Inside TV+Movies with Daniel Fienberg
Kodaline also performs as another singer faces elimination
Wednesday (March 5) night was a bad night for "American Idol."
It wasn't just the imbecilic studio audience sabotaging one performance after another with against-the-beat clapping.
And it wasn't just the performances themselves, which were generally poor, but not exclusively poor.
A big part of the problem was that the judges also seemed disappointed and uncomfortable with the tone being set. Harry Connick Jr., in particular, came across as more consistently dyspeptic than Simon Cowell ever did on his grouchiest of days. I've never seen a reality judge making so little effort to cover up the sense that he'd rather be some place else.
The big impact is that just about anybody could go home on Thursday. I'm assuming teenage girls will keep Sam Woolf safe, so he's the picture with this recap, but I had a hard time picking. I'd also have a hard time guessing which potentially eliminated contestants might get the Judges' Save. I know the judges worship at the altar of MK Nobilette, but after two straight lackluster performances and a Bottom Three finish last week, would they really waste the Save if MK isn't striking a chord? If Majesty were punished for the second half of last night's Coldplay cover, would the judges take pity? Would the judges keep remembering how good Jena "Gina" Irene was on her original song and ignoring that she hasn't come close to connecting in the same way with anything else?
Let's find out!
Seasons 6 and 7 will be 13 episodes apiece
[Insert your favorite "Archer" catchphrase/punchline here.]
"Archer" continues to hit the mark with audiences, so FX has rewarded the animated cult favorite with a two-season renewal. And how could you blame FX for being this bullish about a comedy that just landed a vocal cameo from Mr. Kenny Loggins?
The Thursday (March 6) renewal is for seasons six and seven of "Archer," with 13 episodes apiece.
"'Archer' is one of the best comedies on television and has played a significant role in the growth of the FX comedy brand," blurbs FX President of Original Programming Eric Schrier. "We’re grateful to Adam Reed, Matt Thompson and their team at Floyd County, and also our incredible voice cast, and are looking forward to supporting their work for at least two more seasons."
In the renewal announcement, Adam Reed adds, "I am figuratively over the moon."
The current fifth "Archer" season is averaging 1.93 million viewers, up 2 percent over last year, making it the show's most watched season to date. FX likes to give multi-run averages, so I can tell you that episodes are averaging 3.86 million viewers, including 3.02 million in the 18-49 demographic, in that metric.
"Archer" will wrap up this season on Monday, April 21.
And there's no word yet on Season 2 of "Chozen," if you care.
[Insert your favorite "Archer" catchphrase/punchline here.]
10-episode Season 2 will premiere in late 2014
Get ready for more upstairs/downstairs sitcom hijinks, because TBS announced on Thursday (March 6) that it has renewed "Ground Floor" for a second season.
One of last fall's pleasant comedy surprises, "Ground Floor" averaged 1.8 million viewers in Live+7 numbers, including 1.1 million in the 18-49 demo. That's not especially huge, but it still rated among 2013's top 10 basic cable sitcoms in the key demo.
The 10-episode second season will premiere in late 2014, picking up from the first season finale which potentially left our main character Brody (Skylar Astin) having made a pivotal decision in his ongoing struggle to balance work and new love Jennifer (Briga Heelan). Will everything be forever changed? Probably not!
In addition to Astin and Heelan, "Ground Floor," stars John C. McGinley, Rory Scovel, Alexis Knapp, James Earl and Rene Gube. The comedy is produced by Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold and Jeff Astrof. [Now if only Lawrence could get NBC to give "Undateable" a premiere date.]
Sepinwall and I reviewed "Ground Floor" back in this November podcast.
Aden Young drama will air on Thursdays this summer
One of the best new shows of 2013 has set a summer premiere date for its second season.
SundanceTV announced on Thursday (March 6) that "Rectify" will return on Thursday, June 19 at 9 p.m. This clarifies SundanceTV's TCA press tour announcement from January that was merely "summer 2014" for the 10-episode second season.
'Arrow' hits a series low, while every ABC show other than 'Mixology' rises
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
"American Idol" got a small performance show uptick to narrowly avoid the ignominy of losing to "Survivor" and "Criminal Minds" among young viewers, while also leading FOX to slim victories in most key measures on Wednesday night.
Despite leading FOX to wins, "Idol" was neither the top show overall nor among young viewers on Wednesday.
The "Idol" decline-bump, up among young viewers but not overall, was fitting for an up-and-down Wednesday
There were declines for "Survivor," "CSI," "Law & Order: SVU," "Chicago PD," "Arrow" and "The Tomorrow People." While "Mixology" was down in its second week for ABC, the declines probably could have been worse, though expect a bigger fall in Finals.
"Mixology" was, in fact, ABC's only dropper as "The Middle," "Suburgatory," "Modern Family" and "Nashville" all rose.
On to the numbers...
It rains and everybody looks at their waterlogged hands for an hour
Pre-credit sequence. The Brains Tribe returns to camp. Spencer is disheartened that his alliance-mate, Garrett, managed to make himself so unappealing that they kept Crazypants J'Tia around over him. "I'm gonna have to resort to all kinds of crazy, creative ideas," Spencer says. "There was a lot of luck, a lot of Kass," admits J'Tia, who knows her tribe is a disaster. "I have no loyalties to Spencer," Tasha warns us, as she solidifies an All-Girl Alliance. "Garrett, he's fun to look at, but you don't want to play with him," Kass explains her swing vote.
LiLo's OWN reality series premieres this weekend
Apparently craving a generous studio audience more than a good script, Lindsay Lohan has landed a guest role on CBS' "2 Broke Girls."
CBS announced on Wednesday (March 5) that Lohan will be appearing on the Monday, April 14 episode of Monday 8:30 comedy.
The Dirty Dozen sing songs that relate to the theme of "Home"
Last Thursday's "American Idol" results weren't entirely shocking. I'd predicted that Kristen O'Connor would be eliminated and, for several reasons, she was. However, it was a minor surprise to see all of the Bottom Three slots go to women, which suggests either a shift in talent from last season, or a shift in voting patterns. It's too early, though, to know if we should start worrying about all of the girls, or just the weaker ones.
Wednesday's theme is "Home," which should be roughly interchangeable from last week's theme, which involved songs that made a personal statement. After all, if your personal statement didn't say anything about where you come from, how personal could it have been?
We'll see how things go after the break!
Dan and Alan talk 'Dusk Till Dawn,' 'Resurrection,' 'True Detective' and more
Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls!
Actually, it's a really Happy Wednesday if you're a Firewall & Iceberg fan, because we posted a video show this morning and now it's time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
In this installment, we have reviews of "Sirens," "Resurrection" and El Rey's "From Dusk Till Dawn."
We also debated the most recent "How I Met Your Mother" twist and then we went into some "True Detective" depth on the eve of the finale.
"Sirens" (00:01:00 - 00:09:00)
"Resurrection" (00:09:05 - 00:17:10)
"From Dusk Till Dawn" (00:17:15 - 00:31:05)
The "How I Met Your Mother" twist (00:31:30 - 43:00)
"True Detective" pre-finale (00:43:00 - 01:06:40)
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CBS leads Tuesday overall as 'Glee,' 'Mind Games' also go low
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
NBC got decent news with the season's first real week of original comedies in the 9 p.m. hour, as "About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher" comfortably beat the sitcoms on FOX and ABC, joining with "The Voice" and "Chicago Fire" for a comfortable primetime win among young viewers.
CBS, of course, swept primetime overall, though all of its drama procedurals were nearing series lows.
Speaking of series lows ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Trophy Wife" both had miserable nights, but if the network wants a tiny bit of solace, "The Goldbergs" held up decently in the middle of the morass. "Trophy Wife," in turn, sent "Mind Games" to rather impressive lows in its second week.
On the negative side of things, FOX also got miserable numbers for "Glee."
Finally, over on The CW, "Supernatural" was down from last week, tightening the gap with the stable "Originals."
On to the numbers...