2013 Television Review: UHD, OLED In, Plasma Out

Reviewed.com takes a look back at three 2013 TV trends: the introduction of OLED (organic light emitting diode) and 4K UHD (ultra high definition) sets to the American market, and Panasonic’s decision to end plasma TV production.

We need only wait until next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to see what’s in store for 2014.

TV’s Biggest Fails are Often Spinoffs

From some of the TV series we remember fondly have come spinoffs we wish we could forget. Inspired by the news that CBS has ordered a follow-up pilot to “How I Met Your Mother” called “How I Met Your Dad,” Yahoo!TV compiled a slideshow featuring 12 TV Spinoffs We Didn’t Ask For (But Got Anyway). And, yes, “Joanie Loves Chachi” made the list.

Walter Cronkite Memorial Bows in St. Joseph, Mo.

Missouri Western State University in Suddenlink-served St. Joseph this week unveiled a tribute to one of the city’s most celebrated natives. The Walter Cronkite Memorial features photos, video footage and memorabilia from the “CBS Evening News” legend’s life. A dedication Monday included a keynote address by Cronkite’s cousin and two-term mayor of Kansas City, Mo., Kay Cronkite Barnes. Walter Cronkite’s birthday was chosen for the ceremony.  He would have turned 97.

Richard Belzer is Leaving ‘SVU’

Best Wishes, Detective John Munch! “Law & Order: SVU” fans tuning in last night saw Munch turn in his retirement papers.  Expect a retirement party on next week’s episode.

The character, who has starred in multiple “Law & Order” and “Homicide” series, has also made appearances on several other shows, including “The X-Files” and “Arrested Development.” In total, he has been helping solve cases for 20 years on more than 450 TV episodes.

No need to say goodbye forever, though.  The Huffington Post reports Richard Belzer plans to bring back his beloved character for occasional guest appearances.

Cable Nets Again Rule Primetime Emmy

Cable networks once again dominated the Primetime Emmy Awards. Of 18 major awards presented, 15 went to cable programs and individual actors on cable shows.

HBO led the way with seven awards, including two each for miniseries “Behind the Candelabra” and comedy series “Veep,” and one each for drama series “The Newsroom” and “Boardwalk Empire,” and variety special “Louis C.K.: Oh My God.”

Showtime captured three Emmys, one each for comedy series “Nurse Jackie,” drama series “Homeland,” and miniseries “The Big C: Hereafter.”

AMC’s “Breaking Bad” won two awards.  One award each for USA’s “Political Animals,” Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” and FX’s “American Horror Story: Asylum” rounded out the cable network winners.

FX, USA, Comedy Central and AMC are available to virtually all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

USA Today has a complete list of winners.

TV Industry Remembers Those Lost in 2013

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will continue the tradition of honoring TV industry members who died in the past year with an “In Memoriam” segment. Co-stars and friends will pay special tribute by video to Jonathan Winters, James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton, Gary David Goldberg, and Cory Monteith.

YahooTV recently put together its own slideshow, TV Stars We’ve Lost in 2013.  The Emmy’s will air live, Sunday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m. CT on CBS.

Rotten Tomatoes Takes on TV

Film review site Rotten Tomatoes, which has been offering moviegoers one-stop collections of critic and audience opinions since 1998, this week began offering that same service to TV lovers. As with movies, site visitors can search a comprehensive database to see if a TV series has earned a “fresh” or “rotten” grade on the Tomatometer. The search will also produce a show description, cast information, and links to full reviews.

Aggies Game Puts Spotlight on Suddenlink Town

According to the Bryan-College Station Eagle, national media representatives are visiting the Suddenlink-served college town for tomorrow’s big match-up between No. 6 Texas A&M and No. 1 Alabama.  Pregame coverage will be featured on ESPN’s “College GameDay” at 8:00 a.m. The game will air live on CBS at 2:30 p.m. CT.

CBS and ESPN are available to Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

Can It Get Any Better Than HDTV?

With its widescreen, movie theater-like format, sharp images and superior sound quality, HDTV has taken home television viewing to an exciting level. The TV-making industry rarely rests for long, however.  USA Today takes a look at OLED and 4K (a.k.a., Ultra HD), two technologies that developers are hoping will soon find a way into your home theater.