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<p>Blair Underwood of &quot;Ironside&quot;</p>

Blair Underwood of "Ironside"

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DVR Gridlock 2013-14: Wednesday Nights

Will 'Ironside' or 'Super Fun Time' or 'Tomorrow People' shake things up?
[Over the next six days, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned. Check out last year's DVR Gridlock installments.]
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS
 
8:00 p.m.
ABC: "The Middle," "Back in the Game"
CBS: "Survivor"
The CW: "Arrow"
FOX: "The X Factor" (and then "Idol")
NBC: "Revolution"
 
 
9:00 p.m. 
ABC: "Modern Family," "Super Fun Night"
CBS: "Criminal Minds"
The CW: "Tomorrow People"
FOX: "The X Factor" (and then "Idol")
NBC: "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
 
 
10 p.m. 
ABC: "Nashville"
CBS: "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
NBC: "Ironside"
 
 
What's Changed: Thanks in part to FOX's determination to keep renewing a talent competition nobody particularly cares about -- "X Factor," not "American Idol" -- Wednesdays are a good deal more stable than the couple nights that came before. FOX remains untouched. CBS remains untouched. Once again, ABC is using established successes "The Middle" and "Modern Family" to try to launch new comedies, a strategy that has had only limited success thus far, while keeping "Nashville," a DVR winner but a middling live performer, in its place. The CW keeps freshman CW-sized smash "Arrow" in place, using it to lead into the new drama "Tomorrow People." The only network changing more than half of its Wednesday lineup is NBC, with "Revolution" taking the 8 p.m. hour, Blair Underwood's "Ironside" remake at 10 p.m. and NBC's stubborn insistence on airing "SVU" in the 9 p.m. hour even though all indications have always been that it performs better at 10 p.m.
 
How the Ratings Race Is Impacted: The "Revolution" producers have always sworn that their show is a big-tent family hour. Now they'll get to prove it. NBC's needs from "Revolution" aren't that exorbitant. Nobody's asking it to return to its fall levels, only to do nearly what it has done in a dwindling spring and hold onto its robust DVR tallies. If it does that, it'll be a huge improvement over NBC's various comedy duds this year. If it fails to do that and takes a "Smash"-sized plunge without "The Voice," "Revolution" will be remembered as an epic flameout and little more. Otherwise, there's a lot of pragmatism on Wednesday. FOX, for example, knows that "X Factor" isn't likely to improve much, so the network is just hoping for another modest season and maybe a few drama hits elsewhere so that "X Factor" doesn't need to be brought back again. NBC can't honestly expect "Ironside" to improve much on what "Chicago Fire" did here last year, but if it can approach those levels while "Chicago Fire" takes the next step on Tuesday after "The Voice," it's a win. And The CW can't be expecting "Tomorrow People" to improve much on "Supernatural," but if "Supernatural" can boost Tuesday and "Tomorrow People" can near those numbers thanks to "Arrow," that's a win. And how much can ABC really expect "Super Fun Night" or "Back in the Game" to do in those sandwich slots? The answer: If either of them does a *smidge* better than "The Neighbors" or "How To Live Blah Blah Blah," that's a victory. [All bets on "Super Fun Night" are off if the network can redevelop the pilot *successfully*. I think there's breakout potential for a *good* Rebel Wilson comedy. A bad one could fail fast and hard.] In short, I don't see anybody making any big advances or huge declines on Wednesday this year. It's a night that's about enabling success elsewhere more than anything else.
 
My Predicted DVR: For me, a lot depends on whether or not I simply quit recapping "The X Factor" this year. I haven't decided yet. If I drop "X Factor," I then recap "Survivor" on Eastern Time and that leaves me with "Arrow" and maybe "Revolution" being recorded at 8 p.m. and "Modern Family" (and maybe "Super Fun Night" just due to convenience) and possibly "Tomorrow People" at 9 p.m. If I recap "X Factor," that then require another DVR slot for "Survivor" at 8 p.m. and probably drops "Revolution" from my rotation, which won't be a tragedy. At 10 p.m. I'll still be recording "Nashville" and we'll see about "Ironside," or if I just go with something on cable. 
 
How have the new schedules impacted your Wednesdays?
 
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<p>Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, and Craig Robinson weigh in on a wide array of topics in our fast and funny conversation about their new film, 'This Is The End'</p>

Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, and Craig Robinson weigh in on a wide array of topics in our fast and funny conversation about their new film, 'This Is The End'

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Seth Rogen and his co-stars talk 'Game of Thrones,' 'Ghostbusters,' and 'This Is The End'

Would Rogen take over Sony's franchise if they asked?

There are certain people who I am very relaxed about interviewing at this point because of how many times we've spoken and the circumstances, and I think chief among them at this point would be Seth Rogen.

I've always found Seth to be exactly what you think he would be if you've watched his movies. He's smart, he's funny, he's approachable, and he's got a self-effacing sense of humor that indicates to me that he hasn't changed one bit since I first saw him in "Freaks and Geeks." At least not in the ways that matter.

Sure, he's more mature. Sure, he's the one calling the shots on his new film, "This Is The End," which he wrote and directed with his partner, Evan Goldberg. Sure, he's married now and seems like a really happy man. But there's nothing about him that seems more guarded or more cynical. If anything, I respect him because of how frank he's always been and how he hasn't let his fame take that away from him.

He's also just plain fun to talk to. Always.

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<p>Hopefully, they're happy because they know just how great these films really are.</p>

Hopefully, they're happy because they know just how great these films really are.

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Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy describe their process for their 'Before Midnight' reunion

Most real-life married couples aren't as in-synch as these two

Ethan Hawke was born the same year as me, just a few months later, so one of the ways I've used the "Before" series as milestones in my own life is watching the way he and Julie Delpy have changed over the years.

I still feel like the same person I was in 1995 when the first one came out. I was 25 years old and I was going through the first flush of success with some of my work being produced for live theater here in LA. My writing partner and I were working with some great people, and I was in a long-term relationship with someone, and Ethan Hawke was very much a surrogate for the experience I was having. When I saw that film, I was young enough to still believe in the grand sweep of romance, and old enough to have some life experience under my belt already. I felt like I had the answers. I had things all figured out. I was on my way. And that's the attitude of that first film, almost exactly.

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'Breaking Bad' creator admits to crying when he finished writing the finale


"Breaking Bad" creator admits to crying when he finished writing the finale

Says Vince Gilligan: "I haven't told my crew this. I actually cried writing the end – 'The end' on the last episode. I haven’t since then." PLUS: Producers reveal on Reddit they once sent a script to the wrong person.


NBC's "The Family Guide' gets a new title
The fall comedy starring J.K. Simmons will be now known as "Growing Up Fisher."


Mitch Hurwitz approves of "Arrested" fans re-editing Season 4 in chronological order
"I love it," he says. "It's like sampling, you know?" PLUS: Herman Cain on Herbert Love: "I heard about it, haven't seen it, and I'm unfazed by it."


Jesse Tyler Ferguson's gay rights group targeted by IRS
The "Modern Family" star's Tie the Knot organization, which raises money for marriage equality, was among the nonprofits that IRS scrutinized.


"Drop Dead Diva" drops Josh Stamberg
Budget cuts have forced producers to cut his role as law firm managing partner Jay Parker.


Stephen Fry reveals he tried to commit suicide last year
The British comedian and former comedy partner of Hugh Laurie's, whose CBS pilot was rejected last month, said: "I took a huge number of pills and a huge (amount) of vodka."  Fry has struggled with bipolar disorder.


Discovery denies trying to shock with the completely nude "Naked and Afraid"
The upcoming reality show drops cast members in a remote location, without any clothing -- but one personal item.


U.S. Supreme Court may have hurt crime shows by allowing police to get DNA from suspects

"The Supreme Court has not merely changed the rules of crime-fighting; it has changed the rules of television," says Neil Genzlinger, noting that many crime shows do a lengthy dance over the collection of DNA.


"Game of Thrones" carries on the HBO tradition of having huge penultimate episodes

"The Sopranos" and "The Wire" also used penultimate episodes for shocking events. PLUS: Listen to soundtrack for Season 3, check out the NY Times Red Wedding announcement, and watch a compilation of people unimpressed by the wedding.


Should Netflix shows be considered "television"?
If Netflix shows are designed to be viewed like a long movie, is it fair to put in the same category as weekly series?


Will Arnett is headed to "The Simpsons"

He'll accuse Homer of illegally downloading a movie as the FBI's anti-piracy boss.


Watch all of the "Oohs" on "Saved by the Bell"

College Humor has edited together the "oohs."


PBS issues a Mister Rogers remix challenge
Users are encouraged to create a remix based on a few clips of Fred Rogers.


Elle visited "Girls" star Jemima Kirke's bedroom when she was 12

Check out Kirke in this 1997 profile.


Marc Maron answers Twitter questions -- as his 1993 self

See how the "Maron" star looked 20 years ago.


"King & Maxwell" taps Christian Kane to play Rebecca Romijn's brother
The former "Leverage" star is returning to TNT.


TNT mashes up "Suits" and "Covert Affiars" in new promo
Donna Paulsen and Annie meet in the ladies' room.


"Under the Dome" releases an image of a boy and his dog

Will this photo make you cry?


"House Hunters" host pens an open apology letter to her breast cancer
HGTV's Susan Whang started off her letter with: "Dear Tit Cancer."


British TV bans Pam Anderson ad

An advertising watchdog deemed this ad sexist and degrading to women.


Fred Armisen's "SNL" farewell song inspires a cover version

Electro-pop/dance music duo Hyperbubble has covered Ian Rubbish's "It's a Lovely Day."


Here's 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh on "Judge Judy"
Harbaugh got to sit in the audience and react with his dad.


MTV, VH1, CMT are launching a 24-hour online music festival

More than 50 artists will be featured later this month on the "Live Music Day Festival."


Daytime Emmys will be hosted by A.J. Hammer, Robin Meade, Sam Champion

HLN will air this year's ceremony.

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<p>Jennifer Lawrence in the upcoming &quot;Serena,&quot; her first collaboration with director Susanne Bier.</p>

Jennifer Lawrence in the upcoming "Serena," her first collaboration with director Susanne Bier.

Credit: Magnolia Pictures

Jennifer Lawrence to produce and star in Susanne Bier's 'Rules of Inheritance'

The true-life drama will mark the Oscar-winning actress's producing debut

You have to hand it to Jennifer Lawrence -- not that the 22-year-old Oscar-winner and industry princess needs anything to be handed to her right now. But even with her career currently at supernova status, the hard-working star isn't resting on her laurels and waiting for all the plum opportunities to come her way. Instead, she's moving toward developing her own projects. It was announced today that she'll be making her producing debut with the prestige drama "Rules of Inheritance," in which she'll also obviously take the lead role.

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<p>Freddie Mercury and David Bowie</p>

Freddie Mercury and David Bowie

Just listen to the isolated vocals on Queen's 'Under Pressure' feat. David Bowie

No auto-tune here, folks

Drops mic.

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<p>Macklemore and Ryan Lewis</p>

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis top Billboard Hot 100 for fifth week

Robin Thicke scores his first Top 10 hit

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Can’t Hold Us” featuring Ray Dalton continues its winning streak at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 as the song spends its fifth week in the pole position.

The song’s title could also apply to Robin Thicke, who lands his first Hot 100 Top 10 with “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell. The song soars 11-6 and is the only new entry into the Top 10, according to Billboard.

Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” reaches a new height, rising 3-2, as Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” featuring Pharrell also ascends one spot to No. 3.

Pink’s “Just Give Me A Reason,” featuring Nate Ruess, drops 2-4, while Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” featuring Nelly, stays at No. 5.

Following Thicke at No. 6 is Selena Gomez’s “Come & Get It,” which falls 6-7; Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive,” which rises 9-8, Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” featuring Charli XCX, down two to No. 9 and Rihanna’s “Stay,” featuring Mikky Ekko at No. 10.

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<p>For &quot;Epic&quot;</p>

For "Epic"

Credit: Twentieth Century Fox Animation

Listen to Beyonce's new song 'Rise Up' from animated film 'Epic'

Be good and help the world

"Be who you are."

But what if who I am is a resources-sucking, Earth-destroying consumerist monster?

"Be good and help the world."

Sigh. You are so right, Beyonce.

Beyonce sings out for the "little woman" of new animated feature film "Epic" in serious-minded pop song "Rise Up." The track -- which leaked a couple weeks ago -- is now officially out and fightin', opening with the guitars based nostalgia that rings like Switchfoot's "Dare You to Move" and then moves straight into power ballad territory with Hit-Boy's heavy beat. Great vocal performance, but a middling tune.

Mrs. Carter is also one of the featured voice-actors in the film "Epic," so maybe she can work on her "O" in EGOT in more than one way from this gig.

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Listen to Ellie Goulding's cover of Alt-J's 'Tessellate'

Listen to Ellie Goulding's cover of Alt-J's 'Tessellate'

Compare it to the original

Ellie Goulding has made a much slinkier version of British band Alt-J's "Tessellate."

Check out her new version, plus the original below. To subhead that ish, she notes this is "Une Nuit à Paris"-themed video. Oh la la, undies.

Alt-J won last year's Mercury Prize in the U.K. for their fresh album "An Awesome Wave." Goulding will be touring in the United States starting on July 1.

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<p>Based on how smart and strong Amy Adams is herself, it seems like pretty easy casting asking her to make Lois Lane an equally well-realized person.</p>

Based on how smart and strong Amy Adams is herself, it seems like pretty easy casting asking her to make Lois Lane an equally well-realized person.

Credit: HitFix

Amy Adams talks about playing a stronger, smarter Lois Lane in 'Man Of Steel'

How important was the re-imagining to getting her to say yes to the film?

Amy Adams had just as hard a job on "Man Of Steel" as Henry Cavill did. Both of them were stepping into iconic roles, although I would argue that Superman has been written better as a character in the films so far than Lois Lane has.

The biggest problem I've always had with Lois goes to the very heart of the character. She is supposed to be a great reporter, smart and capable and constantly breaking stories. If that's the case, how does she manage to work next to someone every day  and not recognize him when he takes his glasses off? That bothered me as a little kid, and over time, I've come to just accept it as part of the price of buying into Superman stories.

One thing that I didn't expect when I sat down to see "Man Of Steel" was that they would finally give me a Lois Lane who addresses all of my issues, making her into a character I can finally respect. Her Lois is smart and capable and unafraid to get herself mixed up in trouble in pursuit of a story.

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<p>Ethan Hawke talks about a rare dip into the world of horror in his new film 'The Purge'</p>

Ethan Hawke talks about a rare dip into the world of horror in his new film 'The Purge'

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Ethan Hawke and producer Jason Blum make the case for the horror film 'The Purge'

These two have a longer history than we realized

It's a big ol' Ethan Hawke day here at HitFix, and when you consider the distance between "The Purge" and "Before Midnight," it's hard to believe the two films have anything in common.

One thing that has always intrigued me about Hawke is the way he dodged some of the most apparent traps inherent to being an actor. If we haven't seen him in a superhero movie yet, chances are we never will. He doesn't seem to spend his time hunting down franchise roles, and even the big films he's done feel like choices he made because he was genuinely drawn to something. There are very few films on his filmography that don't make sense as choices, even if the films didn't quite live up to their promise every single time.

When I sat down to talk to Ethan Hawke and Jason Blum during the press day for "The Purge," I thought their professional relationship might have started with last year's creepy "Sinister." Instead, though, we ended up talking about how they've actually had a professional and personal relationship stretching back 20 years. I was genuinely surprised to learn they had opened a theater company together.

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<p>Mariah Carey</p>

Mariah Carey

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Mariah Carey's new album comes out July 23

Will the new set be 'Triumphant' and 'Beautiful?'

Nearly a year after the release of the first single and a full season of “American Idol” later, Mariah Carey’s 14th studio album looks like it finally has a street day: July 23.

Shortly after noon, Carey tweeted “The New Era Begins...7/23 #MC723.”  Expect to see that hashtag a lot over the next several weeks as the campaign unspools.

As you’ll recall, Carey put out “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)” last August, her first new single in more than two years. Carey’s label positioned the tune as the first cut from her forthcoming album, “whose release will be announced in the months ahead.”  Twelve, to be exact.

When the single underperformed at radio (though it was a dance hit), word about any impending album release waned, which is a shame given that meant losing precious promotional tie-ins via her weekly national platform as an  “American Idol” judge.

However, Carey’s current single, “#Beautiful” featuring Miguel arrived just in time to take advantage of “American Idol,” with the diva performing it on the season finale, as well as on “Good Morning America”  (In the interim, Carey also released “Almost Home,” featured in the film “Oz The Great And Powerful” in February.”)

The new album will be her first new studio set since 2009’s  “Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel.”  Carey told Billboard that the new project features “more raw ballads than people might expect.” Producers include Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox, Big Jim Wright, Hit-Boy, The-Dream, Rodney Jerkins, and Mike Will.

Upcoming performances for Carey include appearing on NBC’s “Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular,” hosted by her husband, Nick Cannon, on July 4, and also featuring Tim McGraw.

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