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England's Euro 2016 qualifier win over Switzerland tops Monday with 5.4m

9 September 2014 3:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

England's Euro 2016 qualifier match topped the ratings on Monday, overnight data reveals.

ITV's coverage of the 2-0 victory of Switzerland scored 5.49 million (26.0%) on average from 7.15pm, higher than last week's friendly match ratings of 4.37m.

On BBC One, Inside Out appealed to 2.68m (12.9%) at 8pm, followed by Panorama with 2.30m (10.8%) at 8.30pm. New Tricks dipped to 4.91m (21.7%) at 9pm.

BBC Two's Celebrity Antiques Road Trip interested 1.70m (9.1%) at 7pm. University Challenge quizzed 2.32m (11.1%) at 8pm, followed by Only Connect with 1.92m (9.0%) at 8.30pm. Alex Polizzi: The Fixer gathered 1.11m (4.9%) at 9pm.

On Channel 4, Jamie's Comfort Food cooked up 1.09m (5.2%) at 8pm (141,000/0.6% on +1), while Gadget Man attracted 903k (4.3%) at 8.30pm (118k/0.5%). Cops and Robbers brought in 921k (4.1%) at 9pm (237k/1.6%).

Channel 5's Countdown To Murder intrigued 843k (4.0%) at 8pm, followed by the latest Celebrity Big Brother with 1.50m (6.7%) at 9pm (196k/1.4%). Under the Dome continued with 559k (3.8%) at 10pm. »

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Americans Russian Joins NCIS in Recurring Role, May Visit Spin-Off

5 September 2014 5:52 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Lev Gorn, who for two seasons on FX’s The Americans has played Rezidentrua honcho Arkady Ivanovich (no relation), has booked a recurring role on CBS’ NCIS.

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In Season 12 of TV’s most watched drama, Gorn will play Russian Deputy Ambassador Anton Yelic, our sister site Deadline reports.

As NCIS boss Gary Glasberg shared in TVLine’s Fall Preview Spectacular, the Sept. 23 season opener sends Gibbs and McGee to Russia “for a really significant crisis” that introduces a mercenary/new adversary (played by Alex Veadov) who also will pop up throughout the season. »

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New Tricks tops Monday night ratings with 5.2m on BBC One

2 September 2014 3:43 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

New Tricks dipped from last week but still topped Monday, overnight ratings reveal.

The BBC One drama dropped around 600,000 viewers to 5.28 million (23.1%) at 9pm.

21 Up: The New Generation intrigued 1.80m (15.5%) at 10.35pm. Earlier, new series Inside Out gathered 3.14m (15.6%) at 7.30pm, while Panorama brought in 2.52m (11.1%) at 8.30pm.

BBC Two's University Challenge quizzed 2.64m (12.0%) at 8pm, followed by Only Connect's BBC Two debut with 2.03m (12.0%) at 8.30pm. Alex Polizzi: The Fixer was seen by 905k (4.0%) at 9pm.

On ITV, Tonight: The Food We Eat appealed to 2.40m (10.9%) at 8pm. Long Lost Family concluded with 3.79m (15.6%) at 9pm (313k/2.0% on +1).

On Channel 4, Jamie's Comfort Food cooked up 1.26m (5.8%) at 8pm (195k/0.8%), followed by Gadget Man with 1.06m (4.6%) at 8.30pm (175k/0.8%). Royal Marines Commando School continued with 1.53m (6.7%) at 9pm (327k/2.0%).

Channel 5's Police Interceptors brought in 1.03m (4.6%) at 8pm (135k/0.6%). The latest Celebrity Big Brother entertained 1.58m (6.9%) at »

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New Tricks rises slightly to win Monday ratings with 5.8m

26 August 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

New Tricks rose slightly from last week to win the ratings outside soaps on Bank Holiday Monday, overnight data reveals.

The BBC One drama climbed by around 50,000 viewers to an average audience of 5.84 million (23.8%) at 9pm.

Earlier, a different slot for Countryfile appealed to 4.30m (23.5%) at 6pm, followed by coverage of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2014 with 4.53m (21.0%) at 7pm. A repeat of Miranda amused 3.33m (13.8%) at 8.30pm, while a look back on the career of Lord Richard Attenborough was seen by 2.26m (17.5%) at 10.35pm.

BBC Two's University Challenge quizzed 2.65m (11.2%) at 8pm. The Scotland Decides debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling educated 1.66m (6.8%) at 9pm.

On ITV, Countrywise gathered 2.49m (10.5%) at 8pm (109k/0.4% on +1), followed by the latest Long Lost Family with 3.28m (13.4%) at 9pm (249k/1.5%).

Channel 4's Food Unwrapped was seen by 777k (3.4%) at 7.30pm (157k/0.6%), while Richard Ayoade's Gadget Man returned with 995k »

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CBS’ ‘Big Brother’ Tops Weekly Ratings — At Least For Now

13 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For the first time this summer, CBS reality stalwart “Big Brother” moved ahead of an original installment of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” as the week’s most popular program among young adults.

Of course, neither of these shows may be atop the list when Nielsen issues its “live plus 7″ numbers, which include a full week’s worth of DVR playback. Reality shows in general don’t gain as much in delayed viewing as scripted series, especially 10 p.m. dramas, and it’s not uncommon for them to get knocked down a few pegs in the rankings when comparing “live plus same-day” to “live plus 7.”

In recent weeks for example, CBS’ “Under the Dome” has averaged a lift of 1.3 ratings points in adults 18-49, enabling it to leapfrog reality series like “The Bachelorette” and “Hell’s Kitchen.” A similar lift for last Monday’s telecast would figure to vault the second-year drama from No. »

- Rick Kissell

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Did The Strain Infect Voldemort? Is Teen Wolf a Big Bad Tease? Another Sharknado Fish Story? And More TV Qs

1 August 2014 10:29 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including The Strain, Falling Skies, Teen Wolf and Finding Carter!

1 | Will Girl Meets World ever allow us insight into Riley and Topanga’s daughter/mother bond? And why is Riley so comfortable calling her teacher “daddy” in school?

2 | Really, Falling Skies product integration? A gleaming jar of Hershey’s Kisses in the middle of the otherwise organic, post-apocalytpic commune?

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3 | Does it feel »

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Film Review: ‘Lucy’

23 July 2014 8:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After her mesmerizingly out-there performances as an artificially intelligent being in “Her” and a come-hither extraterrestrial in “Under the Skin,” Scarlett Johansson takes a logical next step into the title role of “Lucy,” an agreeably goofy, high-concept speculative thriller about the first human being to successfully harness 100% of her brainpower. In no other sense, however, does the word “logical” apply to writer-director Luc Besson’s return to blockbuster form — which is to say, his latest aggressively stylish, self-consciously feminist, gratuitously globe-trotting pulp-trash extravaganza. Giddily recycling everything from “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “The Matrix” to yakuza actioners and National Geographic documentaries, it’s a garish, trippy, wildly uneven and finally quite disarming piece of work, graced by a moment-to-moment unpredictability that will pique audience curiosity but may put off those who prefer their summer movies on the more conventional side.

Although it represents a significant roll of the dice as »

- Justin Chang

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Live at Edinburgh Castle averages 3.6 million on BBC One

20 July 2014 6:28 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Live at Edinburgh Castle was watched by more than 3.6 million viewers on BBC One last night (July 19), according to overnight figures.

Presented by Alex Jones, the music concert featuring the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Paloma Faith and Culture Club averaged 3.64m (19.8%) from 8.30pm.

Earlier on the channel, A Question of Sport: Super Saturday was enjoyed by 2.71m (17.4%) from 7pm.

On BBC Two, The Men Who Made Us Spend had 862k (4.6%) in the 9pm hour.

ITV's Tipping Point: Lucky Stars entertained 2.89m (17.4%) from 7.30pm. It was followed by an airing of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, which managed 1.15m (6.9%).

On Channel 4, repeats of Restoration Man and Grand Designs grabbed 537k (3.4%) and 947k (5.5%) respectively before Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring James Franco, was caught by 2.79m (15.2%) between 9pm and 11pm.

Channel 5's Big Brother coverage averaged 974k (5.2%) from 9pm, with Bit on the Psych »

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‘Big Brother's’ First Eviction Is a Slap in America's Face

3 July 2014 11:10 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Thursday night's eviction episode of “Big Brother”) The “Big Brother” Houseguests and America are clearly not on the same page so far this season. If things continue the way they started with the season's first eviction, Donny may be in trouble. After failing miserably to start an all-girls alliance, Joey found herself on the block. She tried to do some damage control by creating an alter ego, Alex, to emphasize to everyone how they were allowing two guys (Caleb and Devin) to basically run their games. Meanwhile, Devin was. »

- Jason Hughes

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World Cup Belgium vs USA coverage draws 8.4 million viewers on BBC One

2 July 2014 5:21 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC One's coverage of the World Cup game between Belgium and USA peaked at more than 8.4 million last night (July 1), according to overnight figures.

The round of 16 match had 8.42m (39%) towards the end of the first half after 9.30pm.

The game, which Belgium won 2-1 after extra time despite Tim Howard's record-breaking goalkeeping performance, averaged 7.13m (39.7%) across the entire programme.

BBC Two's Wimbledon coverage, which began at 11.30am, enjoyed an average audience of 1.28m (12.3%), peaking at around 7pm with 3.15m (17%) during the climax of the match between Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios.

Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind the Counter followed the tennis with 1.26m (5.9%).

On ITV, Love Your Garden took 2.32m (12.9%) and You've Been Framed! had 1.31m (6.8%). An episode of Benidorm from 9pm drew 1.41m (6.6%).

Channel 4 aired Location, Location, Location (1.09m/5.8%) and The Auction House (1.44m/6.8%).

Big Brother continued with 1.01m (5.5%) on Channel 5, with Bit on the Side earning 495k (4.5%) afterwards. »

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3 Wishes for Under the Dome Season 2 (Besides, Of Course, 'Don't Bore Us')

30 June 2014 8:03 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

I’ve been hesitant to write about Under the Dome Season 2 in large part because its freshman run robbed my life of more hours that I would have liked.

Because although some peers seem to be reflecting on the series with an “Emperor’s new clothes” appreciation, I remember starting one recap with the line, “Well, that was a whole lotta silly.” I believe I am not alone when I say that I felt like we and the people of Chester’s Mill were trapped inside that dome with dwindling foodstuffs but, worse, few compelling storylines. (This is where I »

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‘America’s Got Talent’ Has A Secret: Oddballs Welcome

27 May 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Voice” has Josh Kaufman. “American Idol” has Caleb Johnson (and Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson). “America’s Got Talent” could have a guy who balances cakes on his arms.

The NBC show, which has become a summer perennial, launches its ninth season tonight just as the reality-competition genre comes under more scrutiny by TV executives. “American Idol,” arguably the best known example of the format, has begun to age, and Fox has already announced it will pull back on the number of hours of the show it airs next year. “The X Factor” has been cancelled. ABC trimmed its longrunning “Dancing With the Stars” to one night a week from two this past season. Even NBC’s “The Voice” has experienced some slackening, with its recent finale taking a ratings hit when it was aired against the finale of ABC’s spring season of “DWTS.”

“Agt,” as it is often called, »

- Brian Steinberg

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Italian Film Festival USA of St. Louis Continues This Weekend With Five Free Films

8 April 2014 9:36 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Italian Film Festival USA of St. Louis continues this weekend with the local premieres of five more Italian films. They are shown in their original language with English subtitles at 3 venues on the campus of Washington University: Lab Sciences 300, Brown Hall and Steinberg Auditorium.

For more details such as directions, times, sponsors, and a complete schedule go to the Italian Film Festival USA site Here

Admission is Free!

Italian Film Festival USA of St. Louis continues this weekend with The Best Offer, The Venice Syndrome, Scattered Clouds , The Red And The Blue, and Reality.

The Best Offer screens Friday, April 11  at Brown Hall on the campus of Washington University at 8pm

The Best Offer tells the story of Virgil Oldman (played by Geoffrey Rush), a world renowned antiques expert and auctioneer. An eccentric genius, he leads a solitary life, going to extreme lengths to »

- Tom Stockman

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The James Clayton Column: Sci-fi dread and the meaning of life

13 March 2014 8:35 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature James Clayton 14 Mar 2014 - 06:37

With Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem out today, James ponders the meaning of life and the movies...

In The Zero Theorem, Christoph Waltz plays Qohen Leth - a hairless and reclusive computer programmer who lives in his pyjamas in a cavernous ancient cathedral in a dystopian future. This sounds a bit like a midlife crisis. In fact it is a whole life crisis and, for Qohen, that existential despair isn't just a pastime - it's his job. The main protagonists search for the meaning of life forms the narrative core of Terry Gilliam's new film.

Anyone who's ever searched for the meaning of life will be able to tell you that it's a terrible, soul-destroying business unless it's turned into a Monty Python movie. It's therefore a huge relief to know that Gilliam is handling this headspinning sci-fi feature. The quest for »

- ryanlambie

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Apollo Closing In on Endemol Deal

20 February 2014 10:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

U.S. private equity group Apollo Global Management appears to be close to taking control of international TV giant Endemol, producer of Big Brother and Deal or No Deal. Sources say that Apollo has reached a tentative deal with Endemol's creditors to increase its current 30 percent stake in the Dutch reality TV producer and secure majority control of the company. Apollo is already Endemol's largest single shareholder following a debt-for-equity swap back in 2012, when Endemol was restructuring its massive debt load and Leon Black's private equity group stepped in to take over a major chunk. Photos:

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- Scott Roxborough

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RoboCop Review

13 February 2014 9:03 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Any movie that tries a lot harder than it needs to is all right in my book. And that’s exactly the case with RoboCop, an impressive reboot of the Paul Verhoeven classic that, much to my delight, fires on all cylinders, blending furious action, strong acting and an inventive script to create a film that uses familiar parts to build something sleek, smart and entirely capable of going toe-to-toe with Verhoeven’s original.

I’m well aware that fans of the original RoboCop will balk at that praise, call it unsubstantiated and probably even berate me for entirely missing the point, but hear me out. What Verhoeven’s film did fantastically was address the political hot topics and concerns of its time (declining industry, privatization, etc.) by playing them out in a futuristic, but believable, setting. And while José Padilha’s PG-13 remake arrives without the original’s enticing ultraviolence, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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