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2017/2018 TV Series Breakdown: CBS

Dark Horizons - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 7:39pm

The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the fourth announced today. Here’s a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on CBS.

After a mixed bag last year, CBS is going for more safer procedural dramas and family comedies this year after clearing their decks of a bunch of fare that hasn’t really clicked. No real major timeslot changes are in store beyond minor shuffling in one or two spots, and both “Code Black” and “Elementary” being held back to mid-season.

The upfront presentation highlighted CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery” but a specific airdate for that show hasn’t been set yet. Here’s the full line-up of series:


(Profiler Procedural, Mid-Season)
Dr. Dylan Reinhart (Cumming) is a gifted author and university professor living a quiet life teaching psychopathic behavior to packed classes of adoring students. But when top NYPD detective Lizzie Needham appeals to him to help her catch a serial murderer who is using Dylan’s first book as a tutorial, Dylan is compelled by the case.

He comes out of retirement and taps into his old skill set as a former CIA Operative. Though Dylan and Lizzie initially clash, when it comes to catching killers, they realize they will make an ideal team if they both trust their instincts. Based on the soon to be published James Patterson book.

Michael Rauch, Marc Webb, Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Alan Cumming are executive producer. Webb directed the pilot. Bojana Novakovic, Daniel Ings, Naveen Andrews and Khandi Alexander also star.

(Military Thriller, Wednesdays 9pm)
David Boreanaz leads this military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high stakes missions our country can ask of them.

Deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment’s notice, and knowing the toll it takes on them and their families, this tight-knit SEAL team displays unwavering patriotism and fearless dedication, even in the face of overwhelming odds.

Max Thieriot, Neil Brown Jr., A.J. Buckley, Toni Trucks and Jessica Pare also star. Ben Cavell, Ed Redlich, Chris Chulack, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly are executive producers while Chulack directed the pilot.

(Action Thriller, 10pm Thursdays)
Inspired by the television series and feature film, S.W.A.T. stars Shemar Moore as a locally born S.W.A.T. sergeant newly tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles.

Torn between loyalty to the streets where he was raised and allegiance to his brothers in blue, former Marine Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson (Moore) has everything it takes to successfully bridge the divide between his two worlds and excel at leading his dedicated team of brave men and women as they risk their lives to protect the community.

Aaron Thomas, Shawn Ryan, Justin Lin, Neal Moritz, Marney Hochman, Danielle Woodrow and Pavun Shetty are executive producers, Lin directed the pilot. Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell, Jay Harrington, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson and Peter Onorati also star.

Wisdom of the Crowd
(Hi-Tech Cop Procedural, 8pm Sundays)
Jeremy Piven plays a visionary tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter’s murder, and revolutionizes crime solving in the process.

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jeffrey Tanner (Piven) develops ‘Sophe,’ an online platform for publicly shared information, and recruits the original cop who searched for his daughter’s killer, Det. Tommy Cavanaugh (Richard T. Jones), to work with him.

As Tanner taps into the “wisdom of the crowd,” his unexpected success fuels his determination to solve even more cases than just the one that’s personal to him. Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Dror Mishani and Shira Hadad are executive producers. Natalia Tena, Blake Lee, Jake Matthews and Monica Potter also star.


(Family Comedy, 8pm Mondays)
Josh Roberts (Mark Feuerstein) is a new divorcé and actor between projects who moves home to New York to regroup, living in an apartment sandwiched between his doting, meddlesome parents on one side and his competitive brother, sister-in-law and their new baby on the other.

As Josh’s family literally comes at him from both sides, he realizes he desperately needs to establish some personal boundaries, because his loving family is always going to be right there for him. Always. Dana Klein, Mark Feuerstein, Aaron Kaplan, Wendi Trilling, Dana Honor and Pam Fryman are executive producers. Linda Lavin, Elliott Gould, David Walton, Liza Lapira and Matt Murray co-star.

By the Book
(Spiritual Comedy, Mid-Season)
Chip Curry (Jay R. Ferguson) is the film critic for a New York newspaper and a soon-to-be father who wants to be a better man following the loss of his best friend.

As he begins his sincere spiritual journey toward a more moral life with the help of his wife and friends, he wonders if he’ll be able to take a page – or every page – out of the Good Book, and if the effect will be of Biblical proportions.

Patrick Walsh, Johnny Galecki, Andrew Haas, Spencer Medof and Andy Ackerman are executive producers. Lindsey Kraft, Ian Gomez, David Krumholtz, Tony Rock and Camryn Manheim star.

Me, Myself & I
(Comedy, 9:30pm Thursdays)
Bobby Moynihan stars in a comedy about the defining moments in one man’s life over three distinct periods – as a 14-year-old in 1991, at age 40 in present day and at age 65 in 2042. During these pivotal periods of yesterday, today and tomorrow, Alex always finds a way to move forward with determination and humor, knowing his life story isn’t defined by the bad things that happen to him, but instead by how he chooses to deal with them.

Dan Kopelman, Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor are executive producers. Jack Dylan Grazer, Brian Unger, Jaleel White, Kelen Coleman, Skylar Gray, Christopher Paul Richards, Mandell Maughan, Reylynn Caster, Sharon Lawrence and John Larroquette also star.

Young Sheldon
(Geek Comedy, 8:30pm Mondays)
For 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage), it isn’t easy growing up in East Texas. Being a once-in-a-generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science isn’t always helpful in a land where church and football are king. And while the vulnerable, gifted and somewhat naive Sheldon deals with the world, his very normal family must find a way to deal with him.

Jim Parsons narrates as Adult Sheldon in a single-camera, half-hour comedy which gives us the chance to meet Sheldon in childhood, as he embarks on his innocent, awkward and hopeful journey toward the man he will become. Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro created the series and executive produce along with Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak . Jon Favreau directed the pilot. Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan also star.

The nightly CBS schedule will be as follows:

8pm: “The Big Bang Theory”/”Kevin Can Wait” (From Oct 30th)
8:30pm: “9JKL”
9pm: “Kevin Can Wait”/”Me, Myself & I” (From Oct 30th)
9:30pm: “Me, Myself & I”/”Superior Donuts (From Oct 30th)
10pm: “Scorpion”

8pm: “N.C.I.S.”
9pm: “Bull”
10pm: “N.C.I.S.: New Orleans”

8pm: “Survivor”
9pm: “Seal Team”
10pm: “Criminal Minds”

8pm: “Thursday Night Football”/”The Big Bang Theory” (From Nov 2nd)
8:30pm: “Young Sheldon” (From Nov 2nd)
9pm: “Mom” (From Nov 2nd)
9:30pm: “Life in Pieces” (From Nov 2nd)
10pm: “S.W.A.T.” (From Nov 2nd)

8pm: “MacGyver”
9pm: “Hawaii Five-0”
10pm: “Blue Bloods”

8pm: “Crimetime Saturday”

7pm: “60 Minutes”
8pm: “Wisdom of the Crowd”
9pm: “N.C.I.S.: Los Angeles”
10pm: “Madam Secretary”

Mid-Season Premieres
“By the Book,” “Code Black,” “Elementary,” “Instinct”

“2 Broke Girls,” “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” “Doubt,” “The Great indoors,” “The Odd Couple,” “Pure Genius,” “Training Day,” “Undercover Boss”

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The Older the Doctor, the Higher the Patient Mortality Rate, Study Finds

/. - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 7:30pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The age of your doctor may impact the quality of the care you receive -- and even cut your chances of survival -- researchers report in the British Medical Journal. Harvard researchers looked over data on more than 700,000 hospital admissions of elderly patients cared for by nearly 19,000 physicians between 2011 and 2014. They found that mortality rates crept up in step with physician age. Patients with doctors under the age of 40 had a 30-day mortality rate of 10.8 percent. With doctors aged 40 to 49, mortality rates inched up to 11.1 percent, then to 11.3 percent with doctors 50 to 59, and 12.1 percent with doctors aged 60 or above. The stats are adjusted for a variety of variables, such as hospital mortality rates and severity of patients' illnesses. All the patients were aged 65 or older and on Medicare. Though the age-related mortality trend was significant overall, it broke down when researchers sorted doctors by caseloads. Older doctors who saw high volumes of patients didn't see their patients' mortality rates increase.

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How the Lights Have Gone Out For the People of Syria

/. - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 6:05pm
dryriver shares an excerpt from a report via the BBC that shows what the impact of the Syrian war looks like from space: Six years of war in Syria have had a devastating effect on millions of its people. One of the most catastrophic impacts has been on the country's electricity network. Images from NASA, obtained by BBC Arabic, show clearly how the lights have gone out during the course of the conflict, leaving people to survive with little to no power. Each timelapse frame shows an average of the light emitted at night every month from 2012, one year after the war began. They show that the areas where Syrians can turn lights on at night, power their daily lives and get access to life-saving medical equipment, have shrunk dramatically. The city of Aleppo was Syria's powerhouse and home to over two million people. But the country's industrial hub became a battleground and remained so for more than four years. Russian airstrikes against Syrian rebels began in October 2015 and the timelapse shows the city in almost complete darkness at night throughout 2016, when the battle for Aleppo was at its peak. As mains power supplies dropped off, ordinary people had to be creative in finding alternative sources for light and power.

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Google Home Gets Notifications, Hands-Free Calling, a TV Interface and More

/. - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 4:45pm
Google has announced several news features for Google Home to help it better compete against the Amazon Echo. The six new features coming to Google Home include: notifications, free calling to phones in the U.S. and Canada, calendar and reminders, more streaming services, a TV interface, and new locations. The Verge details each feature in its report: Notifications: Google calls this feature "proactive assistance." Essentially, Google Home will do its best to alert owners to things they need to know, like reminders, traffic alerts, or flight delays. Free Calling To Phones In U.S. and Canada: Google is one-upping Amazon by letting the Home dial out to actual landline and mobile phones. Whenever this feature rolls out, you'll be able to ask the Home to call anyone on your contacts list, and it'll dial out to them on a private number. Calendar and Reminders: You can finally set reminders and calendar entries. Finally. More Streaming Services: Google Home has already been able to control a handful of music and video services, but it's about to get a bunch of major missing names. For music, that includes Spotify's free tier, Deezer, and SoundCloud. For video, it includes HBO Now and Hulu. On top of that, Home is also getting the ability to stream anything over Bluetooth. A TV Interface: Sometimes you actually want to see what's going on, so Google's making a TV interface for the Google Home. You'll soon be able to ask the Home to send information to your TV, from basics like the weather and your calendar, to information it's looking up like nearby restaurants or YouTube videos you might want to watch. New Locations: The Home is going to expand to five new countries this summer: Canada, Australia, France, Germany, and Japan.

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Comcast's New Wireless Service Goes Live For Current Xfinity Subscribers

/. - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 4:05pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Trends: Comcast already pipes internet into millions of homes, and now it wants to take its service to the airwaves. In April, the media giant announced the details of a new service, Xfinity Mobile, that will compete toe-to-toe with Google Fi, US Cellular, and incumbents like AT&T and T-Mobile. Now it appears the company is in the initial stages of launching the service nationwide. If you're already an Xfinity subscriber, you can head to the company's new mobile website now to get started. The service is available in all markets in which Comcast already operates. Xfinity Mobile features an unlimited data, talk, and text plan starting at $65 a month for up to five lines ($45 per line for customers with Comcast's top X1 TV packages), or $12 per GB a month a la carte. The unlimited option has been reduced to $45 a month through July 31 for the network's first customers. A combination of Comcast's 16 million Wi-Fi hot spots and Verizon's network will supply coverage, and, as with Google's Fi technology, phones will automatically switch between Wi-Fi and cellular depending on network conditions. Xfinity Mobile customers have their choice of the iPhone, 7, 6S, and SE series, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S7 series, and the LG X Power.

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Devblog #04: Scenario – Part 1

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 3:52pm

This week we will do the first Devblog abouth the Scenario and this time we will speak of the Traps and the Visual of our maps. Want to protect yourself from these traps? Easy, just read this survival manual.

Amazon Refreshes Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 Tablets

/. - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 3:43pm
BrianFagioli quotes a report from BetaNews: Amazon's tablets have needed a refresh for a while now, and today it happened. The company announced two newly updated models -- the Fire 7 ($49) and the Fire HD 8 ($79). They both feature Alexa support, of course, and are designed for a quality experience with all types of media, such as movies, music, and books. The 7-inch has a 1024 x 600 resolution, while the 8-inch variant has 1280 x 800. Best of all, they are extremely affordable. At these insanely low prices, you might expect anemic performance, but both come with a respectable Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor. The Fire 7 has 1GB of RAM, while the HD 8 has 1.5GB. Regardless of which model you select, you will also get both front and rear cameras. The low cost might make you think they will be cheaply made, but Amazon claims they are more durable than Apple's newest iPad.

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Justice Department Appoints Former FBI Director Robert Mueller As Special Counsel For Russia Investigation

/. - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 3:01pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: The Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russia's involvement in the U.S. election. Mueller, a former prosecutor who served a 12-year term at the helm of the bureau, has accepted the position, according to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "In my capacity as acting attorney general I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a special counsel to assume responsibility for the matter," Rosenstein said in a statement. "My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted. I have made no such determination. What I have determined is that based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command." UPDATE: President Trump has released a statement: "As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know -- there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity. I look forward to this matter concluding quickly. In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country."

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Apple Starts Assembling iPhones In India

/. - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 2:40pm
Apple has successfully completed its first trial run assembly of the iPhone SE in India, reports The Wall Street Journal. "We are beginning initial production of a small number of iPhone SE in Bengaluru," Apple said in a statement to TechCrunch. "iPhone SE is the most popular and powerful phone with a four-inch display in the world and we'll begin shipping to domestic customers this month." From the report: The four-inch SE is Apple's least expensive model, running $399 in the States. Some retailers in the country have managed to undercut the cost, lower the entry level price of the handset by around $80 -- but even at that price, it's still substantially more expensive than most. In spite of its relatively low pricing, the SE doesn't appear to have made quite the splash Apple was initially anticipating in the country. Apple has long been working to move production to the country, hoping, in part, to retake some of the market it has lost in China in recent years, as domestic handset sales have grown. Locals are hoping that such a move could reduce the retail cost of the SE even further, by as much as $100. But while $220 is certainly a lot more palatable, that still marks a substantial premium over the average handset price. It's the world's fastest growing market, having recently surpassed the U.S. to claim the number. The Indian market is expected to generate somewhere in the neighborhood of one billion smartphone sales over the next half-decade.

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Android Now Supports the Kotlin Programming Language

/. - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 2:20pm
In addition to Java and C++, Google announced at its I/O 2017 conference today that Android is gaining official support for the Kotlin programming language. VentureBeat reports: Kotlin is developed by JetBrains, the same people who created IntelliJ. Google describes Kotlin, which is an open sourced project under the Apache 2.0 license, as "a brilliantly designed, mature language that we believe will make Android development faster and more fun." The company notes that some have already adopted the programming language for their production apps, including Expedia, Flipboard, Pinterest, and Square. There are already many enthusiastic Kotlin developers for Android, and the company says it is simply listening to what the community wants. But Google's choice didn't just come down to the team believing Kotlin will make writing Android apps easier. Developers will be happy to know that Kotlin's compiler emits Java byte-code. Kotlin can call Java, and Java can call Kotlin. Indeed, "the effortless interoperation between the two languages" was a large part of Kotlin's appeal to the Android team. This means you can add as little or as much Kotlin into your existing codebase as you want, mixing the two languages freely within the same project. Calling out to Kotlin code from Java code should just work, while calling to Java code requires some automatically applied translation conventions.

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First Trailer: “Star Trek: Discovery”

Dark Horizons - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 2:06pm

After delays and much secrecy, CBS have just revealed our first full look at the upcoming “Star Trek: Discovery: series. The trailer marks the first footage since the ship reveal back at San Diego Comic Con last year.

Set before the events of the original series, the story follows the crew of the titular Federation starship, helmed by Captain Lorca (Jason Isaacs), from the perspective of its First Officer, Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin Green).

The clip offers a look at new uniforms worn by a pre-Kirk Starfleet, and hints at the Klingons. There’s a definite “Enterprise” meets nu-Trek feel to this, as opposed to a genuine successor to “Star Trek: The Next Generation” or “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” which – combined with a not well-edited trailer – feels like a step back.

Along with the trailer, CBS has also announced that the show’s episode order has been upped from thirteen to fifteen episodes. At the same time, an accompanying aftershow called “Talking Trek” will be crafted to air alongside it.

“Star Trek: Discovery” aims to premiere in the Fall.

At the edge of the universe, Discovery begins. #StarTrekDiscovery

— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) May 17, 2017

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The Republican Push To Repeal Net Neutrality Will Get Underway This Week

/. - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 2:00pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Washington Post: Federal regulators will move to roll back one of the Obama administration's signature Internet policies this week, launching a process to repeal the government's net neutrality rules that currently regulate how Internet providers may treat websites and their own customers. The vote on Thursday, led by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, will kick off consideration of a proposal to relax regulations on companies such as Comcast and AT&T. If approved by the 2-1 Republican-majority commission, it will be a significant step for the broadband industry as it seeks more leeway under government rules to develop new business models. For consumer advocates and tech companies, it will be a setback; those groups argue that looser regulations won't prevent those business models from harming Internet users and website owners. The current rules force Internet providers to behave much like their cousins in the legacy telephone business. Under the FCC's net neutrality policy, providers cannot block or slow down consumers' Internet traffic, or charge websites a fee in order to be displayed on consumers' screens. The net neutrality rules also empower the FCC to investigate ISP practices that risk harming competition. Internet providers have chafed at the stricter rules governing phone service, which they say were written for a bygone era. Pai's effort to roll back the rules has led to a highly politicized debate. Underlying it is a complex policy decision with major implications for the future of the Web.

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Google Takes Another Shot At Making Android Great On Low-Budget Smartphones

/. - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 1:20pm
At its developer conference, Google unveiled Android Go, a project wherein Google will offer a version of Android that runs swiftly on budget, low-specced smartphones. With the new strategy, Google hopes to further improve the low-budget smartphone ecosystem in developing markets. Android Go will be focused around building a version of Android for phones with less memory, with the System UI and kernel able to run with as little as 512MB of memory. Apps will be optimized for low bandwidth and memory, with a version of Play Store designed for those markets that will highlight these apps. From a report: Another feature of Android Go will be data management. Android Go will let you easily see your data usage, and thanks to carrier integration, it'll also let you top-up with more data right on your device.

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