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<p>Clark Gregg on Tuesday's &quot;Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Clark Gregg on Tuesday's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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TV Ratings: 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' dips, 'Supernatural' soars and NBC, CBS split Tuesday

'The Voice' recap episode, 'NCIS' are Tuesday's top shows
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, October 8, 2013.
 
NBC's pre-Battles clip show for "The Voice" performed well below the competition's normal numbers, but despite that decline, the network still topped Wednesday among young viewers, as CBS' procedurals dominated overall, even with a big drop for "NCIS."
 
Although "The Voice" and "NCIS" lost over 4 million viewers and a 1.7 key demo between them in the 8 p.m. hour, there was minimal capitalizing from the rival networks. 
 
ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." posted a less steep drop than last week -- down by a 0.3 key demo and 700,000+ viewers -- but was still off in its third frame, which led to "Goldbergs" also posting a second week of declines. Interesting, "Trophy Wife" was steady week-to-week among young viewers and posted a very small audience gain. With huge DVR bumps for each of its first two weeks, "S.H.I.E.L.D." is still doing fine and this probably counts as leveling at this point.
 
FOX's comedies also didn't capitalize much, with "New Girl" rising somewhat" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" also adding a whopping 0.1 in the key demo.
 
Certainly some of that extra audience went to The CW's "The Originals" and "Supernatural," which did solid numbers in their premieres. It was, in fact, the best "Supernatural" premiere since 2010, not bad for a drama in its ninth season.
 
On to the numbers...
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Report: Ellen is trying to distance herself from Bethenny Frankel's struggling talk show


Report: Ellen is trying to distance herself from Bethenny Frankel's struggling talk show
Ellen DeGeneres wants her name removed from Bethenny's talk show, which she executive produces, according to the NY Daily News.


Watch Bruce Willis' "SNL" promos

This is the first time Cecily Strong has been allowed to do promos.


Did Jon Stewart show an uncensored penis on "The Daily Show"?
Was "Full Frontal Clooney" actually full frontal?


"The Walking Dead" will air worldwide 1 day after U.S. premiere
This will help international viewers avoid spoilers.


"Community's" Dan Harmon responds on Reddit to claim that Season 4 sucked due to Season 3
Harmon compares Season 3 to Jeffrey Dahmer.


Miley Cyrus sings "We Can't Stop" with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots
Check out their A Capella performance.


Why Katie Couric is facing cancelation: She has "disdain" for her female audience

That's what an ex-employee says, noting that Couric would rather do harder-edged interviews like she did on "Today" and CBS News than do softer features that appeal to women who are home during the day. "She has a complete and utter disdain for the audience she needs to appeal to," says the ex-employee.


A&E's new slogan: "Be Original"
The "Duck Dynasty" and "Bates Motel" network plans to launch its new "much lighter, more fun" look in December.


Will Ronan Farrow become MSNBC's Anderson Cooper?
That's the plan for the son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, according to Page Six.


Is "Avalanche Sharks" the next "Sharknado"?
Watch the trailer for the newest Syfy shark film.


TLC orders more "Hoarding: Buried Alive"
Season 5 will have double its usual episode order.


Mafia put out a hit on Johnny Carson

Carson's lawyer's new book reveals that the mob put out a hit on "The Tonight Show" host in 1970 after he tried to pick up a mobster's "goomar" in an NYC bar.


Here's your 1st look at Lisa Kudrow on "Scandal"
Shonda Rhimes says of the casting: "It's amazing that Lisa said yes. She's a nuanced, intelligent actress, and Kerry Washington ended every working day saying, 'Oh, my God, Lisa's incredible!'"


Cinemax is trying to move away from its "Skinemax" reputation
There is still plenty of nudity on Cinemax, but the pay cable network wants to be known for producing high-quality TV series.


Discovery & BBC split up
After collaborating on specials like "Frozen Planet" and "Life," the two networks are ending their relationship as Discovery pursues more character-driven reality shows.


"Ironside" books Robert Forster and Lou Diamond Phillips

They'll guest-star in the same episode, with Forster playing Pablo Schreiber's father.


"The Vampire Diaries" casts an old friend from Damon's past
Michael Malarkey is joining the CW series.

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<p>On &quot;New Girl,&quot;&nbsp;Jess (Zooey Deschanel) tries to Smurf out to help Nick.</p>

On "New Girl," Jess (Zooey Deschanel) tries to Smurf out to help Nick.

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'The Captain'

Schmidt's sexual sabotage of Jess and Nick leads to the season's funniest episode

A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I'm comfortable with racial slurs...

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<p>Barkhad Abdi in &quot;Captain Phillips.&quot;</p>

Barkhad Abdi in "Captain Phillips."

Credit: Sony Pictures

Roundup: Let the whisper campaigns begin

Also: Bullock rules Hollywood, and 'Croods' wins the animated screener race
Every Oscar season it happens: a strong Oscar contender (or several) has to battle the negative publicity that comes from charges of factual inaccuracy. "Argo" survived it last year. Ditto "A Beautiful Mind" a few years back. And like clockwork, the knives have started to come out for some of this year's frontrunners: biographical dramas "Captain Phillips" and "12 Years a Slave," and even the fictional "Gravity." Steve Pond looks into the shadowy world of whisper campaigns:  "They’re designed to be untraceable, and to offer plausible deniability. Why wouldn’t CNN have pulled out a three-year-old interview that ties into a big movie opening in a few days?" Will all three films ride it out? Probably. [The Wrap]
 
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Dr. Phil will help mediate the Jimmy Kimmel vs. Kanye West feud


Dr. Phil will help mediate the Jimmy Kimmel vs. Kanye West feud
Kimmel announced that Dr. Phil will be part of Wednesday's special "Jimmy Kimmel Live."


Why Nielsen's Twitter TV Ratings are a total scam
Negative tweets about "Scandal" will be counted in the ABC drama's favor. plus there has been no proven correlation between tweets and viewership.


Oliver Stone calls the "Breaking Bad" finale "ridiculous"
"I happen to not watch the series very much, but I happened to tune in and I saw the most ridiculous 15 minutes of a movie – it would be laughed off the screen," he said, referring to the shooting scene. PLUS: "Breaking Bad" writer calls Stone a "Super Douche" who is trying to sell his new book by slamming the show.


Jeri Ryan joins Syfy's "Helix"
The "Star Trek: Voyager" alum will play the owner of Arctic Biosystems, where the Ron Moore series takes place.


NBC is having its best fall season in a decade

Has the Peacock finally shaken off "the curse of Jeff Zucker"?


Fox orders Steve Carell's "Slide Show" celebrity competition
Competitors will take part in song and dance and sketch challenges.


"Sons of Anarchy" director: How I filmed that shocking scene

"It was difficult," says director Gwyneth Horder-Payton of Tuesday's episode.


"Breaking Bad": The Opera?

A New York-based symphony has announced plans to create an opera based on the episode "Ozymandias." PLUS: Walter White & Jesse Pinkman reenact the American Gothic painting.


Rupert Grint's CBS pilot "Super Clyde" has been posted on CBS.com
The "Harry Potter" star plays a shy comic book fanatic in the comedy from Greg Garcia.


"Orange is the New Black" stars reenact a "Scandal" scene

Check out the scene made between takes of the Netflix series.


Letterman wants Seth Meyers to change "Late Night's" name to "The Tomorrow Show"
That's what Dave's NBC show was supposed to be called. PLUS: Meyers wants Amy Poehler to be his 1st guest.


Happy 70th birthday, Chevy Chase!
The "SNL" and "Community" alum is now in his 70s.


"The Goldbergs" brings on "Ed" and an "Eastbound & Down" alum
Tom Cavanagh and Jennifer Irwin will play the Goldbergs' prim and proper neighbors.


"Glee" insiders insist there is no feud with Dianna Agron
Her absence from the Cory Monteith tribute episode, they say, is due to scheduling conflicts.


Check out some "Big Bang" retro art

An art gallery is hosting an exhibit called "The Physics of Friendship: A Tribute to The Big Bang Theory." PLUS: "Big Bang" stars before they were famous.


Here's new couple Nina Dobrev & Derek Hough
The "Vampire Diaries"-"Dancing" couple stepped out together recently for the first time.


Jennifer Aniston pays tribute to sitcom directing legend James Burrows
"Will & Grace" stars Debra Messing and Eric McCormack also came out to salute Burrows, along with Danny DeVito, Bob Newhart and Chuck Lorre.


What if "Parks and Rec" was an old-school Nintendo video game?

See Pawnee in 8-bits. PLUS: "America, You Got Jammed" mashes up "Parks and Rec" with the government shutdown.


PBS' "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis" is damning TV
The "Frontline" documentary, which grabbed headlines when ESPN removed itself from the project, explains the NFL's treatment of concussions to the average viewer.


"Pretty Little Liars" star welcomes a baby girl
Tammin Sursok gave birth on Tuesday.

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<p>Ellen Page discussed the possibility of playing Kitty Pryde for a video game version of 'X-Men:&nbsp;Days Of Future Past' with us today at a press day for 'Beyond:&nbsp;Two Souls'</p>

Ellen Page discussed the possibility of playing Kitty Pryde for a video game version of 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' with us today at a press day for 'Beyond: Two Souls'

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Will Ellen Page play Kitty Pryde for a game version of 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'?

As we discuss her work in 'Beyond: Two Souls,' the question came up

Earlier today, Ellen Page sat down with a small group of reporters to discuss her work in the new game from Quantic Dreams Studios, "Beyond: Two Souls." I just got my copy of the game today and played a grand total of about twelve minutes while I was waiting to talk to her, but I can tell you already that anyone who played the game "Heavy Rain" will recognize many of that game's design ideas in this game, and there is no doubt when you look at it in motion that the lead character is meant to be Ellen Page.

We discussed the game, and I'll run that material for you tomorrow. First, though, I wanted to bring you a short bit from the end of our conversation. Right now, there's such a huge back-and-forth energy between Hollywood and the gaming community that I wanted to know if after this experience she would be willing to play her "X-Men" character for a game adaptation.

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Katey Sagal and Jimmy Smits on 'Sons of Anarchy'

A rough week for Gemma (Katey Sagal) and Nero (Jimmy Smits) on 'Sons of Anarchy'

Credit: FX

'Sons of Anarchy' recap: 'The Mad King'

It's officially just 'Melrose Place' with more motorcycles

Is Jax Teller actually the worst president in SAMCRO history or is he just an unfortunate victim of TV writers trapped in a twisted competition of "Look how far I can go!" absurdities?

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<p>Chloe Bennet is turning out to be cut from the same cloth as many earlier eminently crush-worthy characters in other Joss&nbsp;Whedon shows, and now we know where her loyalties lie after a strong episode of 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'</p>

Chloe Bennet is turning out to be cut from the same cloth as many earlier eminently crush-worthy characters in other Joss Whedon shows, and now we know where her loyalties lie after a strong episode of 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

Credit: ABC/Marvel Studios

'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' introduces its first big bad guy from the comics in week three

It's safe to say we just saw the birth of Graviton

Heading into the third episode of "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.", I'm struck by how many people have already written it off. With any TV series, I consider it amazing if they hit their full stride in the first year. My favorite Joss Whedon show took a full first season before it figured out what it was doing, and until the last few moments in season one of "Buffy," I don't think it was "Buffy" yet.

In addition, I think it's wrong to call this a Joss Whedon show. He's not managing it week to week, and he's not the showrunner. That's fine… he can't do everything, and so this creative team seems to me to be on a learning curve right now. Will they get "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." working perfectly? Beats me. Will I be willing to give them some time to work it out? Sure.

The opening this week featured a trucker who pretty much looks exactly like what I am afraid every trucker on the road looks like, with dark hollow eyes and a crazy meth stare. His tractor trailer truck is revealed to be part of a team of vehicles, and one of them, code-named "Little Girl," is suddenly flipped up into the air by something completely unseen. It happens to another SUV, and then to the trailer truck itself, and then after it's smashed, a small team of soldiers come running out from hiding and open the trailer, which turns out to be a lot more high-tech than it initially appeared. And inside? A prisoner who seems totally unsurprised to be rescued, greeting them with an annoyed "Are we there yet?"

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<p>Andy Samberg and Mary Elizabeth Ellis in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Andy Samberg and Mary Elizabeth Ellis in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

Credit: FOX

Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'M.E. Time'

Jake hooks up with the coroner, and Terry paints a picture of Captain Holt

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I have sex on a futon in couch mode...

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Best Actress 2014: Oscar contenders include Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep

Best Actress 2014: Oscar contenders include Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep

Oscar vets face newcomers in a competitive year for the category

This year's Best Actress race is full of Oscar veterans, but there are also a fair amount of up-and-coming indie hopefuls, outsider foreign film players and fresh faces to the awards scene looking for their first trip to the Dolby Theater.

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Listen: New TLC song, 'Meant To Be'
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Listen: New TLC song, 'Meant To Be'

Tune will make you miss the old days

TLC honors the memory of Lisa R20;Left Eye” Lopes with new song “Meant To Be.”

“No matter what, it will always be us together,” the remaining members T-Boz and Rhonda “Chilli’ Thomas sing on the Ne-Yo penned track. Yes, it could be about romantic love, but it’s also a sweet song about the trio.

It’s a shame, however, that the mid-tempo song doesn’t hold up, despite the sweet message. Without being too harsh, the vocals sound pretty rough. Time has not been their friend. Plus the song, with its “Hey” background sounds like it’s trying to be wrongly contemparize what is meant to be an old school tune. . Ne-Yo  sounds like he's just trying to replicate their past hits instead of coming up with something memorable. Still, if you’ve been pining for new TLC, this will be a comfort to you.

The track is one of two new songs on “20,” a best-of set commemorating TLC’s 20th anniversary, as well as the trio’s VH1 movie.
 

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<p>Robin Weigert</p>

Robin Weigert

Credit: AP Photo/Taylor Jewell

Robin Weigert on leaving TV (and her inhibitions) behind in 'Concussion'

The Emmy-nominated actress is a revelation in the sexually charged indie

“Brave” is a word sorely overused by critics when describing any actor taking on a somewhat sexualized character – especially when they take off their clothing in the process. If the sexuality in question is LGBT, so much the “braver,” apparently. It's a word, then, that you may have read applied a few times to Robin Weigert's terrific performance as a dissatisfied lesbian wife and mother in Stacie Passon's sharp, sensual debut feature “Concussion” – released last Friday on the Weinsteins' TWC-Radius label.

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