TV Junkie: USA Network worth 10x NBC Broadcast? 'Glee' Extra Tells Her Story
Last Friday's Wall Street Journal has a great article on the USA network which is now part of the NBC Universal conglomerate. USA is hugely important to the company with an asset valuation of $13.4 billion compared to that of NBC's $1.4 billion. We do cover USA series, but perhaps not enough, other than our PaleyFest red carpet coverage of "White Collar," and our sit down interviews with Matt Bomer of "White Collar" and Henry Winkler of "Royal Pains." We will try to get to the network upfronts in NYC for you in May to hear more from the casts of these and other popular USA shows.
Last week we wrote about the extra on "Glee" who was busted for leaking plot details on Twitter. Her leaks have caused production houses to overhaul their contracts in order to stem the flow of this kind of information through punitive damages clauses. This week she gives her perspective on the story over at The Hollywood Reporter. Our perspective is that it doesn't really matter where she heard the plot details - out of respect for her own work, the work of others on the production, and fans that would be disappointed by the spoiler, she should have kept her mouth shut. Now contracts will be even more draconian and expensive to negotiate. TV didn't need that.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Attack of the Show," "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" (Japan), "Nurse Jackie," "United States of Tara," "Chelsea Lately" (Gwyneth Paltrow), "Late Show With David Letterman" (TV-show host Bill Maher; actress Cote de Pablo; Lupe Fiasco performs)7:00pm Attack of the Show! G4 - New York auto show; behind the scenes of "American Ninja Warrior"
9:00pm The Event NBC - Illness strikes the White House, leaving Chief of Staff Peel and Sterling to investigate; Michael helps Leila; Sean and Vicky work to prevent Sophia's weapon from being shipped to the United States.
9:00pm Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Travel - Japan. A few weeks before the March earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan, Anthony explores the northern territory, Hokkaido.
9:00pm Stargate Universe Syfy - Destiny arrives at an abandoned planet called Novus; Scott, Eli, Wray and Greer are shown an underground archive of civilization.
9:00pm American Experience PBS/KOCE - Stonewall Uprising Violent protests and street demonstrations erupt when police raid New York's Stonewall Inn in 1969.
9:00pm American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior Discovery - Season Premiere. Mikey's Art Opening Mikey has a successful art gallery opening; Junior meets with his lawyer.
10:00pm Nurse Jackie Showtime - Jackie's stash runs low; Coop wants to fight O'Hara for the ER chief position; Jackie confronts Eddie.
10:00pm Law & Order: LA NBC - The detectives delve deep into a stylist's past in an effort to find clues that will help identify her murderer.
10:00pm Sanctuary Syfy - Will and Abby go on a dinner date when they are forced into a van at gunpoint.
10:20pm James May's Road Trip BBC America - James and Oz visit three different champagne producers.
10:30pm United States of Tara Showtime - Tara tries to drop psychology; Charmaine and Neil struggle; Max is at odds with his boss; Kate prepares for flight attendant training.
11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Gigi Ibrahim guests
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Gwyneth Paltrow guests
11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Ron Paul guests
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - TV-show host Bill Maher; actress Cote de Pablo; Lupe Fiasco performs.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Musician Christina Aguilera; actor Paul Reiser; Alison Krauss & Union Station perform with Jerry Douglas.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Martin Short; actress Kat Dennings; Alter Bridge performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Wanda Sykes; actor Kevin McKidd.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Daniel Radcliffe; actress Aly Michalka; Darius Rucker performs.