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In movies, if the cast and filmmaker don't get along, at least there's an end date. Television is a different story -- specifically, it's a long form story. Discord on set can last for years if you're not careful. So how do you solve that trouble once it starts? That's one question explored in the new documentary Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show - which debuts today in limited release and is also available on demand. The film, directed by Des Doyle, takes fans behind the scenes of hit TV shows such as Sons of Anarchy, Boardwalk Empire, »
- Anthony Breznican
Executive producer Steve Molaro spilled the details of Thursday night's big guest star surprise to ETonline
Did you catch the surprise last night?!
That's right — the Academy Award-winner stopped by TV's most-watched comedy for an unpublicized appearance as Dr. Oliver Lorvis, a urologist who misunderstands Penny’s (Kaley Cuoco) workplace flirtations and attempt to woo her at her apartment.
So how did the powers-that-be at Bbt keep such a monumental guest a surprise? Executive producer Steve Molaro exclusively spilled the details to ETonline. "It's crazy—it actually worked!" he exclaimed Friday morning.
Watch: 3 'Big Bang Theory' Secrets All Fans Need to Know!
"It started with Billy and his people saying, 'Hey, what if we kept this a secret?'" Molaro revealed. "And we thought, 'That sounds »
Last season, CBS tried to establish new shows but almost all of them were cancelled due to low ratings. No new dramas survived and only two sitcoms did. Which shows will be cancelled or renewed this time? We'll have wait and see.
CBS shows this season (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, Madam Secretary, The McCarthys, The Millers, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Person of Interest, Scorpion, Stalker, Survivor, and Two and a Half Men.
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 so far. »
There's certainly no chance of The Big Bang Theory being cancelled any time soon. The very popular sitcom's already been renewed through season 10. Will season eight be the series' biggest or worst season yet? Stay tuned.
The Big Bang Theory revolves around a group of geeky scientists, their friends and significant others. The castmembers are Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch, and Mayim Bialik.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest.
10/31 update: You can see the rest of the latest night's ratings. »
CBS' The Big Bang Theory pulled off quite the impossible: A surprise guest star. In an era where spoilers are increasingly hard to avoid, TV's No. 1 comedy surprised millions of diehard fans by bringing in Oscar winner and Emmy nominee Billy Bob Thornton for a guest gig as Penny's suitor. See more 'The Big Bang Theory's' Nerdiest Guest Stars During the episode, Thornton's Dr. Oliver Lorvis came calling to his favorite pharmaceutical rep: Penny (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting). While Leonard (Johnny Galecki) took issue with the fact that his bride-to-be hides her engagement ring in a bid to boost sales, Lorvis winds up having more in common with all the
- Lesley Goldberg
The Big Bang Theory moved back to Thursday night with nothing short of a miracle: The show was able to keep a surprise cameo under wraps ahead of airing, an act that's nearly unheard of in an age where spoilers freely leak long before episodes debut. The CBS comedy welcomed Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton, who played Dr. Oliver Lorvis, a urologist who misunderstands Penny’s (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) flirtation while working and attempts to woo her. How did the cameo come to be? "A few months ago, we had seen an interview with Billy Bob talking about shows he likes. »
- Natalie Abrams
Thursday, October 30, 2014 ratings -- New episodes: The Big Bang Theory, Mom, Two and a Half Men, The McCarthys, Elementary, The Vampire Diaries, Reign, Bones, Gracepoint, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, A to Z, Bad Judge, Parenthood, and The Biggest Loser. Specials: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Reruns: (none).
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Last night, CBS released the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "The Big Bang Theory" episode 8 of season 8, and it features new looks at Penny and Leonard hitting up the dance floor for some prom night recreation fun, and more. The episode is aptly titled, "The Prom Equivalency." In the new, 8th episode plotline: Amy and Bernadette are going to end up, organizing a prom to be held atop the guys' apartment complex, but Sheldon is going to be leery of all the prom pomp circumstance and romancing that goes with it. Guest stars will feature: Kevin Sussman as Stuart, Kara Luiz as Jeanie and Laura Spencer as Emily. Episode 6 is scheduled to air on Thursday night, November 6th at 7pm central time on CBS. »
Remember a few years ago when broadcast comedies were hot again? That feels like a long time ago. The final new fall comedy of the season debuted Thursday night and the overnight ratings told a familiar story. CBS' The McCarthys launched to 8.8 million viewers and a 1.9 preliminary rating among adults 18-49. That's not nearly as weak as some sitcoms this fall (and we'll get to two of those in a moment). But CBS has the highest benchmarks in the genre, and McCarthys is down 42 percent from last season's premiere of The Millers and down 34 percent from the last debut of »
- James Hibberd
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 Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Criminal Minds, Nashville and The Vampire Diaries!
1 | Did Top Model‘s decision to show a disembodied shot of Adam’s naked torso strike you as exploitative, or was he pretty much courting that kind of treatment when he declared, “Every time that I get to shoot with my shirt off, it really does play to my strengths”?
2 | On Hawaii Five-0, did McGarrett’s new lady friend give you »
Fox’s Bones on Thursday night returned to 5.6 million total viewers and a 1.3 demo rating (per finals) opposite The Big Bang Theory and Mom, dropping 17 and 23 percent from its last fresh outing.
Leading out of that, Gracepoint (3.3 mil/0.8) was steady.
CBS | Pending adjustment due to NFL preemptions, The Big Big Theory marked its homecoming with 16.3 mil and a 4.1, down sharply from last fall’s Thursday premiere (19 mil/5.5) and slipping from its most recent Monday telecast (16 mil/4.6). Mom (11.1 mil/2.5) matched its previous premiere (8 mil/2.5), which aired on Monday, as well as The Millers‘ most recent numbers in the time slot »
Update: In updated Nielsen estimates released Friday afternoon, CBS saw expected downward adjustments in the nationals, with only “The Big Bang Theory” (which held steady) unaffected (4.1/14 in 18-49, 16.25 million viewers overall). “Two and a Half Men” was 0.3 lower in the nationals (2.4/7 in 18-49, 10.29 million), while “Mom” (2.5/8 in 18-49, 11.13 million viewers overall), “The McCarthys” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 8.08 million viewers overall) and “Elementary” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 7.57 million viewers overall) all came in two ticks lower.
Despite the downward revision, “Mom” still achieved series highs — outperforming every episode from its rookie season when it aired on Mondays.
The only other demo adjustments were 0.1 gains for ABC’s “Scandal” (3.1/9 in 18-49, 9.32 million viewers overall) and CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 1.58 million viewers overall).
Among networks, ABC opened up a little bit of a gap over CBS in 18-49 (2.5 vs. 2.2) while the Eye still prevailed in adults 25-54 (3.2 vs. 2.9).
On a busy sports night, NFL »
- Rick Kissell
TV ratings for Thursday, October 30th are in. Here’s a brief rundown: The season premiere of CBS’ Elementary tied its series low with a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demo, scoring 8.17 million viewers for a drop of 33% from its season two premiere. Elsewhere on the network, The Big Bang Theory fell 11% to a season “low” 4.1 rating and scored 16.22 million viewers, the premiere of Mom hit a series high 2.7 rating and scored 11.72 million viewers, Two and a Half Men dropped 7% to a 2.7 rating and 11.02 million viewers, and The McCarthys series premiere notched a 1.9 rating and 8.78 million viewers. Over on ABC, Scandal (read Allison's recap here) matched last week’s 3.0 rating and garnered 9.15 million viewers, while How to Get Away with Murder fell 10% to a 2.7 rating and scored 8.52 million viewers. NBC’s Bad Judge was down 10% to a 0.9 rating and 3.96 million viewers, A to Z fell 22% to a 0.7 rating and scored 2.56 million viewers, »
- Adam Chitwood
Even TV's top comedy is no replacement for NFL football, clearly. ABC's Shondaland Thursday edged CBS in the key demographic, when the latter hosted the time period premiere for “The Big Bang Theory,” season premieres for fellow comedies “Mom” and “Two and a Half Men,” the series debut of “The McCarthys” and the return of drama “Elementary.” CBS, which had “Thursday Night Football” in primetime up until this week, still finished first in viewers last night. The network did have local preemptions for last night's pro football game, so its numbers are likely inflated. See photos: Big Screen to Small Screen: 27 Movies. »
- Tony Maglio
Fast National ratings for Thursday, October 30, 2014. "Scandal" led ABC to a Thursday night victory among young viewers, while CBS held on to the overall title despite soft premieres for "The McCarthys" and "Elementary." Even "The Big Bang Theory" was lackluster in its return to Thursday, though the boosted lead-in gave "Mom" a relatively high number. Perhaps viewers were lured away by night-before-Halloween revelries, or maybe by the off-network Thursday Night Football action, but numbers were generally depressed throughout. The ugliest numbers were on NBC where "Bad Judge" slipped below The Mulaney Line to a 0.9 key demo rating and "A to Z" fell to a low enough key demo number that it may be time to keep an eye out for cancellation. On to all of Thursday's ratings... Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 2.5 rating for Thursday night, edging out CBS' 2.4 rating in the key demographic. NBC and Fox were tied »
- Daniel Fienberg
This review contains spoilers.
8.7 The Misinterpretation Agitation
Some modern sitcoms can still be funny while they’re touching on social issues or the struggles of their characters, without turning nasty or bungling the landing. Community does it from time to time, and even The Mindy Project and New Girl have had their moments, but The Big Bang Theory often struggles to transcend its comfort zone even when the writers may have good intentions.
This episode, The Misinterpretation Agitation, made no secret of the fact that it was about Women's Issues, something I have had problems with even in the space of the six episodes I’ve reviewed this season. With Penny doing well in her career and heading towards marriage with Leonard, as well as the now-established structure of having dual girls/boys storylines each week, »
(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not yet seen “The Big Bang Theory” Season 8, Episode 7 entitled “The Misinterpretation Agitation.”) CBS's “The Big Bang Theory” has had a lot of major guest stars over the years, but they've usually shouted the castings from the rooftops. Not so the celebrity who had a surprise role on the show's first Thursday episode of the season. See photos: Halloween in Hollywood Costume Contest – You Be the Judge! (Photos) Fresh from his Emmy-nominated performance on FX's “Fargo,” Billy Bob Thornton joined the show as a urologist who develops an unrequited crush on. »
- Jason Hughes
CBS' The Big Bang Theory returned to its Thursday time slot with a massive bang in the form of an Oscar winner and Emmy nominee. After revealing that he was a fan of the comedy from exec producers Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady and Steve Molaro, Billy Bob Thornton guest starred during Thursday's "The Misinterpretation Agitation" episode. And while Thornton's performance as a sad urologist to the stars will likely earn the Fargo alum a guest actor in a comedy Emmy nomination, the best part of Thursday's episode was the fact that it was largely kept under wraps. See more'The Big Bang Theory's' Nerdiest Guest Stars During the episode, Thornton's Dr. Oliver Lorvis came calling to his favorite pharmaceutical
- Lesley Goldberg
• Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon have signed on for Three Generations. Gaby Dellal is directing the indie from a script by Nikole Beckwith. The story follows a New York City teen, Ray (Fanning), who is transitioning from female to male and her mother, Maggie (Watts), who must come to terms with Ray’s transition. Meanwhile, Maggie’s mother, Dolly (Sarandon), a music manager who lives with her lesbian partner, Frances, has trouble understanding Ray’s decision and Maggie’s inability to move out of the house she grew up in. Big Beach co-founders Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub »
- C. Molly Smith
Et sat the cast down to talk set secrets and baby gossip.
#1: Is Kaley Pregnant?
Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco, who play engaged couple Leonard and Penny on the show, talked with Frazier about their on-screen relationship, but the conversation quickly turned to Cuoco's real-life romance.
The actress married tennis player Ryan Sweeting at the end of last year, and baby rumors are beginning to fly.
"I knew I shouldn’t have worn this!" Cuoco laughed about her choice of a loose draped blouse, as pregnancy talk started immediately.
"The short haircut isn’t helping the pregnancy rumors by the way," Galecki teased, pointing out Cuoco's new pixie cut.
The actress fired back, "What does that mean?"
Galecki attempted to answer, "I don't know »
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