What makes Morgan Tookers tick?
Every night, Twitter creates its own ecosystem of TV co-viewing, a constant feedback loop in which critics, fans, haters and the people associated with different shows can be in constant communication.
Last Tuesday night at Microsoft offices in Venice (the California variety, not the one I'd want to spend my Tuesdays in), the loop came to life as the cast and producers of "The Mindy Project" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" got together and ate, drank and tweeted through the West Coast airing of the FOX comedies with an assortment of journalists and network types.
During the pause between two shows -- also known as "New Girl," which wasn't represented at the event -- I sat down with "Mindy Project" co-star Ike Barinholtz to talk about the comedy's transition through an inconsistent and fitfully funny first season into one of the more reliable laugh-generators in FOX's Tuesday lineup.
Barinholtz, also a writer and executive story editor on "The Mindy Project," discusses what makes Morgan Tookers tick, his pleasure at getting to play straight-man sometimes this season, the cast's ubiquitous Chris Messina impressions and more.
Click through for the full Q&A...
When will 'Mind Games' and 'The Bachelor' premiere?
Coming off a difficult fall, ABC is shaking things up at midseason.
On Tuesday (November 19), ABC announced its full midseason schedule, which includes a time period shift for "Revenge," the return of "Suburgatory" to a familiar home, season premieres for "The Bachelor" and "The Taste," plus series launches for "Killer Women," "Mind Games," "Mixology," "Resurrection" and "The Assets."
Let's look at things chronologically, shall we?
ABC gets big bumps courtesy of football inflation
Fast National ratings for Monday, November 18, 2013.
ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" posted big week-to-week gains overall, while NBC's "The Voice" declined week-to-week among young viewers, but the two networks held onto their regular Monday night split.
Monday's big variation came courtesy of FOX, where "Almost Human" got off to a very "Bones"-esque start, drawing slightly fewer viewers than last Monday's "Bones" but doing a slightly higher number among young viewers. Of paramount importance to FOX, though, was the fact that despite a new lead-in, "Sleepy Hollow" was flat week-to-week.
Most of Monday's regulars were within sight of their recent averages with only the tiniest of variation, though ABC's "Castle" took advantage of the absence of "Blacklist" in the 10 p.m. hour to post some big gains, though the same could not be said for CBS' "Hostages."
Note that although ABC will still win the night overall regardless of what happened, the network had Monday Night Football coverage in both the New England and Carolina markets, which more-than-partially explains the huge bump bump and will lead to a larger-than-normal adjustment for individual programs in Finals.
On to the numbers...
Is Skye to be trusted? Chloe Bennet says, "Yes."
On Tuesday (November 19) night, ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will attempt to tap into the blockbuster momentum of "Thor: The Dark World" with an episode titled "The Well." ABC cryptically hints that in the aftermath of the hit feature, "Coulson and The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the pieces -- one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team."
Last week, I got on the phone with "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." star Chloe Bennet to discuss how essential, exactly, "Thor: The Dark World" is to Tuesday's hour.
"I think either way, it's important to see 'Thor 2,' because it's a Marvel film and because it's a great movie," says Bennet, who is nothing if not a team player. "So I'm gonna say it's important. It's definitely not absolutely necessary, but it's absolutely necessary in my mind because it's such a great movie."
In our brief chat, Bennet talks about how trustworthy she thinks super-hacker Skye truly is at this point and the "Nashville" veteran discusses her own not-so-stealthy attempts to glean knowledge about her character and her mysterious past.
Finally, Bennet shares the secret to looking like a hacker on-screen even if you aren't a hacker in real life. Hint: It's another corporate plug, albeit not within the Marvel Universe.
Click through for the full conversation.
Dan and Alan discuss 'Getting On,' 'Walking Dead' and The Future
It's time for another installment of the Firewall & Iceberg.
For this week? We're business-as-usual.
Next week, however, things may start to change. We kick off this podcast by explaining the shape of things to come.
Then we review HBO's "Getting On" and BBC America's "Doctor Who" telefilm "An Adventure in Space and Time." We did a Dan's Reality Round-Up and talked about the latest resurrection of "The Killing." We used listener mail to discuss Sunday's "The Walking Dead" and also talked about FXX and "Orange Is The New Black."
Explanation of Things To Come (00:01:00 - 00:05:40)
"Getting On" (00:05:40 - 00:17:55)
"An Adventure in Space and Time" (00:17:55 - 00:27:45)
Dan's Reality Round-Up (00:27:45 - 00:45:15)
The resurrection of "The Killing" (00:45:15 - 00:54:05)
Listener Mail - "Walking Dead" (w/spoilers) (00:54:25 - 01:07:30)
Listener Mail - FXX (01:07:35 - 01:16:45)
Listener Mail - "Orange Is The New Black" awards classification (01:16:50 - 01:23:05)
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
'Once' sinks for ABC, but 'Revenge' and 'Betrayal' rise
Fast National ratings for Sunday, November 17, 2013.
NBC scored with a Sunday Night Football game pitting two of the NFL's best teams in the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs, drawing a huge primetime audience in all measures.
In preliminary numbers, the Broncos-Chiefs game delivered the best overall household rating for a November NFL game since 1996, but the emphasis here is on "preliminary."
FOX, meanwhile, benefitted from an NFL doubleheader, which gave a decent (but not spectacular) sampling to the sci-fi police procedural "Almost Human," which will have its time period premiere on Monday.
With the added genre competition from "Almost Human," ABC's "Once Upon a Time" slipped below a 2.0 rating among young viewers, but both "Revenge" and "Betrayal" posted tiny gains.
While some fluctuation is inevitable, on to the numbers...
Teams raft, buggy, cook and dress camels in UAE
It's really tough to keep a good Bunny down. That's been the lesson imparted by "The Amazing Race" for the past few weeks.
Baseball Wives Nicky & Kim finished last in the season's fourth Leg, which ended up at a Viking lodge in Norway, but it was a Keep On Racing Leg.
Then they finished last again in the seventh Leg, falling behind in Abu Dhabi, but it was a Non-Elimination Leg.
What would it take to actually knock the Baseball Wives out?
A full recap of Sunday (November 16) night's relatively fun, albeit entirely suspense-less, episode of "The Amazing Race" after the break…
'Grimm' and 'Blue Bloods' are among Friday's risers
Fast National ratings for Friday, November 15, 2013.
Guess what? CBS' "Undercover Boss," "Hawaii Five-0" and "Blue Bloods" each dominated their hours overall on Friday and, with a slightly low "Shark Tank" on ABC, CBS also won the crown among young viewers.
The big news was elsewhere, though.
FOX's plan to strengthen Friday by transplanting a pair of established performers failed to pay immediate dividends as both "Bones" and "Raising Hope" premiered to numbers below what they'd normally draw elsewhere in the week. "Bones," in fact, drew 2 million fewer viewers than an original episode did just four days earlier, falling 0.8 in the key demo. While "Bones" did improve on the time period's viewer numbers, it couldn't compete with "MasterChef Junior" in the key demo.
Over on NBC, "Grimm" was up week-to-week and, for the most part, "Dracula" may have stopped dropping.
Finally, the season finale of "America's Next Top Model" had a good night for The CW and "The Carrie Diaries" may have gone up a hair as well.
On to the numbers...
'How I Met Your Dad' will also use MacLaren's Pub
Only a few weeks after rumors broke that CBS was developing a spinoff from the departing "How I Met Your Mother," the network has moved forward and officially ordered a pilot.
Titled "How I Met Your Dad" -- or "HIMYD" -- the spinoff will be written and executive produced by "Up All Night" creator Emily Spivey and executive produced by "How I Met Your Mother" creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.
Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman will return for a shortened final season
From the "Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?" file: "The Killing" has been resurrected once again.
Netflix announced on Friday (November 15) afternoon that a fourth season of "The Killing" has been ordered as a streaming exclusive.