Inside TV+Movies with Daniel Fienberg
Which familiar name sent for Black Canary?
This is actually from next week's "Arrow," but it's a cool Black Canary pic so I'm using it anyway.
Credit: The CW
" is a show that I watch every week, but only occasionally have anything to say about, but there were a few juicy tidbits in this Wednesday's (October 23) episode, so it seems like a good enough to check in, at least on the highlights.
After a first season that only tip-toed around the source material's DC Comics roots, "Arrow" has begun to dive headlong this season. Last week, we had the return of Kelly Hu's China White and the introduction of Michael Jai White as Bronze Tiger. We've slowly begun to push Colton Haynes' Roy Harper in the direction that I'm told will lead to his becoming Red Arrow. I'm also told that Summer Glau's Isabel Rochev has potentially fruitful comic book roots, if the show pushes her there.
And we're getting towards the big guns.
Grant Gustin has been cast as Barry Allen, who will bring some superpowers to Starling City as The Flash in multiple episodes this season and then, probably, in a spinoff series next year.
We're very tentatively getting into the Black Canary storyline that fans have been awaiting since Katie Cassidy was initially cast as Laurel Lance, though we're not there yet.
But on Wednesday, we got a pretty big hint about somebody even higher profile.
[If you don't want spoilers... avoid.]
Would a Tribal Shuffle make big waves?
Tina and Laura get the cage on Wednesday's "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"
Pre-credit sequence. Galang voted out Laura M last week. I barely remember that. Laura B says that it was sad to see somebody voted out first, but she's relieved that it wasn't her. "I feel like an octopus," Tina says cryptically. Aras was the only person who looked into Laura M's eye when she left and he hopes that she takes Redemption gracefully, rather than targeting Aras as a ringleader and singling him out. The next morning, Tyson and Gervase are planning for a Merge and anticipating that Aras will align with Vytas immediately, so they both agree that if they lose again, they may need to target Aras. This leads to Tyson talking about Aras' Zen beliefs which leads to Tyson's declaration, "I believe in magic. It's awesome." Tyson knows he has to tread lightly and agrees, "That's the tricky part - When to dethrone King Aras," Tyson isn't pushing Gervase too hard, but Gervase is determined he doesn't want to be viewed as a chess piece. He announced that he and Tyson are a power couple. Gervson? Tyvase? Yeah. Tyvase, for sure.
ABC's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' slips again
The week-to-week declines continued for ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
," albeit at a very low level this week, with "The Goldbergs
" possibly even posting a little growth, with ABC holding its position in a distant third for the night.
Over on FOX, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" inched ahead of "New Girl
" in total viewers for the first time and also grew a little bit in the key demo, while "Dads
" added a few viewers as well.
And on The CW, both "The Originals
" and "Supernatural
" were down a little this week, but continued to do fairly steady numbers.
On to those numbers...
'Blacklist' is flat week-to-week, which is probably good news
Because of Monday
Night Football, the Fast National ratings for Monday (October 21) were extra provisional and subject to change in the Finals.
That prompted me to want to glance at some of the final figures, including early successes for CBS' revamped Monday, the predictable final pecking order for The CW's Monday dramas and a few cable shows.
This won't be my most in-depth analysis
, but it'll supplement the regular morning ratings story, which is really all I aspire to.
Click through for the details...
'Mom' rises, but was that courtesy of football preemptions?
Nathan Fillion of "Castle"
After several weeks of increasingly close competition, ABC's "Castle
" moved ahead of NBC's "The Blacklist
" in total viewers, but the freshman hit still dominated the long-running procedural among young viewers. While NBC's overall victory on Monday was slim, the network remained comfortably ahead in the key demo.
With "The Voice
" falling slightly as it moved out of its popular opening rounds, several other networks got to celebrate positive returns.
" got only a small bump for its heavily promoted wedding episode, but CBS' "Mom" and a repeat of "The Big Bang Theory" posted solid gains, while "2 Broke Girls
" was up a little despite a tiny drop for lead-in "How I Met Your Mother
Some of CBS' increases are likely attributable to "Sleepy Hollow" taking the week off, but also to NFL preemption in Minneapolis, while "Hart of Dixie
" and "Beauty and the Beast
" are both hugely inflated by NFL preemptions in New York City.
On to the numbers...
'Sleepy Hollow' and 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' also add to their hauls
We're starting the fifth week of the TV season, but it's time to once again travel back in time to the Week of September 30 for a glance at the Live+7 ratings for the season's second frame.
Although the previous week was the official opening frame of the 2013-2014 season, the Week of September 30 saw premieres for such already-cancelled duds as "We Are Men," "Ironside" and "Welcome to the Family," a slew of comedies that are currently on life-support, The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" and "The Originals," CBS' "The Millers" and the biggest sensation, the third season launch for "Scandal."
As a result, there are lots of little tidbits to examine, as "The Blacklist" continued to be a DVR
sensation, FOX's "New Girl" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" took huge leaps and other wackiness ensued.
One interesting preamble: In premiere week, people rush to watch shows live, because they fear spoilers and because they want to sample stuff immediately while the hype is going. In subsequent weeks, people set their actual viewing schedules and are willing to push more stuff back on their schedules. That's why last week, there were only a few shows getting 60 percent DVR bumps overall or in the key demo. This week, there are lots of shows getting bumps in the 60-ish percent rang and a couple going into the 70s. Whee.
Click through for some numbers...
Dan and Alan discuss 'Dracula,' 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and more
Happy Monday, Boys & Girls! After a couple weeks of trying to train you to salivate for podcasts on Thursdays rather than Mondays, we're back on normal schedule this week. Suck it, Pavlov.
Apologies for the inference.
My point? Monday Firewall & Iceberg has returned, at least for one week.
In this installment, we've got reviews of "Dracula
" and "Strike Back: Origins
," plus a glance at ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.EL.D." four weeks into its run. We looked through some recent TV news, answered a bit of mail and then... sigh... we talked about "Homeland
" for the second straight week. I hope it won't happen again next week.
Here's today's breakdown:
"Dracula" (00:01:20 - 00:19:05)
"Strike Back: Origins" (00:19:05 - 00:28:25)
Recent TV News (00:42:20 - 00:53:15)
Listener Mail: Straight-to-Series orders (00:53:40 - 01:00:15)
"Homeland" (01:00:30 - 01:14:00)
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ABC celebrates a small 'Betrayal' bump as 'Once,' 'Revenge' slip
The drama of Peyton Manning facing off against his old team, plus a high-scoring and action-packed game, gave NBC the best Sunday numbers for any network since the Oscars in February and the best NFL primetime October numbers since 1998.
As you would guess, NBC won Sunday in all measures.
CBS was second thanks to its own scheduled 30 minutes of NFL overrun, plus an additional 14 minutes of overrun in a number of major markets.
Meanwhile, while "Once Upon a Time
" and "Revenge" were both low, ABC's "Betrayal" went up week-to-week for some reason.
On to the numbers, which are very subject-to-change.
Fish heads, fish heads. Roly poly fish heads. Fish heads, fish heads. Eat 'em up yum.
Sunday's "The Amazing Race"
First and foremost: Whichever mad genius in the "Amazing Race" production staff made the call to use Barnes and Barnes' "Fish Heads" over the closing credits of Sunday (October 20) night's episode deserves a share of all future Emmys the show happens to win. "Amazing Race" is not prone to using joke credits songs, so hearing "Fish Heads" come out of nowhere at the end of the episode was masterful.
You can now spend the next hour watching that on repeat. Young Bill Paxton! Bill Mumy! What more could you possibly want in an evening's entertainment.
Certainly nothing I have to say about Sunday night's "Amazing Race" is more important than "Fish Heads" because...
[More after the break.]
Former NFL teammates discuss keeping their cool on national TV
Chester and Ephraim of "The Amazing Race"
It's really, really unlikely, but I'm still holding out hope that this Sunday night's "Amazing Race" will begin with Phil Keoghan faking out former NFL teammates Ephraim Salaam
and Chester Pitts
II and telling them that last week's elimination was actually a joke and it was really a Non-Elimination Leg.
Chester and Ephraim were my favorite team when I met the squads before the season started and they continued to be my favorites during their three "Amazing Race" Legs. They were funny. They were enthusiastic. And when a Chilean travel agent accidentally booked them on a key flight one day after they were supposed to leave, they were just about the only team I can imagine handling that awful situation with grace and determination, rather than with anger and hurled verbal abuse. If you're on the fence about whether or not you're going to miss Ephraim and Chester, check out their exit interview answers about that booking fiasco, which set off a day of travel disasters that left them unable to even begin tasks in Lisbon. Instead, Phil met them at the Lisbon airport and sent them away on-the-spot.
In their exit interview, Chester and Ephraim discuss that horrible day of travel and also the even worse day-plus bus ride up the coast of Chile. They talk about their general approach to the Race and whether they have plans to return to Lisbon any time soon.
Click through for the spirited Q&A...