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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - May 10, 2013

MOYERS & COMPANY
Public Television, Check local listings

This weekend’s new show is called How People Power Generates Change, and features Bill Moyers interviewing such guests as lifelong activist Marshall Ganz, whose legacy of change from the grassroots level traces back to the 1960s. Moyers & Company is shown by public TV stations locally from Friday through Sunday. To find when it’s televised in your TV market, see the Moyers & Company website. Check local listings.

THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR
Sundance, 8:00 p.m. ET

Robert Redford’s Sundance Channel is showing two of his films tonight in prime time, beginning with this 1975 political thriller that’s a precursor of every Bourne-again drama about secret agents gone rogue, or smelling conspiracies. This one is a great little movie, directed by Sydney Pollack and co-starring Cliff Robertson and Faye Dunaway. Redford plays a CIA researcher who suddenly is on the run, chased by his own agency – and though younger viewers may be thrown by the pivotal fact that this whole drama takes place in an era before cellphones, it ought to grab anyone who tunes in, and not let go.

JAKE SHIMABUKURO: LIFE ON FOUR STRINGS
PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

You may have to take this one on faith, because it sounds dubious – but I recommend it highly. Director and editor Tadashi Nakamura has compiled a film about 36-year-old Jake Shimabukuro that is part biography, part concert touring film, and part Pied Piper reincarnated. Except that this particular enchanting musician doesn’t play a wind instrument, but a ukulele – yet unlike any ukulele player you’ve ever heard, or seen. He won me over years ago, when he first posted a YouTube video of him playing a jaw-dropping rendition of George Harrison’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps. On a four-stringed, limited-range string instrument. This film includes footage of him walking the streets of Tokyo, strumming effortlessly and passing by people who are, by turns, equally amused, impressed and stunned. Watching this one-hour documentary elicits the same reactions. Check local listings.

REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER
HBO, 10:00 p.m. ET

This week’s guests include two people who aren’t regular visitors to Maher’s show, but whose appearances here are something to anticipate. One is actor Zachary Quinto, who plays Mr. Spock in the new Star Trek film franchise – and the other is Mark Bittman, the straight-talking, sensible-cooking New York Times food columnist.

MARON
IFC, 10:00 p.m. ET

In this second episode, Marc Maron makes room on his show, and in his podcast garage studio, for Denis Leary, who smells a rat. Well, he smells something – and apparently, it’s dead, and it’s underneath Maron’s crawlspace.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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Crap!! Although I figured it was coming. Are they still planning on doing a 24 movie?

EDIT: I guess I should have read further before posting. I guess a limited 24 series is better than nothing. But I was looking forward to a theatrical movie. Although I was enjoying the show Touch as well and would have preferred if that show had continued and also had a 24 movie instead of a limited 24 series.

Oh well, at least Nikita got picked up for another season.
Edited by aaronwt - 5/10/13 at 6:09am
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TV Notes
Best tube bets this weekend
The top draws on broadcast and cable and in sports
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - May 10, 2013

FRIDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: NBC, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” 12:35 a.m.
Alyson Hannigan and Benedict Cumberbatch are interviewed, and LL Cool J guests and performs.

Best bet on cable: Showtime, “Bob Saget: That’s What I’m Talkin’ About,” 10 p.m. This isn’t the Saget you remember from “Full House.”

Top sporting event: ESPN, “NBA Basketball,” 8 p.m. Playoff doubleheader featuring Heat at Bulls and Spurs at Warriors.

SATURDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: NBC, “Saturday Night Live,” 11:30 p.m.
Former cast member Kristen Wiig hosts, and Vampire Weekend performs.

Best bet on cable: Lifetime, “Dangerous Intuition,” 8 p.m. A woman takes her two kids on the run to get away from her abusive ex.

Top sporting event:Fox, “NASCAR Racing,” 6 p.m. The Southern 500 from Darlington Raceway, won last year by Jimmie Johnson.

SUNDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: CBS, “Survivor,” 8 p.m. Season finale.
Two-hour final episode, with the winner selected at the beginning of the reunion show.

Best bet on cable: HBO, “Family Tree,” 10:30 p.m. Series premiere. New TV mockumentary from “Best in Show’s” Christopher Guest.

Top sporting event: NBC, “PGA Golf,” 2 p.m. Final-round coverage of the so-called “fifth major,” the Players Championship.


http://www.medialifemagazine.com/best-tube-bets-this-weekend-378/
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Originally Posted by borntocoast View Post

Not to mention the ads for "ED Pills". mad.gif
What is the deal with ED pills (nit for you specifically)? My 6, 14 & 16 yr olds have watched those for years and they don't even register so much as a snicker. I find many other ads way more offensive, not because of the subject, but because of how downright stupid they are and how they insult even the kids intelligence. Now, those adult diaper ads do draw some snickers, but that doesn't mean they're necessarily offensive, just funny. Of course, 2 out of the 3 kids enjoy the GoDaddy ads, being as they're boys. smile.gif
Edited by DoubleDAZ - 5/10/13 at 6:36am
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It's not so much the pill ads that bother me. It's the ads for some of the products marketed to myself. Trust me, there's a "certain time" when I am not smiling, happy or having a grand time. Gimme a commercial that's more real, like curled up in a fetal position with a big box of chocolate and nuclear access codes. Then I might be inclined to buy your product smile.gif.
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Originally Posted by Nayan View Post

ESPN Eyes Subsidizing Wireless-Data Plans

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324059704578473400083982568.html?mod=WSJ_hps_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsThird



Some media companies may balk at paying carriers to relax data caps, arguing that their popular apps and services are a major reason users buy data plans to begin with. At least one other major media company that considered the idea rejected it on those grounds, a person familiar with the matter said.


This is an incredibly bad idea, it is companies like AT&T trying to get paid at both ends of the pipe and anyone who thinks that it will slow rate increases to the consumer is a fool. You can bet the "other major media company" was likely Netflix.
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Originally Posted by Nayan View Post

It's not so much the pill ads that bother me. It's the ads for some of the products marketed to myself. Trust me, there's a "certain time" when I am not smiling, happy or having a grand time. Gimme a commercial that's more real, like curled up in a fetal position with a big box of chocolate and nuclear access codes. Then I might be inclined to buy your product smile.gif.
I definitely agree with that sentiment. Advertising is one business I just don't understand. I realize the goal is name recognition more so than really knowing the product, but I don't see how focus groups can give the nod to so much that is just plain insulting. And don't get me started on those inane infomercials.
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The last two words made me laugh for several minutes.
Seriously, talk about a first world problem...
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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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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

This is an incredibly bad idea, it is companies like AT&T trying to get paid at both ends of the pipe and anyone who thinks that it will slow rate increases to the consumer is a fool. You can bet the "other major media company" was likely Netflix.
Sounds an awful lot like the early days of cable when stations couldn't wait to get carriage and now they squeeze every dime out of cable/satellite they can.
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Originally Posted by DoubleDAZ View Post

What is the deal with ED pills (nit for you specifically)? My 6, 14 & 16 yr olds have watched those for years and they don't even register so much as a snicker. I find many other ads way more offensive, not because of the subject, but because of how downright stupid they are and how they insult even the kids intelligence. Now, those adult diaper ads do draw some snickers, but that doesn't mean they're necessarily offensive, just funny. Of course, 2 out of the 3 kids enjoy the GoDaddy ads, being as they're boys. smile.gif

Your two older sons are one thing, but IMO your youngest son shouldn't be exposed to these kinds of commercials. What irks me (And a lot of other folks, most of the parents) is despite the fact these commercials involve "Mature Subject Matter" there is NO indication these kinds of ads are about to come on. I don't know about you, but I'm sure some parents CRINGE whenever a show their children are watching goes to a commercial break. eek.gif I once "Asked my Doctor" about a certain anti-fungal drug that was being extensively advertised. He informed me how much it was, and instead prescribed me an alternative that was about $50.00 Cheaper!. And it did the trick. cool.gif
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Originally Posted by WilliamR View Post

Fox mulls '24' return
by Lynette Rice

Fox is in talks to bring back 24 for a limited run.

Maybe theyll call it "12".
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Defiance has been given a second season (yay!)

http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/05/10/defiance-renewed-by-syfy/
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Go On has been cancelled ( I kind of liked it too):

http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/05/10/nbc-cancels-matthew-perry-sitcom-go-on/
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And Southland on TNT has been cancelled.
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
New series high for ABC’s ‘Scandal’
Hot drama surges 23 percent week to week to a 3.2 in 18-49s
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - May 10, 2013

ABC’s “Scandal” hit a new series high last night with its penultimate episode of the season, finishing with a better rating than “American Idol” for the first time.

“Scandal” averaged a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating at 10 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, up 23 percent from last week’s 2.6 and the No. 3 show on the night behind CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” (4.6) and “Two and a Half Men” (3.4).

The red-hot drama, which is well up over its abbreviated first-season run, also improved on lead-in “Grey’s Anatomy” by 10 percent. That’s bound to heat up speculation that “Grey’s” and “Scandal” will swap places come fall, with “Scandal” likely to grow even more if it moves to the earlier 9 p.m. timeslot.

“Scandal” airs its season finale next week on the final Thursday of the May sweeps.

“Men’s” finale was up 6 percent over last week, though the rest of CBS’s finales didn’t show growth. “Person of Interest” at 9 p.m. was flat to last week with a 2.4, and the 10 p.m. drama “Elementary” actually dipped to a series-low 1.8.

All of those shows will return next season.

Another finale, NBC’s “Community,” drew a 1.3 at 8 p.m., up 6 percent from last week and flat to last year. No decision has been made on the show’s fate.

The penultimate episode of NBC’s “The Office,” which airs its series finale next week, drew a 2.3 for a one-hour episode at 9 p.m., up 28 percent from last week and its best rating since November.

Fox’s “Idol” also aired its penultimate episode of the season and grew 12 percent week to week, to a 2.8. Lead-out “Glee’s” season finale drew a 2.1, up 11 percent from last week. “Glee” has been renewed for two more years.

The sixth-season premiere of ABC’s “Wipeout,” which will run through the summer, drew a mere 1.2 at 8 p.m., its lowest-ever bow.

CBS finished first for the night among 18-49s with a 2.7 average overnight rating and an 8 share on the third Thursday of the May sweeps. ABC and Fox tied for second at 2.4/7, NBC and Univision tied for fourth at 1.5/4, Telemundo was sixth at 0.8/2 and CW seventh at 0.7/2.

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-eight percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

At 8 p.m. CBS was first with a 4.0 for “Bang” (4.6) and “Men” (3.4), followed by Fox with a 2.8 for “Idol.” Univision was third with a 1.4 for “Porque el Amor Manda,” ABC and NBC tied for fourth at 1.2, ABC for “Wipeout” and NBC for “Community” (1.3) and a repeat of “Office” (1.1), CW was sixth with a 0.9 for “The Vampire Diaries” and Telemundo seventh with a 0.4 for “Pasion Prohibida.”

ABC took the lead at 9 p.m. with a 2.9 for “Grey’s,” while CBS slipped to second with a 2.4 for “Interest.” NBC was third with a 2.3 for “Office,” Fox fourth with a 2.1 for “Glee,” Univision fifth with a 1.8 for “Amores Verdaderos,” Telemundo sixth with a 0.8 for “La Patrona” and CW seventh with a 0.5 for “Beauty and the Beast.”

At 10 p.m. ABC led again with a 3.2 for “Scandal,” with CBS second with a 1.8 for “Elementary.” Univision was third with a 1.2 for “Que Bonito Amor,” NBC fourth with a 1.1 for “Hannibal” and Telemundo fifth with a 1.0 for “El Señor de los Cielos.”

CBS was also first for the night among households with a 7.5 average overnight rating and a 12 share. Fox was second at 5.5/9, ABC third at 4.8/8, NBC fourth at 2.1/3, Univision fifth at 1.8/3, CW sixth at 1.1/2 and Telemundo seventh at 0.9/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/new-series-high-for-abcs-scandal/
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Deadline: "Rock Center with Brian Williams" has been cancelled.
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TV Notes
‘Burn Notice’s Upcoming 7th Season To Be Its Last, Creator Matt Nix Developing New Series For USA
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - May 10, 2013

USA Network‘s flagship drama Burn Notice is coming to an end. The upcoming 13-episode Season 7 of the spy series will be its final one (the network makes it official with the promo below). But USA is staying in business with Burn Notice creator Matt Nix and studio Fox TV Studios. I’ve learned that the network has put in development Complications, which is written/exec produced by Nix and produced by FtvS. It tells the story of an ER doctor whose life changes after he is involved in a gang shooting, when he is forced to explore how active a doctor can be in treating the cause of his patients’ medical problems.

Burn Notice is set to cross the 100-episode mark during its upcoming seventh season, which premieres June 6. “From day one, Burn Notice‘s characters, storylines and mythology have consistently captivated a massive audience, and this final season will raise the stakes even higher, leading up to a spectacular series finale,” said USA co-presidents Jeff Wachtel and Chris McCumber. Joining stars Jeffery Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless and Coby Bell in Season 7 are recurring guest stars Jack Coleman, Adrian Pasdar and Stephen Martines.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/burn-notices-upcoming-7th-season-to-be-its-last-creator-matt-nix-developing-new-series-for-usa/
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TV Notes
TBS Picks Up 'Ground Floor' From 'Cougar Town,' 'HIMYM' Producers
By Jethro Nededog, TheWrap.com - May 10, 2013

TBS has picked up comedy, "Ground Floor," from "Cougartown" co-creator Bill Lawrence and "How I Met Your Mother" producer Greg Malins. The cable channel has ordered 10 episodes to air in 2014.

Skylar Astin, Briga Heelan and John C. McGinley will star on "Ground Floor," what's being described as a workplace comedy with a romantic twist.

"'Ground Floor' is a smart and extremely funny comedy that blends workplace humor with relatable romantic entanglements," said president and head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies, Michael Wright, in a statement.

"It's all brought together by a wonderful ensemble. With 'Ground Floor,' we're thrilled to be extending our creative partnership with 'Cougar Town's' Bill Lawrence," he continued.

Lawrence's production company, Doozer, will produce with Warner Horizon Television. Lawrence and Jeff Ingold will serve as executive producers.

The pickup extends TBS's relationship with Lawrence after picking it up post-ABC cancelation and renewing it for a fifth season in March.

Earlier on Friday, TBS announced it had also picked up a reality show from funk singer Cee Lo Green.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/burn-notices-upcoming-7th-season-to-be-its-last-creator-matt-nix-developing-new-series-for-usa/
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Deadline: "Rock Center with Brian Williams" has been cancelled.
Good, one less hour of a "journalist" to display what a hack he is.
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TV Notes
CBS Cancels 'CSI: NY,' 'Vegas,' 'Rules of Engagement,' 'Golden Boy'
By Lesley Goldberg and Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - May 10, 2013

CBS has canceled long-running procedural CSI: NY, freshman Vegas and long-running pinch hitter Rules of Engagement.

The New York-set Crime Scene Investigation spinoff will not return for a 10th season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Following a condensed 17-episode season (its shortest to date) the series edged CSI: Miami for the eleventh-hour pickup last season.

This year, the Friday series -- which remained a cash cow for its network and sister studio -- was a mixed bag on the typically low-rated night. Despite holding its own against fare including Grimm, Fringe and Supernatural, CBS opted not to move forward with the series. In a telling sign of the veteran drama's future, core cast members including Natalie Martinez and Hill Harper have already lined up new series regular roles in first position -- on USA Network's Covert Affairs and CBS' summer drama Under the Dome, respectively.

CSI: NY's departure leaves only the flagship series as the remaining show in the franchise after CBS dropped spinoff CSI: Miami last year. The future of the series had been in question after being left off CBS' massive renewal in March, when it renewed seven dramas. For its part, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was renewed in March for a 14th season with Ted Danson and Elisabeth Shue set to return.

The cancellation comes after CBS has picked up two dramas -- Intelligence and Hostages -- for 2013-14.

Vegas, the story of Vegas rodeo cowboy-turned-sheriff drew a top-name cast including Dennis Quaid in his small-screen series regular debut, Michael Chiklis, Jason O'Mara and Carrie-Anne Moss but couldn't catch on the way CBS had hoped. The drama has averaged a 1.5 rating among adults under 50 and 10 million viewers -- a hit by some standards but not on CBS. It most recently drew a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49.

From Warner Bros. Television, Golden Boy was one of executive producer Greg Berlanti's two dramas to get the green-light this year, with fellow freshman Arrow already earning a second season at the CW. The Theo James-Chi McBride cop drama earned a reprieve from its Friday time slot in March, taking overthe Tuesdays at 10 p.m. slot previously occupied by pricey period drama Vegas, which was bumped to Fridays. During its freshman run, Golden Boy averaged a 1.5 in the key demo and 8.3 million viewers, solid but not the breakout critical hit the network had hoped for.

Workhorse comedy Rules of Engagement, from Sony Pictures Television, had been a reliable pinch-hitter for CBS during its seven-season run, at one point even landing a Saturday night place on the schedule last year before being called in to sub when How to Be a Gentleman floundered. Last year's eleventh-hour pickup granted the David Spade and Patrick Warburton starrer the time required to make it to the all-important 100-episode threshold needed for syndication. TBS, home to syndicated repeats of The Big Bang Theory, has already landed off-network rightsto the comedy. Meanwhile, Warburton and Spade, among other cast members, have already moved on and booked roles in first position this pilot season. Spade co-stars in CBS' Bad Management, whileWarburton stars (and produces) CBS and SPT's Jacked Up.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/cbs-cancels-csi-ny-vegas-520885
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TV Notes
CBS Orders Chuck Lorre, Robin Williams/David E. Kelley Shows, 4 Others
By Greg Gilman, TheWrap.com - May 10, 2013

Top-rated CBS has ordered two new dramas and four new comedies to its 2013-14 roster, including a David E. Kelley comedy starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

The network also ordered "Mom," from "Big Bang Theory" creator Chuck Lorre, starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney as a newly sober mother and daughter living in the Napa Valley, and the Jerry Bruckheimer drama "Hostages" with Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott.

CBS made the announcements ahead of its upfront presentation to advertisers. The network has less room on its schedule than its rivals because it is the top-rated and most-watched, meaning it has less retooling to do.

Written by executive producer Jeffrey Nachmanoff, "Hostages" centers on a family caught in the middle of a grand political conspiracy that will change their life forever. It is based on the Israeli format created by Alon Aranya, Omri Givon and Rotem Shamir, who also executive produce with Jonathan Littman.

"Intelligence," written and executive produced by Michael Seitzman, focuses on a U.S. Cyber Command unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift -- a microchip that has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Josh Holloway ("Lost") stars alongside Marg Helgenberger ("CSI") and Meghan Ory in the CBS Television Studios and ABC Studios co-production. David Semel, who directed the pilot, executive produces with Tripp Vinson and Rene Echevarria.

Lorre, who has launched a string of successful shows on CBS, looks to score another hit with "Mom." Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. is producing in association with Warner Bros. Television. Eddie Gorodetsky, who co-wrote the pilot with Gemma Baker and Lorre, executive produces, while Baker is a producer. Pamela Fryman ("How I Met Your Mother") directed the first episode.

Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub and Jerry O’Connell star in "We Are Men," playing experienced guys who mentor a younger fella, played by Chris Smith, in a short-term rental complex. The half-hour single-camera pilot from CBS Television Studios was written and directed by Rob Greenberg, who also executive produces alongside Eric and Kim Tannenbaum.

CBS Television Studios is also producing Greg Garcia's half-hour, multi-camera sitcom titled "The Millers." Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, J.B. Smoove and Beau Bridges star in the comedy about a recently divorced guy’s life getting more complicated when his parents have marital problems of their own. Executive producer Garcia wrote the pilot, which was directed by James Burrows.

"Crazy Ones," a half-hour, single-camera comedy from 20th Century Fox Television, stars Williams and Gellar as a father and daughter working together in advertising. Jason Winer, who co-created NBC's cancelled "1600 Penn", directed the pilot written by executive producers David E. Kelley and Dean Lorey. Bill D’Elia, John R. Montgomery and Mark Teitelbaum also executive produce.

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/cbs-orders-chuck-lorre-jerry-bruckheimer-shows-4-others-90861
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TV Notes
ABC’s First New Series Order Goes to ‘Agents of SHIELD’
By Cynthia Littleton, Variety - May 10, 2013

ABC’s first new series order for the 2013-14 season went to Joss Whedon’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.”

No surprise there. The drama loosely linked to Marvel’s “Avengers” film franchise has been a hot property ever since it came together last summer.

A sneak peek of “SHIELD” will run Sunday in the season finale of “Once Upon a Time.”

More ABC pickups to come…

Here’s the description:

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD

Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) expert pilot and martial artist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker); brilliant engineer and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).

From Executive Producers Joss Whedon (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer”); Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot co-writers (“Dollhouse,” “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”); Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”); and Jeph Loeb (“Smallville,” “Lost,” “Heroes”) comes Marvel’s first TV series. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.


http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/abcs-first-new-series-order-goes-to-agents-of-shield-1200479556/
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TV Notes
ABC Renews 'Nashville' for Second Season
By Lesley Goldberg and Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - May 10, 2013

ABC is heading back to Nashville, renewing the series for a second season.

The Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere country music soap opened the season with high expectations thanks to an impressive cast and pedigree including Oscar winner Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise). Adding Boss' Dee Johnson as showrunner ahead of its October bow, the series launched big with 9 million viewers and a 2.8 ratings among adults 18-49 -- topping CBS' CSI and rookies Chicago Fire and Arrow, but down year-over-year compared with last year's Wednesday at 10 p.m. occupant, Revenge.

The series from Lionsgate TV earned a full-season in November and has released two soundtracks so far, tapping into ancillary revenue from downloads of the T Bone Burnett-produced original music from the series. Despite a lagging political story line, the early critical darling has continued to earn rave reviews for its supporting players including Charles Esten (Deacon), Sam Palladio (Gunnar), Clare Bowen (Scarlett)and Jonathan Jackson (Avery), with a tour featuring the four breakoutsin the works. The series is averaging a 1.9 in the demo and 6 million total viewers.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/abc-renews-nashville-second-season-520909
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TV Notes
ABC’s First New Series Order Goes to ‘Agents of SHIELD’
By Cynthia Littleton, Variety - May 10, 2013

ABC’s first new series order for the 2013-14 season went to Joss Whedon’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.”

This looks promising and I will certainly check it out.
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Originally Posted by borntocoast View Post

Your two older sons are one thing, but IMO your youngest son shouldn't be exposed to these kinds of commercials. What irks me (And a lot of other folks, most of the parents) is despite the fact these commercials involve "Mature Subject Matter" there is NO indication these kinds of ads are about to come on. I don't know about you, but I'm sure some parents CRINGE whenever a show their children are watching goes to a commercial break. eek.gif I once "Asked my Doctor" about a certain anti-fungal drug that was being extensively advertised. He informed me how much it was, and instead prescribed me an alternative that was about $50.00 Cheaper!. And it did the trick. cool.gif
The point was they have been watching for years, so current age doesn't mean much. Also, the youngest is a she and admittedly she doesn't pay attention to much TV, much less commercials, so she's way smarter than I am. smile.gif

Please understand that I don't much like the ads either, I'm just not bothered by them on a V-chip basis. IMHO, the ads showing unhealthy living conditions in Africa, Israel, etc., are far more objectionable than an ED ad that simply shows loving couples and doesn't even directly mention sex. In any case, I think we're going in circles, so I'm moving on.
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Good, one less hour of a "journalist" to display what a hack he is.
I guess you don't like journalists or senators, huh? smile.gif
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TV Notes
NBC Renews 'Community' for Fifth Season
By Lesley Goldberg and Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - May 10, 2013

NBC has renewed Community as the Joel McHale starrer continues to march toward its "six seasons and a movie."

The beleaguered cult favorite will continue on for a fifth season, NBC announced Friday. The news comes a day after the Thursday comedy wrapped its fourth season, even year-over-year with a 1.3 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic and tying American Idol among adults 18-34.

While Community will continue, it will do so without co-star Chevy Chase, who exited the show in November following a roller-coaster relationship with the NBC series as he grew frustrated with the direction his character was taking. Most recently in October, the actor used an N-word on-set when questioning dialog in a scene, then "immediately" apologized to the cast.

The pickup also comes ahead of Community's syndicated debut in the fall on Comedy Central, with repeats potentially helping to lift the series the way TBS' encores have helped push CBS' The Big Bang Theory to new heights in its sixth season.

Despite being initially left off the network's midseason lineup for the second time, the series received a vote of confidence from NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt earlier this year when he touted that the community college comedy would have more heart under new showrunners David Guarascio and Moses Port. The duo took over from series creator Dan Harmon this season, with some critics of the Sony Pictures Television vehicle giving season four mixed results, some noting Community had lost the edge it had under Harmon.

For NBC's part, the Community news as the network reinvents its comedy brand, with the community college series joining Parks and Recreation as its lone returning half-hours for 2013-14. All of its freshman comedies -- save for Ryan Murphy's semi-autobiographical entry The New Normal and summer effort Save Me -- have failed to earn second seasons, though Save Me is not expected to return. NBC on Friday dropped Matthew Perry's Go On, which was considered the rookie most likely to continue.

Meanwhile, NBC continues to add new comedies including The Michael J. Fox Show, Sean Saves the World, Undateable and The Family Guide, which just lost co-star Parker Posey.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbc-renews-community-fifth-season-520816
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‘Happy Endings’ Cancelled At ABC, Will USA Step In?
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - May 10, 2013

As expected, ABC has cancelled Happy Endings after three seasons. But not all is lost for the cult comedy. Sony TV, the leading studio behind the underrated comedy series, had reached out to a couple of networks, including USA, about the possibility of continuing the comedy there if ABC did not renew it. USA, which has been looking to break into the half-hour original series space, had expressed interest and has had discussions about picking up Happy Endings in case of a cancellation. No real conversations had been held, with the series now officially available, such are expected to begin.

If the financials can be worked out, a Happy Endings pickup would be fortuitous for USA, which has been actively developing half-hour comedies and has ordered several pilots but has yet to greenlight a half-hour series. USA had been looking to have an original comedy on tap for the fall premiere of its marquee off-network series Modern Family. Happy Endings would be a suitable companion for Modern Family as it already spent two seasons on ABC paired with the Emmy-winning family comedy. Happy Endings did well behind Modern Family, but its fortunes changed this past fall when it was moved to Tuesday to form a comedy block with Don’t Trust The B—- At Apt. 23 in a crowded comedy hour. Despite strong cult following and critical praise, Happy Endings struggled mightily on Tuesday and in its last Friday slot. ABC brass had been strongly supporting the show from Day 1, but they will likely won’t be able to keep the series on broadcast TV at these ratings levels.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/happy-endings-cancelled-at-abc-will-usa-step-in/
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Jeez. Never thought I'd say it but I'd have been happier if Community had been canned and Happy Endings saved.
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