<p>Halle Berry of &quot;Extant&quot;</p>

Halle Berry of "Extant"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Extant' premiere misses 'Dome' numbers but leads CBS Wednesday

'Taxi Brooklyn' helps NBC to a second place performance

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

The series premiere of the Halle Berry drama "Extant" didn't come close to either the first or second season premiere numbers for "Under the Dome," but CBS' latest summer event series still helped the network win Wednesday in all measures.

Actually, among young viewers, "Extant" couldn't even hold onto its "Big Brother" lead-in, but CBS is probably pleased that the sci-fi series added viewers at the half-hour and didn't drop in the key demo.

Among other Wednesday notables, "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Taxi Brooklyn" both posted very small declines.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Lena Headey of &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;</p>

Lena Headey of "Game of Thrones"

Credit: HBO

'Game of Thrones,' 'Orange Is The New Black,' 'Fargo' lead 2014 Emmy Nominations

'True Detective' and 'Silicon Valley' both have big breakthroughs for HBO

The Television Academy shook things up on Thursday (July 10) morning with nominations for the 66th Emmy Awards, nods that included a lot of fresh blood, but still simultaneously found a way to be perplexingly stuck in predictable Emmy ruts.

It was a morning that saw big Emmy breakthroughs for "Orange Is The New Black," "Fargo" and "Silicon Valley," but saw limitations to the expected comeback for "The Good Wife," as Emmy voters continued to keep the faith with "Downton Abbey."

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<p>&quot;Intruders&quot;</p>

"Intruders"

Credit: BBC America

Press Tour: BBC America's 'Intruders' offers confusion, promises answers

Creator Glen Morgan and star Mira Sorvino say all will be revealed

There's no point in lying: The pilot for BBC America's "Intruders" makes almost no sense to me. 

It's 45 minutes of enticing teasing, jumping around from location to location as characters we've barely met commit suicide or flee from other characters we've never met, some holding cards embossed with the number "9." There are enigmatic declarations about characters not being who they appear to be or not being who once they were. There's a preternaturally wise -- and therefore terrifying -- child (Millie Brown's Madison). There's an Oscar winning actress (Mira Sorvino), who you assume was lured by character details beyond the pilot. There are multiple familiar and well-regarded British actors (James Frain and John Simm) possibly playing American and therefore seeming suspicious.

If you enjoy the teasing, you'll be champing at the bit waiting for a second episode to maybe or maybe not get to the business of explaining things. If you demand immediate answers, you may be annoyed, but perhaps the lack of a former "Lost" showrunner on the production team will encourage folks to chill.

Based on the book by Michael Marshall Smith, "Intruders" was adapted by "X Files" veteran Glen Morgan, who knows a few things about trying to tailor projects with challenging concepts for network television. 

Morgan and the "Intruders" cast dropped by the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday (July 9) afternoon and rather than just leading off the panel by asking, "Huh?" I accentuated the positive. "Intruders" isn't pandering to anybody. It isn't giving anything away in its first episode. How intentional was that and could a pilot like this ever have existed on a broadcast network?

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BBC America renews 'Orphan Black,' sets 'Broadchurch' return for 2015
Credit: BBC America

BBC America renews 'Orphan Black,' sets 'Broadchurch' return for 2015

Tatiana Maslany drama will be back for Season 3

BBC America kicked off its Television Critics Association press tour panel on Wednesday (July 9) afternoon with a pair of unsurprising announcements: "Orphan Back" has been renewed for a third season and the second season of "Broadchurch" will air on BBC America. 

Both seasons will air in 2015.

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<p>&quot;The Night Shift&quot;</p>

"The Night Shift"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' and 'Night Shift' lead dull Tuesday

NBC wins the night in everything... Yawn.

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

On a slow, boring Tuesday night, NBC dominated primetime in most measures with a repeat of "America's Got Talent" and a new "Night Shift."

"Night Shift" was down a little bit from last week, "Extreme Weight Loss" added a couple viewers and nothing else was particularly notable on Tuesday.

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;The Strain&quot;</p>

"The Strain"

Credit: FX

Snapshots from FX’s ’The Strain' set - Headless corpses, Chili-eating vampires and more

Stories and photos from the set of Guillermo del Toro's vampire drama

TORONTO, ON. The set is neat and tidy, a two-level suburban home ready for guests. 

On the ground floor, there's an orderly living room and an adjacent kitchen. The rugs are flat and properly placed, the chairs and tables laid out to encourage openness, the couch looks comfortable. The pictures on the walls and in leaning frames are spic-and-span. You could practically eat off the floors, were it not for the unfortunately mutilated body.

The corpse looks almost restful. And when I say "almost restful," I mean "as restful as a decapitated corpse could possibly look." It's just there. On its back. Without a head.

There are no signs of struggle. And for good reason. The corpse has nothing to do with the scene that will next be shot in this house on the Toronto set of FX's "The Strain." Or at least that's what the group of reporters wandering around the "Strain" stages is told. Normally, you'd be suspicious of such a contention, but the chances of an idling, unaffiliated cadaver is distinctly more possible on the set of "The Strain" than on most shows.

This is a set where squirt-bottles marked "Sweat/Piss Stains" are often nearby for giving costumes that weathered "apocalyptic" look you'll surely be seeing at Abercrombie by August.

This is a set where the Creature Shop allegedly should have a box full of rubbery genitals, but nobody can locate the box.

This is a set where the decrepit titan of industry -- Jonathan Hyde's Eldritch Palmer -- has a wall dedicated to proper display of the bottled organs his body has processed or rejected over the years.

So if there's a stiff taking up space in the wrong house on this particular afternoon, that's as logical a place as any for it. If somebody hasn't died in this house, it's just a matter of "when," rather than "if," because as readers of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's vampire trilogy know, nobody is safe and the locations that seem the most benign and domestic are the ones most likely to be marred by carnage. 

I was on the Toronto set of "The Strain" back in March and, over two days, we sat in small groups with most of the show's stars, including Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro and David Bradley, as well as showrunner Carlton Cuse. 

Over the next few days, I'll be running highlights from those interviews as we get closer to the July 13 premiere of "The Strain."

In addition to speaking with the core "Strain" participants, we got to wander around many of the elaborate sets. In some, we were encouraged to take pictures and you'll see that gallery at the bottom of the story. In some, we're probably not allowed to mention where we are or which actors were filming. We see the filming of one major stunt and several minor conversations and nothing in this article will be especially spoiler-y, unless you want to know nothing at all about "The Strain." But why are you reading this blog post in the first place if that's the case?

What follows in this post are a few literary snapshots of places and moments experienced on the "Strain" set. Some will be only a couple sentences. Some will be a bit longer. 

Enjoy...

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Press Tour: Daniel Radcliffe hasn't read the new Harry Potter story (and is on an Ovation show)
Credit: Ovation

Press Tour: Daniel Radcliffe hasn't read the new Harry Potter story (and is on an Ovation show)

'A Young Doctor's Notebook' returns in August/September

The July 2014 Television Critics Association press tour kicked off on Tuesday (July 8) morning with a panel for Nielsen Media that nobody could understand because of sawing and hammering associated with hotel construction. 

Pity, that.

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<p>Monday&#39;s &quot;Under the Dome&quot;</p>

Monday's "Under the Dome"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Under the Dome' plummets as 'MasterChef' leads FOX to Monday wins

'American Ninja Warrior' tops 'Dome' in the key demo

Fast National ratings for Monday, July 7, 2014.

CBS' "Under the Dome" plummeted nearly 20 percent to a series low in the season's second week, still leading Monday overall, but falling behind a slew of Monday originals in the key demo as FOX eked out wins in all measures.

"MasterChef," "The Bachelorette" and "American Ninja Warrior" all topped "Under the Dome" with young viewers, while "The Bachelorette" closed the gap on "Under the Dome" overall.

Among other Monday notables, the "Beauty and the Beast" season finale got a small overall bump, as did FOX's "24: Live Another Day." ABC's "Mistresses" was down week-to-week.

On to the numbers...

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10 Big Questions as July 2014 TCA Press Tour Begins

10 Big Questions as July 2014 TCA Press Tour Begins

Who speaks for FOX? Which shows have critical buzz? And should Michael Patrick King be afraid?

Well, it's been a relaxing six weeks since the 2013-14 TV season ended, but the time for tanning on a tropical island is over. [If you follow me on Twitter, you may sense some sarcasm there.]

Tuesday (July 8) morning begins the Summer 2014 installment of the Television Critics Association press tour. 

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

Kiefer Sutherland of "24: Live Another Day"

Credit: FOX

Comic-Con 2014 panels set for '24,' 'Sleepy Hollow' 'Penny Dreadful' and more

Find out when 'Simpsons,' 'Salem,' 'Bones' and more will be paneling

Due to glorious press release timing, 20th Century Fox TV has landed a separate story for its Comic-Con 2014 schedule, even though several of the shows were previously announced in my FX/History Comic-Con 2014 story.

Showtime, however, was less lucky and its lone Comic-Con 2014 panel has been bundled into this story along with the 20th Century Fox panels. 

So continue along for Comic-Con panel details for "Penny Dreadful," as well as "24: Live Another Day," "The Simpsons," "Sleepy Hollow," "Family Guy," "Bob's Burgers," "Salem" and more.

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