TV Ratings: ELEMENTARY Starts Strong, BIG BANG THEORY Hits Season Premiere High, HAWAII FIVE-0 Way Down

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The Fall 2012 TV season began in earnest this week, with most shows having their series/season premieres.  Here’s a brief glance at the highlights:

  • CBS’ Sherlock Holmes update Elementary debuted strong with a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demo for 13.41 million viewers.
  • Also at CBS, The Big Bang Theory scored its highest rated season premiere ever with a 5.0 rating and a solid 15.66 million viewers.
  • Things weren’t all rosy at The Eye, however, as Hawaii Five-0 was way down with a 1.8 rating.  That’s a significant drop from last year’s season premiere rating of 3.4 in the coveted 18-49 demo.
  • NBC’s J.J. Abrams-produced drama Revolution saw an unsurprising drop in viewers from last week’s season premiere, though the 3.4 rating with 9.21 million viewers shows a healthy hold from last week’s 4.1 rating.
  • Unfortunately, ABC’s excellent pilot for Last Resort debuted to a slightly disappointing 2.2 rating with 9.31 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the TV ratings for the week of September 23 – 29, including New GirlParks and RecreationGrimmFringeSouth ParkSons of Anarchy, Castle, and much more.

FRINGE Showrunner J.H. Wyman Talks the Show’s Final Season, Character Arcs, Working Within a TV Budget and Giving Fans a Satisfying Conclusion

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The critically acclaimed and fan-favorite sci-fi drama series Fringe is back for a fifth and final 13-episode season. Promising to deliver a climactic and satisfying conclusion, things will pick up in 2036, when the Observers have become ruthless rulers who will reign supreme. Now, the Fringe team will make a final stand, bringing together all that they have witnessed, in order to battle and protect the world.

During this recent interview to promote the show’s return, showrunner/writer/executive producer J.H. Wyman talked about when they decided to set the final season in the future, where Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Olivia’s (Anna Torv) journey will go and how Walter (John Noble) has changed now, how he’s learned to constrain his ideas with a TV show budget, his reticence in changing the show so dramatically for the final season, what has changed most from the original plan, the major challenges they faced in bringing everything to a satisfying conclusion, whether there was always an intention to make the Observers the bad guys, and what he will take away from his experience on Fringe.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, but be are that there are some spoilers.


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This week on Blu-ray is a little light on new film releases, but it does include the Harry Potter mega-set that puts any and all collectors’ sets to shame.  Briefly:

Hit the jump for all the details, folks. 

Showrunner J.H. Wyman Talks the Final Season of FRINGE, When to Expect Answers, Creating a Rewarding Conclusion and More

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The critically acclaimed and fan-favorite sci-fi drama series Fringe returns for a fifth and final 13-episode season, premiering on Fox on September 28th.  Promising to deliver a climactic and satisfying conclusion, things will pick up in 2036, when the Observers have become ruthless rulers who will reign supreme.  The Fringe team’s final stand will bring together all that they have witnessed, in preparation to battle and protect the world.

While at the Fox portion of the TCA Press Tour, showrunner/writer/executive producer J.H. Wyman talked about the desire to give the series a real ending, what made him pick the year 2036 for the final season, the effects of the amber on the Fringe team once they’ve been awakened, whether Walter (John Noble) will get a new cow in 2036, how Olivia (Anna Torv) fits into the story now, what fans can expect from the Olivia/Peter (Joshua Jackson) reunion, how soon audiences will get answers about their daughter Etta, and the influences for his work on the show.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

J.H. Wyman Talks the Final Season of FRINGE; Reveals Three Part Series Finale

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I love Fringe.  If you haven’t been watching, you’re missing out on a great sci-fi series that’s definitely worth your time.  And unlike The X-Files, which didn’t know how to end a storyline, every season of Fringe has focused on new ideas and mysteries.  It’s been a great ride that ends with a final 13-episode season this fall.

Shortly after winning Best Network Television Series at the Saturn Awards the other night, I landed an extended video interview with executive producer, writer, director and showrunner J.H. Wyman.  We talked about what fans can look forward to on the final season, where he is in the writing process, will the show answer all the mysteries, Comic-Con, and a lot more.  In addition, Wyman revealed that he’s writing and directing the last episode of the series and the last three episodes are all a continuation of each other, basically giving the series a three-hour finale.  Hit the jump to watch.

Lance Reddick Talks the Final Season of FRINGE, Comic-Con, Getting to Meet Robert Kirkman and More

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I love Fringe.  If you haven’t been watching, you’re missing out on a great sci-fi series that’s definitely worth your time.  And unlike The X-Files, which didn’t know how to end a storyline, every season of Fringe has focused on new ideas and mysteries.  It’s been a great ride that ends with a final 13-episode season this fall.

Last night at the Saturn Awards, I was able to speak with Lance Reddick on the red carpet.  We talked about the final season and what it’s about, his feelings on the show ending, what this year’s Comic-Con was like, the Saturn Awards, and how happy he was to meet Robert Kirkman as he’s a big Walking Dead fan.  Hit the jump to watch.

38th Annual Saturn Award Winners Include RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, SUPER 8, BREAKING BAD and FRINGE as Frontrunners

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The 38th annual Saturn Awards were held last night in Burbank, California to honor the best films and television shows in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror.  In the film category, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Super 8 led the pack while the lion’s share of television honors went to Breaking Bad and Fringe.  Stay tuned for a ton of interviews from the night’s event and hit the jump to check out the full list of winners.

Kevin Reilly (Fox President of Entertainment) Talks the Future of GLEE, THE MINDY PROJECT, the Final Season of FRINGE, Seth MacFarlane and More

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for Fox, President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly took some time to talk about where things stand with some of the new comedies and dramas, as well as old favorites, Glee and Fringe.  During the interview, he spoke about their new comedy block which includes New Girl, Raising Hope, Ben and Kate and The Mindy Project, what Glee 2.0 will look like, the importance of giving Fringe a final season, how they’ll approach genre programming in the future, their hope for Primetime Emmy nominations next year, and the likelihood of Seth MacFarlane returning to live-action on the network.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Comic-Con: Anna Torv and Joshua Jackson Talk FRINGE, Saying Goodbye to the Show, the Possibility of a Happy Ending and More

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Fringe cast members basked in an outpouring of fan love during their last appearance at Comic-Con on Sunday, in recognition of the show’s fifth and final season (comprised of 13 episodes), which will begin filming next week.  Unlike previous years, the cast members have been told more details about the season’s storylines and how their characters will be affected.  The premiere episode will be set in 2036, and Olivia (Anna Torv) is alive, but not pregnant.

The cast has been coming to Comic-Con since the show began, and its increasing popularity was acknowledged by organizers who moved the panel from Ballroom 20 to the 6,000-seat Hall H.  After the panel, co-stars Joshua Jackson and Anna Torv sat down with members of the press to talk about the show’s success and how they hope to make the final season their best yet.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Comic-Con: Warner Bros. Bringing Outdoor Entertainment Festival, Featuring All Six Batmobiles, THE LORD OF THE RINGS Videogames and More

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As if having your Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday schedules at Comic-Con all planned out wasn’t enough, now Warner Bros. is bringing an outdoor festival full of goodies for you to check out!  The outdoor Extra stage will feature guest appearances from Warner Bros. properties, including stars from The Big Bang Theory, Fringe and The Vampire Diaries. Perhaps the coolest of attractions will be the presence of all six Batmobiles, from George Barris’ 1955 Lincoln Futura all the way up to The Dark Knight Rises’ current model Tumbler.   Keep up to date with all of our continuing Comic-Con coverage here.  Hit the jump to check out the full press release for details on the Warner Bros. Extra stage.


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The full list of panels, presentations and events for San Diego Comic-Con 2012 is finally complete.  We previously posted the Thursday schedule, Friday schedule and Saturday schedule, and are pleased to bring you highlights of Sunday July 15th, the closing day of the convention.  Hall H is dedicated to such popular TV shows as Fringe, Supernatural, Doctor Who, The Cleveland Show and Sons of Anarchy. But, of course, there is much more to see, including voice actors, the San Diego International Children’s Film Festival and people who are actually involved in the making of comics.  It’s also the day to pack all your paraphernalia, get to FedEx early to ship anything you can’t pack and bid farewell to your con-federates until next year.  Hit the jump to check out the Sunday sched.

Fox Announces 2012-2013 TV Season Premiere Dates

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We already know Fox is going to have a big TV presence at Comic-Con this year, including the last appearance of Fringe for their fifth and final season, and now the network has just announced their premiere dates for new and returning series this fall which will start showing up in the middle of September and through October.The heat is on for new shows to get the hype machine going and fans to get excited for the return of their favorites, and here’s how Fox’s premiere schedule looks.

Returning Series:

  • · The X Factor Two Night Premiere – September 12th and 13th
  • · Glee – September 13th
  • · Bones – September 17th
  • · New Girl – September 25th
  • · Fringe – September 28th
  • · Kitchen Nightmares – September 28th
  • · The Simpsons, American Dad, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers – September 30th
  • · Raising Hope – October 2nd
  • The Cleveland Show – October 7th
  • · Touch – October 26th

New Series:

  • · The Mob Doctor – September 17th
  • · Ben and Kate – September 25th
  • · The Mindy Project – September 25th

For the full press release and schedule, including a couple of shuffling dates when certain shows return, hit the jump.

Comic-Con 2012 TV Panel Round-Up: GLEE, FRINGE, ARROW, FAMILY GUY, SONS OF ANARCHY and More

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With Comic-Con 2012 just around the corner, word is starting to leak out about what movies and TV shows will/won’t be making an appearance.  We have a good idea of the film panel slate in Hall H, and now official word regarding TV panels is trickling down.  As a quick reference guide, we’ve rounded up the TV panels that have been confirmed thus far in one easy article.  Briefly:

  • Thursday – MAD, Nikita
  • Friday – The Big Bang Theory, Arrow, Bones, Childrens Hospital, Cult, 666 Park Avenue, Brickleberry, Bob’s Burgers, The Venture Bros, NTSF:SD:SUV, Robot Chicken, Black Dynamite
  • Saturday – Glee, The Vampire Diaries, Revolution, The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, Person of Interest, Futurama, The Following
  • Sunday – Fringe, Sons of Anarchy, Supernatural, DC Nation, The Cleveland Show

Hit the jump for more details, including which actors will be in attendance and where the panels will take place.  Comic-Con 2012 will run from July 11 – July 15.

Comic-Con 2012: ARROW, SUPERNATURAL, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and More TV Panels Announced; FRINGE and THE BIG BANG THEORY Head to Hall H

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With the summer movie season in full-swing, it’s time to start looking towards this year’s Comic-Con.  We’ve still got a little over a month to go before Geek Fest 2012, but Warner Bros. Television has gotten a head start on the festivities and announced their slate of TV panels.  Appearances have been announced for Nikita, Person of Interest, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Childrens Hospital, and new series like Arrow, The Following666 Park Avenue, Revolution, and Cult.  Furthermore, panels for Supernatural, Fringe and The Big Bang Theory will be taking place in the coveted Hall H this year.  Interestingly, The Big Bang Theory‘s Hall H panel takes place on Friday when TV has been previously held exclusively on Sunday in Hall H.

Fans will also get a chance to screen the pilot for The CW’s Green Arrow series Arrow, executive producer J.J. Abrams Revolution, and more.  Hit the jump to take a look at the full schedule, which includes confirmed talent appearances for some of the panels as well as times and locations.  Comic-Con 2012 takes place July 11 – July 15 in San Diego.

Fox’s Fall 2012 Schedule: GLEE Moves to Thursdays; Mindy Kaling’s New Series Joins NEW GIRL and RAISING HOPE on Tuesdays for Comedy Block

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Yesterday we got a look at what NBC will be offering by way of scheduling and new series this fall, and now Fox has announced their upcoming 2012 schedule.  As far as shifts for returning series go, the Kiefer Sutherland drama Touch has been moved to Fridays, while Ryan Murphy’s Glee (which has been on a ratings downslide as of late) has been put in the post-X Factor/American Idol slot on Thursday nights.  Moreover, the network announced that Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson will be doing guest star arcs on Glee for the show’s upcoming fourth season.

As far as new shows go, The Office star Mindy Kaling’s new show, currently titled The Mindy Project (hopefully a temporary title), and the new ensemble comedy Ben and Kate will join Raising Hope and the hit Zooey Deschanel series New Girl on Tuesdays for an all-comedy night.  I’m a huge fan of New Girl and I’m hoping The Mindy Project will be a nice companion show.  Another high profile new series, Kevin Williamson’s serial killer show The Following starring Kevin Bacon, has been slated to premiere at midseason.  Hit the jump to get a look at the full Fox schedule.

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