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Mixed Notes - Oct. 11

By Rich Heldenfels Published: October 11, 2012

Tonight includes the return of "Vampire Diaries" and the premiere of "Beauty and the Beast," which may be the most ridiculous new show of the season. Derived from the 1987-90 CBS series starring Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton, the new version features Kristin Kreuk as a police detective who becomes aware of a mysterious man (Jay Ryan) who at times becomes a "beast." Where Perlman looked beastly, The CW apparently believes its audience will not accept a man unless he is consistently cute, so Ryan's beastliness consists most often of a scar across his face,. Just not too much of a scar.

I can't say I was a big fan of the old show, but compared to the new one, it was high art. This is sluggish, faux-brooding and dull when it isn't being silly. I won't be back for more beauty or beast.

Of course, The CW doesn't need that many viewers to be successful. One critic recently snarked that CBS's "Made in Jersey" was getting CW-size ratings -- and now the network has canceled the show after just two outings. The CBS Friday lineup tomorrow will have an "NCIS" rerun followed by "CSI:NY" (moving from 8 to 9 p.m.) and then "Blue Bloods." CBS will continue with drama reruns at 8 until Nov. 2, when "Undercover Boss" gets the hour.

 GLAAD says the number of LGBT characters in prime time has hti a new high. You can read the full report here.

"Good Morning America" has sent out an update from Robin Roberts. The note:

Home Sweet Home. That has never had quite so much meaning before.

After exactly one month in the hospital dreaming of this day, I am finally home. My sisters Sally-Ann and Dorothy were here to help me make the transition. I’ll be adding that to the long list of things for which I am grateful.  ...

This doesn’t mean that my journey is over. Far from it. I am considered 21 days old. That's how long it has been since my transplant. Remember when you brought your baby home for the first time? Your precious bundle didn't leave the house much and you were careful that anyone who came in contact with your child was healthy. So I will still be resting away from GMA until I'm given the all clear, but sleeping in my own bed again feels like a big victory. My doctors will be monitoring me closely and I will still be at the hospital regularly to make sure we’re on the right track. I cannot thank my amazing medical team enough. I have a great deal of respect and admiration for how they treat all their patients with such passion and compassion.

Most of all, I know it is your prayers and warm thoughts that have gotten me this far. I truly feel them each and every day. I humbly ask that you please continue to send them until you see me back at the GMA anchor desk and I promise to send them right back at ya.

Each day I get stronger and stronger. I am fond of saying, “This Too Shall Pass.” And even in some dark moments, of which there are still a few, I now see that light at the end of the tunnel. This too really shall pass.

Light love power presence… and blessings to you all, XO


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