Annaleigh Ashford and Teddy Sears tease 'Masters of Sex' Season 2

Annaleigh Ashford and Teddy Sears tease 'Masters of Sex' Season 2

Also, Caitlin Fitzgerald weighs in on her favorite on-screen baby

Ooops. I got busy in the last week and didn't have time to post the rest of my "Masters of Sex" interviews, so you're getting all of the supporting actors in a single post. 

You may have already watched my terrific interview with Lizzy Caplan and my conversations with Michael Sheen and creator Michelle Ashford.

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<p>The &quot;Raising Hope&quot; series finale</p>

The "Raising Hope" series finale

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TV Ratings: 'Unforgettable' return leads CBS Friday split as 'Hannibal' falls, 'Hope' finale rises

'Shark Tank' helps ABC win the key demo, while CW comedies drop

Fast National ratings for Friday, April 4, 2014.

The not-especially-huge third season premiere of "Unforgettable" still won its hour overall to help CBS win Friday in total viewers, but it was far less successful among young viewers, where "Shark Tank" led ABC to its usual Friday win.

Because of the weird way CBS has scheduled "Unforgettable," it's impossible to truly compare seasons. Friday's return was up from last season's late-July premiere in total viewers, but it was down in the key demo. Of course, despite the summer slot, the last "Unforgettable" premiere had a strong "Big Brother" lead-in, while the drama had to be a self-starter on Friday.

Last week's "Hannibal" bump proved to be a "Dateline"-fueled illusion as the cult favorite drama drooped again, as did its "Grimm" lead-in. Also way down for the week were The CW's "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and "Hart of Dixie."

The news was a tiny bit better for the series finale of "Raising Hope," which didn't exactly get a "How I Met Your Mother"-sized finale bump, but at least it was up week-to-week.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Sarah&#39;s torch is snuffed</p>

Sarah's torch is snuffed

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Interview: Sarah Lacina talks 'Survivor: Cagayan'

Latest 'Survivor' bootee discusses her dramatic blindside

Sarah Lacina was pretty confident that she was safe on Wednesday (April 2) night's "Survivor: Cagaya."

But Sarah was more than confident that she was staying. She was certain that she was the one deciding who would go home. In the immediate aftermath of the season's Merge, Sarah was positioned as the swing vote between two five-person alliances. 

She was the queen. 

She was the president.

She was blindsided. 

Fed up with Sarah's power and insecure about her own position with her former Brains alliance, Kass was wooed to the dark side and flipped, sending Sarah packing in a shocking Tribal Council that saw two Hidden Immunity Idols get played on castaways who received a combined total of zero votes.

It was a tough moment for Sarah, an Iowa-based police officer who immediately bonded with New Jersey's Tony to form the short-lived Cops -r- Us alliance. Nothing actually came of that alliance, since Tony was lying to Sarah about the forces massing against her, though there was a failed attempt to throw an Immunity challenge.

In this week's exit interview, Sarah discusses why Kass was stupid to flip, why she read Tony so poorly and which aspects of her blindside surprised her most.

Full Q&A below...

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<p>The &quot;How I Met Your Mother&quot; finale</p>

The "How I Met Your Mother" finale

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'How I Met Your Mother' DVD will include an alternate ending

Series co-creator Carter Bays tweeted the announcement on Friday

Did you hate the ending for "How I Met Your Mother"?

Are you willing to pay a large sum of money to get an ending you might like more?

If so... You're in luck!

Late Friday (April 4) afternoon, just days after a series finale which was, let's just say "contentious," Deadline.com broke the news that an alternate "How I Met Your Mother" ending might appear on complete series DVD, series co-creator Carter Bays took to Twitter to explain and confirm.

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<p>The men of RCG Productions -- Charlie Day,&nbsp;Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton</p>

The men of RCG Productions -- Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton

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FX renews 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,' extends deal with stars

New pact also includes a Tracy Morgan series and several pilot scripts

The forecast is definitely sunny for Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton.

On Friday (April 4) morning, FX announced a new three-year pact between FX Productions and RCG Productions, a deal that includes a two-season renewal for "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," a series order for a new Tracy Morgan comedy and a slew of scripts.

FXP's contract with RCG now runs through 2017.

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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: 'Community' hits a series low as 'Big Bang Theory' leads CBS Thursday

'Scandal' dips but dominates 'Elementary'

Fast National ratings for Thursday, April 3, 2014.

With "The Big Bang Theory" leading the way as Thursday's top show in every imaginable demo, CBS won the night overall with ease and with "Scandal" down week-to-week, CBS also controlled the night among young viewers.

There were weak performances aplenty across the TV landscape on Thursday. "Community" hovered around a series low, "The Crazy Ones" and "Elementary" delivered anemic audiences [though actually up from even MORE figures on 3/13], "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" found no interest for its series finale and "American Idol" dipped under 8 million viewers for its half-hour results. 

Although both were down a hair, FOX has to feel OK about the relative stability for "Hell's Kitchen" and "Surviving Jack."

On to the numbers...

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<p>Alex Preston really isn&#39;t going home on Thursday night&#39;s &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Alex Preston really isn't going home on Thursday night's "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 8 Results plus Daughtry performs

How did America vote after a really good night of performances?

By the standards of this so-so installment of "American Idol," Wednesday night's performance episode was rather superior. Nobody embarrassed themselves, several singers shined and two contestants even did originals and earned some credibility.

That's why I figure that we're heading towards the Save on Thursday's show. I expect the sentimentalists on the judging panel to feel like it's somehow wrong to send somebody home after Wednesday. It wouldn't be wrong. CJ Harris could go home and it wouldn't be wrong, so maybe that's somebody who wouldn't get saved. Maybe Dexter Roberts could go home without getting the Save? But I feel pretty sure that Caleb Johnson, Alex Preston, Malaya Watson, Jena Irene, Sam Woolf and Jessica Meuse would all be spared if America ignored them for some reason.

So let's get down to the business of maybe not sending anybody packing...

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<p>Linus Roache of &quot;Vikings&quot;</p>

Linus Roache of "Vikings"

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Interview: Linus Roache discusses his 'Vikings' King and his 'Blacklist' Kingmaker

Why does King Ecbert spend so much time in the bath?

If they gave Emmys for Outstanding Acting In a Vintage Roman Bath... That would be a very strange and limited Emmy category. It would also be a category that Linus Roache would win with ease this year.

Roache has been a new addition in the second season of History's "Vikings," playing King Ecbert, a real history figure brought into the "Vikings" world as this year's Big Bad to oppose Travis Fimmel's  Ragnar. Or at least that's the way it looked at first, but soon King Ecbert and Ragnar were making tentative treaties and Ecbert was showing great interest in the Viking religion. So who can say how things stand between King Ecbert and Ragnar at this point?

One thing we know with certainty, though, is that King Ecbert loves a good soak. He meets with political allies in the bath. He meets with religion advisors in the bath. And when he and Ragnar were ready to negotiate? They certainly didn't do it at a conference table with their clothes on. 

Last week, I got on the phone with "Law & Order" and "Wings of the Dove" veteran Roache, to discuss King Ecbert and his love for bathing. The actor, whose London stage production of "Uncle Vanya" with Stephen Dillane is one of my all-time favorite theater-going experiences, talked about series creator Michael Hirst's vision for the character and his own take on Ecbert as a nemesis, but not a villain this season.

Roache is also getting ready to do a guest spot on NBC's "The Blacklist," playing the cryptically named The Kingmaker, a character he doesn't hesitate to call a villain. 

Check out the full Q&A below and tune into "Vikings" on Thursdays on History...

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<p>Justin Theroux of &quot;The Leftovers&quot;</p>

Justin Theroux of "The Leftovers"

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Final 'True Blood' season, 'Leftovers' get June premieres on HBO

'Game of Thrones' finale will be June 15, if you couldn't do the math

We've known for some time that "True Blood" and "The Leftovers" were premiering on HBO on June, but on Thursday (April 3), the network decided that it was time for a little specificity. 

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<p>Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum go for a ride in &quot;22 Jump Street&quot;</p>

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum go for a ride in "22 Jump Street"

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Set Visit: Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have a ball on '22 Jump Street'

Stars discuss their approach to making the '21 Jump Street' sequel stand out

NEW ORLEANS, LA. It's nearly noon on the set of "22 Jump Street" and the star of the scene is laying flattened on the turf at Tad Gormley Stadium just outside of New Orleans, immobile. Dozens of extras, clad in football uniforms, look away.

A man in a Saints shirt hovers above the featured player, taking in the decapitation and the splattered insides with growing frustration.

"Is there any way of making it so that it doesn't fall apart?" he laments.

The man is a second [or possibly third] unit cinematographer and he's currently facing the difficult challenge of a thespian who clearly isn't ready for his close-up, in this case a roast beef sandwich that refuses to catch the light in the right way. Maybe it's the glare off the lettuce or maybe it's the lifeless meat, but effort is being put into capturing the fumbled sandwich just right. There's a stunt sandwich off to the side, currently in one piece but ready to take the dive if necessary. There's a Coke cup that keeps being used for lighting reference. 

The disarrayed sandwich is a key part of the "22 Jump Street" scene a group of reporters is observing on this morning. Like many of the jokes in the franchise, it's a largely improvised conversation that takes a long journey to a very meta punchline that will make certain savvy viewers chuckle, but could very well get lost in a barrage of rapid-fire bits. But great care is being taken. See, Channing Tatum's Jenko and Wyatt Russell's Benji bump into each other at open football tryouts and if certain elements aren't visible in the insert, the laughs may get lost as well.

Over at video village, this produces its own sight gag. The first monitor features actual human stars Tatum and Russell warming up with a football. The second monitor features the aforementioned extras doing basic drills as an instructor talks them through their paces. And the third monitor features a tight close-up on a sandwich, bread splayed dangerously far from fillings.

Trust me, it's a funny juxtaposition. 

In "22 Jump Street," which takes Jenko and Jonah Hill's Schmidt to college for their latest undercover caper, Russell -- You might know his parents Kurt and Goldie -- plays the quarterback of MC State [Metropolitan State] football team, the Statesmen.

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