"The Expendables 2"
"The Expendables 2" should be on top again this weekend. (Lionsgate)
After the coffee. Before figuring out how to transcribe an interview without actually listening to it.

The Over the Hill Gang rides again. "The Expendables 2," starring aging action heroes Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, is expected to stay on top of the box office for the second weekend in a row. New challengers include "Premium Rush," the bike messenger thriller for those who have been screaming for a "Quicksilver" sequel, and "Hit & Run" starring Dax Shephard, although you'll keep thinking its Owen Wilson. Box office previews from the Los Angeles Times andHollywood Reporter
The Skinny: Another week has come and gone. If you're like me, you spent it obsessing on things that don't matter and ignoring the things that do. Sorry, not trying to be a downer, just offering some perspective. Friday's headlines include a look at the weekend box office, profiles of the producers of next year's Oscars and reviews of "Red Hook Summer" and "Premium Rush."
Daily Dose: As part of its new distribution deal with Fox NewsTime Warner Cablesubscribers can now watch the cable network live on their iPads and iPhones. The Fox Business Network will also be available to Time Warner Cable customers via table devices. Now if Time Warner Cable can just get the NFL Network.
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AMC takes aim at Dish
A new ad from AMC takes aim at Dish. (AMC Networks)














AMC Networks has launched another round of attack ads aimed at Dish, the satellite broadcaster that stopped carrying its cable channels almost two months ago.
The only problem is getting the ads in front of actual Dish subscribers, of which there are about 14 million.
The new ads are running only on AMC, IFC, WE and Sundance -- none of which, of course, are being carried by Dish. While AMC could try to buy advertising on other networks that are available on Dish, those networks probably would be reluctant to run spots that might offend one of their biggest distributors.
So why run the spots at all?
Because AMC wants to reach anyone who might be thinking of switching to Dish. Every month, tens of thousands of consumers switch pay-TV distributors for various reasons including relocation to better prices. AMC wants everyone considering Dish to know that if they sign up they can forget about"Breaking Bad," "Mad Men" and "The Walking Dead," three of its biggest hits.
Of course, running ads on its own channels is not AMC's only option to bad mouth Dish. It also has been using its marketing prowess to email Dish subscribers about what's going on with its channels as well.
Ratings for AMC are down since losing access to Dish's subscribers. It is unclear if Dish has suffered an unusually high amount of subscriber defections that can be attributed to no longer carrying AMC and the other channels.
Dish has said the issue has to do with the prices being offered to carry its channels. AMC has countered that the real motivation is a separate legal fight the two companies are engaged in over a breach of contract claim.
Asked via email if Dish would consider running AMC's attack ads -- after all money is money -- a spokesman for the satellite broadcaster said: "We're not selling them time."


Parks & Recreation
Amazon Prime will begin streaming more NBC shows online, including "Parks and Recreation," "Parenthood" and "Friday Night Lights." (Danny Feld / NBC)
"Arrested Development"
"Arrested Development" will air new episodes on Netflix next spring. (Sam Urdank / Fox)

NewEpisodes of "Arresred Development" exclusively on Netflix. “Arrested Development” fans, the wait is (almost) over: The cult favorite will make its highly anticipated return next spring with at least 10 episodes – possibly more. The news, first reported bythe Huffington Post, was confirmed by a Netflix spokesperson.
Rumors of an “Arrested Development” revival have surfaced repeatedly ever since the critically beloved but but ratings-challenged sitcom was canceled by Fox in 2006. Last year, Mitchell Hurwitz and the entire cast reunited for the first time at the New Yorker Festival, and announced plans for a new, limited-run season and a possible movie.
“Arrested Development” devotees, perhaps reluctant to get their hopes up, greeted the news with cautious optimism. For many, it took empirical evidence – in the form of pictures tweeted from set – for them to believe.
Cast member David Cross teased the upcoming season, which began filming Aug. 7, in an interview with Rolling Stone, calling it “audacious and amazing.” He also said that Hurwitz and his writers had come up with “too much material” for just 10 episodes, which may be why Netflix is leaving open the possibility of a longer season.
While an exact date has yet to be announced, fans should now feel free to start planning their “Arrested Development” viewing parties. Suggested dress code: Cutoff jeans.

Oscar is in tech."Smash" executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have been tapped to produce the 2013 Oscars telecast. Zadan and Meron, whose other TV credits include "Drop Dead Diva"and whose long list of movie credits include "Chicago" and "Hairspray," said they've been Monday morning quarterbacking the Oscars for years just waiting for their shot. Call it a hunch but I'm guessing there'll be a few song and dance numbers. More on the duo from the Los Angeles Timesand Variety.

Jim Parsons in "The Big Bang Theory"
TBS scored with reruns of "The Big Bang Theory," a Chuck Lorre produced sit-com. Above, actor Jim Parsons dances with Mayim Bialik on an episode during its original run on CBS. (Robert Voets / CBS)

TV Trends. Rerun retention slipped 4% during the most recent season, mustering 48% of the audience for the original episode. During the 2010-2011 season, repeats generated 52% of the viewership for the original episode.  
Among viewers ages 18 to 49, repeats retained 43% of the audience for the original episode, a decline of 3% from the previous season.
Prime-time network reruns, once a reliable source of ratings and advertising revenue, are losing their appeal as the entertainment landscape becomes more crowded with options.
A television viewership study released this week by RPA, a Santa Monica-based advertising agency, found that several long-term audience trends were reinforced during the most recent television season.
Key among them: Major networks struggle to hold onto younger viewers, two blockbuster shows witnessed an exodus of viewers, and reruns were less potent.
Ratings held up during the first half of the 2011-2012 TV season, but dropped sharply during the second half of the season. Double-digit declines for two important franchises -- "American Idol"  on Fox and "Dancing with the Stars" on ABC-- were largely to blame.
"The ratings just collapsed for these two shows," RPA's veteran television analyst David Scardino said Wednesday. "Both the 'Dancing with the Stars' performance show and 'American Idol' on Wednesday were down 32% among viewers aged 18 to 49."

"Repeats just didn't hold the audience as well as they did in past seasons," Scardino said. "And it's logical:  There are more places to see reruns."
For example, cable channel TBS got a ratings boost, in part, through the strength of the Warner Bros.produced sit-com, "The Big Bang Theory," which has its first run on CBS.
"TBS really caught a wave. It ran 'Big Bang Theory' more than 300 times across the season and it did extremely well," Scardino said.

Pass the bubbly. Hard liquor ads are starting to pop up more frequently with late night shows on broadcast television, according to the Wall Street Journal. They are already a staple of cable TV, but the broadcast networks are now getting aggressive with the hard stuff. While broadcast TV is full of beer ads, hard liquor has always been seen as taboo. Though one can debate whether hard liquor is worse than beer, it seems silly that ads for it appear on one channel and not another when the viewer for the most part doesn't distinguish between broadcast and cable.
TVB
TVB (Television Bureau of Advertising / August 23, 2012)















Put your political money on broadcast TV. Cable news may get the big ratings this election season, but local broadcast news is where politicians should put their advertising money, according to the Television Bureau of Advertising.
The TVB, a nonprofit trade association representing broadcast stations, said in a report that the audience for local morning and late-evening local news in the nation's biggest cities more closely mirror the makeup of the electorate.
For example, while more than 50% of the prime-time audience for cable news channels is 65 and older, that demographic represents only 19% of voters. The biggest group of voters is adults 35-54, which represent 39% of the population but account for only 22% of the prime-time cable news audience.
Those statistics tell only half the story though and may have some cable executives rolling their eyes. While it's true that senior citzens represent just under 20% of the voting population, the percentage of senior citizens who vote is more than 70%, more than any other demographic.
Given that, don't look for campaigns to suddenly shift money from cable news to local broadcast TV. Of course, it's not like there is a shortage of political ads on broadcast television anyway.

Going old school.The USC Annenberg/Los Angeles Times Poll on Politics and the Press revealed that news coverage from local TV stations is still the way many get information. The survey showed that almost 60% of respondents watch local news at least once daily. Analysis of the survey from theLos Angeles Times
Sibling rivalry. Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, had sharp words for her younger brother James and even took a few digs at the management style at her father's conglomerate in the wake of the ethics scandal there. In a speech, Murdoch said there are "significant and difficult questions about how some behaviors fell so far short of its values." More on her remarks from the Guardian
Dish Network is in trouble with the FTC
The FTC says Dish Network has violated telemarketing rules. (Associated Press)

Don't call us, we'll call you. The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit against Dish Network claiming the satellite broadcaster violated "do not call" rules by continuing to pester consumers who had already indicated they didn't want to hear any more pitches. Details on the suit, which Dish said it would fight, from Reuters and the Los Angeles Times.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Betsy Sharkey on "Premium Rush" and Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer."
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