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Willing to interact with an ad? You can watch some Hulu shows commercial-free if you do
By Yvonne Villareal, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - Nov. 3, 2015

Hulu is going to see whether viewer engagement can yield ad engagement.

Following the recent introduction of its ad-free tier, the steaming service will now offer uninterrupted viewing on its ad-supported tier for those consumers who engage with an interactive message before some shows.

Fox Networks Group is the first programmer on Hulu to participate.

The interactive ads use technology from TrueX, a unit of 21st Century Fox (and a co-owner of Hulu). Viewers will have the option of watching a 30-second ad spot instead of approximately two minutes and 30 seconds of commercials peppered in an episode of a Fox show on Hulu.

“We are pleased to partner with true[X] to bring choice based advertising to viewers watching Fox Networks Group Content,” Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins said in a statement.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hulu, which is owned by major media companies Walt Disney Co., NBCUniversal and 21st Century Fox, already has been letting viewers have some sort of say in the ads they choose to see through its Branded Entertainment Selector ad unit. That model allows viewers choose between watching one long-form commercial or traditional commercial breaks.

The streaming service, thus far, has relied on advertising revenue to help pay for the cost of expensive programming like “Seinfeld.” For current shows that are available to stream on Hulu the day after airing, the streaming service splits the ad revenue with the TV networks that supply the shows.

The paid subscription option with ads cost $7.99 a month. It’s ad-free tier, meanwhile, costs $11.99 per month.

“Digital video is an on-demand, non-linear medium, and having an ad format that fits this experience is a win for advertisers, publishers and viewers alike,” said Joe Marchese, president of advanced advertising products at Fox Networks Group and founder of TrueX.

Marketers expected to participate include food and beverage conglomerate Mondelez International, which will run interactive ads for Swedish Fish, Halls and Ritz, according to a release from TrueX.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-hulu-ad-engagement-truex-fox-20151103-story.html
 

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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
THURSDAY 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)

ABC:
8PM - Grey's Anatomy
9PM - Scandal
10PM - How to Get Away with Murder
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11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton; comics Bob Odenkirk and David Cross)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - The Big Bang Theory (Time Slot Premiere)
8:31PM - Life in Peaces (Time Slot Premiere)
9:01PM - Mom (Season Premiere)
9:30PM - The Big Bang Theory
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10PM - Elementary (Season Premiere)
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11:35PM - The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (Bryan Cranston; Shamir performs)
12:37AM - The Late Late Show with James Corden (Bridget Moynahan; director Paul Feig; director Nicholas Hytner; the Charlatans perform)

NBC:
8PM - Heroes Reborn
9PM - The Blacklist
10PM - The Player
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11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Martin Short; Saoirse Ronan; Harry Connick Jr. performs; Stanley Jordan performs with The Roots)
12:37AM - Late Night with Seth Myers (Daniel Craig; Regina King; TV personality Donny Deutsch; Jon Theodore sits in with the 8G Band)
1:38AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Michaela Watkins; METZ performs; rock duo Lightning Bolt)

FOX:
8PM - Bones
9PM - Sleepy Hollow

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - The 'This Old House' Hour
9PM - Masterpiece Mystery! Grantchester, Episode 6
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10PM - Antiques Roadshow: Chicago
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UNIVISION:
8PM - Antes Muerta que Lichita
9PM - Pasión y Poder
10PM - Yo No Creo en los Hombres

THE CW:
8PM - The Vampire Diaries
9PM - The Originals

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Celia
9PM - Bajo el Mismo Cielo
10PM - Señora Acero

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Regina King)
11:31PM - The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore (Niecy Nash; Topher Grace)
12:01AM - At Midnight With Chris Hardwick (Chris D'Elia; Whitney Cummings; Ian Edwards)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Rappers Ice Cube and O'Shea Jackson Jr.; Adam Pally; Alabama Shakes performs)
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Re: DVR viewing

If you have young children and actually want to watch anything, this is the way to go. We've been doing that for a number of years.

I watch NO primetime series live any more. For shows that are serial in nature, I find that watching 3-4 in a row really improves comprehension. It's DVR or nothing for me (except for live sports.)
 

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"WOW, TV is really changing.

In the recent hours we have stories on the new Apple TV device and the new paradigm of networks fiddling with the number of episodes, and then constantly adjusting.

Is this the DVR effect? The bit torrent effect? Cord cutting? Binge watching? Streaming? Or just the fact that the country is changing?

If a really good show, now on OTA (for example, The Good Wife) changes to some Moonves project to increase revenue, would it be OK to stick pins into your Moonves doll? Even if you are not Haitian or from New Orleans?
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What Leslie might have wanted to say.

"Look, Star Trek is a stale franchise, but don't tell that to the crazies. I mean we milked the **** out of it. We're going to squeeze the last remaining drops out of it, but I won't put on real TV. We're playing it safe. When this thing tanks and it can't help but tank, do you think I want to be chased down every damn street in New York and La by a bunch of crazy Trekkie's with flame and pitchfork in hand?
No way, I'm getting too old for some guy painted blue to have stare down contest with me every time I go to eat at a crowed restaurant downtown! No way, we have to send it to twilight zone of television were is can finally die in peace for a long while."
I think they are more taking the "Howard Stern / Satt Radio model"...
"Hoping" to catapult the service to get much more subscribers and recognition by adding this well known w/fan base property there..
 

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You can always find great pundits spouting about a new Trek show. All you need to do is read about how "This time...". they ought to have a female or minority Captain !

* For those that don't know, its been done before.
 

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College Football Thursday Schedule
By 506sports.com Staff

THURSDAY, NOV. 5:

TIME (ET): / TEAMS: / NETWORK (Announcers):

7:00 PM / Buffalo @ Kent State / ESPN3
7:30 PM / 2 Baylor @ Kansas State / FS1: Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt
7:30 PM / Arkansas State @ Appalachin State / ESPNU: Roy Philpott, Jay Walker
7:30 PM / Ball State @ Western Michigan / CBS Sports Network: Ben Holden, Jay Feely
9:00 PM / 24 Mississippi State @ Missouri / ESPN: Joe Tessitore, Jessie Palmer, David Pollack
10:30 PM / Nevada @ Fresno State / ESPN2: Mike Couzens, Tom Ramsey
 

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TV Notes (Cable)
Dana Carvey-Led Impressionist Competition Picked Up by USA
By Michael Slezak, TVLine.com - Nov. 5, 2015

Well isn’t this special?

SNL vet Dana Carvey is returning to television in a new USA Network reality competition series called First Impressions.

Carvey will be the “expert-in-residence” helping the nation’s best amateur impressionists as they duke it out to see who’s got the best arsenal of famous folks locked within, the network announced on Thursday.

The half-hour series will find Carvey and famous guests mentoring contestants and participating in the game play, with home viewers voting weekly to help crown a winner.

“There are so many great impressionists and First Impressions gives them an opportunity to showcase their talents,” said Carvey, in a statement. “Besides, I’ve always enjoyed watching an impressionist nail somebody… as in capture their voice. Now I get paid to watch.”

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TV Notes (Broadcast)
Dr. Ken star Albert Tsai and Fresh Off the Boat star Ian Chen to swap shows this season
By Ariana Bacle, EW.com - Nov. 5, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Ken’s Albert Tsai and Fresh Off the Boat’s Ian Chen are swapping shows this season: Albert’s set to reprise his role on the ABC comedy (he appeared in the first season twice), and Ian will make his debut on Dr. Ken as a neighbor Dave (Tsai) “hires” to replace him.

Though airdates have yet to be announced, Albert will appear in an episode titled “Phil’s Phaves,” and Ian will appear in “The Wedding Sitter.”

Albert memorably played Bert in the canceled-too-soon Trophy Wife before taking on guest roles in USA’s Benched and Fresh Off the Boat. He now plays the title character’s son in Dr. Ken, an ABC comedy starring Ken Jeong that recently scored a full season order.

Ian first appeared in an uncredited role on Modern Family followed by a guest spot on Grey’s Anatomy, and nabbed his first major role in the critically acclaimed Fresh Off the Boat as one of the three Huang sons.

The young actors each earned spots on EW’s list of the best child actors of 2015 — tune in for Fresh Off the Boat Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET and Dr. Ken Fridays at 8:30 p.m. ET to see Albert and Ian in their main roles.

http://www.ew.com/article/2015/11/05/albert-tsai-ian-chen-fresh-off-boat-dr-ken-casting
 

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Sony’s PlayStation Vue picks up ESPN, Disney, and ABC in huge content deal
By Chris Welch, TheVerge.com - Nov. 5, 2015

Sony's PlayStation Vue internet TV service just got way more compelling. Vue already offers more channels than Sling TV — and you'd hope it would considering it's far more expensive. But today, that content selection is getting a big boost; ESPN has announced that it's reached a deal with Sony that'll bring ESPN, the Disney Channel, ABC, and ABC Family to the service. Suddenly, Vue is looking like a real cable replacement.

All ESPN-related channels including ESPN2, ESPN College Extra, ESPNU, and more are included as part of this agreement. And ESPN also notes that ABC affiliate stations will "have the opportunity to opt-in to the PlayStation Vue service with their live linear programming." In markets where that happens, Vue will be offer live feeds of all four big networks: ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC. (Sling TV, by contrast, offers none of them.)

A wide selection of on-demand content from Disney and ESPN networks will be added to Vue, and subscribers will be able to "catch up" by watching shows they've missed within the past three days — without having to rely on Vue's cloud-based DVR. ABC's primetime programming will also be made available on-demand "in cities where PlayStation Vue multi-channel packages are available."

Sony and ESPN haven't yet announced an exact launch date for the new batch of channels. PlayStation Vue starts at $50 per month for a package that includes live broadcast networks and popular cable channels like Comedy Central, USA, AMC, FX, and others. PS Vue runs on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Apple iPad. A free 7-day trial is available to new customers. So while Sling TV remains the cheapest way of getting ESPN without a traditional cable package, pretty soon it won't be the only way anymore.

http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/5/9674528/espn-playstation-vue-announced
 

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Netflix debuts masterful ‘Master of None’
By Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Nov. 5, 2015

After a fall season of disappointing new comedies, the new series “Master of None,” available to Netflix streaming customers on Friday, offers much-needed laughs. And not just a few giggles. “Master of None” provokes a steady stream of hearty laughter with its knowing take on contemporary American life and relationships.

Created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, veterans of the critically acclaimed NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation,” the series stars Mr. Ansari as Dev, an auditioning actor in New York with a popular yogurt commercial on his resume.

“Master of None” avoids comedy conventions, eschewing a regular cast in favor of recurring characters and guest stars who pop up in episodes devoted to different themes. The show plays a bit like “Louie” in that way, but “Master of None” is funnier, less dramatic and tonally closer to Woody Allen’s lighter fare.

In the series premiere, “Plan B” written by Mr. Ansari and Mr. Yang, Dev’s condom breaks during sex, leading him and his date to go to a drugstore to buy the Plan B birth control drug.

“So now two people who barely know one another won’t be raising a kid together,” he says.

This incident leads Dev to contemplate life as a single person. He imagines his life married with children in a 1950s-esque black-and-white daydream sequence. But attending a friend’s child’s birthday party and baby-sitting for a friend’s children bursts his perfect daydream bubble.

“He’s taking his penis and rubbing it on all the packages of frozen waffles,” a grocery store clerk complains to Dev when one of his young charges briefly escapes his care. “We can’t sell waffles that make contact with a young boy’s genitals.”

The situations Dev gets into with the children are hilarious and realistic (if sometimes heightened), and that’s true of “Master of None” in general. The dialogue, the settings, the relationships all ring hilariously true to life.

Episode two, “Parents,” features Mr. Ansari’s real-life parents playing Dev’s parents. It’s an amusing half-hour that explores the privilege of the American-born children of Asian immigrants.

“You realize fun is a new thing, right?” Dev’s father says. “Fun is a luxury only your generation has.”

This particular half-hour is broadly relatable to any child of a parent who claims hardships “back in my day…” but also specific to the experiences of the “Master of None” characters.

If these early episodes prove representative of the overall series, “Master of None” will join Netflix’s “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” as among 2015’s best TV series that just don’t happen to be on TV.

‘Master of None’
When: Available Friday on Netflix.


http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/tv-radio/2015/11/05/TV-review-Netflix-debuts-masterful-Master-of-None/stories/201511050007
 

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Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Nov. 5, 2015

AMAZON PILOT PRESENTATIONS
Amazon Prime, 3:00 a.m. ET

Amazon’s tradition of revealing its pilot presentations, and allowing viewers to watch and vote and for buzz to build, has been going on for years now – and last time around, offered us an early look at Frank Spotnitz’s The Man in the High Castle, a bold new series better than any broadcast network TV drama this fall. High Castle arrives, the entire Season 1, later this month on Amazon. Today, meanwhile, the streaming service presents its newest crop. Included in the mix: Comedian Tig Notaro playing a TV version of herself in One Mississippi, a series about her straddling the worlds of comedy and cancer, co-written with Diablo Cody and with Louis C.K. as one of the executive producers. Also included: Z: The Beginning of Everything, starring Christina Ricci as Zelda Sayre, who would be much more identifiable, and iconic, once she married an author, and became the not unflappable flapper Mrs. F. Scott Fitzgerald. These pilots and more are available, beginning today, on the Amazon streaming website.

THE BIG BANG THEORY
CBS, 8:00 p.m. ET
NEW NIGHT:
Last year, when CBS first launched its Thursday Night Football franchise, The Big Bang Theory started the season on Monday nights, then moved to anchor Thursday once the CBS run of mid-week games reverted solely to NFL Network. That happens again this year, with tonight’s episode – an episode that, like CBS in general this week, is obsessed with Star Trek. Guest stars include recurring player Wil Wheaton of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

PROJECT RUNWAY
Lifetime, 9:00 p.m. ET
SEASON FINALE: Part 2 of 2.
If you’ve been watching this series, tonight’s the night Project Runway selects a new winner. That’s true even if you haven’t been watching – but if you have, you’re probably more invested in the outcome.

MOM
CBS, 9:01 p.m. ET
SEASON PREMIERE:
This series, with more dark flavorings than most Chuck Lorre sitcoms, has a simple title that refers to two different mothers: Christy (Anna Faris), coping with all sorts of issues as a single mother, and Christy’s wild mother Bonnie (Allison Janney), not exactly the perfect role model. Tonight, in the Season 3 premiere, we get introduced to another titular mom: Bonnie’s mother Shirley, who has her own baggage, issues and flaws – and who’s played by guest star Ellen Burstyn.

ELEMENTARY
CBS, 10:00 p.m. ET
SEASON PREMIERE:
There’s a lot going on in this year’s Season 4 premiere of Elementary: Holmes is accused of a crime while trying to solve a different one, and while dealing with an unexpected visitor: his estranged father.


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No political comments, please.

Critic's Notes (Broadcast)
Trump-isms (Or Not) From Primetime TV As He Prepares to Host 'SNL'
By Alex Strachan, TVWorthWatching.com's 'TV That Matters' - Nov. 4, 2015

The last time Donald Trump hosted Saturday Night Live, in April, 2004, he was Big Stuff, thanks to The Apprentice and his “huge!” presence on New York’s skyline. Trump assistants Carolyn Kepcher and George Ross — remember them? — made unexpected cameo appearances; Trump vamped opposite View co-host and would-be Celebrity Apprentice contender Star Jones in a backstage duel; and Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon co-hosted Weekend Update.

Those were the days! Hardly anyone knew it then, but Fey and Fallon were destined for post-SNL greatness, in separate careers no less.

Fey, SNL’s head writer at the time, would later say The Donald wanted to let go with the show’s trademark “Live, from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” cry, but she opted to give the moment to one of his assistants instead, “since he’s already a billionaire.”

The Donald was a study in braggadocio just the same, thanks to having the #1 rated show on TV, which he reminded SNL viewers early and often.

Fact-checking later revealed that The Apprentice was in fact the #7 rated show of the 2003-2004 season, behind a little number called American Idol and serial drama CSI.

To paraphrase the late, great John Huston, channeling U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt in the rousing 1975 adventure film The Wind and the Lion: why spoil the beauty of the thing with a minor detail?

Besides, fact checking is for losers.

The Donald’s appearance this weekend on SNL has to do with ratings, of course, and also equal time.

Hillary Clinton dazzled in SNL’s season opener last month in an unbilled cameo as “Val,” a patient barkeep and mother confessor to Kate McKinnon’s impersonation of Hillary as a chatty, slightly scattered presidential candidate at wit's end over being perceived in the media as a calculated, over-rehearsed autonomatron, her every move predetermined and choreographed by political handlers. Former SNL regular Darrell Hammond burst into the sketch as Bill Clinton — “My God, they’re multiplying!” he shrieked — and fled in terror.

It was the kind of inspired moment that has kept SNL on the cultural radar all these years, through seasons good and not-so-good. One doesn’t need much of an imagination to guess that Trump’s handlers, or possibly even Trump himself, took one look at the sketch and hollered: “Hey! What about me?”

Exactly.

You just know this weekend’s SNL is going to rack up the biggest, best, “yuge-est!” numbers of the season. Forget Miley Cyrus, Amy Schumer, Tracy Morgan or that wimp Matthew McConaughey, who’s slated to host on Nov. 21 with musical guest Adele. Adele? If she’s so great, how come she only has one name?

Trump is hardly one to ever be caught at a loss for words, script or no script. He never met a soundbite he didn’t like to say. SNL is going to be old hat to him.

See if you can spot when and where, or even if, Trump made the following pronouncements.

• “Every man should be king of his castle. And in this here castle, I am the king.”

• “This country was ruined by Franklin Delano Roosevelt.”

• “We don’t need no, what-do-you-call-it, alternative. All we need is something else to do..”

• “Well, in the words of Harry S. Truman, if it’s too hot in the kitchen, stay away from the cook.”

• “Listen here, professor. You’re the one that needs an American history lesson. You don’t know anything about Lady Liberty, standing there in the harbor with her torch on high, screaming out to all the nations of the world: ‘Send me your poor, your deadbeats, your filthy.’ And all of them nations sent them in here. They came swarming in here like ants. . . . All of them. And they’re all free to live in their separate sections where they felt safe, and bust your head if you go in there. That’s what makes America great.”

• “To close up is to close down. To close down is to go out of business. Never close, stay open all the time.”

• “Your opinion is important. . . . Your opinion is more important than anyone in this room. And I want to hear that opinion. I want these young people here to hear that opinion.”

• “Are you kidding, a walk in this town? You walk too fast, the cops pick you up. You walk too slow, the muggers knock you down.”

• “I don’t go around signing political documentaries just like that, you know. Even Abe Lincoln, smart as he was, he read the Declaration of Independence before putting his John Hancock on it.”

• “Don’t you know that California is sitting on a shelf out there? They call it the Pacific Shelf. There’s three states on that shelf: Oregon, California and Missouri. When the big earthquake hits, all them three states are going to be shoved right off that shelf there. They call that the Continental Divide.”

• “I must have died and gone to the wrong place. ‘Cause you all sure sound like hell.”

• “When He calls, you have to go. He don’t want no quack doctors down here trying to save you. It throws His schedule off, and when you get up there, you have to answer to Him. He’s going to want to know why you didn’t come when you were called,? Why were you late?”

• “Apologize? For what? For him trying to kill me? Did Abe Lincoln apologize to Alexander Graham Booth?”

• “Everybody hates Jersey. But somebody’s got to live there.”

• “Alright, then. Ipso fatso.”

Actually, Trump didn’t say that at all. Archie Bunker said all of those quotes, and more, during Carroll O’Connor’s nine seasons as America’s loudest, most famously self-confident TV patriarch on All in the Family from 1971-’79, and again on Archie Bunker’s Place from 1979-1983.

Norman Lear may not have written all Archie Bunker’s lines, but he signed off on them as All in the Family’s creator and executive producer. You have to wonder if Lear will watch SNL this weekend — and if he does, what he will make of it all.

We live in a volatile age, our judgments blown this way and that by the TV remote. If Richard Nixon can take the White House, why not this guy?

Back after these messages.

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No intergalactic political comments, please. For out-of-this-world entertainment purposes only. ;) :D

TV Notes (Cable)
Fox News Devotes Entire Segment to Slamming ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’
By Beatrice Verhoeven, TheWrap.com - Nov. 5, 2015

“Star Wars” fans around the world are excited for “The Force Awakens,” but Fox News can’t understand why.

“Your World with Neil Cavuto” host Neil Cavuto sat down with “Star Wars” super fan Mike Gunzelman and guest Carley Shimkus, who seemed to have a great dislike towards the franchise. Cavuto tried to figure out what the hype was all about, with fans flocking to movie ticketing sites two months in advance and crashing Fandango.

“Not only is it overrated, it’s also oversaturated … it’s all ‘Star Wars,'” said Shimkus. “It’s unbelievable how much attention this movie is getting.”

While Shimkus only had negative things to say, Gunzelman stood by his opinion and told the two haters why the seventh film in the franchise is gaining so much momentum.

“It’s the good vs. evil,” he said. “This is going to be great. Why? J. J. Abrams … there are new bad people. Harrison Ford is around.”

Cavuto criticized the trailer, stating that it “didn’t look like they upgraded much,” which was echoed by Shimkus who went on to slam the franchise even more.

“A big criticism is the writing is terrible, and the story line has been done before,” she said.

Cavuto ended the discussion by noting that since his company, Fox, is no longer involved with the franchise, he could care less about the future of it.

“But again, I’m not really into this whole thing, especially when I found out Fox has nothing to do with it,” he said.

Watch the video below.

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You can always find great pundits spouting about a new Trek show. All you need to do is read about how "This time...". they ought to have a female or minority Captain !

* For those that don't know, its been done before.
We don' need no more stinkin' Starfleet. But if it focused on non-humans (specifically Klingons, Romulans), it could be interesting.
 

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TV Notes (Broadcast)
Inside the Sisterhood of 'Mom'
By Marisa Roffman, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Nov. 5, 2015

When it came time to prepare for the episode that would serve as Mom's third season premiere, the cast came to a semi-shocking realization. "We looked around at the table read, and it was eight women over 30," series star Anna Faris (Christy) recalls to The Hollywood Reporter.

The women at that table read -- series regulars Faris, Allison Janney, Mimi Kennedy, Jaime Pressly and Beth Hall, as well as guest stars Ellen Burstyn, June Squibb and Lauri Johnson -- were very cognizant that what they were experiencing was a rarity.

"We were like, 'Holy ****! Has this ever happened?' " Faris shares. "It felt huge that we get to work with so many women."

The CBS comedy has been praised -- and received awards recognition -- for its portrayal of addiction, sobriety, teen pregnancy and loss. But the female focus of the series that has emerged (due partially to the show shifting more to an emphasis on the core family and the addiction support group) has been a "wonderful, empowering thing to feel," according to Janney.

"We take it in all the time," Janney continues. "All the time I'm grateful for it. Anna and I, pretty much every day when we're working [go], 'Oh my God, we are so lucky, this is so fantastic.' Not that we're down on men… but the fact that the heart of the piece is the relationship between [us], and the relationship with all the women in our lives, it's a great, wonderfully satisfying thing to have. ... The disease of alcoholism doesn't discriminate, so therefore you have a wide berth of characters."

It's not just the storylines that have brought such a diverse group of women together, but the quality of the writing on Mom. "It's the best feeling I could possibly have at this point in my career," Kennedy adds. "I've done a lot of work I'm proud of, but this work has really given me something extraordinary. ... I think [Mom co-creator] Chuck Lorre and everyone on the writing staff is very serious about their wish to give something good out of their creative talent."

For Pressly -- who's now a series regular, after recurring in season two -- joining the comedy has meant she has also joined a sisterhood. "It's really nice, at 38, to come to work with a bunch of other seasoned women who have stories to tell like I do, who have lived their lives, and are comfortable in their own skin," she says. "We can come and be ourselves and vent."

Although the show is focusing on what these women are going through, "I'm proud of our show because [there] isn't a lot of gender identification with our problems. They could happen to anybody," Faris points out. "It's very liberating to be complicated. It's very restricting to have your main goal be getting a guy to fall in love with you."

Mom premieres tonight at 9:01 p.m. on CBS.

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TV Reviews (Streaming)
Amazon’s Pilot Season, From ‘Edge’ To ‘Z’
By Brian Lowry, Variety.com - Nov. 5, 2015

Depending on one’s point of view, Amazon’s periodic dump of pilots into the media ether is either wonderfully democratic – letting users choose what they’d like to see more of – or a bit of a copout, given the traditional process in which executives employ tools like research, yes, but ultimately have to trust their guts. Still, watching the six candidates together does offer a pretty good picture of the service’s off-kilter approach, yielding a mixed bag that contains promise but only sporadically achieves liftoff.

Nobody can accuse Amazon of narrowly sticking with one niche. The lineup — which will be available to view beginning Nov. 5 — includes two half-hours that aren’t designed to be funny, a western, two period pieces, and an almost absurdly dark satire.

Given the inroads Amazon made with the Emmy-nominated “Transparent,” the bar has clearly been raised in terms of expectations. Based on first impressions, perhaps three shows possess strong series potential, while some of the big names have indulged their quirky sides beyond what’s healthy or advisable.

So in roughly descending order of “Yes, I’d like to see another episode of that,” “I might be able to sit through another” and “Once was indeed enough”….

“Z” – In days of yore, the story of Zelda Sayre and F. Scott Fitzgerald would have been a movie, or perhaps a miniseries. Here, it’s distilled into half-hour installments of a series (based on a book about the couple), introducing Zelda before she meets him. Fresh off her spin as Lizzie Borden, Christina Ricci once again rocks the period frocks, with Gavin Stenhouse (“Allegiance”) as Scott and David Strathairn as Zelda’s disapproving Alabama dad, who labels her a “hussy” for cavorting with soldiers before they ship off to World War I. Adapted by Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin, and directed by Tim Blake Nelson, this might not be natural series fodder, but the prologue certainly whets the appetite for a few more chapters. So while “Z” (subtitled “The Beginning of Everything”) might be last in the alphabet, it’s first in our hearts.

“Good Girls Revolt” – Also based on a book, and fictionalized from there, this period drama begins in 1969, charting the rise of the women’s movement through the prism of a weekly magazine, in the days when “girls” were limited to being researchers assisting male reporters and fetching coffee. Grace Gummer helps set the plot in motion playing Nora Ephron – then a young, ambitious writer who chafes against the glass ceiling – while the show features a solid cast that includes Anna Camp, Genevieve Angelson, and Chris Diamantopoulos and Jim Belushi as their piggish bosses. Sure, “Mad Men” covered some of this territory in its later years, but any show that begins with the Rolling Stones’ Altamont concert and includes “Light My Fire” can’t be all bad. Plus, it’s an interesting look at journalism back when it operated under a totally print-oriented metabolism. (Dana Calvo wrote the pilot, and in the interest of full disclosure, is a former colleague from our days at the Los Angeles Times.)

“One Mississippi” – Loosely inspired by comic Tig Notaro’s life, and produced by Louis C.K. and Diablo Cody, among others, this extraordinarily dark half-hour begins with Tig returning home to pull the plug on her comatose mother, and – recovering from cancer herself – deciding to hang around for a while. Directed by Nicole Holofcener (“Enough Said”), the pilot makes “Louie” look like “Friends” on the melancholy scale, but it feels raw and honest, and Notaro exhibits some genuine acting chops.

“Edge” – Although “Edge” probably has more commercial potential than anything else in Amazon’s current quiver, too much of the writing misses the bull’s-eye. Like “Bosch,” another malnourished drama, this western moves a solid tough-guy actor known for supporting roles to the center, casting Max Martini as Josiah “Edge” Hedges, a Union officer hell-bent on revenge in post-Civil War Kansas. Based on a book series, and adapted by Fred Dekker and director Shane Black, the pilot is crazily violent, but also weighted down by clunky dialogue. Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”) is part of the gang that gives Hedges ample reason to want them dead, with Yvonne Strahovski as the proverbial hooker with a heart of gold. There still might be a decent show here – and as a western fan, it would be nice if there were – but initially, “Edge” has a few too many duds in its chamber.

“Patriot” – Seeking to approximate the tone of “Fargo,” “Patriot” focuses on a “non-official cover” (or NOC) government operative, tasked with trying to help thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Yet the circuitous route toward that objective involves taking a job at a Milwaukee piping firm that does business in the Middle East, forcing agent John Tavner (Michael Dorman) into a series of increasingly absurd predicaments, and leaving his confused new boss (Kurtwood Smith) wondering what’s wrong with his flighty employee. Written and directed by Steven Conrad (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”), the show occupies the same niche that HBO’s “The Brink” did, and – despite some clever moments – mostly just reinforces how difficult it is to consistently hit that target.

“Highston” – “Highston” boasts the most intriguing auspices of any of these series, and nevertheless represents the least interesting show. Written by Bob Nelson (“Nebraska”), directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and counting Sacha Baron Cohen among its producers, the half-hour focuses on the 19-year-old title character (Lewis Pullman), whose imaginary friends are all celebrities. Yet while that’s confusing to his parents (Mary Lynn Rajskub and Chris Parnell), who debate whether to commit him, the whole exercise feels like a rather weak excuse to load up on celebrity cameos, with Shaquille O’Neal and Flea appearing in the pilot. But honestly, what’s the point? “Highston” just feels like FX’s “Wilfred” for people who don’t like anthropomorphic dogs.

http://variety.com/2015/tv/reviews/amazon-pilot-season-reviews-edge-z-good-girls-revolt-patriot-highston-one-mississippi-1201633047/
 

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By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Nov. 5, 2015

THE BIG BANG THEORY
CBS, 8:00 p.m. ET
NEW NIGHT:
Last year, when CBS first launched its Thursday Night Football franchise, The Big Bang Theory started the season on Monday nights, then moved to anchor Thursday once the CBS run of mid-week games reverted solely to NFL Network. That happens again this year, with tonight’s episode – an episode that, like CBS in general this week, is obsessed with Star Trek. Guest stars include recurring player Wil Wheaton of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
As noted before CBS/NFLN actually still have 1 more game left dec 3.

Good news for bengals tonight: johnny manziel starting browns qb. :D (not that they wouldnt win anyways.)
 
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