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Originally Posted by grittree View Post

Maybe I'm weird, but I don't need the media to go wall-to-wall every time there is a multi killing. Today, not only did the cable news folks go 100%, but I read the OTA networks sent their anchors to CT for tonight's newscasts. Which I won't watch for that reason.
Sheesh. It's a a big story, but it's not the only news. And for the 99.9% of the population who don't know anybody affected, there is much other news. The local stations can do wall-to-wall coverage.
I'm really disappointed in the TV news media.[/quote

If this bothers you, wait till you find out the whole universe isn't about you...
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
SATURDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Late night shows are preceded by late local news)

ABC:
8PM - Movie: Transformers (2007)

CBS:
8PM - Movie: Elf (2003)
10PM - 48 Hours

NBC:
8PM - Chicago Fire
(R - Oct. 24)
9PM - Chicago Fire
(R - Nov. 7)
10PM - Chicago Fire
(R - Nov. 14)
* * * *
11:29PM - Saturday Night Live (Martin Short hosts; Paul McCartney performs; 93 min.)

FOX:
8PM - COPS (Season Premiere)
8:30PM - COPS
(R - Sep. 24, 2011)
9PM - Kitchen Nightmares
(R - Feb. 17)
* * * *
11PM - MasterChef
(R - Jul. 24)
Midnight - 30 Seconds to Fame SD
(R - Aug. 21, 2002)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Austin City Limits: Monsters of Folk (R - Jan. 8, 2011)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Teletón USA (Six hours, LIVE)

TELEMUNDO:
7PM - Jenni: Siempre Vivirá (120 min.)
9PM - Movie: Home Alone (1990)

Edited by dad1153 - 12/15/12 at 10:49am
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Dec. 15, 2012

JURASSIC PARK
Encore, 8:00 p.m. ET

In just a few weeks, this Steven Spielberg movie will be 20 – count ’em, 20 – years old. Hard to imagine, but that’s how long it’s been since those who saw it then marveled at what digital special effects could bring to a movie, by bringing dinosaurs to life. I was at the midnight showing the first night Jurassic Park was released in 1993 – and along with me was my son, Mark, who was only eight years old at the time. Does that make me a good dad… or a bad one?

THE BANDWAGON
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

Maybe it’s not quite so classic as another insider Hollywood satire, Gene Kelly’s Singin’ in the Rain, but this 1953 Fred Astaire musical comes awfully close. He plays a fading film star who tries to recapture fame on Broadway in a musical – but it’s overrun, and rewritten, by its director into an absurd updating of Faust. Cyd Charisse plays the ballerina hired to star opposite Astaire – and she’s not only all woman, she’s all leg. Both Band Wagon and Singin’ in the Rain, by the way, were written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

CINDERELLA
Disney Channel, 8:30 p.m. ET

There’s something awfully right about the Disney Channel presenting Cinderella on television, even if it’s a bit too early for the holidays. Made in 1950, it still enchants – and, most certainly, it still informs and inspires popular culture, including, of course, the current fantasy series from Disney-owned ABC, Once Upon a Time.

THE ROLLING STONES: "50 AND COUNTING" LIVE CONCERT
Pay-Per-View, 9:00 p.m. ET

A delightful USA Today factoid earlier this week pointed out that the average age of the U.S. Supreme Court Justices, at this point in 2012, is younger than the average age of the members of the Rolling Stones. But it’s hard to imagine Judge Scalia, or anyone else, rocking his chambers like Mick Jagger rocks the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. That’s the source of this live pay-per-view telecast, the last stop on the Stones’ current concert run. It’s available on cable and satellite providers as a PPV event, and on the Internet via Yahoo. Expect a crossfire hurricane – and, given the occasion, expect a special unannounced guest or two. But not Justice Scalia.

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

What an amazing few days for Sir Paul McCartney. On Thursday morning, shortly after midnight, he closed the “12-12-12” benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy at Madison Square Garden. Last night, he was seen in a double feature on PBS, in a documentary about 1967’s Magical Mystery Tour, and in a restored version of the program itself. Now, tonight, he’s the musical guest on Saturday Night Live – on a show hosted by Martin Short, former alumnus of both SNL and SCTV.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight

NBC:
10PM - Chicago Fire[/b] (R - Oct. 24)
10PM - Chicago Fire
(R - Nov. 7)
10PM - Chicago Fire
(R - Nov. 14)
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Ummm. Hmmm. biggrin.gif
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mad.gif My local PBS affiliate isn't showing it tonight (or tomorrow night for that matter.)

Same here in the ATL, Great Performances MMT not showing on EITHER of our two PBS stations. And it doesn't even show up in the next two weeks according to my Tivo guide. But they're doing pledge drive again, so who knows when it will.
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Ummm. Hmmm. biggrin.gif
Yeah, yeah! rolleyes.giftongue.gif Thanks, fixed. smile.gif
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FRIDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insight's Blog
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Originally Posted by domino92024 View Post

mad.gif My local PBS affiliate isn't showing it tonight (or tomorrow night for that matter.)

Same here in the ATL, Great Performances MMT not showing on EITHER of our two PBS stations. And it doesn't even show up in the next two weeks according to my Tivo guide. But they're doing pledge drive again, so who knows when it will.

Well, in San Diego (KPBS), it will show on December 31 and on January 2. If your PBS station's website has a program search function, try it.
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Originally Posted by Rammitinski View Post

.....and 24/7 of everything but the actual incident itself.

What they have on the actual story so far only takes up no more than five minute's time.

I'm watching and recording that "Magical Mystery Tour" special on PBS right now myself.

mad.gif My local PBS affiliate isn't showing it tonight (or tomorrow night for that matter.)

Mine doesn't even have it scheduled.
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Cartoon Network advertised that the missing DC Nation block (Green Lantern and Young Justice) returns Saturday, January 5, 2013.
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Fox has decided to pull the scheduled Family Guy and American Dad tomorrow night. A upcoming repeat of Cleveland Show episode parodying Die Hard has also been cancelled.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-207_162-57559422/family-guy-american-dad-pulled-after-rampage/
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TV Notes
Syfy pulls 'Haven' episode with fictitious school violence
By Lynette Rice, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - Dec. 14, 2012

Syfy opted against airing an episode of Haven this evening that features scenes of fictitious violence in a high school.

“In light of today’s tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, we have decided not to air it,” a spokesman said. “At this time, no decision has been made as to when the episode will air.”

In its place, Syfy will air the animated holiday episode of Eureka dubbed “Do You See What I See.”

Haven is a drama that stars Emily Rose (Jericho, Brothers and Sisters) that is based on the novella The Colorado Kid from Stephen King. It follows FBI agent Audrey Parker (Rose) as she arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine, which turns out to be a longtime refuge for people that are affected by a range of supernatural afflictions. The series’ current season ends Dec. 21.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/12/14/syfy-pulls-haven-episode-with-fictitious-violence-in-school/
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Nielsen Overnights
‘Fringe’ Surges, ’20/20′ And ‘Dateline’ Up With Connecticut Shooting Coverage
By Dominc Patten, Deadline.com - Dec. 15, 2012

If last night’s numbers are any indication, Fox’s Fringe (1.1/3) looks to be ending its run on a rise, at least for 2012. On its second to last episode of the year and its fifth to last episode ever, the J.J. Abrams-created sci fi series was up 22% from last week. That December 7 broadcast had been flat with the previous original airing two week previous. Airing before Fringe, Kitchen Nightmares (1.1/4) was down 8% from its December 7 show.

The other networks saw their planned Friday schedules altered as news specials on the fatal school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut were added to existing shows or ran solo. Barbara Walters’ scheduled interview with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on ABC’s 20/20 (1.6/5) last night was postponed as the news show covered shooting. With 6.25 million watching, last night’s 20/20 as up 33% over last week. That is 20/20’s largest audience since its March 30th show on the big multi-state lotto. On NBC, 6.76 million watched Dateline (2.0/6) broadcast from Newtown. That was up 18% from last week’s show With the exception of its 10 PM CBS News: Newtown Shooting (1.2/4) special, which 5.68 million tuned in for, CBS was almost all encores on Friday night. The evening started with the second replay of the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stop motion special of the season plus Yes, Virginia (1.6/5) and The Elf On A Shelf (1.5/5).

Earlier on ABC, Last Man Standing (1.5/5) was even with last Friday’s show. The network’s other comedy of the night, Malibu Country (1.5/5) was up 7% from last week. Shark Tank (1.2/4) was a repeat. NBC’s repeat of Michael Buble: Home For The Holidays (0.9/3) was followed by the fifth straight night of Howie Mandel’s Take It All (1.1/3) at 9 PM. The new NBC game show was down 8% on Friday night from Thursday’s broadcast. CBS won the night in terms of overall viewers while the network found itself tied with ABC for the 18-49.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/12/tv-ratings-fringe-surges-2020-and-dateline-connecticut-shooting/

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Nielsen Notes
19.3 Million Watch 12-12-12 Concert In U.S.

Nielsen reported today that 19.3 million Americans watched at least a portion of the 12-12-12 concert telethon for Hurricane Sandy victims Wednesday. The benefit is the most widely distributed live musical event in history, with almost 2 billion people worldwide able to access the event on TV, radio and online. The 4½-hour telecast aired on 15 networks in the U.S., with the average audience at any given moment topping out at 5.2 million viewers.

The show, which featured Hollywood celebs and a musical lineup that included the Rolling Stones, The Who, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, and Paul McCartney jamming with Nirvana, was put together by Harvey Weinstein’s the Weinstein Company, John Sykes’ Clear Channel and James Dolan’s Madison Square Garden Co, whose New York arena hosted the show. Proceeds benefited the Robin Hood Relief Fund.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/12/12-12-12-concert-ratings-19-3-million-viewers/
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TV Notes
AMC Orders 'Low Winter Sun' Series
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Dec. 14, 2012

AMC has given the go-ahead to former "Criminal Minds" producer Chris Mundy's crime drama "Low Winter Sun" with a 10-episode series order, the network said Friday.

The series, which will star "Zero Dark Thirty" actor Mark Strong (pictured) and Lennie James ("Hung," "The Walking Dead"), is based on a two-part British miniseries of the same name. The series begins with the murder of a Detroit police officer by his fellow detective, then follows the murderer as the consequences of his crime drag him into the Detroit underworld.

Mundy will serve as the series' showrunner, writing and executive producing. The project is a co-production of AMC Studio and Endemol Studios, with Endemol's head of creative affairs Jeremy Gold overseeing the project with Tiger Aspect head of drama Greg Brenman.

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/amc-gives-series-order-low-winter-sun-69396
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Washington Notes
CALM Act: Reducing TV commercial volume was a feat
By Meg James, Los Angeles Times

CALM wasn’t easy to achieve.

CALM Act, the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation law, which limits the volume of TV commercials, took effect Thursday. It requires broadcasters to ensure that TV commercials maintain the same volume as the entertainment programming in which they are contained.

The legislative effort was begun more than four years ago by Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Menlo Park), who was blasted by blaring ads on TV during a family holiday gathering.

“This has been a top consumer complaint for decades,” Eshoo said during a news conference Thursday in Washington. “I never dreamed that this would strike the chord that it did with the American public.”

It would seem like an easy enough fix for broadcasters, but turning down the volume turned into a frustrating odyssey for lawmakers and regulators. The solution required a convention of engineers from around the world, rewriting broadcast standards and advances in audio technology. TV stations and cable and satellite TV operators have spent the last two years upgrading their equipment to better detect sound fluctuations.

Normal listening levels are about 70 decibels for a television show, but levels can vary. The switch to digital television in 2009 made the problem worse because the higher fidelity sound made the commercials seem even louder, industry officials said.

Sound metering equipment long used by broadcasters was not sensitive enough to discern fluctuations in volume.

“The old type of meter measured volts. They were just looking for technical indications of loudness, and those indications did not always relate to human perception,” Thomas Lund, a development manager of Denmark's TC Electronic, said in a telephone interview. “Levels and loudness are not always the same.”

For example, high levels of sound for sustained periods come across to the ear as louder than for short duration. The old meters, Lund said, did not measure that dimension of sound.

“The people who were creating the commercials learned how to exploit the meters and fly below the radar,” Lund said. The result: blaring ads.

The CALM legislation marked an unusual case study of bipartisan support in Washington. Rep. Eshoo introduced a one-page bill called the CALM Act in the House in June 2008. Two years later, a companion bill authored by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)unanimously passed the Senate.

In December 2010, the House passed the legislation and President Obama signed the bill into law on Dec. 15, 2010. The Federal Communications Commission adopted its rules implementing the law a year ago, and provided a yearlong grace period so that stations could install the new equipment.

Viewers can report super-loud commercials to the FCC on the agency's website or by calling 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-225-5322).

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-calm-act-an-engineering-feat-20121213,0,4127018.story
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TV Notes
HBO Hopes to Stick With What Works
By Andre Tartar, Vulture.com (New York Magazine) - Dec. 15, 2012

HBO has ordered two pilots, and both will sound familiar to subscribers in their own way. First, there's People in New Jersey, a half-hour comedy about "an adult brother and sister living in the Garden State who ponder life's big questions." The script will be written by Bruce Eric Kaplan, one of the creative forces behind Six Feet Under and, more recently, Girls.

The premium cable network has also given the green light to an as-yet-untitled project about "three thirty-something friends living in San Francisco who grapple with all the options in contemporary life and the complexities of the modern gay experience." So, we're just going to think of it as Gay Sex and the City until there's any information to suggest otherwise.

For now, all we know is that David Marshall Grant (who oversaw the last season of Smash) and Sarah Condon (most recently of Bored to Death) will co-executive produce the pilot along with recent WGA-nominee Andrew Haigh, who will also direct, and Michael Lannan, who wrote the script.

http://www.vulture.com/2012/12/hbo-sticking-with-what-works.html
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Critic's Notes
TV Top 10 of 2012: 'Mad Men,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'Parks and Recreation' & more
It was a much stronger year for veteran series than new ones
By Alan Sepinwall, HitFix.com - Dec. 14, 2012

If you've been reading me a long time, you know I'm a complete wimp when it comes to making lists. Tell me to pick 10 shows, and I'll pick at least 11 — or, if I can, just do multiple lists. (I'm the guy who had to come up with seven different lists to break down the best of the '00s.)

For my list of the best TV shows of 2012, I actually stuck to 10 — and you can see and hear about all my choices in the video embedded at the top of this post — but only because I knew that I would be doing a longer written list next week, featuring my top 20 shows of the year. Like I said, wimp.

In many years past, I would deal with my need to give everyone a trophy by doing separate lists for new and returning shows, but there were only two new shows this year that I felt that strongly about (hint: both aired on HBO, and both are in the top 10 video). The issue I ran into this year is that I had a very clear top six shows that were on every single permutation of the list I tried, and then a collection of 10 or so other shows that I could have put in any order and felt satisfied with having them on or off the list. There are weeks where "New Girl," for instance, makes me as happy as any comedy on television, and yet on the day I had to finalize the list to record this video, it just narrowly missed the cut. Even now, as I write the text for this post, I'm arguing with myself for whether that show, or "Boardwalk Empire" or "Justified" or something else should have slipped onto the main list instead, but ultimately, everything was really close together, and the world likes lists of exactly 10, so that's where I had to cut it off.

One of the things I've been repeatedly asked about on my improvised book press tour is whether the golden age of television I write about in the book has already come to an end. And every time I'm asked that, I think about how hard it was to narrow this year's list down from 20 to 10, and about the incredibly depth of quality TV we have right now. There may not be as many Greatest of All Time candidates on at the same time as there were in the early-mid '00s, but there are more great shows overall, and all over the TV lineup.

So if a show you love (and/or that you expected me to include here) isn't on the list, then wait until early next week for the Top 20 before you yell at me. (Though yelling is certainly invited by any kind of best/worst list.)

[CLICK LINK TO SEE VIDEO]

http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/tv-top-10-of-2012-mad-men-breaking-bad-parks-and-recreation-more
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TV Sports
From sublime to ridiculous in 2013 TV sports
By Michael Hiestand, USA Today - Dec. 13, 2012

Whenever I'm asked if there's any way CBS' Jim Nantz might not admire the azaleas at the next Masters or whether Jon Gruden might return to coaching and who might replace him on ESPN's Monday Night Football, I have to wonder: Do people really want to know out of an abiding fascination with sports television?

Or, is there something more insidious going on? Say, trying to get inside information for the sake of betting on what's going to happen in TV sports.

So let's be clear. These predictions for TV sports in 2013 are simply meant for entertainment purposes and should not be used as the basis of any wagering.

Having said that, we all know that betting is one thing and fantasy leagues are something completely different. So, I'm giving you a free super-lock that Gruden will stay on MNF in 2013 and, if you happen to be in a league where this counts in the scoring, Nantz this April will again deliver admiration for Augusta National's flora.

What else you can, uh, take to the bank:

--NBC's Bob Costas will opine on-air that NFL players weighing more than 400 pounds reflect a broader obesity problem in our society, which will prompt protests from viewers who said they tuned in for a ballgame and not a sermon. An NBC spokesman will clarify that Costas wasn't talking about any products from the network's fast-food advertisers.

--NASCAR largely disappears from ESPN's SportsCenter as NBC and its NBC Sports Network grab its late-season TV rights to give the NBCSN cable channel more live action that outdraws its hunting shows.

--The NHL lockout ends, allowing NHL games to match the diminutive TV ratings of makeshift programming that replaced its lockout-cancelled games.

--Jay Glazer is front and center as a star of Fox's new all-sports cable channel launching next year. His purported encounters with various super-models start driving online page views across the Internet.

--Pete Rose'supcoming reality show on TLC draws more viewers than ESPN's Longhorn Network, although combined total viewership for both could fit in a large condo development.

--The NFL Network luckily draws really good teams for its Thursday night prime-time schedule. CBS and Fox executives say it's fine with them that the league is pulling good draws from their Sunday afternoon NFL game packages. But body language experts analyze the comments and say those network execs are actually issuing cries for help.

--Erin Andrews shows up as a regular on some Fox entertainment show.

--The depleted Big East conference, lucking out because there are few live sports packages left that aren't locked up in long-term TV deals, manages to get deals to air on ESPNU, NBCSN, the Tennis Channel and Google. In lieu of paying a rights fee to show Big East games in cyberspace, Google promises that Big East stories will be the first to pop up in online searches for college sports.

--Reports will spread, which are never definitively traced back to NBC, that Michael Phelps will try to qualify as a bobsled starter at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia on NBC.

--Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith will continue their verbal arm-wrestling on their ESPN morning talk show, but the approach will be seen less on other ESPN programming -- with Smith appearing less often on shows like SportsCenter to argue a take.

--ESPN's Dick Vitale and TNT's Charles Barkley will work together at least once, probably on an ESPN college game.

--And TV rights fees for sports will keep going up, just as they have through the course of your lifetime -- no matter how old you are. What's accelerating things now is how viewers are increasingly watching TV shows they have taped -- thus zipping through commercials -- while they still watch sports live. And commercials are the whole point of television.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/columnist/hiestand-tv/2012/12/13/2013-tv-sports-predictions/1766811/
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
SUNDAY Network Primetime Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET)

ABC:
7PM - America's Funniest Home Videos
(R - Dec. 8, 2011)
8PM - Winter Wipeout: Deck the Balls
(R - Dec. 8, 2011)
9PM - The Bachelorette: Ashley and J.P.'s Wedding (120 min.)

CBS:
7PM - NFL Football: Regional Action (continued from 4:25PM, LIVE)
7:30PM - 60 Minutes
8:30PM - Survivor: Philippines (Season Finale, 120 min.)
10:30PM - Survivor: Philippines - Reunion (LIVE)

NBC:
7PM - Football Night in America (80 min., LIVE)
8:20PM - NFL Football: San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots (LIVE)

FOX:
7PM - The Cleveland Show
(R - Nov. 4)
7:30PM - The Cleveland Show
8PM - The Simpsons
8:30PM - Bob's Burgers
9PM - Family Guy
(R - Dec. 11, 2011)
9:30PM - America's Dad
(R - Feb. 12)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn
9PM - Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey
(R - Jan. 29)
10PM - Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey
(R - Feb. 5)

UNIVISION:
7PM - Aquí y Ahora, Edición Especial: Jenni Rivera
8PM - Jenni Rivera: La Diva en Concierto (Special)
10PM - Sal y Pimienta, Edición Especial: Jenni Rivera

TELEMUNDO:
6:30PM - Movie: Shrek the Third (2007)
8:30PM - Movie: Cars (2006)
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Dec. 16, 2012

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
AMC, 8:00 p.m. ET

The best modern version of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic is shown tonight on AMC, when George C. Scott steps into the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in this splendid 1984 CBS telemovie. Scott nails the part, from the first moments of humbuggery to the triumphant final Christmas goose. And yes, I meant that description to sound a little inappropriate. Ho ho ho.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS VS. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
NBC, 8:20 p.m. ET

Facing each other for the first time in four years, these two teams are having great seasons: The 49ers are 9-3-1, the Patriots 10-3. And it’s a quarterback duel with a lot of drama. The Patriots have imposing veteran Tom Brady, and the 49ers have impressive young replacement Colin Kaepernick, who’s stepped up big time since Alex Smith was sidelined with a concussion.

DEXTER
Showtime, 9:00 p.m. ET
SEASON FINALE:
Last week, when Dexter (Michael C. Hall) learned that Hannah (Yvonne Strahovski) had drugged his sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter), he gave Debra the evidence to put Hannah behind bars. But their story may not end there – and Dexter, thanks to evidence piling against him, may be headed for prison himself, unless he can do something drastic. Which, for Dexter, isn’t that much of a stretch.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
TCM, 9:30 p.m. ET

Here’s a classic version of a classic: Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge, in this 1951 adaptation of the Dickens story. This one manages to be scarier than most, and Sim’s performance is wonderful.

HOMELAND
Showtime, 10:00 p.m. ET
SEASON FINALE:
Given the framework of this series, either Carrie (Claire Danes) or Brody (Damian Lewis) could die in this Season 2 finale – or they could both live. My guess is that Carrie’s character has become too valuable to lose, but Brody has served his purpose. Yet this series, at its best, confounds expectations – so let’s see what happens.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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TV Notes
Connecticut shootings: Gun control is Sunday’s main topic
By Hal Boedeker, Orlando Sentinel's 'TV Guy' Blog - Dec. 15, 2012

Sunday morning programs have revised their guest lineups in response to the Connecticut school shootings. Here’s an update on those programs, where gun control will be a recurring topic:

“Meet the Press” welcomes New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a gun-control advocate. The program starts at 9 a.m. on WESH-Channel 2. A panel discussion brings together Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; New York Times columnist David Brooks; Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers; former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge; former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett; and sociologist Michael Eric Dyson.

ABC’s “This Week” will have guests from Connecticut to talk about the shootings: Gov. Dan Malloy, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Sen.-elect Chris Murphy and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra. All are Democrats. The program starts at 11 a.m. on WFTV-Channel 9. A roundtable discussion brings together George Will; Democratic strategist Donna Brazile; Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah; Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.; and Joe Klein of Time magazine.

CBS’ “Face the Nation” will speak to Gov. Malloy and state police Lt. Paul Vance. The program starts at 10:30 a.m. on WKMG-Channel 6. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison discuss whether there’s a need for tougher gun laws. A panel on gun control brings together Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence; James Peterson of Lehigh University; David Frum of The Daily Beast; and Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic. A second panel features CBS correspondents John Miller, Bob Orr, Jim Axelrod and Michelle Miller.

“Fox News Sunday” will welcome Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. Dubrin will discuss gun control. The program starts at 10 a.m. on WOFL-Channel 35.The panel will be Brit Hume, Bill Kristol, Nina Easton of Fortune magazine and Liz Marlantes of The Christian Science Monitor.

CNN’s “State of the Union” will have Candy Crowley in Connecticut. The program starts at 9 a.m. and noon. Guests at 9 a.m. will be Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo.; Andrew Solomon, author, “Noonday Dreamer: An Atlas of Depression”; and Kris Mohandie, forensic psychologist. The guests at noon will be Sen. Blumenthal and Sen.-elect Murphy of Connecticut and Stephen Barton, an Aurora shooting victim.

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_tv_tvblog/2012/12/connecticut-shootings-gun-control-is-sundays-main-topic.html
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Q&A
‘Arrow’: John Barrowman talks archery, ‘Doctor Who’ anniversary
By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times' 'Hero Complex' Blog

Fans of “Doctor Who” and “Torchwood” know actor John Barrowman as the ever-cheery Capt. Jack Harkness. But for his latest role, as Malcolm Merlyn on the hit CW series “Arrow,” Barrowman is putting his famous smile to more sinister use, playing the wealthy head of the mysterious Tempest group. Of course, in “Green Arrow” comic book mythology, Malcolm Merlyn becomes archvillain Merlyn, a whiz with the bow and arrow himself. Barrowman unequivocally declined to reveal whether his character will one day evolve into that famous foe, but in an interview with Hero Complex, he did discuss Wednesday night’s midseason finale of the show, his own archery skills and how he might commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who.”

HC: What can we expect from “Arrow’s” midseason finale?
JB:
You can expect a lot of twists and a lot of turns that you’re not expecting from the show itself and also from Malcolm Merlyn. I have to be vague, because we’re not allowed to tell you what’s going on, but the fact is that also as a fan of the show, I wouldn’t want to be told. There will be jaw-dropping moments.

HC: Were you familiar with Green Arrow before joining this series?
JB:
I was not a buyer of those comic books but I know the DC world. This is going to sound really nerdy, but I have a DC encyclopedia at my bedside so when I’m watching other films with DC characters, I can reference them.What was discussed with me when they asked if I wanted the role — which I have to say, when I heard the passion everybody had about it and [executive producer] Andrew [Kreisberg] spoke to me — it almost seemed like they were apologizing to me for asking me to do what they called a small role. And I turned around and said, “Guys, I am thrilled that you’re on the phone asking me this. Because I’m a fan of this world. And the fact is that the passion in your voice reminds me of the day I was asked to play Capt. Jack in ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Torchwood.’ If you have a passion behind it, I know it’s going to be good.” As soon as they told me about it, I went and looked at all the material on the Green Arrow, and … there’s a vagueness about it. But I think that’s good for us, because it allows us a little bit of artistic license to take a left turn when we need to.

HC: Have you been practicing your archery skills at all?
JB:
I have no idea what you’re trying to lead into … I did archery when I was in high school. In our gym class we had two weeks of archery and I remember taking the bow and arrow and firing it up and across the street into a car parking lot. It was Bill Jacobs Chevrolet. And the next class after the archery class we heard over the speaker, “Mr. Barrowman, John Barrowman, please come to the principal’s office, please. The arrow you fired went through a convertible.” So I have had experience with archery.

HC: “Arrow” has done surprisingly well for the CW. What was your reaction when you got word that the show had been picked up for a full season?
JB:
What I can say that’s different in American television … in Britain, they wouldn’t cancel something after a couple of episodes. In the States they would. They would just decide it’s not working, take it off and put something else in on the fall schedule. It’s about turnaround and getting those audience figures. In the UK, they’ll let a show build. One thing I think is great about the CW is that we came in gangbusters for them and as per normal, the ratings taper off a little bit, but still doing well and all of a sudden there’s another gangbuster moment and the ratings go up again. The CW has stuck by it. Once I found out the numbers were good, I immediately texted Stephen [Amell] to say congratulations and job well done. Stephen was so excited, that he tweeted it before it was even announced. That gives you an idea of the feeling we have as the actors when it happens, we are happy about it and ecstatic that our story gets to be told.

HC: And now there’s an opportunity to see your character take on a more prominent role on the series.
JB:
I’d love to be a regular on the show just to continue the role. I love playing him and I want to explore his world even more.

HC: You didn’t have a lot of screen time early on. How do you create a fully realized character in a very small scene?
JB
: I’m not someone who says, “Ohhhh, I have to find my motivation! Blah blah blah.” You know what? Say your lines and put some personality into it. Tell a story. The main thing we’re there to do is tell a story. I believe in television the main thing you need to do is play part of your personality. You’re not really playing a character. In everything I do, I find some of myself, or a lot of myself and put it into the role. With Malcolm, I’ve tried to give him a little bit of a sense of humor. I’ve tried to make him fun. I’ve tried to make him quirky and flirtatious in a way that’s not overt. I don’t want to get too heavy about it, but I put a lot of my own personality into it.

HC: Any plans to have Capt. Jack return for “Doctor Who’s” 50th anniversary?
JB:
If there is, I haven’t been asked. I would love to if they ask me and I know that Andrew has already said to me if they want me in the 50th anniversary, he will give me the time off from “Arrow” to do it. But it’s not up to me. The fans keep asking me online and on Twitter. If I had an answer I would tell you, but it’s not up to me. Personally, as a fan of the show, I would be disappointed if Capt. Jack was not involved.

http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2012/12/12/arrow-john-barrowman-talks-archery-doctor-who-anniversary/
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TV Notes
‘Helix’, ‘The Almighty Johnsons’ Heat Up At Syfy As Network Nears Pickups
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Dec. 14, 2012

I hear Syfy is zeroing in on scripts for its next round of green lights, which may come next week. I hear among the top contenders for a pickup are Helix, from Battlestar Galactica developer/executive producer Ron Moore, and The Almighty Johnsons. I hear Syfy are contemplating straight-to-series orders in lieu of traditional pilot pickups, and that the network may make greenlight decisions in conjunction with existing series renewals.

Moore’s Helix, from Sony Picture TV where Moore is under an overall deal, is about a team of scientists investigating a possible disease outbreak at an Antarctic research facility.

The Almighty Johnsons is an adaptation of the New Zealand fantasy comedy/drama series created by James Griffin and Rachel Lang and produced by All3Media’s South Pacific Pictures. It centers on Axl Johnson, who on his 21st birthday discovers he and his family members are reincarnated Norse gods. Chris Dingess wrote the U.S. adaptation, which is being produced by Entertainment One.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/12/helix-the-almighty-johnsons-heat-up-at-syfy-as-network-nears-pickups/
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TV Notes
‘Golden Sisters,’ a few golden moments
Three elderly sisters banter back and forth on this OWN reality series
By Tom Conroy, Media Life Magazine

Among the odd genres of clips on sites like YouTube is the reaction video, in which someone is taped while watching a different video, most often one that has gone viral. Since we're usually familiar with what the person is about to experience for the first time, we get a knowing feeling of shared humanity as we see their presumably spontaneous and unfiltered response. Of course, the presence of a camera is going to affect that response.

Three elderly Italian-American sisters who had been posting their conversations on the Web suddenly went viral when they posted a video of themselves watching and commenting on the sex tape that Kim Kardashian made in 2003 with the rapper Ray J. Their raunchy play-by-play, alternately knowing and nonplussed, is hilarious.

Now the sisters have followed Kardashian's path from viral video to reality TV. They're the stars of OWN's "Golden Sisters," the pilot of which is airing this Sunday, Dec. 16, at 10 p.m. Like most reality shows, "Golden Sisters" is in a way a reaction video: The sisters encounter things that are there only to draw a response from them, and they are probably exaggerating their real personalities for the camera.

But their frequently foul-mouthed interactions with one another have enough real sisterly affection and irritation to keep us pleasantly entertained and perhaps to remind us of a grandmother or aunt in our own families. "Golden Sisters" isn’t comedy gold, but it'll do.

The three sisters — Mary, who is 81, and the younger twins, Teresa and Josie — were raised in a large family in the Bronx, N.Y., and have all since moved to Southern California. Josie runs a hair salon; Mary says, "Teresa is a big shot in Hollywood because she discovered Shia LaBeouf."

They say they meet every Wednesday to eat and "answer twits from fans." When the subject of dating comes up, Teresa, who is twice divorced, and Josie, who has been married for more than 50 years, decide they're going to find a man for Mary, who was widowed 10 months before and says she has no interest in someone new.

Most of the rest of the episode is taken up with activity that wouldn't have happened if it weren't destined for public consumption. The women meet a young dating expert named Steve Santagati, who tries to teach Mary how to walk sexily and how to flirt with men in the grocery store.

"What if his wife is around the other aisle?" asks Mary.

"She's gonna say you can have him," says one of the twins.

After the twins sign Mary up on a dating site, she meets a series of prospective dates in a restaurant, with the twins spying from a nearby table. On the way, Teresa suggests they stop to buy condoms.

The dating scenes are quick-cut, perhaps to disguise the fact that nothing very funny happens.

The best moments are when the sisters are needling each other. When the dating conversation turns naughty, Teresa suggests that men might like the fact that Mary has false teeth. "That's stupid talk," says Mary, "because I do have some of my teeth." She and Teresa fight until Mary says that Teresa has "a fat ass" and they both decide that makes them even.

Much of their shtick feels well worn, even if it is new to us. Mary says of her husband, to whom she was married for 61 years, "Jack and I only had one argument — it started the night we got married and it went on until the day he died."

At their age, the sisters are entitled to repeat themselves, and most viewers will forgive them if their banter isn't always sparkling. Whether or not "Golden Sisters" is picked up as a regular series, this short family visit is just right for the holidays.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/golden-sisters-a-few-golden-moments/
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TV/Technology/Critic's Notes
A Year Without Cable
Having cut the cord 12 months ago, a long-time subscriber answers the question: Is it possible to survive on Netflix and Hulu alone?
By Kevin Sintumuang, Wall Street Journal - Dec. 14, 2012

Dear Cable,

How are you? Can you believe it's been a year since we last saw each other? I remember handing the cable guy my set-top box like it was yesterday. So much has happened since then. The last of the remaining cool characters on "Boardwalk Empire" got offed. Zombies have officially overtaken vampires as the monster du jour thanks to "The Walking Dead." And Carrie on "Homeland" has consumed about 10 gallons of Pinot Grigio.

You see, Cable, breaking up with you didn't mean the end of my entertainment universe. I wanted to let you know that I'm happy. Me and Internet TV? We're getting along great. I spent 36 hours with her last weekend watching three seasons of "Damages," and she didn't mind that I never changed out of my sweatpants.

When I pressed "Off" on that 64-button remote of yours for the last time, I was relieved. No more $175 monthly bills! No more Honey Boo Boo! No more Guy Fieri! But I was scared, too. Would I be OK with most of the American public watching "Bob's Burgers" a day before I could see it on Hulu? Would paying $35 for a season of "Mad Men" in HD sting as much as a cable bill? Would I be too ashamed to ask my parents for access to their HBO Go account?

I survived. But I'd be lying if I said I don't think about you every once in a while.

Don't misunderstand me. I'm glad we went our separate ways. You still act like such a jerk. When are you going to learn that it's wrong to force people to buy hundreds of channels they don't watch when they really only want a dozen or so? I know, I know—that's just how the business works; it's how you've made money for decades. But have you ever thought about how that makes the people you're supposed to care about, i.e., your subscribers, feel? Sometimes I think you're missing a sensitivity chip. You should watch more Oprah and fewer house-flipping programs.

Internet TV? It respects me. It's progressive. It lets me choose what I want to watch, when I want to watch, whether a show I buy through my Apple TV or some foreign movie I stream on Hulu Plus that makes me feel like an artsy college student again. I can even watch live sports on Aereo (see sidebar). It'll never force me to subscribe to a channel with a show about pawnshop owners making customized bikes for ghost-hunting housewives.

No one's perfect, though. The "New Releases" section of NetflixNFLX +0.80% seems to have the same selections week after week. The latest season of "The Walking Dead" in HD costs $43 on iTunes—add subscriptions to a few more shows and I might as well be paying for cable. And whenever I'm interrupted halfway through a show by a buffering circle, I think about how quick and reliable you were.

That's the thing, Cable: You were boring to a fault, but you worked the way you were supposed to most of the time. At one point, you were a necessity, like water and electricity. But these days, I see you as a luxury product. You do what you do exceedingly well—but you charge way too much for the privilege.

I've seen you grow over the past year: Letting folks watch on their iPads. Giving access to primo content from HBO and ESPN on pretty much everything—tablets, smartphones, laptops, an Xbox 360. This "TV everywhere" approach is a step in the right direction. It almost makes up for the fact that you're so expensive. Almost.

So where does that leave us? I've thought about you a lot. You don't make it easy to let go. Every few weeks I get something in the mail from you—Triple Play! Double Play! It's sweet, but I find it hard to forget how awful you could be—jacking up your rates out of the blue, charging me a monthly fee for a DVR that only worked half of the time.

When I quit you last year, I told you, "It's not you. It's me." Well, I lied. It was mostly you.

I'm learning to forgive you. But you have to change. It's easy, really: Let me pay for just the channels I want—say, $100 a month for my choice of 20 instead of $175 for hundreds. If you do that, you can move your set-top box back to where my Apple TV now sits.

Do I miss you? Sometimes. Will we ever be together again? Perhaps. But not today. And not tomorrow. For now, let's just be friends. I'll still see you at my parents' place over the holidays, OK?

Your pal,

Kevin

* * * *

My Cord-Cutting Setup

Successfully cutting the cord requires a multifaceted approach: For movies and older television shows, I subscribe to Netflix ($8/month, netflix.com) and for more recently aired shows, I use Hulu Plus ($8/month, hulu.com). If there's something that isn't available on those services—newer movies hardly ever are—I'll buy what I need a la carte from iTunes. Similar services, like Vudu and Amazon Instant Video are great, but I have an Apple TV, iPad and MacBook, so iTunes is the easiest way for me to rent and buy videos and share them among my devices.

For live network television, I would normally use an antenna (most network programming can be had for free) but I get spotty reception where I live, so I subscribe to a service called Aereo ($8/month, aereo.com), which streams broadcasts from CBS, NBC, Fox and other networks to my iPad and laptop. Aereo is only available in New York City but will expand to about a dozen other markets next year. I watch most of my television on Hulu, though, and use Aereo for sports and the occasional late-night talk show.

Mr. Sintumuang is the editor of GQ.com.

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Moving in With Internet Television
Three gadgets for streaming video in your living room

3M Streaming Projector Powered by Roku

These days, most new TVs have access to streaming services like Hulu Plus and Netflix baked right into the hardware. This pint-size gadget is the projector version of one of those smart TVs. Simply connect it to a Wi-Fi network and you have an ultra-portable, streaming home theater. It projects an image as large as 120 inches diagonally, has a serviceable built-in speaker and can run for about 95 minutes on its rechargeable battery (or continuously if you plug it in). The beauty of tiny pico projectors like these is that when they're not on, your living room looks like a living room, with no large, monolithic screen presiding over you. Although the image may not be as bright and vivid as what you might get from a full-size projector, this model takes minimalism to an extreme—you can tuck your en- tire A/V system away in a drawer when the movie is over. $300, 3mmobileprojectors.com

Nintendo Wii U

Every year, our game consoles become more about watching movies than playing "Halo"; they're the center of our living-room entertainment universe. At the moment, the Xbox 360 is arguably the most streaming-friendly of the bunch, but Nintendo's Wii U will likely become the most advanced TV-centric videogame console on the market when its TVii feature launches later this month. Nintendo TVii will let you search for content from various providers—Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video—without having to hunt and peck from one service to another. And if you want to catch "Modern Family" on Hulu Plus outside of the living room, you can watch directly on the system's tablet-like controller. The system will also recommend content for you based on your personal viewing history—which means you'll get more Tarantino movies and your daughter will get more "Dora the Explorer." From $299, nintendo.com

MacBook Pro With Retina Display

A surprise to many first-time cord cutters: Just because you can watch a program on your computer doesn't mean the content will be available on your Apple TV or Roku box. Take "A Charlie Brown Christmas," for example. You can stream it on Hulu for your computer but not using the Hulu Plus app on your Xbox 360 (or other streaming devices). It's all about rights. Go figure.

Fortunately, there's a simple workaround: You can connect most newer laptops to a TV using the right cord. The MacBook Pro with Retina display is my favorite laptop entertainment hub. It supports Airplay Mirroring, a feature for wirelessly beaming what's on your computer to a television using an Apple TV (or perhaps one day to the Apple-designed TV set that the company is reportedly testing). But the laptop's display is so beautiful—its resolution is higher than most TVs'—that you may not feel the need for a bigger screen. From $1,699, apple.com

Kevin Sintumuang is the editor of GQ.com.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324024004578171171317536826.html
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TV/Business Notes
Telemundo shifts focus in effort to boost share
NBCUniversal has installed new management and increased the operating budget at the Spanish-language network, which has lagged behind rival Univision.
By Meg James, Los Angeles Times

Telemundo has long been like a remote Caribbean island, cut off from its sprawling media homeland.

NBCUniversal acquired the Spanish-language television network a decade ago for $2 billion but became discouraged by its seemingly limited prospects. But Comcast Corp.'s takeover of NBCUniversal last year may be building Telemundo a bridge to the mainland.

"Telemundo now has the full support of Comcast and NBCUniversal," said Emilio Romano, a former Mexican airline chief executive who was hired a year ago to run Telemundo. "For them, Telemundo is clearly a diamond in the rough."

The Miami-based network, which began in 1954 as a single Puerto Rico TV station, had long been viewed as an "East Coast" outlet infused with Caribbean flavor — not the right ingredients for the majority of U.S. Latinos, two-thirds of whom are from Mexico or are of Mexican descent.

Appealing to viewers with Central American heritage has become central to NBCUniversal's campaign to grow Telemundo. But there's a hitch: Telemundo's rival, Univision Communications, has a lock on Mexico's top-rated prime-time soap operas, plus contracts with top Mexican actors and the rights to some of the most popular Mexican soccer teams — making Univision the network of choice for most Mexican immigrants.

So Telemundo has had to shell out tens of millions of dollars to produce original programming to compete in the increasingly crowded field of Spanish-language television.
"They are a hungry No. 2," said Carmen Baez, president of Latin America operations for advertising behemoth Omnicom Group. "It's like that old Avis rental-car slogan: 'We try harder.'"

Since Comcast took majority control of NBCUniversal in January 2011, it has installed new management at Telemundo and increased the operating budget. Last year Comcast agreed to spend about $600 million for the rights to broadcast the FIFA World Cup soccer tournaments in 2015 through 2022 — nearly double the amount that Univision currently pays.

The company increased Telemundo's annual programming budget nearly 20% and steered more resources to local Telemundo stations, including KVEA-TV Channel 52 in Los Angeles — the nation's largest Spanish-language media market. KVEA has spent several million dollars improving its equipment, strengthening its broadcast antenna and converting to a high-definition signal. Last year it added a morning newscast, "Buenos Dias L.A.," and this year a Sunday local affairs program, "Enfoque Los Angeles."

"It's a 360-degree programming strategy built around cultural relevance," said Lauren Zalaznick, who oversees Telemundo as NBCUniversal's chairman of entertainment and digital networks.

For example, because many Latino families watch television together, Telemundo licensed films from Walt Disney Co.'s Pixar Animation Studios, creator of such blockbusters as "Toy Story" and "Cars," to build a Sunday night movie block. Telemundo has slowly bolstered its daytime schedule, sending its TV judge, Ana Maria Polo — who's been dubbed the "Latino Judge Judy" — on a road trip to Los Angeles and broadcasting more news from Mexico.

The company also has paid more attention to Mun2, its bilingual youth-oriented cable channel with a strong presence in L.A. This week the channel was dealt a devastating blow with the unexpected death of its reality show superstar, Jenni Rivera, in a plane crash in northern Mexico.

Telemundo draws an average of 1.2 million viewers in prime time, an increase of 5% over 2011 and 18% more than in 2010, according to ratings firm Nielsen. Univision's ratings have held steady but its second broadcast network, TeleFutura, is down 5% this year.

"Telemundo is a high-growth asset," Zalaznick said. "When we looked at the Hispanic American audience, we found that immigration growth in the U.S. had slowed considerably. We realized that we were looking at an existing pie, and if we wanted to grow, then we were going to have to take share away from our competitors."
The company's strategy is starting to pay off, said Lia Silkworth, co-managing director of the ad firm Tapestry, which specializes in Latin media.

"They are making a cognizant effort to be more balanced in who they put on camera — their music celebrities, actor choices and the story lines. It's a matter of being relevant to the largest possible audience," Silkworth said. "They are trying to be true to their audience, and having the audience see themselves in what they see depicted on the TV screen."

Silkworth and Omnicom's Baez said Telemundo stands out for advertisers because it develops its own dramas and produces them in the U.S. instead of importing them from Mexico. Marketers are able to insert their brands and products into the story lines, a practice called "product placement." For example, in the show "Corazon Valiente," a character's wife becomes jealous when he receives a phone call from another woman. But the man explains the caller is their State Farm insurance agent.

Consulting firm SNL Kagan estimated that Telemundo will generate about $340 million in revenue this year, an increase of 6.5% over 2011. The firm expects operating income to reach $62 million, an increase of 8.4%.

NBCUniversal's campaign to bolster Telemundo comes as other major media companies join the race to reach the estimated 50 million Latinos living in the U.S. Disney's ABC, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and Time Warner Inc.'s CNN have been gearing up new TV programming services to target Latinos.

Integrating Telemundo's operations within NBC long has been a challenge, but observers say they are seeing greater signs of cooperation. For example, Telemundo set up its operations near the NBC News anchor desk at Rockefeller Center in New York last month for its election night coverage. The network saw 30% higher audience turnout than in 2008.

Next year Telemundo plans to introduce a children's version of NBC's "The Voice," called "La Voz: Niños."

The network also has been beefing up its sports coverage. Although Telemundo's experiment to broadcast an NFL football game on Thanksgiving night was a turkey, last summer the network aired more than 170 hours of coverage from the London Olympics — a 20% increase compared with the 2008 Beijing Olympics — which produced strong ratings, particularly for soccer.

"You cannot underestimate the power of a strategic focus," Zalaznick said. "Our programming will resonate if it incorporates family values and themes such as testing of one's soul by pursuing the American dream, and achieving a better legacy for your kids than the one that you inherited."

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/industry/cotown/la-fi-ct-telemundo-20121211,0,1205028,full.story
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TV/Technology/Critic's Notes
A Year Without Cable
Having cut the cord 12 months ago, a long-time subscriber answers the question: Is it possible to survive on Netflix and Hulu alone?
By Kevin Sintumuang, Wall Street Journal - Dec. 14, 2012


This is interesting and I wish I could do this. My problem being I do not have unlimited data of Internet service. I live in a very rural area and my Internet service is by WiFi only and I am limited to 20G a month.

How much data usage would be need to do this? Also, I assume it would have to be done with cable or FIOS service.
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TV Sports
From sublime to ridiculous in 2013 TV sports
By Michael Hiestand, USA Today - Dec. 13, 2012
--The NFL Network luckily draws really good teams for its Thursday night prime-time schedule. CBS and Fox executives say it's fine with them that the league is pulling good draws from their Sunday afternoon NFL game packages. But body language experts analyze the comments and say those network execs are actually issuing cries for help.

NFLN shows all 26 teams that do not play thanksgiving....they can only show each of those teams 1 time & must show all 26 so thats why they have 13 games.
Meaning for every good team they show broncos, giants, 49ers they also have to show bad teams jaguars, cardinals, chiefs.
So when he says "luckily draws really good teams" he isnt understanding how they have to put their schedule together.
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TV/Technology/Critic's Notes
A Year Without Cable
Having cut the cord 12 months ago, a long-time subscriber answers the question: Is it possible to survive on Netflix and Hulu alone?
By Kevin Sintumuang, Wall Street Journal - Dec. 14, 2012
Dear Cable,

How are you? Can you believe it's been a year since we last saw each other? I remember handing the cable guy my set-top box like it was yesterday. So much has happened since then. The last of the remaining cool characters on "Boardwalk Empire" got offed. Zombies have officially overtaken vampires as the monster du jour thanks to "The Walking Dead." And Carrie on "Homeland" has consumed about 10 gallons of Pinot Grigio.

You see, Cable, breaking up with you didn't mean the end of my entertainment universe. I wanted to let you know that I'm happy. Me and Internet TV? We're getting along great. I spent 36 hours with her last weekend watching three seasons of "Damages," and she didn't mind that I never changed out of my sweatpants.
When I pressed "Off" on that 64-button remote of yours for the last time, I was relieved. No more $175 monthly bills! No more Honey Boo Boo! No more Guy Fieri! But I was scared, too. Would I be OK with most of the American public watching "Bob's Burgers" a day before I could see it on Hulu? Would paying $35 for a season of "Mad Men" in HD sting as much as a cable bill? Would I be too ashamed to ask my parents for access to their HBO Go account?

I survived. But I'd be lying if I said I don't think about you every once in a while.
Don't misunderstand me. I'm glad we went our separate ways. You still act like such a jerk. When are you going to learn that it's wrong to force people to buy hundreds of channels they don't watch when they really only want a dozen or so? I know, I know—that's just how the business works; it's how you've made money for decades. But have you ever thought about how that makes the people you're supposed to care about, i.e., your subscribers, feel? Sometimes I think you're missing a sensitivity chip. You should watch more Oprah and fewer house-flipping programs.

Internet TV? It respects me. It's progressive. It lets me choose what I want to watch, when I want to watch, whether a show I buy through my Apple TV or some foreign movie I stream on Hulu Plus that makes me feel like an artsy college student again. I can even watch live sports on Aereo (see sidebar). It'll never force me to subscribe to a channel with a show about pawnshop owners making customized bikes for ghost-hunting housewives.
No one's perfect, though. The "New Releases" section of NetflixNFLX +0.80% seems to have the same selections week after week. The latest season of "The Walking Dead" in HD costs $43 on iTunes—add subscriptions to a few more shows and I might as well be paying for cable. And whenever I'm interrupted halfway through a show by a buffering circle, I think about how quick and reliable you were.
That's the thing, Cable: You were boring to a fault, but you worked the way you were supposed to most of the time. At one point, you were a necessity, like water and electricity. But these days, I see you as a luxury product. You do what you do exceedingly well—but you charge way too much for the privilege.
I've seen you grow over the past year: Letting folks watch on their iPads. Giving access to primo content from HBO and ESPN on pretty much everything—tablets, smartphones, laptops, an Xbox 360. This "TV everywhere" approach is a step in the right direction. It almost makes up for the fact that you're so expensive. Almost.

So where does that leave us? I've thought about you a lot. You don't make it easy to let go. Every few weeks I get something in the mail from you—Triple Play! Double Play! It's sweet, but I find it hard to forget how awful you could be—jacking up your rates out of the blue, charging me a monthly fee for a DVR that only worked half of the time.
When I quit you last year, I told you, "It's not you. It's me." Well, I lied. It was mostly you.
I'm learning to forgive you. But you have to change. It's easy, really: Let me pay for just the channels I want—say, $100 a month for my choice of 20 instead of $175 for hundreds. If you do that, you can move your set-top box back to where my Apple TV now sits.

Do I miss you? Sometimes. Will we ever be together again? Perhaps. But not today. And not tomorrow. For now, let's just be friends. I'll still see you at my parents' place over the holidays, OK?

Your pal,

Kevin
* * * *
My Cord-Cutting Setup
Successfully cutting the cord requires a multifaceted approach: For movies and older television shows, I subscribe to Netflix ($8/month, netflix.com) and for more recently aired shows, I use Hulu Plus ($8/month, hulu.com). If there's something that isn't available on those services—newer movies hardly ever are—I'll buy what I need a la carte from iTunes. Similar services, like Vudu and Amazon Instant Video are great, but I have an Apple TV, iPad and MacBook, so iTunes is the easiest way for me to rent and buy videos and share them among my devices.
For live network television, I would normally use an antenna (most network programming can be had for free) but I get spotty reception where I live, so I subscribe to a service called Aereo ($8/month, aereo.com), which streams broadcasts from CBS, NBC, Fox and other networks to my iPad and laptop. Aereo is only available in New York City but will expand to about a dozen other markets next year. I watch most of my television on Hulu, though, and use Aereo for sports and the occasional late-night talk show.
Mr. Sintumuang is the editor of GQ.com.
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Moving in With Internet Television
Three gadgets for streaming video in your living room
3M Streaming Projector Powered by Roku
These days, most new TVs have access to streaming services like Hulu Plus and Netflix baked right into the hardware. This pint-size gadget is the projector version of one of those smart TVs. Simply connect it to a Wi-Fi network and you have an ultra-portable, streaming home theater. It projects an image as large as 120 inches diagonally, has a serviceable built-in speaker and can run for about 95 minutes on its rechargeable battery (or continuously if you plug it in). The beauty of tiny pico projectors like these is that when they're not on, your living room looks like a living room, with no large, monolithic screen presiding over you. Although the image may not be as bright and vivid as what you might get from a full-size projector, this model takes minimalism to an extreme—you can tuck your en- tire A/V system away in a drawer when the movie is over. $300, 3mmobileprojectors.com
Nintendo Wii U
Every year, our game consoles become more about watching movies than playing "Halo"; they're the center of our living-room entertainment universe. At the moment, the Xbox 360 is arguably the most streaming-friendly of the bunch, but Nintendo's Wii U will likely become the most advanced TV-centric videogame console on the market when its TVii feature launches later this month. Nintendo TVii will let you search for content from various providers—Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video—without having to hunt and peck from one service to another. And if you want to catch "Modern Family" on Hulu Plus outside of the living room, you can watch directly on the system's tablet-like controller. The system will also recommend content for you based on your personal viewing history—which means you'll get more Tarantino movies and your daughter will get more "Dora the Explorer." From $299, nintendo.com
MacBook Pro With Retina Display
A surprise to many first-time cord cutters: Just because you can watch a program on your computer doesn't mean the content will be available on your Apple TV or Roku box. Take "A Charlie Brown Christmas," for example. You can stream it on Hulu for your computer but not using the Hulu Plus app on your Xbox 360 (or other streaming devices). It's all about rights. Go figure.

Fortunately, there's a simple workaround: You can connect most newer laptops to a TV using the right cord. The MacBook Pro with Retina display is my favorite laptop entertainment hub. It supports Airplay Mirroring, a feature for wirelessly beaming what's on your computer to a television using an Apple TV (or perhaps one day to the Apple-designed TV set that the company is reportedly testing). But the laptop's display is so beautiful—its resolution is higher than most TVs'—that you may not feel the need for a bigger screen. From $1,699, apple.com
Kevin Sintumuang is the editor of GQ.com.
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You forgot one thing:

THE ADVERTISINGmad.gif When you arrived at my doorstep 32 years ago, you promised me there would be LESS Advertising (After all we are PAYING for all these extra channels). Instead, you gave us MORE Advertising (On some channels, there is MORE ADVERTISING than there is programming)! And you don"t give a Rat's Behind as to WHO is in front of the TV when your Ads are shown. "ED Pills", Women's Hygiene Products, Condoms, Contraceptives and other "Adult Products". All aired at times when CHILDREN ARE WATCHING, and even DURING KIDS SHOWS as well. "But these are not for the Kids, they are for the parents who watch the shows with their kids". I DON'T CARE! These Parents have to CRINGE whenever a show their children are watching goes to a commercial break, as there is NO indication as to what will be aired next. Is it any wonder they resort to VCRs and other devices to avoid these kinds of commercials? I know people who FORBID their children from watching TV until they record a program in order to filter out the Ads they don't want their children to see. This January I will begin my seventh year of being without Pay-TV. I don't miss it at all. DVDs are cheap and plentiful. Every evening I sit down in front of my TV and ENJOY my entertainment, knowing NOBODY will butt in to hawk something I'm not interested in buying. No "On Screen" Advertising will obscure the programming I want to watch as well. I watch what I want when I want to, and even the reruns are on my own terms, as when I finish watching a program, I GET TO KEEP IT! biggrin.giftongue.gif
Edited by borntocoast - 12/16/12 at 8:37am
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