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A few years ago, Fox had some of the top-rated TV shows on the air. Now, the network is struggling. Which series will be cancelled and which will be renewed? Stay tuned.
How do the execs decide what to cancel or keep? They look at a lot of different factors but the ratings play a very large role. The higher the ratings, the better chances a show has of surviving.
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We at TVLine have seen tonight’s Mindy Project (Fox, 9:30/8:30c), in which Rhea Perlman debuts as Danny’s hard-to-please mom, Annette Castellano. Perlman herself hasn’t, though not for lack of trying.
“I’m so technologically impaired,” the Cheers vet says, laughing. “They sent [the episode] to me this weekend, and I couldn’t open it. And I tried everything! So there you go. But I know what I did, so I know it was a good episode!”
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She’s not wrong. »
Happy premiere week, y'all! (Sorry, we've been watching too much Blake Shelton.) Yes, fall TV is offiicially now in full swing, it's the first day of fall, and we have your weekly roundup of exclusive scoop, as we answer all your burning TV questions. Read on for all the goods! Erik: In desperate need of The Mindy Project spoilers! Someone will say I love you in tonight's episode. Boom. And just know Rhea Perlman crushes it as Danny's momma. Lauren K.: So excited for The Vampire Diaries to come back, but bummed that I won't be able to see the Salvatore brothers together. Please tell me there is hope! Fret not, you will see share »
Many of Fox's series have already been renewed for another season. What does the future hold for the rest of their TV shows? Cancelled or renewed for 2014-15? We'll have to wait and see.
How does Fox decide what to cancel or renew? They look at a lot of different factors but the ratings play a very large role. The higher the ratings, the better chances a show has of surviving. Here's how the network's shows are doing so far: »
It’s that time again, and the Fall TV schedule is packed this year. It somehow seems that there aren’t as many new shows hitting, but there are some big ones.
On the other hand, that’s a good sign for the popularity of returning shows, even if some of them may be pushing their luck at this point. Sticking with shows that work is great, but at some point we’re milking things, and don’t actually have fresh ideas to work into the routine. I’m oddly curious to see how some of these long-running series perform, especially with the cable networks throwing out a lot of great shows.
At any rate, there’s a lot going on, so let’s just jump into the mix.
Links in the schedule are to reviews, and this page will be updated as reviews become available. New shows are in blue. »
- Marc Eastman
A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars
The Performer | Jenna Coleman
The Show | Doctor Who
The Episode | “Listen”
The Airdate | September 13, 2014
To call “Listen” one of the finest episodes of the modern Doctor Who era would hardly be an overstatement — and while it bears noting that we’ve been knocked out by Peter Capaldi’s take on the titular Time Lord this season, we wanted to single out Coleman, who’s been given more room to shine this season as plucky companion Clara Oswald. And indeed, she deserves a good chunk of credit for the hypnotizing hour of creepiness, »
Awards: Anne Thompson's Updated Oscar Predictions 2015 "Boyhood" Star Patricia Arquette Will Campaign for Supporting Actress Oscar Four Reasons Why Clark Terry Doc "Keep On Keepin' On" Is Oscar Bait Updated: Foreign Language Oscar Contenders Where Are the Missing Pictures? Box Office: "Skeleton Twins" Scores Best Limited Opening Since "Boyhood" Top Ten Box Office Takeaways: "No Good Deed" Tops Weak Field, "The Drop" Scores, "The Giver" Soars News & Features: As TriStar Lands Ang Lee, Who's In Line to Replace Sony's Pascal? Fantastic Fest Preview: 10 Must-See Films How Kevin Kline Helped Israel Horovitz's "My Old Lady" Film Debut It's Not Getting Better for Women in Hollywood, But There Is a Silver Lining "New Girl" vs. "The Mindy Project": One's a Winner Take a "Walk Among the Tombstones" with Cinematographer Mihai Malaimare »
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 Doctor Who, Finding Carter, The Mindy Project and The Mysteries of Laura!
2 | On a scale of 1-to-“Blink,” was Doctor Who‘s “Listen” episode the sci-fi series’ best installment in years?
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Shonda Rhimes is responding to a New York Times critic who called her an “angry black woman” in a review for “How to Get Away With Murder,” the new ABC drama Rhimes is executive producing. “Wait. I'm ‘angry’ and a romance writer?!” Rhimes exclaimed Friday morning on Twitter. “I'm going to need to put down the internet and go dance this one out. getting real.” Also read: Shonda Rhimes to Make Acting Debut on ‘The Mindy Project’ Rhimes is perhaps best known for creating “Scandal,” which stars Kerry Washington as the fashionable, fiery political consultant Olivia Pope, and Times’ critic Alessandra Stanley centers her. »
- Travis Reilly
Is there anything Mindy Kaling can’t do? At 35, Mindy created and stars on her own TV show, wrote and acted on The Office for eight years before that, and published a book. With The Mindy Project starting up its third season this week to the best hype it’s ever had, Mindy is on a roll. She is also carving the way for Indian-American women behind and in front of the camera on American television.
Her autobiographical book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) was not only hilarious but also landed on the New York Times best sellers list. How does she still have time to come up with all of her funny tweets and Instagram posts? Mindy can do it all! And she gets to write herself into enviable dating situations and make out with hot guys (give us Chris Messina) every day. What a life! »
- Lauren Elizabeth Thompson
A king and a witch are counseling Beauty and the Beast.
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Van Sprang and Henstridge will play Homeland Security agents Bob and Carol, a perfectly in-sync married couple who, as mirror images of Vincent and Catherine, offer the engaged pair some relationship advice. Unfortunately, the beauty and the beast begin to discover that there’s more than meets the eye when »
Tuesday's “New Girl” season premiere demo ratings fell 42 percent from the prior season's debut. “The Mindy Project” dropped 32 percent. Those are glaring numbers, but Fox TV COO Joe Earley told TheWrap that internally his network isn't necessarily considering them bad ones. As a matter of fact, the current discussion at Fox is one of pulling positive conclusions from the figures. Also read: Ratings: Fox's ‘New Girl,’ ‘Mindy Project’ Premieres Suffer Big Drops From Last Year And you can forget the premiere-to-premiere comparison anyway, Earley told us — his research team is focused on the prior finale. “We always look at where a. »
- Tony Maglio
As TV audiences become more and more fragmented, it's always amusing to go back and look at perceived failures from two or three years ago and muse on how grateful the networks work be to have those numbers now. It's a bit less common to go back only a year and look at the numbers a show was doing and go, "Good Lord. What Happened?!?" But it occurs. Case in point: More than a few ratings observers have glanced at this morning's premiere ratings for "New Girl" and then looked back at last year's premiere ratings and gone, "Good Lord. What Happened?!?" Last September, "New Girl" premiered with a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 5.53 million viewers. By its finale in May, "New Girl" was down to under 2.4 million viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49. Before going any further, it always has to be repeated: Few shows on TV get »
- Daniel Fienberg
Aubrey Plaza to voice Grumpy Cat for Lifetime In a match made in heaven, the deadpan “Parks and Rec” star has been tapped for "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever” after Jane Lynch reportedly backed out after winning an Emmy. Les Moonves: There’s a “very strong possibility” Showtime will be offered to non-cable subscribers “And possibly with CBS as well,” the CBS chief, who oversees Showtime, told investors today. “Friday Night Lights” alum Zach Gilford to play Jennifer Carpenter’s love interest on USA’s “Stanistan” He’ll play an infrastructure manager for Usaid in the drama about an American compound in the Middle Eastern country of Stanistan. Click Read Full Post For More TBS will celebrate Monday’s 20th anniversary of “Friends” with a 20-episode marathon The 20 episodes will consist of fan favorites. Bill Clinton to return to “The Daily Show” The former president will make his 9th appearance on Thursday. »
- Norman Weiss
Smith will play Dr. Carolyn King, an Ob-gyn who Mindy has to blackmail to get Danny’s mom (Cheers alum Rhea Perlman) an appointment.
Aside from her long-running gig on The Simpsons, which returns Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. on Fox, Smith will also appear in the season premiere of ABC’s Revenge (returning Sept. 28 at 10 p.m.) as a fellow patient at the mental hospital where Victoria is interned. »
- Natalie Abrams
On paper, Fox’s “New Girl” got off to a rocky start in its fourth season premiere, down 45% from last season’s opener — but when compared to where the show left off (1.2 in adults 18-49 and 2.4 million in total viewers for its third season finale), the Zooey Deschanel comedy posted gains, scoring a 1.6 rating and 3.1 million total viewers. Whether it can improve those numbers once DVR viewing is factored in remains to be seen, but given the show’s audience erosion last season, it’s likely heartening for execs that fans were curious enough to give the laffer a second chance after a creatively uneven year.
Lead-out “The Mindy Project” told a similar story, posting a 1.3 in 18-49 (down from last year’s 1.9 premiere, but even with its season three finale). In total viewers, the Mindy Kaling series was up a tick from its most recent finale, with 2.8 million vs. »
- Laura Prudom
Lolo Jones on being the 1st booted from “Dancing with the Stars”: "I'm so tired of feeling embarrassed” The former Olympian was worried about coming off as a loser on “Dancing”: "My brief time on #DWTS was a lasting lesson,” she wrote on Facebook. "I really wanted to stay on the show and have the layers of hurt wash away by showing the public how hard I work. I wanted to come away a victor for once. I wanted to do so good performing in public that the haters would stop teasing me. But that is my way of thinking. Not Gods." “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project” return down from last year While both Fox sitcoms were down from their last season premieres, “New Girl” was up and “Mindy Project” was on par with last season’s finales. Plus: “New Girl” adds Michael Stahl-David as a Jess love interest, »
- Norman Weiss
The (literally) bigger ratings story with New Girl and The Mindy Project, two DVR-friendly shows, will come with live-plus-three and live-plus-seven numbers — but the morning after their premieres, those same-day showings did falter from a year ago. New Girl, averaging a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49, was down 45 percent from the comparable opener last year. The Mindy Project, always a more modest performer, was down a less-dramatic 30 percent to a 1.3 rating in the key demo. That said, both series had been pulling lower numbers toward the ends
- Michael O'Connell
Fox comedies “The New Girl” and “The Mindy Project” dropped substantially from last year's season premieres, tying the net for third place in the key demo with Univision on Tuesday. Additionally, Univision bested Fox in total viewers in primetime. NBC topped the night across both metrics, thanks to a strong “America's Got Talent” Tuesday performance finale, which was up a hair from last year. The network was first in ratings with a 2.1 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and first in viewers with an average of 9.4 million, according to preliminary numbers. Following a rerun, “Agt” at 9 p.m. »
- Tony Maglio
Fox’s New Girl and The Mindy Project on Tuesday returned down sharply from their previous premieres, leading as they now are out of weaker, non-sitcom programming.
Utopia opened the night with 2.4 million total viewers and a 1.0 rating (per finals) — up a tenth in the demo week-to-week and improving slightly on Glee‘s most recent Tuesdays-at-8 numbers, but a far cry from the 6 mil/2.4 that Dads/Brooklyn Nine-Nine averaged here a year ago.
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