Fox's Terra Nova opened to solid, though not monster-sized, numbers, scaring up 9 million viewers Monday, according to Nielsen overnight data.
The sci-fi thriller — with effects that wowed various critics but left them wanting more from the script and characters — scored a 3.0 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds for its two-hour premiere, while Week 2 of Dancing with the Stars — Nancy Grace's nip slip and all — posted a 3.3 rating and reeled in 16.02 million fans. Head to head with those Fox and ABC shows, NBC's The Sing-Off sang to 4.39 million (1.7 rating).
ABC's Pan Am enjoyed a smooth if not soaring takeoff with 10.87 million aboard, scoring a 3.1 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds to land second place against CSI: Miami's 10th season premiere.
Alec Baldwin hosted the 37th season premiere of Saturday Night Live, breaking the record for most times hosting (16). The 30 Rock star surpassed his It's Complicated co-star and one-time Oscar co-host, Steve Martin, who made a surprise appearance during Baldwin's monologue to make sure he was doing it "honestly" -- without the use of steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs. Seth Rogen joined Baldwin and Martin on stage as a "drug expert," even though Martin didn't seem to need the help and performed the urine test in a pretty stomach-turning way...
SPOILER ALERT: The following story reveals key plot points from the Season 8 premiere of The Office. If you don't want to know who the new manager is, look away!
Watch out, Scranton! There's a new Dunder Mifflin manager in town!
The Office wasted no time naming the new manager in Thursday's Season 8 premiere and, while it wasn't a complete shocker, it was a nice surprise for fans of the show after a summer of suspense. In the opening moments of the episode, it was revealed that...
Joel McHale, Community
"We're gonna have more fun and be less weird than the first two years combined!"
So sings — yes, sings — the Greendale Community College study group as NBC's Community kicks off its third season.
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The flashy opening number speaks to creator Dan Harmon's plan for the third season, which he says won't be as stunt-episode heavy as the self-referential comedy has been in the past.
"I don't want to disappoint any more of the more hyperactive savvy fans that love nothing more than the fact that the show is completely unpredictable," Harmon first told TVGuide.com at the end of Season 2. "I have to continue a promise to the audience to always engage them in every part of their brain that love television. But at the same time I've got to get my mom more comfortable with the show."
But doesn't an elaborate song-and-dance routine fly in the face of that?
When viewers last saw Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, he was eyebrow-less and running scared from first wife Tammy 1. Nick Offerman promises that in the beginning of Season 4 (Thursday, 8:30/7:30, NBC) "fans will go through a roller-coaster ride of emotion with Ron's facial hair." No, really. Just wait. TVGuide.com quizzed Offerman about the state of his popular 'stache, what he thinks of the Ron Swanson phenomenon, and why Tammy 1 was once attractive to a young Ron. Plus, he tells us whether we'll see more of his woodworking skills or his smooth alter ego Duke Silver.
John Krasinski, Ed Helms, Craig Robinson
Steve Carell is long-gone (but still without an Emmy!), James Spader is the new CEO of Sabre, which means there's just one tiny question for The Office to answer when the NBC comedy returns for Season 8. For those who missed the job listing, the branch manager position at Dunder Mifflin is open once again after Robert California (Spader) won the gig and managed to work his way up from branch manager to CEO in just a few months time. But who will it be? We weigh the pros and cons for the most likely in-house candidates:
Jim Halpert (John Krasinski)
Why He'll Get the Job: Jim is a great salesman, he's been the No. 2 in Scranton for several years and, lest we forget, he's one of the only sane people employed at Dunder Mifflin. Viewers have rooted for Jim since the beginning so why not put him in the hot seat and see what happens?
Why He Won't: First off, doesn't Jim's presence on the search committee automatically exclude him from consideration? More...