All posts by Sheldon Wiebe

Conan Smokes Leno [And Everyone Else]!

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TBS trounces network late night talk shows with its premiere of Conan! The gangly redhead with his fresh-from-my-live-tour beard drew 4.2 million viewers for his TBS premiere which was, yes, very funny. Even better, of that 4.2 million, 3.3 million were adults 18-49. By comparison, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno drew a total of 3.5 million viewers with a mere 950,000 in the 18-49 demographic. Meanwhile, The Late Show with David Letterman reached a total of 3.4 million, with 1.3 million in the 18-49 demo.

Conan also benefited George Lopez Tonight, which beat both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report in total viewers and all demos

It will be interesting to see if Conan can maintain this audience – but even if there’s as much as a 50% drop in ratings [as happened in his second week on The Tonight Show], he will still be giving TBS a triple-digits ratings increase in the timeslot. If he holds his audience, it will be the biggest shake-up in late night ratings, ever – and one of the biggest in basic cable vs. networks.

Photo courtesy of TBS.

Stargate Universe: Secrets Revealed For The Greater Good!

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With the leadership role aboard Destiny seemingly settles, this week’s episode of Stargate Universe [Syfy, Tuesdays, 9/8C] – The Greater Good – finds Colonel Young [Justin Louis] and Dr. Rush [Robert Carlyle] working together to figure out if there’s something of value to be salvaged from a battered vessel they find drifting in space – and winding up stranded! In the episode’s B-arc, Kathleen Munroe returns as Dr. Amanda Perry – in a mind exchange with Lucian Alliance member Ginn [Julie McNiven] – summoned to help find a way to steer Destiny. In both arcs, of course, Murphy’s Law applies [though not necessarily as you might expect].

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Don Stevenson Is Not – Despite His Album’s Title – The King of the Fools!

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Moby Grape was, perhaps, the best band to come out of the San Francisco scene in the 1960s. Unfortunately, their label screwed things up for them by releasing, simultaneously, five singles from their first album. To this day, the release of an album by a Grape is an event to be celebrated. Don Stevenson is the last member of the group to release a solo album and it is, indeed, a cause for celebration.

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Megamind Takes The [Bleep] Out Of Superhero Movies–In 3-D!

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Just when you were beginning to think you couldn’t handle another superhero movie, Dreamworks Animation comes along with a clever, quirky superhero spoof that hits its target spot on. In a deft play on the genre, Megamind answers the question: what would happen if a supervillain actually won? And what happens after that?

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If You Don’t Stand For Something – New Sucker Punch Trailer!

The first Sucker Punch trailer was a dazzling array of images. The new one suggests that director Zack Snyder has something of a plot going on – something about imagination setting you free – but  there’s still more dazzling images and an amazing cast of gorgeous women:Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung and Carla Gugino. Plus, Scott Glenn as a mystic/mentor type.

See for yourself…

Online Scavenger Hunt Leads To Sneak Peek of Pretty Little Liars’ Winter Premiere!

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In my estimation, ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars is the best teen soap currently being aired on North American Television – and I’m not alone. Now, ABC Family has introduced an online scavenger hunt – Pretty Little Liars’ Secret Seekers. – whereby the show’s fans will have the opportunity to win a private premiere screening of the series’ January 3rd premiere in their hometown.

Details follow the jump.

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March Story – Watch Out or the Ills Will Get You!

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‘You must never touch things if you don’t know what they are,’ says March at the beginning of Volume 1 of March Story, a darkly entertaining manga from VIZ Media. Ills are dark spirits that hide within the form of beautiful works of art and possess the unwary who come in contact with them – forcing them to acts of unspeakable violence. March is one of the Ciste Vihad, hunters who track down the Ills – and/or the unfortunates who have become possessed by them. Some they can save. Others…

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Shaken, Stirred & Obsessed –Syfy Goes Nuts With Marathons For Thanksgiving Weekend!

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What do James Bond [in all his various incarnations from Connery to Craig], Ghost Hunters and Hollywood Treasure have in common? They are all being marathoned [is that even a word?] for the Thanksgiving weekend. Then, to add to the multi-faceted fun, there’s an airing of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park and the premiere of Triassic Attack – a Syfy Original directed by Eureka star, Colin Ferguson.

Details and times follow the jump.

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First Look: UK Gangster Flick London Boulevard!

In the criminally underseen In Bruges, Colin Farrell won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of a hitman. In the upcoming London Boulevard – which hits UK screens later this month – he returns to that kind of role as he plays an ex-con turned celebrity bodyguard [Keira Knightley plays the celebrity] whose past [in the form of Ray Winstone’s godfather-like character] won’t leave him be. Think of of it as a UK mash-up of In Bruge, The Godfather and The Bodyguard. It’s also the directorial debut by Academy Award-winning [for The Departed] screenwriter  William Monahan, who also wrote the script. Sounds like a lot of fun to me.

Ambitious TCM Documentary Series Moguls & Movie Stars is Fascinating!

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Tonight, TCM presents the first of seven one-hour episodes of its ambitious history of filmmaking in America, Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood [Mondays, 8/7C]. Featuring previously unseen footage [a Frenchwoman directing a sound-sync film twenty-two years before The Jazz Singer!] and interviews with both noted film historians and Hollywood luminaries, the series looks at American filmmaking over the seven major periods ending in 1969. It begins with Peepshow Pioneers, which delves into the predecessors of film [there was a two hundred and fifty year history of entertainment projected on a screen prior to the invention of motion pictures] and introduces some of film’s most important innovators.

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Zombies Aren’t Smart – The Walking Dead Is!

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A police car pulls into what seems to be an encampment of some sort and a man in uniform gets out, holding a gas can. He walks through the encampment until he spots a young girl [from behind]. When he calls to her, she turns to face him – and he sees that she is partially decomposed. Drawing his sidearm, he shots her in the head. Roll opening credits. Welcome to The Walking Dead [AMC, 10/9C].

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