<p>&quot;Fresh Off The Boat&quot;</p>

"Fresh Off The Boat"

Credit: ABC

Take Me To The Pilots '14: ABC's 'Fresh Off the Boat'

ABC has another potential family comedy winner. Will anybody watch?

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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Julie Chen of "Big Brother"
Julie Chen of "Big Brother"
Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Big Brother,' 'Unforgettable' lead Labor Day Weekend Sunday

FOX animation repeats are good for second in the demo

Fast National ratings for Sunday, August 31, 2014.

CBS swept Sunday primetime with "60 Minutes," "Big Brother," Unforgettable" and "Reckless," comfortably winning the slow Labor Day Weekend night in all measures.

Note that "Reckless" was WAY up over last week's demo numbers without any reasonable explanation...

Let's just go straight to the numbers...

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

"The Simpsons"

Credit: FOX

FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 12 - HitFix Picks

What a long, strange trip it has been. The Marathon reaches its end.

[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, FXX is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.]

It's all over!

Day 12 of FXX's Every Simpsons Ever takes us from "A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again" through "The Yellow Badge of Cowardge" and that's the end of the road for "The Simpsons," at least so far. 

To close things out, we have five Day 12 recommendations and only one to skip. And I'm probably going to be using this day to catch up on a few episodes I missed from last season when there was just too much TV on Sunday nights to catch "The Simpsons" every week. [I'd also add that "Bob's Burgers" has, for me, usurped "The Simpsons" as FOX's funniest Sunday comedy and the one I seek out first on Hulu or OnDemand. "Bob's Burgers" earned that Emmy this year. But let's see what "Bob's Burgers" looks like in Season 25.]

We've had a lot of fun going on this 12-day journey and I hope that these nightly collections of suggestions and highlights have been at least somewhat helpful or amusing for y'all as well. 

Check out our recommendations for Day 12 and chime in with your own favorites...

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<p>Scott Cohen and Hope Davis in the pilot for NBC&#39;s &quot;Allegiance&quot;</p>

Scott Cohen and Hope Davis in the pilot for NBC's "Allegiance"

Credit: NBC

Take Me To The Pilots '14: NBC's 'Allegiance'

Just because it feels a lot like 'The Americans' doesn't make it bad

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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<p>Katy Perry and the &quot;Simpsons&quot; puppets</p>

Katy Perry and the "Simpsons" puppets

Credit: FOX

FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 11 - HitFix Picks

Sideshow Bob, Bill James and Simon Cowell lead the day's hits and misses

[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, FXX is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.]

We're nearing the end!

Day 11 of FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon takes us from "The Greatest Story Ever D'ohed" (mid-Season 21) through "Beware My Cheating Bart" (late-Season 23).

Personally, I was shocked to see at least one or two episodes in this period that I haven't seen, as well as a lot of episodes I haven't seen multiple times, which was almost unheard-of for the first eight or nine days of the Marathon.

But we still have preferences for you. Yup! We're gonna make it through this whole darned Marathon, for which we're unlikely to receive a prize. But we've got commitment. 

[Oh and the episode guest-starring Katy Perry is "The Fight Before Christmas," airing at 7:30 a.m. It was neither good nor bad enough to get mentioned here, but it makes for a good picture.]

Check out our recommendations for Day 10 and chime in with your own favorites...

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<p>&quot;Battle Creek&quot;</p>

"Battle Creek"

Credit: CBS

Take Me To The Pilots '14: CBS' 'Battle Creek'

We're on to midseason with CBS' new drama from Vince Gilligan and David Shore

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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<p>&quot;That &#39;90s Show&quot;</p>

"That '90s Show"

Credit: FOX

FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 10 - HitFix Picks

'The Simpsons' heads into HD as the Marathon nears the home stretch

[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, FXX is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.]

Day 10 of FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon takes us from "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpsons Mind" (mid-Season 19) through "Stealing First Base" (mid-Season 21).

It's a reasonably good day, both because it starts with a near-classic, but also because mid-morning will see the show transition into HD, which will finally end those conversations about FXX's cropping decisions and whether they've hindered the comedy thus far. 

The shift to HD didn't reinvigorate "The Simpsons" back to its Season 4-ish peak, but it absolutely gave new juice to the storytelling, inspiring the show to take more visual risks -- the couch gags have never been better -- and to add more aesthetic depth. "The Simpsons" always had moments of beautiful animation, but they were usually wedged amidst plainer stuff. Since the HD transition, "The Simpsons" has been a consistently good-looking show.

If you're like a lot of the HitFix staff, you may have already stopped watching by this point, but that's a mistake and we have five episodes you should check out from Day 10. I also wrote up three episodes you can skip.

Check out our recommendations for Day 10 and chime in with your own favorites...

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<p>Eli Manning</p>

Eli Manning

Credit: AP

TV Ratings: CBS leads Thursday as NFL Preseason preemptions rule

All five networks saw their numbers impacted by football

Fast National ratings for Thursday, August 28, 2014.

While it seems likely that "Big Brother" will have led CBS to its usual Thursday wins, NFL Preseason preemptions on all five networks have rendered these numbers almost completely meaningless.

CBS offered exact details for its preemptions, which were 27 percent in the 8 p.m. hour, 23 percent in the 9 p.m. hour and 13 percent in the 10 p.m. hour, while I have a list of overall preemptions for each network that pretty much make these figures moot, top-to-bottom.

On to the entirely inaccurate numbers...

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<p>&quot;Springfield Up&quot;</p>

"Springfield Up"

Credit: FOX

FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 9 - HitFix Picks

'The Simpsons Movie' joins the Marathon, plus five more episodes to watch

[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, FXX is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.]

Day 9 of FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon takes us from "Simpson Christmas Stories" (mid-Season 17) through "Funeral for a Fiend" (mid-Season 19). It's a bit truncated in terms of half-hour episodes, because from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. FXX is airing "The Simpsons Movie."

Fortunately, we've got some episodes to recommend and Sepinwall wanted to salute the movie, so you can still dedicate quality time to the Marathon.

And there are some good ones we didn't get to. I love the poetry humor and author cameos in the poorly titled "Moe'N'A Lisa." And I know lots of fans love "24 Minutes," but nobody in our dwindling group of fans wanted to salute it. Feel free to watch, though!

Check out our recommendations for Day 9 and chime in with your own favorites...

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<p>&quot;Jericho&quot;</p>

"Jericho"

Credit: CBS

'Jericho' wins HitFix's first Uncanceled Showdown

The finale pit CBS' post-apocalyptic drama against 'Almost Human'

Even though ratings were only tepid after its first resurrection by CBS, "Jericho" has won HitFix's first Uncanceled Showdown as the series fans would most like to see get a second (or, in this case, third) chance on air.

After three weeks of voting, which saw over 900,000 votes cast, "Jericho" had no trouble conquering "Almost Human" in the final round and claiming our crown.

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