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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 - Jul. 13, 2018

ABC:
8PM - Quantico
9:01PM - What Would You Do?
10:01PM - 20/20
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11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Jodie Foster; Becca Kufrin (Denzel Washington; comic Bobcat Goldthwait; Dawes performs)
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12:07AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - Whistleblower (Series Premiere)
9PM - Hawaii Five-0
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10PM - Blue Bloods
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11:35PM - The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (Actress Carey Mulligan; experiments with Kate the Chemist)
12:37AM - The Late Late Show With James Corden (Tracy Morgan; Ike Barinholtz; Weezer performs)
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NBC:
8PM - American Ninja Warrior (120 min.)
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10PM - Dateline NBC - Jonestown: An American Tragedy
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11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Jared Leto; Alessia Cara talks and performs)
(R)
12:37AM - Late Night With Seth Meyers (Paul Rudd; singer Florence Welch; Florence + the Machine performs; Jennie Vee and Joe Russo sit in with the 8G Band)
(R)
1:38AM - Last Call With Carson Daly (Paula Patton; Wildermiss performs; author Siri Daly)
(R)

FOX:
8PM - The Resident
(R)
9PM - The Orville
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THE CW:
8PM - Masters of Illusion
8:30PM - Masters of Illusion
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9PM - Penn & Teller: Fool Us
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PBS:
8PM - Washington Week
8:30PM - In Principle
9PM - The Great British Baking Show: Pies
10PM - Food Flirts: Pretzel Meets Chocolate
10:30PM - Food Flirts: What Is a Food Incubator?

UNIVISION:
8PM - El Rico y Lázaro
9PM - La Bella y Las Bestias
10PM - El Chapo

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Mi Familia Perfecta
9PM - Sin Senos Sí Hay Paraíso
10PM - El Señor de Los Cielos

ESPN:
7PM - Boxing: Joet Gonzalez vs. Rafael Rivera (LIVE)
9PM - 2018 World Series of Poker: Final Table (120 min., LIVE)

OXYGEN:
8PM - Dateline: Secrets Uncovered (Season Premiere)

NBCSN:
8PM - NASCAR Racing - Xfinity Series: Alsco 300 (2 1/2 hrs., LIVE)

NICKELODEON:
8PM - Double Dare

PARAMOUNT:
9PM - Bellator MMA Live (2 hrs. 15 min., LIVE)

CINEMAX:
10PM - C.B. Strike (Season Finale)

MTV:
11PM - Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'n Out - TIP & Hustle Gang
11:30PM - Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'n Out - Keke Palmer; Vic Mensa

TBS:
11PM - ELEAGUE: Street Fighter Invitational Playoffs $250,000

TruTV:
11:30PM - Rachel Dratch's Late Night Snack


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England’s World Cup Semifinal Defeat Scores Top 5 Ratings For Fox; Best Streaming Results Ever
By Dominic Patten, Deadline.com - Jul. 12, 2018

Fifty-two years after England last won the World Cup, the Three Lions’ dream of playing in the final of the 2018 FIFA tournament came to an end yesterday with a 2-1 semifinal loss to Croatia in extra time. As close as it felt that football really could be coming, to paraphrase the 1996 tune that became the unofficial anthem of the England effort, Fox scored with the afternoon match.

Snaring 5.5 million viewers and a 4.5/13 rating in the metered markets, the semifinal match is the fourth most watched for the Rupert Murdoch owned network for this World Cup. Telling of how audiences consume media, especially live sports and especially on a work day, the game was the most streamed World Cup semifinal ever – period.

In the early metrics, the weekday game that launched Croatia to their very first World Cup final was the third highest rated of the tournament. Croatia’s weekend victories over Russia on July 7 and Denmark on July 1 were the highest and second highest rated in metered markets. Those games drew a 5.0 and a 4.6 MM rating respectively.

Yesterday’s tense England v. Croatia game peaked in the final minutes of the 1:15 – 1:30 PM PT time period with 7.5 million sets of eyeballs glued to the screen – and of course that doesn’t count all the people watching in offices, bars and other fine establishments together.

It’s no secret to say that without a Team USA participating Fox and Fox Sports 1 have lacked some of the viewership traction of the 2014 World Cup. However, not so much with yesterday’s march, which was almost even with the American audience of the comparable Netherlands vs. Argentina semifinal of four years ago on ESPN.

On streaming, the England v. Croatia game, which I’m still nursing emotional wounds over, had average minute audience of 830,000 for the actual match itself. That inches up 5% over the 789,000 average minute audience of that Argentina winning semifinal against the Netherlands in 2014. It also tops the previous Fox/FS1 best authenticated event record holder of the France v. Belgium semifinal of July 10 by a not insignificant 26%.

Speaking of that other World Cup 2018 semifinal, the 1-0 game that saw Les Bleus advance to what could be their second championship had a 3.6/11 in metered markets and 5.01 million viewers.

If past World Cups are any blueprint and weekend games provide any guidance, expect a lot more to be watching Sunday’s final.

https://deadline.com/2018/07/england-world-cup-loss-ratings-semifinal-croatia-france-belgium-fox-1202425888/
 

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I really enjoy 3D movies, especially IMAX 3D, even though my local theater is inferior 2K projection. The sound is also a great part of the experience. For the latest Jurassic World, I also took my two granddaughters ([11/15] who are visiting this summer) as well. IMAX allowed for alternating 2D/3D presentations in the schedule. I went this past Tuesday night to the only allowed 3D presentation at 9:45pm. Moviegoers do not have to spend much more to watch a IMAX movie since Tuesdays are $5 for any movie., The 3D only adds $1.36 (including tax) to the ticket price. If the movie is not in IMAX 3D, I will go to a regular 3D presentation. IMAX won't my money if I can view it in 3D via other means.

At this point in time, I'm not sure if I will be able to see the new Mission Impossible movie in 3D. The current schedule doesn't show any presentations in 3D. But it is a little early.

BTW, IMAX 3D presentations are only allowed during the first week of showings. After that, 3D can no longer be shown, even if the manager wants to. That is because the decryption keys the theaters get from IMAX are only good for a week. Non-IMAX regular showings of movies sometimes have keys that last beyond the point where the theater is no longer showing a movie.
Wow!! I had been wondering why the Imax 3D shows went to 2D during the second week. Like what happened this week with Ant Man and the Wasp. I had hoped they would be showing Skyscraper in the IMAX 3D theater by me. But it's in only Real 3D.
 
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Wow!! I had been wondering why the Imax 3D shows went to 2D during the second week. Like what happened this week with Ant Man and the Wasp. I had hoped they would be showing Skyscraper in the IMAX 3D theater by me. But it's in only Real 3D.
You learn a lot when you talk with the main manager of your local location. IMAX is so paranoid that they still send HDDs to the locations containing the movies. All of the regular movies are sent via Ku satellite to the location's servers.

Skyscraper is not even being shown on the IMAX screen. It is still Ant Man and the Wasp.
 

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BTW, IMAX 3D presentations are only allowed during the first week of showings. After that, 3D can no longer be shown, even if the manager wants to. That is because the decryption keys the theaters get from IMAX are only good for a week. Non-IMAX regular showings of movies sometimes have keys that last beyond the point where the theater is no longer showing a movie.

Not in REading and Natick MA These IMAX theatres are run by a furniture store

I am more into Dolby Cinema myself
 

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Not in REading and Natick MA These IMAX theatres are run by a furniture store
IMAX Corp. controls ALL of the IMAX locations. They control what movies are presented. The local manager has had to beg, through corporate, to get IMAX 3D presentations. Doesn't always work. If anything goes wrong with the equipment, IMAX techs have to be called. So, while the furniture store may house the IMAX location, IMAX controls it.
 

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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
SATURDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)
From Zap2it.com's TV Grid - Jul. 14, 2018

WORLD CUP 2018:

TELEMUNDO:

9:30AM - Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018, Partido de Tercer Lugar: Belgica vs. Inglaterra(LIVE)
12PM - Hoy En La Copa Mundial (LIVE)

FOX:
10AM - 2018 FIFA World Cup, Third Place Match: Belgium vs. England(LIVE)
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Midnight - FIFA World Cup Tonight (LIVE)

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ABC:
8PM - America's Funniest Home Videos
(R)
9PM - Truth and Lies: The Family Manson (Special, 120 min.)
(R)

CBS:
8PM - Me, Myself and I
8:30PM - Me, Myself and I
9PM - Living Biblically
9:30PM - Living Biblically
10PM - 48 Hours: The Widow on Solway Road
(R)

NBC:
8PM - Will & Grace
8:30PM - Movie: Mamma Mia! Sing-a-Long (2008)
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11:29PM - Saturday Night Live: Bill Hader; Arcade Fire performs (93 min.)
(R)

FOX:
7PM - MLB Baseball: Regional Coverage (LIVE)
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11PM - Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back
(R)

PBS:
8PM - Austin City Limits: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit; Amanda Shires
(R)

UNIVISION:
8PM - La Rosa de Guadalupe
9PM - Balón de Oro de la Liga MX (Special, 120 min.)

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Movie: Finding Nemo (2003)
10PM - El César

ESPN:
7PM - Boxing: Regis Prograis vs. Juan Jose Velasco (120 min., LIVE)
9PM - 2018 World Series of Poker: Final Table (120 min., LIVE)

NBCSN:
7:30PM - NASCAR Racing, Monster Energy Cup Series: Quaker State 400 (3 1/2 hrs., LIVE)

NICKELODEON:
8PM - Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
8:30PM - Star Falls

PARAMOUNT:
8PM - Bellator MMA Live 203 (2 hrs. 15 min., LIVE)
10:15PM - Bellator Kickboxing 10: Rome (105 min., LIVE)

TLC:
8PM - Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta (62 min.)
9:02PM - I Want THAT Wedding (Season Finale, 62 min.)

BBC AMERICA:
9PM - Planet Earth: South Pacific - Ocean of Islands (Series Premiere, 90 min.)

ESPN NEWS:
9PM - 2018 Wimbledon Championships: Ladies' Final

HGTV:
10PM - House Hunters Renovation (Season Premiere)


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Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Jul. 14, 2018

HARRY POTTER MARATHON
Syfy/USA, 7:30 a.m. ET

Syfy and USA present four of the Happy Potter films today, in chronological order, with more to come tomorrow night. The retrospective begins at 7:30 a.m. ET, simulcast on Syfy and USA, with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, from 2001. That’s followed at 10:50 a.m. ET by 2002’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, then at 2:23 p.m. ET by 2004’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, at 5 p.m. ET by 2005’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, finishing at 8 p.m. ET with 2007’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

2018 WIMBLEDON WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP
ESPN, 9:00 a.m. ET

Two years ago, Serena Williams faced Angelique Kerber in the 2016 Wimbledon women’s championship, and won. Today they have a rematch – but in the meantime, Serena Williams has won the Australian Open while about two months pregnant, then retired temporarily, returning at this year’s French Open but dropping out with an injury. But now Serena is back at Wimbledon, and back in the final. If she wins, she’ll equal Margaret Court’s long-standing record of 24 career major titles, so history may be made, or at least duplicated, today. And if this match doesn’t start on time, it’s only because the men’s semifinal between long-time rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic was stopped after three grueling sets, with Djokovic ahead two sets to one, and is schedule this morning. Tennis, anyone?

2018 FIFA WORLD CUP
Telemundo/Fox, 10:00 a.m. ET

Today is the third-place game of the 2018 World Cup, featuring the two teams that just missed the chance to play in tomorrow’s final. So it’s a game played for national and individual pride, and both teams have many reasons to be proud. Belgium started the tournament with a dominant 3-0 rout of Panama, and an equally muscular 5-2 win over Tunisia. Belgium then beat England 1-0, after which it embarked on a series of ultra-dramatic matches. It came from behind to beat Japan 3-2, then stunned the world by beating Brazil 2-1 before succumbing to France 1-0 in the semifinals. Now, in hopes of claiming third place, Belgium has a rematch with England, which had a thrilling run of its own. It beat Tunisia 2-1and trounced Panama 6-1 before losing to Belgium, then righted itself with a heart-stopping penalty kick win over Colombia. Next came a 2-0 victory over Sweden, followed by Wednesday’s dream-crushing 1-2 loss to Croatia. Both teams will be strategizing and playing to win here, with aggressive game plans – and players. Then, tomorrow, it’s France vs. Croatia. One last weekend of astoundingly entertaining World Cup soccer. Or football, depending upon the color of your passport.

BATTLE OF THE SEXES
HBO, 8:00 p.m. ET

After all those real sports on TV today, how about some fake ones? This 2017 movie is a somewhat faithful, totally enjoyable recreation of the tennis match, and the media and social circus surrounding it, between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King in 1973. She was a woman’s tennis champion, he was a loudmouth middle-aged chauvinist tennis player from a previous era – and their match was, indeed, promoted by both sides as “the battle of the sexes.” Emma Stone plays King, Steve Carell plays Riggs, and King and Riggs, in the climax of this movie, play each other. Co-stars include Sarah Silverman, Alan Cumming, Bill Pullman, and Elisabeth Shue.

THE 2000S: "THE PLATINUM AGE OF TELEVISION"
CNN, 9:00 p.m. ET

The next new episode of CNN’s The 2000s documentary miniseries arrives tomorrow. This is a repeat of last Sunday’s two-hour opener, covering TV in general, and such brilliant shows as Mad Men, The Sopranos, The West Wing, The Wire and Breaking Bad in particular. The installment’s title is The Platinum Age of Television, which also is the title of my most recent book. And I’m in this documentary somewhere, too, so consider this a vanity Bianculli’s Best Bet if you must. But if not now, when? If not here, where? And if not me, who? (Or, alternatively: if not I, whom?)


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TV/Critic's Notes
Emmy Snubs Are Nothing New, but Two of This Year's Really Rankle
By Ed Bark, TVWorthWatching.com's 'Uncle Barky's Bytes' - Jul. 13, 2018

And now for the snubs after fully digesting Thursday’s prime-time Emmy nominations -- and what got spat out.

First a caveat. Voters have an increasingly difficult task, with a myriad of programs from almost countless different directions. Even with expanded lists of nominees in some major categories, it remains impossible to please everyone.

OK, no more Mr. Nice Guy, because at least two omissions were inexcusable.

Let’s start with Ken Burns’ exemplary 10-part The Vietnam War, which arguably was his finest, and certainly most immediate, achievement ever. It did receive four nominations, including for directing and writing. But inexplicably, The Vietnam War is not among the five nominees for “Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.” Huh? Instead the Emmy nods went to PBS’ American Masters, Netflix’s Wild Wild Country, HBO’s The Defiant Ones, BBC America’s Blue Planet II, and Showtime’s The Fourth Estate.

Wild Wild Country and The Fourth Estate both had the advantage of being recent premieres while The Vietnam War launched on PBS back in September. Apparently, that’s too long ago for many voters’ memories. But in the annals of egregious Emmy omissions, this one is near the top of the charts.

Vietnam War did fare better than HBO’s heavily acclaimed drama series The Deuce, which got completely skunked. There are two major factors here. The Deuce, which depicts the rise of New York City’s porn industry, likewise premiered “long ago” last September.

More to the point, though, it very likely fell by the wayside because of accusations that star James Franco had engaged in “sexually exploitative” behavior on several occasions. His denials -- “not accurate,” he said on Late Show with Stephen Colbert -- have mostly fallen flat in times when the #MeToo movement has become a major force both in Hollywood and around the world.

Unfortunately, Emmy’s complete bypass of The Deuce penalizes both the series as a whole and an exemplary performance by Maggie Gyllenhaal as a prostitute seeking to become an independent entrepreneur in the nascent porn film industry of 1970s New York. Other Emmy caliber supporting performances also have been ignored.

Let’s move on to the Jeffrey Tambor taint. He’d been lionized by the LGBTQ community and also won two acting Emmys in the role of Mort/Maura Pfefferman on Amazon’s Transparent. But subsequent allegations of sexual misconduct on the set of Transparent knocked the halo from his head. And it got worse for Tambor when veteran actress Jessica Walter said he had verbally bullied her during filming of Netflix’s second season of Arrested Development, which had completed filming by the time the Transparent controversy kicked in.

Both Transparent and Arrested Development were shut out of Thursday’s Emmy nominations, and I wouldn’t argue on behalf of either of them. But without the Tambor taint, both series likely would have received at least some recognition.

Arrested Development mainstay Jason Bateman initially defended Tambor’s conduct on that show’s set before quickly apologizing profusely on Twitter. Although some thought he was cooked as a potential nominee for his work on Neflix’s Ozark, Bateman emerged with both lead actor and directing nominations. The series itself did not make the cut in the “Outstanding Drama Series” category.

The FX comedy Better Things, which had a terrific second season, received just a lone nomination for Pamela Adlon’s lead performance. Its failure to make the “Outstanding Comedy Series” field in part can be blamed on Louis C.K., who was banished as the show’s co-creator/executive producer -- and from FX entirely -- after admitting to various sexual improprieties. A rather lame season of Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm instead got what should have been a nomination for Better Things.

Emmy voters also curiously again shut out Netflix’s BoJack Horseman, which was a no-show in the “Outstanding Animated Program” category. But Disney XD’s Baymax Returns got a nomination. Really?

Sandra Oh deserved her nomination for BBC America’s Killing Eve. But if anything, her co-star, Jodie Comer, deserves one even more. Her exclusion is a shame. I would have slotted her instead of Tatiana Maslany for her multi-character performance in BBC America’s Orphan Black, which had its series finale last August. In this case, Emmy voters’ memories proved to be too long.

Finally, Jimmy Fallon continues to pay a price for his playful Donald Trump hair ruffle down the homestretch of the 2016 presidential campaign. He has since publicly regretted this, but to no avail. For the second straight year (after being nominated in the two previous years), Fallon’s Tonight Show is not among the six finalists in the “Outstanding Variety Talk Series” category. But TBS’ Full Frontal with Samantha Bee again is an Emmy contender. In contrast, she called Trump’s daughter Ivanka a four-letter vulgarity and then apologized without further repercussions.

I wouldn’t drop Bee in favor of Fallon. Nor would I dislodge any of the other contenders in the late night category. But as Fallon has learned to his chagrin, making nice with a Trump will get you nowhere when it comes to Emmy nomination time.

Note to readers: In case you might be wondering, HBO’s Veep, FX’s Pose, and Netflix’s House of Cards all were ineligible for Emmy consideration because new episode didn’t air between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018. Pose missed that cut by just three days.

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Yvette Nicole Brown Set as Interim 'Talking Dead' Host Amid Chris Hardwick Investigation
By Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter - Jul. 13, 2018

Yvette Nicole Brown will be filling in as an interim guest host of The Walking Dead Season 9 Preview Special and Talking Dead as AMC continues to investigate former Talking Dead and Walking Dead specials host Chris Hardwick, a network spokesman said Friday.

The special will air Aug. 5, while Talking Dead will return after the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead on Aug. 12.

The change-up comes after Hardwick was accused of sexual assault and emotional abuse by actress and former girlfriend Chloe Dykstra in a Medium post in June. Soon after, AMC announced it would be investigating Hardwick's conduct and pulled the comedian and host's talk show, Talking With Chris Hardwick, which was set to return days later.

Mentions of Hardwick were also scrubbed from the site he co-founded, Nerdist, and he stepped down from Comic-Con hosting duties for AMC and BBC.

Brown is a frequent guest host on Talking Dead and has hosted several AMC after-show programs including Talking Preacher. (On Talking Dead, she is particularly known for her binders of notes.) The comedian and host, who has been a favorite on social media to replace Hardwick in his Walking Dead hosting roles, is also set to fill in for Hardwick at Comic-Con, where she will moderate panels for both Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead on July 20.

"I will say this once. I am filling in for a friend, which I have done before. I am not jockeying for a job," Brown wrote of the Comic-Con news on Twitter. "I have enough of my own. It is my prayer that God's will is done in the midst of this process & that everyone is okay. My character is known & sound. Nothing has changed."

Hardwick has denied all claims of sexual assault, though he has said of his relationship with Dykstra, "our three-year-relationship was not perfect."

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Fox Stations Prep to Test 'The Hustle'
By Paige Albiniak, Broadcasting & Cable - Jul. 13, 2018

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup behind it, the Fox owned stations will premiere its first test of this summer with The Hustle, a half-hour viral video series from Warner Bros.’ first-run studio, Telepictures.

The show — which showcases hilarious, outrageous and shocking user-generated clips and videos — will air on eight Fox-owned stations from July 16 to Aug. 10. Those are WNYW New York at 2 p.m., KTTV Los Angeles at 6 p.m., WTXF Philadelphia at 6:30 p.m., WTTG Washington, D.C., at 12:30 a.m., KRIV Houston at 11:30 p.m.; WFTC Minneapolis at 8 p.m.; WOFL Orlando at 11:30 p.m. and WJZY Charlotte, N.C., at 11:30 p.m.

The Hustle is executive produced by Mike Leonardo (The Tyra Banks Show, TMZ Celebrity Tour) and is produced by Telepictures Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

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HBO Lands Joss Whedon Sci-Fi Series ‘The Nevers’
By Daniel Holloway, Variety.com - Jul. 13, 2018

HBO has given a series order to “The Nevers,” a science-fiction drama from Joss Whedon. The series is described as a sci-fi epic about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world.

Whedon will serve as writer, director, executive producer, and showrunner.

“We have long been fans of the incredibly talented and prolific Joss Whedon and we can’t think of a better project than ‘The Nevers’ with which to welcome him to the HBO family,” said HBO programming president Casey Bloys. “We look forward to meeting the strange, multifaceted characters of ‘The Nevers,’ to learn their stories, see them in action and share them with our viewers. We’re honored that Joss chose HBO as the place to build his ambitious new world and we are excited to get started.”

HBO landed the project in a competitive situation. Netflix had also bid for the ‘The Nevers.’

“I honestly couldn’t be more excited,” Whedon said. “‘The Nevers’ is maybe the most ambitious narrative I’ve created, and I can’t imagine a better home for it than HBO. Not only are they the masters of cinematic long-form, but their instant understanding of my odd, intimate epic was as emotional as it was incisive. It’s been too long since I created an entirely new fictional world, and the HBO team offer not just scope and experience, not just ‘prestige,’ but a passionate collaboration. I could go on, but — I’m impatiently grateful to say — I have work to do.”

Whedon, who is represented by CAA, is also serving as exec producer on “Pippa Smith: Grown-Up Detective,” a half-hour comedy series in development at Freeform.

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How watching the World Cup final might affect your health
By Rachel Becker, TheVerge.com - Jul. 14, 2018

France and Croatia’s soccer teams will face off this weekend in a World Cup final that’s sure to make pulses spike. After all, Apple Watches registered soaring heart rates when the World Cup match between Colombia and England ended in a close penalty shootout, The Independent reports. Days later when Croatia played Russia, Verge tech editor Natt Garun’s Fitbit recorded her heart rate rise above 100 beats per minute as she watched the game.

“It was a tense game!” she told me in a Slack message. “When it went to penalty, I was literally holding my face.” The last time she’d seen her pulse spike like that while seated, she was on a roller coaster. It didn’t stop there: in the semifinal match when Croatia beat England in overtime to claim a spot in the final, Croatia-born Verge video director Vjeran Pavic watched his pulse rise above his resting heart rate by more than 50 beats per minute.

Turns out, sports are an active hobby — even for those who prefer watching them. And the outcome of a match can have real consequences on spectators’ wellbeing. Lots of those consequences are positive: rooting for a team can give people a sense of community, a reason to socialize with other people, and boost fans’ self esteem when their team wins, experts say. But the emotional rollercoaster can also take a toll. “People are often very worried about the athletes,” says John Ryan, a cardiologist at University of Utah Health Care. “I’m actually more worried about the people in the stands… They’re the ones who are getting dehydrated. They might be drinking alcohol, they’re getting hot, they’re getting stressed.”

None of that’s healthy, and the Apple Watch and Fitbit readings highlight the most obvious organ at risk: hearts. We know long-term risk factors for heart attacks include high blood pressure, smoking, and inactivity. But there can also be acute triggers for heart attacks, like exertion, strong emotions, natural disasters, and, studies show, watching a tense soccer game.

Cardiologists have been chronicling heart attacks in sports fans for decades, and the research suggests that rooting for the losing team boosts heart attacks. In 1996, France knocked the Netherlands out of the European soccer championship in a nail-biter that ended in a penalty kickoff. That day, 14 more Dutch men died of heart attacks than expected. The spike in heart attacks happened again in 1998 after England and Argentina faced off in the World Cup quarter-finals. Argentina beat England in a penalty shootout, and 55 more people were admitted to English hospitals with heart attacks than expected for an average day.

“Perhaps the emotions of these intense games were triggering cardiovascular events,” says Robert Kloner, director of cardiovascular research at Huntington Medical Research Institutes in southern California. He wanted to know if sports could have the same effect on American football fans. Sure enough, when the Los Angeles Rams lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers on home turf during the Super Bowl in 1980, about 22 percent more people in Los Angeles County died of cardiovascular problems than usual. But when the Los Angeles Raiders beat the Washington team in the 1984 Super Bowl, death rates in LA actually dropped a little.

Of course, there’s a big limitation to studies like these that analyze hospital records and death certificates, Kloner says: neither spell out team allegiance. Still, he replicated the results with the 2008 and 2009 Super Bowls, and he thinks there’s a link — especially for intense games, and emotionally invested fans. “We think there’s something to it,” he says. But his research is unpopular among some fans. “I got a lot of hate mail … saying we were un-American,” he says. Kloner isn’t telling anyone to stop watching sports. But if you have heart problems, and you know you’ll get riled up over a close game, maybe you should talk to your doctor about how to watch safely.

Ryan, the cardiologist at University of Utah Health Care, points out that the relative risk around heart attacks is small — and he thinks that watching sports can encourage young people to be more active. Still, he has some tips for staying healthy while watching the match: stay hydrated, stay cool, don’t smoke, and eat and drink alcohol in moderation. “Those same pieces of advice that we hold true for life in general also hold true while we’re watching sports games,” he says.

But why do sports inspire such strong emotions? Because being a fan for a team, or alma mater, can be a huge part of someone’s identity, says Ed Hirt, a professor of social psychology at Indiana University, Bloomington. “So when that team plays, it’s basically like, ‘I’m out on the court,’” he says. “When my team is doing well, the world is great, and I feel good, and I’m elated. And if my team loses, it’s like the world is coming to an end.”

You can see that self-identity play out with the pronouns people use when their teams are doing well, agrees Jason Lanter, a psychology professor at Kutztown University who studies the behavior of sports fans. “They’re going to say ‘Oh, we won,’” he says. “Because by saying ‘we’ they’re more closely affiliated with the team and they get that self-esteem boost of positivity,” he says. But self-esteem boosts can sometimes have bizarre repercussions when teams win, and their fans celebrate by tearing down light poles, flipping cars, starting fires, and vandalizing their own city. (Philadelphia police greased light poles with hydraulic fluid to keep people from climbing them after the Eagles’ Super Bowl win.)

This phenomenon is known as celebratory violence, and it fascinates Lanter. “If your team just won, why are you going out and breaking things?” he says. “This should be a happy moment, and not a destructive moment!” But scientists are still trying to figure it out, he says. Die-hard fans who are deeply invested in their team tend to cause more chaos than fair-weather fans, according to one of Lanter’s studies, published in 2011 in the Journal of Sport Behavior.

And Lanter suspects that a combination of emotion and alcohol could fuel the violence. “When our emotions get the best of us we’re not necessarily thinking logically through things, we’re making poor decisions,” he says. “If people have been consuming a fair amount of alcohol, you combine that with this level of euphoria about the major team victory, then the two of those together can lead to simply poor decision-making.”

There are mixed results about whether sports spectatorship is linked to violence at home, too: but there a few studies that suggest that it might be, including one by a BBC reporter and a professor in the UK who specializes in statistics. They report that after nail-biting soccer matches, domestic violence reports increased by roughly 30 percent, regardless of whether England won or lost. But there was next to no effect if there was a tie, according to the article published by The Royal Statistical Society’s journal, Significance.

In another study that was published as a book chapter, researchers analyzed more than 26,000 days of domestic violence data that police departments from 15 different cities provided. The team found that overall, domestic violence reports increased in the summer and during holidays, and decreased during NFL season. Still, the team found that there was a very small increase in domestic violence reports on game days. But the increase the team saw on Super Bowl Sunday wasn’t bigger than on other holidays, says Walter Gantz, a sports sociologist at Indiana University, Bloomington and an author of the study. “Families get together, there’s drinking, and if you’re indoors it’s harder to escape. I wouldn’t label it a Super Bowl effect, but also a holiday effect,” he says.

To be clear, these studies point to an association. They can’t say definitively that watching sports were the cause of these effects. And the vast majority of sports fans are not going to keel over from a heart attack, topple light posts, or hurt their families after watching a game. In fact, being a fan can have some really positive effects. If you’re a Green Bay Packers fan, Lanter says, wherever you go, other fans become your social support network. “You feel like you fit in, like you belong. We know that there are good psychological and also health benefits simply from being a part of a group,” he says.

What about the negative emotions when your team loses, though? On Tuesday, nine Vox Media staffers clustered around the screen where the World Cup semi-final between France and Belgium was playing out. Eighty minutes in, France was beating Belgium 1-0. When France’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris saved Belgium’s shot on goal, one viewer groaned audibly, twice: when the shot missed, and then again on the replay.

Hirt says that pain is part of the fun. “People might say, ‘I’m scared to death of that roller coaster ride but it’s exhilarating … let’s do it again,” he says. Gantz agrees: “Fans watch for the excitement, for the tension, for the release, to be psyched up, for the thrill, for the enjoyment. And those are very satisfying experiences.”

https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/14/17568996/world-cup-france-croatia-final-health-effects-fans-watching-sports
 

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Roger Perry, ‘Falcon Crest’ and ‘Facts of Life’ Actor, Dies at 85
By Reid Nakamura, TheWrap.com - Jul. 13, 2018

Roger Perry, an actor who has appeared in shows such as “Star Trek,” “The Facts of Life” and “Ironside,” has died at the age of 85.

Perry died Thursday following a battle with prostate cancer at his home in Indian Wells, California, the actors daughter told The Hollywood Reporter.

A frequent guest star on TV shows throughout the 1950s and ’60s, Perry’s credits include “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Ironside,” “The F.B.I.,” “The Munsters,” “The Facts of Life” and “Falcon Crest.” He also co-starred in the shortlived series “Harrigan and Son” alongside Georgine Darcy and Pat O’Brien.

His film credits include “Follow The Boys,” “Rollerboogie,” “The Thing With Two Heads,” “Cat” and “Count Yorga.”

Perry also guest starred on the original “Star Trek” as Captain John Christopher, an Air Force pilot who comes aboard the Enterprise when it is transported through time back to 1960s Earth.

He is survived by his wife, “Mary Tyler Moore” actress Joyce Bulifant, daughter Dana Perry McNerney, brother Nick, as well as several children and grandchildren.

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How many NFL teams will end their relationship with Papa John's?
By Mike Florio, NBCSports.com - Jul. 14, 2018

Plenty of baseball teams have suspended their relationships with Papa John’s in recent days, moves that create real complications and revenue consequences when they happens during baseball season. How many NFL teams will end their relationships with Papa John’s in the aftermath of the full body of founder and former chairman/CEO John Schnatter’s behavior and comments over the past several months?

The Falcons indefinitely suspended the relationship pending further evaluation, a process that in theory could result in all three Papa John’s locations at Mercedes-Benz Stadium being open for business when the Falcons begin playing games there next month, if the evaluation results in a finding that, with Schnatter gone, all is well.

The real question is whether the Falcons, or anyone else, will say based on what already has transpired, “Enough.”

The University of Louisville moved quickly to dump Schnatter from the school’s board of trustees, and to shed “Papa John’s” from the name of the stadium where the football team plays. With the exception of the Falcons, who strongly denounced the racially insensitive comments from Schnatter that came to light this week, the NFL’s teams have been silent on the issue.

Pizza Hut has replaced Papa John’s as the NFL’s official pizza, but multiple teams have relationships with the company, including the Cowboys, whose owner has been silent about the recent controversy engulfing Schnatter. Jones wasn’t silent last year, when Schnatter was (possibly at Jones’ behest) bashing the NFL over its handling of the anthem controversy.

“I am a joint owner of the businesses of 120 Papa John’s stores here in Texas,” Jones said in the immediate aftermath of Schnatter’s notorious conference call during which he blamed the league for reduced earnings for a period of time when the NFL wasn’t, you know, playing games. “And John Schnatter is one of the great Americans. He’s the story of America. He started off in his dad’s bar just doing a pizza with a little oven or microwave, and he’s built that thing into one of the greatest businesses. Papa John’s was named by all of the people that look at the NFL, Papa John’s was named as the product most associated with the NFL and it was named that a year ago by a survey of all of our viewers. So he is quite an American story.”

He’s become a very different kind of American story, a story that some would say has become all too common in the last 18 months. So will the NFL’s teams that do business with Papa John’s acknowledge that and take action? Or will they simply wait for the P.R. storm to subside and continue to make money via their partnership with a product that is (or at least was) so closely associated with the NFL?

And what will the NFL do about any of this? Although it’s not an issue at the league level, the teams are the league. If the league thinks it’s “bad for business” (sound familiar?) to associate with Papa John’s, it can pass that message along to the teams. Unless and until the NFL teams that do business with Papa John’s end the relationship, it can fairly be assumed that the NFL hasn’t sent that message.

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Univision Informs Viewers of Alternatives in Dish Blackout
By Mike Farrell, Multichannel News - Jul. 12, 2018

With Univision Communications’ dispute with Dish Network about to exit its second week with seemingly no end in sight, the broadcaster has taken to the airwaves and social media to inform its viewers of other ways they can watch its programming, including via cable, telco and its own over-the-top service Univision Now.

Univision networks went dark to Dish subscribers across the country on June 30, after the two could not reach a carriage agreement. Univision has said it offered Dish a two-week extension when its previous contract expired – which would have allowed viewers to watch the channels while negotiations continued – but the satellite giant refused.

What has resulted is a war of words in the past 13 days, with Dish claiming Univision channels are lightly watched and Univision alleging that the satellite TV service provider is providing subscribers with misleading information.

While Dish has tweaked Univision for failing to secure Spanish-language rights o the World Cup, and Univision has claimed blackouts are becoming a negotiating tactic for Dish, money is at the heart of the matter. Dish claims that Univision is demanding a 75% increase in affiliate fees for channels that have lost a large chunk of their audience, while Univision insists that its content is widely viewed by a growing and key demographic within Dish’s service territory.

“Given that Dish has not engaged in productive discussions since we offered an extension on June 30 and that they continue to mischaracterize the state of negotiations, we are now informing our viewers of other ways they can access the Univision news, entertainment and sports programming they are missing,” Univision said in a statement. “Based on Dish’s track record, we are concerned that the blackout of services appears to be a common tactic for this company. Univision stands ready to receive an offer from Dish that does not devalue our Spanish-language content relative to our English-language peers.”

Univision also is providing links to other providers like Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, DirecTV Now and Charter via its website. Customers also can call 1-800-500-4252 for information on other providers or to contact Dish.

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Will Broadcast Drama Writing & Directing Ever Get Emmy Recognition Again?
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Jul. 13, 2018

There was a sigh of relief and a lot of high-fiving in the broadcast industry last year when, after a six-year draught, a network series, NBC’s This Is Us, landed a best drama nomination. Dan Fogelman’s hit family drama repeated the feat this year, even with Emmy juggernaut Game of Thrones back in the race.

That was a great achievement. But while This Is Us has gone toe to toe with cable and streaming dramas in the the best series field, for a second consecutive year, the time-jumping show was left out of the writing and directing categories. It is the only best drama series nominee this year to have never been nominated for writing or directing. In fact, I went back years and could not find another series in recent memory to have landed multiple best drama series nominations but no writing or directing noms.

This Is Us has feature pedigree — it comes from Crazy, Stupid Love’s writer Dan Fogelman, who created it, and directors John Requa & Glenn Ficarra. Fogelman wrote and Requa & Ficarra directed the episodes that were submitted last year, Memphis, and this year, Super Bowl Sunday.

Both episodes were deeply emotional as they revealed the death of a character, William and Jack, respectively. Both ignited social media and became part of the cultural conversation. Additionally, this year’s post-Super Bowl episode was a ratings blockbuster, drawing massive 33.43 million viewers in Live+7 and a 11.6 rating in adults 18-49 without factoring multi-platform viewing.

And yet, neither of the episodes were deemed worthy of writing or directing nominations by the TV Academy. In fact, this decade, since 2010, there have been only two episodes of broadcast drama series , the 2010 pilot and 2016 series finale of CBS’ The Good Wife, both written by Robert and Michelle King, to land writing Emmy nominations. Over the same period, there has been only one broadcast drama episode, the 2010 series finale of Lost, directed by Jack Bender, to get a directing nom. There have been none since.

For the last broadcasting drama writing and directing wins, we have to go back to 2005 (writing, David Shore for Fox’s House) and 2009 *directing, Rob Holcomb for the series finale of NBC’s ER) Shore’s new broadcast medical drama, ABC’s The Good Doctor, which has been as big of a breakout hit as House once was, was snubbed completely by the Emmys yesterday.

The fact that hit broadcast drama series from A-list creative auspices cannot get Emmy love in the writing and directing categories must be disheartening to network writers and directors that their craft would never be recognized.

It is not easy writing and directing for a broadcast drama series. There are more episodes in a season than cable and digital series (GOT, tipped as a best drama series frontrunner, is competing with a 7-episode season vs. a This Is Us’s 18-episode second season). This is taxing creatively and involves accelerated schedules and tight deadlines. There also is the aspect of commercial breaks, which writers and directors have to incorporate in a way that does not interrupt the storytelling flow.

The lack of Emmy recognition for broadcast drama writing also should be of concern to broadcast executives as we are heading into the new pitch season. TV lit agents for years have told to me that they have a hard time convincing their clients to sell drama project to broadcast and not go to cable or SVOD platforms. There is a cachet associated with working in cable and streaming, and the financial upside of broadcast drama series is not what it was years ago.

Two years ago, a top broadcast studio executive on a panel lamented that broadcast networks “are the last stop on the train of pitches” for writers and producers. There was talk the last two seasons that the broadcast networks may have underbought drama pitches because of the lack of top level drama writers available or willing to create for broadcast.

One of the biggest broadcast drama creators and producers, Shonda Rhimes, already left for Netflix, joined by Ryan Murphy, who has straddled broadcast and cable. Rhimes is one of 11 drama writers (including teams) to have landed Emmy nomination for their work on broadcast series since 2000. Of them, only three still work in network TV.

https://deadline.com/2018/07/broadcast-drama-writing-directing-emmy-recognition-this-is-us-1202426572/
 
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