Pre-credit sequence. When we left things, Jenn had just orchestrated the season's best Tribal Council, sending Kelly packing. Rodney's pissed off by the way things went down, blaming Mike for swapping the vote from Hali to Jenn, calling him "our idiot redneck." Using this as his wedge issue, Rodney lobbies Will. Rodney's frustration with Mike remains off in the future and he's only securing Will for a long-term decapitation. "Sorry I'm still here to disappoint you," Jenn tells Mike, who respects her play. "The No Collars are back in town," Jenn says, vowing to mess with things while she can. This is a mighty cocky four-person minority alliance. I'm sure eventually somebody will look at the numbers, though.
Odd "American Idol" Season 14 fact: Unless I'm missing something, every single remaining "American Idol" Finalist this season is from the Eastern or Central Time Zone.
Daniel Seavey and Adanna Duru were the only two contestants from the West Coast and they're gone.
Last week, the otherwise dismal Daniel got hosed by the "Idol" Twitter Save, in which his geographic core was disenfranchised if they happened not to be watching an online live feed.
The "Idol" Twitter Save returns on Wednesday (April 8), but with all of the singers' hometowns watching the same feed, nobody can claim that they're being Seaveyed. And, once again, viewers from outside of the ET/CT time zones have been cut out of the elimination process.
Tonight's theme is Billboard Hits, so follow along and chime in with your own thoughts...
On Wednesday (April 8) morning, FOX renewed the spring comedy success "The Last Man on Earth" for a second season.
“We knew we had something special with 'The Last Man on Earth,'" states FOX Entertainment President Dave Madden. "It’s one of those rare shows that continues to add depth and dimension to its unique premise, week after week. We are so thrilled that this incredibly bold, original and inventive series has been embraced by both fans and critics, and we cannot wait to see where the creative genius and inspired vision of Will, Phil and Chris take us in Season Two.”
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, April 7, 2015.
True to Tuesday form, "NCIS" kicked off CBS' across-the-board overall sweep, while "The Voice" and "Chicago Fire" rant the table for NBC in the key demographic.
Otherwise, there weren't many notables on Tuesday.
"New Girl" dipped below The Mulaney Line with a new episode, but "Weird Loners" managed not to fall in the key demo.
"Fresh Off The Boat" and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." both ticked up 0.1 in the key demo.
And, in its first original airing without a new "The Flash" as a lead-in, The CW's "iZombie" was encouragingly flat week-to-week, building on a "Flash" repeat. [Note that The CW was preempted for election coverage in Chicago. I have no clue how much difference that will make, nor if other Chicago-area affiliates were similarly preempted. And even if "iZombie" ticks down 0.1 or something in Finals, that would still seem encouraging.]
On to the numbers...
J. August Richards has been one of the most judicially used tools in the "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." shed.
The Joss Whedon veteran appeared in the show's pilot as newly enhanced struggling father Mike Peterson and then popped up periodically in the first season as the initially malevolent, but ultimately heroic Deathlok.
Every time Richards returns to "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," it seems like Deathlok has been modified somewhat, either with an embellished suit or with an evolution in Mike's connection to his humanity.
Richards' latest "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." appearance came on Tuesday's (April 7) episode and the actor just coincidentally happened to be on-set when a group of reporters descended on The Unmarked Marvel Black Site where the ABC series is shot.
Sometimes it seems like I spend a disproportionate amount of my life talking with actors about the differences between single-cam and multi-cam comedies.
Here's another of those interviews.
TBS and Sony Pictures TV's "Your Family or Mine" returns star Kyle Howard to the network and studio behind "My Boys," which had a well-regarded four-season run (but somehow aired only 49 episodes, which surprised me a little) ending in 2010.
In November, I sat down with Howard on the "Your Family or Mine" set to talk about whether he feels any continuity between his earlier sitcom and the new one -- this was before a new creative administration took over at TBS -- and how the difference between single-cam and multi-cam comedies impact him.
Howard agreed with co-star Kat Foster that the two leads have a very good chemistry and that that kind of chemistry is both rare and lucky. He also explains why he didn't have time to be star-struck around Richard Dreyfuss and JoBeth Williams, who play his "Your Family or Mine" parents.
"Your Family or Mine" premieres on Tuesday, April 7 on TBS.
Check out the full Q&A below.
Lifetime announced this week that "Grace of Monaco" will premiere on Monday, May 25 at 8 p.m.
Directed by Olivier Dahan ("La Vie en Rose"), "Grace of Monaco" features Kidman in the title role and co-stars Tim Roth, Frank Langella, Parker Posey and Paz Vegas.
In his D- review for the film, HitFix's Guy Lodge called "Grace of Monace" "a hilariously ham-handed attempt to dig beneath the Kelly mystique, only to find further foil-wrapped layers of mystique beneath. Well, maybe not mystique so much as a perfumed blankness."
"Grace of Monaco" stands at 9 percent Fresh on RottenTomatoes.
And now it'll almost certainly get Nicole Kidman a Golden Globe nomination and perhaps Emmy consideration. Who needs Oscars?
Lifetime is aggressively pushing into the business of rescuing film festival underperformers. Last month, the network set a May 2 premiere for Saoirse Ronan and Cynthia Nixon's "Stockholm, Pennsylvania," which drew only tepid interest at Sundance in January.
Kyle Howard has made his "Your Family or Mine" co-star Kat Foster believe in love, or at least believe in on-screen chemistry.
"I never totally bought the idea of 'chemistry,' like 'romantic chemistry.'" Foster told me. "I always thought like,'"Oh well if you’re a nice and sweet person with some kind of charm you can probably kind of have chemistry with anyone.' And I thought that for a while and then as we’ve shot the show I’ve started to buy chemistry because I truly feel that Kyle and I really have a genuine kind of simpatico that is actually very, very rare to find with someone you’re playing opposite."
All together now: "Awww..."
The conceit of "Your Family or Mine" is that Foster's Kelli and Howard's Oliver are married. Each episode alternates between the couple's interactions with her family -- Her mom and dad are Ed Begley Jr and Cynthia Stevenson -- and his -- with Richard Dreyfuss and JoBeth Williams as his parents. Theoretically, this structure allows us to see how individuals and couples are different depending on the high-pressure context of their respective families.
I talked with Foster and most of her "Your Family or Mine" co-stars in November on the TBS comedy's set in Culver City. In addition the chemistry question, we discussed the fun and challenge of playing differently inflected versions of the same character, as well as her comfort level with the multi-cam comedy format.
"Your Family Or Mine" premieres on Tuesday, April 7.
Check out the full Kat Foster Q&A below...
Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!
Because you've been so well-behaved, this will be a two-podcast week of Firewall & Iceberg.
There's not to review this week, including "Daredevil," "The Comedians" and the returns of "Louie," "Veep" and "Silicon Valley," among other things.
And none of that is in this podcast.
In this podcast, we talked about "Mad Men," the finale of "Better Call Saul" and a little bit about the David Lynch/Showtime kerfuffle involving "Twin Peaks."
So if you don't watch "Saul" or "Mad Men," this ain't the podcast for you, but check back on Thursday.
Today's podcast breakdown...
David Lynch and "Twin Peaks" (00:01:25 - 00:10:50)
"Mad Men" - "Severance" (00:11:00 - 00:45:48)
"Better Call Saul" finale (00:45:50 - 01:06:10)
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.]
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Fast National ratings for Monday, April 6, 2015.
A competitive showdown between high-powered and star-studded No.1 seeds Duke and Wisconsin helped the 2015 NCAA Championship Game draw its best overnight numbers in 18 years, getting a huge bump from last year's game and leading CBS to Monday domination.
Keep in mind, as always, that these are time period numbers for a game that started a bit after 9 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. PT, rather than ratings for the game itself.
While "The Voice" and "Dancing with the Stars" mostly held their own against CBS' basketball, the enhanced competition took a bite out of a few scripted shows, sending "The Following" to below The Mulaney Line with a 0.9 key demo rating and also dropping the drama below 3 million viewers. Basketball also sent The CW's "The Originals" and "Jane the Virgin" to low ratings.
Let's get to the numbers...