The Middle

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Wednesday Review: Crime (Melo)Drama on SVU, Chicago PD

Jon Seda, Jason Beghe

The original Law & Order seems like such a distant, and classy, memory these days. Dick Wolf's mini-empire within NBC now runs on a higher octane of lurid overkill. While Chicago Fire is a harmless enough, though largely forgettable, soap about telegenic first responders, its no-brainer (and brainless) spinoff, Chicago PD, is the most arrogantly conceived display of bare-knuckled hooey since the mercifully short-lived Ironside reboot, which polluted the same Wednesday 10/9c time period last fall.

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Matt Roush's Top 10 of 2013

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul

1. Breaking Bad
What a way to go out — with a bang, on a tragic yet triumphant high, at the peak of popularity and notoriety. What could be more satisfying than that? There wasn't a wasted moment or unexplored opportunity for suspenseful conflict in the intense last chapters of AMC's masterful thriller, charting Walter White's ultimate descent into criminal infamy. Bryan Cranston brilliantly captured the character's mood swings, from wounded pride to murderous rage to sorrow over the family he lost due to his dark machinations. No maddening ambiguities in this grand finale... read more

Ask Matt: Race on Sleepy Hollow, Person of Interest, plus Grey's, Glee, Good Wife

Nicole Beharie

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: What are your thoughts on the awareness of people in the TV industry regarding the perception that it's always the non-white characters that are killed off shows? It seems impossible to me that those in charge don't see this phenomenon as a problem, and yet, consistently, that seems to be what happens. That reality is so pervasive for me that when I watched the pilot for Sleepy Hollow, my thought as what looked to be the two main characters — a well-known white, male actor (Clancy Brown) and a young, unknown-to-me African-American actress (Nicole Beharie) — approached the spooky, abandoned farm house was, "Seriously, Show? Already you're going to kill off the black actor?" read more

Ratings: Survivor, X Factor, Arrow Rise

Survivor: Blood vs. Water

Survivor: Blood vs. Water saw a nice jump Wednesday night.

The reality series, CBS' only new programming of the night, drew 10.6 million ...
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Ratings: Criminal Minds, CSI Match Season Highs; Modern Family Hits Low

Jordin Sparks

CBS topped Wednesday, led by Criminal Minds and CSI, both of which matched season highs.

Minds drew 12.3 million viewers and a 2.8 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, up a tenth, while CSI followed with 11 million and a 2.1, growing two tenths. Survivor: Blood vs. Water (10.1 million, 2.4) was down ...
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Ratings: Criminal Minds, SVU, X Factor Rise; Modern Family Down

Thomas Gibson

CBS topped Wednesday, led by a href="http://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/criminal-minds/192244" target="_blank">Criminal Minds.

The drama drew 11.6 million viewers and a 2.7 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, up 17 percent from last week. Survivor: Blood vs. Water (9.8 million, 2.4) dropped ...
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Ask Matt: Good Wife, Sleepy Hollow, Spinoffs, S.H.I.E.L.D., Chicago Fire

Nicole Beharie, Tom Mison

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: Last Sunday's "Hitting the Fan" episode of The Good Wife lived up to the hype. It was a game changer, but I guess it left me feeling slimed. Alicia has always taken a righteous position and walked a fine ethical line. On Sunday, I feel like she fell off a cliff — not only was she a party to trying to download files which I'm not sure is illegal but certainly not ethical (notwithstanding the ends-justify-the-means argument), but she also seemed gleeful about Peter using his political position to her gain. As Will seemed so right to point out, she seems to have no idea how bad she has become. This is not the good wife that I have been watching. What were your thoughts? — Megan

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Ratings: World Series Scores a Win for Fox

Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox's World Series victory also scored a win for Fox Wednesday.

Game 6, which saw the Red Sox clinch the title at home for the first time in 95 years, drew 18 million viewers and a 5.4 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, up 42 percent from Monday's Game 5.

Bubble shows: Which will survive?

Most shows dropped versus the game, including all of CBS' ...
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Ratings: CSI's 300th Episode Rises Against World Series

Paul Guifoyle and Ted Danson

Game 1 of the World Series dominated Wednesday, but that didn't stop viewers from catching CSI's 300th episode.

The drama drew 10.2 million viewers and a 2.1 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic for the milestone hour, up a tenth from ...
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The Wednesday Playlist: Milestones for Middle, CSI; World Series Begins

Jen Ray

Aw, heck. Is it really worth making a fuss over The Middle's 100-episode milestone? It hardly seems in character for a family like the Hecks of Orson, Indiana. When she's reminded that they volunteered to drive a giant cow float in Orson's centennial parade, Frankie (Patricia Heaton) whines, "This is what happens when we drink: We sign up for stupid committees. Or get Brick."

But as Orson itself expresses in a self-deprecating new town motto: "Why not?" This episode (Wednesday, 8/7c, ABC) truly is cause for celebration, as TV's most heartfelt and hilariously relatable family sitcom reflects on what brought Frankie and Mike (Neil Flynn) to Orson in the first place, while giving their lovably imperfect offspring a chance to shine in clever-to-wacky subplots. (Sue's attempt to make Darrin jealous by cozying up to her flamboyant BFF Brad is especially genius.)

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Premiered: September 30, 2009, on ABC
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