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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
WEDNESDAY 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 - The Middle
8:30PM - The Neighbors
9PM - Modern Family
9:31PM - Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012 (90 min.)
* * * *
11:35PM - Nightline (LIVE)
Midnight - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (John Krasinski; Mike Birbiglia; Atlas Genius performs)

CBS:
8PM - Survivor: Philippines
9PM - Criminal Minds
10PM - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Billy Crystal; photographer James Balog; Grizzly Bear performs)
12:37AM - Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Chris O'Dowd; Beth Behrs)

NBC:
8PM - Whitney
8:30PM - Guy with Kids
(R - Nov. 14)
9PM - Take It All
10PM - Chicago Fire
* * * *
11:35PM - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (Albert Brooks; Kerry Washington; Willy Moon performs)
12:37AM - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Naomi Watts; Hugh Bonneville; Florida Georgia Line performs)
1:37AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Guilty Simpson; journalist Sacha Gervasi; The Heavy performs)

FOX:
8PM - The X-Factor (LIVE, 120 min.)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Nature: Revealing the Leopard (R - Nov. 21, 2010)
9PM - NOVA: Secrets of Stonehenge
(R - Nov. 16, 2010)
10PM - Secrets of the Dead: China's Terracotta Warriors
(R - May 4, 2011)

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

THE CW:
8PM - Arrow
9PM - The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
(R - Dec. 4)

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 (Mayor Cory Booker)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Mandy Patinkin and Michael Stipe)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Michael C. Hall; Charlyne Yi; Tommy Johnagin)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Adam Levine; Jeff Wild; James Davis; Ross Mathews)
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Critic's Notes
‘American Bible Challenge’ Vs. ‘Take It All’
A Show Giveth, a Show Taketh
By Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times - Dec. 12, 2012

You can tell a lot about a society from its game shows, and by that standard, boy, have we traveled a dismaying arc in the last three months. We have gone from rewarding contestants for knowing their Bible to rewarding them for knowing that a computerized stock-car-racing simulator is worth more than an 18-foot speedboat.

Oh, and the Bible smarties were playing on behalf of their favorite charities. The woman who went home with that racing simulator (and more than $200,000 in cash) did it by stabbing Santa in the back.

This study in contrasts involves “The American Bible Challenge,” a clean-as-a-whistle game show that GSN introduced in August, and “Take It All,” a down-and-dirty exercise in ruthlessness that had its premiere on Monday night on NBC. Watch one show, then the other, and you can feel our collective chance for salvation dropping faster than a politician’s electability after a sexting scandal.

“The American Bible Challenge,” which wrapped up its first season with a $100,000 finale in October, features teams of three whose knowledge of the Bible is tested with cheeky but never disrespectful questions. “Just imagine if biblical characters posted status updates,” Jeff Foxworthy, the genial host, said in one episode, setting up a question that involved the biblical equivalent of Facebook pages, “Faithbook” pages. “Whose Faithbook page would most likely feature a friend request from the burning bush?” (Answer: Moses.)

The show, which was GSN’s biggest original-programming success to date and is gearing up for a second season, is nothing if not magnanimous, sending even the losing teams home with a little something for their charities. A spirit of good will prevails. Who could begrudge Team Judson’s Legacy when it won the October finale, raising, between the preliminary rounds and the final, $140,000 for an organization dedicated to Krabbe disease, a degenerative illness of the nervous system? Two members of the team, Drake and Christina Levasheff, had a son, Judson, who died of the disease in 2007. He had been born on Christmas Eve 2004.

The contrast between “The American Bible Challenge” and “Take It All” couldn’t be sharper. NBC’s “Take It All,” a limited-run series, has hourlong episodes each night through Friday, then concludes on Monday. With the energetic Howie Mandel as host, it is entertaining in its own way, but that way involves consumerism and self-interest, with charitable instincts an afterthought, if they’re present at all.

Each episode begins with five players and five prizes, chosen blind from a video board of giant question marks. It’s a variant of a gift exchange: The first contestant chooses, then the second can either pick a question mark off the board or can decide to steal the first contestant’s prize, which is already known. The trick is that in each of the three preliminary rounds, the person who ends up with the least valuable prize is sent home. With nothing. So it’s all about knowing whether a SmartCar costs more than a pair of diamond earrings.

On Monday night’s premiere, a woman named Kim began the festivities by selecting a rock ’n’ roll fantasy camp. Other prizes in that first round were a year’s worth of maid service, a 27-foot pool, a roomful of arcade games and something called a brew cave (“stores 30 cases of beer and 6 kegs”). The pool, surprisingly, turned out to be the least valuable, so Julie, the contestant who held it, was booted.

And so it went, with the prizes growing more valuable in each round. There was a bull-riding rig, a snowmobile, a one-year membership to Crunch gyms. There was that stock-car simulator, which turned out to be the most expensive prize offered in the episode. (For those still looking for the perfect Christmas gift: $60,000.)

It all came down to Kim, a teacher, versus a man named John who was the very image of Santa Claus, including white beard. Both carried the prizes they had accumulated into the final round, but once there, they also each drew a cash prize. The amount was not unveiled to them, only that it was from $25,000 to $250,000. And then came the tense, revealing heart of the show, a dog-eat-dog round called the Prize Fight. (The concluding round on “The American Bible Challenge,” by way of contrast, is called the Final Revelation.)

Kim and John each had to choose one option: to be content with what they had or to “take it all.” If both chose to stick with what they had amassed, each would walk away with those prizes and the mystery pile of cash. If both chose “take it all,” each would leave with nothing. But if one chose to stand pat, and the other chose “take it all,” the take-it-all person — that is, the greedy, self-interested one — would win everything.

Mr. Mandel gave the two a chance to chat, which was really a chance to try to look into each other’s soul. And, of course, each had to do a little personal soul-searching as well. John/Santa, as might be expected, opted for faith in his fellow human beings and selected the stand-pat option. But Kim went cutthroat, picking “take it all” and walking away with everything. All that poor Santa could tell Mr. Mandel afterward was that he had to make the choice he made. “This is who I am,” he said forlornly.

To be fair, Kim did say that she intended to use some of her winnings to buy books for her classroom. Whether she will do this before or after setting up the stock-car-racing simulator in her den was unclear. In any case, the show, though it is rollicking good fun, is also disheartening as heck, at least when the “take it all” option is invoked. Season of giving? Yeah; give it all to me.

There’s another game show right now, “Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street,” which began its second season last week on Fuse. It’s a droll bit of frivolity in which Billy Eichner walks around New York and asks random people nonsensical pop-culture questions like, “For a dollar, do you think Lady Gaga looks like an ostrich?”

Suggested question for the next “Billy on the Street” episode: “For a dollar, do you think we’re all going to hell?”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/12/arts/television/american-bible-challenge-vs-take-it-all.html?ref=television
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Legal/Business Notes
'Storage Wars' Staged, Fired Star Claims in Lawsuit
By Tim Molloy, TheWrap.com - Dec. 11, 2012

"Storage Wars" star David Hester says in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that he was fired after complaining that the reality show is staged.

In the lawsuit, Hester contends that the producers of the hit A&E series routinely plant valuable items in the storage lockers seen on the show. Competitors place bids on the lockers without knowing what is inside them, hoping to come across forgotten treasures.

In one case, the lawsuit contends, A&E planted a pile of newspapers reporting Elvis Presley's death. In another episode, according to the suit, a BMW mini car was found buried under trash.

An A&E spokesman said the network does not comment on pending litigation. The series is the most popular in A&E's history.

The lawsuit pulls no punches, alleging that "nearly every aspect of the series is faked, even down to the plastic surgery that one of the female cast members underwent in order to create more 'sex appeal' for the show..." The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, says the surgery was paid for by the show's production company, Original Productions.

Hester also contends in the suit that Original manipulates the outcome of auctions by placing bids on behalf of "the weaker cast members who lack ... both the skill and financial wherewithal to place winning bids." Hester's suit names A&E and Original Productions, which also produces "Storage Wars" spin-offs shows based in New York and Texas. He says he suffered more than $750,000 in damages because of what he considers his wrongful termination.

Hester is represented by prominent entertainment attorney Marty Singer, who also represented Charlie Sheen in his legal fight with Warner Bros. TV over his firing from "Two and a Half Men."

Hester is known on "Storage Wars" for being one of the most disciplined bidders. According to his A&E biography, he was sentenced to community service in a Goodwill Store after a 2005 DUI conviction. He saw the potential in the operation and converted his own furniture store into a thrift store.

He is best known for selling art, and once paid $750 for a box lot that included a painting by impressionist Jack Wilkinson Smith. It sold for $155,000, according to his lawsuit.

In October, Brandi Passante, another buyer on the show, sued the operator of a website that posted photos and videos of a woman purported to be her in sexual situations. She denied appearing in the photos.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this story.

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/column-post/storage-wars-staged-fired-star-claims-lawsuit-68821
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TV Notes
'Prison Break' creator to pen Discovery miniseries
By Lynette Rice, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - Dec. 11, 2012

Discovery Channel is going into the scripted biz. The cabler is working with Scott Free TV (The Good Wife) and writer Paul Scheuring (Prison Break) on its first-ever scripted miniseries titled Klondike, which is based on Charlotte Gray’s novel Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike. The tome is aboutsix strangers and their collective fight for survival and wealth in a small, frontier town.

Scheuring will serve as executive producer, along with Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker. “We’ve been developing scripted for some time, but wanted to find the perfect fit. When we read Gold Diggers, we knew we finally found it,” said Eileen O’Neill, Group President of Discovery and TLC Networks, in a statement. “Discovery created and owns the ‘gold’ narrative with several of our hit series and we’re elated to partner with Scott Free Television and eOne Television on a subject we know so well as our first, scripted project.”

Added Scott in a statement, “Klondike was the last great gold rush, one which triggered a flood of prospectors ill-equipped, emotionally or otherwise, for the extreme and grueling conditions of the remote Yukon wilderness. The personal adventures are as epic as the landscape, where ambition, greed, sex and murder, as well as their extraordinary efforts to literally strike it rich, are all chronicled by a young Jack London himself.”

Here’s the official logline from Discovery: Klondike follows the lives of two childhood best friends, Bill and Epstein, in the late 1890s as they undertake the next, gold rush capital in the untamed Yukon Territory. This man-versus-nature tale places our heroes in a land full of undiscovered wealth, but ravaged by harsh conditions, unpredictable weather and desperate, dangerous characters including greedy businessmen, seductive courtesans and native tribes witnessing the destruction of their people and land by opportunistic entrepreneurs.

Production begins in March on location in Alberta, Canada.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/12/11/prison-break-creator-to-pen-discovery-miniseries/
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Obituary
Sitar maestro, Oscar winner Ravi Shankar dies at 92
He was dubbed 'godfather of world music' by George Harrison
By Shalini Dore, Variety - Dec. 11, 2012

Sitar maestro and Oscar winner Ravi Shankar, dubbed the "godfather of world music" by George Harrison, who helped popularize North Indian classical music in the West, died today at San Diego's Scripps Hospital, where he was admitted last week after complaining of shortness of breath. He was 92.

Long before all-star benefit concerts were commonplace fundraising events, Shankar and his friend George Harrison organized the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971 to help refugees caught in that territory's battle to leave Pakistan. He played at that concert and gave memorable perfs at the Monterey Pop and Woodstock festivals in the mid-'60s.

Besides his performances, Shankar composed music for films from Satyajit Ray's "Apu Trilogy" to Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi." For the latter film, he shared with George Fenton an Oscar for best original score in 1983.

His many compositions include works combining the sitar with the violin for Yehudi Menuhin, colloborations with Phillip Glass and Harrison.

Shankar's relationship with Harrison and the Beatles came about through the recording studio the Indian used in London. The Byrds used the same facility and befriended him, and the group began incorporating the sitar into their music; the Beatles followed. Harrison used the sitar in "Norwegian Wood" and set off the raga-rock trend. Sitar was incorporated in Harrison's "Within You Without You" in the "Sgt. Pepper" album, which won a Grammy.

But long before this connection, Shankar had been performing for Western audiences. Born into a family of seven brothers raised by his single mother after his father moved to London, Shankar toured Europe with his brother Uday and his performing troupe.

In Paris, he met the man who would become his teacher, Allaudin Khan. His parents had died when Shankar returned at age 13 to India, so in the tradition of ancient Indian students, he moved in with his teacher. Among his fellow students were Khan's own children, Ali Akbar and Roshanara, whom Shankar later married. (She changed her name to the Hindu Annapurna Devi after the 1941 wedding.)

After his training, Shankar moved to Bombay and worked at All India Radio and HMV Records. He also composed music for Ray's "Apu Trilogy." But seeing Ali Akbar Khan travel overseas and feeling stifled, Shankar decided to follow in 1956 to tour the U.K. His marriage to Annapurna Devi was already over despite the birth of a son.

The overseas tours brought him worldwide recognition and helped expand his musical horizons. Besides the collaborations with the Beatles, he worked with Menuhin on the album "West Meets East," which won a Grammy in 1967.

"Ravi Shankar has brought me a precious gift and through him I have added a new dimension to my experience of music," Menuhin once said. "To me, his genius and his humanity can only be compared to that of Mozart's."

During the 1970s Shankar turned to academia, teaching at City College of New York, UCLA and California Institute of the Arts, as well as touring with Harrison. However, he suffered a stroke in 1974 and passed the baton to his sister-in-law Lakshmi. He returned to the touring circuit but was plagued with heart problems, undergoing angioplasty in 1992.

In 1971, seeing the plight of his fellow Bengalis fighting to be free of Pakistan in what would later become Bangla Desh, he turned to Harrison and the two organized the concert, enlisting the aid of other musicians.

To Shankar, spirituality and music went hand in hand. "Different types of music, whether it is vocal or instrumental, Eastern or Western, classical or pop or folk from any part of the world can all be spiritual if it has the power to stir the soul of a person and transcend time for the moment," he said in a 2007 interview. "It makes one get goosebumps in the body and mind and equates the highest mental orgasm and the release of grateful tears!"

Besides his musical work, Shankar spent a stint in the upper house of the Indian parliament from 1986-92. But he was not really political, though he once said, "It is very important that our government introduces classical music, dance and other art forms on a compulsory basis right from the kindergarten level."

In keeping with this philosophy he set up a foundation in 1997 to pass on his knowledge of music. The Ravi Shankar Foundation has a center in New Delhi and operates under the ancient Indian system wherein students live onsite and learn and work for their teachers. All his prize money and the coin raised from his perfs were donated to the foundation, which is the repository of all his works.

Despite his heart problems, he kept up a touring schedule while recording albums and publishing "My Music, My Life," in 1968, "Learning Indian Music: A Systematic Approach" in '79 and "Raga Mala: The Autobiography of Ravi Shankar" in '97.

Shankar's main companion for decades was dancer Kamala Shastri. He also had a relationship with New York concert producer Sue Jones, with whom he fathered singer Norah Jones.

Son Shubhendra "Shubho" Shankar, a musician who often toured with Ravi, died in 1992.

In addition to Jones, Ravi Shankar is survived by second wife Sukanya Rajan and their daughter, sitarist Anoushka Shankar.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118063500
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Legal/Business Notes
'Storage Wars' Staged, Fired Star Claims in Lawsuit
By Matthew Belloni, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Hollywood Esq.' Blog - Dec. 11, 2012

The stars of the History channel's megahit Pawn Stars are the subject of a new lawsuit that claims they were improperly steered from one agent to another by some of the History channel's top executives.

Venture IAB Inc, a talent agency that alleges it signed reality stars Richard B. Harrison, Richard K. Harrison, Richard C. Harrison and Austen Russell to written contracts in 2007 and helped them score the hit reality series set in a pawn shop, filed suit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming $5 million in lost commissions based on its 10 percent interest in their income.

Read the complaint here.

In early 2010, less than a year after Pawn Stars premiered on History, the network's top executive Nancy Dubuc and development and programming vp Mary Donahue allegedly "interfered" with the written agency agreement and advised the Pawn Stars talent to terminate their contracts "so that Dubuc's and Donahue's friend and agent, Michael Camacho of UTA, could take over" as their agent.

Camacho, a top reality TV agent who recently left UTA, is a defendant in the suit, along with History owner A&E Television Networks, Dubuc and Donahue. "As as result of the intentional interference with Agency Agreements, Plaintiff has lost millions of dollars of income," the suit alleges.

We've reached out to A&E and History for comment and will update with a response.

A similar suit was filed recently by manager Wayne Jeffries, who claims he repped the Pawn Stars gang but was forced out at A&E's request.

The new Pawn Stars suit is the second A&E-related reality series to be hit with legal trouble on Tuesday. As THR reported, A&E Network's Storage Wars was sued by a fired star who claims the show is rigged.

The suit, filed by David Affeld, Christopher Grivakes and Loren Beck at Affeld Grivakes Zucker, alleges causes of action for intellectual interference with contractual relations and intentional and negligent interference with prospective economic relations.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/pawn-stars-lawsuit-claims-agent-401139
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Is anybody really surprised about Storage Wars, or any reality show, being staged? rolleyes.gif I heard an interview with a comedian on a morning radio talk show a few months ago. The guy appeared on Gene Simmons Family Jewels for a few episodes. He said that the entire show was scripted. My favorite reality show is American Pickers. I'm sure that show has some scripted/staged moments as well. Those guys couldn't have a profitable business that runs two stores with the amount of stuff they pick-up on their road trips. I bet the three of them get more income from the their tv contract than they do from their business.
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The "revelation' that these reality shows are scripted is probably as big a shock as discovering professional wrestling is likewise not based in reality. I suspect there's a great deal of audience overlap between those two genres. wink.gif
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Legal/Business Notes
'Storage Wars' Staged, Fired Star Claims in Lawsuit
By Tim Molloy, TheWrap.com - Dec. 11, 2012
"Storage Wars" star David Hester says in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that he was fired after complaining that the reality show is staged.

Gee, what a surprise. Not.
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Is anybody really surprised about Storage Wars, or any reality show, being staged? rolleyes.gif I heard an interview with a comedian on a morning radio talk show a few months ago. The guy appeared on Gene Simmons Family Jewels for a few episodes. He said that the entire show was scripted. My favorite reality show is American Pickers. I'm sure that show has some scripted/staged moments as well. Those guys couldn't have a profitable business that runs two stores with the amount of stuff they pick-up on their road trips. I bet the three of them get more income from the their tv contract than they do from their business.

Look up the bios on many of the people on these shows. You'll find a good number of them have some acting on their resumes.
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TV Notes
‘The Mindy Project,’ under construction
The first-year Fox comedy is undergoing some changes
By Media Life Magazine - Dec. 11, 2012
“The Mindy Project” was one of the first new shows to receive a full-season order this fall, but its ratings have never been strong. In fact, they’ve weakened quite a bit since the comedy’s debut.

We watched the first 2 episodes. A few weeks ago I had about 5 or 6 left on the TiVo that I deleted along with the season pass. Life is too short to waste it on crud like this show.
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There's just so much wrong here ...
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"The Munsters 3.0." wink.gif

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"Oh Lily, you're such a stand out.!"
"Where did you steal that line from Herman?"

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^^^
Look at the ads right below Rose (bottom left) and above his lady (top right). biggrin.gif

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Is it his shoes? cool.gif
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OK , This proves it to ME !
I have always , since Pete was a active baseball player , thought that Pete was a little "Off" as if he thought of himself a Super-Hero in his own mind .
This now proves (to me @ least ) that he's further "Off" than I had suspected smile.gif

eek.gif Gawd is She weird looking or What ? ? ? ?
I don't think Pete looks at her face much L O L rolleyes.gif
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OK , This proves it to ME !
I have always , since Pete was a active baseball player , thought that Pete was a little "Off" as if he thought of himself a Super-Hero in his own mind .
This now proves (to me @ least ) that he's further "Off" than I had suspected smile.gif

eek.gif Gawd is She weird looking or What ? ? ? ?
I don't think Pete looks at her face much L O L rolleyes.gif

Rose is 71. Let's see what you are with when you are 71.
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Dec. 12, 2012

12-12-12: THE CONCERT FOR SANDY RELIEF
Various networks, 7:30 p.m. ET

This concert charity fundraiser, televised live from Madison Square Garden, features a ridiculously ripe list of scheduled performers, all of whom are donating time and talent to help victims of the Sandy superstorm that ravaged parts of the Northeast. New Jersey’s Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band are here, and Bon Jovi, as well as Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Dave Grohl, Kanye West, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, and the Who. The lineup of participating channels and networks is just as fat, including – and this is by no means a complete list – HBO, Showtime 2, AMC, IFC, Hallmark Channel, Fuse, G4, MSG, Sundance Channel, and dozens more. Even WNET, the parent company of public TV outlets THIRTEEN (New York), WLIW21 (Long Island) and NJTV (New Jersey), have gotten special dispensation from the FCC to broadcast the concert, and aid their own tristate area, which was hit so hard by the storm. Whatever TV networks and stations don’t start at 7:30 p.m. ET will join in at 8 p.m. ET. Be prepared to record – and to donate.

THE MIDDLE
ABC, 8:00 p.m. ET

It’s the 20th anniversary for the Hecks (Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn) in tonight’s new episode – and Frankie is wondering whether Mike is tiring of her after all these years. Heck, no!

MODERN FAMILY
ABC, 9:00 p.m. ET

In tonight’s new episode, the softball team on which Manny (Rico Rodriguez) plays makes the league playoffs – which seems to bring out the worst in every family member, with the possible exception of poor Manny.

THE HOUR
BBC America, 9:00 p.m. ET

The identity of the person who beat up Kiki (Hannah Tointon) continues to be a mystery – and it’s a mystery Bel (Romola Garai, pictured) is determined to solve in this new episode, much to the annoyance of Hector (Dominic West), whom some consider a prime suspect.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM
FX, 10:00 p.m. ET

Here’s a reunion we didn’t expect when the season began: Dylan McDermott, who starred in Season 1 of American Horror Story but whose character died in the season finale, returns tonight in a new role, but the same face. Well, not exactly the same face. This time he’s Bloody Face.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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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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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
‘Take It All’ grows from Monday’s premiere
NBC game show averages a 2.3 in 18-49s, second in timeslot
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Dec. 12, 2012

NBC’s “Take It All” grew slightly in its second outing last night as the network won the evening with the night’s top show, “The Voice.”

“Take” averaged a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating at 9 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, up 5 percent from Monday’s premiere in the same timeslot.

“Take” is airing at 9 all this week as part of a special holiday stunt.

The game show owed its solid second-place finish in its timeslot to “Voice,” which averaged a 3.5 at 8 p.m.

Meanwhile, CBS’s “Vegas” continued to struggle at 10 p.m., drawing just a 1.5, down 6 percent from its most recent original two weeks ago. NBC’s “Parenthood” won the timeslot with a 2.0, equaling its best rating since Nov. 29, 2011.

ABC’s holiday special “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” averaged a 1.7 at 8 p.m., down from a 2.3 last year, when it aired on a Thursday. It was easily the night’s No. 1 show in kids 2-11, averaging a 2.7.

At 9:30 on ABC, “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23” inched closer to cancellation with a mere 1.0, sliding 17 percent from last week.

On Fox, the 8 p.m. comedy “Raising Hope” saw the biggest gains of any show on the night, up 21 percent from the previous week to a 1.7.

NBC finished first for the night among 18-49s with a 2.6 average overnight rating and a 7 share. CBS was second at 2.3/6, Univision third at 1.6/4, Fox fourth at 1.5/4, ABC fifth at 1.3/4, Telemundo sixth at 0.6/2 and CW seventh 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.

At 8 p.m. NBC led with a 3.5 for "Voice," followed by CBS with a 2.8 for "NCIS." ABC was third with a 1.7 for "Santa," Univision fourth with a 1.6 for "Por Ella Soy Eva," and Fox fifth with a 1.3 for "Hope" (1.7) and a rerun of "Ben and Kate" (0.8). The CW and Telemundo tied for sixth at 0.6, CW for "Hart of Dixie" and Telemundo for "Rosa Diamante."

CBS took the lead at 9 p.m. with a 2.6 for "NCIS: Los Angeles," while NBC slipped to second with a 2.3 for "Take." Univision was third with a 1.8 for "Amores Verdaderos," Fox fourth with a 1.7 for "New Girl" (2.0) and "The Mindy Project" (1.4, up a tenth from last week), ABC fifth with a 1.1 for "Happy Endings" (1.3) and "Trust" (1.0), Telemundo sixth with a 0.6 for "Corazon Valiente" and CW seventh with a 0.4 for "A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa."

NBC regained the lead at 10 p.m. with the 2.0 for "Parenthood," with CBS second with a 1.5 for "Vegas." Univision was third with a 1.4 for "Amor Bravio," ABC fourth with a 1.2 for "Private Practice" and Telemundo fifth with a 0.6 for "Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal" (0.7) and "El Rostro de la Venganza" (0.5).

CBS was first for the night among households with a 9.1 average overnight rating and a 14 share. NBC was second at 5.1/8, ABC third at 2.5/5, Fox fourth at 2.1/3, Univision fifth at 2.0/3, and CW and Telemundo tied for sixth at 0.8/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/take-it-all-grows-from-mondays-premiere/
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TV Notes
John Wirth Set As Showrunner Of ‘Hell On Wheels’, Series To Proceed With 3rd Season
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Dec. 12, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: The power vacuum at the top of AMC‘s Hell On Wheels has been filled. Veteran John Wirth has been tapped as executive producer/showrunner of the the Western drama. With him on board, the series, from Entertainment One, Endemol USA and Nomadic Pictures, is back on track with a third season renewal, and will proceed with production on 10 new episodes to premiere in third quarter of 2013. Wirth’s start date is undetermined as he is wrapping up his services on TNT’s Falling Skies where he has been working as consultant. “As we gear up for season three of Hell On Wheels we are pleased to have such an accomplished showrunner as John Wirth join our team,” said Susie Fitzgerald, AMC’s SVP of scripted development and current programming. “With the help of our partners at Entertainment One, Endemol and Nomadic, we look forward to a new season of the poetic and pulpy adventures of Cullen Bohannan and the other characters as they build the railroad across the US.”

A month and a half ago, Hell On Wheels, starring Anson Mount and Colm Meaney, was was given a 10-episode third-season renewal, with creators/executive producers Joe and Tony Gayton leaving after their contract was not renewed. Shortly thereafter, executive producer/showrunner John Shiban informed the network that he won’t be coming back after two years at the helm. As a result, Hell On Wheels‘ pickup was put on hold until a new showrunner was found. AMC, eOne and Endemol met with several established writer-producers, ultimately going with Wirth. WME-repped Wirth previously served as showrunner of NBC’s The Cape and co-showrunner on The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Centered on the lawless town known as “Hell on Wheels,” that travels with and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, the series examines the railroad’s institutionalized greed and corruption, the immigrant experience and the plight of the newly emancipated African-Americans during reconstruction. The second season of Hell on Wheels wrapped its run in October with a solid average of 2.4 million viewers (3.2 million viewers in Live+7). That was down from the average of 3 million viewers for the show’s freshman season — but this time around, the Western did not have blockbuster The Walking Dead as a lead-in and was impacted by the lack of AMC carriage on Dish Network.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/12/john-wirth-set-as-showrunner-of-hell-on-wheels-series-to-proceed-with-3rd-season/
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TV Notes
CW Orders 'Hunger Games'-Like 'The Hunt,' Dating Show 'Perfect Score'
By Tim Molloy, TheWrap.com - Dec. 12, 2012

CW may have its answer to the "Hunger Games."

In May, the network passed on the drama "The Selection," in which a young girl in a futuristic, war-torn nation is chosen by lottery to compete for fame and fortune against a backdrop of hunger and carnage. The network said it would redevelop the show.

In the meantime, it has announced the new hourlong reality show, "The Hunt," which will pair up 12 teams of two as they try to capture each other and compete for a cash prize in the wilderness, with no food, water, or shelter.

One bummer for hardcore "Hunger Games" fans: They aren't allowed to kill each other.

The network also ordered the new reality series "Perfect Score," a dating competition in which contestants will seek a perfect match. In each half-hour episode, two friends will try to choose Mr. or Ms. Right from 12 prospective singles. The twist? Cash values will be assigned to each possible pick based on how well they are matched to the contestants in compatibility tests.

No premiere dates have been set.

"The Hunt" is executive produced by David Garfinkle (“Ready for Love”), Jay Renfroe (“Ready for Love”) and Greg Goldman (“Ready for Love”). It is produced by Renegade 83 and Blackbird Television in association with Warner Horizon Television.

"Perfect Score" is created and executive produced by Scott St. John (“America’s Got Talent,” “Deal or No Deal,”) and is produced by FremantleMedia North America (“American Idol,” “The X Factor,” “America's Got Talent”).

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/column-post/cw-orders-hunger-games-hunt-dating-show-perfect-score-69021
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TV Notes
Screen Actors Guild spreads out film nominations; HBO leads TV pack with 10
By Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Dec. 12, 2012

The 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations were announced today in film and television acting and stunt ensemble categories. Winners will be announced at the SAG ceremony, simulcast live on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.

MOVIES

Male Actor, Leading Role

Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
John Hawkes, "The Sessions"
Hugh Jackman, "Les Miserables"
Denzel Washington, "Flight"

Female Actor, Leading Role

Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Marion Cotillard, "Rust And Bone"
Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Helen Mirren, "Hitchcock"
Naomi Watts, "The Impossible"

Male Actor, Supporting Role

Alan Arkin, "Argo"
Javier Bardem, "Skyfall"
Robert De Niro, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"
Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"

Female Actor, Supporting Role

Sally Field , "Lincoln"
Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"
Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"
Nicole Kidman, "The Paperboy"
Maggie Smith, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

Cast

"Argo"
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"
"Les Miserables"
"Lincoln"
"Silver LiningS Playbook"

Stunt Ensemble

"The Amazing Spider-Man"
"The Bourne Legacy"
"The Dark Knight Rises"
"Les Miserables"
"Skyfall"

PRIME-TIME TELEVISION

Male Actor, TV Movie or Miniseries

Kevin Costner, "Hatfields & McCoys" (History)
Woody Harrelson, "Game Change" (HBO)
Ed Harris, "Game Change" (HBO)
Clive Owen, "Hemingway & Gellhorn" (HBO)
Bill Paxton,"Hatfields & McCoys" (History)

Female Actor, TV Movie or Miniseries

Nicole Kidman, "Hemingway & Gellhorn" (HBO)
Julianne Moore, "Game Change" (HBO)
Charlotte Rampling, "Restless" (Sundance Channel)
Sigourney Weaver, "Political Animals" (USA)
Alfre Woodard, "Steel Magnolias" (Lifetime)

Male Actor, Drama Series

Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO)
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad" (AMC)
Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom" (HBO)
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men" (AMC)
Damian Lewis, "Homeland" (Showtime)

Female Actor, Drama Series

Claire Danes, "Homeland" (Showtime)
Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey" (PBS)
Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story: Asylum" (FX)
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife" (CBS)
Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey" (PBS)

Male Actor, Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock" (NBC)
Ty Burrell, "Modern Family" (ABC)
Louis C.K., "Louie" (FX)
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)
Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family" (ABC)

Female Actor, Comedy Series

Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime)
Tina Fey, "30 Rock" (NBC)
Amy Poehler, "Parks And Recreation" (NBC)
Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family" (ABC)
Betty White, "Hot In Cleveland" (TV Land)

Ensemble, Drama Series

"Boardwalk Empire" (HBO)
"Breaking Bad" (AMC)
"Downton Abbey" (PBS)
"Homeland" (Showtime)
"Mad Men" (AMC)

Ensemble, Comedy Series

"30 Rock" (NBC)
"The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)
"Glee" (Fox)
"Modern Family" (ABC)
"Nurse Jackie" (Showtime)
"The Office" (NBC)

Stunt Ensemble, TV Series

"Boardwalk Empire" (HBO)
"Breaking Bad" (AMC)
"Game of Thrones" (HBO)
"Sons of Anarchy" (FX)
"The Walking Dead" (AMC)

Life Achievement Award: Dick Van Dyke

Nominations by Network: HBO (10); AMC (6); NBC, Showtime (5); ABC (4); CBS, FX, PBS (3); History (2); Fox, Lifetime, Sundance Channel, TV Land, USA Network (1)[/size[

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/ae/movies/screen-actors-guild-spreads-out-film-nominations-hbo-leads-tv-pack-with-10-665998/
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TV Notes
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lifetime Developing Modern-Day 'Pride & Prejudice'
By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Dec. 12, 2012

Lifetime is looking for a new Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy.

The female-skewing cable network is teaming with Jennifer Love Hewitt to develop Darcy's Town, a modern retelling of Jane Austen's literary classic Pride and Prejudice set in a small Virginia town.

The Lifetime drama is being penned by Sheryl Anderson (Charmed), exec produced by Hewitt and hails from the actress-producer's Fedora Films and Cineflix. Jeanie Bradley, Fedora's head of development and production, brought the project to Lifetime.

Pride and Prejudice, first published in 1813, is set in 19th century England and revolves around the Bennet family and Elizabeth's love affair with Mr. Darcy. Lifetime's Darcy's Town marks the second Austen reimagining this development season. Boardwalk Empire's Margaret Nagle has set up a modern Sense and Sensibility at CBS; it revolves around three devoted sisters whose lives are upended when the father who abandoned them as children returns.

For The Client List star Hewitt, the project marks her latest collaboration with Lifetime after inking a first-look development deal with the actress' Fedora Films. Under the pact, the former Party of Five star is also developing an adaptation of her book, The Day I Shot Cupid, among other projects for the cabler.

Lifetime renewed The Client List for a 15-episode second season in May.

Hewitt is repped by WME, Untitled and Hirsch Wallerstein; Anderson is with Kaplan Stahler and The Cartel.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/jennifer-love-hewitt-lifetime-pride-prejudice-400871
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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)

ABC:
8PM - Last Resort
9PM - Grey's Anatomy
10:01PM - Scandal
* * * *
11:35PM - Nightline (LIVE)
Midnight - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Zachary Knighton; Dan Deacon performs)

CBS:
8PM - The Big Bang Theory
8:31PM - Two and a Half Men
9:01PM - Person of Interest
10:01PM - Elementary
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Jamie Foxx; TV host Julie Chen; DIIV performs)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Howie Mandel; Olivia Williams)

NBC:
8PM - Up All Night
8:30PM - Up All Night
9PM - Take It All
10PM - Rock Center with Brian Williams
* * * *
11:35PM - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (Hugh Jackman; tennis player Maria Sharapova; JD McPherson performs)
12:37AM - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Martin Short; singer Billy Joel; professional wrestler John Cena; comic Neal Brennan)
1:36AM - Last Call With Carson Daly (Sports journalist Dave Zirin; entrepreneur Bre Pettis; The Jezabels perform)

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

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Live From Lincoln Center: The Richard Tucker Opera Gala (LIVE, 120 min.)
10PM - Antiques Roadshow: BaltimoOrlando, Florida
(R - Jan. 28, 2008)

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

THE CW:
8PM - The Vampire Diaries
9PM - Beauty and the Beast

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Rosa Salvaje
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 (Kristen Stewart)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Sister Simone Campbell, Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples and Sean Lennon)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus; Ryan Adams)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Amanda Seyfried; Brad Wollack; Kerri Kenney-Silver; Greg Fitzsimmons)
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Dec. 13, 2012

THE BIG BANG THEORY
CBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

The last new Theory of 2012 has Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and the others diving into rehearsals for Christmas carols – but even with bells on, the holiday festivities become a little less than festive. There are, however, moments of good cheer, as witnessed in the accompanying photo.

MEL BROOK STRIKES BACK
HBO, 8:00 p.m. ET

Here’s another chance to see, in prime time, Mel Brooks tell stories, and jokes, and react to clips from various points in his career – including a wonderful dance duet with Anne Bancroft, his late wife. Don’t miss it. And don’t miss my two-part TVWW interview with Brooks, about this special and his new DVD/CD boxed set, in Bianculli’s Blog.

LES MISERABLES
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

With the new big-screen musical version of Les Miserables about to premiere nationwide, TCM is leading off prime time with the classic 1935 non-singing version. This is the one starring Fredric March as Jean Valjean, and the incomparable Charles Laughton as the indefatigable Inspector Javert, who chases Valjean across sewers, and across decades. Also starring: Rochelle Hudson as Cosette and Florence Eldridge as Fantine.

GLEE
Fox, 9:00 p.m. ET

This week’s holiday episode presents a series of mini-musicals – sort of extended videos, or dramatic sketches, that amount to a Glee Christmas equivalent of The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Halloween shows. Among them: A cleverly conceived It’s a Wonderful Life spoof, in which Kurt (Chris Colfer) has a black-and-white dream, a glimpse of what life at his high school would have been like had Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) not volunteered to teach the New Directions glee club.

LES MISERABLES
TCM, 10:00 p.m. ET

No, you’re not seeing double. But if you stay tuned to TCM, you’re seeing double feature. After a showing of the 1935 film version of Les Miserables, TCM turns right around at 10 p.m. ET and shows the 1952 version, which stars Michael Rennie as Jean Valjean, Robert Newton as Inspector Javert, Debra Paget as Cosette and Sylvia Sidney as Fantine. And it’s followed, at midnight ET, by yet another version: the 1934 one, starring Harry Baur as Valjean and Charles Vanel as Javert.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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TV Notes
'Hannibal' casts 'X-Files' star Gillian Anderson
By James Hibberd, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - Dec. 12, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: Hugely exciting casting news: Sci-fi fan-favorite Gillian Anderson is returning to broadcast television after a decade to join writer-producer Bryan Fuller’s serial-killer thriller Hannibal.

And perhaps the best part is the role she’s playing….

In a multi-episode arc on the upcoming NBC drama, Anderson is going to play Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier — murderous psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter’s (Mads Mikkelsen) own therapist.

“Every therapist needs their own head examined and we are ecstatic that Gillian Anderson has chosen Hannibal to mark her return to American television after 10 years to portray Dr. Lecter’s personal psychiatrist,” Fuller said in a statement. “Her intelligence and sophistication, not to mention her pedigree of ground-breaking TV, make her the perfect actress to match wits and psychological manipulations with one of the greatest villains of pop culture. I couldn’t be more excited.”

Since Fox’s classic TV series The X-Files concluded in 2002, Anderson has appeared in mini-series such as Encore’s recent Moby Dick adaptation and British TV series like The Fall.

According to IMDB.com, Anderson was actually in the running to play Clarice Starling in the 2001 big-screen version of Hannibal after Jodie Foster dropped out of the Silence of the Lambs sequel. But Anderson’s X-Files contract reportedly forbid her from playing another FBI agent.

The actress joins a rather stellar cast on Hannibal. In addition to leads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy, the series has also signed on Laurence Fishburne, Eddie Izzard, Gina Torres, Molly Shannon, Ellen Greene and Chelan Simmons. No premiere date has been set, but insiders expect the show will likely debut in late Spring.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/12/12/hannibal-gillian-anderson/
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Technology Notes
Media player gifts make TVs smart on the cheap
By Marc Saltzman, USA Today - Dec. 12, 2012

One of the most exciting home theater trends is the fusion between your television and the Internet.

Most new HDTVs let you access online content from the comfort of your favorite chair or sofa, be it social-networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, video-streaming services such as YouTube and Netflix, or on-demand news, weather, sports scores, stock quotes and other personalized information.

But not everyone can afford one of these new smart TVs.

Instead, set-top boxes can also do the trick, at a fraction of the price.

Usually about $100, these small devices connect to your current television, as well as your wireless (Wi-Fi) network, though most also offer an Ethernet jack for those who prefer to use a wired connection.

Here's a closer look at a few of the bigger players in this space:

APPLE TV

A tad bigger than a deck of cards, Apple TV ($99) is a small black box that lets you rent commercial-free TV shows and movies from iTunes; access various online video services (some for free, like YouTube, while others are subscription-based, such as Netflix or MLB.com); and you can stream media from your home computer, such as music and video, as long as the files are in your iTunes folder.

Unlike the other set-top boxes, Apple TV supports Apple's AirPlay technology, which lets you wirelessly stream content to your television via your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch — to display photos or play music and videos on your big-screen in real time. AirPlay also lets you mirror what's on your smartphone or tablet screen, be it games, apps such as Facebook or Twitter, Web browser, e-mail and more.

A small remote is included, or you can download a free Remote app, to navigate through Apple TV's features. The minimalist interface is clean and intuitive.

For shortcomings, Apple's box doesn't provide as many apps as other set-top boxes, nor does it support as many media types (codecs). Also, there is no USB port to insert a thumb drive loaded with media.

ROKU 2 XS

Similar to AppleTV, Roku 2 XS ($99.99) is a small, black set-top player you attach to your television via HDMI cable (recommended, but not included) or those red, yellow and white composite (RCA) cables, which are found in the box for standard-definition quality.

Once you've joined the Internet, wirelessly or with a cable, you can access more than 500 channels (apps). This includes streaming movies, TV shows and user videos from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, HBO GO, Showtime, Crackle, Disney, DishWORLD and Vimeo (including support for top-of-the-line 1080p HD video). You can access live and on-demand sports (from the NBA, MLB, MLS, NHL and UFC), music (Pandora, Rdio, Slacker Radio and TuneIn Radio), photos and videos (from Facebook and Flickr) and news, weather and other info.

Oddly, there is no YouTube on Roku. And be aware some of the user-made videos are low-quality, including a handful of poorly produced cooking channels.

Like Apple TV, some channels are free to use, while some require a subscription, such as Netflix ($8 a month).

Along with a few interactive games, such as Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, the mega-popular mobile game Angry Birds comes loaded on Roku 2 XS, where players use the remote to fling birds toward the evil pigs.

A USB port on the side of the Roku unit lets you insert a thumb drive with photos, videos and music, plus there's a microSD card slot at the back for additional game and channel storage, if needed.

WD TV LIVE

If it's media compatibility you want, Western Digital's WD TV Live ($99.99) is the set-top box to get. This small device will play virtually any file from your PC or Mac (wirelessly), networked hard drive or USB thumb stick.

At the risk of jargon soup, this product supports all kinds of videos (AVI, MPG, MP4, MOV, FLV, WMV9, MKV, TS/TP/M2T and others), many photo types (JPG, GIF, TIF, BMP, PNG) and a variety of music files (MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF, PCM/LPCM, OGG, Dolby Digital and DTS). It even supports playlists and subtitles.

The Wi-Fi-enabled WD TV Live also houses a number of built-in apps, focusing primarily on media (such as YouTube, Netflix, CinemaNow, Hulu Plus, VUDU, MLB.TV, Spotify and Pandora), as well as others such as Facebook and some interactive games.

Similar to AppleTV, this set-top box comes with a remote or you can control the content with the free WD TV Remote app on your Apple or Android device.

While not quite as clean as Apple TV, the WD TV Live interface is attractive and easy to use, plus you can customize the background photo of your home screen similar to your Windows desktop.

SONY INTERNET PLAYER WITH GOOGLE TV

While twice the price of other set-top boxes in this roundup, Sony's Internet Player with Google TV ($199.99) offers a number of features not found in the competition.

About the size of a hardcover book, this product adds familiar Google services to your big-screen television -- including access to the Google Play store to download hundreds of apps and a Google Chrome Web browser to search and surf.

By connecting your cable or satellite box, this media player lets you search for content from both your television provider and online media, or even watch live TV full-screen while browsing the Web via picture-in-picture.

The double-sided remote is excellent. On one side, it has a couple of buttons and a touch pad, so you can use your fingertips like a mouse, while on the other side it's a full qwerty keyboard. There's an internal sensor that knows which side of the remote you're using so you won't accidentally press something you don't want to underneath. A downside to the remote, however, is you must use buttons on the side to channel up and down, which doesn't feel very natural.

The player comes with 8 gigabytes of memory, which is ample for downloading many dozens of apps. Some require a subscription like NHL.com, while others are free, such as Gmail. Apps loaded quickly (except for NASCAR) and the 1080p video quality was excellent for most apps, including Sony's Video Unlimited.

Because this box has Bluetooth support, you could buy a compatible keyboard and mouse for your coffee table, if you like.

The biggest issue with this ambitious box is occasional freezing, which forces the user to turn off the unit or temporarily unplug it from the wall. Hopefully, a free software update will soon remedy the situation.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/personal/2012/12/11/media-players-tech-gifts/1714259/
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TV Review
‘Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Tale'
By David Hinckley, New York Daily News - Dec. 12, 2012

Beatrix Potter would approve of how her young progeny Peter Rabbit hops through a holiday adventure in this new animated Nickelodeon special.

It’s a tale told for children, with plenty of mischief and just enough scary stuff to set up a warm blanket of reassurance when Peter and his posse emerge safe and sound.

They also have been taught some lessons, like the importance of minding your parents and not doing what they tell you not to do.

Whether Peter learns those lessons is as problematic as asking whether any child learns them. Sometimes what you aren’t supposed to do seems so much more enticing, and Peter is that kind of rabbit, which is exactly why kids love the little rascal.

The plot is appropriately simple. Peter has convinced his parents he’s old enough to go to the grocery store and bring back the groceries on his sled.

As soon as he’s on the trail, he persuades his friend Benjamin Bunny that they also can have some fun — which, as Benjamin ruefully notes, is a code phrase for “trouble ahead.”

They make a new friend, Lily Bobtail, an adorably quirky rabbit who is Peter’s match for attitude.

Soon they lose the sled and run into a fox who invites them “for dinner.” Things get a little tense, but never too menacing, before the good animals band together to thwart the conniving ones.

The animation is splendid, stylized with a classic Potter look rather than something slicker and more contemporary.

It’s a show aimed at kids, and it hits the target.

PETER RABBIT'S CHRISTMAS TALE
Network / Air Date: Friday at 7 p.m., Nickelodeon
Rating: ★★★ (out of five)


http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/tv-review-dexter-article-1.1170468
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Critic's Notes
Farewell, 'Flashpoint,' We'll Miss You
By Denette Wilford, HuffingtonPost.com

Well, you have to give it to the cast and crew of "Flashpoint" -- they saved the best for last.

When I spoke to Enrico Colantoni (Sgt. Greg Parker) back in September, he told me that the fifth and final season of the beloved Canadian drama was amazing ("To quote 'Spinal Tap,' we went to 11. Went to f---ing 11."), but even that was downplaying how insane (in a good way) the series finale is.

"Keep the Peace: Part 1" was already enough to blow our minds, but the intensity, drama and emotion in the second part -- the series' 75th episode -- is cranked up a couple dozen more notches. In the first part, we saw what the explosive package planted at the 911 call centre kicked off, and it's truly a scary thought. Perhaps it's made all the more frightening because these are buildings I've strolled by and streets I've walked along many times, making all the sights and sounds and screams hit home all the more. Or maybe that's just a testament to how good "Flashpoint" is and always has been.

When executive producers Anne Marie La Traverse and Bill Mustos announced that they had chosen to end the series on a high note, it was hard to find fault with that. Disappointment? Sure. Anger? Maybe. Why have it come to a close when it's doing so well? Personally, I think it's great that fans were given enough time to mourn the impending loss and say goodbye. Plus, there's a certain dignity that comes to ending on their own terms. But that doesn't mean "Flashpoint" won't be missed like crazy, especially because the SRU has become almost like a family, and with family, it's sad to see them go.

In the finale, as the team finally grapples with the truth about the bomber, they learn that he won't be one who can be talked down. And like many of the show's "villains," he becomes one of those characters that's easy to identify with, as hard as that might be to swallow. We get why this guy is doing what he's doing, get why it's come to this, and while we want him stopped, viewers can also appreciate that it's not just some random crazy with no reason behind his actions. But that's just another thing that "Flashpoint" has always done so well -- making us see every side of the story and not just break it down into a simple, good-guy-vs.-bad-guy dynamic.

While I can't reveal much else (besides letting all you "Flashpoint" fans know the sheer awesomeness of it), Colantoni did mention a few months back that "a lot of loose ties are neatly tied by the end." And I'll just confirm that. Sure, it's still the high-octane stuff that "Flashpoint" has been putting out for years and the finale -- both parts -- are bigger than anything the show's ever done. But with all that high energy, there are some serious lows as well. The show has always found that balance of heavy and hopeful and it's that much more evident in the end. Farewell, "Flashpoint," you will be missed.

Note: "Flashpoint" fans can celebrate the show with the special, "Flashpoint: The Final Salute," hosted by "eTalk'"s Ben Mulroney, who sits down with series stars Colantoni, Hugh Dillon (Ed), Amy Jo Johnson (Jules), David Paetkau (Sam) and Sergio DiZio (Spike).

The series finale of "Flashpoint" airs Thursday, Dec. 13 at 10 p.m. EST on CTV.

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/denette-wilford/flashpoint-finale-season-5_b_2272560.html?utm_hp_ref=tv&ir=TV
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Business Notes
TV Shows Absent from Redbox/Verizon's Netflix Rival at Launch
By Todd Spangler, Multichannel News - Dec. 12, 2012

Verizon Communications and Coinstar’s Redbox expect to debut a movies-only Internet streaming service later this month -- priced starting at $8, the same as Netflix -- but initially the Redbox Instant by Verizon will lack any TV show content and far fewer movies than Netflix.

The unlimited streaming-video plan will include about 5,500 movies from Warner Bros. and Epix -- the premium cable network owned by Paramount Pictures, MGM and Lionsgate -- plus four nights of DVD rentals available at Redbox’s 36,000-plus kiosks nationwide for $8 per month. For Blu-ray Disc rentals, the service is $9 per month.

When Verizon and Coinstar announced the JV in February, they said the service would provide TV shows, as well as movies, available on multiple devices. Netflix claims to offer more than 100,000 titles, including a broad selection of television series.

At least at first, Redbox Instant by Verizon is “targeted squarely at movie lovers," Shawn Strickland, the former FiOS executive who is the venture's CEO, said in an interview with the Associated Press. Initially, the service will be available only by invitation.

Besides lacking TV shows, the service does not include videogame rentals. Redbox offers videogame titles for $2 per night.

Verizon owns 65% of the JV with Redbox holding a 35% ownership stake. In a regulatory filing in February, Redbox said it would make an initial capital contribution of $14 million in cash to the joint venture, implying that Verizon is contributing approximately $40 million into it (given that the agreement calls for each party to contribute on a pro-rata basis).

http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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Business/DVR Notes
CBS Would Be The Only Winner If TV Ad Ratings Include 7-Day Viewing: Analyst
By David Lieberman, Deadline.com - Dec. 12, 2012

Here’s the dirty little secret behind broadcasters’ campaign to change the way ads are sold — to include people who watch them up to seven days after they air (called C7), up from three (C3): It wouldn’t increase advertiser spending on TV. It would just change the proportion of sales that go to broadcast vs cable. That’s the main reason why Bernstein Research’s Todd Juenger says this morning that a new arrangement “would be largely a wash” for Big Media companies that have broadcast and cable networks.

The exception is CBS, which collects relatively little from cable ads. “Broadcast programming, especially primetime, is timeshifted more than cable network programming,” he says. TiVo data show that broadcast network commercial ratings would rise 6% in DVR homes while cable would be +4% if the sales period is expanded to seven days. (That includes ad zapping: Overall program ratings would rise 11% for broadcast and 8% for cable.) Since about half of all households have a DVR, that might translate into an overall increase in counted ad viewing of 3% for broadcasters and 2% for cable.

If you assume that advertisers wouldn’t increase their TV budgets, then a change that largely affects DVR homes would move about 0.5% of the $40B in national TV ad spending to broadcast from cable — about $115M. That’s “worth fighting for,” Juenger says. But not so much for companies that sell lots of ads on cable networks. No wonder “we will once again see CBS leading the charge in this fight on behalf of the broadcast networks.”

http://www.deadline.com/2012/12/cbs-tv-ad-sales-change-c7/
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Critic's Notes
‘American Bible Challenge’ Vs. ‘Take It All’
A Show Giveth, a Show Taketh
By Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times - Dec. 12, 2012
You can tell a lot about a society from its game shows, and by that standard, boy, have we traveled a dismaying arc in the last three months. We have gone from rewarding contestants for knowing their Bible to rewarding them for knowing that a computerized stock-car-racing simulator is worth more than an 18-foot speedboat.
Oh, and the Bible smarties were playing on behalf of their favorite charities. The woman who went home with that racing simulator (and more than $200,000 in cash) did it by stabbing Santa in the back.
This study in contrasts involves “The American Bible Challenge,” a clean-as-a-whistle game show that GSN introduced in August, and “Take It All,” a down-and-dirty exercise in ruthlessness that had its premiere on Monday night on NBC. Watch one show, then the other, and you can feel our collective chance for salvation dropping faster than a politician’s electability after a sexting scandal.
“The American Bible Challenge,” which wrapped up its first season with a $100,000 finale in October, features teams of three whose knowledge of the Bible is tested with cheeky but never disrespectful questions. “Just imagine if biblical characters posted status updates,” Jeff Foxworthy, the genial host, said in one episode, setting up a question that involved the biblical equivalent of Facebook pages, “Faithbook” pages. “Whose Faithbook page would most likely feature a friend request from the burning bush?” (Answer: Moses.)
The show, which was GSN’s biggest original-programming success to date and is gearing up for a second season, is nothing if not magnanimous, sending even the losing teams home with a little something for their charities. A spirit of good will prevails. Who could begrudge Team Judson’s Legacy when it won the October finale, raising, between the preliminary rounds and the final, $140,000 for an organization dedicated to Krabbe disease, a degenerative illness of the nervous system? Two members of the team, Drake and Christina Levasheff, had a son, Judson, who died of the disease in 2007. He had been born on Christmas Eve 2004.
The contrast between “The American Bible Challenge” and “Take It All” couldn’t be sharper. NBC’s “Take It All,” a limited-run series, has hourlong episodes each night through Friday, then concludes on Monday. With the energetic Howie Mandel as host, it is entertaining in its own way, but that way involves consumerism and self-interest, with charitable instincts an afterthought, if they’re present at all.
Each episode begins with five players and five prizes, chosen blind from a video board of giant question marks. It’s a variant of a gift exchange: The first contestant chooses, then the second can either pick a question mark off the board or can decide to steal the first contestant’s prize, which is already known. The trick is that in each of the three preliminary rounds, the person who ends up with the least valuable prize is sent home. With nothing. So it’s all about knowing whether a SmartCar costs more than a pair of diamond earrings.
On Monday night’s premiere, a woman named Kim began the festivities by selecting a rock ’n’ roll fantasy camp. Other prizes in that first round were a year’s worth of maid service, a 27-foot pool, a roomful of arcade games and something called a brew cave (“stores 30 cases of beer and 6 kegs”). The pool, surprisingly, turned out to be the least valuable, so Julie, the contestant who held it, was booted.
And so it went, with the prizes growing more valuable in each round. There was a bull-riding rig, a snowmobile, a one-year membership to Crunch gyms. There was that stock-car simulator, which turned out to be the most expensive prize offered in the episode. (For those still looking for the perfect Christmas gift: $60,000.)
It all came down to Kim, a teacher, versus a man named John who was the very image of Santa Claus, including white beard. Both carried the prizes they had accumulated into the final round, but once there, they also each drew a cash prize. The amount was not unveiled to them, only that it was from $25,000 to $250,000. And then came the tense, revealing heart of the show, a dog-eat-dog round called the Prize Fight. (The concluding round on “The American Bible Challenge,” by way of contrast, is called the Final Revelation.)
Kim and John each had to choose one option: to be content with what they had or to “take it all.” If both chose to stick with what they had amassed, each would walk away with those prizes and the mystery pile of cash. If both chose “take it all,” each would leave with nothing. But if one chose to stand pat, and the other chose “take it all,” the take-it-all person — that is, the greedy, self-interested one — would win everything.
Mr. Mandel gave the two a chance to chat, which was really a chance to try to look into each other’s soul. And, of course, each had to do a little personal soul-searching as well. John/Santa, as might be expected, opted for faith in his fellow human beings and selected the stand-pat option. But Kim went cutthroat, picking “take it all” and walking away with everything. All that poor Santa could tell Mr. Mandel afterward was that he had to make the choice he made. “This is who I am,” he said forlornly.
To be fair, Kim did say that she intended to use some of her winnings to buy books for her classroom. Whether she will do this before or after setting up the stock-car-racing simulator in her den was unclear. In any case, the show, though it is rollicking good fun, is also disheartening as heck, at least when the “take it all” option is invoked. Season of giving? Yeah; give it all to me.
There’s another game show right now, “Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street,” which began its second season last week on Fuse. It’s a droll bit of frivolity in which Billy Eichner walks around New York and asks random people nonsensical pop-culture questions like, “For a dollar, do you think Lady Gaga looks like an ostrich?”
Suggested question for the next “Billy on the Street” episode: “For a dollar, do you think we’re all going to hell?”
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/12/arts/television/american-bible-challenge-vs-take-it-all.html?ref=television
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