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Archive: September, 2013

POSTED: Monday, September 30, 2013, 2:58 PM
Viewers gave Walter White a big sendoff

The final chapter of Breaking Bad drew 10.3 million viewers on Sunday night, the second week in a row the AMC series set a high water mark in viewers. The penultimate episode drew 6.6. million viewers.

Even more impressive, the proportion of 18-49 years olds in that audience was remarkably high. 6.7 million to be precise. That’s up fully 300% in that most coveted of demographics from last season’s finale and a sure sign that Breaking Bad managed to capture the zeitgeist on its way out the door.

The sound of Bad Finger’s “Baby Blue” is still echoing in our ears.


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POSTED: Monday, September 30, 2013, 11:14 AM

While most of you were saying goodbye to Breaking Bad on Sunday night, a few people were welcoming back Homeland, which began its third season just as Walt White was writing his final act in blood.

And when I say, “a few people”, let me clarify. I mean The Simpsons, which began its 25th season (25 seasons!) with an episode entitled “Homerland” in which Lisa begins to think that her father has been turned by terrorists just because Homie has given up pork and beer.

So Lisa calls in a crackshot, um, I mean crackpot FBI agent, voiced by Kristen Wiig.


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POSTED: Friday, September 27, 2013, 10:33 AM
Nick Offerman plays Ron Swanson on NBC's 'Parks and Recreation' (Photo: NBC/Mitchell Haaseth)

Being the manliest man, Ron Swanson does not beat around the bush. Last night, on the hour-long season debut of Parks and Recreation, Ron found out Diane was pregnant and had married her. All before the opening credits rolled. Check out the condensed ceremony.

We’re just so glad Ron (Nick Offerman) found a partner who was woman enough. Doubly delighted that it’s Xena: Warrior Princess (Lucy Lawless).


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POSTED: Friday, September 27, 2013, 4:06 PM
Robin Williams returns to series TV as an unorthodox ad exec whose daughter (Sarah Michelle Gellar) works with him.

It’s all in the lead-in. The surest chance for success in prime time lies in following a show that’s doing well. TV series love to ride those coattails.

Thursday night’s premieres provided a dramatic reminder of that ratings truism, as Robin Williams’ new sitcom, The Crazy Ones, more than doubled the viewership of The Michael J. Fox Show. No one was expecting that kind of blow out.

Of course, The Crazy Ones had a distinct advantage: it followed TV’s top comedy, The Big Bang Theory which drew 18.9 million viewers. Of those, 15.6 million stuck around to see Robin.

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POSTED: Thursday, September 26, 2013, 2:55 PM
Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Baby Mama): Born and raised in Upper Darby, Tina Fey is best known for her comedic acting and writing for television shows like Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. She also wrote an adapted screenplay for 2004's Mean Girls and has won both Emmys and Golden Globes for her writing and acting. (Wikimedia Commons)

We always thought of Tina Fey as modest girl from Upper Darby. Mousey even. But girl’s gone wild!

Just days after a notoriously revealing appearance at the Emmys – as she went up to accept her writing award, her midnight blue Narciso Rodirquez gown dipped a little lower than broadcast standards would like – she’s at it again.

Check out this reel of promos of her hosting gig this weekend on her old show, Saturday Night Live.



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POSTED: Thursday, September 26, 2013, 9:54 AM
Floyd Mayweather Jr. walks to the ring to take on Canelo Alvarez during a 152-pound title fight, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Eric Jamison/AP)

What season is this? Fall? That means it’s time for Colbert’s “Sport Report” to check in on football and …chess?

Last night, Stephen jumped from a discussion of concussions on the gridiron to a ban on street chess in San Francisco. For this he brought out his “longtime chess correspondent”: boxer extraordinaire Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The two chatted about the dangers of the sport and why a ban makes logical sense. The champ discussed his own experience with this most physical of competitive ventures. “I was lucky,” he says. “My father put a bishop in my hand when I was 3.”


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POSTED: Thursday, September 26, 2013, 4:28 PM
This image released by ABC shows Julie Bowen, left, and Ty Burrell in a scene from "Modern Family." (AP Photo/ABC, Peter "Hopper" Stone)

Congratulations, Law & Order: SVU. You were about the only Wednesday show that saw an improvement from last year. That may have something to do with its cliffhanger. The life of Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) was in grave danger.

Otherwise it was bombs away on a bleak night in Burbank (and elsewhere in TV valley). Just about every series saw significant dips from a year ago. Among the big losers: Emmy perennial Modern Familywhich lost nearly 3 million viewers. Revolution was almost not televised, judging by the ratings.

Criminal Minds and CSI were down for CBS as were The Middle and Nashville on ABC. Survivor had its lowest rated episode ever.

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 9:26 AM
Justin Timberlake accepts the video of the year award for "Mirrors" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Another night, another pop superstar taking over Hollywood Boulevard for an al fresco concert.

Either Jimmy Kimmel knows someone in the mayor’s office. Or maybe he is the Mayor of Hollywood. How else can he get away with shutting down Hollywood Blvd., the town’s major artery on two successive nights: Monday for Paul McCartney and last night Justin Timberlake?

And if this is what Justin sounds like when he has a cold, give us some of those germs. JT performed a funky six-song set, starting with “Take Back on the Night” which was shown on Kimmel’s show (see video) and ending with “SexyBack.” To stream the entire concert click here.




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