<p>Mark Pedowitz</p>

Mark Pedowitz

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The CW's Mark Pedowitz on the State of the Network - Press tour live-blog

Expect updates on the DC-ization and 'Virgin'-ization of the network

It's executive session time and The CW's Mark Pedowitz has a new action hit and a Golden Globe nomination critical favorite to tout for the year's achievements.

Follow along with Mark Pedowitz's remarks below, but keep in mind that Pedowitz is usually very cagey.

But first, here's my "Vampire Diaries"/"The Originals" panel live-blog.

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<p>Ian Somerhalder of &quot;The Vampire Diaries&quot;</p>

Ian Somerhalder of "The Vampire Diaries"

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What's in store for 'Vampire Diaries' and 'The Originals'? Press Tour Live-Blog

Joseph Morgan and Ian Somerhalder join a trio of producers

The CW is having a pretty good season and the network has a lot of Television Critics Association press tour time, with panels including midseason dramas "iZombie" and "The Messengers."

The network is also doing a pair of mixed-world panels. A bit later we have the various heroes and villains of "Arrow" and "Flash," but now it's time for a joint "The Vampire Diaries"/"The Originals" panel.

Julie Plec will be joined by "Vampire Diaries" showrunner Caroline Dries and "Originals" showrunner Michael Narducci. Representing both casts are Ian Somerhalder and Joseph Morgan.

Follow along!

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<p>Jessica Par&eacute; of &quot;Mad Men&quot;</p>

Jessica Paré of "Mad Men"

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'Mad Men' boss weighs in on Sharon Tate, D.B. Cooper theories

Fans rooting for Megan's brutal murder may be disappointed

Sharon Tate was a sex symbol and fledgling movie star. The "Fearless Vampire Killers" and "Valley of the Dolls" star was married to Roman Polanski. Tate and four others were killed by The Manson Family in August 1969.

Megan from "Mad Men" is not Sharon Tate.

D.B. Cooper is the name given to a man who hijacked a Boeing 727 in 1971, secured $200,000 in ransom and parachuted out of the plane, never to be seen again or definitively identified. 

Don Draper from "Mad Men" is not D.B. Cooper. Probably.

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<p>Season 3 of &quot;Orphan Black&quot;</p>

Season 3 of "Orphan Black"

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'Orphan Black' team teases Season 3 - Press Tour Live-Blog

Tatiana Maslany and company return to the TCA press tour

It's already been a busy Saturday (January 10) at the Television Critics Association press tour.

We had our first panel for AMC's "Better Call Saul."

We had our last panel for AMC's "Mad Men."

And while it isn't as momentous, perhaps, now it's time for a crowd favorite, with a panel for the third season of BBC America's "Orphan Black."

We're joined by Tatiana Maslany and Jordan Gavaris, but then we have John Fawcett, representing both co-creators, and Ari Millen, who will be taking on a larger role/roles this season.

Follow along...

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<p>Jon Hamm of &quot;Mad Men&quot;</p>

Jon Hamm of "Mad Men"

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'Mad Men' final season premiere set for April

The last seven episodes of 'Mad Men' will wrap in mid-May

Get ready for tears, "Mad Men" fans.

AMC officially announced on Saturday (January 10) morning that the last seven episodes of the Emmy-winning "Mad Men" will premiere on Sunday, April 5 at 10 p.m. 

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<p>&quot;Glee&quot;</p>

"Glee"

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TV Ratings: Final 'Glee' premiere is weak as ABC, CBS split Friday

'Last Man Standing,' 'Blue Bloods' and 'Shark Tank' have big Fridays

Fast National ratings for Friday, January 9, 2015.

"Shark Tank" and a strong "Last Man Standing" episode led ABC to a Friday win in the key demographic, while "Blue Bloods" helped CBS to its normal Friday domination overall.

The night's other notable was the final season premiere of FOX's "Glee," which was rather ridiculously low, though comparisons to the musical dramedy's Thursday numbers from last year are probably pointless.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Jamie and Claire of &quot;Outlander&quot;</p>

Jamie and Claire of "Outlander"

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'Outlander' team teases the second half of Season 1 - Press Tour Live-Blog

Ronald D. Moore, Diana Gabaldon, Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan return

The last time "Outlander" developer Ronald D. Moore, original novelist Diana Gabaldon and stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan visited the TCA press tour, we hadn't actually seen any of the time-traveling Starz drama. 

Now, we have!

Actually, now we've seen the eight "Outlander" episodes that aired over the summer and many of us have seen the first three episodes of the season's second half. 

Let's see how the conversation changes!

WARNING: I've read the first book and we in this room have seen, as I just said, through Episode 11 and it's very likely that the conversation may include some spoilers. I really can't predict how spoiler-y the questions are going to be. So if you're experiencing "Outlander" for the first time on TV, proceed with caution! *After* the panel I'll be able to clarify which questions are spoiler-y and which aren't, but not until after the panel...

ALSO: There's a strong chance I'm gonna misspell Diana Gabaldon, Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan's names at some point. Possibly even here. I think I'm OK with Ronald D. Moore. But be nice. I'll fix anything you need me to fix.

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<p>&quot;Bates Motel&quot;</p>

"Bates Motel"

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'Bates Motel' and 'The Returned' premiere dates confirmed

Carlton Cuse does double remake duty on Mondays in March

Starting in March, A&E has set up a Monday night of Carlton Cuse-produced spins on genre favorites.

A&E announced on Friday (January 9) morning that "Bates Motel" will return for its third season on Monday, March 9 at 9 p.m. "Bates Motel" will be followed by the first season of A&E's remake of "The Returned," which A&E hopes will do better than last spring's short-lived "Bates" lead-out "Those That Kill."

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

"The Big Bang Theory"

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TV Ratings: 'American Idol' Night 2 helps FOX hold off 'Big Bang'-driven CBS on Thursday

Nobody watches 'Bad Judge' or 'A to Z' again

Fast National ratings for Thursday, January 8, 2015.

Fueled by its two-hour running time, the season's second night of "American Idol" rose in viewers and nearly equalled the premiere in the key demo, helping FOX win Thursday in both measures.

While "The Big Bang Theory" clobbered "Idol" across-the-board, "Idol" was able to do better against the rest of the CBS comedies, dominating the 9 p.m. hour in particular. FOX boasts this is the best Night 2 "Idol" retention in six years, but the whole one-hour versus two-hour thing makes that an apples/oranges comparison.

Among other Thursday notables, the home-stretch for "Parenthood" got off to a solid start, while nobody watches NBC's 9 p.m. comedies.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Kelley Kime and Hope</p>

Kelley Kime and Hope

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 14 Auditions - Nashville & Kansas City

After a slow start, a slew of good interviews boost the season's second episode

"American Idol" returned on Wednesday (January 7) night to somewhat tepid ratings and with a one-hour episode that was almost entirely devoid of likely breakout talent.

FOX posted the first episode online for critics and then wisely posted the second, which is airing tonight. The move was wise because, as you'll soon see, Thursday's episode is much, much better. There are three or four contestants who appeared on Thursday's episode and seem like plausible Finalists.

So click through and follow along as I recap the highlights and lowlights.

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