DMA: Joplin, MO-Pittsburg, KS
DMA rank: 149
TV Households in DMA: 151,200
Percentage of total U.S. TV households in DMA: 0.132
PO Box 1393
Joplin, MO 64802-1393
Digital channel: 43
Primary Programming: ABC
Shirley Morton, General Manager
Owner: Mission Broadcasting Inc
Our latest week-long national history lesson begins as PBS star filmmaker Ken Burns schools us in The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. Make room on the DVR, this one's addicting. The entire 14-hour, seven-night experience of Burns' latest opus is an engaging and at times surprising marathon, running through the chronology of Theodore, Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, and touching on social movements, technological changes and, not least, wars and methods of warfare that shaped their lives. And vice versa. The trove of photographs is so engaging, the family dynamics so curious, the overall story so epic in nature, it's a rewarding investment of time.
As an architect of Big Brother, Dutch reality-TV pioneer John de Mol would be a good candidate to sue the producers of Fox's Utopia, if only he wasn’t one of them. The show’s billing as a “social experiment” quickly dissipates amid the assemblage of chiseled Type-AAA personalities and archetypes tasked with carving out an existence amid the wilds of Santa Clarita, Calif. (a locale Fox has the chutzpah to dub “five acres of paradise”). Scheduled to run twice weekly for a year, the protracted time commitment is just another hurdle for the pioneers — and network — to clear.
Starz's new series Outlander isn't merely a feminist Game of Thrones. In fact, it's refreshingly hard to pin down, a vibrant concoction of rollicking adventure, passionate romance and strikingly beautiful history lesson. Throw in a bit of sci-fi and the show becomes its own captivating genre.
TNT's Legends is a leaden cable drama that is every bit as clumsy as it is familiar. Relentlessly formulaic, Legends is cookie-cutter stuff manufactured from stale dough.
The title character of USA’s new dramedy Rush — a disgraced L.A. doctor who makes cash-only house calls for clients who have something to hide — both behaves and allows other people to behave in reprehensible ways, but we’re supposed to think of him as a lovable scamp. Since the creators clearly haven’t thought through the show’s ethics, viewers who just want to have a good time shouldn’t either. The attractive cast and glossy cinematography provide enough distraction.