<p>David Tennant and Anna Gunn of &quot;Gracepoint&quot;</p>

David Tennant and Anna Gunn of "Gracepoint"

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Talking with David Tennant and Anna Gunn on the set of FOX's 'Gracepoint'

American accents, uncertain whodunits and a Scottish 'Breaking Bad' are discussed

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA. This past spring, my tour of Fake American Police Precincts took me from Bemidji, Minnesota in Calgary for FX's "Fargo" to Gracepoint, California in Victoria, BC for FOX's "Gracepoint."

After avoiding incarceration in Bemidji, I find myself with two other reporters, a publicist and at least three or four hair-and-makeup professionals in Gracepoint's not-uncomfortable lock-up.

Once they have us behind bars, there's a very real chance that one of us will turn out to be the murderer in "Gracepoint," since a consistent refrain from the entire cast is that none of them know know whodunnit and the person behind the death of young Danny Solano won't be the same character who killed Danny Latimer in the original "Broadchurch."

It's early May on the "Gracepoint" set and they're finishing up paired production on episodes seven and eight and moving on to the climactic ninth and 10th episodes, but nobody has seen a script for those last episodes and nobody is admitting to outside knowledge.

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<p>FOX&#39;s &quot;Red Band Society&quot;</p>

FOX's "Red Band Society"

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'Red Band Society,' 'Modern Family,' 'Black-ish' add big Wednesday Live+3 numbers

'Mysteries of Laura' doesn't get much of a DVR bump

When is it slightly less disastrous for a Wednesday drama only to be doing a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49? When it's getting a 60+ percent DVR bump in today's TV landscape. 

Or at least that's the narrative FOX is pushing this week, as "Red Band Society" got a 64 percent Live+3 DVR bump from last Wednesday's (September 24) episode, bringing its three-day total to a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49.

That's still not terrific. It ties "Red Band Society" with its Wednesday stablemate "Hell's Kitchen" and places it ahead of only "The Mindy Project" and "Utopia" among network Live+3 performances in the 18-49 demo for last week. However, a 1.8 key demo rating is still better than a 1.1 key demo rating and it means that Week 2 of "RBS" delivered the same Live+3 key demo rating as its premiere, despite the drop in Live+SD numbers.

Let's look at some other Live+3 numbers from Wednesday's premieres and finales and whatnot...

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<p>DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys</p>

DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys

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TV Ratings: NFL, 'Family Guy'-'Simpsons' crossover and 'Once' lead Sunday

'Revenge' premiere struggles for ABC

Fast National ratings for Sunday, September 28, 2014.

NBC's Saints-Cowboys telecast led Sunday night in all measures, but there were a slew of other big numbers in primetime, including a strong return for ABC's "Once Upon a Time" and impressive figures for FOX's "Family Guy"/"Simpsons" crossover hour. 

In addition, CBS got strong overall numbers for the second weeks of "Madam Secretary" and "The Good Wife."

ABC's "Resurrection" and FOX's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" got off to decent starts on Sunday, but ABC's "Revenge" may have passed its sell-by date.

CBS and FOX both had NFL overrun in many markets, while NBC had its usual football, leading to the predictable and inevitable changeability of these numbers.

On to the preliminary ratings...

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<p>John Noble of &quot;Sleepy Hollow&quot;</p>

John Noble of "Sleepy Hollow"

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Interview: 'Sleepy Hollow' star John Noble on Season 2 and what drives War, Henry and Jeremy

The 'Fringe' veteran discusses playing another character with many sides and incarnations

WILMINGTON, NC. There was a point a few years back when I seemed to talk with John Noble every few weeks about the universe-bending twists and turns of FOX's "Fringe."

We talked on the drama's Vancouver set. We talked at FOX summer press days on multiple occasions. We talked via satellite. We talked at Comic-Con. Because of the constantly evolving nature of "Fringe" and Walter Bishop and Walternate and various permutations on each character, Noble never repeated himself in our conversations and always impressed with a passion for the subject matter that extended to his hosting duties on Science's "Dark Matters: Twisted But True."

Noble probably wasn't worried about the year or two that he spent not being interviewed by HitFix. He did some Australian TV. He guested on CBS' "The Good Wife" a couple times. And he began work on another FOX drama "Sleepy Hollow," in which he got to play yet another character who turned out to have two or three very different layers.

Introduced as Sin Eater Henry Parrish, we were later told that Henry was actually Jeremy Crane, son of Ichabod and Katrina. And as if that dead-cheating secret wasn't enough, we also discovered that Henry/Jeremy was actually War, the Second of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. It sounds confusing, but in context it all makes sense in that way that nearly everything in "Sleepy Hollow" sounds confusing, but all kinda makes sense in context. And don't worry, it's a challenge for John Noble to understand as well.

Last month, I sat down with my former scene partner in a makeshift press holding area above a "Sleepy Hollow" location in Wilmington, North Carolina. After years of the "Fringe" grind, Noble seemed enthusiastic and energized with his responsibilities on "Sleepy Hollow." Just two days from his 66th birthday, Noble was all smiles, talking his relative surplus of downtime, which gives him the chance for music and painting, among other pursuits. 

It's also giving him time for research. Just as "Fringe" let Noble delve into a passion for physics, "Sleepy Hollow" is letting him research magic and witchcraft and he sounds every bit as invested in this character as he was in the role he spent five years playing previously. In this interview, he talks about his approach to the Henry/Jeremy/War trinity and the challenges of playing a character so frequently shrouded in mystery and conflicted motivations.

"Sleepy Hollow" will air its second episode on Monday (September 29) night.

Click through for the full John Noble Q&A.

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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;Marvel&#39;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot; premiere</p>

Tuesday's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." premiere

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'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' premiere, 'New Girl' get Tuesday Live+3 Bumps

'Person of Interest' numbers look at bit less ugly now

The early Live+3 DVR numbers for Tuesday, September 23 are largely about ameliorating the Live+SD numbers for a couple shows that looked like minor disappointments and being reminded that when it comes to DVR numbers, the rich often get richer.

When it comes to the rich getting richer, the premiere of "NCIS" added nearly 3.3 million viewers and went from 18.23 million in Live+Same Day to 21.52 million in Live+3 Day, also picking up a full ratings point among adults 18-49 to end up with a 3.9 rating in the key demographic.

Also growing from an already high position was the series launch of "NCIS: New Orleans," which added 2.82 million viewers to reach 20.05 million in Live+3. The 18-49 DVR growth for "NCIS: New Orleans" was an unremarkable 28 percent, but that just meant it ended up with a 3.2 rating in the key demo, as well as a 4.7 rating in CBS' coveted 25-54 demo.

But we already knew "NCIS" and "NCIS: New Orleans" were hits as of Tuesday's Live+SDs. Which Tuesday underperformers got Live+3 bumps? Click through for the details...

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<p>Terry Crews in Sunday&#39;s &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine&quot; premiere</p>

Terry Crews in Sunday's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" premiere

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Interview: Terry Crews on 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' superpowers and working with Miss Piggy

And why doesn't Terry Crews spend his Sundays watching football?

I sat down with "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Terry Crews three weeks ago on the opening Sunday of the NFL season and immediately felt guilty for taking the former NFL defensive end away from his TV.

Fortunately, it turns out that Crews is not one of those former jocks who spends his weekends glued to televised football, which will make it a lot easier for him to catch "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" in a new Sunday 8:30 slot that will have his FOX comedy going up against gridiron action on a different network.

Crews proved to be as excited to talk about *missing* NFL coverage as he is to talk about most things, because it will surprise absolutely nobody to learn that Terry Crews is a man of great enthusiasm. Whether discussing his recent TCA Awards hosting stint with Miss Piggy or his Golden Globe-winning FOX police sitcom, Crews is prone to shouting and arm-waving, though to my great regret, Crews didn't make any of his muscles dance during out chat.

It turns out that Crews' "Brooklyn" character, Sergeant Terry Jeffords, was originally conceived of as meek and quiet, before the writers made last minute rewrites to make their Terry more like real Terry. But real Terry insists that he also has a softer, more introspective side, even if he also relishes a player who became more superhuman as the season progressed.

In our chat, Crews admits that he didn't, in fact, lift a car in one of last season's funniest scenes, but he confesses a part of that sequence that actually was authentic.

Click through for the full Q&A with Terry Crews...

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<p>Ben McKenzie of &quot;Gotham&quot;</p>

Ben McKenzie of "Gotham"

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'Gotham,' 'Blacklist,' 'Sleepy Hollow' are early Monday Live+3 winners

'The Big Bang Theory' gets the biggest DVR bump by volume

TV industry reporters are all still exhausted from the 2014-15 season's first week of Live+Same Day ratings, but just in time for the weekend, the Live+3 Day ratings are beginning to trickle in, starting with Monday, September 27.

Not surprisingly, the early Live+3 Day winners are the shows that were already winners, with slightly lower-rated shows posting bigger percentage gains and slightly higher rated shows gaining more volume, but lower percentages. Math is funny like that.

So while "The Big Bang Theory" may have "only" posted 37 percent gains in the 18-49 demo, no Monday show gained more ratings points than the 2.0 gains for both "BBT" episodes. That means that the two episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" went from a 5.4 rating among adults 18-49 in Live+SD numbers to a whopping 7.4 rating in the key demo with Live+3. "Big Bang Theory" also rose from 18.03 million viewers Live+SD to 22.55 million in Live+3, adding 4.52 million viewers, which is really great but only converts to a 25 percent bump.

But if "Big Bang Theory" is your volume leader, your percentage leaders are on FOX, where "Gotham" added a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 to go from a 3.2 in L+SD to a 5.0 rating among adults 18-49 in Live+3. That's a 56 percent bump and it moves "Gotham" ahead of "The Blacklist" for the night. 

Meanwhile, a lackluster 2.0 rating among adults 18-49 in Live+SD for "Sleepy Hollow" is a little mitigated by 50 percent Live+3 growth, bringing the drama to a 3.0 rating in the key demo. Even including DVR usage, that's still lower than the Live+SD ratings "Sleepy Hollow" was doing early last season, both in its pre-season premiere, but also in first couple airings against actual competition. FOX probably isn't concerned or even hugely disappointed with these "Sleepy Hollow" numbers, but somebody probably expected more. 

A few more L+3 DVR highlights after the break...

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<p>&quot;Shark Tank&quot;</p>

"Shark Tank"

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TV Ratings: 'Shark Tank,' 'Blue Bloods' premieres lead Friday, but 'Amazing Race' craters

'Utopia' continues to limp along for FOX

Fast National ratings for Friday, September 26, 2014.

Amidst a sea of premieres, Friday quickly returned to business as usual: "Blue Bloods," returning on the low side led CBS to victory overall, while "Shark Tank" and ABC were easily Friday's best among young viewers.

The news wasn't all good for CBS, though. "The Amazing Race" cratered hard in its Friday debut and may require immediate assistance if CBS hopes to keep the long-running Emmy winner around. 

Let's get straight to the numbers...

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<p>Nadiya of &quot;Survivor: San Juan del Sur&quot;</p>

Nadiya of "Survivor: San Juan del Sur"

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Interview: Nadiya Anderson talks 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur'

'The Amazing Race' veteran still isn't sure why she was targeted

Following two losses to open the "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" season, the Coyopa tribe was faced with voting out its first member.

Would they boot former MLB closer John Rocker, who the show charitably has been referring to as "controversial"? 

Not a chance. John Rocker proved himself a force in the season-opening Immunity challenge, plus only Wes has figured out who he is and Wes is star-struck.

Would they boot Dale, the season's oldest contestant at 55?

Not a chance. Dale made fire by splitting his glasses in two and that sort of effort apparently had to be rewarded.

But Dale had his own opinions on who should go home first and Dale suggested Nadiya Anderson, who achieved notoriety of her own during two appearances with twin sister Natalie on "The Amazing Race." See, Dale is a big "Amazing Race" fan and he had opinions based on Nadiya's gameplay on that other CBS show and even though nobody else seemed to remember anything about The Twinnies and their two Races around the world -- one a reasonably successful fourth place finish, but more recently a swift opening Leg elimination -- that was enough to turn the votes against her. 

Nadiya didn't exactly help her cause. Attempting to mobilize Josh to her All-Girl Alliance, she took him for granted and effectively told him that she was taking his presence in the alliance for granted due to his sexuality. That, however, didn't exactly explain why Josh ended up voting for Baylor at Tribal Council or why Baylor ended up turning on Nadiya.

In the first of this "Survivor" season's exit interviews, Nadiya tries to clarify her position on Josh's place in her alliance, but remains confused at why the votes ended up going against her. She also seems disappointed she didn't know who John Rocker was and wasn't able to make an ally of him. And, as you'd expect from Nadiya, she calls a lot of people idiots and fools, which she clearly means with love, or at least amusement.

Click through for the full interview...

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<p>Phil Keoghan and the first greeter of the &quot;Amazing Race&quot; season</p>

Phil Keoghan and the first greeter of the "Amazing Race" season

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' Season 25 Premiere - 'Go Big or Go Home'

Emmy-winning drama heads to Fridays and the Virgin Islands

It's going to take a while before this feels normal, isn't it?

Friday (September 28) marked a new time period premiere for "The Amazing Race," which kicked off its 25th installment far from the Sunday 8 p.m. home in which viewers have become accustomed to football/golf/basketball delays throughout the year.

That means that instead of having Sunday come to an abrupt end in the late afternoon as I wait for "The Amazing Race" to start, a normal Friday workday just never ends. So... Yay!

Friday's "Amazing Race" premiere had the disadvantage of following a very good "Survivor" launch on Wednesday. I say it every year, but there's just not enough time in a single hour to properly introduce a full assortment of reality show contestants and also deliver satisfactory and fun challenges. So Wednesday's "Survivor" got to be 90 minutes and, perhaps as a result, I finished the premiere with a good sense of most of the castaways and a rooting interest in many of them. "The Amazing Race" stuck to an hour and I have only a cursory interest in most of the teams and a solid half of the episode seemed to be devoted to almost nothing -- a series of Route Markers and flights -- before the episode's lone task went a fair way toward separating favorites from fodder.

And yet, despite not being a wholly satisfying episode for its entirety, Friday's "Amazing Race" did have a rather awesome ending that left me giggling with glee, even as I was being disappointed on aesthetic levels.

Click through for what will be a quick recap, but then a listing of the remaining teams, with my first impressions...

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