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Nielsen Notes
NBC Wins First November Sweep Since 2003
By Dominic Patten, Deadline.com - Nov. 20, 2012

It’s been nine long years, but NBC’s primetime lineup has made the network No. 1 in this year’s November sweeps. “This is the first time we’ve been this happy in a long time,” NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said today. “It is possible to move the needle. There is a spring in our step.” When NBC last topped Adults 18-49 in November sweeps in 2003, it was showing The West Wing, Friends and ER. Now, with 25 of 28 nights counted, NBC has moved up from last year’s fourth spot to first. The network is averaging a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49 this fall, up 17% compared with the network’s 2.4 at the conclusion the November 2011 sweep. This year’s sweep started October 25 and ends tomorrow. Coming off the summer lead-in of the Olympics, the continuing success of Sunday Night Football and The Voice, plus strong numbers for the new Revolution and Go On, NBC has been solid week after week.

Among the four networks, NBC saw its adults 18-49 and Live+Same Day 18-49 number go up from last year while CBS, ABC and Fox saw declines. Fox went from the top spot of 3.1 to No. 3 with 2.4, down 26%. CBS went from 2.8 to second place with 2.4, down 14%. ABC went from 2.5 last year to fourth this year with 2.2, down 12%. CBS looks set to win the sweeps in terms of total overall viewers for the 11th straight year. The network is averaging 10.21 million viewers a night.

With the absence of football, The Voice and Revolution in the next three months, Greenblatt said in a conference call Tuesday that he anticipates a drop-off. “I’d be astonished if we ended up to be No. 1 with some of the firepower the other networks have,” he said of the end of the season. “Third place would be a triumph for us but beyond that I’m not willing to go there yet.”

Greenblatt also had some answers about upcoming NBC shows, specifically Hannibal and The Sound of Music. “The question will be do we have room for it, to launch it in April before the season ends or should we hold it to the summer. A bunch of things have to play out before we can make that determination,” he said of the thriller series with Mads Mikkelson playing Hannibal Lector. On the live broadcast of The Sound of Music produced by Smash’s Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, Greenblatt said “I think we are close to finding our Maria and as soon as we have that in place we will announce it with great fanfare.” He added that the special would likely air this time next year, Christmas of ’13.” The NBC executive also said today there are plans in development to keep Revolution alive during the break with original content that could possibly end up online or some other digital platform. “We’re feeling a sense of relief and excitement about what is to come,” Greenblatt said about the new year.

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TV Notes
Discovery special looks into claims of Hamilton killer
By John Kiesewetter, Cincinnati Enquirer - Nov. 19, 2012

Did serial killer Glen Rogers from Hamilton help kill Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in 1994?

That’s the conclusion of “My Brother The Serial Killer,” a two-hour TV documentary premiering Wednesday on the Investigation Discovery channel.

“I’m absolutely certain my brother killed Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman,” says Glen’s brother, Clay Rogers of Hamilton, in the film.

Producer-director David Monaghan has been researching the possible connection since he attended Rogers’ 1997 murder trial in Tampa. The former Hamilton taxi driver is serving two death sentences for two 1995 murders – the stabbing of Tina Cribbs in a Tampa motel and the strangulation of Sandra Gallagher of Van Nuys, Calif.

Glen Rogers made headlines nationwide when he was captured on Nov. 13, 1995 – driving Cribbs’ car a week after her murder – after a 15-mile high-speed chase by Kentucky State Police near Richmond.

At the time of his arrest, Rogers claimed he had killed 70 victims. Filmmaker Monaghan says he was “very skeptical” about the Simpson claim until he heard that Rogers, while working as a painter in Los Angeles, had told his brother Clay and sister Sue Rogers of Hamilton in early 1994 that he had met Nicole Brown Simpson. That was months before her death.

Clay Rogers, interviewed extensively in Hamilton in March, says on the film: “Glen told me when he called, ‘Guess who I’m partying with? Nicole Simpson!’ Actually what he told me was ‘They’ve got money, they’re well off, and I’m taking her down.’ ”

O.J. Simpson was acquitted in 1995 of the bloody stabbing deaths of ex-wife Nicole and her friend Goldman in front of Nicole’s Brentwood home on June 12, 1994. The murders remain unsolved.

In the film narrated by Clay Rogers, Monaghan connects Glen Rogers to the murder this way:

• Rogers had access to a white pickup truck like the one seen near Nicole Simpson’s home that night.

• Police could never identify a second set of bloody shoe prints at the murder scene.

• Rogers told his sister and the sister of Linda Price, one of his alleged victims in Jackson, Miss., he did work for Simpson in her house.

• In one of his hundreds of letters to criminal profiler Anthony Meoli, Glen Rogers says O.J. Simpson paid him to steal diamond earrings the former football star gave to his wife. “Glen told me that O.J.’s instructions were, ‘You may have to kill the b****,’ ” Meoli says.

Monaghan, who has not spoken to Glen Rogers, said the death row inmate “provided very specific details about the killings” and confirmed other information to Meoli.

Glen Rogers’ claims about the Simpson-Goldman murders are not new. They were first reported in 1996 by the New York Post. “I spent a very long time checking to see if it was true. I was willing to discount everything Glen Rogers said,” Monaghan said.

Van Nuys authorities heard about Rogers’ claim years ago in a letter from a prisoner who knew Rogers. “We immediately forwarded it to the O.J. Simpson prosecutors,” says Lea Purwin D’Agostino, Van Nuys deputy district attorney, in the film.

Former Enquirer reporter John Eckberg, who co-wrote a book called “Road Dog” about Glen Rogers in 2003, says he did long-distance research about Rogers’ Simpson-Goldman allegations but couldn’t nail it down. “We suspected it. I firmly believe he probably was involved in some way, shape or form,” Eckberg says.

“My Brother The Serial Killer” includes an interview with former Channel 9 reporter Paul Schaefer, who covered Rogers’ 1995 arrest; Channel 9’s arrest video shot by Chic Poppe; and audio of Glen Rogers’ jailhouse interview with Steve Vaughn of Hamilton’s WMOH-AM.

Hamilton Police knew the Rogers brothers very well, says Hamilton Police spokesman Tom Kilgour. Narcotics officers often paid Glen Rogers as a drug informant to set up buys, Kilgour says.

Clay’s relationship with his brother changed after Clay found the body of Glen’s roommate – Mark Peters, 72, a retired Lindenwald electrician – wrapped in a curtain in the Rogers family cabin near Beattyville. Clay, who had heard Glen boast several times that he had killed 50 people, led Hamilton police to the body.

“I came to the realization I wasn’t turning in my brother. I was turning in a serial killer,” Clay says on the film.

Glen Rogers was never charged with Peters’ murder. He was also a suspect in – but never charged – with two other brutal stabbing deaths in fall 1995 while en route from California to Tampa – Price, 34, in Jackson, Miss., on Oct. 6, and Andy Jiles Sutton, 37, in Bossier City, La. And there could be many more, Monaghan told The Enquirer. Glen Rogers indicated “three innocent men are on death row for killings he committed,” Monaghan says.

“It’s my hope that authorities in California, Ohio and Kentucky would re-open the Glen Rogers case and look again at the number of victims Glen Rogers may have claimed. I’d be happy to cooperate,” Monaghan says.

“Glen Rogers’ claim of having killed 70 people is believable. He was literally able to get away with murder for years,” Monaghan says.

When: 9 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Investigation Discovery

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Critics' Notes
TV Shows We're Thankful For
'Parenthood,' American Horror Story' And More For Thanksgiving 2012
By HuffingtonPost.com Staff - Npv. 20, 2012

This Thanksgiving, there's a lot to be thankful for, especially when it comes to good TV.

While everyone here at HuffPost TV is thankful for their loved ones and health, we're also giving thanks for shows like "Parenthood" and "American Horror Story." Without them, well, we'd be out of the job and pretty bored. Good TV is an escape, a chance to lose yourself in pure entertainment, forget your worries and be subjected to the drama and comedy of fictional characters.

See which shows we're thankful for and please add your own in the comments!


In a lackluster crop of new pilots, "Arrow" immediately stood out to me -- both because I'm a huge comic book nerd and because of the cinematic aesthetic -- and I'm pleased to report that the show has only grown stronger since the premiere. The mysteries are more compelling, the action continues to thrill, and star Stephen Amell has proven himself to be a bona fide leading man (his billboard-worthy abs don't hurt, either). Thanks for hitting the target, "Arrow." -- Laura Prudom

"Happy Endings"

I spend almost every minute of every episode of "Happy Endings" with a silly grin on my face -- what's not to love about that? This comedy has evolved into a wonderful blend of surreal whimsy, razor-sharp hilarity, raunchy weirdness and sweet goofiness. I'm thankful to the cast and writers for making me forget everything unpleasant in the entire world when I'm watching this show. If ABC aired 10 episodes of this comedy per week, I would watch all of them. So, not to be greedy, get on that, ABC. -- Maureen Ryan


"Nashville" has been a sing-along-inducing bright spot in the otherwise iffy line-up of new fall shows. I love the soapy drama, but it's the music that's really hooked me. Connie Britton is the big draw for most, but it's the songs from Scarlett (Clare Bowen) and Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and -- yes! -- even Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) that are in heavy rotation on my iPod. Yeehaw! -- Maggie Furlong

"American Horror Story"

This show is an assault, albeit a good one, on every single sense. The characters are compelling, the storylines are ridiculous yet hopelessly addictive and it's like a mini-movie every single week. Any show that can combine nuns, an asylum, a psychotic doctor, a serial killer and aliens into a twisted harmony is aces in my book. -- Chris Jancelewicz

"30 Rock"

I'm so thankful "30 Rock" is going out in style. It's the final season and Tina Fey and co. really stepped up their game in all departments, bringing the show back to a quality I thought was long gone. -- Chris Harnick

"Strike Back"

Well hellooo, man candy! Not that I'm shallow, but ... OK, fine -- I'm shallow. I watch this show in large part because it stars two hot dudes as clandestine intelligence operatives who run around and shoot stuff and frequently commit acts of badassery. I could say that "Strike Back" is well-acted, takes place in interesting locations and is generally far more intelligent than you might expect a cable action-adventure series to be -- all that is definitely true. But what I'm truly grateful for is the sight of two attractive, sweaty men making things go boom. Aw yeah. --Maureen Ryan


Yes, I'm thankful for two CW shows (three, if you count my well-documented love affair with "Nikita"), but "Supernatural" deserves a special mention for performing such a miraculous 180 under the stewardship of new showrunner Jeremy Carver. Although Seasons 6 and 7 had some strong episodes, they felt unfocused as a whole, while Season 8 seems to have reinvigorated the veteran drama with purpose and creativity. From the compelling Purgatory storyline to the repopulation of the Winchesters' world with intriguing new characters and returning favorites, "Supernatural" is back in black and I couldn't be happier. -- Laura Prudom

"Mad Men"

Even though this list is all about Thanksgiving, the return of "Mad Men" felt a lot more like a gift on Christmas morning. After a contractual stalemate between AMC and LionsGate kept Don Draper & co. off the air for nearly two years, the Emmy-winning drama came back with a typically excellent Season 5 that reminded us all -- except for maybe Jaguar -- that it's one of the best shows on TV. -- Alex Moaba


"Parenthood" has only gotten better with age and in my opinion, it's the most refreshingly human show on TV. Jabbar (Tyree Brown) has a smile that melts my heart, Amber's (Mae Whitman) tears leave me reaching for tissues and in this particularly emotional fourth season, Kristina's (Monica Potter) storyline breaks my heart. Though I thought there were some characters I could've done without, this season showcased redeeming qualities in all of the many, many Bravermans. Plus, Ray Romano is back in primetime -- and he's even better without a laugh track. I couldn't be more grateful for "Parenthood" and Jason Katims. -- Jaimie Etkin


"Girls" has been a beacon of light in my 20-something New York City experience. I don't necessarily identify with any of the characters, but the show is a gentle (and seriously graphic) reminder that no one else has it figured out either. -- Leigh Weingus

"Breaking Bad"

Thanksgiving is as good a time as any to appreciate the wholesome, family-friendly meth-dealing awesomeness that was the first half of "Breaking Bad's" final season. So what if we'll have to wait a whole other year for the final eight episodes? Let's be thankful that good things come to those who wait. -- Alex Moaba

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TV Notes
‘Along for the Bride,’ a boring one at that
TLC series makes it clear the bridal genre has run its course
By Tom Conroy, Media Life Magazine - Nov. 20, 2012

On a bride's special day, she has the right to see to it that she or those closest to her can be ridiculed and held in contempt by total strangers. A long list of wedding-based reality shows helps make that possible.

The latest such show is TLC's "Along for the Bride," which focuses on clueless, aggressive or self-absorbed bridesmaids and the chaos and unpleasantness they can cause. One of those reality shows that apparently encourage people to be on their worst behavior, it fails, despite its artificial feel, to make us sufficiently identify with or laugh at its subjects.

Premiering this Thursday, Nov. 22, at 10 p.m., "Along for the Bride" is clearly intended to be a reality version of the raucous 2011 comedy "Bridesmaids." In the first episode, a soft-spoken young woman named Aki, from Marina del Rey, Calif., can't handle the diverse women who make up her wedding party.

Aki can't count on her maid of honor, her best friend, Kelley, who is identified with an onscreen graphic that says "The Flake of Honor." Luckily for Aki — and for the producers — Aki has met an extraordinarily disciplined woman named Jakeisha, identified onscreen as "The Bionic Bridesmaid." Jakeisha steps up and handles the maid-of-honor duties that Kelley has been shirking.

The three other bridesmaids are Amy, Aki's tattooed future sister-in-law, identified as "The Farmer-in-Law Bridesmaid"; Christie, a friend of Aki's from church who says she didn't think that she and Aki were that close, identified as "The Righteous Bridesmaid"; and a Lindsay, a friend from work who gazes blankly throughout the episode, identified as "The Oblivious Bridesmaid."

While Aki is a rather bland center of attention, the others stick to their assigned personas. Kelley, who was unreachable for three days after a DUI arrest, fails to plan the bachelorette party, then shows up late for it. She misses the rehearsal dinner entirely.

Amy, who is clearly meant to fill the Melissa McCarthy role, talks about how she used to sell sex toys for a living. When the women head out for the bachelor party, they all dutifully act the way women on reality TV act when they go out together, doing shots, screaming "Whoo!" and flirting with random men. Later, one bridesmaid kisses another one on the mouth.

Aki has no visible emotional connection with any of her bridesmaids. The episode is supposed to build suspense over whether Aki will choose Jakeisha to replace Kelley as maid of honor, but neither they nor Aki seems to care.

The series' second episode, although it feels less faked, lacks even this mild suspense. Airing on Thursday at 10:30, it's best appreciated as a mini-documentary about the death of shame in America.

Michelle, a single mother from Huntington Beach, Calif., is planning to get married for the first time to her childhood sweetheart, Sal. Her grown daughter, Amanda, whom Michelle had at age 19, is too emotionally overwhelmed to be an effective maid of honor because she's just given birth to her own daughter. Neither father is mentioned in the episode.

One of the bridesmaids is Michelle's cousin Lora, who spent some time in prison because she made "bad choices." Most of her sound bites involve weak jokes about her criminal past. When the bridesmaids go to a sex shop and see a pair of handcuffs, Lora says that she wishes her handcuffs had come with a key.

For her part, Michelle says that Sal would be excited by one sex toy, completely grossing out Amanda.

Another bridesmaid is getting married in a week. Like Amanda, she's emotional because she's pregnant.

Once again, someone — in this case Lora — has to take over from the maid of honor and plan the bachelor party. (Amanda invites a friend who looks like a Snooki impersonator.) And once again, a bridesmaid is late for the party.

The fact that the second episode is already repeating plot points from the premiere suggests that if there ever were potential for comedy or drama in wedding documentaries, it's been used up. "Along for the Bride" might have been fun 10 years ago. Now it's a bad choice.

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Originally Posted by dcowboy7 View Post

No surprise as week 13 SNF eagles/cowboys does not get flexed.
No changes to the other sunday game times either.
Which means only game on NBC to get flexed out will be Chargers/Jets, because, they're both pretty bad. rolleyes.gif
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Nov. 21, 2012

AMC, 8:00 p.m. ET

An unquestioned cinematic classic – and, in this showing, presented in prime time, and at one sitting. Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable star in this 1939 epic about the Civil War South. And though tomorrow is another day, it’s not televised tomorrow – so if you’re interested, watch it now.

Encore, 8:00 p.m. ET
Part 3.
If you’ve been watching thus far – and I hope you have – tonight’s installment of this 1989 Western miniseries provides a big surprise, and an even bigger payoff. I can’t believe that Robert Duvall didn’t win an Emmy for his performance here, but he didn’t. (James Woods did, for his fine work in My Name Is Bill W., but still.) Maybe it’s because Part 2 of this miniseries was nominated for the Emmy in the Outstanding Actor category. If it had been tonight’s Part 3, perhaps things would have been different.

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

Just yesterday, one of our most faithful readers, Eileen, noted AMC’s presentation of To Kill a Mockingbird, and my omission of it from yesterday’s Best Bets, by saying, “I don’t know how this one slipped through the cracks.” While I truly love the idea of all of us at TVWW looking out for each other, in this case, here’s how: Because I knew that, the very next day, the same superb 1962 movie – every bit as wonderful as Eileen correctly went on to praise – would be televised here on TCM, without commercial interruption. Eileen, I hope that reassures you a little, just as your great taste reassures me.

PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

This didn’t take long. By Nova standards, this is an instant special, interviewing experts and examining footage to measure the origin, the impact, and the meaning of Hurricane Sandy. How quickly did Nova put this special, Inside the Megastorm, together? There are people in New York and New Jersey who can’t watch it, because, three weeks later, they still don’t have power. Check local listings.

FX, 10:00 p.m. ET

Among the twists and turns at Briarcliff this week: A subplot that helps explain some of the bizarre behavior of Sister Eunice (Lily Rabe).

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TV Notes
Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes receives five-year contract extension
By Meg James, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - Nov. 20, 2012

Succession battles are raging within media conglomerate Time Warner Inc. these days -- but not at the very top.

On Tuesday, the media company's board announced that it had extended Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes' employment agreement an additional five years, which would keep the 60-year-old executive at the helm through 2017.

Bewkes has managed the company -- which boasts TV channels HBO, CNN, TBS, TNT and Cartoon network; Hollywood's most prolific television and movie studio, Warner Bros.; and a portfolio of magazines that include Time, People and Sports Illustrated -- since 2008.

Bewkes has overseen a dramatic restructuring of the media company, which last year generated revenue of $29 billion, making it a leaner organization more focused on creating content. In 2009, Time Warner shed its AOL Internet portal and spun its cable TV systems unit, Time Warner Cable, into a separate publicly traded company.

Time Warner, under Bewkes, also has pushed into digital distribution, with such features as HBO Go, an application that allows HBO subscribers to access the channel's programming on their portable devices. Bewkes has championed TV Everywhere, the industry's jargon for making cable programming available to subscribers to watch on computers and portable devices.

Last year, Bewkes received a compensation package valued at $25.9 million, according to company filings.

"Under the terms of the new agreement, Mr. Bewkes' base salary and bonus target will remain unchanged," the company said in a statement. "Additionally, the agreement provides for annual long-term incentive awards that are tied directly, and solely, to future financial and shareholder returns."

Bewkes' contract extension talks were largely kept quiet, unlike the more noisy and tumultuous struggles over who will become the next leader of cable news network CNN or the next chairman of Hollywood powerhouse Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Bewkes and Turner Broadcasting Chairman Phil Kent are expected to name a new CNN head in the next few weeks. Former NBCUniversal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker and former Dick Clark Production chief Mark Shapiro are said to be in the running.

Early next year, Bewkes must decide who should replace Barry Meyer, who has overseen Warner Bros. since 1999. That succession planning process has become a distraction at the legendary Burbank studio as the more than two-year bake-off among the studio's three business leaders -- Television Group President Bruce Rosenblum, Motion Pictures Group President Jeff Robinov and Home Entertainment Group President Kevin Tsujihara -- continues.

All are waiting for Bewkes to decide who should be in charge of the studio that last year produced $12.6 billion in revenue.

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Business Notes/TV Sports
News Corp. to Acquire 49% of YES Network at $3 Billion Value
By Andy Fixmer and Scott Soshnick, Bloomberg.com - Nov. 20, 2012

News Corp., the media company led by Rupert Murdoch, agreed to buy 49 percent of the YES Network, the cable channel that carries New York Yankees baseball games, in a deal that values the pay-TV outlet at about $3 billion.

News Corp. is acquiring the stake from the Yankees, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and other investors, the companies said today in a statement. Murdoch can raise the stake to 80 percent after three years. Other financial terms weren’t announced.

Acquiring YES strengthens News Corp.’s regional sports business by adding the Yankees, a marquee Major League Baseball team, and the National Basketball Association’s Brooklyn Nets. YES also negotiated a five-year extension of its agreement to carry Yankees games through 2042, program rights that underpin the valuation, people with knowledge of the situation said.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to enhance News Corp.’s industry-leading portfolio of sports properties, while also strategically re-entering the New York market,” James Murdoch, deputy chief operating officer, said in the statement.

News Corp. will be able to raise its stake in YES to 80 percent in three years, based on a $3.8 billion valuation for the channel, said the people, who weren’t authorized to speak publicly. The company plans a national sports channel next year to compete with Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN and NBC Universal’s NBC Sports, and is seeking extended rights to Los Angeles Dodgers pay-TV telecasts.

Three Decades

The YES extension secures three decades of Yankees games for the channel. The rights contract provides for about a 5 percent increase each year from the current $85 million annually the network pays for the games, reaching about $350 million by the contract’s end, the people said.

“This kind of deal is not for the fainthearted,” Marc Ganis, president of Chicago-based consultant Sportscorp Ltd., said in a phone interview before the announcement. “It’s something that only a very confident, well-capitalized management and ownership can do.”

News Corp. rose 0.2 percent to $24.01 at the close in New York. The Class A shares have gained 35 percent this year.

The Yankees held a 34 percent stake in the channel founded by their late owner, George Steinbrenner. Goldman Sachs and Providence Equity Partners Inc., which helped fund the network in 2001, together own 40 percent. The remainder is held by the former owners of the Nets.

Investor Comment

“From a startup in 2001 to the largest regional sports network in the U.S., this has been a remarkable achievement,” Jonathan Nelson, chief executive officer of Providence Equity Partners, said in an e-mailed statement. “We believe YES has a very bright future in the years ahead.”

News Corp. is vying with Time Warner Cable Inc. for TV rights to baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers on a regional sports network in Southern California.

“A lot of this is the chess match between News Corp. and Time Warner,” Chris Bevilacqua, an industry consultant who is representing the Big East Conference in its contract talks with Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN, said via telephone. “If you’re going to be an RSN leader, you want anchors on both coasts. That’s a pretty strong move.”

YES Network generates more than $200 million in annual earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, Forbes reported in April.

“It’s the Yankees and it’s the biggest market in the country,” Bevilacqua said. “It’s a heck of an asset.”

The Dodgers were sold at auction earlier this year for a record $2.15 billion, fueled by the expiration of the team’s broadcast contract with Fox Sports at a time when there’s a premium being paid for live sports.

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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

Business Notes/TV Sports
News Corp. to Acquire 49% of YES Network at $3 Billion Value

News Corp. is vying with Time Warner Cable Inc. for TV rights to baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers on a regional sports network in Southern California.
“A lot of this is the chess match between News Corp. and Time Warner,” Chris Bevilacqua, an industry consultant who is representing the Big East Conference in its contract talks with Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN, said via telephone. “If you’re going to be an RSN leader, you want anchors on both coasts. That’s a pretty strong move.”
YES Network generates more than $200 million in annual earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, Forbes reported in April.
“It’s the Yankees and it’s the biggest market in the country,” Bevilacqua said. “It’s a heck of an asset.”
The Dodgers were sold at auction earlier this year for a record $2.15 billion, fueled by the expiration of the team’s broadcast contract with Fox Sports at a time when there’s a premium being paid for live sports.
I think it's also a hedge against losing the TV rights to the LA Dodgers as well.
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TUESDAY'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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TV Review
The Dangers of Singing and Marriage
By Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times - Nov. 21, 2012

We critics do not toss around the phrase “greatest show in television history” lightly, partly because those of us under the age of 70 have not seen every show in television history. But no other phrase will do to describe “Killer Karaoke,” a deranged series arriving Friday on truTV that is simultaneously the highest possible use of the medium and the most profound statement ever made about the human condition. Also, it’s hilarious, in an I’m-ashamed-to-be-laughing-at-this sort of way.

Yet “Killer Karaoke,” while it’s the greatest show in television history, cannot claim to have the greatest title in television history. It is edged out for that honor out by another show also having its premiere on Friday night: “Wives With Knives,” on Investigation Discovery. Who knows what we collectively did to deserve such a historic evening of TV viewing. Apparently we’re all living right.

“Killer Karaoke” is a bar bet gone haywire in which contestants, apparently of their own free will, deliver karaoke numbers while undergoing hardships of a kind not generally conducive to singing.

Not to give too much away, but snakes play a significant role in the premiere. So do cactuses, scorpions and hair removal. And there hasn’t been a funnier two minutes on television this year than the segment in which a game Georgia fellow named Michael Daniel performs the Allman Brothers classic “Ramblin’ Man” singing-waiter style while being electroshocked. If you like that sort of thing.

Mr. Daniel warbles while serving a seven-course Mexican meal to the show’s host, Steve-O, whose résumé almost demanded that he be the ringmaster here. He was one of the architects of “Jackass,” the MTV series built on painful, dangerous stunts. Whether this new show will draw the attention of a United States senator, as “Jackass” did, is unclear, but it certainly has the potential to alter the dynamics in Washington’s karaoke bars.

“Killer Karaoke” is a variation on a British show, “Sing if You Can,” but it seems more gleefully cruel. Steve-O’s enthusiasm for the pain he is about to inflict gives the proceedings extra zip, and the contestants’ agony and terror are undeniably real. One of them is rewarded at the end of each episode with a cash prize. All of them should get some kind of reality-show heroism medal.

If this sort of sadistic humor isn’t your cup of tea, you can at least admire “Killer Karaoke” for its efficiency and insight. Since television was invented, scripted dramas and comedies have pitted striving humans against an arbitrary universe for entire seasons without saying as much as is conveyed in 10 minutes of this show. And what more do you need to know about the lust for fame that has infected our species than you can glean by watching a guy sing Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful” while walking through a cactus maze wearing goggles that make him stagger like a drunk?

Of course “Killer Karaoke” may be the greatest show in television history only briefly. It will stop being funny the minute it runs out of tortures to inflict on its contestants and begins repeating itself. But even if it is worth watching for only a week, that is one week longer than “Wives With Knives” deserves your attention. After that swell title it’s pretty stupid.

The six-episode show presents real-life cases in which women stabbed their menfolk, with the actual stabbers providing commentary to enhance overwrought re-enactments. In the premiere the stabee is on hand as well.

The former couple are Jamie and Charles Czerniawski, who have already had one bite of the reality-TV apple. They were on “Wife Swap” in 2006. Apparently that didn’t help their already rocky relationship. In 2009 she stabbed him in the arm with a kitchen knife during a fight.

This uncomfortable show isn’t the first to try to turn domestic violence into entertainment. Investigation Discovery’s lineup is full of true-crime series, and so is cable television in general. But the execution here is particularly cheesy and is not redeemed by the interruptions of Casey Jordan, a criminologist who comments uninsightfully on the cases.

So, nice job on the title, Investigation Discovery title thinker-uppers. But it’s all downhill from there.

truTV, Friday nights at 9, Eastern and Pacific times; 8, Central time.

Investigation Discovery, Friday nights at 10, Eastern and Pacific times; 9, Central time.

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Nielsen Overnights
'Apt. 23,' 'New Normal' Hit Lows as CBS Wins Night
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Nov. 21, 2012

Wednesday night's primetime was marked by ratings declines as ABC's "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23" and NBC's "The New Normal" dropped to series lows. CBS won the night, according to preliminary numbers.

CBS was first in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic with a 2.5 rating/7 share and in total viewers with 13.9 million. "NCIS" at 8 p.m. posted a 3.0/9 and was the night's most-watched program with 16.5 million. "NCIS: LA" the following hour had a 2.8/8 with 15 million total viewers. "Vegas" at 10 was one of only two shows grow over last week, climbing 13 percent to a 1.8/5 and taking 10 million total viewers.

NBC took second place in ratings and third in total viewers with a 2.3/6 and 6.4 million. Though down 15 percent from last week, "The Voice" at 8 was the night's top-rated program with a 3.3/10 and had 9.3 million total viewers. "Go On" the following hour took a 2.2/6 with 6.2 million total viewers, while "The New Normal" at 9:30 slid 11 percent for a series low of 1.6/4 and had 4.3 million total viewers. "Parenthood" at 10 fell 16 percent to a 1.6/5 and drew 4.5 million total viewers.

Univision tied Fox for third in ratings with a 1.5/4 and came in fourth in total viewers with 3.8 million.

Fox, which took fifth place in total viewers with 3.2 million, ran "Raising Hope" at 8, which was down slightly from last week for a 1.5/5 and had 3.7 million total viewers. "Ben & Kate" at 8:30 drew a 1.1/3 with 2.5 million total viewers, while "New Girl" at 9 dropped 9 percent to a 2.0/5 and had 4 million total viewers. "The Mindy Project" at 9:30 fell 19 percent from last week for a 1.3/4 and had 2.7 million total viewers.

ABC came in fifth in ratings but second in total viewers with a 1.4/4 and 7 million. The "Dancing With the Stars" results show at 8 was even with last week with a 1.9/6 and drew 12.9 million total viewers, while "Happy Endings" dropped slightly to a 1.2/3 and had 4.9 million total viewers. "Don't Trust the B--- in Apt. 23" fell 18 percent to a series low of 0.9/3 while drawing 3.2 million total viewers. "Private Practice" had a modest uptick from last week's series low, posting a 1.2/3 with 4.1 million total viewers.

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TV Notes
Fox sitcom about marijuana legalization in the works
By Erin Strecker, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - Nov. 21, 2012

Colorado residents, this one is for you.

Fox is developing a sitcom, The Happy Tree, based around the legalization of marijuana, Deadline reports. The show, from former Entourage and How To Make It In America executive producers Rob Weiss, Mark Wahlberg, and Steve Levinson, centers on a young corporate attorney who relocates to Venice Beach, Calif. and finds himself the voice for the “legalize it” movement, per Deadline.

Getting high is fertile ground for comedy, and it’s no surprise that after the election a few weeks ago — where Colorado and Washington State voted to allow legal marijuana use — that a sitcom deal would spring up. Fox had not responded to requests for comment at time of publication.

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TV Review
‘It’s a SpongeBob Christmas’ (CBS)
Kids' holiday special with undersea characters is a treat for grownups, too
By David Hinckley, New York Daily News - Nov. 21, 2012

Exactly why CBS is airing Spongebob SquarePants’ Christmas special this Friday at 9:30 p.m. is anyone’s guess.

But hey, the Lord invented DVRs just for occasions like this, and if the younger demographic can’t stay up this late, they will have just as much fun watching it in the morning.

And watching it and watching it. Repeat viewing is as much a tradition for kids as stealing the secret krabby patty recipe is for Plankton, and this special should stand up nicely.

We join SpongeBob on Christmas Eve, when the young yellow fellow is busy spreading holiday cheer and the evil Plankton is busy scheming.

Specifically, Plankton decides the only way he can make it onto Santa’s “nice” list is if everyone else in Bikini Bottom behaves like a bigger jerk than he does.

And if this new grading curve suddenly makes Plankton “nice,” he figures he will ask Santa for the recipe.

So he infuses a fruitcake with jerktonium, an element that makes people act like jerks, and has SpongeBob unwittingly pass it out to the whole village.

Naturally, it seems to work for a while. Even Patrick becomes a jerk, trying to construct a tiger trap to snare Santa Claus.

We won’t spoil the resolution here, except to say there’s a good shot at a happy ending.

We can say SpongeBob sings a couple of Christmas songs, and yes, the writers do include a couple of jokes the kids may not get, like when “Frankie” meets “Johnny” on the street.

It’s enough to make you want to dream of a yellow Christmas.

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Technology Notes
NTSB follows TSA lead, drops BlackBerry
By Bart Jansen, USA Today - Nov. 21, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates plane crashes, has become the latest federal agency to drop its BlackBerry smartphones in favor of iPhones for reliability.

Already, far larger national-security departments and agencies -- the Defense Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Transportation Security Administration -- have shifted in the direction of iPhones.

The shifts mark a stark change for BlackBerry, whose handheld devices worked in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks while East Coast cellphone networks jammed with traffic.

The NTSB, whose investigators respond immediately to plane crashes and other transportation disasters, says it's switching to Apple's iPhone 5 because BlackBerrys "have been failing both at inopportune times and at an unacceptable rate."

"The NTSB requires effective, reliable and stable communication capabilities to carry out its primary investigative mission and to ensure employee safety in remote locations," the agency said in a Nov. 13 government filing about its smartphone service to justify the switch.

BlackBerry's parent company, Research in Motion of Canada, which has struggled in recent years, plans to unveil its BlackBerry 10 smartphones on Jan. 30. The smartphones have already been certified to meet the needs of government agencies.

Paul Lucier, the company's vice president for global government solutions, says government agencies have trusted the reliability and security of BlackBerry for more than a decade and can continue to do so.

"BlackBerry remains the most reliable, secure and robust end-to-end mobile communications platform available," Lucier says. "We have 1 million government customers in North America alone who depend on BlackBerry, and more than 400,000 government customers worldwide upgraded their devices in the past year."

In addition to NTSB, which has about 400 workers, far larger organizations earlier shifted away from BlackBerry in recent months:

> In October, the Defense Department requested a software contract to monitor security for mobile devices from Apple and Android, but not BlackBerry. The Defense Information Systems Agency program will initially support 162,500 devices and could ultimately support 8 million devices.

> In September, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which had relied on BlackBerry for eight years, announced it was switching to iPhones for 17,676 users because BlackBerry could "no longer meet the mobile technology needs of the agency."

> In May, the Transportation Security Administration, which had relied mainly on Microsoft Windows and BlackBerry devices, announced plans to spend $3 million on Apple products to support its counter-terrorism mission.

The decisions follow BlackBerry's failed attempt at touch-screens and its e-mail and messaging software being less user-friendly than competitors iPhone and Android. The new BlackBerry 10 software and smartphones are coming out under new management, as the company lays off 5,000 employees as part of a bid to save $1 billion.

James Faucette, a Pacific Crest Securities analyst in Portland, Ore., said earlier this month that BlackBerry 10 is likely to be dead on arrival, meeting with lukewarm response at best and is ultimately likely to fail.

Contributing: Federal Times and The Associated Press.

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TV-on-DVD Notes
We’ve Made Our List, So Check It Twice: TVWW’s Annual Holiday Gift Guide Is Here!
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Nov. 20, 2012

Working harder than a roomful of elves, our own Diane Werts has assembled our annual TVWW Holiday Gift Guide of recommended DVD boxed sets and such. So dive in!...

We’ll be adding to our TVWW Gift Recommendations in the coming weeks, so come back often and check back in. But for hassle-free, early shopping, you should find something to please almost everyone on your list here. Unless they’re big fans of Honey Boo Boo or Snooki.

And remember, please: Almost every purchase you make through TVWW returns to us a small percentage – so you’ll be giving us a much-appreciated gift at the same time.

Happy holidays! Shop early, and shop often…

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Critic's Notes
TV Is All in the Family
By Miriam Sherin, HuffingtonPost.com - Nov. 20, 2012

American holiday traditions begin on Thanksgiving Day with millions enjoying a family gathering and retiring to the living room, basement or den to watch television. In 2011, 5.8 million people watched the classic A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. And when it airs on ABC-TV this Wednesday and Thursday nights, my children will probably be among those watching once again. And that's just fine with me. In fact, watching TV can be good for the family.

According to a report out last week from the Nielsen Company, in the second quarter of 2012, Americans spent an average of 34 hours per week watching television. Children 2-11 years old watched 23 hours and 34 minutes per week. That is about 3 hours and 20 minutes a day. Teenagers watched more than 21 hours per week. And adults ages 35-49 spend 32 hours per week in front of a television.

If so much time is spent watching television, why not watch together?

Undoubtedly, decades of evidence document that excessive TV watching can put children at risk. A 2012 report from the University of Liverpoollinked television viewing with increased calorie intake, while an August 2012 study reported that excessive viewing can lead to behavior problems among toddlers. In addition, a University of Iowa study last month revealed the negative effects of children exposed to several hours of TV "background" noise.

I agree. What I am advocating is deliberate participation in appropriate programming. As parents, we need to pay attention to what, when, and why our children watch TV. And as we make decisions about what we think are appropriate TV watching habits, it's important to keep in mind that TV can be a valuable resource for parents and their children.

Now that Big Bird has been saved from the chopping block by averting Mitt Romney's campaign-promised demise of Sesame Street, we can survey the benefits of generations of children watching educational programming. Children's literacy development has been linked to watching television both in terms of increased early literacy skills as well as sustained interest in independent reading. Also, many TV shows popular with children today have tie-ins with books. Want to get my son reading? Just give him the latest Phineas and Ferb book adapted from the Disney Channel characters.

Watching TV together can also support family time. Find a show that you and your children can enjoy together. Especially with teens, who are often more difficult for parents to connect with -- watching a show that appeals to them can be an easy way to spend time together. I wasn't planning to watch ABC's Revenge, but when my daughter starting watching Season 2 this fall, I joined her. And now, even when we're not watching the show we have something to talk about. (What revenge will Emily plan next?)

Civic engagement is promoted on television. Election coverage was ubiquitous this fall, from advertisements to poll results, to debates and all-night coverage of the results. What a powerful way to see our democracy in action and to feel the impact that individuals can have on our society. TV can introduce our children to not only local issues, but national and world-wide issues as well. From documentaries, to nature shows, to shows that portray various cultures and peoples, TV can open up the world for our children far beyond the doors of their own communities. In doing so, TV promotes our children's growth and maturation as caring and engaged members of society.

In moderation, watching television can also be an important tool for relaxation. In today's busy world, just as adults are encouraged to slow down and take a breather, our children need opportunities to unwind as well. A November 2012 study conducted in South Korea found that watching a favorite cartoon helped children to relax.

It's true that TV watching is not without risks for children. Yet, while maintaining reasonable limits on your child's TV time, be clear that TV watching can have its benefits for children as well.

Besides, Dancing With the Stars All Stars is coming up on its season finale and it's time for the family to tune in.

Miriam Sherin is a Professor of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.

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Critic's Notes
TV Is All in the Family
By Miriam Sherin, HuffingtonPost.com - Nov. 20, 2012
American holiday traditions begin on Thanksgiving Day with millions enjoying a family gathering and retiring to the living room, basement or den to watch television.

We will be sitting in the living room, waving turkey legs around and watching football smile.gif.
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TV Notes
'Dirty Jobs' cancelled by Discovery
By James Hibberd, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - Nov. 21, 2012

First American Chopper. Now Dirty Jobs. Another veteran Discovery Channel series is coming to an end.

“A few weeks ago, I was officially informed that Dirty Jobs had entered into a new phase,” Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe wrote in a blog post. “One I like to call, ‘permanent hiatus.’ Or in the more popular industry vernacular, canceled … Dirty Jobs is a very personal show, and it’s difficult for me to imagine a future that does not involve exploding toilets, venomous snakes, misadventures in animal husbandry, and feces from every species.”

Rowe, who’s been hosting the series since 2003, goes on to generously thank his crew, the network, the show’s participants and its fans. “I can’t say that Dirty Jobs never jumped the shark (since I literally leaped over one in season two), but I’m proud to say it’s still the same hatchet,” Rowe wrote. “The last episode looked pretty much like the first. We didn’t become something we weren’t. We never shared the sewer with Paris Hilton, and we never invited you to ‘tune in next week for a very special Dirty Jobs.’ We stuck to the mission statement. We stayed small. We worked hard. And we had a hell of a good time. It was, as they say, a very good run.”

Though Dirty Jobs was once a ratings sensation for the network, the show’s numbers have been on a downward trend in recent years. Recently, Rowe made headlines by stumping for Mitt Romney on the campaign trail (if only the Republican won White House, he might have been able to throw the host a new gig). At least Rowe will still maintain a presence on Discovery Channel as the narrator of Deadliest Catch.

The Dirty Jobs axing marks the second major reality franchise that’s been cancelled by Discovery in the last couple weeks. As first reported on EW.com, Chopper will end its 10-year run with its Dec. 11 finale.

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TV Notes
Chevy Chase Leaving NBC’s ‘Community’
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Nov. 21, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: Pierce Hawthorne is dropping out of Greendale Community College. After a tumultuous three-and-a-half year relationship, Chevy Chase and the producers of NBC’s cult comedy Community are parting ways by mutual agreement. Chase’s departure from the show is effective immediately. The bulk of Community‘s 13-episode fourth-season order have been filmed. Chase won’t appear in the 1 or 2 episodes that have not been shot yet.

The news of Chase’s exit from the Sony TV-produced Community hardly comes as a surprise. His return to the comedy series for Season 4 was somewhat surprising as he hinted multiple times last spring that he might leave. He has been vocal about his displeasure with the Community gig, telling The Huffington Post UK in an interview this fall, “It was a big mistake! I just sort of hung around because I have three daughters and a wife, and I figured out I might as well make some bread, every week, so I can take care of them in the way they want … The hours are hideous, and it’s still a sitcom on television, which is probably the lowest form of television.”

Then there was Chase’s public feud with show’s creator/former showrunner Dan Harmon last year, which escalated into a profanity-laced message Chase left on Harmon’s voice mail. (Harmon left the series after the end of last season.) There also have been on-set outbursts that have become a distraction for the rest of the cast and crew. They included a tirade last month, in which Chase used the N-Word. The rant was reportedly prompted by lines of dialogue he found offensive. According to people close to the actor, Chase had been increasingly frustrated and uncomfortable with the direction of his character, Pierce, who is a bigot, and had felt that the Pierce had run his course.

Chase’s departure likely won’t have as big of an impact on Community as Harmon’s exit because Pierce is a supporting character in an ensemble led by Joel McHale that has a number of standouts. The show recently got a February 7 Season 4 premiere date and is set to return to its regular Thursday 8 PM time slot. With a February start, Community is unlikely to go beyond the 13 ordered episodes this season. Chase will be in most of them, so his departure will be felt if the series gets a fifth season renewal.

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Critic's Notes
Everything We Know We Learned From Television, Vol. 3
Of Elmo, 'Boss,' NBC, Math, Chevy, Trump and Other Dirty Things
By Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter - Nov. 21, 2012

* Yes, the Liz & Dick movie really is this bad. Perhaps we’ll have to live-tweet that mess.

* It was disappointing news to hear to that Starz, the premium channel struggling to compete with HBO and Showtime, wasn’t going through with a third season of Boss. First, it’s the best series on the channel. Secondly, no actor was robbed and dispatched with the kind of force Kelsey Grammer was when Emmy voters bum-tossed him on the sidewalk. People – including Grammer, unfortunately – who say he was snubbed because he’s Republican are missing a bigger point. Well, two. Hardly anyone was watching the show. And that means Emmy voters probably never saw it (they certainly didn’t luxuriate in a ton of episodes, like they do with Mad Men, etc., that’s for sure). Lastly, they whiffed. Grammer’s performance was nothing short of astonishing. It’s just virtuoso from start to, well, this sad finish. Nobody can take that away from him.

* The Kevin Clash situation has yet to settle and things of this nature tend to spiral. But he’s stepped down as the puppeteer for Elmo and away from Sesame Street. He hasn’t been charged with or committed a crime. He started off as a victim of TMZ’s dubious and salacious allegations (later recanted by the accuser), then got slapped with a lawsuit that has the whiff of a last minute shakedown. So, he’s been outed as a gay man, his career is over and his reputation tarnished. If this all ends with the conclusion that consenting adults did things you have no right to know about, it’ll be tragic. If it ends with actual charges and the involvement of minors, it’ll be even more tragic and Clash will get due process (well, a little late) and face the justice meted out. Right now, before we know the ending, it’s just sad all the way around.

* OK, let’s lighten up this dark room. Hey, The Neighbors survived on ABC! Oh, wrong choice. Gah.

* Chevy Chase quitting Community is basically the subtraction of the least interesting character on the show. What I want to know is, now that he's out, can Dan Harmon come back? Oh, and you're going to put the show on eventually, right NBC?

* I could boycott any show with that insane blowhard Donald Trump, but then that would mean I’d actually have to watch it in the first place. But I’m against censorship, even when it involves people with comb-overs, so I’ll take my own frequently dispensed advice and vote with my remote.

PHOTOS: Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2012-13

* Still waiting for ABC News to explain the Diane Sawyer election night fiasco. Whenever you guys are ready, I’ll be right here.

* Discovery canceled Dirty Jobs. But hey, it was a popular, long run for Mike Rowe, who’s always been a good guy.

* Congratulations to NBC for winning the November sweeps. This is a town that wants qualifiers and counter-spin, but give NBC its due. The network is turning things around and showing positive improvement. Good work, Bob Greenblatt.

* Cutty on The Walking Dead? Absolutely. We’ll take it. We like characters from The Wire in just about anything that isn't 90210. Chad Coleman will be a nice fit on the zombie series. Hopefully his arrival doesn’t mean that another African-American actor has to go. Somebody should do a one-in, one-out chart of minority additions to TV series.

* Now that the election is over it’s wonderful to see the triumph of statistics and the death of political punditry. What? It’s not dead? You mean there’s still tea-leaves being read and someone’s gut telling them what’s going to happen? Are you saying that people who believe in math and statistics will be treated like witches, just like we said they would? So sad. Nate Silver and others of his ilk should be permanent counterpoints to the cable news nonsense. Something like this: “Actually, all that stuff you’ve been talking about here for the last eight commercial breaks? Yeah, that’s all ********. The numbers don’t lie. Math is not political. OK, back to you and your nonsense.”

* This week’s Under Your Nose and Underappreciated: 1. Kelsey Grammer. 2. Ben and Kate. 3. Elementary. 4. Everybody on Raising Hope. 5. Jimmy Kimmel.

* Bring me the head of Donald Trump. Sans hair, please.

* The High Fives: 1. The Walking Dead. 2. Homeland. 3. Dexter. 4. Fox Soccer (enjoy it while you can). 5. Statistics.

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Week 12 NFL maps are up.


Note: Local sources in San Diego say Ravens/Chargers will probably not sell out so southern California's game viewing will change.
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TV Notes
Fox sitcom about marijuana legalization in the works
By Erin Strecker, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - Nov. 21, 2012
Colorado residents, this one is for you.

Fox is developing a sitcom, The Happy Tree, based around the legalization of marijuana, Deadline reports. The show, from former Entourage and How To Make It In America executive producers Rob Weiss, Mark Wahlberg, and Steve Levinson, centers on a young corporate attorney who relocates to Venice Beach, Calif. and finds himself the voice for the “legalize it” movement, per Deadline.

Getting high is fertile ground for comedy, and it’s no surprise that after the election a few weeks ago — where Colorado and Washington State voted to allow legal marijuana use — that a sitcom deal would spring up. Fox had not responded to requests for comment at time of publication.

Totally pathetic. This is why Borntocoast posted Garbage in, Garbage out!
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Business Notes
Carol Burnett Sued In Dispute Over Copyright And TV Show Revenue
By the Deadline.com Team - Nov. 21, 2012

Bob Banner Associates has filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Carol Burnett and her Whacko Inc. seeking an accounting of revenues from The Carol Burnett Show, spinoff show Mama’s House and reunion specials. BBA’s suit (Banner himself died in 2011) says the company and Burnett and her Whacko are co-owners of the copyrights to the first five seasons of the show. According to the suit (read it here) Banner and Burnett entered an agreement in 1967 which continued until 1972. During that time, according to BBA, closing credits identified BBA as co-owner of the copyright with Burnett. “Sometime in 1969″, the suit says, Burnett’s company Burngood Inc filed its first copyright registration solely in Burnett’s Burngood company name (later absorbed by Whacko) with no mention of BBA. The series continued until 1979. The series subsequently was edited into half-hour episodes entitled Carol Burnett And Friends. The show and reunion episodes have been distributed in syndication and via home-video licenses to Columbia House, Guthy-Renker and Time Life. The spinoff Mama’s House also continues in syndication and home video distribution, the suit says.

BBA says it has received no accounting or compensation for exploitation of the episodes in question. Additionally, according to the suit, Burnett has never clearly repudiated BBA’s co-ownership. BBA charges Burnett/Whacko with breach of fiduciary duty, unfair business practice and seeks a full accounting of revenue and profits plus damages, interest and court costs.

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Business Notes
'Price Is Right' Model Wins $7M+ in Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Nov. 21, 2012

Brandi Cochran, come on down -- you've just won more than $7 million dollars from "The Price Is Right"!

Former "Price Is Right" model Cochran received a $7,769,440 award in punitive damages stemming from her discrimination lawsuit against the show, according to court documents obtained by TheWrap.

Earlier this week, the jury awarded her $776,944 in damages.

Cochran sued show producers FremantleMedia and The Price Is Right Productions in 2010, claiming that she was harassed following the 2008 on-air announcement of her pregnancy, and found out she was fired as her maternity leave came to an end.

The model's lawsuit claimed that show producers "discriminated against, harassed, and retaliated against Cochran, including making remarks about her pregnancy, her appearance, her weight, and her eating habits."

Cochran, who claimed that she was referred to as "wide load" during one such instance, also said that she witnessed the harassment of two other models, including one who was fired because she also became pregnant.

FremantleMedia called the verdict "the result of a flawed process," and maintains that jurors were prevented from hearing important evidence in its favor.

“We believe the verdict in this case was the result of a flawed process in which the Court, among other things, refused to allow the jury to hear and consider that 40% of our models have been pregnant and other important evidence to our defense," a spokesman for FremantleMedia North America told TheWrap in a statement.

The spokesman added that the company expects to be "fully vindicated after the matter has been reviewed and [we] stand behind executive producer Mike Richards and the staff of ‘The Price is Right.’”

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
Cable ratings: 'Walking Dead' vs. 'Dexter' vs. 'Boardwalk'
By James Hibberd, EW.com's 'Live Feed' Blog - Nov. 21, 2012

You’ve probably heard that The Walking Dead is doing great this season. But what about Showtime’s Homeland and Dexter? And how about HBO’s Boardwalk Empire?

Nielsen releases TV ratings the day after a show airs — except ratings for Sunday night cable shows. They’re typically not revealed until Tuesday, and by that time the Interwebs have often moved on to the next shiny news topic. We’re guilty of that too, so let’s do some catch-up.

The leader of the big Sunday night cable dramas is, of course, The Walking Dead. It’s doing … I can’t even write about how well it’s doing without having a ratings geek-out. Including seven days of DVR, the AMC zombie drama is averaging 13.4 million viewers and a 7.1 rating among adults 18-49. That’s bigger than any other entertainment series in the demo. Like, No. 2 is ABC’s Modern Family with a 6.7 in the demo and CBS’ Big Bang Theory is No. 3 with a 6.5. Of course, among total viewers, it’s a different story, though still big — The Walking Dead ties 60 Minutes for No. 15. The Walking Dead is also up 35 percent from last fall.

The other Sunday cable dramas are well below The Walking Dead, but they really shouldn’t be knocked for it.

The second most-watched cable drama on the night is HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (3.4 million viewers, 1.4 in demo). We haven’t heard much about Boardwalk this season, but aside from a couple dull episodes that aired recently (not this week’s hour), the period drama has been creatively strong. Bobby Cannavale as the show’s new villain has given the series plenty of tense energy. Still, Boardwalk is down 10 percent from last season.

Right on Boardwalk‘s heels is the seventh season of Showtime’s Dexter. The serial killer thriller is up 14 percent from last season with 3.3 million viewers and 1.7 in the demo. The writers seem like they’re trying a little too hard to keep the format the same (given what Debra learned in last season’s finale, everything should have radically changed). But overall this season seems far more grounded and intriguing than last year’s mess. Like with Boardwalk, the new bad guy has helped — in this case, Ray Stevenson as a Ukrainian mobster out for revenge.

Last, and by no means least, is Showtime’s riveting Homeland, averaging 3 million viewers and 1.4 in the demo. The political thriller is up a whopping 52 percent from the first season. This is the only show where I’ll watch episodes on my laptop before they air via a low-res press screening site because I cannot wait to see what happens next.

How things have changed. Only a few years ago cable networks were scared to air dramas during the fall out of fear of competing with the big broadcast networks. Now Sunday is arguably the most DVR-busting night of the week for fans of bold and compelling TV dramas.

Speaking of: There’s one broadcast show I want to give a shout-out to that airs against some of these others: CBS’ The Mentalist (12 million, 2.5 demo), which is supposed to air at 10 p.m. but has been getting shoved into primetime’s nether regions thanks to the network’s Sunday football overrun. The Mentalist was on my DVR’s endangered species list. But this season has had, along with a few goofy and by-the-book procedural hours, some stand-out episodes.

Last Sunday’s episode directed by the show’s star Simon Baker was my favorite episode of the show ever. The story had Patrick Jane (Baker) on a road trip with his fugitive ex-lover, trying to convince her to reveal information about a serial killer. The episode broke the show’s usual format, felt soulful and suspenseful and … why, it felt like a cable drama! Since broadcast dramas still do better in the ratings, on average, than cable dramas, you can argue about whether that’s a good or bad thing (and whether, given the growth trends, that’s still going to be the case in a few more years).

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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
THURSDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)

8PM - A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Special)
(R - Nov. 14, 2001)
9PM - Modern Family
(R - Oct. 10)
9:30PM - Bad 25 (90 min, 2012)
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11:35PM - Nightline (LIVE)
Midnight - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Daniel Craig; author Stephenie Meyer; Boys Like Girls perform)
(R - Nov. 9)

8PM - The Big Bang Theory
(R - Jan. 12)
8:31PM - Two and a Half Men
(R - Feb. 27)
9:01PM - The Big Bang Theory
(R - Sep. 27)
9:31PM - 2 Broke Girls
(R - Oct. 8)
10:01PM - Person of Interest
(R - Mar 8)
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11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Taylor Swift; Rachel Maddow)
(R - Oct. 28)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Jay Leno; Lynyrd Skynyrd performs)

8PM - Football Night in America (LIVE)
8:30PM - NFL Football: New England Patriots at New York Jets (LIVE)
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12:05AM - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (Bradley Cooper; Natasha Leggero; Psy perform)
1:07AM - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Rashida Jones; comics Artie Lange and Nick DiPaolo; entrepreneur Martha Stewart)
2:06AM - Last Call With Carson Daly (Melissa Benoist; musician Selah Sue; Metric performs)
(R - Nov. 1)

8PM - The X Factor (LIVE)
9PM - Glee

(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - The 'This Old House' Hour
9PM - Frontline: Poor Kids
(R - Nov. 20)
10PM - Antiques Roadshow: Baltimore, Maryland
(R - Jan. 7, 2008)

8PM - Por Ella Soy Yo
9PM - Amores Verdaderos
10PM - Amor Bravio

8PM - The Vampire Diaries
(R - Oct. 11)
9PM - Beauty and the Beast
(R - Oct. 18)

8PM - Movie: El Padrecito (1964)
10PM - Fútbol Mexicano Primera División, Semifinal, Ida: Club León vs. Club Tijuana (120 min., LIVE)

11PM - Conan (Russell Brand; Big K.R.I.T. performs)
(R - Jun. 26)

11PM - Chelsea Lately (Nate Berkus; John Caparulo; Annie Lederman; Kurt Braunohler)

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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Nov. 22, 2012

NBC, 9:00 a.m. ET

Hello Kitty! And hello, all you other parade floats in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – a celebration not only of the holiday, but of New York’s resilience after Superstorm Sandy. A day, indeed, to give thanks, unless you don’t have power to watch it.

Various Networks, 12:30 p.m. ET

Three games are being played today, so no matter when you’re having Thanksgiving dinner, there will be a game to watch before or after. And the three games are played on three different networks, starting at 12:30 p.m. ET on CBS, when the 9-1 Houston Texans face the 4-6 Detroit Lions. The second game, at 4 p.m. ET on Fox, is the traditional Thanksgiving Day Dallas Cowboys game, this time with the 5-5 Cowboys going against the 4-6 Washington Redskins, in a quarterback contest pitting Tony Romo against the Redskins’ Robert Griffin III. Then, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, the 7-3 New England Patriots square off against the 4-6 New York Jets. It’s the perfect trifecta for turkey day football tryptophans.

Encore, 8:00 p.m. ET
Part 4.
This is the gripping emotional conclusion of this superb 1989 Western miniseries – and it’s the episode in which Tommy Lee Jones, after bringing taciturn behavior to an entertaining new high, rides reluctantly into the spotlight, if not the sunset.

Science Channel, 8:00 p.m. ET

No, this isn’t a roly-poly baby spinoff of Honey Boo Boo. It’s Science Channel’s annual revelry in which it basically loses its gourd – or, at least, launches it. It’s a celebration of catapults and other scientific apparatus used to launch pumpkins over long distances. And if it sounds like a total waste, note, at least, that a portion of the proceeds to go scholarships and charities.

BAD 25
ABC, 9:30 p.m. ET

Spike Lee directed this 2012 documentary, which marks the silver anniversary of Michael Jackson’s 1977 Bad album. Included in this 90-minute documentary: interviews with producer Quincy Jones and others, and lots of rehearsal footage and video clips.

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TV Sports
NFL RedZone keeps its eyes on the games — all of them
With Scott Hanson as its anchor, the cable network offers a seven-hour Sunday football marathon. It is increasingly popular among viewers
By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times - Nov. 22, 2012

Rocking back and forth as his eyes dart from left to right, Scott Hanson looks like a nervous punt returner desperately searching for an opening to run through.

But instead of a free safety gunning for his head, Hanson is contending with trying to watch nine football games at once while simultaneously listening to producers barking in his ears and reading notes being waved in front of his face from two researchers.

Oh, and he's doing all this on live television.

Hanson is the anchor of NFL RedZone, a cable network designed for the fan who just can't be satisfied watching one game at a time. Every Sunday for seven commercial-free hours, RedZone hopscotches around every game in search of action. Hanson is the channel's ringmaster, taking viewers from blowouts to nail-biters and trying to provide a narrative to what otherwise might seem like spending an afternoon in a sports bar next to a drunk guy with a remote control.

"It's like reading several books at the same time," Hanson said. "You have to put a bookmark in it and remember where you are."

Helping guide Hanson is a team that resembles air traffic controllers more than they do producers. Each game is a jet and the producers follow it from takeoff to landing and scream out progress reports to each other, and then executive producers Kent Camera and Jonathan Kaplan make the call on what game to cut to for an update.

"We'll get you where you have to be," Camera promised.

Hanson's perpetual motion persona is a source of much humor inside the Culver City-based NFL Network.

"He's so nuts he makes coffee nervous," cracked NFL Network lead anchor Rich Eisen.

Watching RedZone is no easy task. The dizzying speed with which it jumps from game to game can give one motion sickness and eye strain. Often it is showing two and sometimes three games at once. Earlier this month, RedZone debuted its "octo box," which showed eight games at once.

Kaplan likens RedZone to playing the old arcade game Frogger. It was clearly built for younger viewers who are already in the habit of watching TV while surfing the Internet, texting a friend and making lunch.

Although it is in its fourth year of operation, many Angelenos are getting their first taste of RedZone's addictive powers now that Time Warner Cable, the area's largest pay-TV provider, is carrying the channel, which was launched by the National Football League as a companion channel to its NFL Network.

The high-energy Hanson, who also hosts two shows on the NFL Network and has been with the channel for six years, was the obvious choice for the job.

Since satellite broadcaster DirecTV has the exclusive rights to the NFL's Sunday Ticket package that gives subscribers access to every game from start to finish, RedZone was the league's way of throwing competing pay-TV distributors a bone and giving them an extra incentive to carry the NFL Network.

For some football fans, RedZone, which costs as little as $5 a month for a subscription, is a much better deal than Sunday Ticket, which runs $199 per season.

"I'll blow an entire Sunday sitting on the channel," said Jeff Katz, a Palms resident who dropped Sunday Ticket as soon as he could get RedZone. "I'm getting a grand guided tour around each game. I haven't remotely missed Sunday Ticket. It is the single best entertainment value I have."

The channel is catnip to hard-core football fans, but particularly those who play fantasy football, because one of RedZone's gimmicks is to show every touchdown in every game (hence the name RedZone). This season it has even been displaying updated fantasy statistics throughout the day on the bottom of the screen.

Because RedZone has no commercials and is operating only on Sundays during the football season, the NFL does not have its audience measured by Nielsen.

However, the lack of commercials and once-a-week schedule are not the only reasons RedZone isn't measured. The NFL is very sensitive to any perception that RedZone is siphoning away potential viewers from CBS, Fox and Sunday Ticket. The league not only won't disclose how many people are watching, it won't even say how many homes get the channel across the country. Industry estimates put the latter figure around 40 million homes.

Cable operators say the channel is quite popular.

"We've already seen a meaningful increase in the penetration of our Sports Pass tier since the addition of RedZone," Time Warner Cable President Rob Marcus said on a recent call with Wall Street analysts.

A DirecTV spokesman acknowledged that RedZone has had a "minor impact" on the Sunday Ticket sales. It is probably no coincidence that the $199 price for Sunday Ticket this season is the cheapest it's been offered in a decade.

RedZone executive producer Eric Weinberger notes that Fox's and CBS' ratings have been on the rise for the past few seasons and downplays the idea that any of the league's other rights holders might have concerns about RedZone.

"This is a complementary experience for the networks and fans, not an adversarial relationship," Weinberger said.

Hanson's only adversarial relationship appears to be with his bladder. Not only is he on his feet for pretty much the entire seven hours he is hosting RedZone, he also gets at most one bathroom break. His pre-show beverage is a pink concoction that is a mixture of water and pomegranate-flavored SoBe Lifewater.

"My fantasy football team name is 'The Iron Bladders,'" he said.

Food, however, is a luxury. After breakfast at 7 a.m., he has to ask permission to take a bite out of a sandwich.

"On several occasions I've done updates mid-chew... although I challenge our audience to determine when they've ever noticed," he said.

For all the time Hanson spends in front of a camera on Sundays, viewers rarely actually get to see his face once the games are on. "I shouldn't even have to wear a tie on this show."

Where: DirecTV 703
When: 10 a.m. Sunday

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