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TV Ratings: 'Last Man on Earth' premiere, 'Madam Secretary' return pace Sunday

34 minutes ago

Fast National ratings for Sunday, March 1, 2015. Fox got a strong premiere for the new comedy "Last Man on Earth," which delivered Sunday's top numbers among young viewers and helped the network win primetime in that measure. CBS, meanwhile, easily won Sunday overall thanks to the return of "Madam Secretary," despite a weak premiere for "Battle Creek. Falling somewhere in-between the premieres for "The Last Man on Earth" and "Battle Creek" was an Ok launch for ABC's "Secrets & Lies." Both "Last Man on Earth" and "Secrets & Lies" had double-episode premieres and both shows had encouraging splits, retaining their full key demo numbers for their second episodes. On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, Fox averaged a 1.8 rating for Sunday night, tops in the key demographic. ABC was second with a 1.6 key demo rating. CBS' 1.2 key demo rating and the 1.0 key demo rating for NBC followed on Sunday. Overall, though, CBS averaged »


- Daniel Fienberg

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'Last Man on Earth' co-star Kristen Schaal comes out as the last woman on Earth

3 hours ago

For the longest time, the biggest question about Fox's "The Last Man on Earth" was how literally we should take the title. Would Will Forte's title character be the last human on earth after a virus wiped out everyone else, or simply the last male of the species? Last night's hour-long premiere gave us our answer in the form of Kristen Schaal as Carol, a fellow survivor who responded to post-apocalyptic life very differently from Forte's Phil. Fox tried to keep Schaal's presence on the show, and the nature of her role, largely under wraps, which meant Schaal had to lie to many of her friends about what she's been working on for the last year. (Also, for what it's worth, I agree with Fienberg about how good "Last Man" is.) Schaal and I spoke on Friday, as she prepared to finally come out of the closet as the apparent last woman on earth. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Series premiere talkback: 'Secrets and Lies'

13 hours ago

Neither Dan nor I wound up writing a review of ABC's "Secrets and Lies." We did discuss it on this week's second podcast, though, and weren't impressed either by Juliette Lewis' unintentionally comical performance as the cop, or by the gimmick of telling the show from Ryan Phillippe's point of view, even though we won't find out whether he's actually the killer until the end of the series. (Maybe it played better in the Australian original, but here it feels like the kind of surprise-over-substance choice that plagues too many serialized mystery/suspense shows.) For those of you who watched tonight's two-hour premiere, what did you think? Are you intrigued by the mystery? Are you imagining Kate McKinnon's Juliette Lewis impression? And will you watch again? Have at it. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Series premiere talkback: 'Battle Creek'

13 hours ago

I published my review of CBS' "Battle Creek" on Friday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did the pilot — whose script went largely unchanged from the version Vince Gilligan wrote a dozen years ago — feel like the work of the man who created "Breaking Bad," and/or who wrote some of the best "X-Files" episodes ever? Did you enjoy the rivalry between Dean Winters and Josh Duhamel? Did you want more from all the second and third banana Battle Creek cops? And will you watch again? Have at it. For what it's worth, the voice of the show doesn't change radically in the other episodes, even though David Shore is running things while Gilligan is otherwise occupied with "Better Call Saul," and there's also the sort of improvement you like to see in a new show as the creative team »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Remember': Carry on, Constable

14 hours ago

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I get involved in the Junior League... Well, that was both promising and somewhat unexpected. Last week, in the middle of praising "The Distance," I also expressed reservations about the group's impending arrival in Alexandria, since the nature of "The Walking Dead" means that no paradise can stay that way for very long. "Remember," the first full episode set inside those big metal walls, seems to confirm much of what Aaron promised about the place, but it also suggests that if the situation goes pear-shaped, it'll be Rick's fault. As Alexandria's leader, former congresswoman Deanna, character actress Tovah Feldshuh gives the place quick credibility, even if Rick and Daryl and Carol(*) all remain paranoid about their new hosts. Watching the group (or, at least, the half that got lines of dialogue this week)  try to adjust to »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Series premiere talkback: 'The Last Man on Earth'

14 hours ago

Fienberg reviewed Fox's "Last Man On Earth," which I also liked a lot for many of the reasons Dan stated, and particularly the level of visual imagination on display from both Will Forte's script and Miller and Lord's direction and the way so much of it feels like a silent movie. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Does the premise — particularly given the introduction of Kristen Schaal in the second half hour —a feel sustainable? Did you laugh, or did you spend the whole time wondering where all the corpses, stalled cars and other traditional post-apocalyptic signifiers were? And will you watch again? Have at it, and come back here tomorrow for an interview with Schaal, whose involvement with the show has (mostly) been kept under wraps until now. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Review: 'Girls' - 'Ask Me My Name': I'm a substitute for another guy

14 hours ago

A quick review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as my shirt suggests I've killed my kids... I'd like to spend more time on "Ask Me My Name," if only because it's such a weird episode and our biggest exposure to Mimi-Rose yet, but various areas of the Sepinwall house have been turned into flu quarantine areas, so I have to be brief. If "Girls" were a more conventional sitcom, I might look on an episode like "Ask Me My Name" as a backdoor pilot for a spin-off that would star Gillian Jacobs as the mercurial Mimi-Rose and Zachary Quinto(*) as her once and future lover Ace. As it was, the episode felt like Hannah, Adam and Jessa had temporarily wandered into someone else's show, with its own tone and sense of reality, and while that was disorienting at times, it also did a good job of suggesting »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Boyle-Linetti Wedding'

15 hours ago

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as toilet emoji... "Boyle-Linetti Wedding" comes a few days after the end of that other Mike Schur show, which had an uncanny knack for doing wedding episodes that were both hilarious and incredibly sweet at the same time. Though "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" has certain tonal elements in common with "Parks and Rec," it's always been a lighter and goofier show. That difference is nicely illustrated by this episode, which has a few nice emotional moments — Holt looking to Kevin as he gives his speech about the meaning of marriage, or Peralta and Santiago smiling at each other in the closing moments — but was primarily an amusing farce about various things going wrong in the lead-up to Charles and Gina's parents getting hitched. We're clearly heading back into a Jake/Amy flirtation zone, which I'm okay with because the show »


- Alan Sepinwall

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