<p>Matthew McConaughey of &quot;True Detective&quot;</p>

Matthew McConaughey of "True Detective"

Credit: HBO

'True Detective' will submit for Emmy contention as a drama

Matthew McConaughey series will now go head-to-head with 'Breaking Bad'

If this summer's Emmy races are half as exciting as this spring's jockeying for Emmy category position, we're gonna have a real barnburner on our hands come August.

Two weeks ago, Netflix fired the first salvo, electing to submit "Orange Is The New Black" in the comedy category after going as a drama for Golden Globes contention. Personally, I think that was the smart and correct choice and, in a perfect world, "Orange" could fill out the supporting actress field on its own. [That won't happen. But it should.]

Then earlier this morning, Showtime unexpectedly announced that after three years as a drama for Emmy purposes, "Shameless" will submit as a comedy this year. I'd always advocated "Shameless" as a comedy in years past and I would put Emmy Rossum in any open field of actress contenders, regardless of category. Still, I'm not quite sure how I feel about the move in this particular season, which has probably been more consistently dramatic in tone than the three that came before. Rossum remains the show's top contender for nods and it's true that the Lead Actress Drama field is absurdly packed -- Seven nominees last year and that didn't include Rossum, Tatiana Maslany or Julianna Margulies -- but the Lead Actress Comedy is hardly empty, though Laura Dern and Tina Fey will both fall out from last year's Top 6.

But the biggest shoe to drop? Well, that came on Tuesday afternoon, as HBO confirmed that winter sensation "True Detective" will submit in the Drama field, rather than in the Miniseries category.

Wow.

Read Full Post
'Masters of Sex' star Lizzy Caplan reveals awkward family reactions to her sex scenes

'Masters of Sex' star Lizzy Caplan reveals awkward family reactions to her sex scenes

The star also teases a Season 2 time jump in this video interview

On the PaleyFest red carpet on Monday (March 24) night, I chatted with most of the stars of Showtime's "Masters of Sex," which resumed production last week.

My interview with Lizzy Caplan was nifty to begin with, as she talked about Masters' end-of-season betrayal, followed by his finale confession. But it really hits a high gear toward the end when I skipped asking about the awkwardness of filming the show's sex scenes and instead asked about awkward reactions to the sex scenes after the show started airing.

Unprompted, she teases that this season's scenes are "pretty steamy, they make Season 1 look like baby games." Then she launched into an impression of her Israeli uncle's reaction to watching the first season. It's pretty much my favorite thing so far this week.

Stay tuned for my chats with Michael Sheen, Teddy Sears, Caitlin Fitzgerald and awesome new cast regular Annaleigh Ashford, as well as series creator Michelle Ashford.

Check out the Lizzy Caplan interview above and remember that "Masters of Sex" returns to Showtime on July 13.

Read Full Post
<p>&quot;Vikings&quot;</p>

"Vikings"

Credit: History

History renews 'Vikings' for Season 3

Ragnar and company will return in 2015

Ragnar and his "Vikings" gang will be back on History next year.

History announced on Tuesday (March 25) that "Vikings" has been renewed for a 10-episode third season, beginning production this summer and airing next year.

Read Full Post
<p>Oh. We&#39;ve reached the part of &quot;The Voice&quot; where the singers shout at each other.</p>

Oh. We've reached the part of "The Voice" where the singers shout at each other.

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: 'How I Met Your Mother' rises pre-finale, while 'Dancing' and 'Voice' lead Monday

'Tomorrow People' takes a big drop for The CW

Fast National ratings for Monday, March 24, 2014.

"Dancing with the Stars" and "The Voice" were both down week-to-week, but the hoofing and crooning competitions still helped ABC win Monday overall and NBC claim the crown among young viewers.

Monday's biggest notable was a big bump for the penultimate episode of CBS' "How I Met Your Mother," which rippled through in gains for the rest of the network's lineup. 

In contrast, The CW saw a big audience decline for "The Tomorrow People," which fell to "Beauty and the Beast" levels after last week's encouraging time period premiere.

On to the numbers...

Read Full Post
<p>Missy Peregrym of &quot;Rookie Blue&quot;</p>

Missy Peregrym of "Rookie Blue"

Credit: ABC

ABC sets summer premieres for 'Astronauts Wives Club,' 'The Bachelorette,' 'Rookie Blue' and more

ABC has at least 12 original shows premiering this summer

It's going to be an absurdly busy summer of original programming on ABC. I mean, you may not be excited about any of that original programming, but it's sure going to be filling a lot of primetime real estate.

On Monday, ABC announced a summer 2014 schedule that includes four new shows, plus eight returning series. There are scripted dramas, competitive reality shows, docudramas, things from Canada and more. 

Read Full Post
<p>Iowa State celebrates on Sunday</p>

Iowa State celebrates on Sunday

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Resurrection,' 'Believe' and 'Cosmos' slip as NCAA overrun leads CBS Sunday

'American Dream Builders' is a Sunday dud for NBC

Fast National ratings for Sunday, March 23, 2014.

CBS got 41 minutes of overrun from a tight NCAA Tournament thriller between North Carolina and Iowa State, which boosted the network's lineup to Sunday primetime wins in most measures.

Due to that NCAA Tournament overrun, I have to remind you that these numbers are time period data and thus we don't have any sort of exact ratings for Sunday night's pivotal episodes of both "The Good Wife" and "The Mentalist."

On the other three networks, there was some consistency, at least: Nearly everything went down. ABC got a second straight week of fairly steep declines from "Resurrection," though the freshman hit was still easily Sunday's top drama. Also drooping were FOX's "Cosmos," as well as NBC's "Believe" and "Crisis," which shed viewers after a weak premiere for "American Dream Builders."

Let's get to the numbers...

Read Full Post
<p>An entirely unspoilery picture from Sunday&#39;s &quot;The Good Wife&quot;</p>

An entirely unspoilery picture from Sunday's "The Good Wife"

Credit: CBS

'The Good Wife' pulls off a shocker on the sly

Sunday's development snuck up on viewers

Sepinwall will probably write more about this in the morning. I'm sure it's his opinion you want to see. And if you care about my opinion, I'm sure we'll have to discuss this on either the podcast or the video show, depending on which we feel is more "spoiler-safe," whatever the heck that means.

However, in our glorious Internet age, HitFix should have a story up for SEO and I'm sure people have things to say about what happened on Sunday (March 23) night's "The Good Wife," so let's get the ball rolling.

It's not that I don't have thoughts. They're after the break. Obviously don't read anymore if you have't watched the episode, fittingly titled "Dramatics, Your Honor."

Read Full Post
<p>Sweet Georgia Brown!</p>

Sweet Georgia Brown!

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars' - 'Can't Make Fish Bite'

After some flight drama, the teams head to Sri Lanka for fishing and sewing

Sunday (March 23) night's installment of "The Amazing Race" came down to one decision made in the first 15 minutes of the episode. I'm not saying there was a "right" answer or a "wrong" answer in the moment, but the choice was made early and once it was made -- incorrectly, as it turned out -- there was nothing left to the episode and what followed was a 45-minute anti-climax. 

That's too bad, because this was perhaps the first episode of the season that was well-structured in terms of Detours and Roadblocks, featuring difficult tasks that had the chance to shake things up in terms of team placement. 

I write "had the chance to," because they didn't. This week's Top 4 was last week's Top 4. And last week's Top 4 was 3/4ths of the previous week's Top 4. We've had five Legs so far, which means 20 Top 4 finishes. The teams now in the Top 4 have *15* of those finishes. I refuse to go back to previous seasons to see if that's a comparable rate to the norm, but that's a pretty deep entrenchment at the top for this season. Similarly, while everybody likes to talk about major positive or negative swings of fortune on the Race, the back of the pack has also remained close to intact. Mark & Mallory fell from 6th to 10th in the week they were eliminated, but otherwise the teams that have gone home were starting in last or next-to-last.

So Sunday's episode had an exciting start in terms of travel, but once things went south, the only thing giving the episode even an iota of tension was a stereotype-based hypothetical: Would the middle-aged mom turn out to be a master seamstress, leading to one of the most shocking reversals in "Amazing Race" history? Well, we never even found out.

On to the recap after the break...

Read Full Post
<p>Cliff Robinson of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Cliff Robinson of "Survivor: Cagayan"

Credit: CBS

Interview: Cliff Robinson talks 'Survivor: Cagayan'

Former NBA All-Star discusses his 'Survivor' challenges

On the basketball court, Cliff Robinson's statistics were quite robust.

He ranks ninth in NBA history in games played and, with playoff appearances in 17 of his 18 seasons, those were often meaningful games. He was the league's Sixth Man of the Year for the 1992-1993 season, was an All-Defensive Team second teamer twice and an All-Star once. Thanks to his longevity, he ranks in the Top 50 in NBA/ABA history in scoring, ahead of Hall-of-Famers like Chris Mullin, Isiah Thomas and Scottie Pippen.

Sadly, Cliff Robinson won't be remembered for his "Survivor" longevity. This week, Robinson became the fifth player voted out on "Survivor: Cagayan" and the first player booted after the season dissolved its Brains vs. Beauty vs. Brawn twist. 

Cliff could have been voted out even earlier, but a basketball-themed Immunity Challenge thwarted Brawn teammate Sarah's attempts to throw the game. After leading his post-Shuffle tribe to a big Reward win, Cliff was targeted by former tribe mate Trish, who was willing to squander a prohibitive numbers advantage just to get rid of a player she called lazy, shady and claimed hadn't spoken to her in 13 days.

In his exit interview, Cliff strongly disagrees with two of those charges, though he admits he could have talked to Trish more. The former UConn great discusses the surprising toughness of "Survivor" and how he hoped to combat the familiar "He doesn't need the money..." argument.

Click through for the full Q&A...

Read Full Post
'Amazing Race' Exclusive: Brendon and Rachel reverse roles in Sri Lanka

'Amazing Race' Exclusive: Brendon and Rachel reverse roles in Sri Lanka

See a clip from Sunday's challenging dance task

In case you missed it, after last week's "Amazing Race," I'm now Brendon & Rachel's No.1 Fan!

OK. That's an overstatement, probably, but it's not an overstatement to say that I definitely experienced a wave of affection for Brendon & Rachel after the way the "Big Brother" veterans supported Margie & Luke during last week's tumultuous drink-mixing Detour in Kuala Lumpur. That was good of them. I've got no sarcasm or cynicism when it comes to the way Brendon & Rachel calmed and encouraged Luke in a tough moment.

It's possible, in fact, that Brendon & Rachel have actually changed since we saw them last. There's been minimal crying and almost no shouting to start the season and if you want to see something truly weird, check out this HitFix exclusive clip from Sunday (March 23) night's "Amazing Race" episode.

It involves dancing in Sri Lanka and you may be surprised at how they handle some adversity!

Watch the clip above and come back to HitFix tomorrow night for my recap.

Read Full Post