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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
SUNDAY Network Primetime Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET)

ABC:
7PM - America's Funniest Home Videos
8PM - Once Upon A Time
9PM - Revenge
10:01PM - Betrayal

CBS:
7PM - 60 Minutes
8PM - The Amazing Race
9PM - The Good Wife
10PM - The Mentalist

NBC:
7PM - Football Night in America (80 min., LIVE)
8:20PM - NFL Football: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (LIVE)

FOX:
7PM - NFL Football: Regional Action (continued from 4:25PM, LIVE)
7:30PM - The OT (LIVE)
8PM - Almost Human (Series Premiere)
9PM - The Simpsons
9:30PM - Family Guy

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Secrets of Scotland Yard
9PM - Masterpiece Classic: The Paradise
10PM - Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey (120 min.)
(R - Feb. 12, 2012)

UNIVISION:
7PM - Aquí y Ahora
8PM - Mira Quién Baila (125 min.)
10:05PM - Sal y Pimienta

TELEMUNDO:
7PM - Movie: The Last Airbender (2010)
9PM - Movie: Limitless (2011))

Edited by dad1153 - 11/17/13 at 1:46pm
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
SUNDAY Network Primetime Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET)


8PM - Almost Human (Series Premiere, LIVE)

Holy crap, I really overslept! The future is now! biggrin.gif
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If you're setting a DVR for "Almost Human" remember that FOX has doubleheader rights, this weekend. Though I haven't DVR'd a Sunday night snow on Fox in years, so I don't know if they run late or just use "The OT" to fill to the nearest half-hour and stay on time.
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TV Notes
Is 'Preacher' coming to AMC from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg?
Can the 'This Is The End' duo succeed in adapting the unadaptable comic book classic?

"This is the End" was the worst movie I've seen in, well I can't remember when. No way will I be giving "Preacher" a try.
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TV Notes
Alec Baldwin Threatens To Quit Showbiz, Says MSNBC’s ‘Up Late’ Might Not Return After Suspension
Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
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SATURDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insight's Blog
Edited by dad1153 - 11/18/13 at 12:58pm
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If you're setting a DVR for "Almost Human" remember that FOX has doubleheader rights, this weekend. Though I haven't DVR'd a Sunday night snow on Fox in years, so I don't know if they run late or just use "The OT" to fill to the nearest half-hour and stay on time.
Thanks for the tip. I hate how CBS screws dvr viewers on Sunday, so I'll keep watch with Fox tonight.
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If you're setting a DVR for "Almost Human" remember that FOX has doubleheader rights, this weekend. Though I haven't DVR'd a Sunday night snow on Fox in years, so I don't know if they run late or just use "The OT" to fill to the nearest half-hour and stay on time.

Set your DVR recording to go one hour longer at least and you'll be set.
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Set your DVR recording to go one hour longer at least and you'll be set.
I've even been burned on THAT.
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If you're setting a DVR for "Almost Human" remember that FOX has doubleheader rights, this weekend. Though I haven't DVR'd a Sunday night snow on Fox in years, so I don't know if they run late or just use "The OT" to fill to the nearest half-hour and stay on time.

Does anyone know if it's gonna be on Hulu?
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If you're setting a DVR for "Almost Human" remember that FOX has doubleheader rights, this weekend. Though I haven't DVR'd a Sunday night snow on Fox in years, so I don't know if they run late or just use "The OT" to fill to the nearest half-hour and stay on time.

Does anyone know if it's gonna be on Hulu?

Don't all Fox episodes end up on Hulu after the seven day delay?
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I've even been burned on THAT.
I've been extending The Mentalist for my wife by an hour, and so far this season, it hasn't even come close to going over. But man last year was terrible. I think she watched as many episodes on cbs.com as she did on the dvr.
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TV Notes
50 Years Matter, Even to a Time Lord
By Kathryn Shattuck, The New York Times - Nov. 18, 2013

On Nov. 23, 1963, a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey landed his blue police box in a British junkyard, and the universe has never been the same. This week, the BBC celebrates the 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who,” ranked as the most successful science-fiction television series by Guinness World Records, as it prepares for the arrival of the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) in this year’s Christmas special.

Starting Monday morning at 9 on BBC America, a “Doctor Who Takeover” will devote a week of programming to the Ninth (Christopher Eccleston), Tenth (David Tennant) and Eleventh (Matt Smith) Doctors; an examination of the science behind his time travel and his two hearts; and a retelling of the show’s genesis in “An Adventure in Space and Time,” Friday night at 9. The festivities reach a climax Saturday afternoon at 2:50 as the Tenth and Eleventh incarnations team up for their most epic adventure yet, battling something terrible at the National Gallery in London before catapulting back to Elizabethan England to squelch a murder plot, in “Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor,” broadcast simultaneously to more than 75 countries.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/17/arts/television/50-years-matter-even-to-a-time-lord.html?ref=television&_r=0
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TV Notes
Craig Ferguson's 'Celebrity Name Game' Lands at Tribune
By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog

Tribune Broadcasting has nabbed syndicated pop culture game show Celebrity Name Game.

The deal with Debmar-Mercury will bring the Craig Ferguson-hosted half-hour show from FremantleMedia North America to stations covering 40 percent of the U.S., including seven of the top 10 markets. The strip will air on Tribune stations including WPIX New York, KTLA Los Angeles and WGN Chicago.

From executive producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette's Coquette Productions and showrunner Scott St. John, Name Game is a spin on the board game Identity Crisis and will debut in fall 2014. Each episode finds celebrities teaming up with contestants to identify famous names -- including actors, singers, athletes, pop culture figures, politicians and even cartoon characters.

"Combining Craig Ferguson's sharp wit with Celebrity Name Game's fast-paced format makes this show a great fit to the existing lineup on our broadcast stations," said Sean Compton, president of programming and entertainment at Tribune Broadcasting and Larry Wert, president of broadcast media. "We look forward to partnering with Debmar-Mercury, FremantleMedia and Coquette Productions on this project as Tribune continues to add inventive first-run programming, specifically in access and early fringe."

Added FMNA CEO Thom Beers: "We’re thrilled to see Tribune come in with such a solid commitment to this series, showing how quickly they recognized the true magic of this show and every element within it, from the uber-talented Craig Ferguson to the dynamically funny Courteney Cox and David Arquette. Together with Debmar-Mercury, we’re excited to bring this entertaining series to audiences across the nation.”

The pact marks the second collaboration between FMNA (The Price Is Right, Let's Make a Deal, American Idol, The X Factor and America's Got Talent) and Debmar-Mercury, following Family Feud.

Jennifer Mullin joins St. John, Beers, Cox and Arquette as executive producer.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/craig-fergusons-celebrity-name-game-656459
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TV Notes
Dish, Media General Reach Agreement, Ending 6-Week Blackout
By Tim Molloy, TheWrap.com - Nov. 16, 2013

Dish Network and Media General have reached a retransmission agreement that will end a six-week blackout of Media General stations on Dish in 17 markets.

The agreement ends a spat that included Dish asking the Federal Communications Commission to intervene. Media General stations, mostly in the Southeast, went dark on Dish Oct. 1.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The two sides were fighting over how much Dish would pay to air Media General’s channels.

The stations where Media General will return to Dish include the following markets: Augusta, Ga.; Birmingham, Ala.; Charleston, S.C.; Columbus, Ga.; Columbus, Ohio; Greenville, N.C.; Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C.; Hattiesburg, Miss.; Jackson, Miss.; Mobile, Ala./Pensacola, Fla.; Florence/Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Providence, R.I.; Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; Roanoke/Lynchburg, Va.; Savannah, Ga.; Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla. and Tri-Cities, Tenn./Va.

Media General owns 31 network-affiliated broadcast television stations in all. Its holdings reach 16.5 million people, or 14 percent of U.S. TV households.

Dish, the second-largest satellite provider after DirecTV, boasts more than 14 million subscribers. The feud with Media General was only the latest for Dish, which last year blacked out AMC Networks for months.

http://www.thewrap.com/dish-media-general-reach-agreement-ending-6-week-blackout/
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Technology Notes
Sony sells more than 1 million PlayStation 4s
By Mike Snider, USA Today - Nov. 17, 2013

Sony's PlayStation 4 is off to a hot start. Consumers in North America bought more than 1 million PS4s within the first 24 hours of the new $399 home video game console going on sale Friday. That's the fastest start for a PlayStation system so far.

Shuhei Yoshida, president of Worldwide studios for Sony Computer Entertainment, posted the news on Twitter Sunday.

Shuhei Yoshida @yosp
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PS4 has sold through over 1 million units within 24 hours of the launch in North America!!! biggrin.gif


As often happens when a mass release of a high-tech product occurs, a few consumers get a lemon. Some PS4 owners reported that their new console would not output video and had a flashing light, entertainment news site IGN.com reported.

"A handful of people have reported issues with their PlayStation 4 systems," Sony said in a statement to IGN. "This is within our expectations for a new product introduction, and the vast majority of PS4 feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We are closely monitoring for additional reports, but we think these are isolated incidents and are on track for a great launch."

And the highly publicized release of PS4 attracted the attention of some thieves. Two men were arrested in Bakersfield, Calif., after robbing a customer of a PS4 outside a store, Yahoo News reported. And in Hutchinson, Kan., thieves broke into a home and took a PS4 in the early morning hours Saturday.

Sony will release the PlayStation 4 in Europe and Latin America on Nov. 29 and in Japan on Feb. 22, 2014. For more information, see Sony's PlayStation 4 Ultimate FAQ.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/gaming/2013/11/17/sony-sells-1-million-playstation-4s/3618217/
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
MONDAY 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 - Dancing With the Stars (120 min., LIVE)
10:01PM - Castle
* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Barbara Walters; Josh Gad; Fall Out Boy performs)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - How I Met Your Mother
8:30PM - 2 Broke Girls
9PM - Mike & Molly
9:30PM - Mom
10PM - Hostages
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Vince Vaughn; 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion; Luscious Jackson performs)
12:37AM - The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Kunal Nayyar)

NBC:
8PM - The Voice: Performance Recap
9PM - The Voice (120 min., LIVE)
* * * *
11:34PM - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Whoopi Goldberg; comic Anthony Jeselnik; Totem from Cirque du Soleil)
12:36AM - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (Bill Cosby; Bonnie Raitt performs with The Roots)
1:36AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Adam Richmond; St. Lucia performs)

FOX:
8PM - Almost Human (Time Slot Premiere)
9PM - Sleepy Hollow

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Antiques Roadshow: Survivors
9PM - Antiques Roadshow: San Diego
(R - Jan. 24, 2011)
10PM - Independent Lens: Indian Relay

UNIVISION:
8PM - Porque el Amor Manda
9PM - Lo Que la Vida Me Robó (Series Premiere)
10PM - Mentir Para Vivir

THE CW:
8PM - Hart of Dixie
9PM - Beauty and the Beast

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Marido en Alquiler
9PM - La Reina del Sur
10PM - Santa Diabla

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Elizabeth Olsen)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Director Steve McQueen)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Eric Stonestreet; David Morrissey; Reggie Watts)
Midnight - Pete Holmes Show (Jeff Garlin)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Jeffrey Wright; comic Michael Yo; comic Jen Kirkman; comic Ross Mathews)

SYNDICATION:
Check Local Listings - Arsenio (Zooey Deschanel; Mayim Bialik; Sherri Shephard)
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TV Notes
50 Years Matter, Even to a Time Lord
By Kathryn Shattuck, The New York Times - Nov. 18, 2013

Starting Monday morning at 9 on BBC America, a “Doctor Who Takeover” will devote a week of programming to the Ninth (Christopher Eccleston), Tenth (David Tennant) and Eleventh (Matt Smith) Doctors

So, not much different than their regular schedule of Who reruns around the clock. They can give the Top Gear and Kitchen Nightmares archives a breather until next week.
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Critic's Notes
'Ironside' flop shows risk in reboot strategy
By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog

NBC should listen to Angela Lansbury.

The actress is not thrilled that the network is planning to make a new version of "Murder, She Wrote," the long-running CBS drama that she starred in about a mystery writer who becomes a real-life detective of sorts.

"I think it's a mistake to call it 'Murder, She Wrote,'" Lansbury told the Associated Press when asked about NBC's plans.

Of course, the only reason NBC is remaking the show is that it thinks the name "Murder, She Wrote" still has some value. It figures viewers know the show and that will make it easier to market. Oh and since the original "Murder, She Wrote" was produced by Universal Television, a sister unit of NBC, there aren't any messy rights issues.

This is the same logic that NBC used with its "Ironside" remake, which was canceled after four episodes. At least "Ironside" made it to air. Plans to remake "The Rockford Files" and "The Munsters" both blew up in development.

NBC's not only the one that has made the mistake of thinking TV's past is the key to the future. In 2011, ABC bombed with a new version of "Charlie's Angels." CBS is now going to try to make a new version of "Charmed," which wasn't even that big a hit when it aired on the WB Network 10 years ago.

So why do the networks keep trying to remake old shows? Because they think that these titles have brand value. There is some truth to that.

But the problem is that value is not with the viewers they want to reach. The networks are obsessed with reaching viewers under 40 and those people are not crying out for a new version of "Murder, She Wrote" or "Ironside." Even CBS, which has had some success with its remake of "Hawaii Five-0," moved it to Friday nights because it was more appealing to an older audience.

That doesn't mean there is no market for a show about an author who becomes a detective. After all, ABC's "Castle" is basically "Murder, She Wrote" with a male lead.

But the very reasons the networks think these so-called reboots are a slam dunk is what makes them likely to fail. These shows become burdened with a history they cannot live up to.

So if you want to make a show about an author who solves crimes, do it. Just don't call it "Murder, She Wrote." And if you want to make a show about three witches, do it. Just don't call it "Charmed."

If Chuck Lorre was pitching "Two and a Half Men" today, a network executive would probably say, "this sounds a lot like 'The Odd Couple' so why don't we just call it that?"

And if they had, then the show probably wouldn't have gotten past Season One.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-murder-she-wrote-reboots-20131111,0,2208371.story#axzz2kmzH3YFl
Seems reboots fail more often than not.

How many times have we been burned? Ironside, Knight Rider, Bionic Woman, Charlie's Angels, etc.

Then again, if the planets and constellations align just so, we do get a winner. (see Battlestar Galactica).
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Seems reboots fail more often than not.
Could it be because the reboot strays so far from the original premise in plot, casting, etc.? With all the changes in the reboots the only thing rebooted is the name.
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Nov. 18, 2013

DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTORS REVISITED MARATHON
BBC America, 9:00 a.m. ET

All this week, BBC America is building up to Saturday’s global simulcast of the 50th anniversary special episode of Doctor Who. The week’s festivities begin early today. At 8 a.m. ET, BBC America repeats Doctor Who: The Companions, its special devoted to the Doctor’s many traveling companions through the (past 49) years. Then, beginning at 9 a.m. ET, the network presents a 10-installment marathon of The Doctors Revisited, with individual one-hour specials devoted to the first 10 incarnations of Doctor Who, including Jon Pertwee. (The 11th and current Doctor, played by Matt Smith, gets his own special later this week.) Consider this all-day marathon the perfect way to get up to speed on one of the fantasy genre’s most iconic series – a virtual Doctor Who’s Who.

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
CBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

Barney’s biological father, played by John Lithgow, returns for this week’s all-new episode. Since Barney’s mother, played by Frances Conroy, and brother, played by Wayne Brady, already are here in this season-long story line, who’s left? Good question. Stay tuned.

ALMOST HUMAN
Fox, 8:00 p.m. ET

This new series, from Fringe collaborators J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman, premiered last night on Fox, but slips into its regular Monday slot tonight, starring Karl Urban and Michael Ealy as a cop in the future and his android partner. Tonight’s second episode features something the premiere didn’t: a subplot involving sexbots, one of whom is seen in the accompanying photo. For Fox, leaving that plot line until episode two qualifies as corporate restraint.

WHOOPI GOLDBERG PRESENTS MOMS MABLEY
HBO, 9:00 p.m. ET

Jackie Mabley, the crossover African-American comedienne featured on many mainstream TV variety shows in the Sixties, is profiled here, in a documentary profile presented by Whoopi Goldberg, another female pioneer in her field.

THE ELEPHANT MAN
TCM, 10:00 p.m. ET

Later tonight – much later, at 2:15 a.m. ET – TCM presents part 12 of its 15-part imported documentary on cinema history. It’s called The Story of Film: An Odyssey: 1980s – Moviemaking and Protest Around the World, and, as usual, is much more entertaining than its clunky, academic title. And one of the movies profiled in it is featured tonight in prime time, at 10 p.m. ET: 1980’s stirringly original The Elephant Man, starring John Hurt and directed by David Lynch. It’s produced by Mel Brooks, by the way, and features his wife, Anne Bancroft, in a very important and impressive role.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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TV/Business Notes
Writers Guild says nonfiction TV writers face harsh reality
By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - Nov. 18, 2013

Writers and producers who craft the story lines behind National Geographic Channel's "Doomsday Preppers" and other reality-TV shows lose $40 million annually in lost wages, according to a new survey by the Writers Guild of America, East.

In its latest campaign to highlight alleged abuses in the burgeoning reality-TV sector, the guild said a survey of nonfiction TV writers found widespread violations of New York wage and hour laws, found that writers and producers lose $30,000 each per year in unpaid wages for hours they worked.

Conducted in July and August, the survey was completed by 315 nonfiction TV writers on various shows, including History Channel's "Pawn Stars," A&E's "The First 48" and Investigation Discovery's "Fatal Encounters."

Among the findings, nearly half of the respondents said their timecards "never" accurately reflected hours worked, 85% said they never receive overtime pay, and more than 50% said they've had to work 80 hours or more in a week, the guild said in a statement.

“These findings demystify the perception that everyone involved in reality TV is reaping the benefits of the genre’s popularity,” said Lowell Peterson, executive director of the Writers Guild of America, East. “While reality TV is no doubt lucrative for networks and production companies, the men and women doing the actual work are finding they can barely cling to the middle class.”

The Writers Guild of America has been trying for years to extend its contracts to lower-budget cable programs in the nonfiction sector. A dozen writers on the hit reality show "America's Next Top Model" went on strike in 2006, alleging that the show's producer was hindering their efforts to join the Writers Guild of America, West.

A spokeswoman for Discovery Channel declined to comment. Representatives of A&E, which also owns History Channel and National Geographic, could not be reached.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-wga-reality-survey-20131118,0,7008764.story#axzz2l24GkUhz
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This is more about film than TV, except it's for a signature movie most of us associate with watching it on TV during the holidays.

TV Notes
‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Sequel in the Works
By Dave McNary, Variety.com - Nov. 18, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Star Partners and Hummingbird Prods. are collaborating on production of a sequel to Frank Capra’s iconic 1946 movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which starred Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.

The sequel, titled “It’s A Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story,” is being financed by Allen J. Schwalb of Star Partners who will also produce along with Bob Farnsworth of Hummingbird. The duo are aiming to get the movie into theaters for the 2015 holiday season.

Karolyn Grimes, who played George Bailey’s daughter “Zuzu” in the original, will return for the “Wonderful Life” sequel as an angel who shows Bailey’s unlikeable grandson (also named George Bailey) how much better off the world would have been had he never been born.

Grimes, of course, bellowed the iconic line, “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!” in the original movie, about a troubled family man (Stewart) whose near-suicide on Christmas Eve brings on the intervention of his guardian angel.

Farnsworth and Martha Bolton have written the screenplay.

“The storyline of the new film retains the spirit of the original – every life is important as long as you have friends,” Farnsworth said.

No casting decision for the lead role of Bailey’s grandson will be made until February but producers have also begun discussions with original cast members Jimmy Hawkins, who portrayed Tommy Bailey, and Carol Coombs,who played Janie Bailey, to reprise their roles as well.

The producers are interviewing potential directors and plan to shoot the majority of the film in Louisiana. The sequel will have a budget in the $25 million to $35 million range.

“The new film will retain the feeling of the original, and it simply must be shared,” Grimes said. “I’ve probably read close to 20 scripts over the years suggesting a sequel to ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ but none of them were any good. The script by Bob Farnsworth and Martha Bolton was wonderful, and I wanted to be involved with his version of the film immediately.”

Star Partners is the managing member of the slate portfolio Star Partners 8 LLC, a $100 million offering. Previously Star Partners funded seven slates of films, dating back to the 1980s including “The Right Stuff,” “The Killing Fields,” “The Color Purple,” “The Mission,” “Moonstruck,” and “Rain Man.”

“It’s a Wonderful Life” was nominated for five Oscars including Best Picture but lost out to “The Best Years of Our Lives.”

http://variety.com/2013/film/news/its-a-wonderful-life-sequel-in-the-works-exclusive-1200850705/
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SUNDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insight's Blog
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
Solid bow for Fox’s ‘Almost Human’
Averages a 3.1 in 18-49s for special Sunday sneak preview
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Nov. 18, 2013

With a big lead-in from NFL coverage, Fox’s new drama “Almost Human” debuted to solid, though not spectacular, numbers Sunday night.

The new show posted a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating in its 8 p.m. slot, according to Nielsen overnights, making it Fox’s second-highest-rated new show premiere this fall, behind “Sleepy Hollow,” which drew a 3.5.

While that’s a good number, Fox does have some cause for concern. The show’s rating declined 18 percent from its first to its second half hour, from a 3.4 to a 2.8.

That’s usually a sign people don’t like what they’re watching, though it could also be because viewers were switching channels to “Sunday Night Football,” which starts at 8:30.

Plus, less than half the audience who watched the NFL overrun at 7 p.m. stuck around for “Human.” Fox drew a 6.1 rating for “The OT,” its NFL/postgame wrap-up show.

“Human,” which moves to its regular 8 p.m. Monday timeslot tonight, was still the highest-rated non-sports program of the night, airing against tough competition from “SNF.”

The game between the Denver Broncos and the then-undefeated Kansas City Chiefs drew a huge audience, averaging a 16.7 metered-market household rating from 8:30 to midnight.

That marked the best rating for a November NFL primetime game since 1996.

Elsewhere last night, the competition from “Human,” which did well among women 18-49, appeared to take a bite out of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” which slid to a series-low 1.9 at 8 p.m.

The rest of the network’s lineup was up, with lead-out “Revenge” rising 15 percent from last week, to a 1.5, and “Betrayal” up 13 percent, to a 0.9.

CBS’s schedule saw across-the-board declines, as it usually does on the weeks when the network doesn’t carry a late NFL game. “60 Minutes” was down the most, drawing a 1.7 at 7 p.m., a 45 percent decline.

“The Amazing Race” dipped 9 percent, to a 2.0, while “The Good Wife” fell 18 percent, to a 1.4, and “The Mentalist” was down 7 percent, to a 1.3.

NBC was first for the night among 18-49s with a 7.5 average overnight rating and a 19 share. Fox was second at 3.8/9, CBS third at 1.6/4, ABC fourth at 1.4/4, Univision fifth at 1.2/3 and Telemundo sixth at 0.4/1.

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

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

Fox started the night in the lead with a 6.1 at 7 p.m. for NFL overrun, followed by NBC with a 3.7 for “Football Night in America.” CBS was third with a 1.7 for “Minutes,” ABC fourth with a 1.4 for “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” Univision fifth with a 0.9 for “Aqui y Ahora” and Telemundo sixth with a 0.4 for the movie “Airbender, El Último Guerrero.”

NBC took the lead at 8 p.m. with an 8.2 for NFL pregame and the start of “Sunday Night Football,” while Fox slipped to second with a 3.1 for “Human.” CBS was third with a 2.0 for “Race,” ABC fourth with a 1.9 for “Time,” Univision fifth with a 1.1 for “Mira Quien Baila” and Telemundo sixth with a 0.5 for its movie.

At 9 p.m. NBC led with a 9.4 for football, with Fox second with a 2.0 for “The Simpsons” (1.8) and “Family Guy” (2.2). ABC was third with a 1.5 for “Revenge.” CBS and Univision tied for fourth at 1.4, CBS for “Wife” and Univision for more “Baila,” and Telemundo was sixth with a 0.3 for the movie “Limitless.”

NBC was first again at 10 p.m. with an 8.7 for more football, followed by CBS with a 1.3 for “Mentalist.” Univision was third with a 1.2 for the end of “Baila” and “Sal y Pimienta,” ABC fourth with a 0.9 for “Betrayal” and Telemundo fifth with a 0.2 for its movie.

Among households, NBC was first for the night with an 11.9 average overnight rating and an 18 share. CBS was second at 6.3/10, Fox third at 6.0/9, ABC fourth at 3.5/5, Univision fifth at 1.8/3 and Telemundo sixth at 0.4/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/solid-bow-foxs-almost-human/

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Nielsen Notes
Fall’s very biggest surprises so far
No. 1: The struggles of 'The Michael J. Fox Show'
By Bill Cromwell, Media Life Magazine - Nov. 18, 2013

Here’s something media people did not see coming this fall: The struggles of NBC’s “The Michael J. Fox Show.”

Buyers had confidence in the Thursday 9:30 p.m. show going into the season. It had a well-known, beloved star in Fox, who headlined two previous hit sitcoms, “Family Ties” and “Spin City.”

And while NBC’s Thursday schedule has struggled in recent years, the network had a great platform to promote “Fox” with “Sunday Night Football” and “The Voice.”

But as the November sweeps close out, “Fox” ranks 13th out of 26 new shows, averaging just a 1.5 adults 18-49 Nielsen rating. Buyers say the show’s woes are one of fall’s biggest surprises on broadcast.

“‘The Michael J. Fox Show’ just didn’t capture the viewers that everyone expected. I think that Fox has genuine appeal and that the audience really wanted to like this show,” says one buyer.

The problem with the show appears to be twofold.

First, it is not creatively compelling. It relies too much on jokes about Parkinson’s Disease, which Fox has both on the show and real life.

Sometimes they’re funny jokes, but it’s uncomfortable humor, and there’s little besides the Parkinson’s to set the show apart from any other comedy.

The second problem is positioning. “Fox” airs behind “Sean Saves the World,” broadcast’s second-lowest-rated new comedy.

Still, NBC picked up a full season of “Fox” before it even debuted, so the network will probably stick with the show at least through the end of this season.

Along with “Fox’s” struggles, here are four other surprises this fall for broadcast television.

‘Sleepy Hollow’s’ success

“Fox,” ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and NBC’s “The Blacklist” dominated the buzz heading into fall, while Fox’s “Hollow” got little.

But “Hollow” debuted strong and ranks third among new shows this fall, just 12 percent behind No. 1 “S.H.I.E.L.D.”

“Unlike ‘Blacklist,’ which has a massive lead-in in ‘The Voice,’ ‘Sleepy Hollow’ has done it on its own,” says another buyer.

CBS’s struggles

The network, which finished No. 1 in adults 18-49 last year, has seen ratings declines, most notably on Monday night, where it has already canceled one show.

Buyers remain concerned about the network’s comedy development.

“They are living off of ‘Big Bang’ and nothing else has lived up to it. Its comedy is lacking,” another buyer tells Media Life.

The reliance on spinoffs

Over the weekend CBS ordered a pilot for a spinoff of the long-running comedy “How I Met Your Mother.” It’s a tribute to the networks’ desire to play it safe at a time when so many shows draw low ratings.

Two spinoffs joined the schedule already this fall, ABC’s “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” and the CW’s “The Originals,” and another, “Chicago PD,” will debut in January.

And “NCIS” is developing yet another after CBS took a pass on “NCIS: Red” last spring.

Lackluster new comedies

The networks have increased their orders for new comedies the past two years based on the success of “The Big Bang Theory” and “Modern Family,” but the new programs have struggled.

Only two new comedies this season are averaging above a 2.5 18-49 rating, CBS’s “The Millers” and “The Crazy Ones.”

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/falls-biggest-surprises-far/
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Nielsen Notes
JFK Assassination Coverage Churns Crowds For PBS
By Lisa De Moraes, Deadline.com - Nov. 18, 2013

Marking the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination continues to cough up good numbers for TV networks though, as with that old Fox one-off reality hit Alien Autopsy, it’s unclear whether viewers flocked to the “JFK” — he being our very first made-by-TV president – or the “assassination.” PBS tastefully went with “John F. Kennedy’s legendary charisma” by way of explanation this morning, while discussing the fact its early JFK-assassination programming has cumed nearly 12 million viewers.

Across Monday and Tuesday last week, JFK — a two-night, four-hour American Experience special which focused on the president’s life and achievements, reached 8.6 million viewers and averaged 2.7 million of them, PBS said.

But, Wednesday night, a Nova broadcast, Cold Case JFK, in which viewers watched contemporary forensic techniques applied to the 50-year-old murder, performed at a whopping 40% over the 9 PM season average to date. That program averaged about 2.6 million viewers.

And, JFK: One PM Central Time – a special presentation from the Secrets Of The Dead franchise, which offered a minute-by-minute account of CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite’s coverage, from the moment JFK was shot through the announcement of his death, followed Nova and earned an average of nearly 2 million viewers. PBS says that crowd is 21% greater than the network’s 10 PM average there. The telegenic president’s pull crossed onto the second screen, drawing interest from social media users and creating more than 42 million impressions from thousands of users across the program’s three-night run. PBS claims this indicates his appeal for younger generations than those who were alive at the time of his death.

Last Thursday, the special The Sixties: The Assassination Of President Kennedy, exec produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, and Mark Herzog, gave CNN a rare news demo win in the 9-11 PM block, also finishing first among cable news nets among 18-34 year old viewers who weren’t born at the time of Kennedy’s death.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/11/jfk-assassination-coverage-churns-crowds-for-pbs/
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TV Sports
NASCAR Champ Jimmie Johnson to Host 'SportsCenter'
By Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter - Nov. 18, 2013

Fresh off his sixth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, Jimmie Johnson on Tuesday will become the first athlete to serve as a host of ESPN's SportsCenter.

The driver will join regulars John Anderson and Lindsay Czarniak in Bristol, Conn., for the 6 p.m. ET show on Tuesday, presenting news and highlights and conducting interviews just like the regular anchors.

The only other non-sportscasters to host the flagship news program in its 34-year history are actors Billy Crystal (in 2012) and Ken Jeong (on Nov. 1).

Johnson, 38, appeared in a "This Is SportsCenter" commercial in which he used a pickaxe to remove speed bumps in the ESPN parking lot.

"I don't know if SportsCenter knows what they are getting themselves into," Johnson joked of his new gig.

"We're always looking for opportunities to change it up and give SportsCenter viewers a different take on the day's news, have some fun and do some memorable television," said Jack Obringer, SportsCenter senior coordinating producer. "And having a six-time champion like Jimmie Johnson on your set is pretty cool."

Johnson, the driver of the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, wrapped up his sixth title in eight seasons Sunday. The California native has become one of the most dominant competitors in sports history.

Johnson also is set to appear on the Late Show With David Letterman on Monday night and Live With Kelly and Michael on Tuesday morning.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nascar-jimmie-johnson-host-espn-sportscenter-657065
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TV Sports
NASCAR Champ Jimmie Johnson to Host 'SportsCenter'
By Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter - Nov. 18, 2013

Fresh off his sixth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, Jimmie Johnson on Tuesday will become the first athlete to serve as a host of ESPN's SportsCenter.


I have to think this has to do with Donovan McNabb saying Jimmie Johnson isn’t an athlete. Marketing - never let a good opportunity pass. biggrin.gif
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I have to think this has to do with Donovan McNabb saying Jimmie Johnson isn’t an athlete. Marketing - never let a good opportunity pass. biggrin.gif

Jimmie Johnson isn't a real athlete, but he plays one on TV. wink.gif
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"This is the End" was the worst movie I've seen in, well I can't remember when. No way will I be giving "Preacher" a try.

I thought that movie was hilarious.

the worst movie I've seen recently was "After Earth". "This is the End" was many times better.
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