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FX’s ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Finishes No. 2 At 10 Pm
A lot has been written about the decline of broadcast’s 10 Pm hour at the hands of cable drama that is starting to catch up with its network competitors in the ratings. The trend was in full force last night when FX’s Sons Of Anarchy beat two broadcast dramas to finish second in the 10 Pm time period in adults 18-49 and 18-34. In adults 18-49, Soa averaged a 2.1 rating (2.63 million viewers), down a modest 8% from last week when it faced weaker competition. It finished No.2 in the demo in all of television only behind the series premiere of CBS’ Vegas (2.5/3.15 million) and ahead of the season premiere of Private Practice (1.9/2.37 million) and an original Parenthood (1.8/2.28 million). It also out-delivered the combo of the fourth season premiere of Comedy Central’s Tosh.0 (1.3), which finished second among all cable shows last night behind Soa, and the series premiere of Brickleberry (1.0). »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
NBC Mines Olympics Data With Eye On Future Gold
NBC is learning much more about who watched its coverage of the London Olympics — and as importantly how they watched them. It’s information the network hopes will help it turn a profit on future Olympic Games since NBC has all U.S. TV rights through 2020 via a successful $4.38 billion bid in June. A record 217 million U.S. viewers watched the Summer Games last month, and results from a dozen studies of the viewing habits of 50,000 participants have been revealed to the New York Times ahead of presentations to advertisers next week. The most interesting tidbit out of the Nyt piece: The network said the practice of live-streaming all events for the first time didn’t cannibalize primetime viewership. In a study with comScore, people who tuned in using four devices — a TV, tablet, personal computer and smartphone — spent more time each day watching the Olympics (5 hours and 34 minutes) than »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
'Animal Practice': About the time a snake almost killed Bobby Lee...
"Did everyone hear about the Bobby Lee snake incident? There's a scene in the pilot where he's got a snake wrapped around his face," Justin Kirk tells Zap2it on a recent visit to the set of the NBC sitcom. "It emitted an 'I don't want to be here' juice on his face."
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When Lee tells the story, he tries to brush it off like the boa constrictor incident wasn't a big deal. Tyler Labine puts it a little more dramatically. "It was trying to kill you. I want to milk the drama of this," he says.
Lee gives in. "This boa constrictor is around my neck. It's squeezing as hard as it can, »
Tuesday final ratings: 'The Voice' overtakes 'NCIS' and the curious case of 'Vegas'
"The Voice" will go down in the books as the No. 1 show on TV Tuesday (Sept. 25) in adults 18-49 -- but that doesn't blunt what was a very good night for CBS.
The 10th-season premiere of "NCIS" carried CBS to an across-the-board win on the night, drawing close to 20.5 million viewers (up 500,000 from last season's debut) and a 4.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic (down from 4.3 a year ago but still very strong).
The 18-49 rating for "NCIS" adjusted down from 4.2 in the fast nationals, and with "The Voice" going up from 4.0 to 4.2 in Nielsen's final same-day ratings, the NBC show gets to claim the No. 1 spot in the demo.
"NCIS: Los Angeles" also opened strong for CBS with 16.7 million viewers and a 3.4 with the 18-49 crowd -- numbers nearly identical to its premiere last season.
The Eye's new drama "Vegas" is something of a curious case. On the one hand, »
How Elementary Won't Go There with Sherlock and Watson
Millions of Sherlock Holmes fans can rest easy; CBS' Holmes adaptation Elementary will pretty much never suffer from the Moonlighting curse (and here's hoping that is the last time we'll ever mention those two ideas in the same sentence).
After CBS announced that its modern-day adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famed detective series would feature a female Watson, fans feared that sexual tension may develop within one of the most iconic partnerships in history. But they didn't need to worry. Executive producer Rob Doherty promises there will be no romance between the dynamic duo in this iteration, which stars Jonny Lee Miller as the recovering addict and consultant for the NYPD, while his distaff Watson (Lucy Liu) is a former surgeon who becomes Sherlock's "sober companion."
"It was certainly never about creating...
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- Natalie Abrams
Exclusive Parks and Rec First Look: Ben Bros Out With His Hip New D.C. Co-Workers
This may come as a surprise, but the guy who dreams of someday opening up the Low-Cal Calzone Zone is not really all that cool.
‘Tis true: Parks and Recreation‘s beloved Ben Wyatt may be a successful campaign manager, but at heart he’s actually just a big ol’ nerd. And never has that been more apparent than in the following exclusive first look at the NBC comedy (airing Thursday at 9:30/8:30c).
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Press Play below to watch Ben tell his D.C. team to “do it to it, muh dudes, »
- Megan Masters
Watch Fall TV, win a home theater makeover
Don't miss out on a big opportunity to watch the Fall season's shows and win valuable prizes at the same time.
There's only five days left in Zap2it's Fall TV Rewards Challenge sweepstakes where readers have a chance to win a variety of prizes including a $2,500 home theater makeover. Who couldn't use that?
Entering the sweepstakes is easy. Just connect to Zap2it via your favorite social network (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc) then check in to all the Fall TV shows you'll be watching. Your check-ins will earn you Watcher Badges and entry into the sweepstakes. The more you check in, the bigger the prizes you can win.
Remember, you must be signed in when checking in to earn badges and sweepstake entries.
The sweepstakes closes at 11:59 pm Pt on September 30. For additional details and official rules, please click here. Good luck! »
The Good Wife Swears In West Wing’s Stockard Channing as Alicia's Mom
Who's ready for a grandma showdown at the Florrick house?
Channing, 68, will appear in at least one episode later this year as the good wife's "mercurial" parent who is influenced by...
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- Kate Stanhope
‘Boss’ Rebounds, ‘Haven’ Up In Return
Starz’s drama Boss, which recently received an endorsement from Oprah Winfrey, drew a total of 1.2 million viewers last weekend. That was up 20% from the previous weekend and a bit over the show’s second-season premiere. Airing against Boss in the Friday 10 Pm slot, the Season 3 premiere of Syfy‘s Haven averaged 2 million total viewers, up 6% from the July 2011 Season 2 premiere, and 899,000 adults 25-54, up 13% and the series’ best delivery in that demo in two years. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' producer: Why 'booyakasha' is the new 'cowabunga'
Old-school fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise may have noticed something interesting in the run-up to Nickelodeon’s upcoming animating reboot: the lack of cowabungas.
The Turtles’ standby catch phrase — first introduced in the ’50s by The Howdy Doody Show and later popularized by Tmnt’s Michelangelo – has so far been conspicuously absent from the new series. Meanwhile, another four-syllable exclamation has appeared in its stead: booyakasha, word strongly associated with Sacha Baron-Cohen’s Ali G character.
What, we wondered, is up with that? Ciro Neilli, executive producer of Nickelodeon’s Tmnt update, had some answers for us. »
- Ray Rahman
Grey's Anatomy Scoops: Crisis For 'Calzona,' Mer/Cristina Ep Intel, Owen's New Foil and More!
To improve your vitals as you prep for Thursday’s ninth season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy (9/8c, ABC), I dropped by the set and snagged you not one, not two, not three but four — count ’em, four — exclusive storyline scoops.
So, after you scroll through the spoiler gallery below to learn what I got out of Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Sara Ramirez and Kevin McKidd, be sure to hit the comments to share your thoughts/predictions about the drama that’s about to unfold.
- Michael Ausiello
Tina Fey on which '30 Rock' guest-stars she wants back and more -- Video
Time to high-five a million angels! Or even more because Tina Fey is coming your way.
EW’s current cover star talked about everything from Bossypants to Mean Girls in her wide-ranging EW Interview. Now, she answers even more questions in a video Q&A. Find out how she’s feeling about 30 Rock’s end, what celebrity guest stars she hopes make one final appearance (fingers crossed for “settling soul mate” Wesley Snipes!), and what she really thinks is the right age to get a tattoo.
Check it all out below:
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- Erin Strecker
The Good Wife Taps Stockard Channing to Play Alicia's Former Hippie Mom!
We’re about to find out that The Good Wife’s Alicia Florrick didn’t fall far from the strong, outspoken tree.
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Alicia’s mom, a child of the 1960s whose upbringing shaped her values, will provide another dimension of the lead lawyer’s backstory in the upcoming Season 4, which premieres Sunday at 9/8c. »
- Kimberly Roots
Espn Launches '30 for 30 Shorts' With Schwarzenegger-Centric 'Arnold's Blueprint,' From the Directors of 'The Two Escobars'
Espn announced in May that it was bringing back "30 for 30," the network's award-winning program of sports-centric documentaries, for another round of 30 new features. The series kicks off next week with "Broke" by Billy Corben, a doc about the financial difficulties many pro athletes experience when their careers come to an end, thanks to bad investments, freeloaders, medical problems and tendencies to show off. Read More: Espn Announces Fall '30 for 30' Schedule, Adds '9.79*,' 'Ghosts of Ole Miss,' 'There’s No Place Like Home' For "30 for 30 II," Espn and Grantland have also collaborated on a sidebar program of 30 doc shorts that will premiere online, a new one each month. An introductory short about Pete Rose, Eric Drath's "Here Now," has been online since may, but the official "30 for 30 Shorts" kick-off happened today with "Arnold's Blueprint,"...
- Alison Willmore
'Animal Practice' review: Charismatic cast delivers lighthearted fun for everyone -- except animal lovers
When "Animal Practice" premiered in August, it instantly became one of the most reviled shows in the history of American TV.
And for that, the show itself was not to blame (not much, anyway). But NBC chose to break away from their live (not live) coverage of the Olympic Closing Ceremony Aug. 12 to showcase the veterinarian sitcom starring Justin Kirk, JoAnna Garcia Swisher and Crystal the Monkey instead of the live (not live) performances of no-names like Muse and The Who.
But TV audiences are a forgiving sort, and should be open to judge "Animal Practice" on its own merits when it debuts in its regular time slot tonight (Sept. 26).
But does it have any merits?
Animal lovers (guilty!) probably don't think so. Besides the indignity of a Capuchin monkey performing tricks, Dr. George Coleman's (Kirk) womanizing vet treats his practice like a nightclub. His first patient in the pilot, »
'Sons of Anarchy': Kurt Sutter explains last night's death
Spoiler Alert! If you haven’t watched last night’s episode of Sons of Anarchy yet, stop reading now. Creator Kurt Sutter had a conference call with reporters today to discuss the death that rocked fans.
• On “Why Opie?”: In addition to feeling as though it was an organic conclusion to Opie’s tragic history with the club and the “circular dynamic that was happening with Jax and Opie,” Sutter knows where he wants to take Jax by the end of the series and the road he wants him to travel. “Jax, I felt, just needed that emotional upheaval, »
- Mandi Bierly
'Modern Family' Season 4 premiere: Jay doesn't like surprises
"Modern Family" is doing something a little bit different in Wednesday's (Sept. 26) season premiere than it has in past seasons -- picking up the action more or less where things left off at the end of Season 3.
How do we know that? Because Jay (Ed O'Neill) is celebrating his birthday in the episode, and past seasons of the show well established that it's in late spring. Starting there makes sense from a story-telling standpoint as well: It would be sort of hard to buy Gloria (Sofia Vergara) keeping her pregnancy secret from Jay for an entire summer.
Anyway, Jay announces in this first clip from the episode, "Bringing Up Baby," that he doesn't want any big surprises for his birthday. Cue worried talking-head scene with Gloria.
‘Today’ Exec Producer Defends Ann Curry Ouster, Rips ‘Good Morning America’
Today has been more a soap opera than a morning-news program of late, and executive producer Jim Bell today finally addressed some of the drama. The best part of his comments to the New York Times is his contention that among the many reasons for Today ending its 16-year winning streak in the ratings to rival Good Morning America is that Today is a “more serious show”. When asked if he meant that Gma is more a tabloid-style program, he said, “Yes, that’s what I’m saying”. As for the ouster of Ann Curry after only a year as co-anchor, Bell said that decision was all his — and not anchor Matt Lauer’s, as had been rumored. “Hindsight is 20/20″, Bell said. “You can sit there and think this or that, but we’re comfortable with that decision (to make her anchor) and the one we’ve made now.” Bell »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Rita Wilson to appear on 'Girls' Season 2
Us Weekly confirmed the news at the HBO Emmys party, and Wilson gave few specifics about what to expect from Marnie's mother -- except that she won't be partaking in the "Girls" tradition of showing a lot of skin (in painfully awkward situations).
Unlike Hannah Horvath's (Lena Dunham) raunchy parents, Wilson requested no nude scenes as part of her contract.
"That's all I have to say. I'm like, 'Don't write in any nudity, please!', reports Us.
"Girls" (and its comfort with cringe-worthy nakedness) won over a legion of passionate fans and critics in its first year -- even garnering multiple Emmy nominations. Although the show didn't take home any wins on Sunday, Dunham did make a memorable -- unclothed, of course -- appearance in the Emmys Awards' opening skit. »
'Modern Family': Sofia Vergara's Gloria will never be mistaken for Julie Bowen's Claire
"Gloria wears a lot of color and patterns that reflect her passion and over-the-top nature," costume designer Alix Friedberg tells Zap2it. "All of [Claire's] costumes are simple, clean and easy for a mother of three to navigate a full schedule."
Friedberg's goal is to help make the characters relatable with costumes that feel very organic.
"I'm really lucky to have two incredible bodies to work with," she says. "In dressing the characters, I think it's my responsibility to make them tangible for the average person."
Gloria is very flamboyant whereas Claire is more controlled, and their wardrobes enhance those aspects of their characters.
"Gloria's clothes always are skin-tight and painted on," Friedberg says. "Sofia does not wear Spanx, she does look like that in reality. »
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