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TiVo expands distribution in China

by Brad Linder, posted Jun 27th 2007 11:02AM
TiVo Greater China has entered into an agreement with PacificNet iMobile to market and distribute TiVo products in China.

TiVo already had a limited presence in Taiwan, but PacificNet iMobile will distribute TiVo PVRs in major cities including Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. If we're lucky, that means more hyper-kinetic Chinese TiVo promotional videos like this one, released last year:


No word on when TiVo will roll out its expansion or what models will be available.

[via Engadget]

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Survivor heads to China

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 18th 2007 2:39PM

Jeff ProbstRemember all that talk about Survivor moving to a colder climate, such as Canada? Never mind.

The long-running CBS show is actually going to China for its next season. The 15th season will feature the castaways in a non-island setting for the first time since the 11th season. Though I'm not sure if you can call them "castaways" if its not an island, but whatever. China is more open to other countries filming there now, and such a location may help Survivor catch on outside of the U.S. The new season starts in September.

I still want to see a cold climate Survivor though. Moving around to different warm parts of the globe (and I'm not sure exactly what the weather will be like in China, so maybe I'm off here) might be interesting on paper, but once you get into the game it's still the same old thing. Changing the climate would change the whole show.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Apr 6th 2007 6:55PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily: Reality TV is taking over!
The video's embedded below, or you can download the file directly (Quicktime required). You can also subscribe to this podcast via our feed.

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PBS: Upcoming shows worth checking out

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 13th 2007 9:03AM

black goldSure, we all like sex, violence and cursing, but if you're like me, sometimes you like to pour yourself a nice cup of tea, settle into the couch, and watch something that's a bit more stimulating to the ol' gray matter. Therefore, here's a few shows coming up on PBS you might want to check out. Note that the first couple shows will air during the pledge period, so you'll have to check your listings for the exact date and time.

Kenny Rogers: The Journey (check local listings for date and time) - This combination concert and retrospective looks at forty years of Rogers' work, including interviews with the musician and singer.

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Billy Bush to be annoying in Mandarin as well as English

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 13th 2007 8:22PM
Who knew that even people in China want to know who Anna Nicole Smith's baby daddy is?

TV Week is reporting that NBC Universal Television Distribution has licensed the format of Access Hollywood to a Chinese television network. It is the first time a foreign studio show has been licensed to show in the People's Republic. The show will be called Access Hollywood China; it will be shot and produced in Beijing, and the local content-to-U.S. content ratio will be 70-30. So yes, that means the Chinese might be seeing Billy Bush annoy the hell out of celebrities, but dubbed into Mandarin (or Cantonese if it's being shown in the southern part of the country). The show's big local star? Asian actor and supermodel Hu Bing, whom I was very disappointed to find out was a guy when I Googled his name.

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Go inside China with PBS

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 31st 2006 8:03AM

chinaPBS will air a four-part documentary on Wednesday, January 10 and Wednesday, January 17 at 9pm titled China from the Inside. The documentary will delve into both the history and current political landscape of China from all perspectives. It will also examine how women are treated in the country, problems with air and water pollution, religion, and the government's slow response to the AIDS epidemic. The four parts of the documentary are:

1. "Power and the People"

2. "Women of the Country"

3. "Shifting Nature"

4. "Freedom and Justice"

China is quickly becoming a major player on the world stage, but little is known about it. The creators of this documentary hope to shed some light on a country that still remains a mystery to many. I love the idea, and hopefully it will be as in-depth as they claim it to be.

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Rosie says "ching chong," causes stir

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 9th 2006 7:59PM

rosie odonnellOn Thursdays episode of The View, a show I never watch because I spend that time celebrating the fact I'm not watching The View, Rosie O'Donnell cracked wise about Danny DeVito's drunken appearance on the show being national news, saying that even in China the newspaper read, "Ching chong, ching ching chong, Danny DeVito!"

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Jericho: Red Flag

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 22nd 2006 9:33PM

Gerald McRaney(S01E10) Great to see that even an episode of a series about nuclear war and small town isolation can have a Thanksgiving episode! But it's not a "Very Special Episode" of Jericho, where everyone has a bake sale and learn a valuable lesson about...I don't know, bake sales or something, it's actually a rather fascinating episode about what the people of Jericho should do when boxes and boxes of food, medicine, fuel, and supplies are dropped from airplanes. Do you trust them? Are they poisoned? Is everything safe to touch? Confusing matters more is that the labels are in Chinese, and the planes were Russian.

At first I thought, yay, Chinese Food! That's what everyone eats when they're alone on the holidays, right? But then you have to think about who sent it (if they really did) and why.

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24 returns in January with 4 hour premiere

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 4th 2006 6:06PM

Jack BauerIt's official. Jack Bauer will return from his extended stay in China to save the world again on Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 8PM with a two hour premiere. As FOX has done with the past two seasons of 24, hours three and four of season six will air the very next night (Monday Jan. 15) at 8PM as well.

To give fans something to chew on in the meantime, on October 24 FOX will be releasing an extended "Day Six" trailer here. Click on it, there's a countdown and everything! There's a lot of buzz around this new season though. Besides finding out the ramifications of the Chinese kidnapping Jack, 24 will also be welcoming a boat-load (no pun intended) of new stars including Regina King, James Cromwell, and Peter MacNicol. Plus, Eric Balfour is back to reprise his season one role as Milo.

In conclusion? Tick tock... tick tock... tick tock.

[via ComingSoon.net]

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News exec Gordon Manning dead at 89

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 8th 2006 11:47AM

Gordon ManningIt's not often that TV news executives are well-known, but Gordon Manning was one of those people.

Manning was with NBC and CBS news for several years, involved in many of the top news stories of the 20th century, including the student uprising in Tiananmen Square in 1989 for NBC, CBS' Watergate and Nixon's trip to China coverage in 1972, and even set up an interview between NBC's Tom Brokaw and Mikail Gorbachev in 1987, just before his meeting with President Reagan.

Manning was famous for something else we all see now: the color-coded election night map! NBC first did that in 1976.

Manning died Wednesday in Westport, CT of a heart attack.

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China bans The Simpsons (and others) from primetime

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 14th 2006 9:03AM
the simpsonsIn an effort to promote Chinese animators, the government has barred foreign animation from television between five and eight p.m. Shows that currently hold those time slots include The Simpsons, Mickey Mouse, and Pokemon. Animation is very hot in China right now, especially Japanese animation. According to this article, China has been trying to beef up its animation studios but so far they've produced bland storylines that hasn't matched the mass market appeal of characters like Bart Simpson and Mickey Mouse.

Other changes on Chinese-run television include requirements that hosts dress more conservatively and use English sparingly, limited foreign programming, and no scary movies during primetime.

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Ian Somerhalder cast in lead role for miniseries

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 20th 2006 2:43PM
ian somerhalderIan Somerhalder, who played Boone until he met his untimely demise on the first season of Lost, will play the lead role in a miniseries about Venetian traveler Marco Polo. The miniseries is about Polo's travels to Mongolia in the 13th Century and subsequent adventures. Co-stars are Brian Dennehy and B.D. Wong (Law & Order: SVU). So far, no television network has picked up the miniseries. Filming began this week in China.

A quick check of his IMDB profile shows he recently finished filming the new National Lampoon's movie, called TV: The Movie, and another film called The Sensation of Sight. It looks as though Somerhalder has supporting roles in both those flicks.

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The Daily Show: April 20, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 21st 2006 10:17PM
Jon StewartThe White House staff shake-up continued when Emperor Palpatine Karl Rove was demoted. His replacement is going to be Joel Kaplan.

Chinese president Hu Jintao paid a visit to Washington... both the state and DC. Actually, he flew into Seattle first to speak to Bill Gates. Yup. Hu Jintao met Bill Gates before the president. Bill Gates had a few words to share regarding the similarities between China and Microsoft, when the little paper clip guy popped up: "You seem to be equivocating morally dubious circumstances. Would you like some help?"

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Wonder Showzen: Time

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 8th 2006 11:50AM

wonder showzen(S02E02) This episode of Wonder Showzen began with Chauncey visited by himself from two minutes in the future. It turns out Chauncey's future self is a hundred times cooler than Chauncey, so Chauncey sets out to build a time machine and travel even further back in the future (four minutes) so he can be even hipper. But we'll get to all that in a moment.

I said in my last review that the "Beat Kids" segment wasn't my favorite, only because I don't think it always works in the execution. Of course, that was before last night when they had a kid put on zombie make-up, dress as the Pope, and interview people in front of a Catholic Church under the pseudonym "Little Dead Pope." Trey Parker has been quoted time and again saying Cartman was his way of creating a character who could say things that would get most real people burned at the stake. Wonder Showzen takes that concept one step further and actually uses real children, which adds a whole layer of apprehension when you hear them say things to unsuspecting adults like, "The Pope should go to Hell for promoting a corrupt system. High five!" Not many shows can make you almost fall of the couch laughing while at the same time fearing for a child's life. They should have some kind of award for that.

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Brian Williams ruined Opening Ceremonies

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 11th 2006 2:24PM
brian williams olympicsThe Olympics. An event where athletes from every country in the world gather to compete in sports. It's a time of unity. Of heroes. Of peace. Somebody needs to clue Brian Williams in.

He joined Bob Costas as the commentator for the Opening Ceremonies of the Turino, Italy Olympic games last night. And I almost through threw the remote control through the television set. Williams felt the need to share his news knowledge with the rest of us by mentioning some not-so-happy news events related to specific nations as they paraded into Olympic stadium. Denmark? Williams mentions the cartoon that triggered riots in Muslim nations. China? He talks about human rights and environmental standards. Iran? He says that country's leader has called for the destruction of Israel. I much prefer the interesting factoids about the nations, their Olympic history, and notable Olympians.

His comments were unfair to the athletes of those nations. The news and controversy surrounding certain nations lately are not representative of the athletes who are competing.

**Apparently, the Daily Nightly commenters agree.

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