<p>Steve Coogan</p>

Steve Coogan

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Steve Coogan replaces Philip Seymour Hoffman in Showtime's 'Happyish'

'Philomena' Oscar nominee will top line the half-hour comedy pilot

Oscar nominated writer and TV favorite Steve Coogan will be the new lead in Showtime's darkly comedic half-hour "Happyish."

The new pilot for "Happyish" will shoot in New York City this December, with Ken Kwapis directing from a script by Shalom Auslander.

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

"The Overnighters"

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Exclusive 'Overnighters' clip shows the small-town tensions in the Sundance favorite

Jesse Moss' doc won a Special Jury Prize in Park City

Jesse Moss' "The Overnighters" was one of the breakout documentary hits of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, taking home a Special Jury Prize.

Set in Williston, North Dakota, "The Overnighters" depicts the problems in a small town when oil prospects bring in an avalanche of new jobs and an even larger onslaught of potential workers, many drawn by the opportunity to restart lives stalled by prolonged unemployment or murky pasts.

Caught in the middle between a wary community and the invading horde aspiring to the American Dream is Pastor Jay Reinke, who opens the doors of the Concordia Lutheran Church to this influx of settlers.

If you'll recall my review from Sundance, I had reservations about the last quarter of "The Overnighters," which seemed to overreach for conclusions based on narrative twist-of-sorts. However, for much of its running time, "Overnighters" is provocative in the most literal sense of the word. It forces viewers to ask difficult questions about faith, charity, the burdens of altruism and the shifting economic realities in the Wild West of contemporary America.

In this exclusive clip, we see many of those themes play out as one of Reinke's parishioners expresses concern about Williston's new residents and their impact on the church, leading the pastor to defend those choices.

Drafthouse Films is releasing "The Overnighters," which opens in Los Angeles on October 31. 

Check out the clip above.

<p>World Series Game One</p>

World Series Game One

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TV Ratings: World Series opener helps FOX split Tuesday as 'Love Story' eyes oblivion

'The Flash' also dips, while 'NCIS: New Orleans' rises for CBS

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

The World Series opener between the Giants and Royals was essentially over after the first inning, but the lopsided Giants win still let FOX claim Tuesday night among young viewers. Baseball took only a small bite out of CBS' dramas, though, as "NCIS: New Orleans" helped the network win overall.

While "NCIS: NOLA" held up well against the World Series, there were a slew of big droppers on Tuesday including "Marry Me," "About a Boy" and even The CW's "The Flash." 

Also slipping on Tuesday was ABC's "Manhattan Love Story," which did only a 0.7 rating in the key demo, which may prove to be the catalyst necessary to get us our first cancellation of the season.

This story will make no judgments on FOX's World Series numbers, because as inaccurate as figures for live events are in general, they become even more inaccurate when dealing with a West Coast participant. So these are time period figures and not, in any way, the ratings for the World Series game itself.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;The Flash&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "The Flash"

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'Flash' star Danielle Panabaker teases Caitlin flashback, Killer Frost and 'Arrow' crossover

Tonight's episode features Robbie Amell in a soon-to-be-important role

VANCOUVER, BC. The first few "Flash" episodes have been, for good reason, so Barry/Flash centric that we haven't had much time to get to know the S.T.A.R. Labs team supporting the nascent superhero.

That changes in Tuesday (October 21) night's episode, "Things You Can't Outrun."

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

"The Flash"

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The CW orders full seasons for 'The Flash,' 'Jane the Virgin'

As expected, both freshman successes will stick around

Hot on the heels of premieres that have set recent network highs and dramatically boosted time period averages, both "The Flash" and "Jane the Virgin" have been picked up for full seasons by The CW.

Try not to look surprised.

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<p>Katharine McPhee of &quot;Scorpion&quot;</p>

Katharine McPhee of "Scorpion"

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TV Ratings: 'Scorpion' survives 'The Millers,' 'Sleepy Hollow' rises and ABC, NBC split

'Jane the Virgin' is up in early numbers

Fast National ratings for Monday, October 20, 2014.

"The Voice" and "Blacklist" both dropped on Monday night, but still led NBC to victory among young viewers, while "Dancing with the Stars" carried ABC to overall victory. 

In addition to NBC's drops, Monday also saw a less-than-impressive season premiere for CBS' "The Millers," plus another dip for FOX's "Gotham."

But there was plenty of good news on Monday as well. "Sleepy Hollow," for example, rose week-to-week for FOX. And although it was dealing with a weaker lead-in thanks to "The Millers," CBS' "Scorpion" was encouragingly flat week-to-week in the key demo, though it dipped a little in viewers.

The morning's best news, though, probably came on The CW, where "Jane the Virgin" rose in its second week, seemingly capitalizing on last week's well-received premiere. Of course, The CW had an NFL preemption in Houston, so stay tuned.

ABC had the Pittsburgh football preemption, if you're scoring at home.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Matt Barr of &quot;Sleepy Hollow&quot;</p>

Matt Barr of "Sleepy Hollow"

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Interview: Matt Barr on his still-mysterious 'Sleepy Hollow' rogue

What North Carolina memories does he have from his 'One Tree Hill' stint?

WILMINGTON, NC. I sit down with Matt Barr on the "Sleepy Hollow" set in Wilmington, NC in late August without really knowing much about the actor's character, Noah Hawley. 

I know he's got Han Solo rogue swagger and a holstered firearm, but little else. The reports when Barr was cast described his character as a bounty hunter and then he was later described as an arms dealer, two descriptions with a potentially wide gulf between them. 

Nearly two months later, I've "acted" in a scene with Barr -- possibly appearing in Episode 8, until they decide to cut me out for reasons that I certainly won't begrudge -- and watched two episodes featuring Hawley and I'm still not sure I know all that much more. 

Hawley first popped up in the season's third episode and he returned in the fourth, both times on the trail of the same artifact Crane and Abbie were looking for, which isn't unsuspicious, though we have no reason to distrust him, at least not yet. We're aware he has some backstory with Lyndie Greenwood's Jenny, but that hasn't been dealt with much.

In fact, my going-in-blind interview from the set still provides some background that maybe we haven't spotted this far, which you either will or won't view as spoilers. 

We also discussed the "Harper's Island" and "Hellcats" veteran's return to Wilmington, where he previous terrorized Peyton on "One Tree Hill."

Check out the full Q&A below...

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<p>Ryan Murphy</p>

Ryan Murphy

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Ryan Murphy spreads his anthology wings to 'Scream Queens' on FOX

Comedy-horror anthology series receives a 15-episode order for Fall 2015

Not content to have a pair of anthology series set up at FX, Ryan Murphy has set up his third current offering within the anthology model, this one at FOX.

FOX announced on Monday (October 20) that it has given a 15-episode series order to "Scream Queens," from Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. 

Production on "Scream Queens" is set to begin this spring, for a Fall 2015 premiere.

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<p>Broncos QB Peyton Manning</p>

Broncos QB Peyton Manning

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TV Ratings: Peyton Manning's record-breaking night draws big Sunday numbers to NBC

NFL coverage also helps boost CBS and FOX

Fast National ratings for Sunday, October 19, 2014.

The Sunday Night Football game between the 49ers and Broncos drew big numbers  to NBC, driven in part by Denver QB Peyton Manning's pursuit of the NFL's TD-passing record.

It was NBC's best Sunday Night Football performance since the premiere, while other programming also had a big night.

Inflated by NFL overrun, FOX's comedies and CBS' dramas were up week-to-week. Also posting gains without football was ABC's "Once Upon a Time," while the network's later dramas were flat.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Drew Christy of &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Drew Christy of "Survivor"

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Interview: Drew Christy talks 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur'

Latest bootee isn't all that illuminating on his swift fall from grace

In his online "Survivor: San Juan Del Sur" bio, Drew Christy says of his Personal Claim To Fame: " I seem to pull off the unthinkable with ease. People will ask me... How did you do that?"

On Wednesday night's "Survivor," Drew absolutely pulled off the unthinkable. In 44 minutes of television, Drew went from a position of power in a tribe that couldn't lose, a tribe on which the women were on a minority and couldn't create any sort of meaningful alliance to having his torch snuffed. Along the way, he decided to throw a challenge, but didn't tell anybody, led a campaign to vote out Kelley, but couldn't get a single person to join him, and managed to mobilize the tribe's women so that, amidst the chaos Drew created, they were able to vote him out in an impressive blindside.

Drew pulled off the unthinkable and I was, indeed, eager to ask the 25-year-old traveling sales rep how he did it. 

Unfortunately, I was out of town this week and had to conduct my "Survivor" exit interview with Drew via email through the show's team. The email option is one I'm tremendously grateful to have when, every season or two, I just can't do my normal phone interview. But doing interviews in this way makes it impossible to ask follow-up questions or to reask questions when queries come up that the subject would prefer not to answer.

In the case of my Drew interview, I probably would have wanted follow-ups to nearly every question and I would have wanted second shots at the five or six questions that didn't get answered at all. It's too bad, because Drew says in one of the responses that he didn't think the edit was a good representation of his time out there, but several questions that would have let him go into depth on his own interpretations went unanswered.

Don't expect illumination here...

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