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The Frantic Frightful February Sweeps Free for all Fray for All Systems Failure

18 Apr
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Ow! Ow! Ow!, My eyes! MY EYES!! All these comic book related tv shows are killing MY EYES!!

Here we are with Round 2 of the 2016 – 2017 Television season as it pertains to comic book related genre. As I have explained in previous blogs around delayed viewing and its’ ratings. There are three pre-designated periods from September to May in which a show’s story arc will reflect on when advertising buying is heavier than usual, and usually in turn, for show to keep having selling power, producers and writers will schedule their strongest peak episodes to coincide with these periods called “SWEEPS”. They occur on every November, February and May- which also coincide with the usual suspect season finales and UPFRONTS presentations that grant you your ‘renewal papers’, otherwise, some new super hero wet behind the ears turk will just take over your slot (and look, is that Black Lightning warming up in the dugout?).

However, this year, there may be a slight delay in those upcoming upfront presentations due to ruffling of storm clouds and work related strikes.

BUT I don’t mind making a game of what little I’ve managed to pull.

As explained many times before in previous comic book show genre entries on this blog, every week I post to my facebook  the weekly overnight ratings of network and cable comic book based shows. What shows are the strongest, and which deserve to blow away like Pharaohs out pissing sand (If Powerless would be so kind…)

Three months out of the year, (as soon as data is released), I like to post the delayed viewing ratings on HERE and make a big fucking contest out of posting the Live plus three and Live plus seven ratings to really see who are REALLY the winners and who the losers REALLY are. Usually, I like to post up cheesecake photos of your favorite female co-stars of these shows that you can spunk off to in the midst of really complicated looking data and long-winded explanations, so that ALL OF YOU CAN REMAIN FOCUSED. I know how incredibly hard it is to sustain in your head all this heavy jargon about demo rankings and competitive tracking.

So I’d like to thank Arrow’s Katie Cassidy and the Flash’s Candice Patton for not really volunteering the cheesecake photos. It’s better that you not tell them , otherwise they’ll want compensation. And since this blog is supposed to be free.

We’ll sweat the small stuff first…

L +3 ratings

Week of Feb 6 – 12

“The Walking Dead” roared back to the top of the cable ratings with the opening of Season 7b on Feb. 12. It has only increased its lead with three days of DVR and on-demand viewing.

The episode improved from a 5.7 to a 7.7 rating in adults 18-49 in the Live +3 ratings for Feb. 6-12 and from 12 million to 15.93 million viewers. In both cases, it widened the lead it held over the No. 2 show for the week, “Talking Dead.”

What was a 3.5-point lead is now a 5.2-point lead among adults 18-49. In viewers, “The Walking Dead” increased its margin over “Talking Dead” from about 7.2 million viewers to more than 10 million.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Feb. 6-12, 2017

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L +3 18 -49 rating 7.7 Gain vs. L +SD 2.0 % gain vs. L +SD 35%

LEGION (Premiere!!) FX  L +3 18 -49 rating 1.4 Gain vs  L +SD 0.7 % gain vs. L +SD  100%

Week of Feb 13 – 19

“The Walking Dead” made up some of the (small) ratings declines its Feb. 19 episode suffered thanks to DVR and on-demand playback.

The episode fell 0.4 in adults 18-49 vs. the prior week the night it aired (5.7 to 5.3). It regained a tenth of a point with three days of delayed viewing, rising to a 7.4 (vs. 7.7 the previous week). It also added more viewers (4.16 million) than the previous episode’s 3.92 million.

Legion” was the biggest gainer in the Top 25 aside from “The Walking Dead.” They both added 0.7 to their initial ratings.

THE WALKING DEAD AMC L +3 18 -49 rating 7.4 Gain vs. L +SD 2.1 gain vs. L +SD  40%

12 LEGION FX L +3 18 -49 rating 1.2 Gain vs. L +SD 0.7 gain vs. L +SD  140%

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for Feb. 6-12, 2017

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 15,243 4,156 37%

The Week of Feb 20 – 26

The Walking Dead” is, per usual, perched way above everything else on cable for the week of Feb. 20. It was that way when the initial ratings came out and remains so after three days of DVR and on-demand viewing.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Feb. 20-26, 2017

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L +3 18 -49 rating 7.1 Gain vs. L +SD 2.1 gain vs. L +SD 42%

18. LEGION FX L +3 18 -49 rating 1.0 Gain vs. L +SD 0.5 gain vs. L +SD 100%

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for Feb. 20-26, 2017

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 14,740 4,317 41%

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Week of Feb 27 – Mar 5

THE ONLY show to break the Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in the Live +3 adults 18-49 category for Feb. 27- March 5, 2017 was…

 20. THE FLASH CW 1.7 0.6 55%

“The Walking Dead” cemented it’s No. 1 spot among adults 18-49 with a 1.9-point gain to 6.6. It also moved ahead of Fox News’ coverage of the presidential address for first place among viewers.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Feb. 27-March 5, 2017

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L +3 18 -49 rating 6.6 Gain vs. L +SD 1.9 gain vs. L +SD 40%

20. LEGION FX L +3 18 -49 rating 1.0 Gain vs. L +SD 0.6 gain vs. L +SD 150%

Note: HBO debuted the cable premiere of the theatrical X-Men: Apocalypse and it managed to mind meld its’ way into the L+3 SD category.

31. X-MEN: APOCALYPSE HBOM L +3 18 -49 rating 0.9 Gain vs. L +SD 0.1 gain vs. L +SD 12%

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for Feb. 27-March 5, 2017

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 13,669 3,496 34%

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And now the competition grows even more fierce – for here are the lightning rounds for broadcast shows. Winners in broadcast categories receive a commemorative WINNER, WINNER SWANSON TV CHICKEN DINNER JPEG PLAQUE

L + 7  Ratings

 Week of February 6 – 12

Adults 18-49 – Total gain

AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC L + SD 0.7 L +7 1.5 7 Day Increase 0.8 7 Day % Increase 114%

Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

5 AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC L +SD 0.7 L +7 1.5 7 Day Increase 0.8 7 Day % Increase 114%

14 ARROW CW L +SD 0.6 L +7 1.1 7 Day Increase 0.5 7 Day % Increase 83%

Viewers – Percentage gain

2 AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC L +SD (000’s) 2085 L +7 (000’s) 4129 7 Day Increase (000’s) 2044 7 Day % Increase 98%

  1. ARROW CW L +SD (000’s)1608 L +7 (000’s) 2731 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1123 7 Day % Increase 70%

17 LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW L +SD (000’s) 1774 L +7 (000’s) 2873 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1099 7 Day % Increase 62%

19 RIVERDALE CW L +SD (000’s) 1197 L +7 (000’s) 1903 7 Day Increase (000’s) 706 7 Day % Increase 59%

  1. THE FLASH CW L +SD (000’s) 2906 L +7 (000’s) 4586 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1680 7 Day % Increase 58%

22 SUPERGIRL CW L +SD (000’s) 2428 L +7 (000’s) 3809 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1381 7 Day % Increase 57%

WINNER, WINNER, SWANSON’S TV CHICKEN DINNER!!!

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goes to….. MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD

The return of “The Walking Dead,” per usual, outdistanced everything else in the cable Live +7 rankings for Feb. 6-12 — just as it did in the initial rankings and those after three days of DVR and on-demand playback.

Sitting at No. 2 in both adults 18-49 and viewer gain, however, is the premiere of “Legion” on FX. The show grew by 0.9 in adults 18-49 (0.7 to 1.6) and by 1.97 million viewers, more than doubling its initial numbers in both measures.

Adults 18-49 – total gain

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L +SD 5.7 L +7 8.2 7 Day Increase 2.5 7 Day % Increase 44%

2 LEGION – (Premiere!!) FX  L +SD 0.7 L +7 1.6 7 Day Increase 0.9 7 Day % Increase 129%

Adults 18-49 – percentage gain

13 LEGION – (Premiere!!) FX L +SD 0.7 L +7 1.6 7 Day Increase 0.9 7 Day % Increase 129%

Viewers – total gain

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L +SD (000’s)12015 L +7 (000’s) 16837 7 Day Increase (000’s) 4822 7 Day % Increase 40%

2 LEGION – (Premiere!!) FX L +SD (000’s)1623  L +7 (000’s) 3592 7 Day Increase (000’s)  1969 7 Day % Increase 121%

Viewers – percentage gain

7 LEGION – (Premiere!!) FX L +SD (000’s)1623 L +7 (000’s) 3592 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1969 7 Day % Increase 121%

Week of Feb 13 – 19

Yes, we’ve been here before: “Agents of SHIELD” was the top performers in the Live +7 rankings for the week of Feb. 13-19.

“Agents of SHIELD,” meanwhile, had the highest percentage gain in adults 18-49 (150 percent, 0.6 to 1.5) and was second to “Timeless” in terms of percentage gain among total viewers.

Adults 18-49 – Total gain

AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC L + SD 0.6 L +7 1.5 7 Day Increase 0.9 7 Day % Increase 150%

Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

1 AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC L +SD 0.6  L +7 1.5  7 Day Increase 0.9 7 Day % Increase 150%

7. RIVERDALE CW L +SD 0.4  L +7 0.8 7 Day Increase 0.4 7 Day % Increase 100%

Viewers – Percentage gain

2 AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC L +SD (000’s) 2126 L +7 (000’s) 4152 7 Day Increase (000’s) 2026 7 Day % Increase 95%

13 RIVERDALE CW L +SD (000’s) 1139 L +7 (000’s) 1873 7 Day Increase (000’s) 734 7 Day % Increase 64%

20 ARROW CW L +SD (000’s) 1663 L +7 (000’s) 2563 7 Day Increase (000’s) 900 7 Day % Increase 54%

WINNER, WINNER, SWANSON’S TV CHICKEN DINNER!!

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goes to……  MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD….. again.

Fellow FX show “Legion” tied for second in total gains among adults 18-49, each growing by 0.8.

Adults 18-49 – total gain

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC  L +SD 5.3 L +7 7.9 7 Day Increase 2.6 7 Day % Increase 49%

3. LEGION FX  L +SD 0.5 L +7 1.3 7 Day Increase 0.8 7 Day % Increase 160%

Adults 18-49 – percentage gain

9 LEGION FX  L +SD 0.5 L +7 1.3 7 Day Increase 0.8 7 Day % Increase 160%

Viewers – total gain

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L +SD (000’s) 11087 L +7 (000’s) 16171 7 Day Increase (000’s) 5084 7 Day % Increase 46%

3 LEGION FX L +SD (000’s)1133 L +7 (000’s) 2910 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1777 7 Day % Increase 157%

Viewers – percentage gain

4 LEGION FX L +SD (000’s) 1133 L +7 (000’s) 2910  7 Day Increase (000’s) 1777  7 Day % Increase 157%

The Week of Feb 20 – 26

even shows at least doubled their 18-49 rating, with “Agents of SHIELD” and “Riverdale” leading the percentage gains with a 133 percent jump each.

Adults 18-49 – Total gain

12. THE FLASH CW L + SD 1.0 L +7 1.9 7 Day Increase 0.9 7 Day % Increase 90%

17. AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC L + SD 0.6 L +7 1.4 7 Day Increase 0.8 7 Day % Increase 133%

Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

1 AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC L +SD 0.6 L +7 1.4  7 Day Increase 0.8 7 Day % Increase 133%

2. RIVERDALE CW L +SD 0.3  L +7 0.7  7 Day Increase 0.4 7 Day % Increase 133%

9 THE FLASH CW L +SD 1.0  L +7 1.9  7 Day Increase 0.9 7 Day % Increase 90%

14 LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW L +SD 0.6  L +7 1.1  7 Day Increase 0.5 7 Day % Increase 83%

17. ARROW CW L +SD 0.5  L +7 0.9  7 Day Increase 0.4 7 Day % Increase 80%

 

Viewers – Percentage gain

1 AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC L +SD (000’s) 2013 L +7 (000’s) 3885 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1872 7 Day % Increase 93%

7 RIVERDALE CW L +SD (000’s) 975 L +7 (000’s) 1689 7 Day Increase (000’s) 714 7 Day % Increase 73%

8 THE FLASH CW L +SD (000’s) 2787 L +7 (000’s) 4747 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1960  7 Day % Increase 70%

13 LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW L +SD (000’s) 1643 L +7 (000’s) 2698  7 Day Increase (000’s) 1055 7 Day % Increase 64%

16 ARROW CW L +SD (000’s) 1537 L +7 (000’s) 2457  7 Day Increase (000’s) 920  7 Day % Increase 60%

21. SUPERGIRL CW L +SD (000’s) 2236 L +7 (000’s) 3532 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1296  7 Day % Increase 58%

WINNER, WINNER, SWANSON’S TV CHICKEN  DINNER….

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goes to…..  THE FLASH!!

You could chalk it up to NBA Championships for the win, since many CW stations were obliged to carry it (especially Chicago!), which preempted The Flash, thereby cockblocking a possible third Agents of SHIELD win.

The Walking Dead,” per usual, made the biggest gains via DVR and on-demand viewing for the week of Feb. 20. The magnitude of its lead is notable.

“The Walking Dead” also added 5.32 million viewers, 3 million-plus ahead of the No. 2 show in the rankings (“Major Crimes,” which grew by 2.29 million people).

Adults 18-49 – total gain

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC  L +SD 5.0 L +7 7.7  7 Day Increase 2.7 7 Day % Increase 54%

6. LEGION FX  L +SD 0.5  L +7 1.2  7 Day Increase 0.7  7 Day % Increase 140%

Adults 18-49 – percentage gain

16 LEGION FX  L +SD 0.5 L +7 1.2 7 Day Increase 0.7 7 Day % Increase 140%

Viewers – total gain

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L +SD (000’s) 10434 L +7 (000’s) 15756 7 Day Increase (000’s)5322 7 Day % Increase 51%

7 LEGION FX L +SD (000’s)1043 L +7 (000’s) 2489 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1446 7 Day % Increase 139%

Viewers – percentage gain

8 LEGION FX L +SD (000’s) 1043 L +7 (000’s) 2489 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1446 7 Day % Increase 139%

The Week of Feb 27 – Mar 3

Legends of Tomorrow” grew by 100 percent.

THE FLASH CW L + SD 0.9  L +7 1.6  7 Day Increase 0.7  7 Day % Increase 78%

Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

  1. LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW L +SD 0.5  L +SD 1.0 7 Day Increase 0.5  7 Day % Increase 100%
  2. THE FLASH CW L +SD 0.9  L +SD 1.6   7 Day Increase  0.7  7 Day % Increase 78%

16 RIVERDALE CW L +SD 0.4  L +SD 0.7   7 Day Increase  0.3   7 Day % Increase 75%

  1. SUPERGIRL CW L +SD 0.7  L +SD 1.2  7 Day Increase  0.5  7 Day % Increase 71%

Viewers – Percentage gain

4 RIVERDALE CW L +SD (000’s) 1042 L +7 (000’s) 1798 7 Day Increase (000’s) 756 7 Day % Increase 73%

  1. LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW L +SD (000’s) 1538 L +7 (000’s) 2608 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1070 7 Day % Increase 70%

7 THE FLASH CW L +SD (000’s) 2524 L +7 (000’s) 4232 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1708 7 Day % Increase 68%

12 SUPERGIRL CW L +SD (000’s) 2179 L +7 (000’s) 3458 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1279 7 Day % Increase 59%

WINNER, WINNER, SWANSON’S TV CHICKEN DINNER..

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goes to…… THE FLASH!! Yes, again!!

Due to a power outage in a Nielsen data storage facility in Florida, the DVR L + 7 for cable shows of the week of February 27 – March 5 were lost. Not that it really matters, we all know how great and powerful the Walking Dead is despite declining audiences. Legion has a long way to go to match the monumental ratings mountain top that the Walking Dead has building prime real estate on for the past five or so years, BUT its proving itself to be no slouch in increasing its’ potential audience. No show that I’ve seen, let alone a show that I’ve heard about in this category has ever scored above a 157 % like that. Hopefully overnight audiences will start flocking in droves when the second season comes around next year. Same almost could be said about Riverdale, whilst their audience share is miniscule, it’s audience percentage harbingers a stronger performer in its’ sophomore season. I’m pretty sure it’s the same method that got iZombie renewed for a third and fourth season.

Hopefully by the time I gather all the DVR data for May Sweeps, we’ll have some numbers for Marvel’s Iron Fist.

Finally, I’m getting to finally see the Syfy channel’s adaptation of IDW Publishing’s Wynonna Earp on Netflix. I’ll definitely be milking that for the entire summer. I meant the show, not the title character.

In couple of weeks, my third anniversary blog about my departed friend Harry Perzigian.

And after that, I will be having a special guest blogger on board to do a handful blogs about a very dire health subject.

HONEY, LET’S JUST SKIP THE MUNDANE SATURDAY NIGHT BLOW JOB AND WATCH CARTOONS INSTEAD

30 Mar

This should be a quick and easy blog to write about.

So I keep telling myself for the past 75 blogs or so, otherwise they’d all be less time-consuming and quick and easy to write.

Saturday morning cartoons should be one of the those grandiose subjects that should naturally flow from my hands to the laptop keyboard like electricity through my fingers or easier than my penis piercing through cold refrigerated butter.

But it’s not. You still have to do the obligatory blasted research before posting.

I love most animated shows produced today. I feel that over the years they have grown up with me RATHER than me having grown up watching them.

Saturdays these days my eyeballs are glued practically 6:00PM to sometimes nearly 2 to 3 in the morning to nothing but animation. With the addition of online platforms such as Hulu and Netflix, and not to mention some real long out of circulation golden oldies that can be found on Netflix, there’s more of a library to fulfill a lifetime.

On Hulu:

The Simpsons. 28 years and still going strong. One of my favorite radio hosts, Peter Tilden from KABC, (of horror movie Shocker fame), wrote the episode where the family takes a vacation to Cuba in “Havana Wild Weekend.”

 

Bob’s Burgers. A NETWORK animated show that’s both hilariously funny and has a lot of goddamn heart. The other show that I’d stick in the same category in the cable and streaming end is BOJACK HORSEMAN.

Family Guy. 15 years and still going strong. Laugh out loud, crude and very possessive dark hearted and cruel for a NETWORK animated comedy. And that’s why I adore it and immediately after watching it need to smoke a cigarette afterwards.

I would presume that Son of Zorn ran its first thirteen episode probation season and we’ll just have to wait to hear word from Fox at the May upfronts on whether it’s going to get renewed or not.

Now I purposely utilize Hulu for all my current Fox Animation Domination and Adult Swim needs. I tried to follow a few MTV series like The Maxx,  Liquid TV, or Beavis & Butthead, but as soon as I got around to streaming Daria, I got JERKED before embarking on the third season which was probably a message for me to go out and buy the massive expensive complete series set. Hulu is fucking notorious for this type of action. Certain shows get clipped for some reason while you’re in the middle of that and they disappear entirely from your queue. This also has happened to me during streaming golden sixties oldies Naked City and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.

Meanwhile on Netflix:

The New Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show. (pictured above) is a modern take on the sixties classic created by Jay Ward that was an alternating segment on the Rocky & Bullwinkle show. It’s produced by DreamWorks Animation for Netflix exclusively, but by the imposed commercial breaks I would assume that it’s shown globally on commercial television. Voice actors Chris Parnell and Max Charles reprise their roles from the DreamWorks CGI movie. It’s already on its’ third season and has been renewed for another season to start this fall. The animation is little crude and doesn’t do its’ best Ward impersonation, but the stories and its’ unique David Letterman type of talk show format gets the job done.

Danger Mouse is back with a whole look minus the flash and dash. The 1981 series was very limited in using Flash, but now produced in brilliant Toon Boom Harmony, able to give the show more depth and scope. Co-creator Brian Cosgrove is a consultant in the series and each episode is a bite size twelve minus. So if you’re that tea and crumpets kind of phase, you can easily devour two in one day – that is, if you can get the appetite make room for occasional guest voice Lena Headey as female American super spy Jeopardy Mouse

Gon – I love the person whoever is voicing the grunts and maniacal laugh of this title character. Gon is based on a manga series created by Masashi Tanaka and I was exposed to it by DC Comics through its imprint Paradox Press during my years when I was managing a comic book store in North Hollywood. The American reprints tapered off, but the character of a mischievous little dinosaur who can eat entire trees and bushes with one gulp and fight any living creature no matter how big or small always manage to stick in my craw. I never forgot that little fuck and I was caught completely off guard when I saw that a CGI animated series had been done (he’s also star of a video game. Wow, image that) and was recommended to add to my cue. I don’t know how many seasons I have to waffle though, but I think I’ve got plenty to last me for the rest of the summer.

Voltron Legendary Defender. Logical progression from Legend of Korra producers. Renewed for an addition seasons 3 & 4. It’s got that same quirky heart and pulse pounding suspense that were noticeable in Korra and the Last Airbender.

On my blu ray / dvd player:

Though technically a Amazon Prime acquisition – I’ve somehow managed to get my hands on a third-party dvd copy of the original UK broadcasts of THUNDERBIRDS are GO!, therefore saving me a good thirteen bucks a month that I would have otherwise was willing to shell out just to have the subscription service. Thunderbirds Are Go would have been another reason I would’ve chomped at the bit of getting Amazon Prime besides the magnificent live action adaptation of The Man in the High Castle, but again, I was also lucky to obtain a screener copy of the latest second season that I’m now currently in the process of finishing up.

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With a little more GO! power to muster, I’ve sort of surrender to terms with myself that TEEN TITANS GO! is the new norm and has improved time and time again since I’ve declared time after time to infinity and the edge of ad nauseam that this show is nothing more than a Technicolor eyesore, but once the show was showing that it was willing to guest star YOUNG JUSTICE in one episode and found myself laughing myself silly, the show has become acceptable. I work my way through the dvd sets whenever they’re released.

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Beavis & Butthead. I was Target one day and I happen to see that this DVD set boasted on the cellophane wrapping that it was the entire series, movie, and music videos – ALL IN ONE COLLECTION.

And guess what?

I’ve never seen every Beavis & Butthead episode, movie, and music videos EVER MADE.

So into the shopping cart it went.

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THE CENTURIONS was a 1986 Jack Kirby & Gil Kane model designed series as with most afternoon kiddie fare, it was sorely a shill for toys. Max Ray, Jake Rockwell, & Ace McCloud were former military men who are gathered together to work as a team with enhanced exo-frames provided by their space satellite orbiting headquarters SKYLAB in defeating evil cyborg scientist Doc Terror. Sixty five syndicated episodes managed to slip past my mid-twenties (I dunno, maybe I was too infatuated with Defenders of the Earth at the time or lusting after my roommate’s sister Jennifer Ellis since I was living in San Diego at the time) but luckily Warner Archive recently becoming  my new best friend has the whole series in their manufacture by demand series of products.

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Predating Jack Kirby’s work on the Centurions was another series designated to the toy shelf, but this one certainly RESONATED more with viewers  (I understand that there are cults who worship this series on college campuses . I have a couple of facebook friends, Buzz Dixon and Mark Evanier who once wrote for this series – but the sole germ of this apocalyptic world  idea came from the same mind of the creator of Howard the Duck, Steve Gerber. – although I swear it has remnants of Kirby’s Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth sprinkled all over it. It could have been a collaboration of Gerber saying to Jack: what if Kamandi was a grown up and was hanging out with a hot young sorceress and a Mok creature and they were out saving the world from evil sorcerer, mutant crocodiles, cosmic vampires and  a pack of werewolves led by their leader “ZEVON” (there’s some Gerber humor right there). I betcha that’s how Gerber & Kirby pitched it to Ruby Spears. I just know it.  Again, mostly available through the kind shippers and packers at Warner Archive. (I believe I picked this collection up at Amoeba Records used).

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I’ll have enough Jonny Quest The Real Adventures episodes to at least last me throughout the year. The Real Adventures is Jonny Quest & Hadji depicted in their teens along with Race Bannon’s daughter, Jessie joining the team. However, creative differences occurred between producer Peter Lawrence and Hanna Barbara  that he was let go after the first half episodes were delivered. The second half of the season reverted back to its’ original setting of the kids being younger, but still kept the same model sheets, and sadly jettisoning the computer graphic enhanced Questworld segments.  I wasn’t keen on the mid-eighties series, but watching most of the episodes for the first time (I didn’t have cable to watch the original runs), I feel the first season had to be a natural extension to the original. I think what Lawrence was trying to demonstrate that characters that you once had an affinity can’t just grow up in a vacuum. You need to show progression in a child character. since one that could be viewed as someone who could have a possibility of existing. There are some goofy outlandish episodes and VR is quite the rage these days, and there are some that tried to educate us. Take for example,  the last episode I watched, The Spectre of the Pine Barrens was interesting and at least historically inaccurately amusing. The Revolutionary War is still being fought in the mountains of the Pine Barrens between the redcoats and the minutemen more than two hundred years since it began, The Declaration of Independence (the real one) is at stake. Posting this just in time for the release of the DC experimenting with this year’s annuals in which your favorite DC super-hero teams up with a Hanna Barbara character, such as Suicide Squad and the Banana Splits, Green Lantern and Space Ghost, and Jonny Quest with Adam Strange. The first wave arrives in comic book specialty shops this week.

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AVENGERS ASSEMBLE: ULTRON REVOLUTION (season 3) is very loud – just like their movie counterpart. I have issues with Marvel Animation. They constantly insist in stiffing people who don’t have cable television, like me, and only sell their episodes, FUCKING ‘a la carte for two bucks on iTunes. I was comfortably watching them on my Netflix, which was another reason I caved in and got a subscription in addition to the Marvel live action shows – but they took them all off!!. I’m paying a goddamn two bucks per episode of Ultimate Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy or for this show for that matter. Since they absolutely refuse to make blu ray or dvd season sets, I’m just going to have to go the BOOTLEGGER route, and buy the entire season set at conventions for $ 15 dollars a pop. Fuck you stingy assholes at Disney.

LOOKING FORWARD TO:

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The seventh season of Archer should be out on dvd by the time I’ve posted this.

I usually conclude with a movie.

Movie nights in the recent past have included Nerdland, the Blu Ray version of GHOST IN THE SHELL, Kobu and the Two Strings, and usually all DC Universe Original Animated movies will have me on animation adrenaline until at least 3 o’clock in the morning. And then on Sundays, I’ll write for an hour or two, read some DC comics and go on another cathode ray induced marathon for all the super hero live action dramas and the best of today’s cable shows until the coach potato ass sores set in.

I’m looking forward to this one (finally, one without Batman, Superman, or Justice League in the title!!) and the collected CW Seed edition of Vixen.

 

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IF YOU CAN’T DO THE READING TIME, THEN DON’T COMMIT THE COMIC BOOK CRIME!!

17 Mar

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I’ve been delving of late into the subject of reading a brand new line of American crime noir comic books being printed today by Titan Distribution from the wonderful wacky country of the United Kingdom usually known the world-wide over for their monotonous multitude of Doctor Who and Assassin’s Creed comic books.

Sounds sketchy I know, but hear me out your honor.

Crime comic books kick ass. They’ve always been kicking ass since their inception from way back when Gangbusters was born on radio and made the transition to DC Comics back in the 1940’s.

NOT everything I read concerns spandex. I’ve had my various other genre kicks over the years. I was first  on board when DC Comics launched their own more mature content under the imprint umbrella called Vertigo Comics (seeing as how Piranha Press failed to make the cut in when it failed to ensnare readers with the heart wrenching Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children) that originally coined the phrase “mixology’ when it came to blending some of the more abstract DC heroes such as Animal Man, Shade the Changing Man, Sandman, & the Doom Patrol into their own stand alone warped universe adventures smattered with a few original creator owned books such as Enigma and Sebastian O in a vast world nearly unpopulated by the term ‘mature readers only’.

Back in the 1990’s, Frank Miller was making the scene again with his independent fare of his grimy black & white world with a splash of red, yellow, or blue here and there called Sin City as a regular feature in Dark Horse Presents that basically tore the world loose as other popular artists and writers let off with a barrage of the ultra violent nitty-gritty that made Negan back in the day come off in short pants and swinging a mean wiffle bat.

When I was a manager of a comic book store in North Hollywood, I experimented for a time of bringing sole creator made comics into the spotlight that used to make me a champion for the underdog with a passion for the independent creator that was a subject in my many essays and letters to Comics Buyer’s Guide that eventually led me to a position for Comic Con International to serve as their small press coordinator in 1997.

One of those books from that period that I carried a good ten copies or so for my store was very memorable in practically creating a cottage industry in itself called Stray Bullets by rising talent David Lapham, who had become jaded with working with Jim Shooter on a  book at a new publishing venture Defiant Comics that failed to launch called Warriors of Plasm. It went for fifty issues or more before it took a much needed hiatus.

But as time and fist pummeling to the face marched on, the genre softened a bit, making it less prominent in the majors. Darywn Cooke was somewhat keeping the wheel turning with his series of I Parker adaptations for IDW. Lapham is still now doing Stray Bullets for Image. Also I’d be remiss if I didn’t make mention of Ed Brubaker collaboration with artist Sean Phillips for their platform of crime based mini-series they’ve been doing for Image Comics that started off with Fatale back in 2012, but by blog posting time, I didn’t have time to cobble together a mini-series or two for observation.

So here is one of the waves of Hard Case Crime Comics published in junction with Titan Books that I happened to hang ten on. Hard Case Crime also serves as an imprint of a series of paperback novels from some nifty knucklebuster film noirishing writers such as Stephen King, Harlan Ellison, Max Allan Collins, Lawrence Block, Erie Stanley Gardner, Donald E. Westlake, and a host of many others. Six of the novels in the series have been nominated for Edgar Awards. Movies and tv shows such as King’s The Colorado Kid was turned into Haven that aired for a time on the Syfy Channel. 2016’s The Nice Guys was first published as a novel in this series and more media related projects are on the way.

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Peepland is a five issue mini-series (the final issue hasn’t been released as of blog posting time) that uses the much publicized 1989 Central Park rapes as a back drop concerning the possession of a video tape of these widely reported rapes that’s captured by a sex worker and friends that could possibly incriminate certain people of power. It’s a mini-series ride rifled with scumbags that even cockroaches wouldn’t scatter from.

I’m not too familiar with Christa Faust’s hard-boiled mystery writing, but with some of he events that happen in this book, she does succeed in making one squeamish and I’d supposed some of her roughshod style carries on in the novels she pens for Hard Case such as Money Shot. Christa has said in interviews that Peepland was a dream project come true for her as it literally five years to get off the ground and that’s it’s a love letter to the era of New York City that she grew up in. With artists Gary Phillips (The Rinse, Captain Action, Vigilante: Southland) and inker Andrea Camerini, that dream has now become a hard-core reality.

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Walter Hill, director, writer, and producer of many cinematic and television late seventies masterpieces such as Alien, 48 Hours,  Tales From the Crypt, and The Warriors is responsible for scripting the remaining two out of the three latest wave of The Hard Case Crime Comics line. Triggerman  is a operatic Prohibition era mini-series about a convict risking life and limb to save the girl he loves, co-written by Walter Hill and French writer Matz, illustrated by Jef. is based on one of many unproduced screenplays left lying in a desk drawer whereas…

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the third offering is a three issued double-sized adaptation to the just recent released “The Assignment” movie starring Sigourney Weaver and directed by Hill is also done by the same creative team of Triggerman. Great premise, by the way – Hitman Frank Kitchen  (Michelle Rodriguez…..huh?) is hired to do a job but gets interrupted, or rather KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS along the way only to wake up to a very unwanted and a very unexpected SEX CHANGE operation (oh, ok, I get now)performed by a certain unhinged doctor (played by Weaver) as part of a plan of revenge for Frank killing somebody close to her. The comic book is probably getting wider exposure, since this low distributed movie is barely in any theaters that I know of. Where I work in the Hollywood biz, the director of operations at my office is even finding it tough to book this film our employee theater. So this may serve as the next best thing.

For the next wave of upcoming books recently announced.

The Cinemax show, “Quarry” will be a mini-series to be published by Titan and it’s based on the series of books by Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition, Ms. Tree). I knew I had good instincts when picking up the recently released blu-ray set since I was in the mood to pick up the void that the four season Banshee left in my purest darkest heart. The blurb written on the back of the package sold me. I hear it’s based on the latest book series by Collins who is the co-creator of Ms. Tree, a FAVORITE independent comic book of mine back in the 1980’s only reinforced my natural gravitation to exquisite taste. Quarry just happens to be your normal average everyday traumatized Viet Nam sniper, who comes home from war only to snapped up by the local Mississippi mob to do their dirty work.

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As for these two beauts – well, Vertigo had already done an adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, so I don’t know what the purpose is behind for another publisher to tackle the same type of material, but its’ announcement couldn’t have been of coincidence since Sony just announced a sequel to the American film version called “The Girl in the Spider’s Web“, which to me is an entire bastardization of the original Swedish material (I sat through all 3 original Swedish versions of the Larsson’s novels and they’re vastly superior to the Americanized David Fincher adaptation , which was impossible for me to stay awake through, as it offered nothing new for me to explore.

Normandy Gold by author Megan Abbott details the events of when a female Washington DC sheriff goes ballistic when she finds her sister murdered and the trail to find the culprits responsible goes through a labyrinth of prostitution and drug rings leading all its’ way up to the White House. Almost sounds like something true to life since we recently got an orangutan elected commander-in-chief.

So those I hear are coming out this June.

Also, a couple of other companies making crime waves with their assembly line of comics:

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Homegrown in my own hometown of Sherman Oaks, California is American Monster from Aftershock Comics (currently occupying a high-rise building near the renown Sherman Oaks Galleria where I used to count box office receipts for Paramount Pictures) by fabled Batman: The Dark Knight III and 100 Bullets wordsmith Brian Azzarello and artist Juan Doe (Juan Doe? Seriously?)  According to the book description found on the publisher’s website; “In a small Midwestern town, a large man with a horribly scarred face gets off a bus, and takes a room. He spooks the locals–nobody knows him–or do they? It’s impossible to say be-cause he seemingly has no face. The man’s intentions remain unknown, until he takes on a corrupt sheriff and the rural crew of racist arms dealers. The town’s impression of the man changes, and he’s seen as a hero…until his real intentions bubble to the surface. The man isn’t there to end the gang, but to take it over. And he’s just getting started.”

Maybe both American Monster and Quarry could compare notes on how to avoid stepping into even more shit after leaving Vietnam. I love the look of the product as much as I’ve seen of the entire Aftershock line with its’ great quality and generous portion of previews of upcoming projects which also made me pick up the alternative history action adventure Rough Riders, but AM’s infrequent shipping schedule has made me lose the gist of the story. Sometimes its three to four months before you even see an issue pop up in your subscription box. At the time of this blog posting, I don’t think even the sixth as even shipped and it’s been three months since issue five has shipped.

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I never thought I’d see the day when I’m willing to admit that possibly one of the best written comic books in the world today would be published by ARCHIE COMICS. Black Hood is currently the most bone crunching cringing in pain comic book that can realistically kicks you hard in the stomach with a very sharp object, having your entrails spill sloppily onto the concrete and still you’re willing to turn the page as your life fades to black. Each issue is the most fifteen minute dark ride you will take before calling it quits into the night THAT IS, if you ever wake up again.

The character goes way back to the nineteen forties was an average day super-hero when he had his own comics and a radio show who was probably blah, blah, blah – caught in the super underwear glut, but after many unsuccessful attempts to resuscitate his reboots through the decades, it wasn’t until the last few years or so when novelist Duane Swierczynski took a hard-core urban approach and made him a pill popping beat cop by day and vengeful black masked motorcycle riding skull cracking thuggish vigilante by night all over the city of Philadelphia that gave him his true panache. The series is fucking brilliant and really messes with your head after you finishing reading. It’s not only the great scripted pages and various artist to have graced its’ three mini-series, but also the crazy research into true crime stories to have occurred throughout the city of Philadelphia provided by actual crime historians that serve as back up filler.

The series is currently on it’s *ahem* second season. I recently read the last three issues a few nights ago. As much as I love this series, but please a word to all comic book publishers – ESPECIALLY those who publish books published on Joss Whedon properties: FUCKING STOP IT ALREADY with the fucking referring to your comic books as television seasons!! It’s novelty has pretty much worn off.

Next time it’s more cartoon showtime. Look for it in two weeks.

Coming Soon to A Purple Pinup Guru Panache Platform Near You…

28 Feb

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I’m having one of those off-blogs, where I originally was going to prepare a little tribute to the current state of true life crime stories in comic book form, but my world has been in a blender of late due to all the awards season events held in my town but I spent Oscar weekend instead with friends visiting out of town that had me nowhere near a laptop and the Purple Pinup Guru’s penis left dangling and exposed on his failure of picking Academy Award winners.

Rather than scour the e-mail archives or re-post repeat performances from the mothership, http://www.purplepinupguru@blogspot.com, let’s just preview what ideas I have in store for the next two months instead of digging up regurgitated time machine soliloquys from a decade or so back.

Like I mentioned two paragraphs ago, I’m interested in cobbling together a little investigation into the current crop of crime comic books being published today. You would think the major publishers such as Marvel, DC or Dark Horse would have this market clinched. But believe it or not, a publisher from across the pond, Titan Books, a small flourishing company in my hometown of Sherman Oaks called Aftershock Comics, and Archie Comics – yeah you heard me- the house of Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Josie & the Pussycats AND recently the developers behind the brand new show, RIVERDALE which give the Archie mythos a delicious Twin Peaks type of slant which debuted on the CW last month, ARE the companies putting out spectacular comic book gumshoe adventures. I’d like to examine that in two weeks time, PROVIDED that I get the chance to read the reference materials.

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By month’s end, I need to write a follow up to my Jonny Quest blog that was a hit sensation on this blog. I recently discovered some great gems other than the acquisition of the entire REAL ADVENTURES OF JONNY QUEST series that bears some serious investigation and deep rooted Saturday Morning cartoon analysis (in my case, late Saturday evening plus whatever bottle of Absolute Vodka I manage to crawl out from )- plus by that time, I’ll have a good idea of how well the forthcoming amalgamation between the DC Universe and the Hanna Barbara is shaping up.

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Also by the time I get around to posting those two- data should be presented of the Live + 3 and Live + 7 numbers of how all the comic book genre shows performed for the February sweeps.

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Switching back to music, I have my fingers twisted in knots that K-Scope Music will have their US distribution problems resolved by late March or April. I’ve been very irate at how their American distribution just without a word of warning, decided to bail and shut their doors without a word to fans of bands such as Anathema, North Atlantic Oscillation, Gazpacho, The Pineapple Thief, and most especially the release of the new Blackfield V album being head hostage from February to March. I wanted to dedicate a tribute blog to the band and perhaps reprint another concert review of the band just like I did with Asia in my previous entry.

And finally, late spring will be the last reminiscence of my late good friend Harry Perzigian on the third anniversary of his passing in late April. I will be backtracking the events that led to Harry Perzigian’s downward descent to confront his personal demons..

Fun times ahead.

 

 

 

 

“Been Chasing Rainbows For A Lifetime” said the Bass Player with a Lugar Strapped to His Thigh

17 Feb

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John Wetton, the everyday solidary man and favorite session & lead bass player and also a very distinctive lead singer for a who’s who resume of progressive rock bands died in his sleep on January 31st of colon cancer. I have to admit folks, that this one really tugs at my heartstrings.

Wetton was one of my favorite all around versatile bass players, harking back to high school  when I first discovered his amazing ferocious power playing when teamed up with boy genius violinist/keyboardist Eddie Jobson and the meticulous powerhouse drumming of Terry Bozzio touring as the tantamount trio known as U.K. as they stole the thunder of Jethro Tull in support of their fall of 1979 Stormwatch album. I remember barely getting to my seat at the Madison Square Garden when I was a risk taking sophomore taking trips to New York City by myself to attend concerts until the following year of my 1980 junior year when I started asking girls out to accompany me. But back then I was ‘solo in the game’ and if I remember correctly: I think I went back to the same venue shortly for Foreigner by myself when “Head Games” was released.

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But I distinctly remember being mesmerized by UK up on that stage as an usher was leading me to my seat. The grandiose performance of mostly songs from the Danger Money album released earlier that year such as “Caesar Palace Blues” “Nothing to Lose” “Time to Kill” and the ever instrumental defying gravitational digit dexterity of “Carrying No Cross” of Jobson switching back and forth between the savage attack of a swinging bow plexiglass violin  and a large keyboard assemble lead by its’ classic Yamaha CS-80 synthesizer as blinding flashing neon sign of the letters U an K slowly tipped forward as to engulf the trio, there was Wetton in the center standing as cool as a cucumber ending the show and thanking us all for their patronage. Then Jethro Tull followed with their rocking stranded ship at sea stage craft of their newly crafted Stormwatch, although as great as Ian and company were – Jobson, Wetton, and Bozzio managed to make more of an impression on me. Anderson did give an equally brave performance as he was singing on stage for “Too Old To Rock’n’ Roll, and Too Young to Die,” a careless female fan threw a rose onstage to Anderson which struck his eye, causing it to bleed. My seat in the arena that night hobbled between of what I could see onstage and also what I could see backstage, and during a good portion of the set, I could see Anderson running back and forth between instrumental breaks to grab fresh towels to dab at his eye.

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I’m going all over the place with this reminiscent, just as  Wetton’s career did I suppose. As I grew older in high school and expanded my prog rock vocabulary to bands such as King Crimson, Roxy Music, or Uriah Heep, I’ve learned that they too all shared the Wetton stamp of approval. However, as time marched on through my overall music appreciation, I look back at Wetton’s contribution to the 1972-74 period of King Crimson’s output as his most innovative and improvisational. Those three albums would be Lark’s Tongue in Aspic, Starless & Bible Black, Red, and the somewhat live USA accompaniment that former Roxy Music band member (and later on U.K) Eddie Jobson helped with violin overdubs. It was with King Crimson that Wetton got to spread his creative chops and proved that he was a songwriting tour de force with songs such as “Easy Money“, “One More Red Nightmare” , and “The Great Deceiver” eventually leading up to the pinnacle of epic finales, “Starless“. Those three studio albums were a phenomenal must listen to back in my high school and I will regard them as the final straw of dividing myself from the status quo of a normal high school teen-ager. Founder Robert Fripp, along with Wetton’s tremendous front man contributions was aghast with tonal experimentation and served as the progenitor to the birth of grunge and alternative rock of the latter 21st century masses led by Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Tool, or even Nirvana. There aren’t many bands to this day that perform along the Sunset Boulevard at either the Roxy and Whisky crowd that don’t cite the album Red as one of its’ main instigating influences.

After the break-up of UK, and before Wetton formed that was perhaps the most powerful supergroup in progressive rock pop history known as Asia,  Wetton briefly served a stint as a collaborator of the twin neck guitar blues rock band Wishbone Ash in a special guest star capacity. On the 1981 album, Numbering the Brave, Wetton contributed one song called “That’s That .”

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I suppose wandering aimlessly into the clutches of A & R record label matchmaking of Geffen Records who were back in the early nineteen eighties a label still finding their voice with the likes of signing  Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell and the tragic death of John Lennon (or rather stealing each individual artist away from their former labels) gave them enough star power, but not really much of an identity or a thumbprint. John Kalodner seeing as how progressive rock bands such as UK, Yes, Emerson, Lake, & Palmer were dropping like flies in the advent of punk rock, managed to set Wetton up with ex-Yes and ex-Buggles keyboardist Geoff Downes to see what would stick And with the recruitment of former Yes guitarist Steve Howe and the ELP drummer Carl Palmer;  voila! Asia was born and so was the anthem of my senior year “Heat of the Moment” took center stage blazing up the single charts.

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Getting to see that initial world tour in support of the debut album was no easy task. Tickets sold out like gangbusters and I had no choice but to scalp my first ticket off the streets of New York at The Palladium along 14th street. It was a 100 bucks I paid, but after I was attempting to get to my seat with my official tour shirt, I got hassled by an usher claiming I had a counterfeit ticket and I had to bride the fucker who was shaking me down for an extra fifty bucks to keep me from kicked out. That tour was especially memorable because they had debuted new material, “The Smile Has Left Your Eyes” and “Midnight Sun”  for the second album that wouldn’t see the light until next year.

I was originally supposed to take Linda Freeman (now Yarosh), my high school gal pal to the 1983 second tour in support of Asia: Alpha in Forest Hills, NY  as the condition of having me taking her to see David Bowie, but of course, she neighed on her word but I wound up taking her older sister, Lisa instead. The stage was bigger and amazing. Keyboardist Geoff Downes had the entire upper tier of the stage to myself to house all 24 of his keyboard synthesizers that had him practically doing marathons to be in cue to reach certain keyboards to be within arms’ length. I don’t think I ever seen John Wetton on such as massive stage as I did on that tour. Sadly, the Alpha tour hemorrhaged a ton of money before it could end and some west coast dates had to cancelled due to poor ticket sales.

And Asia was done. I didn’t get to see John Wetton perform again until a 1995 solo tour that brought him to Los Angeles as part of a progressive rock festival held out here. He also had another outstanding keyboard player working for him by the name of Martin Orford formerly of IQ and Jadis who worked heavily on producing a few of John’s solo albums such as Sinister and Welcome to Heaven for the Giant Pea Electric label that Martin ran for his two bands. I believe that was the only time I ever got the time to say a few words to the man (such as ‘hey, how’s it going. Looking forward to the show tonight.’) as I sat a couple of tables down from him at the fabled eatery, The Pantry hours before he was slated to take the stage.

It was also during this period that Wetton made periodic journeys to Los Angeles to work on demos with various area songwriters and musicians such as my late friend Harry Perzigian and guitarist Brian Young who later went on to play in a Van Halen cover band Atomic Punks where he was then quickly snatched up by the real David Lee Roth to be the lead guitarist for his band.

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To my utter amazement, I came across three songs co-written by John Wetton and Curt Cuomo along with Harry entitled “I Can’t Tell You”, “Back in Your Loving Arms” and “Power, Sex, & Money” in a box of demo tapes that the Perzigian family told me to take to burn as a compilation to give to attendees of any LA memorial service. Big freakin’ deal. They were only 7 of us that bothered to even show up, but I used the first two songs on that collection.  The latter song was re-tweaked by John Wetton and Geoff Downes to be included on their Icon 3 album released in 2009. Harry nor I were aware that John brought that song back out of the mothballs. I gave up looking for it in the record store bins a long while ago, even though I own the first two records in the Icon series. I’m sure if Harry was aware of its’ existence, I’d think he’d be a very different man today. I wish I had the know how on how to download audio files, otherwise I’d share them all with you.

Finally Asia kicked John Wetton’s replacement, John Payne to the curb to regroup with its’ original members, Wetton, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and Grand keyboardist extraordinaire Poobah Geoff Downes. Deep down, in my personal regard, I think Wetton realized that during his absence Payne sort of matured the band into other unfamiliar covered areas such as world music, jazz rock, ambient, and calypso on the Arena and Aura albums, so some of the music that Wetton c0-written on albums Phoenix and Omega had to reflect a more serious tone. I talk more about this subject in the special commemorative review I wrote of the band’s Las Vegas appearance in support of the Phoenix tour.

So my final words on John Wetton:

He certainly had a love affair with the word ‘solidary’.  The word has crept up in individual songs for three of his bands, King Crimson, U.K., and Asia. And I’m pretty sure, WHILE we weren’t looking, it’s more than likely, it’s reared its’ ugly head in a few of his solo songs.

I have not heard his first solo “Caught in the Crossfire” since I moved away from New Jersey. It’s probably still buried in my mom’s shed at her house in Parsippany, NJ.

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The last place I saw John Wetton alive on Asia’s Gravitas tour 2014 (along with Keith Emerson, who was there to cheer Carl Palmer on.) The Saban Theater, Beverly Hills, CA

 

Wetton’s death was shocking, but not totally unexpected. He had many bouts and issues with the bottle same as my friend did, (but not as loopy as Harry did). In fact, I remember a story I heard about a time when he was totally too soused to attention a fan convention held in his honor somewhere out in Pennsylvania, where they kept finding him passed out the front doors of the hotel lobby or sleeping it off on a park bench. But his battle with colon cancer was long and courageous. He stuck it out thick and thin. not giving into the pain and suffering as Keith Emerson did as he copped out. He kept performing even as his body was distressed. I remarked at one time how frail he looked when he made an appearance on the dvd video portion of  Arjen Anthony Lucassen’s last Ayreon project, The Theory of Everything that he had a guest starring role on. The passing of John Wetton is a different sort of feeling;  Wetton, while not really a household name had a voice that was remarkable identifiable with the mass audience that know him through Asia. So basically, he was a musician that surely had crossover appeal.

The review below has previously appeared on a European website dedicated to progressive rock news and reviews called http://www.dprp.net (you can also find another review of mine of a Asia concert with John Payne on that website as well).

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3rd May 2008
The House of Blues, Mandalay Bay
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Article By Cary Coatney


 

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My first ever concert review in Las Vegas, NV @ the House of Blues Mandalay Bay

Having seen Asia probably a good handful of times ever since David Geffen assembled the band in 1982 – including both tours featuring the early founding members and later on, with other members of good standing such as John Payne, I thought I might not had nothing more to add since I’ve already reviewed the band for this website a few years ago (at a Border’s book signing no less) – but this new tour in support (or not so much support, depending on how you look at it) of the first studio recording in more than twenty-five years with the line-up of all four original members: John Wetton, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer, and long stalwart gatekeeper Geoff Downes called “Phoenix” merits a mention.

The Asia concert I saw over at the Mandalay Bay House of Blues Casino in support of the new Phoenix disc was the first concert that I saw in which I can safely say served as a crossroads in a difficult defining moment that I’m going through in my present life – both happy and sad. On the happy side, I wasn’t the one who bought the concert ticket, instead I was treated to this show by the printer of my new comic book series, who’s very proud of the professional quality that I put into the new product (for the record, it’s called the Deposit Man: Playgod). Sad – that the whole new publishing venture has left me practically penniless (or euro-less for those reading across the Atlantic) and my day job’s timing couldn’t have been more impeccable in cutting off my overtime at the time I was paying off the balance – which leaves me pretty much in the red. Sad, also because of my father who lives in the Las Vegas area is also going through a similar situation with his job.

The show for the evening also held a double entendre as far as euphoria was concerned. It was a gathering of my old friends of who I grew up with in a sleepy New Jersey town called Parsippany and they used the Asia concert as an impromptu bachelor party for one of the oldest of my high school friends who just happens to live in the Las Vegas area. He was getting married that weekend and couldn’t get me an invite to the nuptials (I didn’t know he was living in Vegas until his brother e-mailed me a few days before heading out) so once he heard that I was in town, he made sure to declare the Asia show the unofficial bachelor Asia Gig. So in addition, of seeing the Four Original Members of Asia performing some Alpha material – some of which hadn’t been heard or performed live in some twenty-five years was also on par with some people I hadn’t seen in that same duration of time away from my high school days such as their uncles and cousins. I was simply wrapped up in the nostalgic moment, being around so many memories that I couldn’t really bear to nitpick the performance itself… but….

However, I was mildly disappointed in the fact that when you’re announcing that you’re touring in support of a new album – PLAY SOME OF THE NEW ALBUM!!

I thought this was going to be a monumental milestone in the band’s history – as management has sort written off the last 15 years or so John Payne collaborations as something that might have occurred in a parallel dimension as to it never happened as it pertained to a parallel world. I’m sure, it’s nothing personal on Geoff Downes end, as I have personally hung out with both gentlemen in the past, and I could attest of never catching a whiff of animosity between the two. So, if the band with all the original members is psyched about releasing their first recorded album together after a quarter century has passed, you’d think once they herald in a bunch of the new songs, the boys would be anxious to test them out live. BUT what happened? Only two got to pass the smell test, the bookend tracks: the opener, Never Again (which sounded marvelous) and the end song: An Extraordinary Life.

With that being said, I will now draw your attention to the show itself. Now, please keep in mind that this was the first ever concert that I’ve seen in Las Vegas rather than being pulled away from rather my old Los Angeles Sunset Blvd stomping grounds of the Whiskey or The Roxy. I was in town to finish up business with the new book – and the convenience of having them stop over in town coincidentally was too good of an opportunity to pass up (I was also in town to take my dad to see the Iron Man movie – as an early father’s day present). I’ve heard rumors from people who attend shows regularly in the LA area that there is a restriction on performers in the LV area. You’re required to finish your show by 11:00PM so they can set up some stupid DJ and have disco dancing go tirelessly on until 4 or 5 in the morning. I don’t know who came with this stupid rule or why the entire town has to cap all live music by some unholy witching hour – just chalk it up that it’s freakin’ Las Vegas and there’s usually no such thing as a rational argument.

With no opening act, the four original members of Asia took the stage at 8:30PM and immediately led off with a virtually rare performance of a ‘Alpha’ B-side called “Daylight’ (if I remember correctly, I think it was on the flip side of the “Don’t Cry” single ) which was a real treat. Most of the show was strictly a routine of the last reunion tour with a few slight variations. Plenty of the song list repertoire once again focused on mostly the first Asia album and some from the second, Alpha. There was only one song, Voice of America, represented from the Astra album, which was on the third one, and the first to feature the dissension within the ranks with the abrupt departure of Steve Howe and being replaced by Krokus guitar player, Mandy Meyers – so there was really no hope of hearing choice meaty selections such as Go or Rock and Roll Dream being performed that night. Which was fine by me, having already heard John Payne do fantastic renditions of them on the tours he’s done with the band in the past. Most of the show stoppers of the evening were of course, the bits and pieces pulled from each individual’s past and present bands – one or two selections from either Yes, ELP, King Crimson, or the Buggles were the ones that drew the most applause from the audience.

However, personally, having already been there, done that…..

I can’t stress enough when witnessing these bits performed for the umpteenth time: without trying to sound like the harbinger of a telegraphed Moody Blues set list: but I can’t figure out why they have John Wetton try to sing Roundabout. The song just isn’t written for him and when one of my friends caught me shaking my head in dismay, he pulls me to the side and says: “dude, you got to remember, he’s trying to cover both parts that (Jon) Anderson and (Chris) Squire used to sing”. And does every Steve Howe solo bit have to include the Clap? Or Mood for the Day? I know it gets a little more dramatic with age – but how about Mr Howe for once would mix it a few other Yes guitar melodies such as Giants Under the Sun, or perhaps, even that small little track he did for the Union album called Masquerade in which he got nominated for a Grammy for best rock instrumental? It’s just with Steve Howe, it’s redundant and very, very quite mechanical he’s got such a wide catalogue to his name and he’s always reduced to performing the same two numbers over and over. Geoff Downes did an impressive solo spot utilizing some of his solo work and mixed it all (I think you can hear a demo of it on his myspace page) in with the orchestral Fairlight sampling coda that closes out the next to last track on the first album called Cutting it Fine.

As I mentioned before, John Wetton performed the only track from the Astra album, Voice of America, just on vocal and guitar. the floodgate of progressive rock’s beginning was showcased by the alluring haunting performance of King Crimson’s “In the Court of the Crimson King” which to this date baffles me because that song was written by Greg Lake when he was in the band and when John Wetton replaced Lake, Wetton never performed the song when he was with Crimson. Personally, I thought better if Wetton had done some of the songs he did with U.K., such as In the Dead of Night, or Rendezvous 6:02. U.K. was the band that was discarded before Wetton joined forces with Asia. The highlights of the prog masters’ tribute series was when Geoff donned dark sunglasses and sparkling silver coat for a rousing rendition of Video Killed the Radio Star and the virtuoso pulse pounding of all four original members of Asia for ELP’s version of Fanfare for the Common Man simply brought the house down and brought them to a standing ovation – however – me and my lot were having a lot of stoned induced giggles when the video monitors all around started showing off each individual member ‘s close up on their playing techniques framed against some kind of psychedelic visual effects( while trying to keep score of the stoical freezeframes of each rock star pose).

Another oddity during the show worth mentioning is when Geoff Downes and Carl Palmer were finished performing their drum and organ solos respectfully during the middle of “The Heat Goes On” Wetton returned to the stage to resume the final chorus – but there was no sign of Howe to help put away the number. Steve was mysteriously missing from the stage. You could see the bafflement on both Wetton’s and Downes faces which slightly threw their playing off – but as soon as the monumental historic Ab minor chord opening of Heat of the Moment sounded the gladiatorial clarion call, Howe was up front and center with his Stratocaster as if nothing had happened. Someone told me that he was too busy backstage trying to get his slide guitar tuned up for the encore “Don’t Cry” . I hear he’s very picky when it comes to people tuning his instruments.

My personal favorite moments from the show was the opener Daylight, like I mentioned before and another was an acoustic version of another rare b side from the first album “Ride Easy” . That flip side of the “Heat of the Moment” single was such a monumental memory for me growing up because I remember, my high school sweetheart Linda Freeman would come over my house sometimes just to put that song onto my stereo system. I was joking to my buddies – that maybe they would pull another rarity out such as “Lying to Yourself” which was the flip side of The Smile Has Left Your Eyes single. They all echoed fat chance of ever hearing that one performed live.

Sorry I had to rant one with a few discrepancies here and there – but I was really hoping to hear a good portion of the new stuff performed. I really enjoy the new tracks from Phoenix such as Alibis – which has this brilliant coda ending that sounds very similar to Paul Mauriat’s Love is Blue – and the lengthy multi-parter, Parallel Worlds. Although, John Wetton takes credit for most of the writing on this album he’s takes on a more serious approach on some of the songs – instead of the usual bubble gum overblown verse /chorus fluff that’s a mandatory pre-requisite in the sound of most 1980’s AOR recordings ( forgiving some of the trespasses on tracks such as Heroine and I Will Remember You ), you can’t help wonder if Wetton is taking a page out of John Payne’s spiritual thirstiness that’s so heir apparent in his lyric work with in new songs such as An Extraordinary Life and Nothing’s Forever. Anyway, I really don’t want to turn this into a record review, at least I should be knocking on the DPRP asking for a contest winner handout.

The total gig time with encores was approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. Plenty of time left over to get all jiggy with it on the dance floor until the wee hours of the morning.

Had some real snazzy merchandise goodies this year, but the guy working the souvenir booth wasn’t very enthusiastic about selling Asia T-shirts and hats (broadband wrist bands that record the show? That’s what they were touting for $60 a piece to take home a copy of the night’s performance and download it to your computer. I tell ya, These techno whizz kids these days!!) as evident when someone wanted to buy a wall clock of the band. He told the customer that the clock was guaranteed to work at least twice a day. I just settled for a simple $25.00 t-shirt to take home and all the memories of that gig is imprinted on that t-shirt forever more ….or at least until the true colors start to fade away in the wash.

Setlist
Daylight
Only Time Will Tell
Wildest Dreams
Never Again
Roundabout
True Colors
Geoff Downes keyboard solo featuring the coda to Cutting It Fine
Steve Howe solo – The Clap & Mood for the Day
John Wetton solo – Voice of America & the Smile Has Left Your Eyes
Ride Easy
Time Again
Open Your Eyes
Fanfare For The Common Man
Without You
An Extraordinary Life
In the Court Of The Crimson King
Video Killed The Radio Star
The Heat Goes On – Pausing for a Carl Palmer Percussion Moment
Heat of the MomentEncores:
Don’t Cry
Sole Survivor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodbye Grandfather Sky, Goodbye Grandmother Earth.

30 Jan

ef7bbe59155b3ba643194d407a81a570My brain is a little short circuited on coming up with something new this week, seeing as how taxed I was assembling all those November sweeps ratings for all our favorite comic book genre shows in my last entry.

So as I was rummaging through my old storage boxes, I came across this little ditty of the time when I almost swallowed the hype that Hyapatia Lee had actually died.

Looking back fondly , it was amusing to speak ill of the dead, WHEN they’re not really dead.

Today Hyapatia Lee is still very much alive and well and I’ve learned recently that she will be part of a quartet of classic porn queens coming out to Los Angeles on February to give a little talk on secret behind the scene stuff that went on porn sets back in the glorious days of the late eighties and early nineties moderated by hairy gorilla Ron Jeremy (groan!).

The event is called The Golden Age of Adult Cinema and it will take place over the course of three weekends starting February 12th. Nina Hartley leads a panel on the first weekend. Modern age blonde bombshell (and professional cos player/gamer) Alana Evans is on a panel next weekend, whilst Hyapatia leads the third and final weekend. The event will be taking place at the Cupcake Theater in North Hollywood, Ca.

Hopefully there will be a tribute to William Margold, a back page columnist for the LA X=Press (now changed to the Hollywood X-Press) who passed away a few weeks ago.. Not only did Margold serve as the one of the greatest and wittiest film critics that Los Angeles had to offer, but he was instrumental in getting the  Free Speech Coalition up and running.

I think I originally wrote this for Jay Allen Sanford for an essay to include in one of his Carnal Comics editorials circa 1998 or 1999.

GOODBYE GRANDFATHER SKY, GOODBYE GRANDMOTHER EARTH

By Cary Coatney

It’s never easy coming up with goodbyes, especially one so belated. You get so caught up in the minimalism of counting lofty goals that you forget to take a short breath now and then to give thanks to one who has been a guiding force of moral support during ideas of conception. After all, I didn’t slide easily in this newly appointed role of professional extrovert spinning yarns and related treatises for the raison d’être by simply waxing vestiges for those fallen in forever silent slumbers. This was never in the job description.

So how is it that I’m constantly sucker punched into sitting before a lonely keyboard trying to come up with the delicateness of a perfectly fitted eulogy for those in memorial?

I’ve been fortunate enough to pay tribute in recent memory to a few considered to be a major influence in my often unappreciated easily ridiculed chosen mode of profession in the pages of the Comics Buyer’s Guide. Great men and women compassing the likes of Bob Kane, Archie Goodwin, and Roz Kirby; people I barely knew or briefly made the acquaintance of, but along comes a celebrity that I somehow to raise a rapport with over the course of the past year and her tumultuous loss has really hit home.

The merest mention of  Hyapatia Lee makes my heart sink like the proverbial stone. To lose someone so young and so vital as she is pitifully devastating.

Here I am in the prime of my life with things slowly trickling towards the limelight with me. A few months back in March of 1999, my first joint self published venture with a small upstart publishing company, Death Comics published their first (and only) issue of Malice featuring the debut of my outlandish theologically perplexed bashing enigma, The Deposit Man finally arrived incognito to very slow sales of 500 copies. But yet, I have something published with my name in it and I was in the process of sending off comp copies to friends and relatives. Last being on my list was a care package for Hyapatia with her complementary copy enclosed.

But it never got sent. In fact, it’s still sitting here in my in and out basket at work, still signed, sealed, and addressed in an oversized manila envelope.

I humbly apologize for being such a morbid nerve wracked mess using this non sequitur approach. I should instead, probably retrace a few steps back and reconnoiter various precious vignettes with this once vibrant, no-holds barred boisterous woman whose obstinate campaigning for safety and health awareness in the adult film industry resulted in a lifetime achievement award from the Free Speech Coalition. The result of accepting this prestigious award (in the porn industry) also served as a shot heard around the adult film world.

Hyapatia Lee, a Native American born of both Cherokee and Irish decent blossomed into a long black raven haired beauty ultra-curvaceous sultry siren who stumbled into the porn industry in 1983 and was a mainstay for a little over a decade after competing in numerous nude dancer competitions. She diversely performed, produced, and wrote almost 40 x-rated movies including Snakedance; an homage to the mating rituals of her Native American upbringing before gradually getting work in legit B movies with such recognized actors as John Savage and Tim Allen. During the course of this up and down variegated odyssey, Hyapatia suffered and survived a traumatic abusive marriage to one husband who directed several of her films, conquered a cocaine addiction, and has done something totally unexpected and unheard of in this detached paced industry much to the detriment of fans and colleagues alike: she took the time out to give birth to two children and wound up homeschooling them ( Updated Editor’s note 2017: one of them eventually made it into UCLA!).

Hyapatia during her porn star heyday, found time to front two rock bands: W41K (Double Euphoric) and Vision Quest, whose songs focused primarily on issues dealing with her ancestral birthright.

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An album from the prog band Space Needle with a song dedicated to Hyapatia Lee. Cover by Roger Dean.

 

I was first introduced to Hyapatia during the summer of 1995 at the San Diego Comic Book Convention and Expo by Jay Allen Sanford ( Edit note 2017 #2 I’m sure you’ve heard that name before- check my near end of the year blog for his assistance in bringing some rare unseen Yes comic book artwork for all of you to see) world renown entrepreneur of the adult line of comic books called Carnal Comics who was at the time was basking in the reverie of record sales in adult bookstores. Jay had just come off the presses with Hyapatia’s autobiographical first issue and that particular issue wound up being the line’s hottest seller (Deposit Man’s penciler Larry Nadolsky having helped). Jay regarded me as one who campaigned an revocable stance when it came to conservative ridicule in the news and other media. This was evident in my more glorious contributions to the Comic Buyer’s Guide (which earned me an honorable mention on the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund website) making Jay generous enough to invite me on several occasions to go behind his booth at the convention and introduce me personally to plenty of starlets that have been subjects of other issues in the Carnal Comics line of biographies.

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Hyapatia instantly stood out from the otherwise somewhat vainglorious crowd. She was easily approachable, her graciousness and beauty spoke for herself and it was a trait you never had to second guess when confronted with her eloquence in articulated conversations. You could practically talk up the world with her. Later subsequent meeting with her in the Los Angeles still maintained the courteous demeanor of our first meeting. Further confrontations were almost the equivalent as having a remote chance encounter with the Devine Mother herself.

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Whilst Hyapatia was in the midst of putting her artistic explicit past behind her, she was still attracting controversy. Shrewd comments were still being said and printed in local and national publications over her appearance at the San Diego parading around in a North Beach leather fringed dress (since the Republican convention was held at the same venue in 1996, the whole city of San Diego in general has since gone through some eccentric changes). I raised to her defense and vouched for the garment’s appropriateness.

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During the course of late 1997 and throughout most of 1998, I was privileged to be regarded as one of Hyapatia’s e-mail correspondents. We talked the whole gamut that varied everything from Chris Carter’s The X-Files and spin-off show, Millennium to her eclectic tastes in music. We kept each other appraised of each other’s writing projects until in the midst of writing her autobiography she made light mention of trying to combat a childhood illness that was once again creeping upon her like an ugly dark shroud.

I thought nothing of it at first, but as time marched on her e-mail replies began to dwindle and get shorter and shorter. Some even went unanswered at all.

Then a happenstance occurred last February when I picked up a copy of the local alternative paper, the Los Angeles New Times, a cover story on local porn gossip ‘diva’ (and I mean that in the most sincerest unflattering way) Luke Ford made a slight mention of ex-porn star Hyapatia Lee ‘faking her own death’.

Immediately I dismissed it as the most absurdist thing I ever heard of – but within a few days of reading the smear campaign article, an envelope arrived for me in the mail addressed from the Hyapatia Lee fan club-a club that I had no real affiliation with other than getting mail out to her- sent me a letter. The letter informed me that Hyapatia did indeed passed away accompanied with a mini-catalog asking for donations either by money contributions of purchasing videos, photo-stills, and any remaining props or costumes to raise funds for her funeral expenses.

Stranger still, the envelope looked addressed in her own handwriting, comparing the envelope to the Christmas card she once sent me.

My first indication or rather my immediate reaction was that Hyapatia was probably in need of a divorce from the business altogether for the final time tying up the loose ends of associations with a lukewarm profession that brought her more pain rather than fortune. Before I knew it, a conversation with Jay at last summer’s convention had him verifying Hyapatia’s passing.

It was too late to say goodbye.

Out of respect for her husband and family, I won’t go into details concerning her passing. Her friendship meant so much to me to simply disclose it such a private matter; besides I couldn’t even begin to explain it in medical professional layman’s terms. Although, I can’t help wondering that her spirit still remains roams the earth, perhaps raging further controversy and admiration amongst her ancestors as she quietly vanishes away from the public eye like a hibernating will-o-the-wisp. The scenario is just like she described to me in a e-mail: “It’s very sad when people pass on, but try to look at it as going up on a spiral. Everything in life is cyclic in nature, and even through death – change and transformation are all part of it.

From those words, Hyapatia was equally deserving of the same tranquil treatment.

And it is with these words I do lament:

There was supposed to be a Cherokee translation of the title of this piece, but apparently I stumbled across the wrong edit of the article in my storage.

Here’s a fairly recent photo of Hyapatia from her facebook account give or take a decade:

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The Noble Nifty November Sweeps Contest of Competitive Ranking Champions

23 Jan

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Welcome to the very first PP Guru hot blog topic of 2017 just mere days of  before the inevitable gestapo transition team of the world’s worst unqualified candidate to ever breach our political systems takes office.

But I’m not here to inundate or spew my political hatred for a complete poser who can simply think he can a write a check and treat the highest office in the United State as if it were a prize trophy, we’re here to tie up some loose ends from 2016.

Notably the November sweeps of the opening salvo of the 2016 – 2017 television season AS IT PERTAINS to the GENRE of dramas and comedies based on COMIC BOOK PROPERTIES.

And we sure do definitely have an abundance of them galore.

From September to mid-December there were a total of 9 shows, 1 cable broadcast (The Walking Dead), 1 streaming (Marvel’s Luke Cage), and 7 broadcast productions (Supergirl, Gotham, Lucifer, The Flash, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, & DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) . When mid-season resumes, two more new broadcast productions, Riverdale based on the Archie line of comics and Powerless, a comedy developed by DC Comics and NBC will be joined online with the debut of Marvel’s Iron Fist on Netflix along with the premiere of Legion, based on the X-Men franchise on FX next month..  Also later on when May sweeps are getting underway, shows that will be returning for late spring and summer runs include iZombie, Wynonna Earp, Fear the Walking Dead, Preacher, and Outcast.

If the past show that aired during the November Sweeps period were running in the same race, the results would still be the same. Walking Dead seems to be unconquerable with it’s overall average of 9.6 to 12.1 million viewers, even though it’s slightly down from last year, but STILL remains the top rated scripted television show.

And with combined ratings of the streaming giant Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix, it’s total rookie season combined even manages to gather a plethora of viewers to beat out the OTHER rookie season of its’ related show, Jessica Jones by nearly 1 million more viewers, but not enough to upset the apple cart of last spring’s season of Daredevil from the top streaming spot. BUT regardless, if counted in the over-all race, Luke Cage would still be reigning second place champion over all the broadcast shows.

But for now, we have to settle for all gathered intelligence that puts all the shows in each of its’ respectful competitive categories.

I cobbled all the data for broadcast and cable from mostly the TVbythenumbers website and SAM, (Symphony Advanced Media) for my streaming information.

Now if all this assembled data seems mundane or boring to you, or if you discover yourself nodding off, at least HERE ARE some pictures of SUPERGIRL PANTIES will guarantee to stroke that kryptonite erection stirring in your red flaming panties back to life.

November Sweeps period ran from October 27 – November 23, 2016. Unfortunately, that period of Nielsen measurement did not include the Invasion crossover episodes that occurred between all four of the Greg Berlanti produced CW/ DC Universe shows

We begin with Walking Dead’s performances.

“The Walking Dead” remains atop the cable ratings for Oct. 31-Nov. 6 after three days of DVR and on-demand viewing.

The show’s Nov. 2 episode more than doubled both its adults 18-49 rating and its viewer total in the Live +3 ratings. It went from 1.2 to 2.8 in adults 18-49 and from 2.2 million to 5.01 million viewers.

“The Walking Dead,” meanwhile, also put up its biggest three-day gain of its three episodes this season, adding 2.4 points to its 18-49 rating (5.7 to 8.4) and just over 4.5 million viewers.

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Nov. 7-13, 2016

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L +3 18-49 rating 8.1 Gain vs. Live +SD 2.4 % gain vs. Live +SD 42%

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for Nov. 7-13, 2016

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L +3 Viewers 15718 Gain vs. L +SD 4316 % gain vs. L +SD 38%

The cable Live +7 rankings for Oct. 31-Nov. 6 hold little surprise: Once again, “The Walking Dead”  stands well above the rest of the pack.

The Walking Dead” grew by 2.9 points in adults 18-49 (5.7 to 8.6), equaling its gain from the previous week. It also added nearly 5.5 million viewers.

Adults 18-49 – total gain

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L+SD (000’s) 5.7 L +7  (000’s) 8.6 7 Day Increase 2.9 7 Day % Increase  51%

Viewers – total gain

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L +SD (000s) 11721 L +7 (000s) 17208 7-Day Increase (000s) 5487 7 Day % Increase 47%

The Walking Dead” trailed some of the cable news election-night coverage in the same-day ratings for the week of Nov. 7. After a few days of DVR and on-demand catchup, that’s no longer the case — not by a long shot.

The AMC show grew by 2.3 points in adults 18-49 in the Live +3 ratings for the week, improving to a 7.7 rating (fron 5.4). It also added 4.32 million viewers, also topping all of the prime-time election coverage.

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC  L +3 18-49 rating 7.7  Gain vs. L +SD 2.3  % gain vs. Live +SD 43%

The Walking Dead” has declined markedly in overnight ratings since its near-record season premiere in October. Ratings after a week of DVR and on-demand viewing are down as well, since the portion of the audience that catches up after the initial airing is pretty stable.

The Nov. 20 episode of the show added 2.7 points in adults 18-49 to its total, rising from 5.2 to 7.9. That’s in line with other episodes this season, which have risen from between 2.3 and 2.9. “The Walking Dead” is still huge — the Nov. 20 episode had the biggest gains by far in both adults 18-49 and viewers — but its losses in the same-day ratings are more or less reflected in the delayed-viewing numbers as well.

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L +SD 5.2  L +7 7.9  7 Day Increase 2.7 7 Day % increase 52%

Viewers – total gain

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L +SD (000s)10996 L +7 (000’s) 16308 ( 7 Day Increase) 5312  7 Day % Increase 48%

Yes, “The Walking Dead’s” ratings are falling since its big season premiere, and the Nov. 27 episode dipped to a four-year low in the overnight ratings.

It’s also true that it’s still the No. 1 show on cable by a long shot, even in its lower-than-usual state. Case in point: With three days of DVR and on-demand viewing, the Nov. 27 episode grew by 2.0 points. That’s as big or bigger than the three-day total for all but one other cable show, “Monday Night Football.”

Down? Yes. Out? Hardly.

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Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Nov. 21-27, 2016

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L +3 18-49 rating 6.9 Gain vs. Live +SD 2.0 % gain vs. Live +SD 41%

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for Nov. 21-27, 2016

The Walking Dead” hit a four-year ratings low with its Nov. 27 episode. The show gained a lot with a week of DVR and on-demand catchup, but its Live +7 numbers are on the low side too.

The AMC show is severed head and shoulders above the rest of the field with a 7.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 15.1 million viewers after a week. But the raw numbers are down from the previous week (7.9 and 16.31 million), and the show’s growth was smaller as well (2.5 vs. 2.7 points in adults 18-49, 4.69 million vs. 5.31 million viewers).

Adults 18-49 – total gain

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC  L +SD 4.9  L +7 7.4   7 Day Increase 2.5  7 Day % increase 51%

Viewers – total gain

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC  L +SD (000s)10403  L +7 (000s) 15096  7 Day Increase 4693  7 Day % Increase 45%

Fuller House” was more than just a massive hit for Netflix this winter, it was one of the most-watched TV series of the year – on par with “The Walking Dead” and “Sunday Night Football.” That’s according to data from Symphony Advanced Media, which has been using its own methodology to measure viewership on streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, both of which refuse to release ratings on their own.

According to Symphony, “Fuller House” episodes averaged 14.4 million viewers among adults 18-49 within its first 35 days of its Netflix premiere date (Feb. 26). That’s the equivalent of a 10.4 rating in the demo. Take a look at our 2015-2016 TV season broadcast/cable ranker, and that would put “Fuller House” at No. 1 among all TV series for the entire year.

Of course, it’s apples and oranges. Per Netflix’s usual strategy, “Fuller House” premiered with all 13 episodes at once, and Symphony’s Live + 35 data for Netflix is very different from the Live + 3 or Live + 7 ratings we normally see for broadcast and cable.

But nonetheless, that 10.4 rating / 14.4 million adults 18-49 viewers is huge, landing “Fuller House” in the upper echelon of TV series. If you were just counting the first 7 days after “Fuller House’s” launch, it still attracted 10 million viewers in the demo. That puts it just below “The Walking Dead,” which averaged a 9.6 rating – translating to 12.1 million viewers in the demo (according to Live+7 viewership).

Broadcast L + 3 section.

Since the majority of the comic book genre perform adequately well in the overnight markets (check my Sunday weekly facebook statuses for talk about overnight performances) , they barely need to make an impression in the L + 3 barter ratings.

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However due to election coverage on the first week, many were properly out voting and needed to set up their dvr or demand services to watch as soon as they came home

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2016

THE FLASH CW L +3 18-49 rating 1.7 Gain vs. Live +SD 0.7 % gain vs. Live +SD 70%

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Nov. 21-27, 2016

23 GOTHAM FOX  L +3 18-49 rating 1.7 Gain vs. Live +SD 0.6  Live +SD % 55%

27. THE FLASH CW L +3 18-49 rating 1.6 Gain vs. Live +SD 0.5  Live +SD % 45%

image-uwsupgpntytu-2-watermarkBroadcast L +7 section.

Here’s where the main event unravels to a full blown death match. Now these L +7 ratings have proven so far to be Joss Whedon’s main sustenance for survival, now that ABC had no choice but to move Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD into the dreaded Tuesday 10 PM DEATH SLOT as proven to be the swift guillotine sleigh of hand delivered by the cancellation bastard bear executioner to two freshman shows last year: “Of Kings & Prophets” & “Wicked City“. New hot black chick ABC television executive extraordinaire who helped kick previous television executive failure bitch boy Paul Lee to the curb due to his incompetence to pick rating winners, Channing Dungey thought it may be a good idea to move “Agents of SHIELD” (a show she helped get the network to buy into when it wasn’t originally developed as a connection to the Marvel Universe) since the show would be darker in tone with the introduction of the Ghost Rider as a recurring guest star. Agents of SHIELD was the earliest to leap out of the box in mid September with its’ fourth season, but it’s really not impressing the advertisers since the show has been dropping like the proverbial anvil week to week in its’ Live +SD overnights. HOWEVER, it’s Live + 7 numbers are nothing short of miraculous as you can see evident by it’s first sweeps week performance. We’ll see if they’re able to keep up the same momentum by next month when February sweeps begins. ABC is going to have to rely on the strength of its’ L +7 numbers if the show is able to crawl on its’ belly to a fifth season otherwise it’s only degree of success lies in revamping it for the more appreciative Netflix crowd. Ironically, harkening back to my Sony Picture Television days, the BIG NEWS then was Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse being the first official television show to be ever granted a L +7 reprieve for a second season renewal, but its’ luck eventually ran out for a third relying on the same kind 0f data.

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Also another show to benefit greatly from L +7 numbers as you will see is DC’S Legends of Tomorrow, which also has been performing poorly in the overnights, but the CW is paying attention to its’ report and is seeking to make amends by making room for the series debut of “Riverdale” on Thursdays and being gracious enough to move the sophomore super hero team series to immediately follow the Flash on Tuesdays at 9:00PM. Now you will have wall to wall three hour comic book show prime time action between The Flash & Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and having Legends of Tomorrow sandwiched in-between, makes it two nights in a row that comic book shows have a majority seat in prime time television, other than comedies and police dramas.

Here are the Live +7 rankings for Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2016. The rankings include first-run series and specials only, not repeats.

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7. AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC L +SD 0.8 L+7 1.7 (7 Day Increase) 0.9 (7 Day % Increase)  113%

8. LUCIFER FOX L +SD 0.9 L+7 1.8  (7 Day Increase)0.9 (7 Day % Increase) 100%

9. THE FLASH CW L +SD  1.0 L+7 1.9 (7 Day Increase) 0.9 (7 Day % Increase) 90%

15. GOTHAM FOX L +SD  1.0 L+7 1.8 (7 Day Increase) 0.8 (7 Day % Increase) 80%

23. SUPERGIRL CW L +SD 0.6 L+7 1.2 (7 Day Increase) 0.6 (7 Day % Increase) 100%

Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

4 AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC L +SD 0.8 L +7 1.7 (7 Day Increase) 0.9 (7 Day % Increase) 113%

9. SUPERGIRL CW L +SD 0.6  L +7 1.2 (7 Day Increase) 0.6 (7 Day % Increase) 100%

11. LUCIFER FOX L +SD 0.9 L +7 1.8 (7 Day Increase) 0.9 (7 Day % Increase) 100%

15 THE FLASH CW L +SD 1.0 L +7 1.9 (7 Day Increase) 0.9 (7 Day % Increase) 90% –

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16 ARROW CW L +SD 0.6 L +7 1.1 (7 Day Increase) 0.5 (7 Day % Increase) 83%

18 GOTHAM FOX L +SD 1.0 L +7 1.8 (7 Day Increase) 0.8 (7 Day % Increase) 80%

24 LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW L +SD 0.6  L + 7 1.0 (7 Day Increase) 0.4 (7 Day % Increase) 67%

Viewers – Total gain

18 LUCIFER FOX L +SD (000’s)  3417 L +7 (000’s) 5816 7 Day Increase (000’s) 2399 7 Day % Increase 70%

22 AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC  L +SD (000’s) 2433 L +7 (000’s) 4568 7 Day Increase (000’s)2135  7 Day % Increase  88%

23 GOTHAM FOX   L +SD (000’s) 3159 L +7 (000’s) 5219  7 Day Increase (000’s) 2060 7 Day % Increase  65%

24 THE FLASH CW  L +SD (000’s) 2765 L +7 (000’s) 4775 7 Day Increase (000’s) 2010 7 Day % Increase 73%

Viewers – Percentage gain

3 AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC L +SD (000’s) 2433 L +7 (000’s) 4568 7 Day Increase (000’s) 2135 7 Day % Increase 88%

7 THE FLASH CW  L +SD (000’s) 2765  L +7 (000’s) 4775  7 Day Increase (000’s) 2010 7 Day % Increase 73%

10 SUPERGIRL CW  L +SD (000’s) 2217  L +7 (000’s) 3804  7 Day Increase (000’s) 1587  7 Day % Increase 72%

12 LUCIFER FOX  L +SD (000’s) 3417 L +7 (000’s) 5816  7 Day Increase (000’s) 2399 7 Day % Increase 70%

15 GOTHAM FOX  L +SD (000’s) 3159  L +7 (000’s) 5219 7 Day Increase (000’s) 2060 7 Day % Increase 65%

16 ARROW CW  L +SD (000’s) 1612  L +7 (000’s) 2646 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1034 7 Day % Increase 64%

20 LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW  L +SD (000’s) 1745  L +7 (000’s)2737 7 Day Increase (000’s) 992 7 Day % Increase 57%

Adults 18-49 – Total gain

November 7 – 13

11. LUCIFER FOX  L +SD  1.0 L+7 1.8  (7 Day Increase) 0.8  (7 Day % Increase) 80%

12. GOTHAM FOX  L +SD  1.2 L+7 2.0  (7 Day Increase) 0.8  (7 Day % Increase) 67%

18 SUPERGIRL CW L +SD 0.7  L+7 1.4  (7 Day Increase) 0.7  (7 Day % Increase) 100%

Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

6. SUPERGIRL CW L +SD  0.7  L +7  1.4  (7 Day Increase) 0.7 (7 Day % Increase) 100%

13 LUCIFER FOX  L +SD  1.0  L +7 1.8  (7 Day Increase) 0.8 (7 Day % Increase) 80%

22. LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW  L +SD  0.6  L +7 1.0 (7 Day Increase) 0.4  (7 Day % Increase) 67%

23. GOTHAM FOX  L +SD  1.2  L +7 2.0  (7 Day Increase) 0.8  (7 Day % Increase) 67% WINNER WINNER, SWANSON TV CHICKEN DINNER!!

Viewers – Total gain

18 LUCIFER FOX  L +SD (000’s) 3515 L +7 (000’s) 6026  (7 Day Increase) 2511 7 Day % Increase 71%

Viewers – Percentage gain

6 LUCIFER FOX L +SD (000’s)  3515  L +7 (000’s) 6026  7 Day Increase (000’s)2511  7 Day % Increase 71%

7 SUPERGIRL CW L +SD (000’s)  2471  L +7 (000’s) 4183  7 Day Increase (000’s) 1712  7 Day % Increase 69%

16 GOTHAM FOX  L +SD (000’s) 3519  L +7 (000’s) 5469  7 Day Increase (000’s) 1950  7 Day % Increase 55%

17. LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW  L +SD (000’s) 1768  L +7 (000’s) 2746   7 Day Increase (000’s) 978  7 Day % Increase 55%

22. ARROW CW  L +SD (000’s) 1946  L +7 (000’s) 2952  7 Day Increase (000’s) 1006  7 Day % Increase 52%

Adults 18-49 – Total gain

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November 14 – 20

13. THE FLASH CW L +SD   1.2  L+7 2.1   (7 Day Increase) 0.9  (7 Day % Increase) 75%

27. GOTHAM FOX  L +SD  1.2  L+7 1.9 (7 Day Increase) 0.7  (7 Day % Increase) 58%

30. LUCIFER FOX  L +SD  1.1  L+7  1.8  (7 Day Increase) 0.7  (7 Day % Increase) 64%

Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

7. SUPERGIRL CW  L +SD  0.7  L +7  1.3  (7 Day Increase) 0.6  (7 Day % Increase) 86%

10. LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW  L +SD 0.6  L +7  1.1  (7 Day Increase) 0.5  (7 Day % Increase) 83%

14 THE FLASH CW  L +SD 1.2   L +7  2.1  (7 Day Increase) 0.9  (7 Day % Increase) 75% WINNER WINNER  TV SWANSON CHICKEN DINNER

19. ARROW CW  L +SD  0.7  L +7  1.2  (7 Day Increase) 0.5  (7 Day % Increase) 71%

Viewers – Percentage gain

3 THE FLASH CW  L +SD (000’s) 3013 (L +7 000’s) 5072 (7 Day Increase) 2059 7 Day % Increase 68%

9 LUCIFER FOX  L +SD (000’s) 3869 (L +7 000’s) 6130 (7 Day Increase) 2261 7 Day % Increase 58%

10. SUPERGIRL CW  L +SD (000’s) 2434  (L +7 000’s) 3854 (7 Day Increase) 1420 7 Day % Increase 58%

18 GOTHAM FOX L +SD (000’s) 3628 (L +7 000’s) 5447 (7 Day Increase) 1819 7 Day % Increase 50%

Here are the Live +7 rankings for Nov. 21-27, 2016. The rankings include first-run series and specials only, not repeats.

Adults 18-49 – Total gain

5. GOTHAM FOX  L +SD  1.1  L+7 2.0  (7 Day Increase) 0.9 (7 Day % Increase) 82%

10. THE FLASH CW L +SD  1.1 L+7 1.9 (7 Day Increase) 0.8  (7 Day % Increase) 73%

11. LUCIFER FOX L +SD  1.0 L+7 1.8  (7 Day Increase) 0.8 (7 Day % Increase) 80%

28. SUPERGIRL CW L +SD  0.9 L+7 1.4 (7 Day Increase) 0.5 (7 Day % Increase) 56%

Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

7 GOTHAM FOX  L +SD  1.1  L+7 2.0  (7 Day Increase) 0.9  (7 Day % Increase) 82% – WINNER WINNER, TV SWANSON CHICKEN DINNER

8 LUCIFER FOX  L +SD  1.0 L+7 1.8  (7 Day Increase)0.8 (7 Day % Increase) 80%

14. THE FLASH CW  L +SD  1.1  L+7 1.9  (7 Day Increase)0.8 (7 Day % Increase) 73%

21 SUPERGIRL CW  L +SD 0.9 L+7 1.4 (7 Day Increase) 0.5  (7 Day % Increase) 56%

Viewers – Total gain

15 LUCIFER FOX  L +SD (000’s) 3631  L +7 (000’s) 5875  7 Day Increase (000’s) 2244 7 Day % Increase 62%

17 GOTHAM FOX  L +SD (000’s) 3444  L +7 (000’s) 5503  7 Day Increase (000’s) 2059  7 Day % Increase 60%

19 THE FLASH CW L +SD (000’s) 2947  L +7 (000’s) 4932  7 Day Increase (000’s) 1985  7 Day % Increase 67%

Viewers – Percentage gain

6 THE FLASH CW  L +SD (000’s) 2947  L +7 (000’s) 4932  7 Day Increase (000’s) 1985  7  Day % Increase 67%

8 LUCIFER FOX  L +SD (000’s) 3631  L +7 (000’s) 5875  7 Day Increase (000’s) 2244  7 Day % Increase 62%

10 GOTHAM FOX  L +SD (000’s) 3444  L +7 (000’s) 5503  7 Day Increase (000’s) 2059  7  Day % Increase 60%

13 SUPERGIRL CW L +SD (000’s) 2631  L +7 (000’s) 3980  7 Day Increase (000’s) 1349  7  Day % Increase 51%

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Right out of the gate, Marvel’s Luke Cage has become one of Netflix‘s most popular shows. But how popular? Brand new SVOD ratings show that the action drama series starring Mike Colter clocks has drawn 3,518,000 total viewers, making it the fifth most popular Netflix Original premiere of all-time.

According to Business Insider, new viewership data obtained by data tracking outlet SymphonyAM shows that Fuller House still leads the way as Netflix’s all-time most popular show with a whopping total of 8,709,000 viewers. Luke Cage managed to surpass the ratings for Marvel’s Jessica Jones, but fell behind the platform’s hit series Orange Is The New Black, Marvel’s Daredevil, and Stranger Things.

Marvel’s Luke Cage” opened well for Netflix, but not well enough to have caused a weekend outage on the streaming platform.

“Luke Cage” executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker would love to claim Saturday’s Netflix blackout was caused by “Luke Cage” bingers, but that’s highly unlikely as there are four other shows that rate higher than “Luke Cage” and didn’t crash the service.

In its premiere date, September 30, and the five days after, “Luke Cage” has been watched by an estimated 3.52 million adults under the age of 50, according to SymphonyAM, whose app listens to sounds from users’ televisions and takes that data to extrapolate viewership.

Those numbers place the newest Marvel show in fifth place after Netflix’s original series “Fuller House,” the fourth season of “Orange Is the New Black,” season two of “Marvel’s Daredevil,” and “Stranger Things,” based on their respective premiere dates and following five-day viewership.

Among Netflix’s Marvel series, “Luke Cage” does beat “Jessica Jones,” which is in eighth place..

3. Daredevil Season 2  Adults 18 – 49 2.90  4.1 total million viewers

5. Luke Cage Season 1  Adults 18 -49 2.54  3.5 total million viewers

8. Jessica Jones Season 1  Adults 18 -49 2.00 2.8 million viewers

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The next Marvel series for Netflix, “Marvel’s Iron Fist,” premieres March 17, 2017