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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Aug. 19, 2013

THE TALL T
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

Randolph Scott, TCM’s star of the day, headlines this 1957 Western, playing a new ranch owner who seems pretty easygoing – until, that is, he climbs into a stagecoach that soon is overtaken by an outlaw, played by Richard Boone. Fans of Justified, take special note: This movie is based on an Elmore Leonard short story, called The Captive. That’s how long Leonard has been inspiring Hollywood to make entertaining dramas about quirky characters.

CONTAGION
More Max, 9:00 p.m. ET

This is a thriller whose killer is more deadly, and scary, than any monster wielding a saw, a chainsaw or a hatchet. It’s a microscopic, deadly virus, and finding where it started, and how it spread, is the riveting mission at the center of this excellent 2011 drama. Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet star.

UNDER THE DOME
CBS, 10:00 p.m. ET

Big Jim’s son went rogue, then returned – and Big Jim (Dean Norris) returned, too, with a slight head wound, after facing off one adversary in his quest to control the town’s resources and loyalties. This week, everything seems to be up for grabs, while the origin of the dome seems to be a step or two closer to being discovered.

POV: "THE LAW IN THESE PARTS"
PBS, 10:00 p.m. ET

Here’s a tricky subject for a documentary – yet it’s full of people willing to talk, even about a subject so potentially volatile and definitely confusing. This particular POV examines the military administration used by Israel since the Six Day War in 1967 to deliver justice. Judges, legal advisers, and prosecutors talk the about balance of power, and law, in that unique judicial framework. Check local listings.

THE WRITER'S ROOM
Sundance, 10:00 p.m. ET

Tonight’s show looks at Fox’s New Girl. And if you haven’t met Liz Meriwether, the creator of this Zooey Deschanel comedy, you should check it out, just to see how closely the star apple has fallen from the show-runner tree.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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TV Notes
New Nick Comedy ‘Instant Mom’ Gets Launch Date, Order For 7 More Episodes
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Aug. 19, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: New Nick at Nite/NickMom comedy series Instant Mom will premiere September 29 at 8:30 PM on Nick at Nite. Additionally, the family comedy starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict is getting a vote of confidence by the network with an order for seven additional episodes ahead of the premiere. That brings Instant Mom‘s freshman season to 20 episodes. Instant Mom, executive produced by showrunner Howard Gould and Aaron Kaplan, was originally developed for Nick at Nite. At the time of the pilot’s pickup to series, it was announced that the comedy will have its premiere airings on new block NickMom and then repeat on Nick at Nite. Instant Mom will now debut on Nick at Nite and air on NickMom later the same night.

Instant Mom follows young party girl Stephanie (Mowry-Hardrict) who trades in cosmos for carpools when she marries an older man, Charlie (Michael Boatman), with three kids. Stephanie slowly grows into her role as a full-time stepmom while struggling to maintain some sense of her fun-loving, slightly irresponsible life. Sheryl Lee Ralph stars as Stephanie’s mother Maggie, and rounding out the cast are the three kids played by Sydney Park, Tylen Williams and Damarr Calhoun. This is Kaplan’s second series for Nick, following Wendell & Vinnie, which is airing its final six episodes.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/08/new-nick-comedy-instant-mom-gets-launch-date-order-for-7-more-episodes/
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TV Notes
MSNBC Moves Ed Schultz Back to Weeknights
By Marisa Guthrie, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Aug. 19, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Ed Schultz will move back to weekdays in the 5 p.m. slot beginning Aug. 26, the network is set to announce on Monday. The move comes less than five months after The Ed Show moved from 8 p.m. Monday-Friday to 5-7 p.m. on weekends. That announcement last March was preceded by months of media speculation that Schultz was losing the lead-off slot in MSNBC's prime-time lineup. Schultz made the announcement on his show, saying there were "a number of personal and professional reasons" for the move to weekends.

"Ed has proven himself no matter where we've put him," MSNBC president Phil Griffin told The Hollywood Reporter.

The latest schedule shift displaces the first airing of Hardball with Chris Matthews; currently Matthews' show airs at 5 p.m. with a repeat at 7 p.m. Beginning Aug. 26, Hardball will have one run at 7 p.m. Hardball's 7 p.m. show traditionally gets higher ratings than the 5 p.m. premiere. And Griffin expects those numbers to improve after the move. The move makes MSNBC's primetime lineup all new for the first time since the network's shift to a political focus. "We've grown a lot in the last decade," said Griffin, adding that Schultz "laughed a little" when he called to ask him to move back to weeknights.

The move, added Griffin, "makes us whole in early prime. Obviously we had to make sure we had the right show. The Ed Show is the right show."

The changes also comes as MSNBC is battling ratings declines in July and its worst second quarter finish in primetime since 2009. Like it did in the second quarter, the NBCUniversal-owned cable news channel finished July behind Fox News Channel and CNN. In ratings for the total day, MSNBC was also bested by CNN sister channel HLN in the second quarter. With a newsy second quarter marked by the Boston Marathon bombings and the Jody Arias trial, CNN and HLN both saw ratings increases. CNN was up 50 percent in total viewers and 78 percent in viewers ages 25-54.

Meanwhile, Chris Hayes, who inherited Schultz's 8 p.m. slot, has struggled along with the rest of the network. For the second quarter -- Hayes' first full quarter on the air -- All In with Chris Hayes declined to MSNBC's lowest demo number in the 8 p.m. slot since 2006.

Griffin acknowledged the show's ratings struggles after it launched in the fallow period after the 2012 presidential election. But he but expressed confidence in Hayes. "It's been very tough. There's no question," said Griffin, adding that the "intensity" of the 8 p.m. time period has been an "eye-opener" for Hayes. But Griffin expects All In's ratings to improve in the fall. "We know that ratings tend to go up after Labor Day, and they've got to start performing. There's nobody who is trying to figure this out in a more analytical way than Chris. He wants to win."

Hardball and The Rachel Maddow Show did improve among total viewers in July, besting CNN in that measure but remaining behind in the demo. And Matthews last month ended his long-running syndicated Sunday show The Chris Matthews Show while signing a long-term contract extension with MSNBC earlier this year that keeps him at the network through the 2016 presidential election. In a statement announcing the end of the syndicated show, which bowed in 2002, Matthews noted: "There are limits to what I can do in a week."

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/msnbc-moves-ed-schultz-back-608912
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SUNDAY'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)
NFL preseason game kicks Fox into first
Averages a 1.9 in 18-49s for Sunday contest
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 19, 2013

Preseason NFL coverage on Fox boosted the network to an easy Sunday night victory.

The network averaged a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating from 7 to 10 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, 58 percent ahead of CBS, which finished second with a 1.2.

The game between the Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants peaked with a 2.2 at 8 p.m.

Still, it was not the No. 1 show on broadcast last night. CBS’s “Big Brother” finished as the top program, averaging a 2.0 at 8 p.m.

That was down 17 percent from last week, when it averaged a 2.4.

ABC’s 9 p.m. “Whodunnit?” averaged a 1.4 for its finale, up 27 percent over last week.

Fox was first for the night among 18-49s with a 1.9 average overnight rating and a 6 share. CBS was second at 1.2/4, ABC third at 1.0/3, Univision fourth at 0.7/2 and NBC and Telemundo tied for fifth at 0.5/1.

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

At 7 p.m. Fox led with a 1.7 for preseason football, with ABC and CBS tied for second at 0.9, ABC for a repeat of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and CBS for “60 Minutes.” NBC was fourth with a 0.5 for an “America’s Got Talent” rerun and Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth at 0.4, Univision for “Aqui y Ahora” and Telemundo for the movie “The Ant Bully.”

Fox was first again at 8 p.m. with a 2.1 for more football, followed closely by CBS with a 2.0 for “Brother.” ABC was third with a 1.2 for “Secret Millionaire,” Univision fourth with a 0.7 for “Parodiando,” NBC fifth with a 0.6 for more “Talent” and Telemundo sixth with a 0.4 for the start of the movie “Karate Kid.”

At 9 p.m. Fox was first with a 1.9 for football, while ABC moved to second with a 1.4 for “Whodunnit?” CBS was third with a 1.1 for “Unforgettable,” Univision fourth with a 0.8 for more “Parodiando,” Telemundo fifth with a 0.5 for its movie and NBC sixth with a 0.4 for “Crossing Lines.”

Univision took the lead at 10 p.m. with a 0.8 for “Sal y Pimienta,” with ABC and CBS tied for second at 0.7, ABC for a repeat of “Castle” and CBS for a rerun of “The Mentalist.” Telemundo was fourth with a 0.6 for the end of its movie and NBC fifth with a 0.4 for another hour of “Crossing Lines.”

CBS finished first for the night among households with a 4.1 average overnight rating and a 7 share. Fox was second at 3.7/6, ABC third at 2.5/4, NBC fourth at 1.5/3, Univision fifth at 1.2/2 and Telemundo sixth at 0.6/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/nfl-preseason-game-kicks-fox-into-first/

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TV Notes
For ‘Basketball Wives,’ a bad bounce
Evelyn Lozada deals with death and domestic violence
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 19, 2013

Most of the time reality shows are ridiculous but all in good fun, if in a cynical sort of way.

Yet sometimes they veer into the serious, such as when one of the husbands on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” committed suicide or when one of the stars of MTV’s “Buckwild” died unexpectedly.

Tonight’s another such case of real life intruding on the silliness of reality TV when “Basketball Wives” returns for season five at 8 p.m.

One of the stars, Evelyn Lozada, split from her husband, former NFL player Chad Johnson, after less than a month of marriage following a domestic dispute. Johnson allegedly head-butted his new wife shortly after their July 4, 2012, wedding.

That same week, Lozada’s brother-in-law, whom she was very close to, died unexpectedly. A good deal of this season will be spent following Lozada’s attempts to recover from drama that, for once, wasn’t manufactured for television.

The Lozada drama could obviously lead to a ratings gain because of all the attention that the Johnson incident attracted. (The couple split up shortly after the abuse charges.)

The fourth-season premiere of “Wives” averaged a series-best 1.7 adults 18-49 Nielsen rating. It was also a big draw on Twitter, where it generated 17 trending topics and was the top-trending show during its hour.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/a-very-bad-bounce-for-basketball-wives/
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TV Notes
'Rizzoli & Isles' Shuts Down Production After Actor's Suicide
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Aug. 19, 2013

The TNT police drama "Rizzoli & Isles" has shut down production following the suicide of star Lee Thompson Young, an individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap on Monday.

It is not clear how long the series' production will be suspended.

Young's body was found at his apartment by Los Angeles Police Department officers on Monday morning.

"Rizzoli & Isles," which also stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, was recently renewed for a fifth season.

Young's manager confirmed that the 29-year-old actor -- who also starred in Disney Channel's "The Famous Jett Jackson" -- had killed himself in a statement on Monday.

"It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning," said longtime manager Jonathan Baruch. "Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed. We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and friends at this difficult time."

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/rizzoli-isles-shuts-down-production-after-stars-suicide-111761
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TV Notes
Demi Lovato Thursdays Coming To Fox This Fall
By Lisa De Moraes, Deadline.com - Aug. 19, 2013

Fox has a Thursday problem. The problem is X Factor followed by Glee. Their ratings are not catastrophic — they’re just not what the show once enjoyed, or what Fox would like to see again. The X Factor’s Thursday results show was down 25% in overall audience last season, and 21% in the demo (9.5 million viewers, 3.3 rating) compared to the season previous, and the season previous wasn’t anything to write home about — which is why all but one of the show’s non-Simon Cowell judges, and one of two hosts, are not returning in the fall. Glee, meanwhile fell another 13% in the demo, and 10% overall, last season (3.3 rating, 8.1 million viewers) – and that’s with just one rerun in the ratings mix – making it that show’s lowest-rated season yet. Back in its second season, Glee managed to snag 10.3 million viewers and a 4.2 rating with around a dozen repeats factored in.

Enter Demi Lovato.

In one of those the-whole-is-bigger-than-the-sum-of-its-parts theme nights, the popular singer/former child star has been signed to appear in at least six episodes of Glee this coming season, while also appearing as X’s sole surviving non-Simon judge. That’s at least six Lovato-themed Thursdays this season — more than a third of Glee‘s episode order for the season. It’s the former Disney Channel star’s first major acting gig since Sonny With A Chance called it a day. She’ll first appear in the second part of Glee’s Beatles tribute, on October 3, as TVLine noted.

Themed nights are nothing new to TV. Back in the 90’s, Elizabeth Taylor gave it a whirl, on CBS’ Monday sitcoms, with the thinnest of through-lines: she’d lost a black pearl necklace. In fact, in the 90’s, you couldn’t throw a dead cat without hitting a theme night on broadcast TV. They did well for networks, ratings-wise, and in UCLA Introduction to Communications classes professors taught students about NBC’s Hurricane Saturday, in which Florida-set Empty Nest, Golden Girls, and Nurses slogged though soggy storylines. The same network grabbed headlines when Seinfeld declined to participate in its NYC Blackout Thursday theme night. If Lovato Thursdays takes off, expect to see more of same across the TV firmament.

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/rizzoli-isles-shuts-down-production-after-stars-suicide-111761
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
TUESDAY 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 - Extreme Weight Loss (120 min.)
10PM - Body of Proof
(R - Apr. 16)
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11:35AM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Liam Hemsworth; Chloë Grace Moretz; The National performs)
(R - Aug. 12)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - NCIS
(R - Jan. 15)
9PM - NCIS: Los Angeles
(R - Nov. 13)
10PM - Person of Interest
(R - Nov. 15)
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Louis C.K.; humanitarian Hugh Evans; John Legend performs)
12:37AM - The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (Ethan Hawke; Jamie Chung)
(R - Jun. 7)

NBC:
8PM - Hollywood Game Night
(R - Aug. 15)
9PM - America's Got Talent (120 min., LIVE)
* * * *
11:34PM - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Kate Hudson; sportscaster Bob Costas; Kopecky Family Band performs)
(R - Jul. 31)
12:36AM - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (Andy Samberg; Shailene Woodley; Texas couple Marcine & Nita Lou Webb; New Order performs)
(R - Jul. 25)
1:36AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Kevin Bacon; designer Ron Finley; Superhumanoids perform)
(R - Apr. 25)

FOX:
8PM - So You Think You Can Dance (120 min., LIVE)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - The Life of Muhammad: The Seeker (Series Premiere)
9PM - The Life of Muhammad: Holy Wars
10PM - The Life of Muhammad: Holy Peace

UNIVISION:
8PM - Porque el Amor Manda
9PM - La Tempestad
10PM - Qué Bonito Amor

THE CW:
8PM - Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30PM - Whose Line Is It Anyway?
(R - Jul. 30)
9PM - Capture

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Dama y Obrero
9PM - Marido en Alquiler
10PM - Santa Diabla

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Regis Philbin)
(R - Aug. 14)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse)
(R - Aug. 12)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Zach Galifianakis; Jim Gaffigan; Beware of Darkness)
(R - May 15)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Josh Wolf; Loni Love; Gary Valentine)
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TV Sports/Nielsen Notes (Cable)
UFC Scores in Ratings on Opening Night for Fox Sports 1
By Rick Kissell, Variety.com - Aug. 19, 2013

Fox Sports 1 is off and running.

The new national sports network, which launched Saturday in approximately 90 million homes, drew good ratings for a UFC fights Saturday night — handily beating the broadcast networks in key young male demos.

FOX Sports 1′s first ever primetime event, “UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen” averaged 1.78 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen estimates. This is more than 10 times the combined audience drawn by Speed, Fox Soccer and Fuel TV on the comparable night a year ago (141,000).

The gains are even bigger in key demos, with Fox Sports 1′s viewership more than 25 times greater than Speed/Fox Soccer/Fuel TV among both adults 18-49 and men 18-49, and 40 times greater among adults 18-34 and men 18-34.

The inaugural airing of news/highlights series “Fox Sports Live” averaged 476,000 viewers, more than double the 201,000 that Speed had averaged in the third quarter of last year.

Among Fox Sports 1′s new programs to launch this week is “The Crowd Goes Wild,” a late-afternoon weekday program hosted by Regis Philbin, which premieres today.

http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/ufc-scores-in-ratings-on-opening-night-for-fox-sports-1-1200581199/
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Business/Legal Notes
CBS prevails in 'The Glass House' legal dispute
By Meg James, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - Aug. 19, 2013

CBS Corp. wants to send the message that it won't tolerate copycats.

On Monday, the No. 1-ranked television network said that it had reached a settlement in the 15-month legal dispute over whether ABC's "The Glass House," a short-lived reality show that closely mirrored CBS' successful "Big Brother" show, constituted a violation of CBS' copyright and trade secrets.

CBS said it would receive compensation in the matter, but it declined to say how much.

"The Glass House" got stoned in the ratings last summer. The program, about a group of strangers living together in a house and cut off from the outside world, ran just 10 episodes, mustering fewer than 4 million viewers an installment throughout its short tenure.

In May 2012, CBS filed a lawsuit against Walt Disney Co.'s ABC and the producers and tried unsuccessfully to get a restraining order to stop the show from airing.

ABC later gave the show the boot, but CBS continued to press its claims, provoking a counter-suit last fall from "Glass House" executive producer Kenny Rosen, producer Michael O'Sullivan and ABC executive Corie Henson. The trio formerly worked on CBS' "Big Brother" before collaborating on "The Glass House" for ABC.

Rosen, when working on "Big Brother," signed a non-disclosure agreement that promised he would not divulge CBS trade secrets.

The case went to arbitration earlier this year.

"We have reached a settlement in arbitration with the parties in 'The Glass House' legal dispute," CBS said in its statement Monday. "CBS will receive financial compensation as part of the settlement. The producers have admitted that one of them used confidential 'Big Brother' manuals in the production of 'The Glass House,' and they have expressed regret for using this material. In addition, those involved have pledged not to misappropriate CBS trade secrets in the future."

A CBS spokesman declined to comment further.

ABC declined to comment.

Glenn Pomerantz, an attorney for the producers, was not immediately available for comment.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-cbs-abc-glass-house-20130819,0,3482365.story
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Technology Notes
New TiVo DVRs seek TV viewers' love
By Mike Snider, USA Today - Aug. 20, 2013

TiVo is flexing its interactive TV muscles again.

Three new Roamio digital video recorders that go on sale today aim to transform home TV viewing by integrating Net video favorites such as Netflix and Amazon into an improved DVR that can record up to six programs simultaneously.

Each new Roamio also streams TV and DVR recordings to Apple iOS and Android tablets and smartphones at home, with out of home viewing due later this year.

"Now, wherever you roam your TiVo Roamio is there. In the next room, in the kitchen, in a hotel room across the world – connecting you right to your living room TV recordings, so you can get them immediately wherever you are," said Tivo president and CEO Tom Rogers in a statement accompanying the new product announcement.

"Moreover, you can get all your regular cable channels, the best DVR features available, all combined with favorite streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube in one box, using one remote," he said. "Take every box or device out there - Roku, Apple TV, Slingbox, Google TV, your standard cable box - all rolled into one. This is quite simply the best TiVo we have ever made and is truly for people who love TV."

The $199.99 TiVo Roamio records four shows at the same time, storing up to 75 hours of HD programming , while the Roamio Plus ($399.99) records five shows simultaneously and stores 150 hours. The Roamio Pro ($599.99) boasts a 3 Terabyte hard drive, records six shows simultaneously and stores 450 hours of HD content (each requires TiVo's $14.99 monthly DVR service).

In addition to Net video services such as Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, the Roamios also include music services including Spotify and Pandora. And the DVRs have TiVo's popular TV search function and personalization features that will recommend shows to watch -- based on your "Thumbs Up" and "Thumbs Down" votes -- and let you create wish lists of shows to record.

The Roamio DVRs work with digital cable services, as well as Verizon FiOS and HD TV antennas. They are available now on TiVo.com and soon at Best Buy stores. They can also be ordered on BestBuy.com and Amazon.com.

The San Jose, Calif., company was among the pioneers in interactive TV, bringing the first DVR to market in 1999. But competitors caught up and its subscriber base dropped.

However, it's seen subscribers grow over the last year to 3 million worldwide (its peak was 4.4 million in early 2007). In the first quarter of this year, TiVo reported a net loss of $10.3 million. The company has also received hundreds of millions from court victories and settlements in lawsuits filed to protect TiVo-held patents.

TiVo plans a major advertising push for the new Roamio products and the company has also revamped its website.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/personal/2013/08/20/new-tivo-dvrs-add-streaming/2675199/
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TV Notes
'Houdini' Miniseries With Adrien Brody Gets Green Light at History
By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Aug. 19, 2013

History is officially in business with Houdini.

The cable network announced Monday that it has ordered a four-hour miniseries about the famed magician and his wife.

Adrien Brody (The Pianist) will play Houdini in the Lionsgate/A&E Studios co-production, with House of Cards' Kristen Connolly playing his wife, Bess. Oscar nominee Uli Edel will direct the project, which hails from exec producers Gerald W. Abrams (Nuremberg, Modern Marvels) and Andras Hamori (Sunshine). Nicholas Meyer (The Seven-Per-Cent Solution) will pen the series, with Patrizia von Brandenstein (Amadeus) on board as production designer. Karl Walter Lindenlaub will serve as cinematographer.

The mini will trace the arc of Houdini's life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame. Production will begin in the fall. Houdini follows the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Grigori Rasputin. The drama will chronicle the life of a man who can defy death through his stunts, his visions and his mastery of illusion.

"It's not magic that History has established a strong track record with its high-quality historical dramas from quality auspices. We’re excited to build on that tremendous momentum with Houdini,” said Dirk Hoogstra, exec vp and GM at History. “The Great Harry Houdini is a fascinating man in history and I have no doubt that Adrien Brody will bring the magician’s riveting story to life for our audience.”

History's Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs will oversee for History.

“Since my childhood, when I dreamed of being a great magician, Harry Houdini has been one of my heroes,” Brody said. “His bravery and obsessive determination still fascinate me. Houdini mastered the art of escape -- not only from physical chains, but from poverty and the social constraints of a humble immigrant origin. His life story appeals to the universal longing for acceptance with which we all can identify. To portray him is beyond an honor.”

Added Lionsgate Television Group president Kevin Beggs: “It's exciting to be working with History, Adrien and our extraordinary creative and producing partners on Houdini. We're also delighted to be expanding Lionsgate's overall relationship with A+E Networks.”

Houdini, news of which was first announced in April, comes as History has found both critical and ratings success with its longform entries. The Bible concluded its 10-episode run with a two-hour finale that averaged 11.7 million viewers, boosting History's first scripted series,Vikings. Last summer's Hatfields & McCoys shattered network records over the course of its three-day run and concluded with 14.3 million total viewers. It was nominated for 16 Emmys, taking home wins for lead actor Kevin Costner and supporting actor Tom Berenger, among others.

Brody and Connolly are repped by Paradigm.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/houdini-miniseries-adrien-brody-gets-609023
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Technology Notes
New TiVo DVRs seek TV viewers' love
Started a discussion thread in Recorders: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1486871/tivo-roamio-records-up-to-6-shows-3tb-storage-streams
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Aug. 20, 2013

THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD
PBS, 8:00 p.m. ET
SERIES PREMIERE:
PBS sets aside all of its prime time tonight to tell the story of Muhammad. The three one-hour programs look not only at biographical details, but religious ones – especially, in the final hour, a study of jihad and Sharia law. So if you’re looking for a salute to the former Cassius Clay, you’re on the wrong track. Check local listings.

THE PLAYER
Sundance, 8:00 p.m. ET

Robert Altman directed this 1992 satire of Hollywood wheeling and dealing – which, 21 years later, hardly even plays like a satire. The way Tim Robbins and company act, and the way Altman captures their every Machiavellian move, this could be more like a documentary. But, in any event, a very funny one.

GONE WITH THE WIND
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

Spoiler Alert, regarding this 1939 classic: Atlanta burns.

THE MAN IN THE MOON
The Movie Channel, 8:00 p.m. ET

Director Milos Forman found something excitingly anarchic about Andy Kaufman’s life and times in show business. Jim Carrey does a very good job trying to bring the innocent energy and calculated confrontations of the Saturday Night Live and Taxi standout – and watch for Paul Giamatti, who does a great job in a pivotal, and mercurial, supporting role.

ERIN BROCKOVICH
AMC, 9:00 p.m. ET

Julia Roberts won an Oscar for her performance as an attorney’s indefatigable assistant in this fact-based 2000 movie, which inspired many a woman to go into this type of tackle-the-corporations litigation. Well, one woman, at least: my daughter, Kristin, who was as empowered by this movie as she was freaked out by The Paper Chase.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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Obituary
Author Elmore Leonard dies at 87
By Carol Memmott, USA Today - Aug. 20, 2013

Elmore Leonard, best known for gritty crime novels including Get Shorty and shoot-'em up westerns including the short story 3:10 to Yuma, died Tuesday morning from complications from a stroke. He was 87.

Most recently, Leonard was in the news for his connection to the FX series Justified which stars Timothy Oliphant. It's about disgraced U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, a character created by Leonard. He was also an executive producer.

Leonard was born in 1925 in New Orleans. His family moved frequently, finally settling in the Detroit area when he was 11. Hs father worked for General Motors.

He said that his interest in literature began in the fifth grade when he read a serialization of All Quiet on the Western Front in a Detroit newspaper. In interviews through the years he said he was most influenced by writers including Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck and Raymond Carver.

Leonard's first novel, The Bounty Hunters, a western set in Southern Arizona, was published in 1953. He wrote more than 40 novels. Others include Mr. Paradise (2004), The Hot Kid (2005) and Up in Honey's Room (2007). His 2009 novel, Road Dogs, was about ex-con/career bank robber Jack Foley (a character from his 1996 novel Out of Sight who was portrayed by George Clooney in the 1998 film). His last novel, Djibouti, about Somali pirates, was published in 2010.

He was also a screenwriter for some of his books turned to films including 1974's Mr. Majestyk starring Charles Bronson and 1972's Joe Kidd which starred Clint Eastwood.

Quentin Tarantino's acclaimed 1997 film Jackie Brown starring Pam Grier was based on Leonard's novel Rum Punch although he did not write the screen adaptation.

Leonard won many writing awards in his lifetime including the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America.

When asked the secret of his success, Leonard once said, "My purpose is to entertain and please myself. I feel that if I am entertained, then there will be enough other readers who will be entertained, too."

In 2007, he published Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, a 89-page book in which he shared advice and commentary on the writing process. In it he writes: "These are the rules I've picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I'm writing a book, to help me show rather than tell what's taking place in the story."

Among his rules:

"Never open a book with weather."
"Keep your exclamation points under control."
"Never use the words 'suddenly' or 'all hell broke loose.'"
"Avoid detailed descriptions of characters."
He also wrote in the book: "My most important rule is one that sums up the 10: If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it."

He practiced what he preached. His novels were known best for their spare and snappy dialogue and their gritty realism.

Leonard was known to his friends as Dutch. He said in an interview once that he needed a nickname in high school so he took the name Dutch inspired by similarities between his name and that of Emil Dutch Leonard, a pitcher with the Washington Senators.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2013/08/20/author-elmore-leonard-dies-at-87/2676101/
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Obituary
Author Elmore Leonard dies at 87
By Carol Memmott, USA Today - Aug. 20, 2013

Elmore Leonard, best known for gritty crime novels including Get Shorty and shoot-'em up westerns including the short story 3:10 to Yuma, died Tuesday morning from complications from a stroke. He was 87.

Most recently, Leonard was in the news for his connection to the FX series Justified which stars Timothy Oliphant. It's about disgraced U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, a character created by Leonard. He was also an executive producer.

Leonard was born in 1925 in New Orleans. His family moved frequently, finally settling in the Detroit area when he was 11. Hs father worked for General Motors.

He said that his interest in literature began in the fifth grade when he read a serialization of All Quiet on the Western Front in a Detroit newspaper. In interviews through the years he said he was most influenced by writers including Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck and Raymond Carver.

Leonard's first novel, The Bounty Hunters, a western set in Southern Arizona, was published in 1953. He wrote more than 40 novels. Others include Mr. Paradise (2004), The Hot Kid (2005) and Up in Honey's Room (2007). His 2009 novel, Road Dogs, was about ex-con/career bank robber Jack Foley (a character from his 1996 novel Out of Sight who was portrayed by George Clooney in the 1998 film). His last novel, Djibouti, about Somali pirates, was published in 2010.

He was also a screenwriter for some of his books turned to films including 1974's Mr. Majestyk starring Charles Bronson and 1972's Joe Kidd which starred Clint Eastwood.

Quentin Tarantino's acclaimed 1997 film Jackie Brown starring Pam Grier was based on Leonard's novel Rum Punch although he did not write the screen adaptation.

Leonard won many writing awards in his lifetime including the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America.

When asked the secret of his success, Leonard once said, "My purpose is to entertain and please myself. I feel that if I am entertained, then there will be enough other readers who will be entertained, too."

In 2007, he published Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, a 89-page book in which he shared advice and commentary on the writing process. In it he writes: "These are the rules I've picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I'm writing a book, to help me show rather than tell what's taking place in the story."

Among his rules:

"Never open a book with weather."
"Keep your exclamation points under control."
"Never use the words 'suddenly' or 'all hell broke loose.'"
"Avoid detailed descriptions of characters."
He also wrote in the book: "My most important rule is one that sums up the 10: If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it."

He practiced what he preached. His novels were known best for their spare and snappy dialogue and their gritty realism.

Leonard was known to his friends as Dutch. He said in an interview once that he needed a nickname in high school so he took the name Dutch inspired by similarities between his name and that of Emil Dutch Leonard, a pitcher with the Washington Senators.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2013/08/20/author-elmore-leonard-dies-at-87/2676101/

Got one word on hearing this:

DAMN!
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MONDAY'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)
CBS grabs a Monday win with ‘Dome’
New drama finishes as the night's top show with a 2.4
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 20, 2013

CBS’s “Under the Dome” was once again the top Monday night show, lifting the network to a primetime win.

“Dome” averaged a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen overnights, even to last week’s season low.

The show was well ahead of its nearest competition in primetime, “American Ninja Warrior,” which averaged a 1.5 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

“Ninja” was off 6 percent from last week, while lead-out “Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls” declined 14 percent, to a 1.4.

CBS was first for the night among 18-49s with a 1.4 average overnight rating and a 4 share. Univision was second at 1.3/4, NBC third at 1.1/3, ABC fourth at 0.9/3, Fox fifth at 0.7/2, Telemundo sixth at 0.5/1 and CW seventh at 0.2/1.

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

At 8 p.m. NBC led with a 1.5 for “Ninja,” followed by Univision with a 1.3 for “Porque el Amor Manda.” ABC was third with a 1.0 for a repeat of “Shark Tank,” CBS fourth with a 0.9 for reruns of “How I Met Your Mother” and “Mike & Molly,” Fox fifth with a 0.6 for repeats of “Raising Hope,” Telemundo sixth with a 0.5 for “Dama y Obrero,” and CW seventh with a 0.3 for a repeat of “Hart of Dixie.”

Univision took the lead at 9 p.m. with a 1.3 for “La Tempestad,” while NBC slipped to second with a 1.2 for “Alive.” CBS was third with a 1.0 for repeats of “2 Broke Girl” and “Mike & Molly.” ABC and Fox tied for fourth at 0.7, ABC for a “Castle” rerun and Fox for reruns of “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project.” Telemundo was sixth with a 0.5 for “Marido en Alquiler” and CW seventh with a 0.2 for “Breaking Pointe.”

At 10 p.m. CBS moved to first with a 2.4 for “Dome,” with Univision second with a 1.4 for “Que Bonito Amor.” ABC was third with a 1.0 for “Mistresses,” NBC fourth with a 0.7 for “Siberia” and Telemundo fifth with a 0.5 for “Santa Diabla.”

CBS also finished first for the night among households with a 4.1 average overnight rating and a 7 share. ABC was second at 2.7/4, NBC third at 2.0/3, Univision fourth at 1.7/3, Fox fifth at 1.1/2, Telemundo sixth at 0.7/1 and CW seventh at 0.5/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/cbs-grabs-a-monday-win-with-dome/

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TV Notes
‘Storage Wars: NY,’ junk and gems
The spinoff's concept is not original, but it's hot on cable
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 20, 2013

These days it seems cable dramas are as varied as snowflakes. They focus on everything from off-the-wall lawyers to vampires to meth dealers to teens switched at birth and so much more.

But cable reality shows’ themes are less varied. There are more than half a dozen alone that focus on other people’s junk, and one of them, “Storage Wars: New York,” wraps up its second season tonight at 9:30 p.m. on A&E.

The show is pretty similar to the show it was spun off of, “Storage Wars.” It follows a group of treasure seekers who bid on the contents inside abandoned storage units, hoping to find valuables that they can sell for a small fortune.

Like “Pawn Stars” or “Hardcore Pawn,” two other cable programs about chasing down lost treasure, the appeal of the show lies partly in the personalities of its leads. But it’s also the idea that a chance purchase could result in untold riches, something everyone has fantasized about at some point or another.

Still, just how real the action is on “Storage” is up for debate. Producers have been accused of planting some of the merchandise found on the show, and a former star of “Storage Wars” even took the network to court over the accusations of rigging. The network says the man, Dave Hester, was just unhappy with his contract negotiations.

People may be starting to tire of these shows anyway. While the New York spinoff debuted to 2.9 million earlier this year, its penultimate episode last week drew less than half that.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/storage-wars-ny-junk-and-gems/
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TV Notes
NBC’s ‘Hollywood Game Night’ Renewed For Second Season
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Aug. 20, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: NBC has given a second-season, 10 episode-renewal to summer alternative series Hollywood Game Night, the first freshman unscripted series this summer to get a pickup. The game show, hosted by Jane Lynch and executive produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner, will return for a second cycle next summer or sooner. Based on Hayes’ real-life game nights, Hollywood Game Night airs on Thursdays where “it has done pretty respectably,” NBC president of alternative and late-night programming Paul Telegdy said. The inexpensive series has exceeded what incumbent repeats had done in the time slot. “Not only is it a show we’re very proud of, it is easy watching and fun, and the repeats have been holding up quite well, retaining 85% of the premiere ratings, a quality we’re looking for”, he said. Also playing a major part in the renewal decision was host Lynch. “We think we’ve found something really special with Jane Lynch,” Telegdy said. “She is someone who beyond fits the NBC family of talent on personal level and in terms of who she is and what she stands for; she is all kinds of awesome.”

In each episode of Hollywood Game Night two contestants are transported from their everyday lives into a night of fun and celebration as they rub shoulders with some of their favorite celebrities. “It’s fun hanging with friends and playing ringmaster, while trying to help our contestants earn $25,000,” Lynch said. “It’s a win-win for all.” Celebrities who participated during the first season included Kristin Bell, Rose Byrne, Nick Cannon, Kristin Chenoweth, Minnie Driver, Patricia Heaton, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Amy Poehler, Martin Short and Jason Sudeikis, and I hear some of them have already expressed interest in coming back for another turn. The series is is produced by Hazy Mills Prods, Mission Control Media and Universal TV, with Hayes, Milliner, Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith executive producing. As for NBC’s other new reality series rumored for a potential renewal, Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls, I hear its chances are 50-50.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/08/hollywood-game-night-renewed-season-2-nbc/
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TV Notes
TBS Renews 'Sullivan & Son,' 'Men At Work' and 'Deal With It'
By Jethro Nededog, TheWrap.com - Aug. 20, 2013

TBS has ordered a third season each of comedies "Sullivan & Son" and "Men At Work." It has also granted new game show "Deal With It" a second season.

“'Sullivan & Son' and 'Men At Work' have really caught on with TBS’s core viewers, and 'Deal With It' has burst out of the gate as one of the summer’s most popular new cable series,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in a statement. “We are very excited to be expanding our relationship with the producers, cast members and production teams on these three series.”

The cable network has ordered 13 episodes of "Sullivan & Son" and 10 of "Men at Work" for Season 3.

From executive produceers Vince Vaughn, Peter Billingsley and Rob Long, "Sullivan & Son" averages 2.7 million total viewers per episode, including 1.3 million in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 year old demographic.

Meanwhile, Sony Pictures Television and Fanfare-produced "Men at Work," nabbed an average 1.9 million viewers with 1.2 million in the desired ad demo.

"Deal With It" gets 10 episodes for its sophomore season. It has so far attracted 2.3 million total viewers per episode and 1.2 million with adults 18-49.

TBS will soon be adding "Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host," late night talk show "The Pete Holmes Show" and sitcom "Ground Floor."

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/tbs-renews-sullivan-son-men-work-and-deal-it-112126
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Critic's Notes
A Surplus of Good TV? Try Depression Economics
A Television Adjustment Act for Viewers Who Can’t Keep Up
By Jethro Nededog, TheWrap.com - Aug. 20, 2013

Eighty years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt taught us what to do when confronted by a surplus of something: Pay people not to make any more of it. And what we have a surplus of right now is good television.

This year is the 80th anniversary of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933, a New Deal initiative intended to help farmers, who were producing far more wheat, cotton, corn, milk and other goods than the market wanted, and in that way sending prices for those commodities to absurdly low levels. There were complexities involving overseas markets, but think of the problem this way: We couldn’t eat — or, in the case of cotton, wear out our clothes and sheets — fast enough to consume everything our farmers were churning out.

That is exactly what is happening in television today. There have never been more good TV shows available — perfectly edible series, mini-series and one-shots, tasty and in many cases nutritious — but we can’t choke them down as fast as they’re being produced. We need a Television Adjustment Act of 2013.

Entire shows are going unseen by virtually everyone, though they’re worth watching and hang on for several seasons: “Fringe,” “The Big C,” “Happy Endings.” It would be hard to shower more acclaim on AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” but even its heavily promoted final-season premiere drew fewer than six million viewers. That means that roughly 310 million residents were not watching. We can pare the infants and toddlers from that group, since the show is about a meth manufacturer, but that still leaves a quarter-billion people who now have yet another series that they really, really plan to catch up on as soon as they have a spare 62 hours to binge-watch.

The DVR hasn’t been around that long, but whose isn’t already full of shows that someone in the household fully intends to watch but never does? (Better get to Season 2 of “Homeland” soon, because Season 3 is right around the corner.) Who hasn’t received, as a birthday or holiday gift, the boxed set of something or other, which is now sitting unopened next to “Firefly: The Complete Series,” “Longmire: The Complete First Season” and “Smallville: The Final Season,” all also unopened?

The Television Adjustment Act of 2013 would solve this problem by paying the people who make television to stop making it. Producers like Shonda Rhimes and Carlton Cuse would be paid to stop coming up with the next “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Lost.” Actors would be paid to stop internalizing complex characters — the criminal investigator with a drinking problem, the crisis-management ace who is having an affair with a powerful politician — and writers would be paid to stop dreaming up dialogue for those characters. Animators would be paid to cease creating saucy shows full of social commentary and bad taste. Costumers would be paid to refrain from recreating more British gowns from the Edwardian age and three-piece Madison Avenue suits from the 1960s.

Supply and demand are, of course, fluid and complicated. Any household gardener knows that at a certain time of year, there might be a few too many tomatoes but way, way too many zucchinis. So the Television Adjustment Act’s payments would fluctuate, based on the supply in a particular genre.

People would be paid much more not to make yet another serial-killer show or reality singing competition than they would be paid not to make a public-interest documentary about fracking or genetically modified food. Also commanding a premium would be police procedurals featuring a he-and-she team or an investigator with enhanced powers of observation. Reality shows involving cooking, storage lockers, fixer-uppers or wild-animal wrangling would also be high on the payment list.

In these tight times, the prospect of a new government program is likely to meet resistance, but the beauty of the Television Adjustment Act is that it would require no new taxes. No sprawling bureaucracy would be needed, because the prioritizing of the don’t-make-any-more list would be done by TV watchers themselves through any or all of the viewer-participation systems now available on television sets and through social media.

As for those stop-doing-what-you-do payments to producers, actors and the others, the money would come from advertisers and pay-cable subscribers, just as television revenue does now. Advertisers would be mandated to buy ads on the shows that aren’t being made, and cable subscribers would be required to pay for the programming that isn’t being broadcast, using the same theory by which the new health insurance law makes healthy people buy insurance. It’s for the public good.

There will certainly be legal challenges to the Television Adjustment Act, just as there were to the Agricultural Adjustment Act. And parts of the new act will almost certainly be ruled unconstitutional, just as the Agricultural Adjustment Act was when United States v. Butler was decided by the Supreme Court in 1936.

But note that it took three years for the court challenge to play out. In three years, a diligent viewer could work through the entire backlog on the DVR and maybe even “The King of Queens: The Complete Series.” All 27 discs of it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/20/arts/television/a-television-adjustment-act-for-viewers-who-cant-keep-up.html?ref=television&_r=0
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Critic's Notes
Al Jazeera goes all American
By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times - Aug. 20, 2013

You have to give Al Jazeera America major points for chutzpah.

In the face of fears that its parent company is essentially anti-America, it launched its new network with a tear-down of the American television news media. Its Tuesday premiere on the network formally known as Current TV opened with an hour dedicated to Al Jazeera America's mission statement: Offer an intelligent, unbiased, wide-reaching alternative to the broken and pitted mess that is currently in place.

Al Jazeera America is going to out-America everyone.

Indeed, the various reporters, executives and anchors explaining why they joined the Al Jazeera team may have avoided the term "lame-stream media" but only just. It's always dangerous to go negative, but the problem Tuesday was not so much the startling sight of journalists using terms like "core values," "real people" and "your America" as it was the obvious contradiction.

In plugging its commitment to providing America the news it deserves, Al Jazeera also touted the many respected journalists it has drafted to its cause. The roster includes former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien, ex-CBS News reporters Sheila MacVicar and Joie Chen, as well as former NBC News anchor John Seigenthaler.

In other words, purveyors of that American television news they just spent an hour trashing.

Like I said, chutzpah.

But then, that's certainly what the network requires to overcome not just the prejudice associated with its name but also the forces that have driven so many shows to become the simplified, opinionated, celebrity-driven drivel Al Jazeera seeks to replace. Sure, the money supplied by the Qatar government, which owns Al Jazeera, may help, but it doesn't solve the problem of the overtaxed American attention span and its increasing demand for iPhone-sized answers.

For instance, it's tough to make a half-hour of truly informed conversation about climate change interesting; it's almost impossible if you're going to rely on three talking heads and some fairly banal graphics, as former C-SPAN host Libby Casey did on her first issue of "Inside Story."

Indeed, the opening hours of Al Jazeera America had, for all its high ambitions and expensive expansion, a muted color scheme, unexciting camera work and sophomoric graphics. This may be part and parcel of a more "old-fashioned" approach — let the news be the news — and certainly there can be an over-reliance on bright and shiny graphic elements at the expense of content.

But this is television, and even those of us genuinely interested in the topics don't want to spend half an hour staring at three people quoting studies.

More successful were reports from abroad, including an investigation into Wal-Mart's use of subcontractors in Bangladesh on the 2:30 p.m. newsmagazine "Fault Lines." Also, there was a refreshingly cogent explanation of the recent turmoil in Egypt during the one o'clock news hour.

Each were oddly flawed: The "Fault Lines" report had an irritating "Exorcist"-like soundtrack, and in discussing the Egyptian situation, anchor Tony Harris felt obligated to mention how folks in his hometown of Baltimore sometimes wonder why they should care about the Middle East (Real America! Your concerns!).

But still, it was solid reporting about provocative topics at a pace that allowed a viewer to not just hear but to absorb.

There is, of course, plenty of good storytelling done by American television news, but Al Jazeera, which came into prominence here for its extraordinary reporting during the "Arab Spring," is a welcome addition. Still, it's difficult not to wish they'd lay off the nationalist bunting.

There's nothing wrong with having an expertise in international reporting. Insight into the Middle East is actually a plus, and the Americans who are going to tune into Al Jazeera America do not have to be spoon-fed a reason to do so.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-0820-al-jazeera-goes-all-american-20130820,0,6067574.story
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TV Notes
Marg Helgenberger returns to 'CSI' for 300th episode
By Lorena Blas, USA Today - Aug. 20, 2013

Catherine Willows is returning to CSI.

Willows, played by actress Marg Helgenberger for 12 seasons before her last episode in January 2012, is coming back to help her former co-workers solve a cold case that has haunted them for 14 years. The episode will mark the series' 300th.

The show will revolve around the homicide in the home of a reclusive former casino boss who was a suspect in a similar crime in 2000. Willows and those who were working on the team at the time will recall elements of that original case.

Helgenberger's appearance is set for the episode airing Oct. 23 at 10 ET/PT. Season 14 of CSI starts Wednesday, Sept. 25 (10 ET/PT). Helgenberger is set to star with Josh Holloway in another CBS drama, Intelligence.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2013/08/20/marg-helgenberger-cbs-csi-300-episode/2677697/
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Obituary
‘Magnum Force’ Director Ted Post Dies at 95
By Variety.com Staff - Aug. 20, 2013

Ted Post, who directed numerous early TV shows as well as Clint Eastwood Western features “Hang ‘em High” and “Magnum Force,” died Tuesday in Santa Monica. He was 95.

He also directed more than 20 series of the Eastwood starring Western “Rawhide.”

Throughout the 1950s and 60s he helmed TV series starting with “Danger” in 1950, and going on to series including “Perry Mason,” “The Rifleman” and “Gunsmoke.”

In the 1960s, he directed episodes of “Twilight Zone,” “The Defenders,” “Combat!” and “Peyton Place.”

The 1973 film “Magnum Force” was the first of the “Dirty Harry” sequels. Post also helmed features “Beneath the Planet of the Apes,” “The Harrad Experiment” and “Go Tell the Spartans,” as well as the TV series “Rich Man, Poor Man — Book II” and the 1986 TV movie of “Stagecoach.”

Born in Brooklyn, Post was a theater usher before studying acting, but then moved into directing, starting onstage.

He is survived by his wife Thelma, a daughter, a son, four grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

Services are planned for 1 p.m. Friday at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park, 5950 Forest Lawn Dr., Los Angeles.

http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/magnum-force-director-ted-post-dies-at-95-1200583075/
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TV Sports/Business Notes
CBS Sports Chief: NFL Will Be 'Pressure Point' In CBS-Time Warner Cable Standoff
By Marisa Guthrie, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Aug. 20, 2013

The standoff between CBS and Time Warner Cable has dragged on for nearly three weeks. But with each passing day, CBS gets closer to the ultimate in TV programming leverage: the NFL. The league is two weeks into preseason. And CBS took out full-page ads in New York area newspapers this week designed to raise the hackles of football fans. "It's unfair. Time Warner Cable won't let you see another Jets game this weekend" read the ad, referring to the New York Jets, one of two area NFL teams. And with the regular NFL season set to start Sept. 5, many industry observers predict an end to the standoff.

"The NFL certainly is a pressure point," CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told The Hollywood Reporter during the sports division's annual NFL media day on Tuesday.

Already more than three million homes New York and Los Angeles -- the two largest TV markets in the country -- as well as parts of Dallas and Arizona, have missed the PGA Championship. And if the blackout continues into next week as many predict it will, they'll also miss U.S. Open Tennis.

"I hope it's resolved so our viewers can watch NFL football," notes McManus. "As my boss (CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves) has said, all we want is to be fairly compensated for the programming. A lot of people didn't see the PGA Championship and the terrific victory there [by American Jason Dufner]. The PGA Championship isn't NFL football but it's still a major event."

Time Warner Cable customers also cannot watch the CBS Sports Network, which on Aug. 29 will begin showing college football including the Mountain West, Conference USA, service academies and Division II. And come fall, the network, which is now in 50 million homes, will expand its Sunday NFL pre-game show to four hours. That Other Pregame Show (TOPS) will bow at 9 a.m. on Sept. 8 and originate from a studio adjacent to The NFL Today studio. That means there will be plenty of cross-pollination of talent between TOPS and the marquee CBS pre-show which features Dan Marino, Shannon Sharpe, Bill Cowher, James Brown, Boomer Esiason and Lesley Visser. TOPS will be hosted by Adam Schein, Bart Scott, veteran Oakland Raiders executive Amy Trask, CBS Sports Radio’s Brandon Tierney and CBSSports.com fantasy analyst Nathan Zegura.

As live sports -- and particularly the NFL -- has become TV's only sure ratings driver: NFL programming has proliferated to the point of saturation. And McManus admits that it's "reasonable" to ask if "there's room for another pregame show?"

But he reasons that the CBS Sports Network entry will have "a different perspective and a different feel."

It will be more freewheeling and casual. If Sharpe wanders over, he may not be wearing one of his bespoke suits. And McManus is looking for Trask, a trailblazer for women in front offices who resigned earlier this year as CEO of the Raiders, to be a new voice in pregame coverage. "Are we going to challenge ESPN or the NFL Network in ratings? That's not the goal," he says. "The goal is to put on a product that people start to talk about and want to find."

Designed to capitalize on viewers' hopefully insatiable hunger for NFL programming, TOPS, adds McManus "is part of the strategic evolution of the CBS Sports Network." Unlike ESPN and new competitor Fox Sports 1, CBS is not plunking down "hundreds of millions of dollars in rights." Instead the network has stitched together a variety of rights deals with niche sports including AVP Pro Beach Volleyball, second and third tier divisions of marquee sports and pre- and post-game programming. "We're doing twice as many live events than we did two years ago. We're in 50 million homes. We were in 25 million homes three years ago. The plan is working, it's just working more slowly than some other people's plans."

Of course, McManus is also keeping an eye on Fox Sports 1, which launched Aug. 17 in 90 million homes and enjoys an enormous financial commitment from 21st Century Fox, its parent company.

"They've made a lot of noise which is exactly what they should do," says McManus. "The Fox broadcasting network was supposed to be a disaster and it worked. People said there wasn't room for Fox News and it worked. So I give them a lot of credit for putting their money where their mouth is. They'll definitely be a formidable competitor for all of us. They've done exactly what they've wanted to do, which is to have people talking about them. And I applaud them for that. I applaud them for the amount for the amount of money they've spent, too."

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/cbs-sports-chief-nfl-will-609748
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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 - Dec. 12)
8:30PM - Last Man Standing
(R - Jan. 11)
9PM - Modern Family
(R - Dec. 12
9:31PM - The Neighbors
(R - Feb. 27)
10PM - ABC's The Lookout
* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Harrison Ford; Keri Russell; Joan Jett performs)
(R - Aug. 8)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - Big Brother SD
9PM - Criminal Minds
(R - May 1)
10PM - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
(R - Oct. 10)
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Tina Fey; humanitarian Hugh Evans; Valerie June performs)
12:37AM - Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Jonah Hill; racecar driver Tony Kanaan)
(R - Jun. 10)

NBC:
8PM - America's Got Talent: Recap
9PM - America's Got Talent (LIVE)
10:01PM - Camp
* * * *
11:34PM - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (Kristen Bell; Jake Johnson; Phillip Phillips performs)
(R - Jul. 29)
12:36AM - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Bruce Willis; reality-TV personality June Shannon; Mayer Hawthorne performs)
(R - Jul. 16)
1:36AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Musician Michael Fitzpatrick; Sarah Polley; A Silent Film performs)
(R - May 15)

FOX:
8PM - MasterChef
(R - Aug. 14)
9PM - MasterChef

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Nature: Birds of the Gods (R - Jan. 23, 2011)
9PM - NOVA - Making Stuff: Making Stuff Stronger
(R - Jan. 19, 2011)
10PM - NOVA - Making Stuff: Making Stuff Smaller
(R - Jan. 26, 2011)

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

THE CW:
8PM - Arrow
(R - Mar. 27)
9PM - Supernatural
(R - Nov. 14)

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Dama y Obrero
9PM - Marido en Alquiler
10PM - Santa Diabla

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Sen. Rand Paul)
(R - Aug. 12)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Author Colum McCann)
(R - Aug. 8)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Ken Jeong; Mary Lynn Rajskub; The Black Angels)
(R - May 20)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Kathryn Hahn; John Caparulo; Jen Kirkman; James Davis)
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TV Review
‘Modern Dads,’ doofus TV, on cue
A&E show suffers from reality TV's worst sin, fake enthusiasm
By Tom Conroy, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 20, 2013

Whenever we hear the words “Vegas, baby!” someone is probably either being sarcastic or pretending to have a better time than he’s actually having.

Those words and similar ready-made phrases clutter A&E’s new reality show “Modern Dads,” which features four Austin, Tex., men who seem to be their kids’ primary caregivers. Like most Americans, they’re all too eager to put on a show for the cameras, and their faked jollity is counterproductive.

Although the sight of regular Joes fumbling while changing diapers or doing other traditionally female tasks is often cute and funny, the show could be cuter and funnier if it didn’t try so hard.

Premiering this Wednesday at 10:30 p.m., “Modern Dads” first introduces us to the title guys, leaving many details vague or unstated: Nate is a 37-year-old with a 1-year-old son and a wife, Truly, who seems to have a high-paying job.

modern dads1Stone, 41, is identified as a “single dad” who has a 6-year-old daughter. It turns out he’s divorced; according to the show’s press materials, he has two older children, but their whereabouts aren’t divulged.

Sean, 39, called “the stepdad,” is actually the live-in boyfriend of a venture capitalist named Rachel, who has two daughters, aged 8 and 5. And Dan, 42, is married to Meghan, a “proposal manager,” with whom he has two boys, aged 10 and 7, and 1-year-old twin girls.

As any parent can tell you, taking care of kids isn’t exactly rich in incident, so the producers have probably given the stars some direction. In the premiere, Rick asks the other guys to help with the twins’ first-birthday party. “What could go wrong?” he asks the camera.

Meanwhile, Stone looks into getting a vasectomy. Rick says that for the party he wants to buy building-shaped cakes and have the little guests dress like Godzilla and destroy them. He tells the camera, “The kids have basically done to my sex life what Godzilla did to Tokyo.”

Instead, they decide on a princess-themed party. While helping Rick shop for a cake, Stone picks up a pretty young woman, driving his friends mad with envy.

Sean decides to build stocks, those preindustrial time-out devices. After he proves incapable of cutting a two-by-four, Rachel takes over. “I love my boyfriend,” she tells the camera. “He’s the best dad. But the only tool he’s good with is the one he was born with.” Aww…

Stone’s visit to a urologist for a vasectomy feels a bit tweaked for effect. While the doctor is discussing sperm, his little daughter coincidentally draws a tadpole in the waiting room. While the doctor discusses snipping the vas deferens, she starts cutting the paper.

But there are occasional moments that will provoke a laugh or smile of recognition. Sean points out that Nate, being a new dad, is afraid to stop driving when baby Cormac is asleep in the back. Coming to pick Sean up at his house, Nate makes Sean hop into the moving car.

But throughout the show, the guys overreact to just about everything. In the credits, they flash gang signs and do a “power walk” toward the camera. Their language betrays the artificiality of false enthusiasm.

At one point, Rachel shakes her chest at her boyfriend and asks, “You want a little something of this?” After the party, Rick tells the camera, “I do miss my kegger beach parties, but I’m a dad now. This is how I roll.” And he says, “We made that party our bitch!”

One imagines the following scene featuring Rick, a cameraman and a producer:

“We did a great job on that party!” says Rick to the camera.

“Uh, Rick,” says the producer, “could you give us a little more enthusiasm?”

“We totally nailed that party!” shouts Rick.

“Rick,” says the producer, “could you say it like one of those jackasses you see on reality TV?”

“We made that party our bitch!” yells Rick, dying a little inside.

Like “Modern Family,” “Modern Dads” is part of a long TV tradition of doofus fathers. It’s also part of a less-long tradition of people acting more doofusy than they are to please reality producers.

If you love “Modern Family,” you can probably find a rerun somewhere. If you can’t, “Modern Dads” will probably be painless.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/modern-dads-doofus-tv-on-cue/
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Aug. 21, 2013

CROSSFIRE HURRICANE
HBO2, 8:00 p.m. ET

What makes this 2012 documentary about the Rolling Stones so interesting has little to do with the newly recorded material – the Stones even demanded that only their voices be used, not their faces, as though they were in some sort of rock star witness protection program. But the vintage film, captured at their first gigs and showing the increasing sort of mania they produced at their concerts and club showings, is a riot. Often literally. And while Beatlemania generally stirred young preteen girls into a frenzy, with the Stones, just as often, it was the rowdy young boys, looking for a fight, and usually finding one. Usually with the cops.

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

William Holden is today’s featured star on TCM, and though the network has no Network in sight, it does have several other key Holden films. And in prime time, TCM presents this 1957 David Lean epic – another movie that proves when it comes to David Lean and epic, those terms are virtually redundant. The movie won an Oscar for Outstanding Film, and Alec Guinness won a Best Actor Oscar as the leader of British POWs forced, as are the other allied prisoners during WWII, to build a strategic railroad bridge in Indochina. Excellent movie, superb acting – and a theme song you can whistle while they work.

BROADCHURCH
BBC America, 10:00 p.m. ET

David Tennant and Olivia Colman, as the grudgingly teamed inspectors working the local murder case in Broadchurch, don’t agree on much. But tonight, they’re about to settle on the same prime suspect, while continuing to unravel secrets from the town residents, including the younger ones.

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

The crew is taken grudgingly, on a corporate retreat to build trust within the group. Part of that retreat involves a series of “trust falls,” in which the first one ended with me laughing out loud. Trust me.

THE BRIDGE
FX, 10:00 p.m. ET

More than once in tonight’s episode, Det. Cross (Diane Kruger) draws her weapon. Her temporary partner Ruiz (Demian Bechir), however, is drawing something just as powerful: conclusions, as they close in on their suspected killer.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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TV Sports/Business Notes
CBS Sports Chief: NFL Will Be 'Pressure Point' In CBS-Time Warner Cable Standoff
By Marisa Guthrie, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Aug. 20, 2013

TOPS will be hosted by Adam Schein, Bart Scott, Amy Trask, Brandon Tierney, Nathan Zegura.

"It's unfair. Time Warner Cable won't let you see another Jets game this weekend."

"Actually that sounds like a good thing." said Adam Schein biggrin.gif

J - E - T - S JETS JETS JETS
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TV Sports/Business Notes
CBS Sports Chief: NFL Will Be 'Pressure Point' In CBS-Time Warner Cable Standoff
By Marisa Guthrie, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Aug. 20, 2013

"They've made a lot of noise which is exactly what they should do," says McManus. "The Fox broadcasting network was supposed to be a disaster and it worked. People said there wasn't room for Fox News and it worked. So I give them a lot of credit for putting their money where their mouth is. They'll definitely be a formidable competitor for all of us. They've done exactly what they've wanted to do, which is to have people talking about them. And I applaud them for that. I applaud them for the amount for the amount of money they've spent, too."

Well I, for one, am not applauding. mad.gif

That "money they've spent" will come out of the pockets of everyone who wants to buy a ticket to a sporting event now that ESPN and Fox Sports will be trying to outbid each other and the broadcast nets, resulting a new round of spectacular rights fees that will passed down to the lowly consumer. And if you don't attend sporting events or watch them on TV, but watch anything on cable/sat TV, it's going to come out of your pockets too in the way of increased carriage costs. The insatiable sports machine has an increasingly voracious appetite and it must be fed. Don't like the stratospheric increase in the cost of watching cable TV? You ain't seen nuthin' yet. Thanks Fox!

Oh joy.
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