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Jan 29, 2015
10:17 am
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Time Warner Cable Posts Decline in Video Subs (Bloomberg, WSJ)

Time Warner Cable missed its profit targets and posted a decline in pay-TV subscriptions in the fourth quarter, Bloomberg reports.

The company, which is anticipating approval for its merger with Comcast Corp., did gain 54,000 “overall residential customer relationships,” The Wall Street Journal notes. “High-speed data customers grew by 168,000, while voice customers increased by 295,000. Video customers, however, declined by 38,000,” The Journal reports.

The results appear in the company’s fourth-quarter earnings report.

Bloomberg reports: “Fourth-quarter earnings, excluding some items, increased 12 percent to $2.03 a share, falling short of the $2.09 average of analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Sales rose 3.8 percent to $5.79 billion, the New York-based company said in a statement. Analysts projected revenue of $5.81 billion.”

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Jan 29, 2015
10:16 am
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Keeping Up with the Kardashians: Is Bruce Jenner Going to Star in His Own Show Where He Will Reveal He is Transgender? (Variety, Washington Post)

The “journey” of Bruce Jenner, a former Olympic star and the recently divorced husband of Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner, is the focus of a new docuseries in development at E!, reports Variety.

Bruce Jenner “has generated considerable speculation in the tabloid press that he is on the verge of revealing he is transgender,” the report adds. “The development process has gone as far as the head of publicity at E! planning a meeting with GLAAD about how to handle such a sensitive subject.”

Reps for E! declined to comment for the story, Variety notes.

The report quotes an insider close to the production saying of the still untitled project: “It’s in the very beginning stages, but it’s a go.”

Reports the Washington Post, “On Friday, US Weekly’s new cover story will report that Jenner, 65, ‘is taking steps to disclose what multiple sources describe as his wish to transition from male to female.’ The magazine says that Jenner’s announcement will be for the cameras, as he’s currently filming an E! reality show documenting ‘full transformation.’ TMZ also reported the same news.

 

TVBIZWIRE
Jan 28, 2015
9:31 pm
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OMG. Check Out This Cast, Coming To a TV Near You, in a Single Series: Elizabeth Banks, Bradley Cooper, Jon Hamm, Janeane Garofalo, Christopher Meloni, David Hyde Pierce, Chris Pine, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Richard Schiff, Jason Schwartzman, Molly Shannon, John Slattery and Kristen Wiig. And That’s Only a Partial Cast List (Deadline.com)

This is all from our good friend Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com’s TV reporter extraordinaire. All of these folks will appear in the limited series “Wet Hot American Summer” sometime during its 8-episode run on Netflix.

As the story notes, “The 2001 cult film was set on the last day at a fictional Jewish summer camp in 1981; the series is set on the first day.” The series is expected to be on Netflix this summer.

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TVBIZWIRE
Jan 28, 2015
8:53 pm
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Do You Remember That 18-Minute Phone Call From Hell Last Summer, When a Comcast Customer Service Rep Would Not Let a Subscriber Cancel His Service? You Are Not Going to Believe What Comcast Customer Service Did This Time! (Wired; YouTube)

“Comcast probably doesn’t relish being one of those companies that many Americans love to hate. But sometimes, the cable giant makes this way too easy.”

So writes Robert McMillan on the website of Wired. He continues:

“Consider the case of Ricardo Brown. After Brown’s wife had a disagreement with the cable company recently, Comcast started sending him monthly statements under the name ‘Asshole Brown.’

The story notes that Ricardo’s wife, Lisa, says “I was never rude.” After she was transferred to one of Comcast’s retention specialists, she was made an offer to keep her Comcast service, which she declined to do. Says Lisa,“It could have been that person was upset because I didn’t take the offer.”

The story then notes, “Comcast spokesman Steve Kipp confirmed the Browns’ story to WIRED. “We have spoken with our customer and apologized for this completely unacceptable and inappropriate name change,” he told us via email. “We have zero tolerance for this type of disrespectful behavior and are conducting a thorough investigation to determine what happened. We are working with our customer to make this right and will take appropriate steps to prevent this from happening again.”

In case you never heard that call last summer between Comcast and its customer that wanted to cancel at the time, here’s a version we found on YouTube. It’s got the last 8 minutes of the call. Wired says that various versions of this call have been listened to more than 6 million times.

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Jan 28, 2015
9:30 am
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Katie Holmes Coming Back to the Small Screen with a Recurring Role on Acclaimed Pay Cable Drama

A cable drama series that has wowed critics and made an impact on the awards circuit is getting a high-profile guest star. Our good friend Lynette Rice at People magazine reports that Katie Holmes will be a part of season three of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.”

“Holmes will play a shrewd and chic businesswoman named Paige, the daughter of billionaire producer Andrew Finney (Ian McShane), who enlists Ray’s services,” Rice reports.

The show has been a fixture at awards shows, with Jon Voight winning a Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination for his supporting role. Star Liev Schreiber has two Golden Globe nominations for his work on the show, which was named one of the Most Exciting New Series in 2013 at the Critics’ Choice TV Awards.

Rice also notes that Holmes will also “reprise her role as Jackie Kennedy…in ‘The Kennedys: After Camelot’ for Reelz Channel.

 

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Jan 28, 2015
9:29 am
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Jan 28, 2015
9:28 am
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CBS Moves Forward With Medical Drama Pilot (Deadline.com)

CBS is moving forward with a new medical drama, ordering a pilot for the project from Michael Seitzman, creator of “Intelligence,” Deadline.com reports.

“Code Black” comes from ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios, with David Semel set to direct the pilot, the story reports, noting that the project is based on Ryan McGarry’s feature documentary. The show is set in the ER at L.A. County Hospital.

CBS also ordered a pilot for a multicamera comedy project “The Half of It” from Mike Gibbons, co-creator and exec producer of Comedy Central’s “Tosh.0.”

 

TVBIZWIRE
Jan 28, 2015
9:28 am
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Before the Bowl was Super: When Commercials Cost $45,000 Per :30, Not $4.5 Million; When 2 Networks Broadcast the Game; and When Two Different Size Footballs Were Used. We Now Refer to It as Super Bowl 1, Though It Wasn’t Called The ‘Super Bowl’ Then. So How Did The Game Get Dubbed the ‘Super Bowl’? (NY Times)

The answer to that question and all of the above information is contained in a wonderful, must-read article published last weekend by The New York Times and written by historian Michael Beschloss.

Beschloss writes that since both the National Football League and the American Football League had their own TV contracts, the game, called the “First A.F.L.-N.F.L. World Championship Game,” and played on Jan. 15, 1967 in a Los Angeles Coliseum that was a third empty (most expensive ticket: $12), was broadcast on both CBS and NBC, each using its own announcers.

“NBC and CBS each paid $1 million for the privilege, selling commercials for $70,000 to $85,000 per minute [versus the $9 million per minute this year]; they hawked 10-cent Muriel cigars and McDonald’s hamburgers (‘Over Two Billion Sold’). CBS tried to draw viewers by preceding its Super Bowl coverage with an exhibition by the Harlem Globetrotters.”

Playing in the game were the Green Bay Packers from the NFL and the Kansas City Chiefs from the AFL. The two teams had not played each other before. The Packers led at halftime, 14-10, and won the game 35-10.

So how did the game get called the Super Bowl? Writes Beschloss, “[A]fter watching his children enjoying Wham-O’s bouncy new Super Ball, the A.F.L.’s founder, Lamar Hunt, [owner of the Chiefs and] son of the maverick Dallas oil tycoon H. L. Hunt, told N.F.L. Commissioner Pete Rozelle that the game should be called something like the Super Bowl, although he was sure that name could be improved. The name was quickly adopted by other owners and much of the news media.”

Beschloss’article is filled with other gems as well, such as this one: “The A.F.L.’s football (manufactured by Spalding) was a quarter-inch longer, slightly narrower and more tacky on its surface than the N.F.L.’s ball (made by Wilson). The A.F.L.’s ball was said to be easier to pass, the N.F.L.’s more kickable. As a compromise, each team was authorized to use its own football while on offense.”

We highly recommend you read the entire original article, which you can find if you click here.

superbowl1Packers’ Legendary Coach Vince Lombardi Walks Off the Field at the End of the First Super Bowl (from TV footage)

TVBIZWIRE
Jan 28, 2015
9:27 am
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‘Voices of Auschwitz,’ a Powerful Documentary, Is on CNN Tonight (TVWeek)

TVWeek Open Mic blogger Hillary Atkin writes today about the haunting documentary “Voices of Auschwitz.”

As Steven Spielburg says in the documentary about this, the 70 anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps, “This will be the last significant commemoration” because of the age of the survivors. “But all the survivors will become teachers in perpetuity.”

To read Hillary’s piece, please click here.

 

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Jan 28, 2015
9:26 am
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What’s the Top Filming Location in L.A.? It’s Not LAX, Nor Downtown (LA Times)

A new report tracks the most popular filming locations in Los Angeles, with the L.A. Times reporting that No. 1 on the list is Griffith Park.

The report is based on a review of data from FilmL.A. Inc., which handles shooting permits for productions filming in the city and county of Los Angeles.

The park chalked up 322 production days in 2014, followed by the former Herald-Examiner building on South Broadway, with 232 days.

“Another popular downtown film location is the area under the 6th Street Bridge,” the Times reports. “The location generated 86 production days last year for such TV shows as the long-running CBS crime drama ‘Criminal Minds,’ El Rey’s ‘Matador’ and the Fox series ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine.’”

Also on the list of popular sites: the Los Angeles Times building, Elysian Park, Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Will Rogers State Beach, LAX, Dockweiler Beach and the Los Angeles Theatre.

 

 

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