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<p>&quot;The Flash&quot;</p>

"The Flash"

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The CW orders full seasons for 'The Flash,' 'Jane the Virgin'

As expected, both freshman successes will stick around

Hot on the heels of premieres that have set recent network highs and dramatically boosted time period averages, both "The Flash" and "Jane the Virgin" have been picked up for full seasons by The CW.

Try not to look surprised.

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CW gives full-season orders to 'The Flash' and 'Jane the Virgin'
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CW gives full-season orders to 'The Flash' and 'Jane the Virgin'

FX cancels 'The Bridge' after 2 seasons

CW gives full-season orders to “The Flash” and “Jane the Virgin"
CW president Mark Pedowitz said in a statement: “We have had a fantastic start to our season this year, with 'The Flash' launching as our most-watched series premiere ever, and 'Jane the Virgin’ recognized as the best new show this season by critics across the country.”

FX cancels “The Bridge” after 2 seasons
The border drama starring Diane Kruger-Demian Bichir ended its run earlier this month with a disappointing 1 million viewers.

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<p>The Bridge</p>

The Bridge

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FX cancels 'The Bridge'

Border crime drama improved greatly in second season, but ratings weren't there

FX has canceled "The Bridge."

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Christian Slater to play 'Mr. Robot' on USA
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Christian Slater to play 'Mr. Robot' on USA

TLC orders a divine intervention show hosted by Roma Downey

Christian Slater to play “Mr. Robot” on USA
Slater has signed on for a USA pilot in which he’ll play a mysterious anarchist known as Mr. Robot who recruits Rami Malek into an underground hacker group.

TLC orders a divine intervention show hosted by Roma Downey
The untitled six-episode series, which Downey is producing with husband Mark Burnett, will “explore the stories of people who claim that they’ve experienced modern-day miracles, incredible twists of fate, and phenomena that logic and science cannot explain.”

Next week’s “Big Bang Theory” is being filmed tonight
When “The Big Bang Theory” returns to Thursdays next week, it’ll be nine days since the episode was filmed. "I think that’s our tightest possible 'turnaround,’” says exec producer Bill Prady.

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Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Florence
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Meryl Streep will sound dreadful alongside Hugh Grant in operatic 'Florence'

The director 'Philomena' takes on an unusual biopic.

Florence Foster Jenkins was the William Hung of the early 1900s. An objectively awful opera singer convinced of her own melodious quality, Jenkins concertized across New York City at her wealthy family’s expense. People couldn’t look away. Staging elaborate shows in opulent costumes, Jenkins sang Vivaldi and Strauss for audiences keeling over from disbelief. Her earnest brand of cacophony became so revered, she was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in 1944, at the age of 76.

Sound like the makings for a biopic? Well, get ready for Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins.

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Best Supporting Actor Oscar 2015: Contenders include J.K. Simmons, Edward Norton and Miyavi

Best Supporting Actor Oscar 2015: Contenders include J.K. Simmons, Edward Norton and Miyavi

Will a Japanese pop star steal a lot of the talk this year?

The Best Supporting Actor race is always a bit mercurial in the early stages but this year it seems positively volatile. The "unknown" factor is always pronounced when you can't draw a lot of conclusions based on role, etc., but in general this year, it seems like this race could go a number of different ways. Naturally, that's exciting.

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Barbara Walters is coming out of retirement for 'The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014'
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Barbara Walters is coming out of retirement for 'The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014'

Why hasn’t any new fall show been canceled yet?

Barbara Walters is coming out of retirement for "The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014”
Walters said she was done with the franchise after the 2013 edition. But ABC announced this morning that "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014” will return Sunday, Dec. 14 at 9 pm.

Why hasn’t any new fall show been canceled yet?
It’s unusual to have zero cancelations one month into the season. But this is an unusual season, and EW reports that one of the factors in the lack of cancelations is the lack of confidence in the midseason replacement shows. PLUS: It’s hard to figure out what a hit is nowadays.

Pop network orders its 1st scripted series: “Schitt’s Creek” with Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara
The current TV Guide Network will transform into Pop, with a comedy about a rich family that loses it all in a Ponzi scheme and ends up living in a motel.

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Humane Society honors Darren Aronofsky for use of CG animals in ‘Noah’

Organization thrilled that no animals were harmed in the making of his Biblical epic.

Remember when animal wranglers involved with “The Hobbit” movies revealed that Peter Jackson’s production resulted in the death of 27 animals? That did not sit well with the zoological protection organizations! If the Humane Society ran its own version of The Razzies, 2012’s “Unexpected Journey” would have picked up the award. Lucky for Team Hobbit, it doesn’t. In fact, after several recent cases of animal mistreatment (the death of three horses on the set of HBO’s “Lucky” comes to mind) the Humane Society turn the other cheek in 2014 and praise the people of Hollywood who are getting it right. The Wrap reports that Darren Aronofsky will be the first recipient of the the organization’s Filmmaker Award, for the “compassionate decision” to use CG animals in his March tentpole “Noah.”

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Katharine McPhee of "Scorpion"

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TV Ratings: 'Scorpion' survives 'The Millers,' 'Sleepy Hollow' rises and ABC, NBC split

'Jane the Virgin' is up in early numbers

Fast National ratings for Monday, October 20, 2014.

"The Voice" and "Blacklist" both dropped on Monday night, but still led NBC to victory among young viewers, while "Dancing with the Stars" carried ABC to overall victory. 

In addition to NBC's drops, Monday also saw a less-than-impressive season premiere for CBS' "The Millers," plus another dip for FOX's "Gotham."

But there was plenty of good news on Monday as well. "Sleepy Hollow," for example, rose week-to-week for FOX. And although it was dealing with a weaker lead-in thanks to "The Millers," CBS' "Scorpion" was encouragingly flat week-to-week in the key demo, though it dipped a little in viewers.

The morning's best news, though, probably came on The CW, where "Jane the Virgin" rose in its second week, seemingly capitalizing on last week's well-received premiere. Of course, The CW had an NFL preemption in Houston, so stay tuned.

ABC had the Pittsburgh football preemption, if you're scoring at home.

On to the numbers...

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<p>When the Garden was Eden</p>

When the Garden was Eden

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Review: '30 for 30' presents the '70s Knicks in 'When the Garden Was Eden'

Lifelong fan Michael Rapaport presents a familiar but fun look at the days of Willis, Clyde and Dollar Bill

During the ESPN anniversary year that launched the "30 for 30" documentary series, one of the most interesting things about the films was how little they resembled one another. All were about sports (mostly), and all were about things that happened during the first 30 years that ESPN was in business, but beyond that they felt completely distinct from one another, whether the narration-less video collage of "June 17, 1994," the kinetic energy of "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks," or the mournful quality of "The Two Escobars."

As ESPN has kept the series alive well past that anniversary year — including the brief stint when new films were presented under the "ESPN Films Presents" banner — certain formulas have crept in, particularly when it comes to films about iconic teams. They're still fun, still full of great archival footage and wonderful memories from the team members in present-day, but movies like "The Fab Five," "Bad Boys," or tonight's documentary "When the Garden Was Eden" (it premieres at 9 Eastern) are all very much of a piece, despite the different subjects and filmmakers involved.

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<p>Michael Keaton</p>

Michael Keaton

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Michael Keaton to receive Santa Barbara film festival's highest honor

And so it begins...

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced the first of this year's many award recipients for the upcoming 30th anniversary edition of the event. They've kicked things off with their most prestigious honor, the Modern Master Award, and hey — when you've got a guy like Michael Keaton in the thick of an Oscar hunt, who better to receive such an accolade?

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Sleepy Hollow - The Weeping Lady
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Recap: 'Sleepy Hollow' - 'The Weeping Lady' reveals Katrina's commitment to prophecy

Never trust a watery tart, sword or no sword.

Last week Ichabod and Abbie scored one for the good guys by ending a centuries old family curse and saving a little girl. Meanwhile, Hawley — aka Southern Gentleman Aquaman — scored one for pragmatism by running away from danger because self-preservation is an extremely underutilized skill.

But with Mills and Crane feeling good about “getting the hang” of this Witness thing, what inevitably terrible fate awaits them this week with “The Weeping Lady”?


Oh wow. The seamstress from the Revolutionary War reenactment the other week wasn’t a throw away character! She returns and is given a name. Caroline. Miss Caroline has been busy replenishing Ichabod’s wardrobe of period appropriate clothing. And churning him butter. And making him jam. And oh dear, I think Caroline is hoping Crane with churn HER butter. Because commitment to Colonial ways is apparently an aphrodisiac. Either that or it’s just his accent.
Despite looking like a budget Katrina, Ichabod demures by saying he is married. Through a series of comical misunderstandings involving Abbie picking that exact moment to return with takeout, Caroline is under the impression Abbie is Mrs. Crane. 

I mean, it’s a logical conclusion. Ichabbie shippers everywhere rejoice at the nod, despite Crane adamantly saying Mills is his partner but not his LIFE partner. Miss Caroline is suffering from deafness brought on my acute embarrassment though and doesn’t hear, quickly escaping while making apologies to “Mrs. Crane.”

Speak of the devil, we cut over to the real Mrs. Crane who is finally getting her witchy ways on. Yeah, girl! You mix that potion. You murmur that spell. You…write that love letter? Okay, I guess she’s still hanging around to “spy” on War and Death. But she sends a raven off to find Ichabod and deliver a message. Abraham almost catches her, but she distracts him with her winning personality and new clothes.

Seriously, does no one in Sleepy Hollow wonder why the demand for period accurate Revolutionary clothing is through the roof?

Headless warns Katrina that he wants her to join him willingly, but he’s not gonna wait for permission forever…so yep, the Horseman of Death is still a douchebag. Abraham then goes to have a Skype call…I mean a mirror conversation…with War to bitch about Katrina getting around the anti-magic wards. Well at least that explains why she hasn’t burned everything to ash by now. Henry offers to help and Headless basically tells him to go back and play with his tiny town and leave the corruption of Katrina to him.

Henry is not amused. DISSENSION IN THE RANKS!

War isn’t about to let that prissy alpha male tell him what he can and can’t do, so he dives into Katrina’s personal effects to find something on which a sin might reside. Upon discovering her copy of “Gulliver’s Travels,” Henry smiles…and not in the nice way.

Meanwhile, random teens are making out in a secluded spot, so obviously they are about to die. Especially since they’re talking about whether or not to have sex. But suddenly, a ghostly witch slams into their windshield, inadvertently saving them. Everyone knows the horror monster can’t kill you until AFTER you’ve started banging, so really that ghost is a hero.

Across town, Abbie is trying to convince Ichabod that it’s totally socially acceptable to send Caroline an apology via phone or text, but his sense of propriety will not stand for it. He’s going to apologize for the mix-up in person. Right now. After dark when most people are probably in their pajamas and not expecting sudden company.

But Miss Caroline is not a normal person and is happy to see her unrequited crush on her doorstep instead of mortified. Crane says he hopes they can remain friends since he has so very few…and even less who share his affinity for 18th century American history. Caroline — in an astonishing feat — accepts this elaborate “It’s not you, it’s me” apology and agrees. 

So of course she is now slated for death. In the darkness of her house, Caroline senses something is amiss. I also sense something is amiss. How the hell does a twenty-something own a house this big? Oh wait, dark water and creepy crying and a silhouette sitting in a rocking chair. Girl, you about to die.

The sad ghost lady goes feral and Caroline shrieks. Well, good luck to the realtor saddled with selling this house now.

Sometime the next morning, Abbie is identifying Caroline’s dead body on the riverbank. Crane is flipping out because they won’t let him cross the police line until Mills clears him. How many cops does Sleepy Hollow have that there are still officers who don’t know Crane is ALWAYS going to be cleared to cross when Abbie is involved?

No one can figure out what happened to Caroline. Her car was still at her house and there’s no sign of a struggle. “Who would do this?” asks Ichabod Crane, apparently in all seriousness. Oh I don’t know, genius. It’s not like you have a list of arch-enemies as long as your arm. Abbie knows the best way to stave off grief is to be useful, so she suggests they look up-river. Perhaps Caroline washed down shore and clues will be found elsewhere.

Approximately twenty seconds later, Ichabod finds Caroline’s coffee mug from the night before in the sand. Nearby there are car skid marks but no footprints. So probably those lucky non-dead teenagers. Is Abbie not going to point out that Ichabod probably shouldn’t put his fingerprints all over the possession of a murder victim? No? Oh, okay.

Have fun in prison, Crane.

Being genre savvy, Abbie figures it was definitely teenagers because this a popular place to make-out. Ichabod is delightfully naive about what happens at a modern day “lover’s lane” and it’s adorable. But he’s not so naive as to not appreciate the “spirit” of the local high school cheerleading squad when they go to question the Queen Bees about who was necking under the bridge last night.

Our hapless teen lovers confess they hauled ass out of there after the Weeping Lady cracked the windshield and a short drive later Abbie is pulling up information on a local legend at the library. The Weeping Lady is a standard soggy ghost: dripping wet, glowing green eyes, always crying, probably a restless spirit who died due to and/or at the hands of her unfaithful lover. But to be sure, Mills and Crane need the source material. It is really hard to make “searching the Dewey Decimal System” action-packed, so the show compensates in three ways:

One, Katrina’s messenger bird finds Ichabod. She lets him know she is well, if annoyed at her limited witchery due to the wards.

Two, and most appreciated, a wild Southern Gentleman Aquaman appears! Hawley runs into Abbie and confesses he’s researching apocalypse stuff because forewarned is forearmed in his — correct — opinion. Abbie tries to give him shit about running away from the last demon and Hawley is like “It was a demon!” Turns out you don’t have to be a believer of the occult to sell it. “Do all people who sell Christmas tress believe in Santa Claus?” asks Hawley, modern day philosopher. He also offers to help free of charge next time Abbie needs it, which is probably the biggest sign of respect SGA is capable of giving.

Three, the Weeping Woman is also visiting the library. But she’s not here to check out a book on how to deal with grief. She’s here to murder Abbie, who of course takes the bait. Sure, Abbie unholsters her gun but LIKE THAT’S GONNA DO ANY GOOD. The Weeping Lady makes her play and lo and behold, bullets do nothing.

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