After a seven-year absence, private investigator Veronica Mars has returned, and she’s come to the big screen with the help of a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign. In the film, Veronica (Kristen Bell) has come back to her seedy hometown of Neptune to help her old flame Logan (Jason Dohring), who has become the prime suspect in the homicide of his celebrity girlfriend. The film also stars Enrico Colantoni, Chris Lowell, Percy Daggs III, Francis Capra, Ryan Hansen, Tina Majorino, Martin Starr, and Krysten Ritter.
At the film’s press junket last week, I got the chance to sit down and talk with Ritter, who reprises her role as Gia Goodman. During our conversation, we talked about her reaction to the film’s Kickstarter, returning to the character, the “high-school reunion” vibe on-set, and more. We also talked about her top 5 films of 2013, Breaking Bad, her thoughts on the cancellation of Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 and desire to Kickstart a movie. Hit the jump to check out the interview. Veronica Mars opens on March 14th. Click here to read my review.
When it comes to TV bests in 2013, it’s hard to be restrictive. Even splitting up new shows and returning shows leaves so much unexplored. What about miniseries, for instance? There were so many greats. And what about all of those amazing season finales, not to mention all of the full series we also said goodbye to? And still, there’s more. To finish up my list of worthwhile television of the year, here’s a list (in no particular order) of 10 programs, episodes, dearly departed series and sundries – leftovers, in the best sense, and with a few overlaps — that deserve a mention. If 2014 does half this well, things should look pretty good.
As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for ABC, President of ABC Entertainment Paul Lee took some time to talk about the network’s current and upcoming line-up. During this interview, he spoke about the network’s philosophy that TV should be made for bigger screens and how some of their new dramas (i.e. Red Widow and Zero Hour) fit that bill, what could happen with both Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23, why he feels 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort didn’t perform as well as expected, how they approach the handling of violence on the network, how they might position the Marvel series S.H.I.E.L.D. from Joss Whedon to attract both male and female viewers, if that moves ahead from the pilot stage (how could it not, right?!), and that they were able to give Shawn Ryan the opportunity to wrap up the story for Last Resort, once they made the decision to cancel the freshman thriller. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Tuesday evening’s TV ratings are in. Here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- Fresh off series low numbers on Sunday, Happy Endings rebounded a bit to score a 1.4 rating and 3.75 million viewers. That’s up 8% from the previous Tuesday episode’s 1.3 rating, and up 40% from Sunday’s episode.
- NBC’s comedies, on the other hand, took a dive, as Go On hit a series low 1.5 rating and 4.25 million viewers for a 38% drop from its last new episode.
- Also hitting a series low was The New Normal, which scored a 1.3 rating and 3.26 million viewers for a 24% drop.
Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, January 8th, including New Girl, The Mindy Project, Parenthood, Vegas, NCIS, and more.
The holiday hiatus is officially over, and it’s back to our regularly scheduled programming. Here’s a brief look at the highlights of Sunday’s TV ratings:
- Season three of Downton Abbey had its stateside premiere last night on PBS, earning a whopping 7.9 million viewers. The two-hour premiere was up a ridiculous 96% over its season two premiere, which garnered 4.2 million viewers.
- News wasn’t as great for ABC’s displaced comedies Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23. The network is now airing (burning off?) both shows twice a week, and the comedies hit series lows in their Sunday debut. Happy Endings scored a 1.0 rating and 2.57 million viewers, while Don’t Trust the B garnered a 0.9 rating and 2.23 million viewers.
Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Sunday, January 6th, including Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, and more.
Tuesday’s TV ratings are in. Here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- The winter finale of NBC’s excellent drama Parenthood matched its season high with a 2.0 rating and 5.7 million viewers, rising 11% over last week’s 1.8 rating.
- CBS’ NCIS took a steep drop, garnering a 2.8 rating and 17.5 million viewers. That’s down 22% from its last new episode’s 3.6 rating in the 18-49 demo.
- Over on Fox, Raising Hope ticked up 21% over last week’s 1.4 rating, hitting a 1.7 rating and 4 million viewers total.
Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, December 11th, including New Girl, Vegas, Happy Endings, Hart of Dixie, and more.
The romantic sports dramedy Backwards, now available on DVD, tells the story of Abi Brooks (Sarah Megan Thomas), who has spent her life trying to win an Olympic rowing medal, only to be named an alternate at the age of 30. Deciding instead to quit the team and move back home, Abi gets a coaching position at her alma mater, where her old boyfriend (James Van Der Beek) is the head of athletics, and struggles to adjust to life off the race course.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor James Van Der Beek talked about what made him want to help tell this story, being a big sports fan himself (even though he knew nothing about rowing, prior to doing Backwards), the challenge of playing a nice guy, how impressed he was with Sarah Megan Thomas (who also wrote and produced the film), and why he typically loves to shoot as many takes as possible. He also talked about the experience of working with Jason Reitman on his next film Labor Day, the success he’s found in playing a highly exaggerated version of himself on the ABC comedy series Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23, being more fearless since having kids, and why he felt the hiatus he took from acting after the end of Dawson’s Creek was necessary. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Tuesday night’s TV ratings are in. Here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- Shocker: the CBS broadcast of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was the highest rated program of the night with a 3.5 rating in the 18-49 demo and 9.3 million viewers. Nevertheless, that’s down 24% from its ratings performance last year.
- The swell ABC comedy Happy Endings finally saw an uptick as last night’s episode hit a 1.3 rating and 3.5 million viewers. That’s up two tenths from its last new episode’s 1.1 rating.
- Another struggling series was also up, as Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 garnered a 1.2 rating and 3 million viewers, rising over its last new episode’s 0.9 rating.
Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, December 4th, including New Girl, Parenthood, The Mindy Project, Go On, The New Normal, and more.
Tuesday night’s comedy logjam continues to wreak havoc on all parties involved as last night’s ratings are in. Here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- ABC’s Happy Endings hit a series low 1.2 rating and 4.87 million viewers, down from last week’s 1.3 rating.
- The Fox comedy New Girl also hit a series low with a 2.0 rating and 4.09 million viewers, dropping two tenths from last week’s 2.2 rating.
- Additionally, NBC’s new comedy The New Normal garnered a series low with a 1.6 rating and 4.35 million viewers.
- One of the only gainers of the night was the CBS drama Vegas, which notched a 1.8 rating and 10.2 million viewers. That’s up two tenths from last week’s 1.6 rating.
Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, November 20th, including Go On, NCIS, The Mindy Project, Parenthood, and more.
The ratings for Tuesday’s comedy-packed programming are in. Here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- Fox’s new comedy The Mindy Project was up this week after taking a bit of a dive recently, scoring a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and 3.23 million viewers for a rise of 13% from its last original episode’s 1.5 rating.
- Things weren’t as bright for fellow new Fox comedy Ben and Kate, as this week’s ep garnered a 1.1 rating and 2.48 million viewers. That’s down 21% from its last episode’s 1.4 rating.
- Mildly good news for Happy Endings fans, as this week’s episode was even with last week’s very low numbers with a 1.4 rating and 4.75 million viewers. At least it didn’t drop further, eh?
Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, November 13th, including Parenthood, New Girl, Vegas, The New Normal, Go On, and more.
After most of Monday’s programming was postponed due to the hurricane, many shows aired Tuesday night. It’s important to note, though, that many people on the east coast are still without power, so these numbers are likely soft. Here’s a look at the highlights:
- After disappointing numbers for its delayed season premiere, the really fun second episode of Happy Endings was down double digits. This week’s episode scored a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and 4.72 million viewers, down 22% from last week’s 1.8 rating.
- Also down was the Halloween episode of The Mindy Project, which scored a 1.5 rating and 3.2 million viewers. That’s a steep drop of 21% from the last new episode’s 1.9 rating.
- This week’s episode of The CW drama Hart of Dixie was up 20%, scoring a 0.6 rating against last week’s 0.5.
Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, October 30th, including New Girl, Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23, Ben and Kate, NCIS, Vegas and more.