2015 Screen Actors Guild Nominations Announced; BIRDMAN Leads with Four Followed By BOYHOOD, THE IMITATION GAME and THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

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The 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations have been announced and, yet again, Birdman scored the most nods including Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (Michael Keaton), Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Edward Norton), Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Emma Stone) and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.  Boyhood, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything all received three nominations.

On the TV front, I’m glad to see Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany snag her very first SAG nomination, but where’s Eva Green in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series category?  Her work on Penny Dreadful needs some recognition.  Hit the jump for the full list of nominees.  The 21st Annual SAG Awards will be simulcast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 25th at 8pm EST.

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW Surges to Series High; MODERN FAMILY Plummets to Season Low

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TV ratings for Wednesday, December 3rd are in, though it appears that most folks were busy watching either the frustrating/depressing coverage of the non-indictment in the Eric Garner case or the Christmas Tree-lighting ceremony (such varied TV-viewing choices).  Briefly:

  • The CW’s conclusion to its big superhero crossover event culminated in a series high rating for Arrow (read Dave’s recap here), which rose five tenths to a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 3.90 million viewers.  The 100 matched its last original’s 0.6 rating and garnered 1.94 million viewers.
  • Over on ABC, everything was down.  Modern Family dropped nine tenths to a season low 2.8 rating and scored 8.99 million viewers, The Middle dropped six tenths to a series low-tying 1.6 rating and 7.15 million viewers, The Goldbergs dropped seven tenths to a season low 1.7 rating and scored 6.58 million viewers, black-ish fell half a ratings point to a series low 2.1 rating and 6.87 million viewers, and Nashville dropped two tenths to a season low-tying 1.3 rating and garnered 5.25 million viewers.
  • CBS’ Stalker dropped a tenth to a 1.5 rating and scored 7.47 million viewers.
  • NBC’s Christmas in Rockerfeller Center earned a 1.9 rating and scored 9.37 million viewers.

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW Holds Steady While MODERN FAMILY Surges

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TV ratings for Wednesday, November 19th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The CW’s Arrow (read Dave’s recap here) matched last week’s 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.63 million viewers, while The 100 rose a tenth to a 0.6 rating and garnered 1.66 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Modern Family was both the highest-rated and most-watched program of the night with a 3.7 rating and 10.9 million viewers, which is up half a ratings point from last week’s 3.2 rating.  The Middle, meanwhile, rose three tenths to a 2.2 rating and 8.32 million viewers, The Goldbergs also rose three tenths to a 2.4 rating and scored 7.7 million viewers, black-ish ticked up a tenth to a 2.6 rating and 7.95 million viewers, and Nashville was up a tenth to a 1.5 rating and scored 5.51 million viewers.
  • CBS’ Criminal Minds matched last week’s 2.3 rating and scored 10.61 million viewers, while Stalker was up three tenths to a 1.7 rating and garnered 7.98 million viewres.
  • NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura was up a tenth to a 1.4 rating and scored 8.57 million viewers, Law & Order: SVU dropped six tenths to a 1.8 rating and garnered 7.86 million viewers, and Chicago PD was down six tenths to a 1.6 rating and scored 7.22 million viewers.
  • Fox’s Red Band Society was even with last week’s 0.9 rating and scored 2.95 million viewers.

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW and MODERN FAMILY Drop; Crossover Event Boosts LAW & ORDER: SVU and CHICAGO PD

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TV ratings for Wednesday, November 12th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The CW’s Arrow (read Dave’s recap here) was down 18% to a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.57 million viewers, while The 100 rose 20% to a 0.6 rating and 1.79 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Modern Family fell 11% to a season low 3.1 rating and 9.77 million viewers, while The Middle rose 6% to a 1.9 rating and 8.12 million viewers, The Goldbergs was down 5% to a 2.1 rating and 7.54 million viewers, black-ish dropped 7% to a 2.5 rating and 7.87 million viewers, and Nashville was even with a 1.4 rating and scored5.63 million viewers.
  • CBS’ Criminal Minds was up 10% to a 2.3 rating and garnered 10.1 million viewers, and Stalker dropped 7% to a 1.4 rating and scored 6.98 million viewers.
  • Fox’s Red Band Society was even with last week’s 0.9 rating and scored 2.84 million viewers.
  • On NBC, the crossover event rose both Law & Order: SVU and Chicago PD, with the former up 50% to a 2.4 rating and 10.01 million viewers and PD up 57% to a 2.2 rating and 9.47 million viewers.

Wednesday TV Ratings: BLACK-ISH and NASHVILLE Rise; STALKER Dips

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TV ratings for Wednesday, October 29th, though preemption in some cities for The CW renders those preliminary numbers inaccurate.  Here’s a brief rundown of the rest:

  • ABC’s new comedy black-ish continues to do well, rising 13% from last week to a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and scoring 7.73 million viewers.  Elsewhere on the network, The Middle was down 14% to a 1.8 rating and 6.9 million viewers, The Goldbergs dipped 9% to a 2.1 rating and 6.79 million viewers, Modern Family matched last week’s 3.4 rating and scored 9.75 million viewers, and Nashville was up 12% with a 1.5 rating and 5.61 million viewers.
  • Over on CBS, Criminal Minds was down 8% from last week to a 2.3 rating and 10.31 million viewers, while Stalker dropped 12% to a 1.5 rating and scored 7.34 million viewers.
  • NBC’s new drama The Mysteries of Laura dropped 8% to a 1.2 rating and scored 7.55 million viewers.

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW Premieres Up; STALKER and CRIMINAL MINDS Drop

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TV ratings for Wednesday, October 8th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The third season premiere of The CW’s Arrow hit a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.79 million viewers, which is up slightly from last year’s season premiere rating of 0.9.  Read Dave’s recap here.
  • Over on ABC, The Middle was even with last week’s 2.0 rating and scored 7.35 million viewers, The Goldbergs dropped a tenth to a 2.2 rating and 6.97 million viewers, Modern Family was down three tenths to a 3.4 rating and 10.07 million viewers, black-ish ticked up two tenths to a 2.8 rating and 7.95 million viewers, and Nashville was down a tenth to a 1.6 rating and 5.48 million viewers.
  • CBS’ Criminal Minds was down four tenths with a 2.3 rating and 10.49 million viewers, while new series Stalker dropped three tenths to a 1.7 rating and 8.13 million viewers.
  • NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura fell two tenths to a 1.3 rating and 8.5 million viewers, Law & Order: SVU dipped a tenth to a 1.7 rating and 7.6 million viewers, and Chicago P.D. was even with last week’s 1.5 rating and scored 6.7 million viewers.
  • Finally, Fox’s Red Band Society fell again to a 0.9 rating and 2.89 million viewers, down from last week’s 1.1 rating.

Wednesday TV Ratings: STALKER Premieres So-So; MODERN FAMILY and BLACK-ISH Dip

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TV ratings for Wednesday, October 1st have arrived.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • The latest semi-misogynistic murder series from CBS, Stalker, debuted to a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 9.07 million viewers, which is about even with its time slot predecessor CSI’s numbers from last fall.  The season premiere of Criminal Minds was down 4% from last year with a 2.7 rating and 11.54 million viewers
  • Over on ABC, Modern Family was down 10% from last week to a 3.5 rating and 10 million viewers, while new comedy black-ish fell 24% from last week’s series premiere to a 2.5 rating and 7.96 million viewers.  Elsewhere on the network, The Middle was down 14% to a 1.9 rating and 7.05 million viewers, The Goldbergs dipped 4% to a 2.2 rating and 6.67 million viewers, and Nashville closed out the night even with its premiere’s 1.5 rating and scoring 5.15 million viewers.
  • Over on NBC, The Mysteries of Laura dropped 7% to a 1.4 rating and 8.89 million viewers, Law & Order: SVU was down 18% to a 1.8 rating and 7.81 million viewers, and Chicago P.D. hit a 1.6 rating and 6.68 million viewers for a drop of 16%.
  • Fox’s Red Band Society matched last week’s 1.1 rating and scored 3.33 million viewers, and is looking like it could be this year’s first cancellation.

Wednesday TV Ratings: BLACK-ISH Starts Strong; RED BAND SOCIETY and MYSTERIES OF LAURA Drop

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The Fall 2014-15 TV season is upon us, which means regular TV ratings roundups have returned to Collider.  While live ratings are becoming less important as DVR playback, VOD, and digital media are transforming the television viewing landscape, they are still the major determining factor in which network shows succeed and fail.  Apologies for the late start this week, but here are the highlights from Wednesday, September 24th:

  • The new ABC comedy black-ish debuted rather strong with a 3.3 rating in the 18-49 demo, scoring 10.79 million viewers and retaining a hefty amount of the preceding Modern Family audience.  Might ABC have finally found a strong series to pair with its number one comedy?
  • Fox’s cancer-centric drama Red Band Society fell three tenths in its second week to a 1.0 rating and 3.4 million viewers.
  • NBC’s critically derided The Mysteries of Laura was down half a ratings point in its second week, as the Debra Messing-fronted drama earned a 1.5 rating in the demo and scored 9.9 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Wednesday, September 24th including Modern Family, The Goldbergs, Nashville, and more.

Watch Weird Al Yankovic Sing New Theme Songs for GAME OF THRONES, MAD MEN, SCANDAL, HOMELAND, and MODERN FAMILY at the Emmys

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With a traditional host like Seth Meyers at the helm, the 2014 Emmy Awards ceremony was steadily amusing but mostly unmemorable.  With that as the standard, it was a delightful treat when Weird Al Yankovic came out on stage to perform his version of the theme songs for Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Scandal, Homeland, and Modern Family.  Weird Al’s lyrics were appropriately silly and the jolt of musical energy was a breath of fresh air for the telecast.

Hit the jump to watch the Weird Al clip, plus Meyers’ introduction monologue, the “Billy on the Street” segment, and the audience questions bit.

2014 Emmy Award Winners: BREAKING BAD Wins Best Drama; MODERN FAMILY Wins Best Comedy

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The 2014 Emmy Award winners were announced tonight.  The ceremony was effectively dedicated to Breaking Bad, winning Best Drama for its final season.  It was widely presumed Matthew McConaughey would continue his awards run with an Emmy win for True Detective, but Bryan Cranston triumphed once again with his fourth Best Actor award.  Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul won for their supporting roles and Breaking Bad also took home Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.

Modern Family won Best Comedy, joining Frasier as the only series to win the award five times.  Hit the jump for the full list of 2014 Emmy Award Winners.

Julie Bowen Talks PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE, Getting Involved with the Sequel, Working inside the Recording Booth, and Her Most Bizarre Fan Encounter

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Julie Bowen gives voice to Dipper, the friendly, spirited air tanker in Disney’s new animated adventure-comedy, Planes:  Fire & Rescue, directed by Bobs Gannaway from a screenplay by Jeffrey Howard.  Dipper is a full-figured gal skilled at skimming lakes, scooping up thousands of gallons of water and dousing angry fires.  She’s also an avid air-racing fan with a major crush on the world-famous Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook).  When she learns he’s joining the fire and rescue squad at Piston Peak, she’s head-over-wheels with excitement.  Opening July 18th, the film also features the voices of Curtis Armstrong, Ed Harris, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Regina King, and Wes Studi.

At a recent roundtable interview, Bowen spoke about her character, when she first became involved, how she’s gotten huge cool points from her kids for being in the movie, why she didn’t practice the voice around the house, what it was like working inside the recording booth, how Shaun Cassidy inspired the mindset of her hopelessly romantic character, what it was like meeting Dane at the cast and crew screening, her most bizarre fan encounter, and the impact the syndication of her ABC comedy, Modern Family, has had on how people see her. Hit the jump to read the interview.

2014 Emmy Nominations Announced; TRUE DETECTIVE, FARGO, THE NORMAL HEART, and More Score Multiple Nods

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The 2014 Emmy Nominations were announced this morning, and they were about as surprising/disappointing as I expected.  We’re in the Golden Age of Television™, but no one seems to tell the Emmys.  Yes, True Detective and Fargo got some love, but so did the awful awards-bait The Normal Heart, which picked up four out of six nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.  Then there are the usual suspects: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, etc.  Among tge acting nominations, I would say I’m pleasantly surprised about Andre Braugher getting attention for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Brooklyn Nine-Nine and shocked that Kate Mara picked up an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series nomination when really her CGI stunt double deserves all the credit.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of the major Emmy nominations.  The Emmy Awards will air live on NBC, Monday, August 25th at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW Finale Down from Season 1; MODERN FAMILY and NASHVILLE Rise

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TV ratings for Wednesday, May 14th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The season two finale of The CW’s Arrow was even with last week’s 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.33 million viewers, though it was down 11% from the season one finale’s 0.9 rating.  The 100  matched last week’s 0.6 rating and notched 1.77 million viewers.  Read Dave’s recap of Arrow here.
  • ABC’s Modern Family was up 7% with a 3.1 rating and 8.79 million viewers, The Middle rose 19% to a 1.9 rating and 6.85 million viewers, Mixology matched last week’s 1.3 rating and garnered 3.92 million viewers, the season finale of Nashville was up one tenth to a 1.3 rating and 5.02 million viewers, and the series finale of Suburgatory rose 15% to a 1.5 rating and 5 million viewers.
  • NBC’s cancelled Revolution was even with last week’s 1.1 rating and notched 4 million viewers, Law & Order: SVU held stead with a 1.5 rating and 5.29 million viewers, and Chicago P.D. rose 14% to a 1.6 rating and 6.06 million viewers.
  • The season finale of Criminal Minds on CBS hit a 2.7 rating and pulled in 11.96 million viewers for a rise of 17%.

ABC Renews ONCE UPON A TIME, RESURRECTION, SCANDAL, and More; Orders HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER and Others to Series

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It’s ABC’s turn to get in on the renewal/pilot order fun, as the network has renewed three dramas and ordered a few others to series.  Briefly:

  • ABC has renewed the drama series Scandal (duh), Modern Family (more duh), Once Upon a Time, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Revenge, The Goldbergs, The Middle, and freshman show Resurrection to return next season.
  • The network has also ordered three new dramas to series: the Viola Davis-fronted legal thriller How to Get Away with Murder from creator Shonda Rhimes, the racially charged American Crime from 12 Years a Slave scribe John Ridley, and the alien-invasion show The Whispers from executive producer Steven Spielberg.
  • On the comedy side, the pilots for Anthony Anderson’s Black-ish, the Karen Gillan-fronted Selfie, the romantic comedy Manhattan Love Story, and creator Dan Fogelman’s (The Neighbors) musical fairy tale Galavant have been ordered to series.

Hit the jump for synopsis and casting info for the new series.

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW Rises; NASHVILLE Returns to Series Low

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TV ratings for Wednesday, April 30th are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • The CW’s Arrow rose 14% from last week’s series low 0.7 rating to a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo, garnering 2.25 million viewers.  The 100, meanwhile, was even with last week’s 0.6 rating and scored 1.9 milion viewers.  Read Dave’s Arrow recap here.
  • ABC’s Nashville returned to a series low 1.2 rating and 4.49 million viewers, which is down 20% from its last original episode’s 1.5 rating.

Hit the jump for the rest of the ratings report, including Revolution, Modern Family, CSI, and more.

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