One day after announcing the World and US Drama and Documentary Competition entries for both, Sundance revealed the films in the Spotlight and Park City at Midnight programs, as well as the films and art installations that will be part of the New Frontiers program at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, December 3, 2014.
On one hand, CBS' double-dose of "Survivor: San Juan Del Sur" came in below season averages, but the two episodes still carried the network to an overall win and a tie in the key demographic.
NBC also tied for first among young viewers with "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" and an airing of the "Saturday Night Live Christmas" special.
On the positive side of the ledger, The CW's "Arrow" capitalized on the second part of its crossover with "The Flash" to deliver season highs in all measures, including a series high among adults 18-49. Based on this week's crossover numbers, you can probably expect to see a lot more of that in the future.
On the negative side, ABC's full comedy slate was down on Wednesday.
Let's get to the numbers...
[Once again, I'm stuck doing a "Survivor" recap as CNN is showing an American city on the brink of revolt and as my Twitter feed is bursting with well-earned outrage and indignation. It's hard to see much value to this, but here it is.]
Pre-credit sequence. Eight are left as the castaways return to camp still shaking from the wild-and-crazy Tribal Council. Reed and Alec make it clear to Keith that he tipped Jon off on their plan and was responsible for all of the ensuing chaos. Ego temporarily vanquished, Alec is sad and disappointed. "Oh, there's nothing worse than angry girls," Reed warns them. Over with the girls, Natalie is gloating that she told Jon to play the Idol, saving the day, with Jaclyn trying to take some responsibility as well. Jon insists he was going to play it, which is pretty clearly a lie. Natalie's ticked off with Jon. And speaking of Jon demanding credit for everything, he tells Jaclyn to make sure that she gives him credit for the Idol-playing in the future, already making plans for a Jury situation in which he's still in the game and she, apparently, is not. Jaclyn is incredulous that Jon should be so insecure. "I was so mad when he took credit for something that I helped him to do," Jaclyn says, suddenly insisting to us that she's Top 3-bound. Ruh-roh!
In a Thanksgiving Eve episode of "Survivor," 23-year-old Shreveport firefighter Wes Nale was voted out after primary target Jon used an Immunity Idol. The remaining votes would have been split between Wes and his father, Keith, but Keith opted to play an Idol of his own, rather than using it to protect his sone.
It was appropriate for Wes to go home around Thanksgiving, in an episode in which he gave up a shot at Immunity in exchange for hot wings and beer, because so much of his game persona was edited around eating to excess. When he wasn't boasting about his chicken nugget-eating prowess, Wes was overeating at a Reward and then graphically regretting that decision.
Wes' "Survivor" depiction was so one-sided that it was almost surprising that his exit interview, delayed till the Monday after the holiday, had to be pushed back because he was actually on-duty at his firehouse.
While waiting to be called out to a fire, Wes talked about expecting Keith to use the Idol on him, whether or not he made a mistake in not talking with Jaclyn and the challenge of playing "Survivor" with a life-long authority figure.
And yes, I asked him about his Thanksgiving eating.
And no, he didn't disappoint.
Click through for the full Q&A...
A pair of high profile cinematic biopics lead the World Documentary Competition slate for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which was announced on Wednesday (December 3) afternoon.
Actually, leading off for the World Documentary Competition is "How To Change The World," one of four Day One films playing when Sundance opens on January 22, 2015. Directed by Jerry Rothwell, "How To Change The World" focuses on the original founders of Greenpeace and their 1971 protest in a nuclear test zone.
The Sundance Film Festival announced its four main 2015 narrative and competition slates on Wednesday (December 3) and the US Documentary Competition field is packed with Oscar winners and returning Park City favorites.
Leading the way, at least to some degree, is last year's Documentary Oscar winner Morgan Neville, whose "Twenty Feet From Stardom" was one of the openers at the 2013 Festival. Neville and Robert Gordon co-directed "Best of Enemies," which looks at the 1968 televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr.
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, December 2, 2014.
The CW got huge numbers for the first part of the week's "Flash"/"Arrow" crossover event, but it was "The Voice" leading NBC to victory among young viewers and an procedural repeats leading CBS to an overall win.
For "The Flash," it was the biggest audience since the season's second episode and tied for its best 18-49 demo number since that second episode.
ABC was second for the night in the key demo as "Toy Story That Time Forgot" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" took "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." to its best numbers in months. Of course, "S.H.I.E.L.D." was also boosted by not having to face a new "NCIS: New Orleans," but no matter the cause the Marvel drama hit its best figures since the season premiere in September.
Also benefitting from the absence of "NCIS: New Orleans" were FOX's "New Girl" and NBC's "Marry Me" and "About a Boy," all up week-to-week.
On to the numbers...
VANCOUVER, BC. The worlds of The CW's "The Flash" and "Arrow" have been tip-toing around each other since last fall.
First Grant Gustin's Barry Allen was introduced in several Season 2 "Arrow" episodes, with Danielle Panabaker's Caitlin and Carlos Valdes' Cisco making their first appearances in the spring.
Then, the "Flash" pilot couldn't be complete without Barry zipping over to Starling City to get Arrow's blessing on his new superhero alter ego. Emily Bett Rickard's Felicity made a visit to Central City later in the fall.
Finally, though, this is the week that the words of "Arrow" and "The Flash" come crashing together with Tuesday's (December 2) "Flash vs. Arrow" and Wednesday's "The Bold and the Brave."
Fast National ratings for Monday, December 1, 2014.
As holiday specials and repeats began to creep across primetime, NBC led Monday night paced by "The Voice" and a small bump for "State of Affairs."
ABC took second for the night with decent numbers for the "CMA Country Christmas" special, while FOX's "Sleepy Hollow" got a tiny bump for its midseason finale-type-thing, despite having a "Gotham" repeat as its lead-in.
On the repeat front, CBS' "Mike & Molly" marathon did decently, while The CW's two holiday specials got OK numbers as well.
On to Monday ratings...
When is it OK to refer to your six-part documentary series that nobody had heard of before today as "one of the most anticipated television events of 2015"? When you're HBO and you're about to latch on to one of the swelling pop culture waves of 2014.
Filling the excruciating two-week gap between installments of the addictive "Serial" podcast, on Tuesday (December 2) morning, HBO announced that it will premiere "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst" in February 2015.