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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 - May 15)
8:30PM - Suburgatory
(R - Oct. 31)
9PM - Modern Family
(R - May 15)
9:31PM - The Neighbors
(R - Jan. 16)
10PM - ABC's The Lookout
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11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Jeff Bridges; designer Jeff Lewis; Capital Cities perform)
(R - Jul. 11)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - Big Brother SD
9PM - Criminal Minds
(R - Oct. 31)
10PM - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
(R - Feb. 20)
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11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Jason Sudeikis; summer toys; Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros perform)
12:37AM - Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Matt Smith; Teri Polo)

NBC:
8PM - America's Got Talent: Recap
9PM - America's Got Talent (LIVE)
10PM - Camp
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11:34PM - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (Ashton Kutcher; Jayma Mays; Hiatus Kaiyote performs)
12:36AM - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Hugh Jackman; Natasha Lyonne; restaurateur Frank Pellegrino Jr.; Buddy Guy performs with The Roots)
1:36AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Kate Mara; TV host Ben Hoffman; A Silent Film performs)
(R - Mar. 26)

FOX:
8PM - MasterChef
(R - Jul. 17)
9PM - MasterChef

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Nature: Siberian Tiger Quest (R - Oct. 10, 2012)
9PM - NOVA: 3D Spies of WWII
(R - Jan. 18, 2012)
10PM - Nazi Mega Weapons: U-Boat Base

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

THE CW:
8PM - Arrow
(R - Feb. 13)
9PM - Supernatural
(R - May 15)

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Dama y Obrero
9PM - Marido en Alquiler
10PM - El Señor de los Cielos

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Shailene Woodley)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Professor Anant Agarwal)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Aaron Paul; Nick Frost; Bastille)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Michael B. Jordan; Bobby Lee; Arden Myrin; Julian McCullough)
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TV Notes
John Travolta To Reunite With Kirstie Alley On Her New TV Land Sitcom
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Jul. 23, 2013

In a rare TV appearance, John Travolta is set to guest star on TV Land’s new original sitcom Kirstie, reuniting with his Look Who’s Talking co-star Kirstie Alley. Set to shoot early next month, Travolta will play a stagehand on Maddie’s (Alley) Broadway show. After a one-night stand together, Maddie is surprised to find that her fling refuses to be flung.

Kirstie, which debuts Dec. 4, centers around Broadway star Madison Banks (Alley) whose life turns upside down when Arlo (Eric Petersen), the son she gave up at birth, suddenly appears, hoping to connect after his adoptive parents have died. Rhea Perlman stars as Maddie’s assistant and best friend alongside Michael Richards as Maddie’s outlandish driver.

“I’m excited about working with Kirstie again, in addition to such terrific talent on the show,” Travolta said. “It’s always a treat to be surrounded by people you respect so much both personally and professionally.”

http://www.deadline.com/2013/07/john-travolta-to-reunite-with-kirstie-alley-on-her-new-tv-land-sitcom/
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TV Notes
CNN Boss Talks Programming, ‘Objective’ Nature of Network
By Brian Steinberg, Variety.com - Jul. 23, 2013

CNN topper Jeff Zucker’s plans for the network might be summed up by the following: Everything needs to change, but much of it is going to remain the same.

In a brief but wide-ranging interview at a summit held by Fortune magazine Tuesday, the CNN Worldwide president indicated that the cable-news network would put much of its near-term focus on both mobile assets as well as its primetime television lineup. At the same time, the executive said he was mindful of the revenue generated by CNN’s TV operations and suggested the network would strive for objectivity in its news presentation, so long as doing so wasn’t dull.

His remarks come as CNN’s programming lineup has begun to change noticeably, with the network placing more emphasis on documentary series on weekends and delving more deeply into shallower topics, such as a stranded cruise ship or kooky animal videos.

“What I want CNN to be about is all of the news, and all of the news is not just what’s happening in Washington or in the Middle East, but it’s also about entertainment and business and sports and culture and thing that we all talk about,” Zucker said. He told the audience he dismissed an old CNN slogan that told viewers “CNN = Politics,” because he wanted viewers to turn to the network for more than a single topic.

Mobile media is gaining more importance at CNN, he said – a notion bolstered by studying how audiences used CNN information during the recent Boston Marathon bombing as well as Monday’s news about the birth of an heir to the throne in England. “We’re not going to care what screen you’re watching CNN on as long as there’s a CNN red logo on whatever asset you’re using to access us,” said Zucker.

Even so, he was mindful of the importance of securing revenue from CNN’s distributors. “The most important thing is for us to be essential enough” to cable, satellite and telecom companies who deliver CNN to their subscribers, he said.

CNN intends to put some focus on its 10 p.m. hour in primetime, said Zucker. “We have not had a regular 10 p.m. show,” he said, noting that 10 p.m. has been used recently for a repeat of Anderson Cooper’s 8 p.m. program or some live shows featuring the anchor. “It’s obviously something we’re going to work on.”

Despite the announcement that CNN has hired noted Republican Newt Gingrich as part of its new team for a revived “Crossfire,” Zucker stated he saw value in the network staying objective in its presentation of news and opinion. The idea that CNN “didn’t have enough conservative points of view was probably a valid criticism,” the executive said, though he does not expect CNN to lose abandon its positioning as a down-the-middle presenter of news.

Fox News Channel and MSNBC have both chosen more partisan presentations in their lineup, he said, which “does leave room for somebody to be objective, and that’s the path we’ve chosen.”

Still, said the exec best known, perhaps, for his love of programming stunts like moving Jay Leno to primetime or “super-sizing” episodes of “Friends” while at NBC, “just because you’re objective doesn’t mean you need to be boring.”

http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/cnn-president-sees-renewed-focus-on-prime-time-programming-1200566850/
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TV Notes
WE tv Orders Tony Goldwyn-Richard LaGravenese Series, Developing 3 More Scripted Dramas
By Lesley Golberg, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Jul. 23, 2013

WE tv is officially in the scripted business.

The AMC Networks-owned cable network has handed out a 10-episode series order to The Divide, a drama originally developed at AMC from Richard LaGravenese (Behind the Candelabra, The Fisher King) and Tony Goldwyn (Scandal).

Oscar and Emmy nominee LaGravenese penned the script and executive produces alongside Goldwyn (Conviction) and John Tinker (The Practice), who is on board to serve as showrunner. Andrew Sugerman (Conviction) will co-executive produce the series, which is slated for a 2014 premiere. .

"The Divide is the kind of compelling, high-quality storytelling that we think will set the right tone for our entry into scripted drama, a significant step in our network's evolution," WE tv president and GM Kim Martin said. "We could not be more excited about this project and the talent behind it."

Divide stars Marin Ireland as Christine Rosa, an impassioned caseworker with the Innocence Initiative who delves into the case of a death-row inmate she believes was wrongly convicted of a young family's heinous murder 11 years earlier. She chases down new evidence in a search for the truth and confronts an equally passionate district attorney, Adam Page (Damon Gupton), whose view of justice is colored by shades of gray. Throughout the journey, Christine and Adam's pasts resurface as they are faced with the question of one man's guilt or innocence intertwined with their own personal histories. Joe Anderson (Across the Universe), Aunjanue Ellis (The Help), Clarke Peters (The Wire) and Paul Schneider (Parks and Recreation) co-star.

AMC originally ordered the project to pilot in May 2012, with the project moving to WE tv in the spring.

In addition to Divide, WE tv also put three more scripted drama projects in its development pipeline as it becomes the latest cable network to expand beyond its reality offerings.

• All American Woman (working title) hails from Oscar nominees Chris and Paul Weitz (About a Boy) and Andrew Miano via through their Depth of Field banner. The drama takes place in three different years -- 1964, 1988 and 2013 -- during decades that changed the country's cultural landscape. The entry will follow the lives of three women with one thing in common: All American magazine. All American Woman was originally developed at NBCUniversal-owned Bravo, and is based on Black List writer Jenni Ross' mother's stint as fashion editor at Seventeen magazine in the 1970s.Emmy nominees Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott (The Starter Wife) will executive produce and pen the script. Ross will co-executive produce the Fox Television Studios drama.

• Dirty is penned by Nancy Fichman and Jennifer Hoppe (Damages, Nurse Jackie) and revolves around Lucy, a financier who has fallen on hard times and is forced to live and work with her housekeeper, Maize, in an unexpected and clever enterprise. RJ Cutler (Nashville) will executive produce the Fox Television Studios drama.

• Headhunters hails from Tom Fontana (Homicide: Life on the Street, Copper) and Academy Award winner Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Copper) and centers on generations of women who are being encouraged to "lean in" in new and innovative ways and examines their attempts to confront the ambiguity and conflicting choices that surround their lives today. Susanna Styron (Borgia) will pen the script.

WE tv, home to Braxton Family Values, Joan & Melissa and more, becomes the latest AMC-owned network to enter the original scripted business. AMC, home to The Walking Dead, Mad Men and Breaking Bad, aired repeats of Sundance Channel's Rectify following Mad Men, while Breaking Bad aired on Sundance. Sibling network IFC, meanwhile, recently unveiled its largest scripted roster yet with three pilots and eight other projects in development. For its part, Sundance has two scripted dramas -- Rectify and recently ordered The Red Road -- in addition to its miniseries offerings. The cabler last week picked up 10 Emmy nominations for miniseries Top of the Lake and Restless.

"Originally developed and piloted at AMC, The Divide gives WE tv the opportunity to enter the scripted space with a truly engaging series. It will join other series such as The Walking Dead (AMC), Low Winter Sun (AMC), Mad Men (AMC) and Rectify (Sundance Channel) that AMC Networks has developed or produced in our commitment to telling distinctive stories and bringing viewers quality, cinematic entertainment," AMC Networks COO Ed Carroll said.

WE tv's scripted foray comes as other female-focused networks including Bravo and Discovery are making similar moves.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/we-tv-orders-tony-goldwyn-590414
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Critic's Notes
CBS vs. Time Warner Cable vs. You
By Marty Kaplan, HuffingtonPost.com - Jul. 22, 2013

Here's progress: Big media companies now think Americans are as gullible as politicians do. It's not just candidates who assume we're nincompoops. The cable operators and networks take us for pigeons, too.

Exhibit A is the current battle between behemoths Time Warner Cable and CBS. If you've been watching TV recently in New York, Dallas-Ft. Worth or Los Angeles, unless you have a gold medal in zapping, CBS's campaign against TWC has had you by the eyeballs.

"ATTENTION TIME WARNER CABLE SUBSCRIBERS" runs the crawl on one CBS ad, as urgent as an Amber alert. "Dexter. Gone. Ray Donovan. Gone. Homeland. Gone. Every great Showtime series, every hit movie, every big fight on Showtime may soon be gone. Why? Because Time Warner Cable is threatening to drop Showtime." Another CBS ad -- showing clips of CBS Sports programming, The Big Bang Theory and Under the Dome playing on a TV set wrapped in chains -- warns that "Time Warner Cable is holding your favorite shows hostage."

Next thing you know, TWC will be taking away your guns.

You wouldn't realize from these campaign-style ads that what's really at stake is money. Your money. Both CBS and TWC want more of it. They're probably going to get it. The only issue -- which this battle is about -- is how they'll divvy up what they pick from our pockets.

The roots of this fight go back to the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992. (I love the names they give these laws.) Twenty years ago, with cable penetrating more and more households, usually via monopoly deals cut with local governments, the broadcast industry convinced Congress that local stations would lose so much advertising revenue to cable that it would damage their capacity to produce news and public affairs programming. So to ensure that licensed stations had enough resources to serve the information needs of their communities, Congress imposed "must carry" provisions on cable operators requiring them to retransmit all the local broadcast stations in the market. In return, the local stations could negotiate a fee for providing that content, and they would use that revenue to strengthen their local news programming.

How quaint all that seems now.

For starters, the national broadcast networks horned in on the local stations. Once upon a time, the big networks actually paid local affiliates for airing their programs. But today, turning things upside down, the networks routinely hold up stations for 50 percent or more of the retransmission fees they get from cable operators. Networks also have been gobbling up independent stations. The more money that CBS's six owned-and-operated stations in New York, Dallas-Ft. Worth and Los Angeles get from TWC in exchange for carrying their programming, the more money goes to CBS's corporate bottom line.

That's what's at stake in this intra-titan dispute. In those three markets, under a deal that's expiring, CBS stations have been getting between 75 cents and $1 a subscriber per month. In the new deal, according to one analyst, CBS is demanding that this be upped within two or three years to as much as $2 a subscriber per month. TWC says that CBS is asking for a 600 percent increase over the price it pays for CBS in other markets.

Who will pay for that increase? We will. Our cable bills have been rising astronomically -- nearly tripling between 2001 and 2011 -- because the cable companies have been passing along to consumers the cost of the vigorish that the broadcast networks are extracting from them, especially for sports. The result is that advertiser-supported networks like CBS have become de facto cable companies, concealing the subscription we pay to them within the subscription we pay for cable.

And now they want us to be their stooges! They want us to pressure TWC to give more money to CBS so that TWC can charge us more for the CBS programs we already get for "free."

Forgotten in all this is the original rationale for permitting local stations to charge cable companies for carriage: ensuring budgets adequate for producing quality local news and public affairs programming. But unless you consider scaring us witless with crime stories and medicating us silly with celebrity stories to be just the right ticket for good citizenship, if you actually watch local TV news you know how civically useless its content has turned out to be.

I run an awards program -- the Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in TV Political Journalism -- to honor and encourage the exceptions. But for decades, studies of local news have found time and again that it isn't particularly local and isn't particularly news. For example, a study that my colleague Matt Hale and I did of all stations in the Los Angeles media market found that in a typical half hour of local news, coverage of local government -- including budgets, layoffs, education, law enforcement, prisons, lawsuits, new ordinances, voting procedures, government personnel changes, government actions on health care, transportation, immigration and so on -- amounted to a grand total of 22 seconds out of 30 minutes.

I'm not surprised that the message of CBS's anti-TWC campaign isn't: They're going to take away the news you need to be a good citizen! But I am struck that CBS has the chutzpah to try to recruit us to raise our own cable bills. On the other hand, if the Karl Roves of the world can get people to vote against their own self-interest, I guess networks have a shot at conning us, too.

Marty Kaplan is the Director of The Norman Lear Center and Professor at the USC Annenberg School.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marty-kaplan/cbs-vs-time-warner-cable-_b_3632160.html?utm_hp_ref=tv&ir=TV
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Lazarus mentioning English Premiere League which NBC hasn't aired one single game is not a sign of confidence in MLS. You know a league they have been airing on their networks for two years now.

It's the same thing if a network had a deal with a AAA minor league and then signed a deal with MLB. Who do you think they would promote harder? I enjoy soccer and watch MLS. But the quality of play pales in comparison to EPL and the other top European leagues.
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Lazarus mentioning English Premiere League which NBC hasn't aired one single game is not a sign of confidence in MLS. You know a league they have been airing on their networks for two years now.

They haven't aired a single game because the Premiere League doesn't begin until mid August. Broadcasting the MLS and EPL can complement one another. The majority of EPL games on the weekend are over with by around 2 eastern, then NBC can switch over and air the MLS in the afternoon and evening. If the MLS really wants to become more relevant they are going to have to switch to a traditional schedule with a break over the summer. Its rather hard for the US's (or international) best players to play in the MLS with the big international tournaments all taking place in the summer. Some people like getting up on a weekend morning and reading the paper or watching the talking heads, I like to watch the EPL.
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TV Notes
CNN Boss Talks Programming, ‘Objective’ Nature of Network
By Brian Steinberg, Variety.com - Jul. 23, 2013

....................suggested the network would strive for objectivity in its news presentation, so long as doing so wasn’t dull.
And that, to me, is the crux of the matter. Even though I don't really care about the "news" per se, I used to watch CNN all the time, but it, like PBS, is just plain boring compared to the alternatives now. I even watched Suzie Orman on CNBC the other night and laughed my head off, better than any sitcom I've tired in the last few years. If CNN is able to balance "objective" with "entertaining", I'll be back as a viewer. Until then, Shep gives me all the "news" I need and Bill entertains me. Mind you, I'm talking entetainment, not news. It remains to be seen how Megyn will do in primetime, I'm really a Martha fan. smile.gif
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If CNN is objective then im in line ahead of that baby for king of the united kingdom or whatever they call it.
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In this day in age, people are so partisan and biased, a network can report 99 stories in which a viewer agrees with the reporting, but if they give one they don’t, then it immediately makes them the enemy. I’ve said it time and time again; mentally, we have become a very sick, sick country. And increasingly immature.
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And that, to me, is the crux of the matter. Even though I don't really care about the "news" per se, I used to watch CNN all the time, but it, like PBS, is just plain boring compared to the alternatives now. I even watched Suzie Orman on CNBC the other night and laughed my head off, better than any sitcom I've tired in the last few years. If CNN is able to balance "objective" with "entertaining", I'll be back as a viewer. Until then, Shep gives me all the "news" I need and Bill entertains me. Mind you, I'm talking entetainment, not news. It remains to be seen how Megyn will do in primetime, I'm really a Martha fan. smile.gif

No comment(actually no real opinion about CNN) but as far as PBS, it's one of my favorite channels. I love all the Masterpiece Mystery/Classic/Theater etc... DCI Banks, Endeavour, Downton Abbey, Inspector Lewis, Poirot, Call the Midwife and on and on... I really enjoy many many shows on PBS.
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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)
NBC’s ‘Talent’ surges to best rating since June
Veteran reality show averages a 2.8 in 18-49s
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Jul. 24, 2013

“America’s Got Talent” grew a solid 12 percent from last week to lead NBC to another Tuesday night victory.

“Talent” averaged a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating from 9 to 11 p.m., according to Nielsen, easily the night’s top-rated program.

In fact, it was the best rating for any non-sports Tuesday night broadcast show since “The Voice” aired its season finale June 18, drawing a 4.4.

That lifted NBC to an easy victory on a night where CBS was in all repeats.

Its most formidable competition came from Fox, which aired “So You Think You Can Dance,” averaging a 1.4 from 8 to 10 p.m. That was down a tenth from its most recent outing two weeks ago; last week it was preempted by the MLB All-Star Game.

ABC’s “Extreme Weight Loss” drew a 1.1 from 8 to 10, even to last week, while lead-out “The Royal Baby: Heir to the Throne” drew a 0.9 at 10 p.m.

Week two of the CW’s “Whose Line is It Anyway” held up decently, falling from a 1.1 last week to a 0.9 last night at 8 p.m. That was still roughly triple what the CW has averaged this summer.

NBC was first for the night among 18-49s with a 2.2 average overnight rating and a 7 share. Univision was second at 1.6/5, Fox third at 1.4/4, ABC fourth at 1.0/3, CBS fifth at 0.8/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.7/2 and CW seventh at 0.6/2.

As a reminder, all ratings are based on live-plus-same-day DVR playback, which includes shows replayed before 3 a.m. the night before. Seven-day DVR data won’t be available for several weeks. Forty-eight percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

At 8 p.m. Fox and Univision tied for first at 1.4, Fox for “Dance” and Univision for “Porque el Amor Manda.” ABC was third with a 1.1 for “Weight,” and NBC fourth with a 1.0 for a repeat of “Hollywood Game Night.” CBS and the CW tied for fifth at 0.9, CBS for a repeat of “NCIS” and CW for “Line,” and Telemundo was sixth with a 0.5 for “Dama y Obrero.”

NBC took the lead at 9 p.m. with a 2.6 for “Talent,” followed by Univision with a 2.0 for “Amores Verdaderos.” Fox was third with a 1.3 for more “Dance,” ABC fourth with a 1.2 for another hour of “Weight,” CBS fifth with a 0.8 for a repeat of “NCIS: Los Angeles,” Telemundo sixth with a 0.5 for “Marido en Alquiler” and CW seventh with a 0.3 for “Perfect Score.”

At 10 p.m. NBC was first again with a 2.9 for more “Talent,” while Univision remained second with a 1.4 for “Que Bonito Amor.” Telemundo was third with a 1.0 for “El Señor de los Cielos,” ABC fourth with a 0.9 for the “20/20″ royal baby special and CBS fifth with a 0.8 for a repeat of “Person of Interest.”

NBC also finished first for the night among households with a 4.8 average overnight rating and an 8 share. CBS was second at 4.0/7, ABC third at 2.8/5, Fox fourth at 2.6/4, Univision fifth at 2.0/3, CW sixth at 0.9/2 and Telemundo seventh at 0.9/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/nbcs-talent-surges-to-best-rating-since-june/

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TV Sports
Mel Brooks: Director, writer, funny guy
TCM airs a tribute to one of the funniest men in Hollywood
By Bill Cromwell, Media Life Magazine - Jul. 24, 2013

If there’s really such thing as an American treasure, then surely Mel Brooks qualifies, though he’d probably make fun of anyone who called him such.

The director, writer and sometimes actor is feted tonight on TCM on the special “The AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks,” airing at 8 p.m. It’s followed by a selection of Brooks’ best films and a few interviews with the octogenarian.

Brooks’ life started out as more of a tragedy than a comedy. His father died when he was 2, and his family suffered in deep poverty. He was often bullied by his classmates.

But Brooks found an outlet to deal with his pain: Performing. He began by playing the drums but eventually transitioned to stand-up comedy, a skill he continued to pursue after a stint defusing land mines during World War II.

He eventually joined his friend Sid Caesar in Hollywood, first writing for television and then transitioning to films. His first movie was 1968′s “The Producers,” about a crooked pair who produce a play called “Springtime for Hitler.”

The movie won a huge following among college students and earned Brooks his first Oscar for original screenplay. More than three decades later it was revived as a hugely successful Broadway play.

Brooks’ artistic and personal life took many twists and turns over the following years, all documented in the special.

It probably won’t draw a huge number of viewers; TCM averages a modest viewers in primetime. But for fans of Brooks, of whom there are many, it will be must-see TV.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/mel-brooks-director-writer-funny-guy/
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TV Sports/Business Notes
Sports Fans Slowly Move From TV to the Internet
But only 9% pay for what they see
By Lucia Moses, AdWeek.com - Jul. 24, 2013

For sports fans, nothing beats the big screen, with 94 percent of fans watching sports on TV. However, digital media are gaining in popularity. Sixty three percent of fans went online for sports content, up from 56 percent two years ago. Mobile usage jumped too, to 35 percent from 21 percent. Meanwhile, the use of traditional media like TV and print have declined. However, the dollars aren't necessarily following the shift in consumption: only 9 percent of fans have paid to watch content online, and only slightly more (11 percent) say they're willing to do so.

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http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/sports-fans-slowly-move-tv-internet-151329
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Business/Legal Notes
Fox Loses Appeal Asking for Injunction Against Dish's 'Hopper' Ad-Skipper
By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Hollywood, Esq.' Blog - Jul. 24, 2013

On Wednesday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Fox's appeal over a federal judge's decision to deny enjoining Dish Network's advertising-skipping DVR services known as "AutoHop" or "Hopper" or "Primetime Anytime."

The broadcasters sued Dish with the contention that the service constituted an unlicensed on-demand service that violated its copyrights and breached contracts.

Last autumn, U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles refused to grant an injunction at the early stages of the lawsuit because Fox hadn't demonstrated a likelihood of success on its claims. Today, an appeals court says the judge didn't abuse the discretion in finding that the record hadn't established that the broadcaster would win its direct and contributory infringement claims.

Fox said in a statement following the ruling:

"We are disappointed in the court’s ruling, even though the bar to secure a preliminary injunction is very high. This is not about consumer choice or advances in technology. It is about a company devising an unlicensed, unauthorized service that clearly infringes our copyrights and violates our contract. We will review all of our options and proceed accordingly."

Dish's general counsel R. Stanton Dodge had his own reaction:

"This decision is a victory for American consumers, and we are proud to have stood by their side in this important fight over the fundamental rights of consumer choice and control."

Here is the full ruling with further details below.

Several lawsuits are proceeding against Dish after the satcaster launched a product with storage so immense that it allowed consumers to save about a week's worth of primetime programming without commercials. Fox's lawsuit against Dish has gone furthest. Another case in California brought by NBC against Dish was stayed pending the Ninth Circuit ruling. And in New York, CBS and ABC are making their own push to stop Dish's "Hopper."

In analyzing the dispute, courts have had to differentiate the many claims brought over the ad-skipper.

Fox challenged the technology as directly infringing its copyrighted programming. Fox was successful in getting Judge Gee to acknowledge that Dish exercised control over the copying process that went beyond other technologies that have been judicially blessed -- in particular, Cablevision's remote-storage DVR. But the judge also held that "at this stage of the proceedings," it was "not satisfied" that Dish's product had "crossed over the line that leads to direct liability," because the "user, not Dish, must take the initial step of enabling" the ad-skipper.

Looking at that ruling, Ninth Circuit judge Sidney Thomas writes that the district court didn't abuse discretion.

"Infringement of the reproduction right requires 'copying by the defendant," says the ruling. "Fox argues that because Dish participates in the operation of PrimeTime Anytime on a daily basis, Dish made the copies, either alone or concurrently with its users. However, operating a system used to make copies at the user’s command does not mean that the system operator, rather than the user, caused copies to be made. Here, Dish’s program creates the copy only in response to the user’s command."

Next came the analysis over whether Dish's product constituted contributory infringement. To prove that, Fox would have to demonstrate that Dish's customers are infringing copyright. But Judge Thomas says that Dish has met its burden of demonstrating that customers' copying was a "fair use" and uses the Supreme Court's landmark decision over Sony's Betamax VCR in support. That case held that the making of individual copies for purposes of time-shifting was in bounds.

"Fox and its amici argue that Dish customers use PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop for purposes other than time-shifting – namely, commercial-skipping and library building," writes the judge. "These uses were briefly discussed in Sony, in which the Court recognized that some Betamax customers used the device to avoid viewing advertisements and accumulate libraries of tapes."

Even though the Supreme Court didn't expressly render an opinion on ad-skipping, the Ninth Circuit has a tough time believing that Fox is going to win on the contributory infringement claim. The opinion continues:

"If recording an entire copyrighted program is a fair use, the fact that viewers do not watch the ads not copyrighted by Fox cannot transform the recording into a copyright violation. Indeed, a recording made with PrimeTime Anytime still includes commercials; AutoHop simply skips those recorded commercials unless a viewer manually rewinds or fast-forwards into a commercial break. Thus, any analysis of the market harm should exclude consideration of AutoHop because ad-skipping does not implicate Fox’s copyright interests."

The Ninth Circuit then goes through the factors that comprise a potential fair use and gives victory to Dish. The satellite company still faces potential liability for the "quality assurance" copying that happens within its system on the road towards allowing its customers to skip ads, but that issue doesn't directly tie into Fox's market harm, and thus, can't lead to an injunction because the broadcaster can't demonstrate irreparable harm.

Finally, after addressing the copyright claims, the Ninth Circuit also looks at the contract breach allegations. Here, Judge Thomas says "the question of whether Dish has breached its contract with Fox is much closer" and says he is "dubious of Dish's position" that the technology is not "similar" to a "video-on-demand" service that was expressly prohibited in a 2002 contract.

Nevertheless, despite the skepticism, based on the evidence thus far, and the trial judge's noted discretion, Fox can't surpass the high bar needed to make a contractual claim add up to an injunction. "The district court did not clearly err in concluding that PrimeTime Anytime was more like DVR than video on demand," says the ruling, which also discusses Fox's other theories on how Dish has breached several programming distribution contracts.

Here is the full ruling.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/fox-loses-appeal-asking-injunction-592413
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TV Notes
CBS Partners With Litton Entertainment For Saturday-Morning Shows
By Brian Steinberg, Variety.com - Jul. 24, 2013

CBS said it would rely on Litton Entertainment to produce a three-hour block of Saturday-morning programs aimed at pre-teens. The new programs – six half-hour shows with positive social messages about healthy eating, pet care and making a difference, will debut Saturday, Sept. 28, the network said Wednesday.

The six new programs include: “Lucky Dog,” featuring animal trainer Brandon McMillan rescuing an assortment of troubled canines; “Dr. Chris, Pet Vet,” chronicling the life of busy veterinarian Dr. Chris Brown; “Recipe Rehab,” which “rehabs” high-calorie recipes with low-calorie makeovers; “Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals,” which spotlights the celebrity chef as he makes quick nutritious grub; “All In with Lalia Ali,” in which the host scours the globe for inspirational stories and people who make a difference; and “Game Changers with Kevin Frazier,” which celebrates athletes who want to make a difference in their communities.

Each of the shows will be rated ‘TVG’, presented in high-definition and aimed at viewers between the ages of 13 and 16. CBS will promote the programming as ”The CBS Dream Team, It’s Epic!”

Litton also produces a block of Saturday programming for ABC that follows the Walt Disney network’s broadcast of a Saturday-edition of “Good Morning America” in many local markets.

http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/cbs-partners-with-litton-entertainment-for-saturday-morning-shows-1200567401/
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TV/Technology Notes
Google Simplifies YouTube And Netflix Viewing On TV Sets With $35 Chromecast
By David Lieberman, Deadline.com - Jul. 24, 2013



This may be the biggest surprise for Hollywood in Google‘s event today to unveil new products and software. The two-inch long Chromecast plugs into a TV set HDMI port, enabling users to watch videos from YouTube, Google Play, and Netflix and handle music and photos. (A Pandora app is on the way.) If it works as promoted, it would offer people an easy way to watch Web videos on TV without having to connect a box such as a game console, Blu-ray player, or Roku. Chromecast also comes with a three-month free trial to Netflix.

With its small size the Chromecast “simply disappears behind your TV,” Google’s Rishi Chandra says. The device connects with the home Wi-Fi network, so you don’t need to tie up a computer, mobile phone or tablet. “We bring the highest resolution directly from the cloud instead of relying on your device to push the content,” Chandra says. But you can also use those devices to serve as remote controls, for example to pause the video or adjust the volume — which you can do without unlocking. And it will work with other companies’ devices, including Apple iPhones. “YouTube on TV becomes simple and intuitive,” the exec says.

Google hopes that at the $35 price people will buy a Chromecast for each TV set. The company says the device will be available today on Amazon, BestBuy.com and Google Play, and will hit Best Buy stores by the end of the month.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/07/google-chromecast-netflix-youtube/
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TV Review
ABC Family's 'Spell-Mageddon' appears d-u-l-l
The attempt to blend a spelling bee with obstacle courses doesn't look fun, and the distractions the contestants must endure are more annoying than compelling.
By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times - Jul. 23, 2013

If ABC Family executives had known their new game show "Spell-Mageddon" would be premiering in the social media vacuum left by "Sharknado," they might have considered throwing a few piranhas into the mix. As it is, the film and the series share little beyond titular portmanteau (blending two words to make one) and the attempt to blend two big ideas into an unexpected hybrid.

On the hourlong "Spell-Mageddon," that looks like a group of contestants engaging in a spelling bee while running obstacle courses that are smaller, tamer versions of those on "Wipeout" and enduring the sort of wet 'n' messy interruptions that mark similar competitions on Nickelodeon. Only instead of getting slimed, they get slushied, like on "Glee." So a lot of, um, creative crossover at work here.

What it doesn't look like is very much fun, despite valiant attempts on the part of host Alfonso Ribeiro to both humanize the contestants and hype their physical discomfort while reminding everyone that 10 grand is at stake.

The pilot begins with seven players in goggles and helmets racing down a slicked-up inflatable bouncy track; the first to press a button must then correctly spell words such as "explain" to advance. This race is not particularly interesting to watch, especially as it occurs six times until there are only two competitors (the loser in each does not advance to the next round) — though each successive race is made more difficult with additional obstacles, including a great swinging bar that knocks many people down.

It does, however, allow you to make your decision about yourself and "Spell-Mageddon" fairly quickly. If you find it entertaining to watch a group of overeager people grin their way through "fun" versions of torture — electric shock, ice-water baths, disorienting lights and noise and endless squirting of water, soap and slime in the face — while trying to maintain enough composure to spell increasingly difficult words correctly, then this is the show for you.

Many game shows turn on public displays of humiliation, and reality television, competitive and otherwise, has amped up our expectations of endurance-entertainment. Compared with "Fear Factor" or "Wipeout," "Spell-Mageddon is very small beer, though it does have an added "intellectual" element; "Jeopardy" plus dunking booth could have been the initial pitch.

Unfortunately, as is often the case when trying to do two things at once, the show winds up doing neither well. The "distractions" are more annoying than compelling, and the spelling competition never gets beyond a fifth-grade level.

On the other hand, no one ever went broke underestimating the attraction of either the dunking booth or the spelling bee. Throw in a shark or two, and you've got a hit.

'SPELL-MAGEDDON'
Where: ABC Family
When: 9 p.m. Wednesday


http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-spell-mageddon-dull,0,479982.story
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TV Sports
Nascar’s New TV Home Will Be Its Old One
By Richard Sandomir, The New York Times - Jul. 24, 2013

In 1999, NBC and Fox celebrated deals worth $2.4 billion that let them split Nascar coverage from 2001 to 2006.

While Fox’s reign has continued unabated, NBC’s ended after those six years when ESPN swooped in.

On Tuesday, NBC announced that it will replace ESPN on the Nascar schedule for 10 years starting in 2015.

The deal will include televising 20 Nascar Sprint Cup races — three of which will come out of TNT’s six-race summer schedule — and 19 Nationwide Series events each season. NBC is paying $420 million to $450 million a year, said an executive who was briefed on the deal.

The network is in a different position than it was when it last carried Nascar. Back then, its cable partner was TNT. Now, NBC owns the NBC Sports Network, which will carry 13 of the 20 Sprint Cup races and 15 of the 19 Nationwide races. The all-sports channel is a critical element in NBC’s Olympic, English Premier League soccer, National Hockey League and Triple Crown horse-racing deals.

Nascar is also in a different position. A dozen or so years ago, stock car racing appeared destined for a long cycle of growth, the reason that NBC and Fox, which carried races on the FX cable network, made their deals.

David Hill, who was then running Fox Sports, said Nascar was “a model for how a sport should be run and promoted.”

But in recent years, the recession hurt track attendance and spending. Fans went to fewer races. The Car of Tomorrow, introduced in 2007, turned off fans and was replaced this year by the well-received Gen-6 car. Television viewership sagged; between 2010 and 2012, ESPN’s Sprint Cup viewership fell to 4.4 million from 4.8 million per race. Dale Earnhardt Jr., the most popular driver, was no longer a regular in victory lane. And Nascar learned that it had to build a younger, more diverse fan base.

“This is a bet on growth,” said Mark Lazarus, chairman of the NBC Sports Group, who was running Turner Sports when TNT first linked up with NBC. “This is a bet that there is more audience out there.” Referring to Brian France, Nascar’s chief executive, Lazarus added, “If you look at the changes Brian has been making in the cars and in the form of racing, we think there is a lot of upside.”

NBC’s deal also includes TV Everywhere rights and the ability to carry races on the Telemundo Spanish-language network.

France said NBC’s array of broadcast, cable and digital properties made its offer compelling — evidently more so than ESPN, with its many platforms, offered before its exclusive negotiating period ended last week. He said he was not worried that ESPN would significantly reduce its coverage of Nascar when it was no longer televising the races.

“The reality is that they have to cover the big events that people watch every weekend,” France said.

John Skipper, the president of ESPN, said in a statement: “We will continue to serve Nascar fans through ‘SportsCenter’ and our other news platforms as we continue to enhance our industry-leading collection of quality assets.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/24/sports/autoracing/nascars-new-tv-home-will-be-its-old-one.html?ref=media&_r=0
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Jul. 24, 2013

AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: A SALUTE TO MEL BROOKS
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

TCM begins tonight’s all-night salute to Mel Brooks, fittingly, with A Salute to Mel Brooks, a repeat of the entertaining AFI Life Achievement Award special televised last month by sister network TNT. But here, the festivities are presented uninterrupted by commercials, and in a longer, uncut version. And that’s just the start of a Brooks lineup so good that, for the first time in the history of TV Worth Watching, every entry of today’s Bianculli’s Best Bets will be devoted to a single artist network. Thanks for all the laughs, Mel!

THE TWELVE CHAIRS
TCM, 9:30 p.m. ET

This is the first time TCM has shown this 1970 Mel Brooks film – the relatively (and unfairly) overlooked one he directed after The Producers but before Blazing Saddles. It stars Ron Moody and Frank Langella as an unlikely pair of Russians – one man a descendant of royalty, the other a beggar – who team up to find a fortune in jewels, sewn into the cushions of one of a dozen family chairs. The chair have ended up in various places over the years, and in search of fortune, so do the two men searching for them (and others, including Dom DeLuise as a Russian orthodox priest).

EXCAVATING THE 2000 YEAR OLD MAN
TCM, 11:30 p.m. ET

Matthew Buzzell and Kel Symons directed this 2012 documentary, originally shown on public TV, about the durable comedy character embodied by Mel Brooks, in a series of largely improvised conversations between Brook’s 2000 Year Old Man and Carl Reiner’s straight-man interviewer.

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
TCM, 2:00 a.m. ET

One of Mel Brooks’ unqualified masterpieces. This 1974 satire of Universal Studios’ monster movies is brilliant not only because of its hilarious script and riotously funny performances, but because, visually and even tonally, it is so impressively faithful to the original Frankenstein films. Gene Wilder, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr all are a riot – and Peter Boyle as the Creature, singing and dancing a duet with Wilder’s mad doctor, is at the center of one of the funniest scenes in all of movie comedy history. Ooper dooper!

THE PRODUCERS
TCM, 4:00 a.m. ET

Another unqualified Mel Brooks cinematic masterpiece. This one is from 1968, and stars Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder as Bialystock and Bloom, the Broadway producer and meek accountant who team up to try, on purpose, to create the biggest flop in Broadway history, as part of a complex get-rich scheme. What an idea – and what a musical they come up with! Dick Shawn, Kenneth Mars, Christopher Hewett and Lee Meredith co-star, in this movie that, decades later, inspired one of the biggest hits in Broadway history. That’s karma for you.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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No comment(actually no real opinion about CNN) but as far as PBS, it's one of my favorite channels. I love all the Masterpiece Mystery/Classic/Theater etc... DCI Banks, Endeavour, Downton Abbey, Inspector Lewis, Poirot, Call the Midwife and on and on... I really enjoy many many shows on PBS.
Please, we're talking about the news here, it's CNN for crying out loud. In other words, CNN and "PBS NEWS" are BORING. Feel better now? smile.gif
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How come they dont have Anakin saying "This is CNN" anymore ?
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Business/Legal Notes
Fox Loses Appeal Asking for Injunction Against Dish's 'Hopper' Ad-Skipper
By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Hollywood, Esq.' Blog - Jul. 24, 2013



Even though the Supreme Court didn't expressly render an opinion on ad-skipping, the Ninth Circuit has a tough time believing that Fox is going to win on the contributory infringement claim. The opinion continues:

"If recording an entire copyrighted program is a fair use, the fact that viewers do not watch the ads not copyrighted by Fox cannot transform the recording into a copyright violation. Indeed, a recording made with PrimeTime Anytime still includes commercials; AutoHop simply skips those recorded commercials unless a viewer manually rewinds or fast-forwards into a commercial break. Thus, any analysis of the market harm should exclude consideration of AutoHop because ad-skipping does not implicate Fox’s copyright interests."


The networks will need to take a different tack as that opinion above blows a hole the size of the moon right through their argument. I guess we'll see more and more snipes showing ads while the show is actually running as that would be one way of getting around the no copyright infringement opinion above.
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Please, we're talking about the news here, it's CNN for crying out loud. In other words, CNN and "PBS NEWS" are BORING. Feel better now? smile.gif

You don’t want news, you want Entertainment Tonight, or what I call a few of these so-called news channels - The National Enquirer News - where glitz and glamour are presented by Ken and Barbie. PBS delivers the news the old fashioned way. Yeah, it can appear boring after watching the “entertainment news channels” if you aren’t familiar with the way it used to be done, but that is the way it should be, IMO, not sensationalized for the sake of keeping the ADD crowd entertained. Obviously, YMMV.
Edited by Aliens - 7/24/13 at 3:45pm
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You don’t want news, you want Entertainment Tonight, or what I call a few of these so-called news channels - The National Enquirer News - where glitz and glamour are presented by Ken and Barbie. PBS delivers the news the old fashioned way. Yeah, it can appear boring after watching the “entertainment news channels” if you aren’t familiar with the way it used to be done, but that is the way it should be, IMO, not sensationalized for the sake of keeping the ADD crowd entertained. Obviously, YMMV.
Sorry, but if you'd follow the whole discussion rather than inject your useless (to me) opinion in the middle, you'd see that I said I used to watch CNN religiously, so I certainly know how it used to be and it wasn't as boring as it is today. I also said straight out that I don't really care about the news per se.

But, what I really don't care about is what you think of Fox News. I happen to think Shep presents the news as well or better than anyone else and unless CNN puts some class in their presentation, I won't be watching. You are welcome to watch all you want, but there's something wrong when you have to try to defend your position by lashing out at me and the other cable news channels. CNN wants eyeballs and it's very evident in the ORIGINAL article that they know they need to change. That doesn't mean they have to get a bombastic commentator like Bill, but they could do a lot worse than a clone of Shep. The Ken's & Barbie's you mentioned aren't reporters in the first place, they are commentators and you aren't forced to watch them if their style is not your cup of tea.

DrDon, feel free to delete, but I had to say it, there was simply no call for that comment.
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There was no mention of Fox or CNN in what you quoted.
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Speaking of the news they said Anthony Weiner used the name "Carlos Danger" when he was texting....again.

He shouldve used the handle that Peter Griffin from Family Guy used "Carlos Spicy Weiner" as it wouldve been more apropos.

That was from their Star Wars Ep V: TESB spoof Something, Something, Something, Dark Side.

On the + side hes sure giving Leno etc alota good material.

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On a side note NFL Network hired Judy Battista formerly of the NY Times so i wonder if on the screen it will say N.F.L. Network below her name ? biggrin.gif
Trivia note: she was the reporter that asked Herman Edwards the question that lead to his infamous "You PLAY to WIN the GAME" response.
Edited by dcowboy7 - 7/24/13 at 8:45pm
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There was no mention of Fox or CNN in what you quoted.
You're right, so substitute PBS for CNN and read Fox between the lines. Thanks.

Forgive me, my mother-in-law recently passed away, so I'm a little preoccupied and pressed for time.

Cheers, Dave
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On a side note NFL Network hired Judy Battista formerly of the NY Times so i wonder if on the screen it will say N.F.L. Network below her name ? biggrin.gif

Okay, that was funny tongue.gif
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TCA Summer 2013 Notes
Rob Lowe Says Presidents Are Just 'Bad Actors' Playing JFK
By Tim Molloy, TheWrap.com - Jul. 24, 2013

Rob Lowe, who plays John F. Kennedy in the upcoming "Killing Kennedy," says he has lots of competition -- from recent U.S. presidents.

"Every president today talks like him.," Lowe said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour Sunday. "They all just are like, excuse me, bad actors who found the greatest one who ever was and did their variation of that performance. Every single one of them.

"I don't want to call any of them out by name, but if we were to meet in the corner I could imitate every president's version -- their version of imitating President Kennedy," said Lowe. "'Cause he was the man."

Ginnifer Goodwin plays Jacqueline Kennedy in the upcoming National Geographic Channel film adaptation of the book of the same name by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. The film parallels the lives of the president and first lady and those of Lee Harvey Oswald (Will Rothhaar) and his wife Marina(Michelle Trachtenberg).

Lowe, who was born a few months after Kennedy died, said he grew up obsessed with the president. He said he has read all the conspiracy theories about his death, but now concludes -- as the book and film does -- that Oswald killed Kennedy alone.

"We all like to believe that there's some big uber thing out there," Lowe said. "Like even on 9/11. ... It's always simpler than we think. And I think it scares us to think that things can be that simple. And huge horrible things can happen by the act of one person."

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/rob-lowe-presidents-are-bad-actors-playing-jfk-105606
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