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Originally Posted by humdinger70 View Post

Can somebody tell me why NBC's Football Night in America sounded so bad last night? Sounded like they were talking into the proverbial cans with a string attached.

SNFMixer, you reading this?

By the way, after listening to Carrie Underwood's rendition of the title song, sorry, but Faith Hill's version sounded better.
My SQ was fine ,didn't notice a difference BUT it did sound tin can for about 2 minutes into the 2 talkin' heads right at 1st & then cleared up on my broadcast , DirecTV here .

Hands down Faith Hill is / was way way better , the New Song sucks Carrie's vocal is not clear & in front as Faith Hill's vocals were , It was a "what did she say" moment for me all the way thru & the song's hook didn't hook at all .
Faith Hill has Better looking legs ,you just can't keep your eyes off them , Faith's performance was riveting each & every Sunday night , Carrie EnnH nice but not a complete package IMO .
Faith Hill's intro , I always watched all the way thru till the end each Sunday , Carrie I will be FF thru her's .
I watch the game on a delay of 20 minutes later so I can blast thru the commercials , I love my FF button smile.gif
post #89402 of 93720
So Style is to become Esquire network now and G4 will remain as is. Considering NBC gutted G4 months ago (and there was almost no reason to tune in even back then) it leaves G4 as barely distinguishable from an infomercial shopping channel. Even TV Guide channel has more reason to watch.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127
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Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

And what's the redbook CD encode rate?

I'm not sure if you were actually asking, but you can't change the bitrate of CDDA. It's always (16 bits / sample * 44100 samples / sec * 2 channels) / 1000 = 1411.2 kbps.
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Originally Posted by lobosrul View Post

A few years ago I re-re-encoded all my CD's to AAC. I did this because I could not discern 96 kbps AAC from a CD. While I could with the 192kbps MP3's that I had made in the late 90's. That of course is just my ears in a completely subjective "test".

If you were encoding MP3s back then, you were probably using one of the old encoders whose quality is known to be terrible by today's standards. LAME has come a long way in the last decade, but you were probably using something like BladeEnc back then.
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Might want to think about moving the audio conversation elsewhere on the site. Thanks.
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Today is my 30th birthday, Ladies and Gentlemen biggrin.gif

Thanks for the 11 years memories. You guys make me smile and laugh at times smile.gif

Good morning.
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Today is my 30th birthday, Ladies and Gentlemen biggrin.gif

Thanks for the 11 years memories. You guys make me smile and laugh at times smile.gif

Good morning.
Happy birthday from someone twice your age. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Young C View Post

Today is my 30th birthday, Ladies and Gentlemen biggrin.gif

Thanks for the 11 years memories. You guys make me smile and laugh at times smile.gif

Good morning.

Happy birthday to you! biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by Young C View Post

Today is my 30th birthday, Ladies and Gentlemen biggrin.gif

Thanks for the 11 years memories. You guys make me smile and laugh at times smile.gif

Good morning.

Well, looks like we can't call you "Young C" anymore. But "MiddleAge C" doesn't have the same snap. wink.gif
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Originally Posted by Aleron Ives View Post

I'm not sure if you were actually asking, but you can't change the bitrate of CDDA. It's always (16 bits / sample * 44100 samples / sec * 2 channels) / 1000 = 1411.2 kbps.

No, I was really curious. I've got a number of SACD's and I can absolutely tell the difference between them and CD's. But if you're re-encoding from the CD, I would think you wouldn't be able to improve on the original CD source no matter how nifty your CODEC. Kind of like upconverting SD to HD, or HD to 4K - it's a small improvement but you can't create data that wasn't there to begin with.

Anyway, Doc's probably right; we could really get into the weeds here. Thanks for the knowledge. Time for me to re-visit the hi-rez audio forum for some more. smile.gif
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Happy birthday from someone almost three times your age (88 to be exact)!!
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Gosh! Some people are so much older than me biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

Well, looks like we can't call you "Young C" anymore. But "MiddleAge C" doesn't have the same snap. wink.gif

LOL.. exactly tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by Young C View Post

Gosh! Some people are so much older than me biggrin.gif
Which is far more preferable for us than the alternative. wink.gif
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I'm 40, but 40's are the new 30's now

So basically Young C is still 20
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I'm still running the calculations. I will get it down in the low 60s soon.
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Originally Posted by Young C View Post

Today is my 30th birthday, Ladies and Gentlemen biggrin.gif

Thanks for the 11 years memories. You guys make me smile and laugh at times smile.gif

Happy Birthday from a 40 year old (who, according to the 22 year old person I work with at the office, is really, really old frown.gif).
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TV Notes
‘The Killing’ Cancelled By AMC: No Season 4
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Sep. 10, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: It’s déjà vu all over again. A year after AMC cancelled The Killing after two seasons, the network has done it again following the mystery drama’s third season. There had been some encouraging signs — The Killing‘s third season opened with an OK 1.8 million viewers and drew largely positive reaction from critics and fans. But it ended with 1.5 million for the season finale, up only slightly from the 1.4 million viewers of the second-season ender, and Season 3 overall was essentially flat with Season 2, whose ratings had triggered the series’ first cancellation. “We have made the difficult decision not to move forward with a fourth season of The Killing,” AMC said in a statement to Deadline. “We want to thank our great partners at Fox Television Studios, creator Veena Sud, an extraordinary cast and the dedicated fans who watched.”

In one of the few cancellation stories with a happy ending, The Killing producer Fox TV Studios kept the show alive after its cancellation last year, and AMC eventually reversed its decision, ordering a third season, with Netflix getting the episodes shortly after their premiere. FTVS again is expected to explore other options for the series, but another miracle resurrection appears unlikely. The Killing, based on the Danish series Forbrydelsen, was developed for U.S. television by Sud, who returned for the show’s third season, along with stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman. “Fox Television Studios is extremely proud of all three seasons of The Killing,” the studio said. “We’re especially gratified to have orchestrated a unique deal with AMC for Season 3 that included a bold partnership with Netflix. While we would have loved to produce a fourth season for AMC, FTVS is immensely grateful to everyone involved with this moving series: our brilliant cast, led by Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman and Season 3’s Peter Sarsgaard; our stellar executive producer, Veena Sud; a remarkable writing and producing team; and a tireless, dedicated crew. Most of all, FTVS thanks the terrific fans of The Killing, who communicated their appreciation for the show throughout its run.”

http://www.deadline.com/2013/09/the-killing-cancelled-by-amc-after-season-3/
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TV Notes
USA Renews ‘Graceland’ for Season 2
By Jethro Nededog, TheWrap.com - Sep. 10, 2013

USA Network is inviting “Graceland” fans back to the beach again next summer.

Ahead of its season finale on Thursday at 10/9c, the cable network has ordered a second season of its dark series from “White Collar” creator Jeff Eastin.

“For me, getting a Season 2 is really justification for trying something different,” Eastin, who only found out about the renewal order on Monday afternoon, told TheWrap.

“It was a departure from what they normally do,” he continued. “So, to go out on a limb, especially for the USA Network, to go more serialized and darker than a lot of what they’ve done to the point where our ratings have been climbing each week, to get this pickup for Season 2, I think it’s a wonderful justification for breaking out and trying something a little different in terms of storytelling. That’s been pretty wonderful.”

The network has ordered 13 episodes for the drama’s second season, which is currently slated to return in Summer 2014.

“Jeff Eastin has once again delivered for USA Network,” USA’s president Chris McCumber said in a statement. “‘Graceland’s’ brilliant serialized storytelling mixed with striking cinematography and a captivating ensemble cast has clearly resonated with a wide audience. We’re proud to be the home of one of the summer’s top new cable dramas and anticipate ‘Graceland’ will be a long-term player for the network.”

This season, “Graceland” has averaged 1.8 million viewers per episode in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, which makes it the No. 1 new scripted series on cable in the demo. It has also averaged 4.3 million total viewers per episode.

The drama follows rookie FBI agent Mike Warren (Aaron Tveit) who’s assigned to the titular safe house on the beach to be mentored by Paul Briggs (Daniel Sunjata). Unknown to Briggs, though, Mike is there to investigate his teacher.

It also stars Brandon Jay McLaren, Vanessa Ferlito, Manny Montana and Serinda Swan. “Graceland” is produced by Fox Television Studios.

The renewal arrives during a time of growth for the network. Production is underway on its World War II period alien drama pilot, “Horizon,” from “The Walking Dead’s” Gale Anne Hurd.

Additionally, it is debuting its first slate of original comedies next year, which include Denis Leary (“Rescue Me”) and Bob Fisher’s (“Wedding Crashers”) “Sirens,” and Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham’s (“Best Friends Forever”) “Playing House.”

Eastin’s other USA series, “White Collar,” returns for its fifth season on Oct. 17.

http://www.thewrap.com/Graceland-renewed-season-2-usa-network

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TV Notes
TLC Renews ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

First, TLC saved “Who Do You Think You Are?” from cancelation over at NBC and now it’s giving it another year.

The cable channel announced that it will be giving the genealogical docu-series a 10-episode second season on the network and a fifth season overall, which will air in 2014.

“Who Do You Think You Are?” has averaged 1.8 million total viewers per episode this season, which featured Christina Applegate, Kelly Clarkson, Cindy Crawford, Zooey Deschanel, Chelsea Handler, Chris O’Donnell, and Trisha Yearwood.

“The Big Bang Theory’s” Jim Parsons appears on Tuesday’s episode at 9/8c.

Produced by Shed Media U.S. and Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky’s Is or Isn’t Entertainment, “Who Do You Think You Are?” investigates the hidden backstories of its celebrities’ family lineage.

“Who Do You Think You Are?” aired for three seasons on NBC before the network canceled it in May 2012. Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Blair Underwood, Sarah Jessica Parker and Paula Deen are among those who appeared on the show’s NBC run.

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/Who-do-you-think-you-are-renewed-tlc
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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
‘Crossfire’ Returns Modestly for CNN, But Improves Timeslot
By Rick Kissell, Variety.com - Sep. 10, 2013

CNN’s debate program “Crossfire” premiered to modest overall numbers Monday evening, though it was an improvement relative to the time period for the cabler.

According to Nielsen, the half-hour “Crossfire” averaged 581,000 total viewers and 171,000 adults 25-54 in the 6:30 p.m. ET hour — up over the net’s prior four-week average by 44% overall (from 403,000) and 21% in the demo (from 141,000). And vs. the comparable Monday of a year ago, “Crossfire” provided CNN with even bigger gains.

In adults 25-54, the CNN program finished ahead of MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation” (171,000 to 116,000), but both placed well behind Fox News, which averaged 384,000 viewers for “Special Report.” And in total viewers, “Crossfire” placed third, behind the 617,000 for “PoliticsNation” — with these two shows combining to draw merely half of the 2.4 million who tuned in for “Special Report.”

“Crossfire,” a revival of the series that aired on the network from 1982 to 2005, positions pundits from the left against counterparts on the right in a bid to present and challenge their viewpoints. Stephanie Cutter represented the left on Monday, with Newt Gingrich on the right.

http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/crossfire-returns-modestly-for-cnn-but-improves-timeslot-1200606525/
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TV Notes
'So You Think You Can Dance' Renewed for Season 11
By Michael O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Sep. 10, 2013

So You Think You Can Dance will be back next summer on Fox.

The competition, which wraps its 10th season this week, has been renewed for an 11th cycle -- as judge and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe announced during Tuesday's live finale. He said he'd heard the news just five minutes before going on. Shortly after his announcement, the news was confirmed by a Fox rep.

The live finale, which has the rather unconventional distinction of being interrupted halfway through by an address from President Barack Obama, caps off what has been a softer season for the Fox series, ratings wise. It's been down double digits from the previous summer, airing just one night a week after losing its results hour in 2012.

This also marks the series' first renewal since May's big departure of reality chief Mike Darnell. The head of unscripted programming, who has yet to be replaced, was instrumental in the series' development and success.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/you-think-you-can-dance-625750
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TV Notes
Matt Lauer rips the media for 'laziness' during Ann Curry ouster
By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times' 'Show Tracker' Blog - Sep. 10, 2013

Matt Lauer is still mad about the Ann Curry mess -- and he's blaming the media.

In an interview with Esquire, the co-host of NBC's "Today" blasted reporters for laziness in reporting rumors during the shake-up that led to Curry's tearful ouster from the show in 2012.

"I was disappointed by the laziness of the media, the willingness to read a rumor, repeat that rumor, and treat it as a fact," Lauer said.

But he was in a difficult position, he added. "Does anyone want to see a person who's making the money that the newspapers say I'm making complaining, 'Woe is me, my life is terrible, and people are being unfair'? No one would've had any patience for that."

Shortly before Curry was dumped as co-host, Lauer was reported to have re-signed with the show for a salary of $25 million a year.

And what message does Lauer have for his former co-host? Well, whatever thoughts he has on Curry herself, they are not in the interview.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-matt-lauer-rips-the-media-for-laziness-in-ann-curry-mess-20130910,0,2505678.story
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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

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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TV Notes
Esquire taking over for Style, not G4
By Media Life Magazine Staff - Sep. 10, 2013

Just days before Esquire Network was due to take over for G4, NBCUniversal has had a change of heart.

Instead Esquire will be replacing Style Network, another NBCU property, whose audience overlaps with three other networks owned by the company (E!, Oxygen and Bravo).

The decision certainly comes on short notice, with Esquire due to launch on Sept. 23. But the network will have a wider platform.

Style is available in 75 million homes, compared to 60 million for G4.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the story about the switch yesterday, citing a memo sent by NBCU Cable Entertainment Group chairman Bonnie Hammer to staff.

“With Bravo, E! and Oxygen, we offer unique takes on popular culture for an ever-broadening audience, including the all-important female demo. In pursuit of that same demo, Style presents brand overlap within our portfolio,” she wrote in the memo.

Esquire will target affluent, college-educated men 18-49, much like the magazine. It had been slated to launch in April, but that was pushed back to give the channel more time to stockpile original content, and it has five shows debuting immediately.

It’s unclear what the decision means for G4 or the current employees of Style.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/esquire-taking-style-g4/
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TV Notes
Will third season be a charm for Cowell's 'X Factor'?
By Bill Keveney, USA Today - Sep. 11, 2013

LOS ANGELES — As it searches for a star, The X Factor hopes it has finally found itself.

For the third time in three seasons, Fox's singing competition (Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. ET/PT) is back with a different judging panel that features two newcomers, singers Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio. They join returning singer Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell, who created the show in England and brought it here.

Based on early tapings, "it's probably the closest so far to the show we wanted to make," Cowell says. "It just felt different. It felt more fun. It definitely had more of the feel of the British show. It was everything I wanted — funny, bad, good. I thought the chemistry was good."

In addition, the show will revert to a single host, Mario Lopez, after the departure of his Season 2 partner, Khloe Kardashian. And there will be changes to a middle round to surprise the competing singers, who are divided into four sets: Girls, Boys, Over 25s and Groups.

Cowell says he was intrigued by the new dynamic of a male judge sitting with three women. They aren't afraid to stand up to him, as Rowland, a solo artist and founding member of Destiny's Child, proved during a middle-round taping Sunday at Shrine Auditorium, where the floor was taken up by two sleek, black, crossing runways that created an X .

When an impressed Rowland mentioned that a singer silenced the rollicking crowd with her performance, Cowell responded, "That's because they didn't like it very much."

Rowland immediately shot back. "She silenced the room with her pitch."

Cowell says Rowland, who was a judge on the British X Factor, "has got real charisma, knows what she's talking about and is really interested in the contestants." Rubio, who's from Mexico and has sold more than 20 million albums, is "very over the top, laughing and different from people I've worked with in the past. She's really funny, warm, unpredictable (and) a bit loopy, which I like."

Rubio acknowledges the unpredictability. "I'm just really me. I'm not pretentious. Just my hats and my sunglasses."

Cowell, who's "excited" about becoming a father, says that the three female judges have become friends and that they sometimes gang up on him. "That's what my normal life is like, as well with all my girlfriends," he says. "If they cross the line, then they cross the line. I've taken everything with a good sense of humor this year."

Lovato enjoys the new company. "It's not just me picking on Simon," she says. "We're all very outspoken."

Cowell, the biggest judging name in the reality business after his long-running star turn on American Idol, brought the British hit to the USA in 2011 with high hopes, telling The Hollywood Reporter he would be disappointed if the show didn't draw 20 million viewers.

That never happened. The show averaged a respectable 12.6 million viewers in Season 1 but dropped to 9.8 million last fall, putting it well behind competitors Idol and The Voice. X Factor's young-adult rating dropped by 16%, but it held steady among young women and grew among teenage girls.

"We can always do better," Cowell says of the show's quality and ratings in its first two seasons. "But the first two seasons of the U.K. show, they weren't amazing. They weren't anywhere near where we wanted them. And then, over the years, as the show got better, the contestants got better, then the show grew into something huge."

Rowland and Rubio replace L.A. Reid, who left to resume his career as a record executive, and Britney Spears, a performer and celebrity who Cowell feels wasn't comfortable in the judges' role.

"Being a judge is not as easy as you think," he says. "She had an issue on the first day. She found it very difficult, particularly when people shouted back at her. She's shy," he says. "She's a great girl. She's super-talented, but being a judge was much harder than she thought it was going to be."

The female judges say they will be straightforward and constructive with singers.

"We are not here cutting any wings. We want them to understand if they have the value or not. That doesn't mean we're not going to hurt any feelings, (but) we try not to," Rubio says.

They acknowledge that Cowell, who is famed for an acid tongue, may not share that exact approach.

"He has a different way of being constructive. 'Never sing again.' 'Fire your manager,' " Lovato says. "But he has moments where he says, 'I think it's too gimmicky right now. I think if you were to do this, I'd take you more seriously.' Or, 'This is the wrong song choice for you.' "

Grammy winner Rowland is impressed with the Season 3 talent and appreciates the opportunity to be a mentor, which is part of the judges' role.

"Everything that you feel you've grown to know about the industry or yourself, you can give those things that you've learned away as gifts," she says. "I feel like we have some people that are so different, and there are spaces in the industry that are wide open for them to come through and bust it wide open."

The U.K. version has spawned One Direction and Leona Lewis, and Cowell hopes he can break out groups from the U.S. version, including Season 2's Fifth Harmony and Emblem3, though none have yet materialized.

Making a star remains a goal, and Cowell points out how his presence separates it from competitors with all-performer panels.

"I feel if you haven't found at least one great artist every year, then you've completely wasted your entire year. And it's always what I strive for, because that's my record-company background," he says. "You've got to remember, artists don't really like finding other stars. People who run record companies do. That's the difference."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2013/09/10/x-factor-season-3-simon-cowell/2793987/
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TV Review
Power Brokers and the Secrets That They Kept
White House Chiefs of Staff in ‘The Presidents’ Gatekeepers’
By Jon Caramanica, The New York Times - Sep. 11, 2013

Consigliere, enforcer, point guard, battlefield commander, director of traffic, reality therapist, heat shield: each of these descriptions is used at some point during the four-hour documentary “The Presidents’ Gatekeepers” to characterize the job of White House chief of staff. Based on nomenclature alone, this should be a film about heroism and perseverance, a detailing of the muscles that work stealthily so that the body might move unfettered.

But, hey, how about those bodies? The real stars of “Gatekeepers” are the ones who for the most part don’t appear: the last nine presidents. (Two, Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush, are interviewed.) “Gatekeepers,” which will be shown over Wednesday and Thursday nights on the Discovery Channel, is based on interviews with the 20 living people — white men, all — who’ve served as chief of staff in those administrations.

Imagine all the secrets they hold. Maybe they’re ready to unburden themselves. But this is no Errol Morris production; the camera does not glare harshly at these men, and rarely is it suggested that they’re anything other than neutral paragons of integrity and patriotism. Made by the brothers Gedeon and Jules Naudet, known for the documentary “9/11,” this tepid film dimly basks in the presence of its subjects, and by extension, in the presence of its subjects’ former employers. It is awe-struck and dull.

And so what is on paper a tour de force of access filmmaking makes quixotic and lumpy and directionless use of that access. The film jumps eras willy-nilly, and never settles on a narrative of how the role of chief of staff has evolved over the years. There is no one way to do the job — there’s the cheerful grace of James A. Baker III, or the mercurial flamboyance of Rahm Emanuel — but there is little reflection on what approaches have been more successful than others. This film is content to have done the heavy lifting in hooking its subjects for bluntly filmed talking-head interviews — anything more is gravy.

But worst of all, “Gatekeepers” is in essence scoopless. Most of the dramatic moments recalled here have been reported — how President Ronald Reagan wanted to give lie-detector tests to staff members to ferret out a leaker; how when it came to bank bailouts, the younger President George Bush accepted his fate as Franklin D. Roosevelt, not Herbert Hoover; how William M. Daley had to lie to poor Eric Stonestreet, the “Modern Family” star, about why his White House tour was canceled the day of the operation to kill Osama bin Laden.

That said, it is striking to hear Dick Cheney discuss how working on continuity-of-government exercises — plans to address catastrophic situations — early in his career helped prepare him for handling the events of 9/11. In this telling, many of the chiefs are framed by the major catastrophes of their administrations, though it is perhaps unfair that almost as much time is given to the undisciplined early days of the Clinton White House as to the events of 9/11. On the matter of that brutal day, the film allows Andrew Card, the chief of staff who whispered “America is under attack” into President George W. Bush’s ear, to retroactively commend Mr. Bush for sitting still and keeping a straight face for seven minutes.

Years after they’ve left their jobs, these men remain loyal, so even the tiniest glimmers of skepticism stand out, especially the self-serving second-guessing of Joshua Bolten, who also worked for President George W. Bush.

In general, though, the president-chief relationships come off as war buddy stories or, in some cases, as love stories. There’s just as much tenderness when John D. Podesta recalls swearing matches with President Bill Clinton during the Lewinsky affair as when Erskine Bowles insists that Mr. Clinton knew better than to wield his temper against him.

The deepest love story in this film, though, belongs to Donald H. Rumsfeld and Mr. Cheney, his onetime protégé, both Nixon administration veterans who served as chiefs to President Gerald Ford and went on to higher-profile roles with later presidents. They still speak of each other with the affection of playground buddies who invented a private language. Whatever secrets there are about the job of chief of staff, they clearly know them, and they clearly aren’t telling.

THE PRESIDENTS' GATEKEEPERS
Discovery Channel, Wednesday and Thursday night at 9, Eastern and Pacific times; 8, Central time.


http://tv.nytimes.com/2013/09/11/arts/television/white-house-chiefs-of-staff-in-the-presidents-gatekeepers.html?ref=television&_r=0
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Business Notes
Producers And Networks Drive Pay TV Price Increases For Consumers: Analyst
By David Lieberman, Deadline.com - Sep. 10, 2013

Pay TV distributors who believe that the decks are stacked against them in retransmission negotiations with major content producers should take a look at the 180-page media and entertainment report out today from International Strategy and Investment Group analyst Vijay Jayant. He urges investors to buy shares of AMC Networks, CBS, 21st Century Fox, Time Warner, and Viacom. He’s neutral on Discovery, Disney, and Scripps Networks.

The big reason: These eight companies, he says, “control 90% of total TV viewership and 60% of total film production in the U.S., which means that, for the most part, they have the power to determine how content is packaged and priced to distributors and, therefore, consumers.” That muscle will be evident over the next few years as they squeeze cable and satellite companies to pay $60B in carriage fees for their channels in 2016, up from $45B this year. These payments “are drivers for the overall sector.” Factoring in “the consumer’s inherent psychological need for entertainment (even during tough times),” Jayant predicts healthy profits for his eight companies, with annual average returns on invested capital over the next three years ranging from 40.1% for AMC to 9.9% for Time Warner.

Jayant recognizes that there’s “a real risk” that cable and satellite companies will merge, giving them more leverage to fight the price hikes. Online services also pose “evolving” threats. For example, pay TV customers might cut the cord with traditional video services as entertainment choices grow on the Internet from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. And ad-supported sites including YouTube might siphon dollars from traditional TV. He remains an industry bull, though, because people devote about 15% of their waking hours to TV. As a result, “the importance of TV for advertisers wanting to broadly brand and to reach the public becomes obvious…despite the advent of competing forms of media and entertainment.”

http://www.deadline.com/2013/09/tv-producers-networks-dictate-consumer-costs/
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TV Notes
'American Psycho' Follow-Up in the Works at FX
By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Sep. 10, 2013

FX is looking for its own psycho.

The cable network is developing a follow-up series to American Psycho, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The drama, which hails from Allison Shearmur, writer Stefan Jaworski and Lionsgate Television, is described as a follow-up to the book and subsequent feature film of the same name.

Bret Easton Ellis' controversial 1991 novel revolves around Patrick Bateman, a Manhattan executive with a secret life as a serial killer, and spawned a 2000 feature film adaptation starring Christian Bale. The 1980s-set book and movie depicted Bateman seemingly relishing in his upscale lifestyle and like-minded friends, whom he secretly despised. The feature film was written by Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner, with the former directing. The Lionsgate-produced film grossed $34 million worldwide.

In the update, Bateman -- now in his mid-50s but as outrageous and lethal as ever -- takes on a protege, in a sadistic social experiment, who will become every bit his equal, creating the next generation American Psycho.

Lionsgate's former president of motion picture production Shearmur (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) will executive produce alongside Ed Pressman and Danish writer Jaworski (Those Who Kill). For his part, Jaworski also has an adaptation of his Danish series Those Who Kill set up at A&E. The 10-episode drama stars Chloe Sevigny as a detective who works to hunt down serial killers. Stephen Meinen was active in developing the project for Allison Shearmur Productions. Lionsgate and FX Productions will produce.

The American Psycho update comes as serial killers continue to be big business on both cable and broadcast television. Showtime's Dexter will end its run this summer, while NBC renewed Hannibal for a second season, and Fox's The Following earned a sophomore season. In addition to Those Who Kill, A&E has the upcoming second season of Psycho prequel Bates Motel coming in 2014.

For FX, should the project go to series, it would join anthology entry American Horror Story, The Americans and The Bridge, among others, at the network. At Lionsgate, it marks the studio's latest small-screen entry, together with Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, AMC's Mad Men, ABC's Nashville, Showtime's Nurse Jackie and FX's 90/10 comedy Anger Management.

Jaworski is repped by Paradigm.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/american-psycho-follow-up-works-588492
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
Dominant return for ‘Sunday Night Football’
Giants-Eagles game draws a 16.6 metered-market rating
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Sep. 9, 2013

NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” returned to typically dominant numbers last night.

The game between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys averaged a 16.6 metered-market household rating, according to Nielsen.

It was the show’s fifth-best rating ever, and the second-biggest overnight for a Cowboys-Giants regular-season matchup on “SNF,” which has televised seven such games.

The game boosted NBC to a 12.6 rating in primetime, the best Sunday evening rating for any network since ABC hosted the Oscars in February.

Elsewhere last night, ABC’s season finale of “Secret Millionaire” averaged a 1.1 adults 18-49 overnight rating in the 9 p.m. timeslot, up 38 percent from last week’s series low.

NBC was first for the night among 18-49s with a 7.2 average overnight rating and a 19 share. Fox was second at 3.9/11, CBS third at 1.6/4, ABC fourth at 0.9/2, Univision fifth at 0.6/2 and Telemundo sixth 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.

Also, ratings for NBC and Fox’s NFL coverage and CBS’s U.S. Open are approximate as fast nationals measure timeslot and not actual program data.

Fox started the night in first place with a 7.7 at 7 p.m. for football overrun and “The OT,” followed by NBC with a 2.6 for “Football Night in America.” CBS was third with a 1.6 for tennis overrun, ABC fourth with a 0.9 for a repeat of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” Univision fifth with a 0.5 for “Aqui y Ahora” and Telemundo sixth with a 0.4 for the movie “Home Alone.”

NBC moved to first at 8 p.m. with football pregame and the start of “SNF,” while Fox slipped to second with a 2.4 for reruns of “The Simpsons” and “Bob’s Burgers.” CBS was third with a 1.9 for “60 Minutes,” ABC fourth with a 1.0 for a repeat of “Shark Tank,” Univision fifth with a 0.5 for “La Rosa de Guadalupe” and Telemundo sixth with the end of “Home Alone” and start of “Iron Man 2.”

At 9 p.m. NBC led with a 9.2 for football, with CBS second with a 1.9 for “Big Brother.” Fox was third with a 1.7 for “Family Guy” repeats, ABC fourth with a 1.1 for “Millionaire,” Univision fifth with a 0.7 for “Sal y Pimienta” and Telemundo sixth with a 0.3 for its movie.

NBC was first again at 10 p.m. with an 8.8 for more football, followed by CBS with a 0.9 for “Unforgettable.” Univision was third with a 0.7 for more “Sal y Pimienta,” ABC fourth with a 0.6 for a repeat of “Castle” and Telemundo fifth with a 0.3 for the end of its movie.

Among households, NBC was first for the night with an 11.1 average overnight rating and an 18 share. Fox was second at 5.8/9, CBS third at 4.6/7, ABC fourth at 2.5/4, Univision fifth at 1.1/2 and Telemundo sixth at 0.4/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/dominant-return-sunday-night-football/

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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
‘Million Dollar Quiz’ gets a B- in premiere
Averages a 1.7 18-49 rating, winning its timeslot
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Sep. 10, 2013

NBC’s new game show “Million Dollar Quiz” got off to an okay start last night against heavy competition from ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”

“Quiz” averaged a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating at 8 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, winning the timeslot on broadcast.

That’s not a huge rating, but it’s summer and very few new shows have done any better. In fact, “Quiz” had NBC’s best rating in the timeslot since the Stanley Cup finals in June.

“Million” will air the next five nights, take a break on Sunday, and return for its final three broadcasts next week.

Elsewhere last night, ABC’s “Mistresses” posted a 1.4 at 9 p.m. in its season finale, matching its previous series best.

CBS’s primetime lineup was pushed back by 55 minutes by the conclusion of the U.S. Open men’s final, preempting a repeat of “How I Met Your Mother.” That meant “Under the Dome” didn’t start until 10:30 p.m. and ran until 11:30.

Because overnights measure timeslot and not actual program data, an accurate rating for “Dome” will not be available until later today.

On cable, the “MNF” kickoff game between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles posted an 11.6 metered-market household rating, the best debut for “MNF” ever on ESPN.

ABC and CBS tied for first for the night among 18-49s, each with a 1.4 average overnight rating and a 4 share. Univision and NBC tied for third at 1.3/4, Fox was fifth at 0.8/2, 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 was first with a 1.7 for “Quiz,” with ABC and Univision tied for second at 1.5, ABC for a repeat of “Shark Tank” and Univision for “Porque el Amor Manda.” CBS was fourth with a 0.9 for tennis overrun, Fox fifth with a 0.8 for a repeat of “Bones,” Telemundo sixth with a 0.3 for “Dama y Obrero” and CW seventh with a 0.2 for a “Hart of Dixie” rerun.

NBC was first again at 9 p.m. with a 1.6 for “American Ninja Warrior,” followed by ABC with a 1.4 for “Mistresses.” Univision was third with a 1.2 for “La Tempestad,” CBS fourth with a 1.1 for reruns of “Two and a Half Men” and “2 Broke Girls,” Fox fifth with a 0.9 for more “Bones,” Telemundo sixth with a 0.6 for “Marido en Alquiler” and CW seventh with a 0.2 for “Breaking Pointe.”

CBS took the lead at 10 p.m. with a 2.2 for a rerun of “The Big Bang Theory” and the start of “Dome,” while ABC remained second with a 1.2 for a “Castle” rerun. Univision was third with a 1.1 for “Que Bonito Amor,” NBC fourth with a 0.7 for “Siberia” and Telemundo fifth with a 0.5 for “Santa Diabla.”

Among households, CBS led the night with a 4.0 average overnight rating and a 6 share. ABC was second at 3.5/6, NBC third at 2.9/5, Fox fourth at 2.1/3, Univision fifth at 1.8/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.6/1 and CW seventh at 0.4/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/million-dollar-quiz-gets-b-premiere/
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TV Sports/Nielsen Notes (Cable)
ESPN Wins Night As ‘Monday Night Football’ Hits New Highs
By Dominic Patten, Deadline.com - Sep. 10, 2013

The final numbers are in, and it was a touchdown for ESPN last night. The sports network’s Monday Night Football doubleheader not only took Monday primetime among all broadcast and cable networks in key demos and viewers but also set some opening-game records.

The Philadelphia Eagles’ 33-27 victory over the Washington Redskins pulled in a 10.1 rating last night. That 6:58-10:45 PM ET game was watched by 16.52 million viewers, another record for MNF since its 2006 debut on ESPN. The Eagles-Redskins game hit its peak from 10-10:15 PM with a 12.7 rating and 20.92 million viewers.

The previous ESPN MNF season-opener record holder was the 2010 New York Jets-Baltimore Ravens game, which got a 9.4 rating and had 14.97 million viewers.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/09/tv-ratings-espn-nfl-monday-night-football-million-dollar-quiz-under-the-dome/
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TV Notes
Alan Alda wants to get inside our brains
By Whitney Matheson, USA Today's 'Pop Candy' Blog - Sep. 10, 2013

Over the last couple decades, DNA evidence has become an essential way to link people to crime scenes. As we see in a new PBS series, future criminal trials may rely on something else as well: neuroscience.

One of my favorite actors, Alan Alda, explores the subject in the two-part series Brains on Trial, premiering tomorrow. The show is built around a fictional crime — a teen is involved in a robbery gone wrong — but the twist is it's argued by real attorneys and presided over by a real judge.

First, take a look at the trailer: [CLICK LINK BELOW TO SEE CLIPS]

Specifically, Alda aims to learn more about today's advances in brain scanning. Scientists are using MRIs and other techniques to find out more about "lie detection, facial recognition, memory decoding, racial bias, brain maturity, intention and even emotions" — which makes one wonder how much we could learn about an accused criminal before he/she even speaks a word.

Brains on Trial's official site has posted a ton of video, much of which didn't make the final cut for the program. In this one, we see Alda get hypnotized. (He reveals he was hypnotized just once before, back when he was an out-of-work actor and participated in a psychological study.)

And I thought this one about how drug addiction affects the brain was pretty interesting:

Brains on Trial airs Sept. 11 and Sept. 18 on PBS at 10 p.m. ET. (Check your local listings for station info, etc.) It looks like it should offer most viewers something to think about ...

http://www.usatoday.com/story/popcandy/2013/09/10/alan-alda-pbs/2793451/
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Matt Lauer rips the media for 'laziness' during Ann Curry ouster
By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times' 'Show Tracker' Blog - Sep. 10, 2013

Matt Lauer is still mad about the Ann Curry mess -- and he's blaming the media.

In an interview with Esquire, the co-host of NBC's "Today" blasted reporters for laziness in reporting rumors during the shake-up that led to Curry's tearful ouster from the show in 2012.

"I was disappointed by the laziness of the media, the willingness to read a rumor, repeat that rumor, and treat it as a fact," Lauer said.

But he was in a difficult position, he added. "Does anyone want to see a person who's making the money that the newspapers say I'm making complaining, 'Woe is me, my life is terrible, and people are being unfair'? No one would've had any patience for that."

Shortly before Curry was dumped as co-host, Lauer was reported to have re-signed with the show for a salary of $25 million a year.

And what message does Lauer have for his former co-host? Well, whatever thoughts he has on Curry herself, they are not in the interview.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-matt-lauer-rips-the-media-for-laziness-in-ann-curry-mess-20130910,0,2505678.story

In other news:

Matt Lauer Found to Be Bats**t Crazy in Recent Mental Exam: Cites Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise as his Heroes
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