Pre-credit sequence. Tyler is gone, so is Carolyn in charge now? "Tribal tonight was a whole lot of fun for me," Mike says, giddy at breaking up The Six. He knows, however, that he either has to find another Idol or keep winning Immunity to stay around. "Everybody wants Mike gone," Dan says, claiming that Mike has proven to be selfish and self-centered, promising that he won't work with Mike, who has to be the hero. "Mike, he has to be the hero. It's the fact that he's so arrogant and he's so condescending," Dan insists, reminding us of his advantage and the alliance he thinks he's in with. "I don't trust Dan," Carolyn says, calling Dan the biggest threat other than Mike. Carolyn wants options and tells Mike that they have to target Dan next, if they can find the numbers. She also tells Mike about the nature of Dan's advantage, which confuses him for a while. "I am smack in the middle," Carolyn declares, still planning on booting Mike if he doesn't win Immunity. Well, this sets things up interestingly, I guess?
Nick or Clark?
Clark or Nick?
Who will be crowned our 14th and penultimate "American Idol" winner?
And why must it take 126 minutes to find out? When "American Idol" was a colossus straddling the TV landscape, this sort of bloated spectacle wasn't just justified, it was practically necessary for FOX. Milk every blessed second out of "American Idol"!
But Tuesday night's performance finale lost to "Undateable" in the 18-49 demo. That's a bit sad.
But maybe ratings will still perk up for the actual finale.
Follow along with me as we go on this lengthy journey to either Clark Beckham or Nick Fradiani's confetti-filled coronation...
Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls!
Skype was particularly nasty for this installment of Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, which took two days and countless segments to record. But at least week finished!
Our hope is to give you two podcasts this week, so this one is just FOX's "Wayward Pines," HBO's "Bessie" and Sunday's eventful penultimate episode of "Mad Men."
We'll try to jam five networks worth of Upfronts conversations into a Friday podcast or something.
But here's today's breakdown:
"Wayward Pines" (00:02:05 - 00:15:25)
"Bessie" (00:15:30 - 00:22:40)
"Mad Men" - "The Milk and Honey Route" (00:22:40 - 00:56:30)
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CBS is clearly saving the first images of Kara Zor-El in motion for the "Supergirl" trailer premiering during the network's upfront presentation on Wednesday (May 13) afternoon, but we finally have our first normal images from the buzz-y pilot.
It turns out that glasses are as effective at disguising Kara as they are at obfuscating Clark Kent's identity.
And it turns out that Kara's boss, Calista Flockhart's Cat Grant appears to be a very busy woman.
CBS announced its full schedule on Wednesday morning and also dropped a handful of pictures from its new shows.
You have Justin Hires and Jon Foo getting their respective Chris Tucker and Jackie Chans on in pictures from the midseason police dramedy "Rush Hour."
You've got Dianne Wiest and James Brolin leading a superior ensemble in "Life in Pieces."
There's Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden in a frenzied ER in "Code Black."
And Jake McDorman is using his enhanced brain capacity to avoid another "Manhattan Love Story" in "Limitless."
Check out the full gallery of CBS images:
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, May 12, 2015.
The finales for "NCIS" and "NCIS: New Orleans" were easily Tuesday's most watched shows overall, but "The Voice" led among young viewers and helped NBC eke out a key demo tie for the night.
Mostly Tuesday's ratings were on the steady side, though the two-hour finale of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was down, as was the first night of FOX's "American Idol" finale.
The "Idol" Tuesday finale actually finished fourth in its time period, even behind the NBC's "Undateable" in the key demo.
Let's get to the numbers...
CBS's 2015-16 Schedule: 'Supergirl' to Monday, 'Limitless' Tuesday, 'Person of Interest' to midseason
CBS announced its 2015-16 schedule on Wednesday (May 13) morning, a schedule accompanied by much talk about the network's stability and CBS' latest overall ratings triumph.
For all of the network's success, CBS' schedule answered a slew of important questions, including:
Where would "Supergirl" go?
What will get the benefit of the "Big Bang Theory" lead-in?
What's actually happening with the end of "CSI"?
And which established successes will be on the bench for midseason?
Your answers in brief? Monday, "Life in Pieces," two-hour finale and lots of stuff.
Let's get more details.
It's a night of penultimates on "American Idol."
Tuesday (May 12) is the season's penultimate episode as we wait to see which two contestants will be competing on Wednesday night to become the penultimate winner in "American Idol" history.
Yup, FOX announced on Monday that "American Idol" will end after next season.
Let's see how Ryan Seacrest and company acknowledge the end of the road and who goes home in this showdown between Jax, Clark Beckham and Nick Fradiani...
ABC's potential spinoff from "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was there and vanished before anything actually really happened with it.
In early April, the industry trades reported that Jeffrey Bell and Paul Zbyszewski were crafting a hypothetical spinoff based on the events in the "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." finale. In mid-April, it broke that Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood would be the focal points in the spinoff.
And last week, ABC decided it wasn't moving forward with the spinoff, which hadn't shot a pilot and hadn't revealed any characters beyond Palicki's Bobbi "Mockingbird" Morse and Blood's Lance Hunter.
Spinoff, we hardly knew ye.
In a Tuesday (May 12) conference call with reporters, ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee explained in very broad terms why no "S.H.I.E.L.D." spinoff is on ABC's 2015-16 schedule.
Fast National ratings for Monday, May 11, 2015.
NBC's "The Voice" had a small week-to-week uptick to help the network hold onto the Monday key demo crown despite a drop for "Night Shift." And although "Dancing with the Stars" was flat in the key demo, it was up in viewers as ABC dominated the night overall.
"Mike & Molly" rose week-to-week and was Monday's top scripted show among young viewers, while ABC's "Castle" finale was the top scripted show overall.
Meanwhile, a two-hour "The Following" was down without its "Gotham" lead-in, while the finale for The CW's "Jane the Virgin" was up in viewers.
Let's get to the numbers...
ABC announced its 2015-2016 primetime schedule on Tuesday (May 12) morning and even with the addition of five new shows, what's most striking about the ABC roster is its stability.
If you include Saturday, four of ABC's seven primetime nights are untouched from last season, while there's only one half-hour changing on Friday. Plus, at least for the fall, ABC only has one returning show new time period.
ABC has set the new comedies "The Muppets" and "Dr. Ken" to premiere in the fall, along with the dramas "Quantico," "Oil" (formerly "Boom") and "Of Kings and Prophets."