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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - May 29, 2013

INSIDE THE ACTOR'S STUDIO
Bravo, 7:00 p.m. ET

On tonight’s new, two-hour edition, host James Lipton celebrates his 250th show, and does so by inviting several guests for interviews in front of his students – guests who include Silver Linings Playbook co-stars Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, Conan O’Brien, and Hugh Jackman. The 250 show mark is significant: Given Lipton’s penchant for asking the same questions to end each interviews, that’s a lot of “favorite swear words” on the record for posterity.

TRAFFIC
Showtime, 7:30 p.m. ET

Sometime, during the filming of this 2000 movie remake of the miniseries Traffik, director Steven Soderbergh asked star Michael Douglas if he had ever thought of playing Liberace, and Douglas, who hadn’t, offered up an instant impression. Thirteen years later, the two collaborated on last weekend’s HBO biography of Liberace, Behind the Candelabra. So by getting stuck in Traffic tonight, you also can enjoy an earlier collaboration by these two maverick moviemakers.

THE AMERICAN BAKING COMPETITION
CBS, 8:00 p.m. ET
SERIES PREMIERE:
This new CBS series, which takes 10 amateur chefs and has them compete each week in three contests to assess their abilities as amateur bakers, is based on a hot series from the U.K. – so don’t dismiss it out of hand. Cooking-show imports, either adapted or acquired wholesale, include one of my all-time faves, the original Japanese Iron Chef. And The American Baking Competition is hosted, in this incarnation, by Jeff Foxworthy, who’s proven himself quite adept at this stuff, most recently with GSN’s American Bible Challenge. And on this competition show, the plot doesn’t thicken. It rises.

JAILHOUSE ROCK
Encore, 8:00 p.m. ET

This 1957 Elvis Presley movie includes the title production number, which stands alone as one of the best pre-MTV music “videos” ever made. Going to a party at the county jail…

NOVA: "MANHUNT -- BOSTON BOMBERS"
PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

Nova has been doing more and more of these “instant specials,” keyed to recent news events, and it’s a very smart move. Finding ways to explore the science behind headlines is a way in to stories about floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, blackouts – and, in this case, federal investigations of recent crimes. The April 15 bombing of the Boston Marathon is examined in tonight’s episode, showing in detail how investigators used some modern tools, and discarded others, to isolate and identify the alleged perpetrators. Check local listings.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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TUESDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insight's Blog
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
Low premieres for ABC and CBS shows
CBS's new 'Brooklyn DA' bows to a 1.0 in 18-49s
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - May 29, 2013

Summer shows continued to generate relatively low ratings with the debut of CBS’s new “Brooklyn D.A.” and return of ABC’s “Extreme Weight Loss” (formerly called “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.”)

“Brooklyn” managed just a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating at 10 p.m. last night, according to Nielsen overnights, the network’s lowest-rated debut ever on the night.

“Weight” did a bit better at 8 p.m., drawing a 1.2 in its new timeslot (it aired on Sundays last summer). That was off 20 percent from last year’s 1.5 premiere, though it did hold steady with last summer’s season finale in the demo.

Elsewhere last night, NBC’s “The Voice” was easily the night’s top program on broadcast, averaging a 3.1 at 9 p.m. That was off 6 percent from last week.

Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” drew a 1.8 from 8 to 10 p.m., off 10 percent from last week.

NBC led the night among 18-49s with a 1.9 average overnight rating and a 6 share. Fox was second at 1.8/5, Univision third at 1.4/4, ABC fourth at 1.2/3, CBS fifth at 1.1/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.9/2 and CW seventh at 0.2/1.

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-eight percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

Fox began the night in the lead with a 1.8 at 8 p.m. for “Dance,” followed by NBC with a 1.7 for a repeat of “The Voice.” Univision was third with a 1.3 for “Porque el Amor Manda.” ABC and CBS tied for fourth at 1.1, ABC for the first hour of “Weight” and CBS for a repeat of “NCIS.” Telemundo was sixth with a 0.6 for “Pasion Prohibida” and CW seventh with a 0.3 for a repeat of “Hart of Dixie.”

NBC took the lead at 9 p.m. with a 3.0 for a new “Voice,” while Fox slipped to second with a 1.8 for more “Dance.” Univision was third with a 1.7 for “Amores Verdaderos.” ABC and CBS tied for fourth at 1.2, ABC for more “Weight” and CBS for an “NCIS: Los Angeles” rerun. Telemundo was sixth with a 0.8 for “La Patrona” and CW seventh with a 0.2 for a repeat of “America’s Next Top Model.”

At 10 p.m. ABC and Telemundo tied for first at 1.2, ABC for “Body of Proof” and Telemundo for “El Señor de los Cielos.” Univision was third with a 1.1 for “Que Bonito Amor” and CBS and NBC tied for fourth at 1.0, CBS for “Brooklyn” and NBC for reruns of “The Office.”

CBS was first for the night among households with a 4.9 average overnight rating and an 8 share. NBC was second at 4.2/7, ABC third at 3.6/6, Fox fourth at 3.1/5, Univision fifth at 1.8/3, Telemundo sixth at 1.0/2 and CW seventh at 0.4/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/low-premieres-for-abc-and-cbs-shows/

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TV Notes
A comfort song for the ‘Heartland’
NBC airs a benefit concern organized by 'Voice's' Blake Shelton
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - May 29, 2013

NBCUniversal has been proactive in scheduling benefit concerts on its airwaves in recent years following natural disasters, even when the other broadcast networks haven’t followed suit.

It’s doing it again tonight at 9 p.m. with “Healing in the Heartland,” a live one-hour show on NBC organized and headlined by “The Voice’s” Blake Shelton to raise money for victims of last week’s tornado in Oklahoma.

The benefit will take place in Oklahoma City, and it’s attracted a slew of top talent, including Miranda Lambert (Shelton’s wife), Reba McIntire, Vince Gill, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker and Usher.

Viewers can phone in to pledge money to the United Way during and before the concert, which will also air on NBCU’s Style, G4, Bravo and E!, as well as Viacom’s CMT.

If it’s half as successful as past NBCU benefits, it should provide a ton of sorely needed money to the devastated Oklahoma community.

Last fall, NBC’s Matt Lauer hosted an on-air benefit for the victims of Hurricane Sandy that raised nearly $23 million. The “Hope for Haiti” concert in 2010, which aired across the other broadcast Big Four networks as well, brought in $57 million.

As for viewership, telethons tend to draw relatively low viewership, and the fact that it’s being aired on other networks as well may dilute the numbers too.

If “Heartland” wins its timeslot against Fox’s “MasterChef” and mostly repeats on the other broadcast networks, that would be a big accomplishment for the show, but most likely it will finish a distant second.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/a-comfort-song-for-the-heartland/
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TV Notes
Amazon Orders First Pilots, Including 'Alpha House' With John Goodman
By Tim Molloy, TheWrap.com - May 29, 2013

Amazon's first pilot pickups include "Alpha House" with John Goodman, "Betas," and three kids shows, the company announced Wednesday.

The company sought feedback from customers to help decide which of several shows should be given the greeenlight to produce a full series of episodes that will begin airing later this year and in 2014.

Among the chosen are "Alpha House," about four senators living together, which comes from "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau, stars Goodman, and features a Bill Murray cameo. "Betas," meanwhile, is about four tech entrepeneurs.

The company also greenlit the childrens' shows "Annebots," about a kid scientist and her robots, "Creative Galaxy," about an alien artist, and "Tumbleaf," about a whimsical fox looking for adventure.

They will air exclusively on Prime Instant Video.

“We are thrilled at the enthusiastic customer response to our first original pilots,” said Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios. “We built Amazon Studios so that customers could help decide which stories would make the very best movies and TV shows. It’s exciting to see the process in motion, doing exactly what we set out to do. The success of this first set of pilots has given us the push to try this approach with even more shows—this is just the beginning.”

“We're thrilled to have emerged safely from this harrowing exercise in online democracy,” said "Alpha House" creator Garry Trudeau. "As the future of episodic TV packs up and moves to Seattle, we hope the audience will continue to have as much fun watching the show as we have making it.”

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/amazon-orders-first-pilots-including-alpha-house-john-goodman-94216
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TV Notes
Arnold Schwarzenegger Sells Bodybuilding Drama 'Pump' to Showtime
By Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - May 29, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to his roots.

The former bodybuilder-turned-California governor has sold a drama to Showtime that hits particularly close to home. The project, titled Pump, traces the origin of the present-day fitness industry and culture of body worship to a single 1,000-square-foot concrete room on Pacific Avenue: a gym called Pump.

The hourlong drama effort, which is set in early 1970s Venice Beach, Calif., will be written and executive produced by Michael Konyves (Barney’s Version, The Last Knight), with The Tannenbaum Co.'s Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men) and Schwarzenegger attached as exec producers. If ultimately ordered to series, Schwarzenegger intends to recur.

Konyves, who had a deal at the CBS TV Studios-based Tannenbaum Co., initially brought the idea to the Tannenbaums. "We loved it, but I said the only way you can really tell this story is if we can get Arnold involved," recalls Eric Tannenbaum, adding: "The birth of the fitness/bodybuilding revolution can literally be traced back to the days when Arnold arrived in the U.S." Tannenbaum reached out to CAA, which reps him as well as the former governor, and set up a meeting. Schwarzenegger signed on and began sharing stories of his past.

The project, which was pitched exclusively to Showtime, comes less than a year after Schwarzenegger reflected on his own bodybuilding past in an ESPN 30 for 30 short film titled Arnold’s Blueprint. The latter focused on his teen years in the Austrian Army, where he began the bodybuilding career that flourished at Gold's Gym in Venice and would ultimately lead to his stardom.

Following his political tenure, Schwarzenegger has returned to Hollywood in a significant way. In addition to publishing a memoir, Total Recall, he has starred in both Expendables 2 and The Last Stand and has action thriller Escape Plan opposite Sylvester Stallone forthcoming.

Schwarzenegger is repped by CAA and Bloom Hergott; The Tannenbaum Co. is repped by CAA and Del Shaw; Konyves is repped by Industry Entertainment and Stone Meyer.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/arnold-schwarzenegger-sells-bodybuilding-drama-559142
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TV Notes
Neil Patrick Harris To Return As Emmy Host
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - May 29, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Neil Patrick Harris will be pulling double hosting duty for CBS again this year. The How I Met Your Mother star, who is emceeing the 67th Tony Awards next Sunday, also has been tapped to host the upcoming 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will air on the network September 22. Harris has become CBS’ go-to guy for high-profile hosting gigs. He’s hosted the Tonys four of the last five times and has now fronted the Primetime Emmys the two most recent times the awards have aired on CBS. Just like when Harris made his debut as Tony and Emmy host in 2009, he is emceeing both awards shows this year. “I couldn’t be more honored and excited to be hosting this year’s Emmy Awards,” he said. “And what perfect timing – I’ll just do the exact same script I’m about to use for the Tonys. ‘And the Emmy for Best Revival of a Musical goes to Breaking Bad! See, told you it works.”

Harris has received rave reviews for his hosting turns, winning two Emmys for the 2009 and 2011 Tonys. He also delivered a ratings boost for the Emmys in 2009. “Neil is the quintessential host – engaging, entertaining and a true showman – with a passion for celebrating the medium we all love,” said CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler. Added TV Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum, “Four years ago, Neil was an amazing Emmy host and we are excited to have him back.”

Whimsical musical numbers have been a Harris hosting staple. At this year’s Emmys, his talents will be showcased by veteran awards and music show producer Ken Ehrlich, who signed on to executive produce earlier this month. Ehrlich, who called Harris “one of the most versatile artists currently working in television,” has a strong music pedigree, producing the Grammys for CBS, and has worked with Harris on other awards shows.

This year’s Emmys will likely air the night before the final-season premiere of How I Met Your Mother. CBS put the veteran comedy front and center at its upfront presentation two weeks ago, which was kicked off by a musical number by the show’s cast. Star Harris’ presiding over the Emmys will likely give HIMYM’s final chapter an extra boost.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/neil-patrick-harris-emmys-host-2013-returns/
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TV Notes
Larry King Takes Talkshow to Russia’s RT Channel
By Leo Barraclough, Variety.com - May 29, 2013

Former CNN yakker Larry King is to host a political talkshow on Russian-owned global TV news channel RT from next month.

The RT show, “Politics with Larry King,” will be produced by Ora TV. RT will also air “Larry King Now,” which was launched on Hulu and Ora TV in July 2012.

The shows will be recorded at RT’s studios in Washington, D.C., and Ora TV’s studios in Los Angeles. RT America will be the exclusive U.S. broadcaster for both programs. “Larry King Now” will continue to stream online at Hulu.com and Ora.tv, and will also be available online on rt.com.

“I have always been passionate about government and issues that impact the public, and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to talk politics with some of the most influential people in Washington and around the country,” King said in a statement.

RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said King would not dodge controversy.

“Whether a president or an activist or a rock star was sitting across from him, Larry King never shied away from asking the tough questions, which makes him a terrific fit for our network,” Simonyan said.

Among other shows aired by RT is one hosted by Julian Assange.

RT, which is funded by the Russian government, launched in December 2005. Its network consists of three global news channels, broadcasting in English, Spanish and Arabic.

http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/larry-king-takes-talkshow-to-russias-rt-network-1200488864/
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TV Review
‘Dancing Fools,’ lazy, clumsy clip job
ABC Family video-clip series appears slapped together
By Tom Conroy, Media Life Magazine - May 29, 2013

Even when people are working on a project that they know will never be a big success, they should at least try. A lack of enthusiasm is contagious. In the performing arts, it quickly spreads to the audience.

Although the on-air talent in ABC Family’s new video-clip series “Dancing Fools” does its best, the writers are seriously slacking. The banter between the host, the actress Melissa Peterman, and her co-stars is bland, and most of her snarky play-by-play commentary falls flat. Since the show adds little to our enjoyment of the clips, we might as well skip the middleman and go straight to YouTube.

Premiering tonight at 9, “Dancing Fools” differs from other viral-video-compilation shows in that it mostly limits the clips to those featuring people making fools of themselves while dancing. There’s no explanation for the inclusion of a clip in which a cat manically unscrolls a roll of toilet paper.

At the end of the show, two amateur dance troupes compete in a “live dance-off” for a $10,000 prize. Since these dancers aren’t embarrassingly bad, they have nothing to do with the rest of the show either.

The first group of clips, titled “Stay Cool,” features people dancing in water or falling into it while dancing. As two young women dance on a platform submerged just below the surface of a pond, Peterman, who has a similar job on ABC’s “Bet on Your Baby,” says, “They’re not just walking on water — they’re dancing on it. It’s a miracle.”

A woman does a pirouette near a pool, trips over her dog and falls through the pool cover. A group of partiers holding beers on the roof of a boat do some line-dance moves until one of them drops off into the water. “Don’t drink and dive,” says Peterman.

The following clips, presented with the rubric “Roll Call,” show people using toilet paper like a rhythmic gymnastic prop or wrapping themselves up in it. Peterman apologizes for using “toilet humor.” The cat video is shoehorned in here. Maybe that’s a sign that there aren’t enough good viral dancing clips to sustain this show.

The clips generally are the sort of thing we could see on “America’s Funniest Home Videos” long before most of us first got dial-up web access. Too many people get overconfident and fall and hurt themselves. But at least that show added funny sound effects and occasionally witty commentary from its glib hosts. Although “Dancing Fools” has six credited writers, the wit is spread thin.

Peterman occasionally chats with an onstage interlocutor she calls “my copilot, the man with all the clips, my VJ, Guy Torry.” She and Torry, an actor and comedian, fail to stir up any comedy. “We have combed the internet for these videos,” Peterman says, “and as you can imagine, it was a gigantic comb.” Torry points out that “combing something” is a figure of speech, and then she makes fun of the lameness of the joke.

After Peterman introduces the show’s four-person dance troupe, cleverly named the Dancing Fools, Torry says, “You’ve got some skills that pay the bills.”

“I’ve got some skills that pay lots of bills,” she says, doing a halfhearted shimmy. Then she does a prepared bit with one of the professional dancers about how she wants to join the troupe.

Breaking up the videos, Peterman introduces the two groups competing for the $10,000. They’re both young and enthusiastic, but we’ve come to expect that unknown amateurs will wow us with their talent. Peterman gets a few laughs mocking a male dancer who, when asked what his job is, says, “I’m married.”

Peterman shouldn’t quit her day job.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/dancing-fools-lazy-clumsy-clip-job/
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It's not just "Reality" shows. Its other things as well. I am focusing one factor, advertising. Google "Ad Glut Turns Viewers Off". you will be directed to an article that was published in USA TODAY almost eight years ago. Since 1996 the amount of commercials shown during a program had more than DOUBLED. There are so many commercials today that people actually forget what they are watching. And the way these advertisements are presented is abysmal as well. An old saying read "You can attract more flies with honey than you can with vinegar". I cannot fathom WHY most advertisers believe the best way to present your product is to do so in the most obnoxious or even offensive manner possible. Yes, I know you exist, but there will be icicles in Gehenna before I ever partake of your product. And the advertisements aren't just confined to commercial breaks either. Time and again something a person is trying to watch gets obscured by some "Pop Up" ad, many of which are accompanied by sound effects. Nine years ago I began questioning WHY was I PAYING for the "privilege" of watching all of this tripe. Two years later I made up my mind, after seeing an age-inappropiate commercial aired during a kids show. IMO it just isn't worth paying for what little is out there. But that's just MY opinion.
Congratulations on posting a reply to my post that has nothing to do with what I wrote.

I guess you still believe that if a show lasts a long time, it has to be good.
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When I say "lower quality" it means there is mostly reality crap, to many reruns, 3 hour blocks of the same lame show and not enough variety. I'm not sure what shows you are talking about that gives you 49 minutes per hour but what I've seen is there are more commercials and screen clutter on the cable channels than the big four networks. But lately I've seen ABC going down the same path adding more screen clutter.

Since you posted this there have been several posts about the shows on the big four networks. People here have failed to mention shows like Saturday Night Live that is in its 38th season, 60 minutes that has been on the air forever, all the NCIS shows, Law and Order shows, CSI shows all on broadcast television. Other shows like The Mentalist, Hawaii 5-0, Blue Bloods and Criminal Minds have been on the air for a long time. I hate reality shows but there are no reality shows bigger than Survivor, American Idol, and Dancing With the Stars. You had shows like Southland and Conan O'Brian who couldn't cut it on the big four networks but went to cable just to stay on the air. The best thing about OTA is its in HD, its free, and you don't have to support crap you have no interest in.

Several episodes of The Americans were longer than 50 minutes and several episodes of American Horror Story were longer than 45 minutes, just to name two. And like I said, most longer times are usually is reserved for special episodes. How many hour long shows on the networks had 50 minute episodes?

Blue Bloods just completed it's third season, I wouldn't consider that very long myself. But some of those shows that have been around a long time have gotten plain boring. Law & Order, CSI and SNL especially so.

As far as Southland and Conan moving to cable. It wasn't because they weren't good enough, it was because the networks really didn't know how to use them correctly. Conan actually could have stayed on NBC, but being screwed over makes one want to leave for somewhere else. And speaking of NBC, most of the programming on sister network USA, is actually very good and could easily replace a lot of the crap NBC has been broadcasting over the years.

EDIT: Thanks NetworkTV for reminding me that Southland was on NBC. And NBC executives probably wonder why that network has been scraping the bottom ratings-wise.
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TV Notes
Amazon Orders First Pilots, Including 'Alpha House' With John Goodman
By Tim Molloy, TheWrap.com - May 29, 2013

Amazon's first pilot pickups include "Alpha House" with John Goodman, "Betas," and three kids shows, the company announced Wednesday.

The company sought feedback from customers to help decide which of several shows should be given the greeenlight to produce a full series of episodes that will begin airing later this year and in 2014.

Among the chosen are "Alpha House," about four senators living together, which comes from "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau, stars Goodman, and features a Bill Murray cameo. "Betas," meanwhile, is about four tech entrepeneurs.

The company also greenlit the childrens' shows "Annebots," about a kid scientist and her robots, "Creative Galaxy," about an alien artist, and "Tumbleaf," about a whimsical fox looking for adventure.

They will air exclusively on Prime Instant Video.

“We are thrilled at the enthusiastic customer response to our first original pilots,” said Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios. “We built Amazon Studios so that customers could help decide which stories would make the very best movies and TV shows. It’s exciting to see the process in motion, doing exactly what we set out to do. The success of this first set of pilots has given us the push to try this approach with even more shows—this is just the beginning.”

“We're thrilled to have emerged safely from this harrowing exercise in online democracy,” said "Alpha House" creator Garry Trudeau. "As the future of episodic TV packs up and moves to Seattle, we hope the audience will continue to have as much fun watching the show as we have making it.”

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/amazon-orders-first-pilots-including-alpha-house-john-goodman-94216

I really liked the Alpha House Pilot, it was one of my favorites. I'm glad they picked it up. I'll need to check out Betas though. I never watched that Pilot.
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TV Notes
'Big Brother: After Dark' Moves From Showtime to TVGN
By Philiana Ng, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - May 29, 2013

Big Brother: After Dark has a new home.

After airing on Showtime for the past seven seasons, the daily late-night companion series to CBS summer staple Big Brother will now air on TVGN (TV Guide Network).

“Big Brother is one of television’s longest-running reality series with a loyal audience, and we are excited to bring Big Brother: After Dark to TVGN where fans can watch all summer long,” said Brad Schwartz, president of entertainment and media, TVGN. “When the sun goes down and the cameras are still rolling, some of the best reality TV moments come to life, and we expect this season of Big Brother: After Dark to deliver more jaw-dropping action available only on TVGN.”

Like previous years, Big Brother: After Dark will continue to broadcast live feeds from inside the house seven days a week, but for two hours (instead of three), from 12-2 a.m. ET/delayed PT beginning June 26, when Big Brother debuts its 15th season.

The 24/7 live feeds will also move from RealNetworks to CBS.com.

The upcoming Big Brother season will be an expanded edition, launching a few weeks earlier than usual, and continuing to air three nights a week (9 p.m. Tuesdays, 9 p.m. Wednesdays and 8 p.m. Sundays).

Julie Chen returns as host of Big Brother. The last remaining house guest will win the $500,000 grand prize.

The move from Showtime to TVGN comes months after CBS inked a deal acquiring a 50 percent partnership stake, giving CBS half ownership to the cable network that reaches 80 million U.S. homes.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/big-brother-dark-moves-showtime-559927
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TV Notes
‘Two & A Half Men’ Adds New Series Regular — Charlie Harper’s Long Lost Daughter
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - May 29, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Harper had an offspring?! CBS‘ Two And A Half Men will look more like Two Guys And A Girl next season. I’ve learned that the veteran comedy, which earlier this month was renewed for an 11th season, will introduce a new female series regular character next fall. The role, a high-profile gig for a young actress, will bring in a major plot twist to the show: I hear the girl, in her late teens or early 20s, shows up on Walden Schmidt’s (Ashton Kutcher) doorstep searching for her father. She claims to be a daughter of the house’s previous owner, recently departed perennial bachelor Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen).

I hear the girl will eventually move in with Walden and her uncle Alan Harper (Jon Cryer). The new character is expected to fill the void left by the departure of Alan’s son Jake as Angus T. Jones recently exited as a regular after 10 seasons on the show. With the new addition, Two And A Half Men will have subbed two of the three characters in the title, following the successful transition from original leading man Sheen to Kutcher two years ago.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/two-and-a-half-men-casting-charlie-harper-daughter/
Edited by dad1153 - 5/29/13 at 4:14pm
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TV Notes
OWN’s Tyler Perry Drama Bags Network-Best Premiere Ratings
By Rick Kissell, Variety.com - May 29, 2013

OWN is placing a big bet on Tyler Perry this week, and Tuesday night saw encouraging numbers for the premiere of his original drama series, “The Haves and the Have Nots.”

Nielsen estimates that an average audience of 1.77 million watched the series opener of “The Haves and the Have Nots,” making it the most-watched premiere in the network’s history. In the four prior weeks, OWN averaged 251,000 viewers in primetime, so Tuesday’s premiere audience is about seven times that.

And in a good sign, a second episode drew a little over 1.8 million viewers — with each quarter hour either holding on building upon the previous one.

Tonight marks the premiere of Perry’s new comedy series, “Love Thy Neighbor,” which will also bow with back-to-back episodes.

“Haves and Have Nots” follows the complicated dynamic between the rich and powerful Cryer family and the hired help who work in their Savannah mansion. “Love Thy Neighbor” is set at a family-run restaurant, where feisty family matriarch Hattie Mae Love (Patrice Lovely) has her hands full not only managing her customers but her family drama, too.

Quarter-to-date, OWN is up about 12% in total viewers vs. last year.

http://variety.com/2013/tv/ratings/owns-tyler-perry-drama-bags-network-best-premiere-ratings-1200489079/
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TV Notes
Esquire Network Announces New Launch Date, Two New Shows
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - May 29, 2013

After initially scuttling its April 22 launch date, the Esquire Network --- NBCUniversal's rebrand of the G4 Network -- will now debut on Sept. 23., the network's general manager Adam Stotsky said Wednesday.

The network has also added two new series to its programming roster, and will kick off its primetime with a two-hour special celebrating the 80th anniversary of Esquire magazine.

The new shows include a series bearing the working title "Brew Dogs," which will follow Scottish "beer evangelists" James Watt and Martin Dickie as they travel across America, visiting breweries and creating locally-inspired craft beers. The series, which is produced by Custom Productions and Redtail Media, is slated for six hour-long episodes.

"Horse Players," meanwhile, will focus on "the high-stakes world of professional horse race handicapping, where the only thing bigger than the bets are the characters placing them." Go Go Luckey is producing the series, which has been greenlit for seven hour-long episodes.

The new entries join previously announced series "Knife Fight," "The Getaway," "How I Rock It," "Risky Listing" and "American Field Trip."

The Esquire 80th anniversary special, which is scheduled to coincide with the October release of the magazine's anniversary issue, will look back at "the social, political and cultural forces that shaped our lives over the last eight decades – told through the lens of the magazine, its stories, images and covers."

"As Esquire magazine reaches such a significant milestone, it only seems fitting that Esquire Network kick off by celebrating the rich legacy of this iconic brand," Stotsky said of the special. "And we will build on this unparalleled 80 year history with a new primetime lineup featuring compelling original programming that hits on the wide-ranging interests, aspirations and passions of men today."

Esquire put the brakes on its initial April launch date a week before it was due to premiere, with Stotsky noting that the network had the opportunity to premiere with more original programming than it initially expected to launch with. At the time, the Esquire Network launch was re-slated for the summer.

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/esquire-network-gets-new-launch-date-two-new-shows-94351
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Business Notes
D11 Confab: Barry Diller Confirms Newsweek Is For Sale, Says Aereo Expanding Further
By Dominic Patten, Deadline.com - May 29, 2013

“I got seduced into Newsweek,” said Barry Diller today about his plan to sell the new magazine brand. “We started Daily Beast and it worked really well and we built up nice audiences. But we somehow got into Newsweek, this news book, and it has taken a year and a half of focus unfortunately and I want to get back to the Daily Beast“. The IAC chief would not say how much he wanted for the now-shuttered weekly newsmag or who is interested. “It much better belongs in a widely diversified publishing company,” was all he added. Diller was appearing Wednesday with CNN chief Jeff Zucker at this year’s D11 conference in Ranchos Palos Verdes.

Regrading his Aereo streaming service, Diller said it is spreading out to 22 more cities in the next few months, and that if it gets to 15 million-20 million homes “we can start our own programming”. And legal battles with broadcasters are only helping his cause. “I’m happy they sued us because its gotten Aereo known to more people. All this drama is good for us,” Diller said. “It is very overblown this thing. I don’t want to beat up broadcasters…I want to move the line to open Internet systems.” He added, “I think the more video, all forms of video, you can get over the Internet protocols, the better off the world will be,” he added. Aereo is already in NYC and Boston and scheduled to launch in Atlanta in mid-June.

“We’re out to get the centricity moved to the Internet,” Diller said of his “antenna”-selling business. “The dominos are going to fall anyway,” he said of the closed packages of cable providers. “Closed systems like cable TV will not sustain over time,” he repeated several times. “With people who don’t now use cable they are open grazing and they are all on the Internet,” he noted of the new generation of TV viewers Aereo is aiming to capture.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/newsweek-sale-barry-diller-aereo/
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I guess you still believe that if a show lasts a long time, it has to be good.
More often than not if a show lasts a long time, it appealed to someone (advertisers, viewers, network brass), so it depends on your definition of "good". I happen to think a lot of shows that you and others sneer at are good. Does that make either of us right or wrong? What I think is good is simply good for me, nothing more. Claims that pay TV has nothing good are obvious exaggerations, but I take such claims with a grain of salt because even if wrong, the perception is there and that makes it real for that person. People can argue about exact commercial time, but that doesn't mean we are not subjected to more obnoxious interruptions than in the past, be it actual commercials, pop-ups or product placement. I think the time claims are exaggerated and I simply smell a distaste for the cost of pay TV. However, one need not justify that distaste with exaggerated claims. IMHO, distaste is reason enough to shed pay TV if one wants to do so.
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More often than not if a show lasts a long time, it appealed to someone (advertisers, viewers, network brass), so it depends on your definition of "good".
Of the ones I specifically cited, which ones did/do you think are good?

People like to watch houses burning down and car accidents, too. They like watching cats fall into fish tanks. They like videos with hillbillies that start with the words "hey, watch this..."

Addiction entertainment makes people consume it no matter how low grade it is. That goes for games, music, tabloids...everything.

Just because people tune in, doesn't mean what they tune into is a quality piece of entertainment. Sometimes people watch things becasue there isn't an actual train wreck available - which is the best explanation I can possibly give for why Jerry Springer lasted so long.
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I think TVGN isnt called tv guide network anymore its just TVGN.
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TV Notes
Larry King Takes Talkshow to Russia’s RT Channel
By Leo Barraclough, Variety.com - May 29, 2013

Former CNN yakker Larry King is to host a political talkshow on Russian-owned global TV news channel RT from next month.

The RT show, “Politics with Larry King,” will be produced by Ora TV. RT will also air “Larry King Now,” which was launched on Hulu and Ora TV in July 2012.

The shows will be recorded at RT’s studios in Washington, D.C., and Ora TV’s studios in Los Angeles. RT America will be the exclusive U.S. broadcaster for both programs. “Larry King Now” will continue to stream online at Hulu.com and Ora.tv, and will also be available online on rt.com.

“I have always been passionate about government and issues that impact the public, and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to talk politics with some of the most influential people in Washington and around the country,” King said in a statement.

RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said King would not dodge controversy.

“Whether a president or an activist or a rock star was sitting across from him, Larry King never shied away from asking the tough questions, which makes him a terrific fit for our network,” Simonyan said.

Among other shows aired by RT is one hosted by Julian Assange.

RT, which is funded by the Russian government, launched in December 2005. Its network consists of three global news channels, broadcasting in English, Spanish and Arabic.

http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/larry-king-takes-talkshow-to-russias-rt-network-1200488864/

RT makes MSNBC look downright ultra right. For a good laugh, foreign style, then RT is your channel. Don't think Larry will want to last too long there. Those people are totally loony. Cenk Uygur on Current came from RT.
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RT makes MSNBC look downright ultra right. For a good laugh, foreign style, then RT is your channel. Don't think Larry will want to last too long there. Those people are totally loony. Cenk Uygur on Current came from RT.

You could think of them as a leftist version of Glenn Beck. Or you could just say they really like kooks. Consider this documentary they did on the Republic of Texas – not the historical republic, mind you, but rather, the present day separatist shadow government. I wouldn’t call these folks left or right, just kooky.

But there’s also the following, which RT America just happened to air in its first non-news slot the afternoon of the Boston Marathon attack, before anything was known about the perpetrators:

Chechnya: Republic of Contrasts

Now this is 26 minutes of truly amazing HD television, highly recommended.. It’s done in a fluffy tourist travelogue style, and all the models are definitely easy on the eyes. But the “contrasts” are truly bizarre, and it’s all punctuated at the end with three minutes of jaw-dropping irony. (But don’t skip the first 22 minutes, or the end won’t have the same impact.)
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TV Notes
'Big Brother: After Dark' Moves From Showtime to TVGN
By Philiana Ng, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - May 29, 2013

Big Brother: After Dark has a new home.

And still not in HD.

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I think TVGN isnt called tv guide network anymore its just TVGN.

Which still stands for TV Guide Network. I hate when channels do this. If you want to change your name then change it to something totally different.
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Business Notes
Viacom CEO mocks Sen. John McCain's anti-bundling bill
By Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - May 29, 2013

Viacom Inc. Chief Executive Officer Philippe Dauman mocked Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for being the sole sponsor of a new bill to overhaul the way pay-TV distributors and programmers package and sell programming.

At Nomura’s Global Media & Telecom Summit in New York, Dauman downplayed the threat, saying McCain has been pushing for similar legislation for years and has made little progress.

“McCain got a lot of publicity for his solo-sponsored bill, which he’s been doing for, I don’t know, 15 years now with no co-sponsors, going nowhere,” he said.

McCain recently unveiled the Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013, which would provide incentives for the industry to start selling channels to customers on an individual basis so viewers don’t have to pay for channels in which they aren’t interested.

The McCain bill is aimed at fighting so-called bundling, when big companies such as Viacom and Walt Disney Co. roll all their channels into one bundle that they sell to distributors.

McCain, a longtime critic of the television industry, has called bundling an "injustice being inflicted on the American people."

Dauman argued bundling actually lowers prices and increases value for consumers because it allows smaller networks to invest in their shows while knowing they will have distribution.

“Consumers are enjoying what many have called the golden age of television,” Dauman said. “It’s good value for consumers.”

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-viacoms-dauman-mocks-mccains-solosponsored-antibundling-bill-20130529,0,6977287.story
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TV Notes
'The Killing' returns from the dead for Season 3
By Bill Keveney, USA Today - May 29, 2013

The Killing has new life.

The dark AMC drama, canceled after two seasons but then revived, returns for Season 3 Sunday (8 ET/PT) with a two-hour premiere.

Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) are back, but it's 15 months after the Rosie Larsen murder case was resolved, and they're in much different places as they explore a new case that focuses on a serial killer who preys on homeless teens in Seattle.

Linden and Holder almost didn't make it. After a second season that was down 27% in viewers (1.6 million) and 23% in young adults from Season 1, AMC decided against a third season. In an unusual move, the show's producer, Fox Television Studios, immediately said it would look into ways to continue the The Killing, perhaps on a different network.

Eventually, the Fox studio worked out a deal that offered new benefits to Netflix, including exclusivity in some foreign markets. The returns from that deal, in turn, allowed the studio to work out a licensing agreement that was favorable to AMC, leading to the renewal of the show in January.

"Literally, the day after we canceled it, our creative teams, we were having conversations about, 'Could this be rekindled? What would it take?' " AMC president Charlie Collier says. "And then the smart folks in our business affairs group and in the Fox Television Studios' business affairs group got together and cut a deal that was good for all of us. We never really lost our passion for the show."

As the season opens, Holder is a rising star in the Seattle Police Department. He dresses better, is preparing for the sergeant's exam and has a girlfriend, an assistant district attorney. Linden has left the police force, choosing a less pressured life working on a ferry and finding a younger, undemanding boyfriend. It's a lighter and, from appearances, happier existence.

When a new killing appears similar in detail to a case Linden had worked on, Holder seeks her help. Linden has always been troubled by that earlier case, which had led to her psychiatric hospitalization, and now the convicted man, Ray Seward (Peter Sarsgaard), is just 30 days away from execution.

"She didn't believe that she had put the right man away," Enos says. "The boy's mother had been killed and they put the father in jail, which left this boy orphaned. And he went into the foster system. Sarah grew up in the foster system, and it had been a very negative experience for her. So she felt like she had ruined two people's lives."

Further complicating matters, the case brings Linden back into contact with ex-partner and ex-lover James Skinner (Elias Koteas), who now heads the homicide division.

"In many ways, she and Skinner are the same animal," executive producer Veena Sud says. "Because of this crucible they're in, over the next 30 days of this serial-killing investigation, they're going to be back together in really tight quarters."

And, after being away from law enforcement, Linden doesn't have her guard up, Enos says. "The Sarah that comes back into the police force in Season 3 is much more vulnerable. She's stripped down a lot of her cop defenses and that makes coming back complicated."

Despite their different post-Rosie paths, Linden and Holder aren't that far apart in some ways, Kinnaman says.

"I always felt Linden and Holder are two sides of the same coin. Both come from very broken backgrounds, broken homes. ... Both are self-destructive at times, and they're both obsessive. And they get along really well even when they don't get along," he says. "He knows her weak sides, and he's sort of playing with her obsessive behavior and not being able to let things go. He knows that that's not good for her."

This case will be resolved over the 12-episode season, which will cover 30 days and not be broken down a day per episode the way the first two seasons were. The Rosie Larsen story took two seasons, angering some fans who felt misled when it wasn't resolved in one.

Having a different story that rewards but doesn't require watching the earlier seasons could help draw new viewers, Collier says. "I think it's the type of story you don't need to have to have seen the first two seasons to jump in."

Sud, who created the new season's story line after the first two seasons were modeled on a Danish series, was inspired by Mary Ellen Mark's photography of street kids. She also was intrigued by the story of the Green River Killer, Gary Ridgway,who pleaded guilty in 2003 to murdering more than 40 women in the 1980s and 1990s.

"When I was up in Seattle doing research for the pilot, I was really struck by how many street kids there were. It's a whole world," Sud says. "I knew from the pilot that this was a world I would love to talk about and explore."

As far as Ridgway, who is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole, "I was really interested in the fact that he was able to kill as many women as he did for as long as he did and not be caught. I became very interested in the idea of victims who can disappear off the face of the Earth and no one notices," Sud says. "I was also interested in a different type of victim than Rosie Larsen. She's a nice kid from a nice family. The minute she's gone, everyone notices."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2013/05/29/killing-returns-from-the-dead-for-season-3/2359609/
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Legal/Business Notes
Reality Producers Sued Over Death In Discovery Show Copter Crash
By Dominic Patten, Deadline.com - May 29, 2013

Producers JD Roth and Todd Nelson are among the defendants in a wrongful death complaint filed today. They join Van Nuys Copters, Crossbow Helicopters, Orbic Air and several others in the filing (read it here) by Jerie S. Rydstrom, mother of deceased cameraman Darren Rydstrom. He, pilot David Gibbs and cast member Michael Donatelli were killed when their helicopter crashed early on February 10 during filming of a Discovery Channel reality show.

The trio died after being thrown from the copter in an open field at the Polsa Rosa Ranch in Acton. They were shooting a then untitled military show being produced for Discovery Channel by Roth and Nelson’s Eyeworks USA (formerly 3 Ball Prods.). The partners have served as EPs on Biggest Loser as well on other reality series such as Splash and the recently returned Extreme Weight Loss. The suit alleges that pilot Gibbs was not “competent, qualified and sufficiently informed for the flight” for a scene for the show. “As a direct result of the negligent and careless conduct of the above-named defendants, and each of them, Plaintiffs decedent, Darren Arthur Rydstrom, suffered injuries that proved to be fatal”. The suit says damages should be determined by the court but should include loss of support, property losses, emotional distress, and burial and funeral expenses, among other things. Rydstrom requests a 10-day jury trial. The plaintiff is represented by Walter Lack and Elizabeth Crooke of Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/reality-producers-sued-over-wrongful-death-in-discovery-show-copter-crash/
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Business Notes
Disney's Anne Sweeney Calls Barry Diller’s Aereo ‘Opportunistic Piracy’
By Sharon Waxman, TheWrap.com - May 29, 2013

ABC chief Anne Sweeney slammed Barry Diller’s new Aereo online tv service as “opportunistic piracy,” on Wednesday.

Sweeney made the remarks during an onstage interview at the AllThingsDigital conference on Wednesday, where Diller had appeared earlier in the day.

"It's opportunistic piracy," she said. "With all due respect (to Diller), it’s taking advantage of our content."

The broadcast networks are suing Aereo, which pulls in broadcast channel signals and stream them to its users cheaply, claiming that the service does not compensate them for their content.

But Diller argued that the broadcasters have access to public airwaves in exchange for providing that content to viewers without pay, and that Aereo does the same thing that a traditional antenna used to do. He said at the conference that as the audience grows, the networks can charge advertisers for the increased audience.

Diller said the cutting of cable cords by subscribers was underway, and an inevitability. “The idea of spending thousands of dollars for a package of cable channels you don’t watch doesn’t make sense,” he said.

In a not-very-subtle dig at Disney, Diller said that 90 percent of cable subscribers pay for ESPN, for example, but only 10 percent of them watch the sports channe, a source of massive revenue to the media company.

But Sweeney countered that by saying that their research suggests that the cost of a la carte cable would be prohibitively expensive.

"Our research says it is not a better prospect for a consumer," she said. Comparing it to a newspaper, she said that "when I only get the front page, don’t get sports... the cost changes very dramatically for the consumer."

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/column-post/anne-sweeney-calls-barry-diller-s-aereo-opportunistic-piracy-94391
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So being on the air for a long time makes the show good?

America's Funniest Home Videos has been on for over 20 years and that's one step away from crap on Youtube.

Baywatch was on the air for 10 years. The Power Rangers have been on the air for 20. According to Jim managed 8 while 2 1/2 Men is 10 years old and still going. Raise your hand if you think either show had any real merit.

On the other hand, The Honeymooners only lasted 39 episodes (1 season back when it aired, but would be roughly 2 seasons now if that many episodes aired). The original Star Trek only had 80 episodes over 3 seasons. Neither the Addams Family or The Munsters made it past 2 seasons. I guess those shows sucked.

For what it's worth, Southland and Conan both fell prey to NBC not wanting to lose Jay Leno, not the quality of the shows. Southland was cancelled when NBC handed their 10PM block over to The Jay Leno show, which failed miserably. Conan left NBC when they wanted to put Jay back in the 11:30PM slot after the 10PM show failed.

There are plenty of shows on cable that regularly have numbers that beat those of broadcast network shows, despite having a much smaller and more fragmented potential audience than the broadcast networks.

I was responding to people posting that shows don't last long on broadcast TV. I have no idea where they got that from.

You are right about shows being on the air a long time doesn't always make tthem good. I have no idea how The Simpsons have stayed on the air for so long. When it first came out I thought it was going to be canceled in no time. The Honeymooners that only lasted one season is my favorite sitcom. Police Squad that only lasted six episodes is another of my favorites. It launched the Naked Gun trilogy.

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brian was getting its butt kicked in the ratings by David Letterman. Which is why NBC brought back Jay Leno.
Edited by Jedi Master - 5/29/13 at 10:36pm
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Since 1996 the amount of commercials shown during a program had more than DOUBLED.

I do not know where you get that from. If you take the average today as being 17 min of ads and promos, that means there was only 8.5 min of ads/promos in 1996, or 51.5 min of programming. Totally false. IIRC, programs were in the 45-46 min range.
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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 - Wipeout
9PM - Motive
10:01PM - Rookie Blue
* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (MLB player Jason Collins and his brother Jarron; producer J.J. Abrams; Huey Lewis and the News perform)
(R - May 15)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - The Big Bang Theory
(R - Jan. 31)
8:31PM - Mike & Molly (Season Finale)
9:01PM - Person of Interest
(R - Nov. 29)
10:01PM - Elementary
(R - Jan. 31)
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Tobey Maguire; stupid pet tricks; Tom Odell performs)
(R - May 1)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Jeff Garlin; Anne Heche)

NBC:
8PM - Save Me
8:30PM - Save me
9PM - The Office
(R - Apr. 4)
9:30PM - Parks and Recreation
(R - Sep. 27)
10:01PM - Hannibal
* * * *
11:35PM - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (Ben Kingsley; comic Larry the Cable Guy; The Band Perry performs)
(R - Apr. 29)
12:37AM - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Zach Galifianakis; Isla Fisher; art director George Lois; Icona Pop performs; Too $hort performs with The Roots)
(R - May 2)
1:36AM - Last Call With Carson Daly (Journalist Rich Eisen; Divine Fits perform)
(R - Jan. 28)

FOX:
8PM - Hell's Kitchen
9PM - Does Someone Have to Go?

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - The 'This Old House' Hour (R - Nov. 29)
9PM - Frontline: Outlawed in Pakistan
(R - May 28)
10PM - Antiques Roadshow: Seattle
(R - May 27)

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

THE CW:
8PM - The Vampire Diaries
(R - Oct. 18)
9PM - Beauty and the Beast
(R - Oct. 18)

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

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Former NBA Coach and Author Phil Jackson)
(R - May 21)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Musician Cyndi Lauper)
(R - May 15)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Magic Johnson; Thandie Newton; Langhorne Slim)
(R - Mar. 25)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Jack Huston; Bobby Lee; Arden Myrin; Matt Braunger)
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - May 30, 2013

EASTWOOD DIRECTS: THE UNTOLD STORY
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

Richard Schickel, Clint Eastwood’s biographer and the documentarian who made The Eastwood Factor in 2010, presents a new TCM companion piece, focusing specifically on Eastwood’s work behind the camera. That part of the actor’s career began more than 40 years ago,with 1971’s Play Misty for Me, and includes Best Director (and Best Picture) Oscar wins for 1992’s Unforgiven and 2004’s Million Dollar Baby. Interviewees for this new biography include Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep and Eastwood himself.

NBA PLAYOFFS: MIAMI HEAT VS. INDIANA PACERS
TNT, 8:30 p.m. ET

Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, which was played in Indiana, featured plenty of bad calls to enrage fans of both the Pacers and the Miami Heat. Regardless, the series is now tied at 2-2,and Game 5 returns to Miami.

MOTIVE
ABC, 9:00 p.m. ET

Katharine Isabelle, who played the titular werewolf-infected teen in 2000’s clever independent movie Ginger Snaps, guest stars as a different sort of man-eater in this new episode of ABC’s newest crime drama. She plays a diner waitress who serves up murder plots as her daily special.

THE GRAHAM NORTON REPORT
BBC America, 9:00 p.m. ET

Graham Norton packs his shows with celebrities, and brings most of them out at the same time to interact with each other. It results in a talk show atmosphere unlike any other, as you can witness this week, by watching a new edition featuring Will and Jaden Smith, Bradley Cooper, Michael Douglas, Heather Graham, and Selena Gomez.

BIRD
TCM, 12:20 a.m. ET

Part of tonight's TCM salute to Clint Eastwood as a director, this 1988 film stars Forest Whitaker as the hard-living, hard-playing saxophone player CharlieParker. Samuel E. Wright is featured,too, as Dizzy Gillespie.


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