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Two Tivos To Paradise 02.01.13: Community, New Girl, South Park, Entourage, The Following

February 1, 2013 | Posted by Al Norton

Hello friends. Folks always talk about the dog days of summer but the sameness of winter has a way of wearing you down just as much. I am choosing to focus on the fact that pitchers and catchers report to Red Sox spring training camp in Fort Meyers in less than two weeks. I don’t know that there will be joy in Mudville this year but I am confident it will be a helluva lot better than last year.

Mrs. Tivo and I took the twins to see Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Get the Sillies Out this past weekend in Boston and I was blown away by how happy they were; this was easily the most animated and energized I’ve seen them at the numerous concerts they’ve been to. They certainly got the crowd worked up and dancing, and for the parents there was a live appearance by frequent YGG guest star Biz Markie; I got to cross “live sing along to Just a Friend” off my bucket list. I’d highly recommend those of you with kids who are fans check it out when the tour, which is running this winter and spring, comes to a city near you!

Here’s our first look at CBS’ upcoming Golden Boy

If you’re going through withdrawal from The Voice, here’s a promo for the upcoming fourth season…

Cause I news you were trouble when you walked in, so shame on me now.

Finally It Has Happened To Me, Right In Front Of My Face And I Just Can Not Hide It
Community’s fourth season premieres this Thursday at 8pm on NBC.

Finally, October 26th is upon us!!! While I know many fans are not happy about how the show has been treated by the network, let me remind you that there actually is a 4th season, airing on the day and time most fans are familiar with finding it in, and its 13 episode run includes airings in both February and May sweeps, none of which sound much like a series getting buried.

There is a new person in charge of the show so we will need to see how that impacts what it is we see every week, and Chevy Chase left the show before production on the season had finished, so we’ll find out in May how that is handled on-screen, but otherwise it’s the same cast and many of the same writers, and I don’t think we have to worry about any sort of fundamental changes in tone and style to the show so many of us have grown to love over the last three seasons.

30 Rock and The Office are done (or will be shortly), Whitney is not lighting up the world and The New Normal and Go On just hit series lows, so it’s not like NBC is flush with sitcoms. It may be a tall order but if the show matches last season’s ratings then I am pretty confident we will be seeing our friends as 5th year seniors at Greendale in the 2013-2014 school year.

They Got A Honeysuckle Growing On A Honeysuckle Vine, And Love Is A Blooming There All The Time
Super Bowl XLVII comes to you live from the Superdome in New Orleans this Sunday at 6:30pm, but the network’s coverage begins at 1pm with PHIL SIMMS ALL-IRON TEAM: SUPER BOWL EDITION at 1pm, followed by the official pregame show at 2pm. Musical performances for the day include Matchbox 20 and OneRepublic during the pregame, Alicia Keys singing the National Anthem, and a halftime show by Beyonce that will include a Destiny’s Child reunion. The game (and its post-game coverage) will be followed by a new episode of Elementary that will likely be one of the most watched episode of any series in 2013.

Of particular interest is the network’s New Orleans: Let the Good Times Roll, airing Sunday at 11am and hosted by Wynton Marsalis…

Here’s the full breakdown, with all programming listed in ET…

11am – Road to the Super Bowl (NFL Films look at the season)

Noon – New Orleans: Let the Good Times Roll

1pm – Phil Simms’ All Iron Team: Super Bowl Edition

2pm- The Super Bowl Today (official pre-game show)

6pm – Super Bowl on CBS Kickoff Show

6:30pm – Super Bowl XLVII

After Game – Elementary

After Local News – Craig Ferguson Super Bowl Special (Sunday night edition of The Late Late Show from New Orleans)

Not a lot needs to be said and you certainly don’t need me to sell you on what is annually the most watched piece of programming of the year. Break out the chicken wings, pizza, and beverage of your choice and let’s go!

Like A Coin In Your Mint, I Am Dented And I’m Spent With High Treason
For the past few months we’ve told you about new programming the big five networks have in development but now we’ve entered the next stage, with pilots being ordered for the 2013-2014 season. This week was likely the busiest of the year for pilots, with all the details found below…FYI – Any show listed below has been given said order…

Kyle Kilen, who has created my favorite two pilots of the last two years – Lone Star and Awake – now is working on Influence, about a bi-polar genius in the field of psychology and a fast talking con-man who are brothers and run a consulting agency where they help people deal with problems in their life… Killer Woman is a drama about the one female Texas Ranger, with Sofia Vergara, Ben Silverman (Ugly Betty), and Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) as executive producers…Doubt is from House creator David Shore and focuses on an ex-cop turned low rent lawyer who is dealing with personal issues, including trying to win his ex-wife back…James Caan is starring in Safe At Home/She’s Got Balls (both are working titles to the same project), a comedy where a newly single Mom moves in with her estranged Dad, a former major league baseball player…Spy is an adaptation of a British comedy where the father of a very smart, very intellectual son, takes a job with the secret service to prove he is worthy Dad. TTTP fave Rob Corddry will star…Reckless is a political thriller that is executive produced by the very busy Martin Campbell…Ryan Reynolds is executive producing Murder in Manhattan, a dramedy about a mother-daughter private eye team…Big Thunder is an action drama based on the Disney Ride Big Thunder Mountain…i>Gothica is executive produced by Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy, Army Wives) and is best described as Once Upon a Time with horror characters – Dracula, Jekyll & Hyde, Dorian Grey, Frankenstein’s monster…Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm) has been cast in the comedy How The Hell Am I Normal?Bad Management is about a woman who runs a department store where the owners son gets involved in the business, trying to make it younger and sexier…

J.J. Abrams and former Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman are re-teaming for an untitled series that’s set in the not-so-distant future where all LAPD officers have highly evolved and humanistic androids as their partners…Boomerang is executive produced by John Wells (Southland, ER, The West Wing) and written by Davey Homes (Awake), about a family of assassins employed by the federal government…Enlisted is a comedy from Cougar Town co-creator Kevin Beigel, following three very different brothers who work on a small Army base in Florida together…Two Wrongs is a romantic comedy about a couple whose friends and family all think they should not be together…Wild Blue is from Graham Yost (Justified) and Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad) and follows life on a US Navy aircraft carrier…Gang Related is about a member of a gang whose leaders send him into the San Francisco Police Department to get info, and he eventually works his way onto the Gang Task Force, where his loyalties are tested…

Jon Favreau has signed on to direct About a Boy, Jason Katims’ (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) adaptation of the novel by Nick Hornby…J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron have teamed up for Believe, about a criminal who is released from jail in order to serve as the protector of a young girl with special/supernatural powers…Undateable is executive produced by Bill Lawrence (Cougar Town, Scrubs), about two very different brothers who have in common their lack of success with the opposite sex…TTTP fave and SNL writer John Mulvaney is writing and starring in a comedy that is based on his life, with Lorne Michaels (duh) executive producing…Craig Robinson stars in an untitled comedy about a professional musician who takes a job as a music teacher at a high school to make ends meet. The show is written and executive produced by Greg Daniels (The Office)… Wonderland is a modern day sequel to Alice in Wonderland from CSI creator Anthony Zuiker…Charlie Theron is executive producing a modern day version of Hatfields & McCoys

We told you a few weeks back that Anna Faris has been cast as the lead in Chuck Lorre’s CBS comedy pilot Mom, about a fresh-out-of-rehab Mother trying to get her life together and now comes word that four time Emmy winner Allison Janney has joined the cast playing Faris’ Mom, a woman with her own set of issues…The Surgeon General is from Lie to Me creator Samuel Baum, a drama about the most powerful Doctor in the country…

The 100 is a teen sci-fi drama set in the future where the only survivors from a desolate earth live on a huge space station. They decide to send 100 teenagers back to the planet to see if there is any shot at re-colonizing…Oxygen is a teen romance where a young girl falls for an alien who is part of an integration plan (he and 8 others are released from an internment camp where they have been held for 10 years after arriving on earth)…Reign is a coming-of-age action drama focusing on how Mary Queen of Scotts rose to power…The Tomorrow People is an adaptation of the British cult sci-fi drama from the 70’s, executive produced by Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Political Animals) and Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries)…Blink is about a regular American family where, after a car accident, the Dad is in a coma-like state where he can’t move or talk but can see and hear everything and serves as the narrator of the series…

It’s Time To Play The Music, It’s Time To Light The Lights
The Muppet Show video of the week…

But You Were Up To Your Old Tricks In Chapters Four Five And Six
Ratings Notes From The Last Seven Days…

The first new Glee of 2013 took advantage of an American Idol lead-in to jump 30+% in both totals and demos…Idol easily won the night in totals and demos…The Last Resort finale was up 20% in the demos…Grey’s Anatomy matched last week’s demos – best for any scripted show on the night – but was again topped in total viewers by a Person of Interest rerun…30 Rock hit a season high in total viewers with its largest audience since March of 2012…Parks and Recreation is enjoying the 8:30 timeslot; the last two weeks the show has given NBC its best numbers in that slot since last March…Beauty and the Beast was up in both totals (+14%) and demos (+17%)…Scandal was a rerun but said episode put up the best numbers ever for an encore hour of the series…

Nikita was up 25% to hit season highs in totals and demos; the totals were the best numbers since December 2011 and the demos were the highest since March of 2012.

Fox’s UFC coverage on Saturday night was up 13% from last month and was the 2nd highest rated program since the network started covering the events.

Overall a very down night for broadcast network TV viewing…The Pro Bowl was down almost 10% from last year but still won the night in totals and demos…The Good Wife was down 21% to a new series low in the demos…The Mentalist was down 14%…Almost all of Fox’s animated lineup was down from their previous new episode, with The Simpsons being the only show to avoid the drop (it matched its previous outing)…Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Makeover was down 23% from the Hallmark H of F movie that aired on ABC last January…The SAG Awards were watched by 5.2 million and were up 5% in the demos; clearly Turner was happy with the numbers as they signed a deal to continue to carry the awards for an additional three years on Monday…

The Following had a very strong second week, down only 4% in total viewers and actually up in the demos from last week’s premiere…Bones hit a season high in totals and demos…The Carrie Diaries was up 15% in total viewers and hit its best numbers in the networks target demos…Deception couldn’t take advantage of reruns on ABC & CBS, showing no demo gain from last week…The Bachelor hit a season high in total viewers…The season premiere of Dallas was a series low for the sequel; the 2.98 million was down from 6.9 million that watched the series premiere and the 4.29 who saw the season one finale…The season premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race was not just the highest rated season debut in series history but topped the previous demo high by 33%…

New Girl was up double digits in totals and demos…The Mindy Project was up 13% in the demos for their best numbers in four months…NCIS easily won the night with a shade under 22 million total viewers as well as the night’s best demos…NCIS: LA won 9pm in totals and demos, up 15% in the latter…Vegas took advantage of no Parenthood or Private Practice competition to jump 19% in the demos…The Taste was down 24% in the demos in week two…Happy Endings tied Go On in the demos at 9pm and then beat The New Normal at 9:30pm, with both NBC comedies dropping to new series/season lows…The already cancelled Emily Owens MD topped its Hart of Dixie lead-in in total viewers…

Strong premiere numbers for The Americans; the 3.22 million who watched at 10pm were more than who tuned into previous FX series premieres for Sons of Anarchy and American Horror Story. It also topped the totals put up by the AHS: Asylum finale in the same spot the previous week…Chicago Fire was down but with only reruns as competition, it still won 10pm in totals and demos…The Neighbors was down 20% and Suburgatory 18%, both hitting new series demo lows…American Idol easily won the night in totals and demos, matching last Wednesday’s numbers…

All The Young Dudes, Carry The News
Industry News, Notes, and Hot Rumors…Warner Bros has officially greenlighted an Entourage movie, written and directed by series creator Doug Ellin. No word yet on a start-of-production date…Showtime has picked up new seasons of Shameless, House of Lies, and Californication …Cinemax renewed Banshee for a second season…Good news and bad news for South Park fans; the upcoming 17th season will be shown straight through (instead of broken into two halves as usual) but it will be only 10 episodes instead of the usual 14. The season premieres on September 25th…CBS picked up new seasons of their daytime shows The Talk, The Price is Right, Let’s Make a Deal, and The Bold and the Beautiful for the 2013 – 2014 season (The Young and the Restless was picked up previously as part of a multi-year renewal)…Two days after pulling Ben and Kate from their lineup, Fox officially cancelled the show, shutting down production and informing the cast and crew that the final two installments of the 18 episode order would not be made…AMC is going to run Talking Bad with the final 8 episodes of Breaking Bad this summer, a half hour after-show breakdown in the vein of the network’s currently successful Talking Dead series. No word yet on who will host…VH-1 Classic has ordered a six episode first season of For What It’s Worth, an exploration of music and pop culture memorabilia hosted by Gary Dell ‘Abate and Jon Hein. The format is similar to Antiques Roadshow, with folks bringing their collectibles to be appraised by a panel of experts. The series premieres Thursday February 21st at 10pm…Truth has picked up a 7th season of Hardcore Pawn, which is up 11% in total viewers in current 6th season…Tom Hanks and Ken Burns are teaming up to executive produce an HBO mini-series about the life of heavyweight champion boxer Jack Johnson. The project is based on Geoffrey C Ward’s book Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, which Burns previously used as the source material for an Emmy winning documentary for PBS. Beau Williamson, who was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing Ides of March, which was an adaptation of his play Farragut North, is writing the script…Britt Roberson (The Secret Circle, Life Unexpected) has joined the cast of Under the Dome…The syndicated daytime talk show Trisha Goddard was renewed for the 2013-2014 season, up 23% in November sweeps from its premiere in September…HBO has ordered a pilot for the comedy Togetherness, about two couples living together while struggling with their careers and their relationships. The show is written and executive produced by brothers Mark and Jay Duplass, who appear together on screen in recurring roles on The Mindy Project. Mark is best known for starring on FX’s The League and he and Jay wrote and directed Jeff Who Lives at Home, The Do-Deca Pentathlon, and Cyrus on the big screen…Starz is developing an untitled drama set in the world of professional ballet that teams Lawrence Bender (producer of Inglorious Bastards) and Moira Walley-Beckett (co-executive producer of Breaking Bad). Kevin Brown, who executive produced Roswell, is also on the team, and his family has a rich history in ballet; they were the inspiration for the 70’s classic Turning Point…LA Laker Metta World Peace has teamed up with LMNO Prods (I Get That A Lot) to develop Metta World Pranks, a reality show that features practical jokes involving pro athletes. No network is attached yet, although this is clearly likely to end up on cable…CNN officially signed Chris Cuomo away from ABC and 20/20, with plans to have him co-anchor a morning news show later this year with Erin Burnett…Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who together have teamed to co-write five James Bond movies, including Skyfall, are writing the script for an small screen adaptation of Barbarella. No network is attached yet… ABC has ordered an 8 episode run of Bet on Your Baby, a new game show hosted by Melissa Peterman (Baby Daddy, Reba, The Singing Bee) that will premiere in April. Episodes feature five families with babies age 2 – 3 & 1/2 trying to complete individual tasks, with the families trying to guess their babies next move. The end of the show finds the babies trying to win a $50K college scholarship…ABC-Disney has renewed daily talk show Katie for 2013-2014…HBO has optioned the soon-to-be-published memoir All Dressed Up And Everywhere To Go, the story of Betty Halbreich, longtime personal shopper for Bergdorf Goodman, with Girls co-showrunners Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner writing the adaptation and executive producing if the project gets picked up to series. The list of stars and socialites Halbreich has dressed over the last 3+ decades reads like a who’s who, and she’s also assisted in helping NY based movie and TV productions design their style.

Turns Out Not Where But Who You’re With That Really Matters
The Best of What’s Around AKA The Best Thing I’ve Watched In The Last Seven Days…
If you had told me New Girl would bring back True American and that wouldn’t be the highlight of that particular episode I’d have said you were nuts but the last scene of Tuesday’s episode was so wonderfully done that all the hilarity that preceded it paled in comparison.

The first 26 or so minutes of the episode gave us some great lines (“it’s like a taffy pull on a hot summer’s day”), established that Jess is Nick’s cooler, proved Winston simply cannot talk to women when he’s horny, and once again made clear that there are no depths Schmidt won’t sink to in order to get laid. We got another round of the perhaps the best party game of all time – True American – and even got a continually more exasperate date of Cece’s who was good for some serious laughs, and then came that last scene…

Earlier in the episode Nick refused to kiss Jess when the game required him to do so, finally telling her that he didn’t think it would happen like that before climbing out on a window ledge. In the final moments he ran into Jess in the hallway and pulled her into a passionate embrace, leaving her truly speechless with one of the best kisses in recent TV history. Here, judge for yourself…

No idea how fast the show addresses the two of them as a couple from this point – Jess is still quite happy with her Doctor beau – but the show pulled off a pretty major rarity on Tuesday, shocking the audience and at the same time living up to/exceeding their expectations. Bravo, New Girl!

People Say I’m Crazy Doing What I’m Doing. Well, They Give Me All Kinds Of Warnings To Save Me From Ruin
What’s flashed before my eyes the last seven days…

Easily the best recurring segment on late night TV right now…While watching White Collar last week I found myself wondering if it would be a better show – don’t get me wrong, it’s currently a show I enjoy – if there were no conspiracy aspect and instead it simply focused on Neal and Peter working together. I actually don’t know what number conspiracy they are on right now (Neal’s girlfriend, the FBI agent, the treasure, the other FBI agent, now Neal’s Dad, and I am sure I am missing one or two) but what makes the show work is the relationship between the two leads, not the dramatic tension of who is behind it all. It’s similar to what has dragged Revenge down in season two ; season one was about revenge, with alliances revealed along the way, and season two is way too much plot and not enough emotion. I mean, what is Emily’s end game at this point?!?! Burn Notice has the same issues, like they writers don’t trust the audience’s investment in the characters and their happiness to just let them live without something even bigger unraveling around every corner…Caught up on Nashville this weekend and came away more impressed than ever with the cast; the reason why the Rayna-Teddy-Deacon triangle resonates so much is the actors involved do more than just read the words on the page, they bring a depth and a texture to the relationships that make you really feel their history. Also, the music continues to be top notch…Seeing Dick Van Dyke get the Lifetime Achievement Award at the SAG Awards reminded me that The Dick Van Dyke Show is the best sitcom of all time, a hysterically funny mix of workplace and family comedy, with the former aspect paving the way for the likes of 30 Rock and The Larry Sanders Show. And if you think the Carla and the gang at Cheers was good at hurling insults (which they were), wait till you get a load of Buddy and Sally…If you’ve never seen it then do yourselves a favor and head over to TVLand and record a few episodes – you won’t be disappointed…The wedding episode of Raising Hope was an amazing homage to Modern Family, really genius stuff. Even if you a fan of the latter and not the former, it’s worth seeking it out to watch…Another week, another fine example of why Parks and Recreation has no peers when it comes to getting the most out of a large ensemble (9 regulars) cast…We’re four episodes into the new season of Cougar Town and the quality level hasn’t changed at all from when they were on ABC, which is sort of good news, bad news; fans are happy because that means the show they love is still great but for folks who didn’t watch before, there’s nothing new to win them over…Suits rocked my world last week, with Rick Hoffman clearly able to use that hour as his Norty/Emmy submission episode. There is no doubt that its one of the 10 best dramas on TV right now…Suburgatory had been just ok for a few weeks but this week’s episode made me laugh out loud a lot and reminded me of how sharp and yet not mean it’s skewering of life in the suburbs is when its clicking on all cylinders…Week two of The Following was better than the pilot, with less expository dialogue and more character development. Still not exactly sure what a show like this does for a second season but the way things are going right now it’s pretty sure I will find out…Adam Levine certainly gave hosting SNL his all last week, with some solid if not spectacular results. The monologue didn’t fully come together as well as it could have but it was still pretty damn funny. For some reason NBC has pulled the opening from the web so I will give you this pretty funny piece from the episode instead…

TV Pick Of The Week
Kevin Spacey makes his TV series debut today when the full 13 episode of House of Cards is available on Netflix. A political drama based on the British series of the same name, the first two episodes are directed by Oscar nominee David Fincher, who joins Spacey in executive producing the show. The best part about the “all-the-episodes-released-at-once” format is that if you like the show you can just keep on watching!

Don’t miss season one of House of Cards, available today on Netflix.

Hope You Need My Love, Babe, Just Like I Need You
Most of the week’s major programming is covered about but here as some other noteworthy viewing options from the next seven days…

*Mumford & Sons is one of the hottest musical acts going right now and Showtime is airing a concert of theirs from Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheater tonight at 9pm.

*Wheel of Fortune (check your local listings) is having NBA week, with Hall of Famer James Worthy taking part as well as Grant Hill, Chris Paul, and DeAndre Jordan.

*Two words…Robin Sparkles (HIMYM, Monday, 8pm, CBS)

*Rules of Engagement begins its SEVENTH season Monday at 8:30pm.

*Monday Mornings (Monday, 10pm) is a new TNT medical drama from the team of David E Kelley and Sunjay Gupta and it’s got a pretty killer cast…

*I give NBC points for celebrating the national treasure that is Betty White and even more for naming it Betty White’s 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special (Tuesday, 8pm).

*Smash kicks off its second season – one that finds a new showrunner in charge and some new faces joining the cast (and some season one faces gone) – with a two hour premiere on Tuesday at 9pm…

*Tosh.0 is back for season five this Tuesday at 10pm.

*It seems like we just started auditions but America Idol (Fox) begins its Hollywood Round this Wednesday at 8pm.

*Wednesday’s CSI (10pm, CBS) begins a two part crossover even with CSI: NY, meaning that Gary Sinese’s Mac will be heading to Vegas for this hour before Ted Danson returns the favor on Friday night.

Two Tivos To Paradise
3 Days to Open with Bobby Flay, 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, 30 Rock, After the Catch, American Idol, Antiques Roadshow, Archer, Arrow, Around the World in 80 Plates, Auction Hunters, Baby Daddy, The Big C, Boardwalk Empire, Being Human, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, Bones, Breaking Bad, Bunheads, Burn Notice, Cake Boss, Cake Boss: Next Great Baker, Chicago Fire, Chopped, Comic Book Men, Community, Cougar Town, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Deadliest Catch, Deception, Destination Truth, Don’t Trust the B- in Apt 23, Fact or Faked, Falling Skies, Family Guy, Fast Food Mania, Flipping Out, Food Network Challenge, Food Network Star, The Franchise, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International, Ghost Lab, Glee, Great Food Truck Race, Grey’s Anatomy, Happy Endings, Haunted Highways, Haunted Treasure, Hawaii 5-0, Hollywood Treasure, House of Lies, How I Met Your Mother, Inside Comedy with David Steinberg, Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis, Iron Chef America, Justified, Key & Peele, Last Resort, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Law And Order: Special Victims Unit, The League, Longmire, Lost Girl, Louie, Mad Men, Major Crimes, Men at Work, The Middle, Mike and Molly, The Mindy Project, Modern Family, Monster Man, Nashville, Necessary Roughness, New Girl, The New Normal, Next Iron Chef, The Office, Outside the Lines, Parks & Recreation, Project Accessory, Project Runway, PSYCH, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook Off, Raising Hope, Real Time With Bill Maher, Restaurant Impossible, Revenge, Revolution, Royal Pains, Rules Of Engagement, Saturday Night Live, Shark Wranglers, So You Think You Can Dance?, Sons of Anarchy, The Soup, Suits, Suburgatory, Supernatural, Top Chef, Top Chef Just Desserts, Top Chef: Masters, Top Design, Tosh.0, The Vampire Diaries, The Voice, The Walking Dead, Warehouse 13, Worst Cooks In America,

People Love You When They Know You’re Leaving Soon
Here ends another Two Tivos To Paradise.

We’ll be back next week with all the headlines from the last seven days!

Sources for this week’s column include Daily Variety, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, and Hollywood Reporter (plus the web sites for those publications) as well as, &


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