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Set your screen to 4x3, and she looks just like Angelina Jolie... eek.gifbiggrin.gif
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Video is available to view on line right now @pbs.org Frontline 1900 hrs PDT 25062013

link http://video.pbs.org/video/2365031455
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
WEDNESDAY 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 - The Middle
(R - Apr. 3)
8:30PM - Family Tools
9PM - Modern Family
(R - Oct. 31)
9:31PM - How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) (Series Finale)
10PM - ABC's The Lookout
* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Channing Tatum; director Paul Feig; Pharrell performs)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - Big Brother (Season Premiere) SD
9PM - The American Baking Competition
10PM - Criminal Minds
(R - Oct. 17)
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (2013 Stanley Cup MVP Patrick Kane; Jamie Foxx; Backstreet Boys present the Top Ten List; Wale performs)
12:37AM - Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Sandra Bullock; comic Jim McDonald)

NBC:
8PM - Dateline NBC
(R)
9PM - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
(R - Mar. 27)
10PM - Chicago Fire
(R - May 1)
* * * *
11:35PM - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (Whitney Cummings; model Alex Minsky; John Fogerty performs)
12:37AM - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Christopher Meloni; TV host Cat Deeley; Broken Social Scene performs with Feist)
(R - Jun. 6)
1:36AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Producer Matthew Weiner; writer Katie Dippold; Foals perform)
(R - Jun. 6)

FOX:
8PM - MasterChef (120 min.)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Nature: Black Mamba (R - Nov. 8, 2009)
9PM - NOVA: Earth from Space (120 min.)
(R - Feb. 13)

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

THE CW:
8PM - Arrow
(R - Nov. 14)
9PM - Supernatural
(R - Apr. 3)

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

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Filmmaker Josh Fox)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Journalist Bill Moyers)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Elijah Wood; Chris Bosh; Bill Burr; Ryan Bingham)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Eve; Claire Titelman; Fortune Feimster; Jo Koy)
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TV Notes
Starz greenlights time-traveling 'Outlander' series
By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times - Jan. 25, 2013

Starz has given the greenlight to "Outlander," a new series set in 18th century Scotland and based on the bestselling series of books by Diana Gabaldon.

The series follows Claire Randall, a 20th century doctor who travels in time back to Scotland in the 1740s where she is forced to marry a young Scottish warrior. The seven-book series has been described as a mix of romance, adventure, history and science fiction.

The TV adaptation is being overseen by writer and executive producer Ronald D. Moore, best known for his work reinvigorating "Battlestar Galactica" on SyFy.

Starz Chief Executive Chris Albrecht said in a statement, "Diana has created an incredibly compelling heroine, thrust into a very complex world, not to mention, time. The books weave a fascinating tapestry of history, spirituality, love and honor, not to mention plenty of time travel, sex and warfare."

The first book in the series, "Outlander," was published in 1991. It has since gone on to become an international bestseller, with a spinoff series, graphic novel adaptations and more.

Starz has ordered 16 episodes of the series, which are expected to air sometime in 2014.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-starz-outlander-ronald-moore-diana-gabaldon-20130625,0,2948887.story
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Critic's Notes
Wanna Buy 'Brooklyn Bridge'? Let's Try One More Time
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Jan. 24, 2013

Gary David Goldberg and TV Worth Watching shared a love of quality television — including Goldberg’s. His own personal website, for years, has linked to a story on TV Worth Watching by Tom Brinkmoeller, bemoaning the lack of a DVD release for one of Goldberg’s finest series, Brooklyn Bridge.

With the news of Goldberg's death, we here at TV Worth Watching feel it’s time to do more than bemoan — and to be active. So what we pledge to do, in the coming days and weeks, is mount a campaign to persuade some home-video distributor — collaborating with them, if necessary — to get Goldberg’s semi-autobiographical 1991-93 CBS comedy Brooklyn Bridge released on DVD at last.

And the first step is to do the social-media equivalent of collecting signatures, asking what sounds like an old con but actually is a sincere query:

The question is, Would you buy the Brooklyn Bridge?

If you would, tell us so, so we can count you among the eager fans waiting for such a release. And, if you like, tell us why, because what we’ve heard from people who love this show is that memories of it are as fond as they are strong.

The more of you who respond, the better case we can make in trying to make the Brooklyn Bridge DVD a reality, in honor of Gary David Goldberg’s memory, and legacy.

Please, leave your comments below, and we'll keep you posted on our efforts. [CLICK LINK BELOW]

http://www.tvworthwatching.com/BlogPostDetails.aspx?postId=5258
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TV Notes
'All My Children,' 'One Life to Live' Encourage Binge-Viewing
All New Episodes to Post on Mondays
By Jethro Nededog, TheWrap.com - Jun. 25, 2013

Binge-viewing has arrived for online soaps.

The Online Network (TOLN) announced on Tuesday that it will post a week's worth of episodes of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" on Mondays via Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes starting Monday, July 1.

"Now viewers will be able to choose to watch one episode each day or binge view some or all of that week’s shows at once starting each Monday," the statement read.

"Together with the MORE shows, viewers can play or save up to six TOLN programs per week – all available on Mondays – providing even more flexibility to watch anytime, and anywhere."

Previously, TOLN staggered episodes with "All My Children" on Mondays and Wednesdays; "One Life to Live" on Tuesdays and Thursdays with both on Fridays.

Earlier this month, show producer Prospect Park and the I.A.T.S.E. local unions announced that they have resolved their issues over the production of "All My Children" and "One Life To Live" over the Union's belief that the two shows had gone over budget and violated a labor agreement in the process.

Production on the soap operas resumes on Aug. 12.

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/all-my-children-one-life-live-encourage-binge-viewing-new-episodes-post-mondays-99771
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Nielsen Notes/TV Sports
NBC Scores! Stanley Cup Finals Most Watched In 19 Years
By Dominc Patten, Deadline.com - Jan. 25, 2013

The battle for the NHL‘s Stanley Cup is over, and the Chicago Blackhawks were the victors Monday night. Now the final numbers are in and NBC looks to be a winner too with this year’s Stanley Cup Final turning out to be the most watched since 1994, when data first became available. The six-game series between the Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins averaged a 3.3 household rating with 5.76 million viewers on NBC and NBC Sports Network. That’s up 83% in household ratings and 91% million in viewers from the LA Kings-New Jersey Devils series in 2012. Individually, Monday’s 8:15–11 PM ET Game 6 pulled a 3.3/10 rating, up 65% from last year’s 2.0. In terms of household ratings, last night’s game received a 4.7 and was watched by 8.16 million viewers. That’s a rise of 52% and 66%, respectively, from last year’s series-clinching Game 6, resulting in the second-most watched Game 6 since 1994. The Blackhawks’ Cup-clinching on June 9, 2010, against the Philadelphia Flyers was the most-watched Game 6 with 8.28 million viewers.

Overall, this year’s NHL playoffs averaged 1.47 million viewers across 84 games on NBC, NBC Sports Network and CNBC. That result is the most-watched playoffs since ESPN, ESPN2 and Fox aired the Stanley Cup in 1997. Compared with the 1.24 million who watched last year’s playoffs on average, the 2013 Stanley Cup was up 18% in viewership.

The Top 10 markets for Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final were:

1. Boston (33.0)
2. Chicago (30.2)
3. Providence (22.5)
4. Buffalo (12.5)
5. Pittsburgh (7.8)
6. Minneapolis-St. Paul (7.3)
7. Milwaukee (7.0)
8. Hartford-New Haven (6.8)
9. Fort Myers (6.3)
10. St. Louis (5.8)


http://www.deadline.com/2013/06/ratings-rat-race-stanley-cup-finals-game-6-up-big-over-2012-under-the-dome-debuts-strong/
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TV/Business Notes
'Practical' Millennials Not Tuning Into TV
By R. Thomas Umstead, Multichannel News - Jan. 25, 2013

MTV Networks last week showcased five bright and optimistic teens to support its recent millennials research study.

The panel of four females and one male who ranged in age from 13-17 perfectly fit the characteristics of today’s millennials revealed in “The New Millennials Will Keep Calm and Carry On” study’s findings: they are more resilient adaptable, practical, technologically literate and less idealistic than their predecessors as they prepare for an uncertain employment and financial future.

What the study didn’t report and what MTV officials may not have been prepared for is what these future consumers had to say about their television viewing habits. When asked how they watched their favorite shows, basically all five teens favored digital options rather than linear TV.

“I don’t think I’ve ever watched a [scheduled] show on actual television,” said 13-year old Alice Westerman, who added that she watches all of her favorite shows on the web via Netflix.

Angela Nguyen, 17, said she mostly waits until the latest episodes of her favorite shows are available on Netflix and Hulu before watching it on her own time. James De Rosa-Farag, also 17, actually does watch traditional television at times, electing to watch movies with his “old-fashioned” father on premium services like Cinemax.

Of course the opinions of a handful of teens doesn’t spell the inevitable doom of traditional television as we know it, especially since time spent watching traditional TV increased slightly in first quarter 2013, to 157 hours and 32 minutes per month from 155 hours a year ago, according to Nielsen.

But it should raise a few eyebrows for cable networks and distributors about how best to reach the next generation of cable subscribers. “It does speak to the trend of they want it across all of our platforms,” said MTV president Stephen Friedman, who recently oversaw the launch of the millennial-targeted network’s viewer-authenticated app. “I think the more we can make [content] available on VOD, online and through mobile, the happier our audience is going to be.”

Indeed, the quicker the industry can promote a cohesive, easy to use TV Everywhere product to consumers, the better chance they have to capture the hearts and minds young millennials like Alice before she and her generation are lost forever to the industry’s competitors.

http://www.multichannel.com/blogs/picture/practical-millennials-not-tuning-tv
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TV/Business Notes
Layoffs Hit Sesame Workshop
By Marisa Guthrie, The Hollywood Reporter - Jan. 25, 2013

Less than two weeks after Sesame Street earned six daytime Emmy awards, Sesame Workshop laid off 30 employees, about 10 percent of its work force.

The cuts follow previous winnowing in the spring of 2012. A Sesame Workshop spokesperson confirmed the cuts.

“Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization behind Sesame Street, is constantly assessing where we must invest for the future in response to today’s rapidly changing digital environment,” the organization said in a statement released to the media. “After careful review, we have concluded that we must reduce our workforce by approximately 10% to strategically focus our resources. We remain optimistic about our future and remain committed to our mission of helping children reach their highest potential here and around the globe.”

Sesame Workshop last winter weathered a scandal involving Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash, who resigned amid accusations of an inappropriate relationships with underage boys. Clash won three Emmys at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 17, including outstanding performer in a children’s series.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/layoffs-hit-sesame-workshop-574576
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Critic's Notes
'The Sopranos': Critics Look Back At TV's Game-Changer
By Maureen Ryan, HuffingtonPost.com - Jan. 25, 2013

The influence of "The Sopranos" is so vast that it's difficult to gauge, but it's worth giving it a shot, right?

Several months ago, I participated in a roundtable discussion of "The Sopranos" with three other critics. We discussed the huge impact the show had on modern television, that infamous ending and what the next stages of the post-"Sopranos" revolution might bring, among many other topics.

The discussion was moderated by New York magazine TV critic and RogerEbert.com editor-in-chief Matt Zoller Seitz (who covered "The Sopranos" for The Star-Ledger, Tony's hometown newspaper, for several seasons of the HBO drama's run). Other participants included Sarah D. Bunting, a founder of Television Without Pity and of previously.tv, and Ryan McGee, who writes for several outlets, including the AV Club and his own site, and with whom I do the Talking TV podcast every week.

The discussion has been split into six videos, and I've included one of my favorite segments below. [CLICK LINK AT BOTTOM] Over on RogerEbert.com, you'll find all six videos, as well as transcripts of the discussion, if you'd rather experience it that way.

This sitdown was one of the most enjoyable things I've done all year, and I'm very grateful to Matt for providing the venue, arranging the camera crew and leading the discussion so ably (many thanks also to Dave Bunting for his fine editing). I hope you have as much fun listening to us talk as we did sharing ideas and opinions with each other. An IndieWire writer said the discussion reminded him of the "Siskel & Ebert"/"At the Movies" show, which was a very gratifying comparison, considering how much we all admired Roger Ebert.

It just so happened that the videos were ready a short time after the passing of James Gandolfini. In memory of his titanic talent, we've dedicated this video series to the actor.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maureen-ryan/the-sopranos-hbo_b_3498300.html?utm_hp_ref=tv
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8PM - Big Brother (Season Premiere) SD

ROFL, will this show be ever in HD? HD cameras must be really expensive
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Cant they at least upconvert it like FOX had done for their pregame shows.
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And which also looks horrible BTW, but at least it helps hide Bradshaw's mug.
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Jan. 25, 2013

FRANKLIN AND BASH
TNT, 9:00 p.m. ET

Why watch Franklin & Bash? Excellent question, usually – but tonight, I have an answer. If you’re big on female TV icons, tonight’s episode presents two from decades ago: Heather Locklear, now a series regular as the boys’ new boss, and Jane Seymour, returning in a recurring role as Peter’s mother. Oh, and Seymour’s character needs legal representation from her son and his partner, because she’s been accused of prostitution. Oh, and double oh: In one scene, already teased on Entertainment Tonight, Seymour and Locklear locklips. So tune in tonight, if only to seymour.

FUTURAMA
Comedy Central, 10:00 p.m. ET

If the contents of tonight’s episode are as funny as its episode title, we’re in for another very entertaining episode. It’s called “T.: The Terrestrial.” Think about it.

HOT IN CLEVELAND
TV Land, 9:00 p.m. ET

Last week, Hot in Cleveland grabbed a lot of well-deserved attention by broadcasting live. This week, it earns more attention with its guest casting. Carol Burnett guest stars, playing the housebound, hoarding mother of Wendie Malick’s Victoria. Tim Conway also guest stars – making this a mini-reunion, along with series star Betty White, of three of the wonderful players from the recurring, riotously raw "The Family" sketches on The Carol Burnett Show. And in what other comedy company could Conway, who is 79 to Burnett’s 80 and White’s 91, be treated as the baby of the group?

THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART
Comedy Central, 11:00 p.m. ET

Here’s a test of the interviewing abilities of Stewart’s summer substitute host, John Oliver. Tonight his guest is Josh Fox, the filmmaker whose documentary, Gasland Part II, provides for a lot of opportunities to make serious as well as comic points. And Fox is just off an appearance on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, where he held his own, and more, against an angry assault from one of the show’s conservative guests.

THE COLBERT REPORT
Comedy Central, 11:31 p.m. ET

Tonight’s show is scheduled to combine, on the same program, two of television’s all-time best political commentators: the usually playful Stephen Colbert and his guest, the usually serious Bill Moyers.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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TV Notes
CNN Revives ‘Crossfire’ With Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter And Van Jones
By Lisa D Moraes, Deadline.com - Jan. 26, 2013

CNN's cancelled Crossfire has officially risen (as we told you back in April) like the phoenix from the ashes and will return to the network’s schedule this fall. This time, the political right will be represented by former Speaker of the House and GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, and S.E. Cupp, a conservative columnist, commentator and author of the book Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media’s Attack On Christianity. On the left: Stephanie Cutter, a partner at consulting firm Precision Strategies which was launched earlier this month with three veterans from the Obama 2012 campaign team. Also on the left: Van Jones, the Yale-educated author of The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild The Dream who is founding president of Rebuild the Dream, an organization that promotes innovative policy solutions for the U.S. economy.

“Few programs in the history of CNN have had the kind of impact on political discourse that Crossfire did — it was a terrific program then, and we believe the time is right to bring it back and do it again,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said in today’s announcement.

The political screechfest previously aired weeknights from 1982-2005. Jon Stewart famously appeared on the show in October 2004, ostensibly to promote his book America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide To Democracy Inaction, but mostly to slam the show. “It’s hurting America. Here is what I wanted to tell you guys: Stop… You have a responsibility to the public discourse, and you fail miserably.” Stewart said calling Crossfire a debate show was “like saying pro wrestling is a show about athletic competition.” The appearance went viral and the show’s days were numbered.

Here’s the release: [CLICK LINK BELOW]

http://www.deadline.com/2013/06/cnn-revives-crossfire/
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TV Notes
MTV's 'Awkward' Creator Lauren Iungerich Exits
By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Jan. 26, 2013

Awkward is losing its creator.

Showrunner Lauren Iungerich and MTV have mutually decided to part ways, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

"Awkward is a wonderful series and we appreciate the creativity and devotion Lauren brought to this show," MTV programming president Susanne Daniels said in a statement.

"We wish her the best in her new ventures."

Iungerich will finish the current production on the third season of Awkward, which wraps Thursday. The series will return for the second half of its 20-episode order in October. A search for a new showrunner for a potential fourth season of the comedy is under way.

Awkward has become one of MTV's signature scripted series. It currently ranks as the Viacom-owned network's longest-running scripted comedy. Its third season returned in April to 2.1 million total viewers, down slightly from its June 2012 premiere but even with its August 2012 finale. The return was up among MTV's core 12-34 demo with a 2.3 rating -- up 5 percent and the show's highest premiere in the metric.

The news comes three months after MTV passed on Iungerich's Hot Mess pilot, which was redeveloped under new MTV topper Daniels. Iungerich exited the project a week before MTV passed. Hot Mess was Iungerich's third project at MTV. Her previous entry, Dumb Girls, was also passed over under Daniels' predecessor, David Janollari, who helped champion Awkward.

MTV renewed Awkward for a supersized third season of 20 episodes in July 2012, up from its previous 12-episode seasons. The network used Awkward to launch Girl Code this season, with the latter earning a quick second-season renewal.

Daniels took over at MTV in November. She oversees all development and programming for the network, including scripted and reality, news and documentaries as well as production and talent.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/awkward-creator-lauren-iungerich-exits-575714/
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Business/Tech Notes
Barnes & Noble to stop manufacturing Nook color tablet in-house
By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times - Jan. 25, 2013

Barnes & Noble announced its exit from the tablet manufacturing business Tuesday, blaming its line of Nook color-screen tablets for poor annual earnings.

The book retailer said a 16.8% drop in sales of all Nook devices -- including its black-and-white e-readers -- for the 2013 fiscal year was a big reason for the company's overall fiscal year revenue being down more than 4% to $6.8 billion.

The company based in New York City said its unsold inventory of Nooks was key to company losses of nearly $155 million for the year, nearly 136% higher than net losses posted for fiscal year 2012.

The company said the Nook units' losses before interest, taxes and some non-cash costs were $475 million for the year, up from $262 million in losses in 2012.

“We are taking big steps to reduce the losses in the Nook segment, as we move to a partner-centric model in tablets and reduce overhead costs," company CEO William Lynch said in a statement.

Barnes & Noble said future Nook color-screen tablets will be co-branded with third-party manufacturers it has not yet announced.

The company said it will continue to make black-and-white e-reader devices, however, and continue to expand offerings in its online store, which saw sales increase 16.2% on the year.

Barnes & Noble also said it will offer the color-screen Nook HD and Nook HD+ models it has on hand "at amazing prices through the holiday."

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-barnes-noble-nook-stop-manufacturing-20130625,0,2966033.story
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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)
‘Talent’ tops Tuesday night for NBC
Veteran reality show averages a 2.6 in 18-49s
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Jun. 26, 2013

“America’s Got Talent” saw a week-to-week decline, but it still drew a far better rating than anything else on broadcast last night.

From 9 to 11 p.m. “Talent” averaged a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen overnights, off 13 percent from last week’s 3.0.

But it was almost a point higher than the night’s No. 2 show, Univision’s “Amores Verdaderos,” which averaged a 1.7 at 9 p.m.

Two original shows on other broadcasters did see gains. Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” averaged a 1.6, up 14 percent from last week, when it faced game six of the NBA Finals.

And ABC’s “Extreme Weight Loss,” back from a three-week hiatus for basketball, averaged a 1.3, up 20 percent from its most recent episode.

NBC won the night easily with a 2.1 18-49 rating and 6 share. Fox was second with a 1.6/5, Univision was third with a 1.5/5, ABC was fourth with a 1.0/3, CBS was fifth with a 0.9/3, Telemundo was sixth with a 0.8/3, and the CW was seventh with a 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 led at 8 p.m. with the first hour of “SYTYCD,” which averaged a 1.7. Univision’s “Porque el Amor Manda” was second with a 1.5. NBC’s “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” and ABC’s “Weight” tied for third with a 1.1 apiece. CBS’s “NCIS” repeat was fifth with a 1.0, Telemundo’s “Dama y Obrero” was sixth with a 0.5, and the CW’s “Hart of Dixie” repeat was seventh with a 0.2.

At 9 p.m. NBC’s “Talent” moved into first with a 2.4. Univision’s “Amores” took second with a 1.7, and Fox’s “SYTYCD” was third with a 1.5. ABC’s second hour of “Weight” took fourth with a 1.3, Telemundo’s “La Patrona” was fifth with a 0.9, CBS’s “NCIS: Los Angeles” was sixth with a 0.8, and CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” placed seventh with a 0.2.

At 10 p.m. “Talent” held the lead with a 2.7. Univision’s “Que Bonito Amor” was second with a 1.3, and Telemundo’s “El Señor de los Cielos” placed third with a 1.1. CBS’s “Person of Interest” took fourth with a 0.8 and ABC’s “Body of Proof” rerun was fifth with a 0.7.

Among households, NBC finished first with a 4.8/8. CBS was second with a 4.4/7, Fox was third with a 2.9/5, ABC was fourth with a 2.4/4, Univision was fifth with a 1.9/3, Telemundo was sixth with a 0.9/2, and CW was seventh with a 0.6/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/talent-tops-tuesday-night-for-nbc/

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TV Notes
‘Big Brother,’ back for round 15
CBS reality show returns following a rare down season
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Jun. 26, 2013

The big premiere for “Under the Dome” on CBS earlier this week also brought back a little reminder about “Big Brother.”

When the show, which returns for season 15 tonight at 8 p.m. on the network, premiered in summer 2000 it actually drew stronger numbers than “Survivor.”

“Brother” drew 22.3 million total viewers in its bow, nearly 7 million more than “Survivor.”

Though “Survivor” became the more popular of the two, going on to become one of CBS’s anchor shows for years.“Brother” has remained remarkably steady.

It doesn’t always win its timeslot, but it always draws good numbers, especially for a show that’s so far into its run.

Last summer “Brother” averaged a 2.1 adults 18-49 Nielsen rating on each of the three nights of the week it was on.

Though it was down double-digit percentages from 2011, it was airing against the Olympics. In fact it was one of the few shows that actually aired originals against the Summer Games.

Still, to guard against further declines, CBS has made some changes to the show. It’s starting with more contestants than ever, 16, and it will last longer, 100 days, than ever before.

Plus with the recent surge in sales for the book “1984” on the heels of the National Security Agency’s cyber-spying revelations, that interest could well carry over to television.

However, viewers will learn quickly that these dirty-talking, scheming contestants are worlds apart from the citizens in George Orwell’s story of a futuristic society in which the government (Big Brother) spies on every aspect of their lives.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/big-brother-back-for-round-15/
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Jan. 25, 2013
The "best bet" on my TV screen last night wasn't on any yesteryear TV network,



Meanwhile, CNN was talking about muffins...
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Business/Tech Notes
Barnes & Noble to stop manufacturing Nook color tablet in-house
By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times - Jan. 25, 2013

Barnes & Noble announced its exit from the tablet manufacturing business Tuesday, blaming its line of Nook color-screen tablets for poor annual earnings.

The book retailer said a 16.8% drop in sales of all Nook devices -- including its black-and-white e-readers -- for the 2013 fiscal year was a big reason for the company's overall fiscal year revenue being down more than 4% to $6.8 billion.

. . . . . .

Barnes & Noble also said it will offer the color-screen Nook HD and Nook HD+ models it has on hand "at amazing prices through the holiday."

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-barnes-noble-nook-stop-manufacturing-20130625,0,2966033.story

I see that they(HD+) are on sale right now: 16GB for $149 and 32GB @ $179 .. those I think are pretty good prices for an android tablet, 9" screen, 1920X1080 ...
Edited by rebkell - 6/26/13 at 12:00pm
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ROFL, will this show be ever in HD? HD cameras must be really expensive

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Cant they at least upconvert it like FOX had done for their pregame shows.

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Originally Posted by slowbiscuit View Post

And which also looks horrible BTW, but at least it helps hide Bradshaw's mug.

Ridiculous. They could at least have the studio stuff in HD. But theres no reason CBS can't upgrade it to HD. HD cameras aren't that expensive anymore.
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Originally Posted by rebkell View Post

I see that they(HD+) are on sale right now: 16GB for $149 and 32GB @ $179 .. those I think are pretty good prices for an android tablet, 9" screen, 1920X1080 ...
Those Nooks can be jailbroke right?
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Those Nooks can be jailbroke right?

As per my understanding, yes. I think they have opened them up a lot and that you don't necessarily have to break them to have a pretty decent tablet. I bought a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and I intended to jail break it, but after fiddling around with it, I just left it alone and it is doing most everything I wanted out of it, with no hacking at all.
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TV Notes
OWN to test run 'All My Children,' 'One Life to Live'
By Meg James, Los Angeles Times - Jan. 26, 2013

The Oprah Winfrey Network, continuing its programming pivot, has acquired limited rights to the beloved daytime dramas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live."

The Los Angeles-based network, co-owned by Winfrey, announced the acquisition Wednesday. OWN said it was arranging a "summer fling for soap fans" by obtaining television licensing rights for the first 40 episodes of Prospect Park's versions of the longtime ABC soaps, which were created for the Internet.

Beginning July 15, half-hour episodes of each show will run on the cable channel Monday through Thursday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., which is similar to the broadcast schedule when the soaps aired on the Walt Disney Co.-owned ABC network.

When OWN launched two years ago it eschewed scripted programming and loaded up its schedule with talk shows and docu-dramas. Although Winfrey's Harpo Studios had done well with scripted programming, OWN avoided the format because the channel is co-owned by Discovery Communications, which prides itself on its nonfiction programming.

But OWN's initial programming, which revolved around self-help and celebrities overcoming adversity, didn't prove to be a potent draw for audiences. Then this summer, OWN has achieved ratings success with two Tyler Perry scripted programs, "The Haves and the Have Nots" and "Love Thy Neighbor."

Critics excoriated Perry's shows, which also served to reignite an ongoing debate within the African American community about negative stereotypes of black characters on TV. Despite the controversy, the episodes have drawn more than 1 million viewers, a new high-water mark for the beleaguered Winfrey-owned channel.

OWN billed its soap opera acquisition as "a special exclusive 10-week limited engagement." OWN would likely extend the arrangement if the soaps prove to be a commercial success, and the summer run is something of a test.

"These shows have proven to be very popular with a significant, loyal fan base, not to mention Oprah herself is a big fan,” Erik Logan, OWN's president, said in a statement. “Many of our viewers across numerous platforms have expressed their passion for the soaps so we are especially excited to air this limited engagement on OWN.”

For the Century City-based Prospect Park, the arrangement with OWN provides another stream of revenue to support its ambitious project to revive the soaps. ABC killed the two series in 2011 and 2012 because the programs' audiences were dwindling and their large cast and crew were cutting into ABC's profit margins.

However, since ABC canceled the two series the remaining broadcast soaps -- ABC's "General Hospital," NBC's "Days of Our Lives," and "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful" on CBS have seen their audiences stabilize and, in some cases, increase.

One of the main challenges facing Prospect Park was that a majority of the soap fans were over the age of 50, and not accustomed to watching programming on their computers. The limited run on OWN could solve that dilemma by bringing the shows back to TV, and thus being more accessible for less tech-savvy viewers.

The two productions made their online debut on April 29. “One Life to Live” was introduced on ABC in 1968 and “All My Children” got its start on ABC two years later. The shows were created by Agnes Nixon, and each ran for more than 40 years on broadcast TV.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-own-all-my-children-one-life-to-live-20130626,0,6839996.story
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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
TNT’s ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Returns Strong,’Perception’ Dips
By Dominic Patten, Deadline.com - Jan. 26, 2013

TNT’s detective and medical examiner team-up series returned last night for a fourth season up double digits in viewership and the key demos. At 9 PM, Rizzoli & Isles pulled in 6.6 million viewers, with 2.3 million adults 25-54 and 1.8 million adults 18-49. That’s an 18% rise in viewers, 19% in 25-54 and 17% in 18-49 compared with the Season 3 premiere June 5, 2012. Additionally the series can put in its cap that Tuesday’s results make Rizzoli & Isles the top telecast so far of the summer on basic cable in viewers and adults 25-54.

Things were not on the rise at lead-out Perception on a new night. Back for a second season, the crime drama starring Eric McCormack garnered 4 million viewers with 1.2 million adults 25-54 and 1 million adults 18-49. That’s down from the 5.6 million viewers who tuned in for the Season 1 debut of Perception on July 9, 2012 with The Closer as its lead-in. In terms of the demo, the show dipped last night from the 1.5 million in 25-54 and 1.1 million in adults 18-49 who watched the series premiere last summer on a Monday night.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/06/tnts-rizzoli-isles-returns-strongperception-dips/

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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
MTV’s ‘Catfish’ Returns Steady

Despite moving to a new night and new time slot, Catfish: The TV Show has lost little of its attraction. The one-hour MTV docu-drama series about online dating returned for a second season at 10 PM last night with 2.5 million viewers and a 2.2 rating in the channel’s key 12-34 demographic. That’s a dip from the 2.6 rating among the 12-34 demo the show received for its Season 1 debut on November 12, 2012 with Teen Mom 2 as a lead-in. Last night’s Catfish had an encore from the first season as a lead-in. Overall, Season 1 averaged a 2.3 rating in the demo. Inviewership, Tuesday’s show was down just a bit from the 2.7 million who watched the 2012 premiere. That 11 PM premiere was MTV’s highest-rated series debut since the clip show Ridiculousness was launched August 29, 2011.

The TV series is based on the 2010 documentary Catfish, which tracked the deceptive online romance in which Nev Schulman became caught up; he also hosts the series. Catfish: The TV Show is produced by Relativity TV and Catfish Picture Company LLC for MTV.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/06/mtv-catfish-returns-tv-ratings/
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TV Notes
MTV Cancels Freshman Comedy 'Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous'
By Jethro Nededog, TheWrap.com - Jan. 26, 2013

One and done, MTV's "Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous" has been canceled.

“We are huge fans of Bo Burnham and the entire creative and talented team behind ‘Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous,’ an MTV said in a statement to TheWrap.

"After careful consideration of many factors, we have ultimately decided not to move forward with an additional season of the series. We wish Bo, the cast and the entire production crew the very best.”

Comedian and YouTube star Bo Burnham co-created, wrote and starred in the comedy, which explored this generation's desire to just be famous.

It also starred Kari Coleman, Tom Wilson, Cameron Palatas, Caitlin Gerard and Armen Weitzman.

The series premiered to 650,000 total viewers back in May. Since then, the audience has declined to about half that number per episode. MTV will burn off the comedy's final three episodes this week.

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/mtv-cancels-freshman-comedy-zach-stone-gonna-be-famous-100056
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TV Notes
FX Developing Limited 'Last of the Mohicans' Series
By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Jan. 26, 2013

FX is adding another high-profile limited series to its development coffers.

The cable network is developing Mohicans, an adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's classic The Last of the Mohicans, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

Chris Crowe, who co-wrote the screenplay for the 1992 Daniel Day-Lewis feature, is onboard to pen the script alongside Kerry McCluggage (Miami Vice) and Steve Beck, who are co-developing the project. Crowe and McCluggage will executive produce, while Beck will serve as a producer.

The FX project is described as the story of America's beginnings as a nation as told through the eyes of Cooper's classic characters from the historical novel The Last of the Mohicans. The novel was first published in 1826. The feature film grossed an estimated $75 million domestically.

For FX, Mohicans joins a robust slate of limited series in development. The cabler is also prepping Conquistadors, a mini based on the book Last Days of the Incas, as well as Mayflower, from Paul Giamatti; Grand Hotel, from Sam Mendes; Mad Dogs, based on the British series and adapted by Shawn Ryan; Sutton, based on J.R. Moehringer's novel and adapted by Alexander Payne; and Stephen Gaghan's six-part Vietnam War entry They Marched Into Sunlight.

FX has already given series orders to limited series Fargo, from the Coen Brothers and Noah Hawley, with an eye on launching that in its next fiscal year. FX Networks CEO John Landgraf told reporters in early June that it is looking to launch two limited event series in the fiscal year following Fargo. The ramped-up limited series push comes as FX is launching younger-skewing cable network FXX in September and rebranding FXM for the 25-54 demo, the latter possibly airing one of the event series.

Kaplan-Stahler Agency repped Crowe, McCluggage and Beck and packaged the project.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/fx-developing-limited-series-last-mohicans-575786
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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
10PM - Rookie Blue
* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (MLB player Dwyane Wade; Tony Goldwyn; The Neighbourhood performs)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - The Big Bang Theory
(R - Mar. 7)
8:31PM - Two and a Half Men
(R - Jan. 10)
9:01PM - Person of Interest
(R - Feb. 7)
10:01PM - Elementary
(R - Apr. 4)
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Johnny Depp; comic Marc Maron; Dawes performs)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Channing Tatum; comic Marc Maron)

NBC:
8PM - Parks and Recreation
(R - Apr. 11)
8:30PM - Parks and Recreation
(R - Apr. 18)
9PM - The Office (60 min.)
(R - May 9)
10:01PM - America's Got Talent
(R - Jun. 18)
* * * *
11:35PM - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (David Spade; actress Joey King; Grace Potter and the Nocturnals perform
12:37AM - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Julianne Moore; Jesse Tyler Ferguson; chef Danny Bowien; Boz Scaggs performs with The Roots)
(R - May 23)
1:36AM - Last Call With Carson Daly (Comics Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer; River Monsters; Damien Jurado perform)
(R - Apr. 4)

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

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - The 'This Old House' Hour (R - Dec. 27)
9PM - Frontline: Rape in the Field
(R - Jun. 25)
10PM - Antiques Roadshow: Vintage Los Angeles
(R - Jun. 24)

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

THE CW:
8PM - The Vampire Diaries
(R - Nov. 15)
9PM - Beauty and the Beast
(R - Apr. 18)

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

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Publisher of SCOTUSblog, Tom Goldstein)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Author Daniel Libeskind)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Kevin Hart; Chris Kluwe; Eve)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Channing Tatum; Sarah Colonna; Julian McCullough; Gary Valentine)
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Originally Posted by rebkell View Post

As per my understanding, yes. I think they have opened them up a lot and that you don't necessarily have to break them to have a pretty decent tablet. I bought a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and I intended to jail break it, but after fiddling around with it, I just left it alone and it is doing most everything I wanted out of it, with no hacking at all.
The Nook HD+ blowout going on right now is a great deal if you want a tab, with the latest stock firmware they put the full set of Google apps on it (including Chrome) and the Play Store, so you really don't have to root or set it up to sideload apps if you don't want to (rooting and allowing sideloads is very easy to do if you have a 2GB or bigger microSD card though). The Kindle app installs without mods and if you want the latest Android there's a good set of devs that have ported over Jelly Bean (4.2.2) with Cyanogenmod 10.1 (CM 10.1) that some folks claim make it faster. I tried it but went back to stock for a couple of issues that I noticed, but I also use an alternate program launcher called Nova instead of the Nook startup screen.

You can't go wrong with this tablet at this price for the features it has, all it's missing is a front-facing camera and GPS but many don't care about that.
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