DMA: Joplin, MO-Pittsburg, KS
DMA rank: 151
TV Households in DMA: 145,700
Percentage of total U.S. TV households in DMA: 0.128
PO Box 1393
Joplin, MO 64802-1393
Digital channel: 43
Primary Programming: ABC
Shirley Morton, General Manager
Owner: Mission Broadcasting Inc
Big, ambitious and more than a little weird, Syfy’s Ascension is being billed as a three-night limited-event series, which is misleading at best. That’s in part because this strange project ultimately feels more like a teaser for the hoped-for series to come, as its intriguing premise carries through the first two chapters before beginning to unravel in the third. Those who board the flight will likely be curious enough to want to see the trip through to its conclusion, but while there are strands of Battlestar Galactica in the project’s DNA, the idea never ascends to that level.
Parents should be happy when a basic-cable channel presents a kid-friendly action series that doesn’t pump up the violence. TNT’s new series The Librarians matches that description. Unfortunately, the series doesn’t pump up the plots, the dialogue, the humor or the acting either. Although watching the show is painless, it’s likely to leave viewers of all ages feeling a little deflated. Although the lack of violence is a virtue, most of the people involved in it could probably benefit from the motivation one gets from a swift kick in the pants.
The Bravo channel is delivering an early holiday gift to viewers that should be opened immediately. Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce is a sharply observed series about divorce, yes, but love and friendship and family as well. Its premiere episode is funny and moving, sexy and sad, and very adult. But it's nuance rather than crassness that rules, although the characters' glossy affluence has the potential to rankle. Girlfriends' also marks the auspicious bow of Marti Noxon as a solo series creator, following writing and producing stints on a range of hits including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Grey's Anatomy and another groundbreaker, Mad Men.
Bing Crosby is probably best known these days for the rendition of the Oscar-winning Irving Berlin tune White Christmas that he introduced in the 1942 film Holiday Inn and for his 1977 duet of Little Drummer Boy and Peace on Earth with David Bowie that's become a perennial. But a new PBS American Masters documentary, Bing Crosby Rediscovered, illuminates just what a force he was in radio, film, television and music for generations of audiences.
State of Affairs, NBC's nicely polished but plenty bananas CIA drama, wants its lead character, a White House briefer played by Katherine Heigl, to be the perfect offspring of Scandal’s Olivia Pope and Homeland’s Carrie Mathison, with paternal genetic material supplied by an anonymous donor (24’s Jack Bauer). It wants the frantic-manic adrenaline rush of Homeland mixed with just a hint of the wink-wink confidence that comes with Scandal. This new show is a deadly serious enterprise that believes it’s about national security but is, in fact, about a broadcast network wanting to do everything the premium cable channels get to do, minus the nudity.