True Blood Season Premiere Ratings Soar, up 38% over S2…

Couldn’t find ANY really good economic data today (and tomorrow home sales data should be sheer awful), but hey True Blood’s ratings were way up! Do the coming Cantor Fitzgerald movie futures cover Cable shows?! We could make a killing…

THR Live Feed:

HBO’s third season “True Blood” premiere drew 5.1 million viewers Sunday night. That’s up 38% from the season two opener, plus up 19% from the season two average performance. If you add the 1.3 million viewers from the 11 p.m. replay, “Blood” wound up with 6.4 million viewers.

Now, this is not an all-time high for the show, which has crested 5.3 million for a single airing in the past. But “True Blood” typically gathers ratings strength over the course of its season…

June 15, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Charlaine Harris, Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Supernatural, Suspense, True Blood, Urban Fantasy. 4 comments.

BP Oil Spill and Team Obama

Karl Rove discusses the Epic Fail of Obama during this crisis on Greta last night:

This is what is freaking out the Democrats:

Two record-low three-day job approval ratings in the past week helped Obama's weekly average tie the lowest of his presidency. Gallup reported a 44% approval rating last Thursday and again on Saturday. Prior to last week, the lowest three-day approval figure for Obama in Gallup Daily tracking had been 45%, a percentage that has now been reached seven times since the start of April.

Jake Tapper summarizes the many positions of Team Obama to date, none of which is getting the job done:


June 15, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Politics. Comments off.

Twofer Tuesday: New Ozzy Album – ‘Scream’ releases 6/22

Making of:


…Oz is as sharp as a dagger and at the top of his headbanging skills for “Scream.” His voice is clear, and he belts every song with conviction.

The opening tune, “Let It Die,” sets the bar. This is metal music that begs for arena play, where the sounds of heavy bass, cowbell wallops and guitar power chords can expand. Ozzy’s vocals are as good as they get as he mixes his controlled scream with funky swagger.

That sweat-and-danger attitude carries into “Let Me Hear You Scream,” which combines thrash metal with a tempo that would allow “Scream” dance-hall success.

This is heavy, stairway-to-hell music that demands more volume than your ears should hear…

June 15, 2010. Tags: , , . Entertainment, Heavy Metal, Music, Popular Culture. Comments off.

Oil Executives testify on the Hill

Update: Afternoon session of hearings cancelled due to protester disturbances…

CNBC live feed here

Waxman should be teeing up the industry for Obama to hit in his address to the nation tonight…

will the executives of the other big oil companies throw BP under the bus? Is it fair to ask since BP has dragged the entire industry under the wheels of the Obama Administration?


…U.S. lawmakers will ask Lamar McKay why BP made repeated choices that appeared to favor cost savings over safety before its rig blew up in the Gulf of Mexico….

…McKay, the head of BP America, will be surrounded at the congressional hearings by executives from Exxon Mobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Royal Dutch Shell seeking to stave off repercussions for the industry.McKay’s rivals are likely to hang him out to dry in a rush to prove their companies would never take such risks or face such failures as the spill that has poured millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

“This incident represents a dramatic departure from the industry norm in deepwater drilling,” Exxon Mobil Chairman and Chief Executive Rex Tillerson said in prepared testimony….

June 15, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

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