Although Starz didn't panel the time-spanning romance "Outlander" at Friday's (July 11) Television Critics Association press tour panel, the Diana Gabaldon still featured heavily in the network's announcements.
MTV kicked off its Television Critics Association press tour day on Friday (July 11) with a big series pickup, a big renewal and a slew of premiere dates.
The renewal is, if my Twitter feed is any indication, an important one: "Catfish: The TV Show" has been picked up for a fourth season. The adaptation of the hit Sundance documentary, "Catfish: The TV Show" is Wednesday's top original cable series among viewers 12-34.
Shouldn't the ongoing existence of "Catfish" make it harder and harder for the obfuscations necessary for the ongoing existence of "Catfish"? I would thing so. But I would apparently be wrong.
MTV also gave a series order to "Shannara," based on the Terry Brooks fantasy series.
"Smallville" veterans Al Gough and Miles Millar are serving as writers and executive producers on the 10-episode first season, with Jonathan Liebesman ("Wrath of the Titans") directing the first two episodes.
If this matters to you: The first "Shannara" season will actually be based on the second book in the series, "The Elfstones of Shannara."
MTV also announced premiere dates for "Are You The One?" (September 29), "Awkward" (September 23), "Faking It" (September 23) and "Happyland" (September 30)
Fast National ratings for Thursday, July 10, 2014.
The season's second "Big Brother" eviction delivered Thursday's best key demo numbers and combined with a "Big Bang Theory" repeat to help CBS lead primetime in most measures.
Also on Thursday, NBC's "Welcome to Sweden" premiered got off to a decent start, with the launch of "Working the Engels" dipping a bit. Both comedies came in below the May premiere for "Undateable," but "Sweden" was above recent "Undateable" numbers and "Working the Engels" was comparable.
Among other notables, ABC's "NY Med" and "Rookie Blue" were consistent and helped the network finish second overall, while "Hell's Kitchen" helped FOX take second in the key demographic.
On to the numbers...
Cinemax preceded its Thursday (July 10) Television Critics Association press tour panel for the 1900 NYC medical drama "The Knick" by announcing that it has already renewed the series, which won't premiere until August 8.
The 10-episode renewal wasn't a huge shock, because "The Knick" is a very important series for Cinemax as it continues its transition from Skinemax to the fun action-fueled destination for shows like "Strike Back" and "Banshee" to the kind of network capable of luring talent like director Steven Soderbergh and star Clive Owen.
As you may have heard, seen and read on the Internet, Sean Bean is prone to dying on the big and small screen.
You know this, right? I don't need to run through the list of movies and TV shows in which Bean has died, because I don't want to spoil "The Smurfs" for you or something. [Note: That was a joke. Sean Bean probably doesn't die in "The Smurfs." I haven't seen it. I just didn't want to spoil something real.]
TNT also knows it. On Thursday (July 10) morning at the Television Critics Association press tour, TNT presented a panel for the new undercover FBI agent drama "Legends."
Welcome to my first live-blog for the July 2014 Television Critics Association press tour!
Up first, HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler and Michael Lombardo take the stage to discuss "True Detective," "Game of Thrones," "The Leftovers" and whatever else we feel like we want to talk about.
That's Richard Plepler above. He looks like a character on "Mad Men," doesn't he?
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
The series premiere of the Halle Berry drama "Extant" didn't come close to either the first or second season premiere numbers for "Under the Dome," but CBS' latest summer event series still helped the network win Wednesday in all measures.
Actually, among young viewers, "Extant" couldn't even hold onto its "Big Brother" lead-in, but CBS is probably pleased that the sci-fi series added viewers at the half-hour and didn't drop in the key demo.
Among other Wednesday notables, "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Taxi Brooklyn" both posted very small declines.
On to the numbers...
The Television Academy shook things up on Thursday (July 10) morning with nominations for the 66th Emmy Awards, nods that included a lot of fresh blood, but still simultaneously found a way to be perplexingly stuck in predictable Emmy ruts.
It was a morning that saw big Emmy breakthroughs for "Orange Is The New Black," "Fargo" and "Silicon Valley," but saw limitations to the expected comeback for "The Good Wife," as Emmy voters continued to keep the faith with "Downton Abbey."
There's no point in lying: The pilot for BBC America's "Intruders" makes almost no sense to me.
It's 45 minutes of enticing teasing, jumping around from location to location as characters we've barely met commit suicide or flee from other characters we've never met, some holding cards embossed with the number "9." There are enigmatic declarations about characters not being who they appear to be or not being who once they were. There's a preternaturally wise -- and therefore terrifying -- child (Millie Brown's Madison). There's an Oscar winning actress (Mira Sorvino), who you assume was lured by character details beyond the pilot. There are multiple familiar and well-regarded British actors (James Frain and John Simm) possibly playing American and therefore seeming suspicious.
If you enjoy the teasing, you'll be champing at the bit waiting for a second episode to maybe or maybe not get to the business of explaining things. If you demand immediate answers, you may be annoyed, but perhaps the lack of a former "Lost" showrunner on the production team will encourage folks to chill.
Based on the book by Michael Marshall Smith, "Intruders" was adapted by "X Files" veteran Glen Morgan, who knows a few things about trying to tailor projects with challenging concepts for network television.
Morgan and the "Intruders" cast dropped by the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday (July 9) afternoon and rather than just leading off the panel by asking, "Huh?" I accentuated the positive. "Intruders" isn't pandering to anybody. It isn't giving anything away in its first episode. How intentional was that and could a pilot like this ever have existed on a broadcast network?
BBC America kicked off its Television Critics Association press tour panel on Wednesday (July 9) afternoon with a pair of unsurprising announcements: "Orphan Back" has been renewed for a third season and the second season of "Broadchurch" will air on BBC America.
Both seasons will air in 2015.