<p>Megan Boone of &quot;The Blacklist&quot;</p>

Megan Boone of "The Blacklist"

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NBC gives 'The Blacklist' a full season

James Spader drama has been a big Monday hit for NBC
Since FOX technically ordered a second season for "Sleepy Hollow," "The Blacklist" has become the year's first new show to get a full-season order.
 
NBC announced on Friday (October 4) afternoon that it has given a back-nine order to the freshman hit "The Blacklist," giving it a 22-episode full-season commitment.
 
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<p>The cast of &quot;Lucky 7&quot;</p>

The cast of "Lucky 7"

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'Lucky 7' becomes the fall's first TV casualty

'Scandal' repeats will air on Tuesdays at 10
We have our first casualty of the 2013-2014 season and its identity will come as no surprise to those who have been paying attention to early ratings.
 
ABC announced on Friday (October 4) that effective immediately, "Lucky 7" has been pulled from Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. and replaced with repeats of "Scandal."
 
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<p>Nikita set off on her own in the Season 3 finale</p>

Nikita set off on her own in the Season 3 finale

Credit: The CW

Final 'Nikita' season premiere is set for November

The last six episodes will air over six weeks
The CW has formally announced that the final season of "Nikita" will premiere on Friday, November 22 airing at 9 p.m. 
 
The six-episode conclusion will air over six weeks, running after new episodes of "The Carrie Diaries." The six-week run goes counter what "Nikita" star Maggie Q was telling reporters and fans at Comic-Con, but lines up with what CW President Mark Pedowitz told critics two weeks later. 
 
That lines "Nikita" up for a December 27 series finale on The CW.
 
"Nikita" isn't a show that I've ever written about on a weekly basis, but I've tried to check in once or twice per season, since I continue to really respect both the work that Maggie Q continues to do, but also the relative production values that the show has continued to get on what has to be a relatively shoestring budget.
 
I thought the first half of the third season set up an interesting reversal-of-premise with Michael, Nikita, Birkhoff and Alex taking over Division and briefly going down the ethical rabbit-hole and channeling their own inner Amandas. Then, however, I felt like "Nikita" dodged all of the quandaries it introduced, particularly with Alex's shifting allegiances 
and the mutiny at Division. Then the finale spiraled into a mess of nanotoxins, heart-stopping, President-assassinating and engagement-ring-ditching, leaving Nikita a wanted woman and a lone wolf, abandoning all of her chums and loved ones. 
 
 
I don't think there was anything in the "Nikita" finale that couldn't be cleaned up within a week or two and The CW's teaser description for the season premiere indicates that Nikita won't be separated from her old team for long, but it also warns us that there's a larger conspiracy afoot, as well as the prospect of a global conspiracy.
 
Any "Nikita" fans out there? Is there anything you want to see or hope to see in the final season? Me, I figure we need at least one more Percy appearance. I know he's dead, but everybody on "Nikita" is, at most, "dead," since half of the plotlines seem to eventually lead to characters having their hearts stopped for various reasons. 
 
What do you wanna see?
 
<p>Tony Goldwyn of &quot;Scandal&quot;</p>

Tony Goldwyn of "Scandal"

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TV Ratings: 'Scandal' returns huge while 'Big Bang Theory' lifts CBS on Thursday

'Vampire Diaries' returns below last year, whole 'Sean' may not save NBC
Fast National ratings for Thursday, October 3, 2013.
 
"Scandal" kicked off its third season with series highs in all available demos on Thursday night, dominating "Elementary" and "Parenthood" for the 10 p.m. hour, but still not lifting ABC past CBS either overall or among young viewers for the night.
 
CBS was, once again, driven by "The Big Bang Theory," which dropped a little from last week, but still helped "The Millers" get a decent-but-not-spectacular sampling in its premiere. With a weaker lead-in, "The Crazy Ones" took a big drop in its second week, pushing "Two and a Half Men" down as well. It's notable that "Elementary" posted only a tiny decline from last week, despite a far skimpier lead-in.
 
The "Millers" premiere wasn't big, but it was much more impressive than the launches for NBC's "Sean Saves the World" and particularly "Welcome to the Family." "The Michael J. Fox Show" dropped as well.
 
Meanwhile, The CW started its fall roll-out with somewhat disappointing numbers for "The Vampire Diaries," which was up from May's finale, but nearly a million viewers shy of last season's premiere. That, in turn, meant that "The Originals," airing at a special time, got a smaller sampling than "Beauty and the Beast."
 
On to the numbers…
 
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<p>Colton Cumbie of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Colton Cumbie of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Interview: Colton Cumbie discusses quitting 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

So, has Colton really changed? Was this season a victory?
Colton Cumbie won few fans in his run on "Survivor: One World," which included bold strokes of strategy, but many more accusations [founded] of racism and bullying. 
 
When Colton returned for this season's "Survivor: Blood vs. Water," he was joined by his fiance Caleb and he professed to have a desire to change the way people looked at him. For one night, it seemed to be working, as Colton told his fellow castaways about his struggles growing up gay in the South and appeared to be winning sympathy.
 
It lasted for one episode. By the second week of the season, Colton was attempting to plot and scheme on a tribe of returning contestants who had no desire to get into that part of the game any sooner than necessary. If Colton temporarily removed the target from his back on the first night, it returned very quickly.
 
On Wednesday's episode, Colton lasted only five minutes. Before a Redemption Island Duel, he started crying and announced his decision to leave. "Survivor" host Jeff Probst then determined that Colton couldn't depart without being called a quitter multiple times and being told that some people shouldn't play "Survivor," they should just watch on TV. It was an unsparing assault from Probst and response on my episode recap has been mixed between people thinking the host was needlessly combative and people who felt that it was no more than Colton deserved. 
 
In our second "Survivor" exit interview after an abrupt game exit -- Probst accused Colton of also quitting in his earlier season when he left the game  for appendicitis that turned out merely to be an infection -- Colton discusses why, in the long run, this season was still a small victory and tries framing his exit as an attempt to take pressure off of Caleb. He discusses his frustration with his tribe and talks about his "Survivor" future.
 
Check out the full Q&A and draw your own conclusions.
 
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<p>Demi Lovato of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

Demi Lovato of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - The Four-Chair Challenge Round #2

Which Girls held onto Demi Lovato's Four Chairs on Thursday?

In case you've forgotten, Wednesday night's "X Factor" featured the debut of the Four-Chair Challenge and saw Kelly Rowland narrow her team of Geriatrics down to Jeff Gutt, James Kenney, Rachel Potter and Lillie McCloud.

Then Demi Lovato listened to the first four Girls and assigned chairs to Bree Randall, Khaya Cohen, Jamie Pineda and Ashly Williams. However, with six Girls still to perform, I'm assuming that Bree and Jamie are almost certain to be displaced.

Click through and follow along for my recap of Thursday (October 3) night's "The X Factor"...

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Quick fixes for the fall's worst new TV Shows - 'Dad,' 'Betrayal' and more

Quick fixes for the fall's worst new TV Shows - 'Dad,' 'Betrayal' and more

It's been a dismal fall for new shows, hasn't it?
Since we did galleries for Most Anticipated New and Returning shows a couple weeks ago, normally we would have done Worst New Shows at some point as well. Instead, time got away from us. Also, *most* of the new shows could have qualified for a Worst gallery and we went with "Most Anticipated" instead of "Best" for a reason.
 
Anyway, instead of trying a Worst gallery now, I went with Quick Fixes/Suggestions for the fall's worst new shows, including a couple that have yet to premiere. It's too late for basically all of them, but that's the nature of a business that still believes that, when in doubt, Heather Locklear can fix any new show.
 
Check out all of my suggestions (and a couple from Sepinwall) in the gallery below:
<p>Rebel Wilson of &quot;Super Fun Night&quot;</p>

Rebel Wilson of "Super Fun Night"

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TV Ratings: 'Ironside' disappoints, 'Fun Night' is OK on competitive Wednesday

'Survivor' rises week-to-week to boost CBS
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, October 2, 2013.
 
Week-to-week gains for "Survivor" helped CBS tie for the Wednesday night crown among young viewers and combined with "Criminal Minds" and "CSI" to give the network an easy overall win.
 
After several nights of positives, NBC had plenty of bad news on Wednesday, with "Ironside" premiering to a dismal 1.4 among young viewers, "Revolution" taking a big slide overall and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" failing to maintain last week's renewed energy. 
 
ABC, meanwhile, saw a moderate decline for "Back in the Game," but got a good sampling for "Super Fun Night" and watched "Nashville" retain decently from last week's return.
 
And as for FOX? "X Factor" was basically steady with last week -- perhaps down a tick in the demo and up a hair overall -- which continues to count as better-than-expected news.
 
On to the numbers…
 
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<p>Wednesday's &quot;The X Factor.&quot; At least one chair is off-screen.</p>

Wednesday's "The X Factor." At least one chair is off-screen.

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - The Four-Chair Challenge Round #1

Would a new format bring new drama?

As you may have already read, I got a tease of the new "X Factor" round known as the Four-Chair Challenge on Monday evening and had a chance to discuss the format shift and the season as a whole (plus the possibility of a One Direction guest appearance) with judges Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato.

Check out the article.

And check out my full live-blog recap of Wednesday's (Oct. 2) debut of the Four-Chair Challenge after the break...

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<p>Wednesday's &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' - 'Opening Pandora's Box'

Colton is Colton, but a fighting challenge adds real drama
Pre-credit sequence. I've already forgotten who the Newbies voted out at Tribal Council. Rachel, apparently. Instead, we're starting with the Returnees, where everybody is discussing Tyson's cupcake belt and Tyson and Aras are enjoying some homoerotic banter. Colton is frustrated. "I love the strategy component of this game and apparently that's threatening to people," Colton says, before Aras reassures him that he is, indeed, in trouble. Colton complains that he'd hoped to redefine himself in the game. "He doesn't get this game. He thinks this game's about creating chaos. He might have dug his own grave," Aras tells us, before telling Colton to relax and enjoy himself. Yeah. That's exactly what Colton wanted to hear. "Unless you've got people who are willing to roll with you, there's nothing you can do," Colton laments.
 
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