<p>Donal Logue of &quot;Gotham&quot;</p>

Donal Logue of "Gotham"

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FOX's 2014-15 Schedule: 'Gotham' to Monday, 'Brooklyn' to Sunday and double 'Utopia'

'Gracepoint' draws a tough Thursday slot as 'Bones' moves again

Coming off a bumpy season and facing its first fall without three hours of "X Factor" in several years, FOX announced its 2014-15 schedule on Monday (May 12) morning. 

Actually, FOX only announced its Fall 2014 schedule on Monday. For the first time in recent memory, FOX didn't even attempt to present a midseason slate to advertisers as part of its upfronts presentation. Certainly FOX has plenty on the bench for a busy midseason, but the network has held back on January plans, perhaps waiting on the fate of the ambitious reality series "Utopia."

While "X Factor" and its three hours are now, thankfully, gone, FOX scheduled two fall episodes with "Utopia," airing new episodes on Tuesday and Friday nights. In success, FOX execs have indicated that "Utopia" could continue forever -- Just like "Forever Eden"! -- which would impact FOX's spring slate. FOX also may want to hold off on deciding how much "American Idol" to air in the spring.

But spring is a long time in the future. Let's look at fall, which includes the usual time period change for "Bones," an ambitious slot for FOX's "Broadchurch" remake and an intriguing mixture of live-action and animation on Sundays, breaking up Animation Domination.

Check it out, night-by-night:

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<p>Brendon practices his Welsh on &quot;The Amazing Race: All-Stars&quot;</p>

Brendon practices his Welsh on "The Amazing Race: All-Stars"

Recap: 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars' - 'Hei Ho Heidi Ho'

Teams score goals, learn a Welsh verse and face shooting or booting

Lest you think I actually prefer to grumble about "The Amazing Race" and can't enjoy a simple, clear and well-constructed Leg?

I give you Sunday (May 11) night's installment, "Hei Ho Heidi Ho."

Was it perhaps just a bit too dependent on seemingly arbitrary and minor travel misadventures? Well, yes. Both first place and last place for the Leg were determined by very tiny errors of direction. And although there were skill-based elements to the Roadblock, the Detour and a Route Marker task, the advantages gained or time lost ended up being deceptively minor.

But the tasks were fun, regionally specific and they were all designed to showcase the personalities of the contestants and I found myself really liking a few teams for the first time in weeks. These are the things I like in an "Amazing Race" episode, so I have to make sure I underline them whenever they occur.

Also, for the first time in weeks on "The Amazing Race," the competing teams treated the Leg like they were in a race for a million dollars. Nobody helped anybody else. Nobody got into pointless snits about perceived slights that were actually just part of the game.

I enjoyed it.

More after the break...

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<p>NBC&#39;s &quot;Rosemary&#39;s Baby&quot;</p>

NBC's "Rosemary's Baby"

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TV Review: NBC's 'Rosemary's Baby' is a missed opportunity

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Zoe Saldana isn't bad but the poorly structured miniseries lacks purpose

Try as I might, I can't feel like NBC's miniseries version of "Rosemary's Baby" is a disgrace. 

I know that I should.

Roman Polanski's 1968 adaptation of Ira Levin's tightly-written suspense potboiler is a masterpiece on every level. It's disturbing and scary, which is why people remember it as a horror classic. But in certain places, it's also absolutely hilarious with a vein of dark humor that qualifies confidently as camp, but never jeopardizes the visceral tension.  And that balance is perfectly captured through every performance, from Mia Farrow in the lead role, to John Cassavetes, Sidney Blackmer and the incomparable Ruth Gordon. 

And every way in which Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby" works, Agnieszka Holland's NBC adaptation falls short.

But... duh.

A review that says "NBC's 'Rosemary's Baby' is bad because Roman Polanski's 'Rosemary's Baby' is good" accomplishes nothing, even if it's both true and a tremendously efficient piece of criticism. 

Despite all of the failings of the new "Rosemary's Baby," it's possible that I just have stricter standards for what constitutes a disgrace. 

A disgrace is something that lingers around you forever. 

It'll be a long time before Jonathan Rhys Meyers can do anything without me mentioning his trust-busting bloodsucker. Because NBC's "Dracula" was a disgrace.

Disgraces don't necessarily hold you back, because you can own a disgrace. George Clooney owns "Batman & Robin." Ben Affleck owns a solid decade of his resume. The punchlines haven't vanished, but it's all OK.

And when it comes to NBC's "Rosemary's Baby," I don't think anybody has been permanently tarnished. 

Zoe Saldana is neither good nor bad in "Rosemary's Baby," but five years from now nobody will even remember it was a thing that she did. 

Agnieszka Holland's resume is a mixture of very good TV -- "Treme," "The Wire" -- and an mixed bag of features, but "Rosemary's Baby" will just go down as something that she tried, even if it didn't work.

Patrick J. Adams, Carole Bouquet and Jason Isaacs? They all acquit themselves decently in "Rosemary's Baby" and I associate them all so strongly with other things -- even if, in Adams' case, it's just a really random SAG Award nomination -- that I can accept that they wanted to work in Paris for a few months, which isn't a crime.

I'm not holding "Rosemary's Baby" against anybody, even if it took up three hours of viewing time and yielded little more than a pleasant reminder that Paris is a lovely city. 

No, it doesn't add to the legacy of the story, but Ira Levin did much more damage to that legacy with 1997's profoundly silly "Son of Rosemary" than anything writers James Wong and Scott Abbott could think to do here.

In fact, that's where NBC's "Rosemary's Baby" falls flat: It doesn't really think to do much of anything to Levin's book and Polanski's film. It's a missed opportunity on every intellectual level, while not approaching the technical proficiency of the first movie. So it's just nothing. The writing, direction and performances aren't laughable in any way, they're just bland and directionless. 

I think curiosity might get some viewers tuning in for the first part of "Rosemary's Baby" on Sunday (May 11) night, but it just so happens that the very worst part of the entire miniseries is its structuring and so little happens in those first two hours, the only reason to tune back in for the conclusion on Thursday is to validate those first two hours. As a critic, I often watch the second half of things that aren't good just so that I can have closure on the experience. Viewers don't work the same way. 

More specifics after the break...

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<p>This is a pretty picture from NBC&#39;s &quot;Constantine&quot;</p>

This is a pretty picture from NBC's "Constantine"

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New pictures from NBC's 'Constantine,' 'A to Z,' 'Mysteries of Laura' and more

Also check out 'State of Affairs,' 'Bad Judge' and 'Marry Me' pictures.

As you've already seen by now, NBC announced its 2014-15 schedule on Sunday morning.

The highlights include a lone hour of comedies on Thursday -- "Bad Judge" and "A to Z" -- two comedies on Tuesday after "The Voice" -- led by "Marry Me" -- and "Constantine" becoming the latest drama to try to hold onto the "Grimm" audience on Fridays at 10 p.m.

NBC also announced that "State of Affairs," featuring Katherine Heigl's return to primetime, will air after "The Voice" starting in November, with "The Blacklist" shifting to Thursdays after a post-Super Bowl airing in February.

You can read all about the schedule here.

But now, check out pictures from ABC's new fall shows (and one image from "Allegiance," airing in the spring). 

Full gallery below:

<p>Katherine Heigl of &quot;State of Affairs&quot;</p>

Katherine Heigl of "State of Affairs"

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NBC's 2014-15 Schedule: 'Voice' boosts 'Affairs' and 'Marry Me,' 'Blacklist' on the move

This will be the last season of 'Parenthood,' 'Parks and Recreation'

Kicking off the frenzied Network TV Upfronts week, NBC announced its 2014-15 schedule on Sunday (May 11) morning, or at least NBC announced the fall 2014 portion of its schedule, because NBC has left an awful lot of stuff on the shelf for midseason and most of those moves remain shrouded in mystery and potential.

NBC is coming off a season that saw the network rise to No.1 in the 18-49 demographic on the back of NFL football, the Olympics, "The Voice" and "The Blacklist." With the Olympics not available and with Sunday Night Football its own unique animal, it's not surprising that NBC's schedule is built very heavily around leveraging those latter two assets.

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<p>Jet &amp; Cord of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Jet & Cord of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Jet & Cord talk 'Amazing Race: All-Stars'

The Cowboys talk U-Turns, Brenchel and Express Passes

Where have all the Cowboys gone?

Well, on last week's "Amazing Race: All-Stars," they were U-Turned by Afghanimals Leo & Jamal, forcing them to perform a second Detour in Seville and effectively eliminating Jet & Cord for the third time on the CBS reality favorite.

With their high spirits, stubborn independence and frequently faulty sense of direction, Cowboys Jet & Cord have long been favorites for "Amazing Race" fans and this latest season was no different. As the other teams bonded and bickered, the Cowboys continued to be Lone Rangers and, as usual, that worked out pretty well for them. 

Jet & Cord won the season's first Leg (and promptly handed over their second Express Pass to Jen & Caroline who, miraculously, remain in the Race) and added one first and four second place finishes. That put a big target on them, which is why Leo & Jamal U-Turned them, rather than sticking with their Accidental Alliance's plan to punish Brendon & Rachel. 

At the time, Jet & Cord had harsh words for Leo & Jamal and, in their exit interview, they explain that annoyance. They also discuss their distaste for "Amazing Race" alliances and their own (and my) feelings about Brendon & Rachel.

Click through for the full interview...

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<p>Jonathan Rhys Meyers&#39; &quot;Dracula&quot;</p>

Jonathan Rhys Meyers' "Dracula"

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NBC stakes 'Dracula' after one season

The lights go out for Jonathan Rhys Meyers' bloodsucker

What will become of Count Dracula and his ambition plans for alternative energy sources?

The world may never know.

We can confirm that on Saturday (May 10) morning, NBC put a stake in the heart of Jonathan Rhys Meyers' "Dracula," stopping the sucking after one lone season.

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<p>&quot;Fresh Off The Boat&quot;</p>

"Fresh Off The Boat"

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ABC renews 'Last Man Standing,' orders 'Fresh Off the Boat' and 'Cristela'

ABC's bubble is now basically cleared

ABC's last bubble show has been spared!

It's not a big surprise but "Last Man Standing," a consistent under-the-radar success for ABC on Friday nights, has been picked up for a fourth season. 

The "Last Man Standing" pickup comes after Friday's late renewal for "Nashville" and leaves ABC with no remaining shows in limbo. 

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<p>&quot;Renew my show, or I&#39;ll remake &#39;Death to Smoochy&#39; with this adorable child!&quot;</p>

"Renew my show, or I'll remake 'Death to Smoochy' with this adorable child!"

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CBS renews 'The Mentalist,' cancels 'Crazy Ones,' 'Intelligence,' midseason comedies

'Hostages' is also dead, but you probably guessed that

Saturday (May 10) morning brought bad news for nearly all of CBS' remaining bubble shows.

In one fell swoop, CBS cancelled five of its six shows-in-limbo, but gave a semi-surprising renewal to the long-running procedural "The Mentalist."

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<p>Tom Selleck gets his &quot;Blue Bloods&quot; on</p>

Tom Selleck gets his "Blue Bloods" on

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TV Ratings: 'Shark Tank,' 'Blue Bloods' lead Friday, 'Hannibal' drops post-renewal

The CW tops FOX's '24' encore among young viewers

Fast National ratings for Friday, May 9, 2014.

Season finales for "Hawaii Five-0" and "Blue Bloods" led CBS to its usual overall win on Friday night, while "Shark Tank" held its normal position as Friday's top show with young viewers, leading ABC to a key demo win.

Among other notables, "Hannibal" was down from recent airings, but it doesn't much matter, because NBC renewed the drama on Friday. In addition, "Hart of Dixie" was up from last week's low, which doesn't much matter, because The CW renewed the drama on Thursday.

And interest was so limited for FOX's encore of the "24: Live Another Day" premiere that The CW beat FOX among young viewers for the night. 

On to the numbers...

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