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Greg Kinnear's 'Rake' fails to impress


Greg Kinnear's "Rake" fails to impress

About 7.1 million of "American Idol's" 12.1 million viewers stuck around for the Australian remake.


Ellen is out sick, so Ellie Kemper today is taking over her talk show

The former "Office" star is filling in today as Ellen DeGeneres recovers from the flu. She's Ellen's first-ever guest host.


Stephen Colbert raises concerns over the Chinese show that's ripping him off
"This is nothing short of wholesale theft," said Colbert. "And I love it."


Watch Jack Bauer & Chloe O'Brien in action on the set of "24: Live Another Day"

Kiefer Sutherland And Mary Lynn Rajskub -- with a new hairstyle -- were spotted filming this week on the streets of London.


Gabourey Sidibe: The "American Horror Story: Coven" cast got in a New Orleans bar fight

Sidibe tells Chelsea Handler a full-on brawl started when a woman glitter-bombed Sarah Paulson.


See Seth Meyers' long-haired college yearbook photo -- does he look like a hippie?
Contrast the future "Late Night" host as a senior at Northwestern, compared to his freshman year look.


How would Olivia Pope handle the Justin Bieber arrest?

Here's a mashup of Bieber and "Scandal." PLUS: MSNBC cut off a congresswoman for breaking Bieber news.


Comic book yanked featuring "Powerpuff Girls" with breasts in latex dresses

A sexualized, grown-up version of the Cartoon Network has been withdrawn following complaints from a comic book retailer.


Whole Foods has a new show on the new Pivot channel
"Dark Rye" is aimed at millennials.


"Lost" alum Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje joins ABC's "Odyssey"
He'll play a private military commander in the "Traffic"-like global conspiracy thriller from Peter Horton.


Vanity Fair has posted its Jimmy Fallon cover story
Check out Jimmy in a museum with bikini-clad babes.


Elizabeth Vargas recounts her battle with alcoholism in a "GMA" interview
"I am. I am an alcoholic," she tells George Stephanopoulos, adding: "It took me a long time to admit that to myself."


Adam Scott on remaking the "Bosom Buddies" opening: "We were essentially out of money"

This was, he says, the "Greatest Event in Television History." Why? "Maybe it's because this time we had a lot less time to make it," he says. "We were essentially out of money, so the fact that we even finished was the greatest event in television history."


Nick Offerman is writing his 2nd book
The "Parks and Rec" star's new book will "highlight approximately 25 figures from U.S. history" that Offerman thinks of as his "personal pantheon" of Great Americans.


Giuliana Rancic is getting a new E! interview show

"Beyond Candid With Giuliana" will launch Feb. 3 with a one-hour interview with Demi Lovato.


"Greek" alum joins "Grey's Anatomy"
Paul James might become a fixture at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.


Zach Braff crashed Donald Faison's Reddit AMA
The "Scrubs" stars brought their friendship to the Ask Me Anything format.

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<p>Greg Kinnear and Peter Stormare in &quot;Rake.&quot;</p>

Greg Kinnear and Peter Stormare in "Rake."

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: 'American Idol' carries FOX to Thursday win, 'Rake' disappoints

Greg Kinnear legal drama premiere loses nearly half of 'Idol' lead-in

 

Fast National ratings for Thursday, January 23, 2014.

Even a diminished "American Idol" was strong enough to carry FOX to a Thursday night ratings victory, albeit while CBS was in repeats and with an underwhelming debut performance from "Rake."

For the night, FOX averaged a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 9.6 million viewers. CBS was second (1.9, 7.8 million), followed by ABC (1.1, 3.9 million), NBC (1.0, 3.2 million) and the CW (0.9, 2.2 million).

8 p.m. -- "Idol" won the hour for FOX with a 3.3 demo rating and 12.1 million viewers. CBS was second (2.4, 10.8 million), and it's worth noting that a "Big Bang Theory" repeat (2.9, 12.8 million) about tripled the audience for a new "Community" (1.1, 3 million) on NBC. Together, "Community" and "Parks and Recreation" (1.2, 3 million) barely finished in third for NBC, followed by the CW's "Vampire Diaries" (1.1, 2.7 million) and ABC's "The Taste" (1.0, 3.8 million).

9 p.m. -- CBS won the hour with repeats of "The Crazy Ones" and "Two and a Half Men," which averaged a 1.9 demo rating and 7.9 million viewers. The premiere of "Rake" (1.7, 7.1 million) lost nearly half its "Idol" lead-in among viewers under 50, and dipped at the half hour, but still finished the hour in second place, followed by more of "The Taste" (1.2, 4.1 million), the continually troubled "Sean Saves the World" and "The Michael J. Fox Show" on NBC (0.7, 2.4 million) and the CW's "Reign" (0.7, 1.8 million).

10 p.m. -- "Parenthood" (1.3, 4.3 million) narrowly won the demographic battle for the hour, but it was also the only non-repeat in the timeslot, and a CBS "Elementary" rerun (1.2, 7.6 million) did significantly better among total viewers. A "Shark Tank" repeat (1.1, 3.9 million) was third for ABC.

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change

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<p>Sam Jaeger as Joel in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Sam Jaeger as Joel in "Parenthood."

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parenthood' - 'You've Got Mold'

Joel moves out, Kristina hates Max's school and Zeek and Camille make a big decision

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as the baby's eating the kitty litter...

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<p>Paul Rudd and Adam Scott meet Adam Scott and Paul Rudd in &quot;The Greatest Event in Television History&quot;&nbsp;take on &quot;Bosom Buddies.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Paul Rudd and Adam Scott meet Adam Scott and Paul Rudd in "The Greatest Event in Television History" take on "Bosom Buddies." 

Credit: Adult Swim

Adam Scott and Paul Rudd reunite for 'The Greatest Event in Television History'

The longtime pals channel Peter Scolari and Tom Hanks in 'Bosom Buddies'

Adam Scott had himself a big night of television last night. He directed his first episode of "Parks and Recreation" (which I reviewed here), and at midnight, Adult Swim debuted the fourth and final installment of his pointlessly wonderful "Greatest Event In Television History" series, this time with Scott and Paul Rudd recreating the opening credits to "Bosom Buddies."(*)

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Kevin Hart's life to become an ABC comedy


Kevin Hart's life to become an ABC comedy

ABC has ordered a multicamera project based on the standup comedian's life. If picked up, it will become only the 2nd multicamera sitcom on ABC, after "Last Man Standing."


ABC picks up alien drama pilot "The Visitors" from Steven Spielberg
"The Visitors" is based on Ray Bradbury's short story "Zero Hour," revolving around a group of aliens who are set out to destroy Earth.


Watch "The Greatest Event in Television History's" tribute to "Bosom Buddies"
Starring Adam Scott and Paul Rudd.


Jane Kaczmarek to play another Fox mom
She's joining a Fox comedy from Johnny Galecki about a 30-something man who lives with his mother.


Jimmy Fallon recreates "The Dick Cavett Show" set for Dick Cavett
Watch their interview on a "familiar-looking set."

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<p>&quot;Marmato&quot;</p>

"Marmato"

Credit: Sundance

Review: 'Marmato' mines for gold and drama in Colombia

Mark Grieco's documentary also features nefarious Canadians as villains
"Marmato" is Mark Grieco's first feature and he went all-in to deliver one of the best film's I've seen in this year's US Documentary Competition.
 
Over six years, Grieco lived in the Colombian mining village of "Marmato," serving as director, cinematographer and producer, wholly committing to telling the story about globalization, the illusion of progress, the insatiable human desire for riches and the decline of a way of life that is simultaneously woefully outmoded and yet authentic and worth preserving. 
 
Thanks to the duration of his presence in the region, Grieco has been granted a depth of access that allows him to populate the film with compelling and fully realized characters, while his background as a photojournalist has yielded a view of a unique corner of the world, one in which poverty and wealth overlap in the midst of great physical beauty. 
 
"Marmato" is somewhat hampered by telling a story that hasn't reached its conclusion, leading to an abrupt ending, but I liked Grieco's storytelling enough that I would gladly watch a sequel. [Might I suggest "More Mato" as the sequel title? No. I probably should not.]
 
Full review after the break...
 
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<p>Remember when this kicked off a brand-new trilogy of 'Terminator' films? It didn't?&nbsp;Hmmmmmm...</p>

Remember when this kicked off a brand-new trilogy of 'Terminator' films? It didn't? Hmmmmmm...

Credit: Warner Bros.

'American Hustle' producer backs out of 'Terminator' reboot

Have no fear, though, Paramount's still pushing forward with it

Pretty much any time the name "Megan Ellison" comes up around film nerds right now, you'll see the same giddy reaction. She has only been involved in the world of film financing for a few years now, but she's had an amazing string of credits so far, and she's helped make films that would otherwise not exist.

We need more people like Ellison in the world of film finance. One of the reasons I am a big fan of Thomas Tull and Legendary Pictures is because he makes decisions that no one else would. "Pacific Rim" exists only because Tull shared the same lunatic dream as Travis Beacham and Guillermo Del Toro, and thank god for that. Ellison has proven that she will take chances on artists she believes in, even if something doesn't make "business" sense on paper. "Zero Dark Thirty," "American Hustle," "Killing Them Softly," "The Master"... that's an intriguing list that speaks to her interests as a filmmaker.

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<p>Philippe Petit pretty much lived out my worst nightmare, and he did it VOLUNTARILY. Insane.</p>

Philippe Petit pretty much lived out my worst nightmare, and he did it VOLUNTARILY. Insane.

Credit: Magnolia Pictures

Report: Joseph Gordon-Levitt will star in Zemeckis version of 'Man On Wire'

Look out, Cuaron... Bobby Z wants his crown as king of the FX film back

We all know that studios chase success.

The problem is that they often chase it in the wrong ways. Instead of truly digging into an audience's reaction and looking at ways to help serve a certain desire the audience has, they frequently just imitate on a surface level. I'd like to think that the conversations that have no doubt resulted from the phenomenal success of "Gravity" would lead to something along the lines of the proposed film version of "To Reach The Clouds" by Robert Zemeckis, with a script by Zemeckis and Christopher Browne.

Philippe Petit was the focus of the riveting documentary "Man On Wire," and the thought of what Zemeckis could do with 3D cameras during Petit's attempt to walk between the two World Trade Center towers a full 1350 feet off the ground is pretty exciting. I don't have many phobias that are genuinely a problem for me, but heights is the one that gets me. When I am in a very high place, even if I know I'm safely protected behind glass, I get vertigo so extreme that I want to fall down. Always have. And if Robert Zemeckis does what I know he's capable of doing with the Petit story, I fully expect I will collapse out of a theater seat.

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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

Credit: The CW

'Vampire Diaries' recap: Can Katherine survive '500 Years of Solitude'?

The 100th episode is chock full of beloved characters

I can't write about the 100th episode of "The Vampire Diaries" without launching into spoilers. Sorry, but that's just the way it is. If you haven't watched, don't click through. If you do, you can't say I didn't warn you.

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<p>In &quot;Rake,&quot;&nbsp;Greg Kinnear celebrates a big gambling win.</p>

In "Rake," Greg Kinnear celebrates a big gambling win.

Credit: FOX

Series premiere talkback: 'Rake' - 'Serial Killer'

What did everybody think of Greg Kinnear in the new FOX legal drama?

I posted my review of FOX's "Rake" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did you find Greg Kinnear charming and/or funny? Was the legal case with Peter Stormare of interest? Did you feel any of the touch of Sam Raimi in the directing? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>Troy and Abed separaaaaaating!</p>

Troy and Abed separaaaaaating!

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Community' - 'Geothermal Escapism'

Another game turns Greendale into chaos as Troy prepares to say goodbye

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as we do the Reverse Danny Thomas...

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<p>On &quot;Parks and Recreation,&quot;&nbsp;April (Aubrey Plaza)&nbsp;helps Andy (Chris Pratt)&nbsp;prepare for a new kind of gig.</p>

On "Parks and Recreation," April (Aubrey Plaza) helps Andy (Chris Pratt) prepare for a new kind of gig.

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Farmers Market'

Ben tries to erect a firewall with new underling Leslie, Andy plays a kids party and Ann vents to the staff

A review of tonight's Adam Scott-directed installment of "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I go back to rabbinical school...

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