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Ratings: Beyond the Blackboard Helps CBS Chalk Up an Easter Win

Emily VanCamp

Amid all the Easter dinners and visiting, prime-time television tried to lure viewers with a mishmash of first-run episodes, specials and repeats, and CBS won the night in total viewership — helped by the new Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Beyond the Blackboard.

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Ratings: Betty White Kicks Football’s Pigskin

Betty White

The indomitable, irrepressible Betty White is just gaining momentum. While she was winning a Screen Actors Guild award for her work on Hot in Cleveland, her Hallmark Hall of Fame movie was putting up the anthology movie series' best numbers in four years.

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On a Busy Sunday, Praising Brotherhood

Jason Clarke and Jason Isaacs in Brotherhood by Jim Fiscus/Showtime

This Sunday, it sure didn't feel as if the sweeps month had already ended. Major pivotal episodes of ABC's hit series, a movie special on CBS (one of the better Hallmark Hall of Fames to air in a while) and, somewhat lost in the shuffle, a season finale of one of TV's more underappreciated dramas. That's a lot to digest.First off, the watercooler show of the night was unquestionably Desperate Housewives, capping an above-par season with the long-awaited arrival of a devastating twister. The circumstances were just about as far-fetched as most things that happen in this diverting comedic soap, but that final shot of a flattened Wisteria Lane was truly apocalyptic. Lynnette’s banshee screech would have been justified even if she hadn’t just realized the house where her family had hunkered down in the basement was buried in rubble. Outstanding.(For the record, I side with those who think that Ida, the owner of the wayward cat, is probably the “friend” referred to in... read more

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Premise: With more than 50 Emmys, this landmark anthology set a standard for consistent TV excellence with adaptations and originals in a range of genres. It debuted with 1954's `Ahmal and the Night Visitors,' the first opera produced for TV. Many other classic works followed, including `Macbeth' (1960) with Maurice Evans and Judith Anderson; `Victoria Regina' (1961) with Julie Harris; and `The Magnificent Yankee' (1965) with Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. Also known as `Hallmark Television Playhouse.'

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