Today’s must-reads from around the Internet.
Two and a Half Men was the most popular sitcom on television last year, averaging 13.1 million viewers. In the 1987-1988 season, The Cosby Show averaged 30 million viewers. In fact, 19 sitcoms that year had more viewers than Two and a Half Men, including Night Court (20.2M), Kate & Allie (15.9M), My Sister Sam (15.2M) and ALF (14.4M).
With thousands of cable and DirectTV channels to choose from, along with Netflix streaming and AppleTV and the ever-expanding World Wide Web, fewer people watch the same shows.
Indeed: clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose. Kyle Chandler picked up a much-deserved Emmy last night for his portrayal of Coach Eric Taylor in Friday Night Lights, and then Modern Family won all of the other Emmys. As Linda Holmes explains of the actual broadcast, “It was a little bit like going to the very bad wedding of people you really love: the happiness you feel for the people involved almost makes up for how otherwise unremarkable the experience is.” That said, we thought Jane Lynch’s opening number was pretty cool…»
The controls are about the same as your standard hotel pay-per-view set up: flip through a few titles with synopsis blurbs below, decide on one and click play. The difference is, you’ll be choosing from anything on Netflix, Hulu, or even Pandora if you need a jazz-funk mix for the post-holiday cleanup. And most importantly, it’s the kind of thing you can spend the morning hooking up—which is as honored a holiday tradition as we can think of.
And Dad has been meaning to catch up on his Newhart…
We won’t bore you with the details of the ongoing rumble between Apple, Google, Microsoft, and everyone else in northern California—although we are looking forward to the lucha libre reenactment—but today it resulted in some very good news for anyone who spends more time on their computer than their TV. It’s called Google TV, and right now thousands of techies are going wild over it.
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