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THURSDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insight's Blog
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TV Notes
Fox takes third Thursday of sweeps
Hurdles CBS for first with a two-hour episode of 'Idol'
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Feb. 22, 2013

Fox grabbed its first Thursday sweeps win last night with a double dose of “American Idol.”

A two-hour episode of the show boosted Fox past CBS, which won the first two Thursdays of the February sweeps.

“Idol” averaged a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 10 p.m., according to Nielsen, jumping 8 percent week to week in the demo.

It grew from a 3.8 in its first hour to a 4.0 in its second.

But CBS still had the night’s top-rated show, “The Big Bang Theory,” which averaged a 5.4 at 8 p.m. Lead-out “Two and a Half Men” tied with “Idol” as the night’s No. 2 show with a 3.9 at 8:30.

The CW had a strong showing at 8 as well. It finished in fourth place, ahead of ABC and NBC in the hour, with “The Vampire Diaries.”

“Diaries” drew a 1.3, soaring 30 percent over last week.

ABC and NBC struggled in that hour. Week two of ABC’s new drama “Zero Hour” dipped to a 1.1, while NBC’s “Community” (1.1) and “Parks and Recreation” (1.3) posted series lows.

Despite facing stronger competition from “Idol” this week, ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” grew 7 percent to a 3.0 at 9 p.m.

Univision’s “Premio Lo Nuestro,” a music awards show, had a strong showing. It averaged a 2.5 from 8 to 11 p.m. and finished second in its timeslot for its final hour at 10 p.m.

Fox was first fort the night among 18-49s with a 3.9 average overnight rating and a 10 share. CBS was second at 3.3/9, Univision third at 2.5/7, ABC fourth at 2.2/6, NBC fifth at 1.2/3, CW sixth at 0.9/2 and Telemundo 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-seven percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

CBS led at 8 p.m. with a 4.7 for “Bang” (5.4) and “Men” (3.9), followed by Fox with a 3.8 for “Idol.” Univision was third with a 2.4 for “Premio,” CW fourth with a 1.3 for “Diaries,” NBC fifth with a 1.2 for “Community” (1.1) and “Parks ” (1.3), ABC sixth with a 1.1 for “Zero” and Telemundo seventh with a 0.4 for “Pasion Prohibida.”

Fox took the lead at 9 p.m. with a 4.0 for more “Idol,” while ABC moved to second with a 3.0 for “Grey’s.” CBS was third with a 2.9 for “Person of Interest,” Univision fourth with a 2.6 for “Premio,” NBC fifth with a 1.2 for another episode of “Parks” (1.4) and “1600 Penn” (1.0), Telemundo sixth with a 0.7 for “La Patrona” and CW seventh with a 0.6 for “Beauty and the Beast.”

ABC led at 10 p.m. with a 2.7 for “Scandal,” with Univision second with a 2.5 for “Premio.” CBS was third with a 2.3 for “Elementary,” NBC fourth with a 1.1 for a repeat of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and Telemundo fifth with a 0.4 for “El Rostro de la Venganza.”

CBS was first for the night among households with an 8.3 average overnight rating and a 13 share. Fox was second at 7.9/12, ABC third at 4.9/8, Univision fourth at 2.9/4, NBC fifth at 2.1/3, CW sixth at 1.4/2 and Telemundo seventh at 0.7/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/fox-takes-third-thursday-of-sweeps/
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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: Dreamgirls (2006)

CBS:
8PM - NCIS
(R - Sep. 25)
9PM - 48 Hours
10PM - Vanity Fair's Hollywood (Special)

NBC:
8PM - American Ninja Warrior: Best of Northeast
9PM - Chicago Fire
(R - Feb. 6)
10PM - Saturday Night Live
(R - Feb. 16)
* * * *
11:29PM - Saturday Night Live (Martin Short hosts; Paul McCartney performs; 93 min.)
(R - Dec. 15)

FOX:
8PM - COPS
8:30PM COPS
(R - Jan. 5)
9PM - The Following
(R - Feb. 8)
* * * *
11PM - Hell's Kitchen
(R - Jun. 11)
Midnight - Minute to Win It
(R - Jul. 24, 2002) SD

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Austin City Limits: Esperanza Spalding

UNIVISION:
8PM - Sábado Gigante (3 hrs.)

TELEMUNDO:
6:30PM - Movie: Race to Witch Mountain (2009)
8:30PM - Movie - Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Feb. 23, 2013

ON THE WATERFRONT
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

More Oscar-winning movies and performances from TCM. This one, from 1954, won Best Picture, and Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint won for Best Actor and Supporting Actress, respectively. Brando’s performance also won the adoration, and emulation, of the next half-century of actors. Watch it tonight, and see why.

KILLING BIN LADEN
Discovery, 9:00 p.m. ET

As a pre-Oscars treat, Discovery Channel has shuffled its lineup tonight to repeat two documentaries tied to this year’s Best Picture nominees. The first is this one, which gives a nonfiction retracing of the same steps presented in Zero Dark Thirty, about the search for Osama Bin Laden.

ARGO: INSIDE STORY
Discovery, 10:00 p.m. ET

And here’s part two of Discovery Channel’s special pre-Oscars doubleheader: A one-hour special in which the CIA’s Tony Mendez, among others, recounts the real-life events leading to the daring escape of six Americans during the 1978 Iran hostage crisis. This version is a repeat of the little-remembered, now-topical special, but with new narration, provided by Argo co-star Bryan Cranston.

PATHS OF GLORY
MGM HD, 10:00 p.m. ET

Here’s a rare chance, on TV, to see Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 anti-war masterpiece, a story of three soldiers court-martialed for cowardice during WWI, and the colonel (Kirk Douglas) who defends them against the unfair, unwarranted charges. Stanley Kubrick was a great director, even at the start of his career, and this gripping drama, with its brutal battle scenes and cold courtroom ones, proves it.

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

This is a repeat of the most recent strong installment this show has mounted – from last December, when Martin Short was hosted, and Paul McCartney was musical guest. The best part? Unexpectedly, when McCartney appeared with Short in a comedy sketch, playing a musician who wasn't performing to Short's expectations.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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Critic's Notes
ABC Planning 'Once Upon a Time' Spin-Off Featuring Mad Hatter
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Feb. 22, 2013

ABC is doubling down on its fairytale-themed "Once Upon a Time," planning a spinoff of the Mad Hatter character, an individual familiar with the situation told TheWrap on Friday,

The network is looking to recast the character, which was played by "Gossip Girl" alum Sebastian Stan for half a dozen episodes last year. (Stan is currently preparing to star in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" for a 2014 release.)

The spinoff is currently in the very early planning stages, the individual told TheWrap.

Interestingly, the spinoff could end up competing with NBC's "Wonderland," That project, which is being executive produced by "CSI" creator Anthony Zuiker, reimagines Alice as a woman who develops into the malevolent Queen.

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/abc-plans-suburgatory-spin-featuring-mad-hatter-78916
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TV Notes
'Community's' Ken Jeong Enlists in ABC Comedy 'Spy'
By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Feb. 23, 2013

Ken Jeong is making plans for a post-Community world.

The Hangover actor has joined the cast of ABC comedy pilot Spy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Based on the British series of the same name, the single-camera comedy revolves around Tim (Warm Bodies' Rob Corddry), the well-intentioned father of a highly intelligent and verbal son named Marcus (Mockingbird Lane's Mason Cook), who also happens to be his complete opposite. Tim inadvertently takes a job at the secret service in order to prove himself a worthy father. Criminal Minds' Paget Brewster co-stars as Tim's ex-wife.

Jeong will play "The Examiner," a mischievous man who, after years in the CIA, has begun to lose his marbles. He's erratic, incorrigible and inappropriate with his fellow agents. Described as a bit of a lothario who's slightly out of touch with the modern world, he's wise and treats his agents like family. He prizes Tim above everyone else, much to the latter's chagrin.

For Jeong, the casting is in second position to NBC's bubble comedy Community, which has been struggling on Thursday nights. The often-delayed Joel McHale starrer most recently notched a 1.1 rating in the key adults 18-49, down a tenth of a point week-over-week and topped by The CW's The Vampire Diaries.

Repped by CAA, Aligned Entertainment and Stone Meyer, Jeong becomes the latest actor to take a role in second position this pilot season. Up All Night's Will Arnett also joined CBS' "unauthorized" Greg Garcia comedy, and Deception's Tate Donovan booked CBS' Hostages. Meanwhile, Glee's Vanessa Lengies took ABC's Mixology in first position, and Psych's Maggie Lawson booked NBC's untitled Cullens comedy, a likely indicator that the USA Network drama is in its final season.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/communitys-ken-jeong-abc-spy-423615
Edited by dad1153 - 2/23/13 at 4:14pm
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Technology Notes
Is Microsoft Now a Cool Brand Thanks to the Surface?
By Sterling Wong, Minyanville.com - Feb. 22, 2013

For over a decade, Apple has been the leader of technological cool, with its MacBooks, iPods, and iPhones preferred by the trendsetting creative class. In contrast, Microsoft, once the red-hot brand in the '90s, was the stodgy competitor whose products were only highly valued in the enterprise world, where utility trumped aesthetics.

However, the Bill Gates-founded company might have gotten an image boost in the past year thanks in large part to its recent heavy advertising spending to promote its new Surface tablets.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, some 50% of 853 18- to 29-year-old respondents surveyed said that Microsoft is cooler today compared to one or two years ago.

Josh Johnson, a 24-year-old gaming fan, was someone whose impression of Microsoft has improved because of its consumer-oriented Window 8 products.

"It's more customizable, and not as rigid as an Apple phone, where you have to buy all the products from Apple," Johnson told Reuters. "If you want a ringtone, you don't have to pay iTunes."

"I know Apple is the cool, hip brand right now, but if Microsoft keeps coming out with new tech, I'm sure it'll be back soon," Johnson added.

Beside improving its image in the eyes of young adults, Microsoft has also become a desirable brand among teenagers these days. A January report from Buzz Marketing Group, an agency that specializes in youth marketing, found that teenagers now find Apple passé and prefer Microsoft and Samsung instead.

“Teens are telling us Apple is done,” Buzz Marketing Group’s Tina Wells told Forbes. “Apple has done a great job of embracing Gen X and older [Millennials], but I don’t think they are connecting with Millennial kids. [They’re] all about Surface tablets/laptops and [the Samsung] Galaxy.”

Indeed, powered by the increasing popularity of Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones and tablets, which have become formidable rivals to Apple’s market-leading product, Google’s Android was crowned the coolest tech brand in the Reuters/Ipsos survey, receiving a 70% score.

Of course, Apple has no reason to despair. According to the same survey, 60% of respondents thought that the Cupertino, California-based company is cooler now than ever.

Since the launch of the Surface, Microsoft has promoted its tablets aggressively to younger demographics, buying product placements on CW’s youth-oriented TV series such as The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, and Gossip Girl.

While this strategy may have paid off in terms of raising product awareness and brand likeability, it’s unclear if the Surface tablets have sold well, with Microsoft so far refusing to release concrete sales figures. There have been reports in the tech blogosphere that customers have been unable to get their hands on the tablets, but Minyanville’s tech columnist Michael Comeau points out that “a sell-out of a product isn't necessarily a reason to jump for joy, simply because they can be artificially created through limited supply.”

“The question I'll pose to you is this: If the Surface Pro was selling in huge numbers, would the company not be announcing it to the world?” questioned Comeau. “So until Microsoft gives us some hard data, remain skeptical regarding how sales are shaping up out in the real world.”

Still, it bodes well for Microsoft’s long-term plans that teenagers find its products cool. Teenagers today will become working adults with purchasing power tomorrow, after all.

In the meantime, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is realistic about his sales target for the Surface.

“Surface is a real business. In an environment in which there's 350 million PCs sold, I don’t think Surface is going to dominate volume, but it’s a real business,” he said this week in an interview with MIT Technology Review.

http://www.minyanville.com/sectors/technology/articles/Is-Microsoft-Now-a-Cool-Brand/2/22/2013/id/48294?refresh=1
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Microsoft? Cool? Not in my lifetime, or any other. eek.gif
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Microsoft? Cool? Not in my lifetime, or any other. eek.gif

Your PC begs to differ. wink.gif
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I thought their advertising campaign for the Surface RT was amusing, with all the clackity-clack rhythms. On the other hand, their Surface Pro ads are a major turn-off for me: they're stupidly inappropriate for a work environment, which is where it'd be used the most.
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Critic's Notes
ABC Planning 'Once Upon a Time' Spin-Off Featuring Mad Hatter
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Feb. 22, 2013

ABC is doubling down on its fairytale-themed "Once Upon a Time," planning a spinoff of the Mad Hatter character, an individual familiar with the situation told TheWrap on Friday

This sounds like a terrible idea.

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Interestingly, the spinoff could end up competing with NBC's "Wonderland," That project, which is being executive produced by "CSI" creator Anthony Zuiker, reimagines Alice as a woman who develops into the malevolent Queen.

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/abc-plans-suburgatory-spin-featuring-mad-hatter-78916
...and this sounds just as bad.

I think the networks are somehow concerned I might be watching too much TV and are working to create shows that ensure I won't want to.
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I think the networks are somehow concerned I might be watching too much TV and are working to create shows that ensure I won't want to.

Hey, they are just trying to please you guys that keep saying "anything but another reality show" and that's the thanks they get? wink.gif

[Actually those shows sound pretty horrible to me too...]
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They do sound very awful, and in NBC's case they can't seem to be able to schedule shows that do appear to actually have some viewers, my guess is Revolution is going to completely tank when ever it returns.
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Yeah, I suspect that they've managed to wreck Grimm too, with all the scheduling nonsense. We'll have to see what happens next month when it finally returns.
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Yeah, I suspect that they've managed to wreck Grimm too, with all the scheduling nonsense. We'll have to see what happens next month when it finally returns.
Ah, yes! Another one that I bet sinks to the point that it doesn't get renewed because of crappy scheduling.
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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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Nielsen Overnights
'Undercover Boss' Returns Down But Boosts CBS
By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Feb. 23, 2013

Topping the night with adults 18-49 (1.5 rating) and averaging 5.9 million viewers, ABC kicked off Friday with both Last Man Standing (1.3 adults) and Malibu Country (1.1 adults) off a tenth of a point from their last originals. Shark Tank (1.8 adults), the night's best in the demo, held last week's score, while 20/20 (1.4 adults) was off a tenth of a point at 10 p.m.

Undercover Boss (1.5 adults) made a welcome return to CBS -- boosting the network's 8 p.m. hour by nearly a full point from the low-rated Job, pulled from the schedule after two episodes, but four tenths of a point short of its last original. The season finale of CSI: NY (1.2 adults) was even with the previous original. Blue Bloods (1.4 adults) was also steady, giving the network an average 1.4 rating with adults 18-49 and a dominant 9.3 million viewers.

NBC's news block saw Dateline (1.4 adults) up a tenth of a point from the previous week, while Rock Center With Brian Williams (1.0 adults) lost a tenth of a point. The network averaged 1.3 rating with 18-49-ers and 5.6 million viewers.

Both Kitchen Nightmares (1.1 adults) and Touch (0.7 adults) were even with last week's showings on Fox, giving the network an average 0.9 adults rating and 2.8 million viewers.

A new Nikita (0.3 adults) dropped two tenths of a point on the CW before the network encored this week's Cult premiere (0.2 adults). The CW averaged a 0.3 adults rating and 949,000 viewers.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-ratings-undercover-boss-returns-423637
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@ keenan

Grimm returns on March 8, but Revolution doesn't return until March 25. NBC is trying its best to make sure the few shows it has with decent ratings join the other failures in its lineup.
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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 - Oscars Red Carpet Live (90 min.)
8:30PM - The 2013 Oscars (Three hours, LIVE)

CBS:
7PM - 60 Minutes
8PM - The Amazing Race
9PM - The Mentalist
(R - Oct. 7)
10PM - The Good Wife
(R - Oct. 28)

NBC:
7PM - Dateline NBC
(R - Oct. 14, 2011)
8PM - Betty White's Off Their Rockers
(R - Jan. 15)
8:30PM - Betty White's Off Their Rockers
(R - Jan. 22)
9PM - Saturday Night Live in the 2000s: Time and Again (128 min.)
(R - Apr. 15, 2010)

FOX:
7PM - Bob's Burgers
(R - Dec. 2)
7:30PM - The Cleveland Show
(R - Dec. 11, 2011)
8PM - The Simpsons
(R - Dec. 16)
8:30PM - Bob's Burgers
(R - Dec. 16)
9PM - Family Guy
(R - Dec. 23)
9:30PM - America's Dad
(R - Sep. 30)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
7PM - Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey (120 min.)
(R - Feb. 17)
9PM - Masterpiece Classic: Page Eight (120 min.)
(R - Nov. 6, 2011)

UNIVISION:
7PM - Aquí y Ahora
8PM - Lo que Más Quieres (128 min.)
10:08PM - Sal y Pimienta (52 min.)

TELEMUNDO:
6PM - Fútbol Mexicano Primera División: Chivas de Guadalajara vs. Club León (LIVE)
8PM - Movie: Jade Warrior (2006)
9:30PM - Movie: Death Race 2 (2010)
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Feb. 24, 2013

THE 85TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS
ABC, 8:30 p.m. ET

Seth MacFarlane (ask your kids) hosts this year’s Oscars (ask your parents) – and that self-aware ABC promo suggests that the creator of Family Guy, as a first-time Academy Awards host, may indeed present the right tone to click with this very large (in TV terms), yet very thin-skinned (in terms of the black-tie attendees), audience. And no matter how long this show runs, if Argo wins and snubbed director Ben Affleck gets the last word, expect him to be given the time to say what he wants.

THE WALKING DEAD
AMC, 9:00 p.m. ET

There were at least two unexpected deaths of recurring characters on last Sunday’s TV shows. One was during the Season 3 finale of Downton Abbey, which our own Eric Gould writes about in his Cold Light Reader. And the other was a minor but likable character on The Walking Dead, shot down in his prime – or, at least, in mid-sentence – in a climactic scene that was as unexpected and stunning as the one on Downton Abbey was clumsily foreshadowed. So what’s going to happen this week on this show, now that the prison gates have been compromised, the survivors have been separated, and the zombie equivalent of a car bomb has just been detonated? I don’t know – but I can’t wait.

GIRLS
HBO, 9:00 p.m. ET

In this new episode, Hanna (Lena Dunham) and Jessa (Jemima Kirke) travel upstate, to visit Jessa’s estranged father (played by Patrick Wilson) and his free-spirit new girlfriend – who’s played by Rosanna Arquette.

SHAMELESS
Showtime, 10:00 p.m. ET

Frank (William H. Macy) stands by as his kids are whisked away by Family Services – which sounds tragic for him. Only thing is, Frank is such a reprobate, and a bad father, that he’s the one who placed the call and turned them in.

JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!: AFTER THE OSCARS
ABC, 11:30 p.m. ET

Even before Kimmel got his earlier time-slot promotion from ABC, he was given – and made the most of – a ripe post-Oscar showcase each year. You have to wait until your local news is over, but it’s worth it. Kimmel has made it a tradition to use the days leading up to the Oscars to enlist celebrities to appear in his short filmed sketches, which tend to go viral instantly. Tonight’s sketch: a fake movie trailer for a movie called Movie: The Movie 2V – a sequel, or prequel, to last year’s hilarious nine-minute “trailer” for Movie: The Movie. Time approximate.

http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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Critic's Notes
Bobby Jindal, Deval Patrick on ‘Meet the Press’; Jan Brewer on ‘Face the Nation’
By Hal Boedeker, Orlando Sentinel's 'TV Guy' Blog

The nation’s governors, who are meeting in Washington, are likely to make the most news on this weekend’s Sunday morning programs.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” will feature Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., and Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass. The program airs at 9 a.m. on WESH-Channel 2. The panel will be former Democratic Congressman Harold Ford; Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal; Steve Inskeep, host of NPR’s “Morning Edition”; and Maria Bartiromo and Jim Cramer, both of CNBC.

CBS’ “Face the Nation" features four governors: Bob McDonnell, R-Va.; Martin O’Malley, D-Md.; Jan Brewer, R-Ariz.; and John Hickenlooper, D-Colo. The program starts at 10:30 a.m. on WKMG-Channel 6. Talking about sequestration will be Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. A panel on gun violence brings together Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa.; Chris Ferguson, an associate professor of psychology at Texas A&M International; Mike Fitzgerald, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Health; Mary Ellen O’Toole, former FBI senior profiler; and Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council. A panel on politics features Nancy Cook of National Journal, Scott Wilson of The Washington Post and John Dickerson of CBS.

“Fox News Sunday” talks to Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., and Gov. Jack Markell, D-Del. The program starts at 10 a.m. on WOFL-Channel 35. Other guests are Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. The panel will be Bill Kristol, Mara Liasson, former Sen. Evan Bayh and Republican strategist Nick Ayers.

ABC’s “This Week” will offer two panels at 11 a.m. on WFTV-Channel 9. A panel on politics brings together George Will, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Kimberley Strassel of The Wall Street Journal, Time contributor Steven Brill and Steven Rattner, who was the Obama administration’s “car czar.” A panel on foreign policy will feature George Will; ABC’s Christiane Amanpour; Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y.; and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.

CNN’s “State of the Union” talks to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. The program starts at 9 a.m. and noon. The program offers a panel with former Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Miss.; Jackie Calmes of The New York Times; Gwen Ifill of PBS’ “Washington Week”; and Gov. Dan Malloy, D-Conn. Weighing in on the movies and politics will be Crystal Palmer, director of the D.C. Office of Motion Picture and Television Department.

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_tv_tvblog/2013/02/bobby-jindal-deval-patrick-on-meet-the-press-jan-brewer-on-face-the-nation.html
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Nielsen Notes
A Bleak Winter for Hourlong Series
By Adam W. Kepler, The New York Times' 'Arts Beat' Blog - Feb. 22, 2013

It’s been a long, cold winter for the broadcast television networks, for which almost every new series has been met with an equally chilly reception in the ratings.

Start with NBC. Its Jekyll and Hyde medical drama “Do No Harm” was canceled this month after only two episodes because of dismal ratings. If you blinked, you probably missed it.

But the network’s other new show, “Deception,” is dangerously close to matching that performance. “Do No Harm’s” premiere drew 3.1 million viewers, compared with 3.2 million for the most recent episode of “Deception.”

On ABC, “Zero Hour,” starring Anthony Edwards, opened on Feb. 14 with 6.4 million total viewers, but that number is already falling fast, with 5.3 million tuning in for the episode on Thursday night, accompanied by a low rating in the 18-to-49 category. The network will hope for better results when its next drama, “Red Widow,” starts March 3.

On the CW, “Cult” could not even garner 1 million total viewers for its premiere last Tuesday, and “The Carrie Diaries” has averaged 1.3 million viewers over six episodes.

Even CBS has not been immune. Its new reality series, “The Job,” was pulled from the schedule this week after it averaged just 3.7 million viewers over two episodes.

Of course, there is always the exception to the rule: “The Following” on Fox, which stars Kevin Bacon, made its debut on Jan. 21 with 10.4 million total viewers and has held a large portion of that initial audience. The most Feb. 18 episode was watched by 8.4 million viewers.

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/22/a-bleak-winter-for-hourlong-series/?ref=television
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TV Notes
On TV, the Oscars are more gray than gold
Blockbuster films, not the host, may be the key to attracting a younger TV audience.
By Steven Zeitchik and John Horn, Los Angeles Times - Feb. 23, 2013

Sunday's Academy Awards will feature many of Hollywood's shiniest stars, including Barbra Streisand, the cast of "The Avengers" and comic Seth MacFarlane. They'll be celebrating a slate of nine best picture nominees that includes six $100-million blockbusters.

But the celebrities must do more than hand out awards or sing and dance: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and longtime broadcaster ABC, need their talent to inject new life into a show whose audience has been declining steadily and aging rapidly.

Once considered an unstoppable phenomenon, the so-called Super Bowl of entertainment has lost momentum. The awards bash drew an average of 46 million viewers in the 1990s, according to Nielsen. Though it's still the top non-sports TV event, the telecast has attracted 40 million viewers only once in the last five years, in 2010.

What's more, the median age of the audience has risen from barely 39 two decades ago to nearly 53 last year. That number is worrisome not only to advertisers but also threatens the ceremony's long-term viability as a must-see TV event.

To expand an audience that is becoming smaller and grayer, the veteran Hollywood producers in charge of this year's broadcast, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, are attempting what might be called the something-for-everyone Oscars. This year's show will feature songs from Streisand and Adele, a sketch based on the movie "Ted" (which MacFarlane directed and wrote), a movie-musical medley and a James Bond tribute.

It's the first time at the helm for the duo (who have been behind stage-to-screen films such as "Chicago"), but there's little historical evidence that many of the weapons at their disposal — picking a young host, cooking up a bevy of celebrity-studded special presentations, adding song-and-dance numbers — have a tangible effect on viewership.

Academy President Hawk Koch has said that he wants the broadcast to be "an entertaining show that gives out awards" rather than an awards show with entertainment.

In 2011, producers experimented with young hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway; the broadcast was widely panned. Last year, the Oscars got back to the tried-and-true with Billy Crystal, then 63, who stepped in after Eddie Murphy dropped out.

MacFarlane, 39, represents a different kind of bet. For the entertainer who created the ribald animated Fox hit "Family Guy," the challenge is to lure in younger viewers while not turning off the more genteel, traditional Oscar audience.

"Last year was righting the ship after the James Franco experiment the year before," said Dave Boone, an Emmy-winning writer who's worked on eight previous Oscar telecasts, including the 2012 show with Crystal. "This year, producers believe it's time to try something different."

Boone said the producers must strike a delicate balance showcasing MacFarlane. "You don't want to change who he is, but you want to play to the part that's most accessible," Boone said. "Because once you lose the room, it's very hard to get it back."

MacFarlane is trying to manage expectations. In a televised interview this week, he said that he's going in at "minus 10," asserting that his Oscars will be "most astonishingly, dazzlingly mediocre."

Last year, total viewership for the Oscars was 39.3 million, a nearly 4% uptick from 2011 but still way below those 1990s numbers. (The record, 57 million, was set in 1998, when "Titanic" swept the ceremony.)

Last year's median audience age of 52.8 was a jump of 2.2 years from 2011, the biggest such increase in a decade.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/moviesnow/la-et-mn-oscars-telecast-20130223,0,1561221.story
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I have no plans to watch the Oscars. Five will get you Ten the Blockbusters will get snubbed again and the awards will go to so obscure-foreign film nobody even heard of until the last four weeks. Sorry Hollywood, I have better things to watch.
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@ keenan

Grimm returns on March 8, but Revolution doesn't return until March 25. NBC is trying its best to make sure the few shows it has with decent ratings join the other failures in its lineup.
Thanks for the dates!
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Bickering removed, including my own.
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I have no plans to watch the Oscars. Five will get you Ten the Blockbusters will get snubbed again and the awards will go to so obscure-foreign film nobody even heard of until the last four weeks.

Well if its in the Best Foreign Film category that's kind of a given.

As for the rest, if you haven't heard of the other movies then you really don't have enough interest in movies to be interested in watching the ceremony anyway. Nearly every single nominee in the major categories is well-known name or major hit. If you are waiting for Twilight to be nominated for something outside of the Razzies, then hopefully you'll be waiting forever.
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SATURDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insight's Blog
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TV/Business Notes
A Network and Its Modern, Manly Goals
By Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times - Feb. 22, 2013

You can imagine the excitement among modern men when the announcement came last week that finally, more than 65 years into the television age, we are about to get a TV network intended just for us. So surprising was this news that we had not even prepared a suitable celebratory gesture. Chest bump? Too Neanderthalic. Forearm bash? Too steroidal. High five? Too unsophisticated. Fist bump? Too passive aggressive.

But celebrate we did, each in our own modern-manly way, because G4, a network that no one had ever heard of and apparently has something to do with video games, is going to be rebranded the Esquire Network. The new network, its general manager said, will be dedicated to “the modern man, what being a man today is all about.”

Whoo-hoo! Oh, wait; sorry. “Whoo-hoo” is too Cro-Magnon for a modern man. But we’re overjoyed, really we are. Because finally someone is going to explain what a modern man actually is.

The new network, an NBC property that will be a partnership with Esquire magazine, won’t go live until April 22. For now we have to be content with discovering what a modern man isn’t, by scrutinizing last week’s somewhat unspecific executive comments.

Bonnie Hammer, chairwoman of NBC’s cable group, described the new network as “an upscale Bravo for men,” which sounds great until you realize that Bravo is a trashier-than-it-used-to-be network with a female slant. So the comment is roughly like calling the new entity “a nonmusic CMT for Northerners.” Not very enlightening.

The new network’s general manager, Adam Stotsky, was more specific, saying that it will define us modern men as interested in something more than “tattoos or pawn shops or storage lockers or axes or hillbillies.”

Now we’re getting somewhere. The modern man, it appears, does not chop wood, frequent pawn shops or live like or near Jed Clampett. As for the tattoo thing, some of us wish we’d heard Mr. Stotsky’s clarifying remark before we got the “whoomp, there it is” tramp stamp back in 1993.

If we modern men are obsessed with learning what the Esquire Network is going to offer, it is because we have for decades been searching the television landscape in vain for guidance on what exactly it means to be a man in the postwar world.

Television has always broadcast shows geared to men of course. Live boxing was among the earliest types of programming, way back in the 1940s. Then came all sorts of shows — “Combat!” and “Rawhide” and the rest — featuring guys doing things guys do, like herding cattle and fighting. There was the genre known as jiggle TV, with attractive women in bikinis and such, and then in 1979 came ESPN and the sports explosion. Nowadays we have networks like Spike, with shows that include “Car Lot Rescue” — yes, it’s a TV show about car lots — and the recently announced “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty,” which is just what it sounds like.

We modern men have watched all of this, but guiltily. It’s hard to shake the feeling that this programming is more premodern than modern, an effort to lure us back to the cave rather than into the glorious realm of higher possibilities that awaits us if we can just stop watching basketball, staring at bathing beauties and chasing possibly fictitious creatures through the woods.

Early indications are that the Esquire Network will be using a stealth approach to elevate our subspecies, because what has been announced so far is a type of television that, frankly, sounds an awful lot like the low-aspiration gunk that already exists.

One possible series, executives said, is “Knife Fight,” a cooking competition that seems as if it may be indistinguishable from the zillion other cooking shows already on television. Another is a travel show called “The Getaway,” which would be swell if there weren’t already an entire network called the Travel Channel.

Executives also suggested that a video feature from the magazine’s Web site called “Funny Joke From a Beautiful Woman” might have a place on the network. In the current installment of that feature, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, dressed as provocatively as any Charlie’s Angel ever was, tells a joke about nuns and hot dogs that will not be detailed here.

Presumably the strategy is to lure us modern men to the new network with shows that appeal to the familiar instincts, then gradually upgrade us to “Interesting Philosophical Discussion Point From a Plain-Looking but Extremely Intelligent Woman.” We’ll find out for sure in April. Which means there are only two months left to track down the elusive bigfoot. Hey, $10 million is $10 million.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/19/arts/television/the-esquire-network-has-manly-goals.html?ref=television&_r=0
Edited by dad1153 - 2/24/13 at 4:59pm
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TV/Business Notes
Oscar Telecast To Be Available Online For The First Time
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Feb. 24, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: The Academy Awards will be breaking new Web ground this year. We have learned that for the first time, ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will make the full Oscar telecast available for streaming in the U.S. on Monday across multiple platforms. They include ABC.com, the ABC Player app, Hulu, Hulu Plus and some of Hulu’s official distribution partners, including ShareTV. The Oscars will be available to stream beginning tomorrow morning at 6 AM EST through Wednesday, Feb. 27 at midnight EST. Disney-ABC co-owns Hulu, having joined NBCUniversal and News Corp. in the online venture in 2009. This is the first time a major TV awards show is being made available online in its entirety.

Highlights from tonight’s 85th Academy Awards already will be available to watch online faster than ever. Oscar.com will put up buzzed-about musical performances, acceptance speeches and jokes almost instantly after they air live on ABC tonight. (You can watch them here.)

The live telecast remains the top priority for ABC as importance of televised live events that people want to watch in real time continues to grow in a DVR-dominated TV universe. It is ABC’s highest-rated telecast, and the network sold out this year’s Oscar ad inventory at $1.7-$1.8 million for a 30-second spot, the highest prices in five years.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/02/oscar-telecast-to-be-available-online-for-the-first-time/
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