American Idol's relatively fab numbers for its Beatles show — averaging some 22.6 million people over two hours — was enough to have the other networks singing: "Help!"
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In prime time's first hour, Survivor: Redemption Island, which last week suffered its lowest-rated premiere ever with 11.2 million viewers, held about the same number. ABC's The Middle lured nearly 8.1 million viewers; Better With You, at 8:30/7:30, attracted some 5.9 million for the second straight week. Part 1 of Minute to Win It got nearly 3.9 million on NBC. And some 2.3 million checked out the 16th season premiere of America's Next Top Model.
"It was the most surreal experience of my life," Allison Janney says of dueting with five-time Grammy winner James Taylor for Mr. Sunshine's March 16 episode. The singer guest stars on the ABC comedy as Billy, the ex-husband of Janney's Crystal. Turns out the exes had a lounge act and reunite to sing Leon Russell's "A Song For You," which Janney says "is probably one of the hardest songs to sing for someone who hadn't sung since stepping off the 9 to 5 stage over a year earlier."
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Two Minds are better than one?
The premiere of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior rounded up 12.9 million viewers in prime time's final hour Wednesday night, building slightly on the 12.8 million people who watched Criminal Minds at 9/8c, according to preliminary Nielsen figures.
Cheers to Lost's castaways for washing up all over TV.
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Nick Jonas, Mr. Sunshine
Nick Jonas promises that his upcoming role on Mr. Sunshine, as bratty rock star Eli White, is not art imitating life. "This is very different from who I am," he says. "I think people have been given an idea of our different personal lives at this point, so I felt like [I can play] a bit of a jerk."
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I love Hawaii Five-0, but how long is McGarrett's investigation into his father's case going to last? — Melinda
ADAM: Not as long as you might think: Co-executive producer Paul Zbyszewski promises that many of the "champ box" mysteries will be solved by season's end, including who or what exactly John McGarrett was investigating and who replaced the stolen money from the evidence locker. "I think fans will be really surprised at how deep we go and how much we learn by the end of the season," Zbyszewski says. "That's not to say that we're not going to continue to explore the McGarrett mythology anymore, because there plenty more to milk in Season 2."
Any new missions coming up on Chuck? — Frankie
NATALIE: Much to the chagrin of Chuck and Sarah, Casey is going to be enticed away from Team Intersect by Bentley (Robin Givens), General Beckman's frenemy. "She presents him with things he knows are true: This has been your longest assignment; your team...
How many friends does Chandler still have? Well, it turns out Matthew Perry had nearly 10.6 million who checked out the premiere of his new series, Mr. Sunshine.
Taking the timeslot (9:30/8:30c) usually occupied by fellow Friends alum Courteney Cox's sitcom, his show greatly improved on her numbers; last week, Cougar Town got 6.6 million. The last time ABC did so well during that half-hour was...
If you hadn't heard — the screams of those irate Cougar Town fans were quite loud — Matthew Perry returned to series TV last night on Mr. Sunshine. And since almost every outlet known to man has run a review of his new sitcom about the misanthropic manager of a sports entertainment arena (mostly unkind assessments of the reworked pilot, the forced writing and the abusive decision to ...
Matthew Perry, Timothy Olyphant
Some very significant Wednesday night comings and goings in what has turned out to be an incredibly busy TV week. We welcome back an old sitcom Friend with conflicted emotions, but there's no doubting our enthusiasm for the return of a certain soft-talking, fast-shooting U.S. Marshal, and there's no hiding our sorrow as we bid farewell to a modern classic about small-town Americana and the game of life (also: football).
According to Allison Janney, it only took one line of dialogue to convince her to return to series television after a four-year absence.
"'Have you seen a small white pill with some Spanish written on it?'" she said, quoting her Mr. Sunshine character. "I read the first line that Crystal said and I knew I was going to play it."
After playing White House press secretary (and later Chief of Staff) C.J. Cregg on The West Wing for six seasons, the 51-year-old actress says she was looking for a role as far from the morally upright C.J. as possible. Crystal is the pill-popping, narcissistic owner of an arena and the boss of Ben (Matthew Perry), who seems to be going through something of a...