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<p>World Series Game One</p>

World Series Game One

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TV Ratings: World Series opener helps FOX split Tuesday as 'Love Story' eyes oblivion

'The Flash' also dips, while 'NCIS: New Orleans' rises for CBS

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

The World Series opener between the Giants and Royals was essentially over after the first inning, but the lopsided Giants win still let FOX claim Tuesday night among young viewers. Baseball took only a small bite out of CBS' dramas, though, as "NCIS: New Orleans" helped the network win overall.

While "NCIS: NOLA" held up well against the World Series, there were a slew of big droppers on Tuesday including "Marry Me," "About a Boy" and even The CW's "The Flash." 

Also slipping on Tuesday was ABC's "Manhattan Love Story," which did only a 0.7 rating in the key demo, which may prove to be the catalyst necessary to get us our first cancellation of the season.

This story will make no judgments on FOX's World Series numbers, because as inaccurate as figures for live events are in general, they become even more inaccurate when dealing with a West Coast participant. So these are time period figures and not, in any way, the ratings for the World Series game itself.

On to the numbers...

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Jim Carrey tries to get spooky in his Halloween 'SNL' promos
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Jim Carrey tries to get spooky in his Halloween 'SNL' promos

Bill Murray tells Ellen his Christmas special still doesn’t have a network

Jim Carrey tries to get spooky in his Halloween “SNL” promos
He and Aidy Bryant have decided to start dating as #jaidy.

MTV greenlights "Broke A$$ Game Show” and “Todrick"
"Broke A$$” will involve people on the streets competing for cash, while “Todrick” will feature YouTube star Todrick Hall.

Bill Murray tells Ellen his Christmas special still doesn’t have a network
But he adds: “I think we’ll have to do it.”

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Patrick Stewart
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Patrick Stewart to play a killer white supremacist in 'Blue Ruin' director’s next

'Green Room' is currently in production, eying a 2015 release

The genial, Instagram-loving Sir Patrick Stewart isn’t the first actor one might think of for a “ murderous skinhead” part, but his cranium does come fit for the job.

Broad Green Pictures (BGP) announced late Tuesday that the “X-Men” and “Star Trek” actor has joined the cast of “Green Room,” the next thriller from “Blue Ruin” writer-director Jeremy Sauliner (there’s a pattern there, I just can’t put my finger on it…).

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Christopher Nolan praises Matthew McConaughey's quest for truth
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Christopher Nolan praises Matthew McConaughey's quest for truth

A roll call of the star's leading ladies, from Reese Witherspoon to Jennifer Garner, turned out to pay tribute Tuesday night

BEVERLY HILLS — It was time for a victory lap for last year's Best Actor Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey as the "Interstellar" star was honored by the American Cinematheque at the Beverly Hilton's famed International Ballroom Tuesday night. A roll call of the star's leading ladies was on hand to take part in the tribute, which closed with "Interstellar" director Christopher Nolan doing the honors of presenting the hardware.

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<p>Kyle MacLachlan in Marvel&#39;s Agents of SHIELD</p>

Kyle MacLachlan in Marvel's Agents of SHIELD

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Review: 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' - 'A Hen in the Wolf House'

Mockingbird swings by, while Skye gets close to her father

A review of tonight's "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" coming up just as soon as I maintain my cover as Ron Burgundy...

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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;Sons of Anarchy&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "Sons of Anarchy"

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Recap: 'Sons of Anarchy' - 'Greensleeves'

SAMCRO hatches a plan for Juice and unknowingly sacrifices one of their own

So you still haven’t watched Tuesday night’s “Sons of Anarchy?” Well you’re going to want to pop your eyes back in their sockets, boot up those tablets and pre-order your copies of “Cocks & Bagels” because it was a doozy. Also, this article contains spoilers, and this is one you’re going to want to see for yourself.

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Tom Hanks' 'Bachelor Party' is the latest movie-to-TV remake
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Tom Hanks' 'Bachelor Party' is the latest movie-to-TV remake

Toys ‘R Us yanks 'Breaking Bad' action figures following a Florida mom’s complaints

Tom Hanks' “Bachelor Party” is the latest movie-to-TV remake
ABC has ordered a “comedy anthology series” based on the raunchy 1984 film, co-created by Regis Philbin’s daughter, J.J. Philbin. The “Bachelor Party” series will focus on three couples: "one about to get married, another recently divorced and a third just falling in love.”

Toys ‘R Us yanks “Breaking Bad” action figures following a Florida mom’s complaints
"Let's just say, the action figures have taken an indefinite sabbatical,” Toys ‘R Us said in a statement, following pressure from a Florida mom who gathered 8,000 signatures.

Tina Fey recalls casting Jan Hooks on “30 Rock,” says: “Jan should have had a bigger career ... as big as Rob Schneider's f*cking career"
“We needed to cast Jane Krakowski's estranged Florida dirtbag mother, and I thought, My God, do you think we could get Jan Hooks?” Fey recalled on Monday night, adding that Hooks was initially hesitant to take on the role. Fey adds: "Jan should have had a bigger career. Jan deserved a big movie career. Certainly as big as Rob Schneider's f*cking career. She was a bigger star on S.N.L.'"

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<p>The Flash</p>

The Flash

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Review: 'The Flash' - 'Things You Can't Outrun'

The Flash takes on the Mist, while Caitlin flashes back on the death of Ronnie

A review of tonight's "The Flash" — which the CW just gave a full-season order to — coming up just as soon as my chest feels like that one time I had a cigarette...

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<p>This is how I imagine Eddie would look if he actually ever read this article.</p>

This is how I imagine Eddie would look if he actually ever read this article.

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'Cook' sounds like just another round of pretending Eddie Murphy cares

Does it count as 'tough love' if we don't really love him anymore?

Who is Eddie Murphy acting for?

That sentence may be a little bit strangled in terms of grammar, but it communicates clearly the central question that I think has to be asked of Eddie Murphy at this point in his career. Yesterday, there was an announcement that Murphy would be stepping in to replace Samuel L. Jackson in the new movie "Cook," based on the life story of Susan McMartin.

If you want to read the piece that inspired the film, you can do so here. It's very sweet, very simple, and suggests a relationship that easily could carry a smart, character-driven film. McMartin also wrote the screenplay, and Mark Canton is producing with Bruce Beresford directing. That's interesting because Beresford's biggest cultural moment came with "Driving Miss Daisy," another movie that hinged on the emotional connection between a white woman and her black servant. That's some tricky ground for any film to mine, and it can work beautifully or it can feel really pandering, depending entirely on execution.

In the article on Empire where the story broke, Canton talked about how this is going to be a change of pace for Murphy, and compared it to a Jennifer Aniston film called "Cake" that premiered at this year's Toronto Film Festival. In that film, Aniston is intentionally stripped of glamor, a tact that many actors follow when doing "serious" work. Canton said, "'Cake' startled people because Jen gained a lot of weight and cut her hair and has a lot of scars and it's a serious drama. 'Cook' is another one. Everyone now wants to do what Matt McConaughey did, so we're financing these movies when we think they're put together the right way. This will be Eddie Murphy like you've never seen him. Of that, I can assure you."

Okay, well, those are some pretty big words, especially when Murphy is involved. You will find few people who have been as staunchly in Eddie's corner over the years as I have. I believe Murphy to be almost infuriatingly talented, and I use that word specifically because I have such mixed emotions over what he actually makes versus what he is capable of making.

That's why I asked that initial question. When Eddie Murphy first exploded onto the national consciousness, the thing that was most arresting about him was that full-volume need to entertain that just poured out of him. I'm not sure I've ever seen anyone work the "Saturday Night Live" studio audience quite the same way he did, before or since, and it was magic watching the way he could ride a wave of laughter or turn it up or get them to simmer down. The control was what made Murphy seem so awesome, and it felt like he really did care about that audience and his connection to them.

The same was true of his concert albums or his concert films. I saw him live one time on the tour that was filmed for what eventually became "Eddie Murphy: Raw," and it was amazing. Even in an arena, packed to the rafters and noisy and no good for staging a comedy show, Murphy was able to create that connection to every person in that place, and he absolutely understood what was happening as that audience reacted to him.

Watch his recent movies, though. Tone-deaf doesn't even begin to describe it. One of the things I find most infuriating about Hollywood is how often I've met people who would not watch the movies they make if their own names weren't on them. That makes me crazy. I have a hard time picturing Eddie Murphy sitting down to watch "A Thousand Words" or "Imagine That" or "Meet Dave" for fun.

When I saw "Dreamgirls" for the first time, I walked out of the theater and ran into the director, Bill Condon, and found myself almost in tears as I tried to explain to him how much it meant to me to see an Eddie Murphy performance in a real movie that suggested that all the talent and potential we've seen in him is still in there, still ready to be tapped by the right filmmaker on the right project.

But now… I'm not so sure I believe that. I mean, I think talent is talent. Eddie has bags of it, and any time he wants to, he could tap into it, but I don't believe that's the goal anymore. I don't think Eddie particularly likes movies anymore. I don't believe Eddie particularly likes the business. And I don't believe he reads projects based on what excites him or makes him reconnect to that eager 19 year old kid who burned so incredibly bright.

Instead, the most cynical part of me hears the description of "Cook," and it sounds to me like Oscar-bait. Having Beresford direct is the thing that really makes me itch. I don't think I'd want to make that movie twice, but Beresford is in the same boat as Eddie, someone who hasn't really put it together in a significant way in a while now, and it feels like he's retreating to safety. That's never the best place for a filmmaker to be when making something. And if the primary reason Eddie's making the film is so he can potentially be in that Oscar conversation again, as he was with "Dreamgirls," I wonder why. After all, he was clearly incensed when he didn't win that night, and the Oscar season requires a type of campaigning that Murphy's clearly not interested in, so he'll most likely never actually win. Instead, he'll just put himself through an ordeal again that won't result in the prize, rendering it all pointless and frustrating.

When I look at a future that includes a "Twins" sequel called "Triplets" and a "Beverly Hills Cop 4," I'll admit it… I sort of hate Eddie Murphy. Those films sound vile. "Twins" was a bloated, miserable, unfunny CAA deal memo that somehow got released as a movie, and a sequel to it is not only unnecessary, it is an act of aggression against the audience, a spirited "F U" to the entire notion of demand driving the act of making sequels. And as someone who saw the TV pilot for "Beverly Hills Cop," completely with painful obligatory Eddie Murphy cameo, I am comfortable stating that Axel Foley has left the goddamn building.

Maybe "Cook" will be great. Maybe Eddie will show up and deliver. But I've noticed that the only times he truly seems free now are when he's not the one we're looking at onscreen. If Rick Baker builds him a suit that renders him unrecognizable, or if he's doing an animated voice, he seems to come to life. But when it's him onscreen, there is something, some strange barricade, that seems to hold him back, and it gets more pronounced the older Eddie gets. So unless Rick Baker's going to completely transform him for this, I'm not sure I buy that Eddie Murphy has it in him to do something we've never seen before. I think that time passed.

And as a fan of Eddie Murphy, it sort of breaks my heart.

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MTV’s 'Scream' TV show won’t feature Ghostface
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MTV’s 'Scream' TV show won’t feature Ghostface

'SVU' will tackle NFL domestic violence issue with Chad Coleman and Meagan Good

MTV’s “Scream” TV show won’t feature Ghostface
The holder of the rights to the iconic masked character says Ghostface is not a part of the MTV remake, but he wouldn’t rule out any involvement at a “later date."

“SVU” will tackle NFL domestic violence issue with Chad Coleman and Meagan Good
Colman from “The Walking Dead” and “The Wire” will play a an ex-sports star turned reporter who is accused of assaulting his girlfriend, played by Good.

“Sleepy Hollow” books Michelle Trachtenberg
The “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” alum will play First Lady Abigail Adams, wife of President John Adams.

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Taylor Swift is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in new song 'Welcome to New York'

Taylor Swift is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in new song 'Welcome to New York'

Taylor Swift is the first person on the planet to have ever lived in New York

Taylor Swift is a 24-year-old woman who recently relocated her whole life to New York City.

"Welcome to New York" sounds and feels just like what a 24-year-old girl would have to say about the gritty city after having ripped up her roots from wherever she hails from.

And just like you would with any young 20-something who is telling about the "ever-changing" city of New York after she's lived there for, like, a minute: you can just tune it out. "Out of the Woods" and "Shake It Off" are just so, so much stronger than this.

Stream "Welcome to New York" right here.

Keep your ears open for it during any televised fashion or music event -- or for a wide-eyed teen romantic comedy that will get two-stars on IMDB -- based in the greater New York metro area.

"Welcome to New York" is on Swift's next album "1989," out on Oct. 27.

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'John Carter' could head back to Mars now that Disney has lost the film rights
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'John Carter' could head back to Mars now that Disney has lost the film rights

Andrew Stanton's movie is about to become a cautionary tale for new filmmakers

My guess is that it will not take as long for us to see a second "John Carter" movie as it did for the first one to get made.

It still seems sort of amazing that it took almost 100 years for John Carter to jump from the pages of the stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs to the big-screen, especially considering how many other properties took direct inspiration, sometimes to the point of theft, from the writing of Burroughs. While "John Carter" does not completely work, and it definitely suffers from having to follow many of its antecedents into the pop culture arena, it at least managed to capture some of the spirit of the source material.

Andrew Stanton's film may prove invaluable to whoever steps up next to try to turn the property into a viable big-screen franchise. They'll be able to learn from the casting, from the marketing, from the creative choices that worked and the ones that didn't. And make no mistake… someone will try. Even as a flop, the film raised the awareness level of the underlying material, and as I've said a few times now, I think pulp is starting to make a creep into the mainstream.

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