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ave you ever watched the premiere of a television show, only to wonder how in the world that story concept got the green light? Be it a reality TV show about drunken housemates looking for love on the Jersey Shore or a comedy about six friends who meet in a coffee shop, somewhere along the line, those concepts were approved for general population viewing. But what happens to the shows that don’t quite make the grade? Snippetz investigates those close calls, possibly shedding some light onto what went wrong.

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based on the demos or pilots, those same executives meet up to exhibit their new show to advertisers. This is called the “upfronts.” This is the allimportant time when advertisers buy ad time “up front” for the shows they feel will be a hit in the fall season.

IN THE BEGINNING… It is said that the five main American TV networks – ABC, The CW, FOX, CBS and NBC – get up to 500 pitches for new show concepts every summer. From these pitches, each network will choose somewhere between 25 and 70 of those ideas and request scripts for them. By the beginning of the next year, the networks will have pared down the field to about 10 to 20 different concepts and shoot pilot episodes of them.

HIT… We all know what happens to the ideas that get aired; they become the new TV shows we see in the spring. Generally speaking, these shows are slated to run for 13 episodes in the fall season. If it gets picked up for a full season, it will run for 22 episodes. Once that show reaches 100 episodes, it can be placed into syndication, meaning the show’s rights are sold to another network (or perhaps re-orked by the same network) so that it can be shown outside of the regularly scheduled time, i.e. reruns.

The pilot is a standalone episode that is filmed and shown to network executives, and sometimes test audiences, with the intention of gauging how successful the concept would be if it was made into a series.

A show’s success can be measured in a variety of ways such as the type and amount of advertising, critical reviews and time slot placement. The Nielsen ratings are really the endall, though. Weekly ratings are published and if the ratings are good, a network will likely extend the show

The contemporary practice is to use a demo (a shorter version of a pilot which is almost never aired) as a way to save time. The demo’s purpose is the same: to highlight the concept, writing and casting. If it is well-received, the show moves on to the next step in the production process. If it isn’t, the network has two options: fix the problems they find if they think the overall concept is viable; or drop the idea completely.

to run through a full season or sign it on for a second season. If the ratings are bad, the network usually cans the show and throws in a replacement show to finish out the season. As with the upfronts, “sweeps” week takes place in May and features all new episodes of shows with major plot development, twists, turns and whatever other gimmicks a network can come up with to increase their show’s ratings. Doing well in the ratings during sweeps week can almost guarantee the show will get signed on for more episodes.

…OR MISS But what happens to those shows that don’t make the cut? Naturally, they don’t get aired. And that’s where the fun begins…here is a taste of some of the “cast-off” shows and often it’s not hard to see why. • Ev and Ocho. This reality show, produced by VH1, followed the lives of NFL wide

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receiver Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson and his wife, Evelyn Lozada. It was slated to debut in early 2008 and had even taped 11 episodes. However, three weeks before the premiere, Johnson was arrested for assaulting Lozada and VH1 opted not to air the show. • Gay Robot. The name pretty much says it all. This show featured a robot who spills a wine cooler on himself which fries his circuit board, causing him to question his sexuality and ultimately decide that he is gay. The show was produced by Happy Madison productions and the pilot episode was set to air on Comedy Central in 2006 but never did.

• Our Little Genius. What better way to make money than to exploit your child’s intellectual abilities? In 2010, that’s just what this show attempted to do. Child contestants were asked trivia questions and correct answers earned them cash. Producer Mark Burnett with the FOX network called a halt to the debut just one week before it was set to premiere. He claimed he was concerned that contestants were getting the answers fed to them prior to filming, which prompted a Federal Communications Commission investigation. Subsequently, FOX decided to pull the show. • Welcome To The NeighborTelevision Shows That Never Aired... Continued on Page 4

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hood. In 2005,ABC introduced this show which consisted of seven families all competing for a “dream home” in Austin, Texas. The 3,300 square foot home was located in an upper-class neighborhood and the families already living in the neighborhood got to decide who to keep and who to evict. The last family standing won the house. The families included a Hispanic family; a black family; a Korean family; a white gay couple that had adopted a black baby; and a “white trash” family with a stripper for a mother. The white upper-class people already residing in the neighborhood had plenty to say about the contestants, which prompted ABC not to air the six-episode season they had already filmed. • Rewind. In 1997, this show was announced at the May upfronts by the FOX network, but it (along with many other shows set to debut from then to 2003) was pulled from the schedule three weeks prior to the premiere date. The show was supposed to feature actor

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• The inventor of Life Savers was Clarence Crane (incidentally, he was also the father of poet Hart Crane). In 1913, a year after coming up with the recipe for the candy, Crane sold the patent for his sweet treat for $2,900. Seems like a paltry recompense for creating a pop culture icon that is still going strong after 100 years. • Do you suffer from arachibutyrophobia? If so, you probably refuse to eat PB&J sandwiches, for fear that the peanut butter will stick to the roof of your mouth.

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• On Dec. 1, 1830, French novelist Victor Hugo is due to turn in a draft of his book “Notre Dame de Parisâ€? (“The Hunchback of Notre Dameâ€?). Despite his contract, he instead wrote two plays, “Marion de Lormeâ€? and “Hernani,â€? and the book is not published until 1831. • On Nov. 26, 1862, Oxford mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson sends a handwritten manuscript called “Alice’s Adventures Under Groundâ€? to 10-year-old Alice Liddell. Dodgson made up the story one day on a picnic, and Alice insisted he write it down. He published it under his nom de plume, Lewis Carroll, in 1865. • On Nov. 28, 1914, the New York Stock Exchange reopens for bond trading after nearly four months, the longest stoppage in the exchange’s history. The outbreak of World War I in Europe forced the NYSE to shut its doors on July 31, 1914. • On Dec. 2, 1942, Enrico Fermi, Italianborn Nobel Prize-winning physicist, directs and controls the ďŹ rst nuclear chain reaction.

He created a jury-rigged laboratory under the bleachers in Stagg Field at the University of Chicago. • On Nov. 30, 1954, the ďŹ rst modern instance of a meteorite striking a human being occurs at Sylacauga, Ala., when an 8 1/2 pound meteorite crashes through the roof of a house and into the living room, bounces off a radio, and strikes a woman on the hip. The victim suffered a nasty bruise. • On Nov. 29, 1963, one week after President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, President Lyndon Johnson establishes a special commission to investigate the assassination. After 10 months the Warren Commission report was released, concluding that there was no conspiracy. • On Nov. 27, 1978, former Board of Supervisors member Dan White murders Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk at City Hall in San Francisco. When White pleaded a “diminished capacityâ€? defense and claimed that copious amounts of junk food caused him to suffer mental problems, the so-called Twinkie Defense was born. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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That means someone needs you and me! Imagine that!

BUTTERFLIES ON THORNS By Ron Ross

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our life, like mine, is a series of interwoven relationships. Some are (were) wonderful, life-giving experiences and some are (were) absolutely horrible, but all worked together to make us who we are today. If it wasn’t for the relationship my mother had with my father (they were married over 60 years) I wouldn’t be here at all. My mother helped me survive my infancy, my father bailed me out of several tough situations, my older brother taught me things I needed to know (and some I didn’t need to know), and my wife helps me every day to learn what it means to be a man/husband/father. Then there is everyone else in my little world: my children, grandchildren,

Sure, others have entered out lives for a second, or a season, or a lifetime, but we have also entered their lives. Not only are others impacting us, at the very same time we are impacting others for good or ill. it comes back and changes into a beautiful good fairy.

friends, neighbors, business associates, and on and on and on, each having their influence on me.

“For your kindness,” she tells the little girl, “I will grant you your fondest wish.”

Dozens, hundreds, perhaps thousands of other people along the way picked me up when I fell down, kicked me in the pants when I needed it, chided me, encouraged me, forgave me, comforted me, calmed me, awakened me, insulted me, complimented me, taught me, listened to me, cried with me, laughed with me, loved me, hated me, etc. Because I’m over 60 years old I could make a long list of the people who helped form me into the person I am today. And it’s not over as I’m not yet all that I can be. But life isn’t just about the people who influence us it’s also about the people we influence.

The little girl thinks for a moment and replies, “I want to be happy.” The fairy leans forward and whispers in her ear and then suddenly vanishes. As the girl grew, no one in the land was happier than she. Whenever anyone asked her for the secret of happiness, she would only smile and say, “I listened to a good fairy.” As she grew quite old, the neighbors were afraid the fabulous secret might die with her. “Tell us, please,” they begged, “tell us what the fairy said.” The now lovely old lady simply smiled and said, “She told me that everyone, no matter how secure they seemed, had need of me.” Buscaglia concludes the story with this five-word line: We all need each other.

Leo Buscaglia in the forward of his book Loving Each Other published first in the early 1980s tells the fable of a young girl who is walking though a meadow when she sees a butterfly impaled upon a thorn. Very carefully she releases it and the butterfly starts to fly away. Then

I can celebrate or denigrate what others have done for me or to me. But what have I done for others? Am I one who encourages, loves, cheers, etc., or am I a person to be avoided? Remember, life isn’t just about the people who influence us it’s also about the people we influence. So here’s your kick in the pants: Someone needs you today. Someone needs your love, your encouragement, or maybe just your presence. So get to work on those relationships. Value the people closest to you. Express appreciation, pat someone on the back, offer a word of affirmation, but do something to improve the quality of those interweaving relationships that make life worth living. There are a lot of butterflies out there impaled on thorns. You and I can help set them free.

SAVE THE DATE!

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was being the violinist for Wayne Newton’s band. Michelle moved on to Music City USA, Nashville TN, and had the privilege to play with various amazing artists, as a studio musician from Country to Jazz, and Irish to Classical. She has shared the stage with many talented artist, such as Alan Jackson, Trace Adkins, Steve Camp, Cheri Keaggy, Avalon, and Mark O’Conner to name a few. That little piece of wood underneath her chin has allowed her to play in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City. We are located at 443 South Highway 105, Palmer Lake, CO, 80133. Call For Reservations: 719-481-1800 JULEBORD CHRISTMAS PARTY Sunday, December 16 At Viking Hall, 1045 Ford Street, Colorado Springs Social time at 2:30PM and Julebord at 3PM. Assorted salads, breads, lefse, meat and cheese trays, seafood, roast pork, vegetables, assorted Norse desserts. Caroling around the Christmas tree and a visit from Santa. Cost is $17 for members, $19 for non-members and $7 for children 5-12. For reservations, please phone Cleo at 719-598-1982 prior to December 12. Seating is limited

THE CHRISTMAS JAZZ TRIO MoZaic Restaurant at The Inn at Palmer Divide 21 December, 2012 5pm - 9pm Please join us to listen to the smooth sound of the Rex Matzke Trio at the moZaic Restaurant in the Inn at Palmer Divide. Mr. Matzke moved to Colorado in 1993 to pursue a Doctorate in Music at the University of Northern Colorado. Rex reformed Jazz Express in 1997 and the group performed on the Western Slope until Mr. Matzke accepted positions at Colorado College and Pikes Peak Community College. Jazz Express is considered a mainstream jazz group that performs many standards and jazz classics that the listener will recognize and enjoy. We are located at 443 South Highway 105, Palmer Lake, CO, 80133 Call For Reservations: 719-481-1800 CHRISTMAS EVE BUFFET MoZaic Restaurant at The Inn at Palmer Divide 24 December, 2012 4pm - 8:30pm Join us for Christmas Eve Buffet Monday, December 24th 4:00pm - 8:30pm Adults: $30 Children: $15 3 & under are Free. Come enjoy solo guitarist, Wayne Hammerstadt perform traditional Christmas music while you enjoy your dinner. Call 719-4811800 for the required reservation


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Use Leftovers to Create After-Thanksgiving Tradition continued from page 13

4 cups chopped cooked turkey 10 ounce can condensed cream of chicken soup 10 ounce can condensed cream of jalapeno, or poblano soup 1 cup mild salsa 1 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons chili powder 1 onion, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 16 corn tortillas, torn into pieces 1 to 2 cups cooked vegetables 1-1/2 cups shredded Pepper Jack, Colby, Cheddar or Cojack cheese 3 cups tortilla chips 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1. Spray inside of the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl, mix together the soups, salsa, sour cream, chili powder, onion, garlic, salt, black pepper and cayenne. Add the chopped, cooked turkey to the soup mixture and mix well.

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New DVD Releases for Week of November 26, 2012 PICKS OF THE WEEK “Men in Black 3” (PG-13) -- This third installment about agents policing the secret world of space-alien immigration adds a twist with time travel -- and it’s still watchable! Agent J (Will Smith) loses track of his partner, tight-lipped Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones.) The Men In Black HQ says K has been dead for more than 40 years. Agent J has to travel back in time and team up with the young K (Josh Brolin) to stop an alien assassin.

Don’t worry, it’s better than MiB 2. Brolin’s performance as a 29-year-old Tommy Lee Jones (Brolin is in his 40s) is the highlight of the movie. The villain, Boris the Animal, is played by comedian Jemaine Clement, who dons a perfectly over-thetop persona instead of his usual dry humor. It may not recapture the magic of the original, but this “threequel” is worth a watch. “ParaNorman” (PG) -- Norman is an outsider with a bully problem and a supernatural gift. When zombies and ghosts terrorize his tiny town, the hapless citizens can turn to only one person, Norman, the weird little kid who says he speaks with the dead. With the help of his only friend, his annoying sister, a brain-dead jock and the local bully, Norman has to fight a witch’s curse to save the town. It’s a lot of fun and a lot spookier than you would expect. It’s all done in 3D stop-mo-

tion animation by the same company that made the creepy “Coraline.” Adults as well as young’uns will be plenty entertained, provided everyone is at least 7 years old and can handle a scary and emotionally weighty finale. “Lawless” (R) -- In the hills of Virginia, the Bondurant brothers were legendary Prohibition-era outlaws. This movie takes the facts and tries to pull out a gritty, dramatic, visually stunning crime drama. It almost succeeds. The cast is fantastic: Tom Hardy as an outlaw older brother, Jessica Chastain is a strong woman drawn to the wrong men, Gary Oldman is the infamous Floyd Banner, and Guy Pearce is the chilling federal investigator come to shut the brothers down. The film has a healthy dose of violence, matching pound for pound what it has in acting talent.

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“Step Up Revolution” (PG-13) -- The greedy corporatists are about to bulldoze a beloved working-class neighborhood, and only a diverse team of young dancers can save the community center, with their dancing. It’s a plot as old and predictable as “war veteran loses his family, then kills all the bad guys,” floated along only by its action thrills (or in “Step Up’s” case, dance numbers). The dancing is fine and flashy, but it’s not worth the soulless exchanges in between that pass for “drama.”

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LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Like the sensible Libra you are, you no doubt started your holiday shopping already. But be careful to keep within your budget. Shop around for the best buys.

1. “I Want to Believe” 2. Police officer 3. Swoosh 4. Atlanta 5. Bog 6. Creating a classification system for plants 7. Promised French Protestants the same rights as French Catholics 8. The Caribbean, just north of Venezuela 9. A meteor shower most visible in August 10. Fear of death

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your work on a recent job assignment is impressive and is sure to be noticed. Meanwhile, expect to receive news about an upcoming holiday event you won’t want to miss.

SPORTS QUIZ ANSWERS 1. Tony Gwynn, with 319 stolen bases. 2. The New York Yankees, 1921-23. 3. It was 1985 (the New York Jets scored 62 against Tampa Bay). 4. Illinois’ Cory Bradford had at least one 3-pointer in 88 games between 1998 and 2001. 5. Detroit’s Paul Coffey, in 1994-95. 6. It was 2004. 7. Four.

FLASH BACK ANSWERS 1. They snagged the gig as backup for Lennon and Ono on the “Some Time In New York City” album in 1972 under the name Plastic Ono Elephant’s Memory Band. 2. The Bar-Kays started as studio musicians in Memphis, at one time backing Otis Redding. In 1967, on the way to a gig, their plane crashed in Wisconsin. Six of them died, including Redding. 3. John Coltrane, in 1957. The shortest track on the fivesong album was seven minutes. A 2003 re-release added two bonus tracks. 4. Stacey Q., best known for her 1986 hit “Two of Hearts.” She spent two years with Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus as a showgirl and then an elephant rider. 5. “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me,” by Mac Davis, 1972. Some people objected to the song’s sexist story: “I’m not ready for no family ties, ... don’t start clinging to me.”

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Saving the world one person at a time is what you were born to do. So accept it when people ask you for help, especially during the holiday season. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Now that you’ve resolved all doubts about an important decision, you can surprise a lot of people by defending your stand with your strong and well-reasoned arguments. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The holiday mood stirs your need to nurture everyone from the family cat to great-grandma. But don’t overdo it, especially with teens, who like to feel grown up. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Enjoy basking in the warm love of family and close friends. But don’t fall into a prolonged catnap yet. There’s still much to do before you can put up your paws and relax. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Avoid pushing others to work as hard as you do on a common project. Instead, encourage them to do their best, and they might well reward you with a pleasant surprise.

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SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Love and friendship remain strong in your aspect over the next several days. This is a good time to develop new relationships and strengthen old ones. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A beloved family member has news that will brighten your holidays. Also expect to hear from friends who had long since moved out of your life. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Family and friends are in for a surprise when you accept the need to make a change without being talked into it. (Bet it surprised you, too -- didn’t it?) AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Restoring an old friendship might not be as easy as you hoped. You might want to explore the reasons for your former buddy’s reluctance to cooperate. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Your party-going activities pick up as the holiday season takes off. Enjoy your plunge into the social swim as you make new friends and renew old friendships. BORN THIS WEEK: You are caring and considerate -- two wonderful attributes that endear you to people of all ages.

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nless Congress and the President take action and quickly we are heading to one of the greatest self-inflicted financial disasters of our lifetime. The combination of mandatory spending cuts and the elimination of virtually every tax cut since 2001 could very well force us into another recession. So what is the Financial Cliff and what can we expect to happen if nothing is done. Here are some of the key components.

Bush Tax Cuts Expire If the Bush tax cuts expire the top marginal tax rate will increase to 39.6%. All other rates will also rise and the 10% tax bracket will be eliminated. Capital gain taxes will return to 20% and the maximum tax on dividend income will increase to 43.4%. The estate tax will return to 2001 levels -- increasing the maximum rate to 55% and reducing the exclusion amount to $220,550.

Payroll Tax Holiday Ends For the last two years there has been a 2% payroll tax holiday. In January workers can expect their Social Security taxes to rise from 4.2% to 6.2%. The extension for workers receiving unemployment benefits will also end.

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Currently it is estimated that 4.4 million taxpayers are subject to the alternative minimum tax. That number could increase dramatically to over 32 million when the annual adjustments for inflation that Congress has enacted expire.

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Numerous Tax Breaks Expire Tax breaks for education, retirement savings, and states and local taxes to name a few will disappear. As will the tax credits for child and dependent care.

Automatic Spending Cuts Start In addition to the havoc created by changes in the tax codes the crisis will be compounded by mandatory spending cuts of virtually all federal programs. Defense spending will be reduced by nearly 10% and all other nondiscretionary expenditures by 8%.

creases will take effect to help pay for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – Obamacare. Higher income earners can expect to see an increase in payroll taxes of 0.9% as well as increased taxes on investment income.

thing you can do is get educated and pray for our leaders that they may have the courage to make a wise choice.

There’s no doubt about it we are heading daily to a Financial Cliff. No one knows for sure what is going to happen, but we do know that unless action is taken, at least financially, we will be living in a very different world. It is estimated that the tax burden alone will increase by $3,500 per household. There are steps you can take to strengthen your portfolios and I will discuss some of them in upcoming columns, but for now the best

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