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Business Notes
Sales Are Colossal, Shares Are Soaring. All Amazon Is Missing Is a Profit
By David Streitfeld, The New York Times - Oct. 22, 2013

They just raised the regular minimum order requirement for free shipping from $25 to $35 so that should get them some extra $$.
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By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Oct. 22, 2013
Look who might be coming back from the dead. I’ve learned that ABC is considering bringing back crime drama Body Of Proof.

I've always said that it was a mistake to cancel this series.
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Technology Notes
Why TV Networks Are Bypassing Pilots for Direct-to-Series Orders
By Lacey Rose and Leslie Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter - Oct. 22, 2013

As the battle for eyeballs grows more competitive, the broadcast TV networks increasingly are rethinking the pilot process.

On Oct. 17, Fox said it would bypass the pilot stage with a 13-episode commitment for Hieroglyph, a fantastical drama from Pacific Rim writer Travis Beacham. The project, which centers on a notorious thief plucked from prison to serve the Pharaoh, became the latest in a string of straight-to-series orders. Fox already has made series bets on Tina Fey, Matt Hubbard and Robert Carlock's untitled women's college comedy and the Batman prequel Gotham, while CBS is going the series route with the summer sci-fi drama Extant as well as its Vince Gilligan-David Shore cop drama Battle Creek.

Blame the shift on the influx of TV competitors, from Netflix to WGN America, that are elbowing their way into the game by offering massive commitments. "A lot of this is about getting people to come to us over cable," says a network source of the broadcast buys, with another pointing to Netflix's 26-episode order for House of Cards as the game-changer.

"As networks are trying to figure out how to compete with basic cable, premium cable and productions for digital platforms, what everyone realizes is, they have to be bold and not shy away from big ideas," says 20th Century Fox TV chair Gary Newman, acknowledging that some of the biggest swings aren't feasible on the pilot model. Take Hieroglyph, whose ancient Egypt setting would make little economic sense if costs couldn't be amortized over multiple episodes. Or Extant, which wouldn't have lured Halle Berry to star had it not received an on-air commitment. "These high-level actors are not interested in being in a failed pilot," notes one insider.

There are other reasons at play, too. Fox Entertainment chair Kevin Reilly has explained that his moves are a way to "unwind" his network off the antiquated pilot cycle -- a "silly system," as he put it in a recent interview with THR. Fox spends as much as $4 million a pop to license each pilot, many of which viewers never see. The straight-to-series strategy allows networks and studios to have a product that they can exploit immediately on air and in the international marketplace.

Not that network heads like Reilly or CBS' Nina Tassler plan to stop making pilots altogether. For every direct-to-series success like CBS' Under the Dome, there's a pricey flop like NBC's The Michael J. Fox Show. To land the latter, NBC committed to airing 22 episodes, and ratings have been low. Reilly noted that a pilot still can serve as a helpful test -- or a hedge, when talented people go off track.

"From a network perspective, [direct-to-series] is a far riskier way to go, which is why you won't see a wholesale change in this direction," says Newman, pointing out that a network is making a $30 million bet on 13 episodes rather than a single $3 million to $4 million wager on a pilot. "But when you have the right property and the right talent involved, you're going to see networks do this both to win projects from other networks and to make projects that at another time maybe weren't possible because they were too big."

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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Oct. 23, 2013

ABC, 8:00 p.m. ET

No one cares about the number of episodes a series produces like the program production company itself, because reaching 100 remains, at least for now, a magic number – the number generally required for a lucrative syndication deal to cable or off-network sales. Streaming venues are changing that a bit, but for now, reaching 100 episodes is still a big deal. And tonight, the Heck family reaches that milestone, with another episode of a comedy that has never gotten its due, but always is worth a visit.

Fox, 8:00 p.m. ET

The Boston Red Sox get home-field advantage for Game 1 against the St. Louis Cardinals. Jon Lester, 15-8, takes the mound for Boston, and Adam Wainwright, 19-9, gets the ball for St. Louis. Given the pitching duels, and pace of play, in the playoffs for these respective teams, set your recorders for extra time if you’re not watching live.

ABC, 9:00 p.m. ET

Nathan Lane returns as Pepper, and he’s only one of many giddy guest stars peppering tonight’s wedding-preparations episode of Modern Family, with Cam and Mitchell (Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson) planning for their official big day.

CBS, 10:00 p.m. ET

This series celebrates episode number 300 tonight, with a plot that has the crew revisiting an unsolved murder from 13 years ago. And that’s when CSI began broadcasting its episodes – which is why it’s especially apt that one of the original cast members, Marg Helgenberger, returns to help solve this very cold case. And reuniting with Jorja Fox as well…

FX, 10:00 p.m. ET

As we get closer to Halloween, do you need any other reason to tune in to TV’s scariest weekly series? (Well, other than Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.) Tonight, Fiona selects someone else to mentor – and it’s by no means an obvious choice.


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TV Notes
Margo Martindale and 'The Millers' Riding High
By Donna J. Plesh, TVWorthWatching.com

Life is good these days for Margo Martindale. She’s one of the stars of CBS’ new Thursday night comedy The Millers, which was rated 11th in this week’s Nielsen ratings—better this week than any new network comedy, or drama for that matter.

Life will likely get even better for the veteran actress when the film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway stage hit, August Osage County opens in theaters on Christmas Day. In that film, already generating Oscar buzz, she is part of an all-star cast that includes Meryl Streep (she plays Streep’s sister), Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Sam Shepard, Dermot Mulroney and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Martindale is on a roll. Last season she played the handler of a pair of Russian spies posing as Americans in the FX Cold War-era drama series The Americans and her 10-episode run earned her a 2012 guest actress Emmy nomination.

The year before, Martindale won a 2011 Best Supporting Actress Emmy for her role as crime family matriarch Mags Bennett on the FX series Justified.

With all the drama roles recently, why a comedy series? “I always wanted to do a comedy,” she says. “The appeal is that you are on your toes and it really challenges the fastness at how one can work. It’s not easy. It’s all about being facile and fast. so I think this is the right time to do it.

“It [comedy] just seems natural,” she continues. Martindale’s career started on the stage and included sketch comedy roles at a New York club, and she liked the way it felt. “From the very moment I started doing comedy on stage...I always wanted to be on a sitcom.”

Instead of that, she says, “I just started killing people [in TV roles and in films] along the way. And so, finally, I’m getting to do some comedy. I’m very happy.”

On the sitcom, Martindale plays the mother of a recently-divorced TV newsman (Will Arnett). He’s looking forward to living on his own and getting back into the dating game. But things don’t go exactly as he had planned because his mother and father (Beau Bridges) separate after years of marriage. Mom moves in with her son, and dad moves in with his sister (Jayma Mays) and her husband (Nelson Franklin).

Martindale’s character immediately inserts herself into her son’s life. In the first episode, she literally became the life of the party when she and Arnett re-enacted the memorable dance scene from the film “Dirty Dancing.”

“That scene took a lot of practice and a lot of work. Will and I would work with the music and try to get the steps out and try not to screw up,” Martindale recalls.

Airing at 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, The Millers has, arguably, the best timeslot on television following television’s hghest-rated comedy The Big Bang Theory. How does she feel about having her show in that coveted timeslot? “Well what do you say?” she says, with a laugh. “I sure hope we don’t screw up.”

Not so far. The series seems to be on solid footing, but she says she’d be interested in finding time to return to The Americans, too. Her character, Claudia, was not killed off. “I hope we work it out so I can go there.”

At 62, Martindale’s career seems to be in fast-forward. She’s got a high-profile network series, a film opening that’s causing some early Oscar buzz, an Emmy nomination, and an Emmy trophy already at home.

“Well, I get to turn down jobs now, which is really something that didn’t happen before,” she says. “Things are great. It’s not like I’m an overnight [sensation]… I’ve been working all along. You just didn’t notice me.”

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TUESDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insight's Blog
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ rises after pick-up
New comedy averages a 1.6 in 18-49s, up 7 percent
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Oct. 23, 2013

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is still far from a hit, but the new comedy saw a ratings boost days after getting a full-season order from Fox.

“Brooklyn” rose 7 percent versus last week, to a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating in the 8:30 p.m. timeslot, according to Nielsen overnights.

It improved 14 percent over its lead-in, new comedy “Dads,” which was off a tenth from last week to a 1.4.

“Brooklyn” was Fox’s No. 2 show on Tuesday night, finishing just 0.2 behind the network’s top program, “New Girl,” which drew a 1.8 at 9 p.m.

Another new comedy, ABC’s “The Goldbergs,” also posted week-to-week gains, up 6 percent to a 1.7 at 9 p.m. despite another weekly decline for its lead-in, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” “S.H.I.E.L.D.” averaged a 2.6 at 8 p.m., off a tenth from last week and a new low, though tied for the night’s No. 3 program overall.

ABC’s “Trophy Wife” also fell to a series-low 1.2 at 9:30 p.m.

CBS’s lineup was steady versus last week. “NCIS” dropped a tenth, to a 3.0, topping “S.H.I.E.L.D.” in the 8 p.m. timeslot for the second straight week.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” (2.6) and “Person of Interest” (2.2) were both flat to last week. “Interest” scored its first timeslot victory over NBC’s “Chicago Fire,” which was off 9 percent from last week to a 2.1 at 10 p.m.

NBC won the night, as usual, led by the evening’s top show, “The Voice,” which drew a 4.0.

NBC was first for the night among 18-49s with a 2.7 average overnight rating and an 8 share. CBS was second at 2.6/7, ABC third at 1.7/5, Fox fourth at 1.5/4, Univision fifth at 1.3/4, CW sixth at 1.0/3 and Telemundo seventh at 0.5/1.

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

CBS started the night in the lead with a 3.0 at 8 p.m. for “NCIS,” followed by ABC with a 2.6 for “S.H.I.E.L.D.” NBC was third with a 2.0 for “The Biggest Loser,” Univision fourth with a 1.7 for “Porque el Amor Manda,” Fox fifth with a 1.5 for “Dads” (1.4) and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (1.6), CW sixth with a 0.9 for “The Originals” and Telemundo seventh with a 0.4 for “Marido en Alquiler.”

NBC took the lead at 9 p.m. with a 4.0 for “The Voice,” while CBS slipped to second with a 2.6 for “NCIS: LA.” Fox was third with a 1.6 for “Girl” (1.8) and “The Mindy Project” (1.4), ABC fourth with a 1.5 for “Goldbergs” (1.7) and “Trophy” (1.2), Univision fifth with a 1.3 for “La Tempestad,” CW sixth with a 1.0 for “Supernatural” and Telemundo seventh with a 0.5 for more “Marido en Alquiler.”

CBS moved back to first at 10 p.m. with a 2.2 for “Interest,” with NBC second with a 2.1 for “Fire.” ABC was third with a 1.1 for a repeat of “Shark Tank,” Univision fourth with a 1.0 for “Mentir para Vivir” and Telemundo fifth with a 0.5 for “Santa Diabla.”

CBS finished first for the night among households with a 9.8 average overnight rating and a 16 share. NBC was second at 5.7/9, ABC third at 3.2/5, Fox fourth at 2.3/4, Univision fifth at 1.7/3, CW sixth at 1.4/2 and Telemundo seventh at 0.7/1.


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TV/Nielsen Notes
Red Sox versus Cardinals, again
Fox airs a rematch of the high-rated 2004 World Series
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Oct. 22, 2013

The last time the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals met in the World Series, in 2004, things ended badly for the Cards.

Nearly everyone outside of St. Louis was pulling for the hard-luck Red Sox, who hadn’t won a World Series in 86 years. Buoyed by their crazed fans and national excitement over the Boston story, the Red Sox swept the Cardinals 4-0.

Now the Cardinals have a shot at revenge. The two squads begin their second World Series matchup in nine years tonight at 7:30 p.m. on Fox.

Both teams have had their ups and downs since then. The Cardinals have won the World Series in 2006 and 2011, but they lost the manager from those title teams, Tony La Russa, as well as their top hitter, Albert Pujols, who left for the Angels months after the 2011 series win.

The Cards made it to the fall classic on the strength of their pitching.

Rookie Michael Wacha has been phenomenal in the playoffs, winning the National League Championship Series MVP, and he’s not even their ace. Perennial Cy Young contender Adam Wainwright is.

The Red Sox, meanwhile, are this season’s biggest turnaround story. They were terrible last year under Bobby Valentine, who was fired after just one season, posting the club’s worst record in more than five decades.

Under new manager John Farrell, the Red Sox had the American League’s best record.

They’re slightly favored over their NL rivals in the series, but ratings are expected to be down from the last time they met.

The historic nature of Boston’s win bumped up numbers for the 2004 series, which averaged 25.4 million total viewers, according to Nielsen.

Still, this year’s fall classic will undoubtedly better the record-low 12.7 million who tuned in last year.

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TV Notes
‘Sherlock’ Returning January 19 At 10 PM, Following ‘Downton Abbey’
By Lisa De Moraes, Deadline.com - Oct. 23, 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch, fresh off his feature film flop The Fifth Estate, will return in the better-reviewed Sherlock starting January 19 in the 10 PM time slot following Downton Abbey, PBS announced this morning. In the UK, BBC has not yet announced Sherlock’s return date, but promises the three episodes will launch there before the PBS debut. PBS also confirmed Downton Abbey’s January 5 return. Scheduling Sherlock’s three 90-minute episodes to follow Downton, PBS said in its first-quarter scheduling news, “reinforces PBS’ move into 10 PM programming on several key nights.”

In this morning’s flurry of PBS announcements, the network made a special fuss over “Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, The Office UK) returning as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in the contemporary reinvention of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic, created by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and Mark Gatiss. In a separate announcement, Masterpiece exec producer Rebecca Eaton cooed, “The genius Sherlock team has done it again,” adding, “These people are GOOD!” The Fifth Estate, in which Cumberbatch received good reviews playing WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, has nonetheless gone into the books as having the worst opening weekend this year to date.

PBS also said it was announcing a number of new programs, though we’ve known for ages that American Masters had gotten its hands on the much-ballyhooed biopic Salinger. Anyway, in this morning’s announcement, PBS also says per Nielsen that its 2012-13 primetime programming saw an overall average ratings increase of 7% over the previous season and that PBS now ranks eighth among all broadcast and cable networks “in overall general audience content.” We’ll get back to when we figure out what PBS is talking about, and we advise you not to hold your breath while you wait for numbers. PBS also claimed this morning it is now surpassed, in this PBS metric, by only the four major broadcast networks, USA, Univision, and Disney — overtaking ESPN, History and TNT in the ratings. Previously, PBS says, it ranked No. 11.

PBS’s upcoming primetime schedule is, per usual, thick with Brit on Sundays, science and nature shows on Wednesday, and arts and performance programming on Fridays:


MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Downton Abbey, Season 4” — Sundays, January 5-February 23, 2014, 9:00 p.m. ET — Season 4 of the international hit finds aristocrats coping with last season’s shocking finale. Change is in the air as three generations of the Crawley family have conflicting interests in the estate. Paul Giamatti appears alongside the beloved returning ensemble that includes Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, guest star Shirley MacLaine and many others. A Carnival/MASTERPIECE co-production.

MASTERPIECE “Sherlock, Season 3” — Sundays, January 19-February 2, 2014, 10:00 p.m. ET — Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, The Office UK) return as Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson in three new 90-minute episodes — “The Empty Hearse” (January 19), “The Sign of Three” (January 26) and “His Last Vow” (February 2) — of the contemporary reinvention of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic, written and created by Steven Moffat (Dr. Who) and Mark Gatiss (Game of Thrones). The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated “Sherlock” has been a television sensation since the first season aired in 2010.

CHASING SHACKLETON — Wednesdays, January 8-22, 2014, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET — This new three-part series follows a modern expedition that re-creates Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition. A crew of five intrepid explorers led by renowned adventurer, scientist and author Tim Jarvis in a replica of the original explorers’ lifeboat, uses only the tools and supplies Shackleton’s team used. When his ship The Endurance was crushed by ice and sank, Shackleton’s heroic leadership in the face of almost certain death saved the lives of 27 men stranded more than 500 days.

HAWKING — Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET — Told for the first time in his own words, this is the intimate and revealing story of Stephen Hawking. Viewers join him at home with his nursing team; in San Jose as he wows a packed theatre; meeting a team of technicians who hope to speed up his communication system; and hosting a party for family and friends. HAWKING tells a life’s journey, from boyhood underachiever to PhD genius, from healthy Oxford rowing team member to a prognosis of just two years to live, and surviving several close brushes with death.

AMERICAN MASTERS “Salinger” — Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 9:00 p.m. ET — The series’ 200th episode features interviews with 150 subjects, including J.D. Salinger’s friends, colleagues and members of his inner circle who have never before spoken on the record, as well as film footage, photographs and other material that has never been seen. Famous names of all stripes talk about Salinger’s influence on their lives, their work and the broader culture, including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, Martin Sheen, Tom Wolfe, E.L. Doctorow, Gore Vidal and many more. This film is the first work to go beyond the Catcher in the Rye author’s meticulously built-up wall to reveal his childhood, painstaking work methods, marriages and the secrets he left behind after his death in 2010.

INDEPENDENT LENS “At Berkeley” – Monday, January 13, 2014, 10:00 p.m. ET — Legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman goes back to school for this intimate and sprawling film. “At Berkeley” is a revealing documentary about the University of California at Berkeley, the oldest and most prestigious member of a ten-campus public education system and one of the finest research and teaching facilities in the world.

GREAT PERFORMANCES “Barrymore” — Friday, January 31, 2014, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET — In “Barrymore,” 83-year-old stage and screen legend Christopher Plummer portrays another titan of theater and film from an earlier age, the illustrious — and notorious — John Barrymore. This acclaimed film adaptation of William Luce’s 1997 play is set in 1942 during the final months of Barrymore’s life. On the stage of a Broadway theater, the famously combative star struggles to recreate his performance in Shakepeare’s Richard III, recalling the highs and lows of his remarkable life and career in the process.


SUPER SKYSCRAPERS — Wednesdays, February 5-26, 2014, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET — As urban space shrinks, we build higher and faster than ever before, creating a new generation of skyscrapers. Super skyscrapers are pushing the limits of engineering, technology and design to become greener, stronger, smarter and more luxurious than their predecessors. This four-part series follows the creation of four extraordinary buildings, showcasing how they will revolutionize the way we live, work and protect ourselves from potential threats.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “The Amish: Shunned” — Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET — Filmed over one year, “The Amish: Shunned” follows seven former members of the Amish community as they reflect on decisions to leave one of the most tightly knit communities in the U.S. Estranged from family, ex-Amish find themselves struggling to make their way in modern America. Interwoven through the stories are voices of Amish men and women who remain staunchly loyal to their traditions and faith. They explain the importance of obedience, the strong ties that bind their communities together and the pain they endure when a loved one falls away.


CALL THE MIDWIFE, Season 3 — Sundays, March 30-May 18, 2014, 8:00 p.m. ET — The third season of CALL THE MIDWIFE takes viewers back to East London. It’s now 1959, the eve of the Swinging Sixties. The winds of change are sweeping through the country and the residents of Nonnatus House face some momentous changes of their own.

MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Mr. Selfridge, Season 2” — Sundays, March 30-May 18, 2014, 9:00 p.m. ET — Season two of the popular series starring Jeremy Piven as the flamboyant American entrepreneur who founded London’s famous Selfridge’s department store picks up in 1914, as the store celebrates its fifth anniversary. The acclaimed cast includes Frances O’Connor, Aisling Loftus, Katherine Kelly, Gregory Fitoussi, Amanda Abbington and Tom Goodman-Hill. The series is based on Shopping, Seduction & Mr. Selfridge by Lindy Woodhead. An ITV Studios and MASTERPIECE co-production.

STORY OF THE JEWS — Tuesdays, March 25, 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET and April 1, 2014, 8:00-11:00 p.m. ET — This epic five-part series follows noted historian, author and critic Simon Schama as he explores the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day in this new five-part series. Episodes focus on biblical times (“The Beginning”); medieval times (“Among Believers”); the enlightenment (“A Leap of Faith”); shtetl culture and its mark on the modern world (“Over the Rainbow”); and the post-holocaust era (“Return”). Co-produced by WNET/Thirteen and the BBC.


In April, PBS lines up several new NATURE episodes, NOVA “Inside Animal Minds” and YOUR INNER FISH for three weeks of block-buster science and nature programming.

NATURE — Wednesdays, April 9, 23, 30, 2014, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET — NATURE this month covers animal prosthetics, Japanese macaque monkeys and wild mule deer. “Bionic Animals” (w.t.) (April 9) reveals that prosthetics made possible by the latest engineering and technology are enabling disabled animals to survive. “Snow Monkeys” (w.t.) (April 23) profiles the Japanese macaque, or snow monkey, an intelligent species known for unusual behaviors, including communal bathing in hot springs and rolling snowballs for fun. In “Touching the Wild” (w.t.) (April 30), Joe Hutto (“My Life as a Turkey”) literally enters deer society, crossing the species divide and tapping into a new understanding of these elusive animals.

NOVA “Inside Animal Minds” (w.t.) – Wednesdays, April 9-23, 2014, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET — We have all gazed into a creature’s eyes and wondered: What is it thinking about? What does it know? Now, the revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions. In the three-hour “Inside Animal Minds,” NOVA explores these breakthroughs through the eyes of three iconic creatures: dogs, birds and dolphins.

YOUR INNER FISH — Wednesdays, April 9-23, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET — How did the human body become the complicated, quirky and amazing machine it is today? This cutting-edge scientific adventure reveals a startling truth: hidden within the human body is a story of life on Earth, and the legacy of animals that lived hundreds of millions of years ago. Based on the best-selling book by Neil Shubin, the series travels from Africa to the Arctic Circle to uncover the 3.5 billion year history of the human body — and how a colorful cast of ancient characters made us who we are today.

THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE, Season 2 — Sundays, April 13-May 4, 2014, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET — THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE returns for a second season, following four ordinary women with the extraordinary ability to break codes, a skill honed during World War II when they worked undercover at Bletchley Park, site of the United Kingdom’s main decryption establishment. The women use their code-breaking skills to solve crimes in post-war London.

PIONEERS OF TELEVISION — Tuesdays, April 8-29, 2014, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET — More than 200 breakthrough stars bring their stories to life in season four of this Emmy-nominated documentary series. Each episode melds compelling new interviews with irresistible clips to offer a fresh take on TV’s biggest celebrities. Featured stars in this season’s four new episodes (“Standup to Sitcom,” “Doctors and Nurses,” “Acting Funny” and “Breaking Barriers”) include Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr, Bill Cosby, Tim Allen, Ray Romano, Noah Wyle, Anthony Edwards, Diahann Carroll, Howie Mandel, Bob Newhart and many more.

INDEPENDENT LENS “Muscle Shoals” – Tuesday, April 21, 2014, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET — Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. The music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. At its heart is Rick Hall, who brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. In this joyful film, Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism and mystery, and why it remains influential today.


COMING BACK WITH WES MOORE — Tuesdays, May 13-27, 2013, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET — Meet returning U.S. veterans as they welcome cameras into their homes and their lives in this three-part special programmed in time for Memorial Day. Hosted by combat veteran and The New York Times best-selling author Wes Moore, the series tells personal stories of an exceptional group of people, the challenges they face and their courageous efforts to overcome obstacles as they work to readjust to life back home.

NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT (2014) — Sunday, May 25, 2014, 8:00-9:30 p.m. ET; rpt. 9:30-11:00 p.m. ET — Join co-hosts Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise for the 25th anniversary broadcast of this iconic event that offers a tribute to our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. Broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the night of remembrance features an all-star line-up with the National Symphony Orchestra before an audience of hundreds of thousands, millions at home and beamed to troops around the world on the American Forces Network.

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Great! it will be nice to see Sherlock in HD. I've watched the series on SD DVDs but HD makes everything better smile.gif
Also glad to see THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE, CALL THE MIDWIFE and not to mention Mr. Selfridge will be coming back!
Glad to see my $$'s well spent, lots of good things on PBS to look forward too.
Now the only one left for me is Doc Martin but I don't think the current season is even playing in Britain so that will be a while.
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Must just be your market or you missed them. All six of the previously aired episodes played here. I caught the first season of three in repeats after the second season of three aired. Really good show. Can't wait for the next season.
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Originally Posted by mreedelp View Post

Must just be your market or you missed them. All six of the previously aired episodes played here. I caught the first season of three in repeats after the second season of three aired. Really good show. Can't wait for the next season.
Sorry I deleted my remark about Sherlock not playing in the US before, and questioning the title of Dad's post. Yes either I missed it or it didn't air in my market, I looked it up shortly after posting and saw it has aired in the US prior so I quickly deleted my comment. If it's like Downton Abbey they may be repeating previous episodes in the weeks before the premier of the newest season, If thats the case I'll be able to catch it then.
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TV Notes
NBC's 'Dracula' aims for a sexy revamp with Jonathan Rhys Meyers
The Irish actor portrays a complex, multi-layered Dracula in a new historical drama that hopes to reinvent the gothic bloodsucker.
By Katherine Tulich, Los Angeles Times - Oct. 23, 2013

This is not your great-great grandfather's Dracula.

It's NBC's — and that means in this lush, re-imagined world, the mysterious count made famous in Bram Stoker's 1897 classic now has washboard abs, is posing as an American (vampire) in London, and is a complicated antihero. The new series, which premieres Friday and seems to have shed any lingering gothic inhibitions about sex, blood and gore, stars the brooding Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

"I guess it was inevitable with my looks I would be asked to play a vampire one day," Rhys Meyers says with a laugh on the phone from his North London home.

The 36-year-old actor is no stranger to playing long-dead historical characters who suddenly return to life looking better than ever. From 2007 to 2010, he portrayed a decidedly fit, vigorous and boil-free Henry VIII in Showtime's historical drama "The Tudors."

While rarely taking on big-budget historical productions for ongoing series, NBC has to compete in an increasingly Comic-Con-driven universe overrun by witches, vampires and zombies. In fact, NBC executives are hoping the retooled gothic classic will expand the unexpected and durable success they've enjoyed on Friday nights with the fairy-tale drama "Grimm."

"We wanted to reinvent Dracula the way we reinvented Henry VIII at Showtime," says Robert Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman, who previously headed up programming at the premium cable channel.

In the 10-episode series, which was shot in Budapest, Hungary, Dracula pretends to be Alexander Grayson, an American inventor and entrepreneur. Including flashback scenes, Rhys Meyers straddles three characters.

"Vlad is who he is," he says. "Grayson is the mask, a type of Howard Hughes figure, as the American who represents the new world posing a threat to Victorian society, and Dracula is the monster in him that is like an open nerve."

While retaining many of the characters from the Stoker novel, the series gives one of the book's main characters a twist: Van Helsing is friend, not foe. In the opening moments of the series, Van Helsing revives — in a very "Raiders of the Lost Ark" moment — an entombed and decaying Dracula.

Soon the pair band together against a common enemy, the Order of the Dragon, an evil conglomerate bent on political domination and pushing the world's addiction to oil. Not coincidentally this is the same shadowy group that cursed Vlad Tepes and turned him into the vampire Dracula centuries ago. When as Grayson, Dracula makes a splash with a theatrical presentation of wireless electricity, the battle lines are drawn in the cobbled streets of Victorian London.

"We loved the idea that a man that lives in the dark is bringing light to the masses," says executive producer Tony Krantz. "We thought this was a fascinating time in society at the birth of the 20th century and gives the story an interesting revenge angle."

Stepping into Dracula's skin wasn't easy, particularly since so many other actors have been there before, says Rhys Meyers, who was glad the part didn't call for capes, bats and a stake through the heart. He did recall, though, a Muppets Count von Count moment when he first tried on the blood-sucking dental ware.

"You do feel a bit ridiculous. It's really hard to speak, and then you find yourself talking with a lisp," he says. "You have to be careful you don't end up sounding like a cliché Count Dracula."

With an Irish lilt and a self-mocking, jovial manner, Rhys Meyers seems very different to the intense characters he so often portrays.

"I think I'm seen as more an antihero or villain. People find something a bit threatening in me. I have quite direct eyes so that lends to the scariness I can portray. It's quite funny, because I am not like that at all — I'm just perceived that way," he says. "I've done some good things and a few knucklehead stupid things in my life, but that brings you experience and what I like to call a world wariness to what I play."

Greenblatt has a long working history with Rhys Meyers that includes the CBS TV movie "Elvis" and then Showtime's "The Tudors."

"I thought Johnny would be perfect because he is compelling and sexy in a way that Dracula needs to be but he also feels 'old world' and modern at the same time," says Greenblatt. "There's no Bela Lugosi to this performance — yes, he needs to be powerful and frightening, but he also brings a vulnerability and haunted quality to the show."

Australian actress Jessica De Gouw (last seen in CW's "Arrow") plays a spiced up Mina Murray, who is now a reincarnation of Dracula's long-dead wife. Naturally, this leads to a complicated triangle as Dracula tries to woo her away from her fiancé and journalist, Jonathan Harker.

Her role, along with other major female characters such as loyal friend Lucy Westenra (played by "Merlin's" Katie McGrath) and Lady Jane (played by Irish actress Victoria Smurfit), vampy socialite and secret vampire hunter, are given a decidedly femme twist.

"It's a very different Mina to the original story," says De Gouw. "She is a brilliant woman — strong, independent and well educated. Making her a medical student makes her much more interesting. I think all the women in the show are relatable modern women, but just in a different world."

Though it may not play to the "Twilight" crowd, Rhys Meyers is still hoping the show will attract audiences with an appetite for good-looking, complex bloodsuckers.

"The original 'Twilight' crowd is getting older now anyway," he says with a laugh. "They've probably put away their Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner posters, so they might be looking for something else."

Where: NBC
When: 10 p.m. Friday

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TV Sports
How Fox Deportes Turned It Around to Dominate Spanish-Language Sports
By Tony Maglio, TheWrap.com - Oct. 23, 2013

Fox Deportes is about to broadcast the World Series in Spanish — which says a lot about the strategy it’s used to dominate Spanish-language sports broadcasting.

Three years ago, the decade-old Fox Deportes was a soccer-fixated network that couldn’t overcome ESPN Deportes or Gol TV in terms of ratings or brand awareness. Now, thanks to a new focus on mainstream sports — but in Spanish — it is leading its competitors in total viewers and the key 18-49 demographic, both in primetime and total day viewing.

Fox Deportes averages 43,000 viewers each day to ESPN Deportes’ 34,000. The gap widens in primetime, when Fox has 66,000 average viewers to ESPN’s 49,000.

Just as sweet: Ad sales are up 100 percent.

The company’s fortunes have improved since it brought in new Executive Vice President and General Manager Vincent Cordero, who came up with a novel idea: Stop thinking of viewers as Latin Americans who live in the U.S., still loyal only to popular Latin American sports like soccer. Start thinking of them as sports fans who just happen to speak Spanish.

“I think historically, people thought of U.S. Latinos as Latin Americans in the United States, as opposed to Americans who are Latino,” Cordero told TheWrap. “I am a U.S. Latino — I fundamentally believe that we are the new face of the United States and that we deserve the best.”

The network aggressively pursued exclusive rights to popular American sports. It has the exclusive rights for UFC, NCAA College Football, and Golden Boy boxing. And the network hasn’t turned its back on soccer. It has the UEFA soccer league and Copa Libertadores — their two highest-rated properties.

Being under the Fox umbrellas also gave it the Major League Baseball rights — including tonight’s series between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals.

Last NCAA College Football season, Fox Deportes aired the most college football games ever aired in Spanish — 17 — including the Cotton Bowl. This year it set the mark for the most NASCAR events aired in Spanish, with eight.

Fox Deportes has become more successful as its market has become more crowded: Telemundo has more aggressively pursued live event rights and both Al-Jazeera Sports Net and Univision Deportes have debuted.

Its news show, meanwhile, “Central Fox,” is beating ESPN Deportes’ “SportsCenter.” And it’s winning in the social media sphere.

In 2011, the network had just 50,000 Facebook fans. Today it has nearly 2.2 million — more than any Fox Sports property. Univision Deportes and ESPN Deportes each have fewer than 450,000.

The network’s popularity on the air and online had fed one another, partly because the network began posting in English as well as Spanish to achieve the widest possible audience. It hopes to have three million Facebook fans by April.

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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)

8PM - Once Upon A Time In Wonderland
9PM - Grey's Anatomy
10PM - Scandal
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11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Lisa Kudrow; author Malcolm Gladwell; Kings of Leon perform)
12:37AM - Nightline

8PM - The Big Bang Theory
8:31PM - The Millers
9:01PM - The Crazy Ones
9:31PM - Two and a Half Men
10:01PM - Elementary
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11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Robin Williams; Lizzy Caplan; Icona Pop performs; opera singer Renee Fleming presents the Top Ten List)
(R - Sep. 25)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Ray Romano; NASCAR driver Carl Edwards)
(R - Sep. 24)

8PM - The Voice
(R - Oct. 22)
9:01PM - Sean Saves the World
9:30PM - The Michael J. Fox Show
10PM - Parenthood
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11:34AM - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (Emma Roberts; animal handler Dave Salmoni; Diane Birch performs)
12:36AM - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Edward Norton; director Judd Apatow; Pearl Jam performs)
1:36AM - Last Call With Carson Daly (Comic Pete Holmes; Foals perform)

7:30PM - 2013 World Series, Game 2: St. Louis Cardinals at Boston Red Sox (LIVE)

(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - The 'This Old House' Hour
9PM - Call the Midwife
(R - Feb. 5, 2012)
10PM - Antiques Roadshow: Miami Beach
(R - Jan. 3, 2011)

8PM - Porque El Amor Manda
9PM - La Tempestad
10PM - Mentir Para Vivir

8PM - The Vampire Diaries
9PM - Reign

8PM - Marido en Alquiler (120 min.)
10PM - Santa Diabla

11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Chiwetel Ejiofor)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Stephen Fry)
12:01AM - @Midnight (Kyle Kinane; Tom Lennon; Deon Cole)

11PM - Conan (Megan Mullally; Adam DeVine; Lindsey Stirling)

11PM - Chelsea Lately (Johnny Knoxville)

Check Local Listings - Arsenio (Blair Underwood; Cheryl Hines; Nelly Featuring Fortune)
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TV/Business Notes
Time Warner Cable Cuts Deal to Carry Al Jazeera America
By Todd Spangler, Variety.com - Oct. 23, 2013

Time Warner Cable inked a pact to carry Al Jazeera America, significantly expanding the reach of the fledgling cable-newser backed by the Qatar government, The New York Times reported.

Terms of the deal are not being disclosed. TW Cable will add Al Jazeera America for subscribers in New York and L.A. by the end of the year, and in other markets in its footprint by March 2014, according to the Times.

Al Jazeera America debuted Aug. 20 with distribution to about 44 million households through pacts with providers including Comcast, DirecTV, Dish Network and Verizon FiOS TV. Time Warner Cable has about 11.7 million subscribers nationwide.

In January, Al Jazeera purchased Al Gore’s Current TV cable network for a reported $500 million. Al Jazeera America, which is competing with cable news mainstays Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, positions itself as offering “unbiased, fact-based and in-depth journalism.”

AT&T U-verse had been scheduled to carry Al Jazeera America when the channel launched in August, but the telco backed out claiming the programmer had breached certain terms of their agreement. Al Jazeera America then sued AT&T for breach of contract; the lawsuit is pending.

Al Jazeera America, based in New York, says it has 12 bureaus in major cities around the U.S. and operates three broadcast centers. The channel employs nearly 800 journalists and staff.

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Critic's Notes
Killer Whale, Captive Whale
By Kathryn Shattuck, The New York Times

On Feb. 24, 2010, Dawn Brancheau, a senior trainer at SeaWorld Orlando in Florida, was killed when Tilikum, a 12,000-pound bull orca, grabbed her as they interacted in shallow water and dragged her into a deep pool, mutilating and drowning her. It was the third human death the whale had been implicated in since 1991. “If you were in a bathtub for 25 years, don’t you think you’d get a little irritated, aggravated, maybe a little psychotic?” Jane Velez-Mitchell suggested afterward in a CNN panel discussion. But had Tilikum turned violent from the stress of living outside his natural environment? Or was he, like the overgrown kid he was portrayed as, just playing?

“Blackfish,” Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s chilling documentary, to be shown on Thursday night at 9 on CNN, uses the backdrop of Ms. Brancheau’s death to chronicle SeaWorld’s nearly four-decade history of holding orcas captive — starting with the kidnapping of calves from their anguished mothers — and asks if keeping whales in marine parks amounts to torture for animals whose brains may be more complex than our own. “When you look into their eyes, you know somebody is home,” says John Jett, a former SeaWorld trainer turned critic. “Somebody’s looking back.”

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I looked at the Thursday night list of shows and realized I don't watch one of these shows. Thursday has turned into dreck day.
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Originally Posted by mikeewing View Post

I looked at the Thursday night list of shows and realized I don't watch one of these shows. Thursday has turned into dreck day.

Monday has turned that way for me.
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

TV Notes
NBC's 'Dracula' aims for a sexy revamp with Jonathan Rhys Meyers
The Irish actor portrays a complex, multi-layered Dracula in a new historical drama that hopes to reinvent the gothic bloodsucker.
By Katherine Tulich, Los Angeles Times - Oct. 23, 2013

"The original 'Twilight' crowd is getting older now anyway," he says with a laugh. "They've probably put away their Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner posters, so they might be looking for something else."

Should have put this on ABC. A Dark Shadows-style soap would probably play well with their demo. The concept and the trailers alone have ensured I won't bother to tune in, even on the wasteland of Friday night.
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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

Now the only one left for me is Doc Martin but I don't think the current season is even playing in Britain so that will be a while.

That new season ended this week. It started in the UK last month.
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Thanks VisionOn, I didn't realize that. Hope we'll get it soon then, although since it wasn't on Dad's list it probably won't be till after May or more than likely next fall/winter frown.gif
IMO Dracula would best fit in on the CW but either way I'll be checking out the pilot although more than likely that will be it. Other members in my family are like you and don't want to even bother with the pilot but I just want to give it a chance.
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Technology Notes
'TMZ Live' Renewed Through 2017
By Michael O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter - Oct. 22, 2013

TMZ Live is staying put on Fox Television Stations. The series has been renewed through the 2016-17 TV season.

"We’re producing TMZ Live as a show that bridges the gap between broadcast and digital, using assets from both," says executive producer Harvey Levin, who also serves as the TMZ brand's managing editor. "It’s not TV and it’s not the Internet. It’s a blend.”

The announcement was made by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution president Ken Werner and Fox Television Stations senior VP of programming, Frank Cicha.

"This deal to extend TMZ Live on the Fox Stations is the culmination of an extremely successful strategic roll out,” said Werner. “Harvey and his team set out to create, develop and refine a completely new genre of show, incubating it as a live Internet based show and then successfully transitioning it to television. TMZ Live has emerged as a top-ranked talk show in the Fox markets among both Women 25-54 and Adults 25-54 and has proven its versatility, pairing successfully with other talk shows, news, magazines and court shows. We are pleased to have our long-time collaborators at Fox partner with us as we continue to create new and exciting ways of producing and distributing distinctive programming.”

“Besides its merit as a strong stand-alone program, TMZ Live accomplishes two important things for us,” added Cicha. “First, it enhances one of our top first run brands. Second, it breaks out of the traditional syndication model -- which is clearly in need of an overhaul.”

TMZ Live, which started online and extends TMZ's current TV efforts, is a one-hour daily series that borrows elements from the TMZ brand and daytime talk shows. A 2012 test run in Los Angeles prompted a tiered expansion, and the series now airs in a total of 15 markets: Los Angeles (KTTV), KSAZ (Phoenix), WFXT (Boston), WFLD (Chicago), KDFW (Dallas), WJBK (Detroit), KMSP (Minneapolis), WNYW (New York), WTXF (Philadelphia), WTTG (Washington, D.C.), WAGA (Atlanta), KRIV (Houston), WTVT (Tampa), WOFL (Orlando) and, as of this week, WJZY (Charlotte).

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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Oct. 24, 2013

Sundance, 7:45 p.m. ET

The best car chase ever filmed? Arguably, it’s here, in the 1971 thriller directed by William Friedkin, and shot on the busy streets of New York. Friedkin won an Oscar for his work here, and the movie itself won Best Picture. Gene Hackman stars as Popeye Doyle, with strong support from Roy Scheider, four years before Jaws. Oh, and that car chase? Technically, it’s a car vs. elevated subway train – and much of it was filmed without city permits or formal staging. And it shows.

CBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

Sheldon (Jim Parsons) comes up with a new theorem that appears to be a major scientific discovery – something that leads to all sorts of opportunities, dilemmas, and one very swollen ego.

Fox, 8:00 p.m. ET

Last night, to open the series, the St. Louis Cardinals played error-riddled baseball, and the Boston Red Sox enjoyed an easy opening victory, trouncing the Cards 8-1. Tonight it’s Game 2, featuring starting pitchers with unusual win-loss records for World Series play: John Lackey (10-13) takes the home-field mound for the Red Sox, and Michael Wacha (4-1) pitches for the Cardinals.

CMT, 8:00 p.m. ET

Baseball fans love this 1992 movie, which stars Geena Davis as a star player for the women’s professional baseball league during WWII, and Tom Hanks as the team’s washed-up manager. But baseball fans will be watching Game 2 of the World Series tonight, so CMT clearly sees it as counter-programming, aiming at female viewers less interested in the sport than in a picture about women. It could be a smart move – and even if it isn’t, there’s no crying in baseball. Or in TV scheduling.

NBC, 9:00 p.m. ET

Ryan (Matt Lauria) and Amber (Mae Whitman) are confronted by Sarah (Lauren Graham) about their wedding plans, but Ryan speaks up – and fights back. Not with anger, but by revealing something about his family background that, for Sarah, may make all the difference.
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Cable Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
Hot debut for ‘Pretty Little Liars’ spinoff
'Ravenswood' is ABC Family's top debut in women 18-34
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Oct. 24, 2013

ABC Family was sitting pretty on Tuesday night.

A special episode of “Pretty Little Liars,” leading into the series premiere of the show’s first-ever spinoff, “Ravenswood,” lifted the network to record ratings.

The two shows combined for ABC Family’s biggest-ever Tuesday 8 to 10 p.m. audience among adults 18-34 and women 18-34, its target audience.

“Liars” became the second-highest-rated program in network history among women 18-34, drawing a 3.8 rating at 8 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights.

It was also the network’s No. 2 show ever among adults 18-34, posting a 2.2. It finished tied for second on cable Tuesday night among 18-49s with a 1.4.

At 9 p.m., the series premiere of “Ravenswood” drew a 2.3 in the key women 18-34 demo, becoming the top-rated debut in network history and the best for any cable show in the demo since MTV’s “Skins” in January 2011.

The show did lose a good chunk of “Liars’” lead-in, 40 percent, so it will be interesting to see if it can maintain the lofty numbers in the coming weeks, when “Liars” won’t be around to prop “Ravenswood” up.

Last night’s episode was billed as a one-time Halloween special. “Liars” will return for the full season in January.

ABC Family averaged a 3.1 rating among women 18-34 during the two-hour period, its best ever for the timeslot.

Elsewhere Tuesday night, FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” was the top program with a 2.4 18-49 rating. It once again bested the broadcast competition in the 10 p.m. timeslot, finishing 0.2 ahead of the top Big Three show, CBS’s “Person of Interest” (2.2).

Fox News Channel had a strong night, with “The O’Reilly Factor” the No. 2 show on cable in total viewers, posting 3.22 million.

Four FNC shows placed in the top 17 for the night.

The night’s top cable programs:

1. FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” (10 p.m.) 2.4; Tie-2. ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” (9 p.m.) and Adult Swim’s “Family Guy” (11:30 p.m.) 1.4.

Total viewers: 1. FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” (10 p.m.) 4.38 million; 2. Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” (8 p.m.) 3.22 million; 3. BC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” (9 p.m.) 3.18 million.


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TV Notes
‘The Millers,’ finally a bang-up fit
The new CBS sitcom is growing behind 'The Big Bang Theory'
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Oct. 22, 2013

For all their success, hit sitcoms like “The Big Bang Theory,” “Modern Family” and “How I Met Your Mother” have failed to launch new hits.

Over the past two years, more than a half dozen new shows have cycled through the timeslots behind those comedies, and none of them stuck.

Now, finally, it looks like one will.

“The Millers,” which airs tonight at 8:30 p.m. on CBS, has shown some ratings promise and recently received a full-season pickup, the first new show behind “Bang” on Thursday night to do so.

“Millers’” success owes to a combination of things. One is that the standards for a successful new show have certainly dropped the past few years.

With the rise in DVRs and other new media entertainment devices, lead-ins are no longer the powerful driver of ratings that they once were. While years ago a new show had to hold at least 80 percent of its lead-in to be considered a success, these days they’re lucky to hold two-thirds of that audience.

“Millers” has averaged a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen, and the show actually rose week to week in its third episode last Thursday, prompting the full-season order from CBS.

“Millers” is also facing limper competition on the other networks on Thursdays than in past years. NBC’s “Welcome to the Family” was canceled after just three episodes, and ABC’s “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” is struggling. Fox’s “The X Factor” is way down from two years ago, the last time CBS tried to launch a new comedy in the timeslot.

Finally, “Millers” is the sort of family comedy that thrived for years on CBS during the early 2000s. It’s got a semi-famous lead actor, Will Arnett, and a very good supporting cast.

And while “Millers” may not have the smartest writing, it doesn’t fall prey to the problem of so many comedies, which try so hard for laughs that it starts to become uncomfortable. Sometimes aiming low is the much better tactic.

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Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

That new season ended this week. It started in the UK last month.

WOW! I had no idea there was going to be a series 6 of Doc Martin. I thought series 5 was the end. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by tomhunter8 View Post

Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

That new season ended this week. It started in the UK last month.

WOW! I had no idea there was going to be a series 6 of Doc Martin. I thought series 5 was the end. smile.gif

If Martin Clunes signs another contract there will be a season 7 too. It's still a highly rated show in the UK and ITV want it to continue.
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Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

If Martin Clunes signs another contract there will be a season 7 too. It's still a highly rated show in the UK and ITV want it to continue.

I thought 5 was the end of the show, and was surprised when I saw a series 6 was airing. With the way they ended it I had assumed a series 7 was guaranteed.

It seems Martin Clunes has gotten very rich from the show: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/martin-clunes-raking-fortune-overseas-2258934

Germany, Spain, France, Greece, and Holland have all remade the show.
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

Critic's Notes
Killer Whale, Captive Whale
By Kathryn Shattuck, The New York Times

“Blackfish,” Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s chilling documentary, to be shown on Thursday night at 9 on CNN,


Friend saw this, said it’s an “excellent film.”

More from CNN:

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WEDNESDAY'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
‘Suits’ Gets Season 4 Renewal From USA
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Oct. 24, 2013

Fear not, “Suits” fans; your show will be back for another season.

USA has renewed the series for a 16-episode fourth season, while the series’ creator and showrunner, Aaron Korsh, has signed an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions. Under the deal, Korsh will continue working on “Suits” while developing new scripted series.

The series, which stars Gabriel Macht as driven lawyer Harvey Specter and Patrick J. Adams as his not-technically-legal associate Mike Ross, has performed well for the network, placing in the top 5 of TV’s primetime scripted series among the 18-49 demographic most sought by advertisers in the third quarter of this year.

“As a leading cable drama, ‘Suits’ is at the top of its game and continues to grow in the key demographics, drawing a passionate, young and loyal audience,” USA Network president Chris McCumber said in a statement. “Aaron Korsh consistently pushes the boundaries of storytelling and the series promises to deliver a provocative fourth season.”

“From the beginning, we’ve seen ‘Suits’ as a long term player for the studio and we look forward to extending our relationship with Aaron,” added Jeff Wachtel, president and chief content officer, NBC Universal Cable Entertainment and head of Universal Cable Productions, said. “Harvey, Mike and the rest of the ‘Suits’ crew are characters that have created a dedicated and enthusiastic audience.”

The current third season of “Suits,” which premiered in July and aired its most recent episode Sept. 17, will resume early next year, following the Olympics. Olympic phenomenon Michael Phelps and Macht’s father, Stephen Macht, will guest-star in the upcoming episodes.

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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
CBS leads the also-rans against the World Series
Averages a 2.4 in 18-49s, second to Fox for the night
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Oct. 24, 2013

Fox’s World Series dominated the other networks Wednesday night.

Among the also-rans, CBS led the pack, with the 300th episode of “CSI” matching a season high at 10 p.m.

“CSI” averaged a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen overnights, up a tenth from last week and finishing ahead of ABC and NBC in the timeslot.

CBS’s “Criminal Minds” was the night’s top drama with a 2.7 at 9 p.m., even to last week. Earlier in the night “Survivor” took a hit against baseball, drawing a series-low 2.3, down 12 percent from last week.

Fox led every half hour during primetime, at least according to early numbers. Fast nationals measure timeslot and not actual program data, and they also don’t account for time zone differences, which means the ratings will adjust significantly when final numbers come out later today.

Still, compared to last year’s overnights, this year’s Game 1 was up an impressive 28 percent in the demo, to a 4.1 in primetime.

Media Life will post updated numbers when they come out this afternoon.

Meanwhile, ABC had the top non-sports program of the night with “Modern Family,” which drew a 3.8 at 9 p.m.

Lead-out “Super Fun Night” inched up a tenth over last week, to a 2.2. Earlier in the night, the 100th episode of “The Middle” drew a 2.1, down a tenth from its most recent outing two weeks ago. (Last week “Middle” was preeempted by the special “Toy Story of Terror.”)

NBC’s lineup struggled against baseball, with “Revolution” (1.4), “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (1.4) and the now-canceled “Ironside” (0.8) all posting new lows.

Fox finished first for the night among 18-49s with a 4.1 average overnight rating and an 11 share. CBS was second at 2.4/7, ABC third at 2.2/6, Univision fourth at 1.3/4, NBC fifth at 1.2/3, CW sixth at 0.8/2 and Telemundo seventh at 0.5/1.

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

Fox started the night in the lead with a 3.9 at 8 p.m. for the World Series, followed by CBS with a 2.3 for “Survivor.” ABC was third with a 1.9 for “Middle” (2.1) and “Back in the Game” (2.7), Univision fourth with a 1.5 for “Porque el Amor Manda,” NBC fifth with a 1.4 for “Revolution,” CW sixth with a 0.9 for “Arrow” and Telemundo seventh with a 0.5 for “Marido en Alquiler.”

At 9 p.m. Fox was first with a 4.4 for more baseball, while ABC moved to second with a 3.0 for “Family” (3.8) and “Fun” (2.2). CBS was third with a 2.7 for “Minds,” NBC fourth with a 1.4 for “SVU,” Univision fifth with a 1.3 for “La Tempestad,” CW sixth with a 0.6 for “The Tomorrow People” and Telemundo seventh with a 0.5 for more “Marido en Alquiler.”

Fox led again at 10 p.m. with a 3.9 for baseball, with CBS second with a 2.1 for “CSI.” ABC was third with a 1.6 for “Nashville,” Univision fourth with a 0.9 for “Mentir para Vivir,” NBC fifth with a 0.8 for “Ironside” and Telemundo sixth with a 0.4 for “Santa Diabla.”

Fox was also first for the night among households with an 8.3 average overnight rating and a 13 share. CBS was second at 6.5/10, ABC third at 4.5/7, NBC fourth at 3.2/5, Univision fifth at 1.6/3, CW sixth at 1.5/2 and Telemundo seventh at 0.7/1.

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