ABC's new talker doesn't measure up to canceled soap
Bing: Watch episodes and clips of "The Revolution"
Case in point, with more time to build an audience, sister show "The Chew" came in only 16 percent below "All My Children" total viewer numbers from last year (2.65 to 2.23 million). That shows growth for the talker, in spite of the backlash it's faced.
Neither ABC talk show, however, is measuring up to "The Talk." While that CBS talker isn't a massive hit either, it has seen viewership steadily grow since "All My Children" and then "One Life to Live" went dark. Not a good sign for ABC.
Soap fans are hoping the labored numbers spell good news for "General Hospital," which lost it's time slot to Katie Couric's talk show, premiering this fall. But again, it's too soon to tell.
Stay tuned to see how this talk show battle plays out, and be warned: September's boom will make it a whole new game, with Ricki Lake, Steve Harvey, Marie Osmond, "Survivor" host Jeff Probst, Trisha Goddard and possibly Bethenny Frankel entering the playing filed.
For those who enjoy the details, here's a breakdown on some key numbers from the last week of January, which was week three for "The Revolution."
"One Life to Live" – Week of 1/24/11
Viewers: 2.85 million, Women 25-54: 1.4/ 8, Women 18-49: 1.0/ 6, Women 18-34: 0.6/ 3
"The Revolution" – Week of 1/23/12
Viewers: 1.44 million, Women 25-54: 0.7/ 4, Women 18-49: 0.5/ 3, Women 18-34: 0.3/ 2
"The Revolution" and "The Chew" versus "The Talk" on CBS
"The Talk": 2.31 million, "The Chew": 2.23, "The Revolution": 1.44
"The Talk": 1.1/ 7, "The Chew": 1.0/ 6, "The Revolution": 0.7/ 4
"The Talk": 0.9/ 6, "The Chew": 0.8/ 5, "The Revolution": 0.5/ 3
"The Talk": 0.6/ 4, "The Chew": 0.5/ 4, "The Revolution": 0.3/ 2
"The Revolution" decline:
Week of 01/16/12
Total Viewers: 1.68 million, Women 25-54: 0.8/ 4, Women 18-49: 0.6/ 3, Women 18-34: 0.3/ 2
Week of 01/30/12
Total Viewers: 1.44 million, Women 25-54: 0.7/ 4, Women 18-49: 0.5/ 3, Women 18-34: 0.3/ 2
Total Viewers: -14, Women 25-54: -12, Women 18-49: -17, Women 18-34: no change
Report: Newspaper was day tripping
Paul McCartney was all set to cameo in the upcoming Season 5 of "Mad Men." And then someone performed some fact-checking.
Britain's Daily Mail newspaper is to blame for the Internet-wide rumor. It reported that the former Beatle was approached by producers of AMC's '60s drama to use some of his newer solo material on the show. (Sir Paul's new album, "Kisses on the Bottom," consists mostly of '40s and '50s standards.) Not only did he agree, the newspaper claimed, but Macca threw in a walk-on role to boot.
“Action in the show has now reached the Swinging Sixties," an anonymous source was quoted. "So it’s only right that the man who was pivotal to the era is involved in the show.”
Well, don't listen to what the man said, claims EW.com. It quotes its own show sources unequivocally denying the rumor, explaining that such stunt casting would prove "distracting and off-brand for a drama that prides itself on avoiding gimmicks."
Actually, McCartney might not be as recognizable as producers expect, considering how many Twitter users caused "Who is Paul McCartney" to trend for a day following his Grammy Awards performances.
For those crushed by the bummer of not getting to see McCartney act again, here's a suggestion: Watch him try to do it in the 1984 movie "Give My Regards to Broad Street" and the blow will be softened.
"Mad Men" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC, beginning March 25.
Nick Wechsler defends Jack Porter and teases 'Chaos' episode
By Minh Nguyen
Special to MSN TV
MSN TV was invited to an advanced screening of "Revenge." The episode will revisit the very first episode where Emily Thorne and Daniel Grayson have their Fire & Ice engagement party. A few things will be explained but in true "Revenge" fashion it will leave you wanting more. Afterwards, the cast Gabriel Mann (Nolan Ross), Henry Czerny (Conrad Grayson), Nick Wechsler (Jack Porter), Joshua Bowman (Daniel Grayson), Connor Paolo (Declan Porter) and Christa B. Allen (Charlotte Grayson) were ready to answer questions and have a few cocktails. MSN TV spoke to Nick Wechsler who plays Jack Porter, the most loyal blue collared guy you could ever dream of. "Revenge" will air on Wednesday, Feb. 15th at 10 pm ET/PT on ABC.
MSN TV: How do you explain Jack Porter's inability to know that Emily is Amanda? Do you think you personally would know the difference?
Nick Wechsler: I think it's all easy stuff to explain in your head. I guess it's just because he hasn't seen her in a long time. It's like he's such a good guy, maybe too trusting and (you know) how you find yourself in situations where you miss warning signs, little clues. He's good to a fault, trusting to a fault. I think it could be harder to fool me than to fool Jack. Even I have found myself, like the dog barking at Amanda, thinking that must mean she is not who she says she is. The audience is already in on the fact that it's not her so they like to see these subtle indicators that it's not her right in front of Jack.
Can you tell fans about any upcoming episodes?
I'm not allowed to say plus I have a horrible memory. He wants to know what the hell is going on with Amanda.
Do you have advice for fans who have missed an episode or do you think fans have to watch every episode in order to understand what's going on?
For this show, you have to watch every episode. Our standalone type episodes were early on: where they took a bad person down every episode, since we've transitioned out of that formula, you can't pull too many dominoes out because they'll tip over. If you're missing a few dominoes like you're missing a few episodes, you're not going to get the whole effect. Mike Kelley (the creator) said it's the hardest thing he's had to work on so far because he's had to design everything so carefully whereas with other shows, he's been able to do standalone type episodes.
How would you tease this Wednesday's episode?
This is the moment you've all been waiting for. This is us catching you up from the pilot. We started with my character dragging a body up a hill. We jump back in time to show how we arrived at that. You're about to learn what I was doing on the beach, you're about to learn what happened to Daniel, all this stuff and there are so many new characters from the pilot, you're about to learn if and how the characters are involved. It's a significant moment for fans of the show.
"Revenge" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Veteran actress discusses her role and return to TV
A.J. Langer takes a visit to Seattle Grace Hospital in this week’s special cross-over episode of ‘Private Practice,’ airing Thursday Feb. 16, 10 p.m. EST/ PST on ABC. She opens up about motherhood and what sets her current guest starring role on the show apart from any others she’s been a part of.
MSN TV: You’re a veteran actress on TV. Can you tell me one thing that’s different about being a part of “Private Practice,” compared to any other show you’ve been a part of?
A.J. Langer: I don’t know if it’s because I took years off, and having my babies, but coming back and having this experience on the show has renewed my faith in being able to work in this business in a healthy way. From the writers to the crew and cast that show up prepared, knowing their lines and knowing the scenes, it’s been incredible. You only have a limited amount of time and it moves fast.
Has juggling motherhood and your career been challenging?
Honestly, doing this show has been so rewarding. A year before I started working again, I found a great acting studio to get back into shape. I found a supportive community and I knew if I were to go back and do this, I wanted to do it in a healthy way this time. I want to work with healthy people and an environment that supports family. I’ve been able to bring my kids to set. Everyone talks about family, I work two, three days a week, so it was a perfect job coming back. It’s so worth it to be back at work. I have more to offer my children, more energy.
Can you tell me a little about the upcoming episode and what we have to look forward to?
Erica; she’s a single mom, raised her son on her own. She’s had a lot of issues. She’s a very well-developed character for a guest role on TV. She’s going through a lot, being a single parent with a terminal illness. Even though we only see snippets of her life and experience, she’s trying to figure out how to help her son, how to take care of herself, which is very confusing at times.
Can you tell me something you have in common with Erica and something that’s completely different?
The incredible devotion to her child, we definitely have in common. One thing I understand is the very deep confusion of going through something painful and trying to keep your head on straight throughout. Doing her best to reach out and asking for help.
What’s it like on the set of “Private Practice” and working with the amazing lineup of actors and actresses?
I’ve been really blown away. I worked years in TV and I don’t ever remember working on a set where the writers were so extraordinary and accessible, where the actors are so professional and prepared but don’t take themselves too seriously. The whole environment is so positive and healthy, which is reassuring and inspiring. It’s proof that you can work in this business in a healthy way.
Do you have any other projects you’re working on?
There are a few things, but nothing I can speak of. I’m starting to write a bit. I’m just so happy to be back after a break. Just like any job, it’s a craft. I’m getting back to really enjoying what I’m doing and finding different ways to express myself through this medium.
"Private Practice" airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Zachary Levi heads cast for 'Let It Go'
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"New Girl" airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
As the girls discover more about Ali's alternate persona, A ups the ante
Last week on “Pretty Little Liars,” there was loads of drama at the Rosewood High lock-in – but in the end, “A” or one of his/her/its minions stole Caleb’s laptop, the one with the rest of that stolen cell phone video. But this week, the laptop was safe and sound with Caleb, who continued to work on unraveling A’s secrets.
- This week, Spencer and Aria were going to meet the mystery guy who called them back from the number in Vivian Darksky’s coat. In the meantime, she went looking for long-lost brother Jason DiLaurentis – and found him talking to Maya. She asked why he came back. He told her about another box Ali hid – love letters from his mom to her dad. And $15,000 in cash. Ali was blackmailing Spencer’s dad.
- Emily was back on the swim team, thanks to Mona, and they won the match. But then the cops showed up, including smarmy Officer Garrett. He told Caleb that they had a warrant for his laptop – which had been used to hack into the school’s files. “Don’t worry about it,” he told Hanna. “He couldn’t get into it with a can opener.” Plus, he told her, he backed everything up online. She asked him to erase all the online files, remote or whatever. But despite his super-tight password, he couldn’t connect. Eventually, they told him he could have it back – if he cooperated.
- Aria, meanwhile, was concerned about Holden, who showed up with cuts and bruises. He told her he’d been competing in martial and his parents didn’t approve. He asked her to help him out one last time – for the tournament qualifiers. Aria and Ezra needed to talk about the university job offer her dad forced on him. They decided to meet up at a hole-in-the-wall vegan bistro where no one would find them. But A sent Aria’s dad a note telling them exactly where she’d be.
- As Aria got dressed, Dad started questioning her – she was an excellent liar. Then Aria’s mom told her about Holden’s heart condition and how much his parents worried about him. So she went to the dojo and confronted Holden. He told her he was going to live her life. “Sometimes what people believe is best for you is not what’s actually best for you,” he told her. And Aria should know – dad was waiting at the vegan restaurant. But she never saw him. She texted Ezra to resked, and he got the message just as he was about to walk in – and spied dad waiting at the table inside. Close call!
- Aria stayed to watch Holden, who won his match. “You were amazing,” she said. “But I still think you’re an idiot.” Her dad called then, asking to talk to Holden, who was right there, luckily.
- Later, all the girls waited at a diner for the mystery man, Aria sitting alone as bait. The guy, Jonah, told them Vivian owed him money and a job – because he was helping her track a number that was sending her stalkery messages, A’s number. He asked Aria if she was A – and told her if she wanted the info, it would cost $2000.
- So Spencer decided to talk to her dad. Or just steal from him. At home, she spied his briefcase, unlocked, with the checkbook handy. But she made a run for it as dad walked in. “I made a series of very poor decisions,” he told her. “She kept the baby, she lied to her husband, they moved to Atlanta, I married your mother. Then they moved back.” Spencer asked if Ali had been blackmailing him. But dad denied it. Spencer went to go talk to Jason, but he didn’t believe their father.
- At the precinct, Officer Garrett was trying to hack into Caleb’s computer, but Det. Walden interrupted him with news that they found the missing page of the autopsy report. They called Hanna in to ask about a photo of three of the girls standing outside the morgue, looking suspicious. Later, the dirty cop and the detective had Caleb in their clutches. They were threatening to call his clan in California. Caleb asked Garrett, “You sure you want me to show them what’s on here?”
- Hanna got Caleb’s message loud and clear – he was in a tight spot, which meant that she and Spencer had to get into his machine remotely and erase everything. But the cops got into the machine before they did. Still, Hanna remembered the password and they were in. They were trying to delete a file titled “Hefty” – nice one, Garrett. The files disappeared just at he detective opened the folder. “Told you I was hacked,” Caleb said with a smirk. “Probably got a virus or something.” Hanna picked him up at the precinct and gave him a big kiss. The last four digits – 1105, were the night they first hooked up. “There was an exclamation point,” he said, still smirking.
- Maya disrupted Emily’s good time at the swim party to tell her that she was being shipped off – her parents found an old joint. Except it wasn’t old. She was still smoking up, so she said she was going off to San Fran to escape her parents. Later, Emily left her multiple voicemails -- but no response.
- Jason showed up at Spencer’s. “I’m sorry,” he said. “You were right. I don’t want to find out Ali was blackmailing someone else, I want it to be him. That would make things so much easier.” Jason told them they sure were siblings. “We’re wired the same,” Spencer said. Then she told him she could find out what really happened, but he’d have to trust her, a lot. “Like $2000 a lot.”
Which small-screen couple are you rooting for this Valentine's Day?
Booth and Brennan. Mulder and Scully. Jim and Pam. Ross and Rachel. The names evoke seasons upon seasons of lingering glances, dropped hints, interrupted kisses, frustrated-affections and interfering love interests. Rooting for the unresolved romance is a staple of TV fandom, and we’re hooked on following the trail of breadcrumbs to a satisfying happily-ever-after.
Getting excited about brand-new “will they or won’t they” scenarios takes some effort, especially if you’ve already invested six or seven seasons on the edge of your seat, waiting for your favorite TV couple to tie up their loose ends. But it’s almost Valentine’s Day, which makes it a great time to take a chance on a twosome that’s still on their path to happiness. We’ve rounded up five of TV’s most heartwarming romances-in-waiting.
Jess and Nick - “The New Girl”
Zooey Deschanel, our generation’s primary reason that our boyfriends want us to get bangs, has increased her obsessive fan base tenfold by taking on the role of bubbly, bumbling Jess in Fox’s “The New Girl.” Jess is undoubtedly the most manically positive character on TV -- which makes the embryonic ardor for her cynical, pessimistic roommate Nick even more intriguing. Nick is usually a sarcastic, gloomy downer, but can’t help revealing a kind, caring underbelly to Jess, who, in turn, tones down her zaniness when he’s around. The odd couple is unlikely to consummate their nascent affection anytime soon -- we have a feeling this union will take a few seasons to coagulate.
In the meantime, advocates for the pairing will have to be satisfied with last episode’s close call with a kiss. Nick and Jess disagreed about the intentions of their landlord, and ended up playing a game of chicken that landed them in the early stages of an awkward ménage à trois with the creepy proprietor.
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Jeff and Annie - “Community”
For a while there, it really seemed like Jeff and Britta’s tumultuous relationship, characterized by the occasional “secret sex” discovered by Abed, was destined to be “Community’s” main source of pseudo-romance. Yet somewhere along the way to the show’s second season, cute, cardigan-wearing (and much younger) Annie emerged as Jeff’s almost-love interest. The combination of Jeff’s jaded, cynical sleaze with Annie’s childish, petulant prudishness makes for some seriously squirm-worthy, borderline inappropriate TV. Which is, of course, why we watch “Community.”
If this uncomfortably carnal Christmas lap dance is any indication, we can expect some amped-up Annie-and-Jeff tension next season.
Barney and Robin - “How I Met Your Mother”
“How I Met Your Mother” continues to threaten us with the possibility that Robin might not end up as the bride at Barney’s wedding (a day that is often seen as a flash-forward on the show), but we’re not buying it. The odds are stacked against them: Their first stab at romance resulted in weight gain and misery, their second in a heart-breaking false-alarm pregnancy and Robin is currently tied to another man. The divide will widen further when Barney meets sassy Quinn (a new love interest played by Becki Newton).
Despite the obstacles, we remain hopeful that the scotch-swilling, sarcastic pair will set aside their prickly commitment phobia and stop botching their chance at true love. The two are good together, and we doubt Barney will be able to find another lady with the stamina to put up with him.
Castle and Beckett - “Castle”
Now that Booth and Brennan from “Bones” have finally consummated their arduously drawn-out law-enforcing romance, Richard Castle and Kate Beckett must pick up the slack -- lingering glances, affectionate bickering, constant denial and all. Partners in the business of solving crime and delivering quips, the pair are professionals at dancing around the reality of their attraction to each other. Jealousy, protectiveness and furtive fondness ensue.
In Season 3, several near-death situations raised the stakes for their budding passion. Yet, not even Beckett’s season-closing shooting was enough to push them to the next level, although it did result in a confession of love from Castle. Fans finally got to see them make out in last week’s “The Blue Butterfly,” but couldn’t get too excited -- the lip-lock was all in Castle’s head. The day dream will have to tide us over for now.
Andy and Erin - “The Office”
Andy and Erin’s on again, off again involvement has a lot to live up to. “The Office” broke all records in the “will they or won’t they” romance department with Jim and Pam’s six-season courtship, which had the nation catching its collective breath every time Jim knelt to tie his shoe. Like their prank-pulling predecessors, Andy and Erin are made for each other (or rather, the character of newcomer Erin was made for Andy.)
Erin’s painful period as Gabe’s girlfriend threw their relationship offtrack, and Andy’s current entanglement with a new love interest is keeping them apart. Despite the complications, we’re confident they’ll find their way back into each other’s arms, even if the tension is milked for a few more years.
Looking for more emerging couples to cheer on this Valentine’s Day? Check out Blair and Dan on “Gossip Girl,” Jack and Emily on “Revenge,” or Zoe and George on “Hart of Dixie.” With a line up like this, love is surely in the air.
"The New Girl" airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX. "How I Met Your Mother" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. "Castle" airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. "The Office" airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.