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Herc’s Monday TV Talkback!! BUNHEADS 1.3!! GLASS HOUSE 1.2!! Plus PAWN, HELL’S, MASTERCHEF, WWE, WOLF, NINJA, COUPONING, And
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Published at: June 25, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST by hercules

With new series from Aaron Sorkin and Amy Sherman-Palladino in the mix, we’re swimming in a surfeit of funny summer hourlongs. Last week’s “Bunheads” featured an old man’s adorable dog and “Gilmore Girls” vet Gregg Henry (in an entrepreneurial role very different from Mitchum Huntzberger).

ABC Family says of tonight’s “Inherit The Wind”:

When Fanny's attorney gives her shocking news, she takes it hard and makes the situation more awkward for Michelle. Making matters worse, Michelle has a run-in with the law when she takes off in Hubbell's car to blow off steam, only to break down in the driveway of a handsome, local recluse. Meanwhile, the girls compete against other dance studios in an "ugliest feet" contest.

Last Monday I posited that the eviction-happy casts of 1993’s “The Real World: Los Angeles” and 1994’s “The Real World: San Francisco” were the true parents of “Big Brother,” and that the only real innovation of the Netherlands’ original 1999 edition of “Big Brother” was to engineer a mechanism whereby a contestant had to be evicted by his or her peers every week.

But a number of our readers have written in subsequently to point out that it was actually Sweden’s original 1997 season of “Expedition Robinson” that pioneered the eviction-a-week reality show. (“Expedition Robinson” was later licensed for American television by Mark Burnett, who changed its title to “Survivor.”)

Were I on some sort of jury, I’d think this tidbit would render CBS’ claim of copyright infringement against ABC’s “Glass House” weaker still (not that it was ever particularly sturdy).

David R. Ginsburg, executive director of the UCLA School of Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law, posted Sunday in The Huffington Post:

The simple problem faced by irked plaintiffs searching for a way to prohibit subsequent reality TV shows of similar content […] is that American copyright law was neither Constitutionally conceived nor legislatively drafted to prohibit that sort of "copying." Indeed, it was designed to permit it. The operative principle is that copyright law does not protect basic ideas -- that is, say, a show featuring a talent competition or the activities in a pawn shop -- but, rather, only the original and concrete expression of such ideas.

Ginsberg also points out that CBS lost a similar contest to ABC nine years ago when CBS claimed “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here” infringed on “Survivor”:

The actual progression of incident, the concrete specifics of the "characters" (the hosts, announcers, contestants, coaches, and other participants), the words they uttered, and the expressive content, design, and detail of the setting, all taken together, were quite different where the law demands that they be quite -- or "substantially" -- similar, and even where they shared certain similar ideas. Were the governing copyright principles to be otherwise, then, for example, the first talk show featuring an announcer, a live band, a stand-up comedian host, a raised stage arranged with a guest couch and the host's desk, silly games played with audience participation, two celebrity guests, and a concluding musical act could purport to secure an exclusive copyright to the above as against subsequent talk shows with the listed similarities, an intuitively absurd result, and one contrary to sound policy.

In short, no artist can monopolize, in the words of Ninth Circuit federal appellate court’s 2003 decision in Satava v. Lowry, “what rightfully belongs to the public.”

Interestingly, ABC’s “The Glass House” resembles more closely the European “Big Brother” than its American counterpart on CBS, owing to the fact that the “Glass House” viewing audience votes contestants off the show rather than the contestants themselves.

The “audience evicts” format was utilized in 2000 for CBS’ first American season of “Big Brother” -- and it turned out to be a disaster. Viewers voted out its two most provocative players – Black Panther Will “Mega” Collins and Virginia strip-tease artist Jean Jordan – in the first few days. Collins called what remained of the season “Big Boring” and CBS evidently agreed, switching to a format more like the one used by the more popular “Survivor” – a format that puts the ultimate eviction power in the hands of the contestants.

On “Glass House” the most provocative player is easily a 25-year-old Dallas bail bondsman named Alex. His strategy is to behave obnoxiously toward his fellow houseguests in the hope that viewers will keep voting to keep him back into the house -- so he can continue to annoy the better-behaved housemates who inevitably nominated him for eviction.

I’ll be watching to see if reality audiences have evolved enough in the 12 years since CBS’ “Big Brother 2000” to keep Alex around.

 

Tonight’s premieres:


Breaking From Above (8:30pm TeenNick)


Hollywood Exes (9pm VH1)


Mobster Confessions
(9pm Discovery)


Unsung (9pm TV One)


Diagnosis: Dead or Alive (10pm Health)


Tonight’s finales:


Extreme Couponing (10pm TLC)


Monster In-Laws (10pm A&E)

 



Mondays, April 9-June 18, 2012
(Adults 18-49; repeats in gray; older weeks in parentheses)
2.9 (---) (3.3) (2.8) (3.2) (3.7) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) America’s Got Talent
2.5 (2.8) (2.4) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Hell’s Kitchen
2.3 (2.3) (2.2) (1.9) (2.4) (2.6) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Bachelorette
2.3 (2.7) (2.3) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) MasterChef
2.0 (---) (2.2) (2.1) (2.4) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Ninja Warrior
2.0 (1.7) (1.9) (---) (1.8) (---) (---) (---) (2.0) (1.8) (2.0) Pawn Stars
1.9 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Big Bang Theory
1.9 (1.9) (1.5) (1.5) (1.6) (1.7) (1.7) (1.8) (1.9) (1.8) (1.7) WWE Entertainment
1.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) The Glass House
1.4 (1.4) (1.4) (---) (1.3) (---) (---) (---) (1.4) (1.3) (1.3) American Pickers
1.4 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) 2½ Men (10:30pm)
1.3 (1.5) (1.5) (1.3) (2.0) (3.9) (3.8) (3.8) (2.0) (3.8) (3.6) 2½ Men (9pm)
1.3 (1.5) (1.3) (1.1) (1.6) (---) (3.3) (3.6) (1.7) (3.4) (3.5) 2 Broke Girls
--- (1.2) (1.2) (1.2) (---) (2.7) (2.3) (2.5) (1.6) (1.6) (2.6) Hawaii Five-0
1.2 (1.4) (1.3) (1.2) (1.6) (3.4) (3.1) (3.2) (1.7) (3.1) (3.2) Mike & Molly
1.1 (1.4) (1.3) (1.1) (1.3) (3.7) (---) (3.3) (1.7) (3.1) (3.5) How/Your Mother
1.1 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Love and Hip Hop
--- (1.0) (0.9) (0.8) (---) (---) (2.4) (2.3) (---) (2.1) (---) Castle
1.0 (1.1) (1.0) (1.0) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Single Ladies
0.9 (1.2) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Lizard Lick Towing
0.8 (0.7) (0.6) (---) (---) (0.7) (0.7) (0.8) (0.7) (0.8) (0.7) Secret Life
0.7 (0.7) (0.6) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Teen Wolf
0.6 (0.6) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Bunheads
0.6 (0.7) (0.6) (0.7) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Cake Boss
0.6 (0.6) (0.6) (---) (---) (---) (0.8) (0.8) (0.7) (0.8) (0.6) The Daily Show
0.6 (0.6) (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) Diners, Drive-Ins
0.6 (0.6) (0.8) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Real Housewives NYC
0.5 (0.5) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) (0.5) (0.6) (0.7) (0.6) (0.5) Colbert Report
0.5 (0.4) (0.6) (---) (0.4) (0.5) (0.6) (0.5) (0.6) (0.6) (---) Eureka
0.5 (0.6) (0.5) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Family Jewels
0.5 (0.4) (0.4) (0.5) (0.4) (0.3) (0.4) (0.3) (0.4) (0.5) (0.4) House Hunters
0.5 (---) (0.5) (---) (0.3) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (0.5) (0.4) (0.5) Lost Girl
0.5 (0.4) (0.5) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Monster In-Laws
0.4 (---) (0.4) (---) (---) (0.4) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Chelsea Lately
0.4 (0.4) (0.4) (---) (0.3) (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) (0.4) (0.5) (0.4) House Hunters Intl
0.4 (0.3) (0.3) (---) (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) (---) (---) (---) (---) Love It Or List It
0.3 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.3) (---) (0.3) Hannity
0.3 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Miss Advised
0.3 (---) (0.2) (---) (0.3) (0.2) (0.2) (0.3) (0.3) (0.3) (0.2) O’Reilly Factor
0.2 (0.3) (0.2) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Breaking Pointe
0.1 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Hollywood Heights
0.1 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) 90210

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  • June 25, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Masterchef is my guilty pleasure

    by WerePlatypus

    Don't know why I like it, but I have to watch it every week. Glad it's back. . .

  • June 25, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST

    I want to see WOLF NINJA. That show sounds like a winner.

    by DrPain

  • June 25, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    After seeing the clip of Bunheads they played on The Soup

    by billcom6

    I have no interest to ever see a minute of it again.

  • June 25, 2012, 10:42 p.m. CST

    It was nice to see Psycho Sid in the ring again

    by zillabeast

    Age has not been kind to him, but the man can still drop a powerbomb.

  • June 25, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Diagnosis: DOA

    by Hadesbc

    Thanks for putting my show on here. It's not the greatest, but it's a paycheck and some people love these kinds of shows.

  • June 25, 2012, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Diagnosis: Dead or Alive

    by David_Denmans_Beard

    Is this a summation of Bon Jovi's career currently?

  • June 26, 2012, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Good grief, have we forgotten about a little show called Lost Girl?

    by I_Love_LanaLang

    I'd think you Trevs and Miltons would like the show since it has pretty girls on it. What's wrong with you people?

  • June 26, 2012, 2:46 a.m. CST

    all about lizard lick towing

    by Balkin Flabgurter

    its the only show putting makeup on a fat unidentified mammal these days.

  • June 26, 2012, 7:34 a.m. CST

    why is this garbage discussed weekly

    by altoandando

    when a real geek's show, Eureka, is ignored? it's no Breaking Bad, but it's cooler than anything else ever listed for Monday.

  • I'll continue to watch (at least with liberal use of Fast Forward) because the audience was smart enough not to have fallen for Alex's lame attempt at becoming "the most epic villain in the history of reality tv". The audience voted "Yes" to his question of whether or not he should become a villain because that's what they wanted to see; instead they got a smug little prick wandering around doing nothing but insulting everyone to their face. Being a villain is more about manipulation than confrontation; it's more about being a puppet master than a bully (something Russell on Survivor seemed to forget the deeper he got into the game). Alex wasn't a villain, he was simply a dick.

  • June 26, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Still liking Bunheads but....

    by Darth_Nader

    First off the girls in the story are weak. I just want to FF past them. Maybe they need to do more away from the dance studio or something. Next, nice to see more Star's Hollow, er Paradise, wacky townspeople. They need to keep them from being one dimensional. Finally, for an ABC Family show, there is ALOT of drinking. I guess liquor is the new coffee on this show. I'm still pulling for this one to take off.

  • The clip they showed on Craig Ferguson's show had me wanting to see Bunheads; the clip they showed on the Soup made me less eager to see it. Sure, it was out of context (they both were), and I don't know the characters, but still. Is the acting on the show as poor as it was in that Soup clip?