<p>&quot;Orange Is The New Black&quot; stars Taylor Schilling and Laura Prepon</p>

"Orange Is The New Black" stars Taylor Schilling and Laura Prepon

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11 Things We Learned From the 'Orange Is The New Black' PaleyFest Panel

The mysterious Vee, the impact of binge-viewing and Jason Biggs' self-evaluation

Played out before an enthusiastic crowd on Friday (March 14) night, the PaleyFest debut for Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" was a mixed-to-positive affair. 

Mostly positive.

The 70-minute panel, which proceeded by only a brief Season 1 clip reel, was a fantastic showcase for the chemistry of the deep ensemble cast, which was represented by 11 returning stars, one fresh face and one unannounced guest. Plenty of time was spent on the show's progressive stance for women, racial diversity and diversification of gender and sexual roles. Plenty of time was also spent buttering Netflix up, as seemingly the entire cast raved about the idea of binge-watching TV, but only referenced "House of Cards" as a show that might be binged. Paying near-religious tribute to series developer and showrunner Jenji Kohan, the "Orange" team celebrated their unique working environment and the freedom it gives them.

As a big fan of "Orange Is The New Black," I quite enjoyed the frequently overlapping conversations and, for the most part, I bought the affection shown by the stars.

What the panel weirdly skipped over was any specificity, which meant that as a journalist covering the panel, I don't have a huge amount to report on. For a show that isn't really about plot twists, representatives of "Orange" have always been weirdly spoiler-phobic, so there literally is nothing concrete I can tell you about the plot of the second season. There will be continuing tensions in the relationship between Piper (Taylor Schilling) and Larry (Jason Biggs). Duh. And a new character, Vee (Lorraine Toussaint) will shake things up. OK. A list of which characters we'll learn more about included nearly all of the characters, but Kohan wouldn't say who will be getting flashback episodes.

In addition, almost none of the major plotpoints from last season were even mentioned. We somehow waited til the audience questions to even mention the cliffhanger from the first season, if not to say how it will impact Piper and Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning) going forward, to talk about the character arcs that took them to that point. It was enough to say that the characters all changed in Season 1, but nobody wanted to dig deeply into how that change was orchestrated. 

Oh well. It didn't mean it was a bad panel. Not at all! It just means I may not have a lot to say. Click through for some things we learned from the PaleyFest panel. There are no meaningful Season 2 spoilers. 

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<p>Thursday&#39;s &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Thursday's "The Big Bang Theory"

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TV Ratings: 'Hell's Kitchen' premiere boosts FOX Thursday, but CBS still rules

'Big Bang Theory' is down, but still Thursday's tops

Fast National ratings for Thursday, March 13, 2014.

Fleeing "The Big Bang Theory" to 9 p.m. failed to give "American Idol" a bump in its new first time period airing, however the return of "Hell's Kitchen" handily outperformed "Rake," giving FOX a Thursday boost. However, "The Big Bang Theory" kept CBS atop the night in all measures.

The "Idol" shift to 9 p.m. had its biggest impact on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," which had a second straight week of big declines and also led to some "Scandal" slippage. 

Subtracting "Idol" from the 8 p.m. hour failed to provide any boost to the competition, as "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" and "Community" were flat, while "Parks and Recreation" was down a hair from last week.

Of *very* minor interest: The CW's "Reign" had a repeat for a lead-in and faced "Idol" for the first time, but came very close to reproducing last week's near-series-highs and finished in line with its general season averages.

On to the numbers...

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<p>I don&#39;t know who&#39;s going home, but I know Harry is playing on Thursday.</p>

I don't know who's going home, but I know Harry is playing on Thursday.

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 11 Results plus Harry Connick Jr. performs

Mali Music will also drop by the results show

It's Anything Can Happen Night on "American Idol." 

On maybe 70 percent of "Idol" Thursdays, you can narrow your elimination predictions down to two or three singers, maximum, with anybody else being a shock. After Wednesday's decent Songs From The Cinema Night, I'll be able to give easy explanations for two or three boots, but there's a lot of wiggle room for something confusing to happen. 

Open question: Is there a frontrunner? I mean a *real* David Archuleta/Melinda Doolittle/Adam Lambert-style frontrunner? Have we ever been this later in the season without anything like a favorite?

Think about that, while I start my live-blog:

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<p>&quot;The Good Wife&quot; will return!</p>

"The Good Wife" will return!

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'Good Wife,' 'Two and a Half Men' and 'Mom' lead 18 CBS renewals

Guess what? 'NCIS' and 'NCIS: Los Angeles' will both be back

One day after picking up "The Big Bang Theory" for THREE additional years, CBS decided that the Chuck Lorre comedy and the previously renewed "Survivor" needed some company, so the network announced a whopping 18 series renewals for the 2014-2015 season. 

CBS now has at least 17 hours of primetime programming already in place for next season. The 18 renewals announced on Thursday (March 13) include nine dramas, five comedies, two reality shows and two news programs.

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NBC teases first look at new 'Constantine' star Matt Ryan
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NBC teases first look at new 'Constantine' star Matt Ryan

No, he's not the quarterback for the Falcons

NBC has released the first official imagine of the new star of "Constantine" and he looks precious little like Keanu Reeves. 

The latest adaptation of the popular DC Comics occult series features Matt Ryan, who you might know from "Layer Cake" and "Torchwood," but you don't know as the quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons. Don't make that mistake!

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; judges were all smiles on Wednesday night</p>

The "American Idol" judges were all smiles on Wednesday night

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TV Ratings: 'Survivor' tops 'American Idol' but FOX holds on for slim Wednesday wins

Sports delays and preemptions for CBS could shake up the numbers

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

Things are way closer than they used to be on Wednesday nights. CBS' "Survivor: Cagayan" spent a rare week ahead of "American Idol" in all measures and helped CBS claim overall victory for the night, while "Idol" still edged out "Criminal Minds" among young viewers, leaving FOX with a slim key demo win.

There's a catch for CBS' numbers, though. The network had ACC and SEC basketball preemptions and delays in that 8 p.m. hour. Given the closeness of both the overall and key demo ratings, it's entirely possible that FOX and "Idol" could come out on top when Nationals come in.

[UPDATE: In Final figures, "Survivor" dropped a hair and fell below "Idol" overall. "Survivor" still had the advantage in the 18-49, but that tiny overall drop for CBS let FOX win the night overall as well.]

Among other notables, "Modern Family" continued to be Wednesday's top show among young viewers, while "Mixology" continued to lose more than half of its lead-in, even if it isn't taking big week-to-week drops.

On to the numbers...

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<p>One of these people is tall.</p>

One of these people is tall.

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Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'Our Time To Shine'

In which the former NBA All-Star proves valuable in a basketball-esque task

Pre-credit sequence. How will the Beauty Tribe cope without Brice, their self-professed most beautifulest member? "I'm just pretty mad and frustrated," says Morgan, calling Jeremiah a giant coward. No intellectual slouch, Morgan suspects that since a four-person alliance voted Brice out and since she wasn't part of that alliance, she may be next to go. Accosted by Morgan about his vote, Jeremiah stutters and mutters and says that Brice scared him, socially. "We'll see if I made a bonehead play or not," Jeremiah tells us. Going on the offensive, Morgan tells Alexis a complicated story about how Jeremiah wanted LJ out, but decided to target Alexis because they still needed LJ for challenges. Alexis is skeptical, but also curious and suggests Jeremiah has a big target on his back now. I hope we don't spend too much time with the Beauty Tribe tonight. They're not personality-filled.

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 11</p>

The "American Idol" Top 11

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 11 Performances - Songs From The Cinema

The 'Idol' finalists sing songs from their favorite movies

Wednesday (March 12) night's "American Idol" is officially called something like Soundtrack To Our Lives, which is what we're calling this year's permutation on the always-confusing Music From The Movies theme, in which singers go through contortions to justify performances from songs which, indeed, may have once popped up in a movie at some point.

Several of the songs teased by "Idol" for tonight actually *do* seem to hail meaningfully from movies. I can't quibble with "Skyfall" or "Falling Slowly"  or "Sound of Silence." The idea that "Sweet Home Alabama" fits the theme is a complete cheat but... That's how this goes! 

Click through and follow along!

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<p>&quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

"The Big Bang Theory"

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CBS renews 'The Big Bang Theory' through 2016-2017

That's at least three more seasons for the Emmy-winning smash

There are casual ways to lock down your hits and look to the future.

FOX ordered a second season for "Sleepy Hollow" early in the fall, while NBC did the same for "The Blacklist" just a couple months later. FOX ordered two seasons of "Glee" last spring, a deal it may be regretting as "Glee" ratings find new ways to crater each week.

But when it comes to looking forward, those three renewals all look like child's play compared to what CBS did for "The Big Bang Theory" on Tuesday (March 12).

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<p>Jaimie Alexander in &quot;Marvel&#39;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Jaimie Alexander in "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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TV Ratings: 'Voice,' CBS repeats lead Tuesday while 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' rises and 'Boy' falls

'Mind Games' soars 50 percent in the key demo

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

Even with three procedural repeats, CBS was the most watched network on Tuesday night, while NBC's "The Voice" was the night's top show among young viewers and led a primetime sweep.

With "The Voice" down week-to-week, both "About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher" also posted drops -- Somewhat sizable for "Boy" and a bit more modest for "Fisher." However, with "Person of Interest" airing a repeat, "Chicago Fire" got to be up week-to-week.

Percentage-wise, the night's biggest gainer was actually "Mind Games" on ABC, which rose from a dismal 0.6 key demo rating to a dismal 0.9 key demo rating with "PoI" out. ABC's lineup had mixed returns, as "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was up, but "The Goldbergs" dropped a little.

Finally, "Glee" dropped to a 0.9 in the key demo rating, which tied with The CW's "Originals" for that hour.

On to the numbers...

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