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The screen around Alexis Glick is more crowded in the HD version of Fox Business News, about to be formally launched by Time Warner Cable.

In Movies & TV Commentary

In the standard version of Fox Business News, there's less on the screen.

In Movies & TV Commentary

Miller High Life delivery guy Windell Middlebrooks popped up on "Scrubs" last night in time to save J.D.

OnMedia: More HDTV choices are on the way


Time Warner Cable's on the verge of launching another slew of high-definition channels, with testing going on between Channels 1980 and 1995.

The 16 new channels include Fox Business Network, a series of sports channels, E!, Style, the Weather Channel, MSNBC, We, TV1, Planet Green, G4 and IFC. Not all were in operation this morning in their temporary test locations. They'll be moved when they're formally launched.

Last month, Time Warner, southeast Wisconsin's dominant TV service, added a few more high-def channels, including Turner Classic Movies and HLN, the channel formerly known as CNN Headline News.

When fully implemented, Time Warner will offer more than 75 high-definition channels to subscribers with the right equipment and level of service.

Satellite TV continues to offer more HD channels, but Time Warner has been increasing its array of channels in the ultra-clear, wide-screen format.

Yes, that was Windell: The artist best known as the Miller High Life delivery guy -- Windell Middlebrooks -- had a cameo in Tuesday night's second episode of the revamped "Scrubs." He was a security guard who caught J.D. (Zach Braff) as he fell out of a tree.

On TV: The list is out for Barbara Walters' annual list of "most fascinating people," and along with Adam Lambert and Sarah Palin, she's included Brett Favre. Well, he is fascinating. The special will air at 9 p.m., Dec. 9.

  • It looks like ABC is moving to save "Ugly Betty" by moving it off the Friday night death list to the 9 p.m. Wednesday slot vacated by the axing of "Eastwick." It's likely to happen after the first of the year.
  • FX has announced its mid-season plans, with "Nip/Tuck" returning Jan. 6 in the 9 p.m. Wednesday slot for its final nine episodes. Glenn Close's "Damages" will be back Jan. 25 in the 9 p.m. Monday slot for a 13-week run.
  • Charlie Gibson will sign off as anchor of ABC's "World News" on Dec. 18, with Diane Sawyer taking the helm on Dec. 21. There's still no word on who will replace her on "Good Morning America."
  • Hollywood Reporter says Monday night's season premiere of "Hoarders" set a Nielsen ratings record for A&E, with 3.2 million viewers, 1.9 million of them in the key 18-49

You think our TV news is weird: All the obsessive TV coverage of Tiger Woods' mess has lacked a key component: animation.

This report from Taiwanese TV offers one way to tell a story when there's no actual video.


Talkbacks

cuprisin | Dec. 2, 2009 at 9:35 p.m. (report)

Whether you like Time Warner or not, it's got between 50% and 60% of our market. Another maybe 25% gets TV over the air. The remainder is divided between AT&T and a couple satellite companies. Since it's so dominant, you're going to see me writing way more about Time Warner than about any other pay-TV service.

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bmc249er | Dec. 2, 2009 at 7:25 p.m. (report)

twc sux...ohh 16 more hd channels! got uverse months ago and never looking back. so tim any updates on mlb network or amc in hd for uverse? the only 2 channels that they dont have that i want...

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curlyboy1978 | Dec. 2, 2009 at 6:13 p.m. (report)

Tim I noticed new HD channels already this past month including AMC, TMC, Cartoon Network HD, Disney HD, and BBCHD!

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Dusty_Bottoms | Dec. 2, 2009 at 11:53 a.m. (report)

That was awesome. I can't wait until they make that into a video game. "Grand Theft Auto V: Tiger Tales."

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