Archive: September, 2013
Ellen Gray, Daily News TV Critic
"Breaking Bad" went out with a bang for AMC, which was crowing Monday about the 10.3 million viewers Nielsen estimates watched the 9 p.m. finale Sunday.
That's a record for the series, whose 6.7 million viewers aged 18-49 also had it up 300 percent in that demo from last summer's midseason ender. (Those are the people advertisers were trying to reach with all those commercials.)
And despite a night of premieres on cable and broadcast networks that attracted nicknames like "Dramageddon" and Dramalanche," 4.4 million stayed tuned to AMC after the show ended at 10:15, to hear "Breaking Bad" Vince Gilligan explain himself in the post-show "Talking Bad."
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.
Teresa and Joe Giudice are known for their confrontational behavior as stars of Bravo's Real Housewives of NJ- frequently clashing, interchangeably, with cast-mates and family members on the show. However, the normally-outspoken couple has remained silent following a 39-count indictment served by the feds in July that leaves the two facing up to 50 years in prison.
That is- until Sunday night- when their interview with Andy Cohen aired on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live.
"I'm a big girl and I have an attorney and we are going to fight this," said Teresa, 41, who described her current situation as "devastating."
Ellen Gray, Daily News TV Critic
"We knew we needed to dot all the i's and cross all the t's," "Breaking Bad" creator said Sunday night, in the AMC post-show "Talking Bad."
"It's a story that starts at A and ends at Z," he said. (Quote corrected from earlier version.)
And he's back! But at least he's no longer tweeting in all-caps.
The morning after Kanye West and JImmy Kimmel's big, bad Twitter fight, Slate published a piece titled, "Kanye West is Right: JImmy Kimmel's Sketch was Ignorant and Stupid."
West, who went on a Twitter rampage Thursday evening against the late-night comedian, followed up Friday morning by carefully curating a series of quotes from the aforementioned piece, starting with a link to the Slate article. See below:
Both Teresa Giudice and her husband face a possible 50 years behind bars, but the Real Housewives of New Jersey star is presenting a brave face.
"I can't fall apart," the solemn, suit-clad mother-of-four says to Andy Cohen in the new promo for a special Watch What Happens Live, while gripping her husband's hand. "I mean my daughters. They mean the world to me."
In an exclusive interview with the very network that launched the Giudice's reality TV careers, Cohen says to the couple, "Just hearing about [the charges] I got emotional, knowing you."
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).
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.