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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

National Ratings Rocky for Oscars

Despite an uptick in the initial overnight metered market ratings (which tallies viewers in large markets), the Oscars nationally drew 2 million viewers less than last year's show.

Meaning? Big cities were drawn to Chris Rock, but he didn't play in Peoria.

It remains to be seen if he'll be asked back, but the signs aren't good. Critics generally judged his performance to be a disappointment, and the lower ratings definitely don't help.

TiVo Freaks Love Foxxy Moment

Jamie Foxx's emotional acceptance speech after winning the Best Actor Oscar for his performance as Ray was the top TiVo replay moment of the broadcast, according to TiVo.

The second most popular: the "Best Picture" win by Million Dollar Baby.

Personally, the only thing I replayed was Hilary Swank's stage walk, looking for some serious butt crack.

FCC Rules Saving Private Ryan Not Indecent

After scaring numerous ABC affiliates from airing the Steven Spielberg war epic (on Veteran's Day, no less) the FCC released a statement that showing Saving Private Ryan, which contains graphic violence and profanity, did not violate indecency guidelines.

Of course, by not making this announcement before this year's showing (the Oscar winning film had previously aired on network TV), it still had the net effect of removing potentially "offensive" material from many stations airwaves.

Nice work.

Web Whiparound: NYPD Blue Gets Its Gold Watch

The press has always loved NYPD Blue, despite (or perhaps, because of) the controversy the show's premiere stirred up all those years ago- just for showing a little tushy.

Now, in the days of cable drama, that firestorm seems almost quaint.

Anyway, here's a few samples of the press lovefest being slathered upon the groundbreaking show's final episode.

NY Post: Curtain Falls on NYPD Blue
AP: NYPD Blue Bows Out
NY Daily News: NYPD through, but what a run!
Philadelphia Daily News: Remembering NYPD
Philadelphia Daily News: Viva le Franz
Seattle Press-Intelligencer: NYPD Gone: Time to pay tribute to the show that changed television
LA Daily News: Adieu, Blue
Boston Herald: Blue fades to black: After 12 seasons, gritty police drama turns in its badge
Chicago Tribune: The 15th Precinct, where the toughest cops were human too
NYTimes (free registration): Saying Goodbye to a True NYPD Blue Detective
Boston Globe: Color me Blue: With Sipowicz as its antihero, show made an art of imperfection

Shefft Spurns Suitors; Fans Want Blood

After making viewers sit through countless episodes of excruciating TV courting, The Bachelorette Jen Schefft rejected her final two suitors last night, leaving her mateless.

If I had wasted months watching this crap (I didn't), I'd feel gypped. The network should force her to marry somebody... anybody.

Still, at least this broad can salvage SOME self-respect, after shamelessly pimping herself on network television for months.

CNN Encouraging Viewers To Drink

CNN is the first cable news network to accept liquor advertising (NY Times, free registration required).

This makes sense- the only way I'm watching Larry King is if I'm soused.

Tonight's Tube

It's Bye Bye Blue, as Jimmy Smits hosts Sipowicz's two hour finale on ABC. Other options: I always say I'm going to watch Amazing Race, but never do. Here's another chance as the new cycle begins. Also, a new Scrubs, with another chance to play the game that's sweeping the nation- "Finger or Toe?" And on Bravo, it's the latest final Championship Round on Celebrity Poker Showdown.

Monday Trivia Solved: Real or Unreal

Which show actually aired?

A) SeaQuest 2048
B) Code 6
C) Dead at 21
D) 88th Precinct

Answer: C) Dead at 21. The rest are phonies.

Geek/CounterGeek: The Oscars

And the winner for "Most Indecisive Oscar Column Written By A TV Geek" is... Vito, for this week's Geek/CounterGeek.

Rebirth Of The Oscars

Sunday's Oscar telecast was surprisingly refreshing and different. I had heard rumors of a revamped format earlier in the week and I wasn't sure how it would work. The show had a lot of energy, moved along quickly and only ran over by a few minutes.

Sure, announcing winners from inside the audience and having all the nominees on stage together was unorthodox, but something had to be done to reinvigorate this tired old tradition.

CounterGeek: Same Oscars, Different Year

Sure the changes in the Oscar ceremony helped things move along, but that only served to bring the end to my boredom quicker. First of all, did anybody in the country lose their office Oscar pools? This was another year when the winners were known well in advance and there were absolutely no surprises.

Chris Rock? He seemed like a good, hip choice. Unfortunately, he once again proved that when you give a talented, cutting edge comedian a major, mainstream audience, they lose their bite (See Letterman and Leno for further proof).

Yes, the Oscars moved along and ended (almost) on time, but was it entertaining? I'd have to say no.

Where do you stand? Post a comment now! And vote in our "Who should host next year's Oscars" Idiot box poll- in the right hand column!

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