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
John Hoffmann, General Manager
Owner: Mission Broadcasting Inc
Consider this improbable journey through time and space: from Carl Sagan’s classic 1980 Cosmos series on PBS to a Fox reboot whose principal executive producer is the guy behind Family Guy. Fox's Cosmos can't hope to replicate the clout of the original, which for a decade stood as the most-watched PBS series ever until Ken Burns' The Civil War overtook it in 1990. But the reboot, with only Episode 1 to go by, looks like a noble, educational and decidedly visual effort that can only be enhanced by the HD crystal clarity that Sagan never had a chance to behold.
In seven seasons of Rescue Me, Denis Leary proved he could do drama with humor. In his new USA show, Sirens, he changes it up, proving he can do comedy without humor. It's not clear why you would want to do this, but there it is.
NBC's new sitcom About a Boy, an adaptation of the 1998 Nick Hornby novel, exceeds meager expectations with smart casting choices. Boy is often silly, but this cast is just so likable.
Appointment binge-watching? That would seem to be a contradiction in terms, but it absolutely describes what happened last weekend, when Netflix unleashed all 13 episodes of season two of House of Cards. The scheduling of the Valentine's release, on the Friday evening leading into the Presidents Day weekend, was diabolically clever, almost like something from the fevered brain of Frank Underwood himself. (For those not watching, he's the sociopathic vice president/lead character played by Kevin Spacey.)
Preservationists get a chance to mourn all over again, when PBS revisits the grand, sad story of the original Pennsylvania Station in an episode of American Experience. The program, The Rise and Fall of Penn Station, conveys just how brash was the vision of Alexander Cassatt, president of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The station, which opened in 1910 and was demolished in the early 1960s, is remembered as proof that a vast civil engineering project could also be a majestic piece of architecture.
In Jenny McCarthy’s Dirty Sexy Funny, on Epix, McCarthy — her gift for raunch on full display — tackles the plight of the modern woman. As verbal burlesque goes, it’s uneven. Some of the routines hit the mark — be it the power of a provocative heel or the perils of certain sexual positions — like a well-aimed Ping-Pong ball. Others seem more like an excuse for potty-mouth behavior with expletives as the main attraction.
Although TV has no shortage of roguish ne'er-do-wells, they are seldom as entertaining — at least initially — as the protagonist in Fox's Rake, a lawyer/womanizer/compulsive gambler whose life is a runaway train wreck occasionally interrupted by high-profile, slightly bizarre cases. Alas, the quirky legal shenanigans that give the series, presumably, its procedural foundation are also the least interesting aspect of the show, which features Greg Kinnear's comic abilities with a tone that perhaps most closely resembles CBS's The Good Wife. Those qualities also make the program's prospects difficult to read, which of course wouldn't stop our fumbling hero from betting on it.