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TV Notes (Cable)
Baskets renewed for season
By Ariana Bacle, EW.com - Mar. 9, 2017

Baskets has been renewed for a third season, FX announced Thursday.

The show, which Zach Galifianakis created with Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel, follows Chip Baskets’ (Galifianakis) journey to become a professional clown — a journey filled with plenty of bumps, including a doomed marriage and a complicated relationship with his doting, Costco-loving mother (played by Louie Anderson in a performance that earned him an Emmy last year).

This year, Baskets has solidified its standing as one of the best comedies on television, building on the momentum of its breakout first season that brought critical acclaim and awards,” FX’s co-president of original programming Nick Grad said in a statement. “Our thanks to Jonathan Krisel, Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis and the rest of the creative team, Louie Anderson, Martha Kelly and the full cast and crew for taking us on this journey with Baskets.”

Baskets’ second season currently airs Thursday nights at 10 p.m. ET on FX.

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TV Notes (Cable)
HBO Sets Miniseries Based on 2016 Presidential Election
By Reid Nakamura, TheWrap.com - Mar. 9, 2017

HBO has lined up a new “Game Change” miniseries based on the 2016 presidential election.

Directed by Jay Roach and executive produced by Playtone’s Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, the HBO Films series will tell the story of Donald Trump’s dramatic, improbable victory over Hillary Clinton last November.

The miniseries will be based on Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s upcoming third installment of the “Game Change” series, which will be published by Penguin Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Halperin and Heilemann also serve as the executive producers and hosts on the Showtime political documentary series “The Circus.”

The untitled series reunites the team behind HBO’s 2012 film “Game Change,” based on Halperin and Heilemann’s 2010 bestseller. The film, which starred Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson and Ed Harris, went on to win five Emmys, including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.

“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, whose work on their bestselling book ‘Game Change’ set the bar for political reporting and storytelling inside a presidential campaign,” HBO Films President Len Amato said in a statement.

“Reuniting ‘Game Change’ director and executive producer Jay Roach and Playtone producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman with Mark and John for a project based on their upcoming book promises to vividly capture the most unique and impactful event in modern American politics,” Amato continued.

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TV Notes (Streaming)
‘Mercy Street’ Wraps After Two Seasons On PBS
By Lisa de Moraes, Deadline.com - Mar. 9, 2017

Mercy Street will not be back for a third season, PBS and producers announced days after airing the Civil War era drama’s Season 2 finale, citing funding and “the complicated nature of aligning production timelines.”

PBS’ first original American drama in more than a decade, Mercy Street followed doctors, nurses, soldiers, as well as free, enslaved and contraband African Americans just south of the Mason Dixon Line, in Alexandria, VA, during the Civil War. Josh Radnor starred as Dr. Jedediah Foster and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Nurse Mary Phinney.

The first season reached 14 million viewers over six episodes (Live + 7), making it the second-highest-rated drama for the 2015-16 TV season on PBS, behind jet-fueled lead-in, Downton Abbey. Season 2, which premiered on January 22 and ended on March 5, has attracted 6.5 million L+7 viewers for the first three episodes.

“We sought to bring a time and place to life that is so important to understanding American history, and in a way that was meaningful, authentic and entertaining, EP David Zucker said of the series.

“Together, we delivered twelve hours of compelling and worthwhile storytelling which we all take pride in,” added EP David Zabel. “It was five years in the making and we are grateful to PBS for its loyal support.”

Mercy Street was executive produced by Ridley Scott (The Martian, Gladiator, Thelma and Louise, The Good Wife);  Zucker (BrainDead, The Good Wife, The Man in the High Castle) of Scott Free; Lisa Q. Wolfinger (Desperate Crossing, the Untold Story of the Mayflower) and Zabel (ER).

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‘Paradise Run’ Renewed For Season 3 By Nickelodeon
By Denise Petski, Deadline.com - Mar. 9, 2017

Nickelodeon has ordered a third season of its hit kids competition series Paradise Run, with Daniella Monet (Victorious) returning as host.

Paradise Run follows three teams of kids racing across a luxurious resort in Hawaii, competing in a sequence of funny and adrenaline-pumping challenges, with each team vying for the ultimate prize – a paradise vacation. Production will begin in Hawaii this spring.

The series, which was nominated for a Kids Choice Award, is produced by Stone & Company, with Scott A. Stone and Marcus Fox serving as executive producers.

“One of the great things about working with Nickelodeon is that every season they ask how can we make Paradise Run bigger and better, and I am thrilled to say that this season will be no different,” said Scott Stone, Executive Producer. “Last year we added a 200-yard zip line and special Nickelodeon celebrity episodes. Wait until you see what we have in store for season three!”

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Nielsen Overnights (Broadcast)
‘Designated Survivor’ rises in midseason return
Kiefer Sutherland drama posts a 1.3 in 18-49s, best rating since October
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine Staff - Mar. 9, 2017

ABC’s “Designated Survivor” returned from an extended break Wednesday night with its best rating since October.

The Kiefer Sutherland drama posted a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating in the 10 p.m. timeslot, according to Nielsen, up a tenth from its last original episode on Dec. 14.

The show undoubtedly was helped by the fact that NBC aired a repeat of “Chicago P.D.” in the hour rather than an original.

“Designated” won at 10 p.m., topping the second-season premiere of “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” which posted just a 0.9.

Perhaps more notable, since CBS skews older and its strength is in total viewers, “Designated” topped “Borders” in total viewers with 5.88 million to the latter’s 5.35 million.

ABC won Wednesday night with ease, averaging a 1.5 in 18-49s in primetime.

“Modern Family” finished as the night’s top show with a 1.9.

“The Goldbergs” tied with the season premiere of “Survivor” as the No. 2 show of the night, both posting a 1.2. “Survivor” aired a two-hour bow, which was slightly off from last fall.

Elsewhere Tuesday, Fox’s “Star” matched last week with a 1.1, though lead-in “Lethal Weapon” fell a tenth to a 1.2.

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Top show of the night in 18-49s

ABC’s “Modern Family,” 9-9:30 p.m., 1.9 rating.

Top show of the night in 18-34s
ABC’s “Modern Family,” 9-9:30 p.m. and CBS’s “Survivor,” 8-9 p.m., 1.0 rating each.

Top show of the night in total viewers
CBS’s “Survivor,” 8-9 p.m., 7.99 million.


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TV Notes (Study)
Channel surfing becoming a thing of the past
By Media Life Magazine - Mar. 9, 2017

There was a time not too long ago when channel surfing was the only way to see what’s on TV. Now that old couch potato habit seems to be dying.

Fewer than half of adults, 46 percent, say they flip through channels to see what’s on TV, according to the latest On-Demand TV study from Leichtman Research Group. It’s the 15th year LRG has conducted the survey.

Channel surfing is dying, of course, because there are now so many on-demand and streaming options available. The survey found that 64 percent of households have a subscription video on-demand service from Netflix, Amazon or Hulu. And 51 percent say they use such services at least once monthly.

Netflix surpasses DVRs

Meanwhile, Netflix has become the favored on-demand service, even surpassing DVRs. The survey found that 54 percent of adults have Netflix, while 53 percent have a DVR. It’s the first time households with Netflix have surpassed those with DVRs.

That’s quite a change from just six years ago. According to the 2011 survey, 44 percent of households had a DVR and 28 percent had Netflix.

There are other signs that Netflix continues to grow its popularity. Some 23 percent of adults say they stream on Netflix daily. That number was just 6 percent in 2011.

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Mercy Street was excellent it's a shame there isn't going to be another season but the last episode did feel like a finale.
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Cutting the cord could cost as much as cable
By Jefferson Graham, USA Today - Mar. 8, 2017

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Cord cutters insist they save big money from cable
By Jefferson Graham, USA Today - Mar. 9, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Cord cutters are really passionate in their zeal to lower entertainment costs.

So this week, they didn't take kindly when I suggested that with so many streaming entertainment options and more to come, if we signed up for many of them, we could end up spending just as much as we do with cable.

That podcast and post produced a flurry of tweets, comments and e-mails, so today, some more thoughts, and rebuttal time to the critics.

In a nutshell, folks hated the headline, that cutting the cord could cost more than cable.

“Cord cutters save money,” wrote Ed Jimenez from Sacramento. “It’s a fact.”

For most cord cutters, of course they do. They ditch their sky-high cable subscription, subscribe to Netflix, Amazon and maybe add Hulu, and they’re saving at least $100 a month from cable.

But with all the new subscription services that are announced all the time, do the math. Just this week new services featuring Warner Bros. cartoons and BBC dramas were revealed, and a new, higher priced live version of Hulu is coming soon. YouTube is offering a cable alternative, YouTube TV, in the spring for $35 monthly and DirectTV recently offered a similar service.

Sign up for a bunch of these, add Filmstruck, the classic movie subscription service from Turner Classic Movies, CBS All Access, HBO Now, Showtime and you get the idea, you could end up paying more for cable.

In my initial report, I factored in the cost of high-speed Internet, because without a good, strong signal, there’s no streaming. I pay $50 monthly for high-speed.

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“A reach” suggested John Gladding on Twitter, because I'd be paying it anyway.

The Internet “is essentially now a utility,” added Brandon Girod.

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Luke Bouma, who runs the Cordcuttersnews.com website, posed a question: “Ask yourself if you had cable TV, would you cancel internet? So can you really count that as a CC cost?”

I invited Bouma to join me on Facebook Live for a lively debate on cord cutting. How much savings would we really see if we started adding all the new services?

"You don't need to add them all," he said, because so many of them have similar programming. Just pick the ones that serve your needs, he added.

For the record, I love streaming services, and spend most evenings happily watching YouTube Red or Hulu via Apple TV.

And I’m with Brenda Mann, who posted a Facebook comment about the cutting the cord movement:

"At least we can pick what we want to see instead of having cable pick choices.”

Finally, Joshua Lieberthal pointed out a dirty little secret about what could happen to cord cutters when they ditch their TV. The Internet provider sometimes raises the rates on high-speed, and will offer slower service as well.

“You will pay far more for Internet if you are streaming video,” he writes.

For instance, Comcast charges $34.99 for internet with 10 MBPS (slower-speed) service, or $39.99 with TV channels and faster 25 MBPS service. “I for one have cable but don't use it because my streaming services just work better," he adds. "I keep cable because it keeps my internet bill down.”

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TV Review (Broadcast)/Critic's Notes
Few errors in comedy ‘Trial & Error’
By Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Mar. 9, 2017

Although not as audacious or clever as NBC’s “The Good Place,” which has been renewed for a second season, NBC’s “Trial & Error” (10 p.m. Tuesday, WPXI) offers some smart, silly laughs wrapped in the guise of a serialized true-crime documentary, although the vibe is more “The Office”-style mockumentary. It’s the most promising broadcast network comedy of 2017 so far.

Created by Jeff Astrof (“Ground Floor”) and Matt Miller (“Lethal Weapon”), “Trial & Error” follows bright-eyed New York lawyer Josh Segal (Nicholas D’Agosto, “Gotham”) as he heads to East Peck, S.C., to represent community college poetry professor Larry Henderson (John Lithgow, “The Crown,” “3rd Rock from the Sun”), who is accused of killing his wife.

Josh gets an assist from local former cop Dwayne Reed (Steven Boyer, “Orange Is the New Black”) in setting up his local office (in a taxidermy shop), which comes with an assistant, Anne Flatch (Sherri Shepherd, “The Soul Man”), who suffers from assorted rare disorders, including facial amnesia.

But Josh’s biggest challenge will be keeping his client in check. Larry constantly makes himself appear guilty. On the 911 call to report his wife’s death — she went through a plate glass window — he interrupts the operator to take a call from the cable company (he’d been waiting all day for a service call).

“I did not kill my wife,” Larry says. “But back in the day I was known as a lady killer.”

The humor in “Trial & Error” is largely based on its absurd characters, and also some small-town yocal yuks, including the assistant district attorney (Jayma Mays, “Glee”), whose slurry Southern accent makes it tough for Josh to decipher if her name is Carol Anne Keane or Carolyn Keane.

Aping the format of popular true-crime shows (think: “Making a Murderer”), “Trial & Error” throws in plenty of twists as Josh uncovers details about Larry’s background that don’t help his case. (In success, producers intend to follow a new criminal case in subsequent seasons, keeping some cast members and introducing new ones.)

Consistently funny and with surprisingly engaging twists for a comedy, “Trial & Error” commits few errors through its first three episodes.

Following Tuesday’s premiere of back-to-back episodes after the “This is Us” season finale, “Trial & Error” will air regularly at 9 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Kept/​canceled

The CW renewed “Riverdale” for the 2017-18 TV season.

Netflix renewed its revival of “One Day at a Time” for a second season.

With the pending demise of the Esquire Network, competition series “Team Ninja Warrior” will migrate to USA for its second season beginning at 10 p.m. April 18.

USA canceled “Eyewitness” after one season.

AMC appears to be done with “Humans,” apparently burning off two original episodes at 10 and 11 p.m. Monday and March 20.

FX renewed “Taboo” for a second season and Showtime will bring back “Billions” for a third.

PBS canceled American drama “Mercy Street” after two seasons.

Weathercaster leaves WTAE

Channel 4 meteorologist Steve MacLaughlin, who has provided forecasts on WTAE since October 2013, has left the station. He’s now forecasting for the NBC affiliate in Miami. His last day at Channel 4 was Feb. 26.

WTAE news director Jim Parsons said the station interviewed candidates this week for Mr. MacLaughlin’s position.

Digital subchannel changes

WPNT has dropped Get TV as a digital subchannel and replaced it with the network TBD on Channel 22.4. TBD, owned by WPNT and WPGH parent company Sinclair Broadcast Group, targets viewers ages 16-34 with digital content, including web series and user-generated music, animation and comedy.

WPGH’s Channel 53.3 has switched affiliation from Grit to Charge!

A joint venture between Sinclair and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Charge! features action and adventure content from MGM’s library.

Channel surfing

The premiere episode of Disney Channel’s “Andi Mack,” created by Mt. Lebanon native Terri Minsky (“Lizzie McGuire”) is available today on the Disney Channel app and at Disney.com and Disney Channel YouTube, and the series will premiere on the Disney Channel at 8:30 p.m. April 7. ... HBO’s “Game of Thrones” returns for its seventh season at 9 p.m. July 16. ... Jason Isaacs (“The OA”) has been cast as captain of the Starship Discovery in “Star Trek: Discovery,” coming sometime this year to the CBS All Access streaming service. … This spring Turner and Warner Bros. will launch a $4.99 per month Boomerang streaming service — a Boomerang cable channel already exists — featuring more than 5,000 titles from the Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and MGM animation libraries. … TCM will remember the late Robert Osborne with a 48-hour tribute on the cable network March 18 and 19. …Anglophiles take note: This week BBC Worldwide and ITV joined forces to launch BritBox, a new subscription video-on-demand service ($6.99 per month) featuring British TV series, including “Blackadder,” “Cracker” and “As Time Goes By.” Soaps “EastEnders,” “Emmerdale,” “Holby City” and “Casualty” will be available as soon as 24 hours after their UK broadcast.

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Media/Tehnology Notes
FilmStruck Does Android TV
By Jeff Baumgartner, Mlultichannel News - Mar. 9, 2017

FilmStruck, Turner’s new SVOD service for film aficionados, has expanded access to Android TV, an operating system that works with certain Sony Bravia TVs, the Xiaomi Mi Box and Nvidia Shield, among other devices.

FilmStruck is currently supported on Google Chromecast adpaters, including the new Chromecast Ultra, Apple TV (4th generation), Amazon Fire TV devices, Web browsers, and iOS and Android mobile devices.

The service is set to launch on several additional platforms in the coming months, including Roku players, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.

FilmStruck, managed by Turner Classic Movies in partnership with the Criterion Collection, currently sells three subscription tiers – a baseline offering for $6.99 per month, a version that adds The Criterion Channel for $10.99 per month, and an annual subscription of FilmStruck and The Criterion Channel for a discounted rate of $99 per year.

FilmStruck hasn't announced subscriber numbers, but said that the service has exceeded subscriber projections, with most users selecting the premium tier of service, and is experiencing a "very low churn rate."

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TV Notes (Production)
'Hanna' TV Remake in the Works From 'Night Manager' Writer
By Kate Stanhope, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Mar. 9, 2017

NBCUniversal International Studios is once again looking to its film library for its next potential series.

A TV adaptation of the 2011 Saoirse Ronan film Hanna is in the works from The Night Manager writer David Farr, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Directed by Joe Wright (Antonement), the action-adventure thriller centered on a girl raised in the wilderness of northern Finland by her father (played by Eric Bana), an ex-CIA operative, who trains her as an assassin. Cate Blanchett played a senior CIA agent who tries to track down and eliminate the girl and her father.

Farr co-wrote the film, which was released domestically by Universal's Focus Features shingle and grossed $65 million at the box office.

Farr will executive produce with Tomorrow Studios' Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements.

In addition to Hanna, the studio is also developing an adaptation of the book and Oscar-winning Meryl Streep-Robert Redford film Out of Africa from Harry Potter producer David Heyman and Night Manager director Susanne Bier. NBCUniversal International Studios is also producing the Chris Noth procedural Gone, which received a straight-to-series order in November.

TV remakes of movies continue to be a hot development trend. This season's broadcast pilots include TV reboots of Behind Enemy Lines at Fox, S.W.A.T. at CBS and What About Barb?, a female-driven version of What About Bob? at NBC.

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TV/Business Notes (Cable)
MGM in talks to acquire entirety of Epix - sources
By Jessica Toonkel and Liana B. Baker, Reuters.com - Mar. 9, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: MGM Holdings Inc is in talks to acquire the 81 percent of Epix it does not already own from two of its partners in the premium U.S. channel, Viacom Inc (VIAB.O) and Lionsgate LGFA.N, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

The deal would give MGM, a privately held U.S. movie studio best known for its classic film library, control of Epix and would be a boon to its TV business, as it seeks to build a stronger platform to distribute its content.

Viacom is looking to sell its 50 percent stake in Epix to help pay down its $12 billion debt load, the sources said.

Lionsgate has already said it is exploring options for its close to 32 percent stake in Epix following its $4.4 billion acquisition of pay TV network Starz Entertainment LLC.

Under the terms being discussed, Paramount and Lionsgate would continue to distribute their shows and movies through Epix for several years, according to one of the sources, cautioning that there is no certainty an agreement will be reached.

Any deal would likely value Epix, which comes with an online streaming service, between $1 billion to $2 billion, the sources added.

The sources asked not to be identified because the negotiations are confidential. Representatives for MGM, Epix, Lionsgate and Viacom declined to comment.

Famous for its library that includes James Bond, Rocky and other classic movies, MGM co-produces and distributes television shows such as Teen Wolf on MTV, Vikings on A&E and Fargo on FX. It also owns MGM-branded U.S. channels that largely play its films and international networks.

Viacom CEO Robert Bakish, who took over as CEO late last year, is looking to turn around the media company's business, which has underperformed due to lackluster ratings and ad revenue.

Bakish told investors at Deutsche Bank's media and telecommunications conference this week that he is looking to make Viacom's debt investment grade, and that the company will sell non-strategic assets.

Epix, whose shows include "Berlin Station" and "Graves," has about 14 million subscribers, according to research firm SNL Kagan. MGM has been exploring its options for some time following its emergence from bankruptcy six years ago. It is controlled by hedge funds including Anchorage Capital Partners and Highland Capital Partners.

(Reporting by Jessica Toonkel in New York and Liana B. Baker in San Francisco; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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On The Air Tonight
FRIDAY 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 - Mar. 10, 2017

ABC:
8PM - Last Man Standing
8:30PM - Dr. Ken
9PM - Shark Tank
(R - Nov. 11)
10PM - 20/20: A Boy Named Lucas
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11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Former president George W. Bush; Adam Pally)
(R - Mar. 2)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - MacGyver
9PM - Hawaii Five-0
10PM - Blue Bloods
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11:35PM - The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (Felicity Huffman; Jurnee Smollett-Bell; comic Anthony DeVito)
12:37AM - The Late Late Show With James Corden (Kate Hudson; Anders Holm; Aaron Taylor-Johnson; Jim James performs)
(R - Jan. 17)

NBC:
8PM - Grimm
9PM - Dateline NBC: Finding Sarah Goode (120 min.)
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11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Gordon Ramsay; singer Alessia Cara; the experts from "Ask This Old House'')
(R - Feb. 3)
12:37AM - Late Night with Seth Meyers (Comic Amy Schumer; RuPaul; Panic! at the Disco performs; Vinnie Colaiuta sits in with the 8G Band)
(R - Mar. 1)
1:37AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts; Caspian performs; Jenny Zigrino)
(R - Feb. 27)

FOX:
8PM - Rosewood
(R - Jan. 6)
9PM - Sleepy Hollow

THE CW:
8PM - The Vampire Diaries: Forever Yours (Special)
8:59PM - The Vampire Diaries (Series Finale)

PBS:
8PM - Washington Week
8:30PM - Charlie Rose - This Week
9PM - Great Performances at the Met: Elektra (120 min.)
(R - Sep. 18)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Dale Replay
9PM - Vino el Amor
10PM - La Piloto

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - La Fan
9PM - La Doña
10PM - El Chema

DISCOVERY:
9PM - Gold Rush (Season Finale, 120 min.)

HBO:
10PM - Real Time with Bill Maher (Law professor and author Rosa Brooks; environmentalist Bill McKibben; political commentator Jeffrey Lord; political correspondent Joy Reid; political commentator Charlie Sykes)
(R - Mar. 3)

SHOWTIME:
9PM - Perfect in '76 (Special)
10PM - Boxing (3 hrs., LIVE)


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By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Mar. 10, 2017

HAND OF GOD
Amazon Prime Video, 3:00 a.m. ET
SEASON PREMIERE:
This is the second season of this Amazon drama series, and the final one. It’s already been announced that this series, starring Ron Perlman and Dana Delany as a controversial judge and his wife, will stop production after this new round of episodes, which unspool today. The couple faces a murder trial – and, as with last season, there’s an unpredictability to the plots and the characters, and a high talent level among the starring and supporting actors, that make this series a very worthwhile endeavor. Delany alas has been one of my favorites – as has Garret Dillahunt, who returns in a prominent supporting role.

LOVE
Netflix, 3:00 a.m. ET
SEASON PREMIERE:
Gillian Jacobs stars as Mickey, and Paul Rust as Gus, in this uncomfortable love story returning with its entirety of Season 2 today on Netflix. They play very flawed, complicated and verbal people who are attracted to each other despite their own hesitations and foibles – and watching their love blossom in Love is not so much seeing a flower slowly and beautifully unfurl, but a wheezy old car jerk through a series of bad gear-shift changes. But, some would say, that’s Love in a nutshell.

ROPE
TCM, 6:30 p.m. ET

Alfred Hitchcock not only made a series of great films, he kept himself interested along the way by giving himself some very formidable challenges. In 1948’s Rope, his goal was to direct a film that looked like one long, unbroken scene, from start to finish, with continuous and unedited action. Because of the technology of the day, and the length and limitation of film reels, all he could do was film in 10-minute blocks, and concoct clever edit points to connect those scenes as unobtrusively as possible. Farley Granger and John Dall star as smarmy young New Yorkers who decide to commit murder just to see if they can get away with it, and James Stewart – in his first film with Hitchcock, before reteaming on such classics as North by Northwest and Vertigo – plays their former schoolteacher, and unwitting source of inspiration for the killers. If you love the sort of inventive, long-take filmmaking present in portions of Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil in 1958, Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas in 1990, Robert Altman’s The Player and John Woo’s Hard Boiled (both from 1992), Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights (1997), Brian De Palma’s Snake Eyes (1998), Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity (2013), and Alejandro Inarritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) in 2014 and his The Revenant in 2015, you’ll love this, too. (Clearly, I've been a fan of long takes for a long time...)

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
CW, 8:00 p.m. ET
SERIES FINALE:
At 8 p.m. ET, the CW provides a retrospective special, trying to encapsulate and summarize, for long-standing fans and curious last-second viewers, exactly what the hell this vampire romance drama was all about. Basically, it was about two vampire brothers, played by Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder – but truly, it was about Nina Dobrev, who in her years with the show played no fewer than four roles: not only doppelganger rivals Katherine and Elena, but also lesser figures Tatia and Amara. Dobrev left the show in 2015 – but returns tonight for the finale. In how many roles, though, I have no idea…


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Jean Smart of ‘Legion’ on Understanding Melanie Bird
By David Hinckley, TVWorthWatching.com's 'All Along the Watchtower' - Mar. 8, 2017

Noah Hawley says one of his primary inspirations for writing the FX sci-fi series Legion was Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.

But Jean Smart suggests she was more inspired by another classic rock band of that era: Blind Faith.

So far, Smart told TV writers Tuesday, it’s paying off – even though she knew almost nothing about what to expect when she took the Melanie Bird character in Legion, which starts the second half of its eight-episode first season Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET.

Since then, she says, she and Melanie have been figuring things out together.

“Ordinarily I approach every show similarly,” says Smart. “I let the script be my guide. But I took this part without having read a single word of dialogue. So I had no clear idea who Melanie was.”

In the broader picture, Melanie is the therapist who works with David Haller (Dan Stevens), the show’s central character.

David has extraordinary powers that he’s only now coming to understand, and through the earlier parts of his life, they caused him nothing but trouble. He was medicated, studied, institutionalized and otherwise treated as, basically, a crazy person.

Melanie, who sees his life and behavior for what they are though she also doesn’t completely understand the scope or implications of his powers, has worked with him through the first half of the season to help him realize who he is and what that means.

Nor is Melanie merely a sounding board for David. She has issues of her own, including the fact that her husband has been gone for 20 years, apparently spirited away.

“Melanie is a work in progress,” says Smart. “It’s been my journey to kind of find her.

“Once we saw the storyline about her relationship with her husband, I think we began to understand her a little more. I know I’ve tried to wrap my mind around the fact that she’s been waiting for 20 years.

“That’s a kind of unwavering devotion, an almost desperate belief that someone will finally find where her husband has been.”

Because the show focuses on David Haller, his relationship with Bird gets the most attention, and by this week’s episode, that relationship seems to have shifted a bit.

Haller has left to look for his sister, causing a physical separation from Melanie that obviously affects their interaction.

“David’s off on his own, and he’s pulled away from Melanie,” says Smart. “I think he realizes the enormity of his powers and that’s a good thing because he realizes he may be used by someone else or he may self-destruct.”

What this means for his relationship with Melanie, she says, is that “he may pull away from her emotionally… and I’m not sure they fully get that back.”

Legion has been both criticized and praised for its complexity and its non-linear storylines. Smart says it’s been fun to play and confirms her decision to join the project simply based on her faith in Hawley.

“If he’s writing it,” she says, “I know it will be something good.”

She had worked with Hawley on the second season of Fargo, in which she played hard-shelled crime matriarch, Floyd Gerhardt. The role earned her an Emmy nomination.

Comparing Melanie to Floyd, she says, “Both are extremely private. They don’t show their emotions. And they both have a strong maternal instinct. Other than that, they’re not much alike.”

Smart, 65, has always played a wide range of characters.

She won two Emmys for her role in Frasier and a third for Samantha Who?. Her longest-running role was Charlene on Designing Women, but she has also had extended runs on shows from 24 to Style & Substance, and Girlfriends Guide to Divorce.

She says with a laugh that her longevity sometimes works against her on the Legion set, where she hasn’t been asked to do any of her own stunts.

“As a senior member of the cast, I think sometimes they ask less of me,” she says. “I don’t mind something like getting shot and falling down.”

But she says she loved trying out different approaches during a scene with Bill Irwin, who plays scientist Cary Loudermilk, and she adds that her only real complaint is not having been invited to join a dance scene earlier this season.

“I’m really jealous,” she says. “I hope that the next time, they include me.”

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Weekend TV: ‘Vampire Diaries’ hits the bloody end
The top draws on broadcast and cable and in sports
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Mar. 10, 2016

FRIDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: CW, “The Vampire Diaries,” 9 p.m. Series finale.
Stefan and Damon fight one last battle against their toughest enemy as the eight-season run of the once-hit CW show ends.

Best bet on cable: Showtime, “Perfect in ’76,” 9 p.m. Just in time for March Madness, a look at the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers, who finished 32-0.

Top sporting event: NBA TV, “NBA Basketball,” 8 p.m. The always fun-to-watch Warriors take on the Timberwolves in Minneapolis.

SATURDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: ABC, “NBA Basketball,” 8:30 p.m.
Golden State again. The Warriors take on San Antonio in what could be a Western Conference Finals preview.

Best bet on cable: Nickelodeon, “2017 Kids’ Choice Awards,” 8 p.m. The 30th (!) annual event, hosted this year by pro wrestler John Cena.

Top sporting event: ESPN, “College Basketball,” 9 p.m. The ACC tournament title game from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

SUNDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: ABC, “American Crime,” 10 p.m. Season premiere.
The third season of the anthology follows undocumented workers in North Carolina.

Best bet on cable: E!, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” 9 p.m. Season premiere. The long-running reality series kicks off its 13th season.

Top sporting event: CBS, “NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show,” 5:30 p.m. At long last, the 68-team NCAA tournament field is revealed, officially kicking off March Madness.


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Correct and people need to evaluate the importance of "water cooler" these days. Already here one can see that such discussions of a series are delayed a day or two as folks catch up by "day later" streaming. Cord cutting was also a response to the reluctance of cable companies to implement ala carte packaging even after we learned that the bulk model was being used to pay for channels we never watch.

One has to be discrete and even clever at cable cutting. Often with just Netflix and Hulu one has more than enough to watch. If you really want to see some show that won't be on those two for awhile you can always buy the season nowadays even at sale prices. Some even offer free first episodes so you can decide if the show is your cuppa tea or not.
The reasons I keep my satellite service are:

1 - Everything is in one place. I don't have to worry about which streaming service has this show or that show as exclusive content or who charges extra for it or who offers it for the base fee.
2 - No disappearing content. With my DVR, I record what I want to watch and do so when I wish. With streaming, that content can easily disappear before I get the chance. The DVR lets me record a show I might no have a need to watch now, then watch it when things are slower. I can even create my own binge marathon if I want.
3 - I live in a 140 year old house in a historic district. While I have a perfect view of the southern sky, the internet infrastructure can be a bit archaic. The stuff inside and leading from the pole to it are up to date, but some of the neighborhood connections leading to them leaves something to be desired.
4 - I like having my local channels and be able to record them with my DVR. I can't ever go back to watching stuff live. Commercial breaks are far too long these days to not skip them.

If streaming services ever get to the point of being able to record shows locally DVR style to watch offline whenever I'm ready to, I might buy in.
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I'm with you on #1 and #2.

For me..
#3 NFL Sunday Ticket.
#4 ESPN whatever. I like having the ESPN3 college games in HD without frame drops or buffering issues.

I'm still kicking myself for getting rid of the old sports-only DirecTV package. Can't go back to it and it was just $46 a month outside of NFL season. Got all the RSNs, ESPN, ESPN2 and CBS Sports net. TBS, TNT ..and that's pretty much it. That said, so many of the college teams I follow have moved off onto other networks, so I kind of needed FS1, NBCSports, ESPNU, etc.

However, I do keep the price down by not having a DVR. My HTPC handles all of the recordings. Antenna for locals, capture box for DirecTV. Unlimited storage. Semi-automatic commercial removal.

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I'm using Audials 2017 to "DVR" streaming content. It's clunky to say the least, but on most sites, it captures pretty well and segments the recordings making it pretty easy to spot and skip ads.
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I agree with you both. I like the ease of having everything 'there' when I turn my system on and I don't have to worry that the show I was watching on a streaming service is no longer there (I'm looking at you Orphan Black!). I also like that I don't have to hunt for shows on different services.

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You might want to look at it this way.. if dad doesn't do this, I have to. You've seen my posts. The error count is bound to go through the roof.

Honestly, we should start a gofundme page to get dad a 70-inch OLED for his troubles.
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The reasons I keep my satellite service are:

1 - Everything is in one place. I don't have to worry about which streaming service has this show or that show as exclusive content or who charges extra for it or who offers it for the base fee.
You still need to know what channel it's on. It's not exactly rocket science to know what streaming service has which shows.
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Depends on the service and some of the shows don't disappear from the streaming service at all. Often because they own them. And for the record I "own" seasons I would have preferred to have rented at a lower price because I seldom watch an episode again.
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Sorry to hear you live in such a bad neighborhood. There are currently two cables on the poles in front of my house. One is AT&T U-Verse which I currently have and the other is Comcast. Wave is still holding off coming down the block though they service other areas of the city. Sonic is also available riding on AT&T (for a lower price too... next time). I'm not sure but U-Verse is probably fiber to pole though the node is only a block away.
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If streaming services ever get to the point of being able to record shows locally DVR style to watch offline whenever I'm ready to, I might buy in.
Did for years with a DVR on Comcast and using computer QAM tuners as extras when there were more shows on at a time than the DVR could handle. These days I don't have to worry about it.

As for OTA I live in a valley so can't get the "local channels" (which would be Sacramento ones since the Bay Area ones are blocked by hills).

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The reasons I keep my satellite service are:

1 - Everything is in one place. I don't have to worry about which streaming service has this show or that show as exclusive content or who charges extra for it or who offers it for the base fee.
2 - No disappearing content. With my DVR, I record what I want to watch and do so when I wish. With streaming, that content can easily disappear before I get the chance. The DVR lets me record a show I might no have a need to watch now, then watch it when things are slower. I can even create my own binge marathon if I want.
3 - I live in a 140 year old house in a historic district. While I have a perfect view of the southern sky, the internet infrastructure can be a bit archaic. The stuff inside and leading from the pole to it are up to date, but some of the neighborhood connections leading to them leaves something to be desired.
4 - I like having my local channels and be able to record them with my DVR. I can't ever go back to watching stuff live. Commercial breaks are far too long these days to not skip them.

If streaming services ever get to the point of being able to record shows locally DVR style to watch offline whenever I'm ready to, I might buy in.
#1 is a bit of a drag. I use an app called "Justwatch" which ties them together pretty well.
#2 Also a drag, but there are websites that keep track of whats leaving and when, so you know. Also, original programming on any of the big services stays with them forever (or has so far). And that DVR won't last forever. I remember my parents a few years ago losing 100's of hours on their DirecTV DVR. They weren't happy customers that day.
#3 That and rural areas are why DBS will be around for a long time. Until we get the broadband equivalent of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936.
#4 HDHomerun made it super easy (and I mean like crazy easy) to setup an OTA, whole house DVR. Of course you need to be able to get reception where you are.
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That along with the 50+ channels I get OTA (27 of which I actually watch and have programmed into my TiVo guide) and I've never looked back.
50? Unless you live in a tri-state area, and even then, how is this possible?
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I've read that Los Angeles has a crazy number of OTA stations. Easily 50 and something like 150 with sub-stations. No first hand experience with it though.

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Yes, an insane amount. But for your average joe, file 13.
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The reason I keep my satellite service is easy. My wife wants it.
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At rabbitears.info/market.php you can see every channel for each city. The number of sub-channels are growing at an amazing rate.
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ROPE
TCM, 6:30 p.m. ET

Alfred Hitchcock not only made a series of great films, he kept himself interested along the way by giving himself some very formidable challenges. In 1948’s Rope, his goal was to direct a film that looked like one long, unbroken scene, from start to finish, with continuous and unedited action. Because of the technology of the day, and the length and limitation of film reels, all he could do was film in 10-minute blocks, and concoct clever edit points to connect those scenes as unobtrusively as possible. Farley Granger and John Dall star as smarmy young New Yorkers who decide to commit murder just to see if they can get away with it, and James Stewart – in his first film with Hitchcock, before reteaming on such classics as North by Northwest and Vertigo – plays their former schoolteacher, and unwitting source of inspiration for the killers. If you love the sort of inventive, long-take filmmaking present in portions of Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil in 1958, Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas in 1990, Robert Altman’s The Player and John Woo’s Hard Boiled (both from 1992), Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights (1997), Brian De Palma’s Snake Eyes (1998), Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity (2013), and Alejandro Inarritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) in 2014 and his The Revenant in 2015, you’ll love this, too. (Clearly, I've been a fan of long takes for a long time...)


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How do satellite TV subscribers get internet service? Via cellphone service?

One thing I don't like about the satellite service providers is that they rarely carry the "diginet" programming (such as Antenna TV, MeTV, and Laff) that is carried on the subchannels of the local broadcast stations.

Speaking of diginets, MeTV got a bit of a shout out from Stephen Colbert recently. In one of his monologues, Colbert mentioned that "The Ancient Ones" have "nothing but anger and free time. Except Sundays at 8, when MeTV broadcasts Columbo."

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