'Crimson Peak' Set Visit: Guillermo del Toro promises his first adult movie in English
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'Crimson Peak' Set Visit: Guillermo del Toro promises his first adult movie in English

'Pan's Labyrinth' director teases his Victorian haunted house drama

TORONTO - On movie set visits, occasionally journalists won't get the chance to talk to directors at all. 

Sometimes the directors are artistes, too far down the cinematic rabbit hole to engage in casual chit-chat with the fourth estate. Sometimes the directors merely glorified puppets, but the producers are happy to put themselves forward instead. And sometimes the directors are friendly, smart and well-adjusted, but making movies is such complicated work that they can't spare more than two minutes for a smile-and-wave, lest the production between to teeter like an ill-formed game of Mouse Trap.

Guillermo del Toro plays by his own rules.

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<p>Nina Tassler</p>

Nina Tassler

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Press Tour: July 2014 CBS Executive Session Live-Blog

Expect 'Big Bang Theory' negotiation questions and more

Good thing news broke on Wednesday that the cast of "The Big Bang Theory" is still negotiating with CBS and WBTV, because without that, there wouldn't have been much excitement to be expected from Thursday (July 17) morning's Television Critics Association press tour panel with CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler.

So we've got that to look forward to. We can also probably expect some queries about Thursday Night Football, the early performance of Halle Berry's "Extant" and maybe CBS' difficulties launching midseason shows (but probably not). 

Click through for the full live-blog...

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TV Ratings: 'Big Brother' rises, but 'Extant' droops on Wednesday

'So You Think You Can Dance,' 'Motive,' 'Taxi Brooklyn' also drop

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

CBS won Wednesday night in all measures, but the network's performance was mixed. While "Big Brother" posted tiny weekly gains, Halle Berry's "Extant" dropped well over a million viewers, though at least its decline in the key demo was small.

Speaking of declines, "So You Think You Can Dance," "Taxi Brooklyn" and "Motive" were also off week to week, at least among young viewers. 

On to the numbers...

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<p>Derek Jeter</p>

Derek Jeter

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TV Ratings: MLB All-Star Game and Derek Jeter lead FOX Tuesday

'America's Got Talent' and 'Night Shift' put NBC in second

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

The 2014 MLB All-Star Game came close to Xeroxing the ratings for last year's Midsummer Classic, as the non-stop tribute to the retiring Derek Jeter led FOX to Tuesday victory in all measures.

The All-Star Game, which actually started at 7:30 ET and then continued well outside of FOX's standard primetime two-hour block, took only a small bite out of NBC's "The Night Shift" and didn't really impact anything else on Tuesday.

On to the numbers, remembering that FOX's figures are time period data and not actually the specific numbers for the All-Star Game...

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ABC's Fall 2014 Premiere Week includes double-dose of 'Forever'

Shonda Rhimes Thursday and 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' get Premiere Weeks dates

On Tuesday (July 15) morning, ABC announced its premiere dates for Fall 2014, a plan that sees the network rolling most of its shows out in orderly fashion over the first two weeks of the Nielsen-set 2014-2015 season.

The major wrinkles in ABC's launch schedule are, at most, minor.

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<p>Paul Lee</p>

Paul Lee

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Press Tour: July 2014 ABC Executive Session Live-Blog

Expect Paul Lee to dodge questions and talk about the ABC Brand and whatnot

Generally one of the most elusive of TV executives when it comes to TCA press tour candor -- The CW's Mark Pedowitz is a worthy challenger -- ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee may or may not have been saved by the success of "Resurrection," which somewhat salvaged a dismal spring of replacement failures.

Now Lee and ABC are looking forward to a fall that lacks a clear presumptive hit, though presumptive hit status only did a little for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." last year. And probably "How To Get Away With Murder" has the pedigree to succeed, while "Black-ish" has the lead-in to succeed.

Click through and follow along for Lee's full discussion of why the ABC Brand is still strong and why we're overstating the network's struggles last season.

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<p>&quot;24: Live Another Day&quot;</p>

"24: Live Another Day"

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TV Ratings: '24: Live Another Day' finale rises for FOX Monday

'Under the Dome' rises, 'Backpackers' and 'Seed' tank

Fast National ratings for Monday, July 14, 2014.

The season finale for FOX's limited "24: Live Another Day" rose on Monday and combined with a solid episode of "MasterChef" to help the network win primetime in all measures.

The bump for "24" made up for a very small dip for FOX's "MasterChef."

CBS' "Under the Dome" dropped in overall viewers, but rose a bit in the key demo and actually ranked as Monday's top individual show in both measures and moved back ahead of "American Ninja Warrior" among young viewers. [CBS changed the lead-in for "Dome," going with a "Big Bang Theory" repeat instead of "Mike & Molly," which almost certainly helped.]

Among other notables, The CW's "Backpackers" and "Seed" got off to weak starts, squandering the audience from a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

On to the numbers...

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<p>Syfy&#39;s &quot;12 Monkeys&quot;</p>

Syfy's "12 Monkeys"

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Press Tour: Syfy's '12 Monkeys' isn't a cover version of Terry Gilliam's movie

Series creators discuss making their own choices on the 2015 drama

The first thing I'd tell you about Syfy's "12 Monkeys" is that it isn't Terry Gilliam's "12 Monkeys." 

Fortunately, that's one of the first things that the people being the new Syfy time-travel drama would tell you as well.

"I think it’s a complete sort of reimagining," co-creator Terry Matalas says at Monday's (July 14) Television Critics Association press tour panel for "12 Monkeys." "We were all very, very big fans of the original film and had a deep love and respect for that material. So when we came together with Richard and talked about this, we didn’t want to just re do what the movie does. We changed the rules in the movie. Can’t actually change time, and here you can. So everything from the top down changed, from Cole’s character to Dr. Railly’s character to some new characters, Ramse and Aaron. So the story, while it has a lot of the same themes, it’s very different."

Adds co-creator Travis Fickett, "Wouldn’t make sense to tell the same story again."

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FOX shakeup: 20th Century Fox TV chiefs take over newly named Fox Television Group
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FOX shakeup: 20th Century Fox TV chiefs take over newly named Fox Television Group

Dana Walden and Gary Newman will be Chairmen and CEOs

Confirming weekend rumors, 21st Century Fox announced on Monday (July 14) morning that 20th Century Fox TV heads Dana Walden and Gary Newman are set to oversee Fox Television Group, a new entity combining both the FOX network (Fox Broadcasting Company - FBC) and 20th Century FOX TV (TCFTV).

The official announcement says that "FBC and TCFTV will continue to operate as independent entities, but will share financial and creative goals," with Walden and Newman leading. 

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<p>Julie Chen of &quot;Big Brother&quot;</p>

Julie Chen of "Big Brother"

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TV Ratings: 'Rising Star,' 'Big Brother,' 'Unforgettable' rise on Sunday

CBS leads overall, but ABC currently leads the key demo

Fast National ratings for Sunday, July 13, 2014.

Boosted presumably by the overtime conclusion of the World Cup Final, ABC's lineup was up on Sunday night, including "Rising Star," which helped the network lead primetime among young viewers. CBS, meanwhile, capitalized on early primetime strength for "60 Minutes" and "Big Brother" to cruise to an overall win.

There were few other notables on Sunday, but CBS' decision to swap time periods for "Unforgettable" and "Reckless" resulted in a predictable demo bump for "Unforgettable" at nine, now gifted with a "Big Brother" lead-in, and a predictable demo drop for "Reckless," but both shows did very close to what they did last week.

On to the numbers...

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