Pre-credit sequence. "That was a cool Tribal Council," Spencer announces to his fellow castaways as they return to Solarrion after Sarah's blindside. "I expect everybody to be mad," Kass says, but Spencer claims he's not mad, just not appreciative of the move on a qualitative level. Somewhat stupidly, Spencer blames Kass' decision on being steered by "her estrogen." "The No.1 rule of "Survivor" isn't 'Cater the person on top,' it's 'Wonder about the person on the bottom,'" Kass explains. She takes shelter with her new alliance, as her old alliance keeps peppering her with frustrated insults. "You talking strategy, just stop please," Spencer tells Kass. "So, I pissed off five people, but I gained five friends," Kass says, calling herself a free agent. I'm really not sure Kass understands "Survivor" at all. Or maybe Kass understands "Survivor" flawlessly and it's friendship she doesn't get? Dunno.
What a difference a year makes!
Last spring, my BubbleWatch gallery was speculating on the tenuous futures of shows like "Community" and "Hannibal" and "The Mentalist" and "Hart of Dixie" and "Nashville" and this year my gallery is speculating on the tenuous futures of shows like "Community" and "Hannibal" and "The Mentalist" and "Hart of Dixie" and "Nashville."
Speaking of... ABC is the only network that hasn't done at least one batch of early renewals, so that means that I'm treating shows like "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy" as being "on the bubble" even though they're totally not. They're just not officially renewed.
Anyway... Check out my full BubbleWatch gallery below. As always, I'll update it as various things become formal. And yes, it's a lot of slides to click through. Sorry. I put a lot of effort into this and it's 9500-ish words. So... Enjoy a little, hopefully!
Look, we all know that The Judges' Save is a crapshoot.
Yes, it got us more quirky musicality from Casey Abrams and it allowed Jessica Sanchez to make it to the Finals, but how much gratitude should we show an innovation that also prolonged the "Idol" lives of Matt Giraud and Michael Lynche?
I guess we should feel lucky that Sam Woolf has survived to participate in a theme that I'm sure is near-and-dear to his heart: '80s Night.
Sam isn't the only "Idol" Finalist with a sketchy connection to the '80s. Actually, the total number of remaining contestants who drew breath in the '80s is a resounding "zero."
So... This is gonna be fun!
Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls.
Time for a busy and spoiler-y Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
On this week's show, we discuss the finales for "Shameless" and "Justified" and then we discuss both "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and Tuesday's game-varying episode of ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
I'm pretty sure we only spoil the shows in question in the segments in question, but if you haven't seen various episodes and finales, be cautious!
"Shameless" finale (00:01:15 - 00:18:00)
"Justified" finale (00:18:05 - 00:37:15)
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and Tuesday's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (00:37:20 - 01:06:35)
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Fast National ratings for Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
A widely hyped and well-received episode of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." actually dropped in ratings despite a tie-in to the blockbuster "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Of course, even with a huge bump ABC wouldn't have competed on Tuesday with "The Voice"-driven NBC and "NCIS"-fueled CBS.
For CBS, there was a big week-to-week bump for "NCIS," which helped the network easily win Tuesday overall, while "Chicago Fire" capitalized on a "Person of Interest" repeat to lead NBC to a key demo victory.
Among Tuesday decliners, "The Voice" lost a chunk of support, which also translated into drops for "About a Boy" and "Chicago Fire." ABC's comedies were also down, but FOX's "The Mindy Project" was up a hair.
On to the numbers...
Fast National ratings for Monday, April 7, 2014.
The University of Connecticut never trailed for a second in Monday night's NCAA Championship Game, but despite the lack of drama, the conclusion of March Madness gave CBS easy ratings wins, easing past both "The Voice" on NBC and ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."
Despite all of that competition, there was still room for FOX's "Bones" to improve week-to-week and for "The Following" to add a few viewers. And boosted by "The Voice," NBC's "American Dream Builders" doubled its dismal Sunday performances.
In fact, the basketball game had almost no impact on ratings for "Dancing" or "The Voice" either, reminding us once again at how separate the passionate sports audience often is from the regular primetime audience.
Keeping in mind, of course, that this represents time period data and will surely change, at least for CBS, on to the numbers...
A&E is checking into The Bates Motel for a third season of... um... "Bates Motel."
The network formally announced on Monday (April 7) that "Bates Motel" will begin production this fall on a new run of 10 episodes. Presumably, they'll premiere in early 2015, following in the footsteps of the first two "Bates" seasons.
Don't stop believing in the ratings power of HBO's "Game of Thrones."
Sunday (April 6) night's Season 4 premiere attracted HBO's biggest audience since the series finale of a little show called "The Sopranos."
Fast National ratings for Sunday, April 6, 2014.
Sunday night's telecast of the Academy of Country Music Awards was down significantly from last year, but it still helped CBS cruise to victory in all measures.
While "Once Upon a Time" was up week-to-week for ABC, the network witnessed continued declines for "Resurrection," plus another drop for "Revenge."
Among new shows, there were also drops for NBC's "Believe" and "American Dream Builders," though both "Cosmos" and "Crisis" were up a hair in total viewers and flat in the key demo.
[Expect "Game of Thrones" premiere numbers either later in the day or tomorrow.]
On to the numbers...
Ooops. I got busy in the last week and didn't have time to post the rest of my "Masters of Sex" interviews, so you're getting all of the supporting actors in a single post.
You may have already watched my terrific interview with Lizzy Caplan and my conversations with Michael Sheen and creator Michelle Ashford.