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I don't think that was really the case. I noticed the Maple Leaf and Provincial flags right away. OTOH, it is true that they used "subdued" versions thereof on the tactical uniforms. In either case, the show probably would never have been on CBS if it weren't for the writer/actor strikes.

It was definitely the case. The flag pins you mention were small and largely unnoticeable most of the time. It has been commented on elsewhere in the press and if you go back and watch the first season you can see the show avoiding anything that had a Canadian name or landmark shot, even down to avoiding showing car plates. They specifically tried to make the show as generic a city as possible.
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It was definitely the case. The flag pins you mention were small and largely unnoticeable most of the time. It has been commented on elsewhere in the press and if you go back and watch the first season you can see the show avoiding anything that had a Canadian name or landmark shot, even down to avoiding showing car plates. They specifically tried to make the show as generic a city as possible.

OTOH, I'm pretty sure there was at least one shot of the iconic TV tower ... and no attempt to disguise the Provincial and (I assume the) City flags ... granted, you might have had to know what to look for. wink.gif I'm just saying it there were such an effort, it didn't really work ... I noticed these things right away. In fact, I'm pretty sure I commented on them in the show's thread right here on AVS. smile.gif I'd have to go back and check the archives to be 100% sure, though. wink.gif
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
THURSDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)

ABC:
8PM - Scandal: The Secret is Out (Special)
9PM - Grey's Anatomy
10:01PM - Scandal (Season Premiere)
* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Katie Lowes; John Mayer performs; Unecessary Censorship)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - The Big Bang Theory
8:31PM - The Millers (Series Premiere)
9:01PM - The Crazy Ones
9:31PM - Two and a Half Men
10:01PM - Elementary
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Brian Williams; stupid human tricks; cast members of the film "Muscle Shoals'' perform)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Diane Kruger; Ken Jeong)

NBC:
8PM - Parks and Recreation
8:31PM - Welcome to the Family (Series Premiere)
9:01PM - Sean Saves the World (Series Premiere)
9:31PM - The Michael J. Fox Show
10:01PM - Parenthood
* * * *
11:34AM - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (Julianne Moore; Billy Gardell; Stone Temple Pilots perform with Chester Bennington)
12:36AM - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Meredith Vieira; chef Mario Batali)
1:36AM - Last Call With Carson Daly (Tom Brokaw; photographer Kevin Russ; The Coup performs)
(R - May 22)

FOX:
8PM - The X-Factor
9PM - Glee

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - The 'This Old House' Hour (Season Premiere)
9PM - Call the Midwife
(R - Jan. 15, 2012)
10PM - Antiques Roadshow: Hartford, CT
(R - May 11, 2009)

UNIVISION:
8:03PM - Porque El Amor Manda
9:05PM - Amores Verdaderos
10PM - El Señor de los Cielos

THE CW:
8PM - The Vampire Diaries (Season Premiere)
9PM - The Originals (Series Premiere)

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

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Kerry Washington)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Author David Finkel)

TBS:
After MLB Playoff Game - Conan (Jerry O'Connell; Lauren Cohan; actress Erin Foley)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Polo player Nacho Figueras; Chris Franjola; Cameron Esposito; Gary Valentine)
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TV Notes
'Wilfred' Renewed for Fourth and Final Season on FXX
By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Oct. 2, 2013

FX has renewed Wilfred for a fourth and final season -- on FXX.

The series about a pot-smoking dog (Jason Gann) who appears as a human in a dog costume to Elijah Wood's Ryan will be moved to younger-skewing cable network FXX following a low-rated third season that saw former showrunner David Zuckerman appeal to fans on Twitter to watch the series live.

Zuckerman, who developed the adaptation and served as showrunner for its first two seasons, will also return to oversee day-to-day operations on the dark comedy after reducing his role for a year. He'll now serve as co-showrunner alongside season-three showrunners Reed Agnew and Eli Jorne, who have been with the series since season one. (For their part, the duo also set up the Damon Wayans Jr.-Jason Winer comedy Man/Child at Fox, which picked up the buddy comedy with a pilot production commitment.)

Wilfred -- which will come back for 10 episodes, off from its typical 13 order -- was down considerably among total viewers in its recently concluded third season. Season two averaged 1.16 million total viewers, while season three ended with an average of 580,000 total viewers.

Wilfred will join It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Legit, The League and talk show Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell on FXX, which caters to adults 18-34. In renewing the series last year for its third season, FX noted that the comedy's median viewer age hovers around 36. The renewal and move comes as FX/FXX looks to grow from 13 original series to 25 over the next couple of years under FX Networks CEO John Landgraf.

With its third season, the philosophical comedy eclipsed the Australian series on which it's based. Fiona Gubelmann and Dorian Brown co-star.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/wilfred-renewed-fourth-final-season-637376
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TV Reviews
Family Trees of Familiar Scions
Will Arnett, Sean Hayes and Mary McCormack in New Shows
By Alessandra Stanley, The New York Times - Oct. 3, 2013

Pedigree matters.

Maybe not in pets or spouses, but on television, it can be crucial. Every season, networks spew out so many new sitcoms that sometimes the only way through them all is to follow the stars with top-drawer antecedents.

Television executives go for marquee names, but most viewers are drawn less by fame than performance: comedy that stands out from the mainstream fare. When she started on “Parks and Recreation,” Amy Poehler had a trove of good will from her years on “Saturday Night Live.” Mindy Kaling’s show, “The Mindy Project,” had instant cachet because of her role on “The Office.”

At least three of the actors starring in conventional sitcoms that start on Thursday night have a lineage that is slightly above or outside the network norm.

Will Arnett, a star of “Arrested Development,” plays Nathan, a divorced TV reporter on the CBS show “The Millers.” Sean Hayes of “Will & Grace” uses his real name to play a gay single dad on the NBC show “Sean Saves the World.” Mary McCormack, who was singularly verbal and sardonic as a deputy federal marshal on “In Plain Sight,” is Caroline, the mother of a pregnant teenager on yet another NBC offering, “Welcome to the Family.”

All three comedies are about close-knit clans, though, unlike those on “Modern Family,” these relatives don’t choose to be together but reluctantly submit to an economic or personal necessity.

Nathan can’t say no when his parents split up and his overbearing mother, Carol (Margo Martindale), moves in with him. Sean suddenly becomes a full-time father to a teenage girl when her mother moves out of town and doesn’t take the daughter with her. Caroline and her husband, Dan (Mike O’Malley of “Glee”), have no choice but to allow their daughter to blow off college and stay home when she decides to keep her baby.

Mr. Arnett is best at playing oily, deluded nut jobs, be it Gob Bluth on “Arrested Development” or Alec Baldwin’s nemesis on “30 Rock.” Tamer sitcoms tone him down; he was a only a borderline hysteric on the canceled NBC show “Up All Night.” In “The Millers,” Mr. Arnett is even more buttoned down as a dutiful son to an impossible mother who has all the best lines. Ms. Martindale, who plays Claudia, the stone-face KGB spy runner on “The Americans,” sucks up most of the oxygen on the show. Beau Bridges, who plays her bumbling husband, Tom, barely gets a word in edgewise.

But even in the basic ensemble sitcom, Mr. Arnett’s suppressed lunacy seeps though, mostly in the inane local news reports that Nathan delivers with smoothie aplomb. It doesn’t hurt that his cameraman is J B Smoove, who was so great as Leon on “Curb Your Enthusiasm. ”

Mr. Hayes is the axis of “Sean Saves the World,” and the show rests on his antic, speedy way with jokes that other sitcom actors deliver with the measured pace of an instructor in a beginners’ Spanish class. There is no such thing as an underbearing mother on television; sure enough, Sean’s mother, Lorna (Linda Lavin), is anything but. When she hollers at Sean through the front door, he lets her come in. “Your voice got here 10 minutes ago and has been looking for you,” he says sweetly.

Sean is an older but only slightly more down-to-earth version of Jack, the impishly self-centered gay man Mr. Hayes played so well on “Will & Grace,” and that gives this otherwise commonplace sitcom its zest.

“Welcome to the Family” could be awful. It’s about the cultural collision of two families — one headed by Dan, a suburban dentist, the other by Miguel (Ricardo A. Chavira), a working-class Hispanic owner of a boxing gym. They have to endure each other when Caroline and Dan’s pretty, dim daughter, Molly (Ella Rae Peck), confesses that the father of her child is Miguel’s son Junior (Joseph Haro), the class valedictorian who was supposed to go to Stanford, the first in the family to go to college.

“Welcome to the Family” is not as bad as it sounds, mostly because some of the writing is clever, and all the actors are good. But Ms. McCormack in particular brings a likably tough, funny texture to the often thankless job of mother of the pregnant bride.

All three shows go over familiar ground. And when plots and punch lines are so preordained, it helps if the stars are a little unorthodox.

SEAN SAVES THE WORLD
NBC, Thursday nights at 9, Eastern and Pacific times; 8, Central time.


THE MILLERS
CBS, Thursday nights at 8:30, Eastern and Pacific times; 7:30, Central time.


WELCOME TO THE FAMILY
NBC, Thursday nights at 8:30, Eastern and Pacific times; 7:30, Central time.


http://tv.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/arts/television/will-arnett-sean-hayes-and-mary-mccormack-in-new-shows.html?ref=television
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TV Review
'The Originals' sucks you in
By Chuck Barney, San Jose Mercury News - Oct. 1, 2013

Just when you thought television's vampire genre was, well, getting a bit long in the tooth, along comes an infusion of fresh blood.

This fall brings us not only a new-look "Dracula" with Jonathan Rhys Meyers snacking on necks for NBC, but "The Originals," a dark drama spun off from "The Vampire Diaries" on The CW. The latter show arrives this week and, at first glance, is the more compelling endeavor.

Its title refers to the deliciously demented Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and his half-siblings, Elijah (Daniel Gillies), and Rebekah (Claire Holt), three members of the original clan of vampires who have been tormenting Mystic Falls for years. Now they've relocated to the supernatural melting pot that is New Orleans, a city they helped found.

Unfortunately, it's a rather turbulent homecoming. The French Quarter is divided into warring factions between witches, werewolves and vampires. Marcel Gerard (Charles Michael Davis), a former vamp protege of Klaus,' is now running things and is doing it in a nefarious manner. He has sent the werewolves into exile and absolutely forbids witches to practice magic.

The witches, led by a powerful spell-caster named Sophie (Daniella Pineda) are ready to revolt, and they want the temperamental Klaus to do their bidding. And just to complicate matters, Klaus learns that Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), a rebellious werewolf, is pregnant with his baby. So let the supernatural shenanigans begin.

Julie Plec, executive producer of "The Originals," has said that she wants the spinoff to stand on its own and be accessible to viewers who don't follow "The Vampire Diaries." Mission accomplished. I've watched "Diaries" only on a very cursory basis over the years and yet had no trouble latching onto this fresh saga.

Yes, the pilot episode is somewhat bogged down by exposition as it gets everyone up to speed, but it's adequately mysterious and atmospheric and does a good job of sucking you in. It's at its very best whenever the charismatic Morgan is on the screen as Klaus and engaged in viciously tense showdowns with either Marcel, who demands respect from his former mentor, or his brother, who sees this game of thrones as a way to finally unite his dysfunctional brood.

As for what differentiates "The Originals" from "The Vampire Diaries" -- besides the setting -- the spinoff is darker and more adult in theme. While "Diaries" started as a coming-of-age saga about a teen girl's first love, this series is about the bonds of family and heated power struggles -- with a big dose of vampiric hedonism mixed in.

Sounds like the makings of something pretty fang-tastic.

THE ORIGINALS
9:00 p.m. Thursdays on The CW


THE FIXER IS IN: Season 2 was a breakout success for "Scandal" (10 p.m. Thursday, ABC), which boosted both buzz and ratings, thanks largely to its gasp-inducing pace and jaw-dropping cliffhangers. As Season 3 gets underway, don't expect the show to ease up on the throttle.

"Coming back for this season, I thought, 'How are (our writers) ever going to top it?' They ended the season in such a powerful way," says Kerry Washington, who plays Washington, D.C., fixer Olivia Pope. "And then we did the table read and I thought, 'Oh, they've got this.' ... Their attitude is: 'Let's go hard and put it all out there.' So we can't pull back now. We can't pace ourselves because the show has a way that it moves."

The season opener begins just 22 minutes after last season's stunning finale left off. The ravenous media has just discovered that Olivia is the president's mistress. Meanwhile, Olivia is shocked to learn that the CIA black-ops boss who has been plotting against her is none other than her father (Joe Morton).

"We'll get to learn more about that relationship between Olivia and her father," Washington says. "We also learn in the first episode who spilled the beans and released Olivia's name. That's exciting."

KIDDIE FARE: The fall's new programming isn't just limited to prime time. Next Monday, PBS debuts "Peg + Cat" (9 a.m., KQED), a lively new animated series geared toward preschool children.

The show is designed to teach viewers how to solve math-based problems with the help of Peg, a chatty and spirited 5-year-old, her talking purple feline, Cat, and a smart, handsome little pig named Ramone. (Apparently he didn't warrant title billing, even though he can sing opera.)

I detested math as a kid, but co-creators Billy Aronson and Jennifer Oxley promise they make problem-solving fun via the whimsical adventures of "Peg + Cat." The show is brought to us by The Fred Rogers Company.

http://www.mercurynews.com/entertainment/ci_24193224/review-originals-sucks-you
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Nielsen Notes
‘Lucky 7′ Is Fall’s Unluckiest Show
By Tim Molloy, TheWrap.com - Oct. 2, 2013

“Lucky 7″ looks cursed.

Most ratings headlines Wednesday focused on the declining viewership for ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which slipped 34 percent in its second outing Tuesday after last week scoring fall’s biggest debut. Even after slipping, “S.H.I.E.L.D.” was still going strong Tuesday with a 3.1 rating in the key 18-49 demographic.

But on the same night last week that “S.H.I.E.L.D.” premiered strong, “Lucky 7″ had the worst fall drama debut in ABC history — a 1.3. Making matters worse, the show slid 46 percent with its second episode Tuesday, earning a .7 rating.

That means its average for the season is worse than that of any Big 4 show. A few scattered original episodes on the CW have fared worse, but the young network has a lower ratings threshold than the other broadcasters because it targets a younger demo.

Even the most nervous gambler would have to bet on “Lucky 7″ to be the first show to be canceled in 2013-14.

ABC declined to comment.

The failure of “Lucky 7″ to thrive suggests ABC’s plan to build Tuesdays around “S.H.I.E.L.D” hasn’t worked out, so far.

On Tuesday, “S.H.I.E.L.D.” at 8 had a 3.1/10 — down 34 percent from its splashy debut — and 8.4 million total viewers. At 9, “The Goldbergs” had a 2.2/6, down 29 percent in the demo, and 6.2 million. “Trophy Wife” at 9:30 had a 1.4/4 — down 39 percent — and 4.3 million. Last week, “Lucky 7′s” 38 percent dip gave it an .8/2 rating with 2.8 million total viewers.

ABC is losing viewers with each Tuesday show — and “Lucky 7″ has the misfortune to be last in line.

http://www.thewrap.com/lucky-7-is-falls-unluckiest-show-in-ratings/
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TV/Business Notes
Israel’s Major Export: TV Know-How
By Debra Kamin, Variety.com - Oct. 2, 2013

For several years, Israel has been at the forefront of countries exporting TV program content to the United States. Keshet, where Showtime’s “Homeland” has its roots, holds the lion’s share of responsibility.

Keshet holds 42% of the Israeli market share and boasts a prolific global distribution and production arm with U.K., Canadian and Australian outposts.

It’s a stamp that works across many cultures and has translated to successful programming on five continents. Keshet Intl. managing director Alon Shtruzman calls it “edgy mainstream,” comparing Keshet’s success to the local technology boom of the 1990s that was exported to Silicon Valley and earned Israel the nickname of “Start-Up Nation.”

“Israel is lacking natural resources. We don’t have any gas or oil, and we hardly have any land — it’s a small country,” says Shtruzman. “So what we sell is brains. The same way we sell technology, whether it’s software or hardware, we’re also selling media.”

What sets Keshet apart, say its execs across the world, is a desire to push content straight to the sharpest corner of the razor’s edge. Such was the case in “BeTipul,” reborn in the U.S. as HBO’s “In Treatment” and known as the first Israeli format to truly strike gold abroad; in groundbreaking “Homeland” ancestor “Prisoners of War,” which earned such accolades that it has now been released to international audiences with English subtitles; and even with popular gameshow fare like “Deal With It.”

“There is a creative energy and storytelling that flows through many Keshet shows that appeal to North American audiences,” says Keshet Canada exec director Mark Rubinstein.

Keshet comprises a broadcaster on Israel’s Channel 2, a music channel, digital arm Mako (which includes a mobile site, e-commerce, and the cross-platform venture Screenz) and Keshet Intl.

“Prisoners of War” creator Gideon Raff is in Morocco lensing a high drama series for FX, “Tyrant,” which is being helmed by David Yates and for which Keshet is serving as an executive producer. Unscripted formats include “Dear Neighbors,” which was sold to 13 countries, “Girlfriends” (beloved in the U.K.), talent show “Master Class,” the family game show “Sure or Insure” and talent competition fare like “The Successor,” fronted internationally by Uri Geller.

Last year, Keshet inaugurated an annual international conference on innovation in television, dubbed INTV, that brings several leading TV and new-media execs to Jerusalem to hash out their visions on the future of content in the digital age. The time is ripe, Shtruzman says, for Keshet to be leading the way in envelope-pushing TV.

“U.S. television has really evolved over the last decade, for many reasons including the amazing explosion of cable,” he says. “It’s a platform for creators to dare more. … For us, it’s like a theme park.”

http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/israels-major-export-tv-know-how-1200682844/
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BBC AMERICA to Simulcast "Doctor Who" 50th Anniversary Special, Worldwide, on November 23

US broadcast part of global simulcast with over 75 countries

New York - October 1, 2013 - Announced today, BBC AMERICA will simulcast the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor, in the U.S. on November 23, 2013.

This is old news. The announcement was made a while ago.
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It was definitely the case. The flag pins you mention were small and largely unnoticeable most of the time. It has been commented on elsewhere in the press and if you go back and watch the first season you can see the show avoiding anything that had a Canadian name or landmark shot, even down to avoiding showing car plates. They specifically tried to make the show as generic a city as possible.

OTOH, I'm pretty sure there was at least one shot of the iconic TV tower ... and no attempt to disguise the Provincial and (I assume the) City flags ... granted, you might have had to know what to look for. wink.gif I'm just saying it there were such an effort, it didn't really work ... I noticed these things right away. In fact, I'm pretty sure I commented on them in the show's thread right here on AVS. smile.gif I'd have to go back and check the archives to be 100% sure, though. wink.gif

If the postal boxes on the street are red, then they are not trying to hide the Canadian link. If they are blue, they are. Red is the color of the Royal Mail. Blue is the color of USPS. Taie-tale sign. In some early promo production pictures from the street side set, they are removing the red postal boxes and replacing with blue to appeal to the US audience.
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If the postal boxes on the street are red, then they are not trying to hide the Canadian link. If they are blue, they are. Red is the color of the Royal Mail. Blue is the color of USPS. Taie-tale sign. In some early promo production pictures from the street side set, they are removing the red postal boxes and replacing with blue to appeal to the US audience.

Royal Mail in the UK, Canada Post (and a French translation) in Canada, but, yes, they are red (per Google images).

In later seasons, an episode in large warehouse complex had a 10 km/h speed limit sign on the internal roads. Whoa, Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore. There have been references to some suburbs of Toronto as well.
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Royal Mail in the UK, Canada Post (and a French translation) in Canada, but, yes, they are red (per Google images).

In later seasons, an episode in large warehouse complex had a 10 km/h speed limit sign on the internal roads. Whoa, Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore. There have been references to some suburbs of Toronto as well.

A bit over 6 MPH, slow going....
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This is old news. The announcement was made a while ago.

It's the first I've heard it, so I'm glad it was posted.
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Oct. 3, 2013

THE BIG BANG THEORY
CBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

Tonight’s new episode has the gang divided up into unconventional pairs, as part of a scavenger hunt game that combines the geekiness of science and pop-culture obsessions with… the geekiness of a scavenger hunt.

GLEE
Fox, 9:00 p.m. ET
Part 2 of 2.
The Beatles salute continues, for better and for worse. And though a dozen different quotable lyrics come to mind, I think, this time, I’ll just let it be. Watch this episode, and think for yourself…

THE CRAZY ONE'S
CBS, 9:01 p.m. ET

In this new episode, a local coffee chain account is given a new chief account executive, and a new direction – which turns out to cause some unexpected stress, and unwanted reactions. Someone better wake up… and smell the coffee.

THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW
NBC, 9:31 p.m. ET

In this new episode, the normally laid-back Eve shows an interest in a photography class – which pleases her parents, until they discover, at that class, just what seems to be developing.

PARENTHOOD
NBC, 10:00 p.m. ET

Don’t let NBC’s almost total lack of support and promotion for this family drama series prevent you from watching it. Last season, it provided some of the most wrenching dramatic scenes on broadcast TV – and this year, with a slightly lighter tone, it’s providing some of the best smiles. And I’m including the network sitcoms in that assessment, by the way.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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TV Review
‘Sean Saves the World,’ not likely
Grandly named NBC sitcom faces a struggle to save itself
By Tom Conroy, Media Life Magazine - Oct. 3, 2013

Gay parents probably aren’t that different from straight parents, but a sitcom about them should be different from a typical TV family comedy. The little differences could inspire some big jokes.

Even if that weren’t true, a new sitcom should have some evidence of novelty. NBC’s comedy “Sean Saves the World,” a vehicle for the former “Will & Grace” star Sean Hayes, is an assemblage of the usual components of single-parent comedy, with the main character’s sexual orientation providing a few variations on old situations and old jokes.

Since gay characters are everywhere in TV comedy, even this twist feels stale. Although Hayes and his costars probably weren’t flop-sweating as they shot the show, the smell of desperation seeps through the screen.

In the premiere episode, airing tonight at 9, Sean (Hayes), a gay divorcé, tries to leave his job at a catalog company at a normal hour so he can make dinner for his 14-year-old daughter, Ellie (Samantha Isler), who recently moved in with him full time after her mother transferred to another city for a job.

Unfortunately, the company’s eccentric new owner, Max (Thomas Lennon), has decided that the entire staff has to work late indefinitely. So Sean tries to sneak himself and a chicken out of the office bathroom window.

Ssean saves the world1ean’s mother, Lorna (Linda Lavin), who helps him with Ellie, is sometimes harshly critical and sometimes doting. Since both of those attitudes are fertile ground for sitcom jokes, the show’s creator, Victor Fresco, must have asked himself, “Why choose?”

Poor Linda Lavin has the unenviable task of delivering lines about how the elderly men she dates are going to get lucky, which seem to be required of older single women on sitcoms.

In the second episode, we learn that Lorna resents Sean’s co-worker and best friend, Liz (Megan Hilty), because at his wedding, which she catered, Liz told her Sean was gay. “How dare you tell me my son is gay,” says Lorna, “on the one day I’m trying to pretend I don’t know?”

We’re supposed to believe that Lorna’s resentment is so great that, in the second episode, Sean attempts to keep her from learning that Liz took Ellie bra shopping. Though all the actors try hard to appear to care, viewers won’t.

A third episode provided for review contains the familiar scenario in which the single parent is set up on a date, only to spend more time worrying about his child. Although Hayes provides some slapsticky fun as he repeatedly hops up from the couch to try to phone Ellie, the sex of either person on the date could be changed with no rewriting.

sean saves the world2The secondary roles are either inexplicable or clichéd. Although Hunter says that Max acts like an alien, he’s actually a collection of mutually incompatible human quirks in search of a character.

Liz has no discernible character type in the premiere but blossoms as a typical sitcom tramp in the second episode. She keeps reminiscing to Ellie about sleeping with men who pretended to own limos or yachts.

Another co-worker, Hunter (Echo Kellum), can be summed up as “the black guy.”

The third episode throws in an unusual subplot about some disturbing commercials that Sean made with Lorna when he was a boy, and it features a decent running gag about a universal remote control.

But it also seems to be building a case for Freud’s theory that male homosexuality is caused by overbearing mothers and distant fathers. We can be charitable and hope that the writer wasn’t paying attention while he typed.

In the clearest sign that we’re watching a show written by a lazy sitcom writer, Sean at one point calls his boss “sir.” No American outside the military or a sitcom has called his boss “sir” for at least a quarter century.

The show’s title makes no sense. It may be a bit of self-homage on the part of Victor Fresco, who in 2002 created the much funnier “Andy Richter Controls the Universe,” an idiosyncratic show that actually played to the strengths of its titular star.

Sean may save the world, but he won’t be able to save this show.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/sean-saves-world-likely/

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Nielsen Cable Overnights (18-49)
TBS scores with NL wild card game
Cable's top show Tuesday with 4.599 million viewers
By Bill Cromwell, Media Life Magazine - Oct. 3, 2013

In a good sign for this year’s MLB postseason, the National League wild card play-in game saw solid gains over last year on Tuesday night.

The contest between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates averaged 4.599 million total viewers, according to Nielsen overnights, up 15 percent over last year’s wild card game between the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals, which drew 3.99 million viewers.

The game was the most-watched show on cable for the night, though just by a hair. FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” averaged 4.598 million viewers at 10 p.m.

The game set a record in Pittsburgh, where the Pirates hadn’t made the postseason since 1992, averaging a 33.7 local household rating.

That was the highest-rated baseball game in the city’s history. Cincinnati averaged a 16.6 for the contest.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, “Anarchy” was the cable’s No. 1 show in adults 18-49, rating a 2.4. That was second in its 10 p.m. timeslot on broadcast or cable, behind NBC’s “Chicago Fire” with a 2.6.

Viewers were clearly interested in news programming following the federal government shutdown at midnight on Oct. 1.

Three of the day’s top 10 shows on cable among total viewers were on Fox News Channel, including “The O’Reilly Factor” with 2.88 million.

“The Five” (2.438 million) and “Special Report with Bret Baier” (2.247) also finished among the top shows.

And faux news program “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” was 16th for the day with 2.036 million total viewers following a piece from his Monday show about the shutdown that went viral online.

Tuesday’s top cable programs:

18-49s
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1. FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” (10 p.m.) 2.4; Tie-2. TBS’s “MLB Wildcard” (8 p.m.) and Comedy Central’s “Tosh.0″ (10 p.m.) 1.3.

Total viewers: 1. TBS’s “MLB Wildcard” (8 p.m.) 4.599 million; 2. FX’s “Son’s of Anarchy” (10 p.m.) 4.598 million; 3. Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants” (6 p.m.) 2.97 million.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/tbs-scores-nl-wild-card-game/
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TV Review
The Millers arrives amid prime CBS real estate
By Ed Barky, UncleBarky.com - Oct. 2, 2013

Aging, cantankerous and/or befuddled parents are the fall season’s new sitcom normal.

The barrage has included Dads, Mom, Back in the Game, The Crazy Ones, The Goldbergs and now CBS’ The Millers. This time out they have the added attribute of actually being pretty funny.

Beau Bridges and Margo Martindale, who also respectively work in the esteemed cable series Masters of Sex and The Americans, are the solid pros of The Millers, which will have luxurious prime-time accommodations between The Big Bang Theory and Robin Williams’ The Crazy Ones, which launched last Thursday.

A younger seasoned pro, Will Arnett, is caught in the middle as their newly divorced son. Problem is, he hasn’t told them about this yet. And when he does, Tom and Carol Miller use it as good reason to put their own divorce in motion after 43 years of marital strife.

Arnett and The Millers’ creator and executive producer, Greg Garcia, are both going against the grains of their recent comedy projects. Arnett so far has worked without a net -- no studio audience or laugh track -- in Arrested Development and two subsequent bombs, Fox’s Running Wilde and NBC’s Up All Night. Garcia likewise has helmed two comedies without artificial additives -- NBC’s My Name Is Earl and Fox’s ongoing Raising Hope.

The Millers in contrast is very much an old-school “conventional” sitcom, with roars of laughter for exchanges like this one between Bridges’ Tom and Martindale’s Carol.

She contests his contention that they haven’t had sex in 10 years. He protests, “You walked in on me masturbating!”

“And I stayed until you finished your business,” Carol parries. “That counts!”

“No, it doesn’t count!” Tom bellows. “It doesn’t count because you were criticizing me the whole time!”

Arnett’s series of mortified reactions, as son Nathan, have a good deal to do with selling this exchange before Tom finally walks out and takes up residence with Nathan’s sister, Debbie (Jayma Mays), her husband, Adam (Nelson Franklin) and their pre-teen daughter, Mikayla (Eve Moon). Carol, of course, strong-arms her way into living with Nathan and continuing to vex him.

Unlike many sitcom sons in such predicaments, Nathan is reasonably successful as a TV reporter whose trademark feature is “Walking Your Streets.” His cameraman and best friend Ray is played by the always welcome J.B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm).

Arnett gets these different comedy rhythms down pretty well in Thursday’s premiere episode. Martindale also adapts quickly to her very first outing as a sitcom regular after years of gainful employment in drama series. Besides The Americans they include Justified, Dexter and a bit part in the first episode of Masters of Sex, where Bridges has much more to do.

The Millers has a sweet ’n’ funny mother-son rapprochement down the stretch. But is also sticks Martindale with some bargain basement fart jokes (which she survives) while Bridges’ character is a veritable Ozzy Osbourne with anything mechanical, whether it’s the microwave oven or the TV remote.

There’s plenty to sustain The Millers over what could be a pretty long haul. The show has both star quality and stars who know how to work the material. Producer Garcia likewise is a ring-wise show runner with something of a golden touch when it comes to off-center characters of lower economic status.

In that respect, his newest creation is comparatively refined and well-heeled. But it’s also well-suited -- and well-situated -- for bigger mass consumption.

THE MILLERS
Thursday, Oct. 3rd at 7:30 p.m. (central) on CBS
GRADE: B


http://www.unclebarky.com/reviews_files/3e697f31fcec50a39979e0c1ecd9bc84-1624.html
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TV Review
'Welcome To The Family'
NBC sitcom about two families' culture clash concentrates on likable characters, not easy jokes
By David Hinckley, New York Daily News - Oct. 2, 2013

If there's a sleeper hit among the season’s new comedies, it could be “Welcome to the Family,” a culture-clash sitcom that plays nicely with stereotypes.

Mike O’Malley, best known recently from “Glee,” and Mary McCormack, from “In Plain Sight,” play Dan and Caroline Yoder, who have pushed their spacey daughter, Molly (Ella Rae Peck), through high school and can’t wait to ship her off to college.

Then, as a kind of reverse graduation gift, she tells them she’s pregnant.

The baby daddy is Junior Hernandez (Joseph Haro), valedictorian son of Miguel (Ricardo Chavira) and Lisette (Justina Machado).

Neither set of parents takes the news well, and “Welcome” quickly moves on to the enforced interaction of the two families.

That doesn’t go so well, either, since the air is thick with preconceptions about cultural heritages and customs.

Happily, the show lets the easy gags serve as backdrop and focuses on characters whose quirks and blind spots never render them stupid or unlikable.

No one’s singing “Kumbaya,” but each does start discovering he or she doesn’t have a monopoly on admirable qualities.

Chavira and O’Malley, both coming from dramadies, slide into their roles easily. They start off openly hostile, which as it turns out may be no more ominous than McCormack and Machado starting with a veneer of politeness.

The wild cards, well used, are the kids, who also aren’t exactly as we first saw them.

While “Family” has predictable moments, it has the potential to provide some pleasant surprises.

'WELCOME TO THE FAMILY'
NBC, Thursday at 8:30 p.m.
Rating: ★★★ (out of five)


http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/family-tv-review-article-1.1473044
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TV Review
'The Originals': New Orleans Vampires
By Verne Gay, Newsday - Oct. 3, 2013

CRIME DRAMA "The Originals"

WHEN | WHERE Premieres tonight at 9 on CW/11 (regular time period, Tuesday at 8 p.m., starting next week)

WHAT IT'S ABOUT
This is the much-anticipated spinoff of "The Vampire Diaries." Sicko vampire hybrid Niklaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) -- one of the world's first vamps -- has come to New Orleans for a reason to be explained tonight. Possibly to be with Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), who is pregnant with his child?

Klaus has an equally wicked protege, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), who is persecuting the Big Easy's witches. That is why they have enlisted the help of Klaus' powerful brother, Elijah (Daniel Gillies). Will he help? Can he?

MY SAY "Diaries" creator Julie Plec -- who's also behind this show -- has plowed an enormous amount of backstory and new mythology into "The Originals'" pilot simply as a function of explaining why the brothers are in New Orleans and why they plan to stay. But wouldn't it have been easier to say they like the food, or that the nightlife is better here than in Mystic Falls?

At least that would have lightened the story load -- for viewers and Plec -- and moved this spinoff briskly into a new place with a new (read: fun) vibe. Instead, this all feels a bit like a shaggy dog has wandered onto the show to tell a story with as many loops, turns, twists, ironies and details as fans can possibly absorb or tolerate. That shouldn't be too much of a problem in the long run -- they will come and they will tolerate, even if these boys are no longer boys, but men (Morgan's 32 and Gillies, 37) anchoring a soap that so far has almost none of "Diaries'" post-adolescent heat.

BOTTOM LINE A not-bad spinoff that feels older than "The Vampire Diaries" and even more convoluted.

GRADE: C+


http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/tv/the-originals-review-new-orleans-vampires-1.6177549
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There's a reason Canada was hidden from Flashpoint during it's first season. The show wouldn't even say Toronto most of the time or show the skyline because they knew on CBS it would be working against them. It's not just UK imports that suffer the effect.

Unfortunately my wife has recently got me addicted to HGTV. Several of their top shows are Canadian imports, but they are very careful to hide the fact that they are shot in Canada. In shows like "Love It or List It" there never is mention of the city (Toronto) and they do voice overs when discussing sizes of house so we hear square feet instead of square meters. The one thing they can't cover up is the accents of the home owners.
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Originally Posted by kingpcgeek View Post

Unfortunately my wife has recently got me addicted to HGTV. Several of their top shows are Canadian imports, but they are very careful to hide the fact that they are shot in Canada. In shows like "Love It or List It" there never is mention of the city (Toronto) and they do voice overs when discussing sizes of house so we hear square feet instead of square meters. The one thing they can't cover up is the accents of the home owners.

There's another possibility for the attempted "deception." Perhaps the Canadian PTB were worried about the potential effect on tourism ... "Come see Canada ... now with all the Major Crime issues youse guys in the States are use to. You'll feel right at home!" wink.gifbiggrin.gif
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Exxon Sues FXX To Protect Its Good Name From Being Associated With Basic Cable

http://consumerist.com/2013/10/03/exxon-sues-fxx-to-protect-its-good-name-from-being-associated-with-basic-cable/
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Now if they had sued because FXX is a massive waste of space and dilution of content, then they might have had a good point, but I don't think anyone is going to wonder if Exxon is moving into broadcasting.

Not to mention FX probably has a better reputation than Exxon even when it's running 4 hour blocks of Mad About You. They are at least only polluting the airwaves. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by kingpcgeek View Post

Unfortunately my wife has recently got me addicted to HGTV. Several of their top shows are Canadian imports, but they are very careful to hide the fact that they are shot in Canada. In shows like "Love It or List It" there never is mention of the city (Toronto) and they do voice overs when discussing sizes of house so we hear square feet instead of square meters. The one thing they can't cover up is the accents of the home owners.

That's right, eh.
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TV Review
'The Originals': New Orleans Vampires
By Verne Gay, Newsday - Oct. 3, 2013

CRIME DRAMA "The Originals"

You know the reviewer is reliable when he lists the show in the wrong genre. rolleyes.gif
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Originally Posted by Aleron Ives View Post

You know the reviewer is reliable when he lists the show in the wrong genre. rolleyes.gif
Perhaps he's not so much putting it into the category as using that as a way to describe what he thinks of it... wink.gif
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Originally Posted by Nayan View Post

Exxon Sues FXX To Protect Its Good Name From Being Associated With Basic Cable

http://consumerist.com/2013/10/03/exxon-sues-fxx-to-protect-its-good-name-from-being-associated-with-basic-cable/

I'm apart of the forum NeoGAF. It's being cited in the lawsuit eek.gif



Edit: Here's the posting
http://neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=51823635&postcount=135
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Now that's a sign of a really strong case! biggrin.gif

Can't wait until they ask Kotaku readers and some random dudes from Something Awful to provide testimony. At the least they could have picked a design and branding site for comments.
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Now that's a sign of a really strong case! biggrin.gif

Can't wait until they ask Kotaku readers and some random dudes from Something Awful to provide testimony. At the least they could have picked a design and branding site for comments.
Haha! I was thinking the same thing! We have "numerous Internet postings", how many, who knows, "numerous". Then we have "A comment" from none other than apparent logo expert "GungHo", and then a "followup comment". Funny, funny stuff, great job Exxon! rolleyes.gifbiggrin.gif
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Hey has anyone noticed that the FXX logo looks remarkably similar to the Exxon logo? The association is so blatant it has to be plagiarism. When I first saw it I thought Exxon had started to become a cheap cable channel instead of a world leader in energy distribution and ethical responsibility.*

*I don't see why GungHo should get all the publicity, I want in on the fun too!
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Originally Posted by kingpcgeek View Post

Unfortunately my wife has recently got me addicted to HGTV. Several of their top shows are Canadian imports, but they are very careful to hide the fact that they are shot in Canada. In shows like "Love It or List It" there never is mention of the city (Toronto) and they do voice overs when discussing sizes of house so we hear square feet instead of square meters. The one thing they can't cover up is the accents of the home owners.

I watch a moderate amount of HGTV and I really don't care if a show is shot in Canada. I never thought it was a secret, it's pretty obvious if you pay even rudimentary attention. I actually watch a number of Canadian shows, stuff that is not available in the US and enjoy it.
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