Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY Dips to Season Low; SCANDAL and GREY’S ANATOMY Rise

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • Community returned from hiatus with a decidedly melancholy episode that notched a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.62 million viewers, which is down one tenth from its last original episode’s rating.
  • Over on ABC, Scandal returned up to a 3.3 rating and 9.27 million viewers, marking a rise of one tenth and the show’s best ratings since its season premiere.
  • Also up on ABC was Grey’s Anatomy, which returned from hiatus with a 3.0 rating and 9.31 million viewers for a rise of three tenths from its last original episode.

Hit the jump for the rest of the ratings for Thursday, February 27th, including Parks and Recreation, The Vampire Diaries, Parenthood, The Big Bang Theory, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY and PARKS AND RECREATION Even; RAKE Slips

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Both of NBC’s Thursday night comedies were flat with their previous episodes, as a guest-star filled Community notched a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 3 million viewers, and the emotional Rob Lowe/Rashida Jones farewell episode of Parks and Recreation hit a 1.2 rating and garnered 2.6 million viewers.
  • The second episode of Fox’s new Greg Kinnear-fronted series Rake dipped four tenths from its debut 1.7 rating to a 1.3 rating and 5.3 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the rest of the ratings report for Thursday, January 30th, including The Big Bang Theory, The Vampire Diaries, Reign, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: RAKE Off to Soft Start; COMMUNITY and PARKS AND RECREATION Flat

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • The Sam Raimi-directed pilot for Fox’s new drama series Rake got off to a so-so start with a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and 7.06 million viewers.
  • Over on NBC, Community was even with last week’s 1.1 rating and scored 3.05 million viewers, Parks and Recreation matched last week’s 1.2 rating and scored 2.96 million viewers, The Michael J Fox Show rose 7% to a 0.7 rating and 2.24 million viewers, Sean Saves the World dropped 13% to a series low 0.7 rating and 2.60 million viewers, and Parenthood garnered a 1.3 rating and 4.25 million viewers for a rise of 8%.
  • The CW’s The Vampire Diaries scored a 1.2 rating and 2.68 million viewers, rising 9% from its most recent episode’s 1.1 rating, and Reign rose 17% to a 0.6 rating and scored 1.77 million viewers.

NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt Talks PETER PAN, EMERALD CITY, THE SLAP, STATE OF AFFAIRS, PARKS AND RECREATION, GRIMM, and COMMUNITY

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for NBC, Chairman Robert Greenblatt took some time to talk about the network’s current and upcoming line-up, as well as some possibilities for the future.  During the interview, he talked about how Peter Pan will be their next live production, airing on December 4th, what people can expect from their Emerald City series with a 20-year-old Dorothy in the center of it, the mini-series The Slap, about a family that gets torn apart when a child is slapped by a family member at a barbecue, State of Affairs, starring and produced by Katherine Heigl, in which she plays a special CIA advisor to the president, their development relationship with Amy Poehler, and the possibility of another season of Grimm, Parks and Recreation, and Community.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY Rises; PARKS AND RECREATION and THE BIG BANG THEORY Surge

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • Last night’s excellent David Fincher-inspired episode of Community was up 8% over last week’s season premiere, hitting a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and scoring 3.57 million viewers.
  • Elsewhere on NBC, the 100th episode of Parks and Recreation saw a big rise of 40% over its last original episode’s 1.0 rating with a 1.4 rating in the demo and 3.37 million viewers.
  • Finally, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory absolutely crushed everything else on Thursday with a massive 5.6 rating and 20.08 million viewers.  That’s up 4% from last week’s 5.4 rating, and the overall viewership marks the show’s most-watched regularly scheduled episode ever.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, January 9th, including The Millers, The Crazy Ones, Parenthood, Elementary, and more.

2014 PaleyFest Lineup Includes LOST 10th Anniversary Reunion, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Farewell, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, VEEP, and More

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The Paley Center has announced the initial lineup for the 31st Annual Paley Television Festival, which honors the best in television with enlightening and entertaining panels for various TV shows.  The headliner this year seems to be a 10th anniversary reunion panel for Lost, which is sure to be a fascinating watch.  Also part of the lineup is a farewell panel for How I Met Your Mother, a reunion for the cast of Veronica Mars, and panels for current series Orange Is the New Black, Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Veep, Masters of Sex, Community, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Hit the jump to check out the full lineup for PaleyFest 2014, which will be held in Los Angeles March 13-28th.  For ticketing information, click here.

Go Behind the Scenes of COMMUNITY’s Season 5 Premiere with Commentary from Dan Harmon and the Cast, Plus Outtakes and Fan Questions

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If you didn’t catch Community’s return to television last night for its season five premiere, you might want to remedy that before checking out the following video.  A new behind-the-scenes look features commentary from creator-showrunner Dan Harmon, along with cast members Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong, to name a few.  In addition to a recap of the pilot episode, the cast answers some fan questions about what viewers can expect the rest of the season.  Oh, and did I mention outtakes?  Hit the jump to watch.

Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY Returns to Premiere Low; THE BIG BANG THEORY Rises

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • NBC’s Community returned for its fifth season (with Dan Harmon back as showrunner to boot) to a premiere low 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demo and 3.03 million viewers.  That’s down six tenths from last year’s 1.9 debut for the lackluster fourth season, but it wouldn’t be Community without low-yet-manageable ratings.  Though the 1.3 is indeed a disappointing rating, it speaks to NBC’s troubled comedy lineup that this number is enough to keep Community afloat for now.
  • Over on CBS, The Big Bang Theory returned to a whopping 5.3 rating and 18.93 million viewers, easily destroying everything else in both demo ratings and total viewership.  That’s up two tenths from its last original episode’s 5.1 rating.

Hit the jump for the full ratings rundown for Thursday, January 2nd, including Elementary, Parenthood, The Crazy Ones, and more.

A Look Ahead at Season 5 of COMMUNITY, Featuring the Return of Dan Harmon and Starring Joel McHale

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Fans of NBC’s cult comedy series Community were certainly happy to hear the news that Dan Harmon would be returning as showrunner, but will the show be able to hit the ground running after a season without him?  Viewers will be able to judge for themselves shortly, but we’ve got a sneak preview of season five to share with you ahead of time.  Rest assured that we’ll keep everything spoiler-free, suffice it to say that there are some great character turns, cameos and one-liners early on (no surprises there).

Community returns to NBC with a one-hour special starting Thursday, January 2nd at 8pm.  Hit the jump for our preview.

COMMUNITY Goes MAD MEN in New Season 5 Trailer; Season 3 Trailer for Jerry Seinfeld’s COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE

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With the holidays approaching, today is apparently the day for TV trailers.  HBO unveiled trailers for three of its shows this morning, and now we’ve got two more to add to the pile.  Keeping with the show’s excellent marketing thus far, a new trailer for season five of NBC’s Community takes some fun jabs at the amusingly vague “next week” promos for AMC’s Mad Men.  Creator Dan Harmon is back in the showrunner chair for the series, which returns to NBC on Thursday, January 2nd.

Additionally, the full trailer for season three of Jerry Seinfeld’s web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee unveils some of the guests that Seinfeld will be chatting with in the upcoming season.  Each episode of the incredibly amusing series has Seinfeld taking a drive and grabbing a cup of coffee with a new guest, opening them up to frank and hilarious conversations.  Season three guests will include Tina Fey, Louis C.K., Patton Oswalt, Howard Stern, and Jay Leno.  The show returns to Crackle.com on Thursday, January 2nd at 12pm ET.  Hit the jump to watch both trailers.

Miracle on Jeff’s Street: COMMUNITY Gets Animated in New Season Five Holiday Trailer

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Community has never been a ratings hit for NBC, but the network seems to be busting out a considerable marketing budget for the upcoming fifth season.  Moreover, these promos feel like executive producer Dan Harmon had a very heavy hand in their creation.  The initial season five trailer took the “movie trailer” route, and now a new holiday-themed animated trailer has been released online.  It’s filled with some fun gags and the show’s trademark meta humor, which bodes well for its return following a lackluster season four.  With creator Harmon now back in the fold as showrunner, the shenanigans should be aplenty in the upcoming season.

Hit the jump to watch the animated trailer. Season five of Community kicks off on NBC Thursday, January 2nd.

COMMUNITY Season 5 Trailer Brings the Cast Together in Harmon-y

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If you felt like something was a bit off with season four of NBC’s comedy series, Community, this new trailer for season five will set you right again.  There’s no doubt in my mind that Dan Harmon brings a brand of humor to the show that’s unique (and hilarious), but will he be able to get back into form after being away for a season?  This trailer absolutely puts those fears to rest as it’s quintessential Harmon.  And if you’re wondering why and how Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) is back, check out this explanatory trailer.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  Community returns in a one-hour premiere on NBC Thursday, January 2nd at 8pm.

First Trailer for COMMUNITY Season 5

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NBC has unveiled the first trailer for the upcoming fifth season of the comedy series Community.  While fans were a bit dismayed with how season four played out without the direction of creator Dan Harmon, he’s back onboard as showrunner for season five and this trailer makes pointed reference to what may be a bit of a “do-over” for the show.  The biggest revelation in this trailer is the circumstances behind how Joel McHale’s Jeff Winger returns to Greendale Community College full time.  Though I’m sure it will be plenty spoiled in the many promos to come, I’ll let you folks enjoy the revelation at your own discretion.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Community returns to NBC Thursday, January 2nd at 8pm.

BREAKING BAD’s Vince Gilligan Makes Acting Debut on COMMUNITY; Anna Gunn to Guest Star on THE MINDY PROJECT; Syfy Casts 12 MONKEYS Pilot Leads

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Here’s a bit of TV casting news for you to peruse:

  • Breaking Bad creator and showrunner Vince Gilligan will make his acting debut on an episode of NBC’s Community.
  • Breaking Bad star Anna Gunn will guest star on an upcoming episode of Fox’s The Mindy Project, starring Mindy Kaling.
  • Syfy has set the cast for its 12 Monkeys pilot, including Aaron Stanford (Nikita) and Amanda Schull (Suits, Pretty Little Liars) in lead roles.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Anthony Michael Hall Talks DEAD IN TOMBSTONE, What It’s Like to Play a Badass Western Villain, THE DEAD ZONE, Working with Christopher Nolan on THE DARK KNIGHT, and More

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When director Roel Reine’s shoot-em-up western Dead in Tombstone was filming in Romania last year, I got to visit the set along with a few other online reporters.  The film stars Danny Trejo as the leader of a gang of outlaws who frees his half-brother (Anthony Michael Hall) from prison in order to loot a mining town.  The plan backfires when Hall double crosses Trejo and kills him.  Trejo makes a deal with the devil (Mickey Rourke) and comes back from the dead to seek revenge.  As Patrick said in his Blu-ray review, “Dead in Tombstone has some really impressive stunts and set-pieces – from horse-drawn carriage flips to chandelier swings (classic!) and massive explosions – and they’re all staged and shot better than most Hollywood action fare.  One particular explosion near the end looks impossibly large, though no CGI was used.  Action fans will definitely want to check out this unique supernatural revenge thriller.”

During my on set video interview with Anthony Michael Hall, he talked about how he got involved in the project and his respect for Trejo and Rourke, what it’s like to play a badass western villain, his experiences on Community, The Dead Zone, and working with Christopher Nolan on The Dark Knight, what people always want to talk to him about, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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