Latest Blog Posts

<p>Scott Bakula of &quot;NCIS: New Orleans&quot;</p>

Scott Bakula of "NCIS: New Orleans"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'NCIS: New Orleans' leads CBS, 'MasterChef Junior' dips, 'Flash' rises on Tuesday

ABC's 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' and NBC's 'Marry Me' and 'About a Boy' are up

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

"NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" were both up week-to-week, leading CBS to a dominant overall win and a tight victory among young viewers on Tuesday. 

Tuesday primetime featured a lot of little week-to-week fluctuations, including "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" both rising a tiny bit despite a drop for "MasterChef Junior."

Over on ABC, a "Shark Tank" repeat comfortably outperformed recent comedy block numbers and helped "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." inch up. Presumably that "Shark Tank" repeat also was responsible for some of the "MasterChef" decline, though that's total speculation.

Most of the night's increases and decreases were pretty minimal, but "NCIS: New Orleans" added nearly two million viewers over last week's airing, which came against the second half of a two-hour "The Voice," rather than NBC's significantly lower-rated comedies. And even those NBC comedies were way up from their last airing, though that airing was after a "Voice" clip show.

And both of The CW's dramas ticked up week-to-week. It was the most watched "Supernatural" since January.

On to the numbers...

Read Full Post
<p>New Girl</p>

New Girl

Credit: FOX

Review: 'New Girl' - 'Teachers'

The dumber the show gets this season, the funnier it seems to be

A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I strain the detergent...

Read Full Post
'SNL’s' Cecily Strong to host the White House Correspondents' Dinner
Credit: NBC

'SNL’s' Cecily Strong to host the White House Correspondents' Dinner

After turning 70, Lorne Michaels submits to his 1st podcast interview

"SNL’s" Cecily Strong to host the White House Correspondents' Dinner
The former Weekend Update co-anchor, the daughter of an Associated Press journalist, will become just the 4th female to roast the president of the United States. She follows in the footsteps of her former Weekend Update co-anchor Seth Meyers, plus Jimmy Kimmel, Joel McHale, Jon Stewart, Jay Leno and Wanda Sykes.


CNN’s Don Lemon to Bill Cosby rape accuser: “There are ways not to perform oral sex”
The CNN host appears to have crossed the line with last night’s interview. PLUS: Cosby’s lawyer calls Janice Dickinson’s rape claim an “outrageous defamatory lie."


After turning 70, Lorne Michaels submits to his 1st podcast interview
ESPN's Bill Simmons interviewed the "Saturday Night Live" and "Tonight Show" honcho on Tuesday about "SNL's" 40 seasons.


Click Read Full Post For More

Read Full Post
<p>Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent</p>

Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent

Credit: Amazon

'Oy gevalt': 'Transparent' season 1 in review

Belated thoughts on the first season of the fantastic Amazon dramedy

It's been nearly two months since Amazon debuted the first season of "Transparent," and more than a month since Amazon ordered a second season of the Jill Soloway-created drama. I've been meaning ever since to write a spoiler-filled book-end to my original review, looking over the entire 10-episode first season, but other things kept getting in the way. Better late than never, here are many thoughts on this show's great first season coming up just as soon as you let me know if you see any mustard...

Read Full Post
Steve McQueen and Paul Robeson
Credit: Fox Searchlight/Public Domain

Steve McQueen to direct film centered on Paul Robeson’s life

The ’12 Years a Slave’ filmmaker will chronicle the actor’s turbulent career

Before Steve McQueen directed features like "Hunger," "Shame," and the Best Picture-winning "12 Years a Slave," he was a video artist whose work appeared in museums and galleries. "End Credits" was one such work, an audio/video installation projecting pages of the FBI’s McCarthy-era investigation of actor-activist Paul Robeson while a voiceover reads the reports’ cringe-worthy details aloud. McQueen’s topical explorations took experimental shape, many fascinations that first popped up in visual art have crept into his big screen work. According to the director, "End Credits" will undergo the same evolution — McQueen has announced that he’ll direct a feature film based on Robeson’s life.

Read Full Post
Netflix postpones Bill Cosby’s standup special as rape allegations resurface
Credit: Bill Cosby 77

Netflix postpones Bill Cosby’s standup special as rape allegations resurface

Is NBC next?

Netflix postpones Bill Cosby’s standup special as rape allegations resurface
"At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand up comedy special 'Bill Cosby 77,'” a company spokesperson said of the special that was scheduled to hit Netflix on Nov. 28. A rep for Cosby said it was a mutual decision to postpone the special.

Read Full Post
<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;Sons of Anarchy&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "Sons of Anarchy"

Credit: FX

Recap: 'Sons of Anarchy' - 'Suits of Woe'

Truths come out in a supersized episode that actually needed to be a supersized episode

Nerves got the better of you during Tuesday night’s nail-biting, reveal-all episode of “Sons of Anarchy?” Well light up them ciggies and let’s get joyriding because we’ve got a lot of ground to cover. 

Read Full Post
<p>The Flash</p>

The Flash

Credit: CW

Review: 'The Flash' - 'The Flash Is Born'

Barry faces off against a bully who can turn to steel, and finally gets a good codename

A quick review of tonight's "The Flash" coming up just as soon as I calculate the number of bugs you swallow while running...

Read Full Post
<p>Hayley Atwell as Agent Carter in Agents of SHIELD</p>

Hayley Atwell as Agent Carter in Agents of SHIELD

Credit: ABC

Review: 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' - 'The Things We Bury'

Coulson meets Skye's father, while Ward faces his brother

A review of tonight's "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" coming up just as soon as I give a button to a 300-pound Hawaiian dude...

Read Full Post
Report: Matt Lauer got 'Today' boss fired over a plan to replace Savannah Guthrie with Hoda Kotb
Credit: NBC

Report: Matt Lauer got 'Today' boss fired over a plan to replace Savannah Guthrie with Hoda Kotb

Watch Cameron Diaz’s 'SNL' promos

Report: Matt Lauer got “Today” boss fired over a plan to replace Savannah Guthrie with Hoda Kotb
Page Six reports that Guthrie, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist told Lauer they heard a plan to have Morales and Guthrie replaced by Josh Elliott and Kotb, respectively. So Lauer went to the head of NBC News, Deborah Turness, and got “Today” executive producer Jamie Horowitz fired. PLUS: NY Times reports that Horowitz "quickly made some important enemies at the show."


Nielsen to begin measuring Netflix and Amazon Prime, but not comprehensively
According to the Wall Street Journal, Nielsen will be able to use its TV meters to analyze a program’s audio to find out what shows people are watching.


Watch Cameron Diaz’s “SNL” promos
Did Bobby Moynihan mess with her cue cards?


Click Read Full Post For More

Read Full Post
Report: Kathy Griffin to host E!’s 'Fashion Police,' but it will no longer be a weekly series
Credit: Bravo

Report: Kathy Griffin to host E!’s 'Fashion Police,' but it will no longer be a weekly series

Tracy Morgan sustained a 'traumatic brain injury' in limo van crash

Report: Kathy Griffin to host E!’s “Fashion Police,” but it will no longer be a weekly series
TMZ reports that Griffin has agreed to replace Joan Rivers on the E! staple. However, "Fashion Police" will only be brought out for awards shows and other special programming. Melissa Rivers, Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana Rancic will be back, TMZ says, but George Kotsiopoulos’ fate is unknown.


Tracy Morgan sustained a “traumatic brain injury” in limo van crash
The former “30 Rock” star’s lawyer said today that he may never again be "the Tracy Morgan he once was.”


Janice Dickinson: Bill Cosby raped me, too
The former “America’s Next Top Model” judge recounts to “ET” how she met Cosby while auditioning for a potential “Cosby Show” role.


“Homeland” and “The Affair” hit season-high ratings
Both Showtime series have grown their audience this season.

Read Full Post
<p>Tom Hardy</p>

Tom Hardy

Credit: Andrew Medichini/AP

Tom Hardy's 'Taboo' lands at FX

Steven Knight is creating the 1813-set period revenge drama

FX has landed American distribution for the BBC One drama "Taboo" starring Tom Hardy.

Set to begin production in the UK in mid-to-late 2015, "Taboo" won't actually premiere on FX until mid-2016, which is the kind of long-term planning you have to do when you're dealing with the star of "The Dark Knight Rises," "Bronson" and "Locke."

Read Full Post
BLOGS BY NAME