Inside TV+Movies with Daniel Fienberg
'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.
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...
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.
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.
'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."
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.
'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...
'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.
'NCIS' hits a season high in viewers for CBS
Fast National ratings for Monday, January 7, 2014.
"Intelligence" capitalized on a big "NCIS" lead-in to get a huge overall sampling on Tuesday night, helping CBS win primetime in all measures.
Among young viewers, the "Intelligence" preview wasn't quite as massive, but CBS is likely quite pleased with reaching 16.5+ million eyeballs before next Monday's time period premiere and also with the relatively limited tune-out at the half-hour for the Josh Holloway drama.
There was probably less pleasure over at ABC, where "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "The Goldbergs" and "Trophy Wife" all performed in their normal range, but "Killer Women" became the network's second straight premiere to launch with under a 1.0 in the key demo.
FOX, meanwhile, may be wondering where the "New Girl" audience has disappeared to. "New Girl" was still FOX's top Tuesday comedy in the key demo, but it finished behind both "Dads" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" overall.
On to the numbers...
Former CBS pilot takes yet another spot on FOX's 2014-2015 schedule
Continuing several of the trends of this development season, FOX has given a 13-episode series order to "Backstrom," a crime drama produced for CBS last spring.
Based on Leif G.W. Persson's novels, "Backstrom" was adapted for TV by "Bones" creator Hart Hanson and stars Rainn Wilson as a Portland detective often hampered by his own self-destructive tendencies. Yes, by the way, "Backstrom" sounds an awful lot like "Rake," the new FOX legal drama featuring Greg Kinnear as an attorney often hampered by his own self-destructive tendencies and both of them sound an awful lot like "House," the beloved FOX medical drama about a doctor often hampered by his own self-destructive tendencies. Perhaps that's why FOX execs are convinced that "Backstrom" is a good fit for the network.