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Ratings: Riverdale Returns Red-Hot, Doubling Its Season 1 Numbers

Ratings: Riverdale Returns Red-Hot, Doubling Its Season 1 Numbers
Jinkies! Or… whatever they exclaim over in Riverdale. Because the CW drama on Wednesday opened Season 2 not just with series highs but double its usual numbers — and on a new night, with no lead-in.

Related2018 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled?

All told, Riverdale drew 2.33 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating (per finals), up sharply from its freshman launch out of Supernatural (1.4 mil/0.5) and doubling its Season 1 average and finale (both of which were 1 mil/0.4).

In fact, Archie and the gang delivered the Wednesday lead-off spot’s best numbers since the Nov. 30 episode of Arrow.
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Ratings: Designated Survivor Ties Lows, Modern Family Catches Empire in a First

Ratings: Designated Survivor Ties Lows, Modern Family Catches Empire in a First
Designated Survivor this Wednesday drew 4.8 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating as the conspiracy storyline came to a close, slipping 13 percent and two tenths from its Season 2 premiere to match series lows.

RelatedDesignated Survivor Season 2 Review: The West Wing Minus 24 Equals…?

On ABC’s sitcom front, The Goldbergs (5.7 mil/1.6), Modern Family (6.4 mil/1.9) and American Housewife (4.9 mil/1.4) each slipped two tenths from their season openers, while Speechless (4.6 mil/1.3) dipped one tenth.

Of note, Modern Family for the first time ever caught up to Fox’s Empire, tying for the nightly demo win.

Over on CBS, Survivor (8 mil/1.6) and Seal Team
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‘Great News’ Review: Tina Fey Pushes Season 2 Toward ’30 Rock’ Territory as the New Jack Donaghy

‘Great News’ Review: Tina Fey Pushes Season 2 Toward ’30 Rock’ Territory as the New Jack Donaghy
As a zany workplace comedy focused on the production of a live TV show, “Great News” has always been just a few degrees removed from “30 Rock.” Creator Tracy Wigfield came up the ranks through Tina Fey’s classic NBC sitcom, so it’s only fitting that her Fey-produced debut features a few similarities to a show Wigfield produced, wrote, and even cameo-d in. (She also co-stars in “Great News,” as Beth, the rather intense meteorologist).

After a critically approved but less-than-buzzy first season, Wigfield & Co. are leaning into the likeness: Tina Fey has joined the ensemble cast for seven episodes; series lead Katie Wendelson (Briga Heelan) is shifting into a mentor-mentee relationship with her new boss (played by Fey); the show is re-focusing on sharper topical storylines, and Chris Parnell, a “30 Rock” favorite as Dr. Leo Spaceman, even drops by for a guest spot in Episode 2.

Read More:‘Speechless’ Review: Season 2 Is a Lean,
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TCA Awards: The Handmaid's Tale, Atlanta, Big Little Lies, Carrie Coon Among Big Winners

TCA Awards: The Handmaid's Tale, Atlanta, Big Little Lies, Carrie Coon Among Big Winners
Praise be! Critics are enamored with The Handmaid’s Tale.

Hulu’s breakout hit walked away with two trophies at Saturday’s 2017 Television Critics Association Awards in Beverly Hills, including Program of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Drama. Meanwhile, Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama went to Carrie Coon, who made history by winning for two performances, as both police chief Gloria Burgle on Fargo and Nora Durst on the dearly departed The Leftovers.

Related Emmy Nominations: SNL, Westworld, Feud and Stranger Things Lead Pack, Freshman Hit This Is Us Scores 11 Nods

FX’s Atlanta also took home a pair of awards,
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Atypical Review: This Autism Comedy Warms the Heart, Minus the Schmaltz

Atypical Review: This Autism Comedy Warms the Heart, Minus the Schmaltz
“Heartwarming” is a tricky word to use in a TV review: It brings to mind those insufferably corny, 7th Heaven-type shows where the family has a big group hug at the end of each episode. (Yuck.) But Netflix’s whimsical new family comedy Atypical — debuting Friday, Aug. 11 — manages to sidestep those landmines and deliver something that truly warms the heart, with a cast full of sweet-natured characters, a bracing dose of melancholy and a terrific lead performance from Keir Gilchrist.

Gilchrist’s character Sam is an autistic teen on the high-functioning end of the spectrum, and we learn about his
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TCA Awards: The Handmaid's Tale, Atlanta, This Is Us Lead Nominations

TCA Awards: The Handmaid's Tale, Atlanta, This Is Us Lead Nominations
The Television Critics Association has announced its nominees for the 33rd annual TCA Awards, and FX’s Atlanta, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and NBC’s This Is Us amassed the most nods, with four apiece.

RelatedTVLine Podcast: Dream Emmy Nominee Sterling K. Brown Reflects on This Is Us Phenomenon

Big Little Lies, Feud: Bette and Joan, Stranger Things, The Good Place and The Crown followed with three nominations each.

Network-by-network, HBO came out on top with 12 total nods, followed closely by FX (11) and Netflix (10). Among broadcasters, NBC fared best with seven total nominations. (Any show airing the majority
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2017 TV Critics Association Award Nominations Honor ‘Atlanta,’ ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘This Is Us’

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2017 TV Critics Association Award Nominations Honor ‘Atlanta,’ ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘This Is Us’
According to the Television Critics Association, it was a big year for women, people of color, dystopias and the afterlife. At least, that’s what can be gleaned from the nominees for the 2017 TCA Award nominees, announced this morning.

In terms of total nominees, FX’s “Atlanta,” Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and NBC’s “This Is Us” led the pack with four each. Following, with three nominations each, were HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” FX’s “Feud: Bette And Joan,” Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” and NBC’s “The Good Place.”

Notably, the Individual Achievement in Drama and Comedy nominees, which don’t specify gender, were dominated by women in a variety of key roles, and the only men recognized were men of color, including Sterling K. Brown, Aziz Ansari, and Donald Glover. (That’s right, MTV, the Television Critics Association has been doing gender-neutral awards for quite some time — so slow your roll.
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‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Faces the Future and 4 More Things to Watch This Weekend, May 19-21

‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Faces the Future and 4 More Things to Watch This Weekend, May 19-21
Welcome to PeekTV, your daily look at the best that television has to offer. In each installment, we make three picks for the best shows to watch and…toss in a little extra.

The Weekend of May 19-21 What Happened Last Night?!

(Why is this man sulking? Find out what happened with last night’s TV picks.)

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Season 3, Netflix

Synopsis: As Ben Travers put it in his season review: Through six episodes, Season 3 has shown far less reliance on the past and an invigorating interest in the future. It’s not that Kimmy’s time underground got stale so much as her rapid development into adulthood would inevitably require more time to be spent in the present. We’ve covered a lot of her arrested development, and now it’s time to see what kind of story an adult Kimmy has to tell. So far, it’s a damn good one.
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ABC Orders Deception, Splitting Up Together to Series

ABC Orders Deception, Splitting Up Together to Series
ABC has waved its magic wand and added a pair of new series to its primetime lineup.

The network has ordered magician drama Deception and divorce sitcom Splitting Up Together to series, TVLine has learned.

Deception stars Jack Cutmore-Scott (Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life) as a disgraced magician who puts his skills of deception and illusion to work as an FBI consultant, helping the feds catch the world’s most elusive criminals. Chuck executive producer Chris Fedak is the creator/Ep, and Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Arrow) and Martin Gero (Blindspot) are onboard as EPs as well.

RelatedABC Orders Five Shows to Series,
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2017 Writers Guild Awards Winners: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Atlanta’ and ‘The Americans’ Win Big

2017 Writers Guild Awards Winners: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Atlanta’ and ‘The Americans’ Win Big
Live from New York! And also Los Angeles! It’s the 2017 Writers Guild Awards, honoring the best in writing for television, film and new media. This year’s big winners included some of the season’s most lauded productions — including “Moonlight,” “Arrival,” “Atlanta” and “The Americans.”

While “Moonlight” and “Arrival” will compete against each other in the Adapted Screenplay category at the Oscars, they were entered in the WGA Awards in different categories, allowing both to make off with an award. “The Americans” pulled out a win for Drama Series, while “Atlanta” snapped up both Comedy Series and New Series. Other winners included “Command and Control,” “Saturday Night Live,” “BoJack Horseman” and “This Is Us.”

Read More: The IndieWire 2016-17 Awards Season Winners Guide

Check out our full list of winners — noted in bold — all updated live as the awards were announced at concurrent ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles this evening.
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Reba McEntire to Star in Marc Cherry's Southern Gothic Soap for ABC

Reba McEntire to Star in Marc Cherry's Southern Gothic Soap for ABC
Reba McEntire is headed back to ABC… and Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry is coming along with her.

The country superstar has signed on to headline a “Southern Gothic soap opera” created by Cherry for ABC, our sister site Deadline reports. The untitled project, which has already received a script commitment from the network, will star McEntire as a small-town Kentucky sheriff who teams up with a Middle Eastern FBI agent to investigate an act of terrorism during a local 4th of July parade. Cherry will serve as creator and showrunner.

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American Housewife: Wendie Malick Is One Mother of a Thanksgiving Guest!

American Housewife: Wendie Malick Is One Mother of a Thanksgiving Guest!
Indigestion might very well be on the Thanksgiving menu when sitcom vet Wendie Malick guest-stars on ABC’s American Housewife, as seen in these first photos.

RelatedABC’s American Housewife Gets Full-Season Order

In “The Blow-Up” (airing Tuesday at 8:30/7:30c), Katie (played by Katy Mixon) is less-than-thankful to receive a visit from her least-favorite person — her mom. “Kathryn was a Pan Am stewardess in the old days, and she just thinks she’s the bee’s knees,” the ever-ubiquitous Malick says of her self-centered matriarch. “I play a lot of those women, who are ‘missing some links.’ Kathryn
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Ratings: Designated Survivor Hit Hardest by Strong World Series

Ratings: Designated Survivor Hit Hardest by Strong World Series
ABC’s Designated Survivor sustained the most damage this Wednesday with the World Series in full swing, slipping 15 and 25 percent to 6 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating (per finals), losing the 1o o’clock hour to Chicago P.D. for the first time this season.

On the sitcom side, The Goldbergs (6.1 mil/1.8), Speechless (5.8 mil/1.7) and Modern Family (7.3 mil/2.3) and black-ish (5.8 mil/1.7) each dipped one tenth.

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Fox’s coverage of the aforementioned World Series match-up drew 17.4 million viewers and a 4.8 rating, up 26 percent year-over-year to mark the best Game
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American Housewife Premiere: Is ABC's Newest Family Comedy a Total Dud?

American Housewife Premiere: Is ABC's Newest Family Comedy a Total Dud?
American Housewife was originally called The Second-Fattest Housewife in Westport. It’s a title that perfectly represents Tuesday’s series premiere, assuming you can get past the fact that its central character isn’t actually fat.

Of course, that’s part of the alleged joke in this mean-spirited sitcom that, having changed its title, is hopefully planning to throw out its premise and start fresh in Week 2.

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The series centers on Katie Otto (Mike & Molly‘s Katy Mixon), a mother of three with serious body-image issues. When
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'American Housewife' Review: ABC's Successful Comedy Streak Comes to a Whiny Halt

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ABC has a proven track record of developing cutting-edge (for Primetime anyway), ethnically diverse comedies like Modern Family, Black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat and Speechless. So, the network has set the bar high for American Housewife. Unfortunately, this sitcom about a zaftig housewife and the day-to-day challenges she faces as a stay-at-home mom is uninspired, and at times, downright offensive.

Katy Mixon stars as Katie Otto, the matriarch of a middle-class family living in the wealthy enclave of Westport, Connecticut. Even though Katie has a degree in marketing from Duke, and her husband Greg (Diedrich Bader) is a college professor, the couple can only afford to be "renters" in Westport. Katie is very vocal about how much she despises the locals which leads to the question of why the Otto family chooses to reside in a town where Katie clearly feels unwelcome and uncomfortable. Their motivation for settling in Westport
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Htgawm 'Survivor' on Heartbreaking Face-off, Annalise's Big Risk

Htgawm 'Survivor' on Heartbreaking Face-off, Annalise's Big Risk
Annalise Keating made quite the unexpected pass at the end of Thursday’s How to Get Away With Murder. No, no, no… I don’t mean to imply she asked puppydog Wes to handle dictation duties — not that there’d be anything wrong with that. (Ok, actually, that’d violate the sacred bonds of the professor-student relationship, but I am out-of-control digressing here!)

RelatedAsk Ausiello: Spoilers on Arrow, Grimm, Big Bang, Once, Empire, Flash, Chi Fire, Gilmore Girls, New Girl and More

Instead, the end-of-hour flash-forward found Viola Davis’ mercurial law professor handing off her cellphone to computer whiz Oliver
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ABC Trims Episode Order for New Midseason Comedy Imaginary Mary

ABC Trims Episode Order for New Midseason Comedy Imaginary Mary
You’ll be seeing less of Jenna Elfman and her imaginary friend: ABC has cut the episode order for its new midseason comedy Imaginary Mary from 13 episodes to 9.

This news, confirmed by our sister site Variety, is a bad omen for Mary, which stars Dharma & Greg veteran Elfman as a single career woman whose furry imaginary friend from childhood (a CGI creature voiced by Rachel Dratch) pops back into her life. In fact, without a premiere date scheduled, it’s not even certain Imaginary Mary will ever air; it’s one of two ABC midseason comedies, along with Downward Dog.
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Pretty Little Liars Finale: Who's Dying? Who's Mary's Secret Child? And Could Someone Be Pregnant?

Pretty Little Liars Finale: Who's Dying? Who's Mary's Secret Child? And Could Someone Be Pregnant?
If you’re a Pretty Little Liars fan — particularly one who specializes in theorizing — now would be a good time to sit down. You’re about to have a lot of information to process.

VideosExclusive Pretty Little Liars Sneak Peek: Paige’s Return Leaves Emily Speechless

Freeform on Monday released the official synopsis for the show’s Aug. 30 summer finale (8/7c), and it’s full of ominous teases that we’re already struggling to wrap our collective brain around:

The Liars face off with their enemies in a chaotic fight that ends fatally. One of the PLLs learns a secret
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Greatest Hits Video: Wilson Phillips, Chicago and More '80s Icons Perform

Greatest Hits Video: Wilson Phillips, Chicago and More '80s Icons Perform
Just hours after the Emmy nominations were revealed Thursday, ABC’s Greatest Hits announced the winner of an even more prestigious honor: Beautiful Babe Lifetime Achievement Award. (Got any of those, Judith Light?)

RelatedEmmy Nominations: Top 7 Reactions

Host Arsenio Hall presented the award to Og video vixen Tawny Kitaen for her work in Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again.” Official proof that this actually happened can be found below:

The Beautiful Babe Lifetime Achievement Award goes to @Tawny_Kitaen! ❤️ @ArsenioHall #GreatestHits pic.twitter.com/SOpJjrXkc5

Greatest Hits (@greatesthitsabc) July 15, 2016

In case you couldn’t already guess, this week’s Greatest Hits
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Watch New ABC Show Trailers: 'Conviction,' 'Notorious,' More

Hayley Atwell lost a job and gained another in one fell swoop. The actress's "Agent Carter" was canceled by ABC, but now she's headlining a new legal drama titled "Conviction."

It's just one of a large crop of new series ordered by the network, which cleared out its schedule in canceling "Agent Carter," "Castle," "The Family," "The Muppets," and "Nashville." The new shows continue ABC's brand mixing sexy, serialized dramas with family comedies.

And for the first time in a few years, Thursday will not be entirely ruled by Shonda Rhimes' shows. Due to Kerry Washington's pregnancy, "Scandal" is being held until midseason. In its place, talk show drama "Notorious" will try to continue the #Tgit magic.

Here are the trailers for ABC's new series:

"Conviction," starring Hayley Atwell as a troubled former First Daughter who reluctantly joins a wrongful conviction legal team:

"Designated Survivor," with Kiefer Sutherland
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