<p>NBC&#39;s &quot;Constantine&quot;</p>

NBC's "Constantine"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: NBC's 'Constantine'

Neil Marshall keeps the DC Comics' pilot interesting, but is that enough?

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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<p>Elyes Gabel and Katharine McPhee of &quot;Scorpion&quot;</p>

Elyes Gabel and Katharine McPhee of "Scorpion"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: CBS' 'Scorpion'

'Katharine McPhee: Nerd Wrangler' gets a pilot boost from director Justin Lin

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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<p>&quot;Black-ish&quot;</p>

"Black-ish"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: ABC's 'Black-ish'

Anthony Anderson comedy has things on its mind, no idea how to say them

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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<p>&quot;Girl Meets World&quot;</p>

"Girl Meets World"

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'Girl Meets World' premieres strong on Friday, while 'Rake' limps off for FOX

'Crossbones' is now struggling for NBC

The long-awaited series premiere of "Girl Meets World" did big numbers for Disney Channel on Friday (June 27) night, but it still couldn't keep up with its lead-in, the original movie "Zapped."

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<p>&quot;Lone Star&quot;</p>

"Lone Star"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: Preamble

What is Take Me To The Pilots and why are these not reviews?

Greetings and Salutations. 

It's time for another year of Take Me To The Pilots entries, a format that I started way back in The Blogspot Days and I've been doing it regularly for HitFix since 2010. [I honestly don't know why I didn't do Take Me To The Pilots in 2009.]

I've been using the same intro post since 2010 and that post featured a header image from FOX's "Lone Star," which famously lasted only two episodes despite being one of my favorite pilots of that fall. It exposes one of the main challenges of the pilot viewing process and the Take Me To The Pilots process, which is that at this stage in the game, it's less about what these things actually ARE and more about the potential of what they MIGHT BE. And that potential may never be realized, for good or for ill.

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: The CW's 'The Flash'
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Take Me To The Pilots '14: The CW's 'The Flash'

'Arrow' semi-spinoff has a likably lighter tone than 'Arrow'

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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<p>Julie Chen of &quot;Big Brother&quot;</p>

Julie Chen of "Big Brother"

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TV Ratings: 'Big Brother' Thursday premiere leads CBS, 'NY Med' returns high

'Undateable' edges 'Gang Related' in total viewers

Fast National ratings for Thursday, June 26, 2014.

The 16th installment of "Big Brother" had a second straight strong premiere night for CBS, delivering Thursday's best numbers among young viewers and combining with a "Big Bang Theory" repeat to help CBS win overall as well.

Thursday's overall race was at least somewhat close because ABC got a good audience -- a series hight, in fact -- for the return of "NY Med," which made a solid overall block with "Rookie Blue," even if demo numbers for both shows are week. 

Among other Thursday notables, "Last Comic Standing" is slipping for NBC after a promising start, while FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" and "Gang Related," plus NBC's "Undateable" all slipped a hair among young viewers.

On to the numbers...

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'The Killing' Season 4 First Look - Joan Allen inspects the troops
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'The Killing' Season 4 First Look - Joan Allen inspects the troops

Fourth and final season premieres on August 1 on Netflix

Netflix has released the first official image for the upcoming fourth (and final) season of "The Killing."

Set to premiere in its six-episode totality on August 1, the network installment of "The Killing" picks up in the immediate aftermath of the Season 3 finale, which was deemed inconclusive enough that fans clamored for additional closure. 

The major new cast member this season is, as you can see from the picture above, Oscar nominee Joan Allen, who plays the headmaster of an all-boys military academy. 

And what is the context for Allen's involvement? Well, Netflix has offered a full basic plot summary.

Per Netflix: "As Detective Linden (Mireille Enos) and Detective Holder (Joel Kinnaman) struggle to manage the fallout from their rash actions at the end of last season, they are assigned a new case -- a picture perfect family is murdered, survived only by the son, Kyle Stansbury (Tyler Ross), who was shot in the head during the massacre.  Joan Allen guest stars this season as Colonel Margaret Rayne, the headmaster of the all-boys military academy where Kyle attends.  The new season also stars Gregg Henry, Sterling Beaumon and Levi Meaden."

Netflix wants you to know that the first three seasons of "The Killing" are currently available to stream in advance of the Season 4 premiere.

Check out the picture above.

<p>Julie Chen of &quot;Big Brother&quot;</p>

Julie Chen of "Big Brother"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: Strong 'Big Brother' Season 16 premiere leads CBS Thursday

'Taxi Brooklyn' gets a decent sampling in its NBC premiere

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

The 16th installment of "Big Brother," the show's first in HD, delivered strong numbers in its Wednesday premiere, leading CBS to narrow primetime wins both overall and among young viewers.

The "Big Brother" return certainly contributed to a big dip for FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance."

Speaking of premieres taking bites out of originals, ABC's "Motive" ceded a big chunk of viewers to NBC's decent premiere for "Taxi Brooklyn," which got a reasonable sampling despite an "America's Got Talent" encore as a lead-in.

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;The Flash&quot;</p>

"The Flash"

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The CW sets Fall 2014 premiere dates boosting 'Flash' with 'Arrow'

Also, check out CBS Fall 2014 premiere dates

The CW announced its Fall 2014 premiere dates, once again kicking things off in early October and giving the new drama "The Flash" as big an introductory boost as possible.

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