<p>Get ready for Group Chaos on &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Get ready for Group Chaos on "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - 'Hollywood Round, Week #1'

How many lives would Group Night claim?

I don't understand "American Idol" naming.

Last night's episode was the start of Hollywood Week, but tonight's episode is technically titled "Hollywood Round, Week #1." How many weeks the Hollywood Round? And why am I adhering to the arbitrary "American Idol" naming system?

I don't know.

Anyway, last night we had solos and did the preamble to the group performances

Tonight? Let's see how those Groups go.

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<p>Your &quot;American Idol&quot; judges</p>

Your "American Idol" judges

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TV Ratings: Rising 'American Idol' Wednesday tops 200th 'Criminal Minds' as FOX cruises

'Tomorrow People' and 'Law & Order: SVU' dip
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, February 5, 2014. 
 
Viewers stuck around for the start of the Hollywood Round on "American Idol," as the FOX singing competition posted a little week-to-week growth among young viewers and slightly more growth overall. FOX won Wednesday in all measures. 
 
"Criminal Minds' got a big bump for its 200th episode, drawing its biggest audience since May of 2012, but still couldn't push ahead of "Idol" overall.
 
Predictably, with their lead-ins returning, both "Suburgatory" and "Super Fun Night" posted big gains, while "Nashville," "The Tomorrow People" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" were among the shows dipping. 
 
With "CSI" back, NBC's "Chicago PD" dropped in viewers, but didn't slip at all in the key demo.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>This was one of the pictures associated with tonight's &quot;American Idol.&quot; I don't know who she is.</p>

This was one of the pictures associated with tonight's "American Idol." I don't know who she is.

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Hollywood or Home

Hollywood Week starts with a shocking twist. Apparently.

After weeks of auditions on Season 13 of "American Idol," it's finally time to learn which contestant this season lost the most weight.

Oh. Sorry.

I mean, Hollywood Week is apparently beginning with a twist, but it probably won't be a weight-lost twist.

What will it be?

Let's find out.

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<p>Tuesday's &quot;NCIS: Los Angeles&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "NCIS: Los Angeles"

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TV Ratings: 'NCIS' leads CBS Tuesday wins, no Super Bowl bump for 'New Girl'

'Biggest Loser' gives NBC a 10 p.m. win with young viewers
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
 
Strong performances from its procedural drama trio, particularly "NCIS: Los Angeles," helped CBS sweep primetime on Tuesday night, commandingly winning all three hours overall and two of the three hours in the key demo.
 
Among other notables, NBC attracted minimal attention for its preview of the Sochi Olympics, but got a small finale bump for "The Biggest Loser." 
 
There was no real Super Bowl bump for "New Girl" -- most shows tend not to see any real post-Super Bowl growth -- and while "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" certainly outperformed the normal 9:30 performances by "The Mindy Project," it wasn't above its normal 8:30 performances. And don't look now, but "Dads" was FOX's most-watched comedy for the night.
 
Over on ABC, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "The Goldbergs" were in their normal range, as were "Trophy Wife" and "Killer Women," with a low normal.
 
Finally, "The Originals" and "Supernatural" were both down week-to-week, though "Supernatural" came closer to retaining last week's big audience.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>&quot;Return to Homs&quot;</p>

"Return to Homs"

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Sundance review roundup from The Fien Print

All the crazy documentaries that weren't reviewed at the Festival
I know that the Sundance Film Festival ended over a week ago, but in the six days I was at Sundance (and on screeners in the days before), I saw 25 movies. 
 
I wrote full reviews for 13 of them. 
 
 
But that left 12 movies that I just didn't have the time to write my usual 1000-to-1750 words on. Since getting back from Park City, I've been slowly working my way through capsule reviews for those 12 movies. These are roughly the length of my Take Me To The Pilots entries, which means that in this format, people are going to complain about all of the text and the lack of paragraphs.
 
Sorry.
 
Because I'm just one part of HitFix's awesome Sundance team, which included Greg Ellwood, Drew McWeeny, Guy Lodge and Katie Hasty, I saw an odd assortment of movies at the Fest, with only six narrative films on my list. Instead, I saw a ton of documentaries and so a lot of these movies probably didn't get more than a few reviews out of Sundance from any outlets.
 
So click through for 12 capsule reviews of tiny Sundance movies. Who knows? Maybe your interest will be piqued for when one of them comes to TV or Netflix or whatever... The reviews are stretched over three pages. Because otherwise, this would be too long.
 
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<p>Kate Upton at NBC's &quot;Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful&quot; thing</p>

Kate Upton at NBC's "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful" thing

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TV Ratings: 'Castle,' 'How I Met Your Mother' lead tight Monday, while NBC's 'Swimsuit' fizzles

'Intelligence' adds viewers without competition
Fast National ratings for Monday, February 3, 2014.
 
The key Monday ratings races are probably too tight to call after Fast Nationals, with "Castle" leading ABC to the slimmest of overall wins and "How I Met Your Mother" helping CBS post a tie among young viewers.
 
Well off the pace in third, FOX continued to get solid performances out of "Almost Human," which "The Following" continued its second season slide, albeit with only a tiny dip.
 
Meanwhile, NBC got weak numbers from its "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful" special, which came in far enough below the normal "Blacklist" numbers to help "Intelligence" continue a slow overall rise.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Stan Lee</p>

Stan Lee

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Interview: Stan Lee on his 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' cameo and his hopes for the ABC drama

Marvel legend recalls the original creation of S.H.I.E.L.D.
It may have premiered in the fall with more hype than any other new network drama, but ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." truly comes into its own on Tuesday (February 4).
 
No, I haven't seen Tuesday's episode, titled "T.R.A.C.K.S." and I don't know if "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has turned a creative corner.
 
Sorry. 
 
But Tuesday's episode finds the show going through one of the crucial Marvel rites of passage: Marvel impresario Stan Lee will finally make his first guest appearance.
 
Lee, who created the world of S.H.I.E.L.D. with Jack Kirby, has made regular appearances in the Marvel feature films -- "Guardians of the Galaxy" will apparently end his streak -- and he has done voice work on several Marvel-affiliated animated shows, so it's a sign of impressive restraint that "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." waited for the 13th episode before fitting him in. [If you haven't checked out my colleague Drew McWeeny's story about the cameos, I know I've spoiled the twist, but it's still worth reading.]
 
And it's possible that this might not be a mere cameo for Stan Lee. As he explains it, it's more of a supporting role and "it has a bearing on what the plot of the episode is." Bonus!
 
I chatted with the Marvel legend last week about his latest guest appearance, his memories of the original creation of this universe and what he thinks of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." so far. 
 
Check out the full, spirited Q&A with the 91-year-old icon after the break...
 
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<p>The true MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII: Manning Face</p>

The true MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII: Manning Face

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Super Bowl XLVIII grabs the Most-Watched TV Show crown with 111.5 million viewers

How did 'New Girl' and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' perform?
[UPDATE: The final audience total for Super Bowl XLVIII ended up at 112.2 million viewers, "New Girl" ended up with 26.3 million and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" with 15.1 million.]
 
Apologies for this morning's incorrect guess that no records would be broken by Super Bowl XLVIII.
 
The lopsided result was presaged by a safety on the game's first play from scrimmage, but the Seahawks rout over the Broncos was still watched by 111.5 million viewers on average, making it latest Super Bowl to grab the crown of The Must-Watched Television Show in U.S. History. 
 
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 218

Dan and Alan talk Super Bowl ads, 'Sherlock,' Philip Seymour Hoffman and more

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
 
Have you recovered from your Super Bowl hangover? Hope so!
 
It's time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg video-free podcast. 
 
In this week's installment, we talked Super Bowl commercials, "New Girl," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," and we discussed the third season of "Sherlock," which ended opposite the Super Bowl. We also begin the podcast discussing the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman. So... Lots of stuff!
 
We should also mention that on Thursday, we're doing a Google+ Hangout with Mo Ryan of the Huffington Post. Join us, if you can figure out what a Google+ Hangout is!
 
Here's today's breakdown:
Philip Seymour Hoffman (00:01:10 - 00:13:50)
Super Bowl Stuff (00:13:55 - 00:35:05)
"New Girl" (00:35:05 - 00:43:00)
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (00:44:15 - 00:54:20)
Listener Mail on Inept TV Law Enforcement (00:54:55 - 01:01:25)
"Bones" moving back to Mondays (01:01:35 - 01:09:25)
"Sherlock" (01:09:30 - 01:23:00)
 

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

 

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<p>Percy Harvin returns a kickoff for a TD in Super Bowl XLVIII</p>

Percy Harvin returns a kickoff for a TD in Super Bowl XLVIII

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TV Ratings: Seahawks' Super Bowl XLVIII rout helps FOX rout Sunday night

Lots of people watch 'New Girl,' but we don't know how many yet
Fast National ratings for Sunday, February 2, 2014.
 
There will probably be no records for Super Bowl viewership this year after a Big Game that was a Seattle Seahawks rout starting from the very first play. Still, FOX dominated Sunday night in all key measures thanks to Super Bowl XLVIII. Duh.
 
The Broncos-Seahawks Super Bowl came in far below last year's Ravens-49ers game in preliminary Fast National ratings, but that's not especially reflective of anything, so don't make any judgments.  
 
It always bears repeating: These are not the ratings for the Super Bowl. These are time period ratings. For the first time in recent memory, the Super Bowl didn't make it into Pacific Time Zone primetime at all. So stay tuned for actual ratings this afternoon. The same is true with "New Girl," which aired its entire post-Super Bowl episode in primetime, starting at 10:20-ish for while, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" started at 10:50-ish and then extended out of primetime.
 
The other three competing networks were up from last year, albeit not by so much that it's notable.
 
So stay tuned for real FOX numbers later. Here's what we have for now…
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