<p>&quot;The Assets&quot;</p>

"The Assets"

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ABC pulls 'The Assets' after 2 episodes

Get ready for 'Shark Tank' repeats til 'Scandal' returns
One of the fun things about TV as a business, a thing that probably isn't fun if your livelihood happens to depend on the shows in question, is looking at unsuccessful shows and trying to figure out the threshold for failure. 
It turns out that even as midseason filler intended only as a stopgap between two halves of a season of a hit drama, there are limits and on Friday, we learned that limit:
It's probably not that 2.92 million viewers is the threshold, because NBC has comedies that do that regularly, as does FOX. However, it's hard to remain on the air when you do a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49.
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<p>Sarah Palin</p>

Sarah Palin

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Press Tour: Sarah Palin offers critics breakfast, Alaskan visit

Former Governor will have a show on Sportsman Channel
The last time Sarah Palin appeared at a Television Critics Association press tour, she upstage husband Todd's NBC reality show, but was herself upstaged by Crystal, the simian co-star of the short-lived alleged-comedy "Animal Practice."
On Friday (January 10) morning, Sarah Palin had the spotlight all to herself and successfully filled a Pasadena hotel ballroom even at 8 a.m. and even though she was appearing for a network -- Sportsman Channel -- few in the TCA room are even vaguely aware of. 
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<p>&quot;About a Boy&quot;</p>

"About a Boy"

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NBC sets spring premieres for 'About a Boy,' 'Believe' and more

'Crisis' will air on Sunday nights post-'Believe'
Because I needed outside news to cover in the middle of an exhaustive cable day at the Television Critics Association press tour, NBC announced a slew of spring premieres on Friday (January 10). The newly announced premieres clear up most of the network's remaining programming mysteries for the 2013-2014 season.
The big beneficiaries of the new spring schedule are "Believe" and "About a Boy," which will both get boosts from the Olympics, "The Voice" or both.
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<p>&quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

"The Big Bang Theory"

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TV Ratings: Big 'Bang' leads Thursday, 'Parks' rises and 'Assets' falls

CBS' full lineup rises, while 'Community' is among other risers
Fast National ratings for Thursday, January 9, 2014.
"The Big Bang Theory" drew its largest-ever audience for a regularly scheduled episode and helped CBS cruise to its normal easy Thursday wins, as "The Crazy Ones," "Elementary" and "The Millers" and "Two and a Half Men" were all up.
Also having a big night was NBC, which saw "Parks and Recreation" return a whopping 40 percent above its last airing, while "Community," "Sean Saves the World" and "The Michael J. Fox Show" rose as well.
The news was less good for ABC's "The Assets," which had a dismal premiere last week and managed to drop this week.
On to the numbers...
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Press Tour Live-Blog: HBO's 'Girls'

Lena Dunham and company discuss their Golden Globe winning comedy

I've already live-blogged Thursday's (January 9) TCA panel for "True Detective," which was a good one.

Now it's time for HBO's "Girls," with Lena Dunham joined by co-stars Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet and Jemima Kirke, plus executive producers Jenni Konner and Judd Apatow.

Click through for the full live-blog.

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<p>Matthew McConaughey of &quot;True Detective&quot;</p>

Matthew McConaughey of "True Detective"

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Press Tour Live-Blog: HBO's 'True Detective'

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson meet with the TV critics

I think that a Television Critics Association press tour appearance by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson to to discuss the year's best new show [so far] is reason enough for a live-blog, eh?


Click through for Thursday (January 9) afternoon's full panel as quickly as my little fingers can type.

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<p>&quot;Flowers in the Attic&quot;</p>

"Flowers in the Attic"

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Press Tour: 'Flowers in the Attic' sequel already in the works at Lifetime

'Petals in the Wind' will follow this faithful V.C. Andrews adaptation
"Flowers in the Attic" won't premiere on Lifetime until January 18, but Lifetime is already excited enough about the property to begin moving forward on a sequel.
At Thursday (January 9) afternoon's Television Critics Association press tour panel for "Flowers," scribe Kayla Alpert said that she's already working on a script for "Petals in the Wind," based on V.C. Andrews' "Flowers" sequel. As with the book, "Petals" will jump the story forward 10 years. For people who never hid "Flowers in the Attic" under their mattresses, haven't seen the movie and are really excited about experiencing the Lifetime movie fresh, Alpert avoids spoilers noting, "I will just say that it is a very juicy, compelling revenge drama."
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<p>Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston in the &quot;Breaking Bad&quot; finale</p>

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston in the "Breaking Bad" finale

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Two 'Breaking Bad' episodes earn Directors Guild nominations, but not 'Ozymandias'

Bryan Cranston and Beth McCarthy-Miller are double-nominees
The Directors Guild of America announced its TV Award nominations on Thursday (January 9) and while two "Breaking Bad" episodes made the cut, there may be some head-scratching about the directors who missed out. 
Or, as an alternative perspective, it was a good DGA Awards nomination morning for Bryan Cranston.
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<p>Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs host the People's Choice Awards</p>

Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs host the People's Choice Awards

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TV Ratings: People's Choice Awards leads CBS Wednesday, while 'Chicago PD' premieres well

'Modern Family' is Wednesday's top show in the key demo
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
The People's Choice Awards drew their largest audience since 2010, helping CBS to slim primetime wins on Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, NBC's "Chicago PD" premiere held onto almost all of its "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" numbers, which should satisfy all and sundry.
And for all of that, Wednesday's top show among young viewers was ABC's "Modern Family."
On to the numbers...
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<p>Zoe Saldana</p>

Zoe Saldana

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NBC impregnates Zoe Saldana for 'Rosemary's Baby' miniseries

'Star Trek' star steps in for Mia Farrow on NBC
When NBC formally announced that month that its four-hour miniseries version of "Rosemary's Baby" would begin production in Paris in January, HitFix tossed together a gallery of candidates to play the lead role. Because of how iconic Mia Farrow's performance was in the Roman Polanski movie, we'll confess that our choices were a bit stuck in a pixie-waif box, with candidates including probably-too-British Carey Mulligan and probably-too-young Dakota Fanning. 
NBC announced its "Rosemary's Baby" casting on Wednesday (January 8) afternoon and while it wasn't somebody we considered... I'll allow it.
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