Inside TV+Movies with Daniel Fienberg
The judges make decisions, but leave one choice up to America
In two hours on Wednesday, "American Idol" revealed, by my count, the first 17 members of the Season 13 Top 30.
So that means that Thursday's (February 13) episode is going to take an accelerated pace as we zoom toward next week's live shows.
Lots of my early favorites haven't heard judgment yet, so click through and bite your fingernails along with me.
'Idol' is down week-to-week and NBC is down day-to-day
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, February 12, 2014.
[Ratings were delayed this morning, forcing you to wait four full hours to learn what you could have already guessed. Sorry.]
For the second straight day, NBC's primetime Winter Olympics coverage was built around the quest for a gold medal three-peat that fell short. But just as audiences tuned in to NBC to see Shaun White's disappointment, speedskater Shani Davis' loss (and other coverage from Sochi) still drew big numbers.
As we move deeper into the Olympics, the other networks are offering less and less competition -- "American Idol" was the only other original and took a week-to-week dip -- which made it even easy for NBC to coast, even if Wednesday's Olympics ratings were on the low side.
On to the numbers...
'Supernatural,' 'Originals' and one surprise also get pickups
Getting way out ahead of the spring curve, The CW renewed half of its primetime lineup on Thursday (February 13), led by four shows you already knew they were going to renew, plus one small surprise.
The not-surprises first: The CW has ordered a sixth season for "The Vampire Diaries," a 10th season for "Supernatural," a third season for "Arrow" and a second season for "The Originals."
What? you figured any of those dramas were going to be on the bubble? No.
El Rey Network's first original debuts on March 11
I'm mighty curious
about Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network, which he has described as basically a curated network driven by the sensibility of the "El Mariachi" and "Spy Kids" creator.
Starting on Friday (February 14), El Rey Network will be doing the 24-hour programming thing, driven by cable rights to shows like "Starsky & Hutch," "Dark Angel" and "The X Files." Then on February 28, El Rey will begin Grindhouse Fridays.
El Rey gets really serious, though, on Tuesday, March 11 with the premiere of "From Dusk Till Dawn," an expansion of the universe created for the vampire film.
The judges begin to reveal the season's Top 30
We're back for more of the same as Hollywood Week continues on "American Idol."
Last week, we got solos and Group Night. Does that mean we've got even more solos still to come tonight?
Will we begin the process of unveiling the season's Top 30?
What excitement is in store?
Click through for two full hours of live-blogging excitement!
Cristin Milioti will topline 'A to Z' for NBC
So "How I Met Your Dad" has found its Mother, but The Mother from "How I Met Your Mother" has found a new sitcom gig.
And today, WBTV and NBC announced that Cristin Milioti will play one of the leads in "A to Z," a new comedy pilot from executive producers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.
That wasn't so complicated at all, was it?
'Last Man on Earth' is slated for midseason 2014-2015
Continuing its "Pilot season is dead" theme, FOX has given yet another direct-to-series order, this one to a comedy project from Will Forte and the team behind the critically adored hit "The Lego Movie."
FOX announced on Wednesday (February 12) that it has ordered "Last Man on Earth," a single-cam comedy that will begin production this summer for a midseason slot in the 2014-2015 broadcast season.
Donal Logue is set for regular mentor turn on FOX's Batman prequel
Yup. We're just casting up a storm now on FOX's Batman origin story "Gotham" and we appear to have stopped casting "O.C." stars entirely. However, you're probably a fan of two or three shows featuring the latest "Gotham" addition.
FOX and WBTV confirmed on Wednesday (February 12) that Donal Logue has been cast as Detective Harvey Bullock in "Gotham," which received a direct-to-series order. Donal's involvement has been rumored for a couple weeks, with some reports even suggesting he might be playing Future Commissioner Gordon. Now we have the final word.
'New Girl,' 'Brooklyn' and 'Dads' all droop against the Olympics
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, February 11, 2014.
Even though reports had already broken earlier in the day that Shaun White failed to make it to the medal podium, NBC's Tuesday coverage of the Winter Olympics from Sochi still rose slightly from Monday and, of course, dominated in all measures.
Once again, the Olympics crushed most of the original programming in its path, sending the "Dads" finale, "New Girl" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" to impressively low numbers.
The one show that proved impervious to the Olympics steamroll? ABC's "Killer Women," which did almost exactly the same dismal numbers it did last week.
On to those numbers...
'Frances Ha' star will serve as a producer-writer if it goes to series
The TV pilot season is in its early casting phases, but we already have our first genuine shocker.
HitFix can confirm that indie film stalwart Greta Gerwig has landed the lead in CBS' high profile "How I Met Your Mother" not-exactly-spinoff, somewhat discordantly titled "How I Met Your Dad."