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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
NBC’s ‘The Voice’ lands on top again
Night two of the singing competition posts a 3.9 in adults 18-49
By Diego Vasquez, Media Life Magazine - Mar. 27, 2013

NBC claimed Tuesday night’s top show among viewers 18-49, but CBS’s more consistent lineup led it first place for the night.

NBC’s “The Voice” was No. 1 for the night in the demo with a 3.9 rating, according to Nielsen overnights, ahead of CBS’s 8 p.m. timeslot competitor “NCIS,” which was No. 2 for the night with a 3.1.

The second episode of the new “Voice” season was the highest-rated Tuesday program to air on the Big Four broadcast networks since Jan. 15, and it was up 22 percent versus the show’s Tuesday premiere a year ago.

Still, it was CBS that finished first for the night among 18-49s with a 2.4 average overnight rating and a 7 share.

NBC was second at 2.2/6, ABC and Fox tied for third at 1.9/5, Univision was fifth at 1.3/4, Telemundo sixth at 0.5/1 and CW seventh at 0.3/1.

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.

NBC started the night in the lead with a 3.9 at 8 p.m. for “The Voice,” followed by CBS with a 3.1 for “NCIS.”

Fox was third with a 1.9 for “Hell’s Kitchen,” ABC fourth with a 1.6 for “Splash,” Univision fifth with a 1.4 for “Porque el Amor Manda” and CW and Telemundo tied for sixth at 0.4, CW for a repeat of “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” and Telemundo for “Pasion Prohibida.”

CBS took the lead at 9 p.m. with a 2.6 for “NCIS: Los Angeles,” while ABC moved to second with a 2.3 for “Dancing with the Stars Results.”

Fox was third with a 1.9 for “New Girl” (2.2) and “The Mindy Project” (1.5), NBC fourth with a 1.7 for “Go On” (2.1) and “The New Normal” (1.4), Univision fifth with a 1.5 for “Amores Verdaderos,” Telemundo sixth with a 0.7 for “La Patrona” and CW seventh with a 0.2 for a repeat of “Beauty and the Beast.”

At 10 p.m. ABC led with a 1.7 for “Body of Proof,” with CBS second with a 1.4 for “Golden Boy.” Univision was third with a 1.1 for “Amor Bravio,” NBC fourth with a 1.0 for “Smash” and Telemundo fifth with a 0.4 for “El Rostro de la Venganza.”

CBS also led the night among households with an 8.5 average overnight rating and a 13 share. ABC was second at 6.5/10, NBC third at 4.2/7, Fox fourth at 2.5/4, Univision fifth at 1.7/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.7/1 and CW seventh at 0.5/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/nbcs-the-voice-on-top-again/

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TV Notes
‘Real World’ returns. (Yes, it’s still on.)
MTV show begins season 28 with same old premise
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Mar. 27, 2013

These days nearly every reality show has some sort of gimmick. The participants are dating, singing, dancing, diving, cooking or doing some other organized activity.

But on the oldest reality show of all the participants are just being.

“The Real World” airs its 28th season premiere tonight at 10 p.m. on MTV with the same premise as season one so many years ago: real life in front of a camera, or what passes for real life.

Of course, the hitch in such a premise is that the success of any particular season depends entirely on how interesting the participants are.

Some “Real World” seasons have been real snoozers.

The best seasons have had characters who aren’t just colorful but also have greater social resonance, like Pedro Zamora, the HIV-positive cast member from season three who sparked a national conversation about HIV and AIDS.

The worst seasons are those where most of the action happens in the house hot tub. It may be titillating for a few minutes, but a few minutes of titillation does not an entire season make.

Whether this year’s cast will resonate with viewers isn’t known yet, but it looks like the usual mix of partiers (one woman has even posed for Playboy), jocks and naïve Southern belles, who undoubtedly will lose that naivete following a dip in the house hot tub.

“Real’s” ratings are way down from its peak, but it’s still a valuable franchise for MTV, its most recognizable program now that “Jersey Shore’s” run is over.

Last season the show averaged some 1 million total viewers, according to Nielsen, finishing as MTV’s most-watched program in primetime on Wednesday nights.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/real-world-returns-yes-its-still-on/
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TV Notes
NBC Eyes ‘Chicago Fire’ Spinoff Series
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Mar. 27, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: NBC‘s Chicago Fire has been on a roll, steadily building from a slow start to hit several series highs in midseason, get its freshman order upped from 22 to 24 episodes and cement a second-season renewal. Now I hear the Dick Wolf-produced firefighter drama may also get a spinoff series. Details are sketchy, but I hear the proposed spinoff is also a Chicago-set procedural about another Public Safety division, the police. I hear the cop drama about the Chicago Police Department is being developed by Chicago Fire creators/executive producers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, executive producer Matt Olmstead and executive producer Wolf, whose company Wolf Films produces Chicago Fire with Universal TV. Word is that the new show would start off as a planted spinoff with Chicago Fire‘s first season finale directed by Joe Chappelle. It is still being sorted out which Chicago Fire actors may transfer to the spinoff series. Chicago Fire‘s recurring cast includes Chicago PD Detective Antonio Dawson, played by Jon Seda.

While networks usually wait at least two seasons until they use a successful series to launch a spinoff, given the state of NBC, where Chicago Fire is one of few bright spots, the urgency is understandable. Especially when someone of Wolf’s experience spinning off procedural dramas is involved. Wolf is the creator of Law & Order, which successfully spawned two series — Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: CI. Chicago Fire is also executive produced by Wolf Films’ Peter Jankowski and Danielle Gelber.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/03/chicago-fire-spinoff-series-in-works-nbc/
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Mar. 27, 2013

AMERICAN IDOL
Foz, 8:00 p.m. ET

With its two new judges this week, NBC's The Voice came back with a vengeance - higher ratings, and enough instant chemistry to make the blind audition rounds as much fun as before. Meanwhile, on American Idol, the lack of chemistry among the judges, old and new, has torpedoed this show's momentum, and the show itself, on a weekly basis. This year, Idol has finalist Candice Glover and a few other sparkling talents - but that's it.

THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE
Flix, 8:00 p.m. ET

This 2001 Coen brothers film may not be as high-profile as some of their others, but this black-and-white grim character study is a fascinating study in tone. Billy Bob Thornton plays a guy who walks through life depressed, and with good reason. There are plenty of good reasons to watch this movie, too, starting with its supporting cast, which includes Frances McDormand, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Tony Shalhoub – and, in an early, impressive role, Scarlett Johansson.

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

Guest star Wendi McLendon-Covey returns in this new episode as the lesbian mom from Lily’s school, brought in as a neutral third party to handle a home-renovation dispute between Claire and Cam.

NOVA: "METEOR STRIKE"
PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

On February 15, 2013, an asteroid crashed into the earth’s atmosphere, raining unexpected light and matter over the Ural Mountains in Russia and sparking all sorts of questions. For example, what’s the difference between meteors, meteoroids and meteorites again? This new Nova, coming to TV only six weeks after the Siberian event, answer those questions, and a lot more. Check local listings.

PSYCH
USA, 10:00 p.m. ET

This is the 100th episode of this series – and to celebrate, they’re mounting a playful salute to Clue the board game – and Clue the movie, since it features such stars from that film as Lesley Ann Warren, Christopher Lloyd and Martin Mull. Had that been a better film, this would seem like a more inspired idea, but I’m willing to give it a chance.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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TV/Business Notes
'Duck Dynasty' Salary Standoff Holding Up Season 4 Renewal
By Michael O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter - Mar. 27, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: The bearded stars of Duck Dynasty are asking for a big pay increase to return to A&E's top-rated series, and the salary standoff is holding up a fourth-season renewal of the show, sources tell THR.

The Robertson family, including brothers Phil and Si and Phil's sons, have seen their outdoorsman empire Duck Commander earn a small fortune thanks in part to notoriety from the hit reality series. Now they have banded together and -- represented by WME -- are angling to renegotiate their existing contracts. Sources close to the negotiation say the family is asking for more than $200,000 an episode from A&E and production company Gurney Productions to return for a fourth season, with additional raises for subsequent seasons.

The standoff comes as little surprise given Duck Dynasty's success. Season three bowed in February to a whopping 8.6 million viewers and a 3.9 rating among adults 18-to-49. In the key demo, Duck Dynasty is second only to AMC's The Walking Dead on all of cable and tops all broadcast offerings in its 10 p.m. Wednesday slot.

Hit reality shows have a history of salary stalemates. For instance, the cast of MTV's Jersey Shore held up production in 2010 while demanding a 200 percent raise for its third season and beyond. Discovery's Deadliest Catch cast quit the show amid a 2010 lawsuit and pay dispute then "un-quit" when the spat was resolved.

Some networks, like Discovery with Bering Sea Gold, have tried to combat plays for triple-digit pay increases by locking casts into five-year contracts early on, but renegotiations are common on hit shows after the second or third seasons.

A&E declined comment, but a source says the network does not recoup as much of its investment in its reality stars as some of its competitors, such as Bravo with its post-Bethenny Frankel Real Housewives. A&E owns no stake in the Robertsons' various branding efforts, their duck-call business or any of or their frequent speaking engagements at religious and business events, the latter of which alone have netted them tens of thousands of dollars.

Still, given the show's breakout-hit status, a resolution seems a must for A&E. Says a source close to the dealmaking, "It'll all get worked out."

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/duck-dynasty-salary-standoff-holding-431187
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TV Notes
Peabody Winners: 'Girls, 'Louie,' Robin Roberts Series, Lorne Michaels
By Tim Molloy, TheWrap.com - Mar. 27, 2013

HBO's "Girls," FX's "Louie," late-night mastermind Lorne Michaels and an ABC News series on Robin Roberts' health struggle are among the winners of this year's Peabody Awards honoring the best in electronic media.

The prestigious prizes, handed out each year by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, went to 39 recipients in all.

They include “Girls,” Lena Dunham’s HBO series about young women in New York; "Louie," Louis C.K.'s surreal look at the life of a comedian; the BBC2 documentary “Putin, Russia and the West,” about the Russian leader; Univision's “Rapido y Furioso (Fast and Furious),” about the U.S. government's gun-tracking debacle; HBO's “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”; and ABC News' “Robin’s Journey,” chronicling her fight with a blood disease. ABC News also won for its Superstorm Sandy coverage.

Michaels was a rare individual winner. He was recognized as "the patron saint of satirical television comedy" because of his decades leading "Saturday Night Live."

Other winners included HBO's "Game Change," about the 2008 election; TNT's "Southland," about Los Angeles cops, and Michael Apted's "Up" series, which revisits a group of British citizens every seven years. The latest film, "56 Up," was released in U.S. theaters in January.

Here's the complete list of winners, as described by the Peabody Awards. [CLICK LINK BELOW]

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/column-post/peabody-winners-girls-louie-robin-roberts-series-lorne-michaels-82681
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TV Notes
Netflix Is Giving the Wachowskis Their Own 'House of Cards'
By Esther Zuckerman, TheAtlanticWire.com - Mar. 27, 2013

Sci-fi siblings the Wachowskis are the latest auteurs turning to Netflix as a platform for a television pet project à la David Fincher and House of Cards. Yes, Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of Sense8—"a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted"—which are set to premiere in late 2014, Deadline reports.

Score another point for online television and specifically Netflix, which is rolling out a number of high profile projects in the coming months. Next month we've got Eli Roth's Hemlock Grove, and then of course in May comes Arrested Development. Meanwhile, this week Amazon—which is also building up its slate of original programming—ordered a pilot of Zombieland, a series based on the 2009 film starring Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson. So, yes, we guess this is really the wave of the future.

Sense8 will be the Wachowskis' first leap into the world of television. Here's hoping that Sense8 turns out more Matrix than Cloud Atlas.

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2013/03/netflix-wachowskis-sense-8/63603/
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TV Notes
Netflix Is Giving the Wachowskis Their Own 'House of Cards'
By Esther Zuckerman, TheAtlanticWire.com - Mar. 27, 2013

Sci-fi siblings the Wachowskis are the latest auteurs turning to Netflix as a platform for a television pet project à la David Fincher and House of Cards. Yes, Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of Sense8—"a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted"—which are set to premiere in late 2014, Deadline reports.

Score another point for online television and specifically Netflix, which is rolling out a number of high profile projects in the coming months. Next month we've got Eli Roth's Hemlock Grove, and then of course in May comes Arrested Development. Meanwhile, this week Amazon—which is also building up its slate of original programming—ordered a pilot of Zombieland, a series based on the 2009 film starring Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson. So, yes, we guess this is really the wave of the future.

Sense8 will be the Wachowskis' first leap into the world of television. Here's hoping that Sense8 turns out more Matrix than Cloud Atlas.

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2013/03/netflix-wachowskis-sense-8/63603/
Babylon 5 mastermind J. Michael Straczynski is supposedly involved in Sense8 as well.
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Babylon 5 mastermind J. Michael Straczynski is supposedly involved in Sense8 as well.

I wince every time I hear that name. I so hoped that one day, he would put out another B5 type story, I would have loved to have seen where Crusade was going. But after the years have passed I've pretty much given up hope the B5 universe will every come to life again.
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NHL Center Ice and MLB Extra Innings Conflict


TWC and others use the same channels for these two pay packages. Normally it is not a problem. Hockey usually ends when baseball starts and in the fall the reverse happens. Because of the lockout this year hockey cut into the first month of the baseball season. TWC plans to use the same 13 channels to show both. The math teacher in me says this cannot work. There can be 15 hockey games in a night and 16 baseball games. The first week of the baseball season should be sort of OK since most games early on are day games but by the second week baseball plays at night an so does hockey. They want to charge me the normal rates for this year with April being a mess. Anybody else know how other cable systems have resolved this?
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Speaking of which, did ION ever show the last few episodes of Flashpoint? I had heard there were only a couple left before Flashpoint went away for good. If they were aired, my TiVo missed 'em or the local affiliate didn't show 'em.

Yes, they showed them on a delayed basis in January because of the school shooting. The final episodes did an excellent job of wrapping up the series.

I just checked Netflix and Amazon and the episodes are not available yet. However, ION shows repeats. I checked and don't see the final episodes listed yet, but maybe if you keep an eye on it you can catch them there.
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NHL Center Ice and MLB Extra Innings Conflict


TWC and others use the same channels for these two pay packages. Normally it is not a problem. Hockey usually ends when baseball starts and in the fall the reverse happens. Because of the lockout this year hockey cut into the first month of the baseball season. TWC plans to use the same 13 channels to show both. The math teacher in me says this cannot work. There can be 15 hockey games in a night and 16 baseball games. The first week of the baseball season should be sort of OK since most games early on are day games but by the second week baseball plays at night an so does hockey. They want to charge me the normal rates for this year with April being a mess. Anybody else know how other cable systems have resolved this?

not every game starts at 7pm - and its very rare for all hockey teams to be playing at the same time - they'll be ok.

Also - lots of games are on national tv - so thats even less for the packages
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I wince every time I hear that name. I so hoped that one day, he would put out another B5 type story, I would have loved to have seen where Crusade was going. But after the years have passed I've pretty much given up hope the B5 universe will every come to life again.
Same here, but B5 was certainly some great TV though wasn't it? smile.gif
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Same here, but B5 was certainly some great TV though wasn't it? smile.gif

B-5, yes (years 1 & 5 maybe not so much). Crusade, no. God, it was awful.
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TV Notes
CBS Renews ‘Elementary’, ‘The Good Wife’, ‘Blue Bloods’, ‘NCIS: LA’, ‘POI’, ‘Mentalist’, ’2 Broke Girls’, ‘Mike & Molly’, ‘Hawaii’
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Mar. 27, 2013

CBS kept the tradition of renewing most of its slate in one fell swoop. Demonstrating its signature stability, the network has picked up most of its current series for next season, with two major exceptions: veteran Criminal Minds, which is in the midst of renegotiations with the cast, and freshman Vegas, which will get a tryout on Friday later this spring. Renewed for next season are freshman drama Elementary; critical darling The Good Wife; comedies 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly; and drama procedurals NCIS: LA, Person Of Interest, The Mentalist, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods. The nine join previously renewed The Big Bang Theory (part of a three-year pickup), How I Met Your Mother for a final season, and veterans NCIS and CSI, picked up when their stars Mark Harmon and Ted Danson, respectively, re-upped their contracts. Additionally, CBS said it continues negotiations with Warner Bros TV for another season of Two And A Half Men. Parallel negotiations with stars Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer are underway too and progressing. Also picked up for next season are unscripted series The Amazing Race, Survivor and Undercover Boss and newsmagazines 60 Minutes and 48 Hours.

Not surprisingly, MIA from CBS’ early renewal list again is perennial bubble comedy Rules Of Engagement. With the series recently hitting the 100-episode mark, the deals for the main cast up and most of them off to do pilots, it seems highly unlikely that Rules would continue, though I hear a short final installment is a possibility. With the key players on Criminal Minds, including stars Thomas Gibson and Joe Mantegna, all embroiled in difficult negotiations as their contracts come up this season, CBS is playing it conservatively with no early renewal, though the crime drama is fully expected to return. As for Vegas, a lot will depend on how the series does in the Friday 9 PM slot this spring. The series Vegas will succeed on Friday, CSI: NY, is not expected to come back, while midseason drama Golden Boy is heavily on the bubble.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/03/cbs-renews-elementary-the-good-wife-person-of-interest-ncis-la-mentalist-2-broke-girls-mike-molly-blue-bloods/
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TV Sports
Tim McCarver Retires As Baseball Broadcaster After Record Run
By Alex Ben Block, The Hollywood Reporter - Mar. 27, 2013

Tim McCarver, who has been doing play by play baseball broadcasts for Fox since 1996, announced Wednesday he will retire from the broadcast booth after the 2013 season.

“I’ve informed Fox Sports that I will not seek to extend my contract to broadcast baseball past the 2013 season,” said McCarver. “Although I am neither tired of broadcasting baseball nor have I in any way lost my interest in baseball, with which I have been associated as a player and broadcaster for 55 years, it’s time to cut back. Since 1996, my time with (broadcast partner) Joe Buck has been filled with some of the most memorable moments in the game’s magnificent history. I am very proud to have been a part of all the things that make this game so special for all of us who follow it day-to-day, week-to-week and year-to-year. Finally, to the gifted men and women at Fox with whom I’ve worked with over the last 17 years, your work has been exemplary and unmatched. You’re the best in the business and it has been a privilege.”

In a conference call making the announcement, McCarver said it “was not a tough call” to retire and that he wanted to do it when he still was at his best, and could go out on his own terms.

“Tim’s longevity as a lead network analyst is the result of hard work and his commitment to provide the best, honest analysis possible, and his decision to step down came as a surprise to us,” said Fox Sports co-president and COO Eric Shanks. "On behalf of everyone at Fox Sports and generations of baseball fans, David (Hill), Ed (Goren), Randy (Freer) and I would like to thank Tim for everything he has done for Fox since 1996 and baseball over the last 55 years. We’re just glad we get to enjoy his friendship and savor his expertise one more season.”

In the announcement, Fox said McCarver, whose uninterrupted run as a major league player and broadcaster began in 1959, has worked 28 consecutive MLB post-seasons on network television dating back to 1984, providing analysis for a record 23 World Series and 20 All-Star Games. He has earned three straight Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Sports Event Analyst” (2000-02) and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s 2012 Ford C. Frick Award.

McCarver has teamed with Buck for a record 17 years as the network’s lead national baseball broadcast team. No baseball broadcasting tandem has called more World Series (15) and All-Star Games (14), according to Fox.

"It was my great fortune to be paired with Tim as a kid back in 1996," said Buck. “It gave me instant credibility and helped shaped my career. Tim is the best ever to do what he does, the ultimate professional and the best first-guesser in the history of this business. I have always been proud to call him my partner, and I’m prouder still to call him my friend. I will be forever grateful to him for both parts of our relationship, and I’m going to miss him next year."

“Tim McCarver is not only one of the best sports analysts I’ve ever worked with, but more importantly, one of the best I’ve ever heard,” offered News Corp senior executive vice president David Hill, the former Chairman and CEO of FOX Sports Media Group. “McCarver lives up to John Madden’s credo for great sports analysis -- the great ones tell you what you’re seeing, but not seeing. The number of times that Tim has said expect this to happen -- and it does -- is absolutely staggering. In the business it’s known as ‘first-guessing,’ but Tim wasn’t guessing. He just knew what was going to happen and told the viewers. His knowledge and love for the game is going to take a long time to be equaled. He leaves big shoes to fill.”

Former Fox Sports president and executive producer Ed Goren, who worked with McCarver for 21 years at CBS and Fox, had a similar assessment: “Tim redefined the role of baseball analyst, and in so doing, made first-guessing an art-form. No analyst is more dedicated to providing his audience insight and understanding into the game, and his priority has always been to give his honest opinion based on a career that goes back a remarkable seven decades.”

McCarver has the distinction of being the only MLB analyst to have worked for all four major broadcast networks. He joined Fox Sports in 1996 after a two-year stint as a game analyst for The Baseball Network’s broadcasts on ABC. He returned to ABC in 1994 after four years with CBS Sports, where he also served as lead baseball analyst working the All-Star Game, National League Championship Series and World Series from 1990 to 1993. He teamed with Joe's father Jack Buck in 1990 and 1991, followed by Sean McDonough in 1992 and 1993. During his first stint as an analyst for ABC's baseball coverage (1984-89), McCarver covered the 1984, 1986 and 1988 National League Championship Series, the 1985, 1987 and 1989 World Series, and the 1986 and 1988 All-Star Games. His first network assignment came in the early ‘80s, while still playing, on NBC’s Game of the Week.

"Tim McCarver has chronicled the national pastime on our biggest stages, including a record 23 World Series and 20 All-Star Games, for a generation of baseball fans,” offered MLB Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “As an analyst, he has always thought like a manager in the dugout, and in the process he helped redefine what sports fans expected from the broadcast booth. Tim has led a remarkable baseball life since signing with the Cardinals in 1959, and all of us at Major League Baseball look forward to joining our partners at FOX Sports in honoring his Hall of Fame career throughout the 2013 season. On behalf of our 30 clubs, I thank Tim for his important contributions to our game over the past seven decades.”

McCarver began his broadcasting career at WPHL-TV in Philadelphia. He spent 16 seasons as an analyst for New York Mets broadcasts on WWOR, three seasons working New York Yankees games on FOX-owned WNYW, and one year analyzing San Francisco Giants games on KTVU.

In 1959, McCarver signed with the St. Louis Cardinals out of Christian Brothers High School in Memphis. In addition to 12 seasons with the Cardinals, he spent eight-and-a-half years with the Philadelphia Phillies, half a season with the Montreal Expos, and two seasons with the Boston Red Sox. In 21 big league seasons he hit .271 with 97 homeruns and 645 runs batted in.

As an author, McCarver released best-sellers Diamond Gems (2008); Few and Chosen: Defining Cardinal Greatness Across the Eras (2005); The Perfect Season (1999); Tim McCarver's Baseball For Brain Surgeons And Other Fans: Understanding and Interpreting the Game So You Can Watch It Like a Pro (1999) and Oh Baby, I Love It! (1987). He contributed the foreword to Alex Belth’s Stepping Up: The Story of All-Star Curt Flood and His Fight for Baseball Players' Rights (2006); Kelly Laduke’s All Stars: One Team, One Season (1996) and Lloyd Johnson’s The Baseball Timeline - A Chronological History of All the Teams, Stars and Seasons in Major League Baseball (1992).

McCarver’s nationally-syndicated sports interview program, The Tim McCarver Show, is in its 12thseason, and airs in the top 50 markets and reaches homes in more than 90 percent of the U.S.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tim-mccarver-retires-as-baseball-431311
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TV Sports
Tim McCarver Retires As Baseball Broadcaster After Record Run
Praise the Lord! I couldn't stand McCarver.
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^^^^ +1 not since he caught for the Cards.
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If theres a baseball god watching out for the fans Costas will get his job. Now-send Tim home a year early. Then have Bob do voiceovers for any game recording McCarver did so people a 100 years from now don't think we're idiots..
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He should do the honorable thing and call it quits now, doing one more season is equal to a final farewell.
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Apparently VisionOn's interest in "Cougar Town" when it was on ABC was so borderline to begin with that his/her distaste for TBS was enough to make his/her decision about watching it to fall the other way.

Actually no. It's because TBS became such a barren landscape of original entertainment that I don't even bother to check the schedule for anything worth watching. For years it's been just a constant rotation of Tyler Perry, TBBT, Family Guy and Friends reruns.

Maybe if they had bothered to keep some of their decent original programming around longer I might remember that it has anything potentially worth tuning in for now.

Same reason I don't check the schedule on SyFy now either.
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TV/Nielsen Notes
Ratings Fall for ‘Anger Management,’ With 80 Episodes to Go
By Adam W. Kepler, The New York Times

The cable channel FX raised a few eyebrows last August when it agreed to order 90 more episodes of Charlie Sheen’s comedy “Anger Management,” after only 10 episodes had been shown. It was an unusually large commitment to a new show, not often seen in television.

Less than eight months later — and with 80 episodes left to go — the ratings for “Anger Management” suggest that the deal may have been a bit premature.

The most recent episode on March 14 drew about 850,000 total viewers, the show’s lowest audience ever according to Nielsen and a far, far cry from last June, when 5.47 million total viewers made the series premiere the most-watched scripted comedy broadcast in the history of FX.

When FX made their decision, “Anger Management” had averaged 3 million total viewers per episode over the course of its first season.

But the ratings have been on a steady decline ever since. The Season 2 premiere on Jan. 17 had 1.8 million total viewers and over all the season has averaged 1.25 million.

In the short term, “Anger Management” may get a lift in the ratings from a forthcoming guest appearance by Lindsay Lohan, in an episode currently scheduled to be shown in April. But the long-term ratings prospects for the show, at its current audience totals, paint a bleak picture.

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/22/ratings-fall-for-anger-management-with-80-episodes-to-go/?ref=television
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
THURSDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)

ABC:
8PM - Celebrity Wife Swap: Envy/Loudon
9PM - Grey's Anatomy
10:02PM - Scandal
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11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Dwayne Johnson; Saoirse Ronan; Kendrick Lamar performs)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
7PM - 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament: Marquette vs. Miami (LIVE)
9:30PM - 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament: Syracuse vs. Indiana (LIVE)
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12:35AM - Late Show with David Letterman (Sylvester Stallone; former Vice President Al Gore)
(R - Jan. 29)
1:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Betty White; Morena Baccarin; ventriloquist Terry Fator)
(R - Dec. 11)

NBC:
8PM - Community
(R - Feb. 21)
8:30PM - 1600 Penn
9PM - The Office
(R - Feb. 14)
9:30PM - 1600 Penn (Season Finale)
10:01PM - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
(R - Nov. 14)
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11:35PM - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (Kim Kardashian; TV personality Willie Geist; Imagine Dragons perform)
12:37AM - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Director Tyler Perry; Nick Offerman; interior designer Thom Filicia; Blake Shelton performs)
1:36AM - Last Call With Carson Daly (David Duchovny; director Derek Cianfrance; Gold Fields perform)

FOX:
8PM - American Idol (LIVE)
9PM - Raising Hope (Season Finale, 60 min.)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - The 'This Old House' Hour
9PM - Tavis Smiley Reports: Education Under Arrest
(R - Mar. 26)
10PM - Antiques Roadshow: Myrtle Beach
(R - Mar. 25)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Porque el Amor Manda
9PM - Amores Verdaderos
10PM - Amor Bravio

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

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Pasión Prohibida
9PM - La Patrona
10PM - El Rostro de la Venganza

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Author Denise Kiernan]
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Author Dr. Robert Lustig)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Gerard Butler; Lynn Rajskub; Heather McDonald; Matt Braunger)
(R - Mar. 20)

FX:
11PM - Brand X with Russell Brand

TBS:
1AM- Conan (Ricky Gervais; Deepak Chopra; Imagine Dragons.)
(R - Jan. 9)
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Obituary
Don Payne, 'Simpsons' Co-Executive Producer and 'Thor' Screenwriter, Dies of Cancer
By Greg Gilman, TheWrap.com - Mar. 27, 2013

Don Payne, a co-executive producer of "The Simpsons" and "Thor" screenwriter, died in Los Angeles on Tuesday after battling cancer. He was 48.

The University of California, Los Angeles graduate won four primetime Emmys with "The Simpsons" since joining the Fox show's writing staff in 1998. Payne wrote 16 episodes, including "Fraudcast News," which earned him the 2005 Writers Guild Paul Selvin Award.

“Don was a wonderful writer and an even more wonderful man," said "Simpsons" showrunner Al Jean in a statement. "He was beloved in the 'Simpsons' community and his untimely passing is terrible news to us all. I know he is up with Thor now looking down at us and smiling.”

During his tenure at "The Simpsons," Payne also branched out into screenwriting with 2006's "My Super Ex-Girlfriend," followed by 2007's "Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer."

Payne also wrote a draft of "Thor" for Marvel, before working on the sequel, "Thor: The Dark World."

Also read: Comic-Con: 'Thor,' 'Captain America' Sequels Snag Release Dates

"Maximum Ride," Payne's most recent writing gig, is an adaptation of a James Patterson novel about genetically-engineered children with wings taking flight across the country to discover their origins. The film doesn't yet have a release date.

Payne had two episodes of “The Simpsons” in production at the time of his death. Both are scheduled to air during the show's Season 25, including this year's Christmas special, "White Christmas Blues."

Payne is survived by his wife and three children.

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/column-post/don-payne-simpsons-co-executive-producer-and-thor-screenwriter-dies-cancer-82866
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TV Sports/Business Notes
Say what: MLB teams' profits fall, but values rise
By Michael Hiestand, USA Today - Mar. 27, 2013

You never really know what something is worth until you try to sell it.

But Forbes' annual estimates of the value of MLB teams suggests the values have gone way up in the past year -- even as teams' revenues haven't and their profits have dropped.

Say what?

FORBES RANKING: The most -- and least -- valuable

Forbes says the average MLB team is now worth $744 million, which is an increase of a whopping 23% over last year -- and the biggest annual jump since Forbes began estimating team values in 1998.

But Forbes also notes that team revenues on average have increased just 7% and that their operating income -- proftits before things such as interest payments and taxes -- fell 9% per team, partly through higher player and stadium costs.

So how can you figure teams got so much more valuable? (Hint: It's not because of anything fans are doing like buying MLB tickets or merchandise.)

Forbes' reasoning:

*National TV money jumped. New deals with Fox, Turner Sports and ESPN more than doubled MLB national TV money to payments of $52 million per team through 2021.

But that didn't happen because anybody assumes that baseball viewership will go up. TV networks are willing to pay more for all live sports -- including baseball -- because it's programming the viewers watch live rather than via their DVRs, which allow viewers to skip through ads. And new TV ventures such as Fox's upcoming Fox Sports 1 cable channel have increased the number of potential bidders for live sports.

Forbes' team values don't even include various teams' ownership stakes that are part of their local media deals, because those stakes can be sold separately and thus aren't part of a team's intrinsic value. The Forbes estimates, meant to measure increases in team values over the last year, obviously don't include any pending future deals, such as the Los Angeles Dodgers lucrative local media deal.

*Digital dollars. MLBAM, MLB's fast-growing digital arm, last year generated about $650 million in revenues.

Forbes argues that if it were appraised by the same criteria that could be used to value a growing digital company like Facebook, MLBAM itself could be valued at $6 billion.

*MLB's investments. Isn't it comforting to know that those humble investors who somehow put together the scratch to buy MLB teams are also, in effect, trust fund babies?

The Baseball Endowment L.P. is a fund stocked partly with money from MLB's sale of the Montreal Expos to the Washington Nationals' owners and partly from revenues from things such as national media deals. The endowment invests in hedge funds, says Forbes, "and has earned double-digit returns on its investment portfolio" -- leaving those various investments worth $40 million-$45 million per team.

Meaning that if game attendance falls, MLB owners can at least fall back on their stakes in, say, pork belly futures.

In terms of team rankings, the New York Yankees again lead the Forbes list at $2.3 billion, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers ($1.6 billion), Boston Red Sox ($1.3 billion), Chicago Cubs ($1 billion) and Philadelphia Phillies ($811 million).

The least-valuable team: Tampa Bay Rays, at $451 million.

* The Forbes estimates, meant to measure increases in team values over the last year, obviously don't include any pending future deals, such as the Dodgers' lucrative local media deal.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/columnist/hiestand-biz/2013/03/27/mlb-forbes-new-york-yankees-los-angeles-dodgers-boston-red-sox-chicago-cubs-philadelphia-phillies/2025345/
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TV Sports/Nielsen Notes
USA-Mexico Soccer Sets Ratings Records for UniMas, ESPN
By Rick Kissell, Variety.com - Mar. 27, 2013

Tuesday night’s FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Mexico and the Unites States averaged a big 7 million combined viewers on ESPN and Spanish-language broadcaster UniMas.

According to Nielsen estimates, 4.58 million watched the 0-0 tie on UniMas, making it the most-watched telecast to date on the Univision-owned network. The previous high was set by the CONCACAF Copa Ora (Gold Cup) match between Mexico and Guadalupe in June 2007.

UniMas beat big-brother network Univision as well as Telemundo to stand as the No. 1 Spanish-language broadcast station during the time period in half of the country’s top 10 markets (Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas and Houston).

Among adults 18-34, the soccer match drew 1.5 million viewers to rule as the No. 3 primetime program on all of television Tuesday night. It had a median age of just 34.1.

The match from Mexico City also fared pretty well with English-speaking audiences, drawing 2.39 million viewers on ESPN — the largest crowd for a FIFA World Cup qualifying match (or international friendly) on an ESPN network. This is double the 1.19 million viewers that watched the Mexico-USA match in February 2009, which had set the previous ESPN record (on ESPN2).

Birmingham, Als., was the top market for ESPN (2.9 rating), followed by Austin, Texas (2.6) and Seattle-Tacoma, Wash. (2.4).

http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/usa-mexico-soccer-sets-ratings-records-for-unimas-espn-1200329995/

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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
‘Hardcore Pawn’ Returns to TruTV With Record-Breaking Ratings
By AJ Marechal, Variety.com - Mar. 27, 2013

“Hardcore Pawn” continues to break ratings records at TruTV.

Reality series from Zodiak New York returned for its seventh season Tuesday night and drew 3.2 million viewers, making it Tru’s biggest season premiere ever. Moreover, “Hardcore” delivered 1.6 million adults 18-49, the largest aud of all time in that key demo for the cabler.

Season seven preem showed a 36% boost compared to the season six launch last summer.

“Hardcore Pawn” airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. on TruTV.

http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/hardcore-pawn-returns-to-trutv-with-record-breaking-ratings-1200330024/
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CBS renews 18 prime-time series for next season
NEW YORK — There's little suspense ahead for CBS viewers: The nation's most popular broadcaster said Wednesday that it has renewed 18 of its prime-time series for next season.
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CBS has been dominant in the ratings this year and lately has taken to predating the annual release of its fall schedule in May with an announcement of mass renewals earlier in the spring. The renewals include news shows "60 Minutes" and "48 Hours" and reality shows "Survivor," "The Amazing Race" and "Undercover Boss."

Dramas back on the schedule next fall are the top-rated "NCIS" and its spinoff, "NCIS: Los Angeles." Other returning shows are "Elementary," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Person of Interest," "Hawaii Five-0," "The Mentalist," "Blue Bloods" and "The Good Wife." Renewed comedies are "The Big Bang Theory," "How I Met Your Mother," "2 Broke Girls" and "Mike & Molly."
"How I Met Your Mother" will have its final season and, presumably, answer the mystery of who the mother actually is.

The shows still on the bubble are "CSI: NY," "Vegas," "Golden Boy" and "Rules of Engagement." CBS may renew some or none of those shows, depending on its development of new programs.

http://www.kansascity.com/2013/03/27/4147536/cbs-renews-18-prime-time-series.html
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Yes, they showed them on a delayed basis in January because of the school shooting. The final episodes did an excellent job of wrapping up the series.

I just checked Netflix and Amazon and the episodes are not available yet. However, ION shows repeats. I checked and don't see the final episodes listed yet, but maybe if you keep an eye on it you can catch them there.
Thanks, Tom.

I'll keep an eye out for Amazon episodes (I don't have Netflix). They'll be better that our ION affiliate anyway. HORRIBLE picture quality on Dallas' KPXD-channel 68 (at least with Flashpoint).
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'The Walking Dead': Norman Reedus breaks down that last heartbreaking scene between Daryl and Merle Dixon

Last Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead featured one of the show’s most heartbreaking scenes ever as Daryl Dixon found the brother he had finally been reunited with — Merle — hunched over and eating human flesh as a zombie. Not only did Daryl find his big brother dead (or undead, as it were) but he then had to rekill him to put him out of his zombie misery. Now, the man who plays Daryl, Norman Reedus, reveals how he used the loss of his father to prep for the scene, what it all means for the future of his character, and how the cast said goodbye to the man behind Merle, Michael Rooker. He also says to get ready for one insane season finale on Sunday night.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tell me your reaction when you first read the episode or heard what was going down?
NORMAN REEDUS: I was bummed to see Rooker go. He’s such a strong character and such a good actor. He brought so much to the show so I was bummed to see him leave. I would have liked to have explored that relationship a bit more. And he’s always fun to play scenes with so I was bummed about that. I’m bummed every time someone leaves the show, to be honest.

EW: Merle and Daryl are so linked on this show, but you guys didn’t really work a whole lot together. You had the big hallucination episode in season 2, that one episode after you left Woodbury, and then a few big scenes in the last one, but not nearly as much as one would think. What was it like working with Rooker? I’ve seen him on set and the dude is like a spark plug.
REEDUS: He’s a Tasmanian devil, that guy. That’s Rooker. We have such a good rapport as friends and I think that translates to the screen because we just know each other really well and we get along really well and we’re similar in a lot of ways. It just helps. There’s a lot of understood brother stuff that happens that’s not really explained but you can tell. I know what my brother is going to do. I know what my brother thinks and it translates to other scenes when we refer back to each other. He’s nice to bounce with because we have this camaraderie.

EW: How did you prep emotionally for that final scene when you discover Merle as a walker and know you have to put your brother down? What did you draw on or use to get you to that place of just absolute personal devastation?
REEDUS: I listened to some songs that remind me of my dad to start off. My dad passed away a long time ago and it was a big emotional scene when that happened. I listened to a song that reminded me of my dad and sort of thought of that.

EW: What song was it?
REEDUS: It was a Willie Nelson song. When someone dies on the show you want to give them the biggest exit you can. I just wanted to break. I just wanted to collapse on the inside and I wanted to go back to a little kid. I just wanted to be crushed in a way you see my heart break. I wanted to curl into a little ball and be a little kid right there.

EW: That’s what it felt like. It went beyond shock or sadness. It was like a whole other level of pain.
REEDUS: With my dad, there were a lot of things I didn’t know and a lot of questions I would have liked to have asked him. I would have liked to get to know him better. In some ways, it’s kind of like that relationship. We’re two brothers that have been looking for each other. There’s a chance for a new sort of life there. Daryl’s not the same guy he was back then. There are parts of Merle that are changing you can tell during that episode, and there’s this hope out there that things might get better and there’s a chance that we can be other people and take it to a different level and we can grow and maybe start a dialogue that wasn’t there in the beginning. Sort of like my dad, I didn’t get to ask him these questions. I didn’t get to know him on a level I would have liked to have known him. It’s similar.

EW: Is that the hardest scene you’ve had to do on the show so far? On one hand, I could see it maybe being exciting to flex some different acting muscles, but to get to that place where you need to be must be emotionally exhausting.
REEDUS: Going into that, I wasn’t really thinking Oh, let’s nail this. Let’s do a good job. I was more thinking, Oh, f—, here we go, We got to do this. You know what I mean? It wasn’t so much, let me show some acting chops. It was like, Oh, this is gonna suck. Here we go.

EW: You just keep stabbing him in the head over and over at the end. Daryl seems to releasing all this anger at that moment. Is that pent-up anger at his brother? Is it anger at his death? Or maybe a bit of both?
REEDUS: It’s more like anger at this world right now. Rage is one of those things that is fear based. That sort of rage comes from being afraid. Daryl is the type of guy that’s always had his back up against the wall. He’s always had to fight. It’s just at the world and this is my life, and these are the cards I was dealt and it’s just frustration and anger at everything. It’s not just Merle. I’m not like, ” I hate you Merle!” It’s more like “Life sucks! And I hate it! I hate it! I hate it!” It’s more like that.

EW: What does this do to Daryl? Does it make him even more introverted? Or is it a release, a feeling that he can now move on and not be burdened with the problem of his brother? What’s the emotional impact of this on him beyond this scene?
REEDUS: I think it shuts him down a little bit more. I think it hardens him a little more. That rage is still there and I don’t think stabbing him over and over again is releasing that rage. It’s just opening a new door. I would expect Daryl to become more introverted and be a more hardened person. He just grew up a lot right then.

EW: Did you guys give Rooker the standard Death Dinner you have for castmembers after they bite it?
REEDUS: Yeah, we had a nice dinner. Everyone shows up and everyone’s bummed and tears are shed. Castmates are all hugging each other and having drinks and being sad about it. I just talked to Jon Bernthal who still watches the show and he was going on about how good Rooker was. He really brought that character to a whole other level and it could have been such a flat character and a character you’ve seen before, and it wasn’t. So we sat around, had some drinks and talked about what a good job he did and how much we’re gonna miss him.

EW: So what can you say about Sunday’s finale?
REEDUS: It’s explosive. Everybody wants this dude dead. Everybody hates this guy. He’s hell bent on destroying what we have and we’re hell bent on chopping his face off. Every single person wants to kill him, and he’s out for some bloodthirsty revenge. He’s offended everyone on a super personal level. It’s a fleet of bulls smashing into a fleet of elephants. You know what I’m saying.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/03/26/the-walking-dead-norman-reedus-daryl-merle-death/?hpt=hp_t5
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Actually no. It's because TBS became such a barren landscape of original entertainment that I don't even bother to check the schedule for anything worth watching. For years it's been just a constant rotation of Tyler Perry, TBBT, Family Guy and Friends reruns.

Maybe if they had bothered to keep some of their decent original programming around longer I might remember that it has anything potentially worth tuning in for now.

Same reason I don't check the schedule on SyFy now either.
No argument here. Just want to add that I get my schedule right here in HOTP. Other than car shows on Velocity and racing on others, I can't remember the last show I added to my DVR list that wasn't mentioned here.
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So this is interesting. FX are starting a new channel this Fall called FXX and moving some of their sitcoms to it.

Now as much as I love FX programming, does it really need another channel? They only broadcast a small evening block of original content. Why not just put more of it on FX?


TV Notes
FX to launch new sister channel FXX this fall
By Joe Flint, LATimes.com - Mar. 28, 2013

FX is going to try to clone itself.

The News Corp.-owned cable network -- home to such critically acclaimed shows as "Justified" and "Sons of Anarchy" -- is launching a sister channel this fall, dubbed FXX.

To get the channel off to a strong start, FX will move its comedies "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and "The League" to FXX, as well as its late-night show "Totally Biased With W. Kamu Bell," which will expand from a weekly to a nightly show.

FXX is scheduled to launch on Sept. 2. FX said it should be available in at least 70 million homes.

By moving two of its established comedies to the new channel, FX is betting that it will have some leverage in negotiations for carriage with cable and satellite distributors and attract attention from Madison Avenue.

FX was mum on how it will be able to launch in so many homes, but News Corp. executives have been telling pay-TV distributors that it is considering converting the Fox Soccer Channel into FXX.

Besides the FX shows that will relocate to FXX, there are plans for two other original comedies in the first year and a total of six for the second year. The channel will aim for adults 18-34. FX executives said it will not strictly be a comedy network.

“We are embarking on an incredibly ambitious ramp-up of program development and production required to sustain these networks," said FX President John Landgraf, who unveiled FXX to advertisers in New York City on Thursday morning.

No executive to oversee FXX was named. Besides Landgraf, the executives expected to play key roles in building FXX are executive vice presidents Nick Grad, Eric Schrier and Chuck Saftler.

FXX is the second major cable initiative News Corp. has announced in the last month. It also is launching a new sports network -- Fox Sports 1 -- in August.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-fx-fxx-20130327,0,5837402.story
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