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NBC has had success launching new shows after The Voice. Unfortunately, the ratings have often tanked once the show didn't have that strong lead-in (Revolution, for example). Will Believe be a hit or will it be cancelled after one season? Stay tuned to find out.
Believe revolves around a young girl who has special abilities and the adults who are trying to protect her. The cast includes Johnny Sequoyah, Jake McLaughlin, Delroy Lindo, Kyle MacLachlan, Jamie Chung, and Arian Moayed.
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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April 8th marked the 24th anniversary of Twin Peaks’ premiere. But as any good fan knows, this means it’s also been 25 years since Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) first visited the Black Lodge on March 26, 1989, when Sheryl Lee’s Laura Palmer whispered in his ear: “I’ll see you again in 25 years.” For fans, it’s been a whirlwind of cherry pies and snapping fingers, but the anniversary is also a reminder of just how far David Lynch and Mark Frost’s influential show stretched. This wasn’t a little cult affair seen and quoted by few. Glimpses of the show can be seen far and wide in homages, parodies, and vague references from stage to screen, from adult comedy to children’s programming. By this point, just about everyone has seen at least a little Twin Peaks through one of media’s many references, and here are some of the best. Psych »
- Monika Bartyzel
Directed by Darren Aronofsky.
A man is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission of rescue before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world.
Boy do I love me some crazy. I’m such a fan of enormous, garish spectacles. Movies like David Lynch’s Dune that are just so wildly over the top that you wonder how they ever came to be. In the final scenes when Kyle MacLachlan if riding a giant worm into battle to a smooth rock soundtrack provided by Toto, you just marvel at all the insanity you watch unfolding in front of you. Or any of the big budget works from the warped mind of Terry Gilliam. I could watch The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen or Time Bandits a thousand times. We are given »
- Gary Collinson
NBC has had mixed luck with their ratings this season. They've had some successes and some failures. How does the Believe TV series measure up? Will it be cancelled or renewed for season two?
Believe revolves around a young girl with special abilities and the adults who are trying to protect her from evl forces. The cast includes Johnny Sequoyah, Jake McLaughlin, Delroy Lindo, Kyle MacLachlan, Jamie Chung, and Arian Moayed.
The show got off to a positive start on Monday, March 10th -- likely thanks to having The Voice as a lead-in. The premiere drew a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 10.56 million total viewers. It was a distant second in its timeslot, behind ABC's The Bachelor: After the Final Rose.
The second episode, which aired in Believe's regular Sunday night timeslot, saw the ratings drop 45% in the »
Directed by: Drake Doremus Written by: Drake Doremus and Ben York Jones Main Cast: Felicity Jones, Guy Pearce, Mackenzie Davis, Amy Ryan, Matthew Daddario, Ben Shenkman, Kyle MacLachlan, and others Past Oscar relations: Amy Ryan was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Gone Baby Gone Here now is the next article in this new series on 2014 contenders hoping to compete for Oscar attention. Next up is Drake Doremus’ Breathe In, which hopes to build on his previous indie contender Like Crazy. That film ultimately fell short, so armed with some goodwill from that movie, can this one do better? Doremus once again has Felicity Jones in a main role, this time with Guy Pearce, Amy Ryan, and newcomer Mackenzie Davis among her costars. It’s a romantic drama with strains of the dysfunctional family genre thrown in, but it’s the way that this admittedly well worn story is told that sets it apart, »
- Joey Magidson
Believe, Season 1, Episode 3: “Origin”
Written by Jonas Pate
Directed by Stephen Williams
Airs Sundays at 9pm (Et) on NBC
While the close personal bond between Winter and Bo has been clear over the first two episodes of Believe, not much has been known about what created this bond, and why Winter feels so protective of the child. Similarly, while Skouras is aware of Bo, and has a facility housing others like her, how he began his operation has been shrouded in mystery. This week’s episode takes on both questions, revealing new details in an entertaining episode that reveals facts which are likely to have noticeable ramifications down the line.
Nina Adams’ fatalistic view of her own survival is an intriguing aspect of this episode. Her interactions with Skouras and Winter make it clear that she considered her capabilities more of a burden than a gift, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Want to make sure you don't miss anything great on the telly in the next seven days? Never fear, because Tube Talk has done all the hard work for you and smushed all of this week's must-see TV into one snappy rundown. Check out what you should be checking out below...
Rev: Monday (March 24) at 10pm on BBC Two
The kind-hearted sitcom returns for a third series with Tom Hollander's Reverend Adam Smallbone and his wife Alex (Olivia Colman) becoming parents (yay!) just as St Saviour's Church comes under threat in a parish shake-up (boo!)
Watch a clip from the new series of Rev below:
Believe: Thursday (March 27) at 9pm on Watch
Believe has been dreamt up »
Through the first two episodes of "Believe," viewers have seen some of Bo's (Johnny Sequoyah) powers and been told that she may have even greater untapped abilities. What hasn't been explored, though, is the source of her abilities.
That will change with Sunday's (March 23) episode, "Origin." Flashbacks will feature Bo's mother, Nina (guest star Ella Rae Peck), and Zap2it has a few exclusive photos that help explain Bo's present-day story.
Nina was an original recruit of the group known as Orchestra, and as you can see, she got to know both Winter (Delroy Lindo) and Skouras (Kyle MacLachlan) in her time there. She has some of the same gifts as Bo and becomes pregnant during her time with Orchestra, which helps explain how Bo is on Winter's and Skouras' radar in the present.
When Nina's powers are used for military purposes and things go awry, though, she extracts a »
Did you catch the premiere of Believe on Monday night? If not, you’ll get a second chance tomorrow (Saturday) at 10/9c. After that, Believe fits into its regular slot of Sundays at 9/8c. So, which direction will Believe take? Warm-hearted family show, cool mythology show, or a good healthy mix?
My favorite thing about Believe so far is the powers/mythology aspect, and according to the clip below, we’ll definitely be getting an expanded look at that in the second episode. Then take a look at the trailer for what’s ahead this season:
Clip: Believe – 102: Winter’s Motives
Believe, starring Johnny Sequoyah, Jake McLaughlin, Delroy Lindo, Jamie Chung, Kerry Condon, and Kyle MacLachlan, rebroadcasts its series premiere on Saturday, March 15 at 10/9c before taking its regular slot on Sunday, March 16 at 9/8c on NBC. »
- Erin Willard
The wonderful doc "Jodorowksy's Dune" arrives in theaters March 21. Here's a one-minute clip from the film to whet your appetite. Whether or not you're familiar with the "Dune" mythology, its production history, or the hypnotically bad trainwreck of a film taken away from David Lynch by the studios, there's plenty to enjoy in this tale of Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowksy's labor of love that wasn't to be. Watch below. In the film, we come to understand that Jodorowsky's version of "Dune" must have been the most intensely planned film never made. Not only does Jodorowsky have a tome of storyboards he created -- as well as mountains of set and costume designs made by a legion of legends in the field -- he also had his pre-adolescent son train for years to take the lead role (eventually played by Kyle MacLachlan), his producer Michel Seydoux (grandfather of Lea) concoct an »
- Beth Hanna
After a solid premiere, Believe, NBC’s thriller from Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams, settles into its regular Sundays at 9 p.m. time slot March 16 with a second episode that promises to reveal more about Kyle MacLachlan’s well-dressed Skouras, who’s battling his former partner Winter (Delroy Lindo) for control of 10-year-old Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) and her powers.
“Much more time is spent explaining who he is, where he’s from, and why he’s interested in Bo,” says MacLachlan, who took his cues for creating the character from something Cuarón did when he was directing the pilot. »
- Mandi Bierly
There is story, somewhere, in NBC’s Believe, as it’s technically one of the requirements for being included in a storytelling medium. What that said tale is, however, still remains to be seen – but if you were to turn to the episode’s description, you’ll know more than those who simply watched the 60-minute series premiere.
Believe follows a girl named Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) who was born with special powers she’s net yet able to control. When her original protection is murdered by an associate of Skouras (Kyle MacLachlan), her other protector, Winter (Delroy Lindo) – who used to be partners with Skouras – seeks the help ...
- Anthony Ocasio
The time to take old characters out for one last spin around the block was not last night, when all anybody wanted to know was: Does the Mother die?! This is especially true if those characters include Lily’s dad (Chris Elliott), BoatsBoatsBoats (Laura Bell Bundy), and the Captain (Kyle MacLachlan), all of whom served their purpose on this show a long time ago and didn’t need to be seen again.The mystery of where Lily went during her fight with Marshall was a good one, although after last week’s stake-raising episode, I’m not sure we cared quite as much. I doubt I’m the only one who went in expecting the titular Daisy to be the name of Marshall and Lily’s second child, which ruined a lot of the suspense, without which the episode was kinda boring. A pregnancy didn’t exactly square with Linus »
- Phoebe Reilly
J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón are two of the most exciting and respected filmmakers working today, and their names are often seen as an undeniable sign of quality. Abrams is known for being behind some of the most unique and mythology-heavy television shows of the last decade (Alias, Lost, and Fringe, to name a few), while Cuarón is recognized for his incredible filmography and that nice golden Best Director Oscar that now sits on his shelf for Gravity. So, when it was announced that the duo would be teaming up to produce a show on NBC called Believe, fans of the filmmakers were, as expected, incredibly excited.
Granted, Abrams’ name is often attached to projects that the man himself has little to do with. Often, his production company Bad Robot does most of the legwork, while his name is merely used to sell audiences on the prospect of high-concept television shows. »
- James Garcia
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: March 10, 2014 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
Bo (Johnny Sequoyah), a young girl, has had gifts she could neither fully understand nor control -- like levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature, and to see the future. Now that she's 10 years old, her powers have become stronger and the threat from malevolent forces -- those that would use her abilities to control the world -- has grown more dangerous.
With her life and future in jeopardy, Bo's protector, Milton Winter (Delroy Lindo), turns to an unlikely source to keep her safe -- Tate (Jake McLaughlin), a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate who's »
How I Met Your Mother Recap
Robin hadn’t expected her flying-phobic mother (Tracy Ullman) to make it to the wedding, but here she is. Her mother downplays the anxiety of the flight, but clips show her screaming, “We’re all gonna die” in the cabin. By the end of the flight, she’d clawed the man next to her, deployed the oxygen masks and found herself wrapped up in duct tape.
Sitting with Ted (Josh Radnor), Barney and Billy Zabka, Marshall (Jason Segel) admits that he’s feeling guilty about becoming a judge, wondering why Lily (Alyson Hannigan) changed her mind so quickly the other night. Zapka then offers some information: He saw Lily leave a minimart and head into a »
Believe, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”
Written by Alfonso Cuarón and Marc Friedman
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
Aired Monday at 10Pm (Et) before moving to Sundays at 9pm (Et) on NBC
As a producer, J.J. Abrams has been behind some of the more well-regarded series of the past decade, including Lost, Fringe, and Person of Interest. His involvement in a series alone brings a level of interest with it. The move of Alfonso Cuarón to American television, meanwhile, brings with it its own level of excitement. Fresh off an Oscar win for Best Director, Cuarón is well-respected in critical circles, and it will certainly be exciting to see what he does with television, as he returns to the medium for the first time since 1990. Believe, however, has the benefit of having both these individuals onboard, which gives the show a lot of potential. Aided by Cuarón, the »
- Deepayan Sengupta
After the very bad thing implied on "How I Met Your Mother" last week, Monday's (March 10) episode, "Daisy," returned to a full focus on the wedding and our core gang. The only mother present was Robin's.
In accordance with the stipulations laid out after "Rally" two weeks ago, we meet "Daisy" on its own terms.
- Marshall and Lily are going to be parents again, and they're going to Italy, and their story here is kind of awesome and tear-jerking. Marshall's troubled (belatedly so, maybe, but at least he got there) by Lily's late-night sojourn and her seemingly abrupt reversal on the New York-vs.-Italy question.
Thanks to Billy Zabka, he learns she was headed to the Captain's house in the Hamptons, where she asks to use the powder room, hangs out for a little bit and leaves. Ted susses out that whatever secret she was keeping is in the »
One theme that runs through much of J.J. Abrams' work as a writer and producer is family, from the ad hoc families of the college students on "Felicity" and the castaways of "Lost" to the father-daughter drama of "Alias," the husband-wife drama of "Undercovers" and the father-son drama of "Fringe."
Whatever situation the characters land in - and some of these shows have very fantastical premises -- the core of the story is people struggling with, or forming, close family bonds.
Expect more of the same when Abrams' latest project, "Believe," premieres Monday, March 10, on NBC. Created by Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity") and Mark Friedman for Abrams' Bad Robot Productions -- with Jonas Pate and Hans Tobeason as the current showrunners -- it centers on 10-year-old Bo (Johnny Sequoyah), a precocious girl who was also born with a range of unusual powers, including levitation, telekinesis and precognition.
But she's not »
There was a period after the instant, explosive success of "Lost" where J.J. Abrams seemed to be creating every new drama on television. I say "seemed to" because in most of those cases, these shows — "Six Degrees," "What About Brian" and "Alcatraz," among others — were shows from Abrams' production company that traded on his name in their marketing, but didn't have him around as any kind of hands-on creative force. Every now and again he might actually co-write or direct one of the pilots with his name on it (for the short-lived "Undercovers," he did both), but Abrams often seems to be most useful simply using his muscle to get shows on the air, and then as a hook to use in marketing. Some of these shows last a while — "Fringe" went five seasons, and "Person of Interest" and "Revolution" are still around — while others have demonstrated the limits of »
- Alan Sepinwall
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