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TV Notes
The Dark Side of a British TV Icon
By Kim Akaas, TVWorthWatching.com

[Editor's Note: Just a few weeks ago, as American newscasts were reporting on the sentencing of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky — the former Penn State assistant football coach who used his position to befriend his adolescent victims — a similarly shocking sex scandal was unfolding in Great Britain. As days progressed, the nation learned that recently deceased TV personality Jimmy Savile, the flamboyant host of several BBC programs targeted at kids and teens, had been a serial pedophile who may have abused, at last count, as many as 300 underage girls over six decades. Now BBC executives, including Mark Thompson, who led the BBC from 2004-2012 and was recently named CEO of The New York Times, find themselves on the defense amid accusations that many within the broadcasting corporation were not only aware of Sevile's actions, but killed a report about the allegations against their former star.]

A scandal of some magnitude has hit the BBC over the past few weeks.

The ITV documentary Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile, which aired Oct. 3, 2012 to some 2.44 million British viewers (and is embedded at the end of this column), lifted the lid on the dark side of Sir James Wilson Vincent Savile.

For those of you that don’t know the story: Savile was a TV and radio presenter whose career spanned over fifty years. He began as a coal miner during World War II, moving into entertainment through DJ spots in dance halls, which he later managed. His media career started on Radio Luxembourg in 1958 and, two years later, he moved into TV via Tyne Tees Television. Savile was the first DJ to host BBC chart show, Top of the Pops, in 1964 and also the last to host it when the show ended in 2006.

Renowned for his status as "national institution," over the course of his lifetime Savile raised over £40 million for good causes. A sight to behold in his dreadful shell suits, peroxide blonde hair, short shorts and shiny vests — all the time chomping on a huge phallic cigar — Savile quickly became the darling of the BBC. His hugely popular Saturday evening show, Jim’ll Fix It, ran from 1975 to 1994; billed as a program that made children’s wishes come true, in reality Savile used it to "groom" a steady progression of vulnerable youngsters in awe of the star.

Rumours about Savile’s sexual peccadillos had been circulating since the 1970s. In 1973, while working on his radio show Savile’s Travels, colleagues had gossiped about his antics with underage women and charges of being sexually inappropriate were levelled at him in a meeting with the management team. Unsurprisingly Savile denied all knowledge and, with no evidence to convict him, was allowed to develop a lifelong career working not only with young women but children as well.

He starred in his own TV show Clunk Click (BBC 1973-74) a weekly chat show where he invited vulnerable young girls from various institutions (like Broadmoor, a psychiatric hospital and Duncroft Approved School for girls) to to sit in the audience amongst stars like (now convicted) pedophile Gary Glitter and comedian Freddie Starr. Savile was rarely seen without a young woman (or women) on his arm and was open about his unlawful predilection for young girls, even writing about it in his early autobiography. In April 2000 Savile was the focus of a Louis Theroux documentary where he was explicitly asked about his thoughts on the rumours that continued to circulate around him.

So, when the news broke at the beginning of October, just under a year after his death, many were less surprised at the allegations made against him than the amount of time it had taken for the truth to out.

The press focus was initially on whether it was right that the ITV documentary should have been screened after Savile’s death, when he could not speak for himself. The BBC debate series Question Time addressed the issue head on by asking journalist, Janet Street Porter, her opinion:

The response to Street Porter’s riposte rumbled on for a few days with one of the many accusations levelled at her that, as a victim of abuse herself, she should have exposed Savile. Not for the last time the public would hear that, in a male-dominated entertainment industry where inappropriate sexual behavior was the norm, the higher echelons at the BBC would never believe the claims of a young journalist against the word of charity fundraiser and people’s darling, Jimmy Savile.
As the days went past and the story unravelled, the BBC’s culpability in the Jimmy Savile sex scandal became the focus, especially the Newsnight exposé on the star’s penchant for pedophilia that had been shelved 11 months previously. Questions were soon being asked: had the BBC’s flagship current affairs program made a dreadful editorial mistake or, and more worrying still, was the story ditched by an editor under pressure from a management desperate not to upset the TV schedules in the run up to Christmas — particularly in the light of planned tribute shows in praise of the star?

As the furor has rumbled on, the BBC’s involvement has become ever more complex. In a hurried move to save face, BBC’s Panorama ran its own investigation into the affair. Running for over an hour and reaching just over 5 million viewers, the special investigation traced a catalog of missed opportunities. Newsnight producers Liz MacKean and Meirion Jones were interviewed about the untimely ditching of their program with MacKean speaking eloquently about the affect this course of action had on Karin Ward (right). The first victim to come forward, Ward too was interviewed about her involvement with the program and revealed how angry she felt when her story was shelved, and how that decision compounded her feelings of not being believed.

Repeatedly colleagues of Savile’s were asked why, if they suspected the star of inappropriate sexual practices, did they not tell? Why did they allow the sexual abuse of minors to continue? Repeatedly they replied that nobody would have believed them. Much like the victims of abuse themselves, they seemed bewildered that anyone would even think that their word be taken over the powerful charity fundraising star’s.

The catalogue of mishandling continues.

The BBC's new Director General of the Corporation, George Entwistle, has now found himself at the centre of a scandal of untold proportions. Two weeks into the job and he has not only faced an almost daily barrage of questions by the press, but has been hauled in front of a Select Committee and subject to two hours of intense questioning by MPs. If it seems a little unfair that Entwistle should be at the center of this storm, it is worth remembering that at the time of the Newsnight debacle he was Director of Vision, controlling the schedules and in overall charge of what would be screened. Newsnight editor, Peter Rippon, has stepped aside while the BBC conducts its own enquiries into the case. Many are suggesting that both should resign as their involvement in the scandal becomes more apparent.

The trial by TV continues. Each day brings new developments as new stories bubble up, more claims are made, more victims come forward and more institutions are brought into the spotlight. The BBC maybe at the center of this scandal and, as a Public Service Broadcaster and main employer of Jimmy Savile there is no doubt that it should be brought to account, but we would do well to remember that Savile hoodwinked many more over the years — organisations like the NHS Trust, Stoke Mandeville hospital, Leeds General Infirmary, Broadmoor; the Vatican (Savile was awarded a papal knighthood in 1990) Royalty (he was knighted by the Queen in the same year) and, of course, his infamous friendship with Margaret Thatcher.

Again and again the question is asked: how did he get away with it?

A recent newcast brought a welcome report from Metropolitan Police Commander Peter Spindler who is leading the investigations into the Savile abuse scandal. According to reports Operation Yewtree "has identified 300 victims — up from 200 last week — and is looking at 400 lines of inquiry." The report adds: "All but two of the victims are female."

Original victim, Karin Ward, has now spent some nine hours giving evidence against Savile and says that at last she feels that she has been heard and, above all, believed. Spindler has gone on record saying that this police inquiry is a "watershed moment in the investigation of child abuse" and praised the media for exposing Savile "for what he was." If praising the media seems to be one step too many for some it would seem that Savile has, however unwittingly, performed a service for many, many, victims of sexual abuse by getting away with it for so long. One of the most "prolific sex offenders of recent history" has clearly demonstrated how it is possible for pedophiles to perpetrate their heinous crimes without detection for many decades. That Savile managed this in the full glare of the media spotlight, freely allowed to abuse vulnerable youngsters under our very noses, should be a salutary lesson to us all.

Many commentators have suggested that the reason Savile got away with it was because, as Janet Street Porter suggested on Question Time, inappropriate sexual behavior in the '60s and '70s was the norm. Street Porter was clear that this accusation should not only be levelled towards the BBC but was true across all media. We should not feel too complacent that this kind of sexism has gone anywhere except behind closed doors as it has been widely reported that one of the reasons Peter Rippon did not feel the original Newsnight story should run, was because Savile’s crimes "weren’t the worst kind of sexual offenses" and that "it was 40 years ago … the girls were teenagers, not too young."

And yet, I am not surprised. And nor should anyone be. The BBC, the NHS and Duncroft approved school are now facing up to 18 claims for damages from women who hold that the institutions "had a 'vicarious liability' for the activities of their staff or their agents." Whether these claims will ever be paid is another matter but, for me, we have reached a moment where television, while being held accountable for the reprehensible behavior of one of its stars, could also seize the day and turn that tide for good. If anything positive can come out of this catalog of disasters it must be that the media, and in particular the BBC, as public service broadcaster, must now become standard bearer and turn its attention to the sexual double standards and misogyny that has been the norm both behind and in front of our screens for far too many years.

Savile’s onscreen antics obviously come from an anachronistic past, but there are many women, myself included, that have suffered under the hands of lecherous behavior condoned by the mainstream media. If we are to learn anything from the Jimmy Savile debacle it must be that this kind of predatory behavior can no longer be tolerated. It maybe too late for many of us but it is not too late for our children.

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TV Sports
Lakers Channel Inks Deal With Cox as Holdouts Remain
By Kimberly Nordyke, The Hollywood Reporter - Nov. 4, 2012

There's good news for some more Los Angeles Lakers fans in Southern California.

Time Warner Cable said late Sunday that it has signed a new deal with Cox Communications to carry Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes.

The news means that Cox subscribers in Southern California will now have access to Lakers games. The channels will launch in time for the Lakers game vs. the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

TWC said further details will be announced shortly.

TWC has previously closed deals with Charter, Verizon Fios, AT&T U-verse and Bright House Networks but still has yet to come to terms with Dish Network, Comcast and DirecTV.

A sticking point in TWC's talks with carriers has been for its two sports networks to be carried on the most basic level of service. That helps TWC, which is asking $3.95 per subscriber per month for the two channels, sell ads on the games.

This season, the two TWC services will each carry 70 Lakers games (of which 57 are exclusive). TWC’s channels also offer games from the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team, the Los Angeles Sparks basketball team and others.

The 2012-13 NBA season kicked off Wednesday.

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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Nov. 5, 2012

CBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

Postponed from last week: Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) demotes his buddies and gets a new wing man – a real hound. As in an actual dog, with four legs and a tail. But Barney bonds with him anyway, and uses him mercilessly to attract women.

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

Ten days before Ken Burns presents his company’s newest documentary, a two-parter called The Dust Bowl, TCM presents this 1940 movie, a classic adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel about poor Oklahoma farmers trying to improve their fortunes by heading West. Henry Fonda stars.

HBO, 9:00 p.m. ET
This isn’t the wonderful Harrison Ford movie about murder, romance and the Amish. It’s a new documentary series, presented in half-hour segments each Monday, by Miami Vice creator Michael Mann. And the Michael Mann influence is all over the place, which is both good and bad. It’s good, because this study of photojournalists in high-risk locations is loaded with vitality and well-framed images. And it’s bad, or at least a bit wearying, because it relies so heavily on music to propel its narrative. In this first installment, for example, the focus is on Eros Hoagland, who has covered such tension-filled hot spots as El Salvador, Iraq and Afghanistan, and whose personal story is almost shockingly dramatic. But in following him around the violent border town of Juarez, Mann plays, at length, a cover version of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” – the song that begins with the lyrics “When you’re lost in the rain in Juarez / and it’s Easter time too.” A little too obvious.

HBO, 9:30 p.m. ET

The night before the 2012 presidential election, HBO repeats its well-made telemovie drama about the 2008 presidential election, for which Julianne Moore won an Emmy for her portrayal of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Is this a well-timed repeat for Election Day Eve? You betcha.

ABC, 10:30 p.m. ET

In tonight’s episode, Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) attend a sci-fi convention to investigate a murder. As you might expect, given Fillion’s fantasy-cred resume (his credits include Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, all for Joss Whedon), this episode is a very playful and respectful nod to fans of such shows. And yes, in-jokes abound, so be on the lookout for Extras.

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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

I never understood how a bounty hunter could shoot from within a few feet and miss. That made zero sense.

Maybe that wasn't Greedo's first trip to the cantina. He might of been there earlier in the day and got wasted. biggrin.gif
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Todays the deadline for changes to NFL week 11 so no surprise SNF stays ravens/steelers....also colts/patriots moves to 4:25.
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SUNDAY'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)
Football lifts NBC to another Sunday win
Nearly doubles No. 2 CBS with a 6.1 in 18-49s
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Nov. 5, 2012

Last week NBC kept its Sunday night winning streak alive by a hair with a tenth of a point margin over Fox, which had game four of the World Series.

Last night it wasn’t even close.

Paced by “Sunday Night Football,” NBC nearly doubled the rating for the No. 2 network, CBS, which also got a boost from football en route to another Sunday victory.

NBC averaged a 6.1 adults 18-49 rating and 15 share, according to Nielsen overnights, 85 percent ahead of No. 2 CBS, which averaged a 3.3/8.

It has finished first every Sunday this season.

As a reminder, overnights measure only timeslot data and don’t account for post-primetime viewing or time zone differences; the Dallas Cowboys-Atlanta Falcons game lasted past 11 p.m. Thus NBC’s rating will likely shoot up when final numbers come out tomorrow.

“SNF” peaked at 8:30 p.m. with a 7.6.

CBS also got some mileage out of football. Overrun from its late games averaged an 8.5 from 7 to 7:30 p.m. and gave “60 Minutes” a bump to a 3.8 rating, more than double last week, when it did not have an NFL lead-in.

ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” was the night’s top-rated scripted show with a 3.5 at 8 p.m., up 3 percent over the previous week.

CBS’s “The Mentalist” also saw gains over last week, up 6 percent to a 1.9 at 10 p.m.

With NBC out well ahead and CBS at No. 2, ABC finished third on the night at 2.3/6, Fox fourth at 2.0/5, Univision fifth at 1.1/3 and Telemundo sixth at 0.4/1.

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

At 7 p.m. CBS was first with a 6.4 for NFL overrun and the start of "Minutes," followed by NBC with a 3.3 for "Football Night in America." ABC and Fox tied for third at 1.7, ABC for "America's Funniest Home Videos" and Fox for a rerun of "The Simpsons" (1.5) and a new "Cleveland Show" (1.9). Univision was fifth with a 0.8 for "Aqui y Ahora" and Telemundo sixth with a 0.4 for the movie "Takers."

NBC took the lead at 8 p.m. with a 6.7 for NFL pregame and the start of "Sunday Night Football," while ABC moved to second with a 3.5 for "Time." CBS was third with a 2.9 for the end of "Minutes" and start of "The Amazing Race," Fox fourth with a 2.2 for "The Simpsons" (2.6) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.8), Univision fifth with a 1.2 for "Mira Quien Baila" and Telemundo sixth with a 0.6 for its movie.

At 9 p.m. NBC led with a 7.3 for football, with ABC second with a 2.6 for "Revenge." Fox was third with a 2.2 for "Family Guy" (2.5) and "American Dad" (1.9), CBS fourth with a 2.0 for "Race" and the start of "The Good Wife," Univision fifth with a 1.4 for more "Baila" and Telemundo sixth with a 0.3 for "Yo Me Llamo."

NBC was first again at 10 p.m. with a 7.0 for football, followed by CBS with a 1.8 for "Wife" and the start of "Mentalist." ABC was third with a 1.4 for "666 Park Avenue," Univision fourth with a 1.0 for "Sal y Pimienta" and Telemundo fifth with a 0.3 for more "Llamo."

Among households, NBC finished first for the night with a 9.7 average overnight rating and a 15 share. CBS was second at 8.6/13, ABC third at 4.4/7, Fox fourth at 2.5/4, Univision fifth at 1.6/2 and Telemundo sixth at 0.4/1.

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TV Notes
'Battlestar Galactica' prequel being released online Friday
By James Hibberd, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - Nov. 5, 2012

It’s a three-year wait for more Star Wars. Six months for more Star Trek. But guess what? Battlestar Galactica returns in only four days.

Universal Cable Productions’ long-awaited Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome has not only found a distribution outlet, but it’s getting a super-close premiere date. Plus, there’s a rather spectacular new trailer (below).

Here’s the raw essentials: BSG: B&C is a prequel movie being presented as ten, 7-12-minute episodes on young-male-targeted entertainment company Machinima’s YouTube channel, called Machinima Prime. The first episode will be released on Friday, Nov. 9, with the remaining episodes rolled out over the next four weeks. In early 2013, the two-hour version of B&C will air on Syfy, followed by the release of an unrated version on home video.

Such a three-tiered windowing release strategy (online, network and DVD, all within a few months) is considered unique for a TV series.

For those who haven’t followed the B&C saga, the project was originally developed as a series for Syfy following the conclusion of the critically beloved Battlestar Galactica reboot and its movie spin-offs The Plan and Razor. BSG vets David Eick and Michael Taylor are executive producers, with Taylor writing the script from a story by Eick, Bradley Thompson and David Weddle. Jonas Pate (Caprica) directed.

The prequel follows young William Adama (Luke Pasqualino, UK’s Skins) during the first Cylon War. Assigned to the Galactica, the eager Adama finds himself at odds with his co-pilot, the battle-weary officer Coker (Ben Cotton, Alcatraz). Like Starz’ Spartacus, the series uses “virtual set” CGI technology that adds more expansive and spectacular backdrops than possible in a convention production.

“With its top-notch storytelling, pulse-pounding action, and cutting-edge visual effects, Blood & Chrome is the perfect extension of the Battlestar Galactica universe,” said Mark Stern, Syfy programming president and co-head of original content at UCP. “We are thrilled to see this hotly-anticipated event premiere on Machinima, an online network that is unparalleled in its delivery of high-class digital content to millions of viewers.”

Here’s the new trailer: [CLICK LINK BELOW]

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TV Notes
CBS Prepping 'NCIS: LA’ Spinoff Created By Shane Brennan As Planted Two-Part Episode
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Nov. 5, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: CBS is looking to further expand its NCIS franchise with another spinoff. The untitled project, written/executive produced by NCIS and NCIS: LA executive producer Shane Brennan, is a planted spinoff from NCIS: LA, which Brennan created and serves as showrunner on. It will feature new characters who will be introduced in two-part episode of NCIS: LA later this season. The proposed spinoff, produced by CBS TV Studios, will follow a small mobile team of agents, who are forced to live and work together, as they crisscross the country solving crimes.

Both NCIS: LA and its mothership series, juggernaut NCIS, originated as planted spinoffs, as two-part episodes of JAG and NCIS, respectively. In using NCIS: LA as a launchpad for the new spinoff, CBS is taking a page from the playbook of the long-running CSI franchise, in which the third series, CSI: NY, also started off as a planted spinoff from spinoff CSI: Miami.

Now in its 10th season, NCIS continues to be one of the biggest scripted series on television. Airing behind it, NCIS: LA, now in its fourth season, has been a solid ratings performer and commands one of the highest off-network syndication license fees for a drama series. (It is the subject of ongoing litigation by NCIS creator Don Bellisario.)

The NCIS franchise is currently the strongest on TV, with its ratings eclipsing those of the two remaining CSI series as well as the lone Law & Order drama, SVU. CBS has been pretty successful building procedural franchises with CSI and the NCIS. Its only recent miss was the Criminal Minds spinoff.

Brennan joined NCIS at the beginning of Season 4 in 2006 and was tapped as showrunner the following season. He ran both the mothership series and NCIS: LA for the spinoff’s first two seasons before focusing on NCIS: LA last year. This marks the second pilot for Paradigm-repped Brennan, who also has King & Maxwell at TNT, also produced by CBS TV Studios where Brennan is under an overall deal.

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Tech/Business Notes
CBS Strikes Deal With Hulu Plus to Stream TV Library
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Nov. 5, 2012

CBS and Hulu have reached a licensing agreement to stream CBS's television library, including "Star Trek," "Medium" and "CSI: Miami," on Hulu's Hulu Plus subscription service, CBS said Monday.

The non-exclusive, multi-year deal will begin January 2013, with more than 2,600 episodes being rolled out over the following months.

Further titles will also rotate through Hulu's free service, CBS said.

The TV library licensing deal follows pacts that have brought CBS-produced programming that airs on the CW to Hulu, and CBS content to Hulu's subscription service in Japan.

“CBS has a long history of producing truly great TV," Hulu's senior vice president of content Andy Forssell said. "Hulu Plus subscribers are entertainment lovers who spend their time watching shows they love, versus shows they might only just like. Those two facts make for a fantastic combination, because this collection of CBS titles are shows that people revere and that really matter to fans of great TV like our subscribers."

“We’re excited to deliver CBS library programming to Hulu Plus subscribers,” Scott Koondel, senior vice president of corporate licensing, CBS Corporation, added. “This marks another agreement that meets the growing demand for our content on new platforms while establishing other incremental ways to get paid for our library.”

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TV Notes
Super Bowl: You’ll see Sherlock Holmes after the game
By Hal Boedeker, Orlando Sentinel's 'TV Guy' Blog - Nov. 5, 2012

CBS has decided to follow the Super Bowl with Sherlock Holmes.

The new drama “Elementary” will receive the prime slot after the big game on Sunday, Feb. 3.

Jonny Lee Miller plays a modern-day Sherlock working in New York, and Lucy Liu is Watson, his sobriety companion.

“Elementary” was one of the best new series this fall, and it has steadily improved each week. The teamwork of Miller and Liu is strong and offbeat; the mysteries are smart and twisty. So the big push after the Super Bowl is deserved.

“Elementary” airs regularly at 10 p.m. Thursdays on WKMG-Channel 6.

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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
TUESDAY 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)

7PM - ABC News Your Voice Your Vote 2012 (7 hrs., LIVE)

7PM - Campaign 2012: CBS News Coverage of Election Night (7 hrs., LIVE)

7PM - 2012 Election Night (8 hrs., LIVE)

8PM - FOX News Election Special: You Decide 2012 (2 hrs., LIVE)

(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - PBS Newshour Election Night 2012: A Special Report (4 hrs., LIVE)

7PM - Destino 2012 (5 hrs., LIVE)

8PM - Arrow
(R - Oct. 31)
9PM - Emily Owens, M.D.
(R - Oct. 23)

8PM - Decisión 2012: Noche de Elecciones (3 hrs., LIVE)

11PM - The Daily Show With Jon Stewart - Election Night 2012: This Ends Now
11:31PM - The Colbert Report - Election 2012: A Nation Votes, Ohio Decides; The Re-Presidenting of America: Who Will Replace Obama? '12

11PM - Conan (Mindy Kaling; micro-sculptor Willard Wigan; Barry Rothbart)

11PM - Chelsea Lately (Nico Santos; Heather McDonald; Brent Morin)
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Nov. 6, 2012

Various Networks, 7:00 p.m. ET

When I was covering election nights for New York newspapers, I would sit in my basement office watching, and writing about, 10 or 12 TV sets at once, each television tuned to a different broadcast or cable news operation. Now I just watch on one set (though recording on several DVRs), flipping to the next station whenever I feel the urge – which is often. I recommend the same approach for 2012. If, in a given hour, you’re not sampling MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, PBS and the broadcast networks, and popping in on AXS TV and elsewhere, you’re not taking the full ride that election coverage has to offer. Don’t bother tuning in until 7 p.m. ET –but after that, grab your remotes and fasten your seat belts.

Sundance, 9:00 p.m. ET

Election Night not scary enough for you? Then try this as an occasional or lengthy distraction: Roman Polanski’s 1968 thriller, starring Mia Farrow as a loving wife whose husband moves her into a foreboding old apartment house, where the neighbors are scary, and her nightmares are even scarier, with good reason.

FX, 10:00 p.m. ET

Gemma (Katey Sagal) was confronted by Jax (Charlie Hunnam) last week, and forced to admit the real reason she ran her vehicle into a tree with Jax’s young son aboard. But Jax told her how to begin atoning for her sins, and it has to do with getting close to Clay (Ron Perlman). Very, very close. And it begins tonight.

Comedy Central, 11:00 p.m. ET

No matter what other media venues you watch tonight, you must – must – watch Comedy Central during this particular hour. Both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert present live Election Night editions of their respective shows, and both shows should have you laughing, whether or not, by that part of the evening, you’re in a mood to do so.

Comedy Central, 11:31 p.m. ET

If this show is half as funny as its title, it’s going to be wonderful. And there’s no reason to expect Colbert won’t deliver the goods. He almost always does, especially when the stakes are high. And that’s the truthiness.

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Critic's Notes
Cool Vibes in Engine of Internet
By Mike Hale, The New York Times - Nov. 6, 2012

When word got out about “Start-Ups: Silicon Valley,” the valley started to have conniptions. Among the more clever responses was a tweet by a TechCrunch editor: “Here Comes Silicon Valley Boo Boo.”

Of course the real geeks of Mountain View and Menlo Park are smart enough to know that reality is the last thing to expect from a Bravo reality show. What you expect is manufactured camaraderie and conflict, tears, cleavage and product placement, and when “Start-Ups” begins on Monday night that’s what you’ll get, along with togas and flying cocktails. Any new technology is strictly a rumor, and the only deal making happens between consenting adults at the toga party.

On the basis of a trailer released by Bravo, “Start-Ups” (Mondays at 10 p.m.) has already been criticized — and rightly so — for focusing on the lovely cityscapes of San Francisco rather than the flat expanses of San Jose, Sunnyvale and the other cities that actually make up Silicon Valley. The pilot has an aerial shot of downtown Mountain View and a few scenes inside the Four Seasons Hotel in East Palo Alto, but the dominant images are panoramic views of the sexier city to the north.

Also more than a little unreal, in Silicon Valley terms, is the homogeneity of the six-member principal cast, which is generally attractive — one woman is a former Milwaukee Bucks dancer — and entirely white; Asians and blacks appear around the edges as friends, bosses and hair and makeup women. Much of the episode is spent establishing the entrepreneurial bona fides of these six as well as the reality-TV personas they wear like wineglass tags: mean, vain, ambitious, alcoholic, gay, British.

That leaves time for just two significant scenes: the party, at which apps, Web sites and online shows (none of the six entrepreneurs plans to make a physical product) take a back seat to fighting, flirting and skimpy costumes; and an actual pitch, by two of the cast, to an actual Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Dave McClure.

The pitch is the episode’s high point, as the brother and sister Ben and Hermione bumble and brazen their way through a disastrous presentation of a health-and-fitness app that doesn’t yet exist. It begins badly when Mr. McClure finds Hermione, post-party, sleeping under a conference table, and doesn’t improve when he learns there is no product to look at, just a few screen shots on a laptop. Ben, whose explanation of the app is cut off by Mr. McClure, provides the pilot’s one laugh-out-loud moment when he huffs, “I found it slightly disrespectful, him just going through the whole thing and making his own judgments.”

Making its debut on Bravo on Wednesday night at 11 p.m. is “LOLwork,” another reality series set in the digital world. It takes us inside the offices of Cheezburger, a Seattle-based Internet humor publisher built on funny pictures of cats with fractured-English captions, and while its story lines appear to be as staged as those of “Start-Ups,” it has a depressed, workaday vibe that makes it by far the superior show.

“LOLwork” is about real people doing a real job. In the pilot the staff members of Cheezburger (its primary Web site is icanhascheezburger.com) are pitted against one another in a competition that was probably made for TV, but they’re not glamorized. We can see that they’re young, smart, prematurely cynical and fully aware of both the superficiality and profitability of what they do for a living.

In “Start-Ups” the would-be entrepreneurs describe their products in grandiose generalities: “It’s an app to help you live longer and stay fitter,” “It’s an app around personal goals,” “I want other people to have that same satisfaction that I’ve had in changing my life.” In “LOLwork” Ben Huh, the chief executive of Cheezburger, tells the employee whose idea wins the contest, “It was so bad that it was good, and ironically that’s actually the kind of stuff that works on the Internet.” You can practically hear the souls of his workers shriveling.

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Nielsen/Business Notes
Higher DVR usage becomes a mixed blessing for TV industry
Digital video recorders are boosting TV ratings, but higher DVR usage means viewers are watching less live programming and can easily skip through commercials.
By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times

One of the most popular new shows of the fall television season is NBC's "Revolution," a drama about post-apocalyptic America.

But the real revolution is how people are watching it.

About 9.2 million viewers tuned in to a recent episode, a so-so performance. But that number jumped by nearly 5 million when the Nielsen ratings service added in the people who recorded the show and watched it later or saw it through video on demand or online.

"Revolution" isn't the only show whose popularity can no longer be measured solely by traditional TV ratings. Of the 18.1 million people who watched the season premiere of CBS' new gangster drama "Vegas," 3.3 million did it hours or days after the episode originally aired. It is not uncommon for more than half of the audience for Fox's "Glee" to watch the show after it airs on Thursday nights. FX's "Sons of Anarchy" doubled its audience for a recent episode thanks to the digital video recorder. Even ABC's "Modern Family," already one of the most-watched situation comedies on television, has gained as much as 30% of its audience from DVRs.

"This year is a tipping point for all of us to look at the world a different way," said CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves.

Although the DVR is a blessing for couch potatoes, it is more of a mixed blessing for the television industry. The upside is that the DVR enables people to watch more television and gives executives another measuring stick to determine hits and flops instead of living and dying with overnight ratings.

The downside is that although DVRs enable viewers to catch shows they might otherwise miss, if someone is watching a recorded program it means they are not watching live TV. Networks still put great effort into designing lineups that will keep viewers tuned in to live TV. DVRs and other platforms have the potential to blow traditional viewing habits out of the water.

And if viewers are using their DVRs more to watch TV, it also means they can easily skip through commercials, which has many advertisers worried.

"I just don't think we can put all our eggs in one basket anymore," said Andy Donchin, an executive vice president with Carat, which buys commercial time for General Motors, Home Depot and other companies. "It's time to see what other media platforms we can use to make up for the people who are not watching our commercials."

Network executives and Nielsen contend that not everyone using a DVR is skipping commercials. In May 2010, a Nielsen analysis showed that in homes with DVRs, average prime-time commercial viewership among adults 18 to 49 — the demographic most popular with advertisers — jumped 44% from the time ads first aired to three days later.

"The ratings tell us people watch commercials when they are doing playback," said Pat McDonough, a senior vice president at Nielsen. According to McDonough, almost half of all spots are viewed in playback mode. That figure, she said, has increased from a few years ago.

Viewers often simply forget they are watching a recording, particularly if they are seeing a show the same day it was recorded, McDonough said. There are also more eye-catching advertisements, she added.

"The people making the commercials know how to get us to come off the fast-forward button, McDonough said.

According to Nielsen, 50.3 million of the nation's 114.2 million homes with a television have a digital video recorder — nearly half of all homes with a television. Although DVR penetration is starting to slow, people are using the devices more. CBS research indicates that DVR usage has grown 6% so far this television season compared with the same period last season. DVRs are also getting more sophisticated and can record multiple shows at the same time.

Even if half of DVR users are routinely skipping ads, CBS' Moonves counters the other half that are watching ads is the equivalent of found money.

"The DVR increases viewers and even assuming the 50% skipping commercials, the total number more than makes up for it," he said.

The networks are also finding ways to make commercial skipping more of a hassle. In the past, a network show might have three commercial breaks of equal length. Now, many shows have four shorter breaks. Viewers who fast-forward often find themselves having to rewind and ultimately decide it's easier just to watch an ad or two.

"They have been very clever in coming up with different things to try to break the consumer habit of skipping ads," said Francois Lee, a senior vice president at MediaVest, which buys advertising time for Procter & Gamble, Microsoft and Wal-Mart.

Currently, networks are compensated by advertisers for commercials watched up to three days after the initial airing of a given show. However, as more consumers fill up their DVRs and take their time watching what they have recorded, TV executives want to extend that threshold by a few days.

"We want to be paid for every impression we deliver, and that's a discussion we should be having," said Ted Harbert, chairman of NBC Broadcasting.

That may be a tough sell to advertisers. Many commercials are timed to particular events such as a movie premiere or a new product launch, and advertisers may be reluctant to pay for anything beyond three days.

DVRs are primarily used on scripted fare. Sports programming and big award shows such as the Oscars are considered "DVR proof."

Ultimately the TV industry would like to wean consumers off of DVRs in favor of the video-on-demand platform. The primary reason for that is because fast-forwarding is typically disabled on video on demand. As the networks make more of their shows available on video on demand — often just hours after their original airing — the hope is more consumers will be willing to endure commercials for the trade-off of not having to worry about constantly programming a DVR.

Video-on-demand can also solve the issue of timely commercials. Technology exists to replace old ads with fresh ones, a ploy the industry calls "dynamic ad insertion."

"This is very expensive product to make and it will only continue to be made if we find a way to monetize it properly," NBC's Harbert said.

For programming executives, the DVR means shows that in the past would have gotten a quick hook because of low ratings can get a stay of execution as was the case this season with Fox's "Fringe."

"You have to take a longer view," said Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly. "We basically have quadrupled our data intake to get a read on how we are doing."

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TV Review
‘Dangerous Grounds,’ full of beans
Travel Channel series warns thugs could attack at any minute
By Tom Conroy, Media Life Magazine - Nov. 5, 2012

A travel documentary can usually provide visuals of what it's covering: a museum, a natural wonder, a fine restaurant. That's not always easy when the subject of the documentary is danger.

The premiere episode of the Travel Channel's new documentary series "Dangerous Grounds," in which a coffee merchant and adventurer named Todd Carmichael travels to reportedly hazardous regions to seek out and purchase fine local coffee beans, journeys to remote mountainous areas of Haiti, where, Carmichael keeps telling us, he could be attacked at any moment by armed thugs.

As we wait endlessly for them to show up, his warnings gradually lose effect and start to seem a little silly. Fortunately, the classic story line — a journey into unknown territory in search of treasure — is otherwise handled well. Carmichael is energetic, and the locations are eye-catching. The show is a decent source of armchair adventure and fun facts.

The premiere episode, airing tonight at 10 (the show's regular time slot is Tuesdays at 9), starts off in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, where we see a lot of ruined buildings and glowering locals. Carmichael goes to a market and asks a man selling coffee where he might be able to locate a strain of coffee called typica, which goes back more than 200 years to when Haiti was a leading exporter of coffee.

The real payoff for the market visit comes soon after, when a scuffle allows Carmichael and his cameraman to flee as if they were the focus of the potential violence. It's the only visual evidence of danger in the entire episode.

Carmichael then meets with a local whom he calls "the pope of coffee," who tells Carmichael that if he attempts to buy directly from the coffee farmers in the mountains, he will be going to war with the middlemen who control the trade. Although we never hear the pope say this, Carmichael tells us that the region he's going to be exploring is dominated by a violent man called the President.

Carmichael and the cameraman head for the hills anyway. He says that they plan to go as high as they can and find a farmer who is willing to defy the President so they can pay a fair price directly to the producer.

We're never in danger of forgetting that the President or his men could strike at any moment. But we have to take Carmichael's word for this.

Carmichael is one of those know-it-all traveling companions who are annoying until you're in a scrape. He can repair the truck and has what sounds like good advice about traveling in areas where bad guys are afoot. For example, he says you have a better chance of escaping alive when sleeping under a truck than in a tent.

He treats the cameraman like a wimpier little brother. After their escape from the scuffle at the marketplace, Carmichael points out that the cameraman is shaking like a leaf.

The episode ends satisfyingly, even though some questions remain: What exactly constitutes a fair price for a commodity with such high markups? And would a farmer who cuts a deal with Carmichael be putting himself in real danger? If so, is it ethical to offer him a higher price and then just head off?

Along the way, we learn about how coffee is grown and processed. Coffee fans will be inspired to head out to their local high-end provider, even if it's just the place that Carmichael refers to dismissively as "the green mermaid."

Carmichael says that he's looking for coffee that will make people who first taste it say, "Something just changed in my life." Most coffee drinkers are only expecting something that is a little different and gives a bit of a lift. By those standards, "Dangerous Grounds" works just fine.

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For those of you who love TLC and 'Extreme' together, here's another 'wonderful' program they will be showing eek.gif:

'Extreme Cougar Wives': TLC Special Follows Older Women And Their Younger Men

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Originally Posted by lokilarry View Post

Wow. Good thing I have a lot of stuff saved on my TiVo since we have nothing but election hot air on all of the networks tonight. See Dad, I was able to tie 2 of your posts together.

It's "Business as usual" for my DVD Player tonight. I have cast my Votes for the candidates and issues of my choice. AFAIC this nation can go to Ghenenna. As for me, life goes on.
Edited by borntocoast - 11/6/12 at 1:14pm
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My favorite night of the year. Nothing to watch back before going to work, tomorrow. No audio clips to pull from competition shows. No songs to pull from awards shows. Get up, eat breakfast, drive to station. I love it.
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Originally Posted by DrDon View Post

My favorite night of the year. Nothing to watch back before going to work, tomorrow. No audio clips to pull from competition shows. No songs to pull from awards shows. Get up, eat breakfast, drive to station. I love it.
+1 ^^^^

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Originally Posted by lokilarry View Post

Yeah, I really don't understand people who stay up all night to watch election results.
Me, I'll have a glass of single malt. Watch a few recorded shows and go to bed at a decent hour. I'll have all of the results at my fingertips in the morning.biggrin.gif

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I'm just going to enjoy a movie, have dinner (maybe not in combined order) and see the results until tomorrow..
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The elections returns to me are like a sporting event but more important. I do stay up "all night" and look forward to it. This is one of the few times we get to say what is what and the pols have no say. I want to see that. You are right it will be all over the media in the morning but so is MNF so just go to bed anytime we have a live event. I am a political junkie so I love tonight. You can/will disagree with me but I will be up anyway! I really tried to make this post political neutral so keep the name calling to a minimum please!
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Originally Posted by DrDon View Post

My favorite night of the year.

I am looking forward to tomorrow. No more Robocalls from politicians, political parties and PACS (thanks for that one Supreme court). Lot less to throw out when sorting the mail as well.
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Originally Posted by kjpjr View Post

The elections returns to me are like a sporting event but more important. I do stay up "all night" and look forward to it. This is one of the few times we get to say what is what and the pols have no say. I want to see that. You are right it will be all over the media in the morning but so is MNF so just go to bed anytime we have a live event. I am a political junkie so I love tonight. You can/will disagree with me but I will be up anyway! I really tried to make this post political neutral so keep the name calling to a minimum please!
I will be up much later than normal also so you know there's at least one more of "us."
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Originally Posted by kingpcgeek View Post

I am looking forward to tomorrow. No more Robocalls from politicians, political parties and PACS (thanks for that one Supreme court). Lot less to throw out when sorting the mail as well.


I will be welcoming the Christmas Commercials WITH OPEN ARMS!!! biggrin.gif
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MONDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insight's Blog
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
‘Voice’ carries NBC to another victory
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Nov. 6, 2012

NBC had another dominant Monday night while Fox’s “The Mob Doctor” continued to struggle in its return after a long hiatus.

NBC finished 60 percent ahead of No. 2 CBS on the second Monday of the November sweeps, led once more by the night’s top show, “The Voice.”

“Voice” averaged a 4.5 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 10 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, well ahead of the night’s No. 2 show, “2 Broke Girls,” which drew a 3.3 on CBS.

Note, NBC did air football in New Orleans, preempting its regularly scheduled programming, which may have inflated its ratings.

NBC finished first in all six of the night’s half hours, with new drama “Revolution” averaging a 2.9 at 10 p.m., nearly a point ahead of No. 2 CBS with “Hawaii Five-0” (2.0).

But the other two new shows on the night continued to look weak. Fox’s “Mob” returned from a long hiatus during the baseball playoffs to just a 1.0 rating at 9 p.m. The drama could be pulled by the end of sweeps.

And CBS’s “Partners” managed a mere 2.1 at 8:30, losing 25 percent of “How I Met Your Mother’s” 2.8 lead-in.

NBC led the night among 18-49s with a 4.0 average overnight rating and a 10 share. CBS was second at 2.5/6, ABC third at 2.0/5, Univision fourth at 1.7/4, Fox fifth at 1.5/4, Telemundo sixth at 0.6/2 and CW seventh at 0.4/1.

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

At 8 p.m. NBC was first with a 4.3 for "Voice," with CBS second with a 2.4 for "Mother" (2.8) and "Partners" (2.1). ABC was third with a 2.1 for "Dancing with the Stars," Fox fourth with a 2.0 for "Bones," Univision fifth with a 1.9 for "Abismo de Pasion," Telemundo sixth with a 0.6 for "Rosa Diamante" and CW seventh with a 0.4 for "90210."

NBC was first again at 9 p.m. with a 4.7 for more "Voice," followed again by CBS with a 3.1 for "Girls" (3.3) and "Mike & Molly" (2.8). ABC and Univision tied for third at 2.1, ABC for more "Stars" and Univision for more "Abismo." Fox placed fifth with a 1.0 for "Mob," Telemundo sixth with a 0.6 for "Corazon Valiente" and CW seventh with a 0.3 for "Gossip Girl."

At 10 p.m. NBC stayed on top with a 2.9 for "Revolution," while CBS followed with a 2.0 for "Hawaii Five-0." ABC was third with a 1.9 for "Castle," Univision fourth with a 1.2 for "Amor Bravio" and Telemundo fifth with a 0.7 for "Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal" (0.8) and "El Rostro de la Venganza" (0.6).

ABC finished first for the night among households with an 8.2 average overnight rating and a 12 share. NBC was second at 6.3/9, CBS third at 4.9/7, Fox fourth at 3.3/5, Univision fifth at 2.2/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.7/1 and CW seventh at 0.5/1.

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TV Notes
Starz To Develop Series Adaptation Of ‘Outlander’ Novels From Ron Moore & Sony
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Nov. 6, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: Starz has closed a deal to develop Outlander, a drama series based on Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling fantasy/romance/adventure series of books. Battlestar Galactica developer/executive producer Ron Moore will write the series adaptation, with Jim Kohlberg’s Story Mining and Supply Co producing. Sony Pictures TV is behind the project after acquiring rights to the books in the summer and attaching Moore, who is under an overall deal at the studio, to develop and write a series targeted for cable networks.

Outlander spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure. It follows Claire, a married WWII combat nurse, who mistakenly steps back in time to year 1743 where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world of adventure that sends her on the run and threatens her life. When Claire is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, it ignites a passionate affair that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Outlander is the latest Starz drama project set centuries in the past, along with hit Spartacus and the upcoming Da Vinci’s Demons, Black Sails, Marco Polo and The White Queen.

The seven-book Outlander series has sold over 20 million copies. An eighth novel is slated to come out next year. The books have developed passionate fan following, with multiple companies running “Jamie and Claire” tours of Scotland, where they visit locations from the books.

Star Trek veteran Moore, repped by CAA, started his writing career on Next Generation and also spent five years on Deep Space Nine. He then served as co-executive producer/co-showrunner on the WB’s Roswell and as executive producer/showrunner on HBO’s Carnivale before segueing to Battlestar Galactica.

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TV Notes
What to Watch When You’re Tired of Watching Election Results
By Margaret Lyons, Vulture.com (New York Magazine) - Nov. 6, 2012

It's Election Day! Perhaps you've heard. Most of us will be watching results roll in tonight, but one cannot live on news alone. Here are a few other shows to flip to should you tire of the talking heads.

If you're feeling helpless, anxious, or old: Watch Underemployed, 10 p.m., MTV
You'll still feel old, but that'll feel like a hard-won prize. Underemployed is about a group of recent college graduates navigating the bumpy waters of adulthood, but mostly they just have sex and talk about having sex, in between bouts of panic. Watch and experience the sweet, sweet relief of knowing you'll never have to be a terrified 21-year-old ever again.

If you're feeling frustrated: Watch Chopped, in a marathon on the Food Network starting at 6 p.m. (Till 3 a.m. That is a lot of Chopped!)
Everyone on Chopped freaks out about the bizarre ingredients ("how am I going to combine sturgeon with yuzu juice?!?"), even thought that is the entire premise of the show. It's fun to laugh at these people, and it's even more fun because every episode involves people pulling off tasty-seeming dishes, despite the cockamamie ingredients. Good things can come out of annoying circumstances, friends.

If you're feeling like you live in a nation of strangers: Watch Bath Crashers, 10:30 p.m., DIY Network
"Top 10 Most Amazing Transformations." You'll still feel alienated from mankind, but perhaps you will have learned something about the magical aesthetic powers of new grout.

If you're feeling fed up: Watch Sons of Anarchy, FX, 10 p.m.
Sons is tough to pick up in the middle, but don't let the confusion stop you from enjoying the show's swagger. Let the overwhelming violence and tribal drama carry you away!

If you're feeling trapped: Watch Alaska: The Last Frontier, four back-to-back episodes starting at 6 p.m., Discovery Channel
Fish fish fish, build build build, something about "the elements."

If you're feeling hopeful for the children of America: Watch Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition, 9 p.m., Lifetime.
Whatever optimism lives in your heart will be crushed by this vile, terrifying series that glorifies the emotional abuse of children. But hey! Dancing!

If you're feeling bored: Watch Covert Affairs, 10 p.m., USA
One serving of attractive people solving a crime or whatever.

If you're still feeling bored: Watch Tattoo Nightmares, 11 p.m., SpikeTV
There's a thrilling kind of Schadenfreude that comes from gawking at people's horrifically bad tattoos, and Nightmares provides that in spades. It also has outrageously terrible "reenactments" of the circumstances under which its subjects got their bad tattoos. Tonight's episode is called "Butt Pirate."

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