News Update: Golden Globes salute 'Orphan Black,' snub 'Homeland' and more

News Update: Golden Globes salute 'Orphan Black,' snub 'Homeland' and more

HitFix's Dan Fienberg and Greg Ellwood discuss the TV nominations
We've had a whirlwind two mornings of awards news on Wednesday and Thursday.
 
On Wednesday, the Screen Actors Guild announced a pretty dull slate of nominees on the TV side, a boring field that I discussed with HitFix's Greg Ellwood.
 
Fortunately, the Golden Globes made things interesting on Thursday, with a field that was loaded with pleasant surprises -- Monica Potter! Tatiana Maslany! Taylor Schilling! -- and variably shocking snubs -- Jon Hamm! Claire Danes!
 
That gave me and Greg plenty to talk about on Thursday morning when we chatted in the HitFix video studio. Check out my TV Golden Globes analysis above.
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<p>&quot;Star-Crossed&quot;</p>

"Star-Crossed"

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CW midseason schedule puts 'The 100' after 'Arrow,' puts 'Star-Crossed' on Mondays

'Hart of Dixie' and 'Whose Line Is It Anyway' are heading to Friday
The CW has announced its midseason schedule and after a solid fall, the network to look to shore up a few of its weaker spots, adding premieres for "Star-Crossed" and "The 100" and moving around the pieces for Monday and Friday nights.
 
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<p>Wednesday's &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Survivor"

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TV Ratings: 'Sing-Off' tops 'X Factor', while 'Survivor' leads CBS Wednesday

'Arrow' hits a series high with young men
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, December 11, 2013.
 
"Criminal Minds" paced CBS' easy Wednesday win overall, while "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" delivered the network's best demo numbers as CBS also won among young viewers.
 
"Modern Family" bounced back from lows in its most recent airing and helped ABC finish Wednesday in second in most measures, while "The Sing-Off" had NBC in third, despite the relative failure of "Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Tale."
 
Meanwhile, "The X Factor" continued to limp to the end of another season on FOX, while "The Tomorrow People" squandered more than half of its lead-in audience from a strong "Arrow."
 
On to the numbers…
 
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<p>Michael Sheen of &quot;Masters of Sex&quot;</p>

Michael Sheen of "Masters of Sex"

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'Masters of Sex' and 'House of Cards' lead 2014 Golden Globes TV nominations

'Breaking Bad,' 'Behind the Candelabra' have big mornings
After Wednesday morning's staid and predictable SAG Awards nominations, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association fired back on Thursday morning with a far less predictable assortment of nominees, highlighting new shows, particularly on the drama side.
 
Meanwhile, the Golden Globes continued the recent award-giving trend to shun "Mad Men" and became the first group to begin freezing out Showtime's "Homeland," just one year after "Homeland" swept the main drama awards.
 
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<p>Tim and Marie of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Tim and Marie of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Tim & Marie talk 'The Amazing Race'

Bickering exes discuss how they succeeded while shouting
As Tim Sweeney hit the mat on Sunday night's "Amazing Race" finale, a spontaneous cheer broke out. "Tim! Tim! Tim!" the other Racers yelled.
 
Had Tim and partner Marie won "The Amazing Race"? No. Marie completed the Million Dollar Flour Drop Roadblock well behind eventual Race winner Amy of Jason & Amy, as she and Tim settled for second place and the split of two exotic trips won for topping different Legs.
 
The cheer that went up?
 
"I think that was in appreciation for what I had gone through in sorta managing Marie's outbursts and anxiety and yelling and screaming, being able to handle that stuff," Tim said in his "Amazing Race" exit interview.
 
Indeed, Tim won many fans throughout the season for his ability to handle Marie, though Marie was not without some fans, appreciators of her bluntness and competitiveness. 
 
How long have Tim & Marie been like this? 
 
How close did they come to imploding on the Race?
 
Is Marie still mad at Nicky & Kim for getting on a standby list ahead of her?
 
And what was the showmance that we somehow never spotted during the season?
 
Click through for the full and amusing Q&A...
 
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<p>Monica muses</p>

Monica muses

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Recap: 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' - 'Out On a Limb'

Is Monica about to become a key swing vote?
Pre-credit sequence. We begin on Redemption Island, as Katie arrives after her ill-fated rock-draw. Tina is happy to see her daughter, but sad that she's on Redemption. Katie gives a blow-by-blow on the rocking and both Tina and Laura agree that Katie did the right thing by taking her fate into her own hands, kinda. Even if she sorta stumbled into the rocks. "I would not be opposed to letting you win," Tina tells Katie about the upcoming Duel. "It's my daughter and that takes precedence over all things, even a million dollars," says Tina, who has previously won a million dollars.
 
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<p>I haven't used a Carlito Olivero picture this season. So... It's your lucky day, Carlito!</p>

I haven't used a Carlito Olivero picture this season. So... It's your lucky day, Carlito!

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - Final 4 Performances

Restless Road, Alex & Sierra, Jeff Gutt and Carlito Olivero perform

It's our penultimate "X Factor" Wednesday, kids! We're down to just four acts, but because "X Factor" doesn't have enough juice to boost another show were it to slim down to an hour or 90 minutes, we're getting a full two hours tonight. Will the remaining acts performance twice apiece? Thrice?

Click through and follow along for the full two hours of fun.

8:07 p.m. Apparently our first song was chosen by America. I'm having East Coast feed problems, so we'll see how much of this I actually get to watch. We'll also see how much of this I actually want to get to watch.

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News Update: SAG Awards TV nods ignore 'Orange Is The New Black,' Tatiana Maslany

News Update: SAG Awards TV nods ignore 'Orange Is The New Black,' Tatiana Maslany

Familiarity reigns with the acting branch
Early, early, early Wednesday (December 11) morning, the Screen Actors Guild announced nominations for the 20th Annual SAG Awards, featuring a variety of acting and ensemble nominations across a slew of movie and TV categories.
 
Sepinwall already did a written analysis piece on the stick-in-the-mud SAG Award TV nominations, which basically shunned the outstanding new shows from the past year.
 
In the HitFix Los Angeles offices, though, I interviewed Greg Ellwood about the movie nominees and then he turned around and interviewed me about the TV nods. 
 
This gave me a chance to rant a bit about a couple new shows that SAG voters neglected and about the frustrating SAG Awards category system in which Maggie Smith and Tatiana Maslany would somehow be competing for the same nomination.
 
Check out the video above and our Winners & Losers gallery below. The SAG Awards will air on Saturday, January 18 on TNT and TBS.
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<p>It's the most wonderful time of the year</p>

It's the most wonderful time of the year

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TV Ratings: 'Victoria's Secret' leads CBS Tuesday, while 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' drops big

'NCIS' and 'NCIS: LA' are Tuesday's most-watched
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, December 10, 2013.
 
CBS' latest airing of the "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" was down from last year's telecast among young viewers, but still led Tuesday night in the key demo, helping the network win in all key measures.
 
And remember that big bump "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." got two weeks ago when "NCIS" was away? It didn't last long. With "NCIS" back on the schedule, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." plummeted to a series low on Tuesday. Having "S.H.I.E.L.D." back did, however, help give "The Goldbergs" and "Trophy Wife" a slight boost after last week's declines.
 
NBC's "Biggest Loser" and "The Voice" also dropped with "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" back, but "Chicago Fire" benefited from the lack of "CSI" and gained overall viewers.
 
Finally, The CW discovered that the only thing that draws a smaller audience than a new "IHeart Radio" special is a repeat of a previously low-rated special.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>SAG Awards nominees Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons of &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

SAG Awards nominees Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory"

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'Breaking Bad,' 'Big Bang Theory' lead 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations

'Mad Men' and Jon Hamm were entirely shut out
With semi-surprising nods for Mayim Bialik and Anna Gunn, "The Big Bang Theory" and "Breaking Bad" were among the TV leaders at Wednesday (December 11) morning's nominations for the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards.
 
With three nominations apiece, "Modern Family" and "30 Rock" also placed well with the SAG membership, which will announce their winners on Sunday, January 18. [If you include the Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble category, "Breaking Bad" actually earned four nominations, while "Game of Thrones," "Homeland" and "Boardwalk Empire" all join the pack with three.]
 
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