Pre-credit sequence. When we left off, Drew had just masterfully organized a conspiracy against himself and flawlessly executed his own elimination from the game. "Tribal was freakin' insane," says a perplexed Jon, vowing to do damage control. He goes to everybody and apologizes and says he'd have voted with them if they'd told him. The "You're either with me or against me" rant that the editors teased last week was actually Jon quoting Drew. Jeremy is pleased to be in the middle.
VANCOUVER, BC. It may not have happened the way comics fans initially expected, but Canary is coming. Or is she?
[Stop reading here if you fear all spoilers from the DC Comics Universe and you've been able to avoid those spoilers on TV's "Arrow." And stop reading if you haven't watched the third season's first two episodes of "Arrow."]
VANCOUVER, BC. For most of the season's first two "Arrow" episodes, a pretty big question lingered: Where the heck are Thea Queen and her newly-revealed pop Malcolm Merlyn?
Viewers got at least a partial answer at the very end of last week's episode when we were whisked off to Corto Maltese -- a land most famous from Vicki Vale's award-winning series of photos -- and discovered that Thea has apparently been undergoing some intense martial arts training courtesy of dad and his minions.
The abrupt departure from Starling City was part of Thea's attempt to redefine herself after a grief-and-danger-filled season, but it remains to be seen who Thea will be when we see her next. It's doubtful that she'll just return to being Oliver Queen's club-operating sister, but is she on the path to be the latest incarnation of the classic Green Arrow sidekick known as Speedy?
Rest-assured that nobody involved wants to give any definitive answers, but on the Vancouver set of "Arrow" last week, stars Willa Holland and John Barrowman teased what we can expect from this week's episode, which focuses heavily on Thea and Malcolm, or at least on Oliver's quest to get Thea back.
Oscar nominated writer and TV favorite Steve Coogan will be the new lead in Showtime's darkly comedic half-hour "Happyish."
The new pilot for "Happyish" will shoot in New York City this December, with Ken Kwapis directing from a script by Shalom Auslander.
Jesse Moss' "The Overnighters" was one of the breakout documentary hits of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, taking home a Special Jury Prize.
Set in Williston, North Dakota, "The Overnighters" depicts the problems in a small town when oil prospects bring in an avalanche of new jobs and an even larger onslaught of potential workers, many drawn by the opportunity to restart lives stalled by prolonged unemployment or murky pasts.
Caught in the middle between a wary community and the invading horde aspiring to the American Dream is Pastor Jay Reinke, who opens the doors of the Concordia Lutheran Church to this influx of settlers.
If you'll recall my review from Sundance, I had reservations about the last quarter of "The Overnighters," which seemed to overreach for conclusions based on narrative twist-of-sorts. However, for much of its running time, "Overnighters" is provocative in the most literal sense of the word. It forces viewers to ask difficult questions about faith, charity, the burdens of altruism and the shifting economic realities in the Wild West of contemporary America.
In this exclusive clip, we see many of those themes play out as one of Reinke's parishioners expresses concern about Williston's new residents and their impact on the church, leading the pastor to defend those choices.
Drafthouse Films is releasing "The Overnighters," which opens in Los Angeles on October 31.
Check out the clip above.
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, October 21, 2014.
The World Series opener between the Giants and Royals was essentially over after the first inning, but the lopsided Giants win still let FOX claim Tuesday night among young viewers. Baseball took only a small bite out of CBS' dramas, though, as "NCIS: New Orleans" helped the network win overall.
While "NCIS: NOLA" held up well against the World Series, there were a slew of big droppers on Tuesday including "Marry Me," "About a Boy" and even The CW's "The Flash."
Also slipping on Tuesday was ABC's "Manhattan Love Story," which did only a 0.7 rating in the key demo, which may prove to be the catalyst necessary to get us our first cancellation of the season.
This story will make no judgments on FOX's World Series numbers, because as inaccurate as figures for live events are in general, they become even more inaccurate when dealing with a West Coast participant. So these are time period figures and not, in any way, the ratings for the World Series game itself.
On to the numbers...
VANCOUVER, BC. The first few "Flash" episodes have been, for good reason, so Barry/Flash centric that we haven't had much time to get to know the S.T.A.R. Labs team supporting the nascent superhero.
That changes in Tuesday (October 21) night's episode, "Things You Can't Outrun."
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.
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...
WILMINGTON, NC. I sit down with Matt Barr on the "Sleepy Hollow" set in Wilmington, NC in late August without really knowing much about the actor's character, Noah Hawley.
I know he's got Han Solo rogue swagger and a holstered firearm, but little else. The reports when Barr was cast described his character as a bounty hunter and then he was later described as an arms dealer, two descriptions with a potentially wide gulf between them.
Nearly two months later, I've "acted" in a scene with Barr -- possibly appearing in Episode 8, until they decide to cut me out for reasons that I certainly won't begrudge -- and watched two episodes featuring Hawley and I'm still not sure I know all that much more.
Hawley first popped up in the season's third episode and he returned in the fourth, both times on the trail of the same artifact Crane and Abbie were looking for, which isn't unsuspicious, though we have no reason to distrust him, at least not yet. We're aware he has some backstory with Lyndie Greenwood's Jenny, but that hasn't been dealt with much.
In fact, my going-in-blind interview from the set still provides some background that maybe we haven't spotted this far, which you either will or won't view as spoilers.
We also discussed the "Harper's Island" and "Hellcats" veteran's return to Wilmington, where he previous terrorized Peyton on "One Tree Hill."
Check out the full Q&A below...