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Digital Transition Notes
House, Senate, Could Take Second Stab At Date Delay
Waxman says he is working with Obama Administration to explore available options
By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Washington Bureau Chief, January 28, 2009

The DTV date-move bill is down, but apparently not quite out.

"I am working with the Obama Administration and congressional leadership to explore all available options," said House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman late Wedneday, commenting on the defeat earlier in the day of a fast-tracked Senate bill to delay the DTV transition date to June 12.

“I am very disappointed the House Republicans blocked the DTV extension today in the House,” said Chairman Waxman. “Their vote has wasted valuable time and will cause needless confusion for consumers. A clear majority in Congress supports postponing the transition and providing assistance to the millions of households that are unprepared," he said

The Senate passed the date-delay bill unanimously Monday, and a majority of House members did, too (258 to 168). But to prevent amendments and other delays, the House vote was "on suspension," which is a way of getting quick action by limiting debate and barring amendments. But the quid pro quo is that it has to pass by a two-thirds, rather than a simple, majority. It didn't, despite broadcasters, advertisers, ad agencies, wireless companies, and some first responder groups either supporting the move or saying they could live with it.

One of the options for reviving the bill would be to hold another vote on the bill under regular rules.

Bill opponents could try to delay it by loading it up with amendments, but Democrats could veto them. Lobbyists following the issue suggested that is what the Democratic leadership would try to do, and at least one still thought the date would ultimately be delayed despite Wednesday's obvious setback.

According to a Senate source, the current plan is to hotline the House version of the Senate bill Wednesday night. That means a vote on unanimous consent. And that means that no Senator may object, a more problematic call now that the House Repbublican Leadership is on the record against the bill.

But if the new version clears again, the House would get a shot at it on regular order next Tuesday or Wednesday. The House is out until then due to previously scheduled party retreats.

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Willie, Mika Teach Miss America About "Horrible Business" of Being a News Anchor
By Steve Krakauer, associate editor, TVNewser at MediaBistro.com, January 28, 2009

This morning on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Willie Geist and Mika Brzezinski helped newly-crowned Miss America Katie Stamm learn about her dream job — news anchor. At least it was before the lesson began.

Taking over the NBC Nightly News set, Stamm went through a crash course, including the need to change her first name (there already is a 'Katie').

Some more advice from the segment:

Willie: "One of the other important things about being a news anchor is treating people beneath you with disrespect."

Willie: "It's about going out to lunch with people, it's about hanging out in the make-up room, it's about Googling yourself."

Mika: "It's a horrible business and it hurts."

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SAG Negotiation Notes
News Analysis: Change at Union May Re-energize Hollywood Talks
By Brooks Barnes, The New York Times

LOS ANGELES--Where does the Screen Actors Guild go from here?

Hollywood tried to get its head around that question on Tuesday after the firing of Doug Allen, the guild’s executive director and chief architect of its hard-line approach to labor negotiations. Is a strike now off the table? Is the guild ready to accept a contract offer from the studios? Is anyone even running the place?

David White, installed on Monday as interim executive director, at least provided some clarity on the last question, posting a letter on the guild’s Web site. “As I enter my first full day,” the statement started, “you have my pledge that I will direct all my energies to steadying this historic organization.”

While S.A.G. and its 120,000 members have certainly proved themselves capable of wild plot twists, it is hard to imagine that the guild would not now immediately seek to resume long-stalled talks with producers — and approach those talks seeking quick settlement. You do not go to the trouble of ousting your executive director and chief negotiator just to step back into the same box.

Some board members, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they have been told not to speak to reporters, said they see talks resuming with producers as early as next week. The faction of the S.A.G. board that forced out Mr. Allen is eager to conclude the studio negotiations before talks begin late next month on another potential headache: the guild’s contract with advertisers for commercial work.

“I see them trying to settle quickly now and then start working really early for the things they want the next time around,” said Hillary Bibicoff, who represents actors as a partner at the law firm of Greenberg Glusker.

Despite their nonchalant public stance, studios badly want to wrap up the conflict with S.A.G. and will probably make some concessions to speed the process (and make Mr. Allen look bad). Producers are not expected to budge on compensation for online productions — a major demand of Mr. Allen’s — but they may yield on actor compensation in the event that a strike by another union halts productions.

A spokesman for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the organization that negotiates on behalf of studios, declined to comment.

Mr. Allen’s dismissal will not do much to squelch the internal rancor at S.A.G. Left behind are staunch supporters, including Alan Rosenberg, the guild’s president. In an interview on Tuesday, Mr. Rosenberg said he had no plans to resign or even back down, despite being weakened. (The S.A.G. board went so far on Monday as to strip Mr. Rosenberg of his authority to speak to the press on behalf of the guild.)

“Doug Allen is one of the best things that ever happened to this guild, and he was beloved by staff and became a personal friend to me,” Mr. Rosenberg said, making it clear he was speaking for himself only. “This despicable, underhanded action to remove him will result in us throwing ourselves at the mercy of studios. I am angry.”

Mr. Rosenberg, whose term expires in September, added that opposing board members have “consistently cut the legs out from under us, which is just beyond despicable.” He was referring to a flip-flop earlier this month involving whether to send a strike authorization vote to members: at first, an overwhelming majority of the board agreed to allow the vote; then, propelled by more moderate members, the board moved to squelch it.

Mr. Rosenberg said he was unsure how negotiations would unfold should they restart as expected. “I will be there as a witness, but I don’t know if I will be permitted to speak,” he said.

On a broader level, the dismissal of Mr. Allen says something about how the machinery of Hollywood grinds. The entertainment business remains a very insular club — and, as an outsider, Mr. Allen’s fate was clear to many from the start.

Upon arriving in 2006 from the National Football League Players Association, Mr. Allen made it clear that he considered himself a new sheriff in town. He talked brashly about plans to bring a backbone to S.A.G. and demand deals with everyone.

When talks between the guild and studios broke down last June, personality played a big role: The studios were not about to be bossed around by somebody who was not an insider.

The naming of Mr. White, formerly general counsel, to replace Mr. Allen as executive director was telling, but the naming of John McGuire to take Mr. Allen’s place at the negotiating table even more so. Mr. McGuire is the consummate insider, participating in or leading more than 30 contract negotiations in his 40 years with the guild.

“John has a long and rich history of negotiating these contracts successfully,” said Ned Vaughn, a S.A.G. member who helped lead the effort for Mr. Allen’s ouster. “I have confidence he will achieve what we need.”

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Ion To Launch HD Simulcast On Feb 16
Initial Rollout Phase Will Reach 20 DMAs, 46 Million Households
Mike Reynolds, Multichannel News, 1/28/2009

Ion Television will launch in a high-definition format providing an enhanced simulcast of the newly rebranded "Positively Entertaining" network, starting Feb. 16.

Initially, Ion Television HD will roll out to 20 of its 55-market footprint, including the top DMAs of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, according to network officials. The first phase of the Ion TV HD launch will reach over 46 million households. Additional rollouts will occur throughout the balance of the year.

Moreover, Ion Media Networks' digital TV brands, Qubo, the multilingual kids network that champions literacy and positive values, and Ion Life, dedicated to active lifestyles and personal growth, will also launch across digital platforms in high-definition later in 2009, according to company officials.

"Ahead of the scheduled transition from analog to digital broadcasting, we at ION have made significant investments in upgrading our system as well as content. These investments will bring heightened picture quality and a robust inventory of programming to our viewers," said Joseph Koker, president of Ion's television station group, in a statement. "The viewers we serve will now enjoy the full benefits of DTV technology. We're also excited to further extend this opportunity to our distribution partners and advertisers."

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I don't think that is firm yet, but I would expect so.
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Digital Transition Notes
Congress: No on the Digital TV Extension
By Eric A. Taub, The New York Times, January 28, 2009

Congress said no to an extension of the digital transition date on Wednesday, as House Republicans blocked a bill to extend the analog broadcasting cutoff date from Feb. 18 to the warmer days of June. The Senate had already passed a bill to extend the cutoff to June 12. And President Obama had voiced his interest in extending the transition date.

Which means that you might want to take a look out the window today and psych yourself up for an ice-cold climb up to your roof. If you’re one of the people who not only needs a digital-to-analog converter box to continue to receive free over-the-air TV but a new outdoor antenna as well, today’s weather could give you a hint of what you might be up against in the next week or so. (According to Nielsen, 6.5 million households still are unprepared for the end of analog TV broadcasts.)

It’s true that most consumers who receive over-the-air broadcasts on an analog TV will probably do just fine with a converter box and their old rabbit ears or outdoor antenna. But that box may cost you more than you expected. if you haven’t yet requested a $40 government rebate coupon to help cover the cost, there is no way you will get it before analog signals are shut off.

Government funds to help pay for the coupon program have dried up, and new monies are only being released once older coupons expire. According to the status update page on the government’s digital coupon Web site, if you still haven’t applied for a rebate coupon, you won’t get one until mid-April at the earliest.

That’s two months after analog broadcasts will end, which means you’ll be paying full price for a box, trying to scrounge around for someone else’s coupon or sitting in your living room staring at a blank screen.

Of course, now that the bill to extend the conversion deadline has been killed, you’ll be doing most of this in some pretty unpleasant weather. You may be asking why the government chose the dead of winter to convert to a technology that affects older and less well-off people disproportionately, forcing people to practice their black-ice driving skills. You can’t get a straight answer, but theories abound that the February date was chosen as a period away from sporting events. Can you imagine the havoc that would occur if the digital transition occurred around the Super Bowl?

If you’re looking for a converter box, they should not be difficult to find. Best Buy says they’ve got boxes in every store. “We’re pretty nimble in being able to identify places where a run on the boxes has occurred,” said a Best Buy spokesman.

You can also order a box to be shipped to you directly by calling 877-BBYDTV9; Best Buy charges an additional $5 for each box sent. And if you do get a coupon within 30 days of buying a box, Best Buy will credit you $40 after the fact, if you return with the receipt and the coupon. But based on the shipping dates on the government site, you would have had to have ordered a coupon by Jan. 2 to get it in time to still get a Best Buy refund and not lose your signal.

On the bright side, you may get to know your neighbors better.

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"It's not to get to the Super Bowl; it's to win the Super Bowl, and I think both teams understand that." – NBC's Madden

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this coverage may have a slight problem as we are up to Super Bowl XLIII.

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SAG Negotiation Notes
SAG seeks sit-down with AMPTP
Guild's new negotiator already reaching out to producers
By Jay A. Fernandez, The Hollywood Reporter, January 28, 2009

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The newly installed SAG negotiating leadership is wasting no time.

On Wednesday, new SAG chief negotiator John McGuire, who replaced the fired Doug Allen on Monday, reached out to the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers to try and schedule a new negotiating session.

While no firm date has yet been set, it is clear that both sides of the long-stalled TV/theatrical contract debate are ready and eager to sit down again as soon as possible. Some moderate partisans in the actors guild hope to engage in face-to-face discussions with the AMPTP by the end of next week. Talks will continue in coming days to arrange a new meeting structure.

The old contract expired June 30, the same day that the AMPTP delivered what it termed its final offer for a new deal.

McGuire and new interim national executive director David White likely will attend any future sessions along with members of the task force that replaced the original SAG negotiating committee, which was dissolved Monday by written assent of a majority of the national board.

That 10-member task force includes several of the Allen-allied partisans who had been pushing a more hard-line approach to negotiations -- including the threat of a strike -- namely SAG president Alan Rosenberg and first vp Anne-Marie Johnson. While the hard-line faction held a majority of the negotiating committee seats, moderate forces hold a slight majority of the task force positions, a reflection of the makeup of the guild's national board.

Spokespeople for SAG and the AMPTP declined to comment.

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wow, conan's going off the air for 3 months?

i'd love it if he brought andy richter back in as a sidekick for his new show.
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‘Office' is open for business Sunday after Super Bowl
By Bill Keveney, USA TODAY

As The Office looks to hire more viewers, NBC is giving it the best table at the job fair: the spot after Sunday's Super Bowl XLIII.

The last three shows in that slot —House (2008), Criminal Minds (2007) and Grey's Anatomy (2006) — drew series-high audiences following the most-watched program of the year.

The hour-long episode (approximately 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 PT) includes cameos by Jack Black, Jessica Alba and Cloris Leachman, and a double burn for workers at Dunder Mifflin paper: a real fire and an awkward roast of misguided supervisor Michael Scott (Steve Carell).

It also means another chance to woo viewers to its offbeat, mockumentary style, which favors embarrassing gaffes and awkward silences over joke-laden dialogue, says Rainn Wilson, who plays fanatical office lieutenant Dwight Schrute. "It's a great opportunity for people to revisit the world of The Office and hopefully get into our style of comedy," he says.

The fifth-season series is up 5% in viewers (averaging 9.3 million) in a year in which most shows are down, and it's tied with Heroes as NBC's top non-NFL show with young adults.

Networks once tried launching new series after the Super Bowl, but now they feature "a flagship show," says Shari Anne Brill of media buyer Carat USA. Although the slot has given established shows their biggest audiences, it doesn't tend to provide a long-term boost, she says.

Considering the many first-time viewers, Sunday's episode will forgo ongoing story arcs "to go from big comedy set piece to big comedy set piece," says executive producer Greg Daniels. (He also is working on the premiere of a new mockumentary comedy April 9 starring Amy Poehler as an "optimistic, earnest person in a small-stakes situation" at a city parks department. "It's timely," he says, because of discussions of government infrastructure spending these days.)

In the episode, Dwight starts a fire after no one heeds his fire-safety instructions. That leads Michael to conduct a relaxation seminar that raises tension. He seeks to ease it by making himself the subject of a comic roast that basically turns into a self-basting.

The cameos come via a pirated movie watched by some Office workers, with Black and Alba as a couple and Leachman as Alba's grandmother.

"If we're just casting some salesman that comes into the office and it's Jack Black, it's hard to believe that," says Paul Lieberstein, an executive producer who also plays human resources sad sack Toby Flenderson. Lieberstein, who wrote the episode, offers a tease about the Black-Alba-Leachman film: "It's a love triangle."

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Digital Transition Notes
Effort to Delay DTV Switch Moves Ahead Despite House Vote
By Ira Teinowitz, TVWeek, January 28, 2009

Hours after the House failure to delay the digital TV transition, the outlines of a plan for a new House vote next week started emerging.

The first step: A new vote in the U.S. Senate on a slightly revised DTV bill.

Where do you stand on delaying the DTV switch? Make your voice heard in TVWeek's online poll. Click here to take the survey.

The Senate on Monday unanimously, without debate, approved legislation moving the analog switch-off date to June 12 from Feb. 17.

The House made some technical amendments and today unsuccessfully tried to suspend its rules to immediately pass that bill, but on a 258-to-168 vote failed to get the two-thirds majority needed.

The failure was more of a problem than usual for Democrats because a House Republican Conference starting tomorrow has the House out of session for the rest of this week. Democrats can put the bill back on the House calendar without requiring a two-thirds vote, but not until next week.

When the House does vote, the technical amendments mean the Senate still needs to approve the changes, potentially further delaying passage.

Tonight Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., decided to short-circuit one of the extra steps.

The Senate will consider as a new bill the House’s amended version, allowing the House to come back next week and its vote to be on sending a delay of the DTV date to President Barack Obama.

The outline emerged as House Energy & Commerce Committee chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., promised to work with the Obama administration on a variety of alternatives to delay the transition.

He also chastised Republicans, saying, “I am very disappointed the House Republicans blocked the DTV extension today. Their vote has wasted valuable time and will cause needless confusion for consumers.

“A clear majority in Congress supports postponing the transition and providing assistance to the millions of households that are unprepared. I am working with the Obama administration and congressional leadership to explore all available options,” he added.

Republicans have opposed the DTV date shift as unnecessary and offered an alternative that would instead fix the problem with government coupons for converter boxes. Money for converter-box coupons has temporarily run out, leaving requests for 2.6 million coupons on a waiting list.

The request to delay the national changeover comes as a number of the nation’s 1,800 stations are quietly making the switch to digital. The Federal Communications Commission said tonight that 133 TV stations have already switched to digital-only signals, with another 67 set to switch before Feb. 17 and 93 to switch at midnight Feb. 17, whatever happens with the delay legislation.

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TV Notes
Couric Anchors "First Ever Evening Newscast in Prime Time"
By Steve Krakauer, associate editor, TVNewser at MediaBistro.com, January 28, 2009

Katie Couric anchored the prime time edition of the CBS Evening News tonight at 8pm ET, and we twittered the broadcast.

"Welcome to network television's first ever evening newscast in prime time," began Couric.

Chip Reid and Anthony Mason were featured in the first block, followed by a lengthy "Katie Couric Investigates" regarding "domestic violence inside the military."

"I'll see you tomorrow at our regular time," said Couric at the end of the broadcast. "Good night."

It faced some tough competition on the rest of the networks American Idol on FOX, Lost on ABC and Knight Rider on NBC (well, two out of three).

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Digital Transition Notes
Hoosegow goes high-def
By Jessica Van Sack, Boston Herald, Wednesday, January 28, 2009 |

The Bay State’s hard-core killers, rapists and thieves will get to watch this Sunday’s Super Bowl on 117 brand-new high-definition flatscreen TVs purchased with the OK of state prison honchos, the Herald has learned.

The cash-strapped and over-crowded prison system spent a mind-boggling $76,958 for the swanky sets this month even as Gov. Deval Patrick moves to lay off state workers and slash local aid in the face of the worst financial meltdown in a generation.

Paid for with prisoner “canteen” funds, the state-of-the-art TVs are being installed in the common areas of all Department of Correction prisons this month in anticipation of the national digital TV transition, said DOC spokeswoman Diane Wiffin.

Worcester County Sheriff Guy Glodis was baffled by the lavish spending.

“It sends the wrong message when they’re asking sheriff offices throughout the state to cut at least a million out of our budget,” said Glodis, who recently removed TVs from the Worcester County House of Correction. “I would argue there are other things you can spend the money on that are more conducive to rehabilitation.”

The new TVs outraged even inmate advocates.

“What are they thinking?” asked Leslie Walker, director of Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services, noting that many inmates already have TVs in their cells.

Walker said the massive purchase exemplifies the need for greater oversight of the DOC. Rep. Kay Khan (D-Newton) has proposed a commission to monitor spending and other DOC matters.

The DOC convened a committee in December 2007 to study the transition from analog to digital TV, Wiffin said. That committee, which included prison officials, decided to purchase new TVs in lieu of digital converter boxes, Wiffin said. A DOC source said converter boxes, which run fom $40 to $80 a piece, were made available to inmates for their in-cell televisions.

The DOC purchased two types of flat-screens - a 32-inch LG brand plasma and a 26-inch Sharp LCD. While the price of each model was unclear, the total cost put the average at $649.

Wiffin, however, called the TVs “modest” and stressed they were not bought on the taxpayers’ dime.

Canteen money is raised by prisoner purchases of items such as toiletries and food, the proceeds of which go into a fund to benefit inmates. At any given time the account can contain up to $800,000, Wiffin said. Purchases of more than $1,000 require approval by top DOC officials.

The state, meanwhile, is struggling to close a whopping $2.5 billion shortfall in this year’s budget - and could face a seismic $4 billion gap in next year’s spending plan.

Said Steve Kenneway, president of the Massachusetts Correction Officers Federated Union, “I think you can find a better use for $77,000 than to go out and buy TVs for guys who are used to stealing them.”

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TV Notes
Sinking ratings create real problem for Dr. Phil
By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times staff writer, in the Show Tracker blog, Jan 28 2009

Dr. Phil often counsels his troubled guests to "get real." But this season the syndicated talk-show guru has gotten an unwelcome dose of reality himself, in the form of plummeting TV ratings.

National ratings for "Dr. Phil" have plunged 27% compared with last season, to an average of 4.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. That's the worst performance by far of any major syndicated talk show this year. By comparison, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" is up 11% to 3 million viewers, while the No. 1 "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on which Dr. Phil rose to prominence in the late 1990s has slipped 8% to 6.6 million.

Worse, "Dr. Phil" has posted its steepest declines among the women who make up his core viewership. The show has lost fully one-third of its women viewers ages 18 to 49, compared with last year (to a current 1.6 rating), largely erasing the program's once-overwhelming advantages against competitors such as "Ellen DeGeneres," "Live With Regis and Kelly" and "Maury."

Asked to comment on the ratings, a spokeswoman for CBS Television Distribution, which syndicates the show, replied with a statement: "We see the ratings decline as a problem shared by the industry." Only 2 out of 12 talk shows have seen ratings gains this year, "so 'Dr. Phil' is not alone," the statement added. "While 'Dr. Phil' may be facing some decline, it has ranked second only to 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' for 329 out of 330 weeks." This month, "Dr. Phil" has shown some improvement, although its ratings are still not as high as last year's.

The ratings woes for Dr. Phil add to the problems faced by the TV syndication business, whose economy-whipped executives have been gathering in Las Vegas this week for the annual National Assn. of Television Program Executives convention.

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SAG to meet with AMPTP
Guild's new negotiator already reaching out to producers
By Jay A. Fernandez, The Hollywood Reporter, January 28, 2009

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It didn't take long for the newly installed SAG negotiating leadership to get rolling.

The guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will meet Tuesday and Wedneday, Feb. 3-4, at the AMPTP offices in Sherman Oaks, according to a joint statement issued late Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, new SAG chief negotiator John McGuire, who replaced the fired Doug Allen on Monday, reached out to the AMPTP to schedule a new negotiating session.

It is clear that both sides of the long-stalled TV/theatrical contract debate are eager to sit down again as soon as possible in hopes of reaching a tentative agreement that SAG leadership will be willing to take toits membership for a ratification vote. It will be the first time the two groups have met since a series of meetings with a federal mediator in November. Those talks failed to break the deadlock that has been in place since the contract expired June 30, the same day the AMPTP delivered what it termed its final offer for a new deal.

McGuire and new interim national executive director David White likely will attend any future sessions with members of the task force that replaced the original SAG negotiating committee, which was dissolved Monday by written assent of a majority of the national board.

SAG and the AMPTP declined comment.

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Digital Transition Notes
Digital TV Beckons, Many Miss the Call
By Jacques Steinberg, The New York Times, January 29, 2009

HOUSTON Vesta Clemmons, who is 77 and lives alone, relies on the battered Zenith television in her tiny apartment here as more than just a lifeline to the outside world.

It's like a friend, she said in her living room, which is also her dining room and bedroom. I would feel very isolated without it. I get lonesome anyway.

So Ms. Clemmons was concerned to learn from a public-service campaign that after Feb. 17 the rooftop antenna connected to her television would no longer function properly, and thus neither would her TV unless she bought and installed an adaptor. On that day the country's broadcast stations have long been scheduled to shut down the old-fashioned, analog signals that have carried their programming since the days of Milton Berle, and replace them with high-definition digital signals that offer a clearer picture, among other benefits.

But less than a month before the Feb. 17 deadline, so many American households have yet to take the necessary steps to continue to watch over-the-air television more than 6.5 million, according to Nielsen Media Research that Congress has considered giving them more time.

On Monday night the Senate passed a bill, supported by President Obama, that would extend the deadline until June 12. The House of Representatives took up the same measure on Wednesday but failed to muster the two-thirds majority needed for it to pass on a fast-track procedural vote. Its fate is now unclear.

Regardless of when the switchover takes place, viewers with cable or satellite systems, and many others with digital televisions purchased after 2004, need not do anything in anticipation of the deadline, nor will they notice much of a change afterward. But for those older and low-income viewers like Ms. Clemmons who still use set-top rabbit ears or rooftop antennas to pull in images of The Oprah Winfrey Show or The Young and the Restless, the switchover to digital television has often proven a bewildering and cumbersome burden.

That so many viewers here and around the country risk losing something as basic as a free television signal is a function, at least in part, of the government's failure to anticipate that those most affected would be among the nation's most frail and vulnerable. Further aggravating the confusion and uncertainty has been that a coupon program established by Congress to defray the cost of converter boxes each American household is entitled to two $40 vouchers, which cover most, if not all, of the cost of the adaptors ran out of money in early January, leaving hundreds of thousands of applicants to languish on a waiting list. (The program has already issued more than $1 billion worth of coupons.)

Ms. Clemmons, a woman whose slight frame and white mane belie her taste in music Pink Floyd, Ozzy Osbourne and Nine-Inch Nails are her favorites said she had made several attempts to call the government's toll-free number in recent days to request a coupon and had not been able to get through.

Ultimately she received peace of mind from an unlikely source: Meals on Wheels. For several months now, drivers and volunteers for the Houston-area program have been delivering and installing digital converter boxes for its clients as a side dish alongside the baked chicken and stewed peaches that are their usual fare. Ms. Clemmons's turn came last week.

In Houston, which is the nation's 10th-largest television market and whose flat topography makes it relatively easy to watch TV with only an antenna, the problem is particularly acute: 1 in 10 households remains out of compliance, by Nielsen's estimates, ranking it behind only Albuquerque and Dallas.

Mindful of the need for such efforts, Consumers Union, the nonprofit advocacy group and publisher of Consumer Reports, is among those that lobbied Congress to put off the Feb. 17 deadline by four months. It has estimated the cost of replenishing the coupon program alone at nearly $1 billion, said Gene Kimmelman, vice president for international affairs. To defray the cost of the efforts by Meals on Wheels here, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, the social service organization that administers the program, appealed last year to congregants in churches and synagogues around the city to donate the converter coupons they may have already received; more than 1,500 people answered that call.

After I heard about the process of what it would take for a person to get the coupon, and get the boxes, I was pretty livid, said Bridget Samuel, chief operating officer for Interfaith. I still go out on the routes making deliveries. Most of them are sitting in front of their TVs. They're watching Price Is Right.' They're watching Judge Judy.' That's their company.

Meals on Wheels is hardly the only entity in Houston, or around the country, that has been trying to bring viewers' outdated equipment into compliance. The National Association of Broadcasters estimates that its stations and networks, have, collectively, allotted more than $1 billion worth of advertising time to raise public awareness.

The CBS affiliate here, KHOU-TV, ran a series of tests during its local newscasts in which viewers were told that the analog signal was about to be temporarily replaced by the digital one and that if their screens go to a test pattern, they should call the phone number listed to learn how to get up to date.

When KHOU and several other local stations ran the tests one day in December, nearly 14,000 viewers called the hot line in response. When the test was rerun on Jan. 6, 8,000 more calls were logged.

KHOU also joined with a local grocery chain, H-E-B, for a series of promotional events at which thousands of customers lined up to apply for coupons, and, if they already had them, to buy converter boxes. Most were able to do so at no personal expense, with H-E-B having priced the boxes at $40, the value of the coupons. (Other electronics retailers have been charging as much as $100.)

Through surveys of its nearly 4,000 clients, Meals on Wheels identified Ms. Clemmons as among those needing assistance. And so, on Jan. 21, Samantha Greenwood, the program's assessment coordinator, arrived to install her converter box.

As it turned out, Ms. Greenwood couldn't get the converter, which is about the size of a cable box and is connected to both the antenna and TV, to work, because of some wiring problems in the back of Ms. Clemmons's Zenith. But she vowed that her husband, an engineer, would return well before the Feb. 17 deadline to solve the problem.

Ms. Clemmons, who risks losing access to World News with Charles Gibson, her favorite news program, said she would be waiting.

Earlier that morning Ms. Greenwood had fared better in the apartment of Ramona DeFore, a widow in the same building who is also 77. On her own Ms. DeFore had gotten a coupon and a box but had been baffled as to how to connect it to her Magnavox TV, a set so old she couldn't remember when she had bought it.

After Ms. Greenwood made the connection successfully, Ms. DeFore was able to tune in Channel 2, the local NBC affiliate, for the first time in years. I think Phil is on 2, she said, with obvious excitement, in reference to Dr. Phil. I've missed him. I wish I had him a few years back, when I had my husband.

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TV Q&A
With USA Today TV Critic Robert Bianco


In his Critic's Corner column each weekday, Robert Bianco picks the day's best shows on prime-time TV.

Talk live (Each M onday) with Robert Bianco about the best and worst of this season's TV lineup.

In addition to Critic's Corner, Bianco writes TV reviews and features for USA TODAY. They can be found elsewhere on USATODAY.com.

Comment from Robert Bianco: Welcome to this week's webchat. There's a lot to discuss, from last week's "Lost" to this week's Super Bowl, so let's talk TV.

Ankeny, Iowa: Well 'LOST' has returned, and with two episodes, it was a premier to remember... and yet qualms. These were the first episodes I've ever seen that I wondered the unthinkable: could this show jump the shark? It scared me, consdiering how consistent they've been thus far. I won't doubt them yet and it was a great duo, but unless they do the 'time' stuff well, it could be less-than-worthy of the first four seasons. Your thoughts?

Robert Bianco: Well first, Ankeny, I'm going to jump past the "jump the shark" remark with just a gentle reminder that here in the webchat, shows do not jump the shark. (Really: It's a terrible phrase and silly concept that should be left on the website devoted to it.) That said, you're right: Time travel is a huge risk for the show and its writers, and if they don't carry it off well, it's going to be a long final two years. But the men running "Lost" are two of the best in the business, and the story is off to a great start. So my thought is we should be happy as long as we can be happy, and worry about show becoming less-than-worthy when and if that happens.

Branson, Missouri : Didn't watch last weeks 'Fringe' ep. 'LOST' was on, as was 'BSG', but it sounded like you really liked it. Should I buy it or is the show still so-so?

Robert Bianco: I thought it was a very good episode. More importantly, though, it was a pivotal episode - so if you're interested in the series at all, you probably want to see it.

Corpus Christi, Texas: All the marketing for 'Battlestar' has gotten to me and I've been enjoying the 'dark-no-hope-it-seems' final run of the show. I've heard you don't care for it anymore and I can see why, life is never so dark, but it is very philosophical. Do you see it being remembered as definitive?

Robert Bianco: In it's own way, yes. The story has become too dark for me and I've lost interest - but the series itself was, in its own way, a tiny triumph. The writers took a campy, trashy, not particularly successful '70s relic and turned it into a show that was far better and deeper than anyone had any right to expect. All right, it did encourage similar less-successful copies ("Knight Rider" comes immediately to mind), but even so, "Battlestar" is likely to be remembered as one of TV's best sci-fi shows.

Chicago: Heard lots about 'the Wire' and I'm going to start watching soon, but is really as godo as they say or will it be too baffling to understand. Also I read that another HBO, 'Carnivale' was like 'LOST' in its structure, should I give it a try or is that comparision lunacy?

Robert Bianco: Sorry about the delay, we're having technical difficulties. We'll be back up as soon as possible.

Comment from Robert Bianco: OK, we're back and running. To make up for it, I'll run a little long - well, assuming the system keeps going. And I'll also answer the above question, since I put the comment in the wrong place: Yes, "The Wire" is as good as people say. My advice, though, would be to start watching when you can devote a few episodes-worth of time to the series. It works best if you give yourself a chance to adjust to its rhythm and get into the story. As for "Carnivale" and "Lost": Here's the only comparison that matters. "Lost" is great; "Carnivale" wasn't - and didn't even come close.

Nashville, TN: The ratings for the season premiere of Lost seemed low (by its own standards, not by the standards of, say, NBC). While the quality is still extremely high, I'm afraid the ratings have nowhere to go but down, since the story is too complex for new viewers to join in. This is a worst-case scenario, but if Lost dipped down to around 8 million viewers by the end of the season, would ABC consider pulling the plug before the final season next year?

Robert Bianco: Most likely, no. ABC has a lot invested in this series - and the best way to get that investment back is to let it run to the promised conclusion. ABC will be able to sell this show in multiple markets for decades: syndication, internationally, downloads, DVDs. But that's only if the show actually ends. Who would want to spend money on an incomplete "Complete Lost" box set?

Columbus, Ohio: Are there any big plans in store with Desperate Housewives and Brothers&Sisters for February sweeps? I hate 3 week breaks! Ugh

Robert Bianco: Well, here's the odd thing: This year, the February Sweeps won't be in February. Because of the planned digital switchover (which now may not happen until July), the sweeps were pushed back to March. When they come, I'm sure "Desperate" and "Brothers" will have big plans, but this far out, those plans are still under wraps.

Pittsburgh, PA: Hi Robert! I was wondering when "Samantha Who" returns. Or is ABC also trying to kill this show off like "Pushing Daisies" and "Eli Stone"? Yes, I am still steamed about those cancellations, especially in light of their keeping and moving "Private Practice", a show that has been panned by both critics and audiences! It seems that ABC rarely put much promotional muscle behind "Eli" or "Daisies", other than lip service. And I guess we'll have to wait for DVD to see the final episodes of both, and neither of them have a concluding episode. NOW I remember why I stopped watching TV years ago...

Robert Bianco: "Samantha Who" will be back March 26 on a new night, Thursday. ABC is teaming it with a new comedy, "In the Motherhood." As for those "Eli" and "Daisies" final episodes, as of now, ABC is still saying they will air sometime this summer. So don't put money down on a DVD pre-order just yet.

Palm Coast Florida: Desparate House Wives has become one of the worst shows on TV..Is it because the writer never was married or had a family..should he be the one writing these gosh awful scripts.. he has no clue as to what is entertaining.

Robert Bianco: Actually, I'm enjoying "Desperate Housewives" this season. As for creator Marc Cherry, he hasn't been married, but like most of us, he has had a family. Bree, for example, is at least partly based on his mother. Not, of course, that having a family necessarily matters. Shakespeare never knew the royal family of Denmark, but he did pretty well with "Hamlet" nonetheless.

Bloomington, Il: Hi Robert, Just two things: How good is "Lost"? I don't care what the Emmy's say, this is the best show on american television, maybe television anywhere. Also, how good is Mery Streep at giving award speeches? She deserves to win, but sometimes I want her to win just to hear the speech!

Robert Bianco: I don't know whether Meryl Streep deserved to win because I haven't seen the movie. And to be honest, I can't say I much care about the SAG Awards. But I do love Streep, and I'm always happy to see her win anything she's up for. And yes, she does give a great speech.

Fort Pierce, FL: Why do you think it is that Everybody Hates Chris, one of the funniest and best written shows on network TV, gets virtually no attention from the mainstream, and even less from award shows? Thanks

Robert Bianco: It's almost impossible for a show on CW to get any awards attention, as it was for shows on WB and UPN. Even shows with much bigger audiences than "Chris" and better reputations were ignored - in part because those networks just don't seem to command any sort of voting blocks within the organizations. Add to it the general perception now that the show is running on fumes, and you get a very well done series that just is never going to get the recognition many critics thought it deserved. It happens.

Cary, NC: Hey Robert, A blast from the past type question. I interviewed recently a paramedic chief who got his EMT start in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, made famous in the ground-breaking "Hill Street Blues" TV program. Can any of those great stars be seen in any type role today? They were too fabulous back then to disappear forever? And, oh, be careful out there!!! Thx.

Robert Bianco: What a great show that was. And yes, many members of the cast continue to work. Some have moved behind the scenes, but Daniel J. Travanti had a great guest turn on "Grey's Anatomy" this season, for example, and Veronica Hamel pops up on "Lost" as Jack's mom.

Rockville, MD: I can't wait for Chuck to finally come back next week! Do you see this as its final run or should I expect to see it back in the fall? I take it the 5 hours of Leno (its a different time, but still those are timeslots) is not a big help for Chuck's chances.

Robert Bianco: No, you're right: Losing five open hours is bound to hurt bubble shows like "Chuck" and "Life." Everything will depend on how well they do this spring, how well other shows do, and how well NBC's development season goes. FIngers crossed, but to be honest, prospects are not the highest.

Halifax, NS: Do you ever check out Canadian produced TV shows? Showcase in particular has a few gems either currently or just ended: Billable Hours, Rent-a-Goalie, and Trailor Park Boys, with the last being possibly the best Canadian show of all time.

Robert Bianco: I'm familiar with some Canadian shows - "Slings and Arrows," which I loved; "Flashpoint," which I don't. But in general, I'm afraid, it's all I can do to keep up with the home-grown product. Still, I have heard good things about "Trailer Park Boys" and I'll probably check it out if DirecTv goes ahead and picks it up, which it's supposedly planning to do.

Oweston, MO: Robert - Is it just me or was anyone else TOTALLY underwhelmed by the writing on "Lie To Me"? If that is the track they are going to run - where you can solve a murder by seeing someone raise their eyebrows - that show is a bomb. Do you think it will get better?

Robert Bianco: I saw the second episode and thought it was worse - so if it is going to get better, it isn't yet. I like the cast, but the show did strike me as a one trick pony, and we've already seen the trick.

Nashua, NH: Was I the only one who felt a little Once & Again twinge last Monday while watching 24, and seeing Jeffrey Nordling and Ever Carradine interacting again? I do miss Once & Again so... At least they get to be on another excellent, though very different, series.

Robert Bianco: Gosh, I loved that show. And yeah, that was fun, wasn't it? Now if only they can get Billy Campbell and Sela Ward to join them - though knowing the way Jack treats most of his guests, maybe that's not such a great idea.

Denver, Colo.: Robert, how far is advertising DURING a show going to go? We were watching an hour drama last week and during the show - I mean as it was playing - a banner showed up not quite at the bottom but in the lower third of the screen for a car. It came up, showed the car and its name, then faded away. It wasn't for another show - it was for a product! How bad should we expect this to get?

Robert Bianco: Judging from the state of the network economy, really, really bad. Look at a show like TNT's "Trust Me," which is using its ad agency setting to slip commercials into its dramatic content. When money is scarce, nobody turns any away.

Toronto, Canada: Hi Robert, is the Izzy/Denny storyline on Grey's anatomy finally over? It dragged on way too long. I'm not sure what message he gave her before he left...is she going to be leaving?

Robert Bianco: Maybe, but that wasn't the message. The message was that she's sick and possibly dying. Denny wanted her to choose death, but she seemed to choose life, instead. It's too bad she didn't make the choice weeks ago, before that ludicrous story drove so many viewers away - and drove most of the ones who stayed nuts. Really, this story may go down with "Dynasty's" Moldavia in the annals of stupid, suicidal TV story-lines.

Springfield,IL: Welcome back Welcome back Welcome back. I don't know If you heard, but the Super Bowl is Sunday with Al Micheals and John Madden on NBC. Your newspaper had a survery that chose those formentioned guys as the best NFL team on T V. I agree with that, although I also like Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on CBS , and Joe Buck and Troy Aikmen On Fox. Who's your top NFL TV broadcast Team? P.S I got the Steelers, who you got ?

Robert Bianco: I'd go with Michaels and Madden, Springfield. As for the game, I grew up about 40 miles outside of Pittsburgh and got my first newspaper job at the Pittsburgh Press. So yeah: Steelers. Or as we'd say, "Stillers."

Mesa, Arizona: Robert, I assume you've seen this season's third episode of LOST. Is it as good as we've heard it is?

Robert Bianco: Yes. And there's a great reveal at the end, so stick around.

Omaha, NE: Robert, I saw where Hugh Laurie of House received a SAG award; why do you think he's not getting any love from the Emmys or Golden Globes? I was wondering whether that's just the difference between actors and journalists when voting on acting ability, or whether there were other factors influencing the decisions? Also, I've enjoyed seeing 30 Rock winning awards for acting and writing. I hope that means only good things ahead for this program. What do you think?

Robert Bianco: Well, remember, when it comes to the Emmys, there are always more deserving candidates than there are winners. I love Hugh Laurie (who, by the way, has won two Golden Globes - not that anyone should care about the Golden Globes) and I hope he wins the Emmy some day. But look who he's lost to this year: Bryan Cranston from "Breaking Bad." I can't argue against that.

Gilbert, Arizona: Have there been more new episodes of most shows this January than in years past? I seem to remember that most shows only had one or two new episodes between the end of November sweeps and the beginning of February sweeps, but there have been many shows that have already had 2-3 new episodes just in January. If so, what is the cause of this?

Robert Bianco: The delay of the February sweeps. It's also delayed the normal early-winter rerun season.

Chelmsford, MA: Hi Robert. Welcome back to chat land! Just after the plane crashed in the water, Matt Lauer claimed that he had scheduled the first interview with the pilot. Than a few days later it was postponed because of the pilot's union wanted more time for the investigation to happen. This weekend it came out that Katie Couric landed the first interview. How is this possible? Is there some sort of payola going on or do you think he changed his mind about being interviewed by Matt Lauer? Thanks in advance.

Robert Bianco: No, I don't think it has anything to do with payola. It could be something as simple as audience reach: He's be seen by 5 million people, maybe, with Lauer on "Today" - and may reach four times that number with Couric on "60 Minutes." I'd go with Couric, too.

Columbus, OH: Do you have any tidbits on "Dollhouse"? if it weren't a Joss Whedon show, the previews wouldn't tempt me to watch it. But I'll give it a try.....

Robert Bianco: I've seen one episode. If it weren't a Joss Whedon show, it wouldn't tempt me to watch another episode. But it is, so I will.

Columbus, OH: Branson, Missouri : Didn't watch last weeks 'Fringe' ep. 'LOST' was on, as was 'BSG', but it sounded like you really liked it. **************** Are schedules different in Branson? Aren't Fringe and Lost on different nights? ********* Anyway, I read MSNBC wants to put in a new show on at 10E. Any news on that?

Robert Bianco: You're right on the "Fringe/Lost" conflict, Columbus. Thank you; I should have caught that. But the answer remains the same - it was a good "Fringe" episode, and anyone who missed it may want to catch up. As for your question, I've heard the same thing about MSNBC rethinking its lineup, but I don't know any more than that.

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ABC Said to Consider ‘Kimmel’ in ‘Nightline’ Slot
By Bill Carter, The New York Times, January 29, 2009

ABC’s television entertainment division has held discussions about moving its late-night comedy star Jimmy Kimmel to the 11:35 time period now occupied by the ABC News program “Nightline” to compete directly with Conan O’Brien, the incoming host of NBC’s powerhouse “The Tonight Show.”

ABC executives, including members of the news division, disavowed knowledge of any plan to make a late-night change, saying that no such action was being pursued. Anne Sweeney, the president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, said that any such conversations were speculative and strongly denied that moving Mr. Kimmel was in anyone’s plans at the network. Mr. Kimmel and his agent declined to comment.

But people with knowledge of meetings said that the move of Mr. Kimmel, whose show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” begins at 12:05 a.m., was discussed at some length, as was the possibility of making the move as soon as later this year.

Such a move would have the potential to expose the natural conflict between the news and entertainment divisions. ABC News has been zealous in trying to protect “Nightline,” a late-night news program that no other network news division offers. ABC Entertainment unit has long sought to be more competitive with CBS and NBC, which both have extended late-night hours controlled by their entertainment divisions.

The impetus for the talks, said those who had knowledge of the meetings, is the coming changeover in the late-night time period at NBC. The longtime host of “Tonight,” Jay Leno, will leave that program at the end of May for a new prime-time show in late summer. Mr. O’Brien, the host of “Late Night” on NBC, will take over “Tonight” in June.

Stephen McPherson, the president of ABC Entertainment, said this month that the departure of Mr. Leno had opened new possibilities for Mr. Kimmel’s show. “It’s a changing landscape, and we’re looking at everything,” Mr. McPherson told the Hollywood trade publication Variety.

The main reason to consider a shift for Mr. Kimmel is the potential to make inroads with the big “Tonight Show” audience. During the conversations, a discussion of the best time such a move could be made was broached, said one person. This person, like some ABC executives contacted about the move, requested anonymity because the network was withholding all the details of the conversations.

But Ms. Sweeney denied there was any plan for action in the short or long term, saying that no change in status for either the Kimmel show or “Nightline” would take place this year. And a news division executive said the network’s management had not approached anyone in the department about removing “Nightline” from its home of 29 years at 11:35 each weeknight.

ABC once previously sought to replace “Nightline” with a comedy star. In 2002, ABC made serious overtures to the CBS late-night host David Letterman.

At the time, ABC executives questioned the long-term relevance of “Nightline.” But since then, “Nightline” has enjoyed a significant resurgence in the ratings, especially in the last year, frequently attracting audiences competitive with the late-night comedy shows on NBC and CBS.

ABC often claims to top Mr. Letterman in the ratings, but it measures the half-hour numbers for “Nightline” against the hourlong numbers for Mr. Letterman, whose second half-hour has lower ratings. Still, the news program has demonstrated improved ratings in the last year— a rarity in a network universe where virtually all shows have year-to-year declines. In the last measured week, “Nightline” was up 25 percent in total viewers.

Mr. Kimmel was also up over the same week a year ago, by 2 percent. The comedian, who has hosted his show on ABC for seven years, has gained public attention and critical praise in recent years. And it has been widely assumed — at least since the foray to try to woo Mr. Letterman — that ABC would prefer an entertainment show in the first hour of late-night programming because it could produce higher profit than a news program.

The network was known to have expressed intense interest in signing Mr. Leno if NBC did not retain him. ABC News executives conceded last year that “Nightline” was likely to lose its position if Mr. Leno joined ABC. But they said they believed they had dodged that bullet when he re-signed with NBC.

The news division can be expected to lodge a vocal protest over any suggestion of giving the time period to Mr. Kimmel, citing the program’s improved ratings and its popularity with ABC’s affiliated stations and sales division, as well the lead-in it has provided for Mr. Kimmel.

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In the Twin Cities, they run Nightline at 10:35, then run According to Jim for an hour, delaying Kimmel until 12:05 central, I wonder if Jim would still delay it if Nightlline were out of the way.

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In the Twin Cities, they run Nightline at 10:35, then run According to Jim for an hour, delaying Kimmel until 12:05 central, I wonder if Jim would still delay it if Nightlline were out of the way.

I was going to comment on Little Rock's messed up ABC late night schedule as well. KATV Ch. 7 airs According to Jim right after the news at 10:35 Central, Nightline at 11:05 and Jimmy at 11:35. Of course, this is the same affiliate that preempts Lost for basketball on a regular basis, airing it after Jimmy Kimmel,

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I was going to comment on Little Rock's messed up ABC late night schedule as well. KATV Ch. 7 airs According to Jim right after the news at 10:35 Central, Nightline at 11:05 and Jimmy at 11:35. Of course, this is the same affiliate that preempts Lost for basketball on a regular basis, airing it after Jimmy Kimmel,

It's even worse in Kansas City, where KMBC delays Nightline/Kimmel to 12:05/12:35 Central so they can show 90 minutes of comedy (Currently "Two and a Half Men", "Frasier", and "Sex in the City") immediately after the news.
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Of course, that's the sort of affiliate behavior that makes a net reconsider its schedule. I doubt ABC will bump Nightline for Kimmel unless they can convince most of the affiliates to take the live feed. (Or is it still live?)
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