<p>Showtime's David Nevins</p>

Showtime's David Nevins

Credit: Showtime

Showtime Executive Session with David Nevins Press Tour Live-Blog

Expect lots of 'Dexter' finale and 'Homeland' questions

I'm a live-blogging fool!

Up next on the network executive carousel? Showtime's David Nevins. I'm assuming we're going to ask about Lumberjack "Dexter," the "Homeland" finale (expect spoilers) and more.

Click through to see what's what!

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<p>A moment from Wednesday's &quot;American Idol&quot; premiere</p>

A moment from Wednesday's "American Idol" premiere

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: 'American Idol' drops 23 percent in Season 13 Wednesday premiere

It's the lowest 'Idol' premiere ever in the key demo
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
 
The Season 13 premiere of "American Idol" was down by 23 percent in the key demographic and by 16 percent overall on Wednesday night, making it the lowest rated "Idol" premiere ever in the demo and the lowest season Season 1 in viewers. FOX still dominated Wednesday in all measures.
 
While the percentage drops from last winter's premiere speak for themselves, FOX still has some spin: For the first time since Season 10, "Idol" premiered with higher ratings than its finale. That's a reflection more on how low the Season 12 finale was than anything else, but still. Also, FOX notes that "Idol" tied the most recent premiere of "The Voice" in viewers.
 
Well OK!
 
Meanwhile, "Suburgatory" retained demo numbers decently from "The Middle" in its latest premiere, but dropped steeply in viewers. The second week of "Chicago PD" was also down against returns for "CSI" and "Nashville."
 
Let's get to the numbers...
 
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<p>Stephanie Petronelli of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Stephanie Petronelli of "American Idol"

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 Premiere - Boston & Austin Auditions

How do Harry, J-Lo and Keith work as a team?

Goodness gracious! We're back. Season 13 of "American Idol" is here and it's time to get our first look at the judging panel featuring Jennifer "Where's Steven Tyler At?" Lopez, Keith "Don't Accidentally Call Me Karl" Urban and Harry "The Savior" Connick Jr. 

We're starting off with auditions from Boston and Austin, which were either selected for the premiere because the cities rhyme or because FOX likes to foreground the best audition episodes. Two years ago on "Idol," if you'll recall, I declared Phillip Phillips the "American Idol" winner during that first audition episode. And this year, with "X Factor," FOX fooled me into committing to the full season by putting Alex & Sierra into that premiere.

So if tonight's premiere is horrible, that's a wicked bad sign. If it's awesome, however, don't make any grand, sweeping pronouncements about "Idol" being back. Anything can happen!

With that in mind, for the first time since the very first season, FOX made the *full* first audition episode available to critics early. Very early. If it were awful, they would not have don't that. So I'm hopeful and that's what I'm recapping off of, so the time code is screener time code and not airing time code.

Click through, follow along and sound off on your favorite contestants!

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<p>Mark Pedowitz</p>

Mark Pedowitz

Credit: The CW

The CW Executive Session with Mark Pedowitz Press Tour Live-Blog

Expect 'Flash,' 'Amazon' and other questions

No network executive goes through as many press conference questions/answers as CW President Mark Pedowitz. 

On Wednesday (January 15), Pedowitz makes his latest TCA press tour appearance after a fall that saw the network renew all of its new shows, even if "Reign" and "Tomorrow People" are both struggling to retain their lead-ins. 

Expect questions about the "Arrow" spinoff of "The Flash" as well as some other DC Comics stuff, probably. 

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<p>&quot;Survivor&quot; host Jeff Probst</p>

"Survivor" host Jeff Probst

Credit: CBS

CBS sets premieres for Spring 2014 'Survivor,' 'Amazing Race' installments

The Olympics will push back the premieres a little
I still have six weeks before the exit interviews start again.
 
CBS has announced the premiere dates for the Spring 2014 installments of "The Amazing Race" and "Survivor," which will be slightly later than usual this year to somewhat dodge NBC's Olympics coverage.
 
"The Amazing Race" premieres its third All-Stars installment on Sunday, February 23. It's only an hour-long episode, which would prompt my normal complaints about how it's too hard to fit 11 teams into an hour-long premiere, but at least the All-Stars format means that we theoretically half-remember the teams. 
 
CBS has yet to formally announce the returning teams, but that information is all over the Internet, if you happen to care.
 
In contrast, CBS' 28th installment of "Survivor," which seems to be titled "Survivor: Cagayan" rather than "Survivor: Brains vs Brawn vs Beauty," actually will get a two-hour premiere for the first time since "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" in 2010. "Survivor: Cagayan" will premiere on Wednesday, February 26t, with what will be the show's first season without any returning players in some time.
 
CBS has already renewed "Survivor" for two more seasons next year. "The Amazing Race," with its nine Outstanding Reality Competition Program Emmys, hasn't been renewed, but it's expected to be back next season.
 
"Survivor" is coming off a strong "Blood vs. Water" season, while I don't remember much about the last "Amazing Race" season. 
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<p>This is Nina Tassler from last January's TCAs</p>

This is Nina Tassler from last January's TCAs

Credit: CBS

CBS Executive Session with Nina Tassler Press Tour Live-Blog

Expect talk about being most-watched, but struggling to find new hits

After missing our confab in the summer, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler returns to the TCA press tour on Wednesday (January 15) morning.

She'll probably talk about how CBS is still TV's most watched network. And we'll probably talk about "Hostages," "Intelligence" and "We Are Men." It's all a matter of perspective! 

Click through for the full live-blog:

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<p>Tuesday's &quot;NCIS&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "NCIS"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'NCIS' leads another CBS Tuesday rout, while 'Killer Women' dips

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' doesn't rise post Golden Globes
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
 
"NCIS" remained entenched as Tuesday's top show in all measures, as CBS swept primetime in commanding fashion. 
 
There weren't many notables on Tuesday, as "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "The Goldbergs" ticked up for ABC, but "Trophy Wife" and "Killer Women" were both slightly down.
 
Over at FOX, a pair of big Golden Globe wins didn't result in any immediate bump for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."
 
And "Supernatural" returned above "The Originals" for The CW.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Carlton Cuse</p>

Carlton Cuse

Credit: FX

Press Tour: Carlton Cuse teases first footage from 'The Strain'

'Lost' veteran promises you'll never look at vampires the same way again
Directed in pilot form by Guillermo del Toro, who also adapted from his novel with Chuck Hogan, "The Strain" won't premiere until July and there wasn't a finished episode to send critics. 
 
However, showrunner Carlton Cuse was sent before the TCA press tour audience as an emissary to answer a few questions and present the first teaser for the vampire drama.
 
"You'll never look at vampires the same way again," Cuse promises. "These are not sparkling, brooding dudes with fangs and romantic problems."
 
Cuse promises these are "really scary creatures" and notes, "This is a really original reimagining of vampire lore and I think it also says some things about the precariousness of our modern world."
 
How did the clips look?
 
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<p>Timothy Olyphant of &quot;Justified&quot;</p>

Timothy Olyphant of "Justified"

Credit: FX

'Justified' Season 5 Press Tour Live-Blog

Graham Yost, Timothy Olyphant and company discuss the penultimate season

We were never going to have troubles filling a TCA press tour panel for FX's "Justified," which started its fifth season last week, but Tuesday's (January 14) panel got an extra jolt when the network announced that next season will be the show's last.

At his executive session, John Landgraf said that the decision to end "Justified" came entirely from producer Graham Yost and star Timothy Olyphant. 

Let's get down to the business of learning why...

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<p>I believe this picture of John Landgraf is from his August 2013 press tour appearance.</p>

I believe this picture of John Landgraf is from his August 2013 press tour appearance.

Credit: FX

FX Executive Session with John Landgraf Press Tour Live-Blog

Expect 'Sons of Anarchy,' FXX, 'The Strain' and W. Kamau Bell questions

FX's John Landgraf is an always-candid TCA press tour presence. 

Normally we're happy to see him and reasonably gentle, leading to a positive tone. Will things be any different on Tuesday (January 14) morning after the somewhat bumpy FXX roll-out, including the abrupt cancellation of W. Kamau Bell's late-night show? 

We'll see. Click through to see what Landgraf has to say...

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