Inside TV+Movies with Daniel Fienberg
Simon, Demi and company are back for a third week of auditions
It's time for another two-hour installment of "The X Factor."
Once again, I recapped "Survivor" on East Coast Time, though that will change once "X Factor" goes live, unless of course people stop watching entirely. No. I don't mean "low-rated." This show is already that. I mean a collective and cohesive decision by the entire nation to watch ANYTHING other than "X Factor." Don't laugh. I could happen.
And now on to Wednesday's (September 25) auditions...
Colton becomes Colton again and somebody heads home
Colton of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"
Pre-credit sequence. Interesting interpretation in the recap, suggesting that the men got rid of Marissa out of "vengeance." This is probably true, but it's much more passionate than the noncommittal audience-blindside we got last week. She arrives at Redemption Island, where she's hugged by Candice and Rupert, who have no clue who she is. "People had the audacity to put a frowny face next to my name like they were upset about it," says Marissa, who describes herself as "pissed off" and places the full blame on Gervase. Rupert is just glad that Marissa isn't Laura. Rupert and Candice agree that they're also pissed off.
A quick look at the numbers from September 24
Jim Caviezel of "Person of Interest"
Morning ratings are a race, with a dozen reporters rushing to quickly post numbers that we know represent maybe 40 percent of a show's actual audience. That race means less time for spot analysis
and commentary, even on figures as incomplete as Nielsen Fast Nationals are.
This season I'm going to try doing some more ratings analysis as the days go along in addition to the regular ratings stories, which I generally try to make as balanced and contextualized as possible anyway. I'm also going to try doing more coverage of Live+3 and Live+7 figures when those become available.
I don't know how regular these pieces will be. Ideally they'd be daily for the next couple weeks until the numbers settle, but no promises. Somedays I may have 10 bulletpoints. Other days I may have three. We'll see.
'Person of Interest' continues CBS' Tuesday 10 p.m. struggles
Cobie Smulders appeared in Tuesday's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." premiere.
Although it may have come in below the highest of expectations, ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
" delivered TV's highest rated drama debut since November 2009 (that would be "V"). In addition, "S.H.I.E.L.D." helped generate good premiere numbers for "The Goldbergs
" and, to a lesser extent, "Trophy Wife
," but couldn't help "Lucky 7
," which takes an early lead in the race to become fall's first casualty.
For all of that, though, ABC didn't come close to winning Wednesday night. "NCIS
" and "NCIS: Los Angeles
" returned strong and helped CBS dominate overall, while "The Voice
" and good numbers for "Chicago Fire
" helped NBC win among young viewers.
There was plenty of bad news on Tuesday as well. FOX's "Dads
," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "The Mindy Project" all plummeted after decent premieres last week, while the transition to a new slot was anything but smooth for CBS' "Person of Interest
," which continued the network's 10 p.m. struggles.
Oh and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" didn't perform nearly as well against competition as it did in the fallow summer months for The CW.
On to the numbers…
BBC America drama finishes its first season on Wednesday
Olivia Colman of "Broadchurch"
Credit: BBC America
" ends its eight-episode run on Wednesday (September 25) on BBC America.
For American viewers patient enough to avoid just rushing to BitTorrent sites after getting hooked on this British murder mystery, answers are finally coming.
Yes, answers are coming in the death of Danny Latimer, but what are the chances that those answers will bring satisfaction to Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller (Oliva Colman) or closure to grieving mother Beth Latimer (Jodie Whittaker
)? Well, that's what "Broadchurch" is really about.
Back in July at the Television Critics Association press tour, I sat down for 10 minutes with Colman ("Tyrannosaur") and Whittaker ("Venus") to talk about their twisty, emotional murder mystery, which was a sensation in the UK. The conversation took place before the premiere, but I didn't transcribe the interview in time and once I transcribed it, I realized it would be just as effective before the finale, since it really spoils nothing.
So warm up for Wednesday's finale with my chat with Colman and Whittaker, after the break...
Dan and Alan talk 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,' 'Dexter' finale, 'Breaking Bad' and more
Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls.
We went podcast-less yesterday due to Alan's ongoing hospital adventures -- He's improving! -- and also because of communication SNAFUs caused by Gmail problems. Sorry!
But we've got you covered today, with a fairly long podcast that includes brief chatter about Sunday's Emmys, reviews of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.IE.L.D.," "Trophy Wife," "The Goldbergs
," "Lucky 7
" and "Back in the Game," plus discussion of Sunday's weak "Dexter
" finale and strong "Breaking Bad
" penultimate episode.
Maybe we'll have one more podcast later this week. We'd like to have one more podcast this week. However: Der mentsh trakht un Got lakht.
Here's today's breakdown:
Emmys (00:01:10 - 00:13:45)
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.IE.L.D." (00:14:00 - 00:23:50)
"The Goldbergs" (00:23:55 - 00:28:45)
"Trophy Wife" (00:28:50 - 00:35:30)
"Lucky 7" (00:35:35 - 0043:25)
"Back in the Game" (00:43:30 - 00:48:50)
"Dexter" finale (00:49:15 - 01:04:30)
"Breaking Bad" (01:04:30 - 01:27:30)
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Mads Mikkelsen and series creator Bryan Fuller discuss making Lecter their own
When NBC ordered a drama series based on the events leading up to Thomas Harris' "Red Dragon," the big question from many fans was how Bryan Fuller
and company would put their imprint on the iconic character of Dr. Hannibal
After watching a full season of "Hannibal," those questions were gone. It's not that Mads Mikkelsen
made anybody forget Anthony Hopkins' Oscar-winning performance, but the "Casino Royale" veteran's take on the creepy cannibal was nuanced, reptilian and terrifying in its own way.
"Hannibal" arrives on DVD on Tuesday, September 24 and HitFix has an exclusive
clip of a bonus feature in which Mikkelsen and series creator Bryan Fuller discuss making Lecter their own.
Thanks to strong reviews and its unique international financing deal, rather than its precariously low ratings, "Hannibal" was renewed for a second season and will be back on NBC at a yet-to-be-determined time.
Check out the exclusive clip above.
CBS' 'Mom' and 'Hostages' have weak Premiere Night launches
James Spader of "The Blacklist"
Welcome to the 2013-2014 TV season!
There was plenty to report on the Nielsen-approved opening night of the new season.
On the positive side, "The Voice
" returned above last fall's Monday premiere, building with each half-hour, beating "Dancing with the Stars" overall and prompting a strong premiere for "Blacklist," even if "Blacklist" came in below last September's "Revolution" premiere.
Speaking of positives, FOX's "Sleepy Hollow" held up very well in its second airing, especially among young viewers, even against far tougher competition.
Also positive, CBS got good numbers for the hour-long premiere of the final season of "How I Met Your Mother
," which was a competitive second to "The Voice" among young viewers and equalled last fall's premiere.
That's where the good news stops for CBS, though, as "Mom" had a soft launch after "2 Broke Girls
," which was down nearly a quarter from last year's premiere. "Mom," in turn, led into a very underwhelming premiere for the new drama "Hostages
," which started weak and limped to a third place finish for the hour, certainly below CBS' hopes for the heavily promoted limited series, which may find itself even more limited if it doesn't perk up.
On to the numbers…
How much does the 'E.R.' veteran know about Agent Melinda May?
Ming-Na Wen of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
The core premise of ABC's "shield
" class="autolink">Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is that although you know the big names in the Marvel superhero universe -- the Iron Mans, the Thors, the Hulks, the Captain Americas -- there's a vast infrastructure of highly specialized agents protecting the globe, straddling the line between the ordinary and the extraordinary.
Fans of the recent hit Marvel films will certainly know Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson and they'll recognize at least one "Avengers" figure in the pilot (it's not being kept a secret anymore, but I'm not going out of my way to spoil anything here).
Within the world of S.H.I.E.L.D., though, Ming-Na Wen
's Agent Melinda May is a legend, though we don't immediately know why in the pilot, which premieres on Tuesday (September 24) night. We know she has a notorious past and that she now appears to be working a desk job within Coulson's team. It emerges very quickly, though, that when the situation requires, she still has "it," even if we're only starting to learn what "it" is or why she put "it" on the shelf.
A veteran of "Stargate: Universe," "E.R." and "The Single Guy," Ming-Na Wen is also one of the better known stars in a "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." cast dominated by relative unknows.
Last week, I got on the phone with Ming-Na to discuss crafting a character whose backstory is full of unknowns, her early experiences with being a part of the Whedonverse and whether or not she includes the periods in her show's title when communicating with friends.
Click through for the full conversation...
From Neil Patrick Harris to all of the winners, we've got you covered
"Mad Men" star and Emmy nominee Christina Hendricks
Happy Emmy Night, Everybody!
Are we all excited for the accelerated 55 minute show that will be over in time so that everybody can watch the penultimate episode of "Breaking Bad"?
Anyway, this'll be where I am for the next three hours. Follow along! Comment below! And check out my Full 2013 Emmy Predictions with Sepinwall so that you can make fun of how ineffectively psychic I am!