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

"The Strain"

Credit: FX

FX teases 'The Strain' by sending beating hearts to reporters

Latest awesome gross-out tactic follows eyeball/bloodworm billboards

FX doesn't want anybody confused by the adult nature and graphic content of the new vampire drama "The Strain," based on the book series by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan.

Already, the cable network has faced some pushback from squeamish drivers over LA billboards featuring the series' nefarious blood worms impinging on the eyes of an unknown victim. 

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<p>Stephen Amell of &quot;Arrow&quot;</p>

Stephen Amell of "Arrow"

Credit: The CW/WBTV

'Gotham,' 'Flash,' 'Arrow' and 'Constantine' unite for Comic-Con Super-Panel

Saturday, July 26 will be a crazy night for DC Comics/WBTV fans

If you're a DC Comics fan and a TV fan and you're planning on being down in San Diego for Comic-Con, I can pretty much guarantee I know where you're going to try to be on the night of Saturday, July 26.

Warner Brothers Television and DC Entertainment announced on Monday (June 30) afternoon that FOX's "Gotham," The CW's "The Flash" and "Arrow" and NBC's "Constantine" will combine forces for a three-hour event on Comic-Con Saturday evening. 

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<p>&quot;Sex&amp;Drugs&amp;Rock&amp;Roll&quot;</p>

"Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll"

Credit: FX

FX orders Denis Leary's 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll' to series

John Corbett stars in the rock-n-roll-themed comedy

FX is continuing its aggressive recent push into comedy with a series order for Denis Leary's typographically controversial "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll."

The "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" -- no spaces, silly FX -- order is for 10 episodes, with the series set to premiere in 2015.

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<p>CBS&#39; &quot;Reckless&quot;</p>

CBS' "Reckless"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Reckless' struggles, 'Rising Star' dips, and 'Big Brother' leads Sunday

CBS rules overall and splits the key demo with ABC

Fast National ratings for Sunday, June 29, 2014.

The second week of ABC's "Rising Star" dipped from its premiere, though ABC still tied for the Sunday lead among young viewers thanks to a weak launch for CBS' "Reckless."

Despite a solid lead-in from the time period premiere of "Big Brother," "Reckless" formed a crater in the middle of CBS' Sunday lineup, forcing "Unforgettable" to bounce back in the 10 p.m. hour, helping CBS win the night overall.

On to the numbers...

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<p>NBC&#39;s &quot;Constantine&quot;</p>

NBC's "Constantine"

Credit: NBC

Take Me To The Pilots '14: NBC's 'Constantine'

Neil Marshall keeps the DC Comics' pilot interesting, but is that enough?

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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<p>Elyes Gabel and Katharine McPhee of &quot;Scorpion&quot;</p>

Elyes Gabel and Katharine McPhee of "Scorpion"

Credit: CBS

Take Me To The Pilots '14: CBS' 'Scorpion'

'Katharine McPhee: Nerd Wrangler' gets a pilot boost from director Justin Lin

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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<p>&quot;Black-ish&quot;</p>

"Black-ish"

Credit: ABC

Take Me To The Pilots '14: ABC's 'Black-ish'

Anthony Anderson comedy has things on its mind, no idea how to say them

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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<p>&quot;Girl Meets World&quot;</p>

"Girl Meets World"

Credit: Disney Channel

'Girl Meets World' premieres strong on Friday, while 'Rake' limps off for FOX

'Crossbones' is now struggling for NBC

The long-awaited series premiere of "Girl Meets World" did big numbers for Disney Channel on Friday (June 27) night, but it still couldn't keep up with its lead-in, the original movie "Zapped."

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<p>&quot;Lone Star&quot;</p>

"Lone Star"

Credit: FOX

Take Me To The Pilots '14: Preamble

What is Take Me To The Pilots and why are these not reviews?

Greetings and Salutations. 

It's time for another year of Take Me To The Pilots entries, a format that I started way back in The Blogspot Days and I've been doing it regularly for HitFix since 2010. [I honestly don't know why I didn't do Take Me To The Pilots in 2009.]

I've been using the same intro post since 2010 and that post featured a header image from FOX's "Lone Star," which famously lasted only two episodes despite being one of my favorite pilots of that fall. It exposes one of the main challenges of the pilot viewing process and the Take Me To The Pilots process, which is that at this stage in the game, it's less about what these things actually ARE and more about the potential of what they MIGHT BE. And that potential may never be realized, for good or for ill.

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: The CW's 'The Flash'
Credit: The CW/WBTV

Take Me To The Pilots '14: The CW's 'The Flash'

'Arrow' semi-spinoff has a likably lighter tone than 'Arrow'

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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