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'The Michael J. Fox Show' hits a new low thanks to 'Idol' competition

"The Michael J. Fox Show" hits a new low thanks to "Idol" competition

"American Idol" was down 13% from the premiere, but Fox's sitcom fell 35%.

"Orange is the New Black's" Michelle Hurst is out of her medically induced coma
The actress known for playing Miss Claudette is still recovering from last month's car accident.

ABC orders "Black-ish" starring Anthony Anderson
Anderson will star in a single-camera comedy pilot about an upper-middle class black man trying to raise his kids with a sense of cultural identity.

Here are Lena Dunham's Vogue pictures, unphotoshopped

Not too much work was done on the "Girls" star. PLUS: Dunham responds: "Some sh*t is just too ridiculous to engage."

Britain's "Sex Box" to be remade for American TV
On "Sex Box," couples have sex in a box on stage in front of a studio audience, followed by them sitting down and talking about what just happened -- watch it here.

Letterman is now referring to his future "Tonight Show" rival as "Little Jimmy Fallon"
David Letterman jokingly kept referring to "Little Jimmy Fallon" during an interview last night with Brian Williams.

Watch "The Walking Dead's" midseason trailer
Here's a 30-second glimpse of what to expect on Feb. 9.

Patton Oswalt is upset Epix screwed up his standup special
His "Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time" special was to debut online last night, but that didn't happen.

"Live with Kelly and Michael" is No. 1 daytime talk show for the 2nd straight week, topping "Dr. Phil"

Is this the start of a new daytime trend?

Conan gets awkward with his interns
Watch Conan O'Brien pretend to be a young hip guy.

Melissa McCarthy will be joined on "SNL" by Imagine Dragons

The Grammy-nominated alt-rock band will make its "Saturday Night Live" debut.

"Entourage" movie begins filming

The first day of shooting yesterday featured a lot of women in bikinis.

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<p>Thursday's &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Thursday's "American Idol"

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TV Ratings: 'American Idol,' 'Michael J. Fox Show' post ugly Thursday drops

'Big Bang Theory' repeat tops 'Idol' overall
Fast National ratings for Thursday, January 16, 2014. 
FOX won Thursday night in all measures thanks to the second night of "American Idol," but it was really an evening characterized by ugly drops.
"American Idol" dipped night-to-night in all measures in its Thursday premiere -- 13 percent in viewers and 19 percent in young viewers -- and, in fact, lost to a "Big Bang Theory" repeat overall (it topped the "Big Bang Theory" repeat among young viewers, but not by much).
Those numbers are ugly, but they may not be as ugly as what NBC is facing with "The Michael J. Fox Show," which slipped to only 2 million viewers and an astonishingly low 0.6 key demo rating. But, hey, "Parks and Recreation" was NBC's top comedy in the key demo, while "Community" was its top comedy overall, even if both were down from last week."
Finally, a "Shark Tank" repeat easily improved on "The Assets" among young viewers.
On to the numbers.
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<p>Skylar Astin and Briga Heelan in &quot;Ground Floor.&quot;</p>

Skylar Astin and Briga Heelan in "Ground Floor."

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Season finale review: 'Ground Floor' - 'The Decision'

Brody has to choose between Mansfield and Jenny; will the show come back?

So "Ground Floor" concluded a very satisfying, if often formulaic, first season in largely satisfying, if often formulaic (was there any way someone wasn't going to dash through the airport?) fashion. And that's been the thing about "Ground Floor" throughout. It does familiar things in an old-fashioned format, but is full of likable characters and good jokes, serving as a reminder that it doesn't matter how old a song is if you sing it well.

The ratings have been so-so throughout, but if I were a betting man, I would guess it comes back, less for its own performance than for what its survival would represent to the larger creative community. TBS is serious about making its own sitcoms and not just subsisting on "Big Bang Theory" repeats. Bill Lawrence isn't a commercial juggernaut (though "Spin City" was a hit, back in the day), but he's respected in the industry, and if TBS shows a willingness to be patient with a good but modestly-rated show from him, it encourages other creators and studios to pitch their projects there, as opposed to TBS being a dumping ground for stuff everyone else rejected. There's still no word, but I'd like to see this group back again. Briga Heelan in particular is so good as Jenny, and I worry that another show wouldn't be able to use her as well.

What did everybody else think, of both the finale and the season as a whole?

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<p>Mae Whitman as Amber on &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Mae Whitman as Amber on "Parenthood."

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'Jump Ball'

Hank explores a diagnosis, Amber goes for a drive and Joel makes a decision

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I trash the evidence of my ninth grade accomplishments...

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<p>A scene from &quot;The Green Prince.&quot;</p>

A scene from "The Green Prince."

Credit: Sundance Film Festival

Review: 'The Green Prince' an engrossing docu-thriller on Israeli-Palestinian friction

Nadav Schirman's film opens the World Documentary Competition at Sundance

PARK CITY - The documentary that styles itself as a genre film is a risky gambit -- for every example that pulls off the disguise (think Bart Layton's elegantly shifty "The Imposter"), there's at least one other that carries a faint whiff of desperation, employing thriller tactics in the hope of sexing up serious-minded material, selling its subject and audience short in one fell swoop.

Early on in Nadav Schirman's "The Green Prince," a smart, tightly assembled film that kicked off the World Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival tonight, there's reason to fear the film will fall into the latter camp, as title cards skitter across the screen in that analog typeface native to the contemporary Hollywood war movie, as an ominous, militaristic score rumbles in the background. "Yes, here's another urgent reflection on Israeli-Palestinian politics," these embellishments appear to say. "But wait, this one's exciting."

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Review: Ben Whishaw brings emotion to uneven 'Lilting'

Review: Ben Whishaw brings emotion to uneven 'Lilting'

Hong Khaou's feature debut's heart is in the right place, but...

PARK CITY - In theory, casting a top-tier actor in your independent film is a godsend. They should elevate the material and help mask any flaws that a small budget or a shortened shooting schedule might cause.  Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. Often, said actor may seem out of place among the film's other talent or another aspect of the film is so weak — say, screenwriting or production design — that the film still fails overall. The latter, among other problems, is the issue with Ben Whishaw's casting in Hong Khaou's directorial debut "Lilting," which was one of four films to open the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Thursday night.

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<p>Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey in &quot;Dallas Buyers Club.&quot; The Focus Features release earned six Academy Award nominations including best picture.</p>

Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey in "Dallas Buyers Club." The Focus Features release earned six Academy Award nominations including best picture.

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'American Hustle,' 'Dallas Buyers Club' and 'Gravity' producers celebrate best picture nods

Films that were tough to get made get big rewards

Landing an Academy Award is usually a moment someone will remember for the rest of his or her life. As "American Hustle" producer Richard Suckle noted this morning, he's been instructed to "take it all in and enjoy the moment." Because, unless you're Scott Rudin, this doesn't happen often.

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Gregory Ellwood and Guy Lodge on today's Oscar nominations

Gregory Ellwood and Guy Lodge on today's Oscar nominations

'Alone Yet Not Alone'-gate, surprises and some predictions

PARK CITY - Oscar nominations day is always busy, but before transitioning to Sundance Film Festival coverage, Gregory Ellwood and Guy Lodge took a few minutes to chat about what today's nods mean as the march continues toward the 86th Academy Awards.

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<p>Miles Teller gives a dedicated, remarkable performance in 'Whiplash'</p>

Miles Teller gives a dedicated, remarkable performance in 'Whiplash'

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Review: Miles Teller and JK Simmons in 'Whiplash' starts Sundance on a high note

Opening night movie asks pointed questions about what pursuit of greatness costs

PARK CITY - My whole life, as long as I can remember, I have had the same goals for myself. I have always wanted to write, and I have always wanted my work to be read and seen and shared.

There have been points in my life where I've had people comment how nice it must be to have such a clear sense of purpose, and when people say that, I try to smile and take it in the spirit it is intended. The truth, though, is that having that strong a drive to do something is a double-edged sword. Yes, when you know what you want from this world, it can be an advantage because you can work towards it and you can stay focused on it. But the other side of that is the gnawing fear that you will not accomplish what you want to accomplish, and that all the work in the world cannot guarantee you an audience. Just because I write every single day does not mean that my work will be read or seen or shared. Beyond that, just because I write every day does not mean that my work deserves to be read or seen or shared, and that thought terrifies me.

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<p>Leonardo&nbsp;DiCaprio and&nbsp;Jonah&nbsp;Hill at the 19th annual Critics'&nbsp;Choice Movie&nbsp;Awards</p>

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill at the 19th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards

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DiCaprio beams and team 'Banks' lives it up at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards

The BFCA has found its place but hasn't quite found its identity

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has found a bit of a sweet spot for its annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards by holding them on the very night of the Oscar nominations. This evening marked the second such occasion after necessity forced the organization's hand last year and ended up working out for them, and spirits were certainly high amongst the many Oscar nominees in attendance this time around.

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<p>On &quot;Parks and Recreation,&quot;&nbsp;April (Aubrey Plaza)&nbsp;tries to record a special moment with Ben (Adam Scott).</p>

On "Parks and Recreation," April (Aubrey Plaza) tries to record a special moment with Ben (Adam Scott).

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'New Beginnings'

Leslie returns to the parks department, Ben starts as city manager, and Ron wins an award

A quick review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I can recognize elk hair...

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<p>On &quot;Community,&quot;&nbsp;Troy (Donald Glover)&nbsp;and the study group return from a strange memorial.</p>

On "Community," Troy (Donald Glover) and the study group return from a strange memorial.

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Review: 'Community' - 'Cooperative Polygraphy'

Pierce vexes the study group one last time in a terrific bottle episode

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I send Liam Neeson a message about the roles he chooses...

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