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TV Notes
Ben Stiller Revisiting 'Reality Bites' for NBC
By Jethro Nededog, TheWrap.com - Aug. 22, 2013

Ben Stiller is reaching back two decades for a new comedy project at NBC.

His Red Hour Films is producing a television series pilot of 1994 cult movie, "Reality Bites," a representative for the production company tells TheWrap.

Does NBC have any original scripted programming coming up that isn't a remake or movie spinoff?
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Does NBC have any original scripted programming coming up that isn't a remake or movie spinoff?

Are you being rhetorical? Because well over half of NBC's new scripted shows for the coming season are original:
Dramas The Blacklist, Believe, Crisis and Night Shift and comedies Welcome to the Family, Sean Saves the World and the Michael J. Fox show . On the remake/adaptation side they have the new Ironside, Dracula and Crossbones, which is based on a book.

It does seem like Hollywood doesn't do anything other than remakes or sequels anymore, but it's not entirely true.
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Are you being rhetorical? Because well over half of NBC's new scripted shows for the coming season are original

No I'm not being rhetorical. Each season when a new NBC show is covered in the press, it always seems to be a remake or spinoff now. Coming up so far we have those you listed plus About a Boy, Rosemary's Baby, The Tommyknockers and Cleopatra.
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Because well over half of NBC's new scripted shows for the coming season are original:
Dramas The Blacklist, Believe, Crisis and Night Shift and comedies Welcome to the Family, Sean Saves the World and the Michael J. Fox show.
Do not include "Welcome to the Family" on that list.  It's a revisit to ABC's sitcom "Condo" from ca. 1983.
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Do not include "Welcome to the Family" on that list.  It's a revisit to ABC's sitcom "Condo" from ca. 1983.

I admit I was a little liberal with my use of the word "original." Almost everything is ripping something off. smile.gif
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No I'm not being rhetorical. Each season when a new NBC show is covered in the press, it always seems to be a remake or spinoff now. Coming up so far we have those you listed plus About a Boy, Rosemary's Baby, The Tommyknockers and Cleopatra.

Forgot about those, that does even the list out a bit.
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TV Notes
Why Robert Rodriguez Is Hating On Sony TV
By Nikki Finke, Deadline.com - Aug. 23, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Deadline reported this week that Sony TV will produce an El Mariachi series based on the 1992 Robert Rodriguez film. Now I’ve learned that Robert Rodriguez and his reps are really pissed about it. I’m told that Sony TV execs reached out to Rodriguez only once to say that they were “thinking” about doing a TV show based on the writer-director’s trilogy of El Mariachi/Desperado/Once Upon A Time In Mexico characters. “After that they stopped returning our calls. So we thought that this had been abandoned,” one of Rodriguez’s insiders tells me. “Not only does Robert not have any involvement in this show, he wasn’t even given a ‘head’s up’on Sony’s press release. In it we noticed that Sony mentioned something about ‘staying true to the original story.’ Good luck with that without involving the creator! Not that it matters as the budget that’s allocated for the television production will make Robert’s original budget of $7,000 for El Mariachi look like Avatar. This TV series is a sloppy and lazy replica for the tourist trade, without any of the heart and soul that made the original El Mariachi win the Sundance Audience Award and become a landmark in independent cinema.” Ouch! The feeling by Team Rodriguez is that Sony TV is trying to piggyback on the hoopla surrounding Rodriguez and his English-language El Rey television network that has backing from Univision, is geared to young viewers and scheduled to debut this December.

The first film written and directed by Rodriguez, the Spanish-language El Mariachi, was shot in Mexico with a mainly amateur cast and originally intended for the Mexican home video market. But Columbia Pictures executives bought U.S. distribution rights and upgraded the film from 16mm to 35mm and spent relative big bucks on promotion, marketing and distribution. The original begat two more episodes – Desperado (1995) and Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003) — in what became known as the Mexico Trilogy. Because of Columbia’s involvement, Sony TV got its hands on El Mariachi which will be adapted for the Latin American TV market as a one-hour scripted drama with 70 episodes to start airing on Sony Entertainment TV across the region. It is the first series to be produced by SPT and Teleset entirely in Mexico. And frankly I find this bad business and no way to treat a creative.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/08/why-robert-rodriguez-is-hating-on-sony-tv/
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TV Sports
It's official: Vin Scully will return in 2014
By Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times' 'On Baseball' Blog - Aug. 23, 2013

The rites of late summer in Los Angeles include getting the kids ready to go back to school, counting down to college football season, and awaiting word from the most popular figure in Dodgers history.

We cannot help on the first two fronts, but we bring good news on the third.

Vin Scully is coming back.

The Dodgers announced Friday that Scully, the finest broadcaster in baseball history, will return for a record 65th season in 2014.

Scully is 85. The Dodgers never would kick him out of the broadcast booth, but he respects his audience too much to mumble around a microphone the way Willie Mays stumbled around center field for the New York Mets, in a sad close to a brilliant career.

So Scully takes it year to year. This year, he has been invigorated by the best reality show in town, the richest-to-worst-to-first Dodgers. Next year? Sign him up.

"It has been such an exciting, enjoyable, wonderful season — the big crowds in the ballpark, everybody is talking about the ballclub, and I really respect, admire and love the management — so everything just fell into place," Scully said.

"I really still enjoy it immensely. My health is good, thank God. So why not? And my wife said, 'Why not?' as well.

"Just the thought of walking away from it to retirement — and looking out the window or something? It's just too good. As a baseball man, and someone who has always loved the game, the situation and the conditions are perfect."

For the Dodgers and their long-suffering fans, nothing could be more perfect than Scully calling the team's first World Series games since 1988.

And, even if the Dodgers do not advance to the World Series, it would be wonderful to hear Scully from the World Series one more time. The online petitions no doubt would start anew, the ones begging Fox to let Scully into the booth for a few innings of the Fall Classic.

If the Dodgers make the World Series, Scully would do radio. If they do not, he would watch on television. He is grateful for those fan petitions, but he is not interested in a courtesy call.

"I wouldn't feel that I deserved to be there," he said. "I would feel that I would be an intruder. And I don't ever want to be that.

"Even if the Dodgers go into the World Series, it's run by networks now — understandably, because they pay the big money. So, no, I wouldn't want to do something just because someone said, 'Oh, let him do an inning.' I wouldn't want any part of that."

As long as television has been a force in popular culture, Scully has been a part of television. In 1950, when Scully made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, no one on his block had a television.

"The first time my mother and father ever saw me on television, they had to go to a restaurant," Scully said.

In 1956, Scully and Mel Allen called the only perfect game in World Series history, thrown against the Dodgers by Don Larsen of the New York Yankees. In 2009, MLB Network launched with a replay of that broadcast.

At the time, the baseball publicity machine roared into overdrive with stories about how Scully was looking forward to watching the replay. He never had seen it.

Now the truth can be told: He still hasn't.

"It was so dull," Scully said. "First of all, all the announcers back then were somewhat intimidated by the accusations in the press that we talked too much. In listening, I was saying, 'Ball one … strike one … foul ball.'

"Today, the announcer would not only be telling you that he's pitching a perfect game, they would have these tremendous close-ups of whatever emotional reaction the player would have — where he sat in the dugout, people not going near him — and it would be marvelous.

"It was pretty primitive, in looking back to those days 60 years ago. We only had a couple of cameras. It was so dull that I turned back to football.

"So I have never watched the Larson perfect game on television."

Television has come so far that the Dodgers will start their own channel next season — all Dodgers, all the time. The best part? Classic Dodgers broadcasts would mean classic Scully broadcasts. His best calls could be appreciated by a new generation of fans.

The Dodgers have yet to say what will air on their channel besides live broadcasts and replays, but choices under consideration include player biographies and game shows. Scully said the Dodgers have not approached him about getting involved in any shows beyond game broadcasts.

"I think it's best for me — certainly, at this stage — to keep my focus on the field," Scully said. "Maybe, who knows, down the line, I'm not doing the games any more. Then I could be doing voice-overs on biographies, just to do something.

"But, as long as I feel the way I feel, thank God, I would be just thrilled to continue doing what I am doing."

The thrill is ours.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/baseball/mlb/dodgers/la-sp-dodgers-scully-20130823,0,3719530,full.story#axzz2coVqaR4l
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TV Notes
NBC Buys 'Wizard of Oz' Drama Series
By Jethro Nededog, TheWrap.com - Aug. 23, 2013

NBC is going to "Emerald City."

The network has just sent into development a drama series from "Siberia" creator Matthew Arnold inspired by "The Wizard of Oz," a representative for Arnold told TheWrap.

We're told the dark series will draw from the 14 books by "The Wizard of Oz" novel writer Frank L. Baum. Arnold wrote and directed the pilot and it will be produced through Universal Television.

Arnold created the NBC summer series, "Siberia," about reality show contestants uncovering dark secrets.

Clearly, "Wizard of Oz" projects are very popular now after James Franco's "Oz the Great and Powerful" earlier this year and the film's upcoming 75th anniversary.

In 2009, NBC had a modern take on "Wizard of Oz" in development from "Parenthood" creator Jason Katims. Nothing came of it.

Recently, NBC's sister cable network Syfy ordered a "Wizard of Oz-inspired" miniseries with an apocalyptic twist.

Arnold is represented by ICM Partners and Circle of Confusion.

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/nbc-picks-wizard-oz-drama-series-112921
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THURSDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insight's Blog
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
Another NFL bump for broadcast on Thursday
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 23, 2013

As they did on the same night last week, the broadcast networks saw notable week-to-week gains on Thursday.

Whether those reflected actual viewership for their shows or preemptions for NFL preseason games won’t be clear until final numbers come out later today.

ABC, CBS, NBC and the CW were all preempted in at least one market for NFL preseason coverage.

ABC’s “Motive” saw the biggest week-to-week bump, jumping 38 percent to a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating at 9 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights. That was up from a 0.8 last week.

The network’s “Wipeout” (1.3) and “Rookie Blue” (1.1) both increased by a tenth over the previous week.

CBS’s “Big Brother” grew a tenth as well in the 9 p.m. timeslot, to a 2.3, finishing as the night’s No. 1 program.

And NBC’s “Hollywood Game Night” at 10 p.m. hit a four-week high with a 1.3, growing 8 percent over last week.

All those ratings also include the football games’ numbers. Final ratings out later today will separate out football and reflect only the viewers who watched a particular show.

Last week Thursday ratings saw similar inflation from Thursday night preseason games.

CBS finished first for the night among 18-49s with a 1.7 average overnight rating and a 5 share. Univision was second at 1.4/4, ABC third at 1.2/4, NBC fourth at 1.1/3, Fox fifth at 0.7/2, Telemundo sixth at 0.6/2 and CW seventh at 0.3/1.

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. CBS led with a 2.0 for reruns of “The Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men,” followed by Univision with a 1.4 for “Porque el Amor Manda.” ABC was third with a 1.3 for “Wipeout,” NBC fourth with a 0.9 for a repeat of “America’s Got Talent,” Fox fifth with a 0.7 for a “Glee” rerun, Telemundo sixth with a 0.4 for “Dama y Obrero” and CW seventh with a 0.3 for a repeat of “The Vampire Diaries.”

CBS was first again at 9 p.m. with a 2.3 for “Brother,” while Univision remained second with a 1.5 for “La Tempestad.” ABC was third with a 1.1 for “Motive,” and NBC fourth with a 1.0 for a repeat of “Hollywood.” Fox and Telemundo tied for fifth at 0.7, Fox for repeats of “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project” and Telemundo for “Marido en Alquiler,” and CW was seventh with a 0.3 for a repeat of “America’s Next Top Model.”

At 10 p.m. NBC and Univision tied for first at 1.3, NBC for a new “Hollywood” and Univision for “Que Bonito Amor.” ABC was third with a 1.1 for “Blue,” CBS fourth with a 0.8 for a repeat of “Elementary” and Telemundo fifth with a 0.6 for “Santa Diabla.”

CBS was also first for the night among households with a 4.0 average overnight rating and a 7 share. ABC was second at 3.2/5, NBC third at 2.4/4, Univision fourth at 1.7/3, Fox fifth at 1.2/2, Telemundo sixth at 0.7/1 and CW seventh at 0.6/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/another-nfl-bump-for-broadcast-on-thursday/

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TV Notes
Best tube bets this weekend
The top draws on broadcast and cable and in sports
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 16, 2013

FRIDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: ABC, “20/20″ 10 p.m.
Episode titled “Highways From Hell” gives tips on how to avoid road-trip nightmares.

Best bet on cable: Showtime, “Venus and Serena,” 9 p.m. Documentary following sibling tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams during the 2011 tennis season.

Top sporting event: CBS, “NFL Football,” 8 p.m. Preseason tilt between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers.

SATURDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: Univision, “Sabado Gigante,” 8 p.m.
Long-running variety show should perform decently on a slow Saturday night.

Best bet on cable: Nickelodeon, “Swindle,” 8 p.m. New TV movie based on the book by Gordon Korman.

Top sporting event: ABC, “NASCAR Racing,” 7:30 p.m. The Irwin Tools Night Race from the half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway.

SUNDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: ABC, “Family Dance Off,” 8 p.m.
Reality competition special hosted by “Dancing with the Stars” cast member Derek Hough.

Best bet on cable: MTV, “MTV Video Music Awards,” 9 p.m. The 30th annual event includes performances by Lady Gaga, Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus, Drake and Justin Timberlake.

Top sporting event: NBC, “Sunday Night Football,” 8 p.m. Just a preseason game, but it could be an entertaining matchup between reigning MVP Adrian Peterson and the Vikings and the defending NFC champion 49ers.


http://www.medialifemagazine.com/best-tube-bets-this-weekend-394/
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Critic's Notes
Why Everything You Know About Binge-Viewing Is Wrong
By Andrew Wallenstein, Variety.com - Aug. 23, 2013

Among the triggers for the the incredible ratings leap AMC’s acclaimed drama “Breaking Bad” made last week has to be Netflix, where the uninitiated can catch up on all the previous episodes they missed going back to the series’ beginning.

Perhaps some of them hoping to binge-view their way through at least one season may find themselves in circumstances similar to my own last year. My plan was to plow through 13 episodes in just a few days, like so many bragged via social media about doing.

But when I sat down to watch, the series’ dark tone overwhelmed me. I couldn’t stomach more than one episode at a time, so it took me weeks to catch up. Great as the show is, bingeing on crystal meth itself would have been easier than getting through mass quantities of “Breaking Bad.”

Time and again, I hear of people polishing off a tonnage of TV time in a matter of days that takes me much longer to complete. It makes me wonder whether there’s two separate breeds of bingers: We’re both deviating from the typical week-by-week episodic allotment of live TV, but one type is engaging in marathon viewing sessions while the other spreads a smaller dosage across a greater number of days.

But for all the talk about binge-viewing, there’s so little nuance to the discussion that these two completely different behavior patterns are lumped together like they’re the same thing.

That would be like treating a catnap and a coma interchangeably because, well, they’re both just sleeping, right?

Maybe it’s time to get some new lingo going. Those marathon viewers? Maybe we should say they “gorge.” Slower movers like me … how about “splurge”? Better this than a vague catch-all term evocative of eating disorders.

Sorting out what exactly constitutes binge-viewing isn’t merely an academic argument. Grasping multi-episode viewing patterns could have consequences for establishing business models that reflect the new realities of video consumption just beginning to take shape.

Who’s to say a streaming service with a more sophisticated understanding of such habits can’t come to market with a more nuanced pricing plan that keys in on these different consumer behaviors and gives each of them more for their money.

A viewer like me, for instance, might ultimately produce more revenue by being charged a small fee each time I watch a season instead of a higher lump sum for a month in which I rarely watch anything else, thus making me a churn risk.

Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime may think they have everything figured out already, and maybe the monthly all-you-can-watch buffet really is the most compelling proposition. But it’s still early days in digital content. And there’s a massive unexplored middle ground between the standard SVOD model and the transaction per title of an iTunes or a Vudu.

It could be the companies that already appreciate the value of creative bundling — pay-TV distributors — who figure this out first. Maybe laying back while the first movers do the experimenting for them will turn out to be an advantage.

Or perhaps the innovation will come from those anachronistic broadcast networks, which may find that double- or triple-pumping episodes each night instead of doling them out in weekly installments makes more sense. Maybe entire seasons of content that took 13 or 22 weeks will in the future run start to finish in a matter of days.

Or maybe one of the current SVOD players will change its ways. Is the monthly free-for-all really the smartest business model or is it really just the best starting point for testing how watchers watch. When there’s enough data, those models could be adjusted.

Yes, Reed Hastings has pretty much backed Netflix into a corner by repeatedly asserting his fidelity to the $7.99 monthly model. But maybe one of its competitors could gain by trying something different.

Regardless of who steps up, moving this marketplace forward requires getting beyond our simple understanding of binge-viewing.

http://variety.com/2013/biz/news/netflix-breaking-bad-everything-know-binge-viewing-wrong-1200586747/
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No I'm not being rhetorical. Each season when a new NBC show is covered in the press, it always seems to be a remake or spinoff now. Coming up so far we have those you listed plus About a Boy, Rosemary's Baby, The Tommyknockers and Cleopatra.

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TV Notes
NBC Buys 'Wizard of Oz' Drama Series
By Jethro Nededog, TheWrap.com - Aug. 23, 2013

NBC is going to "Emerald City."

The network has just sent into development a drama series from "Siberia" creator Matthew Arnold inspired by "The Wizard of Oz," a representative for Arnold told TheWrap.

We're told the dark series will draw from the 14 books by "The Wizard of Oz" novel writer Frank L. Baum. Arnold wrote and directed the pilot and it will be produced through Universal Television.

Arnold created the NBC summer series, "Siberia," about reality show contestants uncovering dark secrets.

Clearly, "Wizard of Oz" projects are very popular now after James Franco's "Oz the Great and Powerful" earlier this year and the film's upcoming 75th anniversary.

In 2009, NBC had a modern take on "Wizard of Oz" in development from "Parenthood" creator Jason Katims. Nothing came of it.

Recently, NBC's sister cable network Syfy ordered a "Wizard of Oz-inspired" miniseries with an apocalyptic twist.

Arnold is represented by ICM Partners and Circle of Confusion.

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/nbc-picks-wizard-oz-drama-series-112921
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Do not include "Welcome to the Family" on that list.  It's a revisit to ABC's sitcom "Condo" from ca. 1983.

I admit I was a little liberal with my use of the word "original." Almost everything is ripping something off.
For that example, use of the word "original" was very liberal.  There being nothing new under the sun is itself not news, and everything will resemble something that already has existed, but "Welcome to the Family" bears more than just a passing similarity to "Condo."  OK, so in this incarnation the Anglo is female and the Latin is male, and it's on film instead of tape, but substantively the premise is a copy.
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And with the "Emerald City" news, I officially withdraw my defense of NBC's originality. biggrin.gif
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Critic's Notes
Oh, Yes, Saturday TV Is Ladies Night
By Mike Hale, The New York Times - Aug. 23, 2013

There were television movies before “Sharknado,” and there continue to be television movies after “Sharknado.” Witness this Saturday night, when Lifetime offers a topical drama, “Escape From Polygamy”; Hallmark Channel provides a frothy romantic mystery, “After All These Years”; and Nickelodeon kicks in “Swindle,” a children’s caper movie modeled on the “Ocean’s” films.

Saturday is the de facto home for TV movies, with Hallmark and Lifetime rolling out new ones weekly, and other cable channels using the night for more occasional efforts. Until recently, it was also the roost for Syfy’s long-running series of cheesetastic B-movie sendups, but those have been moved to Thursdays, which may have been at least a small factor in the surprising amount of attention lavished on “Sharknado.”

Syfy’s defection means that Saturday is more than ever the province of one genre: the modern “women’s picture,” with the long-established specialties of women in jeopardy at Lifetime, and women in love at Hallmark. They tend to be easy films to mock: formulaic, predictable, cheaply made and, perhaps worst, earnest in a way that the Syfy movies gleefully avoid.

But there’s one virtue the Saturday night TV movie often has that is too seldom remarked upon: as the rare place where, week after week, the stories are about women, it’s also the rare place that is built around actresses, often quite talented ones. They may be deserving of far better material, but a job is a job, and chances for women to star in feature-length narratives aren’t abundant.

And this week, as it happens, is a particularly good example. “Escape From Polygamy” features the excellent Mary McCormack, who recently ended her five-season run in the underrated USA crime drama “In Plain Sight,” while “After All These Years” stars the reliably funny Wendie Malick, a terrific comedian in sitcoms from “Just Shoot Me” to “Hot in Cleveland.” The films may be nothing to write home about, but the opportunity to see the actresses outside the bounds of their usual 30- or 60-minute slots is a pleasure in itself.

Ms. McCormack plays Leann, the newly arrived fourth wife of a member of a New Mexico polygamous sect, in “Escape From Polygamy,” whose lurid title doesn’t reflect its low-key style and serious tone. She receives top billing, along with William Mapother of “Lost,” who plays the Prophet, the group’s leader, but the larger roles belong to Haley Lu Richardson and Jack Falahee as Leann’s daughter and the Prophet’s son, whose forbidden romance sets off a series of events that swerve into melodrama in the last 10 minutes.

Ms. McCormack’s performance is crucial, however, in keeping us engaged, because throughout the movie we have to be convinced both of Leann’s good intentions and of her absolute faith in the tenets of the sect as interpreted by the Prophet, who is gradually revealed to be a predatory monster. The conviction Ms. McCormack brings to the role and the subtle, telegraphic way she conveys Leann’s conflicting emotions help lift the film above well-meaning cliché.

(Made as an independent feature by Rachel Lee Goldenberg before being picked up by Lifetime, “Escape From Polygamy” also features good work by Sam Hennings as Leann’s taciturn husband, and Jake Weary as a young man banished from the group.)

Ms. Malick is at the center and in practically every shot of “After All These Years,” which received its premiere on the Hallmark Movie Channel this year and now has been deemed worthy of a slot on the primary channel. It’s based on a novel by Susan Isaacs, and fans of the 1985 Susan Sarandon vehicle “Compromising Positions,” also based on an Isaacs book, will find the story familiar: an upper-middle-class Long Island woman, accused of her husband’s murder, embarks on an investigation of his life that uncovers a (comic) cesspool of affairs and other scandals under the placid suburban surface.

It’s a softer role than the self-obsessed drama queens Ms. Malick has perfected in sitcoms, but her professionalism — the perfect timing, the seemingly effortless control of expression and inflection, the voice sliding toward a bray as the character experiences mildly dangerous situations — is a pleasure to watch in any circumstances.

Adapted from Ms. Isaacs’s novel by Jon Maas and directed by Scott Smith, “After All These Years” is perfectly acceptable, lightly amusing Saturday night comfort viewing with a touch of self-awareness. At one point, Ms. Malick’s character, who narrates, says, “My life had turned into a combination of every bad TV movie ever made.” At another, as she dons a wig to do some undercover work, she makes the more pointed observation that “nobody notices middle-aged women.”

The truth of that will probably be borne out by the ratings, in which Nickelodeon’s “Swindle” is likely to outrank both “Escape From Polygamy” and “After All These Years.” “Swindle,” in which young friends take on a sleazy memorabilia collector who cheats one of them out of a valuable baseball card, is an age-specific, rather than a gender-specific, movie. But its best-known performers are women, albeit young ones: Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande of the Nickelodeon series “Sam & Cat.” Perhaps their careers will carry them beyond the reach of the Saturday night women’s picture, or perhaps someday they’ll be happy to have the option.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/23/arts/television/oh-yes-saturday-tv-is-ladies-night.html?ref=television&_r=0
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Critic's Notes
Oh, Yes, Saturday TV Is Ladies Night
By Mike Hale, The New York Times - Aug. 23, 2013

I guess I don't fit that mold as I never watch those kinds of movies. smile.gif
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TV Notes
NBC Buys 'Wizard of Oz' Drama Series
By Jethro Nededog, TheWrap.com - Aug. 23, 2013

NBC is going to "Emerald City."

The network has just sent into development a drama series from "Siberia" creator Matthew Arnold inspired by "The Wizard of Oz," a representative for Arnold told TheWrap.

Oh come on! This is getting ridiculous! biggrin.gif
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Seriously?? Ugh.
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TV Notes
TV Land’s ‘Happily Divorced’ Cancelled
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Aug. 23, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: There will be no third season of Fran Drescher‘s TV Land‘s comedy series Happily Divorced. I’ve learned that the network has decided to end the sitcom, whose last original episode aired in February. Based on Drescher’s real life, Happily Divorced stars The Nanny alumna as a woman who re-enters the dating world after finding out her husband is gay and juggles her relationship with her current boyfriend and ex-husband. Happily Divorced got off to a strong start, with the series premiere drawing 2.4 million viewers in summer 2011. The second season opened with 1.4 million viewers, and its average of 1.5 million clinched a 12-episode back order, bringing the series’ second season to 24 episodes. That final batch of episodes launched to 1.3 million viewers last November. Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobsen, who previously co-created together The Nanny, were the series’ writers/executive producers.

Happily Divorced joins fellow TV Land sitcom Retired At 35, which also was cancelled after 3 seasons. The network’s current slate includes flagship Hot In Cleveland, The Exes and The Soul Man, the upcoming Kirstie Alley sitcom Kirstie as well as multi-camera pilot Jennifer Falls starring Jaime Pressly. TV Land also recently fast-tracked Younger, a single-camera comedy from Darren Star.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/08/tv-lands-happily-divorced-cancelled/
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TV Notes
'Chicago Fire' Spinoff Adds Sophia Bush, Patrick Flueger as Series Regulars
By Jethro Nededog, TheWrap.com - Aug. 23, 2013

"Chicago PD" is rounding off its cast with two new series regulars, a network representative told TheWrap.

"One Tree Hill" star Sophia Bush and "The 4400's" Patrick Flueger are joining the team.

Bush will play Erin Lindsay, a team member with an unexpected past. Flueger will play Kyle Ruzek, a rookie recruited by Voight (Jason Beghe) from the Academy for dangerous and specialized investigation work.

The new additions join already announced stars Beghe, Jon Seda and Jesse Lee Soffer.

The spinoff follows the department's Intelligence Unit, the team that combats the city's major offenses - organized crime, drug trafficking, high profile murders and beyond.

A Universal Television and Wolf Films production, Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Peter Jankowski, Danielle Gelber and director Joe Chappelle serve as executive producers.

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/chicago-fire-spinoff-adds-sophia-bush-patrick-flueger-series-regulars-112981
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TV Sports
ESPN President John Skipper: 'We Will Continue to Report This Story'
By Marisa Guthrie, The Hollywood Reporter - Aug. 23, 2013

ESPN president John Skipper re-iterated the network's commitment to cover the NFL concussion crisis despite pulling out of a joint project between PBS' Frontline and ESPN's investigative reporters Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada.

"We have been leaders in reporting on the concussion issue, dating back to the mid-1990s," said Skipper in a statement released Friday. "Most recently, we aired a lengthy, thorough, well-reported segment on Outside the Lines on Sunday, and re-aired it Tuesday. I want to be clear about ESPN’s commitment to journalism and the work of our award-winning enterprise team. We will continue to report this story and will continue to support the work of Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru."

The NFL has denied that it pressured ESPN to drop the project. And ESPN has said the dissolution of the partnership was due to a lack of final editorial control over the film. But ESPN's defection has left the documentary – League of Denial – without a deep-pocketed marketing partner.

"I think it has a huge impact given the promotional machine that ESPN has behind it," George Atallah, spokesman for the NFL Players Association, told The Hollywood Reporter. "Not having the full support of the promotional resources that ESPN has is going to be a blow to PBS and Frontline."

The New York Times reported that last week Skipper, ESPN's executive vp of production John Wildhack, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Network president Steve Bornstein had a "combative" lunch during which ESPN's role in the film was discussed. But the media scrutiny surrounding the documentary, a production of PBS member station WGBH in Boston, is the kind of publicity the nonprofit could never afford to buy. Especially with one important constituency: the NFL players.

"ESPN's dropping out of this as a result of the real or perceived pressure is going to make players watch more," said Atallah. "There's a lot of shaking going on in the player community."

Fainaru and Fainaru-Wada's upcoming book League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for the Truth (Crown Archetype) – will be published Oct. 8. And their research serves as the basis for the two-part Frontline investigation, which will air on Oct. 8 and 15.

"We were very surprised and disappointed that it played out this way," Fainaru-Wada told THR by phone on Friday. "It’s been a fifteen month partnership that’s been idyllic. I think both sides have really enjoyed working with each other and have incredible respect for each other."

He added: "While it’s unfortunate that now the partnership appears to be over, everything we’ve heard from ESPN, from our bosses, is that this isn’t about the journalism."

ESPN hired Fainaru last year while Fainaru-Wada has been at the network since 2007. Fainaru is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter; Fanaru-Wada broke the BALCO steroids story while at The San Francisco Chronicle.

Last year, the brothers uncovered damning documents showing that in the 1990s and early 2000s, when the league's medical experts were still publicly denying a link between football and devastating brain disease, the NFL board paid $2 million in disability payments to multiple players, including Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame center Mike Webster, who died in 2002 at age 50. The documents were part of a Nov. 16 report on Outside the Lines.

ESPN will pay the league $1.9 billion a year for the rights to air Monday Night Football, the highest-rated show on cable averaging more than 12 million viewers last season. And though those rights are secured through 2021 at a total cost of $15.2 billion, ESPN still depends on access from the league. As Skipper noted, ESPN's investigative series Outside the Lines has already aired multiple concussion-related pieces that have been highly critical of the NFL. An Aug. 18 report by Fainaru and John Barr examined the role of Dr. Elliot Pellman, a rheumatologist and the league's top physician who allegedly downplayed the effects of concussions and sent severely concussed players back onto the field.

Nevertheless, Skipper has been forced to repeatedly bat down questions about conflicts of interest and interference from the leagues. "Internally it's actually quite clear: We have a programming group, whose job it is to acquire rights, to work with the leagues, to be their partners in presenting their games on our air -- and then we have the news and information group, whose job it is to do enterprise journalism," Skipper told THR last June. "And the programming guys cannot interfere with the journalism. The single thing that irritates me most is the assumption that we have some sort of unmanageable conflict. We have a conflict, as your question relayed, but it's manageable as long as we stick to those rules. We employ hundreds of writers and journalists, and I don't think you'll find a single instance of somebody saying they were asked to pull off of a story."

Asked if he's ever heard directly from one of the league commissioners about ESPN's reporting, Skipper admitted he had. "I don't think there is any commissioner who hasn't said something to me," he said. "These guys are smart and they get it. It still doesn't mean it’s any fun. And they consider it their job, which is accurate, to build their businesses and protect the brand of the league. So yeah, they call me, I try to be fair. We have an ombudsperson. I have had reason to call people and say, 'Are you sure about your sources there? Will you double check?' I've never asked for the sources. I've set it up so nobody else is conflicted except me."

In a more recent interview he pointed to ESPN's robust journalistic operation as a distinguishing factor in the competition with upstart Fox Sports 1, which launched Aug. 17 in 90 million cable homes. "One thing I don't see them doing is assembling a news and information group," he said. "I don't know how you have credibility in the sports world if you can't report."

But the controversy nevertheless gives ESPN's detractors new ammunition. "I work with journalists at ESPN who I know have very high standards and high levels of journalistic integrity," added Atallah. "So even though they may not be able to say it, let me say this for them: I think it's a poke in the eye for them as well."

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/espn-president-john-skipper-we-613644
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Technology Notes
Thanks to price cut, Sony PS Vita not dead yet
By Ebenezer Samuel, New York Daily News - Aug. 23, 2013

So Sony's PS Vita isn't dead after all.

For the last year or so, it certainly seemed that way. I loved Sony's latest portable console when it was released early last year because it was overflowing with potential, backed by dual thumbsticks, a fabulous OLED screen and touchscreens galore. Tablets had fueled a resurgence in on-the-go gaming, and the Vita had the chops to capture the mobile hardcore.

Except for the hefty price tag ($249 . . . and up), the pricey memory cards and the complete limitations of the much-hyped 3G feature. And the near-empty gaming library. And the unimaginative games.

The list went on and on and on, and the Vita seemed destined for the PSP graveyard, as a niche gaming system and nothing more.

Until now. At Gamescom, Sony finally announced what we all knew was eventually coming: A PS Vita price drop. Effective immediately, the Vita will now retail for $199, putting it on par to do battle with the 3DS and giving it just a little more of an edge against the ongoing onslaught of tablets with gaming chops.

That wasn't it, either. In a move that surely won't help the Nintendo Wii U, Sony also announced that nearly all PS4 games will run on the Vita via Remote Play. I'm not sure exactly how this will work - it would seem there might be control issues since the Vita's short on shoulder buttons - but it's a move that will enhance both the Vita's content library and its uses. No longer will this be an on-the-go game system; come PS4 time, it could be a key part of your next-gen experience.

Suddenly, the Vita has a pulse. Sony's announcements prove it isn't going to leave the biggest, baddest portable console of them all by the wayside, and that's good news for anyone who shelled out to pay for a Vita last year.

Thing is, Sony still has some serious work to do, because the Vita remains a console with no true soul. When it was first announced two years ago, it was chock full of personality, but there was little direction on how to use all that gadgetry. In some ways, with all those touch controls, all those gyroscopes and all those standard controls, there was just too much, and the implementation of the Vita's more unique traits often felt horribly gimmicky. Touch controls were being used for the sake of making the Vita's potential better, not for making individual gaming experiences better.

And in the year that's passed since, as the Vita's fallen off the map, Sony hasn't helped things. For all the Vita's amazing inputs, Sony has failed to lead the way; aside from a handful of titles, Sony hasn't truly shown exactly how its controls are best implemented in games. Contrast Sony's approach to Nintendo's handling of the Wii U. From Pikmin 3 to Game and Wario to the NintendoLand title that was bundled in with the Wii U, Nintendo has done everything possible to give developers an idea of what the Wii U can do.

Sony hasn't done this, and it's been left to indie developers to figure things out. Thankfully, they're a smart bunch, delivering titles like Hotline: Miami, Guacamelee and, soon enough, Tearaway. There's a method to the Vita's control madness now, even if it could use some polish and some serious AAA backing.

Sony needs to keep nourishing that indie pipeline, and, perhaps more importantly, it needs to provide a clear roadmap for the coming Remote Play feature. The PS3 had Remote Play, and that amounted to little, and the Xbox 360 had SmartGlass, and can you remember the last time you even thought about that?

Remote Play has tremendous potential, perhaps the ability to out-Wii U-ing the Wii U, but it needs to be implemented correctly, and for that to happen, third-party developers have to be interested. And for third-party devs to be interested, Sony's first-party folks have to push the feature aggressively, showing why it's important and what it can do.

It's still an uphill battle for the Vita in a tablet world. But at least it's making progress.

ENOUGH WITH PREORDER SPECIALS!

One thing I'm increasingly sick of in video games: Grayed-out options because I didn't preorder a game from a certain website.

It's an increasingly annoying habit, especially in sports games. Essentially, companies are trying to show you, the common purchaser, what you COULD have gotten if you'd handed them five dollars months ago because you wanted the game that badly - and if you'd preordered from Amazon instead of grabbing it at GameStop.

So when more casual gamers pop in the disc and boot the game, they're left to see everything the missed out on, a kind of na-na-na-na-na from gaming giants that essentially says "Thanks for your hard-earned sixty bucks. That's worth exactly 95% of the hard work we put into this game."

No, this isn't a good thing, especially in sports games. It was a minor annoyance in NCAA Football 14. Watch things get worse in the next big sports release.

WALKING DEAD ON THE GO CAN BE YOURS

I've always believed that The Walking Dead video game was built to be played on the PS Vita, given its touch-friendly play scheme and its immersive story, and the easy way that the Vita can freeze the action and save state with a press of the PS Button. Think perfect lengthy plane trip game and nice quick subway trip title all rolled into one.

And now that it's here, we want to give you a chance to feel that. The kind folks at TellTale Games have furnished us with a Vita code for the Walking Dead video game for giveaway. To be entered for a chance to win, just retweet link to this System Update article. Include @ebenezersamuel in the tweet so I can keep track of all the RTs too. We'll send a lucky winner the code via DM on Monday.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/thanks-price-cut-sony-ps-vita-dead-article-1.1435074
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TV Notes
Five reasons to tune in for the MTV VMAs
By Arienne Thompson, USA Today - Aug. 23, 2013

They're baaaaaaaack!

MTV's Video Music Awards (Sunday, 9 p.m. ET/tape delay PT, with pre-show at 8) have brought us amazing moments like Kanye West's anti-Taylor Swift rant, Lil' Kim's sparkly pasty, Lady Gaga's meat dress and Beyoncé's big baby-bump reveal.

The VMAs are about as wacky and irreverent as an awards show can get, and this weekend's show is likely to be no exception.

Because you never know what you're going to get, well, you never know what you're going to get, but here are the five key moments you'll want to watch out for Sunday night.

Lady Gaga's big return

More than six months after a hip injury and surgery ended her Born This Way Ball tour, the Mother Monster is scheduled to return to the stage at the VMAs to perform in support of her upcoming album Artpop. She'll open the show, but she's not feeling any pressure after being away from the stage for half a year. "I'm dancing 'til my feet bleed every day to make sure I give the fans a performance that they won't forget," she told New York radio station Z100 on Tuesday.

Miley Cyrus twerking

Lil Miss Twerkstar will also be performing Sunday night, and we're pretty sure her set will include some booty popping. She's made the provocative dancing part of her routine, it seems, along with grills, onesies and skimpy clothes. "You can just mix white trash and Chanel, that's me," she tells MTV of her signature style. "That's my ultimate look. Pretty much everything is weird bondage stores except obviously my jewelry — got to keep it classy with Chanel."

'N Sync reunion!

It's tearin' up our hearts how much we can't wait to see Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, J.C. Chasez and Chris Kirkpatrick together again. All week, the buzz has been building as rumors of a reunion have gone back and forth. Bass has played coy, but Us Weekly entertainment director Ian Drew says the reunion is going down. According to Drew, the former boy band's regrouping will take place during Timberlake's scheduled performance. Squeal!

Potential Kanye West meltdown

It feels like we're never too far away from a Yeezy rant on a regular day, so the potential for a VMA-induced meltdown is high. Although he just popped up on Kris Jenner's talk show gushing about the loves of his life, Kim Kardashian and daughter North, we all know the mad-at-the-world Kanye is always lurking inside. Will he have a grab-the-mic-from-Taylor-Swift moment again? Probably not — but never say never!

The red carpet

The show before the show is always one of the highlights of the VMAs. Where else would you see the aforementioned Lil' Kim wardrobe-malfunction-waiting-to-happen or Beyoncé and Jay Z's non-verbal pregnancy announcement? Need more examples? How about Nicki Minaj's stuffed animal nightmare in 2011? Or Justin Bieber bringing a snake as his date?

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2013/08/22/five-reasons-to-tune-in-for-the-mtv-vmas/2685191/
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Technology Notes
Questions for Microsoft as It Nears a Crossroad
By Claire Caine Miller, The New York Times - Aug. 24, 2013

Microsoft’s plan, announced Friday, to replace Steven A. Ballmer as its chief executive does not exactly follow — at least to people outside the company — the way they draft these things in business school.

But Mr. Ballmer and Microsoft’s board have been considering the possibility of his retirement for some time. Still, because of Mr. Ballmer’s larger-than-life personality, the board’s reluctance to push back and the company’s recent product and financial problems, finding a new chief executive for Microsoft was never going to resemble a cut-and-dry, business-school case study, according to people with knowledge of the company.

“No one is an obvious candidate,” said Michael A. Cusumano, a professor of business and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who studies strategy in the computer software industry. “All the really interesting people who were in the company over the last dozen years who might have been have left. I also find it hard to imagine they could bring an outsider in. Microsoft is known for having quite a lot of powerful groups within the company and they make life very difficult for anyone who tries to oversee them.”

Succession planning is a delicate issue for many companies, particularly one like Microsoft, where Mr. Ballmer has been a senior employee since 1980 and chief executive since 2000, and his longtime friend, Bill Gates, Microsoft’s co-founder, remains chairman.

“Particularly for a person like Ballmer, who really is one of the founders, leaving is almost like death, so it’s extremely difficult to have an orderly process,” said Joseph L. Bower, a professor at the Harvard Business School. “It requires a very grown-up relationship between the chief executive and his board.”

Industry insiders almost immediately began to place bets on which executives inside and outside Microsoft — and even outside the technology industry — could be tapped. The decision will go a long way to determining whether Microsoft will successfully transition to tech’s future of mobile computing and computing in a virtual cloud of data-storage devices.

But at the moment, at least, the betting cards are virtually empty.

Even though Mr. Ballmer had indicated he was going to retire when the youngest of his children went to college, which was in about two more years, “I think people thought Ballmer would maybe die with his boots on in that role,” Mr. Cusumano added.

Developing a succession plan is one of a board’s chief responsibilities, but only half of companies actively groom executives, according to a 2010 study by Stanford University’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance and Heidrick & Struggles, the executive search firm that is leading Microsoft’s search. Boards spend only an average two hours a year on succession planning, the study found.

“When you have such strong personalities as Gates and Ballmer, is the board really proactive with them, or is it more of a caretaker board?” said David Larcker, director of corporate governance research at Stanford University’s business school, who worked on the study.

Though it might not be obvious outside the boardroom, Microsoft’s directors have been planning the transition, according to a person briefed on the board’s meetings who was not authorized to speak about them publicly.

Discussions have been happening for a decade, the person said, and intensified in 2010. Several months ago, Mr. Ballmer suggested to the board that it was time to begin a formal succession process, the person said, and told directors on Wednesday that he would announce his retirement.

Mr. Ballmer and the board have discussed the attributes they want in the next chief executive and have been appraising internal and external executives who might be candidates. Over the last 18 to 24 months, Mr. Ballmer has personally met with several outside executives, including people outside the tech industry with experience transforming very large companies, according to the person knowledgeable about the board’s work.

“This is not a company which is in a panic because there’s not a succession plan, looking for a Lou Gerstner type to come parachuting in when I.B.M. was at death’s door,” said Jeffery Sonnenfeld, president of the Chief Executive Leadership Institute at the Yale School of Management. “He’s had a great tour of duty and financial performance.”

Even so, Microsoft analysts said one weakness of Mr. Ballmer’s hard-charging personality and leadership style had been to drive away deputies who might one day succeed him.

“Ballmer is larger than life, and I think it’s been difficult for other people to really rise up and have a noticeable public role,” Mr. Cusumano said.

For instance, Steven Sinofsky, who ran the Windows division, left last year after growing friction with Mr. Ballmer and others, and this week announced that he had joined the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. People who know him said his contentious departure from Microsoft made it very unlikely he would return.

Other former Microsoft executives could return, analysts said, including Paul Maritz, chief executive of VMware until last year; Stephen Elop, chief of Nokia; Kevin Johnson, chief of Juniper Networks, who has announced plans to step down; Jeff Raikes, chief executive of the Gates Foundation; and Chris Liddell, former chief financial officer of Microsoft and G.M.

Current Microsoft executives who could be contenders include Tony Bates, former director of Skype and now executive vice president of business development and strategy, and Satya Nadella, executive vice president of cloud and enterprise.

Speculation by analysts and executives about external candidates included Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook; Reed Hastings, chief executive of Netflix and a former director at Microsoft; Scott Forstall, who ran iOS at Apple until last year and John Legere, chief executive of T-Mobile.

The new chief executive, analysts said, must be someone who lives and breathes new consumer technologies like mobile, can speak technical language to Microsoft’s engineers and has a track record transforming a large company.

“Steve likely recognizes it’s really time to bring someone in whose heart and soul is really devoted to the different world we have around us, not the world of PCs and laptops, which is Microsoft’s world,” Mr. Cusumano said.

Nick Wingfield contributed reporting.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/24/technology/questions-for-microsoft-as-it-nears-a-crossroad.html?hp&_r=0
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
SATURDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Late night shows are preceded by late local news)

ABC:
7:30PM - NASCAR Racing - Sprint Cup: Irwin Tools Night Race (LIVE)

CBS:
8PM - NFL Preseason Football: St. Louis Rams at Denver Broncos (LIVE)

NBC:
8PM - American Ninja Warrior
(R - Aug. 19)
9PM - Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls
(R - Aug. 19)
10PM - Do No Harm
* * * *
11:29PM - Saturday Night Live (Jeremy Renner hosts; Maroon 5 performs; 93 min.)
(R - Nov. 17)

FOX:
8PM - COPS
(R - Feb. 9)
8:30PM - COPS
(R - Feb. 2)
9PM - Bones
(R - Nov. 26)
* * * *
11PM - Animation Domination High-Def (60 min.)
Midnight - The Cleveland Show
(R - May 19)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Austin City Limits: Wilco (R - Feb. 4, 2012)

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

TELEMUNDO:
6:30PM - Movie: Con Air (1997)
9PM - Fútbol Mexicano Primera División: Club León vs. CF Monterrey (LIVE)
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FRIDAY'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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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Aug. 24, 2013

DANCES WITH WOLVES
Encore, 8:00 p.m. ET

In 1990, Kevin Costner was enjoying an especially strong time in his career – reaping both acclaim and awards as both actor and director, and using his Hollywood clout to present a Western that was epic in both length and structure. It’s especially noteworthy, then and now, for being a Western in which sympathies were placed pointedly on the side of the native Americans. Watch for Mary McDonnell, who later played the female president on Battlestar Galactica, as Stands With a Fist. (If I had an Indian name, I suspect it would be Sits with a Remote.)

THE SOCIAL NETWORK
Fox Movie Channel, 8:00 p.m. ET

It’s been 10 years now since Mark Zuckerberg sat down in his Harvard dorm room and concocted what evolved into what we all now know as Facebook. (What a difference a decade makes.) Aaron Sorkin wrote this super-smart, whip-speed account of the development of social media’s most pervasive player, and his 2010 movie is loaded with stars who burned more brightly almost immediately: Jesse Eisenberg as Zuckerberg. Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin, Rooney Mara as Erica Albright, and Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker.

THE LADY EVE
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

Preston Sturges gets a lot of the credit for the crackling wit in this 1941 comedy. Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda, as a sexy con woman and one of her flustered marks, get the rest. What a breezy, enjoyable little film.

THE WHITE QUEEN
Starz!, 9:00 p.m. ET

Elizabeth (Rebecca Ferguson) hasn’t been in power for long, but she’s already learned how to wield it – in ways that affect not only people far from her kingdom, but even those closely within her royal court.

AMERICAN GIGOLO
sundance, 10:00 p.m. ET

Paul Schrader wrote and directed this 1980 movie, gaining additional notoriety not only for himself, but for his crucially charismatic star, Richard Gere, who plays a male prostitute. Lauren Hutton co-stars.


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Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Aug. 24, 2013

AMERICAN GIGOLO
sundance, 10:00 p.m. ET

Paul Schrader wrote and directed this 1980 movie, gaining additional notoriety not only for himself, but for his crucially charismatic star, Richard Gere, who plays a male prostitute. Lauren Hutton co-stars.[/size]

http://www.tvworthwatching.com/

One of my favorite movies. Gere was terrific, projecting a swaggering confidence later giving way to panic and desperation as he realizes Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
he's been framed for murder and his arrogant attitude has left him with no allies.

A lot of really solid performances in this one.
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TV Notes
NBC Buys 'Wizard of Oz' Drama Series
By Jethro Nededog, TheWrap.com - Aug. 23, 2013
Oh come on! This is getting ridiculous! biggrin.gif
as bad as the coming "Sound Of Music " remake for TV ? tongue.gif
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