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Google’s Taking Over TV, Too

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It’s official: Google is in charge of the modern world. The Internet giant recently signed a deal which brings together HBO, Netflix, Pandora and the NBA under a new banner: Google TV.

It’s all part of Google’s multimillion-channel TV system, which will launch in the fall. The system runs on Google’s Android OS, making it possible for Web viewers to watch content on their television sets. And next fall, Google’s going to present Google Mind, which allows users to plug their brains directly into their computer systems. (We’re just kidding about that last bit … or, are we?)

NBC Universal, Time Warner and Twitter will also be involved, offering apps which will allow users to access content from their TVs. alone plans to offer 600-plus hours of programming (which just about covers the first two seasons of The Sopranos), and the NBA has created an app which will keep viewers updated on games and scores in real time. Google is hinting that even more news will unfold in the next few weeks.

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Tuesday Ratings: America’s Got Talent Does Well for NBC

Despite the disappointments delivered by reality fare this summer (and the presence of basketball game last night), NBC managed to have a great evening with the debut of America’s Got Talent. The show helped the Peacock Network nab a win in the viewers while ABC had a hold on the demos.

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Sunday Ratings: Theater Awards Don’t Translate to TV

Although Tony Awards telecasts have never been ratings goldmines, last night’s event had to compete with golf and basketball. Yesterday’s contest between the Celtics and the Lakers gave ABC another win in both the viewers and the demos.

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  • ‘s coverage of the U.S. Open (3.9/13 in-18-49) attracted 13.8 million golf fans.
  • ‘s special (8.2 million, 3.2/11) did 800,000 better than last Sunday; the pre-game show (9.8 million, 4.0/12) grew by 1.9 million.
  • Approximately 6.2 million theater lovers watched the 2008 (1.1/3).
  • * (3.7 million, 1.8/6) was down by 400,000; * (3.6 million, 1.7/5) slipped by 300,000.
  • * (1.1 million, 0.4/1) and * (1.1 million, 0.4/1) turned out similar numbers.

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Thursday Ratings: Basketball Courts the Fans

The Boston Celtics’ surprise comeback last night was the biggest attraction of the evening. Thanks to the heated contest, ABC had its 8th consecutive win in the demos on a Thursday.

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Tuesday Ratings: Lakers Win Game and Viewers

Game 3 between the Boston Celtics and the LA Lakers overpowered FOX’s reality block. ABC wound up passing its competitors in both the viewers and the demos.

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  • * (10 million, 1.9/6 in 18-49) had a 900,000 climb.
  • The pre-game show (3.6/11) drew in 9.1 million.
  • The special (2.9/10) kicked off the evening with 7.8 million.
  • (6 million, 2.4/8) was off by 700,000.
  • (6 million, 1.8/6) improved by 300,000.

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David Cook Tackles the National Anthem

Despite weekly performances - and a revealing Guitar Hero commercial - nothing could apparently prepare David Cook for the challenge he tackled last night.

Idol‘s Season 7 champion said singing the national anthem before yesterday’s NBA game made him far more uneasy than any of his competition numbers.

“It’s the one song you don’t want to mess up. I’m going to try not to notice Jack Nicholson sitting in the front row and think about the lyrics.”


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Sunday Ratings: NBA Scores for ABC

Game Two between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers was by far the most exciting thing on TV yesterday. Up against mostly repeats, ABC easily had a hold on the night.

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Lost: Greatest Hits - David’s Top Five of Awesomeness

Lost Greatest HitsIf the “Greatest Hits” episode of Lost proved one thing, it’s that the writers of are stealing my “Top 5 of Awesomeness” idea and incorporating it in their show.  Jealous much?  Fine, fine, you can make it up to me by having me write for your show.  Deal?

Maybe not.  Still, as the penultimate (and really, how often do you get the chance to use that word?) episode, it was a terrific way of setting things up for the big climactic two hour finale, which I’ll watch on TiVo right after I find out that Jordin won Idol.

In the meantime, who’s ready for five awesome things?

EVERYBODY GETS A LINE.  EVERYBODY!  - Well, except Locke.  People often gripe that such-and-such episode didn’t have such-and-such character in it, and I’m typically annoyed by that complaint.  I mean, there are roughly 108 people in the cast, so each one of them can’t really be front and center every week, otherwise each episode would be about 7 hours long.  Which wouldn’t be all that bad of a thing, considering what some of the networks are going to be putting on the air next season.

Oh, and side note to CBS: Your new show “Moonlight,” the one about the vampire who is a private investigator and hates other vampires?  Yeah, I would go back to whoever pitched that show and make sure he/she is not just copying scripts from the show “Angel,” which, if you didn’t see it, was on the WB and was about, hmm, how should I put this, THE EXACT SAME THING.  Come on.

Anyway, giving the complainers nothing to complain about, nearly every character was integrated into the storylines of this episode.  With the exception of Locke (and, if you have to get technical, Tom/Mr. Friendly), the following characters were part of “Greatest Hits”: Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Jin, Sun, Claire, Charlie, Hurley, Desmond, Sayid, Rousseau, Rose, Bernard, Aaron, Naomi, Richard, Karl, Ben, Juliette, Alex, and even Vincent the dog made an appearance.  That’s an awesome episode right there.

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