munchman’s Laugh of the Day

Serious bizness, yah. But I can’t help it. This strikes me as, um, well, erm funny:

1 picture is worth a million words of complaint (The violence definitely isn’t funny. The official reaction to it, OTOH…)

Showtime’s ‘Homeland’ Receives Threat of Legal Action From Government of Lebanon – by Team TVWriter Press Service (via UK Telegraph)

The award-winning Showtime drama “Homeland” has received a legal threat from Lebanon, with the country’s minister of tourism expressing outrage at Beirut’s portrayal by the show as a city filled with terrorists, reports the U.K.’s Telegraph.

The story was reported before Beirut was rocked Friday by a deadly car bombing.

“We are following the case legally. I raised this at the cabinet meeting and the president asked the minister for justice and the minister of communications to see what can be done,” said Fady Abboud, the country’s tourism minister. He called the show’s portrayal of Beirut a “serious misrepresentation.”

“I am calling on all young Lebanese adults to do what they need to do — to write blogs, to call the BBC and CNN to try to raise awareness that Beirut is not a city of Kalashnikov and war,” he added, according the story.

Besides airing on Showtime, “Homeland” is also seen internationally. For example, in the U.K. it’s shown on Channel 4.

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Ain’t nuthin’ munchy loves more than self-righteous and totally self-serving indignation. Ahh…


Ever Wonder What Network Press Releases Look Like?

Well, here’s one we got yesterday:

Hello and a Happy Monday to you!

With the adventures of DEXTER and HOMELAND continuing last night, there’s a whole lot more in store for us to chat about this week!

Will Carrie be proven right about Brody? Re-experience a vital scene from last night’s HOMELAND where Carrie finds “Courage Under Fire,” racing through an apartment to prove she’s right. Watch the clip here and feel free to share with your readers:

We’ve also got a DEXTER clip from last night to share with you! After learning the truth behind her brother, Deb simply asks Dex to “Trust Me.” Do you think Deb can live with Dex’s secret? Watch it here:

To get a hint for what’s to come, tune into the next episode of behind-the-scenes podcast for DEXTER. Dexter’s Dad Harry Morgan, aka James Remar, joins the latest episode of DEXTER Wrap-Up to discuss the season thus far. Check it out on iTunes now, with new episodes of the podcast available after each episode:

You can also continue to test your DEXTER knowledge with the brand-new trivia game based on your favorite killer, Dexter’s Disciples. Check it out now with new questions after each episode:

Don’t miss a replay of the HOMELAND premiere tonight (9PM or 11PM ET/PT) as well as DEXTER (8PM or 10PM ET/PT), or watch both now on Showtime on Demand!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions about anything above and if you would kindly shoot over any coverage from your site, Facebook, or Twitter that would be kindly appreciated.



We love these and think everybody should be on the list for them. Especially everybody who writes about TV because, let’s face it, copying other people’s writing and claiming it as your own is soo darn easy. (Makes you wonder how many times a day you read things like that without even knowing, doesn’t it? Well, it makes us wonder anyway.)

NBC Wins Premiere Week in Key 18-49 Demo

…And not because the network has improved that much (at least it doesn’t seem like it has to demanding ole us).

by Team TVWriter News Service

NBC has finished #1 in adults 18-49 for premiere week of the 2012-13 television season, marking the network’s first outright victory during premiere week since 2003. Led by “Sunday Night Football,” “The Voice” and “Go On,” NBC delivered an average 2.9 rating, 8 share in adults 18-49 and 8.2 million viewers overall for the primetime ratings week of September 24-30, according to “live plus same day” viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research.

The 2.9 rating in 18-49 makes this NBC’s highest-rated premiere week in four years, since 2008. NBC topped its year-ago premiere-week rating by 12 percent in 18-49 (with a 2.9 rating vs. a 2.6) and was up by 9 percent in total viewers (8.2 million vs. 7.5 million), making NBC the only network among ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox up year to year in either category. NBC was also up versus last year’s premiere week in every other key ratings category.

For the week, NBC is #1 among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, men 25-54, men 18-49, women 18-49 (tie) and men 18-34 (tie). NBC has now finished #1 or tied for #1 among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in 18-49 for eight of the last 10 weeks.

NBC’s premiere-week schedule included the week’s #1 series in 18-49 (“Sunday Night Football”), the week’s #1 and #2 unscripted telecasts (the Monday and Tuesday editions of “The Voice”), the #1 new series (“Revolution”) and the #2 new comedy (“Go On”).

NBC was up in 18-49 rating versus premiere week last year on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday and tied with the year-ago night on Saturday.

Wow! A real live press release where NBC honks its own horn.

Double wow! NBC really does have the numbers to celebrate.

Do we hope it lasts or is this no big deal either way? As too many test questions would say: “Discuss…”

Our congrats to the peacock, for whatever they’re worth.

UPDATED 10/3 TO ADD: ABC has just announced that regardless of NBC’s achievement, “ABC leads in Upscale Adults 18-49 During Premiere Week,” specifically adults with annual incomes of $100,000 or more. So there, NBC. Hmm, didn’t Mitt Romney recently define “middle income families” as those making about $750,000 a year? One man’s Upscale is another’s 99%. (Or at least 47% for sure.)

New Science Fiction Channel Announced

We would’ve liked the heading here to be “New Science Fiction Channel Coming,” but there’s many a slip twixt the announcement and the lip as somebody or other (maybe even a couple of people) once said:

The Digital Development Group Corp. (DIDG) (“DigiDev”or the “Company”), a hybrid content licensing and technology company offering a wide array of niche content for Internet enabled devices, today announced the signing of an agreement with the Sci-Fi Station® for the development of the Sci-Fi Station® OTT Channel.

“Having been involved with the science fiction and fantasy genre all of my film producing and directing life, I am really looking forward to launching the Sci-Fi Station® OTT channel with The Digital Development Group. My relationship with the principals of DigiDev goes back almost 2 decades. We are now working very hard populating the channel with many of the great classic, rare hard to find, unusual and seminal works of the genre which will include motion pictures, television, and supporting documentaries that are sure to delight and entertain viewers of all ages,” stated Arnold Leibovit founder and owner of the®.

“The Sci-Fi Category would be on anybody’s top ten list for content acquisitions,” stated Martin W. Greenwald, CEO of DigiDev. “As a genre, Science Fiction attracts a global audience of all age groups. Its universal appeal leads me to believe that this could be one of our fastest growing channels.”

“In addition, the access to Arnold, a person who has lived and breathed Science Fiction for decades, will ensure a very rich experience for our subscribers as he curates a channel around his vision,” continued Mr. Greenwald. The Channel is expected to launch by December of this year.

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Arnold Leibovit has been a friend of TVWriter™ and our boss, LB, for many years. All of us here are quite excited about this announcement and hope, hope, hope it works out! (Hey, Arnold, get in touch. We love sci-fi and are happy to work for free peanuts um, cheap.)

“Best Cult TV Series Ever, according to “Entertainment Weekly”

EW Picks the Best Cult TV Series Ever. Here’s EW’s Top 10. In at No. 1 Is a British Import – by TeamTVWriter Press Service

Entertainment Weekly has published its choices for the best cult TV series ever. Counting from No. 10 to No. 1, here are EW’s choices. The only show that might be hard to place by some is EW’s choice for the No. 9 slot, “The Comeback.” It was only on one season — 2005 — on HBO and starred Lisa Kudrow.

Dunno if we agree with these choices. For example, we here at TVWeek would put at least these five series in our top 10 of the best cult TV series ever: “Action,” the little known, bitingly funny Hollywood satire that lasted just 13 episodes on Fox in the 1999 season; the long-running HBO comedy “The Larry Sanders Show”; the outstanding ABC series from David Lynch “Twin Peaks,” the sci-fi favorite “The Prisoner,” with Patrick McGoohan, that ran in the 1967-’68 season; and “Kolchak: The Night Stalker,” starring Darren McGavin, which was on duing the 1974-’75 season.

Here’s EW’s top ten cult TV series of all time:

10. “My So-Called Life.”

9. “The Comeback”

8. “Star Trek: The Next Generation”

7. “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”

6. “The Wire”

5. “The X-Files”

4. “Mystery Science Theater 3000”

3. “Arrested Development”

2. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

1. “Doctor Who”

Yeah, the new guys are missing but we thought this would be fun

Agree? Disagree? Wanna make something of it? Give us a holler.