<p>&quot;Survivor&quot; host Jeff Probst</p>

"Survivor" host Jeff Probst

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CBS sets premieres for Spring 2014 'Survivor,' 'Amazing Race' installments

The Olympics will push back the premieres a little
I still have six weeks before the exit interviews start again.
 
CBS has announced the premiere dates for the Spring 2014 installments of "The Amazing Race" and "Survivor," which will be slightly later than usual this year to somewhat dodge NBC's Olympics coverage.
 
"The Amazing Race" premieres its third All-Stars installment on Sunday, February 23. It's only an hour-long episode, which would prompt my normal complaints about how it's too hard to fit 11 teams into an hour-long premiere, but at least the All-Stars format means that we theoretically half-remember the teams. 
 
CBS has yet to formally announce the returning teams, but that information is all over the Internet, if you happen to care.
 
In contrast, CBS' 28th installment of "Survivor," which seems to be titled "Survivor: Cagayan" rather than "Survivor: Brains vs Brawn vs Beauty," actually will get a two-hour premiere for the first time since "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" in 2010. "Survivor: Cagayan" will premiere on Wednesday, February 26t, with what will be the show's first season without any returning players in some time.
 
CBS has already renewed "Survivor" for two more seasons next year. "The Amazing Race," with its nine Outstanding Reality Competition Program Emmys, hasn't been renewed, but it's expected to be back next season.
 
"Survivor" is coming off a strong "Blood vs. Water" season, while I don't remember much about the last "Amazing Race" season. 
<p>This is Nina Tassler from last January's TCAs</p>

This is Nina Tassler from last January's TCAs

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CBS Executive Session with Nina Tassler Press Tour Live-Blog

Expect talk about being most-watched, but struggling to find new hits

After missing our confab in the summer, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler returns to the TCA press tour on Wednesday (January 15) morning.

She'll probably talk about how CBS is still TV's most watched network. And we'll probably talk about "Hostages," "Intelligence" and "We Are Men." It's all a matter of perspective! 

Click through for the full live-blog:

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<p>Tuesday's &quot;NCIS&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "NCIS"

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TV Ratings: 'NCIS' leads another CBS Tuesday rout, while 'Killer Women' dips

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' doesn't rise post Golden Globes
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
 
"NCIS" remained entenched as Tuesday's top show in all measures, as CBS swept primetime in commanding fashion. 
 
There weren't many notables on Tuesday, as "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "The Goldbergs" ticked up for ABC, but "Trophy Wife" and "Killer Women" were both slightly down.
 
Over at FOX, a pair of big Golden Globe wins didn't result in any immediate bump for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."
 
And "Supernatural" returned above "The Originals" for The CW.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Carlton Cuse</p>

Carlton Cuse

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Press Tour: Carlton Cuse teases first footage from 'The Strain'

'Lost' veteran promises you'll never look at vampires the same way again
Directed in pilot form by Guillermo del Toro, who also adapted from his novel with Chuck Hogan, "The Strain" won't premiere until July and there wasn't a finished episode to send critics. 
 
However, showrunner Carlton Cuse was sent before the TCA press tour audience as an emissary to answer a few questions and present the first teaser for the vampire drama.
 
"You'll never look at vampires the same way again," Cuse promises. "These are not sparkling, brooding dudes with fangs and romantic problems."
 
Cuse promises these are "really scary creatures" and notes, "This is a really original reimagining of vampire lore and I think it also says some things about the precariousness of our modern world."
 
How did the clips look?
 
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<p>Timothy Olyphant of &quot;Justified&quot;</p>

Timothy Olyphant of "Justified"

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'Justified' Season 5 Press Tour Live-Blog

Graham Yost, Timothy Olyphant and company discuss the penultimate season

We were never going to have troubles filling a TCA press tour panel for FX's "Justified," which started its fifth season last week, but Tuesday's (January 14) panel got an extra jolt when the network announced that next season will be the show's last.

At his executive session, John Landgraf said that the decision to end "Justified" came entirely from producer Graham Yost and star Timothy Olyphant. 

Let's get down to the business of learning why...

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<p>I believe this picture of John Landgraf is from his August 2013 press tour appearance.</p>

I believe this picture of John Landgraf is from his August 2013 press tour appearance.

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FX Executive Session with John Landgraf Press Tour Live-Blog

Expect 'Sons of Anarchy,' FXX, 'The Strain' and W. Kamau Bell questions

FX's John Landgraf is an always-candid TCA press tour presence. 

Normally we're happy to see him and reasonably gentle, leading to a positive tone. Will things be any different on Tuesday (January 14) morning after the somewhat bumpy FXX roll-out, including the abrupt cancellation of W. Kamau Bell's late-night show? 

We'll see. Click through to see what Landgraf has to say...

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<p>James Spader of &quot;The Blacklist&quot;</p>

James Spader of "The Blacklist"

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TV Ratings: 'Intelligence' flops on Monday, 'Almost Human' rises and 'Blacklist' holds decently

'Bachelor' and 'Castle' help ABC win Monday overall
Fast National ratings for Monday, January 13, 2014.
 
So much for those CBS boasts about "Intelligence" as the year's most watched new series premiere.
 
After drawing a big number in a post-"NCIS" Tuesday preview, "Intelligence" tanked in its Monday premiere, drawing "Hostages" numbers among young viewers and getting spanked by "The Blacklist," which held decently in its first airing away from "The Voice."
 
Meanwhile, with ABC getting OK "Bachelor" numbers and FOX seeing "Almost Human" rise, there was a four-way tie atop the key demo, with ABC leading overall.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>The &quot;Rake&quot; TCA panel</p>

The "Rake" TCA panel

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Press Tour: Peter Tolan's diary dominates 'Rake' panel

Also, the thought process on the title and new premiere episode
If there were a Hall of Fame for Television Critics Association press tour panelists, writer-producer Peter Tolan would surely be inducted as part of the inaugural class. 
 
It was back in July of 2011 that Tolan livened up an already-terrific "Rescue Me" farewell panel by dropping his pants.
 
It was a threat that hovered over Monday (January 13) morning's TCA panel for Tolan's new FOX legal dramedy "Rake." In one lull as microphones were shifting around the room, Tolan announced, "All right. The pants are coming down if the questions don’t come. It's No Underwear Monday!"
 
Tolan didn't actually need to worry. The room was fairly lively and the "The Job" veteran had a big part of that. 
 
Asked about the difference between being on a network and being on cable, Tolan came prepared. Very prepared.
 
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<p>&quot;American Idol&quot; Season 13</p>

"American Idol" Season 13

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'American Idol' Season 13 Press Tour Live-Blog

J-Lo, Keith, Harry, Ryan and the 'Idol' team talk about bouncing back

It's time for our latest "American Idol" panel. 

Season 13 starts on Wednesday and I can tell you that the new judging panel of Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. isn't the toxic cesspool that FOX created that season when they thought drama between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey would be a big draw. The judges have a nice chemistry and, at least in the first episode, it's true that the good singers have been foregrounded and there are only a couple time-wasting joke auditions.

Expect the judges and Ryan Seacrest to talk about putting the emphasis back on the contestants as they meet with the Television Critics Association press tour. 

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<p>FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly</p>

FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly

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FOX Executive Session with Kevin Reilly Press Tour Live-Blog

Expect discussion of 'Dads,' '24,' 'Gotham' and more

Thanks to Sunday's Golden Globe awards, FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly has plenty to celebrate at his Television Critics Association press tour pow-wow with reporters. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" was a surprise double-winner and it's always good to have positives.

How long will Reilly be able to remain chipper? 

Follow my live-blog and see for yourself!

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