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Legal/Business Notes
Court rejects appeal on Dish DVR injunction
By Media Life Magazine Staff - Jan. 24, 2014

Another court has rebuffed Fox’s efforts to shut down Dish Network’s digital video record, Hopper.

The network had filed a motion to rehear an earlier request to issue an injunction against the Hopper. But in a ruling released Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld the lower court’s decision on the matter.

Fox, ABC, CBS and NBC have filed suit against Dish Network over the PrimeTime Anytime function of the device, which records and saves for eight days the entire primetime schedule for the Big Four networks. The replays hop over the commercials automatically, hence the name Hopper.

The networks claim that Dish is infringing on their copyrights.

“We are disappointed in the decision but recognize that preliminary injunctions are rarely overturned on appeal,” said Fox in a statement. “This ruling was based on a factual record from more than a year ago. Now that we have gathered more evidence, we are confident that we will ultimately prevail on all of our claims.”

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/court-rejects-appeal-dish-dvr-injunction/
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There's just no way you Kahn deny it, Madeline's performance was Von Shtuppefying. Come to think of it, Lili herself was a bit stupefied, not being a wabbit, you know.

 

Great scene.


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TV Sports/Business Notes
21st Century Fox to Boost Its YES Network Stake to 80%
By Andy Fixmer, Bloomberg.com - Jan. 25, 2014

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc. agreed to boost its stake in YES Network to 80 percent, taking control of the regional sports channel that carries New York Yankees baseball games two years sooner than planned.

Tracy Dolgin will continue to lead the network as president and chief executive officer, New York-based Fox said yesterday in a statement. Fox purchased 49 percent in 2012, in a deal that valued the business at about $3 billion.

The accord gives Fox majority ownership of a network in the largest U.S. TV market, with programming that includes the Yankees and basketball’s Brooklyn Nets. The company, which initially had the right to increase its stake starting in 2015, has been seeking control of some minority holdings. Sports rights are among the most valuable on TV, in part because they attract large audiences to live events.

“Our investment in the YES Network underscores our commitment to growing our global sports portfolio with offerings that are exceptional and unique,” James Murdoch, Fox’s deputy chief operating officer, said in the statement.

Financial terms weren’t disclosed. The company said the acquisition is expected to close by March 31. Once completed, the network will become part of 21st Century Fox.

Yankees Investors

Yankee Global Enterprises will keep 20 percent, according to the statement. The network reaches about 9 million households in the New York area, Fox said.

Fox paid $584 million for the 49 percent stake and $250 million in upfront costs on behalf of YES, the company reported in a Nov. 6 regulatory filing.

As part of that transaction, Fox negotiated to raise its stake based on a $3.8 billion valuation for the channel, people with knowledge of the matter said when the deal was announced in 2012.

YES Network has rights to air Yankees games through 2042, the people said at the time. The network generates more than $200 million in annual earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, Forbes reported in April 2012.

Fox fell 1.5 percent to $31.27 yesterday at the New York close. The Class A shares advanced 56 percent last year.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-24/21st-century-fox-to-increase-yes-network-stake-to-80-percent.html
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TV Notes
FX Gives Series Orders to ‘Married,’ ‘You’re the Worst’
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Jan. 24, 2014

FX has given series orders to the Andrew Gurland comedy “Married,” starring Judy Greer and Nat Faxon, as well as the comedy “You’re the Worst,” with both series receiving 10-episode orders.

“Married” (pictured), which is created and executive produced by Gurland, is a half-hour comedy about being miserably in love. Russ (Faxon) and Lina Bowman (Greer) can barely remember what life was like before kids, debt, and suburbia rained on their romance — but every once in a while, in between the arguments about their declining sex life and who’s driving carpool, they are reminded what drew them together in the first place — they’re best friends.

The show also features Russ and Lina’s friend AJ (Brett Gelman), who is recently divorced and pretending he’s over his wife, and their other friend Jess (Jenny Slate, “House of Lies”), who is married to a much older man who can’t keep up with her.

“You’re the Worst,” meanwhile, hails from creator Stephen Falk (“Weeds”) and stars Aya Cash (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Chris Geere (“The Spa”), Kether Donohue (“The Carrie Diaries”) and Desmin Borges (“The Good Wife”). The series is billed as a comedic love story about what happens when two toxic, self-destructive people (Cash and Geere) fall in love despite themselves and attempt the impossible — a relationship.

Both series are expected to premiere in July.

http://www.thewrap.com/fx-gives-series-orders-married-youre-the-worst/
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TV Review
'Treasure Island' with a twist
By Ellen Gray, Philadelphia Daily News - Jan. 24, 2014

There's something wonderfully audacious about Starz's new pirate drama, "Black Sails," and it's not that it features characters from Robert Louis Stevenson in a sort of prequel to Treasure Island.

Although that's pretty nervy.

What I liked, though, about "Black Sails" - already renewed for Season 2 - is that while it looked like a Starz show, with all the pretty, naked people and bursts of horrific violence, it also felt like a show for grownups.

Created by Melrose Park's Jonathan E. Steinberg ("Jericho") and by Robert Levine, and produced by Michael Bay ("Transformers"), the show stars Toby Stephens (a classical theater actor, former Bond villain and Maggie Smith's son) as Captain Flint, who was already dead in Treasure Island but who's here very much alive and intent on staying that way.

Flint's on the trail of a huge prize, one that may elude him if he doesn't get his hands on a page of another captain's log. Standing in his way: John Silver (Luke Arnold), who has what Flint needs.

Back on shore, Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New) has been running a fencing operation for pirates on the Bahamas' New Providence Island, a business threatened by changes in British policy that will eventually spell the end of piracy's so-called golden age.

But not immediately.

It's fun to see history's Anne Bonny (Clara Paget), her pirate hat cocked at a rakish angle, slouching around Nassau, and fun, too, to see Zach McGowan ("Shameless") as pirate Charles Vane.

True pirate lovers might prefer to see more of the pirates at sea, but that, I suspect, would blow Starz's budget out of the water.

BLACK SAILS
Saturday at 9 p.m. on Starz


http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/20140124__Treasure_Island__with_a_twist.html
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TV Notes
Jay Leno says leaving 'Tonight Show' is 'not my decision'
By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - Jan. 24, 2014

Jay Leno will step down from "The Tonight Show" on Feb. 6. But to hear him talk to "60 Minutes'" Steve Kroft, he's about as ready to leave this time as he was when he left the show in 2009.

The CBS newsmagazine will be profiling Leno on Sunday, and based on the preview clips, it appears the outgoing host of "The Tonight Show" still isn't quite ready to retire.

"It's not my decision," Leno tells Kroft. "I think I probably would have stayed if we didn't have an extremely qualified, young guy ready to jump in."

The young guy he's referring to is, of course, Jimmy Fallon, who will assume the reins of the show on Feb. 17.

In the interview, Leno praises Fallon, calling him "more like Johnny [Carson] than anybody since."

He goes on to say that NBC going with Fallon makes sense to him. "Go with the new guy," he says.

However, the precedent everyone can't help but recall is when Leno was pushed from the show in 2009 and replaced with Conan O'Brien, but returned to the show in 2010.

Leno tells "60 Minutes" he was "blindsided" by NBC executives when they asked him to leave the show the first time. And he says he doesn't understand why he's been portrayed as a bad guy after O'Brien was pushed off the show.

"I didn't quite understand that, but I never chose to answer any of those things or make fun of any other people involved," Leno said. "It's not my way."

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-jay-leno-says-leaving-tonight-show-is-not-my-decision-20140124,0,1233849.story#axzz2rO7DufcW
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TV Review
'Lizzie Borden': Fresh take axes assumptions
By Diane Werts, Newsday - Jan. 23, 2014

THE SHOW "Lizzie Borden Took An Ax"

WHEN | WHERE Premieres 8 p.m. Saturday on Lifetime

WHAT IT'S ABOUT
So the rhyme is wrong. Lizzie Borden took an ax and gave her (step)mother 18 whacks. Father got 11. At least that's the count in Lifetime's history-based new movie, directed by Nick Gomez, whose past work on "The Shield," "Sleeper Cell" and "Homicide" proves he knows how to make a mood.

That's what resonates here -- all bleached-out-color and snatches of uneasy moments in the 1892 life of Massachusetts "spinster" Lizzie Borden, still living with the folks at 32. As played by Christina Ricci, Lizzie evokes a grown-up version of the onetime child actor's initial claim to fame, Wednesday Addams of the movies' creepy Addams Family. Except Lizzie isn't nearly as well-adjusted to either family life or the weird world outside.

Odd little Lizzie itches to be her own person, to go, as her controlling father (Stephen McHattie) bellows, "traipsing about, all alone, at night!" Even cowed older sister Emma (Clea DuVall) has some sympathy for that. But just as Ricci's blimp eyes unsettle her petite face, Lizzie's yearnings unnerve her era.

And so, blood runs, investigation ensues and a lurid double-murder trial fails to tidily tie up the tale. Is Lifetime depicting a "pathologically depraved butcher"? Or a culturally constricted descent into madness?

MY SAY Now this is interesting. "TV for women" -- as approached in movie melodramas made by Lifetime and Saturday night rival Hallmark -- has long delivered two sides of the same standard-issue coin: jeopardy/ trauma or pluck/love. Suddenly we get idiosyncratic Lifetime efforts like this one (and last weekend's "Flowers in the Attic" adaptation), offering impressionistic sketches of familial undercurrents, psychological straitjacketing, cultural dislocation.

Study the details. Lizzie's house has radiators and a Victrola, the police use photography and forensics, the popular press goes nuts and, hey, is that a shot of morphine? The 19th century is almost over. But not. Her dusty town bears a sinister pallor, as old-timey Dobro plucks meet power guitars in an eerily evocative underscore (by Tree Adams of The Hatters).

BOTTOM LINE "Lizzie Borden" takes an ax to many assumptions -- including the one that Lifetime movies aren't worth watching.

GRADE: A-


http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/tv/lizzie-borden-review-fresh-take-axes-assumptions-1.6855680
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
SATURDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Late night shows are preceded by late local news)

ABC:
8PM - Movie: Flushed Away (2006)
10PM - 20/20

CBS:
8PM - Mike & Molly
(R - Feb. 25)
8:30PM - Two and a Half Men
(R - Oct. 3)
9PM - NCIS
(R - Feb. 26)
10PM - 48 Hours

NBC:
8PM - Shaun White: Russia Calling (Special)
9PM - The Blacklist
(R - Jan. 13)
10PM - Saturday Night Live (Drake hosts and performs)
(R - Jan. 18)
* * * *
11:29PM - Saturday Night Live (Jonah Hill hosts; Bastille performs, 93 min.)

FOX:
8PM - UFC: Henderson vs. Thomson (120 min., LIVE)
* * * *
11PM - Animation Domination High-Def (60 min.)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Austin City Limits (Portugal. The Man; Local Natives)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Sábado Gigante (Three hours)

TELEMUNDO:
7PM - Movie - Wrong 2: Dead End (2007)
9PM - Fútbol Mexicano Primera División: Club León vs. CF Pachuca (LIVE)
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I thought the fourth wall was shattered in The Road to Morocco (1942): the leads talk about the audience, and actors and a camel talk to the audience.
Yeah, but "Saddles" did it literally wink.gif
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Jan. 25, 2014

LIZZIE BORDEN TOOK AN AXE
Lifetime, 8:00 p.m. ET

This new Lifetime telemovie is so bad, it’s not even a hot mess – it’s a warm one. But it’s worth a peek, in a voyeuristic or masochistic way, because almost everything about it is so astoundingly wrong. Excluded from this harsh verdict is Christina Ricci, whose portrayal of the titular ax murderer is the one solid element in the entire project. What, otherwise, is so bad? The absurdly anachronistic and inappropriate musical score. The variously visited and revisited murder scenes, with their rapid cuts (figuratively and literally) and a blood fetish only a Dexter could love. And, most of all, the silly, obvious and convoluted script by Stephen Kay, whose last writing credit, that horrible 1999 movie remake of The Mod Squad, was 15 years ago. Sorry if this mini-review of Lizzie Borden Took an Ax seems like a hatchet job – but if ever such a treatment was appropriate, this would seem to be the case.

JAWS
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

Tonight, this 1975 movie classic is presented on TCM – which means it’s televised in the proper screen ratio, and without commercial interruptions or edits for violence or language. In other words, it’s one of the best ways to watch one of my favorite films of all time. Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss star. Steven Spielberg directs. And when Shaw, as grizzled sailor Quint, tells of his wartime experiences during a late-night drinking session on his shark-hunting boat, it’s an amazing movie movement that has absolutely nothing to do with cinematic special effects. What a scene. What a performance. And, from first frame to last, what a movie.

BLACK SAILS
Starz!, 9:00 p.m. ET
SERIES PREMIERE:
This is more warning than recommendation. This Michael Bay TV production has all the action set pieces and random violence and nudity you’ve come to expect from his movies – with characters just as thin, and actors who, for the most part, look a lot better than they act. In the case of Black Sails, this is a shame, because it’s borrowing characters from another, much better pirate story. Black Sails is a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, with a younger version of (Long) John Silver, played by Luke Arnold, at its center. This drama looks good, and its genre and setting certainly is different – but a swashbuckler, in this day and age, needs good writing to stay afloat, not just boats, beatings, and breasts.

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW
BBC America, 10:00 p.m. ET

Tonight’s new show features Idris Elba from Luther, Olivia Colenan from Broadchurch, and a guest who might be of special interest even to those who aren’t following quality imported British miniseries: Lena Dunham from HBO’s Girls.

THE MOANING OF LIFE
Science Channel, 10:00 p.m. ET

In this week’s episode, An Idiot Abroad reluctant traveler Karl Pilkington travels some more – in this specific instance, to examine some global approaches to marriage, and to re-examine his own thoughts on the topic. (Thoughts which, since he’s been living with the same woman, without marrying her, for 20 years now, may be somewhat intractable.)

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
NBC, 11:29 p.m. ET

Jonah Hill returns to guest host for the third time, hot on the hills of his co-starring role on Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street. Musical guest: Bastille.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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TV Notes
Jay Leno says leaving 'Tonight Show' is 'not my decision'
In the interview, Leno praises Fallon, calling him "more like Johnny [Carson] than anybody since."
Sorry but Fallon is no Carson, nobody can replace Johnny Carson.
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Sorry but Fallon is no Carson, nobody can replace Johnny Carson.

Well, Leno definitely was (and is) no Johnny Carson.

Leno has a bit too much Floyd R. Turbo in him.

 

Letterman would have been a better successor to Carson.

Both Letterman and Carson have that streak of Midwestern common sense that instinctively rejects phoniness and pomposity. And both came up through local TV and radio, although Letterman later moved into stand-up comedy.

 

The reason NBC decided to move Fallon into the "Tonight Show" now is that it needed to make the change before Letterman retires in a couple years. NBC didn't want to risk having CBS outbid them.


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FRIDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insight's Blog
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Nielsen Overnights
‘Enlisted’ Surges In New Slot, ‘Shark Tank’ Hits Series High
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Jan. 25, 2014

Very encouraging news for Fox’s new comedy Enlisted. After launching to a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 and dropping to a 0.6 in Week 2, the comedy jumped 67% in its third outing last night to a 1.0. The radical improvement was the result of a scheduling move, with Fox swapping Enlisted and Raising Hope to give the newbie a better lead-in from Bones. Some of the ratings gains for Enlisted vs. Raising Hope in the 9 PM time period were organic and some were because Bones (1.8) itself was up this week, by 20%. Enlisted‘s lead-in retention was 56% vs. 46% for Raising Hope last week. As for Raising Hope, it logged a 0.8 in its new 9:30 PM slot, also an improvement over last week’s 0.7.

Viewers already are frustrated with the broadcast schedule that constantly switches between originals and reruns, making it hard to know when your show is on (unless your DVR does it for you.) So it is hard to explain CBS’ decision to bring Undercover Boss from a monthlong hiatus last Friday only to air a rerun again last night. The unscripted series showed resilience in its return last week, posting a 14% gain vs. its last original on Dec. 16 but who knows how long it can keep up with the scheduling shell game.

ABC’s Shark Tank and 20/20 continue their January march. After posting season highs two weeks ago and matching them last Friday, both shows rose to new highs last night against repeats on CBS. Shark Tank (2.2 in 18-49, 8.1 million) was up a tenth in the demo and set new series highs in 18-49 and total viewers. 20/20 (1.9, 8.3 million) was up 12% in 18-49 and hit new season highs in both categories with its largest audience in 4 years and highest 18-49 result in 2 years. ABC won the night in 18-49 (1.7) while CBS, even with an all-rerun lineup, still ranked first in total viewers (8 million). On NBC, Dateline (1.4) was down a tenth, Grimm (1.5) was steady while Dracula (1.0) was up a tenth. The CW’s The Carrie Diaries (0.3) was down a tenth.

http://www.deadline.com/2014/01/ratings-rat-race-enlisted-surges-in-new-slot-shark-tank-hits-series-high/
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Well, Leno definitely was (and is) no Johnny Carson.


The reason NBC decided to move Fallon into the "Tonight Show" now is that it needed to make the change before Letterman retires in a couple years. NBC didn't want to risk having CBS outbid them.
Then CBS late night ratings would tank instead of it happening to NBC.
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Well, Leno definitely was (and is) no Johnny Carson.


The reason NBC decided to move Fallon into the "Tonight Show" now is that it needed to make the change before Letterman retires in a couple years. NBC didn't want to risk having CBS outbid them.
Then CBS late night ratings would tank instead of it happening to NBC.

 

I don't know who NBC could have gotten that would be any better than Fallon.

Obviously NBC wanted someone fairly young, but not too young. Fallon is a few years younger than Leno was when he took over after Carson's retirement.

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Sorry but Fallon is no Carson, nobody can replace Johnny Carson.

Nobody can replace Carson in your mind because most likely you grew up with him, as did I. Yes, Carson set some mighty high standards, but to say that no one can replace him is being a bit close minded. Every generation has their own sense of taste and every generation has their own geniuses. Only time will tell if Fallon or anyone else can have a great run like Johnny did.

I like Fallon, and I would not have placed him in the same league as Carson, yet a week or so ago, I saw his bit imitating Springsteen, and saw the light. He's good, maybe even GREAT! Don't count him out.
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Letterman would have been a better successor to Carson.

That's right - would have been.

He's not anymore. He's gotten way too snarky over the years to be Carson now. He's got a mean streak in him that comes to the surface now an then that wasn't there years ago.

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I don't know who NBC could have gotten that would be any better than Fallon.

The question really becomes, "why do they have to get anyone?"

It's not like Leno is getting killed in the ratings. Why not just let him continue until he wants to retire - or NBC finds someone that really is the obvious choice? Leno is still capable of rolling long until some new talent can be cultured from somewhere to replace him.

I'm not a fan of Leno, either, but it seems like there's this big rush going on to get someone else in the chair for some reason. NBC seems to like to tinker when there's no reason to - then fails to tinker when they ought to.

They did the same thing with Law and Order, bailing on it in favor of shows that never improved on the time slot.
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TV Notes
HBO's 'Looking' looks for understanding
Michael Lannan's show, starring Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett, is a next-generation, nuanced view of gay relationships.
By Yvonne Villareal, Los Angeles Times' 'Show Tracker' Blog - Jan. 25, 2013

It was just over a week before the leads of HBO's gay-centered new series "Looking" (Sundays at 10:30 p.m.) would ultimately be seen — and examined closely — and the trio of friends (or "dream team," as they dub themselves) were too occupied to be overwhelmed by the burden, thumbing through humorous cellphone videos of one another taken from the set.

"I hope my phone is never stolen because these are so humiliating," said Jonathan Groff, an impish grin tugging at his face as he shared a video of regrettable singing moments by costars Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett. (Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is" among them.)

The carefree scene unfolded on a recent afternoon at the Palomar Hotel in Westwood; all the while a mass of billboards of the wistful-looking threesome heavily dots the surrounding neighborhoods, promising viewers will "find something real." It's a profusion that prompted Bartlett to inquire, as a spread of quinoa salads arrived, "Do you think people know there's a show called 'Looking'?"

"Looking," which premiered Jan. 19, centers on three out-and-proud gay friends navigating adulthood in progressive San Francisco. It comes from writer Michael Lannan and is being helmed by writer-director Andrew Haigh, who directed the 2011 gay indie-romance film "Weekend."

"Looking" lands at an interesting moment in the gay narrative: last year, marriage equality gained steam in the U.S. just as Russia instituted anti-gay laws. At a time when television may be less stingy with its offering of gay characters (3.3% of series regulars on scripted prime-time broadcast television were LGBT, according to a GLAAD study), few series have zoomed in on the nuances of contemporary gay relationships. "Looking" appears to be a descendant of groundbreaking forefathers such as "Tales of the City," "Queer as Folk" (the U.K. and American versions) and "The L Word."

"Our show is less about people just finding themselves," said Lannan, 36, in a separate interview with Haigh in their Hollywood office. "It's not about coming out and accepting your sexuality and being a twentysomething. We wanted a stage of life that was a little more formed. People in their 30s now who are gay grew up with a different set of expectations. Whereas, when Andrew and I were teenagers, it was such a different world."

Haigh added: "Even just the idea of being completely open — it was something I couldn't even think about when I was like 18. Gay marriage wasn't even something within grasp."

The series, which opened to modest ratings, has already set off predictable comparisons to "Sex and the City" and that recent cultural touchstone (and its lead-in), "Girls" — similarities the guys are willing to accept and challenge.

"It's just the way the industry works," Alvarez said. "Hopefully, the work will speak for itself and it won't be called the gay 'Girls,' it will just be 'Looking' because we're presenting something supplementary, not the same."

It's already serving as quite the spotlight for the actors: It's the first headlining TV role for Groff, who is mostly known for his theater work. Alvarez, the straight man of the trio, also comes from the theater world and appeared in episodes of NBC's short-lived "Smash." Bartlett is probably best known for his run on CBS' former daytime soap "Guiding Light."

The series introduces viewers to Patrick (Groff), a 29-year-old genial but dorky video game designer with sexual inhibitions; Agustin (Alvarez) is his slightly older roommate and an aspiring artist who finds himself in an artistic and romantic rut; and Dom (Bartlett) is their approaching-40 waiter friend undergoing a midlife crisis.

It might not be a show "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson will add to his DVR list but realistically is being scrutinized by the gay community. Detractors found its pilot boring and cliche-ridden, while others saw promise and honest realism.

Jesse Oxfeld, who serves as a theater reviewer for the New York Observer, told gay and lesbian professional network dot429.com, "if the writing holds up 'Looking' will be a fun series to watch, regardless of its success in nailing its sociocultural point." Slate's J. Bryan Lowder was less flattering: "What can be the appeal in watching a show that amounts to a lightly dramatized version of a press release originally meant for straights?

Groff recognized the pressure the eight-episode first season carries and is just as dogmatic in the belief that it can't and won't please everyone.

"When you make a show like this, it's hard," he said. "We can't represent an entire demographic. It's a weird thing, because there are different expectations at play: 'Will it represent me as a gay person?' and 'Will it alienate me if I'm not gay?' It's a hard line to toe because you want it to be universal but you also want it to be specific to the gay experience. You don't want to water everything down."

Real connections

This modern tales of the city is rooted in Lannan's friendships. About eight years ago while living in New York, he started jotting down notes on friends he had during his time living in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. "It wasn't that conscious. It wasn't like, 'I'm going to take these stories and do something with it,'" said Lannan, who was an assistant to director Allen Coulter ("The Sopranos," "Sex and the City") at the time.

His script reached Nick Hall, director of comedy for HBO, who met with Lannan about crafting it into a half-hour series based on the three central characters.

Michael Lombardo, HBO's president of programming, was attracted to the idea that there was no apology for being gay. "It wasn't gay as court jester," said Lombardo. "What Michael presents is strong, sometimes flawed individuals who are living their lives openly as gay men, without gay being the only defining aspect."

Those involved with the show credit Haigh, whose film "Weekend" centered on two men who meet at a gay bar and embark on a fleeting, emotionally charged romance, with bringing the naturalistic and raw qualities of his film to the series.

"I had seen 'Weekend' in New York when it was in movie theaters," Groff recalled. "I was with a friend who is straight, and we were both so damn moved by the end of that movie. Andrew had such a way of making the gay experience universal in that movie, and I felt like if he was going to lend his voice to , then it had the potential to do something great."

"There was something about it that felt very new and very relevant and very kind of present." Bartlett added. "It was very sort of now."

More than a decade after "Queer as Folk" presented unfiltered gay sex, the first few episodes of "Looking" picks up where that left off, albeit with more narrative pertinence. There's cruising in the park, a threesome and Grindr flubs. And while "Girls" has had no shortage of raw sex acts, which have generated countless think pieces — love portrayals and sex scenes among same-sex individuals still face a double standard, Lombardo acknowledged.

"We struggled with this," Lombardo said. "How much do you sanitize storytelling to make it more palatable? ... But Andrew and Michael don't put in sex scenes for shock value."

Amid joking about the technical aspects of filming such scenes, Groff pulled it back to center, noting a reaction one awkward non-sex scene in the third episode elicited from his brother and sister-in-law in Pennsylvania.

"I was watching them watching it, and I was like 'Whoa, they're connecting to men — gay men — and they're seeing themselves.'"

They were looking. And maybe understanding.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-hbo-looking-20140126,0,3642467,full.story#axzz2rV4T6k5Y
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Nielsen Notes
NBC’s ‘The Blacklist’ Sets DVR Playback Record
By Rick Kissell, Variety.com - Jan. 25, 2014

NBC’s “The Blacklist” continues to burnish its credentials as the TV season’s hottest new show, setting a DVR playback for its second original episode of the year.

“The Blacklist” padded its same-night viewership total for the Jan. 20 installment by 5.430 million — a record for any U.S. broadcast or cable series, according to Nielsen — going from 8.83 million in the previously reported “Live + same-day” ratings to 14.26 million in “Live+3,” or three days’ worth of DVR playback.

This narrowly tops the previous record, also set by “The Blacklist,” of a L+3 gain of 5.426 million viewers. In fact, “The Blacklist” now accounts for the seven biggest total-viewer increases of all time.

The surge for a January episode is noteworthy because it comes at a time when “The Blacklist” does not benefit from a “The Voice” lead-in. So, while the James Spader drama’s same-night averages (2.3 in 18-49, 8.83 million viewer overall) were below what it did when the music contest funneled into it a considerably larger base of viewers, “Blacklist” clearly has a large group of followers who make sure to catch up on their DVRs, irregardless of when it airs.

On a percentage basis, the L+3 lift for the Jan. 20 episode of “The Blacklist” stands at 61% in total viewers and 70% in adults 18-49 (2.3 to 3.9) — both highs for the show.

For the season, “The Blacklist” is the top-rated new series in key demos as well as total viewers. Competitively on Jan. 20, it bested the season finale of Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” — perhaps the second most impressive newcomer of the season — by 17% in L+3 18-49 rating (3.90 to 3.34).

http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/nbcs-the-blacklist-sets-dvr-playback-record-1201070649/
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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
(R - Oct. 20)
8PM - The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine's Wedding (120 min, LIVE)
10:01PM - Castle
(R - Oct. 7)

CBS:
7PM - 60 Minutes
8PM - The 56th Annual Grammy Awards (Three hours, LIVE)

NBC:
7PM - Cris Collinsworth's Sunday Night Football Special
7:30PM - 2014 Pro Bowl (LIVE)

FOX:
7PM - Bob Burger's
(R - Sep. 30)
7:30PM - American Dad
(R - Nov. 3)
8PM - The Simpsons
8:30PM - Bob's Burgers
9PM - Family Guy
9:30PM - American Dad

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey
(R - Jan. 19)
9PM - Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey
9:58PM - Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock, Series III: The Sign of Threee (122 min.)

UNIVISION:
7PM - Aqui y Ahora
8PM - Más Allá del Impacto (120 min.)
10PM - Sal y Pimienta

TELEMUNDO:
6:30PM - Movie: Finding Nemo (2003)
8:30PM - Movie - Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
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TV Notes
Ted Cruz on 'Face the Nation'; Rand Paul on 'Meet the Press'
By Hal Boedeker, Orlando Sentinel's 'TV Guy' Blog - Jan. 25, 2014

President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech will be a topic this Sunday on the morning programs. The guest list:

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, talks to CBS' "Face the Nation" at 10:30 a.m. on WKMG-Channel 6. Other guests are Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; and Billie Jean King and Brian Boitano, who are U.S. delegates to the Sochi Olympics. The panel will be Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard, Bob Woodward of The Washington Post, Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal and Bill Daley, former Obama White House chief of staff.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will be a guest on NBC's "Meet the Press" at 9 a.m. on WESH-Channel 2. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., will preview the State of the Union, which Obama delivers Tuesday. Discussing Edward Snowden's future will be Michael Chertoff, former homeland security secretary, and Jesselyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project. The panel will be NBC's Chuck Todd, Republican strategist Mike Murphy, former FCC Chairman Michael Powell, Carolyn Ryan of The New York Times and Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., visits "Fox News Sunday" at 10 a.m. on WOFL-Channel 35. White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer will be another guest. The panel will be Brit Hume, George Will, Julie Pace of The Associated Press and former Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind.

Sen. Paul and Pfeiffer will be guests on CNN's "State of the Union" at 9 a.m. and noon. The program has an exclusive interview with Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States. A panel on the congressional agenda features Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md.; Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla.; and CNN's Dana Bash.

White House press secretary Jay Carney will talk to ABC's "This Week" at 11 a.m. on WFTV-Channel 9. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., and filmmaker Greg Whiteley ("Mitt," about Mitt Romney) will be the other guests. The panel will be ABC's Cokie Roberts, Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, Van Jones of CNN's "Crossfire," Matt Bai of Yahoo and former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.

Hassan Rouhani, president of Iran, will be a guest on "Fareed Zakaria GPS" at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on CNN. Other guests are Shinzo Abe, prime minister of Japan, and Hazem Al Beblawi, interim prime minister of Egypt.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/blogs/tv-guy/os-ted-cruz-on-face-the-nation-rand-paul-on-meet-the-press-20140124,0,1622847.post
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TV Notes
'Bachelor' first: Wedding on live TV
By Ann Oldenburg, USA Today - Jan. 25, 2014

Sean Lowe will forever be the star of ABC's 17th season of The Bachelor, but on Sunday he's set to stop being a bachelor.

Lowe, 30, and the winning wooer from his season, Catherine Giudici, 27, will tie the knot in a televised ceremony, The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine's Wedding, at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore in Santa Barbara, Calif. The big event is set to air, live, at 8 p.m. ET/delayed PT opposite the Grammy Awards as networks seek more live events to spark social-media chatter.

"I feel like we've been counting down for a good six months," Lowe says. And it's been longer than that, considering the two got engaged on the show's finale, in Chiang Rai, Thailand, in November 2012.

Lowe, a businessman from Dallas, and Giudici, a graphic designer from Seattle, will join Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter, Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney, and Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenberg as the fourth couple in Bachelor/Bachelorette history to marry. But this is the first live wedding for the reality franchise.

Some of the "Seancat" wedding details: Her dress is from designer Monique Lhuillier. His best man is his longtime friend Clay Silver. Her maid of honor is Giudici's best friend from Seattle, Crista Osher, who signed her up for the Bachelor. And their wedding cake is from Charm City Cakes West in Los Angeles. There's also a groom's cake in the shape of the couple's dogs, Lola and Ellie.

Sean's father, Jay, a Dallas pastor, will officiate. "It's one of the biggest moments I'll ever have in my entire life," Sean says. "It's only fitting for him to do this."

The two lovebirds have been living separately in Dallas, and when they take the honeymoon suite on Sunday after their nuptials, it'll be their first night together.

"I'm proud of my faith," says Lowe, a Christian, "and that was the decision we made for us." Adds Catherine: "It feels so right. It's another thing to look forward to."

After a "tropical" honeymoon, they'll head back to Dallas, where they're building a house and plan to start building a family.

Says Lowe, "We don't need the spotlight."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2014/01/25/bachelor-first-wedding-on-live-tv/4800943/
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TV Reviews
Bond's Creator Stripped Bare
By Dorothy Rabinowitz, Wall Street Journal - Jan. 24, 2014

Writing in the Atlantic in 2006, Christopher Hitchens described the creator of James Bond as "a heavy sadist, a narcissist, and all-around repressed pervert." The creators of "Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond" don't go that far, nor could they—this sex-clogged drama on the life and career of Ian Fleming ( Dominic Cooper ) is meant to be a heroic portrait—but there's no missing its emphasis on the hero's sexual tastes. All that's missing are whips and chains. To be sure, the one woman who could be said to have exerted any continuing hold on the real-life Fleming, Ann O'Neil (Laura Pulver), is wild for the kind of sex Fleming offers. So she's portrayed in the miniseries, at any rate, and there's no danger of missing the point—not with Fleming braying "so this is how you want it" or versions thereof as sex commences.

Mr. Cooper may not bear the slightest resemblance to the real Fleming—who was tall, with finely chiseled features—but he is nonetheless the perfect fit for the role assigned him here. That of a swaggerer, supremely arrogant in his treatment of women; one indifferent to any relation with them other than sexual—all attitudes for which Fleming was known. The Fleming of this drama says nothing about such matters, but the real one was open about his complaints as regards women—especially English women, who were on the whole, he charged, insufficiently clean. In his view, one he shared with friends, it was impossible to establish intellectual connection with a woman. The other kind was another matter entirely. There would be no end of assignations.

Fleming begins his career with a job in Naval Intelligence, then goes on to full-scale espionage. He's found his way—gone from life as a wastrel, jealous of his successful brother, wary of his domineering mother—to work that sparks his passions. There's a war on. Intermittently, that is, at least as far as this series is concerned. In the judgment of the show's writers, apparently, the greater drama is to be found in a succession of torrid sex scenes—and they're not short—between Fleming and his various conquests. One escapade in a restaurant has him pursuing the married Ann O'Neil virtually to the door of the ladies' room. Life is already complicated for Ann, who is out with her lover, newspaper magnate Esmond Rothermere, while her husband is off serving in the military. And now Fleming, with whom she's besotted, is chasing her around the upstairs halls. Meanwhile, the Luftwaffe is dropping bombs and hitting the place. Don't ask.

When not trapped in the effort to wring excitement from Fleming's adventurous sex life, the series rolls on compellingly with his spying adventures, his role in creating a special operations unit. His own failed effort to pass one of the tougher tests in commando training—the capacity to open a door and, without hesitation, shoot the person behind it—is telling. This four-part saga ends with Fleming settled peacefully in his Jamaica house, writing the first of the Bond books, with Ann—now his wife—at his side, one of only two women in the world he could stand.

FLEMING: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE BOND
Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on BBC America


* * * *

Given the filmmaker's unrestricted access to Mitt Romney through both presidential campaigns, Greg Whiteley's "Mitt" is an unsurprisingly warm portrait. Which isn't to say it isn't full of tensions, when not outright suffering, perceptible through all the upbeat chatter from the candidate and his wife, campaign advisers, the Romney sons and their wives. It shouldn't be surprising to recognize just how deeply the camera has seen, how much undercover feeling has been betrayed. Early in the 2012 campaign it's clear that candidate Romney knows very well what the outcome of the race is going to be. He accepts the cheerleading of his wife and sons and aides, the emphasis on this or that positive sign—there was that dazzling debate performance, and Obama's disastrous one—and obliges everyone by agreeing. But he knows.

There are few warts to speak of, if any, in this picture. No conversations that chew over Romney clunkers like "self-deportation" and a number of others. But we do get a substantial earful of a Mitt Romney angry to a degree never revealed to outsiders during those presidential campaigns, particularly the second, when his every move and hiccup remained subject to the iron control of advisers. Of all the attacks against him in the 2008 campaign, none infuriated him more than the charge that he was a flip-flopper, and no one did a better job bringing the dig home than his chief rival for the nomination, John McCain.

During one of the primary debates, Mr. Romney refers to his accomplishments, all that he managed to change and improve in his career.

"I agree," Sen. McCain replies with a wicked smile, "you're the candidate of change."

How that nomination loss to Sen. McCain rankled. Candidate Romney had far more optimism, of a genuine kind, in that first run. There was, of course, no President Obama to contend with in that race. When he sees the then-important endorsement of Charlie Crist go to Sen. McCain prior to the crucial Florida primary, Mr. Romney seethes with fury. Mr. Crist had promised to remain neutral. When Sen. McCain wins Florida, a disgusted Mr. Romney declares: "Six months ago we laughed at John McCain. We laughed! Now he's the likely candidate."

By the end of the second campaign, Romney family members have for the most part stopped offering thoughts like "There's a lot of downside to winning" and similar strange words of comfort. The Romneys and their advisers find plenty of cause for anger this second time around. The film brings reminders. Here's Candy Crowley of CNN stepping up so helpfully, as debate moderator, to point out that President Obama was right—he did say the Benghazi attack was an act of terror—and Candidate Romney was wrong.

This remarkable film ends with the election just over; the Romneys arriving home tired, clearly sad—Mitt Romney looking out the window at the lovely mountains. The filmmaker got to record this ending too—that's access.

MITT
Available beginning Friday on Netflix


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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Jan. 26, 2014

THE 56TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS
CBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

There’s a Beatles tribute being taped by Grammy attendees for broadcast closer to the golden anniversary of the group’s record-breaking appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Consequently, I’m not sure how much thunder will be generated by the appearances of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr on tonight’s show – or even whether they will play together, or appear separately. But with Ken Ehrlich producing, the Grammys are a guaranteed must-see music event anyway, because of the live performances featuring combinations of artists. Tonight’s scheduled highlights include a duet by Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and a Highwaymen tribute showcasing surviving original members Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson with country stars Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton, standing in for the late Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings.

MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: "DOWNTON ABBEY"
PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

The friction between Anna (Joanne Froggatt) and Bates (Brendan Coyle) continues to escalate, because she refuses to tell him of her being sexually assaulted because she fears – she knows – that her husband will exact revenge by murder, and thus return to prison. But Bates is anything but stupid – and tonight, despite all of Anna’s efforts and protestations and denials, he begins to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Check local listings.

TRUE DETECTIVE
HBO, 9:00 p.m. ET

Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey’s detectives get deeper into the case in tonight’s episode, in this show’s extended, complicated flashbacks. But they also get deeper into each other’s lives, in ways that don’t always mesh, and sometimes lead only to more friction. And in the present, McConaughey’s time in “the box,” interviewed by modern counterparts to his old police partnership, spins into more and more strange behavior.

MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: "SHERLOCK"
PBS, 9:58 p.m. ET

Tonight’s episode is called Sign of Three, and takes place at the wedding of Watson (Martin Freeman) to Mary (Amanda Abbington), with Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) as a very surprised, and distracted, best man. Check local listings.

THE MOANING OF LIFE
Science Channel, 10:00 p.m. ET

In this week’s episode, An Idiot Abroad reluctant traveler Karl Pilkington travels some more – in this specific instance, to examine some global approaches to marriage, and to re-examine his own thoughts on the topic. (Thoughts which, since he’s been living with the same woman, without marrying her, for 20 years now, may be somewhat intractable.)

EPISODES
Showtime, 10:30 p.m. ET

The sitcom-within-a-sitcom on this show, Pucks, is in danger of imminent cancellation. Its star, Matt Le Blanc, couldn’t be happier, because he’s jockeying for another, better job – but the way he’s behaving, especially towards show writers Beverly and Sean (Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan), has them much less happy. And not because Matt is hoping for cancellation – because they are, too.


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Last night's SNL ratings had good ratings. Tonight's Grammy Awards will crush the Pro Bowl in ratings even without Walking Dead competing it against it since this year it's the Olympics in Russia. Next week will be huge with the Super Bowl coming to town and ratings in the hometowns of both teams will be amazing. If they move the game to a Saturday then it will break records for a TV event on a Saturday night in the US of all time.
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Jan. 26, 2014

THE 56TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS
CBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

There’s a Beatles tribute being taped by Grammy attendees for broadcast closer to the golden anniversary of the group’s record-breaking appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Consequently, I’m not sure how much thunder will be generated by the appearances of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr on tonight’s show – or even whether they will play together, or appear separately. But with Ken Ehrlich producing, the Grammys are a guaranteed must-see music event anyway, because of the live performances featuring combinations of artists. Tonight’s scheduled highlights include a duet by Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and a Highwaymen tribute showcasing surviving original members Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson with country stars Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton, standing in for the late Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings.

MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: "DOWNTON ABBEY"
PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

The friction between Anna (Joanne Froggatt) and Bates (Brendan Coyle) continues to escalate, because she refuses to tell him of her being sexually assaulted because she fears – she knows – that her husband will exact revenge by murder, and thus return to prison. But Bates is anything but stupid – and tonight, despite all of Anna’s efforts and protestations and denials, he begins to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Check local listings.

TRUE DETECTIVE
HBO, 9:00 p.m. ET

Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey’s detectives get deeper into the case in tonight’s episode, in this show’s extended, complicated flashbacks. But they also get deeper into each other’s lives, in ways that don’t always mesh, and sometimes lead only to more friction. And in the present, McConaughey’s time in “the box,” interviewed by modern counterparts to his old police partnership, spins into more and more strange behavior.

MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: "SHERLOCK"
PBS, 9:58 p.m. ET

Tonight’s episode is called Sign of Three, and takes place at the wedding of Watson (Martin Freeman) to Mary (Amanda Abbington), with Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) as a very surprised, and distracted, best man. Check local listings.

THE MOANING OF LIFE
Science Channel, 10:00 p.m. ET

In this week’s episode, An Idiot Abroad reluctant traveler Karl Pilkington travels some more – in this specific instance, to examine some global approaches to marriage, and to re-examine his own thoughts on the topic. (Thoughts which, since he’s been living with the same woman, without marrying her, for 20 years now, may be somewhat intractable.)

EPISODES
Showtime, 10:30 p.m. ET

The sitcom-within-a-sitcom on this show, Pucks, is in danger of imminent cancellation. Its star, Matt Le Blanc, couldn’t be happier, because he’s jockeying for another, better job – but the way he’s behaving, especially towards show writers Beverly and Sean (Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan), has them much less happy. And not because Matt is hoping for cancellation – because they are, too.


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The Pro Bowl sucks these days....no more AFC vs NFC. Fox's Animation Domination lineup is all new tonight.
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The Pro Bowl sucks these days....no more AFC vs NFC. Fox's Animation Domination lineup is all new tonight.

Isn't this only the second year that they've aired it the week before the SuperBowl? It used to be aired the week after the SuperBowl.
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Isn't this only the second year that they've aired it the week before the SuperBowl? It used to be aired the week after the SuperBowl.

If there are two weeks between the conference championships and the Super Bowl, it's the logical time to play it. Which makes me wonder - are there always two weeks between championship weekend and the Super Bowl? Seems to me I remember them occasionally playing the SB the following week...confused.gif

What they ought to do with the Pro Bowl, IMO, is replace it with a weekend of skills challenges, maybe like the old "Superstars" competition, and maybe a flag football game. I'd watch that; it'd be fun. Make it more like the NBA all-star weekend. It's kind of silly to try to play an all-star football game where the overriding concern of players and their teams alike is to not get anyone hurt. That's an incompatible goal with playing a competitive game. What they've done this week is make it more irrelevant than usual, if that's possible.
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