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Ratings: Super Fun Night Opens Strong; Ironside Weak

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 ...
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Can Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Save ABC's 8/7c Timeslot on Thursdays?

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... read more

Wednesday Playlist: Not So Fun Night, Ironside Premiere; Ovation's Starry Young Doctor

Rebel Wilson

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The original pilot, which has been replaced by another episode for its official premiere (9:31/8:31c), elicited this reaction from me in the Fall Preview issue: "The grotesque extremes to which Wilson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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Simon Cowell Introduces The X Factor's "Controversial" New Four Chair Challenge

The X Factor

Ready for what Simon Cowell calls "possibly the worst title" for an elimination challenge on reality TV?
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Ratings: Crazy Ones Opens Strong; Big Bang Still Big

Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar

Round 1 of the battle of returning comedy heavyweights goes to Robin Williams.

The funnyman's sitcom The Crazy Ones opened to 15.6 million viewers and a 4.0 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic Thursday, easily trumping The Michael J. Fox Show, which averaged 7.3 million and a 2.1 for two episodes.

Vote: Which fall premieres won you over? Which flopped?

The Crazy Ones improved ...
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Ratings: Revolution Plummets; X Factor, SVU Rise

Revolution

NBC isn't starting a Revolution on Wednesdays.

Without a lead-in from The Voice, the drama kicked off the night with 6.8 million viewers and a 1.8 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, down more than 50 percent from ...
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6 Reasons to Get Pumped About the New Season of Glee

Chris Colfer and Darren Criss

Despite the show's title, it's a little tough to feel happy and excited about Glee this season. Following the sudden death of Cory Monteith this past July, many of the headlines about the series have been about the death of his character, beloved quarterback and New Directions member-turned-substitute director Finn Hudson, and how the series will move forward without one of its most important characters. For Gleeks across the country and around the world, the thought of watching Glee without Finn is a sad one. However, like any good musical, the show must go on, especially when that show is known for delivering heart, humor and those feel-good moments. Glee returns for its fifth season Thursday (9/8c, Fox), and although there's something missing from the new season, there are plenty of other reasons to tune in for Season 5... read more

Top Moments: Allison Janney Resurrects "The Jackal" and Jimmy Only Wants to Be with Justin

Allison Janney and Arsenio Hall

Our top moments of the week:

13. Best Reveal: Granted, Det. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) shows a lot of skin in the first episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine  — hello, Speedo! — but it's his boss, Capt. Ray Holt (Andre Braugher), who really exposes himself. Ray explains that, even though he caught the infamous Disco Strangler way back when, he's only now been able to lead a command because he revealed that he was... read more

The Thursday Playlist: Valerie's Story, Jake G on Actors Studio

Valerie Harper

This is the calm before the new-season storm. A week from now, only the most advanced devices will be able to handle the crush of new (and mostly returning-hit) programming airing on Thursdays, with expanded season openers of long-running faves The Big Bang Theory, Parks and Recreation and Grey's Anatomy among the draws.

By comparison, this is a much quieter Thursday, although NBC once had high hopes that the two-hour climax of the seemingly endless and haplessly muddled Million Second Quiz (8/7c) would be something to shout, instead of yawn, about. Instead, the peacock's more anticipated headliner is Valerie's Story — A Meredith Vieira Special (10/9c), an hour-long good-news report from the former Today co-anchor chronicling Valerie Harper's unusually public battle against terminal brain cancer. read more

The Wednesday Playlist: Broadchurch, Key & Peele, Survivor

Olivia Colman

The summer's most gripping series (until Breaking Bad started back up) rushes toward a shattering conclusion as BBC America's Broadchurch presents its penultimate episode (Wednesday, 10/9c), with broken lives and aching hearts on all fronts — including the ailing Hardy's (David Tennant), who won't let his latest collapse keep him from pursuing little Danny's killer: "Don't tell me what my limits are," he barks. As more skeletons are unearthed in this seaside community (and let's hope the mysterious Susan's poor dog isn't one of them), the toll of secrets and suspicion weighs heavy: "Once it's got its claws into you, it never lets go," says one of the many suspects whose world has been rocked by the tragic events and poisonous fallout. Don't let next week's denouement escape you as the new broadcast season gets underway with all of its bells and whistles.

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