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Television fans have spoken, and the most popular actor on the small screen is something of a surprise: Michael Weatherly ("NCIS"). He has an impressive Q score of 34 (Q scores have long been used by marketers for advertising effect). The second highest score of 33 is held by four-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"). Next in line are: Mads Mikkelsen ("Hannibal"), Kunal Nayyar ("The Big Bang Theory"), Jon Seda ("Chicago Pd"), Shemar Moore ("Criminal Minds"), Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family"), Paul Wesley ("The Vampire Diaries"), and Jason Beghe ("Chicago Pd"). The Wrap -Break- Billy Crystal reflects on last month's Emmy Awards, saying that his tribute to the late Robin Williams "was the hardest thing I've ever had to do." He discussed it with "Today" host Matt Lauer and "became understandably overwhelmed with emotion" as he recalled »
CBS is still the most-watched network but almost all of their established shows are down year-to-year. Plus, none of their new shows can really be considered hits. Which will be cancelled or renewed? Stay tuned!
New CBS shows (so far): The Crazy Ones, Hostages, The Millers, Mom, and We Are Men.
Returning shows (so far): 2 Broke Girls, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, How I Met Your Mother, The Mentalist, Mike & Molly, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person of Interest, Survivor, Two and a Half Men, and Undercover Boss.
There's lots of data that CBS looks at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are typically the biggest piece. Here's how the network's shows are doing »
There’s nothing more frustrating than watching a TV show where characters spout reels and reels of exposition just to move the plot forward. Or having a flashback to a moment ten minutes earlier because – shock horror – it relates to a big twist coming up. Having everything spelled out treats audiences like they have little or no intelligence.
TV shows have to maintain a balance in their storytelling. Make the plot too dumbed down and anyone with an ounce of intelligence will switch off. Go the other way and make a show too complex and you’ll loose your audience – and the ratings war. Having sign posts along the way is a simple way to make sure everyone is on the same page.
Unfortunately even shows with intelligent characters and plots fall into the trap of spelling everything out just to stop audiences from getting ‘confused’. Take Criminal Minds »
- Baz Greenland
To begin with, let me say that I applaud the goals of No Good Deed. Our screens are filled with fictional psychos, and more often than not their victims are women who, by demand of the screenplay, are too passive, weak or frightened to fight back against their attacker. This is meant to empower the bad guy, and make us in the audience hate him all the more as we await the hero, usually male, to arrive with gun drawn to save the day. On the surface, No Good Deed wants to lampshade the damsel in distress motif and say that damsels can save themselves. Sadly though, even the most wily and proactive of damsels can’t escape atrocious scripting and pacing.
Now, Idris Elba is a man of such towering gravitas that when he says we’re cancelling the apocalypse, you believe it. He’s also no stranger to playing morally dubious characters, »
- Adam A. Donaldson
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes first details on Todd & The Book of Pure Evil: The End of the End, a Dark teaser trailer, an announcement for The 2014 Shriekfest International Horror/Sci Fi Film Festival lineup, a trailer for Ghost Bride, release details for Zugzwang, and more:
Animated Sequel to Todd & The Book of Pure Evil: “Having created two amazingly fun, critically-acclaimed, award-winning seasons of the television series “Todd & The Book of Pure Evil”, producers Aircraft Pictures, Corvid Pictures and Frantic Films have announced a feature length animated sequel.
“Our fans rallied and we raised partial funding through an insanely successful Indiegogo campaign,” stated director Craig David Wallace “giving our fans the ending they deserve – a full-length animated feature (with all new metal musical numbers) – that answers the age-old question “Gee, »
- Tamika Jones
To mark the release of Homeland Season 3 on 8th September, we’ve been given 2 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
Homeland, one of the most thrilling TV dramas to date, follows CIA intelligence officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes; Romeo + Juliet, My So Called Life), her boss and mentor Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin; Chicago Hope, Criminal Minds) and former American prisoner of war Nicolas Brody (Damien Lewis; Band of Brothers, Life) in a gripping third season.
Season Two of Homeland ended explosively with Brody (Lewis) being framed by terrorist Abu Nazir (Navid Negahban; Brothers, The Stoning of Soraya M.) in connection to a bombing that left 200 dead, including the Secretary of Defence and the Secretary of Homeland Security. Carrie, trusting that Brody is innocent, helped him flee to Canada and promised to clear his name. Season Three starts in the aftermath of this terrorist attack – Saul is now Acting Director of »
In case you haven't noticed, it's film fest season; and if you live in or near Toronto, one of the best is kicking off October 16th: Toronto After Dark, now in its 9th year. Per usual, it's chock-full of many of the latest high profile titles so read on for all the details!
From the Press Release:
Toronto After Dark Film Festival is thrilled to officially unveil its first wave of exciting film announcements for 2014! Included in the lineup are some of the most critically acclaimed and eagerly anticipated new horror, sci-fi, action, and cult films from this year’s international film festival circuit.
These 10 new movies will all have their Toronto, Canadian, North American, or World Theatrical Premieres hosted exclusively at the festival’s 9th Annual Edition this October 16-24, 2014, at the Scotiabank Theatre, in the heart of downtown Toronto.
The remainder of Toronto After Dark's 2014 lineup, which »
- Debi Moore
You can go home again — though you might be in for a shock. On Wednesday, Sept. 10, Criminal Minds star Shemar Moore returns to the daytime soap role that put him on the map 20 years ago, Malcolm Winters on CBS's The Young and the Restless. The two-episode experience left Moore, who left the show in 2005, stunned and pretty frazzled. He told TV Guide Magazine all about it.
TV Guide Magazine: Back to the old suds grind, eh? How'd it go in Genoa City?
Shemar Moore: It was both wonderful and scary. It was the same set ...
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- Michael Logan
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 ratings -- New episodes: Taxi Brooklyn, Extant, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Big Brother, America's Got Talent, and So You Think You Can Dance. Reruns: Criminal Minds, America's Got Talent, The 100, The Goldbergs, and Modern Family.
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CBS’ “Big Brother” remained Wednesday’s top-rated program in demos and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” drew the most eyeballs overall, but the night was also a good one for CW’s “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” which hit series highs, and Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” which finished its season with a nice uptick.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, CW’s new summer series “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” jumped two tenths week to week in 18-49 (to 0.7/2) and gained about 500,000 total viewers — hitting highs in both categories as well as adults 18-34 (0.5/2) and men 18-49 (0.8/3). Combined with a repeat “The 100″ (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall), the network had its highest-rated Wednesday in three months (since June 4).
At Fox, “So You Think You Can Dance” may have had a rough season ratings-wise, but it finished well (1.3/5 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) — up 30% in 18-49 (0.3) from »
- Rick Kissell
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" got a solid bump for its latest season finale, but it was "Big Brother" leading CBS to a Wednesday win among young viewers and "America's Got Talent" pacing NBC's overall win. "Big Brother" was down a hair from last week, while "America's Got Talent" was up a similarly tiny amount. Meanwhile, Wednesday night saw bumps for NBC's "Taxi Brooklyn" and for The CW's "Penn & Teller: Fool Us." It was, in fact, a series high for "Penn & Teller: Fool Us," which soared 30 percent week-to-week in total viewers. On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 1.4 rating for Wednesday night, edging out the 1.3 rating for both Fox and NBC in the key demographic. ABC was a close fourth with a 1.1 key demo rating, followed by The CW's 0.5 key demo rating. Overall, though, NBC won handily with an »
- Daniel Fienberg
Related Fall TV Spoilerpalooza: Exclusive Scoop and Photos From 42 Returning Favorites, Including Criminal Minds
Having left the sudser in 2005 to join CBS’ Criminal Minds, Moore will resurface on Wednesday, Sept. 10 and Thursday, Sept. 11, when Malcolm visits his Genoa City family to make amends for his hasty exit and to find out what’s been going on (headwriter changes and all?!) since the last time he was in town.
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Recently, CBS served up the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Criminal Minds" episode 1 of season 10. The episode is entitled, "X," and it sounds like things will get pretty interesting as the team introduces a new, female agent. More murders in Bakersfield,CA get investigated, and more. In the new,1st episode press release: As the Bau investigates a series of murders in Bakersfield,California, the team is going to welcome a new agent into the fold. Press release number 2: The Bau team will investigate a series of murders in Bakersfield, Calif., which have left the victims unidentifiable. Also, the team is going to welcome new agent ,Kate Callahan, into the Bau fold, who will assist them in their efforts in solving the cases. Actress, Jennifer Love Hewitt, joins the cast as Kate Callahan, who is a seasoned FBI undercover agent that becomes the newest Bau member. Kerr Smith »
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release details for Out of the Dark, Travelogue of Horror, and The Hunted, a trailer for The Scribbler and The Pyramid, a look at The Walker Stalkers’s music video Talk Dead to Me, advanced screening details for L.A. Slasher, and much more:
Out of the Dark Release Details and Photos: “Vertical Entertainment and Participant Media today announced that Vertical has acquired U.S. rights to Participant’s supernatural thriller Out of the Dark, and slated the film for an early 2015 theatrical release.
Starring Julia Stiles, Scott Speedman, and Stephen Rea, Out of the Dark is a ghost story set in South America, where a young family’s new life turns from promising to terrifying when they are forced to confront ancient legends, ghosts, and a haunting family secret. »
- Tamika Jones
"Criminal Minds" Executive Producer Janine Sherman Barrois has sold medical drama "Cold Blood" to ABC. Described as "'The Firm' in a medical setting," the show puts a conspiracy thriller spin on the genre and tells the story of Dr. Cara West, a new attending who uncovers the shady dealings of an elite team of doctors at the prestigious New York Memorial Hospital. "Cold Blood" joins a slate of new projects in ABC's apparent push for diversity, including John Ridley's "American Crime," Kenya Barris' "Black-ish," and Shonda Rhimes' "How To Get Away With Murder." Along with Rhimes' "Murder" »
- Jai Tiggett
Continuing the theme of reviving unlikely TV superheroes….
Also starring Nestor Carbonell (Lost) as Batmanuel, Liz Vassey (All My Children) as Captain Liberty and David Burke (Brothers & Sisters) as Arthur, the live-action Tick originally ran for nine episodes on Fox in 2001.
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Got anything on Revenge? — Ciara
You may be asking yourself why Jack suddenly becomes friends with a cop (Client List’s Brian Hallisay) after finding himself on the wrong side of the law last season. That’s easy: Jack is actually putting on a badge. However, despite his new position, »
- Natalie Abrams
Three-day weekends are an excuse to be lazy, kick back with a glass of wine (or five), and meander around the home in a constant state of bliss. Then again, that’s the life of a Real Housewife everyday of the week.
For the plebes of the world with a few days off from toil, this Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to catch up on the marathon of shows playing on television, that range from gross (Botched) to fecund (19 Kids and Counting) to a marathon that’s finally coming to an end (The Simpsons). EW has compiled a »
- Teresa Jue
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Brewster will play said ex, Amanda.
As a little aperitif three weeks before it uncorks Premiere Week , CBS has officially revealed the premiere loglines for several of its shows.
Which Big Bangers are hitting the road? Which crime drama is getting a Love touch? Which Five-0 pair is heading into therapy? Read on for the full rundown.
Related Big Bang Wedding Scoop: Will Penny and Leonard Tie the Knot Soon?
2 Broke Girls | Airing Monday, Oct. 27
“And The Reality Problem” – A reality show producer approaches Max and Caroline about shooting an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians at their cupcake window.
The Big Bang Theory | Monday, »
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