele; RNDM performs)
1:37AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Katey Sagal; The Stepkids perform)

FOX:
8PM - Bones
9PM - The Good Doctor

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Antiques Roadshow: Junk in the Trunk 2
9PM - Market Warriors
10PM - Independent Lens: Solar Mamas

UNIVISION:
8PM - Abismo de Pasión (Series Finale, 120 min.)
10PM - Amor Bravio

THE CW:
8PM - 90210
9PM - Gossip Girl

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

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Journalist Martha Raddatz)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Author Nate Silver)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Season Premiere; Sarah Silverman; Brian Austin Green; Father John Misty)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Ellen Barkin; Sarah Colonna; Fortune Feimster; Arden Myrin)
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TV Notes
Facing an Election Night Clamor
By Brian Stelter, The New York Times - Nov. 5, 2012

This has been the year of the big media gaffe.

NBC News edited a 911 tape of George Zimmerman in a way that implied race as a factor in the Trayvon Martin shooting. CNN and Fox News falsely reported that the Supreme Court had struck down the individual mandate at the heart of the Obama administration’s health care law. ABC News wrongly suggested a link between a mass shooting in Colorado and the Tea Party. Just last week during the storm, CNN repeated a false rumor about flooding at the New York Stock Exchange.

Now the media are gearing up for election night, the finale of the year’s biggest story. It’s a chance to regain some credibility — presuming, of course, that television networks and other news organizations get their state-by-state projections right. They all say they will, still mindful of the mistakes made in 2000, when the networks prematurely called Florida for Al Gore and then George W. Bush.

The same precautions that were put in place after 2000 will be in place again this Tuesday. At NBC, for instance, the statisticians at the “decision desk” that makes projections “are literally sealed off from the rest of us,” said Mark Lukasiewicz, the senior vice president of specials for NBC News.

Different this time will be the level of noise on the Web, where armchair and professional pundits alike will react to the election results in real time. On election night in 2008, a few Web sites, including Slate and Time.com, stated the obvious — that Barack Obama was going to win the presidency — well before the TV networks and major newspapers said so. In large part that’s because the networks and newspapers were waiting for the polls to close on the West Coast.

They will abide by the same principle again on Tuesday night, ruling out any such pronouncement before 11 p.m. Eastern. But more Web sites and individual users will most likely try to call the race early, creating a cacophony on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

A memo on Saturday to employees of The Associated Press, the country’s biggest news wire service, asked them to refrain from adding to the noise by posting to Twitter about other news outlets’ calls. “If A.P. has not called a particular state or race, it’s because we have specifically decided not to, based on the expertise and data we have spent years developing,” the memo read.

In calling a state for Mr. Obama or Mitt Romney, news organizations will consider several data sources, including exit poll results and raw vote totals — “a brain trust of data,” said Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews, the vice president for news for CBS News.

Executives at the major networks said in interviews that they don’t expect to be able to project a winner at 11 p.m. this year, given the closeness of the presidential race in several swing states. “I’m not even going to guess what time it will be,” said Marc Burstein, the senior executive producer for special events at ABC News. He predicted an abundance of caution this year because of the trend of early voting in many states.

For election night ABC is uniquely situated in Times Square, which filled up with supporters of Mr. Obama on election night in 2008. This time, too, “I expect a gigantic crowd,” Mr. Burstein said. NBC is expecting the same at Rockefeller Plaza, which it has re-christened Democracy Plaza with exhibits and video screens, just as it did in 2004 and 2008.

All of the executives interviewed said they would be entirely comfortable making projections after their competitors. “In a close contest, we’ll simply wait,” said Sam Feist, the Washington bureau chief for CNN. And all of them cited the journalism chestnut that it’s better to be right than first. “It’s always lovely when the two coincide,” said Ms. Ciprian-Matthews of CBS, “but everybody here is absolutely on the same page: accuracy comes first.”

Fox News did not respond to an interview request.

CNN, which was criticized for crowding its studio with anchors and analysts in 2008, will have more reporters in the field this time, including a half-dozen in Ohio alone. Reprising what it called “ballot cams” on primary nights, CNN will have crews at “key voting and vote-counting locations” in battleground states, Mr. Feist said.

“We proved during the primaries that doing real reporting on those nights can make a difference,” he said.

No matter the outcome, some partisans will claim that the election is illegitimate, if the election year rhetoric is to be believed. Continuing an effort that started in 2004, networks and other news outlets will ask the public to alert them to voter irregularities and allegations of voter suppression. “We have an entire team working on those stories,” Mr. Lukasiewicz of NBC said.

Dozens of news and opinion Web sites will offer essentially live coverage on election night, some with TV-like newscasts and others with live blogs. But the biggest audiences are still expected to tune to the big three broadcast networks, ABC, CBS and NBC, and the big three cable news networks, Fox News, MSNBC and CNN.

Four years ago, Brian Williams was the anchor on NBC, Charles Gibson on ABC and Katie Couric on CBS. Mr. Williams is back for his second presidential election night as anchor, but Mr. Gibson, who retired three years ago, will not; heading the coverage instead will be the pair that sat alongside him in 2008, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos. Ms. Couric, now of ABC, will join them from time to time with social media reaction — a role that did not exist on the network’s coverage last time.

On CBS, Scott Pelley will anchor his first presidential election night. It’s also the first time for Rachel Maddow, on MSNBC, and Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly, on Fox News. On PBS, Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will make up national television’s first two-woman anchor team on election night.

Half a dozen smaller channels will also have hours of live election talk, as will countless local stations — paid for in part by the revenue from innumerable election ads. Discussing the extent of the coverage, Mr. Feist of CNN said, “You cannot find an available high-definition satellite path for Tuesday night in this country. There are none left. The country is at capacity.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/05/business/media/a-media-vow-of-election-night-restraint-despite-social-media-clamor.html?ref=media
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