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ABC’s 'Selfie' and 'Manhattan Love Story' have disappointing debuts
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ABC’s 'Selfie' and 'Manhattan Love Story' have disappointing debuts

Alyssa Milano leaving 'Mistresses'

ABC’s “Selfie” and “Manhattan Love Story” have disappointing debuts
Just 4.9 million and 4.3 million, respectively, watched ABC’s new romcoms, which is higher than Fox’s “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project” but still very low for ABC.


Alyssa Milano leaving “Mistresses”
Milano won’t be part of Season 3 because production is moving to Canada.


Donald Trump considers “Black-ish’s” title offensive
"How is ABC Television allowed to have a show entitled ‘Blackish’?,” he tweeted. "Can you imagine the furor of a show, ‘Whiteish'! Racism at highest level?”


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Exodus: Gods and Kings
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'Exodus: Gods and Kings' trailer turns Christian Bale's Moses into a superhero

Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton star in front of Ridley Scott's green screen.

"Your parents never told you the truth. The year of your birth, there was a prophecy that our leader would be born to liberate us. That leader is you."

Yes, that's basically a line from the recent "Jupiter Ascending" trailer, but no, this exact quote comes from "Exodus: Gods and Kings," the latest Biblical epic attempting to shatter the Christmastime box office. From "Gladiator" and "The Counselor" director Ridley Scott, "Exodus" retells the classic Moses legend with ex-Batman Christian Bale as the chosen one and Joel Edgerton as Ramesses, wearing more eye-liner than Jack Nicholson's Joker. This is The Good Book as The Comic Book.

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Russell Crowe - The Water Diviner
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Watch the trailer for Russell Crowe's epically-sized directorial debut, 'The Water Diviner'

Film chronicles the search for a man's missing sons following the battle of Gallipoli.

"Go big or go home": A skateboarder mindset, a Sarah Palin slogan, the name of a "Parks & Recreation" episode," and now, the guiding mantra of Russell Crowe's directorial debut, "The Water Diviner." Via the magic of Twitter, Crowe debuted the first trailer for the war drama, a shiny blockbuster reminiscent of the high-impact Hollywood productions that shaped the actor's career. When it's not blowing up World War I battlefields, it's swelling with emotional power strings.

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<p>Zooey Deschanel, Hannah Simone, Rob Reiner and Kaitlin Olson in New Girl</p>

Zooey Deschanel, Hannah Simone, Rob Reiner and Kaitlin Olson in New Girl

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Julie Berkman's Older Sister'

Jess gets to know dad's new girlfriend, and Schmidt tries to sell sponges to men

A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I save you from a hideous river disease...

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No joke: Christian Bale watched Monty Python's 'Life of Brian' before playing Moses

No joke: Christian Bale watched Monty Python's 'Life of Brian' before playing Moses

Can you guess which Mel Brooks movie he watched right after?

Ladies and gentleman, Ridley Scott has returned to the world of antiquity and it ain't "Gladiator" or "Kingdom of Heaven."

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'SNL' promos: Sarah Silverman is back after 20 years
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'SNL' promos: Sarah Silverman is back after 20 years

Emmy winner was a cast member and writer in the 1993-94 season

“SNL” promos: Sarah Silverman is back after 20 years
Taran Killam paid a singing tribute to Silverman, who was cast member and writer in the 1993-94 season. “I’m so excited,” she says. "I can’t wait to do all my characters.”

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<p>Courtney Love of &quot;Sons of Anarchy&quot;</p>

Courtney Love of "Sons of Anarchy"

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Recap: 'Sons of Anarchy' - 'Poor Little Lambs'

SAMCRO is hit where it hurts and Courtney Love makes a brief appearance

Still haven’t caught up on Tuesday night’s “Sons of Anarchy?” Well call up the dog walkers, dig up some dead bodies and tell that ghost to stop talking because that body count just keeps on rising and you might want to see it for yourselves.

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<p>Agents of SHIELD</p>

Agents of SHIELD

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Review: 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' - 'Heavy Is the Head'

We get to know Lance Hunter, as the team hunts the Absorbing Man

A review of tonight's "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" coming up just as soon as I still have my George Foreman grill...

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<p>Monday&#39;s &quot;Gotham&quot;</p>

Monday's "Gotham"

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Ratings Analysis: 'NCIS: Los Angeles' has a problem, 'Gotham' and 'Scorpion' do not

'Castle' returns to ABC with 'Castle'-esque numbers

Everything dropped on Monday (September 29) night. Or nearly everything dropped.

That wasn't surprising and it wasn't upsetting for most of the TV networks. TV shows premiere high and then audiences dwindle for roughly the same reasons movies premiere big and then fall off 60 percent. Getting people in the door isn't hard. The challenge is getting them to come back every week. 

But the TV business now is shifting so aggressively toward Live+3 numbers that it also stands to reason that while heavily promotion encourages live viewership, it's perfectly reasonably to expect that many of the shows that suffered week-to-week declines on Monday will recover those viewers when DVRs are factored in.

That's all a round-about way to say that CBS is probably very happy with the Week 2 performance for "Scorpion." The drama that I've dubbed "Katharine McPhee: Nerd Wrangler" premiered last week with 13.83 million viewers and a 3.2 rating among adults 18-49, coming out of a "Big Bang Theory" episode with 18.24 million viewers and a 5.4 key demo rating. In Week 2, with a "Big Bang Theory" repeat drawing 12.26 million viewers and a 3.1 key demo rating, "Scorpion," after a small bump in Final Live+SD totals, drew 13.36 million viewers and a 3.1 key demo rating. If ABC is throwing a full-on parade for the opening week numbers for "How To Get Away With Murder" and "Black-ish," CBS is surely naming a lunchroom special in Kat McPhee's honor.

The retention numbers are just astoundingly rosy for "Scorpion," at least for one week. Among adults 18-34, "Scorpion" did a 1.9 rating for its premiere and a 1.9 rating for its second episode, even though the difference between the new "TBBT" and the "TBBT" repeat was a 1.7 in that demo. Among women 18-49, "Scorpion" did a 3.4 rating for its premiere and a 3.4 rating in the second week.

There were some male demo drops for "Scorpion." Among men 18-49, it slipped from a 3.0 to a 2.7. Oh no! And among men 25-54, it went from a 4.4 to a 3.6. Well, that's a bit bigger, but... CBS will live. "Scorpion" got a decent, but not "Gotham"-esque, Week 1 DVR bump, so there's at least a chance that its Live+3 numbers could grow week-to-week.

But now, let's look at some of the shows that weren't as lucky as "Scorpion"...

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<p>Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman in Manhattan Love Story</p>

Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman in Manhattan Love Story

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Series premiere talkback: 'Manhattan Love Story' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new ABC romantic comedy?

I posted my review of "Manhattan Love Story" this morning. Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did the notion that men think about breasts while women think about purses rock your comedic world? Did you like Analeigh Tipton or feel pity for her inability to properly update her Facebook relationship status? Was Jake McDorman charming or obnoxious? Do you want the voiceover to go far, far away, or do you want more, more, more? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>John Cho and Karen Gillan in Selfie</p>

John Cho and Karen Gillan in Selfie

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Series premiere talkback: 'Selfie' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new ABC comedy with Karen Gillan and John Cho?

I posted my review of ABC's "Selfie" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those of you watched tonight — or who watched the slightly longer, more annoying cut of the pilot on Hulu a few weeks ago — what did you think? Did you find all the social media jokes cutting edge or played out? Did you instantly despise Eliza, or did you like her? How do you feel about Karen Gillan's American accent, in terms of both realism and comedy? Do you like John Cho? Did the twee ukelele version of "Bad Romance" during the makeunder make you cringe or want to sing along? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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Amazon picking up 'Hand of God,' while 'Red Oaks' and 'The Cosmopolitans' are in 'serious contention'
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Amazon picking up 'Hand of God,' while 'Red Oaks' and 'The Cosmopolitans' are in 'serious contention'

FCC is considering imposing fines for saying 'Redskins' on broadcast TV

Amazon picking up “Hand of God,” while “Red Oaks” and “The Cosmopolitans" are in “serious contention"
Deadline reports that of the five pilots unveiled last month, drama “Hysteria” and comedy “Really” aren’t going forward. But the Ron Perlman series “Hand of God” is definitely a go, though Amazon won’t make a formal announcement until next week.


FCC is considering imposing fines for saying “Redskins” on broadcast TV
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the commission will look into a petition that calls for sanctions on any broadcast station that uses the controversial name of the Washington NFL team.


Watch the 1-minute “American Horror Story: Freak Show” trailer
See Sarah Paulson in action as conjoined twins.


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