<p>&quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

"The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - ' Pretty Fly For a Food Scientist'

The teams head to Sicily for the show's 300th Leg

Happy 300th Leg to "The Amazing Race."

No, that doesn't mean this was the 300th episode of "The Amazing Race." By my count, it was only 296, but... Oh, I'm not going to bother trying to figure it out.

"The Amazing Race" celebrated this semi-arbitrary milestone in predictable fashion with a Leg that featured a fantastic Roadblock, an interestingly misgauged Detour, some beautiful Sicilian scenery, an opening 20 minutes of filler and...

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<p>Anson Mount of &quot;Hell on Wheels&quot;</p>

Anson Mount of "Hell on Wheels"

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AMC renews 'Hell on Wheels' for a fifth and final season

14-episode closing run will end in 2016

Stop us if you've heard this before, but AMC's "Hell on Wheels" is about to reach the end of the track.

AMC announced on Friday (November 7) that it has renewed the absurdly resilient historical drama "Hell on Wheels" for a fifth and final season.

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<p>Karen Gillan of &quot;Selfie&quot;</p>

Karen Gillan of "Selfie"

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'Forever' gets a full season from ABC, 'Selfie' will not

Karen Gillan/John Cho comedy won't get a back-nine

Beating accusations of a Friday Afternoon News Dump by a few hours, ABC confirmed a Good News/Bad News proposition this morning.

Which would you like first?

Fine. We're cockeyed optimists here, so we'll go "good news" first.

"Forever" has been given a full-season order by ABC, which picked up a back-nine for the immortality-fueled procedural, which stars Ioan Gruffudd, Alana de la Garza and Judd Hirsch.

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<p>Thursday&#39;s prom-themed &quot;Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Thursday's prom-themed "Big Bang Theory"

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TV Ratings: 'Murder' rises, 'Men' falls and 'Big Bang Theory' leads Thursday

CBS rules overall, while ABC takes the key demographic

Fast National ratings for Thursday, November 6, 2014.

Up slightly week-to-week, "The Big Bang Theory" was Thursday's top show in all measures and helped CBS win the night overall, but "How To Get Away With Murder" was also up and helped ABC reign among young viewers.

CBS ruled overall despite a big post-premiere drop from "Two and a Half Men" and a smaller drop from "The McCarthys." "Mom" was also down from last week's Fast Nationals, but retained well relative to other recent post-"Big Bang" shows.

There was more positive news for NBC's "Bad Judge" and "A to Z," which rose despite effectively being cancelled last week, while "Parenthood" was also up.

Of course, NBC had the NFL preemption in Cincinnati, while CBS had the game in Cleveland, meaning that any variations for both networks could well be wiped out or minimized.

Let's get to numbers...

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<p>Michael James Shaw of &quot;Constantine&quot;</p>

Michael James Shaw of "Constantine"

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Interview: 'Constantine' guest star Michael James Shaw on bringing Papa Midnite to TV

What is the newcomer's personal connection to the voodoo-practicing boss?

Some of the biggest, baddest figures in DC Comics lore have been making their way to the small screen lately.

We just got Ra's al Ghul on "Arrow," Captain Cold on "The Flash" and Victor Zsasz joining the already bursting rogues gallery on "Gotham."

On Friday (November 7), NBC's "Constantine" gets in on the action, introducing immortal mob boss and voodoo aficionado Papa Midnite in an episode titled "The Devil’s Vinyl."

Debuting in the first "Hellblazer" comic, Papa Midnite has had a varied relationship with John Constantine over the years, sometimes providing begrudging assistance and sometimes getting in Constantine's way.

Playing Papa Midnite in this recurring incarnation is Michael James Shaw, such a relative newcomer that NBC and WBTV eschew prior credits to call him merely "a recent graduate of Julliard." 

I got on the phone with Shaw this week and learned about his unexpected personal connection to the source of Papa Midnite's powers, as well the genius costume designer who helped him tap into the character. 

We also discussed Shaw's highest profile prior credit, namely a stint as an extra on a little show called "The Wire."

Check out the full Q&A below.

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<p>Jeff Foxworthy of &quot;Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?&quot;</p>

Jeff Foxworthy of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?"

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FOX resurrects 'Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?'

Can 'Utopia Junior' and 'American Juniors 2' be far behind?

FOX believes the children are the future.

Fresh off the successful return of "MasterChef Junior" and the swift cancellation of "Utopia," FOX has learned a valuable lesson.

FOX announced on Thursday (November 6) afternoon that "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" will be making a triumphant return to the network. 

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<p>Luke Bryan at the 2014 CMA Awards</p>

Luke Bryan at the 2014 CMA Awards

Credit: Wade Payne/AP

TV Ratings: ABC's CMA Awards telecast dominates Wednesday

One of country's bigger nights is down a hair from last year

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

ABC's broadcast of the 2014 CMA Awards was down only a hair from last year's strong telecast, dominating Wednesday night in all measures.

Representing one of the Top 5 most important award shows in the country music calendar, The CMAs didn't have much impact on the rest of the Wednesday competition, producing only minor deviation from recent performances.

You had "Survivor," "The 100" and "Hell's Kitchen" posting the smallest of gains, with "Red Band Society," "Criminal Minds" and "Stalker" going down a little. Only "Chicago PD" had a double-digit loss. "

On to the numbers...

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<p>Jessica Lucas of &quot;Gracepoint&quot;</p>

Jessica Lucas of "Gracepoint"

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Interview: 'Gracepoint' co-star Jessica Lucas on why she probably isn't playing the killer

'Melrose Place' vet also discusses her own journalistic instincts

VICTORIA, BC. We're inching closer to the revelation of Danny Solano's killer on FOX's "Gracepoint."

Will David Tennant's Detective Carver solve the crime?

Or might intrepid report Renee Clemons crack the case first?

In May, I sat down with actress Jessica Lucas to discuss Renee's reportorial instincts and how easy it was for her to tap into her inner journalist.

At the time, we also discussed Lucas' journey to FOX after a steady series of roles on The CW, including "Melrose Place" and "Cult."

As with last week's Kevin Zegers chat, you can read my pre-show Q&A from the "Broadchurch" remake's Vancouver Island set below, but you can also check out my video interview with Zegers and Lucas from August, when I had seen seven episodes, above.

And, as always, "Gracepoint" airs on Thursdays at 9 p.m. on FOX...

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<p>Wednesday&#39;s &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Survivor"

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Recap: 'Survivor: San Juan Del Sur' - 'Million Dollar Decision'

A Merge, a missed birthday and trail mix yield drama in a weak episode

Pre-credit sequence. Dale was the latest victim of Coyopa's ineptitude, Keith was confused to see his name written down at all. Apparently nothing notable happened on the nighttime return to camp, but the next morning Missy feels it's her responsibility to explain why things happened the way they happened. "You could've let me know," Keith pouts, asking what would have happened if Dale had voted for him. [Dale and I discussed that in his yet-to-post exit interview.] Although he's reassured that Dale was going home no matter what, Keith is merely making nice, telling us he'd be prepared to leave his current alliance high-and-dry.

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<p>&quot;Marvel&#39;s Agent Carter&quot;</p>

"Marvel's Agent Carter"

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ABC sets 'Marvel's Agent Carter,' 'Galavant' premieres

The network also announces the January 2015 return of Shonda Rhimes Thursday

ABC joined CBS in making this the week to announce midseason place-holding plans, as the network set premiere dates for "Marvel's Agent Carter" and for the musical-comedy-thing "Galavant."

As was previously announced, "Agent Carter" will serve as the bridge between halves of the "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." season, focusing on the character played by Hayley Atwell in both "Captain America" movies and in this year's "S.H.I.E.L.D." premiere. 

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