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<p>Giants&#39; QB Eli Manning</p>

Giants' QB Eli Manning

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TV Ratings: Giants-Bills NFL preseason opener leads NBC on Sunday

The 2014 Hall of Fame Game was down a hair from last year's action

Fast National ratings for August 3, 2014.

The NFL Hall of Fame Game, the pro football preseason opener, helped NBC dominated Sunday night among young viewers and also hold off "Big Brother" and CBS for an overall win.

The Giants-Bills tilt took a small bite out of CBS's numbers (impacted very slightly by golf overrun), but mostly left things steady. 

All numbers are subject to change, but this year's Hall of Fame Game appears to be down a comfortable margin from last year's preseason opener, which featured the Cowboys.

On to the numbers...

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<p>The Awesomes</p>

The Awesomes

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Seth Meyers, Taran Killam & 'The Awesomes' team preview season 2

How a bunch of 'SNL' people got together for an animated superhero comedy

The TV presence at Comic-Con has expanded to the point where shows that only vaguely fit the Con's mission (say, "Sons of Anarchy") have become popular fixtures. Hulu's "The Awesomes," which returned for a second season today (you can see the first two new episodes here, along with all 10 episodes from season 1), though, fits several overlapping core Comic-Con constituencies. It's a show about a team of super-heroes — albeit misfit super heroes whose great powers are undercut by stupidity, or deep-seated mommy issues, or various physical and emotional ailments that make the team's most powerful member, Seth Meyers' Prock (who can stop time) a guy who rarely does anything useful with his gifts — made by people (including Meyers, his "Late Night" producer Mike Shoemaker, and writer Dan Mintz, whom you might recognize as the voice of Tina Belcher on "Bob's Burgers") with clear love and knowledge of many eras of comic book-dom. (One of the supers is Gadget Girl, a de-aged '40s heroine played by Paula Pell, who'd fitjust fine into old Justice Society stories with only the smallest of tweaks.) And the cast includes a bunch of "SNL" and "SNL"-adjacent actors, including Meyers, Taran Killam (as the dim-witted speedster Frantic), Keenan Thompson (as the fashion-conscious, mother-obsessed Impresario) and, this season, Amy Poehler (as a barracuda of a lawyer who may be a love interest for Prock) and Will Forte (as the accountant son of season 1's chief villain). And while it mainly exists as a comedy, it's not really a satire; The Awesomes have actual adventures (even if they bungle their way into solutions), there are big character and story arcs to each season, etc.

At Comic-Con, I had a few minutes to speak with Meyers, Shoemaker, Killam, Mintz and Meyers' brother Josh (who plays the insufferable, aptly-named hero Perfectman) about the show, about which members of the cast and crew are actually into comics — and what it's like for the very nerdy Killam to be married to SHIELD Agent Maria Hill (aka Cobie Smulders) — and more.

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Report: Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco will each be paid $90M in new 'Big Bang Theory' deals

Report: Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco will each be paid $90M in new "Big Bang Theory" deals
The trio have agreed to return for Seasons 8 through 10 for $1 million per episode, with the door open for a Season 11, according to Deadline. The new deals will not only triple their $350,000 per episode salary, but will also give them a bigger piece of the backend. Still, negotiations aren’t completed. Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are still working on their deals to return.

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Nickelodeon is making a 'School of Rock' TV series

Nickelodeon is making a “School of Rock” TV series
Director Richard Linklater will be on board to produce the TV remake of the 2003 Jack Black film, which has secured a 13-episode straight-to-series pickup.


Meredith Baxter joins “The Young and the Restless”
CBS says the "Family Ties" alum will play Maureen, a "charming, intelligent, middle-class woman who has always aspired to a more privileged life than she's had."


How did “Idol” alum Michael Johns die of a blood clot?
A doctor explains what may have happened to the Season 8 finalist.


“The Wire’s” Anwan Glover, AKA Slim Charles, stabbed and beaten at a Washington D.C. nightclub
"I am recovering and will be back soon,” Glover wrote in an Instagram post Sunday night. “My flesh may be stabbed, but my spirit is unbreakable."


Has Brian Williams been damaged by Jimmy Fallon?
As he’s become a viral “Tonight Show” sensation, the NBC Nightly Newsman’s ratings have tumbled in the key demo.


Mischa Barton facing foreclosure on the home she bought while on “The O.C.”
The 1.2-acre home that she purchased for $4.2 million in 2005 has been on sale for more than $8.5 million.


Discovery orders “America’s Smartest” reality show
In each episode, five contestants will be challenged to come up with solutions to everyday problems.


Michael Strahan acknowledged "TV wife" Kelly Ripa in his Pro Football Hall of Fame speech
Watch the “Live” hosts late-night speech. Strahan was one of seven to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. PLUS: Strahan was said to be blindsided that his breakup became public on the eve of his Hall of Fame ceremony, and how Strahan’s gapped teeth were made part of his Hall of Fame bust.


Anna Paquin explains to Larry King that she’s still bisexual, despite being married to Stephen Moyer
“Well, I don’t think it’s a past tense thing,” Paquin explained to King. “Are you still straight if you are with somebody?… If you were to break up with them or if they were to die, it doesn’t prevent your sexuality from existing. It doesn’t really work like that.”


Conan O’Brien will perform “The Monorail Song” when “The Simpsons” hit the Hollywood Bowl
Conan will join cast members for their three-day live performance next month.


See “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harrington with short hair
His new film “Testament of Youth” shows “Jon Snow” with an early 20th century look.


Kirstie Alley tweets a strange message amid feud with ex-“Dancing” partner Maksim
"Dear Sir..after you have ass raped me there is really no reason to include 'I wish you the best'.. It's rhetorical,” she wrote.


“Halt and Catch Fire” ends its flawed 1st season telling a very big truth about tech
"Dramatically, the episode was a mess,” Farhad Manjoo says of the season finale. "And yet as I look back on the finale and on the whole season, it’s clear that despite its many flaws, 'Halt and Catch Fire' managed to hit on a profound idea about the tech industry, one that is often glossed over in most analyses of the business.” PLUS: Don’t expect AMC to pick up a 2nd season, why "Halt" mattered, and “Halt” seemed like a kind a fantasy about capitalism.

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<p>Masters of Sex</p>

Masters of Sex

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Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Dirty Jobs'

Bill and Virginia's jobs fall apart, while Libby is too strict with Coral

A few quick thoughts on last night's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I invite you outside to smoke a Montecristo...

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Review: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' gets the characters' relationships right at least
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Review: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' gets the characters' relationships right at least

It may just be for kids, but isn't that the point anyway?

Kids will have a good time.

Ultimately, if you're an adult who is upset about the finer details of a movie in which turtles do kung-fu and eat pizza and ride skateboards, you may want to take a step back and ask yourself why. Nostalgia? Sure, I know there is an entire generation that stubbornly wraps itself in the things they enjoyed as kids and believe that is what defines them, but at some point, don't you feel ridiculous about watching the same ridiculous story over and over?

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<p>Sunday&#39;s &quot;True Blood&quot;</p>

Sunday's "True Blood"

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Recap: 'True Blood' - 'May Be The Last Time'

A night of fiery, passionate love-making and soggy, stalled plotlines

This episode feels about three hours long. Technically speaking, a great many things happen in it, but most of them don’t feel significant, partly because none of the plotlines that were going somewhere last week achieve any forward momentum. As the clock is ticking down towards the closing credits, there’s a brief, wordless scene of Lafayette and Lettie Mae digging up the yard they saw Tara clawing up in their shared vision, just to let us know that that particular plot thread is still in play and hasn’t been forgotten. But there are also long, meandering scenes in which Sam (drowning his sorrows at Arlene’s bar, where he now seems to be the only remaining customer) and Andy (taking a break from searching for his daughter to stand by the side of a lake and have a good cry) whine about how fed up and frustrated with their lives in Bon Temps, while at the same time expressing sorrow at the thought that their lives there will someday end. It’s as if the writers’ and actors’ mixed feelings about finally finishing up this job and having to go look for work elsewhere were infecting the narrative. 

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<p>Lee Pace in &quot;Halt and Catch Fire.&quot;</p>

Lee Pace in "Halt and Catch Fire."

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Season finale review: 'Halt and Catch Fire' - '1984'

The Giant ships, Cameron has a new business idea, and Donna enjoys some time off

"Halt and Catch Fire" wrapped up its first season tonight, and I have a few thoughts on the finale coming up just as soon as I darf you very gurp...

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<p>Carrie Coon in &quot;The Leftovers.&quot;</p>

Carrie Coon in "The Leftovers."

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Review: 'The Leftovers' - 'Guest'

Another potent single POV episode gives us a few days in the life of Nora Durst

A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as you shoot me...

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<p>Victoria of &quot;Big Brother&quot;</p>

Victoria of "Big Brother"

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Sunday - From HoH to Nominations to a Battle in an hour

A domino run leaves two hamsters on the Block, but is there a bigger target?

When we left things, "Big Brother" had misgauged the attention-paying skills of this season's hamsters and 12 questions weren't enough to crown a Head of Household.

That means that Sunday's (August 3) episode is going to feature an HoH, nominations and Battle of the Block in one tight hour, right?

Follow along...

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From 'Iron Man' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy': Ranking Marvel Studios' 10 films to date
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From 'Iron Man' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy': Ranking Marvel Studios' 10 films to date

Can you guess no. 1?

Among all of Walt Disney Studios' properties, the division that has the most unblemished success is Pixar.  And frankly, from box office to Oscars that respect is well deserved.  While Lucasfilm is bringing on buzz worthy filmmakers and screenwriters to tackle the new standalone trilogy and spinoff movies, the only label with a chance of taking Pixar's crown is Marvel Studios.

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<p>&quot;Marry Me&quot;</p>

"Marry Me"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: NBC's 'Marry Me'

Is NBC's new comedy another 'Happy Endings'? And is that a good thing?

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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