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Understanding Under the Dome’s Underwhelming Ratings

The residents of Chester’s Mill are still trapped Under the Dome, but the rest of us are finding it increasingly easy to escape the clutches of CBS’s Monday-night thriller. Per Nielsen same-day ratings, Dome’s fourth episode of season two averaged 6.8 million viewers and scored a 1.5 rating among viewers under 50 last night, numbers which in and of themselves are pretty solid for a random Monday in the summer. But those same figures also represent the smallest same-day audience for Dome yet in the show’s two-season history and continue a troubling trend for the show: Every episode this season has been watched by fewer viewers, while the show’s overall audience has declined sharply — by some metrics, more than 40 percent — versus last year. And while a year ago, Dome regularly beat everything else on TV Mondays, last night the show had fewer same-day viewers than ABC’s The Bachelorette, and a lower adults-18-49 rating than Fox’s MasterChef and NBC’s American Ninja Warrior. Dome may not be doomed, but it’s definitely been dented.

Better DVR numbers, though. »

Why the Kim Kardashian Game Is Legitimately Good

If it feels like everyone around you is not only playing the Kim Kardashian game, but also can’t stop talking about how they are playing the Kim Kardashian game, that’s because they are and they can’t. With one analyst projecting that the Glu Mobile game could make $200 million this year and the app sitting pretty at #1 on the App Store’s Top Free charts (#5 on the Top Grossing charts), we're on a trajectory toward Candy Crush status here, people. (You know what I'm talking about, Environmental Protection Agency.) And while it’d be easy to moan and complain about the state of humanity on this one — I’ve clocked quite a few hours (okay, days) playing this thing, and it’s pretty fun! In fact, it’s a really well-made game that even a Kardashian hater might love. And I’m prepared to make my case for it, so strap on your Louboutins. (They’ll cost you 5 K Stars.) Here's why Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is a legitimately good game.

Because it’s a funny and well-written parody. »

How The Fosters Tackled TV’s Biggest Taboo

Every week, The Fosters finds a new way to make me cry — often through empowering love, sometimes through supportive honesty. This week's big tearjerker caught me by surprise, though, because it's something very rarely depicted on television: The Fosters included a late-term abortion, and it was really damn sad.

Poor Lena. »

Why Aren’t You Watching Face Off?

Syfy's competitive prosthetic makeup series Face Off returns for a seventh season tonight, as glorious and tenderhearted as ever. The show is one of my favorites, but despite actual years of insisting that everyone I know at least give the series a try, it appears some have not yet been persuaded by my persistence. I am at a loss — the show is everything there is to love about a reality contest show, without any of the bloating and awkwardness of other series. Perhaps there are other reasons keeping you away? Allow me to dismantle them.

I thought it was related to the Nicolas Cage movie Face/Off. »

Under the Dome Recap: Reduction Option

The morning starts out stressfully, with Rebecca dropping into Big Jim's office to push a mass-murder/save-the-town agenda. The food will be gone in seven days, according to Mrs. Science's science facts, and from there it'll be cannibalism and/or starvation. Big Jim uses his fluency in politicianese to translate Rebecca's "extermination plan" into a "reduction option." Just to render the decision-making process as brutal as possible, Chester's Mill's new mom and her baby — the one named after Norrie's dead mother, Alice — pop up for a doe-eyed hello at Sweetbriar Rose.

A crayon sketch of an open door. »

  • Posted 7/22/14 at 12:42 AM
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The Strain TV Series Will Be Very Different From the Books

Looks like Game of Thrones book purists may soon have another group of angry fans to commiserate with: At a recent Television Critics association panel, The Strain trilogy co-writer and show co-creator Guillermo del Toro and showrunner Carlton Cuse explained that the series will detour widely from the narrative laid out in the books, both changing the order of events and omitting some others.  “[W]e will get there in a much more baroque way [than the books do],” said del Toro, with Cuse adding: “If you read the books and think that's the way its going to happen on the show, then you're wrong." Start sharpening your pitchforks, Strain trilogy fans.

Louie Is Getting a Shorter Fifth Season

Along with renewing Fargo for a second season — to be set during the Carter years — FX announced Monday that Louie will also be returning for a truncated fifth season in spring 2015, consisting of only seven episodes instead of the usual fourteen. Louie’s fourth season was once again groundbreaking. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking — always thought provoking,” said FX CEO John Landgraf. “The show went to narrative and cinematic places no comedy has gone before and we look forward to seeing what Louis comes up with next.” No word on whether C.K. has any plans to relocate the new season to the Carter years, but we wouldn't put it past the guy.

  • Posted 7/21/14 at 9:18 PM

Season 2 of Fargo Will Follow Young Lou Solverson in Sioux Falls

As reported earlier today at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, FX ordered a second season of Fargo for fall 2015. And as many of you had speculated, the next edition will be set in Sioux Falls circa 1979. To jog your memory about the season finale: Molly’s dad, diner owner Lou Solverson, tells Lorne Malvo that he’d left behind his state trooper job decades ago because of a ghastly incident that took place in Sioux Falls, involving bodies “stacked so high, you could’ve climbed to the second floor.” “I’d call it animal except animals only kill for food,” he said. Season two will follow the events leading up to that incident, picking up with Lou as a 33-year-old man recently back from Vietnam, along with his 4-year-old daughter, Molly. (Alas, that means neither Keith Carradine nor Emmy nominee Allison Tolman will be returning.)


You Will Soon Be Able to Instantly Watch All of The Simpsons and Finally Find Happiness

We knew a whole bunch of Simpsons was coming when the show signed a syndication deal with FXX, but we're not sure if we could've expected this. It was announced today that the 12-day marathon we were promised will feature every single episode of the show played in chronological order (with the movie airing after episode 400). The marathon, which is the longest in TV history, will begin on FXX on August 21 at 10 a.m. and will end on September 1 at 12 a.m. But wait: There's more. 

About Simpsons World. »

Kim Kardashian’s Many Skills, Explained by Kanye West

In this morning's GQ Q&A with Kanye West, we learned so many things about dinosaurs and blowfish — but we also learned just how much Kanye adores his new bride. Is it her beauty? Sure. Her fame? Clearly. But what Kanye feels most strongly about are her skills: "In order to win at life, you need some Kim K skills, period." And where else would you be able to learn some Kim K skills (without having to marry her): Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. So we added some of Kanye's greatest Kim musings right into the game; they are easily digestible and way less expensive than adopting a pet.

The Other Kardashian Sisters Throw the Best Kim Kardashian Shade

This is either the greatest Kardashian-sister shade ever thrown on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, or just the work of a really good editor. On last night's episode, Kim reveals to her sisters that she and Kanye will be on the cover of Vogue. Kris happily squeals from the corner of the room — she already knew, duh — but the other K's aren't as ... impressed. (Or maybe, by this point, they're just jaded!) That's when, Khloé (Oh, how I love you, Khloé!) disses Kim in the best way possible:

"Remember when Kim did K9 Magazine?"

True Blood Recap: Praise Jaw

We all know True Blood names its episodes after whatever song plays during the end credits, and yeah, Beck's "Lost Cause" is one of the great songs of our time. But was there not a song out there called "Victory Lap"? Because that's what this episode felt like: just an hourlong heavy-petting of our pleasure centers (gross, sorry). Last week's series-highlight-of-an-episode culminated in an insane massacre involving Molotov cocktails, exploding vampires, and deathbed ghost hallucinations. But "Lost Cause" showed us that when True Blood's thrilling/disgusting pyrotechnics are stripped away, we're left with a pretty fantastic little soap opera.

Got to give it up for “Got to Give It Up.” »

The Leftovers’ Ann Dowd on Stalking, True Detective, and The Baby-Sitters Club

Prior to taking her role on The Leftovers, Ann Dowd admits, she might have "arrogantly" suggested that anyone who professed to be "fervently a believer in the Rapture" seek help and "realize that the Bible is a metaphor." However, the actress’s mysterious character on the HBO drama might choose to stalk them instead. As the mysterious Patti, she holds sway over the Guilty Remnant, a group whose members have taken a vow of silence, wear white, smoke nonstop, and passive-aggressively disturb everyone around them, including the local policeman played by Justin Theroux, whose wife is a member of the cultlike organization. Luckily, Dowd was much more talkative in a recent interview with Vulture ("No vows of silence in this house!" she said); she chatted with us about The Leftovers, past roles playing memorable moms, and her bizarre True Detective character. [Note: The Leftovers and True Detective spoilers ahead.]

“Patti is a force to be reckoned with.” »

Masters of Sex Recap: The Fastest Speculum in Missouri

Last week’s season premiere ended with Ginny’s assertion that what’s special between her and Bill is “the work”; last night’s episode began with Bill breaking the news to Ginny that even though he’s newly ensconced at Memorial, they won’t actually be working together again anytime soon. Ginny says she’s even willing to come on as Bill’s secretary at first; he responds that he’s already been assigned a secretary by the department — a real gem. “There is no more qualified gem than me, Bill.” She’s furious, and she has a right to be — but she’s not too angry for a Doctor-and–Mrs. Holden tryst upstairs after their talk. And so begins an episode that’s not, as I so naïvely hoped, devoted to Bill and Ginny diving right back into their research. The episode is still very much about “the work,” but it’s about the work Bill and Ginny undertake separately.

“He said something useful?!” »

The Leftovers Recap: You Are Hereby Summoned

I really want to like The Leftovers. It’s not perfect, but it’s generally smart, stylish without being slick, and has a hell of a cast. One thing it’s not, though, is subtle. Which I suppose is to be expected for a show with this premise, and I actually think it fits, given that the show is less concerned with good versus evil than it is with whether there’s any point in distinguishing between the two. Big questions like that can land at the end of a story with a beautiful, Olympic-level dive into deep water, or one hell of a belly flop. I’ve got my fingers crossed for the former, but in the meantime — yeah. Not subtle.

Creepy dolls big and small. »

The Strain Recap: The Master’s Degree

Last week’s Strain pilot episode, “Night Zero,” straddled a fine line between sub-genre excess and elegant thematic prose. If its ensuing chapter, “The Box,” is a reasonable barometer for where the balance might tilt, then things are going to get very, very silly. 

And very rat-infested. »

True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis on Saying Good-bye to Lafayette and Why Reunions Will Be Bittersweet

Warning: Spoilers abound in the following interview, up through “Lost Cause,” the July 20 episode of True Blood.

"I'm going to miss seven years of a family. That's the thing I'm going to lose." »

Hank Azaria Will Voice the Lead of Seth MacFarlane’s Bordertown

Fox announced that Hank Azaria, the voice behind a panoply of Simpsons characters (from Moe to Dr. Nick to Chief Wiggum) will play the lead character in Seth MacFarlane's Bordertown, Bud Buckwald. Bud is your average American dad and Border Patrol agent trying to manage cultural shifts in America, including those represented by his neighbor, the ambitious Ernesto Gonzalez (voiced by Nicholas Gonzalez), who gets ahead by working hard. Azaria joins Alex Borstein (Lois from Family Guy), Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), Missi Pyle (currently on Jennifer Falls), and Efren Ramirez (Pedro!).

Zendaya Coleman Explains Why She Quit Lifetime’s Aaliyah Movie

After Disney star Zendaya Coleman quit Aalyiah amid a cloud of controversy (Aaliyah's family, for one, didn't want Lifetime to do the biopic in the first place), Lifetime announced that they had replaced her with the relatively unknown Alexandra Shipp (from Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel). Wendy Williams, who is now an executive producer on the project, tweeted the news. Zendaya, meanwhile, took to Instagram video to explain why she left the movie with the note, "Let me just explain something ... #aaliyah #respect":


  • Posted 7/19/14 at 1:02 PM
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Watch the Queen’s Guard Perform the Game of Thrones Theme Song

During the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, the Queen's Guard performed a delightful rendition of the Game of Thrones theme song. We'll let you decide if you'd rather geek out to this or the '80s retro version.