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Like many people who love technology driven action shows, I was psyched when I watched the previews for CBS's new show Intelligence. Besides the really cool concept of a man with a computer chip in his brain, I was excited to see two of my favorite actresses Marg Helgenberger (CSI) and Megan Ory (Once Upon a Time) back in action. I tuned into the premiere and, like many premieres, it was less than perfect but promising nonetheless. I was willing to tune into the next episode.
Now that we're five episodes in, I'm starting to lose faith in that this show will see a second season at the rate it's going. Here are five things we'd like to see happen this season that just might save itself from cancellation. »
Intelligence Postmortem: Is Gabriel's wife really dead?
When Gabriel (Josh Holloway) and Riley (Meghan Ory) go in search for the kidnapped daughter of a senator in Mexico, a Mexican cartel demands he end the sale of a U.S. spy satellite in exchange for her safety. But things will become hazy for the team when...
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- Natalie Abrams
NBC’s “Chicago P.D.” continues to look pretty good, but otherwise it’s been a rough start for new series on the broadcast networks in 2014, with Fox’s “Rake” joining the list of lackluster performers with its premiere bow last week.
Fox also hasn’t been able to get many to sign up for Friday comedy “Enlisted” on that challenging night, and CBS’ “Intelligence” hasn’t looked all that bright on Monday. ABC, meanwhile, cancelled one show after just two airings, “The Assets,” and is holding on to another (“Killer Women”) that’s not faring much better.
The mostly disappointing perfs by the hourlongs to start the year come following a 2013 that produced more drama hits than usual, including NBC’s “The Blacklist,” CBS’ “Under the Dome,” Fox’s “The Following” and “Sleepy Hollow” and, though it hasn’t quite lived up to its pre-season hype, ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of Shield. »
- Rick Kissell
CBS comedies “How I Met Your Mother” and “2 Broke Girls” were the top draws among young adults on Monday, a night that saw a rising “Sleepy Hollow” finish its season with solid numbers. It remains slow going, meanwhile, for the Eye’s “Intelligence,” which dipped from last week and again placed well behind dramas on NBC and ABC.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Sleepy Hollow” averaged a 2.3 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 6.9 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m. — up a tick from last week for its best score since Nov. 18. In its regular 9 p.m. hour, “Sleepy” averaged a 2.4 demo rating. The first-year drama, which will return later this year, fared best among the top 10 markets in Washington, D.C. (3.6/9 in 18-49) and New York (3.1/8).
Beginning next week, “The Following” takes over the 9 p.m. hour for Fox.
Elsewhere, ABC’s “The Bachelor” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 7.8 million »
- Rick Kissell
The new CBS dramatic thriller Intelligence tells the story of Gabriel (Josh Holloway), a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain. As the first human ever to be connected directly into the global information grid, he can hack into any data center and access key intel. With an elite team, headed by Director Lillian Strand (Marg Helgenberger), Gabriel and his partner, Secret Service agent Riley Neal (Meghan Ory), fight to protect the United States from its enemies. To promote the show, executive producers Michael Seitzman, Barry Schindel and Tripp Vinson spoke to a small group of six online writers on the L.A. based set about the dangers of having a microchip like this inside of a human being, what Gabriel’s abilities and limitations are, whether the chip can be used to make him physically stronger, how they’re setting up the series for the long-term, »
- Christina Radish
It's the number one new show on TV! Or it was for, like, five whole days. CBS' Intelligence, starring Lost star Josh Holloway and CSI star Marg Helgenberger, dipped significantly in the ratings on Monday (a whopping 63 percent), up against The Blacklist and Castle, but CBS boss Nina Tassler insisted it's too soon to tell what will happen with the series. "Creatively the show is great," Tassler told us at the TCA Press Tour Wednesday inPasadena. "Certainly that time period is a tougher time period now. We want to see what the lift is in the ratings. We're just waiting a moment to see how many people actually watch. Then we'll decide where we »
Should Intelligence be worried? The rookie spy drama, starring Josh Holloway and Marg Helgenberger, premiered to a big 16.5 million viewers and a 2.4 rating on Jan. 7 following NCIS. But days later, when Intelligence launched in its regular Monday time slot Jan. 13, the series nabbed just 6.2 million viewers and sank 50 percent to a 1.2 rating. Executive producer Michael Seitzman was candid about the steep ratings drop-off Wednesday morning during CBS' Television Critics Association. "That sucked -- there's no other way to put it," Seitzman admitted, though he did cite happiness with
- Philiana Ng
Hostages was a big ratings disappointment for CBS. They're hoping that their new Intelligence series will perform much better. Will it be cancelled or become a hit? Stay tuned!
On Intelligence, Gabriel Vaughn (Josh Holloway) is a high-tech intelligence operative who's been enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain. It allows him to be connected directly into the global information grid. Other castmembers include Marg Helgenberger, Meghan Ory, Michael Rady, John Billingsley, P. J. Byrne, Tomas Arana, Lance Reddick, and Peter Coyote.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest.
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Can we get Hawaii Five-0 back on Monday? CBS tried a serialized drama, Hostages, and a procedural, Intelligence, in the Monday 10 Pm slot this season but can’t seem to get any traction in the hour it once owned with CSI: Miami and did respectable business with Hawaii Five-0. Last night, Intelligence picked up where Hostages left off, premiering in the time period to an underwhelming 1.1 in adults 18-49. That was down an alarming 54% from the preview the series got behind stalwart NCIS last Tuesday and on par with the low rated finale of Hostages last Monday (1.1 at 9 Pm and 1.0 at 10 Pm). The very soft performance of Intelligence, which stars Lost’s Josh Holloway and CSI‘s Marg Helgenberger, was even more puzzling because it followed a solid performance by CBS’ Monday comedy block and aired against a weakened Blacklist on NBC without a Voice lead-in. Speaking of CBS’ comedies, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The new CBS dramatic thriller Intelligence tells the story of Gabriel (Josh Holloway), a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain. As the first human ever to be connected directly into the global information grid, he can hack into any data center and access key intel. With an elite team, headed by Director Lillian Strand (Marg Helgenberger), Gabriel and his partner, Secret Service agent Riley Neal (Meghan Ory), fight to protect the United States from its enemies. To promote the show, actress Meghan Ory spoke to Collider on the L.A. based set for this exclusive interview about how she went from Once Upon a Time (she played Ruby/Red Riding Hood) to Intelligence, her secret desire to be a bad-ass, why Riley is such a great character, how this science is not too far in the future, how she thinks she’d do with a microchip in her own brain, »
- Christina Radish
With the holidays in the rearview mirror and pilot season revving into high gear, the time has come for the major networks to unveil the programming they didn’t deem good enough for a much-hyped fall premiere. Midseason shows can be great (“Moonlighting”!) or they can fail miserably (any spring at NBC), so program your DVRs with care. But good or not, there will always be an actor or two worth seeking out. CBS, the Goliath of the Big Four, has only one midseason series scheduled: “Intelligence,” starring Josh Holloway as a spy with a computer chip embedded in his brain and Marg Helgenberger looking out for him. Since it’s CBS, expect a lot of procedural and not too much questioning of what that means, ethically. (And put a pin in the net’s upcoming adaptation of the Cameron Diaz movie “Bad Teacher,” starring Ari Graynor and not yet on the schedule. »
CBS has a reputation for being very selective with new shows. As opposed to, for example, ABC, which has a reputation for something more like a shotgun approach in contrast to CBS‘s sniper rifle. That makes Intelligence even more curious, because it has such an ABC feel to it, and kicks off so poorly.
Along with CBS‘s penchant toward less new shows in any given year, hopefully of the highest quality, they also have a history of choosing shows that know how to deliver a pilot. Establishment is the trickiest effort of any show, but even the worst CBS offerings of the last decade or so have managed good hooks. That’s almost true here, but only if you’re talking about the show’s first five minutes… which are pretty good.
The most basic description of the show’s plot provides an interesting theory. Josh Holloway, playing Gabriel Vaughn, »
- Marc Eastman
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2013
Tuesday night TV was back this week with a nearly full slate of new shows, including a couple series premieres.
"Intelligence" debuted to 16.6 million viewers, which is up a million viewers from the last new "NCIS: Los Angeles" episode. However, starting Jan. 13, the new Marg Helgenberger drama moves to its regular time, Monday nights at 10 p.m. Et/Pt, where its lead-in will be the CBS' comedy block instead of "NCIS," so it remains to be seen how "Intelligence" fares without the lead-in from the biggest show on TV.
In other premieres, "Killer Women" debuted to 3.9 million viewers, which is not good. It's up slightly from the new "What Would You Do" episodes before the holidays and also the last new "Lucky 7" episode. But it's not an auspicious start for the new Texas Rangers crime show.
A new "NCIS" propelled CBS to a ratings with, »
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: January 7, 2014 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
In this dramatic thriller, Gabriel Vaughn (Josh Holloway) is a high-tech intelligence operative who's been enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain. He's the first human ever to be connected directly into the global information grid and have complete access to Internet, WiFi, telephone, and satellite data. He can hack into any data center and access key intelligence in the fight to protect the United States from its enemies.
Leading the elite government cyber-security agency that was created to support him is Director Lillian Strand (Marg Helgenberger). »
There are some new shows where you don't expect much, and then get a pleasant surprise (like Almost Human), and others you expect a lot from, and are disappointed by (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). Then there are shows you don't expect to be great, but have enough promising elements that you figure, how bad could it be? This is where Intelligence seemed to fall for most. Like many, the big draw was Josh Holloway (Lost), as well as a subversion of the intelligent computer formula with that of a computerized human. While expectations might not have been really high for the series, the reality fell short of the mark. But it's only a pilot … hit the jump for more. Pilots are tricky -- you have to hook your audience, explain who everyone is, and essentially set up the reason for your entire series while also providing a workable weekly plot. »
- Allison Keene
There’s a scene in the premiere of Intelligence that tells you everything you need to know about the show. The evil Chinese guy is trying to intimidate the lovable scientist guy. “Have you ever seen a Chinese M99 Sniper Rifle?” says the villain — played by Will Yun Lee, who CBS clearly has on-call after his similar turn on Hawaii Five-o. “This is the finest weapon in the world. Pinpoint accuracy.”
You’re ready for a speech, something about how the Sniper Rifle is a metaphor for how the villain’s operation is a perfectly-run system guaranteed to stop whatever »
- Darren Franich
In CBS’ new action drama Intelligence, which bowed Tuesday night (9/8c), Lost alum Josh Holloway plays the world’s most attractive tablet device. But did the tech-inspired series send a strong signal to you?
Before you vote in the poll below, a brief recap. Holloway plays Gabriel, a hard-core former military man who’s logged five tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and is now a high level intelligence operative.
The U.S. government has seen fit to plant a chip in his brain, essentially turning him into a human supercomputer that is always connected to the “information grid.” Basically, if you’ve ever tweeted, »
- Kimberly Roots
Yesterday, I posted my review of CBS' "Intelligence." Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did it play as "Chuck" without the sense of humor and nerd references, or as something cooler? Do you feel like the show did a good job of showing how much better Josh Holloway is than a guy with a smartphone or Google Glass? Does "cyber-rendering" seem interesting, or just like a higher-tech version of the scenes where Will Graham or the CSIs visualize what happened at a crime scene? How did you feel about Meghan Ory? Marg Helgenberger as the slightly disapproving boss? Sawyer with a haircut? And even »
- Alan Sepinwall
"Intelligence," premiering Tuesday, Jan. 7, on CBS, looks at the new gray area where man meets machine.
In the set for a high-tech government facility built on the Disney lot in Burbank, Calif., evidence is examined in hopes of catching someone targeting scientists. Leading the analysis is former Special Forces operative Gabriel Vaughn (Josh Holloway), who has a supercomputer microchip in his brain.
Eyeing him is one of the potential targets, a tech executive named Bryce, who has a big interest in the intersection of the organic and the electronic.
He wonders just how human Gabriel still is, and Gabriel assures him he's very human. Bryce is skeptical, and when Gabriel asks the exec what he thinks he is, Bryce replies, "The future."
Taking a break in another corner of the set, Holloway -- in his first TV series since playing Sawyer on "Lost" -- tells Zap2it, "When I read this material, »
CBS’s “Intelligence” is going for smart & sexy but too often ends up silly. “Lost” star Josh Holloway casts a charismatic shadow but his character is a cipher in the premiere, a walking computer chip that lacks the personality for a show like this to work.
However, it’s not hard to see “Intelligence” developing a loyal following a la another “Lost” alum show, “Person of Interest,” which also features a relatively blank lead. Sometimes the concept is enough and “Intelligence” may be just barely smart enough to be a hit.
Television Rating: 3.0/5.0
Holloway plays Gabriel, a legendary intelligence operative who gets a super-computer microchip implanted in his brain. Before you go, “Hey, isn’t that the plot of Chuck,” you should know that this is no database. Gabriel is a walking, Active computer, which means he can see when plane manifests are updated and, theoretically, search the internet for any piece of information needed. »
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