Pre-credit sequence. Nobody went home last week because Julie quit. I repressed that. Maybe that's why we're starting with a montage of moving skies, since there was no trip to Tribal to return from. At Huyopa, Missy is pissed off at Julie, though she thinks she's mad at Julie because the quitting delayed voting Josh out. We all know that's not true, though. Jon is worried that they may be being deceitful, sharing his worries with Jaclyn. They're both feeling smug about everybody needing to want to work with them. That's not the same as wanting to need to work with them. They've decided to take out Jeremy, the leader of one pack, even if it means following a different leader in Josh. "My best path right now does not include Jeremy," Jon repeats.
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, November 11, 2014.
A two-hour "The Voice" led NBC to an easy Tuesday win among young adults, boosting "Chicago Fire" and hurting "Agents of SHIELD" in the process, while CBS won the night among total viewers thanks to the "NCIS" franchise. Meanwhile, the 200th episode of "Supernatural" bought the CW drama its biggest audience since the season premiere.
VANCOUVER, BC. It's time to bring out the big guns.
Last month, I was on a "Supernatural" 200th episode red carpet in Vancouver.
So far this week, I've posted the majority of the interviews.
But now, with Tuesday (November 11) night's 200th episode just hours away, it's time to post my interviews with Sam & Dean Winchester themselves.
Because of all of their photo responsibilities and their various commitments at the party, I got Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki at the very end of the red carpet time and Jared in particular was only able to spare a couple minutes. But they're still fun, if brief, interviews. They're also the only interviews with Ackles and Padalecki that you're likely to read in which both FOX's "Still Life" and The CW's "Young MacGyver" pilot are mentioned.
And, at the very list, you'll find my red carpet pictures of the two stars accompanying the interviews after the break...
Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls.
It's time for a bits-n-pieces installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
We've got some reviews -- "State of Affairs" and "The Missing."
We've got some check-ins -- "Homeland" and "Gotham."
And we answered some mail, which let us discuss "Too Many Cooks," which is what you're really listening for anyway.
Here's today's breakdown:
"The Missing" (00:00:50 - 00:09:10)
"State of Affairs" (00:09:10 - 00:18:25)
Listener Mail: "Too Many Cooks" (00:18:35 - 00:28:45)
Listener Mail: Critics' Poll Predictions (00:28:55 - 00:36:00)
Listener Mail: Shared narrative universes (00:36:00 - 00:42:15)
"Homeland" check-in (00:42:15 - 00:50:50)
"Gotham" check-in (00:50:50 - 01:10:35)
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Fast National ratings for Monday, November 10, 2014.
NBC got a small bump for the midseason and time period finale for "Blacklist," as the network ruled Monday among young viewers. ABC remained dominant overall, though, paced by "Dancing with the Stars" and "Castle."
Other Monday variations were just the usual hiccups and fluctuations, with "Gotham" and "Scorpion" both dipping a little and The CW's "The Originals" and "Jane the Virgin" rising. It was, in fact, the most watched "Originals" episode of the season.
On to the numbers...
VANCOUVER, BC. To recap, back in October I worked the red carpet at a special 200th episode gala in Vancouver for The CW's "Supernatural."
Now it's time for my interviews with the assortment of beloved "Supernatural" supporting players who attended the 200th episode party, actors who may not have been around for the duration of the show, but have made their marks in different ways.
That certainly includes Misha Collins, whose Castiel didn't arrive until the fourth "Supernatural" season, but has played a key role in the move to shift the drama from its monster-of-the-week format to the higher Heaven-and-Hell stakes that have characterized its later years.
Showing up a season later was Crossroads demon Crowley, played by Mark Sheppard. Thanks to "Supernatural," "Doctor Who," "Battlestar Galactica" and "The X Files," few actors have the body of cult-favorite work accumulated by Sheppard.
So I talked with both Collins and Sheppard about their role in the longevity of "Supernatural."
Genevieve Padalecki may only have appeared in 12 episodes as Ruby, taking over the role in the fourth season from Katie Cassidy, but she also married Jared Padalecki in 2010, giving her a unique perspective on the "Supernatural" phenomenon.
And while Felicia Day's Charlie Bradbury has only been in four episodes thus far (with another on the day), few performers are more tapped into the world of online phenomena, which "Supernatural" surely is, than the woman behind "The Guild" and other Internet ventures.
So check out my Q&As with Misha Collins, Felicia Day, Mark Sheppard and Genevieve Padalecki below. And remember that the 200th "Supernatural" episode airs on Tuesday, November 11.
Strap on your chainsaw arm and get ready for the return of Ash.
Starz announced on Monday that it has ordered a series version of "Evil Dead," a project announced by Sam Raimi back at San Diego Comic-Con in July.
The 10-episode order for "Ash Vs. Evil Dead" is full of intriguing elements.
Fast National ratings for Sunday, November 9, 2014.
The Green Bay Packers handed the Chicago Bears one of the worst losses in franchise history and helped Sunday Night Football and NBC dominate the primetime competition.
With NBC in control despite the lopsided score, the other networks were mostly within normal ranges on Sunday.
ABC, for example, saw "Resurrection" drop a little and "Revenge" rise a bit, week to week, while NFL overrun gave a boost to FOX's entire lineup, from "The Simpsons" crossover with "Futurama" through to "Mulaney." [It would be downright silly to suggest that the "Futurama" crossover played much role in the week-to-week bump for "The Simpsons," but others may do so if they choose.]
All ratings are, of course, preliminary and likely to change with NBC, FOX and CBS, preempted 17 minutes in several major markets, all impacted by live football.
On to the numbers...
VANCOUVER, BC. Three weeks ago, I had a position on the 200th Episode Gala red carpet for The CW's "Supernatural," a little-show-that-could that has gone from being seemingly near cancellation a few years ago to taking a regular place as one of the network's steadiest hits.
Over the course of nearly two hours of red carpet time, I had swift and efficient conversations with many of the people who make the '67 Impala that is "Supernatural" hum and purr.
I talked with stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, who have anchored "Supernatural" from the beginning, but also with co-stars including fan favorites Misha Collins and Mark Sheppard and Internet favorite Felicia Day, plus a trio of writers and producers.
With the 200th "Supernatural" episode airing on Tuesday (November 11), I'll be running those quick Q&As in three parts, starting this this series of red carpet chats with a slew of the key creative forces from "Supernatural" past and present.
"Survivor" fans almost never respond well to players who quit the game, but in my experiences doing weekly exit interviews, I've talked to many players who voluntarily departed and I've heard almost no second-guessing.
You might expect that reflecting on the decision to quit months after-the-fact on a full stomach and a regular sleep schedule might lead to regrets, but that has yet to be the case.
Julie McGee, who left "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" at the end of this week's episode, is similarly comfortable with her decision. At the time, she missed boyfriend John Rocker and felt alienated from her tribe after controversy involving trail mix and, months later, she's fine with what she did.
She's not necessarily fine with the way "Survivor" depicted the events around her exit, preferring to emphasize that she only had bits and pieces of trail mix in her bag and not a cache of snacks, but Julie sounds like she's at peace with the rest. She's still annoyed with Alec. She's still doubtful about Missy's sincerity. And although she wishes the editing hadn't made her sound like she felt the other castaways disliked her because of her prettiness, she knows the things that were said about her.
Click through for the full Q&A with Julie McGee...