New to Blu-ray: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN Criterion, TOY STORY OF TERROR!, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases are bountiful, as they include a rather disappointing superhero sequel, a Criterion Collection release of one of Alfonso Cuaron’s masterpieces, the latest Toy Story short, a Tom Hiddleston/Tilda Swinton-led vampire movie, and much more.  Take a look:

ONCE UPON A TIME Comic-Con Panel Recap: First Footage of Anna and Elsa from Season 4 Premiere

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Ever since viewers first got a glimpse of Elsa from Frozen the last few minutes of the Once Upon a Time season finale there’s been a debate about where the idea to draw from such a recent Disney animated feature came from. Was it the studio imposing the inclusion based on the blockbuster success of the film? Or did creators and showrunners Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz come up with the idea themselves because they loved the film and wanted to pay homage to it? The answer was revealed today at the Once Upon a Time Comic-Con panel. Find out after the jump.

FROZEN Crossover Planned for ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME

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It seems like just yesterday that we were expressing delight at Disney’s decision not to rush into a sequel to Frozen in order to milk the highest grossing animated film of all time for all its worth.  Though the studio is currently focused on developing a Broadway Musical adaptation of the Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature, it appears that the Frozen “franchise” will actually be expanding this fall.  During last night’s season finale of the ABC (which is owned by Disney) series Once Upon a Time—a show that has routinely pulled from Disney IP to bring recognizable characters into its ranks—the addition of Elsa from Frozen was teased.  Indeed, the plan is to involve the animated character in live-action form when the series returns to the small screen this fall, making for a disappointing yet unsurprising crossover.

Hit the jump to watch the scene and to hear why the producers decided to incorporate the character.

Sunday TV Ratings: ROSEMARY’S BABY Falls Short; ONCE UPON A TIME Rises

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TV ratings for Sunday, May 11th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The first installment of NBC’s miniseries event Rosemary’s Baby failed to draw in a big audience, garnering a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demo and scoring just 3.67 million viewers.  Perhaps the dismal reviews had something to do with those numbers.
  • ABC’s Frozen-teasing season finale of Once Upon a Time rose 5% to a 2.2 rating and scored 6.5 million viewers, while Revenge was up 15% for its season finale with a 1.5 rating and 4.9 million viewers.
  • Fox’s Bob’s Burgers dropped 18% to a 0.9 rating and 2.02 million viewers, American Dad was down 15% to a 1.1 rating and 2.38 million viewers, The Simpsons dropped 20% to a 1.6 rating and 3.61 million viewers, Family Guy dipped 5% to a 2.1 rating and 4.12 million viewers, and Cosmos took a dive of 25% to a 1.2 rating and notched 3.47 million viewers.
  • Over on CBS, The Good Wife was up 9% to a 1.2 rating and 8.68 million viewers, while The Mentalist matched last week’s 1.2 rating and garnered 8.63 million viewers.

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.

Sunday TV Ratings: THE SIMPSONS Gets a Boost from LEGO Episode; ONCE UPON A TIME Dips

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TV ratings for Sunday, May 4th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • A LEGO-fied episode of The Simpsons rose three tenths to a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 4.29 million viewers.  Elsewhere on Fox, American Dad was up a tenth to a 1.3 rating and 2.56 million viewers, Family Guy ticked up a tenth to a 2.2 rating and 4.35 million viewers, and Cosmos rose two tenths to a 1.6 rating and 4.15 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Once Upon a Time dropped two tenths to a 2.0 rating and 6.7 million viewers, Resurrection ticked up a tenth to a 2.0 rating and 7.87 million viewers for its season finale, and Revenge was even with last week’s 1.3 rating and garnered 5.02 million viewers.
  • CBS’ The Good Wife dipped one tenth to a 1.2 rating and 9.09 million viewers, while the likely-to-be-cancelled The Mentalist matched last week’s series low-tying 1.2 rating and notched 8.52 million viewers.
  • Over on NBC, Believe matched last week’s 1.0 rating and scored 4.27 million viewers and Crisis was even with last week’s 1.0 rating and garnered 3.58 million viewers.

Sunday TV Ratings: BOB’S BURGERS and ONCE UPON A TIME Rise; REVENGE Drops to Series Low

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TV ratings for Sunday, April 27th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Fox’s Bob’s Burgers rose 83% to a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demo last night, also scoring 2.44 million viewers.  Elsewhere on the network, American Dad rose 9% to a 1.2 rating and 2.54 million viewers, The Simpsons dropped 12% to a 1.5 rating and 3.38 million viewers, Family Guy matched last week’s 2.1 rating and garnered 3.97 million viewers, and Cosmos was even with last week’s 1.4 rating and scored 3.64 million viewers.
  • Over on ABC, Once Upon a Time rose 24% to a 2.1 rating and notched 6.91 million viewers, Resurrection dropped 10% to a series low 1.9 rating and 7.46 million viewers, and Revenge dipped 8% to a series low 1.2 rating and 4.94 million viewers.
  • CBS’ The Good Wife was even with last week’s 1.3 rating and notched 9.26 million viewers, and The Mentalist dropped 14% to a series low-tying 1.2 rating and scored 8.68 million viewers.
  • NBC’s Believe rose 9% to a 1.2 rating and 4.93 million viewers, while Crisis rose 11% to a 1.0 rating and garnered 3.97 million viewers.

Sunday TV Ratings: ONCE UPON A TIME Falls to Series Low; COSMOS Ticks Up

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TV ratings for Sunday, April 20th have arrived.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • ABC’s Once Upon a Time dropped three tenths to a new series low 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demo, scoring 5.69 million viewers.  That said, it still scored the highest rating on network television for the night.
  • Over on CBS, The Good Wife dipped a tenth to a 1.4 rating and 9.08 million viewers, winning the night in overall viewership.  The Mentalist was down two tenths to a 1.4 rating and scored 8.61 million viewers.
  • Fox’s Bob’s Burgers continues to struggle in its earlier timeslot, as last night’s episode dropped two tenths to a 0.6 rating and scored 1.53 million viewers.  Nevertheless, the show has already been renewed for a fifth season.  The excellent Cosmos, meanwhile, ticked up a tenth to a 1.4 rating and 3.71 million viewers.
  • NBC’s Believe rose two tenths to a 1.2 rating and 4.66 million viewers, while Crisis fell two tenths to a 0.9 rating and 3.8 million viewers.

Rebecca Mader Reveals Which WIZARD OF OZ Characters Might be Coming to ONCE UPON A TIME at WonderCon

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During a roundtable interview with press before the Once Upon a Time panel, recurring guest star Rebecca Mader was talking about some of the things she’s excited about seeing as the third season nears its end.  Most of the things she mentioned have already been reported elsewhere, but there was one name she dropped that came as a bit of a surprise.  Warning: There are spoilers ahead for upcoming episodes, so read on after the jump, only if you really want to know. 

Sunday TV Ratings: FAMILY GUY Tops the Demo; ONCE UPON A TIME Falls to Series Low

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TV ratings for Sunday, April 13th are in, though CBS’ early numbers aren’t helpful since the programming suffered a delay due to The Masters tournament.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Fox’s Family Guy scored the night’s highest ratings in the 18-49 demo with a 2.1 rating and 4.28 million viewers, though it was down 9% from last week’s episode.  Elsewhere on the network, Bob’s Burgers fell 11% to a 0.8 rating and 1.89 million viewers, American Dad dropped 8% to a 1.1 rating and 2.33 million viewers, The Simpsons dipped 16% to a 1.6 rating and 3.59 million viewers, and the excellent Cosmos notched a 1.2 rating and 3.5 million viewers for a drop of 20%.
  • ABC’s Once Upon a Time was down 21% to 1.9 rating and 6.25 million viewers, which ties its series low.  Resurrection dropped 9% to its own series low 2.0 rating and 7.12 million viewers, and Revenge matched last week’s series low with a 1.3 rating and 5.11 million viewers.
  • Over on NBC, Believe was even with last week’s series low 1.0 rating and scored 4.36 million viewers, while Crisis ticked up 10% to a 1.1 rating and 4.02 million viewers.

Sunday TV Ratings: GAME OF THRONES Premiere Scores Highest HBO Ratings Since THE SOPRANOS Finale

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TV ratings for Sunday evening are in, and unsurprisingly HBO has a stellar night.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • The season four premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones scored a record 6.6 million viewers, which is up a whopping 2.2 million from last year’s 4.4 million premiere.  Adding in the encore’s 1.6 million viewers, the show totaled 8.2 million viewers on Sunday night.  The opener topped the previous Game of Thrones record of 5.5 million, which it hit in the third episode of season three, and last night’s episode was the most-watched HBO telecast since the series finale of The Sopranos.
  • Additionally, the series premiere of the excellent new comedy series Silicon Valley brought in 2 million viewers, scoring the network’s biggest half-hour launch since 2009’s Hung.  The season three premiere of Veep (also fantastic) averaged 1 million viewers, which is even with its season two finale.

Hit the jump for the rest of the ratings report for Sunday, April 6th, including Once Upon a Time, Believe, Crisis, Family Guy, and more.

Rebecca Mader Talks ONCE UPON A TIME Season 3, Playing the Wicked Witch, Broomstick Action, Working with Episode Director Mario Van Peebles, and More

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In Episode 16 of Once Upon A Time (called “It’s Not Easy Being Green”), the wicked Zelena (Rebecca Mader) challenges Regina (Lana Parrilla) to a fight to the death and reveals their shocking familial connection.  Meanwhile back in the past in the land of Oz, viewers will get a greater understanding of the Wicked Witch and learn about why she’s so upset, why she’s seeking vengeance, why she’s become green, and why she’s become wicked.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Rebecca Mader talked about how much fun she’s having playing the Wicked Witch, how no one should want to get caught in the crossfire of the wicked vs. evil duel, getting to do all of her own broomstick action, what it’s like to put the green make-up and the witch’s hat on, having no allies to turn to, working with Mario Van Peebles as the episode’s director, finding her own version of this character, what it’s like to join a pre-existing hit, much like she did previously with Lost, keeping story secrets, and just how much she knew about her character’s journey ahead of time.  Check out our Rebecca Mader interview for Once Upon a Time Season 3 after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

Sunday TV Ratings: THE WALKING DEAD Ends Season with Strong 15.7 Million Viewers, But Down from Premiere; BELIEVE and CRISIS Drop

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

  • AMC closed out its fourth season finale of The Walking Dead last night to the tune of 15.7 million viewers, which is a finale record for the show.  This is the first time in the series’ history that its finale numbers were lower than its premiere numbers, as the season four premiere scored 16.2 million viewers.  That said, 15.7 million viewers is nothing to scoff at—especially on cable TV.  Read Dave’s full recap here.
  • NBC’s new drama series, however, did not do so hot.  Believe dropped 8% to a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 4.81 million viewers, and Crisis was down 23% to a 1.0 rating and 4.32 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the rest of the ratings report for Sunday, March 30th, including Resurrection, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, Once Upon a Time, and more.

Sunday TV Ratings: FAMILY GUY and RESURRECTION Dip; BOB’S BURGERS Ticks Up

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TV ratings for Sunday, March 23rd are in, though CBS’ programming was delayed due to NCAA basketball so those initial numbers are inaccurate at the moment.  Here’s the brief rundown for the rest of the networks:

  • Fox’s Animation Domination kicked off with a new episode of Bob’s Burgers, which ticked up one tenth to a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.54 million viewers.  American Dad was down a tenth to a 1.3 rating and notched 2.71 million viewers, The Simpsons matched last week’s 1.9 rating and raked in 3.93 million viewers, Family Guy was down a tenth to a 2.2 rating and 4.28 million viewers, and Cosmos dropped three tenths to a 1.7 rating and garnered 4.23 million viewers.
  • Over on NBC, new drama series Believe dropped three tenths to a 1.2 rating and 5.06 million viewers, while new drama Crisis was also down three tenths to a 1.3 rating and 5.04 million viewers.
  • ABC’s new drama Resurrection also dropped, waning six tenths to a 2.5 rating and 9.22 million viewers.  Once Upon a Time was down four tenths to a 2.0 rating and 6.61 million viewers, while Revenge dipped one tenth to a 1.6 rating and 5.71 million viewers.

Sunday TV Ratings: RESURRECTION Drops Slightly for Solid Hold; BELIEVE Plummets

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TV ratings for Sunday, March 16th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • ABC’s new series Resurrection dropped 21% from its premiere with a 3.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and 10.8 million viewers, but it still remained the top program of the night.  Elsewhere on the network, Once Upon a Time dropped 4% to a 2.3 rating and 7.47 million viewers, while Revenge was down 11% to a 1.7 rating and 6.17 million viewers.
  • Over on Fox, Bob’s Burgers rose 22% to a 1.1 rating and 2.49 million viewers, American Dad dipped 13% to a 1.3 rating and 2.75 million viewers, Family Guy rose 5% to a 2.3 rating and 4.59 million viewers, and Cosmos dropped 10% to a 2.1 rating and 4.91 million viewers.
  • NBC’s Believe suffered a massive drop following last week’s premiere, dipping 48% to a 1.4 rating and 6.17 million viewers.  The premiere of Crisis hit a 1.6 rating and scored 6.51 million viewers.
  • CBS’ The Good Wife was even with last week’s 1.3 rating and scored 8.38 million viewers, while The Mentalist dropped 19% to a 1.3 rating and scored 8.66 million viewers.
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