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New Year's weekend TV 2011: Football, marathons and new shows

29 December 2011 7:22 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Some people like to go out and get crazy on New Year's. But did you know there is a plethora of fun TV to stay home and watch? We know! So pick your poison - pro and college football, the entire second season of "The Walking Dead," Pam Anderson's tour de force "V.I.P." or your favorite shows returning from reruns on Monday, Jan. 2. Zap2it's got you covered.

All times Eastern.

Friday, Dec. 30

A&E: "Criminal Minds" marathon, noon to 4 a.m. the next day

Espn: College football, Armed Forces Bowl Byu vs. Tulsa, noon to 3:30 p.m., Pinstripe Bowl Iowa State vs. Rutgers, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Music City Bowl Mississippi State vs. Wake Forest, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Insight Bowl Iowa vs. Oklahoma, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Logo: "Awkward" marathon, noon to 6 p.m.

MTV: "Jersey Shore" Season 4 marathon, »


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The success of The Choir's military wives suggests we're losing our taste for malice TV | Jonathan Freedland

21 December 2011 3:03 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

No pantomime villain judges. And no losers. In the age of austerity we want shows that lift us up, not put us down

The battle for the Christmas number one spot is usually contrived nonsense, but this time it might just be saying something worth hearing. Following tradition, the bookmakers assumed the winner of this year's X Factor, Little Mix, would come out on top. But that hastily assembled quartet appears to have been overtaken by a girl group of a rather different kind: a choir of military wives, praying in song for the safety of their husbands serving in Afghanistan.

We've been told endlessly how shallow and materialistic, trivial and celebrity-obsessed, our society has become. It's another source of gloom, along with everything else life has thrown at us this year: earthquakes, war and scandal – all under a darkening sky of economic crisis. But this is the season when »

- Jonathan Freedland

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Charlie Brooker's third 'Black Mirror' draws 870k

19 December 2011 3:22 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Charlie Brooker's third Black Mirror hit a ratings low, only picking up 870k viewers (including +1) for Channel 4 last night, overnight data suggests. The Jesse Armstrong-penned 'Entire History Of You' failed to pick up an audience of over 1 million, unlike the first two episodes 'The National Anthem' (1.63m) and '15 Million Merits' (1.2m). Elsewhere on Channel 4, Vernon Kay's Home For The Holidays entertained 1.31m (5.2%) at 8pm, while another 120k watched on +1. Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno rounded off the evening with 990k from 10pm. 156k caught up with the comedy on +1. BBC One enjoyed a strong evening with drama Young James Herriot picking up 5.97m (23%) for the broadcaster from 9pm. Earlier, Antiques Roadshow attracted 5.93m (23.3%) and Countryfile brought in 5.73m (23.5%). (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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Classic Doctor Who Fans Rejoice – Two Missing Episodes Found

12 December 2011 5:00 AM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Fans of the classic Doctor Who series received a giant surprise of an early Christmas present this past weekend, as two previously missing episodes were presented to attendees of the British Film Institute‘s annual “Missing Believed Wiped” event at the National Film Theatre in London. The two recently-discovered episodes were Episode 3 of the William Hartnell adventure “Galaxy 4″ entitled “Air Lock”, and Episode 2 of Patrick Troughton‘s “The Underwater Menace”.

It was introduced at the event by Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who writer and actor:

Christmas has come early for Doctor Who fans everywhere. It’s always wonderful when a missing episode turns up but it’s been years since the last one so to have two is just brilliant. Add to that a proper bit of action from the legendary Chumblies (and the horrifying Rills!) plus the utterly mesmeric Patrick Troughton on great form. Well, what more could we all ask for? »

- Erin Willard

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'X Factor' Little Mix win secures 12.9m on ITV1

12 December 2011 3:13 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

An average audience of 12.88m saw Little Mix take the 2011 X Factor crown on Sunday night on ITV1, according to overnight figures. With a share of 44.3%, it paled when compared to Matt Cardle's victory last year, which took 17.16m and 55%. An additional 230k (0.9%) saw last night's results show on +1. The Cube aired just before with 3.16m (12.3%) from 6.30pm (+1: 176k/0.7%), while Text Santa delivered 3.89m (16.3%) from 9.30pm (+1: 111k/0.8%). BBC One's primetime programming started with Strictly Come Dancing, which drew in 10.9m (40%) from 7pm. Antiques Roadshow (6.05m/21%) and Inspector George Gently (3.89m/13.8%) followed, while Match of the Day 2 pitched in 2.55m (16.4%) from 10.30pm. BBC Two began with The Party's Over: How the West Went Bust (more) »

- By Ben Lee

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'X Factor' Misha B elimination seen by 11.7m

5 December 2011 3:51 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Misha B's semi-final exit from The X Factor drew an audience of 11.71m, according to overnight figures. The results show (+1: 328k/1.3%) was followed by A Night with Beyoncé, which attracted 4.36m (17.4%) from 9pm (+1: 168k/0.9%). The Cube took 4.25m (15.9%) from 7pm (+1: 173k/0.6%) and 582k (4%) turned up for the Fa Cup highlights show. On BBC One, 10.53m (37.8%) tuned in to see Robbie Savage eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing from 7.25pm, with 7.64m (31.5%) taking in Countryfile just before. Antiques Roadshow got 6.59m (22.8%) in the 8pm hour, and Garrow's Law was watched by 4.24m (16.6%) from 9pm. Have I Got a Bit More News for You quizzed 2.44m (15%) from 10.25pm. BBC Two's The Party's Over: How the West Went Bust and How to Build... grabbed 1.03m (3.9%) from 7pm and 1.13m (3.9%) from (more) »

- By Ben Lee

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PBS, Crackle, Lifetime Partner with Entertainment Discovery App Fanhattan

2 December 2011 8:01 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Fanhattan, an app that helps consumers find on-demand movies and TV shows, announced new partnerships with PBS, Lifetime and Crackle on Friday. The app, dubbed an “entertainment discovery service,” pulls data from sites like Netflix and Hulu Plus and lets users browse through and search for a wide variety of videos. This latest announcement introduces free films from the Crackle library like “Donnie Brasco” and “A Few Good Men,” as well as TV shows such as “Seinfeld.” The PBS library adds the likes of “Antiques Roadshow" and "Nova” while Lifetime brings in “How »

- Lucas Shaw

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'X Factor' Janet Devlin exit watched by 12m

28 November 2011 2:40 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Janet Devlin's elimination from Sunday's X Factor results show averaged 11.98m viewers (41.8%) on ITV1 (+1: 207k/0.8%), according to overnight viewing figures. I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! followed from 9pm with 9.77m (37.2%) to help the channel convincingly secure primetime victory last night. The Cube in the 7pm hour and Penn and Teller: Fool Us from 10.45pm grabbed 3.92 (15.2%) and 998k (9.8%) respectively, with a further 149k catching the former on +1. Meanwhile, 644k (2.4%) saw ITV2's The Xtra Factor from 9pm and 813k (5.5%) tuned in for I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here Now! from 10.30pm. BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing won its half-hour timeslot from 7.30pm with 10.68m (39.7%). Countryfile garnered 6.8m (28.8%) earlier, and Antiques Roadshow had 6.55m (22.8%) from 8pm. (more) »

- By Ben Lee

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Does Antiques Roadshow really make Ed Balls cry?

22 November 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The shadow chancellor has revealed that the BBC show leaves him in floods of tears. What are we to make of that?

The rehab begins here. Having acquired the reputation for being a bit of an insensitive bruiser – the arms gestures really didn't help – Ed Balls has clearly been told he needs to show his softer side if he wants to win the public over. So in a recent magazine interview the shadow chancellor let slip that he often cries when he watches Antiques Roadshow. "You know, when someone comes in with some family heirloom and the expert says, 'Do you know how much this is worth? It's valued at X thousand pounds.' And they say, 'I'm amazed it's worth that much, but it means more to me than money.' Incredibly emotional."

Really, Ed? Are you sure? I'm prone to weeping at rubbish, manipulative TV, but I've never »

- John Crace

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Ed Balls admits Antiques Roadshow makes him cry

21 November 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Shadow chancellor reveals emotional responses to the film The Sound of Music and a documentary about stammering

The shadow chancellor, Ed Balls, has shown his softer side by revealing that he cries when he watches the Antiques Roadshow. Other emotional triggers for Balls include the film The Sound of Music and a recent documentary on stammering, which he was affected by as a child. "I cry at the Antiques Roadshow," Balls told Total Politics. "You know, when someone comes in with some family heirloom and it's often the last bit in the programme and the expert says: 'Do you know how much this is worth? It's valued at X thousand pounds'. And they say, 'I'm amazed it's worth that much, but it means more to me than money.' Incredibly emotional."

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Strictly Come Dancing: liveblog!

21 November 2011 2:44 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The remaining Strictly couples are dancing to stay in the competition. So who will impress – and who will get the boot? Join me from 6.55pm on Saturday

Good evening, and welcome to tonight's Strictly Come Dancing liveblog! Our eight remaining couples have decamped all the way to Wembley this week, to perform in this iconic ballroom venue (eh?) in front of an audience of over six thousand people. These are of course taken from the ten million people who usually watch on TV every week, but it's not the same as having them all in the room, apparently. Either way, we can expect lots of gushing excitement about the size of the arena, the crowd, the atmosphere, the occasion and so forth. If anyone fancies embarking on a drinking game for every time anyone says "Wembley", I cannot be responsible for the outcome.

I'll be here from 6.55pm to liveblog the Wembley extravaganza, »

- Heidi Stephens

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Downton Abbey goes out on high after series-best X Factor

7 November 2011 4:09 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

ITV1 period drama attracts its best ever overnight audience of more than 10m, following talent show with 12m-plus

Downton Abbey's second series bowed out on Sunday night with its best ever overnight audience, topping 10 million viewers on ITV1 for the first time this autumn into the bargain.

The ITV1 period drama, which ended with Matthew Crawley's jilted fiancee Lavinia succumbing to Spanish flu, averaged 10.5 million viewers and a 38.8% audience share from 9pm, rising to 10.7 million when ITV1+1 viewing is included.

Downton's final episode was up from the 10.1 million and 37.7% for the final episode of series in November 2010.

The drama enjoyed a hefty audience inheritance from The X Factor results show, which averaged 12.1 million viewers and a 41.8% share from 8pm, rising to 12.3 million with ITV1+1, for a show in which The Risk and Johnny Robinson were sent home.

This was biggest audience yet for the 2011 series of The X Factor »

- Jason Deans

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Pawn Stars: Volume 3

1 November 2011 11:19 AM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

If you’re an avid antiques collector or if you ever spent an evening with your grandmother in the 1990s, then you’re probably familiar with Antiques Roadshow, and in that case you know the show’s formula was a bit too slow for the short-attention span of the audiences of today. To bring that televised appreciation of antique and vintage stuff into the new millennium, the History Channel has since launched a series of shows that search for such things through peoples lapsed storage units and cluttered garages or apartments. If it doesn’t show up there, there’s always a chance it’ll surface in the Las Vegas-based shop of the series Pawn Stars. Now in its third season, the show continues along its basic pace with little to make it better or worse for any reason whatsoever.



- Lex Walker

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PBS UK Launches On BSkyB, Virgin Media

31 October 2011 10:34 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The U.S. Public Broadcasting Service, long an importer of British fare, will attempt to return the favor starting Tuesday with the launch of PBS UK, the Wall Street Journal reports. The lineup includes U.S. flagship shows PBS News Hour and Frontline; the science series Nova; the U.S. version of Antiques Roadshow (format imported from Britain); and documentaries from director Ken Burns, whose Prohibition (pictured) will air on Day 1. It’s PBS’ first major foreign foray since the service was founded more than 40 years ago. PBS UK will air on Britain’s two biggest pay-tv platforms, British Sky Broadcasting and Virgin Media. It will be available to about 14 million viewers, roughly half the country’s TV audience. PBS is late to the party because it doesn’t have a lot of money. U.S. commercial networks such as MTV, Nickelodeon, Discovery and CBS have been in the UK for years. »


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Google Unveils YouTube's New Custom Channels (Including TVLine's Parent Company)

29 October 2011 10:02 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

YouTube is changing the game yet again.

After months of speculation, the Google-owned video behemoth confirmed late Friday that it’s launching 100 custom video channels featuring original content produced by the likes of Madonna, Ashton Kutcher, Amy Poehler, Tony Hawk and — wait for it — TVLine’s parent company, Penske Media Corporation!

The Pmc channel, titled Penske Entertainment, will be the sole purveyor of entertainment news, using content from and our sister sites, and

For a complete list of the channels, which will begin rolling out in the coming months, click here. In the meantime, »

- Michael Ausiello

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Us TV channel PBS hits UK screens

28 October 2011 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

'America's BBC' hopes to appeal to British viewers with its news and documentaries – but it's not free to view

As home to arguably the most respected public service broadcaster in the world, Britain is perhaps not the most obvious territory for Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), America's smaller, less internationally celebrated BBC equivalent, to launch its first channel outside the Us.

But on Tuesday the not-for-profit organisation will begin broadcasting in the UK, with a schedule that focuses on science, history and current affairs as PBS showcases its impressive roster of factual and news programming.

The broadcaster sees itself as "another intelligent viewing option" rather than a direct competitor for the BBC, said Richard Kingsbury, general manager of PBS UK.

But he does see the channel as likely to attract similar viewers. "[Our viewers] will probably already watch terrestrial factual programming on the BBC and Channel 4," he said. "They probably enjoy BBC »

- Vicky Frost

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Halloween Memories: Tiffany Shepis

26 October 2011 9:04 AM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

When I contacted Tiffany Shepis for Planet Fury's Halloween Memories series, she lit up. "I love Halloween! I love the decorations, the dressing up, the haunted houses, the way the weather is — everything."

Dropping her voice slightly, she confessed, "I am, however, also a giant Halloweeny. I'm the girl attached to my husband's, daughter's, friends' backs while walking through a haunted maze. I get totally freaked out in the strobe light rooms, and I'm fucking terrified to walk through a room filled with hanging body bags."

"I know damn well that they're actors and that somebody is going to pop out," Tiffany explained, "but I just can't help but think, 'Man, if I were a serial killer, this would be the best place to hide out and slaughter somebody.'"

Coming from one of the most badass scream queens working today, this might seem like a surprising revelation. But after »

- Theron

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Young Apprentice educates 4 million

25 October 2011 7:45 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Return of junior version of Lord Sugar's BBC1 reality show is beaten by ITV1's Doc Martin

It changed its name but failed to attract any more viewers as Lord Sugar's Young Apprentice began its second series with 4 million viewers.

Monday night's opener – it was previously called Junior Apprentice – began with the same audience as the original series launch last year, a 15.6% share between 9pm and 10pm on BBC1.

Neither the young apprentices nor their master were any match for ITV1's Doc Martin.

The penultimate episode of the fifth series – is that all? – of the Martin Clunes drama had 8.7 million viewers (34.2%) rising to 9 million with ITV1 +1.

Grandad's a mummy

Channel 4's Mummifying Alan: Egypt's Last Secret, which featured the mummification of a dead Torquay taxi driver, attracted 1.4 million viewers, a 6.1% share, between 9pm and 10.40pm. It drew 1.8 million viewers when Channel 4 +1 is included.

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- John Plunkett

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Happy Mother-in-Law Day!

23 October 2011 1:58 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

The scariest day in October might not be Halloween after all. It could be Oct. 23, also known as Mother-in-Law Day.

This day celebrates the meddling woman every married couple wishes would go away but are afraid to say anything about it. Mother-in-Laws are also known for over-extending their stay by a couple of weeks and are exceptionally good at asking "When am I going to have a grandchild?"

Congrats to all the mother-in-laws out there. Now can you please change the channel to football? We're really not interested in watching and "Antiques Roadshow" marathon. »


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Amazon Extends PBS Streaming Pact

19 October 2011 10:23 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Seattle — (Nasdaq:amzn) today announced an expansion of a licensing agreement with PBS Distribution that will allow Amazon Prime members to instantly stream, at no additional cost, current and archived PBS programming. This will bring the total number of Prime instant videos to 12,000 by the end of this year, more than doubling the Prime instant video title count since its launch. Amazon Prime members can enjoy this selection on over 300 different devices, including the recently announced Kindle Fire—the Kindle for movies, TV shows, music, magazines, apps, books, games, and more. Kindle Fire customers enjoy a free month of Amazon Prime right out of the box. “Our expanded relationship with PBS will bring the total number of titles available for Prime instant video to over 12,000. We are committed to bringing Prime Members and Kindle Fire owners even more compelling content very soon.” Prime members will have access to more »


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