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College Football Saturday Schedule
By lsufootball.net Staff

SATURDAY, SEP. 28:

TEAMS : / TIME (Central Time): / NETWORK(S):


--Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (Arlington) / 11:00 0m / ESPN, ESPN Video
--Buffalo at Miami Ohio / 11:00 am / ESPNU E,SPN Video
--Central Michigan at Western Michigan / 11:00 am / CBSSN, CBSSN Video
--NAIA: Evangel at Grand View / 11:00 am / ESPN Extra, espn3 Video
--Holy Cross at Syracuse / 11:00 am / ACC Network E,SPN Video
--Kansas at TCU / 11:00 am / FS1 / FOX Video / 4K on DTV 106
--LIU Brooklyn at Wagner / 11:00 am / ESPN Extra, espn3 Video, ?NEC Front Row Video?
--Middle Tennessee at Iowa / 11:00 am / ESPN2, ESPN Video
--Northern Illinois at Vanderbilt / 11:00 am / SEC Network, ESPN Video
--Northwestern at Wisconsin / 11:00 am / ABC, espn3 Video
--Rutgers at Michigan / 11:00 am / BTN / FOX BTN Video
--Texas Tech at Oklahoma / 11:00 am / FOX, FOX Video
--Delaware at Pittsburgh / 11:30 am / ECE / ACC RSN, ACCNX Video (blackouts), FS Go
--Bethune Cookman at Howard / 12:00 pm / ESPN Extra, espn3 Video
--Duquesne at New Hampshire / 12:00 pm / NBCSB *4, $Flo Sports Video
--NAIA: Friends at Avila / 1:00 pm / ESPN Extra, espn3 Video
--Idaho at Northern Colorado / 2:00 pm / ELVN, Video: Pluto, Big Sky
--ESPN GoalLine / 2:00 pm / ESPNGL, ESPN Video
--Clemson at North Carolina / 2:30 pm / ABC, espn3 Video
--Florida Atlantic at Charlotte / 2:30 pm / NFL Network, NFL Video
--Georgia Tech at Temple / 2:30 pm / CBSSN, CBSSN Video
--Indiana at Michigan State / 2:30 pm / BTN, FOX BTN Video
--Iowa State at Baylor / 2:30 pm / ESPN, ESPN Video
--Minnesota at Purdue / 2:30 pm / ESPN2, ESPN Video
--Ole Miss at Alabama / 2:30 pm / CBS, CBS Video
--USC at Washington / 2:30 pm / FOX, FOX Video
--Virginia at Notre Dame / 2:30 pm / NBC, NBC Video, 4K on DTV 105
--Wake Forest at Boston College / 2:30 pm / ACC Network, ESPN Video
--Florida A&M at Norfolk State / 3:00 pm / ESPN Extra, espn3 Video
--Montana at UC Davis / 3:00 pm / AUD ATT: RM, RMW, SW, RSNW, Video?, RSVideo
--SMU at South Florida / 3:00 pm / ESPNU, ESPN Video
--Towson at Florida / 3:00 pm / SEC Network, ESPN Video
--Tennessee Tech at Eastern Illinois / 4:00 pm / ESPN Extra, espn3 Video
--NC Central at Morgan State / 5:00 pm / ESPN Extra, espn3 Video
--NAIA: Olivet Nazarene at Indiana Wesleyan / 5:00 pm / ESPN Extra, espn3 Video
--Campbell at Mercer / 6:00 pm / ESPN Extra, espn3 Video
--Louisiana Tech at Rice / 6:00 pm / ESPN Extra, espn3 Video
--Mississippi State at Auburn / 6:00 pm / ESPN, ESPN Video
--Nicholls at Texas State / 6:00 pm / ESPN Extra, espn3 Video
--Southern at Arkansas Pine Bluff / 6:00 pm / ESPN Extra, espn3 Video
--Stanford at Oregon State / 6:00 pm / Pac-12, Pac-12 Video
--UConn at UCF / 6:00 pm / ESPN2, ESPN Video
--Colorado State at Utah State / 6:30 pm / CBSSN, CBSSN Video
--Kentucky at South Carolina / 6:30 pm / SEC Network, ESPN Video
--NC State at Florida State / 6:30 pm / ACC Network, ESPN Video
--Ohio State at Nebraska / 6:30 pm / ABC, espn3 Video
--Fresno State at New Mexico State / 7:00 pm / FSAZ+, $Flo Sports Video
--UNLV at Wyoming / 7:00 pm / ESPNU, ESPN Video
--Washington State at Utah / 9:00 pm / FS1, FOX Video
--Hawaii at Nevada / 9:30 pm / ESPN2, ESPN Video
--UCLA at Arizona / 9:30 pm / ESPN, ESPN Video

Games online only or not yet scheduled for nationally available networks

--Abilene Christian at Incarnate Word / 6:00 pm / espn3 Video
--Akron at UMass / 2:30 pm / $Flo Sports Video
--Arkansas State at Troy / 5:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Ave Maria at Jacksonville / 12:00 pm / Youtube Video
--BYU at Toledo / 11:00 am / $espn+ Video
--Cal Poly at Southern Utah / 7:00 pm / Pluto Video, Big Sky Video
--CCSU at Sacred Heart / 1:00 PM / espn3 Video, ?NEC Front Row Video??
--Charleston at Valparaiso / 1:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Cincinnati at Marshall / 4:00 pm / Facebook Video
--The Citadel at Samford / 2:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Coastal Carolina at Appalachian State / 2:30 pm / $espn+ Video
--Colgate at Dartmouth / 5:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Cornell at Yale / 12:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Drake at Marist / 12:00 pm / Video
--East Carolina at Old Dominion / 5:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--ETSU at Furman / 12:00 pm / $espn+ Video, NexStar (cable)
--Georgetown at Columbia / 12:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Houston at North Texas / 7:00 pm / Facebook Video
--Jacksonville State at Austin Peay / 2:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--James Madison at Elon / 1:00 pm / $Flo Sports Video
--Kansas State at Oklahoma State / 6:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Louisiana Lafayette at Georgia Southern / 5:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Maine at Villanova / 2:30 pm / $Flo Sports Video
--Merrimack at Lehigh / 11:30 am / PLN Video / SE2 (cable
--Murray State at UT Martin / 6:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--New Mexico at Liberty / 5:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--NC Wesleyan at Stetson / 12:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--North Dakota at Eastern Washington / 4:00 pm / Pluto Video, Big Sky Video
--Northern Arizona at Montana State / 2:00 pm / Pluto Video, Big Sky Video, SWX (cable)
--Northern Iowa at Weber State / 7:00 pm / Pluto Video, Big Sky Video, KJZZ (cable)
--Penn at Lafayette / 2:30 pm / PLN Video / LSN (cable)
--Portland State at Idaho State / 4:00 pm / Pluto Video, Big Sky Video
--Presbyterian at North Alabama / 3:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Princeton at Bucknell / 2:30 pm / Stadium Video / Stadium
--Reinhardt at Kennesaw State / 5:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Richmond at Fordham / 12:00 m / PLN Video
--Robert Morris at Youngstown State / 5:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Saint Francis at Bryant / 12:00 pm / NEC Front Row Video
--Sam Houston State at McNeese / 6:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--South Alabama at Louisiana Monroe / 6:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--SE Louisiana at Northwestern State / 6:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Stephen F. Austin at Lamar / 6:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Stony Brook at Rhode Island / 6:00 pm / $Flo Sports Video, Yurview (cable)
--Tennessee State at Eastern Kentucky / 5:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Texas Southern at Houston Baptist / 6:00 pm / espn3 Video
--UAB at Western Kentucky / 6:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--UTEP at Southern Miss / 6:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Western Carolina at Chattanooga / 3:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--William & Mary at Albany / 2:30 pm / Video / $Flo Sports Video
--Wofford at VMI / 12:30 pm / $espn+ Video
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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. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)
From Zap2it.com's TV Grid - Sep. 28, 2019

ABC:
7:30PM - College Football: Ohio State at Nebraska (LIVE)

CBS:
8PM - Bob Hearts Abishola
(R)
8:30PM - Carol's Second Act
(R)
9PM - All Rise
(R)
10PM - 48 Hours: The Case Against Brooke Skylar Richardson

NBC:
8PM - The Voice
(R)
9PM - Dateline NBC: The Landing
(R)
10PM - Saturday Night Live: Adam Driver hosts; Kanye West performs
(R - Sep. 29, 2018)
* * * *
11:29PM - Saturday Night Live: Woody Harrelson hosts; Billie Eilish performs (Season Premiere, 93 min., LIVE)

FOX:
7PM - MLB Baseball: Regional Coverage - Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals or Atlanta Braves at New York Mets (LIVE)
* * * *
11PM - Beat Shazam
(R)

PBS:
8PM - Austin City Limits: Blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy
(R)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Una Familia de 10
8:30PM - Una Familia de 10
9PM - Enamorándonos, En Búsqueda del Amor (55 min.)
9:55PM - Fútbol Mexicano Primera División: América vs. Guadalajara (LIVE)

TELEMUNDO:
7PM - Movie: Finding Dory (2016)
9PM - Movie: The Transporter Refueled (2015)

ESPN NEWS:
3PM - ESPN Goal Line (8 hrs., LIVE)

MSNBC:
4PM - The 2019 Global Citizen Festival: A Concert to End Extreme Poverty (6 hrs., LIVE)

NBCSN:
6:30PM - Horse Racing, Breeders' Cup Challenge: Super Saturday from Santa Anita (120 min., LIVE)
8:30PM - 2019 IAAF World Championships, Day 2: Evening Session (3.5 hrs., LIVE)

ESPN:
7PM - College Football: Mississippi State at Auburn (LIVE)
10PM - College Football Scorecard (LIVE)
10:30PM - College Football: UCLA at Arizona (LIVE)

ESPN 2:
7PM - College Football: Connecticut at UCF (LIVE)
10PM - College Football Scorecard (LIVE)
10:30PM - College Football: Hawaii at Nevada (LIVE)

CBSSN:
7:30PM - College Football: Colorado State at Utah State (LIVE)

ANIMAL PLANET:
8PM - The Zoo: San Diego
9PM - The Zoo: San Diego (Season Finale)
10:01PM - The Vet Life

BET:
8PM - Movie: Always a Bridesmaid (2019)

ESPN U:
8PM - College Football: UNLV at Wyoming (LIVE)

LIFETIME:
8PM - Movie - Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story (2019)

NICKELODEON:
8PM - Henry Danger
9PM - All That

A&E:
9PM - Live PD (3 hrs., LIVE)

BBC AMERICA:
9PM - Planet Earth: Nature's Great Events - The Great Feast (70 min.)

OWN:
9PM - Love & Marriage: Huntsville
10PM - Iyanla, Fix My Life - Where Are They Now: Fix My Fatherless Family (Special)

ADULT SWIM:
11PM - Dragon Ball Super - Greatest Showdown of All: The Ultimate Survival Battle! (Episode 130)*
11:30PM to 4AM - Dragon Ball Super Marathon (Episodes 121-129)
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*
(Episode 129 premieres at 8PM ET)


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NFL Schedule (Week 4)
By Sportsmediawatch.com Staff

TEAMS : / TIME (Eastern): / NETWORK:

SUNDAY, SEP. 29:

--Tennessee-Atlanta / 1:00 pm / CBS
--LA Chargers-Miami / 1:00 pm / CBS
--Oakland-Indianapolis / 1:00 pm / CBS
--New England-Buffalo / 1:00 pm / CBS
--Cleveland-Baltimore / 1:00 pm / CBS

--Kansas City-Detroit (38%) / 1:00 pm / FOX
--Washington-NY Giants (17%) / 1:00 pm / FOX
--Carolina-Houston (10%) / 1:00 pm / FOX

--Tampa Bay-LA Rams (26%) / 4:05 pm / FOX
--Seattle-Arizona (8%) / 4:05 pm / FOX

--Minnesota-Chicago / 4:25 pm / CBS
--Jacksonville-Denver / 4:25 pm / CBS

--Dallas-New Orleans / 8:20 pm / NBC

MONDAY, SEP. 30:

--Cincinnati-Pittsburgh
/ 8:15 pm / ESPN

THURSDAY, OCT. 3: (WEEK 5)

--LA Rams-Seattle
/ 8:20 pm / FOX, NFLN


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TV/Business Notes (Carriage Dispute)
Fox Stations, Cable Nets Blacked Out on Dish
By Jon Lafayette, Broadcasting & Cable - Sep. 26, 2019

Fox’s stations and cable networks were blacked out Thursday on Dish Network in a dispute over retransmission consent and carriage fees.

The blackout affects stations in 17 markets across 23 states and the District of Columbia.

Subscribers to Dish and its Sling streaming services are also unable to receive Fox cable networks including FS1, FS2, Big Ten Network, Fox Soccer Plus and Fox Deportes. Fox News is under a separate distribution agreement.

Fox and Dish had been operating under an extension of their previous deal. Both sides pointed the finger at the other in terms of who pulled the plug.

Dish claimed that Fox is demanding a double-digit percentage rate increase. Fox is also attempting to force Dish to “bundle” its cable networks with its stations, the satellite company said.

"Taken together, Fox's actions are profoundly anti-consumer," said Andy LeCuyer, Dish senior VP of programming. "Fox is raising prices and turning its back on its public obligation to provide channels to consumers for free. It's clear that Fox cares more about padding its bottom line than serving its viewers."

Fox pointed to Dish's history of carriage fee disputes and blackouts. The satellite company now is not carrying HBO and had a long-running dispute with Univision.

“Dish/Sling is at it again, choosing to drop leading programming as a negotiating tactic regardless of the impact on its own customers," a Fox spokesperson said.

Dish/Sling elected to drop Fox networks in an effort to coerce us to agree to outrageous demands. While we regret this is Dish/Sling’s preferred approach to negotiating, we remind our loyal viewers that the Fox services are widely available through every other major television provider.”

The dispute comes in the middle of football season, putting maximum pressure on Dish.

"To add insult to injury, Fox pulled its channels right as viewers head into the heart of the NFL and college football season," continued LeCuyer. "We ask Fox to stop punishing its own viewers so we can focus on reaching a fair deal."

Dish is also operating on an extension with FX and National Geographic Channel, network acquired by The Walt Disney Co. when it bought 21st Century Fox.

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TV/Production Notes (Streaming)
Ellen DeGeneres Signs 4-Series Deal With HBO Max
By Tim Baysinger, TheWrap.com - Sep. 27, 2019

HBO Max has signed daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to a four-series deal.

The upcoming streaming service from WarnerMedia has given a straight-to-series pickup for three of DeGeneres’ shows, with a fourth one in development. The three series ordered already are: “Ellen’s Home Design Challenge,” “First Dates Hotel” and “Little Ellen.” The docu-series “Finding Einstein” is the one in development.

“Ellen is a singular talent, and a powerhouse, creative triple-threat that we are lucky to have now bringing her talents to bear on behalf of HBO Max,” said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max and president, TNT, TBS, and truTV. “Ellen’s flair for home design and matchmaking will most certainly inspire and delight – but HBO Max is full service, so as not to leave the kids out she’s bringing them back to the hilarious misadventures of her childhood in an imaginative animated series.”

In “Ellen’s Home Design Challenge,” DeGeneres will give eight designers the chance to push their creativity to the limit. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television and A. Smith & Co. Productions in association with Telepictures and A Very Good Production, with DeGeneres, Jeff Kleeman and Arthur Smith serving as executive producers.

“Little Ellen” is a 2D animated children’s show that explores the world through the eyes of a seven-year-old Ellen DeGeneres, taking place in her hometown of New Orleans. The 40-episode quarter-hour series is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and Ellen Digital Ventures. DeGeneres, Kevin A. Leman II and Sam Register serve as executive producers. Jennifer Skelly is a co-executive producer and Jason Blackman is a producer.

“First Dates Hotel” is based on the UK format from Twenty Twenty Productions, Ltd.. The series is set at an affluent boutique hotel and will find single people from multiple generations gathering for an intensive and tailor-made romantic experience.

“Finding Einstein” will seek to find what HBO Max describes as “a fresh generation of Einsteins.” The series is executive produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television in association with Telepictures and A Very Good Production, with DeGeneres, Kleeman and Todd Goldman serving as executive producers.

HBO Max will launch in spring. A price has not been announced.

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DirecTV Could Walk Away From NFL Sunday Ticket Renewal, AT&T COO Says
By Tim Baysinger, TheWrap.com - Sep. 27, 2019

DirecTV could walk away from a renewal of one its prized assets: It’s exclusive rights to the NFL Sunday Ticket package, which gives subscribers access to every Sunday afternoon game.

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These are the all-time greatest voices from television and radio as NFL celebrates 100th season
By Thomas O'Toole and Rachel Shuster, USA Today - Sep. 27, 2019

Some of you hung on their every word. Others might have thrown a beer can toward the television at the sound of their voice. And still others saw the action they described only in your mind's eye as you listened to the radio.

These are the men and women who make the games or the highlights come alive through their descriptions and enthusiasm. They can be outlandish, understated or poetic, and for many of us they are indispensable parts of the NFL experience.

As the NFL celebrates its 100th season, USA TODAY selects the top 50 broadcasters in league history. They are chosen by accomplishment, reputation, longevity, significance and, admittedly, personal preference. Some you might never have heard of; others are as familiar as members of your family.

1. John Facenda: Known as the “Voice of God,” he voiced over the greatest of the NFL Films productions. And we do mean voice – his was unmistakable. While he was a news anchor on Philadelphia TV from 1948 to 1973, he will forever be associated with the NFL. “He had a voice that could make a laundry list sound dramatic,” Steve Sabol of NFL Films once said. The story goes that Ed Sabol, Steve’s father, discovered Facenda at a bar in 1965 when he overheard him describing NFL Films footage that was airing on TV.

2. Pat Summerall: Started doing NFL games for CBS in 1962 after retiring from a nine-year NFL career as a kicker primarily for the Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants. He eventually became network sports’ play-by-play voice of the NFL, first with analyst, close friend and former defensive back Tom Brookshire and then most famously with John Madden for 22 seasons, on CBS and then on Fox. He called a record 16 Super Bowls on TV, was named the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Pete Rozelle Radio and Television Award winner in 1994 and was CBS’ lead announcer on its PGA Tour coverage.

3. John Madden: The Hall of Famer won a Super Bowl as coach of the Raiders, where he had a 75.9% winning percentage over 10 seasons, and then went into broadcasting, having his greatest success and impact with Pat Summerall. Aside from his trademark “Boom!” call, he is known for coming up with the term “turducken” for his turkey/duck/chicken extravaganza awarded to the winning team on whichever Thanksgiving Day game telecast he was working. Early in his broadcast career he was known for his Miller Lite commercials and then appealed to the younger set with his introduction of the “Madden NFL” video game series.

4. Howard Cosell: He called his autobiography “I Never Played the Game,” but that did not stop him from pontificating on sports from football to boxing. He helped turn the NFL from pure sports to a combination of sports and entertainment when he signed on for the debut of “Monday Night Football” in 1970 and stayed over an entertaining but controversial career until 1983. He was the third man in the booth, unheard of at the time, alongside former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith and Hall of Famer Frank Gifford (the latter joining after a brief stay by original play-by-play announcer Keith Jackson). Cosell brought a more critical eye to the game and the players than viewers were accustomed to hearing.

5. Don Meredith: The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback helped revolutionize coverage of the league when he teamed with Cosell and Gifford on “Monday Night Football” by injecting a folksy sense of humor that overshadowed a keen sense of the game — when he focused on the game. His interaction with Cosell could take the telecast off the rails, which sometimes saved the night when their byplay proved more entertaining than the game action. You knew the game was done when he started singing, “Turn out the lights, the party’s over.”

6. Curt Gowdy: The big-game baseball and football announcer, he called nine Super Bowls, including the first and Joe Namath’s “guarantee” win for the Jets over the Colts in Super Bowl III. His was the call on the Immaculate Reception, with longtime boothmate Al DeRogatis, when Franco Harris made a deflected catch that helped the Steelers beat the Raiders in a 1972 AFC playoff game. Gowdy was the Pete Rozelle Radio and Television Award winner in 1993.

7. Al Michaels: Perhaps best known for his “Do you believe in miracles?” call when the USA upset Russia in hockey at the 1980 Winter Olympics, he steadied the ship on “Monday Night Football” after the Cosell era, then teamed with Madden and later Cris Collinsworth on “Sunday Night Football” for NBC starting in 2009. “Since the 1970s, Al has been at or near the peak of all network play-by-play men,” Bob Costas told USA TODAY Sports last season. “And I think now, for a sustained period of time, he has been the standard of maybe two generations.” He won the Rozelle Award in 2013.

8. Dick Enberg: On NBC, he and Pro Football Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen offered a more sophisticated counterpoint to the “Boom!” bluster of Madden and Summerall. Enberg was the master craftsman of words, indicative of his background in teaching and higher education. He called 10 Super Bowls but also was legendary for announcing NCAA men’s basketball games with Al McGuire and Billy Packer, and before that was the famed announcer during UCLA’s basketball championship run under John Wooden. He won 13 Sports Emmys and was given the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Rozelle Award in 1999. He is the only person to win an Emmy as a sportscaster, a writer and a producer.

9. Ray Scott: The voice of the Green Bay Packers in their dynasty years of the 1960s, then became synonymous as the voice of the NFL when the sport exploded into popular culture late in that decade. He broadcast four Super Bowls, including the first, and was the voice during the infamous Ice Bowl playoff game won by the Packers against the Dallas Cowboys in wind chills of -35 degrees. He was the 2000 Rozelle winner.

10: Brent Musburger, Phyllis George, Irv Cross, Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder on “The NFL Today”: This was mandatory appointment TV on Sunday afternoons ahead of the NFL slate of games, filling in notes from around the league in the pre-internet days with up-to-the-minute sideline reports and lengthy taped interviews. This crew kicked off in 1975 (Jimmy The Greek joined the next season). The show dominated its time slot for 18 years. George left in 1978 but returned in 1980 for a few years. Snyder was fired in 1988, according to The Washington Post, for telling a Washington, D.C., TV station that many blacks were superior athletes because of breeding from the time of slavery and that the only area in sports left for whites was coaching. Cross won the Rozelle Award in 2009.

11. Frank Gifford: A Hall of Fame player and broadcaster, he joined “Monday Night Football” in its second season (1971) through 1997, the calming voice in the early years of the telecast, when Cosell and Meredith would stray far afield. He was a dashing player on the New York football scene for the Giants in the heydays of the 1950s and parlayed that into an NFL broadcasting career that first began at CBS. He was the color man on coverage of the first Super Bowl, working the CBS telecast of the game versus the NBC telecast that had Curt Gowdy, Paul Christman and Charlie Jones.

12. Jim Nantz: Known as much for golf and college basketball, he also has called five Super Bowls for CBS and has been the mainstay of the network’s NFL coverage since becoming its lead play-by-play voice on Sundays since 2004. He is a three-time Emmy winner and five-time National Sportscaster of the Year who has been with CBS since 1985. His time of year is in the early months of the calendar, when he can be seen announcing the Super Bowl, the NCAA men's basketball tournament and The Masters. He won the Rozelle Award in 2011.

13. Charlie Jones: He called football games throughout a 38-year career, mostly with NBC. An Emmy winner, he was called “one of the great pioneers of NBC Sports,” by Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC Sports, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was the 1997 Rozelle winner.

14. Tom Brookshier: An all-pro defensive back with the Eagles, Brookshier teamed with Pat Summerall as CBS’ No. 1 crew for many years on NFL games. In 1981, he left for another assignment, and John Madden became Summerall’s partner.

15. Chris Schenkel: A 40-year career included New York Giants games starting in 1952, which put him in the booth for the famous Colts-Giants 1958 NFL championship game. He also did voice-over for the first NFL Films production and the 1962 NFL title game between the Packers and the Giants. “Chris was an unbelievable gentleman,” said legendary TV producer Don Ohlmeyer, according to the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. “He had one of the most important qualities people can have on television: They are instantly likable." He won the Rozelle Award in 1992.

16. Lindsey Nelson: While best known for announcing baseball and college football (particularly Notre Dame), he did the NFL on CBS from 1966 to 1981 and did some Monday night games on radio. Aside from his great storytelling and Tennessee twang — Bob Costas called him “a cheerful chronicler” — Nelson could be recognized from afar by his sartorial splendor. If a jacket wasn’t garish, it wasn’t on Nelson. He was named the Rozelle winner in 1990. Appropriately, he would have been 100 this year.

17. Lesley Visser: Originally a newspaper reporter, she came to prominence with her personal player stories for “The NFL Today,” and then her dogged sideline work. She won the Rozelle Award in 2006, and, according to her website, she was “the only woman to have presented the Lombardi Championship Trophy at the Super Bowl (1992, CBS); the first woman on ABC’s ‘Monday Night Football’ (1998); voted the No. 1 Female Sportscaster of All-Time by the American Sportscasters Association; voted to both the Sportscasters Hall of Fame and the Sportswriters Hall of Fame."

18. Marty Glickman: Did play-by-play for the New York Giants from 1948 to 1971 and for the Jets from 1971 to 1979 and 1987 to 1989. The website jewishsports.net called him “one of America’s premier sports broadcasters for five decades.” He also made the 1936 Olympic track team but was withheld from competition by the U.S. for the Games in Hitler’s Germany. He was named to four Halls of Fame, including the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

19. Jack Whitaker: His network career began in 1961 at CBS, where he did play-by-play for the Eagles and hosted other shows. He also was a studio host for the CBS pregame show. Known for his golf “essays,” he won three Emmy Awards and is in the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.

20. Al DeRogatis: The former NFL player was known mainly for his sharp analysis covering the NFL with Curt Gowdy. “In 10 years, I never had a bad moment with Curt,” he once told the Chicago Tribune. “We were just two guys trying to tell the true story of what was happening.” They were the broadcasters for the famous “Heidi” game in 1968, Super Bowl III when the Jets upset the Colts and the 1971 AFC championship game in Kansas City that went to double overtime.

21. James Brown:
A former basketball player at Harvard, he has been an even-keel studio host for more than 30 years, mostly with CBS. The multiple Emmy winner was named Best Studio Host of the Decade by Sports Illustrated in 2010. He won the Rozelle Award in 2016.

22. Merlin Olsen: A legendary defensive lineman for the Rams' “Fearsome Foursome.” According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame site, he earned a master’s in economics in the offseasons. He partnered with Dick Enberg as NBC’s No. 1 team for AFC games. He also was an actor, best known for “Little House on the Prairie.”

23. Harry Kalas: A mainstay narrator for NFL Films (while mostly known as the Phillies’ play-by-play man) and the primary voice after John Facenda. “(Facenda) was the ‘Voice of God’ and Kalas the ‘Voice of the People,’” then-NFL Films president Steve Sabol said upon Kalas’ death.

24. Andrea Kremer: A multiple Emmy winner who works for NFL Network and HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” and has covered more than 25 Super Bowls. Won the Rozelle Award in 2018, joining Lesley Visser as the only female winners.

25. Jack Buck: Known mainly for baseball and as the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals. He called the 1962 AFL championship game and 17 Super Bowls on radio. He began announcing the NFL on TV for CBS in 1963, and in 1967 called the Ice Bowl with Ray Scott. Buck was named the Rozelle winner in 1996.

26. Bill King: The longtime voice of the Raiders, known for his catchphrase of “Holy Toledo!” According to ESPN, Raiders owner Al Davis once said, “I say this with great admiration and love that Bill becomes one of the people that I give the cloak of immortality. Time never stops for the great ones.” Also known as the voice of the Oakland Athletics and the Golden State Warriors.

27. Chris Berman: One of the early prominent personalities with ESPN, “Boomer” became most associated with the NFL through the network’s “countdown” show. He won the Rozelle Award in 2010.

28. Dan Dierdorf: A Hall of Fame offensive lineman, he worked with among others Greg Gumbel and Dick Enberg. He is still doing color commentary for his alma mater Michigan’s radio network. Was the 2008 Rozelle winner.

29. Paul Christman: A college and pro quarterback, he worked AFL games and did Super Bowl I with Curt Gowdy. He also worked with Ray Scott on CBS.

30. Michelle Tafoya: The Emmy winner is a reporter for NBC Sports and the primary “Sunday Night Football” sideline reporter since 2011. The San Francisco Chronicle described her as “widely recognized as the best sideline reporter in sports.”

31. Dick Stockton: Very versatile, doing multiple sports for more than 40 years. He spent 17 years with CBS and joined Fox in 1994. According to Fox, his analyst partners have included Roger Staubach, Hank Stram, Dan Fouts, Terry Bradshaw and Dan Dierdorf.

32. Cris Collinsworth: The NFL wide receiver has worked for HBO and NBC and partners with Al Michaels and Michelle Tafoya currently on “Sunday Night Football.”

33. Suzy Kolber: Has been in multiple roles at ESPN since 1999. In 2017, she was named host of “Monday Night Countdown,” ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” pregame show. She also anchors the network’s halftime and postgame coverage.

34. Joe Buck: Started calling NFL games for Fox Sports in 1994 (at age 25). His calls included the Patriots’ Super Bowl comeback win over Atlanta and David Tyree’s Super Bowl helmet catch. The son of broadcast legend Jack Buck, he for some reason polarizes viewers.

35. Pam Oliver: Started working for NFL on Fox in 1995 and has been a sideline reporter for 24 seasons.

36. Vern Lundquist: Known mostly for college football and golf (the 16th hole at Augusta is his canvass), he worked for NFL Films and called games for CBS.

37. Myron Cope: Voice of the Steelers for 35 years and credited with creating the Terrible Towel. He won the Rozelle Award in 2005.

38. Don Criqui: Called network NFL games for 47 consecutive years (1967-2013) for CBS and NBC. He also called games on the radio for his alma mater, Notre Dame, from 2006 until 2017. And he won the Rozelle Award in 2003.

39. Terry Bradshaw: Began as a color analyst, famously with Vern Lundquist. The Hall of Fame quarterback is an entertaining part of the Fox pregame show.

40. Vin Scully: Known for baseball, mostly the Los Angeles Dodgers, he did call football from 1975 to 1982 on CBS, and because of that voice and style, he belongs on a greatest list of any sport he worked. His final call in an NFL game was “The Catch” from Joe Montana to Dwight Clark to win the NFC championship. He later told the San Jose Mercury News: “When I got home, I told my family, ‘That’s a great game on which to call it a football career.’ And that was that.”

41. Phil Simms: A former Giants quarterback, he works for CBS after stints as an analyst with NBC and ESPN.

42. Beth Mowins: Became the first woman to do play-by-play for a nationally televised NFL game when she worked half of a “Monday Night Football” doubleheader in 2017. Also was the first woman to do play-by-play of an NFL game for CBS.

43. Brad Sham: “The Voice of the Cowboys.” Need anymore be said?

44. Marv Albert: Because that unmistakable voice is entertaining to listen to no matter what the sport. It seems even better on radio than on TV.

45. Tony Romo: The former Cowboys’ quarterback has a small sample size but already has gained rave reviews for his insight and ability to predict plays. Talk to us for the second 100 season celebration.

46. Sam Huff, Sonny Jurgensen and Frank Herzog: Two Hall of Famers and a genial play-by-play man, the team of “Sonny, Sam and Frank” called the Redskins’ Super Bowl glory years.

47. Merrill Reese: He is in his 43rd season as play-by-play voice of the Philadelphia Eagles.

48. Gayle Sierens: The first woman to do play-by-play on network television, handling a Chiefs-Seahawks game in 1987.

49. Bob Sheppard: Also of the Yankees, he was the PA announcer for decades for the New York football Giants.

50. Mel Kiper Jr.: Love him or hate him, you cannot ignore that he basically created the cottage industry of draft analysis. And he does have an unmistakable voice and rapid-fire delivery.


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DirecTV Could Walk Away From NFL Sunday Ticket Renewal, AT&T COO Says
By Tim Baysinger, TheWrap.com - Sep. 27, 2019
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Same applies to BUD owners. It won't be long before a tall tree in my south neighbor's yard will block my ground level 10' dish. I'm pre-home owner association restrictions, so no installation issues regarding idiotic restrictions. There are still some homeowner associations that try and force homeowners to remove their DBS dishes, based on deed restrictions that were outlawed. Same gpes for those installing OTA antennas.

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‘American Housewife’, ‘Hawaii Five-0’ & ‘Blue Bloods’ Top Ratings On Slow Premiere Friday
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Sep. 28, 2019

We should call this pre-Premiere Friday as the big newcomer on the night, Fox’s WWE SmackDown, along with NBC veteran The Blacklist, are not debuting until next week.

After what we have seen Premiere Week to date — double-digit year-to-year declines, Live+Same Day adults 18-49 ratings of 0.7, once a rarity and certain precursor to cancellation, now commonplace — we should not have high expectations for the lower-trafficked Friday night where there are fewer viewers available to begin with.

We got more of the same last night, with returning series coming back lower vs. last fall, often exceeding the average -7% in viewers and -12% in 18-49 year-to-year declines in HUT levels during Premiere Week.

On its new night, ABC comedy American Housewife (0.7 18-49 Live+same day rating, 3.4 million viewers) was able to match its finale, which aired on Wednesday where HUT levels are higher. It improved ABC’s Friday 8 PM time slot which housed Fresh Off the Boat last season, and tied CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 for the #1 spot on the night in 18-49 (L+SD).

Sliding to 8:30 PM to replace cancelled Speechless, Season 6 of Fresh Off the Boat, featuring returning star Constance Wu following her less-than enthusiastic renewal reaction (0.5, 2.4 million) was down just a notch from its opener last fall and its finale, matching Speechless‘ average L+SD delivery in the half-hour.

CBS made a change in its Friday drama lineup which has featured MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods for a long time.

As the new 8 PM anchor, Hawaii Five-0 (0.7, 6.8 million), which bid farewell to a popular cast member, was down -33% from last fall’s premiere in the demo but on par with its three most recent airings in its previous 9 PM slot and matched MacGyver‘s average in the 8 PM hour. In its Friday debut, Magnum P.I. (0.6, 6.4 million) was down a notch in the demo from its Season 1 finale on Monday but up in total viewers as it joined CBS’ formidable Friday lineup.

The lineup’s 10 PM stalwart, Blue Bloods (0.6, 7.8 million) marked its 200th episode with a Season 10 premiere that was off double digits from the Season 9 opener, finale and average but the veteran cop family drama once again ranked as the most watched program of the night.

CBS dominated Friday night in total viewers (7 million), more than doubling the L+SD average audience for the nearest competitor. In 18-49, CBS and ABC were tied for #1 at 0.6 rating.

NBC and Fox aired reruns of their new Monday dramas, Bluff City Law and Prodigal Son, respectively, to give them an extra boost. Fox also ran a WWE SmackDown special in preparation for the franchise’s debut on the network next Friday.

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How a ‘Walking Dead’ Guru Brought ‘Creepshow’ Back to Life
The 1982 film, directed by George Romero and written by Stephen King, changed Greg Nicotero’s life. Now he has brought the franchise full circle, and invited his old friends.
By Austin Considine, The New York Times - Sep. 26, 2019

Before he made his name figuring out creative ways for zombies to stalk people, or for serial killers to dismember people, or for cannibal piranhas to eat people, Greg Nicotero had plans to eventually take over his father’s medical practice. Then George Romero called.

It was 1981. Romero, who had galvanized the horror genre with gritty, socially aware films like “Night of the Living Dead,” was filming “Creepshow” near Nicotero’s home in Pittsburgh. Stephen King, who already had multiple hit novels to his name, had written the script, his first. The makeup and effects master Tom Savini, famous in the business for his work on movies like “Dawn of the Dead” and “Friday the 13th,” was doing the blood and guts and monsters.

Nicotero, who was still in high school, had stayed in touch with Romero, a fellow Pittsburgher, since meeting him on a family vacation in Rome. Now the director wanted to know: Was he interested in a set visit?

“Living in Pittsburgh, I never imagined that the film industry or special effects or doing monsters or any of this stuff — I never even knew that that was a job,” Nicotero, 56, said in a recent phone interview. “To me, it was a hobby.”

Nearly four decades later, he still refers to the film as “my ‘Creepshow,’” his term of endearment for the thing that sparked his long-running career in Hollywood makeup and effects, leading eventually to a job directing and producing the wildly popular AMC series “The Walking Dead.” But this week, he lays claim to another “Creepshow,” this time as a creator and showrunner: a six-episode reboot, premiering Thursday on Shudder, AMC’s streaming service for horror and thrillers.

This one he simply calls “my baby.”

Nicotero’s timing seems auspicious, given the wave of ’80s horror nostalgia currently sweeping pop culture. The Netflix hit “Stranger Things” openly cribs from vintage King — and by extension, Savini and his heirs. The killer doll Chucky was reanimated in cinemas this summer. The new season of “American Horror Story,” which began last week, is set in a summer camp in 1984.

The new “Creepshow” is, of course, a tribute to the original and its 1987 sequel. But those films were themselves tributes to midcentury comic books like “Tales from the Crypt,” which connoisseurs like Romero, King and Savini grew up reading. The first film was structured to convey the page-turning immediacy of a comic book, divided into five short, discrete tales taken from a fictional comic called Creepshow. King’s son Joe, then 8 years old, plays a boy who gets in trouble for reading it.

“It’s celebrating horror’s ability to be so important and desirable for young viewers and readers who know that they’re doing something their parents probably would not approve of,” said Adam Lowenstein, a University of Pittsburgh professor who has written extensively about the genre’s history. The movie was child-centered, he argued, without being childish.

“That’s an important tradition in the genre to honor,” he said. “An important way to understand the original ‘Creepshow’ is it’s King and Romero honoring the children they were, and the ways that they got energized and electrified by the genre in the first place.”

Nicotero, in turn, found multiple ways for his series to honor the film that had energized him. One was by hiring his friend and former mentor Savini, whom he first met on the set of “Creepshow,” as a director — proof, as Savini put it, that the student had truly become the master.

“It completely turned around: He became the teacher,” said Savini, 72, describing his experience on set. “I wanted to impress him; I wanted to please him. So getting his stamp of approval, or his suggestions — I listened to everything he said.”

Another was by emphasizing short-form storytelling: Episodes are segmented, each comprising two roughly 20-minute stories. Based on the premiere (the only episode provided to journalists in advance), the show preserves the film’s gleefully over-the-top gross-outs. The first segment, adapted from a Stephen King story, includes a lot of flesh-eating — a “Creepshow” tradition. The second stars a severed head.

It also preserves some of Romero’s formal devices, such as the sudden shifts in color, or the one in which the camera scans a comic book, then dissolves into a live-action freeze-frame.

“I really felt that what was critical was recreating that idea that you’re picking up a comic book and you’re reading a comic book,” Nicotero said. Still, he didn’t want to confine himself too much, he added, pointing to the freedom that came from doing short segments with a variety of writers and casts.

“The great thing about it is, there are no rules,” he said. “You have a different experience every time you watch an episode.”

One of those episodes includes an adaptation of “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain,” a story by that same son of King’s who appeared in the 1982 film — known today as the best-selling horror author Joe Hill. From there, the string of connections loops around again: “Champlain” was directed by Savini, with whom Hill spent formative time on the set as a child.

Savini, Hill said, had been his “definition of cool” when they met, his “first rock star.”

“He had the leather jacket, and he had these eyebrows like Spock — I sat there and I’d watch him artistically disfigure movie stars and create creatures,” Hill said in an interview this spring tied to “NOS4A2,” an AMC series based on his novel. He recalled being sent to hang out in Savini’s trailer for 10 days — the closest thing the production had to on-set child care, he joked.

Between King, Savini and Hill, any one of them might justly call the original “my ‘Creepshow’” — to say nothing of Romero, who died two years ago. Bringing them all back under one tent, in person or in spirit, put a lot of pressure on Nicotero. So did the fact that this is Shudder’s first original long-form scripted series.

“It was crazy, man. There were nights I would wake up at three in the morning; I didn’t know how I was going to make it through,” Nicotero said. “I felt the eyes on me, and all I could think about was, I wanted to make people proud and I wanted to carry on the legacy of what George and Stephen created.”

It helped to have Savini involved. They’ve been tight since Savini made Nicotero his assistant on “Day of the Dead,” several years after they met on the “Creepshow” set. Amid the playful, improvisational climate Romero created, the two played pranks, horsed around. (“I think I ran him over with a golf cart,” Savini said.) Romero gave Nicotero a small role in the film that involved severing and reanimating his head.

That early mentorship kick-started Nicotero’s career — he eventually moved to Los Angeles, where he started an effects company that has designed and supervised makeup effects in movies like “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Piranha 3D” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.” Savini stayed in Pittsburgh, where he runs a program teaching students makeup effects. But the two remained close, visiting often.

“I’m very proud of Greg, and he’s really good,” Savini said. “I believe he would have all the success if he’d never even met me.”

Nicotero modestly disagrees, insisting at every opportunity on Savini’s enormous influence on his career. But becoming a showrunner had empowered him to offer more than thanks. Despite Savini’s vast experience doing effects in recent decades for directors like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, he hadn’t directed anything major since his remake of “Night of the Living Dead” (1990). When Nicotero offered him a script, Savini leapt at the opportunity.

“Forget the money, you know, it was worth it just to get Greg’s approval and then for him to trust me,” Savini said. “He trusted me to still have my mojo.”

For both men, their collaboration, like the entire “Creepshow” reboot, was clearly meaningful — a fitting tribute to Romero and their friendship. But for Nicotero, it also just made sense.

“To me, the modern horror genre is defined, in part, by Tom Savini and George Romero, so I couldn’t imagine doing ‘Creepshow’ without Tom.” he said. “And for me to be able to turn around and offer him this opportunity — an opportunity that he really had wanted to pursue — that really meant the world to me.”

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If Your TV Show Doesn’t Have a Hot Priest, What Are You Even Doing?
By Michelle Cohn, Vuture.com (New York Magazine) - Sep. 27, 2019

Priests are staple TV characters in everything from serious religious dramas to goofy sitcoms, but lately, a different type of priest has taken television by storm: the hot priest. From the Emmy-winning Fleabag to Derry Girls to Los Espookys, no buzzy show is complete without its very own hot priest. But what happens when we analyze these flirty fathers in the context of one another, rather than just through their individual shows? Who are these priests? How good are they at actually being priestly? And most important, how hot are they? These are the questions we should, nay, must, ask as we daydream about these good men of the cloth.

The Priest in Fleabag
Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag has quite a complicated relationship with her past, and her impeccably performed asides to the camera could be interpreted as the coping mechanism of someone who still hasn’t processed her grief. The Priest (Andrew Scott) is the first person to call her out on those asides, shaking Fleabag’s emotional core as well as the audience’s understanding of the show itself. Throughout the season, he helps Fleabag address her emotional crutches, helps Fleabag’s family come together, and helps American viewers realize that canned G&Ts are apparently a thing.

How priestly? The Priest definitely gets some clerical points! We see him leading sermons, attending church events, and, at the end of the season, finally officiating the marriage between Fleabag’s dad and her godmother. Also we see him shopping for new robes, which is a fun side of church life that we don’t often consider. That being said, he certainly breaks one of the main rules of the priesthood: Thou Shalt Not Run Away From Foxes. I kid, it’s the celibacy thing, which he totally breaks and snaps and crumbles into tiny pieces. But boy, is he sexy doing it!

How hot? Everyone is horny for this priest. And can you blame them? That beautiful neck! When he and Fleabag make out at the wedding? Hot. When he goes to Fleabag’s house for some … biblical counseling? Very hot. When Fleabag goes to confession? So hot that the word kneel is officially off-limits now. And let’s not forget the Priest in a tight-fitting sweatshirt playing with a guinea pig, which was a true blessing of a scene that we should all give thanks for.

Padre Antonio Valenzuela in Los Espookys
Sometimes a hot priest is not always a good thing. In “El exorcismo” (“The Exorcism”) an older man of the cloth named Padre Francesco can’t stand his church’s hot new priest, Padre Antonio Valenzuela (Cristobal Tapia Montt), who’s getting all the attention and disrupting the status quo. Padre Francesco hires the Espookys gang to fake an exorcism so he can burst in and save the day, proving that just because he isn’t “pious, young, and hot” like Padre Valenzuela doesn’t mean he isn’t a damn good servant of the Lord.

How priestly? The first time we see Padre Valenzuela, he announces he wants to take the orphans out for ice cream, which is certainly very nice and priestly. Does he fill out the appropriate church paperwork? No, but nowhere in the Bible does it demand following all the bureaucratic rules when you’re just trying to help some orphans get a fun summer treat. Besides, he’s in a WhatsApp group with the Pope and has secret inside jokes about Holy Week, so that’s gotta count for something.

How hot? Padre Valenzuela has an objectively excellent jawline and can certainly rock a clerical collar, but he ranks fairly low on the hotness meter because his lips are just too moist. They are unreasonably moist. They are so moist I’m pretty sure the fake sea creature that Los Espookys later invent could take up residence on those smackers.

Father Peter in Derry Girls
Father Peter (Peter Campion) arrives to talk to our gang of Derry girls and wee English fella when they claim to have seen a miracle: a weeping statue of the Virgin Mary. After learning about the additional miracle of Erin’s resurrected dog, Father Peter doubles down on his devotion to the Big Guy, which would be admirable if it weren’t based entirely on a lie to cover up a dog peeing in the church. When Father Peter learns about their deceit, he ends up leaving the priesthood to pursue his relationship with one of the colorists at Hair and Flair, but he eventually comes back to help the Catholic students and the Protestant students overcome their differences — and stop them from fistfighting.

How priestly? Father Peter is no stranger to mumbled existential crises, but in between those flashes of insecurity, he does the good, pious work of reassuring our gang that the Lord doesn’t think anyone is a dick. Obviously, he gets some priest points deducted for temporarily leaving the brotherhood, but when he returns at the beginning of season two — he hath returned! — it is again to do the righteous task of bridging a religious divide. Sure, his idea to have the kids list all the things that connect them backfires in a massive way, but eventually they do find one thing all teens can bond over: annoying parents. You know who else had parental problems? Jesus.

How hot? Father Peter is definitely one of the more wholesome-seeming priests on TV. If he were in a boy band, he’d be the shy, sensitive one who croons out verses about how you should love yourself just the way you are. He’s got big, puppy-dog eyes and perfectly coiffed hair, and he even talks about how he wants to be a friend to the Derry girls. Can you get any more conventionally handsome and nonthreatening than that? Whether he’s in a clergy collar or a windbreaker, he is grade-A daydream priest material.

Pope Pius XIII in The Young Pope
I have to imagine that this show was titled The Young Pope because HBO rejected its original title, This Pope ****s. The series starts with out protagonist Lenny Belardo (Jude Law) becoming the first American pope and taking the moniker of Pius XIII. We follow Pius and his associates as they grapple with power, faith, loneliness, and, more important, gossip, blackmail, and general pettiness. It’s like the melodrama of Degrassi with the absurdism of a ClickHole article, except instead of surrealist headlines, it’s Jude Law in full papal regalia crawling out from a pile of babies. You know, really mainstream stuff.

How priestly? For a show that let a kangaroo run around loose at the Vatican, The Young Pope sure loves to ground itself in lots of religious activities. Pius turns a lowly monsignor in to a cardinal, begrudgingly baptizes babies, and starts off school tours by telling children their sins make Jesus cry. Yes, he verbally demeans and belittles his Catholic colleagues, but there’s also a lovely scene in which he teaches someone to pray. Also there’s the small fact that Pius performed an actual miracle — he visited a dying woman, had a quick sidebar with God about saving her, and then she! was! healed! — so he racks up quite a lot of religious points for that one.

How hot? I mean, come on. Putting Jude Law in anything is like a Mad Libs–style version of “Hot [profession]” — notable examples include Hot Political Reporter, Hot John Watson, and, most recently, Hot Dumbledore. Those papal outfits really bring out his I-spent-a-summer-in-Italy tan, and it’s hard not to get lost in his blue eyes, even when they are glaring at cardinals in anger and disgust. Plus, he can really rock an all-white tracksuit.

David Acosta in Evil
If there’s something strange about a suspected murderer and he may or may not be possessed by a demonic spirit, who you gonna call? David Acosta and friends! The ragtag trio of evil-hunting misfits in the CBS drama Evil includes psychologist Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers), priest-in-training David Acosta (Mike Colter), and carpenter Ben Shakir (Aasif Mandvi). It’s their job to investigate suspicious occurrences and to determine whether things that go bump in the night are demons or psychopaths. Or both!

How priestly? Technically, David (Mike Colter) is an assessor, someone brought in to investigate unexplained phenomena and decide whether they need an exorcism, but he’s two years into a five-year program for becoming a priest, so he still counts! He waxes poetic on miracles he saw while traveling the world, talks about how a serial killer might be possessed by a demon, and gives Kristen a rosary (which is surely the most popular priestly activity). Unfortunately, he also gut-punches a guy, which is certainly not very “love thy neighbor” of him, but, to be fair, the guy was being a major *******.

How hot? Heaven. Yes. We know it, Kristen knows it, even George the kinky supernatural spirit knows David is a seminary stud muffin. He is definitely the most jacked priest on this list, and should there ever be a Magic Mike 3: Vatican Edition, you better get this man on speed dial. I mean, he can even rock a turtleneck and corduroy blazer! That’s a miracle.

Father Brah in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
We are first introduced to Father Brah (Rene Gube) in season one of CXG, when Josh goes to church to unburden himself of his sinful thoughts and finds his handsome high-school friend is now the HPIC. Throughout the show’s run, Father Brah is a source of advice, counseling, and appropriate levels of roasting — because sometimes the best advice a priest can give is to tell his parishioner to stop being a little bitch.

How priestly? Father Brah may be the most helpful priest on this list. He regularly guides Josh through his often-confused romantic and professional feelings, he helps Paula and Scott work on their relationship, and he mediates a discussion between Darryl and Bert about “co-parenting” the office. He even officiates Heather and Hector’s wedding and shares his opinions about saying grace over boba, both of these actions being equally important in the eyes of the church.

How hot? Father Brah isn’t just a hot priest, he’s a cool priest. He plays basketball! He smokes weed! He looks fresh as hell in a letterman jacket! He has the charisma and winning smile of a jock, with the listening skills and empathy of the boy next door. And lucky for us, his hotness has range: During a Whitefeather office poker game, he drops the line “Oh, I am not Father tonight. Tonight, you will call me Daddy.” I speak for the whole viewing audience when I say: Gladly.

Father Michael in The Mindy Project
When the old priest at Danny’s church dies in an incident that may or may not be related to Danny confessing that he got his girlfriend, Mindy, pregnant, Father Michael (Stephen Colbert) is introduced as his replacement. Danny incorrectly assumes it would be easy to confess to Father Michael — since he knew him in high school as the badass “virginity thief of Staten Island” — but upon hearing about Father Michael’s newfound dedication to the church, Danny and Mindy spend most of the episode trying to fool him into thinking they are the pure, rule-following Catholics they most certainly are not.

How priestly? Father Michael leading a sermon definitely gets him priest points, but he does start it off by talking about the number of women he’s had sex with (a whopping 275 — what is this, Love Island?), showing off his tattoo sleeve, and mentioning all the “crazy drugs” he’s done. That being said, he’s a reformed man now. He preaches the Gospel of the Lord and advises Danny that, should he succumb to sexual desires, “the Vatican is fine with over-the-pants stuff.” Just like the Bible says!

How hot? Unlike some of the younger priests on this list, Father Michael is squarely in the hot-priest subcategory of “silver-fox priest.” The combination of his authoritative gray beard and Link Larkin–esque hair swoop create the image of a priest who has aged like a fine (sacramental) wine. Also he shows up to Mindy and Danny’s dinner in a leather jacket, so yeah, he knows he’s got it, and he’s going to flaunt it.

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Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists Cancelled at Freeform After 1 Season
By Andy Swift, TVLine.com - Sep. 27, 2019

Freeform is cutting Alison and Mona’s sleuthing days short, cancelling Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists after just one season, TVLine has learned.

A spinoff of the immensely popular Pretty Little Liars — which ran from 2010 to 2017, ushering ABC Family into the Freeform era — The Perfectionists relocated fan favorites Alison (Sasha Pieterse) and Mona (Janel Parrish) from Rosewood, Pa., to Beacon Heights, Ore., where they were immediately thrust into another all-consuming murder mystery.

New additions to the PLL world included Sofia Carson as aspiring fashion designer Ava, Sydney Park as future politician Caitlin, Eli Brown as cellist Dylan, Hayley Erin as presumed-dead Taylor and Kelly Rutherford as Taylor’s mother, Claire.

In addition to the season’s main mystery (who killed Nolan?), the Perfectionists finale introduced another puzzle for the Liars to assemble: Someone by the name of “The Professor” knew that Taylor shot Caitlin’s boyfriend, Jeremy (Graeme Thomas King), and they were already exploiting the group using everyone’s greatest fears.

During a post-finale interview with TVLine, showrunner Marlene King played it coy while discussing The Perfectionists‘ new Big Bad, simply confirming that “The Professor” is someone who “lives in the world of the school.” (Any theories?)

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A high school election makes for hit-or-miss satire in Netflix’s ‘The Politician’
By Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe

If you watch Netflix’s “The Politician,” you’ll see how a presidential campaign works. To run for the big office, you need to be massively ambitious, unshakably confident, and, perhaps most important of all, more ruthless than your competitors, willing to do anything — anything — to win. In our current political world, campaign ethics need not trip you up, unless you happen to be burdened with a conscience, in which case you might consider becoming a barista who brings caffeine to the needy masses.

OK, so in “The Politician,” whose eight-episode first season is available on Friday, our candidate, Ben Platt’s mega-wealthy Payton Hobart, is merely running for president of his posh Santa Barbara high school. His big plans have more to do with overhauling the cafeteria menu than with immigration or climate change.

But the new series, from the “Glee” team of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, is a satire of what goes on in real-life federal and state elections, as the precocious Payton and his two consultants — his friends James (Theo Germaine) and McAfee (Laura Dreyfuss) — obsessively calculate how to win the hearts and minds of teen voters. It’s a bit like “Election,” the film based on Tom Perrotta’s novel starring Reese Witherspoon as high school candidate Tracy Flick, but heightened. We watch them closely monitor student sentiment, coolly choosing a running mate for Payton — Infinity Jackson (Zoey Deutch), a sweet girl with a mysterious cancer — solely because she’ll win sympathy votes. We see a bitingly comic reflection of the kind of campaign shenanigans that are playing out in the news right now, along with an episode that focuses on the undecided voters who’ll determine the winner when all is said and done. Ultimately, the single-minded Payton’s aspiration is to become president of the country, and each season of “The Politician” is going to zero in on each of the campaigns in Payton’s journey toward the White House.

With these juicy themes in play, the first season of “The Politician” is nonetheless a mixed bag. It shares a lot — too much, at times — with Murphy’s other teen shows, including “Glee” and “Popular,” as it looks into the cruelties and self-discoveries of the high school social world. There are the mean girls and the lovable outsiders and the handsome jocks, and they’re all overly familiar and one-note. We’ve seen them outside of Murphy’s shows, too, in everything from “Heathers” to “Cruel Intentions.” In terms of the entire series — a second season, which is set up in the first-season finale, has already been ordered — I suppose Murphy and company wanted to start at the beginning, with Payton’s earliest effort to run. But it might have been fresher if they’d begun later on in Payton’s story (Platt is 25, by the way), rather than devoting so many episodes to the school material. One episode might have done the trick.

I don’t mean to say that “The Politician” is dull, as Payton locks horns with his twin brothers or his adversary, Astrid (Lucy Boynton); the show races forward, with some jokes working — Jessica Lange’s over-the-top turn as Infinity’s trashy, manipulative grandmother comes to mind — and others failing and falling by the wayside. Entire characters — Astrid, for example — seem to exist solely to play a token role in Payton’s journey, never developing into fully dimensional people. And yet it’s highly watchable, as Payton’s campaign repeatedly surmounts seemingly insurmountable problems, and, when bits of real feeling make it through all the acid humor, even touching. It’s also beautifully designed, especially when the show leaves the school grounds.

The satire pushes hard when it comes to Payton’s home life, again with mixed results. The Hobarts fall somewhere between the precious, intellectual one-percenters at the center of a stylized Wes Anderson fable and the Addams Family, leaving very little room for any authentic emotional content. His parents are played by Anderson alums Gwyneth Paltrow and Bob Balaban; she is Georgina, a listless matriarch who confesses that she loves Payton, who was adopted, more than her biological twin sons, and he is brainy art collector Keaton. They are dryly amusing, but, again, one-note and hard to care about. The character of Payton could have been as hollow, with his single-mindedness, but Platt brings glimmers of warmth and vulnerability, particularly when he deals with the loss of a friend and lover. You can tell that, underneath the surface, Payton is a bit more than just a politician.

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TV Long View: Premiere Week Lows and TV's New Normal
By Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter - Sep. 28, 2019

Here is a partial list of shows that have had their lowest-rated season premieres in the past couple of weeks:

Modern Family, The Good Doctor, Young Sheldon, Law & Order: SVU, Empire, NCIS: New Orleans, American Horror Story. It would be no surprise to see the likes of The Flash and The Walking Dead join that group when they open their seasons in early October.

Ad-supported TV is swimming against a years-long tide of declining viewership, coupled with an explosion of other places to watch programming — everything from Netflix to Twitch.

On top of that, networks are adapting to the changing landscape by trying to reach viewers via their own apps and digital platforms, which makes it awfully easy for a viewer to miss an episode when it airs, forget to set the DVR and still be able to catch up.

As a result of all those changes, same-day Nielsen ratings — the numbers that are released every morning — have fallen precipitously in recent years. Some of that audience has in fact migrated to delayed viewing or other platforms, but some of it is just gone.

The Hollywood Reporter looked at the premiere weeks of three recent seasons: 2014-15, 2017-18 and this week, which kicked off the 2019-20 season. The linear audience, still pretty strong in 2014, is now quite small.

In the first week of the 2014-15 season, primetime shows on the big four broadcast networks (excluding sports and news programs) averaged a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 and about 8.75 million viewers. Only two shows — a pair of episodes from Fox's soon-to-be abandoned reality series Utopia — fell below a 1.0 in the 18-49 demographic, and The Big Bang Theory's season premiere topped the rankings with a 5.5.

Three years later, the audience erosion was pretty significant: 18-49 ratings were down to 1.5, a drop of 35 percent from 2014, while the total-viewer average fell 23 percent to 6.77 million. The week's top entertainment show, again The Big Bang Theory, posted a 4.1 in adults 18-49

Through Thursday, the premiere-week averages for 2019 were down to 1.0 and 5.51 million viewers, declines of 33 percent and 19 percent from just two years ago. With The Big Bang Theory no longer airing, The Masked Singer claimed the No. 1 spot among adults 18-49, albeit with just a 2.5 rating.

Since 2014, then, the average adults 18-49 rating for a premiere-week show has fallen by more than half. Total viewers has fallen by 37 percent.

(Yes, there are a couple cable shows name-checked in the list above too. Ad-supported cable is on a similar trajectory: American Horror Story premiered to a 3.1 in adults 18-49 in 2014, a 2.0 in 2017 and a 1.0 on Sept. 18. Since 2017, The Walking Dead's on-air ratings have come down by almost two-thirds.)

Broadcasters will recoup some of those losses through delayed viewing; if patterns from last season hold, the 18-49 average for this week's shows will come up by about 60 percent with seven days of DVR and on-demand playback. Multi-platform viewing is also a good-sized part of the picture. NBC's Superstore and The Good Place, both of which pull mediocre numbers on air, last season more than doubled their 18-49 ratings after a week (with digital platforms included).

But even with a 60 percent bump in adults 18-49 over seven days, this year's premiere-week slate only would only barely move ahead of the same-day ratings from two years ago. That's not going to be tenable for a whole lot longer.

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A year after a #MeToo scandal, ‘60 Minutes’ keeps its viewers and stature
By Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times - Sep. 27, 2019

Winning statuettes at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards is nothing new for the venerable CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes.” The five won by the program on Tuesday brought its total up to 159 over its long run.

But it’s rare that a former boss who lost his job during last year’s wave of #MeToo accusations gets acknowledged by the winners at the lectern.

The gratitude expressed for former “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager — who was ousted in September 2018 while under investigation for inappropriate workplace conduct — shows just how traumatic his loss was to the crown jewel of CBS News.

The implosion, which came days after longtime former CBS chief Leslie Moonves was fired over sexual-misconduct allegations, was followed by months of turbulence at the news division, driven in part by speculation over who would lead the program.

But the “60 Minutes” staff, many of whom have been on board for decades, proved resilient. “60 Minutes” finished in Nielsen’s weekly top 10 prime time 23 times and ranked first in three of those weeks during the 2018-19 season. Along with the Emmys, it won a prestigious DuPont Award for correspondent Bill Whitaker’s investigation into the opioid crisis.

While the audience is mostly older viewers, the program’s authoritative reputation is still desirable to advertisers — the average price for a 30-second ad was $106,000 last season, about even with the previous year according to Standard Media Index.

For Bill Owens, the program’s longtime executive editor who took over after Fager’s dimissal, the transition wasn’t easy because of Fager’s stature.

A report in the New Yorker said Fager groped women at company parties and tolerated bad behavior by other producers. He denied the claims but was fired in September 2018 after sending what management believed was an intimidating text to a CBS News correspondent who reported on the matter. (Fager asserted at the time that he was asking the reporter to be fair in her coverage.)

Unlike many of the other men who have been brought down by the #MeToo movement, Fager was liked and respected by many of his coworkers. He was the operation’s strong-willed editorial force and chief defender against attempts to tamper with the program’s successful formula and cut costs.

“This was unexpected and it hit us hard,” said Whitaker, who was brought onto the program by Fager five years ago and has become its most prolific and versatile correspondent.

On the night of Fager’s firing, dozens of colleagues took him out for cocktails. There were tears and expressions of fear that the program might not survive his removal.

“It was painful for everybody and it was painful for me because I have my personal friendship with Jeff,” said “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl, who joined the program in 1991.

Owens’ first task as Fager’s interim replacement was to make sure the emotionally shaken staff’s uncertainty about the future did not show up onscreen.

“People were shocked and sad,” Owens recalled in a recent interview at his office. “The day after Jeff was fired I gathered everybody together and I said, ‘The only thing we control right now is the journalism, so week by week the audience has to turn on the program at 7, or get it on the app, and see “60 Minutes.” There can’t be even a moment of hesitation, like, “Well, what are they doing?” We have to look like our best selves.’ ”

Owens pressed ahead on the pieces planned for the new season while New York tabloid gossip pages reported on whether he would get the “60 Minutes” executive producer job permanently or see it go to Susan Zirinsky, who ultimately became his boss when she took over as president of CBS News in January.

Owens had the backing of his staff, as he was instilled with Fager’s journalistic and production values after working alongside him for years. Familiarity helped as well, as even executives from CBS News headquarters located across West 57th Street are considered outsiders in the closed society of “60 Minutes.”

But the public perception of a bake-off between Owens and Zirinsky created an uneasy atmosphere for the longtime friends and colleagues.

“It wasn’t comfortable for my family and I’m sure it wasn’t comfortable for her family,” Owens said. “But it’s sort of like crashing a story during a big news story — you have to just focus on the story and not let the distractions get to you. And I tried my best to do that.”

The issue of Fager’s successor was resolved when CBS Corp. Chief Executive Joe Ianniello named Zirinsky president of CBS News in January, replacing David Rhodes.

Zirinsky quickly dropped “interim” from Owens’ executive producer title in February. She said in an interview that he is her main “sounding board” inside the division along with Rand Morrison, executive producer at “CBS Sunday Morning,” and executive vice president of news Kim Godwin.

“Bill had a lot of support at ‘60,’” Zirinsky said. “There was a steadiness to him. A kind of Zen-like strength. He could not only take the baton and run with it but make changes as well.”

The program’s correspondents say Owens has a more collegial style than his predecessors. “When we are in the screening room looking at pieces there is more free-flowing discussion now,” said Whitaker.

Owens, 52, a Long Island, N.Y., native who started out at CBS News in 1988 as a freelance desk assistant at the network’s New York station, wants to protect elements that make “60 Minutes” distinctive from its competitors.

The program will still spend more than $100,000 on a single story and sends its correspondents to every continent over the course of a TV season. This week “CBS Evening News” anchor and “60 Minutes” correspondent Norah O’Donnell headed to Saudi Arabia for a rare U.S. interview with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to air Sunday on the program’s 52nd season premiere.

Andrew Heyward, a former CBS News president and currently a research professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, said the “60 Minutes” approach to deeply researched pieces on serious subjects stands out even more at a time when other network newsmagazines such as NBC’s “Dateline” focus more on true-crime stories, and political debate dominates cable news.

“The program has a very good sense of itself,” Heyward said. “Its consistency and its resistance to any temptation to tart it up or dumb it down over the years has proven to be a virtue.”

Owens said he will not alter the signature style of “60 Minutes” as long as he is in charge.

“I don’t have any interest in changing anything about the way ‘60 Minutes’ tells its stories and I won’t,” he said. “If someone makes a decision somewhere down the line that that’s something they want to do, they’ll find someone else to do that.”

But while the editorial and production standards won’t change, Owens is actively exploring ways to expand the reach of “60 Minutes” on digital platforms as people under 50 are moving away from traditional TV viewing. “We need to reach a younger audience who is hungry for good storytelling and important stories,” he said. “And we can do a better job of that.”

Owens also has the task of trying to adjust the culture of the “60 Minutes” workplace in light of the events of last year. He knows firsthand that it long had an environment that could be clubby and inhospitable.

“It was sort of coldblooded,” said Owens, who joined the program in 2003. “That’s what I remember. Nobody welcomed you. Nobody said hello. You were seen as a competitor even though you were on the [same] floor. And it would sort of make me laugh how people would kind of sneer at you and not make eye contact and all that.”

Owens said CBS News has added human resources personnel since the investigation into sexual-misconduct allegations at the company last year and has implemented his own “open-door policy” to encourage employees to speak up on workplace problems. In 2017, former “60 Minutes” correspondent Charlie Rose was fired after the Washington Post reported on harassment allegations from staffers at his PBS talk show.

“We didn’t have enough people throughout the corporation to handle any issues that might come up,” he said. “That’s no longer the case.”

An outside legal investigation into sexual misconduct at “60 Minutes” found that the culture at the program was far worse under its late founding executive producer Don Hewitt, who handed the reins to Fager in 2004.

Owens said his workplace philosophy boils down to a single word — respect.

“I think it covers everything,” he said. “There needs to be respect among, you know, producers and their associate producers. Everybody needs to know what their job is. Doesn’t mean you can’t have disagreements or even lose your temper from time to time. It’s OK to say, ‘I’m sorry, I was having a bad day.’”

Owens and Zirinsky say they are continuing to bring more women into the program’s upper ranks. Longtime producer Tanya Simon — the daughter of the late correspondent Bob Simon — was elevated to executive editor. Owens’ other top lieutenants are Claudia Weinstein, executive story editor, and Debbie De Luca Sheh, senior broadcast producer, both of whom were promoted during Fager’s tenure.

Stahl, now the most tenured correspondent at “60 Minutes,” said she has never been subjected to harassment during her 28 years at the program. But as part of the pioneering class of female journalists who entered network news in the early 1970s, she is glad to see women standing up to behavior that was once accepted.

“They are braver than we were,” Stahl said. “When I was coming into the business, we had men chasing us around the desks. But we never said anything. It was the way it was and that was it. What’s happening now is so welcome. I salute them. I support them.”

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‘Superstore’ Actress Linda Porter Dies at 86
By Elaine Low, Variety.com - Sep. 27, 2019

“Superstore” actress Linda Porter has died, her representatives have confirmed to Variety. She was 86.

Porter, who also appeared in “Twin Peaks: The Return,” “Mercy,” “American Horror Story,” “The Suite Life on Deck,” “Gilmore Girls” and other series dating back to the late 1980s, most recently played Myrtle on “Superstore.” She appeared in 35 episodes as a store employee in the NBC comedy.

“Superstore” executive producers Jonathan Green and Gabe Miller shared the following statement on behalf of the cast and crew: “Linda wasn’t just hilarious, she was incredibly sweet, energetic and enthusiastic – working with her brightened everyone’s day. We’re lucky to have been a small part of her long career. The Superstore family won’t be the same without her.”

“Superstore” actor Ben Feldman shared his condolences late Friday afternoon.

“Here’s hoping the angels don’t call cut right away because your best stuff always came at the end,” he wrote on Twitter and Instagram. “We’ll miss you Linda Porter.”

“Superstore” colleagues — including actors Mark McKinney and Danny Gura, writer Vanessa Ramos and consulting producer Owen Ellickson — also offered tributes to the actress on Friday.

“Thank you for the life advice,” wrote McKinney.

“We lost a good one,” tweeted Gura. “R.I.P. Linda Porter, who was always smiling and always brightened up the Superstore set. This is a hard one. You will be missed.”

“RIP Linda Porter,” wrote Ramos. “A true delight of a person who was up for anything.”

“RIP Linda Porter, a wonderful actress and a lovely person,” shared Ellickson.

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By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Sep. 28, 2019

ISN'T IT ROMANTIC
HBO, 8:00 p.m. ET

Rebel Wilson stars in this 2019 comedy, playing a woman who suddenly finds herself living in the world of a romantic comedy, and bound by its rules and conventions. Conceptually, it’s similar to 1991’s Delirious, in which John Candy played a TV soap opera writer who gets hit on the head and wakes up inside his own show. In Isn’t It Romantic, Rebel Wilson’s Natalie gets hit on the head during a mugging, and wakes up inside one of the romantic comedies she professes to detest – with Liam Hemsworth as her fantasy world’s billionaire sex symbol. Other co-stars include Priyanka Chopra from ABC’s Quantico, Betty Gilpin from Netflix’s GLOW, and Jennifer Saunders from Absolutely Fabulous. And while all that talent may not be utilized fully, at least it’s there…

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
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SEASON PREMIERE:
Every time SNL starts a new season, I get a little nostalgic, and feel a little older. The original premiere of the first season of Saturday Night Live was the way I talked my way onto the TV critic job for a real newspaper, Florida’s The Gainesville Sun (“Hey, this is a college town, I’m a college student, this new NBC show is aimed at college kids – why not let me review it?”). And now, since tonight marks the Season 45 premiere of SNL, that means it’s also the 45th anniversary of me doing what I’m doing right now: writing about television. Tonight’s host is Woody Harrelson, who would have been 14 years old when SNL premiered in 1975. The musical guest is Billie Eilish, who would not have been born – for another 26 years.


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The Story Behind the 'Transparent' Musical Episode
By Mike Hughes, TVWorthWatching.com's 'Open Mike - Sep. 27, 2019

What can a TV show do when it suddenly loses its star?

Most quit, a few push on, and one created a musical.

It didn't happen quickly. Transparent debuts its "Musicale Finale" episode on Amazon Friday, almost two years after the previous episode. And Jill and Faith Soloway had a head start.

"Faith has been writing these songs that come from the heart of the Soloway family saga," Jill told the Television Critics Association in July. "We had been dreaming of a Broadway musical one day."

That still might happen, Faith said. First was this crisis: After investigating charges of sexual and verbal abuse, Amazon decided not to renew Jeffrey Tambor's option – he was fired in early 2018; it was a sudden setback for a Soloway triumph.

Faith and Jill grew up comfortably in Chicago, where their father was a psychiatrist, and their mother was the communications director for a mayor and a school superintendent. "Since we were 2 or 3," Jill said, "we've been sitting around, hatching plays together and musicals." Much has happened since then. "I wasn't even queer until I was in my late-40s," said Jill, 53.

One significant change came in 2011 when their father came out as transitioning to female. Three years later, Transparent debuted with Tambor as Maura, the transitioning dad.

The show has been about many other things, Jill said. "It's kind of a thrill ride for neurotic people. You just get thrown around, shaking the anxiety out of you."
Viewers liked the ride. In a three-year stretch, Transparent got 28 Emmy nominations and eight wins, two for Tambor. Then he left, and the idea of a musical emerged.

"The antenna was up," Faith Soloway said, "and I got to dream… I've been writing songs about…gender and about Jewishness and about family all my life."

In June of 2018, cast members started workshopping some songs, joined by Shakina Nayfack (who already had a company doing original musicals) and others.

Some actors stepped into this hesitantly. As Amy Landecker recalls: "Looking at the script (I'm thinking), 'I'm not going to have any sex scenes; this is going to be easy.' And then it was like, 'Oh no, now I'm singing, which is way scarier and more vulnerable.'"

Others boomed ahead. "When did Judith Light (top) turn into Chita Rivera?" Alexandra Billings asked.

Light, who hadn't done a musical in decades, found her inner diva. Transparent was going to go out in a high-volume, high-octane, high-emotion way.

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Every time SNL starts a new season, I get a little nostalgic, and feel a little older.


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Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists Cancelled at Freeform After 1 Season
By Andy Swift, TVLine.com - Sep. 27, 2019

Freeform is cutting Alison and Mona’s sleuthing days short, cancelling Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists after just one season, TVLine has learned.
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On The Air Tonight
SUNDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)
From Zap2it.com's TV Grid - Sep. 29, 2019

ABC:
7PM - America's Funniest Home Videos (Season Premiere)
8PM - Celebrity Family Feud: black-ish vs. The Goldbergs (Season Finale)
9PM - Shark Tank (Season Premiere)
10PM - The Rookie (Season Premiere)

CBS:
7PM - NFL Football: Regional Coverage (Continued from 4:25PM, LIVE)
7:30PM - 60 Minutes (Season Premiere)
8:30PM - God Friended Me (Season Premiere)
9:30PM - NCIS: Los Angeles (Season Premiere)
10:30PM - Evil
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NBC:
7PM - Football Night in America (75 min., LIVE)
8:15PM - NFL Football: Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints (LIVE)

FOX:
7PM - The Simpsons
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7:30PM - Bob's Burgers
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8PM - The Simpsons (Season Premiere)
8:30PM - Bless the Harts (Series Premiere)
9PM - Bob's Burgers (Season and Time Slot Premiere)
9:30PM - Family Guy (Season and Time Slot Premiere)

THE CW:
8PM - iHeartRadio Music Festival Greatest Moments (Special)
9PM - Mysteries Decoded

PBS:
8PM - The Durrells in Corfu on Masterpiece (Season Premiere)
9PM - Poldark on Masterpiece (Season Premiere)
10PM - Poldark Revealed (Special)
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UNIVISION:
7PM - Aquí y Ahora
8PM - Reina de la Canción (120 min.)
10PM - Sin Miedo A La Verdad

TELEMUNDO:
7PM - Mr. Trump, Disculpe Las Molestias
8PM - Exatlón Estados Unidos (120 min.)
10PM - El Secreto de Selena

ESPN NEWS:
6PM - Formula 1 Racing: VTB Russian Grand Prix (2 1/2 hrs., Tape Delayed)

VH1:
7PM - Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'n Out (Trick Daddy; Famous Dex )
7:30PM - Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'n Out (Wild 'N Out Veterans vs. Rookies; Maino )

ANIMAL PLANET:
8PM - Lone Star Law (120 min.)

BRAVO:
8PM - The Real Housewives of Potomac
9PM - Married to Medicine
10PM - Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen (TV personalities Drs. Heavenly Kimes and Jackie Walters)

FREEFORM:
8PM - Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge -- Adventure Awaits (Special, 120 min.)

HALLMARK:
8PM - Chesapeake Shores (Season Finale)

MTV:
8PM - Ridiculousness: Chloe Trautman
8:30PM - Ridiculousness: Chanel and Sterling CXLII

SHOWTIME:
8PM - The Circus: Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth
8:30PM - The Circus: Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth
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9PM - The Affair
10PM - On Becoming a God in Central Florida (45 min.)
10:45PM - On Becoming a God in Central Florida (45 min.)
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STARZ:
8PM - Power
9:01PM - Power Confidential (23 min.)

COOKING:
8:30PM - Snack Attack (Series Premiere)
9PM - Carnival Eats

AMC:
9PM - Fear the Walking Dead (Season Finale, 74 min.)
10:14PM - Preacher (Series Finale, 78 min.)
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11:32PM - Talking Dead

CNN:
9PM - Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies (Season Premiere)
10PM - This Is Life With Lisa Ling (Season Premiere)

FOOD NETWORK:
9PM - Halloween Wars (Season Premiere)
10PM - Outrageous Pumpkins

HBO:
9PM - Succession (62 min.)
10:02PM - The Righteous Gemstones (38 min.)
10:40PM - Ballers
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11:11PM - Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

E!:
10PM - Flip It Like Disick

ADULT SWIM:
Midnight - Robot Chicken (Season Premiere)
12:15AM - Robot Chicken


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TV Review (Broadcast)
‘Bless the Harts’ is packed with A-listers and good-natured jokes
By Michael Starr, New York Post - Sep. 24, 2019

Fox’s new animated series, “Bless the Harts,” won’t pose much of a challenge to mainstays “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” — but it’s a pleasant-enough diversion for a Sunday night.

This tale about an economically challenged blue-collar family, living somewhere in the deep South, boasts the vocal talents of A-listers Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell, Ike Barinholtz and Kumail Nanjiani. While only intermittently humorous, its good-natured approach — it’s not snarky a la “Family Guy” — are enough to get “Bless the Harts” over the hump.

The series follows single mom Jenny Hart (Wiig) who lives with her mother, Betty (Rudolph) and her teenage daughter, Violet (Bell), a fledgling cartoonist given to her age group’s sullenness and sarcasm. Wayne Edwards (Barinholtz) is Jenny’s boyfriend, who longs to be more of a father figure to Violet. His main goal in life is to win Violet’s approval, since her biological father, Dan Reynolds, is alive and well and living high off the hog as a wealthy town elder.

The humor here is gentle; Betty owns a dot matrix printer, calls her daughter “Nosy O’Donnell” and has filled a storage-facility room to the brim with highly flammable ’90s-era “Hug ‘N Bug” dolls (including the Jose Canseco Y2K and Colin Powell Macarena models), which she’s hoping to sell online for big bucks to help pull the family out of their financial bind.

Jenny, who has “a bejeweled calculator, obviously,” works as a waitress at the Last Supper restaurant and chews the fat there with Jesus (Nanjiani), who materializes every now and then to listen to Jenny’s problems and to dispense his own brand of wisdom.

It’s harmless, inoffensive stuff that has a retro kind of “King of the Hill” feel and should appeal to those seeking a kindler, gentler animated series. “Bless the Harts” has the added advantage of its “Simpsons” lead-in at 8 p.m., at least regarding early sampling, so that should help its cause — as will its creative pedigree, including creator/executive producer Emily Spivey (“The Last Man on Earth,” “Parks and Recreation”) and several heavy-hitting guest voices including Holly Hunter and Mary Steenburgen.

“Bless the Harts” doesn’t reinvent the animation genre, but it’s a nice addition to Fox’s ’toon-heavy Sunday-night lineup.

Bless the Harts
8:30 p.m. Sunday on Fox
★★1/2 (out of four)


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TV/Production Notes (Streaming)
Obi-Wan Kenobi TV Series Finds Director
By Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter - Sep. 26, 2019

EXCLUSIVE: This is the director Obi-Wan has been looking for. Deborah Chow, who directed episodes of the upcoming Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian, is returning to the far-away galaxy and will direct the series featuring the popular character Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Ewan McGregor is returning as the Jedi Master for the series Lucasfilm is making for Disney+, the stand-alone $7 streaming service that the company is launching Nov. 12.

Chow has proved herself in the elevated genre space in cable series. In addition to two episodes of Mandalorian, she has directed and worked on shows such as American Gods, Better Call Saul, Lost in Space, Jessica Jones, Reign and Mr. Robot. She is repped by WME and Schreck Rose.

"We really wanted to select a director who is able to explore both the quiet determination and rich mystique of Obi-Wan in a way that folds seamlessly into the Star Wars saga," stated Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. "Based on her phenomenal work developing our characters in The Mandalorian, I’m absolutely confident Deborah is the right director to tell this story."

The Disney+ series, to be written by Hossein Amini, centers on Kenobi, one of the central figures in the Star Wars mythos. In the original 1977 movie, he is a desert-dwelling, war-weary hermit who later proves to be a wise and powerful warrior. Kenobi briefly mentors a young Luke Skywalker on Tatooine before being cut down by Darth Vader, his former pupil.

In the George Lucas-directed prequels, Kenobi fought alongside the young Jedi who would eventually become Vader and betray him and the Jedi Order. The live-action character was last seen in 2005's Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, back on the desert planet Tatooine.

McGregor’s Kenobi series is the third live-action series on the Disney+ docket. Mandalorian is central to the launch of the streaming service, which is also developing a Rogue One prequel amongst its Star Wars offering. The latter is an untitled series featuring Rebel Alliance officer Cassian Andor, with Diego Luna reprising the role.

A Kenobi stand-alone project had been set up as a feature, with Stephen Daldry directing, in 2017. But Disney switched gears on its plans for the Star Wars franchise after the relatively underwhelming box office response to the Han Solo spinoff Solo, which grossed $392 million worldwide that year.

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Nielsen Overnights (Broadcast)
‘Saturday Night Live’ Season 45 Premiere Ratings Down From Last Fall’s Opener, On Par With Finale
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Sep. 26, 2019

Saturday Night Live‘s 45th season premiere, hosted by Woody Harrelson with musical guest Billie Eilish, drew a 4.1 Live+Same Day household rating in the markets metered and a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating in the 25 markets with local people meters.

The show, which featured Larry David as Bernie Sanders, Maya Rudolph as Kamala Harris, Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Liev Schreiber as himself, was down from last fall’s highly-rated opener hosted by Adam Driver with musical guest Kanye West and Matt Damon as Brett Kavanaugh (4.8, 2.3), which aired at the height of the Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS hearing.

Last night’s SNL season debut, which matched the HH rating for the May Season 44 finale and was up a tenth in 18-49, also followed a big political news story, the decision to open impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, which dominated the SNL premiere with three skits, including the cold open, and the opening segment of Weekend Update.

The year-to-year declines in SNL’s overnight ratings are consistent with the across-the-board drops we have seen this Premiere Week as HUT levels are down -7% in viewers and -12% in 18-49 vs. fall 2018. SNL is especially prone to delayed/multi-platform viewing, with +142% L+35+Digital increases last season in 18-49.

Less than 12 hours after clips from last night’s premiere were posted online, they have already amassed 4 million total views on YouTube alone, which are monetized by NBC as the videos run with ads.

Also underlying how much Live+Same Day levels have slipped for the broadcast networks, even with the year-to-year declines for SNL, the opener is tied for #6 in adults 18-49 in the local people meters among all entertainment telecasts on the Big 4 during Premiere Week, behind The Masked Singer (3.1), This Is Us (2.2), 9-1-1 (1.9), Monday’s The Voice (1.7) and Grey’s Anatomy (1.7).

Here is one of the most watched SNL premiere clips online, Eilish’s Bad Guy performance, which currently is the third most viewed SNL video behind two of the impeachment skits. [CLICK LINK BELOW]

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The Final Season of 'Poldark' Begins
By David Hinckley, TVWorthWatching.com - Sep. 29, 2019

Oh, look. There are the mighty cliffs of Cornwall, sweeping down to the ocean, and galloping along the earthen pathways of those cliffs is a rider astride a noble steed.

Yes, friends, Poldark is back for, alas, its last gallop. The reincarnated TV series launches its fifth and final season Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings).

When he's not silhouetted against the eternal ocean, Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) is trying to make the late 18thcentury world a better place. He must try to salvage enough of his family's lost fortune to maintain a home and perhaps command an enterprise that will help provide jobs and sustenance for local villagers.
He just keeps getting interrupted by things like war and family crises. He keeps having to rescue friends.

None of those obstacles has changed much as we start the fifth season, which perhaps is part of the reason this will be the final season. Writer Debbie Horsfield probably doesn't want to resurrect the same fistful of dilemmas with slightly reshuffled details, so she's presumably directing the story to its endpoint.

Reaching that endpoint, however, is less simple than riding a horse along the cliffs. Almost every direction in which Ross turns, he finds his path impeded by the insidious George Warleggan (Jack Farthing), an A-list villain with a bottomless bank account and a heart of flint.

George employs his villainy with a more melancholy spirit as the new season begins, however, thanks to the death of his wife Elizabeth (Heida Reed).

Marrying Elizabeth had been George's most satisfying achievement since Elizabeth had long been Ross' sweetheart. She drifted away when Ross left for three years to fight in the American war, and a series of sometimes convoluted circumstances – okay, things got soapy – prevented them from legally getting back together. That is, getting back together openly.

Meantime, Ross had married Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson), whom he really did love even if he never completely got over Elizabeth. As we were saying, there was soap.

Elizabeth's death was a direct result of all those suds, and though George deserves almost all the blame, he naturally accepts little or none of it. Still, he's having a hard time moving forward, except that he does understand that he still must sabotage Ross whenever possible.

The broader problem in the Poldark world is that George has enough money and influence to make life miserable for many people – thousands or more – not just Ross. So even as Ross tries to have nothing to do with George, he cannot make the world a better place until he gets it out from under the thumbs of George and his rich greedy enablers.

On the smaller scale, Ross finds a new reason he needs to help his best friend Dr. Enys (Luke Norris) and his wife Caroline (Gabriella Wilde). Ross cannot, alas, provide much help to newlyweds Drake Carne (Harry Richardson) and Morwenna (Ellise Chappell), whose problems stem in part from a different, now-deceased villain, though also from the butterfly effect of George's unpleasantness.

A number of pieces must fit into the puzzle for Poldark to finish on an up beat, and that will be the mission of the final season: configuring puzzle pieces.

The first episode makes it clear that this will involve both large and small dramas, with characters at times forced into reconciliations and forgiveness.

There's also this: Viewers very much want the good guys to win here, or least not to lose. So even as George continues to offend decency and Ross struggles to carve out a peaceful and prosperous corner of the world, all in the delightfully stylized language of the era, we will hold fast to the hope that the last gallop along the cliffs will be a victory lap.

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José José, Mexican musical icon for half a century, dies at age 71
By Nicole Chavez, CNN.com - Sep. 29, 2019

José José, a Mexican music icon, has died, the Mexican Ministry of Culture said.

He was 71.

"From the Ministry of Culture we are sorry for the passing of singer José Rómulo Sosa, better known as José José of the prince of the song. Since the beginning of his career, the singer of El Triste became one of most beloved voices in Mexico. Rest in Peace," the ministry tweeted Saturday.

The Spanish-language singer, songwriter and actor -- whose birth name is José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz-- had been battling pancreatic cancer and had been hospitalized multiple times in recent years.

He's survived by his wife Sara Salazar and his children, Sarita Sosa, José Joel and Marisol.

The singer, called by fans and colleagues "El Príncipe de la canción" (Prince of Song), had tweeted in June that he was undergoing therapy and thanked his fans for their support.

He was known for romantic ballads like "La Nave del Olvido," "40 y 20," "Gavilán o Paloma" and "El Triste," and many more songs that became hits throughout his career of more than half a century.

Born in Mexico City, José José had been destined to enter the music industry. He grew up surrounded by music, as his father was a tenor for the Mexico National Opera and his mother was professional pianist.

He started his career singing jazz and bossa nova but jumped to fame in 1970 when he sang "El Triste" at the Festival de la Canción Latina. He didn't win the prestigious singing contest but his performance was so memorable that fans across Latin America considered him the actual winner.

Over the next half century, José José sang about love and heartbreak as he became an idol in his native Mexico.

José José was nominated six times for a Grammy Award in the Best Latin Pop Performance category, and honored by the Latin Recording Academy with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 and as Person of the Year in 2005.

He struggled with substance abuse for decades and then faced Lyme disease, facial paralysis and other illnesses that led him to eventually lose his voice.

The singer announced he had been diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and assured fans through a Twitter message that he was recovering at home. Last year, rumors on his fragile health spread when he was hospitalized in Miami, just months after Telemundo network aired a biopic series based on his life.

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‘Karate Kid’ actor Robert Garrison dead at 59
By Julius Young, FoxNews.com - Sep. 29, 2019

Robert Garrison, best known for his role of Tommy in the early installments of “The Karate Kid,” died on Friday after a battle with kidney and liver problems, Fox News can confirm.

A rep for Garrison called the actor "an ambassador to The Karate Kid legacy" in a statement to Fox News on Friday.

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"Rob was a great person and ambassador to The Karate Kid legacy. His performance in Season 2 of Cobra Kai, being his last, was simply amazing and he stole the episode. He will be missed by me and everyone he encountered," read the statement.

Garrison died in a hospital in West Virginia, where he had been for over a month before his organs shut down, his sister-in-law told TMZ, who first reported the death.

The actor's family said they are coordinating funeral arrangements for the former child actor, who started his career in the late 1970s before landing his first major role in the 1984 classic film and its sequel, “The Karate Kid Part II.”

According to IMDb, Garrison left the acting business from 1995 to 2011. He would reprise his role as Tommy this year for the YouTube TV series adaptation “Cobra Kai.” The actor also held smaller roles on TV shows “MacGyver,” “Homefront” and “Coach.”

Garrison is survived by his brother Patrick, according to the gossip site

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TV/Business Notes (Carriage Dispute)
Sinclair Stations Remain on AT&T MVPDs
By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable - Sep. 28, 2019

Sinclair stations remained on AT&T's U-Verse and DirecTV distribution platforms past the 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, deadline.

A source said Sinclair, which ultimately controls the signals, had provided the extension. It was not clear for how long.

Sinclair has been warning its viewers (136 stations in 86 markets) in on-air crawls that their stations could be off AT&T-owned MVPDs DirecTV and U-Verse by Sept. 27. But those warnings were absent from several of the stations that had been running them on their Web sites as recently as late Friday night.

Some House Members have asked the two sides to get a deal done for the sake of Sinclair/AT&T viewers and their constituents.

Elsewhere, Fox sports commentators on the Texas Tech/Oklahoma game Saturday told viewers to complain to Dish, and not them, about the fact that Fox stations and networks had gone dark on Dish saying the issue was "above their pay grades."

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