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<p>Orlando Jones</p>

Orlando Jones

'Sleepy Hollow' star Orlando Jones on Captain Irving's legal woes and interacting with fans

How has this season's added work load changed things for 'Sleepy Hollow'?

I don't want to jinx anything, but HitFix's video studio is becoming like the West Coast Campus for "Sleepy Hollow." 

In June, Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie stopped by our offices for a look back at the first season of their FOX hit and a tease of the early start for production on Season 2.

This past week, we hosted Orlando Jones, who plays Captain Frank Irving on the history-tweaking, supernatural-fueled action-dramedy.

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<p>The &quot;New Girl&quot; Season 4 premiere</p>

The "New Girl" Season 4 premiere

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Ratings Analysis: 'New Girl' up from spring, 'Mindy Project' flat

Does the 'Utopia' bump mean anything for FOX?

As TV audiences become more and more fragmented, it's always amusing to go back and look at perceived failures from two or three years ago and muse on how grateful the networks work be to have those numbers now. 

It's a bit less common to go back only a year and look at the numbers a show was doing and go, "GOOD LORD. WHAT HAPPENED?!?" But it occurs.

Case in point: More than a few ratings observers have glanced at this morning's premiere ratings for "New Girl" and then looked back at last year's premiere ratings and gone, "GOOD LORD. WHAT HAPPENED?!?"

Last September, "New Girl" premiered with a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 5.53 million viewers. By its finale in May, "New Girl" was down to under 2.4 million viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49.

Before going any further, it always has to be repeated: Few shows on TV get a larger Live+3 and Live+7 DVR bump than "New Girl." There. Acknowledged. 

And last year's "New Girl" premiere was also a reasonably big bump from where the numbers ended the spring before. 

But still... Mere justifications like "Well, the Nick-Jess relationship really wasn't clicking" don't quite do that sort of in-season viewer attrition justice.

We've already reported on Tuesday's (September 16) Fast National numbers for the "New Girl" premiere, but now let's look a bit deeper...

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Aubrey Plaza to voice Grumpy Cat for Lifetime
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Aubrey Plaza to voice Grumpy Cat for Lifetime

Les Moonves: There’s a 'very strong possibility' Showtime will be offered to non-cable subscribers

Aubrey Plaza to voice Grumpy Cat for Lifetime
In a match made in heaven, the deadpan “Parks and Rec” star has been tapped for "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever” after Jane Lynch reportedly backed out after winning an Emmy.


Les Moonves: There’s a “very strong possibility” Showtime will be offered to non-cable subscribers
“And possibly with CBS as well,” the CBS chief, who oversees Showtime, told investors today.


“Friday Night Lights” alum Zach Gilford to play Jennifer Carpenter’s love interest on USA’s “Stanistan”
He’ll play an infrastructure manager for USAID in the drama about an American compound in the Middle Eastern country of Stanistan.


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Force Majeure
Credit: Magnolia Pictures

Trailer for Sweden's Oscar submission, 'Force Majeure,' touts caustic comedy

The Cannes and TIFF favorite arrives Oct. 24

You won't find many comedies in the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film category (2003's "The Barbarian Invasions" and last year's "The Great Beauty" stand out as recent, funny-ish winners). But that's not stopping Sweden from backing Ruben Östlund's incisive, family dramedy, "Force Majeure," as its 2015 contender. The film's first trailer should help skeptics understand the decision.

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'7th Heaven' cast reunites while 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' heads to Vimeo
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'7th Heaven' cast reunites while 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' heads to Vimeo

'The Good Wife' gets a cameo out of Gloria Steinem

“7th Heaven” cast reunites
Beverley Mitchell last night posted a pic of her Stephen Collins, Jessica Biel, David Watson, David Gallagher and Catherine Hicks, but where was Ruthie?


“The Good Wife” gets a cameo out of Gloria Steinem
Julianna Margulies says she was starstruck when she filmed a scene with the feminist icon, who’s playing herself. "I made a fool of myself and then had to email her and had to apologize,” Margulies said on “Live! with Kelly and Michael."


“Mystery Science Theater 3000” is coming to Vimeo
The online video service will stream 80 episodes of the cult comedy series, plus any new episodes made over the next year.


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<p>&#39;The Judge&#39;</p>

'The Judge'

Robert Downey Jr. lays down some big city justice in newest 'Judge' trailer

Will Robert Duvall pull off a supporting actor nomination?

"The Judge" is back in court for another trailer.

Oscar vets Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall star in this family drama about a slick, big city lawyer returning to his hometown to defend his father -- a renowned local judge -- in a murder case.

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Paramount preps Chris Rock's 'Top Five' for December 2014 release

Paramount preps Chris Rock's 'Top Five' for December 2014 release

Producer Scott Rudin has a new player on the battlefield

The moment Paramount Pictures plopped down a hefty chunk of change for Chris Rock's "Top Five" in Toronto, all eyes turned toward it as a potential awards player. After all, it was wildly loved out of the fest. One even wonders if it was a significant threat in the People's Choice Award situation up there. But the studio has a ton on its plate for the end of the year. Could it really take on another end-of-year opener? "Oh well," they seem to be saying on Melrose. "Let's go for it." A December release it shall be. Dec. 5, to be exact.

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Bill Hader returning to 'SNL' as host
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Bill Hader returning to 'SNL' as host

Bill Hader returning to “SNL” as host
Hader, who left “Saturday Night Live” in May 2013 after eight seasons, will host the 40th season's 3rd episode on Oct. 11 with musical guest Hozier.

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Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in Serena

Nobody wants to release Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper drama, 'Serena,' apparently

Susanne Bier's drama is an Oscar no-go as it defaults to Magnolia Pictures

Fans of Danish director Susanne Bier have been crossing their fingers for "Serena." When the project was announced, all the elements of a great film were there: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, surrounded by "Silver Linings Playbook" buzz, would star; Bier, Best Foreign Language Film Oscar-winner for 2010's "In a Better World," was in the director's chair; Together, they'd translate an acclaimed novel by author Rob Rash. That was in April 2012. Two years of radio silence painted a discouraging picture in need of wishful thinking.

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Lolo Jones on being the 1st booted from 'Dancing with the Stars': 'I'm so tired of feeling embarrassed'
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Lolo Jones on being the 1st booted from 'Dancing with the Stars': 'I'm so tired of feeling embarrassed'

“New Girl” and “The Mindy Project” return down from last year

Lolo Jones on being the 1st booted from “Dancing with the Stars”: "I'm so tired of feeling embarrassed”
The former Olympian was worried about coming off as a loser on “Dancing”: "My brief time on #DWTS was a lasting lesson,” she wrote on Facebook. "I really wanted to stay on the show and have the layers of hurt wash away by showing the public how hard I work. I wanted to come away a victor for once. I wanted to do so good performing in public that the haters would stop teasing me. But that is my way of thinking. Not Gods."


“New Girl” and “The Mindy Project” return down from last year
While both Fox sitcoms were down from their last season premieres, “New Girl” was up and “Mindy Project” was on par with last season’s finales. PLUS: “New Girl” adds Michael Stahl-David as a Jess love interest, and appreciating “Mindy’s” Danny Castellano.


Meredith Vieira: I was a victim of domestic violence
With domestic violence in the news, Vieira shared her story yesterday, saying: “I was in an abusive relationship many, many years ago, as a young woman.”


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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;America&#39;s Got Talent&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "America's Got Talent"

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TV Ratings: 'Utopia' rises but 'America's Got Talent' leads NBC Tuesday

'Big Brother' is steady in its second Tuesday airing

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

The two-hour performance finale of "America's Got Talent" helped NBC comfortably beat "Dancing with the Stars"-fueled ABC and "Big Brother"-led CBS on Tuesday night. 

While the network only finished fourth overall and third among young viewers, FOX got some [tempered] good news as "Utopia" ticked up week-to-week, while the network would surely want a mention that the "New Girl" and "Mindy Project" premieres were both up from spring finales (but down steeply from last year's September premieres).

This may be a good afternoon to do some ratings analysis when Live+Same Day figures come in.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Red Oaks</p>

Red Oaks

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'Red Oaks' co-creator Gregory Jacobs talks about his Amazon pilot

How will the '80s country club comedy work if Amazon orders it to series?

Late last month, Amazon released its third batch of series pilots, ahead of the premieres of any of the shows from the second batch. (“Transparent” is being released on the 26th, and I’ll have a bunch of content about that next week.) “Red Oaks” — a comedy about a teenage tennis pro at a New Jersey country club in the summer of 1985, created by Gregory Jacobs and Joe Gangemi, directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Steven Soderbergh— was easily my favorite of the five new pilots (you can watch it here), and I’m hopeful that after the round of costumer feedback concludes at the end of this month, Amazon will order it to series.

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