<p>&quot;Web Junkie&quot;</p>

"Web Junkie"

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Sundance Review: 'Web Junkie' explores Internet addiction in China

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Since we're all probably web junkies, this doc is pretty universal
Everybody has their Sundance Film Festival goals, whether it's to see all of the eventual Jury winners or to see all of the eventual Oscar nominees or just to make sure that you've never missed a single cinematic second of Brit Marling or Elizabeth Olsen.
 
This year, I have a much more restrained goal: I just want to complete the documentary trifecta I'm going to call The Oy Vey The Internet Is Freaky Trilogy.
 
It's a slate that includes the open access tragedy "The Internet's Own Boy," the South Korean online gaming horror story "Love Child" and the Chinese cautionary tale "Web Junkie." It's a subject matter that isn't new to Sundance, what with "Wikileaks" and "Google and the World Brain" premiering here just last year, but when the original 2014 Festival schedule was first announced, it was the first trend I was going to isolate as being on the verge of a Park City explosion.
 
The first of the three documentaries on my docket is Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia's internationally diverse China-set, Israeli-American co-production playing here in the World Documentary Competition.
 
At a only-slightly-too-brisk 75 minutes, "Web Junkie" is, on its surface, a harrowing look at a seemingly ordinary behavior taken to extremes and the stifling culture going to equal extremes to combat it. Looking very close below the surface, though, "Web Junkie" isn't such a foreign tale at all. It's about a generational clash that repeats itself over and over across the decades and also across international boundaries. 
 
The narrative transition from alien to universal is what will likely help "Web Junkie" find an audience, but at times I felt it went too much for relatability at the expense of some of the things that make the story unique. 
 
More after the break...
 
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<p>&quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;</p>

"Parks and Recreation"

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Press Tour: NBC execs say 'Parks and Recreation' will get Season 7

And a history of 'bullish' proclamations from network executives
Please note that comments made at the Television Critics Association press tour are not binding contracts. They in no way replace legally notarized deals signed between studios and networks and whatnot. 
 
However, it's hard not to feel good about the fate of "Parks and Recreation" after Sunday (January 19) morning's TCA press tour panel with NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt and NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke. 
 
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<p>Robert Greenblatt, Jennifer Salke and Paul Telegdy. Plus Amy Poehler!</p>

Robert Greenblatt, Jennifer Salke and Paul Telegdy. Plus Amy Poehler!

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NBC Executive Session with Robert Greenblatt Press Tour Live-Blog

Jennifer Salke and Paul Telegdy are also on-hand

Our final network executive session of the January 2014 Press Tour  -- And my last live-blog of this press tour before heading to Sundance -- is NBC's panel.

Naturally, we have NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, but as he sometimes likes to do, he's being joined by NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke and President of Late Night, Alternative & Whatnot Paul Telegdy.

It was a fairly decent fall for NBC, plus they have the Winter Olympics coming, plus they have a big late-night shift coming, so there will be plenty to discuss. 

Click through...

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<p>&quot;Hannibal&quot; Season 2 Gallery Art</p>

"Hannibal" Season 2 Gallery Art

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Press Tour Live-Blog: NBC's 'Hannibal'

Bryan Fuller's cannibal drama gets a breakfast panel

It's time for Breakfast with a Cannibal, as NBC's "Hannibal" arrives for what is actually its first Television Critics Association press tour appearance. 

Strange, but there we are. 

We're being joined by Bryan Fuller, Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Caroline Dhavernas.

Click through for all of the highlights.

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<p>The Actor!</p>

The Actor!

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2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards Live-Blog

Will '12 Years a Slave' and 'Breaking Bad' repeat last weekend's Globes wins?

And we're back! It was only six days ago that we were all here for the Golden Globe Awards, where "American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave" won best picture awards and cemented their positions as Oscar best picture favorites. How will things play out at the 2014 SAG Awards?

And will "Breaking Bad" continue its recent drama domination?

One thing's for sure: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" won't win any awards tonight.

Click through for my full live-blog of the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards and chat along in the comments!

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<p>&quot;Enlisted&quot;</p>

"Enlisted"

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TV Ratings: 'Enlisted' dips, 'Grimm' rises and ABC and CBS split Friday

'Shark Tank,' 'Blue Bloods' are Friday's tops as usual
Fast National ratings for Friday, January 17, 2014.
 
It was a business-as-usual Friday: "Shark Tank" was the night's top program among young viewers, while "Blue Bloods" led overall. From there, you know the drill. 
 
The minor variations came courtesy of FOX, which saw a minor drop for 9 p.m. comedies "Raising Hope" and "Enlisted," and NBC, which saw minor bumps for dramas ""Grimm" and "Dracula."
 
Whee.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>This is Paul Lee at the 2013 upfronts</p>

This is Paul Lee at the 2013 upfronts

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ABC Executive Session with Paul Lee Press Tour Live-Blog

After a fall and early winter of struggles, this may get heated

Things aren't great on ABC. "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is doing OK, but it's not a smash. "The Goldbergs" is doing OK, but it's not a hit. "Super Fun Night" is running on fumes. "Back in the Game" is done. "Trophy Wife" is struggling. "Lucky 7" tanked. "Betrayal" tanked. "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" tanked. "The Assets" tanked. "Killer Women" tanked. 

ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee drops by the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday (January 17) morning and we'll see what he has to say.

Click through for the full Q&A.

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<p>Thursday's &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Thursday's "American Idol"

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TV Ratings: 'American Idol,' 'Michael J. Fox Show' post ugly Thursday drops

'Big Bang Theory' repeat tops 'Idol' overall
Fast National ratings for Thursday, January 16, 2014. 
 
FOX won Thursday night in all measures thanks to the second night of "American Idol," but it was really an evening characterized by ugly drops.
 
"American Idol" dipped night-to-night in all measures in its Thursday premiere -- 13 percent in viewers and 19 percent in young viewers -- and, in fact, lost to a "Big Bang Theory" repeat overall (it topped the "Big Bang Theory" repeat among young viewers, but not by much).
 
Those numbers are ugly, but they may not be as ugly as what NBC is facing with "The Michael J. Fox Show," which slipped to only 2 million viewers and an astonishingly low 0.6 key demo rating. But, hey, "Parks and Recreation" was NBC's top comedy in the key demo, while "Community" was its top comedy overall, even if both were down from last week."
 
Finally, a "Shark Tank" repeat easily improved on "The Assets" among young viewers.
 
On to the numbers.
 
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<p>If you know why this picture should make you feel old, you're old.</p>

If you know why this picture should make you feel old, you're old.

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 Auditions #2 - Austin & San Francisco

The two-night premiere continues with more judging harmony

Season 13 of "American Idol" kicked off on Wednesday night with an episode that I thought showed potential.

As for the ratings? Well, it depends on how you choose to view things. 15.2 million viewers and a 4.7 rating among adults 18-49? Know how many shows do those numbers these days? Hardly any. Know how many "Idol" premieres have done worse? Hardly any. 

So there you go. Let's get down to business. I'll be live-blogging tonight's episode, which I already know features one contestant who is going to make a lot of people feel old. The picture with this recap is a spoiler, but only if you know what it's showing...

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<p>Philip Seymour Hoffman of &quot;Happyish&quot;</p>

Philip Seymour Hoffman of "Happyish"

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Showtime sets 'Penny Dreadful' premiere, orders 'Happyish,' 'The Affair'

Premieres set for 'Nurse Jackie' and 'Californication' as well
All of this information was already conveyed in my live-blog of David Nevins' Showtime executive session this morning, but I know that some people like getting their news in a more "newsy" form.
 
So...
 
On Thursday (January 16), Showtime announced spring premiere dates for "Nurse Jackie," "Californication," "Years of Living Dangerously" and "Penny Dreadful." The network also announced a pair of pickups for later in the year (or next year).
 
The big premiere night is Sunday, April 13. 
 
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