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Mixed Notes - Oct. 19

By Rich Heldenfels Published: October 19, 2012

In today's Beacon Journal, I have a column about "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly" using Akron for a story about people with no religious affiliation. You can read it here.

Fox has offered a new, and presumably final, schedule for Tuesday to deal with the "X Factor" snafu this week from baseball rain delays. On Tuesday, it will still run new episodes of three of its sitcoms from 8 to 9:30: "Raising Hope," "Ben and Kate" and "New Girl," followed by an hour-long "X Factor" covering the events that were supposed to be in the two-hour one that was disrupted by the baseball issues. Which may give you an idea of how much padding there is in "X Factor." And yes, it will run until 10:30 p.m., a half-hour longer than Fox's usual prime-time programming.

I watched last night's "Two and a Half Men" -- not because of Miley Cyrus; I always watch the show. But Miley's performance was certainly good (if weirdly close to "SNL"s" Miley parodies) and certainly advanced her I'm-a-grownup image retooling. But I have to wonder if CBS used the closing punchline of the episode -- Miley's "eww" to Ashton Kutcher -- to pre-empt any complaints about the show's premise before it aired. After all, if everyone knows ahead of time that she's not interested in AK, then the tension he's feeling should seem even funnier. 

I am also slightly increasing my interest in "Nashville" based on its second episode, which showed this is not going to be as soapy as the pilot hinted, and that it wants to take Hayden Panettiere's character in particular beyond the scheming-bitch stereotype in the premiere. Also, the heat in that duet between Connie Britton and Charles Esten in that duet was So. Very. Impressive. I will continue watching.


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