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TV Review
'Life's Too Short': Ricky Gervais sitcom starring Warwick Davis ends with a change of tone
By David Hinckley, New York Daily News - Jul. 3, 2013

Fittingly enough, Ricky Gervais’ series starring little person Warwick Davis wraps up Friday night after only eight episodes.

Friday’s show runs an hour and provides a sort of epilogue to the seven-episode run of “Life’s Too Short” on HBO last year.

Davis plays a fictional version of himself: an actor-turned-talent agent. While he may be small, he has all the insidious and devious moves of any tall person in the showbiz game. He hasn’t been warm and fuzzy.

Coming from Gervais and Stephen Merchant, “Life’s Too Short” has naturally been handled as comedy rather than tragedy. Embarrassing situations, blatantly offensive behavior and unapologetic narcissism have been consistent themes in Warwick’s story.

All that continues in the wrapup. But, as sometimes happens in over-the-top comedy, the creators also feel compelled to remind viewers that they understand the pathos underneath the jokes and apparent insensitivity.

Things take a bad turn for Davis when he runs into Val Kilmer, his real-life co-star 25 years ago in the movie “Willow.” Val says he wants to make a sequel, and he just needs the other performers to kick in a few thousand quid for startup production costs.

Davis, salivating to become a star again, forgets some of the lessons he should have learned from himself, which means matters take a bad turn that Warwick suddenly realizes could hurt other people, too.

How he deals with this reversal takes “Life’s Too Short” on a somewhat unfamiliar and unexpected turn away from slash-and-burn comedy.

It’s a nice touch — and by the way, it’s not necessary to have watched the original series to appreciate it.

LIFE'S TOO SHORT
Network/Time: HBO, Friday at 10 p.m.
Rating: ★★★ (out of five)


http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/life-short-tv-review-article-1.1388437
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TV/Business Notes
Apple Said to Near Time Warner Cable Deal for TV Programs
By Adam Satariano and Alex Sherman, Bloomberg.com - Jul. 3, 2013

I don't understand why Apple doesn't get deals with the channels themselves instead of going through a cable company, not everyone has access to TWC.
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TV/Business Notes
Apple Said to Near Time Warner Cable Deal for TV Programs
By Adam Satariano and Alex Sherman, Bloomberg.com - Jul. 3, 2013

I don't understand why Apple doesn't get deals with the channels themselves instead of going through a cable company, not everyone has access to TWC.

Because cablecos really don't like it when their programming partners go over the top.
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I don't understand why Apple doesn't get deals with the channels themselves instead of going through a cable company, not everyone has access to TWC.
Odds are, the contracts with those cablecos prevent the program providers from entering into any internet distribution deals that would affect their service areas.

Even if not, it's an economic Catch-22. Were a provider to do that, it could risk the loss of enough Cable/DSS viewers to negatively affect those contracts. That loss of income, real or perceived, would be charged to Apple, forcing them to raise THEIR fees. The end result would no longer be at a price point that would be all that attractive to the consumer. Better to have the cableco's blessing and cooperation than to ask program providers to flip off their meal tickets.
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Even if not, it's an economic Catch-22. Were a provider to do that, it could risk the loss of enough Cable/DSS viewers to negatively affect those contracts. That loss of income, real or perceived, would be charged to Apple, forcing them to raise THEIR fees. The end result would no longer be at a price point that would be all that attractive to the consumer. Better to have the cableco's blessing and cooperation than to ask program providers to flip off their meal tickets.

And the only way around that is to start a network with no MSO contractual obligation, like Netflix. However that is still beholden to the whims of cablecos since they control much of the broadband delivery in America and if they feel like programming is getting away from them then cablecos can just increase broadband rates or limit viewer consumption.

It's a no win scenario for the viewer.
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TV Notes
July 4 Viewing Guide: 31 of the Weekend's Best Marathons and Specials
By Jethro Nededog, TheWrap.com - Jul. 3, 2013

"Philly 4th of July Jam" (VH1 and Palladia), 8/7c live
Though the concert is celebrating its third anniversary, this is the first time it will broadcast live.
Kevin Hart hosts, with performances by the Roots, Jill Scott, Demi Lovato, J. Cole, Grace Potter, John Mayer and Ne-Yo.

Demi has tonsillitis so Hunter Hayes fills in.
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It's a no win scenario for the viewer.
Who isn't the program providers' customer, anyway. rolleyes.gif
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I don't understand why Apple doesn't get deals with the channels themselves instead of going through a cable company, not everyone has access to TWC.
Exactly - I don't want to read about Apple cutting deals for cable subs to watch channels on Apple TV, I want to see them say that they're cutting their own content deals. But this is exactly what TWC et al don't want to allow and which will hopefully lead to anti-trust action to break up the provider cartels.
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WEDNESDAY'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
‘Big Brother’ Hits New All-Time Low, ‘American Baking Competition’ Steady, ‘Family Tools’ Falls To Season Low
By Dominic Patten, Deadline.com - Jul. 4, 2013

There really wasn’t a lot new on TV on the eve of the July 4th holiday but the ratings for what was on weren’t pretty. Cratering 25% from the 2.2/7 of its Season 15 debut last week, Big Brother (1.6/6) hit a new series low on Wednesday. Vexed off air by recent controversy from online homophobic and racist comments by this season’s contestants, BB’s results last night saw a two tenths drop from the previous tied low of 1.8/5 that veteran reality show had achieved just the day before on July 2. The 8 PM live elimination BB was the highest rated and most watched show of the night with 5.35 million viewers. An America’s Got Talent (1.1/4) repeat on NBC from 8 PM to 10 PM was the second most watched show on Wednesday. The third most watched show of the night was The American Baking Competition (1.2/4) at 9 PM. The Jeff Foxworthy-hosted show drew 4.67 million viewers. Despite the fall of its BB lead-in, the durable reality show stayed steady among the key demo for the fourth week in a row. CBS ended the night with a CSI (0.9/3) encore, which was the fourth most watched show of the night with 4.63 million tuning in. Really the only network with a block of original shows on Wednesday, CBS won the night among adults 18-49 and in total viewers with 4.887 million watching.

Over on ABC, the now cancelled freshman comedy Family Tools (0.6/2) hit a new low as it fell from last week’s previous rock bottom of 0.7/2. Having hit a low on June 26, Nightline: The Lookout (0.7/3) also went down to a new low on Wednesday’s slow TV night. The primetime news magazine show slid two tenths from last week’s show.

Fox and NBC were all repeats on Wednesday. Happy 4th of July.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/07/big-brother-hits-low-american-baking-competition-family-tools-tv-ratings/
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TV Notes
Extinct TV Shows from 1980s and ’90s Find New Life in Comic Books
By George Gene Gustines, The New York Times' 'Arts Beat' Blog - Jul. 4, 2013

Fans of canceled television shows from the 1980s and 1990s will soon have new material to comfort them. NBC Universal is partnering with Lion Forge Comics, a digital publisher, to develop comics for several series of yore. The first wave of announced comics are “Airwolf,” which ran from 1984 to 1987, “Knight Rider” (1982-1986), “Miami Vice” (1984-1989), “Punky Brewster” (1984-86) and “Saved by the Bell” (1989-1993).

“Airwolf,” which will be available in September, will be the first of the series released. This year, each series will have an eight-issue season. Next year, each series will have two eight-issue seasons. Lion Forge will have a panel featuring preview art and discussing other series in development at Comic-Con International in San Diego, which runs July 18-21.

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/03/extinct-tv-shows-from-1980s-and-90s-find-new-life-in-comic-books/?ref=television
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
FRIDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)

ABC:
8PM - Shark Tank
(R - Mar. 1)
9PM - What Would You Do?
10PM - 20/20
* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Channing Tatum; director Paul Feig; Pharrell performs)
(R - Jun. 26)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - Undercover Boss: Undercover Resorts, Take 2
(R - Nov. 30, 2012)
9PM - Blue Bloods
(R - Nov. 11)
10PM - Blue Bloods
(R - Jan. 6)
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Woody Harrelson; comic Tommy Johnagin; John Fogerty performs with Dawes)
(R - May 22)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Zach Galifianakis; Andrea Riseborough)
(R - May 21)

NBC:
8PM - Siberia
(R - Jul. 1)
9PM - Dateline NBC (120 min.)
* * * *
11:35PM - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (Comic Kevin Hart; journalist Jeremy Scahill; Trace Adkins and Colbie Caillat perform)
(R - Jun. 12)
12:37AM - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Neil Patrick Harris; comic Jim Gaffigan; The-Dream performs with Gary Clark Jr.; David Sanborn and Bob James perform with The Root)
(R - Jun. 7)
1:36AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Jai Courtney; filmaker Brett Novak and skateboarder Kilian Martin; Delta Rae performs)
(R - Feb. 19)

FOX:
8PM - Bones
(R - Feb. 4)
9PM - The Following
(R - Feb. 25)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Washington Week
8:30PM - Need to Know
9PM - The Cleveland Orchestra in Performance: Boulez Counducts Mahler (90 min.)
10:30PM - Katmai: Alaska's Wild Peninsula

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

THE CW:
8PM - Cult
9PM - Cult

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Dama y Obrero
9PM - La Patrona
10PM - Los 20 Momentos Más Impactantes de El Señor de Los Cielos (Special)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Eve; Claire Titelman; Fortune Feimster; Jo Koy)
(R - Jun. 26)
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Critic's Notes
Is Bunheads Doomed? Why the Beloved Ballet Series Could Still Come Back
By Denise Martin, Vulture.com (New York Magazine) - Jul. 4, 2013

ABC Family has torn down the Bunheads sets. The network’s new dramas The Fosters and Twisted are currently outperforming the numbers that Amy Sherman-Palladino’s ballet series was pulling in. There’s been no word yet on a second season, and it was not submitted for Emmy consideration, even though six other eligible ABC Family series were: Baby Daddy, The Lying Game, Melissa & Joey, Pretty Little Liars, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and Switched at Birth. Altogether, these signs do not bode well at all for Bunheads being renewed. But — and it’s a big but — the show hasn’t been canceled either, a hopeful sign considering the last original episode aired in February: If the network wanted to be done with it, they’d be done with it. So let’s indulge in some optimism, shall we, and focus on the reasons why it might come back.

By the end of its first season, Bunheads was enjoying the kind of passion and acclaim usually reserved for shows on HBO, AMC, and other networks that traffic in highbrow, water-cooler programming. Following the season finale, HitFix’s Alan Sepinwall wrote, “All I know is that I want this messy, funny, emotional, idiosyncratic, fabulous little show to continue.” Soon after, Time’ James Poniewozik wrote an essay on the importance of Bunheads. The importance! And while the show lingers in limbo, The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum, Salon’s Willa Paskin, and BuzzFeed’s Kate Aurthur, among others, continue to declare they want more.

The show has also grown into its home on the teen network. At first, the story revolved almost singularly around Michelle (Sutton Foster), a 35-year-old dancer past her prime whose life is turned upside down when on a whim she marries an adorably obsessive fan (Alan Ruck) and relocates from Vegas to his mom’s house in the quirky coastal town of Paradise. After he dies suddenly and tragically in a car accident, Michelle begins to reluctantly and slowly warm to his mom (Kelly Bishop) and her ballet students. But by the end of the first season, the four student ballerinas — Boo, Ginny, Sasha, and Melanie — had come into sharper focus. (Boo and Carl, take me away! Sasha, let it all out!) They don’t solve murders like the glam squad on Pretty Little Liars, ABC Family’s most watched show, or apologize as much as the kids do on the earnest Switched at Birth, but they do chat. A lot. About nothing and everything and at Sorkin-esque speeds! They also dance. And not just the kind of dancing that looks super cool but ballets that comment on crazy stuff like recycling and express hard stuff like sex and repressed rage and even being let down by your parents.

It’s not the kind of OMG TV that breaks Twitter on a weekly basis, but patience was previously rewarded on another Sherman-Palladino series, Gilmore Girls, which survived for seven years on the WB, gaining an audience as it went along and hitting ratings highs in its third season. New viewers right now could be getting to know Bunheads, currently streaming on Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus. When ABC Family executives bought the show, they knew all about Sherman-Palladino’s special brand of low-key drama, building character-driven stories at a less frenzied pace and often without emphasis on plot. The network’s head of programming, Kate Juergens, had worked on Gilmore back when she was an executive at the WB, and ABC Family had been living off the great ratings of Gilmore reruns for years before it gained traction with original shows. Bunheads might grow its audience yet!

And that brings us to the subject of the show’s ratings, which weren’t great, but not a disaster either. (If they were untenable, ABC Family would have called curtains on Bunheads as fast as they did The Nine Lives of Chloe King and Jane by Design.) The series finished the first half of its season last summer slightly ahead of its Secret Life lead-in (averaging 1.38 million viewers vs. 1.36 million for premiere episodes). It slipped a bit when the second half of the first season returned in January, albeit opposite stiffer competition from the broadcast networks. First-run episodes for The Fosters and Twisted, meanwhile, are currently averaging 1.57 million viewers and 1.45 million, respectively — not yet a statistically significant victory.

ABC Family will likely make a decision on whether or not to renew Bunheads this month, after the cumulative numbers for their new shows come in. One possible complicating matter will be The Lying Game, a show also awaiting a renewal albeit without as much ink devoted to its fate. But let us hold out hope and not look for doomsday signs. Instead, let us relive “Istanbul,” the ballet boys’ impressions of Tommy Lee Jones in Hope Springs, and that last conversation between Michelle and Ginny about her banana, Frankie (sniff). Sure, the Bunheads sets are in storage, but it’s not uncommon for shows to strike sets between seasons. Melissa & Joey, for example, has switched soundstages every single season — and, thanks to ABC Family, that show got an early green light for season four and an Emmy bid.

http://www.vulture.com/2013/07/why-abc-familys-bunheads-still-has-a-shot-at-renewal.html
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Critic's Notes
'Between Two Ferns': Low-Budget, High Sarcasm
By Gabriela Tamariz, TVWorthWatching.com - Jul. 2, 2013

Editor's Note: In 1975, while still a graduate student in journalism and communications at the University of Florida, I was given the chance to write a column as a TV critic for the local newspaper, The Gainesville Sun. That turned into many more, which turned into a career. So now, nearly 40 years later, I'm extending a similar opportunity, and challenge, to another UF journalism graduate student, Gabriela Tamariz, whom we've asked to select and review TV offerings from alternative web sources. I once was the youngest TV critic on the block, eagerly covering a whole new world of cable television. Now it's Gaby's turn... and based on her initial selection and review, TV Worth Watching is in good hands. -David Bianculli

Hosted by comedian/actor/TV personality Zach Galifianakis, Between Two Ferns is a hilarious low-budget talk show conducted between two potted ferns. Movie-star guests such as Ben Stiller, Bruce Willis and Sean Penn (among other A-list celebrities) submit themselves to the improvised talk show and Galifianakis’ off-handed mockery, delivering genuinely off-the-cuff reactions.

“Does it ever make you sick to look in the mirror and see how handsome you are, and to know there are disfigured people in the world?” he flatly inquires of AMC’s Mad Men star Jon Hamm.

The web series premiered in 2007 and has continued to garner millions of viewers. The first episode with guest Michael Cera has been viewed over 10 million times. The 16 short episodes are available on FunnyOrDie.com, a sketch comedy website founded by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.

What makes this web series so appealing is the comedic cooperation and fake intimacy between the host and celebrity guests that we often see in ordinary promotional interviews on other entertainment outlets. It’s always compelling to see famous people make fun of themselves, and Galifianakis takes it to a completely different level of sarcasm.

“Did you know that some actors turn down roles?” he asks actor Bruce Willis (top) in Episode 11.

Even as guests are introduced, their extensive careers are reduced to older — and sometimes forgotten — roles, as in Episode 8 with guest Ben Stiller, identified as the star of Duplex (a 2003 comedy with Drew Barrymore, and one of the lesser-known entries on Stiller's resume).

The show is full of awkward silences, sensitive commentary and random sponsorship interruptions — all of it amusing. Between Two Ferns is a comfortable environment for Galifianakis to do what he does best as a comedian, and not just play Alan from the popular Hangover trilogy. Picture Galifianakis, with a deadpan expression, applying Speed Stick deodorant, endorsing a product he clearly does not use.

Galifianakis pushes the envelope in this unscripted, suspenseful series with his explicit language and unsophisticated material, yet it doesn’t leave a bad taste in your mouth.

MUST WATCH EPISODES:

Episode 3: Jon Hamm

Episode 11: Bruce Willis

Episode 7: Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter and Andy Dick

http://www.tvworthwatching.com/BlogPostDetails.aspx?postId=5277
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Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Championship 12:00 tomorrow LIVE on ESPN2 (replay 1:00 ESPN) from Coney Island NY.

Joey Chestnut goes for what will be a record 7th win in a row & he also has owns the record of 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Dont know if he will get to 68 but he should get that 7th win.

Is ESPN really getting that desperate for programming?
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Is ESPN really getting that desperate for programming?

What? This type of thing is the essence of ESPN. Back when ESPN was young, they were known for airing these obscure events. Its kind of refreshing that even though in some ways they've become insufferable they still show events like this.
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Is ESPN really getting that desperate for programming?

They've only be telecasting the event since 2004. In 10 years I guess they think they have a winner....
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Is ESPN really getting that desperate for programming?
daytime filler?

Now evens like this likely will not be live later at night if there are other pro sports to air.
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It's a no win scenario for the viewer.
Who isn't the program providers' customer, anyway. rolleyes.gif

Never said it was but the viewers are clearly lamenting the decisions by providers, as evidenced above.

Of course in some cases the viewer is the programming providers direct customer. They may be small now but over the next decade those direct-to-viewer online networks will have far more significance.
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BBC is shutting down 3D for a couple of years.

Drip drip drip....
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I like the BBC song w/Susanna Hoffs from Austin Powers: IMOM

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Technology/TV Notes
3D 'Downton Abbey' a No-Go: BBC Drops 3D as 'Too Hassly'
By Tim Molloy, TheWrap.com - Jul. 4, 2013

Place your dreams of a "Downton Abbey" 3D Holiday Spectacular are on indefinite hold: The BBC says it is suspending 3D programming because viewers find it "quite hassly."

Kim Shillinglaw, the BBC's head of 3D, used that wonderful phrase in an interview with Radio Times, in which she said the technology has "not taken off" with viewers.

The BBC began a two-year 3D trial in 2011, broadcasting several shows and events in 3D, including the Olympic Games and Strictly Come Dancing. A "Doctor Who" anniversary special scheduled to air in November will be one of the last shows broadcast as part of the 3D trial, the BBC said.

Roughly half of the estimated 1.5 million UK households 3D-enabled televisions watched the Olympics opening ceremony in 3D.

"I think when people watch TV they concentrate in a different way. When people go to the cinema they go and are used to doing one thing - I think that's one of the reasons that take up of 3D TV has been disappointing," Shillinglaw said.

And what will Shillinglaw do now, besides have an amazing name? She'll go back to her old job as the BBC's head of science and natural history, which, okay, doesn't sound so bad.

Last month, ESPN announced plans to shut down its 3D channel.

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/3d-downton-abbey-no-go-bbc-drops-3d-too-hassly-101411
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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
Archer and Cable TV’s Other Demographic Dominators
By Josef Adalian, Variety.com - Jul. 5, 2013

Last season was something of a tipping point in the decades-old battle between broadcast TV and cable: For the first time ever, a cable series — AMC's The Walking Dead — ended as the No. 1 show on all of television among the advertiser-craved demo of adults under 50. Yes, broadcasters still churn out far more big, broad-based hits, but cable proved once and for all that it can give birth to a blockbuster. But while big-tent hits such as The Walking Dead, HBO’s Game of Thrones, and A&E’s Duck Dynasty (rightly) generate headlines with their spectacular ratings, a number of less-heralded cable shows are doing amazingly well among narrower niches of viewers, such as women under 35, teen boys, and older men. Within these smaller slivers of the TV audience, these demo dominators routinely destroy everything else on cable on the nights they air and often beat many (and sometimes all) of the shows airing simultaneously on the broadcast networks as well.

On one level, these micro-hits don't represent much of a threat to network TV; Madison Avenue still wants its adults under 50, so broad hits like The Big Bang Theory are always going to generate far more revenue. Yet advertisers looking to reach a particular concentration of key groups of consumers can turn to the handful of smaller shows with blockbuster demos. (If you're a rep for Taco Bell, for example, and hoping to inspire male viewers aged 12 to 24 to sample your latest culinary monstrosity, you'll probably want to say "yo quiero Adult Swim" on a regular basis.) Vulture took out its Nielsen microscope and went hunting for the cable shows that consistently crush it among groups other than the standard adults 18 to 49 demo. These seven stood out.

Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (VH1)
Most of cable's biggest hits air in the 10 p.m. hour, but VH1 has found jaw-dropping success luring young women to the network at 8 p.m. with its Real Housewives–esque series chronicling the trials and tribulations of a collection of characters in the Atlanta hip-hop scene. On Monday nights, Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta almost always emerges as the top show on cable among women 18 to 34; an hour-long episode in May not only managed to draw three times as many female adults under 35 as Bravo's Real Housewives of Orange County and A&E's freshman hit Bates Motel, it also drew bigger ratings in that demo than CBS's 2 Broke Girls and doubled the tune-in for NBC's Revolution (even though the latter had a huge lead-in from The Voice). This summer, Love continues to reign among young women: The show's July 1 episode easily beat ABC's The Bachelorette and nearly doubled the number of women 18 to 34 tuning in to CBS's otherwise huge Under the Dome. VH1's decision to schedule the show at 8 p.m. on Mondays has also allowed the network to build other reality hits behind it, including T.I. and Tiny and this summer's Hit the Floor.

Gold Rush (Discovery)
With Friday nights pretty much a dead zone on broadcast TV (and wide swaths of cable), Discovery has rushed in to fill the void with a block of Dudes Doing Tough Jobs programming, which does particularly well with older men. While Bering Sea Gold and Yukon Men are both hits, the biggest thing on Fridays among Discovery's demo of adult men under 54 is Gold Rush, an action-packed hour devoted to miners extracting the precious ore. First-run episodes of the show demolished everything on both broadcast and cable last winter (except for sports), including ABC's guy-friendly Shark Tank. But it's not just a Friday hit. Consider this: The February 8 episode of Gold Rush averaged a 3.1 rating among men aged 25 to 54. While that was 50 percent bigger than the top broadcast show in the demo (Shark Tank, with a 2.0 rating), it also tied the older male audience for CBS's Thursday night freshman hit Elementary, beat the Eye's Wednesday stalwarts Criminal Minds (2.8) and CSI (2.4), and crushed NBC's Law & Order: SVU (1.4). Finally, while older men is where Gold Rush dominates, the show actually has a pretty broad audience: That February 8 episode, for example, also beat everything on cable among younger men and younger women.

Archer (FX)
Like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia before it, Archer had a relatively modest start and has blossomed into FX's top-rated comedy. Its strength is among adult men under 35: It attracted just over 1.1 million young dudes during its most recent season, surging a whopping 55 percent versus the show's third season. During the thirteen weeks it aired this winter, the show consistently drew more men under 34 than any of NBC's Thursday comedies (sorry, Ron Swanson) or CBS's hit procedurals Person of Interest and Elementary. In fact, the animated program actually scored bigger ratings than every other Thursday night TV series, save for CBS's nuclear The Big Bang Theory. And so far this year, the only scripted comedy or drama on basic cable that has done better among young men than Archer is AMC's The Walking Dead.

Sam & Cat (Nickelodeon)
Programming to attract teens requires a certain kind of chemistry; in the case of this new Nick hit, the network simply combined elements of two past successes (iCarly and Victorious) to create a Saturday night summer sensation. Since it bowed last month, Sam & Cat has rocketed to the top of the teen Nielsens, regularly ranking as Saturday's most-watched show among eye-rolling viewers aged 12 to 17. Admittedly, there usually aren’t many new shows targeted at kids on Saturdays, but Sam & Cat's overall performance among teens, and especially teen girls, has been impressive nonetheless. Indeed, its same-day ratings among teenagers puts the program on par with the teen ratings for network shows such as Once Upon a Time, The Simpsons, and The X Factor. It is also performing about as well as rival Disney Channel stand-outs Good Luck Charlie and Jessie.

Catfish: The Series (MTV)
There's no confusing the identity of this MTV reality show: It's a total smash. Season one of the series averaged 1.8 million viewers in the network’s target demographic of viewers aged 12 to 34, and it regularly won its Monday time slot last winter, outdrawing everything else on television airing at the 11 p.m. hour in that not-undesirable demo — including The Daily Show and all network late-night offerings. Catfish initially rode the huge lead-in supplied to it by Teen Mom, but late last month the show returned on a new night and time (Tuesdays at 10 p.m.) and, even without the benefit of pregnant teens, it was still undeniably huge: The season two debut on June 25 was the No. 2 show that night on all of TV in the 12 to 34 demographic, beating everything on cable, including ABC Family's teen magnet Pretty Little Liars, and it nearly beat NBC's America's Got Talent.

Tosh.0 (Comedy Central)
Defenders of Daniel Tosh's often ribald comedy would probably not take kindly to it being labeled "frat boy" humor. And yet, perhaps not surprisingly, his Comedy Central series Tosh.0 is an absolute beast among men between the ages of 18 and 24, which we're guessing is a demo shared by 98 percent of all fraternity members. When Tosh.0 is in original episodes, it beats every single show on television on Tuesday nights, including NBC's The Voice, Fox's New Girl, and CBS's NCIS. Tosh's Tuesday total TV hegemony is maintained even if you expand the demo to adult males as old as 34, and on many nights this winter, his show also usually beat everything airing on cable among guys up to age 50.

Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell (Adult Swim)
Jimmy Kimmel's move to 11:35 p.m. got lots of attention earlier this year from those of us in the media who still refer to the race between Jay Leno and David Letterman as the late-night “war.” The thing is, among viewers under 35, that battle ended years ago — and the winner was Adult Swim. The Cartoon Network's after-hours programming block regularly dominates the post-prime-time landscape, and the ten-week-old Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell has quickly emerged as one of the channel’s biggest hits. Among men under 35 and viewers aged 18 to 34 and 18 to 49, the fifteen-minute comedy (think The Office, but set in hell rather than Scranton) has regularly won its midnight Thursday time slot versus everything else on cable and all of the late-night shows airing on the big network as well. And when you include folks who catch up via DVR, Your Pretty Face pulls in just over 800,000 adults 18 to 34, attracting more viewers in the younger demo than FX's The Americans or TBS's Cougar Town. It also draws more than twice as many young viewers as HBO's Girls (at least when comparing first-run broadcasts). And, in just its first season, the show is now Adult Swim's second most-watched show among adults under 35, behind only the long-running Robot Chicken.

http://www.vulture.com/2013/07/archer-catfish-tosh-cable-demo-dominators.html
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THURSDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insight's Blog
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Nielsen Overnights
‘Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks’ Only Show to Sizzle Thursday
By Rick Kissell, Variety.com - Jul. 5, 2013

NBC was once again the ratings winner on an Independence Day, dominating Thursday night’s network ratings battle with its annual “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.”

According to Nielsen estimates, NBC drew as many young adults in primetime Thursday as the next two closest broadcast networks — CBS and Fox — combined. The two-hour Macy’s special averaged a 1.5 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 7.1 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., and then repeated well at 10 p.m. (1.3/6 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall).

Thursday’s two-hour average demo score was down 17% (0.3) from last year’s hourlong event (1.8) but its delivery from 9 to 10 p.m. (1.9 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall) was up from the comparable hour a year ago.

CBS had been in the Fourth of July game in recent years with its “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular,” but the net opted not to renew the annual telecast due to lower ratings amid tough competition from the Macy’s special on NBC.

Instead the net went with encores of “The Big Bang Theory” (1.2/6 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall), “Two and a Half Men” (0.9/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall), “Person of Interest” (0.6/3 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) and “Elementary” (0.6/3 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall).

“Big Bang” was Thursday’s No. 1 series, beating NBC’s fireworks special in the 8 o’clock half-hour (1.2 to 0.9 in 18-49 and 5.4 million to 5.2 million in total viewers).

Fox aired a two-hour “Hell’s Kitchen” (0.6/3 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall), and ABC went with encores of its Thursday summer lineup: “Wipeout” (0.4/2 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall), “Motive” (0.4/2 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall) and “Rookie Blue” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall).

Next Thursday will be a busy one on the Big Four, with NBC premiering singing competition series “The Winner Is” (which had two preview episodes last month) and “Hollywood Game Night” while CBS’ “Big Brother” makes its return to the night.

http://variety.com/2013/tv/ratings/macys-4th-of-july-fireworks-only-show-to-sizzle-thursday-1200521782/
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The Macy's music selection was terrible. No national distributor carried the premier July 4th concert and fireworks display...The Boston Pops.
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Jul. 5, 2013

2013 WIMBLEDON TENNIS
ESPN, 8:00 a.m. ET

The men’s semifinals at Wimbledon this year feature the two top seeds prepared to advance to the finals, but with some very determined lower-rated seeds between them and the big game. No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic (pictured) has been dominant throughout the tournament, not even losing a set thus far. But his opponent today, eighth-seeded Juan del Potro, has been similarly successful this far, and hasn’t lost a set at Wimbledon yet either. By the time their first set is over this morning, so will one of those streaks. The other game played today pits No. 2 seed Andy Murray, trying to win his first Wimbledon championship for home-country Great Britain, against No. 24 seed Jerzy Janowicz, who has a dramatic story of his own. No other men’s tennis player from Poland has ever made it this far at Wimbledon – and Janowicz also is the youngest player on the current tour to reach a Grand Slam semifinal. Murray looks better on paper, but he barely made it past his previous match, dropping the first two sets before gutting out a tough win.

'THE WALKING DEAD' MARATHON
AMC, 1:00 p.m. ET

The Walking Dead walk down memory lane – and it’s a slow, zombie-like walk – continues today with Season 2, repeated in its entirety, beginning with the gang’s exodus from Atlanta. If you’re looking for an entertaining way to spend the day waching TV, here’s a gripping one.

THE 400 BLOWS
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

Here’s a rare, exciting mini-marathon for cinemaphiles and Francophiles alike. Film critic turned filmmaker Francois Truffaut made his initial reputation with this 1959 movie, an unblinking, only occasional sentimental look at French street kid Antoine Doinel, played by young, dynamic Jean-Pierre Leaud. And Truffaut returned to the story of Antoine Doinel several times, and all those Truffaut-Leaud collaborations are presented tonight, in order, by TCM. First, at 9:45 p.m. ET, comes the 1962 short Antoine and Colette, co-starring the gorgeous Marie-France Pisier as Colette. Then, at 10:30 p.m. ET, comes 1969’s Stolen Kisses, made a full decade after The 400 Blows, with Antoine now an army veteran flirting with an older woman (Delphine Seyrig). 1970’s Bed and Board, at 12:15 a.m. ET, continues the exploits of Antoine, as does 1979’s Love on the Run (at 2 a.m. ET), made 20 years after the first Truffaut-Leaud teaming – and co-starring, once again, Marie-France Pisier.

SIBERIA
NBC, 8:00 p.m. ET

Already, this new NBC series, which premiered Monday, is awash in symbolism and irony. Its premiere, opposite the second episode of CBS’s summer hit Under the Dome, drew only an estimated 3.2 million viewers. Both new series are scripted shows about a suddenly isolated group of people – a small town in Dome, contestants in a reality show in Siberia (actually filmed on location in Manitoba, Canada). Dome, by Stephen King, grabbed viewers immediately. Siberia, scheduled against it, not so much. One irony is that, as “fake” reality shows go, Siberia was more watchable than many real ones, at least as it set up its premise. But the real irony is that NBC is showing a same-week repeat of this series premiere on Friday nights, during the summer, on a holiday weekend. If that isn’t the TV equivalent of Siberia, I don’t know what is.

LIFE'S TOO SHORT SPECIAL
HBO, 10:00 p.m. ET

Just as Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais wrapped up their British comedy series The Office with a subsequent telemovie special, so they revisit their Life’s Too Short series, starring Warwick Davis, with one last made-for-TV stand-alone special. Warwick, as always, plays an exaggerated version of himself, and tonight’s clever finale, guest starring Val Kilmer, is a lot of fun even if you are unfamiliar with Life’s Too Short, and the trip of British TV guest-star vets also poking fun at their own images. Merchant and Gervais appear in one scene, with Warwick and Kilmer, but most of this is Warwick’s show all the way – and, like The Office finale, he manages to be both hilarious and touching.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
Archer and Cable TV’s Other Demographic Dominators
By Josef Adalian, Variety.com - Jul. 5, 2013

Last season was something of a tipping point in the decades-old battle between broadcast TV and cable: For the first time ever, a cable series — AMC's The Walking Dead — ended as the No. 1 show on all of television among the advertiser-craved demo of adults under 50.

Nope SNF was actually #1 18-49 for the 2nd year in a row.
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Bet they meant "scripted."
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
SATURDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Late night shows are preceded by late local news)

ABC:
8PM - Zero Hour
9PM - 666 Park Avenue
10PM - 20/20: Hollywood Vice (Special)

CBS:
8PM - NCIS: Los Angeles
(R - Feb. 14)
9PM - Brooklyn DA (Series Finale)
10PM - 48 Hours Mysteries

NBC:
8PM - American Ninja Warrior (120 min.)
(R - Jul. 1)
10PM - Do No Harm
* * * *
11:29PM - Saturday Night Live (Kevin Hart hosts; Macklemore and Ryan Lewis perform; 93 min.)
(R - Mar. 2)

FOX:
7PM - MLB Baseball: Regional Coverage (LIVE)
* * * *
11PM - Hell's Kitchen
(R - Sep. 4)
Midnight - The Goodwin Games
(R - Jun. 24)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Austin City Limits: Steve Miller Band; Preservation Hall Jazz Band (R - Oct. 29, 2011)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Sábado Gigante (3 hrs.)

TELEMUNDO:
6:30PM - La Voz Kids
(R)
8:30PM - Movie: Ratatoille (2007)
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