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TV Notes
CW 2013-14 Schedule: ‘Hart Of Dixie’ & ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Move To Monday, ‘Supernatural’ To Tuesday, ‘Carrie Diaries’ To Friday, ‘Reign’ To Follow ‘Vampire Diaries’
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - May 15, 2013

Like last fall, the CW is introducing three new series this fall — The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, costume drama Reign and sci-fi drama The Tomorrow People — with three more series — dramas The 100; Star-Crossed; and reality show Famous In 12, from the TMZ team — on tap for midseason. For a second year in a row, the CW will hold its fall launches until October to avoid the blitz of new shows and allow for more uninterrupted originals. Here is the schedule, which features far more sweeping changes than any network this year, followed by analysis and descriptions of the CW’s new series:

CW FALL 2013-2014 SCHEDULE
(New programs in UPPER CASE; NN=New Night)

MONDAY
8-9 PM – Hart Of Dixie (NN)
9-10 PM – Beauty And The Beast (NN)

TUESDAY
8-9 PM – THE ORIGINALS
9-10 PM – Supernatural (NN)

WEDNESDAY
8-9 PM – Arrow
9-10 PM – THE TOMORROW PEOPLE

THURSDAY
8-9 PM – The Vampire Diaries
9-10 PM – REIGN

FRIDAY
8-9 PM – The Carrie Diaries (NN)
9-10 PM – America’s Next Top Model


The CW is shaking up its schedule big time, with changes on every night. In all, only the network’s two top series, The Vampire Diaries and Arrow, are staying put. They are being used to launch two of the CW’s highest-profile new series, the Mary, Queen of Scots drama Reign and the Greg Berlanti-Julie Plec produced futuristic The Tomorrow People.

The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals has been given a tall order. Not only is it tasked with anchoring a night for the CW, Tuesday, the show is pitted against another young-skewing new genre series, ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (as well as NBC’s The Voice and CBS’ NCIS). It is being paired with veteran Supernatural. Mondays will be challenging for the CW, with bubble dramas Hart Of Dixie and Beauty And The Beast, while The Carrie Diaries, which clinched an eleventh-hour renewal, is headed to Fridays, coupled with America’s Next Top Model for a fashion-themed night. This is the first co-ed edition of Top Model, which was targeted for summer. It will launch in August and bleed into the fall season.

2013-14 NEW SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Drama


The Originals –
Family is power. The Original Vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together, always and forever. Now, centuries have passed and the bonds of family are broken. Time, tragedy and hunger for power have torn the Original Family apart. When Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, receives a mysterious tip that a plot is brewing against him in the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, he returns to the city his family helped build. Klaus’ questions lead him to a reunion with his diabolical former protégé, Marcel, a charismatic vampire who has total control over the human and supernatural inhabitants of New Orleans. Determined to help his brother find redemption, Elijah follows Klaus and soon learns that the werewolf Hayley has also come to the French Quarter searching for clues to her family history, and has fallen into the hands of a powerful witch named Sophie. Tensions between the town’s supernatural factions are nearing a breaking point as Marcel commands his devoted followers and rules with absolute power. For Klaus, the thought of answering to his powerful protégé is unthinkable, and he vows to reclaim what was once his – the power, the city and his family. While they wait to see if their sister Rebekah will leave Mystic Falls and join them, Klaus and Elijah form an uneasy alliance with the witches to ensure that New Orleans will be ruled by THE ORIGINALS once again. The series stars Joseph Morgan (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Immortals”) as Klaus, Daniel Gillies (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Saving Hope”) as Elijah, Claire Holt (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Pretty Little Liars”) as Rebekah, Phoebe Tonkin (“The Vampire Diaries,” “The Secret Circle”) as Hayley, Charles Michael Davis (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Switched at Birth”) as Marcel, Daniella Pineda (“The Fitzgerald Family Christmas,” “Homeland”) as Sophie, Leah Pipes (“The Deep End,” “Sorority Row”) as Cami and Danielle Campbell (“Starstruck,” “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection”) as Davina. THE ORIGINALS is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Kyle XY,” “Wasteland”), Leslie Morgenstein (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Gossip Girl”) and Gina Girolamo (“The Lying Game”) are executive producers. Plec wrote the pilot episode, which was directed by Chris Grismer (“The Vampire Diaries”).

Reign — Hidden between the lines of the history books is the story of Mary Stuart, the young woman the world would come to know as Mary, Queen of Scots. Queen of Scotland since she was six days old, the teenage Mary is already a headstrong monarch ─ beautiful, passionate, and poised at the very beginning of her tumultuous rise to power. Arriving in France with four close friends as her ladies-in-waiting, Mary has been sent to secure Scotland’s strategic alliance by formalizing her arranged engagement to the French king’s dashing son, Prince Francis. But the match isn’t signed and sealed, it depends more on politics, religion and secret agendas than affairs of the heart. Prince Francis is intrigued by the fiery Scot, but like most young men, he resists the idea of settling down into marriage, especially when he has a history with a lady of the court and his own point of view on the wisdom of an alliance with Scotland. Still, an attraction between Mary and Francis is ignited. Further complicating things is Bash, Francis’ roguish half-brother, who has a history of his own ─ despite his illegitimate birth, Bash is his father’s favorite. And now that Bash has caught Mary’s eye, a royal triangle may be forming. While at French Court, fierce foes and dark forces conspire to sabotage Mary’s marriage to Francis and even threaten her life, until a mysterious shrouded guide becomes her ally. With danger and sexual intrigue around every dark castle corner, Mary rallies her ladies-in-waiting and steels herself, ready to rule the new land and balance the demands of her country and her heart. The series stars Adelaide Kane (“Teen Wolf”) as Mary, Toby Regbo (“One Day”) as Prince Francis, Torrance Coombs (“The Tudors”) as Bash, Megan Follows (“Anne of Green Gables”) as Queen Catherine, Alan Van Sprang (“The Tudors”) as King Henry, Celina Sinden (newcomer) as Greer, Caitlin Stasey (newcomer) as Kenna, Anna Popplewell (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”) as Lola, and Jenessa Grant (“Cyberbully”) as Aylee. REIGN is from CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Stephanie SenGupta (“Hawaii Five-0”), Laurie McCarthy (“The Ghost Whisperer”), Frank Siracusa (“Beauty And The Beast”) and Brad Silberling (“Moonlight Mile”). The pilot was directed by Brad Silberling.

The Tomorrow People — They are the next evolutionary leap of mankind, a generation of humans born with paranormal abilities — the Tomorrow People. Stephen Jameson stands at the crossroads between the world we know and the shifting world of the future. Up until a year ago, Stephen was a “normal” teenager — until he began hearing voices and teleporting in his sleep, never knowing where he might wake up. Now, Stephen’s issues have gone far beyond the usual teenage angst, and he is beginning to question his sanity. In desperation, Stephen decides to listen to one of the voices in his head, and it leads him to his first encounter with the Tomorrow People — John, Cara and Russell — a genetically advanced race with the abilities of telekinesis, teleportation and telepathic communication. The Tomorrow People are being hunted down by a paramilitary group of scientists known as Ultra. Led by Dr. Jedikiah Price, Ultra sees the Tomorrow People as a very real existential threat from a rival species, and the outcast group has been forced to hide out in an abandoned subway station just beneath the surface of the human world. Trading in secrets, Jedikiah offers Stephen the chance for a normal life with his family and best friend, Astrid, if he will help in the struggle to isolate and eradicate the Tomorrow People. On the other hand, Cara, John and Russell offer Stephen a different type of family and a home where he truly belongs. Unwilling to turn his back on humanity or the world of the Tomorrow People, Stephen sets out on his own path — a journey that could take him into the shadowy past to uncover the truth about his father’s mysterious disappearance, or into an unknown future with THE TOMORROW PEOPLE. The series stars Robbie Amell (“Revenge”) as Stephen, Luke Mitchell (“H20: Just Add Water”) as John, Peyton List (“Mad Men”) as Cara, Aaron Yoo (“Disturbia,” “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”) as Russell, Mark Pellegrino (“Lost,” “Supernatural”) as Dr. Jedikiah Price, and Madeleine Mantock (upcoming “All You Need is Kill”) as Astrid. THE TOMORROW PEOPLE is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “Green Lantern”), Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Kyle XY”), Phil Klemmer (“Political Animals,” “Chuck”) and Danny Cannon (“Nikita,” “CSI: NY”). The pilot was directed by Danny Cannon.

Midseason

Drama


The 100 —
Ninety-seven years ago, nuclear Armageddon decimated planet Earth, destroying civilization. The only survivors were the 400 inhabitants of 12 international space stations that were in orbit at the time. Three generations have been born in space, the survivors now number 4,000, and resources are running out on their dying “Ark” ─ the 12 stations now linked together and repurposed to keep the survivors alive. Draconian measures including capital punishment and population control are the order of the day, as the leaders of the Ark take ruthless steps to ensure their future, including secretly exiling a group of 100 juvenile prisoners to the Earth’s surface to test whether it’s habitable. For the first time in nearly a century, humans have returned to planet Earth. Among the 100 exiles are Clarke, the bright teenage daughter of the Ark’s chief medical officer; Wells, son of the Ark’s Chancellor; the daredevil Finn; and the brother/sister duo Bellamy and Octavia, whose illegal sibling status has always led them to flaunt the rules. Technologically blind to what’s happening on the planet below them, the Ark’s leaders — Clarke’s widowed mother, Abby; the Chancellor, Jaha; and his shadowy second in command, Kane — are faced with difficult decisions about life, death and the continued existence of the human race. For the 100 young people on Earth, however, the alien planet they’ve never known is a mysterious realm that can be magical one moment and lethal the next. With the survival of the human race entirely in their hands, THE 100 must find a way to transcend their differences, unite and forge a new path on a wildly changed Earth that’s primitive, intense and teeming with the unknown. The series stars Eliza Taylor (newcomer) as Clarke, Paige Turco (“Person of Interest,” “Damages”) as Abby, Thomas McDonell (“Suburgatory”) as Finn, Eli Goree (“Emily Owens, M.D.”) as Wells, Marie Avgeropoulos (“50/50“) as Octavia, Bob Morley (newcomer) as Bellamy, Kelly Hu (“X2: X-Men United,” “Arrow”) as Cece, Christopher Larkin (“Squad 85”) as Monty, Devon Bostick (“Aim High”) as Jasper, with Isaiah Washington (upcoming “Blue Caprice,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) as Chancellor Jaha, and Henry Ian Cusick (“Lost,” “Scandal”) as Kane. Based on the upcoming book series by Kass Morgan, THE 100 is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios with executive producers Matthew Miller (“Human Target,” “Chuck”), Jason Rothenberg (upcoming “Twilight Zone” feature), Bharat Nalluri (“Torchwood,” “Emily Owens, M.D.”), Leslie Morgenstein (“The Vampire Diaries”) and Gina Girolamo (“The Secret Circle”). The pilot was directed by Bharat Nalluri.

Star-Crossed — When Emery was 6 years old, an alien spacecraft crash-landed in her small town. Whether they came in peace or with more sinister intentions didn’t matter: a fierce battle erupted as humans fought for control over their new rivals, an alien species called the Atrians. In the midst of the conflict, Roman, a 6-year-old Atrian boy, found his way to a shed behind Emery’s house, where she protected him from harm, bringing him food, comfort – and friendship. In their brief time together, Emery and Roman forged a deep bond, but the authorities wasted no time tracking Roman down and capturing him in a violent confrontation. Emery has grown up believing that Roman was killed that day. Ten years later, the Atrians have been acclimated to life on Earth, but they are interned in a heavily-guarded camp known as the Sector to keep them separate from humans. Now, for the first time, a group of Atrian teens will enroll in a suburban human high school, with the goal of testing the feasibility of human/alien integration. The eyes of the nation and the whole world are fixed on this historical social experiment, an endeavor fraught with suspicion and fear. In the mayhem of the first day, Emery is amazed to learn that Roman was not killed by the authorities and is, in fact, one of the Atrian students. Their childhood bond is quickly rekindled – in a school and a society that distrusts everything about the Atrians, Emery and Roman have found each other again. However, their relationship is threatened by the small-mindedness of their respective communities and the political agendas of people in power. While the world around them rages with anger and prejudice, their bond becomes increasingly strong and increasingly dangerous. As an epic Romeo and Juliet romance unfolds, a violent encounter between Roman’s father and Emery’s father occurs in the Sector. Can Roman and Emery’s love – and peace between the species – survive? The series stars Aimee Teegarden (“Friday Night Lights”) as Emery, Matt Lanter (“90210”) as Roman, Grey Damon (“The Secret Circle”) as Grayson, Natalie Hall (“Pretty Little Liars”) as Taylor, Malese Jow (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Big Time Rush”) as Julia, Titus Makin, Jr. (“Glee”) as Lukas, Chelsea Gilligan (“How I Met Your Mother”) as Teri and Greg Finley (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) as Drake. STAR-CROSSED is from Ole Productions, Isla de Babel SL and 360 Powwow in association with CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Meredith Averill (“The Good Wife,” “Life on Mars”), Josh Appelbaum (“Life on Mars,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”), Bryan Furst (“Daybreakers,” “Tough Trade”), Sean Furst (“Daybreakers,” “Tough Trade”), Daniel Gutman (“Dance!,” “12 Corazones”), Andre Nemec (“Life on Mars,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”), Scott Rosenberg (“Life on Mars,” “October Road” and Richard Shephard (“Golden Boy,” “Ringer”). The pilot was written by Meredith Averill and directed by Gary Fleder (“Beauty And The Beast,” “Vegas,” “Runaway Jury”).

Unscripted

Famous In 12 —
There is a family in the U.S. that has what it takes to become famous — the question is: Can they pull it off in 12 weeks? That’s the challenge in the new unscripted series FAMOUS IN 12, a unique social experiment that tracks the lives of one determined family as they move to the entertainment capital of the world — Los Angeles — and seek fame in a 12-week time frame. Members of the family will all have unique and varied talents, and they will each get a series of challenges to create a public profile fit for a Kardashian. The family will be guided by the TMZ machine, which will create a series of opportunities for them. TMZ and Harvey Levin will help, but it is up to the family to pull it off. When they succeed at their challenges, they will appear on the TMZ TV show and TMZ.com, which will raise their profile. Family members will exploit all forms of social media to wage a campaign of fame. In addition to the challenges, the family will circulate day to day … at the gym, restaurants, bars, parties and other places where celebs hang and opportunities call. Executive-produced by David Garfinkle (“The Surreal Life”), Jay Renfroe (“The Surreal Life”) and Harvey Levin (TMZ), FAMOUS IN 12 is from Renegade 83 and Harvey Levin Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television and Telepictures.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/cw-schedule-2013-2014-hart-of-dixie-beauty-and-the-beast-supernatural-carrie-diaries/
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TV Notes
'Nikita' season 4 confirmed to be last
By James Hibberd, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - May 15, 2013

The CW confirmed what fans already pretty much already figured out: That the fourth season will be the last for Nikita.

The first clue was that the network only ordered six episodes. The second was a tweet by showrunner Craig Silverstein last week promising an “incredible finish.” The third was, frankly, that Nikita‘s ratings were so low it was tough to imagine an open-ended scenario.

Now today with it’s fall schedule announcement, The CW announced Nikita “wraps up her mission” next season. Credit The CW for continuing to give it’s longer-running titles a chance to have a satisfying ending. Still, fans will have to wait awhile to see how it all ends — Nikita won’t return until sometime in midseason.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/05/16/nikita-season-4-confirmed-last/
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
Fox wins night but part one of ‘Idol’ finale fades
Averages a 2.9 in 18-49s, off 34 percent from last year
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - May 16, 2013

As expected, part one of the season finale of “American Idol” plummeted from last season.

Last night’s one-hour episode at 8 p.m. was up 16 percent from the first hour of last week’s two-hour show, to a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen overnights.

But that was down 34 percent from a 4.4 from last year’s penultimate episode, which aired on the final Tuesday of sweeps.

This year Fox did not put the “Idol” finale on the last two nights of sweeps for the first time in years. The show’s ratings have faded to series lows this season, and so last night’s rating was not a surprise, though it still lifted Fox to its 18th straight victory on Wednesday, an impressive feat.

Part two of the finale airs tonight at 8 p.m.

ABC’s “Modern Family” was easily the top show of the night with a 3.5 at 9 p.m.

Both ABC’s and NBC’s 10 p.m. dramas saw growth from last week. ABC’s “Nashville” jumped 13 percent to a four-month high, a 1.8.

And NBC’s “Chicago Fire” was up 6 percent week to week to a 1.9, its best rating since February.

CBS’s “CSI” actually won the hour with a 2.0, but that was off 9 percent from last week.

Fox was first for the night among 18-49s with a 2.6 average overnight rating and an 8 share. ABC was second at 2.0/6, CBS third at 1.9/6, NBC fourth at 1.6/5, Univision fifth at 1.4/4, CW sixth at 0.9/3 and Telemundo 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. Fox was first with a 2.9 for “Idol,” followed by ABC with a 1.5 for “The Middle” (1.9) and “Family Tools” (1.2). Univision and NBC tied for third at 1.3, Univision for “Porque el Amor Manda” and NBC for “Dateline,” CBS was fifth with a 1.0 for reruns of “2 Broke Girls,” CW sixth with a 0.9 for “Arrow” and Telemundo seventh with a 0.4 for “Pasion Prohibida.”

ABC moved to first at 9 p.m. with a 2.8 for “Modern Family” (3.5) and the canceled “How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)” (2.0), while CBS jumped to second with a 2.5 for “Criminal Minds.” Fox was third with a 2.3 for “So You Think You Can Dance,” up 21 percent from Tuesday’s premiere. Univision was fourth with a 1.7 for “Amores Verdaderos,” NBC fifth with a 1.5 for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” CW sixth with a 0.9 for “Supernatural” and Telemundo seventh with a 0.7 for “La Patrona.”

CBS led at 10 p.m. with a 2.0 for “CSI,” with NBC second with a 1.9 for “Fire.” ABC was third with a 1.8 for “Nashville,” Univision fourth with a 1.2 for “Que Bonito Amor” and Telemundo fifth with a 0.9 for “El Señor de los Cielos.”

Among households, Fox finished first for the night with a 5.9 average overnight rating and a 10 share. CBS was second at 5.2/9, NBC third at 4.3/7, ABC fourth at 4.1/7, Univision fifth at 1.7/3, CW sixth at 1.5/3 and Telemundo seventh at 0.9/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/fox-wins-night-but-part-one-of-idol-finale-fades/

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TV/Nielsen Notes
‘Scandal,’ crazy, sexy and so, so hot
ABC show hit a series high last week with its signature mix
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - May 16, 2013

“Scandal” is proof that, with the right nurturing, a program with a decidedly mediocre first season can still become a hit.

The ABC drama airs its season finale tonight at 10 p.m. as one of the hottest shows on broadcast, a year after barely getting picked up for a second season.

The show benefited from having a big name behind it, “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes.

The program, about a crisis management firm owner who’s having an affair with the president, saw its ratings begin to rise last fall.

Every week it seems the plotlines get more outrageous and more sex-soaked, and that’s helped drive its gains. The show, the first broadcast drama in nearly 40 years to feature an African-American lead actress, is the No. 1 program among black viewers this season.

“Scandal” was the No. 1 drama on broadcast last week with a series-high 3.2 adults 18-49 Nielsen rating for its penultimate episode, which finally answered the season-long question of who the mole at OPA was.

This week ratings could climb higher as viewers tune in to find out more about the huge twist Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
(the mole turned out to be a guy who was presumed dead).

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/scandal-crazy-sexy-and-so-so-hot/
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - May 16, 2013

THE BIG BANG THEORY
CBS, 8:00 p.m. ET
SEASON FINALE:
Last year, our geek gang’s precious status quo was threatened when one of them was given the opportunity to take an extended voyage into space. This year, the season ends with another of them being offered a chance to take a long, remote trip: on a research vessel. And this time, it’s Leonard (Johnny Galecki), who’s just, at long last, getting into a comfortable relationship with Penny (Kaley Cuoco).

AMERICAN IDOL
Fox, 8:00 p.m. ET
SEASON FINALE: Part 2 of 2.
By the time this bloated two-hour Season 12 finale is over, viewers will know whether Candice Glover or Kree Harrison will take home this year’s Idol crown. We won’t know for a few months, though, which, if any, of the judges from tonight’s show will return. Randy Jackson is stepping down, producers are talking about returning it to a three-judge format, and there’s no way the toxic teaming of Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey will be repeated next year. Keith Urban is nice but negligible – so is it any wonder there’s already been talk about Jennifer Lopez maybe coming back?

THE OFFICE RETROSPECTIVE
NBC, 8:00 p.m. ET

Before tonight’s final episode of The Office, NBC presents this retrospective one-hour salute. I’ll be watching, but I can’t help but think: At one hour in length, this special represents more than 10 percent of the total content of the original British Office.

THE OFFICE
NBC, 0:00 p.m. ET
SERIES FINALE:
And here’s the last episode – the one that takes place after public TV airs the documentary about paper company Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch. What’s going to happen next? And last? Last week, even Dwight (Rainn Wilson) was handed a big dose of happiness – so anything’s possible.

ELEMENTARY
CBS, 9:01 p.m. ET
SEASON FINALE:
In this two-hour season finale, Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) confronts his shocking new discovery – that the love of his life, Irene Adler, has not been dead for the past 18 months, but held prisoner. And while he pursues her in the present, we get to meet her through flashbacks, with Irene played by actress Natalie Dormer. If her face seems familiar, this may be why: she plays Margaery Tyrell on HBO’s Game of Thrones.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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TV Notes
Live From the CW Upfront
By AJ Marechal, Variety.com - May 16, 2013

10:46am: Everyone at City Center somehow survived last night’s round of parties, including Adult Swim and Tru TV. I have sunglasses on. Struggling.

10:48am: It wouldn’t be a CW event without a slew of models greeting you. The tall pretty folk mingled at the entrance of City Center, reminding attendees of “ughhhh.” Inside, a DJ and rock violinist riff on Top 40 hits — pretty cool. We all received wristbands with some sort of radio-controlled LED light in ‘em. I’ve heard, by the way, that rabid teen fans of CW shows had been lingering in front of The London Hotel — which has been housing the net’s talent — since Tuesday night!

10:54am: How do I become friends with this violinist and DJ? They’re called The Dolls. Will they be at the party tonight? How do I convince them I don’t want to interview them and actually just want to be their BFF? On another note: someone next to me has a flip phone and she’s texting on it. I am mystified. Al giant screens flanking the stage remind us that the CW has the most attractive talent.

11:02am: Icona Pop opens the presentation with hit song “I Love It!” All of our bracelets begin lighting up to the beat of the song. The entire audience is a sea of blipping colored lights, really a sight to see. A gleeful gasp escaped from the aud when the bracelets lit up for the first time.

11:06am: Mark Pedowitz takes the stage, with Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev from “The Vampire Diaries” by his side. They greet the audience and then aren’t quite sure what to do on stage. During a brief moment of downtime in their intro, I realize they were once a couple and just broke up and teens on Twitter must be freaking out.

11:09am: Pedowitz touting how shows like “Arrow” brought more men to the net. He also calls “The Vampire Diaries” a “new paradigm” hit — meaning it performs strongly not just on broadcast for the net, but across digital and social media platforms as well.

11:15am: The cutdown for “TVD” spinoff “The Originals” is everything that the CW does well, it seems — it’s sudsy, fantastical, a smidge overdramatic and the cast is ridiculously good-looking. After Pedowitz hugs one cast member on stage, he quips, “I’m very self-assured with my sexuality.”

11:22am: The Amell cousins take the stage. They evidently got the “Throwback Thursday” memo, and a photo of them as babies is projected behind them. “Awwww,” goes the aud.

11:30am: After the cutdown of “Reign,” Adelaide Kane walks on stage in the regal, period garb of her character on the show — something no other thesps have done during the week’s presentations. It’s a nice touch, and makes her stand out in the endless talent crowd.

11:36am: Trailer for “Star Crossed” drew some laughs in the crowd — only problem? It’s a drama. The series centers on a world where humans and aliens mingle in a high school setting — aliens are simply very attractive people with a few black marks on their face (think haphazardly-applied mascara). I guess they really are tightening the belt on makeup fx budgets these days…

11:46am: The CW runs a tight ship and wraps the presentation by 11:45. Happy Upfront Week, everyone!

http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/live-from-the-cw-upfront-1200482284/
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And as for "Hawaii Five-O,"
the night it's on might not matter so much. It's the most DVR'd show ever and the biggest night for DVR playback is Friday. They're just moving it to the night where it's being watched, ANYway. biggrin.gif

Looks like hawaii has now been past by other shows.
Latest DVR+7 hawaii added 2.9 million viewers while big bang added 4.6m, modern family 4.4m, the following 4.0m.

On the friday show thing how about Law & Order: SVU....started monday then when still in season 1 moved to friday thru season 4....then moved to other days but now in 14th season.
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On the friday show thing how about Law & Order: SVU....started monday then when still in season 1 moved to friday thru season 4....then moved to other days but now in 14th season.
Or "CSI" which was such a big hit on Friday, it was moved to Thursdays.
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ESPN starting in 2015 gets all US Open tennis rights for 11 years for $770 million.

Since cbs wont air the mens final on sunday they can now show NFL games in week 1 in the 4:*5 window....currently only fox has that window now.

Would guess if it rains as it often does the final then goes to ESPN2 monday nite due to MNF doubleheader on ESPN.
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ESPN starting in 2015 gets all US Open tennis rights for 11 years for $770 million.

Since cbs wont air the mens final on sunday they can now show NFL games in week 1 in the 4:*5 window....currently only fox has that window now.

Would guess if it rains as it often does the final then goes to ESPN2 monday nite due to MNF doubleheader on ESPN.

Sigh: Another Sporting Event is taken away from Free TV. frown.gif And as for that $770,000,000.00? It will be passed on to subscribers in the form of higher fees. mad.gif I'm praying to God that McCain's Bill Becomes Law.
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Originally Posted by borntocoast View Post

Sigh: Another Sporting Event is taken away from Free TV. frown.gif And as for that $77,000,000.00? It will be passed on to subscribers in the form of higher fees. mad.gif I'm praying to God that McCain's Bill Becomes Law.
Or, maybe it would free the OTA channels up to actually show real TV instead of pre-empting them for sporting events that many of us out there would rather see move to a pay tier where those that really want them can pay to see them if they want them.
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Originally Posted by borntocoast View Post

Sigh: Another Sporting Event is taken away from Free TV. frown.gif And as for that $77,000,000.00? It will be passed on to subscribers in the form of higher fees. mad.gif I'm praying to God that McCain's Bill Becomes Law.

You missed a 0 there as its $770,000,000.00. wink.gif
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Well at least one of the many new shows I'll give a chance: "The 100"

And The CW should change its name to The Vampire network
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I didn't include that since a lot more shows than there used to be are remakes of international shows - which means the US studios don't have the international rights. Plus, with more TV production happening world wide, shows are moving toward being remade with foreign actors and crews for foreign markets, rather than simply sent out with dubs or subtitles. This is becoming more common with sitcoms.

I can agree with you about sitcoms, but really, how many of the scripted dramas are neing remade? Canada gets a tons of scripted dramas, which is international sales.
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Further, even if the show is distributed overseas, it's often another company that takes on that task, meaning another set of fingers in the pie.

CBS Studios International handles CBS Studios product and Warner Bros. International TV handles Warner Bros. product. There may be some sub-distribution that I don't know about with these two. I have no idea who handles ABC Studios product overseas. I know ABC Studios does it for Canada.

Often a show that is near cancellation has been mentioned as having a better following overseas, money they don't want to throw away.

I don't think international sales should be dismissed lightly.
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Or, maybe it would free the OTA channels up to actually show real TV instead of pre-empting them for sporting events that many of us out there would rather see move to a pay tier where those that really want them can pay to see them if they want them.

+1
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ESPN starting in 2015 gets all US Open tennis rights for 11 years for $770 million.

Since cbs wont air the mens final on sunday they can now show NFL games in week 1 in the 4:*5 window....currently only fox has that window now.

Would guess if it rains as it often does the final then goes to ESPN2 monday nite due to MNF doubleheader on ESPN.

Sigh: Another Sporting Event is taken away from Free TV. frown.gif And as for that $77,000,000.00? It will be passed on to subscribers in the form of higher fees. mad.gif I'm praying to God that McCain's Bill Becomes Law.

ESPN & ESPN2 are on the analog unscrambled expanded basic tier on my cable system. No cable box required. With a la carte, digital & encryption would be necessary, meaning all those customers who use no STB would be required to use one. Bad idea.
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You missed a 0 there as its $770,000,000.00. wink.gif

DOH! redface.gif
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The CW should change its name to The Vampire network

NBC is jumping on the vampire bandwagon, too.
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NBC is jumping on the vampire bandwagon, too.

Always late to the party. We passed vampires, are at the tail end of the zombie bandwagon now and I think halfway through the werewolf train?

One thing about watching TV I never could stomach, all the damn vampires. wink.gif
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On the friday show thing how about Law & Order: SVU....started monday then when still in season 1 moved to friday thru season 4....then moved to other days but now in 14th season.
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Or "CSI" which was such a big hit on Friday, it was moved to Thursdays.

Unlike "CSI" and "SVU" though "Hawaii 5-0" wasn't growing and/or becoming part of the cultural zeitgeist on its plush Monday night time slot. "CSI/SVU" grew too big for the night while "5-0's" already-mediocre numbers will either be a boom or come down to realistic levels. Plus, because of the syndication deal with TNT, "5-0" has at least two seasons' worth of shows (unless ratings truly tank) guaranteed for the near future.
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I can agree with you about sitcoms, but really, how many of the scripted dramas are neing remade? Canada gets a tons of scripted dramas, which is international sales.
CBS Studios International handles CBS Studios product and Warner Bros. International TV handles Warner Bros. product. There may be some sub-distribution that I don't know about with these two. I have no idea who handles ABC Studios product overseas. I know ABC Studios does it for Canada.

Often a show that is near cancellation has been mentioned as having a better following overseas, money they don't want to throw away.

I don't think international sales should be dismissed lightly.
I'm not dismissing it - it's just that I'm not sure that applies to the particular deal I was referencing. Without knowing what sort of "deal" the show made to make itself a better one that a lot of other shows, we can't know where in the chain the money is being made. I was more or less trying to show how the system could be gamed by either party to make it more enticing to greenlight or even renew a show, despite lower ratings.
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Well at least one of the many new shows I'll give a chance: "The 100"

And The CW should change its name to The Vampire network
I'm kind of interested in what they do with "The Tomorrow People", which is a remake (actually a remake of a remake) of a popular BBC show from the 70's. Aside from some of the stories, I remember the frequent use of chromakey shots that were poorly done. Aside from that, it was a fun watch when I was a kid.

I assume this version will be all dark and moody and likely not for kids.
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ESPN & ESPN2 are on the analog unscrambled expanded basic tier on my cable system. No cable box required. With a la carte, digital & encryption would be necessary, meaning all those customers who use no STB would be required to use one. Bad idea.

I would hazard a guess that within the next couple of years that most cable providors are going to encrypt all channels, so the point would be moot.

Comcast: http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Comcast-Accelerates-Encryption-of-Basic-Cable-123879

RCN: http://sulia.com/robpegoraro/f/9012f22a-68f2-4c16-92d4-00cbf93dc5e5/

Time Warner: http://www.timewarnercable.com/en/residential-home/support/topics/tv/digital-adapters.html
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I would hazard a guess that within the next couple of years that most cable providors are going to encrypt all channels, so the point would be moot.

Comcast: http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Comcast-Accelerates-Encryption-of-Basic-Cable-123879

RCN: http://sulia.com/robpegoraro/f/9012f22a-68f2-4c16-92d4-00cbf93dc5e5/

Time Warner: http://www.timewarnercable.com/en/residential-home/support/topics/tv/digital-adapters.html
No doubt, but the longer we can hold off, the better. It gives more time for the secondary equipment market to offer more options for those who don't want the cable company box, but also don't want to use things like IR blasters and other foolishness to adapt 3rd party equipment for digital service.

My parents currently have analog service and will likely try keep it until their analog TV and TiVo bite the dust and require replacements - which will ready them for digital broadcasts. There are still a lot of people out there in that same boat. In our world of "what's new and what's next", we often forget that.
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ESPN & ESPN2 are on the analog unscrambled expanded basic tier on my cable system. No cable box required. With a la carte, digital & encryption would be necessary, meaning all those customers who use no STB would be required to use one. Bad idea.

I would hazard a guess that within the next couple of years that most cable providors are going to encrypt all channels, so the point would be moot.

Comcast: http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Comcast-Accelerates-Encryption-of-Basic-Cable-123879

RCN: http://sulia.com/robpegoraro/f/9012f22a-68f2-4c16-92d4-00cbf93dc5e5/

Time Warner: http://www.timewarnercable.com/en/residential-home/support/topics/tv/digital-adapters.html

You better define "next couple of years." By the end of 2015? Cox has stated that they have no plans to switch their analog tiers to digital or to encrypt them. TWC says they have no plans to do so outside of their Maine and New York markets.
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
FRIDAY 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 - Shark Tank
9PM - Shark Tank (Season Finale)
10:01PM - 20/20
* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Adam Levine; Alice Eve; Bad Rabbits perform)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - Undercover Boss: Epic Bosses (Season Finale)
9PM - Undercover Boss: Moe's Southwest Grill
(R - Jan. 18)
10PM - 48 Hours
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Will Arnett; comic Trevor Noah; Kurt Vile performs)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (William Shatner; Natalie Dormer)

NBC:
8PM - Dateline NBC (120 min.)
10PM - Rock Center with Brian Williams
* * * *
11:35PM - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney; the winner of "American Idol'' performs)
12:37AM - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Zoe Saldana; Chris O'Dowd; De La Soul performs)
1:36AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Astronaut Buzz Aldrin; Big Black Delta perform)

FOX:
8PM - Kitchen Nightmares
(R Mar. 15)
9PM - Bones
(R - Nov. 26)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Washington Week
8:30PM - Need to Know
9PM - Great Performances at the Met: Rigoletto (2 1/2 hrs.)

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

THE CW:
8PM - Nikita (Season Finale)
9PM - Supernatural
(R - May 15)

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Pasión Prohibida
9PM - La Patrona
10PM - El Señor de los Cielos

HBO:
10PM - Real Time with Bill Maher (LIVE; President of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard Haass; Zach Galifianakis; author S.E. Cupp; filmmaker Michael Moore; journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Edie Falco; Bobby Lee; Loni Love; Mo Mandel)
(R - May 9)
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TV Notes
Imitation Is the Closest TV Rivals Get to Flattery
By Stuart Elliott and Bill Carter, The New York Times - May 15, 2013

As the television upfronts week for the 2013-14 season concludes on Thursday, the broadcast networks and cable channels that have been presenting their wares to advertisers and agencies are signaling a willingness to try borrowing what works from one another.

The networks are taking a page from the cable playbook and scheduling series that run for fewer episodes than 22, their standard order. Rather, what the networks are calling “limited series” or “event series” will play for 12 to 15 weeks in a row without the repeats or interruptions that drive viewers crazy — and also drive them from broadcast to cable, which adopted the concept of limited series decades ago.

NBC and Fox described plans for such shows on Monday, as the upfronts week began in New York, with limited series that will include a return of “24.” ABC chimed in on Tuesday with a limited-run drama, “Betrayal.”

On Wednesday, CBS — known for traditional formats as typified by its procedural crime dramas like “CSI” and “NCIS” — said it would embrace the idea with “Hostages,” a limited series about a murky conspiracy with a doctor, played by Toni Collette, in its cross hairs. The show will be shown at 10 p.m. on Mondays, starting in September, and run for 15 episodes, either consecutively or taking a short break around Christmas.

After the conclusion of “Hostages,” a spy drama, “Intelligence,” with Josh Holloway of “Lost” as its star, will take over the time slot for 13 weeks. (CBS plans to offer another limited series, “Under the Dome,” during the summer, before the 2013-14 season starts.)

At the same time, cable channels are increasingly emulating the “broad” aspects of what the broadcasters do by picking up series meant for wider audiences.

For example, at a presentation on Wednesday, executives from the TBS and TNT cable channels described series they are scheduling or have in development from crowd-pleasing performers and producers like Michael Bay, Jerry Bruckheimer, Cee Lo Green, Howie Mandel, Dick Wolf and Dwayne Johnson, the actor known as the Rock.

The crisscross between cable and broadcast comes as the demarcation line between the two is growing increasingly blurry. Viewers watch programs on smartphones, tablets and laptops as well as TV sets.

An announcement by the TBS and TNT executives underscored that trend: beginning in the summer, both channels will enable cable subscribers to watch live programming streams through two new apps, Watch TBS and Watch TNT, as well as on the TBS and TNT Web sites. The day before, ABC said that it would begin testing with Nielsen a method of measuring commercials watched on tablets and smartphones through mobile apps.

Still, as interested as the networks may become in event series, there could be limits to their ardor. Nina Tassler, president for entertainment at CBS, told reporters at a breakfast briefing that as a general rule, CBS believes in full orders of 22 episodes, or with especially popular shows, 24.

“Our viewers want more episodes, not fewer episodes,” she said. “We don’t need place fillers.”

CBS executives originally asked the producers of “Hostages” for the usual 22 episodes, Ms. Tassler said, but agreed on a limited run of 15 when the story line for two full years was outlined to them. It is good to provide viewers with “more originals, fewer repeats,” she added.

Skepticism about event series on networks was expressed in jocular fashion by Jimmy Kimmel, in his annual monologue at the ABC presentation, during which he mocks the ritual of selling new, unknown shows to advertisers.

At ABC, said Mr. Kimmel, the host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on the network, “we’ve been doing limited series for years: ‘666 Park Avenue,’ ‘Last Resort,’ ‘Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23’ — all limited, very limited.” (Those shows were flops for ABC during the 2012-13 season.)

Mr. Kimmel’s jape got at a truth: ABC’s mediocre ratings this season mean that it will place fourth among the big four networks, behind CBS, Fox and NBC. ABC ordered more than a dozen new series for 2013-14 in hopes of rejuvenating its schedule, and spent several minutes of its presentation praising them as well as digital efforts like Watch ABC, its new live-streaming app for local stations.

Mr. Kimmel did not limit his jokes to his own network. Perhaps he was trying to pre-empt CBS when he called the network’s chiefs “smug,” followed by an unprintable slur, during his routine. The contrast between the two networks — one anxious, the other confident about keeping its victory streak going — could not have been more apparent as they talked up their new schedules to advertisers.

That was telegraphed by Leslie Moonves, the CBS Corporation chief executive, during the breakfast briefing. “We were very flattered when Jimmy Kimmel called us smug,” he said, repeating the unprintable word. “That must mean we’re winning.” (Mr. Moonves, for the record, said that CBS would try to act less smug.)

Despite whatever borrowing may be taking place between networks and cable channels, they remain competitive, and during their presentation, CBS executives boasted about the power of broadcast television.

Mr. Moonves had just one thing to say about cable during the presentation. After the cast of “How I Met Your Mother” — the popular CBS sitcom that will in the fall begin its final season — performed a skit, he joked, “I’d like to see the cast of ‘The Walking Dead’ do that.”

Thursday, the final day of the upfronts week, will bring presentations by the CW broadcast network and the USA Network cable channel. After that will be the negotiations between the television companies and Madison Avenue over rates for commercials to run during the 2013-14 season.

Brian Stelter contributed reporting.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/16/business/media/old-fashioned-flattery-from-fierce-tv-rivals.html?ref=media
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - May 16, 2013

ACE IN THE HOLE
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

This 1951 movie about opportunistic reporters reacting to an ongoing mining-disaster cave-in is more than 50 years old now. Regardless, its dissection and criticism of the mass media is so dead-on, and still so astoundingly applicable, it could almost be an extended segment from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Kirk Douglas stars as a reporter who will do almost anything to get the story – and to insert himself deeply into it. Jan Sterling co-stars.

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: VERDI’S ‘RIGOLETTO’
PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

This new Michael Meyers production transplants the action of Verdi’s opera from 16th-century Mantua to 20th-century Nevada – specifically, to Las Vegas of the Rat Pack 1960s era. (Maybe this version should be called Rig-a-Lotto.) The production, which opened in January, is conducted by Michele Mariotti, and stars Diana Damrau, Piotr Beczala and Zeljko Lucic. Man, am I happy I didn’t have to read that sentence on the radio… Check local listings.

DA VINCI'S DEMONS
Starz!, 9:00 p.m. ET

This episode takes a curiosity from history – that Leonardo Da Vinci and Vlad the Impaler lived at the same time during the Renaissance – and reimagines it as a dramatic “fact,” with the impulsive Da Vinci (Tom Riley) and the bloody ruler (played by guest star Paul Rhys) crossing paths. Sounds like a Vlad idea to me… but you never know.

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

What a lineup for tonight’s new show: Andrew Ross Sorkin, author of Too Big to Fail, is one of Maher’s guests tonight. But so is American diplomat Richard Haass, whose booking couldn’t be more timely. And Zach Galifianakis. Need I say more? How about saying Moore – as in Michael Moore?

TOP BANANA
TCM, 10:00 p.m. ET

I don’t remember ever seeing this 1954 comedy televised, so it qualifies as a real rarity. Phil Silvers stars, in what essentially is a filmed record of his hit Broadway show. Some of the musical numbers have been cut from surviving prints of this show, but there’s still a lot left. Silvers, later the fast-taking star of the classic sitcom You’ll Never Get Rich, plays a TV comedy star – think Milton Berle – who tries to impress a girl while regaining his former television clout. The cast, most of whom were in the original stage show, include Rose Marie, Jack Albertson, Judy Lynn and Joey Faye. It was filmed, but never released, in 3-D. Now that’s scary, boys and girls…


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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TV Notes
Mike Judge's Silicon Valley Comedy Gets Series Order From HBO
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - May 16, 2013

Mike Judge is heading to Silicon Valley. Via HBO.

The premium cable outlet has given a series order to the "King of the Hill" and "Beavis and Butt-Head" honcho's comedic take on the heart of the computer industry.

The half-hour comedy is set in the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success.

Judge wrote the pilot with his "King of the Hill" cohorts John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. They also executive-produced the pilot, along with Michael Rotenberg, Tom Lassally and Scott Rudin.

Deadline first reported on the project's series order.

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/mike-judges-silicon-valley-comedy-gets-series-order-hbo-92091
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