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

Matthew McConaughey of "True Detective"

Credit: HBO

Press Tour Live-Blog: HBO's 'True Detective'

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson meet with the TV critics

I think that a Television Critics Association press tour appearance by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson to to discuss the year's best new show [so far] is reason enough for a live-blog, eh?

Indeed.

Click through for Thursday (January 9) afternoon's full panel as quickly as my little fingers can type.

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<p>&quot;Flowers in the Attic&quot;</p>

"Flowers in the Attic"

Credit: Lifetime

Press Tour: 'Flowers in the Attic' sequel already in the works at Lifetime

'Petals in the Wind' will follow this faithful V.C. Andrews adaptation
"Flowers in the Attic" won't premiere on Lifetime until January 18, but Lifetime is already excited enough about the property to begin moving forward on a sequel.
 
At Thursday (January 9) afternoon's Television Critics Association press tour panel for "Flowers," scribe Kayla Alpert said that she's already working on a script for "Petals in the Wind," based on V.C. Andrews' "Flowers" sequel. As with the book, "Petals" will jump the story forward 10 years. For people who never hid "Flowers in the Attic" under their mattresses, haven't seen the movie and are really excited about experiencing the Lifetime movie fresh, Alpert avoids spoilers noting, "I will just say that it is a very juicy, compelling revenge drama."
 
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<p>Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston in the &quot;Breaking Bad&quot; finale</p>

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston in the "Breaking Bad" finale

Credit: AMC

Two 'Breaking Bad' episodes earn Directors Guild nominations, but not 'Ozymandias'

Bryan Cranston and Beth McCarthy-Miller are double-nominees
The Directors Guild of America announced its TV Award nominations on Thursday (January 9) and while two "Breaking Bad" episodes made the cut, there may be some head-scratching about the directors who missed out. 
 
Or, as an alternative perspective, it was a good DGA Awards nomination morning for Bryan Cranston.
 
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<p>Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs host the People's Choice Awards</p>

Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs host the People's Choice Awards

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: People's Choice Awards leads CBS Wednesday, while 'Chicago PD' premieres well

'Modern Family' is Wednesday's top show in the key demo
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
 
The People's Choice Awards drew their largest audience since 2010, helping CBS to slim primetime wins on Wednesday night.
 
Meanwhile, NBC's "Chicago PD" premiere held onto almost all of its "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" numbers, which should satisfy all and sundry.
 
And for all of that, Wednesday's top show among young viewers was ABC's "Modern Family."
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Zoe Saldana</p>

Zoe Saldana

Credit: Danny Moloshock/AP

NBC impregnates Zoe Saldana for 'Rosemary's Baby' miniseries

'Star Trek' star steps in for Mia Farrow on NBC
When NBC formally announced that month that its four-hour miniseries version of "Rosemary's Baby" would begin production in Paris in January, HitFix tossed together a gallery of candidates to play the lead role. Because of how iconic Mia Farrow's performance was in the Roman Polanski movie, we'll confess that our choices were a bit stuck in a pixie-waif box, with candidates including probably-too-British Carey Mulligan and probably-too-young Dakota Fanning. 
 
NBC announced its "Rosemary's Baby" casting on Wednesday (January 8) afternoon and while it wasn't somebody we considered... I'll allow it.
 
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<p>Josh Holloway of &quot;Intelligence&quot;</p>

Josh Holloway of "Intelligence"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: Big 'Intelligence' sampling boosts CBS Tuesday, while 'Killer Women' misfires

'NCIS' hits a season high in viewers for CBS
Fast National ratings for Monday, January 7, 2014.
 
"Intelligence" capitalized on a big "NCIS" lead-in to get a huge overall sampling on Tuesday night, helping CBS win primetime in all measures.
 
Among young viewers, the "Intelligence" preview wasn't quite as massive, but CBS is likely quite pleased with reaching 16.5+ million eyeballs before next Monday's time period premiere and also with the relatively limited tune-out at the half-hour for the Josh Holloway drama.
 
There was probably less pleasure over at ABC, where "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "The Goldbergs" and "Trophy Wife" all performed in their normal range, but "Killer Women" became the network's second straight premiere to launch with under a 1.0 in the key demo.
 
FOX, meanwhile, may be wondering where the "New Girl" audience has disappeared to. "New Girl" was still FOX's top Tuesday comedy in the key demo, but it finished behind both "Dads" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" overall.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Rainn Wilson of &quot;Backstrom&quot;</p>

Rainn Wilson of "Backstrom"

Credit: FOX

FOX picks up Rainn Wilson drama 'Backstrom' from 'Bones' creator

Former CBS pilot takes yet another spot on FOX's 2014-2015 schedule
Continuing several of the trends of this development season, FOX has given a 13-episode series order to "Backstrom," a crime drama produced for CBS last spring.
 
Based on Leif G.W. Persson's novels, "Backstrom" was adapted for TV by "Bones" creator Hart Hanson and stars Rainn Wilson as a Portland detective often hampered by his own self-destructive tendencies. Yes, by the way, "Backstrom" sounds an awful lot like "Rake," the new FOX legal drama featuring Greg Kinnear as an attorney often hampered by his own self-destructive tendencies and both of them sound an awful lot like "House," the beloved FOX medical drama about a doctor often hampered by his own self-destructive tendencies. Perhaps that's why FOX execs are convinced that "Backstrom" is a good fit for the network.
 
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<p>It's The Bachelor!</p>

It's The Bachelor!

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'Bachelor' premiere leads ABC Monday while 'Castle' slips

Also, 'Almost Human' is steady and 'Hostages' does 'Hostages' numbers
Fast National ratings for Monday, January 6, 2014.
 
With the BCS Championship no doubt siphoning a large audience over to ESPN, ABC's counter-programming of the "Bachelor" premiere proved successful and drew Monday's biggest audiences in all key measures. 
 
While "The Bachelor" may have dominated the night and improved 17 percent over last January's premiere, it proved a less-than-"Dancing" lead-in for "Castle," which had some of its lowest numbers of the season despite the lack of a new "Blacklist" as competition.
 
There was still enough available audience for "Almost Human" to do solid numbers for FOX, while the two-hour "Hostages" finale did roughly the same low-but-consistent numbers "Hostages" did all fall.
 
On to the ratings...
 
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<p>Clark Gregg of &quot;Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Clark Gregg of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Credit: ABC

Interview: Clark Gregg teases 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' evolution and Coulson's secret

How is this Agent Coulson different from the big screen Agent Coulson?
Magical place or not, we're somehow skeptical that Agent Coulson spent the time between "The Avengers" and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." enjoying the recuperative powers of Tahiti.
 
That Agent Coulson was dead and now he's not has been one of the core mysteries of ABC's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and answers have been, thus far, fairly slow in coming for either viewers or for Coulson himself.
 
That's expected to change in the drama's January 7 episode, which picks up soon after the abduction that ended its 2013 finale. 
 
Ahead of Tuesday's episode, fittingly titled "The Magical Place," I got on the phone with "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." star Clark Gregg to talk about what he knew about Coulson's secret, when he knew it, how this TV Coulson has been different from Movie Coulson and how he feels about his show's evolution through its first season.
 
Click through for the full Q&A...
 
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<p>Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh on the set of &quot;Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit&quot;</p>

Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh on the set of "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit"

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Kevin Costner brings sun to the set of 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit'

'Dances with Wolves' Oscar winner sits down for a wide-ranging chat
LONDON, ENGLAND. Kevin Costner has powers. Eerie powers.
 
It's October 2012 and a group of reporters is sitting huddle in a pub across the street from both London's Liverpool Station and the building where "Jack Ryan" (later to be "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit") is shooting a scene. Because it's meant to be Moscow, it's appropriate how chilly it is, but the steady rain has left us unable to witness any filming with our own eyes. 
 
Costner, who plays Jack Ryan's CIA mentor William Harper, isn't in the scene and he wasn't supposed to be on set. 
 
However, graciously eager to chat, Costner has shown up on his off-day and the second he gets out of his car, the rain stops. 
 
The sun comes out for Kevin Costner.
 
"I tell ya, it's one of those universal things sometimes when [the sun] comes out, I think everybody sometimes feels good," Costner says, sitting down. "That's one of the things, there's like universal things, right, with people? Like even like a dick in life, even a really bad guy, I always think that even a bad guy recognizes a good idea. They might stay there and go, "That's a f***ing really good idea," but they know it when they hear it, you know what I mean? There's just something. A good idea is something like an emotion, you just can't keep it in. 'Mmm, that's a good idea, I really like that!'"
 
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