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<p>Thursday's &quot;Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Thursday's "Big Bang Theory"

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TV Ratings: Monteith tribute boosts 'Glee,' 'Wonderland' premieres soft and 'Big Bang' leads CBS Thursday

NBC gets low numbers across the board
Fast National ratings for Thursday, October 10, 2013.
It was a very mixed Thursday, as several networks found things to be enthusiastic about and several shows sunk into the danger zone.
CBS was, as always, led by "The Big Bang Theory," which was Thursday's top show in must measures and led the network to overall wins for the night, though "The Millers," "The Crazy Ones" and "Two and a Half Men" all continued to fall, despite that powerful lead-in.
Some of the declines for several shows in the 9 p.m. hour are probably due to a well-above-average audience for FOX's "Glee," which paid tribute to the late Cory Monteith and drew its biggest audience since last September.
The night's lone premiere was ABC's "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," which came in below the fall Thursday 8 p.m. launches for "FlashForward," "Charlie's Angels" and "Last Resort" from recent years. And while it still led the 10 p.m. hour, ABC's "Scandal" was down from last week's premiere.
Meanwhile, NBC's former Must See Thursday was five shows averaging under 4 million viewers and between an 0.8 and 1.2 in the key demo, with rather dire numbers across the board.
Note that The CW's lineup was preempted in the New York market for football and will probably change, perhaps dramatically in the case of the 9 p.m. encore of "The Originals."
On to the numbers...
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<p>Erika Christensen and Sam Jaeger as Julia and Joel on &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Erika Christensen and Sam Jaeger as Julia and Joel on "Parenthood."

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'Nipple Confusion'

Victor's school struggles spark conflict, Sarah takes Kristina's picture and Jasmine wants a break

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I put Dick Cheney on my pro/con list...

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Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine."
Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine."
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Roundup: Why a winner-heavy Best Actress race is a bad thing

Also: 'Gravity' backlash, and where 'Blue Jasmine' is competing at the Globes

Mark Harris' latest Oscar column is, as usual, a good read. The first half of it deals with the already much-discussed Oscar prospects of "Gravity," but things get really interesting when he turns to the Best Actress race, which is in danger of becoming only the second acting category ever to consist wholly of past Oscar winners. (The first, of course, was last year's Supporting Actor lineup.) And that, Harris writes, is "deplorable": "I don't know what's most dispiriting, the strong suggestion the Best Actress field lacks a deep bench, the comparative paucity of opportunities for actresses that a non-deep bench implies, or the assumption that Academy voters are disinclined to look beyond people they already know can give a nice speech." Of course, it doesn't have to be this way. Delpy, Gerwig, Exarchopoulos, Garcia: think outside the box, Academy. [Grantland

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GLAAD finds fewer LGBT characters on TV

GLAAD finds fewer LGBT characters on TV
A new report from GLAAD says that the percentage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters has fallen from 4.4% last year to 3.3%. Fox was found to be the most gay-inclusive, while History channel had no LGBT images on screen last year.

"Glee's" Cory Monteith tribute left out one of the show's lasting attributes: cold honesty
"Erasing Finn," says Hank Stuever, "seemed to be the ultimate goal: no clips of Monteith’s character from past episodes, just vague memories and broad strokes. That undermined the episode's strongest scenes, including one in which Finn’s mother, Carole (Romy Rosemont), broke down in tears while packing up her son’s bedroom." PLUS: No one can accuse "Glee" of crass exploitation, and it was a triumph of restraint.

Is "Falcon Crest" getting a reboot, too?

Several stars of the '80s CBS primetime soap say they've been approached about doing a possible reboot.

Jon Stewart gives "The Daily Show" showrunner a heartfelt sendoff
Stewart chronicled Rory Albanese's ascent from production assistant to executive producer. "He was a wiseass, and I really liked him," said Stewart.

Miley Cyrus called out by The Stroke Association
Her "SNL" joke about "having tiny strokes, yo!" during her monologue didn't go over well with The Stroke Association, which says "having a mini-stroke is no laughing matter."

Happy 40th birthday, Mario Lopez!

The "Extra!" star is celebrating his 40th as perhaps the most successful "Saved by the Bell" alum.

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Terri Nunn

Terri Nunn of Berlin

Listen: CulturePop No. 29 - Terri Nunn of Berlin talks Miley Cyrus, 'Animal'

The '80s icon talks about her new album, Lady Gaga, Adele and more

I feel as if we gush over every guest we have on the show, but this time we want to REALLY gush over this week's guest -- the iconic, incredible Terri Nunn of Berlin. She's candid, funny and insightful -- and she has lots of opinions that will make you think. We loved spending time with Terri -- so much so, we went WAY over our usual time limit. We think you'll love her, too. If you want to hear Terr's radio show Unbound, check it out at Find out more about "Animal" on iTunes and at Check out the rundown: 

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<p>Lea Michele and Chris Colfer of &quot;Glee&quot;</p>

Lea Michele and Chris Colfer of "Glee"

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'Glee' honors Cory Monteith with the mostly effective 'Quarterback'

Lea Michele and Naya Rivera were the emotional standouts
After two weeks in a Beatles-induced haze, "Glee" simultaneously paid tribute to the all-too-real Cory Monteith and the fictional Finn Hudson on Thursday (October 10) night with an episode titled "The Quarterback."
It's an episode that fans have been dreading, but also anticipating, since Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room in July at the age of 31.  When somebody so young dies, it's impossible to "get closure," but it was important that "Glee" offer fans the opportunity for shared grief with all of the show's stars.
And... Oy. If it's hard to comprehend how a young fanbase deals with the death of a young star, it's even harder to figure out how a cast like the "Glee" cast deals. While there have been periodic rumors of bickering and disfunction involving one actor or another, few workplaces are entirely harmonic at all times and why should "Glee" be any different? But no matter how estranged or how close anybody in that cast is, most of them share a common experience, wherein they went from virtual unknowns to global sensations in just a few months. It's an experience that only the people within that bubble fully comprehend and, this summer, they lost somebody who was there with them from that first moment. Even if Cory Monteith wasn't humble, kind and grounded, it would be a shock and a nearly unhealable wound, but by all accounts [and in my limited, but pleasant, experiences with him] he was.
Watching "The Quarterback" was witnessing an uncomfortable piece of communal grieving. For obvious reasons, we put a premium on Lea Michele's mourning and we wonder how she was able to do what she did in this episode.  Michele is a pro and she's said all of the right things about this episode, as have all of the stars and writers, but the public face that anybody puts on a situation like this doesn't really tell us anything. I watched and listened to Michele's "Make You Feel My Love" and it hurt, because she wasn't acting. Nobody in "The Quarterback" was acting. We've seen the "Glee" cast act and many of them are very good, but we've seen all of them do heightened emotion before and this looked different. Or maybe I'm just projecting. Maybe we're all just projecting. Maybe the "Glee" cast grieved in their own way in July and for this episode, they were professionals, keeping their emotions in check and committing only to their finest acting on behalf of their fallen comrade. I don't know. You don't know either. None of us know. I watched the episode and in moments I felt it was a cruel thing to do to the cast. And then in moments I felt like it had to be cathartic. But I don't know. And you don't know either. 
[More after the break…]
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'Scandal' recap: Olivia deals with Dad in 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner'

It's a battle between the truth and Mellie's lies

This episode is going to fill in some gaps and answer some questions, and if that takes a mess of flashbacks to do it, so be it. As we know, Fitz's grand plan to tell the world about his affair with Olivia has been effectively (and pretty brilliantly) derailed by Mellie. Now the poor, innocent girl who's been stuck in the role of White House mattress back has hired Olivia to save her bacon. What happens next requires further explanation, so the story kicks off five years ago with Olivia hanging with homeless Huck. Yeah, I was wondering about how that progressed, too.

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"The Vampire Diaries"

"The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Will 'True Lies' ruin Damon and Elena?

Silas isn't the only one who isn't telling the truth

It isn't easy being a vampire, or at least not a vampire in Mystic Falls. There's always someone chasing you, occasionally the townspeople turn on you (if only because they're under some Silas mind control, but still), your friends have a tendency to die, you have to take introductory college classes, that sort of thing. This week, we also deal with the fact that not everyone is telling everyone else the truth. Worse, not everyone is telling themselves the truth. It's enough to make you want to curl up in your coffin and weep.

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BBC will make 9 lost "Doctor Who" episodes available for download

BBC will make 9 lost "Doctor Who" episodes available for download

Discovered in a Nigerian TV studio, the Patrick Troughton haven't been seen since the early '60s.

Chris Elliott to play Betty White's "Hot in Cleveland" boyfriend

He'll play the "laid-back Luke" in Season 5.

Justin Long returning to NBC with his own comedy project

The former "Ed" star is expected to star in "The Younger Man," a comedy he's writing with his brother.

Shonda Rhimes: I've applied my "Grey's Anatomy" lessons on "Scandal"

"I learned on 'Grey's' that you don't want anybody on your show that doesn't want to be there," she says. "I wanted 'Scandal' to be a place where everyone that you're working with was a lovely, giving person who was as excited about this as we all were. There's no competition, no jealousy and no drama; it's just a family, and that's what Grey's is now." PLUS: "Grey's" cast reflects on 200 episodes, 11 memorable moments, cast share their audition stories, and Ellen Pompeo posts a thank you note on Twitter.

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." still has a lot of work today

It may have earned a full season, but the ABC drama's ratings have dropped week to week. Here are tips for improving the show.

Claim: Many young people have never watched "The Sopranos" because it's not on Netflix
A college professor writes that many of her students are unfamiliar with HBO's Golden Age of Television because they're too busy watching the many TV options offered by Netflix.

Carol Leifer joins "Devious Maids" as an executive producer
The comedienne is one of several producer additions for Season 2.

Google has tweaked its search results for TV shows
Add "TV shows" to a search of a TV show and you'll get specialized info on that program.

How long can "Scandal" keep up its craziness?

As Mike Hale notes, some of the exchanges are starting to sound the same, adding: "Its becoming hard to avoid the realization that one of the show's most important plots involves two smart women fighting over a needy, sly, middle-aged baby." PLUS: Kerry Washington is surprised Olivia Pope isn't a drug addict in jail, Joe Morton on his relationship with Olivia, and everything you wanted to know about Olivia's style.

CBS orders a Matt Damon-Ben Affleck comedy pilot, starring Tom Papa
Damon and Affleck are producing "More Time With Family."

Why does live-tweeting of scripted shows result in terrible tweets?
It's hard coming up with something interesting to say when you're immersed in a show.

A bear from Miley Cyrus' VMA performance tells all on Reddit
The bear claims Robin Thicke knew what was about to happen -- he even suggested some moves.

"Real World's" Sean Duffy: How did he become the "Shutdown Congressman"?
The Wisconsin representative seemed like a totally different person 16 years ago on MTV.

How formulaic are "Modern Family" jokes?
Here's a breakdown of the jokes from the 100th episode. PLUS: "Modern Family" has become a "smile machine."

Shows with 1-word titles are all the rage
"Dads," "Mom," "Betrayal," "Scandal" ...

Oprah will auction off stuff from her house
Her Montecito mansion is undergoing a renovation.

"Mom" is funny yet sad
It's unusual to have a network comedy based on addiction and recovery.

Mary Lou Retton signs on for a "Celebrity Champions" gymnastics reality show
Celebs will compete in bars, floor, rings and vault.

Watch the trailer for Hulu's sports mascot reality show

"Behind the Mask" premieres Oct. 23.

"Bright Young Things" book series is coming to ABC
The book series set in 1929 Manhattan will be adapted by producer John Wells.

Car designers are getting their own reality show
The company behind "Project Runway" is casting for "Revved Up."

David Milch's "The Money" adds Ray Liotta and Mamie Gummer
Liotta will play a Wall Street tycoon on the HBO pilot.

Fox's Tuesday: TV's best night of comedy

"New Girl," "The Mindy Project" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" help form the "smartest, funniest, and all-around best night of comedy on television."

"Parks and Rec's" Counciiman Jamm -- more understandable thanks to the gov't shutdown?
Why Jon Glaser's character doesn't seem so far-fetched. PLUS: 24 things learned from the "Parks and Rec" set.

Abandoned hospital hosts an "American Horror Story" sleepover
Linda Vista Community Hospital held a special event to promote the "Asylum" DVD release.

Will "Glee's" Cory Monteith tribute romanticize addiction?

How sanitized will tonight's Finn tribute episode be? PLUS: Fox launches a "RememberingCory" website, and Monteith's estranged father speaks out.

How the "Breaking Bad" finale is explained in Marty Robbins' "El Paso"
"Felina" seems to echo the plot. PLUS: Britney Spears retweets Bryan Cranston's concern about her finale complaint.

There are 13 kinds of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" episodes
Fifteen of the 100 episodes have been devoted to the gang doing something gross with food. PLUS: An appreciation of "It's Always Sunny."

NYC's "Saved by the Bell" musical is a lot like "Rocky Horror Picture Show"
Fans have attended "Bayside! The Musical!" dressed as their favorite characters. PLUS: Watch the "Bayside!" trailer.

It's been 15 years since "Felicity" premiered
Scott Foley explains why the college drama still resonates today.

Ex-"Dancing" stars Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo are expecting a baby boy
It'll be the first child for the couple, who married in 2007.

"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" is more brand extension than spinoff

But unlike the original, "Wonderland" skips straight to bewilderment.

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<p>Simon Cowell of &quot;X Factor&quot;</p>

Simon Cowell of "X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - The Four-Chair Challenge Round #4

Simon listens to his last four Groups and makes tough choices.

When we left "The X Factor" on Wednesday night, Simon Cowell had listened to four of his Groups and given chairs to all four.

Six groups remain, including a slew of early favorites and the last two FrankenGroups, so which big Switches does Simon have in store?

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"Once Upon A Time in Wonderland"

"Once Upon A Time in Wonderland"

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'Once Upon A Time in Wonderland' recap: 'Down the Rabbit Hole'

Alice is off to Wonderland, but it's not what you remember

After watching "Once Upon A Time in Wonderland" (which we should just call "Wonderland" from now on, even if it reminds a few of you of that murdery 2003 Val Kilmer movie), I had an idea. if you've been reluctant to jump into "Once Upon A Time" because there are too many characters, or because you've missed the first season, or if you just don't like whatever character has emerged as a focus this week (though it could easily change next week), this might be just the show for you. Even though it's a spinoff of "Once Upon A Time," think of it as the gateway drug. Drink me!

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<p>David Bowie</p>

David Bowie

James Murphy remixed David Bowie's 'Love Is Lost': You're welcome

He lives for chopped applause

Chopping and screwing a track of applause is nothing new -- and James Murphy re-titles his remix to David Bowie's "Lost Is Lost" as such. The former LCD Soundsystem frontman tips his hat to composer Steve Reich and his "Clapping Music" in this dark dance redux.

The result of the "Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy For The DFA" is something spirited and menacing, with a wry smile as you put your hands together. Bowie's lamentations reside in caverns of reverb next to rhythmic sythesizers, the clapping ultimately dying out after a dramatic chorus and then 5 more minutes of music.

Murphy and Bowie spent some time in the lab together as they both worked on Arcade Fire's "Reflektor," at least; knowing Bowie's affinity for the band, he may show up on more than just one song on the double-album. Murphy signed on to produce much of the Montreal band's new album. Now when is Regine going to sing on a Murphy song, with Bowie directing and acting in the video, hrm?

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