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Shocker boosts 'The Good Wife’s' ratings

Shocker boosts “The Good Wife’s” ratings
The CBS drama had its best numbers last night since January.

“Scandal” should learn from “The Good Wife” on how to create a genuine “OMG” moment
This is what a well-executed “OMG” moment actually looks like. PLUS: Watch a “Good Wife” video about last night, CBS shouldn’t use Letterman for “Good Wife” synergy, and this episode was very reminiscent of Kellie Martin’s key “ER” episode from 14 years ago.

OWN shows Oprah saying the F-word, telling Lindsay Lohan to “cut the bullsh*t”
On last night’s “Lindsay,” Oprah guilt-tripped a complaining Lohan telling her she knew she wanted to continue on. "If that is the case, then you're not going to be f*cking up,” said Oprah, adding: "And I know you're surprised to hear me say ‘f*ck.’"

A Belgian math teacher is using “Game of Thrones” spoilers to discipline his children
If the “Throne” fan students don’t behave, he’ll reveal spoilers from the books. PLUS: HBO releases 2 more “final” trailers.

Alfred Molina joins El Rey’s “Matador”
He’ll co-star with Gabriel Luna in the pilot about a soccer star turned CIA agent from Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.

Judd Apatow talks “Girls” Season 3, says he expects to go back to 10 episodes next season
“I am a big fan of doing more episodes,” he says of this season’s 12-episode run. "Unfortunately, most of the shows on HBO are 10 episodes, so I think we will be doing 10 next year. We don't line up with anybody when we do 12. That's why we double-pumped episodes at the beginning of the season and it's why there's no one around us (at the end)."

See pics of the “24: Live Another Day” London set
This season will have an industrial art-deco feel. PLUS: “24: LAD” is coming out with a comic book ahead of the premiere.

Alyson Hannigan: "HOLY BLEEP I'm 40!!!”
Before turning 40 today, the “How I Met Your Mother” star last night tweeted: "Thank you 30's. You couldn't have been better!!!"

Study: TV stars’ tweets motivate viewers to watch
A new study found that a majority of Twitter users who see a tweet about a show are more likely to take immediate action to watch, search for, or share content.

Animal Planet jumps on the aftershow bandwagon for “River Monsters”
On April 6, a special will air called "River Monsters: Live With Jeremy Wade."

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<p>Iowa State celebrates on Sunday</p>

Iowa State celebrates on Sunday

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TV Ratings: 'Resurrection,' 'Believe' and 'Cosmos' slip as NCAA overrun leads CBS Sunday

'American Dream Builders' is a Sunday dud for NBC

Fast National ratings for Sunday, March 23, 2014.

CBS got 41 minutes of overrun from a tight NCAA Tournament thriller between North Carolina and Iowa State, which boosted the network's lineup to Sunday primetime wins in most measures.

Due to that NCAA Tournament overrun, I have to remind you that these numbers are time period data and thus we don't have any sort of exact ratings for Sunday night's pivotal episodes of both "The Good Wife" and "The Mentalist."

On the other three networks, there was some consistency, at least: Nearly everything went down. ABC got a second straight week of fairly steep declines from "Resurrection," though the freshman hit was still easily Sunday's top drama. Also drooping were FOX's "Cosmos," as well as NBC's "Believe" and "Crisis," which shed viewers after a weak premiere for "American Dream Builders."

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>On &quot;Girls&quot; season 3, Hannah (Lena Dunham) was down at the same time that Adam (Adam Driver) was up.</p>

On "Girls" season 3, Hannah (Lena Dunham) was down at the same time that Adam (Adam Driver) was up.

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'Girls' producer Judd Apatow looks back on season 3

How did he see Hannah's story for the year? And why does he think the show inspires such extreme reactions?

HBO's "Girls" concluded its third season last night. I reviewed the finale here, and I was able to get on the phone with executive producer Judd Apatow for a few minutes to talk about the finale and season 3 as a whole. Apatow's thoughts coming up just as soon as I have a credenza and a cactus plant...

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<p>Josh Charles in &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Josh Charles in "The Good Wife."

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Review: 'The Good Wife' - 'Dramatics, Your Honor'

Will defends a murderer, and Alicia tangles with Nelson Dubeck

A review of last night's "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as I tell you to call me in five minutes...

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<p>Russell Crowe is driven by visions to prepare his family for the end of the world in Darren Aronofsky&#39;s striking and strange &#39;Noah&#39;</p>

Russell Crowe is driven by visions to prepare his family for the end of the world in Darren Aronofsky's striking and strange 'Noah'

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Review: Russell Crowe is the stormy center of Aronofsky's turbulent and terrifying 'Noah'

The year's most ambitious movie is spilling over with big ideas

Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" is not just one of the most ambitious films I've seen this year, it's one of the most ambitious films I've ever seen. It's a movie that is spilling over with ideas and images and emotional explorations of the metaphysical. It's a movie in which shamanic culture is part of the same tradition as fallen seraphim and blatant miracles. It tells a story that is so familiar at this point that it has no impact whatsoever and tells it in a way that is constantly pushing and challenging the viewer. Whatever your idea of the story of "Noah" is, Aronofsky, along with his co-writer Ari Handel, has found a distinct and different way into it, and what he's made is going to be worth conversation all year long.

One of the first things that strikes you when reading the Bible is just how much of it is concerned with lineage. Family trees are incredibly important in the Old Testament, and this film kicks off with a very simplified explanation. In the beginning, there was the garden. There was the fruit. Temptation. The snake. Cast out. Adam and Eve have three sons, Cain, Abel, and Seth. Cain and Abel take their act on the road and Seth and his descendants take care of the relationship with the Creator. Noah is shown to be the youngest descendent of Seth at the start of the film, and he sees his father killed by Men, sons of Cain whose industrial cities have choked the planet with waste and evil.

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<p>An entirely unspoilery picture from Sunday&#39;s &quot;The Good Wife&quot;</p>

An entirely unspoilery picture from Sunday's "The Good Wife"

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'The Good Wife' pulls off a shocker on the sly

Sunday's development snuck up on viewers

Sepinwall will probably write more about this in the morning. I'm sure it's his opinion you want to see. And if you care about my opinion, I'm sure we'll have to discuss this on either the podcast or the video show, depending on which we feel is more "spoiler-safe," whatever the heck that means.

However, in our glorious Internet age, HitFix should have a story up for SEO and I'm sure people have things to say about what happened on Sunday (March 23) night's "The Good Wife," so let's get the ball rolling.

It's not that I don't have thoughts. They're after the break. Obviously don't read anymore if you have't watched the episode, fittingly titled "Dramatics, Your Honor."

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'The Good Wife' creators explain the shocker

“The Good Wife” creators explain the shocker
Sunday’s episode was yet another shakeup for “The Good Wife” this season, but with bigger ramifications. PLUS: Why producers opted for violence, this seemed uncharacteristic and yet characteristic of the show, “I knew last year,” says “The Good Wife” star who will be on Letterman Monday.

Should Lena Dunham dump Hannah from “Girls”?
In Season 3, the other characters became more interesting than Hannah Horvath, as Lena Dunham became her own weakest link. PLUS: The Season 3 finale was a corrective on the Season 2 ender, “Girls” always manages to tie everything together, and Season 3 was “Girls’” best season yet.

Claire Holt calls her “The Originals” exit a “temporary absence”
“I want to be very clear that they didn’t run out of material,” she tells Buzzfeed. "I wasn’t pushed out, I wasn’t fed up with Rebekah, I didn’t quit mid-season, there was no drama, there was no rift between cast members; it really came down to the fact that I completed my initial commitment and made a life choice, not a career choice.”

Report: Josh Elliott wants $8M/year to stay on “GMA,” or he may jump to NBC
According to Page 6, ABC is offering Elliott $4 million a year.

Lindsay Sloane will play a character named “Lindsay” on “The Odd Couple”
Matthew Perry will reunite with Sloane, who guested on “Mr. Sunshine.”

Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis are having a baby
The “That ‘70s Show” co-stars are not only engaged but expecting.

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"Naked and Afraid"

"Naked and Afraid"

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'Naked and Afraid' recap: Can Jeff and Eva survive Madagascar?

This odd couple may have been the unluckiest in the history of the show

Every episode of "Naked and Afraid" is tough, but this week's may be the most hellacious I remember seeing that didn't involve a medical intervention. The worst part, though, is that so many of the obstacles Jeff and Eva face are of their own making. Actually, most of them are of Jeff's making, but we'll get into that in a moment.

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<p>On &quot;Girls,&quot; Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Marnie (Allison Williams) applaud Adam&#39;s play.</p>

On "Girls," Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Marnie (Allison Williams) applaud Adam's play.

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Season finale review: 'Girls' - 'Two Plane Rides'

Hannah gets some good news, Shoshana some bad, and Adam's play debuts

A review of the "Girls" season 3 finale coming up just as soon as I can feel the labia forming...

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<p>Sweet Georgia Brown!</p>

Sweet Georgia Brown!

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars' - 'Can't Make Fish Bite'

After some flight drama, the teams head to Sri Lanka for fishing and sewing

Sunday (March 23) night's installment of "The Amazing Race" came down to one decision made in the first 15 minutes of the episode. I'm not saying there was a "right" answer or a "wrong" answer in the moment, but the choice was made early and once it was made -- incorrectly, as it turned out -- there was nothing left to the episode and what followed was a 45-minute anti-climax. 

That's too bad, because this was perhaps the first episode of the season that was well-structured in terms of Detours and Roadblocks, featuring difficult tasks that had the chance to shake things up in terms of team placement. 

I write "had the chance to," because they didn't. This week's Top 4 was last week's Top 4. And last week's Top 4 was 3/4ths of the previous week's Top 4. We've had five Legs so far, which means 20 Top 4 finishes. The teams now in the Top 4 have *15* of those finishes. I refuse to go back to previous seasons to see if that's a comparable rate to the norm, but that's a pretty deep entrenchment at the top for this season. Similarly, while everybody likes to talk about major positive or negative swings of fortune on the Race, the back of the pack has also remained close to intact. Mark & Mallory fell from 6th to 10th in the week they were eliminated, but otherwise the teams that have gone home were starting in last or next-to-last.

So Sunday's episode had an exciting start in terms of travel, but once things went south, the only thing giving the episode even an iota of tension was a stereotype-based hypothetical: Would the middle-aged mom turn out to be a master seamstress, leading to one of the most shocking reversals in "Amazing Race" history? Well, we never even found out.

On to the recap after the break...

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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'Real Housewives of Atlanta' recap: 'Mexi-Loco'

'Real Housewives of Atlanta' recap: Are Apollo and Phaedra doomed?

Oh, Apollo. Sure, it's really swell that you managed to come to some kind of a semi-coherent, possibly drunken accord with Kenya. That's peachy keen. The problem is that Phaedra has been telling you for a mighty long time not to talk to Kenya, and you just don't care. She might as well be telling you to eat your vegetables or wash the dishes, because you keep reacting as if she's being a mean old mommy, which is not really a great thing in a marriage. 

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<p>Elizabeth Henstridge, Ian De Cestecker, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton and Clark Gregg pose for the photogs before the 2014 Paleyfest panel for &quot;Marvel&#39;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Elizabeth Henstridge, Ian De Cestecker, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton and Clark Gregg pose for the photogs before the 2014 Paleyfest panel for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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10 things we learned at the 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Paleyfest panel

Everyone better see 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

HOLLYWOOD - It may have been a PaleyFest for ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," but there was a ton of Captain America swag being worn in the Dolby Theater Sunday afternoon.  That was actually quite appropriate considering how much the events in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," opening April 4, affect "MAoS." The television show has done its best to tie into the larger Marvel cinematic universe with one episode focusing on the repercussion of "Thor: The Dark World" in November, a very impressive guest appearance by Lady Sif (Jamie Alexander) earlier this month and a cameo by none other than Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in October. Things will become even more interesting after what transpires in Marvel's latest big screen effort.

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