Today's history lesson: You shouldn't always believe what you hear. Long before TV, let alone social media like Twitter and Facebook, the medium of radio held sway over the public consciousness — and more to the point, the collective imagination — in a way that now seems hard for many to fathom. One visionary who understood its potential and power was Orson Welles, "prodigy and provocateur," who at the astonishingly precocious age of 23 triggered a Halloween eve panic in 1938 with his innovative and infamous CBS Radio adaptation of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds.
Glee scored its highest ratings in more than a year with its Cory Monteith tribute episode Thursday, while Once Upon a Time in Wonderland's premiere was less than magical.
The Fox musical nabbed 7.4 million viewers and a 2.8 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, rising 68 percent in total viewers and ...
Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel
Our top moments of the week:
14. Best Tutor: The final night of The Voice's blind auditions end on a
high multilingual note when Christina Aguilera grabs Michael Lynch after his performance of Enrique Iglesias' Spanglish hit "Bailamos." However, Aguilera is shocked to learn that...
Lauren Ash,Rebel Wilson, Liza Lapira
Super Fun Night took a super big hit.
The Rebel Wilson comedy slipped to 6.7 million viewers and a 2.5 in the 18-to-49 demographic Wednesday, down seven tenths from last week and more than a point off Modern Family (10.4 million, 3.8). The rest of ABC's shows The Middle (8.1 million, 2.2), Back in the Game (6.4 million, 1.7) and ...
Kerry Washington, Columbus Short
New series highs? It's handled.
Season 3 of Scandal bowed to 10.5 million viewers and a 3.6 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic Thursday, hitting all-time highs in ...
Our top moments of the week:
14. Double Trouble Award: In the first episode of Welcome to the Family, the Yoder and Hernandez families are rocked by the news that their daughter and son, respectively, are going to have a baby together. And then just as the families get a grasp on that big news, grandma-to-be Caroline learns that she too is pregnant! Aw, mother-daughter bonding.
13. Saddest Change of Heart: On The Mindy Project, Pastor Casey, Mindy's fiancé, decides what he really wants to be is...
Rebel Wilson, Kate Jenkinson
Super Fun Night had a solid, though not super, debut.
The Rebel Wilson comedy premiered Wednesday to 8.2 million viewers and a 3.2 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, becoming the season's No. 2 new comedy behind The Crazy Ones. Though it dropped a full point from lead-in Modern Family (10.9 million, 4.2), Super Fun Night had better retention ...
Peter Gadiot and Sophie Lowe
Just as Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been tasked to open ABC's Tuesday night lineup, fellow new series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland has the dubious honor of filling the network's problematic Thursdays at 8/7c timeslot, which hasn't produced a hit since the Ugly Betty days.
The Once Upon a Time spin-off, which tells the story of Alice (Sophie Lowes) returning to Wonderland to find her true love, will debut on Thursday, Oct. 10 in a slot that seems cursed over the last few years...
After her breakthrough performances in Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect, no one would question why Rebel Wilson has become a sought-after star, or why ABC would want to build a show around her ample and fearlessly outrageous talents. But Super Fun Night hasn't been much of a joyride so far.
The original pilot, which has been replaced by another episode for its official premiere (9:31/8:31c), elicited this reaction from me in the Fall Preview issue: "The grotesque extremes to which Wilson stoops to get laughs in this frenetic vehicle have a whiff of desperation. It might also be more fun if she used her authentic Aussie accent." The objection stands about her Americanized speech (her choice), and while the new opener is a little less degrading — instead of exposing her body on a city street with flashing lights on her underwear, a new gag involves an office elevator door shredding her dress, revealing her Spanx at work — it's not much funnier.
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