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Top Time Shifted TV Shows And ‘Ad Creep’

22 December 2008 6:00 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

You’re probably incredibly confused right now with my lead-in image. Don’t worry, it will all make sense by the time you get to the end…

“Time Shifting” is when a viewer watches a television program after its original air time. It’s the proverbial thorn in the side of advertisers. If people are not exposed to the advertising planted in the commercial spots when a TV show is aired, the ads don’t work (because people skip them when watching the show later). Then the money that pays for TV series doesn’t come in, and our favorite shows get canceled.

In other words, right now - it’s a bad thing.

 

Nielsen has embraced the fact that we no longer watch television programs when they are initially broadcast, and it tracks these kinds of parameters. The following statistics deal with time-shifted viewings that take place within 7 days »

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Pushing Daisies Passes Quietly

18 December 2008 12:37 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Wednesday TV's Saddest Story: ABC's last scheduled (for now) episode of Pushing Daisies (4.8 million viewers, per Nielsen estimates) got beat in the 8 p.m. hour in adults 18-49 by, among others, a Univision telenovela. (The canceled show's final episodes will air eventually—ABC just hasn't said when.) Wednesday TV's Biggest Cause: Recycling. CBS' Victoria Secret Fashion Show hand-me-down scored the CW twice as many viewers—2.4 million—as last week's Stylista rerun in the same time slot. Other, More Formally Attired Winners: CBS' Criminal Minds (15 million) was tops in total viewers and 18-49-year-olds; NBC's A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (7.4 million) was »

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2008 Year in Review: Television

16 December 2008 8:20 PM, PST | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

Last year in our annual overview of the Year in Television, Malinda Lo wrote, “Though there is still plenty of room for improvement — particularly on broadcast TV — the low points of 2007 do not contradict the fact that lesbian/bi representation on TV this past year has increased and improved significantly.”

Clearly, a lot can change in a year.

Though 2008 comes to a close with word of possible new queer female characters on the horizon in the coming year, the prospects for lesbians and bisexual women on television over the last twelve months have been somewhat grim.

This has been particularly true for lesbians, whose numbers on scripted network television have now dwindled to zero.

While portrayals of lesbian characters on Grey’s Anatomy and Cashmere Mafia (both on ABC) showed initial promise, it wasn’t long before their storylines turned sour and came to a screeching halt, due to either »

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Why Private Practice Is Sick of Wednesdays

11 December 2008 11:21 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Opposite the Grammys special last week, Private Practice looked healthy again. Back against Criminal Minds last night, its pale, waxy complexion returned. The fading ABC sophomore show was watched by about 6.9 million, Nielsen estimates show, down about 1 million from last week and far behind CBS' crime series in both total viewers (14.7 million) and the 18-49 demo. In January Private Practice is moving to Thursdays behind sister show Grey's Anatomy.   Elsewhere, CBS' The New Adventures of Old Christine (8.3 million) and Gary Unmarried (8 million) were up over their season averages; Fox's Secret Millionaire (7.2 million) held up Ok from »

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Exclusive: Criminal Minds "Cooks" Up a Surprise Return

9 December 2008 12:10 PM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Criminal Minds</i>" style="margin:0 5px 5px" />Literally, it was just a pregnant pause. CBS' Criminal Minds recently wrote out expectant J.J. Jareau to accommodate the real-life childbirth and maternity leave of cast member A.J. Cook. All along, exec producer Ed Bernero told me that the plan was for Cook to return to work at her leisure, but ideally in time for midseason.

Well, surprise, surprise — A.J. will resurface ...

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- Matt Mitovich

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Secret Millionaire Richer Than Grammy Special

4 December 2008 10:05 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Rich people doing good deeds or rich people singing each other's praises—guess who proved more popular? Secret Millionaire, the new Fox reality series, got off to a solid start Wednesday, averaging 7.4 million viewers for its two-hour premiere, Nielsen estimates said. Going head-to-head against CBS' first-ever Grammy nominations concert from 9-10 p.m., Secret Millionaire handily beat the special in total viewers (8 million vs. 7.1 million) and adults 18-49. The Grammy special was so weak, especially compared to Criminal Minds, which usually occupies the time slot for CBS, that ABC's Private Practice (7.8 million) and NBC's Life (8.1 million) both easily overpowered it. Life »

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Mega Buzz on Ghost Whisperer, Battlestar, Criminal Minds & More!

25 November 2008 10:31 PM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Ghost Whisperer</i>), Katee Sackhoff (<I>Battlestar Galactica</i>) and Shemar Moore (<I>Criminal Minds</i>)" style="margin:0 5px 5px" />Senior editors Matt Mitovich and Mickey O'Connor answer your questions. All I want to know is the bottom line when it comes to Ghost Whisperer's Jim dying. Will he ever be brought back to life (his life), or is his only involvement going to be in the body of Sam? — Kathy

Matt: It's simple, really: Jim is now going by "Sam," but Sam is mostly Jim. "Since it's Jim's soul [inside Sam's body], we will always be seeing David [Conrad] at Melinda's side," exec producer P.K. Simonds tells me, dismissing rumors that Conrad is leaving the show. Much of the story to come involves Sam (who to everyone else looks like Jericho's Kenneth Mitchell) realizing that he has this new life inside of him. As Conrad explained it to me, "It's the whole question of how ...

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- Matt Mitovich and Mickey O'Connor

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Headgear and Head Cases

25 November 2008 12:59 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Annie Quinn, Em-Braceable Me -- When I was 13, I had braces. They were heavy and awkward and permanently stuck to my teeth. I remember how I tried to conceal them by not smiling, and I begged and pleaded with the orthodontist to take them off. Who can start acting with a mouth full of metal? I wanted them off. And I got my wish. They were taken off six months early, and I was ready to perform — only problem is now I think I might be facing braces karma. I left last month's Take Five a cliffhanger: My episode of My Name Is Earl was preempted and my birthday was a bust. This month my episode aired. Yes, the episode where I play a cheerleader with headgear. Everyone who watched was extremely thrilled that I was in the entire episode. The irony was that after bracing myself the first time for my episode to premiere, »

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Wanda Sykes Comes Out as Gay and Married

15 November 2008 8:27 PM, PST | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

Photo credit: Steve Friess

Comedian and actress Wanda Sykes officially came out this weekend, announcing to the estimated crowd of 1,000 gathered in Las Vegas at one of the many rallies for gay rights taking place around the country on Saturday that she's gay, and that she legally married her wife in California on Oct. 25.

Sykes (who divorced her husband of seven years in 1998), has spoken out about gay rights issues many times in the past, recently participated in a campaign to fight anti-gay slurs, and has openly referred to her wife in some of her stand-up routines.

Sykes at New York's Apollo Theater in June 2008

But she has always declined to specifically discuss her sexual orientation publicly — until now.

"I don't really talk about my sexual orientation," she told the crowd at the Las Vegas Glbt Community Center. "I didn't feel like I had to. I was just living my life, »

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Preliminary Talk on 'Life on Mars'

16 October 2008 1:00 AM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

It seems like remakes of old shows are the ‘in' thing again this season as several networks decided to make their own spin of originals such as NBC's Knight Rider and the CW's 90210.  Of course, ABC won't be the last to jump on the bandwagon as they have already premiered their very own remake of a British hit—Life on Mars.

The new ABC offering, whose original edition won the international Emmy Award for best drama series in 2006, follows Detective Sam Tyler (Jason O'Mara) as he is thrown into the not-so-distant past after getting into a hit-and-run accident.  There, he must deal with the primitive methods of crime-solving while trying to figure out a way back to his “present.”

"In the British version, there were just three options for Sam's condition: Is he back in time?  In a coma?  Mad?  But we've come up with more than 13," O'Mara admits.  The »

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Execs pondering financial fallout

12 October 2008 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Cannes -- How quickly and how widespread the effects of the global financial meltdown would ricochet onto the French Riviera was the question this weekend as a record number of TV execs and producers poured into this French city for the five-day worldwide sales bazaar known as MIPCOM.

Even before the actual program market gets underway Monday and as its kids offshoot MIPCOM Jr. wrapped Sunday afternoon, folks were metaphorically scanning the horizon of the yacht-filled Mediterranean port to see which way the wind was blowing.

Weather-wise, things were gloriously sunny and warm but there were unsubstantiated rumors that a number of execs had canceled their trips or that their contingents of sales people had been trimmed or that -- heaven forbid for Hollywood sellers -- prices for programming would fall.

The Hollywood heavyweights, meaning the top six studio program suppliers Warners, Disney, Fox, Universal, CBS Paramount and Sony, jointly »

- By Elizabeth Guider

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'Supernatural' Hits Top Ratings Return List

5 October 2008 10:17 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

The Hollywood Reporter paused to take a look at the winners and losers of returning prime time series. While it’s interesting to see Supernatural’s strong start in its fourth season, the shows with weak returns do not bode well for our genre faves.

Gainers

1. CW Supernatural 1.2 to 1.7 = 42%

2. CBS Criminal Minds 3.5 to 4.7 = 34%

3. CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.3 to 4.0 = 21%

4. CBS CSI: Miami 4.6 to 5.2 = 13%

5. CBS NCIS 3.2 to 3.6 = 13%

6. CBS Two And A Half Men 4.8 to 5.3 = 10%

7. CBS CSI: NY 3.7 to 4.0 = 8%

8. CW Gossip Girl 1.6 to 1.7 = 6%

9. CW One Tree Hill 1.6 to 1.7 = 6%

10. Fox American Dad 3.1 to 3.2 = 3%

Droppers

1. ABC Pushing Daisies 4.4 to 2.0 = -55%

2. Fox Terminator 4.2 to 2.4 = -43%

3. Fox Don't Forget The Lyrics 2.9 to 1.7 = -41%

4. CBS Without A Trace 4.7 to 2.8 = -40%

5. CBS Old Christine 3.2 to 2.1 = -34%

6. ABC Dirty Sexy Money 3.6 to 2.4 = -33%

7. CW America's Top Model 2.5 to 1.7 = -32%

8. Fox Smarter Than 5Th Grader 2.5 to 1.7 = -32%

9. NBC Heroes 7.3 to 5.0 = -32%

10. NBC My Name Is Earl 3.8 to 2.7 = - »

- Robert Greenberger

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DeGeneres Plays Matchmaker Again

3 October 2008 11:58 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

TV host Ellen DeGeneres wants to play matchmaker for a second time - by introducing heart-throb actor Shemar Moore to her pal Jennifer Aniston.

DeGeneres grilled Moore on his love life when he was a guest on her talk show - and he admitted harbouring a crush on the Friends star.

So the host offered to set the two of them up on a date.

Moore was interviewed for The Ellen DeGeneres Show which airs on Friday.

When he admitted he was single "all day, everyday", she asked him: "Who can I help you with? What is your type?"

The Criminal Minds actor replied: "There is one particular person in this town that I kind of got a little crush on. A lot of guys got a crush on this girl but she can't seem to find that man who can get it right and I just want to raise my hand and try. And that's Ms. Jennifer Aniston."

DeGeneres then offered to make Moore's dream come true, promising him: "She is a friend of mine. I will mention it to her."

Last month, the TV host offered to introduce American Idol presenter Ryan Seacrest to his dream woman, Eva Mendes. »

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Ellen Plays Matchmaker to Shemar Moore & Jennifer Aniston

3 October 2008 9:05 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Watch out, Jennifer Aniston: Ellen DeGeneres is playing matchmaker. During a visit with Shemar Moore, scheduled to air Friday, the talk-show host (and new bride) offered to set up her guest with Aniston – who is a friend of hers. "Who can I help you with? What is your type?" DeGeneres asked the Criminal Minds star, who said he was single "all day everyday." Answered the hunky actor: "There is one particular person in this town that I kind of got a little crush on," he said. "A lot of guys got a crush on this girl but she can't »

- Brian Orloff

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President Bush to address nation Wed. night

24 September 2008 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

New York -- Premiere week or not, the networks will carry President Bush's address to the nation live at 9 p.m. Et.

The White House announced Wednesday afternoon that Bush would speak to the American people about the financial crisis that has gripped Wall Street and Main Street and become the major issue in the presidential campaign. He'll also discuss the bailout and reform package prepared by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and currently being debated in Congress.

This will back up the second hour of primetime for the Eastern and Central time zones. That includes CBS' "Criminal Minds," and a David Blaine special over on ABC. They will start immediately after the address and a short amount of commentary. NBC will air an abbreviated version of "America's Got Talent" to keep the start of the season premiere of "Lipstick Jungle" at 10 p.m. as scheduled.

Network officials said the »

- By Paul J. Gough

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Criminal Minds Season 3 Recap

22 September 2008 10:28 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Criminal Minds packed quite a few developments into the season 3 finale, and with season 4 just about to begin here’s a bit of a recap and analysis of the show.

The BAU (Bahavioral Analysis Unit) headed to New York to deal with what appeared to be random killings. Random was not what they were.

 

The murders were actually coordinated strikes gauging the law enforcement response tactics. Perfectly calculated tests while the un-subs watched.

In the meantime, Derek has a possible promotion available to him and Jennifer Jareau is pregnant. (The actress, A.J. Cook was really pregnant. She learned about it while on the set of her movie, Misconception, a movie about a surrogate mother. Trippy.)

The show comes at us with one heck of a mind bender. We’re watching different team members at the end of the day, as their evening comes to a close, they’re all getting »

- Bruce Simmons

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Updates on the Release of 'Moonlight' Season 1 DVD

18 September 2008 2:00 AM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

Back in June, when the fate of the CBS series Moonlight was yet undetermined, we reported that the first season DVD of said show will be released some time in September.  Now that the month is coming to a close, fans have started to become anxious about the DVD release.  While they want to get their hands on the DVD to calm the frustration caused by the non-renewal of the show that brought us Alex O'Loughlin as the sexy vamp detective Mick St. John, no definite reports have surfaced.

In August, though, we brought you good news with CBS announcing that while they have officially turned off Moonlight, they will be keeping the 32-year-old Australian actor to pursue other series projects with the network.  In fact, CBS and O’Loughlin went ahead to sign a year-long contract for the actor to work on a project developed by Mark Gordon, who »

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'Tempest' Tossed

18 September 2008 1:59 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

In The Tempest, one of the last plays William Shakespeare fully authored, the character of Prospero is a conundrum. For 12 years he's been marooned on an island with his young daughter, Miranda. Struggling to survive, he blackmails the spirit Ariel into being his servant and compels the mortal Caliban to be his slave. For reasons equally simple and complex, Prospero is hero and antihero, protagonist and antagonist. Perhaps it's those contradictions that make him the perfect role for Mandy Patinkin to play.For seven months Patinkin has enjoyed a luxury afforded very few actors: He's done little but prepare to play perplexing Prospero, in this case for Classic Stage Company's Off-Broadway production of The Tempest. For the first three months, he logged three to four hours a day, including Saturdays and Sundays, meeting with Shakespeare scholar Rachel Chavkin and analyzing each line of the play, "translating it into English, »

- Leonard Jacobs

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ION Television rebrands

7 September 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

ION Television is set to launch a rebranding campaign Monday, positioning itself as a general entertainment network as part of an effort to attract younger viewers.

The campaign, which carries the tag line "Positively Entertaining," includes a new look, logo and Web site along with new advertisers and distributors. It comes on the heels of a slew of off-net series acquisitions for the network once associated primarily with "Mama's Family" and "Diagnosis: Murder" reruns. In recent months, the network has acquired rights to more contemporary series including "NCIS," "Ghost Whisperer," "Boston Legal" and "Criminal Minds."

"We've been pursuing new programming to add to the schedule and really felt this was the right time to reposition the network as a general entertainment network," chief marketing officer Eleo Hensleigh said. "We felt this would give us the opportunity to offer a broader array of programming and that we could take that moment »

- By Kimberly Nordyke

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A&E commissions 'Son' from Murray

3 September 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A&E is getting back into business with writer-producer Charles Murray after their recent collaboration on the drama pilot "Under," developing a new project centering on a city commissioner.

"The Lost Son" is part of a two-script deal that Murray has inked with ABC Studios. The other script is a blind commitment.

"Son," from ABC Studios and Thom Beers' Original Prods., is an "Upstairs/Downstairs" look at the inner workings of a city commissioner's office and how his actions directly affect street crime in each police precinct. The project centers on a cop who suddenly jumps 15 levels to become the new commissioner of a large city but continues doing police work at night. He also continues to investigate his mother's murder.

Murray is writing and executive producing; Beer and Original's Philip Segal are nonwriting exec producers.

"Under" is not going forward at A&E, but the network was impressed with Murray, »

- By Kimberly Nordyke

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