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<p>Blake Shelton, Carson Daly and Shakira share a moment on &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Blake Shelton, Carson Daly and Shakira share a moment on "The Voice"

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TV Ratings: Low 'NCIS,' solid 'About a Boy' encore lead Tuesday while few play 'Mind Games'

'Glee' is off to a weak Tuesday start for FOX

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, February 25, 2014.

CBS had its least-watched Tuesday of originals this season, but still captured the night overall with ease. Meanwhile, "The Voice" and solid encore performances for the pilots of "About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher" led NBC to victory among young viewers.

CBS' overall win broke a long streak for NBC, which had dominated primetime since the Olympics.

It was a weak Tuesday premiere for "Glee," which couldn't even approach the "Dads"/"Brooklyn" demo numbers from the fall.

Early returns also weren't great for ABC's "Mind Games." Some people will eagerly report that "Mind Games" did, at least, top last month's premiere for "Killer Women," but given that that drama launched with a sluggish "Trophy Wife" lead-in, "Mind Games" had a fairly robust two-hour "Bachelor"  priming the pump.

Finally, it was another big week for "Supernatural" and an OK week for "The Originals," though after spending the fall as near-equals, "Supernatural" has opened up a big lead. Most of that "Supernatural" advantage appears to be in male demos, so The CW probably isn't worried (especially with "The Originals" already renewed). ["Supernatural" also beat "Glee" in all young male demos.]

On to the numbers...

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Amazon revives 'Ripper Street'

Amazon revives “Ripper Street”
Amazon is partnering with BBC on a 3rd season of the canceled British series. New episodes will be shown on Amazon Prime first before airing on BBC One.


Jim Parsons explains “Bazinga” in “SNL” promos
“The Big Bang Theory” star also shows off his dancing skills.


Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers are still going strong
“Late Night’s” 2nd night was only down 15% from Monday’s premiere, thanks to Kanye West’s medley of his greatest hits.


“How I Met Your Dad” casts the gay best friend
Upright Citizens Brigade's Drew Tarver will play Todd, a “kindred spirit” of Greta Gerwig’s character.


Jimmy Kimmel gives Joel McHale tips on hosting the White House Correspondents Dinner
“Unfortunately you happen to be doing this, when we have a President who is actually very funny,” Kimmel explained to the “Community” star.

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<p>Joaquin Phoenix in &quot;Her.&quot;</p>

Joaquin Phoenix in "Her."

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Roundup: The incredible shrinking Oscar race

Also: Ranking every Best Picture winner, and how the Spirits blur into the Oscars

One of my favorite writers, Nick Davis, doesn't often do long-form work on the Oscars these days, so his piece in The Advocate on this year's unusually narrow Oscar field -- with just a dozen films taking all the slots for picture, director, acting and writing -- is a treat. The race has got harder, he says, for dark horses and discoveries. "If you’ve been paying any attention to TV spots or popular magazines since September, you’d already heard of every movie in every category where the victor speaks for more than 20 seconds ... In the top ranks, Oscar risks feeling gratuitous, furnishing extra hype to already well-hyped entertainments. If that’s all he’s good for, why not let him wander off into that Nebraskan good night?" Not that it's all bad news, he says: "Whenever Academy glory and global notice extend to an urgent, brilliantly filmed commemoration like 12 Years a Slave or to Her’s sly, searching meditation on what we mean by 'love,' an angel gets its wings."  [The Advocate]

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<p>Linda Cardellini as Jess&#39;s sister Abby on &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Linda Cardellini as Jess's sister Abby on "New Girl."

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Sister II'

Abby causes more problems for Schmidt and Jess, while Winston awaits his test results

A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as all the other tenants are  middle-aged gay veterans...

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<p>Gina and Jake look for a loan on &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Gina and Jake look for a loan on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'The Apartment'

Gina helps Jake with a housing crisis, while the squad evaluates itself

A  review of last night's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I've started the second season of media content...

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<p>Dierks Bentley</p>

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley: 'I don't want to talk about fluff'

Singer/songwriter gets messy on new album 'Riser'

LOS ANGELES—On his seventh studio album, "Riser,"  out today, 11-time Grammy nominee Dierks Bentley finds himself examining the circle of life as he deals with the death of his father followed by the joy of the birth of his third child and first son. Though the album has plenty of upbeat tracks, it's the deeper cuts, like current Top 10 single, "I Hold On," the dark "Bourbon In Kentucky," and "Here on Earth" that stick to your ribs. A 40-minute documentary, "Dierks Bentley: Riser"  follows the country star's journey as he makes the album. Bentley screened the doc here Feb. 20 and HitFix spent some time with him afterward. CMT produced a 30-minute special that features much of the documentary's footage, while a deal for the full documentary to bring it to a TV outlet, such as Netflix or Hulu is being worked on.

Bentley filmed an episode of CMT's "Crossroads" with OneRepublic, which will debut in mid-March.

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"The Bachelor"

"The Bachelor" 

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'The Bachelor' recap: What the hell happened to Andi?

Another week, another train wreck for Juan Pablo

Remember how I said Andi was the front runner in the exhausting battle to win Juan Pablo's heart? The only sane one still left in the game? Possibly too sane to even be in the game? I take it all back. It's not that I don't think you have many, many assets, Andi. It's just that I think there must be a nightmare romcom bad date character with your name on it.

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<p>Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in "Justified."

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Review: 'Justified' - 'Raw Deal'

Raylan chases a computer criminal, while Boyd and Johnny go to Mexico

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I'm more of a cribbage guy...

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<p>Steve&nbsp;Zahn sings a little karaoke in &quot;Mind Games.&quot;</p>

Steve Zahn sings a little karaoke in "Mind Games."

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Series premiere talkback: 'Mind Games'

What did everybody think of the new ABC drama?

I posted my review of ABC's "Mind Games" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned into the latest drama from "Lone Star" and "Awake" creator Kyle Killen, what did you think? Did you like Steve Zahn and/or Christian Slater? Did you find what the brothers do to be cool or creepy? Did the revelation at the end make you more or less excited to see what's happening next? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>Martin&nbsp;Scorsese at the Academy&nbsp;Nominees Luncheon earlier this month.</p>

Martin Scorsese at the Academy Nominees Luncheon earlier this month.

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Martin Scorsese looks at the changing face of Oscar season over four decades

Also: What is he hoping to do with 'Silence' as an artist?

For years, the Oscars and Martin Scorsese just didn't seem to jibe. His films didn't resonate with that crowd. Maybe it was because he was an outsider. Maybe it was because he didn't trade in the breed of films that typically found footing with the Academy. Whatever the case, it became, for decades, a consistent note: How does Martin Scorsese not have an Oscar?

Things began to change nearly three decades into his career. Until 2002, a Scorsese film registering with the group was not nearly the consistent occurrence it is today. Yet since "Gangs of New York," four of his last five films Have received Best Picture nominations and he finds himself a perennial fixture on the Oscar circuit, a circuit he has seen change drastically over the course of his career.

With Oscar voting drawing to a close, I spoke with Scorsese recently about that very phenomenon, how zealous campaigning by Hollywood magnate Harvey Weinstein may well have played a hand in catapulting the director into this new frame, and how perception of his work, whether from the industry or from the public, has always seemed to dance on a thin line. And here he is, "The Wolf of Wall Street" recently having become his most successful film to date, a culmination of sorts as many threads have slowly drawn together over the last decade.

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Original Score - Arcade Fire aiming to defy 'Gravity'

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Original Score - Arcade Fire aiming to defy 'Gravity'

Three perennial nominees round out a slightly flat category

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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<p>Sandra Bullock in &quot;Gravity&quot;</p>

Sandra Bullock in "Gravity"

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'Gravity,' 'Hobbit,' 'Falling Skies' and 'Game of Thrones' lead 2014 Saturn nominations

No surprise Cuarón's Oscar power player leads a list of genre nods

No surprise given its overall position in this year's film awards season that "Gravity" would dominated a list of genre award nominations, in this case those for the 40th annual Saturn Awards. The film picked up eight nods, as did Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." On the TV side, it was "Breaking Bad," "Falling Skies" and "Game of Thrones" leading the way with five nominations each. Only question: How the hell did "Gravity" miss out in the music category? Oh well. Check out the full list of nominations below and keep track of the rest of the season at The Circuit.

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