Exxon The Oil/Gas Folks Use To Make Personal Computers? Pop Culture Tech History

Mr. Pop History -
Yes, Exxon got into the computer business. Back in 1983, you could buy the EXXON500 Series Information Processor (PC/word processor) for several thousand dollars. An ad says, “The EXXON 500 can handle lengthy documents with footnotes in a variety of complex formats!”

And yes, EXXON was all caps.

They got smart and left the business, quickly – but back in the 1980′s – Exxon was in the PC game!

Week of March 15, 2011. A Complete Look At News, Pop Culture, Trends, Tech, Entertertainment, Music, TV Guide & More.

This Week In News, Pop Culture, Trends, Tech, Hollywood, TV Guide & More.

The Week of March 15, 2011

Compiled By Gary West @ www.mrpopculture.com and  www.mrpophistory.com

In The News –

Japan’s central bank pumped billions more into the financial system Tuesday to quell fears that the country’s banks could be overwhelmed by the impact of the massive earthquake and tsunami. Stocks slumped for a second day as a nuclear crisis escalated. Two cash injections totaling 8 trillion yen ($98 billion) came a day after the Bank of Japan fed a record 15 trillion yen ($184 billion) into money markets and eased monetary policy to support the economy in the aftermath of Friday’s 9.0 magnitude quake that has killed thousands. The injections have helped stabilize currency markets. But stock markets dived for a second day as investors unloaded assets amid escalating worries of a nuclear crisis.

Bahrain declared martial law on Tuesday as it struggles to quell an uprising by the island’s Shi’ite Muslim majority that has drawn in troops from fellow Sunni-ruled neighbor Saudi Arabia. The three-month state of emergency will hand wholesale power to Bahrain’s security forces, which are dominated by the country’s Sunni Muslim elite, stoking sectarian tensions in one of the Gulf’s most politically volatile nations.

Europe is considering “stress testing” its nuclear power stations to check they can cope with crises, while its energy chief on Tuesday even raised the prospect of a nuclear-free future. The developments mark a dramatic turnaround for a continent that had been considering a partial nuclear revival until this week, when Japan’s nuclear accident highlighted how quickly events can run out of control — and not only after an earthquake.

Moammar Gadhafi’s forces struck the rebellion’s heartland with airstrikes, missiles and artillery on Tuesday, trying for the first time to take back a city that serves as a crucial gateway for the band of fighters who threatened his four-decade hold on power. Rebels rushed to the front and sent up two rickety airplanes to bomb government ships, as mosques broadcast pleas for help defending the city. The pro-Gadhafi forces surprised rebels with attacks on two sides of the city of Ajdabiya, and the opposition was outgunned.

Dangerous levels of radiation leaking from a crippled nuclear plant forced Japan to order 140,000 people to seal themselves indoors Tuesday after an explosion and a fire dramatically escalated the crisis spawned by a deadly tsunami. In a nationally televised statement, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said radiation had spread from the four stricken reactors of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant along Japan’s northeastern coast. The region was shattered by Friday’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the ensuing tsunami that is believed to have killed more than 10,000 people, plunged millions into misery and pummeled the world’s third-largest economy.

Australia advised its citizens in Japan on Wednesday to consider leaving Tokyo and earthquake-affected areas, joining a growing number of governments and businesses telling their people it may be safer elsewhere.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a travel advice update that Australians with no need to be in the area should think about leaving but added that the decision had nothing to do with the threat of nuclear contamination from a damaged nuclear power plant.

Producer prices surged in February at their fastest pace in 1-1/2 years, pointing to a build-up in inflation pressures from soaring food and energy costs. In another reminder on Wednesday of the headwinds facing the economy, the Commerce Department said groundbreaking activity for new homes posted the biggest drop in 27 years with permits for future building reaching a record low. The reports came a day after the Federal Reserve said it expected the upward inflation pressure from commodities to prove transitory but that it was keeping a watchful eye.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that it plans to remove about 500 unapproved prescription cough, cold, and allergy medicines from pharmacy shelves.These drugs have not been evaluated by the FDA for safety and effectiveness, and they may be riskier to take than approved over-the-counter (OTC) drugs that treat these same conditions, agency officials explained. “This action is necessary to protect consumers from the potential risks posed by unapproved drugs, because we don’t know what’s in them, whether they work properly or how they are made,” Deborah M. Autor, director of the agency’s Office of Compliance at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said during a morning news conference.

Newspaper advertising in the U.S. has sunk to a 25-year low as marketing budgets followed readers to the Internet, where advertising is far cheaper than what publishers have been able to command in print. Advertisers spent $25.8 billion on newspapers’ print and digital editions last year, according to figures released Tuesday by the Newspaper Association of America. That’s the lowest amount since 1985 when total newspaper advertising stood at $25.2 billion. After adjusting for inflation, newspaper advertising now stands at about the same level as nearly 50 years ago. In 1962, newspaper advertising totaled $3.7 billion, which translates to about $26 billion today.

Japan tried high-pressure water cannons, fire trucks and even helicopters that dropped batches of seawater in increasingly frantic attempts Thursday to cool an overheated nuclear complex as U.S. officials warned the situation was deteriorating. The top U.S. nuclear regulatory official gave a far bleaker assessment of the crisis than the Japanese, and the U.S. ambassador warned U.S. citizens within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant on the northeast coast to leave the area or at least remain indoors.

U.S. life expectancy has hit another all-time high, rising above 78 years. The estimate of 78 years and 2 months is for a baby born in 2009, and comes from a preliminary report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 2.4 million people died in the United States in 2009 — roughly 36,000 fewer deaths than the year before.

Deaths were down for a range of causes, from heart disease to homicide, so experts don’t believe there’s one simple explanation for the increase in life expectancy. Better medical treatment, vaccination campaigns and public health measures against smoking are believed to be having an impact.

Libya declared an immediate cease-fire Friday, trying to fend off international military intervention after the U.N. authorized a no-fly zone and “all necessary measures” to prevent the regime from striking its own people. A rebel spokesman said Moammar Gadhafi’s forces were still shelling two cities. The United States said a cease-fire announcement was insufficient, calling on the regime to pull back from eastern Libya, where the once-confident rebels this week found themselves facing an overpowering force using rockets, artillery, tanks, warplanes.

U.S. sales of Diet Coke overtook those of Pepsi-Cola for the first time in 2010, making the diet soda the No. 2 carbonated soft drink in the country behind Coca-Cola, industry data are expected to confirm Thursday. Occupying the top two rankings would mark a historic win for Coca-Cola) in its decades-old rivalry with PepsiCo Inc. which has seen its market share slip in recent years and is trying to retool its marketing. The two companies have fought over the past decade to win market share from one another as cola sales overall have dropped.

Moammar Gadhafi’s forces swept rebel fighters out of a key oil town and into the desert Sunday with searing waves of artillery fire and airstrikes, extending their rapid advance on the poorly equipped and loosely organized fighters. The United States, meanwhile, was sending its top diplomat to make contact with Gadhafi opponents in Paris, as it and other world powers considered trying to ground his air force with a no-fly zone that carries many of its own risks.

Anti-aircraft fire has erupted in the Libyan capital, with volleys of tracer fire arching into the air, marking the start of a second night of allied strikes on the country.

There is no immediate word on the targets in the new round of strikes. The heavy chatter of anti-aircraft defenses began soon after nightfall. The U.S. military says the first air assault by the U.S. and its allies the night before — including airstrikes by long-range bombers and a shower of Tomahawk cruise missiles — was successful, though it did not fully eliminate the threat from Libyan air defenses.

The largest full moon in more than 18 years – a so-called “supermoon” – did not disappoint eager skywatchers around the world Saturday when it rose, big and bright, into Earth’s night sky. The full moon of March was 221,565 miles (356,575 kilometers) on Saturday, March 19 just 50 minutes after it hit its full phase, making it the biggest and brightest full moon since 1993. The “supermoon” phenomenon occurred because the moon was in its full phase and just 50 minutes past perigee – the point of its orbit that brings it closer to Earth.This year’s biggest full moon also gained notoriety after erroneous claims that it would spark waves of natural disasters around the world.

Leading Republican Sarah Palin toured Jerusalem’s Western Wall on Sunday as she began a two-day, private visit to Israel. She also planned on meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during her first trip to the Jewish state to discuss key issues facing the U.S. ally. Palin, a 2008 vice presidential candidate, is a potential White House contender in 2012 and a leading light in the fiscally conservative Tea Party movement.

The nuclear crisis in Japan, while severe, appears to be stabilizing and does not warrant any immediate changes in U.S. nuclear plants, a top U.S. nuclear official said Monday. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s executive director for operations, Bill Borchardt, said officials have “a high degree of confidence” that operations at the 104 nuclear reactors in 31 states are safe. He said inspectors at each of the plants have redoubled efforts to guard against any safety breaches.

Buyers emerged on Monday in U.S. stocks, enticed by the biggest proposed merger of the year, though crises in Japan, the Middle East and North Africa meant market volatility would continue. The bulls have held the upper hand for three days, as the S&P 500 has put together its best three-day run since early December. Dow component AT&T (T.N) rose 1.1 percent after the company announced plans to buy Deutsche Telekom’s (DTEGn.DE) T-Mobile USA and refocused investor attention on attractive company valuations.

Golfer and notorious cheater Tiger Woods has taken another swing at dating, this time with 22-year-old Alyse Lahti Johnston.Woods, who was struck with heavy criticism last year after news broke of his numerous high profile extra-marital affairs, divorced Swedish model Elin Nordegren in August. In November 2009, Woods raised some eyebrows after he plowed his 2009 Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant and a tree at 2:30 a.m., leading many to speculate he’d gotten into an argument with then-wife Nordegren about his unfaithful behavior.

Technology –

They come not just for the balmy weather or the Tex-Mex food but for South by Southwest, a collection of conferences and festivals that’s considered one of the most influential happenings on the annual cultural calendar. Abbreviated as SXSW — and nicknamed “South by” by festival veterans — the 24-year-old conference kicks off Friday and runs through March 20. The three-headed event encompasses separate festivals for film, music and interactive technology and has helped launch everything from Twitter to Broken Social Scene.

It’s where hipster culture meets geek culture, and where internet entrepreneurs are treated like rock stars SXSW first kicked off in 1987 as the place where relatively unknown bands played gigs with hopes of attracting the attention of critics, talent scouts or big-time musicians seeking an opening act for their tours. Conference organizers integrated film and technology segments in 1994 as a “multimedia” event, and a year later, the separate South by Southwest Interactive was formed.

Nintendo 3DS, a glasses-free 3-D handheld video game system, arrives March 27 for $249.99.  Nintendo hopes it will make the strongest case yet for 3-D special effects affordability and relevance.

But calling it a gaming console may be the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American public. Gaming, it turns out, might be among the least of the system’s capabilities. The device will also deliver an array of other fully-connected entertainment experiences, according to Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime at the 2011 Game Developers Conference.  From 3-D movies to TV shows, digital music to augmented reality applications, the company is clearly assigning tremendous importance to non-gaming applications.

Though they won’t say it directly, Nintendo clearly plans to make the system a Trojan horse for the larger world of 3-D multimedia. This should scare the competition.

Recently, Google announced that the Android version of its Google Maps app now automatically routes users around traffic when providing directions. According to the Google Blog, Google Maps navigation previously “would choose whichever route was fastest, without taking current traffic conditions into account. It would also generate additional alternate directions, such as the shortest route or one that uses highways instead of side roads. “[Now], our routing algorithms will also apply our knowledge of current and historical traffic to select the fastest route from those alternates. That means that navigation will automatically guide you along the best route given the current traffic conditions.”

Sports –

Atlanta Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar has lost an eye after he was struck in the face by a line drive while watching a spring training game. Braves general manager Frank Wren said Wednesday that doctors were unable to save Salazar’s left eye after the accident March 9. The former major league player is otherwise recovering from his injuries and expects to manage Lynchburg of the Class A Carolina League this season. The 54-year-old Salazar was standing against the railing on the top step of the dugout during a game between the Braves and St. Louis Cardinals when Brian McCann fouled a ball in his direction. Salazar was unable to get out of the way.

Entertainment news –

Comic Gilbert Gottfried will no longer be the voice of the Aflac duck — effective immediately. The insurance company fired Gottfried, 56, on Monday after he made a slew of jokes via Twitter about the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Ashton Kutcher, president of pop culture for the popchips snack food company, launched a search back in February for a vice president of pop culture. The gig sounded pretty good: For a salary of $50,000, the VP’s duties included working with popchips and Kutcher to create digital content, take part in popchips’ social media channels and serve as popchips’ on-location reporter at three culture events. And the winner has just been announced: It’s Diane Mizota. One of her biggest claims to fame is that she appeared in Austin Powers in Goldmember, along with Carrie Ann Inaba. She also is host of the GSN series Bingo.

Teen sensation Justin Bieber is immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London and New York. So, what does Justin think of his new wax figure? Plus, which stars’ wax figure would he like his wax figure to be next to?

Mel Gibson was booked and released at El Segundo Police Department on Wednesday night as part of his sentence for the misdemeanor battery case resulting from an alleged January 2010 incident with his then-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, Access Hollywood has confirmed.

Charlie Sheen’s “Torpedo of Truth” live tour will explode onto 12 more stages across the United States and into Canada, as reports surfaced on Thursday of sold-out shows at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. “Fastballs keep coming. 12 more shows on sale Sat.,” Sheen tweeted. The new shows for the tour, dubbed “Charlie Sheen’s Violent Torpedo of Truth Defeat Is Not an Option,” are also listed on sales website

Billy Ray Cyrus revealed he has withdrawn his request to divorce his wife, Tish. “I’ve dropped the divorce,” Billy Ray said on the show, which taped on Thursday. “I wanted to put my family back together.”

Jennifer Lopez’ new song, “Invading My Mind,” has invaded the Internet.

The American Idol judge’s new track has leaked online The song, from her upcoming Island Def Jam album “Love?,” follows “On the Floor,” which features Pitbull. “Invading My Mind” is all about Lopez, though, and is a high energy, super-dance-y track.

Wyclef Jean has been released from the hospital after being treated for a gunshot wound to his hand. Jean, 41, was shot in the hand after 11 p.m. Saturday in Delmas — a city just outside Port-au-Prince — according to Joe Mignon, the senior program director for Jean’s Yele Foundation. He offered no further details.

Music news –

Passing – Rapper and music producer Nate Dogg, a prominent figure in the world of hip-hop, has died at the age of 41, the Hollywood Reporter wrote Wednesday without giving a cause of death. Best known for his 1994 hit “Regulate,” Nate Dogg — a longtime friend and collaborator of rap legends Snoop Dogg and the late Tupac Shakur — died late Tuesday, the trade newspaper wrote. It quoted a tweet from Snoop Dogg lamenting the death of his friend. “We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb. One of my best friends n a brother to me since 1986,” the rap megastar wrote on this Twitter microblog posting.

In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, Howard Stern shares details about the end of his 21-year marriage to first wife Alison. “My marriage ending blew my mind,” the Sirius radio star, 57, revealed. “I was upset that I failed and let down my family, my kids, my ex-wife. It was all very painful.”While no topic was off-limits for guests on his radio show, Stern admits he kept his own personal problems buried. But feeling like a “detached robot,” he started going to therapy. “I was totally neurotic…I knew things weren’t right, and I said, ‘Gee, where am I going to get some answers?’ I had never been a guy to turn to religion but then as my marriage was coming to an end, I needed help to explain it to my children and make sense of it all…Because once you are a divorced guy, being a father is a whole different thing.”

Passing – Country music pioneer Ferlin Husky has died at age 85. He sold more than 20 million records, mostly in the ’50s and early ’60s, with hits including “Wings of a Dove” and “gone.” (March 17)

Passing – British musician Jet Harris, who played bass guitar in Cliff Richard’s band The Shadows, has died aged 71, British media reported on Friday. Terence Harris, nicknamed “Jet” because he was one of the fastest runners in his school, was introduced to Richard in 1958, and his website credits him with coming up with the name The Shadows.”Jet was exactly what the Shadows and I needed — a backbone holding our sound together,” Richard said in a statement. “Jet, the bass player, will always be an integral part of British rock’n'roll history. Losing him is sad — but the great memories will stay with me. Rock on, Jet.” With The Shadows, Harris enjoyed a string of hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s including “High Class Baby,” the chart-topping “Apache” and “Guitar Tango.” His last recording with the band was “Wonderful Land” in 1962, which also made it to number one in the British charts. After leaving the group, Harris teamed up with former Shadows bandmate Tony Meehan and again reached number one with “Diamonds” in 1963.

Bryan Adams is now enshrined in concrete. The Canadian singer, songwriter, guitarist, bassist and producer got his Hollywood Walk of Fame star Monday in front of the Musicians Institute. His hits included “Cut Like a Knife,” “Summer of ’69,” “Run to You,” and “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You.”

Hot hits this week –

F**k You (Forget You) – Cee Lo Green

Born This Way – Lady Gaga

S&M – Rihanna

E.T. – Katy Perry fea. Kanye West

On The Floor – Jennifer Lopez fea. Pitbull

Grenade – Bruno Mars

F**kin Perfect

Till the World Ends – Britney Spears

Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You) – Enrique Iglesias fea. Lidacris & DJ Frank E

Blow – Ke$ha

Look At Me Now –

Chris Brown fea. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes

Coming Home – Diddy – Dirty Money fea. Skylar Grey

Firework – Katy Perry

Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor) – Pitbull

Moment 4 Life – Nicki Minaj fea. Drake

I Need A Doctor – Dr. Dre fea. Eminem & Skylar Grey

Jar of Hearts – Christina Perri

What The Hell – Avril Lavigne

More – Usher

Just Can’t Get Enough – The Black Eyed Peas

6 Foot 7 Foot – Lil Wayne fea. Cory Gunz

Landslide – Glee Cast fea. Gwyneth paltrow

Pretty Girl Rock- Keri Hilson

Rollin In The Deep – Adele

At the movies this week

Limitless (1st week $19 million)


Battle: Los Angeles

The Lincoln Lawyer (1st $13.4 million)

Paul – (1st week $13.1 million)

Red Riding Hood

The Adjustment Bureau

Mars Needs Moms


Hall Pass

Gnomeo & Juliet

Hip Thursday night TV (TV Squad)


Discovery: ‘Out of the Wild: Venezuela’


IFC: ‘The Grid’


ABC: ‘Wipeout’
NBC: ‘Community’
FOX: ‘American Idol’
ESPN: ‘Winter X Games: Europe’
Nicktoons: ‘Dragon Ball Z Kai’


NBC: ‘Perfect Couples’


ABC: ‘Private Practice’
FOX: ‘Bones’
Discovery: ‘Man vs. Wild’
Bravo: ‘Kathy Griffin: 50 & Not Pregnant’
HGTV: ‘Selling New York’
Spike: ‘TNA Wrestling’


NBC: ‘Parks and Recreation’


NBC: ’30 Rock’
USA: ‘Fairly Legal’
FX: ‘Archer’
MTV: ‘Jersey Shore’
Food Network: ‘Ice Brigade’
HGTV: ‘House Hunters’
A&E: ‘Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force’ (two episodes)


NBC: ‘Outsourced’
HGTV: ‘House Hunters International’


Cartoon Network: ‘Eagleheart’

Late-Night Talk Shows


PBS: ‘Charlie Rose’: Jonathan Schell on the future of nuclear power
TBS: ‘Conan’: Larry King, Shaun White, and Iron & Wine (repeat)
Comedy Central: ‘The Daily Show’: Howard Stern (repeat)
E!: ‘Chelsea Lately’: Rihanna (repeat)
BET: ‘The Mo’Nique Show’: Tisha Campbell-Martin, Keith David and Lloyd


Comedy Central: ‘The Colbert Report’: Dan Sinker (repeat)


ABC: ‘Nightline’: TBA
CBS: ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’: Tim McGraw, Shaq and Keri Hilson (repeat)
NBC: ‘The Tonight Show’: Rainn Wilson and Serj Tankian


ABC: ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live: Matthew McConaughey, Jena Malone and Young Dubliners
PBS: ‘Tavis Smiley’: Clive Davis and Lawrence Goldstone
TBS: ‘Lopez Tonight’: Cameron Diaz, Jason Priestley, Luke Perry and Greg Fitzsimmons (repeat)


CBS: ‘The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson’: Mila Kunis and Geechy Guy (repeat)
NBC: ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’: Howard Stern, Penn & Teller, and Leon Russell


NBC: ‘Last Call With Carson Daly’: Gale Ann Hurd, Mia Morett and Caitlin Moe

Top TV –

1. American Idol” (Wednesday) FOX
2. American Idol” (Thursday) FOX
3. The Mentalist CBS
4. NCIS: Los Angeles CBS
5. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS
7. The Big Bang Theory CBS
8. Glee FOX
9. CSI: Miami CBS
10. Undercover Boss CBS
11. Blue Bloods CBS
12. Secret Millionaire ABC
13. House FOX
14. Survivor: Redemption Island CBS
16. Bones FOX
17. 60 Minutes CBS
18. Two and a Half Men CBS
19. The Bachelor ABC
20. Harry’s Law NBC

FM Radio – Why Did It Take So Long To Catch On? Pop Culture Radio History

FM Radio – The New Groove. Why Did It Take So Long?

By Gary West @ www.mrpopculture.com and www.mrpophistory.com

Most teen and young adults have a favorite music station and it’s on the FM dial. Was it always that way? Invented in 1939, frequency modulation or FM had a long way to go and didn’t become a true mass-music medium until the early 1980’s. Their parents remember a different time, when pop music was the province of AM radio and you usually had two stations to choose, shuttering the dial back-and-forth. When FM came along, they twisted their music dials to the newer medium and stayed.
But radio began with AM (amplitude modulation) with the program/serial/sit-com era of the thirties all through the fifties and beyond with Top-40 and rock: Elvis, the Beatles, Rolling Stones and into Led Zeppelin. It was the era of personality DJ’s and big-rated pop stations such as WMCA, New York and KFWB, Los Angeles.
But back in 1949, things were different for FM. WMCA-FM New York had been losing money at a rate of $4,000 per month. Owner Nathan Strauss tried to give the station away.
WMCA-FM was eventually sold for $7000.00. What was WMCA-FM is now worth over $60 million in today’s market. Early FM formats were dull, or were synced to co-owned AM station. Why buy an FM radio when you could hear the same on your AM kitchen radio? Early FM sort of trudged along until the Federal Communications Commission came down with an edict. By 1967 they ruled, major market FM stations needed separate programming from their AM stations. In other words, get rid of the duplicate AM broadcasts.
WOR-FM (New York) had a great idea. Why not go after AM top-40 stations WMCA and WABC. And to boot, start before the deadline? They did, beginning in July 1966. Word spread around, particularly with hip college kids. FM’s in other cities started doing the same thing. On WOR-FM the DJ’s sounded different; they were hip and cool and they were far fewer commercials, meaning much more music was played.
By 1969, most areas had at least one FM rock station, beckoning AM listeners to make the switch. Arbitron, the radio ratings company said by 1973, FM listening had increased some 152% over 1967.
Lets face it, FM was much technically superior. It didn’t have all that static and rarely faded. Full fidelity. It was “cool” to listen to an FM album rock station during the 1970′s as opposed to an AM top-40 station. And it was stereo. FM radios in cars never worked properly until tuners were perfected and that wasn’t until the early 1970’s. Separately, one of the most popular appliances of the 1970′s was a compact home FM stereo radio with turntable and tape deck. And the FM dial had more music choices, including top-40 stations. Why turn back?
By 1978, FM accounted for half of all radio listening. FM got another boost, but no one saw this coming. There were now plenty of FM radios at home, on the beach and in cars. All of this set the stage for the fastest AM-to-FM exodus ever. Up to this time, WABC-AM New York still held the largest music audience. FM was nibbling at WABC during the 1970’s, but not to any large extent.
Not until mid-1978 when the new WKTU-FM beat perennial ratings-topper WABC-AM. The low-rated station had just made the switch to “disco” which was huge in New York clubs. Almost overnight, WKTU-FM (Disco 92) became #1, quickly grabbing 25% of WABC’s total audience. Ironically, this was the channel once occupied by WMCA-FM.
Those who jumped from WABC suddenly found FM vibrant. It was a new experience. They had heard about this new disco format from the streets, went to FM and were there to stay. Also, WBLS-FM soon found huge ratings. In less than a year, WABC-AM lost half its audience. The station was in a panic as they changed program directors and fired disc jockeys – unheard of over the station’s incredible top-40 history.
For an FM station to beat WABC-AM was big news, and this was the symbolic end to contemporary music on AM. It was the first time WABC was beaten by anybody since the 1960′s. By 1982, WABC was history as a music station. In 1983-1984, Top-40 radio saw a revival, now on the FM band with stations like Scott Shannon’s Z-100 and KIIS-FM (Los Angeles) with Rick Dees. This was the first time FM top-40 stations dominated the ratings. Soon, almost every major market had FM top-40 stations with personality and ratings – the way it was for AM during the 50′s, 60′s. Other AM music stations hung in there through the 1980’s, but the writing was on the wall. WLS-AM Chicago was one of the last music hold-overs, ending its music run in the late 1980′s.

Next time you listen to FM, remember it all started on the other band, the one with all the talk and sports stations.

Remember Dweezil Zappa As An MTV VJ? Pop Culture Music-TV History.

Mr. Pop History – He was pretty sardonic too. Remember the time – back in the mid-1980′s – when Dweezil baby introduced a new band called “Crowded House” – as just another John Lennon rip-off band?

“Hey Now, Hey Now, Don’t Dwee…zil It’s Over.”

This was before they had hits such as “Don’t Dream it’s Over.”

The Current Version Of TV’s “Jeopardy” Began In 1984. Pop Culture TV History.

From the mrpop archives of July 25, 1984:

Interesting – “Jeopardy” – which has been seen on-and-off daytime television since the mid-1960’s is coming back -this time a night time version is being readied for syndication. The show will be produced by Merv Griffin Enterprises which recently sent around a pilot and Jeopardy’s new host, Alex Trebek to talk about it. The new Jeopardy will be more splashy and supped-up – a different look and feel then its predecessors. Look for brighter flashing lights and high-tech TV monitors among otherthings. www.mrpopculture.com

Early Kid’s TV Show – Local NYC TV… From September Of 1960.

Mr. Pop History – From the NY Times – September 5, 1960:

Saturday Mornings – NBC to replace “Howdy Doody” and “Ruff and Reddy.” Replacing them – “The Shari Lewis Show” and “King Leonardo and His Short Subjects.”

Locally – Channel 7 was readying “Tommy Seven” with Ed Bakey as the Tommy Seven the clown.

And Shari Lewis will also appear on Channel 5 (WNEW-TV) with an hour-long “Christmas In September” with Shari Lewis.”

Over at Channel 13 (WNTA) – “Studio 99 1/2″ with ventriloquist Jimmy Nelson was announced. It was to begin airing later that month.

Another Star Trek TV Series Re-Boot Question – 1977?

Mr. Pop History – After the original TV series left the NBC-TV air in 1969, Star Trek began to build a bigger audience with syndicated reruns.

A July TV Guide tells me that Paramount Pictures planned to produce 22 episodes of an all-new Star Trek to begin appearing in April 1978. According to the article, it was part of an effort to create one night a week of prime-time programs on a proposed “fourth network” of independent and network affiliated stations. Gene Roddenberry was signed to put the new show together at a cost of $400,000 per episode.

A fourth network? Interesting. Of course, that didn’t happen until Fox-TV – the late 1980′s.

MTV Offers Backstage VMA Look – Live. What Does Beyonce Do Before She Goes On Stage? It was August 2006 When MTV…

Mr. Pop History -

In August of 2006, MTV’s Video Music Awards offered a first – realtime backstage glance at the happenings – streamed online. “What does Beyonce do before she goes onstage,” said Christina Norman, MTV’s then president. “Does she pray? Does she cry? Does she check her makeup?” (does she wipe her…)

This was available on the MTV Overdrive website. Remember, MTV was the one that pioneered the idea of presenting pre-show before the VMA’s. That was back in 1990.

So you wanted to know when and where this stuff comes from.

This Week In History. Week Of March 8, 2011 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Trends, Music, TV Guide & More.

This Week In Pop & News History. A Complete Look At The Week Of March 8, 2011.

Compiled By Gary West @ www.mrpopculture.com and  www.mrpophistory.com

In The News –

Forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi hammered rebels with rocket barrages and airstrikes Tuesday, trying to check their advance out of the opposition-held east of Libya toward the capital Tripoli. At least 26 were wounded, some of them seriously. On another front, government forces were reportedly battering down resistance in the closest rebel-held city to Tripoli, Zawiya. A government official claimed Gadhafi loyalists had recaptured the city, but some residents reported that rebels still held the city’s main square amid a heavy barrage of residential areas. The city was sealed off and phone lines have been cut, making it impossible to verify the account.

America’s population center is edging away from the Midwest, pulled by Hispanic growth in the Southwest, according to census figures. The historic shift is changing the nation’s politics and even the traditional notion of the country’s heartland — long the symbol of mainstream American beliefs and culture. The West is now home to the four fastest-growing states — Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Idaho — and has surpassed the Midwest in population, according to 2010 figures. California and Texas added to the southwestern population tilt, making up more than one-fourth of the nation’s total gains since 2000.

A suicide bomber struck a funeral attended by anti-Taliban militiamen in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least 36 mourners and wounding more than 100 in the deadliest militant attack in the country this year. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility. The blast near the city of Peshawar was not far from the tribally administered regions bordering Afghanistan where militants are at their strongest. The area struck is home to several tribal armies that battle the Pakistani branches of the Taliban with the government’s encouragement.

Forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi struck an oil pipeline and oil storage facility Wednesday as they pounded rebels with artillery and gunfire in at least two major cities, killing four people, officials said. Gadhafi appeared to be keeping up the momentum he has seized in recent days in his fight against rebels trying to move on the capital, Tripoli, from territory they hold in eastern Libya.

Space shuttle Discovery zoomed back to Earth for the last time Wednesday to wrap up a long flying career. The world’s most-traveled spaceship was due to return to Earth — for the last time ever — three minutes before noon. The crew of six fired the braking rockets in late morning, putting Discovery on track for a Florida touchdown. It was Discovery’s final fiery ride through the atmosphere. NASA’s oldest shuttle has flown 39 missions over nearly 27 years. It’s being retired after this voyage

Illinois abolished the death penalty Wednesday (March 9) more than a decade after the state imposed a moratorium on executions out of concern that innocent people could be put to death by a justice system that had wrongly condemned 13 men.

Gov. Pat Quinn also commuted the sentences of all 15 inmates remaining on death row. They will now serve life in prison with no hope of parole. State lawmakers voted in January to abandon capital punishment, and Quinn spent two months reflecting on the issue, speaking with prosecutors, crime victims’ families, death penalty opponents and religious leaders. He called it the “most difficult decision” he has made as governor.

It could take a week — and the smell could get pretty bad — before crews manage to scoop and vacuum up tons of dead sardines from a Southern California marina. Net-wielding crews in rowboats and firefighting vessels began work Wednesday, hoping to remove the estimated one million fish before they rot and possibly poison remaining sea life in the harbor. The cleanup came after the enormous school of sardines apparently suffocated in the confines of King Harbor, possibly while seeking shelter from a predator or simply becoming lost near a breakwater late Monday.

Oil prices tumbled 3 percent Thursday, as economists warned that the recent surge in fuel prices will eventually hurt the fragile economic recovery. So far fuel prices haven’t slowed consumption, but economist Michael Lynch said drivers and businesses may start cutting back, if oil remains above the $100 per barrel level. The jump in oil has already pushed the average price of gasoline up by 46 cents a gallon this year, just as some workers who were laid off during the recession return to a daily commute.

Bulletin – (Friday March11) A massive earthquakes strikes about 80 miles off the Northeast coast of Japan. The magnitude-8.9 offshore quake unleashed a 23-foot (seven-meter) tsunami and was followed for hours by more than 50 aftershocks, many of them of more than magnitude 6.0. A tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes on record slammed Japan’s eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it swept away ships, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control. Hours later, the tsunami hit Hawaii but did not cause major damage. Warnings blanketed the Pacific, putting areas on alert as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West coast. In northeastern Japan, the area around a nuclear power plant was evacuated after the reactor’s cooling system failed. “The earthquake has caused major damage in broad areas in northern Japan,” Prime Minister Naoto Kan said at a news conference.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker succeeded Friday in taking away nearly all collective bargaining rights from the vast majority of the state’s public employees, quietly capping weeks of contentious debate and delivering an epic defeat to the labor movement with a private bill signing. The bill forces state workers to pay more for their pensions and health care benefits, which is estimated to save Wisconsin $30 million to help pay down a $137 million budget shortfall projected by July 1. The higher payments for state workers will take effect over the coming weeks.

Shoppers snapped up new cars, clothing and electronics in February, pushing retail sales up for the eighth straight month. Retail sales rose 1 percent last month, the Commerce Department reported Friday. Part of the gain reflected higher prices for gasoline. Still, excluding sales at gas stations, retail sales rose a solid 0.9 percent

A tour bus returning from a casino at daybreak scraped along an interstate guard rail, tipped on its side and slammed into a pole that sheared it nearly end to end, leaving a jumble of bodies and twisted metal along Interstate 95. Fourteen passengers were killed. The bus had just reached the outskirts of New York City on a journey from the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut when the crash happened. The driver told police he lost control trying to avoid a swerving tractor-trailer. As many as 20 passengers were treated at area hospitals. Seven were in critical condition, according to police. Several were in surgery later in the day. The crash happened at 5:35 a.m., with some of the 31 passengers still asleep. The bus scraped along the guard rail for 300 feet, toppled and crashed into the support pole for a highway sign indicating the exit for the Hutchinson Parkway.

Tokyo’s usually bustling central districts were deserted on Saturday after the country’s worst earthquake and a tsunami devastated the north of the country, and the few in bars and restaurants were glued to television coverage of the disaster. An explosion at a nuclear power plant near the earthquake zone and news of a radiation leak caused the most worry, but thousands also swamped the Internet to tell loved ones they were safe after phone lines went down. At least 1,700 people were killed or missing, media said, and thousands of homes were flattened as a huge deluge of sea water swept inland in the north of Japan after the quake, engulfing roads, farmland and villages.

The world moved a step closer to a decision on imposing a no-fly zone over Libya but Moammar Gadhafi was swiftly advancing Saturday on the poorly equipped and loosely organized rebels who have seized much of the country. Gadhafi’s forces pushed the front line miles deeper into rebel territory and violence erupted at the front door of the opposition stronghold in eastern Libya, where an Al-Jazeera cameraman slain in an ambush became the first journalist killed in the nearly monthlong conflict. In Cairo, the Arab League asked the U.N. Security Council to impose a no-fly zone to protect the rebels, increasing pressure on the U.S. and other Western powers to take action that most have expressed deep reservations about.

The estimated death toll from Japan’s disasters climbed past 10,000 Sunday as authorities raced to combat the threat of multiple nuclear reactor meltdowns and hundreds of thousands of people struggled to find food and water. The prime minister said it was the nation’s worst crisis since World War II.

Nuclear plant operators worked frantically to try to keep temperatures down in several reactors crippled by the earthquake and tsunami, wrecking at least two by dumping sea water into them in last-ditch efforts to avoid meltdowns. Officials warned of a second explosion but said it would not pose a health threat.

Moammar Gadhafi’s forces swept rebel fighters out of a key oil town and into the desert Sunday with searing waves of artillery fire and airstrikes, extending their rapid advance on the poorly equipped and loosely organized fighters. The United States, meanwhile, was sending its top diplomat to make contact with Gadhafi opponents in Paris, as it and other world powers considered trying to ground his air force with a no-fly zone that carries many of its own risks.

Passing – Owsley “Bear” Stanley, a 1960s counterculture icon and prolific LSD producer who worked with The Grateful Dead, has died. He was 76. Stanley died Saturday after a car he was driving swerved off a highway and hit trees down an embanked near Mareeba in Queensland, Australia.His wife, Sheila, was treated for minor injuries from the crash. One of the pioneers of California’s drug culture, Stanley produced an estimated pound of pure LSD, or roughly 5 million “trips” of normal potency of the hallucinogenic drug in the mid-1960s while at the University of California at Berkeley.

Technology –

Crisis mappers wasted no time responding: In under 2.5 hours Google launched its person finder app, which was also used when New Zealand’s 6.3 quake struck last month, and a local developer in Tokyo, Shu Sigashi, a member of the OpenStreetMap Foundation in Japan, quickly put up a localized Ushahidi crisis platform. Crisis mapping’s reach only goes as far as it is utilized, so the key now is getting the word out that online tools are available to help report the missing. Google’s person finder app is already rapidly increasing in usage. Within a couple hours 2,000 reports had been logged. If you type in the name, “Yoshi,” in Google’s app, results come up that indicate whether people with that name have been reported as alive or missing.

The 2nd incarnation of the iPad — the gadget that’s become practically synonymous with tablet computing — goes on sale Friday. The first iPad debuted less than a year ago in April and surprised some analysts by becoming a runaway hit. The company sold 14.8 million iPads worldwide in the first nine months the device was available. Analysts forecast Apple will sell about 30 million tablets this year. The iPad 2 will be faster, lighter and include a gyroscope, a feature that will enhance gaming options. It will have front and rear-facing cameras designed for video chatting. Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the new tablet at the beginning of the month. “It’s an all-new design,” he said, adding the new iPad will be “dramatically faster” than its predecessor. Like the popular iPhone, the iPad 2 will include a gyroscope, a feature that will enhance gaming options. Changes to the processor that powers the device could also dramatically propel the iPad as a game-playing device. Jobs said the new iPad will have the same price structure as the current one — ranging from $499 to $829.

Facebook announced two new safety features Thursday in conjunction with a White House summit on bullying. A new reporting tool will let Facebook users, including teens and younger users, to privately report troubling content not just to the site itself but to parents, teachers and others in their support system. And an improved Safety Center, due out in the next few weeks, will provide educational videos, articles and other content created by bullying experts to help adults address the problem.

Radio news –

NPR chief executive Vivian Schiller resigned Wednesday, just one day after conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe released a video showing an NPR executive slamming Republicans and the Tea party movement during a hidden-camera sting operation. “The Board accepted Vivian’s resignation with understanding, genuine regret and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years,” said Dave Edwards, chairman of NPR’s Board of Directors, in a statement. Joyce Slocum, the network’s senior vice president of legal affairs and general counsel, will be appointed interim CEO.

Entertainment news –

Lady Gaga’s‘s deal to sell a special edition of her upcoming album at Target is now out of range. A representative for the singer said Wednesday the two sides “came to a mutual decision to end their overall exclusive partnership a few weeks ago.” Last month, it was announced that Target would be selling a deluxe edition of the album, to be released May 23, with bonus content. But gay advocates were concerned about the partnership, citing Target’s donations to a political candidate who was against gay marriage. Gaga told Billboard that her relationship with the retail giant was tied to their “reform,” supporting the gay community and making up for past “mistakes.”

British rock star Eric Clapton raised $2.15 million at a New York auction of 75 guitars and 55 amplifiers on Wednesday, more than triple the pre-sale expectations, auctioneers Bonhams said on Thursday.The proceeds from the sale at which every lot found a buyer will go to the 65-year-old guitar legend’s Crossroads Center drug and alcohol treatment facility in the Caribbean. The auction total without the buyer’s premium was around $1.8 million, and the sale also included instruments donated by Clapton’s musician friends Jeff Beck, J.J. Cale and Joe Bonamassa. Among the top lots was a 1948 Gibson L-5P, which had been expected to fetch $20-30,000 but raised $82,960. A 2005 Zemaitis S22BP 3S, estimated at $12-18,000, sold for $75,640. The top amp of the sale was a pair of 1997 Fender Twin Amps, estimated at $9-12,000, which sold for $42,700.

Footage of Lindsay Lohan trying on a necklace that a jewelry store later reported stolen is scheduled to be aired Tuesday. “Entertainment Tonight” promoted the video during a segment on Monday’s show. Lohan is seen smiling as she enters the Venice jewelry store Kamofie & Co. The store reported that Lohan took a $2,500 necklace without permission, and prosecutors have charged her with felony grand theft. The video’s release comes days before the “Mean Girls” star returns to court. On Thursday, her attorney is scheduled to tell a judge whether the actress will fight the case or take a plea bargain that carries a guaranteed jail sentence.

Popular sitcoms All That, Clarissa Explains It All, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Rugrats, Rocketpower, Salute Your Shorts, The Amanda Show and Kenan & Kel will be added to a block of programming on TeenNick called “The ’90s Are All That!” Nickelodeon announced on Thursday. “There is an entire generation of young people who literally grew up on these great 1990s series,” TeenNick General Manager Keith Dawkins said. “TeenNick … is the perfect place to reconnect these shows to their original fans and introduce them to younger viewers for the very first time.”

Citing “irreconcilable differences,” Tony Danza has filed for divorce from Tracy, his wife of 24 years. The Who’s the Boss star, 60, and Tracy have two daughters: Katherine, 24, and Emily, 17.

Charlie Sheen says his dismissal from “Two and a Half Man” was “unconscionable.” The 45-year-old actor lashed out at his former CBS and Warner Bros. Television bosses on his live Internet show, “Sheen’s Korner,” on Tuesday, the day after Warner Bros. said his services on “Two and a Half Men” had been terminated. At the beginning of his prepared remarks, which lasted about 10 minutes, Sheen added that he believes that Monday’s decision was also illegal.

Charlie Sheen is suing Warner Bros. Television and the executive producer of ‘Two and a Half Men’ for $100 million. The lawsuit filed Thursday alleges production was halted on the CBS sitcom to punish Sheen.

The criminal cases of Hollywood star Mel Gibson and his former girlfriend ended on Friday when a judge sentenced him to probation for hitting her and prosecutors declined to charge her with blackmail. Gibson, 55, pleaded no contest to a charge of domestic violence against Oksana Grigorieva, the mother of his baby daughter. He received three years’ probation, was ordered to spend one year in counseling, perform 16 hours of community service and pay fines and court costs. The stoic Gibson, dressed in a dark suit and open-collared shirt during a brief proceeding in a Los Angeles courtroom, received no jail time as part of his plea, which is the equivalent of admitting guilt under California law.

Charlie Sheen is hitting the road and taking his antics to the stage! The former “Two and a Half Men” star announced plans for “Charlie Sheen LIVE: My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not An Option Show.” The tour kicks off in Detroit on April 2 and continues in Chicago on April 3. Just two dates have been announced so far and tickets are scheduled to go on sale on Saturday. “I’m going on the road. LIVE. Will there be surprises? Will there be guests? Will there be mayhem? Will you ask questions? Will you laugh? Will you scream? Will you know the truth? WILL THERE BE MORE?!?!,” a description of the show reads on Ticketmaster’s website. “This IS where you will hear the REAL story from the Warlock. Bring it. I dare you to keep up with me.”

Richard Hatch  – The first Survivor winner, who is currently appearing on Celebrity Apprentice, was supposed to re-file his 2000 and 2001 taxes to pay what he owed, but failed to do so. Hatch will serve a nine-month sentence. “As far as I can tell, you’ve made no effort to put any money into the government’s coffers,” U.S. District Court Judge William Smith said. Hatch previously spent three years in prison after failing to pay taxes on the $1 million he won on Survivor. He was released in 2009.

Charlie Sheen says  tickets are gone for his pair of live appearances next month. The outspoken actor has tweeted: “Fastball; Detroit/Chicago sold out in minutes… Thanks to Sheen’s Cadre..!”

No details about the show have been disclosed, but it’s being billed as “Charlie Sheen Live: My Violent Torpedo of Truth.” Sheen spokesman Larry Solters confirmed Sunday the April 2 and 3 appearances are sold out. Sheen announced the show last week to his more than 2 million Twitter followers, calling it “the REAL story.”

Comic Gilbert Gottfried will no longer be the voice of the Aflac duck — effective immediately. The insurance company fired Gottfried, 56, on Monday after he made a slew of jokes via Twitter about the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Music news –

British singer and drummer Phil Collins has used his personal website to announce his retirement in a bid to clarify recent speculation over his career. In a post titled “Breaking News,” the London-born multiple Grammy award winner said he wanted to explain his reasons “for calling it a day” in response to articles claiming he was quitting the music business. “Many of the articles printed over the last few months have ended up painting a picture of me that is more than a little distorted,” Collins, 60, explained in the message posted Monday. He said he is stopping music so he can be a full time father to his two young sons “on a daily basis” – not because of bad reviews, bad press or because he doesn’t “feel loved.”

Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr, who played on the band’s first two influential albums and was one of the last people to see singer Layne Staley alive, has been found dead in a Salt Lake City home. Starr, who was 44, was arrested earlier this month in Salt Lake City and found to be in possession of six Xanax pills and six Opana painkillers.

Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Darlene Love and Tom Waits were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Dr. John and Leon Russell. Diamond, 70, is well known for his song “Sweet Caroline,” inspired by Caroline Kennedy and now used as the Boston Red Sox anthem. Cooper (real name: Vincent Furnier) is known for his band’s hard rock hits “Eighteen” and “School’s Out.” 

American Idol” judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler will give this year’s crop of contestants a few pointers when they take to the stage to perform later this season. The “On The Floor” singer and Steven – with his band Aerosmith – will perform on the hit FOX series. “I thought it was a big secret. I guess the cat’s out of the bag!” Steven told Access on Monday night at PaleyFest 2011.

Top Albums This Week In 2011 –

21 – Adele

Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons

Late Nights & Early Mornings – Marsha Ambrosius

Never Say Never: The Remixes – Justin Bieber

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My World 2.0 – Justin Bieber

Going Out In Style – Dropkick Murphys

Doo-Wops & Hooligans – Bruno Mars

Greatest Hits… So Far!!! – P!nk

Loud – Rihanna

Town Line – Aaron Lewis

Recovery – Eminem

Pink Friday – Nicki Minaj

Blessed – Lucinda Williams

Hundred More Years – Francesca Battistelli

Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Speak Now – Taylor Swift

Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

Burlesque – soundtrack

Lungs – Florence + The Machine

Spring Break 3 – Luke Bryan

You Get What You Give – Zac Brown Band

Love Letter – R. Kelly

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West

At the movies this week –

Battle: Los Angeles (1st week $35.5 million)


Red Riding Hood (1st week $14 million)

The Adjustment Bureau

Mars Needs Moms ((1st week $6.9 million)


Hall Pass

Just Go With It

Gnomeo & Juliet

The King’s Speech


Hip Wednesday night TV (TV Squad)

Cartoon Network: ‘Sym-Bionic Titan’


CBS: ‘Survivor’
NBC: ‘Minute to Win It’
FOX: ‘American Idol’
The CW: ‘America’s Next Top Model’
G4: ‘Campus PD’
Nicktoons: ‘Dragon Ball Z Kai’


Food Network: ‘Throwdown With Bobby Flay’


The CW: ‘Shedding for the Wedding’
TBS: ‘Are We There Yet?’ (two episodes)
A&E: ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’
Syfy: ‘Ghost Hunters’
History Channel: ‘Underwater Universe’ (two episodes)
TruTV: ‘Operation Repo’
Disney XD: ‘Naruto: Shippuden’
Current: ‘Hooked on Danger’ (two episodes)
Showtime: ‘Inside NASCAR’


ABC: ‘Mr. Sunshine’
Discovery: ‘Sons of Guns’


ABC: ‘Off the Map’
CBS: ‘Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior’
FX: ‘Justified’
Bravo: ‘Top Chef’
Syfy: ‘Face Off’
MTV: ‘The Real World’ (season premiere)
TV Land: ‘Hot in Cleveland’
TLC: ‘Hoarding: Buried Alive’
Spike: ’1,000 Ways to Die’


TV Land: ‘Retired at 35′
Spike: ‘Charlie Sheen’s Winningest Moments’

Late-Night Talk Shows


PBS: ‘Charlie Rose’: TBA
TBS: ‘Conan’: Pee-Wee Herman, Shane Mauss and Edmund Morris
Comedy Central: ‘The Daily Show’: Aaron Eckhart
E!: ‘Chelsea Lately’: Nick de Vos
BET: ‘The Mo’Nique Show’: Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Candic Kumai and Aloe Blacc


Comedy Central: ‘The Colbert Report’: David Brooks


ABC: ‘Nightline’: TBA
CBS: ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’: Snooki, Judah Friedlander and Bryan Ferry (repeat)
NBC: ‘The Tonight Show’: Michael Douglas, Julie Scardina and the Randy Rogers Band (repeat)


ABC: ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jamie Foxx and Sarah Shahi (repeat)
PBS: ‘Tavis Smiley’: David Brooks and Lupe Fiasco
TBS: ‘Lopez Tonight’: Jerry O’Connell, Curtis Stone and Lupe Fiasco


CBS: ‘The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson’: Trace Adkins and Windell Middlebrooks
NBC: ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’: Adam Sandler, Aziz Ansari and Mike Gordon (repeat)


NBC: ‘Last Call With Carson Daly’: Diplo, Laurie Ann Gibson and Alberta Cross (repeat)