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Mixed Notes - Oct. 12

By Rich Heldenfels Published: October 12, 2012

Today's print HeldenFiles, with topics including  the CBS schedule change and local  "To KIll a Mockingbird" screenings , is here. Below are notes about a CNBC visit and the latest of "Mockingbird Lane."

CNBC is coming to Canton and Youngstown. The official word:

 [On Thursday, Oct. 18]. CNBC’s Jim Cramer and Phil LeBeau will report live from the Utica Shale in Ohio, considered by many as the location for America’s next big energy boom. Once a prosperous area at the heart of American industry, the economy in Steel Country, Ohio was hit hard long before the recession. After years of struggle, there are sparks of new life and optimism in the region driven by the Utica Shale, a little-known oil and natural gas formation located thousands of feet beneath the surface of several U.S. states.

 CNBC’s Jim Cramer will broadcast live from Timken's Faircrest Steel Plant in Canton, OH—the heart of the Utica Shale—for a special edition of “Mad Money w/Jim Cramer” (M-F, 6 & 11PM ET). The natural gas and oil industries have exploded in growth, generating $1.7 billion in sales for the state of Ohio. And the Utica Shale is estimated to have reserves of up to 15.7 trillion cubic feet. Could this be the solution to the three of the U.S.’s biggest problems—unemployment, an addiction to foreign oil and a faltering economy? The Utica Shale may serve not only as a pipeline to economic renewal, but could also shape our nation's energy future, and Cramer will cover every angle of the companies in the area working to keep the American dream alive.

 CNBC’s Phil LeBeau will report live from Youngstown, OH throughout the day for CNBC’s Business Day programming. LeBeau will take a look at how the fracking boom has fueled Ohio’s economy beyond natural gas including a substantial decline in the state’s unemployment rate as well as the auto industry’s comeback three years after being left in shambles by the near collapse of General Motors and Chrysler. Ohio is the reigning bellwether in presidential politics and with the economy the focus of this election, LeBeau will speak with small business owners in Youngstown to get their take on how the state’s rebounding economy will impact the presidential race.

 CNBC’s LeBeau will appear on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” telling the story of the overnight wealth created by the natural gas and oil boom in the region. He will also appear on MSNBC dayside. And, CNBC’s Jim Cramer will appear on “Today” to cover the story.

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 In a September  mailbag, I mentioned the ongoing efforts to make a new version of "The Munsters." NBC is at least going to see if audiences are attracted to the idea, by airing the pilot soon. From the official word:

As Halloween nears, NBC turns Friday, October 26 into Fright Night when it premieres the pilot of the much-anticipated “Mockingbird Lane” (8-9 p.m. ET) -- based on executive producer Bryan Fuller’s (“Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”) script and directed by executive producer Bryan Singer (“X-Men” film series, “House”). The special program leads into a haunting “La Llorona” Halloween episode of “Grimm” (9-10 p.m. ET), which will also enjoy special airings on NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and mun2.

“Mockingbird Lane” is a new reimagined version of the classic 1960s comedy “The Munsters,” now as a visually spectacular one-hour drama with a darker edge and tone. The cast includes Jerry O’Connell (“The Defenders”) as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi (“Arrested Development”) as his wife Lily, Eddie Izzard (“United States of Tara,” “The Riches”) as Grandpa, Mason Cook (‘Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D”) as Eddie and Charity Wakefield (“The Raven”) as Marilyn. ...

.In “Mockingbird Lane,” sweet little Eddie Munster (Cook) is a normal kid about to enter the horrors of puberty. Truth is, he’s about to discover that for him becoming a teenager means growing hair in truly unexpected places -- as in all over his body -- every time the moon is full! Eddie’s got it pretty good though. His loving, supportive, run-of-the-mill family includes his mom Lily (de Rossi), the daughter of Dracula; his dad Herman (O’Connell), who brings new meaning to “Frankenstein”; and Grandpa (Izzard), who would give Dracula a run for his money if he weren’t actually Dracula! Of course then there’s creepy cousin Marilyn (Wakefield), who’s really the odd one because she’s so completely normal.


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