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  • TV Picks: Mule deer, 'Mad Men,' 'The Address,' 'Ali,' 'Clarence'

    TV Picks: Mule deer, 'Mad Men,' 'The Address,' 'Ali,' 'Clarence'
    "Touching the Wild" (PBS, Wednesday). "That deer was willing to see me as an individual, and he very clearly saw that I granted him his individuality," says naturalist Joe Hutto of the meeting that led to years spent becoming one with the mule deer of Wyoming. "I was not seeing something, I was seeing someone." If any part of that sentence or this one -- "I don't mind going beyond science, and I try to walk a fine line between the science and the sentiment; this is about making contact with the wild" -- seems wrong to you, you will want to stay far from this lovely film, presented as an episode of "Nature," a companion to Hutto's book "Touching the Wild: Living With the Mule Deer of Deadman Gulch." Also the author of “Illumination in the Flatwoods,” which became the Emmy-winning "Nature" film "My Life as a Turkey," Hutto has a talent for blending in -- wild chipmunks eat from his hands, birds settle upon his shoulders, deer give him a lick. Seasons change, at special-effect speed; the mule deer go here and there, individuals in a group their personalities define. There are helicopter shots. The usual circle-of-life caveats apply -- I looked away or sped through at times -- with the added challenge of neighboring humans, whom Hutto attempts to see through a deer's eyes: "We must have always represented a conundrum of schizophrenic proportions: We're that strange creature who'll pull you as a helpless faun from the frozen water or cut you free from a tangled mass of barbed wire and then tomorrow kill your mother standing at your side and leave her gut piled in the sagebrush for you to ponder."
  • DirecTV plays hardball with Dodgers and other sports channels

    DirecTV plays hardball with Dodgers and other sports channels
    Satellite broadcaster DirecTV has been running a clever marketing campaign about the bad things that can happen to people who subscribe to cable. If a cable company — say Time Warner Cable — decided to parody those DirecTV commercials, it...

    A DirecTV-Dish merger would face high hurdles

    A DirecTV-Dish merger would face high hurdles
    Once again there is speculation that satellite broadcasters Dish and DirecTV are in merger talks, this time courtesy of a story in Bloomberg. These stories have been popping up about every six months. Typically, the stocks of both companies get a nice...

    Will DirecTV keep its Sunday Ticket football package or punt?

    Will DirecTV keep its Sunday Ticket football package or punt?
    For almost two decades, DirecTV's Sunday Ticket package of National Football League games has been a superstar performer for the satellite broadcaster. But like any team with an aging and expensive player, DirecTV now has to decide whether to keep...

    Beware of 'Smaug.' 'SNL' makes push to hire black women.

    Beware of 'Smaug.' 'SNL' makes push to hire black women.
    After the coffee. Before pretending to do important things today. The Skinny: Caught a classic episode of "The Sopranos" last night. I think everyone anointing "Breaking Bad" the greatest drama ever needs to revisit Season 1 "The Sopranos." Friday's...