<p>One Direction</p>

One Direction

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - Double Elimination and One Direction performs

Which acts didn't survive British Invasion night?

It's time for another Double Elimination "X Factor"!

And this week? One Direction performs. 

Follow along from home...

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<p>Jordin Sparks guest starred on Wednesday's &quot;CSI&quot;</p>

Jordin Sparks guest starred on Wednesday's "CSI"

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TV Ratings: 'Criminal Minds' leads CBS Wednesday, while 'Modern Family' drops big

'Arrow' and 'The X Factor' also fall
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, November 20, 2013.
 
"Criminal Minds" posted its second week of growth following a series low earlier this month, helping CBS sweep Wednesday night overall and also comfortably triumph among young viewers. 
 
CBS' easy win in the key demo was somewhat related to a big drop for the comedy hit "Modern Family," which was down by a whopping 0.5 among adults 18-49. We'll see if ABC has some spin later to explain that drop.
 
Among other dropping shows on Wednesday were FOX's "The X Factor" and The CW's "Arrow," as well as the rest of ABC's non-"Modern Family" comedies, though ABC's "Nashville" posted a small gain.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Ciera and Laura of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Ciera and Laura of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' - 'Big Bad Wolf'

The season's familiar twist finally pays dividends in an emotional episode
Pre-credit sequence. Snakes at the camp. Get it? SNAKES! Thunder. Lightning. "We lost a good one," Katie tells her fellow castaways. She knows that if she doesn't figure something out, she's doomed. Silly Katie doesn't realize, though, that Ciera and Laura may have become the biggest targets, even if they seem all nestled in the bosom of a seven-person alliance. They're the season's last remaining couple and they're giddy about their position of power. Ciera's feeling cocky, figuring that she's survived one Tribal Council after another, while her mother was voted out at her first Tribal. The daughter has become the daughtee. Wait. That doesn't work. "It is a little unnatural feeling to follow my daughter's lead, but I totally trust her judgment," Laura says, calling this a "Survivor" gift. Ciera wants to go as far as she can with her mother, but she also thinks she has a better chance of winning. That was our first one-segment pre-credits in weeks.
 
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<p>For some reason, I'm using an Ellona Santiago picture.</p>

For some reason, I'm using an Ellona Santiago picture.

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 Top 10 Performances - British Music

The remaining acts sing British music, which sounds pretty vague

It's British Music Night on "The X Factor," which means that the Top 10 Finalists will sing... oh, pretty much whatever they want to. Except for Restless Road. They may struggle a bit.

I'm still going to be missing Sweet Suspense, which missed out on doing a Spice Girls song, and Rachel Potter, who missed out on... something or other. 

With Duffy, Adele and Amy Winehouse all within this week's nebulous theme, is Khaya Cohen ready to move up the leaderboard? 

Will we pretend that Irish music counts for this theme and that Alex & Sierra can fulfill their life's destiny by doing "Falling Slowly"?

Click through and follow along for the full recap...

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<p>David Blaine impresses the stars of &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;</p>

David Blaine impresses the stars of "Breaking Bad"

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TV Ratings: 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' rises, David Blaine works ABC magic and 'NCIS' leads CBS Tuesday

'Dads' and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' have small gains
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, November 19, 2013.
 
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has [possibly temporarily] stopped its slide!
 
While the tiny "Thor"-inspired bump for "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." probably wasn't even ABC's biggest news of the night -- relatively solid numbers for "David Blaine: Real or Magic" will probably lead to more primetime prestidigitation -- it's still a [possibly temporary] stop to negative trending that dated back to the week after the pilot.
 
Of course, ABC still couldn't come close to winning Tuesday night.
 
With its "NCIS" double-bill and "Person of Interest," which moved ahead of "Chicago Fire" for the first time this season among young viewers, CBS easily won Tuesday overall and also scored a slim key demo prize.
 
Meanwhile, it was low-business-as-usual for CBS' comedies, yet another uninspired performance for a CW IHeart Radio special and a small corresponding drop for "Supernatural." And at some point, NBC will have to figure out a format for "The Voice" that doesn't inevitable swoon at midseason, as the reality hit took yet another dip.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Ike Barinholtz of &quot;The Mindy Project&quot;</p>

Ike Barinholtz of "The Mindy Project"

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'The Mindy Project' star Ike Barinholtz talks acting, writing and impersonating Chris Messina

What makes Morgan Tookers tick?
Every night, Twitter creates its own ecosystem of TV co-viewing, a constant feedback loop in which critics, fans, haters and the people associated with different shows can be in constant communication. 
 
Last Tuesday night at Microsoft offices in Venice (the California variety, not the one I'd want to spend my Tuesdays in), the loop came to life as the cast and producers of "The Mindy Project" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" got together and ate, drank and tweeted through the West Coast airing of the FOX comedies with an assortment of journalists and network types.
 
During the pause between two shows -- also known as "New Girl," which wasn't represented at the event -- I sat down with "Mindy Project" co-star Ike Barinholtz to talk about the comedy's transition through an inconsistent and fitfully funny first season into one of the more reliable laugh-generators in FOX's Tuesday lineup. 
 
Barinholtz, also a writer and executive story editor on "The Mindy Project," discusses what makes Morgan Tookers tick, his pleasure at getting to play straight-man sometimes this season, the cast's ubiquitous Chris Messina impressions and more.
 
Click through for the full Q&A...
 
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<p>Jane Levy of &quot;Suburgatory&quot;</p>

Jane Levy of "Suburgatory"

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ABC pushes 'Revenge' to 10, sets midseason launches for 'Suburgatory,' ''Mixology' and more

When will 'Mind Games' and 'The Bachelor' premiere?
Coming off a difficult fall, ABC is shaking things up at midseason.
 
On Tuesday (November 19), ABC announced its full midseason schedule, which includes a time period shift for "Revenge," the return of "Suburgatory" to a familiar home, season premieres for "The Bachelor" and "The Taste," plus series launches for "Killer Women," "Mind Games," "Mixology," "Resurrection" and "The Assets."
 
Let's look at things chronologically, shall we?
 
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<p>Tom Mison of &quot;Sleepy Hollow&quot;</p>

Tom Mison of "Sleepy Hollow"

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TV Ratings: 'Sleepy Hollow' holds up after OK 'Almost Human,' while ABC and NBC split Monday

ABC gets big bumps courtesy of football inflation
Fast National ratings for Monday, November 18, 2013.
 
ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" posted big week-to-week gains overall, while NBC's "The Voice" declined week-to-week among young viewers, but the two networks held onto their regular Monday night split.
 
Monday's big variation came courtesy of FOX, where "Almost Human" got off to a very "Bones"-esque start, drawing slightly fewer viewers than last Monday's "Bones" but doing a slightly higher number among young viewers. Of paramount importance to FOX, though, was the fact that despite a new lead-in, "Sleepy Hollow" was flat week-to-week.
 
Most of Monday's regulars were within sight of their recent averages with only the tiniest of variation, though ABC's "Castle" took advantage of the absence of "Blacklist" in the 10 p.m. hour to post some big gains, though the same could not be said for CBS' "Hostages."
 
Note that although ABC will still win the night overall regardless of what happened, the network had Monday Night Football coverage in both the New England and Carolina markets, which more-than-partially explains the huge bump bump and will lead to a larger-than-normal adjustment for individual programs in Finals.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Chloe Bennet of &quot;Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Chloe Bennet of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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Interview: 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' star Chloe Bennet discusses the 'Thor' tie-in episode

Is Skye to be trusted? Chloe Bennet says, "Yes."
On Tuesday (November 19) night, ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will attempt to tap into the blockbuster momentum of "Thor: The Dark World" with an episode titled "The Well." ABC cryptically hints that in the aftermath of the hit feature, "Coulson and The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the pieces -- one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team."
 
Last week, I got on the phone with "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." star Chloe Bennet to discuss how essential, exactly, "Thor: The Dark World" is to Tuesday's hour.
 
"I think either way, it's important to see 'Thor 2,' because it's a Marvel film and because it's a great movie," says Bennet, who is nothing if not a team player. "So I'm gonna say it's important. It's definitely not absolutely necessary, but it's absolutely necessary in my mind because it's such a great movie."
 
In our brief chat, Bennet talks about how trustworthy she thinks super-hacker Skye truly is at this point and the "Nashville" veteran discusses her own not-so-stealthy attempts to glean knowledge about her character and her mysterious past. 
 
Finally, Bennet shares the secret to looking like a hacker on-screen even if you aren't a hacker in real life. Hint: It's another corporate plug, albeit not within the Marvel Universe.
 
Click through for the full conversation.
 
 
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 211

Dan and Alan discuss 'Getting On,' 'Walking Dead' and The Future

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It's time for another installment of the Firewall & Iceberg. 
 
For this week? We're business-as-usual.
 
Next week, however, things may start to change. We kick off this podcast by explaining the shape of things to come.
 
Then we review HBO's "Getting On" and BBC America's "Doctor Who" telefilm "An Adventure in Space and Time." We did a Dan's Reality Round-Up and talked about the latest resurrection of "The Killing." We used listener mail to discuss Sunday's "The Walking Dead" and also talked about FXX and "Orange Is The New Black."
 
Today's breakdown:
Explanation of Things To Come (00:01:00 - 00:05:40)
"Getting On" (00:05:40 - 00:17:55)
"An Adventure in Space and Time" (00:17:55 - 00:27:45)
Dan's Reality Round-Up (00:27:45 - 00:45:15)
The resurrection of "The Killing" (00:45:15 - 00:54:05)
Listener Mail - "Walking Dead" (w/spoilers) (00:54:25 - 01:07:30)
Listener Mail - FXX (01:07:35 - 01:16:45)
Listener Mail - "Orange Is The New Black" awards classification (01:16:50 -  01:23:05)

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