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Question: I’m still Team Stelena on The Vampire Diaries. Is there any hope? —Allison
Ausiello: Never give up hope, Allison! Elena’s emotions are all over the place in Season 6 and I have it on good authority that her love life is going to be far from dormant. In fact, I hear she’ll be locking lips with a handsome fella in Episode 3 — and his name does not rhyme with Shmamon.
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In an overall pretty good first week of the television season for the broadcast biz, NBC ruled in all key demos and CBS prevailed in total viewers — while third-place ABC was arguably the most impressive of all the networks.
It was mostly slow going for Fox, though it book-ended its week nicely with newcomer “Gotham” and its “Simpsons”-“Family Guy” crossover episode.
The networks combined were down 2% in adults 18-49 rating vs. their premiere week of 2013 (9.6 vs. 9.8), according to Nielsen “live plus same-day” numbers, but they could erase that deficit in “live plus-3″ results. CBS, which added “Thursday Night Football” to its early-fall schedule, was the only network up vs. last year in 18-49.
In total viewers, a category skewed by tune-in among adults 50 and older, the networks held up better. Their combined audience of 34.39 million was up 1% from last year’s 34.11 million, with ABC, CBS and NBC all up a bit. »
- Rick Kissell
Which TV shows are doing the best? The worst? Wondering how your favorite series are doing in the ratings? Here are the season average ratings of the 2014-15 network TV shows -- through the end of week one (Sunday, September 28, 2014).
ABC shows (so far): 20/20, Black-ish, Dancing with the Stars, Forever, The Goldbergs, Grey's Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Marvel's Agents of Shield, The Middle, Modern Family, Nashville, Once Upon a Time, Resurrection, Revenge, Shark Tank, and Scandal.
CBS shows (so far): 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, Person of Interest, Scorpion, and Survivor.
Jessica Biel showed off her body in a bikini during a day at the beach with her family in Maui last week, and we have the exclusive pictures! The actress wore a loose tank top and pants on the sand before wading in the ocean in a black two-piece. We last saw Jessica in a bikini during her birthday getaway in Barbados back in March, and it seems as though her beach body still has people talking. Jessica's recent vacation come on the heels of her big return to TV; she appeared alongside Zooey Deschanel in the season four premiere of New Girl earlier this month, marking the first time she's hit the small screen since starring on 7th Heaven in the '90s - coincidentally, Jessica reunited with her former costars for a sweet family-style dinner that same week, and her onscreen sister Beverley Mitchell shared a cute photo via Twitter. »
The first two episodes of New Girl’s fourth season focused on Jess Day’s (Zooey Deschanel) pursuit of love, but the latest installment takes Jess’s eyes off her own romantic conquests when her father Bob (Rob Reiner) breezes into town with a new girlfriend who has plenty of high school history with Jess.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Kaitlin Olson, who plays the girlfriend in question, talked to EW about crashing the loft tonight for the first of a three-episode arc. “When they offered it to me, I said, ‘Only if there’s full frontal with Rob Reiner, »
- Lanford Beard
Premiere week ratings are in: NBC and CBS have reasons to celebrate while Fox’s numbers are far from utopian.
NBC led the first week of the 2014-15 broadcast season by a wide margin in the key adults 18-49 demo, while CBS was tops among total viewers. Though NBC’s demo victory is more enviable from an advertiser perspective, CBS has the important bragging point of being the only network to show a gain among 18-49 compared to last fall—CBS was up 9 percent in the demo, while NBC, ABC and Fox were down between 3 and 9 percent each (full charts »
- James Hibberd
When a teenage Jessica Day flipped through her high school yearbook, little did she know that one of those pages featured her unlikely future stepmother: This week’s New Girl (Fox, Tuesday at 9/8c) introduces Ashley, the young new fiancée of Jess’ dad, Bob.
Pros: Ashley is played by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Kaitlin Olson, who’ll be back for more episodes later in the season. Cons: Ashley is Jess and Cece’s high school nemesis… though she doesn’t remember it that way.
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Jess Day had a high-school nemesis. It’s hard to believe that Jess — glitter-loving, always-hugging, everybody-get-along Jess — could have had a mortal enemy in her teenage years, but she did. Or, at least, she thinks she did. Ashley, played by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Kaitlin Olson, doesn’t remember things the same way. Technically speaking, she doesn’t remember Jess, like, at all. Ashley, a recovered sex addict (it only took her four tries to break the habit!), is only back in Jess’s life because of the most awkward reason possible: She’s dating Jess’s dad (played by Rob Reiner). Olson talked to Vulture about teen mean-girls, playing drunk, and switching gears from a show where everyone is constantly vicious to the sunny, supportive universe of New Girl. You play Jess’s high-school nemesis and her dad’s new girlfriend, which sounds like a very uncomfortable combination. »
- Jessica Goldstein
It's always difficult when kids watch their divorced parents date other people. But Jess (Zooey Deschanel) is about to live through her worst nightmare on New Girl when her dad (Rob Reiner) brings his new girlfriend Ashley over to the loft. Because his new arm candy is none other than It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Kaitlin Olson! While we would be jumping up and down at the chance to welcome Olson into our family, Jess is less than thrilled for a couple reasons: 1. Ashley went to high school with Jess and is the same age as Jess. 2. Ashley was...ahem, loose, in high school. And still is. And even though Jess is not happy with her dad's choice in love interests, »
The flesh-eating creatures from AMC’s gory “The Walking Dead” have started to eat into football’s pricing power, according to Variety’s annual analysis of primetime TV advertising costs.
Advertisers are willing to pay more for a package of spots across multiple airings of “Dead” than they are for a 30-second spot in a broadcast of Espn’s “Monday Night Football.” The Espn pigskin showcase was the second most-expensive program for advertisers in last year’s survey, coming in just behind NBC’s ”Sunday Night Football.” This year it ranks No. 4.
The average cost of a 30-second ad in “Monday Night Football” is an eye-popping $397,898, according to the Variety analysis, which uses estimates collected from as many as six different media-buying firms as well as other sources. No scripted program on broadcast can top it. Yet the cost of a package on “Dead” comes to an average of $413,695. The »
- Brian Steinberg
So you spend your morning at temple for Rosh Hashanah and you miss Fast National ratings and then you pull up Final Live+Same Day ratings for Wednesday, September 24 and... Stop it with the "Mysteries of Laura," America! Although the Debra Messing dramedy took a drop from last week's post-"Agt" sneak among young viewers, it still drew over 10 million viewers in its first Wednesday 8 p.m. airing, which is a success of almost mind-boggling magnitude. It's such a big success that it thoroughly distracts me from nearly all of Wednesday's other notables, which include a terrific premiere for "Black-ish," an impressively consistent return for the new season of "Survivor" and a solid time period transfer for "The Goldbergs." Things weren't all entirely positive. "Modern Family" and "The Middle" were both down from last year's premieres, while "Red Band Society" remains unable to attract an audience beyond young female viewers. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Who will be the nominees and winners in the 11 television races at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards? Our new predictions center is now open for you to log your picks. -Break- At last year's awards, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," its leading man Andy Samberg and Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") were the comedy winners. On the drama side, it was first wins for "Breaking Bad" and Bryan Cranston plus Robin Wright ("House of Cards"). Among returning laffers, look for possible continued support of "The Big Bang Theory" (Jim Parsons), "Episodes" (Matt LeBlanc), "Girls" (Lena Dunham), "House of Lies" (Don Cheadle), "Louie" (Louis C.K.), "Modern Family" (Sofia Vergara), "New Girl" (Zooey Deschanel), "Nurse Jackie" (Edie Falco), "Orange is the New Black" (Taylor Schilling), and "Veep" (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Freshman contenders ...' »
Last season, New Girl dropped in the ratings -- but not nearly as much as many other Fox shows. Will this quirky sitcom remain a bright spot on the network's schedule. Is it essentially guaranteed a fifth season renewal (because of syndication profits) or could it actually be cancelled? Stay tuned.
New Girl revolves around free-spirited educator Jess (Zooey Deschanel), her four single male friends (Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris, and Damon Wayans Jr.), and her childhood best friend who's now a model (Hannah Simone).
The higher a show's ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- typically the following morning, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest.
9/24 update: You can see the rest of the latest night's ratings. »
I have a serious proposal, and I’m not sure how much you’re going to like it at first, but just hear me out. Maybe … just maybe … Zooey Deschanel shouldn’t be the star of the show anymore. I Said Hear Me Out! It’s nothing against Deschanel, honestly, but Jessica Day is starting to regress as a character. With her at the center of the show, New Girl is a flat circle. Season one was the story of a newly single, late-20s-to-early-30-something who has to be resocialized by her quirky male roommates. The first few episodes of that season, you may recall, are nearly unwatchable. Jess is less a lovable goofball and more a twee, socially stunted alien. The show never quite got a handle on how to make Zooey Deschanel “undateable” without making her outright cloying, so it reinvented itself as an ensemble piece. The »
- Jenny Jaffe
A review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I show you some of my old baby clothes... "Dice" felt like a step down from last week's premiere, but in a way I'm not too worried about. Jess's misadventures with the Dice app and the gang showing up stoned to a police academy party didn't provide as many laughs as the Biel-adjacent wedding hijinks, but both storylines felt like they belonged on the show. Last year had too many outings that felt like the writers were just throwing any damn idea at the wall to see what stuck, where "Dice" was an episode that just needed some more comedy polish. In particular, Schmidt trying to coach Jess through the rough world of Tinder (or its non-union Mexican equivalent) was a nice return to Schmidt using his powers of douchebaggery for good rather than evil. That it takes »
- Alan Sepinwall
The fall TV season has officially kicked off, giving us plenty to discuss this week on the podcast. First we talk comedy, including a look at the Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories pilot and the finales of Married and You’re the Worst, then we head to genre, including the much anticipated (by some) Gotham pilot and the return of Sleepy Hollow, and we wrap things up with the dramas, including the series finale of The Honourable Woman, the premiere of The Good Wife, and the pilots of Madam Secretary and Scorpion. We also preview the week’s pilots and premieres and afterward, it’s time for another Informed Opinions. This week, Ophilia Tesla from The Kinky Geeks and Eat the Rudecast joins us to discuss forensics on TV.
- Kate Kulzick
StreamFix counts up the best and most notable in new streaming video on the web every week. Check out our rundown of what to watch on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Instant Video, and Crackle. Netflix "Silver Linings Playbook" Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence solve mental illness with a dance-off. Watch closely as Jacki Weaver sneaks into frame three or four times for an Oscar nomination. "Beginners" This delightful movie retraces he relationship between a downtrodden son (Ewan McGregor) and his father Hal (Christopher Plummer), who comes out as gay near the end of his life. Worth it to see Plummer in an Oscar-winning role roaming around the real La gay bar Akbar. "One Day" Anne Hathaway's best? Not by a long shot. But if you still have a vendetta against Hathaway for her streak of cloying interviews in late 2012, this is a good way to spite her. "New Girl »
- Louis Virtel
When Schmidt (Max Greenfield) schooling Jess (Zooey Deschanel) in the deceptive art of online dating is the second biggest takeaway of an episode of New Girl, you know things are going to to get legitimately crazy.
Indeed, this exclusive clip showing a stoned Nick (Jake Johnson) takes the cake—and probably eats it like Fat Schmidt in his heyday. Joined by Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.) and Cece (Hannah Simone), Nick practically reverts back to his Baja jacket-wearing college self in the latest episode, “Dice.”
The ep’s title comes from the aforementioned, Tinder-like app. In a second clip, Schmidt teaches »
- Lanford Beard
As is becoming habit, director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guarenteed) has taken to Twitter to drop another tease from Jurassic World, the long-awaited fourth instalemnt in the blockbuster Jurassic Park franchise. Not much to get excited about, but it’s better than nothing…
Jurassic World is set for release on June 12th 2015, with a cast that includes stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (Terminator Salvation), Jake Johnson (New Girl), Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Bd Wong (Jurassic Park), Irrfan Khan (The Amazing Spider-Man), Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer), and Lauren Lapkus (Orange is the New Black).
- Gary Collinson
While half of the New Girl cast spends Tuesday's episode on a cannabis-fueled escapade, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) makes her next big move back into the dating pool with some help from Schmidt (Max Greenfield). Following his cues with the dating app Dice — a seemingly more intense version of Tinder — she proceeds to go on a rapid-fire round of dates with a few undesirable gentlemen. "We just thought it would be really fun to have Jess really getting in over her head," says Matt Fusfeld, who co-wrote the episode with Alex Cuthbertson, in the below clip.
- Michael O'Connell
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