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TV Ratings: 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'Last Man Standing' lead Friday split

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Fast National ratings for Friday, February 27, 2015. With "Shark Tank" and "Blue Bloods" in repeats, it was up to "Last Man Standing" to carry ABC to its normal Friday win among young viewers, leaving "Hawaii Five-0" to lead CBS to its normal Friday win overall. After a soft premiere on Wednesday, "Amazing Race" returned to its Friday home and did roughly the same lowish numbers it was doing in the fall, though "Hawaii Five-0" fell among young viewers with its weakened non-"Undercover Boss" lead-in. Without "Undercover Boss," both "Last Man Standing" and "Cristela" got small upticks. On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 1.2 rating for Friday night, tops in the key demographic. CBS and NBC both averaged a 1.0 key demo rating to tie for second, followed by Fox's 0.7 key demo rating. The CW averaged a 0.4 key demo rating for the night. Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Dave Annable Lands Male Lead in NBC Medical Drama ‘Heart Matters’

21 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Dave Annable has been cast as the male lead in NBC’s medical drama “Heart Matters,” Variety has learned.

Annable, who recently starred in “Red Band Society” and previously “Brothers & Sisters,” will co-star opposite Melissa George, who was cast earlier this week in the lead role. He will play her boyfriend.

The medical soap, inspired by the life experiences of Dr. Kathy Magliato, follows a talented female heart transplant surgeon, Alex Panttiere, played by George, who balances her work with the complications of her romantic and personal life.

Jill Gordon penned the pilot. “Private Practice” star Amy Brenneman will exec produce with Gordon and Brad Silberling. Susan Carlson, Eric Carlson, Kelly Meyer and Dr. Magliato will serve as co-exec producers. Robbie Duncan McNeill will direct the pilot. Universal Television is the studio.

Annable is repped by CAA and manager Sue Leibman of Barking Dog Entertainment.

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- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Broad City's Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer Play 'Truth or Truth' with Jimmy Fallon

8 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Who better to play games with than Broad City's Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer? The duo played "Truth or Truth" with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show asking such salacious questions as "Have you ever stolen anything?" and "What's your favorite song to make love to?" There were no dares involved, because obviously you only do those when you want to have sex with Jeremy during a hurricane. »


- E. Alex Jung

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Glee Recap: Friday, I'm in Love

7 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Last night's Glee suffered from a touch of the Ruby Problem, a syndrome I invented while watching a particularly unfortunate storyline unfold in the final season of Parenthood. Like Glee, Parenthood had a short final season with (presumably) a reduced budget. To compensate, Parenthood gave one of its secondary characters a troubled teenage daughter and a beleaguered ex-wife, and then spent an awful lot of the season exploring their story. It's not that Ruby's story was bad, or that the performers involved in it weren't talented (on the contrary, Ray Romano and Jeanne Tripplehorn were both incredible). It's just not what Parenthood's viewers had tuned into its final season hoping or expecting to see.I'd imagine that's how Glee fans felt about last night's newbie-centric episode – although as soon as I typed that sentence, I clicked over to Twitter and found at least three, "Yay! Newbie stories!" tweets, so what, »


- Lauren Hoffman

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Madam Secretary's Téa Leoni, EPs Talk Elizabeth's First Scandal, Henry's Spy Game, Staff Bonding and More

57 minutes ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Madam Secretary‘s Elizabeth McCord is always one cool politico, no matter what tricky feat of international diplomacy is demanded of her. But those behind the scenes of CBS’ Sunday-night drama admit that its Season 2 pickup last month provided a welcome respite from the nerve-racking renwal waiting game.

“It was a big relief to get it early,” executive producer Lori McCreary says with a laugh.

“Huge,” chimes in fellow Ep Barbara Hall.

Video | CBS Sneak Peek: Madam Secretary Under Fire and More

And now that the pressure is off the series’ team, they can focus on how it’s about »


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’24’ Alum Kim Raver to Star in ABC Drama ‘The Advocate’

1 hour ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Kim Raver, of “24” and “Grey’s Anatomy” fame, will star in ABC drama pilot “The Advocate.”

Raver plays tough-as-nails business woman Francis “Frankie” Reese. After a dangerous misdiagnosis, her character experiences first-hand the hazards of the U.S. health-care system. She leaves her successful career behind unexpectedly after the medical scare to become an advocate for those lost in the same ever-changing system.

Written by Sheldon Turner and directed by Michael M. Robin, “The Advocate” was inspired by the real story of former talent agent Byrdie Lifson-Pompan, who collaborated with doctor and health education specialist Valerie Ulene to launch a health-care consulting firm.

Turner and Jennifer Klein are exec producing, with Lifson-Pompan and Ulene serving as consulting producers.

Raver recently reprised her role as Audrey Boudreau in “24: Live Another Day.”

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- Maane Khatchatourian

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Kim Raver To Topline ABC Drama Pilot ‘The Advocate’

2 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

24 and Grey’s Anatomy alumna Kim Raver has been tapped as the lead of the ABC drama pilot The Advocate, from Sheldon Turner and Jennifer Klein's Vendetta Prods. and Warner Bros TV. Written by Turner and directed by Michael M. Robin, The Advocate was inspired by the real story of former talent agent Byrdie Lifson-Pompan who teamed with Valerie Ulene, a medical doctor and a health education specialist, to launch a healthcare consulting and case management company. It… »

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‘Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson Blames Hippies For STDs In Cpac Speech

3 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Phil Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, who is also known for his controversial comments on gay sex, delivered a lengthy speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in which he faulted the hippies for those 110M people battling sexually transmitted diseases. "It's the revenge of the hippies! Sex, drugs, and rock & roll have come back to haunt us!” exclaimed Robertson.  He cribbed the figure from a 2008 Cdc study. The full near 30 minute speech is above. "I don't… »

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PopPolitics: How ‘Madam Secretary’ Became an Antidote to Dark D.C. Dramas (Listen)

3 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Madam Secretary,” which returns on Sunday on CBS after a brief hiatus, has made a mark for what it isn’t — a tick-tock thriller or dark serialized drama that is part of the current wave of D.C.-set shows.

The show stars Tea Leoni as a CIA analyst who is unexpectedly nominated to the top role at the State Department.

Executive producers Barbara Hall and Lori McCreary tell Variety‘s “PopPolitics” on SiriusXM that the show avoids polarization — even though it has featured very-close-to-reality storylines about negotiations over Iran’s nuclear capabilities and the standoff over the Texas border with Mexico.

“Certainly there is an aspirational aspect to the show that this is the way we would like to think the way things could be resolved, because we do want to stay within the realm of reality and we do want to invite people into the process,” Hall says. »


- Ted Johnson

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‘Lost’ Vet Terry O’Quinn to Star in ABC Legal Drama ‘The Adversaries’

3 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Lost” veteran Terry O’Quinn is returning to his old stomping grounds.

The actor will star on the ABC drama pilot “The Adversaries.” O’Quinn will play Charlie, the patriarch of a famous New York law firm, who becomes embroiled in his own legal troubles. His estranged daughter, Jess, is forced to lead his defense team.

“The Lost” alum has starred on ABC’s short-lived “666 Park Avenue” and Fox’s “Gang Related,” in addition to appearing on “Hawaii Five-0″ and “Falling Skies.”

ER’s” David Zabe will pen the pilot and serve as exec producer, while Stephen Cragg will direct.

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- Maane Khatchatourian

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‘Scrubs’ Alum Sarah Chalke to Star in Fox Comedy ’48 Hours ‘Til Monday’

4 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Scrubs” alumna Sarah Chalke has landed another comedy.

Chalke will star opposite Rob Riggle in the Fox family comedy pilot “48 Hours ‘Til Monday,” our sister site TVLine reports.

The actress, who currently has a recurring role on Rainn Wilson’s crime dramedy “Backstrom,” will play Kelly Bishop, Riggle’s wife and mother to their three children. Her character struggles with the realities of being a stay-at-home mom after quitting her job as a TV news producer, while Riggle plays Charlie — a man desperate to make the best of his weekends.

Jane Curtin, as Kelly’s chain-smoking mother Louise, and Merrin Dungey, as her frenemy Candace, round out the cast.

The series from Universal Television comes from “The Mindy Project’s” Charlie Grandy, who wrote the pilot and will also serve as exec producer with Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan (“Manhattan Love Story”).

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- Maane Khatchatourian

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‘Battle Creek’ Review: Vince Gilligan’s Old Script Witty Addition To CBS’ Sunday, Says Dominic Patten

5 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

You can keeping on being one of the many who are calling Saul, but there's another new Vince Gilligan series coming to TV on Sunday night with the debut of Battle Creek on CBS. As my video review above says, the crime drama starring Dean Winters and Josh Duhamel as a mismatched local cop and an FBI agent who are truly as different as night and day is an engaging, witty and sometimes idiosyncratic addition to the network's schedule. Based on a more than decade-old pitch… »

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TVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs from Grey's, Mindy, Parks and More

5 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Everything is awesome… because it’s time for an all new TVLine Mixtape!

What follows is an array of songs recently featured on your favorite shows, including artist and album information in case you want to add them to your personal collection.

Spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked — but we always love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

So peruse our playlist, then hit the comments with your favorite TV tunes. And remember: You can always submit questions or suggestions about TV music on Twitter @RyanSchwartz.

RelatedTVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs from Shameless, Suits and More

Series And Episode | Grey’s Anatomy, »


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‘Last Man Standing’ & ‘Cristela’ Ratings Up, ‘Hawaii Five-o’ Down,’ ‘Glee’ Even

6 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

There were good deeds and gifted programs on ABC's comedies last night and some nice upticks too. Last Man Standing (1.3/4) and Cristela (1.0/4) were up 8% and 11% respectively among adults 18-49. A welcome change from the even and the drop the former and the latter were hit with on February 20 from the week before. Lsm was the top scripted show of the night. With a Shark Tank (1.2/4) repeat on last night, the real top spot of Friday's primetime was 20/20 (1.3/4). While… »

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Leonard Nimoy: 14 Things You Didn’t Know About His Career

7 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Leonard Nimoy leaves a proud legacy as an actor, teacher, philanthropist and advocate for many of the qualities he infused in his enduring alter-ego, the science- and logic-loving Mr. Spock of “Star Trek.”

But who knew Nimoy once owned a pet shop in Canoga Park? Or that he teamed with Vic Morrow in 1962 to produce an indie film based on Jean Genet’s edgy play “Deathwatch.” Or that he paid for and narrated a TV special, “If The Mind Is Free,” that aired only in Chicago to raise money for the city’s St. Mary High School.

Here are 14 intriguing tidbits about Nimoy’s life and work as culled from the pages of Variety.

The first reference of “Leonard Nemoy,” as he was billed in some of his earliest appearances, came in the Oct. 17, 1950, edition noting that he had joined the cast of the C-grade indie film “Queen for a Day. »


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Ratings: Five-0 Slips to Low, Last Man Rises, Cristela Ticks Up, Dixie Flat

7 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

ABC’s Last Man Standing this Friday drew 7.3 million total viewers and a 1.5 rating, rising 10 percent and two tenths and leading the night in the demo.

Cristela led out of that with 5.7 mil and a 1.0, up 12 percent and one tenth.

Related2015 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

Over on CBS, The Amazing Race (6.2 mil/1.1) was up in audience and matched the demo of its fall Friday time slot premiere, while down 22 percent and two tenths from Undercover Boss‘ week-ago performance. Hawaii Five-0 (9.5 mil/1.1) slipped 11 and 21 percent, tying its series low, yet »


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Anthony Mason, Former New York Knicks Player, Dies at 48

8 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Anthony Mason, a longtime NBA star who played for the New York Knicks from 1991 to 1996, died early Saturday morning, Espn reports. He was 48.

The 13-year NBA veteran, who played for six teams, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this month and underwent multiple heart surgeries.

“First I want to thank all those who offered prayers and well-wishes for my Father, our family really appreciates it,” his son, Anthony Mason Jr., told Espn on Saturday. “Overnight, New York City and the world lost a legend, a friend, a brother … but more than anything our father, Anthony Mason. As you all would expect our father — Big Mase — put up an incredible fight, dealing with a severe heart issue. I’m wishing this was something else I was writing, but Pops we’ve got to let you know we love you and know you’ll always be with us.”

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Performer of the Week: Lady Gaga

9 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars

The Performer | Lady Gaga

The Show 87th Academy Awards

The Airdate | February 22, 2015

The Performance | Any moment that ends in a warm, extended hug of gratitude from Julie Andrews doesn’t really require additional accolades.

Nevertheless, we can’t help but heap more praise on Lady Gaga’s Sound of Music tribute at the 2015 Oscars.

RelatedLady Gaga Joins American Horror Story as Season 5’s Leading Lady — Watch Her Monstrous Teaser for Hotel Chapter

The typically outré performer eschewed her standard operating outrageousness — no meat dress, no bird’s nest headpiece, no »


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Best 'Glee' Quotes from 'Child Star'

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Attention Gleeks: Here are the best and funniest quotes from McKinley in the ninth episode of Glee?s sixth and final season. Also, check out our recap of this episode.

Official Synopsis from Fox: "A high-strung, demanding tween requests that the members of New Directions perform at his bar mitzvah, and the glee club must band together for its first public performance. Meanwhile, Spencer pushes Roderick to lose weight." »

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Briga Heelan To Star In NBC Comedy Pilot ‘How We Live’

19 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Ground Floor star Briga Heelan will play the female lead opposite Sam Huntington in NBC's single-camera comedy pilot How We Live, written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley and directed by Gail Mancuso. The project centers on Russell (Huntington), a blogger, and his bubbly, full of energy wife Holly (Heelan) who move to the suburbs where he begins writing about marriage and the family lives of his suburban friends and neighbors in the style of an anthropologist who's… »

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