17 items from 2013
Last night’s episode of AMC’s zombie apocalypse series had some surprises, the return of one vital character and some very serious father/son firepower bonding. However, The Walking Dead did not have the upper hand over NFL Sunday Night Football. After wins among adults 18-49 for two weeks in a row, the cable blockbuster was beaten in the key demo last night by the New Orleans Saints 42-17 whooping of the Dallas Cowboys on NBC. The fifth week of Dead’s fourth season saw the series receive a 6.2 rating last night to Snf‘s 7.7. Although the Saints smacked the Cowboys down, with two of the NFL’s top-draw teams playing, last night’s game was up a strong 23% in fast nationals over the week before. The Walking Dead had 7.9 million viewers in the demo to Snf’s 9.9 million on Sunday. Overall the 9 Pm airing of the AMC show »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
That’s two in a row on top for the zombie apocalypse. For the second consecutive week AMC’s The Walking Dead has beaten NBC’s NFL Sunday Night Football in the key 18-49 demo to reign supreme in the ratings. In early numbers, the fourth week of the fourth season of the 9 Pm ratings powerhouse pulled in 8.7 million viewers among the 18-49s. Snf drew in 8.1 million adults for the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 victory over the Houston Texans last night. That 8% spread is the same as early numbers had last week when The Walking Dead had 8.6 million viewers in the demo compared to 8 million who watched the Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings game on Sunday Night Football. The Walking Dead delivered a 6.8 rating last night while the NBC NFL game got a 6.3. Overall, The Walking Dead attracted 13.3 million viewers, up from last week’s 12.9 million. Preliminary numbers have »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
We're zeroing in our favorite day of the year, which means all the mainstream folks are jumping on the Halloween bandwagon. Joining in on the fun is this Thursday's "The Price Is Right" - or rather "The Price Is Fright." Get more details and see a clip of Count Drew-cula’s grand entrance right here!
Things get spooky this Halloween on the Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show "The Price Is Fright," as daytime’s #1-rated series and the longest-running game show in television history is transformed into a haunted house.
Fans won’t believe their eyes as Count Drew-cula flies in for a grand entrance and the disembodied head of George Gray invites audience members to “Come on Down”… if they dare! Contestants will have a chance to play Halloween-themed games, such as “Yucky Seven” (Lucky Seven), “Witch” (Switch), “Bat Race” (Rat Race), and a scary game of "Cliff Hanger »
- Debi Moore
Written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait
While trying to document and find evidence of the mythical Bigfoot, believer Jim (Bryce Johnson) and his skeptical girlfriend Kelly (Alexie Gilmore) arrive at Willow Creek, near where the famous Patterson-Gimlin film was originally shot. Despite the many warnings from locals to stay away, the couple venture into the woods to find Bigfoot, which doesn’t go too well, to say the least.
Although a good chunk of the film early on is dedicated more to setting up the history and mythos behind Bigfoot than actual exposition (which, given its found-footage/faux-documentary style, is understandable if tedious), the film manages to preserve a human element thanks to the tangible chemistry and humour shared between the two leads.
- Justin Li
The most CBS-ish new series of the 2013-14 TV season got off to a strong start last night, while the most NBC-like new series floundered. Nothing new there. Lucky for NBC, it aired the CBS-ish one — the new procedural crime drama The Blacklist, starring James Spader. Unfortunately for CBS, it aired the NBC-like, highly serialized event series that bellyflopped in same time slot as The Blacklist — the Toni Collette-Dylan McDermott starrer Hostages. Related: Ratings Rat Race: ‘Blacklist’ Debuts Strong, ‘Hostages’ Ok Good news for both networks: Blacklist was the One Big Thing NBC needed to accomplish this season, but Hostages does not hold the same position for CBS. Related: 2013-14 Broadcast Season Preview: Challenges The Networks Face Once upon a time, long before DVRs, Netflix and original scripted cable programing, broadcast network execs eagerly anticipated the start of their new TV season to see which of the many, »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
About 5 million people tuned in to the premiere telecast of the Burn Notice series finale last night at 9 Pm — the USA Network show’s biggest audience in more than a year. That’s 1 million+ viewers stronger than the drama series’ penultimate episode last week. About 1.6 million of the crowd who came to say goodbye after seven seasons were 18-49 year olds. It was the night’s second-most-watched cable program, behind only NFL Network’s New England Patriots vs New York Jets football game — that clocked 8.8 million viewers. In its time slot, Burn Notice‘s swan-song snagged a larger audience than anything on broadcast TV except CBS’ Big Brother. Burn Notice is one of only three USA series to pass the 100-episode mark that makes syndicators so happy, putting it in company with Monk and Psych. Related: Ratings Rat Race: Fox Wins Night As ‘X Factor’ Dips USA’s record-best »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
This often happens in the summer, when Univision runs original programming. Still, it’s a significant victory for the Spanish-language network with the annual Premios Juventud youth awards show with stars including Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull drawing an average audience of nearly 5M. That made Univision No. 2 behind CBS in total viewers for the night and the three-hour broadcast No. 1 in the adults 18-49 demo, topping second-place CBS by 24%. In the demo it beat originals from ABC’s Motive, Wipeout and Rookie Blue, CBS’ Big Brother, NBC’s The Winner Is… and Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen. The awards show was top rated in primetime in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, and Sacramento. Among U.S. Hispanic viewers, it beat the combined totals for the most recent American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and Golden Globes. Related: Ratings Rat Race: ‘Big Brother’ Winning With Bad Behavior »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
Did some viewers not have the stomach for Sunday’s edition of CBS‘ racially charged reality series Big Brother? It’s unclear if the ratings slid on the Sunday edition, which aired one day after a six-woman jury pronounced George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Trayvon Martin, triggering protests nationwide. Early, timeslot ratings from Nielsen paint a very unclear picture; CBS’s primetime was delayed for about 20 minutes owing to the John Deere Classic Final Round overrun and initial Bb numbers are muddied by about 10 minutes of The Good Wife. The ratings mess will have to be sorted out later. CBS, for the first time, had added a disclaimer to its reality series broadcast, but a CBS rep says that decision was made days before the Zimmerman verdict. Related: Ratings Rat Race: Fox Encores Win Night “Big Brother is a reality show about »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
Comic-Con has released the full schedule of all the events that will take place over the course of its four days, which you can see for yourself here. For your convention convenience, we’ve collected all of best movie-related panels, programs, Q&As, screenings, and dog-and-pony shows below, including ones involving anticipated upcoming releases like Ender's Game, Divergent, Gravity, and The World’s End. Check them out and mark your calendars. San Diego Comic-Con runs July 17-21. For the full list of TV highlights, check out our list on Inside TV.
Thursday, July 18
Thurs., 10:30am-11:30am, Room 6A, »
- Keith Staskiewicz
Two weeks from now Sdcc 2013 will be winding down, so are there enough horror offerings to entice attendees back to the show for Day 4 (July 21)? With "Supernatural" kicking things off bright and early, we say, "Yes!"
Also on the schedule for Sunday (traditionally the family-themed day of the event) are "Under the Dome," an update on the adaptation of George R.R. Martin's werewolf/Pi/serial killer mashup novella The Skin Trade, a chance to build your own monster, surviving in a post-apocalyptic world, a Neil Gaiman Spotlight panel, a look at what's coming from Diamond Select Toys, a how-to on creating suspenseful, exciting, anxiety-inducing stories, and per usual, a screening of "Buffy the Musical: Once More with Feeling" to close things out.
Since the horror offerings are so light, we've expanded our Day 4 highlights list to cover such topics as the future of sci-fi novels, the 50th anniversary of "Doctor Who, »
- The Woman In Black
Last night’s series premiere of Syfy’s new drama Defiance drew 2.7 million viewers and 1.3 million adults 18-49 to become the channel’s most-watched scripted series premiere in adults 18-49 and 18-34 (479,000) in seven years, since the 2006 debut of Eureka. The two-hour Defiance opener also delivered Syfy’s top performance in total viewers and adults 25-54 (1.4 million) since 2009 (Warehouse 13). Defiance was developed as a TV series and companion Trion Worlds video game, which has logged more than 6 million hours of gameplay since its April 2 launch. Defiance is NBCUniversal’s biggest day-and-date launch ever, premiering in more than 55 countries April 15-16 including the UK, Canada, Germany and France. Beginning next Monday, Defiance will assume its regular 9 Pm time period, followed on Monday, April 29 by the season return of Warehouse 13 at 10 Pm. Related: Ratings Rat Race: ‘The Voice’ Hits Year High »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Either David Zucker is trying to distract us from his latest turkey or we're all staring down the barrel of another Naked Gun movie
Trying to sell an inferior product to a sceptical public is no fun. Faced with this task, it's common for people in the movie business to try and distract us by claiming they are reviving a long-lost greatest hit.
To this day, Kiefer Sutherland's strategy for promoting his current series Touch is to bang on relentlessly about how he wants to make a 24 movie. Then there's Harrison Ford, who spent half a decade manfully propping up dreck such as Hollywood Homicide and Firewall by hinting at the return of Indiana Jones. The fact that Indiana Jones did eventually return, but as the world's most disappointing fridge-riding alien hunter, is simply an unfortunate by-product of this.
So there's a chance that David Zucker doesn't really want »
- Stuart Heritage
Update, 10:55 Am: With 10.7 million viewers on average, this year’s Ncaa Tournament is the most watched since 1994, when it pulled in 11.2 million. The games on CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV this year were up 11% from the average 2012 audience of 9.6 million, according to Nielsen. Monday’s national championship game on CBS pitting Louisville against Michigan rose 12% in viewership to an average of 23.4 million, up from from 2012′s 20.9 million. Previously, 8:02 Am: CBS scored last night with the Ncaa Tournament championship game. The primetime matchup between victorious Louisville and Michigan pulled in an average overnight household rating/share of 14.23, according to Nielsen. That’s up 18% over the 12.1/19 last year’s game between Kentucky and Kansas. The ratings for Monday’s title game hit a peak from 11:30-11:45 Pm Et with a 17.3/32 rating. Overall, CBS and Turner Sports’ multi-channel broadcasts of this year’s tournament drew a 7.2/19 average-to-date rating in metered markets. »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
There are two take-aways from last week’s network ratings. One, boosted by the dependable NCIS, NCIS: La, CSI and strong Ncaa Tournament numbers, CBS is back on top in the 18-49 demographic for the first time since the week ending February 17, when the Grammys were on. Two, the frame marked the calm before the game-changer with The Voice’s return to NBC this week. During the week ending March 24, NBC inched up to 1.2/3 from the previous frame’s 1.1/3 but still took a whooping. It found itself behind Univision among adults 18-49 and adults 18-34 for an eighth week in a row and was down 29% last week from the comparable week in 2012. Of course, with strong numbers from The Voice‘s Season 4 premiere last night, steady results from the just-returned Revolution and the fact that Voice is on tonight as well, the weekly ratings pictures will likely look very different next week. »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Every director dreams of being compared to Orson Welles. But having your new film labelled "the Citizen Kane of awful" might not be quite what Peter Farrelly had in mind. Movie 43, which opened worldwide last Friday, wasn't actually screened for critics before release. Yet a handful braved the multiplex and paid anyway. Unbuttered by PR largesse, few resisted the chance to unleash both barrels.
"There's awful and Then there's Movie 43," wrote Richard Roeper in the Chicago Sun-Times. For Peter Howell of the Toronto Star, it is the "worst film ever", and "biggest waste of talent in cinema history". David Edelstein offered cheery counterpoint to the chorus. "It's rare to see a piece of shit that actually »
- Catherine Shoard
• Robin Williams will star in Boulevard, a drama about a man whose marriage is called into question after he encounters a mysterious younger man (newcomer Roberto Aguire), the films producers announced late Wednesday. Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Fighting) will direct from a script by Douglas Soesbe (The Wrong Woman).
• Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick Ass, Savages, Anna Karenina) is currently the frontrunner to play the lead in the reboot of Godzilla. No deal is in place yet, or even close; Taylor-Johnson is reportedly awaiting Frank Darabont’s pass on punching up the script by upcoming screenwriter Max Borenstein. »
- Adam B. Vary
Review Frances Roberts Jan 4, 2013
Elementary returns from the festive break with an underwhelming case but all its usual charisma...
This review contains spoilers.
1.11 Dirty Laundry
Invisible ink? Russian spies? This week’s Elementary was a nostalgic throwback to crime shows past, a tune whistled from The Big Book of Detective Standards. Unfortunately, the premise didn’t serve the episode well, and instead of the sixties spy tropes adding up to a kitschy fun caper, the viewers were presented with just another underwhelming, slightly tired case.
Luckily for Elementary, the charismatic presence of Miller, Liu and Quinn is enough to carry us over the inevitable bumps that come along in twenty-two episode, case-of-the-week series - even if the personal stories of all three were frustratingly side-lined in favour of the investigation in Dirty Laundry.
The episode’s murder plot unravelled with the clockwork regularity of a bored organ grinder. An initial flurry of suspects were met, »
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