<p>Christina Hendricks</p>

Christina Hendricks

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Christina Hendricks joins Showtime's 'Roadies' pilot

Luke Wilson, Imogen Poots also lead the Cameron Crowe pilot

The final season of "Mad Men" won't air until spring/summer of 2015, but even after it's gone Christina Hendricks may not be away from the small screen for long.

Showtime announced on Monday (December 15) that Hendricks has signed on for one of the leads in "Roadies," the network's new hour-long comedy pilot from writer-director Cameron Crowe.

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<p>DeMarco Murray</p>

DeMarco Murray

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TV Ratings: Cowboys-Eagles dominates Sunday, Barbara Walters fails to fascinate

'Once Upon a Time' midseason finale is weak

Fast National ratings for Sunday, December 14, 2014.

Sunday Night Football showdown between the Cowboys and Eagles dominated primetime in all measures as NBC cruised to primetime victory.

The Dallas-Philly game delivered NBC's best Sunday Night Football overnights since the Week 1 game between the Colts and Broncos.

Over on ABC, the "Once Upon a Time" midseason finale delivered weak numbers and Barbara Walters' annual "Most Fascinating" special attracted very little interest, finishing down from last year's special, which aired on a Wednesday.

CBS got decent numbers for the return of "Undercover Boss," but since the network had a variety of primetime delays in different football markets, it's hard to gauge the exact ratings.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Jon of &quot;Survivor: San Juan Del Sur&quot;</p>

Jon of "Survivor: San Juan Del Sur"

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Interview: Jon Misch talks 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur'

Latest bootee discusses his big spat with Jaclyn, Natalie's flip and Alec's flirting

I've said it before and I stand by it: For six or seven votes in this "Survivor: San Juan Del Sur" season, Jon Misch and girlfriend Jaclyn Schultz had more power than any pair of castaways in "Survivor" history. 

Tribal Council after Tribal Council, the week's vote hinged on what the recent Miss Michigan and the former Michigan State Spartan decided, as they flipped back and forth taking out powerhouses and threats, often in blindsides.

This past week, Jon & Jaclyn's "Survivor" run came to an end, fittingly, with a blindside and it was, fittingly, an act of revenge, as Natalie targeted Jon for taking out her only strong non-Blood ally in the game, Jeremy.

As we saw things play out, Jaclyn seemed to be warning Jon that Natalie might come after him, but Jon dismissed the idea. This came one week after a fight between Jon & Jaclyn seemed to derail the season's strategic momentum.

In this week's "Survivor" exit interview, Jon talks about the Tribal Council blindside that saw Missy and Baylor also flip on him and ended with his torch being snuffed, Idol still in his pocket. But if Jon had played that Idol, Jaclyn would have gone home instead. How would he have felt about that? And what was it light watching his lovers' spat play out on national TV? Or watching Alec flirt with his girlfriend?

Jon explains many things in this week's interesting Q&A...

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TV Ratings: 'Blue Bloods,' sluggish 'Shark Tank' lead Friday as 'Grimm,' 'Constantine' rise

TNT's 'Librarians' gets a good sampling on The CW

Fast National ratings for Friday, December 12, 2014.

Even a relatively weak performance by "Shark Tank" still helped ABC lead Friday night among young viewers, while "Blue Bloods" and "Hawaii Five-0" led CBS to its normal comfortable overall win.

NBC's "Grimm" and "Constantine" were both up week to week, continuing a recent pattern of very small rotating up and down fluctuation. 

And over on The CW, an encore of TNT's "The Librarians" premiere drew a large, by CW standards, overall Friday audience. 

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;Marco Polo&quot;</p>

"Marco Polo"

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Interview: 'Marco Polo' producer Daniel Minahan talks naked kung fu, Netflix and spaghetti

'Game of Thrones' veteran comes Netflix's latest to his HBO favorite

The latest journey of Marco Polo has brought the 13th century Italian merchant into the world of 21st century digital entertainment with a dose of '70s kung fu and just a hint of premium cable fantasy.

"Marco Polo," which premiered on Friday (December 12) on Netflix, has been described as the streaming service's answer to "Game of Thrones," an expensive epic of warring armies, courtly intrigue and not-insignificant quantities of nudity.

Of course, I'm not making that comparison and neither is "Marco Polo" EP Daniel Minahan.

"The similarity is that there's court intrigue but I think that's about it," Minahan tells me. "I mean we're set in Mongolia and China; it's the story of a warlord rather than six different kingdoms vying for their throne. There's really big differences in the way 'Marco Polo,' the tone of it and the structure of it. I think the only thing that might be similar would be the scale of it, you know, the idea that we were creating this big spectacle. But that's just what it takes to re-create the Empire of the Kublai Khan."

But Minahan's presence as producer and director on "Marco Polo" pushes the comparison, since his directing credits including five "Game of Thrones" episodes, as well as installments of some of HBO's other acclaimed shows including "Six Feet Under" and "Deadwood."

"Marco Polo" represents Minahan's first time as an executive producer, as he's had the opportunity to help shape series creator John Fusco's vision on locations in Malaysia and Kazakhstan bringing, as he says, the Empire of Kublai Khan to life.

I chatted with Minahan this week about achieving the scope and realism of "Marco Polo," but also about the series' crazier moments, including a naked kung fu set piece that caps the second episode. We discussed the long process that led to the casting of Italian actor Lorenzo Richelmy as Polo, plus the shaping of the 10-episode drama for Netflix's binge-friendly audience.

Check out the full Q&A below...

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<p>Friday&#39;s &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Friday's "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Hooping It Up'

Basketball, biking and coconut delivery cause exhaustion in Manila

Once again, there were many things to recommend Friday (December 12) night's episode of "The Amazing Race."

Yes, it was an episode that drew much of its drama and I know lots of fans hate that kind of thing. There were travel blunders and accompanying hubris. There were clue reading miscues and clue misplacing blunders. 

But it was also a Leg that featured a few difficult tasks and that found all of the teams competing hard for a place in the Final 3, even risking their health in the Manila heat. There was dehydration and a contestant fighting through an injury.

It was close and competitive in the way that you want an "Amazing Race" Leg to be. 


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<p>Thursday&#39;s &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Thursday's "The Big Bang Theory"

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TV Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' leads CBS Thursday, tiny 'Gracepoint' finale bump

No 200th episode bump for FOX's 'Bones'

Fast National ratings for Thursday, December 11, 2014.

With "The Big Bang Theory" leading the way, CBS won every second of primetime in basically every key measure on Thursday. Or course, CBS also had the Thursday Night Football preemptions in both St. Louis and Phoenix, but the network will still have won Thursday regardless.

There were few other notables on a slow Thursday.

"Gracepoint" got a very tiny overall bump for its finale, while FOX's "Bones" was actually down 20 percent in its 200th episode. "Bad Judge," "A to Z," "Vampire Diaries" and "Reign" were up by a negligible 0.1 over either their last Fast National or Live total.

On to the numbers...

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<p>The &quot;Gracepoint&quot; finale</p>

The "Gracepoint" finale

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Post-Mortem: Co-showrunner Dan Futterman weighs in on the 'Gracepoint' killer reveal

Who did it, why they did it and what 'Gracepoint' Season 2 would be like

The event series run of FOX's "Gracepoint" ended on Thursday (December 11) night and if you don't wanna know whodunnit, you'd better stop reading... now.

OK, really, I'm about to talk about the finale and its aftermath before segueing into my post-mortem chat with co-showrunner Dan Futterman... So you've been warned.

Oh and I guess the conversation and article spoil "Broadchurch" as well. It's a somewhat specific focus. Apologies...

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<p>Sofia Vergara of &quot;Modern Family&quot;</p>

Sofia Vergara of "Modern Family"

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TV Ratings: 'Modern Family,' 'Criminal Minds' lead Wednesday as 'Arrow' dips

'Nashville' wins the 10 p.m. hour in the key demo

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

"Criminal Minds" was Wednesday's most watched show, while "Modern Family" was tops in young viewers, leading CBS and ABC to split primetime.

All of ABC's comedies bounced back after slow performances last week, with "The Middle" even rising into a tie among young viewers with "The Goldbergs."

Meanwhile, The CW's "Arrow" was up from two episodes ago, but lost much of last week's "Flash" bump.

On to the numbers...

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

"The Affair"

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'The Affair,' 'Orange Is The New Black' lead 2015 Golden Globe TV nominations

'Fargo' and 'True Detective' are heading for a Movie/Miniseries showdown

Showtime's "The Affair" and Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" were among several TV shows receiving three nods as nominations for the 2015 Golden Globes were announced on Thursday (December 11) morning.

Also receiving three nominations on the series side were CBS' "The Good Wife" and Netflix's "House of Cards," though all of the shows competing for series crowns are behind FX's "Fargo" and HBO's "True Detective," which earned five and four nominations respectively and are heading for an epic showdown in the Movie/Miniseries field. 

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