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‘Deadly Class,’ ‘Happy’ Canceled by Syfy
By Reid Nakamura, TheWrap.com - Jun. 4, 2019

Syfy has canceled “Happy!” and “Deadly Class,” TheWrap has learned.

“Deadly Class,” which ran for one season, will be shopped elsewhere by Sony Pictures Television, while Universal Content Productions will seek out a new home for a potential third season of “Happy!”

An adaptation of the 2014 Image Comics graphic novel by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, “Deadly Class” follows a homeless teen recruited into a storied elite private school where the world’s top crime families send their next generations.

Newcomer Benjamin Wadsworth starred in the series, alongside “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” breakout Lana Condor, María Gabriela de Faría, Benedict Wong, Luke Tennie, Liam James and Michel Duval. Remender served as co-showrunner with Miles Orion Feldsott and Mike Betancourt. Executive producers included “Avengers: Infinity War” filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo and Mike Larocca.

“Happy!” is an adaptation of Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s graphic novel of the same name. The series starred “Law & Order: SVU” alum Christopher Meloni as an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man whose life is changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse named Happy, voiced by Patton Oswalt.

Morrison served as an executive producer on the series alongside Meloni, Brian Taylor, Neal Moritz, Pavun Shetty and Toby Jaffe of Original Film. Patrick Macmanus served as showrunner.

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Sneaky Pete Cancelled at Amazon
By Dave Nemetz, TVLine.com - Jun. 4, 2019

Sneaky Pete couldn’t sneak his way into another season: Amazon has cancelled the Giovanni Ribisi-led con man drama after three seasons, our sister site Variety reports.

The series, starring Ribisi as a crook who steals his cellmate’s identity and lies his way into a family of strangers after his release from prison, started out as a CBS pilot, getting picked up by Amazon after the Eye network passed. Co-creator David Shore (The Good Doctor) then stepped down as showrunner, and Graham Yost (Justified) was installed to retool the would-be procedural and transform it into a serialized drama, which premiered on Amazon in August 2015. Yost stayed on as showrunner until Season 3, when he was succeeded by Blake Masters (Falling Water).

Season 3, which debuted on the streamer last month, saw the Bernhardt/Bowman clan traveling cross-country, where they were led to believe that a long-dead family member was still alive. (No, “Pete” never came clean about his true identity.) The cancellation caps Sneaky Pete‘s run at a total of 30 episodes.

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Punky Brewster sequel series with original star Soleil Moon Frye in the works
By Nick Romano, EW.com - Jun. 4, 2019

Punky Brewster is the latest ’80s sitcom to potentially make a comeback on the small screen.

On Tuesday, NBCUniversal’s Universal Content Productions announced the development of a follow-up revival series for the Soleil Moon Frye-led show with Soleil Moon Frye, EW can confirm.

At 7 years old, Frye won the title role of Punky Brewster, which premiered on NBC in 1984 and ran for four seasons. The sitcom, following Punky and her foster dad (played by the late George Gaynes), launched Frye into stardom. Now 42, the actress will portray an adult Punky as a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets a young girl who reminds her a lot of her younger self.

Steve and Jim Armogida of School of Rock and Grounded For Life will write and executive produce the potential Punky Brewster series, while Frye serves as executive producer with original series creator David Duclon and Emmy winner Jimmy Fox.

The original Punky Brewster went on to earn three Primetime Emmy nominations, including two for Outstanding Children’s Program. Frye also voiced the character in an animated series, It’s Punky Brewster, which ran two seasons and earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Animated Program.

In 2009, Frye donned the Punky Brewster attire as an adult as a thank you to fans.

Deadline was the first to report the news.

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Ripping Huawei out of US networks could be a nightmare for rural providers
By Colin Lecher, TheVerge.com - Jun. 5, 2019

Joe Franell is a fan of Huawei’s equipment. As the CEO of Eastern Oregon Telecom, he’s responsible for providing internet to about 4,000 customers, many in small communities or remote farmland. He’s been lucky: the Huawei equipment he uses has never failed, which he hasn’t been able to say about everything else in the company’s network. Plus, it’s affordable, both of which are reasons why he estimates the Oregon company uses about $500,000 worth of Huawei products.

Still, the uncertainty around Huawei has left him wondering what will happen next. Franell says Eastern Oregon Telecom stopped buying Huawei equipment about a year ago, as controversy heated up around the Chinese telecom giant. Since then, Huawei has faced a government crackdown in the United States, as officials argue the company could be used by the Chinese government for espionage. Lawmakers first barred the company’s products from government use, and since then, the Trump administration has effectively blacklisted its products, requiring government approval for any transactions with US companies.

But rural wireless carriers like Eastern Oregon Telecom are also looking ahead to another potential setback: being forced to cut Huawei products out of their networks entirely, a process known as “rip and replace.”

Last year, the Federal Communications Commission started considering how to apply the government ban, and put out the idea of ending some federal funding for carriers that use Huawei equipment. Small carriers now fear that they’ll be forced to entirely replace the Chinese-made equipment in their networks, a natural extension of the security concerns that have already been aired.

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks told The Verge in May he was looking into just what that would mean for rural carriers. “I’m focused on it,” he said. “I have my team focused on it. We’re thinking through the scope of this problem, how much of this infrastructure is going to be at issue, how much is it going to cost.”

Franell says the costs to replace that equipment would be high. Huawei equipment can be much cheaper than equivalent parts from other companies, and hiring someone with the expertise to make the switch would also be costly. Despite having just $500,000 of Huawei equipment, he estimates that buying new parts and hiring a contractor to replace the equipment could cost between $1.2 million and $1.5 million. Even if the government were to reimburse the company later, he says he’s not sure he’d have enough credit to carry the cost.

A project that size would have costs beyond just money. Eastern Oregon Telecom has been trying to bring gigabit fiber to more remote parts of Oregon, Franell says. If a rip and replace order did come down, those plans would have to be pushed back as much as a year while the company dealt with replacing equipment. In the meantime, improving service for those customers would be put on hold. And while Franell says the company would work to make sure the problems were limited, shutting off equipment to replace it would inevitably result in some outages.

The Rural Wireless Association, a trade group representing smaller companies, as well as Huawei, have pushed back at the FCC, arguing that rip and replace would damage internet access in rural America — an issue that FCC leadership has repeatedly said it’s committed to improving.

“RWA estimates that at least 25 percent of its carrier members would be impacted,” the trade group told the agency in a December filing. “Estimated rip-and-replace costs vary by carrier, but are significant across the board.” One carrier in the association suggested it would cost them between $7 million and $13 million to make the changes. Another member said it would cost them about $57 million to replace its network.

“Anything can be fixed with time and money, except death,” says Carri Bennet, general counsel for the RWA, which has asked the FCC to take additional time to understand the costs that rip and replace would require. But as she and the RWA have pointed out, the financial costs on the industry would be substantial.

Congress has put some plans on the table to reimburse carriers for removing Huawei equipment. In a bill introduced in May, a bipartisan group of senators proposed allocating about $700 million in grants, part of a plan that would also block Huawei from being used in the US’s next-generation 5G networks. But RWA has estimated it could cost its members up to a billion dollars just to replace equipment from Huawei and another Chinese telecommunications company, ZTE. Amid growing Congressional gridlock, smaller carriers may end up simply swallowing the extra cost.

Some officials and lawmakers, however, argue that the risks of not replacing Chinese equipment are too great. Should the espionage concerns come to fruition, they argue, China will have a backdoor into sensitive American communications. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), in a statement announcing the funding plan, said “the federal government failed to effectively communicate the economic and national security risks of Huawei and ZTE communications equipment — and even adopted broadband grant policies that incentivized rural carriers to use this equipment because it was the cheapest around.”

Huawei has repeatedly denied that its equipment would be used for spying, and as the company is fond of pointing out, the US hasn’t produced any public evidence to substantiate the fears. Franell describes himself as “a patriot,” and says if there was proof of a national security threat, “I’d be ripping this stuff out of the network myself.” But without it, he wonders whether Huawei is being used as a bargaining chip in trade negotiations with China — a fear that President Trump exacerbated when he said the company might “be included in some kind of a trade deal.”

That leaves carriers like Eastern Oregon in an uncertain place. If the government is going to ban the products, Franell says, he hopes it’ll happen soon, so Eastern Oregon Telecom can deal with the problem. Running a rural carrier is a tough business, and not knowing what’s next doesn’t make things easier. “Distractions are a big deal,” Franell says, “because it’s hard enough already.”

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TV Notes (Streaming)
‘The Ranch’ To End On Netflix After Season 4
By Patrick Hipes, Deadline.com - Jun. 4, 2019

Netflix’s The Ranch now has an endgame, with creator and star Ashton Kutcher revealing Tuesday that the multi-camera comedy will return for a fourth and final season of 20 episodes.

Created by Don Reo and Jim Patterson, The Ranch was the first comedy series produced by Netflix and the first to introduce 20-episode seasons for multi-camera series split into two half-seasons. It had not been expected to go beyond four seasons.

Kutcher tweeted today that the plan is to stream the first 10 episodes of Season 4 this year and the final 10 in 2020. Netflix confirmed the news.

Set in present day on a Colorado ranch outside Denver, the show follows Colt’s (Kutcher) return home after a brief and failed semi-pro football career to run the family ranching business with his father (Sam Elliott) and mother (Debra Winger). Elisha Cuthbert stars as Colt’s fiancé Abby.

Danny Masterson originally co-starred in the series as Kutcher’s brother Rooster, but he was written off the show at the end of Season 3 amid renewed attention on rape allegations made by four women against Masterson in the 2000s.

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Jussie Smollett Not Returning to 'Empire,' Says Lee Daniels
By Trilby Beresford, The Hollywood Reporter - Jun. 4, 2019

Empire co-creator Lee Daniels, who has never explicitly said that Jussie Smollett won't return to the Fox series, tweeted Tuesday that the actor won't reprise his role.

His tweet, posted in response to a report which stated that the Empire writers were preparing for his return on the show's sixth and final season, read, "This is not factual. Jussie will NOT be returning to Empire."

Back in March, Daniels posted an emotional video on social media in which he spoke about the "pain and anger" he has felt since Smollett was accused of a hate crime in January. Following the alleged hate crime hoax and subsequent arrest in Chicago, the actor did not appear on the show's final two episodes of the fifth season.

Despite all 16 felony charges being dropped against Smollett and his record being wiped clean, his fate on the show has been unclear. Since last week's release of court records from Chicago's Cook County office, the case has raised further questions concerning how lawmakers handled the proceeding.

Empire was renewed for its final season in April by Fox, notiing that while Smollett remains under contract, his character Jamal Lyon would not be appearing.

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Apple's Big iPad Update Reveals Something Huge About How it Sees the Future
By Patrick Lucas Austin, TIME.com - Jun. 4, 2019

iPad fans got a pleasant surprise Monday during Apple’s WWDC keynote in the form of a brand new operating system, dubbed iPadOS. While iOS still lies at the heart of the rebranded operating system, the new platform includes a slew of major changes designed to take advantage of the iPad’s screen size, computing power, ports and so on.

Apple’s introduction of iPadOS is more than a renamed operating system with some bells and whistles. It reveals what Apple sees as the future of its devices, and computing more broadly. While Apple’s high-end PCs aren’t going anywhere — the company finally updated the powerful and pricey Mac Pro this week — it’s increasingly clear that Apple sees the iPad as the future of computing for most people. And while iOS has historically limited Apple’s tablet, iPadOS stands to unlock its true potential.
Here are five ways iPadOS is helping turn the iPad — especially the amped-up iPad Pro — into a legit PC replacement.

It’s adding an actual web browser
One of the biggest drawbacks of iOS 12 on the iPad Pro was the lack of a fully-featured web browser, which led to poor performance on certain sites and apps. Since the iPad exists in the murky medium between portable device and capable computer, whether you’d receive the mobile or desktop version of a particular website was unpredictable.

Of course, no matter how capable your device is, having a middling browser meant you’d be forced to look elsewhere for a tablet with a desktop-class web experience. But Apple’s iPadOS is bringing a full-featured Safari web browser to the iPad, complete with a download manager, which stores your downloaded media in the redesigned Files app.

Typing will be easier than ever
iPadOS is introducing big changes for typing and text that should make it easier for writers, designers and more to manage and modify text in documents or media. Gesture-based copy-and-pasting makes moving text similar to handling images, intelligent text selection picks out information like email addresses and phone numbers when you double-tap them, and scroll bar scrubbing means you can peruse lengthy documents or sites without swiping over and over (and over) to get to the bottom.

When writing on the iPad, you’ll be able to use the swipe-friendly QuickPath keyboard to get words out quick, and even create a small, floating keyboard to get more screen real estate while you swipe away. (And you won’t get any keyboard problems à la the MacBook.)

There’s also a new Font app in iPadOS, a clever addition available on the Mac (as Font Book) since 2003. For designers, the addition will no doubt be a godsend, as the app will let you purchase, add, and manage custom fonts needed for your project.

Still, there’s no true support for an external mouse, leaving one big differentiator between the Mac and the iPad. But some creative folks have found a clever workaround in iPadOS’ Accessibility options.

You’ll be able to multitask like a pro
The iPad’s multitasking abilities are getting a big upgrade in iPadOS, bringing an app-switching experience familiar to everyone who loves hitting Command-Tab.

Dealing with windowed apps is going to be much easier as well, since iPadOS will let you open multiple apps in a single space, and even run two instances of an app — great for organizing or comparing documents or files. You can use the new exposé feature (already on the Mac) to see all the apps you’re currently using, too.

It’s got a revamped, smarter desktop
With iPadOS, Apple’s attempting to solve the most glaring issues when it comes to its powerhouse of a tablet, like its formerly static home screen. The iPad’s display — nearly 13 inches if you’re dealing with the largest model — is an egregious example of wasted space, especially when you consider the information-packed widget section is buried a swipe away.

Widgets have been available on Android devices, tablets included, for years now. On iPadOS, widgets now live on the Home screen, where you can see relevant information right next to your library of apps without swiping.

Server support means a network-friendly iPad
Apple’s clunky Files app is a poor replacement for an actual file browser, but iPadOS is solving a few major issues by giving users more flexibility when it comes to file sharing, as well as more ways to access the files you need, where you keep them. Files on iPadOS supports external drives, meaning USB drives, external drives, and SD cards will all play nice with Files.

Furthermore, if you’ve got data stored on a file server at your workplace or at home, accessing them through iOS wasn’t exactly seamless and easy, requiring an app or two to get you to your data. But Files on iPadOS supports file server access, making finishing up your work report from home a bit easier.

https://time.com/5600950/apple-ipad-ipados/
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Apple's Big iPad Update Reveals Something Huge About How it Sees the Future
By Patrick Lucas Austin, TIME.com - Jun. 4, 2019

iPad fans got a pleasant surprise Monday during Apple’s WWDC keynote in the form of a brand new operating system, dubbed iPadOS. While iOS still lies at the heart of the rebranded operating system, the new platform includes a slew of major changes designed to take advantage of the iPad’s screen size, computing power, ports and so on.
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One of the biggest drawbacks of iOS 12 on the iPad Pro was the lack of a fully-featured web browser, which led to poor performance on certain sites and apps. Since the iPad exists in the murky medium between portable device and capable computer, whether you’d receive the mobile or desktop version of a particular website was unpredictable.

Of course, no matter how capable your device is, having a middling browser meant you’d be forced to look elsewhere for a tablet with a desktop-class web experience. But Apple’s iPadOS is bringing a full-featured Safari web browser to the iPad, complete with a download manager, which stores your downloaded media in the redesigned Files app.
Ah yes, a web browser - as in that thing available on every Windows and Android tablet since forever - and in many different forms, from Edge, to Firefox, to Chrome to the generic phone browser.

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iPadOS is introducing big changes for typing and text that should make it easier for writers, designers and more to manage and modify text in documents or media. Gesture-based copy-and-pasting makes moving text similar to handling images, intelligent text selection picks out information like email addresses and phone numbers when you double-tap them, and scroll bar scrubbing means you can peruse lengthy documents or sites without swiping over and over (and over) to get to the bottom.

When writing on the iPad, you’ll be able to use the swipe-friendly QuickPath keyboard to get words out quick, and even create a small, floating keyboard to get more screen real estate while you swipe away. (And you won’t get any keyboard problems à la the MacBook.)
Or, they could have just gone with the obvious and used the time tested "press and hold" method that will select all of those examples accurately. For sentences with spaces that might not fully select, handy little grab handles appear so you can slide them to include anything that doesn't get picked up.

The problem with double-tapping is if you don't tap fast enough, you run the risk it will attempt to call the number or email the address. Pressing and holding is essentially the finger equivalent to a right mouse click, which gives you options like copy, cut, paste, and other functions like "open in (mail)" or "dial number".

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Sounds like Type Manager for Windows.

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Because that whole Bluetooth things is probably just a fad....

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You’ll be able to multitask like a pro
The iPad’s multitasking abilities are getting a big upgrade in iPadOS, bringing an app-switching experience familiar to everyone who loves hitting Command-Tab.

Dealing with windowed apps is going to be much easier as well, since iPadOS will let you open multiple apps in a single space, and even run two instances of an app — great for organizing or comparing documents or files. You can use the new exposé feature (already on the Mac) to see all the apps you’re currently using, too.

It’s got a revamped, smarter desktop
With iPadOS, Apple’s attempting to solve the most glaring issues when it comes to its powerhouse of a tablet, like its formerly static home screen. The iPad’s display — nearly 13 inches if you’re dealing with the largest model — is an egregious example of wasted space, especially when you consider the information-packed widget section is buried a swipe away.

Widgets have been available on Android devices, tablets included, for years now. On iPadOS, widgets now live on the Home screen, where you can see relevant information right next to your library of apps without swiping.
More stuff my Surface tablet has always done. To be fair though, Windows did steal the Command-Tab function from Apple in the form of Alt-Tab back in the day.

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Apple’s clunky Files app is a poor replacement for an actual file browser, but iPadOS is solving a few major issues by giving users more flexibility when it comes to file sharing, as well as more ways to access the files you need, where you keep them. Files on iPadOS supports external drives, meaning USB drives, external drives, and SD cards will all play nice with Files.

Furthermore, if you’ve got data stored on a file server at your workplace or at home, accessing them through iOS wasn’t exactly seamless and easy, requiring an app or two to get you to your data. But Files on iPadOS supports file server access, making finishing up your work report from home a bit easier.

https://time.com/5600950/apple-ipad-ipados/
I'm not a big cloud guy, but I do get a lot of use out of OneDrive, which allows me to access files across all my devices pretty seamlessly. I just wish they had an easy way to toggle between my work and personal accounts. That's the one thing that sucks.

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Either way, I'm always amazed at how excited Apple fans get when features found on other devices already finally get added to IOS.
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Or, people could simply follow the very simple rules we all agreed on in regards to spoilers. Otherwise, where does it end?

It's one thing to avoid this thread when something big like this is going on, but if anything can be spoiled, it would mean always having to avoid news threads like HOTP to avoid any possibility of even small spoilers for shows with lesser followings.

It's about courtesy to others, which is something we could use a bit more of these days.

We're all enthusiasts here, otherwise why would we be here? We should endeavor to afford everyone the opportunity to have the same enjoyment of entertainment regardless of their viewing schedule by avoiding spoilers in threads outside of those specifically for that piece of entertainment.

I don't think that's a lot to ask.

Which was why I was caught off-guard by the spoiler post last week on this very forum. It definitely ruined my anticipation of this week's shows. It was a week before the national airing and even containing the vital info in a "spoiler" tag is insufficient in a case like this. What other spoiler could there possibly be? Dad approached it correctly in my view.

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Which was why I was caught off-guard by the spoiler post last week on this very forum. It definitely ruined my anticipation of this week's shows. It was a week before the national airing and even containing the vital info in a "spoiler" tag is insufficient in a case like this. What other spoiler could there possibly be? Dad approached it correctly in my view.
Well, I suppose the spoiler could have been that he not only broke the record, but did it with a record 1 day total, to boot. Or it could have been a very close win.

Unfortunately, the my worst fears were realized when I started seeing spoiler notes as well as spoiler warnings on TV and radio news bits.

Granted, I like this new champion just about as much. She seems pretty cool when she's not actually playing, but she may just be a bit nervous during the game play. She may start to get more comfortable. I hope she does well.
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Maybe Tracy Morgan of The Last O.G. should stay away from automobiles, expensive or otherwise.

"Tracy Morgan hit in his new $2M Bugatti Veyron; other driver 'traumatized'"

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Ava DuVernay's ‘When They See Us’ gets to the human heart of the Central Park Five
By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times - May 30, 2019

I glossed over the heading when dad presented this, not knowing then what furor this latest Central Park Five version would cause.

LA Times' Robert Lloyd is correct, "any thought-provoking work of historical fiction or re-creation should send one back to sources."

Sources, so far, for me have been Wikipedia "Central Park jogger case", and very recent pieces from Vanity Fair, and The Daily Beast. Links below.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Park_jogger_case

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood...s-ava-duvernay

https://www.thedailybeast.com/when-t...netflix-series

The latest version's creator Ava DuVernay says she spoke to the object of the latest boycott Linda Fairstein. Fairstein says the conversation never happened, and said this Netflix version is "a basket of lies".

Basket of lies? Did Netflix not corroborate what DuVernay was selling them? That's odd, if true.

Lloyd points out the irony of Felicity Huffman playing Linda Fairstein. Great controversy here, helping curiosity if not viewership.

Back to the case. I have suspicion about the Central Park Five and Matias Reyes being together that fateful evening in 1989. Both parties are off the legal hooks for this case--$41M NYC/Central Park Five settlement, and statute of limitations for Reyes. But doubt and questions remain.

If someone can make the fog clearer for me, please do.

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Raptors Take NBA Finals Lead, But Game 3 Ratings Crash To 12-Year Low
By Dominic Patten, Deadline.com - Jun. 6, 2019

If anyone thought the Toronto Raptors were going to go extinct against the Golden State Warriors once the 2019 NBA Finals moved to back to America, last night’s Game 3 tore that theory apart.

A resounding 123-109 win at Oracle Arena by Danny Green and the only Canadian team in the league put the crew from the 6ix up 2-1 in the NBA championship series against the current champs. Nailing 47 points on his own, last night was also a playoff career-high for Steph Curry as the Warriors suffered their first NBA Finals loss at home in three years.

Still, for all the drama on the court (and Jay-Z and Beyoncé courtside) in what has proven a very dramatic series with the Raptors in the finals for the first time, ratings were still down to multi-year lows for ABC and the NBA.

Snaring a 10.0/18 in metered market results, Wednesday’s primetime Game 3 crashed 21% from the Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals on June 6 last year. The biggest year-to-year drop of the series so far, last night’s game tied in the early metrics with the 2013 NBA Finals for the lowest Game 3 since Cleveland Cavaliers took on the San Antonio Spurs on the Texas team’s turf in 2007.

That less than stellar market matchup 12 years ago went on to have a total viewership of 9.5 million. The Miami Heat-Spurs Game 3 of 2013 last night tied eventually had 14.05 million sets of eyeballs, which may be in the range we’ll be seeing later today.

However, unique to the 2019 NBA Finals, all those past battles had two American teams and hence two U.S. markets, no matter how large or small. That is clearly not the case this year and, even with massive Canadian viewership, the Disney-owned net is suffering in the Nielsen numbers on this side of the border.

Compared to June 2’s Game 2, Game 3 of the 2019 series was basically even with its immediate predecessor with a mere 2% dip in the metered market numbers. In the final numbers, the Warriors’ winning Game 2 pulled in a crowd of 13.9 million, with 4.8/22 among the advertiser-desired adults 18-49 demographic.

We’ll update with more NBA Finals ratings, how strongly ABC dominated the night and a look at what else was on the small screen Wednesday.

Until then, two things to chew on.

First, with a 10.1/19 average so far in metered market results, the 2019 NBA Finals are the lowest first three games since the 9.7/16 for the L.A. Lakers and Orlando Magic face-off of 2009.

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November '19 week-long Sweeps stunt, here they come!

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Ken Jennings is ready to face off against 'Jeopardy!' champ James Holzhauer: It's 'inevitable'
By Erin Jensen, USA Today - Jun. 6, 2019

If you ask Ken Jennings, a throw-down with James Holzhauer is not in jeopardy.

Jennings described the face-off as a sure thing during an interview with "Good Morning America" that aired Thursday.

"It's got to be inevitable," Jennings said of going head-to-head with the man who came within $58,484 of his cash record set in 2004. Jennings holds the record of biggest winnings in regular-season play ($2,520,700) and consecutive games won (74). Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, bet big and holds the record for single-game winnings ($131,127).

"But 'Jeopardy!' only does those special tournaments every so often," Jennings, 45, told "GMA," "and obviously I can't get 29-year-old Ken to show up with his sleek, 29-year-old brain. It's got to be me, with my broke-down brain."

Jennings said he rooted for Holzhauer, despite his cash record being at stake.

"It seemed like he might be the guy, the chosen one, so I was very excited," he shared. "I wanted to see it come down to the wire, I wanted to see if it could be beaten because I think it can be done."

"He was so close to the cash record," Jennings continued. "And it just shows how fragile a 'Jeopardy!' streak is."

Jennings believes a battle with Holzhauer would compare to his 2011 showdown with IBM's Watson computer, which ended in defeat.

"Watching James on that show, he feels as close to Watson as you can get and still have a pulse," Jennings said. "His accuracy is just unbelievable."

Jennings reiterated how he's had to come to terms with no longer being the lone big name in "Jeopardy!"

"It hit me all at once, I'm not that 'Jeopardy guy' anymore," he explained. "He's that 'Jeopardy! guy,' I'm like your dad's 'Jeopardy! guy.' "

Jennings said he and Holzhauer have exchanged emails, in which he's doled out advice.

"I just told him take some time to think about what it is you want, 'cause you do have a window," Jennings said. "Do you have a book idea? Do you have a podcast idea? Do you want to give a TED Talk? Because now's the time."

Jennings said he returned to his old stomping grounds in April, venturing to a taping to check in on host Alex Trebek, who revealed his stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis in March.

"He was in good spirits, and he showed me some of the letters – the hundreds of thousands of letters he's been getting, and it was touching how much it meant to him," said Jennings.

Jennings, a full-time author, who will serve as an expert for Game Show Network's "Best Ever Trivia Show" debuting Monday, reflected on the unexpected success resulting from his time on "Jeopardy!"

"It was such a weird accident, that I could've had a mid-life crisis, and instead I went on a game show," he said. "And I accidentally got to write the books and to spend more time with my kids. Like, what could be better than that?"

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Robert Langdon series gets production commitment at NBC
By Lauren Huff, EW.com - Jun. 5, 2019

You haven’t seen the last of Robert Langdon on screen.

NBC has given a production commitment to Langdon, a show that will be based on Dan Brown’s 2009 thriller The Lost Symbol, the third book in the Robert Langdon series. The show is to follow the early adventures of the famed Harvard symbologist, who finds himself pulled into a series of deadly puzzles when his mentor is kidnapped and the CIA compels him to join a task force. (Naturally, he uncovers a chilling conspiracy.)

Daniel Cerone (The Blacklist, Dexter) will serve as writer and executive producer of the series. Brown is executive-producing alongside Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Francie Calfo, Samie Falvey, and Anna Culp. Imagine Television Studios, CBS Television Studios, and Universal Television are set to produce.

Howard directed all three of the big-screen adaptations of Brown’s novels — The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and Inferno — which starred Tom Hanks as the ever-knowledgeable and perpetually puzzle-solving Langdon. The Lost Symbol was originally set to be turned into a film, but eventually the creative forces that be decided to go with Inferno instead.

The film series has grossed almost $1.5 billion worldwide.

Deadline Hollywood first reported the news about Langdon.

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DC Universe Cancels ‘Swamp Thing’ Less Than 1 Week After Premiere
By Tim Baysinger, TheWrap.com - Jun. 6, 2019

“Swamp Thing” is one and done at DC Universe.

The James Wan-produced series will not return for a second season, an individual with knowledge of the decision tells TheWrap. The series was produced by “Aquaman” director James Wan and debuted last Friday (May 31).

It becomes the first DC Universe series to get the ax. DC Universe will still air the complete 10-episode season.

In “Swamp Thing,” Crystal Reed starred as Abby Arcane, Derek Mears portrayed Swamp Thing, while Andy Bean played Alec Holland, its human alter ego. The rest of the cast included Maria Sten, Jeryl Prescott, Henderson Wade, Kevin Durand, Will Patton, Virginia Madsen and Ian Ziering.

Per DC Universe, “Swamp Thing” follows Abby Arcane (Reed) as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.

“Swamp Thing” was executive produced by James Wan, Mark Verheiden, Gary Dauberman, Michael Clear and Len Wiseman. “Swamp Thing” is based on DC characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. Rob Hackett is co-producer. The series is produced by Atomic Monster in association with Warner Bros. Television. The pilot is written by Verheiden and Dauberman, and Wiseman is set to direct.

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Meryl Streep steals ‘Big Little Lies;’ ‘Pose’ returns
By Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's 'Tuned In' Column - Jun. 6, 2019

In recent weeks there has been a flurry of new program premieres, including HBO’s “Deadwood” movie and Netflix’s “When They See Us,” to get in under the wire for consideration in the 2019 Emmy race (May 31 was the deadline).

But several dramas also are purposefully premiering after that deadline so they can avoid competing against “Game of Thrones” in 2019 and look ahead to the 2020 Emmys, including returning shows “Big Little Lies” and “Pose.”

‘Big Little Lies’
The hit HBO limited series — which turned out to be less limited than initially conceived — is back for a second season (9 p.m. Sunday) that moves at a quicker pace and an emphasis on dark humor thanks largely to the arrival of Meryl Streep as Mary Louise, disarming mother of the late Perry (Alexander Skarsgard, back for the new season in flashbacks), abusive husband of Celeste (Nicole Kidman).

Fans of writer David E. Kelley’s past series — “Picket Fences,” “Ally McBeal” — will recognize the type: On the surface she’s pleasant, but once Mary Louise opens her mouth, her words knock those around her off balance. At times she seems like a truth-teller; in other instances, she just seems rude.

Streep fully commits to her sometimes noxious character, whether she’s demonstrating a grief scream or tangling with entitled, gossipy Madeline (Reese Witherspoon).

“I find little people to be untrustworthy,” Mary Louise says as she sizes up Madeline. “You seem like a nice person, but also you strike me as a wanter.”

However it ultimately turns out, this second season is worth it just for the opportunity to watch Streep have fun.

Several months have passed since Perry attacked wife Celeste (Nicole Kidman) at a school function and Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz) pushed him down a flight of concrete steps to his death. The women made a pact to toe “the company line,” as Mary Louise calls it, that Perry lost his balance and fell.

By episode two, secrets begin unraveling as Renata (Laura Dern) faces a life she refuses to contemplate: “I will not not be rich!” she rages.

Mary Louise isn’t the only mother butting in. Bonnie has been a zombie since “the incident,” so husband Nathan (James Tupper) calls Bonnie’s mother (Crystal Fox), who in no short order tells Nathan, “I’m here because you’re ill-equipped to deal with your wife.”

Although Kelley is credited with the teleplay — he shares story credit with Liane Moriarty author of the book that was the basis for the show’s first season — season two feels more Kelley-like due to the brash mother characters introduced and because the show’s pace is significantly revved up. “Big Little Lies” still takes time for the gauzy flashbacks as Celeste grapples with assorted emotional responses during sessions with her therapist (Robin Weigert), but the whole enterprise feels peppier, poppier and more entertaining as viewers spend more time with these pretty people with pretty significant problems.

‘Pose’
FX’s “Pose” (10 p.m. Tuesday)
was designed to be an ongoing series but begins its second season heavy on exposition and the resetting of characters. Episode one, especially, falters on some wooden dialogue delivered in an unconvincing manner.

It’s now 1990 — about a year since the end of season one — and Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) and her House of Evangelista have risen to prominence in ballroom competitions, but the alliance with imperious Elektra (Dominique Jackson) falters as the writers revert to casting Elektra as this show’s Joan Collins-esque interloper.

Pray Tell (Pittsburgh native Billy Porter) becomes political over the first episode — a rushed awakening — as he attends the 210th funeral for a friend who died of AIDS, a more prominent threat in season two.

“Pose” remains an above-average character-driven cable drama, but it all feels a little more forced this year as the writers attempt to invent new stories for this collection of generally likable, striving LGBTQ characters.

Kept/canceled/spun off
Starz renewed “Vida” for a third season and “The Spanish Princess” for a second and final season.

Netflix renewed “Dead to Me” for a second season and ME-TV did the same for “Collector’s Call.”

HBO’s “Silicon Valley” will end with its upcoming sixth season debuting later this year. Netflix’s “The Ranch” will end with its fourth season that will air in 2019 and 2020.

NBC canceled “Abby’s,” “A.P. Bio,” “The Enemy Within” and “The Village.”

Amazon canceled “Sneaky Pete” and Syfy canceled “Happy” and “Deadly Class.”

Nickelodeon ordered the “SpongeBob SquarePants” spinoff “Kamp Koral,” a CG-animated series following a 10-year-old SpongeBob at a summer sleepaway camp.

Channel surfing
AMC-owned horror streaming service Shudder announced Tom Savini (“Dawn of the Dead”), who heads the Special Make-Up Effects Program at the Douglas Education Center in Monessen, will direct an episode of its upcoming “Creepshow” series, executive produced by McCandless native Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead”). Savini previously created gory effects for the 1982 movie the series is based on. John Harrison (“Dune”), who grew up in Oakland and Oakmont, will write and direct “Creepshow” episodes. … Former “CBS Evening News” anchor Jeff Glor will now anchor “CBS This Morning: Saturday” beginning June 22 and also serve as a special correspondent for CBS News.

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Now's Your Chance to Binge The Other Two Without Cable or a Streaming Service
By Amanda Bell, TVGuide.com - Jun. 5, 2019

If you haven't gotten around to checking out Comedy Central's newest bundle of hilarity, The Other Two, now's your chance to see the entire first season for free on the network's digital streaming site.

The show's co-creator, Chris Kelly, announced on Wednesday that for the next two weeks, all 10 episodes of The Other Two will be available for online viewing, even for audiences who don't have a cable subscription log-in. The hope is that the critically lauded comedy series might reach a few new pairs of eyes.

The Other Two was created by Kelly and fellow former Saturday Night Live writer Sarah Schneider. The series, a satire of pop star culture, follows two thirtysomethings — Brooke (Heléne Yorke) and Cary (Drew Tarver) — whose 13-year-old brother becomes the next mega teen heartthrob, a la Justin Bieber. The siblings are forced to adjust to the fact that their new reality centers on Chase (Case Walker), aka ChaseDreams, whether that means becoming the subject of one of his new viral songs or dealing with the effects fame has on the personal lives of the rest of the family.

The series debuted in January on Comedy Central and was met with praise and an early renewal for Season 2.

Season 1 of The Other Two is now streaming on Comedy Central's website.

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"J!'s" producers still need a third wheel to stand on the podium between Jennings and Holzhauer. Rutter can sit next to the phone waiting for it to ring, hope's eternal.
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Syndication Ratings: Holzhauer-Powered 'Jeopardy!' Falls Short of 'Judge Judy' in May Sweep
By Jessika Walsten, EW.com - Jun. 5, 2019

It turns out that James Holzhauer not only lost to Emma Boettcher, he also lost to CBS Television Distribution's Judge Judy since the skyrocketing numbers for CTD's Jeopardy! were not enough to topple syndication’s highest rated show in the important May sweep (April 25-May 22). The results of which were released Wednesday.

Although most strips were down from last May, the declines were relatively minor compared to the steep drops for the networks, which, for example, reportedly saw average losses of 27% among adults 18-49 over the past two years due mainly to heated competition for viewers from streaming video services.

Judge Judy, the season-to-date household ratings leader, which has been the top ranked show in every May sweep since 2010, lit up the Nielsen chart with a steady, compared to last May, 7.1 live plus same day national sweep average for the survey period. Still going strong in this its 23rd season, the 7.1 matches Judy's second-highest May rating in the past five years.

None of the other court shows improved. The next highest gaveler was CTD's Hot Bench, which held its ground year-to-year at a 2.3 average and was the No. 3 in daytime for the rating period behind only Judy and CTD's Dr. Phil. After that, Warner Bros.' People’s Court slid 7% to a 1.4 average. Warner Bros.' Judge Mathis remained at a 1.0, and Twentieth's Divorce Court sank 22% to a 0.7.

In access, Jeopardy!, which was ignited by James Holzhauer appearances in half the sweep, raced ahead 19% to a 7.0, taking the runner-up spot to Judge Judy overall, and easily leading the game shows. By the May 22nd end of the survey period, the show’s ratings had ballooned at times to levels not seen in more than a decade as the Jeopardy! phenom won 25 straight games and nearly $2 million.

Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud and CTD's Wheel of Fortune were neck and neck at a 5.9 average with Feud fading 5% and Wheel, which is paired with Jeopardy! in many markets, inching up 2%. Further back, Disney's the canceled Who Wants to Be a Millionaire broke even at a 1.6. While Entertainment Studios' Funny You Should Ask rose 25% from a 0.4 last May to a 0.5.

Disney's viral video show RightThisMinute moved down 14% to a 1.2.

Dr. Phil was the top talker in May for the eighth year in a row by a wide margin despite backing off 13% to a 2.8. This marks the 23rd consecutive sweep victory for Phil, which has led the category for an Oprah-like 142 weeks in a row with five ties. Among women 25-54, Phil was also first with a 1.2 sweep average in the key demo.

Returning to the ratings, Disney's Live With Kelly and Ryan, which had been tied with Warner Bros.' Ellen DeGeneres last May, jumped 5% and landed in sole possession of second place with a 2.2. Ellen declined 5% to a 2.0. Debmar-Mercury's Wendy Williams, which had been tied for fifth place last May, leapfrogged over Maury with a 17% spike to a 1.4 in fourth position. NBCUniversal's Maury was minus 7% to a 1.3.

Rounding out the top six was NBCU's Steve, starring Steve Harvey, with a steady 1.2. Going out on a high note, the popular talker heated up in markets like Los Angeles where it ranked second to General Hospital in its 2 p.m. time period and grew 13% from last May.

The bottom half of the chat pack saw NBCU's conflict talker Steve Wilkos perk up 10% to a 1.1. CTD's Rachael Ray retreated 9% to a 1.0, tying Sony Pictures Television's Dr. Oz, which also dropped 9% to a 1.0. Warner Bros.' The Real stayed at a 0.7. CTD's The Doctors fell 14% to 0.6. Disney's Pickler & Ben banked a 33% increase from a 0.3. to a 0.4, tying NBCU's the out-of-production Jerry Springer, which sagged 64% to a 0.4.

The rookie crop saw CTD's Face the Truth confronting a 13% decline from its September debut to a 0.7 while Debmar-Mercury's Caught in Providence was even with its opening week, capturing a 0.5.

Magazines were mostly lower than last May when ratings were boosted by big viewer interest in the royal wedding. Also dragging shows lower was competition with the stratospheric ratings for James Holzhauer on Jeopardy!. CTD's Entertainment Tonight and CTD's Inside Edition tied for the lead at a 2.8 average with both shows slipping 7% from last year.

NBCU's Access was one of only two shows in the top seven to avoid any losses despite directly competing with Jeopardy! in five of the top 20 markets. Access held steady at a 1.2, tying Warner Bros.' TMZ, which softened 8% to a 1.2. Warner Bros.' Extra ran head-to-head with Jeopardy! in six of the top nine markets and gave back 9% to a 1.0 although it rang up higher ratings in numerous other metered cities such as Providence, Rhode Island, where it climbed 13% to a 4.4 rating, 7 share on WJAR at 7:30 p.m.

CTD's sophomore DailyMailTV held its ground at a 1.0, tying Extra, and was renewed for year three. Twentieth's canceled Page Six TV revealed a 14% slide to a 0.6 while Trifecta's Celebrity Page was flat at a 0.2.

NBCU's Dateline was the sweep’s true crime champ, gaining 8% to a 1.3. SPT’s off-A&E Live PD Police Patrol posted a 1.0 in its initial May tour, which was on par with its September opener. While Discovery's True Crime Files disclosed a 0.3 in its first May case, which was even with its September premiere.

NBCU's scripted police procedural Chicago PD earned a 1.0 in its first May, shooting up 25% from its September debut.

Among sitcoms, Warner Bros.' The Big Bang Theory weakened 2% to a 4.3 average in its eighth season but easily led the group. Twentieth's Last Man Standing slumped 5% to a 2.0 in year three. Twentieth's Modern Family faded 19% in year six to a 1.7. SPT's The Goldbergs, in its second go-around, was off 7% to a 1.4, tying Warner Bros.' Two and a Half Men, which also softened 7% to a 1.4 in season 12. Twentieth's Family Guy deteriorated 20% to a 1.2 in its 12th outing. Warner Bros.' Mike & Molly moved down 15% to a 1.1 in year five, tying the first May book for Disney's black-ish, which bounded ahead 10% from its September premiere to a 1.1. Warner Bros.' 2 Broke Girls receded 9% to a 1.0 in season four, tying SPT's Seinfeld, which was unchanged at a 1.0 in the year of its 24th Festivus.

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Elizabeth Hurley to Play Sorceress Morgan le Fay on Marvel's Runaways
By Matt Webb Mitovich, TVLine.com - Jun. 5, 2019

Someone wicked this way comes to Marvel’s Runaways.

TVLine has learned that Elizabeth Hurley has been cast in the coveted, plum role of Marvel villainess Morgan le Fay, to appear during Season 3 of the Hulu series (premiere date TBA).

Described as an iconic villain from Marvel comics, Morgan le Fay is a student of Merlin and as such is considered the greatest sorceress of all time. With a black crow as her familiar and the ability to 1) enchant objects, 2) manipulate mystic energy and 3) astral project, she is powerful and intelligent while also wielding a cut-throat wit.

“Elizabeth Hurley is joining the Marvel Universe, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her portraying one of the most enchanting Marvel characters,” says Marvel Television chief Jeph Loeb.

Hurley’s previous TV credits include four seasons of The Royals, plus Gossip Girl (where she first worked with Runaways showrunners Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage) and the title role in BBC mini Christabel.

Earlier this spring, Hulu ordered two new Marvel series: Marvel’s Ghost Rider, in which demon-bound antihero Robbie Reyes (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Gabriel Luna) brings vengeance for the innocents he encounters, and Marvel’s Helstrom, which follows Daimon and Ana Helstrom, the son and daughter of (ahem) “a mysterious and powerful serial killer.”

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This story is too long and, frankly, a little too political for "HOTP." But it covers a cable network's attempt to diversify its on-air line-up, and that's worth reading if you're into the production side of cable news. Still...

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The women of MSNBC are reshaping the television landscape
By Sridhar Pappu, Los Angeles Times - Jun. 5, 2019

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Erin Johnson Named 'Entertainment Tonight' Executive Producer as Sharon Hoffman Exits
By The Hollywood Reporter Staff - Jun. 5, 2019

Erin Johnson has been named the new executive producer for Entertainment Tonight. She replaces Sharon Hoffman, who is exiting after three years in the role to return to the East Coast.

“Erin’s experience producing the TV show and having worked on the digital side of the business made her the obvious choice to take the reins at Entertainment Tonight and lead the brand into its next decade,” CBS Television Distribution executive vp programming and production Rich Cervini said Wednesday in a statement. “She has a passion for entertainment news and a drive to be No. 1 that we are confident will keep the show on top.”

Johnson, who had been co-exec producer of Entertainment Tonight for the past two years, spearheaded the show’s coverage of Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding from London, expanded ET’s Comic-Con presence and producing the program’s familiar brand of celebrity interviews. She first joined CBS Television Distribution in 2014, serving as director of digital video and programming and focusing on ET’s online presence.

Entertainment Tonight remains the most-watched entertainment newsmagazine, averaging nearly 4.3 million daily viewers in syndication this past season and boasting a significant advantage over its closest rival, Access Live, which pulls 2.6 million.

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46 ice cream trucks are being seized in a New York City crackdown
By Madeline Holcombe, CNN.com - Jun. 6, 2019

(CNN)Shell corporations, millions in fines, and a sting operation in New York City. It's not a noir film; it's a crackdown on ice cream trucks.

The city began seizing 46 ice cream trucks Wednesday in "Operation Meltdown" after operators violated traffic laws and then evaded fines for nearly a decade, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a news release.

As the operators were handing out popsicles from 2009 to 2017 they also were racking up 22,000 summonses and nearly $4.5 million in fines for traffic violations, the city said. The operators had been cited for running red lights, parking near fire hydrants and blocking cross walks, among other things, the news release said.

"We all know from common experience that ice cream trucks are magnets for children," said Zachary W. Carter, the city's corporation counsel. "In order to protect this particularly vulnerable category of pedestrians, our traffic laws must be strictly enforced."

To get away with not paying fines, the release said, the operators created dozens of "shell" companies and systematically re-registered trucks at the Department of Motor Vehicles under the names of different corporations. By the time the city's finance department would try to collect on a debt, there would be no trace of the offending company, according to the news release.

The city has filed a lawsuit against offenders who owe more than $10,000 in judgments or unpaid fines, the release said.

"No New Yorker is above the law -- especially those who try to ignore public safety laws and create dangerous situations for pedestrians, bikers and drivers," de Blasio said in a statement.

CNN's Rob Frehse contributed to this report.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/06/us/ne...zed/index.html

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If this isn't a ripped-from-the-headlines episode on next season's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" I will eat my tennis shoes. I mean, the "L&O" franchise already did an ice cream truck episode ("L&O: Criminal Intent's" Season 6 episode "Blasters," which also takes a not-so-veiled swipe at "Saved By the Bell"... one of those so-bad-it's-kinda-goofy-good filler episodes) but they're long overdue for a new one.

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By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Jun. 6, 2019

THE LONGEST DAY
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

The broadcast and cable news operations presented live TV coverage this morning of the D-Day 75th anniversary tribute from Normandy, with Donald Trump giving what easily was the most measured and well-delivered speech of his presidency to date. Much of his speech was spent describing, and trying to paint vivid pictures of, what the young men were facing who stormed the beaches and jumped from airplanes that fateful, momentum-changing day of war in France. The Longest Day, released in 1962 (a mere 18 years after the 1944 invasion of Normandy), took three hours of celluloid to do the same thing, and TCM presents it tonight in prime time, as part of its own month-long Thursday salute to WWII movies. John Wayne and Henry Fonda star, along with Sean Connery and Richard Burton.

2019 STANLEY CUP FINALS
NBC, 8:00 p.m. ET

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara left Monday’s Game 4 early, after being smacked in the face with a deflected puck, and never got back on the ice. Boston lost the game, the St. Louis Blues tied the series at 2-2, and tonight is Game 5. Chara’s status, as of this morning, remains uncertain. The team is saying officially only that the Bruins defenseman suffered a “facial injury,” but reports are circulating that the blow from the errant puck was forceful enough to have broken his jaw.

THE COLD BLUE
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DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE:
William Wyler was one of the handful of filmmakers who lent his talents, and bravely went into battle zones, to film the exploits of his fellow men in uniform during WWII. For The Cold Blue, director Erik Nelson takes Wyler’s wartime footage of the Eighth Air Force (some used in his 1944 documentary, The Memphis Belle), restores it, and refashions it into this new documentary about this particular, airborne band of brothers.


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'The Cold Blue' Tells the Previously Lost Stories of Brave WWII Airmen
By David Hinckley, TVWorthWatching.com's 'All Along the Watchtower' - Jun. 6, 2019

Whether or not you’re a fan of the new Catch-22 miniseries, HBO’s The Cold Blue is something you ought to check out.

Premiering Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, The Cold Blue is a documentary on the real-life World War II bombing missions that Catch-22’s Captain John Yossarian is trying so desperately to avoid.

Watching The Cold Blue reinforces every scintilla of Yossarian’s concern, through cameras in the air and the words of the real-life airmen who shared his fear and still went up in those planes, day after day and year after year.

The documentary, arriving at HBO on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, springs from the classic “lost footage” gambit.

In the summer of 1943, A-list Hollywood director William Wyler traveled to England to film the U.S. airmen flying hundreds of thousands of bombing missions over Nazi Germany.

Wyler’s mission, like those of other Hollywood stars, was to produce a film that would boost home front morale and sell lots of war bonds.

Wyler focused on the crew of the Memphis Belle, a plane notable for surviving 25 missions. Statistically, that was a minor miracle, and Wyler’s film turned the crew into wartime celebrities. Forty-seven years later, their story was adapted and dressed up a little for a full Hollywood movie.

After the war, Wyler’s footage was tucked away in storage. Decades later, filmmaker Erik Nelson discovered it and convinced billionaire Paul Allen to underwrite a restoration that included brightening its color.

Nelson built The Cold Blue primarily on a curated selection of Wyler’s outtakes – thus broadening Wyler’s original focus to incorporate more of the whole 8th Air Force, the military unit that flew those missions.

It’s an impressive story as well as a somber one.

The outfit eventually employed 135,000 pilots flying more than 3 million missions. Exactly 12,731 B17s were built, and about 5,000 were lost. The death toll for pilots and crew in the 8th Air Force exceeded the World War II death toll for the Marine Corps.

Nelson also interviews a handful of surviving 8th Air Force vets whose stories are remarkably similar.

Yes, they were young and thought they were invincible. That said, everyone was scared to death every time they flew.

The temperature at flying altitude in the unheated cabins could drop to 40 below. If you got fresh eggs instead of powdered eggs for breakfast, it meant you had a mission that day. The real-life commanders, while not as caricatured as the ones in Catch-22, did raise the number of missions a pilot had to fly before his duty was considered complete.

Then there was the mission shift. Until some point in 1944, bombers targeted military-related installations. After that, it was carpet-bombing – drop explosives on anything down there.

The toll, by what must be considered a rough estimate, was around 300,000 German civilian deaths. The upside, by Allied military estimate, is that it shortened the war by a year, thus preventing that year’s worth of other deaths.

A fascinating short segment late in the film takes us through a bombed German city in the immediate aftermath of Germany’s surrender. It looks like battleground Middle East cities today. No buildings, just rubble. A barefoot mother hauls a child and a small stack of firewood past the rubble in what looks like the child’s play wagon. The Allies estimated that the bombing left 7.5 million Germans homeless.

Surviving U.S. pilots say, to a man, that they never gave a second’s thought to what was on the ground. Fly there, avoid the 40,000 German guns firing on them, drop the payload, get home safe. That was plenty to think about.

The Cold Blue raises a whole lot of questions and issues beyond the missions and the bravery of the men who flew them.

In the end, though, its summation is rather simple. “We had to get rid of Hitler,” says a pilot. “So we did it.”

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TiVo Claims Another Favorable ITC Ruling Against Comcast
By Daniel Frankel, Multichannel News - Jun. 5, 2019

Both TiVo and Comcast are claiming victory Tuesday after an administrative law judge working for the International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that the cable company violated one of the technology vendor’s patents.

Administrative Law Judge MaryJoan McNamara ruled that Comcast infringed on TiVo’s claims made for Patent No. 7,779,011, “Method and system for dynamically processing ambiguous, reduced text search queries and highlighting results thereof.”

The ruling is similar to one rendered by the ITC back in November 2017, also in favor of TiVo and against Comcast. The resulting exclusion order from that ruling convinced Comcast to deactivate a remote recording feature in its X1 video platform.

However, Judge McNamara’s latest ruling still must be reviewed by the full ITC Commission before another formal exclusion order would be levied against Comcast.

“We are thrilled by yet another legal victory,” said Arvin Patel, executive VP and chief intellectual property officer at Rovi Corporation, a TiVo company, speaking in a TiVo statement. “This decision demonstrates Comcast's repeated infringement of Rovi’s patents. We hope that today’s decision will encourage Comcast to pay the necessary licensing fees so their customers can once again access advanced cable features.”

Notably, McNamara dismissed TiVo’s claims in regard to Patent No. 9,369,741, “Interactive television systems with digital video recording and adjustable reminders”; and Patent No. 7,827,585, “Electronic program guide with digital storage.” Claims made by TiVo on five other patents were thrown out earlier.

“We view today’s initial determination to be a victory for Comcast because the administrative law judge found no violation as to two of the three patents addressed,” Comcast said in a statement. “We look forward to the full Commission’s review of the one remaining patent later this year, but we are confident, regardless, this ruling will not disrupt our service to our customers. Rovi also was unsuccessful on five other patents that it had previously withdrawn from this case. We will continue to resist Rovi’s efforts to force Comcast and our customers to make unreasonable payments for aging and obsolete patents.”

In the fight that spans not only the ITC, but multiple federal courts and several other jurisdictions, Comcast is coming off a string of victories against TiVo in the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeals Board.

But all TiVo needs is the occasional win, and the ITC has proven fruitful ground for the company.

Speaking to MCN last year, a TiVo attorney said the technology company’s goal is to litigate against Comcast over as many patents as it can, in as many venues as it is able. If Comcast is forced to disable too many X1 features, TiVo believes, it will be forced to settle.

As the only major pay TV company not paying TiVo royalties at this point, a victory by Comcast would undermine the rest of TiVo’s IP licensing business, the technology company surmises.

It's questionable how big a drip of blood TiVo would draw from this latest ruling.

An individual close to Comcast told MCN that if the full ITC Commission were to issue another exclusion order against X1 for Patent No. 7,779,011, the cable company’s users might not even notice if it stopped highlighting text in search results.

“It’s not like our customers would lose much,” the source said.

Regardless, TiVo seems determined to keep right on battling, with the tech company introducing half a dozen more patents for review by the ITC earlier this year.

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