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Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Oct. 22, 2014

2014 WORLD SERIES
Fox, 8:00 p.m. ET

So much for the Kansas City Royals’ postseason undefeated streak. The San Francisco Giants not only beat the Royals in last night’s opening game of the fall classic, but beat them into submission. It was a thoroughly dominant victory, stifling the team, and the home crowd, from the opening inning. The Royals still have home-field advantage tonight – and tonight, will have to see if a new pitching matchup can make it more of an advantage.

MODERN FAMILY
ABC, 9:00 p.m. ET

Tyne Daly is all smiles in this photo – but don’t expect a lot of smiles in her guest role on tonight’s Modern Family. She plays Lily’s second grade teacher – and she’s all business.

NOVA: "BEN FRANKLIN'S BALLOONS"
PBS, 9:00 p.m.

Tonight’s new Nova explores the chapter of manned flight that predates the Wright brothers – and goes back to 18th-century hot-air balloons, which were all the rage in Paris – and all the rage of visiting American Benjamin Franklin, who saw in airborne manned balloon flights the future of both travel and warfare. Using materials approximating those of the first flight, on Nov. 21, 1783, Nova takes to the skies to recreate that original liftoff. Tune in to see whether Franklin’s enthusiasms were well-placed – or full of hot air. Check local listings.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW
FX, 10:00 p.m.

Each episode this season has introduced new central characters. This week, the third episode of the Freak Show story, is no exception. Tonight, in the first of a two-part Halloween episode, meet fortune teller Maggie Esmeralda, played by returning repertory player Emma Roberts.

WEB THERAPY
Showtime, 11:00 p.m. ET
SEASON PREMIERE:
Lisa Kudrow and her Skype-happy therapist character, Fiona Wallace, are back for another season, with more celebrity clients than ever – and with, once again, some old Friends.


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TUESDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insights' Blog.
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Ken Burns’ ‘The Roosevelts’ Bags Bully Ratings For PBS
By The Deadline.com Team - Oct. 22, 2014

More than 33 million people sampled Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts, PBS said this morning. The seven-part documentary series, airing on consecutive nights in September, averaged 9.2 million viewers, making it the third-highest-rated Burns film following the 1990 broadcast of The Civil War, and Lewis And Clark in 1997. The premiere episode, debuting on Sunday, September 14, was the highest rated of the series, with an average of 11.7 million (besting all other broadcast and cable programs that night in total viewers). And the week of September 15, in which all other episodes premiered, is PBS’ most watched in 20 years — since the week in 1994 when PBS premiered Burns docu-series Baseball. That Thursday’s episode No. 5 scored the second-highest audience of the series — 7.6 million viewers.

Among those households that watched The Roosevelts, the average time spent viewing, per household, was more than four hours (248 minutes).

The TV ratings are noteworthy in that PBS made the entire 14 hours available for streaming for two weeks, beginning the day after the premiere — a Ken Burns first. Viewers could access all seven episodes through PBS stations’ video sites, pbs.org/theroosevelts, and PBS station-branded digital platforms including Roku, Apple TV and Xbox. The full episodes were streamed more than 1.85 million times, with one-third of the streams delivered via PBS’ over-the-top apps. Additionally, The Roosevelts has been a best-selling title on Amazon, iTunes and ShopPBS.org.

The Roosevelts ranked in Nielsen Social’s Daily Top 5 for series and specials three out of the seven days it aired new episodes. The program generated over 3.6 million Twitter TV Impressions over the course of the week, according to Nielsen.

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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
NBC comedy block declines on Tuesday
New 'Marry Me' falls 17 percent in its second week, to a 1.9
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Oct. 22, 2014

NBC’s Tuesday night comedy block declined by double-digit percentages in its second week.

The new show “Marry Me” posted a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating at 9 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, off 17 percent from last week’s 2.3 debut.

That was still easily the top comedy of the night on broadcast and keeps it behind ABC’s “Black-ish” as the No. 2 new sitcom this season.

“Marry” held 61 percent of its lead-in from “The Voice,” the night’s No. 1 non-sports show with a 3.1.

“Marry” lead-out “About a Boy” slipped to a series-low 1.4, off 18 percent from last week’s second-season debut. “Boy” is in a tougher timeslot this year, moving from 9 p.m., where its lead-in was “Voice,” to 9:30, where its lead-in is “Marry.”

Those weren’t the only comedies to fall Tuesday, on a night with stronger competition than usual with Fox’s World Series coverage kicking off.

ABC’s “Manhattan Love Story” also dropped to a series low, posting a 0.7, off 22 percent from last week. Lead-in “Selfie” had better luck, posting a 1.1, up a tenth from last week.

But the 9 p.m. drama “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” was off 12 percent to a series-low 1.5.

CBS’s “NCIS: New Orleans” posted its best rating since its series premiere last month, drawing a 2.4 at 9 p.m., up 0.2 from last week.

At 8 p.m., “NCIS” was off a tenth from last week, to a 2.4.

The CW’s Tuesday lineup continues to post good ratings. “The Flash” drew a 1.4, off 18 percent from last week but still well above the typical CW show, while lead-out “Supernatural” drew a 0.9.

Fox was first for the night among 18-49s with a 2.9 average overnight rating and a 9 share. NBC was second at 2.2/7, CBS third at 2.1/6, ABC fourth at 1.2/4, CW and Univision tied for fifth at 1.1/3 and Telemundo was seventh at 0.5/2.

As a reminder, all ratings are based on live-plus-same-day DVR playback, which includes shows replayed before 3 a.m. the night before. Seven-day DVR data won’t be available for several weeks. Forty-nine percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

Also, ratings for Fox’s World Series coverage are approximate as fast nationals measure timeslot and not actual program data.

At 8 p.m. Fox was first with a 3.3 for its first hour of baseball, followed by NBC with a 3.1 for “Voice.” CBS was third with a 2.4 for “NCIS.” The CW and Univision tied for fourth at 1.4, CW for “Flash” and Univision for “Mi Corazon es Tuyo.” ABC was sixth with a 0.9 for “Selfie” (1.1) and “Manhattan” (0.7) and Telemundo seventh with a 0.4 for “Reina de Corazones.”

Fox was first again at 9 p.m. with a 3.0 for baseball, while CBS moved to second with a 2.4 for “NCIS: NO.” NBC was third with a 1.7 for “Marry” (1.9) and “Boy” (1.4), ABC fourth with a 1.5 for “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Univision fifth with a 1.2 for “Hasta el Fin del Mundo,” CW sixth with a 0.9 for “Supernatural” and Telemundo seventh with a 0.5 for “Los Miserables.”

At 10 p.m. Fox led with a 2.4 for baseball, with NBC second with a 1.9 for “Chicago Fire.” CBS was third with a 1.5 for “Person of Interest,” ABC fourth with a 1.2 for “Forever,” Univision fifth with a 0.8 for “La Malquerida” and Telemundo sixth with a 0.7 for “Señora Acero.”

CBS finished first for the night among households with an 8.7 average overnight rating and a 14 share. Fox was second at 6.5/11, NBC third at 5.2/8, ABC fourth at 2.7/4, CW fifth at 1.6/3, Univision sixth at 1.1/3 and Telemundo seventh at 0.8/1.

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Netflix Says 4K Streaming Will Change Web Video Forever
Ready or not, here comes Ultra HD.
By Michael Desjardin, Reviewed.com - Oct. 21, 2014

At the annual MIPCOM conference in Cannes, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos revealed that the streaming giant will shoot all of its original content in 4K from here on out. That includes original series like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, as well as movies like the recently announced Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend.

The news arrives on the heels of the announcement that Netflix is increasing the price of 4K streaming to offset the higher costs of producing and distributing ultra-HD content.

But despite the higher price point, Netflix believes that 4K is here to stay, and—more importantly—that service providers are already equipped to handle the transition.

"The advancements in compression will be able to deliver 4K just fine with current broadband speeds," Sarandos remarked at the MIPCOM keynote. "All of our original series are being shot in 4K, and certainly our original features."

The transition is the next logical step for Netflix, which has been steadily shifting its focus from distribution to programming in recent years. By producing ultra-high definition content, the company is aiming to stake its claim in the next generation of digital programming.

In fact, Sarandos believes 4K streaming is nothing short of a game-changer. "It will completely invert people’s expectations of quality of content on the internet."

According to spokesman Cliff Edwards, Netflix users who have already accessed UHD content will be grandfathered into their existing plan for at least two years. Future adopters hoping to flex their TV's 4K muscles via Netflix will have to upgrade to a "platinum" $11.99 plan.

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Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski Named NBC Sports Lead Figure Skating Broadcast Team
By Tony Maglio and Ryan O'Connell, TheWrap.com - Oct. 22, 2014

Move over Scott Hamilton, Tom Hammond and Sandra Bezic — NBC Sports Group has a new No. 1 figure skating broadcast team: Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski and play-by-play announcer Terry Gannon. All three previously served as commentators during NBC's coverage of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

“Johnny, Tara and Terry were breakout TV stars in Sochi,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer of NBC Olympics. “We're excited that viewers will be treated to this team's informative and entertaining commentary for many years to come, all while looking fabulous.”

The three will make their fall debut together on Oct. 26 during the 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America, which is the first competition of the seven-event ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.

Hamilton, who has provided commentary for NBC since 2002, will remain part of the broadcast team as a special contributor. The network also said Hammond would return for their 2016 Rio Olympics coverage to cover track and field.

As TheWrap previously reported, Weir and Lipinski most recently served as fashion experts for NBC Sports’ coverage of the Kentucky Derby in May and “Access Hollywood's” coverage of the 2014 Academy Awards.

“I am so honored to be a part of the NBC family and I hope to bring figure skating and the Olympics into America's living rooms for many years to come,” Weir said. “I could not have asked for a better first experience than in Sochi and along with my broadcast partners Tara and Terry. I cannot wait to start a fresh new era of commentary and analysis that will entertain and inform. I love my sport and I can't wait to go on more Olympic journeys!”

“NBC gave us an opportunity of a lifetime in Sochi, I could not be more excited to continue this journey,” said Lipinski. “My goal is to continue educating, entertaining and bringing the incredible sport of figure skating to a new generation of fans. It is an honor to be a part of an Olympics. I cannot wait to begin and I'm lucky to have my talented co-pilots Johnny and Terry by my side. Being a part of this is a combination of all of my favorite things and I look forward to the adventures in the years ahead.”

“I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to cover skating at the highest level on NBC with partners that are informative, unpredictable and uniquely stylish…time to upgrade my wardrobe,” Gannon said.

Weir is a three-time U.S. figure skating champion. Lipinski won a gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

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In fact, Sarandos believes 4K streaming is nothing short of a game-changer. "It will completely invert people’s expectations of quality of content on the internet."
It sounds like Sarandos is thinking about the wrong kind of quality. People want good programming, not high resolution. "You haven't lived until you've seen this cat playing the piano in razor-sharp UHD! It's the start of an Internet video revolution!"
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‘Shark Tank’ Spinoff ‘Beyond The Tank’ Ordered At ABC
By The Deadline.com Team - Oct. 22, 2014

ABC has officially ordered the Shark Tank spinoff Beyond The Tank, a companion series that will focus on what happens to entrepreneurs after they have struck deals with the sharks on the mothership show. Currently those types of updates and revisits are done as interstitials on the network’s Emmy-winning hit that airs Friday nights.

ABC will air the 10 episodes ordered for producers Sony Pictures TV and United Artists Media Group. No airdate for the companion series has been set.

The news surely will be well-received at CNBC, where Shark Tank reruns are by far that network’s most-watched shows in primetime as it continues to target non-news shows. (CNBC’s New Year’s Day marathon averaged more than 540,000 total viewers and 240,000 adults 25-54.) Most recently, CNBC added a version of Jay Leno’s online series Jay Leno’s Garage to air in 2015.

Mark Burnett, Clay Newbill and Phil Gurin are executive producers of both Shark Tank and Beyond The Tank.

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‘Cold Justice’ Spinoff Greenlit By TNT

TNT is expanding its real-life investigation series Cold Justice into a franchise. The network has ordered 10 episodes of an untitled spinoff from Wolf Reality and Magical Elves, slated to launch in spring 2015. Like its predecessor, the new series will follow a pair of crime experts as they travel the country to assist local law enforcement in closing long-unsolved cases. Rather than tackling homicides, however, the new series will focus on sex crimes.

Cold Justice, TNT’s first breakout reality series, averaged more than 2.2 million viewers in Live + 7 this past summer, a +17% increase over the show’s winter episodes. In key demos, Cold Justice averaged 838,000 adults 25-54 (+3% vs. winter).

Emmy winners Dick Wolf (Law & Order, Chicago Fire), Dan Cutforth & Jane Lipsitz (Top Chef, Time of Death) and Tom Thayer (Hitchcock, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee) serve as executive producers on both series, with Cold Justice expert Kelly Siegler also serving as an executive producer on the new show.

“This new Cold Justice series on sex crimes is about the healing that can come for survivors and their loved ones when an assailant is finally brought to justice,” said Siegler. “But it’s also about the bravery it takes for survivors of sexual assault to come forward and tell their stories, which in turn helps investigators close cases that can prevent the assailant from abusing others”.

TNT’s Cold Justice premiered in September 2013 and follows former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and former crime-scene investigator Yolanda McClary as they look into murder cases in which the trail to find the culprit has gone cold. Since the show’s premiere, Siegler and McClary have assisted local law enforcement in securing a total of 19 arrests, 10 criminal indictments, four confessions, three guilty pleas and two convictions.

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Steve Coogan to take Philip Seymour Hoffman role in 'Happyish'
By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times - Oct. 22, 2014

British actor Steve Coogan is going to take over the lead in Showtime's upcoming bittersweet comedy "Happyish."

The project will finally move ahead after being thrown into doubt earlier this year when star Philip Seymour Hoffman died of what a medical examiner called drug intoxication. At the time of his death in February, Hoffman had already shot the pilot for the series.

In "Happyish," Coogan, who is perhaps best-known for playing a journalist helping an elderly woman find her lost son in "Philomena," will play a middle-age executive whose life is thrown into turmoil by the arrival at his company of a much younger boss.

"Happyish" was created by Shalom Auslander, a contributor to the radio show "This American Life."

In a statement, Auslander praised his new star: "Steve's range is astounding -- he is a comedy legend, a gifted satirist, and he possesses the unique combination of talents this role demands."

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‘Bewitched’ Sequel Lands at NBC with Big Commitment
By Variety.com Staff - Oct. 22, 2014

NBC has landed the “Bewitched” sequel project shopped by Sony Pictures TV, which controls the rights to the Screen Gems classic.

NBC has given a pilot production commitment to the followup series which revolves around the granddaughter of Darren and Samantha Stevens, the couple at the center of the original series that aired on ABC from 1964-72.

The new-model “Bewitched” was penned by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. It’s also shepherded by Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher of Red Wagon Entertainment. Wick and Fisher produced the 2005 “Bewitched” feature, which flopped at the B.O.

NBC’s deal for “Bewitched” following a bidding skirmish with ABC was first reported by Deadline.

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THURSDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)

ABC:
8PM - Grey's Anatomy
9PM - Scandal
10PM - How To Get Away With Murder
* * * *
11:35AM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Alfred Enoch; Taylor Swift performs)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - NFL Thursday Night Kickoff (LIVE)
8:25PM - NFL Football: San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (LIVE)
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11:50PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Denzel Washington; Lenny Kravitz performs)
(R - Sep. 23)
12:52AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Shailene Woodley; Jack McGee)

NBC:
8PM - The Biggest Loser
9PM - Bad Judge
9:30PM - A to Z
10:01PM - Parenthood
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11:34AM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Derek Jeter; James Marsden; 5 Seconds of Summer perform)
(R - Oct. 2)
12:36AM - Late Night with Seth Myers (Nathan Lane; singer Weird Al Yankovic; writer Garry Marshall)
(R - Sep. 20)
1:36AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Jerrod Carmichael; The So So Glos perform; band Direct Hit!)
(R - Oct. 1)

FOX:
8PM - Bones
(R - Apr. 14)
9PM - Gracepoint

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - The 'This Old House' Hour
9PM - Masterpiece Classic - The Paradise, Series 2: Episode 4
(R - Oct. 19)
10PM - Antiques Roadshow: Jacksonville
(R - Oct. 20)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Mi Corazón Es Tuyo
9PM - Hasta El Fin del Mundo
10PM - La Malquerida

THE CW:
8PM - The Vampire Diaries
9PM - Reign

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Reina de Corazones
9PM - Los Miserables
10PM - Señora de Acero

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Author Leon Panetta)
(R - Oct. 8)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Bill Cosby)
(R - Sep. 24)
12:01AM - At Midnight (Doug Benson; Hari Kondabolu; Kyle Kinane)
(R - Sep. 29)
12:31AM - Adam Devine's House Party (Mike Bridenstine, Sam Morril, and Tone Bell perform)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Neil Patrick Harris; NBA player Damian Lillard; singer-songwriter Kiesza performs)
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‘Project Runway: Threads,’ threadbare
Latest Lifetime spinoff pits kid designers against one another
By Tom Conroy, Media Life Magazine - Oct. 21, 2014

More often than not, reality shows draw their inspiration from previous reality shows. Some actually steal from two previous genres. For example, E!’s short-lived competition show “Bridalplasty” combined clichés from bride shows and extreme-makeover shows.

Lifetime’s new show “Project Runway: Threads” is yet another spinoff from the long-running “Project Runway” — Lifetime also airs “Project Runway All Stars” and “Project Runway: Under the Gunn” — but the show’s second source of inspiration is unusual: It’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

In the show, three kids are each accompanied by a parent to the “Project Runway”-style competition. So when we’re picking someone to root for or against, the parents provide us with reasons to dislike or sympathize with their team.

But that slight bit of novelty isn’t enough to make the familiar challenge-catwalk-judging process feel new, and since the kids are only 12 or 13, the fun of rooting against them is diminished. What’s more, they’re unlikely to produce a truly interesting look, as occasionally happens on the original show.

Premiering this Thursday, Oct. 23, at 10:30 p.m., the series takes place at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, in Los Angeles, where three young would-be designers compete to create two new looks.

None of them comes across as a villain, but Kensie, a 12-year-old from Portland, Ore., seems a little unfairly advantaged. She says that she and her family travel at least twice a year to “exotic places, mostly in Europe.” Her clothes are available online. Oddly, her mother, Molly, seems down-to-earth.

Cambria, 12, from West Hills, Calif., comes with her father, David, who seems to be one of those over-supportive “helicopter parents.” He says that Cambria recently taught him how to sew.

And Bradford, 13, from Birmingham, Ala., comes with his mother, Dana, who says that she’d rather be watching football than making clothes. In fact, she can’t sew at all.

Each kid has brought in a signature look. The host, Vanessa Simmons, who is known, if at all, for being one of the daughters on MTV’s reality show “Run’s House,” introduces the two celebrities who will judge these looks: The first is Christian Siriano, a former winner on grown-up “Project Runway” whose snarky wit is wasted on a show in which he’ll be critiquing children.

The second is Kelly Osbourne. Simmons acts as if this were a big deal.

The kids are remarkably poised when describing their designs. Bradford, who wears a bowtie, says that he gave his evening gown an architectural neckline.

The winner of this round gets to steal another competitor’s parent for a half hour later in the competition.

The main competition is actually two challenges: The kids are told to design a look for a celebrity to wear on the red carpet at an awards show. While they’re doing that, they face the “Surprise Door Twist.” A door spins around and reveals an urban diorama with the words “Street Style” spray-painted on a wall. They’re told to design a look that the same celebrity would wear on the street.

Simmons comes in during the designing-and-sewing process to provide her two cents’ worth. She’s no Tim Gunn, but she does give Cambria some sensible-sounding advice. David encourages Cambria to ignore it.

As the time constraints kick in, Bradford gets increasingly bitchy with his mother. She begs someone to fire her.

The kids all have to cut corners on their designs, with visible results that would probably get a grown-up “Project Runway” competitor eliminated.

In any case, we’ve all seen too many similar ticking-clock segments on reality shows to get caught up in the suspense.

The final judging panel, which includes Siriano, Simmons, the actress and former model Jaime King and a fashion vlogger named Ingrid Nilsen, will make most viewers miss Michael Kors and Nina Garcia. None of the judges dares to get snarky with the bright-eyed kids.

Worse, a disclaimer at the end says that the judges consult with the show producers and Lifetime before rendering their decision. In other words, the outcome is potentially changed to be more entertaining.

The prize — including sewing machines from one sponsor, fabric from another and a summer scholarship at FIDM — is supposedly worth $25,000, but even at age 12, most people would prefer cash.

The only possible justification for this spinoff is that young wanna-be designers would like to see role models of their own age, but then why is Lifetime airing it at 10:30 on a school night? For adult viewers, a better title for this show would be “Project Runway: Threadbare.”

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Syfy Renews 'Face Off' for Season 8, Tweaks Format
By Philiana Ng, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Oct. 22, 2014

Syfy is continuing with special effects makeup reality competition Face Off, but is tweaking the format for the upcoming eighth season.

Set for a Jan. 13, 2015, return, the long-running unscripted series will be incorporating coaches and teams in a twist similar to The Voice, which airs on sister network NBC. Former winners Rayce Bird (season two), Anthony Kosar (season four) and Laura Tyler (season five) will return in the premiere and pick five-member teams who they will coach throughout the "Return of the Champions"-themed season.

Ve Neill, who wrapped work on The Hunger Games franchise, will also return in a full-time capacity as a judge.

Face Off, which launched in January 2011, has been a reliable performer for Syfy. A season-seven winner will be crowned in the finale airing Oct. 28.

Face Off is executive produced by Dwight D. Smith, Michael Agbabian and Derek Atherton, and hails from Mission Control Media.

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Christina Ricci to Reprise Lizzie Borden Role in Lifetime Event Series
By Travis Reilly, TheWrap.com - Oct. 22, 2014

Christina Ricci is set to reprise the role of infamous murder suspect Lizzie Borden in an upcoming Lifetime event series, “Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles.” The network ordered six one-hour long installments, which are set to begin airing in 2015.

The Emmy nominated actress previously portrayed the notorious ax-wielder in the Lifetime's successful January film “Lizzie Borden Took An Ax,” which took in 4.4 million total viewers for the network. When it premiered the film was also the evening's most-tweeted program, according the Lifetime.

“Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles” further explores the controversial acquittal of Borden, who was accused of the horrific double murder of her father and stepmother in 1892 and then thrust into the spotlight following her exoneration. When those around Lizzie again begin to die, legendary Pinkerton detective Charlie Siringo (Cole Hauser, “Good Will Hunting”) is suddenly thrown on the case.

Clea DuVall (“Argo”) co-starred in the TV movie as Lizzie's sister Emma and is also reprise her role in the upcoming series.

“For more than a century, the world has been captivated by the legend of Lizzie Borden. But no one has captured her enigmatic menace as well as Christina Ricci,” said Lifetime EVP and general manager Rob Sharenow in a statement given to TheWrap. “This series will take viewers further down Lizzie Borden's dark path, revealing what many people suspected about her mysterious life.”

Emmy nominee John Heard (“The Sopranos”) co-stars as Lizzie's murdered father's business partner William Almy, while Andrew Howard (“Hatfields & McCoys”) plays her half-brother.

“Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles” is produced by Sony Pictures Television and executive produced by Judith Verno (“Lizzie Borden Took An Ax”) and Ricci. The series is to be written by Greg Small & Rich Blaney (“Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret”), Barbara Nance (“House of Lies”), Jason Grote (“Mad Men”) and David Simkins (“Grimm”).

Stephen Kay (“Sons of Anarchy”) is set to direct episodes one and two.

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'Constantine’ needs work but has promise
By Dave Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle - Oct. 22, 2014

Even if “Constantine” doesn’t last more than a couple of weeks on NBC, it’s still better than the 2005 feature film with Keanu Reeves also based on the Hellblazer comic books.

As comic book TV shows go, “Constantine” is promising, but it’s difficult to say more than that, with just one episode to go on. There’s good stuff in the pilot — the special effects, for one — and not-so-good stuff, leaving the question up in the air about whether writers David Goyer and Daniel Cerone, who developed the series, can make the fixes necessary to do justice to Hellblazer. I liked the earlier version of the pilot and hoped to be able to see whether the promise paid off in both the final version and subsequent episodes. Unfortunately, NBC only sent one episode out, which doesn’t communicate much faith in the show.

Premiering Friday, “Constantine” begins with its titular antihero, John Constantine (Matt Ryan), checking himself into a mental hospital for electroshock therapy as a way of trying to forget what he’s seen in his work as an exorcist.

Wandering around, he encounters a young woman with white eyes, in a room crawling with cockroaches. She’s writing something on the wall that turns out to be the words “Liv Die.”

The game’s afoot, as it were, and Constantine heads to Atlanta, where he shows up just in time to rescue Liv Aberdeen (Lucy Griffiths) from being swallowed by a sinkhole.

Constantine knows that Liv is being pursued by evil forces and makes it his job to both protect her and help her understand how to use the special gift she possesses of being able to see otherwise invisible demons all around us.

The special effects are legitimately cool, even if the character writing is often flat and uninspired. We get to see Constantine’s guardian angel, Manny (Harold Perrineau), sprout wings, Constantine’s companion and driver Chas Chandler (Charles Halford) get zapped by a severed power line that suddenly turns into a kind of electrified snake, and a demon get destroyed in a pillar of fire.

The performances are so-so — no one really stands out — but then again, the writing would be a challenge for any competent actor. Ryan certainly looks the part of a tortured “master of the dark arts,” but otherwise, there are sporadic credibility gaps in the pilot that need immediate attention.

Of course, the whole concept of the show is a comic book, but as we’ve seen in better shows such as “Arrow” and “Gotham,” solid writing can make anything believable. If Cerone and Goyer need an example of how to make this kind of thing work well, they need only look to NBC’s Friday night hit, “Grimm,” whose fourth season will be the lead-in for “Constantine.” That show’s healthy audience will stick around for the newbie, at least for the first episode, and maybe longer if some of the smaller problems are fixed. If they aren’t, demons aren’t going to be the only thing getting exorcised on Friday night.


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10 p.m. Friday on NBC.


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Revamped TruTV aims to be a fun ride
By Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Oct. 23, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The last vestiges of TruTV's former identity as Court TV will be wiped away Monday with the network's relaunch as a destination for comedy fans.

"Our goal is to make TruTV a fun ride for grown-ups, an upbeat alternative in the landscape where so many shows are looking and feeling so much the same," said TruTV president and head of programming Chris Linn at a July press conference.

The evolution of TruTV began earlier this year with the May debut of "The Carbonaro Effect," starring magician/trickster Michael Carbonaro, which improved the network's time period performance. That show is back with new episodes at 10 p.m. Oct. 30.

TruTV launches a slew of new programs next week, including:

"Hair Jacked" (8 and 8:30 p.m. Monday): A game show invades a hair salon weekly and unsuspecting salon patrons are thrust into pop culture trivia competitions while stylists continue to work on their hair.

"Fake Off" (10 p.m. Monday): Teams re-imagine iconic pop culture moments in hopes of being crowned America's best fakers.

"It's a new form of storytelling," Mr. Linn said. "When you see a number of them sort of in their complete form, you realize you are being taken on a journey. They can be funny and comedic. They can be full of action. There's drama and heart."

Judges include Harry Shum Jr. ("Glee"), Roz-onda "Chilli" Thomas of TLC and Michael Curry (Broadway's "The Lion King").

"How to be a Grown Up" (10 p.m. Tuesday): Comics offer humorous guidance through interviews, sketches and animation.

"Friends of the People" (10:30 p.m. Tuesday): A new sketch comedy series starring three of the cast members from Fox's recent aborted "In Living Color" reboot.

Sketches will include a "Pardon the Interruption" parody -- "Squirrel and Fart" -- and a sketch called "Tracy Morgan Freeman."

Producer Neil Punsalan said the Internet culture of short comedy sketches influenced the approach to sketch comedy in "Friends of the People."

"We are trying to pick up the pace on our show and keep everything sort of shorter, so I think that creates a fun ride," he said, adding that there will be some man-on-the-street elements, too. "As opposed to just watching a show and seeing actors act out a scene, you are getting to see who [our cast members] are and how they work together organically and sort of naturally. It lets you behind the curtain a little bit."

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Amazon’s ‘Alpha House,’ Season 2
By Brian Lowry, Media Life Magazine - Oct. 22, 2014

“Alpha House” isn’t the most popular or celebrated title amid the present onslaught of D.C.-set political series, but it might be the most honest and politically astute. Perhaps that’s because Garry Trudeau’s satire about a quartet of Republican senators sharing living quarters in Washington doesn’t pussyfoot around questions of partisanship (a la “Veep” and “Madam Secretary”) or mangle reality in pursuit of melodrama and florid flights of fancy (“Scandal,” “House of Cards”). As such, this Amazon series appears content to skewer selected targets, choose sides and let the chips fall where they may.

Appropriately returning just in time for the midterm elections, the second season finds the show loading up on star cameos from Hollywood (Bill Murray), media (Matt Lauer, Trudeau’s wife Jane Pauley, John King) and the world of political wonks (Grover Norquist, David Axelrod). Still, the formula and situations remain largely the same, with each of the solons grappling with various challenges and indignities.

In the case of good ol’ boy coach-turned-North Carolina Sen. Gil John Biggs (John Goodman), that includes unexpected election competition. Meanwhile, Florida presidential aspirant/resident sex-addict Sen. Andy Guzman (Mark Consuelos) lurches toward the altar with his latest girlfriend (Yara Martinez, pulling double duty in “Jane the Virgin”), Pennsylvania’s Sen. Robert Bettencourt (Clark Johnson) endures marital troubles, and Nevada Sen. Louis Laffer (Matt Malloy) keeps finding new ways to humiliate himself, whether that’s awkwardly addressing a gay staff member or foolishly agreeing to publicly perform standup comedy.

On top of that, Gil John’s kid has signed on to appear in a reality show titled “Real Daughters of D.C.,” even as her dad butts heads with a very-right-wing senator (Janel Moloney) who wants to establish a permanent Benghazi committee, and thinks open-carry gun laws should extend into the Capitol.

Although Trudeau obviously doesn’t harbor much sympathy for his protagonists’ policies, the satire still exhibits a modicum of empathy toward their various professional and personal struggles, such as Robert’s pained expression when a colleague (played by Wanda Sykes) roasts him for being a black Republican.

Foremost, “Alpha House” (which was loosely inspired, it bears repeating, by a real living arrangement involving lawmakers) exhibits savvy about the quirks of Washington as well as the vagaries of politics and media, while still managing to be pretty consistently funny. So the show can shift gears from insider humor like talking about using “dark money” to finance ads that savage a political rival, to silly stuff like Louis’ prized acquisition of a George W. Bush painting, which he naturally refers to as “My Bush.”

Granted, with all the praise rightfully showered on Amazon’s latest series “Transparent,” starring Jeffrey Tambor, “Alpha House” and the Silicon Valley comedy “Betas” might wind up being asterisks in the coming-of-age tale the company is writing regarding its nascent programming efforts.

Based on these previewed episodes, however, Trudeau and his team continue to deliver a show that , while perhaps not the out-and-out smartest scripted inside-the-Beltway series around, qualifies at the very least for the runoff.

Amazon's 'Alpha House,' Season 2
Amazon, Oct. 24


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