How will Simon coach Restless Road, Alex & Sierra and Sweet Suspense?
As he heads into the Top 12 for the third season of "The X Factor" (American Vintage), Simon Cowell is confident.
Last year, Cowell was entrusted with the "X Factor" Groups and, with Fifth Harmony and Emblem 3, he cultivated two of the more successful acts to come out of the FOX series, which exists in the shadow of both "The Voice" and "American Idol," but also the towering success of the UK "X Factor," in which Cowell's creations included One Direction.
Does Cowell have an American One Direction this season? Well, he's heard the way the girls squeal for Restless Road, the male country trio he cobbled from three rejected solo artists. And he's seen the energy generated by another Frankengroup, the female trio Sweet Suspense. And if my own conversations are any indication of a greater "X Factor" wellspring, Alex & Sierra also have a deep pool of adoration. So Simon Cowell is confident.
On Monday (November 4) night, I covered the "X Factor" Top 12 Red Carpet at The Bazaar in Beverly Hills. I chatted with all of the Finalists, an enthusiastic and perky assortment who, to a man or to a woman, insist that America will want to vote for them because they're just ordinary guys and gals pursuing a dream.
I also talked with Cowell about his Groups and about the acts from other categories he wishes he could mentor.
I'll be posting the other 12 interviews by category over the next two days before Wednesday's live show, but check out my chat with Simon above.
Dan and Alan discuss 'Sleepy Hollow,' 'Mike & Molly,' 'Saturday Night Live' and more
Happy Monday, Boys & Girls! This is not, in fact, the All "Breaking Bad" installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
Instead, we talked about "Mike & Molly" and "Sleepy Hollow" and we answered a few pieces of Listener Mail touching on "Parenthood," Race and "Saturday Night Live" and the TV Equivalent of The Mendoza Line.
We were a smidge tight on time, so this podcast is a tight hour.
Here's today's breakdown:
The New "Mike & Molly" (00:00:50 - 00:18:50)
"Sleepy Hollow" (00:18:50 - 00:32:40)
Listener Mail: Hattie & "Parenthood" (00:33:05 - 00:45:30)
Listener Mail: Race & "SNL" (00:45:35 - 00:54:55)
Listener Mail: TV's Mendoza Line: (00:55:00 - 00:59:30)
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
NFL overrun boosts CBS to overall victory
Fast National ratings for Sunday, November 3, 2013.
A sloppy-but-tight Sunday Night Football game between the Texans and Colts helped NBC score its normal primetime win among young viewers, while an hour of NFL overrun let CBS win the night overall.
With slightly less competition than last Sunday, which included both football and a World Series game, ABC was able to get small week-to-week bumps for "Once Upon a Time" and "Revenge," plus a flat performance from "Betrayal," if anybody actually cares how "Betrayal" is doing at this point.
And without football preemptions and overruns, it's possible to see solid performances from "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" on FOX.
On to the numbers...
The teams head to Vienna for dancing and singing
A couple minor ethical and strategic wrinkles entered the game in Sunday (November 3) night's episode of "The Amazing Race," livening up an episode that probably would have been disappointingly flat otherwise.
And you could sense the "Amazing Race" producers feeling the same way, because there's no way this was how this particular Leg was structurally designed to work. Human drama is fine, but trumped up human drama can only go so far to redeem a Leg that featured an anti-climax of a Fast-Forward, a dud of a Detour and a Roadblock in which the local mentors worked hard to upstage the contestants.
I'm not sure I have much to say about the Leg, even with the ethical and strategic wrinkles included, but whatever I have to say is after the break...
Beard enthusiasts share some ribald tales from the road
Last week, best friends and beard enthusiasts Brandon Squyres and Adam Switzer became the second straight team to go from first to eliminated in this unpredictable "Amazing Race" season.
One Leg, they were building a commanding lead in Norway and coasting to victory in a hall of cheering Vikings and the next Leg, Brandon & Adam were struggling with a Double U-Turn in Poland, trying to get locals to give them change for pretending to be a statue.
It was an abrupt reversal of fortune for Brandon & Adam, but they kept smiling and cracking jokes til the end, meaning that just like their first-to-worst predecessors Ephraim & Chester, these two will be missed.
In this week's interview, Brandon & Adam have amusing confusion about this website's name, discuss the circumstances of their "Amazing Race" demise and relate a couple very funny moments we didn't get to see on TV.
Click through for the full conversation.
'Grimm' falls as well, with NBC going to third
Fast National ratings for Friday, November 1, 2013.
"Blue Bloods" kept CBS in its familiar and dominant position atop Friday's overall rankings, while ABC capitalized on a strong "Shark Tank" and drops from NBC's "Grimm" and "Dracula" to regain its Friday crown among young viewers.
While the "Grimm" drop put it in line with the drama's regular Friday performances from last season and beyond, the "Dracula" decline was far steeper, slipping 0.5 in the key demo and nearly 1.8 million viewers. Neither "Dracula" nor "Grimm" was aided by a low-rated "Why We Love Vampires" special courtesy of NBC News.
There weren't many other notables on Friday, though "Last Man Standing" and "The Neighbors" both bounced back to season norms after a week away, while The CW's "The Carrie Diaries" added a few viewers in its second airing, but remained low in the demo.
On to the numbers...
Did Hayden break up with her because she didn't make the Merge?
The first thing you'll probably want to know (and the first thing I'll admit I wanted to know) is that Kat Edorsson and her "Big Brother"-winning boyfriend Hayden Moss are still together.
Much of the opening act of Wednesday night's "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" was dedicated to 23-year-old Kat's concern that Hayden would break up with her over her failure to reach the "Survivor" Merge. The anxiety and tears climaxed in extensive deliberation between Kat and Hayden as to whether or not he should take her place in the Redemption Island Duel, a task that involved Kat's acknowledged nemesis, puzzles.
Other Kat nemeses included Monica, who she worried was over-strategizing, and Tina, with whom she shared her Monica concerns, but who promptly turned on her and instigated her Tribal Council ouster.
In this week's "Survivor" exit interview, Kat discusses her relationship with Hayden, her puzzle handicaps and the particular challenges of this season's twists.
Click through for the full conversation from Thursday (October 31) and to find out what Kat & Hayden dressed as for Halloween…
'Back in the Game,' however, will end after 13 episodes
ABC stirred up a little late-afternoon excitement in the TV world on Friday (November 1), ordering up additional episodes for three of its freshman comedies.
Per ABC's announcement, Tuesday duo "Trophy Wife" and "The Goldbergs" both received full back-nine orders. While "Super Fun Night" wasn't quite as lucky, the Wednesday comedy earned an additional four episodes.
Halloween delivers spookily low 'Vampire Diaries' ratings
Fast National ratings for Thursday, October 31, 2013.
"Its The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" comfortably outdrew ABC's normal 8 p.m. dramas and helped the network lead Thursday night among young viewers. Overall, though, CBS won despite a repeat of "Big Bang Theory" leading to significant drops for both "The Millers" and "Crazy Ones."
While CBS' comedies were down, CBS can be enthusiastic about "Elementary" beating "Scandal" overall for the first time this season, even if "Scandal" still dominated "Elementary" among young viewers.
A "Saturday Night Live" Halloween special gave NBC a big boost in the 8 p.m. hour over the network's usual comedies and helped "Sean Saves The World" outdraw "The Michael J. Fox Show" for the second straight week and also top its 9 p.m. companion among young viewers.
Halloween siphoned a lot of viewers away from "The Vampire Diaries," but The CW can take some solace in flat week-to-week demos for "Reign." ["Vampire Diaries" was preempted in New York City, which may account for some of the decline.]
And, finally, an "X Factor" clip show drew no interest at all for FOX, which had been hoping this would be a night dominated by Game 7 of the World Series.
On to the numbers... Keep in mind that TV usage is appreciably lower on Halloween night.
Ellie Kemper, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock will all be back at NBC
NBC is ready to get back into business with both "30 Rock" producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, as well as "The Office" co-star Ellie Kemper.
The network announced on Thursday (October 31) that it has given a 13-episode series order to an untitled single-cam comedy from Fey and Carlock, with Kemper set to star. The project will premiere on NBC in fall 2014.