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TV Notes
Canceled shows: Does your outrage matter?
By Lynette Rice, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - Nov. 17, 2012

In the last 24 hours, two broadcast nets yanked three new series off the air –ABC’s 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort, and CBS’ Partners. Though low ratings typically justify the premature deaths, that’s little consolation to viewers who connected early to the programs (or in this case, at least one of them).

“Really sad about Last Resort!” wrote a reader named Jess on the EW message board. “I love that show and I think it’s one of the better ones on TV these days.” This from someone named T Money: “I can’t believe they cancelled Last Resort. It’s So. Good. And it was steadily getting better and better after a shaky couple of episodes.” And then there was this from CRC: “That’s a shame — Last Resort had potential, IMO. 9.2 million on Thursdays at 8/7c (a crazy, over-loaded time slot) is respectable, and ABC really hasn’t done much better than that in that time slot for a long time. In a time-shifting TV economy, not sure what they expect?”

Well, the network is probably expecting a barrage of emails to save Andre Braugher and Co. – not that such an effort would likely matter. The broadcast networks are now conditioned to recognize a manufactured ”Save Our Show” campaign when they see one — especially when it looks like a digitally savvy person has ginned up “widespread outrage” by sending the same email, again and again. ”It becomes white noise,” says one exec. “If a show is headed for the gallows for creative, cost, or sales reasons,” says another longtime suit, “all the missives are the equivalent of pissing in the wind.”

That said, fans of Jericho were able to get the attention of the CBS brass in 2007 because their emails were personal and heartfelt, says one insider. (They also sent lots of peanuts). And NBC gave Chuck an umpteenth lease on life last season when fans showed support for a Zachary Levi comeback by buying turkey footlongs at Subway. “With a mixture of pride and awe I can tell you: Chuck was saved by sandwiches,” Co-Creator Josh Schwartz wrote in EW last January. “And by the greatest, most passionate fans in the universe.”

Before you start sending submarine sandwiches to ABC, Last Resort fans, consider this: it’s going to take hundreds of thousands of hoagies to get the net to reverse its decision. “So you get 20,000 letters,” says one suit about campaigns. “ You need 10 times that to make a difference.”

But hey, nothing’s impossible: Fans today have a weapon in their arsenal that wasn’t available during the days of Jericho — the colossal power of social media. No one has yet to take advantage of Twitter and Facebook in an effort to save a new show and some Last Resort lovers were already mobilizing on Creator Shawn Ryan’s feed on Friday.

“I think that fans should do whatever they feel like doing to express their frustration with the cancellation of a show,” offers one veteran programmer. “At the very least it exposes executives to the passion of viewers who invest their time and emotion in their shows. Having said that I feel that we are in a ‘have your cake and eat it too’ world where viewers don’t seem to grasp that we need to get ratings for these shows to offset their costs and that means fans watching shows live or within three days and watching the commercials. We still have definitions of hits and they are connected to monetizing shows. If viewers want to view shows on their own schedules then they can protest all they want. They have to be our partners in keeping their favorite shows alive.”

http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/11/17/canceled-shows-last-resort/#more-109512
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Is there a good web site somewhere that maintains a listing of upcoming movies (or even just movie premieres) on the major premium channels (HBO, Showtime, etc.), all visible in one place? Something a little easier to manage that looking over separate networks' web sites and/or the program guide grid on one's satellite/cable box.

I don't know why no one answered you, but I know of two such sites - Zap TV and Titan TV. I haven't used either for quite a while, so you'll have to Google for addresses. Both will let you customize program pages, to show just the channels you want. When last I used them, one was always identical to Comcast listings, and the other seemed to get late updates better, and be more reliable when things change. I think Zap TV was the one with the later updates, but don't recall for certain. Check both. You might be better off going with the one that DOESN'T match your cable guide word-for-word with its descriptions, so that you have an alert when the program is in doubt.
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Loved this show, we will miss it for sure!

American Chopper epitomizes everything wrong with reality TV. It started out great as a real-life story of a father and son creating some cool bikes, but eventually devolved into a series of manufactured 'dramas' and the epic tales of how dumb Mikey and friends could be. It became less and less about creating custom-built bikes in favor of bolting parts together and showing the endless fighting amongst the family (a lot of which was staged IMO).

This is the problem with 'reality' TV in general - you often never know what is real and what is only done because TV wanted it or because the cameras were there, and since real-life stories are often boring they make up stuff to make it interesting.

Deadliest Catch is one of the few reality shows that generally lives up to the promise, IMO.
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I don't know why no one answered you, but I know of two such sites - Zap TV and Titan TV. I haven't used either for quite a while, so you'll have to Google for addresses. Both will let you customize program pages, to show just the channels you want. When last I used them, one was always identical to Comcast listings, and the other seemed to get late updates better, and be more reliable when things change. I think Zap TV was the one with the later updates, but don't recall for certain. Check both. You might be better off going with the one that DOESN'T match your cable guide word-for-word with its descriptions, so that you have an alert when the program is in doubt.

Because he asked about seeing just movies.
The sites you listed give the entire lineup so for example it would show hbo with sports like boxing, shows like game of thrones, kids shows, talk shows etc.
He just mentioned he wants to see movies listed so its not really the same thing.
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showing the endless fighting amongst the family (a lot of which was staged IMO).
This is the problem with 'reality' TV in general - you often never know what is real and what is only done because TV wanted it or because the cameras were there, and since real-life stories are often boring they make up stuff to make it interesting.

I was listening to a local morning radio show a few weeks ago. The hosts were interviewing a comedian who was appearing at a local comedy club that night who had appeared on Gene Simmons Family Jewels show a few times. The guy said that the entire show was scripted. Add in the revelation about HGTV's House Hunters shows last summer, I wouldn't doubt that the vast majority of these "unscripted" reality shows are fake.
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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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Technology Notes
The Tablet Market Grows Cluttered
By Claire Cain Miller and Brian X. Chen, The New York Times - Nov. 19, 2012

Holiday shoppers with a tablet computer on their gift list this year might be forgiven for feeling a little panicked.

Look at the tablets available online or at a consumer electronics store and it can be dizzying to choose from among the dozens of slim rectangles with touch screens — each with various sizes, features, prices and applications.

Tablets were supposed to be a simple alternative to the bloated personal computer market. And when “tablet” was synonymous with “iPad,” that was true.

But this is the first holiday season in which the iPad faces competitors that have built up a solid footing in the market. Amazon and Google introduced tablets just in time for the shopping rush. As a result, many consumers and analysts say, the new market of keyboardless computers is quickly becoming as confusing as that of the old-school PC.

“What’s different about this holiday season is that consumers have not just more choice, but really good choices,” said Sarah Rotman Epps, who studies consumer computing trends at Forrester. “There have been many iPad wannabes but no real quality alternatives, and now there are several.”

While choice is a good thing for consumers, she said, it also makes shopping “confusing and complicated.”

For the companies that make tablets, the choice means everything. The stakes are much higher than the sale of individual devices. Each company is trying to snag lifelong customers for their other products — like music, apps, e-books, movies, Web search or word-processing software.

While Apple has dominated the market until now, selling more tablets than any other company, its perch is being threatened by the newcomers.

“Apple left a lot of room for rivals to grow,” said Tero Kuittinen, an independent mobile analyst.

By keeping its tablet prices so high, he said, Apple could lose its place as the biggest tablet seller, just as it did with smartphones when it lost the first-place position to Samsung, which makes less expensive phones using Google’s Android software. The iPad still dominates the market with a 50 percent share, according to third-quarter figures from the research firm IDC, but that is down from 60 percent a year ago. Samsung is in second place with an 18 percent share, Amazon is third with 9 percent, and Asus, which makes Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, is in fourth with 8.6 percent of the market.

But Google, which makes the vast majority of its revenue on Web ads, still lags in the tablet market, even though sales of its Nexus 7 tablet are approaching one million a month, according to Asus. About 98 percent of Web traffic from tablets comes from iPads, according to Onswipe, a digital publishing company. Google would like more of that traffic, as well as more buyers for apps and media from its Google Play store, as would Amazon and Microsoft.

“The first decision you make is what ecosystem am I in, do I want the Android Play store and content or some other?” said Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s vice president for engineering for Android. “So the importance of the ecosystem can’t be overstated.”

But the decisions after that are still complex.

Say, for example, that you want a tablet that runs Google’s Android operating system. There is the Nexus 7, a seven-inch tablet made by Asus, and the Nexus 10, a 10-inch tablet made by Samsung. Then there are the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (not to be confused with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, a 5.5-inch smartphone). And that’s not to mention the dozens of Android tablets made by Lenovo, Toshiba and others.

This year, Microsoft also has a tablet, called Surface. Amazon has the Kindle Fire and Fire HD, and Barnes & Noble has the Nook HD and HD+. Once shoppers choose one, they have more choices to make, like whether they want to pay $15 more for the privilege of not seeing ads on the Kindle Fire.

Even Apple, which has always prided itself on having simple product lines, now offers the new iPad, the older iPad 2 and the iPad Mini. If you factor in the various amounts of storage and the choice of cellular data or just Wi-Fi, there are essentially 14 iPad models to choose from.

Complicating the decision on hardware, different tablets connect to different online stores for apps, music and video. If you have built your music and app collection on Apple devices, an Android tablet may mean starting from scratch, and vice versa.

The proliferation of products is nothing new for a mature market, as anyone who has stood in front of a wall of televisions at Best Buy or in a parking lot of Priuses at a Toyota dealership knows.

But some consumer electronics companies that have given their customers too many options have run into trouble, said Shaw Wu, an analyst at Sterne Agee. They include Motorola Mobility, which is trying to rescue its cellphone business by paring its lineup of 27 devices, and Research in Motion, which offers a perplexing matrix of BlackBerrys with confusing names, like the BlackBerry Torch 9810, 9850 and 9860.

Google in particular runs this risk, said Michael Gartenberg, a technology analyst at Gartner, because it gives away its Android operating system to any device manufacturer that wants to use it, resulting in an uncontrolled array of Android devices running different versions of the software. Some apps will work only with particular versions, making it difficult to know exactly what you are getting.

Google has tried to address this problem in recent months. It gave its line of Nexus products names corresponding to their screen size and began selling them in its Play store. (Google teams up with manufacturers to build the Nexus devices.) It began running ads for the tablets online, on billboards, in print and on television, which had been rare for the company, and assigned a public relations employee to focus on selling hardware to consumers.

“I don’t think the added choice is adding complexity,” said Mr. Lockheimer of Google. “If you want to do the research, you can do it, but if you don’t want to, you can just ignore all that and get the thing your friend or family member recommended.”

For shoppers inclined to do the research, many Web sites and apps, including those from CNet, Retrevo, Decide.com and Consumer Reports, can help.

“Even those of us who eat and breathe tech, we’re still confused,” said Lawrence Fong, co-founder of BuyVia, a shopping app that compares products, including tablets. “That’s why we’re explaining each product in plain English.”

The default choice for shoppers, Ms. Rotman Epps said, is often an iPad. “It is a road-tested product, it comes with the Apple quality halo around Apple’s brand, and it’s leagues ahead in terms of the apps available for it,” she said.

But iPads are more expensive than other tablets. They range from $330 for the least expensive iPad Mini to $830 for a 64-gigabyte iPad with cellular data and Wi-Fi.

Google and Amazon advertise their tablets as offering the best value. The Nexus 7 starts at $200 and the Kindle Fire starts around $160.

Microsoft says the Surface, which starts at $500, is better for getting work done, because you can hook up a mouse, type more easily with an add-on keyboard and cover, and use some Office applications.

But the bold design of Microsoft’s new tablet software and hardware could be too confusing for Windows users, who tend to be less tech-savvy, Ms. Rotman Epps said. “Given the profile of who wants to buy a Windows tablet, complexity is not a good thing,” she said.

For many people, the biggest factor to consider when choosing a tablet is where it takes them once they turn it on — that is, which services, apps and stores selling books and music they can use.

“We’ve been in love with the glass,” said Mark Curtis, chief client officer at Fjord, a mobile design firm. “Now we’re going to fall in love with what’s behind the glass. It’s about the services they can offer.”

And, as often happens when a market matures and becomes saturated, companies are beginning to look beyond tablets to the next generation of devices, which might be worn on people’s bodies or installed in their homes, Mr. Curtis said.

If you think this year’s holiday shopping list is complicated, wait until next year, when it might include Internet-connected watches, eyeglasses or coffee pots.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/19/technology/which-tablet-to-buy-among-dozens-confuses-shoppers.html?hp
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TV Notes
Canceled shows: Does your outrage matter?
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“I think that fans should do whatever they feel like doing to express their frustration with the cancellation of a show,” offers one veteran programmer. “At the very least it exposes executives to the passion of viewers who invest their time and emotion in their shows. Having said that I feel that we are in a ‘have your cake and eat it too’ world where viewers don’t seem to grasp that we need to get ratings for these shows to offset their costs and that means fans watching shows live or within three days and watching the commercials. We still have definitions of hits and they are connected to monetizing shows. If viewers want to view shows on their own schedules then they can protest all they want. They have to be our partners in keeping their favorite shows alive.”
http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/11/17/canceled-shows-last-resort/#more-109512

I'm sorry, but it's just TV. I will be honest I have/had no interest in these two shows, but shows get cancelled all the time. Anyone older than 12 or 13 should be aware of how networks work, nothing is guaranteed. Perhaps I'm more than a little cynical but I don't usually buy into a show until I know it's going to be around for a while. I hate to say this but people if these shows mean that much to you you might want to give the ramifications of that a bit of thought. It's just TV....
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TV Notes
Jimmy Kimmel Explains His Hatred for Jay Leno
By Jordan Zakarin, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Nov. 17, 2012

In the late night wars, there is Jay Leno on one side, and everybody else on the other.

Leno has twice been named the host of the Tonight Show: in 1992, when he won the job over Johnny Carson's heir apparent, David Letterman; and in 2010, when he negotiated to get the show back after briefly handing it off to Conan O'Brien. Neither late night host has many good things to say about him -- Letterman as made a two-decade sport out of ripping Leno -- but perhaps no one is as openly hostile to him as ABC's Jimmy Kimmel.

In a new interview with Larry King, Kimmel details the origins of that animus.

"For me, it started with Letterman, and it started with a guy, at least from my standpoint, became famous on the Letterman Show," he said. "I always felt weird about how Jay got that 11:30 spot. Of course, that was NBC's decision, but the whole thing seemed pre-meditated to me."

It should come as no surprise that Kimmel resented Leno for that situation; Letterman was his childhood hero.

Back in August, Kimmel openly said of Leno "F--- him!" to an audience in New York, and in 2010, donned a prosthetic chin and makeup to impersonate -- in a less than kind manner -- the Tonight Show host.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/jimmy-kimmel-explains-his-hatred-391704
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Nielsen Notes (Broadcast)
Broadcast’s big hurt this fall: Dramas
The top shows are aging, the new ones aren't catching on
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Npv. 16, 2012

If last TV season was notable for how well comedies performed, this season may be notable for how much dramas are struggling.

Only two dramas rank among the top 10 shows on TV this fall, and just three dramas are among fall’s top 10 scripted shows.

This issue should sound familiar. After all, comedy went through a similar down cycle a few years ago before the success of "Modern Family," "2 Broke Girls" and "New Girl" helped revive the genre.

In fact, this sort of cycle has been seen for decades. Dramas and comedies seem to alternate ups and downs, while other genres like reality, sci fi or game shows pop in occasionally.

It only takes a couple of hits to turn the cycle around.

Dramas' problem seems to be a combination of aging dramas whose ratings are naturally eroding, a lack of compelling new dramas to take their place, and increased competition from cable.

ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and CBS’s “NCIS,” both at least nine years old, are the top dramas on broadcast this fall, tied for No. 9 overall with a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating apiece, according to Nielsen live-plus-same-day-DVR-playback data.

By comparison, the top scripted show on TV, the ABC sitcom “Modern Family,” is averaging a 4.8.

Just one new drama ranks in the top 20, NBC’s “Revolution,” which is drawing a 3.2 rating.

A number of other new dramas are struggling. ABC’s “666 Park Avenue” and “Last Resort,” for example, are averaging just 1.7. [ED. ABC cancelled these shows late Friday afternoon]

CBS already canceled one of its three new dramas, “Made in Jersey,” which drew a 0.8 in its second of just two episodes.

And some new dramas, including ABC’s “Nashville” and CBS’s “Elementary,” have not lived up to their preseason hype.

No less worrisome for the networks is the number of aging dramas on broadcast. Aging shows’ audiences naturally decline, and these shows take up a lot of primetime real estate. Fifteen dramas on the Big Five are in their fifth season or later.

Finally, these shows are facing more competition than ever on cable, where storylines and language are often more graphic and thus, to some viewers, more appealing.

AMC’s zombie drama “The Walking Dead” is the No. 1 drama this fall among 18-49s on broadcast or cable, the first time a cable show has achieved that feat during the regular season. And shows like FX’s “American Horror Story” and Showtime’s “Homeland” have seen big viewership gains.

Still, there’s some small hope for broadcast that midseason will bring a bump for dramas. Fox has the highly anticipated new drama “The Following,” and CBS will air “Elementary” behind the Super Bowl, which is sure to give the program a kick.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/broadcasts-big-hurt-this-fall-dramas/
Edited by dad1153 - 11/18/12 at 10:06pm
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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! (Eric Stonestreet; record executive L.A. Reid; Aimee Mann and James Mercer perform)

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 (Jessica Biel; musician Pete Townshend; Philip Phillips performs)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Regis Philbin; Katie Aselton)

NBC:
8PM - The Voice (120 min., LIVE)
10:01PM - Revolution
* * * *
11:35PM - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (Jennifer Lawrence; reality-TV personalities Phil and Willie Robertson; Andy Grammer performs)
12:37AM - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Zooey Deschanel; singer Tony Bennett; Zac Brown Band performs)
1:37AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Eliza Coupe; Shiny Toy Guns perform)
(R - Nov. 7)

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

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - The Dust Bowl: Reaping the Whirlwind (120 min.)
10PM - The Dust Bowl: Reaping the Whirlwind (120 min.)
(R)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Por Ella Soy Yo
9PM - Amores Verdaderos
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 (Politician Mike Huckabee)
(R - Nov. 12)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Politician Newt Gingrich)
(R - Nov. 13)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Kate Beckinsale; author Doug Fine; Tennis performs)
(R - Jul. 25)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Rascal Flatts; Mo Mandel; Natasha Leggero; TJ Miller)
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Nov. 19, 2012

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
CBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

Joe Manganiello, who plays an enviously toned werewolf in HBO’s True Blood, reprises a pre-Blood role by returning to this sitcom as Brad, one of Marshall’s old law-school classmates. But this time, it’s a much less flattering role, and even requires some padding because Brad, apparently, has let himself go.

THE VOICE
NBC, 8:00 p.m. ET

Just noting: It’s down to the Top 10 singers on this show – which means, if you’re at all interested in the goings-on here but have stopped watching during the interminable middle-act interim, it’s about time to tune in again.

THE DUST BOWL
PBS, 8:00 p.m. ET
PREMIERE: Part 2 of 2.
The latest Ken Burns and company documentary concludes – and, once again, leaves us thinking not only about the past, but about the present. The Dust Bowl offers startling images, touching commentaries, and lessons about expansion, construction and greed that are still worth learning. For a full review, see David Sicilia’s TV Moneyland. Check local listings.

LONESOME DOVE
Encore, 8:00 p.m. ET
Part 1 of 4.
This 1989 Western epic is one of the last truly great miniseries. Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones star, in Larry McMurtry’s story of Texas Rangers past their prime – but still prime examples of fascinating characters. If you’ve never watched this, treat yourself. If you have – well, treat yourself again. Runs nightly through Thursday.

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

This is a newly restored print of the 1965 David Lean epic, an Oscar-winner starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. Based on Boris Pasternak’s novel.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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I don't know why no one answered you, but I know of two such sites - Zap TV and Titan TV. I haven't used either for quite a while, so you'll have to Google for addresses. Both will let you customize program pages, to show just the channels you want. When last I used them, one was always identical to Comcast listings, and the other seemed to get late updates better, and be more reliable when things change. I think Zap TV was the one with the later updates, but don't recall for certain. Check both. You might be better off going with the one that DOESN'T match your cable guide word-for-word with its descriptions, so that you have an alert when the program is in doubt.

Because he asked about seeing just movies.
The sites you listed give the entire lineup so for example it would show hbo with sports like boxing, shows like game of thrones, kids shows, talk shows etc.
He just mentioned he wants to see movies listed so its not really the same thing.

Well, he could personalize it so that just the channels he has that show movies would be displayed. That should be close enough. But you're correct, of course. It would show everything on those channels.
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TV/Technology Notes
Nintendo Wii U's video, TV features delayed
By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog

Nintendo's plans to make its Wii U a new way to watch TV and movies are on hold, at least for a few weeks.

After previously saying the features would be available when the new video game console goes on sale Sunday, Nintendo said Friday that the Wii U's video-on-demand and interactive TV options will come online later.

The Japanese video game giant said the Wii U's ability to interface with popular Internet VOD services such as Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu Plus will launch in "the coming weeks."

A much-touted application, called TVii, that lets users browse, select and interact with television shows and sporting events will become available sometime in December, the company said.

The delays are a blow for Nintendo as it prepares for the high-stakes launch of the Wii U on Sunday. Sales of the company's previous living-room console, the Wii, faded quickly after a fast start.

Nintendo needs to regain the interest of gamers who now spend most of their time on Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's Playstation 3. Both of those devices feature an array of video-on-demand features, along with better graphics than the Wii.

Still, the Wii U's success or failure rests largely on gamers' interest in its new controller, which features a touchscreen that measures 6.2 inches diagonally and can show different video than what appears on a television in order to add new perspective on a game.

The console has 29 titles available at launch, including exclusives such as "New Super Mario Bros. U" and "Sing Party" as well as altered versions of games already popular on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, including "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" and "Batman: Arkham City."

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-wiiu-nintendo-tvii-20121116,0,441344.story
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TV Notes
Nicollette Sheridan's 'Desperate Housewives' appeal denied
By Lynette Rice, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - Nov. 18, 2012

More bummer news for former Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan: The actress’ appeal to the California Supreme Court regarding to her wrongful termination lawsuit against ABC was denied.

The response on Friday by the judge was brief, according to Deadline. Three months ago, Sheridan’s petition for a new hearing was given a thumbs-down by the California 2nd District Court of Appeal.

Sheridan first filed a lawsuit in April 2010 that claimed she was fired after complaining that series creator Marc Cherry hit her during an on-set argument. It ended in a mistrial last March.

Housewives concluded its eight-season run earlier this year.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/11/18/nicollette-sheridans-desperate-housewives-appeal-denied/
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TV Notes
Starz Drama 'Spartacus' Adds A New Warrior: Julius Caesar
By Christopher John Farley, Wall Street Journal - Nov. 18, 2012

The Starz action drama "Spartacus" is ramping up its historical star power by adding Gaius Julius Caesar to the cast of characters. A problem: There is no hard evidence that Caesar actually participated in the war to put down Spartacus's famous gladiator rebellion against the Roman state.

But the cable channel isn't letting lack of proof stand in the way of its plan to turn Caesar into a Roman Empire-era action hero—and, perhaps surprisingly, some historians seem to be on the television show's side.

The addition of Caesar is one of a number of moves that Starz LLC—a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corp. —is making to help promote and market the final season of the show, which is titled "Spartacus: War of the Damned" and premieres on Jan. 25.

The graphically violent series tells the fact-based story of Spartacus, a real-life gladiator who led a slave uprising against Rome between 73-71 B.C. In part because the rebellion had an established time frame, producers decided to wrap up the TV adaptation in the third season rather than draw it out.

The TV series made its premiere in 2010 with actor Andy Whitfield in the title role, and after Mr. Whitfield became ill, Liam McIntyre took over the part (Mr. Whifield died in 2011 of non-Hodgkin lymphoma).

More than six million people have viewed each episode of the show, according to Starz.

"The thing that made this season a little different is that we knew it was the final season and we had to give the story structure," "Spartacus" creator Steven S. DeKnight said in an interview. "So I had to take a look at history and move some events around. This season, more than any other, deviates a bit from history…We like to say it was historically adjacent."

The "Spartacus" TV series has launched two books published by Titan Publishing Group's Titan Books, a board game, apparel, calendars and Halloween costumes. Starz has a partnership with Ubisoft Entertainment for a coming videogame titled "Spartacus Legends," and a DVD of the new season is expected to be released in September. Starz wouldn't release financial details but a representative said that "the global licensing represents a significant revenue source for the company."

For the new season, several new actors were added to the cast, including Simon Merrells as the Roman general Marcus Crassus and 27-year-old Australian actor Todd Lasance as Caesar.

Mr. Lasance says his youthful take on the role won't resemble the elderly, doomed dictator from Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." In this series, Caesar is more of a warrior than a politician, romancing women, planning battles and even wielding a sword. "It's a really hard-hitting version of Caesar," Mr. Lasance says.

Philip Freeman, a professor in the classics department at Iowa's Luther College and author of the biography "Julius Caesar," says there is no direct evidence from ancient sources that Caesar served in the war against Spartacus. "Caesar does mention the Spartacus war in his later writings, but never actually says he was there," Prof. Freeman said in an email.

Mr. DeKnight argues that because the historical record is silent on what Caesar was doing at the time of the Spartacus war, "that gave us enough leeway to say, 'Absolutely, he was involved.' Everything you see [in the show] with Caesar's involvement this year is pure speculation and pure historical fiction."

Prof. Freeman and other historians agree that, even absent hard evidence, it is reasonable to assume that Caesar may have played some part in the Spartacus war. "None of the [ancient] sources mention him going abroad for his military service during this time, so it is likely he served in Italy, where the Spartacus war was being fought," he said.

Barry Strauss, a professor of history and classics at Cornell University and the author of the book "The Spartacus War," said the Starz series has done a good job of portraying the brutality of Roman slavery and the courage of the rebels, even if the show has fudged many details. "'Spartacus' makes up characters and events and embellishes the little that is known about many of the historical figures," Prof. Strauss said in an email. "Then again, it's entertainment, not history, so I guess that's alright."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323353204578126943467165794.html
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TV Notes
'Hunted' Canceled? Not So Fast, Says Cinemax
By Maureen Ryan, HuffingonPost.com

Is the Cinemax spy drama "Hunted" canceled? Well, that depends on what country you live in.

According to UK news reports, the BBC has chosen not to go further with the series, which didn't meet ratings expectations for the network.

But "Hunted" has more than one home, and Cinemax, the drama's US network and co-producer, still has plans for the Melissa George show. "Hunted" is midway through its first season, which was generally well-received on this side of the Atlantic.

"We are making plans with creator and executive producer Frank Spotnitz and star Melissa George to present a new chapter in the Sam Hunter mythology. We are very pleased with what 'Hunted' has done for Cinemax's brand and are very excited about what lies ahead," Kary Antholis, president of HBO miniseries and Cinemax programming, said in a statement released by Cinemax today.

I'm glad there's still life in "Hunted," for a few reasons: As I wrote in my review and in this piece, I think "Hunted" is a well-crafted espionage drama that manages to provide a lot of action and suspense as it also thoughtfully examines the implications of corporate espionage. It has a few flaws, sure, but overall it's a well-acted, atmospheric and worthwhile serialized drama -- and it's also a great showcase for excellent supporting performers such as Stephen Dillane and Patrick Malahide.

As it happens, I just recently finished catching up with the two seasons of "Strike Back" that aired on Cinemax in 2011 and 2012, and while that show is a much more straight-ahead action-adventure drama, it also has some interesting things to say about outsourced conflicts, damaged people and geopolitical dirty tricks. Smart yet escapist adventure that is unafraid of serialization is a very smart niche for Cinemax to fill, and I hope that "Hunted," which wraps up its debut season in a few weeks, remains part of it.

Based on the statement from the network, I'm hopeful that Sam has a future on alongside Section 20.

If you are watching "Hunted," or you're planning to catch up, return to this site after the season finale for an extensive interview with creator Frank Spotnitz that should answer many of the questions you might have. A non-spoilery section of my interview with Spotnitz is here, and a clip of "Game of Thrones" veteran Malahide in "Hunted" is on that post and below as well.

"Hunted" airs at 10 p.m. ET on Fridays on Cinemax.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/15/hunted-canceled_n_2138562.html
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TV Sports
Notre Dame to national title game would be a boon for TV
By Michael Hiestand, USA Today - Nov. 18, 2012

The big weekend winners: College football's powers-that-be and ESPN.

Even as the Bowl Championship Series is refashioning itself into a four-team playoff and its championship game TV rights will go up for sale, Saturday night's upsets should lead to this season's title game getting record TV ratings.

The current record: The USC-Texas title game, after the 2005 season, which drew 21.7% of U.S. TV households.

But that could be topped with Notre Dame, which this season proved its TV drawing power was just dormant rather than dead, headed to ESPN's BCS title game if it can beat USC on Saturday. (ESPN/ABC folks will try to stay publicly neutral, but now they're all wearing Irish t-shirts under their suits.) And the table is set for ND's opponent to be the champion of the league that hovers somewhere between college football and the NFL, the Southeastern Conference (Alabama or Georgia).

NBC drew a 1.7 overnight rating, translating to 1.7% of the 56 urban TV markets measured for overnights, for Notre Dame's less-than-suspenseful 38-0 win Saturday against Wake Forest -- down 6% from comparable coverage of a Boston College-Notre Dame game last year.. But coming into the game, NBC's ND games averaged 3% of U.S. households -- up 76% from last year.

ESPN drew a respectable overnight for Baylor seemingly knocking Kansas State out of the BCS title picture Saturday night. The game drew a 2.2 overnight -- up 37% from comparable coverage of a Louisiana State-Mississippi game last year. And Oregon presumably being knocked out of the title picture Saturday by Stanford on ABC also did pretty well: It drew a 5.5 overnight, up 25% from regionalized coverage in the time slot last year.

Oregon and Kansas State, from relatively sparsely-populated states, might have produced a BCS title-game ratings bomb. Now, it looks like it was scripted.

Whither Gruden? After a CBS report Sunday that ESPN's Jon Gruden is preparing to return to coaching, Gruden was unavailable for comment. But ESPN spokesman Bill Hofheimer had this response: "Jon remains committed to ESPN. With a third of our Monday Night Football schedule still left this season, he's focused on his analyst role and preparation for our games."

CBS reporter Jason La Canfora was pretty specific Sunday, saying Gruden is putting together "candidates to join him on his staff" and is focused on college coaching -- with Arkansas and Tennessee "prepared to get into a bidding war over him."

Gruden last year signed a multi-year deal with ESPN, which, in turn, went all in with him by removing Ron Jaworski from the MNF booth. Gruden still could leave, given TV analysts with coaching prospects routinely get exit clauses in their TV deals.

But Gruden, who last coached in 2008, could go down as his generation's John Madden: After coaching success and going into TV at a relatively young age, Gruden might need a decade on-air before anybody believes he's not headed back to the sidelines.

New show: Jim Rome said Sunday that he has "never regretted leaving ESPN. Not once. I knew what I was signing up for. If I'd just swapped out a daily show for a daily show, I wouldn't have done it. But CBS was offering opportunities I wouldn't have gotten where I used to be."

Like his Jim Rome on Showtime, debuting on the CBS-owned premium cable channel Wednesday (10 p.m. ET). He says the show, on same-day tape after the first episode, will air six consecutive weeks -- scheduling hasn't been set after that.

Rome says the show will be different from the CBS Sports Network weekday show, which he describes succinctly: "Rant, interview, panel, rant, then 'see you tomorrow.' It's what I've done for 20 years. I like doing it and will keep doing it every single day. But this won't be the daily topical grind. ... I'll have people I would never normally talk to."

Wednesday's show will include actor Matthew Perry, athletes Aaron Rodgers, Tiki Barber, Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher and movie producer and sports team investor Peter Guber.

Rome, whose CBS deal includes cameos on the broadcast network, suggests his latest venue will be sort of liberating: "It's premium cable, as opposed to basic cable, so I can push the envelope and do some things I haven't been able to do in the past."

Spice rack: ESPN's Hofheimer says NFL analyst Mike Ditka left the hospital Sunday after suffering "a minor stroke" Friday and will call in to ESPN's Mike & Mike in the Morning show Monday. ... MLB Network might be the next stop that Keith Olbermann eventually leaves after squabbles. But his appearances on MLBN's Hot Stove show Tuesday and Wednesday (9 a.m. ET) are being billed as cameos rather than the start of a regular gig. ... Fox studio analyst Jimmy Johnson on Sunday said Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich, who subbed for the injured Ben Roethlisberger on NBC's Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh game Sunday night, has a release "you measure with a sun dial." And in CBS' studio, Shannon Sharpe told Dan Marino that Leftwich's release "makes Tim Tebow's release look like yours." Leftwich, on NBC's pregame, didn't exactly fight back: "I feel as though I can play a little bit." ... After the Fox NFL studio show aired video of Fox's Michael Strahan posing in costumes for People, which recently named him "the sexiest man alive," Fox studio host Curt Menefee noted the obvious: "The Village People called and you passed the audition."

Conference shuffle: An espn.com report that Maryland, from the ACC, and Rutgers, from the Big East, might join the Big Ten wouldn't seem to have many immediate TV implications.

Various networks declined comment Sunday, which isn't surprising as networks rarely want to publicly appear as rearranging college sports rather than covering them.

The moves might be good news for the conference's Big Ten Network in that it would likely add at least parts of two states to the channel's regional footprint -- and provide more overall TV tonnage. But it wouldn't be terribly good news for the Big East, whose TV rights are now up for grabs, as it alreadyhas lost some relatively mediagenic schools such as Syracuse and West Virginia.

Most national TV revenues going to conferences come from football. And ESPN/ABC's current ACC deal, running through 2017, only involves three football games per week. Meaning, Rutgers (9-1), now ranked No. 19 nationally, and Maryland (4-7) might not show up much on those marquee national TV games anyway.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/columnist/hiestand-tv/2012/11/18/hiestand-tv-jim-rome-big-ten-network-college-football-ratings-jon-gruden-espn-notre-dame/1712249/
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I never cared for Jay Leno either and as far as I am concerned the REAL Tonight show moved to CBS in 1993

OTOH

a)The long running NBC affiate in my area is now with CBS

b)the 2010 Super bowl ad for David's show that had JAY in it was real classy!
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... and as far as I am concerned the REAL Tonight show moved to CBS in 1993
We all have our opinions.  For my part, the real Tonight Show ended in 1962.  Then it went down the W.C.
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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 Notes (Broadcast)
NBC scores another victory on Sunday
Ravens-Steelers game lifts network to a dominant victory
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Nov. 18, 2012

ABC got a boost from the “American Music Awards,” and CBS was buoyed by football, but NBC still dominated another Sunday night with “Sunday Night Football.”

Last night’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens lifted NBC to a 4.9 adults 18-49 rating and 12 share in primetime, according to Nielsen overnights, 63 percent ahead of No. 2 CBS with a 3.0/8.

The game peaked with a 6.1 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CBS also scored a 6.1 at 7 p.m. for runover from its 4 p.m. football games.

CBS had the night’s highest-rated non-football show with “60 Minutes,” which averaged a 4.1 from 7:30 to 8:30.

ABC’s “AMAs” drew a 3.6 from 8 to 11 p.m. That was down 21 percent from last year and marked an all-time low for the show, though it still boosted the network to its best Sunday night this season, with a 2.9/7.

With NBC, CBS and ABC finishing one-two-three for the night, Fox took fourth at 2.0/5, Univision fifth at 1.2/3 and Telemundo sixth at 0.5/1.

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

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

CBS started the night in the lead with a 5.5 at 7 p.m. for NFL overrun and the start of "Minutes," followed by NBC with a 2.3 for "Football Night in America." ABC was third with a 1.7 for "America's Funniest Home Videos," Fox fourth with a 1.5 for a rerun of "Bob's Burgers" (1.3) and new "The Cleveland Show" (1.6), and Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth at 0.6, Univision for "Thalia… Habitame Siempre" and Telemundo for the movie "Shrek Forever After."

NBC moved to first at 8 p.m. with a 5.3 for football pregame and the start of "Sunday Night Football," and ABC moved up to second with a 3.2 for the first hour of the "AMAs." CBS was third with a 2.8 for the end of "Minutes" and start of "The Amazing Race," Fox fourth with a 2.2 for "The Simpsons" (2.5) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.8), Univision fifth with a 1.2 for "Mira Quien Baila" and Telemundo sixth with a 0.7 for its movie.

At 9 p.m. NBC was first again with a 6.0 for football, followed by ABC with a 3.5 for the "AMAs." Fox was third with a 2.3 for "Family Guy" (2.5) and "American Dad" (2.0), CBS fourth with a 2.2 for the end of "Race" and start of "The Good Wife," Univision fifth with a 1.6 for more "Baila" and Telemundo sixth with a 0.3 for "Yo Me Llamo."

NBC led again at 10 p.m. with a 5.9 for football, with ABC second with a 3.4 for the "AMAs." CBS was third with a 1.6 for the end of "Wife" and start of "The Mentalist," Univision fourth with a 1.3 for the end of "Baila" and start of "Sal y Pimienta," and Telemundo fifth with a 0.3 for more "Llamo."

CBS and NBC tied for first for the night among households, each with an 8.1 average overnight rating and a 12 share. ABC was third at 5.2/8, Fox fourth at 2.4/4, Univision fifth at 1.6/2 and Telemundo sixth at 0.5/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/nbc-scores-another-victory-on-sunday/
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We all have our opinions.  For my part, the real Tonight Show ended in 1962.  Then it went down the W.C.

I'd say the show ended in 1992...
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I don't know why no one answered you, but I know of two such sites - Zap TV and Titan TV. I haven't used either for quite a while, so you'll have to Google for addresses. Both will let you customize program pages, to show just the channels you want. When last I used them, one was always identical to Comcast listings, and the other seemed to get late updates better, and be more reliable when things change. I think Zap TV was the one with the later updates, but don't recall for certain. Check both. You might be better off going with the one that DOESN'T match your cable guide word-for-word with its descriptions, so that you have an alert when the program is in doubt.

Thanks! I'll check those out.
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The Letterman vs Leno thing is really a political argument. The funny thing is Leno is on the most extreme network (NBC) wrt to politics, but he doesn't follow their lead. Which proves that money is most important.
Proves that audience is the most important. Trouble with politics is - when you get into it - you risk alienating a significant portion of your audience. Leno plays the middle. Letterman plays the left. I've always thought Letterman had the better show, but his politics turns off a huge segment of the audience. So, Leno wins.

I still remember the Dixie Chicks. Love them. They're friends. And they keep thinking radio boycotted them. We didn't. To this day, playing them sends a segment of the listenership punching the button for some other station. With today's minute-by-minute ratings, we can see it. It's suicide to send that big of a chunk of the audience elsewhere if your goal is mass appeal. If Letterman wasn't so obviously political, I'm sure it'd be more of a horse race.
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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
Disney Channel's 'Sofia the First' TV Movie Pays Off in Ratings
By Michael Hiestand, USA Today - Nov. 18, 2012

Disney Channel found a ratings winner with animated TV movie Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess.

Featuring voice performances by Ariel Winter, Sara Ramirez, Wayne Brady and Tim Gunn, Sofia the First -- centered on a little girl who becomes a princess -- drove an impressive 5.2 million viewers to its Sunday premiere telecast.

The telepic became the top cable telecast among kids 2-5 in the past five years averaging 1.5 million viewers. More than 1.4 million who tuned in belonged in the adults 18-49 demo, with more than 3 million belonging in kids 2-11 and nearly 1 million in girls 2-5.

A Sofia the First series, following "Sofia's journey of becoming the best she can be, with relatable situational stories set in a magical world of castles, wizards and flying horses," will launch some time in January.

Craig Gerber developed the movie and is co-executive producer/story editor, with Jamie Mitchell as executive producer/director. John Kavanaugh is songwriter/music director and Kevin Kliesch is the composer.

Disney Channel will air encores of Sofia the First this Tuesday through Sunday. Disney Junior will also air the movie Thursday morning.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/disneys-sofia-first-ratings-393160
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TV Notes
Sherman Hemsley to Get His Burial -- Four Months After His Death
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Nov. 19, 2012

Sherman Hemsley will finally be laid to rest, nearly four months after dying at the age of 74.

Hemsley, who gained fame portraying cocky, cantankerous dry cleaner George Jefferson on "All in the Family" and, later, "The Jeffersons," will receive his funeral at noon on Wednesday at Cielo Vista Church in El Paso, Texas, where Hemsley died of lung cancer July 24.

The service will be open to the public, an employee at San Jose Funeral Home in El Paso told TheWrap.

Following the funeral, Hemsley will be buried at Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso.

Hemsley's burial was delayed by a prolonged dispute over his estate. While the actor had named longtime friend Flora Enchinton Bernal as his heir, Philadelphia resident Richard Thornton claimed to be Hemsley's brother. (According to Bernal, Hemsley, who was born in Philadelphia, had never mentioned any relatives in the past.)

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/sherman-hemsley-get-his-burial-four-months-after-his-death-65761
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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)

ABC:
8PM - Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars (LIVE)
9PM - Happy Endings
9:31PM - Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
10PM - Private Practice
* * * *
11:35PM - Nightline (LIVE)
Midnight - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Demi Lovato; "Dancing With the Stars"castoffs; Andy Allo performs)

CBS
8PM - NCIS
9PM - NCIS: Los Angeles
10PM - Vegas
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Amy Poehler; Josh Hutcherson; racecar driver Brad Keselowski presents the Top Ten List; Tegan and Sara perform)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Marion Cotillard; comic Kevin Pollack)

NBC:
8PM - The Voice
9PM - Go On
9:30PM - The New Normal
10PM - Parenthood
* * * *
11:35PM - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (Lindsay Lohan; journalist David Gregory; Wanda Jackson performs)
12:37AM - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Sportscaster Bob Costas; Miranda Cosgrove; Pitbull performs)
1:37AM - Last Call With Carson Daly (Songwriter Citizen Cope; rock band Atlas Genius; Wolfgang performs)
(R - Oct. 30)

FOX:
8PM - Raising Hope
8:30PM - Ben and Kate
9PM - New Girl
9:30PM - The Mindy Project

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - David Geffen: American Masters (120 min.)
10PM - Frontline: Poor Kids

UNIVISION:
8PM - Por Ella Soy Eva
9PM - Amores Verdaderos
10PM - Amor Bravío

THE CW:
8PM - Hart of Dixie
9PM - Emily Owens, M.D.

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 (Author Nate Silver)
(R - Nov. 7)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin)
(R - Nov. 7)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Olivia Munn; Flo Rida; Ben Stiller)
(R - Jul. 26)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Pitbull; James Davis; Kerri Kenney-Silver; Ross Mathews)

Edited by dad1153 - 11/19/12 at 10:17pm
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Nov. 20, 2012

AMERICAN MASTERS: "INVENTING DAVID GEFFEN"
PBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

This new American Masters profile looks at one of show biz’s ultimate insiders – a man whose influence loomed large in more than one pop culture industry, and whose friends, enemies and discoveries included lots of big names in music, the movies and more. For a full review, see Tom Brinkmoeller’s Raised on MTM. Check local listings.

LONESOME DOVE
Encore, 8:00 p.m. ET
Part 2.
In addition to Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones, the stars of this brilliant 1989 Western miniseries, check out the supporting cast members. Some of the standouts include Diane Lane, Anjelica Huston, Danny Glover, Rick Schroder, Chris Cooper, and Steve Buscemi. And that’s not all. Tune in, and see even more familiar faces.

NEW GIRL
Fox, 9:00 p.m. ET

On this week’s Thanksgiving episode, we get to meet Jess’ divorced parents – played by Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner. And there are other guest-star “relatives” on hand as well, as Rob Riggle makes a return visit as Schmidt’s cousin.

PARENTHOOD
NBC, 10:00 p.m. ET

Things are tough here, but still touching and inspirational, as Kristina (Monica Potter) continues her cancer treatment, with more than a little help from her friends… and family. And, to this show’s credit, nothing is sugar-coated, and life, to all the other family members, keeps going on, with all its own little problems and triumphs.

SONS OF ANARCHY
FX, 10:00 p.m. ET

This week’s episode has more than the usual amount of shocking violence packed into a 60-minute time slot. That’s because this week’s episode, which has Jax on the warpath, is expanded to 90 minutes long.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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Business Notes
Lionsgate In Advanced Negotiations To Sell TVGuide.com
By David Lieberman, Deadline.com - Nov. 19, 2012

EXCLUSIVE. The online TV navigation site could go for about $20M — possibly as much as $25M I’m told — and would enable Lionsgate to cash in on a property that’s considered peripheral to its main production and TV networks businesses. Details about the negotiations are still sketchy; I hear that the potential buyer sees this as a strategic acquisition — it isn’t a private-equity company looking for a quick buck. And while talks are advanced, they still have a way to go, and could still fall apart.

Lionsgate reported in May that TVGuide.com had 24M monthly unique users and more than 6.5M mobile application installations. Lionsgate has been weighing options for TVGuide.com for more than a year. It paid $241.6M for the TV Guide website and network in February 2009. Three months later, JP Morgan’s One Equity Partners teamed with investor and producer Allen Shapiro and paid $122.4M for half of the combined operation. Shapiro ran the network and website until a few weeks ago, when he left to run Dick Clark Productions. His lieutenant Mike Mahan is running them on an interim basis.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/11/tvguide-com-lionsgate-sale-negotiations/
Edited by dad1153 - 11/19/12 at 9:43pm
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