Thursday TV Ratings: THE CRAZY ONES Bests MICHAEL J FOX, PARKS AND RECREATION Down, BIG BANG THEORY Huge, PARENTHOOD Drops

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

  • CBS’ new Robin Williams comedy series The Crazy Ones premiered big with a 4.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and 15.6 million viewers, topping NBC’s premiere of The Michael J. Fox Show.
  • The absolutely fantastic London-set hourlong premiere of Parks and Recreation was sadly down quite a bit from last year’s 1.7 premiere rating, hitting a 1.3 rating and 3.3 million viewers.
  • Also down was NBC’s Parenthood season premiere, which scored a 1.6 rating and 5.2 million viewers in its new timeslot.  That’s a drop of 16% from last year’s premiere rating of 1.9.
  • Unsurprisingly, The Big Bang Theory notched a massive 5.6 rating and 18.9 million viewers.  That’s up considerably from last year’s already-big 5.0 premiere rating.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, September 26th, including The Big Bang Theory, Elementary, Two and a Half Men, Grey’s Anatomy, and more.

New to Blu-ray: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, HOMELAND Season 2, FRIDAY THE 13TH The Complete Collection, and More

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Here’s a brief look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

2013 Emmy Nominations Announced; HOUSE OF CARDS Makes History with 9 Nominations; AMERICAN HORROR STORY and GAME OF THRONES Lead

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The 65th Emmy Awards Nominations have been announced, and Netflix’s House of Cards has made history.  The original series marks the first TV show released exclusively online to land top honors, as the David Fincher-produced series nabbed 9 nominations including Best Drama Series, Best Actor (Kevin Spacey), Best Actress (Robin Wright), and Best Director for Fincher—actor Cory Stoll’s excellent work, though, was not recognized.  American Horror Story once again nabbed the most nominations with 17, though the only major nods were for Best Miniseries and Lead Actress in a Miniseries for Jessica Lange.  Game of Thrones followed with 16 nods overall.

House of Cards appears to have knocked Boardwalk Empire out of the Best Drama Series category, as the latter failed to secure a nod.  FX’s The Americans was surprisingly absent as well, and other surprises include New Girl being completely shut out, Mad Men failing to land any writing or directing nominations, Vera Farmiga getting a Best Actress nomination for Bates Motel, and Elizabeth Moss being double nominated for Mad Men and Top of the Lake.  Hit the jump for the list of major nominations.

Zachary Quinto Says Next STAR TREK Sequel is Filming in 2014; Wants to Appear on THE BIG BANG THEORY

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For fans of the J.J. Abrams Star Trek adaptations, I bring good news: Zachary Quinto thinks the next Star Trek sequel will begin filming next year.  On the heels of Into Darkness’s success in grossing $444 million worldwide, Paramount Pictures is looking to begin production on Star Trek 3 sooner rather than later.  Apparently, Abrams is also looking to direct the sequel, although, this raises many questions given his current schedule shooting Star Wars Episode VII. Hit the jump for more details, folks.

Warner Bros. Comic-Con 2013 Bags/Capes Unveiled; Includes GODZILLA, SUPERNATURAL, THE BIG BANG THEORY, and More

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Everyone at Comic-Con gets a swag bag, and it’s ridiculously big.  It’s one of the most visible and ubiquitous objects at the Con, and Warner Bros. has wisely taken ownership of it for years.  The bags are always plastered with advertising for the studio’s TV series and upcoming movies, and this year is no different.  The studio has announced that this year’s bags will feature the shows Arrow, The Big Bang Theory, The Following, Revolution, Supernatural, the Vampire Diaries, Teen Titans Go!, and the classic Batman TV series.  On the movie side, attendees can wear advertising for Godzilla, The LEGO Movie, and 300: Rise of an Empire.  Furthermore, the bags have detachable capes, a feature I can only respond to with this.

Hit the jump to check out images of the TV series bags/capes.  Please note that the bags can be cumbersome, but they also make for good seating on the grass next to Hall H.  The 2013 San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 18 – 21st.

17 Warner Bros. Shows Headed to Comic-Con Including THE BIG BANG THEORY, REVOLUTION, ALMOST HUMAN, BEWARE THE BATMAN, and More

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Warner Bros. is bringing their usual onslaught of TV shows to this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.  There are the usual suspects The Big Bang Theory, Supernatural, and The Vampire Diaries, the expected second-year returning programs such as The Following, Arrow, and Revolution, and a bevy of newcomers including Beware the Batman, The Tomorrow People, and Almost Human.  The press release doesn’t say where the programs will land, but my guess is that most will end up in Ballroom 20 (the second largest hall at the San Diego Convention Center) except for The Big Bang Theory, which played in Hall H last year, and the Sunday programming, which is always in Hall H because Ballroom 20 is closed.

Hit the jump for the line-up and more.  The 2013 San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 18 -21st.

GAME OF THRONES, THE AMERICANS, and NEW GIRL Score Critics Choice TV Awards Nominations; MAD MEN and MODERN FAMILY Shunned

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Nominations for the 2013 Critics’ Choice Television Awards have been announced, and along with plenty of welcome surprises there are a couple of snubs that are likely to have people talking.  Here’s a brief rundown of some of the highlights:

  • Best Drama Series nominees include Game of Thrones, Homeland, Breaking Bad, and FX’s excellent new series The Americans.  Conspicuously absent is Mad Men, which only scored one nomination overall for Elisabeth Moss as Lead Actress.
  • Best Comedy Series nominees include Louie, New Girl, Parks and Recreation, and Veep, with Emmy favorite Modern Family failing to land a nomination along with last year’s winner Community.  Instead, ABC sitcom The Middle made the cut.
  • Netflix’s House of Cards scored two nominations for Best Actor (Kevin Spacey) and a very deserved Best Supporting Actor nod for Corey Stoll.
  • David Lynch landed a Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series nom for his excellent work in Louie, and Happy Endings alums Casey Wilson and Adam Pally were recognized in the supporting categories.
  • The love it/loathe it HBO comedy Girls didn’t get a Best Comedy Series nod, but received acting nominations for Lena Dunham, Alex Karpovsky, and Patrick Wilson.
  • FX’s American Horror Story and CBS’ The Big Bang Theory scored the most nominations with six each, topping all other programs.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominees, and sound off in the comments with your thoughts on the lineup.  The awards will be handed out on June 10th.

Thursday TV Ratings: THE OFFICE Up in Series Finale, BIG BANG THEORY Tops Night, ELEMENTARY Up

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in, and it’s season finales galore.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • The emotional series finale of The Office scored a 3.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5.7 million viewers, which is up from last week’s 2.3 rating and marks the highest-rated episode of the show since January of 2012.
  • The season finale of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, however, topped the night with a 4.4 rating and 14.78 million viewers.  That’s down half a ratings point from last week’s 4.9 rating but even with last year’s finale rating of 4.4.  The episode was the most watched program of the night, besting even the season finale of American Idol.
  • Another season finale on CBS, that of Elementary, was up a tenth from last week’s series low with a 2.0 rating and 8.93 million viewers for the two-hour episode.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, May 16th, including Hannibal, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY Up in Finale, ELEMENTARY Hits Series Low, BIG BANG THEORY Down

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

  • The season—and possible series—finale of NBC’s Community hit a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 3.14 million viewers, which is up a tenth from last week’s 1.2 rating.  Though the show is still very much on the bubble for renewal, the latest word is that NBC might actually pick the show up for another season after all.
  • CBS’ Elementary fell to a new series low with a 1.8 rating and 9.15 million viewers, dropping two tenths from last week’s series low 2.0 rating.  Nevertheless, the better-than-it-has-to-be Sherlock Holmes show has already been renewed for a second season.
  • Elsewhere at CBS, The Big Bang Theory dropped three tenths from last week’s 4.9 rating to a 4.6 rating and scored 15.7 million viewers.  Despite the drop, the comedy juggernaut still managed to stand way above anything else on television for the night.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, May 9th, including Hannibal, Glee, The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY and PARKS AND REC Rise, HANNIBAL Matches Series Low

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

  • NBC’s Community saw a healthy rise from last week’s series low, as last night’s episode hit a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demo and 2.8 million viewers. That’s up 20% over last week’s 1.0 rating.
  • Also up was the season finale of Parks and Recreation, which hit a 1.5 rating and 2.89 million viewers for a 15% rise over last week’s season low 1.3 rating.  However, the rating was down 12% from last year’s season finale’s 1.7 rating.
  • The swell new NBC drama series Hannibal continues to struggle a tad, as last night’s episode notched a 1.0 rating and 2.51 million viewers, matching last week’s series low.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, May 2nd, including The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Elementary, The Vampire Diaries, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: HANNIBAL Drops, BIG BANG THEORY Hits Season Low, COMMUNITY Ties Series Low

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in, and the networks faced a sharp drop in viewership against the NFL Draft.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • NBC’s fantastic new drama series Hannibal sadly saw another drop in ratings, as last night’s episode hit a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and 2.4 million viewers.  That’s down four tenths from last week’s 1.4 rating.
  • Even though CBS stalwart The Big Bang Theory drew more total viewers than all of NBC’s programming combined (yes, really), the show hit a season low rating of 4.2 for a drop of a full ratings point from its last originals’ 5.2 rating.  Nevertheless, the comedy dominated the night with 14.38 million viewers.
  • Back over at NBC, though, a Jim Rash-penned episode of Community notched a series low 1.0 rating and 2.4 million viewers.  A sad fate for what was by far the best episode of an uneven season.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, April 25th, including Parks and Recreation, Person of Interest, Scandal, Elementary, The Vampire Diaries, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: HANNIBAL Debuts Soft, THE BIG BANG THEORY Rises, COMMUNITY and ELEMENTARY Tie Series Lows

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

  • NBC’s excellent new drama series Hannibal debuted to a 1.6 rating and 4.31 million viewers, which is up 60% from NBC’s average in the time slot this year but still a tad on the low side.  Read Allison’s recap here and watch the full pilot here.
  • CBS’ The Big Bang Theory continues to slaughter just about everything that runs opposite the comedy, as it raked in a 4.9 rating and a whopping 16.79 million viewers.  That’s up 2% from its last original episode’s 4.8 rating.
  • Speaking of getting slaughtered, a return-to-form episode of Community last night earned a series-low 1.0 rating and 2.41 million viewers, which is down 9% from its last original episode’s 1.6 rating.
  • Also hitting a series low was the CBS procedural Elementary, which notched a 2.1 rating and 10.36 million viewers opposite the series premiere of Hannibal.  That’s down 9% from its last new episode’s 2.3 rating.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, April 4th, including Parks and Recreation, The Office, New GirlPerson of Interest, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY Hits Another Series Low, PARKS AND RECREATION Up, GLEE Drops

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

  • NBC’s Community hit another series low last night, scoring a 1.0 rating and 2.61 million viewers.  That’s down half a ratings point from last week’s 1.5 rating.
  • On the other hand, another excellent episode of Parks and Recreation saw a rise in viewership with a 1.6 rating and 3.01 million viewers.  That’s up two tenths from the last original episode’s 1.4 rating.
  • Over on Fox, Glee saw a pretty dramatic dip as it scored a 2.0 rating and 5.46 million viewers for a drop of four tenths from last week’s 2.4 rating.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, March 14th, including The Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy, 1600 Penn, The Vampire Diaries, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: PARKS AND RECREATION and COMMUNITY Hit Series Lows; THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Tops NBC and ABC’s Programming

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

  • A fantastically funny and heartfelt wedding episode of NBC’s Parks and Recreation sadly scored a series low for the comedy, hitting a 1.3 rating and 3.03 million viewers and a 1.4 rating and 2.91 million viewers for two back-to-back episodes.  The first installment is a drop of 13% from last week’s 1.5 rating.
  • Season four of Community continues to struggle, as last night’s Comic-Con-inspired episode notched a 1.1 rating and 3.08 million viewers.  That’s down 8% from last week’s episode and marks a series low for the show.
  • On the flipside, The CW’s The Vampire Diaries bested all of NBC and ABC’s programming in its timeslot, earning a 1.3 rating and 2.89 million viewers for a rise of 30% from last week’s 1.0 rating in the demo.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, February 21st, including Elementary, Two and a Half Men, Grey’s Anatomy, Zero Hour, The Big Bang Theory, and more.

William Shatner Talks ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH, THE BIG BANG THEORY, His 2013 Projects, STAR TREK/STAR WARS, Priceline, and More

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Now playing in theaters is the 3D animated feature, Escape from Planet Earth.  The story centers on some aliens who get captured during a mission to Earth and are tossed into the secure holding site of Area 51, but they quickly find that they are not alone.  Escape From Planet Earth features the voices of Rob Corddry, Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, William Shatner, Jessica Alba, Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, Craig Robinson, George Lopez, Steve Zahn, Chris Parnell, Ricky Gervais and Jonathan Morgan Heit.

During the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Shatner (who voices General Shanker).  During the interview we talked about making Escape From Planet Earth, why he wanted to do a voice, will he ever do a guest spot on The Big Bang Theory, what’s it like for him when he attends conventions, what his schedule is like nowadays as he’s working on a wide variety of projects, why Star Trek and Star Wars have stood the test of time, does he get free flights via Priceline, and so much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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