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  • Old Christmas Commercials

    12/24/2014 12:30:38 PM PST · by vladimir998 · 27 replies
    The Internet | 12/24/2014 | vladimir998
    Remember the old Christmas commercials? The one that just popped into my head was the old Folger's commercial where college age Peter comes home and makes morning coffee for the family. That commercial made a come back Christmas after Christmas for years years.
  • Joseph Sargent, Director of 'The Taking of Pelham One Two Three,' Dies at 89

    12/23/2014 12:05:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | December 22, 2014 | Mike Barnes
    Joseph Sargent, who directed The Taking of Pelham One Two Three and MacArthur for the big screen and captured three Emmys for his telefilm work, died Monday at his home in Malibu from the lung disease COPD, publicist Dick Guttman announced. He was 89 ...  In addition to the taut New York City subway hostage drama The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) starring Walter Matthau and the 1977 biopic MacArthur toplined by Gregory Peck, Sargent directed the features The Hell With Heroes (1968) starring Rod Taylor; White Lightning (1973) with Burt Reynolds; and Jaws: The Revenge (1987) ... He gained...
  • Remember when CBS had Christmas Bumpers Like This?

    12/21/2014 10:29:53 AM PST · by Nowhere Man · 43 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12-21-2014 | Me
    Remember the days when CBS and other networks would have bumpers like these between the shows and specials?
  • Fox News finds new way to scare its viewers, warns of Dish blackout

    12/17/2014 8:48:51 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    FireceCable ^ | 12-15-2014 | Daniel Frankel
    Fox News finds new way to scare its viewers, warns of Dish blackout December 15, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel Already adept at scaring its rapt audience, Fox News has begun warning Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH) subscribers that the channel, along with Fox Business News, could disappear from their program guides "any day now." The campaign features the usual TV spots, directing viewers to visit the "protest the operator" website, in this case KeepFoxNews.com. Fox News versus Dish Fox's post urged Dish subscribers to call the satellite operator. (Source: KeepFoxNews.com) A Fox News blog post notes, "Despite the undeniable demand...
  • SyFy's 'Ascension' Takes 1960s Nuclear Spaceship Idea to the Stars

    12/15/2014 5:01:23 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 92 replies
    Space.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Tariq Malik
    A spaceship powered by nuclear bombs secretly launched in the 1960s. A colony ship on 100-year journey to spread humanity to the stars. These central themes of the SyFy Channel's epic "Ascension" miniseries this week sound like pure science fiction, U.S. scientists actually worked to build such a spaceship in the 1960s. In "Ascension," a three-part SyFy miniseries that launches tonight (Dec. 15), 600 people live aboard an Orion-class nuclear spacecraft on a mission to Proxima Centauri. The mission launched in 1963, when the Space Race was in full swing and the Cold War made the threat of global nuclear...
  • Special Report with Bret Baier Tops Several Evening Newscasts [Networks LOSING to FOX!]

    12/04/2014 5:23:30 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    Media Bistro ^ | 12/2/14 | Damon Marx
    According to Nielsen, FOX News Channel’s Special Report with Bret Baier surpassed ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir in five key markets across the country in household viewers including Baltimore, Jacksonville, Ft. Myers, Providence and St. Louis. As a cable news program, this is quite an impressive feat for Special Report, as its rival World News Tonight is a broadcast program. With more than a double-digit advantage over Muir, Special Report easily beats World News Tonight. Baier also outperforms the broadcast program CBS’ Evening News with Scott Pelley in both Atlanta and Austin in household viewers. In cable news,...
  • Netflix CEO: Broadcast TV Will Be Dead By 2030

    11/28/2014 9:18:30 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 145 replies
    Beat Beat ^ | 11/28/14 | Jack Smith IV
    Nielsen Ratings are going to finally factor in Netflix traffic. Reed Hastings thinks it's too little, too late.
  • Roseanne Barr Tweets, Deletes Post About Bill Cosby

    11/28/2014 5:55:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Star Pulse ^ | 11/28/14 | Noelle Talmon
    ....Roseanne Barr tweeted a photo of her face looking battered and bruised, joking that she got into a "tussle" with Bill Cosby. In reality, the actress had gotten a chemical peel. The media immediately pounced on the comedian's post, and she deleted it. Barr since regrets doing it -- not joking about Cosby but deleting her post.
  • ‘Obama’ Rolls Immigration Bill in ‘SNL’ Riff on ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’

    11/23/2014 12:59:22 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    DailySignal ^ | 11/23/14 | Josh Siegel
    “Saturday Night Live” last night mocked President Obama’s executive action to grant legal status to 5 million illegal immigrants by twisting a staple of the TV classic “Schoolhouse Rock!”
  • The FRiday Night Movie - Rikki Tikki Tavi (1975)

    11/21/2014 6:02:04 PM PST · by DemforBush · 13 replies
    youtube ^ | n/a | n/a
    Great animated adaptation of the classic Kipling tale of a young mongoose and his struggles against a pair of vicious cobras. Animated. Narrated by Orson Welles.
  • With 'Rosewater,' Jon Stewart makes a movie

    11/12/2014 3:51:56 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Brunswick News ^ | 11/11/14 | Jake Coyle
    ....Jon Stewart is sitting outside his offices reflecting on his directorial debut, “Rosewater,” a drama about the unjust imprisonment of journalist Maziar Bahari in Iran.... It’s the morning after “The Daily Show” broadcast live for the midterm elections, including a sketch that reported from the campaign headquarters of the night’s big winner — Money, as played by a hard-partying Rob Riggle — and the desolate base of the night’s loser, Ideas. ....Stewart shot the film last summer in Jordan while on hiatus from “The Daily Show.” In extreme heat, working with a largely international cast and with a small budget,...
  • 'Batman vs. Superman' Swings Super Subsidy Deals from Multiple States

    11/10/2014 8:49:09 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/10/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The mainstream media’s infatuation with the state-subsidized “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” movie production reached new heights this week following reports from an anonymous blogger who posted photos of filming in East Lansing and Detroit. What hasn’t been in the media’s viewfinder is that the production may be collecting subsidies not just from Michigan but also from other states. Batman vs. Superman will be filmed in several states, and at least one of them says the film is eligible for its own film subsidies. In addition to the $35 million the film’s producers have been approved to collect from...
  • PETA criticizes 'Eaten Alive' TV show for animal cruelty (swallowed by an anaconda)

    11/07/2014 7:14:43 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/07/14
    Animal rights group PETA has slammed the Discovery Channel's 'Eaten Alive' show, which claims it will show a man being eaten alive by an anaconda, as a publicity stunt that will torment the snake. Trailers of the show, which will be aired on Dec. 7 on the cable network, show naturalist and wildlife filmmaker and author Paul Rosolie donning a custom-built snake-proof outfit. "I am about to be the first person that is going to be eaten alive by an anaconda," Rosalie says in the trailer as his team is shown catching a snake. "I don't expect anyone to believe...
  • North Korean officials executed ‘for watching South Korean TV soap operas’ in Kim Jong-un’s latest

    10/30/2014 7:44:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 70 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 29, 2014 | Sara Malm
    Ten senior members of North Korea’s ruling party have been executed after they were caught watching soap operas. The officials were killed on the order of dictator Kim Jong-Un, taking the number of senior government and military members executed this year to 50, South Korea's intelligence agency have said. The ten were ‘executed by firing squad for watching South Korean soap operas, bribery or womanising’.
  • Hit comedy on Iraqi TV depicts ISIS as child of Satan and a Jewish woman

    10/29/2014 7:58:01 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 12 replies
    HotAir ^ | October 29, 2014 | David Zucchino
    This is Iraq under a future Islamic state, as imagined in “State of Superstition,” a hit comedy on state-run Al Iraqiya TV. The half-hour show turns a deadly serious subject — the reign of terror imposed by the extremist group Islamic State in parts of Iraq and Syria — into fodder for spoof and satire. The Beheader character is a comic takedown of Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph and Islamic State leader. An actor in a preposterously long and tangled fake beard — one of a couple of dozen fake beards glued on to characters each episode by an...
  • TLC ends production on 'Honey Boo Boo'

    10/24/2014 11:47:33 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 97 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/24/14 | Breeanna Hare
    TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" is ending its run. On Friday, TMZ reported that the network has canceled the series in light of claims that the program's newly separated matriarch, June "Mama June" Shannon, is dating Mark Anthony McDaniel, a man who served 10 years in prison after being convicted of aggravated child molestation in 2004 and who is a registered sex offender.
  • Toys R Us Is Selling Crystal Meth Toys From Breaking Bad

    10/20/2014 9:53:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    Time ^ | 10/20/14 | Brad Tuttle
    Parents aren't happy that the toy store chain is selling drug dealer dolls, complete with bags of crystal meth and sacks of cash. Susan Schrivjer, a mom from Fort Myers, Fla., was a fan of the award-winning AMC show Breaking Bad.... Even so, she thinks it’s not such a great idea to sell action figures based on the show’s notorious crystal meth dealers Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in a store where the customer base is families with young children.
  • BBC to adapt John Le Carre's The Night Manager

    10/18/2014 11:50:33 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | October 7, 2014
    The BBC is adapting John le Carre's novel The Night Manager for a new six-part series. The book, published in 1993, is about a former British soldier who ends up going undercover as part of a sting against a black market weapons dealer. Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston are set to star, according to the Hollywood Reporter, but the BBC said that was just speculation. US networks are also looking to pick up the series, the magazine reported.
  • Libertarian? Then you probably shouldn’t watch Star Trek. Or the NFL.

    10/13/2014 10:29:38 AM PDT · by Bratch · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 13, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Meredith Bragg and Nick Gillespie have another edition of ReasonTV out this week and it should be near and dear to the hearts of all of you libertarians in the audience. They previously generated a list of the best television shows for libertarians (which may or may not hold true for some of you) but now they’ve come up with their list of the worst. How does one judge television programs on this criteria? I suppose it should be based on the most nauseating examples of the nanny state being portrayed as a force for good as they meddle in the lives of...
  • Nielsen: Technical Error Causes Months of False TV Ratings

    10/10/2014 12:06:45 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    Variety ^ | October 10, 2014 | 09:35AM PT | Senior TV Editor Brian Steinberg
    A software bug has resulted in TV ratings being allocated incorrectly among broadcast and syndication programming since March, according to executives at Nielsen, the measurement service whose rankings form the basis of how advertisers pay for TV commercials. At issue is a process used by the company when it moves from its initial survey of national ratings to its final one. When Nielsen calculates its early “fast national” ratings, some sources of viewership are not properly labeled and the data is put aside as “all other television” until they can be identified and tabulated properly. But Nielsen has discovered that...
  • RIP, Jan Hooks: There’s No I in SNL

    10/10/2014 6:54:29 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Time ^ | 10/10/14 | James Poniewozik
    Hooks didn't barrel into your consciousness with catchphrases..... ...she was a team player who helped make SNL bigger than the sum of its cast list, by being week in and week out one of its best comic actresses ever. ....Hooks could turn herself into celebrities from Sinead O’Connor to Tammy Faye Bakker to Diane Sawyer. Born in Atlanta (where she had an early role on TBS’s Bill Tush Show), she had a special knack for channeling brassy Southern women..... Hooks could turn herself into celebrities from Sinead O’Connor to Tammy Faye Bakker to Diane Sawyer. Born in Atlanta (where she...
  • Fox News Nabs Historic Cable Ratings Victory

    09/30/2014 9:08:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | September 30, 2014 | Michael O'Connell
    FNC celebrates a quarter with the most-watched primetime across the cable dial, while MSNBC slides below CNN in the demo. No one would say the summer of 2014 suffered any shortage of breaking news. From the crisis in Ferguson, Mo., to the cultural impact of Robin Williams' and Joan Rivers' sudden deaths and all the way up to recent round-the-clock coverage of U.S. strikes on ISIS, cable news has been heavily occupied. The last three months have been so big, Fox News Channel just clocked its first quarter with the most-watched primetime across all of cable in more than a...
  • Jake Tapper: Oklahoma Lone Wolf Clearly an Islamic Extremist

    09/29/2014 3:34:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 9/29/2014 | Pam Key
    Monday on CNN's "The Lead," host Jake Tapper said the man who beheaded his co worker in Oklahoma on Thursday, Alton Nolen, was "clearly an Islamic extremist." Tapper said, "Some call this a case of workplace violence. The suspect's devolution into the world of radical Islam is hard to ignore."
  • ‘The View's’ Nicolle Wallace on Working for Sarah Palin: I Have Political Staffer Version of PTSD

    09/22/2014 11:30:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Wrap ^ | September 22, 2014 | Ryan O'Connell
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The conservative co-host suggested she didn't enjoy working for Palin during a segment about the former VP's bar brawl scandal.“The View” co-host Nicolle Wallace explained on Monday how she was struck with fear after she heard Sarah Palin was speaking out for the first time since her family was allegedly involved in a bar brawl. “I worked for Sarah Palin,” Wallace said. “I have the political staffer version of PTSD, so whenever I hear that she's breaking her silence, my heart stops.” Whoopi Goldberg led off the “Hot Topic” segment by referring to Palin as a “crazy politician,” and the...
  • Hillary’s $100 Million Hollywood Makeover (CBS's "Madam Secretary")

    09/22/2014 11:03:18 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 69 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | September 22, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The First Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia described the reforms which resulted in the Prague Spring as “socialism with a human face.” The New York Times calls Madam Secretary, CBS’s extremely expensive prime time contribution to the Hillary campaign, “Hillary with a human face.” A network series can cost between $3 and $4 million an episode. Assuming that Madam Secretary runs even one season, instead of being canceled ignominiously like Commander in Chief, the 2005 attempt at giving Hillary a human face, it will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million. That’s double the $46 million that...
  • The View From Hell: Nicole Wallace And Hostility To Conservative Women

    09/18/2014 1:12:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 17, 2014 | Mollie Hemingway
    For a long time before I became a reporter, I never paid attention to bylines — the announcement of who wrote a given article. That all changed for me one day when I was sitting at Jimmy T’s Diner in Washington, D.C., reading a hate-filled “fashion” column that was nothing more than the projection of angry liberal political views. It was so awful that I wanted to know who wrote it. The author, Robin Givhan, of course went on to win a Pulitzer. I’m part of a profession that rewards liberal political views above most all else. Along similar...
  • Restaurant Impossible Goes To Fort Bragg (Vanity)

    09/17/2014 10:21:54 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    This is one of Chef Robert Irvine's best episodes of "Restaurant Impossible." Its hard not to get choked up over him saving the "Green Beret Club" in Ft. Bragg, Georgia. I have a lot of respect for those who serve our country and those who feed them. Not to be missed!
  • CNBC Viewership Plunges To 21 Year Lows

    09/06/2014 6:43:07 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 49 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05 September 2014 | Tyler Durden
    It's over: whether due to the complete domination of centrally-planned markets by a few central banks, whether as a result of HFTs forcing out all human traders and investors, whether due to volatility plunging to record lows and complacency at record highs, whether viewers simply aren't impressed by the new young, female faces that are increasingly taking over the primetime financial TV slots, because people are tired of Cramer's endless "caffeine" high and endless attempts to justify a record disconnect between manipulated record high "markets" and a stagnant economy in which some 53 million workers are "freelancers", or simply because...
  • New 'Survivor' cast boasts MLB pitcher John Rocker, Spider-Man actor, and 'Amazing Race' twins

    08/27/2014 1:50:06 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 53 replies
    EntertainmentWeekly ^ | August 27, 2014
    Controversial former baseball relief pitcher John Rocker will be playing along with his girlfriend, spray-tan business owner Julie McGee. Rocker pitched for the Atlanta Braves in the 1999 World Series against the Yankees. But later that year, Rocker became embroiled in controversy when he was asked in a Sports Illustrated article whether he would ever consider playing in New York and was quoted as saying, “I’d retire first. It’s the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the 7 train to the ballpark looking like you’re [riding through] Beirut next to some kid with purple hair next to some...
  • 10 TV Shows That Should Have Run Forever (Firefly number one!)

    08/25/2014 10:32:04 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 389 replies
    movieseum.com ^ | August 2014 | Unknown
    Firefly, Twin Peaks, Jericho, Carnivale, My So-Called Life, Undeclared, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip; Pushing Daisies, Veronica Mars, Heroes
  • R.I.P. ‘Saturday Night Live’ Announcer Don Pardo

    08/19/2014 2:35:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    deadline.com ^ | 8/18/14
    The longtime NBC announcer who did the voice-over on Saturday Night Live since its launch died today. Don Pardo’s daughter Paula confirmed his death to CBS Radio News. He was 96. Pardo was NBC’s staff announcer for more than 60 years. His voice was familiar to generations of Americans on radio and TV, commercials and game shows, news and sports. On the original version of Jeopardy!, host Art Fleming would start the show with “Thank you, Don Pardo” and tease winners with, “Don Pardo, tell him what he’s won!”
  • Al Gore Sues Al Jazeera for Withholding Money From Sale of Current TV

    08/16/2014 10:52:35 AM PDT · by Baynative · 27 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 8/15/14 | Eriq Gardner
    Current TV co-founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt have launched a fraud and breach-of-contract lawsuit claiming that Al Jazeera is withholding money from its $500 million purchase of the cable news network.
  • Jimmy Fallon makes an Obama joke; liberals fail to see the humor in it

    08/13/2014 3:45:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    twitchy.com ^ | 8/12/14
    jimmy fallon ✔ @jimmyfallon After spending yesterday at the beach, Obama said, “This has been fun, but I should really get back...to the golf course.”.... Never, ever insult the Lightbringer. (Especially if you work for NBC and don’t already have a new gig lined up.)
  • Actor had 'serious money troubles' after $30million divorce bills

    08/12/2014 2:05:55 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 93 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 12, 2014 | Sara Nathan for MailOnline
    As he stepped out on stage last year to hawk his big TV comeback in front of advertisers, comedy great Robin Williams joked it was 'nice to have a job where the checks will clear.' After making his name as the eccentric and beloved alien on 1970s TV hit Mork and Mindy, Robin transferred his attentions to Hollywood with a stream of box office hits. But after acclaim and an Oscar, the movie career started to dry up and the actor signed up for CBS show The Crazy Ones, a small-screen comedy about a 'renowned and slightly unhinged' advertising genius/madman....
  • Shake-up at The View: Two relative unknowns chosen to fill seats vacated by McCarthy and Shepherd

    08/08/2014 9:47:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | August 7, 2014 | Topper Toussaint
    It is one of the hottest gigs in daytime television. And MailOnline can reveal that producers of The View will surprise audiences next season, when they replace departing hosts Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd with two relative unknowns. Political commentator Nicolle Wallace and October Gonzalez (wife of NFL star Tony) are expected to join Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell in September. Wallace, 42, is a novelist and political commentator for MSNBC who has appeared as a guest on The View. The former communications chief to George W. Bush, she will fill its 'conservative' hot seat vacated by Jenny McCarthy. She...
  • When Ideology Trumps Science: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Cosmos on Global Warming

    08/07/2014 5:48:05 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 23 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | August 6, 2014 | Jay W. Richards
    When Ideology Trumps Science: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Cosmos on Global Warming Jay W. Richards August 6, 2014 1:15 PM | Permalink I finally had a chance to watch the twelfth, penultimate episode of Cosmos, "The World Set Free." I was out of the country in June when it originally aired, but since there's no doubt the series is headed into the schools and remains relevant, I'll take this opportunity to comment. The episode stands out from most previous installments. Just when we've grown accustomed to circuitous narrative threads with obscure segues from one topic to the next, we get...
  • Damning Video: Indian TV Appears to Catch Hamas Red-Handed Outside Its Hotel

    08/06/2014 7:08:15 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 14 replies
    The Blaze via NDTV ^ | 8-5-2014 | Zach Noble
    An Indian journalist appears to have captured the lifecycle of a Hamas rocket on camera, from clandestine construction to launch in a crowded area. In a video report posted to YouTube Tuesday, Indian news outlet NDTV shows what appears to be a portable rocket construction site.
  • Will 'Sister Wives' Kids Be Polygamists Too? It Depends on the Kid

    08/03/2014 6:22:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Bustle ^ | August 3, 2014 | Jodi Walker
    There are plenty of concerning things about the Browns’ lives on Sister Wives that the average audience member wouldn’t be accustomed to — for example, just how do they afford four McMansions in Nevada? Perhaps the most unfamiliar thing about the Browns’ unusual lifestyle choice, however, is just how many children they have. Like the Duggars before them, the Browns are working in the high teens of offspring (17, to be exact), but unlike the Duggars, the Brown children have… mother-aunts? And if you’re at all curious about their parents’ polygamist lifestyle, then certainly you’ve wondered: Will their 17...
  • "Sharknado 2" Breaks Records with 3.9 Million Viewers

    08/01/2014 3:48:09 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 50 replies
    Syfy's "Sharknado 2: The Second One" has become the channel's most watched original movie of all time, easily beating the results of the first film.
  • Which are the best miniseries ever?

    07/27/2014 7:40:44 PM PDT · by MNDude · 203 replies
    I don't watch TV much these days, so I can't say what have been popular miniseries in the past decade or so, but I remember there used to be big budget miniseries on TV all the time (A.D., The Winds of War, Roots. Etc). In your opinion, what were the greatest miniseries of all time?
  • Obama Dismisses "Haters"

    07/22/2014 5:31:51 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 32 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Breitbart.com
    During a town hall with young people, President Obama explained how he deals with people who criticize him.
  • 5-foot-tall Kacy Catanzaro conquers 'American Ninja Warrior' course

    07/17/2014 8:09:48 PM PDT · by RedStateRocker · 25 replies
    You don’t need to be tall to be an “American Ninja Warrior.” Kacy Catanzaro shocked “Ninja” viewers with her height-defying performance on an impossibly challenging obstacle course that required the 5-foot-tall former NCAA Southeast Regional Gymnast of the Year to leap through the air. Though Catanzaro’s height should have hindered her from completing the course, she breezed through some of the toughest obstacles, conquering every last one to become the first woman ever to make it through the Dallas finals and qualify for the Las Vegas finals round.
  • The naked truth about television: 500 channels and there’s nothing on. Not a stitch, in fact

    07/17/2014 2:54:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 59 replies
    Deacon's Bench ^ | July 17, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    The TV critic at The New York Times is keeping an eye on the tube, so we don’t have to. Reading this, describing what’s coming into our living rooms this summer, I have to think that’s a very good thing: In case you missed the news that traditional courtship is dead, naked people on VH1 stand ready to enlighten you. And in case you thought that television networks had evolved beyond trying to attract viewers with cheesy titillation — ditto.Yes, it’s time for “Dating Naked,” a reality series beginning Thursday on VH1 in which just-introduced strangers looking for love are...
  • Journalists Accuse White House of Politically-Driven Suppression of News

    07/09/2014 6:10:42 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 34 replies
    Broadcasting & Cable ^ | July 8, 2014 | By John Eggerton
    Over three dozen journalist organizations including the Radio Television Digital News Association, National Press Foundation, and the Society of Professional Journalists, have asked the President to drop the "excessive controls" on public information by federal agencies, branding it "politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies." There has been an ongoing tension between broadcast, print and online journalists and the Obama administration, with complaints that the Administration has limited access to events, while providing its own "coverage" through official channels. n a letter to President Obama, the groups complained about policies that require journalists to go through public...
  • BBC Worldwide to trial CrowdEmotion's facial recognition software

    07/09/2014 8:04:01 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 7 replies
    TechWorld ^ | 17JUN2014 | Sam Shead
    BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, has signed a contract with a start-up that it has been nurturing through its Labs accelerator programme in a bid to measure audience engagement with its media content. The start-up, known as CrowdEmotion, uses facial coding webcams to capture people’s emotions and see how they react to certain TV shows. The BBC Worldwide Insight team said it plans to run CrowdEmotion trials on a number of BBC TV shows, including Top Gear and Sherlock – two of the organisation's most popular and lucrative series. David Boyle, executive vice president at BBC Worldwide...
  • 4 Ways You're Accidentally Killing Your Favorite TV Shows

    06/30/2014 10:28:18 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 105 replies
    Cracked ^ | 28 June 2014 | Ben Denny
    We live in a golden age of television. Never before have we had so much quality programming, or so many different ways to view it while sitting on the toilet. However, the things we like so much about the current state of television are actually strangling our favorite shows to death like Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds. #4. Our Favorite Shows Get Terrible Ratings Because We Don't Watch Them When They Air The business model that drives the creation of the shows we like is fairly straightforward: A network pays to make a show, and then we pay them back...
  • Whoopi Goldberg becomes lone host on 'The View' after ABC's surprise firings

    06/27/2014 2:25:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 44 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 6/26/14 | Don Kaplan
    A stunning housecleaning at “The View” has left Whoopi Goldberg driving solo and looking in the rearview mirror at her canned co-hosts. ABC officials said Thursday night big changes were coming to the show, and soon afterward Sherrie Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy took to social media to confirm they were leaving the morning talkfest.
  • Actress Patsy Byrne – aka Blackadder’s Nursie – Dies Aged 80

    06/21/2014 7:39:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Saturday 21 Jun 2014
    Veteran actress Patsy Byrne – who achieved small screen infamy as ‘Nursie’ in Blackadder II – has died aged 80. According to an announcement in the Telegraph, Byrne passed away on June 17 at Denville Hall – a retirement home for actors – in Hillingdon, London. The actress, who was born in Ashford, Kent, notched up a string of TV and theatre roles in the early part of her acting career. However she is best remembered for her Blackadder role – with the clueless but loyal Nursie (whose real name was actually Bernard), becoming one of the most loved characters...
  • Gallup: Public Confidence in TV News at All-Time Low

    06/19/2014 11:55:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 19, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    Public confidence in television news is at an all-time low, according to a survey released today by Gallup. ... only 10 percent said they had “a great deal” of confidence in T.V. news, and 8 percent said they had “quite a lot” of confidence.
  • Halt and Catch Fire: The PC Wars Come to TV

    06/10/2014 5:13:00 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 42 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | June 3, 2014 | Alyson Sheppard
    Oscilloscopes! Hexadecimal code! 1980s Porsches! This is the world of AMC’s newest period piece, Halt and Catch Fire, which debuted June 1 (watch the full pilot episode here). The network’s next great hope for another Mad Men or Breaking Bad, Halt dives deep into the nerdy early days of the PC, hoping Sunday night TV viewers will go as gaga for Big Blue as they did for Blue Sky. The show transports us back to a fictional 1983, when personal computing was booming in Texas’ Silicon Prairie. We follow a slick visionary, a schmuck engineer, and a wonder-kid coder as...