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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

5:30 PM:
Ocean’s Eleven movie on TNT

6:45 PM:
The Bourne Legacy movie on HBO Signature

7:10 PM:
The Terminator movie on More Max

7:30 PM:
Call the Midwife Holiday Special on PBS (DEBUT)

7:45 PM:
The Little Mermaid (animated) movie on ABC Family

8 PM:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone movie on ABC
Sherlock Holmes movie on TNT

8:30 PM:
Message in a Bottle movie on TV Guide Network

9 PM:
Downton Abbey on PBS (Reair)
Game of Thrones on HBO Signature (Reair)
Wanted movie on FXX

9:30 PM:
The Princess Diaries movie on ABC Family

9:40 PM:
Born on the Fourth of July movie on TMC

10 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO Signature (Reair)
Awkward. on MTV (Reair)
The Christmas Spirit movie on Hallmark (Reair)

Enjoy!

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Television ratings are, of course, a crucial part of every TV season, making or breaking a new series or keeping an existing series on the air. And while the networks, and the all-important advertisers, prefer to look only at specific demographic ratings – namely among them the 18 to 34 year olds – I don’t agree with the “younger viewers are more important” philosophy.

That age group may be important because the networks and advertisers want the “young” watching their shows and buying their products, but it is actually the viewers over 40 who make the real difference. It’s just a shame that the networks and advertisers can’t see that.

In an effort to focus only on the overall viewership (typically the millions of viewers who watched each show) of the major and cable network dramas, the following lists are a breakdown of the entire year.

Each section below will feature a list of all the dramas (and dramas only) from highest to lowest rated and a brief explanation of the time period for which each list covers.

Let’s get started!!

The first list is the major network dramas that aired from January through May 2013, covering the last half of 2012-2013 TV season:

NCIS (CBS) – 19.4 million
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) -15.5 million
Person of Interest (CBS) – 13.4 million
Blue Bloods (CBS) – 10.7 million
Elementary (CBS) – 10.5 million
Castle (ABC) – 10.2 million
CSI (CBS) – 10.2 million
Criminal Minds (CBS) – 10.1 million
CSI: NY (CBS) – 9.7 million *
The Mentalist (CBS) – 9.5 million
The Good Wife (CBS) – 9.3 million
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) – 8.7 million
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – 8.6 million
Vegas (CBS) – 8.5 million *
Golden Boy (CBS) – 8.3 million *
Scandal (ABC) – 8.2 million
The Following (FOX) – 7.9 million
Body of Proof (ABC) – 7.9 million *
Once Upon a Time (ABC) – 7.5 million
Bones (FOX) – 7.3 million
Chicago Fire (NBC) – 6.8 million
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) – 6.4 million
Revolution (NBC) – 6.3 million
Glee (FOX) – 6.1 million
Nashville (ABC) – 5.6 million
Revenge (ABC) – 5.6 million
Zero Hour (ABC) – 5.5 million *
Last Resort (ABC) – 5.4 million *
Grimm (NBC) – 5.2 million
Parenthood (NBC) – 5.1 million
Private Practice (ABC) – 4.4 million *
Red Widow (ABC) – 4.1 million *
Deception (NBC) – 3.6 million *
Arrow (The CW) – 3 million
Hannibal (NBC) – 2.9 million
The Mob Doctor (FOX) – 2.9 million *
Do No Harm (NBC) – 2.7 million *
Smash (NBC) – 2.5 million *
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) – 2.5 million
Supernatural (The CW) – 2.2 million
Touch (FOX) – 2.2 million *
Fringe (FOX) – 1.9 million *
Beauty And the Beast (The CW) – 1.5 million
Emily Owens, M.D. (The CW) – 1.3 million *
The Carrie Diaries (The CW) – 1.3 million
Nikita (The CW) – 1.3 million
Hart of Dixie (The CW) – 1.2 million
Cult (The CW) – 759,000 viewers *
90210 (The CW) – 596,000 viewers *

* denotes all those shows that have since been cancelled or came to a planned ending

The second list covers all of the cable network dramas from that same time period – January through May – and just a little into June:

The Walking Dead (AMC) – 11.4 million
The Bible (5-part limited series on History Channel) – 11.4 million
Downton Abbey (PBS) – 8.5 million (approximate)
Game of Thrones (HBO) – 5 million
Vikings (9-part limited series on History Channel) – 4.3 million
Suits (USA Network) – 3.3 million
Bates Motel (FX) – 2.8 million
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) – 2.7 million
Psych (USA Network) – 2.6 million
Mad Men (AMC) – 2.5 million
Dallas (TNT) – 2.5 million
Army Wives (Lifetime) – 2.5 million *
Justified (FX) – 2.4 million
American Horror Story: Asylum (FX) – 2.3 million
White Collar (USA Network) – 2.3 million
The Client List (Lifetime) – 2.1 million *
Necessary Roughness (USA Network) – 2.1 million
Defiance (Syfy) – 1.9 million
The Americans (FX) – 1.8 million
Switched at Birth (ABC Family) – 1.7 million
Merlin (Syfy) – 1.5 million *
Monday Mornings (TNT) – 1.4 million *
Southland (TNT) – 1.4 million *
Haven (Syfy) – 1.4 million
Warehouse 13 (Syfy) – 1.4 million
The Lying Game (ABC Family) – 1.3 million *
Doctor Who (BBC America) – 1.2 million (approximate)
Bunheads (ABC Family) – 1.1 million *
Being Human (Syfy) – 1.1 million
The Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family) – 1 million *
Continuum (Syfy) – 1 million
Spartacus (Starz) – 1 million *
Lost Girl (Syfy) – 989,000 viewers
The Borgias (Showtime) – 569,000 viewers *
Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz) – 518,000 viewers
Banshee (Cinemax) – 445,000 viewers
Orphan Black (BBC America) – 417,000 viewers

* denotes all those shows that have since been cancelled or came to a planned ending

The third list covers all of the dramas that aired on both the major and cable networks over the summer, specifically from late May to approximately mid-September:

Under the Dome (CBS) – 10.9 million
Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) – 5.7 million
Rookie Blue (ABC) – 5.5 million
Major Crimes (TNT) – 4.9 million
Motive (ABC) – 4.8 million
True Blood (HBO) – 4.2 million
Mistresses (ABC) – 4 million
Longmire (A&E) – 3.8 million
Royal Pains (USA Network) – 3.5 million
Perception (TNT) – 3.5 million
Falling Skies (TNT) – 3.1 million
King & Maxwell (TNT) – 3.1 million *
Suits (USA Network) – 2.9 million
The Glades (A&E) – 2.6 million *
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) – 2.6 million
Devious Maids (Lifetime) – 2.5 million
Covert Affairs (USA Network) – 2.5 million
Necessary Roughness (USA Network) – 2.5 million *
Dexter (Showtime) – 2.4 million *
Burn Notice (USA Network) – 2.3 million *
Hit the Floor (VH1) – 2.2 million
Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) – 2.2 million
Graceland (USA Network) – 2.2 million
Cedar Cove (Hallmark) – 2.1 million (average)
Franklin & Bash (TNT) – 1.9 million
Teen Wolf (MTV) – 1.9 million
Zero Hour (ABC) – 1.9 million *
666 Park Avenue (ABC) – 1.9 million *
The Haves and Have Nots (Oxygen) – 1.8 million
The Fosters (ABC Family) – 1.8 million
The Bridge (FX) – 1.8 million
Switched at Birth (ABC Family) – 1.8 million
Do No Harm (NBC) – 1.7 million *
Ray Donovan (Showtime) – 1.5 million
Twisted (ABC Family) – 1.5 million
The Killing (AMC) – 1.2 million *
Continuum (Syfy) – 1.2 million
Primeval: New World (Syfy) – 900,000 viewers *
Sinbad (Syfy) – 844,000 viewers *
Cult (The CW) – 563,000 viewers *
Magic City (Starz) – 457,000 viewers *
Being Human (BBC America) – 108,000 viewers *

* denotes all those shows that have since been cancelled or came to a planned ending

The fourth list covers the cable network dramas that aired from approximately August to mid-December:

The Walking Dead (AMC) – 11.6 million
Sons of Anarchy (FX) – 4.5 million
American Horror Story: Coven (FX) – 4.2 million
Major Crimes (TNT) – 4 million (approximate) **
Pretty Little Liars [Halloween Episode] (ABC Family) – 3.2 million
White Collar (USA Network) – 2.3 million
Boardwalk Empire (HBO) – 2.1 million
Homeland (Showtime) – 2 million
Covert Affairs (USA Network) – 1.9 million
Hell on Wheels (AMC) – 1.9 million
Haven (Syfy) – 1.5 million
Mob City (3-part limited series) (TNT) – 1.7 million
Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) – 1.7 million
Witches of East End (Lifetime) – 1.7 million
Ravenswood (ABC Family) – 1.3 million
Masters of Sex (Showtime) – 1.1 million
Low Winter Sun (AMC) – 1.1 million *
The White Queen (Starz) – 831,000 viewers
Strike Back (Cinemax) – 400 viewers (approximate)
Atlantis (BBC America) – 398,000 viewers (approximate) ***
Strike Back: Origins (Cinemax) – 198,000 viewers (approximate)

* denotes all those shows that have since been cancelled or came to a planned ending

** Major Crimes aired two episodes on December 23 and December 29, but those ratings could not be factored in to this list.

*** Atlantis aired one final episode in 2013 on December 28, but that rating could not be factored in to this list.

The fifth and final list covers all of the major network dramas that aired during the first half of the 2013-2014 TV season, covering September to approximately mid-December:

NCIS (CBS) – 19 million
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – 14.7 million
Person of Interest (CBS) – 12.1 million
The Blacklist (NBC) – 11.3 million
Castle (ABC) – 11.1 million
Criminal Minds (CBS) – 11.1 million
Blue Bloods (CBS) – 10.9 million
CSI (CBS) – 9.8 million
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) – 9.4 million
The Good Wife (CBS) – 9.4 million
The Mentalist (CBS) – 9.2 million
Scandal (ABC) – 9.1 million
Elementary (CBS) – 9 million
Chicago Fire (NBC) – 8.2 million
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) – 7.9 million
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – 7.9 million
Sleepy Hollow (FOX) – 7.5 million
Once Upon a Time (ABC) – 7.1 million
Bones (FOX) – 7 million
Almost Human (FOX) – 6.6 million
Revenge (ABC) – 6.2 million
Nashville (ABC) – 5.7 million
Ironside (NBC) – 5.6 million (only 3 episodes aired) *
Grimm (NBC) – 5.5 million
Revolution (NBC) – 5.4 million
Hostages (ABC) – 5.2 million
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) – 5 million
Glee (FOX) – 4.5 million
Parenthood (NBC) – 4.2 million
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC) – 4.1 million
Lucky 7 (ABC) – 3.7 million (only 2 episodes aired) *
Betrayal (ABC) -3.6 million
Dracula (NBC) – 3.6 million
Arrow (The CW) – 2.8 million
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) – 2.5 million
Supernatural (The CW) – 2.3 million
The Originals (The CW) – 2.2 million
The Tomorrow People (The CW) – 1.8 million
Reign (The CW) – 1.8 million
Hart of Dixie (The CW) – 1.1 million
Beauty And the Beast (The CW) – 866,000 viewers
The Carrie Diaries (The CW) – 839,000 viewers
Nikita (The CW) – 773,000 viewers *

* denotes all those shows that have since been cancelled or came to a planned ending

The final analyses of all these ratings for both the major and cable networks for the entire year are as follows:

1. CBS remains the number one most watched network with NCIS and its spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles, once again, being the highest rated dramas for the entire year of 2013. The network also had the most dramas in the top 20 over all of the other networks;

2. The top new drama of the fall season goes to NBC with The Blacklist. The FOX drama Sleepy Hollow hasn’t reached double digit numbers, but it is the most-buzzed-about new drama of the fall season; and to the surprise of many The CW series Reign is actually pulling in better than expected ratings;

3. Castle is still the top rated drama over at ABC, but Scandal is closing in fast. Also, the much-hyped Joss Whedon series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was expected to be the ratings darling of the fall, but that just has not happened;

4. NBC has had success with its reality programming (for the most part), but is suffering greatly with its comedies and can only crow over the undeniable success of The Blacklist, but it is the little-talked-about Chicago Fire that is really making waves and should get far more credit than it has to date;

5. FOX is having another less-than-banner year – despite the appeal of Sleepy Hollow – and while the long-running drama Bones finally provided fans with the wedding of its titular characters, the ratings for its few dramas just aren’t there;

6. The CW has seen its returning dramas Beauty And the Beast, The Carrie Diaries and the final season of Nikita all crumble in the ratings, in all three cases drastically; and the hoped-for-success of the UK remake of The Tomorrow People being the next Arrow just hasn’t happened either. However, Arrow is still going strong, Supernatural has had yet another resurgence and the new dramas The Originals and Reign are both pulling in great numbers;

7. In the cable world, its reigning king – The Walking Dead on AMC – is the show that is still going strong; and on the opposite spectrum the History Channel limited series The Bible pulled in far greater numbers than anyone could have prophesized. CBS was also able to add yet another hit series to its line-up, albeit a summer series, in the form of the Stephen King inspired drama Under the Dome. And, Downton Abbey continues to bring in more and more viewers for PBS with each new season.

But wait there is one last list. The following list, which is very lengthy, covers all of the made-for-TV movies, mini-series and specials that aired during 2013 on both the major and cable networks for which ratings could be tracked down:

The Sound of Music (3-Hour LIVE Presentation) – 18.5 million
Bonnie & Clyde (2-night event on A&E, History and Lifetime) – 9.8 million (first night)
Teen Beach Movie (Disney) – 8.4 million
Bonnie & Clyde (2-night event on A&E, History and Lifetime) – 7.4 million (second night)
Remember Sunday (ABC) – 6.8 million
Christmas in Conway (ABC) – 6.5 million
The Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney) – 5.9 million
The Makeover (ABC) – 5.2 million
Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story (VH1) – 4.5 million
A Very Merry Mix-Up (Hallmark) – 4.3 million
The Christmas Ornament (Hallmark) – 4.3 million
Let It Snow (Hallmark) – 4.2 million
Being Mary Jane (BET) – 4 million
Catch a Christmas Star (Hallmark) – 3.9 million
Fir Crazy (Hallmark) – 3.8 million
Window Wonderland (Hallmark) – 3.7 million
Killing Lincoln (National Geographic) – 3.4 million
Snow Bride (Hallmark) – 3.4 million
The Christmas Spirit (Hallmark) – 3.4 million
Killing Kennedy (National Geographic) – 3.4 million
Prosecuting Casey Anthony (Lifetime) – 3.3 million
Anna Nicole (Lifetime) – 3.3 million
The Thanksgiving House (Hallmark) – 3.2 million
Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret (Lifetime) – 3.1 million
Santa Switch (Hallmark) – 3 million
Christmas on the Bayou (Lifetime) – 3 million
Twists of Faith (Lifetime) – 2.9 million
Second Chances (Hallmark) – 2.8 million
The Good Witch’s Destiny (Hallmark) – 2.8 million
Christmas in the City (Lifetime) – 2.6 million
Holidaze (ABC Family) – 2.6 million
A Country Christmas Story (Lifetime) – 2.5 million
Doctor Who Christmas EpisodeThe Time of the Doctor” (BBC America) – 2.5 million
Behind the Candelabra (HBO) – 2.4 million
Finding Christmas (Hallmark) – 2.4 million
Doctor WhoThe Day of the Doctor” [50th Anniversary Special] (BBC America) – 2.4 million
Garage Sale Mystery (Hallmark) – 2.3 million
An Amish Murder (Lifetime) – 2.2 million
Betty & Coretta (Lifetime) – 2.2 million
Psych: The Musical Episode (USA Network) – 2.2 million
Pastor Brown (Lifetime) – 2.1 million
A Snow Globe Christmas (Lifetime) – 2.1 million
Ring of Fire (Lifetime) – 2.1 million
Baby Sellers (Lifetime) – 2.1 million
Dear Secret Santa (Lifetime) – 2.1 million
Be My Valentine (Hallmark) – 2 million
The Sweeter Side of Life (Hallmark) – 2 million
Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story (Lifetime) – 2 million
End of the World (Syfy) – 1.9 million
All I Want for Christmas (ION) – 1.9 million
The Challenger Disaster (simulcast on Science and Discovery) – 1.9 million
Tasmanian Devil (Syfy) – 1.8 million
Escape from Polygamy (Lifetime) – 1.8 million
A Sister’s Nightmare (Lifetime) – 1.8 million
Taken: The Search for Sophie Parker (Lifetime) – 1.8 million
Christmas Belle (ION) – 1.8 million
Sins of the Preacher (Lifetime) – 1.7 million
The Twelve Trees of Christmas (Lifetime) – 1.7 million
Missing at 17 (Lifetime) – 1.7 million
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Hallmark) – 1.7 million
Gone Missing (Lifetime) – 1.7 million
The Husband She Met Online (Lifetime) – 1.6 million
Hidden Away (Lifetime) – 1.6 million
The Good Mother (Lifetime) – 1.6 million
Beast of the Bering Sea (Syfy) – 1.5 million
Reading, Writing & Romance (Hallmark) – 1.5 million
The Cheating Pact (Lifetime) – 1.5 million
Beverly Lewis’ The Confession (Hallmark) – 1.5 million
Battledogs (Syfy) – 1.5 million
A Mother’s Rage (Lifetime) – 1.5 million
Abominable Snowman (Syfy) – 1.5 million
Chupacabra vs. The Alamo (Syfy) – 1.5 million
Stonados (Syfy) – 1.5 million
Pete’s Christmas (Hallmark) – 1.5 million
Kristin’s Christmas Past (Lifetime) – 1.4 million
The Surrogate (Lifetime) – 1.4 million
Robocroc (Syfy) – 1.4 million
Sharknado (Syfy) – 1.4 million
Banner 4th of July (Hallmark) – 1.4 million
Lovestruck: The Musical (ABC Family) – 1.4 million
A Sister’s Revenge (Lifetime) – 1.3 million
Grave Halloween (Syfy) – 1.3 million
Notes from Dad (Hallmark) – 1.3 million
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (Lifetime) – 1.3 million
Nearlyweds (Hallmark) – 1.3 million
Invasion Roswell (Syfy) – 1.2 million
Dangerous Intuition (Lifetime) – 1.2 million
Into the Dark (Lifetime) – 1.2 million
Zombie Night (Syfy) – 1.1 million
Deadly Spa (Lifetime) – 1.1 million
Rajin’ Cajun Redneck Gators (Syfy) – 1.1 million
Shadow on the Mesa (Hallmark Movie Channel) – 1.1 million
Restless Virgins (Lifetime) – 1.1 million
Our Wild Hearts (Hallmark Movie Channel) – 1.1 million
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome (Syfy) – 1.1 million
Goodnight for Justice: The Queen of Hearts (Hallmark Movie Channel) – 1 million
Stalkers (Lifetime) – 983,000 viewers
Over/Under (USA Network) – 921,000 viewers
Tom, Dick & Harriet (Hallmark) – 855,000 viewers
Christmas Bounty (ABC Family) – 828,000 viewers
Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story (Hallmark) – 706,000 viewers
Mary & Martha (HBO) – 552,000 viewers
Space Warriors (Hallmark) – 479,000 viewers
Dear Dumb Diary (Hallmark) – 259,000 viewers
Parade’s End (4-part mini-series HBO) – 177,000 viewers (average)

What shows, made-for-TV movies, mini-series and/or specials have you enjoyed the most throughout the year? Please share.

FINAL NOTE: Please note that I do not include DVR ratings, online viewership (et al) because those numbers – while helpful for the networks to know just how many people are actually watching their shows – are not seen as essential because none of these viewing options provide advertising money or at least not enough to really make a difference.

TOMORROW: Faces of 2013

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TV Ratings

We are at a close of the TV season for this year and here is how the one sole show that aired a new episode on the major networks fared in the overall ratings last night:

9 PM Show:
Nikita (The CW) [NEW – Series Finale] – 81,000 viewers

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Based on information provided by the Box Office Mojo, Dark Horizons and some internet research, here are just some of the movies you can expect to see in the movie theatres in January:

The Best Offer
Opens: January 3

Virgil Oldman (Geoffrey Rush) is a solitary, cultured man whose reluctance to engage with others, especially women, is matched only by the dogged obsessiveness with which he practices his profession as a high-end antiques dealer. One day Virgil receives a phone call from a mysterious young heiress, Claire, who asks him to evaluate some family works of art. It will be the beginning of a relationship that will change his life forever. The cast includes Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland.

Hercules: The Legend Begins
Opens: January 10

In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules (Kellan Lutz of the Twilight Saga), knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. He desires only one thing: the love of Hebe (newcomer Gaia Weiss), Princess of Crete, who has been promised to his own brother. When Hercules learns of his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with his true love or to fulfill his destiny and become the true hero of his time. The cast includes Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Johnathon Schaech (That Thing You Do) and Rade Serbedzija (Red Widow).

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Opens: January 17

Jack Ryan (Chris Pine), as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack. The cast also includes Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh, Keira Knightley and Colm Feore.

The Nut Job
Opens: January 17

This animated film is set in fictional Oakton, following the travails of Surly (Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut-store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a complicated adventure. Additional voices will be provided by Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Stephen Lang, Katherine Heigl, Sarah Gadon and Maya Rudolph.

Gimme Shelter
Opens: January 24

Street-wise, and only 16 years old, Apple (Vanessa Hudgens) has never had an easy life. Her mother, June Bailey (Rosario Dawson), an addict and prostitute, is verbally and physically abusive, and is grooming her daughter to follow in her footsteps. Apple knows the streets, alleys and motels like the back of her hand but wants more from her life. Apple runs away from her mother and tracks down her father whom she has never known, as he was only 19 when he got Apple’s mother pregnant. Apple begs her now Wall Street Broker father, Tom Fitzpatrick (Brendan Fraser), to take her in. In the few days under her father’s care, she learns she’s become pregnant by a kid from the streets she met on the train, who now wants nothing to do with her. She is forced to leave her father’s home because of her choice to give birth to the baby she is carrying. Apple runs away again, and is eventually taken under the wing of Father McCarthy (James Earl Jones), the chaplain of the local hospital after almost getting herself killed. He offers to let Apple live at a shelter for pregnant young women run by a spiritual woman named Kathy (Ann Dowd). It is here that Apple begins to tentatively interact with the other girls who are in the same predicament as she gradually begins to make a family for herself.

I, Frankenstein
Opens: January 24

Frankenstein’s monster, named Adam (Aaron Eckhart), having taken the surname of his creator, becomes involved in a war between two immortal clans in an ancient city. The cast includes Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck and Dexter), Miranda Otto and Jai Courtney.

Labor Day
Opens: January 31

Set in 1987 over the late summer holiday weekend, the film opens with divorced, depressed single mom Adele (Kate Winslet) clothes shopping with her 13-year-old son, Henry. They encounter a large, fearsome man who is bleeding badly, and against all judgment, they give him a ride to their home. The injured man is in fact an escaped convict from the local prison, and as the police search narrows, the mother and son gradually learn his true story and their options become more and more limited. The cast includes Josh Brolin, Tobey Maguire, Clark Gregg, J.K. Simmons and James Van Der Beek.

Movies coming out in February will be posted at the end of January.

Enjoy!

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House of Secrets

The new Lifetime Movie Network movie House of Secrets will debut on January 1 at 8 PM.

Relieved to finally divorce her abusive, bullying husband Sam (Neil Jackson from Make It or Break It), Julie (Bianca Lawson from Teen Wolf) is determined to move forward with her life, despite having to live in the house Sam was building for them until she’s able to sell it. Her best friend and lawyer, Alison (Stephanie Jacobsen from Battlestar Galactica) convinces her to stay in the house for a while until she figures out what she is going to do. Having hired handyman Tyler (Brendan Fehr from Roswell and Bones) to work on some of the things that still need to be fixed in the new construction, Julie begins to realize that someone appears to be breaking into her house at will and watching her every move. She consults with seasoned Police Detective Morrison (Costas Mandylor from Picket Fences) who investigates the matter. The question is: could it be Tyler, whom she barely knows, or Sam, whom she knows all too well?

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

7:10 PM:
Men in Black 3 movie on Starz
The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie on TMC

8 PM:
Almost Human on FOX (Reair)
Strike Back on More Max (Reair)
The Fast and Furious movie on Bravo
Cast Away movie on Fox Movie Channel
A Princess for Christmas movie on Hallmark

9 PM:
Atlantis on BBC America (NEW)
The Blacklist on NBC (Reair)
Game of Thrones on HBO Signature (Reair)
Something Borrowed movie on FXX

9:45 PM:
The Little Mermaid (animated) movie on ABC Family

10 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO Signature (Reair)
Christmas with Holly movie on Hallmark

Enjoy!

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The following industry personalities (listed in alphabetical order) passed away in 2013 and heartfelt condolences are extended to their families, friends and fans:

Chrissy Amphlett (Lead Singer of Band Divinyls)
Allan Arbus (Actor – M*A*S*H)

Conrad Bain (Actor – Diff’rent Strokes)
Karen Black (Actress – Five Easy Pieces)
Henry Bromell (Veteran TV Writer-Producer)
Eileen Brennan (Legendary Actress – Private Benjamin)
Marc Breaux (Legendary Choreographer of Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music)
Dr. Joyce Brothers (Renowned Psychologist)

Mary Carver (Actress, Simon & Simon)
Scott Carpenter (Second American Astronaut to Orbit Earth)
Van Cliburn (Acclaimed Classical Pianist)
Tom Clancy (Best-Selling Author)
Joe Conley (Actor – Ike Godsey on The Waltons)
Jeanne Cooper (Daytime TV Grand Dame [and mother of actor Corbin Bernsen]

Diane Disney Miller (Philanthropist and daughter of late Walt Disney
Deanna Durbin (1930’s and 1940’s child star)

Roger Ebert (Movie Critic)
David R. Ellis (Director)

Dennis Farina (Actor – Get Shorty)
Bonnie Franklin (Actress – One Day at a Time)
Joan Fontaine (Legendary, Oscar-winning Actress)
Steve Forrest (Actor – S.W.A.T.)
Stuart Freeborn (Stars Wars Makeup Artist)
Annette Funicello (Actress-Singer – Original Mouseketeer on Mickey Mouse Club)

James Gandolfini (Actor – The Sopranos)
Gary David Goldberg (Creator of TV Series Family Ties)
Eydie Gorme (Singer and TV Performer)
Richard Griffiths (Actor – Harry Potter Franchise)

Ray Harryhausen (Special Effects Master0
Julie Harris (Legendary Actress – Knots Landing and East of Eden)
Richie Havens (Famed Folk Singer)
Jane Henson (Co-Creator of The Muppets)
Huell Howser (PBS Host in Southern California)

Dean Jeffries (Legendary Custom Car Maker)
George Jones (Legendary Country Singer)

Lisa Robin Kelly (Actress – That 70’s Show)
John Kerr (Stage and Screen Actor – South Pacific and Tea and Sympathy)
Ed Koch (Former New York City Mayor)
C. Everett Koop (Former Surgeon General)

Ed Lauter (Legendary Character Actor)
Elmore Leonard (Legendary Novelist and Screenwriter)

Nelson Mandela (Legendary South African Leader)
Ray Manzarek (Keyboard Player for The Doors)
Mindy McCready (Country Singer)
Cory Montheith (Actor-Singer – Glee)

Peter O’Toole (Legendary Actor)

Patti Page (Legendary Singer)
Margaret Pellegrini (Actress – The Wizard of Oz, one of the last surviving Munchkins)
Pauline Phillips (Creator of “Dear Abby”)
Reg Presley (Singer – “Wild Thing”)
Ray Price (Country Music Legend)

Lou Reed (Legendary Musician)

Robin Sachs (Actor – Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
August Schellenberg (Native American Actor – Free Willy)
Jean Stapleton (Legendary Actress – All in the Family)
Pat Summerall (NFL Broadcaster)

Margaret Thatcher (Former British Prime Minister)
Lee Thompson Young (Actor – Rizzoli & Isles)

Marcia Wallace (Actress, The Bob Newhart Show and Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons)
Paul Walker (Actor, Fast and Furious Franchise)
Esther Williams (Swimming Champion Turned Actress)
Jonathan Winters (Legendary Comedian)

NOTE: This list, in no way, covers all the industry talent who passed away this year. Again, condolences are extended to one and all.

Out of respect, please take a moment of silence.

TOMORROW: Ratings

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

7 PM:
Country Strong movie on CMT
Thor movie on FX

7:15 PM:
Two Weeks Notice movie on More Max

8 PM:
Castle on TNT
Help for the Holidays movie on Hallmark

9 PM:
Nikita on The CW (NEW – Series Finale)
Grimm on NBC (Reair)
Game of Thrones on HBO Signature (Reair)

9:30 PM:
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial movie on TV Guide Network

10 PM:
Dracula on NBC (Reair)
Banshee on Cinemax (Reair)
Game of Thrones on HBO Signature (Reair)
Matchmaker Santa movie on Hallmark
Underworld: Evolution movie on Syfy

Enjoy!

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The legend of the fictional character known as Nikita has actually been around since February of 1990 when French actress Anne Parillaud starred in the title role in the original film Nikita (aka La Femme Nikita). The film Nikita centered on a young female criminal who is recruited to work as an assassin for the French government.

In 1993, an American version of the film, known as Point of No Return, was released with American actress Bridget Fonda in the title role. The storyline for this film held true to the original canon except that this Nikita worked for a secret division of the United States government.

Four year later, Fireworks Entertainment and Warner Bros. decided to develop the story of Nikita for the small screen, debuting La Femme Nikita on January 13, 1997 on the USA Network (and on CTV in Canada) with then unknown Australian actress Peta Wilson in the title role. La Femme Nikita ran for five seasons on the cable network, airing 96 episodes during its run.

Nikita Season 1But it wasn’t until September 9, 2010 that a new TV version of Nikita debuted on The CW – this time featuring action star Maggie Q in the title role.

Much like its predecessors, Nikita focused on a drug addict who was convicted of murder and sent to prison where her death was faked. She awoke in a white room in a place she came to know as Division where she was trained to be an assassin.

But this version of Nikita veered off the typical path of its former incarnations in the fact that Nikita escaped from Division and after three years in hiding she comes back to bring down the very organization that made her who she is.

The debut season of the series centered around Nikita working from the outside to bring down Division while her mole Alex (series regular Lydnsy Fonseca) infiltrated the walls inside Division to not only assist Nikita in her mission but also to exact revenge on the organization that massacred her family in Russia.

Also introduced during the show’s freshman series were:

• An operative named Michael (series regular Shane West), a former military man brought into Division under false pretenses by Percy (former series regular Xander Berkeley), who becomes Nikita’s trainer and eventual lover;

• Computer genius-hacker extraordinaire Seymour Birkhoff (series regular Aaron Stanford), who becomes close with Nikita, who “lovingly” refers to him as ‘Nerd’; and,

• Percy’s right-hand woman at Division, Amanda (series regular Melinda Clarke), who was the enemy of Nikita (and eventually Alex and Michael as well as other members of Nikita’s team as the season progressed). Amanda was a psychologist, but also a master manipulator and interrogator (i.e., she is one sick, sadistic bitch).

By the end of season one, Michael has left Division and is fighting side-by-side with Nikita who is now in possession of a “Black Box” that contains Division’s darkest secrets and conspiracies while Alex is recruited by Amanda into Oversight, the leadership and funding stream for Division.

Other recurring characters introduced during season one included CIA agent Ryan Fletcher (actor Noah Bean), a top analyst and ally of Nikita’s; Division assassin Thom (actor Ashton Holmes), who was killed by Alex and framed as Nikita’s mole; Division assassin Jaden (actress Tiffany Hines), who was also killed by Division assassin Nathan in order to save Alex’s life; and Division cleaner and guardian Owen Elliot (actor Devon Sawa).

Nikita Season 2The second season of Nikita kicked off on September 23, 2011 with Nikita and Alex at odds with each other, Nikita and Michael on the run together and Amanda taking control of Division with Percy being locked away in the bowels of Division.

The sophomore year of the series saw the introduction of former Navy SEAL Sean Pierce (series regular Dillon Casey), who was hired by Oversight – it helped that his mother Senator Madeline Pierce (recurring guest Alberta Watson, who previously portrayed Amanda in the TV series La Femme Nikita) was one of that nefarious group’s members – to keep an eye on Division and Amanda. He eventually became another important member of Nikita’s team and Alex’s lover. And, head technician Sonya (recurring guest star Lyndie Greenwood), who took over when Birkhoff left Division. She eventually becomes Birkhoff’s girlfriend and a valuable member of Team Nikita.

By the end of the second season, Nikita’s team has breached Division, taken them down completely with Nikita killing Percy in a major battle and Ryan, albeit reluctantly, taking over the reins.

Nikita Season 3Season three of Nikita came back strong on October 19, 2012 with Division officially under government control and under the leadership of Ryan with all of the key players back inside the walls of that bunker, but this time being tasked with bringing down the remaining rogue agents nicknamed the “Dirty Thirty” who refused the recall order that was instigated at the end of the previous season. Amanda is now rogue, having run when Division was taken down and Percy was killed, being hunted as aggressively as Nikita had been. But a growing number of the remaining operatives become uncertain of Nikita and their new leaders, instigating an internal battle inside Division that eventually costs many of them – as well as Sean – their lives. In the season finale, Division is completely destroyed. But, the final episode of that season found Nikita, once again, going out on her own to save all those she loved after she is falsely accused of killing the President of the United States.

It was after the May 2013 finale of Nikita that it was announced by The CW that the series would not be renewed for another season, but would receive a six-episode final season order. Those final six episodes have run consecutively on Friday nights from November 22 straight through to the series finale that will air this Friday, December 27. The crux of these final episodes have been clearing Nikita’s name, building back their relationships and bringing Amanda down once and for all.

The Cast of Nikita

The Cast of Nikita

After all the loss each member of Team Nikita has experienced, all the battles they have fought, all the missions they have gone on and all the trials and tribulations they have suffered, it will come down to one final showdown between Nikita and Amanda. But who will be the victor and will the remaining members of Team Nikita get to have a happy ending?

Make sure to tune into The CW on Friday, December 27 at 9/8c to find out how this four-season saga of Nikita ends and let’s hope the TV gods are kind, for once, giving Nikita, Alex, Michael, Sam/Owen, Birkhoff and Sonya at least a semblance of a happily ever after. I think they deserve it. Don’t you?

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Every year there are lots of awards shows, some important, some just fun and numerous just silly or nonsensical, but the following list is just some of the top winners over the course of the year:

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS (January)

Favorite Movie Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
Favorite Movie Actor: Robert Downey Jr.
Favorite Movie: The Hunger Games
Favorite Action Movie Star: Chris Hemsworth
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress: Emma Watson
Favorite Dramatic Movie: Perks of Being a Wallflower
Favorite Cable TV Comedy: Awkward.
Favorite Dramatic TV Actor: Nathan Fillion
Favorite Cable TV Drama: Leverage
Favorite New TV Drama: Beauty and the Beast
Favorite TV Crime Drama: Castle
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show: Supernatural
Favorite Male Artist: Jason Mraz
Favorite Band: Maroon 5

CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS (January)

Best Picture: Argo
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables
Best Young Actor/Actress: Quvenzhane Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Best Director: Ben Affleck – Argo
Best Animated Feature: Wreck-It Ralph
Best Actor in an Action Movie: Daniel Craig – Skyfall
Best Actress in an Action Movie: Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games
Best Comedy: Silver Linings Playbook
Best Actor in a Comedy: Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
Best Actress in a Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie: Looper
Best Song: “Skyfall” – performed by Adele/written by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS (January):

Motion Picture, Drama: Argo
Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: Les Misérables
Actor in Motion Picture, Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Actress in Motion Picture, Drama: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Actor in Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Animated Feature Film: Brave
TV Series, Drama: Homeland
TV Movie or Miniseries: Game Change
Actor in a TV Series, Drama: Damian Lewis, Homeland
Actress in a TV Series, Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland
Actor in a TV Series, Comedy: Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Julianne Moore, Game Change
Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie: Ed Harris, Game Change
Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARD (January)

Male Actor, Lead: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Female Actor, Lead: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Male Actor, Supporting: Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Female Actor, Supporting: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Ensemble Cast: Argo
Male Actor, TV Movie or Miniseries: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Female Actor, TV Movie or Miniseries: Julianne Moore, Game Change
Male Actor, Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Ensemble Cast, Drama: Downton Abbey
Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble: Game of Thrones
Lifetime Achievement Award: Dick Van Dyke

GRAMMY AWARDS (January)

Record of the Year: “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye featuring Kimbra
Album of the Year: Babel, Mumford & Sons
Song of the Year: “We Are Young,” fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
Best New Artist: fun.
Best Pop Solo Performance: “Set Fire to the Rain,” Adele
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye featuring Kimbra
Best Pop Vocal Album: Stronger, Kelly Clarkson
Best Rock Performance: Lonely Boy, The Black Keys
Best Rock Song: “Lonely Boy,” The Black Keys
Best Rock Album: El Camino, The Black Keys
Best Alternative Music Album: Making Mirrors, Gotye
Best Country Solo Performance: “Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood
Best Country Song: “Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood
Best Country Album: Uncaged, Zac Brown Band

ACADEMY AWARDS (February)

Best Motion Picture: Argo
Achievement in Directing: Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Original Score: Life of Pi, Mychael Danna
Best Animated Feature Film: Brave

PEABODY AWARDS (March)

Southland (TNT)
Switched at Birth (ABC Family)
Game Change (HBO)
Doctor Who (BBC America)

BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS (May)

Top Hot 100 Song: “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra
Top Hot 100 Artist: Maroon 5
Top Rock Artist: fun.
Top Rock Song: “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra
Top Pop Album: Adele, 21
Top Rock Album: Mumford & Sons, Babel

CRITICS’ CHOICE TV AWARDS (June)

Drama Series: Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad
Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Actress in a Drama Series: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Michael Cudlitz, Southland
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Monica Potter, Parenthood
Actress in a Movie/Miniseries: Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

SATURN AWARDS (June)

Best Network Television Series: Revolution
Best Youth-Oriented Series on Television: Teen Wolf
Best Actor on Television: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Kevin Bacon (The Following) – tie
Best Actress on Television: Anna Torv (Fringe)
Best Guest Star on Television: Yvonne Strahovski (Dexter)

YOUNG HOLLYWOOD AWARDS (August)

Crossover of the Year: Lucy Hale, Pretty Little Liars
Actor of the Year: Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Breakthrough Performance, Male: Liam James, The Way, Way Back
Breakthrough Performance, Female: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Superstar of Tomorrow, Female: AnnaSophia Robb, The Carrie Diaries

TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCATION AWARDS (August)

Individual Achievement in Drama: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Individual Achievement in Comedy: Louis C.K., Louie
Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: Bunheads, ABC Family
Outstanding New Program: The Americans, FX
Outstanding Achievement in Drama: Game of Thrones

TEEN CHOICE AWARDS (August)

Choice Movie Action: Iron Man 3″
Choice Movie Actor Action: Robert Downey, Jr., Iron Man 3
Choice Movie Actress Action: Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises
Choice Movie Drama: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Choice Movie Actor Drama: Logan Lerman, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Choice Movie Actress Drama: Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Choice Movie Comedy: Pitch Perfect
Choice Movie Actor Comedy: Skylar Astin, Pitch Perfect
Choice Movie Actress Comedy: Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect
Choice TV Show Drama: Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV Actor Drama Ian Harding, “Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV Actress Drama Troian Bellisario: Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV Show Fantasy/Sci-Fi: The Vampire Diaries
Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi: Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries
Choice TV Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi: Nina Dobrev, The Vampire Diaries
Choice TV Show Action: NCIS: Los Angeles
Choice TV Actor Action: LL Cool J, NCIS: Los Angeles
Choice TV Actress Action: Lucy Liu, Elementary
Choice TV Villain: Janel Parrish, Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV Breakout Show: The Fosters
Choice R&B Artist: Bruno Mars
Choice Rock Group: Paramore
Choice Country Group: Lady Antebellum
Choice Rock Song: “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons

IMAGEN AWARDS (August)

Best Primetime Television Program: Castle
Best Actor/Television: Jon Huertas, Castle
Best Actress/Television: Monica Raymund, Chicago Fire
Best Supporting Actor/Television: Carlos Gómez, The Glades
Best Supporting Actress/Television: Constance Marie, Switched at Birth

MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS (August)

Best Male Video: Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
Best Collaboration: P!nk feat. Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me a Reason”
Best Rock Video: Thirty Seconds to Mars, “Up in the Air”

EMMY AWARDS (September)

Best Drama: Breaking Bad
Lead Actress, Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland
Supporting Actor, Drama: Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Supporting Actress, Drama: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Guest Actress, Drama: Carrie Preston, The Good Wife
Guest Actor, Drama: Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal
Lead Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter
Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals

COUNTRY MUSIC AWADS (November)

Musical Event of the Year: “Highway Don’t Care”, Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
Music Video of the Year: “Highway Don’t Care”, Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
Single of the Year: “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line
Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
New Artist of the Year: Kacey Musgraves
Album of the Year: Blake Shelton, “Based on a True Story”
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS (November)

Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift
Single of the Year: Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly – “Cruise”
New Artist of the Year: Ariana Grande
Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock: Justin Timberlake
Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock: Taylor Swift
Favorite Male Artist – Country: Luke Bryan
Favorite Female Artist – Country: Taylor Swift
Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Country: Lady Antebellum
Favorite Album – Country: Taylor Swift – Red
Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock: Imagine Dragons
Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary: Maroon 5
Favorite Artist – Latin Music: Marc Anthony
Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational: Matthew West
Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM): Avicii
Top Soundtrack: Pitch Perfect

Let’s send out a hearty congratulations to all of these winners (and the countless others who won awards) over the course of 2013. Are any of your favorites included above? Was there an actress, actor or entertainer who you thought should have received some type of award for their work in television, movies or music who isn’t listed above? Please share your thoughts.

TOMORROW: Condolences

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