<p>Octavia Spencer</p>

Octavia Spencer

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Octavia Spencer lands the lead in FOX's 'Red Band Society' pilot

Oscar winner bounces back after 'Murder, She Wrote' stalled
It's hard to keep an Oscar winner eager to do television down.
 
Less than a month after NBC scrapped plans to reboot "Murder, She Wrote" with Octavia Spencer, the "Help" star has landed the lead in FOX's hour-long genre hybrid "Red Band Society."
 
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<p>Jason Isaacs</p>

Jason Isaacs

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Jason Isaacs will 'DIG' for USA, Jane Krakowski joins FOX's 'Dead Boss'

Two casting stories... One blog post!
Time for a pair of casting notices that have nothing in common, but are still getting stuck together in one blog post just because:
 
Jane Krakowski has landed the lead in FOX's comedy pilot "Dead Boss," while Jason Isaacs is set to topline USA's event series "DIG."
 
More details below...
 
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<p>Ari Graynor of &quot;Bad Teacher&quot;</p>

Ari Graynor of "Bad Teacher"

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CBS sets 'Bad Teacher,' 'Unforgettable' premiere dates

'Crazy Ones' and 'Two and a Half Men' will swap time slots
We may already be well into midseason, but CBS had some scheduling moves to make on Friday (February 14), including a pair of premiere dates and some scheduling experimentation ahead of upfronts in May.
 
The announcements include premiere dates for the new comedy "Bad Teacher" and the returning drama "Unforgettable," plus a Thursday comedy shakeup.
 
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<p>Yuzuru Hanyu's record-breaking performance capped off NBC's Olympics primetime</p>

Yuzuru Hanyu's record-breaking performance capped off NBC's Olympics primetime

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TV Ratings: Figure skating gives NBC's Olympics coverage a small Thursday bump

'American Idol' dips, while 'Rake' stays low-and-steady for FOX
Fast National ratings for Thursday, February 13, 2014.
 
A smattering over coverage from the men's figure skating short program helped NBC's Thursday Sochi Winter Olympics coverage rise slightly from Wednesday's block. The Sochi numbers were still well below what NBC was drawing earlier in the week, but still easily dominated Thursday primetime.
 
The night's only other original programming came on FOX, where "American Idol" dipped below 10 million viewers and also dipped below a 3.0 in the key demo. While "Idol" edged out CBS' "Big Bang Theory" repeat among young viewers, the "Big Bang" repeat dominated overall. It's the tiniest of silver linings for FOX, but "Rake" didn't slip any further in its latest airing. 
 
Oh. Wait. ABC's "The Taste" is also original programming. It drew "Oops, we left the TV on to ABC" numbers on par with Tuesday's "Killer Women."
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>I'm not sure who this is, but I don't think we saw her on Wednesday's &quot;American Idol.&quot;</p>

I'm not sure who this is, but I don't think we saw her on Wednesday's "American Idol."

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Rounding out the Top 30

The judges make decisions, but leave one choice up to America

In two hours on Wednesday, "American Idol" revealed, by my count, the first 17 members of the Season 13 Top 30. 

So that means that Thursday's (February 13) episode is going to take an accelerated pace as we zoom toward next week's live shows. 

Lots of my early favorites haven't heard judgment yet, so click through and bite your fingernails along with me.

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<p>Shani Davis</p>

Shani Davis

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TV Ratings: Olympics coverage skates past 'American Idol' on Wednesday

'Idol' is down week-to-week and NBC is down day-to-day
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, February 12, 2014.
 
[Ratings were delayed this morning, forcing you to wait four full hours to learn what you could have already guessed. Sorry.]
 
For the second straight day, NBC's primetime Winter Olympics coverage was built around the quest for a gold medal three-peat that fell short. But just as audiences tuned in to NBC to see Shaun White's disappointment, speedskater Shani Davis' loss (and other coverage from Sochi) still drew big numbers.
 
As we move deeper into the Olympics, the other networks are offering less and less competition -- "American Idol" was the only other original and took a week-to-week dip -- which made it even easy for NBC to coast, even if Wednesday's Olympics ratings were on the low side.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Stephen Amell of &quot;Arrow&quot;</p>

Stephen Amell of "Arrow"

Credit: The CW

'Vampire Diaries,' 'Arrow' lead early 2014-2015 renewals from The CW

'Supernatural,' 'Originals' and one surprise also get pickups
Getting way out ahead of the spring curve, The CW renewed half of its primetime lineup on Thursday (February 13), led by four shows you already knew they were going to renew, plus one small surprise.
 
The not-surprises first: The CW has ordered a sixth season for "The Vampire Diaries," a 10th season for "Supernatural," a third season for "Arrow" and a second season for "The Originals."
 
What? you figured any of those dramas were going to be on the bubble? No.
 
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Exclusive 'From Dusk Till Dawn' image finds the Gecko Brothers doing some banking

Exclusive 'From Dusk Till Dawn' image finds the Gecko Brothers doing some banking

El Rey Network's first original debuts on March 11
I'm mighty curious about Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network, which he has described as basically a curated network driven by the sensibility of the "El Mariachi" and "Spy Kids" creator. 
 
Starting on Friday (February 14), El Rey Network will be doing the 24-hour programming thing, driven by cable rights to shows like "Starsky & Hutch," "Dark Angel" and "The X Files." Then on February 28, El Rey will begin Grindhouse Fridays.
 
El Rey gets really serious, though, on Tuesday, March 11 with the premiere of "From Dusk Till Dawn," an expansion of the universe created for the vampire film. 
 
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<p>This happens on Wednesday's &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

This happens on Wednesday's "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' S.13 - 'Hollywood Round, Week #2'

The judges begin to reveal the season's Top 30

We're back for more of the same as Hollywood Week continues on "American Idol."

Last week, we got solos and Group Night. Does that mean we've got even more solos still to come tonight?

Will we begin the process of unveiling the season's Top 30?

What excitement is in store?

Click through for two full hours of live-blogging excitement!

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<p>Cristin Milioti</p>

Cristin Milioti

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'How I Met Your Mother' Mother lands an NBC pilot lead

Cristin Milioti will topline 'A to Z' for NBC
So "How I Met Your Dad" has found its Mother, but The Mother from "How I Met Your Mother" has found a new sitcom gig. 
 
Got it?
 
Yesterday, amidst much gnashing of teeth and wailing, it was revealed that Greta Gerwig will be the lead in CBS' "HIMYM" kinda-spinoff "How I Met Your Dad."
 
And today, WBTV and NBC announced that Cristin Milioti will play one of the leads in "A to Z," a new comedy pilot from executive producers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.
 
That wasn't so complicated at all, was it?
 
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