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<p>Round 2 of the NCAA Tournament didn&#39;t help CBS&#39; ratings</p>

Round 2 of the NCAA Tournament didn't help CBS' ratings

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TV Ratings: March Madness starts slow as 'Scandal,' 'American Idol' pace Thursday split

'Community' and 'Parks' get a bump without CBS around

Fast National ratings for Thursday, March 20, 2014.

Second Round coverage from the NCAA Tournament got off to a slow start for CBS, allowing "Scandal"-driven ABC to win the night among young viewers, while "American Idol" helped FOX eke out an overall win.

For "Scandal" it was a good week, as a big cliffhanger and the lack of "Elementary" competition led to a small bump. The news was less good for "American Idol," which fell below a 2.0 rating in the key demo.

Without CBS' in the mix, both "Community" and "Parks and Recreation" made rare visits above the 3 million viewer mark, while "Parenthood" rose above 4 million.

On to the numbers...

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Jesse Eisenberg in "Night Moves."
Jesse Eisenberg in "Night Moves."
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Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning turn on the dark in 'Night Moves' trailer

Kelly Reichardt's environmental thriller was a critical hit on the fall festival circuit

Kelly Reichardt's cool, composed eco-thriller "Night Moves" is pretty much the definition of a slow burner: I saw the film at its Venice premiere and was aloofly impressed, only for it to have wormed its way under my skin by the time I reviewed it a few days later. Six months on, I find my mind wandering back to its snaky ambiguities -- it's one that probably should have placed on my Best of 2013 list, and certainly seals Reichardt's place in the top ranks of American independent auteurs. 

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Def Leppard

Def Leppard's Joe Elliott to Rock Hall: 'I don't give a flying rat's...'

He is not waiting for 'faceless, tuxedo-wearing morons' to validate his band

After a long campaign waged by their fans, Kiss will finally be inducted into the Rock & Roll of Fame this spring.

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<p>Monica Potter, Max Burkholder and Peter Krause in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Monica Potter, Max Burkholder and Peter Krause in "Parenthood."

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'The Offer'

Max's field trip goes awry, Joel gets Victor a phone, and Zeek and Camille have a potential buyer

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I come in over asking...

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<p>Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans star as Black Widow and Captain America, forced to rely on each other in an unfamiliar moral landscape in &#39;Captain America: The Winter Soldier&#39;</p>

Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans star as Black Widow and Captain America, forced to rely on each other in an unfamiliar moral landscape in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

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Review: Captain America meets his match in the smart and stylish 'Winter Soldier'

Bar none, this is the best action film Marvel's made yet

First and foremost, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is the best action film out of the entire Marvel movie universe so far, bar none. Just in terms of sheer impact and choreography and execution and clarity of geography and did I mention impact because DAMN. If that is all that this film did well, that would be enough for me to recommend it.

Beyond that, though, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is a tremendous piece of pop entertainment, smart and engaging and featuring a home run movie star lead performance by Chris Evans and the best overall supporting cast in one of the Marvel movies in terms of everybody having something significant to do and everyone being written for to a degree where they're playing people and not just types. Written by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, this movie hits the ground running, literally, in a great scene where Steve Rogers (Evans) meets Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), a former member of a para-rescue unit who now works at the VA hospital. In one quick moment, they dispense with any need for fish out of water jokes and they introduce the notion that Steve is struggling with the bigger issues that affect him as a man out of time. He is having his doubts about the work he does for S.H.I.E.L.D., and in the film's first big set-piece, we see just how wet that work actually is.

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"The Vampire Diaries"

"The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Can Enzo be trusted?

And are Damon and Elena meant to be?

A theme running throughout this episode is Elena's disappointment in her friends -- which is entirely valid, because seriously, how could they not tell Katherine had moved in and started calling the shots? Though Katherine made an attempt at imitating Elena, she didn't try all that hard -- all too often she wanted to do something and simply whipped up a feeble excuse as to why Elena might blunder into it (gosh, Stefan, didn't mean to get all that oil on my shirt -- oopsie, I'm naked in a hotel room with you!). Of course, only in Mystic Falls could  you even entertain the idea that a dying vampire had hopped into your friend's body without being institutionalized. Still, it's like getting a haircut that no one notices -- wasn't anyone paying attention? 

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<p>If Hugh Jackman stars in a 3rd &quot;Wolverine&quot; he&#39;ll be 48 when it hits theaters.</p>

If Hugh Jackman stars in a 3rd "Wolverine" he'll be 48 when it hits theaters.

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New 'Wolverine,' 'Fantastic Four 2' and 'Taken 3' get release dates

Plus: 'Prometheus 2' and another 'X-Men'?

There have been rumors that 20th Century Fox and director Josh Trank might not be on the same page for the studio's new "Fantastic Four" flick, but it's clear someone will be helming the reboot.  "Fantastic Four" is scheduled for release on June 15, 2015.  Tonight, Fox dated "Fantastic Four 2" for July 14, 2017.  So, yes, it's happening.

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<p>On &quot;Review,&quot; Forrest MacNeil (Andy Daly) ponders a table full of flapjacks.</p>

On "Review," Forrest MacNeil (Andy Daly) ponders a table full of flapjacks.

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A review of the funniest 'Review' yet

In which Forrest MacNeil suffers dearly on behalf of his viewers

A few weeks ago, I sang the praises of Comedy Central's "Review," starring Andy Daly as an amiable but sheltered WASP who has different life experiences at the request of his viewers. In particular, I singled out tonight's episode as an early frontrunner for funniest half-hour of 2014, and thus wanted to do a second post for people who had now seen it. A few thoughts coming up just as soon as this post could be my penicillin...

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<p>Jonathan Banks and David Cross as father and son on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Jonathan Banks and David Cross as father and son on "Community."

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Review: 'Community' - 'Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons'

The group tries to help Buzz bond with estranged son David Cross

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I find a name that's not just another creature's name plus "hob"...

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'White Collar' is poised to end with a 6-episode final season

“White Collar” is poised to end with a 6-episode final season
A deal is being finalized that would serve as a compromise between a full season and a movie/miniseries ending.

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TV station apologizes for using a 'Lost' image to promote its Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 coverage

TV station apologizes for using a “Lost” image to promote its Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 coverage
Omaha’s KETV tweeted a link to “the latest theories” with an image that looked like a doctored “Lost” poster.

CW apparently rejected Lauren Graham’s “Unfamous” TV project based on her debut novel
Ellen DeGeneres, who’s producing Graham's “Unfamous,” revealed in an interview with the “Parenthood” star that “one network” passed on Graham’s show in favor of another zombie show. Ellen says she hopes to shop “Unfamous,” which is based on Graham’s book “Someday, Someday Maybe,” to another network.

“Duck Dynasty” continues dropping
The A&E reality show fell to its lowest numbers in 16 months, falling to 4.7 million this week. Last summer, "Duck Dynasty" was watched by 11.7 million.

CW seems to be out sci-fi-ing SyFy
CW currently has nine genre shows compared to Syfy’s 13. But many of Syfy’s 13 genre shows are either ending or imports from another country.

“Mad Men’s” Matthew Weiner: Don Draper represents American society
"What you’re watching with Don is a representation, to me, of American society,” he says. "He is steeped in sin, haunted by his past, raised by animals, and there is a chance to revolt. And he cannot stop himself.”

NBC to air "Prince Harry's South Pole Heroes”
The March 26 broadcast of a British documentary will feature Prince Harry going to the South Pole with “True Blood’s” Alexander Skarsgård and “The Wire’s" Dominic West to raise awareness for injured servicemen and women.

“Franklin & Bash” books Kevin McKidd and Creed Bratton
The “Grey’s Anatomy” doctor and “The Office” alum will play, respectively, the Duke of Weddington and a judge.

Yes, “Scandal’s” Olivia Pope is a feminist
Shonda Rhimes answered one of many burning Pope questions. PLUS: Josh Malina takes us inside the “Scandal” voiceover booth.

Jimmy Fallon coming to Australian TV
Starting Monday, “The Tonight Show” will air every night at 7:30 pm in Australia.

ABC creates a “Happy” music video
The “GMA”-created video incorporates everybody from the Disney-ABC family, from “Modern Family” to “SportsCenter."

“HIMYM’s” final season has tarnished its legacy
As it gets closer to its March 31 series finale, “How I Met Your Mother” has proven to be unwatchable.

Robert Kirkman isn’t afraid to have “The Walking Dead” kill off Rick
"ABSOLUTELY NOT,” he wrote in a Reddit Ask Me Anything. "Although when I look in Andrew Lincoln's piercing blue eyes I FEEL safe.”

“Dexter” fans keep telling Michael C. Hall they hated the ending
"They'll ask me about the ending," he says of his fans, "and tell me why they found it troubling or unsatisfying, or on the other hand, they want to distinguish themselves by saying they liked the ending.

Presenting the worst “American Idol” moments
From Kara DioGuardi in a bikini to Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo getting engaged.

Check out Amy Poehler’s brother’s Swedish sitcom
“Welcome to Sweden” is based on Greg Poehler’s life as an American who moved to Sweden to be with his Swedish girlfriend, with co-stars Lena Olin Illeana Douglas and Patrick Duffy. The Amy Poehler-produced comedy is expected to air on NBC at some point.

Why “The Crazy Ones” deserves to live
The Robin Williams-Sarah Michelle Gellar comedy was one of the rare comedic gems this season.

Elizabeth Vargas to write a memoir about her alcoholism
The “20/20” anchor will detail her struggles with alcohol in a book due out next year.

“Community’s” Dan Harmon will be hosting a QVC-style online garage sale this weekend
Proceeds will go to charity.

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<p>Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Galentine's Day 2014'

Leslie tries to replace Ann, Ron takes Andy to the dentist and Ben learns to appreciate a colleague

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" — which NBC almost casually renewed yesterday — coming up just as soon as I cap off a long con I'm pulling on Keith Sweat...

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