Pre-credit sequence. Huyopa returns to camp after sending Josh packing. Jon accepts hugs for his courageous flip-flop. Reed is "furious," but he tells people he's OK. "I need to figure out how to move forward being in the minority," Reed says. But Reed isn't the only one feeling unsure about his position. Jon is unsteady with how he treated Josh and Reed. "If there's anything I've learned from watching past 'Survivors,' it's trust your instinct," Jon says, getting Jeremy's reassurance. Keith knows he's in bad position, but he also knows he has an Idol and hopes to use it to take somebody else out. He's thinking about pretending to sacrifice himself and then blindsiding everybody. "It's getting to crunch-time now," he says.
It's been a Something For Everybody day of TV news.
Between NBC dumping its Bill Cosby project, the first picture from BBC America's "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell," an "American Idol" premiere date, a "How To Get Away With Murder" finale date, Hugh Laurie joining "Veep" in some capacity, plus casting rumors for Netflix's Marvel shows, you'd be hard-pressed to feel neglected by today's small screen rumblings.
And if none of those things interest you... How about this?
Netflix announced on Wednesday (November 19) afternoon that it has picked up a fourth season for the drama "Longmire," cancelled earlier this fall by A&E.
[Both this post and the clip are slightly spoiler-y. Be wary.]
Last week's "Gracepoint" episode, the seventh in the mystery's 10-episode run, was a big one.
For viewers who are only watching "Gracepoint" and didn't catch "Broadchurch," it introduced a couple characters and added a new layer of tension for Anna Gunn's Detective Miller.
But for fans of "Broadchurch" who have been watching "Gracepoint" either out of rekindled passion or general curiosity, the episode was absolutely crucial because, for the first time, "Broadchurch" devotees didn't know what was coming.
After a somewhat rough fall, FOX is slowly making announcements for the spring of 2015, revealing a two-night premiere for "American Idol" and a launch for the already-heavily-promoted musical drama "Empire."
Season 14 of "American Idol," also know as "AI, AD" ("American Idol, After Dawg"), will begin with a two-night three-hour premiere on Wednesday, January 7 at 8 p.m. and Thursday, January 8 from 8 to 10 p.m.
On Wednesday (November 19) morning, ABC announced premiere dates for two of its high profile midseason dramas, while setting an early finale date for its biggest new hit of the fall.
As new accusations of rape and sexual impropriety are levied against Bill Cosby, the comedy legend's broadcast partners are, predictably, pulling back.
One day after Netflix announced that it was postponing the premiere date for the comedy special "Bill Cosby 77" (and one day after former supermodel Janice Dickinson told Entertainment Tonight that Cosby raped her in 1982), NBC confirms that it will not be moving forward with plans to bring Cosby back to TV with a new pilot.
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, November 18, 2014.
"NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" were both up week-to-week, leading CBS to a dominant overall win and a tight victory among young viewers on Tuesday.
Tuesday primetime featured a lot of little week-to-week fluctuations, including "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" both rising a tiny bit despite a drop for "MasterChef Junior."
Over on ABC, a "Shark Tank" repeat comfortably outperformed recent comedy block numbers and helped "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." inch up. Presumably that "Shark Tank" repeat also was responsible for some of the "MasterChef" decline, though that's total speculation.
Most of the night's increases and decreases were pretty minimal, but "NCIS: New Orleans" added nearly two million viewers over last week's airing, which came against the second half of a two-hour "The Voice," rather than NBC's significantly lower-rated comedies. And even those NBC comedies were way up from their last airing, though that airing was after a "Voice" clip show.
And both of The CW's dramas ticked up week-to-week. It was the most watched "Supernatural" since January.
On to the numbers...
FX has landed American distribution for the BBC One drama "Taboo" starring Tom Hardy.
Set to begin production in the UK in mid-to-late 2015, "Taboo" won't actually premiere on FX until mid-2016, which is the kind of long-term planning you have to do when you're dealing with the star of "The Dark Knight Rises," "Bronson" and "Locke."
Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!
Time for an All-Mailbag Edition of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
Nobody bothered to schedule anything new for us to review this week and, as a result, we dipped into our overflowing mailbag for a sextet of queries that allow us to check in on "Arrow" and "Black-ish," touch on recent news involving Bill Cosby and Glen Larson and, for the first time in Firewall & Iceberg history, to discuss in another podcast, in this case "Serial."
And next week? It's an All-Grumpy Cat Podcast. No. Really. It may be heavy on Grumpy Cat if y'all don't send in more great messages.
Oh and in answer to your question: Yes, we probably spoil things from the first eight installments of "Serial," but I'm not sure we spoiled anything that will actually spoil the experience of listening to "Serial" from scratch, though I could be wrong.
Here's today's breakdown:
Listener Mail: NBC's Bill Cosby Comedy (00:01:45 - 00:09:15)
Listener Mail: Glen Larson's passing (00:09:25 - 00:18:05)
Listener Mail: "Serial" (00:18:05 - 00:44:00)
Listener Mail: Desert Island Viewing Options (00:44:00 - 00:48:20)
Listener Mail: "Arrow" check-in (00:48:20 - 01:00:55)
Listener Mail: "Black-ish" check-in (01:01:40 - 01:08:10)
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Fast National ratings for Monday, November 17, 2014.
The series premiere of "State of Affairs" fell short of the normal numbers for "The Blacklist," but the Katherine Heigl drama still helped NBC win Monday night in the key demographic, though it lost to "Castle" as part of ABC's overall sweep.
Most of the other Monday originals were pretty steady, with a tiny uptick for FOX's "Gotham" and for CBS' "2 Broke Girls" and "NCIS: Los Angeles."
ABC had the Monday Night Football preemption in both -- Nashville and Pittsburgh -- markets, so expect some adjustments.
On to the numbers...