<p>&quot;Shark Tank: Swimming With Sharks&quot;</p>

"Shark Tank: Swimming With Sharks"

TV Ratings: 'Shark Tank' goes big on Friday while 'Hannibal' rises, 'Dixie' falls

'Blue Bloods' leads CBS to overall victory

Fast National ratings for Friday, May 2, 2014.

Posting a big 22 percent week-to-week gain among young viewers, "Shark Tank" led ABC to an easy Friday win among young viewers, while "Blue Bloods" was up over last week and led CBS to an overall rout.

In short: Business as usual.

There was some Friday variation, though. NBC's "Hannibal" was up for the third straight week, though once again basketball preemptions in the Portland market mean that these numbers are inflated.

On the negative side, "Hart of Dixie" was low for The CW, as was "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" FOX's "Kitchen Nightmares" was also on the low side.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Jefra was very excited about her guac</p>

Jefra was very excited about her guac

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Interview: Jefra Bland talks 'Survivor: Cagayan'

The Last of the Beauties discusses her 'Survivor' snuffing

And then the Beauty Tribe was gone. 

Had the Beauty Tribe been functional, perhaps they could have made a go of things after the Merge. They made the Merge with four players, same as the Brawn tribe, one more than the Brain tribe. And when Sarah was blindsided post-Merge, Beauty had a plurality and theoretically could have bonded with anybody to take power. 

With no particular unity, though, the Beauty tribe failed to mount any sort of strategy. First, Morgan went out without a whimper. Then L.J. was blindsided. Then Jeremiah knew he was doomed.

Finally, on this week's "Survivor: Cagayan," Jefra Band became the last Beauty castaway sent packing, blindsided by Tony, who feared that a gender-based alliance might be the only thing that could halt his paranoid scurry to the million.

Jefra, who previously expected elimination and then was spared after Kass flipped, faced her torch-snuffing with a smile.

In her exit interview, the two-time Miss Kentucky runner-up discusses her tribe's early demise and what it says about "beauty" as a "Survivor" attribute. She explains her end-game strategy and why she stuck with Tony, rather than trying to blindside him. And she remembers the flood of emotions on the night Kass' flip spared her.

Click through for the full Q&A...

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<p>Sam Heughan and&nbsp;Caitriona Balfe of &quot;Outlander&quot;</p>

Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe of "Outlander"

Credit: Starz

Starz's first full 'Outlander' trailer teases timeless romance

Nobody says 'Sassanach,' so what's the point?

After January's Television Critics Association press tour panel for Starz's adaptation of "Outlander," I lamented that we hadn't been given copies of Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling novel for background.

I arrived home a day later and a copy of "Outlander" had arrived at my door, appearing from nowhere as if it had made contact with a mysterious standing stone circle after and even more mysterious pagan ritual.

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<p>Look who was back on &quot;Grey&#39;s Anatomy&quot;</p>

Look who was back on "Grey's Anatomy"

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TV Ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy' rises, 'Bad Teacher' and 'Idol' drop and CBS rules Thursday

NBC gets solid numbers from the IHeartRadio Music Awards

Fast National ratings for Thursday, May 1, 2014.

"The Big Bang Theory" had enough 8 p.m. juice to help CBS dominated Thursday night in all measures, even with big drops for "The Millers," "Two and a Half Men" and, particularly, "Bad Teacher."

The drops weren't limited to CBS on Thursday, though.

"American Idol" took an ugly drop to a number below "Hell's Kitchen" in the key demo, though maybe FOX should be paying attention to the stability "Surviving Jack" has been delivering despite the regular "Idol" slide.

Almost falling on Thursday was ABC's "Black Box," which failed to capitalize on a big weekly bump for "Grey's Anatomy."

And if you were wondering why on Earth NBC would have ended its low-rated comedies early, the fabricated IHeartRadio Music Awards did, relatively speaking, pretty huge numbers for NBC. [OK, entirely "relatively speaking" on the hugeness, but still very respectable numbers.]

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;American Idol&quot; judge Keith Urban</p>

"American Idol" judge Keith Urban

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 5 Results plus Keith Urban performs

Ryan Seacrest promises something unprecedented. Is he lying?

This afternoon, I did a strange thing. I retweeted Ryan Seacrest. 

But how could I not? 

 

I mean... Isn't your interest piqued? Mine sure is.

The problem: What could he possibly be referring to that he could already know about? He could know that tonight's result is shocking, but he couldn't know how anybody might react. So could he just be referring to, I dunno, a particularly brazen Ford commercial? Or somebody random dueling with Keith Urban?

Yup. After Ryan Seacrest's tweet, Thursday's (May 1) "American Idol" results show is sure to be disappointing. 

Way to raise expectations, Ryan!

Full live-blog after the break...

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<p>Patricia Arquette guested on Wednesday&#39;s &quot;CSI&quot;</p>

Patricia Arquette guested on Wednesday's "CSI"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'CSI' backdoor pilot anchors CBS Wednesday wins, 'Idol' goes low

'Modern Family' and 'Nashville' take big drops for ABC

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Even with "Chicago PD" topping CBS' backdoor "CSI" pilot among young viewers, CBS was still able to ride "Survivor" and "Criminal Minds" victory both overall and in the key demographic on Wednesday night.

[NBC had an NBA preemption in Portland, which will probably make the 10 p.m. race closer.]

With CBS' full lineup returning for originals (and perhaps with NHL and NBA playoff competition on cable), there were big drops for ABC's "Modern Family"  (a whopping 0.6 key demo rating from last week's Fast Nationals), "Suburgatory" and "Nashville," as well as FOX's "American Idol" and NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

Over on The CW, "Arrow" was up a hair, while "The 100" continued to hold onto its lead-in well, making its case for renewal.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Tasha and Spencer of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Tasha and Spencer of "Survivor: Cagayan"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'Chaos Is My Friend'

The 'Survivor' Auction brings ribs, popcorn and a big advantage

Pre-credit sequence. Let's see... It was Jeremiah who went home last? Sure. Sounds right. The Final 7 returns home. Jefra is exhausted, but she's feeling good about the decision she made to stay with Tony and that alliance. Kass is feeling smug about Spencer's Idol, which she claims she knew he had. [She did, indeed, voice those suspicions last week.] She's also feeling smug about knowing Spencer wouldn't give the Idol up, saying that a college-aged human male is "the most selfish beast on the planet." "I used my Idol and I used it wrong," Spencer laments. "Tonight we lost the battle, we have not lost the war," he insists of his dwindling alliance with Tasha. The next morning, Tree-Mail arrives and it includes billets of money. "Survivor" Auction! Trish is hungry and looking forward to eating. "FOOOOOD!" she howls. Tony, of course, knows that the auction will also include an Immunity Challenge advantage and he's determined to get it. "This is our life right now," Spencer says of the auction. He's not referring to bidding for peanut butter.

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 5</p>

The "American Idol" Top 5

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 5 Performances - America's Request

Plus, Jason Mraz serves as mentor for the Finalists

Several questions before Wednesday (April 30) night's "American Idol":

1) Why is the announced theme "America's Request" and not "America's Choice"? Is America going to make a suggestion followed by, "Pretty please?" and then Caleb Johnson's gonna be all, "Nuh-uh, America"?

2) FOX only said that the singers would be doing *a* song requested by America. What else will fill the time on Wednesday?

3) How excited do you think Alex Preston will be to have Jason Mraz as his mentor this week?

On to the full recap, after the break...

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<p>Chadwick Boseman of &quot;Get On Up&quot;</p>

Chadwick Boseman of "Get On Up"

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Chadwick Boseman channels James Brown on the 'Get On Up' set

How does the '42' star tap into his inner Godfather of Soul?

NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI. It's mid-December on the Mississippi set of "Get On Up" and it's possible that the hardest working man in show business is the young actor playing The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.

We're between shots in a scene recreating James Brown and The Famous Flames' iconic performance in the concert film "T.A.M.I. Show" and everything is resetting. 

For Chadwick Boseman, though, there's no such thing as a reset. The cameras may not be rolling, but Boseman's feet keep shuffling across the shiny green linoleum of the Natchez Auditorium stage, which is standing in for the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. He only pauses to run over to the monitor to see how his footwork looks, but then he returns to the stage, dancing his way there and back.

Chadwick Boseman has become something of a perpetual motion machine, but if you watch old videos of James Brown, the rhythmic restlessness is one of the first things you'll notice about the Godfather of Soul as well. 

When I mention this to the movie's choreographer Aakomon Jones, also playing one of the Flames, he's instantly gratified.

"That's literally where I start," Jones smiles. "Because we got into the cool slides and all that footwork and the spins and all that. It's just this thing that James Brown does when he's like driving the beat, he's clicking both heels, one into the other -- right-left, right-left, right-left. I worked with Chad on that for hours, maybe two days straight before we ever started trying to add flashes. I knew that if he got that, he had 60 percent of what James Brown is as a performer as far as quantity, because he does that throughout his entire performance. He'll flash here, he'll slip off to the fight and dance-break and he'll hit a spin or a split, but 75 percent of the time? He's right-left with the heels. That's what keeps the band locked in."

And Boseman is certainly locked in as well. 

Director Tate Taylor, the man behind the Oscar-winning hit "The Help," is shooting James Brown's "T.A.M.I. Show" numbers as full, uninterrupted songs. [After editing, I highly doubt that's the approach Taylor will take, but I can assure you that at least in the moment, the performances are sustained.]

Boseman goes through the entirety of his "Out of Sight" performance, which includes spins, a split and ends with him on his knees as the crowd shrieks.

"Mr. Brown, would you like another?" Taylor asks. And every time, Boseman does, indeed, want another.. 

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<p>Chadwick Boseman of &quot;Get On Up&quot;</p>

Chadwick Boseman of "Get On Up"

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Set Visit: 'Get On Up' team promises a James Brown biopic done right

Tate Taylor and Aakomon Jones discuss capturing The Hardest Working Man in Show Business

NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI. If you greet biopics with a certain amount of trepidation, "Get On Up" director Tate Taylor is right there with you.

"I’ve never been a big fan of biopics," the well-dressed helmer of "The Help" tells a pair of visiting reporters, pausing between shots in mid-December, more than eight months before the scheduled August 1, 2014 release date.

"The last one I really loved was 'Coal Miner’s Daughter.' I loved that," Taylor continues.

"Coal Miner's Daughter," which won an Oscar for Sissy Spacek, opened in 1980.

"For me I think what makes them successful is I approached this as, 'This is a movie about an amazing man. And, oh yeah, he’s James Brown.' That’s how I approached this, is who he was and what made him the man he was," Taylor explains. "And what I honed in on, what I thought was special is you can usually do a movie about someone’s drive to succeed and how they got there but what I think’s interesting about James Brown, is he didn’t want to go backwards. And that’s a fear, I think, I have and a lot of people relate to. Everybody can relate to that and that’s what made me think it would be accessible for audiences regardless of the music, is that fear of, 'Oh my gosh, what if this all goes away?' Not, 'Oh, I’ve done enough and I can coast.' Some people, they don’t want it to go away. And that’s what I really wanted to focus in on what it takes to keep it where you are and then reinvent yourself over and over and over."

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